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A patient receives Ultherapy treatment. Courtesy of Van Dyke Laser & Skin

Non-invasive ways to restore, protect sun-damaged skin

The Arizona sun is harsh for skin, especially during the summer time, and desert dwellers are most susceptible to skin damage.

Dr. Susan Van Dyke and Van Dyke Laser & Skin have compiled a number of services to restore and protect damaged skin. All of the services that Van Dyke has compiled are all non-invasive.

Van Dyke’s procedures include regimes to resurface and tighten skin such as Fraxel Hands, Botox, and Clear + Brilliant. There are also a handful of treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, like Botox.

Aside from the classic beauty treatments to enhance the daily appearance of skin, the Van Dyke Laser & Skin team has also compiled a series of procedures for brides to have glowing skin on their wedding day.

Starting about four to six months away from the wedding, brides should start to consider skin treatments. Brides typically have a year to get ready, but that starts with a consult in order to have the best skin.

“You want to start with something like Cool Sculpting for noninvasive fat removal long before you do the dress fitting,” Van Dyke said.

Another beautification aspect that brides should consider is miraDry. This treatment safely and permanently inactivates sweat glands in the armpit. The procedure itself takes about 30-40 minutes in the office.

Although some of these treatments can get pricey, it’s important to pick a reputable place. The place should have a health care or medical provider, such as a physician or nurse practitioner. That type of authentication resembles that there won’t be any harm done to the patient’s body.

In addition to procedures, there are simple daily routines to take into account with skin care as well.

Sunscreen is an important part of skin protection, but most people don’t reapply every two hours like they should. Van Dyke says that an alternative to spray or lotion sunscreen is a powdered SPF 50 sunscreen.

“You can put it on and not disturb your makeup. It’s a great bridal tip for the day of the wedding, especially outdoor ones,” Van Dyke said.

Antioxidants are also important for skin. New products for skin care are loaded with antioxidants. While they don’t protect your skin the same way that sunscreen does, it helps repair some of the damage caused by the sun.

Even if people aren’t looking for skin care treatment, it’s still important to keep in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist from time to time, according to Van Dyke.

“The advances are coming to fast with products that reanalyzing their skin care every once in a while is a good idea,” Van Dyke said.

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Botox may break a sweat-filled summer

Arizona’s scorching summer temperatures make it inevitable to break a sweat. Releasing sweat is a body’s natural method of detoxifying, but how much is too much sweating? A small percentage of the population is seeking the popular noninvasive cosmetic procedure used to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face, Botox, to eliminate excessive perspiration.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating is a medical issue leading many to shed up to $900 to $1,000 per treatment. Botox injections are not currently being used to eliminate sweating from every region of the body, though the Food and Drug Administration has solely approved the specific treatment of hyperhidrosis in the auxiliary glands, or armpits.

Dr. Babak Nafe, a Naturopathic Physician who specializes in general and aesthetic medicine at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics is seeing more patients turn to Botox to relieve profuse armpit sweating rather than simply using prescribed medicated aluminum-based deodorants.

“The way it works is the same way it works in any other part of the body,” Nafe said. “It temporarily blocks the chemical signals that stimulate the nerves that are connected to the sweat glands.”

According to Dr. Nafe, a recent study demonstrated that 84 out 100 patients treated with Botox achieved greater than a 50 percent reduction in sweating.

Although Botox injections to eliminate excessive auxiliary sweating are not as common as using the treatment to diminish facial wrinkles, a small percentage of the population does face this problem. Prescription based deodorants do not always work on all patients leaving many individuals to suffer with the embarrassment of profuse sweating to the point where individuals become self-conscious.

“If they’re finding out that they have to constantly change their shirts, especially in the summer when it’s so hot to the point that they’re ruining their shirts or need to bring extra,” Dr. Nafe said. “Those kind of people would definitely be candidates to try it.”

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment. Individuals who suffer from diseases that may affect their muscles or nerves would not be eligible for this type of cosmetic procedure.

Each treatment consists of an iodine test to locate a patient’s sweat glands, followed by 15 to 20 injections in each armpit. The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes or less and the results will generally last about six to seven months. There is no recovery time necessary and patients will notice results 24 to 48 hours after their treatment.

