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  • How Many Years Can You Remove without Surgery?

    While your years on Earth have granted you wisdom and dignity, you’d probably prefer not to wear your age on your face. The good news is that, with advances in cosmetic procedures, you simply don’t have to, even if you’d rather avoid plastic surgery. But exactly how many years can you remove with non-invasive procedures such as lasers, fillers, and light therapy? As it turns out, quite a few.

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    The Numbers

    A paper published by the European Academy of Dermatology revealed some telling facts about how people perceive age, and the results were surprising. During the research, scientists showed participants images of faces and asked them to guess the age and health status of each. The photos were altered to remove lines, uneven pigmentation, or both.

    With the wrinkles airbrushed out, participants guessed that women’s faces were 10 years younger. With both wrinkles and discoloration literally out of the picture, they guessed 16 years younger.

    These results confirm that reducing lines and color irregularities can make you look a decade and a half younger than you really are — and your local med spa or dermatologist can tackle both of these issues beautifully; no scalpel required.

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    The Scoop on Non-Surgical Procedures

    Facial rejuvenation procedures come in several different forms, all of which restore lost youth in a different way:

    •  Photofacials use either LED or IPL light to gently encourage collagen production in the skin, resulting in a plumper, smoother complexion. IPL lights are the stronger variety, and can eliminate brown age spots, redness and even spider veins. Both of these techniques may also help reduce acne — which as many of us know, does not always go away after the teen years.

    •  Laser rejuvenation techniques offer a greater resurfacing power than photofacials and can nix fine lines, scars, dark spots and other flaws, exfoliating the outer layer of skin to reveal the supple layer beneath. At the same time, they heat the underlying skin layer, spurring collagen production and causing the skin to grow smoother than before. Non-ablative lasers require no downtime, though you may look and feel as though your skin is sunburned for a day or two. Ablative lasers give stronger results, but you may experience some redness and peeling in the following week.

    •  Injectables target individual lines on your face and can fully eliminate wrinkles from many areas. Muscle relaxers like Botox and Dysport freeze muscles that cause expression wrinkles like crow’s feet, while fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra add volume to fill in deep creases and folds. Results from muscle relaxers last up to six months. Fillers have more variation, but may last anywhere from six months to two years — some even offer permanent results.

    Taking the Plunge

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    If the thought of shaving up to 16 years off your complexion sounds appealing, it’s time for a consultation with your local skin clinic. The latest facial rejuvenation techniques offer results that used to only be possible with a facelift or other surgery, but they cost far less and don’t come with the same risks and side effects. With the right procedures, you just may trick your friends into thinking you’ve turned back the hands of time — all while keeping the wisdom and grace of your actual age.

    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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  • Don’t Want Surgery? Dermal Fillers May Be for You

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    Dermal fillers have come a long way since cosmetic collagen was first approved in 1981. While bovine (cow) collagen remained the lone injectable filler for the next decade, growing demand has sparked a surge of new products to smooth and shape all areas of the face including laugh lines, nasolabial folds, under-eye hollows and more.

    All dermal fillers work in the same way, literally filling in folds and creases in the skin to add volume. Fillers raise depressed areas to the same level as the rest of the skin, so that wrinkles instantly disappears or significantly lessen.

    You can also use fillers to build a fuller pout or hide embarrassing nasal bumps. Sometimes referred to as “liquid facelifts,” fillers often present a gentler, if shorter lasting, alternative to cosmetic surgery.

    Hyaluronic Acid

    According to Dr. Debra Luftman in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Hyaluronic fillers are the best option for natural-looking, long-acting dermal fillers.” Hyaluronic acid is made from sugars found naturally in the body, which retain water to add volume to the skin.

    Brand names include Juvederm. Restylane and Perlane. Typically, the first treatment only lasts about six months; however, further treatments may last up to one year.

    Calcium-Based Fillers

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    Patients seeking longer-lasting smoothness may prefer calcium fillers, which can last up to 18 months. These products contain calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, and are ideal for deep folds like those around the mouth.

    Radiesse is a major brand of calcium-based filler, and is generally more expensive than hyaluronic acid fillers. However, the cost may even out if you need fewer injections over the years, so don’t shun these on price alone.

    Poly-L-Lactic Acid

    Poly-L-lactic acid was originally approved to treat facial wasting in AIDS patients, but is now widely used for cosmetic use. Sold under the brand name Sculptra, Poly-L-lactic acid is the same substance used in resorbable stitches.

    Results last up to two years; however, the process requires up to four separate injections, spaced several weeks apart. Sculptra is not used for smaller wrinkles, but rather plumps up larger areas.

