What About Calluses?
"These are hard yellow, discolored skin around heels, and there's a new, exciting treatment for them that can make the foot look far better and feel better," Levine says. It involves using ultrasound along with a copper cream that smoothes out heel fissures or cracks. "We apply the cream in the office and ultrasound provides deep penetration in the form of deep heat," she says.
The cream is applied at home after the initial appointment, she says. This can be used in tandem with a new noninvasive laser called Cool Touch that promotes collagen growth and clears up cracks, she says. This way your heels can look great in sandals you throw on for a springtime get-together.
Levine also suggests natural herbal salts with tea tree and mineral oil to rid heels of calluses. "We also do microdermabrasion on the foot for calluses and to soften skin on foot and heel," she says. Microdermabrasion involves "sanding" the skin with small microscopic crystals made of aluminum oxide. A special high-powered instrument passes the crystals over the surface of the skin and then removes them quickly to "buff" superficial skin irregularities.
Levine also suggests a bronzer for the lower leg and foot. "It makes legs look thinner and [covers up] unsightly veins in this area," she says.
Women interested in increasing their breast size by a cup or so without surgery may want to try the BRAVA Breast Enhancement and Shaping System, an external vacuum bra that may help breasts increase in size when worn 16 hours a day for 10 weeks.
The bra pulls the breast tissue, almost like a vacuum. Talk to your doctor if you are interested to make sure that it is right for you. The cost for the program is about $2,500.
"The newest lasers are permanent in terms of hair reduction," Katz says. "And we can now treat darker skin, whereas before the best candidate was someone with fairer skin."
Here's how they work: Lasers create heat to eliminate unwanted hair. When the light from the laser comes into contact with the hair, the hair's pigment absorbs the light and turns it into heat. That heat destroys the surrounding hair follicle.
Since the laser only removes hair in its growth phase, it generally takes several treatments to get rid of all the unwanted hair. Areas he routinely treats with a laser include the bikini region for women, legs, underarms, breasts, stomach, arm, and face, including the upper lip, cheeks, and around the neck.
It takes anywhere from three to five treatments, and prices range from about $100 for the upper lip and $1,000 for legs and abdomen, per treatment. Depending on the area, it usually takes three to five sessions.
Not bad, considering that other hair-removal methods, including waxing and electrolysis, need to be continued indefinitely. "Laser is less time-consuming," Katz says.