Cosmetic Procedures

At Marina Dermatology, we offer patients comprehensive cosmetic treatments for a variety of skin conditions. Our Cosmetic Dermatologist has over a decade of experience in private practice and can identify the most effective treatments for your skin condition and skin type. Utilizing the most state-of-the art technologies and advanced techniques, our Dermatologist takes the time to give each treatment a personalized touch. From acne scars to rejuvenating skin treatments, our Doctor can help you to confidently put your best face forward. With two locations next to Marina Del Rey, our offices are also convenient to residents in the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

Acne Scars
For those who have experienced acne, a lingering scar can be an undesired reminder of the original flare up. As acne heals, it takes on a red or brown tint, which should eventually fade over the course of several months. However, even if active acne is treated carefully to reduce scarring, severe or cystic acne can damage the skin. When the damage is deep enough, it may not heal optimally. If a trace of the blemish is present a year after the breakout site has healed, the skin has been permanently scarred. Scars can vary in shape and depth. Atrophic acne scars are mostly shallow, pitted scars. Similar to scars from the chicken pox , boxcar-shaped acne scars appear as dents in the skin. Narrow and deep, ice pick-shaped acne scars are the most difficult to treat. A variety of treatments are available to improve acne scars, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and Fraxel laser treatments. Depending on the nature of your acne scarring, our Dermatologist can recommend the most effective treatment for you.

Age Spots
Age spots, sun spots or liver spots—medically known as solar lentigines—are round-shaped skin discolorations that usually appear in areas of the skin that receive the most sun. Often found on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms, these harmless brown, grey, or black spots are common in individuals over the age of 40. True age spots are cosmetic in nature and can be lightened or removed. Treatments include over-the-counter and prescription strength bleaching creams and topicals, laser treatments, and freezing, or cryotherapy, which involves the application of liquid nitrogen to the skin. The best lightening agent will depend on the individual’s skin. Following treatment, extra care should be taken to prevent age spots from darkening, such as increased protection from the sun. Although most discolorations are generally innocuous, it is important to monitor any changes in the skin, especially if a spot appears suddenly and changes size and shape rapidly. Any spot with irregular borders or that has an odd texture should be examined by a Dermatologist.

Blu-U Acne Treatment
Active acne can be a source of frustration and insecurity, especially when it is persistent and unresponsive to over-the-counter treatments. For those suffering from this common, but unsightly, skin condition, Blu-U Blue Light treatment can help improve the skin and drastically diminish acne breakouts. This FDA-approved acne treatment utilizes blue violet light, which targets and destroys the bacteria that cause acne to form. During the treatment, a special light is placed in front of the affected area to illuminate it for about fifteen minutes. For optimal results, Blu-U Blue Light treatments should be scheduled one or two times a week, over the course of several weeks. The exact recommended frequency and duration of treatment will depend on the severity of the acne condition. After a treatment session, individuals should minimize exposure to the sun for up to 48 hours. Although mild peeling may occur following a session, the Blu-U Blue Light treatment causes little discomfort overall and the light therapy can give significant, lasting results in a few short sessions.

BOTOX for Sweating
Our bodies produce sweat as a means to cool the body down when it becomes overheated. However, in some cases individuals may perspire, or sweat, profusely, even when the body’s temperature is in equilibrium. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, occurs when the body produces more sweat than is needed to regulate body temperature. Although the precise trigger for hyperhidrosis is unclear, it can be successfully managed. BOTOX®, a botulinum toxin injection popularly associated with its cosmetic anti-aging use, is a minimally invasive treatment that is FDA-approved to treat excessive sweating. BOTOX® can temporarily inhibit the chemical signals that instruct the sweat glands to activate. During the treatment, a small amount of BOTOX® is injected locally under the skin, near the overactive sweat glands. Commonly treated areas include underarms (termed axillary hyperhidrosis), palms and the soles of the feet. BOTOX injections will not permanently cure hyperhidrosis; however the treatments can result in a marked reduction in the production of sweat. In some cases, relief can last up to seven months before a repeat injection is needed.

