About This Episode
Tune in to Carpools & Cannulas: Modern Motherhood and Plastic Surgery as Dr. Gallus and Dr. Greer chat about skincare and why sunscreen is a daily MUST DO! We also break down the facts about ingredients to include in your daily regimen.
Dr. Gallus: Hi, everybody. It’s Kat Gallus with Restore SD Plastic Surgery, and I had a very scary connection there for a second. I kept pushing the button, nothing was happening. And hi, Sarah. And Dr. Greer is here. She’s gonna join me to talk about skincare today. So I’m glad she made it and I could figure out my phone. Okay. We’re gonna go for another edition of “Carpools and Cannulas.” I’m just gonna hopefully… There you are.
Dr. Greer: Hi.
Dr. Gallus: Oh, my gosh. I was pushing the button and, “Is this thing on?” And I’m like, “Oh, my gosh. I hope it’s not on because I just look like an idiot right now.”
Dr. Greer: That’s okay. Last time my phone totally dropped it like, three minutes after we started. So there you go.
Dr. Gallus: Oh, my gosh. What we do for internet connections. So good to see you again.
Dr. Greer: I know. Good to see you too. I already saw you once this week on a meeting.
Dr. Gallus: I know, I know. There’s no little babies this time though. That’s a bummer.
Dr. Greer: No. I was amazed. We had a meeting earlier this week with the women and plastic surgeon, and there were no fewer than three babies on that meeting, which was awesome.
Dr. Gallus: I know. I feel like we might have racked the youngest attendants at a meeting because there was definitely a 6-week-old baby and then maybe like, a 4 weeks? So cute.
Dr. Greer: I know. I’ve never seen a guy plastic surgeon show up with their babies. It’s weird.
Dr. Gallus: I know.
Dr. Greer: They never bring them.
Dr. Gallus: And they didn’t interrupt, they were very good, and didn’t raise any concerns. So real quick, how’s the weather in Ohio? Because it’s raining in San Diego. So it’s a big deal.
Dr. Greer: Ow, it is 57 here which is really nice for us.
Dr. Gallus: I did a case over at the hospital and when I went into the locker room, the nurse’s locker room to change into scrubs, there was no less than, like, six pairs of Uggs because it never rains here and jackets handy. It was just ridiculous. I’m like, “This is awesome.”
Dr. Greer: That’s funny because heaven forbid, it’s not sunny and 70 degrees.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah, and hot. So yeah. So everyone was like, “Yes, break out my Uggs, put on my like, North Face jacket.” It’s raining and cold in San Diego. It was sad.
Dr. Greer: I saw a Patagonia jacket hanging in that OR locker room yesterday. I thought, like, one of the ER docs had gotten lost because they’re the only ones with Patagonia and they all wear it.
Dr. Gallus: That’s so true. That’s their uniform. “Sorry, the ER is that way.”
Dr. Greer: Yes, it’s downstairs. Also, if you hear banging around, I made the mistake of giving my dog an empty jar of peanut butter to keep him quiet and he’s now banging it into the table. But I can’t catch him. So…
Dr. Gallus: Ow. Well, this whole IG live was just worth it to learn that that’s a trick. We have empty jars of peanut butter all the time and we never think to give it to our dog.
Dr. Greer: Ow, yeah. It’s very loud, which I didn’t realize.
Dr. Gallus: I know, but…
Dr. Greer: But he’s not chewing any toys. So we got that. I do it when I cut his nails too. Have you seen that trick? You, like, hold a spoonful of peanut butter in front of them while you cut their nails?
Dr. Gallus: No.
Dr. Greer: It works with kids too.
Dr. Gallus: Ow. Yeah. We just take her to the vet and be like, “Please trim.” We tried when she was a puppy and then we couldn’t do it. We’re terrible, we’re wusses. So I think we are gonna talk about skincare, right?
Dr. Greer: We were, which is extra fun because both our offices carry the same skincare line, which you got me completely hooked on.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. I love our skincare line which is AlumierMD, A-L-U-M-I-E-R-M-D. Yup. And…
Dr. Greer: And it’s only been, I’d say what? About two years now. It’s been in Europe for much, much longer.
