Sun Damaged Skin: Prevention and Treatment

September 1st, 2010

It was a hot and muggy summer this year. Did you remember to protect your skin from the sun?

We live in a society that loves the sun and that bronze-y glow associated with tanning, but beware: live life as a sunworshipper and you’ll pay the price for it with your skin!

Wrinkles, ptosis, pigmentation irregularities, and spots – the signs of aging are all too inevitable. However, while some are caused by gravity and your genes (intrinsic) and are out of your control, others are caused by the environment (extrinsic), and most specifically, the sun. Every person has the ability to control the level of extrinsic aging that occurs to them.

In other words, many signs of aging can result from and worsen with frequent sun exposure. Read the rest of this entry »

Juvederm™ For Men

August 1st, 2010

Statistics compiled for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that only 9% of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed last year targeted men. A small percentage, indeed, but that’s still a staggering 1.1 million cosmetic procedures!

The secret’s out: men are turning to aesthetic medicine to look good.

While the most popular procedure was BOTOX® (for women, too), rounding out the list at number 5 was Soft Tissue Fillers, also known as Dermal Fillers. According to the same survey, there were 34,256 procedures performed in 2009 that involved hyaluronic acid based fillers, namely Juvederm™ and Restylane® – a 10% increase from 2008.

How can Juvederm™ help men? Read the rest of this entry »

Another Way to Plump Up Your Lips

July 1st, 2010

TNS Lip Plump System™ is a product for topical application from SkinMedica®, a leading skincare manufacturing company that creates innovative products that rejuvenate the skin.

TNS Lip Plump System™ is a 2-step regimen designed to enhance, rejuvenate, condition and smooth the lips with a combination of effective ingredients that have been clinically proven to restore the youthful appearance of the skin. The system is composed of Lip Renewal™ and Lip Plumper. Read the rest of this entry »

Ottawa Juvederm – What It Can Do

June 1st, 2010

At Dermaworks, we can help you achieve a more youthful appearance and improved facial contours with Juvéderm™, one of the most popular dermal fillers in the Ottawa area. With a single treatment, you can experience a remarkable rejuvenation of your appearance without having to undergo invasive surgery – just one (or more) injection is all that’s required!

Wondering what problems on the face that Juvederm™ can help you with? Read the rest of this entry »

Which is Better for You: Restylane or Juvederm?

April 10th, 2010


As far as dermal fillers in Ottawa go, Restylane® and Juvederm™ are two of the most popular products in Canada. Their popularity is probably due to their ability to effectively achieve desirable results, relatively quickly and safely. They can also treat a variety of aesthetic problems: smoothing out mild to moderate facial wrinkles, augmenting the lips, filling out scars, and changing facial contours like the chin and cheeks – all from a treatment that doesn’t involve incisions and takes less than an hour.

Here are the similarities:

  • Both are in a gel form based on hyaluronic acid, responsible for maintaining volume and moisture levels in the skin.
  • Both come in syringes.
  • Both are injected into the skin.
  • Both come in different intensities, as distinguished by the median size of the gel’s particles and the concentration of hyaluronic acid. The problem determines the intensity.
  • Both achieve temporary results with minimal downtime. Side effects include short lived swelling, irritation and bruising. Read the rest of this entry »

Open House: Learn more about SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 Laser

April 6th, 2010

Laser Skin Treatment Ottawa

March 10th, 2010

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Looking for laser skin treatment in Ottawa? Look no further!

Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic is proud to offer Ottawa laser skin treatments. Designed to treat a number of aesthetic problems afflicting the skin, this revolutionary medical technology utilizes one of the most advanced laser platforms in aesthetic medicine. Combat the signs of aging, repair damage caused by prolonged sun exposure, or treat acne and acne scars – experience the therapeutic effects of laser technology as performed by Dr. Demetra Vassiliou, Chief Physician of Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic.

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How Botox Treats Wrinkles

February 7th, 2010

BOTOX® CosmeticBOTOX®Cosmetic is a purified botulinum neurotoxin type A complex (BTX-A) in sterile form. Ingredients of the product also include human serum albumin and sodium chloride.

