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Botox: The Ultimate Guide to Botox in Ottawa

 

Facial expressions are an important part of life. No one wants to be frozen! However, strong repeated movements of underlying facial muscles create wrinkles and lines that become more visible as we age.

At first, these lines only occur when we make facial expressions. However, over time, deeper lines and wrinkles start to be present at rest, and can really show our age.

Botox is one option to address these lines and wrinkles.

Botox Cosmetic has been used since 2002 as an evidence-based treatment to help prevent and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox restores a more refreshed, youthful, and rested appearance. Who doesn’t want to look the best at their age?


What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic treatment that targets wrinkles and lines on your face caused by certain, repetitive facial muscle contractions.

Every facial expression is a result of certain underlying muscle movements, which are typically involuntary. Over time, areas of the face where muscles are predominately active, such as between the eyes and forehead develop frown lines, forehead creases, and wrinkles.

Botox is used to carefully relax these muscles and prevent specific involuntary muscle contractions from forming lines and wrinkles.

Is Botox right for me?

If you are looking for a treatment to improve existing lines or prevent new ones from forming, Botox may be the solution you’re looking for.

Patients typically opt for this procedure in order to treat crow’s feet (wrinkles on the side of the eyes), forehead creases, and treat frown lines between the eyes.

However, Botox can also be used on other regions such as the neck, lips, chin, and lower face region.

 

Will I look frozen like those celebrities?  

Unfortunately, our reference point for minor cosmetic treatments are celebrities and people we see in the media.

Botox should never leave you feeling or looking fake or frozen! This is where the art really comes into play. When done correctly, Botox treatments will make you look and feel more refreshed and rested, never frozen or artificial.

Often our patients get comments like, “wow, your skin looks great,” and “did you just get back from vacation?” People may notice you look great, but no one should know why.

Fake and frozen is never the goal!

 

How much does Botox cost in Ottawa?

This really depends on the area being treated, the experience of the physician, and the amount of Botox that is required to treat your particular area.

Botox injections are usually measured in units. A particular area requires X number of units, and the cost is therefore partially based on the number of units required by that particular area.

Typically, an area such as the forehead requires between 8 to 10 units, while frown lines between the eyes usually require 20-30 units.

The experience of the person injecting your Botox also plays into the overall pricing. An experienced and reputable physician generally charges more per unit than someone who is less experienced.

At Concept Medical, only our qualified physicians treat patients with Botox Cosmetic. Concept Medical is a Double Diamond Allergan Practice, meaning that Concept Medical physicians inject more Botox than most clinics in Canada.

At Concept Medical, a forehead line treatment typically costs $150, while treating between the eyes (frown lines) or crow’s feet is typically $375.

 

Does it hurt?

Botox treatments are very quick and the physicians use an ultra-thin needle. Most patients feel a very small and temporary ‘prick’ sensation, but it is typically much more comfortable than patients expect.

The doctor may apply some numbing cream or ice to numb to the respective area prior to treatment. This is something that you can discuss with the doctor before the procedure, although most patients do not require this step.

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What to expect the day I get Botox?

Not to worry, this shouldn’t be any different than a regular day! At Concept Medical we always start with a detailed medical consultation prior to any treatment to ensure the treatment is right for you.

Here is a quick summary of what to expect on the day of your treatment:

  1. Given you have already had a consultation with your team, we already have a detailed understanding of your desired results, and we have discussed the treatment in detail.
  2. The area may be cleaned to wipe of make-up.
  3. Our physician will ask you to smile, frown, raise your eyebrows or ask you for a few other facial expressions to precisely identify the underlying muscles. This step is VERY important, as injecting Botox into the wrong muscles can lead to a less than ideal outcome or relaxation of the wrong muscles.
  4. The physician will then proceed with micro-drops of Botox. A typical visit takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, with the actual treatment typically lasting about 1 minute.

 

What is the recovery like?

There is no downtime or recovery required after your appointment. Your doctor will most likely tell you to go on about your normal day. Most patients go right back to work! Directly following the injections, slight redness may occur, but typically disappears within 15 minutes.

You should avoid touching or rubbing the area until the next day and make sure to wait 48 hours to get a facial or face massage. The reason for this is that massaging the treated areas can spread the Botox to unintended areas of the face. Other than that there are no specific precautions following your Botox treatment.

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What kind of results can I expect after the procedure?

Botox should results in the gentle reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful, refreshed, and relaxed appearance.

