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 & Jessica Scott, RN

As time went by, I started to notice some fine lines around my lips from all of the years of using straws to protect my teeth from my love of coffee, tea and red wine. This, coupled with the volume I had lost in my cheeks causing marionette lines, made it clear that it was time to think about fillers.

In the conversation I had with Jessica, she answered all of my questions and eased all of my fears regarding looking “done” or “fake” – and I knew I was in great hands. She talked to me about medications and foods to avoid leading up to the injections to prevent bruising, and I started taking Arnika Forte to help further prevent bruising and swelling. We decided on a Restylane Lyft Package – this included Restylane Lyft and Restylane – the two fillers that would be best for what I needed. We started the process with before photos, which is exciting because it’s easy to get used to what I see in the mirror daily and forget what I looked like even a few weeks ago compared to now. Then, she applied topical numbing cream on my face like a mask. I sat comfortably and worked while my face numbed for an hour. Then, she cleaned the numbing cream off of my face and it was time to get started.

She talked me through every step, “you’re going to feel a little poke here” and “one, two, three” then the tiny poke (which I barely felt). She created volume in my cheeks, filled my lip lines and put a little Restylane in my nasal labial folds to smooth out the lines that had been created from that volume loss in my cheeks previously. She then handed me an ice ball, and told me to ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off that day. I instantly loved the results! Friends who have seen me since have commented on how rested and fresh I look, which leads to me telling them about my experience of doing fillers with Jessica!

When having fillers done, the injector is truly an artist and the patient’s face is the work of art – but – it’s also your face. Keeping that in mind, it is imperative to trust that the injector is both incredibly knowledgeable and skilled to ensure that the outcome will be you looking like a well rested, fresher version of you. For me, Jessica and Dr. Palm both embody everything a great injector should be and I couldn’t be happier with my results!

I so loved the staff and the culture at Art of Skin MD, when a position opened up to join the team, I jumped at it! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation and have any questions, I hope you’ll call and talk to one of us here at the office! We are truly happy to guide you through the entire process, and enjoy getting to know the wonderful people who come visit us at Art of Skin MD!

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon! -Mandy

Art of Skin MD Team in Solana Beach, CA


Mar 15

How To Attain & Maintain A Healthy Scalp

          Scalp health is vital to hair growth. It’s as simple as that. The reasons, though, are a bit more complex. Here, Dr. Palm breaks down the signs our scalps give us that say they are either healthy or not-so-healthy. And if yours is saying the latter, not to worry – she also offers tips on reviving the often forgotten area.

          Our scalps supply the network of blood vessels that nourish the base of the hair bulb, allowing it to grow with the proper nutrition, oxygenation and removal of toxic byproducts. When one of these necessities is interrupted, hair can be greatly effected. The result can be hair loss, sudden shedding, loss of hair density and even changes in hair architecture such as decreased hair strand width, sudden brittle hair or even a change in color.

          Are you having one or more of these symptoms? If so, I’m sure you’re wondering how can you know if your scalp’s health is the reason? Well, according to Dr. Palm, it really depends on the underlying cause for the symptoms. Non-scarring inflammatory conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis (or inflammatory dandruff) can cause redness, flaking, scaling, itching, tenderness and rashes. In some rare cases, acne-like lesions may result. Or, another reason could be an external exposure to a noxious substance, such as a hair dye someone is allergic to, which can cause redness, swelling, itching, hives, scaling, oozing, bleeding and in very rare cases, a systemic-wide body response called anaphylaxis. Continue reading


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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Feb 3

How Your Shower Routines Are Damaging Your Skin – And How To Fix Them

Shower Skin Damage? Last month, Dr. Palm answered some must-know skincare questions for Shape.com talking specifically about how seemingly-harmless shower routines could be damaging your skin. She breaks it all down with what you could be doing wrong, why it’s damaging and how to fix it!

