Obagi Hydrate is excellent for Dry Facial Skin

Obagi Hydrate is excellent for dry skin
by Franchesca

Obagi Hydrate delivers long lasting moisture. It contains innovative Hydromanil which has been clinically proven to improve the moisture content of the skin. Hydromanil, a moisturizer naturally  derived from tara seed.

Immediate moisturization reduces water loss and holds water on the surface of the you skin.

Keeping your skin nice and hydrated.

Other Obagi Hydrate links:
Vanessa’s Obagi Hydrate discussion – she pairs it with tretinoin
Mark’s Obagi Hydrate discussion – he goes deep on Hydromanil
Dr. Calvin Lee’s Botox home page

Hydrate doesn’t cause breakouts for Vanessa and works great with tretinoin

Dr. Lee,

What I’d like to say about Obagi Hydrate is that it is the one moisturizer that I can confidently say does not break me out. Personally, I use it when I’m feeling dry or dehydrated due to tretinoin and or any other similar products. I also use it when I want to pause or relieve the peeling that I go when I use tretinoin w/Blender on a regular basis. Although I don’t use it daily, it’s always in my skincare “toolbox” and it’s been so very reliable for at least a decade for me.

Thank You!


Other Links:

Modesto Botox

Mark’s Obagi Hydrate thoughts

Hydrate and Hydrate Luxe by Obagi – the secret of Hydromanil revealed by Mark

While looking up information about Hydrate and Hydrate Luxe I found some information about one of the active ingredients. From the Obagi website it states: “Hydromanil is an ingredient derived from the tara seed and it is known to be an innovative and potent moisturizer, which is why we made it a key ingredient in both our Obagi Hydrate and Obagi Hydrate Luxe moisturizers. This ultra-advanced moisturizing ingredient captures and retains water and assimilates it into the skin in an immediate and natural way to enhance your skin’s appearance and texture.”
This led me to look up information about the tara seed and the tara gum that is made from the seed. There was another site stating that “Tara Gum is naturally derived from the seed endosperm of the Tara tree (Caesalpinia Spinosa), which grows in the Peruvian Andes. It is extracted using only a mechanical process without the use of any solvents. Its viscosity in cold water is similar to that of Guar Gum. Tara Gum fully hydrates after heating, resulting in at least 30% increase in viscosity when compared to a cold solution.

Tara Gum is rich in Vitamin C, B, and complex sugars, and it is reputed for its ability to prevent dehydration while protecting skin’s moisture barrier. Tara Gum is often used as a  natural thickener in the manufacturing of cosmetics and skin care products. It can also be used in formulations for makeup removers for a gentle and refreshing cleanse that softens the skin.”

I hope this information is helpful and useful for your Obagi blog.


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OBAGI Doorstep – delivered to your door

Our office has been on pause since Governor Gavin Newsom strongly recommended that we stay at home starting the evening of 3/19/20 due to growing COVID. Links to his COVID stay home executive order. We immediately shut down that evening and didn’t come to work 3/20/20 which marked are first day of not working. We did see some urgent post op patients that day since they had their elective plastic surgeries the day before, but we had our entire staff stay at home.

We are not sure when we are going to open up again and we decided to team up with Obagi Medical to provide many Obagi products shipped to your door. Since I don’t have my staff working with me, I’m having just a small window of opportunity for patients to email me their request. Basically – it’s actually simple, just send me an email with your telephone number:

  1. Send an email to us (Dr. Calvin Lee and Dr. Tammy Wu) at modesto.obagi@gmail.com 3/20-3/23/20
  2. Include your name and telephone number and perhaps include what you might want from the Obagi list of products.
  3. Get 20% off, and free delivery
  4. Wait for our phone call on Tuesday to answer questions and firm up the details.
  5. Wait for your product to arrive at your doorstep
  6. If you have the Obagi Premier Points app on your phone, take a picture of the packaging slip and send it to obagi (I’ll give you details), and they will give you double points.

Links that can provide you with updates:
Surgical Artistry – Dr. Tammy Wu and Dr. Lee
Botox injections in Modesto

Obagi App

Obagi Rewards Program

Surgical Artistry had claim to fame as the office in the United State who had the most patients signed up with the Obagi Premier Points App on their mobile phones. I’m not entirely sure how we did it and I’m not sure that we are #1 anymore with the Obagi App.  But way to go to represent Modesto! Thank you Surgical Artistry Team! Regardless, we find it to be something that the patients like very much because the patients get free products shipped directly to them after they earn a certain number of points.