Typically results begin to show in 3 days following the procedure, with full results becoming apparent at about 10-14 days afterward. If you have a big event coming up, make sure to plan accordingly. Of course, results vary depending on the patient, dosage, and the treated area.

 

How long does Botox last?

On average, results last four months before the body metabolizes the Botox. At this point, the treatment needs to be repeated in order to maintain the desired results.

 

What are the possible side effects?

Directly following the procedure, some redness may be apparent but should disappear within about 15 minutes. Bruising is very uncommon, but can happen anytime a small needle is placed into the skin.

Serious Botox side effects are extremely rare, however, all the complications should be discussed with you at your consultation. It is important you do your research and get your Botox treatment done at a reputable clinic by an experienced clinician.

 

Additional FAQ’s

 

Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding

It is not recommended that women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding receive Botox treatments. There is no evidence that it is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. For this reason it is best to wait until after pregnancy and breastfeeding for Botox treatments.

 

Is Botox toxic?

Any drug or medication that is overused or taken at high dosage levels can be toxic to your body. However, the amount of Botox used for cosmetic purposes is far below the toxic level of the drug.

 

Is Botox only for women?

Certainly not. Men can receive Botox cosmetic treatments just as women do. In fact, cosmetic Botox treatments are increasing in popularity amongst the male population. Men are often looking for minimally invasive treatments to help them look and feel less aged, and more refreshed. At Concept Medical we see many male patients every day.

 

What is the minimum age to begin receiving Botox treatments?

There is no minimum age at which you can start to receive Botox. However, most patients who start to receive Botox are usually over the age of 20, with most patients over the age of 30. Most physicians will not treat patients with Botox Cosmetic who are under the age of 18.

Still curious about Botox Cosmetic? For more information, please contact us.

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Complete Guide to Coolsculpting

The ULTIMATE GUIDE to CoolSculpting®

By now I’m sure you have heard a lot about CoolSculpting. However, many people have several questions about this new body-sculpting treatment. How much does CoolSculpting cost in Ottawa? What exactly is it? Does it hurt? Is it right for me?

If these things have crossed your mind, keep reading! Since we receive a ton of questions about CoolSculpting every day, we have created this detailed guide to help you learn more about the #1 most popular, non-surgical, fat-freezing technology.

CoolSculpting is based on the concept of cryolipolysis. ‘Cyro’ means to freeze, while ‘lipolysis’ means fat cell destruction, so CoolSculpting uses cold to kill fat.

It is a non-invasive, fat-eliminating procedure offered worldwide to people looking for a more sculpted body. Many people have just that little bit of extra fat that they would rather be gone. CoolSculpting can often be a great option for these patients to help them look and feel better by removing those unsightly bulges.

But does it actually work?

CoolSculpting has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective body contouring treatment option, decreasing fat by up to 20-25%. However, it’s important to remember, that like any procedure, results do vary between patients, and CoolSculpting is never a replacement for a healthy lifestyle.

Unlike other non-invasive, fat-reducing treatments, CoolSculpting can be used almost anywhere on the body. Whether it’s your love handles, chin fat, or inner thighs, CoolSculpting can target it. Since 2010, CoolSculpting has been used to eliminate fat in over 6,000,000 patients.

Harnessing the power of fat-freezing technology, CoolSculpting is the only Health Canada and FDA-approved treatment, which uses gentle and controlled cooling to kill fat cells.

Not all fat is created equal. Some fat on your body may be very resistant and difficult to lose with exercise and diet alone. This is where CoolSculpting really shines. CoolSculpting is an effective option designed to help you decrease resistant and unwanted fat “pockets” on several areas of your body.

CoolSculpting is presently the #1 non-surgical fat decreasing cosmetic treatment around the world. While results differ from person to person, CoolSculpting is backed by research in over 100 studies.

 

 

Is CoolSculpting for me?

CoolSculpting is ideal for people who have noticeable and undesired areas of fat that they would like reduced. Many patients desire a non-surgical fat-reduction treatment, and for this exact reasoning CoolSculpting’s popularity has increased dramatically since 2010.

CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment and is not considered an overall weight reduction technique for people who are overweight or obese. Furthermore, CoolSculpting won’t treat cellulite or stretch marks.

As the name suggests, it ‘sculpts’, by helping your body remove underlying fat by up to 25%.

Finally, there are a few medical conditions that would preclude you from getting CoolSculpting. Therefore, it’s always best to have a detailed consultation with a physician or qualified practitioner to ensure that CoolSculpting is safe for you.

 

 

How does Coolsculpting® work?

