MLA Skincare Celebrates Three Year Anniversary

MLA Skincare, the skin care products company founded by Dr. Mary Lee Amerian, is proud to announce that we are now celebrating our three-year anniversary! It seems hard to believe, but three years have passed since the MLA Skincare products were introduced.


MLA Skincare products are unique in that they are designed to be extremely effective in their anti-aging and skin soothing ability while at the same time formulated to be very gentle on the skin. Although effectiveness and gentleness may at first seem to be at odds with each other, MLA Skincare products accomplish this through the uniqueness of their formulations.


Any ingredients with even a remote possibility of being harsh on the skin, such as hydroquinone, propylene glycol, and glycolic acid, are carefully excluded from the MLA formulations. In their place, many gentle ingredients, including peptides, vitamins, and botanicals, are combined to achieve the desired results. Instead of using only one or a few active ingredients, which is how many other skin care lines are formulated, MLA Skincare products are formulated with a minimum of 14 active ingredients in every skin care product. This is the explanation for how MLA Skincare products can be highly effective in their anti-aging and skin soothing ability, and yet be gentle on the skin at the same time.


As we celebrate our three-year anniversary, MLA Skincare is proud and happy to make available the following special offer:

MLA Skincare Special Offer – Free Eye Serum

In celebration of our three-year anniversary, Dr. Amerian is pleased to include a free eye serum, a $75 value, with the purchase of any two MLA Skincare products.


Virtually everyone will benefit from MLA Power Cream, Multivitamin Serum,and Eye Serum. MLA Power Cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and color, and moisturizes the skin. It is the signature product of MLA Skincare and is a very potent defense against the signs of aging skin. MLA Multivitamin serum provides exceptional antioxidant protection to guard against the damage from free radicals that contribute to the visible signs of aging skin. MLA Multivitamin serum also reduces the appearance of fine lines, redness, and brown spots. MLA Eye Serum improves crow’s feet lines and skin texture, and reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Together, these three products work synergistically to improve the appearance of the face and reduce the signs of aging.


In addition, MLA Soothing Serum is designed for the needs of people with sensitive and easily irritated skin. It has been specially formulated to prevent and reduce the appearance of redness and to immediately relieve mild skin irritation. MLA Soothing Serum is an outstanding redness reduction serum. MLA Brightening Serum is an excellent serum for reducing brown spots and for livening up the skin. MLA Brightening Serum reduces the formation of unwanted pigment and helps control melanin.

This special offer is made only to our MLA Skincare users and patients who order while in the office or by telephone. Please call our office at 310-829-9396 to take advantage of this special opportunity. The offer is valid through October 31, 2012.



Coolsculpting by Zeltiq for Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

The Coolsculpting by Zeltiq procedure reduces fat by chilling it for one hour. Ideal candidates for the procedure have discrete and localized fat bulges on the abdomen, love handles, and back. Coolsculpting treatments result in noticeable and natural looking fat reduction in the treated areas.


The procedure is done by applying the Coolsculpting applicator to the fatbulge for one hour. During this time, the applicator chills the fat. The exposure of fat cells to cooling begins a process of natural fat cell removal. Patients remain very comfortable during the time the applicator is on the skin.

The Coolsculpting by Zeltiq procedure is extremely safe. There is minimal discomfort during the procedure, and absolutely no down time afterthe procedure. Most patients resume their normal activities, including returning to work and exercise regimens, immediately after leaving the office. Three months after the first procedure, if a patient wishes, the procedure may be repeated to further enhance the result. Alternatively, other areas of the body may also be treated with Zeltiq.

Coolsculpting by Zeltiq represents a new and very exciting way of accomplishing fat reduction in a completely non-invasive manner. Because of its safety, FDA approval, consistent results, and easy recovery, Coolsculpting has become a very popular method of reducing fat on the body.


If you would like to discuss whether you are a candidate for the Coolsculpting procedure, please call our office at 310-829-9396 for an appointment.up to date and most effective treatments possible.



Brown Spots, Brown Pigment, and Sun Damaged Skin

Q: I have a lot of brown spots, brown pigment, and sun damage on my skin. Which treatment would be best for me?


A: We recommend the Fraxel Restore Dual laser to our patients who want to improve their brown spots and abnormal brown pigment in their skin. Treatments with the Fraxel Restore Dual result in the rapid clearance of abnormal brown pigment from the skin, including the pigment found in brown spots, brown patches, and sun spots. In addition, skin color following the treatment is much more uniform and much less blotchy.