Dr. Gallus: Yup. It’s sold in the UK and Canada. It’s been around. It is medically prescribed. So you have to get it from an MD, but it’s also clean. So it’s one of the only clean medical-grade skincare lines available. So…
Dr. Greer: Yeah. It’s amazing how many of them have parabens and dyes, and fragrances when you start looking at the ingredients. And my skin tends to really break out with that stuff, especially the fragrances. So it’s been really nice.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. So there is, like, very little any kinda sensitivities. It’s a great… Hi, Dr. Smeeta. I see that you’re on there.
Dr. Greer: Yeah. Thanks for texting us.
Dr. Gallus: So what about the… What’s your favorite product? Like, what’s your favorite product out of all of them?
Dr. Greer: It’s probably the Calm-R because I have that skin that’s just always red and flushed. And when I started the Alumier line, I started using the Calm-R serum. And with that, like, I can use their retinol every day. And with that, I don’t break out and I don’t get blotchy. It’s amazing. How about you, what’s your favorite?
Dr. Gallus: I like the Bright and Clear because it’s a toner that kind of exfoliates. And so it keeps my skin kind of… I have more oily skin and not so sensitive, and I think that really works for me.
Dr. Greer: It is.
Dr. Gallus: I will say that… Yeah. So you mentioned the Calm-R, but there are some… To get your retinol on, I would say that the most important… So this doesn’t become, like, you know, a commercial for AlumierMD, retinol is super important for your skin. It’s probably, you know, it’s second to sunscreen which we are gonna talk about in a minute.
Dr. Greer: Yeah, top two products. Like, if you’re not using sunscreen, don’t spend money on the other stuff and once you’re using sunscreen, you need a retinol. It really doesn’t matter what age you are. And there’s a formulation that really anyone can tolerate because I think… And, you know, a lot of us have tried, I remember using the Obagi Tret in residency, and my co-chief thought I was just really angry all the time because my face was red for like, six weeks while I got used to it.
Dr. Gallus: Right. And I think there are some skincare lines that have… So yeah. So if I say whatever sunscreen you can… Hi, Erin. Whatever sunscreen you will actually put on daily and that stuff that’s in your foundation doesn’t count. It needs to be legit sunscreen.
Dr. Greer: No. Unless you’re doing like, pancake, full-on, TV shoot makeup, you are not wearing enough makeup for your SPF. Although, do you like mineral or chemical better? I mean, I will admit I like the mineral better because the chemical I don’t reapply and it breaks down, and then I get burned later.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. I’m a mineral. Erin is on this. She’s our coordinator and also has a staunch knowledge of skincare products, and she’s a huge proponent of mineral. It’s gonna block, right? Titanium and zinc oxide are actually gonna block the harmful rays, and not break down. And I think that’s the way to do it. So find a mineral-based sunscreen which the excuse was, you know, it’s chalky, it’s reminiscent of, you know, that zinc stuff mineral all the way that you used to put at the beach that came in different colors. Now, due to the technology, the nano-technology that they have, they micronize it and you can put it on, and you don’t look white or chalky. It goes on seamlessly and you get that physical block.
Dr. Greer: And there are great drugstore sunscreens, too. Aveeno, I think Aveeno has a mineral sunscreen. I know Neutrogena has a mineral sunscreen, La Roche-Posay has another one. And you can get all those at CVS, you know. You don’t have to spend tons of money.
Dr. Gallus: Correct. Now, if you wanna amp up your sunscreen and add some, you know, anti-oxidants to it, then, you know, that’s when the MD lines come into play. But bottom line, sunscreen. It’s also safe, mineral is also safe for reefs. So we’re pretty close to Hawaii and they banned some of the other chemical components in sunscreen. So you’re not allowed to buy them there and it’s bad for the coral reefs. So lots of reasons to go mineral, lots of reasons.
Dr. Greer: Well, and it’s interesting too, like, we don’t really know what those chemicals long-term when they’re absorbed.
Dr. Gallus: No.
Dr. Greer: So I actually…
Dr. Gallus: As I drink Diet Coke.
Dr. Greer: It’s okay. I got my tea. Like, I took a course in food, drug, and biotech law in med school which was admittedly, incredibly boring. But what I learned that was interesting is most of the cosmeceutical ingredients, like, all the things that are makeup and cosmetics they’re not really studied. They are not held to the same standards that medications are and they’re just, like, generally recognized as safe. No one’s reported a problem. So, you know, I don’t know. The mineral stuff is nice. It doesn’t interact with your skin, it doesn’t break down, it’s not absorbed.
