Let’s face it – excess body hair can be unsightly and embarrassing. Shaving, plucking, waxing, and depilatory creams provide temporary fixes, but beyond being inconvenient, messy, and having the potential to cause irritation, they’re only temporary. Unwanted hair is a problem shared by both men and women. The condition can be caused by genetics, race, puberty, and old age. Some women experience additional hair growth during pregnancy or menopause.
Hair does not come in any one size or type. Follicles in different parts of the body produce various types of hair. Hair can grow in thick, bushy patches or in long thin strands. In addition, hair is produced in follicles that can be found at different depths and densities: as close to the skin’s surface as one millimeter or as deep as five millimeters. Until recently, this great variety in hair types and body locations made long-lasting hair removal a significant challenge.
At Silhouette, we are pleased to offer laser hair removal treatment with the latest LightSheer® DUET laser. The LightSheer® DUET laser is FDA approved for permanent reduction of unwanted hair. This technology can be used to treat unwanted hair on all skin types, including dark-skinned individuals such as those of African, Hispanic or Asian descent.
LightSheer® DUET systems treat the hair by directing precise laser energy into the base of the follicle. A thin layer of cool, transparent gel may be applied to the treatment area to better focus the energy. The energy heats the hair and damages the hair follicle, causing the hair to fall out and prevent re-growth for lengthy periods of time, often permanently!
Unlike other lasers, the LightSheer® DUET gives the option of two hand-pieces. The HS hand-piece treats large areas very quickly, reducing treatment time by up to 75% and with little physical discomfort. The ET hand-piece incorporates ChillTip™ technology, which continuously cools the skin to relieve discomfort. This is a much smaller tip and is used for precision areas like chin and upper lip.
We charge per treatment, as you receive it. Other places offer price packages, where you pay for several treatments ahead of time in one bundle, then use them over the course of a year or so. However, we find that some people show amazing results with only a few treatments, while others may take more. Paying per treatment as you receive it ensures you pay for exactly what you need.
The cost per treatment varies widely, depending on the areas being treated and how many areas you get done at a time. The more areas you get done at once, the lower the cost per treatment, because our technician can use the same materials during one visit versus having to use new materials over the course of several visits.
Yes. The number of treatments you receive will depend on your body’s response to the treatment. Generally speaking, facial areas require 6-8 treatments in 1-2 month intervals, and body areas require 4-6 treatments in 2-4 month intervals to achieve total hair loss. After a treatment, the hair will fall out naturally over the course of 1-4 weeks.
Spacing the treatments at these intervals ensures new follicles will have a chance to grow before your next session, killing hair in all phases of growth. After near or total hair loss is achieved, maintenance programs are put in place at reduced costs, usually at the interval of once every year or two. This is to ensure hair does not grow back; if you don’t notice any new hair growth however, no need to return for maintenance!
During your free no-obligation consultation, we will design you a customized treatment program, and give you an estimate in terms of how many sessions may be needed in order to meet your expectations.
The treatment is done by our Laser Hair Technician specialist.
The length of an individual treatment may last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending upon the size of the area being treated.
The appearance of the treated area immediately following a session will vary from person to person, though side effects are rare. Any swelling or redness at the treatment site typically goes away within 24 hours, and most people are able to return to normal activity immediately.
During your treatment you may experience slight discomfort; it is often described as a pinch or the sting of a snapped rubber band. Older machines may use a topical numbing cream like EMLA, but the LightSheer® DUET is so fast and virtually painless that this anesthetic is no longer needed.
About 90% of facelifts are performed on patients over 40. The procedure is meant to act as a “repositioning” operation. However, it’s important to note that it does not assist in lessening the appearance of wrinkled nor damaged skin (see laser skin rejuvenation). Patients who have skin damage may require laser resurfacing with a facelift.
This procedure is often combined with forehead lift and eyelid lift or liposuction and/or lipofilling (fat injection). It may be done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, and recovery is usually 3 to 4 weeks for a major repositioning but can be as short as 10 days for lesser degrees of intervention.
