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September 29, 2015

// Skin Care

Exposing The Importance Of Exfoliation

Our lives are nothing like the videos that you find on YouTube. They cannot be paused or rewound. So, as much as many of us would like to turn back the hands of time, there will never be a time when we are younger than we are now. Aging, however, shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. After all, we all want to live long lives, don’t we? While we have no control over the fact that we all must age, we can, however, do something about the signs of aging.

It’s often said that you can tell one’s age in his or her eyes. Those crow’s feet, among other fine lines and wrinkles, often express to others that we’re getting up there in the age category. This makes up one of the most important reasons to exfoliate our skin. There’s no question that exfoliation is a very important part of our regular skin care routines. If you don’t want to look your age, you’ll take this task quite seriously.

You see, the older we get, the harder it is for our bodies to generate new skin cells when our old ones shed. Exfoliation helps us to maintain youthful appearances at it works to remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. As AWomansHealth.com explains it, “proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below.” And, this allows for our skin to better absorb moisturizers.

By exfoliating, you give your face the opportunity to better absorb the skin care products that help to keep it smooth. HealthyDietBase.com champions the act of exfoliating because of this reason. “It reveals the smoother, younger-looking skin underneath all the gunk piled on top of your skin,” says the site, “After a good scrub down, your favourite skin care and body care products will sink into the skin like a dream!”

Exfoliation also helps to fade blemishes. By removing accumulated layers of dead skin cells, the process diminishes that blotchy look that comes with clogged pores and acne. The fresher, younger-looking skin underneath gets its chance to shine! “In the end, the skin looks so much clearer and smoother after a good scrub,” reports HealthyDietBase.com, “It also removes dark spots by encouraging the formation of non-scarred skin cells.”

There are many different ways to exfoliate. But as, AWomansHealth.com tell us, choosing the best method will depend on your complexion as well as your skin’s health and sensitivity. The site, therefore, recommends that you seek the assistance of a professional esthetician. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we certainly agree with that. We offer a variety of skin peels to help patients turn back their own hands of time!

Our Excelladerm Microdermabrasion gently removes dead, dry layers of cells to reveal fresher glowing skin and is one of the main treatments for sun damage and acne. Our PCA Peel is considered our most advanced technology in chemical peels, treating a variety of skin conditions including the signs of aging, acne and scarring. Our Medique Peel is mainly used for patients with cystic acne, but it can also repair sun damage and wrinkles.

“If you want healthy, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is a must,” insists AWomansHealth.com. And, if you’re looking to revive and restore your natural beauty through painless and effective treatments, we’d highly suggest you give one of our facial peels a try. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

September 22, 2015

// Unwanted Moles

The VariLite Laser Is Your Facial Vessel Solution

Quite often, when people discuss the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins in their legs, they generally agree on the solution. And that’s to keep them hidden! Of course, covering up with a pair of pants will hide varicose and spider veins from sight, but they certainly won’t make them disappear altogether the way Sclerotherapy can. At least, clothing provides those who wish to hide their legs with some peace of mind.

The same can’t necessarily be said about facial veins. Quite obviously, it’s not as easy to go around each day with our faces covered. And, as you can imagine, those of us who experience the appearance of facial veins would much rather have them removed than have them covered up. But where do facial veins come from? As AdvancedDermatologyPC.com explains, they are the result of broken blood vessels.

“Broken blood vessels are visible enlarged blood vessels that appear on the face and other parts of the body,” explains the website, “They are fine, red veins that are commonly located on the nose, chin, or cheeks. These vessels usually appear as a result of aging, pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, sun damage, and Rosacea.” The site goes on to point out that broken blood vessels aren’t the only forms of facial discolouration.

For some of us, vascular lesions are also a problem. AdvancedDermatologyPC.com informs us that they can appear as early as the days that we are born. For such early-appearing lesions, they are generally referred to as “birth marks”, and they can vary in size and shape. Thankfully, they present no ill health effects, but can be considered displeasing to the eye. For both broken blood vessels and vascular lesions, the website recommends one solution.

“Laser treatment is the most effective treatment for broken blood vessels,” it reads, “The visible blood vessels are removed by light absorbed by the blood that destroys the vessel. After some time, the vessel disappears restoring the skin’s natural appearance. Lasers allow for quick treatment of broken blood vessels without damaging the surrounding skin.” As mentioned, lasers also help with vascular lesions.

