Dr. Grant Stevens, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is the Medical Director of the Marina Plastic Surgery located in the affluent, sought-after town of Marina del Rey, CA. Renowned, internationally for his breast enhancement and body contouring procedures, Dr. Stevens also has the distinction of being selected and featured in the prestigious book, Plastic Surgery: The World’s Top Surgeons & Clinics.
Dr. Stevens’ practice is aptly-named since the “Marina,” is a picturesque, seaside community that hosts the world’s largest man-made small boat harbor. Home to 5,300 pleasure boats, it’s surrounded by stunning high-rise condos, beautiful beach homes, trendy shops and hotels and, of course scrumptious seafood restaurants – where the density of seating is second only to that in New York City!
The Marina is a destination for casual living and elegant lifestyles and the entire area is only 1.5 sq. miles, with 41% of it, water! But similar to many sunny, wind and sea communities, in the Golden State, there is a downside to the carefree, resort-like living – the damage that the sun and other elements can wreak on the skin.
As Dr. Stevens well knows, it’s a constant battle to win the war, or even hold your own, against the signs of pre-mature aging: dry, parched skin, lines and wrinkles, loss of tone and the appearance of freckles and brown spots wherever the skin is exposed.
“Dr. Stevens has the distinction of being selected and featured in the prestigious book, Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics"
So for Dr. Stevens’ patients, maintaining an attractive, youthful complexion is an important part of the healthy, vibrant California dreaming. And it’s no wonder that wanting to feel good and look even better is not just for the ladies any more. Many of his male patients are also concerned with the appearance of their skin and Venus Concept’s Venus Viva is an effective option that produces immediate AND natural-looking results.
“My patients want to look younger and fresher and improve the overall quality of their skin,” Dr. Stevens says. “With Venus Viva we reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten the skin and minimize enlarged pores, even scarring. We can also lighten some of the pigment changes due to sun exposure. I recommend five monthly treatments to achieve these results and to maximize skin that looks noticeably younger, fresher and brighter.”
But Dr. Stevens takes his “treatment” of his male patients even further than the exciting results of the Venus Viva technology. “I want my male patients to not only look good but feel good about their visits to our office. Actually, to feel good about looking great! So I built what I call our “Marina ManLand,” a treatment area where men can be men just like we try to make our women patients feel very much like women.”
Marina’s ManLand, indeed is designed and decorated with a casual, comfortably rustic look and feel. With leather walls, burnished copper ceilings and wood planked floors – and Western motif wall décor – the area is replete with flat screen TVs and feels more like a Sports Bar than a medical office. It’s unique, it’s a strong statement about Dr. Stevens’ dedication to real customer care – and it works. “The guys love it,” Dr. Stevens says. “They feel comfortable here, they tell their friends about it…it works well for everyone.”
“The guys love it," Dr. Stevens says. "They feel comfortable here, they tell their friends about it.. it works well for everyone."
Dr. Stevens’ relationship with Venus Concept began years ago when he saw the first studies on the Venus Viva technology. “Venus Viva is unique in its nano fractional technology,” Dr. Stevens says, “and we use radio frequency that is delivered by 160 pins through the skin. Additionally, we, the physician, control the energy and precisely deliver the radio frequency to the fibroblasts, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin.”
Dr. Stevens also notes that Venus Viva is extremely versatile and actually adds a complementary treatment to the various laser services they offer. “We have lasers that minimize hair and brown spots or for laser vein removal and so forth. And many of our patients will have these laser treatments and then follow it with the Venus Viva to enhance and bring out the natural beauty. And, again, there’s no downtime whatsoever.”
But Venus Viva is not the only Venus Concept aesthetic device Dr. Stevens offers. After experiencing the treatment himself, he was so impressed with its results, he introduced the magic of Venus Legacy into his practice. It’s non-surgical results are immediate and long-lasting, there’s no downtime and it’s pain-free. He knew it would be a popular addition for his Marina ManLand, mostly, to tighten and smooth the skin over the chest and abdomen.
“It’s a constant battle to win the war, or even hold your own, against the signs of pre-mature aging."
“We have men who have lost weight and work out, diligently. They’re actually quite buff and yet their skin is still sagging. They ask me, all the time, if there’s anything I can do, without surgery, to give their skin a little more life to it, tighten it up a bit. And Venus Legacy does just that,” Dr. Stevens says. “one treatment a month, for five or six months – perfect, and the guys really like it.”
