Skin Deep : The Esana Beauty Blog

A Patient’s Testimonial for Ultherapy

Donna is a patient at Esana MedSpa. She learned about Esana when her favorite Esthetician, Vickie, joined our team. Donna says, “When I found out Vickie was going to Esana, I knew I was too!” As Donna began to see signs of aging, she knew who to ask for advice.

Donna met Dr. Davila who she describes as “a great educator who is subtle in his approach and wants patients to make their own decision after being armed with information.”

When asked about her decision to get Ultherapy, Donna said, “it is wonderful to live in a time when there are non-invasive options available.” Donna wanted tighter skin and less wrinkles on the lower part of her face, chin and neck, an area she had previously treated with injectables. In his words, Dr. Davila recommends Ultherapy because “it is a great option for patients that want needle-free, subtle, and gradual improvement. It also gives my more ambitious patients tighter facial skin that will allow fillers to provide a more effective correction that can yield dramatic results.”

Donna was happy with how Dr. Davila made sure she was comfortable. According to Donna, they discussed her pain tolerance level, the availability of pain medication, and Dr. Davila made sure she knew what to expect. “There was minimal discomfort,” Donna said, “and when it is over, it is over. No downtime and no lasting discomfort.”

Donna says she saw the most dramatic results three months after having the procedure. She stated, “I never wanted people to look at me and say, ‘Oh my gosh, what did you have done?’ I wanted them to say, ‘You look good’ or ‘You look refreshed’.” That is exactly what Donna heard from friends and family, and more importantly, she was happy with the results. She puts a lot of emphasis on having a good doctor to obtain any desired results. “I can bring information or my own research and I know Dr. Davila will give me the real scoop on the product or treatment.”

Three of Donna’s friends have taken her advice to have Ultherapy. She says, “At 63, it’s about confidence and feeling good. I don’t do it for anyone else, I do it for myself.” We asked her if she would like to add anything. Her reply: “Some people say Disney is the happiest place on earth, for me, it is Esana.”

Posted in: Ultherapy

Day Spas vs. MedSpas: What’s the Big Difference?

Everyone likes a day at the spa. Being named ESANA Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, we have heard the question ‘”What is a medspa?” more than once.

A medspa (or medical spa) is a facility with the capability of performing medical grade aesthetic treatments under the direction of a doctor, or in our case, two board certified plastic surgeons. Although both spas and medspas can be a relaxing experience, many people choose medspas because they provide treatments targeted to specific issues or concerns. Popular skin services at ESANA Medspa, that you won’t find in a regular spa, include microneedling, medical facials, and advanced peels or microdermabrasion. Body treatments include laser hair removal, CoolSculpting and Ultherapy.

For some services, the law requires a patient to see a doctor. At ESANA, it is part of our policy and procedure that patients are able to meet a doctor if necessary to ensure they are good candidates for the treatments they seek.

ESANA’s Medical Aesthetician, Vickie, says, “It gives myself and my patients great peace of mind knowing the doctors are always available for consultation or to address irregularities before a treatment.” She went on to say, “There are health and safety matters in providing treatments geared towards results versus relaxation. Dr. Pan and Dr. Davila make sure our patients are receiving the best treatments to reach their aesthetic goals.”

Further benefits of choosing a medspa include having your skin assessed by professionals with more training and expertise. A free skin care assessment at ESANA is a great way to tune up a skin care routine that includes products for at-home use as well as a schedule to see your aesthetician.

There are certain services you won’t find in most medspas, which include massage, nail treatments, and access to sauna or pool facilities. While these are great for relaxing, they are not going to address concerns you may have about your skin or body. At ESANA, we provide a relaxing atmosphere where you can achieve real results under expert care.

Posted in: Dr. Davila, Dr. Pan, Medspa

ESANA’s Five Most Common Procedures for Men

Over the past couple of decades the search for improvement in appearance and preservation of a youthful appearance has shifted from a purely female dominated quest to one that includes men in increasing numbers. Following are the five most commonly sought-after procedures in our practice.

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Bodies After Babies

Becoming a mother is one of life’s great joys. However, many women find that returning to their pre-pregnancy shape or appearance is very difficult if not impossible. A healthy lifestyle including exercise will work for some, but what can be done when that plan falls through? In this month’s blog, we will discuss common physical changes women experience after giving birth and how ESANA can help women regain their confidence and physical abilities.

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Do It for You: Surgery When your World Turns Upside Down

Meghan was a very active mom with a very busy house. She loved exercise—from tumbling with her two toddlers to running the occasional 5K. Her world was turned upside down, however, when she had her twins in September 2013 at age 33. “I had four babies in three years, the last a set of twins 14 months after my last child—this time with a C-section,” says Meghan.

While the twins weren’t planned, she and her husband were happy to welcome them into the family, but her body showed the strain of not only having twins, but having four children so close together. When she had the twins, her two other children were ages three and one.

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Is There an Ideal Body?

Nothing like paging through a fashion or woman’s magazine to feel depressed or dissatisfied with one’s own body size and look. According to the hundreds of images that we see daily on social media, TV, and ads, the “ideal” woman for 2017 is thin, with obvious muscles, full breasts, and a prominent “booty.” There are now some shifts to the more athletic body type that is slowly infiltrating media sources. Intellectually, we know that these proportions are nearly impossible to find in real life–and that most female images have been altered to remove every flaw, bump, and wrinkle, while muscle definition and more generous curves are also just a key stroke away.

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Posted in: Health

Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

You succeeded in keeping your New Year’s resolutions, now what?

It’s late spring and you now have lost your goal amount of weight. You may have successfully completed a rigorous regimen of diet and exercise. You now focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins. But despite your success you now notice extra skin that may sag around your face, neck, upper arms, breasts and abdomen. Or perhaps you have reached goal weight but there are a couple of stubborn areas such as love handles or lateral thighs that won’t go away. It is at this point that the right procedure can help you overcome the limitations of skin elasticity or resistant fat pockets. Prior blogs have been written about CoolSculpting and its indication for persistent fat, here we’ll focus on surgical procedures for skin excess.

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A New Year, A New You

What is your new year’s resolution? A new diet, more exercise, maybe a new job, or even a vacation long overdue? Or is this the year you finally fix the one body issue that concerns you most, from abdominal changes after pregnancy to stubborn frown lines that make you look like your mother—when she’s angry.

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Support Our Holiday Food Drive. Donate Today!

ESANA is a participating sponsor in the Billings & Barrett Holiday Food Drive which is benefiting the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven, CT. You can contribute food donations into our donation box upon visiting our office, or contribute a monetary donation by visiting this link.

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Posted in: Dr. Davila, Dr. Pan

Ten Years of Client Relationships

“As long as they are happy, they always come back.”

“We help people obtain what is attainable, in terms of their skin,” says Vicki Lashette, who has been the medical aesthetician at ESANA Plastic Surgery Center & Medspa since it opened, 10 years ago. She oversees all care for the skin, from facials and microderms, to chemical peeling and microneedling. “I have a passion for skin care,” says Vickie, who switched to medical aesthetics after 30 years of practicing cosmetology. “Every year there is something new in skin care modalities.”

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