SmoothShapes Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite affects 85% of women. The SmoothShapes® Laser by Cynosure is dedicated to providing market leading technology in all areas of cellulite reduction.

Cellulite is a common skin condition known for its dimpled appearance caused by enlarged fat cells trapped in an inflexible network of fibrous septae located in the subcutaneous layers of skin. It affects 85-98% of post-pubertal women. For years it was thought that cellulite occurred primarily due to obesity, excessive weight gain, lack of exercise and poor diet, but in actuality, this is not the case. The formation of cellulite is actually due to several genetic and physical factors that include hormones, vascular changes and connective tissue changes.stomachcontour

Based on many years of scientific development, SmoothShapes® featuring Photomology® technology is designed to offer a new and innovative way to treat cellulite, safely and effectively, and achieve long-lasting results. The pain free treatment uses dynamic laser and light energy to liquefy fat in the enlarged cells and repair brittle collagen. During treatment, collagen is remodeled in order to restore fat cells and smooth and tighten skin. Also, circulation is improved and metabolic processes are restored. The contoured rollers and vacuum massage assist in moving the liquefied fat out through the lymphatic system and improve the appearance of skin. Treatment results: tighter, smoother looking skin.

SmoothShapes® represents a significant improvement in the way cellulite is treated. After treatment, you will feel smoother and tighter skin in the treated area and can expect lasting results. The treatment is comfortable and no preparation is needed. You can expect a warming of the skin and a feelling similar to a very deep tissue massage.  The SmoothShapes® system can treat all skin types including tanned skin. The thighs, buttocks, back, arms and abdomen can be treated.

We recommend a series of 5-10 treatments once or twice per week. This will yield smoother, firmer skin in the treatment area with lasting cellulite reduction results. Many patients experience changes in their skin texture and firmness after as little as two treatments. Following the procedure, you can resume normal activity


without any restrictions. After treatment you may notice your skin may appear slightly pink which resolves itself anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours after treatment and skin may feel slightly warm, which resolves itself within 30 minutes after treatment.

Call Advanced Laser and Skin Center today at 781-933-7073 to schedule your free consultation today.

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New England Winter Blues

The winter blues are starting to set in for everyone in New England.  Some people leave their house in the morning when it is still dark and don’t get home until it is dark again.  This is common in the New England winters, but nonetheless unfulfilling. We are all starting to miss the sun and are very tired of the overcast. 


For us New Englander’s, it natural to get a case of the winter blues since we live in such a seasonal area of the United States, but is it just me, or does this winter seem like it is never going to end?  The lack of sunlight is starting to get to many people.  Some feel trapped, depressed and mooWinterBluesdy. Not to worry, winter doesn’t last forever. Hooray! Here are a few ideas to help get through these winters blues.


1.    Try to find something, one thing, that you like about the winter in New England.  It is the beautiful snow covered trees or a warm hot dinner that you only make in the winter months.  Stay focused on something positive about the season.

2.    Try something new.  If you are a regular beach bum, try to step out of your comfort zone and go for a winter hike, or a new sport; skiing, snowboarding, ice skating.  Or even just take the kids for a trip down the local hills and slopes for a day of sledding.  Choose something that you may enjoy and bring some light into your day.

3.    Make plans with a friend.  Yes its cold and no one wants to go out after they have gotten home from a long day at work. However, doing the same thing day after day can be exhausting and tiring for anyone at any time of the year.  The winter months make some days seem like a struggle and I bet some of your friends feel the same way. Plan a night out and do something fun!

4.     Plan a weekend away.  You don’t even need to go to a warmer climate. Although that may be what you want (and I don’t blame you), just go anywhere that is different.  Somewhere and you can relax with out the daily routine.  Little weekend trips give you something to look forward to during that cold week you just had.

