Cellulite Treatment

Say Goodbye to Cellulite With Our truSculpt Treatment

If cellulite bothers you, you’re not alone. Cellulite is an exceedingly common concern for women, affecting up to 90 percent of women and approximately 10 percent of men. As you age, even if you are extremely fit and healthy you can still battle stubborn fat pockets and the unappealing appearance of cellulite, along with a loss of firmness on your face and body.

Our effective truSculpt procedure, a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure for cellulite removal uses warming radiofrequency energy to heat deep layers of skin and fat to improve your overall body contours.

What Is Cellulite?

Under your skin, there’s a network of connective-tissue strands, called septae, that keeps the fat in place. If the septae aren’t strong and tightly knitted together (which may be determined by genetics), the fat can protrude out between them, creating ripples on the skin’s surface—a.k.a. cellulite.

The reason women are more likely than men to have cellulite is they have fewer and less tightly arranged septae. Women also have thinner skin, as well as hormones that can affect the size of fat cells and the strength of the septae.

Hormones also play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen—a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.

Other contributing factors to cellulite include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Slow metabolism
  • Dehydration
  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormonal changes
  • Total body fat
  • Skin thickness and colour

There is a misconception that weight gain or obesity can cause cellulite and that exercise can effectively eliminate cellulite. Exercise cannot address the underlying causes of cellulite; only specialized cellulite treatments can achieve this.

Our Treatment For Cellulite

Rao Derm offers truSculpt for effective treatment of cellulite. truSculpt is the new non-invasive way to reduce fat, decrease cellulite and improve overall skin tone. Using radio frequencies, the tissue is heated over large areas of the body and fat cells are destroyed, naturally broken down and disposed of by the body.

Unlike other body sculpting techniques that freeze the treatment area or cause it to go numb, truSculpt warms the tissue. Our patients feel a gentle warming sensation until the device reaches the ideal temperature that is to our patient’s liking.

Frequently Asked Questions About truSculpt

How long is a treatment session?
Our patients are usually in and out of our clinic within an hour. You can get a cellulite treatment during your lunch hour and go back to your business that same day.

How many treatments will I need?
In order to achieve optimal results, we typically recommend patients have between two and four treatment sessions spaced about four to six weeks apart.

Are there any side effects?
It is common for patients to experience some redness in the treated area immediately following a treatment session. This is a temporary side effect and typically subsides within a few hours of treatment.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

To learn more about our non-surgical, non-invasive cellulite truSculpt treatment in Edmonton, contact Rao Derm today using the form below to book your free consultation.

Sun Spot Treatment & Removal

A Radiant, Even Complexion Is Within Your Reach

Entering middle age brings with it a number of benefits, one of which is a clearer complexion. But as outbreaks of acne become a distant memory for most of us, other issues arise that may affect our self-confidence.

Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, granny warts – whatever name you use, these brown pigmented spots, are multiple, flat, discolored areas that appear on the skin and are caused by uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment) as we age.

What Causes Sun Spots

As the name suggests, sun spots typically appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, neck, hands, arms, and shoulders. Except for wrinkles, sun spots are one of the most telltale signs of a person’s age.

The melanin pigment in our skin absorbs sunlight and helps to protect our skin from UV rays. However, as we age, our skin’s natural ability to fend off UV rays slowly declines, and we see the development of sun spots and other signs of sun damage. They also most commonly occur in light-skinned people who have less melanin pigment that can protect the skin from sun exposure.

Apart from sun damage, a person may develop brown blemishes called melasma. Also referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”, this hyperpigmentation usually presents itself more commonly in pregnant women and patients with darker skin tone. Melasma can be aggravated by the effects of the sun and can often become darker or cover larger facial areas if not treated.

Our recommended prevention, treatment and maintainance approach is crucial to the management of these bothersome discolorations. Prevention with use of vitamin c serums in combination with sunblock is mandatory.

Our Treatment Options For Sun Spots

There are many over-the-counter skin creams that promise to eliminate sun spots, but many of them are typically ineffective. Rao Dermatology in Edmonton offers several different treatment options to minimize or eliminate sun spots including:

Laser Treatments
Our effective Halo laser treatment helps restore your skin’s youthful glow. Over time, sun damage and the body’s natural aging process can cause your skin to have sun spots, fine lines, and it can lose its natural, healthy glow.

Halo is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, combining two lasers in one to take years of damage off of the face, and reveal your inner glow! The Halo laser is the most scientifically advanced treatment for sun damage, pigment, fine lines, texture, and pores, that doesn’t have the downtime of traditional ablative and fractional lasers.

