Melasma is a very common skin problem which causes unwanted skin pigmentation. This condition, so common for moms-to-be that it is also known as “the mask of pregnancy”, causes brown and greyish-brown patches to form on the face, especially cheeks, nose, and forehead. It can also form on the neck, chest, and arms. What is Melasma? Due to its hormonal causes, Melasma is far more common in women than men. It is also more common in those with brown skin that tans well, rather than those with fair or black skin. There is a genetic predisposition to Melasma. There are three different types of Melasma, and they are dependent on the depth of the pigment. The three types are: Epidermal: In epidermal melasma the patches of pigmentation have clearly defined borders, and are usually dark brown in colour. Epidermal Melasma…


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When it comes to tattoo removal, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether it is possible to remove one colour, or one part of a tattoo while the rest of it remains intact. For instance, if you have a multicoloured tattoo with yellow, orange, and black colours, would it be possible to remove one colour without the desired parts becoming blurry? The simple answer is yes. You can get one colour, one area, or the entire tattoo removed or covered up, owing to the accuracy of laser tattoo removal treatment. More on Laser Tattoo Treatment This process involves the selective absorption of extremely high peak power laser light pulses by the tattoo ink in the skin, which causes the targeted ink particles to disintegrate or break down mechanically while minimising potential damage to the surrounding tissues. After fragmentation…


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Thousands of people suffer, or have suffered in the past, from acne. The condition is often painful and embarrassing, but people with the skin disorder are far from being alone. Unfortunately for many, even after acne has cleared up, unsightly scars are left behind as what can seem like a permanent reminder of the condition. Despite the dozens of cosmetic products on the market that claim to get rid of acne scars, few of them actually lead to positive results, and the ones that do typically take years of regular usage. Luckily, there are other options beyond resigning oneself to a lifetime of acne scars or investing your life savings in expensive creams. One of these options is a CO2 laser treatment. What are CO2 laser treatments? CO2 laser treatments are exactly what they sound like – a cosmetic procedure…


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It’s hard to know with certainty how many sessions will be needed to remove a tattoo, and how effective a removal will be overall – however, there are some factors that can help us predict tattoo removal success. These factors, as followed, pertain to both the tattoo to be removed and the person seeking the removal. Ink color Traditionally, darker ink colors such as black and dark blue have been easier to remove. While this is generally still the case, recent advancements in tattoo removal technology have made it easier to remove lighter colors such as green and yellow. Location on The Body Tattoos located on the extremities (i.e. the arms and legs) are generally the hardest to remove. This is because there is less blood flow to these areas and they are farther away from the lymph nodes. It…


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Acne scars can cause significant embarrassment and lower the self-esteem of those who suffer from them. Fortunately there is a wide array of treatments available to treat acne scars. Acne scars vary in type and severity, so it is best to consult a cosmetic dermatologist regarding the treatment or combination of treatments that would be best for your particular situation. Topical Treatment For certain types of acne scars, topical treatments (i.e. compounds applied directly to the skin) that boost collagen production can be effective. Topical treatments are a good first step to determine if more invasive treatment might be necessary. Microdermabrasion This treatment involves removing the top layers of skin using a buffing technique. The new skin that grows back to replace the former top layer will ideally have a more even texture. Dermabrasion (as opposed to microdermabrasion) can be…


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Our necks are important because they frame our faces. Unfortunately, many people struggle with excess skin around their neck. There are a few factors that can contribute to sagging neck skin, including general weight gain, looseness of muscles in the neck, and reduced quality of the skin on the neck. Thankfully, there are measures that can be undertaken in order to get rid of sagging neck skin and remove excess neck fat, resulting in a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance. Neck Lift This surgical procedure, called a Platysmaplasty in medical jargon, is the best option to pursue in order to achieve the most dramatic results. In this procedure, some skin is removed and the remaining skin, possibly along with some muscles and tissues, is pulled up. The result is a firmer and more youthful neck. If done correctly, there will…


