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What does Obagi® Nuderm Help With?2017-07-03T16:20:28+00:00

Obagi® Nuderm helps with blemishes, uneven skin tone, dark circles, wrinkles (eyes, forehead) The Obagi NuDerm Skin Transformation System. When used with a retinoic acid  (retinol, tretinoin, retinaldehyde), is clinically proven to improve hyperpigmentation, skin tone and texture, skin laxity and the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Over 25 clinical studies confirm the efficacy of the NuDerm System and the transformation that occurs in the skin.  For dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, we recommend the Elastiderm Eye Serum.  For fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, we recommend the Elastiderm Eye Cream.  Often times, patients benefit from adding both of these incredible eye products to their daily routine.

How Do I Know What Obagi® Products/Plan I Need?2017-07-03T16:21:24+00:00

Yes, during your consultation at My Doctor Aesthetics one of our skin care professionals will assess your skin condition and determine the appropriate skincare system and products for you.

Are The Obagi® Products Sold As A Set, Or Can I Purchase Individual Products?2017-07-03T16:21:53+00:00

The Obagi systems are sold in kits and can be purchased individually.  We recommend patients start with the complete system of products. As you need to replenish products, all products are available to purchase, individually. Please call our office when you’re getting low on the products so we can hold the needed product for you to pick up from our office. It is important to always purchase Obagi products from your doctor’s office or an authorized retailer.  Unfortunately, misrepresented, expired and counterfeit products are being sold online by unauthorized sellers. These products appear to be from Obagi Medical, but they are not.  Obagi Medical Rx products are only available through an authorized physician.

Also, be sure to ask about Obagi’s Premier Points when making purchases.  It’s an app that you’ll download on your smart phone to track purchases of Obagi products.  My Doctor Aesthetics will verify the purchase was made, and you’ll be able to redeem Obagi products with your reward points.

How Long Will My Obagi® Skincare System Last?2017-07-03T16:22:19+00:00

The Obagi NuDerm System last four to six months! You’ll only use a pea-sized amount of each of the products.

How Long Till I Achieve Noticeable Results From Obagi® Skincare?2017-07-03T16:24:21+00:00

Results vary between patients but patients typically begin to see improvements within the first few weeks of use. It is important to be compliant with the recommended system protocol. Some irritation, as your skin adjusts to the products, is normal; please contact us with any concerns. Your skin will complete three cellular turnover cycles during the 18—24 week system. Most patients start to see improvements within the first six weeks.  According to clinical studies, 94% of patients were satisfied with the overall effectiveness of the Obagi NuDerm System plus retinol at 24 weeks.  The high patient satisfaction included overall facial improvement, reduction in brown spots/discoloration, firmness (laxity/looseness) and skin texture.

What can I expect to happen to my skin while using Obagi® Skincare?2017-07-03T16:24:57+00:00

There are Five Phases of Transformation:

Phase 1:  Remove (Weeks 1-6) Products begin working to help promote skin cell turnover.  The top layer of the skin is exfoliated, removing dull, old skin cells to help promote new skin cells.  You may experience mild to moderate itching, dryness, and redness.  You may begin to notice a more even-toned appearance on your skin.

Phase 2:  Restart (Weeks 7-12)  New skin cells are produced and pigment cells are distributing melanin more evenly.  You may notice smoother, softer skin and skin is becoming more even-toned.

Phase 3:  Refresh (Weeks 13-18) Skin cells are turning over.  Your skin is becoming clearer, firmer-looking, naturally hydrated and more evenly toned.

Phase 4:  Restore (Continued Results with proper maintenance) Healthy-looking skin is maintained.  Your skin looks restored, more even-toned, resilient-looking, and radiant.

Phase 5:  Retain (Proper Skin Maintenance) Continued maintenance of healthy-looking skin.

Can I use Moisturizer/Oil on top of my Obagi® regimen?2017-07-03T16:25:27+00:00

This is a great and very important question.  A moisturizer is included in your Nu Derm system and you are encouraged to use it as needed. It is important to use the recommended Obagi products as all clinical studies were completed using the Obagi Medical products.  If you mix Obagi with other products, these products may inactivate the product’s active ingredients. Obagi products are designed to work together, and we want you to experience optimal results!

Obagi now has SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen in Cool and Warm.  We are loving the coverage and hydration of this sunscreen.  We recommend wearing it alone or underneath makeup to reapply throughout the day, as well as, the hydrate.

How do I use Obagi®?2017-07-03T16:25:57+00:00


Use a pea-sized amount of each product avoiding the periorbital area (eyelids and under eyes). Only an approved Obagi eye cream or serum is satiable for the sensitive eye area.



Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Gel
Eye Serum or Eye Cream
Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte
SPF 50 Sunscreen


Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Gel
Eye Serum or Eye Cream
Blender + Tretinoin (equal amounts of both mixed together)

Is KYBELLA® right for me?2017-06-05T01:54:52+00:00

Only you and your doctor can decide if KYBELLA® is right for you. If you’re bothered by fullness under your chin and wish to avoid surgery, ask your doctor about KYBELLA®.

It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age.

How many people have been treated with KYBELLA®?2017-06-05T01:54:28+00:00

KYBELLA® has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving over 20 clinical studies. More than 1600 people were treated with KYBELLA® in these studies.

How long will results last?2017-06-05T01:54:03+00:00

When injected into fat under the chin, KYBELLA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After reaching your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.

What are the possible side effects?2017-06-05T01:53:25+00:00

KYBELLA® can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can temporarily cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness. In clinical studies, nerve injury in the jaw resolved on its own in a median of 44 days (range of 1 to 298 days), and trouble swallowing resolved on its own in a median of 3 days (range of 1 to 81 days).

The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. These are not all of the possible side effects of KYBELLA®. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

How many treatments will I need?2017-06-05T01:52:33+00:00

Your specialist will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. At each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 KYBELLA® treatments. 59% of patients received 6 treatments in clinical studies.

In clinical studies, results for KYBELLA®-treated patients who had:

A ≥1-grade composite combined physician- and patient-rated improvement were 8% (1 treatment), 28% (2 treatments), 43% (3 treatments), 55% (4 treatments), 66% (5 treatments) and 72% (6 treatments), compared with 2% (1 treatment), 7% (2 treatments), 12% (3 treatments), 14% (4 treatments), 15% (5 treatments), and 22% (6 treatments) of patients treated with placebo

A ≥2-grade composite combined physician- and patient-rated improvement were 0% (1 treatment), 0.2% (2 treatments), 0.8% (3 treatments), 3.5% (4 treatments), 3.9% (5 treatments) and 15% (6 treatments) compared with 0% (1 treatment), 0.2% (2 treatments), 0.2% (3 treatments), 0.5% (4 treatments), 0.2% (5 treatments), and 1.5% (6 treatments) of patients treated with placebo

How does KYBELLA® work?2017-06-05T01:51:27+00:00

The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, and once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. This results in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin, revealing an improved chin profile.

What is KYBELLA®?2017-06-05T01:50:56+00:00

KYBELLA® is a prescription medicine and is the only FDA-approved injectable treatment used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.” It is not known if KYBELLA® is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area or in children less than 18 years of age.

What is submental fullness?2017-06-05T01:50:28+00:00

Submental fullness is a gathering of excess fat beneath the chin, commonly known as “double chin.” It can be something you’ve had your whole life due to genetics, or start to appear as you get older or if you gain weight.

How do I maintain my results?2017-06-04T18:32:14+00:00

To achieve the full effect of LATISSE®, you will need to use the product daily for 16 weeks. After that point, you can talk to your doctor about ongoing use.

Is there anyone who should not use LATISSE®?2017-06-04T18:31:57+00:00

LATISSE® is not appropriate for people who are allergic to bimatoprost or any other ingredient in the product. If you are under care for glaucoma, notify your ophthalmologist that you are using LATISSE®. As noted in the LATISSE® product label, people using medications for the treatment of any eye pressure problems should only use LATISSE® under close doctor care. Also, anyone with known or suspected active eye disease, or anyone who is at risk for eye disorders, should check with an eye doctor before using LATISSE®.

Can I use LATISSE® solution if I wear contacts?2017-06-04T18:31:40+00:00

Yes, but you should take them out before applying LATISSE®. Just remove your contact lenses and then wait for 15 minutes after applying LATISSE® before putting your contacts back in.

How soon will I see results?2017-06-04T18:31:16+00:00

Eyelash growth with LATISSE® is gradual over time. Some may start to notice longer lashes after about a month and many should experience full results in approximately four months. This is similar to the clinical trial results, but individual results may vary. Just like it takes some time for LATISSE® to work, if use of LATISSE® is discontinued, eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over the course of several weeks to months.

Can LATISSE® harm my eyes?2017-06-04T18:30:58+00:00

LATISSE® is an ophthalmic solution. If any solution gets into the eye, it is not expected to cause harm. You do not need to rinse your eyes. LATISSE® is not an eye drop. DO NOT APPLY in your eye or to the lower lid.

