In the words of Joan Rivers. “Believe me, you can hide a lot of things, but the hands always give it away,” I didn’t really get the meaning of this quote until recently when my 3-year niece looked at my hands, pointed and said “old” with all the sweet innocence of a child. You can always rely on them for their honesty- for better for worse. It got me thinking and glancing down at my hands. On occasion, I catch a view and think “do those things really belong to me?” They...Read More

Posted on March 6, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

From Austin Powers Goldmember

I was on a plane last week sitting next to a young guy who had a nevus (mole) on the back of his hand between his thumb and index finger.  It was not small.  It looked completely benign, not pigmented, and slightly pedunculated (kind of mushroom shaped). I wondered how often he snagged it on his pocket, or when putting on a glove.  It had likely been there for years, maybe his whole life.  I wondered what probably everyone else wondered: “Dude, why don’t...Read More

Posted on February 24, 2017 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , ,

We are excited to announce that we will now be offering oxygen facials along with the exclusive Intraceutical product line which will help maximize the results of these treatments.  Oxygen facials can be used to revitalize the skin prior to an important event, leaving you with an instant glow and skin that feels plump and refreshed. They can also be used as part of your ongoing skin care regimen for optimal results. Oxygen facials are the perfect way to pamper yourself with the relaxing effects of a facial...Read More

Posted on April 9, 2015 By Douglas Mackenzie in ,

There are many ways to classify the effects of aging, particularly on the face, but in practice it helps to divide the effects of aging into two types:  the type helped by surgical methods, and the type helped by non-surgical methods.  Although there is a lot of overlap, think of surgery as better at addressing the effects of gravity while non-surgical treatments are better at addressing the effects of sun damage (photoaging).  One could argue that another effect of aging, volume loss, is neither related...Read More

Posted on February 7, 2015 By Douglas Mackenzie in , , , ,
07th Jan, 2014

Do you ever see someone (or someone in the mirror) with a bump on their face?  Maybe a dark bump.  Big and raised.  Think Aaron Neville, but maybe not that extreme.

I often wonder why people go through life with a bump like that, when removing it takes about 10 minutes under local anesthesia.  Yes, sure, maybe it’s now part of their identity, maybe they were teased about it when they were younger, and now they’re OK with it.  Fine.  I remember an anesthesiologist I worked with years ago...Read More

Posted on January 7, 2014 By sitemanager in , , ,

Now is the time to treat your cellulite!  Yes, there is a treatment that can improve cellulite, usually with only one treatment, and with long lasting effects.  It’s called CellulazeTM and we have been treating cellulite with it in Santa Barbara since 2012.  This is a minimally invasive treatment which means that it is surgical but with tiny holes that don’t even require a stitch. There is some significant bruising that can last for weeks, and the results take 6 months to fully manifest.  Expect a...Read More

Posted on December 3, 2013 By sitemanager in

Up to 3% of the population has hyperhidrosis.  Seems like a lot for something most people have never heard of.  Better known as excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis is typically just a more extreme form of underarm sweating.  There are other forms, such as palmar (hand) hyperhidrosis, and in extreme cases these may require surgical procedures to disrupt the autonomic nervous system source of the problem.

Excessive underarm sweating can affect anybody from time to time, not just those with a medical...Read More

Posted on October 17, 2013 By sitemanager in
06th Mar, 2013

We get a lot of questions about Cellulaze and I thought that answering some frequently asked questions might be helpful.  This technology is fundamentally different than previous methods of cellulite treatment, but many people assume it’s similar to some of the familiar technologies already out there.

1)Is Cellulaze a non-invasive treatment?

No.  Cellulaze is a surgical treatment using a laser.  The term “minimally invasive” is appropriate, but this still means that small incisions...Read More

Posted on March 6, 2013 By sitemanager in ,

Our office is pleased to announce the arrival of our brand new laser system, Lumenis One Multi-technology Platform. The Lumenis One is able to treat unwanted hair, leg veins, sun spots and broken capillaries. One feature of the Lumenis One is a fourth generation Intense Pulse Light System which provides maximum results and ensures safety and comfort for our patients.

Photorejuvenation is the term used for treating the skin with an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to get rid of brown pigmentation such as sun...Read More

Posted on October 24, 2008 By sitemanager in , , ,

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