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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.”


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

Tattoo removal specialists at the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale work on removing a tattoo from a client.

Tattoo Removal Industry Booming As More Try To Live Without Regret

That’s the end of tat: Tattoo removal industry is booming as more try to live without regret.

Joelle Murray is a typical Scottsdale soccer mom. She is 34. Two kids. She drives a BMW SUV. She takes yoga three times a week. She loves her life.

But she hates her ink.

“I hate to admit it, but I have a tramp stamp,” Murray smiles, referring to the derogatory term for a tattoo that a woman places on her lower back. “I hate wearing a bathing suit.”

Murray is not alone. Forty-five million Americans have a tattoo, and a recent study showed that at least one-third of them regret their decision to get inked.

“I see people who come directly from the tattoo artist, from a day to a couple weeks afterwards, because they don’t like what they got right away,” says Dr. Jennifer Mundt, attending physician at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon in Phoenix.

Tattoo regret has created a booming business for Mundt and others who are in the business of removing regret. According to a study by The Patient’s Guide, an online grouping of small medical publications, there will be 32 percent more tattoo removals in 2012 than in 2011.

“Most people get tattoos when they’re younger – 18, 19 or 20,” says Shelley Cook, clinical laser instructor and tattoo removal specialist at National Laser Institute in Scottsdale. “When they turn 30 or 40, they start to look at that Daffy Duck on their arm a little differently. I have lots clients who’ve simply outgrown their tattoos, and others who need to remove them to get ahead in the professional world. Of course, getting the ex’s name removed is a big one, too. And, there are a lot of people who want to take off their old tattoos to replace them with new ones.”

Experts say technology is making it easier than ever to remove a tattoo.

“The process of tattoo removal is actually really quick,” Cook says. “Depending on the size of the tattoo, a session can be over in a matter of seconds.”

According to Cook, this is how the laser tattoo removal process works: A highly concentrated pulsing light targets the black or multi-color ink. This breaks up the tattoo pigment within the skin — splitting it into tiny fragments that are flushed out through the body’s lymphatic system. The tattoo will fade over time, and most clients will need around 10 to 15 laser treatments for the best results.

“The success of the process can depend on several things, including a person’s body chemistry, as well as the size and color of the tattoo,” Cook says. “Black is the easiest color to fade, and blue and green are the most challenging. Also, the closer the tattoo is to your heart, the easier it will fade.”

Since treatments can only be done once every four to six weeks, tattoo removal can take more than a year to complete. As for cost, treatments range from $50-$400 per session, depending on the size of the tattoo, so you can expect to pay more than $1,000 for a successful tattoo removal.

“On average, it’s about 10 (sessions to remove a tattoo),” Mundt says. “I’ve gone has high as 15 and as low as three.”

As for the belief that removing a tattoo is more painful than the needles that created the tattoo in the first place, Mundt says that is just a myth.

“The No. 1 misconception is that it has to be painful,” she says. “It does not have to be painful at all. I numb probably 95 to 98 percent of my patients. My favorite saying when their first tattoo removal is done is, ‘Dr. Mundt, that was it?’ It can be very easy with numbing. They do not feel a thing.”

For Murray, who is three sessions into removing her tattoo, her goal is to be able to wear a bikini without regret by next summer.

“I got my tattoo at the spur of the moment when I was 20,” she says. “It’s a tribal design. I’m not in a tribe. It has no meaning to me.

“And even though I don’t see it when I look in the mirror, I know it’s there. My kids know it’s there. And even though I went out and got a tattoo in a moment of rebellion, I don’t want my kids to think it’s OK to go out and get a tattoo.”


Here are five tattoo removal clinics to try if you’re trying to rid yourself of tattoo regret:

Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon
6020 N. 16th St., Phoenix
(480) 269-9420


James M. Nachbar, Scottsdale Plastic Surgery, LLC
8896 E. Becker Ln., #102, Scottsdale
(480) 289-5300

National Laser Institute Medical Spa
16601 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
(480) 290-7333

Perfect Skin Laser Center
7045 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 897-3623

Phoenix Skin
7312 E. Deer Valley Rd., Bldg. D, #105, Scottsdale
(480) 473.9111

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2012