The soft, delicate skin around the eyes requires expert, specialized care. So, it only makes sense that an aesthetics practice would fit right in with an ophthalmology one, like Kalon and Vance Thompson Vision. Ophthalmologists, like Vance Thompson Vision’s board-certified surgeon Dr. Deborah Gess Ristvedt, know the most when it comes to the eye area and supporting face structure thanks to years of experience.

That expertise paired with familiarity performing laser surgery or treatment prepares them to work in an aesthetics medical spa, according to a Healio article featuring Dr. Ristvedt. In the article, she highlights that ProFractional (PFX) laser treatment can be performed alongside a surgical eyelid procedure so patients are able to recover from both at once. Dr. Ristvedt also points out that BroadBand Laser (BBL) treats both dry eye and skin tone and texture.

“With this passion, I branched out into laser skin rejuvenation, which has created a platform that enhances what I love to do and makes patients feel confident.”

“I enjoy offering oculoplastics to our patients and have found true joy in the art of it,” Dr. Ristvedt says. “With this passion, I branched out into laser skin rejuvenation, which has created a platform that enhances what I love to do and makes patients feel confident.”

Beyond the lasers, the expert team at Kalon offers a handful of other services, like dermal fillers and Botox/Dysport, that complement a laser treatment to lead to overall better and longer-lasting results.

For a Worry-Free Lift…

BBL + Botox/Dysport

BBL reaches deep below the surface to treat and prevent redness, irregular tone, or discoloration due to sunspots, while the injectable treatments lift and prevent “furrowed brow” wrinkles.

For Renewal in a Wink…

MOXI + Botox/Dysport

The “laser for everyone” encourages skin regeneration, while injectables like Botox or Dysport plump up wrinkles from underneath.

For a Glidingly Smooth Surface…

ProFractional + Botox/Dysport

The ProFractional laser treatment reaches beneath the skin to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars in a targeted area, while Botox kicks crow’s feet to the curb.

Aligning laser and filler treatments can create better non-surgical results with longevity. The recommended treatment combinations create a rejuvenating, multi-benefit series. Book a laser + injectable series today to look and feel even better thanks to the expert team at Kalon, who optimize results thanks to their ample insight into the eyes and face.

Whether you’re starting the year with a long list of goals or skipping resolutions altogether, Kalon can help you be laser-focused in 2023 — and focusing on your outer glow is a great place to start! Now through January 10, we’re offering our best deals ever on laser packages. Treat your skin — celebrate a new year with a new you when you book one of these great packages.

The Trifecta

MOXIBroadBand Light (BBL)ProFractional (PFX)

This combination improves the overall appearance of your skin by treating fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, slowing the cellular aging process, and stimulating new collagen production.

$1,280 ($1,600 value)



Glitz, Glam, and GO! The DuoGLOW tightens, lightens, and refreshes skin while also treating superficial pigmentation.

$720 ($900 value)


Nano Peel + BBL Hero

Rock around the clock! The ForeverYoung is the perfect weekend peel. This treatment helps reduce wrinkles and even both tone and texture. Get back to baseline with fresh, young skin.

$520 ($650 value)


BroadBand Light (BBL) Series of 3

From teens struggling with hormonal acne to adults experiencing adult-onset acne, this revolutionary technology can handle it all. The ForeverClear BBL treatment uses a combination of blue, yellow, and infrared light to eliminate bacteria, reduce inflammation, and promote the body’s natural healing process. The treatment is safe and comfortable for patients of all ages.

$600 ($750 value)

We’re also going to keep the new year celebration going by giving VIP members their additional 15% discount on top of these laser savings.

You can receive your laser service any time from now until April 30. However, to claim this special pricing, you need to call or book online between January 3-10. Be sure to mention this offer when calling or note it in the comments section of your booking.

Don’t wait — enter the new year with a rejuvenated outer glow!

Skin care isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. One week of taking really good care of your skin won’t yield much, if any, noticeable change. However, over time, the cumulative results of regular care begin to show in clear skin, more even tone, and less wrinkles. 

The products you use to maintain that routine also matter. While plenty of skin care options are available from the aisles of a general merchandise store, online, or individual reps, you’ll find Kalon stocked with ZO Skin Health, a medical-grade skin care line that offers concentrated, quality ingredients and reliable results for our patients. We offer medical grade skincare for five reasons:

1. The products are targeted.

Most over-the-counter products treat an array of skin types and conditions with one product, which is a great time-saver. However, when it comes to skincare, choosing specific products for your specific skin is the best way to see results. Medical grade skincare targets specific skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, and wrinkles.

2. ZO and other medical-grade skin care also means access to expertise.

ZO products are only sold through authorized practices, which means when you purchase them, you also have access to the expertise of the providers at that practice. All combined, Kalon’s providers have been helping patients identify and address skin concerns for decades – they know skin! Patients who have struggled through countless rounds of trial and error are surprised and relieved to learn they don’t have to guess any longer. Our providers are skilled at selecting the right products for you. 