BOTOX for Wrinkles
One of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available today, BOTOX®, a botulinum toxin injection, can effectively rejuvenate the skin by smoothing out creases and wrinkles. Most commonly used to temporarily erase deep furrows in the brow and forehead and eliminate crow’s feet, it can also be used to treat age-related banding in the neck area. When BOTOX® is injected into the treatment area; the nerve impulses that signal the muscle to contract are inhibited. The result is a relaxation of muscle activity, the facial movements that lead to the development of permanent expression lines. Within a few days of the BOTOX® treatment, individuals can see noticeable, dramatic results, which can last from four to eight months. As one of our most requested wrinkle-reduction procedures, our Dermatologist has perfected his technique, offering individuals the benefit of his years of experience. Our Doctor will ensure that the BOTOX® injections are carefully administered to give you natural-looking results.

Broken Capillaries/Scars
Telangiectasias, or broken capillaries, are dilated, superficial blood vessels that are visible through the skin. Appearing as red or purple clusters, these small blemishes often appear around the nose, cheek, and chin, but can also be found in other areas of the body, such as the legs. Although harmless, broken capillaries can be unsightly, making the skin look blotchy. Fortunately, broken capillaries can be treated, often resulting in their complete disappearance. A variety of treatment options are available to erase broken capillaries, including laser technology. VBeam Perfecta, a pulse-dye laser, can safely and effectively remove or lighten the color of broken capillaries and telangiectasias and even out the skin tone. Pulsed-dye laser treatment can also minimize the appearance of hypertrophic scars, or a raised scar, improving texture, color, and pliability. For both broken capillaries and scars, the number of laser treatments necessary to achieve optimal results varies from individual to individual. During your consultation, our Dermatologist can determine the best treatment based on your skin type and how extensive the treatment area is.

Chemical Peels
For a variety of reasons, our skin can become dull and uneven. Visible signs of aging may begin to diminish the skin’s radiance and skin conditions, such as acne, may compromise the skin’s texture. If you would like to restore a youthful and healthy complexion, a chemical peel is a non-invasive option that can help improve fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the visibility of scars, and lighten skin discolorations, such as age spots. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layer of the skin. A chemical liquid is applied, which strips away dead skin cells and exposes new healthy skin. Varying in strength and composition, a chemical peel can be applied for a mild (alpha hydroxy acid), medium (trichloroacetic acid), or deep (phenol) treatment. After the chemical peel, the skin will heal over the course of days to weeks, depending on the nature of the treatment. Our Dermatologist often uses Beta Lift™, an advanced treatment that takes about five minutes. However, our Dermatologist will determine the best strength based on the condition of your skin and your skin type. In addition to the face, chemical peels can be used on the neck and hands.

Dysport for Wrinkles
Dysport®, an injectable treatment that can temporarily reduces the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, also called glabellar lines. The active ingredient in Dysport, abobotulinumtoxinA, acts a muscle relaxing agent that restricts movement. Because the muscle does not contract and become tense, the deep furrows and creases will not develop. Performed by our Dermatologist in a single office visit, a treatment take only about 10 to 20 minutes and patients can typically detect a noticeable improvement within 4-7 days. Because Dysport® offers a temporary improvement, repeated treatments every 3-8 months are necessary to maintain the effects. The longevity of the Dysport® treatment will vary from individual to individual.

Juvederm®, a revolutionary injectable dermal filler, can instantly boost aging skin and restore structure. As we grow older, the body’s production of hyaluronic acid begins to taper down. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one an important, naturally occurring substance that gives our skin its youthful lift. As HA production slows, the skin loses its volume and becomes more susceptible to downward slipping. Juvederm®, hyaluronic-acid based temporary filler, counteracts hallowing cheeks, effectively hydrating the skin and increasing volume in the cheek area a single treatment. The Juvederm gel formula is refined so that it flows smoothly into the treatment area when injected. The skill of our Cosmetic Dermatologist can ensure natural-looking, long lasting results.

A keloid, a raised scar characterized by irregular, fibrous tissue growth, occurs when skin does not heal properly after an injury. Some common skin injuries that can contribute to keloid formation include, ear piercing, acne scars, and surgical incisions. During the healing process, scar tissue forms over a wound in order to protect and repair the damaged site. If the scar tissue grows excessively, the area can become firm, lumpy, discolored and malformed. Although a keloid can be tender to the touch, they are harmless. However, they may be a source of self-consciousness, especially if the keloid is in an obvious or visible location. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available to shrink a keloid and alleviate the associated cosmetic concerns. Possible treatments include cortisone (steroid) injections, laser treatments, silicone sheets and massage, and surgery. Cortisone injections can flatten and soften the keloid, whereas laser treatments target the vascular aspects of the scar to shrink it and improve texture. Depending on the keloid, a combination of treatments may be employed. In general, surgery is done when other treatments have not worked. During your consultation, our Cosmetic Dermatologist will determine the best course of action to reduce your keloid scar.

