Category Archives: ANTI-AGING + PROCEDURES + MEDICAL AESTHETICS

PDO Threads or Threadlift With Dr. Nancy Samolitis, Facile Dermatology

March 8, 2019

Facile Dermatology and Boutique has always been special to me. This elegant and fun gem, in the heart of WeHo, helmed by the fantastic Dr. Nancy Samolitis is more than just a run of the mill boutique med spa. They are on a mission:

“Welcome to the world of Facile–where achieving good skin is easy. We’re what you get when you cross a dermatology office, a spa, and a beauty boutique. We’re obsessed with skin. We personalize every service to meet your needs on any given day (because skin is moody, y’know?).
Your best skin is our priority.”

So you see what I mean.

There’s been a ton of buzz about PDO absorbable threads or “thread lift” from clients and readers wanting to know more about this minimally invasive, zero downtime or bruising (let’s call it easy peasy) treatment and its promise to add instant lift to the skin – hence, instant rejuvenation. But that’s not all. The threads act like a scaffolding of support for the tissues and delicately reposition the skin to while building collagen over time. Sounds like a win win for a lunchtime procedure. 

The lovely, wise and truly authentic Dr. Sam numbed my face and fully went over the procedure before hand. Some numbing. A tiny entry point near the temples. Some pressure as the thread goes in, lidocaine as needed, and then once the longer barbed threads are inserted and ends snipped, smaller threads around the lower third of the face. A tag team of collagen boosting scaffolding.

The whole event was less than an hour. Painless. Not uncomfortable. After I was hilariously numb (think getting one’s teeth pulled) and late on (now) I’m quite sore in my jaw, which is perfect since I can’t eat as I’m on a Prolon fasting mimicking diet this week. (More on that soon!). I used some ice packs on my cheeks throughout the day but there is zero bruising and a little swelling that is probably not even noticeable.

In terms of seeing an instant lift – I do look ‘fresh’ faced. I need to take “after” photos in a week or to really gage. I am mostly interested in the building of collagen over time – when most people are losing it at this age. I will also follow up in one month to see if we need to add some more.

I am writing this the following morning. Cheeks quite sore, but face looks really great – a little swelling will certainly plump things up and my skin feels taught in a great way. Cannot wait to see what happens over time. So far, I am sold on threads! I am still thinking about how totally cool Dr. Sam is. What a treat to meet such a down to earth and real doctor who isn’t out to sell you a ton of stuff you don’t need.

Please call Facile for pricing and details.

West Hollywood
638 1/2 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone 310.929.2220

Pasadena 140 South Lake Avenue, Suite 104 Pasadena, CA 91101

Restylane® Lyft for Back of the Hands at Ava MD

November 15, 2018

Looking for a little pick me up during the holidays? I am in love with this super easy hand rejuvenation using Restylane® Lyft. 

You don’t have to be over 40 to feel your hands are looking a bit…deflated. I am an artist and work with my hands. They are strong and because of this – muscle-y. They look…welp…tired.  This treatment is incredible. Restylane® Lyft totally restored them to looking refreshed and well, younger. It’s a top rec treatment from all the editors here at Groomed LA.

Here are some deets:

  • The first and only hyaluronic-acid based filler that is FDA-approved for the hands.
  • Hyaluronic acid is already found in the body and keep skin looking younger and smooth. As we age, it diminishes and we loose volume in the skin, including the skin on the hands. This causes the bulging veins, and visible bones and tendons that make the hands look older.
  • Restylane Lyft restores volume to the hands and softens the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, making hands look younger.
  • The treatment is safe, and dissolvable, with natural looking results.
  • According to a recent survey conducted by Galderma, 78% of women ages 40 or older wish they could change the way their hands look, 2/3 said they would have a non-surgical treatment to improve the appearance of their hands, and 65% think their hands make them look older than their age! 

Restylane® Lyft is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler FDA approved to correct age-related volume loss in the back of hands.1,2 The injectable gel helps restore fullness to the back of the hands, resulting in more youthful-looking appearance.3 

The Restylane® brand offers the broadest portfolio of HA fillers in the U.S., and Restylane Lyft is the first-ever HA dermal filler to receive FDA approval for an area other than the face.1,2

Actual user*. Individual results may vary. Treated with 3mL of Restylane Lyft in the left hand. 4 weeks after treatment.