5.     And remember….winter does not last forever in New England.  It just feels like it!


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Women Choose Botox as Ideal Valentine’s Gift

valentines_day_gift-normalOn February 14th, forget the flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. It turns out that many women prefer Botox for their Valentine’s Day gift.

A new study by Good Surgeon Guide asked a group of women which cosmetic treatment they would like to receive as a gift. Of those polled, 78 percent said they would like to receive the wrinkle-fighting injections. Dermal filler and teeth whitening also topped the list.

The study says there are three golden rules for purchasing procedures for a loved one:

1. Make sure it’s a treatment they have already had and liked the results.
2. If you decide to go against rule number one, do your research.
3. The treatments would ideally require a qualified cosmetic nurse, doctor, or surgeon.

But there are some procedures that women said they do not want to receive from their significant others. According to the study, do not give your lady laser hair removal, skin tightening, or leg vein removal.

The participants also say it’s a good idea to ask them before gifting any cosmetic procedure.

Article Source: KTRK-TV Houston, TX

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Benefits of Vitamins for Your Skin

Vitamins that are good for your inner body are also great for your skin.  Eating good fats help increase lycopene absorption. Many vitamins that are essential are best activated and absorbed when eaten with fat.

Vitamins A, D and E are all considered fat-soluble.  Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and peas are all loaded with vitamin A.  They should be eaten with a healthy fat like the kind found in olive oil.  Milk, fish, yogurt and orange juice are all very good and rich sources of vitamin D.

Start off your day with some orange juice, a slice of bacon and a yogurt with some almonds tossed in to add some some dairy along with your vitamin C. Sweet-potato slices and spinach are great vitamin E fat-soluble foods.  Make a spinach salad for lunch and top it off with a serving of olive oil.

Red grapes offer a great source of vitamin C.  Snacking on red grapes are good for your inner body, however, some Chilean women use the antioxidant powers of red grapes to create their luminous skin. Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty says, “It wakes up the appearanSONY DSCce of tired and fatigued skin to give you an amazing glow.” These women create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding 2 tablespoons of white flour. They then apply the mask to their face and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off.

Supplementing vitamins doesn’t usually hurt, but getting enough of the nourishing benefits from the foods you eat as well as helping out your skin is a bonus. Even applying those vitamins directly to your skin is great for healthy and beautiful skin.

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Boston Ranks High in the Healthiest City

Boston should be pretty proud of this recent study.  Although, Boston did not come in first, third in the country is pretty darn good!  People from Boston are healthier these days. Being active and eating healthy are some top priorities to Bostonian’s. Way to go Boston!

Which city is considered the healthiest, fittest in America? It’s not a sunny, bikini-weather spot like Miami Beach or Malibu. It’s a city famous for its frequent sub-zero temperatures, where residents need snow coats and ear muffs for months of the year: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s most recent American Fitness Index.
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Minneapolis, St. Paul has more parks per square mile than any major city in the U.S. and is second only to Portland, Oregon for the number of bicyclists per capita. The Twin Cities also get high marks for access to fresh food.

“There are twice as many farmer’s markets in that area than in the top 10 percent of cities in the United States,” says ACSM’s Walter Thompson, Ph.D.

Check out the top 20 Healthiest Cities in the U.S.:

Minneapolis, St. Paul
Washington, D.C.
San Francisco
Hartford, Conn.
Sacramento, Calif.
Portland, Ore.
Denver, Colo.
Austin, Texas
Virginia Beach, Va.
San Jose, Calif.
Salt Lake City
Raleigh, N.C.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
San Diego, Calif.
Richmond, Va.
Providence, R.I.
Baltimore. Md.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Article Source: Today Show

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Whiter Teeth in Time for Valentine’s Day

Advanced Laser & Skin Center offers the LumaCool© Whitening System, a state-of-the-art technology that whitens teeth; it’s teeth bleaching in an hour.

