Posts Tagged ‘Aging’

Earlobe Rejuvenation

Friday, December 12th, 2014

 

siliconeearsmallHave you noticed that your earlobes aren’t shaped quite as nicely as they once were? Have years of wearing heavy earrings caused them to sag? As many people age, they become concerned with rejuvenating and restoring the youthful appearance of their face, and oftentimes forget about other important areas such as the neck, hands, chest, and ear lobes! Sagging earlobes and stretched out piercings can actually be improved with dermal filler injections. Our expert injector, Dr. Vassiliou, can tailor an injectable treatment plan specifically to your needs to firm up and reshape the ears at our Ottawa based office.

A dermal filler such as JUVÉDERM® is injected into the earlobe with a fine needle to add volume to the lobe, smooth out lines and creases, and minimize the appearance of large piercings. JUVÉDERM® is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel that acts as a filler for wrinkles that adds volume to the space where the skin sinks in. JUVÉDERM® has been formulated through HYLACROSS™ technology, creating a smooth-consistency filler. The main ingredient in JUVÉDERM® is hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in our bodies, so the risk of infection and allergic reaction is minimal.  Aside from adding volume to earlobes, JUVÉDERM® is an ideal treatment for laugh lines and is often the treatment of choice for plumping thing lips.

While the injections are generally pain-free, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the lobe prior to injection to minimize discomfort. You may experienceba-cleft-earlobe10_b some redness, swelling, and/or bruising after injection, but this shouldn’t last more than a couple of days. Earlobe rejuvenation results can actually last up to one year or longer in some cases and earrings can be worn like normal after treatment. Dermal filler results last longer in the earlobes because there is no dynamic muscle movement like in the face. Once results do begin to diminish, the earlobe rejuvenation procedure can be performed again.

Gravity, volume loss, and the weight of earrings eventually take a toll on our ears, causing the earlobes to sag and ear piercings to become large and stretched out. People who have stretched their earlobes and wanted them corrected or have an adverse reaction to ear piercing may also find themselves wanting to restore the natural appearance of their ears.

Contact us today to book your consultation at our Ottawa office.

 

6 Ways to Keep Hands Looking Young

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

 

No matter the journey you’re currently on, you have worked hard to get where you are, and your hands have been by your side since day one. They have worked hard for you throughout your years and sometimes they might show their age. While you might fret about laugh lines and wrinkles on your face, what about aging signs on your hands? Here are six ways to keep your hands looking young.

  1. Moisturize:Skin’s health and appearance are affected by moisture. Without water, skin’s natural processes, like exfoliation, cannot occur normally, so maintaining an optimal level of moisture in skin is essential to its look and feel. Skin that is not well hydrated may also be more susceptible to inflammatory skin conditions.
  1. Get a Manicure:Showing some love to your cuticles and nails is important to keep your hands looking young. However, remember to give your nails a break in between manicures so they can recover from the last coat of polish.
  1. Exfoliate: For silky smooth skin from head to toe, make exfoliating hands part of your skin care routine. While the face gets most of the attention when it comes to exfoliation and sloughing off dead skin cells, you can keep your hands soft and youthful with a little extra care. If your hands regularly feel dry and rough, exfoliating several times per week should improve their condition relatively quickly. People with oilier skin will probably find they need to exfoliate less often, while those with dry skin may find daily exfoliation helpful.
  1. Wear gloves while doing the dishes: Water is your hands’ worst enemy. If we could hire a professional dishwasher, we would, but for most of us, gloves are a decent alternative. Be sure to wear them while doing the dishes to prevent the harsh soap and hot water from ruining your skin and nails
  1. Wear sunscreen. Sun damage is the biggest culprit of old-looking hands. Applying sunscreen to your hands on a daily basis will help prevent dark spots, also known as sun spots from forming. Sunscreen is important because the sun can get to your skin even while you’re doing everyday tasks, like driving.
  1. Get laser treatment: Laser skin treatment is a revolutionary medical technology that has helped millions of people worldwide improve their appearance and self-perception, quickly and effectively eliminating blemishes on the face and body. Melanin is the dark pigment in the skin and is produced by melanocytes (cells). Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. When dark pigment multiplies it forms freckles, brown age spots, and other pigmented lesions.
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Whatever your skincare needs, Dermaworks can help. Contact us today to find out more about laser skin treatment.

Cheek Enhancement with Dermal Filler

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

 

With age, hallows in the cheeks and bags in the lower eye lids are common. As you get older, skin loses its elasticity and begins to show signs of aging. This leads to loss of shape and definition of the face. Many individuals desire to have fuller, more appealing cheek structure or wish to correct sunken cheeks. Both of these conditions can be treated, non-surgically, with the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help camouflage bags and add volume to sagging hollow cheeks. They can enhance face contours and have a lifting effect on the face with natural collagen production also being stimulated.

Dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar that is found in the human skin, one that retains moisture. As we age, the hyaluronic acid in the skin reduces and the skin starts looking aged. Through the use of dermal fillers, the lost hyaluronic acid is restored and this visibly firms up the skin around the cheeks. Once injected into the skin, the fillers plump up and enhance the treated area. The content of the filler combines with the body’s own hyaluronic acid and binds with the water to create increased volume. It will dissolve naturally over time and will show results instantly. The effect of the filler can last from 8-12 months. Since they have a temporary effect, fillers are injected at regular intervals to maintain the firmness.

Upper Cheek Contouring

The zygomatic or malar area of the cheeks is the area of the high cheek bone below the rims of the eyes that extends out to the sides of the face.  The cheek773009033 bone area is a key treatment zone for many individuals who are seeking a lift in one of several aspects of the face. Over time, skeletal changes, fat loss and collagen depletion will flatten the malar area of the cheeks.  This can accentuate sagging in many areas of the face like the hollows under the eyes, the jowls, and a downward turn of the lips. Depending upon the facial characteristics of the client and personal goals, Dr. Vassiliou can give the cheeks a smooth curve or a more defined ‘apple’ effect.  Clients desiring more of an apple-type cheek may require additional filler in the upper portion of the cheek bone area.

 

Cheek Hollow Contouring

In the area below the cheek bones and out on the flat plane of the face, known as the sub-malar area, fillers can be used to correct a hollowing that occurs fillers-6with age or disease.  Many individuals who have a gaunt look can benefit from fillers in the cheek hollow areas. Dr. Vassiliou knows it’s important to seek an experienced physician for this treatment as you need to balance the weight and pull of the fillers in this area with the potential to push the skin upward and outward. Too much can defeat the purpose of the procedure and oppose the effects of the treatment on the cheek bone area. As with all of the techniques, it is important that the physician has developed an understanding of the balance amidst various facial features and among varying skin and skeletal types.  In many instances, these techniques are as much art as science, drawing heavily on the injection experience of the physician. At Dermaworks you can be confident that Dr. Vassiliou’s many years of injecting experience will lead to a desirable outcome.

During treatment, dermal fillers are injected using fine needles at the appropriate areas on the cheek. The entire procedure normally lasts no longer than 30 minutes. There is a minimal recovery period involved and often the person resume their daily routine immediately after. Prior to treatment a topical freezing will be applied and minimal discomfort will be felt during the procedure. Soon after there may be some swelling, redness, and very rarely bruising around the treated region; one may sense the filler material under the skin. However, this feeling remains for only few days, until the gel is absorbed into the area and swelling also subsides within a few days after the treatment. A word of caution here– it is best not to exercise prior to or after the treatment and avoid anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days before the treatment to minimize bruising.

Why wait? Contact us today to book your consultation.

 

Neck Rejuvenation

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

 

neckAs we age many of us suffer from a very common aesthetic problem— loosening and discoloration of our neck. Increased wrinkling, laxity, and discoloration of the neck can make us age faster then we’d like. The causes of this are usually multi-factorial and may include hereditary predisposition, excess sun exposure, smoking, excessive drinking, weight loss and weight gain. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, we have a few options to treat this problem.

One of the more common techniques and procedures involves our Fractional C02 laser. Under topical anesthesia this laser is used to treat the loose skin and wrinkles of the neck by sending tiny beams of light into the damaged area producing new collagen and elastin while helping with anti-pigmentation and immediate tightening of the neck laxity. There are a few things to note when choosing this as a treatment. Generally, the Fractional C02 treatment is completed in under an hour but will yield mild to significant downtime. Depending on the aggressiveness of your treatment you may need anywhere from two to ten days off of work. Your skin may feel sensitive and have a red pigmented and swollen appearance. This laser can provide significant improvement in the appearence and quality of neck rejuvenation. To learn more about how our Fractional CO2 laser works, click here.

Other treatments that can be combined with Fractional C02 include dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic/ Dysport®. When performed properly, patients receive instant gratification with fillers. Dermal fillers work by plumping up the area around the injection site giving you a more youthful appearance. They can be done within half an hour, and 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. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have compositions that offer results ranging between eight to twelve months. If you were choosing to pair dermal fillers with Fractional C02, dermal fillers would be done after you recovered from your laser treatment.