*user = clinical study subject

Treating Bony, Wrinkled or Veiny Looking Hands with Restylane Lyft

As we age, we lose volume in the hands, which can result in the appearance of prominent wrinkles and bones, bulging veins and visible tendons.4 These signs of aging can make our hands look less youthful.4 Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved HA injectable solution for patients who are seeking more youthful looking hands.2,3

What to Expect from Treatment:

  • Hands That Don’t Give Away Your Age
  • Natural-Looking Results
  • More Youthful-Looking Hands
  • Results that May Last Up to Six Months3

Restylane Lyft is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring substance in the skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. It diminishes as we age, and causes the skin to lose volume, increasing the chances for wrinkles to appear.

Restylane Lyft has a long track record of proven safety and efficacy and has been on the market for over 10 years.1,5 It is also the first and only dermal filler with three FDA-approved treatment areas – midface/cheek, nasolabial folds and now back of the hands.1,2

Restylane Lyft is clinically proven to last up to six months.3 The treatment is injected by a trained specialist, and works to add fullness to the back of the hands.1

The most common side effects include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, headache, tenderness, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. To learn more about serious but rare side effects and full Important Safety Information visit RestylaneUSA.com.

For more information about Restylane Lyft for Hands, visit www.RestylaneUSA.com. www.RestylaneUSA.com.

Go to the professionals at AVA MD. 

Ava MD | Skin Care by Dr. Ava Shamban‎

(310) 828-2282

9915 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Microjuvenate Radiates with Crystals and Activated Charcoal

August 1, 2018

Charcoal is everywhere.

We’re drinking it in our lemonade, brushing our teeth with it and of course – it’s taking over the skincare game from masks to cleansers.

Welcome the latest and greatest in this natural multi-duty heavy hitting detoxer.

Lucky me – I get to sample the best of the best and I am thrilled to introduce you a new player – Microdermabrasion Crystal Ball with Activated Charcoal.  This is for sure one of the most luxurious new skin care lines on the market.

Hell yes – when I tell you that after using this, my entire body felt as radiant as it looked. Founder Donna Messenger is a skin-care revolutionary.

This U.S. patent pending personal care applicator delivers a full body exfoliation and polishing treatment. The dual sided A|C disc is infused with both Microjuvenate’s proprietary blend of crystals which remove the outer layer of skin, remove impurities, and uniformly penetrate deep within the skin’s surface to boost hydration and resilience, and Italian Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, Blue Green Algae, Allantoin, and one to further flush impurities, balance acne-prone skin and fight against blackheads. 

Yes, you heard me – all of that good stuff above.

This groundbreaking product line comes in three collections:  “Clearly Works,” “Emphasis” and “Body Benefits.”

The Clearly Works Cleanser is completely soap-free and made up of Micellar Water and includes Pro Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid and Witch Hazel – so yah, this wiped clean my super thick sun block foundation.

Following the cleanser is the Clearly Works Toner to totally complete the cleansing process and tighten pores.

The non-irritating Clearly Works Hydrating Gel is my fave of mine – gel Kween over here! – as it left my entire face glowy von glowerstein.

The most impressive product, other than the crystal ball itself is the Clearly Works Microdermabrasion Facial Formula.  Ok this babe improved my skin’s overall appearance – why? – cuz is made of crystals to take off the outer later of dead skin. Plain and simple. Boom.

Pro Tip: Be sure to remove it with a warm wash cloth after a few minutes to avoid any irritation on your delicate summer skin.

The Emphasis Collection consists of three mixtures to spice up the Microdermabrasion Facial Formula for whatever your skin might need on a particular day. Think ‘customize it!’

This includes  Vitamin CActivated Charcoal and Crystals.

Can you believe all this GOODNESS?!

