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Medical Spa | Encino | Sherman Oaks | San Fernando Valley | Botox | dysportRejuvenate Medical Spa, led by Dr. Bijan Farah, is a state of the art facility for a wide range of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments to enhance physical appearance. Dr. Farah is a board certified doctor with nearly four decades of experience in the field of medicine. Under his direct guidance and supervision, Rejuvenate med spa provides the latest and proven anti-aging solutions to help patients in and around Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, and Calabasas, CA gain a youthful appearance. The distinguishing feature and a key strength of Rejuvenate Medical Spa is that Dr. Farah personally supervises and guides the facility for all innovative treatments. He has extensive experience in both internal and emergency medicine, and he applies the same standards and principles of treatment to his med spa facility. Dr. Farah is also an attending Staff Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Providence-Tarzana Regional & Northridge Medical Centers.

Injectable Treatments

Botox and Dysport are leading injectable anti-aging treatments to reduce wrinkles and fine lines from the face. Botox has been in use for a fairly long time, while Dysport emerged later as a second treatment option in the same category. The FDA originally approved Botox for cosmetic treatment of frown lines on the forehead in 2002. Ever since then, it has remained the most preferred cosmetic non-surgical treatment for facial wrinkle reduction around the world. Dysport was approved for the same cosmetic purpose by the FDA in 2009. Both drugs are based on botulinum toxin, a powerful biological substance that can paralyze a targeted muscle for a temporary time period. The FDA has also approved both Botox and Dysport for the treatment of a number of medical conditions, such as excessive underarm sweating, eyelid spasms and chronic migraines.


Both Botox and Dysport are designed to treat minor wrinkles and lines on the face using botulinum type A toxin. This toxin is used in highly diluted and controlled quantities to achieve the desired results. The drug is injected directly into a targeted overactive muscle that is causing a wrinkle. It works immediately to block the communication between the muscle and the nerve, leading the muscle into a temporary state of paralysis. The wrinkle fades away as the muscle relaxes, and the effects can stay for a period of three to six months on average. Rejuvenate med spa usually recommends Botox to its patients in Encino, Sherman Oaks, San Fernando, Calabasas, CA and surrounding communities. Though both treatments are based on the same toxin, but Dysport has a smaller-sized molecule, which makes its unit measurement different from Botox. Dysport remained popular in Europe for several years, and has been late entrant to the United States because of its late approval from the FDA. The safety profile and length of effectiveness of both treatments is by and large the same. The risk of side effects is also similar, and several clinical studies have shown identical outcomes for both Botox and Dysport.

FDA Approval for Crow’s Feet

Botox has recently won the approval from the FDA for treatment of crow’s feet. Prior to the approval, both Botox and Dysport were still used by several medical spas for the reduction of crow’s feet. However, with the FDA approval, Botox has gained a wider acceptance in the medical community for the cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet. Dysport has not received such approval from the FDA until now. Crow’s feet refer to fine lines and wrinkles that radiate from the outer corners of the eyes, and may make a person appear older or tired. Botox can now be used with authority to address this condition, and many new patients may now warm up to the idea of receiving Botox treatment for crow’s feet.

Key Differences

Differences between Botox and Dysport are still a subject matter of clinical studies, and definitive results are not available. However, many cosmetic experts believe that the anti-aging results with Dysport may not last as long as they do with Botox. The onset of Dysport is marginally quicker at two to five days, compared to four to seven days in case of Botox. Diffusion is slightly higher in case of Dysport, which means it tends to spread to a wider area. This can be an advantage in certain situations and a limitation in others. Some physicians believe that more quantity of Dysport is needed to achieve the same results as Botox. However, this point is still under scientific scrutiny and continues to be an issue of debate. In the final analysis, it is much more important to choose the right medical spa for Botox treatment, rather than be overly concerned about making a choice between Botox and Dysport.
Derma FillersRejuvenate Medical Spa, led by Dr. Bijan Farah, is a premier facility for non-invasive and minimally invasive corrective, cosmetic and anti-aging treatments for the skin. Patients in Los Angeles areas such as Encino, and Sherman Oaks may receive state of the art skin and laser treatments at the med spa. Treatments for varicose veins and spider veins are also provided at the facility.

