We are excited to announce the launch of our newest product, the A E Skin Illuminating Cream.
The A E Skin Illuminating Cream is an outstanding product that can be added to any skin care regimen. It contains a number of active ingredients to help brighten and even out your skin tone. All of the ingredients are non-prescription strength and the A E Skin Illuminating Cream is safe to use if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Hexylresorcinol is an ingredient found in many skin care products and is included in the A E Skin Illuminating Cream. Found naturally in rye and in whole grain wheat, hexylresorcinol brightens the skin and also works as an anti-oxidant. This provides anti-aging properties such as preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Another ingredient in the A E Skin Illuminating Cream is arbutin, which works to brighten the skin. Arbutin is found in fruits such as bearberry, cranberry, and pears and is less irritating than hydroquinone, which is found in the A E Skin Brightening Cream and many brightening products. To complement these ingredients, the A E Skin Illuminating Cream also contains a peptide called hexanoyl dipeptide-3. This allows the surface layers of the skin to exfoliate and enhances the exfoliation from products with salicylic acid such as the A E Skin Exfoliating Serum and A E Skin Acne Max Solution. The A E Skin Illuminating Cream also contains glycerin, an ingredient found in many moisturizers. Like hyaluronic acid which is found in the A E Skin Hydrating Serum, glycerin bring water into the skin to help the skin health and function. Glycerin also keeps the water in the skin. Together, these ingredients correct visible discoloration, prevent sun damage and aging, and improve hydration and the health of the skin.
The A E Skin Illuminating Cream can be added to your daily regimen. It is used twice daily before moisturization and after prescription strength products such as the A E Skin Brightening Cream, Acne Max Solution, Exfoliating Serum, and Triple Antioxidant Serum.
A slim face is a feature of youth and beauty. Over time the structures of the face change. Fortunately, we can reverse some of these changes with Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles associated with facial expression. When injected into the skin Botox will relax the muscles and smoothen out the overlying wrinkles. The most common areas of treatment with Botox are in the upper face. These include the horizontal lines seen on the upper forehead when you raise your eyebrows, the vertical lines seen between the brows when you frown (frown lines), and the crow's feet seen around your eyes when you smile. Full results are seen two weeks after a Botox treatment and most people enjoy their results for three to four months.
What is the ideal facial shape?
The ideal shape of a face depends on a number of things. First it is different between men and women. And second, there are some differences from culture to culture. In the United States, the ideal shape for a female is that of a heart. In a heart-shaped face the mid-face is widest where the cheeks project outward near the ears and the lower face tapers down to a point at the chin. In men, on the other hand, a square lower face with a well-defined jawline is more desirable.
What changes the shape of the face over time?
There are many things that affect the shape and appearance of the face which change over time. As mentioned, the cheeks should be prominent. Over time the fat pads in the cheek get smaller and the cheek bones move downward and inward. These make you lose the projection in the cheeks. At the same time, we lose collagen in the skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps the skin tight, firm, and youthful in appearance. Over time we stop making as much collagen and it is lost. This leads to loose skin, wrinkles, and sagging, making the face look like it is sinking down. In some people, especially those who clench or grind the teeth, a bulge can appear in the lower face, making the lower face appear wider. This is a result of using the muscle that sits in the lower face which is used to bite.
What can I do to slim my lower face?
There are a number of things you can do to slim the lower face. First fillers such as Voluma can be placed in the upper cheeks, restoring the projection and lifting the lower face. Also, laser skin tightening treatments can be done to stimulate the formation of collagen. This will tighten the skin and lift the face. Another simple treatment for those with a bulge in the lower face is with Botox. Botox works by relaxing muscles. In the upper face, when you make facial expressions you are using the muscles. Over time this leads to the formation of wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet. When the muscles in the upper face are relaxed with Botox these wrinkles smoothen out. In the same way, Botox can relax the muscle that is used for biting. When relaxed it becomes smaller, making the bulge less visible. This slims the lower face. This is the treatment the patient shown here did. She got a slim lower face and she looks like she has lost weight. At the same time she no longer has pain associated with grinding of the teeth.
Botox Demonstration to Contour the Lower Face
Do you want longer, thicker, and fuller eyelashes? If so, our newest product, Grolash, is what you are looking for.
The eyes are central features of the face and often time the first thing someone sees when looking at you. Therefore, it is no surprise why the eyes and the area around them are so important to many people. One part that provides beauty is the lash. Having long and glamorous eyelashes is considered to be a characteristic of a beautiful and attractive face. Some people genetically have short or thin lashes while others lose them naturally over time. There are many products available to address such concerns.