Dr. Gallus: Exactly. And so the other… What’s another common excuse? I hear, “I use sunscreen, but it’s in my foundation.” Which we’ve just established doesn’t count. I use…
Dr. Greer: Yeah. Or its chalkiness.
Dr. Gallus: Right. Or it’s chalky, or, “I work inside,” or, “I work indoors all day.”
Dr. Greer: I love it when… And it’s often coming from one of my patients who’s been getting laser treatments for brown spots. And so A of all, you’re outside at some point. Even in Cleveland, we’re in the sun and if you’re spending money on laser treatments or, you know, skin lightening creams like, Intellibright or hydroquinone, any exposure to the sun is gonna make those melanocytes start churning out pigment. So you just need to protect from that even that incidental exposure when you’re in your car.
Dr. Gallus: Absolutely. And we have the VECTRA camera which shows brown spots and so when you take a picture almost to a person, the left side has more sun damage than the right when you do that big reveal.
Dr. Greer: Yeah. From the car.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. And it’s from the car. So my husband, who’s had a basal cell cancer on his nose and had to get him to start wearing sunscreen every day, after a while, I was like, “Hey, I didn’t see you put that on.” “Ow, I’m in the OR today.” “Ow, okay. Are you getting to the hospital via a tunnel? Because unless you’re going through some underground tunnel you’re gonna be in your car driving to the hospital and then you’re gonna drive home.”
Dr. Greer: Maybe he was wearing a balaclava. It was raining earlier today.
Dr. Gallus: That’s right.
Dr. Greer: So balaclava with some sunglasses, you are good. If that is your excuse, I will accept it. Otherwise, just put the sunscreen on instead of moisturizer in the morning.
Dr. Gallus: Ow, exactly. All right. So our PSA for sunscreen is complete, I think. Let’s talk retinol. What do you love about retinol? What’s not good?
Dr. Greer: Well, it does so many amazing things. I mean, it’s my go-to product for any anti-aging because it’s gonna help exfoliate your skin which will smooth fine lines. It increases cell turnover. So you’re gonna get rid of the hyperpigmentation faster. It makes the dermal layers thicker. So you… I’m reading Erin’s text. You can be cool, Erin. I wear hats all summer, by the way.
Dr. Gallus: She has the Bluestone shield. It’s this thing that makes you look like Darth Vader. It’s hilarious.
Dr. Greer: That’s awesome. I would like a picture, please, on Instagram. But yeah, so many great anti-aging things. Downside is the irritation.
Dr. Gallus: Right. So I always tell people the gold standard is retinol and the reason people don’t use it or are looking for other things is because you get that increased cell turnover and your skin gets red and flaky. So again, if you go with an MD skincare line that has put some science behind it, you know, ideally, they add things. And so the retinol that we were talking about with the AlumierMD for example, has peptides that helps strengthen your skin and other active ingredients that help calm your skin. So you’re getting the benefits of the retinol without all the irritation. And again, if it’s something that you can actually put on and commit to, even if you start, you know, two or three times a week, and then work up to every day, then that’s what… You know, I’m not trying to sell patients a product that they use twice. They feel like their face is falling off and then it goes into, you know, a drawer somewhere. You need to put it on for it to work. But yeah, if you’re gonna pick two things, desert island sunscreen, and retinol.
Dr. Greer: And have you heard Dr. Sheila Nazarian? She gives my favorite answer to the question of, “What concentration retinol should I use?” And it’s, “Whatever one you will tolerate and wear,” which is so true. I like also with the newer technology, they microencapsulate it. So it’s a slower release. And then your skin has to break that retinol down into tretinoin which is why tretinoin is the strongest. So your skin is actually metabolizing it. They’re all vitamin A derivatives, but the active ingredient is the tretinoin. So when you get a retinol, it’s further up the chain. So it’s slowly releasing and it’s less irritating. So we have a lot of tricks to get you to use the skin products you should use, basically.
Dr. Gallus: Yes. And you can get there. And I do also remember going to, I think a derm conference, and on the floor, they had this special camera that would tell you the age of your skin which was just dreadful. But I went on it and I realized, and then, like, a week later my office is like, “What’s going on with your face? Why is this all red?” Well on the thing, you could see a clear delineation of where I was putting on all my product and not carrying it down. And so I started, like, thinking, “Okay. Well, why don’t I do that?” And then you could see the increased cell turnover. So making sure you’re applying your product correctly, getting it all over your face. But it’s just further proof that it actually works, right?
