Our Top 4 Post-Summer Cosmetic Treatments

We all know the sun wreaks havoc on our skin, so as we creep into shorter days and cooler weather, the summer may have given your skin a beating, leaving it dry, sun-damaged, rough, flat, or wrinkled. If your skin looks and feels lacklustre and parched, these skin rejuvenation treatments will restore its youthfulness and radiance, making you feel like a brand-new person as you face the cold season head-on.

1. Chemical Peels

The best time of year to have a chemical peel is during the cooler months (October to March) because you’re guaranteed to minimize sun damage with shorter days, giving your skin more protection and optimal healing time. If you need multiple treatments, you’ll also have lots of time in between without risking too much sun exposure. Plus, it’s much easier to stay inside when it’s miserable outside (just curl up and binge on some Netflix after your procedure).

A chemical peel can repair post-summer skin damage from pigment changes to wrinkles and fine lines, all while enhancing your skin’s texture and clarity. But the benefit doesn’t stop there, a chemical peel at Rao Dermatology uses SkinCeutical’s medical grade skin care products to exfoliate your skin and stimulate collagen production to keep your skin glowing and radiant while also brightening your complexion, reducing the size of your pores, improving acne, and evening out your pigmentation.

2. Microdermabrasion
Between the sun, water (salt or chlorine), wind (think boating, waterskiing, or even just sitting outside all day), and air conditioning, the summer can ravage your face! A fantastic way to bring it back to its former glory is with microdermabrasion, a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that’s safe, easy, quick, and painless. Microdermabrasion is a specialized clinical exfoliation technique that uses a diamond-tipped wand to blow teeny tiny air-driven diamond crystals over your skin that removes the lop layer of skin while also vacuuming it up. The procedure cleanses, abrades, and exfoliates and takes about 30 minutes, ultimately stimulating collagen production and increasing cell turnover. Plus, microdermabrasion can lessen (or eliminate) scars and give you cleaner pores free from acne and blackheads.

3. Intense Pulse Light
You might think light is a strange treatment for skin damage from sunlight, but Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments are perfect for reversing ultraviolet damage and aging. IPL is a non- ablative (doesn’t cause injury) procedure that uses infrared light to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate collagen production. Improving skin tone and texture from photo damage and vascular conditions (think rosacea), IPL is a great treatment for red and brown spots as well as tiny veins.

Different filters treat different skin conditions, so IPL can be adjusted to suit your unique skin concerns.

4. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
An injectable treatment that uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is lauded for its ability to restore your face’s volume while also improving overall complexion and texture. The high concentrations of growth factors and proteins stimulate capillary formation, collagen production, and tissue repair, making it the ideal balm to your damaged summer skin. Unlike the other treatments noted above, PRP not only makes your skin look more refreshed, but it also plumps it up, filling in cheek indents and under-
eye hollows to give you a more youthful visage.

Want to give your skin the best possible fall refresh, try a combination of these treatments to give you the best possible results. Take advantage of the coming cold to pamper yourself, contact us today for your free consultation and our team will devise a treatment plan just for you.

What You Need to Know About Melasma

melasma treatmentMelasma is common skin problem that many people don’t know about and don’t realize they have. Manifesting as dark patches (brown and gray-brown) on your cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, and above your upper lip (and sometimes on your neck or forearms – think places that get a ton of sun exposure), melasma is a visible skin problem, rather than an uncomfortable one.

And while it doesn’t hurt or irritate you physically, no one likes having brown splotches randomly (and suddenly out of nowhere) on their face!

Who gets it and why?

People with darker skin tones and who tan easily are more susceptible to melasma as well as thosewhose family members have it. The specific cause of melasma is unknown; however, it’s thought that the people with melasma’s melanocytes (cells that cause pigmentation) are overactive. But even though we don’t know the exact cause, we do know melasma’s triggers:

The Sun: As with most skin problems, sun damage plays a significant role. In this case, UV rays stimulate melanocytes which means that even minimal exposure can bring it back and explains why it recurs.

Your Hormones: With melasma, it seems that hormones are the likely culprit since womentend to get it more than men (only 10% of sufferers are men) and it often comes hand in hand with pregnancy. When pregnant women get it, it’s called chloasma (the mask of pregnancy). But, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies can also bring it on.

