Sinful Sunspots

California girls have always had a love-hate relationship with our precious sun, and it can be a burden non-Cali women don’t get. While New Yorkers can pull off a vampire costume as fashion, bikinis and aviators are our kind of our thing. And because we are so damn lucky, our skin sometimes pays the price. No matter how many floppy hats we buy or how much sunscreen we lather on, we will eventually see one of those sinful sunspots in our mirror staring back at us.

It is no surprise that lasers are also kind of our thing. Laser technology continues to be a leading method for diminishing the look of pre-mature aging and environmental damage. Visible, quick results in eliminating unsightly sunspots can be done with laser light treatments and these treatments are powerful alternatives to peels and microdermabrasion with no downtime. These simple procedures have minimal discomfort, are non-invasive and show visible results after one treatment.

Cindy Kokesch, PA at Ma Maison De Beaute in Beverly Hills favors the Cynosure machine for sunspots. She has ten years of experience with the procedure and recommends the treatment for most all clients with the exception of darker skin types. The reason for this is because the laser detects the contrast between the skin and the spot, so the closer the colors are together, the more difficult for the laser to detect. The machine works through wavelengths of laser light targeting melanin, creating a small lesion. The lesion then absorbs the heat from the laser turning it even darker. The area crusts up and falls off the skin, removing any appearance of said lesion. An added benefit is improved collagen production in the surrounding tissue, which can improve the texture of the skin.


Pain is prevented through a tissue cooling device which continuously blows cold air at the site of the laser pulse so that the client feels the cold instead of the heat. Basically, it feels like a rubber band popping on the skin and small areas can be treated in under one minute. Once the laser stops, there is no pain.

Post-treatment, it takes about 20 minutes to see the slightly darker spot on the treated area and can take up to a few weeks for the discoloration to slough off. Sunscreens must be worn and the treated area should always be protected and moisturized.

Staying out of the sun at least four weeks prior to your appointment is best and when you do have to be in the sun, an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.

by Bylle Breaux



War with Cellulite?

While 90% of women over the age of 30 battle with cellulite, this magic little machine has made things much smoother for those of us who already practice a disciplined lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Cellulite affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men at some point in their life. Something so common seems like it should be more acceptable but until that happens in a land and time far, far away, there is a little soldier to help us in our battle, know as the Venus Legacy®.

Decreased circulation happens as estrogen leaves us and as a result, women start to see cellulite anywhere from ages 25 to 35, especially in industrialized nations where we have much lower vitamin C and magnesium intakes. When the fat cells in those areas start to become larger, the bumpy appearance on the skin known as cellulite takes shape as it protrudes through the collagen, which we also produce less of as we age, making the fight even harder.

Radio Frequency machines have been safely used for decades in medical spas for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles but the Venus Legacy® takes this concept to a new level on the war with cellulite. Because our bodies produce less collagen as we age and we start to store more fat, it shows up in unsightly forms. The machine uses heat to help break down fat cells, boost collagen and tighten skin.


Diana Podeanu, owner of Ma Maison de Beaute in West Hollywood, has been working with the machine for a few years. Last year, she was featured in the Academy Award edition of Vanity Fair magazine for the skin tightening results the machine provides on the face and neck, but there is another great reason to be in love with the Venus Legacy®. It is a superhero against that villain known as cellulite! She says the difference in Venus Legacy® and other cellulite treatment machines is the Varipulse™ technology. “It is a pulsating suction feature that can be adjusted by the technician and works to pull the skin upward, allowing for the radio frequency to move deeper. It stimulates the bodies own healing response when there is a thermal reaction in the tissue,” she says. According to her and Jessi Collins, another Venus Legacy® technician at Ma Maison, the result is increased collagen and tighter, firmer skin. It also helps stimulate ongoing, healthy circulation and new elastin fibers are also formed, which helps with the look of the aging skin.

The Venus Legacy® can be used on anyone who wants to get offensive ground on their battle with cellulite, and it can be used on all colors of skin since there are no lasers involved. Most patients take 6-8 treatments but this depends on the area being treated and how long the cellulite has been in that place. The treatment can be comfortable to mildly painful for some, but it takes under an hour with no down time. For those who already work hard to care for their bodies, meaning they exercise and try to limit cellulite-inducing foods, the treatment works wonders. The difference from week to week is noticeable and the youthfulness of the skin is noticeable after only a few treatments. Clients should drink plenty of water every day after the treatment and between weekly sessions to maximize the effect.


by Bylle Breaux




Down to Dermaplane?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Anyone interested in self-care, anti-aging and dewy skin will eventually come across Dermaplaning, the procedure that Los Angelenos swear by.

Dermaplaning is a procedure that uses a fine surgical blade (scalpel) to exfoliate the top layer (epidermis) and rid the skin of peach fuzz. But, how is it different than just shaving your face? According to skin professionals in Los Angeles, there is a big difference. Shaving your face with a store bought razor will only cause the hairs to grow back stubbly, especially if the hair is already dark or course. With dermaplaning, the skin is prepped and the hairs are softened. Because a surgical scalpel is used, the blade is much finer and it is used at a 45-degree angle, leaving the hairs with a softer edge when they grow back.


Dermaplaning is best for clients who with unwanted facial hair and whom are interested in fierce anti-aging benefits. Women over 40 have collagen depletion of up to 20% that naturally occurs with hormonal aging. 80% of that loss happens in the dermis (top layer) of the skin, so a procedure that stimulates collagen production on a regular basis can have gorgeous results. Women under 40 may find the treatment too much for them and can have a negative reaction because they still have a high level of collagen production.

Because dermaplaning is considered an invasive procedure in California, it needs to be done in a medical spa or physician’s office for the practitioner to be properly licensed and for you to be protected. At Ma Maison de Beaute, a medical spa in Los Angeles operating under the direction of Dr. David Rosenberg, clients can be treated with a custom facial, which includes dermaplaning. The skin is cleansed, exfoliated and massaged under steam for 20 minutes, and then extractions are done as needed. After the dermaplaning, a peel of lactic acid and green tea is applied for 3 minutes, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Following this is a hydrating, nourishing mask applied for 15 minutes. Customized serums are then massaged into the skin according to the client’s needs and the face is hydrated and moisturized. Practitioners have recommended four to six weeks between treatments for best results.


Personally, I’ve been getting this treatment done at Ma Maison for over six months and I couldn’t be more pleased with how great my skin looks and feels. To book an appointment, call 310-385-0643.

by Bylle Breaux