BOTOX® Cosmetic/ Dysport® may be used to soften the neck lines that appear. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are neuromodulators that have the Filler27FrontalBeforeAfterability to temporarily relax muscles, limiting their ability to fully contract, and effectively smooth and reduce the appearance of lines. While both products share the active ingredient botulinum toxin, the protein structure is slightly different in Dysport®. There is no downtime associated with this procedure, and results can be expected to last anywhere between three-four months. Both treatments yield a very similar anti-aging results. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Vassiliou will discuss which option is right for you.

With the holiday season quickly approaching there’s no better time than now to seek treatment! You may feel overwhelmed with your choices, but not to worry. At the time of your consultation Dr. Vassiliou will be able to develop a treatment plan for you and decide what treatments will be the most effective. Contact us today to book your no pressure consultation.

 

 

How Smoking Impacts the Skin

Monday, November 10th, 2014

 

 

Quit-Smoking-CigarettesSmoking. We all know it’s bad but do you know it’s a major contributor to many skin conditions and complications, such as skin discoloration, breakdown of collagen and elastin, deep wrinkling, skin aging, poor wound healing, and abnormal skin growths? Our skin relies on oxygen in order to function properly. Air is pulled into our lungs and is then carried throughout the body via the tiny and intricate network of capillaries. Without sufficient oxygen, the body and the skin suffer. Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes vasoconstriction or blood vessel contraction, which limits the actual size of the vessel. Carbon monoxide in cigarettes bonds with oxygen, greatly reducing the amount available to the body. This combination of nicotine and carbon monoxide not only limits the size of the vessel, but also the amount of oxygen flowing through them.

The sooner a smoker decides to quit, the sooner the vital organs and the skin start to heal. However, the breakdown of the dermal layers is not easily recovered by simply putting out the cigarette. Rebuilding of collagen, repairing elastin and improving the overall function of the dermis must be instigated. Regular chemical peels will improve not only the production of collagen, but will also improve the tone and texture of the skin. At Dermaworks, we offer a variety of peels to suit your specific needs.

Daily use of a collagen builder is also necessary. At Dermaworks, we offer our Collagen Stimulating Gel. This gel contains retinol, one of the best antiaging ingredients found today. This unique encapsulated retinol allows for optimal penetration of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen. Integrating antioxidants is also a vital component to reversing the signs of aging due to smoking. For this purpose we offer our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum, and our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream. These products contain a powerful combination of vitamin C, E, and ferrulic acid. With daily us these antioxidants protect your skin against the damaging effects of free radicals, helps collagen production, and promotes healthy cell growth. To learn more about antioxidants click here.

Some not so fun facts about smoking:

  • Just one cigarette restricts blood flow for up to 90 minutes (yikes!)
  • The body produces more blood vessels to compensate for the oxygen restriction due to smoking.
  • De-oxygenated skin often exhibits a grey or yellow tone.
  • It only takes 15-20 seconds for cigarette smoke to impact each part of the body.
  • Blood circulation is significantly decreased due to the vasoconstrictive nature of nicotine.

 

The effects of cigarettes reach nearly every organ of the body, including the skin. The sooner a smoker puts down the cigarettes, the sooner the body will begin healing from the damage of the nicotine and various chemicals contained within. The skin, however, typically requires more attention. With chemical peels and a comprehensive collagen-building daily care regimen, the skin can begin the recovery process. To book your appointment please contact us.

 

 

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

Monday, October 27th, 2014

 

sunscreen-foundation-500x375There is a lot of talk out there about sunscreens and the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. While we all know how important it is to wear SPF daily, we don’t all know which type is the best personal option. The first step is to understand the basic difference between them. Chemical sunscreens basically work as a sponge absorbing UV rays, whereas physical sunscreens work like a shield reflecting dangerous UV rays. They both encompass different UV filters as well. In physical sunscreens, the active ingredients that protect your skin are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. When we look at chemical sunscreens the list is much more daunting. It’s possible you will find: Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL, Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150 and Uvinul A Plus.

Many of you reading this are already thinking chemical=bad. Are you right to think this? Absolutely. While titanium dioxide can be problematic for a very small group of people, zinc oxide is generally safe. It can be used on delicate skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash creams. Chemical filters can be much more problematic and irritating for your skin. While others may react instantly, some may develop an allergy over time. Chemical filters can also generate free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation, and premature aging. Fortunately, physical sunscreens can avoid this.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Natures Veil- EditedOnce formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Want to add additional antioxidants to your skin? Check out our Powerful Antioxidant Serum.

One of the main complaints of sunscreen is the white, pasty look it leaves on your skin and while we all understand the importance of SPF some of us just Natures VeilNatures Veilaren’t ready to accept pasty white skin into our lives. Fortunately, Dermaworks has considered all of the information above when designing Nature’s Veil, our specially formulated physical sunscreen that offers SPF 30, and antioxidants. This broad spectrum physical sunscreen contains micronized titanium and zinc oxides, excluding all chemicals, fragrance, and parabens. (Click here to learn more about parabens.) This fabulous sunscreen is tinted to avoid any pasty look and is fortified with vitamin C, E, and Ferulic acid. This must have product is available for purchase in store, or online at www.dermaworks.com/shop.

