Surfside Summer Makeovers
'Backne' Be Gone
"Some people have backs full of terrible acne and the most effective treatment for acne -- whether on the face or back -- is called photodynamic therapy," DiBernardo says. "We coat the skin with a material that's activated by a laser, wait 30 minutes, and hit it with the laser and it activates the molecules to kill acne bacteria and dry up the oil glands," he says. "Nothing else does that other than pills like Accutane," a controversial acne drug linked to depression and possibly suicide.
Photodynamic therapy typically involves two to four treatments, and patients must wait a week to go in sun (with sunblock), he says.
Doin' Da Butt
When J-Lo first burst on the scene, there was some demand for buttock implants, and although "it has little spurts, there is not such a high demand," DiBernardo says. "These can become infected or shift," he says, adding that he is not a big fan. Fat injection involving grafting fat from one body part and adding it to another may be an option for someone looking to be bootylicious this summer. But with this technique, it's difficult to predict how much fat the body will reabsorb and multiple procedures may be necessary. According to the ASAPS, Americans had more than 2,100 buttock augmentation procedures and nearly 6,000 buttock lifts last year.
Fat transfer or lipostructure can also help boost leg size in men trying to go from skinny to studly.
"Some people have very skinny legs below the calves and want it built up," DiBernardo says. The problem? "The skin is so thin not a good place to put implants, so we can harvest fat from other areas and transfer and build up those skinny legs to a more plump desirable appearance."
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
In a new survey of 2,012 men and women, 22% of people said they were not happy with the way their feet look. In fact, 9% rarely go barefoot because they don't like the look of their feet and 8% won't wear open shoes. The poll was conducted by PediFix foot care products.