The Fraxel Restore Dual laser works by delivering laser energy into the top layers of the skin where the abnormal brown pigment is located. This results in rapid clearance of the pigment from the skin. As a result, significant reduction in abnormal brown pigment can be achieved in only a few treatment sessions. Commonly treated areas include the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms.

Fraxel Restore Dual laser treatments are very well tolerated and are performed using only numbing cream. There is no sedation or other anesthesia required. There is no pain or recovery downtime following Fraxel Restore Dual laser treatments, and normal activities may be resumed immediately following the treatment. Skin care after the laser treatment consists of only the use of a sunscreen and moisturizer.
Our office has been performing Fraxel laser skin resurfacing since 2004, when the Fraxel laser was first introduced for skin rejuvenation. As a result, we have extensive experience with Fraxel laser skin treatment. Dr. Anterasian has performed over 2400 Fraxel laser procedures with consistently excellent results.

In addition to the Fraxel laser, we also use the Q-switched alexandrite laser in our office to remove brown spots. This laser is used to remove a wide variety of pigmented skin lesions. Sun spots, brown spots, freckles, and patchy areas on the face and body can all be removed with the “Q-switched Alex.” The laser is extremely safe and highly effective. It is so easy to tolerate that the procedure does not require any numbing cream. Generally, only one or two sessions are needed to remove these skin lesions.

Because this is a non-ablative laser, no special skin care is needed after the treatment. Patients only need to take reasonable sun precautions, apply an ointment to the treated spots, and use sunscreen. There is absolutely no recovery downtime with the Q-switched alexandrite laser.

Any of our patients who have pigmented spots on their face or body that they would like to remove are invited to call our office and make an appointment with either Dr. Amerian or Dr. Anterasian.



Non-Surgical Eyelid Tightening and Eyelid Rejuvenation

During the past few years, there have been dramatic and revolutionary advances in laser technology. By applying these new technologies to the eyelids, it has become possible to rejuvenate and tighten the eyelid skin in nearly all patients without surgery. Today, surgery only needs to be done on the most severely aged eyelids.

In order to match the correct eyelid rejuvenation procedure to the right patient, we divide the eyelid skin into three degrees of laxity: mild, moderate, and severe. Patients who only have mild eyelid laxity are best treated with the eyelid Thermage procedure. Eyelid Thermage is a procedure that smoothes the texture of the eyelid skin and decreases eyelid hooding and wrinkling. Patients benefit from a single treatment that has no downtime. Patients who have had eyelid Thermage, which is also known as the “Eyes by Thermage” procedure, report that their eyelid sagging is improved and both the upper and lower eyelids are tighter. The eyes look brighter and appear more open. In addition, the improved smoothness of the skin makes it easier to apply eye make-up.

Eyelid Fraxel is intended for patients who have developed moderate laxity and crepiness of the skin of the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure reduces skin crepiness, softens lines and wrinkles, tightens the skin, and produces an overall skin rejuvenation effect. Fraxel laser resurfacing is generally done as a series of three or four treatments given at monthly intervals. The eyelid treatment may be done in conjunction with Fraxel laser treatment of the face or it may be done by itself. The procedure has no downtime. After completing their treatments, patients can reliably expect the skin to look more youthful and rejuvenated.

Patients with more severe laxity are best treated with the Fraxel Repair laser. With the Fraxel Repair, patients obtain significant tightening of their eyelid tissues in a single procedure, which is a welcome advance. Fraxel Repair eyelid treatment can be done by itself or it may be combined with treatment of the face. Patients who undergo Fraxel Repair treatment should be prepared for four to five days of healing following the procedure.

Eyelid Thermage, eyelid Fraxel, and eyelid Fraxel Repair all stimulate the production of new collagen in the eyelid skin and promote tissue tightening. This new collagen is living tissue, and for this reason, the improvement in the eyelids following any of these treatments is long lasting and should persist for years.

Regardless of which technology is used to treat the eyelids, the rejuvenation may be further enhanced with Botox and dermal fillers. Botox is used to soften the lines around the eyes (crow’s feet lines). Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are used to soften the depressions and folds that form below the eye (known as the tear trough). By combining Thermage or either of the Fraxel lasers with Botox and dermal fillers, nearly all of our patients can achieve very natural eyelid tightening and rejuvenation without undergoing a surgical procedure.

We invite any of our patients who may be interested in non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation to contact our office and make an appointment with either Dr. Amerian or Dr. Anterasian.