A simple rule of thumb is that the more you want done, the longer the recovery… but the more dramatic the result. If your goal is to look refreshed with modest changes, then a less invasive operation would be your best option. If your goal is to turn back the clock a few decades, then be prepared for a longer recovery time.
With so many areas being operated on, it can get a little overwhelming for some patients. For individuals who would like to get over their surgery quicker, this procedure can be completed in a series of steps: a little at a time. Even though the time off after each procedure is less, please note that overall you will end up with more days of downtime after all the procedures have been completed.
Browlifts or forehead lifts may completely refresh your upper face. A worried or tired look results from a brow that lies low and heavy on the forehead. The skin of the upper lid is often pushed downwards so that it looks as though an eyelid tuck is needed.
Overhanging skin in the upper eyelids can be addressed in two ways: an upper eyelid lift or a brow lift. While in the past surgeons often chose to automatically perform an upper eyelid lift to correct sagging of the upper lid, more often today, a browlift is used to create the same result.
A browlift can be performed alone or at the same time as a facelift, which also removes excess skin and tightens muscles in the mid and lower face. It may also be used together with Botox to reduce the appearance of forehead lines and wrinkles.
Younger adults who have a naturally low brow or who already have deep frown lines due to stress or muscle overactivity may also benefit from a browlift.
Sometimes, people focus their attention on the excess skin in the upper eyelids not realizing that it is their sagging eyebrows that are the cause of the problem. Dr. DeLorenzi is happy to explain the benefits of both eyelid surgery and browlift as each procedure applies to you.
The surgical technique Dr. DeLorenzi recommends will depend on: the position of your eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin you have, and the height of your hairline (the height of your hairline can be altered a little after surgery).
Often, an incision is made across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden in the hair. Sometimes, the incision may be placed at the front of the hairline or the middle of the scalp. The incision is designed to be inconspicuous when it is healed. Through the incision, Dr. DeLorenzi can modify or remove parts of the muscles that cause frown lines, remove excess skin and lift your eyebrows to a more youthful level.
Another forehead lift technique uses an endoscope, a long thin tube with a light on the end attached to a video camera. The endoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions in the scalp and allows Dr. DeLorenzi to see and work on the inside structure of your forehead. The endoscopic technique has the advantage of requiring minimal incisions, but it may not be beneficial for all patients.
If your main concern is frown lines between your eyebrows, a “limited endoscopic procedure” can be performed to correct these problems. If you are having upper eyelid surgery performed, it may also be possible to treat frown lines by way of the incisions that are made in the upper eyelid.
Complications from a browlift are infrequent though sometimes the normal numbness and itching that follow the surgery may be prolonged. Patients also sometimes experience minor hair loss where the scalp incisions were made, but this is usually temporary and easy to conceal.
Swelling and bruising should be gone within two weeks. You may use camouflage makeup almost immediately. Do expect temporary numbness and possibly some itching of the scalp as the nerves heal.
You will have an accurate idea of how you will look within a week.
Plastic surgeons are often called upon to create a solution for breast deformities. Initially, the main concern was to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy resulting from cancer or a birth abnormality. From this experience grew an understanding of breast surgery in general: techniques were developed to improve the appearance of small or sagging breasts which were in all other respects completely normal.
Before we go there, the first question you must ask yourself is “Why do I want to have breast implants?” Most of the women I see with a complaint about breast size have absolutely normal breasts. Even if my patient complains of “small breasts”, when I measure their height, weight and chest size, more often than not her breasts are of an adequate size, “within normal limits” in med-speak.
So, it is important to ask yourself why you are unhappy with your breasts. Did a significant other say something to you about it? Did you overhear someone say something that made you feel inadequate? Maybe you want to wear some type of clothing style that does not suit your present size and shape? Is it worth having an operation to make your breasts larger because of clothing?
I am not particularly in favour of breast augmentation because I know that some women will develop complications and problems. Accordingly, this has made me cautious about this procedure. However, I realize that for some women at least, this operation can be liberating. Often, women returning for a check up are so grateful that I can’t really even understand their happiness, excitement or joy. Maybe that is not surprising, since I am a man (and therefore can’t be expected to understand everything about women).