Still not sure what sunscreen is best for you? Book your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou to discuss this topic further.

 

What are Parabens?

Friday, October 24th, 2014

 

labelThe topic of parabens have been popping up in a lot of conversations lately. Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria, and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. Their names are a mouthful– methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations, and body lotions. Parabens allow skin care products to survive for months or even years in your medicine cabinet; however, they also enter your body through your skin when you use these products.

Reports have shown that parabens can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University reports that a high lifelong exposure to estrogen can increase breast cancer risk. Estrogen, and synthetic chemicals that act like estrogen, play a role in stimulating the division of breast cells and affect other hormones that stimulate breast cell division. Your body does not easily break down synthetic estrogen, and it can accumulate in fat cells, including breast tissue. In 2004, a study by the University of Reading in the United Kingdom found concentrations of parabens, particularly methylparaben, in human breast tumors. The study examined only the presence of parabens in the tumors but did not determine that they were the cause of the tumors.

The ability of parabens to mimic other hormones makes them endocrine disruptors, substances that adversely affect the endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and is involved in a number of functions related to reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Endocrine disruptors such as parabens can lead to early puberty in adolescent girls and boys, as reported by the New York Times. Endocrinologists have observed the average age of puberty decreasing in the past several decades and have seen girls as young as eight exhibit breast development and pubic hair growth. Endocrine disrupters can also lead to testicular enlargement and breast development in young boys.

On top of serious issues like those listed above, many products that come into contact with skin contain parabens, which often cause irritation of the skin. This is particularly true for adults, children or babies with sensitive skin. If you or your child has sensitive skin you may find that moisturizers, shampoos, and bath products, which contain parabens, may be causing the skin problems. Common skin problems associated with parabens include dermatitis, rosacea and other allergic reactions.

I bet your running to your bathroom now to read all the ingredients in your skincare products, and that’s good! Knowing what’s in your products is the first step to a healthy and safe skin care regime. At Dermaworks we care about your health. Our line of medical grade skincare are all paraben free (well almost!) One product you’ll find on our shelves does contain a paraben, but for good reason. Our Firm and Protect Eye Cream contains a very small amount of parabens. Why? Because what you’re putting around your eyes matter. We need to be sure it’s completely bacteria free.

Ready to ditch your old products and replace them with paraben free ones? Our products are available for purchase in store or online. Questions? Give us a call.

 

 

Medical Uses of BOTOX®

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

 

BOTOX® is one of the worlds most popular medical cosmetic treatment. About 20 million treatments are done worldwide annually using this nerve blocker. It is a purified protein injected into the muscles that is best known for treating fine lines and wrinkles, but it has some surprising medical uses as well.

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  1. Migraines: Traditionally, migraine headaches have been difficult, if not impossible, to treat in some patients. They’re typically accompanied by a variety of unwelcome symptoms including dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, and vomiting. While doctors remain uncertain as to exactly how BOTOX® injections (typically injected into seven areas around the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders) really work to ease the symptoms, the prevailing theory is that it prevents pain signals from reaching nerve endings.
  2. Hyperhidrosis: BOTOX® is a fabulous treatment option for excessive sweating also known by its medical term, hyperhidrosis. It works by blocking signals the brain sends to sweat glands. BOTOX® injections are given in affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face with results typically lasting 8 months.
  3. Eye Twitching: Eye twitching is a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of (usually) the upper eyelid. One common treatment recommended for a type of eye twitch called benign essential blepharospasm is BOTOX®. The treatment may relieve spasms for several months.
  4. Essential Tremor: Essential tremor is a nerve disorder causing uncontrollable shaking or tremors affecting different parts of the body. BOTOX® injections have been found to be effective for vocal and head tremors.
  5. Crossed Eyes: With strabismus, also known as crossed eyes or a squint, the eyes don’t look towards an object together. BOTOX® may be injected into one of the eye muscles as a treatment option, usually if a squint develops rapidly without an obvious cause. The injection weakens the injected muscle for a period of time, which lets the eyes realign themselves.

Over the years BOTOX® has proven to be much more than an appearance enhancing prescription drug. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we only offer treatment for hyperhidrosis for the underarms. Should you suffer from the four other mentioned conditions you will be required to seek another provider. Contact us today with any questions, or to book your appointment!

 

 

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Thursday, 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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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?

Monday, 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.

Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic uses Vibradermabrasion to treat:vibra 3

 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!