Good news: If you're ready to advance your anti-aging efforts, there are plenty of noninvasive, preventive procedures available—many of which are now more sophisticated than in years past. At the forefront of innovation: lasers, specifically Halo.


Halo is a hybrid fractional laser, a breakthrough treatment that combines two types of laser to make it one of the best options on the market for creating some pretty stellar results with only a few days of downtime. The laser uses both ablative (they’re more invasive and removes the outer layer of skin) and nonablative (which does not remove the top layer of skin) wavelengths to stimulate collage and elastin production to minimize wrinkles and skin imperfections. “Halo treats both the superficial and deep layers of skin, allowing it to tackle a lot of problems with one treatment,” explains New York plastic surgeon Mark Schwartz, MD. “It improves fine lines, tone, texture and overall pigment, giving our patients a nice glow.”

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While Halo has no age restriction for who can use it, it’s recommended for those with fine lines and pigmentation issues. Knowing this, a 56-year-old woman named Sue Murphy* decided she wanted to give it a try for herself. “After noticing fine lines and extra sun spots on my skin, I wanted more than just Botox and fillers to boost my skin’s appearance,” Murphy explained. “I’m really fond of this laser,” says Dr. Schwartz. “Especially for your specific skin concerns.”

After assessing Murphy’s skin, Dr. Schwartz applied a numbing cream that would stay on for about 35 minutes before starting the procedure. While laying around with numbing cream on your face might seem like something people might want to forgo (time is precious, after all), don’t skip it. This step makes the experience much more tolerable, especially if your skin is sensitive to heat.

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Once Murphy’s face was numb, the actual treatment began. First, Dr. Schwartz treated Murphy’s forehead and immediately inquired about the level of pain she was feeling. “It’s about a three or four on a scale of 10,” she replied, prompting the doctor to keep going. While Murphy claims the treatment wasn’t necessarily a pleasurable experience, it certainly wasn’t as uncomfortable as expected. According to Murphy, fleshy areas of the face like the cheeks were much less painful than when the laser was being directed towards the forehead or nose area, but even those weren’t intolerable. The entire face took about 20 minutes to treat and the patient was handed an ice pack to cool down her face before heading home for the night. "Right after the procedure, my skin definitely stung and felt very hot, but that went away quickly," Murphy said.


On day two, Murphy’s skin no longer felt warm, but had definitely transformed into something else entirely. "The next day, a thick dryness was all over my face—kind of like alligator skin,” she described, adding that she used Avene’s Cicalfete Repair Cream ($28) and the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar($195) on her face each day to speed up the healing process. Once all of Murphy’s dry skin flaked off about five days later, baby-soft skin was left in its wake. “As it slowly peeled off, my skin felt smoother than ever before. It also looked so much brighter, less red and ultimately younger—I honestly look significantly better than I did before!"

So, while the procedure isn’t exactly as relaxing as a nice spa facial might be, the results are next-level good, making the level of discomfort certainly worth it. With less noticeable fine lines and a clear, even skin tone delivered post-procedure, Murphy says she’s ready for round two.

*Name has been changed.

By Z Dermatology
October 24, 2018
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Dermatology  

Local dermatologist Ann Zedlitz, M.D. was awarded “Best Laser Procedure” at the Monte Carlo Aesthetic Conference. This conference recognizes physicians striving to make breakthrough innovations in the field of aesthetics and anti-aging. Dr. Zedlitz was also nominated as a top-ten finalist for Best Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation. Her work was judged by physicians from 14 different countries and was presented in Monaco, Monte-Carlo, at the Aesthetics International Symposium on September 21, 2018. Dr. Z received the award for her treatment of severe rhinophyma, which aired on the national TV show, “The Doctor’s.”


Dr. Ann Zedlitz is the founder of Z Aesthetic Dermatology Clinic in Baton Rouge. Dr. Z has over 19 years experience in the field of medicine. She was awarded the distinction of being appointed chief resident during her training as a dermatologist. Dr. Z is unique having received double board certifications in both Emergency Medicine and Dermatology. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the LSU Health Science Center in Baton Rouge where she has overseen the Laser Treatment Education Program for 6 years. 




By Z Dermatology
October 22, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Products  

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Celebrities often rely on their own personal glam squads to create their red carpet–ready looks, but most of us don't have that luxury. Instead, we stock our vanities with a carefully curated arsenal of makeup and try our best. These winners make that process much easier.

