Booking Injectables with Nurse Ashley!

We've been eagerly awaiting her return from maternity and the time is almost here! Injectable Nurse Ashey will be back in clinic full-time on November 16th, 2020! If you're looking for Filler, Botox/Xeomin, Radiesse or Belkyra appointments, now is the time to secure your spot and get in before Christmas!

Our products include:

  • Xeomin®, a uniquely purified neuromodulator
  • Radiesse®, a unique structural filler and biostimulator
  • Belotero®, a smooth and natural looking filler
  • Belkyra, Health Canada and FDA-approved injectable designed to target and eliminate fat cells (excess chin fat).

FILLER Q&A

What is the difference between Belotero Balance and Belotero Volume for lips?

Belotero Balance and Belotero Volume are both hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Balance is a thinner filler with an HA concentration of 22.5 mg/mL and is used for more superficial areas, fine lines, or anywhere that you want a real soft change. It is commonly used in the tear trough area. It is rarely a filler that we choose for lips because it will not last long in the lips - maybe a few months. Because the concentration of HA is quite low, it will not last as long as a thicker filler; however, it is ideal for placing closer to the surface, because it is thinner, it will blend well with the tissue, feel smooth and not leave lumps like a thicker filler might.

Volume is a thicker filler, with an HA concentration of 26 mg/mL that is used to replace volume loss. It is injected deeper, usually onto bone to give lift to areas such as cheeks or chin. It will last longer than Balance. Because it is a firmer filler, is it important not to place Volume in an area where you want a soft supple appearance. It is also rare that I use Volume for lips because of its firmness you will feel it in your lips. For patients wanting more volume and projection in their lips, they may wish to have Volume, but it is not the most natural filler choice for lips.

Belotero makes another filler called Intense, which has an HA concentration of 25.5 mg/mL and is the ideal filler for lips, this is the filler which your injector should be using as their go-to for lips, unless you wanted a very minimal change, which won't last long (Balance) or whether you want a firmer lip with more projection (Volume).

Something clients often ask is how much filler or botox is usually needed for different treatment areas? Everybody is different, which is why we always begin with a complimentary consultation with our experienced cosmetic injecting Nurse. Call and ask about our injectable packages!

Doctor's Blog

Liquid Facelift. Wait… What?

I have questions around this often. Here are some questions/answers that may help to determine whether a ‘liquid facelift’ or facelift surgery may be better indicated to help reverse signs of aging and restore a natural youthful appearance.

What is a liquid facelift? How does it differ from ‘real’ facelift?

A liquid facelift is a term that refers to the use of dermal fillers (ie., hyaluronic acid products such as Belotero or Juvederm) and Botox or Xeomin to help mimic the ‘structural’ changes re-created during a surgical facelift procedure. While a surgical facelift works to correct signs of aging via surgical correction of anatomic changes that occur with aging, dermal fillers work to help ‘hide’ signs of aging by filling/adding volume back to areas where it has been lost.

If you look at a youthful face, it is roughly shaped like a heart. Full up top and narrow at the bottom - high cheek bones, full temples, minimal jowling. As we age, that heart turns upside down. We tend to see hollowing in the temples (due to atrophy of a muscle called the temporalis muscle), less full cheek bones and jowling as our buccal (cheek) fat pads fall due to the effect of gravity. Accompanied by this are skin changes including wrinkling and others. In patients with some of these changes, dermal fillers are an excellent ‘bridge’, or a way to correct these aging changes without surgery – until which time as patients reach a point where adding volume via dermal fillers will not solve the problem or even make things look worse. In these patients, surgical correction via a facelift (usually combined with a necklift) surgically corrects the structures that caused the vertical descent of the facial tissues in the first place, while at the same time, tightens the skin for a longer lasting (8-10 year) result.

Who is a candidate for a liquid facelift vs. a surgical facelift?

Patients with mild to moderate signs of facial aging may be candidates for a liquid facelift. A surgical face and neck lift are typically reserved for those with more significant signs of facial aging. This can be a subtle distinction that myself or my staff can help with.

