Author Archives: Annie Bruno

What Is A Dermaplane?

What is a dermaplane treatment and who is it most beneficial for? We love adding this non-invasive treatment to our patient’s skin care treatments for enhanced results and outcomes. Here’s a few of my most-frequently asked questions regarding this treatment and the reasons why we love it: What is a dermaplane treatment? Dermaplane treatments are …

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Should I Be Using Hyaluronic Acid?

By: Annie Bruno Thurston, RN, LE, CLT Whether you've stepped into a spa, an aesthetics medical practice, or a department store, chances are pretty high that you've heard the ingredient hyaluronic acid referenced. But what is hyaluronic acid and why should you be using it? Hyaluronic Acid is particularly helpful in patients that have aging …

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Why We Love Mineral Make Up

Mineral make up usage has grown in popularity along with aesthetics, skin care, and non-invasive procedures! At our Scottsdale, Arizona Facial Plastic Surgery office we use and recommend Jane Iredale Mineral Make up to our patients for ideal skin health. While full-coverage make up is sometimes necessary for big events, we believe strong skin care …

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How To: Summer Smarter!

With Memorial Day Weekend kicking off, I thought I would share some of my favorite summer "go-tos"! It is pretty inevitable that we will be spending time outdoors (especially in Arizona!). Using these tips + tricks can help to prevent and minimize sun damage and exposure when possible and are sure to keep you "safer". …

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What Is Microneedling?

While the aging process is largely determined by genetics, other external factors and lifestyle choices accelerate this natural progression. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction stimulation, is recognized in peer-reviewed studies as one of the gold standard treatment options that can help to improve the overall texture as well as boost collagen stimulation in a …

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Liquid Vertical Lift

Liquid Vertical Lift Every patient has a unique genetic make up, and set of age-related aesthetic complexities. Some contributing factors of aging include bone structure, environmental exposures, and volume deficits from the repositioning of the natural facial fat pads. Some of the most common areas of concern include nasolabial folds, tear troughs, “jowls”, oral commissures, …

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All About Lip Augmentation

Are you interested in lip augmentation?  Dermal fillers have been around for many years but have a recently-renewed popularity with record numbers in 2017 showing lip augmentation procedures as the second-fastest growing facial procedure in the United States. With the right injector, and natural correction as the end goal, this procedure still understandably comes with …

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Should I be Using Retinol?

What is retinol and should you be using it in your home-care regimen? Retinol, and Retin-A are both Vitamin A derived products that help to keep the skin exfoliated. When people ask what products make the most significant improvement and changes in the skin, retinol is not "negotiable" and should absolutely be involved in a …

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Destroying The Double Chin

 Last year’s Allergan purchase of Kybella unveiled a very exciting time in aesthetics. 67% of the population says they are bothered by their side profile, and now there is something available to treat patients in a non-invasive way. Finally, those with a “turkey neck”, or “double chin” can destroy fat cells safely, permanently, and in-office. …

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Say Goodbye to Vertical Lip Lines!

As we age, our natural lip border begins to turn inward. Many patients notice a loss in volume, as well as vertical lip lines, a.k.a. “smoker’s lines”, that form above + below the lips. Even though this is a common dislike among patients, many avoid treatment due to fear of looking visibly augmented.  As the …

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