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Photodamage is damage to the skin caused by exposure to the UV rays of the sun. By changing the structure of your skin, photodamage leads to premature aging. If you have photodamage, you may experience symptoms such as wrinkles, lines, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and lax, dull skin.

How does photodamage happen?

When you are exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods without adequate protection, the sun’s UV rays can damage collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layer of your skin. This loss causes your skin to lose elasticity and firmness and can cause your skin to wrinkle and sag prematurely. Exposure to sunlight will also deplete your skin of essential vitamins needed to maintain a youthful and healthy glow. At Total Glow, we address photodamage with a combination of potent and effective treatments. Depending on the severity of photodamage, we will recommend the best treatment or combination of procedures for you.


Can I reverse my photodamage?

The first line of defense against photodamage is prevention. Using sunscreen any time you go outdoors for an extended period and wearing protective clothing will go a long way in preventing photodamage and inhibiting further damage. However, once the damage is done, there are treatments available that can dramatically rejuvenate the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

Treatments for photodamage

At Total Glow, we treat photodamage in several ways. The use of laser (IPL) and microneedling is exceptionally effective at treating sun damage. As Environ’s California Flagship and Training Center, we also use the newest range of skincare products tailored to prevent and reverse photodamage. By combining our targeted laser and microneedling treatments with our state-of-the-art skincare treatments, we routinely deliver exceptional results in the treatment of photodamage.


Intense Pulsed light exposes your skin to therapeutic pulsed light, which helps renew the skin, shedding blemishes, and signs of aging. With virtually no downtime or recovery, IPL can help reduce and fade sun spots and freckles, decrease the size of your pores, stimulate collagen growth and leave your skin fresher, renewed, and more youthful.

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In microneedling, ultra-fine needles create thousands of tiny holes in your skin. The micro-injuries stimulate your body’s natural healing process, triggering the natural production of collagen. Microneedling can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin and give your skin a youthful glow.

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Our Office The Total Glow Difference

When you come to Total Glow for treatment, you are entering an environment of total commitment to you. Terrie Absher Kochman, our founder and Sherpa, has implemented every measure to ensure each step of your journey is met with complete attention to detail.

Terrie trains every provider in the practice for months before allowing them to treat patients. This ensures each provider has “the touch” with each client, not only providing excellent results, but also making each patient as comfortable as possible.

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Environ skincare treatments

We use Environ’s cutting edge skincare products in both our facials and chemical peels. When your skin is damaged by the sun, it is depleted of essential vitamins and nutrients. With our Environ Vitamin therapy treatments for sun damage, your skin is saturated with vitamins A, C, and E and other active ingredients to effectively combat sun damage. Our clients are thrilled with improvements you can achieve with Environ Active for acne and the Mela line for pigmentation issues.

The skincare regimen you use following your treatment is an essential aspect of maintaining your look. By ensuring your skin gets the proper care and nourishment, your results can be enhanced, and your skin protected against further damage in the future. We will provide you with expert guidance on how to take care of your skin going forward.

Why choose Total Glow?

At Total Glow, we are experts in skin and photodamage. All our providers are extensively trained to treat any skincare issue, on any skin type. We are committed to helping you achieve beautiful results that go above and beyond your expectations.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Updated September 22nd, 2020

Hello from Total Glow,

It's time to get your skin and whole body back on track and healthy, toned and glowing!


Total Glow MD is open per San Mateo County's guidelines.  We are providing all services including our expert skincare services with the exception of Hydrafacials and a few other facial treatments that are currently restricted. Our Wellness, body toning and muscle sculpting, injectables, IV's  and more are still available!   Try our new exclusive proprietary treatments for a jumpstart to get back that healthy glow.


We have implemented Covid-19 guidelines for our Team and for your health and safety that go beyond standard compliance.


Once you've secured your appointment, please follow our guidelines:

  1. Text or call upon arrival. Our large private parking lot is steps away from our entrance and exit doors. We will contact you and let you in as doors are kept locked.
  2. Masks and hand sanitation are required upon entering. Non-contact temperature check will be administered.
  3. COVID-19 forms are signed and health questionnaire completed
  4. We use hospital surgical suite grade UVC sterilization (not wands) for complete sterilization together with standard disinfectant protocols.
  5. Your Provider wears Shields and masks and is receiving health checks and temperature checks as well.
  6. Your Provider will escort you to a sterilized room without contact with other clients/patients
  7. You will be checked out for your service and product purchases in the treatment room rather than the front desk.
  8. We have a separate exit through our backdoor directly to the parking lot for your safety to ensure social distancing and no contact with anyone entering our facility.

Thank you for being on time as we stagger our appointments. We have added large breaks between our appointments as well for treatment room checkout, and product replenishment.  This also provides time to complete the surgical grade sterilization process after each and every appointment. 


With four Hydrafacial machines in our beautiful treatment rooms and medical suites for body and facial procedures as well numerous other modalities available, we will do our best to get you in promptly.


We hope to see you soon and help you get a total glow from head to toe!

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