The latest tricks for getting gorgeous legs
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
What it's best for: Although the Fractional CO2 laser is generally used by doctors on the face and neck to remove dark spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging, Guida also uses it on legs. "It takes away hyperpigmentation without leaving a lot of redness," he says. According to Guida, you can expect to see the benefits after about two weeks of downtime and as little as one treatment.
How it works: The laser targets darker areas of the skin, causing the body to produce new skin cells and shed the old, damaged ones. On the legs, the treatment is relatively pricey, costing up to $600 per treatment, depending on the size of the area. But according to Guida, the reward is well worth the price. "The women who come see me are no longer embarrassed to go out and play sports in the sun," he says. "As long as they wear sunblock and take care of their skin, they never come back for the same treatment."
Budget-friendly alternative: LightStim for Wrinkles ($250) is an at-home LED device that stimulates elastin and collagen production. On the face, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, but it can also be used on dark spots and trouble acne areas on legs.