Lip Augmentation Using Dermal Filler

July 21st, 2014

 

Lip Filler

Realistic Lip Augmentation

For many of us the thought of lip augmentation immediately bombards our thoughts with the negative stereotype associated with it. You  know what I’m talking about, those unnatural, over-sized lips no one would want. Ladies, it’s time to put those stereotypes aside and seriously consider this non-invasive cosmetic procedure!  At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Demetra Vassiliou knows that an overfilled, over-corrected lip never looks good. Her goal in lip augmentation is to give subtle, enhanced body to your lips, adding to the natural shape and size of your face.

At the time of your appointment, we will apply a topical freezing to the area being treated. Dr. Vassiliou will then inject the filler into the lip area, instantly restoring your lip volume and smoothing away fine lines. This treatment can be done in as little as a half an hour and offers minimal downtown. After the treatment you may resume your regular activities. Keep in mind there may be mild swelling in the lips for a few days following the treatment.

When using Hyaluronic Acid injectables such as JUVÉDERM®, treatment generally lasts six to eights months. This is because the lips move more than any other facial component, and this causes the body to break down the filler more rapidly. Your lips will not look strange or deflated during this process. They will simply resume their previous shape and size.

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar type substances found in our bodies that help to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to their use as an aesthetic treatment, Hyaluronic Acid gels have also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.

Lip AugmentationThe lips are a central feature of the face. Natural and attractive-looking lips have much to do with the contour, volume and relative difference between the upper and lower lips. A key characteristic of beautiful lips is that they have a harmonious appearance and blend well with the rest of your face. For this reason it is sometimes recommended that one combines lip augmentation with other facial cosmetic treatments.

The characteristic and shape of the lips can be easily adjusted using dermal fillers. We create genuine-looking lips that maintain their natural feel. Whatever your situation, Dr. Vassiliou will work with you to determine the most beneficial treatment available. Contact us today!

 

 

Soft Lift™ Makeover

July 17th, 2014

 

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Makeover reality television series has us all thinking the same thing—how can I get my ultimate makeover? It’s more possible now than ever before to achieve that head turning makeover with one non-invasive cosmetic treatment!

Soft Lift™ is a cosmetic treatment that uses a combination of BOTOX Cosmetic® and Juvéderm™ dermal filler to restore facial balance. By treating the face as a whole, together they smooth away lines, restore lost volume, and enhance facial contours to create a naturally refreshed and rejuvenated look. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Vassiliou has performed hundreds of Soft Lift™ procedures on patients interested in a non-invasive treatment that will immediately shed years from their appearance.

BOTOX Cosmetic® is used to treat the lines around the eyes and forehead which can make a person look tired or angry, even when they are not. Juvéderm™ is used to treat lines around the mouth and to restore the loss of volume in the cheeks, lips, and chin that can occur with aging. Soft Lift™ treats all three areas of the face (upper, mid, lower) to create a softer, balanced, entirely natural looking appearance. Dr. Vassiliou will guide you in determining the best course of treatment to reach your desired results.

CCF09142010_00035BOTOX Cosmetic® is a purified protein that relaxes muscles and smooths away wrinkles. It has a well-established safety history and is used to smooth out the frown lines between your eyebrows, as well as crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines, creating a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.

Juvéderm™ is a safe, smooth, injectable gel that is used to instantly improve your appearance by smoothing away lines and restoring lost volume. Made from hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in your body, it is used to replenish fullness in the cheeks and lips, and fill in smile lines. It can also be used to shape and contour jaw lines for a more streamlined appearance.

Generally, BOTOX Cosmetic® is repeated three to four times per year, while Juvéderm™ may last one year or more before requiring a touch up. The beauty of Soft Lift™ is that no matter what your age, this combination treatment is customized for the most natural looking you.

Contact us to book your consultation today to achieve your ultimate makeover!

 

 

Brotox- Botox for Men

July 14th, 2014

 

cmf-botox-before-and-afterWomen have long been held to a higher aging standard than men, but it appears as though that gap may be closing. According to a new study, the number of American men getting Botox injections—which relax the facial muscles to minimize lines and wrinkles—has skyrocketed 258 percent over the past decade!

It’s true guys, men are going to lengths once believed only reserved for women to try and gain an edge. Skin care, grooming, and cosmetics have all seen a significant shift towards a male audience, but now it’s going a step further with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, specifically Botox. With a recent boom, Botox, or even now referred to as “Brotox”, is becoming a go-to treatment for men of all ages. (Botox is approved for the use on individuals between the ages 18-65).

