Graceanne Svendsen

Warm Wishes and Holiday Specials!


Season's greetings to you and yours!
It has been a great year of transitions and exciting new developments.
I have graduated as a certified health coach at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, served on Skin Medica's Aesthetics Expert Advisory Panel and had an article published on micro needling and PRP procedures in New York Social Diary with Dr. Shafer.  In 2016 my services are expanding at Shafer Plastic Surgery to include many more laser treatments!
Give the gift of great skin for you or your loved one.
Until December 23rd purchase gift certificates for non-surgical services at
Shafer Plastic Surgery
$450 for $500 gift certificate OR $900 for $1,000 gift certificate
*IPL photofacials*Laser Hair Removal*Rosacea Treatments
*Laser Rejuvenation for Brown Spots and Sun Damage
*Hydra Facial MD*Facials*
Dermaplaning*Microdermabrasion*Vitalize Peels*VI Peel
*Injectables including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin
*All fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma and Kybella
 Health Coach services
Celebrate by purchasing my six-month health coach program
Buy five months and get the sixth FREE
($250 savings)
Bi-weekly appointments via phone to transform your life and help you lose weight, have more energy, clearer skin, better sleep and more love and joy in the life you are living.
"Sugar Blues Workshop"
January 17, 2016
Start the new year off right by learning some new techniques for increased energy, weight loss and more restful sleep.
Respond to this email to purchase gift certificates, find out about my individual and group health coach services and for more information on my upcoming workshop.
Warmest wishes at the holiday season and in the new year.
Graceanne Svendsen
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Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling with PRP

By Delia von Neuschatz

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth you may not have to go far. The key to turning back the clock may very well be found in your own blood. More specifically, the platelet rich plasma (PRP) contained therein, called “liquid gold” by some doctors, is made up of fundamental protein growth factors which aid with cell growth, tissue repair and collagen production. PRP therapy, which has been popular in Europe for years, has been used by elite athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez to treat sports injuries. It has also been used to stimulate hair growth.
Bar Rafaeli and Kim Kardashian undergoing microneedling with PRP.
But what will it do for my crows feet, you wonder? When delivered via a microneedling process, it may very well diminish them, along with reversing the effects of sun damage and improving the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. The end result should be more resilient, thicker skin with fewer lines and wrinkles. And because it is your own blood from which PRP is derived, there is virtually no risk of allergic reactions. 
The Rejuvapen, one of the microneedling instruments on the market, is capped with nine hair-thin surgical needles.
The minimally invasive microneedling technique involves a series of tiny, very fine needles which are passed over the skin, creating micro-injuries which trigger new collagen and elastin synthesis as the skin begins to naturally repair itself. These micro-injuries also create channels that allow various substances – serums or your own plasma – to penetrate deeper into the skin resulting in better product efficacy.
Needle depths of microneedling pens.
Appropriate for all skin types, celebrities have been jumping on the bandwagon for this so-called vampire facial which counts Kim Kardashianand Bar Rafaeli are among its devotees. Nor is the procedure limited to the face. It can also be used on numerous body parts including the neck, décolleté and arms.
Board certified dermatologist, Dr. Doris Day: “You have to respect microneedling as a medical treatment.”
“PRP is the future,” says dermatologist Dr. Doris Day. “It will become a mainstay of our rejuvenation treatments. But, buyer beware because in this country, we’re still figuring out the different techniques and protocols,” she cautions. “Expectations have to be realistic. PRP won’t tighten up your skin, but it should improve its quality and result in long lasting hair growth if that’s what you’re after.” In the wrong hands, it could lead to scarring. So, needless to say, going to someone knowledgeable and experienced is of paramount importance.
David Shafer, M.D., FACS
For my treatment, I went to the offices of Dr. David Shafer, a double board certified plastic surgeon. But before beginning the procedure, I was placed in front of a Vectra 3D imaging machine (with my hair pulled back) which captured the amount of sun damage and the structural condition of my face. The idea is to compare the before and after in 6 weeks’ time.
The Vectra 3D Imaging System takes ultra high resolution face, breast and body images revealing subsurface skin conditions and showing the results of simulated aesthetic procedures – i.e. what you would look like after liposuction, rhinoplasty or breast augmentation.
The alarming amount of sun damage I have incurred as revealed by the Vectra machine. This was an unpleasant surprise because at least outwardly, my pale skin is relatively smooth and also, I haven’t left the house in the last ten years without an SPF of 50 on my face, rain or shine. Medical aesthetician Graceanne Svendsen reasons that the moderate to high level of sun damage is probably a vestige of my sun-worshipping teens and twenties. The white, undamaged skin around the eyes is due to the fact that I always wear sunglasses.
This image shows the contouring of the face highlighting any structural weaknesses.
The procedure began with Dr. Shafer drawing a bit of blood. He then placed the blood in a centrifuge which spun it at a very rapid rate, separating the platelets from the red and white blood cells. In the meantime, my face was numbed with a lidocaine cream. As soon as the lidocaine took effect, Graceanne Svendsen, Dr. Shafer’s medical aesthetician, topically applied the platelet-rich plasma on a part of my face and passed the microneedling pen over that section. 

