Treat Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

Treat Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

Blotchy skin is a term that is commonly used to describe uneven skin tone. It appears as reddish or red-brown patches and is a combination of concentrated pigment and blood vessel/broken capillaries.

It can be caused by a number of factors including sun damage, acne, rosacea, scarring or pigmentation issues. All of these issues can result in skin that is not blemish or pigment free.

Rao Derm offers a number of solutions to treat blotchy skin including IPL (Intense Pulse Light), non-invasive Laser Genesis and the very effective Sciton Profractional laser treatments.

What Is Blotchy Skin?

Blotchy skin is typically associated with red, sometimes irritated and itchy skin, as well as darker patches of skin that most commonly occur on the face, but can also be found on the neck and other parts of the body. Causes may include stress, genetics, hormones as well as environmental impacts such as UV exposure and changes in seasons (weather extremes) and lifestyle (excessive alcohol and smoking).

Blotchy skin appears as reddish or red-brown patches and is a combination of concentrated pigment and blood vessel/broken capillaries. These broken capillaries, also known as telangiectasia are more likely to happen if you have a dry, thin or sensitive skin or if you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea or acne. These capillaries sit very close to the surface and are commonly found on the nose and cheek areas, making them more visible.

Blotchy Skin Be a Symptom of Chronic Skin Conditions
Chronic skin conditions can also lead to the appearance of blotchy skin. These include dermatitis, a condition that results in inflammation and an agitated barrier of the skin causing irritation and dryness. Skin appears red, inflamed and dry.

Rosacea is another chronic inflammatory condition that presents as flushing of the skin. Both conditions will give the appearance of blotchy skin. In the case of rosacea, certain triggers can cause skin flushing. Both of these conditions are not preventable but can be managed with appropriate treatments.

What Are Other Causes of Blotchy Skin?

Excessive alcohol consumption, stress, and excessive exercise can raise blood pressure, causing your capillaries to dilate and over time, causes them to become broken capillaries.

Smoking can be another cause of blotchy skin. It causes oxidative stress so that insufficient oxygen reaches the tissues resulting in blocking of the blood vessels, which in turn leads to dilation of the capillaries.

Other cases of blotchy skin include poor diets that can also affect the body’s ability to regenerate itself and excessive UV exposure with repeated sunburn breaking down collagen, making these vessels more visible.

Our Treatments For Blotchy Skin

IPL (Intense Pulse Light)

This treatment is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation and collagen stimulation using infrared light.

It offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging, photo damage and especially vascular conditions such as rosacea.

The procedure is ideal for any part of your face, neck, or décolleté which show redness, and telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. It has been recommended for skin discoloration from sun damage and flushing symptoms from rosacea.

Benefits Of IPL

IPL has a wide variety of benefits including:

  • Even skin tone, removal of brown spots and sunspots
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Removal of broken capillaries
  • Refreshed and glowing appearance
  • Tighter skin texture by stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin

Laser Genesis

Laser Genesis treatments uses safe, non-invasive laser technology to clear fine lines and diffuse flushing, redness and scarring. A short series of treatments may be recommended for optimal results, and patients will notice an instant improvement following each treatment – without irritation or downtime. By gently and comfortably heating the skin, Laser Genesis stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and scarring; additional heat helps clear dilated capillaries that cause redness.

Sciton Profractional

The Sciton Profractional procedure is designed to rejuvenate your complexion and treat a variety of skin conditions related to your skin’s quality. The laser can efficiently improve the health of your skin by making microscopic perforations in the tissue, which stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of aging.

During the consultation process, we will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, we will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.


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.

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.

Revitalizing Skin Rejuvenation

Flawless Skin Rejuvenation

At Rao Dermatology, we have developed a variety of treatments that deliver excellent skin rejuvenation results.

Our proven skin rejuvenation procedures work by treating the skin from the inside out, going beyond its surface to truly restore and rejuvenate your skin’s health.

Our goal is to 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.

Reinvigorate and Restore Your Skin

Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can serve as unwelcome reminders of the aging process for both men and women.

