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Meet LA’s Beauty Shaman Shamanic Energy Medicine + Holistic Beauty Services

April 23, 2017

Gitana Wellness where you can breathe, let go and make yourself at home, literally. Megan  is a holistic health practitioner and an organic beauty expert, shaman, and healer to awaken your inner beauty. Megan, who studied recently to be a shaman in Peru uses advanced energy medicine such as reiki, shamanic energy, crystal therapy and is
clair-sensiet, which means everything comes to her intuitively. Her philosophy on beauty and wellbeing comes from fixing what’s inside, she believes, “What comes up, has to come down, and what flows in, has to flow out. If your inner world doesn’t look and feel beautiful, then that is what is directly reflected in your outer world. You need to integrate both outer and inner beauty to truly feel beautiful”

Megan welcomes you to awaken your inner goddess, step into your sacred power, heal your spirit, and embrace your wild beauty- lashes included. You know we love a great deal and Megan has a special this month for a full set of sweat proof, water proof, oil resistant, cruelty free, organic non-toxic lashes for only $100 right now!

Gitana, meaning gypsy, will have you forgetting your worries and takes a stress-free approach to holistic beauty and healing. Gitana beauty also does organic spray tans and body treatments along with refreshing paradise facials. Megan’s mission is to create a truly unique experience inside and out. Having her in the comfort of your home doing lashes is such a pleasure, but the real joy came from the conversation and understanding of free-flowing concerns that Megan could explain reasons why you may be feeling a certain way, the way no one could explain before. Not only does Gitana beauty having conscious awareness of your mind and body, it will be a transformative experience for all. “Loving and accepting yourself at any age and knowing each moment in life is perfect and exactly as it should be, will actually shift the physical manifestation of aging issues. “– Megan

@gitana_wildbeauty

CONTACT: Megan
Mobile Services (In Spa Location Available Upon Request)
T: 1.818.850.8976
E: gitana.wildbeauty@gmail.com

PROFOUND: The Most Cutting Edge Treatment to Hit the Industry

April 17, 2017

I am in the tender place at my age (over 45!) where I am in no way ready to go under the knife (physically, emotionally, technically, financially) for my face but HOLY SHIT IF GRAVITY ISN’T BULLYING THE CRAP OUT OF ME RIGHT NOW!

I’ve waited months to post about PROFOUND. I wanted to give it the close to 6 months that it takes to fully take effect so I could honestly evaluate it.

When I first caught wind of this procedure, I immediately perked up. It sounded like the perfect pre-face-lift type of procedure for me. But I needed to find the right doctor.

Enter:  Dr. Ben Talei, Board Certified. Dual Fellowship Trained. Facial Plastic Surgeon.

In other words, The Man. Dr. Talei is taking this town by storm and it’s clear why – he’s a prodigy. His accomplishments at such a young age, will make you feel like a major loser. Then there’s his skill. If there is such a thing as an It Facelift Doctor, he’s the one.

Back toProfound, by Syneron-Candela, The latest skin tightening technology.

We all know I am not a fan of Ulthera and there is only so much that lasers and peels can do. I needed to address the deep DEEP layers and it’s either surgery or….this.

Ok, below is lot of tech stuff I pulled from the interwebs – but let me fill you in on my experience.

The shit is no joke. There is no pain but there is a recovery to deal with. Many doctors will downplay the bruising and recovery – but let me tell you, there’s some downtime. For me it was a good two weeks of major bruising. If you are mentally prepared for this – then great. But doctor’s will often shuck this off very casually.  Dr. Talei was cool – and said you’re going to bruise. Still, I was not prepared. Suffice to say, you’ll look like you went sky diving and your shoot did not open.  Your face will swell, then go down, then puff up like a blow fish. In my case, you might have little round bumps on your face, like an ostrich, for a few months (rare – but it happened to me). And still – it was worth it.

Yup. My face was a wreck for a good while. But five months out – the overall results are in. I am tighter, lifted and glowing. And I thrilled I held off on this write up until now – because I really gave it the time to do its magic. Ok, take a read of this jargon below.

