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    Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • The Myths About Dermal Fillers

    Dermal FillersTired of looking older than you are? Want to restore some youthfulness to your face but don’t want to undergo the expense or surgical downtime required for a facelift? Consider a liquid facelift – dermal fillers! They can eliminate those deep creases between your forehead, the lines around your eyes, plump your lips and more!

    And let me let you in on a little secret … I myself have had dermal fillers and it has made me look ten years younger. I definitely practice what I preach!

    However, before you decide on injectables, there’s certain things you should know. With so many new dermal fillers coming on the market every day, there is a lot of confusion. Should you get Botox, Juvederm or Sculptra? Is there a difference? Are they safe?

    Let’s take a look and dispel the myths.

    Myth #1: Botox and Dermal Fillers Work the Same

    Botox was the first dermal filler on the cosmetic scene, introduced in 2002. Although they perform the same function, they are made from different substances. Botox is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, Juvederm is made of a hyaluronic acid gel, Sculptra contains synthetic polylactic acid, and Radiesse is a synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite. Botox is injected into the muscle and essentially paralyzes it, removing the appearance of wrinkles. Most other dermal fillers are injected into the face and fill wrinkles and creases with a substance to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers fill and Botox relaxes.

    Myth#2: Botox Makes Showing Expressions Impossible

    While injecting Botox into your forehead may make frowning harder, isn’t that the point?If done correctly and in proper moderation, Botox will look natural and emotions will still be expressed on your face. It does not affect the way you smile or the twinkle in your eye that comes from feeling more confident about your appearance!

    Myth#3: Dermal Fillers Are Extremely Painful

    Depending on what type of injection you have, it may feel like a pinch to your skin. Some dermal fillers are often combined with lidocaine to numb the area. At The Bradford Skin & Medical Spa, we often use topical numbing agents to reduce any discomfort.  On a scale of 1 to 10, our clients estimate the pain level at 2.

    Myth#4: Dermal Fillers Last Only 3 Months

    How long the dermal fillers last is really based on a person’s skin type, sun damage, genetic factors and age. Botox usually lasts 3 months before touch-ups may be needed. Perlane is FDA approved to last for six months, while Restylane is approved to last up to 18 months (with repeat injections).

    Myth#5: People Will Know You’ve Had Dermal Fillers

    Herein lies the key to getting dermal fillers: the experience and expertise of the person doing the injectables. At Bradford Skin & Medical Spa, our injections are done by Marie Nieminen, an RN for more than 25 years. She has worked in the ICU of a burn unit, so she knows all about tissue. Her goal is to make you look as natural as possible. She knows how deep to inject it, ,how much product to inject and what type of needle to use. She will talk with you extensively about the look you want to achieve … in fact, she has a waiting list!

    At our medical spa, we have seen clients who have been over injected or poorly injected at other spas. Unfortunately, their face looks virtually immobile and their cheeks out of proportion! You will never have this type of experience at our spa, because our business depends on repeat customers and referrals. We’re proud of our reputation for being one of the premiere skin care clinics in Bradford!

    Myth#6: It’s Okay to go out in the Sun After a Treatment

    In general, the sun has many damaging effects on your skin, and you should never go outside without sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunscreen. Dermal fillers are directly impacted by the exposure to the sun.

    Myth #7: You Can Become Addicted to Botox

    Although you can become psychologically addicted to Botox, you cannot become physically addicted. Dermal fillers are all about making you look better. We’re not here to sell you an inordinate amount of dermal fillers … we’re all about increasing your self-confidence!

    Addicted to BotoxAt Bradford Skin Clinic and Medical Spa, you’ll find our dermal fillers to be therapeutically amazing and safe. Some people have a little bruising and swelling, but the noninvasive nature of the procedure leads to very few risks. And if you don’t like it, the results are not permanent, so you can always switch to another skin care procedure.

    Scared of needles? We have a variety of other anti-aging procedures that may be more to your liking. Laser photorejuvenation and medical grade chemical peels can produce amazing results when it comes to getting rid of acne scars, age spots, fine lines and more. Bothered by the spider veins on your legs or around your nose? Try our vascular lesion removal treatment, you will love how clear your skin looks after.

    With our free skin consultation we can help you decide what procedure is best for you. You’ll leave our spa refreshed and rejuvenated. If you don’t take care of yourself and pamper yourself, who will? Call us today at 905-775-SKIN (7546)!