Dr. Greer: Oh, yeah.
Dr. Gallus: I mean, and it just has to be… Any retinol is good. So you don’t have to go for the t-ret. You don’t have to have a 1.0 concentration. You don’t actually have to use it every day, but several times a week is ideal. All of that, it’s the number one thing. You don’t see an immediate result though. It’s strengthening your skin, increasing turnover, and so I think that’s what makes it hard about skin care regimens is you want, you know, you want the, “Can I just laser it off results?” And no, it’s a long-term commitment.
Dr. Greer: Right. It’s basically like when we haven’t worked out for a month and we go to the gym, and we just do a thousand crunches, and the next day, no six-pack, it’s because you haven’t been teed in with the regular exercise and the good diet. And skin care is like that eating healthy part of going to the gym. If you’re spending tons of money on laser peels or even BOTOX and fillers, but you don’t have that foundation of at least sunscreen and a retinol to do anti-aging, then you’re, you know, you’re not getting as much benefit from the money you’re spending as you could be.
Dr. Gallus: Exactly. Yeah. So it’s like going to the dentist, I always tell people, twice a year to get your teeth cleaned, but then not brushing your teeth every day. Besides, that’s just gross. But I like the crunches, like that, a thousand crunches.
Dr. Greer: It’s true.
Dr. Gallus: That one is good. I might steal that.
Dr. Greer: No. I have to tell you, I have to admit once they started launching Alumier, I got a lot more teed up on skin care and did lot more reading because their website is so educational. And I have to admit, my favorite condition to treat now which I hated previously was melasma because it’s just so stubborn!
Dr. Gallus: Oh, nice.
Dr. Greer: Yeah. And I really, I love treating it now that I’m hitting it with like, five different skincare products because I used to do laser which kind of helped, but sometimes makes it worse. And then read in one of the Aesthetica Magazines this really nice skin care routine, just generic brands, but basically a hydroquinone, an alpha hydroxy acid or lactic acid to increase that cell turnover, a tretinoin, and then sunscreen, and combining those four products. And then if it’s really stubborn, maybe using some chemical peels just to increase the exfoliation. I have seen some amazing results.
Dr. Gallus: Ow, that’s awesome. So what HQ product do you use?
Dr. Greer: I actually carry the Obagi 4% hydroquinone and I have people alternate that with the Intellibright because their skin kind of adapts to it, and it stops working after a while. So I have them swap between bottles.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. We use the ZO HQ and then… Which is same dude who created it.
Dr. Greer: And Obagi. He’s got his own lines.
Dr. Gallus: And then also Intellibright. We like that as well. And then in terms… Ow, so for melasma, actually, because that is, you know, it’s a common complaint, it’s stubborn. Have you had any experience with using TXA orally or otherwise? Because I feel like that’s the next wave. I’m interested.
Dr. Greer: I know. I was just reading about that. Have you used it at all?
Dr. Gallus: Mm-mm. I did recommend it to a friend in Texas who had her derma prescribe it and got great results. But, yeah, it just… Prescribing it orally makes me a little bit nervous because of the clotting potential, but…
Dr. Greer: Right. But that’s where we use it in plastics is to make people’s blood clot.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. Right. So I do put it in, like, my tumescent solution for liposuction because it decreases bleeding and bruising. However, having someone take the pill just to improve their skin makes me nervous. There are studies coming out. So hopefully they’ll prove that the safety is. TXA is tranexamic acid. It’s a clotting medication that has been around forever, like, literally been around forever. So they’re starting to incorporate it into skin care. I’ve seen hints of it and I’m hoping that, you know, more skincare lines put it in. But you have to know if you apply it topically that it is gonna improve melasma. You know, that’s the difference. Is it gonna help? So I’ve seem some studies where they’re using it with micro-needling or fractionated laser, and applying it after that. And I’m just waiting for somebody to figure out, you know, the optimal treatment to start adding that in because it would be pretty easy to apply it topically in combination with a laser. But, you know, trying to sort out all the regimens is a little…is sometimes… There’s somebody else who can do a study and tell me what I need to do for that.
