Part 3 with Modern Aesthetica: Microneedling for collagen and cellulite. IPL for sun damage
We spoke with visionary injector Dr. Daniel Moghadam, founder of Modern Aesthetica, (who Jena believes is one of the best in the world) to find out about all the latest treatments in anti-aging and aesthetics. The Los Angeles based PDO Thread Lift expert, shares his favorite anti-aging procedures, including the PRP vampire facial (actress Erin Moriarty is a fan), PDO Thread Lifts and RF Microneedling. We also discuss the best way to break down cellulite, get rid of sun damage, as well as his at home skin care tips.
Which procedure do you usually recommend to clients for when they first start noticing signs of aging?
It really depends on the individual patient’s skin dexterity. I avoid recommending a one stop treatment for all patients as their skin tone, ethnicity, sun exposure, eating habits etc. contribute to the aging they experience. My personal favorite that produces great results in a wide range of clients is Radiofrequency Microneedling.
What is your favorite procedure for boosting collagen production?
RF Microneedling in combination with PRP
Can you tell us about the body sculpting treatments you offer? Are these effective for eliminating cellulite as well?
RF Microneedling has shown promise for breaking down cellulite, especially when used in combination with High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU).
Which treatments are most effective at repairing sun damage and liver spots?
IPLs (Intense Pulsed Light) are a great minimally invasive way to treat sun spots. CO2 lasers are also great at this, but are much more invasive, costly, and have significantly more downtime. The best way to treat these is obviously prevention. Wear your sunscreen and your hats!
Can liver spots fully be removed? How many sessions does it usually take?
Liver spots are the body’s response to overexposure to UV light over time. Removal of them is the same as when you get sun spots or hyperpigmentation. They can be fully removed the same way sun freckles or sunspots can, if you treat them ASAP. i.e. retinols, hydroquinone, and laser therapy. The longer they stay, and the more you get, the difficulty in full removal increases.
What is the best way to remove skin tags and moles? Are you able to remove them without any scaring?
This is very patient dependent, given how a person's scars are completely individual. It is also dependent on the area of the body, the stress forces of the skin, and obviously patient compliance with aftercare.
What at home treatments or skincare routines do you like to recommend to your clients?
I always stress the M.R.S. routine and facial exercise. Moisturize, Retinol, Sunscreen! It’s basic but if you keep these 3 things as your skincare building blocks, then you can tailor other serums/products to your skin type. You’ve heard it a thousand times before I’m sure but if you don’t have a good basic routine down from the jump, you can buy all the highly priced well marketed creams and serums in the world and it won’t turn back the damage of long term dehydration and sun exposure. Retinol also does wonders in improving overall skin balancing (tone, pores, fine lines). Facial exercise can be done with a jade roller, gua sha stone, or your fingers going in upwards motions on the neck, jawline, and cheeks. This can be done in the moisturizing stage of your routine. Your face is just like your body, facial exercise keeps it tight, healthy, and youthful!