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05 Feb

Want to learn more about Clinical Aesthetics?

In Uncategorized by ashleemillerartistry / February 5, 2015 /

I want you to meet Brandie Barclay

A Licensed Clinical Aesthetician, Injectable Specialist, Certified Permanent Makeup Artist


Brandie been a Clinical Aesthetician for over 16 years and still get excited when she knows a patient has left feeling more beautiful and confident! Her  passion for understanding products and procedures, paired with her artistic background, gives each patient customized care. In this fast-paced world of ever-changing skin care and anti-aging procedures, she takes pride in being a knowledgeable and trusted resource for her patients.

We all adore her. 

Since she began her career, she has been dedicated to continued education to stay current with trends and techniques. she specializes in advanced facial treatments, such as Dermal Fillers/Injectables, Chemical Peels, Dermalplaning and Microdermabrasion. As a Certified Laser Technician and Laser Safety Officer she also specialize in Photo-Facials, Laser Hair Reduction and cutting-edge Fractional Laser Resurfacing . Brandi is also a Permanent Makeup Artist for cosmetic and reconstructive purposes as well.


 O Fillers one of my favorite things ever! I love luscious lips. I have been getting my lips done for many years almost 8 to be exact.  What I find best for me is a half of a syringe of Juvederm every 6 months.  This keeps them looking full but not overdone.  Say no to duck lips! Brandie is a true artist when it comes to shaping the perfect pout. 


Restylane is a crystal-clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance present in the human body called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle, helping to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds or add fullness to your lips. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement that is gentle and safe to your skin.
Restylane is very effective for diminishing wrinkles around the corners of the mouth, the lips, the nasolabial folds (commonly referred to as “parentheses”), and the frown lines (between the eyebrows). Results will last from 6 to 12 months.

Perlane® is composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the body. The hyaluronic acid in Perlane® is a crystal clear gel that is chemically cross-linked (the long chemical strands are tied together) to delay breakdown by skin enzymes. Perlane® is non-animal-based and free from animal protein. Perlane® is used to smooth moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles such as the lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial). Perlane®’s water-loving nature attracts and binds water molecules to help maintain volume. Perlane® generally lasts for about 6 months.

Juvederm ® Ultra XC injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that contains a small quantity of local anesthetic (lidocaine) and is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. The role of lidocaine is to reduce the pain associated with injections into the skin. Most patients need 1 treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing, and the results last about 9 months to 1 year.

JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC injectable gel is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles in the skin, allows our physicians and medical aestheticians to better tailor treatment to your unique skin volume needs.

JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is the first and only filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It gives you a subtle lift, helping to restore contour and a more youthful profile, for up to 2 years, in patients over the age of 21. It’s different than JUVÉDERM® XC and works on a different area of the face. JUVÉDERM® XC smoothes out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, like parentheses. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA™ XC, however, adds volume to the cheek area.

RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is an injectable wrinkle filler that works by immediately restoring facial volume to smooth out the signs of aging. Once injected, not only does it immediately add volume but over time, RADIESSE Volumizing Filler begins to stimulate the production of the body’s natural collagen for results that may last up to a year or more in many patients.

RADIESSE Volumizing Filler can be injected in the following locations*:

Smile lines: also called the nasolabial folds, are the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Marionette lines: the lines that run downward from the corners of the mouth.
Corners of the mouth: also called the oral commissure, if these are turned downward it can make you look as though you’re frowning.
Pre-jowl: the area on either side of the chin, where skin can sag due to loss of facial volume.
Chin wrinkles: horizontal lines that can form on your chin and distract from your smile.

Sculptra Aesthetic is the first facial injectable that can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. It replaces lost collagen to give you a more natural-looking appearance without giving you away. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic — on average, 3 injection sessions over a few months, can last for more than 2 years. Sculptra Aesthetic replaces lost collagen in the mid to lower face and chin area. It treats these 3 areas:

Deep folds between the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds) also called “smile lines”.
The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines).
Chin wrinkles.


Belotero is an HA dermal filler, made of the same volumizing and moisturizing component of your skin, so it is the natural choice for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin inevitably loses its youthful appearance as the production of natural dermal volumizers and moisturizers such as hyaluronic acid (HA) diminish, leaving lines and wrinkles where our skin was once youthful, even and radiant.

When injected, it instantly plumps and adds volume to the areas where it has been lost. Even the finest lines can be treated with confidence with Belotero.

Another one of my loves for the past 10 years BOTOX… Prevention is key in my opinion. Start using it at the first sign of aging. Once you have the creases it becomes more costly to correct.  The injections are quick easy and painless. 


BOTOX® Cosmetic, introduced in 2002, is the first botulinum toxin to be approved by the FDA to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar lines between the brows. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a physicians or medical aestheticians as a simple, nonsurgical treatment. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

I have tried Dysport BUT I prefer BOTOX  


Prescription Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate-to-severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas. Long-lasting, natural-looking results up to 4 months.