You will see dramatic changes in overall tone, texture discoloration, skin reflectivity, lines, pore size, and glow.

Microdermabrasion
Quick and convenient, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that works beautifully to reduce the impact of sun damage. A clinical exfoliation method, microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand to blow air-driven diamond crystals over your skin, which removes the top layer of sun damaged skin, exposing the smoother, live skin cells beneath. By cleansing, abrading, and exfoliating your skin, microdermabrasion triggers collagen production, minimizes enlarged pores, improves scarring, and evens out skin tone.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Widely known as the “Vampire Facelift,” PRP uses the healing power of your own blood. For PRP treatments, your blood is drawn and put in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. Afterwards, the platelets are enriched with growth factors then injected into your skin to accelerate tissue repair and stimulate collagen production. Your own platelets provide exceptional healing properties to reverse sun damage, that will help give you glowing, radiant skin again.

Intense Pulse Light
You might think IPL is a strange way to treat 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 photodamage and vascular conditions (think rosacea), IPL is a great treatment for sun spots as well as 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.

Book Your Consultation Today

Book your consultation with Dr. Rao today. He will take the time to address your specific needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the various sun spot removal treatment offered at Rao Dermatology. Also, he will make specific recommendations as to the best sun spot treatment plan for achieving your desired results.

Please fill in the form below to book your consultation now.

Scar Treatment & Revision Edmonton

Effective Scar Revision

Many of life’s moments leave a mark – some of which can’t be seen and others we’d rather live without.

A scarred face can have a severe psychological effect. Accidents, surgeries and acne can leave permanent scars on the skin. Your skin reacts to trauma by building scars made up of fibrous tissue. This tissue is not the same as your normal and healthy skin, making it appear discoloured, colourless, raised and/or indented.

Through an innovative menu of proven procedures, we can help patients reduce or erase the memory of acne, surgery or trauma, smoothing raised scars, restoring depressed marks and evening out irregular discolouration.

Tailored Scar Treatment Solutions

Facial scarring can be a source of low self-esteem for both men and women. Fortunately, your scars can be erased or greatly minimized with today’s advanced cosmetic technology treatments.

Facial scarring is usually a result of cystic acne trauma, burns, surgery, or a result of aggressive chicken pox. Scars typically result from a wound or injury. They are part of the skin’s normal healing process.

Typically superficial wounds heal without scarring. It is when the second layer of skin (dermis) is damaged that scars form on the skin. Acne scars come in many different shapes, sizes and even colors.

Each type of scar has its own unique characteristics and features. Because of those differences, the available treatments are not one size fits all and should be tailored to the individual.

Types Of Scars

There are a number of scar types that have each have their own unique characteristics including:

  • Icepick Scars – Characterized by thin but deep columns of missing skin tissues. Commonly arising from severe acne, icepick scars usually appear on the cheek or nose.
  • Boxcar Scars – Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pick scars, boxcar scars give the skin a pitted appearance.
  • Depressed Fibrotic Scars – If ice-pick scars are somehow aggravated, they can transform into large, hard, crater-like scars.
  • Macules – Flat pigmented patches. Typically the end result of severe acne, appearing and persisting after the original inflammation.
  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation – Appears anywhere on the body and varies in size. Often caused by hormonal changes, and/or acne inflammation.
  • Soft Scars – Generally small, these vary in depth and shape
  • Atrophic Macules – Soft and sometimes blue or white. These can appear on the body as well as the face.
  • Follicular Macular Atrophy – Small, raised, generally white bumps, usually seen on the chest or back.
  • Rolling Scars – Rolling acne scars are relatively broad depressions in the skin that have rounded, sloping edges.

Scar Treatment Options:

At Rao Dermatology we are pleased to offer both laser and dermal filler treatments that will successfully treat all types of scars from superficial to the deeper more noticeable scars. All our treatment plans are customized to the needs of the patient.

Laser Treatments

We offer a variety of laser treatments that can help enhance the look of scars including IPL, Laser Genesis, Nano Laser Peel and Sciton Profractional.

Our professional laser treatments offer a degree of control and efficacy that allows for highly precise sculpting of the skin. The laser can be used to target superficial to deep scar tissue and is ideal for patients who want dramatic results with minimal downtime.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a powerful way to treat and potentially get rid of certain types of scars, being particularly effective for rolling scars and some less defined boxcar scars. They are safe and well tolerated, with great results to fill the depression associated with scars. They are excellent for volume loss caused by acne scarring.

