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This treatment for dark circles may open your eyes

Dark Circles Treatment | Bay Area Laser Surgery CenterDark circles under the eyes can simply be part of life, caused by fatigue or a bad cold. Also, the eyes are surrounded by a significant number of blood vessels, and that’s the main reason that we get dark circles under them. Genetics also play a role like your dark circles, as the thickness and radiance of your skin impact how much the blood beneath can be seen.

Temporary dark circles

Sleepless nights, sad movies and even allergies can give you telltale dark circles that can indicate you don’t feel well or aren’t well rested. But situational dark circles usually go away naturally.

Permanent dark circles

If you don’t come from a family that has always had dark circles, permanent dark circles are most likely due to aging. Add illness or lack of sleep and those dark circles can become even more pronounced.

Dark circles get worse as we age

As we develop more wrinkles, they increase the appearance of shadows that make the area beneath the eyes appear even darker. Also, the skin stretches and thins as we get older, allowing more light to penetrate the area beneath the eyes — and more light means darker circles. So for lots of reasons, many patients are looking for a way to get rid of their dark circles.

Surgery isn’t the only way to get rid of dark circles

A blepharoplasty procedure can help improve the appearance of dark circles, but there is also a non-surgical treatment that can be effective.

Dermal fillers can treat dark circles under the eyes

These three hyaluronic acid-based fillers are often used to improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes, safely and effectively:

  1. Restylane
  2. Juvederm
  3. Radiesse

Most injections take about fifteen minutes, and the results can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the filler used and the placement of the injections.

Treat your dark circles and more

Make an appointment today: In Pinole (East Bay) call (510) 724-8282; In Larkspur (North Bay) call (415) 461-5755.


Quick fixes for your face

botox san francisco | fillers bay areaThese are the days of instant gratification – fast food, same-day deliveries — and that includes how quickly we want results from our cosmetic procedures. And there actually are many treatments that target common skin problems and provide nearly instant results. If you want to see improvements in your skin on the fast track, here are some problems we can tackle for you:

Problem #1: Visible pores

Pore size varies and is often related to genetics. Large pores can be common in people who have oily skin, acne or rosacea, and they can also be the result of sun damage and aging.
Quick solution: Botox
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can be great for shrinking pores. These neuromodulators can be injected into large pores to cause them to contract, suppress production of sebum and control breakouts that can increase pore size.

Problem #2: Vertical lines between the eyebrows

Deep wrinkles can form between the brows from repeated contractions of those frowning/squinting muscles. And it’s a common complaint for many of our patients, as they can make you look perpetually tired or angry, even if you’re not.
Quick solution: Botox
When facial muscles remain relaxed from Botox injections, they can’t produce those unwanted creases and wrinkles. And again, Dysport and Xeomin both also work for this problem. Injections are placed into the problem muscles to reduce their activity, which can soften existing lines for about three to four months. Results are visible in about three days.

Problem #3: Broken capillaries

As with pore size, blotchy, spidery-looking veins on the face can be the result of sun exposure, rosacea and acne inflammation, aging and genetics.
Quick solution: Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facial
The treatments is described as feeling like having a rubber band snapped against your face, but the high-intensity light emitted from the IPL device can eliminate the visible broken capillaries.

Schedule a consultation

From lines around your mouth to brown spots to acne scars, there are some treatments available that can provide some nearly instant relief. Call for a consultation appointment today:
Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282;
Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755

Finding solutions with fillers

dermal fillers bay area | Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery CenterIn case you aren’t aware, fillers are one of today’s most effective non-surgical methods for treating many signs of aging. This injectable treatment is different from Botox because it doesn’t relax facial muscles to smooth wrinkles. Instead, as the name implies, fillers are used to fill wrinkles, creases and folds — and to plump up the skin to return it to a more youthful contour.

Fillers can help

  • Fill frown and smile lines
  • Fill hollows under and around the eyes
  • Plump the lips
  • Plump the hands
  • And more

Made from hyaluronic acid, Restylane binds to the body’s natural stores of water to plump the skin and create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Restylane is often used to treat wrinkles and creases around the mouth and lips, and under and around the eyes.

  • Restylane Lyft
    Designed for more pronounced facial folds and wrinkles, Restylane Lyft is used on the sides of the mouth, and it is also popular for lip augmentation, facial depressions and facial scarring.

Juvederm Voluma
Also made from hyaluronic acid, Juvederm plumps up the skin to help restore volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, including those around the mouth, nose and on the forehead.

  • Juvederm Ultra
    Used to correct moderately deep facial wrinkles and to add fullness to the lips
  • Juvederm XC
    A denser formula that can help improve the appearance of deeper facial folds

This long-lasting filler uses unique, calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. When injected under the skin, it works to not only smooth wrinkles, but also to stimulate the skin’s own production of collagen.

Fillers plus Botox (or Dysport or Xeomin) go well together
Fillers are often used in conjunction with Botox to enhance overall results. Botox paralyzes the underlying facial muscle so that lines and wrinkles can relax, while fillers plump the skin to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Together they can provide effective and subtle improvement in appearance.

Find out more about fillers
Many signs of aging can be treated and even eliminated with filler injections. Call for an appointment today:
In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282
In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

Lip Injections Can Put the Power Back in Your Pucker

lip fillers | bay area ca You might think you’ve had your fill of information on lip filler injections — because you’ve seen some overly obvious work on celebrities, or even on your own friends. But as time marches on, you’re also noticing the toll it’s taking around your mouth. Maybe it’s time to reverse your take on lip fillers. Done properly, it might be a procedure that will make you so happy you’ll want to, well… kiss us on the lips!

