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Collagen Loss. The enemy.


The first noticeable signs we see with collagen loss are hollowing in the temples, and heaviness in the nasolabial folds (laugh Lines), making them visible and more prominent. Additionally, the jowls and marionettes (bottom corners of the mouth to chin) start to sag, and our once stellar jawline, is not as defined. 

Whether we like it or not, aging is a fact of life, but looking your age doesn't have to be. As we get older, our facial fat pads (the good fat, of course, that we want) shrivel up under the visible surface. Think of a juicy grape that turns into a raisin. This results in what we see as drooping, hollowness, and an overall lackluster appearance (dull/dingey even). This may seem like an aggressive comparison but remember that grape didn't raisin up overnight.  

One of the main reasons this can happen more rapidly, would be a lack of proper skin care or unhealthy diet ????(mostly referring to your water intake- eat your water if you can't drink it – more on that later). 

So, what do we do??? Should we take advantage of treatments that can give us what we want now? ABSOLUTELY! 

Can we start adding in healthier habits slowly? Of course! 

YET, we should ALSO take care of our skin by not only sprinting to the finish line like the hare (which we all know ends up finishing last) but having the momentum of the tortoise and finishing the race with consistent momentum. 

How do we do that? STIMULATE NATURAL COLLAGEN. How long does it take? A lifetime of commitment.

It's a hard pill to swallow, yes, I know, but it's a lot easier than you may think.

There are many ways as to how one can stimulating collagen.

The easiest way to do so is being consistent with your anti-aging skincare routine. Daily. Morning and night. 365 days of the year. I tell everyone I know that doing your daily routine is your homework. You do this every day to prep for the test (which are your treatments) so that you have the necessary tools to pass with flying colors. If you don't do your homework, you're not going to be as prepared as you would've wanted to, and might even be concerned that you're spending all this time and money on treatments that aren't giving you the results that you were promised. 

Products that contain AHA/BHA acids, Growth Factors, Vitamin C, Peptides, Antioxidants will be your best friends. Each one has a specific role in how they help to stimulate collagen, exfoliate, tighten, brighten, and protect against harsh environments. Look out for a future blog of me talking in more detail of what these ingredients do, how far they drive down into the skin, and when you should be using them.

Some of you might be rolling your eyes saying, "products don't work, this is just a selling ploy", but I'm here to tell you, that this is fact and not #fakenews.

Yet, It is proven that people who experience acne have healthier skin in the long run compared to patients that are dry due to a rigorous treatment plan that requires eating habits to change, products to be used religiously, and treatments like Chemical Peels, Genesis, and Micro-Needling to be done to help correct inflammation, pigment, and scarring. Constant stimulation, creates happy, healthy collagen support. 

I, myself, am acne-prone, and I can confidently say that my skin is healthier, more vibrant, and youthful compared to my family and friends that are the same age as myself that don't really have any major concerns.

Now, for the test. There are various treatments that are very popular in our office for rebuilding collagen such as PicoSure Laser, PRF injections or topical infusion, PDO Threads, ThermiSmooth, Ulthera, and Micro-Needling. Personally, I have tried the majority of these treatments; whether it was for a series or for maintenance, and I truly love the results of each one. 

The reason why there are so many treatments to choose from is that not everyone is the same. It is important to take into consideration one's occupation, the climate they live in, their skin tone, if they're in the sun, what someone is willing to pay, and countless other factors. The relieving part is you don't have to worry about trying to create your own treatment plan. That's why we have Medical Providers that are very well knowledgeable and talented that know the best way to take care of you!

Here at Blue, we take pride in doing as much research as possible before we offer the services that we do. Reason why, there's a world full of promises, yet not all deliver. That's why we never promise results that are never obtainable. Honesty is key for building successful relationships with our patients.

If you'd like to schedule a consultation or just want to get some information over the phone, we are here to help. Call us today at 818-783-3600

Most of the time, we go about our daily lives and then BAM - we look in the mirror and it seems as if overnight our youth disappeared. It's discouraging when you feel young and spry, but your self-confidence is left lacking.