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We all make mistakes. For some of us those mistakes involve getting a bad tattoo. If you have body art that you need eliminated from your skin, laser removal is the way to go. The healing process for tattoo laser removal may seem like a complicated one but rest assured, it is not. Source: avantgarde-tattoos.com There are different types of lasers used to remove body ink. At the Fairview Laser Clinic, we use the Nd-YAG laser. Essentially the laser breaks up your pigment allowing it to redistribute the tattoo’s ink into your blood stream so it can be eliminated through your pores. It is not dangerous and most people experience only minimal pain. Many patients say that the pain is comparable to accidentally getting bacon grease on your arm. You should be prepared for it to sting slightly, but it…


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CO2 lasers are carbon dioxide lasers used in skin resurfacing procedures. Similar to chemical peels and dermabrasion, these lasers help your skin look its best without the use of sanding or chemical materials. However, laser procedures produce effects that last longer than traditional skin treatments like peels and dermabrasion. Through the removal of skin layers by vaporizing them, your face will transform, making you look youthful and enhancing your natural beauty. If you are plagued with skin issues, this type of laser resurfacing system can help. The following five problems are best solved by CO2 lasers: Wrinkles Acne scars Blotchiness Age spots Loose skin With a strong success rate in all of these areas, they’ve proven to be no match for a CO2 laser. Because of the laser’s optimal precision, problematic skin areas are removed layer by layer without harming…


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Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that has experienced soaring popularity over the last several years. With busy schedules and complex grooming rituals, many people are finding that they simply no longer want to spend their free time on hassles like shaving or waxing. Choosing a permanent hair removal method becomes a highly attractive prospect when it means you can spend a significant amount of time on more productive – or at least more fun – activities. Before you rush out and book your first appointment, there are several important things you should know about: namely, what to do, and not do, during preparation and following treatment. Preparation Do… wear sunblock of 30 SPF or higher on the targeted area whenever you go out in the sun for at least one week prior to treatment. shave the treatment area…


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Patients should wait for skin to recover before resuming regular tanning after getting a chemical peel. The time needed for healing may vary according to the extent of the chemical peel, but after the recovery period, you will be able to enjoy the sunny weather to its fullest extent! How Long Should I Wait Before I Start to Tan Again? Doctors will generally recommend waiting at least six weeks before revisiting your tanning spot outdoors or under the tanning bed lights. The deeper the peel, the longer you should wait, and a strong treatment may even require that stay out of the sun for two months or more. In order to ensure your skin remains healthy and glowing, your safest option is to consult your doctor before your procedure is done. A chemical peel removes old skin cells from the…


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Different types of lasers are currently used in medical and cosmetic procedures, so it’s understandable that patients want to know the benefits of each option. All lasers used for skin treatments works by removing outer layers of skin to encourage new, improved skin cells to grow underneath. CO2 lasers are outstanding in providing results for deep treatments, which is why it’s such a popular piece of equipment across the offices of aestheticians and doctors in both Canada and the US. Reducing Scaring Worries with CO2 Lasers Lasers work by using light beams at high energy directed at a very specific spot. The high energy can produce a large amount of heat that’s hot enough to damage tissue if it’s not properly controlled. CO2 lasers limit the heat produced without sacrificing power, so it can penetrate deeply into your skin, making…


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Most women will experience some form of cellulite, whether it be mild or more severe. Cellulite looks like dimpled skin, and is typically found in the thigh and buttocks area. Although it’s often associated with being overweight, even very lean and slim people are affected by cellulite, since it’s often genetic. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.” Cellulite has no medical repercussions, so treatment is completely optional and are considered aesthetic. That said, the appearance of smooth skin makes a lot of men and women much more confident, which is why cellulite treatment is so popular! What…


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If you struggle with uneven skin pigmentation, whether it be from rosacea or sun spots, and have been looking for a treatment, you may have stumbled across LimeLight photo rejuvenation therapy. LimeLight photo rejuvenation treatments get many rave reviews from clients for a few key reasons: The treatments are very fast The treatment is not very invasive, making for a short recovery time The side effects are very minimal Only a few treatments are usually necessary Results are typically long lasting So what exactly is LimeLight photo rejuvenation? LimeLight photo rejuvenation is a light-based treatment used to eliminate sun damage, dark spots from aging, and redness. It works by penetrating the skin, but doesn’t cause any visible wounding to the skin which makes it a less-invasive alternative to chemical peels. The device used during LimeLight facials actually produces a wavelength…