Now that you have decided for your own personal reasons you want larger breasts, let me give you an example of a person I saw just recently, but who is quite similar to many patients I’ve seen desiring this type of surgery:
She arrived at the clinic with her husband. She is a fit twenty-something professional who is involved in sports, has a business career, an active social life and is married but with no children (yet). She is 5′ 6″ tall, weighs about 130 lbs and wears a 34 B cup bra which is heavily padded. She also has purchased a water bra and a bra that accepts small inserts to enhance the size of her breasts.
Examining her breasts reveals tight normal skin with no significant droop nor stretch marks. There is a sufficient amount of tissue in the upper part of the breast. The nipples are at a slightly different height on her chest, but she had not noticed that before. The breasts are slightly asymmetric (one breast is slightly larger than the other). The fold under the breast is also at a slightly different height. The breasts are otherwise completely normal and have an aesthetically pleasing shape.
She wants larger breasts because she just does. She does not have any pressure from her husband. In fact, quite the opposite, he does not really want her to go ahead with it because he loves her the way she is; however, he will still support her decision. She wants large breasts, because if ‘she is going to do it, she wants it to be worth it’. I explain to her that it is important that the implant be completely covered with her natural breast tissue and fat, regardless of the type of implant. I explain that size 10 feet will never fit into size 5 shoes, and vice versa.
Option 1: No breast surgery. If you have normal sized breasts, why do you want to accept the risks of surgery? Consider a cruise in the tropics instead. The memory will last forever and unless the boat sinks or you get mugged on a shore visit, it is a much safer experience.
Option 2: Saline breast implants.
Option 3: Silicone gel implants.
Option 4: Natural tissue from some other part of your body could be used to augment the size of your breasts. Almost always, this is not an option in young women who are only looking for a breast enlargement. This option is usually reserved for women who are undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy. This option is used rarely, if at all, for primary aesthetic cases of breast augmentation.
Option 5: There is a product in development which is undergoing clinical trials that I am not allowed to discuss yet. This material is similar in composition to a type of sugar. The material lasts almost a year in tissues and the idea is to inject it into breasts to make them larger. Do not expect a huge increase however. There may be a very modest enhancement depending upon the amount of material injected. There is quite a bit more testing which needs to be done and I do not expect this material to be released until at least 2003 or later. The current plans for its use are for enhancements of a size approximating the effects of small inserts that can be purchased to fit inside bras.
Breast implants are used to enhance the appearance of a breast that has lost volume, such as after pregnancy. There are many ways to insert breast implants. Almost always, I use an incision just under the breast, along the fold or around the areola (the edge of the colored skin around the nipple).
Consider the following: all implants will eventually break or need to be replaced. These incisions provide the best access to the entire breast. There is little point in inserting the implant through the armpit, since this incision simply is not used for revision or repair of the breast. Putting the implants in through the belly button was a dumb idea and almost no one still uses this method.
Typically, preferred placement of saline implants is below the muscles of the chest, since this affords an added layer of camouflage for the implant and will help hide any rippling of the implant. The patients shown here with implants have had them placed under the chest muscles.
Short answer: sub-muscular for saline, sub-mammary for gels. First of all, breast implants look best when inserted just under the breast tissue, since this is, after all, where your natural breast tissue is normally found. For cohesive gel implants, the logical location of the implant is above the muscle since cohesive gel implants feel very much like (firm) normal breast tissue.
Saline implants placed just under the breasts tend to have some serious problems. Implants that have only skin to cover them will appear artificially round with a crescent shaped curve at the outer edge. Implants positioned just under the breast tissue will also usually plainly show the edges of the implant (similar to the edge of a scallop shell, hence the term “scalloping”). Because of this, saline implants are almost always used under the muscle.
Because there is little room under the pectoralis muscle for a breast implant, implants placed under the muscle temporarily sit higher than a breast normally would. Over time, however, they will move to a lower position and appear more natural. In some patients, saline implants will not give as natural a result as cohesive gel implants. Gel implants are less likely to show rippling or irregularities, feel less ‘sloshy’ and more natural than saline implants.
