The first make up I ever bought was Cover Girl mascara. The bubble gum pink tube was the height of sophistication in my teenage opinion. I layered it on until my lashes became thick and lustrous, and I felt glamorous and edgy; my big brown eyes popped out and looked even bigger!
Over the years I’ve become a little more upscale with my cosmetics, but I’ve always loved playing around with what’s new at the Chanel or Mac counter. My eyes have been my prettiest feature, and I think of them as expressive, and as cheesy as it sounds, they really are the windows to our souls.
I’ve always thought my daughter was beautiful—as a newborn, a toddler, a teen. She has long dark hair, eyes from her Sicilian father and fair skin from me. She got a double dose of stubbornness and a fiery temper from both sides—Italian and Irish!
So as a tween when she started to complain about having a big nose, I lumped her remark in with the other self-deprecating comments I heard her make with her friends. Oh I’m too tall, I’m too short, I wish I had curly hair, I wish I had straight!
Listening in reminded me of my own high school years and what a cyclone of emotions and physical changes this time in life really is. When Isabelle started to talk about getting “a nose job” as she called it, I thought she was kidding around and I didn’t pay much attention other to reassure her that she was a lovely girl and remind her to focus on what is inside of her heart as well.
As she approached her senior year of high school she came to me and said she really meant it, that she wanted rhinoplasty. My first thoughts were are you crazy, you are so beautiful. But as I listened to her, and as my husband joined the conversation, we realized that Isabelle was serious and she made a clear and reasonable argument.
She told us that for her whole life people had remarked on her Sicilian nose, it had been called distinct and interesting, and also by other less flattering names. As her parents we saw her as beautiful, but we also understood the point she was making. She felt that her nose was out of proportion to her face and she said she would have more confidence and feel more beautiful with the changes she envisioned.
Isabelle has always been a responsible kid, someone who has follow through and stamina—for sports, studies and challenges, so we took her seriously. After considering her request I came up with some requirements she would have to meet before we agreed. One—she had to meet with a therapist to make sure she understood the lifelong choice she was making. Two, she needed to contribute financially to the cost of the procedure. Three, she had to be prepared to undergo surgery and meet with several surgeons.
Isabelle readily agreed to all the conditions. She started saving from her after school job and she went to a therapist several times. And once we narrowed down our choices to two plastic surgeons in Boston I let Isabelle make the final decision. She chose Dr. Jaimie DeRosa and the DeRosa Clinic for her rhinoplasty. Dr. DeRosa was my first choice too and so I was relieved when Isabelle chose her.
Dr. DeRosa took a lot of time explaining to Isabelle what rhinoplasty and recovery would be like and described the results we could expect. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to be uncomfortable in their newly grown bodies, so I appreciated her careful discussion about whether Isabelle was comfortable with her overall appearance and body, or whether her nose was a very specific issue. She wanted to make sure that Isabelle was emotionally and physically mature enough for such a procedure. Dr. DeRosa even suggested that we might want to wait a bit, and then come back for a second consultation after really thinking it over.
Dr. DeRosa exuded confidence and warmth and above all that, skill! Her gallery of patient photos was impressive and her surgical touch resulted in subtle and extraordinary changes. I knew that Isabelle would have the nose she was dreaming for herself.
The surgery and recovery went off without a hitch. Isabelle is beyond happy about the results and it shows in her demeanor and her confidence. I have no doubts that we made the perfect decision.
I’m a minimalist, a sundress and one swipe of mascara and out-the-door kind of gal. This approach worked for a long time—well into my forties. Or at least I thought it did. Then one day, shopping with my daughter I caught a glimpse of myself in the dressing room mirror and I studied myself under the bright and unforgiving light. I could see every little stray eyebrow and tiny pore. I could also see the beginning of jowls and the state of my neck made me downright sad.
I like solutions. So as I looked at my reflection I wondered what I could do. Once home I started to research my options. Eventually my research brought me to the DeRosa Clinic in Boston. I met Dr. Jaimie DeRosa and learned about the mini facelift. Dr. DeRosa’s easy manner made me comfortable instantly and her philosophy about cosmetic surgery matched mine. I wanted subtle results, not dramatic—I wanted significant improvement, but I never wanted the word facelift to pop into anyone’s mind when they were talking to me!
I love reading your blogs; I find they contain a lot of helpful information on skin care and the latest treatments. So my question to you is: I’m diligent with my daily skin care routine and have regular Facials, Chemical Peels and most recently Microneedling. Now that the summer is here what can I do that is “summer safe”?
A devoted follower.