Patients who have had the professional teeth whitening whitening procedure report that their whiter, brighter smile boosted their self-confidence, improved their looks and made them feel better about themselves. Visit us to see why we are the leader in Boston teeth whitening in Massachusetts!smile

Many of us feel that our smiles are most striking when our teeth look especially white. As we age, our teeth tend to darken and yellow, particularly if we use tobacco, drink coffee, red wine and tea, or take certain medications. This process is nearly impossible to reverse without professional help.

We offer the LumaCool© procedure as an additional service for clients who would like whiter, brighter smiles. Unlike do-it-yourself remedies and teeth whitening products; that involve wearing gel-filled trays for several hours at a time, the LumaCool© process uses a light to activate the whitening solution. The procedure has been thoroughly studied and safety tested. The entire process takes an hour, and is easy and pain free.

The technician will match your teeth to a sample of teeth shades and set your expectations of outcomes. A translucent tray is used which holds the teeth whitening gel of Hydrogen Peroxide and when placed in your mouth covers your upper and lower teeth simultaneously. You will be positioned under the LumaCool light for two to three 12-15 minute sessions. The light activates the hydrogen peroxide and allows for penetration of the product. At the end of the process you will have a brighter, whiter smile! For those with more discoloration or yellowing of the teeth a second treatment can be done, however we suggest a week in between treatments.

Call Advanced Laser and Skin Center today to schedule your appointment for a whiter, brighter smile.

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Venus Freeze – Freeze Time, Reverse Aging

Venus Freeze, a non-invasive treatment that combines Radio Frequency (RF) and Magnetic Pluses (MP)² into a skin tightening technology. This unique combination has the ability to access deeply, comfortably, and safely into the skin in order to achieve optimum results. Venus Freeze treatments are effective in circumference reduction, improving cellulite, skin tightening and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Our Promise is to provide you with a safe, pleasant, pain-free experience in treatments for the face, eyes and neck; and body parts including arms,abdomen, thighs and buttocks.

Venus Freeze works by incorporating Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Magnetic Pulsed Fields into one device and delivering it safely and effectively to the patient. Skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and cellulite reduction occur because the multi-polar radio frequency causes a thermal reaction in the tissue which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. That restoring response causes new collagen to form, and the production of new elastin fibers. The active collagen in the skin contracts, causing skin to look and feel firmer and the elastin fibers unravel making the skin appear more elastic.

Venus Freeze is cleared by the FDA. The Venus Freeze system has been the subject of numerous clinical trials by trained physicians and researchers. In a Canadian study of 15 subjects, three groups of patients were treated for eight weeks: one for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction around the neck and face; one for circumference reduction in the abdomen and hips; and the remainder for cellulite reduction. Among the first group, all patients showed moderate to significant decrease in wrinkles. The second pack posted an average shrinkage of 3.1 cm in the abdomen/hip area, and all members posted a dip in circumference. For the third portion, 75 percent of the subjects finished up with noticeable and satisfactory improvement in the appearance of their cellulite. The treatments went well, with no reports of serious pain or agitation and no complications.  The procedure can be done during your lunch break, no downtime!

Advanced Laser and Skin Center is offering a special on Venus Freeze this month.  Contact us today at 781-935-7370 to schedule a consultation for this treatment.

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Beauty Resolutions You Can Still Make

It’s officially 2014.  You, like many, have probably made plenty of promises to yourself about what this year will bring. Here are some beauty resolutions that you may have forgotten to think about.

  • You will put on lotion after a hot bath or shower, every single time.
  • You won’t wait until your toenails are in the worst shape to get a pedicure.
  • You will shave your legs regularly.
  • You will not leave the house with chipped nail polish.
  • You will not brush your hair when it is wet.
  • You will use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while.
  • You will get at least 7 hours of beauty sleep every night.
  • You will start exfoliating your lips before wearing bright lipstick.
  • You won’t pick at your nails.
  • You will leave the house without makeup, sometimes.
  • You will actually attempt adventurous eye makeup.
  • You will brush your teeth after lunch every day.
  • You will never, ever go to sleep with your makeup on.
  • You will learn how to do all those fancy braids.
  • You will exfoliate your body at least once a week
  • You will drink more water….lots and lots of water.

