Category Archives: ANTI-AGING + PROCEDURES + MEDICAL AESTHETICS

THE LIST: DR. GRANT STEVENS | MARINA PLASTIC SURGERY

March 3, 2018

We are excited to roll out THE LIST for 2018.  What better a way to launch the year than by featuring Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, CA. 

Dr. Stevens is the Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Division of Plastic Surgery. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is also president-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

What is also exciting is that his practice is the first in the U.S. to offer Geneveve™ by Viveve®, the single-session, 30-minute, in-office treatment for women with vaginal laxity that incorporates patented radiofrequency energy to stimulate and generate collagen.

“We are excited to be the first to introduce Geneveve to our clients,” Dr. Stevens said. “Geneveve treats vaginal laxity, which results from over stretching the vaginal introital (opening) during childbirth. As a result of this tissue damage, women can experience a decrease in sexual satisfaction and physical sensation during intercourse, which can adversely impact sexual health and quality of life.” He added that just like procedures that stimulate collagen to make the face and body more youthful, Genevieve uses collagen stimulation to shrink vaginal tissue achieving previous tightness.

During vaginal childbirth or sexual activity over a period of time, these tissues can over-stretch, leaving the patient with a feeling of looseness, especially around the vaginal opening. The loss of tightness eventually leads to a diminished sexual sensation and satisfaction during intercourse.

“Geneveve is a perfect complement to our mommy makeover procedure, allowing women to experience a return to their pre-pregnancy days of vibrancy, lubrication and tightness,” said Dr. Stevens. He added that in a sexual satisfaction survey of women who had undergone the Geneveve treatment after experiencing vaginal deliveries, 67% of the women reported an increase in vaginal tightness at 30 days and 87% at six months after the treatment. While vaginal rejuvenation surgery is right for some patients, many more just need a simple non-surgical out-patient treatment that requires no anesthesia.

For more information, visit Marina Plastic Surgery; like Marina Plastic Surgery on Facebook; join his blog at BeautyByStevens; and follow on Twitter @DrGrantStevens.

 

Is Xeomin Better Than Botox?

January 3, 2018

It’s 2018. Another year, another wrinkle. OY.

Maybe you’ve built up a sensitivity to Botox? Maybe you’re a dude and feel funky about getting Botox, but wouldn’t mind trying a ‘natural facial muscle relaxer’ – so to speak.

Welp, more and more people are checking out Xeomin.

So, what’s XEOMIN®?

Well, like Botox, it’s a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults for a short period of time (temporary).  In other words, it takes those awful “11’s” away. 

The main difference between Xeomin and Botox is that Xeomin contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A.

Xeomin is the only one of the three (Xeomin, Botox and Dysport) injectables that does not need to be refrigerated before use, due to its lack of additives. Xeomin is a “naked injectable,” meaning that it does not contain any additives.

A benefit of a pure-form injectable is that the human body is less likely to become resistant to it. Some patients have developed antibodies to Botox which means…it no longer works! 

This is a great way to go for dudes (something about it seems more natural and it’s often marketed like that) and for first timers who are Botox curious.

XEOMIN® is available only through licensed physicians like:

Tattoo Removal Is Now Easier Than Ever With DESCRIBE PFD Patch

December 7, 2017

That 1990’s tramp stamp getting you down? Alas, a new tattoo removal patch is here.

  • The DESCRIBE PFD Patch is a silicone patch infused with perfluorodecalin (PFD) that allows rapid multiple laser passes in a single tattoo removal treatment session and helps the laser reach ink particles deep within the skin.
  • The Patch allows up to 4x as many passes per office visit.
  • In a recent clinical trial, patients reported less discomfort and faster healing with the Patch, ultimately reducing the time to clearance. In the same study, 100% of subjects given the option of completing treatment with or without the Patch chose the Patch.
  • The cost of the Patch can vary by physician and region. It is important to remember that when your doctor uses the DESCRIBE Patch, you’ll receive more laser treatment passes during each office visit. Since each visit is additional money out of your pocket and time out of your schedule, clearing your tattoo with the DESCRIBE Patch can offer significant benefits.
  • The FDA-cleared DESCRIBE Patch is the only product of its kind on the market.

