Let's admit it, while growing old is inevitable, it's a process that we would all like to do a little more slowly...and gracefully! With the advances in science over the past few decades, the products and treatments available to women and men, to help slow and in some cases reverse the signs of aging have grown substantially!
Below we have compiled a list of the top 5 treatments to combat aging skin!!
BOTOX (i.e. Neuromodulators)
Botox has become a bit of a household name, like Kleenex. Botox is the brand name of what is knows as a Neuromodulator. A variety of companies have products that have been approved for sale and use in the Canada and the United States. Some of the common brand names are Xeomin, Dysport and of course, Botox. At Cloud 9 Beautique, we use Xeomin, a brand developed and sold by Merz. We love this product and the values of the company. Merz only makes it products available for sale to licensed Physicians.
Neuromodulators work by arresting the muscles in the area that has been injected. In most cases, the injection area is the face (between the eye brows, forehead and crows feet), however there are other areas of the face and neck that can be injected to relax the muscles and limit movement. In many cases, a neuromodulator will have the best effect if done in conjunction with a proper skin care regime and in some cases medically-directed laser treatments. Neuromodulators generally take 3-7 days for the effects to be seen and have no down-time or side effects.
Fillers used in Cloud 9 are injections of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) micrspheres. HA and CaHA are naturally occurring substance in our body. For most patients, fillers will last 9-12 months. Generally, fillers are injected into various areas of the face that require more volume to retain their youthful appearance. There are a number of injection techniques that can be used to achieve natural and lasting results.
Fillers can also be used to "contour" the face. For example, they can be used to give ones nose more definition or add contour to the chin area. In addition, Radiesse in particular, can be injected to the hands to give them a more youthful appearance.
Fillers take effect immediately. There can be some down time experienced if the patient bruises. For this reason we do not recommend that you get fillers within a week of any important event or photo opp! As with our neuromodulators, we chose to use Merz fillers in our practice. They have a wide range of options available to Dr. Gouws in order that he can help you achieve the bet result possible.
SUBLATIVE SKIN RESURFACING and/or MedicalNeedling
Sublative skin resurfacing and Medical Needling help stimulate the production of collagen in the deep dermis. The sublative treatment is used to treat textural irregularities, scaring (from acne or otherwise), sun spots and wrinkles. For this reason, we ofter recommend that clients who are seeking out Neuromodulators and Fillers, that they supplement those treatments with sublative skin resurfacing or Medical Needling to enhance the results and promote collagen stimulation at deeper levels.
The Sublative Laser treatment its self is moderately painful and there is a 3-4 day downtime. After two days you can apply makeup to cover the treatment and resume your regular activity. Most client begin to see a stark difference in their skin texture and appearance after just one treatment, but in most cases, we find that clients require 3-5 treatments for full results. These are spaced about 30 days apart.
Medical Needling is a little less painful and has less downtime. Medical needling is not recommended for clients with Acneic skin conditions.
The sublative treatment can be used on areas of the skin other than the face. For example, we recently started a series of treatments on a client who had stretch marks and scars from a pregnancy 11 years prior. While the skin has not been completely renewed, after just 2 treatments there is about a 40% reduction in appearance of scars and stretch marks.
INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)
With an IPL treatment, you can reveal more youthful, fresh and clear complexion in just under and hour. The IPL works on reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, improve skin texture and improve blemishes.
Our clients love this treatment as there is no downtime as traditionally was experienced with some of the more invasive laser skin treatments and peels of yester-year. During the treatment, our medical esthetcian uses the IPL to scan your skin. As the treatment progresses, the formation of collagen begins and pigmentation is drawn to the top of the skin where it is then sloughed off. Clients with red and/or blue blood vessels will find that they diminish.
Your friends and family will recognize a more youthful, fresh appearance after just one treatment, however the effects of the IPL are cummulative over multiple treatments and the best results will happen gradually over time, when combined with proper skin care, sun protection and other treatments as determined appropriate by Dr. Gouws or your medical esthetician.
PEELS & SKIN TREATMENTS
Our medical estheticians, together with Dr. Gouws will tell you that one of the most beneficial things you can do for the long-term is to have regular peels and skin treatments, performed in a medical spa by a properly trained medical esthetician.
Our medical estheticians assess each client on an individual basis and develop a treatment protocal that is suited to their skin concerns and skin type. Together with the other treatments we discussed above, the skin treatment will help you slow the signs of aging, promote a healthy glow and keep your friends and family wondering what it is you're doing to look so great!