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Get Budge-Proof Makeup

We’re hooked on the fine-yet-never-sticky mist of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($32) that locks makeup in and let’s your face pull an all-nighter


Beauty On the Go

A convenient and mess-free way to achieve flawless skin in seconds, the makeup-loaded stamp-pad in AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($60) delivers serious coverage without skimping on protection or moisture. 


Cut the Creasing Out

You can forget about shadow that flakes, creases, smudges or disappears when you prep your lids with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($26), a creamy primer that maximizes the intensity and staying power of your favorite eye shadows. 


Precision Eyeliner for a Perfect Look

Can’t decide between a thick flick and a thin line? That’s where MAC Cosmetics Brushstroke Liner ($21) comes in. With a precision-tip, tapered brush applicator that glides onto lids, this liquid eyeliner pen makes it easier than ever to get a perfectly lined eye. 


For Nails On Point

When it comes to the best assortment of colors (more than 240 to be exact) that give your nails shine, OPI Nail Lacquer ($11) is the way to go. 


Contour Queen

Some cream-based contour palettes are tricky to use and can make skin look streaky and “done.” Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($40) seamlessly blends into skin, leaving everyone thinking, “How are her cheeks that defined?” 


Foundation That Won't Slip Off Your Skin

Unlike many matte foundations, Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation ($8) covers everything you want to hide while letting your skin show through. Never cakey or flat, this formula makes pores do a disappearing act. 


Sweat in Style

Now that gym-approved makeup is a “thing,” you can bat perfect lashes courtesy of Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($23). Not only will your lashes look impeccable before you take the saddle in your favorite spin class, but they’ll also stay intact through the entire workout without any smearing, bleeding or feathering. 


The Day in and Day Out Eye Shadow Palette

Of course, Drew Barrymore nailed it with her Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette ($16), a foolproof mélange of 10 shades that easily take you from day to night and everywhere in between. 


The Hardest-Working Eye Makeup Remover

Tugging and scrubbing your eyes to get every last trace of makeup off is never fun, and with Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($30), you don’t have to. It takes off the most stubborn liners, shadows and mascaras sans any red, irritated lids. 


Smoky Eye Staple

If the name itself, Clarins 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Smoky ($44), isn’t enough to sell you on the fact that these mineral shadows are a requirement for a smoldering eye, then the finishes—satin, matte and iridescent—ranging in color from light to dark will have you hooked. 


Eyes Wide Open

A celebrity makeup artist staple, the cult-classicShiseido Eyelash Curler ($20) is a must-have for the sheer fact that it instantly morphs limp, straight lashes into perfectly curled ones with just the right amount of “lash flip.” 

By Z Dermatology
October 15, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin Care  

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Regardless of which products take center stage in your beauty regimen, we all have those essentials we just can't be without. These go-tos are the cult-classics that have become beauty obsessions.

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Mascara That Works Miracles

When you want the falsie look—thicker, darker, clump-free lashes—without actually splurging on extensions, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara($23) never disappoints. 


Primer That Perfectly Preps Your Skin

For those who love multitasking products, look no further than Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer($42), a primer-meets-moisturizer that floods skin with hydration while also locking in makeup so there’s no midday fading or budging.


Blush That Looks Good on Everyone

Finding that just-right shade of blush can be quite a task, but jane iredale PurePressed Blush in Clearly Pink ($30), a naturally rosy hue in a mineral powder formula, eliminates the need for trial and error


SPF You'll Actually Want to Reapply

Free of the hotly debated ingredient oxybenzone, as well as parabens, sulfates, phthalates, dyes and oils, Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion ($16) defends skin against UV rays with a nongreasy, matte finish you and your skin will love. 


Sunscreen That Doesn't Leave You Greasy

If you can’t stand the feel of traditional sunscreen, Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($65) is a must-try. Serious sun protection in a light-as-air mineral powder makes what usually feels like a chore, actually enjoyable. 


Skin-Perfecting Powder

Top makeup artists keep their kits stocked withLaura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38) because it not only perfectly sets makeup, but also blurs skin imperfections. Expect nothing less than a gorgeous, matte finish. 


Most Powerful Whitening Toothpaste

An everyday smile staple that continues to outperform other whitening toothpastes year after year, Supersmile Professional Teeth Whitening Toothpaste ($23) easily removes stubborn plaque and stains for noticeably brighter teeth.