It’s in the thousands – but way less than surgery, that’s for sure.

You will LOVE – as in fall in love so watch out – the adorable and divine Dr. Talei. And his new office is apparently insanely stunning.

WHAT: Profound uses RF Microneedling to deliver RF energy at regulated temperatures to precise points under the skin:

  • 1st device to create all 3 skin fundamentals: Elastin. Collagen. Hyaluronic Acid.
  • Yields 100% response* for total patient satisfaction
  • Heats the adipose tissue and remodels the septae
  • Both Dermal & Adipose Tissues
  • Profound Contour
  • Profound Lift
  • Profound Smooth
  • Wrinkles
  • Single treatment procedure with a 100% response* rate
  • Treats jawline, jowls, wrinkles and other textural considerations
  • A comprehensive treatment for Dermal & SubQ layers
  • Yields predictable results with complete control over depth, temperature and time of treatment

The Science of Profound

Unlike other RF devices, Profound  is unique is it’s ability to control the exact temperature of the skin as the RF energy is being applied.

WHY HEAT? In simplest terms, controlled damage to the under layers of the skin promotes the growth of collagen. Profound uses heat to do this. When the under layers of the skin are heated to 65°C (149°F), neocollagenisis begins which is when collagen comes in contact with the heat and begins to denature or constrict.

When this happens we have less sagging skin and our wrinkles begin to smooth out. Keep in mind that the miracle of collagen growth takes time and you won’t see the initial change for 4 to 10 weeks and the ultimate results for anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

Studies have found that the sweet spot to partially denature collagen is by heating the area to 67°C (152.6°F) and to maintain that heat for 4 seconds at a time between 2 to 4mm under the skin – with no variation.

the sweet spot for skin tightening

Seems easy enough but there was nothing out there that could pinpoint the heat and control the temperature in order to produce the ideal conditions for partially denaturing collagen. Instead, they heat a general area of the skin with wavering temperatures in order to protect the outer layers of skin.

But regardless, most don’t even reach the optimal 67°C (152.6°F). The temperature varies up and down and that’s not the ideal for partially denaturing collagen. Until Profound.

Profound is the only unit that uses RF Energy to heat the area, microneedles to pinpoint the exact depth, protecting the outer layer of skin, and a patented Real Time Temperature Control algorithm to meet the ideal temperature.

Recent studies have found that a single treatment produced a profound increase in elastin and collagen 4 to 10 weeks after the treatment with a 95% response rate for laxity at 6 months after treatment:

Before and After Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

Before and 3 Months After Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

profound before and after 2-compressed

Before and 6 months after One Profound Skin Tightening Treatment

profound rf microneedle

Profound for skin tightening treatment takes 45 minutes or less. Your doctor will slather on a local anesthetic and once your numb she will use a handheld unit to apply teeny little pore sized needles into your skin, pulsing heat 4 seconds at a time.

Profound is delivered in a single treatment, typically lasting 45 minutes duration for one treatment area. The patient is given local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. Once the anesthesia is effective and the skin is numb, the Profound treatment begins. Twelve (six pairs) high-tech silicone-coated needles are inserted into the skin. Each pair of needles has an uncoated tip, sending radiofrequency current between the tips of the needles.

The radiofrequency current travels between the needles, creating heat over the targeted dermal tissues. The heat tightens lax skin by stimulating production of collagen and elastin fibers. The silicone coating over the remainder of the needle protects the overlying skin from any damage, so only the targeted area is treated.

Because the procedure is done under local anesthesia, there is no pain. The needles are so small that there is no bleeding. The computer controlled needles heat the dermis layer of skin to the exact right temperature and time duration to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This production leads to the lifting and tightening of the skin. Each are of laxity is treated as a zone, with 30-40 minutes necessary for each region. For a full facial rejuvenation, many patients opt to have the procedure performed over the skin of the neck, cheeks and around the eyes and eyebrows.