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How does CoolSculpting actually freeze fat, while leaving the skin unharmed? Your fat cells are much more sensitive to temperature changes than the other cells in your body and have a much higher ‘freezing’ temperature. This means that your fat freezes before normal healthy skin will.

CoolSculpting works by gradually cooling and destroying fat while leaving the outer surface of skin essentially unaffected. With mild but deliberate cooling, fat cells are permanently destroyed without harming the skin or other surrounding tissue in the process. Although frostbite and other side effects have been reported, they are rare.

The very unique concept behind CoolSculpting was created by scientists at Harvard University, and tailored for physicians to deliver evidence-based and effective results to patients desiring a more sculpted and contoured body. Who doesn’t want to say good-bye to their ‘muffin top’ or ‘love handles’?

How much does CoolSculpting cost in Ottawa?

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CoolSculpting treatments are tailored and customized to each patient. Therefore the cost of CoolSculpting in Ottawa is partially dependent on the personalized plan and number of CoolSculpting treatments required to achieve the desired outcome.

CoolSculpting treatments in Ottawa generally cost as little as $600. However, individual CoolSculpting sessions may cost up to $1500 or more depending on the clinic and provider. Concept Medical offers one of the lowest cost CoolSculpting packages in Ottawa.

What should I expect during a CoolSculpting treatment?

After an in-depth consultation to ensure that you’re an appropriate candidate for Coolsculpting, a gel pad is first placed over the specific zones you wish to be treated.

A designated and qualified physician or technician trained in CoolSculpting will then place a customized applicator to the area where fat reduction is desired. This specific applicator delivers a consistent cooling temperature to your fat cells along with mild suction.

CoolSculpting is very quick, typically lasting only 35-45 minutes per area. After treatment, the area is then massaged for about 5 minutes to help the crystallized fat start to break apart. This also increases circulation to the treated area, which may improve your long-term results.

How long is each Coolsculpting treatment?

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The duration of you CoolSculpting treatment session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated per visit. With recent advances in the latest CoolSculpting technology, sessions can be completed within as little as 35 minutes. Some patients even opt to have their treatments done over the lunch hour or prior to work in the morning. If multiple areas are being treated during the same session, your visit will be longer than 35 minutes.

Is CoolSculpting an effective weight loss tool?

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CoolSculpting does not replace a healthy diet and regular exercise. While CoolSculpting is designed to destroy and reduce fat in different areas of the body where bulges of fat are undesired, it’s not a weight loss procedure.

Although you will likely look and feel better after CoolSculpting, most people remain the same weight before and after treatment.

CoolSculpting treatment will only target fat in the area being treated and will not decrease fat in surrounding areas, or other parts of your body.

How is losing weight and fat-reduction with CoolSculpting different?

When your body creates a fat cell, this cell will exist throughout your entire life. When you gain or lose weight through diet, exercise, or lifestyle choices, your fat cells will enlarge or shrink in size, but never disappear.

In other words, the total number of fat cells you have in your body will never decrease, but only increase in size should you gain weight. As you gain weight, more fat cells are created.

This is why CoolSculpting is such an interesting treatment. CoolSculpting completely destroys fat cells, preventing them from storing fat in the future. CoolSculpting has the potential of eliminating up to 25% of treated fat within a single treatment. This means that if you can pinch 4 inches of fat between your fingers, after treatment you may only be able to pinch 3 inches. There is a reason why CoolSculpting is the world’s #1 non-surgical fat-reducing technology.

What areas of my body can be treated with CoolSculpting?

Approved by Health Canada for fat reduction and elimination, CoolSculpting can be used almost anywhere on the body. For example, CoolSculpting can be applied to reduce unwanted fat on your abdomen, ‘muffin top’, ‘love handles’, back, thighs, arms, and even under the chin.

Due to CoolSculpting’s customizable applicators, treatment can be fully tailored to each patient’s specific problem areas. If you can pinch it, you can freeze it.

Is CoolSculpting similar to liposuction?

No. CoolSculpting and liposuction are very different procedures, although they both can eliminate fat.

Liposuction is a surgical treatment where fat cells are sucked out of the treatment zone. Liposuction is the gold standard for fat elimination and provides the most dramatic results. However, liposuction is surgical, and associated with more downtime than CoolSculpting, as well as surgical risks.

There are risks associated with CoolSculpting as well, and these should be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

Will I lose weight with CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is not designed as a weight loss option but rather used to treat stubborn and resistant pockets of fat that poorly respond to exercise and diet alone.