3. They’re a good value.

Because these products are concentrated and contain a high percentage of active ingredients, a little goes a long way. Plus, when you’re using the correct products for your concerns, the likelihood you’ll abandon them — wasting the investment you made — is low. (Hint: watch our social pages for promos to save on your faves!) Even better, because medical-grade skin care achieves a healthy dermis, your results from a procedure will be maximized. 

4. Research and clinical studies are important.

ZO and companies like it invest in research and development that drives innovation in how we treat our skin. They’re regularly discovering new and more effective ways to treat skin — all of which are then incorporated into their products. 

5. We want results, too.

The products we recommend for you are all part of our own routines. We stake Kalon’s reputation on providing good guidance, and if we’re going to lead the way to better, clearer skin, we need personal experience with the ZO products we recommend for you. 

We truly believe that medical-grade skin care is the most effective way to achieve the best skin you’ve ever had. We can’t wait for you to experience the results for yourself! Ready to get started? Book your consultation through our website.

Kalon’s location inside Vance Thompson Vision often begs the question, “Why does the same clinic that provides advanced eye surgery and eye care also have facial filler and skin treatments?”

For those outside the ophthalmology and eye care industries, the connection isn’t immediately obvious, is it? Rest assured, this is a common pairing nationwide and one that stems from the natural intersection between our expertise and patient requests for the types of procedures Kalon offers. Knowing the anatomy is extremely important in optimizing results. And knowing the delicate structures that reside around the eye and throughout the face leads to great outcomes.

The even more logical explanation is that the technology and lasers for correcting vision are very similar to those for improving skin. Being attached to an ophthalmology practice also allows Kalon to draw from the experience of Vance Thompson Vision’s board-certified surgeon, Dr. Deborah Gess Ristvedt, when more advanced procedures are required for Kalon patients.

“We love being able to show patients that we hear them, that there is something they can do, and that we can help them feel great about how they look too.”

“Patients may come to see us for cataracts, but while they’re here, they mention that their eyes look tired and that they want to do something about it, or they bring up a skin condition they’ve been dealing with, “ says Dr. Ristvedt. “We love being able to show that we hear them, that there is something they can do, and that we can help them feel great about how they look too.”

Finally, ophthalmology is not confined to the inner workings of the eyes. The discipline is broader, specializing in the structure, function, and anatomy of the eyes, eyelids, and mid-face from both a medical and surgical perspective. Many ophthalmologists have expertise in managing the delicate skin around the eyes as well as performing surgery when eyelids are droopy or turned inward (entropion) or outward (ectropion).

Vance Thompson Vision always strives to impress patients when they visit our clinic. From the parking lot to the exam room, we want each person who comes through our doors to have the best care possible provided by a friendly, competent team skilled in a wide range of procedures that meet your goals. Adding Kalon to our clinic gives you even more possibilities to see — and look — your best.

Drink water, apply sunscreen, and don’t forget to moisturize.

If you follow a skincare routine, you’ve most likely heard these simple rules. And you probably do your best to follow them. But, despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to avoid the inevitable: wrinkles.

What is preventative Botox?

The bad news is that you can’t prevent aging. The good news? You don’t have to live with those frown lines. Getting preventative injectables like Botox is a growing cosmetic trend for women in their mid-20s to early 30s to prevent wrinkles. Instead of waiting to fix wrinkles, patients are now starting treatments earlier to prevent lines from happening in the first place.

Certain types of wrinkles can become difficult to treat after they’ve formed. By beginning Botox earlier, you can take a proactive approach to your skincare.

When to start

Officially, Botox is FDA-approved for patients 18 years or older.

“Every patient has a different skincare journey,” Alyssa Letcher, PA-C, said. “While it’s never too late to start caring for your skin, we’ve recently found more clients who want to take steps now rather than wait for fine lines to appear.”

“While it’s never too late to start caring for your skin, we’ve recently found more clients who want to take steps now rather than wait for fine lines to appear.”

Besides age, an ideal injectables patient is someone worried or bothered by the early signs of wrinkles. The early formation of forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, etc. can indicate a patient’s eligibility for treatment.

“It’s best to begin treating wrinkles when they first appear,” Amber Eliason, RN, said. “Early treatment can sometimes even prevent them from appearing at all.”

Injectables and the body

Facial nerves tell your muscles to contract. Botox blocks these nerves, preventing those muscle contractions. The treatment trains facial muscles to avoid wrinkles.

Deep lines can be prevented by slowly decreasing the use of these muscles. Preventative injectables typically result in a more natural result due to the small treatments over time.

“At Kalon, we work with each patient to ensure that the finished result leaves them looking refreshed and natural,” Eliason said.

To decide if Botox is right for you, schedule an appointment with a Kalon professional today.