Rosacea

August 22nd, 2014

 

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Before and After Laser Skin Treatment

Rosacea is a very common disorder characterized by symptoms of facial flushing and a collection of other clinical signs such as facial redness, broken capillaries, coarseness of the skin, and an inflammatory eruption that may be similar to acne.The hallmark of rosacea is persistent redness in the central portion of the face that lasts for at least three months. This redness may be associated with flushing, broken capillaries (medically called telangiectasias), and an acne-like skin eruption. However, unlike acne, the skin eruption in rosacea does not have any blackheads.

Clients often find that the first symptom of rosacea is a tendency to flush or blush easily. The condition generally starts in the center of the face and then extends to involve the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose. Over a long period of time, potentially years, the condition progresses to a persistent redness with visible blood vessels and possibly pimples and bumps. With time the redness tends to become more persistent. In the more severe cases the nose may grow swollen and bumpy, a condition known medically as rhinophyma.

Because rosacea is a complex condition, it has been divided into subtypes, which are determined based on the appearance of the skin. This subdivision helps classify rosacea. However, patients may have the findings of more than one subtype at the same time.

  1. Subtype 1 – Facial Redness: Subtype 1 (medically called erythematotelangiectatic rosacea) is characterized by persistent facial redness and flushing. Broken capillaries, called telangiectasia, may be present, and the skin may feel irritated and uncomfortable.
  2. Subtype 2 – Bumps and Pimples: Subtype 2 (medically called papulopustular rosacea) is characterized by facial redness and acne-like bumps and pimples.
  3. Subtype 3 – Skin Thickening: Subtype 3 (medically called phymatous rosacea) is characterized by skin thickening and enlargement, especially around the nose. When the nose is involved in this manner, it is referred to as a rhinophyma. It is believed that W.C. Fields had this type of rosacea involving his nose.
  4. Subtype 4 – Eye Irritation: Subtype 4 (medically called ocular rosacea) is characterized by the presence of eye symptoms, including watery eyes, red eyes, foreign body sensation, eye burning, dry eyes, and blurred vision. Ocular rosacea should be treated by an ophthalmologist.

Although the cause of rosacea is not known, several factors are known to play a role in its development. The condition is more common in
women than in men. In addition, genetics is also clearly a factor, and the condition may be inherited. Evidence suggests that sun exposure is also a contributing factor in the development of rosacea. There are also certain “triggering factors” that may exacerbate a patient’s rosacea. When present, these need to be identified and avoided as much as possible. Common triggering factors are hot and cold temperatures, wind, hot drinks, caffeine, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol, certain emotions, and medications that cause flushing.

Laser skin treatment is a popular choice for the fight against rosacea. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic a laser is used to emit a beam of light that is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the blood vessel. This will break down the blood vessel, diminishing the look of the vascular lesion (rosacea). Final treatment results should be evident in 10-14 days after treatment. Three to four treatments may be needed to reach your final goal.

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Before and After a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are another choice for clients looking to treat rosacea. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic our illumaPeel combines a variety of active cosmeceutical ingredients to effectively achieve the results you desire. The peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time. Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of 3-6 treatments may be required depending on the intensity of the peel and other treatments used.

All patients who have rosacea should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B light. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we recommend using our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30, a physical sunscreen based on zinc oxide rather than chemicals. In addition, individuals who have rosacea should seek shade and wear a wide-brim hat to further protect themselves from the sun.

If you’re suffering from rosacea don’t wait, contact us today. We have treated hundreds of clients with this condition who have received extremely gratifying results. Contact us today to book your no pressure consultation. Honest advice, beautiful results™.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

August 19th, 2014

 

skinIf you want to reduce facial wrinkles and lines, hyaluronic acid may be a good choice because of its compatibility with the human body. In fact, this substance is found in almost every single living thing. In humans, it acts as a network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your body. High concentrations are found in soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. It’s also in some cartilage and joint fluids, as well as skin tissue. It is extracted and reformulated and now has become one of the most popular kinds of injectable fillers. If the term sounds familiar, it’s because the same substance is often injected into the aching joints of people with arthritis to ease pain and provide extra cushioning. Brand names include Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvéderm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen and Restylane. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer  Esthélis and Juvéderm. Hyaluronic acid is not derived from animal sources.

When this gel is injected, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.

