IN THE CLEAR
I started by calling Fredric Brandt, M.D., to
try one of the most exciting new treatments,
laser. The painless,
ten-minute procedure uses pneumatic
energy (a kind of medical vacuum) to
thoroughly clean the pores while a bacteria-
killing laser finishes the job. It’s safe for preg-
nant women and, with its added benefits of
clearing sun damage, is ideal for those in
their 20s and up.
As he examines my skin in his New York
office, Brandt told me that most of his Isolaz
patients are in their late 20s, 30s, and 40s.
“Every woman thinks she’s the only adult
with acne,” he said, “but it’s so common.”
He showed me Isolaz’s vacuum apparatus
and explained that each patient has her own
cartridge attached to the end of it that
collects the sebum. “I’ll show you all the oil
later,” he said, laughing. “People love to see
it afterward. Everybody loves a cheap thrill.”
He went on to explain that most people
needs three or four treatments every two
weeks or so; then the acne goes into remis-
sion for a couple of months. After that, they
do maintenance visits a few times a year.
Then he began the procedure. The suction
was intense but not painful. After Brandt had
done one side of my face, he had me feel it.
“Don’t you love it?” he said. “Isn’t it fabu-
lous?” Oh, yes.
It was as soft as a toddler’s cheek. My skin
looked immediately better, and even more
gratifying, it was velvety clear 48 hours later.
Two weeks later, my skin was poreless-
and free of pimples…and every three
months, I’ll be visiting Brandt.
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