Beauty editors are not a shy bunch. They’ll write about matching their lipstick to their nipples for millions of readers, get tattoos in front of a crowd at media events, and live-document laser hair removal sessions. So when a colleague pulled me aside to share a secret in hushed tones, I knew what she was sharing had to be extra juicy. “I just got [a great medical aesthetics treatment],” she gushed. She said it was at GoodSkin™ Los Angeles so, of course, I had to learn more.
The more research I did, the more I found that I loved what I saw. (And I’m not the only obsessed editor — my colleagues across the internet are singing this clinic’ praises.) Founder Lisa Goodman, PA-C (Certified Physician’s Assistant), started her career working under renowned doctors Ava Shamban and Harold Lancer. Working alongside her is her sister, Lauren Pack, RN, who worked as a phlebotomist before finishing an accelerated nursing program. Goodman decided to open a clinic as a hobby in 2015, pulling Pack on board. The concept was so successful that the sisters have since built out a team and expanded to New York.
The result is the GoodSkin™signature, which the sisters have coined The Untouched Look™. “We create a tailored plan based both on your treatment goals as well as science,” explains Goodman. “The goal is to keep you looking like you.”
The clinic — and the sisters themselves — are known for their philosophy on medical aesthetics and beauty. Treatments include injectable filler as well as injectable wrinkle reducers — Goodman administered Pack’s first treatment when she was 20 — IPL laser (intense pulsed light, which can help even skin tone and texture), red light therapy (which is said to have anti-aging properties), and chemical peels.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face. Like any medical treatment, they have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you.]
Goodman is especially fond of other signature treatments of the clinic’s: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with nappage. Nappage is an advanced version of microneedling that delivers tiny punctures into the skin. By infusing that skin with PRP (which is created from a small sample of your own blood), it promotes overall clarity, smoothness, and brightness. Note there may be side effects with this procedure, so be sure to talk about these in advance.
Additionally, she’s passionate about threads. If you’ve never heard of threads, don’t be surprised. This innovative faux facelift technology has been used in Europe for years (and is one of the aforementioned secrets an aesthetician shared with me), but is only just gaining traction in the United States. They’re dissolvable sutures — hence the name, threads — that are woven into the subcutaneous tissue in the face and reposition fallen fat pads. This technique is so effective that it can last for two years, and Goodman personally loves it for the immediate lift.
[Editor’s Note: Threads are approved by the FDA for use in mid-face suspension surgery to temporarily fixate the cheek sub dermis in an elevated position. They should not be used in patients with any known allergy or foreign body sensitivities to plastic biomaterial or in situations where internal fixation is otherwise contraindicated, such as infection. Threads also should not be used in patients appearing to have very thin soft tissue of the face in which the implant may be visible or palpable. Since they are used in medical procedures, they have side potential effects such as minor pain, swelling, and bruising. Be sure to consult with your licensed provider about any risks and to see if they’re right for you.]
When they’re not dabbling in medical aesthetics treatments, Goodman and Pack are slathering themselves with skincare — they’re beauty fanatics through and through. They both love using Cosmelan® Maintenance Cream ($240) when they’re dealing with a bit of hyperpigmentation they want to lighten. Adds Pack, “If we both want extra exfoliation, we apply a thick layer [of this] and leave it on for 20 minutes. We then get light peeling of the skin over the next few days.” Pack is also a fan of Biologique Recherche® P50 Lotion to help normalize her skin (read our review of this cult favorite here!), while Goodman swears by SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum® ($281). “Because of all the traveling I do, it’s convenient to have a serum that is all-in-one — it has peptides, antioxidants and growth factors.”
Goodman’s travels include not just working bicoastally for GoodSkin™, but speaking at medical aesthetics conferences worldwide. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in this field, she recommends going to as many of these conferences and training sessions as possible. “Make sure that you really want to do this and will enjoy this career path,” she says. “It is good to spend time going to workshops and learning on your own.”
As you learn more about injectables — as an injector or as a recipient — you’ll find that “looking like you got something” done is not an inherent characteristic of them, which is something the sisters are adamant about. They also share that doing your homework is key to getting the results you want. “Make sure the injector or practice follows the aesthetic you are looking for,” advises Pack. “Come prepared with questions, what bothers you and what you are looking to accomplish.”
Basically, what you’re looking to ascertain when you meet an injector is their level of experience. “The most important thing is to just go for a consult,” says Goodman, “If the provider can’t gain your trust or prove their credibility with their expertise, then it's probably not the best fit for you.”
And while some believe that only dermatologists or plastic surgeons are truly qualified enough to administer injectables, Goodman says it’s that experience that’s key.“We are experts at injectables,” she notes. “Not surgery, not dermatology, and not even other medical areas. We will always refer out when we don’t have the answer or if something falls outside our areas of expertise.” But after interviewing these two and reading through their catalog of services, it seems to me like a lotis in their areas of expertise.
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