What are the potential side effects?2017-06-04T18:30:40+00:00

The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients in the clinical study. LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE® is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes and redness of the eyelids.

If LATISSE® patients develop a new ocular condition (e.g., trauma or infection), experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery or develop any ocular reactions, particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions, they should immediately seek their physician’s advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.

How do I use LATISSE®?2017-06-04T18:30:20+00:00

LATISSE® is a treatment you apply yourself each evening to the base of the upper eyelashes. Each LATISSE® kit contains detailed instructions for proper application.

Why do I have to get a prescription and see a doctor to use LATISSE®?2017-06-04T18:30:03+00:00

LATISSE® is a prescription medication to grow the eyelashes longer, fuller and darker, indicated for people with inadequate or not enough lashes. LATISSE® needs to be prescribed by a doctor to assure the proper treatment and use.

How is LATISSE® solutions different than other lash products that don’t require a prescription?2017-06-04T18:29:44+00:00

LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved product to grow lashes longer, fuller and darker for those who do not have enough lashes. It has been studied for safety and efficacy and is available only by prescription.

How was LATISSE® solution discovered?2017-06-04T18:26:28+00:00

It’s a story of how one great product led to another. In 2001, Allergan developed another product, a medicated eye drop used to treat elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Many patients using this medication also began to grow longer, fuller and darker lashes as a side effect. This led Allergan to study the medication’s active ingredient, bimatoprost, specifically for growing lashes. After a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness for lash growth, LATISSE® was approved by the FDA in December of 2008.

How does LATISSE® solution work?2017-06-04T18:26:07+00:00

We do not know exactly how LATISSE® works; however, we believe it does so by increasing the growth cycle (anagen) phase of your eyelash hair cycle. Anagen is the growth phase of all hair. We believe that it increases the length of the anagen phase and the number of hairs in this growth phase.

Does LATISSE® work?2017-06-04T18:25:47+00:00

For the majority of patients, LATISSE® has worked well to grow their lashes, which mirrors what we saw in the LATISSE® clinical study. The lashes grow gradually over time with some people beginning to see longer lashes in about four weeks, with full growth at 16 weeks.

What is the difference between JUVÉDERM® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC?2017-06-04T18:09:15+00:00

JUVÉDERM® XC is a non-surgical filler your doctor uses to instantly smooth out moderate to severe lines along the sides of your nose and mouth. Natural-looking results may last up to one year with optimal treatment.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the first injectable gel that is FDA-approved to instantly correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area for people over 21. It adds volume, creating contour and lift for up to two years with optimal treatment.

Can treatment with JUVÉDERM® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC be administered at the same time?2017-06-04T18:08:41+00:00

JUVÉDERM® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC are different products approved to treat different areas of the face. Talk to your doctor to determine the treatment plan that’s right for you.

Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with JUVÉDERM® XC?2017-06-04T18:08:16+00:00

Yes. In fact, JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler has been studied in all skin types.

What are the possible side effects of JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler?2017-06-04T18:07:31+00:00

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reaction such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a risk of infection.

Does the correction last forever?2017-06-04T18:06:59+00:00

Correction is temporary and may last up to one year with optimal treatment. Therefore, touch-up injections, as well as repeat injections, are usually needed to maintain optimal results. Less material (about half the amount) is usually needed for repeat injections.

How long does treatment usually take?2017-06-04T18:06:27+00:00

The injection process can be performed during a brief office visit. You’ll also need to allow time to consult with your doctor prior to treatment. Touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal results. Less gel (about half the amount) is usually needed for repeat injections.

Is treatment with JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler painful?2017-06-04T18:05:26+00:00

Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. JUVÉDERM® XC is formulated with lidocaine for a more comfortable treatment experience.*1 Your doctor may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.

How is JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler used in treatment?2017-06-04T18:04:56+00:00

Your doctor injects JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler into the skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in the treatment area and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles such as parentheses (smile) lines and marionette lines.

What makes JUVÉDERM® XC different from other dermal fillers?2017-06-04T18:04:31+00:00

JUVÉDERM® XC is the only Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler FDA-approved* to last up to one year with optimal treatment, and JUVÉDERM® XC was studied in all skin types.†‡ Our unique manufacturing process uses HYLACROSS™ technology to provide a high concentration of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid.

* In the United States, JUVÉDERM® XC is indicated for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds.)
† Most subjects acquired optimal correction at initial treatment. Some subjects required up to 2 touch-ups to achieve optimal correction.
‡ This includes all JUVÉDERM® XC injectable gel formulations.

