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!

Lip Augmentation Using Dermal Filler

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For many of us the thought of lip augmentation immediately bombards our thoughts with the negative stereotype associated with it. You  know what I’m talking about, those unnatural, over-sized lips no one would want. Ladies, it’s time to put those stereotypes aside and seriously consider this non-invasive cosmetic procedure!  At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, our physician knows that an overfilled, over-corrected lip never looks good. Her goal in lip augmentation is to give subtle, enhanced body to your lips, adding to the natural shape and size of your face.

At the time of your appointment, we will apply a topical freezing to the area being treated. our physician will then inject the filler into the lip area, instantly restoring your lip volume and smoothing away fine lines. This treatment can be done in as little as a half an hour and offers minimal downtown. After the treatment you may resume your regular activities. Keep in mind there may be mild swelling in the lips for a few days following the treatment.

When using Hyaluronic Acid injectables such as JUVÉDERM®, treatment generally lasts six to eights months. This is because the lips move more than any other facial component, and this causes the body to break down the filler more rapidly. Your lips will not look strange or deflated during this process. They will simply resume their previous shape and size.

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring sugar type substances found in our bodies that help to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to their use as an aesthetic treatment, Hyaluronic Acid gels have also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.

Lip AugmentationThe lips are a central feature of the face. Natural and attractive-looking lips have much to do with the contour, volume and relative difference between the upper and lower lips. A key characteristic of beautiful lips is that they have a harmonious appearance and blend well with the rest of your face. For this reason it is sometimes recommended that one combines lip augmentation with other facial cosmetic treatments.

The characteristic and shape of the lips can be easily adjusted using dermal fillers. We create genuine-looking lips that maintain their natural feel. Whatever your situation, our physician will work with you to determine the most beneficial treatment available. Contact us today!

Juvederm ™ Dermal Fillers For Men

Statistics compiled for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that only 9% of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed last year targeted men. A small percentage, indeed, but that’s still a staggering 1.1 million cosmetic procedures!

The secret’s out: men are turning to aesthetic medicine to look good.

While the most popular procedure was BOTOX® (for women, too), rounding out the list at number 5 was Soft Tissue Fillers, also known as Dermal Fillers. According to the same survey, there were 34,256 procedures performed in 2009 that involved hyaluronic acid based fillers, namely Juvederm ™ and Restylane® – a 10% increase from 2008.

How can Juvederm ™ help men?

The answer is easy: in just about the same ways it can help women. Like most nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, this product isn’t gender-specific. This “next-generation” dermal filler is designed to add volume to tissue, which not only allows wrinkles, creases and lines to smooth out, but also allows facial contours to be redefined. Juvederm ™ can safely and effectively treat aesthetic problems in both women or men. The only difference is what kind of results are desired.

Many men, like women, are concerned about rejuvenating their appearance. As we age, the skin begins to sag and creases form. Nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, and marionette lines are common problems that are targeted with Juvederm ™. Even lip augmentation, a procedure most of us associate with the Trout Pouts of Hollywood starlets, can be performed using this dermal filler. But obviously, men don’t go for the fullness women desire. Rather,  lip augmentation for men achieves results that contribute to a more youthful appearance, eliminating lip lines and/or a sunken appearance. And in general, most men prefer to achieve results that are more subtle and refined.

Juvederm ™ is a great nonsurgical way to achieve a more youthful appearance. With results generally apparent immediately following a 30 minute treatment, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at our nonsurgical cosmetic clinic in Ottawa!

Ottawa Juvederm – What It Can Do

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? Here’s a convenient diagram to show you what it can do:

The wrinkles at the outside corners of the eyes, more familiarly known as crow’s feet, can also be minimized or eliminated in appearance.

Juvederm ™ effectively treats aesthetic flaws on the face by “filling them out”. The product features unique ingredients that bind to the water that is present in your skin, thereby adding volume to a crease, contour or depression. This smooths out the flaw to achieve the desirable results. It on this premise that a whole host of problems may be corrected, such as nasolabial folds, smoker’s wrinkles (vertical lip lines), deep acne scars, thin lips, sunken cheeks and more – just ask us to find out what other flaws may be targeted!

If you are looking for an Ottawa Juvederm ™ injection, please contact us at 613-667-9455 to book your consultation with a licensed physician. The Chief Physician of Dermaworks has extensive knowledge of facial structure and years of experience in treating wrinkles and improving facial contours with Juvederm ™, as well as a variety of other injectable filler products. Relying on her professional expertise, our physician will perform the procedure to achieve the most desirable results possible. Results are usually immediately apparent following injection.

Teosyal: Soft Tissue Based Dermal Filler

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Recognized as one of the world’s most effective dermal fillers, Dermaworks Aesthetics Medical Clinic is proud to offer Teosyal Dermal Filler®.

teosyalbeforeafterTeosyal® is a completely hyaluronic acid based soft tissue dermal filler manufactured by Swiss based Teoxane Laboratories. This gel, highly viscous and elastic, can add volume as well out fill out the wrinkles and creases that appear on the face, neck and hands. Areas that may be targeted include forehead lines, wrinkles around the eyes, marionette lines, and vertical lip lines. It can also add volume to facial contours to achieve a more youthful appearance. Desirable results may be achieved after a single treatment, however you should anticipate up to four treatments, performed on a weekly basis.

Each procedure at our medical clinic is performed by an experienced physician. The injection is administered using a patented syringe specially designed by the manufacturers of Teosyal® that makes it easier to deliver the product with precision and prevents any leaking. The targeted area will be massaged by the physician immediately following injection to distribute the product more uniformly.

Teosyal® boasts a high concentration of biocompatible hyaluronic acid, a substance essential in naturally maintaining volume and suppleness of the skin. The hyaluronic acid is non-animal based and completely biodegradable. Only trace amounts of protein (less than 5 μg/mL) and bacterial endotoxins (less than 0.2 EU/mL) are included in the product, significantly decreasing the risk of complications from occurring, such as hypersensitivity, inflammation and swelling. There is no downtime and like other dermal fillers, results are temporary but last for a long time due to its composition. Maintenance sessions approximately once every three months may be required.

Teosyal® is not suitable for people with auto immune diseases, hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not compatible with laser skin treatments or therapeutic peels. If a skin infection at the proposed site exists, the procedure may be postponed until it is completely healed.

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Find Out How Juvederm Can Treat Aging Skin

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, it 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, the dermal filler 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.


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