Concealer That Covers Everything

Whether it’s dark circles or a pesky zit you’re trying to hide, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer ($28) acts like a second skin to give you full coverage anywhere you need it. Plus, marshmallow root makes it flexible, so it’s beyond easy to blend in. 


Gentle Cleanser for Easily Irritated Skin

Milky, creamy and completely soapfree, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser ($15) washes away all traces of daily grime—even eye makeup—without stripping your skin of essential moisture. 


Stay-All-Day Hairspray

Cult-classic L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($15) reigns supreme because it really delivers on its promises: You get serious hold on all of your favorite styles without any stiff, crunchy feeling. 


Dry Shampoo That Transforms Dirty Hair

From its addictive signature scent to its ability to make second-day hair look better than first (without any white residue), amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($25) has quickly risen to the top of the dry shampoo charts. 


Eye Cream That Destroys Dark Circles

You deserve to look well-rested even if you aren’t, and RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream ($18) makes it possible. Apply the lightweight, nongreasy cream each night for visibly minimized dark circles and a more even skin tone you can feel confident about. 

By Z Dermatology
October 08, 2018
Category: Beauty
Tags: Skin  

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We’ve all heard the phrase “age is just a number,” but when it comes to suffering from skin issues, the expression couldn’t be truer. From baby diaper rash, to hormonal teenage acne, to possibly cancerous adult moles, battling some sort of skin condition is expected, no matter how many candles you’re blowing out that year.

With age comes new types of skin conditions, and some of these unfamiliar spots can look weird, or even unsightly. We’ve asked Houston, TX board-certified dermatologist Suneel Chilukuri, MD, to give us the down low on three common age spots, how to spot them, and how they can be removed.

1. Skin tags

Acrochordons, or “skin tags,” are overgrowths of skin that are most frequently found in areas of friction, “like the neck, underarms, waistline, and groin,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “Typically flesh-colored, soft, and painless, skin tags can grow between 1 to 2 millimeters in size.” Unfortunately, there is no known cause for these small growths, but Dr. Chilukuri believes there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing skin tags.

Skin tags are harmless, but there are a couple of options when it comes to removing them. The first option involves liquid nitrogen, where the skin tags are frozen off.The second option includes electrodessication, which uses electrical currents to target each skin tag causing them to burn off. “The last option is to have a dermatologist physically cut off the skin tags with sterile scissors” says Dr. Chilukuri. He warns against cutting them off on your own, as the area may bleed and become infected.

2. Seborrheic keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses (or SKs, as the docs call them), are one of the most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. “SKs look like waxy or wart-like growths and are tan, brown, or black in color,” says Dr. Chilukuri. They can be flat or raised, and are usually found on the face, neck, chest, and back.“Just like skin tags, there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing SKs, and most people will see these growths starting in their early 40s (and potentially developing more as they age),” he explains.

“Similar to skin tags, SKs can be treated using liquid nitrogen, electrodessication, shave removal or lasers. An in-office treatment, called ESKATA® (hydrogen peroxide) topical solution, 40% (w/w), removes raised SKs. After a dermatologist makes the diagnosis of a raised SK on the face or neck, ESKATA can be applied to the raised growth, where a patient may feel a tingling sensation or itching during the application,” explains Dr. Chilukuri. “The lesion resolves over time after one or two treatments. ESKATA is safe for all skin types and skin tones.”

3. Cherry angiomas

Also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots, cherry angiomas are red “moles” that appear on the skin in many people starting in their 30s. Cherry angiomas can range from 1 to 8 millimeters in size and can develop on any part of the body. “No one really knows the exact cause of angiomas, but it’s believed that there is a hereditary pre-disposition to developing these little red spots,” says Dr. Chilukuri.

Dr. Chilukuri explains that 75% of people over the age of 75 have at least one cherry angioma “somewhere on their body.” Similar to skin tags and seborrheic keratoses, cherry angiomas can also be removed using electrodessication, shaving, or pulse dye laser, where a concentrated beam of light targets blood vessels in the skin.

While these three age spots are harmless, Dr. Chilukuri strongly encourages to always get any spots of concern checked out by a board-certified dermatologist. “Unfortunately, there are many self-proclaimed “skin care experts” that are not properly qualified to make these diagnoses,” says Dr. Chilukuri. “As a result, my colleagues and I have seen patients come in with lesions they were told are ‘SKs,’ but they’re actually melanomas, ‘skin tags’ which end up being basal cell carcinomas, and ‘cherry angiomas’ that are actually amelanotic melanomas.”

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