While you won’t see pounds dropping when you step on the bathroom scale, you should see a more contoured and toned appearance in the areas that have been treated with CoolSculpting.

Where does the fat go after CoolSculpting?

After your CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells that have been targeted die and are then removed from your body, through your own circulation process. This natural elimination of fat cells will take a couple of weeks to a few months after your CoolSculpting treatment, which is why it takes time to see results.

One question often asked is if CoolSculpting changes the level of fat in the blood. It is important to note that fat and cholesterol levels in the blood stream do not appear to increase after your treatment.

What will I feel during my CoolSculpting® Treatment?

Not surprisingly, CoolSculpting is pretty chilly! You should feel considerably cold on the area being treated. This sensation will last about 5 minutes as the area being targeted becomes numb. At Concept Medical, our first patient actually fell asleep during her treatment!

CoolSculpting also uses a unique suction technology that allows the coolness to deeply penetrate into your fat cells. Most patients feel a slight pulling sensation on the skin during treatment.

Many patients enjoy reading or spend the treatment time on their phone or iPad. Others choose to shut their eyes and nap or rest during their treatments.

Following treatment, there may be some mild discomfort and numbness, although this is typically minimal, and usually resolves.

Is CoolSculpting safe for me?

While a detailed consultation is necessary prior to treatment to ensure that CoolSculpting is right and safe for you, CoolSculpting is both Health Canada and FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges throughout the body.

CoolSculpting carries an excellent safety profile and has been studied in over 100 scientific studies. However, like any cosmetic treatment, there are possible adverse effects.

CoolSculpting systems are created with sensitive safety sensors that can detect if the skin is getting too cold. In this infrequent case, the system will shut off to ensure your safety and help prevent skin damage.

However, although CoolSculpting is considered safe, side effects infrequently do occur.

Will my CoolSculpting result be permanent?

Yes! CoolSculpting is considered a permanent fat reduction technology. Fat cells that are treated and destroyed are not expected to regrow. However, there is one catch. The results are only permanent if you control your weight with a healthy diet and exercise. CoolSculpting should not be a replacement for a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate exercise and healthy foods. Long lasting improvements to your physique (and overall health) depend on your lifestyle choices!

I can’t miss work. Can I return to my normal activities after CoolSculpting?

Absolutely! One of the nice things about CoolSculpting is that you can return to your normal activities after treatment, as there isn’t any specific recovery time necessary. There are no activity limitations following CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting is completely non-surgical. Therefore, patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately following treatments. Patients undergoing CoolSculpting at Concept Medical usually return to work on the same day as treatment.

I have an event coming up. How soon will I see results?

Some patients may notice positive results from CoolSculpting within 1 month following their first treatment, although most will notice more considerable results 3 months after their sessions.

Depending on the areas being treated, people may require two CoolSculpting sessions to achieve the optimal and desired results. Treatment sessions are usually booked 4-6 weeks apart, when required.

After my CoolSculpting treatment, is there anything I should do to increase my results?

While there isn’t a set recommended plan to follow after your CoolSculpting treatment, following a healthy diet and modest exercise routine can help maintain a healthy body weight and thus maintain your results. Most patients also see CoolSculpting as an investment, and want to hold onto their results. Therefore many patients are even more motivated to have a healthy lifestyle following their treatments.

When is the ideal time to have CoolSculpting?

While you can receive CoolSculpting at any time during the year, many patient choose to book CoolSculpting prior to attending a special event, such as a wedding or vacation to look and feel their best.

It is recommended to book your CoolSculpting treatment at least three months in advance to your big event. Results are not visible until approximately 4 weeks afterwards and fat loss peaks around 12 weeks following treatment, so ensure you plan ahead if you have a big event on the horizon.

We hope that this guide has allowed you a detailed look into CoolSculpting, and has answered most of your questions or concerns. For more information about CoolSculpting in Ottawa or to book your consultation, please contact our office. 

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Laser Hair Removal: The Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal: The Ultimate Guide to Laser Hair Removal

Do you struggle with hair that grows too fast and thick?

Is your growing hair in unwanted spots?

Are you tired of shaving or waxing?

Dealing with unwanted hair not only costs money but it also wastes one of our most precious commodities, time.

Free yourself from the need to shave or wax unwanted body hair in order to look and feel your best. Shaving only lasts a couple of days for most people, while waxing has to be repeated every few weeks.

Why put yourself through shaving, tweezing, or waxing if you’re only getting short-term results?