As typical with any sort of cosmetic treatment, Botox injections come with side effects, such as allergic reactions, migraine beaches or rashes. Much like many cosmetic procedures, Botox used for this specific reason is not covered by medical insurance.

If excessive auxiliary perspiration is negatively impacting your life, Botox might be the ideal solution for you.


Valley Singles Can Win a Free Liquid Facelift

Would looking up to 10 years younger help you in a dating scene and make you more appealing to that special someone? Body Beautiful Day & Med Spa and TRUmatch are looking for Valley singles who feel that sprucing up their appearance will increase confidence and help people feel their best. The two organizations are partnering on a contest now through Monday, March 31. Contest entrants need to tell their story in 250 words or less for a chance to win a BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® liquid facelift valued at up to $1,300. The entry form is available at www.liquidfaceliftcontest.com.

“We hear from numerous clients about how they felt more confident after their procedures, especially when going on dates,” said Marlena Kruger, Executive Director at Body Beautiful Spa. “This contest will help one lucky individual move forward in his or her search for love with a fresh and more youthful appearance. We’re excited to partner with TRUmatch on this contest.”

“At TRUmatch we don’t just set people up, we set them up for success. That’s why we loved Body Beautiful Spa’s idea for a liquid facelift contest, since it can help give the winner more confidence in dating situations,” said Leslee Alexander Gibbs, Founder and Relationship Expert at TRUmatch.

Entries for the liquid facelift contest are being accepted at www.liquidfaceliftcontest.com now through Monday, March 31. Participants need to provide their name, contact information, birth year and photo, plus write in 250 words or less how looking 10 years younger would change their life. A winner will be selected and notified the week of April 7.


12 ways to look perfect for the holiday party

You’ve got the perfect dress. The perfect pumps. The perfect date.

You want to look in the mirror and see Katy Perry, but all you see is Tyler Perry.

It’s not too late. There is still time to tuck and pluck, nip and snip so you’ll look more like Madonna and less like Madea for holiday party season.

Think of this as the “12 Ways ‘Til Christmas.” Here are 12 steps you can take to make heads turn when you walk into your holiday party.

Perk up your ears

As we get older, our ears follow suit with the rest of our skin and they begin to lose collagen and elastin. The ears cannot support the weight of earrings like they used to, which causes the jewelry to droop and sag. Dr. Susan Van Dyke of Van Dyke Laser & Skin says Juvederm can instantly and effectively restore ears so that they support ear jewelry like they did when the skin was more youthful. Juvederm is an injectable filler made from a sugar naturally found in skin. It gives firmness to the skin by holding a large amount of water.

Face the facts

If your face isn’t looking as bright and cheery as you want it to look, an antioxidant brightening facial from Red Door Spa might be just what you need. Your skin constantly sloughs off dead cells. These cells can clog pores and give the skin an aged look. A revitalizing and detoxifying facial will repair cellular damage caused by daily stress, strengthen the skin’s ability to protect itself and restore luminosity.

White Christmas

Smile Simplicity is a new, non-invasive smile enhancement, veneer technology that is pain free. Smile Simplicity, which is offered by the Scottsdale Smile Center, works on stained, misaligned and gapped teeth and dramatically improves smiles quickly and painlessly. Plus it provides permanent whitening. For those who are looking for a quick fix to brighten up their smile, there is no better or more affordable way to upgrade your pearly whites than to get them whitened. Dr. Jeffrey Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence offers a special type of whitening called Opalescence Boost Bleaching, which takes less than an hour and is guaranteed to leave your teeth sparkling new.

Need a lift?

Body Beautiful Day & Med Spa is the first day spa in the Valley to offer the Fractora Firm by Invasix, which is the newest generation of safe skin tightening technology. The process of Fractora is unlike most other skin tightening treatments. Rather than making incisions, laser technicians gently heat skin to an optimal temperature, which causes the skin to naturally remodel and contract. The treatment only takes 30 minutes and can repair loose skin on the face, jaw, neck, upper arms forearms, upper thighs, knees, and post baby tummy skin. There is no hospitalization or recovery period.

