Doctor opens laser clinic on Girard Avenue in La Jolla
BY SHELLI DEROBERTIS
Peter Mann, M.D., and his wife Jacklynn, opened The Secret, a skin and vein laser clinic at 7634 Girard Ave., to be “the only doctor’s clinic among the shops, restaurants, boutiques and medical spas in the Village.” They plan a grand opening for 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.
Mann, a vascular surgeon, said he has specialized in varicose vein laser and skin laser treatment since 2000. He previously operated a surgical clinic in Kearney Mesa.
Mann said his services differ from those offered at medical spas because The Secret is actually a clinic with an operating room and recovery room, and he performs many procedures using I.V. sedation.
He said medical spas offer injections for vein disorders, but he treats the cause as well as the symptom.
For large varicose veins, for example, treatment begins with a consultation, followed by an ultrasound to determine where the reflux is within the vein.
During treatment, he will insert a catheter to burn the vein, and after those steps are completed, he begins the injection of a solution directly into the veins, which cause the sides of the vessel to contract and the veins to disappear.
“We do the whole gamut — from laser treatments to laser therapy to sclerotherapy, veinwave and phlebectomy,” he said.
The Secret has a new laser machine, Fraxel Repair, a C02 skin resurfacer, which Jacklynn said was the “Rolls Royce” of Fraxel machines. Mann said it goes deeper than a laser and burns the tissue that causes deep wrinkles, and helps “baby skin” form.
Besides wrinkles, the treatment also helps tighten skin, improve texture, tone, brown spots, red spots and scars.
The drawback is the one-week recovery period during which time patients may experience bruising, redness and oozing, he said. “It is a very aggressive and painful procedure, but it turns back the clock about 10 years,” Mann explained.
He also performs ultherapy, a skin tightening and scar removal process with a machine that uses ultrasound and requires no cutting for minimal pain. Those results are instant, and skin continues to improve up to six months after the therapy. For more information, visit
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