Dear Devoted Follower,
Thank you so much, that’s nice to hear. There’s actually a lot that can be done in order to maintain healthy skin throughout the summer. First of all, limit your retinol usage to only one night a week because it will cause your skin to be sun sensitive. Use a good physical sunscreen DAILY. I recommend an exfoliating polish twice a week to remove oil, dull skin cells and help revitalize that summer glow.
“Summer Safe” treatments are as follows…Dermaplaning: this is a gentle form of exfoliation. It removes dead skin cells and “peach fuzz,” leaving the skin positively radiant. It can be combined with a light chemical exfoliation for ultra-smooth skin.
Ultrasonic Microdermabrasion is a crystal and chemical-free treatment which gives you a thorough, consistent exfoliation without irritation or inflammation. Try a custom tailored 30 or 60 minute Facial – they’re a great way to provide a thorough cleansing and aid in the removal of clogged pores, kill acne causing bacteria, increase skin hydration or even control unwanted oil production and restore that “summer glow.”
Microneedling can be done because it doesn’t matter if you have a little tan or not, so if you’re doing a series of treatments you don’t have to miss one because of the summer. To find out what else we offer including our newest anti-aging treatments, call to schedule a complimentary consultation.
To contact us, please give us a call at (617)262-8000
Acne is a common concern for many of us. Hormones and other factors can increase oil production in the skin which then cause pores to become blocked. Clogged pores produce blackheads and whiteheads, and the overgrowth of bacteria can cause redness and pimples.
If the inflammation penetrates deep enough into the skin, an acne cyst develops. Acne can range from mild (such as an occasional pimple) to severe (continuously red and swollen with deep cysts).
But what CAUSES acne?
There may be a critical yet overlooked element in banishing those blemishes: your nutrition. Acne may actually be caused by gluten and you wouldn’t suspect it. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Some symptoms of gluten intolerance are stomach pain, bloating and diarrhea.
Acne that is related to gluten is a different type of break out: it surfaces as an inflamed red painless pimple, sometimes resembling a small cyst. It may not come to a whitehead and can stay around for a week or even more.
When it comes to taking care of acne prone skin it’s crucial to have a good skin care regime. Choosing an effective acne product depends on your skin type, the severity of acne (from mild to cystic) and the amount of acne.
Keep in mind: stronger isn’t always better. It’s best to start with lower strength acne products.
This can greatly reduce excessive redness, dehydration, and increased sensitivity. Give yourself and your skin time to adjust to what you’re using and if needed, slowly increase the usage or the strength. This allows a more gradual improvement with no discomfort. Remember, your acne didn’t develop overnight so it’s not going to go away overnight… but we can help!
Our top selling acne treatment line is ReveSkin Acne Products. They contain salicylic acid, micronized silver, soothing natural botanicals, and essential hydrators, without the fragrance, oil, or alcohol. Being an acne sufferer myself for many years, I can assure you that these products are genius!
There is an acne purifying cleanser, acne purifying enhancer, and an acne purifying treatment. Together they provide a calm, clear, soft and hydrated healthy complexion.
To have a better understanding of your skin and acne, schedule a complimentary consultation with Master Aesthetician Steven Giannetta by calling (617) 262-8000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. He will help you put together a customized skin care regimen and an effective treatment plan.
The DeRosa Clinic is excited to announce the arrival of our new, state-of-the-art CIT microneedling device: the Collagen PIN!
The new Collagen PIN is an upgraded and highly advanced version of the former microneedling pen that will produce faster results in half the time. Here are some new features:
NEW! 36 needles instead of 12. That’s three times the effectiveness and results.
NEW! Seven speeds instead of three – the new speeds make it possible to more deeply and effectively penetrate the skin.
NEW! The post treatment kit is larger and more inclusive.
NEW! Add-ons: stay tuned for the most up-to-date list of add-ons, such as PRR (Protein-Rich Retinol), 10% Vitamin C, and PRP (Plasma Rich Plasma, otherwise known as the vampire facelift). We’re also adding more packages, including one for Targeted Spot Treatment.
PRICE: For only $50 more than the previous CIT treatment with the older device, you will now receive a significantly more powerful and effective treatment. We are very excited about this new device’s capabilities, and we know you will be too.
What is CIT (Collagen Induced Therapy)?
CIT now uses 36 small needles to create micro injuries that will then naturally stimulate collagen and elastin production—which we all know is the key to healthier and younger-looking skin. Not only will CIT help transform wrinkles and fine lines, it also greatly improves acne scars, skin texture, pigmentation, skin laxity and pore size.
Needles, you say? Yes, but don’t imagine a flu shot or acupuncture needles here…these are tiny ones within the pen itself and don’t cause significant pain or discomfort.
In fact, the process of microneedling causes much less damage to the epidermis than dermal rolling, lasers, or any other ablative treatments—it actually protects the skin’s cell growth, which makes for quicker healing and a higher rate of success.
