Frequently asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 

  1. What is the difference between Botox and Fillers (Juvederm & Restylane)?

Botox/Dysport relaxes muscles to soften lines caused by repeated movement, such as frown lines (lines in between your eyebrows), forehead lines, and crow’s feet.  Fillers are used to enhance facial volume to improve deeper wrinkles, smile lines, thinning lips, hollow temples, jowls, flat cheeks etc.

  1. Is Botox/Dysport safe?

Botox is a FDA and Health Canada approved drug.  It is extremely safe.  It has been used for over 20 years for a variety of medical conditions including excessive sweating, overactive bladder & Cerebral Palsy.  It is the most researched drug on the market with a very long safety profile.  There are very little side effects to this treatment.

  1. Will I still be able to make facial expressions and look natural if I have a Botox or Dysport treatment?

The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows, forehead lines, & crow’s feet is simply reduced.  You can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.  A treatment with Botox or Dysport will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look unnatural.  It will soften lines within 1-2 weeks post procedure and may completely eliminate lines over time with regular treatments.

  1. Is Laser Hair Removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is a permanent reduction of unwanted hair. The laser targets all hair in its active growth cycle (about 20% of your hair at any given time is in its active growth cycle) Single hairs may be permanently removed if the hair follicle is destroyed.  That single follicle will not regrow. Patients should expect about 70% of the hairs to be totally removed.  The remaining hairs should grow in finer, thinner and be lighter in color.  Additionally, over time, your body will develop new hair follicles, so new hair growth will occur. Therefore it is recommended after a full course of laser hair removal treatments (usually 6-8 treatments) patients should have maintenance treatments 1-4 times annually to maintain their results.

  1. What kind of sunscreen should I be using?

Skin Specialists recommend using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB), or burning, rays. SPF’s higher than 30 block slightly more of the sun’s rays. The product should also contain ingredients that protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays which penetrate more deeply into the skin and are responsible for premature aging and contribute to the development of skin cancer. Sunscreens that are labeled “broad?spectrum” help protect against both. Clinical research has shown that damage from HEV (high energy visible) light may be as harmful as that caused by UVA and UVB combined. Additionally, HEV light penetrates more deeply into the skin than UVA and UVB with the potential for greater long term damage. It is important to note that even if you are wearing a high-SPF sunscreen, it should be reapplied approximately every hour when outdoors and after swimming or sweating.  The best sunscreen to use would block HEV, UVA, and UVB rays – such as the Zo Obagi SPF’s.

  1. Can I grow my own eyelashes longer and thicker?

Yes. The Medication bimatoprost – marketed under the brand name Latisse– is Health Canada approved to treat inadequate eyelashes. Latisse is available only through a physician. With regular daily application of Latisse for a minimum of 16 weeks followed by maintenance application of 3-4 times per week you can grow your own eyelashes longer, thicker and darker.

  1. Is there a way to get rid of age spots/brown spots on my face? How is this done?

There are a number of ways to lighten or remove brown pigment from the hands and/or face.  Depending on whether the spot is raised or flat, if the age spot is raised cryotherapy or minimally invasive surgical removal may be necessary.  If the brown spot is flat laser treatment(s) such as photofacial or bleaching and brightening cream regimens such as Zo Obagi Melamin & Melamin (with Hydroquinone) or Brightenex may be the treatment of choice.

  1. How do you treat facial redness, veins (rosacea)?

Intense Pulse Light laser or Photofacial is an excellent treatment option for persistent facial redness, nasal veins, easy flushing, and dilated blood vessels, features of rosacea. Typically a series of 3-5 treatments is required, with maintenance therapy every 2-3 years or as needed (less often if rosacea triggers are avoided and you have diligent sunscreen use).  The downtime post procedure is minimal and the results can be dramatic.

  1. What does laser skin resurfacing do?

Laser Skin Resurfacing will improve fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, sun damage and the overall texture of your skin.  Non-ablative lasers (such as those used for laser skin resurfacing) are less invasive, using heat to stimulate cells to thicken the underlying collagen resulting in improved skin tone and elasticity.  Since non-ablative lasers do not remove a layer of your skin, there is minimal swelling, redness and recovery time.

  1. What is Medical Microdermabrasion?

Medical Microdermabrasion creates a gentle abrasion and exfoliation of the outer layer of skin with a natural diamond tip wand, while simultaneously vacuuming away the exfoliated dead skin cells.  This treatment promotes the renewal of skin surface cells while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin within deeper layers of the skin smoothing wrinkles, fine lines, mild scarring and brightening overall skin tones with little to no downtime.