What should I discuss with my doctor before getting treatment with JUVÉDERM® XC?2017-06-04T18:03:41+00:00

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of excessive scarring or pigmentation disorders. You should also discuss any medications that you are currently taking that can prolong bleeding, or therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response.

Am I a candidate for treatment with JUVÉDERM® XC?2017-06-04T18:03:08+00:00

Do not use this product if you have severe allergies or a history of severe allergic reactions. You should also not use this product if you have allergies to lidocaine or the proteins used to make hyaluronic acid. Your doctor will determine if JUVÉDERM® XC treatment is right for you.

What is JUVÉDERM® XC approved for?2017-06-04T18:02:39+00:00

JUVÉDERM® XC non-surgical filler is approved for injection into the mid to deep dermis (below the outer layer of skin) for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases running from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth, also known as parentheses or smile lines).

What is JUVÉDERM® XC?2017-06-04T18:02:12+00:00

JUVÉDERM® XC is a non-surgical filler your doctor uses to instantly smooth out the lines along the sides of your nose and mouth. It can provide natural-looking results for up to a year with optimal treatment. JUVÉDERM® XC is made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA), manufactured using proprietary HYLACROSS™ technology.

What are the different types of wrinkles?2017-06-04T18:01:49+00:00

There are two different types of wrinkles:
Dynamic wrinkles are caused when muscles contract to make facial expressions such as smiles and frowns.
Static wrinkles develop because our skin’s natural substances (such as collagen and hyaluronic acid), which provide structure and volume, decrease over time.

What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?2017-06-04T18:00:30+00:00

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found on your skin. As you age, you start to lose HA, which causes the skin to lose structure and volume, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds.

Do men receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment?2017-06-04T17:28:01+00:00

Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic has also been clinically evaluated in male patients.

How long is the recovery time after treatment?2017-06-04T17:27:34+00:00

After your treatment, you can resume your day. There is minimal downtime and your specialist may give you specific aftercare instructions.

How many injections will I receive?2017-06-04T17:27:14+00:00

For the crow’s feet area, your specialist will inject 3 areas of the orbicularis oculi, the muscle that frames the side of the eye. This will be repeated on the orbicularis oculi muscle on the other eye.

For the frown lines area, your specialist will administer 5 injections into muscles in your forehead—1 in the procerus muscle and 4 in the corrugator muscles.

When will I see results?2017-06-04T17:26:54+00:00

You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with results lasting up to 4 months.

What is the average treatment cost?2017-06-04T17:26:34+00:00

Your cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. We are licensed and trained and have experience treating patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

How long does the treatment take?2017-06-04T17:25:09+00:00

Your specialist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate treatments for you. The actual injection process takes about 10 minutes.

Does BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment hurt?2017-06-04T17:24:39+00:00

Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX® Cosmetic feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

Will BOTOX® Cosmetic make me look like I’ve had work done?2017-06-04T17:24:10+00:00

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a technique-sensitive treatment. You should not lose the ability to show expression when you are treated by someone who is licensed, trained, and a medical expert in facial anatomy. It is important to talk to your specialist about the results you want from treatment.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?2017-06-04T17:19:01+00:00

BOTOX® Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Your specialist will inject these muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle activity. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?2017-06-04T17:18:15+00:00

BOTOX® Cosmetic is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.

What happens if I gain weight after Coolsculpting®?2017-06-02T10:24:33+00:00

Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.

Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?2017-06-02T10:23:59+00:00

No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.

When will I see results?2017-06-02T10:23:25+00:00

You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.

Can I return to normal activities after my Coolsculpting® treatment?2017-06-02T10:22:58+00:00

Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.

Are there any Coolsculpting® side effects?2017-06-02T10:22:23+00:00

During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Is the CoolSculpting® procedure safe?2017-06-02T10:21:46+00:00

The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.

What does Coolsculpting® feel like?2017-06-02T10:21:14+00:00

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.

Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?2017-06-02T10:20:37+00:00

Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

How long is each Coolsculpting® session? How many sessions will I need?2017-06-02T10:19:22+00:00

We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.

How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?2017-06-02T10:18:45+00:00

The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.

Am I a good candidate?2017-06-02T10:09:23+00:00

Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.

Please consult your physician at My Doctor Aesthetics for important safety information about all products and procedures provided, administered or performed at My Doctor Aesthetics. We care about your safety and only provide the safest solutions on the market. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of our products or procedures give us a call at (951) 363-3222. We’ll be more than happy to address all of your questions and concerns.


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