The process was repeated until my entire face had been covered, including the under-eye areas. The procedure, which lasted approximately 45 minutes including the blood-drawing, wasn’t painful, but my skin stung a bit and felt tight in the immediate aftermath. I looked like I had had a sunburn and there was some swelling and bruising too. I was very thankful for the Oxygenetix breathable foundation which Graceanne gently patted on my face post procedure.
Graceanne Svendsen, licensed medical aesthetician.
The blood drawn for the PRP treatment. 
The vial of blood is placed in the centrifuge and then spun around for 10 minutes. “The process of centrifugation concentrates the beneficial components of blood enhancing their effects,” explains Dr. Shafer. 
After centrifugation, the red and white blood cells were separated from the plasma and platelets forming the cloudy substance in the center.
Dr. Shafer then withdrew the PRP serum from the vial. The unused remnants were discarded.
That night, I slept with my head in an elevated position and took a Benadryl to reduce the swelling (as per Graceanne’s recommendation). The next day, I was still quite red and had a little bit of bruising, but was less swollen. The day after that, my skin started peeling. All in all, it took about two days for the redness to go away and another two for the peeling to stop. It is important to note here that the reaction to treatment depends on the condition of your skin. I recommend that anyone who decides to undergo this procedure clear their social calendars for a couple of days afterwards. 

And what about the cost? In New York City, prices range between $1,500 to $2,500 per treatment for microneedling with PRP. One to two treatments per year should suffice provided one stays hydrated and follows a good skin care routine at home according to Graceanne.

You want to give your skin a boost, but would prefer something that doesn’t involve blood drawing or is friendlier on the wallet? Then microneedling with a serum may be the thing for you. “It’s like microdermabrasion on steroids,” explains Donna Fay, Dr. Steven Pearlman’s resident Beauty Expert. As with the PRP procedure, the skin is numbed and a set of tiny needles is passed over the face, but a serum is what’s topically applied in lieu of your own plasma. After this procedure (administered by Donna), I looked like I had a mild sunburn for a day. When the redness cleared, I was left with soft, smooth, more evenly toned skin for the next several days. “This is something you can do 2-3 days prior to an event or before the weekend to achieve a nice glow,” says Donna. In New York, expect to pay about $500 per treatment.

Graceanne Svendsen

New season, new web site


New season, new web site
  November 2, 2015
Dear Keelin,

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  
I am so delighted to share my new skin care and health coaching web site. Please visit for menu of services on skin care treatments, tips for great skin, delicious recipes and so much more.

Dietary fat: is it good or bad?
Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.
The Skinny on Fats:  Heavily processed, hydrogenated "trans" fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.
That said, our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.
Where to Find Healthy Fats
  • Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini
  • Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.
How to Use Healthy Fats:
  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings.
Try this delicious, easy recipe:
Avocado Dip
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Makes 1 cup
1 large peeled and pitted avocado
2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
1 diced tomato
a squirt of lemon or lime juice
dash or two of cayenne pepper
sea salt and black pepper
  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add yogurt, tomato, cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.
  • Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables.
    Tip: Best made a maximum of 1 hour before serving.

