Men’s Skin

Men and women have many differences, but one similarity is their skin.  The skin behaves in a remarkably similar way for both men and women though what men and women notice as an issue may be different.  While it might not be as talked-about or obvious as it is with women, men absolutely understand the importance of looking good.  For years men have been relying on the cut of a suit or good barber to feel their best, but the skin-care industry has also seen steady growth in male clientele for the past decade (reports estimate the market at $3.5 billion).  The term ‘metro-sexual’ was coined in the 1990’s to describe a heterosexual male with good grooming habits (in the 1890’s the term was ‘dandy’ and not too long before that a man who had good grooming habits was simply a ‘gentleman’).

By far, the most male-embraced procedure is Botox.  As Dr. John Gray, author of the best seller “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” points out: men are efficiency oriented.  If you are looking for wrinkle reduction, Botox is the fastest most efficient product on the market.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 300,000 men got Botox in 2011 and Fox News recently reported on men opting for Botox or Dermal Fillers before performing “father-of-the-bride” duties.

If you are a gentleman paying attention to your skin, please know that you are not alone.  If you are a gentleman who is still a little shy about your excellent grooming habits, just know that the active ingredients in quality skincare products are the same for men and women, so there is no shame in borrowing, using, or just plain stealing your wife’s facial cleanser for the time being. If you are feeling bold, contact us to set up your own customized skincare consultation.

Men and women have many differences, but one similarity is their skin.  The skin behaves in a remarkably similar way for both men and women though what men and women notice as an issue may be...

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What is Collagen?

If you are interested in anti-aging, you have heard the word collagen before.  Just what is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that occurs in many places in the body including our skin, joints, even blood vessels and bone.  When speaking about collagen in anti-aging, we are speaking of collagen in your dermis which acts like scaffolding in your skin that helps it hold its plump, firm shape.

Collagen does naturally diminish in your skin over time which can lead to loss of elasticity, volume and tone.  There are many ways to boost collagen production including noninvasive lasers such as Laser Genesis and Fraxel.  Hyaluronic acid, found in TriBeCa MedSpa’s exclusive Camille of New York hydrating system, will add intense moisture to add volume, while retinol and alphahydroxy acids also aid in collagen stimulation.

If you are interested in anti-aging, you have heard the word collagen before.  Just what is collagen? Collagen is a protein that occurs in many places in the body including our skin, joints, even...

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Hormonal Skin

The word ‘hormonal’ is often used to explain away break-outs, bad moods and erratic behavior, but what is the real effect that hormones have on our skin?  Hormonal changes are part of the natural aging process that takes us from adolescence to maturity.

Androgens, which are the hormones that stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin, can run the show in our early teens through 20s. When the sebaceous glands are over-stimulated by androgens, acne flare-ups can occur.  Androgens also effect body hair growth.

Estrogen takes center stage as women enter ‘child-bearing years.’  Fluctuations especially during pregnancy can result in increased melanin, body break-outs and dry, rough patches of skin.  Estrogen fluctuations also occur throughout the menstrual cycle for women and these fluctuations often have a strong effect on skin for women beginning or coming off of birth control pills.

The dip in estrogen levels later in life dramatically increases skin sensitivity while also resulting in a downturn in elasticity and collagen.

Stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, perhaps have the most powerful effect on skin for both men and women.  Stress hormones are released any time our brains interpret situation as being potentially dangerous, and these hormones interact with and often cause fluctuations in estrogen, testosterone and androgens.

The best thing treatment for ‘hormonal skin’ is two-fold.  First have a professional evaluate your skin.  The most common pitfall in home skin care regimens is treating your skins former condition instead of its current one.  Pregnant women experiencing break-outs may turn to the astringent they used at 16 and pre-menopausal women may notice that their skin seems thinner and just apply more of the moisturizer that they have been using for the past decade when these are not the best products for their current condition.  This inappropriate product use in a home care regimen stresses the skin, causing it to work harder and possibly worsening the condition you are try to fix.

The second part of treating hormonal skin is easier said than done: relax.  Simply taking time to breathe deeply is scientifically proven to reduce stress hormones in the body.

Hormonal skin need not be a synonym for bad skin; take a deep breath and treat your skin well.  To schedule a complimentary consultation to evaluate your skin care products, please contact us.

The word ‘hormonal’ is often used to explain away break-outs, bad moods and erratic behavior, but what is the real effect that hormones have on our skin?  Hormonal changes are part of the...

