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San Diego, California based Dr. Sabrina G. Fabi is a jet-setting cosmetic dermatologist with a passion for lasers, fillers and skin care. She can be found lecturing center stage at aesthetic conferences in the USA and all over the world. She is a double board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego. As the associate research director of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, she is actively involved in many clinical studies in between her publications and taking care of her patients who flock to her for the newest and best treatments of the face and body.
BITB caught up with her to find out what she is most excited about and what she uses on to keep her gorgeous complexion looking so good.
1. What are the top procedures your patients are requesting right now and who are they best for?
Patients are focusing more and more on nonsurgical body sculpting procedures. I think with so much emphasis on the face for the last 20 years; patients are starting to recognize that their face looks more youthful, but there is a discrepancy with their more aged appearing body. Patients are conscientious of their chest, and seek treatments to improve the wrinkles on the chest with either Ultherapy or Sculptra. Establishing a more youthful contour to the buttock has also become more popular, mainly because of what is seen in social media. Whether it is improving cellulite dimples with Cellfina, tightening loose skin with Ultherapy, or adding more volume and smoothing out contours with Sculptra to the buttock, it’s great to have more and more options to meet patient demands. I think with the launch of Kybella and the Coolmini, patients recognize they also have nonsurgical alternatives to address their double chin or the fullness we get under our chin as a function of age and are coming in inquiring more about what can be done. All of these options have changed the focus of the conversation from the face to the neck, chest, buttocks and beyond.
2. What innovative or new treatments are coming soon?
Stem cells are always promising. A German researcher has recently found a way to create a mist of stem cells from a stamp sized biopsy so that stem cells from one part of the body can be sprayed to another area to help in wound healing for burn victims. I anticipate this technology will also help with healing and augmenting our results from laser resurfacing as well as hair transplantation. This is presently in clinical trials outside of the United States but offers promise for the future.
There are also reports of researchers’ efforts to develop a vaccine against acne. The vaccine would work by stopping a protein in P. acnes bacteria that causes inflammation leading to acne. The vaccine is still in the most preliminary of stages and has yet to be tested in clinical trials. Since 4 out of every 5 Americans will suffer from acne at some point in their lives, this is something that may be very promising if it works.
3. As a cosmetic dermatologist, what is in your makeup bag and on your bathroom shelves?
I have eczema, so I tend to be sensitive to many products, and am also acne prone. The Neocutis Exfoliating Cleanser is great in that it takes that layer of dead skin cells off, without the use of any irritating beads. To make sure I get any remaining trace of makeup off my face I love my Neutrogena makeup wipes. They never irritate my skin and get the most water-resistant mascara off while retaining the moisture in my skin. To stimulate new collagen I use the SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex, made of growth factors and cytokines, as I am too sensitive to use most retinoid products. In the morning my last step is the Neocutis Journee moisturizer since it is a non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer without any irritating fragrances, that also carries an SPF of 30.
I always carry Georgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, as it offers a light coverage that looks natural, with the added bonus of being non-comedogenic oil-free. I also can’t live without my Anastasia “so Hollywood” highlighter that I put on over my blush to give my skin a dewy look. The Colorescience brushes are great to reapply my sun protection when I am out and about, and the EltaMD Aero broad spectrum spray is great to reapply sun protection on my body as it is one of the few mineral based aerosol sunblocks.