The 4 Biggest Beauty Breakthroughs of 2017

Smoother skin, fuller lips, and the quickest tattoo-removal ever.

What previously required a scalpel and surgery can now be done in just minutes, which means that results are quicker, more natural-looking, and less painful. 2017 beauty breakthroughs converge on the points of speed and authenticity, making subtle tweaks quicker and more attainable than ever.

The Filler: Volbella XC

Why it wins: It offers a soft, natural look that lasts longer

The newest addition to the lip filler category, Volbella XC is the first and only product FDA approved to erase laugh lines. It is comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule that acts as a sponge, absorbing water. HA occurs naturally in the skin, but decreases with age. Volbella XC is unique in that it’s formulated with VYCROSS, a proprietary filler technology which yields a smooth product that blends different molecular weights of HA, which contributes to the gel’s long lasting, softer, more natural results. Over 90 percent of patients reported a natural look and feel at one year post treatment. “A longer lasting lip filler that does not look over the top, is the sweet spot that my patients have been looking for,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor in the department of Dermatology and Genetics/Genomic Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC.

The Laser: PicoSure Tattoo Removal

Why it wins: It clears colors that were previously untreatable.

An ex’s name in green ink? Before Pico, you may have been committed for life. This laser gets rid of stubborn tattoo colors, quicker and more effectively than other available devices. Treatment with Pico actually shatters the tattoo pigment particles so that they can be easily eliminated by the body.

“While more expensive, pico laser systems can essentially reduce the number of treatment sessions needed to eradicate tattoos by half,” notes Tina Alster, MD, Director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Georgetown University Hospital. According to Alster, in the U.S., more than 50 percent of people in their 20s have at least one tattoo, and since most tattooed individuals eventually regret getting inked, it makes sense that newer, safer, and faster treatments like Pico are being developed.

The Bodyscultpor: CoolAdvantage Applicator By CoolSculpt

Why it wins: It reduces fat quicker than ever before.

This is not a massive weight loss method. It is more of a kick in the ass to those stubborn areas that just will not budge despite diligent efforts in diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting works by cryolipolysis, the process by which fat cells are literally iced out of your body, and eliminated in urine. Although this is old news, the CoolAdvantage (CAA) applicator came on the scene just this year. CAA delivers safe (and effective) results in 35 minutes, cutting the treatment time by nearly half. It takes me longer to get a blow dry. This device can treat the inner thigh, abdomen, and flanks. Peace out muffin top. Patients may note results as soon as three weeks after treatment, but the fat cells continue to eliminate for up to six months. No surgery or downtime required. “Non-invasive body contouring continues to increase in popularity, and we can really customize treatments now with a multi-modality approach including CoolSculpt for bigger bulges, and Kybella to refine smaller areas of unwanted fat,” says Annie Chiu, MD, attending dermatologist at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

The Technique: Cannulas

Why it wins: Less bruising and a rejuvenated forehead.

The use of microcannulas (instead of needles) for facial procedures such as filling, has gained popularity this year according to top cosmetic dermatologists. In contrast to needles, cannulas are flexible (think a bendable rubber tube), which in theory, allows for more success when attempting to fill the various contours of facial anatomy, minimizes bleeding and bruising, affords less discomfort, and a decreased risk of bad side effects such as injection of product into a vessel. The idea is that cannulas glide along the tissues causing little damage. Not to mention they provide a fab alternative for the needle-phobic. “I have been using the cannula technique when filling the forehead,” explains Doris Day, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. “I can go through different planes of skin from superficial to deep, and often do this instead of neuromodulator (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin).”

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