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    Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Three Reasons to Stop Shaving Today

    Shaving: nobody likes to do it, but somehow it feels mandatory for both men and women. After all, who wants to bare hairy legs in a miniskirt, or meet with an important client while sporting a 5-o’clock shadow?

    I’m here to tell you that with today’s superior hair removal options, you have no good reason to shave. In fact, you have some very compelling reasons not to.

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    It’s Unsanitary

    Scary but true: Your razor may house the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, the same bug that causes nasty staph infections. These bacteria live in your nasal passages, where they typically do no harm. Introduced to other areas of your face and body, however, these microorganisms aren’t quite so harmless.

    Staphylococcus is responsible for the dreaded “barber’s rash,” which results in small red bumps in the shaved area. These can be itchy, irritating and even erupt into blisters.

    If you don’t wash your razor thoroughly after each use or change your blades weekly, you’ll be more susceptible to bacterial woes. But changing razors every week gets pricey, and many people simply can’t afford to do it.

    It’s Time-Consuming

    If you’re like the average woman, you’ll spend about 1,728 hours of your life shaving your legs, according to a study by the beauty brand Escentual. That works out to a whopping 72 days that you could have spent with your friends or family — or on the couch doing nothing at all.

    The truth is that shaving is an ordeal. It starts at the drug store where you have to browse the aisles for razor blades and shave cream, and continues in the shower where you actually perform the task. Because the hair re-grows so quickly, you’ll probably have to shave again within a day or two. And along with their legs, many women shave their arms, bikini line and other areas, resulting in an even bigger waste of time.

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    You Have Better Options

    Half a century ago, shaving was probably your best bet if you wanted smooth, hairless skin. But those days are long gone, and now you can remove unwanted hair permanently at your med spa or dermatologist’s office.

    Laser hair removal is quickly becoming the preferred method for shedding fuzz. It’s safe for most body areas — including the face — and results can last for the rest of your life with occasional touchups.

    During treatment, your aesthetician will use a special laser that targets the hair follicle while leaving your skin unharmed. Once the follicle is destroyed, hair will not grow back in that spot again. After four to eight sessions, the entire treated area will be virtually hair-free for years, and only minimal maintenance is required for life-long results.

    Laser hair removal is most promising for people with lighter skin tones and darker hair, as the laser targets pigment. However, other professional options, such as electrolysis, work well for people of all skin tones.

    If you’re tired of wasting your time with razors and are ready for smooth skin that lasts, contact us at Bradford Skin Clinic to discuss treatment options. We’ll analyze your skin type and determine whether laser treatments or other hair-removal options are best for you. Soon, you’ll be able to quit shaving for good. Call us at 905-775-SKIN (7546) to schedule a meeting today.

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking. 

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  • Why Your Acne Isn’t Going Away – And What to Do About It

    If you have chronic acne, then you know the pain of dealing with one breakout after the next, in a never-ending cascade of pimples. As soon as one eruption starts to fade, another blemish sneaks up to take its place.

    The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way. Acne is a highly treatable condition, once you figure out the right tricks. So if your face has been riddled with lesions and pustules for months, years, or even decades, then you’re probably making one of the key skin mistakes below:

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    1. You’re Scrubbing Too Hard

    While determination is a good thing in most aspects of life, overzealousness is not an asset when it comes to washing your face. Many people invest in harsh exfoliating cleansers or rough scrubbing pads in the misguided belief that they can simply scrub away the pimples.

    The truth, however, is that heavy-handed cleansing will not work. In fact, scrubbing sensitive skin will only make acne worse. While some exfoliation — as with soft cleansing brushes — can be helpful, scrubbing too hard or too often can aggravate pimples, making them redder and more inflamed. Wash your face the right way by using a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser that’s made for acne-prone skin. Rinse well afterward to remove any residue.

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    2. You’re Misusing Products

    Toners, lotions, and creams can all be effective in treating pimples — provided you use them correctly. Unfortunately, many people slather products on too thickly or use a far smaller amount than they actually need. As with all medicated products, acne treatments will only work with correct dosing, so read the instructions carefully before applying.

    Another common mistake is trying several new products at once. More products do not equal better results — and when you use two or three new treatments at once, you’ll never know how well each works individually. Start with one product at a time, and give it several weeks before turning to other options.

    Another acne no-no is applying facial products not suited for your skin type. Using sunscreen, foundation, moisturizers, or serums that clog your pores could undo any benefit from your anti-acne products.  Remember: if it goes on your face, it needs to be non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Period.

    3. You Need an Expert

    All acne is not created equal, and what works for your friends may not do a thing for you. The best treatment depends on age (adult acne is different from the adolescent version), skin type, and several other factors.

    Plus, while OTC treatments can be helpful, skincare professionals can give you the really effective stuff. Prescription creams like Retin-A or clindamycin pack an anti-acne wallop that you just won’t find in a tube of Clearasil. Beyond topical treatments, lasers have made fighting pimples easier and more effective than ever, knocking out acne for months in just a single session.

    By seeking professional help now, you can help protect your skin from acne scarring in the future. And if you already have scarring, a pro can help erase the damage.