Dr. Greer: Exactly. Well, and that’s part of what I love about the Alumier line that we both carry is they read all the studies and then they make sure that they’re using the concentration of active ingredient that was clinically, like, that was done in the study. Instead of just, like, spritzing a little in. It’s like, “Ow. Well, this was the actual concentration, we’ll make sure that’s what we include in our product.”
Dr. Gallus: Yeah, exactly. And they call it angel dusting which we haven’t never heard of. But it’s basically saying you have a product in, you know, “I have retinol in this skincare cream.” But really it’s just a whisper of it. And so you can be applying it all day, “Ow, yeah. I’m not getting any reaction.” Yeah. Because, you know, they don’t have the concentrations of the ingredients. That’s not how that works. It’s very proprietary. And so knowing that you’re…
Dr. Greer: That’s probably a lot of the drugstore brands too. Like, everything has a whiff of retinol in it.
Dr. Gallus: Right. Somebody said they’d volunteer to be a lab rat. Sure, I will bring you in and we will… I have the TXA. We can do something and put it on your face. There’s no downside for that, but I would certainly not wanna commit people to a regimen that isn’t effective. But, yes, usually Erin is my lab rat to be honest. So you use your office as a lab rat.
Dr. Greer: Of course.
Dr. Gallus: But her skin, she’s committed to sunscreen. So she doesn’t have any melasma to tackle.
Dr. Greer: Good for her.
Dr. Gallus: She is very committed. She has great skin. So what about… What’s your take on vitamin C? Speaking of other products that are, you know, important.
Dr. Greer: Yeah. I like it, I use it. I mean, that one you’re not gonna see dramatic changes… Ow, Erin, “I’ll try anything once.” Nice. It’s a preventative. So it’s gonna prevent the free radicals. I recommend it to all my patients who don’t have a lot of sun damage yet to help prevent and I use the EverActive C&E peptide from Alumier which I like their… See, we’re both totally biased and this is turning into an Alumier commercial. But theirs is nice because the vitamin C crystals are separate from the serum and you mix them when you open the bottle because it oxidizes really quickly. And I used to use the Obagi and, like, a month later, it would be all yellowed because it had oxidized. And at that point, it’s not even working.
Dr. Gallus: Right. They’re just… Right. And I do tell people, like, you wanna make sure your vitamin C, if you’re not gonna use, you know, the line I recommend is the bottle if it’s a serum, the bottle best be brown because otherwise if it’s a clear bottle, then it’s gonna oxidize and it’s gonna turn yellow. And you just spent money on nothing. And you also don’t want it to hang around your house for more than a month or so too. It’s designed to be used daily and since it’s not very shelf-stable, you wanna make sure it’s not like, “Ow. I’m gonna drag this out over six months of applying it.” No.
Dr. Greer: No. If it’s taking you months, start getting your neck, start getting the décolletage, more coverage.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah, figure it out. Yeah. But I do agree, vitamin C is an excellent brightener and it also is just a powerful antioxidant. And it gets overlooked for new, you know, we always are looking for the new deal. But honestly, this vitamin C and retinol are just, they’re foundational. And you should be using something with both of those in it. So…
Dr. Greer: Yeah, yeah. Do you guys do in-person consultations for your skincare? Do you have online consultations? Like, how have you guys been doing that with the COVID?
Dr. Gallus: So we’ve offered virtual skincare consultations, but most of our patients are coming in for something else or will come in for a skincare consultation if they’re having aesthetician treatment or just sometimes they just… You’re coming in for something else and we will do a quick like, “Let’s talk about skincare and what you’re doing.” And I do try to bring it up with my injectable patients because you just wanna make sure that people are protecting their investment. What about you?
Dr. Greer: Well, we actually, with COVID and people not necessarily wanting to come in, we launched a virtual platform on our website where it’s just a form I have people fill out and it goes through, they can check off their pain points, they can check off their problem areas, list anything that they’re using currently, and if they’ve had bad reactions to anything, and then kinda tell me what they’re looking for. And I have them upload pictures from their phone.
Dr. Gallus: Ow, nice.
