Questions about Thinning Hair? We Can Help- Michele Westendorf, NP-C

Traditionally hair loss has been divided into three categories: inflammatory vs non inflammatory, genetic vs acquired, hormone driven vs not, scarring vs scarring. More recent research asserts that there is a level of “micro-inflammation” that is present across categories. Current treatment for hair loss have included: pharmaceuticals that target specific pathways, hair transplants, low-level light […]

Cellfina — permanent solution for cellulite-Anne Marie McNeill MD, PHD

Cellfina is a permanent treatment for cellulite. This is a relatively simple, one-time procedure under local anesthesia that can give a dramatic improvement in cellulite dimples, especially on the buttocks. This is a procedure best done in the winter, so the skin is smooth and uniform in time for summer. How the procedure is performed […]

The New “Wow” Laser for Skin Resurfacing at NBDPS- Jennifer Moller, PA-C

NBDPS has a wide variety of lasers and technology to rejuvenate the skin and give a more youthful appearance. The newest laser now available at NBDPS is called the C02RE, and is “wowing” patients after only one treatment! This laser is unique because it offers a versatile solution for skin resurfacing. C02RE has the ability […]

FALL in Love With Your Skin- Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

It’s that time… the kids are in school and you now have a moment for yourself! Time to “fall” in love with your skin again! Hydration in the fall and winter is essential. Hydrated skin helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, gives your skin a pretty glow, and allows makeup to go […]

What Are the Different Types of Skin Cancer? | Jennifer Moller, PA-C

There are three types of skin cancers; basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Basal Cell is the most common form of skin cancer, most often caused by sun exposure.  Squamous Cell is the second most common, and is from sun exposure as well.  Melanoma can metastasize and can be life threating.  All of these skin […]

What to expect with Cellfina treatment for cellulite reduction

You may already know that Cellfina is the state of the art treatment for cellulite reduction.  And that results tend to improve over time.  But what can you expect during and after a Cellfina treatment? Prior to the treatment, you will come in for a consultation with Dr. McNeill to make sure you are a […]

The Skinny on CoolSculpting, Lipo-Sculpting, and Cellfina | Body Reshaping Procedures

There has been a new trend that has hit the aesthetic market. Body reshaping is minimally invasive, if not at all, and has created quite a stir in our office!  Between the marketing materials of smooth tushes and flat tummies sprinkled in our rooms, patients want to know “does it really work” and “am I […]

What is Microblading? | Allee Ashlock, Medical Esthetician

Microblading is a form of semi permanent make up which is done by using pigment, and a small hand held tool comprised of anywhere from 7 to 16 micro needles on the tip (hence the name microblade).   What makes it different than tattooing your eyebrows? Microblading is the artistic process of implanting pigment into […]

Does diet contribute to acne? | Anne Marie McNeill M.D. Ph.D

One of the most common questions my acne patients ask is what role the food they eat has on their acne.  It is hard to answer for any individual; acne has a variety of triggers, including genetic, hormonal, and mechanical factors.  These seem to be the most common triggers for most patients. However, there is […]

The 5 Different Forms of Sun Damage… And What to Do! | Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Summer is over and the minutes and hours spent in the sun may have taken their toll on your skin.  What does sun damage look like and how can NBDPS help improve it?   Rough, sandpaper-like skin Why it happens: Deep within the skin lies collagen, the substance responsible for smooth, cushiony, plump skin. When […]

Should I be afraid of taking Accutane/ Isotretinoin? What do I expect on it? | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

Isotretinoin is the generic name for a medication which is a vitamin A derivative.  Some still call it Accutane, although this particular brand name of the medication is no longer marketed.  Other brand names for isotretinoin that are available are Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.  These are all very, very similar to each other (I have no personal preference […]

3 Minimally Invasive Options For Reshaping and Tightening the Thighs and Buttocks | Anne Marie McNeill M.D. Ph.D.

1 Coolsculpting for Fat Reduction Coolsculpting is a blockbuster treatment for body reshaping in localized fat deposits. The treatment is completely non invasive, no sedation or downtime (besides mild pain/bruising) is involved. The procedure freezes fat, causing the cells to die out and exit the body. Trouble localized fat deposits like the outer thighs (“saddle bags”), […]

Why do dermatologists always tell me to use Polysporin instead of Neosporin? | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

There are a number of topical antibiotics that are available over the counter.  The most common are Polysporin and Neosporin.  Neosporin is the one that most people have heard of, it has great brand-name recognition.  However, most dermatologists do not recommend using Neosporin. Neosporin contains a mixture of 3 topical antibacterial medications: Neomycin, polymixin, and […]

What can I expect during a complete skin exam? -Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

For most people, dermatologists recommend a yearly skin exam. The purpose is to find skin cancers or pre-cancers at the earliest stage. Some patients are at higher risk for skin cancer, and we screen them more often. For example, for patients with a history of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), we […]

Kybella vs CoolMini: What to Know About the Newest Double-Chin Treatments- Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Just a couple months ago we began doing treatments with Kybella, a new injectable that can minimize the appearance of a double chin with 1-3 treatments. It’s since been gaining popularity. And now, there’s another option available: CoolSculpting. The FDA recently expanded its approval of the treatment for smaller areas on the body, like the […]

Impressive skin revitalization with PicoFocus- Anne Marie McNeill M.D. Ph.D

With the PicoSure laser, we now offer PicoFocus skin revitalization. With this procedure, we can now improve most aspects of skin damage (wrinkles, brown spots, acne scars) with very little downtime. By very little downtime, I mean that the skin really just looks sunburned the day of the procedure, and less so the next day. […]

The latest technology in removing unwanted hair! | Jennifer Moller M.S. PA-C

If you haven’t heard, Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery has recently acquired a new laser for hair reduction. It is superior to other lasers on the market because it is not light based, unlike most lasers that have been used to reduce hair growth. The Vectus uses advanced diode technology. Diode technology allows for […]

Lip Filler: Rejuvenate Your Lips! | Jennifer Moller MS. PA-C

As we age, we lose volume in the lips and around the mouth. Deflation occurs, the lips thin, and we develop “smokers lines” (the vertical lines around the mouth). Previous supple lips look dry, thin, and aged. What can you do? Lip Rejuvenation! Lip rejuvenation includes restoring lost volume and accentuating the natural contour of […]

FAQ: Dermatology for Kids | Jennifer Moller MS, PA-C

Many kids have asked me some really good questions over my time working with Dr. McNeill. Here are the best FAQ that I thought I should address, as the answers are valuable to know! What happens when you get a sun burn? Any time your skin tans or burns it’s a sign that it has […]

3 Acne Myths Dispelled | Jennifer Moller MS PA-C

Acne is one of the most common diagnoses addressed in the dermatology office, whether as a primary or secondary complaint. In treating a great deal of adolescent, young adult, and adult acne I get asked the three following questions several times a day: ACNE MYTH #1: USING SCRUBS AND CLARIFYING BRUSHES ARE GOOD TO KEEP […]

Treatment of Actinic Keratosis A.K.A. Precancers | Anne Marie McNeill M.D., Ph.D

Actinic Keratosis (or keratoses, plural) is a sun-induced thickening of the skin that is precancerous.  If untreated, approximately 10% of actinic keratoses will turn into a skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma) over several years.  Most people want to treat their actinic keratoses (AKs) because of both medical and cosmetic reasons. There […]

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