Monthly Archives: September 2009

We Can Help Tone and Tighten Sagging Skin

VelaShape - Before

VelaShape - Before

VelaShape - After

VelaShape - After








Tone and Tighten Sagging Skin
Do you want to tone and tighten your sagging skin? At Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, we can help. Using VelaShape, the FIRST and ONLY Non-Surgical FDA-cleared medical device for circumferential reduction and cellulite treatment, we can help gently shape your body and treat those problem areas: cellulite, dimpled and sagging skin.

You can rest assured knowing that we are the VelaShape Experts. VelaShape does its magic by using the revolutionary elos combination of Bi-Polar radiofrequency, Infrared Light Energy, Vacuum and Mechanical Massage. The net result increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and actually reduces the size of fat cells and chambers.

Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is the FIRST clinic in San Diego to have this amazing technology, and one of only TWO study sites in North America proving the efficacy of this body contouring and cellulite reduction system! Not only will your skin texture improve (cellulite, dimpling, sagging), but the buttock and thigh area will be slimmer, more toned, tightened and lifted.

Just Had A Baby?
Recent studies at OB/GYN practices and our own experience has shown that VelaShape is very effective on post-pregnancy patients! We can firm up that sagging skin and improve your appearance today.

Post Pregnancy Treament - Before

Post Pregnancy Treament - Before

Post Pregnancy Treament - After

Post Pregnancy Treament - After

Rejuvenation is No Longer Just for Women

Actual Patient Photos - Before

Actual Patient Photos - Before Tumescent Liposculpture

Society may be kinder to men when it comes to aging, but no one is immune to the effects of time. Now more than ever, men are feeling younger, living healthier and continue to be active in the workplace and dating scene well into their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. These men want the way they feel on the inside to match the way they look on the outside.

The number of men seeking cosmetic procedures is on the rise. All the time-tested, safe, effective, no-downtime procedures that women have been taking advantage of are now available to men as well. We can give men the natural appearing results they want – without anyone else knowing they are getting cosmetic treatments.

Signs of sun damage and aging on the skin can be erased with elos laser treatments like Aurora, Polaris and ReFirme. Wrinkles, acne scars and skin sagging can be improved with a series of Fraxel treatment or laser skin resurfacing. Botox and fillers like Restylane alone or in combination can flatten wrinkles and take years off almost instantly! Of course unwanted body hair or ingrown facial hair need no longer be a concern with quick and effective laser hair removal.

Actual Patient Photos - After Tumescent Liposculpture

Actual Patient Photos - After Tumescent Liposculpture

Our options are more than skin deep. Ever wanted a perfect six pack and that “cut” look to your body? Liposculpture can make it possible, ONCE AND FOR ALL. In this simple and safe procedure, fat is permanently removed from bulges and problem areas that even intense diet and exercise can’t help. More than half of the liposculpture procedures we have performed in the past few months were on male necks, abdomens, love handles and chests!

Whatever you may want to improve, change, or take care of – there is no better time than now. Men – it’s finally your turn.

Testimonial from James (shown in photos)

“Dr. Mauricio, I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am for the artistic way you have sculptured my physique. The difference between my before and after photos show your amazing skills at transforming the human body. Not only do I look great, I feel great. I now demonstrate a renewed confidence and uplifted spirit in my day to day life that actually attracts people to me like never before.

The skills and deep concern for your patient’s physical and mental well-being demonstrated by you and your staff go way more than skin deep. Thank you so much for what you have done for my life. You are the premier doctor in this field.”

Very truly always your patient, James B. (Tumescent Liposculpture)

The Celebrity Beauty Treatment Secret Can Be Yours!

Do you know about ReFirme? It’s the beauty secret of many celebrities and you can get it too! With FDA approved ReFirme, you can have tight, firm skin without surgery. Conventional skin tightening treatments are time and treatment intensive and often too painful for many patients. ReFirme is a non-invasive procedure which offers a painless solution to wrinkles and sagging skin. The ReFirme procedure is a combination of light and radio frequencies which helps to regain youthful and plumper skin.

Powered by Syneron’s revolutionary elos laser technology, ReFirme is ideal for targeting all the telltale signs of aging, including jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds. Best of all, Refirme treatments are virtually painless, there is absolutely no downtime, and most patients experience instant results!