Bye, bye butterfly

Have you avoided the perfect party dress because of tattoo regret? Thanks to PicoSure — which is 100 times faster than any other laser on the market — there may be time to erase the ink before your company Christmas party. PicoSure, which is offered by Phoenix Skin, has a couple of advantages over other tattoo removal procedures: its offers a shorter timeframe between treatments and fewer treatments necessary for removal.

In a different vein

Have ugly veins you want to erase? “Sclerotherapy, laser and endovenous ablation are methods to treat veins depending on the location and size of the veins,” says Dr. W. Patrick Davey of Dermatique. “Laser treatment using ultrasonic guidance is effective in closing larger, deeper veins. Occasionally, lasers are used on the skin’s surface following sclerotherapy to treat tiny blood vessels that are either too small for sclerotherapy or that have failed to respond to previous injections.”

Smooth operator

Want thing to go a little more smoothly this holiday season? Laser hair removal is now “the standard of care to permanently decrease if not eradicate hair in any given area,” says Dr. Bill Halmi of Arizona Advanced Dermatology. “The results are usually very long lasting — several years. It is also not uncommon to have permanent removal.” Dr. Mark A. Blair of Paradise Valley Dermatology says, “best results can be achieved by a person with fair skin and dark hair. That being said, laser hair removal is possible for all skin types with the proper wavelength laser platform.”

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Nervous about holiday party season? You’re not alone. Nearly 3 percent of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). According to Van Dyke, once a year Botox injections can dramatically reduce sweating in most people. The savings in dry cleaning alone make it worthwhile. Men and women are increasingly turning to Botox to solve this problem.

Fat gets cold shoulder

“CoolSculpting is as a revolutionary new technology based on decades old knowledge that uses cold temperatures to ‘freeze’ fat cells,” says Dr. Michael Carlton of Phoenix CoolBody, which has two Valley locations. “After a single treatment you can see a remarkable 20-25 percent reduction in fat in the treated area. Results are long lasting and no surgery is required.”

Extend yourself

Stacy Ghazi of Vanity Blow Out Bar says that if you want a lion’s mane of hair to frame your face for the holidays, clip-in hair extensions may be the way to go. Clip-ins do the least damage because the hair is attached with clips. Vanity Blow Out Bar uses a special type of clip-in (the halo) that is placed around the head, which adds length and only takes minutes to apply. Ghazi calls the halo method an “up-and-coming trend.”
If you’re a do-in-yourselfer and want perfect party hair, you can achieve the perfect blowout with Drybar’s Blowout In A Box, which includes Drybar’s trio of tools — the Buttercup (official blow dryer of Drybar), full pint medium round brush (for achieving curl and volume on all hair types), and Hold Me! clips (featuring a self-locking system that allows for large sectioning).

Want pouty party lips?

“Injectables can be used not only to plump lips and fill wrinkles, but they can also add youthful volume back to cheeks, enlarge small chins or breasts, lift brows, volumize aging hands, and fill under eye hollows,” says Dr. Lee Laris of Phoenix Skin. “We also use fillers to improve acne scars.”

The eyes have it

“The most popular procedure I have done this year is to brighten the upper face by focusing on the eyes,” Van Dyke says. “I use fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm to reduce the hollows under the eyes (the tired look) and tear trough (the sad look). I employ relaxers such as Botox and Dysport to raise the brow and soften the crow’s feet. The overall effect is soft and subtle, but nevertheless, remarkable.”

Jennifer Linder

Jennifer Linder, M.D. – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jennifer Linder, M.D. – Chief scientific officer, PCA Skin

Linder, a board-certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic skin surgeon, guides all product development and clinical trials for PCA Skin, ThinkGlobal’s 2013 Exporter of the Year in the Health & Beauty category. She is one of the foremost U.S. experts in the use of the cosmetic filler, Sculptra, and is also on medical advisory boards for Botox and Juvéderm.

Surprising fact: “While I majored in engineering in college, I pursued my love of art through painting classes. Through medical school and into my life today, I still paint.”

Biggest challenge: “My husband and I spent five years living in separate cities – before and after marriage. Being apart was difficult, but we traveled to visit each other frequently.”

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Injectables Can Fill Out Wrinkles, Scars And Sculpt Your Face To Perfection

Give it a shot: Injectables can fill out wrinkles and scars and sculpt your face to perfection, experts say.