For his women patients, there’s another very common and stubborn area of concern. According to Dr. Stevens, “85% of women are affected by some form of cellulite…and 100% of them are not happy about it! Here in Southern California, where shorts, bikinis and short skirts are, literally, a way of life, any cellulite is just not acceptable!
“While there are many types of cellulite, requiring specific treatments, here at Marina Plastic Surgery, we’re using Venus Legacy, frequently, on the thighs, legs and lower extremities. It’s a wonderful treatment for the Type II cellulite, which appears wavy rather than pitted. It tightens and lifts the skin and helps the skin tone, as well. After five monthly treatments, we’re seeing a real smoothing of the patient’s legs. We love it.”
The best way Dr. Stevens knows how well his procedures are working and how much his patients appreciate him, “I know it works because they’re sending me their friends and family – and they’re wearing shorts to the office!”
And the best way to know how Dr. Stevens feels about his experience with Venus Concept? “The Venus Team are extremely forward thinking. They base their concepts on science and their technologies are designed to have a reproducible, reliable result that’s safe and effective. And it’s also cost-effective… for the doctor, the doctor’s office and their patients.
“Actually we’re doing studies right now, looking at our Venus Viva and are very excited about the changes we’re seeing in the skin. I’ve really enjoyed working with the Venus Concept team; they’re looking to make those real changes possible. It’s not just smoke and mirrors. And of course, they’re very upbeat and fun to work with too!”
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Venus Bliss™ is cleared by the FDA for non-invasive lipolysis of the abdomen and flanks in individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less, with the diode laser applicators. The (MP)2 applicator is cleared by the FDA for temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
Venus Versa™ is cleared by the FDA as a multi-application device intended to be used in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures. The SR515 and SR580 applicators are cleared by the FDA for the treatment of benign pigmented epidermal and cutaneous lesions and treatment of benign cutaneous vascular lesions. The HR650/HR650XL and HR690/HR690XL applicators are cleared by the FDA for the removal of unwanted hair and to effect stable long-term or permanent hair reduction for Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV. The AC Dual applicator is cleared by the FDA for the treatment of acne vulgaris. The DiamondPolar™ and OctiPolar™ applicators on the Venus Versa™ system are cleared by the FDA for non-invasive treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and rhytides on females with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV. The NanoFractional RF™ (Viva) applicator is cleared by the FDA for dermatological procedures requiring ablation and resurfacing of the skin.
ARTAS iX™ is cleared by the FDA with indication for use for harvesting hair follicles from the scalp in men diagnosed with androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) who have black or brown straight hair. ARTAS iX™ is intended to assist physicians in identifying and extracting hair follicular units from the scalp during hair transplantation; creating recipient sites; and implanting harvested hair follicles.
NeoGraft® is cleared by the FDA with indication for use in suction-assisted follicular extraction and re-implantation. NeoGraft® is an auto-graft system and can be used on both male and female patients.
Venus Legacy™ is cleared by the FDA for the non-invasive treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and rhytides in females with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV with the OctiPolar™ and DiamondPolar™ applicators, and temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite with the 4D Body (LB2) and 4D Face (LF2) applicators.
Venus Velocity™ is cleared by the FDA for hair removal, permanent hair reduction (defined as the long-term stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing when measured at 6, 9 and 12 months after the completion of a treatment regimen), and the treatment of pseudofolliculitis barbae, for all Fitzpatrick skin types.
The Venus Viva™ MD is cleared by the FDA for the use in dermatological procedures requiring ablation and resurfacing of the skin, and the non-invasive treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and rhytides for females in Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV with the DiamondPolar™ applicator.
Venus Freeze Plus™ is a non-invasive device cleared by the FDA for use in dermatologic and general surgical procedures for females for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and rhytides in Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV, using the DiamondPolar™ and OctiPolar™ applicators.
Venus Heal™ is cleared by the FDA for the relief of minor muscle aches and pain, relief of muscle spasm, and temporary improvement of local blood circulation. The treatment of these conditions will lead to the treatment of certain soft tissue injuries and conditions.
Venus Glow™ is cleared by the FDA as a Class I motorized dermabrasion device. It provides a dermal rejuvenation treatment that works to open up and deep-clean pores. Venus Concept is the exclusive distributor for Venus Glow™.
Venus Epileve™ is cleared by the FDA for hair removal, permanent hair reduction (defined as the long-term stable reduction in the number of hairs
re-growing when measured at 6, 9 and 12 months after the completion of a treatment regimen), and the treatment of pseudofolliculitis barbae for all Fitzpatrick skin types.
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