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, VPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, travelling  and gourmet cooking.

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  • Confessions of A Zit Popper

    Confessions of A Zit PopperWho can resist popping a zit? Many of us do it, we just won’t admit to it. I have a magnifying mirror no less, so I can get rid of every last one of them. Those blackheads are unsightly too and are begging to be gone!

    And I have the acne scars to prove it.

    I am 55-years-old and I have had acne since I was a teenager. Seriously, there is no justice to be post-menopausal and having acne at the same time! When I was young, my mother sent me to a fancy dermatologist who put me on a skin regime. It worked for ten years, but then it stopped working. Could it be because as I aged, my skin changed? Duh. Then I had two children and spent the next 20 years raising them. Without a doubt, I neglected myself. What Mother doesn’t?

    So I made up my mind to start taking care of my skin again. I was in need of a facial pick-me-up. Literally. Not only do I have acne and acne scarring, but my fine lines and wrinkles are no longer fine – they are crevices.

    I did a lot of research before I decided on a place. I asked my friends who live in New Market for their opinions. Bradford Skin & Medical Spa came highly recommended. Now I know why.

    My Free Consultation

    The name “medical spa” scared me off at first. I figured I would be walking into a sterile environment like when you go to a doctor’s office. However, their lobby is warm and inviting – it almost envelopes you in a cocoon of security. And with their free consultation, they sit down with you and do a thorough analysis of your skin. Here’s what I liked best:

    They didn’t preach at me like when I go to the dentist. They merely explained that when you pop your zits, the bacteria spreads all over your face. Yuck! I never thought about that. When you squeeze a pimple, you may inadvertently force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle.

    They don’t hard sell you. The aestheticianstruly care. It’s not all about the money to them and they don’t try and hard sell you. I explained to them that my budget was limited, and they suggested a program where I could do it in steps. They asked me what bothered me the most – my acne or my wrinkles. Without a doubt my acne and acne scars are the most embarrassing. So we’re going to tackle that first.

    It’s not a one size fits all approach. Some medical spas only offer one type of treatment. .. They offer it all! For acne alone, they have three treatments — Laser Photorejuvention and chemical peel. And for my not so fine lines and wrinkles? There’s always Cosmetic Injectables!

    They cleared up my misconceptions. I never use moisturizer because I have such oily skin. Unfortunately, the variety of acne products I was using on my face were making my acne worse. My regime of cleansing, scrubs and exfoliating products were making my skin even oilier than before! No matter what type of skin you have, a moisturizer is essential to hydrate your skin. They have a variety of products from the Dead Sea and the Priori and Obagi line.

    They have awesome before and after pictures. It helps that the owner – Mia Liefso –is a walking advertisement for good skin care. .. She looks ten years younger than she actually is! And they have real life pictures of people they have helped. People like you and me who have numerous flaws, not young people who were gorgeous and flawless to begin with!

    They have the latest technology. Every day, we read about improvements in skin care. There are always new dermal fillers coming out, and advanced technologies that are an improvement over prior procedures. Bradford Skin Clinic & Medical Spa purchased the UltraPlus Variable Pulsed light laser machine that is the most powerful one on the market.

    When I walked out of my appointment, I had a huge smile on my face. I’m going to start with the laser treatments and slip a few chemical peels in between. And maybe my husband will get the not so subtle hints I have left him about getting Cosmetic Injectables for the holidays!

    I’ll keep you informed about how it goes. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to at least get a free consultation. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about your skin … even old dogs like me can learn new tricks!

    I have acne. You may have unsightly veins, cellulite that won’t budge, or hair on your face that you would like gone permanently. Call them at 905-775-7546 because that is within their expertise. Treat yourself. Pamper yourself. And don’t wait as long as I did!

    P.S. That’s not my picture but I wish it was!

    About The Author
    Mia Liefso is a professional medical skin therapist and the owner of Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa in Bradford, Ontario.  She has certifications in IPL, laser and ultrasound technologies, as well as body contouring and medical facial peels. Her professional interests include difficult skin conditions—premature aging, skin care for the elderly, endocrinology, and helping people love the skin they’re in. Her diverse personal interests include history, animals, roller derby, fast cars and gourmet cooking.

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