What is AQUAGOLD® Treatment?

A close up of glittery gold material on a black background AQUAGOLD® is a microneedling device that uses 24K gold microneedles to rejuvenate your skin. This minimally invasive treatment can be completed in about 20 minutes and has beautiful results.

You may be a good candidate for microneedling with AQUAGOLD® if you want to address:

  • Redness and flushing
  • Dark spots
  • Crepey wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Oily skin

AQUAGOLD® microneedling is performed with a microneedling device that has a glass vial attached directly to hollow microneedles.  The contents of the vial may include Botox, hyaluronic acid, stem cell growth factors, lightening agents or a combination of these, customized to the specific needs of your skin. As microneedling is performed, the contents of the vial are evenly infused in tiny quantities, directly into the area of skin treated, for an overall improvement of pore size, redness, oiliness, crepey lines, etc.  The treatment is minimally invasive. It works by creating tiny needle pricks in the surface of the skin. The needles are about the thickness of a strand of hair, and the channels created in the skin are very fine and small. These tiny needle punctures cause the skin to produce more collagen in the weeks following treatment. As you may know, collagen is the foundation of supple, smooth, and youthful skin! 

You may feel a little discomfort, but most people are able to tolerate the treatment without a problem. Dr. Diwan can usually complete the  treatment in 20 minutes.

The treated areas of your face will be pink or red (like a mild sunburn)  for a day or two. Skin care products or make up should be avoided for 24 hours after your treatment. You may start to see the initial results in 48 hours. The results will only get better over time as the effects of the infusions become apparent over the next two weeks, and new collagen and elastin form over the next few months.

Get Started on the Path to Refreshed Skin

If you are ready to schedule an AQUAGOLD® appointment in the Cleveland area, please call the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Westlake at 440-871-9832. Dr. Renuka Diwan is a board-certified dermatologist with decades of experience. She is passionate about helping each of her patients achieve vibrant, beautiful skin.

Pre-Wedding Planning for Cosmetic Treatments

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Whether you are the bride, mother-of-the-bride, or a member of the bridal party, you want to look your best on the big day. At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Renuka Diwan can help you look and feel your best for the wedding with a variety of treatment options depending on your timeline. Like other aspects of the wedding, it’s best to plan ahead. Here’s a guide to give you an idea of how much time it may take for various treatments.

4 Days

If you are looking for a quick way to exfoliate dry, rough skin, remove peach fuzz for soft, smooth glowing skin or improve uneven skin tone, dermaplaning is a great choice. This non-invasive treatment rejuvenates your skin with no downtime. For a flawless red carpet-ready finish that celebrities have before big events, Dr. Diwan offers Aquagold microneedling with microinfusion. Make time for this at least 3 days (preferably 7 days) before your big day.

2-4 Weeks

For those who are on a short timeline and want to reduce the appearance of oiliness, pores, wrinkles or scars, we offer AQUAGOLD® microneedling treatments and dermal fillers like Juvéderm®.

6-8 Weeks

If you have a couple of months to prepare, there are a few more options. Non-invasive facial treatments that provide best results with a series of 6 treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. BOTOX® for wrinkles and excessive perspiration is ideal in this time frame, allowing time for a second visit for any touch up.

For longer eyelashes, we recommend Latisse®, which helps stimulate hair growth. Finally, if you want to address loose skin, Dr. Diwan can perform a mini facelift. A minimum of 8 weeks is recommended for planning a mini facelift.

3-6 Months

If you have a few months before the wedding day visible veins or sunspots can be significantly reduced with laser treatment, IPL treatment, or sclerotherapy. Excess skin on your upper or lower eyelids, can be removed with a blepharoplasty. Laser resurfacing or a series of microneedling treatments

can provide significant improvement of wrinkles and skin texture and allow time for complete recovery.

6-8 Months

If you’ve started planning even sooner, you’ll have enough time for body sculpting options. Dr. Diwan recommends either liposuction or CoolSculpting® for stubborn fat. Kybella® injections improve a double chin and fullness of jowls.  If you’re going to bare your legs, we highly recommend Apollo Radiofrequency TriPolar treatment and other treatments for cellulite.

1-2 Years

Patients who plan far in advance can address most, if not all of their needs. You have enough time for laser hair removal, and tattoo removal.

If you need help preparing for a wedding, call The Laser & Skin Surgery Center today at 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diwan. We welcome patients living in or around Westlake and Cleveland, Ohio.

