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December 28, 2015

// Hair Removal

4 Reasons To Enjoy A Hairless New Year

With 2016 just a few short days away, people all over Canada (and the rest of the world, we’re sure) are all set to make good on their New Year’s Resolutions. The entire team at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre would like to wish you a very happy new year! But we’d also like to wish you the very best of luck in sticking to those resolutions that you’ve come up with. Actually, we’d like to take things one step further.

Is there a way that we can help you to accomplish what you’ve set out to do in 2016? Our experience tells us that many people would love to give up their bad habits. Smoking and eating junk food often top the lists of those bad habits. But what about adding shaving, waxing and tweezing to the lists? While they may not initially be seen as “bad habits”, these hair removal practices are commonly costly – not to mention painful!

Furthermore, they don’t provide permanent results. As you know, the aforementioned hair removal methods only provide temporary hairlessness. And they’re all quite time consuming. In 2016, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre would like to offer you the opportunity to do away with shaving, waxing and tweezing by having you opt for laser hair removal treatments instead. Specifically, we recommend the amazing LightSheer™ Hair Laser.

This is the revolutionary treatment that we use to offer long-term and often permanent hair removal. The LightSheer™ Hair Laser uses a patented chill tip which protects the skin during the treatment, making it virtually painless! Will you be making 2016 your smoothest year yet? There are many reasons to consider laser hair removal treatments to remove your unwanted hair. Here are just four:

1. It can result in permanent removal of unwanted hair. As mentioned before, laser hair removal treatments can help you to rid yourself of your shaving, waxing and tweezing problems. According to Perriann Rodriguez of HiddenDoorSpa.com, “statistics show that 60-95% of targeted hair is permanently gone after 6 months of treatments.” This enables you to save a lot of time by not having to worry about constantly removing your unwanted hair.

2. It saves you a lot of money. “With the permanent reduction of hair, you no longer need to purchase endless razors, shaving cream, depilatory creams, and you will no longer need to have monthly waxing appointments,” explains Katelyn Rouselle on FreshVancouver.com, “The cost of laser hair removal has decreased as the cost of waxing has increased. The results are far superior to waxing and the cost, over time, is much less.”

3. It helps to ward off ingrown hairs. One of the worst aspects of shaving, waxing and tweezing is the rashes, bumps and other forms of irritation that often results. Rodriguez points out that laser hair removal treatments are effective ways to avoid such problems. “Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for ingrown hairs,” she reports, “No more irritating skin and red bumps caused by those nasty ingrown hairs.”

4. You don’t need to grow your hair out for treatments. “Unlike waxing, you can shave between treatments,” informs Rouselle, “Say goodbye to the days of having to grow your hair out; with laser hair removal, you can shave as much as you like between sessions.” Isn’t it time you book a laser hair removal session for yourself? For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

December 21, 2015

// Skin Care

3 Reasons To Remove Your Ink In 2016

With Christmas coming up at the end of the week, many Canadians will be spending the following days doing some last minute shopping for gifts. And with 2016 being ushered in just one week later, many Canadians are considering giving themselves a brand new gift – the gift of tattoo removal. In case you weren’t aware, laser tattoo removal is growing in popularity. And with the beginning of each new year, there seems to be a spike in the trend.

Quite obviously, the changing of our calendars brings with it a host of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s common for us to come up with lists of things to do differently with the beginning of every year. And, for many of us, removing those now-unwanted tattoos is a list-topper. Wanting to start fresh is a regular part of one’s objectives when a new year begins. And, often, that entails a fresh new look.

Here are three reasons to remove your ink in 2016:

1. You’re older and wiser now. This applies to everyone. No matter what your age was in 2015, it’s inevitable that it will change in 2016. The same goes for every year. And, the older you get, the less attached to your adolescent ways you’re bound to be. For many people, the decisions to get tattoos were hasty ones. Many times, they’re based on fashion trends that have long since ended. If you’re looking to take the next step in life, removing a tattoo will be a big part of it.

