An extraordinary combination of state-of-the-art technologies and many years of expertise, the Time
Machine by Dr. Tess Mauricio takes on age-related issues including skin deterioration, sun damage, wrinkles, sagging, and loss of volume, as well as hyperactivity of muscles of facial expression.
Offering complete rejuvenation and natural looking results, this customizable process by America’s favorite Dermatologist helps patients appear like they have travelled back in time, emerging how they looked 5 to 10 years earlier after only a few sessions.
“With the great technology that we have, you never have to look old and you never have to let yourself deteriorate. We maintain everything else in our lives like our home and our cars. What about our vessels, our bodies? It not only makes us look good on the outside, but it truly affects the way we feel on the inside. With the Time Machine, you can always look your best at any age, and all without surgery!”
Health Beauty Life Publisher, Patrick Dockry, was happy to step into Dr. Tess’ Time machine at M Beauty, her new office in Del Mar, California. In Patrick’s case, Dr. Tess addresses a few minor issues but mainly focuses on maintenance and a little prevention. Patrick has some lines in select areas, a few sunspots on his forehead and slightly increased skin texture and pore size. He also wants to address the under-eye area, which shows some slight bagging.
For the first set of procedures designed expressly for Patrick’s needs, Dr. Tess adds some filler as needed to soften deeper lines, uses laser resurfacing on his face and neck, and then applies Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP to speed healing. First, a very effective topical numbing treatment is applied to Patrick’s face and is allowed to take effect, which requires about 45-60 minutes to set in.
Once the numbing cream has taken effect, Dr. Tess injects Restylane, an FDA approved filler, which is laced with Lidocaine, a common local anesthetic. This filler is used to soften the line between Patrick’s brows as well as at the laugh lines on either side of his mouth. Dr. Tess explains that filler is used for softening lines that show when a patient is not making an expression, where Botox is effective to simply address lines and wrinkles that show when making an expression.
Fillers also work as a scaffold for collagen over the top, making the results of the multi-step Time Machine treatments very natural looking. Dr. Tess moves on to the laser resurfacing treatments using the MiXto Pro CO2 Fractional Laser that can be used in several modes and adjusted for various treatment intensities. This procedure, which can be used pretty much anywhere that needs rejuvenation, treats the effects of aging like larger pores and sun damage as well as discoloration and texture changes in the skin.
For guys, this is an especially wonderful treatment, as the results look very natural, versus like they’ve had work done. In Patrick’s case, this procedure is done on his face and neck. With this fractionalized resurfacing, 20% of the skin surface is essentially vaporized which triggers the healing process and new collagen production under the skin. Dr. Tess points out that with these new high tech machines, dermatologists know exactly how deep into the skin they are going. In the past, the old lasers tended to go too deep even injuring pigment cells, in some cases resulting in color loss. For this reason, using lasers on darker skin was simply not done before but in the right hands, today it is possible provided the dermatologist has ample experience dealing with pigmented skin.
Moving on to the PRP stage, any leftover numbing cream is removed from Patrick’s neck and face. Blood drawn earlier in his procedure has been run through a centrifuge, separating the red blood cells from the plasma which houses the platelets. This lighter platelet-rich fluid is drawn into a syringe and then applied topically onto Patrick’s face, rubbing in slightly while observing an almost immediate soothing and anti-inflammatory reaction.
The remainder is injected into key areas such as under the eyes, as well as between his brows and at the laugh lines, where he had the filler added previously.
Dr. Tess says as she finishes with the PRP injections, “Platelet Rich Plasma therapy has actually been used in other fields of medicine for years, using our own bodies to help speed the healing process. It’s only natural that it would transition into the dermatology field.” She continues, “With the laser resurfacing treatments, it’s like little microscopic wounds, so instead of waiting for Patrick’s own body to supply the platelet rich blood to create collagen and to heal the wounds, we cheat a bit and concentrate the PRP on the areas that we have resurfaced or inject into areas that need added collagen. This will not only help him heal faster but will also boost the collagen that will be produced, thus improving any wrinkles, flat spots or problem areas like under his eyes. This technology really is fantastic!”
Back in her offices for the second session only 10 days later, the swelling on Patrick’s face is down and his resurfaced skin is simply glowing. The bags under his eyes and the few deeper lines are diminished considerably. The next step involves using the Venus Freeze, a process used to boost the collagen production even more and sculpt around his jaw, chin and neckline. Using radio frequency magnetic energy, Patrick’s skin is treated to a slight tightening, plumping and toning procedure to accent his previous treatments and continue the accelerated growth of new collagen.
Next, some minor muscle relaxant injections are done in the same key areas that were applied with filler in the first session. Citing that muscles become stronger with continued use, Dr. Tess explains that relaxing specific areas in the face help ward off the formation of deep lines. Taking a couple of weeks to see the full effect, this treatment lasts about four months and is suggested to be repeated two to three times a year to keep the treated lines from reforming.
Thanks to the Time Machine by Dr. Tess, patients like Patrick show marked improvement on their eyelids, under-eyes, cheeks, pores, wrinkles, discoloration, sagging, and overall quality of the skin. Seeing and feeling the results for himself, Patrick is one happy, younger looking camper!
About Dr. Tess
Dubbed America’s favorite Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio is a Board Certified dermatologist, a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of California San Diego. She is the founder of Scripps Ranch Dermatology & Cosmetic Center and several locations of M Beauty. She was the youngest woman to hold the position of President of The San Diego Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is also a published author, educator, guest speaker, and talk show host.