Over time, your skin begins to lose collagen, natural elasticity and show signs of cumulative degeneration. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle, gravity, diet and sun exposure all influence the rate of damage to the skin. As signs of damage become visible, skin rejuvenation techniques can help restore a more youthful appearance.

The good news is that your skin’s texture and clarity can be improved through resurfacing including chemical peels, laser treatments, and microdermabrasion. Suitable for all skin types, we can treat a variety of areas including all or specific regions of the face, neck, hands and arms.

The skin rejuvenation procedures offered by the office of Dr. Rao are fast and non-invasive compared to surgical procedures, with virtually no downtime so you can get to your life. We do recommend a series of treatments in order to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Conditions Improved by Our Skin Rejuvenation Techniques

The following skin conditions may be improved by our treatments:

  • Wrinkles: both static wrinkles (visible at all times) and dynamic wrinkles (appear when the skin is not moving and deepen when you make facial expressions)
  • Loss of skin tone: the weakening of collagen and elastin fibers in your skin
  • Vascular conditions: including visible blood vessels on the skin, facial redness, and blood-filled blisters
  • Pigmentation: hyperpigmentation including sunspots, age spots, and melasma
  • Scars: acne or injury-related scars may be treatable
  • Texture: roughness due to excess layers of dead skin
  • Pore size and congestion

Our Skin Rejuvenation Services

At Rao Dermatology, we’re committed to giving you clear, clean, and smooth skin using a synergistic approach that enhances your skin’s health.

Our proven approach 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.

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, discoloration, and fine lines.

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 discoloration – it’s been used for decades to treat facial scars and is proven to improve both texture and firmness.

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.

Book Your Complimentary Consultation Today

Book your consultation today with Dr. Rao today so he can help you pick the facial rejuvenation procedure that will best treat your main concern, or recommend combining certain treatments to achieve a more youthful look.

He will take the time address your specific needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have about our procedures. Also, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results.

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

Facial Veins & Redness Treatment

Tired Of Facial Veins?

Telangiectasia, the medical term for spider veins and broken capillaries, are small red to purple dilated blood vessels or broken capillaries, often found on the cheeks, forehead, chin and the nose.

There are many potential causes of facial blood vessels including long-term exposure to the sun and wind. Heredity, hormones, disease, high blood pressure and excessive alcohol may also be contributing factors.

Many people find these veins undesirable and unattractive, and seek out our laser treatments as a cosmetic correction. Our spider vein treatments are quick and non-surgical, so you can get back to living your life.

Tackling Facial Spider Veins

Spider veins are a common cosmetic problem that can affect both men and women. While they can occur anywhere on the body, when they appear on the face, they can be especially noticeable and can make you feel self-conscious.

While it still isn’t clear exactly what causes spider veins, some potential causes of facial spider veins may involve lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol or excessive exposure to sunlight causing sun damage. Aging can also cause spider veins on the face. The weakening of veins and skin, and the aging skin can make the spider veins more noticeable.

If your facial veins are affecting your self confidence and impacting your day to day life, you may benefit from getting them treated. 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.

Our Facial Spider Vein Treatments

As we mentioned, our facial spider vein treatments are nonsurgical and have little downtime. We can treat facial spider veins using either sclerotherapy or broad band light (BBL) also known as IPL. Our proven procedures have made it possible to remove these blood vessels safely without scarring.

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves having an injection that will cause the spider veins to fade or disappear altogether. 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 however some blood vessels are more resistant, requiring additional treatments.

Excel V
Targeting red, purple and blue facial veins, the medical-grade Excel V laser can treat all of your vascular concerns. The system uses a unique high power green laser that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels in the skin. This laser heats the abnormal vessels, ultimately restoring normal skin tone and color. In as few as 1 to 3 treatments, unwanted and unsightly vessels and veins are reduced, and symptoms like flushing and blushing are managed.

A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent handpiece which is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be customized for different applications and skin types. The laser light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed before the injured tissue is removed by the bodies natural process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Treatment Take?
Treatment generally takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete, though this will depend on the specific skin condition as well as the number of areas you wish to address.