Although I have yet to experience the skin care services list below I am looking forward to receiving the Obagi Chemical Peel and The Perfect Peel to help with my hyperpigmentation. 


UltraPulse TotalFX is a revolutionary factional treatment that combines DeepFX and ActiveFX procedures for total solutions in one treatment with minimal downtime. Fractional treatments treat only a fraction of the skin, leaving bridges of untouched skin that aid in the healing process and reduce healing times, enabling you to return to normal activities quicker.

UltraPulse TotalFX is an excellent procedure that improves fine lines, wrinkles, scars, tone, texture and pigmentation, all at once. UltraPulse TotalFX achieves dramatic results in only one treatment, with minimal down time.

High Speed LightSheer Duet Laser is a state-of-the-art system specifically designed to remove unwanted hair faster, with less discomfort and more reliably than other methods. The light emitted by the LightSheer diode laser is well absorbed by the pigment located in hair follicles. During the procedure, the light pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair and significantly impede the follicle’s ability to re-grow. This process also treats numerous hair follicles simultaneously. Therefore, High Speed LightSheer Duet Laser is appropriate for treating even the largest areas of the body both quickly and effectively.

IPL Photofacial is a safe, gentle approach to smoother, more radiant skin. An IPL Photofacial is a cosmetic procedure for reducing or eliminating the appearance of sun damage, pregnancy mask, rosacea, enlarged pores, broken capillaries, and many other skin problems. IPL Photofacial can treat your face, neck, chest and hands with no downtime. IPL stands for intense pulsed light, and refers to the unique type of laser our aesthetician uses to perform this procedure. The IPL laser shoots out a broad beam of lasers into the skin at a very rapid pace. These lasers penetrate the inner layer of the skin, but do not typically affect the outer layer. For this reason, most IPL Photofacials require little to no recovery time.

Obagi Blue Peels are in-office facial chemical peel to help accelerate the transformation to beautiful, healthier-looking skin. The procedure takes less than an hour and does not usually require sedation.

A mild burning sensation will occur that generally lasts only a few minutes. Then you may experience a bluish tint to your skin that usually washes off in 12 to 24 hours. Brandi will advise you on how many peels are needed to give you the desired results.

Perfect Peel Originated in Beverly Hills, this peel works from the inside to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow. The Perfect Peel refines pores, improves skin hyperpigmentation, lifts melasma, controls acne and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Brandi advises her patients that they must stop all retinol products at least 5 days prior to treatment.


The Transformation Peel by Jan Marini utilizes a high concentration of multiple acids to lift pigment and aggressively resurface the skin for overall skin rejuvenation. Retinol, peptides and antioxidants enhance efficacy and overall results. The Transformation Peel addresses pigmentation, photo-damage, texture, fine lines and wrinkles and overall skin rejuvenation. The Retinol Activator enhances results and jumpstarts the healing process by delivering retinol and beneficial peptides and antioxidants to the skin. The skin appears noticeably firmer, brighter, softer and more supple. The Transformation Peel also improves skin tone and uniformity, lessening the appearance of acne scarring. Our aesthetician recommends the use of Jan Marini skin care products to enhance the results of the Transformation Peel.

SkinMedica® products are scientifically formulated and clinically tested to rejuvenate skin and help rekindle your skin’s youthful appearance. As we age, collagen production diminishes, skin thins and elasticity decreases causing facial sagging, fine lines and wrinkles. SkinMedica® chooses scientifically proven ingredients such as growth factors and other compounds to formulate advanced skin care products with antioxidants and retinoids that enhance the natural appearance of your skin by helping to prevent free radical damage. All SkinMedica® products are part of a medically supervised skin care regimen. For optimal results, you can consult with Brandi to help you determine which treatment regimen is best for you based on your skin condition, previous procedures and lifestyle.

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure for treating superficial and deep skin damage resulting from trauma, aging or sun exposure. A lightweight hand-piece directs a targeted stream of crystals and mild suction onto the treated area. The gentle action exfoliates the epidermis and uncovers the skin’s smooth under-layer to accelerate collagen production, resulting in healthier, firmer rejuvenated skin. Brandie administers microdermabrasion treatments to patients of all Fitzpatrick Skin Types. Since no anesthesia is required and treatments result in no downtime, patients can immediately return to their daily activities. Optimal results can be seen after five to eight sessions, depending upon skin type and skin condition.


Wake up with makeup! Permanent makeup, also known as micropigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, can eliminate the daily hassle of applying makeup. Permanent cosmetics never run or smear, and are great for people with allergies to traditional cosmetics as well as for those who have a difficult time applying makeup. The most popular types of cosmetic tattooing include permanent lip, eye, and eyebrow makeup. Cosmetic tattooing can also be used to redefine weak facial features and camouflage scars on any part of the body. To produce the desired results, permanent makeup usually requires one or more touch-up procedures after initial application. Initial permanent makeup application typically takes one to two-and-a-half hours to complete, and touch-ups take significantly less time. Cosmetic tattooing can also be used to redefine weak facial features and camouflage scars on any part of the body.


