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Dr. Mraz Robinson specializes in cosmetic, laser and surgical dermatology is always keeping up with the latest technology, in fact, she was one of the investigators in approval trial for Kybella. She was also one the lead investigators in the FDA clearance trial for Cellfina, and one of the first physicians to treat cellulite with the minimally invasive system. She and her colleagues strive to deliver the highest-quality care with the least amount of side effects.
Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson sat down with BITB to tell us about the latest ingredients and technologies, and she spilled the secrets of what’s in her makeup bag.
1. As a cosmetic dermatologist, what are some of the technologies and ingredients that you are most excited about right now and why?
As a cosmetic dermatologist, I am really excited by advances in non-invasive body contouring, techniques and technologies for skin rejuvenation and or prejuventation, and transepidermal drug delivery.
Non-invasive body contouring has grown to more than just reducing fat on the abdomen or flanks. It encompasses non-surgical approaches of fat reduction from the chin to arms, to abdomen, bra line, inner/outer thighs, etc. A growing interest of mine lies in pairing selective fat reduction with skin tightening off the face. For example, pairing fat reduction of the abdomen with Coolsculpting or Sculpsure, depending on the patient, with Ulthera for skin tightening. Also, I love treating cellulite dimples with Cellfina and treating concomitant laxity with biostimulatory fillers such as Radiesse or Sculptra and skin tightening with Ulthera.
The armamentarium for skin rejuvenation or prejuvenation has grown tremendously and it is so exciting to offer patients a spectrum of treatments from microneedling, to fractional non-ablative resurfacing like Fraxel Dual, to fractional ablative resurfacing, to Picotoning with ultra-fast pico second lasers. Using these diverse treatment platforms allows me to help pair a patient’s needs and down time to their expectations.
Another exciting concept for me is the pairing of procedures like microneedling or fractional resurfacing with different topical agents for transepidermal drug delivery. The creation of channels through the skin allows for delivery of appropriate topicals to desired depths for optimal results. While we have to be cautious about which topical medications/cosmeceuticals are appropriate, trans epidermal drug delivery is novel and fascinating.
2. For someone just starting to think about how not to age, what is the best advice you can offer in terms of maintenance and prevention?
Prevention, prevention, prevention. I can’t stress enough to my patients the importance of photoprotection with broad spectrum sunscreen and physical protection with clothing/hats. I also suggest broad spectrum antioxidant protection combined with broad spectrum sunscreen, which increases the UV photoprotection and protects against damage from oxidative stress, pollution, etc.
I also am a firm believer in topical retinoids for skin health and rejuvenation. Growing up, I did not treat my skin well, I went tanning, I had blistering sunburns after lying out with baby oil on. I damaged my skin and now I’m trying to correct and prevent more damage. I also find Fraxel 1927 nm treatment paired with PDT (photodynamic therapy), 1-2 times per year, to be an extremely powerful procedure for photodamage and anti-aging treatment.
Botulinum toxin and selective HA injections are also an important component for maintenance and prevention of the signs of aging.
3. What is in your makeup bag and bathroom shelf? (name products, brands, etc)
In my bag:
Skinceuticals Phloretin CF gel (antioxidant)
IT cosmetics SPF 50 Bye Bye Foundation (UV protection)
Dermarche labs Biorewind PM (retinoid)
Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar – I use this for everything and as an eye cream alternating with their regenerative eye cream
Benefit Cosmetics, They’re real! Lengthening Mascara
Aquaphor Lip Repair and Protect