See Rachel Ray Get ReFirme by Dr. Mauricio!
Watch Dr. Mauricio perform a LIVE treatment of ReFirme on Rachel Ray on her talk show! The segment also features Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, and her beauty secrets. (see this video)

Here’s What Our Patients Have to Say


“I wanted to let you know how happy I am with ReFirme. I’ve only had 2 treatments, and I’ve noticed a significant improvement in the quality of my skin. My lines and wrinkles are greatly diminished. Best of all, these great results come with no down time. There is no bruising or peeling resulting from these treatments, and they are very affordable. I think this is the perfect alternative for busy, working mothers. Thanks again for your great recommendations and skillful procedure. Your skill and ReFirme are a great combination. I would highly recommend it for anyone.” – Marguerite


“I can’t believe how renewed my skin and facial contours look without surgery. This procedure is so amazing that you can see results on the first visit. My own patients asked me what I have done to improve my skin and I tell them to see Dr. Tess’ latest technology, the “magic wand”, ReFirme. In a series of treatments it promotes the growth of new collagen in the skin, closes pores, and makes your skin tighter, firmer and flawless.

I share my experience not only to my patients but also to my friends. It’s amazing that a non-surgical method can make you look ten years younger. If we look good, we feel good! This treatment is amazing for all ages!” – Dr. L.A.

Let us help you too. Contact Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center today.

Testimonial from One Appreciative Client

“Since I am an RN I am very scrutinizing when it comes to receiving any type of treatment. I saw an ad for Dr. Mauricio and was very impressed with her credentials. I made an appointment for a consultation and I verified that she is indeed highly qualified. When I met Dr. Mauricio and her staff I knew at once that I had made the right decision. Dr. Mauricio and her staff are warm and friendly.

Dr. Mauricio met with me and listened to my concerns, giving me a well informed education on her products and services, and together we formulated a plan for helping me achieve the look I desired. After 22 years of working on my feet as an RN in a hospital my legs had suffered and I had many spider veins. I had sclerotherapy with Dr. Mauricio and I now am not embarrassed to show my legs. I can wear the strapped sandals and skirts that I love.

My face had begun to show signs of aging with crow’s feet, sun spots, and deepening lines around my mouth. I had a fotofacial series and botox. I can’t believe the difference in the appearance of my skin. The lines around my eyes are greatly diminished and my whole face feels smoother and toned. I also had sun spots on my chest, arms, hands, and loose skin on my neck. With the Aurora and Polaris treatment series, I immediately noticed increased tone in the skin on my neck. Now, my arms, chest, hands, and neck look great and feel healthier. Even though I have jogged for years and exercised, I still had areas of cellulite across my upper thighs and buttocks. After three pregnancies my abdominal skin was loose. After a VelaShape treatment series, my problems areas are smoothed and toned and I began to notice a difference right away.

I was so amazed that with each treatment I would see an improvement with less and less dimpling of my skin. Also, clothes feel looser after treatments. I feel so comfortable with Dr. Mauricio and her great staff that when I go into her office I feel as though I am visiting friends and at the same time I am completely confident that I am under the care of a highly skilled, well trained professional that I can trust. I am not trying to hide my age; I wouldn’t trade the wisdom of my years for anything. I just want to look the best that I can for my age.

But, I really don’t mind at all when people think that I’m 35! I love to see their reaction when I tell them that I’m 47 years old! I am thoroughly ecstatic with the results I’ve received from the treatments by Dr. Mauricio. I now look on the outside like I feel on the inside, younger, vibrant, and energetic. I am no longer asked if I’m tired or sick. I love that the changes are subtle enough that my friends look at me and say that I look refreshed and happy. I highly recommend Dr. Mauricio to everyone. Not only is Dr. Mauricio and her staff gracious and attentive but the comfort of knowing that she is an outstanding and highly skilled medical professional is priceless.”

One Appreciative Client of Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center,
Jean, RN, BSN

Choosing a Medical Treatment for Beautiful Skin

Choosing a medical treatment solution for beautiful skin was once a confusing and difficult decision. Many methods and technologies promise the best results, but most fall short. Electro-Optical Synergy, also known as ELOS®, is a revolutionary technology that has changed everything.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with ELOS?
ELOS has proven to be the safest, most effective and comfortable solution for the superior results you want, to help with the following conditions:

  1. Comet Hair Removal
    Safe hair removal of all colors (including white, gray, red and blonde) and all skin types, including tanned skin. The number of necessary treatments depends on hair color and skin type, and the part of the face or body to be treated. Usually, four to six treatments are required for substantial hair reduction. Light hair will require a higher number of treatments.
  2. Aurora Skin Treatment
    Comfortably treat Rosacea, spider veins and skin imperfections caused by sun damage, as well as red and brown spots.
  3. Aurora Acne Treatment
    Clear up your skin through selective targeting of the sebaceous glands and acne bacteria.
  4. Polaris Wrinkle Treatment
    Treat fine wrinkles at the skin’s surface while penetrating into the dermis to treat deeper wrinkles – all in the same procedure, with no downtime.
  5. Polaris Leg Vein/Vascular Treatment
    Appearance of leg veins and facial vascular lesions fades away with speed and comfort.
  6. VelaSmooth Cellulite Treatment
    ELOS technology safely and effectively re-contours the skin surface for smooth, beautiful results.

