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

January 6, 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

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

The Master Aesthetician Behind Lada Gaga’s Flawless Skin

November 15, 2017

When I first got wind about Joomee Song, I knew one thing – I HAD TO MEET HER. Something told me, this is a woman I need to know, and to share with you all. And wow, was I right. First off, besides running her private studio, www.faceworksinc.com, Joomee is a core member of Lady Gaga’s glam team. In other words, if you are wondering how and why Gaga’s skin is the most stunning thing you have laid eyes on, we have Joomee to thank for getting and keeping her on track.

Besides being a straight up aesthetician with over 20 years in the biz, she is also the creator of an incredible lymph-draining, massage technique, called Kaika. In most simple terms it is a signature style of facial massage that uses Shiatsu and acupressure to lift and tone the skin but it really is so much more. Joomee tunes in, reads your face, your energy and what it is calling for – so to speak. She is so tuned it, that it becomes an energetic experience.

Her incredible session combines effective elements of Eastern and Western skin care and of course each treatment is tailored to your needs. She also uses the latest equipment in tandem with carefully hand selected, only botanical products and will guide you through after care to help you sustain your healthy glow.

MY SESSION was phenomenal. I totally melted into Joomee’s hands and energy. I could feel my lymph glands draining as she worked. Days later, I am still glowing. I loved the feeling of the work around my eye sockets. It was deep and profound. And welp, miserable when it came to an end. I wanted her to NEVER STOP using her magic fingers to release my facial tension (which I have tons of). If this isn’t enough, Joomee is a LOVE, like a really, delicious love who you will now want to spend every day with.

Originally from Kobe, Japan, Joomee Song is a Los Angeles-based Esthetician sought out for her modern approach to skincare that combines botanical products, the latest technology, and her unique facial massage technique,KAIKA.

Drawing from her training since 1999 in the US and in Japan including certifications in Kobido, a Japanese facial massage dating back to 1472 that lifts, tones, and detoxifies the skin, and Japanese Facial Symmetry Method, a chiropractic Shiatsu movement to realign facial structure that incorporates acupressure and lymphatic drainage, Joomee developed KAIKA as a way to fuse Eastern and Western skincare philosophies to deliver healthy, glowing skin.

Relaxing and therapeutic, every treatment is tailored to the individual addressing any acne, anti-aging, preventative, reactive, or any other skincare concerns there may be.

Prior to launching her private practice, Joomee was part of some of the West Coast’s most elite medical spas and luxury hotels including Hotel Bel Air, Beverly Hills Hotels, The Langham Pasadena. She has been featured on Daily Candy, LA times, US Magazine, Extra TV, Access Hollywood,  and The Doctors.

FACEWORKS

The prices are $175 for 50 minutes  $250 for 75 minutes at the studio. Please contact Joomee directly for pricing inquiries regarding house calls, which she makes.

info@faceworksinc.com

323-404-0547

Signature Services

A dynamic rejuvenating treatment incorporating microcurrent into the KAIKA massage to maximize overall benefits.

Signature KAIKA Facial 50 / 75 minutes

Classic KAIKA Facial 50 / 75 minutes

Micro-Needling, Oxygen Therapy, Radio Frequency skin tighening, Targeted Peels, Gold/Platinum Leaf masks, Stem Cell treatment.

Additional Services: Brow Grooming Waxing

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EDITORIAL PRESS

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa  

November 1, 2017

Wow, there’s a little piece of heaven right under our Larchmont noses. How exciting to discover this stunning little sanctuary. With a glorious menu of services, including a copper tub soak (heavennnnn and big enough for two). My tub soak was incredible and I need around ten more hours in it. I had an incredible deep tissue / hot stone massage with a top notch therapist. The spa is stunning, the staff is wonderful and it has the feel of being somewhere far from LA. I felt like I was up in Big Sur or Ojai. This is the perfect little getaway when you need a personal day. And of course, the perfect gift or couples retreat.