Finally, the Body Benefits Body Whip is one of the most effective body lotions I have ever used. I am so not a body lotion person (weird, right?!) – most make me feel like I can’t breathe. But this one absorbs into skin so dang quickly that it doesn’t leave any residue or that creepy AF sticky feeling that makes me wanna jump into an ice bath.  Or just outta my skin. This makes me want more! Hence, I can moisturize without having claustro-OCD in my own skin!

Microjuvenate was established in 2017 by Founder and President Donna Messenger. It was her lifelong mission to apply her collective professional knowledge and experiences to the development of a simple and effective system of clinical skin care products.

Guided by Donna – an internationally recognized leader in clinical skincare, microdermabrasion and dermaplanning industries – Microjuvenate grew into a trusted brand with widely appealing products for customers who want to experience the superior benefits of clinical skincare.

It’s Donna’s thirty plus years and proven results as one of the industry leaders and innovators that allows Microjuvenate to lead in at-home microdermabrasion, exfoliation polishing treatments. Donna’s innovative approach to clinical skincare has helped thousands of her patients achieve healthier skin. Word spread quickly about Donna’s success and it soon garnered her domestic and international recognition from the beauty and general interest media. Notable highlights include, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Korean Vogue, CNN Medical, Fox News and NBC.

Donna Messenger is killing the skincare game with her innovative and holistic approach to skin wellness and rejuvenation!

#GroomedLAApproved! 

Candace Marino – Aesthetician at Jason Emer, MD.

April 8, 2018

Some people get excited when they spot a celebrity. I get giddy when I meet a new practitioner, healer, therapist, colorist, doctor, teacher, and in this case, aesthetician. Candace Marino is one of those rising stars. Candace works out of the mecca that is Jason Emer, MD’s office. It really is way more than an office, it’s a destination. Dr. Emer is on the cutting edge of everything. Recently he performed some facial contouring and sculpting with Radiesse, Belotero and Xeomin and I am in awe. His eye is impeccable and his understanding of the face is as well. It’s the combo of artistry and technique that catapults a doctor to the top of, and it’s no wonder Dr. Emer is the most sought out person in town. I never want anyone else to touch my face – I am totally obsessed with my cheekbones right now. I look natural and just…better. Not fake, not stuffed, not tacky, not like a Real Housewife of anywhere. Just really freaking solid for my age. And well, prettier. Wow. I can say that. That is for sure not something that comes easily to me.

Ok, so in Dr. Emer’s office, the lovely Candace is doing her facial magic. Because this is a medical practice, Candace can do low-to-high grade medical peels and lasers of all kinds (I have never seen more in any office, btw). I had been really interested in the Reve peel and we discussed this but I didn’t have the downtime. So Candace looked at my skin and devised a custom facial : Dermal Infusion, Fire and Ice and Oxygen. Of course there was wonderful facial massage and cupping and it was all divine. Candace really knows her biz and also has that intuitive level of just being able to read someone’s skin. I am psyched to go back for more and really uncover even more of her talent. The practice is not a frou frou spa- it means business. Go when you are ready to really deal with your skin (once and for all). I cannot wait for you to try out Candace, you will LOVE her and everything this practice has to offer. You are in incredible hands.

9201 Sunset Blvd. Suite 708
West Hollywood, CA 90069
 424.320.0813

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Facile Dermatology – Vanessa Lee, RN, for a refreshed 2018 face

March 4, 2018

Nothing like a refreshed face for 2018. And hella yass, did I need it. Like so many of us, 2017 left me haggard, depressed and angry. I think I aged ten years. I needed a serious pick me up for my face (body and soul – working on SOUL with goddess meditation guide Kelly Morris of THE INFINITY CALL, more on her daily live mediation call in for women only, soon!! Can you say KELLY YOU ARE SAVING MY LIFE??!!!)

I headed over to the gorgeous little hide-away, Facile Dermatology where Vanessa, in less than 30 minutes, gave me a little overhaul. As you know, I am very natural (for someone who makes treatment plans and tries all the latest techniques). I look like your average mid-40’s working ass mother fucker. I am not fancy. I do not wear much make up. I keep it REAL AF. No fish lips. No chipmunk cheeks. No Beverly Hills housewife bullshit. 