Your Skin Care Regime: Combine an irritating skin care product with sun exposure and/or pregnancy and melasma can worsen, which is a great reason to take good care of your skin with dermatologically approved products for daily advanced skin care like SkinCeuticals.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

As skilled skin experts, dermatologists can diagnose melasma on sight, but we may examine your skin using a Wood’s lamp to see how deeply it’s penetrating your skin. Even though we can typically diagnose immediately, melasma can also look like other skin conditions, so wemay need to perform a skin biopsy to confirm.

For some people, melasma fades without treatment when a trigger is removed (following pregnancy or going off birth control pills), but it’s not always the case. And even though treatment can eliminate your melasma, it tends to recur – especially if you’re not taking proper care to avoid sun damage or care for your skin. The best way to tackle melasma is with a combination of medical treatments, sun protection, and an advanced daily skin care regime.

Medical Treatments: There are many medical treatments you can try for melasma that vary based on your skin and your budget. Be sure to consult with an expert dermatologist because the wrong treatment can create new skin problems; treatments must be tailored to your specific skin.

Medical procedures: Depending on your specific skin, we may suggest laser or light-based treatments or medical facials like a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Each of these interventions has its own unique benefits and may also aid in correcting other skin problems or concerns.

Medical grade topical treatments: A hydroquinone treatment can be a cream, lotion, gel, or liquid and works to lighten the skin. You may benefit most from azelaic acid, kojic acid, tretinoin, a corticosteroid, or a triple cream (combination of hydroquinone, tretinoin, and a corticosteroid).

Some of these topical treatments are over the counter, while others are prescriptions, but your dermatologist will recommend the best option for you.

Sun Protection: The number one treatment for melasma is sun protection. Because the sun is a major trigger, you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30, and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide on your face daily (even on cloudy days and even in the winter). Give the sunscreen 15 minutes to set in before going outside and reapply every couple of hours.
(While this is a good treatment for melasma, it’s just a good practice for your skin no matter what conditions or concerns you have). Also take care to shade your skin as much as possible with hats and clothing to give extra protection since sunscreen alone may not be enough.

Advanced Daily Skin Care Regime: Low-grade skin care products can irritate the skin, causing stinging or burning. A healthy regimen helps prevent skin concerns, treat skin problems,  and maintain healthy skin. At Rao Dermatology, we use SkinCeuticals because it’s backed by science and they continually win awards for their pharmaceutical-grade products.

While it’s not necessarily a treatment, if you’re skin is sensitive or prone to melasma, try to avoid waxing. Waxing can cause inflammation and aggravate melasma, so ask us about other hair removal options that will work for you.

What can you expect from melasma treatment?

Melasma can be a stubborn condition, but with a dermatologist’s care and a few months of treatment, you should see improvement. To get the most out of your treatment though, take particular care to follow your dermatologist’s instructions. After it clears, you may need to continue maintenance therapy to prevent the melasma from recurring.

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Look Your Best With Our Natural Looking Lips Fillers

Lip Fillers EdmontonWhile we might prefer that people are drawn to our eyes, we smile and talk with our mouths, making our lips one of our face’s most noticeable features. Full, symmetrical, and defined lips exude youth and beauty in addition to making you feel more confident, more attractive, and more kissable.

If you’re lips need some plumping, lip fillers and augmentation offer natural, silky, perfectly shaped lips with little downtime. Whether you were born with thin lips, they’ve thinned with age, or smoking and sun damage have made them limp, we can provide you with a subtle, natural solution that will instantly make your lips more luscious.

At Rao Dermatology, we won’t overfill your lips giving you what’s known as a “trout pout,” rather we work with your lips’ natural shape and contours to add volume and definition that’s noticeable enough to enhance your appearance without making you look like Donatella Versace.

What to Expect
Minimally invasive, lip augmentation treatments (dermal fillers) take approximately 20-30 minutes. We use a topical or local anesthetic to reduce discomfort during the treatment, since fillers are injected into your lips using a fine needle. The results are instantaneous and last from three months to two years (depending on your skin and the filler – everyone is different so results vary).

