First of all, excuse the very peachy photos! My bedroom is basically a big peach (walls, curtains, all of it!) and I took these first thing in the morning.
So, what ya see is zero makeup and possibly sleep in my eyes. However – a couple of things to note! First I want to fill you in on an AMAZING lip enhancement that Jennifer Hollander of AuraSpa performed on me a few days ago. It’s called Arque Derma ( you may recall I featured this technique developed by master injector and trainer Leslie Fletcher of Torrance’s Injectability Clinic).
I arrived to Jenn’s office wanting to do something about my lip lines above my lips (“smoker’s lines”) and also for some general plumping. She took a look at me and said “we are doing Arque Derma on you”. The thing about this approach to plumping is it is not about stuffing filler in your lips and making you look like you have filler in your lips. It takes into account the entire chin to lip to nose area. So, Jenn wasn’t just filling in my lips, but rather using Restylane Refyne to restore an overall more youthful area, in total.
Pronounced ‘ARC DERMA,’ ArqueDerma® in Latin literally means ‘to inject the skin’. The name ArqueDerma® imparts a seamless mix of the artistic, ‘Arque’ (classical architecture – arches, buttresses, corbels), and medical science, ‘Derma’.
I have never seen my lips look so natural and fresh. I am NOT into the filler looking aesthetic, obviously. And if you are like me, then you strive for looking incredibly natural. This is the exact way to approach your lips if you are new to lip filler, or have been getting cheesy over-plumped lips. I actually really DO want them to be full and juicy and told Jenn I want a bit more. She said we do it in stages, never over-fill and we HAVE to look at my face and do what will look RIGHT. The profile needs to be seamless, no protruding upper lip. And that’s what this approach achieves. I could not be more thrilled!!!
As you know, I am full on in love with Jenn’s work and everything going on at AuraSpa. It is just getting better and better and is reveals all its new treatments.
Please see Jenn and tell her we sent ya!
(424) 303-5800 RoxSan Medical Building 465 N Roxbury Dr., Suite 755, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Here’s the thing. There is something going around the web and gram and it’s called EVERYONE IS STARTING TO LOOK ALIKE AND IT’S CREEPY AF!!!
You know what I mean – the Joker looking over filled checks and arched brows and lips, dear lord – stuffed to the point of exploding. It’s truly shifting the look of young women everywhere and the new beauty ideal is this singular vision of a Jenner/ Kardash.
I have never ever subscribed to this look – nor do my readers. We want to look refreshed as we age gracefully. We are not out to disguise our faces with a mask of fillers and Botox but to enhance our natural beauty and soften some of the more aggressive signs of aging that make us look angry (between brows) or sad (heavy frown lines, etc).
What makes the process worse, is walking into a med spa or derm office to have some touch-ups, and having your practitioner look like one of the clones! To me this reeks of bad taste.
There are only a handful of injection masters who don’t look like a poster child for Fillers Gone Wild. And these are the people I will only recommend. It speaks to discretion and taste. It tells me this is someone who understands unique beauty.
And, I just met another. Jennifer Hollander of AuraHealing Spa. This is a new place next to Dr. Ben Talei’s office. You recall he did my Profound way back when.
Jennifer is helming this amazing project – part med spa, part bio-hacking spa, all HEALING.
“Beauty and wellness begin with the elements that surround you. These elements are air, energy and water, if they are harnessed for their healing properties. Each element can have an incredible impact on your skin and body when used in a therapeutic setting. At AuraSpa, world-class facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Talei and his team have designed a holistic approach to anti-aging and healing. The key elements of air, energy and water are used to improve beauty from the inside out.”
Jennifer is lovely, bright, has great taste and a great eye. She is up to date on all things SKIN and anti-aging. In my first session with her, we created an entire Spring skin regime. She has a kick-ass top notch resume – there’s a reason Dr. Talei chose her to helm his incredibly special new spot.
Scroll down to read more about Jennifer and AuraHealing Spa.
I had a Dermalfusion to totally shed and restore and Allumera to tighten pores. We did some V Beam on my hideous leg veins before trying it on my face. I laid in the LightStim bed – HEAVEN!!
I pulled some stuff from their website to get a vibe. Hope you love as much as I do!
Oh, here is my Spring beauty regime prescription from Jennifer:
Skin Care Instructions for Emily:
1) Obagi Foaming Cleanser
2) Trio (1-2 pumps)
3) Revision Intellishade SPF
1) Obagi Foaming Cleanser
2) Trio (1-2 pumps) or your favorite growth factor – (The Allastin product I spoke with you about today is out at the moment but is being ordered)
3) Tretinoin and Blender (See instructions) This is not to be used every night.
Plan of Care for Emily:
1) Dermal Infusion – let’s do 2, once every 2 weeks apart
2) Clear and Brilliant series
3) Allumera for Pores
4)Botox – forehead lines
5)V-beam for broken capillaries on nose and cheeks
Jennifer Hollander, MSN, NP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with 9 years of experience working in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. Prior to working in dermatology, Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco and began her career as a bedside nurse with acutely ill patients at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. While working at the hospital, Jennifer chose to further her knowledge and completed a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. Jennifer’s transition from bedside nursing to aesthetic medicine stems from her personal challenges with acne and her desire to help patients of all ages with their skin. Jennifer is a best kept celebrity secret and skincare expert and her approach is best described as passionate and holistic. She appreciates the association between outward appearance and self-esteem and brings her clinical expertise and guidance in natural beauty to her practice. She believes in improving her patients’ best features and using them to bring balance and harmony to all areas of the face. Having worked in Beverly Hills for the past 9 years, she has worked with many high profile celebrities and has learned to administer cosmetic injectables both artistically and naturally. Jennifer is certified in ArqueDerma®️Artistic Restoration Lift®️a patented FDA technique that she offers to her celebrity clientele to create a youthful, aesthetically-pleasing look that highlights the person’s natural beauty. With her extensive background in dermatology, Jennifer specializes in treating acne, surgical scars, acne scarring, melasma and hyperpigmentation. Jennifer also has experience working very closely with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and aids in the transitioning process using laser and facial feminization procedures. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Jennifer Hollander, MSN, FNP-C Board Certified- Family Nurse PractitionerBeverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery 465 N Roxbury Dr., Suite 750 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Office: (310) 288-0641 Fax: (310) 275-3752
HYPERBARIC CHAMBER AND OZONE THERAPY
Every cell in our body relies on oxygen to sustain life. We harness pure, concentrated oxygen to breathe life into your body’s muscles, organs and tissues using a state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber and ozone therapy. These non-invasive treatments can heal the body and combat the natural aging process. High level oxygen therapy targets a wide range of concerns at a cellular level, delivering benefits such as improved sleep, energy and circulation as well as better elasticity and collagen in your skin.
Light gives a special energy that can have a profound impact on the body’s ability to repair itself and heal. Whether it is damage after an injury or the natural effects of aging, our advanced LED light treatments can work to turn back the hands of time and rejuvenate many systems within the body. A relaxing treatment over our cutting-edge LightStim LED bed sends multiple-spectrum light waves throughout your body to provide positive results in terms of aesthetics, wellness, anti-aging and healing.
What you put in your body has a powerful influence on how it functions, feels and looks. Our medical spa understands the key element that fuels the body best – water. We offer IV water drips that can be customized to include a wide range of healing nutrients and vitamins. Patients can receive IV therapy for slimming and detox as well as libido, fitness and more. In less than an hour, you’ll walk away feeling refreshed, renewed and restored.
Facile Dermatology and Boutiquehas 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.
638 1/2 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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
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.
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.
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!’
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!