Microneedling for Crepey Skin and Acne Scars

Aging is inevitable. Showing its visible signs doesn’t have to be. Many people live with unsightly issues such as crepey wrinkles and acne scars without knowing that a simple, minimally invasive treatment with no downtime is within reach. Board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan is proud to offer microneedling to her northeast Ohio patients to help reduce the visible signs of aging.

Dr. Diwan has more than 25 years of experience helping her patients attain more vibrant, youthful-looking skin. Her attention to detail is immaculate, and she is dedicated to giving you elegant, nuanced results. Read on to learn about how Dr. Diwan can use microneedling to deliver the look you desire.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive office procedure that creates barely visible punctures in your skin, to stimulate its natural healing processes. By doing so, microneedling induces your skin to repair issues that have developed over time. Microneedling is beneficial for:

  • Fine crepey lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling works equally well and is safe for all complexions.

How Can Microneedling Treat Crepey Wrinkles?

Crepinessimplies skin that looks like crepe paper. It’s finely wrinkled and is most common under the eyes.

Crepey wrinkles can be caused by sun damage and aging. The sun’s ultraviolet rays lead to reduced collagen and elastin, which are responsible for your skin staying firm, supple, and wrinkle-free.

Collagen and elastin production also naturally decline as you age. On average, your body produces about 1 percent less collagen and elastin starting in your mid-20s.

When Dr. Diwan or her trained nurses treat the skin with the microneedling device, its tiny needles will create tiny wounds that trigger a healing response with the production of collagen and elastin. Hence, microneedling is also referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” The new collagen and elastin will then improve the appearance of crepey wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin, making it look smoother.

How Can Microneedling Treat Acne Scars?

Inflammation which results from acne destroys healthy skin tissue and causes acne scars.

Microneedling can treat these scars by the same mechanism that improves crepey wrinkles. Tiny punctures created in your skin with the microneedling device cause your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, helping to reverse collagen loss that caused acne scars.

Schedule Your Cleveland Microneedling Consultation Today

Dr. Diwan’sskill, attention to detail, and compassion have helped her create a loyal patient base over her 25-plus years practicing cosmetic dermatology. She is confident that you’ll feel the same way when you see the results she can deliver.

Dr. Diwan serves Westlake, Strongsville, and nearby areas of Cleveland. Call (440) 871-9832 today to schedule a consultation.

BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

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If you want to reduce the visible signs of aging, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm® can deliver fast, efficient results in different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles through repeated, daily contractions. Juvederm is a dermal filler that restores volume and replenishes naturally occurring, skin-healing compounds.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan has nearly 30 years of experience helping her Cleveland patients attain radiant, youthful-looking skin. She can help diminish the visible signs of aging that you’re unhappy with. Read on to learn about the differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm, as well as how Dr. Diwan can use them to help you. Continue reading BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

Debunking BOTOX® Cosmetic Myths

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BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. FDA-approved for use in more than 96 countries, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed on more than 1.5 million people annually. Despite its popularity, or perhaps because of it, there are many myths surrounding its use.  At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, many of our clients have seen successful results with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, which is why we’d like to help dispel these misconceptions so you can better determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
Continue reading Debunking BOTOX® Cosmetic Myths

Love Your Lashes with Latisse®

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Do you long for longer eyelashes? Naturally, Latisse is your solution. Latisse is an FDA-approved prescription product in the form of a solution. By using Latisse your own lashes become longer, fuller and darker. Because they’re your own, your lashes look very natural and you’re free to do as you please without your lovely lashes coming off.

You can forget about the hassle of extensions and synthetic lashes which fall off and look fake, especially as they come off, and need to be replenished with monthly appointments. With simple at-home application, Latisse will gradually enhance your lashes so they’re beautiful and natural-looking.

How it works

Latisse prolongs the growth phase of eyelash hair allowing them to grow longer. It also keeps more of your lashes in their growth phase, rather than the resting phase, adding to the number and thickness of your lashes. It takes about 4 to 8 weeks to start noticing the enhancement. As you continue to use Latisse your lashes continue to lengthen. Once your lashes are long and full, continue applying Latisse to keep them looking that way. Come back and get more before you run out of Latisse, or your lashes will gradually revert back to their original appearance over the next 2-3 months.

As Latisse enhances your own lashes, you don’t have to worry about them coming off, like glued lash extensions, when you rub your eyes, swim or simply wash and dry your face.

Does this have you wondering if Latisse can have the same benefits for thinning eyebrows? In fact, even though Latisse has FDA approval to be used for enhancing eyelashes only, it has been successfully employed (off-label) for enhancing eyebrows as well. Even more benefits of Latisse may become apparent in the future! Latisse is being evaluated in trials for its effectiveness for thinning scalp hair.