However, there will be swelling, so the way it looks will change slightly once the swelling dissipates 24-48 hours later. Avoiding alcohol and exercise for a day or two will speed up your recovery.
To maintain your new look, you’ll need follow up treatments since the filler will eventually be absorbed by your body, returning your lips to their former state.

The number and location of injections (upper lip, lower lip, philtrum) depend upon your unique lips. Proportion, symmetry, volume, borders, contours, and shape all impact your treatment, meaning lip augmentation is an art form requiring a fine balance and an expert hand. For some, lip fillers aren’t enough. If your lips are full and youthful, but your mouth and face are surrounded by wrinkles, you may need complementary treatments to make the change more natural and subtle.

We use two premium dermal fillers for lip augmentation – Restylane® Kysse and Belotero Intense – but our team will determine which filler is best for you at your consultation which you can book using the form below.

How We Can Help Treat Excessive Sweating

HyperhidrosisSometimes you want to work up a sweat, it makes you feel energized, alive, and powerful. But if you’re sweating profusely and visibly on a date, at the office, in a job interview, or at a party, it’s just embarrassing. Imagine putting on a freshly pressed, crisp suit for a job interview only to arrive wrinkled and damp with sweat trickling down your jaw and dripping from your hands.

Sweating that much without strenuous exercise is called hyperhidrosis. While it’s normal to perspire when you’re warm, have a fever, exercise, or feel stressed, hyperhidrosis prevents your sweat glands from shutting off – some people sweat in air conditioning, while reading a book, or even while swimming because of this condition. And it’s not just embarrassing, it’s uncomfortable!

About 2-3% of people have hyperhidrosis which can be an unexplained disorder of its own (primary or focal hyperhidrosis) or sign of an underlying medical condition (secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis). Those with primary hyperhidrosis sweat about five times more than the average person and they sweat from their eccrine sweat glands (feet, hands, face, and underarms).

The cause for primary hyperhidrosis isn’t known, though there’s a familial connection and most people have had it since childhood. On the other hand, secondary hyperhidrosis stems from a medical condition or a medication and it happens all over the body rather than in concentrated areas, often during sleep (think waking up with soaked sheets).

A number of medications cause secondary hyperhidrosis in addition to pregnancy, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, menopause, obesity, lymphoma, Parkinson’s, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and infection. If you’re not sure which form you have, learn more here and keep track of your symptoms with this worksheet.

How do you treat hyperhidrosis?
Since secondary hyperhidrosis results from an existing condition or medication, addressing the underlying issue should alleviate the excessive sweating. And while primary hyperhidrosis is unexplained (it’s still being researched) it is treatable using Botox and ThermiDry.

Botox (Botulinum toxin type A) is a safe and effective treatment for excessive sweating and can decrease sweating by up to 87% (up to 90% for hand sweating). It works by blocking the nerve signals that trigger sweating and can treat underarms, palms, foot soles, foreheads, scalps, and groins – almost every area responds to this treatment. Injections themselves take about 15 minutes and you’ll notice a decrease in sweating within 2-4 days with full effects noted within two weeks and lasting about a year (but every person is different, so results may vary). Repeated Botox for
hyperhidrosis results in long-lasting improvements and notable increases in quality of life, daily functioning, and job productivity.

ThermiDry is one of the world’s safest and most effective hyperhidrosis treatments and it’s a great alternative to Botox (which can be costly if you don’t have coverage). A three-step
procedure, ThermiDry begins with a numbing cream followed by a sterile, numbing injection (saline, lidocaine, bicarbonate, and epinephrine) before injecting a radiofrequency probe. The probe uses electrically-generated heat energy to destroy glandular cells in the sweat glands and to target the glands’ nerves and muscles that trigger sweat production and secretion. By deactivating some of those glands, ThermiDry reduces sweating while still allowing the body to sweat to maintain body temperature.

At Rao Dermatology, we can safely and reliably reduce excessive sweating. Book a consultation with us today by filling in the contact form below.