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Tattoos have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years. Once viewed as a sign of anarchy or rebellion, they’re now considered to be mainstream in many cultures. In fact, in certain demographics, number of people with “inked skin” significantly out numbers those without tattoos. Perhaps one of the reasons for this prevalence is that these days tattoos don’t require as much commitment as they did in the past. Although they were once viewed an irreversible permanent marking, advanced technology now allows the removal of tattoos which is undoubtedly reassuring for a lot of people. The History of Tattoo Removal Professional modern tattoo removal has been around for almost half a century, although records of ancient methods for removing permanent ink from skin do exist. It’s said that in ancient days, a resin from a tree called Terebinth was rubbed…


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These days, it’s becoming more common to have a tattoo than to not have one. From hand-drawn art to commemorating a lost one to proclaiming a loved one, tattoos vary in size, shape, and meaning. Some meanings remain more relevant than others, and some tattoos (while a good idea at the time) are no longer desired and can become sources of stress and embarrassment. Here are some tips on how to cover up the tattoos you don’t want anybody to see: High-quality and high-coverage makeup If you want to cover your tattoo for a short period of time (like for a job interview or a black tie affair), you can purchase thick foundation to cover it up. Choose carefully: it’s easy to make the mistake of buying cover-up that’s too pale, too dark, or too orange, which can stand out…


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Melasma is a skin pigmentation condition that occurs when hormones are imbalanced, like during pregnancy, hormone treatments, or period of great stress. It usually appears as bits of brown, tan, or gray skin along the face, neck, arms and chest. Melasma isn’t harmful or contagious, but it is aesthetically unpleasant and causes distress for those who suffer from it. Here are a few different ways you can treat melisma: Treat it from the Inside Since Melasma is caused by a disruption of chemicals within your body, the first place to go when you’re looking to rid yourself of this skin disorder is to the centre of yourself: your mind. Try picking up a new hobby to help you rid your body of unwanted and unnecessary stress. Practicing reading or meditation is a great way to calm your mind. Alternatively, try…


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Women have a lot of discreet tips to help them look their ultimate best. From high-heels to control-top pantyhose to push-up bras to hairspray, we’re always looking for the next short cut to help us look like superstars. Nothing helps to open up the eyes as well as mascara, but applying the same cosmetics every day can get boring. There are a few different options on the market and you can go for one, two, or even all of them at the same time if you like. Regardless of your preference on layering products, here are a few different options on how to get longer, thicker eyelashes: Upgrade Your Mascara If you’re bored with how you look when you glance in the mirror, give yourself a mascara upgrade! There are many options out there, from mascaras that coat your lashes…


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Acne is one those awkward phases that we all have to pass through at some point in our lives, usually in our early teens. Unfortunately, due to genetics, environment, and stress level, some people have a worse time than others. If you went through a rough battle with acne and have lived to tell the tale, scar treatment is available as a means to erase the bumps and pock marks that remain, but that won’t prevent future acne from arising. Since you are what you eat, food is the first step to cleaning out your body to have a smooth system on the inside as well as on the out. Here are some of the best foods you can eat to help prevent future breakouts. Avocado Not only is avocado incredibly delicious, it’s also very good for your skin and…


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Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing has been called one of the newest anti-aging breakthroughs, and it’s not hard to see why. The modern version of what is a long-tested laser technology will erase the unwanted lines or wrinkles that can emerge around our mouth or eyes. It can also help those who suffer from small and shallow acne scars, or whose skin does not respond properly to a facelift. CO2 laser resurfacing (also known as carbon dioxide laser treatment) has been around for some time, and has been deployed for different skin-care treatment uses. These have included erasing warts, scars and enlarged oil glands that can sometimes appear on our noses. But advances in the technology have given us an even better version of this treatment, called fractional CO2 resurfacing. This amazing new treatment deploys two specific techniques to erase…