    If you’ve tried every acne treatment at the drug store but still can’t shed those embarrassing pimples, we at Bradford Skin Clinic are here to help. We’d be happy to discuss your skin issues and advise you on the very best treatment options to give you clear skin for life. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (905) 755-SKIN (7546) or visit www.bradfordskinclinic.com.

    About The Author:
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL,laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—psoriasis, eczema, and acne—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling and gourmet cooking.

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  • Most Important Considerations for a Successful Nose Job

    If you’re considering a nose job, you’re likely wondering what level of control you have over the results. Movies and mass media may have led you to believe that you can have any nose shape you prefer. While this may be true to a certain extent, the actual results of your impending nose job depend on a myriad of factors, from face shape and surgical limitations to personal preferences.

    If you’re approaching the point in talks with your doctor where it is now time to pick out your new nose, it is also time to understand what goes into picking out the right shape.

    What’s in a Shape?

     

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    There are 7 different types of face shapes and 14 different types of nose shapes, which means there are 98 different face and nose shape combinations available. Unless you’re considering additional cosmetic procedures to alter your natural face, you’re going to need a clear idea of which nose forms will work with your face. But first of all, how do you determine your face type?

    There are a few ways to find out what your face shape is. To start, one option is to trace your face in the mirror with a lipstick (don’t worry, it wipes off!). After pulling away from the mirror, you should be able to see a clear “shape” in your drawing. To be safe, close one eye to make sure your perception is from only one point. Here are the defining features of each of the 7 shapes:

    1. Oval – Your forehead, jaw, and cheekbones are all usually the same width, with the length of your face being a little longer than the general width.

    2. Round – The width of your forehead, jaw, and cheekbones are still all generally the same,equal in dimension with the length of the face.

    3. Square – This is similar to the round shape, but your jaw and forehead edges are more squared than rounded.

    4. Diamond – Unlike the square shape, the cheekbone width is the widest, with the forehead and jaw of shorter widths and the chin narrow and pointed.

    5. Heart – Your lipstick trace likely shows the shape of a heart, with the widest part at the forehead and tapering down through the jaw.

    6. Triangle – The reverse of the heart shape, this shape is widest in the jaw and the narrowest in the forehead.

    7. Oblong – The oblong shape is a bit of an extended oval and can sometimes be reflected in other shapes, but is typically determined by the length of the face, which is significantly different from the width.

    The Nose Knows

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    In addition to taking face shape into account, the nose itself plays a major role in the options available for your nose job. The width of the tip, bridge, and nostrils need to be considered as well, as symmetry and a balanced appearance are crucial to a good outcome.

    Understanding what nose shape you have can help you determine what you like (and what you don’t like!) about your nose, also helping you find out which nose shapes you can choose to keep your looks as natural as possible. According to a recent study, there are 14 different types of nose shapes, with the vast majority spread between the “Greek”, “hawk”, “celestial”, “fleshy”, and “roman” nose shapes.

    Not sure which shape you have? A simple Google search for “how to determine nose shape” can provide you with a plethora of images from which to compare yours to the various search results. Once you have determined your particular nose shape, it’s time to consider what options you have for nose remodeling. However, as with any medical procedure, your plastic surgeon should be the ultimate resource for determining your nose shape, both current and future.

    Managing Your Expectations

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    While nose jobs and celebrities aren’t exactly news-making combinations, recently Khloe Kardashian made headlines when she told the world her mother Kris Jenner had suggested she needed a nose job. It wasn’t that her mother thought she needed a nose job, rather it was that Khloe was 9 years old at the time Kris expressed this sentiment. A nose job for a 9 year old is not only extreme and unlikely to be approved by the medical community (unless there were significant medical benefits to be gained), but it also discounts the consideration of a growing and changing face shape. While a child may grow into his or her face and nose shape or experience adjustments and changes through adulthood, adults may also experience significant changes in appearance.

    Weight fluctuations, changes in exercise routines, plastic surgery, some makeup and hairstyle techniques, and even pregnancy can cause an adult face to look different through the years. When considering which nose may suit your face, you should try to be in a physical state that most closely resembles your typical appearance. In short, if you recently got blunt cut bangs and lost 30 pounds training for a marathon, but you know that next year you will have grown your hair out again and stopped running, you might want to wait until you look “more like yourself”.

    Final Considerations

    The decision to get a nose job is rarely made lightly and, as with any major medical procedure, a board-certified plastic surgeon should be included in the process from the beginning. Your plastic surgeon can discuss all the options available to you, help you examine renderings of different outcomes to decide which shape is preferable to your face, and help you understand what the process entails. A plastic surgeon is well versed in all the physical attributes of the face and will likely be able to discuss your face and nose shape and what works best for your particular attributes. Depending upon whether your interests are minor modifications or more significant changes, your plastic surgeon will be able to help you make sure the resulting shapes work together and work for you.

    About the Author
    Justin Yovino, M.D., FACS of Ideal Face and Body is a Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with a special interest in cosmetic surgery and extensive training in the most advanced surgical techniques. Dr. Yovino is very experienced in aesthetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery. Dr. Yovino is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is well respected by his peers in the medical community.

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