The Difference Between Spa Facials and Medical Facials

 

Facials are often equated with pampering: luxury experiences that leave your skin feeling refreshed. But what a facial should do is give you results. Unlike in a spa, a medical facial is administered by a medical aesthetician who not only understands the skin, but is also trained in advanced skin care and works with your dermatologist to customize and facilitate an effective treatment plan particularly for you.

Spa facials are typically the same for every client despite their skin type or conditions and are intended to soothe and relax rather than clinically treat your skin, while medical facials include an analysis of your skin issues and are then designed to meet your objectives by treating your skin beyond merely surface level cleaning.

Medical facials and procedures use medical grade products designed by dermatologists that produce visible, long-lasting results. So, whether you’re looking to slow the aging process, treat acne scarring, or eliminate brown and red spots, medical facials are an affordable and effective option to meet your skin care goals.

Benefits of Medical Facials

1. Beyond the Surface

Medical facials work by treating the skin from the inside out, going beyond its surface to truly restore and rejuvenate your skin’s health. Our procedures preserve and cleanse the skin, encourage collagen stimulation, improve circulation, exfoliate and remove toxins, and correct skin imperfections by improving the skin’s appearance and its health. Because medical facials work at the cellular level, accounting for your skin’s shedding and regeneration cycles, you’ll notice improvements instantly.

2. Customization

As mentioned, spa facials aren’t customizable; estheticians use the same products and processes for every client. In contrast, medical facials begin with a skin analysis where our medical aestheticians and dermatologist assess your skin’s distinctive issues and concerns and create a customized treatment plan for addressing them. Whether you want to treat acne, aging, or rosacea, our team can create a customized medical facial plan to treat your skin type, texture, and tone specifically. No two people have the same skin, the same response, or the same goals so we work to design a plan that suits you and reaches your goals whether you’re looking for a more aggressive or gentle approach.

3. Medical Grade Products

Where traditional spa facials tend to be full of perfumes, oils, and irritants, at Rao Dermatology, we use exclusive, medical grade products to create customized facials that are noninvasive, low-risk, and effective. Knowing that an actual dermatologist backs and approves the products we use in our medical facials gives you comfort and assurance that you’re making the best decisions for your skin health.

Our Medical Facial Services

At Rao Dermatology, we’re dedicated to giving you clear, clean, and smooth skin using a synergistic approach that enhances your skin’s health. Our philosophy includes prevention, treatment, and maintenance to achieve and preserve your skin care goals and medical facials play a key role in preventing, treating, and maintaining your clear and healthy skin. We offer the following medical facial services:

Chemical Peels

We exclusively use SkinCeuticals’ medical grade skin care products in our chemical peels to exfoliate and stimulate collagen production, effectively improving the skin by reducing acne scarring, minimizing sun damage, evening tone, and smoothing texture. Our chemical peels are cost-effective and, when done regularly, keep your skin glowing, radiant, and flawless.

Microdermabrasion

Using a medical grade, tipped wand comprised of natural diamond chips, microdermabrasion polishes your skin, removing and sucking up the dead skin cells and leaving your complexion soft, supple, and firm. Because microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation, it opens up the skin, making it ripe for deep penetration with serums and skin care products and it effectively minimizes scars, discolouration, and fine lines.

Microneedling

This medical procedure involves using a fine needle to poke the skin, leaving what’s called a micro-injury. While it seems counterintuitive, these micro-injuries stimulate collagen production and open the skin to receive serums that plump the skin, fill in lines, and improve discolouration – it’s been used for decades to treat facial scars and is proven to improve both texture and firmness.

Part of customizing your treatments includes blending services where needed. Depending on your goals and issues, you may benefit from a combination of medical facials and dermal filler, botox, or platelet rich plasma. But whatever your concerns or budget, we work with you to create the best treatment plan for your skin.

Use the form below to book your medical facial consulation.

Our Top 5 Cosmetic Treatments for Men

Looking in the mirror and seeing yourself age sucks for everyone, not just women. In today’s workforce, there is growing competition between older and younger men not necessarily to look flawless and immaculate, but to look energetic and enterprising versus old and obsolete. While men have traditionally shied away from cosmetic treatments because vanity and masculinity are traditionally incompatible, technological advancements in dermatology now allow them to restore their youthfulness subtly without going under a knife – and more and more men are seeking out these treatments.

Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments for MenBut men’s goals differ from women’s: they want to maintain ruggedness, keep some lines, but eliminate eye hollows, facial folds, redness, and sagging. Plus, men and women’s skin are markedly different (and not just because men can grow beards). The primary difference is hormonal: testosterone makes a man’s skin about 25% thicker, makes it oilier, rougher, and sweatier than a woman’s.

Men also have a higher collagen density, though they lose collagen at a similar rate as women. But even though men’s skin is different, it responds to the same types of treatments as women’s, and our dermatologists are familiar and confident working on both men and women.

As always, skin care is essential to maintaining healthy, youthful skin, and to preventing the impacts of the sun and elements on your skin, but even the most dedicated regime has only a minimal impact on aging. For men wanting to look younger without surgery, here are our top 5 recommended cosmetic dermatology treatments for men:

1. Botox (also known as Brotox)
Botox (botulinum toxin type A) (hyperlink to Botox page) is injected beneath the surface of your skin and it works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles responsible for forehead and smile lines. Men typically only do Botox on their foreheads and they’re not looking for total smoothness, just a softening of the deeper, more obvious creases. The procedure is quick and only mildly uncomfortable (the needle pinches) and you’ll see results within about a week that last up to six months.

2. Microdermabrasion
A non-invasive medical facial treatment, microdermabrasion polishes the skin and removes dead skin cells which leaves your skin soft and supple and stimulates your skin’s regeneration, making your new skin cells thicker and firmer. A low risk procedure, microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates, minimizing scars, discolouration, fine lines, sun damage, blemishes, and enlarged pores while also giving the skin a youthful glow. Each treatment is about 30 minutes long, but you need multiple treatments to see results.

3. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers (hyperlink to dermal fillers page) are your best bet for volume loss, which is responsible for making you look deflated, listless, worn, tired, and old. They restore fulness at the temples and beneath the eyes while also reducing facial folds and minimizing wrinkles. Dermal fillers are incredibly subtle and natural looking, plus they provide instant results.

4. Chemical Peels
Used to reduce acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven colouring, chemical peels offer men improved skin texture, a more even skin tone, reduced lines, and less age spots. A SkinCeutical customized medical facial is great for exfoliation, collagen stimulation, and overall rejeuvenation, leaving the skin smoother and fuller.

5. Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
A non-invasive, photorejuvenation approach to correcting skin problems, this treatment uses infrared light to stimulated collagen production. Improving skin tone and surface imperfections due to aging, photo damage, vascular conditions, and acne scarring, IPL is particularly effective for redness and brown spots as well as for hair removal. For men, IPL is ideal for broken capillaries and rosacea.

Schedule your free consultation today to discuss the best dermatological treatments for your skin goals today.

Our Treatments For Acne Scarring

Suffering with acne is bad enough, but dealing with acne scarring just adds insult to injury. Toss in aging and sun exposure to the mix, and those scars inevitably become more noticeable as time passes. Since approximately 95% of acne sufferers end up with permanent scarring that causes both hyperpigmentation (brown and red marks) and pitted scars, its impact, emotionally and psychologically, is substantial: acne scarring is a risk factor for suicide and is linked to poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety, embarrassment, anger, and even unemployment.

acne scarring treatment edmontonBut you don’t have to suffer in silence because Rao Dermatology offers a number of customized treatments that can erase or minimize acne scarring’s marks and indentations.

Our experienced and knowledgeable doctors will assess your type and extent of scarring (atrophic, hypertrophic, or keloidal) together with your age and specific skin type to develop a course of treatment tailored just for you.

Below is an overview of the acne scarring treatment options we offer at Rao Dermatology in Edmonton:

Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are the quickest way to reduce the impact acne has on your skin. An extremely precise procedure that produces intense monochromatic light, laser treatments use photothermolysis to breakdown selected tissues in the skin. Dermatologists have been using laser therapies for over 35 years, and Dr. Rao is an acclaimed international expert and researcher in the laser field. Under his skillful guidance, we choose the most optimal treatment for your skin. We offer a variety of laser treatments to reduce or eliminate acne scarring: Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Laser Genesis, Nano Laser Peel, Sciton Profractional, Q-Switch Laser, Excel V, Cynosure Smart Xide, Sciton Halo, and Micro-Laser Peel. All of our laser treatments are non-invasive and proven to reduce skin damaged by acne scarring.