In the last few decades, various synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid have been developed and used to correct disorders in the fields of rheumatology, ophthalmology, and wound repair. More recently, synthetic forms of hyaluronic acid are being manufactured for use in face augmentation.

For more information on hyaluronic acid contact us today.

LATISSE®

August 14th, 2014

 

Do you dream of having longer, thicker, darker lashes? Do you spend the morning applying, and reapplying mascara to enhance the look of your lashes? Ladies, the struggle is over! Introducing LATISSE™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, the only prescription product available in Canada to grow your own natural eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker!

latissebna01LATISSE™ makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient bimatoprost. It works by increasing the anagen cycle (growth phase) of your eyelash hair cycle. By increasing the length of the anagen phase, and decreasing the length of the fall out phase, LATISSE® is clinically proven to grow, thicken, and darken your lashes in as little as 16 weeks!

Like every routine, applying LATISSE™ is all about consistency and precision. Once you follow the basic guidelines, the results will come gradually over time. To see the full effect of your eyelash transformation, we suggest taking a before picture before you start the treatment, and keep taking pictures every 4 weeks to chart your progress.

The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution is an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE™ solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

While most everyone may want the look of longer, fuller, and darker lashes, not everyone may be right for the treatment. Dr. Vassiliou will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. You should not use LATISSE™ if you have an active eye condition, including an eye infection, or have broken or irritated skin on your eyelid.

To find out if LATISSE® is right for you, contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou.

Afraid of needles? Follow these simple tips and tricks to get the procedure done!

August 11th, 2014

 

Trick #7– Close your eyes!

Have you been thinking of having a cosmetic procedure but haven’t taken the leap because your fear of needles? Trust us, you’re not alone. We have hundreds of people walk through the door feeling like that. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, your comfort and safety is our number one concern. Take these tips and tricks into consideration before your next treatment.

1. Share your fear. Instead of keeping your fear of needles secret and letting it snowball into a full-blown anxiety attack, talk to Dr. Vassiliou about it. Let her know about your fear. Expression and social connection often help people calm down. Dr. Vassiliou will talk to you about your options and take special precautions to make the process less painful and anxiety-producing.

2. Request a topical anesthetic. Anesthesia is a pain killer, applied onto the skin that will dull the pain of the needle. Although needles only cause a small amount of pain having the anesthetic may help get you through the door!

3. Request cool air. Studies show that blasting cool air on the treated area decreases pain and we have just the machine to do it! Check out The Gate Control Theory. 

4. Position your body effectively. For some patients who faint and lose consciousness, lying down and/or elevating the legs can help ease some of the symptoms of needle phobia. This is a serious concern for many people, as people with a needle phobia also report a fear of fainting. In these cases, addressing both the fear of needles and the possibility of fainting is important.

5. Don’t make it a big deal. Don’t think about the needle, or getting the needle. Don’t worry about the size of the needle, and don’t stress over the pain. If you keep stressing over the needle before the procedure, you’re just building up anxiety about it. In the long run, this makes the whole process more uncomfortable.

6. Think about something else. Talk to Dr. Vassiliou (she’s a great conservationist!) Think about that party that’s coming up, or that special somebody. If you want, count down in your head; count sheep even. You could try bringing an iPod with you and listening to music to take your mind off the needle.

7. Don’t watch us administer the shot. Look away or close your eyes and try to focus on something engaging.

8. Remember to breathe slowly and deeply. Focus on maintaining your breathing. A slow, steady breath will calm your nerves and give your mind something to latch onto.

Don’t let your fear of needles get you down. Go ahead, get that Botox™, Dysport, filler, or mesotherapy. You’ll thank yourself later. Contact us today to discuss more about your fear, or to book a consultation.

 

Peel Away all Imperfections

August 7th, 2014

 

Chemical-peelsChemical peels are a type of procedure during which a substance is applied to the skin resulting in faster skin cell turnover (exfoliation or peeling). The goal of chemical peeling is to rejuvenate the skin or address a specific problem such as acne, acne scars, blemishes, melasma, wrinkles, sun damage, or fine lines. Even if you don’t have a specific skin problem, getting a chemical peel is a great way to restore or maintain a glowing complexion. Given then their effectiveness, safety and affordability, chemical peels are a very popular dermatologic procedure.