How Does ELOS Work?
ELOS uses a unique combination of radio frequency and light to isolate the treatment area and leave the surrounding skin free from potentially harmful side effects. Using gentle pulses of two targeted energies means better results with lower overall energy output, assuring the highest level of safety and comfort. Other systems using only one energy source can’t compare. Many Hollywood stars and TV personalities rave about the Aurora FotoFacial and credit this procedure for the renewed health and vitality in their skin. Aurora and Polaris have even been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

What Does an ELOS Procedure Feel Like?
Treatment with ELOS produces a slight tingling feeling, and on the most sensitive areas of the skin, patients may only feel a quick, light pinch. Side effects are very rare, and ELOS technology assures a higher comfort level than any laser technology available.

Is This a “No Downtime” Procedure?
Absolutely. ELOS procedures require no sedation. The average procedure takes less than 30 minutes to perform. Immediately following your procedure, you can return to work with no problem.
Contact us! We can help you look your best!

Look Your Best After Baby’s Birth

Pregnancy can wreak havoc on our skin and body. This can leave us feeling less confident and sometimes downright feeling down in the dumps. An unfortunate fact about being pregnant is that there are limited cosmetic treatments that can be safely done during pregnancy.

In my case, a few years ago, the long 9 months seemed longer as I could not get my regular skin laser treatments and Botox. On top of that, I developed new problems like leg veins, skin tags, new freckles and pigmentation on some body parts, acne and an itchy skin rash all over. Yes, I was a “skin and beauty” mess… and could not wait to deliver my son… for many wonderful reasons of course, but one of them was so I can start my cosmetic overhaul.

The good news is that there are wonderful noninvasive treatments available to new moms (or “not so new” moms) which can really reverse the damage done by pregnancy and give us back our self esteem and confidence. I want to share with all of you my own treatment plan for my post-pregnancy problems.

  1. Uneveness in Skin Coloration – I had brown spots on my cheeks and redness, especially around my nose, and left over pigmentation from a pregnancy rash on my trunk. A series of Aurora Fotofacial/RF helped even out my skin discoloration.
  2. Eyebags – For fine lines underneath the eye areas, large pore size and overall tired look, Polaris radiofrequency treatments shrank my pore size, improved skin texture and help tighten the skin all over.
  3. Wrinkles – I had wrinkles on my forehead and between my brows. In addition, my migraine headaches came back! Botox was the answer to all those problems.
  4. AcneAurora acne laser treatments, acne skin care kit, chemical peel and microdermabrasion helped calm down my skin break-outs.
  5. Skin Tags – I developed pesky, red, growths, (angiomas). Thankfully those were easily removed with electrocautery.
  6. Spider Veins – My legs were happy to get some sclerotherapy so I felt comfortable in shorts again.
  7. CelluliteVelaShape treatments helped to recontour and smooth out the jiggly skin on my abdomen, thighs and buttocks.

I hope this offers a glimpse of hope for all mothers out there. A rejuvenated you is just a few easy, simple treatments away. Come visit us the dermatology clinic and let’s get started so you can achieve great results, just like I did!

Help for Dark Patches on the Face

If you suffer from dark patches on your face, you are not alone. Women who notice brown or gray-brown patches on the face, especially the cheeks, upper lip, nose, forehead or chin may have a medical condition known as melasma. Millions of women suffer from this skin condition and many of them feel embarrassed and unattractive because of its effects.

Melasma is a natural darkening of the skin caused by an excessive production of melanin, the pigment in your skin that causes you to tan. Experts believe that the discoloration is caused by changes in a woman’s hormones. This can often coincide with: the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy or the third trimester of pregnancy (sometimes called “pregnancy mask”). Melasma typically occurs only on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, which is why the face is the main target. Severity of the condition can vary.


Because this is a condition based on hormone levels, those with melasma may find that it clears up on its own, over time, with no treatment necessary. But, if you have found that your skin is not clearing up quickly, as you would like, or that your quality of life is negatively being affected by your melasma, please visit us at the dermatology clinic for a solution. With a consultation we can determine if a prescription for Tri-Luma® Cream is the answer. Those who’ve used the product notice a difference in 4 weeks and typically the maximum effect is achieved in just 8 weeks of a once daily treatment.