Does It Hurt?
For our laser treatments, each pulse of light is similar to a slight pinch, sting, or pinprick – some patients have even compared it to the snap of a rubber band. Overall, treatment is generally tolerated well, and anesthesia is typically not necessary.

Are Multiple Treatments Necessary?
For optimal results, we often recommend a series of about five treatments spaced approximately three to four weeks apart; however, this may vary based on your unique skin type and concern.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of aging.

We encourage you to attend a free consultation with Dr. Rao where he will assess your situation and discuss treatment options.

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. Use the form below to book your consultation today.

Facial Skin Tightening

Are You Noticing Sagging, Lax, Loose Skin?

Have you recently started to notice the skin on your chin and down your neck become more loose and saggy, delicate and thin as you age? Do you see a “turkey waddle” beginning to develop? Does it make you self-conscious about how old it makes you look because it doesn’t reflect the age you feel?

As both men and women age, laxity develops in the jowls and neck and can make you feel sensitive or insecure about your appearance and the loss of a defined jawline adds significantly to the aged look of your face.

With have a range of customized non-surgical procedures that can improve the tone and quality of your skin.

How To Deal With Sagging Skin

Sagging skin, loose skin, lax skin – however you describe it, by the time many of us hit our mid-30s this can, unfortunately, cause our faces and certain other areas of our bodies to lose their youthful plumpness, definition, and resilience.

What Causes Sagging, Lax, Loose Skin?

While gravity does take its toll, there are several other causes of sagging skin:

Sun exposure: The invisible ultraviolet rays of the sun penetrate into our skin and damage the elastic fibers that keep skin firm. On-going sun exposure causes wrinkles, and is responsible for sun spots and other pigmented areas on the face, chest hands.

Lack of elasticity and collagen: As we age, our skin tends to lose elasticity and collagen, causing it to become looser and less successful at holding back what is happening underneath – i.e., problems become more visible or noticeable at the skin’s surface.

Loss of volume: After age 35, many of us start to see a loss of volume in our faces. For example, as volume in our cheeks is lost, and gravity pulls the mid-section of the face down, folds may develop around the mouth, pooling at each corner, creating nasolabial folds. The lower portion of the face can also be prone to lose volume; when this happens, there may see shadowing near the jawline, which eventually becomes marionette lines and, finally, jowls.

Our Facial Skin Tightening Treatments

In the case of sagging, lax and loose skin, treatment should always begin with a proper consultation by a professional skin specialist. Typically, the best results are often obtained when a combination of treatments are applied. These treatments can include:

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples. The results with dermal fillers are instantaneous and long-lasting (three months to two years). We often use dermal fillers in combination with neuromodulators to achieve the best results since they each have different strengths. Our range of dermal fillers includes Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE®.

Laser Skin Resurfacing
By directing short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer, laser resurfacing can not only improve skin elasticity and produce a general tightening effect, but it also has the added benefit of simultaneously improving fine lines and wrinkles. Laser Genesis treatments utilize safe, non-invasive laser technology to clear fine lines and diffuse flushing, redness, and scarring. A short series of treatments may be recommended for optimal results, and patients will notice an instant improvement following each treatment – without irritation or downtime. By gently and comfortably heating the skin, Laser Genesis stimulates collagen to tighten the skin and promote healthy cell growth.

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Dr. Rao will take the time address your specific needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedures offered at Rao Dermatology.

In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best 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.

Wrinkles Treatments

Non-Invasive Wrinkle Treatments

Although wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, they are a concern for many of us as we get older.

Depending on lifestyle and genetics, some of us will be notice fine lines appearing as early as our late 20s, while others will inherit great looking skin and appear wrinkle free into their 50s.

Fortunately, thanks to advances in medical grade skin care and treatments, there are many wrinkle treatment innovations available to our patients.

What Causes Wrinkles and Fine Lines?

Many factors contribute to their development. Genetics, lifestyle habits such as smoking and diet, and environment all play a role.

