My Skin Care Secret: Dr. J. at Miami Skin Institute


Getting pretty ain’t so pretty with Dr. Manjula Jegasothy.

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Getting Viora laser to improve skin’s texture.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I put a lot of effort into being healthy and taking care of myself. When I’m not dishing on train wreck celebrity news via Snapchat (you’re welcome), I can be spotted having an affair with the Pilates reformer. All physical effort aside, there’s one thing that no number of leg lifts can forestall: Wrinkles. 

As you may know, I turned 39 this year. I’ve spent the last 9 years mothering two spunky and sweet kids, meeting deadlines and raising eyebrows at fashion week runways. Despite my love of La Mer eye cream, time has flown and pestilent fine lines have appeared with a Kardashian-like tenacity to be in the spotlight. That’s where my godsend of a dermatologist, Dr. Manjula Jegasothy, comes in. Known to her patients as “Dr. J.,” she gave me my first Botox shot when I was 30! I am being 100% honest when I say this woman is “giving me life!”

Droves of people take a seat at her cozy Coral Gables-based officeMiami Skin Institute, to rid themselves of crow’s feet, laugh lines, and the slew other horrific monikers for wrinkles that shall not be named. Her office is inspired by her Sri Lankan roots, adorned with rich dark woods and lavish oversized lanterns, which is a nice departure from the typical basic bitch-y dermatology offices (Read: Boring!) out there.

You could say Dr. J.’s bedside manner matches her badass décor. When she isn’t treating my “accordion” and “nasal labial” folds, she’s casually calling me “dude.” If I’m going to lament about the creeping 4-0, I want a doctor who can make me chuckle.

Dr. J. has continually schooled me on how to keep my wrinkles at bay, filling up the dreaded “folds” and improving my skin’s texture with Botox and a Viora radiofrequency laser treatment. Think of Viora as a new sidekick to Botox, extending the life of your fillers and tightening sad, saggy skin without surgery.

Okay, freaks, hear me out! Before you call me a masochist for my love of lasers and needles, let it be known that Viora is safe and quick with zero downtime. As is: my husband was CLUELESS of the procedure — unlike that time I fried my face off with some gnarly chemical peel back in 2013. Before the procedure, Dr. J. lathers this gal up with a topical numbing cream to make the treatment pain-free. (To be honest, I’ve experienced more agony in the student drop-off line.) Ten minutes of the Viora laser and viola—my dime-sized pores are non-existent, my skin is smooth, and my forehead is wrinkle-free. (Amen to that.) I noticed these results one month later — but Dr. J. tells me I will really see results three months after the procedure. Patience, people, patience.

In the words of a true Game of Thrones dweeb, I thank the old gods (Botox) and the new (Viora), while bowing down to Queen Jegasothy for her skill to help 39-year-olds like me slay another day. Get your skin into shape and book an appointment at Miami Skin Institute stat!


  1. October 18, 2016 / 11:29 am

    I wonder if the Viora helps acne? Stay slaying! Xoxo

    • October 28, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Viora can smooth acne scars, particularly older (more than 5 years old) ones, very well, but I have so far not found a way to treat active acne with it. VBeam laser works very well on active acne, however!

  2. Christy
    October 18, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Chemical peels are life. Lol

  3. Seba
    October 19, 2016 / 9:32 am


  4. Ivonne Leichtling
    October 25, 2016 / 8:09 am

    “I’ve experienced more agony in the student drop-off line.” Classic Maria! God bless your original, spot on musings!

  5. Rana
    October 28, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I couldnt agree more – wordy girl. Well said. Queen J has done wonders for me!!

  6. Patricia
    April 8, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    I saw a post on Instagram or Facebook regarding the Miami MD lift and firm cream. Can you help me figure out where I go to purchase this my name is Patricia Parra and I can be reached at pparra386@gmail.

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