Archive for June 2012
June 29th, 2012
Did you know: BOTOX® is one of the most researched drugs in the world - up with the likes of penicillin! Celebrating 10 years of FDA approval, the benefits and safety of BOTOX® Cosmetic in Victoria, BC are supported by more than 4,500 peer-reviewed articles and over 11 million treatments in the US alone. Treatments soften lines and winkles, turn up the corners of the mouth and resolve facial asymmetry.
BOTOX® is one of a growing category of aesthetics products called neuromodulators - purified proteins which relax muscle movement. 2012 has also seen the introduction of Xeomin to the Canadian marketplace. In small aesthetics doses, neuromodulators settle precisely into targeted muscles and gradually reduce movement over 3-14 days. Sensation is not affected. Typical results of a BOTOX® Cosmetic or Xeomin treatment last 3-5 months. For cummulative benefit, treatments should be repeated at the onset of recurring movement. Most patients at Cosmedica in Victoria, BC plan a 4-month retreatment for optimal outcomes.
BOTOX® and Xeomin are also indicated for numerous therapeutic benefits in high doses; they carry indications for conditions such as spasticity, cervical dystonia, hyperhidrosis, strabismus and blepharospasm.
June 28th, 2012
Laser tattoo removal is currently the safest and most popular method of permanent tattoo removal available in Victoria, BC. By utilizing precise wavelengths of medical-grade laser energy for each individual colour of ink, lasers can safely and effectively remove tattoos. The pigment imbedded in tattoo inks will selectively absorb a specific wavelenth of laser energy until it breaks apart and the body naturally clears it away. In fact, the body will naturally attempt to breakdown tattoo inks - this is what leads to blurred tattoos. Laser tattoo removal increases the speed of this process by decades...maybe centuries!
The increasing popularity of laser tattoo removal treatments is also raising awareness of treatment and laser safety. Of primary concern, it is critical patients seeking laser tattoo removal in Victoria, BC research the devices employed for treatment. IPL (or BBL), also known as Photorejuvenation, is not true, medical-grade laser and carries a significantly lower safety profile with tattoo removal. True laser emits a pure wavelength of energy specific to a depth or colour of tattoo ink whereas the output of IPL is varied and therefore less effective for tattoo removal. Cosmedica, and other centres for medical aesthetics, utilize IPL for less specified applications such as evening overall complexion of freckled sun damage or flushing from rosacea.
Cosmedica has been providing laser tattoo removal in Victoria since 1998 and employs 5 unique lasers for optimal safety and treatment outcomes. Consultations are complimentary - contact us today or request a consultation online.
June 27th, 2012
The benefits of permanent hair reduction may seem obvious (less personal maintenance and more free time) but the risks and cautions are equally important when considering Laser Hair Removal in Victoria, BC.
Not all Laser Hair Removal systems are created equal. The FDA and Health Canada have a broad definition for what qualifies the treatment and so, for Victoria, BC patients, it is important to understand the differences between true, medical-grade laser systems and broad-band light-based systems. The chief difference is in how they emit their energy - medical-grade laser emits a pure wavelength of laser energy, specific to the colour and depth of hair follicles. Broad-band light devices emit a variety of wavelengths, only some of which may target hair follicles. Medical-grade Laser Hair Removal will require fewer treatments and, when treatments are provided by trained and experienced clinicians, offer a superior safety profile. Broad-band light devices, such as IPL Photorejunvenation, are certainly beneficial for other conditions and will be found in most cosmetic medical practices for improving brown and red skin discolourations like freckling from sun exposure or flushing from rosacea.
Of the selection of Laser Hair Removal devices available to Victoria, BC patients, the gold-standard system is the LightSheer DUET - a dedicated Laser Hair Removal device exclusively available at Cosmedica. The LightSheer DUET employs two separate treatments heads - one for smaller treatment areas or for detail around treatment areas, the other for quicker, more comfortable treatment of large areas like the back or legs.