Ask Dérmica: Sun Spot Removal Edmonton

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Ask Dérmica: Sun Spot Removal Edmonton

Dear Dérmica,
I have developed a few brown spots on my face over the summer and am wondering if there is anything you guys can do to remove them?
Thanks,
Lindsay


Dear Lindsay,
It sounds like you have some sun damage that has surfaced in the form of sun spots.

Sun spots usually appear in areas of high sun exposure such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, and decollate. They can also appear on the body, back of the hands, upper shoulders (especially on people who drive during times of the day when the sun is at its strongest), etc.

Sun spots are cells that were damaged by UV exposure. Typically this damage has been caused before the age of 18 and surfaces later on in life and become darkened with repeated or excessive sun exposure.

If your brown spots appeared over the summer, I can surmise that they are sun damaged cells that have surfaced in the form of sun spots with the recent sun exposure you experienced this summer.

In regards to your question on the removal of your brown spots, yes, we can most definitely remove your spots.

We will shed some light on repair and maintenance.

REPAIR

Dérmica’s IPL Photofacials are safe, non-invasive Advanced Skincare procedures that deliver immediate results. We offer different types of photofacials for different skin concerns, and in dealing with your specific concern, we would recommend Dérmica’s ACLARA ME photofacial .

Aclara ME works to removes pigment spots (brown spots/sun spots/ age spots) and damage affecting your face, neck, chest, hands, and arms.

Throughout the procedure, we deliver quick pulses of light to the targeted area penetrating between 535-580nm into your skin. This process breaks up the spot, which then brings the pigment to the surface and sheds the spot with your skins natural processes.

We perform all of our laser procedures using Sharplight’s Formax-VP System. The system features a number of safety-control attributes including a contact cooling tip that cools the skin being treated, adding maximum comfort and protection.

Best of all, there is no downtime required for this procedure. An ACLARA ME photofacial takes 15-30 minutes, after which you can continue your daily routine!

MAINTENANCE

As we mentioned earlier, most damage has been caused before the age of 18 and surfaces later on in life and becomes darkened with repeated or excessive sun exposure.

Having said this, we recommend reading our Anti Aging tips and of course, always use sun block, sun block, sun block!!! Sun block is vital, even in the winter months.

Thanks Lindsay for your question, we hope we were able to help.

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108
dermica.ca

Dérmica Anti Aging Tips Edmonton

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Anti Aging Tips


As some of you may know, we have a “Ask Dérmica” category on our blog. We always reply to our followers, and sometimes publish an entry when it pertains to a popular topic. This week we received an entry which we feel is a topic we would like to shed some light on. Thanks to “Sadly Sagging” for the latest entry!

“Sadly Sagging” asks “What are your best anti aging tips?”

In order to share her story, we will give you some of her details:
  • Female
  • 35 years old
  • Smoker
  • Tanner
In response to “Sadly Sagging”, we reply:

Dear Sadly Sagging,

Thank you for your question. According to your entry, our recommendations for you are few, yet can be difficult to accomplish.

Firstly, we recommend you try and get a good night sleep. During our sleep, we go through REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep which is basically our brain going through all of the information we acquired and experienced throughout the day and deleting unnecessary information. This is a whole body experience which means all of your cells require rest, including your skin cells. When you don’t get good shut-eye, your skin cells don’t get to regenerate which decreases your skin’s ability to recover from daily damage which in turn doubles your signs of aging.

Secondly, we recommend you try to decrease your sugar intake. Sugar binds to the cells in your skin and produces Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products through the process of glycation, making cells stiffer, less pliable and more subject to damage and premature aging. Sugar kills collagen and elastin, and slows down the body’s defense system and natural supplies of antioxidants to your body’s defense towards environmental attacks such as UV exposure, environmental pollutants, cosmetic influences, etc.

