Category Archives: Dermal Fillers

Introducing ZO Skin Centres

ZO Skin Centres is the newest brainchild of Dr. Zein Obagi, and the flagship location opened in June 2015 at the posh Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California. Clients can stop by for a rejuvenating ZO peel, have a bit of BOTOX for your crow’s feet or Juvederm in your lips. You can even schedule a Coolsculpting session to freeze the fat on your tummy, all in the privacy and convenience of a modern pampering setting.

Dr. Obagi has spent over three decades researching and developing revolutionary ways to restore and maintain healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. Just like our celebrated ZO family of products, our signature services are sought-after by celebrities in Beverly Hills, London, Paris and more.

The experience begins with a consultation by Dr. Obagi himself or his plastic surgeon colleague Dr. Aaron Kosins. At your first Skin Health evaluation with Dr. Obagi or Dr. Kosins, you will have a comprehensive assessment of your skin  and an opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and review your medical history. Photographs will be taken to document your skin’s current condition and to be evaluated by the doctor. You will receive a fully individualized program designed to meet your goals. At each follow-up visit, new photographs will be taken to document your skin’s progress.

All treatments are performed by highly skilled medical aestheticians trained in the principles, protocols and methods of Dr. Zein Obagi. The services offered at the ZO Skin Centres are inspired by the ZO® Circle of Skin Health, which takes into account Prevention, Therapy, Daily Skincare and Maintenance. One of our client favorite treatments is the ZO® Signature Facial with Lymphatic Drainage for hydrated skin that glows.  This relaxing treatment utilizes cutting edge technology, including microcurrent therapy, to improve skin firmness, reduce wrinkles and smooth skin followed by lymphatic drainage to rid the skin of toxins and impurities. It’s perfect before a night out or special occasion!

Look for the ZO Skin Centre at 401 Newport Centre Drive, Suite A208, Fashion Island – open 7 days/week.



Tip: Botox could be something to frown about

Did you ever notice that sometimes Botox seems to work better—or last longer—than others? It could be the doctor, it could be the quality, or it could be that there’s some funny business going on in the office.

Botox is delivered to physicians in a freeze-dried form, and the doctor then mixes it with saline. The Botox itself is very expensive, and many women have complained about getting Botox injections that aren’t doing much for their wrinkles. Are they building up some kind of immunity, or could it be that doctors are watering down the Botox? Some offices will water down the Botox with more than the recommended normal saline, in order to be able to treat more patients, giving the patients weaker results.

“Don’t assume because you’re getting a number of injections that you’re getting a lot of Botox,” says Dr. Andrew Frankel of the Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills. ”I typically get about four or five areas in a 100-unit vial. Another doctor may get up to 20 areas with the same vial because he’s watering it down.”

The only way to know is to go to a reputable doctor and look at the results. If the Botox doesnt have staying power or if it isn’t softening the lines, you could be getting heavily diluted Botox—it happens more frequently than you might think.

Get Smart About Fillers

If you’re in your 40s or 50s, chances are you’ve noticed some vertical lines in your face—not wrinkles, but loss of volume.

To the rescue: facial fillers. There are several on the market now, some of which you’ve probably heard about. But which one is right for you? Your doctor may be the best judge of that, but here are some things that you should know.

After you have lost collagen and elastin, fillers help the dermis return to a more youthful condition. They work underneath the skin to trap water, plump the skin, and restore volume that has been lost. They’re frequently used in the naso-labial folds on the sides of the nose and the “marionette lines” around the corners of the mouth. These areas are particularly susceptible to breakdown because there is so much chewing, talking, and smiling. But facial fillers can also be used to raise scar depressions, plump the lips, and enhance the temples, cheeks, or lower eyelids.

With fillers, there is little pain and not much downtime—although swelling and minor bruising can last for up to a week. Your doctor will use a fine needle and may use a numbing cream or local anesthetic to reduce the pain.

