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I see past recommendations for salon microdermabrasion in Berkeley, but not
in Oakland. Does anyone have a recent good experience with an aesthetician
who does microdermabrasion in Oakland?
Looking to soften those laugh lines
Hi. My dermatologist has an Aesthetician that does
microdermabrasion. I haven't had that done because I can't afford
it, and I'm trying the glycolic acid skin care treatment first.
My dermatologist is Dr. Terri Dunn, phone 848-8404
I haven't worked with her aesthetician for very long, but I like
her. She explains things to me and doesn't mind going over things
with me more than once. She also works with your budget.
A couple of months ago I got a microdermabrasion kit at Longs
Drug store for about $25- they had several different brands all
pretty similar. It includes a battery-powered brush and the
abrasive lotion. It is enough for several months use, multiple
times a week. It has made a huge difference in my skin and I
use it in the convenience of my own home. It sure is
economical compared to going to a salon.
I am a 44 year-old Mom of a 2 year-old. In the last 6 months,4
people have asked me if he was my grandson. It was quite
depressing. I don't think I look that old, excep when I haven't
apllied any make-up, done my hair nicely or dressed reasonably
well (it happens...), but I still would like to do something to
improve my skin tone and appearance. I have considered
dermabrasion, and laser treatments to reduce sun damage and
wrinkles, but I don't know where to go or how much they cost. I
have looked in the archives and found only one recommendation
from 2002 for dermabrasion and none for laser to reduce wrinkles.
Can somebody recommend a good place to go in the East Bay? If
you have any pros-cons about either treatment I would also like
to hear them, as well as an approximate cost. Probably laser is
out of my reach right now, but I could start saving if it really
is worth the results.
Hi! Congratulations on your new baby.
I had a similar revelation about my own skin after a recent
milestone birthday. And I found a wonderful aesthetician who is
both knowledgeable and compassionate. She is also very honest
about what kind of results you can expect from various
treatments and products.
Her name is Lynne, and she owns Face Magic in Albany on 838
Pomona at Solano (510) 526-3223. The spa is a relaxing place --
it's pampering and tastefully outfitted, but it's not fussy
like other salons.
I have had the dermabrasion power peel on many occasions --it
is a 60 minute treatment that makes your skin feel and look
luscious. I was skeptical before I tried it, but it's awesome.
And I was afraid it would hurt, but it just felt like a cat
licking my face. I almost fell asleep.
She can prescribe a series of treatments customized to your
face -- dermabrasion, designer peel, or facials. Lynne can also
suggest an at-home regimen that fits both your needs and
budget. I highly recommend investing in some of the products.
That helps you maintain your skin in between treatments, and it
also prevents further damage.
Lynne is realistic and helpful about how your skin can change
and how you can protect your skin from future damage. When you
have an appointment with Lynne, she ensures that your skin is
cared for and that you have an overall RELAXING experience. And
for a busy new mom like you, I bet you'd really enjoy the time
I hope you enjoy Face Magic as much as I do! Good Luck!
To the Wrinkled-Momma: Last summer I had a severe
facial melasma reaction (brown ''mask'' discoloration) to a
birth control pill. I went to the dermatologist, researched
laser/derm abrasion, but had the best results with an
aesthetician named Iga Paczocha in Moraga
(925-376-5664). She is very knowledgable, used effective
products, and is quite reasonably priced. She has not only
reduced my masking considerably, but in the interim has
made my skin much more healthy--and it's noticeable. My
sister and my husband keep mentioning how much better it
looks. Plus her facial products are effective and not priced
sky high. It's nice to go to someone who really knows what
they're doing. Email me if you'd like more info.
I have had 3 sessions of mircro-derma abrasion(MDA) done on my
sun damaged wrinkled skin. Here are my costs:
Initial consulting visit with Dr. $110.00
M. Derma with nurse $140 (approx 30-45 min)
I chose to buy the dr's skin regimen called ''Radiant'' which
coupled with the MDA has done wonders to my skin. $135.00
I go to Katie Rodan in Oakland(33rd and Webster) and I couldn't
be happier with the results!
Good bye sun damage
I am considering dermabrasion for some minor facial acne scars
and age spots. I'm in my early 30's. Has anyone tried it or have
done some research on this? I'd love to hear about your
experiences. Recommendations would be very helpful too!
I recently had a series of 6 microdermabrasion sessions at Festoon
Salon on MLK Jr with their facialist Laura. I am in my early thirties and
was looking for an improvement on some sun damage incurred in my
suntan-happy teenage years. The results are terrific. Much softer,
smoother, more even-toned skin, and a big decrease in fine lines. The
microdermabrasion didn't hurt at all- much less discomfort than your
average facial, and way less pain than an eyebrow waxing, for example.
In fact, it was a soothing and relaxing experience. I highly recommend
Laura- she's professional, friendly, skilled and gentle. She has lots of
very happy fans. You can make an appointment with her at 510-524-
Has anyone had recent experience with microdermabrasion,
especially dealing with acne scars and related facial skin
discolorations and textural irregularities? My kindergarten
daughter recently made a lovingly detailed portrait of me ''with
all the holes and marks on your face''! She meant well, but it
made me realize that maybe it's time to try microdermabrasion to
address the effects of the acne of my youth. Any recommendations
for dermatologist or other qualified professional to perform this?
I would definitely recommend microdermabrasion and would advise
you to seek a qualified cosmetologist. If you go to a
dermatologist you will pay considerably more and it's unlikely
the dermatologist would do it himself/herself, because the
procedure has become so standardized over the years.
It is not painful -- it feels like a cat's tongue being run over
your face -- and the results are good provided you buy a package
of about six treatments rather than a single treatment.
Microdermabrasion is more effective than a glycolic acid peel,
but considerably less than laser resurfacing. If you have severe
acne scarring you will not find it eliminates everything. But I
was very pleased with the results of mild acne scarring on one
cheek; and it also smooths fine lines, helps even skin tone.
I saw Janet Cohn., R.N., from Pacific Skin Care in the city.
I don't know much about microdermabrasion, but I can recommend
Dr. Roy Grekin, an excellent dermatologist in San Francisco. He
is a professor at UCSF and handles both cosmetic dermatology
such as microdermabrasion and laser surgery as well as serious
derm issues such as skin cancer. Both my mother and I have had
some laser surgery to reduce facial wrinkles from sun damage and
have been very happy with him. He definitely offers treatments
for scarring and skin coloration problems. Though he is not a
Kaiser doctor, I'd recommend seeing him for a consultation
(about $60, I think) just to see what he would recommend for
you. He would definitely give you the straight story, and as a
doctor with a prestigious teaching hospital he is on the
forefront of treatments for all skin issues. I don't have a
number with me, but you can find him by calling 411 for SF. Good
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