EVER heard of “time machine” as a treatment to aging or overstressed skin?
According to “America’s most popular dermatologist” Dr. Tess Mauricio, it’s a treatment for anyone who feels her or she is fast aging than the/she should. They can undergo the treatment without surgery yet with amazing results. “Its like time has been turned back on you, may be 10 years.”
Dr. Tess, as she is more popularly known among her clients in the US…Southern California in particular….was in town last week. She introduced the procedure to members of Philippine Dermatological Association during a conference at Shangri-la EDSA. The Time Machine treatments she said will revolutionize anti-aging procedures that are available in the Philippines.
Dr. Tess related how she treated a patient in the uses using the time machine procedure. First she added some filler as needed to soften deeper lines, using laser resurfacing on the patient’s face and neck, and then applied what she calls Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP to speed healing. First, a very effective topical numbing treatment is applied to the patient’s face and allowed to take effect. Dr. Tess said it would require about 45-60 minutes to set in.
Once the numbing cream took effect, Dr. Tess injected Restylane, an FDA approved filler, laced with Lidocaine, a common local anesthetic. This filler is used to soften the line between the patient’s brows as well as at the laugh lines on either side of the mouth. Dr. Tess explained 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 moved on to the laser resurfacing treatments using the MiXto Pro CO2 Fractional Laser 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.
Gabby Concepcion whom Dr. Tess met in the US and had his skin treated was at the meeting with the press. Although the treatment had been done months ago, the before and after photos that accompanied her lecture showed marked improvement in the actor’s complexion.
Another movie star Dr. Tess said had availed of the Time Machine treatments in her clinic in the US was Hilda Koronel. Patricia Javier who was also in the conference used to work with the dermatologist until she decided to return to the Philippines. She said, she will help the doctor with the Time Machine procedures in encouraging dermatologists in the country to offer it in their menu of services.
Dr. Tess pointed out that with these new high tech machines, dermatologists would 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.
Dr. Tess said, “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 continued, “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!”
The second session is done 10 days later, with the swelling on the patient’s face now down and the 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, the patient’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.
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 and 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.
She was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US at the age of 12.
Dr. Tess feels a deep connection to her Filipino roots and has given back to the local Filipino community and the Philippines.
Dr. Tess is married to her Stanford Medical school classmate, business and life partner, Dr. James Lee. They have two children.
No, Dr. Tess is not going to put up clinics in the country, but she will continue to provide dermatologists updates on the Time Machine treatments every now and then.
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