Brandie recently put me on Obagi Nu-Derm System which includes a cleanser, toner, clear ( for Hyperpigmentation ) day/night cream and a sunscreen. LOVE!

With the Obagi Nu-Derm System you’re on your way to younger, healthier-looking skin. The Obagi Nu-Derm System is an anti-aging therapy that penetrates below the skin’s surface to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct the damage within…revealing healthy, younger-looking skin. Skin aging is a natural process, but daily sun exposure can contribute to premature aging, slowing down the turnover of skin cells between healthy new cells and old damaged cells. The Obagi Nu-Derm System combined with tretinoin is clinically proven to help address the signs of aging in all skin types.

The Obagi Nu-Derm System is ideal if you have:

Age spots
Fine lines and wrinkles
Rough skin
Skin laxity (loss of elasticity)
Erythema (redness)
Sallowness (yellowish complexion)
Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)

The Obagi CLENZIderm MD System is a three-step acne treatment with clinically proven ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to help control adult acne for a clearer, healthier-looking complexion. The Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System is a clinically proven acne skin care system that contains a unique formulation of ingredients, including 5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) and salicylic acid, that penetrate deep into the skin and target acne where it starts. This clinically proven acne treatment is available in 2 customized sets, Normal to Dry System and Normal to Oily System, based on skin type.

The first and only complete perscription-based system developed specifically for treating the signs and symptoms of Rosacea. The all-in-one system provides gentle non-comedogenic skin care to calm and protect inflamed, irritated skin. It is designed to effectively reduce redness and flushing along with treating papules and pustules, to help rosacea patients achieve a clearer and more balanced-looking complexion. Delivers immediate benefits with continued improvement.

by Obagi Medical
While you may have diligently maintained the skin on your face for years, you may not have paid as much attention to the skin on your chest and neck. However, the skin on your décolletage is particularly vulnerable to visible signs of aging, since it tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked in the sun protection regimen. Revitalize your décolletage skin with the ELASTIderm Décolletage System for flawless, younger-looking skin. The ELASTIderm Décolletage System is a Complete system with 2 effective products to help improve the signs of skin aging on your chest and neck- Skin Lightening Complex and Wrinkle Reducing Lotion.

by Obagi Medical
Elastiderm is not a moisturizer. Rather, it uses a bi-mineral complex that has been clinically proven to help replenish elastin and build collagen to restore the elasticity in your skin. It’s clinically proven to help reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.


Jan Marini professional products are used to address fine lines and wrinkles from aging and sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea. Jan Marini cleansers, creams, gels and scrubs improve upon traditional glycolic acid formulas, targeting issues like acne, dullness and discoloration. With daily use, your skin will continue to improve over time for sustained long-lasting benefits. Jan Marini products and their award-winning Skin Care Management System with synergistic layered technology are used and trusted by physicians and skin care professionals worldwide to ensure optimum results for their patients.

SkinMedica professional skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience to offer cutting edge products that improve the appearance of the skin. TNS Recovery Complex™ with Nouri-Cel MD, the multiple growth factor product, is the cornerstone for SkinMedica™.

TNS Hyperpigmentation System™ by SkinMedica

Get young healthy skin. This system was created specifically to improve visible signs of aging, including hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and sallowness. Get glowing, firm and youthful skin without any downtime, redness or peeling.

The Science behind the beauty

TNS is the acronym for Tissue Nutrient Solution, a unique gel formulation containing the revolutionary ingredient, NouriCel MD, an unparalleled combination of growth factors, soluble collagen, matrix proteins and antioxidants found in young healthy skin.


Clarisonic’s soft gentle brush oscillates back and forth 300 times per second. It cleanses so well that products absorb better, pores appear smaller, fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced, and your skin tone and texture improves. Completely waterproof and removes makeup six times better than using a wash cloth. Kit includes spot therapy body brush. Just one minute a day, for the best skin of your life!

Combining breakthrough sonic application technology with a specially formulated Anti-Aging Sea Serum, Opal erases the years and hydrates the delicate area around your eyes. Opal starts working immediately with results that last for hours and build over time. Scientifically shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as puffiness.

Advanced Mineral Makeup is made with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that allow your skin to breathe and feel like you are wearing no makeup. The all-natural ingredients contain no perfumes, dyes, talc or preservatives, allowing your skin to look beautiful and radiant all day. Advanced Mineral Makeup is also the perfect solution for sensitive, acneic or rosacea-prone skin.

LATISSE® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller, darker. LATISSE® solution is a once-nightly treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes. Then, gradually, the results come in. You may start to see more length in as little as 4 weeks and you should achieve full growth in 16 weeks.

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