The New Antiagers

June 1, 2012

Look younger faster: These speedy treatments are the most cutting-edge in-office procedures-without any cutting. By Kari Molvar

THE LATEST FACE-SAVING break-throughs are designed to shave minutes off the clock-and, of course, years off your face-often in less time than it takes to tap put a few text messages. And not only is the downtime minimal with these swift fixes, but so is the hit to your bank account. “The mew breed of procedures gets you in and out of the office faster, so there’s less pain and lower costs overall,” says New York Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas.


Top doctors are excited about the debut of eTwo, a dual-device facial procedure that smooths and firms multiple layers of your skin in one session, making it appealing to those with stubborn, deep-set wrinkles as well as superficial fine lines. It starts with a 20-minute blast of Sublime infrared light and bipolar radio frequency energies to stimulate collagen in the middle to lower regions of skin, “exactly where the cells reside that produce collagen,” explains Lincolnshire, Illinois, dermatologist Amy Forman Taub. That’s followed by a 20-minute pass of Sublative fractional bipolar radio frequency energy and heat directed at the upper layers of skin to further smooth forehead creases, nasolabial folds, droopy eye, and a sagging jawline. Suzanne Owens, 45, from Marianna, Florida, tried it and noticed an immediate “lift” following her first session of eTwo, but more dramatic wrinkle reduction kicks in after 30 days and continues for around three months, according to Nashville dermatologist Michael Gold. Expect to do up to three sessions, a month apart, at a cost of $600 to $1,100 each. “On average, that’s about 30 percent less than what you’d doing six individual treatments, and it’s obviously a big time-saver,” says Taub. Also appealing: The bipolar devices don’t damage the surface of your skin, so “you’re not sitting at home with a weeping, oozing face for seven days,” notes Taub. In fact, Owens barely noticed any redness after a round of eTwo. “My skin stung a little, but it wasn’t uncomfortable. I covered up the redness with mineral makeup and went out to dinner that night with my husband,” she says. A week after her first session, Owens says, she looks refreshed. “I feel like I’ve done something healthy for my skin without being invasive.”…