    Collagen

    Yes, collagen is still around — and it’s safer and more effective than ever. Your skin naturally produces collagen to keep it soft and supple, but collagen production diminishes with age. When injected, it fills in facial lines and may also camouflage scars.

    Because some people are allergic to bovine collagen, your skincare professional will probably administer a test before proceeding with this treatment. Zyderm and Zyplast are two brand-name bovine collagen products.

    Other products, such as CosmoPlast and CosmoDerm, have human collagen produced in a lab. These may be less likely to cause an allergic response.

    Fat Transplants

    Nope, it’s not science fiction: Patients who undergo liposuction can opt to use their own body fat to fill in facial wrinkles. Because this procedure requires surgical incisions rather than a simple injection, the risks are higher. Patients may experience infections or excessive bleeding, and may get bruises that take weeks to heal. And although results are longer-lasting than with most injectables, there is a chance that the fat may eventually be reabsorbed into the body.

     Ultimately, only a trained dermatologist or other skincare professional can help determine whether dermal fillers are right for you, and which type is best for your needs. Each option comes with potential side effects, so be sure to do your homework and weigh the risks vs. rewards.

    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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  • The Myths About Dermal Fillers

    Dermal FillersTired of looking older than you are? Want to restore some youthfulness to your face but don’t want to undergo the expense or surgical downtime required for a facelift? Consider a liquid facelift – dermal fillers! They can eliminate those deep creases between your forehead, the lines around your eyes, plump your lips and more!

    And let me let you in on a little secret … I myself have had dermal fillers and it has made me look ten years younger. I definitely practice what I preach!

    However, before you decide on injectables, there’s certain things you should know. With so many new dermal fillers coming on the market every day, there is a lot of confusion. Should you get Botox, Juvederm or Sculptra? Is there a difference? Are they safe?

    Let’s take a look and dispel the myths.

    Myth #1: Botox and Dermal Fillers Work the Same

    Botox was the first dermal filler on the cosmetic scene, introduced in 2002. Although they perform the same function, they are made from different substances. Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Juvederm is made of a hyaluronic acid gel, Sculptra contains synthetic polylactic acid, and Radiesse is a synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite. Botox is injected into the muscle and essentially paralyzes it, removing the appearance of wrinkles. Most other dermal fillers are injected into the face and fill wrinkles and creases with a substance to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers fill and Botox relaxes.

    Myth#2: Botox Makes Showing Expressions Impossible

    While injecting Botox into your forehead may make frowning harder, isn’t that the point?If done correctly and in proper moderation, Botox will look natural and emotions will still be expressed on your face. It does not affect the way you smile or the twinkle in your eye that comes from feeling more confident about your appearance!

    Myth#3: Dermal Fillers Are Extremely Painful

    Depending on what type of injection you have, it may feel like a pinch to your skin. Some dermal fillers are often combined with lidocaine to numb the area. At The Bradford Skin & Medical Spa, we often use topical numbing agents to reduce any discomfort.  On a scale of 1 to 10, our clients estimate the pain level at 2.

    Myth#4: Dermal Fillers Last Only 3 Months

    How long the dermal fillers last is really based on a person’s skin type, sun damage, genetic factors and age. Botox usually lasts 3 months before touch-ups may be needed. Perlane is FDA approved to last for six months, while Restylane is approved to last up to 18 months (with repeat injections).

    Myth#5: People Will Know You’ve Had Dermal Fillers

    Herein lies the key to getting dermal fillers: the experience and expertise of the person doing the injectables. At Bradford Skin & Medical Spa, our injections are done by Marie Nieminen, an RN for more than 25 years. She has worked in the ICU of a burn unit, so she knows all about tissue. Her goal is to make you look as natural as possible. She knows how deep to inject it, ,how much product to inject and what type of needle to use. She will talk with you extensively about the look you want to achieve … in fact, she has a waiting list!

    At our medical spa, we have seen clients who have been over injected or poorly injected at other spas. Unfortunately, their face looks virtually immobile and their cheeks out of proportion! You will never have this type of experience at our spa, because our business depends on repeat customers and referrals. We’re proud of our reputation for being one of the premiere skin care clinics in Bradford!

    Myth#6: It’s Okay to go out in the Sun After a Treatment

    In general, the sun has many damaging effects on your skin, and you should never go outside without sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen. Dermal fillers are directly impacted by the exposure to the sun.

    Myth #7: You Can Become Addicted to Botox

    Although you can become psychologically addicted to Botox, you cannot become physically addicted. Dermal fillers are all about making you look better. We’re not here to sell you an inordinate amount of dermal fillers … we’re all about increasing your self-confidence!