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It’s an unwanted phenomenon that can add discomfort to our daily lives – or in extreme cases even make us too embarrassed to join social situations. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a common problem that will cause you to sweat more than a normal amount, usually in your palms, armpits and the soles of your feet, and sometimes even your face. For many people, hyperhidrosis can have a big impact on their life in a very negative way. Between feeling that people are always looking at your sweat and not being able to get comfortable in your own clothes- The Social stigma that comes along with excessive sweating can cause you to be terribly self-conscious. If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from excessive sweating, there are options available to you! Here at Fairview, we can help with…


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Lipomas sit beneath the skin, adding an unsightly and unwanted lump to our bodies. But what are they? And how do they affect us? Lipoma is the term for the growth of fat cells in a thin capsule just beneath the skin. They form in unsightly blemishes and can be located nearly anywhere on the body, but are commonly found along the torso, neck, upper arms or upper thighs, or in the armpits. The clump of fat cells that happen with lipoma are not cancerous – nor do they have the potential of becoming cancerous –and are the most common kind of the growth of soft tissue. Though scientists have yet to exactly determine what causes them, the tendency to get them is something that can be inherited. Lipoma usually appears with middle age. In worst-case scenarios, lipoma growths can…


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KTP laser therapy is a cutting-edge procedure that can be used to erase unwanted skin blemishes. If you suffer from the skin discolouration known as port wine stains or vascular lesions, this treatment is one of your best options. In short, it can erase small red veins that emerge on our face, chest or neck that are highly visible, highly unwanted and, for some, highly embarrassing. It works by targeting unsightly blood vessels beneath the skin and, unlike other treatments for such cosmetically troublesome skin problems, it won’t leave you bruised. The procedure is done with minimal downtime, allowing you to even drive home afterward since it doesn’t use a general anaesthetic! Instead, the procedure will have only a few hours of downtime, as it uses not a major anaesthetic but rather a localized numbing agent. What’s more, it will…


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Improving the look and feel of your skin is one of the best investments you can make to your health. There are a number of treatment methods available for you to rejuvenate your skin and remove unsightly lines that have developed over time. Some of the best results have come from the use of laser skin resurfacing techniques. Using this treatment has given many patients the results they’ve been looking for, while offering a non-invasive method for creating dramatic and lasting results. What is Laser Resurfacing? Laser resurfacing improves the look and health of the skin by using light pulses to remove dead skin cells of the epidermis. Through this stimulation, the skin is triggered to produce new collagen. This increases the look and firmness of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing has been used to treat a number of skin…


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Keloids are a common skin issue that can result from a number of different causes. If you are beginning to develop keloids, you might be wondering what the best options for treatment are. Understanding how to identify keloids, their common causes, and what to do about them, will help you address them quickly for best results. Where Keloids Appear Keloids can appear on a number of areas throughout the face and body. The following are some of the most common areas presented for treatment: Face Chest Shoulders Upper back In general, areas of the skin that have been exposed to injury such as blisters, trauma, or acne can develop keloids. If you’ve undergone surgery or piercings, then you may also increase the likelihood of developing keloids on these areas. When incisions are made into the skin, scar tissue can continue…


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Perhaps it’s something you had done during one of the brasher moments of your youth. Or maybe you had it etched into your body during a time when your emotions – especially those about someone in a relationship – were different, but now they’ve changed and you’re left with an unwanted reminder of something you want to put behind you. Whatever the motivation, we here at Fairview can help you when it comes to pressing the ‘undo’ button on a since-regretted tattoo. Our Toronto tattoo removal experts use a laser to erase the ink-on-skin markings in what is a relatively straightforward procedure. We’ve performed countless tattoo removals using what’s known as the Nd-YAG laser in treatments that rarely take more than five minutes and feel no more painful than if a rubber band was being snapped against your skin. However,…


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We live in a wonderful age full of cosmetic techniques and procedures that will roll back the clock when it comes to the impact of aging on your skin. At Fairview, our Toronto dermatology experts can guide you and help you find solutions tailored to your needs! Here are five ways to make your skin appear younger than its real age: Relax neck muscles One of the many unwanted side effects of aging can be unsightly enlarged and protruding muscles in your neck. They look like tight, thick cords and will even pull down on your facial muscles. But you don’t need to break out the turtleneck sweaters to hide these unwanted blemished – they can be treated with a simple Botox procedure. Even out your skin tone Over time our faces take on damage from the sun and what’s…