AT DEROSA CLINIC: Based upon your skin and your specific concerns, we will select one of the seven speeds and determine the desired depth best suited to your concerns. Once the skin is gently numbed with a topical cream for your comfort, we will install a sterile disposable needle cartridge holding 36 micro needles that will glide across the skin, mechanically inducing micro injury.
AFTER: Immediately after treatment, your skin will look moderately red, resembling a light to moderate sunburn. You will receive a post-treatment skin care kit that is included in your CIT package, including a gentle cleanser, a hydrating serum, a soothing moisturizer, and a protective sunscreen. These products are specifically formulated to be used following micro needling to provide a safe and healthy result.
For further information, schedule a consultation—and start your journey to beautiful skin!
Give us a call at (617)262-8000.
Ok, so you’re almost there. You’ve made the decision. You’re tired of trying to strategically angle your face in pictures so that your nose looks smaller. You’re finished trying to survive on the lack of sleep from your deviated septum. You’re going to do it: you’re finally going to feel better, inside and out: you’re going to get a rhinoplasty.
But now you have something else to figure out: WHEN is the right time to schedule your surgery?
I often recommend that my patients undergo their long-anticipated nose jobs in the summer months. Why? For high school and college students especially, not only is it easier to take time off to recuperate, but summer is ideal for this kind of ‘transition’ surgery.
While rhinoplasty will ‘transition’ your nose into something that better matches and fits your face, summers can also be an important ‘transition’ time before starting college or your first job. If you get your nose job over the summer, you’ll be well on your way to being fully healed before starting these new milestones.
Having your surgery during the summer means you won’t have to answer so many questions from people you would otherwise see every day, you will have proper healing time, and you get to start your life with your new nose before anyone knows the difference!
To schedule a consultation, please call the DeRosa Clinic (617) 262-8000 or email: email@example.com. Dr. Jaimie DeRosa will be happy to walk you through what you can expect in this often life-changing surgery.
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The term “growing old gracefully” is one that I first remember hearing as a child in the 80’s. The term was generally used in conjunction with a comment about Joan Rivers or some soap opera star who’d had their skin stretched so tightly that they resembled a new species of human.
The comments were largely to the disgusted effect of “I’d never do that. I plan on growing old gracefully.”
“Well, duh…” I used to think. To be frank, the alternative seemed rather dire.
But today we are lucky – much luckier than our beautiful grandmothers and their mothers. Not because we have to get our faces altered drastically in order to age well or gracefully, but because now there are so many choices and products that will either naturally or easily give us a self-confidence-booster and help us to look on the outside as good as we feel on the inside. And much of it doesn’t involve any sort of surgery whatsoever.
Facials and peels at the DeRosa Clinic will make your skin absolutely glow for days and even weeks after. They are perfect for those spring and summer outings, when pictures are taken and everyone wants to look their best.
If you’d like to take it a small step further, Botox and fillers are now so easy and affordable that they can be done on a lunch break and no-one will ever be the wiser. At the DeRosa Clinic, gone are the days of the early 2000’s, when foreheads, faces, and expressions were completely frozen (and also a dead giveaway): a little touch up here and there makes a world of difference, and will evoke all sorts of reactions pertaining to “well-rested” and “fresh,” and “younger.”
But sometimes injectables and facial treatments just don’t do the trick to get you looking as young as you feel. This is when I think surgical procedures, such as a mini-facelift, eyelid lift or browlift, make sense. No longer do you need to look wind-blown or “Joker”-ish. My philosophy for aging face surgery is to keep people looking like themselves (not a caricature of themselves) but with a few less jowls, sags, and baggy skin. When done right, no one can pinpoint what happened—your friends, family, and colleagues will just think that you lost weight or look more rested.
In my opinion, “growing old gracefully” means growing old but taking advantage of products, treatments, and even sometimes procedures that help to make yourself feel vibrant, confident, and glowing.
And here’s another myth that needs to be debunked: maintaining or getting a facial procedure, treatment, or filler is not just for stereotypical high maintenance or vain person. In fact, most people I know who engage in a routine of facials and treatments are the most low key, down-to-earth personality types, who simply feel a little better when they treat themselves to a beauty boost once in a while.
Have you always been curious, but have no idea where to start? Start at the DeRosa Clinic! Here you will be given a plethora of options and choices best suited to your personality, skin type, general needs, and budget.
If you would like to schedule your consultation, please give us a call at (617)262-8000.
I feel like I found the best possible surgeon in Boston for me. Jenn, patient
...and that is what she did, she changed my life. Suzanne, patient
I felt that she was the person to do the surgery for me, and I have never been anything but thrilled with the results. Vivian, patient