Jul 19

Behind the Scenes at Art of Skin MD

      The inner workings of an efficient medical clinic can easily be compared to that of a finely-tuned machine – with each moving piece an integral part of the whole, creating a full circle that runs as smoothly as possible. With this in mind, Dr. Palm has been very selective in who she has asked to be a part of the team at Art of Skin MD, with her focus on creating a unique, caring and overall positive experience centered around each patient. From the start, Dr. Palm understood the importance of every role and this understanding is reflected through each person on our team.

Art of Skin MD Staff 2016

      Walking in the front doors of Art of Skin MD, patients are immediately greeted by our front desk duo, who in addition to creating a wonderful welcome in our reception area, are also juggling many other responsibilities. The reception position in Art of Skin MD is one of the most impactful jobs on the team, as this is who not only welcomes our patients but also who answers phones, schedules appointments and handles checkouts at the conclusion of patients’ visit with us. This position is one that takes a person who is able to know a little bit about a whole lot! They know our patients personally, are familiar with treatment and service time lengths, pre- and post-treatment instructions, insurances, products and are professional multi-taskers. Our front desk duo does an efficient and effective job at keeping the rest of the clinic running on time and they make sure that our medical assistants and Dr. Palm have all of the information they need to be able to see the patient before they leave the reception lobby.

      Once a patient is checked in by our front desk team, they are taken back by one of our medical assistants. The girls on our team of medical assistants are incredibly bright and able to balance a wide breadth of knowledge in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, anticipate questions that Dr. Palm may have about a patient’s visit and are the next moving part in keeping Dr. Palm’s schedule running efficiently. They, too, know our patients personally and know what is needed to ensure safety but also are familiar with what makes our patients most comfortable, as patient safety and comfort are both priorities at Art of Skin MD. Our medical assistants are an integral part of procedures and treatments including medical skin cancer screenings, cosmetic injectables, excisions and liposuction to name a few. They are, like everyone on the team, an extension of Dr. Palm herself.

      Another extension of Dr. Palm is Jessica Scott, BSN, RN. She is an excellent, skilled and very knowledgeable provider here at Art of Skin MD.  From laser treatments to injectables, Jessica offers a wide variety of treatments to patients as well as assists Dr. Palm with select procedures – she is an invaluable part of the team who balances contributing to Dr. Palm’s patients’ experiences while also treating her patients.

      Every finely-tuned machine has a mechanic who ensures not only that it is working properly, but also that each piece has what it needs to function at its best. This role in Art of Skin MD is filled by our very knowledgeable office manager – from inventory to people management, she is a true jane of all trades! This is a catch-all, know-all position and she is the go-to backup for every position on the team whenever she is needed.

      Pulling together each patient’s experience here at Art of Skin MD is the team’s fearless leader, Dr. Palm. She sets the tone for the team, leading by example and is a constant driving force for the entire team’s desire to create the kind of environment that makes patients want to return time and again. Through her constant emphasis on the importance of education and her support for those around her, this team couldn’t ask for a better leader. Each member of the team here at Art of Skin MD takes great pride in creating pleasant, unique and caring experiences for every patient who calls, emails or walks through our doors. We hope to leave the true impression of how much we care for our patients – it’s at the heart of all we do!


Apr 20

First-Time Fillers: A Patient’s Perspective

I was 31 years old when I first had Botox injections. Up until that point, I had really only done peels and facials. I’ve never liked needles, so the thought of them going into my face was not one I was fond of. However, I also was not fond of the creases between my eyebrows, so off to the dermatologist I went. And when I saw the results, I wished I had started sooner.

When deciding where to go, I did my research. The one place I kept hearing wonderful things about was Art of Skin MD – that the facility is state of the art, the providers are the best of the best and the staff is wonderful. It made my decision easy, and I scheduled my consultation. From the moment I made my initial appointment, they lived up to their stellar reputation. And upon arriving to my appointment, everything I’d heard about Art of Skin MD was absolutely true. Another one of the top reasons that I came to Art of Skin MD as a patient is that looking natural is incredibly important to me, and they are known for doing just that. It’s not that I don’t want to age, it is that I want to age gracefully.  I immediately loved that both Dr. Palm and her Registered Nurse, Jessica Scott, approach toxins with that in mind – my face looks fresh, never frozen.

Dr. Melanie Palm and Registered Nurse Jessica Scott
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Mar 1

Restylane Refyne & Defyne – The New Fillers on the Block

           Art of Skin MD is one of the first practices in the San Diego area offering Galderma’s newest members of the Restylane family that are changing the game with a very exciting new ability – flexibility. What makes this so exciting? Flexibility means a more natural look, and in the hands of the right injector, that can be game changing.

            Dr. Palm serves as an advisory board member, clinical investigator, national speaker and physician trainer for Galderma, meaning that she has been selected to educate other physicians on products’ use and safety. She has also assisted in studies related to Galderma products. Both Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne were FDA approved in December 2016 and released in the U.S. in January 2017. Prior to this, Dr. Palm was among the first U.S. physicians to inject the product and was selected to learn from Canadian experts outside of the country on injection techniques prior to Restylane Refyne and Defyne becoming available in the U.S.