Learn more about the factors that can cuases wrinkles here.

Most people will notice the appearance of wrinkles eventually but some will wrinkle prematurely and to a greater extreme. The biggest contributing factor that is preventable is sun exposure. Development of wrinkles can be delayed with daily use of SPF, a healthy lifestyle, and skincare that includes retinol.

Are Your Wrinkles Fine Lines, Furrows or Folds?

Fine lines are typically surface level and develop because of irregular thickening of the dermis and loss of water in the epidermis.

Most of the time fine lines are caused by sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins (particularly tobacco smoke) to thank for the development of fine lines. As we age, fine lines become deeper and eventually become furrows.

An anti-aging plan for someone with fine lines may include medical grade skin care to protect and strengthen the skin, chemical peels to keep skin looking fresh and clear and other facial treatments to maintain and correct skin discoloration as well as other skin problems.

Furrows are deeper lines that form in places where we make repetitive facial expressions. Some of the most common areas that we develop furrows are the crow’s feet wrinkles that show around the eyes when we smile, the 2 or sometimes 3 vertical lines that form between our brows when we frown and the horizontal lines in the top part of the forehead.

Furrows begin as dynamic wrinkles, meaning they are only visible when we contract our facial muscles. Over time, these dynamic furrows become static furrows, meaning they visible even at rest.

Dynamic furrows can be treated with neuromodulators (Botox or Dysport). Once they become static, a combination of neurotoxins and skin resurfacing is an option.

Folds are deep grooves in the face that are made worse by the loss of facial volume that occurs in our 30’s. Over the years these folds become deeper, and we see more shadowing in areas such as around the mouth and jawline, with more noticeable marionette lines running from the corner of the mouth to the jawline.

Our Wrinkle Treatments

Listed below are the main types of wrinkle and fine line treatments available at Rao Dermatology in Edmonton. There are subtle differences and some are used in combination – a consultation will determine which non-surgical wrinkle treatment is most suitable for you.


Neuromodulators use a chemical called botulinum toxin type A which is injected into muscles.
The chemical reduces the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of the creases around your eyes and softening of the lines on your forehead.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples.

Chemical Peels

Without downtime, these customized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate the skin to improve a variety of conditions, including hyperpigmentation, acne, signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and many other concerns.

PRP Therapy

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift. It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells. The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.

Book Your Free Consultation Today.

If you are interested in seeking a wrinkle removal consultation with Rao Dermatology in Edmonton and our team of wrinkle experts, simply fill out our online consultation request form below.

Skin Tightening Edmonton

Tight, firm, smooth skin like you’ve never had before.

Our skin tightening procedures are an excellent way to maintain your skin and fight the signs of aging.  Our proven treatments achieve non-surgical skin tightening with minimal pain and no downtime.

Many of our effective and quick treatments work by stimulating the collagen deep within the skin which leads to a refined and tightened texture.

Find out more by browsing our options below:

Skin Tightening Treatments

Once we hit the age of 20, our bodies produce about one percent less collagen every year. Also, the elastic bonds, known as elastin, that give skin its youthful look and feel start to come apart. Combine these events with stress, sun damage and poor skin care habits and you have a recipe for visible signs of aging.

Whether you’re just starting to notice fine lines and want to nip them in the bud or you’re in your 50s and 60s and are seeking a way to take years off your face, laser skin tightening will give you noticeable but natural looking results. Prevent and reverse a loss of elasticity and watch skin bounce back!

We offer a number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments that will help achieve a younger look without incisions or downtime:

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to neuromodulators, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance

We use both natural and synthetic fillers at Rao Dermatology that produce superior results in combination with our doctors’ skill, technique, experience, and training.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation.

The treatment uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth, helping to improve your complexion, skin texture and to restore lost facial volume.

The concentrated platelet rich plasma contains increased concentrations of certain growth factors and proteins that promote new capillary formation, collagen production and damaged tissue repair. These bioactive growth factors facilitate accelerated tissue repair and promotes skin rejuvenation.

