Posts Tagged ‘Wrinkles’

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.

 

 

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!
 

 

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!

 

 

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! 

 

 

Preventative Use of Botox

Monday, June 9th, 2014

 

47e39d33a242e12ddd11fdc9bfecee4fIs it too early for Botox? The question of when to start isn’t as straightforward as you may think. It depends on your facial structure and your predisposition for wrinkling. Many of our patients wait for the first signs of wrinkles to occur before treatment. However, Botox is becoming increasingly popular among 20-something men and women as a means of preventing their youthful skin from aging.

By using Botox earlier in life, you will keep lines from forming. Creases become etched in our skin over time as we make the same expressions.  If you receive Botox, you can reduce muscle movement in wrinkle-prone areas before the deep lines appear.  If you have dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that occur when you animate) then using Botox will help prevent the formation of static wrinkles (wrinkles that occur even at rest.)

Don’t forget, to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots daily use of sunscreen is an absolute must for everyone at every age. Nature’s Veil, SPF 30 is a broad spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with micronized titanium and zinc oxides that offer no chemicals, fragrance, or parabens. It’s fortified with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, Ferulic acid ester and melanin for enhanced protection. For a full line of our products please click here.

Keep in mind, Botox studies have not been completed on anyone younger than the age of 18, and is not recommended for pregnant women. If you’re thinking of getting Botox but aren’t sure it’s right for you, come visit Dr. Vassiliou for a no pressure, honest, and accurate consultation. We deliver beautiful, natural results every time. Contact us today!

Botox, Dysport, and Fillers: What You Can Expect

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

 

Many of us have heard of Botox and dermal fillers but the question now is what can you expect from each of these procedures? How long until you see results and how long will these effects last? Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers have the ability to provide quick and effective results. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic in Ottawa we offer simple, non-surgical solutions for facial wrinkles and lines.

Botox/ Dysport

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Botox and Dysport can be done in a few short minutes and offers no down time. Tiny red dots will appear with minimal to no swelling for up to a half an hour after your appointment. Most patients will see the results of their injections begin to work between 5-7 days of having them done and continue to improve until approximately two weeks. Effect will gradually wear off over the next 3-4 months. Once the effects begin, the areas treated, i.e. the frown lines, crow’s feet etc., will appear more relaxed and in fact the whole face starts to benefit as patients take on a less stressed and more rested appearance. It’s subtle but noticeable – people will think you look “better” but they’re not sure why.

 

 

 

Filler

Immediately After Filler

Immediately After Filler

When performed properly, patients receive instant gratification with fillers. Dermal fillers work by plumping up the area around the injection site giving your face a more youthful appearance. They can be done within half an hour, and also 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. Most hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have compositions that offer results ranging between six to ten months depending on the product and where it is used.

As with any cosmetic procedure be sure to listen and trust your doctor’s advice. Here at Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Vassiliou offers honest and accurate advice. She can best advise what product will work for you at the time of your appointment. Contact us today!

 

Using Botox or Dermal Fillers to Combat Frown Lines

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

 

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Before and After Botox

If you’d like nothing more than to turn your frown upside down but can’t because of wrinkles, you know what a challenge frown lines can be. There are two types of wrinkles, dynamic ones, which are caused by movement, and static ones, which are etched into our skin and appear while the face is at rest. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we have a couple of options to diminish those unwanted lines.

 

Botox or Dysport for Frown Lines

If you’re considering Botox or Dysport to combat your frown lines, you’re not alone. Botox is used to fight against dynamic wrinkles and is a relatively quick and easy fix. Injections only take a few seconds, and recovery time is minimal. During your visit with Dr. Vassiliou, she will decide how many units of Botox you’ll need. The price will vary from individual to individual.  Though it takes from three to seven days for the initial onset of Botox, the effects last for three to four months.

 

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Before Filler                             After Filler

Fillers for Frown Lines

Finding the fountain of youth doesn’t just involve Botox; fillers are often effective and necessary supplements for static wrinkles. Unlike Botox, which freeze the muscles around the frown line and prevent them from contracting, injectable cosmetic fillers fill the wrinkle and make the skin look smoother. Filler and Botox can be completed at the same time and done in about a half an hour appointment. The results from fillers are instant and have the ability to last for up to twelve months!

 

 

Let us take you from frowning to fabulous! Book your consultation today with Dr. Vassiliou to decide whether you need Botox, fillers, or both. Why wait? Contact us today!

 

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…)