Do you want your face to be a masterpiece?

“What paints and clay are to an artist, ‘injectables’ are to a cosmetic dermatologist,” says Dr. Susan Van Dyke of Van Dyke Laser & Skin in Scottsdale.

The term “injectable” refers to any substance that can be introduced into the skin through a needle, Van Dyke says. Injectables can be broken down into three main groups: fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse), volumizers (Sculptra) and relaxers (Botox and Dysport).

Here is how Van Dyke defines them:

Fillers: “Plump up the lips, fill out wrinkles and scars, and can do amazing things by sculpting faces to perfection.”

Volumizers: “Improve overall facial volume that is lost as we age, filling in hollow temples and cheeks to re-establish a more youthful proportion.”

Relaxers: “Smooth wrinkles from movements such as squinting and frowning. Relaxers can also create uplift in the brow and lower face, which can get dragged down by age and gravity.”

Dr. Lee P. Laris of Phoenix Skin Scottsdale says the ideal patient who will benefit from injectables is someone who still has good elasticity in their skin, without a lot of excess skin around their jowls. If there is too much skin, the injectables can help soften the area, but will not get rid of the excess skin, so Laris recommends a mini facelift or a skin tightening system (Thermage, Ultherapy) before injecting the fillers to help tighten the surrounding area.

“As we age, we lose structure and often time one’s own fat is the best filler we have because it is long-lasting — 7-10 years — and natural.” Laris says.

He recommends that patients do their research before receiving an injectable.

“Many times I can suggest areas to inject that patients never knew could be done that makes a dramatic difference in the final result, and other times I may explain that filler is the wrong choice for them altogether,” Laris says. “They should go to a licensed doctor or provider that has been trained in the art of injecting.”

Even though most injectables can be done in less than 20 minutes, doctors say to make sure you spend some time doing research before walking into their office.

“My advice would be to ask questions, and make sure you are getting the best injectable and the best procedure for you,” Laris says. “Every patient is different and we all age differently. Someone with deep smile lines may need skin tightening before fillers to achieve optimal results, others may need several syringes around the mouth and under eyes to look their best. A younger patient may only require filler in their lips or acne scars. No one is the same and before you invest time and money into a procedure, I always recommend speaking with the provider so you know the expectations and risks of the procedures.”


For more information about injectables, visit:

Phoenix Skin Scottsdale
(480) 473-9111

Van Dyke Laser & Skin
(480) 948-5045

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

Bee Sting Facial, Photo: Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa

New Bee Sting Facial Treatment Creating A Buzz In The Valley

A new facial treatment has been creating a lot of buzz in spas across the pond. With customers like Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, requesting it, the bee sting facial treatment is has finally taken over spas in the Valley, including the Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa in Phoenix.bee venom facial treatment

“Once you give this facial treatment a try, you will think that this is Botox in a jar,” says Dannielli Marcelino, senior esthetician for the Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa. “We are very excited to introduce the bee sting facial treatment to the Valley.”

The new bee sting facial treatment, which utilizes bee venom from a bee sting, will have you looking younger and more refreshed than ever before, according to the latest research in agriculture. Scientists have found that bee venom can actually encourage the production of collagen in your skin, increasing the skin’s elasticity. The reason why collagen is produced in the skin when stung by a bee is the venom makes the skin tingle, which stimulates blood flow to the areas that have been stung.

“This treatment is different than Botox because it causes the muscles in the skin to relax and encourages stimulation, which helps produce collagen,” Marcelino says. “Collagen is important because it nourishes the skin and prevents the skin from aging, giving people a more radiant and young look.”

Additionally, the been venom also plays a part in increasing the number of keratinocyte cells in your skin, which acts as a barrier against things like sun rays, decreased moisture and bacteria.

Despite its name, however, customers are not expected to sit in a chair and allow a bee to sting their face. How the treatment works is researchers first have to extract the ‘sting’ venom from the little pollinators themselves. They do this by placing a piece of special glass alongside a beehive, and a small electrical current is run through the entire hive. The current encourages the bees to sting the glass, while also maintaining and keeping their abdomens intact so that they do not die. The venom is then harvested from this piece of glass, and it is dried and purified, all before being incorporated into facial moisturizers, cleansers, masks and serums.