“The best treatment for vascular lesions is laser treatment which is highly dependent on the location, extent, and rate of growth of the lesion,” AdvancedDermatologyPC.com continues, “The lesions are removed by light absorbed by the blood that destroys the vessel.” The site goes on to point out that laser treatments have very few side effects. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre Laser, we proudly offer the most safe and effective laser treatment in our industry.

To remove facial vessels and vascular lesions, we use the VariLite laser. In addition to removing small red blood vessels on the face, it is also excellent for removing skin tags, moles and other pigmented skin spots. One of its chief benefits is the fact that the laser provides excellent results without causing bruising. It also allows patients to recover with virtually no down time. The VariLite laser can also be applied to very fine spider veins of the legs.

Naturally, your face can’t be concealed the way our legs can. Thanks to the VariLite laser, there is truly no reason to hide your face anyways. If you have the appearance of facial veins and are seeking a solution to have them removed, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

September 14, 2015

// Hair Removal

3 Reasons To Try Laser Hair Removal This Fall

In our last blog, we pointed out a few of the most significant reasons that the fall season is arguably the best time of year to begin the laser tattoo removal process. One of the biggest reasons is because the cooler temperatures allow you to keep your skin covered up and protected from the sun during the time the treatment is being performed. The same can be said about getting laser hair removal treatments. Will you make this fall the season you get all smooth and silky?

Here are three reasons to try laser hair removal this fall:

1. It helps for the laser to be more effective. It is commonly known that lasers used during laser hair removal treatments are made to target dark pigment. Therefore, the lighter the skin and the darker the hair, the more effective the laser hair removal treatments will be. During the fall, you are a lot less likely to be soaking up the sun’s rays. Not that tanning is a healthy practice to begin with, but a decrease in sun exposure will keep your skin lighter.

As Dermatology Associates points out on their website, lasers are most effective on lighter-toned skin. “Having the procedure performed at a time when your skin has not been deeply bronzed by sun exposure is an easy way to enhance the efficacy of these treatments,” says the website, “This also limits the risk of having the laser cause damage or irritation to the surrounding skin. While there are lasers that work on darker skin tones, these tend to require more sessions.”

2. It helps to keep your skin protected from the sun following laser treatments. Avoiding sun exposure is often recommended for patients who are undergoing laser hair removal. This is to minimize any discomfort that may arise due to the skin being more sensitive following treatments. Dermatology Associates notes that while there aren’t a lot of side effects of laser hair removal, slight redness and irritation sometimes occur.

By covering up, patients ensure that no sun damage will irritate the already sensitive areas of the skin. “Throughout the fall months, longer, warmer clothes will keep your skin protected and any redness concealed,” notes the website, “Thus, although these treatments can be performed year-round, the safest and easiest time is during the fall, when sun exposure is naturally minimized, and skin tones tend to be lighter.”

3. You’ll be perfectly smooth by the summertime! By beginning your laser hair removal treatments this fall, you’ll provide yourself with ample time to get that smooth and silky look in time for next summer. As Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery points out, laser hair removal is a process that often requires a number of sessions over the course of several months. While it doesn’t deliver instant gratification, it helps for people to prepare for a hairless future.

“You’ll need to schedule multiple treatment sessions a few weeks apart in order to permanently eliminate unwanted hair,” says their website, “Beginning the process of laser hair removal during the fall will ensure that your full treatment will be completed by the time swimsuit season hits next summer.” And, at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we’re happy to say that we can help you with that mission!

We use the LightSheer™ Hair Laser to make tweezing, waxing and shaving a thing of the past for our patients. It is known for providing long-term and often permanent results. The LightSheer™ Hair Laser is also heralded for its patented “chill tip”, which protects the skin, making the treatment virtually painless. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

September 9, 2015

// Skin Care

Welcome To Laser Tattoo Removal Season!

With September now here and school classes back in session, the summer can officially be announced as over. And while we officially have until the 21st of the month to enjoy the official end of the year’s warmest season, Canadians are already preparing for the fall. For many Canadians, this time of year is a sad occasion. Summer-lovers greatly miss the heat and sunshine that allows them to shed layers of clothing and lie on the beach.

However, for many other Canadians, the impending cooler temperatures give them ample opportunities to bundle up and cover that skin. And for more people than you may think, the reason to cover up is to hide their mistakes. Tattoos continue to be wildly popular. But, for every individual who gets a new tattoo, there seems to be twice as many more who believe that it’s time to do away with tattoos they received many moons ago.

