Leading Ladies 2018

Leading Ladies 2018: The Leading Ladies of Facial Aesthetics Center


Since Dr. Sarah Levy opened Facial Aesthetics Center of RI in 2010, she has quietly established herself as one of the state’s leaders in non-invasive aesthetic procedures. An eye surgeon, a professor at Brown University, and a national trainer for injecting fillers, Botox and Dysport, Dr. Levy is meticulous about ensuring that her treatments are safe, have minimal downtime, and that her patients always look refreshed, but never “done.” When she hired office manager Maria Disimone shortly after opening, the two worked diligently to generate a huge word of mouth following. Since then, Facial Aesthetics Center has grown steadily, and now has three injectors and three medical aestheticians, all who are dedicated to the same original vision of providing optimal patient experience and care.

That vision is working. Early this year, the East Greenwich office of Facial Aesthetics Center underwent a massive expansion, growing from three treatment rooms to seven, and adding a large and private waiting room, with a separate reception area, so patients can have as much privacy as they’d like. In addition, the practice was selected to be one of the national SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Flagship Offices. “They’re L’Oreal’s medical skincare division,” Dr. Levy explains. “Each flagship is led by a physician, and allows our patients access to the best skin care offered by SkinCeuticals and L’Oreal.” The Facial Aesthetics Center will be the only flagship in all of Rhode Island, as well as parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. “Our medical aestheticians have always loved the line,” Dr. Levy remarks, and “our patients love it” as well. The practice is planning a spectacular launch party this spring.

The practice’s expansion also means more providers on their talented team, Dr. Levy confirms. “Every person on our team comes with many years of experience,” Maria Disimone says. Dr. Helen Livson completed a three-year fellowship at Harvard, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics. She specializes in shaping the perfect lip as well as contouring the lower face. Amy Donaldson, RN, came from a plastic surgery practice in Boston, and has extensive experience with Platelet Rich Plasma (also known as the “vampire facial”), hair restoration, as well as Botox and facial fillers. Licensed Medical Aestheticians Kerri Parks and Jennifer Amaral are experts at laser skin rejuvenation, medical-grade peels, micro-needling, and medical HydraFacials. Patients rave about receptionist Nina and the practice’s medical assistant, Michelle. Behind the scenes two brilliant managers, Maria Disimone and Candy Adams, pull it all together. “From start to finish, we take care of our patients,” Maria explains. “We take our time to put our patients’ minds at ease and anticipate their needs, and we follow up with all of our patients the next day to ensure their expectations were met.”

Facial Aesthetics Center offers the kind of treatments that make a difference, but that don’t look overdone. “My approach has always been to have my patients look more refreshed,” Dr. Levy clarifies. “I don’t want anyone to know that my patient had anything done. If someone asks ‘who does your Botox’, I haven’t done my job.” In addition to Botox and Dysport, the Facial Aesthetics Center offers extensive options to obtain that “refreshed” look. Dr. Levy is one of the top injectors of Sculptra in New England; she and her staff utilize facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, as well as laser resurfacing treatments and intensive facials, to help heal the skin, not just pamper it. “We’ve developed different techniques for minimal bruising and minimal discomfort,” she explains. “I’m coming into this field as a microsurgeon. Everything that I do has to be very precise. Our fillers are almost exclusively injected with mirocannulas instead of needles, which significantly reduces discomfort and recovery time.” All of the staff receives treatments that the practice offers, so that they can give realistic expectations to patients, and share their personal experiences. “I’ve always loved Dr. Levy’s natural-looking Botox and filler technique, but my new favorite treatment is Amy’s PRP,” Maria adds.

The FAC staff also understands that undertaking these kinds of treatments, though they have excellent results, can be nerve wracking, especially for new patients. “The first time I had an aggressive laser, I was so nervous,” Dr. Levy says, laughing. “I had it done on a Friday afternoon, and although I thought I looked quite flushed the next morning at my son’s hockey practice, no one noticed!” And the final result of brighter, smoother skin, makes a world of difference in how a person looks and feels.

Dr. Sarah Levy Facial Aesthetics Center of RI

2730 South County Trl., East Greenwich 649-0320

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