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Mighty Med Spas: 8 Trending Treatments

In recent years, the medical spa—think day spa meets aesthetic medical center—business has been booming. You might be interested in experiencing something new—but where do you start, and what is right for you? Here’s a little cheat sheet on the hottest treatments with the help of some local businesses.

Chemical Peels
“We love chemical peels because they truly can transform skin by increasing cellular renewal, brightening dark spots, diminishing acne, softening wrinkles, stimulating collagen production, and smoothing texture,” says Carly May, CEO of Esthetics Center. “We have chemical peels for all skin types and concerns—ranging from light with zero down time, to more advanced and targeted that cause minor peeling for 3-7 days depending on the peel and goals.” 2211 Francisco Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9400,

“[These are] ideal to restore lost volume in an aging face and to soften folds and shadows on it,” says Shawna Chrisman, nurse practitioner and founder of Destination Aesthetics. “Many people think of fillers as ‘augmenting,’ but we prefer to use them for facial balancing and restoration. Fillers can last up to two (or more) years depending on the type used and area of injection...fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in skin. It breaks down over time on its own but can be reversed with an injectable agent if desired.” Multiple locations, 916-844-4913,

SkinPen Treatment
A SkinPen is the device that Persimmon Life uses for a microneedling treatment—and it’s currently the only FDA-approved tool for this procedure. Tiny micro-channels in the skin are created by small needles, which trigger the natural healing process of the skin while promoting collagen production. This is great for patients with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and/or scarring. Bonus: You don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home for your service—Persimmon Life is mobile and will come to you!

Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) Facial Treatment
“Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) facial injections are specifically designed for people seeking naturally rejuvenated skin,” says Cynthia Sanchez, owner and aesthetic nurse injector at CynSational Aesthetics. “These injections offer numerous benefits, including improved skin texture, reduced fine lines, and enhanced collagen production. For individuals who prefer a non-surgical and minimally invasive approach to achieve a more youthful appearance, PRF is highly recommended.” 1325 Riley Street, Suite 204, Folsom, 916-432-7200,

Fillers can last up to two (or more) years.


Signature Facial Treatment & Dermaplaning
This is an easy go-to, as it can be fully customized for any skin type, meaning you’ll get a truly personalized experience, at SkinSpirit. For natural restoration of your skin’s radiance, for example, one might have a SkinMedica TNS Hydrating Mask and a Hydrating Serum. Pore purification can be achieved with a sulfur mask and salicylic acid. Dermaplaning—where a scalpel is used to gently exfoliate by removing dead skin cells and hair, resulting in smoother complexion and heightened absorption of products—is a hot option in med spas, and can also be added. 1470 Eureka Road, Suite 140, Roseville, 279-226-8550,

DermaSweep Microdermabrasion
“My preferred version [of microdermabrasion] is called DermaSweep,” says Julie Fisher, licensed medical esthetician at Toth Facial Plastic Surgery. “DermaSweep’s technology uses proprietary bristle treatment tips that gently lift away the top layer of skin and increase circulation to enhance lymphatic drainage, oxygenation, and the delivery of key skin nutrients. This improves the radiance, tone, and texture of the skin. DermaSweep can help with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, congested skin, rough/uneven skin texture, dry/dehydrated skin, and improving overall skin health. Results with DermaSweep can be immediate, but more significant changes require a series of treatments.” 959 Reserve Drive, Roseville, 916-782-8638,

Liquid Facelifts
“We’re most known for natural looking liquid facelifts with dermal fillers and are in the top 500 with Allergan out of over 30,000 practices nationwide,” says Missey McCallum, RN, co-owner, and founder of Dignity Medical Aesthetics. With a liquid facelift, the jowls and cheeks are lifted via filler being added to the lower face area and cheeks. Most people require about four to six dermal filler syringes. If you don’t have the time for a traditional facelift, or you’re looking for something that provides a more natural appearance than a traditional facelift, this might be the perfect alternative. 1200 Suncast Lane, Suite 5, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-3889,

CO2 Laser
“The CO2 laser is best known for skin resurfacing and improving the appearance of the skin by addressing wrinkles, scars, age spots, and other skin irregularities,” says Joyce Pappas, RN, BSN, and owner of Tighten it Spa. “During the treatment, the CO2 laser precisely removes layers of damaged or aged skin, prompting the body to produce new collagen and elastin.
The extent of improvement depends on the depth and intensity of the treatment, which can range from superficial to deeper resurfacing. The treated area will need time to heal, typically ranging from several days to a couple of weeks, depending on the intensity of the procedure.” 1013 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 265, Roseville; 2340 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, 916-792-0772,

by Caitlin Emmett
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