What’s New in Anti-Aging? Hello Jeuveau!

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There is a new wrinkle relaxer set to launch this Spring from Evolus, and like most new injectable treatments that become available, The Derm Institute will be one of the first clinics in the country to launch the product, and we are here to share the 411 on this new “botox-like” product.  If you want to be one of the first to experience this Botox-like “newtox” to reduce wrinkles, contact us today to get on our waiting list for launch specials!

Let’s review the basics.

What are neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators are a family of non-invasive injectable treatments made of proteins that are designed to soften the appearance of wrinkles and lines that are created by repeated expressions.  The most well-known of this group is Botox, but includes other treatments like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau.  These treatments relax and treat wrinkles by softening the hyperactive muscles that cause them to appear. It is a simple quick 5 minute treatment with zero down time and incredibly high patient satisfaction rates!

What is Jeuveau?

Jeuveau is the brand new wrinkle-relaxing protein comparable to Botox that will be launching this May 2019.  This exciting new injectable neuromodulator will treat things like the frown lines (aka the “11s” between the brows), crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines.  The US currently has four neuromodulators which are essentially the same “active” ingredient housed in slightly different proteins:  Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and now Jeuveau.

What is the difference between Botox and Jeuveau?

Jeuveau and Botox are both wrinkle relaxers that work via the exact same mechanism, just made by different manufacturers.  We like to make the comparison of it being “coke and pepsi”.  They are extremely similar in safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect.  Some of our patients may find they prefer one over the other based on personal experience, so we encourage our patients to try both at some point!  There are nuanced differences in all of the neuromodulators available—discuss with our team and Dr. Chiu to find the best option for you!

Who is Evolus?

Evolus is the home company for Jeuveau based in Southern California. They are the first company in close to a decade that has entered the ever-growing U.S. aesthetic injectable market. Evolus aims to bring a fresh perspective to physician delivered anti-aging treatments and an approachable new focus on performance-based beauty.   Their goal is to deliver breakthrough products for the aesthetic market. They are launching the first ever neuromodulator that is solely dedicated to aesthetic treatments, Jeuveau.

What’s to come in the future of the injectable market?

Thankfully the medical beauty industry is ever growing and innovating.  In the next few years we expect a longer-lasting botox like product on the market, as well as a fast acting (onset in 1 day) neuromodulator to be approved.  If you are interested in trying the latest, contact us and we can put you on our introductory list!

 

Skin Health

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Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It is important to keep your skin healthy and ensure it is effective in protecting you. Read our infographic below for a few simple tips on how to maintain your healthy skin.

 

Which Juvederm Fillers are Right for You?

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The Juvéderm family includes some of the most popular dermal fillers on the market, and our patients cannot get enough. The cosmetic injectables made of hyaluronic acid can restore lost volume in several areas of the face, including the lips and the cheeks. Read our infographic below to find out if Voluma, Vollure or Volbella is right for you.

If you’re interested in Juvederm, contact us today.

What’s Included in a Healthy Skin Routine

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Healthy, beautiful skin starts at home. It is incredibly important for everyone to stick to a skin care routine that works for their skin. Everyone is different, which is why custom skin care is so effective. Read our infographic below to find out what your routine should include, depending on your skin tone, texture, and concerns.

If you’re interested in discussing your skin concerns, contact us today.

Explaining the Science Behind Ultra Femme 360

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Ultra Femme 360 is a safe and effective non-surgical alternative to labiaplasty and vaginoplasty procedures. The Derm Institute offers a comfortable, friendly, and private environment for women to undergo this innovative vaginal rejuvenation procedure. Read our infographic below to learn about the science behind it.

For more information about Ultra Femme 360, contact us to schedule your consultation today.

5 Interesting Facts About Cosmetic Injectables

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Cosmetic injectables are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. Fillers are a great non-invasive treatment for patients seeking to restore volume and a rejuvenated appearance. Check out the below infographic which includes five interesting facts about cosmetic injectables.

Restore your natural rested, rejuvenated appearance today! Dr. Annie Chiu is a national trainer for dermal fillers and offers a range of injectables at her Manhattan Beach practice.

Contact The Derm Institute team to schedule your cosmetic injectable consultation.

3 Unexpected Uses for Botox

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Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently on the market. Its non-invasive, long-lasting solution that requires no downtime makes the procedure appeal to men and women alike. Most commonly known for treating dynamic facial wrinkles, Botox can also be used for a variety of concerns. Dr. Annie Chiu created the below infographic on three unexpected uses for Botox:

  1. Nose – Lift a drooping nose tip.
  2. Smile – Treat a smile that shows too much gum.
  3. Sweat – Help reduce excessive sweating.

