BLOG Archive (2018)
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Dr. Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD is
a Board Certified Dermatologist
from Stanford University Medical
School. She graduated Summa
Cum Laude from UCSD and is a
past President of the San Diego
Society of Dermatological
Surgery. She is known
worldwide as “America’s
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January 21, 2018
“Honored to be a TOP Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Dermatology! Congratulations to the other awardees especially my
friends, Emmy award-winning Producer of The Talk on CBS Marc Anthony Nicolas and former Chairman of the Board of the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ruben Nepales, who are all pioneers and trailblazers in their respective fields! Special thanks
to Paula Abdul for my beautiful outfit. I dedicate this award to my handsome, super smart, sweet, supportive husband, and my
forever BFF and life partner, Dr. James Lee!”
Dr. Tess Wins “TOP” Award For Outstanding Achievement in Dermatology
January 30, 2018
Dr. Tess was invited to be a faculty speaker at the 11th World Congress of the International Society of Cosmetogynecology at the
Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. She shared her expertise in biocellular medicine, regenerative medicine, fat
transfer, the Almi procedure and women’s health advancements, as well as meeting with top leaders and pioneers to discuss the
latest technologies and techniques.
Dr. Tess Faculty Speaker at the ISCG 11th World Congress
January 7, 2018
Check out a night of Hollywood-style fun as Dr. Tess attends the Golden Globes and Netflix after party with The Hollywood Foreign
Press’ executive couple Ruben and Janet Nepales!
Dr. Tess At The Golden Globes
Dress from Paula Abdul!
Ruben & Janet Nepales
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) with
Justin Hartley (This Is Us)
Leaders In Aesthetics and Regenerative Medicine
March 5, 2018
We are very happy to announce that our brand new office in Eastlake / Chula Vista is now open and seeing patients! We gutted and
remade the space from scratch, and it’s finally done (after the usual construction and permitting delays)! Come by and take
advantage of our limited time grand opening special. For address and phone number CLICK HERE.
We’re also working on a Grand Opening Party. Check back for details!
Our Eastlake Clinic Is Now Open!
The sign is up!
March 8, 2018
“Happy International Women’s Day from Washington, DC! This is a photo of all the woman delegates from the National Diversity
Coalition with the Chairman of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), Maureen Ohlhausen. Inspiring and empowering to be
surrounded by women making a difference!”
Happy International Women’s Day
April 10, 2018
When is the right time to undergo a skin cancer screening? Most of us know that more sun exposure means higher risk for skin
cancer right? Well there are also other, more specific factors that can contribute to skin cancer. You’re more at risk than the average
person if you have any of the following:
• Fair skin (rarely tans but burns easily with sun exposure)
• History of painful sunburns as a child or teenager
• Family history of skin cancer
• Lots of moles and growths on body
If this sounds like you, then I highly recommend seeing a Dermatologist for an annual skin exam. If you have zero to few risk
factors, you can wait a little longer before making an appointment. However, early screening is always the safest and recommended
option. If you are prone to sunburns and/or have a family history of skin cancer, then the latest I would recommend seeing a
Dermatologist is at age 30.
The risk of skin cancer decreases if you’re on the other end of the spectrum:
• Olive toned skin (rarely burns but tans easily with sun exposure)
• Avoids extended sun exposure now and as a child and teenager
• No family history of skin cancer
• Little to no moles or growths on body
I would like to point out that, although rare, I have diagnosed patients with skin cancer who were non-Caucasian! Often skin cancer
is not taken seriously but please remember that it can be deadly.If you do become diagnosed with skin cancer, it can be treatable if
caught early. The most important rule when it comes to skin cancer prevention is to always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS have a suspicious
mole or growth evaluated by a Dermatologist.
And remember your ABCDE’s when conducting a self-evaluation:
A - asymmetry (put an imaginary line in the middle of the mole or spot, the two sides should match, if not it is asymmetric)
B - border (should be smooth)
C - color (should be uniform and even)
D - diameter (should be smaller than a pencil eraser)
E - evolution (watch out for any symptoms like itching, burning, or especially bleeding)
If you find any of these signs when inspecting your moles and growths, see your Dermatologist right away. Having any of these
signs does not automatically mean you have skin cancer but it does mean that you must be evaluated to see if a skin biopsy is
I hope this helps to serve as a reminder to begin getting annual skin exams and regularly examine your moles and skin growths. It
could save your life.
Skin Cancer Screening and Early Detection
Liveli (Pronounced “Lively”) Brain Supplements Are Here!
April 24, 2018
"As with all marriages, Dr. James and I have seen our share of challenges, but the biggest to our 20 year marriage was overcoming
James' diagnosis of a brain tumor 7 years ago. We kept mostly quiet as James was struggling and I tried to keep everything going.
But it was our passion to optimize his brain function as he recovered that inspired us to create Liveli, our highly researched weapon
for brain health!
