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.
Does the appearance of your breasts affect your self-confidence? Over time, gravity, natural aging, breast feeding, and weight loss lead to changes in the size, shape, and firmness of the breasts. Additionally, some women have under-developed breasts which are not proportional to the rest of their body.
"I could not believe my results! My breasts are back to how they looked at 24!! For anyone looking for a natural lift and enhancement look no further. There is zero downtime and you can see a difference right away! I love how firm they are now!! Xo"
What is Laser Breast Enhancement?
Laser Breast Enhancement is a new and innovative non-surgical alternative to improve the appearance of the breast. Traditional breast augmentation and breast lift are surgical procedures designed to address these issues. Although surgery provides outstanding and long-lasting results, it is associated with risks. The laser breast enhancement is a non-invasive treatment to improve the appearance of the breasts without anesthesia, scars, or recovery time.
Laser Breast Enhancement Demonstration
How does Laser Breast Enhancement work?
The Laser Breast Enhancement treatment works by slowly and gently heating the skin for about 15 minutes. This firms and lifts the breasts, providing fullness and projection.
What is the Laser Breast Enhancement treatment like?
Gentle micro-pulses of infrared light are used to slowly and gently heat the skin over about 15 minutes. The Laser Breast Enhancement treatment is very comfortable and numbing cream is not required. Most people say it feels like a hot stone massage.
What should I expect after the Laser Breast Enhancement treatment?
You may experience some mild redness in the treated area immediately after treatment and this should return to normal within minutes. Many women see immediate enhancement in terms of size and firmness and a lift. Since the procedure is noninvasive there is no downtime so you can resume regular activities immediately following treatment.
What results should I expect after a Laser Breast Enhancement treatment?
Unlike surgery where a significant increase in size is possible, results from a laser breast enhancement are more natural. Women can expect a half cup increase in size and a noticeable lift, allowing them to wear new and different clothes. Results vary from person to person and are seen slowly over time. Full results are seen three to six months after the final session.
How many Laser Breast Enhancement treatments will I need?
Dr. Alex recommends an initial series of six to eight Laser Breast Enhancement sessions, which are performed every one to two weeks. After that Dr. Alex recommends a single maintenance Laser Breast Enhancement session every three months after that.
What aftercare do I need?
It is important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions. No special skin care regimen is required following treatment. However, you should always protect your skin from direct sun exposure and use a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 with broad spectrum coverage every day.
As an introductory promotion, for a limited time we are offering 50% OFF a series of six Laser Breast Enhancement treatment sessions. Click below to make an investment.
Melasma is a common condition characterized by the appearance of dark patches on the skin. Any area on the skin can be affected; the most common areas are the forehead, upper cheeks, and above the lips. Melasma is caused by an imbalance of hormones on the inside which makes the skin very sensitive to the sun. When exposed to the sun, the patches appear and become dark. The pigment that is produced in the skin can be deposited either in the surface layers, deep layers, or most commonly both. The dark patches are seen more frequently in the summer months when the suns rays are stronger and when people are outdoors more. Melasma affects women more frequently than men and is common when hormone levels change such as during pregnancy, after delivery, and when going on or off birth control pills.
Since the cause of melasma is internal, unfortunately there is no cure. So melasma is a condition that is controlled, not cured. Treatment is multi-factorial and can often be frustrating. The most important aspect of treatment is applying sunscreen every day and minimizing sun exposure. Look for a physical sunscreen with active ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that has an SPF of at least 30. These provide broad spectrum coverage, meaning they protect against UVA rays which causes aging and UVB rays which cause burns. The next step in treatment includes the use of a good skin care regimen that prevents the skin from producing excessive pigment. Dr. Alex recommends the A E Skin Brightening Cream, Exfoliating Serum, Triple Antioxidant Serum, and Hydrating Serum. Look for products that reduce pigmentation. Active ingredients in such products include hydroquinone, kojic acid, vitamin C, alpha-arbutin, licorice extract, and a variety of others. Ingredients such as retinol, retin-A, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid will help to exfoliate the skin to get the pigment out faster. Often times these products will dry or irritate the skin so it is important to moisturize the skin twice daily. Lighter moisturizers work well for youthful skin, while heavier moisturizers work better for mature skin. Adding products with hyaluronic acid to the regimen will increase the hydration and benefit the skin. It is important to use a good skin care regimen for three months prior to having any treatments. This will correct the skin before the treatment and prevent the risk of worsening of the melasma with treatments.
