1. Redness Reducer: Mirvaso
Here’s an innovation for anyone who relies on green-tinged makeup or heavy foundation to camouflage red, blotchy or acne- or rosacea-prone skin. With Mirvaso, a new prescription treatment, you simply dab the redness away. “It’s like a topical gel version of Visine, only it treats red skin instead of red eyes,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Blend a thin layer into your forehead, chin, nose and cheeks. It will help constrict blood vessels in your skin, preventing blushing and flushing for up to 12 hours.” The effects are dramatic, says Jeremy Green, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami. “Before, we had medicines that treated acne-like bumps associated with rosacea, and oral antibiotics to neutralize inflammation. But this is the first topical treatment that specifically targets the redness factor.” Cost: about $250 for a 30-gram tube, and your insurance policy may cover a significant portion of the price. Visit mirvaso.com for details.
2. Fine-Line Eraser: Belotero Balance
Long beloved in Europe, this thin, gel-like hyaluronic acid filler is designed to integrate into the skin rather than plump it. The payoff: It can fill the finest, shallowest lines without bumps. “For fine lines around the mouth, this is a gift—what we’ve been waiting for,” says Fusco. “It never creates that ducky lip or simian monkey effect, so you’ll never look overdone,” adds Ellen S. Marmur, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. And unlike some fillers, Belotero is less likely to cast a bluish hue on the skin, which makes it perfect for the thin skinned. New York– and Miami-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD, also uses it to smooth away tiny creases on the upper cheeks and forehead. “It’s like skim coating—it creates a perfect finish,” he says. Better yet, results last: In one study, 66 percent of participants were still seeing the effects of Belotero nine months after their treatment. Cost: about $600 and up per treatment; many patients require just one.
3. Low-Risk Instant Face-Lift: Juvéderm Voluma Xc
To combat the loss of facial fat as we age, many cosmetic doctors use some-thing called a volumizing filler, a viscous substance that is injected into the cheekbones, temples or jawline, plumping the area, pulling skin tauter and thereby smoothing wrinkles and lifting sags.
Volumizing fillers can do their job because they are generally thicker than fine-line fillers, such as the aforementioned Belotero Balance. But until now there was a catch: Most volumizers were irreversible—meaning that if you didn’t love the results, you had to live with them for up to 24 months. Not so with new, FDA-approved Juvéderm Voluma, a hyaluronic acid volumizing filler that is fully reversible. “If you want to take it down a notch—or completely—we can inject an enzyme that turns it into water,” says Marmur. Many MDs who’ve used Voluma are raving about how easy it is to control during injections and about its natural, adjustable results. “With Voluma, you see an instant, natural-looking improvement, and it can last as long as two years,” says Marmur. Cost: about $1,450 per treatment; patients typically need one or two.