Oh, the weather outside is...definitely not frightful here in beautiful Los Angeles


Oh, the weather outside is...definitely not frightful here in beautiful Los Angeles

Loved ones all cozy inside their homes, decorating for the Holidays, fireplace blazing to stay're probably thinking, "oh she fancy" as I mentioned the fireplace, but hey, a girl doesn't have central heat. It may be electric, but it's the ambiance I'm trying to create in your mind - darn it!

Winter is a different concept here in LA. One moment there'll be clear, blue skies; the sun warm on your face with a cool breeze swaying our tall, lanky palm trees. The next, it's a day like today; staying inside, heat blazing on your face staying warm from the nurturing yet cold rain.

Already my skin is panicking at the thought of the various elements meddling with all the hard work I've done to correct all the damage from summer. It's a constant process of correcting, maintaining, adjusting, educating, and most importantly consistency.

With gatherings coming around the corner at every turn, you must be wondering what can be done to make sure you're glowing on the outside to reflect what's already there inside you; love, happiness, and a dash of feisty goodness.

Across the board I am hearing how everyone's skin is dry. Even I've been hit with it, and I am an oil slick all 365 days of the year. To say it's rough is an understatement. For sure, it gets overwhelming on what treatments are best because let's face it, the options are endless and can leave even the most experienced dizzy with confusion!

Hands down, my saving grace was coming in to get a facial with one of our talented Medical Aestheticians. Even though I'm one myself, it's always nice to let go of the reigns and be pampered while having another pair of eyes give solid advice.

We went with doing a 'Wet' Dermaplane. This treatment is a newer process compared to the traditional 'dry' way. It's a very popular treatment, so I was excited to see how it would feel with using an oil. Having sensitive skin, I knew this was going to feel luxurious! Sure enough, it was, and I couldn't be happier with how it reset my skin!

What is Dermaplane?

Using a surgical scalpel, you precisely glide it across the skin to remove peach fuzz and dead skin. I've noticed that this treatment has been 100% effective in removing the dead skin. Personally, I choose this modality over other facial treatments that resurface the skin. Anyone can benefit, even if one has light hairs on the face/submental. Added bonus, this treatment makes it easier for extractions to be done and has your skin vulnerable enough to allow all products that you put on to penetrate deep into the skin. It's a win win all around, ya'll.

Ways to enhance your Dermaplane:

-This can be added on to majority of our facials
-02 Infusion with Intraceuticals is a Patient Favorite as it helps to plump your skin leaving it fresh, dewy, hydrated, and gives a beautiful feel to your skin!
-Lactic Acid is very popular to help hydrate, lightly exfoliate, and brighten.

There are many other ways your treatment can be customized specifically for you. Known for same day appointments, we'd love to get you in before your next holiday shindig.

End of an Era

It's surreal to think we're only a few short weeks away of ending a decade. Let that sink in for a minute..TEN FREAKING YEARS. As one naturally does, self reflection sets in as we see how far we've come along.

We've certainly had a big shift here at Blue. Based in Los Angeles, we've continued to be a leader in the beauty industry. Celebrating our 20th year, it has been overwhelming the amount of love and support we receive on a daily basis. With a big birthday like we had, we wanted to get a fresh, new look. That's right, we did a huge re brand! We've come a long way over the years and we couldn't have done it without you all, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Truly, we are eternally grateful.


By: Melissa Colon

As I'm writing, the rain is pouring and it's quiet outside. Our city tends to fall asleep a little during the cold months, and for me, I don't mind. I love the tranquil peace in the air.

What is EmSculpt and Why You Need to Try It!


Ever wished you could obtain rock hard abs or a smoother derriere without all the hard work?

Well, what if we told you EmSculpt can help you get there? EmSculpt is the first non-invasive, FDA approved body sculpting treatment that works to transform, tone, and sculpt muscle as it helps to eliminate unwanted fat. Imagine seeing a slimmer waistline and a firmer, rounder bottom in as little as 4, 30-minute sessions. Some Blue Medi Spa clients have even reported tangible results just after 1 session.

Okay, but enough of that, how does it work?

Using a non-invasive body shaping therapy called HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology, EmSculpt creates powerful muscle contractions that are completely painless working with your body's own muscles, EmSculpt works to reshape and sculpt both men and women's bodies so you continue to love the skin you're in! No more hitting the gym doing one crunch at a time. EmSculpt can achieve thousands of crunches in a single 30-minute session. Want to learn more about Emsculpt? At Blue Medi Spa, we've got you covered. Learn more about EmSculpt here.

