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What Causes Your Mouth to Droop as You Age?

Many signs of aging on our faces, including jowls, thinning lips, and wrinkles, occur when our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. While there’s no way to stop this natural aging process altogether, there are several ways to slow it down and reverse some of its visual effects on the skin. 

Causes of Drooping Lips and Mouth with Age

Collagen and elastin are two essential proteins that are abundant throughout our bodies. Collagen gives skin its firm, youthful structure, while elastin helps the skin “snap” back into place rather than drooping. 

However, the production of both these proteins begins to slow as early as our late 20s or early 30s and then drops significantly after 40.

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Can Chemical Peels Achieve the Same Results as Lasers?

Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing are two of the most popular non-surgical skin treatments. Both are very effective in treating common skin concerns, including lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage, and acne scars. But is one better than the other? 

Let’s break down the differences between chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, plus share some benefits of combining these two powerhouse skin treatments.

Chemical Peels vs. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing both exfoliate the skin, removing the outer layer of dead skin cells and debris to reveal a new,

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A New BOTOX® Alternative for Longer-Lasting Results

BOTOX® has become a household name in injectable wrinkle treatments and has decades of proven results behind it. However, several other injectable neuromodulators that work in a similar way have entered the market over the years, with the most recent addition being a BOTOX alternative called DAXXIFY®.


Like BOTOX, DAXXIFY is a botulinum toxin injection that smooths away fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements and muscle contractions. Injectable neurotoxins like BOTOX and DAXXIFY use the same active ingredient — purified botulinum toxin type A — to temporarily inhibit those muscle contractions that cause expression lines,

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Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Skin Care Routine?

Whether you hit the ski slopes this winter or hunkered down and waited for warmer, dryer spring air, your skin might need a little pick-me-up now that winter is in the rearview mirror. Cooler temperatures and chilly winds can cause skin dryness, dullness and redness. See how to spring clean your daily skincare regimen while sprinkling in a few skincare treatments for a brighter complexion.

Add Exfoliation

Exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process by removing old flaky skin cells from the surface so they can be replaced with fresh cells underneath. Add an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser to your daily skincare regimen for extra exfoliation during the week.

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Our Favorite 2023 Skin Care Treatments for Glowing Skin

Glowing, dewy skin has been one of the top skincare trends of the past year, and there’s no end in sight for this classic, flawless look. But how do you get glowing skin, exactly? Take a look at our top picks for the best glowing skin treatments of 2023.


MOXI is a laser skin treatment unlike any other, as it boasts the ability to ‘prejuvenate’ your skin before lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging set in. This powerful handheld device uses non-ablative laser energy to smooth uneven skin texture and tone,


4 Non-Surgical Treatments for Quick Results [Infographic]

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4 Non-Surgical Treatments for When Your Skin Needs to Destress

When we’re stressed, it shows up on our skin. Fortunately, there are several non-surgical treatments that can offer your skin just the pick-me-up it needs to look and feel bright and rejuvenated. These four popular skin care treatments are some of the best solutions to revive stressed-out skin.

1. Neurotoxin Injections

Injectable wrinkle treatments like BOTOX®, Dysport® and JEUVEAU® are commonly used to treat forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and “11s lines” between the brows. They work by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles to form on the face.

2. Dermal Fillers

Another popular injectable treatment,

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The MSpa Difference

When you walk into a medical spa — whether for medical-grade skincare products or a cutting-edge in-office treatment — you want to feel relaxed, welcomed and confident that you are in good hands. Here at MSpa medical spa in Walnut Creek, we take great pride in providing all of these must-haves to each and every client who walks through our doors.

Read on to learn more about our treatment philosophy and what makes our medical spa stand out in the East Bay area and beyond.

A Customized Approach to Skincare

Much like fingerprints, no one’s skin and skincare needs are exactly the same.

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Thanksgiving Foods Your Skin Will Love

Skincare is a balancing act, and don’t we know it. A small slip (or extra piece of pie) can throw the skin’s pH levels out of balance, causing irritation, inflammation, and even acne. We took a deep dive into the Thanksgiving dinner table to share with you some skin food secrets that can help boost and balance your skin’s complexion – guilt free.

Turkey – Did you know that over 292 million Americans gather for Thanksgiving? That’s a lot of turkey! Have no fear turkey lovers, turkey is an excellent source of protein that aids in collagen and elastin formation.

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3 Med Spa Treatments to Look Refreshed & Well Rested

Staring at ourselves on Zoom calls throughout the day has caused many of us to notice lines, wrinkles or dark circles that we might have ignored before. If you want a brighter, more energized appearance to help you not only look your best but also feel your best, consider these three top med spa treatments for a refreshed look.

1. HydraFacial®

A popular in-office facial that can be completed in as little as 30 minutes with no downtime, HydraFacial® offers a three-step skin treatment that can treat a wide range of concerns. Some of the most common skin problems that HydraFacial can tackle include lines and wrinkles,