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February 24, 2016

// Skin Care

Why Should ProFractional Be Chosen Over Cosmetic Surgery?

On a daily basis, we get inundated with commercials that showcase skin care products that purport to take years off of our appearances. It seems that battling the signs of aging is something that is on the minds of most – especially if those signs have appeared on our faces. Wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots are all representative of skin that has experienced a number of years taking on the effects of both advanced ages and sun exposure.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we must all endure weathered looks. There is a way to significantly improve the look of wrinkles, scars and sun damaged skin. It’s called ProFractional. It is a quick and comfortable laser procedure that treats just a fraction of the skin with a microbeam that pinpoints specific areas that need to be treated. It is known to cause little to no downtime for patients.

What are the skin conditions that can be treated with ProFractional? We mentioned that wrinkles, fine lines, scars and sun damaged skin can all be improved by this fascinating laser treatment. But ProFractional also dramatically improves acne scars, age spots, sun spots, freckles and aging skin as well. By focusing in on specific zones of skin, the laser stimulates the production of new collagen to plump up the skin to smooth out all of these irregularities.

But why should you choose ProFractional?

It’ll make you look younger. As mentioned, ProFractional is a collagen booster. By having your face filled in naturally, fine lines and wrinkles disappear. You won’t have to worry about the fake, plastic look that is normally associated with cosmetic surgeries. The promotion of your skin’s collagen also helps for your skin to look smoother and tighter, improving both pigmentation and pore structure.

It’s less invasive. ProFractional doesn’t involve any cutting, rearranging of the skin or manipulation of the facial area. Instead, it resurfaces the skin, causing a lot less trauma to the surrounding areas of the face that are undergoing treatment. As is widely known, cosmetic surgeries not only involve cutting, but they require long healing processes.

There are little to no side effects. Patients have reported experiencing very minimal pain when undergoing ProFractional treatments. Cosmetic surgeries typically involve bleeding, swelling and bruising. As we pointed out, there is also little to no downtime, so patients are able to resume normal activities shortly after receiving their treatments. Often, this is no more than a day or two. Some patients do report mild burning, skin sensitivity and peeling.

Are there any risks to ProFractional treatments? “Those with existing infections or immune problems are generally not good candidates for ProFractional resurfacing,” reports the Derma Network, “Diabetics may need to avoid this treatment as well. There can also be some negative medical and drug interactions for some patients.” As always, your best bet is to consult a doctor before making the decision to accept the treatment.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about ProFractional. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

February 17, 2016

// Hair Removal

The Problems With Plucking Your Hair

“It’s only a few strands of hair, it’s not that bad.” This is just one of the many sentences we tend to utter out loud in order to justify the plucking of our facial hair. Yes, as women, we often find it necessary to do away with any unwanted strands of hair on our faces. This is especially true around the eyebrow, which is generally an area of the face that we offer a lot of maintenance to. But other strands of facial hair are typically considered unwelcome. So we grab a pair of tweezers and pluck away!

But what’s the problem with plucking? Well, for one thing, it hurts! You’re literally yanking a hair out of your skin from its follicle, right down to the root. And although the objective is to remove the hair and make it take longer to grow back than if it was shaved – which is often the case – there are times when something worse is left in its place.

What are the common side effects of plucking? “The most common side effects associated with tweezing are red, irritated skin and ingrown hairs,” writes Sarah Siddons on HowStuffWorks.com, “Considering the process, that’s to be expected. When you pull a hair out of your skin, it’s usually going to be painful and cause at least a little bit of inflammation, and ingrown hairs can result if hair is broken off above the root.”

So is it really worth it to do all that plucking? ScarsAndSpots.com confirms that one of the worst side effects of plucking your hair is the dark spots that can be left behind. “Tweezing can and often does cause hyperpigmentation,” explains the website, “With hyperpigmentation, deposits of excess melanin can form beneath your skin, causing patches of your skin to be darker than others.”

What is the root cause of the appearance of dark spots on the skin? ScarsAndSpots.com explains that folliculitis can become a problem after hair has been plucked. Another way of describing ingrown hairs, folliculitis takes the appearance of “irritating red acne bumps and unsightly dark spots,” says the site, “Other times, the spots on your skin might just be freckles.”

Can permanent damage be caused by tweezing? ScarsAndSpots.com explains that the plucking of hair can cause damage at the root of the hair follicle. “This damage can in turn lead to the overproduction of melanin, which can cause a darkening of the skin at the location of the tweezing,” the site reports.

What is the alternative to tweezing hair? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we highly recommend laser hair removal via the LightSheer™ Hair Laser. You can make plucking your hair a thing of the past by taking advantage of this revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. The laser is especially heralded for its patented chill tip, which protects the skin and makes the treatment virtually painless!

