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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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