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This is our motto!

We were born on August 10th, 2016.

Newport Aesthetics is a Medical Spa.

What is a Medical Spa?

Medical spas, also called medi-spas or med spas, are a kind of a hybrid between the traditional day spa and a medical clinic. Medical spas strive to blend the best of two worlds — a relaxing spa experience with the procedures and expertise typically only found at a doctor’s office.


The biggest differences between a traditional day spa and a medical spa are the types of procedures that are offered. Medical procedures by medially-trained professionals (nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors) that cannot be done at the average day spa can be performed at the medical spa. Look and ask for their certifications!

Unlike day spas, medical spas must be affiliated with, overseen, or run by a medical doctor. While not every procedure is done by a doctor, they are performed under the supervision of the doctor. We are fortunate at Newport Aesthetics to have our medical director, Ann Mai, MD not only oversees but IS PRESENT on site through most of your procedures. She treats patients / clients as well! Other medical spas are so large that only the license of the doctor is being used and the doctor rarely shows up!

Most medical spas are driven by results. Overall, it must be a calming experience for you PLUS clinical enough so that you aren’t going to catch an infection on your way in or out! Wouldn’t you want the best outcome for your skin if you went to a professional?

You are paying for a medical facility with standards overseen by a doctor. You cannot compare that to a traditional spa where the age of the person who oversees it is not even as high as the number of years of training of the doctor who oversees a medical spa.

See our list of services and prices listed above under “PRICE LIST”. We believe in transparency and what you see is what you get. Don’t be fooled by awesome Groupon or Yelp deals and be surprised when you arrive that there are hidden charges or prices were overinflated so that you could get that “90% off” or watered-down injectable!


  • We are a Medical Spa
  • Our physician is Ann Mai, M.D.
  • We will deliver results!
Argireline Liquid Botox in a Jar Newport Aesthetics by Dr. Ann Mai MD Newport Beach California


Argireline (the trade name for an ingredient called acetyl hexapeptide-8) is a quick fix if you cannot get your hands on Botox or just want to prolong Botox you have received. Protect your investment in yourself!

Here is a closer look at Argireline – this will help you understand what it does and how it works.

Argireline: What It Is

Most of us know that Argireline prevents the formation of expression wrinkles by somehow inhibiting muscle movement – smiling or frowning. For this reason, it is sometimes called Botox in a jar or liquid Botox. In fact, Botox and Argireline work very differently but DO reduce wrinkles! Wrinkles happen when you frown (and smile widely – think about a certain Spice Girl who pouts…)

So, here’s how a muscle contracts: A super lipid (called a vesicle) releases a neurotransmitter to the synapses, sending a signal for the muscle to move. Three proteins, called the SNARE complex, are essential for the final stages of this process (called exocytosis). Follow me? Now, here’s where acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) comes in…

Argireline: How It Works

Acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) mimics one of the proteins in the SNARE complex and as a result can destabilize it. Even a slightly destabilized SNARE won’t work. NO SNARE = NO MUSCLE MOVEMENT!! No frowning equals no wrinkles (although there are many other ways that wrinkles are caused of course).

Argireline simply works works by interrupting the function of the SNARE complex – just enough to destabilize it and have a positive impact on wrinkles.


Studies were based on a 5% Argireline and female volunteers. Wrinkles around the eyes decreased up to 17% after 15 days of treatment and up to 27% after 30 days of treatment. The only independent study that I have found was conducted by a Spanish university and published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science that says that a 10% concentration of Argireline reduced wrinkles by 30% over 30 days.

Argireline: Concerns

There are fears that Argireline will make your skin sag with long term use. We have not found any explicit evidence of this. If all the muscles in your face were relaxed you’d have sagging, not youthful, skin, not to mention that it also would affect your hand (you apply it with your fingers), which would prevent from using your fingers to type or hold a pen.

Botox and Argireline are not muscle relaxers. They prevent muscles from contracting rather than causing them to relax! Two different concepts.


Argireline should be used alongside Botox to help prevent further muscle contractions, technically preventing wrinkles. You can also do this by not frowning, grimacing or smiling too widely. There are no effects on collagen or elastin so for that, think fillers!

At Newport Aesthetics we are proud to carry PCA SKIN ExLinea which contains Argireline. This is a medical grade product not available in stores and only at physicians’ offices.

Call us at (949) 660-9972 for a sample and start turning back time. Staying young never gets old!


  • Botox and Argireline stop muscle contractions
  • Argireline is carried Newport Aesthetics
  • Argireline does not involve needles

Lose fat forever!

At Newport Aesthetics we have SculpSure – the world’s first FDA-approved laser for permanent fat loss. It takes 25 minutes for you to lose up to 24% of the fat in the desired area. No pills, no needles and no surgery. You go right back to doing what you were doing immediately after treatment – no driver needed, no sedatives, and no loss of time from work! Simple as that.

What does it feel like?

Cool surface applicators are applied to the skin and a laser is sent through the skin to the fat (very precise) to heat it up just enough to send the cells into a state of ‘apoptosis’. There is no pain but you do leave feeling like you had a good abs workout (if that area is treated).

What is ‘apoptosis’?

This means programmed cell death. (It really is not as scary as the word sounds). This is one of the few times in medicine we need to mention the “d” word. The fat cells targeted eventually die off and are gone forever!