Thirdly, we know this one is especially tough during the summer months, tan responsibly. We would like to take this opportunity to dismiss the myth that you don’t tan if you wear sun block. This is UNTRUE!! Allow us to shed some light:
  • When you engage in unprotected tanning, you have a 74% higher risk of developing melanomas, a.k.a. skin cancer. Melanomas are skin lesions that can develop into carcinogenic regions; always have you moles checked out
  • Unprotected tanning can lead to a leathery appearance to your skin due to dehydration
  • Unprotected tanning can cause deep internal damage to your skin. FYI- every time your body creates a tan, your body is sending melanin cells to the surface of your skin to create a protective barrier that acts like sunglasses to your skin, your skin’s natural defense to harmful UV rays. In other words, your tan is truly your skin showing signs of its defense against an attack
  • Today’s sun is more damaging to your skin then it was 20 years ago due to the depleting ozone
  • The damage you are causing now will surface in 5 years in the form of sun spots, age spots(which can be confused with liver spots), and increased freckling on the skin
  • Unprotected tanning destroys collagen and elastin which add to the suppleness and elasticity and volume to your skin

Finally, the most difficult tip of all, you have to try and decrease (if not quit) your tobacco intake. We all know the downfall of smoking, but to some of us, we may need to hear what it does to our physicality before we can really understand, so here goes:
  • Smoking asphyxiates the skin, blocking it from proper flow of oxygen, blood circulation and nutrients such as H2O
  • Smoking causes premature aging such as age spots, deep wrinkles, creping around the labial area due to repeated usage of the oral muscles and constant exposure to cigarette toxins within the tobacco smoke
  • Smoking causes crows feet due to squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes
  • Smoking causes dilation of the blood vessels in the eyes making your eyes look blood shot
  • Smoking causes vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels of the capillaries along the surface of the skin particularly on the cheek and nose)
  • Smoking causes sallow skin and lips (a yellowish dull appearance and decrease in vibrancy to the skin). For women that are concerned with the fullness of your skin, you may want to consider what smoking is doing to that full, plump, youthful pout
Hope this helps! And remember, at Dérmica, we offer an array of services and products to help you get a leg up on your fight against anti aging!

Skin Resurfacing Edmonton- FAQs

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ALISA ME is Dérmica’s very own Skin Resurfacing/ Skin Rejuvenation/ Skin Tightening laser treatment in Edmonton

Skin Resurfacing Edmonton, ALISA ME- FAQs

Q: How does the ALISA ME Rx work?
A: The ALISA ME Rx is also known as Skin Rejuvenation or Skin Resurfacing, which is a treatment used to reverse the signs of aging through the non-traumatic removal of skin surface layers that induce neocollagenesis (the production of new collagen). Through this process, pulsed light is delivered though selective photothermolysis. Following the removal of surface skin layers at a particular depth, the body’s natural wound-healing response begins to regenerate the epidermis and the underlying wounded skin layers, which gives an overall glow and youthful look to the skin, but more specifically, treats fine lines and wrinkles and minimizes large pores.

Q: What is Selective Photothermolysis?
A: Selective Photothermolysis is a method that destroys a specified target without damaging the surrounding tissue. The method consists of irradiating the target and the surrounding tissue with pulsed visible radiation that is preferentially absorbed by the target, which results in that area being heated above body temperature which causes the proteins to coagulate. Because the target absorbs the radiation much more strongly than the surrounding tissue, this surrounding tissue is almost not heated at all.

Q: Is the ALISA ME Rx safe at 65 years old?
A: Absolutely! There are no contraindications based on age since light-based treatments are safe and non-invasive.

Q: How many treatments are required?
A: The typical regimen is an average of 5 treatment sessions, spaced 4 weeks apart in order to give your skin the time needed to recover and produce new collagen. However, the number of treatments is completely up to you depending on the results you desire. Having said that, we do not recommend over 12 treatments in one year.

Q: How long is the recovery phase? Is there any downtime?
A: The ALISA ME Rx does NOT require any downtime whatsoever! You can come in during your lunch hour and return to work and no one will ever know why you look better than you did in the morning! ;)

Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: This depends on the different treatments you would like during your session, however, a full ALISA ME photo facial Rx takes 15-30 minutes, after which you can continue your daily routine.