    Addicted to BotoxAt Bradford Skin Clinic and Medical Spa, you’ll find our dermal fillers to be therapeutically amazing and safe. Some people have a little bruising and swelling, but the noninvasive nature of the procedure leads to very few risks. And if you don’t like it, the results are not permanent, so you can always switch to another skin care procedure.

    Scared of needles? We have a variety of other anti-aging procedures that may be more to your liking. Laser photorejuvenation and medical grade chemical peels can produce amazing results when it comes to getting rid of acne scars, age spots, fine lines and more. Bothered by the spider veins on your legs or around your nose? Try our vascular lesion removal treatment, you will love how clear your skin looks after.

    With our free skin consultation we can help you decide what procedure is best for you. You’ll leave our spa refreshed and rejuvenated. If you don’t take care of yourself and pamper yourself, who will? Call us today at 905-775-SKIN (7546)!

    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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  • Laser Hair Removal vs. Electrolysis … The Winner Is?

    Would you prefer needles to permanently remove unwanted hair orsmall gentle pulses of light?Would you rather remove one hair at a time or whole patches of hair? These are two of the major differentiating factors between electrolysis or laser hair removal. Hmm … which one to choose?

    The clear winner for most clients? Medical laser hair removal treatments.

    Why? Let’s first look at the primary difference in these treatments, both which can be very effective to get rid of unsightly hair forever.

    Electrolysis Versus Laser Hair Removal Technology

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    Although the technologies are similar, the approaches are very different.

    According to the American Electrolysis Association, electrolysis works by inserting a tiny needle into the hair follicle alongside the hair shaft. Then a very small amount of a current is used to destroy the hair growth cells. The existing hair falls out, and the process is repeated hair by hair. You generally have to return for 10 – 25visits to see permanent results.

    Electrolysis works on electrical or chemical energy whereas laser hair removal works on heat and light – tiny pulses of light that destroy the hair follicle. According to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a minute light beam courses through the patient’s skin and is absorbed by hair follicles that are growing, and then destroys them.  To prevent future growth, the hair bulb is essentially damaged. You generally need 6 – 8 treatments to see permanent results.

    Both methods for hair removal are noninvasive, permanent and are used effectively for both men and women. Because both procedures are medical, they should be performed with a certified esthetician or licensed electrologist to ensure the machines being used are at the proper settings.

    The Advantages Versus Disadvantages of Each Treatment

    Electrolysis has been in existence longer than laser (135 years versus 20 years) and used to be the only permanent hair removal process. However, it almost seems like a passé technology as laser hair removal is both newer and more advanced:

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    The advantages of laser technology are:

    •Our clients report that laser is less painful. The pulses of light last only for a millisecond and feel like a simple poke with a pencil. The needles used in electrolysis can really pinch and hurt.

    •Laser hair removal is quicker. Because an electrolysis treatment works on one hair at a time, even a small area can take quite awhile to treat. Depending on the size of the area (a chin versus a chest) being treated, a laser treatment only takes between 10 minutes to one hour.

    •Laser takes less treatments. With electrolysis, you can plan on 10 – 25 visits. Roughly 1-3 weeks after each laser treatment, clients typically notice 10-20% less hair regrowth. After approximately 6 – 8 hair removal treatments, you’ll only have to come in for touchups.

    •Laser is more effective. According to a recent survey conducted by Celibre Medical Corporation, 97% of women who removed unwanted hair using lasers say they are satisfied with the outcome, whereas only 70% using electrolysis were pleased.

    The one advantage of electrolysis is it can be used for any color of hair – even white, gray and blonde – where laser has proven to be less effective.

    For a further explanation of electrolysis versus laser hair removal, visit Dr. Neal Schultz on You Tube.

    What Are The Risks?

    Both treatments have similar risks. With laser hair removal, they are somewhat minimal – redness, soreness , swelling and scarring. With electrolysis, some of the side effects may include swelling, inflammation, pain, edema or scarring.

    Why Laser Hair Removal?

    According to the Laser Hair Journal, laser hair removal is big business — a $244M industry. Why? Because it’s safe, it’s affordable and there’s no down time. You can have a treatment over your lunch hour! And it’s far less painful and more effective than any other option – from electrolysis to any of the portable at home lasers you see on the TV today.

    In today’s busy workplace, who has time to take weeks off to recover from a cosmetic procedures? No one!  You can look forward to the removal of unsightly hair and feel a real boost to your self-confidence by opting for laser hair removal! Check out our picture gallery to see how YOU can look before and after!

    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, 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, fast cars and gourmet cooking.

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