Extreme Makeover: Coming to a Beach Near You (cont.)

"People tend to work out a lot, they perspire and acne gets worse on their back area and it's hard to access the back with topical treatments," Alster says.

"A topical cream or solution also runs off very easily and some of these treatments stain or bleach out clothes." Not Smoothbeam.

Besides destroying acne-causing bacteria like other acne treatments, heat from the Smoothbeam shrinks sebaceous glands, so they produce less oil. Most everybody shows improvement in acne with two to three treatments, she says.

A Word of Caution ...

"There are unrealistic expectations tied into timing a makeover for a social event or a season," says Laurie A. Casas, MD, a plastic surgeon in suburban Chicago and chair of ASAPS Communications Commission.

Her advice: "Diet, exercise, and then explore realistic options for changing certain body parts and remember to choose a board certified licensed cosmetic surgeon for best results. Check credentials," she stresses. To find a licensed plastic surgeon near you, visit the ASAPS web site at www.surgery.org.

Published May 14, 2004.

SOURCES: Nikolas Chugay, DO, plastic surgeon, Beverly Hills, Calif. Kristine Panariello, Spa Secret, Bay Ridge, N.Y. Oliver Zong, DPM, podiatrist, New York City. Marion Shapiro, DO, president, Mesotherapy Associates, New York City and West Orange, N.J. Tina Alster, MD, director, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington. Bruce Katz, MD, medical director, Juva Skin and Laser center, New York City. Laurie A, Casas, plastic surgeon. Sasha Kaminik, co-owner, Le Boe European Day Spa, Coral Springs, Fla.

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