Dermal Fillers
Known for plumping up skin, dermal filler aren’t only used for aging, they are also an effective acne scarring treatment. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin using natural or synthetic materials that are injected into the face to increase volume and smoothness. Particular effective for pitted scarring, dermal fillers provide almost instant results, but they do require follow up treatments to maintain the effect. At Rao Dermatology, your doctor will determine which filler is best for your skin, but we carry Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®.

Medical Facials
On their own, medical facials can minimize acne scars, but depending on your scarring, they may work best in combination with laser treatments. At Rao Dermatology, the medical facials we offer include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and microneedling. Medical facials are known to reduce superficial scarring by removing the top layer of skin; as the skin heals, its surface appears smoother and fuller. In contrast, microneedling uses tiny needles to penetrate the dermis, which also stimulates healing to treat texture and tone.

Daily Advanced Skin Care
A proper skin care regimen is essential to maintain healthy, youthful skin by preventing, treating, and maintaining your skin’s health. Typically used in tandem with other treatments, our skin care products optimize and prolong the benefits of our acne scarring treatments like laser treatments, dermal fillers, and medical facials.

Our product of choice is SKinceuticals, an advanced skin care line backed by science and committed to the highest, medical grade formulation standards. SkinCeuticals’ acne products not only fight and prevent acne, but they also help improve the skin’s acne scarring by lightening dark spots, evening skin tone, and firming complexions.

Do you suffer from acne scarring? Book your acne scarring treatment consultation by filling in the form below.

Dermal Fillers: The Easiest Way to Reverse Aging

Sometimes we look in the mirror and are suddenly alarmed by what we see, as though we suddenly aged overnight! As the years go by, our skin’s appearance becomes more and more impacted by our environments which may result in fine lines, deep creases, hollows under our eyes, more noticeable acne and chicken pox scars, thinner lips, or gauntness in our temples and cheeks.

Our skin loses its elasticity, its fullness, and its suppleness because as we age, our skin gradually loses hyaluronic acid and collagen which is what gives our skin that youthful look.

Many people try to reduce the impacts of aging with skin care products and while a skin care routine with cutting edge products can make a big difference, it has a limited impact on age, facial muscles, gauntness, or sun damage.

While Botox may be an effective option, dermal fillers offer a different approach that may be used instead of, or in combination with, Botox.

What are Dermal Fillers and What Do They Do?

Dermal fillers are a cost-effective, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for adding volume to the skin by filling in gaunt areas and removing wrinkles and lines. Dermal fillers can contain natural or synthetic materials and are injected to create volume and fullness, perking up your face and restoring its youthfulness. Unlike Botox, which works with the face’s muscles, dermal fillers plump and smooth the skin.

Natural fillers like hyaluronic acid, which our bodies produce, provide immediate results which can last anywhere from three to 18 months (sometimes as long as two years). Like the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid, the fillers eventually break down, so follow-up treatments to maintain the effects are key. Natural fillers may not last as long synthetic fillers, but the risk of allergic reactions is significantly lower.

Synthetic fillers are semi-permanent; if your lines and wrinkles return, it’s due to continued aging or sun damage rather than a dissipation of the filler. Ensuring that the effects are long lasting means wearing sunscreen daily and taking special care of your skin.

Our Dermal Fillers

At Rao Dermatology, we use both natural and synthetic fillers selected by our doctor’s and that produce superior results in combination with our skill, technique, experience, and training. We offer Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®. Our doctor’s will select the dermal filler best suited to your skin and your risk tolerance, but here is an overview of each dermal filler product.

Juvederm®

A natural filler, Juvederm® is an injectable gel dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid to subtly restore fullness, reduce lines and wrinkles, and plump up lips. The injectable contains some lidocaine to reduce discomfort during treatment. Juvederm® produces subtle, natural results that enhance your look and it lasts between one and two years. One of the most commonly used fillers, Juvederm® has a superior history of producing great results with minimal side effects.