We used the knowledge we gained in attaining our MD's from Stanford, James' degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
from Yale, and his expertise with brain function as an anesthesiologist to create the world's most sophisticated, and with over 70
brain-proven ingredients, most complete brain nutritional supplement that exists.
Our hope is that Liveli will help you as much it has helped James and myself. In caring for him and carrying on a business and
family, I realized I had to optimize my own brain function as well! We can't change certain things in our lives but we do have the
choice to improve upon them. When it comes to brain health, we don't have to hope to progress, we can now choose to with Liveli.
We hope you can support us, share our story and help us educate others on what is now possible for all of us."
Watch Dr. James tell his story on camera (Click on “Play Video”)
May 16, 2018
1. Please break it down for us. What exactly happens to our skin as we age?
As we age, skin deteriorates from intrinsic aging and is accelerated by ultraviolet exposure, causing us to break down collagen,
elastin and hyaluronic acid, resulting in thinning and flattening of our dermis and epidermis. Pigment can also be altered which
leads to uneven coloration and redness. Our fat pads shift, some bone gets resorbed and we lose volume leading to wrinkles and
sagging, which of course is worsened by gravity.
2. How can natural ingredients benefit our skin and help fight the premature signs of aging?
Natural products come from nature as plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. They have natural anti inflammatory, antioxidant and
anti-aging effects. Some may even have sun protective, soothing and moisturizing effects.
3. What ingredients should we look for if we want to switch to a more natural anti-aging skin care routine?
Look for these ingredients:
Green tea extract
Licorice root extract
4. Are natural ingredients just as effective as synthetic or lab-based counterparts?
Natural ingredients can be as effective but truly natural products usually do not contain preservatives and are usually paraben free,
sulfate free, phthalate free so the shelf life may not be as long and may lose efficacy faster. Many of the most popular natural
ingredients are already in skin care products because they have been scientifically proven to be effective.
5. Any other tips or advice you can give us when switching to natural skin care?
People prone to allergies especially those with history of contact dermatitis have to be more careful with natural ingredients. For
example, those with known latex rubber allergy may also have allergies when eating foods like banana, kiwi fruit, avocado,
chestnut, passion fruit, plum and tomatoes. For these people, having these natural products in their skin care, can pose a problem.
-Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD
Is it still taboo for men to have cosmetic work done?
June 12, 2018
Not really. In the 15 years that M Beauty Clinic by Dr. Tess has been open, the amount of male cosmetic patients have dramatically
increased. In the mid-2000’s we would see about one male patient a week, but now we can see one or two a day! Not only that, but
the type of male patients has expanded from your SoCal pretty boy (affectionately labeled as metrosexuals) to manly men who work
outdoors and want to reverse visible sun damage.
A big factor as to why cosmetic treatments are becoming more socially accepted among men is the rise in non-surgical procedures.
If you could walk into your doctor’s office, do a quick laser and get a couple injections then go back to work looking younger but still
like yourself, wouldn’t you do it? 15 years ago, the trend for anti-aging was plastic surgery and brutal chemical peels: both options
leaving you with weeks of downtime and risk of altering how you look.
The top three procedures for men in our office are no-downtime laser treatments to reduce brown spots, redness and broken
capillaries on the face, acne/acne scar treatment and believe it or not, Botox for wrinkles! The good and bad thing about non-
surgical treatments is the results can be subtle but for most of our patients, especially men, it’s worth it.
The industry has made a large shift from completely changing how you look to enhancing your natural look. Even though it may
sound the same, it’s really not. Changing how you look is saying you want to look like Brad Pitt or Kim Kardashian. Enhancing your
natural look means you get cosmetic procedures done but keep the unique features that make you, you.
Things To Consider Before Choosing an Acne Treatment
August 13, 2018
Whenever I am evaluating patients with acne, I ask about products and treatments they have tried in the past. This will impact what
type of treatments I will recommend. For women, I ask about their menstrual periods. Some women who have a history of irregular
periods and moderate to severe acne may have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which will require further workup and hormonal
treatment. Women whose acne flares around their menstrual cycle may benefit from hormonal therapy such as spironolactone and
birth control pills. Many acne treatments such as oral antibiotics and topical retinoids can increase sensitivity to sun so you have to
think about increasing sun protection to avoid sun burns and skin irritation. There are treatments that can help both active acne and
scars and this is important for those with skin types that create redness and discoloration. Consider treatments that can help kill 2
birds with one stone. In our clinic we use lasers like the Tribeam laser and Venus Versa acne treatments, along with Hydrafacial
which help acne and even skin tone and texture. -Tess Mauricio, MD, FAAD
Dr. Tess’s Immigration Story Featured in The San Diego Union Tribune
September 18, 2018
We are so proud to announce that Dr Tess was featured by The San Diego Union Tribune in their “Our
Immigration Story” project which appeared on the front page of the paper on September 16! Her story is just one
among the 800,000 immigrants in San Diego. The “Our Immigration Story” project will be featured in the New
Immigration Museum on Oct. 19 - Feb. 3.
Link to the article.
Dr. Tess was interviewed as part of the project