And with autumn quickly approaching, this just may be the best time of the year to begin a Laser Tattoo Removal process. Why is that, you ask? Well, consider the fact that laser tattoo removal generally requires between 5 and 15 treatments for completion. Due to the gradual nature of the removal process, many people would prefer to keep their fading tattoos hidden. Furthermore, it is beneficial for the skin to not be in direct sunlight during the time that it is being treated.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly use Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers which use PhotoAcoustic Technology. This is the most advanced technology in our industry as it allows for the safe and effective removal of tattoos without a high risk of scarring and pain. Laser tattoo removal has, at times, received a bad rap for being a lengthy and painful process. The Q-switched Nd: YAG laser has helped to diminish that stereotype.

It safely and securely penetrates the skin, targeting each tattoo ink colour with specific wavelengths. This process causes the tattoos to gradually fade away over the course of the recommended treatment sessions. With summer coming to a close, now is arguably the best time of year to begin your laser tattoo removal process so that it’s kept an incognito undertaking. You’ll be able to offer your friends and family quite the surprise by next summer!

You may have a list of reasons why you may want to remove your tattoos. In our experience, there are many different factors that go into deciding why a tattoo is no longer necessary on your body. Among the most common is that the tattoo simply didn’t come out as it was expected. To be honest, we can’t imagine that the tattooing process is an easy one. It requires the trained hand of an exceptional artist who cannot make any mistakes.

After all, there is no eraser on a tattoo needle. As a result, many people feel that their tattoos aren’t of the quality they expected. They live with them for a while, and then realize that they’d be better off without the less-than-stellar ink portrait on their skin. Another incredibly popular reason to remove a tattoo is a lifestyle change. Let’s be honest. We all grow up and mature to points when we longer do what we did when we were kids.

Getting tattoos is one of those things. But to be stuck with a childhood decision during adulthood is something that many people wish to change. No matter your reason, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre can help you. As mentioned, our incredible Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers are among the most trusted pieces of technology in our industry. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email us at info@auroralaser.net.

September 1, 2015

// Unwanted Fat

3 Ways To Keep Fit During The Fall

Many Canadians don’t want to admit this. But with September finally here, the summer is practically over. The kids will be returning to school next week and the weather is slowly but surely making its transition into cooler temperatures. Yes, the fall season will soon be upon us. And, for many of us, our daily routines are about to go through drastic changes. And these changes our bound to impact our workout schedules.

When the summer begins, many of us are all too happy to take our exercise routines outdoors. Excited to exit our cooped-up statuses of indoor workouts, we thrive on warm and sunny days that allow for enjoyable jogs in the park. So what do to when it’s too cold to go outside every day? While the fall can still provide pleasant conditions for outdoor exercise, there are alternatives to our summer workout routines.

Here are three ways to keep fit during the fall:

1. Get back into the gym. Many of us don’t have homes that are conducive to working out. Between a lack of space and an absence of exercise equipment, some of our homes are better left for activities such as eating and sleeping. If the end of summer lessens your choices for workout locations, make the gym your go-to destination. Now is the perfect time to renew that gym membership that you may have been neglecting for the past few months.

According to MamasHealth.com, “it takes 30 days to make fitness a habit, and supplementing outdoor exercise with increasingly frequent visits to your health club will help diversify your exercise regimen and set the stage for regular workouts once autumn’s leaves have fallen…While aerobic activity such as running or bicycling is good for your heart, resistance training is also a critical component of a balanced program.”

2. Dress for the colder weather. Who says that outdoor exercise is off the table just because summer is coming to an end? Some people can’t get enough of the great outdoors. There are even some who continue to get their cardio through jogging in the park all throughout the winter season! The key, of course, is to keep warm. Needless to say, you’ll need to layer up appropriately depending on the temperature outside.

As Rian Landers notes on Livestrong.com, that shouldn’t be hard to do. “When weather gets cooler, it can deter people from going outside to work out,” he writes, “This problem can be mediated by wearing wind-shielding clothing and dressing in layers. Proper attire and accessories (hats, gloves, etc.) that cut down on bulk but still allow for warmth make outdoor fitness more enjoyable as the chill of fall approaches.”

3. Pay better attention to nutrition. Throughout the summertime, it’s easier to fall into the trap of eating junk food. With all of the festivals and fairs that take place, you’re bound to indulge in some of the fried, salty and sugary eats that are commonly sold at these events. You’re not alone. But, now that summer is winding down and the temptations are bound to decrease, a renewed focus on healthy eating will help you to stick to your fitness goals.

MamasHealth.com notes that following the “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” idiom is a good idea. “Rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, inhibiting the growth of dangerous plaques along blood vessel walls, and dietary fibre, apples are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed any time of day,” explains the website.