If you’re interested in seeing how Botox can help you, schedule a consultation with The Derm Institute today!

5 Fun Facts About CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is one of the most effective tools for reducing fat non-surgically and sculpting the body. CoolSculpting is the perfect treatment for those who want a sculpted, toned body but are not ready for surgery or do not have the time for a prolonged recovery period. We put together some need-to-know facts about this revolutionary body contouring procedure below!

  • FDA-approved for permanent fat reduction!
  • Completely non-invasive, no needles, no surgery, no downtime.
  • So comfortable, you just “chill” watching movies or reading during your 35 minute cycle!
  • Can treat almost any “pinchable” fat on the body: tummy, love handles, bra fat, back fat, thighs, knees, double chin and even the upper arms!
  • Results seen as early as 1-2 months after treatment!

If you would like to know more about this procedure or are ready to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

Introducing Vollure . . . your newest Filler BFF, lasting 18 months or more.

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Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute are excited to announce the (early) availability of the newest filler approved in the United States—Juvederm Vollure.

Juvederm Vollure, from the makers of Botox, provides long lasting correction of wrinkles, folds, and shadows to help you achieve a more confident, rejuvenated you!

Among the longest lasting fillers currently on market, clinical studies show Vollure is a filler that lasts for 18 months, with most patients seeing improvement for even longer.

To help you get to know your newest Filler BFF, here are some quick facts:

  1. Juvederm Vollure is FDA approved for the correction of —
  • Smile lines (parenthesis lines)
  • Laugh lines
  • Vertical lip lines (aka “smoker’s lines”)
  • Folds around the chin area (aka “marionette lines”)
  1. Vollure can also be used to —
  • Correct undereye circles or hollows
  • Provide volume or enhancement for the lip
  • Contour the forehead
  • Lift the brows
  • Provide soft lift to the cheeks
  • Correct various shadows, hollows, and wrinkles on the face


  1. Vollure is part of the hyaluronic acid Juvederm Vycross family of products, which also includes Voluma and Volbella. Vycross is a crosslinking characteristic of this hyaluronic acid based filler which gives these fillers a longer last.
  1. Studies showed > 50% of patients had improvement of their smile lines even 18 months after initial treatment with Vollure.  Juvederm Vollure is formulated with lidocaine, making the treatment comfortable.
  1. Vollure is a smooth, soft, spreadable gel that helps chase away wrinkles, folds and shadows to give you a softly natural refreshed appearance. The gel causes less swelling than traditional hyaluronic acid fillers, making downtime minimal to none.
  1. Vollure’s main differentiating characteristic is that it is a softer fill compared to other fillers on the market, making it versatile and natural looking, while providing a long lasting result that delivers more value for patients.

Dr. Chiu is proud to be a renown filler expert and national trainer for Vollure, educating other injectors nationwide on ways to achieve the best outcomes with this and other fillers on the market.  The Derm Institute is excited to help you put your most confident face forward.  Juvederm Vollure allows a softer, more natural correction, that makes you look just slightly airbrushed all over—just in time for your selfies . . .

If you want to experience newly available Juvederm Vollure and start your journey towards fresh faced beauty, call us for a consultation today.

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Needle-less Micro-Cannula Injections

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Did you know you can have filler procedures done in a way to minimize discomfort, risk of bruising, decrease swelling, and avoid multiple needle sticks? Sounds too good to be true? Actually, Dr. Annie Chiu specializes in this advanced technique called Micro-Cannula injection for fillers so most patients have ZERO downtime and discomfort!

If the fear of needles has been holding you back from cosmetic procedures, be assured Dr. Chiu is an expert in this “needless” technique.

What is a Micro-Cannula?
Microcannulas are an alternative to needles when administering fillers. Needles are sharp, which leads to discomfort, and a higher risk of bruising such as the sharp end can injure blood vessels (which leads to bruises). Conversely Microcannulas are thin flexible tubes with smooth rounded tips that push vessels and nerves out of the way when under the skin—leading to much less trauma, swelling, and risk of bruising.

Benefits of Micro-Cannula technique include:

  •  Minimal to no discomfort
  • Less risk to no bruising
  • Decreased tissue trauma
  • Less pain
  • Less swelling

Common areas for Micro-Cannula use include:

  • Fillers for undereye circles, or undereye hollowing
  • Lip fillers
  •  Jawline
  • Hands
  • Smile lines or nasolabial folds
  • Advanced brow and forehead contouring

As always, the Microcannula is a tool all injectors can opt to use, but know that it takes a lot of experience and technique to master delivery of filler in this method in the correct planes of the face. In Dr. Chiu’s hands, you can trust you are being treated by an incredibly talented expert in Microcannula technique.