Medical Facials

Medical Facials are a great way to maintain your skin and treat acne scarring. They are affordable milder forms of treatment that can still make a difference when done routinely.

Daily Advanced Skin Care Treatment

At Rao Dermatology, we truly believe that a proper skincare regimen is essential for healthy youthful skin. Every regimen should effectively address the 3 core steps: prevent, treat, and maintain.
To treat skin imperfections and scarring, a custom home program tailored to your skin can act as a continuation of our office treatments.

Book Your Scar Treatment Consultation

At Rao Dermatology we work closely with patients to determine the best course of treatment for their unique needs. We encourage anyone suffering from scars that are affecting their self-esteem to contact us to set up their complimentary consultation, where they can learn about the many treatment options available to help them achieve the beautiful, glowing skin they desire. Fill in the form below to book your free acne scar treatment consultation now.

Spider Vein & Sclerotherapy Treatments

Spider Veins / Unsightly Veins

Many men and women have spider veins. Spider veins appear as red spider veins, purple spider veins or even blue spider veins and can appear anywhere on the body including the face, neck, chest and legs.

The cause of spider veins is uncertain but they may be hereditary for you. Most of these veins are not essential and if you regard them as unattractive, you may benefit from their treatment.

Our spider vein treatments are quick and non-surgical. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

Free Your Legs With Our Spider Vein Treatments

Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that typically appear on the legs, face, neck, and chest. They can be red or bluish in color and have various patterns: they can be short, unconnected lines, or they can be connected in a “sunburst pattern.” They may also look like a spider web and many times they can cover quite a large area and tend to appear more frequently in women than men

While the exact cause of spider veins is still somewhat unknown, some causes of are hereditary, pregnancy, hormonal changes, weight gain, lack of exercise, prolonged periods of sitting or standing, sun damage and some skin diseases. As people age, these veins may multiply and be hard to cover up with makeup or clothes and can be both embarrassing and frustrating, while effecting self-esteem.

The bulk of cases of spider veins are the result of genetics and/or aging. However, there are many other circumstances that can cause the appearance of spider veins. On the legs they can be due to the type of work that you do such as long hours of sitting or standing. Pregnancy and obesity in women are also known to be causes of spider veins. On the face, it may involve lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol or excessive exposure to sunlight causing sun damage.

If you regard them as unattractive, you may benefit from their treatment. We offer non-invasive spider vein treatments that can reduce or remove spider veins, alleviate the discomfort associated with this condition, and help eliminate any insecurities you may feel about their appearance on your face or legs.

Spider veins can also be the symptom of a larger problem of varicose veins, and in this case, the larger varicose vein is treated as well as the small spider veins.

Our Spider Vein Treatments

Spider vein treatments at Rao Dermatology are nonsurgical and have little downtime. We offer both laser and sclerotherapy treatments.

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves having an injection that will cause the spider veins to fade or disappear altogether. There is a 50-90% chance that the spider vein treatment will greatly improve the appearance of the treated area. The sclerosing agent is dextrose and saline. The injectable solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over a period of a few weeks, the vessels turn into scar tissue and then fade, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible. It should be noted that some blood vessels are more resistant, requiring additional treatments.

Laser treatment is another option. We pass a laser over the vein so that light energy can make its way through the skin. It helps liquefy the coagulated blood that is confined in the vessel. Your lymphatic system then simply rinses it out.

Book Your Spider Vein Treatment Consultation Today

The spider vein treatment is quick and requires minimal discomfort. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

If you still have questions about our spider vein treatments, come in for a free consultation with Dr. Rao. He will take the time to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

We invite you to experience the rewards of a welcoming environment where you can expect to be listened to, understood, and delighted with the outcome.

Skin Tag Removal

Quick and Easy Skin Tag Removal

For a lot of people, skin tags on the body present as unattractive and can, in some cases, affect a person’s self-esteem.

We offer a safe and effective skin tag removal procedure that ensures you have no more unsightly skin tags.

Dr. Rao routinely performs mole and skin tag removal for his patients in Edmonton. He will take the time to determine whether you are a good candidate for skin tag removal.

The procedure for having a skin tag removed is quick and requires very little discomfort. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

Our Skin Tag Removal Procedure Means No More Unsightly Skin Tags

Skin tags are small pieces of hanging skin that although are harmless – are never flattering. Typically these annoying growths of skin can be found around the neck, eyes, underarms, breasts, or groin and are thought to be caused by friction, skin irritation, obesity, and even genetics.

