Category Archives: Anti-Aging Expert

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

OsteoStrong | Ultimate Osteo Loading | Mar Vista

July 21, 2018

The ultimate bio-hack has arrived to town. I would love to explain the science behind Osteostrong as simply as possible. but I’ll probably the bungle the paraphrasing. Here is what I pulled from their website which explains the benefits of osteoloading simply:

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise. Heavy loading is already understood and recommended by all international bodies of medical education, but at OsteoStrong, we make it safer.

A force of 4.2 multiples of body weight is the minimum required force to trigger bone growth in the hip joint (the most important place to avoid fracture) and peak forces with adults in conventional resistance exercise only show 1.26 to 1.54 multiples of body weight (1).

Read about Bone Health! 

Read about Skeletal Facts

Read about the SCIENCE

And simple it is. And fun. And fast. And it’s beautiful and the owners are incredible and if Tony Robbins is a partner then I’m in. 

You basically hop on a machine – exert your best effort to push, pull or press for what feels like a few seconds (60!). Move to the next. And in around 7 minutes, you are done.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

OsteoStrong uses the Spectrum System to deliver unprecedented results. Spectrum is first-in-class of a new category devices called Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System (RMDS).

THE ULTIMATE BIOHACK

OsteoStrong works for people at all ages and levels of activity to promote skeletal strength which impacts the entire body in many ways using a process known as Osteogenic Loading. Sessions are quick, painless, and results are measurable and happen quickly.

TRACKABLE RESULTS

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise.

The session: 

There are a few things you need to know prior to coming in for your first visit, which will help make the most of your OsteoStrong experience.
 

PHYSICAL

While OsteoStrong is not a gym, we do support a regular exercise regimen; however, we recommend that you do not exercise at least 3 hours before a session as this will produce quicker results.

ATTIRE

Come as you are. Sessions are quick and only take ten sweat-free minutes once per week. You will feel comfortable wearing anything from business casual to regular street clothes. We see everything from slacks to yoga pants.

SHOES

Almost any shoes are appropriate as long as they do not have a large heel. Some of our members bring a second pair of shoes or just wear their socks while they do their session and all of our facilities have a place for you to put your other shoes if you need.

SKIRTS + DRESSES

During your session, you will be sitting on a few of our specialized devices. Some of our members prefer to wear pants, shorts, or slacks instead of a skirt or dress.

TIME

Regular sessions generally take 10 minutes or less. However, your first visit to OsteoStrong will be longer because of the initial orientation and education. We also want to know more about you and any personal needs or expectations that you may have.

END OF SESSION

After you complete your session, we will not rush you out of the facility. Your certified technician will spend time with you to answer whatever questions you may have about your session, what type of results you can expect and the available membership plans.

And then you get to chill on the PEMF chair, headset and headphones on, listen to Binaural beats and CHILL!!

OH! We need to look into this supplement. It’s Osteostrong approved !

Address: 12712 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (424) 331-1404

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

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.