Thick, dark lashes provide a lush frame for our eyes. For individuals with sparse lashes wishing to enhance their eyelashes, Latisse provides a convenient solution. FDA-approved as a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis—the technical term for inadequate or not enough lashes—Latisse stimulates eyelash growth, leading to fuller, darker eyelashes. It is easy to apply, requiring only a drop of solution to be placed on an applicator. The solution is then spread along the ridge of the lash on the upper eyelid. When applied daily, its active ingredient, bimatoprost, increases the number of lashes growing and the actual length of the lashes. Regular, consistent use will typically lead to noticeable results within two to three months. Latisse is a safe lash-enhancing product, but it is not for everybody. Individuals with certain eye problems, such as conjunctivitis, or allergies may not be good candidates. If you interested in longer, darker lashes, our Cosmetic Dermatologist can determine whether Latisse is right for you.

LaViv is a unique cosmetic treatment that has been FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of smile lines, or nasolabial folds. The innovative procedure is a customized solution based on personalized cell therapy. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, the structural component that gives our skin its support and resilience. This decrease in collagen is due to a reduction in the number of fibroblasts, the cells that actually produce collagen and other important fibers. The increased scarcity of fibroblasts makes the skin more susceptible to laxity and wrinkling. LaViv is a remarkable state-of-the-art treatment that uses fibroblasts cultivated from your own skin to create a new reserve of fibroblasts, which can then be injected directly into your skin. To begin to see results, three treatments are necessary. At Marina Dermatology, our Cosmetic Dermatologist will carefully inject your personalized LaViv solution in three separate sessions, appropriately spaced at intervals of 3-6 weeks. Overtime, the smile lines will become less prominent, rejuvenating the face.

Levulan Actinic Keratoses
Actinic keratoses (AK), frequently referred to as sun spots, are mostly found in areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure—such as the face, ears, and scalp. Dry and rough in texture and variable in color, these lesions are the effect of excessive, cumulative exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Actinic keratoses is generally seen in individuals over the age of 40. Although most actinic keratoses remain benign, there is a risk of that they can progress into a cancerous form, squamous cell carcinoma. At this time, there is no way to definitively predict to which, if any, actinic keratoses will develop into cancerous lesions. Because of this, it is extremely important to have your actinic keratoses examined and treated by a Dermatologist. At Marina Dermatology, our Doctor recommends a combination treatment, using Levulan® topical solution in conjunction with Blu-U Blue Light® Photodynamic Therapy. In a two-part treatment, the Levulan® topical solution is applied to the actinic keratoses, which makes the AK cells sensitive to light. When the treatment area is illuminated, the AK cells are destroyed. The treatment is highly convenient and does not require any downtime. If you have actinic keratoses, contact Marina Dermatology for a comprehensive consultation.

Microdermabrasion is a highly effective skin resurfacing procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance and texture of the skin. Often used to treat acne and acne scars, reduce enlarged pores, address fine lines, and even out discolorations, microdermabrasion exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to expose a smoother, new layer of skin. During treatment, our Cosmetic Dermatologist will spray exfoliating microcrystals on the face, which buffs away the outer layer to reveal a brighter complexion. The process takes about 30 minutes and causes little patient discomfort. For optimal results, microdermabrasion should be done over the course of several treatments. Microdermabrasion works best for more superficial concerns, such as pigmentation and fine lines. For deep scars and heavy wrinkling, our Cosmetic Dermatologist can recommend other, more appropriate treatments.

Obagi Blue Peel
For those wishing to even out their skin tone and achieve a brighter, clearer complexion, Obagi Blue Peel is a chemical peel procedure that deliver dramatic results. A versatile, relatively painless treatment, Obagi Blue Peel can address a variety of skin conditions, including discolorations and spots, scars, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin, and a range of blemishes. During treatment, the Obagi Blue Peel liquid is applied to the face, prompting the skin to swell and eventually shed. The extent of swelling will depend on the strength and depth of the peel. Before the treatment, our Cosmetic Dermatologist will examine your skin and determine the peel’s strength based on the condition of your skin and your aesthetic goals. Typically, the skin begins to peel within 2-3 days of the Obagi Blue Peel application. The peeling will continue to strip away the outer layer of skin—and its imperfections—for about a week. By the tenth day, the skin should be completely healed.