Eyelash extensions have been available for many years. These can provide outstanding results. But the can be tedious and time consuming to apply and are temporary. Latisse is a prescription-strength product designed to treat the lashes. It makes the lashes longer, fuller, and darker. Although not reported in the clinical trials, the biggest concern with Latisse is the possibility of changing blue eye color in to brown.
The new A E Skin Grolash product is a non-prescription product that provides longer and thicker lashes without such risks. The active ingredients in the A E Skin Grolash are peptides, silk amino acids, and hyaluronic acid. Peptides are short pieces of proteins that have multiple effects. When used on the skin, they lead to healthier appearing skin. For the lashes, peptides promote lengthening and thickening. Silk amino acids condition and fortify the hair, promoting growth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin and is an ingredient in many skin care products. Hyaluronic acid significantly provides hydration by drawing water into the area. For the lashes, this leads to shine and suppleness.
Apply a thin line of the A E Skin Grolash twice daily to the upper lash. Allow one to two minutes for the A E Skin Grolash serum to dry. You may feel a temporary tingling sensation after applying the A E Skin Grolash. As early as 30 days after beginning use of the A E Skin Grolash 70 % of patients noticed longer lashes, 73% noticed thicker lashes, and 80% found the lashed to be more nourished.
The A E Skin Growlash will be available soon.
Time and sun change how our skin looks and feels. Loss of elasticity, fine lines, lack of youthful volume--they add up to a look that's less than pleasing. In Encino, CA you can trust your skin care to A E Skin. Dr. Alex Eshaghian and his team are well-versed in all things aesthetic and will treat your skin to rejuvenating treatments that are scientifically based and effective. Learn more about our wide range of services and how great care plus outstanding products can enhance your personal appearance.
Skin care in Encino
At A E Skin, you'll see Dr. Eshaghian every time you visit the office. He'll examine your skin and listen to your goals for smoother, tighter and more line and spot-free skin. Plus, he'll make recommendations for skin care regimens tailor-made for your activity level, age, wellness and personal preferences. What would you like to change?
We're all going through it, and it makes the skin, especially on the face, neck, upper chest and hands, look wrinkled, papery, loose and just plain old. Skin naturally loses its elasticity as collagen production decreases. Dr. Eshaghian has several in-office treatments and at-home skin care products which can change those signs of aging for the better.
Anti-aging treatments include:
- Dermal fillers, an injectable form of hyaluronic acid to smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Chemical peels to reveal a more radiant skin tone (alpha-hydroxy acid is the typical active ingredient, says the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
- Cellulite treatments to smooth dimpling on the thighs, abdomen and buttocks
- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, a safe and comfortable way to remove skin spots and acne scarring
- BOTOX Cosmetic, an injectable medication which limits the movement of selected facial muscles and reduces dynamic wrinkling between the brows, across the forehead and at the sides of the mouth
- Laser leg vein treatments to reduce the appearance of spider veins and rosacea
We need the sun for strong bones and great mental health. However, too much sun advances skin aging and threatens both young and old with skin cancer. As such, Dr. Eshaghian recommends Elta MD skin products, including SPF 40 sunscreen, to protect exposed skin from harmful UV rays.
These board spectrum products provide daily moisture and the continual protection you need regardless of the time of year.
How can we help your skin?
Please call A E Skin in Encino, CA to arrange a personal consultation with Dr. Alex Eshaghian. Feel great and look radiant with your healthiest skin ever. Phone the office at (818) 835-1833.
Do you have loose skin or wrinkles on your neck that concern you? With laser skin tightening you can get rid of those wrinkles to have a youthful and smooth neck.
How to wrinkles form on the neck?
As we age there are many changes that occur in our body and on the skin. The body slowly decreases the amount of collagen that it produces. Collagen is the protein in the skin that keeps it firm, tight, and youthful in appearance. When collagen levels decrease the skin becomes loose and wrinkles are seen. There are other factors that can contribute to this appearance as well. Sunlight damages the skin and destroys the collagen. Therefore, it is important to protect the skin on the face, neck, and entire body with sunscreen every day. Dr. Alex recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with UVA and UVB protection. Smoking also affects the skin in the same way, leading to wrinkles. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle by drinking enough water every day, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. These activities will prevent wrinkle formation.
How can I treat wrinkles on my neck?