When do I see results?

Results appear in approximately 4 weeks and last forever. We keep saying that – but it is true! Other products only give you a temporary result or are not a laser (did you know that Coolsculpting is NOT a laser?)

How many treatments do I need?

This all depends on how much fat you would to trim. The real term is body contouring. The more nipping (no tucking) the more number of treatments. We recommend that you commit to TWO treatments (6-8 weeks apart) for optimal results. Why not get the most out of your investment?


  • SculpSure is the world’s first laser approved for body contouring
  • Two treatments are recommended for optimal results
  • No downtime


Does anyone really really NEED Botox?

Well need or want…Botox has a lot of fans! Does anyone ever want to have more wrinkles? Dr. Mai will admit that she is a huge fan of Botox and does not wrinkles! She didn’t start until her 40s but lately, it seems like tons of men and women in their 20s think they need to get it done too, and not for the reasons you think. Their reason is PREVENTION.
Botox CAN prevent wrinkles, but there is a need for regular maintenance. Botox is not a one-time injection like a vaccine (think flu shot or something even longer like a hepatitis A shot) but it needs to be maintained, every 3-4 months! Sure, you can skip the maintenance and then the wrinkles come back.
The idea of wrinkle prevention has resulted in a surge of younger patients seeking Botox consultations, but whether or not they all need it is another story.
Botox can help prevent deep imprinted lines that we call wrinkles because of the effect of relaxing the muscles that can crease the skin. Patients in their 20s have sufficient volume and thickness of the facial skin. It can withstand the folding and creasing forces of the underlying muscle. The skin begins to lose volume and thins notably between the ages of 30 to 40 (yes, some do in their 20s – skin color, sun exposure and family history). This, in our opinion, is the best time to begin Botox treatments—right before the creases have an opportunity to become deeply imprinted.
Potentially, if you start early, you will atrophy the facial muscles and weaken them so that you don’t have to get Botox as often when you are older. You should not stop using Botox if you want to prevent wrinkles, which are formed by muscle movement.
Lastly, one client even told us that he knows he’s due for Botox when his brows can move (forehead wrinkles) and the SnapChat filter picks up. Others have said they don’t want to look angry or worried so they prefer to start Botox earlier just to look calm all the time!


  • Botox is now used for PREVENTION
  • Botox must be repeated or wrinkles will come back
  • Dr. Mai gets Botox!

Skin care under the sun

1. Protect yourself from the sun.
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

2. Use sunscreen.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.

3. Wear protective clothing.
Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

4. Don’t smoke.
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking – such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke – can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit.

Ask Dr. Mai for tips or treatments (she can write you a prescription – she is a real MD after all) to help you quit smoking.


  • The sun causes wrinkles
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Don’t smoke


Obagi blue peel radiance

The Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE gives you results in ONE visit! It contains a unique blend of acids to provide a gentle but effective salicylic acid-based facial chemical peel, resulting in tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin immediately. These peels address acne, sun damage, acne scarring, melasma and improve texture and tone. Blue Peel Radiance effectively exfoliates the uppermost damaged skin layers, leaving your skin fresh, renewed, and radiant with little to no downtime.

What is the protocol for consultation and pre-treatment?

To maximize the desired results of this advanced peel treatment, the use of a Obagi pre-treatment kit consisting of home use products should be used for at least 2-4 weeks prior to treatment for lighter skin and 4-6 weeks for darker skin tones.

All patients must apply a suitable SPF30 daily before, during and after treatment.

What will happen during the consultation?

Our Licensed Esthetician will carry out a thorough skin analysis and review your health and medical history (regarding your skin). She will also set up a suitable home care program carefully designed to target your skin and individual needs.

What areas can be treated with the Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE?

Face, neck line and anywhere you need to improve your skin! .
How does the Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE work?

The Blue Peel RADIANCE Prep Solution is then applied to clean, dry skin, and the skin is left to dry completely. Thereafter the Blue Peel Radiance is applied in a systematic pattern of application in order to achieve even results. A second pass of the Blue Peel Radiance may be applied depending on the individual case. The treatment is then allowed to work into the skin for 5-10 minutes depending on the patients skin type, condition and sensitivity. Finally the practitioner will remove the product with a cleanser and an SPF is applied. .
Will the Blue Peel Radiance hurt?


How many Blue Peel RADIANCE treatments will I need?

4-6 treatments scheduled 2-4 weeks apart, repeat approx. 2 times per year to maintain results.


  • Results seen in ONE visit
  • For acne scarring, pigmentation, acne, wrinkles and more!
  • Get younger looking skin


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The gift of youth is like gifting time..always appreciated! Stop in, call (949) 660-9972 or send us a quick note at info@newportaesthetics.com
We will even wrap it up for you!

Staying young never gets old!


More products and services

Look forward to more featured products and services here!

Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream
Eyelash Extensions Newport Aesthetics by Dr Ann Mai MD
Jan Marini Marini Physical Protectant SPF 45
Injectables at Newport Aesthetics by Dr Ann Mai MD
HydraFacial Facials Chemical Peels Skin Care at Newport Aesthetics
Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

The complete list of services and products featured at Newport Aesthetics is available under “PRICE LIST“.

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