As part of the natural process of aging, our skin inevitably begins to lose its youthful lift and suppleness. The lessening of the skin’s elasticity is a result of the progressive depletion of the important substances that maintain the skin its structure, which cease to be produced in adequate quantities. Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid all contribute to the skin’s firmness and once the body’s production of these crucial components slows, the skin becomes more prone to lines and creases. To counteract this wrinkle-forming depletion, the best course of action is to volumize the skin. Radiesse injectable temporary dermal filler offers instant results, lifting the skin and providing needed structure to stimulate collagen to grow. With the regenerative process jumpstarted, the Radiesse® gel is eventually reabsorbed into the skin. The skin’s foundation rebuilt, the results are long-lasting, with improvement visible for up to a year or more.

Both part of the class of hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers, Restylane® and Perlane® are highly effective non-surgical treatments that can smooth out lines, fill in folds, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. These effective fillers are most commonly used to address nasolabial folds (the creases that run from the nose to the mouth), under the eyes, upper cheeks and lips. The main difference between these two filler treatments is the size of their gel particles. Perlane®, composed of larger gel particles, allows for greater volume augmentation and, therefore, is used to erase the deeper creases and folds. Whether used together or separately to rejuvenate the face, the variability of the two fillers gives our Cosmetic Dermatologist at Marina Dermatology the ability to refine and customize your treatment.

Superficial telangiectasias, or spider veins, are dilated capillaries that are near the skin’s surface. Visible through the skin, theses red, purple or blue starbursts are most commonly found on the legs; however, these broken blood vessels can also appear elsewhere, most often on the face. Although it is not known what precisely causes spider veins form, there is some evidence that hormone fluctuations and genetic predisposition seem to be among the contributing factors. Sclerotherapy, a cosmetic vein treatment that has been used since the 1930s, is the gold standard in leg vein treatment. Through a series of saline injections into the damaged vein, sclerotherapy can markedly reduce the visibility of veins. The saline injections serve to close off the damaged veins. Once collapsed, the diseased vein is absorbed and the blemish fades. In general, multiple treatments are necessary for a single vein. During a single appointment, several veins can be treated. Although not every vein is responsive to treatment, sclerotherapy is typically effective in 80% of cases. At Marina Dermatology, sclerotherapy is the preferred vein treatment, causing little discomfort and offering promise for better-looking legs.

Sculptra Aesthetic
Today, several non-surgical treatments are available to combat the signs of aging. Injectable filler treatments have become a popular cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the face through the introduction of smoothing agents. Injectables firm and lift the skin, without the inconvenience of a prolonged downtime or recovery. There are three basic types of injectables, toxins, which temporarily restrict muscle movement; dermal fillers, which are liquid or gel fillers that fill, or smooth out wrinkles and lines; and collagen stimulators, which restore the underlying structure of the skin. Sculptra is a synthetic collagen stimulating biocompatible, biodegradable facial injectable. It works by replacing the collagen in the treated area. As Sculptra works to replace collagen, it is eventually naturally absorbed by the body. Because it prompts the body to produce collagen, it can give long-lasting results and improvement that continue to unfold over time. If you would like a more youthful appearance, our Dermatologist can determine which treatment is best for you.

Stretch Marks/Scars
The skin is highly elastic, able to expand and contract with the movement of our bodies. However when the skin is stretched beyond its natural capacity, thin lines or streaks can develop on its surface. Stretch marks, or striae, are the lines that emerge when the skin has been pulled far beyond its limits. Typically, this happens as a result of a pregnancy, rapid growth, or weight fluctuation. When a rapid expansion occurs, the fibers in the dermis can reach a breaking point, exposing the blood vessels in the deeper skin layers. The result is visible red, pink, or purple lines on the skin’s surface. Eventually the discoloration will fade and leave a streak that resembles a scar. Using a variety of techniques, our Doctor at Marina Dermatology can treat stretch marks to vastly improve their appearance. Laser treatment, such as Fraxel and Vbeam Perfecta can be used to resurface the skin and reduce discoloration while other treatments such as dermabrasion and topical treatments can also be employed to even and smooth the stretch marks. Depending on the extent and severity of the stretch marks, more than one treatment may be necessary to see improvement.