When injected directly into the muscle, BOTOX® Cosmetic binds to the sites of receptors on motor nerve terminals then enters these terminals to inhibit the release of acetylcholine (ACh), a chemical that stimulates muscle tissue. In other words, the product blocks ACh in order to paralyze the muscles in the treated area so they cannot contract. This occurs in the days following treatment. Without muscle movement, the overlying skin does not crease or wrinkle - which is how BOTOX® Cosmetic has been deemed an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles located between the eyebrows, across the forehead and at the outer corners of the eyes. These dynamic wrinkles are familiarly known as glabellar lines, worry lines and crow’s feet respectively. (Static wrinkles, those lines and creases that are present even when the muscles are at rest, are better treated with injectable fillers such Juvederm and Teosyal. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin, “filling in” the crease.) Read the rest of this entry »

Teosyal Dermal Filler

January 3rd, 2010

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Recognized as one of the world’s most effective dermal fillers, Dermaworks Aesthetics Medical Clinic is proud to offer Teosyal®.

teosyalbeforeafterTeosyal® is a completely hyaluronic acid based soft tissue filler manufactured by Swiss based Teoxane Laboratories. This gel, highly viscous and elastic, can add volume as well out fill out the wrinkles and creases that appear on the face, neck and hands. Areas that may be targeted include forehead lines, wrinkles around the eyes, marionette lines, and vertical lip lines. It can also add volume to facial contours to achieve a more youthful appearance. Desirable results may be achieved after a single treatment, however you should anticipate up to four treatments, performed on a weekly basis.

Each procedure at our medical clinic is performed by an experienced physician. The injection is administered using a patented syringe specially designed by the manufacturers of Teosyal® that makes it easier to deliver the product with precision and prevents any leaking. The targeted area will be massaged by the physician immediately following injection to distribute the product more uniformly.

Teosyal® boasts a high concentration of biocompatible hyaluronic acid, a substance essential in naturally maintaining volume and suppleness of the skin. The hyaluronic acid is non-animal based and completely biodegradable. Only trace amounts of protein (less than 5 μg/mL) and bacterial endotoxins (less than 0.2 EU/mL) are included in the product, significantly decreasing the risk of complications from occurring, such as hypersensitivity, inflammation and swelling. There is no downtime and like other dermal fillers, results are temporary but last for a long time due to its composition. Maintenance sessions approximately once every three months may be required.

Teosyal® is not suitable for people with auto immune diseases, hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not compatible with laser skin treatments or therapeutic peels. If a skin infection at the proposed site exists, the procedure may be postponed until it is completely healed.

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More About Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

December 7th, 2009

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment with DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy is the newest addition to the services we offer at our clinic, and you can get 10% of the procedure if you book now at (613) 667-9455 or by email!

According to Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, phD, assistant clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, “the emergence of ablative fractional CO2 is one of the most important advances in laser and light-based aesthetic medicine since traditional CO2 laser resurfacing. It is the culmination of more than 15 years of clinical experience and research.”

Our CO2 laser device is a revolutionary new laser that combines the long standing effectiveness of the CO2 laser with fractional technology to deliver a gentle yet powerful nonsurgical treatment that safely revitalizes the skin. It can resurface the skin as well as rejuvenate collagen production in a uniform and homogenous treatment.

About the procedure
The procedure is performed at the Dermaworks clinic. A topical anesthetic can be applied beforehand to ease discomfort. The area to be treated is defined and then cleaned with alcohol (males patients may need to have the area shaved). After the skin has dried completely, the area is exposed to the mobile and compact CO2 laser device, which operates on 110 volts.

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The intensity of the laser, pulse width, and the spacing of fractional beams may be adjusted according to the type of problem and patient. It may even be customized to make it more compatible to a patient’s lifestyle. For example, if a patient is able to reserve some time for recovery, the intensity of the laser may be increased to achieve more dramatic results in a single session. For those with a hectic schedule, “lunch hour” treatments can be milder. Intensity may also vary in a single session, increasing aggressiveness in areas that require deeper correction. Needless to say, the more aggressive a procedure is, the longer the recovery.