Latisse comes with applicator brushes and a package insert that details how it should be applied and its possible risks. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Diwan will give you detailed instructions on how to get the most out of the product and your investment in your lashes. For your convenience, at your next visit, you can take home a bottle of Latisse from our office!

Enhance Your Eyelashes with Latisse in Westlake, OH

Let Dr. Diwan help you have the lovely lashes you’re wishing for, with Latisse. To learn more about this treatment in the Cleveland area, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

Turn Back the Clock on the Signs of Aging with Botox®

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Getting older is a part of life but looking older is not! Wipe out wrinkles
and lines and restore your youthful appearance by choosing Botox® with Dr. Diwan.

Botox to Reverse the Signs of Aging

Wrinkles and lines between the brows, the crow’s feet creases around the eyes, and wrinkles on the forehead can be targeted with Botox injections. Botox is a safe and effective treatment and is the perfect wrinkle relaxer to keep the signs of aging at bay.

Botox as a Preventative Measure

We all know and love Botox for its ability to erase wrinkles and lines once they’ve set in. Botox can prevent wrinkles from becoming a permanent feature of your skin by erasing them at the earliest stage, before they get deeper.

Why Choose Botox with Dr. Diwan?

Botox is a powerful anti-aging treatment that can work wonders for your appearance. For the most effective and complete Botox treatments, your ideal choice is a physician with the skill and experience to know exactly where the injections will have the most impact, and more importantly where not to inject Botox. Dr. Diwan is very experienced and highly trained, and focuses on keeping your appearance natural with precise injections. Her keen eye allows her to strategically inject Botox exactly where you need it so that your face doesn’t look like you had some “work done.”

To enhance those results even further, Dr. Diwan may suggest combination with other anti-aging treatments, such as Juvederm® to replenish lost volume and soften wrinkles in the lower face, or a laser skin treatment to rejuvenate dull skin in order to optimize your youthful appearance and help you look your very best.

Maintain Your Youthful Appearance with Botox in Westlake, OH

Restore youthful unwrinkled skin with Botox injections. If you’re interested in learning more about anti-aging treatments with Botox in the Cleveland area with Dr. Diwan, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

Get Rid of Your Double Chin with Kybella®


Fat underneath the chin is not always easily removed. You can be healthy, exercise regularly, eat right, and still have that dreaded “double chin.” Perhaps you’ve been looking for a solution to this dilemma but are hesitant to have a surgical treatment. Now there is a non-surgical solution for submental fullness (aka fat underneath the chin). Kybella® is a popular treatment option at Dr. Diwan’s Westlake office because it helps men and women improve their double chin and gain back their confidence–all without surgery.

A Closer Look at Kybella

Kybella is an FDA approved injectable treatment that destroys submental fat cells for good! During your treatment session, Dr. Diwan will inject Kybella into the targeted areas underneath your chin. The active ingredient in Kybella – deoxycholic acid – works to break down and destroy fat cells.  Once these cells are broken down, the fat cells will then be naturally eliminated from your body.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Diwan will meet with you to discuss your goals and concerns about treatment during your initial consultation. Together, you will create a personalized plan to achieve your new look. Dr. Diwan understands that this personalization is extremely important for Kybella treatments because no two necks are the same and the goals differ from patient to patient.

Kybella Results

As your body removes these destroyed fat cells, you will begin to notice your newly streamlined and contoured chin and neck! Thankfully with Kybella, there is no downtime from work. You go in for your Kybella treatment, then return back to your regular routine, and just wait for your results.  (The initial swelling can be hidden with a scarf.)  Typically, Dr. Diwan’s patients begin to see these brag-worthy results within 4-6 weeks.  Just in time to put away those turtle necks and scarves in Ohio!

More exciting news about your Kybella results is that they are long-lasting!  Additional treatments can be performed for more improvement! Once these fat cells are naturally removed from your body, they cannot return under your chin again. Dr. Diwan reminds her patients that for best results it is essential to continue to live a healthy lifestyle to make sure fat does not reaccumulate in remaining fat cells from weight gain.

Double the Confidence with Kybella

One of the reasons why Dr. Diwan loves what she does is seeing how these results change her patients’ lives. It is amazing to see how a contoured jawline can give a man confidence and how a slim neck will encourage a woman to take control of her wardrobe! With zero downtime and simple treatments, Kybella helps men and women achieve self-confidence.

If you want to learn more about Kybella or you are interested in getting rid of that double chin, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Diwan today. She looks forward to partnering with you on this Kybella journey!