What is Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical solution to reduce the signs of aging from the face. Without resorting to any highly invasive techniques, dermal fillers can restore a youthful facial appearance, augment the lips, define contours and reduce facial wrinkles and creases. The treatment is usually recommended for people are keen to reduce their signs of aging without undergoing surgery. The filler substance is injected directly into the targeted area of the face for almost immediate results. The downtime involved is negligible or nil, and the risk of side effects that are generally associated with a surgery is eliminated. However, the results with dermal fillers are not permanent. The patient can repeat the treatment as per the guidance of the skin specialist in order to prolong and maintain results.

How does it work?

Dermal filler stimulates the natural skin collagen that may be depleted in the body due to aging, sun exposure, and other factors. The body contains hyaluronic acid, which is found in high concentrations in soft connective tissue and cartilage, and in the fluid around the eyes. With the loss of this natural substance, the skin begins to lose its firmness and elasticity, resulting in sagging skin and facial lines and wrinkles. A filler can replace this substance and stimulate collagen to rejuvenate the affected area. Hyaluronic acid used in fillers is not derived from animal sources. The advantage with fillers that use this substance is that no prior allergy tests may be required. Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane are some of the popular dermal fillers that are based on hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is another useful dermal filler that is based on calcium hydroxylapatite. It is a heavy facial filler to reduce very conspicuous signs of aging. Deep creases such as nasolabial folds, frown lines and marionette lines can be filled with this natural substance. Radiesse can also be used to enhance facial contours and fullness of cheeks. Juvederm Juvederm is one of the most popular, FDA-approved dermal filers that is delivered directly into the targeted areas of the face. It is available in the form of an injectable gel to treat skin folds and wrinkles, including the lines running on the sides of the mouth and nose. The advantage with Juvederm is that a single treatment can last up to a whole year. Customized treatment can be provided for a patient to produce a natural looking outcome. Juvederm application involves the use of a fine needle through which the filler is eased underneath the skin to fill the soft tissue in the dermis. The filler gel adds volume instantly to the targeted area, causing the appearance of wrinkles to reduce. The filler is based on non-animal hyaluronic acid, which makes it safer even for people who are sensitive to animal-based substances. Restylane and Perlane Restylane and Perlane are two of the oldest and highly reliable dermal fillers available today. The fillers should be administered by an experienced and qualified skin specialist only. People who have noticeable facial wrinkles or are bothered by a loss of volume on their facial features may opt for Restylane or Perlane treatment. The procedure is brief, painless, and involves little to no downtime. Results can be visible almost immediately. The treatment is ideal for people having moderate to severe creases, folds or wrinkles, and those who have lost facial volume and fullness. Radiesse Radiesse is an advanced dermal filler to treat wrinkles and facial lines. Some clinical studies have shown that the effects of Radiesse treatment may last longer than other similar fillers. A single treatment may continue to provide benefits for up to a year or even longer. The treatment is effective for nasolabial folds, laugh lines, and other wrinkles around the mouth. Cheek bones can appear more defined when it is used in the cheek area.

Dermal Filler Treatment with Dr. Farah

Dr. Farah is a board certified doctor with more than 35 years of experience. His Master Injectors with over 10 years of experience provide anti-aging filler treatments at this state of the art med spa facility to patients in Los Angeles, CA, particularly those from Encino, Sherman Oaks, and nearby communities. Rejuvenate Medical Spa provides some of the latest non-invasive and minimally treatments for the skin, including laser treatments.  

derma fillersA growing number of people in the United States today are looking for cosmetic treatments that make them look younger and more attractive. However, a very large section of the population is averse to the idea of choosing invasive plastic surgeries to achieve this goal. This is where Rejuvenate Medical Spa, a state of the art medical spa facility in northern Los Angeles, CA is making a difference and fulfilling the gap that exists between surgical solutions and the people’s aspiration for less invasive alternatives.