There are a variety of treatments available for melasma. After having a good skin care regimen in place, the most important aspect of melasma treatment is to be conservative. Treatments must be mild and six to eight sessions are often required. Treatments are usually performed every four to eight weeks. The mildest treatments include basic facials and microdermabrasion. Microneedling and Ultra Microneedling are also effective treatments. Chemical peels and laser peels serve to exfoliate the skin and get the pigment out to the surface faster. Contrary to what most people hear, IPL photofacials can be used to treat melasma. Such treatments are useful especially when the pigment is closer to the surface. Not all IPL photofacial devices are versatile. But the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial by Sciton that Dr. Alex uses has many settings that can be adjusted for safe treatment of melasma. Dr. Alex uses higher wavelengths of light, lower energy settings, longer pulse widths (the time that the light is on), and colder temperatures to ensure safe treatments. When the pigment is in deeper layers of the skin, fractional lasers such as Pro Fractional or fractional CO2 can be used. These create tiny hole sin the skin which allow the pigment in the deeper layers to come out. Again, many people say not to use such devices for melasma. But they can be effective when appropriate settings are used, the dwell time should be minimized and treatment densities should be low. Combining multiple of such modalities will provide even better results.
We are excited to announce that A E Skin has moved to a new office. Don’t worry it’s only three blocks away.
Where is the new office?
The new office is located three blocks west of our previous office (15840 Ventura Bl. Suite 106, Encino, CA 91436). The new address is: 16311 Ventura Bl. Suite 845 Encino, CA 91436
Our new location is exactly three blocks west of the previous location on Ventura Bl. The building is on the north side of the street and the cross street is Libbit Ave. In terms of landmarks, there is an HSBC bank and ABC Pharmacy on the ground floor of the building. The parking garage is accessed via Libbit Ave. and our patients will enjoy complimentary valet parking when they arrive at the building.
What is the new office like?
We built our new office completely from scratch so it is customized for the exact needs of our patients. The grand entrance to the suite will have our name and logo. Upon entering our office, our patients will be greeted in our elegant reception area. The reception desk is customized for our needs and is beautifully displayed in front of our tile wall. Our designer has paid a significant amount of attention to detail. The office will feature marble flooring in the reception area that extends into the hallway. To compliment this, the rooms will have an elegant grey hardwood flooring. Our luxurious reception area is designed to welcome our guests with modern furniture and chandeliers. We will have refrigerated bottled water, coffee, and refreshments available at all times. Many pieces of colorful and modern artwork provide a beautiful contrast to the grey and white floors, walls, and ceilings. The consultation room has a spectacular view of the Santa Monica mountains. Modern sinks are placed in multiple rooms for our patients' convenience. The suite was designed with the needs of our patients and staff at mind. For patient privacy, all walls are sound proof. We will have dedicated rooms for photography and for patients to relax while they are numbing so they do not sit in the reception area. There is another room dedicated for consultations and our treatment suite will be more spacious. The office will also feature more administrative space for staff and storage.
We are excited to welcome our patients to the new office as of September 1, 2018. Even if patients arrive at our previous location, we have directions to the new office available; and it will take just a few minutes. To celebrate, we are offering a number of specials for the month of September 2018. Please see the promotions below.
$199/one treatment (normally $350) save $151
Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation
Combines an IPL Photofacial with a Micro Laser Peel
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Tight and Bright Rejvuenation
Combines an IPL Photofacial with a Laser Skin Tightening treatment
$299/one treatment (normally $700) save $401
Combines an IPL Photofacial with a Laser Skin Tightening treatment and a Micro Laser Peel
$399/one treatment (normally $1,050) save $651
New #nofilter Treatment
Improve the color, texture, and tone of your skin all in a single treatment with less than 24 hours of recovery time. Combines an IPL Photofacial with an Ultra Microneedling Treatment
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Non-refundable. Non-transferable. Not to be combined with other promotion(s). Previous credit may not be applied toward this promotion. Valid until September 30, 2018. Treatment must be performed by October 31, 2018. Both syringes must be used at the same treatment session. All sales are final.
The amount of sleep you get each night can have an effect on the appearance of your skin. While everyone is different, most people require seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Not getting enough sleep affects the appearance of the skin. This is seen commonly as puffiness under the eyes because the blood vessels around the eyes open up and bring fluid into that area. Additionally, when you do not get enough sleep your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol leads to breakdown of collagen in the skin, the protein that gives the skin its tightness. Over time, this leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and laxity. At the same time, when you get enough sleep your body produces an adequate amount of human growth hormone, which thickens the skin. A recent study by Estee Lauder demonstrated scientifically that inadequate sleep speeds up skin aging. Specifically, poor sleep correlates with increased amounts of fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and discoloration. So before starting a new skin care regimen or doing treatments, be sure that you are treating your body and skin right by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, protecting yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen daily, and avoiding bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol.
