Interview with Facial Expert

Facial Expert in Marin

Allison Quistgard, LE is our Marin location Lead Clinical Esthetician and GLOW Expert. As well as a clinical esthetician, she is a wellness editor, freelance writer and blogger (for and Marin Magazine) with a passion for beauty, wellness, skin care, and the science behind it all.

Ali believes that skin care is more than just skin deep, and applies her lifelong passion of medical aesthetics towards transforming her clients’ skin from the inside- out and the outside-in so they look and feel their best.

We recently sat down with Ali and asked her about her famous facials.

US: What is it with you and facials? It’s a real talent and passion, yes?

ALI:It’s more like a passion gone awry! Ha Ha Ha. This is my happy place! On any given day I help people get their glow back. There is nothing more rewarding than helping one see their own true beauty, which was lying there just beneath the surface all along.

US: What are the benefits to regular facials?

ALI:Regular facials help with the short and long term health of your skin. Consider this: we tend to make regular visits to the dentist, the gym and the hair salon. Skin care is self-care. If you are suffering from dry skin, rosacea, acne, congestion or faced with pigment, pore or tone issues, regular skin care treatments are scientifically shown to remedy most of these common skin care conditions. And then there is preventative maintenance… As they say,” an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

US: They say it’s important to have a skincare consultation before starting a routine. Do you agree?

ALI:Absolutely, I cannot impress upon people enough that everyone’s skin is wonderfully unique. Often people use products recommended to them by a friend or an advertisement but it’s inappropriate for their skin type. And to take that one step further people try and analyze their own skin and make incorrect assumptions. For example, did you know, that one could have acne and dry skin or acne and oily skin simultaneously? Or, that dry skin and dehydrated skin are quite different and easily confused.

US: Why did you decided to join the HVME team ?

ALI:Oh, for a number of reasons. When you are passionate and committed to what you do, you want to surround yourself with those exhibiting the highest skill set and standards in the business. Have you seen our team, probably the best practitioners in the entire Bay Area.

US: What types of treatments do you do?

ALI:I do a variety of treatments all of which are totally customized. I do anything from microdermabrasion and dermaplaning facials to medical grade peels, resurfacers and microneedeling. I also am a certified CoolSculpting practitioner.

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Kirsten S.
Linda and staff are amazing. I am always very happy with my treatment results. It is apparent that she researches various technologies and techniques. The applications are always evolving with new and improved products. Highly recommended.
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Suzanne P.
Excellent service and an overall pleasant experience. Victoria was professional and knowledgeable. She proposed treatments addressing both my anesthetic and medical concerns.. I could not be happier with the results. Also, the Receptionist, Mattie, was pleasant and efficient. I look forward to future treatments.
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Lisa M.
Hayes Valley is the best! Kate did an incredible job with Dysport removing the wrinkles from my forehead, Sandra gave me great abs and glutes with Emsculpt, and Linda gave me my youthful facial structure back with Sculptra. These women are truly amazing. So glad that I found them!
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Gene V.
I love Hayes Valley Medical and Esthetics! I've been coming for a while now for Botox and filler treatments. Linda is AMAZING! She knows just the right amount of product needed in all the right places to bring out my best facial features. I feel more handsome every time!!

The front desk staff are super sweet and helpful. They always ask exactly what I want and I never feel like I'm being 'upsold' or encouraged to do anything other than what I came in for. I would highly recommend HVME to anybody that is on the unsure about trying some of the services they offer. You won't be disappointed. Thank you!!
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Julie S.
This was my first experience with any filler/injection treatment and it was very pleasant, professional and everyone there made me feel safe, welcome and I felt very knowledgeable coming out of my treatment about what to expect. I will absolutely be back!
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Tina B.
Diana at the front desk is so sweet, the medical assistant was amazing & personable and Kate who did my procedure is my favorite! As I walked out and met my husband, I told him how much I enjoy being there & what a good vibe Hayes has.
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Cher B.
Sheila and Linda took great care of me and I look younger and vibrant.  I do not trust anyone else for injectables.  Linda is careful, thoughtful, and respectful of one’s budget. I have followed her from Marin into SF and I will continue to follow her where ever she practices.
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Emily N.
I highly recommend Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics!! All the front desk staff are warm, friendly and professional and Denise is the best for laser, she goes above to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Andrea is exceptional at explaining the services they offer. They are the best in SF in my opinion and I do my research!
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Kathleen F.
Excellent customer service, advice, and care. Botox and Microneedling. Melonie is a gem. She is extremely knowledgable, sincere and honest. Everyone here is helpful, They carry a fabulous array of skin products too. I am so pleased with my results!
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