At Jason Emer, MD. 

Address435 N Bedford Dr Suite 312, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
 

Your Gentle Fall Peel Is Here : The Perfect Derma Peel At Blue Medi Spa

November 22, 2017

Last year, this time, I was Dr. Talei getting my Profound treatment before heading to Ojai for a very private spa retreat at The Oaks Spa. That is what I call a perfect Thanksgiving week.

This year, I am home, cooking, sad but true. But this doesn’t stop me from taking full advantage of the down time to do a high impact treatment. Fall is the perfect time for a deep, restorative peel for obvious reasons. Fresh skin, no more beach, etc. I did my peel on Saturday – today is Wednesday. It’s a super easy, little down time peel. And the little down time is mild. On day three I peeled a little bit, today, day four, more dry skin peeling, but nothing major. I imagine I will be done peeling by Friday, day four. This is for sure the most mild peel I have had. I have had peels where I look like I fell out of an airplane – just full on raw, red skin and what looked like I might never heal. Major burns. This feels safe and I am free of that “holy shit, I’m scarred for life” anxiety. It’s hard to tell what my skin will look like, but for now things look clear and rosy. Ideally, a series of four is recommended. 

I’m excited to fill you in on the Perfect Derma Peel  at Blue Medi Spa.

Ronda Nofal, skin care expert and founder of Blue Medi Spa is hot for this peel. Here’s why:

Ronda says that the new, key ingredient that makes your fall peel even more effective is the addition of glutathione, an amino acid that serves as a powerful antioxidant, fights free radicals and reverses signs of aging.  New to market and the first peel infused with glutathione, the Perfect Derma Peel is a dynamic blend that helps undo damage caused by sun exposure and is sure to turn back the clock and make your skin glow.  

“Optimal time (for a peel) is usually about 8 weeks or 2 skin cycles after heightened sun exposure or end of your summer tan.  While cellular damage is of course cumulative over decades, the skin undergoes a full turnover cycle about every 28 days taking with it some of the upper pigments carrying cells with the ‘tan’ and unfortunately unveiling deeper areas of hyper pigmentation and more permanent discoloration and damage,” she said.

“Only after about two cycles, the skin is fully back to its natural color, melanin is less active and the acid complexes can be most effective reaching and treating the damaged areas of dermis.  And, since ideally you want to lessen your sun exposure before, during and after a peel, as of November, days are shorter and weather is cooler helping ensure you don’t reignite the damage that was just peeled away.”

I went yesterday to the massive and full-on-go-to Blue Medi Spa (wow, I forgot how amazing this spa is – they have EVERYTHING!!!) and adored my aesthetician, Raquel. The treatment is so easy and fast. A few swipes of the product and I was done. I left with a week of post-peel care. In a few days, my summer skin will start peeling and in one week I will go to GLOW!

Here is some more from the spa’s website about this peel. One treatment is $295.

About The Perfect Derma Peel

The Perfect Derma Peel can be used on all skin types, requires no pre-peel skin preparation, takes less than 15 minutes and is virtually pain free.
The Perfect Derma Peel combines Glutathione, Kojic Acid, TCA, Retinoic Acid, Phenol, Salicylic Acid and Vitamin C.

The anti-oxidant Glutathione neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals, actually slows down the aging process and prevents wrinkles. Kojic Acid is a powerful lightening agent and proven to increase collagen and elastin production, resulting in skin that is brighter and tighter. TCA, Phenol and Retinoic Acid reduce wrinkles and correct pigment problems, while Salicylic Acid exfoliates the skin and reduces inflammation. Alone the ingredients are powerful, but the combination produces amazing results.

Amazing Results

  • Improve the overall tone and texture of your skin
  • Lighten and brighten your skin
  • Remove or reduce sun damage and age spots
  • Reduce pore size and soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce or eliminate hyper-pigmentation and acne scars
  • Improve acne skin conditions and Melasma
  • Stimulate the production of collagen resulting in firmer skin

bluespa.com

Two decades experience in medical cosmetics and spa services with the highest level of training and CME scholars on their practitioner staff in addition to RN, PA and NP’s —  Blue Medi Spa is one of the premiere laser – contouring and complexion – anti-aging medical spa of its kind in the nation.

