By Karen Billing
At Pacific Cielo Surgery Center and Medical Spa the focus is on natural alternatives to cosmetic surgery to make people look and feel better.
“What makes us different from everybody else is we are the only ones who use your body’s own resources to give you a better body for yourself,” said Dario Moscoso, president and owner.
Pacific Cielo opened in Cielo Village in November 2011 and offers anti-aging rejuvenation procedures, skin therapy and contouring, wrinkle treatments, and platelet-rich plasma injections.
Moscoso, a Del Mar resident, has been building and setting up companies in various fields for the last 38 years. He has been in computers, distribution and hospitality companies, and when he moved to San Diego was involved in wholesale real estate.
Moscoso wanted to reinvent himself and decided to take on a medical practice, partnering with a successful practice in La Jolla. Pacific Cielo is his first practice without a partner.
He did six months of research to decide on whether or not to open in Rancho Santa Fe.
“The beauty and the serene environment of Rancho Santa Fe attracted me to it and Cielo Village has its own character of an Italian Tuscan village,” Moscoso said. “It’s been a really good experience for me here and everyone’s first comment when they come in is ‘I didn’t know you were here’ and ‘It’s beautiful.’ We hope to improve the community, as well. We love it here and hope to get some of that love back.”
About 50 percent of Pacific Cielo’s clients come from out of town — patients travel from the Bay Area, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Texas and Massachusetts.
“People come from all over for the quality of service that we provide,” Moscoso said.
Dr. Scott Sessions is Cielo Pacific’s medical director and is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience.
The practice focuses on natural alternatives, such as fat transfers instead of breast augmentation and the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for facelifts, breast lifts and aging hands and necks.
In the PRP process, which Moscoso has branded the Vampire Facelift, the practitioner draws blood which is paced into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components. There are no incisions, just injections similar to Botox and the platelet rich plasma is activated at release to repair, strengthen and rejuvenate.
“A normal facelift is an invasive procedure that takes months to recover and it doesn’t repair anything, it just makes it look tighter which is really an unnatural look,” Moscoso said. “The PRP is nothing like that, it’s your own body’s repair mechanism, repairing and regenerating new cells.”
After a PRP procedure, a patient can walk right out of the office and return to work the next day.
Liposculpture is another specialty on Pacific Cielo’s menu. While liposuction just removes fat cells from the body and flattens it, liposculpture sculpts the body using state-of- the-art tools that make small incisions the size of a freckle.
“The body heals fast, there’s less trauma and the incision closes within 24 hours,” Moscoso said. “Most patients go back to work the next day.”
Pacific Cielo also uses radio frequency treatment to treat cellulite, non-surgical tummy tucks and skin tightening. Over a course of treatments, they can tighten and improve skin laxity, sagging and wrinkling on the face, neck, jowls, forehead, arms, abdomen and thighs.
“When a patient comes in with a situation or problem, their self-esteem is down. We do PRP or lipo or any medical procedure and they walk about out of here feeling good about themselves,” Moscoso said. “That’s amazing and that’s the rewarding part.”
Pacific Cielo is located at 18029 Calle Ambiente, suite 507, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. For more information, call (858) 756-5678 or visit www.pacificcielo.com.