Download the Obagi App by going to the App store on your smart phone.

We carry the Obagi line of skincare products, we do the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance, and the Obagi Blue Peel.  We also carry some of the Suzan Obagi line of products which are all amazing!

Cosmetic Annual Growth by patient visits

Acupuncture, Botox, Juvederm, vein annual growth for Calvin Lee, MD

I am very thankful and proud. In 2006, I reinvented myself from General/Trauma surgeon to Acupuncture/Cosmetic Surgeon. In the operating room, I have been assisting in Tummy Tucks, Face-Lifts & breast surgeries done by my wife, THE Plastic Surgeon for the past 10 yrs. This graph shows the growth of what I do OUTSIDE the operating room, in our SURGICAL ARTISTRY office: Acupuncture & Cosmetic Injections. I use hundreds of needles per day. I started my practice with only 58 office visits in 2006. Last year I exploded to 3371 visits with one of the highest retention rates of patients in the country according to Allergan. I am so grateful to my patients for trusting me. I am also so grateful to my supportive parents, Dr. Tammy Wu, her parents/brothers and to those who have directly helped me grow this new world for me:

Jeannine M, Andrew M, Ken T, Christine Donham Landrum, Jacquie A,Jessica Vargas, Annabeth Ghiglia Allan, Lorena Redula, Katherine Ruth,Karla A Valente, Lynne C, Sarah S, Lea S.

Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon, Heidi Ryan, Karen Kopecki Hodges Lozano, Vickie Chu-Hermis

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, McHenry Medical Group (First Choice Physicians), Doctors Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center

Alyssa Petrino, Chris W, Jeran Wadlow, Suleika Bauer, Tadra Rex, Nicholas Eichhorn, Jennifer M, Brooke Cramer, Joe K, Jenny D, Tom Z, Cherise P.,Bree Alexander

Kempton Stephens, Katherine Barton, Paul B, Charles Cherrie Suntra,Enoch Choi

It has been a tremendous first 10 years at Surgical Artistry and I’m looking forward to the next 10.

Number of patients seen per year Calvin Lee - text - Botox


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a botox what we do sign IMG_1370Botox Retention Analysis

cumulative botox 2014 2015 with title

cosmetic acupuncture botox bar graph

quarterly comparison of botox units 2014-2015 - with frame

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Why did I pay double price for OBAGI?

I got this question today:

“I purchased Obagi 7 piece Nuderm kit and 0.05 tretinoin cream from you guys for 600$ and online it is anywhere from 250 to 330 dollars. Unfortunately I did not do any research prior to purchasing but I want to know why I have paid double the price”

This is a good question.  Thank you for asking and giving me an opportunity to answer.

First, apologies for any confusion and it is always my goal to provide best value.  I try to subscribe to the idea that price is what you pay, but value is what you get.

Second, I don’t personally have any experience ordering Obagi from any websites.  Thus I can only comment on our own Obagi products on our physical shelves.

Third, if for some reason the pricing makes no sense from us.  Just return it.  No problem.  Hopefully we’ll all be happy – that’s always my main goal is to have happy patients.

Here’s what I know:

