The Skin Clinic

Medical Aesthetics by Alexis Alexandridis MD FACS

Medial Aesthetics for All
Temporarily CLOSED due to COVID-19

We are now open for limited IN-OFFICE SERVICES. Product curbside pickup and/or shipping is still available.  

Dr Alexis Alexandridis is a board-certified surgeon in Sonoma, California.  She has a professional interest in holistic approaches to healthcare and is also the Medical Director of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Wound Care Center.  The Skin Clinic was founded to provide high-quality, clinically-proven, safe medical aesthetics services in a comfortable and convinient setting.  The Skin Clinic is a natural extension of Dr Alexis' surgical practice: blending art and science to achieve lasting results.  With these services, she is able to help her patients and clients feel confident, beautiful, and empowered in their natural skin. 

This is a no shaming + no judgement zone.  All are welcome.  

Embrace your Transformation

GET IN TOUCH

Consultations and Treatment by appointment only, please. 

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You.  Better.  Believe it.

services & procedures

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Consultation

This is a 15 minute visit to outline your skin concerns, learn about your medical history and then customize your treatment plan.

Problem

Varies.  Let's get to know your skin!

Time

15 minutes

Sorry...

Some patients with certain medical histories will not be good candidates for the various treatments.  We will work together to come up with a plan that will safely address your skin concerns.

Cost

$75

This will be credited towards your purchase of products or services made within 30 days.

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The Detox 

Not quite like a spa facial, the Detox is a medical grade treatment for anyone suffering from blocked pores, blackheads, milia and in need of a good deep clean.  After cleansing, exfoliating, and prepping the skin, Dr Alexis will do extractions as needed, then get your skin rebalanced and hydrated. 

Problem

Congested pores, blackheads, milia

Time

45 minutes

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Not for patients with active pustular acne, coldsores/HSV, history of keloid formation, or other inflammatory conditions of the skin

Cost

$125

Add-on LED light therapy $30

microneedling collage induction therapy

Collagen Induction Therapy/ Microneedling

Also known as Microneedling, CIT is an effective way to improve texture by inducing new collagen and elastin formation in the dermis.  Thousands of tiny skin punctures allow for deep penetration of growth factor serums and hyaluronic acid, a major component of the dermal extracellular matrix.  Safer and more effective than what can be accomplished with a rolling needle device, the MDPen Microneedle system has adjustable and consistent depth and the most powerful motor on the market.  The procedure is done in a sterile fashion to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation that will impede the formation of new collagen.  Microneedling sessions in a medical setting are far more effective than home needle rollers which are dull, not sterile, and give unpredictable skin puncture depth.

For more information, please review Dr Alexis' "Informed Consent and Instructions" for Microneedling

Problem

Fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, rough texture, mild laxity, hyper-pigmentation and age spots, mild nonpustular rosacea, hypertrophic surgical scars older than six months, thinning hair

Time

30-60 minutes per session.  

 

4-6 sessions spaced out 6-8 weeks for most indications.

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Not for anyone with bleeding disorders, active infections, collagen vascular disease, history of keloid scar formation, especially on the palms/soles.

Cost

$350-450

Post-procedure serums available at a discount with all microneedling sessions

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Microinfusion/Microtox

Microinfusion is a form of mesotherapy in which twenty 24-K gold microneedles create 600 micron deep microchannels in the skin.  Using a stamping motion, we can get effective penetration of a personalized elixir of skin-boosting vitamins and serums right into the epidermis.  The addition of neurotoxin (like Botox, hence the name "Microtox") helps shrinks pores, decrease sebum production, and allow for relaxation (without full paralysis) of superficial facial muscles.  We can even target those hard to treat areas, namely under the eyes on that delicate periorbital skin and around the lips.  Best of all: no pain and virtually no downtime! You'll be glowing as you walk out the door. 

Options: (both include cleansing, toning, prepping, and facial massage, followed by application of approved SPF)

*Gold Cocktail: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, as indicated by your skin's needs

*Microtox: add in neurotoxin and/or HA filler

(P. S. Compared to Microneedling, a Microinfusion is faster and "easier"with less downtime, but will not target deeper lines and acne scars as effectively.)

For more infomation, please review Dr Alexis' "Informed Consent and Instructions for MicroInfusion"

Problem

Fine lines, rough texture, oily skin, large pores, hyper-pigmentation, need an overall pick-me-up

Time

30 minutes per session. 

 

Neurotoxin effect will wear off in 3-6 months

 

Either treatment can be repeated every 4-6 weeks.

Sorry...

Not for anyone with bleeding disorders, active infections, collagen vascular disease, history of keloid scar formation, especially on the palms/soles.

Cost

$250 Gold Cocktail (no neurotoxin or filler)

$350 Microtox, with neurotoxin or filler

Series of 5: $1,000 Gold

$1,400 Microtox

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Chemical Peels

The Skin Clinic is proud to offer a variety of personalized chemical peels to target what your skin needs and wants, be it overall reduction of visible signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, or acne. Featuring ZO Skin Health and PCA SKIN peels, we can stimulate cellular turnover, knock out fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone, texture and clarity, lift hyperpigmentation, reduce breakouts, correct sun damage, and more, all in less than 60 minutes.

With a number of different options in depth and activity, we can find the best option to meet your skin's needs.

Some peels will cause flaking and sheeting with some downtime (usually 3-7 days) but many peels will not. 