If you are interested in learning more, contact our office today!

Common Questions:

Really? Absolutely no bruising or pain?
Microcannulas allow much less entry points through the skin where you feel needle “pricks”. Most of what is felt is a bit of pressure, so yes, it is a lot less painful. The risk of bruising is greatly diminished, and most of our patients get no bruising. However, it is still possible to have some minimal bruising, especially if you are on certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or fish oil.

Can all injectables be done with a Microcannula?
Most hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm , Volbella, Restylane, as well as Radiesse can be administered with a Microcannula. Dr. Chiu guides our patients in where it is most appropriate and gives the best results.

All About Microneedling with Rejuvapen

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Microneedling with Rejuvapen is a great treatment to boost skin’s radiance and appearance. It can improve acne scarring, fine lines, stretch marks, and large pores. The Derm Institute created the below infographic on everything you need to know about Microneedling with Rejuvapen. Microneedling is an effective treatment and is rated 90% worth it by RealSelf.com users! For more information on Microneedling with Rejuvapen, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute!

 

Pamper Your Mom: 7 Skin Beauty Gifts for Mother’s Day

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It’s hard to find just the right gift for Mom, but here is a guide that will have Mom looking radiant and glowing!

1. Gift of Tighter Skin: BTL Exilis Protégé This non-invasive, painless skin procedure has been clinically proven to tighten and contour the skin. It uses radio frequency technology to tighten sagging skin around the eyes, jaw, and neck line. The result is tighter, firmer, and younger looking skin. Radiofrequency energy has been proven to better define facial and jawline features just with a warming sensation. Give Mom the gift of smoother sculpted skin this year with BTL Exilis Protégé!

2. Gift of Even, Radiant Skin: Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a popular procedure and a true patient favorite! This treatment can target those pesky brown spots and red areas on the skin. It treats pigmentation, sun damaged, skin, brown spots, age spots, broken blood vessels, facial redness, and rosacea. This procedure is also a consistent favorite because it brightens and evens the overall skin tone with minimal downtime.

3. Gift of a Liquid Lift: Fillers and Botox relax fine lines and wrinkles. Mom will look rested and fabulous with an injectable treatment by Dr. Annie Chiu. Dr. Chiu is a board-certified dermatologist and master injector renowned for her eye towards soft natural rejuvenation. Patients are thrilled with the instant results and how natural they look!

4. Gift of Glow: A Red Carpet Peel will make Mom’s skin brighter and smoother! This light exfoliating peel gives skin a flawless and radiant glow. This is a popular procedure that has no downtime and delivers an instant boost in skin health.

5. Gift of Happy Healthy Skin:  Personalized Skin Care Consult at The Derm Institute. Mom will get a complete skincare regimen overview and mini personalized skin treatment at the office. Dr. Chiu will provide her with product recommendations of medically proven skincare products designed to have Mom look her best all year long.

6. Gift of luscious lashes: Latisse. It enhances natural lash growth, to make them fuller and longer and can be used for areas like the eyebrows as well.

7. Consider a Gift Certificate to The Derm Institute to show Mom how much you care. We will bundle the gift certificate you purchase with introductory skin goodies. She can then choose from any of the treatments we offer or even purchase products with her gift certificate. Let her enjoy an experience at our office!

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The Magic of Lasers + Energy Devices

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Lasers and energy devices can do magical things to our skin! From treating brown spots and redness to stimulating collagen production, lasers can improve a range of skin conditions. Dr. Chiu created the below infographic that contains information on skin lasers and energy devices, such as how they work and what they treat. For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light utilizes highly selective light energy to target brown spots and red areas. It can be used to treat pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, brown spots, age spots, broken blood vessels, facial redness, and rosacea. IPL also brightens and evens the overall skin tone. IPL has a 75% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Fraxel

Fraxel delivers fractional laser energy deep into the skin for a simple and effective anti-aging treatment. Fraxel is used to reduce hyperpigmentation, sun damage, facial scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles. Fraxel can also treat actinic keratosis, a common pre-cancerous skin condition. Fraxel has a 71% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Infini

Infini is a skin tightening treatment for the neck, jawline, and face that uses insulated microneedles to deliver microfocused radiofrequency, which heats collagen fibers and stimulates collagen production. Infini can also improve the appearance of large pores, acne scars, lax skin, and stretch marks. Infini has an 80% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Clear + Brilliant

Clear + Brilliant Laser is a revolutionary, gentle laser skin care treatment that has been clinically proven to fight the effects of aging skin. The gentlest treatment in the Fraxel family, the non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser is a beneficial addition to any healthy skincare regimen, great for pore size, melasma, and fine lines. Clear + Brilliant has an 81% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.