If you’re like us and these questions are weekly annoyances then sit back while we educate you about laser hair removal in Ottawa.

What is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is a long-lasting, non-invasive method for reducing or removing unwanted body hair. With laser hair removal, just a few simple treatments are all it takes to reduce hair growth leaving behind smoother and silkier looking skin anywhere on the body.

Laser hair removal is done by exposing an area of skin to pulses of laser light with the goal of preventing further growth from the hair follicle. This simple and convenient process is done without harming the surrounding skin, and without downtime.

Laser hair removal was invented in the late 1990s, and has been used worldwide since. This researched and effective treatment has become more mainstream over the past decade with prices becoming very reasonable in most major cities. Concept Medical was actually one of the very first clinics in Ottawa to offer laser hair removal.

Before we get into any more specifics let’s take a look at exactly how laser hair removal works.

How does Laser Hair Removal work?

We have skimmed over the treatment, but now it’s time to dig deeper into the laser hair removal process.

First, it is important to understand the way hair growth works for a person to appreciate the entire laser hair removal process.

Hair growth occurs in growth cycles, but not every hair follicle goes through a cycle at the same time and speed. More importantly, not every hair is in the growth phase at the same time. This concept is important to remember.

The laser technology targets the hair follicles that are about to enter or are in the active phase of hair growth (known as the anagen phase). This is because during the active growth phase, the hair is in contact with the bottom of the follicle, where hair growth begins. By effectively targeting the hair follicles at this time it destroys the follicle itself preventing the hair from growing back.

The devices used for laser hair removal uses a visible or invisible infrared light to help target the dark pigment, melanin, found in hair.

Melanin occurs in high density at the base of a hair follicle, which absorbs the light and converts it into heat. The heat energy is what damages the follicle causing the hair to fall out and preventing regrowth.

Hair removal lasers usually operate between 700 – 1400 nanometers depending on which type of laser is being used. The process matches a wavelength of light and pulse duration determined by the skin and hair type of each individual.

Some wavelengths (and lasers) are better than others for laser hair removal, and it is important to ensure your clinic offers you a laser that is specific for laser hair removal.

The treatment is most effective on lighter skin that grows darker hair, but laser hair removal technology is advanced now to yield excellent results for darker skin as well.

However, the treatments are yet to produce significant results for grey, white, or light red hair. For these patients, electrolysis may be a more effective option.

How to prepare for Laser Hair Removal

If you decide to move forward with the laser hair removal there will be a few things to prepare you for the treatment.

First off, any treatment should begin with a detailed consultation by a medical or qualified health professional to ensure laser hair removal is safe for you. Remember, lasers are very powerful, and side effects do occur if laser hair removal is performed incorrectly.

The person doing the treatment will be your technician. The technician will tell you to shave the night before or morning of your appointment. This is crucial to safe and effective results.

Do not use any skin creams the day of your treatment and do not wax for at least 2-4 weeks prior to your treatment.

The treatment involves a laser looking for pigment within your follicles so ideally you want to shave as close as you can. For the best results try soaking in a tub, exfoliate, and shave everything completely bare.

Your technician may want to shave the area again prior to treatment to ensure there is not stubble above the skin. This will help to ensure your treatment is effective, and as safe as possible.

Remember every laser appointment should be done by a professional technician. The technician will do everything to help you feel comfortable.

Avoiding caffeine prior to the treatment may be helpful to calm any nerves during your first treatment. Try having a calming tea to help settle any nerves you may have if you are a more anxious person. However, after your first treatment, this is usually not necessary.

One last thing to think about before your appointment is the time it takes to complete the whole process. Laser hair removal takes more than one appointment because of how the hair cycle works. This means that the entire process can take a few months (discussed more in the next section).

If you are a summer person, and want to have less hair for the summer your last treatment would be a month or two before the summer season begins. Make sure to plan accordingly!

What to Expect During the Process

The preparation is done and it’s time for your first appointment. Here comes the most popular question of laser hair removal:

Does it hurt?

Before we answer that, let’s backtrack a little. Remember, laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires a trained technician to perform correctly and ensure all safety precautions are met. The technician will provide you with protective eye shields to prevent injury to your eyes.

To help protect the outer layers of your skin a cold gel is typically used. This gel will also help make the treatment more effective by facilitating the laser light through the skin. It will also make the treatment more comfortable, helping to disperse some of the heat.

Most lasers will use a high-energy laser beam, which will be adjusted to the colour, thickness, and location of hair on your skin. One other key factor will be your skin tone. Some lasers cannot be used on dark skin colours while some lasers may be used on any colour of skin. Make sure you discuss this with your technician prior to treatment.