          What makes these fillers different from other hyaluronic acid fillers already available? The hyaluronic acid strands of both Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are bonded together in a way that creates a smooth gel that may provide not only a longer duration and less swelling than some other fillers used for wrinkle reduction, but also allows for more movement due to its flexibility. One of the most dreaded fears of patients is looking as though they have an unnatural appearance, and this is when choosing the right injector can make a huge difference. Dr. Palm is careful to select the right injectable dermal filler for each patient, and with the smoothness of both Restylane Refyne and Defyne, when injected by expert hands, they lend themselves to a very natural result by integrating into the areas of injection extremely well.

 

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Nov 10

The Down & Dirty on Blackheads

Blackheads are a form of non-inflammatory acne called “open comedones.”   Basically, a mix of sebum (oil) and skin cells get caught in the pores and oxidize, forming the characteristic brown–black color of comedones.

Number one rule when you have a blackhead is don’t pick at it! If you pick a blackhead, the area around the hair follicle and oil gland may get inflamed. This inflammation or trauma, the mix of sebum or skin cells, and the presence of a bacteria called P. acnes can cause non-inflammatory acne to become inflammatory. Inflammatory acne is characterized by redness, tenderness and cystic lesions. Inflammation in the area can lead to pain, unsightly acne cysts and in the worst-case scenario, it can cause scarring. Basically, you don’t want to stoke the fire of a well-behaving blackhead and create an inflamed and far worse situation.
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Oct 20

Summer Skin Rescue Photos

We had such a great time hosting our 4th Annual Summer Skin Rescue Event on Thursday, September 29, 2016. We are grateful for all of the patients, both established and new, who came out to support us and partake in the fun the evening offered! The photos are so great, we had to share! Hope you enjoy and hope to see you all again soon!

 


Sep 7

Don’t Miss Our 4th Annual Summer Skin Rescue Event!

Ever year, here at Art of Skin MD, we excitedly host an open house event that we affectionately call Summer Skin Rescue and we can’t wait for this year’s event, our fourth annual Summer Skin Rescue – it is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. – it’s sure to be our best yet!  We will have representatives from companies such as Galderma, Allergan, Lumenis, Merz, BTL and more here to discuss and explain the latest and greatest in cosmetic treatments! On top of that, we will have giveaway bags for the first 100 attendees to arrive that are full of amazing goodies – valued at over $500! Just some of the scores in these bags include our favorite Orgain Protein Bars, amazing beauty products such as Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-restorative Eye Balm and treats from local businesses such as Yoga Six, Fitwall, Graced by Grit and much more! Definitely plan to get here early in order to snag one of these plentiful bags! We will also be holding raffles for fabulous giveaways – some valued up to $3,000! Continue reading


Jul 1

Lifting & Firming In Office & At Home

With the constant battle against aging, electric currents are used in so many different ways. I recently spoke with Intothegloss.com about NuFACE, which is a device that we use at Art of Skin MD as well as sell for patients to use at home as a part of their daily beauty regimens. We use electric “current” in so many facets of dermatology.  The hyfercator used to cauterize vessels during skin surgery is electrically based.  Radiofrequency, a technology that uses electrical current, is used in many device applications from skin tightening to fat reduction.  Microcurrent is a miniature, lesser powered, very distant cousin to some of the technologies I’ve described.  At our clinic, we offer the NuFACE, which uses the mircrocurrent. Continue reading

Jun 7

Cellfina: Right candidate for treating cellulite

This month, I am featured in InStyle Magazine talking about the new Cellfina Treatment to get rid of cellulite. We are very excited to be one of a few practices in the local area to offer Cellfina! The Cellfina System is the only FDA-cleared minimally invasive procedure that has been clincally proven to improve the appearance of cellulite for at least two years. This treatment specifically targets stubborn, discrete dimple-like cellulite. The results are superb and quite visible, even as soon as at a three-day follow up. Ideal candidates for the Cellfina System treatment are:
  • Reasonably Fit
  • At a stable weight
  • Have dimple-like cellulite
  • Have good skin tone (too lax of skin won’t yield ideal results)
Cellfina is completed in the office as a single, one-time procedure completely under local anesthetic.  There is minimal downtime and patients are only asked to wear a light compression garment like Spanx or workout pants for several days after the procedure.  To see the procedure in action, check out the YouTube videos below where Dr. Palm demonstrates marking, numbing, and treatment of the cellulite on a real patient!   Continue reading

Apr 4

Glowing Skin: Harper’s Bazaar Features Dr. Palm

First, Art of Skin MD continues to be trailblazing when it comes to cosmetic trends for Spring and getting glowing skin.  This month, I am featured as an expert that spills the secrets on getting glowing skin.  In the April issue of Harper's Bazaar on newsstands now, you can get my dermatology secrets to amazing skin with topical skin care products. Skin care product recommendations with Dr. Palm Art of Skin MD Harper's Bazaar In this two page feature, I divulge some of my favorite secrets to glowing skin for summer. Continue reading

Nov 24

Kybella Injection – Dissolve chin fat San Diego

Kybella (deoxycholic acid) is a recently FDA-approved product to treat the double chin.  Kybella is injected under the jawline to improve contour of the lower face.  Unwanted fat in the neck area underneath the chin is called "submental fullness" and is the area cleared for treatment at this time with Kybella.   In the clinical trial, over 1000 patients were injected with up to 4 monthly Kybella injections to the submental area (area of the neck underneath the chin).  Kybella injections led to significant improvements in the contour of the neck area in those with unwanted fat with minimal side effects, leading to its FDA approval. Continue reading