How long does a liquid facelift last?

Dermal fillers are stated to last between 8-12 months. The extent varies to some extent, depending on the patient, the type of filler and the area to be injected. Botox and Xeomin last anywhere from 3-6 months.

How can I find out which is right for me?

I can perform a RejuvanalysisTM assessment to help you determine which option would be best for you. During your consultation, I can also discuss other potential adjuvant treatments that will help you to achieve your goals.

What do you mean by “adjunctive procedures”?

Liquid facelift and facelift procedures are designed to address what I like to refer to as ‘structural’ changes of facial aging. While the skin is tightened (with excess removed) in a face/neck lift, the skin is also designed to respond to stress and may stretch out again to some extent, depending on the patient’s skin elasticity and other factors.

The OTHER part of facial aging is the skin. A liquid facelift/facelift may address some wrinkles for example, but, it will not address other skin problems including redness, pigmentation, pores, tone, texture, etc.! Adjunctive procedures however can help with this. Here is the low-down in a nutshell:

Professional Skin Care Products – The regular use of high-quality, medical-grade skin care products is the base-level must do for anyone serious about improving and maintaining beautiful skin. Period. Our skin care consultants can provide a qualitive assessment of your skin using VISIA technology and other tools to provide you with a customized skin care regime with the world’s best skin care products from SkinCeuticals and ZO Skin Health. Medical grade skin care products and ingredients typically precede retail products by 4-5 years!

Laser Resurfacing/Broadband Light (BBL) – Laser resurfacing addresses many of the skin problems listed above – redness, pigmentation, pores, tone, texture, etc.! Ours is not a Mom n’ Pop Shop laser. It is a Sciton Joule, which in my opinion, is the best Erbium:YAG resurfacing laser on the planet. There is downtime for full-face resurfacing (10-14 days), but the results are incredible! For those with more mild signs of facial aging will have the Halo – with only 5-7 days downtime. It’s like a magic eraser. Sometimes, these are combined with a BBL. The Halo is also an excellent way to maintain results obtained by full face resurfacing.

Patients who have a surgical facelift often have more than one adjunctive procedure including laser resurfacing, fillers or fat grafting, Botox or Xeomin or a combination!

Best Skin Care Products for Fall

As the weather gets colder, it's important to update what's in our skincare cabinet. Cold, dry weather can wreak havoc on our skin, especially our face and hands. Are you ready to bring your skin care routine up to speed this fall? Here is our SkinCeuticals guide for the perfect routine and it's fairly simple!

Start by cleansing with a product that is gentle and hydrating SkinCeuticals Simply Clean! Create a good base with an antioxidant that will prevent and protect SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Boost your complexion with a serum that exfoliates your skin SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator. Replenish your skin lipids and improve the appearance of skin fullness, smoothness, and radiance using SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore and finish it off by applying a mineral filter sunscreen SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 (yes this should be used all year round!).

Book a complimentary skincare consult today!

Our skincare professionals can recommend additional in-clinic treatments that make it possible to achieve your skincare goals. 

Dramatically Thicker and Darker Lashes

Looking for easy maintenance and beautiful long lashes? Latisse is an exciting alternative for those looking to grow their own lashes while acheiving a healthy, youthful and natural look. This eyelash serum boosts hair growth for longer, thicker, fuller lashes.

Latisse is a once-a-day, at home treatment, applied topically. Results appear gradually, reaching full results at 16 weeks. The serum comes in a dropper bottle, with sterile single-use applicator brushes. You place one drop on the applicator brush and sweep it across the skin of the upper lash line, at the very base of your lashes, as close as possible but not actually on the hairs themselves—you want it to reach the follicles. Longer, fuller lashes are typically seen after two to four months of consistent use. Some people notice changes in as little as a month.

Latisse is not a permanent solution for longer eyelashes. You’ll need to commit to applying the product for as long as you want your enhanced lashes to last. Once you stop using it, your lashes will return to their original length within a few months.

Get the lashes you've always dreamed of having! You can order online or come into our clinic today. Product available in 3mL or 5mL.

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