Redensity I

Redensity I is a combination of injectable dermal filler and mesotherapy. Loss of hydration and luminosity causes our skin to look dull and tired at any age. Fine lines, wrinkles, and darkness start to appear, your complexion dulls, and the texture of your skin becomes uneven.

Redensity I is a light filling treatment consisting of microinjections performed evenly across the face, neck, and hands. Its’ select ingredients of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and vitamins work at a much deeper level, giving an immediate, cumulative and most importantly a natural result.


Turn back time with our Microdermabrasion diamond procedure. This advanced facial treatment encourages the production of collagen and elastin tissue, creating a firmer, more youthful facial contour. Your skin will feel and look smoother, more radiant and even.

Our Microdermabrasion procedures are most effective when they are performed as a series of treatments. However, even one treatment can make a huge difference in skin texture and appearance. It provides a full resurfacing effect, so your skin appears younger-looking, softer and more luminous.


The dermal roller microneedling system, also known as skin needling, is a minimally invasive method of stimulating collagen development in the treated area to produce more youthful, natural-looking results over time.

Book Your Free Skin Tightening Consultation Today

These are just a few of the more popular treatments we offer for skin tightening. Please book your free consultation today using the form below to receive a tailored solution that is will help you achieve a younger look.

3 Ways to Slow the Appearance of Aging

Slow the Appearance of AgingAging is an inevitable reality of life. You can’t live on this planet rife with UV rays, harsh winds, varying humidity levels, and chemicals – never mind the things we do to ourselves (like smoking and drinking) – and escape unscathed. Even when we wear an SPF 30 every day of our lives and avoid the sun like a vampire, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy skin care regimen, we’re still going to age – it’s part of life.

But if your aging skin is stressing you out and hurting your self-esteem, we can help. From wrinkles to age spots, from melasma to gauntness, from uneven skin tones to acne scars, we can expertly and subtly reduce the signs of aging with non-invasive dermatological procedures like these:

1. Chemical Peels
One of the surest ways to improve aging skin is with a chemical peel which removes the outer layer of your worn and damaged skin (the stratum corneum), replacing it with the new, smoother skin beneath. Best done in the colder months to ensure your new skin won’t suffer sun damage afterward, a chemical peel can treat age spots, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, melasma, scars, sagging skin, and wrinkles. While laser treatments became more popular in the 2000s, chemical peels are making a comeback for both effectiveness and affordability. At Rao Dermatology, we use SkinCeutical’s medical grade skin care products to for our chemical peels which also exfoliate your skin and stimulate collagen production to give you a youthful glow, reduce pore size, improve acne, and even out tone and pigmentation.

2. Microdermabrasion
Another way to slow the signs of aging is with microdermabrasion. Considered one of the easiest, quickest, and safest anti-aging methods, microdermabrasion mechanically exfoliates your skin using a diamond tipped wand to polish and remove dead skin cells. Not only does is soften fine lines and wrinkles, but it also smooths your skin’s texture, reduces the appearance of shallow scars, minimizes pores and age spots – all of which promote collagen production which makes your skin fuller and more youthful. Plus, it opens the skin to allow serums and skin care products to better penetrate and treat the skin. Often achieving dramatic results, microdermabrasion works best in a series of treatments and it’s a great procedure for those with sensitive skin.

3. Dermal Fillers
One of the easiest ways to reverse aging, dermal fillers can fix most of your face’s signs of aging from fine lines to deep creases, more obvious scars, thin lips, and the dreaded hollowness under our eyes, in our temples, and cheeks. What dermal fillers do is replaces the lost hyaluronic acid in our skin to add volume and “fill in” gaunt areas. A minimally invasive procedure, dermal fillers can restore your youthfulness instantly.

Depending on your goals and your skin, you may benefit from a combination of these treatments. Our team at Rao Dermatology can create a treatment plan tailored to suit your goals, skin, and budget. Contact us today for your free 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 neuromodulators may be an effective option, dermal fillers offer a different approach that may be used instead of, or in combination with, neuromodulators.

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 neuromodulators, which work 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.