Rejuvenate Medical Spa, headed by Dr. Bijan Farah, provides the best in class skin and laser cosmetic treatments, which are non-invasive or minimally invasive to ensure the desired results without the obvious risks and complications of a surgery. For the people in Encino, San Fernando and Sherman Oaks, CA, Rejuvenate Med Spa provides custom-made treatments to match with their needs and offers personalized care and attention to every patient for best results.

Expertise and Experience

The core strength of Rejuvenate Medical Spa, which makes it the first choice for many people in northern Los Angeles, CA, is its highly experienced team of medical specialists and trained staff members. The team is led by Dr. Bijan Farah, who has nearly four decades of rich experience in practicing medicine. Dr. Farah is driven by a passion to ensure the highest patient satisfaction, and oversees all the procedures and treatments personally. The expert and friendly team of nurses and estheticians at the facility make sure that each patient receives personalized care according to their specific needs.

Dr. Farah is specialized and board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His extensive experience in treating a broad range of complex, acute and chronic medical conditions comes in handy to design the most appropriate treatment plans for patients at Rejuvenate Medical Spa. Dr. Farah also serves as the attending Staff Physician in the Dept of Internal Medicine at Providence-Tarzana Regional and Northridge Medical Centers.

Dr. Farah is ably supported by Larissa Markevich, a dedicated Family Practice nurse practitioner with more than decade of experience in Aesthetic Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Women’s Health. Larissa is very skilled in the areas of Botox and other injectibles. She is fluent in Russian.

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Rejuvenate Medical Spa provides some of the latest and most advanced non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures to the people in Encino, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, and surrounding areas in Northern Los Angeles, CA.

Chemical Peels

Dr. Farah believes that chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to exfoliate skin, and remove the largest possible amount of dead skin cells without causing friction. Salicyclic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid are two of the most popular products applied for a chemical peel. Rejuvenate Medical Spa provides a complete range of chemical peels from the gentlest to deep peels, depending on the needs of a patient.


Injectable dermal fillers can provide a more youthful appearance in a minimally invasive manner, and without any of the associated side effects and risks of a face lift surgery. Apart from anti-wrinkle fillers, Rejuvenate Medical Spa also provides Botox injections for patients who just need treatment for minor lines and wrinkles on the face.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser technology has come a long way in providing minimally invasive skin tightening and skin rejuvenating solutions. The technology achieves very precise results with minimal or no damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. That makes it an ideal treatment for facial rejuvenation to achieve a more youthful look and reduce the signs of aging.


Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are advanced cosmetic techniques to remove the thin upper skin layers, which allow fresh skin to grow with reduced wrinkles. The treatment is well suited for the fine lines, minor wrinkles, and even acne scars that appear on the face.


This is a non-surgical treatment to remove or reduce the appearance of tiny spider veins as well as varicose veins. The procedure involves injecting a chemical solution directly into the targeted veins to cause natural disintegration and eventual disappearance of the diseased vein.

Procedures Available at Rejuvenate Medical Spa


  • Dermal Fillers
  • Botox


  • Facial Skin Tightening
  • IPL Photofacial
  • Micro Laser Peel
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Painless Hair Removal
  • Spider Vein Removal


  • Abdominal Reshaping
  • Arm Tightening
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • CoolSculpting
  • Legs and Buttocks Reshaping
  • Painless Hair Removal
  • Stretch Mark Removal


  • Chemical Peels
  • Cosmelan
  • Facials
  • Latisse
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Obagi
  • PCA Professional Treatments
  • Skinceutical Peels
  • VI Peels


  • Male Body Contouring
  • Painless Hair Removal

Schedule an appointment with Rejuvenate Medical Spa to learn more about these procedures, if you are located in Encino, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, or the surrounding areas in northern Los Angeles, CA.