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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)

Help for Damaged Skin

Are you looking for a solution to repair your damaged skin? Those with acne scars and sun-damage will be pleased to know about Fraxel Laser Treatments, which can target very specific areas of the skin with pinpoint accuracy. Fraxel is used to improve conditions present in superficial and deeper layers of the skin and the results are immediate. Such treatments include: skin resurfacing; treatment of wrinkles; and treatment of pigmented lesions, such as age spots, sun spots, and melasma. Fraxel is also great for removing scars resulting from acne, surgery, or trauma.

When thinking of how Fraxel works, imagine that you have a digital photograph that requires editing or a high-quality painting in need of restoration. Just as a damaged painting is delicately restored one area at a time, or a photographic image is altered, pixel by pixel, the Fraxel laser improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of microscopic laser spots. You can think of it like having digital photo-editing software for your skin!

“The unique ‘fractional’ approach is a huge step forward in providing significant cosmetic results more than any noninvasive laser treatment in the past can offer with minimal downtime,” says Dr. Tess Mauricio, Board Certified Dermatologist and owner of Scripps Ranch Dermatology and Cosmetic Center. “This advanced treatment is the first cosmetic laser to provide an effective, gradual procedure that creates new healthy tissue by stimulating the body to naturally repair aging and photo-damaged skin without significant risks or recovery time.”

After receiving Fraxel Laser Treatments, you skin will immediately feel softer and look smoother. The skin is tightened and pores are usually smaller. There is little to no down time. Those who receive the treatment can resume daily activities upon leaving the clinic. Swelling is minimal and should disappear in 2 days. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 3 to 5 days. For best results, we recommend a series of 5 treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Call us for more details or to schedule a consultation.

Don’t Give Up on Stubborn Acne

Acne vulgaris affects 40-50 million people in the United States. Acne affects patients of all skin types and a wide age range from teens to ladies in their 50’s. The psychological impact of acne is underestimated. It is now publicized that part of Michael Jackson’s body image problem may have stemmed from having severe acne as a teenager and having to endure embarrassing scars as he faced thousands of people.

Everyday in our dermatology clinic we hear stories of how acne prevents people from fully enjoying life with confidence. Acne can be devastating as we are left with discolored scars which can be embarrassing especially on adults. They may feel like acne and scars make them look less attractive, less professional and hence, less confident to perform or be taken seriously in their line of work.

Ance scars before PDT treatment.

Ance scars before PDT treatment.

With teens, I believe it is imperative to seek treatment as early as possible because I have seen depression and social withdrawal from having bad acne. These are patients who come to see us for consultation barely looking up, having hair covering part of their faces, wearing unnaturally thick make-up. My message for these patients is always one of hope as treatment for acne has advanced dramatically over the last few years. There really is no more reason to have acne or acne scars!

In our clinic we combine the latest in medical treatment (oral antibiotics, topical treatments) with the most advanced technology to get patients better as soon as possible to prevent scarring. We recommend Photodynamic Therapy(PDT) for patients with more inflammatory and cystic acne. In a study done by Serrano, et al., it was shown that treatment with ALA-PDT showed 50% reduction in the number of lesions (counts) after the first treatment session, 75% after the second session and 92% after the third session. There were no relapses at the end of the 16 week follow-up period.

Acne scars faded after PDT treatment.

Acne scars faded after PDT treatment.

A series of PDT treatments done monthly can save patients from having to require Accutane treatment. Most of the patients we see seeking PDT series already have been failed by traditional medical treatment and have been advised they will need Accutane. Many parents of teens hesitate to have their children undergo such a potent systemic medication with known complications and are wondering what else can be done. PDT’s can also offer relief for adult women with stubborn acne who hesitate to take Acutane since they are not sure how long they can put off reproduction.

Although PDT is not 100% effective, the majority of our patients do improve significantly to a point where they can be acne free for many months and at the least, the quality and severity of the acne lesions are now more acceptable, manageable and patients feel better about their skin overall. Once we have the active acne under control we can start discussing options for acne scar treatment. At this point, these once shy, withdrawn patients have a new confidence and spirit! Let us know how we can help you. We welcome your comments below.