Pick a few or try to do them all, but these are all a good place to start for some of your 2014 New Year’s resolutions.

Article Source:  Huffington Post

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Winter Spa Treatments Are Important

The best winter spa treatments should not only be relaxing, but also hydrating. When our bodies are exposed to cold, dry weather, our skin can quickly become dehydrated, as it adjusts to maintain our internal temperatures. This causes skin to become dry and itchy. Aside from being uncomfortable, dry skin can also promote breakouts and aging and cause skin to look dull. Even though you are exposing less of your body in winter, you should still take care of it with spa treatments. Whether you obtain professional care or perform treatments yourself, consider trying out any of these three relaxing and very hydrating treatments!

Vitamin C Facial
Facials are one of the most relaxing spa treatments. Normally, facials involve steaming your face to open up pores and extract dirt to help repair and rejuvenate your skin. Facials are great any time of the year because of their restorative qualities, but facials are even better in winter when vitamin C is added to the mix. Aside from helping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, the vitamin C absorbed through your skin can also help to combat colds and elevate your mood. Most spas have vitamin C facials available during the winter months. You can also skip the trip to the spa and give yourself a vitamin C facial by simply swiping orange, lime and tangerine extract on your face while cleansing.

Hydrating Manicures and Pedicures
Manicures and pedicures are often thought of as a summer spa treatment, but they are actually one of the best winter treatments! They are on offer at nearly all spas, but you can also complete one yourself. Manicures and pedicures normally involve exfoliation, which is especially important during winter, since it helps to remove dead skin. After exfoliation, a moisturizer is normally applied. This will help to restore dull looking skin and prevent dehydration from occurring. In addition to improving the feel of your hands, manicures and pedicures will also improve their look, since they normally involve cuticle work, nail shaping, and polish application. Having good looking nails in winter will help boost your self esteem even if your nails are not always on display!


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Holiday Health Tips

Some advice to enjoy a little holiday indulgence without sacrificing your health goals.

Indulging Without Overindulging

Relax. You won’t gain 10 pounds. It’s a misconception that you’ll need to go up a pant size in January. The average person gains only about a pound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s no excuse to eat with abandon, though. (After all, gaining one pound every year can add up in the long run.) But a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology says that people who had an attitude of forgiveness and self-compassion after one high-calorie setback were less likely to give up and keep bingeing.

Don’t skip meals. It seems logical: Forgo lunch; leave more room for pigs in blankets at the office party later. But arriving starved may result in overeating, and drinking on an empty stomach will give you a quicker buzz, which is more likely to lead to mindless munching. Eat normally during the day, and be strategic at the buffet. Don’t bother with things you don’t absolutely love. Splurge on something special, then stop.

Count your bites. A lot of appetizers are about 60 calories a bite. Just five bites is around 300 calories. That’s about half of what you might eat for dinner.  Keep a mental tab—or fill a small plate, once—so you don’t go overboard.

Take a break from the gym. According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of people who exercise regularly is lower in December than at any other time of the year. So don’t beat yourself up—you’re not the only one who’s too busy for Spinning class. But try to stay active in other ways. Speed-walking with shopping bags counts. So does cleaning. Add some toning by tightening your core muscles as you vacuum or reach for scattered toys. Get back into your regular exercise routine once the holidays end.

Weigh yourself every day. Or try on a pair of snug-fitting jeans to gauge those subtle ups and downs. The point isn’t to get obsessive and berate yourself over every ounce gained; it’s to prevent yourself from completely letting go of good habits. Breaking the rhythm of healthy behaviors that you’ve built up is the real danger. You don’t want to have to start from scratch in January.

Article Source: Real Simple

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