Laser skin tightening is an easy, non-invasive, and no down-time way to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the neck (and in other places) without surgery, incisions, or anesthesia. Laser skin tightening works by using gentle micro-pulses of infrared light to slowly warm up the deeper layers of the skin. This tells your body to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen. As a result, the skin will appear smoother and more youthful. The laser skin tightening treatment is very easy. You don’t even need any numbing cream. The skin is first cleaned and gel is applied to transmit the light. You will be given protective goggles or glasses for your eyes. The laser skin tightening treatment takes about ten minutes and is very comfortable. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening treatments. The laser skin tightening are performed every one to two weeks.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
The laser skin tightening leads to the formation of collagen. But collagen does not grow overnight. Just like the wrinkles did not appear right away, they will not go away right away. Results are seen slowly over the course of the laser skin tightening sessions. You will see full results approximately three months after you last laser skin tightening treatment. After the initial series of six to eight laser skin tightening sessions, Dr. Alex recommends a single laser skin tightening treatment every three months to maintain your results and to protect your investment. The patient shown here had five laser skin tightening treatment sessions.
Laser Skin Tightening Demonstration
As we age our skin changes. Perhaps the most important factor causing these changes is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. When these UV rays hit the skin they produce harmful free radicals. Free radicals are certain molecules that damage the skin in a number of ways. They cause the breakdown of collagen, the protein in the skin that holds it together, giving it a youthful and tight appearance. This leads to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and enlarged pores. It also thins out the deeper layer of the skin called the dermis. This makes the skin looks and feel thinner. UV rays also produces broken capillaries which become visible to the naked eye. Additionally, UV rays lead to formeation of sun spots by causing certain cells in the skin called melanocytes to produce a molecule called melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its color. This is what happens when we get a tan. Also excess melanin is seen in freckles, age spots, and melasma.
There are many of things we can do to protect ourselves from and correct this damage. Using suncreen every day is the most basic way to prevent sun damage. Dr. Alex recommend using a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 with broad spectrum (or UVA and UVB) protection. Our most popular sunscreens are the Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen and the Alastin Hydratint sunscreen. Other skin care products to use include antioxidants (such as vitamin C and green teat extract) to block the harmful free radicals, retinoids (such as retinol and retin-A) to stimulate collagen production and a firm appearance, and brightening creams (such as the A E Skin Brightening Cream) to remove the dark discolorations. Brightening products include ingredients wuch as hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice extract, and many more. Treatments include facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and various laser treatments. These are designed to exfoliate or target specific things in the skin such as dark discolorations and broken capillaries. Dr. Alex recommends a combination approach by using products at home and getting treatments that focus on your specific concern. This combination approach provides the best results and a continued youthful appearance.
Vertical bands on the neck can often be seen slowly over time as we mature. Botox is an easy solution for these bands.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein used to address wrinkles that are associated with facial expressions. These include the horizontal lines seen on the upper forehead when we raise our eyebrows, the vertical lines seen between the eyebrows when we frown, and the crow’s feet seen around the eyes when we smile or quint. When placed in the skin, Botox will relax the muscles and smoothen out the overlying wrinkles.
How does Botox work on the neck?
A common concern on the neck is what are called vertical neck bands. These are caused by contraction of a muscled in the neck just under the skin called the platysma. They can be seen or accentuated when the neck is contracted, often times by slightly lifting the chin and moving the lips to show your lower teeth as seen in the photograph shown here. Just like any other muscle on the body, over time the more it is used the stronger it gets. This leads to muscle definition, which is seen as neck bands. Botox works for neck bands in the same way it works for frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet: by relaxing muscles. In this case Botox relaxes the platysma muscle in the neck, preventing it from contracting and forming the bands. The results from a Botox treatment for neck bands are outstanding. Usually 10 units of Botox are used in each of the four bands, for a total of 40 units of Botox.
Additionally, Botox can be used in the neck for what is called the Nefertiti neck lift. Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen known for her long and beautiful neck. In the Nefertiti neck lift Botox is placed just under the jawline from one side to the other side. This relaxes the upper part of the same platysma muscle that is treated for vertical neck bands. When this part of the muscle contracts it pulls down on the lower face. Once it is relaxed with Botox it is unable to pull down on the lower face. This provides a subtle lift of the lower face and improves jawline definition. Sometimes a small amount of Botox is placed in a muscle called the DAO in the lower face. This muscle goes from the corners of the mouth to the jawline and when it contracts it pulls down the corners of the mouth. When the DAO muscle is relaxed with Botox the corners of the mouth are elevated about one or two millimeters. This really helps with a sad face appearance. The Nefertiti neck lift can be complemented by placing fillers in the mid-face, laser skin tightening, and Kybella for the double chin.