Capsule formation (hardening) is less likely to occur when a smooth surface implant is placed under the muscle (less hard capsule formation under the muscle) or when a textured implant is used above the muscle. Rippling or unnatural crinkling is more likely when saline implants are placed just under the breast tissue (less rippling and crinkling under the muscle).
I believe the best placement for smooth walled saline implants is below the muscles of the chest. Textured implants have a lower risk of capsule formation above the chest. Cohesive gel implants are shaped and also textured. This type of implant is placed above the muscle for the best effect.
Placement of the implants below the muscle is more painful in the short term and the implants will flatten with forceful muscle action of the chest, such as during weight lifting (bench-press). You may have noticed women who have had implants whose breasts flatten with intense muscle movement. This makes the breasts look unnatural. On the contrary, implants placed above the muscle do not show this problem. For weight lifters, I usually recommend cohesive gel implants, since these will function more realistically than saline implants placed below the pectoralis muscle.
Sometimes, patients ask for large implants. This is not a good idea, for several reasons:
First, large implants will cause stretching of your natural breast skin so that if you ever decide to remove the implants, your breasts will sag more than if you had never had implants (you may need a breast lift that you otherwise would not have needed). If you need proof of this, just look at your tummy skin if you have had children. The womb pushing out against the tummy for nine months results in a permanent bit of excess skin that was not there previously. Remember that skin will always grow to cover whatever is under it. No matter how big and heavy some people get, they never run out of skin, do they?
Second, just as your bra strap can cause pressure atrophy (shrinkage) of the fat under the skin of the shoulder straps of your bra (causing a noticeable shoulder strap groove), a large heavy implant can cause the same changes to the tissues inside your breast. This means that if you change your mind about the implants in the future, your natural breast tissue will have shrunk somewhat because of the weight of the large implants. In other words, your breasts will be smaller than they would have been if you never had implants.
Lastly, implant rippling is much more common if the implant is large, the amount of natural breast tissue is small, the skin is thin and there is little fatty tissue or muscle to hide the implant. How visible the implant is externally will depend on the the thickness and quality of the skin that is covering it. If you start with a really thick-walled balloon and blow it up to a large size, the wall will become quite thin due to being stretched out. If you have a smallish breast, and put in watermelon-sized implants, don’t be surprised if you can see the manufacturer’s logo through the skin.
Remember that sizing a breast implant is an important aspect of your consultation. Consider these two patients:
Patient A: 5′ tall, weighs 80 lbs and measures 28″ around her chest
Patient B: 5′ 11″ tall, weighs 160 lbs and measures 38″ around her chest.
Clearly, the second patient will likely be able to “wear” larger breast implants than the first. Placing implants that are appropriate to a larger woman on a smaller woman is not only inappropriate, it causes a DEFORMITY and responsible surgeons would never do this!
Unfortunately, everything in surgery is about weighing the risks versus the benefits, the give versus the take and the pros versus the cons. A personal consultation with me, Dr. DeLorenzi, will give you the kind of details you need to make the right choice.
Read everything you can, speak to your friends, ask around and DON’T RUSH. Look up resources on the internet and visit your local library. There is plenty of information available.
Invest in a couple of consultations; prepare your questions before you go. Ask yourself the following after each consultation: Did you like the Doctor? Did you feel you were “being sold” an operation or did you feel you were getting a personalized consultation? Were you given some insights that had not occurred to you previously?
A good consultation should leave you with a good understanding of the issues such as: Am I a good candidate for surgery? If I am a candidate for breast augmentation, what type of implant should I consider and where should it be placed? Did the doctor really help me to understand the risks and complications, the expected results and the required aftercare of surgery in my case?
Breast implant surgery is usually done under general anesthesia and recovery is approximately 7 days.
–Prepared by Dr. Claudio DeLorenzi of The DeLorenzi Clinic.
Ultra-Lift is a non-surgical skin-tightening procedure that uses ultrasound technology to restore volume loss and enhance skin tone in the face, brow area, and neck.
Ultra-Lift is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment for skin sculpting. It uses trusted ultrasound technology to view soft tissue well beneath the top layer of skin, then deliver high energy waves to targeted areas. These waves work to selectively heat the targeted tissues and stimulate your body’s natural collagen production. Over a period of time these areas will look visibly lifted. It can restore volume loss and diminish the look of fine lines, giving you a younger appearance.
