Are You Ready for Your Close-up?

By Greg Smith, Staff Writer

LuAnn Landau RN, Assistant Director of Cosmetic Services, performing a ReFirme skin tightening procedure on a patient.

For our Annual Beauty, Health, & Fitness Issue, we’re all about helping you recognize your full potential. And who better to be the “face” of this edition than the dermatology office of Lisa Benest, MD? With 15 years in Burbank under her belt, Benest gives patients a healthy glow and radiant-looking skin that’s the talk of the neighborhood.

The bustling practice of doctors and nurses keeps Burbank blemish-free, offering a full range of medical services, including standard skin cancer checks and remedies for acne, dry or sensitive skin, and rashes.

The range of skincare products in the office varies from antioxidant-rich organic to specialty products for sensitive skin, acne, or anti-aging. No matter your genes, environment, or ailment, Dr. Benest’s office has the solution.

“Your skin is a window into what’s going on inside your body. There are a variety of factors when treating the skin. Take for example, a skin rash: The origin could be coming from the digestive tract, and until that underlying cause is identified, it’s like putting a band-aid on a car dent. We zero in on the root of the problem: That’s how a person really gets better. And no, we can’t fix your car,” Dr. Benest jokes.

The difference between Benest & Co. vs. the competition, however, is their nutritional, “green” slant to treatments. Their supplements and natural remedies are top-notch.

Extensive cosmetic services are also offered for a wide list of problems. These improvements restore a youthful appearance to skin.

A new service they’re excited about is Sculptra, which returns volume to the skin. This stimulates the skin to regenerate collagen, which fills in the hollow areas of the face. It can take years, or even decades, off your appearance. For a smoother look, try the Fotofacials. It is a rejuvenation process that treats the signs of sun damage and aging, as well as rosacea, redness, or broken blood vessels. Peels of varying strengths remove dead skin cells and even out the pigment of the skin — great for that big event. Unsightly dark hair on both men and women is eliminated through laser hair removal. Dysport and Botox take away unwanted wrinkles and lift the brow.

“For those with fine wrinkles and acne scars, our Total FX, or fractional laser treatment, gives skin a smoother, tighter texture. Usually around $2,500, the treatment is being offered to Tolucan Times’ readers for $2,000,” says Dennie Tabor, RN, Director of Cosmetic Services. “Photo-rejuvenation helps to erase sun damage and redness, resulting in a creamier, more even color to skin. An acne treatment called Smooth Beam helps to prevent and eliminate acne, and smooth acne scars.”

“When I see a patient go from self-conscious to confident, I’m extremely gratified by my job,” Dennie adds.

And here’s a freebie from Dr. Benest: “A general rule of thumb is that by eliminating sweetened drinks and other forms of sugar, as well as reducing processed grains, while at the same time increasing your intake of fresh vegetables and fruit, the better your skin will look and feel.”

Because let’s face it: Most of us aren’t born with flawless, movie-star skin. But under Dr. Lisa Benest’s care, you’ll be ready for your close-up, with the smooth and fresh skin you’ve always dreamed of.

Dr. Lisa Benest’s offices are located at 1624 W. Olive Ave. #B in Burbank. For more information or a free consultation, call or visit