Fillers are made from synthetic compounds that are safe for your skin. There are many different brands, including Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Sculptra, and Radiesse. Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane are all made from hyaluronic acid, which is a natural sugar compound and provides fullness to the skin. Radiesse is made of tiny crystals that contain calcium hydroxyapatite, a substance found in our bones and skin.

Here are some of the pro’s and con’s of each:

  • Restylane: particularly good for nas0-labial folds, smile lines, forehead wrinkles, and lips. You can expect it to last for about 6-12 months.
  • Perlane: injected deeper, so typically recommended for the cheeks, chin, eyebrows, and around the mouth. The manufacturer claims it lasts 9-12 months. Not as popular as it used to be.
  • Juvederm: you’ve seen this advertised for the “parentheses” folds. It’s the leading brand and from the company that brought us Botox. Lasts for about 6-12 months in the nasolabial folds, about 3-6 months in the lips.
  • Radiesse: recommended for smiles and nas0-labial folds. Lasts for up to a year.
  • Sculptra: generally multiple treatments are performed over a period of several months, but it lasts for 2-4 years. Has lidocaine added to reduce discomfort. Generally more expensive.

At the Obagi Skin Health Institute, Dr. Obagi uses Juvederm and Sculptra. Ask your doctor to explain his/her recommendations. It’s your face and your money, so make an informed decision and be sure to select a provider who is well-qualified.

Read My Lips

When was the last time you celebrated something on your body plumping up? It’s probably been a while, but at ZO, we’ve thought of something that you might actually like to have “plumped”—your lips.

As we get older, all of the things that we don’t want to be thin—like our fingernails, our lips, our eyelashes, and our hair—get thinner. Somehow that doesn’t seem fair, but it’s the result of aging, environmental conditions, and hormonal issues. As we age, our bodies slow down the process of regenerating cells, so our lips, which are already thin, get even thinner. Factors like smoking and exposure to wind and cold weather can also dehydrate our skin, making lips look less plumped. There’s not much you can do to slow the process, but be sure to wear a lip product with an SPF. If that’s not enough, a dermal filler (such as Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, etc.) is an option.

If restoring the youthful look of your lips appeals to you, but the idea of a needle—lidocaine or not—is not your style,  you may want to consider a product like the Vivité Defining Lip Plumper. The name says it all. No, it’s not like the lip gloss the girl at your beauty store sold you that did nothing—this actually works.

And isn’t it time you were happy something was plumping up?

BOTOX® vs. Dysport

It used to be, when you asked a doctor for Botox®, you got Botox. That’s because Botox was first in the market and had no competition. These days, that’s all changing. The FDA has approved Dysport®, a new anti-wrinkle injectible also made from botulinum toxin. Should you ask your doctor to make the switch? That’s an important question, so let’s face the facts.

Dysport is a little different from Botox, but also safe and effective. It spreads a little more after it has been injected. The advantage is that if large areas (like your forehead) need injection, theoretically it requires fewer injections, thereby reducing discomfort.

The best thing to do is to find out what the experts have to say, and ask your physician to discuss it with you. The FDA requires drugs like Botox to carry a warning label, saying that the drug may spread from the injection site to distant parts of the body, and can have serious side effects, such as problems swallowing or breathing. While anything is possible with botulinum toxin, problems are less likely with Botox  when it is used for cosmetic treatments. They’re of greater concern when Botox is used to treat spastic muscles of the eyes and other systemic usage.

Once popular Botox parties are still around. The  hostess usually gets her treatment for free, compliments of the doctor, and the doctor hopes to meet some new clients—it can be a marketing tool. But for the patient, is it worth the risk?  In our opinion, the risk of complication is too high, and doctors should give Botox injections under the right lighting and sterile clinical conditions, and in the privacy of their own office. So skip the parties, and come to the clinic.

When it comes to Botox or Dysport, be informed. Before you make a decision, talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about what is best for you.