If you choose to opt for this treatment, you can expect a very simple procedure. First, Dr. Vassiliou will instructs you to scowl, squint, and scrunch up your face to determine the most suitable place to inject Botox. This treatment is quick, relatively painless and can be completed in about 15 minutes with no downtime afterwards. Coming over on your lunch break? Not to worry, those little red dots that appear immediately after will likely be gone by the time you get back to work. The onset of this treatment will begin to work within 5-7 days, typically seeing full results at the two week mark. Effects of Botox can be expected to last between 3-4 months. simon-cowell-botox

It’s also important to note, Botox has been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with Botox were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated. Trust us, you’re not alone! Known not only for his abrupt behaviour, Simon Cowell is also known for his use of Botox on a regular basis. Watch this hilarious video of Simon Cowell and Morgan Piers discussing Botox.

When it comes to the fine lines and wrinkles that come along with aging, more men than ever are opting for Botox injections. Will you give it a shot? Book your consultation with Dr. Demetra Vassiliou today to find out if this procedure is right for you!

To learn more about how Botox works, click here. 

 

 

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

July 10th, 2014

 

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At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer one of the most effective laser skin technologies in the industry– Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Therapy using the SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system. This revolutionary technology not only rejuvenates the skin, eliminating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne and other scars but also has the unique ability to tighten skin! It is the preferred method if you wish to get the most results with one treatment.

The SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system emits CO2 laser energy that creates thousands of microscopic perforations (vaporization of the skin) at a controlled depth. This stimulates new collagen growth and promotes tissue coagulation, resulting in skin tightening. Its fractional nature leaves bridges of skin between the vaporized columns of tissue. This helps with the healing process by reducing recovery time and associated risks (particularly unwanted hypo-pigmentation), thereby allowing the skin to heal faster. It is important to keep in mind that this technology is not only used for severe skin issues, in fact some clients simply feel their appearance looks aged and tired.

This is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure.  For your comfort during the treatment, we may apply a topical freezing anesthetic. After the first day your skin will be extremely red and it is very important to follow the post-treatment instructions given to you by Dr. Vassiliou. Upon leaving you will be asked to book a follow-up appointment.

During the first 24 hours post-treatment use ice/cold packs every two hours for 20 minutes maximum for selling and discomfort, cover treated areas with a moisturizing ointment every two hours, and keep your head elevated by using two or more pillows when lying down.

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Before                                   After

Following treatment normal activities may resume per level of comfort. However, no swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools while redness is present, usually for at least 24-48 hours. Once you feel comfortable and healed, a normal skin care regime, including makeup or shaving, can be resumed. Mild treatments typically require 1-2 days of downtime (ideally with 3-5 treatments), moderate treatments require 3-5 days (ideally with 2-3 treatments) and more aggressive treatments require 5-7 days of downtime (ideally with 1-2 treatments).

If you would like to improve the look and feel of your skin this treatment may be for you! Contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou to receive a quote and see if this procedure is right for you.

 

 

 

 

What is Vibradermabrasion?

July 7th, 2014

 

Vibradermabrasion is the latest in skin care technology. It is an effective and clinically proven topical skin treatment, utilizing a rapidly vibrating sterile paddle to remove layers of damaged skin tissue; leaving healthier and more radiant skin. Vibradermabrasion is the new way to do microdermabrasion. The process is fast, very comfortable for patients and produces exceptional results. 75-85% of the stratum corneum (top layer of non-living skin cells) is removed in minutes.

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 Sun damaged skin
 Fine lines/wrinkles
 Superficial age spots
 Hyper-pigmentation/Melasma
 Poor skin texture/dull skin

 

Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, Vibraderm does not sandblast aluminum oxide crystals over the skin. Instead, a Vibraderm machine
consists of paddles covered in abrasive particles. During the treatment, the Vibraderm paddles vibrate over the skin at extremely high speeds, exfoliating the top layer of skin and stimulating collagen growth.
 
Treatments typically take less than 30 minutes to perform and require virtually no downtime. This makes Vibraderm easy to fit into busy vibra 2schedules and ensures that people can get back to their active lifestyles. Many patients prefer Vibraderm simply for its lack of post-treatment redness.