Using the Wrong Soap
The wrong soap can be very drying to the skin. Some of the most popular brands of soap available over the counter (for example, Irish Spring, Dial and Lever 2000) use soap detergents to cleanse the skin. This might sound harmless, but these soaps strip skin of not only dirt but also the natural moisturizing factors that keep the skin barrier intact and keep the skin hydrated.

The Fix
Look for soaps that contain moisturizing agents, such as ceramides. Ceramides are a naturally occurring cholesterol-derived component to our skin that is devoid when skin is dry or eczema-prone. A great face and body wash that Dr. Palm recommends is our Art of Skin MD Antioxidant Soothing Wash.

Art of Skin MD Antioxidant Soothing Wash

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Nov 21

Why We Love Mineral Makeup, And You Should Too!

This time of year brings many social gatherings, our calendars are filling up with fun parties and outings as we are sure yours are! We all want to look our best, so for many of us, that includes glamming up with our favorite outfits and of course having a bit of fun with makeup! There are so many choices out there, so we want to break the basics down for you and give you the information to be able to choose the right foundation for your skin's needs.

Benefits – Why We Choose Mineral Foundation

These foundations are great because the main ingredients in most of them (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, ferrous oxide) are either anti-inflammatory, provide great sunscreen protection (as a physical blocking agent), or provide natural, mineral-based color for the skin.  They are ideal for many skin types, but in particular can help calm sensitive and rosacea prone skin and the anti-inflammatory properties of many of the formulations help to improve acne prone complexions.  The mineral based foundations work great with oily complexions, helping to absorb unwanted shine.  Newer liquid mineral foundations are better for mature skin, and don’t settle in fine lines the way earlier formulations sometimes could.

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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!  

Feb 23

Lovely Legs: Eliminate Spider Veins with Sclerotherapy by Dr. Melanie Palm

Sclerotherapy expert Encinitas Dr. Melanie Palm   Spring weather is just around the corner and it is time to think about revealing long, lean, vein-free legs. How to banish those pesky spider veins called telangiectasias? The answer is easy and pain-free: sclerotherapy using foamed Asclera.   Sclerotherapy is the gold standard of treatment in eliminating unwanted leg veins. It can be used to clear unsightly small veins called telangiectasias, larger blue-green veins called "reticular veins," or even bulging blue veins called varicose veins.   Leg vein treatment is easy and painless thanks to newer sclerosing agents including Asclera, FDA-approved for use in sclerotherapy in 2009. Dr. Palm demonstrates this in-office procedure below on our YouTube channel:       Varicose veins carry significant risks. Patients with significant varicose veins can have a lifetime risk of blood clots from these leg veins of almost 50 percent.   The leg veins are not just unsightly, they can cause symptoms, sometimes not noticed until after treatment with sclerotherapy. Broken blood vessels in the legs can be frequently accompanied by leg heaviness, swelling, color changes, eczema-like rashes, pain, and even skin ulcers. Proactive treatment at Art of Skin MD with me, Dr. Melanie Palm, can improve these symptoms and the cosmetic appearance of your legs.   Once you have got your legs free of unsightly spider veins, make them "fuzz free."  Find out about laser hair removal at Art of Skin MD today.  Our Lutronic Advantage Diode laser hair removal device is the newest on the market and makes unwanted hair removal a quick and easy process.   Vein specialist san diego   Curious about your legs?  Call us at (858)792-SKIN (7546) or contact us through the Art of Skin MD website.    