Botox for Neck Bands
When will I see the results of by Botox treatment?
Although some people notice the results of their Botox treatment in a few days, it can take up to two weeks to see the full results of your Botox treatment. Therefore, patience is important. We take baseline photographs of you making facial expressions before your Botox treatment and have you return tow to three weeks later to take the same pictures. If you receive the recommended dose of Botox and the results are not perfect, we provide complimentary additional Botox units. This way you don’t have to worry about the possibility of diluted Botox.
How long does Botox last?
Most people enjoy the results of their Botox treatment for three to four months. Dr. Alex recommends a maintenance Botox treatment at that time. We participate in the Brilliant Distinctions Program. This is a rewards program designed by Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse, where you get points for each treatment. These points are then used toward discounts at your next Botox (or other) treatment.
What are the side effects of Botox?
With any injection there are risks including pain, bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling, infection, and tenderness. We take special precautions to minimize these risks. Dr. Alex uses a painless Botox injection technique where cold air is blown on the skin to numb the skin. We also place a vibrating distractor called the Beauty Bar nearby for further comfort during your Botox treatment. Bruising is rare with Botox treatments and bruises can last up to two weeks after a Botox treatment. If you get a bruise after a Botox or other treatment we are able to treat it with a laser as early as the next business day. This makes the bruise go away much faster, typically in one to three days, although it may still last two weeks and sometimes it gets darker before getting lighter. Headaches can occur for up to a few days after a Botox treatment. Dr. Alex recommends taking over-the-counter strength Tylenol for pain relief. There is also a very small risk (less than one percent) that some of the Botox spreads to nearby muscles. Depending on the area treatment, the spread of Botox make lead to things like droopy eyelids or an asymmetric smile. Such side effects are always temporary and often times treatable.
What should I do after a Botox treatment?
After a Botox treatment, Dr. Alex recommends avoiding heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours and maintaining an upright posture without bending forward or lying flat for four hours. These activities can lead to the movement of Botox, leading to side effects, and/or increase the risk of bruising.
Patient Review - Botox
Patient Review - Botox
I had a wonderful experience I'm 33 years old and I had Botox for the very first time I was so scared but after he explained it to me the painless procedure, NOW that was quite the experience I highly recommend Dr.Alex he is amazing and trustworthy not only that the stuff is very friendly. Thank you so much Dr. Alex
— Iris Sanchez
I was referred to Dr. Alex by friend. At first I was afraid of getting Botox injections because I thought it would make me look weird. But Dr. Alex and his wonderful staff explained that it is a purified protein and the results will be natural. And they were right. It looks completely natural, the treatment was painless, and I did not even get a bruise. If you want great results and outstanding service I highly recommend A E Skin.
— Rod Fani
One of the most common questions is “Do I need to apply sunscreen even if I don’t go outside?” The answer is yes and the reasons are described here.
How does the sun affect the skin?
The sun provides light and heat to allow us to live. The light emitted from the sun has many different colors or wavelengths, some of which are harmful to the skin. Specifically, UV rays (or ultraviolet rays) damage the skin over time. When UV rays reach the skin, they cause changes in the skin. The cells in the skin produce something called free radicals. Free radicals lead to a number of changes in the skin. They damage and degrade collagen, the protein in the skin that keeps the skin tight, firm, and youthful. As a result, the skin becomes loose and saggy and fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores are seen. Another change is the formation of dark discolorations, sometimes called sun spots. The harmful free radicals stimulate the skin to form these unsightly dark spots. Other effects include thinning of the skin, decreasing the skin’s protective barrier function, and leading to the formation of broken capillaries or generalized redness. In order to prevent all of these changes it is important to protect ourselves from the harmful UV rays.
What sunscreen should I use?
Dr. Alex recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Also make sure it has broad spectrum (or UVA and UVB) protection. Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide such protection. If outdoors for long periods, reapply sunscreen every one to two hours. Also reapply if your skin gets wet such as when swimming. Avoid direct sun exposure and try to stay in the shade as much as possible when outdoors, especially during the middle of the ray when the UV rays are the strongest.
When should I apply sunscreen?
