Beauty Breakthroughs

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New DNA


Lab21 has taken customized skin care to a whole new level with face creams based on an individual’s DNA. The company says its scientists can detect skin deficiencies, such as collagen and elastin breakdowns or an intolerance for environmental pollutants, through saliva samples. You can take your own sample using Lab21 DNA face cream test or have one of its specialists collect a sample at stores across the country. Cost: $250. For more information, call (877) MYLAB21.


Fat Busters

 

Plastic surgeons across the country are now performing a procedure they say is a kinder, gentler way to remove cellulite and fat. Lyposculpture, as it’s known, is said to offer more precise shaping without the pain and long recovery time associated with liposuction.


R. Patrick Abergel, M.D., of the Santa Monica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in California developed a technique using ultrasound and minisculpturing instruments (of his own design) to remove fat. The recovery period with lyposculpture is usually 48 hours (liposuction requires a week or more), and the average cost is about $5,000. For more information, call (800) 366-3211.