Restylane®

Another natural filler using hyaluronic acid, Restylane® provides two decades of innovative research and development to offer a wide variety of gel types that provide varying degrees of fullness and firmness meaning that we can tailor your dermal filler treatment to suit your facial rejuvenation needs.

Revanesse®

A synthetic filler, the Revanesse line uses Thixofix cross-linking technology which slows down the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, making it more durable, longer-lasting, and that stimulates new collagen production in your skin.

RADIESSE®

Another synthetic filler, RADIESSE® is made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres that are suspended in a gel and works by providing immediate volume while also continuing to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. RADIESSE® lasts a year or more and the CaHA microspheres are metabolized by your body, leaving behind only the natural collagen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of our frequently asked questions about dermal fillers, but if you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Do dermal fillers hurt? How long does the procedure take?

We use a very fine needle to inject your dermal filler into your skin, meaning that there will be some minor discomfort. The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the amount of areas we are treating. Some dermal fillers also include lidocaine to reduce discomfort.

How soon will I see results?

The results from dermal fillers are instantaneous and will last anywhere from three months to two years depending on your skin and the filler used. The results aren’t permanent, so you will eventually need follow-up appointments to maintain the effects.

What happens if I don’t continue treatment?

If you don’t continue treatment, your symptoms lines and wrinkles, thinness or gauntness, hollows and creases will gradually return.

Are dermal fillers expensive?

Exact costs vary depending upon individual treatment plans, the dermal fillers used, and the amount of filler injected. We’ll advise you of the costs for your treatment at your consultation.

Are there any potential side effects from dermal filler injections?

After the injections, you will likely experience some tenderness and temporary bruising or swelling. You may experience redness, swelling, itching, stinging, pain, pressure, or rashes for up to a week after treatment.

Am I a good candidate for dermal fillers?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old and have great overall health, you are most likely a good candidate for dermal fillers, but the best determinant is a consultation at our Edmonton Dermatology Clinic. Fill in the form below to set up your consultation.

Botox: Get Facts on the Cosmetic Procedure

Aging has a way of creeping up on us. It starts with faint smile creases, forehead lines, or crinkles at the corners of your eyes. Those wrinkles in your skin are a result of smiling, frowning, laughing, and squinting over the years; though smoking, sun damage, dehydration, and some medications can cause wrinkles as well.

We can help to smooth those lines out, for both men and women, by addressing the root of the problem: your facial muscles. By injecting Botox (botulinum toxin type A) beneath the surface of your skin, we can reduce the muscle contractions in your face, ultimately smoothing those creases and softening those lines, bringing back your youthful skin.Botox Edmonton

While Botox is best known for its use in cosmetic enhancement, it’s also an important therapy for non-cosmetic applications in the treatment of pain disorders like chronic migraine and medical conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Reduce Migraine Frequency

If you suffer from migraines, you know they are far worse than just a headache. An estimated 2.7 million Canadians suffer from migraine, a debilitating condition characterized by intense, pulsating head pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells.

While there is no cure for migraine, Botox treatments can prevent up to nine migraine days per month with quarterly injections, vastly improving your quality of life.

Lessen Excessive Sweating

While approximately 950,000 Canadians suffer from excessive sweating, few realize that it’s a treatable medical condition. Hyperhidrosis is an excessive sweating disorder that impacts confidence, social comfort, emotional wellbeing, and even clothing choices. Sufferers can experience intense sweating in more than just their underarms, they can also sweat profusely from their hands and feet as well as their head and face.

When other treatments aren’t working, Botox injections can result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Botox may be a household name, but you might not understand how it works, how it’s used or what to expect. Below are some of our frequently asked questions, but if you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botulinum toxin type A, known as Botox, is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Interestingly, this toxin can cause a muscle paralysis called botulism (usually connected to food poisoning). But even though botulism can cause paralysis, scientists have weakened this toxin to cause controlled muscle relaxation. Botox was approved by the FDA in the 80s when scientists discovered it could stop uncontrolled blinking and lazy eye.

