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When Is The Best Time For Non-invasive Procedures (like CoolSculpting) and Why?

  Surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction can require you take time off work and limit activities post-surgery to allow incisions to heal. CoolSculpting®, on the other hand, allows greater flexibility for our patients, making anytime a good time for non-surgical body contouring. With CoolSculpting, there are no incisions and no anesthesia, […]

Radiesse vs. Sculptra: Best Nasolabial Fold Filler

By: Lily Machuca, FNP-C Loss of volume in the lateral aspects of the face contribute to more prominent smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds. Often, the solution to softening the nasolabial folds is to replace facial structure with filler in areas of the face that support our mid-face tissue – at the cheeks, jawline, […]

Where Is Botox Injected?

By: Lily Machuca, FNP-C Where is Botox injected? The better question to ask may actually be “where can’t Botox be injected?” Neurotoxins like Jeuveau, Dysport, and Botox are indicated for cosmetic use in the frontalis, glabella, and crow’s feet, but are utilized every day in cosmetics to create various smoothing, balancing, and lifting effects across […]

Should You Get A Breast Augmentation? It Depends

The journey of breast augmentation surgery is a very personal one – everyone’s ‘why’ is different. There is not an absolute ‘best time’ to have a breast augmentation, but there are several timing considerations that we’ll walk you through in this blog post. Please keep in mind that these are broad recommendations. If you’re considering […]

Lip Filler Swelling Stages: How Long Does It Last?

By: Lily Machuca, FNP-C Have you ever seen a lip filler before-and-after photo on social media and thought to yourself, “Wow, those lips are too big?!” Maybe you’ve never even considered lip filler because you want a subtle, more natural look, and you’re afraid your lips will look too puffy, ducky, unnatural, or large. You’re […]

Whiteheads vs. Blackheads: How to Remove & Prevent

By: Lily Machuca, FNP-C Acne can be a frustrating, difficult condition to experience, but the good news is that determining the type of acne you’re experiencing is the first step on your journey to clear skin. In this blog post, I’m discussing the difference between blackheads and whiteheads and answering everyone’s burning question ‘Should I […]

Ironing out the Details: The Facts About Wrinkles

By: Lily Machuca “Wrinkles only go where the smiles have been”, or, at least that’s what Jimmy Buffet liked to say. Although I do love the perspective that having facial wrinkles means you’ve had lots of happiness in your life, there are many contributing factors, both internal and external, at work to form a wrinkle. […]

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

  When it comes to maintaining skin elasticity and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, CO2 laser resurfacing is the gold standard treatment. As we get older, the body’s natural collagen production begins to slow and skin cell structures weaken. This manifests in thinner, drier, less elastic skin; a hallmark of facial aging. Collagen loss first […]

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck: Which is Right For You?

  There are a variety of reasons why someone may be dissatisfied with their appearance when they glance at their midsection in the mirror. Excess weight, skin laxity following a weight loss journey, and midsection changes following pregnancy are all factors. But how do you determine whether liposuction vs. tummy tuck is right for you? […]

Retinol vs Retinoid: Are They the Same and When Do You Use Them?

  For defense against fine lines, wrinkles, acne and maintenance of a healthy glow, retinoids are the gold standard in skincare. You can find retinol in a multitude of over-the-counter skin care products, and retinoids are commonly prescribed for both medical and aesthetic dermatology purposes. So how is retinol different from retinoids and which one […]