Dr. Greer: Yeah. And it comes right to my email so I can look at the photos, look at what’s bugging them, and then I just design a program for them. And they can either come by and pick it up or really nice, they can order it just on the Alumier website, and it’s drop shipped right to them which is cool. And then there’s actually, like, a prescription pad in there. I don’t know if you’ve used it. But I can, like, put all of their products there and then I just give them instructions. And that’s been really nice for people because they don’t necessarily have to come in.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. We probably need to leverage that a little bit more and make it accessible for patients. We’re redoing our website right now. But yeah, offering that, like, kind of like a concierge of virtual skincare so people can decide what, you know, what… I also usually tell them, “Hey, I’m gonna, you know, give you a list from head to toe of what you might need, but, you know, these are the critical ones to add.” And try to keep it simple at the beginning because otherwise, it gets too overwhelming, and then, again, if you’re not committed to doing it. Yeah.
Dr. Greer: Yup. If nothing else, wash your face, put on sunscreen.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. I feel like that goes unsaid in our world, but please wash your face because if you don’t wash your face at night, it’s just… It’s criminal.
Dr. Greer: All that makeup is like, grinding into your pores, and yeah.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah, yeah. And then are there things that you do on… So your regimen includes retinol and vitamin C. We talked about that, correct?
Dr. Greer: Yeah.
Dr. Gallus: And sunscreen. Is there anything else that you like to use?
Dr. Greer: I kind of have like, I have this little caddy of a bajillion bottles and I use most of them. But, yeah, look, I usually start out with a good cleanser. I also like the Bright and Clear. I use that in the morning and then I’ll use the Calm-R serum and sunscreen. I like the tinted because I don’t wear foundation anymore with masks all day. So I wear the tinted sunscreen and then at night, I don’t use the Bright and Clear, and I use a retinol instead. And I also have the eye moisturizer for when I’m looking, like, extra dry and crinkly. It just helps a little bit more.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. I do like a good eye cream. So…
Dr. Greer: How about you, any other favorite products?
Dr. Gallus: I like the Bright and Clear for sure. I use that twice a day, but my skin is a little more oily, and I think it helps exfoliate. I will use vitamin C in the morning, retinol at night. I like the eye cream and I’ll also add in Intellibright because that’s helpful. So yeah, it’s a little bit… And then if I’m feeling dry which is fairly rare, but does happen, I do like the AGE or the Ultimate Boost Serum and those are just very hydrating. So yeah, that’s kind of my routine and I do… But I feel like people are sometimes, you know, it’s great when you can get to that level where you’re savvy enough to know how to adjust for, you know, what your skin is doing. But if you wanna set it and forget it, giving somebody, like, two or three products and a routine is usually the best way. Otherwise, people get overwhelmed, for sure.
Dr. Greer: Right. Well, and the thing is you can always rotate too, you know? If you want to use the vitamin C for three months and then maybe switch to a lightener like Intellibright, that’s totally fine if you want to keep your skincare routine simple. And you can just kind of switch out products. Like, if it’s summer and you’re getting more sun and more freckles, then use Intellibright. If it’s winter and you’re okay with that, then, you know, switch to the vitamin C and do that antioxidant.
Dr. Gallus: Exactly. I totally agree. And then are you guys in Ohio? Do you do laser year-round or do you have laser season?
Dr. Greer: We actually can do laser year-round because so many of my patients are the super fair folk like I am who just don’t get a lot of sun. We like to do Forever Young BBLs and BBL obviously, is really seasonal. So we tend to do those mostly late fall, winter, spring. But we do have clients who in even for laser hair removal all summer and we’ll still do some laser peels. It’s just very person-dependent.
Dr. Gallus: Okay. Yeah. We try to… Somebody is just, like, “Loves women, plastic surgeons.” Yeah. We like to sell skincare and talk about skincare because we use skincare. So do you have…
Dr. Greer: We do. And yes, Erin, we have Halo. I love Halo.
Dr. Gallus: Erin is familiar with Halo from a different office. So she really likes it. Yeah.
Dr. Greer: It is really nice. The results… Because I used to just do the microlaser peel and the downtime was, like, two weeks for the results I get with Halo in five days.
Dr. Gallus: That’s nice.
Dr. Greer: That’s nice. I had a…
Dr. Gallus: And this is like, Sciton right?
Dr. Greer: What?
Dr. Gallus: The Sciton machine?
