FRACTIONAL RESURFACING REJUVENATES SKIN USING SMART LASERS THE FUTURE IS NOW
People have been using lasers to create healthy, vibrant skin for over a decade now, but the technology continues to improve — and so do the results. Today’s procedures use the same carbon dioxide laser technology, but with more sophistication and intelligence than ever before. When the laser touches the skin, it shrinks fiber and stimulates the collagen. We talked last month about what happens when you heat up collagen — a thickening of the dermis and stimulation of growth that results in healthier, rejuvenated skin. Fractional resurfacing does just that, but the collagen can remain stimulated
for months, meaning your skin will improve and continue to improve for up to a year! It’s called “fractional” resurfacing because we don’t laser the entire area of skin; the laser is emitted in bursts that touch the skin evenly across the targeted area, but without touching every single skin cell. Because only some of the skin is affected, the recovery time is much faster, and the results tends to be better than with non-
fractional treatment. Speaking of which, we can also adjust the results and recovery time for this procedure to flex around your busy schedule. Resurfacing is a great way to fight wrinkles and fade scars, and it works very well as a general anti-aging procedure. It’s also a healthy, natural way to treat other areas of the body besides the face — which means you can get the same great results elsewhere as well!
HARVEST PASTA This easy, healthy, hearty recipe is a delicious way to employ the harvest from your vegetable garden.
Recipe courtesy of midwestliving.com.
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried whole grain elbow macaroni
Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 7–10 minutes or until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces (4 cups) 1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2. Add beans, broth, pasta, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer
2 tomatoes or 4 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
BIBLE VERSE Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. – Romans 12:9
Ground black pepper (optional)
7–10 minutes more or until vegetables and pasta are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.
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1/3 cup chopped red onion
Snipped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
DIRECTIONS 1. In a very large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
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