Among laser peels, the CO2 laser treatment is a behemoth - powerful, tested, and effective. But beware: recovery times can be far worse than they are for other zappers. An ablative laser, the CO2 laser affects the top surface of the skin. CO2 laser peels are often used to treat individual wrinkles, laugh lines, scars, sun spots and other facial blemishes.
Juvederm is one of the most popular facial fillers. Like others of its ilk, it's largely composed of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm Ultra is designed to smooth shallow lines, while Juvederm Ultra Plus is thick enough for deeper wrinkles and facial folds. Both are available with lidocaine added to decrease discomfort.
Restylane is a very popular injectable based on hyaluronic acid, used for erasing wrinkles and adding fullness to depleted areas of the face. With almost immediate results (with improvements becoming more obvious over time), fine furrows and folds can be masked with Restylane injections.
Fraxel is a brand family of laser resurfacing procedures that offers treatments at different levels of intensity. There are four levels of intriguingly spelled Fraxel treatments that increase in strength. They include "re:fine," "re:store," "re:pair" and "re:store Dual." Recovery time is typically shorter than some other laser treatments—although results might not be as dramatic.
Radiesse is a calcium-based, heavy-duty filler. It's popular for plumping up unwanted lines and wrinkles in the skin, including pre-jowls and cheek depressions—signs of aging that result from fat loss. Radiesse may be too aggressive for use near the eyes.
Thermage has been touted as an effective, albeit painful, method for smoothing out wrinkled and dimpled skin. Endorsed by no less of an icon than Oprah, Thermage uses radiofrequency technology to stimulate collagen production in the skin. The skin-tightening device can be applied almost anywhere on the body, including the face, eyelids, lips, abdomen, arms, hands, thighs and buttocks to treat sagging skin, loose jowls, turkey neck, wrinkles and fine lines.
Poor diet and hygiene can leave the outer, visible layer of the tooth, known as enamel, yellow, brownish or off-white. Luckily, there are a burgeoning number of teeth whitening treatments to choose from, from in-office and at-home bleaching to laser whitening treatments (those take place in the dentist's chair). Either way, a whiter, brighter smile is certainly possible.
Carbohydrate control is at the core of the Atkins Diet. A meat-lover's dream come true, Atkins dieters can consume all the protein their hearts desire while avoiding carbs like Victoria Beckham does flats. Carbs can be reintroduced to a diet after the first two stages out of the four have been completed. Individuals who are able to stick to the program experience significant weight loss and a boost in "good" cholesterol levels.