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Banish Ingrowns with Laser Hair Removal

Ingrown hairs can be a pain. The term for ingrown hair is “pseudofolliculitis barbae”, a condition in which a foreign body inflammatory reaction is produced when curved hairs grow back into the skin. Inflammation is characterized by papules, pustules or small nodules located from one to three millimeters away from the hair follicle. You are most likely to suffer ingrowns where body hair is coarse, explaining why many women experience bikini-zone ingrowns.  While there are several ways to treat ingrowns after the fact, prevention is always the best medicine.

Laser Hair Removal is highly effective in treating ingrown hairs by simply eliminating the problem. Laser hair removal targets the individual hair follicles of the unwanted body hair. Through a series of treatments the follicles are compromised due to the targeted laser heat and therefore stop producing hair. Hair that is produced from follicles that have been treated with Laser Hair Removal is more fine and usually lighter than the original hair. You will see ingrowns diminish and disappear during the course of your Laser Hair Removal treatments just as you see unwanted body hair diminish and disappear.

TriBeCa MedSpa offers complimentary consultations for Laser Hair Removal, and has even been featured in a article by Essence Magazine as Laser Hair Removal experts for darker skin tones.  Contact us to book your consultation and say goodbye to ingrowns and hello to that beach vacation.

Ingrown hairs can be a pain. The term for ingrown hair is “pseudofolliculitis barbae”, a condition in which a foreign body inflammatory reaction is produced when curved hairs grow back into the...

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Look Great for Wedding Season

Love is in the air and wedding season is in full swing.

Weddings are important to so many people.  Whether you are the bride, maid of honor, mother of the groom or a happy guest, weddings are a celebration of the best in ourselves: love, family and hope.  As we all know, wedding pictures last a lifetime so let us make sure that you love how you look in those photos!  TriBeCa MedSpa offers special bridal consultations, bridal party packages and our Bridal Botox Parties were featured in the New York Times article ‘It’s Botox for You, Dear Bridesmaids.”  Simply contact us to find out more about a customized treatment plan before your next scheduled bouquet toss or chicken dance.

Interested in a glimpse behind the veil?  One of our most popular treatments leading up to a wedding is our Retexturizing Laser Treatment.  This treatment is excellent for resurfacing the skin without the downtime of some of our more aggressive laser treatments.  Our highly trained Medical Aestheticians combine a mechanical exfoliation along with a laser rejuvenation treatment to effectively smooth and brighten the skin leaving you red-carpet-ready.  This treatment provides dramatic results when performed every 2-3 weeks, and many brides schedule a series of these treatments leading up to “I do.”  This treatment is a little over an hour long and many clients find it to be quite relaxing.

Cheers to love–and loving how you look!

Love is in the air and wedding season is in full swing. Weddings are important to so many people.  Whether you are the bride, maid of honor, mother of the groom or a happy guest, weddings are a...

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Whate are Injectables?

Injectables are the cutting edge of Medical Aesthetics and the news is out.  A decade ago, Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and now dominates the neurotoxin market (US competitors include Dysport and Xeomin).  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 5.7 million procedures in 2011, and the Botox Cosmetic Homepage reports over 11 million users.  Neurotoxins erase fine lines and wrinkles by immobilizing the muscles into which they are injected.  Generally, neurotoxins are appropriate for the top third of the face.  If your areas of concern are forehead wrinkles, “angry 11’s” between the eyebrows, or crows-feet, neurotoxins relax away these wrinkles with results lasting between 3-4 months.

Dermal Filler restores volume and is typically used to treat the bottom half of the face.  Juvaderm,RestylaneRadiessePerlane and Sculptra are the brand names that you have heard of (and are even beginning to run television commercials).  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 1.9 million procedures in 2011 and the pleasingly plump cheeks of many 50+ celebrity women in the tabloids speak volumes for volumizing.  Dermal Fillers can plump your pout, fill in deep creases in laugh lines or marionette lines and add volume to your cheeks.  Considering that most Dermal Fillers last up to 6 months or more, it’s clear that Dermal Fillers are just as popular as neurotoxins.

To find out what injectable is right for you, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Injectables are the cutting edge of Medical Aesthetics and the news is out.  A decade ago, Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and now dominates the neurotoxin market (US competitors...

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Who wears short-shorts?

Summer time is in full-swing in NYC and it seems that hem lines are higher than the temperatures.  If you are concerned about showing off your legs due to spider veins, you aren’t alone.  Spider veins are a concern for nearly half of adult women according to polls.  The good news is that Laser Vein Removal is fast, non-invasive and available at TriBeCa MedSpa.