They are called a “tag” because they look like a raised piece of hanging skin, sometimes slightly darker in color than the surrounding skin. About 25% of people over 50 will develop skin tags. Though harmless, they can be unsightly, cause social embarrassment, and become irritated by friction from skin and clothing.

What Is Skin Tag Removal?

Regardless of the skin tag removal method applied, the process cuts off the blood supply to the tag, which causes it to fall off, either immediately or within several days.

There are several procedures used by doctors: cryosurgery (freezing the tag off with liquid nitrogen), excision with a scalpel, or electrocautery (removed with heat from a laser).

Benefits Of Skin Tag Removal

  • No more unsightly skin tags
  • No more irritation caused by friction
  • Simple and painless procedure
  • Fast and permanent solution

Frequently Asked Skin Tag Removal Questions

Am I A Good Candidate?
If you have skin tags that are visible (not easily covered by clothing) which cause you social discomfort, or, are irritated by friction, you are a good candidate for skin tag removal treatments.

Is There Any Downtime Associated With Skin Tag Removal?
Laser removal of moles and skin tags is a very minor, minimally invasive procedure that usually doesn’t require any rest at home afterward. In most cases, patients may return to normal activities immediately after their office visit, closely following Dr. Rao’s aftercare instructions.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments required depends on the number of skin tags being removed. Several skin tags can be removed in a single treatment.

Book Your Skin Tag Removal Consultation Today

The procedure for having a skin tag removed is quick and requires very little discomfort. At Rao Dermatology we’re about fast recovery so that you can look your very best every day.

If you still have questions about skin tag removal, come in for a free consultation with Dr. Rao. He will take the time to determine whether you are a good candidate for skin tag removal.

We invite you to experience the rewards of a welcoming environment where you can expect to be listened to, understood, and delighted with the outcome.

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 neuromodulators and ThermiDry.

This neuromodulator (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 neuromodulators 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 neuromodulators (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.

Excessive Sweating

Sweating at the gym feels awesome..

Sweating on a date or at the office? Not so much.

Although it’s normal to get drenched when lifting weights or running a marathon, enlarging pit stains during a romantic interlude or wet palms while shaking hands can be truly humiliating..

If you are one of many suffering from this condition called hyperhidrosis, you are likely to sweat four to five times more than normal.

You don’t have to let them see you sweat , give your confidence the boost it deserves.

At Rao Dermatology, we can safely and reliably reduce excessive sweating by utilizing neuromodulators. Skillfully injecting a neuromodulator in areas of concern can provide significant relief from this common condition. Alternatively, a new technology called ThermiDry™ is another safe and effective solution for excessive sweating. ThermiDry™ is a  microinvasive procedure that disables the subdermal sweat glands for up to 2 years.

Treatment Options:

  1. Neuromodulators
  2. ThermiDry

 

Scars

Have Healthy Looking Smooth Skin

Many traumatic events or surgeries can leave us with the dreaded unsightly scar.

However, you no longer have to live with these marks of life. Through an arsenal of laser and medical devices we can now make significant gains in reducing and even eliminating these scars.

At Rao Dermatology we can now flatten raised areas, refill depressed marks and dramatically improve discolouration.

Treatment options:

  1. Dermal fillers
  2. Laser Treatments

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Restore Feminine Wellness Without Discomfort

Excessive vaginal stretching is quite common from natural aging and pregnancy. This vaginal loosening can often lead to reduced sensation and secretions during sexual intercourse as well as urinary incontinence.

With today’s technology we can now give your vagina the nonsurgical face lift it deserves.

ThermiVa treatments deliver radio-frequency energy inside and outside the vagina to heat the tissue, which restores the vaginal muscle tone, control and strength. This procedure can dramatically revive feminine wellness without discomfort or downtime.

Treatment Options:

  1. ThermiVa

Leg Veins

No More Varicose & Spider Veins

Small red and blue-purple veins can appear on the legs while varicose veins are swollen bulging, larger blood vessels that can cause discomfort.

Risk factors for the development of leg veins include a family history, age, pregnancies, hormones , trauma and prolonged standing. However, you no longer have to live with this condition.

At Rao Dermatology, we have a multitude of nonsurgical treatments that can repair these unsightly vessels.

These include compression sclerotherapy that involves using an irritant to collapse the veins, endovenous chemical ablation, as well as lasers including excel V and IPL. Come in for a consultation so we can determine the best treatment plan for you.

Treatment Options:

  1. Sclerotherapy
  2. Excel V
  3. IPL