Calabasas Med Spa
Cutting-Edge Treatments in the Heart of Calabasas
Whether you’re looking to maintain or rejuvenate, we live in a day and age where facial treatments can help keep us looking our best. From Botox to lasers, there are so many treatments available. We sat down with Dr. Osman with questions about treatments so we can help you choose the right one for you.
What are chemical peels and microdermabrasion best for?
Chemical peels remove discoloration and smooth the skin by exfoliating the top layers. They are especially good for reducing brown patches and sun spots, but they also help with acne, fine lines, and scars. Light to medium peels treat brown spots, whereas deeper peels are needed for fine lines and scars. The deeper the peel, the longer the recovery. Monthly superficial peels using glycolic or salicylic acid are a great way to keep skin looking bright and luminous.
Microdermabrasion exfoliates the top layers of skin by passing a diamond-tipped wand or refined sand over the skin’s surface. Like superficial chemical peels, microdermabrasion removes the topmost layers of skin. There is no peeling, however, after microdermabrasion.
Can toxins and fillers help with wrinkles?
Botox and the other neurotoxins (Dysport, Jeuveau, and Xeomin) reduce the intensity of muscle movement thus softening associated wrinkles. One common misperception is that the area will be overly frozen with treatment. While some people want enough neurotoxin to freeze everything, the amount of Botox injected can be adjusted for those who want to soften their lines but still maintain a natural expression. Another process leading to wrinkles is volume loss. As we age, we lose volume in our face. Our skin becomes thinner, and we lose supporting fat and bone in our cheeks and jaws. These changes lead to the development of smile lines, downturned corners of the mouth, under-eye hollows, flattened cheeks, and jowls. Fillers replace lost volume to fill hollows and soften wrinkles and folds. Different fillers have unique properties. Thicker fillers are best for lifting cheeks while thinner ones are more suited for treating fine lines, such as those around the mouth.
Are lasers good for brown spots?
Lasers are great for reducing red and brown discoloration and for reducing fine lines and scars.
An IPL (intense pulsed light) is excellent for sun spots and dilated blood vessels (red and brown discoloration). Performed as a series of monthly treatments, IPLs get results without downtime. They can be combined with other lasers for extra power to treat stubborn dilated capillaries.
How can we tighten our skin?
Thermage and Ultherapy are laser-like devices that heat collagen within the skin. Science has shown that heating collagen to a certain temperature leads to tightening and new collagen formation. The advantage of these devices is that there is no downtime or recovery. ThermiTight delivers heat to the deeper layers of the skin and is great for tightening jowls and the neck. While it is minimally invasive, recovery is minimal. The Silhouette Instalift takes a different approach. Instead of heating skin, this procedure lifts and repositions sagging skin by using special threads with cones on them to hold the repositioned skin in place. It uses the same principles as a facelift but is quick with minimal downtime.
Lawrence Osman, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Launa Stone, RN
Rada Leese, RN
Janee Lowry, RN
23659 Calabasas Rd.