Posts Tagged ‘Cheeks’

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.

 

Moisturizing Your Face

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

 

dry-skin-faceSkincare can be very confusing but it doesn’t have to be. While a Google search may tell you it’s OK to embrace essential oils, your friends could simultaneously warn you that you’re doing it all wrong, and there you go down this skin disaster spiral. Alright, so it’s probably not that dramatic, but knowing why you need to moisturize, and what products to use on your face can be a battle. While we’re approaching the cold depths of winter, what better time than now to discuss this?

So what does a moisturizer do for your skin? It helps repair it. Pollution, poor diet, cold weather, dry air, and stressful lifestyles can all dehydrate the skin. That is why we need to give our skin a little added help. While these elements are draining moisture away, the best method to hydrate and provide a bit of nourishment back in is by applying a moisturizer every day (and maybe drinking a little extra water!) One of the first mistakes people make when using products on their skin is using a product that doesn’t necessarily fit their skin type. If you’re not sure of your skin type, the best way to determine this is to examine how your skin feels at the end of the day. Look to see if your T-zone (forehead and between the brows) is dry, oily, or somewhat normal. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we have specially designed two medical grade skincare products that are bound to suite your skin type.

If you’re suffering from oily skin, or perhaps a bit of a combination, you may not think you need a moisturizer, but think back and I’m sure you can imagine times in the winter where you suffered from occasional dryness. Choosing a product for oily skin can be tough, but at Dermaworks we’ve taken care of that for you. Our Luxurious Moisture Therapy is a 100% oil-free moisturizer and contains an anti-bacterial peptide that is active against acne bacteria. This nourishing and elegant moisturizer is non-comedogenic, fragrance free, and paraben free. It contains a natural soothing barrier that contains a lipid complex for skin that is combination or acne prone. While spending time outside in harsh Canadian winters, it’s important to remember to keep your skin moisturized.

If your skin is often dry, we will suggest using our Luxurious Moisture Therapy Plus. This rich moisture is perfect for dry, cracked, and flakey skin. Using this product on a daily basis will help restore the natural moisture barrier of the skin. With long term use it will help keep the skin supple and vibrant, and can also help to restore skin that is sensitive and irritated. If you feel you’re skin is extremely sensitive, we suggest a visit to Dermaworks for a skin analysis by Dr. Vassiliou.

All of our skincare products are available in store or online. Click here to view our skincare products.

 

 

BOTOX® Cosmetic: How often do I need it?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

 

BotoxWhen you raise your eyebrows or smile and see crinkles on the edges of your eye, the facial muscles resting underneath are contracting. These contractions may make your face move, but they also make wrinkles more noticeable. That’s where BOTOX® Cosmetic comes in.

Imagine your face like a telephone line where your facial muscles in the scenario is your telephone line, and your nerves communicate to your brain, which receives the call. When Dr. Vassiliou injects BOTOX® Cosmetic into areas that appear wrinkled, this is like cutting your telephone line, preventing the nerves and muscles from communicating as effectively. As a result, your wrinkles appear softer and more relaxed. This is why BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are often recommended for areas facial movements can wear your skin down over time, such as forehead lines, frown lines between your eyes, and crow’s feet that cause wrinkles on the sides of your eyes.

While BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can temporarily affect nerve communication, the results are not permanent. As months pass, you may notice wrinkles returning. One factor that affects this is how much BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected in the first place. If Dr. Vassiliou started with a small amount, this will wear off faster than a larger amount. Dr. Vassiliou will adjust your dosage accordingly once she reviews your results.

Provided you have not experienced adverse side effects from the injections, it is recommend returning for maintenance doses into the areas every three to four months. This time frame is recommended because it is long enough to keep wrinkles from reappearing, yet not so frequent you are visiting for BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments every other week.botox_before_after_forehead_forrows

BOTOX® Cosmetic can have short and long-term beneficial effects, including the ability to “train” your facial muscles to relax. This means over time you may find you are able to extend the amount of time between BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.

While it can be tempting to seek BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments more frequently, the recommended three to four month waiting period is really more for your looks and health. Injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic too frequently can cause excess amounts of BOTOX® in your body. One result can be that your face appears frozen or immobile, which can look highly unnatural. At its most severe, excess amounts of BOTOX® can cause botulism, a condition that causes paralysis. While an extreme instance, this example illustrates the importance of choosing a reputable physician to administer your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.

In the hands of Dr. Vassiliou, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and highly effective way to reduce facial wrinkles. She is a well-trained physician who offers honest advice and considers your safety every step of the way. Contact us today to book your no pressure consultation today!
 

 

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! 

 

 

Ottawa Juvederm – What It Can Do

Tuesday, 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? (more…)

Which is Better for You: Restylane or Juvederm?

Saturday, 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. (more…)

Juvederm™

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

juvedermDermaworks™ Medical Aesthetics Clinic offers a variety of dermal filler products in the Ottawa area, providing you the ability to select the most appropriate solution for you to combat the visible signs of aging.

Juvederm™

One of the most popular dermal fillers currently in the industry today is Juvederm™. Much like the other dermal fillers we offer at our clinic, Juvederm™ is a smooth and clear gel based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the human body that is vital in maintaining the smooth and supple qualities of healthy skin. Because it is biocompatible, no allergy test is required prior to treatment.

Research has shown that it is safe for all skin tones. As a matter of fact, according to Allergan, Juvederm™, “…is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of colour.”

The procedure takes about half an hour and there is little or no downtime afterward, although side effects related to injections, such as swelling and discomfort, may occur. When injected, Juvederm™ plumps up the skin by replenishing depleting levels of hyaluronic acid. Achieving instant and temporary results, this biodegradable product breaks down over a few months, gradually and harmlessly. Results may last up to one year, however it really depends on the individual and their situation.

Its uniquely smooth consistency has been designed to achieve instant and long-lasting results that appear natural. As a result, dermal filler treatments using Juvederm™ and many other hyaluronic acid based products have become one of the most popular methods of skin rejuvenation in the medical aesthetics field.

What It Can Help With
Juvederm™ is ideal to treat wrinkles, lines and creases that remain even when the face is not moving. It can target the area around the mouth and nose, around the outer corners of the eyes, and the cheeks.

With its ability to boost volume, Juvederm™ is also used to augment facial features, most notably the lips and cheeks.