  • $407.70 is the actual price of the Nu-Derm Obagi kit from our office.  This is the original Obagi kit, not the FX kit (which removes the prescription products)  The full size Obagi Nuderm set has 7 products and has a list price of $453.00 plus tax.  We have it priced at 10% off all the time (as of the writing of this blog).  Thus our price is $407.70 plus tax.  (as of 8/2/15 – prices subject to change)
  • 10% off from us on Obagi.  We offer 10% off all the time and sometimes at special events we offer 20% or 25% off.  I can definitely see that the internet might offer 20% off or even 30% off?  But for my medical office to carry Obagi, I feel that it isn’t worth my effort to have more than 10% off all the time for Obagi.  Otherwise, I would just encourage my patients to buy Obagi elsewhere.  But I carry Obagi, so I can be responsible for the outcomes and ensure good results.
  • Free OBAGI follow ups with your MD or our office staff.  I’m hoping what accounts for a better value at our physical location (Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA) is that we will take the time to explain the products and adjust the usage of the products.  Patients follow up with me (Dr. Calvin Lee) or with Dr. Wu.  Most of these follow ups have no added charges.  I think visits to the doctors office has some value – especially if we can make continued adjustments to the usage.
  • Easy Returns / exchanges.  I also have a hassle free return policy on the patients who purchased Obagi after talking to me about it (Dr. Calvin Lee).  I would say that if you feel the internet is a good purchase, then just return the products to us.  My goal of having Obagi in the office is to help our patients look their best with Botox and Juvederm.  Botox and Juvederm (and now Kybella) are my primary passions in the office.  OBAGI is an adjunct.
  • REAL OBAGI.  We know that our Obagi products are genuine.
  • Doctor’s Presciption for Obagi is included when purchasing from me (Dr. Lee).  We also know that we are following the rules regarding prescription products.  Clear and Blender which are two of the products in the normal kit and some kits have SunFader.  These three products require a prescription from a doctor.  I think there are some foreign countries where a prescription isn’t needed for these products – I am not sure.
  • Travel Size Nuderm Kit?  Sometimes people want the Travel sized Nuderm Obagi Kit.  But we don’t currently carry that.  I don’t have the pricing on that kit, but I believe that it is in the $200’s.  Sometimes the internet pricing is confusing and they might be touting the travel size rather than the full size?
  • Because there are 4 additional key products which we sometimes add to the kit, sometimes people think they paid $800 for the “kit”.  But the Nu-Derm full sized kit at our office costs $407.70.  Then you have to add these other products – which we also consistently take 10% off.  There are four (4) add on products that people like to get.  For our office, we take 10% off the list price which we revealed below
    1. Elastiderm eye cream ($112.  10% off would be $100.80)
    2. Tretinoin 0.05% or 0.10% – ($91-$102 depends on strength)
    3. Vitamin C serum 15% or 20% ($93 – $115)
    4. Professional C Peptide Complex Serum ($113)

But I do agree that the internet has great prices, and I myself have bought many other products from the internet.  But I haven’t purchased Obagi over the internet and I wouldn’t be a good person to ask about how that would go.  These would be my own personal concerns if I were to purchase them (and other skin care products) on the internet.  The pricing is so good sometimes that the prices are cheaper than if I bought it wholesale directly from Obagi:

  1. First, I am concerned about the prescription legality issues.
  2. Second, I am concerned about the genuine vs. counterfeit versions.  Especially if the prices are lower than my own wholesale pricing directly from Obagi.  We have had several experiences with patients who have brought in counterfeit Obagi and patients who have suffered damages from counterfeit “Obagi” products.
  3. Third, I am concerned about return policy.
  4. And Fourth, I am concerned about the ability to follow up with a skin care professional and make continued adjustments if needed – especially if the products require prescription.

Those are just my own hurdles if I were thinking about purchasing skin care items (ie. Obagi) over the internet.  I have to admit, that I have done for other skin care lines for myself (I have bad skin and am guilty of experimenting) and I will admit that I’ve learned (for myself) to regret it.  I also purchased a washer and dryer over the internet – that was a BIG mistake for myself.

I will also agree that sometimes our prices “seem” high – this goes for Plastic Surgery, Botox, Veins, etc.  But with a higher price, I hope to offer higher skill (such as better advice), follow up, better safety, less pain (in this case, less pain in the return process), better attitude from us, better communication and in the end, better results.  That’s my dream practice is to offer these things at the highest level.  I’ve built this practice of ours on highest quality with best value, not on lowest price, and I hope it’s worth it.

Thank you for reading about the Surgical Artistry version of the Obagi Nu-derm Kit.


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Do you have to be an Obagi user to have the Blue Peel?

Another attempt to answer a public forum question.

My answer:

Preconditioning the skin is key

It is convenient to pre-condition the skin with the OBAGI Nu-derm system.  But there are other lines that can precondition the skin.  I prefer that the patients precondition the skin with tretinoin and/or hydroquinone (preferably both) for at least 2 months before getting a OBAGI Blue Peel.  The reason it’s convenient – both the Obagi Nu-derm system and the Obagi Blue Peel are made by Obagi.

Calvin Lee, MD
Botox Artistry in Modesto, California

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