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 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 and produces broken capillaries which become visible to the naked eye. Additionally, UV rays will cause 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 a number of things we can do to protect ourselves from and correct this damage. Using sunscreen every day is the most basic way to prevent sun damage. Other skin care products to use include antioxidants to block the harmful free radicals, retinoids to stimulate collagen production and a firm appearance, and brightening creams to remove the dark discolorations. 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. People that get the best results are those that combine a good at-home skin care regimen with regular treatments in the office. For this reason Dr. Alex's philosophy is to have a combination approach, by preventing and correcting in multiple ways for a sustained youthful appearance.
Skin care during the summer months is extremely important. Sunlight can cause a lot of damage to the skin including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer. So it is important to protect yourself every day.
Dr. Alex recommends applying a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater such as the Alastin Hydratint sunscreen or Elta MD UV Clear sunscreen. Look for sunscreens that have broad spectrum protection. Remember that you are receiving sun exposure when inside a car through the windows. Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Don’t forget areas from the neck down which may be exposed such as the chest, back, arms, and legs. These areas can get sunburned too. If you are outdoors for prolonged periods, reapply sunscreen every two hours. Also reapply sunscreen if your skin gets wet such as when going in the swimming pool. Avoid sun exposure during the peak hours between 10 AM and 4 PM. When outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, and hats. Finally, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight cups of water daily.
Lasers are routinely used to address cosmetic concerns. Now we have a new application: pain.
What laser is used for pain?
We use the Sciton SkinTyte II laser to treat pain. This uses gentle micro-pulses of red and infrared light. The light heats up the deeper layers of the skin. For cosmetic purposes, this stimulates the skin to form its own natural, new, fresh and healthy collagen to tighten and rejuvenate the skin. It also heats deeper tissues such as muscles, fat, and bone. When these tissues are injured the area becomes inflamed and swollen. The swelling and inflammation puts pressure on the surrounding areas which causes pain. The deep heating from the laser pain treatment stimulates blood flow to the area. This allows for faster healing and a decrease in the inflammation, and this decreases the pain.
How long is the laser pain treatment?
The laser pain treatment takes about five to ten minutes depending on the size of the area. The treatment is very comfortable and you won’t need any numbing cream. The laser slowly and gently heats the area. In general, a significant improvement in the level of the pain is noticed immediately after the treatment. It also decreases the requirement for oral pain medications. When joints are treated, people notice an increase in range of motion. For example, when a should is treated, after the treatment patients are able to lift their arms higher than they did before the treatment. When knees are treated patients are able to walk without pain.
How many laser pain treatments do I need?
Depending on the person, the pain, and the possible injury multiple treatments may be required. For minor soreness from exercise, sometimes a single session will be enough. For injuries often times a series of six weekly treatments are recommended. For chronic pain most people start with a series of six weekly treatments followed by one treatment every one to three months.
On July 14, 2018 Dr. Alex attended the Ultimate Aesthetics Training Workshop at the Luxe hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This is another educational event designed to teach physicians in the cosmetic field about new products, devices, and techniques. Organized by Angela O’Mara and Giles Raine of The Professional Image, this workshop features many industry-leading doctors in the field to share their knowledge.
The day started with breakfast on the patio with various exhibitors such as Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse. Allergan is now distributing new brochures which feature the journeys of individual patients. These individuals had their treatments in stages, meaning they initially received one or two syringes of product and then more product was added over several sessions weeks to months later. This allows people to learn about what the treatments are like and how improvement is seen slowly over time when treatments are done in stages.
The day continued with a variety of lectures by distinguished doctors. Dr. John Vartanian discussed best practices to use Botox and fillers such as Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella for facial enhancement. Dr. Anil Shah reviewed a variety of pearls to help a practice. This included some things that are already incorporated into our practice such as the use of the beauty bar, a vibrating distractor placed on the skin during injectable and other treatments to maximize patients’ comfort. Dr. Alexander Rivkin of Westside Aesthetics spoke about techniques to feminize the face and the non-surgical nose job, a treatment which he pioneered. The session concluded with Dr. Kian Karimi who provided an overview of cannulas, threads, and PRP. After another break with the exhibitors, the day concluded with live demonstrations of injectables such as Botox, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella.
The Ultimate Aesthetic Training Workshop is another outstanding educational opportunity that Dr. Alex takes advantage of regularly. This allows Dr. Alex to be up to date on the newest products and services so that he can provide the best service to his patients. He looks forward to attending future events.
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