Still not entirely convinced? Here at Blue Medi Spa, we want to help bring out the best version of you, which is why we're happy to offer EmSculpt treatments for all our clients in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Sit back and take comfort in knowing that all EmSculpt treatments are:

  • Non-invasive which means NO surgery or anesthesia required
  • Go right back to work and resume normal activity
  • Treatments are quick, pain-free, and can be done on your lunch break
  • Full results seen within 4 sessions
  • Some Blue Medi Spa clients have reported results after the 1st treatment

(full visible results usually reported two to four weeks after the last session which continue to improve for several weeks following the treatments!)

So, what are you waiting for? Those abs aren't going to sculpt themselves or will they? Make your EmSculpt appointment today, at Blue Medi Spa and start seeing the results that both Women's Health and Men's Health have been raving about! Get sculpting with EmSculpt for a more confident, beautiful, you.

Looking for more body-beautifying treatments?  Blue Medi Spa has plenty of skin-perfecting treatments to choose from. Enjoy soothing facials or choose from our list of Skin Care Services and much more. Whatever beautifying treatment you choose, Blue Medi Spa has you covered from head-to-toe!

From Allure to Cosmopolitan (and countless online publications) all agree, EmSculpt is the new "IT" treatment you need to try! But if you're wondering what is it and why you should try it, then you've come to the right place

Types of Skin Pigmentation Explained


In order for me to explain my brightening journey, I'll need to dive into the various types of pigmentation and how to properly address each one with products and treatments.


PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)

?Ah, the lovely PIH. You know when you get a breakout and whether you touch it or not, you're left with a reddish pigment spot? Yeah, it's one of the most annoying to deal with especially if you're acne prone. If you're blessed in the sense where you don't have that to worry about, then good for you. No, just kidding, but really, good for you because it's one less thing to have to worry about. The good thing is about this type of pigment is that it does go away. It may not be as quickly as when we were in our teens, but it does go away on its own. There are other ways of receiving PIH like burns and friction, even ripping the skin when healing from a chemical peel. So be sure to resist temptation when healing from intensive treatments and follow your provider's protocols!

If you're wanting to speed up your brightening here are a few ways you can do so:
Products: Hydroquinone, Retinol, Lytera 2.0, TNS Essential Serum, Pro-Heal Serum, Active Serum, and White Lightening Serum and/or Complex, and Extreme Protect SPF 30

Treatments: Chemical Peels, Micro-Needling, HydraFacial with Brightalive or Britenol Booster, Genesis Laser, and PicoSure Laser


?You know what I love about living? You truly do learn something new every day. Did you know that freckles are also called Ephelides and are the most common form of pigmentation? Freckles are finally considered "cute", which is quite ridiculous in my opinion since heredity has a big influence and naturally appear darker during sunny days and will fade during the colder months.

Some people now have 'freckles envy' and are microblading little baby dots all over the face and I gotta say, I'm so here for it. Just be careful though, you can't do laser as it will affect the color and we won't want your dots turning blue or green which cannot go away with Tattoo Removal as it's a different type of ink that is used.

Some don't always want their Ephelides and that's perfectly okay because our patient's happiness always comes first and the way to brighten them is actually the same protocol as if you were treating PIH or regular pigment.


This pigmentation is a beast of a medical condition. It is the hardest to treat and to maintain. Your lifestyle and even the way you eat can seriously alter the way you handle Melasma or Chloasma due to it being deeper in the dermis, so it's not so superficial to treat. Most commonly seen in women, hormones is the biggest culprit. Other causes can be pregnancy, stress (cortisol level spiking), various medications, excessive levels of copper and lower levels of zinc, and the biggest cause other than hormones, is SUN EXPOSURE.

Typically you'll see symmetrical patterns on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. When you do decide to treat this condition, again, you HAVE to make lifestyle changes and follow your provider's recommendations to the 'T'. Ideally we like to put our patients on Hydroquinone for 1 month prior to treating. After your month is over, we will put you on a customizable product and treatment game plan. Every patient is different so the type of plan can vary from doing a series of Perfect Derma Peels, PicoSure Laser, etc!