Ultra-Lift is done on a one treatment per year cycle for best results.
The treatment is performed by one of our professionally trained Medical Estheticians.
The procedure can last anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the areas being treated.
There is little to no downtime associated with Ultra-Lift. There may be slight redness in the treated areas for a few hours post treatment, but you can return to normal activities right away.
There may be slight discomfort during the treatment, but it is unlikely you will need any pain medication during the procedure. Discomfort is usually described as momentary prickling or heat beneath the skin as the ultrasound energy is delivered into the tissue.
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion® is the latest technology in topical skin care, and the next step in microdermabrasion. A diamond tip is used to precisely remove a specific amount of the top dead layer of skin, then special infusions, tailored to treat a patient’s given skin problem(s), are applied during the same treatment.
Whether you are having problems with acne or desire a deep hydration treatment, our topical cosmeceutical preparations (applied during the treatment) can help resolve skin issues and stimulate the growth of new healthy cells.
The other amazing benefit of this new technology is that persons of colour, including those of Indian, Asian, and African descent, can all benefit. Previously, concerns about post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (skin changing colour as an undesired effect of treatment) meant that microdermabrasion use was limited. Now, even patients with a history of pigment change problems can safely be treated with this technique.
Typically, topical solutions are blocked from entering the skin by the top layer of tissue, preventing full effectiveness. By first removing this barrier layer, the infusion of collagen-stimulating preparations can directly enter the tissues. SilkPeel treatments work to exfoliate and hydrate your skin at the same time. You will see immediate results in skin texture and clarity.
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion® will leave your skin visibly smoother. It works to diminish little bumps on the skin from blocked pores by removing the plug and allowing the normal sebum to escape. Your overall colour will also improve; healthy skin has colour variation with smooth transitions between hues. Blotchy or dark areas are unappealing and can be difficult to hide with cosmetics. SilkPeel works to bleach out these areas faster and more effectively than topical bleaching creams alone. SilkPeel also leaves your skin radiant and luminescent. By removing the top dead layer of skin, the healthier skin underneath is revealed, giving you a youthful glow.
Treatments start at $99.00.
Your results will last several months, but depending on your skin type, exercise regime, lifestyle, diet and smoking history, you may require ongoing maintenance. If necessary, an ongoing maintenance program, tailored to suit your specific skin condition(s), will be discussed with you during your consultation. Some patients desire treatments on a regular basis (every three months) while others want more frequent treatments in conjunction with periods of increased sun exposure, hormone-related breakouts, or high stress periods at work.
The treatment is performed by one of our professionally trained Medical Estheticians.
Treatments last less than 30 minutes, on average.
There is virtually no downtime at all with a SilkPeel treatment. You may be slightly red for the first few hours post treatment, but this will transform into a healthy, radiant glow, making it a great treatment before a special event such as a birthday party or wedding. If you have significant acne scars, we may have to treat your skin more aggressively; this may result in some temporary crusting and/or peeling.
The treatment feels like a typical exfoliation treatment, meaning your skin may feel tight and slightly irritated, but will be smooth and silky to the touch.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you tell us if you have a history of cold sores! These viral infections can spread to the treated skin areas and in some cases (though rare) result in permanent scarring.
Laser resurfacing, also known as laser peeling, is an effective facial rejuvenation technique that can produce long-lasting results. Over time, factors such as sun damage, heredity, diet and repetitive muscle movement contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles on the face. Additionally, the development of pigmentation anomalies, such as “age spots” or acne scars can cause skin to lose its smooth, youthful appearance.
Broadband Light (BBL) uses trusted dual-lamp technology, creating new standards for skin treatments related to aging and sun damage. BBL is a non-surgical, affordable, safe treatment with little downtime, discomfort and proven results. Our clinic has been offering BBL treatments for over ten years. It is one of our most popular, affordable treatments and it works. Each treatment is unique to match the personal goals and skin condition of each patient. BBL is used to accurately treat aging, sunspots, facial veins, wrinkles and skin imperfections. Scientific evidence established that regular treatments of BBL would revitalize the appearance of skin and continue to reduce the signs of aging. BBL pulses light over selected areas rejuvenating and softening the appearance of skin.