Q: Is the ALISA ME Rx Safe?
A: Our Skin Experts are knowledgeable on our technology, AND on the biology of the skin. Our team is lead by experts in the field with over 10 years of experience in medical esthetics treatments. This increases the safety of all of our treatments. Our treatments are non-invasive and safe, with minimum side effects if any at all. Side effects could possibly include:
  • Discomfort (stinging sensation up to one hour after treatment)
  • Change of Pigmentation (most cases occur on people with darker skin and can be avoided by conducting a test patch
  • Fragile Skin (skin may become temporarily fragile)
  • Purpura (purple bruising lasting from 5-15 days)
  • Scarring (may happen on darker skin but still, very rare)

Questions or concerns? We’d be happy to hear from you!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108
dermica.ca
Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

ALIVIA FAQs

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ALIVIA FAQs

Q: How does the treatment work on superficial blood vessels?
A: The applied IPL-DPC is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin (formed by the combination of hemoglobin with oxygen, present in oxygenated blood) in the blood within the vessel, causing the blood to coagulate and the vessel to break up into particles that are naturally filtered away through the body’s lymphatic system.

Q: What is IPL-DPC?
A: IPL-DPC stands for Intense Pulse Light- Dynamic Pulse Control. This treatment emits a light beam into the skin which is absorbed by different skin lesions. Through selective photothermolysis, this light pulse selectively destroys a specified target without damaging the surrounding tissue. The DPC technology means that we can determine the “aggressiveness” of the treatment based on the duration of the pulse; shorter pulses are more aggressive, delivering the light beam in a shorter period of time, while longer pulses are less aggressive as they have a longer period to deliver the light beam. The different range of pulse durations results in a major increase in the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Q: How many treatments are required?
A: The typical regimen is an average of 6 treatment sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart. However, the number of treatments is completely up to you depending on the results you desire.

Q: How long is the recovery phase? Is there any downtime?
A: The ALIVIA ME Rx does NOT require any downtime whatsoever! You can come in during your lunch hour and return to work and no one will ever know why you look better than you did in the morning! ;)

Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: This depends on the different treatments you would like during your session, however, a full ALIVIA ME photo facial Rx takes 15-30 minutes, after which you can continue your daily routine.

Q: Is the ALIVIA ME Rx painful?
A: No, during the procedure, a slight, momentary stinging sensation may be felt, comparable to the snapping of a small elastic band, but not pain.

Q: Is the ALIVIA ME Rosacea Treatment Safe?
A: Our Skin Experts are knowledgeable on our technology, AND on the biology of the skin. This increases the safety of all of our treatments. Our treatments are non-invasive and safe, with minimum side effects if any at all. Side effects could possibly include:
  • Discomfort (stinging sensation up to one hour after treatment)
  • Change of Pigmentation (most cases occur on people with darker skin and can be avoided by conducting a test patch
  • Fragile Skin (skin may become temporarily fragile)
  • Purpura (purple bruising lasting from 5-15 days)
  • Scarring (may happen on darker skin but still, very rare)

Call or TEXT Dérmica to book your consultation!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
8105 106 St. Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 885 7108
dermica.ca

Dark Spot Corrector Tx in Edmonton

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ACLARA ME is a dark spot corrector treatment in Edmonton, Alberta

FAQs on our Dark Spot Corrector Tx in Edmonton, ACLARA ME

Q: How does this dark spot corrector treatment (ACLARA ME) get rid of pigmented lesions?
A: The applied IPL-DPC targeted areas absorb the pulse light, breaking the pigmented lesion into tiny particles which then disappear when they rise to the surface of the skin as scabs that naturally slough off with exfoliation within 1-2 weeks.

Q: What is IPL-DPC?
A: IPL-DPC stands for Intense Pulse Light- Dynamic Pulse Control. This dark spot corrector treatment emits a light beam into the skin that is absorbed by different skin lesions. Through selective photothermolysis, this light pulse selectively destroys a specified target without damaging the surrounding tissue. The DPC technology means that we can determine the “aggressiveness” of the treatment based on the duration of the pulse; shorter pulses are more aggressive, delivering the light beam in a shorter period of time, while longer pulses are less aggressive as they have a longer period to deliver the light beam. The different range of pulse durations results in a major increase in the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Q: How many ACLARA ME treatments are required?
A: The typical regimen is an average of 6 treatment sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart. However, the number of treatments is completely up to you depending on the results you desire.