On LiveScience.com, Samantha Murphy speaks to this fact. With the help of Chicago-based dermatologist, Brooke Jackson, she reveals that more and more young people are finding that they have “tattoo regret” as they get older. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve worked on who have tattoos who wish they had never gotten one,” Jackson is quoted as saying, “They get one as teens or in their early 20s and then need to interview to get a job and wonder why they aren’t getting hired.”

2. You’ve moved on from a relationship. The names of love interests often top the lists of tattoo choices for young people. It also happens to the top the list of reasons to have tattoos removed. Obviously, once a relationship ends, a tattoo of a partner’s name doesn’t automatically disappear. On IndiaTimes.com, Dr. Sirisha Singh writes that one’s wish to get over a past relationship often involves the removal of a tattoo that serves as a reminder about it.

“In the heady feeling of infatuation, people have got their loved one’s name tattooed on the forearm,” she writes, “I have also come across a woman who had got her husband’s name tattooed on her breast. This is extremely risky especially because if the relationship doesn’t work out, they are left with the tattoo which they then need to get rid of immediately.”

3. You’re looking to make a career move. There aren’t a whole lot of jobs out there that have tattoos as part of their dress codes. As pointed out earlier, if you’re looking to take advantage of new career opportunities in the new year, you may want to have any visible tattoos removed. “Several jobs, including jobs in the airline industry, require people to be unmarked on the face and exposed parts of the body,” reminds Dr. Singh.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer tattoo removal via the Q-switched Nd: YAG laser, which uses PhotoAcoustic Technology. It is known for safely penetrating the skin to target each tattoo ink colour with specific wavelengths. This causes tattoos to gradually fade during a course of 5 to 15 treatment sessions. Perhaps, booking a consultation would make the perfect Christmas gift to yourself!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net. Happy holidays!

December 14, 2015

// Skin Care

How To Promote Skin Health During The Holidays

The holiday season is most definitely here! And with less than a couple of weeks to go until Christmas, you will most likely be partaking in a number of holiday parties which will encourage you to partake in a number of holiday treats. Packing on a few extra pounds during the holiday season is a common occurrence for most people. But did you know that traditional holiday eating can also impact your skin health?

According to Dr. Laura Jeffers of Cleveland Clinic, “what you eat also can affect your skin’s appearance. Many holiday treats – and the sugar and fat they usually contain – can make your skin look less than its best. Sugar and fat can cause your skin to produce more oil, resulting in blemishes. Foods that are the most nutritious for you to eat for overall health also are the best for your skin health. When you’re healthy and eating right, your complexion is clear and your skin has a beautiful glow.”

So what holiday foods are the worst for your skin?

Egg nog. This very popular holiday treat is filled with sugar. And because its sweet taste is such a natural part of celebrating the holidays, it may be hard to avoid. However, as Dr. Jeffers points out, “one cup has 10 grams of fat – about a sixth of the daily recommended amount if you’re consuming around 2,000 calories a day. A one-cup serving also has 20 grams of carbs – or five teaspoons of sugar. If you crave this thick, sweet and creamy beverage, try enjoying a small serving.”

Pies. Pies and the holidays often go hand in hand. As BeMagnificent.net reminds us, there are so many types of pies that you’ll find at a holiday celebration. Pecan, cherry, pumpkin and apple are just a few of the most popular. “Apple pie filling can have 22 grams of sugar per serving,” informs the website, “One pie recipe from Martha Stewart calls for 1 cup of sugar, or 201 grams!”

Dips. When it comes to the holiday spread, most trays of fruits and vegetables aren’t without a bowl of dip. Dr. Jeffers reminds us that dips often contain high-fat ingredients such as mayonnaise. One tablespoon includes 10 fat grams, she points out. Cream cheese, which is another popular ingredient in dips, has five grams of fat in one tablespoon. Opt for shrimp with cocktail sauce or salsa scooped up with baked tortilla chips, she recommends.

What holiday foods are the best for your skin?

Raw veggies. You may have guessed that without the dip, your platter of raw vegetables will make for a wise holiday eating option. Loading up on veggies will help you to get your many vitamins and minerals which are essential for the health of your skin. “Carrots, for example, are rich in beta carotene and vitamins A and C, which improve your skin health,” says Dr. Jeffers.

