Internationally Recognized Dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio

Dr. Tess Mauricio is a Board Certified Dermatologist, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of California San Diego. She is the founder of M Beauty Clinic by Dr. Tess in San Diego and Beverly Hills. A Past President of The San Diego Society for Dermatologic Surgery, she is the recipient of the UCSD Warren College Distinguished Alumni Award and Hollywood Daytime Beauty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine.

Dr. Tess is an internationally recognized cosmetic surgeon, regenerative aesthetics, and women’s health pioneer, author of California Total Beauty, renowned speaker, sought-after media personality, and has educated thousands across the globe. She is the inventor of the Time Machine Procedure™ and along with her husband Dr. James Lee, co-founded Liveli nutritional supplements. She is currently a Dermatologist partner for Proactiv, No7, Your Good Skin, and Soap & Glory skincare.

Pretty Women Hustle spoke with Dr. Tess Muricio about the new non-invasive Sofwave™ treatment for lifting the eyebrow, lifting lax skin beneath the chin and neck tissue; as well as reducing facial lines and wrinkles. 

Share your background as a Board Certified Dermatologist. 

I’m known as “America’s Favorite Dermatologist”, a graduate of Stanford medical school and I have been practicing in Southern California for almost 20 years. My practice specializes in cosmetic dermatology, regenerative medicine, and women’s health. I am proud to pioneer many game-changing technologies and combination protocols to help my patients look and feel they’re very best at any age. 

You are the founder of M Beauty Clinic by Dr. Tess in San Diego and Beverly Hills. 

What trends are you seeing? 

Patients are very interested in natural, nonsurgical solutions for anti-aging and rejuvenation. M Beauty Clinic (San Diego and Beverly Hills) is known for regenerative medicine treatments where we utilize different technologies to activate our own body’s natural ability to regenerate and repair and turn back the clock on skin aging. Patients are excited to use their own regenerative products like platelet-rich plasma, growth factors, and stem cells and are very curious about high-tech skincare treatments like carboxytherapy and exosomes. We combine technologies in a single session to deliver the very best result in our signature treatment, the Time Machine Procedure. 

Tell us about the new non-invasive Sofwave™ treatment for lifting the eyebrow, lifting lax skin beneath the chin and neck tissue; as well as reducing facial lines and wrinkles. 

There is an incredible excitement for Sofwave™ in my practice! I am frankly shocked by how well it has been received by my patients. We have all been waiting a long time for a technology that is FDA cleared to lift sagging skin without cutting. Who doesn’t want a nonsurgical brow lift, face and neck lift with almost zero downtime? And Sofwave™ is perfect for my ethnically diverse practice since ultrasound is color blind and we can treat all skin types safely and effectively. 

What makes Sofwave™ a game-changer? How is it different than micro-needling? 

Some of the liftings that we see after Sofwave™ are comparable to surgery and there is almost no downtime! We can expect predictable results with less pain and shorter treatment times, unlike other ultrasound devices. We also don’t have to worry about fat atrophy since the ultrasound is only delivered to 2mm which makes the treatment safer. 

Microneedling is very different from Sofwave™ in that although micro-needling can result in subtle improvements with skin texture and pores, it will never provide the lifting that we can expect with Sofwave™,

Microneedling can be combined with Sofwave™ if patients want both lifting and textural improvement. 

What are the benefits to your patients? 

Patients are very excited to have a nonsurgical lifting treatment with almost zero downtime. We have other treatments that can provide significant anti-aging results like our Time Machine Procedure, but this usually requires days of downtime and sun avoidance which is hard for some of our patients. 

With Sofwave™, even in the summer sun, patients can have a treatment and go back to their activities immediately after.

Is Sofwave™considered to be a lunchtime treatment? 

Absolutely! Patients can have a Sofwave treatment and then go back to work immediately after and most can already see some improvement they are excited with. And results continue to get better over time! 

Is Sofwave™for all skin types? Who is the ideal patient?

For my ethnically diverse patient population, I love that Sofwave™ is safe for all skin types. The ideal patient is someone in their 40s, 50’s, and even 60’s who looks in the mirror and is unhappy about seeing their skin sagging, and desires lifting of the skin of the cheeks, jowls, brows, and neck but do not want to go under the knife. Older patients who may have more advanced skin laxity can still be surgical candidates and will still find Sofwave™ beneficial as long as they have realistic expectations. 

What do patients say about Sofwave™?  

Patients say they are “transformed” by their Sofwave™ treatment. They are very excited about the final result which comes over time as collagen and elastin are created. They love that friends and family notice the improvement and ask them what they are doing to look so good! They feel confident and very happy with their results. Patients are amazed by their results and feel lucky this technology exists now! 

Dr. Tess is a favorite medical expert on TV with regular network appearances on NBC’s California Live, The Dr. Oz Show, The Talk, The Real, Dr. Phil, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox News, and The Doctors. Dr. Tess produced 6 seasons of “The Dr. Tess Show” and her family’s reality show, “All in Family with Dr. Tess,” premiered its 3rd season in 2020.

Instagram: @drtessmauricio @mbeautyclinic

Facebook: Tess Mauricio 

Sofwave social media:, #sofwave

IG: @sofwavemed

Jules Lavallee

Jules Lavallee is an International Journalist from Los Angeles, CA. For the past eight years, she has covered celebrities, global leaders, royalty, entrepreneurs for over 20+ magazines and countless cover stories. Staying true to roots in Boston, MA, Jules is a true humanitarian. She has supported many nonprofits in fundraising, strategic partnerships, and media. She has served on the Board of Big Brothers & Big Sisters and is currently on the Board of Fund Duel, gamified fundraising platform. She is an influential person in the areas of gender equality, diversity, and empowerment. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

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