Exercise, diet, and skin care are always the first line of offense when it comes to building a strong, healthy body, as we all know. But sometimes, even the most intense workout or diligent self-care is no match for a stubborn spot. Body treatments of all kinds have improved dramatically, thanks to new high-tech devices designed specifically for use on areas from the neck down. And for anyone who has one nagging issue that’s messing with their self-esteem, they can be a godsend.
“These treatments are for those who have tried everything else to no avail,” says Anne Chapas, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Sound like you? Read on. Even out your skin tone Zap dark marks and mottled skin—on your chest, shoulders, wherever—with a fractional laser, which delivers tens of thousands of pixels of heat into the deeper layers of the skin, while leaving the surface of the skin relatively unscathed.
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“You’ll have what looks like a sunburn for about a week,” says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “After that, expect fresh, rejuvenated skin that’s less pigmented and smoother.” Fractional lasers have been around for awhile, but because the latest versions are designed for the body they work faster. The Fraxel Dual, for example, can remove 10 to 15 years of sun damage in two to three treatments, each of which takes less than half an hour. Expect to shell out about $1,200 per session.