Here’s what you should know about Restylane Silk and Juvederm

They’re both made from the same molecule, hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in our skin. It’s also a top ingredient in hydrating skin-care products because it can plump our skin by grabbing and holding onto water.

Hooray, hyaluronic acid

It’s available in a few different forms from different companies. And it’s the industry standard for temporary lip plumping. It’s also the only temporary lip filler approved by the FDA. Hyaluronic acid fillers dissolve on their own and since it’s already in your skin, it’s usually quite well tolerated by injection.

Picking your formula

In most cases, it’s best to let your doctor decide which filler or fillers will be best for you, depending on where you’re being injected and your intended results.

Managing any pain

You will likely have a topical numbing cream applied to your lips and surrounding areas, and some patients also have injectable numbing medications, like a dental block. In addition, many of the H.A. injectable formulas include the numbing ingredient lidocaine. Most of our patients describe the pain level of lip injections as mild to moderate, and it can last for a few days.

Lip augmentation can look incredibly natural

We believe in providing nuanced and aesthetically-pleasing injections, pre-determined where and at what volume to inject your lips. To look natural, fillers should be added in a natural ratio, with your upper lip approximately two-thirds the size of your lower lip.

Take baby steps

Start with just a bit of filler at your first injection appointment. Call for yours today:

In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282

In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755


Introducing The Newest “Fill and Finish” Procedure

You love everything that comes with getting older – everything, that is, except for the wrinkles, fine lines, and folds that are starting to etch themselves into your face.  While they may be laugh lines and signs of your long life, you’re not exactly happy to let the world know just how old you are.  That’s why you’re looking for a smart, comprehensive solution that will help you minimize your biggest complexion woes without making you appear “unnatural.”

If this sounds familiar to you, then it’s time to make an appointment at the Bay Area Laser Surgery Center in San Francisco, CA. Owned and operated by Armen Serebrakian, MD, the Bay Area Laser Surgery Center is renowned for providing clients with unique and innovative treatments designed to produce natural yet youth-enhancing results.

One of these treatments is a new face-filling procedure, which is designed to replace volume lost during the aging process.  This is known as the “Fill and Finish” procedure, and is quickly becoming one of Dr. Serebrakian’s most popular procedures.

So what exactly is the Fill and Finish procedure?  Take a look:

  • The Fill and Finish treatment is designed to restore lost volume in certain facial areas, like the cheeks and underneath the eyes.  To start the procedure, Dr. Serebrakian injects Radiesse into the cheeks.  Radiesse utilizes hyaluronic acid, which “fills” up the cheeks for natural-looking volume.  Radiesse can also help promote long-term collagen production within the skin.
  •  After injecting Radiesse, Dr. Serebrakian will use BELOTERO BALANCE to smooth away the appearance of nasolabial folds, which are the folds that stretch from the nose down to the corners of the mouth. Like with Radiesse, BELOTERO uses hyaluronic acid to fill in any lost volume and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The end result is a minimized crease and much younger-looking skin.

Both of these skin injections can be used together, with immediate results.  Clients should abstain from sun exposure, exercise, and alcohol in the 24 hours following the procedure.

If you’re ready to restore lost facial volume – and look years younger – schedule a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center . We serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with offices in Pinole and Larkspur.

Our Pinole office (serving the East Bay) can be reached at (510)724-8282, while his Larkspur office (serving the North Bay and Marin) can be reached at (415)461-5755. You can also simply fill out the form in the top right corner.




When it comes to looking young and refreshed, you want to minimize facial wrinkles, fine lines, and creases.  But no matter how many skin creams and injectables you’ve tried, nothing seems to tackle the biggest aesthetic concern you have: your nasolabial folds.

Even if you’ve never heard the term before, it’s likely you know what these are – they’re the folds of skin that can extend from the bottom of the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.  Many people have faint nasolabial folds, but for those with moderate-to-severe folds, it can be a constant source of anxiety and low self-confidence.

Fortunately, there’s a new FDA-approved treatment available that can minimize the appearance of nasolabial folds – and it’s now available at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier cosmetic destination.

Owned and operated by Armen Serebrakian, MD, Bay Area Laser Surgery Center is renowned for using innovative and effective treatments for tackling a myriad of cosmetic issues.  One of these treatments includes BELOTERO BALANCE, a prescription injection that can temporarily fill in moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds that stretch from the nose to the corner of the mouth.  This unique treatment utilizes hyaluronic acid to fill in the appearance of the folds, as well as encourage the body’s production of collagen and elastin.

This produces two-fold effects:

  • Clients see immediate results from their treatment, which can last for up to six months; and
  • Clients see long-term smoothing as a result of increased collagen production within the skin.

When undergoing BELOTERO BALANCE treatments, clients should keep in mind that they should not do any of the following activities 24 hours after treatment:

  • Exercise
  • Sun exposure
  • Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Alcoholic beverages

Doing so can cause itching, redness, and swelling at the site of the injection.  Additionally, in few cases, there may be some redness, itching, and swelling after the injection has been performed.  These reactions typically dissipate 24 to 48 hours after treatment.

If you’re ready to achieve smooth skin and a youthful complexion, schedule a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center at either of his two locations serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

His Pinole office (serving the East Bay) can be reached at (510)724-8282, while his Larkspur office (serving the North Bay and Marin) can be reached at (415)461-5755. You can also simply fill out the form in the top right corner.

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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