Why You Need a Medical Facial

facialThere’s a wealth of information about skin care that’s readily available to us at the click of a mouse. That more than likely means your bathroom is already filled with products, peels, masks, scrubs, etc., which can give you a serious deep clean. But while it’s great to practice good skin care, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be skipping out on seeking professional help. Even though you may not suffer from severe acne or other chronic conditions, your complexion will still benefit from regular medical facials from a trained medical esthetician.

Facials are the ultimate anti-aging treatment. Staying young and fresh-faced means taking care of yourself and your skin. What you do at home is only one part of this equation. The other is receiving the deep cleansing, exfoliation and hydration only a facial can provide. Getting a facial means you are doing your part to slow down the clock. Think of getting a facial as analogous to going to the dentist for a routine cleaning. Brushing at home is necessary, but you rely on a professional for the deep cleansing and maintenance to keep your pearly whites in tiptop shape. Why stop at your teeth?

What does a medical facial do you ask? Well, a medical facial cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion. These facials differ from spa facials in that nothing is pre-determined before your appointment. Upon check-in our esthetician will analyze your skin and customizes your facial to your skin’s needs. We’ll go over any concerns you may have about your skin, such as unexpected dry or oily areas, reactions to skin care products or the environment, and how you can best incorporate medical grade skin care products in to your daily regimen in order to prolong the results of the medical facial.

How often you should get a facial depends on several factors: your skin type, skin condition, skin care goals, your budget, and your age. On average, getting a professional facial once a month is ideal for someone who wants to take good care of their skin. That’s because the skin is a living organ, and it takes about 30 days for the cells to move up from the dermis to the surface, or epidermis, where they flatten out, die and slough off. A professional facial stimulates that exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful-looking. Try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes.

At Dermaworks we are committed to providing you with the most effective treatments possible. For an added mini fee, vibradermabrasion can also be added to your facial. Never heard of vibradermabrasion? Click here to read our blog to learn more about this effective, non-invasive treatment. Call today to schedule your medical facial, your skin will thank you!

The Medical Uses of BOTOX ®

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!

Anti-Aging Antioxidants– What You Should Know

orange-juice_1When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, the research is abundantly clear– antioxidants reign supreme. Not only do antioxidants combat the free-radical damage that is responsible for the visible (and hidden) signs of aging, they also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage. Indeed, during the day, the combination of antioxidants plus sun protection is a strong defense against many signs of aging, including wrinkles, dullness, and discoloration. At night, dosing your skin with a range of antioxidants will promote cellular repair and healing.

There are hundreds of trendy antioxidants that show up in skincare lines, but antioxidants don’t need to be exotic or have a good marketing story to work brilliantly. Despite what marketers may claim about Tibetan berries or about melons harvested at dawn in the south of France, what matters most is treating your skin to a variety of antioxidants. That’s why Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic takes a cocktail approach!

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that works particularly well for treating wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots. This vitamin is considered an anti-aging superstar. When applied, vitamin C increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant in the fight against wrinkles) it also reduces skin discolorations, strengthens the skin’s barrier response, enhances skin’s repair process, reduces inflammation, and helps skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not. Amazing right?

Vitamin E is another well-known antioxidant that provides significant benefits to the skin. Vitamin E works in several different ways to protect cell membranes from oxidative damage and from the early stages of ultraviolet light damage. It also works in powerful synergy with vitamin C; that is, our powerful cocktails that contain both vitamins C and E are doubly as beneficial!

Ferulic Acid is also found in our products and has been demonstrated to be an antioxidant extender. Vitamin C is very problematic in skin care due to its highly oxidative state.  There are several factors that must be controlled for topical Vitamin C to be effective.  One of those factors is stabilization once it’s exposed to air, or moisture, where Vitamin C quickly oxidizes. Ferulic Acid does just that. Combined with vitamin C it works to stabilize the vitamin, preventing the oxidation and delivering you better, longer lasting results!

When it comes to treating your skin to antioxidants, remember the old saying “Strength in numbers.” When the antioxidants described above are combined and working together, and reinforced with daily use of sunscreen, the results are remarkable! Trust us.