The Skin Clinic Peel Menu

(current as of 3-17-21)

  • PCASkin SensiPeel |  $125

    • Fitzpatrick types I – VI
      Improves all skin conditions, including rosacea and acne

      • KEY INGREDIENTS: 

        • 12% lactic acid, 6% TCA, Alpha-lipoic acid, Emblica, Silymarin

    • Well-tolerated, mildly active sensation during application
    • ​Add-on LED light therapy to this superficial depth peel!  |  $30

  • PCASkin UltraPeel ​​​ |  $125

    • Fitzpatrick types I – V
      Improves aging skin, adult acne, texture

      • KEY INGREDIENTS:
        • 24% lactic acid, 10% TCA, Alpha-lipoic acid, Emblica, Silymarin​

        • Add-on Retinol Treatment Booster

    • Mild-moderate active sensation during application

  • PCASkin PCA Peel with HQ ​​​ |  $125

    • Fitzpatrick types I – IV
      Reduces breakouts, improves hyperpigmentation especially from acne scarring; hydrating

      • KEY INGREDIENTS:
        • 14% lactic acid, 14% salicylic acid, 1% citric acid, 3% kojic acid, 2% hydroquinone

        • Add-on Retinol Treatment Booster

    • Mild-moderate active sensation during application​

  • ZO 3-Step Peel  |  $250​​​

    • Fitzpatrick I-V

    • Improves acne, melasma, sun damage, fine lines, texture roughness, large pores, and dullness. Suppresses post-procedure skin inflammation

      • ​KEY INGREDIENTS:

        • 17% salicylic acid, 10% TCA, 5% lactic acid

        • 6% concentrated retinol (including a packet for home use the day after treatment)

        • Colloidal oatmeal 1% creme (including tube for home use for one week after treatment)

    • Very active sensation during first step of peel, calms down significantly during retinol step. ​

  • ZO Stimulator Peel  |  $125

    • Fitzpatrick I-VI​

    • a.k.a. the "lunchtime peel". No downtime, no flaking. For all skin types and concerns.

      • KEY INGREDIENTS​​​

        • lactic acid: slough away dead skin cells

        • citric acid: healthy glow

        • glycolic acid: improve cell turnover

    • Well-tolerated, minimal active sensation during application​

    • Add-on LED light therapy to this superficial depth peel  |  $30

For more information, review Dr Alexis' "Informed Consent and Instructions" for Peels.

Problem

Texture, fine lines, poor tone, dullness, loss of vitality, dry flakes, milia (small white papules), need for 60 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time 

Time

45-60 minutes per session.  

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Not for those with active infections, sunburn, or extremely sensitive skin.

Some peels require pre-conditioning with retinol.

Some peels are not appropriate for Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI.

Cost

$125 -$250

Post-procedure serums available at a discount with all peels.

Drug and Syringe

Botox Cosmetic

Fine lines and wrinkles can be improved with careful injection of the botulinum a toxin which causes temporary paralysis of the injected facial muscles.  With some planning and consideration of the areas of maximal muscle contraction, we can reduce the appearance of wrinkles while allowing you to maintain your natural facial expressions and personality. 

Problem

Fine lines and wrinkles of the frontalis (forehead), the glabella (furrowed brows or the 11's), and the orbicularis oculi (the crow's feet).  Other "off-label" uses can be discussed. 

Time

15-30 minutes per session.  

 

More than one session may be required.

Typically, treatment will need to be repeated in 3-6 months

Sorry...

Not for those with active infections, collagen vascular disease, allergies to Botox or other neurotoxins, ALS/Lou Gehrig Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Myasthenia Gravis, or other neurologic conditions.

Cost

$16 per unit.

 

Number of units varies, but average 20-40 units.

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Axillary Hyperhidrosis Therapy

Excessive underarm sweating: ruined shirts, uncomfortable events, anxiety about lifting your arms, sticky antiperspirants.  There is nothing good about it!  Luckily, there is actually a safe and effective way to block the production of sweat from the apocrine glands in the skin of the underarm area: Botox.

Problem

Excessive underarm sweating, not responsive to topical treatments

Time

30 minutes per session

 

Effects can last between 4 to 12 months

Sorry...

Not for those with bleeding or clotting disorders, active infections, collagen vascular disease, allergies to Botox or other neurotoxins.

Cost

$1000

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LED Light Therapy

NASA is responsible for more than TANG, moon landings, and space exploration: they developed LED lights to grow plants in space, and now we use that technology for skinhealth! LED light in specific wavelengths can treat acne, diminish inflammation, and reduce signs of aging. It can promote healing and reduce pain, as well. Thank you, Science! It is non-invasive and there is no downtime. It can be a stand alone treatment or an add-on treatment after certain in-office procedures (superficial peels, microneedling, Detox/extractions.) 

Problem

Acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, inflammation, scarring, poor tone, impaired wound healing

Time

20 minutes per session (Light Therapy alone)

or 

+10-20 minutes (if add on to another treatment)

Best effects are seen after 10 sessions, spaced every week

Sorry...

Not for those on Accutane or other oral Vit A based medications; prior sensitivity to LED light therapy

Cost

$40 per session, package of 10 sessions for $300. 

Add on to other treatments, $30

 

potions & products

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The best sun protection products on the market. Period. Loved and recommended by so many.  Available in authorized physician offices.  Get the perfect sun protection, suited to you and your family's personalized needs.

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Improved appearance of new and old scars with 100% pure medical grade Silicone Sheeting and Gels with SPF. Easy to use and effective!

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16 weeks to fuller, longer, more intense lashes. Available by prescription or for purchase from a physician.

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ZO Skin Health is a leader in care products and treatments for all skin types. 

 

Available only in authorized physician offices,

or online thru My Portal.

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PCA SKIN formulations are effective, holistic, and affordable. 

 

Industry leader in chemical peels and other in-office treatments

 

For Skin of all Ages, tones, & types