Vanessa addressed my loss of volume and welp, falling cheeks. She added a little Voluma for the cheeks and Vollure for nasal labia folds and Botox, here and there. What a difference. Obvi. I am bat shit in love with the Voluma and Vollure. Mostly because I can’t even tell what she did. I just look….BETTER.

Vanessa finished with a microinfusion which basically is microneedling with with tiny deposits of a proprietary custom blend of botox, juverderm and super-antioxidants like glutathione that stimulates collagen to plump, tighten and brighten, shrinks pores, smooths for an instant glow with no downtime. THIS IS THE SHIT VON SHIT!!! This was the touch, I now realize, is everything. RUN AND GET THIS. STAT!

Facile Dermatology is one of my favorite spots in town.

I mean….look at it.

  
But that’s not all. Facile has you covered in so many ways…

THE PLANS LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

A TAILORED TREATMENT PLAN TO CLEAR YOUR COMPLEXION OF ACNE AND DARK SPOTS MAY INCLUDE:


  • CORTISONE INJECTIONS
    A quick prick with this powerful anti-inflammatory can dramatically reduce red, angry breakouts and hurry up healing—often immediately with cystic acne, in particular.
  • LASER THERAPY
    Think treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel or XLV.
  • FACIAL & BODY RESURFACING
    A.K.A. microneedling, it nudges skin to create new collagen and elastin fibers, which results in plumper, thicker skin and smoother scars and wrinkles.
  • CRYOFACIALS
    We add liquid nitrogen to your facial to treat what ails you: wrinkles, blemishes, pigmentation and sagging skin.
  • MICRO-INFUSIONS
    Micro-injections of botulinum toxin, filler droplets or PRP (platelet-rich plasma from your blood) will help shrink pores, improve fine lines and stimulate new collagen.
  • PEELS
    Customized chemical peels to reduce breakouts and minimize the appereance of visible scars.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.
  • TOPICAL AND/OR ORAL PRESCRIPTIONS

A CUSTOM ANTI-AGING PROGRAM TO HELP YOUR SKIN AGE IN REVERSE MAY INCLUDE:


  • WRINKLE RELAXERS
    Safe doses of botulinum toxins help unkink muscles, leading to smoother skin free from furrows.
  • INJECTABLE FILLERS
    Hyaluronic acid and collagen-stimulating fillers will give you a lift and youthful smoothness.
  • KYBELLA
    Injections of deoxycholic acid, a fat-absorbing substance, help reduce pockets of localized fat like a double chin.
  • LASER THERAPY
    Think treatments like Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel or XLV.
  • FACIAL & BODY RESURFACING
    A.K.A. microneedling, it nudges skin to create new collagen and elastin fibers, which results in plumper, thicker skin and smoother scars and lines.
  • CRYOFACIALS
    We add liquid nitrogen to your facial to treat what ails you: wrinkles, pimples, hyperpigmentations and sagging.
  • MICROINFUSIONS
    Microinjections of botulinum toxin, filler droplets, or PRP (from your own blood) shrink pores, improve fine lines, and stimulate new collagen.
  • PEELS
    Customized chemical peels help reduce signs of sun damage and visible scars.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.

AN ADJUSTABLE, ONGOING PROGRAM TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HAPPY AND HEALTHY, FROM THE INSIDE OUT, MAY INCLUDE:


  • IV INFUSION & Vitamin INJECTION THERAPY
    A custom cocktail of vitamins supports increased energy, glowing skin, anti-aging at the cellular level, improved athlecit performance, healing and recovery, enhanced immunity, hydration and stress relief.
  • VITAMINS & HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS
    A custom cocktail of take-home supplements in-office IV and vitamin therapies.
  • A NUTRITIONIST-RECOMMENDED DIET
  • A SKIN CANCER SCREENING EXAM
    The doctor checks for suspicious spots and removes anything questionable or bothersome.
  • A CUSTOM SKINCARE REGIMEN
    Each plan is individualized and includes Facile clinical and prescription-strength products.
  
FACILE

Vanessa Lee, RN
638 1/2 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Email: info@facileskin.com
Phone: 310.929.2220