Our products that contain these powerful skin changing ingredients:

Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum

Powerful Antioxidant Cream

Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants 

Available for purchase in store or online.

Laser Skin Treatment for Spider Veins

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To the majority of us spider veins are cosmetically undesirable and can make the face appear older, flushed, or blemished. Spider veins are a common development from sun damage and aging. Certain medical conditions and habits (smoking and alcohol) can also promote their development. This type of vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin and can be eliminated with laser skin treatment.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be absorbing and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be simple linear and appear as thin separate lines. During your treatment the laser used will emit a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin and blood in the vessel. This will either break down the melanin or collapse the blood vessel, getting rid of pigmented lesions. Typically one to four treatment is needed for facial spider veins.

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The treatment is fast and simple and typically offers no down time. Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately after having this procedure done. There can be some redness which usually goes away in two to three hours and swelling, if any, may last one to two days. Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days for this type of vascular lesion.  Clients should note that sun screen must be worn after the treatment but not to worry, Dermaworks Medical Aesthetic Clinic offers a fabulous sun screen, Nature’s Veil, available for purchase at the time of your appointment.

Laser skin treatment is amazing medical technology that has helped millions of people completely eliminate their facial spider veins. You could be next. Contact us today to book your consultation with our physician.

Soft Lift™ Dermal Fillers Makeover

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Makeover reality television series has us all thinking the same thing—how can I get my ultimate makeover? It’s more possible now than ever before to achieve that head turning makeover with one non-invasive cosmetic treatment!

Soft Lift™ is a cosmetic treatment that uses a combination of BOTOX Cosmetic® and Juvéderm™ dermal fillers to restore facial balance. By treating the face as a whole, together they smooth away lines, restore lost volume, and enhance facial contours to create a naturally refreshed and rejuvenated look. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, our physician has performed hundreds of Soft Lift™ procedures on patients interested in a non-invasive treatment that will immediately shed years from their appearance.

BOTOX Cosmetic® is used to treat the lines around the eyes and forehead which can make a person look tired or angry, even when they are not. Juvéderm™ is used to treat lines around the mouth and to restore the loss of volume in the cheeks, lips, and chin that can occur with aging. Soft Lift™ treats all three areas of the face (upper, mid, lower) to create a softer, balanced, entirely natural looking appearance. our physician will guide you in determining the best course of treatment to reach your desired results.

CCF09142010_00035BOTOX Cosmetic® is a purified protein filled dermal filler that relaxes muscles and smooths away wrinkles. It has a well-established safety history and is used to smooth out the frown lines between your eyebrows, as well as crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines, creating a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.

Juvéderm™ is also a dermal filler that is a safe, smooth, injectable gel that is used to instantly improve your appearance by smoothing away lines and restoring lost volume. Made from hyaluronic acid, a sugar naturally found in your body, it is used to replenish fullness in the cheeks and lips, and fill in smile lines. It can also be used to shape and contour jaw lines for a more streamlined appearance.

Generally, BOTOX Cosmetic® is repeated three to four times per year, while Juvéderm™ may last one year or more before requiring a touch up. The beauty of Soft Lift™ is that no matter what your age, this combination treatment is customized for the most natural looking you.

Contact us to book your consultation today to achieve your ultimate makeover!

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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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 our physician. 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 our physician to receive a quote and see if this procedure is right for you.

What is Vibradermabrasion for Aging Skin?

Vibradermabrasion is the latest in aging skin treatment technology. It is an effective and clinically proven topical aging 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.

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 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 busyvibra 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 for aging skin 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 aging 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 for Wrinkles

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 this treatment, 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 this treatment but aren’t sure it’s right for you, come visit our physician 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

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.

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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, our physician 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

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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 our physician, she will decide how many units of of the injection you’ll need. The price will vary from individual to individual.  Though it takes from three to seven days for the initial onset of injections, the effects last for three to four months.

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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. Both of these types of injections 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 our physician to decide whether you need Botox, fillers, or both. Why wait? Contact us today!


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