Many people feel that it is only necessary to apply sunscreen when doing certain activities such as going to the beach. But exposure to harmful UV rays occurs even with short exposure to the sun such as going outside to get the mail. It is also important to understand that the temperature is not related to the amount of UV rays. For example, although it may be cold in the winter months, there is still sun exposure so it is important to apply sunscreen during all four seasons. At the same time rainy weather does not block all UV rays. Many people do not apply sunscreen when it is overcast or raining. However, the harmful UV rays can penetrate the clouds and still damage the skin. Therefore, it is important to apply sunscreen on rainy days too. Also, UV rays penetrate through glass such as car windows and windshields. Although not technically outside when driving, you are getting exposure when driving. Additionally, many people work in offices where sunlight enters through windows, exposing them to harmful UV rays.
So even though you may think you’re not outdoors, you are still getting a lot of sun exposure. Over years, this exposure to harmful UV rays damages the skin, leading to changes associated with aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven color, and redness. Applying sunscreen every day will prevent these changes.
Loose and saggy skin are common concerns for many people. Now we can address them with Ultra Microneedling.
Ultra Microneedling is a new and outstanding treatment that can address a variety of concerns such as uneven color, irregular skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, and stretch marks. With traditional microneedling, thousands of tiny holes are created in the skin. As a result, your skin reacts with a healing process to create new, fresh, and healthy collagen. This will help lift and tighten the skin. In contrast to traditional microneedling, with Ultra Microneedling there are no physical needles and there is no bleeding. The holes are created using laser technology. This makes the treatment more precise, shorter, more comfortable, and there is no bleeding and a short recovery time of usually 24 hours. Slowly over time improvement is seen. In the before and after pictures shown here, the skin color has improved and a significant lift is noticeable without surgery or even fillers.
The Ultra Microneedling treatment is very easy. We start by taking baseline photographs to monitor your progress then apply numbing cream and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then your skin will be cleanser with water and cleaning solutions. Before the Ultra Microneedling treatment eye shields will be placed over your eyes. During the Ultra Microneedling treatment cold air is blown on the skin to maximize your comfort. The Ultra Microneedling treatment itself only takes a few minutes and feels like a pins and needles sensation. After the Ultra Microneedling treatment your skin will be cooled down for a few minutes. We also have a new Hydrating Mask which can be applied after the Ultra Microneedling treatment to provide further comfort and improved results. After the Ultra Microneedling treatment it is normal to have redness and a hot sensation for the first day. Applying cold compresses such as ice packs will help. We also have an aftercare kit which includes the A E Skin Green Tea Soothing Chamomile Mist and A E Skin Green Tea Healing Ointment to help with the recovery. Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six monthly Ultra Microneedling treatments followed by one maintenance Ultra Microneedling treatment every three months after that.
Ultra Microneedling Treatment Demonstration
The aging process is a natural part of life, but you don’t have to accept the appearance of sagging skin thanks to the advanced treatments available at A E Skin in Encino, CA. The Juvederm family of products (Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella) is helping patients achieve smoother and younger looking skin. Discover the benefits of going to A E Skin for a Juvederm consultation.
What Is Juvederm?
As time goes by, the skin changes in appearance and fullness. The facial muscles move as you make certain expressions, like smiling, laughing, or frowning, causing deep lines to form. You lose volume and the skin begins to sag. Injecting the skin with the Juvederm family of products (Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella), which is composed of hyaluronic acid, will rejuvenate its appearance by giving it a plumper look and filling in some unwanted lines. This proprietary dermal filler is also used to add volume to aging hands and lips.
Juvederm is an FDA-approved skin solution that provides results without the need for an invasive plastic surgery procedure. These are some of the benefits of choosing this treatment to revitalize your skin:
- The appointment is quick and easy (about 15 minutes for the treatment).
- The formula includes a numbing agent to decrease the chance of discomfort during the procedure.
- You will enjoy your results for up to two years.
- This solution can make you look several years younger.
Juvederm: During and After the Appointment
Expect your entire visit to A E Skin in Encino, CA, including the pre-treatment, to take about an hour. After numbing cream is applied to your skin and left on for about 15 minutes, Dr. Alex will carefuly place the product into the cheeks and the middle of the face. The gel is very smooth and easily delivered beneath the skin. It’s normal to see minor swelling or irritation in the injection areas, but it should subside in under a week. Avoid doing anything strenuous, stay out of the sun, and avoid drinking alcohol after the appointment. Please contact us at your convenience should you have any complications or questions.
Set Up a Skin Consultation
After a short consultation, Dr. Alex will let you know if Juvederm is the right way to get the softer, younger looking skin you desire.
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