Nuts and seeds. “Nuts and sunflower seeds are among the healthiest small snacks you can ingest during the holidays,” reports BeMagnificent.com, “They both contain a high amount of vitamin E. You should also try brazil nuts if you have the chance as they contain selenium, a mineral that improves your skin elasticity and can help battle skin infections. Nuts also contain Omega 3 fatty acids.”

Fish. Specifically, any fish that is high in omega 3 fatty acids is good for your skin. They include salmon, trout and tuna (especially bluefin and albacore). According to Dr. Jeffers, “omega 3 fatty acids help reduce redness in your skin, and help preserve your skin’s collagen, which helps to keep it firm.”

Needless to say, we are big proponents for healthy skin, here at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. We offer a number of treatments such as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation), Microdermabrasion and a variety of skin peels to help our patients maintain the healthiest skin possible. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

December 7, 2015

// Skin Care

4 Tips For Avoiding Sun Damage In The Winter

Most people tend to forget that protecting their skin from sun damage is a year-round requirement. During the summertime, the warmth often reminds us that the sun’s UV rays are present and are doing their best to damage our skin. But during the winter’s cold months, we don’t regularly associate the sun’s UV rays with damage such as sunburn. The truth is, however, the sun can be just as harmful, if not more so, in the winter!

Consider that snow and the wintertime go hand in hand. All of that white covering the ground only gives the sun’s UV rays more opportunities to bounce around and into our faces. You may not necessarily feel the heat of the sun in the winter, but your skin can experience damage because of the sun just the same. As a result, it’s important to adhere to some pretty important tips for avoiding sun damage in the winter.

Here are four:

1. Always apply sunscreen. To reiterate, skin protection is not a summer-only requirement. And while most of us associate sunscreen with lying around on a beach, it’s just as important to apply it to our faces during the winter. On her website, skin care expert, Annmarie Gianni insists that you use a safe sunscreen. “Choose one that’s rated at a 30 SPF or higher, and that includes zinc oxide or titanium dioxide,” she recommends.

2. Wear sunglasses. As mentioned earlier, the sun’s UV rays work in tandem with all of that white snow. Not only can it cause quite the glare while driving, but the chances for sun damage to your eyes are a lot more likely. Wearing sunglasses during the winter will help you to avoid the signs of aging too early. In Total Health Magazine, Dr. Flora Stay also advises that you “wear sunglasses to help prevent damage like cataracts or vision loss at older age.”

Gianni is in full agreement. “The signs of aging tend to appear first around the eyes,” she reminds us, “Protect them with quality sunglasses that have UV coating on the lenses, and that are large enough to cover some skin around the eyes. Look for a tag that says the sunglasses block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, and make sure they fit well so they don’t slide down your nose.”

3. Wear lip balm. When protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, we often forget our lips. Especially with the frosty, dry air of winter, leaving lips unprotected is definite way to get them chapped. “The lower lip receives a greater amount of exposure than the upper lip, and winter chapping can leave it more vulnerable to UV damage,” Gianni writes, “Find a lip balm that contains a safe sunscreen to protect your lips.”

4. Bundle up. Wearing hats, gloves and scarves during the winter isn’t just a no-brainer decision in order to keep warm. It’s also a great way to protect your skin from the wind and sun, says Gianni. Dr. Stay also recommends that you “keep a broad-rimmed hat in your car and wear it during sun exposure, especially between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM, when ultraviolet rays are strongest.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we are well aware that sun damage isn’t always completely avoidable. As a result, we offer Intense Pulsed Light Photorejuvenation which is known as the most exciting cosmetic advancement of the century! In addition to sun damage, IPL also works to repair rosacea, facial veins, large pores and skin pigmentation. By emitting a broad spectrum of light with each pulse, we are actually able to treat variety of skin imperfections at the same time.

The state of the art machine we use for this treatment is called the Lumenis One, and it’s one of the most advanced IPL units ever produced. Treatments are quick and effective and require very little downtime. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.