Dr. Greer: Yeah. It’s the Sciton, the fully loaded, lovely Sciton. But yeah, the Halo, I actually… You can wear makeup afterward. I went to a wedding shower, like, two days after my Halo and just threw on some mineral foundation, and nobody noticed. I wouldn’t, like, recommend that to my patients because it’ll be the one person who, like, beet red, but it’s a lot easier recovery.
Dr. Gallus: That’s nice. Yeah. We definitely have a laser season here because it’s so sunny during the summertime and it’s just, it’s really hard to stay out of the sun. And there’s a lot… It’s almost like, the laser season gets shorter and shorter depending on the weather. Like, you think it’s gonna be, you know, the spring, but then you find out it’s a baseball mom and you’re like, “No, no, no. Because I know you’re not gonna be able to stay out of the sun.”
Dr. Greer: Ow. Hey, Sidney. You’re trying to get your mother-in-law to come see me. I do so much liposuction. I would love to see her. That would be fun.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah. That’s fantastic. Yeah. We should talk about that maybe next time. We can deep dive into liposuction.
Dr. Greer: Absolutely. And it’ll be extra interesting because I don’t know if you know this, I used to work at Sono Bello which is one of the chain companies.
Dr. Gallus: That’s great.
Dr. Greer: And it was a… Yeah. I learned a lot. Some great, some interesting. So that’ll be a good conversation.
Dr. Gallus: Yes. Yeah. You can tell us the inside scoop. There’s a place that’s opening now called… Erin will have to remind me. The Air, it’s Air something, Air Lipo, Air Express. I don’t know. It’s like, another Sono Bello, but with a slightly different modification. And it’s… She’ll join the next one if we talk about lipo. Okay. That sounds good.
Dr. Greer: Ow, right. Perfect. We usually try to do it in about two weeks. It kinda depends on our meeting schedule.
Dr. Gallus: Yeah, yeah. I got hammered with the meeting conferences and scheduling conferences. Elite Lipo. That’s right. So it was… Hi, Alisha. And it’s Air Sculpt. Correct. Erin is here to, like, let us know what’s what. I love the support.
Dr. Greer: Good people. I need to tell my staff, “You guys need to be feeding me info.”
Dr. Gallus: That’s right. When I can’t think of the words, I need Erin. It’s too much diet coke to be honest. That’s probably what’s…
Dr. Greer: Chemicals, probably. Yeah.
Dr. Gallus: All right, super. Any last… I don’t want this to go on for too long, but any last fleeting skincare recommendations?
Dr. Greer: Ow. Well, you know, if you are interested in Alumier and you’re in San Diego, see Dr. Gallus. If you’re in Ohio, I’m actually the only person in Ohio who carries it. But you can go to our website, greerplastics.org/skincare-routine and you can request a whole routine, and I’ll hook you up. But there’s also info there on how you can purchase it online without necessarily coming to see us. So you don’t have to be close to one of us to get in on the good stuff.
Dr. Gallus: That’s right. We definitely do have patients that are from all over the country that find us because there are not a ton of people that carry AlumierMD. I know they would like to change that, but for right now to help guide you through the process, you can definitely go to Restore SD Plastic Surgery, our website, and just put an inquiry in, and we can talk you through it. So yeah, all right. All right. Well, it was lovely talking to you as usual and we will post about two weeks, and we will talk about…
Dr. Greer: Lipo.
Dr. Gallus: Liposuction. That’s awesome.
Dr. Greer: That would be fun. I love that. I’ve had lipo too. It’ll be a good talk.
Dr. Gallus: Looking forward to it. Awesome. All right. Goodnight, everybody. Thanks for joining us.
Dr. Greer: Bye.
Dr. Gallus: Bye.
About Restore SD & Dr. Katerina Gallus
As the Director of Restore SD Plastic Surgery, board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Katerina Gallus has over 15 years of experience helping San Diego women enjoy head to toe rejuvenation with face, breast and body procedures. After a successful career as a Navy plastic surgeon, Dr. Gallus founded Restore SD Plastic Surgery with the intention of creating a welcoming space for anyone seeking cosmetic enhancement.
Restore SD Plastic Surgery offers popular facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift & neck lift, facial fat grafting, and eyelid lift; breast augmentation with implants, breast lifts or breast reduction; body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, liposuction, mommy makeover, and Brazilian butt lift (BBL), as well as aesthetician services, BOTOX, injectable fillers, and laser treatments.