Feb 15

Fuller Lips with Filler: Dr. Melanie Palm Perfects the Pout Part II

Juvederm lip san diego   Now that we have explored the use of a cannula to fill the lip in our previous Art of Skin MD post, let's now explore how to create a NATURAL, BEAUTIFULLY-ENHANCED lip.  My philosophy is that we should enhance the inherent beauty of your lips, so that it becomes a harmonious part of the face.  Enhanced lips should never look "done," a frequent concern of patients during initial consultation.   Various fillers are used to augment the lip area.  In the YouTube video below, Restylane is used by myself, Dr. Melanie Palm, to contour the lips.   Other fillers may be used as well.  Juvederm is another popular choice.  A newer hyaluronic acid filler called Belotero can also be used.  Belotero is typically used to fill and smooth fine lines around the mouth but could be used to fill the lips as a more temporary measure.  That way you can "test drive" your lips before you use a longer-term filler like Restylane or Juvederm.  For very select patients that are good candidates, I will use silicone using a microdroplet technique for more permanent lip enhancement.   Pain or discomfort is often a concern of patients undergoing a filler procedure to augment the lips.  I insist that patients are completely comfortable.  I think this is accomplished by several measures.  First, at Art of Skin MD we create an ambiance that invites tranquility and dissolves the anxiety and nervousness that can be associated with undergoing a cosmetic procedure.  The inviting staff, upbeat music, and our smiles will immediately put you at ease.   Beyond the Art of Skin MD culture, we provide other comforts for patients.  The use of both topical numbing and small amounts of numbing injection medicine are used to numb the entire lip area so the lip filling experience is pain-free.  We provide good conversation and distraction tools so that the your visit is a breeze.   Got questions?  Give us a call....it's easy to ask our staff at (858) 792-SKIN (7546).  Or visit our Art of Skin MD contact page.          

Dec 18

Winter Skin Tips with Dr. Palm: Lasers, topicals and more!

Holiday season heralds a flurry of parties, imbibing, decadent food, and cooler whether that can wreak havoc on the skin.  As Dr. Palm explains this morning on CW6 San Diego, there are both office-based procedures and at-home tips that can keep your skin glowing and dewy well through the New Year.  
Art of Skin MD director Dr. Melanie Palm explains lasers

Dr. Palm prepping the patient and the Spectra laser for the CW6 San Diego segment this morning.

                                                Click on the photo to see the whole broadcast on Dr. Palm, representing Art of Skin MD with the revolutionary Lutronic Spectra laser:   Spectra Laser for skin rejuvenation san diego Decreased temps and humidity levels with fall and winter months can lead to telltale signs of skin irritation including dryness, cracking, and even eczemaHands, arms, and the face are common affected areas and the skin may appear to lack luster and feel tight.   Here are some great tips for beautifying the skin during the holiday season:   Getting that winter glow:   1.  Office-based procedures can also improve the skin’s appearance.  Laser toning using the Lutronic Spectra laser is FDA-approved for the treatment of skin pigmentation such as melasma as well as for skin texture improvement including acne scarring.  Patients have remarked to me that they notice a glow to their skin as well as pore size minimization following a series of treatment.   2.  Keep moving and stay hydrated Cardiovascular activity boosts circulation to the skin ensuring nutrients are delivered and toxins removed.  This is especially essential after holiday festivities involving alcoholic beverages.   3.  Calm redness. Products such as Avene water and anti-Rougeur cleanser and moisturizer calm dilated blood vessels.  Products containing green tea can have the same effect.   4.  Tighten up. Microcurrent device NuFace provides a visible lift to facial skin for up to 72 hours and is a perfect boost pre-holiday party.  NuFace is FDA cleared for at home use in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating and toning facial muscle In-office procedures can produce more dramatic results over time.  This includes the no-downtime, nonsurgical facelift using Ultherapy, the only FDA-approved device for skin tightening of the lower face, neck, and brows   5.  Get Lit! Winter is a good time to consider no downtime procedures from your dermatologist.  We are often least tan during this time and it is ideal for no-downtime rejuvenating treatments including IPL.  This broad-band light based treatment takes about 15 minutes to perform and works on brown sun spots and broken blood vessels.  The hands, face, neck and chest yield phenomenal results.   6.  Eliminate lusterless skin by removing excess dead skin cells.  Mild exfoliation with products like alpha hydroxyacids (glycolic and lactic acid) or Sakura silk lift dead skin cells to improve glow.  The Clarisonic Brush uses sonicating energy with more than 300 movements per second removes 6x makeup and 2x dirt of regular washing.  Use for 60 seconds.  Great for sensitive and acne prone skin.     Got questions?  Call the highly qualified staff at Art of Skin MD at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) or contact us through the Art of Skin MD webpage.