After choosing the most suitable wavelength or filter for your skin type, the broadband light gently heats the top layers of your skin. Naturally absorbing the heat, skin cells will be revived and begin to produce new collagen. BBL treatment blends the skins natural colours, eliminating any redness, vessels or pigment distortions. BBL is used most commonly to treat areas with a higher exposure to sun; however, Broadband Light can treat the face, neck, back, chest, and hands.
Costs of treatments vary per patient depending on targeted areas and individual goals.
For desired results, it is recommended to receive three ( two) to five treatments from four to eight week intervals. Studies have shown that having three treatments per year actually slows down the aging process of skin.
The treatment is performed by one of our professionally trained Medical Estheticians.
Depending on the treated areas, BBL procedures can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Broadband Light is a non-invasive procedure with virtually no downtime and little discomfort. Topical anesthetic is not required and most patients find the treatments tolerable. In most cases, you are able to return to work, apply makeup and resume normal activities the following day. Some patients experience minor swelling and redness after the treatment, but this usually subsides in a couple of hours. For pigmented lesions you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking. This process generally takes 5 to 7 days. Avoid any exposure to sun until skin is fully recovered and always wear a high SPF sunscreen when outdoors. For ultimate results, we will recommend some after-care skin care products customized to your skin type.
Aging is a natural process and every stage of life has its rewards, so why not make the most of whatever age you’re at? Dr. DeLorenzi can help you look your best with a personalized Filler-Lift™ makeover. The Filler-Lift™ procedure combines the use of Juvéderm™ dermal filler with a botulinum injection to instantly refresh your look in a single treatment.
As you age, your body’s rate of cell renewal slows down. With less collagen and elastin to support it, the skin thins out, wrinkles form, and volume is lost. The Filler-Lift™ procedure works to restore these losses by using a combination of dermal fillers with a cosmetic injectable such as Botox®. The treatment is custom tailored to your personal needs, ensuring a complete facial rejuvenation that’s best for you.
Juvéderm™ is a dermal filler that uses hyaluronic acid, a sugar that occurs naturally in the body, to smooth wrinkles and bring back lost fullness in cheeks, neck, and lips. Botulinum injections soften and relax lines such as crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines between the brows. The overall result is a much younger-looking appearance, with softer lines, minimized wrinkles, and fuller volume.
Prices for your customized Filler-Lift™ will vary based on your personal needs and desires. Visit our clinic for a free, no-obligation consultation to get specific pricing for this treatment.
The effects of dermal fillers begin to wear off after eight months, and the effects of injectables such as Botox® begin to wear off between three-six months. However, the combination of the two will give you a more dramatic change in appearance than either injectable on their own, meaning you may be satisfied with your results for well over a year before deciding to return for more.
Injections are done by Dr. Claudio DeLorenzi, esteemed plastic surgeon and the head medical director of Silhouette Cosmetic Laser Clinics and our nurse injectors who are Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists.
The procedure usually takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.
The down-time associated with a Filler-Lift™ is akin to the downtime of botulinum injections and dermal fillers combined. The initial discomfort of injection during the procedure will diminish quite quickly, but swelling, redness, and bruising may last from 3-5 days. We’ll send you home with an ice pack to reduce any initial swelling and relieve discomfort.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your skin and other tissues and plays an important role in giving volume to the skin, shape to the eyes and elasticity to the joints. The resilience and youthful contours of your skin owe much to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has a chemical structure similar in some ways to sugar, and is identical in all species and in all tissue types.
Dermal Fillers can be used to smooth wrinkles and folds and give lips a fuller look.
The benefits of Dermal Filler treatments are typically noticeable for four-eight months. More frequently used areas, such as lips, tend to require touch-up treatments after about four months. Areas that are less frequently used may only require additional treatments after eight months to maintain the effects. Usually additional treatments require smaller amounts of product than used during your first treatment.