Vibradermabrasion creates immediate results after just one treatment and in as few as three, initiates the creation of new collagen, leaving the skin more beautiful and vibrant each time. You will immediately notice a textural difference and a glowing quality to your skin’s appearance, however multiple treatments will be required to address hyper-pigmentation, enlarged pores and reduction of fine lines. Results may vary for each patient. 

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic each session is $150 and offers a half an hour of powerful relaxation while we rejuvenate your skin. Post treatment we are happy to match and apply mineral foundation by Jane Iredale that is also available for purchase while in our clinic. Contact us today to book your appointment! 

 

 

Will Botox Between the Brows Cause Bunny Lines?

June 27th, 2014

 

507430-448893You may have read in celebrity gossip magazines that visible “bunny lines” (the lines that form below the inside of the eyes and near the top of the nose) are tell-tale signs of Botox between the eyebrows (good example is Nicole Kidman) but is this really true?

Luckily, the horizontal nasal lines, as seen in the picture of Nicole Kidman, are not automatically caused by Botox. One reason this happens is that men and women who receive Botox injections in the frown lines between the eye brows (or around crow’s feet) are forced to use other muscles to make facial expressions. This can result in more use of nasal muscles in order to smile so the increased stress on the facial tissue simply moves to another region and causes new wrinkles to appear.

However sometimes lines on the nose are already there but when the areas surrounding them become smoother and less noticeable we have a heightened awareness of other areas we may not have noticed before. Many people contract the muscles of the nose as part of regular facial expressions, smiling or squinting–it is not a telltale sign of Botox.

Bunny lines sound cute, but the name is the only good thing about them. Most of the time, they are created by hyperactivity of the nasalis muscles when smiling or laughing.  They get the name “bunny lines” because they are formed by twitching the muscles of the nose.   These wrinkles may be vertical, horizontal or form diagonally but they appear in the same place on either side of the nose.

Before and After Botox for Bunny Lines

Before and After Botox for Bunny Lines

The good news is that bunny lines are easy to treat – using Botox!  Just a small amount of this neuro-toxin will help to relax the nasal muscles existing lines as well as stop new creases from occurring.  Bunny lines are often very small and shallow so only a small bit of Botox is needed.

As with all of our medical procedures, they are physician administered by Dr. Demetra Vassiliou who consistently supplies beautiful, natural looking results! Contact us to book your appointment today!

Suffering From Hyperhidrosis? Don’t Sweat It.

June 17th, 2014

 

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Excessive sweating? Let us help.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition affecting millions of people around the world. Excessive sweating can affect various parts of the body including the face, hands, feet or underarms. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we only offer treatment for underarms. Localized sweating problems are generally unrelated to underlying medical conditions. Botox is a long lasting treatment for hyperhidrosis that really works.

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Many tiny injections will be done in the underarm as shown.

Unlike topical treatments, Botox targets sweating at its source. Dr. Vassiliou injects tiny amounts of Botox into both underarms, skillfully and safely. Botox enters the sweat glands in the underarms responsible for sweating and blocks sweat release. The treatment can be done in a few short minutes.

Patients treated with Botox notice a remarkable improvement in hyperhidrosis symptoms. In clinical studies, 95% of patients with hyperhidrosis that was severe enough to interfere with their daily lives experienced the benefits of Botox after just 1 week, with sweating reduced by an average of 83%!

After the first treatment, the effects of Botox lasts an average of about 7.5 months. For nearly 40% of patients, Botox reduced sweating for more than 1 year. The amount of time Botox remains effective may vary. When your symptoms begin to return, contact us to book another appointment!

Botox has been used successfully to treat a range of medical conditions for many years now. Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. The most common side effects with Botox for hyperhidrosis is a perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms.

If your underarm sweating is excessive and interferes with work, lifestyle etc., then your Botox treatment may be covered under your private insurance plan. Our Botox is kept on site and there is no need for you to get a prescription and pick it up elsewhere. If you have coverage for Botox we do not require you to pay the full amount at the time of your visit. We will send your forms away and await reimbursement. All we ask is that you pay our physician administering fee, and leave the rest to us.

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition, but not one you need to suffer with anymore. Book your consultation with Dr. Demetra Vassiliou today and let us help.