“The products that are used have a nice, light aroma of honey to them,” Marcelino says. “Customers can expect to feel a little bit of tingle or sting on their skin while the products work their way into the areas that are being treated.”

All of the products offered by the Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa are shipped from London, and the treatment lasts for approximately one hour. It costs approximately $145.

For more information about the bee sting facial treatment, visit suddenlyslimmer.com.

Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa
3313 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(602) 952-8446

Botox, Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012

More Men Jump On The Botox Bandwagon

Botox continues to rank as No. 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with men jumping on the bandwagon as well.

It continues to be the No. 1 non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with nearly 5.7 million procedures in 2011 — Botulium Toxin Type A, or Botox.

And in 2011, Dr. Suzanne Bentz, medical director of Red Mountain Med Spa, and Dr. Jennifer Linder, a board certified dermatologist with a practice in Scottsdale, have both reported that Botox is consistently popular among their clients.

“Botox is the most requested non-surgical cosmetic procedure at Red Mountain Med Spa,” Bentz says. “Our Botox client base has increased steadily each year since our medical spas opened seven years ago.”

Among this increase of patients include men, who are reportedly more comfortable with the idea of Botulium injections.

Bentz says although men total about seven percent of the Botox user population, it’s becoming more acceptable. At Linder’s practice, the percentage of her male patients has increased by about a third.

Both doctors agree people are very satisfied with Botox, and Bentz attributes this satisfaction as the reason for the increase. Linder adds that this is also an easy way for people to feel good about themselves.

“It let’s them feel fresh; it lets them feel youthful in the workplace,” Linder says. “It gives them that mental competitive edge for both men and women.”

And this urge to gain and maintain that competitive edge is an attitude both the older and younger generations have adopted.

“The Baby Boomer has always been a steady customer for Botox,” Bentz says. “However, we are also seeing patients in their late 20s and early 30s starting to use Botox as a preventative measure. Keeping a youthful, refreshed appearance is also important to patients seeking work in a competitive job market that seems to favor younger applicants over older, more experience candidates.”

Aside from competitiveness in the workplace, Linder says her clients use Botox to look as healthy as they feel.

“People really do care about their overall health and wellness,” Linder says,” and that’s why they turn to Botox because it takes years off. And if it’s done well, you can’t tell that someone has done Botox.”

Plus, she says in the long term, it’s been shown to be preventative; Botox not only treats wrinkles, but also prevents new wrinkles from forming.

Areas patients focus on the most include the area between the eyes, or the “angry elevens,” as well as the horizontal lines across the forehead and the crow’s feet between the eyes.

Other uses for Botox include:

  • Diminishing upper lip lines;
  • Prevent downturn or frowning to the corner of the mouth;
  • Reducing the appearance of vertical neck lines;
  • Preventing sweating in the hands, feet and underarms;
  • To alleviate headaches;
  • To reduce acne.

But patients weren’t always comfortable with injectables.

In the past, Linder says, the No. 1 reason people were hesitant to do Botox was because they were afraid they were going to lose their expression. “But when Botox is done well,” Linder says, “you just look more rested; you still show expression.”

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 2011 Statistics on Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery, 41 percent of patients were concerned about the results, more than how much it would cost, which comprised 31 percent of patients.

The key is finding a board certified physician. This is a step some people fail to take, especially when they’re trying to save a dollar or two.

“If the price sounds too good to be true,” Linder says, “it probably is. Shopping for the best price is not always the smartest thing to do.”

One thing to avoid? Botox parties. These may sound fun at first, but mixing alcohol with Botox may take a turn for the worst, especially in the wrong hands. This is something both doctors frown upon.

“Using Botox in a party setting can be dangerous, as often it is combined with alcohol, poor judgment and inexperienced or questionable medical professionals,” Bentz says.

For more information about Botox, visit redmountainmedspa.com or jenniferlindermd.com.

Jennifer Linder, M.D.
6710 E. Camelback Rd., #220, Scottsdale
(480) 946-7939

Red Mountain Med Spa
8550 Shea Blvd., #120, Scottsdale
(480) 991-4159

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012