Do I Need to See a Dermatologist or a Plastic Surgeon? Why Not Both?

Newport Beach Dermatology

When it comes to healthy skin, we are bombarded with messages from the media, advertisers, and an overabundance of information available online. So how are we to know what treatments and products are right for our unique skin type and condition? Dr. Zenovia Gabriel at ZENA Medical is Southern California’s subject matter expert on skin health, and she has partnered with Dr. Karen Leong to give patients the most honest, natural approach to healthy skin and beauty.

Are My Concerns Better for a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon?

At ZENA Medical, we believe both renowned dermatologist Dr. Gabriel—Dr. Zena as her patients call her—and highly-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Leong bring world-class patient care you shouldn’t have to choose between. We approach skincare and beauty with a subtle yet artistic eye so your results are natural while still highlighting your most striking features. Drs. Zena and Leong believe in results that aren’t overdone or plastic, so you look your best at every age.

By staying abreast of the latest research and technology in the aesthetics and plastics industries, ZENA Medical provides our patients with a unique combination of care through the perspective of both industries. You benefit from our combined expertise in ways few other medical practices can achieve.

If you have aesthetic concerns, now is the time to address them. Many of our patients take advantage of end-of-the-year treatments because the holidays are fast approaching, they want to look their best, and there’s often a push to use accumulated time off from work. 

Winter is a fantastic time to have laser treatments and chemical peels because your skin is protected by warmer clothing and the sun’s rays aren’t as intense as they are in summer.

Dr. Zena frequently recommends 1 chemical peel and 1 light-based laser treatment a year for maintenance and correction procedures. If you’re concerned about an aesthetic issue that requires Dr. Leong’s expertise, a comprehensive plastic surgery consultation is only $80.

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Two Approaches to the Ultimate in Skin Health and Aesthetic Beauty

Through extensive, hands-on research, Dr. Zena has developed two methodologies for skin health and plastic surgery. 

The Skin Treatment Pyramid

This approach simplifies the range of aesthetics procedures from least to most complex. The number of procedures available can often be confusing and overwhelming. This pyramid helps patients understand exactly where they fall on the spectrum of treatment intensities and what will help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Dr. Zena categorizes the steps within the pyramid into two categories: maintenance and correction. Maintenance involves prevention, nourishment, exfoliation, and collagen stimulation for the skin’s health. Using topical products, such as sunblock, prevents damage to the skin at the cellular level, so you stay looking younger for longer. 

Nourishing your skin with Retin-A, bleaching cream, and daily topicals keeps your skin looking and feeling smooth and supple for a youthful, natural appearance. Exfoliating away damaged skin cells will keep healthy cells nearer the surface with chemical peels and medical-grade facials. To stimulate collagen, Dr. Zena recommends laser treatments, devices like microneedling, and tissue infusions.

Some skin concerns are beyond the scope of simple maintenance, which is where the correction part of the pyramid comes in. Injectables, Sculptra, Eye Lifts, Laser Skin Resurfacing, and Facelifts are all ways correction can minimize flaws and reverse the signs of aging or balance asymmetries. When considering this portion of the pyramid, Dr. Zena and Dr. Leong will ensure you have meaningful, tangible information to answer your questions and ensure you’re on the path to your healthiest self. 

The Signature 4 Method

The second methodology Dr. Zena uses is the Signature 4 approach to skin health. By taking into account the color, texture, volume, and elasticity of your skin, Dr. Zena can recommend treatments that directly address your personal concerns and aesthetic goals.

To treat color concerns, there are topical therapies, chemical peels, and laser therapies to improve your skin’s tone and coloring for a smooth, even complexion.

For textural issues, such as wrinkles, deepening lines, and uneven skin textures, there are injectables like neurotoxins, chemical peels, lasers, and facials to smooth away your wrinkles and other texture imperfections.

Volume loss is typically treated with injectables. Stimulatory fillers like Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, and Restylane® stimulate collagen production to firm your skin from the inside out while rectifying age-related volume loss. Static fillers, such as thread lifts, can also improve collagen support while restoring volume beneath the skin’s surface.

For elasticity correction, surgical procedures like the facelift or eye lift with Dr. Leong can restore your facial tissues to their most youthful, natural position while taking years off your appearance.

At ZENA Medical, you get the best of both worlds with two top-notch specialists in their fields under a single roof. Your skin will never be in better hands.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about healthy skin, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!


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