Category Archives: Anti-Aging Expert

THE LIST: DR. GRANT STEVENS | MARINA PLASTIC SURGERY

January 30, 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.

 

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

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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Arque Derma: Artistic Restoration Lift at the InjectAbility Clinic, Torrance

January 29, 2017

ARQUE DERMA 

Pronounced ‘ARC DERMA,’ ArqueDerma® in Latin 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’.

ArqueDerma® Artistic Restoration Lift® is an original, patented non-surgical face lift methodology developed by Leslie Fletcher, RN, MEP-C  to deliver FDA approved dermal fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Perlane® more effectively to the skin.

I recently tried this and I am totally wowed. I had no idea what to expect and thought I was just getting a little upkeep to stay lifted and fresh. But Arque Derma goes was deeper than that. It’s not about filling one little area or just plumping up your skin. The goal is deep, just like the description. One of my favorite people in the biz, Michele G. Messiah, PA-C, Board Certified Physician Assistant took excellent care of me and I was privileged to have the renown Leslie Fletcher consulting and giving me the inside scoop on this worthy procedure.

Arque Derma is something to plan for as you will most certainly bruise and not just your little freezer or filler spot here and there. You will need a good solid week to 10 days for the bruising to really subside – so make sure you follow all pre and post procedure protocol and plan for some downtime.

I can assure you it will all be worth it. The effects are incredible. I was treated in areas I never considered before or even thought of. As I get older, it seems my face in changing in subtle ways I am not even noticing, but these experts are. And yes, they are subtle – but it all adds up. So this Arque Derma, coupled with the Profound treatment I did in November (article comes out soon) with the phenom Dr. Ben Talei, are sure to hold me over for a good while.

I also fell in love with this place in general. They are full service, incredibly staffed with experts and KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. It’s a little drive from your usual Bev Hills, but 100 percent worth it.

ArqueDerma provides natural, more dramatic results not achievable using conventional filler techniques offered by most clinics. Unlike conventional volume replacement techniques, the ArqueDerma technique utilizes dermal fillers as strategic relocation vectors to redistribute and direct the patient’s own tissue toward the facial hollows that have formed. Using the ArqueDerma technique, we are able to collect your descended excess facial volume and redirect it to create a more youthful look to embellish your natural beauty.

The cost for a dermal filler procedure is usually charged per syringe. Utilizing your own descended volume allows us to use less dermal filler product, making the ArqueDerma technique more economical than conventional methods.

See ArqueDerma.com for more information.

Michelle Messiah, PA-C at FACILE DERMATOLOGY + BOUTIQUE

September 21, 2016

Wow. Ok, we wrote about Facile Dermatology and Boutique recently and I was so blown away by what I learned, I had to check it out for myself. And well, we were right! It wasn’t until I stepped foot into this stunningly appointed space that it hit me – this is a gem, a lucky find and my newest obsession and go-to recommendation for anyone looking to restore, rebalance, rejuvenate and prevent, and do it all while feeling like you’ve walked into a Paul Klee painting.

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Besides being touted for its advanced cosmetic dermatology offerings it is also a high end boutique and product bar.

As mentioned when we first checked out the opening it’s a new concept in the skincare and beauty experience, created by Dr. Nancy Samolitis and Danielle Nadick – somewhere between a chic dermatologist office you wish was your living room, a day spa and a beauty boutique. Let’s not forget IV infusions and cutting edge anti-aging treatments such as laser therapy, cryofacials, micro needling, and more. 

That being said, you will fall is love like I did with the phenomenal Michelle Messiah, PA-C who gave me the most rad PRP and micro-neddling treatment that I am now fully in her clutches for life. In layman’s speak this treatment the treatment I had, PRP (platelet-rich plasma from your blood) will help shrink pores, improve fine lines and stimulate new collagen) or, the Vampire Facial truly is life-giving. All I can say is do it. And if Kim Kardashian swears by it, then you know it works, because she’s clearly made a deal with the devil to stay perennially perfect. After your blood is drawn and spun to separate the blood and plasma, the plasma is injected into your face. Then Michelle did an intensive mico-needling (feels amazing!) and well, more blood and after a day of a little sore-ness you look 15. This is an elixir that basically is a must to your anti-aging, preventative routine.

You’ll want to be best friends with Michelle so stand in line because I’m grabbing her first. Danielle the owner is like girl boss on steroids because I don’t know how the fuck she opened this place, so bow down to this entrepreneurial goddess because I think she may hold the key to the universe.

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Below is a sampling of their goodies but go to their WEBSITE and behold the beauty for yourself. Better yet, book a treatment there now. And that’s an order!

  • IN THE CLEAR: 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

THE REVERSAL: 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.

THE DAILY: 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
Meet Michelle!

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After receiving her Master’s degree from Western University of Health Sciences and her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s Psych-Biology department, Michele quickly started practicing dermatology and perfecting her cosmetic skill set. She specializes in general dermatology, acne treatments, with a special focus on cosmetic facial rejuvenation using peels, Botox, fillers, and medical laser procedures. Michele continues to learn and perfect her craft, taught by the best in the industry. Bonus – Michele believes that most dermatologic issues are not just skin deep, which is why she focuses on a holistic approach to medicine.

Q&A

Favorite treatment? I love micro needling coupled with PRP and always a little filler here and there.

Favorite product? I am obsessed with Malin+Goetz “Vitamin E moisturizer”. I finally found a moisturizer that has an anti-oxidative effect without clogging my pores.

Biggest vice? My Rose, I mean my Red’s; no I mean my old world wines. Really just wine it’s good for the heart 😉