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic our illumaPeel combines a variety of active cosmeceutical ingredients to effectively achieve the results you desire, whether it be to help smooth the skin’s texture or erase pigmentation irregularities. Each procedure is a half hour. The face, hands, neck, back and shoulders may be treated and people of all ethnic backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of a chemical peel.

Before and After Chemical Peel

Before and After a Chemical Peel

After cleansing the face, our MiniPeel Solution is applied. Dr. Vassiliou will advise you when to wash the solution off using the provided anti-redness foaming cleanser followed by applying the Illuma 2 CrèmeThe peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time.

Moisturizer and sunscreen must be used regularly during the 5-7 days after the peel and is included in your package here at Dermaworks. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and masks the peeling process. You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel. Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. More than one peel may be required depending on your goals and condition.

Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of treatments may be required and varies from person to person. Anxious for that glowing complexion? Contact us today! 

 

Melasma Facts and Treatment

August 4th, 2014

 

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Before and After Fractional C02 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Noticed any brownish or yellowish patches of skin on your face? What you’re seeing in the mirror could be melasma. This skin condition presents as a darkening around the eyes, forehead, bridge of nose, and cheeks. Melasma is a common skin disorder that affects an estimated six million people in the United States. In fact, 90% of those afflicted are women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Melasma is often associated with sun exposure but it’s also common in pregnant women, hence the nickname the “mask of pregnancy.” Other common triggers include estrogen supplements and birth control pills.

Four types of pigmentation patterns are diagnosed in melasma: epidermal, dermal, mixed, and an unnamed type found in dark-complexioned individuals. The epidermal type is identified by the presence of excess melanin in the superficial layers of skin. Dermal melasma is distinguished by the presence of melanophages (cells that ingest melanin) throughout the dermis. The mixed type includes both the epidermal and dermal type. In the fourth type, excess melanocytes are present in the skin of dark-skinned individuals.

In conjunction with Dermaworks skincare products, non-invasive, in-office treatments include chemical peels, vibradermabrasion, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, and laser skin treatments. Melasma is readily diagnosed by recognizing the typical appearance of brown skin patches on the face. During your initial consultation, Dr. Vassiliou will diagnose melasma by visually examining the skin and determine the appropriate treatment.

During a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin and allowed to soak in. Over the next 1 to 14 days, depending on how deeply the chemical penetrated the skin, the skin peels off. This procedure removes parts of the skin in a controlled way so that new skin can grow in its place.

Vibradermabrasion 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 with no down time.

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Before and After

SmartXide Fractional CO2 is an excellent treatment for patients who wish to rejuvenate their skin without the lengthy recovery periods inherent in more invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Vassiliou is an expert in fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing and can provide you with the expertise to rejuvenate your skin without invasive surgery helping diminish your skin discoloration.

Laser skin treatment has helped millions of people target their hyperpigmentation problems. The laser emits a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin breaking down the melanin in the skin removing the pigmented lesion (melasma). Final treatment results should be evident 10-21 days for pigmented lesions and sunscreen must be worn after the treatment.

On top of treatment, Dr. Vassiliou will also go over products from our line of medical grade skincare that are proven to lighten and brighten the skin. The following products are suitable for aiding in the fight against melasma.

Knowing how to treat your melasma can be overwhelming. Let us help. Contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou to develop your treatment plan.

 

 

BOTOX® Cosmetic/ Dysport and Depression

July 31st, 2014

 

 
Is paralyzing the muscles involved in frowning truly enough to make depressed patients feel better? The notion that your expression can exert a powerful influence on your mood has us all thinking. After all, we smile because we feel happy, and cry because we feel sad, not the other way around, right? Well, not necessarily. New research suggests that it is possible to treat depression by paralyzing key facial muscles with BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport.

happycoupleIn a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Dr. Eric Finzi, a cosmetic dermatologist, and  Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, randomly assigned a group of 74 patients with major depression to receive either BOTOX® Cosmetic or saline injections in the forehead muscles whose contraction makes it possible to frown. Six weeks after the injection, 52 percent of the subjects who received BOTOX® Cosmetic showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who received the saline placebo.

Other studies over the past several years have found similar effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic/ Dysport on individual’s moods. Michael Lewis at Cardiff University reported that non-depressed patients at a cosmetic dermatology clinic receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic injections above the eyes frowned less and felt better than those who did not receive this injection.