Common Uses for Dermal Fillers include:
One treatment session takes approximately 30-45 minutes. The needles used for Dermal Fillers are very fine. To make treatments easier occasionally people use a topical or local anesthetic to decrease the sensation felt during the treatment. The results can be seen immediately and no scars or other marks are left on the face. Redness may last one-two days following the treatment, occasionally longer in some patients. Swelling in the lips can last for up to one week.
Prices for Dermal Fillers range from $270 to $490.
The brand new CoolSculpting® procedure will change the way you think about weight loss! CoolSculpting® has proven to visibly reduce fat deposits without surgery or downtime. It uses the process of cryolipolysis, which cools (cryo) tissue in order to break down fat cells (lipolysis). The procedure is completely non-invasive and does not affect any other tissues.
During the procedure, an applicator is attached to the treatment area, cooling it to a certain temperature. In these extremely low temperatures, fat cells slowly begin to die. The skin, muscle, nerves and other tissues remain unaffected during this process. When the fat cells die, cytokines (inflammatory mediators) are released from the body, which slowly digest the dead fat cells. This natural metabolic function is similar to how we extract energy from food. Over the course of several months, the fat layer is significantly reduced.
The results are comparable with invasive surgical treatments, such as liposuction. The only difference? The price tag! While CoolSculpting® prices vary on areas treated and the number of desired sessions, the total is a fraction of the cost of invasive surgery. For estimate prices please contact the clinic.
The results of CoolSculpting® can be seen in 1 month but you will see your full result in 3 months. Multiple sessions can be done if you desire more improvement after the full effects from the first session have time to be realized.
Each session lasts about 1 hour in length, making this a perfect treatment for someone with a busy schedule. You can even read, watch TV, or do work on your laptop during the treatment.
There is no associated downtime with CoolSculpting®. You can return to normal activities such as work or exercise immediately following your session. The treated area may be red for several hours post treatment, and some patients experience bruising and swelling at the site that may last several weeks. Temporary numbness may occur in the treated area, but sensation will return within 1-8 weeks.
Our clinic is also happy to introduce the new CoolMini! With the new CoolMini applicator we can now address small volume areas such as the double chin, bra bulges, armpit fat and knees. Ask us about our introductory pricing for our CoolMini treatments.
For more information or to book a consultation, please contact our clinic at 519-570-2811, or toll free at 800-765-2171.
Botox® (a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria) has been in medical use for many years. It was originally used to treat children who had crossed eyes and muscle spasms.
Botox® has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990′s with no serious side effects documented. Botox® Cosmetic has been approved in Canada for treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows since April 2001. It is also commonly used in several other areas of the face. Botox® injections relax the muscles that create wrinkles thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. The muscles of facial expression will typically cause the overlying skin to wrinkle in an accordion-like fashion. Botox® therapy involves targeting the muscles that are causing the undesirable wrinkles.
Botox® eliminates the facial wrinkles that occur with habitual overuse of specific facial muscles. It prevents the muscle from contracting, so the skin crease gradually decreases in depth and severity. A small amount of Botox® is injected right into the muscles that are responsible for creating wrinkles. Botox® effectively inactivates the muscles that produce wrinkles, thereby causing lines to disappear or diminish dramatically. It usually takes several days to notice the wrinkle smoothing effect after receiving Botox® injections.
Some of the common areas treated include crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and forehead wrinkles. It is most effective in the areas of the face which rely on a single set of muscles for movement. For example, the area between the eyebrows is very responsive to treatment, but the surrounding muscles may sometimes be ‘recruited’ by the body to create movement in the area, even though the muscles directly below the area are completely relaxed. It is more difficult to achieve complete smoothness of the crow’s feet than the brow area for the same reason.
A Botox® treatment is quick and results usually last three to six months. After that you may return for a follow-up injection. Some doctors report that after several treatments, the effect of Botox® appears to last longer, often up to several months.
The most common complication is a slight, temporary drooping of the eyelid. Botox® is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body so you can return to full activity immediately. Up to 10% of patients also experience headache following this type of treatment.
Botox® can be used by almost anyone, but patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have a neurological disease should not use Botox®. Other uses for Botox® include reduction of excess sweating of hands and armpits (hyperhidrosis) and relief of tension headaches.