Beverly Hills Center for Plastic & Laser Surgery –
465 N Roxbury Dr, #750
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 288-0641

DR. BEN TALEI

Academic Path

A native of California, Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Talei graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Physiological Sciences receiving both College and Departmental Honors. While studying at the University of Menedez Pelayo in Spain, Dr. Talei worked for the Sisterhood of Blood Donors and the Red Cross promoting blood donations in Andalucia, Spain.

He then received his Medical Degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools –University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD). Dr. Talei was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society after having donated immense amounts of time and energy to the free clinic in San Diego along with other charitable foundations.

Dr. Talei then completed his residency training in Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University and Cornell University Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked with the Greats of Facial Plastic Surgery included his primary mentor Dr. Steven Pearlman. He then served as Chief in his residency at Columbia and Cornell and served as a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center also in New York City.

Following his residency training, Dr. Talei became one of the only surgeons in the country to complete two separate fellowships in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. First he completed one of the most revered and prestigious fellowships in the country at the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. Simultaneously he offered his skills and training while serving as voluntary staff and teacher for the Resident Head & Neck Surgeons of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Talei then furthered his training with Dr. Milton Waner at the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, a part of Lenox Hill and Manhattan Ear, Eyes and Throat Hospitals. There he treated the most rare and devastating Vascular Birthmarks & Congenital Anomalies while refining his techniques in Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery.

Integrated fully into the Beverly Hills community, Dr. Talei is a member of the Beverly Hills Health & Wellness Committee.  He is also on staff at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  Outside of the hospital, Dr. Talei is the Advisory Chair for the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA).

Dr. Talei is also an avid author and speaker. He has been invited to speak at national meetings and has contributed significantly to medical literature with his research and publications in medical journals and textbooks. His publications on Advanced Face and Neck Lifting Techniques and Revision Rhinoplasty are used to teach doctors nationwide.  As a sub-specialist in Deep Plane Facial Rejuvenation & Facelifting and Minimally Invasive Rhinoplasty, Dr. Talei frequently accommodates visiting surgeons in order to teach them more advanced surgical techniques. The Modified Upper Lip Lift is also a procedure pioneered and perfected by Dr. Talei as he performs more than any surgeon in the world.  He is most well known for his rapid healing times, very natural, long-lasting results and impeccable facial aesthetic. Dr. Talei has a dedicated expertise to the Face and has been featured on E! News, Fox, NBC, and Inside Edition amongst a host of other editorials.

Male Must Haves for the Diligently Dapper

April 14, 2017

As you enter your 30’s men start seeing signs of aging and for some it sneaks up sooner and for the lucky ones it’s not until your mid 30’s. No matter how blessed your gene pool either way, a daily routine is needed to slow down the pace while exuding radiant confidence. Being conscientious in our demeanor is what makes us truly dapper. Its not always easy with balancing work, play, dates, hopefully sex and sleep so I’ve made a list to narrow down your search for the products that sincerely work and will add that extra vigor needed to remain on top of your game. Botox and Hydra Facials take time and not every man likes to spend an hour or more in a doctor’s office, so I’m here to help you stay fresh and poised for the elegant man on the go.

Keep in mind that all skin types are different, however, following this routine you should never worry about looking dull, tired or hung-over again. Here is some gentlemanly advice to keep you on the right track.

Morning Routine

Exfoliate your face and body everyday!

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Face Scrub wipes away toxins and invigorates with finely ground Ecuadorian Palm Seeds.

Malin Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub is a foaming exfoliate mixing peppermint, amino acids, bamboo and pumice to help shed dead skin and stimulate cell renewal.

Never forget to use a toner after you cleanse your face!

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner is alcohol-free and uses rose-petal water, aloe vera and Thayers’ proprietary Witch Hazel extract for smooth toned skin.

Facial oils, moisturizers and eye creams are a MUST in maintaining youthful hydrated skin.

Herbivore Phoenix Face Oil is an absolute favorite using natural CoQ10 to dramatically rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level.

Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15 replenishes skin and protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays and is formulated mixing Sesame Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Acid.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment is a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and antioxidant-rich botanical juices as well as Vitamin C to reduce dark circles under the eyes.

Body oils and mists are the new body moisturizer and lasts longer.  