Q: How long is the recovery phase? Is there any downtime?
A: Our dark spot corrector treatment, ACLARA ME, does NOT require any downtime whatsoever! You can come in during your lunch hour and return to work and no one will ever know why you look better than you did in the morning! ;)

Q: How long does a treatment take?
A: This depends on the different treatments you would like during your session, however, a full ACLARA ME photofacial takes 15-30 minutes, after which you can continue your daily routine.

Q:Is the dark spot corrector treatment (ACLARA ME) painful?
A: No, during the procedure, a slight, momentary stinging sensation may be felt, comparable to the snapping of a small elastic band, but not pain.

Q:Is ACLARA ME Safe?
A: Our Skin Experts are knowledgeable on our technology, AND on the biology of the skin. This increases the safety of all of our treatments. Our treatments are non-invasive and safe, with minimum side effects if any at all. Side effects could possibly include:
  • Discomfort (stinging sensation up to one hour after treatment)
  • Change of Pigmentation (most cases occur on people with darker skin and can be avoided by conducting a test patch
  • Fragile Skin (skin may become temporarily fragile)
  • Purpura (purple bruising lasting from 5-15 days)
  • Scarring (may happen on darker skin but still, very rare)

Call or TEXT to book your consultation!
Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108
Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Am I a good candidate for IPL/ Laser Hair Removal?

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for IPL/ Laser Hair Removal?

One of the roles I have enjoyed most in my career is being an Educator in Esthetics. This has allowed me to pass on some useful knowledge to both students and clients alike. I’m always open for a good Q & A period with my clients, whether it is during their visit or through our “Ask Dérmica” feature. I believe that when armed with proper knowledge and understanding, my clients can feel confident with their treatment decision and how we will achieve their desired results. Here is the latest submission we received: Q: I’m interested in getting some permanent hair removal with IPL. How do I know if I’m a good candidate? A: This is a very common question, as not everyone is eligible to receive Laser/IPL treatments. Aside from considering your medical history and current skin care regimen, there are two important factors to determining whether to treat a client with Lasers/IPL or explore other methods. First, the technician should categorize your skin tone using the Fitzpatrick Scale. This scale measures the amount of melanin in your skin according to specific genetic factors. This scale is used to predict how your skin will react to light-based treatments and the intensity in which to treat your skin. The scale begins at a Level-I, such as Nicole Kidman, and gradually increases to the deeper tones of a Level-VI, such as Lupita Nyong’o. Currently there are limited options in treating skin tones beyond a level-V as the pigment in the skin will also absorb the energy emitted causing adverse reactions such as burns and permanent scarring. The second major factor in determining qualification for treatment is the tone of present hair. The reason being is that the energy emitted by Lasers/IPL devices is attracted to specific components within the skin, for example, melanin (pigment) found in the skin and hair. In order to successfully be treated for Laser/IPL Hair Removal there must be a visible presence of melanin within the hair. Therefore, natural shades of light blonde, light red, grey, and white hair cannot be 100% successfully treated with Laser/IPL hair removal. Having a greater contrast between the colour of the present hair and skin tone also increases reduction rate of your treatment and can shorten sessions required. Having a greater contrast between the colour of your hair and skin also increases effectiveness. Settings are customizable for individual sessions with most Laser/IPL technology available on the market. Therefore, your technician should be adjusting the settings accordingly per session as your hair color and density changes throughout the course of your treatment. Ensure that the technician treating you is educated in Laser/IPL therapy and the Anatomy & Physiology of skin. This ensures that she/he can properly assess, customize, and execute your treatments without compromising the integrity of your skin, all while delivering results. Unfortunately there are few regulations regarding the operation of Laser/IPL equipment which leads to under qualified technicians and inconsistency in quality and pricing of services throughout the industry . Before investing in a course of Laser/IPL treatment, research your chosen spa and ask questions regarding your technician’s qualification and experience. For any questions or concerns regarding IPL/ Laser Hair Removal , IPL Phototherapy, or Skin Care, give us a call at 780.885.7108 or submit your questions in our “Ask Dérmica” feature! Thanks for submitting your questions! Wishing you love, peace, and GREAT SKIN! (780) 885-7108

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