Posts for: January, 2015
With Valentine's Day coming around the corner, Juvederm is the perfect treatment to prepare your lips. Juvederm is a popular hyaluronic acid dermal filler used to fill in the smile lines or parentheses lines, and also used to plump those lips. Parentheses have a place, but not on your face. Juvederm is injected into areas of the skin with volume loss, such as the smile lines, marionette lines, and lips. These are typically in the lower third of the face. Botox is used to rejuvenate the upper face, most commonly the horizontal lines across the forehead seen when we raise our eyebrows, the vertical lines between the eyebrows seen when we frown, and the crow's feet around the eyes seen when we smile. For the mid-face, Voluma is the new miracle. Voluma provides volume to the cheeks and gives your face a natural and youthful lift. Our patients love the outstanding results that are seen on the entire face when combining Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma. For even further tightening, and Ultherapy to stimulate the collagen and tighten your skin back to it's youthful appearance. For a limited time only, A E Skin is offering a buy one get one free special on a syringe of Juvederm. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Melasma is a common condition which can be stubborn and difficult to treat. It is caused by an internal imbalance of hormones that makes the skin very sensitive to the sun and leads to the formation of dark patches, or tanned areas, with very little sun exposure. Areas most commonly affected by melasma include the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip. Melasma is more common in women and often times occurs when hormone levels change such as during or after pregnancy, when taking birth control pills, and during menopause. The biggest challenge with melasma is that since the cause is internal, no matter what we do on the skin it usually comes back. Therfore melasma is a condition that we control, not cure; and after initial treatment maintenance treatments are required every three to six months. Melasma is more common in people of darker skin tones and in these people the sunlight causes the skin to make more pigment, which can be deposited in different layers of the skin. There are three types of melasma depending on exactly where the pigment is. In superficial melasma the pigment is close to the surface and often appears darker. In deep melasma, as it's name suggests, the pigment is deeper in the skin and often appears lighter or more faint. The third type, combination melasma, is perhaps the most common and is when there is pigment in both parts of the skin, deep and surface. Superficial melasma is easier to treat because the products and treatment used can reach the pigment easier. With deep melasma, the products and treatments have to penetrate deeper, making treatment more challenging. When the deep pigment is treated it is often exfoliated to the surface making it appear darker, or worse. Many people get frustrated when they see this because they think that their efforts and investments have made the problem worse. However, it is important to understand that the pigment is coming closer to the surface and a deep treatment will likely lead to improvement. Dr. Alex has specifically designed and tweaked the Ultimate Rejuvenation for deep and combination melasma. In one of the steps, tiny holes are made into the skin allowing the deep pigment to come out. Right after this step a brightneing ingredient is applied directly to the skin. Since there are tiny holes in the skin, the brightening ingredient can get to the deeper layers. In the photographs shown here, the before image is that of a patient with melasma after using the A E Skin Triple Antioxidant Serum and after having two Forever Young BBL IPL Photofacial treatments and two Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation treatments. The patches appear worse than when she started (not shown) because the pigment is coming closer to the surface. But six weeks after one Ultimate Rejuvenation treatment and the A E Skin Brightening Cream, Exfoliating Serum, Triple Antioxidant Serum, and Hydrating Serum the patches on her cheeks are significantly improved. As you caan see, melasma is often stubborn and treatment can be challenging and frustrating. But it is important to keep the course and understand what is going on and know what needs to be done for best results. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Painless Botox Injections in Encino, CA
Painless Botox is a technique developed by Dr. Alex to make an otherwise uncomfortable treatment easy. At A E Skin patient satisfaction is a top priority and we want all of our patients to get outstanding results while at the same time enjoying their experience. There are multiple components to making the Botox treatment painless. First we prepare our Botox using preserved saline which makes the Botox injection itself more comfortable. Second, we use the smallest of needles so that our patients barely feel the Botox injection anyway. The technique used by Dr. Alex when injecting Botox is to squeeze the area and move it back and forth as a distraction, similar to when dentists rub the lips before injections. By performing the Botox injections at an angle and with a slight twist of the wrist, the needle goes into the skin easier and is more comfortable. Dr. Alex learned these various techniques by continuing education at seminars he regularly attends. The most unique part of the painless Botox technique was developed by Dr. Alex himself. Dr. Alex has done thousands of laser treatments and he uses cold air during the treatments to numb the skin without touching the skin with an ice pack (which can contaminate the skin and lead to infections). Dr. Alex has learned that the cold air numbs the skin for other treatments as well and now uses it for Botox treatments. You can see the painless Botox technique for yourself in this video. Why get a Botox treatment when you can get a painless Botox treatment? We are offering exclusive specials at our Botox Bonanza on Tuesday January 27, 2015 and Thursday January 29, 2015. Contact us to schedule an appointment or a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Happy new year to all of our patients. We hope that 2014 was a great year for you and that 2015 will be even better. For the new year, why not have a new you? Take advantage of all the new products and treatments we have available to make you look and feel your absolute best. Some of our newest and most exciting products and services include Juvederm Voluma, Ultherapy, Freeze the Fat (Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq), and the MD Solar Mineral Tinted Creme. Voluma and Ultherapy is an outstanding combination patients are loving because Voluma provides the volume to the cheeks that is lost over time and Ultherapy tightens the skin. Together the combination of Voluma and Ultherapy provide a non-surgical facelift alternative for those not quite ready to go under the knife. There is no down time or anesthesia and minimal recovery time. Like Juvederm, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid product that provides volume to areas that need it. Unlike Juvederm, however, Voluma is used in the upper cheek to pull up sagging skin and it lasts two years. Ultherapy uses the power of ultrasound, the same ultrasound used for expectant mothers, to provide targeted energy to the deep layers of the skin, the same layers addressed with a surgical facelift, but without the recovery associated with surgery. Ultherapy is used to treat any area from the forehead all the way down to the upper chest. To shape your body in lower areas, try Freeze the Fat (Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq), a treatment where cold applicators are put on areas of stubborn fat such as the belly and muffin top. The Freeze the Fat (Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq) applicator is left on for about one hour to cool down the fat, destroying about 20 % of the fat cells. This fat is then eliminated naturally by the body over a few months. Patients are loving the results of Freeze the Fat (Cool Sculpting by Zeltiq). And finally a new sunscreen that is really all in one: the MD Solar Mineral Tinted Creme is a sunscreen that also acts as a moisturizer and foundation all in one. Better yet the MD Solar Mineral Tinted Creme also contains antioxidants to further protect you from sun damage. The matte finish and gentle color are perfect for those who want all the benefits of a full skin care regimen, but don't have time to apply four products at once. Stop by the office yourself to see all the new things we have. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.