Know this, if you suffer from Melasma, you will always have this condition. You can get to a point where you are maintaining, but if there are flare-ups, it's time to come back in to reassess and get you on a new plan!

Solar Lentigines

This is just a fancy way of saying that you have pigmentation from being unprotected while playing in the sun. Other names that you may hear are 'liver spots' or 'sun spots'. The first 18 years of your life you have already accumulated 33% of your sun damage. I like to explain that we have a storage box, and as we bask in all of the sun's glory, we are filling it up slowly but surely. But what happens if we don't treat it? The box overflows and pigment start to form on the face and as we age it gets more and more prominent. Most of the time, we as patients, will look at the mirror one and wonder what the hell happened and where did this pigment come from? This is why treating this pigmentation needs to start right away and be a lifelong commitment.

Going back to the question earlier of why it's taking me so long to address it. I'm 28, and if I had already stored 33% of my pigmentation at 18, then that number has either doubled or more! So if you think about it, it's not going to take a month to address your whole entire life's worth of damage! As we treat pigmentation on the surface layers of our skin, we exfoliate and remove the dead skin. This process will brighten all while improving our texture. We keep repeating this process daily with our products, weekly with HydraFacials, and monthly with more intensive treatments like Chemical Peels and Lasers.

I know it sounds overwhelming, but think of it like going to the gym. You apply yourself, and dedicate the time, and you'll see the reward. It's been 6 years of maintenance and I can confidently say that my skin is the best it has ever been and will continue to get better.

We are always here to help, and we have treatments that can speed up your skin goals! We'd love to hear from you and get you in to start your journey whether it's for Melasma or addressing your cute little freckles.

We all have that one concern with our skin that drives us bonkers! Personally, I have worked on my pigmentation for 6 years and counting! Now you may be wondering, "what the hell is taking you so long for addressing it??"

Is Your Workout Routine Just Not Enough Anymore?


Unfortunately, life catches up, takes over, and all of a sudden if I don't do something now, it will be May 2019 and somehow I'll be trying to fit into the same bikini I've had for 3 years and my confidence level could easily go from hero to zero.

That is one way this year can go or I can be as committed to myself as much as possible. Yet, so far, I have done yoga once, and walked my pup longer everyday. So, I'd say that's progress, and even though I'm technically following the 80% diet / 20% being active…my body is not responding how it used to.

We have many patients that make working out a priority in their life. Honestly, it's such an inspiration. When they see we offer SculpSure, ThermiSmooth, and various other body contouring treatments, the common concern I hear is that they've got stubborn pockets of fat, cellulite, or skin laxity from losing weight too quickly.

No matter how hard you workout, not everyone responds 100% to it. That is important for all of us to recognize because we can all start to be more understanding that we are all trying the best we can to feel as confident as possible.

With that, when you come in to address and target either the fat and or skin, we make sure to do a thorough consultation to make sure that what we offer will give you a realistic expectation. It is important to do so in order to create a healthy relationship between patient and provider.

When wanting to treat stubborn fat pockets, SculpSure is the way to go. With 4 applicators, your provider will place them strategically on the area of concern. These will sit on the skin, rather than using suction, which will result in a more comfortable and even treatment result. The biggest advice that I can give you is: BE PATIENT. The results take 6-9 weeks and even though that time will pass by in a blink of an eye…when we get excited about results…it's like watching a pot of water trying to boil.

Skin Laxity has such a wide variety of ways to treat. The problem with treating the skin is that everyone is different. I may benefit greatly with ThermiSmooth, and I may see results every time I do it, but my neighbor could come in and greatly benefit from Ultherapy or Titan. The importance of knowing that we all respond differently is huge! Hence why we NEVER guarantee; especially when speaking to you on the phone. We want to make sure that you have the best treatment advice from our providers that work directly with you day in and day out.

Overall, consistency is key. One and done is not a thing….yet. We live in a beautiful time filled with so many ways to address our anti-aging concerns, but we need to be patient. I'm even guilty of it and I'm immersed in this field 24/7. It's January, and now is the best time to start if you want your results by summer.

Not sure on where to start? Give us a call and we'd love to book you a consultation with the option to treat same day!

I work out. A lot. It's my life and if I go a day without it, I feel lost and confused…SAID ME NEVER. Let's face it. I love working out. I really do.

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