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Botox is a one-of-a-kind treatment that targets muscles in your face to erase lines and wrinkles. And it’s one the Toronto cosmetic dermatology, experts here at Fairview Laser get a lot of questions about its use. The fact is that age isn’t a major barrier to Botox. A much more important factor is what your overall level of health is – something our doctors discuss with you during your assessment. Botox is actually one of the most popular procedures done on those over the age of 55. The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons has found that in this demographic Botox is the most common minimally-invasive procedure, and makes up about one-quarter of all treatments. Other factors that can affect the success of Botox is the condition of the problematic facial lines you want to remove. Lines that have been long…


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Our bodies, and especially our skin, are complex, and in some instances so too is the solution to making us look younger and more vibrant. As such, there are many common and popular bundles that combine multiple plastic surgery procedures, all tailored to solving a specific need on the part of the patient. Combing procedures this way allows a quicker and more complete renewal, as well as a cheaper cost by streamlining the operations together. Popular combined procedures include: A Mommy Makeover These procedures are directed at undoing the impact on a woman’s body of giving birth, and sometimes even to correct unwanted body attributes that existed before pregnancy. Common options included in a mommy makeover are liposuction, a breast lift or breast augmentation and a tummy tuck. Facial Rejuvenation Our faces are the most unique part of our body,…


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Tattoos used to be forever. But for some people, tattoos become permanent reminders of a big mistake. Breakups and lifestyle changes can mean the design (especially if it’s a name) and location of your tattoo now just causes embarrassment. But if you have a tattoo you regret, you don’t need to cover it with clothing or more ink. Now unwanted ink can be safely and effectively removed using laser technology. How does laser treatment remove tattoos? Precisely targeted laser beams fragment the ink pigments, creating minute fragments. These miniscule fragments are then removed by the immune system. How many treatments does it take to remove a tattoo? The amount of treatments you need depends on the tattoo: its size, its location on your body, its colours, and the depth of ink. Older, faded tattoos are easier to remove than newer,…


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Acne can affect anyone at any time, though it’s more prevalent during puberty. Unwanted flare ups can be extremely distressing, leading to a loss of confidence. The pustules and pimples are caused by a blockage in the tiny hair follicles which cover the face. In healthy skin, a natural substance known as sebum travels out of the hair follicles, removing dead skin cells. Sebum then becomes part of the protective layer on the skin, preventing harmful bacteria entering skin cells. But if the hair follicles are blocked, sebum cannot remove the dead cells. They are trapped with bacteria under the skin, and can lead to inflammation and acne. Too much sebum can also cause acne. There are several successful acne treatments available. Their effectiveness depends on your unique skin condition, therefore the most effective acne treatments must be individualized by…


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Rosacea—the common skin disease which causes redness on facial areas—can lead to embarrassment and loss of self-confidence for sufferers. This redness or flushing can flare up on the cheeks, nose, or forehead. In some cases, rosacea develops on the neck and chest, too. Rosacea is a chronic condition which can be treated, but cannot be cured. If you think you have rosacea, you should see your dermatologist so treatment can begin. If untreated, in very rare cases rosacea can lead to a thickening of facial skin or the development of a bulbous red nose. Fortunately, most cases respond well to treatments. Some people are unaware they have rosacea, instead blaming acne, stress, or sun damage for their facial flushing and redness. Here are some of the indications your facial redness is caused by rosacea. You blush easily: Rosacea triggers If…


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Tattoos are very popular, because having a beautiful, meaningful design permanently inked onto your skin can be a fantastic means of self-expression. However, many people regret their ink as they age, and go to great lengths to cover up their tattoos. Tattoos may become obsolete, such as Johnny Depp’s now-infamous “Winona Forever”. Tattoos may even be misspelled, such as Rhianna’s “forgiveness” which was misspelled in Sanskrit. Regretted tattoos can be concealed under clothing, covered up with more ink, or even removed with laser technology. This tattoo removal technology is very effective, but of course it is preferable to ensure you get a tattoo you will love forever. Do some research Make sure you get the tattoo you really want, rather than making a hasty choice in the tattoo parlour. Choose a design which symbolizes something meaningful for you. You could…


