Posts Tagged ‘Laser’

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.

The Madonna Eye Lift

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

 

fractional eyeAt 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, hyper pigmentation, stretch marks, acne, and other scars but also has the unique ability to perform a fractional eye lift known as The Madonna. This is a non-surgical alternative to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and lift the eyebrow for a younger look to the eye. The Madonna Lift improves drooping skin, wrinkles, and those telltale signs of aging around the eyes. This fractional CO2 laser technology has been used to perform a host of functions, including skin resurfacing and the treatment of acne scars. Now it can give men and women a younger look by rejuvenating the skin around your eyes including the eyelids.

Using DOT Therapy, only a fraction of the skin is treated at a time. This advanced CO2 laser uses specially modulated beams of light to penetrate into the skin. These beams of light, about the width of a human hair, destroy and contract the old collagen within the wrinkles. As a result, the body’s natural wound healing process creates new, youthful collagen in the skin plumping and tightening the wrinkles around the eyes. Wrinkles and pigmentation are eliminated during a Madonna Lift, and the skin is tightened. A study of over 300 patients showed consistent, satisfying results from the fractional eyelift – including reduced dark circles, elimination of eye wrinkles, and tighter eyelid skin.

If you have any of the following cosmetic problems, a Madonna Lift may be right for you:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Loose eyelid skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Dark circles
  • Drooping eyebrows

At Dermaworks, your safety is our number one priority. During the treatment, your eyes will be entirely covered with protective shields allowing for safe treatment of the lids and brow area. The fractional laser works well on darker skin in most cases. However, to be safe, we will perform a test spot on the eyelid area to ensure there is no change in pigmentation. The only issue that a Madonna Lift cannot address is bulging fat pads in the eye area.Results will be seen immediately and continue to improve in the coming months.  The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person, but typically three to five treatments is necessary with treatments spaced 4-12 weeks apart.

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

The Madonna lift is relatively non-invasive, painless procedure that can offer younger looking eyes after just a few treatment sessions. If you’re interested in this must have procedure, contact us today to meet with our experienced physician, Dr. Demetra Vassiliou to find out if this treatment is right for you.

 

 

Toe Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

 

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Before and After

Toe nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail often becomes brittle, yellow in colour, and overall thickening of the nail begins. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails or fingernails. The resulting thicker nails are difficult to trim and can make walking painful when wearing shoes. Because it is difficult to avoid contact with microscopic organisms like fungi, the toenails are especially vulnerable around damp areas where you are likely to be walking barefoot, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, for example. Injury to the nail bed may make it more susceptible to all types of infection, including fungal infection. Those who suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributing factors may be a history of athlete’s foot and excessive perspiration.

Toenail fungus is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail’s quality and colour, which is often embarrassing. You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Thickened nail
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
  • Distorted in shape or separated
  • Dull, with no luster or shine
  • A dark colour, caused by debris building up under nailLarge-PinPointe-Laser-photo-for-the-Web-330-x-640

Treatments may vary, depending on the nature and severity of the infection. Until recently, sufferers of onychomycosis had few options for successfully treating this embarrassing condition. At Dermaworks, we offer PinPointe Laser treatments to successfully kill the fungi under the nail bed. PinPointe laser is Health Canada approved for the treatment of toe nail fungus, is safe to use and will not damage the nail, or the skin surrounding it. The procedure its self is not painful, though some clients do report feeling a warm sensation during treatment. Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. Over the coming weeks and months, your nail should begin to grow out clear of any fungus and you will begin to see new healthy nail. Onychomycosis may slow the growth of your nail, so result times will vary. How many treatments you will need will depend on the severity of the fungus, though a minimum of two treatments are needed.

The infection improves following one treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. For more information on this procedure, contact us today to book your consultation.

 

 

Rosacea

Friday, 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™.

 

Melasma Facts and Treatment

Monday, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Open House: Learn more about SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 Laser

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Laser Skin Treatment Ottawa

Wednesday, 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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