Does Hydrated Skin Mean Healthy Skin?

drinking-water_2694655bWith all the hype on TV and in health magazines, most of us know that drinking the suggested 6-8 cups of water a day is important to our overall well-being. But just how important is water to the feel and look of our skin? Is healthy skin hydrated skin? I’m here to tell you yes! In order for the skin to protect our bodies from UV radiation, microorganisms, and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact.

When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside out, the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. It is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day for best results. You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good idea but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. Remember, coffee and sodas do not count as water because they contain caffeine which is a diuretic, meaning that they draw water out of your system and your skin.

There are several reasons why you may not be getting enough water to make keep your skin healthy. Anything that makes you sweat a lot, such as exercise or being out in the sun, causes you to loose fluids. Getting sick can dehydrate you too, particularly if you have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting. In such cases, you might need to drink even more water to replace what was lost. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption is highly recommended.

Remembering to drink enough water can sometimes be a chore. Our suggestion? Make it a point to drink one or two glasses of water with every meal. Keep a water bottle on your desk at work or in your car, and sip often. If you’d like a little flavor with your water, try adding a lemon wedge or a splash of fruit juice. If you want to do everything you can to moisturize your skin, don’t stop at applying moisturizer and drinking a lot of water. You can make “you are what you eat” your new mantra and choose foods based on how they will help your skin. To get the most out of your daily meals, try including the following items in your diet:Food with unsaturated fats

Omega 3′s– Your skin has a natural barrier to help retain moisture, and that barrier contains omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding flax seed, salmon and walnuts to your diet to boost your omega-3 intake and moisturize your skin.

Spinach- In addition to being chock full of vitamins, such as skin-strengthening vitamin A, spinach has plant compounds that according to some research help to keep your skin healthy.

Berries- It turns out that berries aren’t just tasty and fun to eat; they’re also really good for healing your skin. Berries not only contain juice to help you hydrate, but they’ve also got antioxidants and vitamin C that protect your skin.

Overall, drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of healthy foods, and watching your caffeine and alcohol intake will put you on the road to healthy, moist, and supple skin. If you find your skin is struggling with something other than dehydration such as acne, rosacea, acne scarring, age spots, etc. contact us now! We offer a variety of treatments that offer relief from many different conditions.

Latisse ® Can Give You Longer Lashes

Do you dream of having longer, thicker, darker lashes? Do you spend the morning applying, and reapplying mascara to enhance the look of your lashes? Ladies, the struggle is over! Introducing LATISSE ™ (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%, the only prescription product available in Canada to grow your own natural eyelashes longer, fuller, and darker!

latissebna01LATISSE ™ makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient bimatoprost. It works by increasing the anagen cycle (growth phase) of your eyelash hair cycle. By increasing the length of the anagen phase, and decreasing the length of the fall out phase, LATISSE® is clinically proven to grow, thicken, and darken your lashes in as little as 16 weeks!

Like every routine, applying LATISSE™ is all about consistency and precision. Once you follow the basic guidelines, the results will come gradually over time. To see the full effect of your eyelash transformation, we suggest taking a before picture before you start the treatment, and keep taking pictures every 4 weeks to chart your progress.

The most common side effects after using LATISSE™ solution is an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE™ solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE ™ is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.

While most everyone may want the look of longer, fuller, and darker lashes, not everyone may be right for the treatment. our physician will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate. You should not use LATISSE™ if you have an active eye condition, including an eye infection, or have broken or irritated skin on your eyelid.

To find out if LATISSE ® is right for you, contact us today to book your consultation with our physician.

Here Are Some Melasma Facts and Treatments

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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. This 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. It 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, our physician will diagnose this condition 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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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. our physician 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 unwanted pigmented lesion. Final treatment results should be evident 10-21 days for pigmented lesions and sunscreen must be worn after the treatment.

On top of treatment, our physician 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 our physician to develop your treatment plan.

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!

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.

Suffering From Hyperhidrosis? Don’t Sweat It.

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Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition affecting millions of people around the world. Excessive sweating can affect various parts of the body including the face, hands, feet or underarms. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we only offer treatment for underarms. Localized sweating problems are generally unrelated to underlying medical conditions. Botox is a long lasting treatment for hyperhidrosis that really works.

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Unlike topical treatments, Botox targets sweating at its source. our physician injects tiny amounts of Botox into both underarms, skillfully and safely. Botox enters the sweat glands in the underarms responsible for sweating and blocks sweat release. The treatment can be done in a few short minutes.

Patients treated with Botox notice a remarkable improvement in hyperhidrosis symptoms. In clinical studies, 95% of patients with hyperhidrosis that was severe enough to interfere with their daily lives experienced the benefits of Botox after just 1 week, with sweating reduced by an average of 83%!

After the first treatment, the effects of Botox lasts an average of about 7.5 months. For nearly 40% of patients, Botox reduced sweating for more than 1 year. The amount of time Botox remains effective may vary. When your symptoms begin to return, contact us to book another appointment!

Botox has been used successfully to treat a range of medical conditions for many years now. Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. The most common side effects with Botox for this condition is a perceived increase in sweating in areas other than the underarms.

If your underarm sweating is excessive and interferes with work, lifestyle etc., then your Botox treatment may be covered under your private insurance plan. Our Botox is kept on site and there is no need for you to get a prescription and pick it up elsewhere. If you have coverage for Botox we do not require you to pay the full amount at the time of your visit. We will send your forms away and await reimbursement. All we ask is that you pay our physician administering fee, and leave the rest to us.

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition, but not one you need to suffer with anymore. Book your consultation with our physician today and let us help.

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.

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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!

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!

More About Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment with DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy is the newest addition to the services we offer at our clinic, and you can get 10% of the procedure if you book now at (613) 667-9455 or by email!

According to Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, MD, phD, assistant clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine, “the emergence of ablative fractional CO2 is one of the most important advances in laser and light-based aesthetic medicine since traditional CO2 laser resurfacing. It is the culmination of more than 15 years of clinical experience and research.”

Our CO2 device is a revolutionary new laser that combines the long standing effectiveness of the CO2 with fractional technology to deliver a gentle yet powerful nonsurgical treatment that safely revitalizes the skin. It can resurface the skin as well as rejuvenate collagen production in a uniform and homogenous treatment.

About the procedure
The procedure is performed at the Dermaworks clinic. A topical anesthetic can be applied beforehand to ease discomfort. The area to be treated is defined and then cleaned with alcohol (males patients may need to have the area shaved). After the skin has dried completely, the area is exposed to the mobile and compact CO2 device, which operates on 110 volts.

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The intensity of the laser, pulse width, and the spacing of fractional beams may be adjusted according to the type of problem and patient. It may even be customized to make it more compatible to a patient’s lifestyle. For example, if a patient is able to reserve some time for recovery, the intensity of the device may be increased to achieve more dramatic results in a single session. For those with a hectic schedule, “lunch hour” treatments can be milder. Intensity may also vary in a single session, increasing aggressiveness in areas that require deeper correction. Needless to say, the more aggressive a procedure is, the longer the recovery.


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