Say Hello to a Refreshed, Glowing YOU this Spring

Spring is a season of rebirth, with new leaves sprouting on trees and colorful wild blossoms appearing in gardens and the roadside. It’s a time of earth’s renewal after winter, and perhaps a reminder of our own self-care needs with the approach of the new season. As the days lengthen and we spend more time outdoors, it’s an opportunity to recommit to our personal wellness. 

Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle

Some areas to consider — are we incorporating movement and stretching into our daily habits? Is it time for an updated supply of sun protection or moisturizer for our winter-dried skin? Are we eating a healthful diet that includes fruit, vegetables, and enough protein? Are we drinking enough water to be adequately hydrated? Getting good-quality sleep and rest?


Protect Your Skin

Everyone’s needs are different of course, but protection from the sun and harmful UV radiation is universally advisable. Excellent medical-grade products are available for daily use under makeup, not just when we’re at the beach or out on a sunny day. Our skin needs high-SPF sun protection for both health and beauty, as many of us see the adverse effect of cumulative exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Protect your skin from UV radiation.

Improve Overall Skin Texture with Microneedling

At my practice, we offer microneedling, which is a minimally-invasive treatment that has gained popularity in recent years as a way to improve overall skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. 

Dr. Karen Horton’s office in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights District. Photo: Amelia Plumb Photography.

We treat aged or irregularly surfaced skin with an FDA-approved SkinPen – a handheld device that contains a number of tiny sterile needles that move up and down at high speed, creating “micro-punctures” or channels in the skin. This treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing process and promotes the production of new collagen and elastin – two proteins essential for healthy, plumper, youthful-looking skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improving overall skin texture and tone.a

Renew Skin with Laser Treatments

At my practice, we refresh sun-damaged skin with non-surgical treatments intense pulsed light (IPL) and non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatments, which minimize dark spots, lessen broken capillaries and other signs of photoaging on the face, neck, hands, and chest. Downtime is minimal and treatments are easy to arrange as a simple “lunchtime series”.

Clear + Brilliant Treatment given to patient by Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, Emily Sespaniak. Photo: Amelia Plumb Photography.

Botox & Dysport

Spring is the time to renew your look and get ready for social activities – putting your best face forward. Injectable neuromodulator wrinkle reducers such as Botox and Dysport lessen active and static (at rest) wrinkles within a few weeks, with results that last three to four months. 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can also be a great way to achieve a refreshed and rested appearance. As we age, we lose facial volume, creating a tired look, and a short in-office treatment can revitalize the face with minimal recovery time. Our “less is more” approach provides a natural looking result. 

“Cheek and chin filler in combination is a popular treatment to address facial volume loss and balance the facial profile,” says our talented Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner, Emily Sespaniak. “The results are subtle but beautiful and natural, and they typically last a year or more.”

Botox Lip Flip

Another frequently requested nonsurgical treatment is the Botox “lip flip.” This is a quick and easy procedure where a small amount of Botox is injected into the upper lip to create a fuller look without the commitment and downtime of a lip filler. 

From eating a healthy diet filled with fresh produce, to staying hydrated, staying active to considering a visit to our office for a quick nonsurgical treatment, there are many small but impactful steps we can take towards self-care this season.

Karen M. Horton, MD, FACS

Dr. Karen Horton is an internationally Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, a fitness enthusiast, proud mom to fraternal twin girls, and devoted wife of nearly 3 decades. A surgeon’s daughter, she is proud to have built a successful, women-focused boutique private practice in Pacific Heights. Featuring a brand new Quad A-certified, fully equipped operating room, Dr. Horton offers her patients the highest level of aesthetic care, both surgical and non-surgical, in a modern, bright and discrete setting. She considers it an honor and a privilege to care for her patients! To learn more about Dr. Horton, visit and follow her on social at @drkarenhorton.