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Millions of people have stretch marks: unsightly lines and redness which can cause distress, embarrassment and a loss of confidence. Fortunately, stretch marks can be removed with advanced laser treatments. Laser treatments can improve the skin’s appearance and remove stretch marks leaving smoother, unlined skin. The treatment is suitable for most skin types and skin tones. How are stretch marks caused? Stretch marks are caused when the skin is stretched over a short period of time, such as during puberty, during pregnancy and in cases of weight gain. This rapid stretching weakens the collagen, resulting in a loss of elasticity. Marks or lines then appear in the dermis, the layer of skin which maintains its shape. Stretch marks can appear on any part of the skin which has undergone rapid stretching, such as the abdomen, breasts, hips, arms and legs.…


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Time affects everyone. The natural aging process, the effects of gravity, sun damage and environmental pollution can cause our facial skin to wrinkle, sag and develop blemishes and lines. If your face is beginning to betray your age, you may be considering facial rejuvenation treatments. There are many different types of treatments, and the ones you choose will depend on the amount of correction needed. Chemical peels are an effective non-invasive procedure to rejuvenate the skin, improve skin tone and correct the signs of aging. What do chemical peels treat? Chemical peels are usually used to treat the skin of the face, neck and hands—the areas which betray our age. Chemical peels: correct wrinkles caused by UV damage treat fine lines round the eyes and mouth caused by squinting or smoking reduce acne and other mild scars improve the appearance…


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Laser tattoo removal is a safe procedure that usually finishes healing within 4 weeks. There are some things to keep in mind during this healing period to help your body along the way. What You Can Expect To See Blisters occur when liquid builds up underneath the skin. This is part of the healing process. It’s also normal to see blisters weeping, or releasing liquid. Do not pop blisters or try to remove them. Later on as the area dries, you will see the formation of scabs or crusty skin. Your skin is healing below the scab, and using it as protection. Do not remove the scab. They will fall off on their own when your body has healed itself. What Happens Immediately After The Procedure? Wait 2 hours before showering or cleansing the area. Do not apply the shower…


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Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating old, dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. By removing the old skin, you give new skin the chance to come to the surface without some of the fine lines and scars. The procedure is very gentle, and sprays the exfoliant lightly across the face. Compared to other skin removal procedures, this one is relatively painless with short healing periods. How does microdermabrasion work? Microdermabrasion relies on manually scrubbing away the old skin, whereas a chemical peel uses chemicals to loosen up the top layers. Microdermabrasion moves tiny crystals very quickly across the surface of the skin. The tiny crystals can be made from Aluminum Oxide. The fast moving crystals peel back subsequent layers of old cells. Once the new cells are exposed, you get an even layer of fresh skin with fewer…


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Acne scars can happen whether or not we picked at them. The inflammation that happens around a pimple can be enough to leave a lasting impression on your skin. For people with oily skin or skin that is prone to breaking out, there are ways to treating years-old scars. Using Natural Ingredients to Help Your Skin Sandalwood and rosewater combine to form a fine paste. Sandalwood is an actual wood that has been used in the past for its fragrance. You can find it in stores fully ground. Rose oil is extracted from rose petals in perfumes, and as a by-product, rosewater is formed. Rosewater can also be edible, so it’s a very safe ingredient. Spread the paste on your skin and leave for 1 hour. The sandalwood has a soothing effect that combats the scars on your face. Olive…


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Botox enzymes work by changing the way nerves work, which affects surrounding muscles. By temporarily disabling muscles, Botox can be used to treat a number of medical conditions, in addition to famously reducing wrinkles. What is Botox? Botox is a purified protein of the botulinum toxin. The toxin comes from bacteria, and comes in seven strains, A through G. The protein is then sterilized and diluted. It’s also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Botox has been administered to millions of patients across the world, so it has been shown to be very safe. How does Botox work? Once administered to an area, the receptors at the ends of nerves are blocked. Incoming signals to communicating to the nerve is reduced, which leads to a number of effects. For one, the nerves don’t relay to muscles nearby,…