Want help learning how to choose and use nutritious fats and other good-for-you foods? Curious about how health coaching can help you make your own healthy changes? Let's talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today-or pass this offer on to someone you care about.
I am a licensed aesthetician, certified laser technician and health coach with over ten years experience in the medical fields of plastic surgery, dermatology and the healing arts.  As a health coach, I am receiving my training from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I am learning more than one hundred dietary theories and studying a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized "roadmap to health" that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.  
Please visit my web site at to learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching and skin care.
Be well,

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Fall Beauty Mini-Series

Fall Beauty Mini-Series!
  Fall Beauty Mini-Series
We are excited to offer a new series of beauty events at SHAFER PLASTIC SURGERY. These events are set up for casual times for you to meet with experts on skin care, talk with representatives from the beauty industry, watch live demonstrations, experience a complimentary treatment or enjoy a tasty treat and see what's new in the office. 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 11 AM - 1 PM
Beauty Through The Ages Botox Event
 Join us for a fun lunchtime presentation.  
  • Learn how any age group can benefit from the improvement in the appearance of crow's feet and lines/wrinkles while maintaining a natural appearance with Botox. 
  • Learn how to prevent and reverse sun damage on your face and hands.
  • Complimentary skin analysis and chemical peel for your hands.
  • Reserve your spot well in advance.
  • $100 reservation fee required - fee will be applied to any SkinMedica product or peel package.
Every participant will receive a $250 voucher* toward Botox, Juvederm, Voluma or Kybella

  Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 29
Live Injection Event!
  • Join us for an informative and fun afternoon learning about the benefits of Voluma and Juvederm as a means to improve the appearance of volume loss during aging.
  • Watch a live patient injectionand see immediate results.
  • Space is limited for this event. 
Thursday, November 5
Live Injection Event!
  • Kybella is the first and only injectable treatment newly approved by the FDA to "melt" the double chin.
  • Come learn about this non-invasive fat melting technology and watch a live patient injection.
  • Space is limited for this exciting event, so please call ahead to reserve your spot. 
Thursday, November 19
All About LIPS 
Live Injection Event!
  • Juvederm Ultra XC now has FDA indication for Lip injections.
  • Learn the latest information on lip rejuvenation with dermal fillers.  
  • Watch a live patient injection with instant results.
  • Space is limited for this exciting event, so please call ahead to reserve your spot. 
$100 reservation fee is required for each event.  However, the fee can be applied toward any product or treatment package at SHAFER PLASTIC SURGERY.  

*$250 Vouchers are valid toward 50 Units of Botox, 1 Syringe of Juvederm or Voluma or 1 treatment of Kybella.  Vouchers cannot be combined with other vouchers or promotions.  

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Newsletter - Sept. 12, 2015

Complimentary health history consultation, Hydra Facial special and more!
Enhance your beauty and health!

Welcome to my first newsletter.   
As an expert facialist, with over a decade of experience in the medical fields of plastic surgery and dermatology, I am delighted to add 
holistic health coaching to the services I provide.
This summer I joined the office of Dr. David Shafer at Shafer Plastic Surgery as his medical aesthetician and certified laser technician.  I perform state of the art techniques at our modern facility conveniently located in midtown Manhattan.
$50 off HydraFacial MD
"Share" this welcome newsletter on any of your social sites or forward to friends and receive $50 off HydraFacial MD (Regularly $280) 
HydraFacial MD is suitable for all skin types for healthy, vibrant skin. 
Call (212) 888-7770 or email me to schedule your appointment.  
For more information visit 
 Holistic Health Coaching

As a holistic health coach attending The Institute for Integrative NutritionI have learned over a hundred dietary theories from ground breaking instructors all over the world.  
Click on my social media links for seasonal recipes, the latest weight loss buzz and time management tips for busy executives!
Complimentary Health History Consultation
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Learn how I help busy executive women lose weight, sleep better, enjoy glowing skin and love the life they are living.
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