Immunocologie Body Serum is an anti-inflammatory treatment using a unique combination of African desert date seed oil, sunflower seed oil and Brazilian protium heptaphyllum resin to boost skin vitality and radiance.

Jack Black All-Over Body Spray combines mint and rosemary to create an invigorating scent for all men and can also be used as a deodorant for those who don’t like aluminum based products.

All dapper gentleman need to maintain a proper hairstyle.

Moroccanoil Original Treatment can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine. I use it before I blow dry daily for silky smooth hair.

Baxter of California Grooming Cream is the perfect pre-style cream. Apply to hair as a “primer” for manageability and overall conditioning then follow with normal styling regimen, including Baxter of California’s collection of versatile pomades.

Baxter of California Pomades is easily applied to wet hair for a wet-look finish, or to dry hair for a more natural look with less definition.

 

Nighttime Routine

Always use a gentle enzyme face wash before bed and never go to sleep with a dirty face or without repairing eye cream.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is perfect for all skin types and is a refreshing gel which features fruit enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in Papaya and Grapefruit Extracts to dissolve away impurities.

Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask uses gentle Pineapple and Papaya enzymes combined with micronized Brazilian White Tourmaline gemstone and rice powder, which has been used in Japan for centuries, to give you a vibrant complexion.

Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water Get-Toner immediately melts from a treatment gel to a water toner as it is massaged into the skin. Marshmallow and green tea soothe and diminish the look of redness, while cucumber and witch hazel extracts tone and tighten. Manuka, a relative of tea tree oil, in conjunction with black cumin and magnolia bark extracts, provides purifying properties to balance oily and problem skin conditions while promoting a visibly improved, clearer, smoother, and shine-free complexion.

Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is a quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, prevent and treat blemishes, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, perfect skin.

Immunocologie Intense Eye Cream stimulates blood flow and eliminates impurities from around the orbital eye area. The Lannea Microcarpa fruit extract, has a vasoconstrictor effect when applied on the skin, reducing the capillary enlargement that causes puffiness and dark circles.

XX Jonathan Stinson

Photo credit: Immunocologie, Sunday Riley, Baxter of California and
Jack Black images by MaryGray.co

Prep for the Beach Season With EndyMed Body Contouring

April 13, 2017

WOOT! Spring is fully underway!

I can smell the bikini/vacation season-prep in the air, can you?

Whether it’s rocking out the latest high intensity workout or cleanse, you know, there is no stopping an LA babe from getting bikini ready. After all, bikini season kinda starts now!

If you are REALLY willing to do whatever it takes to achieve your body goals in a short period of time, maybe you should consider the secret weapon of radio frequency technology: EndyMed body contouring treatments using patented 3DEEP radio frequency technology deliver a safe, effective, and painless way to boost your weight loss and toning results for a more sculpted physique.  

EndyMed Body Contouring is beneficial as it includes toning, tightening, cellulite reduction, and circumference reduction of hips, abdomen, thighs and buttocks. The treatments also offer immediate and long term superior results with no downtime! The way it works is that the tissue tightening is coupled with 3DEEP technology, which delivers controlled, radio frequency energy deep into the skin, reactivating the skin’s natural collagen production.

So before you start looking to kick-start a fitness plan with some immediate tightening, or looking to tone and sculpt problem-areas, look into EndyMed body contouring as it can help people of all shapes and sizes feel more confident and fit this season!

EndyMed’s 3DEEP RF treatments stimulate your body’s natural collagen renewal process leading to skin tightening and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. 3DEEP treatments can help you look as young as you feel – with long lasting results you can trust, painlessly, and for any type of skin.

FDA-cleared, targeted, controlled, painless deep heat delivery for treatment of wrinkles, face and body skin tightening and contouring!

  • 3DEEP radio-frequency technology
  • Personalized treatments tailored to each patient
  • Minimal to no discomfort
  • Non-surgical & non-invasive
  • No downtime
  • Ultimate safety

Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastic / Dermatology 

Phone: (310) 274-5372
Website
Directions
Address: 421 N Rodeo Dr #7, Beverly Hills, CA 90210