Red Carpet Prescription
Red Carpet Prescription
It is never too early to start thinking about Hollywood’s ‘Award Season,’ not to mention the myriad of social invitations that come in the fall. When an important event is around the corner, Dr. Leif Rogers recommends these fabulous five treatments that help to rejuvenate, restore and seemingly turn back the hands of time.
Phytoceramides were largely off the radar until Dr. Rogers introduced this ‘miracle’ supplement on the Dr. Oz Show. Phytoceramides help and reverse the signs of aging by hydrating the skin from the inside out, plumping the skin, preventing the loss of moisture and diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ceramides naturally occur in our skin, and we lose them as we age – Phytoceramides are derived from natural plant sources and restore the skin’s structure, improving not just the appearance of your face but the skin on your entire body. Phytoceramides were recently approved by the FDA, and Dr. Rogers’ new line: Gluten-free Phytoceramides by Dr. Leif Rogers are available through his office. Phytoceramides should be taken starting 4-6 weeks before an event.
VASER Shape (vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance)
VASERshape has long been known as a non-invasive ultrasound technology that can help with cellulite reduction and selective fat deposits, many of Dr. Roger’s patients come in specifically because it reduces swelling caused by air travel. This is especially important if one has flown in for a special event or needs to hit the runway soon after arriving. Because it ameliorates the look of uneven spots and the effects are immediate, models love it pre-photo shoot, and it is great for brides. Compared with the pleasant feeling of having a hot stone massage, sessions last less than an hour and there is no downtime.
ULTherapy is the only non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA to tighten and lift the chin/jowls, neck and eyebrows, and the FDA has just granted approval for the chest area, including the cleavage. Why ULTtherapy vs. Thermage? The science. The technology is newer and ULTherapy delivers micro-focused ultrasound deep below the skin’s surface, reaching down towards the SMAS (the layer of tissue that covers, surrounds and attaches to the deeper tissues and structures of the face and neck). The result? The foundational layers of the skin are precisely heated, without disturbing the surface, and significant tightening and lifting can be achieved in one 60-90 minute session. The energy stimulates the growth of new and more elastic collagen with results becoming more pronounced over time. ULTherapy is also the only procedure that uses ultrasound imaging, which lets the practitioner see the layers of tissue that need to be treated, ensuring that the energy is placed exactly where it will be the most effective.
While traditional areas treated include the nasolabial folds and the fine lines around the mouth as well as the chest; some high-profile patients request full-body ULTherapy on a regular basis. On the body, deeper, highly targeted settings can be used on the abdomen, thighs, backside, knees and upper arm, providing for subtle, but effective changes, especially remarkable for a non-invasive, single treatment procedure. Treatments can be repeated as often as every three months, but results are evident up to two years.
IV Vitamin Therapy
Another ‘go to’ treatment of the entertainment industry, Vitamin Therapy, is beneficial for not only pre-event and before or after traveling, but to help recover from illness and surgery.
The pre-event ‘cocktail’ consists of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12) and vitamin C, plus a ‘push’ of the antioxidant and detoxifying powerhouse, glutathione. Post-surgery and to help the healing process, this infusion is supplemented with more vitamin C plus zinc and biotin for hair, skin and nail health. The infusions are also customized to each patient’s specific nutritional needs to ensure maximal effectiveness.
Bypassing the digestive system is the main advantage of IV nutrition. When substances are given orally they must be processed through the stomach and the intestines. Many substances may not be thoroughly absorbed or are rendered inactive in the digestive tract. By directly administering nutrients via the bloodstream, a much higher level of nutrition can be delivered directly to the cells. These increased levels can provide an immediate therapeutic response by correcting deficiencies; resulting in a patient feeling better within hours of the treatment.
Using radiofrequency, THERMILift heats the deepest layer of the skin, causing collagen to tighten and regenerate without damaging the skin surface. More targeted than ULTherapy, THERMILift can be used on the face or the body and allows for treatment of very specific areas including the neck and jowls and the difficult to treat knee area (as seen on Dr. Rogers guest appearance on The Doctors TV Show). At a higher temperature setting, fat cells dissolve and subsequently reabsorb for non-surgical body contouring and smoothing of fat bulges.
While there are no incisions, the tiny probe that is used leaves tiny needle-like holes that begin to heal almost immediately without sutures or scars. Results continue to become apparent over a three to six month period. Dr. Rogers is one of the first plastic surgeons to offer THERMILift on the west coast.
In private practice since 2004, Leif Rogers M.D., F.A.C.S. obtained his medical degree at Columbia University. Dr. Rogers is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He currently enjoys private practice in Beverly Hills and at his new office in Pasadena, where he offers reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, as well as today’s most advanced technologies in non-surgical aesthetics. Among many accolades, most recently Dr. Rogers has been named a “Top Doctor” by Pasadena Magazine in 2013 and 2014. He has also served as a medical consultant for educational and television programming, including “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors Show”.