The idea that facial expressions may feed information back to our brain and influence our feelings goes back to a theory of emotion first proposed by Charles Darwin. In “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” Darwin explained that the control of facial expression causes a like effect on subjective emotions. William James took the idea further and proposed that emotions were the result, not the cause, of various bodily sensations, suggesting that “we feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, afraid because we tremble, and not that we cry, strike, or tremble, because we are sorry, angry, or fearful, as the case may be.”

The BOTOX® Cosmetic studies, by contrast, suggest a circuit between the brain and the muscles of facial expression in which the brain
monitors the emotional valence of the face and responds by generating the appropriate feeling. Of course information flows in both directions, as you can think yourself into practically any emotional state and have the facial expression to match it.

Whether Botox will prove to be an effective and useful antidepressant, it is still unclear. To discuss whether or not BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport is right for you, please contact us for your consultation with Dr. Demetra Vassiliou. Don’t worry, be happy with BOTOX® Cosmetic/ Dysport.

Antioxidants– What You Should Know

July 28th, 2014

 

 

orange-juice_1When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, the research is abundantly clear– antioxidants reign supreme. Not only do antioxidants combat the free-radical damage that is responsible for the visible (and hidden) signs of aging, they also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. Indeed, during the day, the combination of antioxidants plus sun protection is a strong defense against many signs of aging, including wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration. At night, dosing your skin with a range of antioxidants will promote cellular repair and healing.

There are hundreds of trendy antioxidants that show up in skincare lines, but antioxidants don’t need to be exotic or have a good marketing story to work brilliantly. Despite what marketers may claim about Tibetan berries or about melons harvested at dawn in the south of France, what matters most is treating your skin to a variety of antioxidants. That’s why Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic takes a cocktail approach!

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that works particularly well for treating wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots. This vitamin is considered an anti-aging superstar. When applied, vitamin C increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant in the fight against wrinkles) it also reduces skin discolorations, strengthens the skin’s barrier response, enhances skin’s repair process, reduces inflammation, and helps skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not. Amazing right?

Vitamin E is another well-known antioxidant that provides significant benefits to the skin. Vitamin E works in several different ways to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage and from the early stages of ultraviolet light damage. It also works in powerful synergy with vitamin C; that is, our powerful cocktails that contain both vitamins C and E are doubly as beneficial!

Ferulic Acid is also found in our products and has been demonstrated to be an antioxidant extender. Vitamin C is very problematic in skin care due to its highly oxidative state.  There are several factors that must be controlled for topical Vitamin C to be effective.  One of those factors is stabilization once it’s exposed to air, or moisture, where Vitamin C quickly oxidizes. Ferulic Acid does just that. Combined with vitamin C it works to stabilize the vitamin, preventing the oxidation and delivering you better, longer lasting results!

When it comes to treating your skin to antioxidants, remember the old saying “Strength in numbers.” When the antioxidants described above are combined and working together, and reinforced with daily use of sunscreen, the results are remarkable! Trust us.

Our products that contain these powerful skin changing ingredients:

Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum

Powerful Antioxidant Cream

Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants 

Available for purchase in store or online.

 

 

Laser Skin Treatment for Spider Veins

July 23rd, 2014

 

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Before and After

To the majority of us spider veins are cosmetically undesirable and can make the face appear older, flushed, or blemished. Spider veins are a common development from sun damage and aging. Certain medical conditions and habits (smoking and alcohol) can also promote their development. This type of vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin and can be eliminated with laser skin treatment.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be absorbing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. During your treatment the laser used will emit a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin and blood in the vessel. This will either break down the melanin or collapse the blood vessel, getting rid of pigmented lesions. Typically one to four treatment is needed for facial spider veins.

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Before and After

The treatment is fast and simple and typically offers no down time. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately after having this procedure done. There can be some redness which usually goes away in two to three hours and swelling, if any, may last one to two days. Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days for this type of vascular lesion.  Clients should note that sun screen must be worn after the treatment but not to worry, Dermaworks Medical Aesthetic Clinic offers a fabulous sun screen, Nature’s Veil, available for purchase at the time of your appointment.

Laser skin treatment is amazing medical technology that has helped millions of people completely eliminate their facial spider veins. You could be next. Contact us today to book your consultation with Dr. Demetra Vassiliou.

 

Lip Augmentation Using Dermal Filler

July 21st, 2014

 

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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!