Since then, dermatologists have used it to treat wrinkles, excessive sweating, and chronic migraine. Botox works by blocking nerve signals from reaching the muscles, preventing them from tightening forcefully, which causes the muscles to relax and the creases in the skin to soften. Don’t worry though, Botox is safely used the world over, with over 6 million treatments performed annually.

Does Botox hurt? How long does it take?

Because Botox is injected using fine needles, it causes minor discomfort, like a pinch. Some patients will experience tenderness near the injection sites. You know your body best, if you anticipate discomfort, let your dermatologist know; we can recommend a numbing cream or ice to soothe the area. Typically, your face may feel taut and you will have some minor bruising and swelling, but it will disappear after 24 hours.

Overall, the Botox injections are quick, it only takes a few minutes so you can pop in during your lunch break and still have time to eat. A session for migraine treatment takes a bit longer as there are seven injection sites with about 30 injections overall.

How soon will I see results?

The average person, with moderate to severe wrinkles, will see visible results from Botox injections within days. While each person’s skin and results may vary, your wrinkles and lines will continue to fade for about 30 days, though the results can last up to four months, at which point you’ll need another treatment.

For migraine sufferers, Botox treatments tend to be more successful with each new treatment. If you’re getting Botox for excessive sweating, your symptoms will gradually fade over about a week and gradually return up to six months when you’ll need another treatment.

What happens if I don’t continue treatment?

If you don’t continue treatment, your symptoms (whether lines and wrinkles, migraine, or excessive sweating) will gradually return.

Isn’t Botox expensive?

Botox isn’t just for the rich and famous. In fact, it’s relatively affordable and for migraine and excessive sweating patients, most health benefit plans cover part of the cost. Exact costs vary depending upon individual treatment plans. We’ll advise you of the costs for your treatment at your consultation.

Are there any potential side effects from Botox injections?

Temporary side effects may include sensitivity at the injection sites, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, neck pain, vision problems, and dry eyes. Minor symptoms of an allergic reaction may include itchiness, rash, and welts, but if you experience wheezing, dizziness, or faintness, seek medical attention as soon as possible. For more information on possible side effects, consult with your dermatologist.

Am I a good candidate for BOTOX?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old and have great overall health, you are most likely a good candidate for Botox, but the best determinant is a consultation at our south side Edmonton Dermatology Clinic. Fill in the form below to book your Botox consultation.

How to Fix an Oily Face

Oily skin is a big problem for many people. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also increase your risk of getting pimples. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can reduce the oiliness of your skin. Here are a few of the best ways to get rid of a shiny face.Oily Face Edmonton

Moisturize Your Face

If your skin is oily, it may seem like moisturizing it is the opposite of what you’d want to do. Your skin is already moist due to the oil. However, oftentimes, this excess moisture occurs due to the fact that your body is compensating for dry skin. Regularly moisturizing your face with a light moisturizer can help regulate the moisture of your skin so that your body does not produce excess oil. However, you should be sure to avoid using a moisturizer that is too strong as it could contribute to oily skin.

Proper Face Washing

Regularly washing your face can greatly improve oily skin. Avoid using a harsh wash rag as it may irritate your skin and contribute to oil production. Thoroughly clean your hands, then use them to gently wipe your face with water. If you use a face wash, make sure that it does not contain any alcohol. You should also be sure to avoid washing too frequently as it can dry out your skin and increase oil production. Washing your face two to three times a day should suffice.

Stop Touching Your Face

Your hands are one of the dirtiest parts of your body. If you frequently touch your face, you are spreading oil to it from your hands. You are also spreading bacteria to your face, which can lead to acne. Avoid touching your face. You should also wash your hands frequently to make sure that they are clean if you do happen to touch your face.

Take Cooler Showers

A hot shower can be very relaxing, but it can also wreak havoc on your skin. Hot showers tend to make your skin very dry. As was mentioned earlier in the article, dry skin can lead to an oily face. If you find that your skin is dry or itchy after showers, the water that you are using is too hot. At the very least, you should aim to greatly reduce the temperature of the water towards the end of the shower. You should also aim to have a shower that is as short as possible.

Although an oily face can be very unsightly, you don’t have to be stuck with it. The key to fixing a shiny face is to identify the source of your problem. Once you know what habits are causing your skin to be oily, fixing it is very simple.