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The chemical peel speeds up the natural process of skin shedding. There are different types of chemical peels, all of which are applied in controlled amounts for specific times to control how deeply the chemicals will go. Chemical peels affect a variety of skin imperfections that sit on the surface of the skin. The end result is returning your skin to before it was scarred, in addition to smoothing wrinkles. How does skin removal work? Skin is formed in layers. Fresh, new skin cells sit at the very bottom and push their way up. Above the newer skin cells is older ones that have scars and other imperfections. As the new cells make their way to the surface, older ones slough away. At the very surface, you’ll have a rough mix of very old cells at a different levels. The…


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Technically speaking, acne refers to a chronic inflammation of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles that results in pimples, pustules and often, scarring. Some of the prime areas for acne to erupt include the face, neck, upper back and chest. Adolescence is the main time that acne is problematic, but many adults also have regular skin eruptions. Whenever you happen to get it, it is frustrating and sometimes painful and getting rid of it is always the main priority. An Individual Approach Acne is a condition with several different treatment options, but not every treatment is ideal for every patient. That is why an individual approach is necessary and any treatment program should be monitored so changes can be made, if necessary. If a patient doesn’t respond to a particular treatment, the protocol may be re-arranged until it succeeds. External…


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For many women, cellulite causes more stress, anxiety and embarrassment than almost anything else. Cellulite can dictate the type of clothes you buy, the places you go and cause a good deal of depression in the process. Up to 90 percent of the western female population over 20 years of age has some degree of cellulite, but despite the huge effect it will never be accepted. Basically, when fat cells in the adipose layer of the hypodermis get bigger, the connective tissue within that layer hardens and the dermis layer of the skin weakens, you have a great recipe for the dimpling appearance of cellulite. You’ll discover lots of ‘miracle solutions’ if you look hard enough, but these will reduce the size of your bank account more than anything else. You’re not likely to find a permanent solution for cellulite,…


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When it comes to skin, one quality that most people seem to like about their own and others, is clarity. Age spots and indiscriminate skin discoloration disrupts the flow, and there are many different treatments out there designed to create a clear face. One such treatment is called an Obagi Blue Chemical Peel. What Is It? The Obagi Blue Peel is a medium chemical peel that was developed by a dermatologist named Dr. Zein Obagi. This particular peel works in the same fashion as most others, but it allows the technician or doctor to control the strength of the formula that’s used, to meet the patient’s specific skin needs. The Obagi Blue Peel is an ideal treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage and age spots, rejuvenating the skin and adding a youthful glow that wasn’t there before. The…


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In the world of thinning hair or hair loss, not a lot of thought is given to the eyelashes. Naturally, the top of the head receives the most attention and rightfully so, but thinning eyelashes can cause quite a lot of discomfort and embarrassment. There is a medical condition known as “hypotrichosis” where the lashes just don’t grow the way they should, but luckily there is also a treatment that helps to correct the problem. What Is Latisse? Latisse is a prescription topical solution that is designed to increase the fullness, length and darkness of the eyelashes of people with hypotrichosis. Latisse has been proven safe and effective and is a common treatment when doctors are faced with patients suffering from hypotrichosis. How It Works Latisse is typically applied to the lashes two times per day as instructed, showing gradual…


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The quest for more youthful, blemish-free skin seems almost never ending. Lots of different methods and techniques are available for your skin; both at-home and professional. One of the newer techniques is called AFA Clay Peel. What Is AFA? The AFA aspect of this peel refers to a patented combination of amino acids that mimic many of the naturally-occurring amino acids in your own skin. The acronym stands for “Amino Acid Filaggrin-based Antioxidants.” In Canada, you must visit a medical professional in order to have access to AFA, and the AFA Clay Peel. The Clay Element Along with the AFA formulation, a soothing, earth clay is used to help draw toxins and impurities out of the skin. It also soothes the skin and prepares it for the gel that will ultimately act as the peel. How It Works The AFA…


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