MY MILESTONE: Returning to the spotlight
MY TREATMENT: Fraxel DUAL laser neck rejuvenation
MY DOCTOR: Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD
A year or so ago I noticed the skin on my neck was getting crepey. And then I noticed it seemed very loose in the front and overall pretty wrinkly, all things I was not excited about. And while, at 51, I don’t really let aging issues slow me down, I will admit to buying a few turtlenecks in the last year. Although I haven’t been on-air for more than a decade, a television show I worked on for a few years is coming back. And while I am super excited about returning on-screen, I want to look and feel confident in front of the camera. Even though I am very realistic about my age and how I look, I felt had to do something, but I didn’t think I needed surgery just yet—I just wanted some tightening and retexturizing. I don’t mind some lines and wrinkles; I just wanted to look a bit better.
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I went to Dr. Ava to see what I could do that didn’t require much downtime. She recommended a Fraxel laser treatment that would address all of my concerns. “The dual-wavelength fractionated laser will target both the superficial ‘crepiness’ and laxity of the skin, as well as help restore elasticity and volume to the skin around the neck and collarbone,” she said. “It will also reduce other signs of aging like discoloration, pigmentation and sun damage.”
THE WAITING GAME
After my treatment, my skin became sandpapery and then started to flake off, which I found really exciting. Dr. Ava said my neck would start rejuvenating from the inside out now and I would see more visible improvement over time. She stressed that with one treatment, I would only see mild-to-moderate changes, but a series would give more dramatic results. “The final improvements are seen at around eight weeks,” she advised. “You will see a smoother texture and your neck will look and feel more taut.” I never told my friends about my treatment, but some who hadn’t seen me in a while commented that I looked better than ever. Excited about my new love for skin resurfacing, I told them everything. My real-life results quickly overshadowed my on-screen fears. Now, as I get ready for my big comeback, I am a lot less worried about how my neck looks on camera and more concerned about scheduling my next laser. —As told to NewBeauty