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Have You Ever Wished for a Time Machine That Makes Anti-Aging Easy?

clockTime Machine by Dr Tess is our special combination of the latest technologies and expertise to address all the factors that cause aging on our skin: skin deterioration and sun damage, wrinkles, sagging, loss of volume and hyperactivity of muscles of facial expression.

Time Machine by Dr Tess will give you total and complete skin rejuvenation – more complete rejuvenation than just pulling loose skin of your face and neck (if you have face lift or neck lift).

You will have improvement on your eyelids, undereyes, cheeks, pores, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and overall quality of your skin!

We personalize the treatment plan for each patient and the Time Machine by Dr Tess package may be a 2 session treatment.

The reason it is called Time Machine is that you will literally look like you traveled back in time – how you looked 5 or 10 years ago!

You will look natural! There will be no alteration of how you look – it’s just restoration and turning back the clock.

We are able to do this because along with technology, we use the highest levels of expertise and artistry to create only the most natural looking results!

Come in for a free consultation and start your travel back in time! You can be 5 to 10 years younger looking in no time, no surgery required!

Dr. Tess’s TV Appearance on CBS’s The Talk – 5 Tips on How to Slow Down the Aging Process – Part 2

In this 2-part series we’re looking at the 5  beauty tips that Dr. Tess talked about on CBS’s The Talk TV show. There’s a right way and a wrong way to work with your body on the anti-aging process. Below is Part 2.

3. Train yourself to sleep on your back.
Resting your face on the pillow in the same way every night for years on endleads to wrinkles. Called sleep lines, these wrinkles eventually become etched on the surface of the skin and no longer disappear when the head is not resting on the pillow.

Women, who tend to sleep on their sides, are most likely to see these lines appear on their chin and cheeks. Men tend to notice these lines on the forehead since they usually sleep with the face pressed face down on the pillow.

People who sleep on their backs do not develop these wrinkles since their skin does not lie crumpled against the pillow.

4. Pull down the shade in an airplane.
You’re much closer to the sun in a plane than on land, so it stands to reason that solar rays, which can penetrate windows, are more intense at higher altitudes.  This may explain why pilots and flight attendants have been found to be at an increased risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Plus, the air up there is notoriously dry—and without moisture, skin, like any living tissue, simply shrivels.

Drink as much water as you can in flight; avoid alcohol and salty foods, which are dehydrating.

Apply a rich moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before boarding, as sunscreen needs time to be absorbed before it’s effective.

And if you’re sitting next to a window, pull down the shade.

5. Avoid drinking through straws.
I’m sure many of you drink dark sodas, tea and coffee through a straw to prevent staining your pearly whites or to avoid putting your mouth on a can or bottle, right?

Do Not Sip From a Straw! It’s causing fine lines around your mouth, a sign of premature aging to your facial skin area. Over the long-term, pursing your lips to sip out of a straw causes extra wrinkles around the mouth.

How to Slow Down the Aging Process – Part 1

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Repair Sun Damaged Skin: Remove Years of Damage in One Treatment

sun damageAre you starting to notice sun damage to your skin, and even wrinkles caused by over-exposure to the sun?

LED light therapy treatment evens out abnormal skin pigmentation, and softens wrinkles and fine lines, and is a common treatment offered by Estheticians at spas. However, even though helpful, the results are usually subtle and it can take a series of treatments before the results are significant.

If you are looking for a more noticeable improvement after a single treatment, the Mixto CO2 Laser is what I recommend, and my patients who have chosen this route are very happy with the results. Although you will need to be able to tolerate some downtime, the downtime is a lot less than the traditional CO2 laser treatments of the past, and the healing is much easier.

Fractional CO2 technology is a real breakthrough. For one thing it takes half the downtime to get the same results as the older CO2 treatments, and patients are able to have their Mixto procedure under local anesthesia and even drive themselves home after treatment.

Fraxel Re:Pair is a popular CO2 treatment that also treats moderate to severe wrinkles and sun damage, but the biggest difference between Mixto and Fraxel Re:Pair is that Mixto treatments cause minimal to no bleeding. As soon as the surgical removal of the tissue is accomplished, the Mixto laser cauterizes blood vessels so your skin doesn’t bleed or weep.

In my opinion the best “bang for your buck” type of treatment is the Mixto CO2 laser. You do one single treatment and remove years of sun damage and wrinkles!

But, if you don’t have the downtime, or if this treatment is not appropriate for your skin type, never fear. Fraxel Re:Store or Matrix RF are great alternatives. These treatments offer very little downtime compared to CO2 procedures. Although a series of treatments are required, time off work is not necessary and you can continue your regular activities.

Look as Good as 35 at 55!

All of us want to look our best and it’s not uncommon to be concerned about your looks as you get older.  The thing is, you don’t have to worry.  You can look younger easily.  Find out more by watch Dr. Tess Mauricio in this video from a recent TV appearance.

Venus Freeze: Last Chance for our Special! Plus See a New Video

Our introductory BUY 6, GET 2 FREE Venus Freeze Special ends on Wednesday 3/16! You won’t want to miss out on the possibilities of this amazing new non-invasive technology, so act fast!

We are the FIRST in San Diego to have it!

About Venus Freeze:

Click here to watch this new video clip of Dr. Tess talking about Venus Freeze on the San Diego Weekend News!

Venus Freeze, based on the innovative (MP)² Technology, creates a synergy of magnetic pulses and radio frequency (RF) to deliver pleasant treatments and superior results. It is suitable for various face and body applications including circumference reduction, cellulite improvement, skin tightening and anti aging.

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

Testimonial:

“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

Testimonial:

“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.

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 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.

A Dermatological Look at Skin of Color (Including Asian Skin)

There is an impressive emerging interest in my field regarding the rejuvenation and treatment of skin of color, including Asian skin. As a Filipina Cosmetic Dermatologist, I have had the privilege of traveling around the world educating physicians on why skin of color (like my brown, mocha colored skin and that of my fair skinned Korean husband) is different than white Caucasian skin. And, more importantly, how those differences in skin color can impact the efficacy and safety of treatments.

The difference seems so obvious when we look at each other’s different skin color. It all boils down to the difference in the amount of melanin (pigment) in our epidermis (the very top layer of the skin). This melanin offers dark skin an advantage with less aging, less wrinkling than the more fair skin counterparts, because melanin protects us from sun damage. However, the downside is that melanin can make laser and skin rejuvenation treatments more challenging because it can absorb too much heat and energy from laser treatments causing complications like burns or discoloration on the skin.

The great news is that one of the biggest advances in technology has been our ability to now treat Asian skin and even those with darker skin. With the proper technology in the hands of experienced practitioners, we can now enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening!

The beauty and aesthetics industry is taking a much closer look at skin of color as a new and untapped market for new products and innovation in technology. As a result, this year has surfaced many opportunities to learn more about Asian skin and how it will respond to emerging technologies, especially in skin whitening and skin rejuvenation.

We have a number of important clinical studies, like the study on a breakthrough topical skin whitening cream, which is free of charge to everyone who qualifies. I urge those who may be interested in the studies to contact us.