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 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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May 22

Sculptra: Rebuild Lost Collagen, Lift Tissues, Fill the Face!

Sculptra is something I have thought a lot about lately.  Right now I am in the process of writing a book chapter on this facial revolumizing agent.  Pouring over the literature I feel like I am bursting at the seams to share some of the insights about our use of Sculptra over the past decade.   Inspired by this knowledge, here are three short video vignettes highlighting the use of Sculptra in the upper face (temples and brows), midface (cheeks and lateral jawline), and lower face (chin, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines).   Sculptra to the Upper face:   Sculptra to the Mid-face:   Sculptra to the Lower face:     The new face of rejuvenation is natural, subtle, and truly restoring.  We now understand the important role of fat compartments and bony loss in the aging face.  Thankfully, we can disguise many of these changes through volumetric restoration of the face with today's fillers.   Sculptra has the distinct advantage of gradual, long-lasting volume replacement.  It works by stimulating our own body to produce collagen in the areas of placement, a process called "neocollagenesis."  Therefore Sculptra is termed a "biostimulatory agent."   Sculptra can be combined with other procedures for a synergistic effect.  While Sculptra provides "lift" to tissues through volume re-inflation, combining this injectable with Ulthera, an ultrasound technology can provide superior results in terms of lifting the brow, defining the jawline, and improving jowls.   Other fillers can be combined with Sculptra use.  The temporary numbing effect for Sculptra injection makes it an excellent complement to use of hyaluronic acid fillers such as Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane around the mouth and lips.   Voluma, a new hyaluronic acid filler from the Juvederm family of products, acts in a similar fashion to the deep filling effect of Sculptra.  It could be used initially to help fill the face as Sculptra is used over time to gradually rebuild other areas of collagen growth over time.   Interested in more about Sculptra, Voluma, or other fillers used in facial rejuvenation?  Call us at Art of Skin MD at (858) 792-7546 or contact us through the Art of Skin MD contact page.    

Jan 10

Behold the Power of Uplifting Ultrasound: Ultherapy Event at Art of Skin MD

Ultrasound Facelift Art of Skin MD Solana Beach CA     Harness the power of Ultrasound!  The nonsurgical facelift, browlift, and necklift that takes approximately an hour to complete with NO DOWNTIME is here at Art of Skin MD.  Check out the details below for the Art of Skin MD Ultherapy special event on Thursday, January 24th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  Refreshments, and informative talk by Dr. Melanie Palm, grab bags, and even a live demonstration of Ulthera will take place.    

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    Most importantly, internationally-recognized, board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Melanie Palm is keen on making Ultherapy PAINLESS.  Having treated 4 patients with this uplifting ultrasound technology in the last 24 hours, we can assure you that treatment of the neck, around the eyes, and lower face can be completed without discomfort.  Several of these patients were concerned with discomfort having researched online and read about other accounts of Ultherapy being uncomfortable.  Dr. Palm utilizes local blocks  for the neck, face, and brows to ensure patients are always comfortable and at ease.  Unlike many other practices, comfort measures taken by Dr. Palm at Art of Skin MD allow NO SEDATIVES to be required during treatment.   Join us for the Ultherapy festivities on January 24th.  It is sure to be a great time at Art of Skin MD.  Spaces are limited, call Art of Skin MD at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to confirm your attendance!      

Dec 10

Uplift with Ultherapy: The Nonsurgical, Ultrasound Facelift

Art of Skin MD and Dr. Melanie Palm are proud to unveil the ultimate in no-downtime, nonsurgical skin tightening for the neck, face, and brows....Ultherapy!   Art of Skin MD dermatologist san diego   Exclusive to our Facebook fans, Art of Skin MD followers may now enjoy a savings of $1000 off their Ultherapy treatment!!!  Just click here to follow the link to the Art of Skin MD deal savings!   brow lift special san diego Ulthera offers a no-downtime, gradual, yet dramatic, skin tightening for the neck, face, and brows.  Ultherapy is a 30-60 minute procedure that transmits ultrasound energy deep belowo the skin and fat tissue to the deep connective tissue that is the foundational structure for our face and neck.  Patients are comfortable due to Dr. Palm's strict adherence to patient needs including local nerve blocks, air cooling, and even relaxing music!  Results are visible within 3 to 6 months.   The skin tightening effects of Ultherapy can be complemented with the liquid facelift using Sculptra.  The collagen-stimulating effect of Sculptra Aesthetic results in natural-looking facial rejuvenation.  Art of Skin MD patients selecting treatment with Ulthera + Sculptra will receive a free IPL photofacial!   Check out the Art of Skin MD photo gallery for before and after Ultherapy photos.  
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Ulthera of the lower face

  Contact us through the Art of Skin MD website or call our staff at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to find out more about our Ultherapy and Sculptra specials.      