Preventative Use of Botox

June 9th, 2014

 

47e39d33a242e12ddd11fdc9bfecee4fIs it too early for Botox? The question of when to start isn’t as straightforward as you may think. It depends on your facial structure and your predisposition for wrinkling. Many of our patients wait for the first signs of wrinkles to occur before treatment. However, Botox is becoming increasingly popular among 20-something men and women as a means of preventing their youthful skin from aging.

By using Botox earlier in life, you will keep lines from forming. Creases become etched in our skin over time as we make the same expressions.  If you receive Botox, you can reduce muscle movement in wrinkle-prone areas before the deep lines appear.  If you have dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that occur when you animate) then using Botox will help prevent the formation of static wrinkles (wrinkles that occur even at rest.)

Don’t forget, to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots daily use of sunscreen is an absolute must for everyone at every age. Nature’s Veil, SPF 30 is a broad spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with micronized titanium and zinc oxides that offer no chemicals, fragrance, or parabens. It’s fortified with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, Ferulic acid ester and melanin for enhanced protection. For a full line of our products please click here.

Keep in mind, Botox studies have not been completed on anyone younger than the age of 18, and is not recommended for pregnant women. If you’re thinking of getting Botox but aren’t sure it’s right for you, come visit Dr. Vassiliou for a no pressure, honest, and accurate consultation. We deliver beautiful, natural results every time. Contact us today!

Botox, Dysport, and Fillers: What You Can Expect

June 5th, 2014

 

Many of us have heard of Botox and dermal fillers but the question now is what can you expect from each of these procedures? How long until you see results and how long will these effects last? Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers have the ability to provide quick and effective results. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic in Ottawa we offer simple, non-surgical solutions for facial wrinkles and lines.

Botox/ Dysport

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Botox and Dysport can be done in a few short minutes and offers no down time. Tiny red dots will appear with minimal to no swelling for up to a half an hour after your appointment. Most patients will see the results of their injections begin to work between 5-7 days of having them done and continue to improve until approximately two weeks. Effect will gradually wear off over the next 3-4 months. Once the effects begin, the areas treated, i.e. the frown lines, crow’s feet etc., will appear more relaxed and in fact the whole face starts to benefit as patients take on a less stressed and more rested appearance. It’s subtle but noticeable – people will think you look “better” but they’re not sure why.

 

 

 

Filler

Immediately After Filler

Immediately After Filler

When performed properly, patients receive instant gratification with fillers. Dermal fillers work by plumping up the area around the injection site giving your face a more youthful appearance. They can be done within half an hour, and also offer minimal down time. You’ll be asked to come in half an hour prior to your appointment to have the area being treated frozen with a topical cream. Fillers are temporary, meaning they will degrade or be absorbed over time. Most hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have compositions that offer results ranging between six to ten months depending on the product and where it is used.

As with any cosmetic procedure be sure to listen and trust your doctor’s advice. Here at Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Vassiliou offers honest and accurate advice. She can best advise what product will work for you at the time of your appointment. Contact us today!

 

Using Botox or Dermal Fillers to Combat Frown Lines

June 2nd, 2014

 

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Before and After Botox

If you’d like nothing more than to turn your frown upside down but can’t because of wrinkles, you know what a challenge frown lines can be. There are two types of wrinkles, dynamic ones, which are caused by movement, and static ones, which are etched into our skin and appear while the face is at rest. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we have a couple of options to diminish those unwanted lines.

 

Botox or Dysport for Frown Lines

If you’re considering Botox or Dysport to combat your frown lines, you’re not alone. Botox is used to fight against dynamic wrinkles and is a relatively quick and easy fix. Injections only take a few seconds, and recovery time is minimal. During your visit with Dr. Vassiliou, she will decide how many units of Botox you’ll need. The price will vary from individual to individual.  Though it takes from three to seven days for the initial onset of Botox, the effects last for three to four months.

 

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Fillers for Frown Lines

Finding the fountain of youth doesn’t just involve Botox; fillers are often effective and necessary supplements for static wrinkles. Unlike Botox, which freeze the muscles around the frown line and prevent them from contracting, injectable cosmetic fillers fill the wrinkle and make the skin look smoother. Filler and Botox can be completed at the same time and done in about a half an hour appointment. The results from fillers are instant and have the ability to last for up to twelve months!

 

 

Let us take you from frowning to fabulous! Book your consultation today with Dr. Vassiliou to decide whether you need Botox, fillers, or both. Why wait? Contact us today!