Small blue or purplish veins can spread a web-like design around the ankles, back of the knees and front of the thighs (often showing up along the “pressure point” areas where people habitually cross their legs or ankles).  The way that the laser works is by sending a laser pulse (of a specific wavelength) to the targeted vessel.  This pulse will heat the blood only in targeted vein which causes the vessel to constrict and eventually fade from view.  A complimentary consultation is required as not everyone is a candidate for this treatment.

With all the cute summer outfits out there, you can enjoy the freedom to show off your legs in shorts, skirts and bathing suits.  In fact, one of Charla Krupp’s tips for looking younger instantly is to show a bit of leg… and why not?

Laser Vein Removal is also an excellent solution for eliminating tiny broken capillaries on the face.  These facial veins often show up around the nose or cheeks and can be either hereditary or the result of heat, pressure, or those years playing the trumpet for the marching band.  No matter where they came from, it usually feels as if these facial veins appeared overnight.  Laser Vein Removal can often erase them just quickly.  Some veins disappear immediately while others may first darken then fade taking up to two weeks to see full results or the vein may shrink in size and need a follow-up treatment to completely disappear.

Book a complimentary consultation to find out if you are a candidate, and get your short-shorts ready!

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Summer time is in full-swing in NYC and it seems that hem lines are higher than the temperatures.  If you are concerned about showing off your legs due to spider veins, you aren’t alone.  Spider...

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Does Botox Make You Happier?

If asked the question”Does Botox Make You Happier?” most regular Botox users would quickly answer with a resounding “Yes!”

New studies suggest that Botox provides happiness in a much subtler way than just the joy of eliminating wrinkles.  The facial feedback hypothesis posits that just as our emotions influence our facial expressions; our expressions can actually loop back and influence our emotions.  Since cosmetic Botox users most often treat the upper face where negative emotions such as anger and worry are expressed, it follows that using Botox can dampen the feelings of anger or worry for patients over time.

The subtle happiness boosting has to do with repressing the involuntary facial mimicking that all primates do.  In his fascinating article “Why Darwin Would Have Loved Botox,” Carl Zimmer explains that humans involuntarily mimic emotions seen on other’s faces in about a third of a second (the mimic lag time is half a second for orangutans).  With a population of 1.6 million in Manhattan, there is no lowering the stimuli from our fellow New Yorkers on the streets, subways or bodegas, but perhaps not giving back an involuntary frown to a frowning cab driver is a step toward more happiness.

If asked the question”Does Botox Make You Happier?” most regular Botox users would quickly answer with a resounding “Yes!” New studies suggest that Botox provides happiness in a much...

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Sugar and Aging

New nutritional studies are bad news for those of us with a sweet tooth.  We all know that sugar can wreak havoc on our waistlines, but did you know that sugar can also age you?  Once we’ve consumed a naughty (delicious) sugary treat, a process called glycation takes place in our bodies.  During glycation sugars bind to proteins in the cells and one of the most susceptible proteins is in our collagen.  As this binding happens, our resilient collagen becomes brittle and the end result is wrinkles.  While there are many ways to address wrinkles after the fact (BotoxFraxel™ and Dermal Fillers to name a few), a little prevention can also go a long way.

Considering that sugar consumption has tripled in the past 50 years, cutting back is undeniably a good idea.  In fact some health officials propose that sugar should be identified as a health danger like alcohol and tobacco…  Mayor Bloomberg himself has a proposed portion cap (16 oz.) on sugary beverages in New York City.

To find out more about how the glycation process affects your skin, click here.

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New nutritional studies are bad news for those of us with a sweet tooth.  We all know that sugar can wreak havoc on our waistlines, but did you know that sugar can also age you?  Once we’ve...

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Another Level of Sun Protection

We already know the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, but now that summer is here, chances are you are thinking more about sun exposure.  A simple way to boost your sun-protection is to add a topical antioxidant into your skin care regimen.   Antioxidants have been found to protect against UV-induced DNA damage.  Along with the already well documented anti-aging benefits of antioxidants, this DNA level protection will increase your sunscreen’s effectiveness.  Look for Vitamin A, C, and E, or beta carotene on the ingredient label.  Antioxidant serums are best because serums comprise smaller molecules so the main ingredients are delivered deeper into the skin and provide quicker results.  Apply your serum in the morning after cleansing your face and wait several minutes before applying moisturizer and finish off with sunscreen.  TriBeCa MedSpa offers complimentary product consultations if you are interested in finding out more about how to protect and care for your skin.  To read more about our most popular antioxidant,click here.

We already know the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, but now that summer is here, chances are you are thinking more about sun exposure.  A simple way to boost your sun-protection is to add...

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