Dec 6

Ultherapy: The Ultimate Non-Surgical Facelift

Ultrasound skin tightening san diego Art of Skin MD Art of Skin MD is proud to announce the arrival of Ulthera - THE choice for a nonsurgical facelift and/or brow lift.  Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved device approved for skin tightening and lifting of the neck, lower face, and brow.  
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Before and after 1 treatment with Ultherapy to the lower face

                      Loose, lax tissue on the face and jawline got you down? Not ready for invasive surgical procedures such as a facelift? Then Ultherapy might be the answer you are looking for...here is the scoop:   1.  Ultherapy has NO downtime!  Treatment with the device takes approximately 30-60 minutes and with proper pain management (carefully administered nerve blocks), the procedure is quite comfortable. 2.  Ultherapy results are dramatic but occur gradually.  The tightening effect occurs over approximately 3 to 6 months and lasts for over a year.  For patients with pronounced skin laxity, more than one treatment may be needed for the desired skin tightening effect. 3.  Ultherapy works by targeting the deep tissues that are tightened and re-draped during a facelift, but with minimal discomfort and a fraction of the price.   Ultherapy works to create new collagen in the connective tissue that physicians treat during surgery.   Here are some great (and representative) before and after photos of Ulthera:  
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Full face treatment with Ultherapy with 1 year follow-up

 
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Brow lift 4 months after undergoing Ultherapy to the upper face

                                            Get ahead of the game in terms of skin toning and rejuvenation.  Experience Ulthera in a comfortable, caring, and enjoyable environment with Dr. Palm.  She would be happy to talk to about it....she her self has been treated with Ulthera and can give you a first hand account of the benefits of Ulthera!   Like what you are reading about Ulthera.  Contact the expert staff at Art of Skin MD through the Art of Skin MD contact page or by calling 858.792.7546.   Check out the Art of Skin MD Facebook page  to find EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS on Ultherapy that save you up to $1000 off your treatment at Art of Skin MD with expert dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm.     Inquire about a special introductory offers when combining the tightening power of Ultherapy and a liquid facelift using Sculptra!      

Aug 16

NuFACE Microcurrent Technology Gives Instant Lift in 15 Minutes

  Art of Skin MD is excited to offer NuFACE microcurrent technology as an in-office facial or for purchase for home use.  This microcurrent facial toning device is the only FDA-approved device in its category and shows a visible lift after only a 15 minute treatment.  Results after a single treatment last up to 72 hours and a repeated series of treatment can prolong the lifting effect on the face and jawline.  

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  NuFACE has enormous media buzz and has been selected as a top beauty device by New Beauty magazine and featured in countless beauty and fashion magazines including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, and Harper's Bazaar.  NuFACE has even been recently featured on NBC's the Today Show.  
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Right side of face ONLY treated by NuFACE. Note higher arch on right eyebrow and upturned corner on right side of mouth compared to untreated left side of face.

                                              NuFACE uses a conducting gel, but is also combined with topical preparations to boost penetration of anti-aging gels and serums.  At Art of Skin MD, Dr. Palm and her staff utilize the Neocutis Bio-Gel with NuFACE to increase the uptake of growth factors by the skin.   Growth factor cream San Diego     NuFACE is an excellent means of painlessly prepping for an important event to give a refreshed, lifted look.  NuFACE is an excellent adjunctive treatment following many laser procedures.  NuFACE can be performed just prior to Intense Pulsed Light treatment to remove brown spots and red discoloration such as rosacea.  Additionally, NuFACE can be used in the weeks following stronger laser procedures such as photodynamic therapy and fractionated laser resurfacing (ECO2).  In the weeks following these procedure, a series of NuFACE treatment can significantly increase the delivery of moisture and cosmeceutical active ingredients into the skin.   NuFACE is an excellent add-on indulgence before short in-office procedures such as Botox, Dysport, or Sculptra.  The temporary skin tightening and lifting capabilities of NuFACE complements the muscle relaxation from neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin.  Furthermore, the lifting action of NuFACE just prior to Sculptra facial volumizing treatment can complement the volumizing effect of this biostimulatory filler.   Skin tightening facial in San Diego   Ask the staff of Art of Skin MD for a demonstration today or call (858) 792-7546 for more information on NuFACE.  Ask about special promotions and offers regarding NuFACE, especially as a bonus "add-on" to other cosmetic procedures.  Put your best face forward today!