All treatments are performed by certified experienced laser technicians. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

February 9, 2016

// Spider Veins

Why Is Sclerotherapy So Highly Recommended For Spider Veins?

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we recognize sclerotherapy as the “gold standard” when it comes to improving the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins in the legs. The safe procedure is often preferred over laser treatments because of its relative quickness and effectiveness. In many cases, patients are able to receive treatments during their lunch breaks, needing no more than 15 to 20 minutes for them to be completed.

How does sclerotherapy work? A sclerosing solution is injected into what are called “feeder veins”. These are the veins that lie underneath the skin, causing spider veins to form. The solution works to close up and shrink the feeder veins, making them disappear. Inevitably, the veins are dissolved and naturally absorbed by the body. For best results, patients require at least two treatments separated by a number of weeks.

Is there any downtime following sclerotherapy treatments? Patients are able to return to normal activities immediately following their treatments, however, they are strongly encouraged to follow a few steps in order to maximize the benefits of the treatments. Their treated legs are compressed with either stockings or bandages that are to be worn for approximately two weeks. They are also asked to walk regularly during that time to promote blood circulation.

Who are the best candidates for sclerotherapy? Those who have noticeable varicose veins and spider veins in their legs are candidates for the treatment, but it is important that they are in good health. Dermatology Associates, P.C. reveals that non-smokers make ideal candidates for sclerotherapy. As well, “pregnant women will need to wait until after they have had their child before they get this procedure,” they point out on their website.

Are varicose veins and spider veins dangerous? For the most part, these veins are considered unsightly and generally serve as cosmetic concerns. Dermatology Associates, P.C. warns, however, that there are some “unpleasant symptoms” that can occur as a result of varicose and spider veins. “Some of those symptoms include night cramps, aching and swelling,” their website reports.

Is the treatment painful and are there any side effects? Sclerotherapy is known for being relatively painless. In fact, the treatment does not require the use of an anesthetic. It is also a very safe procedure which generates very few side effects. Itching and bruising may occur in the treated areas, but these generally subside within a couple of days. Patients often report minimal discomfort.

When is a good time to begin treatments? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we don’t believe that there is particularly a bad time to begin sclerotherapy. However, we do feel that the cold winter months make an ideal time of year to receive the treatments. That way, patients can easily keep their treated legs covered and away from direct sunlight. By the time summer rolls around, their legs will be perfectly presentable!

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

February 1, 2016

// Unwanted Moles

Reaping The Benefits Of VariLite Mole Removal

The presence of moles on one’s skin isn’t always an automatic cause for worry. While it’s important to have an experienced dermatologist rule out melanoma, it’s generally safe to say that the average mole or skin tag is harmless. Nevertheless, many of those who have the appearance of moles on their skin prefer to remove them for cosmetic purposes. It’s important, however, to play it safe and allow for a licensed physician to perform the removal procedure.

With all of the self-removal methods out there, there are none that can promise the type of safe and effective results as the VariLite laser. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we utilize this fantastic technology to remove moles, skin tags, small red blood vessels (telangiectasia), fine spider veins and other unwanted pigmented spots. One of the main benefits of the VariLite laser is that it provides excellent results with no bruising and virtually no down time.

How does the VariLite laser work? The laser generates light using a dual laser system. Directing its light onto the area of skin that requires treatment, it heats and breaks down unwanted cells. The healthy cells that surround the area are left unaffected. Areas of pigment on the skin such as melanin (which is generally brown or black) or oxyhemoglobin (which are bright red blood cells) are targeted by the laser and removed.

What other skin conditions does the VariLite laser treat? As mentioned, the VariLite laser treats a wide range of skin conditions. In addition to the ones already mentioned, facial vessels and cherry angiomas (small skin growths with a red appearance – hence the name) can also be treated. In many cases, certain ailments such as allergies, sinus problems and even sun damage can produce skin lesions that the VariLite laser can treat.

How many VariLite treatments are necessary? Every patient is different, of course. Your physician will be able to properly assess your needs following a consultation. As always, it’s best to consult an experienced medical professional to determine the best course of action for your condition. However, on average, anywhere from just one to three VariLite laser treatments are required, and they generally take place within two to six weeks of each other.

Is there any downtime following a VariLite laser treatment? Patients have the luxury of resuming all of their normal daily activities immediately following their treatments. As mentioned earlier, there is virtually no downtime or bruising that comes as a result of a VariLite laser treatment. Some patients experience a bit of redness or minor swelling following the treatment, but this generally only lasts for a few hours.

Are there any long-term side effects to VariLite laser treatments? Naturally, it’s important to follow all post-procedure instructions to maximize their benefits. As with all laser treatments, patients are given instructions as to how to properly care for their skin. In some cases, side effects of VariLite laser treatments include some redness and swelling. If any issues arise, patients are always encouraged to consult their physicians.

If you have any questions about the use of the VariLite laser for mole removal, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.