Blue fuses science and aesthetics in a a luxurious manner both in ambiance and service.  A “go to” of the top technology companies they feature dozens and dozens of “first and finest” laser and tightening technologies in over 6,000 square feet of chic blue space.

Address14622 Ventura Blvd #118, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Appointments: bluespa.com

Phone(818) 783-3600

Ballancer Pro Exclusively at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery by Dr. Gabriel Chiu

November 17, 2017

The Balancer Pro is a FDA approved “SPACE SUIT” 

Just in time for Thanksgiving!!

The ultimate wait to relieve holiday bloat! You can actually trim inches with proven technology for immediate weight loss and circumference reduction by stimulating the lympatic system and effectively and safely. WE all know about the lymphatic system by now, right?

 

Ballancer® full body treatments stimulate dermal and subdermal circulation. The increased blood flow and decongestive directional massage that results in lymphatic drainage has numerous benefits: tone and invigorate the skin, speed up removal of fatiguing waste products, slim contours and create a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

The Ballancer® is developed and buit according to the most stringent European, Asian and American medical standards.

How the Ballancer® Works

Ballancer   uses a special inflating compression garment to apply a gentle or firm massage. Each Ballancer® garment contains up to 24 individual air chambers that overlap to apply fluent compression strokes that target every square inch of skin in the treated area with the same precise pressure. This massage motion, with its special direction of flow, increases circulation and gently but thoroughly decongests the problem areas of hips, waist, thighs, buttocks and upper arms. The Ballancer action accelerates the removal of waste products from fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of cellulite (“orange peel skin”), improving skin tone, and reducing volume in areas affected by excess fluid retention. Its gentle, rhythmic action promotes relaxation.

    

How does the Ballancer® Affect Your Body?

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM:

Ballancer® peristaltic massage enhances blood circulation in the skin and the deep layers under it. This brings fresher oxygen to skin cells, and assists in speeding the elimination of toxins.

Ballancer Treatment Benefits

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM:

Ballancer® compresses and massages the abdomen, relaxing the abdominal muscles. The massage action is a natural bowel stimulant and can be especially helpful for clients who suffer from constipation.

UPPER BODY BLISS – The ultimate massage

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM:

Ballancer® increases the lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system is responsible for removal of waste products from the areas under the skin, and Ballancer® massage speeds up their elimination.

MUSCLES:

Ballancer® peristaltic massage helps remove toxins from exercise and physical activity, as well as soothing, relaxing and decongesting the muscles, easing aches and pains.

SKIN:

Ballancer® massage increases the flow of freshly oxygenated blood to skin layers. Skin will look firm and toned, and will feel smoother and softer.

RECOVERY:

Ballancer® treatments reduces bruising and swelling and shortens the recovery time after surgery, liposuction or lipolysis.

  • Treats and reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Reduces swelling, pain and volume in areas of excess water retention, visibly slimming and toning contours
  • Firms and tones the skin, for a fresh, young look
  • Clients complete their session feeling relaxed and rejuvenated
  • Immediately relieves “heavy legs”

Unique Devices

The manufacturer is specialized in developing and manufacturing of pneumatic compression therapy systems, with patent protected innovative technologies.

  • State of the art design and manufacturing
  • Highest quality, most accurate and precise systems
  • User friendly design for the target market professionals, clients, home and institutional
  • Pioneers – constantly developing new systems according to market needs
  • Unique and innovative features
  • Ballancer® 505, with its unique features and simple use, is ideal for beauty salons, studios and
  • Ballancer® 505 provides these treatment modes: Pre-treatment, Ballancer®, Wave
  • The Pretreatment cycle is a primer for the main

It decongests the trunk first, to maximize the results of the treatment session that follows. As the sequence progresses, it begins the compression moving lower and lower down the limb.

  • Ballancer® applies two treatment modes, according to selection:
    • Wave cycle – long, deep, and slow peristaltic massage
    • Ballancer® cycle – rapid, superficial peristaltic caresses

ONLY HERE

Address9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Ground Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone(310) 888-8087