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Natural Beauty:A Face-Lift for Sissies
By Maryann Hammers
It happened overnight. I woke up, looked in the mirror, and—in one frightening moment—saw an older woman staring back at me. Her mouth was flaccid, with deepening creases between her nose and lips, and her eyes were ringed by a spiderweb of fine lines. Though I’ve never considered myself particularly vain, the realization that I don’t look nearly as young as I feel hit me hard.
In the abstract I’d been comfortable with the idea that it was possible to age gracefully. But that stark moment of reckoning changed everything: I realized I want to hang on to my youth as long as I can. As someone who trembles in the dentist’s chair and considers ear-piercing invasive, I didn’t think I had many options. Certainly a face-lift was out of the question: Not only do I fear the pain, I can’t afford the long recovery time. Also, I’m more than a little scared of the outcome; I mean, what if I ended up looking worse than I do now?
But it turns out this isn’t such a bad time to get old, after all: There’s a whole class of noninvasive skin treatments for wimps like me. The best known is the mild chemical peel. A more recent addition is a form of laser therapy that zaps fine lines without breaking the skin (see “The Best Way to Treat Fine Lines,” page 34). And now there’s a promising new way to actually tighten skin without going through surgery.
It’s called a ThermaLift, and it’s simple enough to have done on your lunch break. Approved just over a year ago by the FDA, it’s a truly nonsurgical face-lift. Instead of a knife, it uses concentrated bursts of energy to treat sagging skin. What’s exciting for me—and the reason I’m seriously considering it—is that it involves a minimum of discomfort and virtually no recovery time. And while not cheap, it still costs less than what I’d have to fork over for cosmetic surgery.
Besides, a ThermaLift—along with other less invasive treatments—goes a traditional face-lift one better: It can actually improve the skin’s quality, texture, and firmness, something you won’t get from any surgical procedure. “If you get a suit altered because it’s too large, a tailor can cut away the redundant cloth, but that doesn’t change the fabric,” says Michael Byun, a plastic surgeon in Northbrook, Illinois, and lead author of The Non-Surgical Facelift Book: A Guide to Facial Rejuvenation Procedures. “These noninvasive treatments can really improve the skin’s elasticity.”
To see if I might be a candidate for a ThermaLift, I decided to consult with Andrew Kaufman, a dermatologic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, California, and assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He told me it’s a good option for people like me who are just beginning to develop loose skin or jowls, but less effective for those who have a lot of excess skin. Also, a ThermaLift is not nearly as good for lifting droopy eyes as a surgical eye lift, or blepharoplasty, but that requires a knife, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s out of th...
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IMATS Los Angeles 2014
Dates: 1/17/2014 – 1/19/2014
Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena
300 E Green St
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is the make-up world�s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. Make-up pros from fashion and film (including Oscar, BAFTA and Saturn award winners) provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there. IMATS also features a make-up museum and an Afterglow party, where trade-show guests can socialize.Before IMATS, there were no trade shows specifically designed for make-up artists, although cosmetic companies had expressed a desire for such an event. In response, Make-Up Artist magazine publisher Michael Key held the first IMATS in August 1997 in Los Angeles. It allowed artists to customize what they wanted to see and it offered a diverse mix of products, demonstrations and education from industry leaders.Like Make-Up Artist magazine, IMATS continues to educate and connect make-up artists from around the world. The show is held six times annually�in Los Angeles; New York; London; Vancouver, B.C.; Sydney; and Toronto.
International Salon & Spa Expo Long Beach (ISSE)
Dates: 1/25/2014 – 1/27/2014
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Long Beach
300 E Ocean Blvd.
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