Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Defying Mother Nature.(Mature Life)

Byline: Patricia Gabbett Snow For the Journal

Growing numbers of older adults blotting out the ravages of time with nonsurgical procedures

As a redhead growing up in New Mexico, Anita Rozzi spent a lot of time in the sun. She developed freckles.

"They became the bane of my existence. Some people think freckles are cute. I certainly never did," says Rozzi.

Kids teased her. With every spare penny she had, Rozzi (then Anita Austin) bought various bleaching creams, trying to get rid of her freckles.

She says she remembers that an equally desperate freckled friend tried one bleaching solution so harsh it blistered her face.

Years went by, and though she learned to stay out of the sun and use sunblock, Rozzi spent a lot of money on makeup and a lot of time trying to cover up those blasted freckles.

About three years ago, Rozzi, now 73, was in the office of her dermatologist, Kenneth Flandermeyer, when she spotted a brochure about microdermabrasion, a gentle particle skin resurfacing that removes the outer dead cell layer.

"I thought, 'Gee, maybe that's my answer after all these years,' " she says.

Flandermeyer told Rozzi he thought she would be a good candidate for the procedure. "After the first few sessions, I didn't notice too much," says Rozzi, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and former University of New Mexico Hospital newborn cuddler. …

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