Next, the technician will give a pulse of light to a treatment test area. This area will be watched for a few minutes to make sure the best settings are used and to check for any untoward reactions. This is called a test pulse, and ensures treatment is safe.

When the settings are approved the laser is then systematically directed spot-by-spot towards the areas to be treated. The laser will instantly disable the active growth of hair follicles.

Now here comes the answer to your question…

The appointment itself will likely last 30-60 minutes, but should not be painful. The sensation is often compared to warm pinpricks against the skin or mini snaps of a rubber band.

After you have made it through your first appointment do not start throwing away your razors quite yet!

How long for Laser Hair Removal results?

The results from laser hair removal are immediate for a certain percentage of the treated area. A certain number of hairs are in a resting phase, rather than a growth phase. The laser will only be effective on the hairs in a growth phase.

On average, it takes 4-10 treatment sessions to achieve maximum results for an area. Some patient will notice results after 1-2 treatments, while a few patients may need more than 10. The treatments need to be spaced out about 1 month apart to allow the resting phase hairs to grow.

Certain parts of the body will respond faster than other parts of the body. For example, the bikini line is usually done quicker than the face.

Is there any recovery from Laser Hair Removal?

When the procedure is completed you may be given ice packs, cold water, or anti-inflammatory creams to soothe the treated areas although this is not usually needed if performed correctly.

Remember multiple sessions are required so do not be throwing out any of those razors yet. However, do not wax in between sessions, as you want to have the base of the hair touching the follicle to ensure your next treatment is effective.

In almost all cases you may return to your daily activities immediately following the treatment, although follow the directions of your supervising physician and technician.

After the procedure, you should receive detailed instructions about your post-treatment care. This will involve information about skin care, normal symptoms you will experience, and potential signs of complications.

Most people notice slight redness or minor skin irritation immediately after the treatment – do not panic this is common and resolves quickly. After a few weeks, you will start to notice some hair growing back, this will be a warning signal to book the next appointment.

What are the benefits of Laser Hair Removal?

The benefits of laser hair removal should be pretty obvious to most but can be broken down into a clearer message. Lasers are useful for removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, and other areas such as the back and chest. Essentially any area can be treated with laser hair removal, if done by a qualified technician.

The lasers have great precision that can selectively target darker, thicker hairs while leaving surrounding skin undamaged (no more razor burn).

Each laser takes a fraction of a second and can treat many hairs at the same time making it a speedy process. The laser can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter every second. Small areas can be treated in less than a minute.

After four to eight sessions most patients will have tremendous hair loss and will not need to worry about buying razors or shaving.

Does Laser Hair Removal have any side effects?

Thankfully significant complications from laser hair removal are very rare. However, with it being a medical procedure it does have potential to cause some side effects.

The technician will discuss all potential side effects during your consultation prior to treatment. Ideally, you should have a consultation with a medical professional prior to treatment to ensure laser hair removal is safe for you.

Some of the risks specific to laser hair removal involve blistering, changes in skin color/texture, increased hair growth, or an eye injury. The technician will minimize your risk by providing you with advice and instructions for the treatment.

Overall, laser hair removal is very safe when provided by a suitably trained and qualified technician in a safe and controlled environment.

 

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Exfoliating Scrubs: 3 DIY Exfoliating Scrubs for the Holidays

The holiday spirits are quickly blooming. You really can’t miss it with the decorations and holiday displays already appearing.

With the holidays fast approaching, why not treat your skin to a little holiday of its own?

We’ve got 3 DIY facial scrub recipes perfect for this holiday season.

Can’t think of what to get someone? Why not a Peppermint Chocolate scrub packaged into a cute mason jar.

Whether you want to make it a gift or turn it into a fun activity we have got you covered. First, go find the ingredients in your kitchen, grab these quick and easy DIY recipes below and let the fun begin!

All this along with the benefits of radiant glowing skin that will be hydrated, conditioned and very well exfoliated with all natural ingredients.

Why Exfoliate?

Over time, the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) begins to die and new skin beneath it gets exposed. This is an ongoing cycle, and at times the dead skin cells tend to flake off, leaving your skin looking rough, dried out or damaged.

Exfoliating rids your face of the excess dead skin that may trap oil and dirt build-up in your pores. It is also an important step before applying moisturizers in order to keep your new skin hydrated (all about that in last week’s blog post).

How to Exfoliate

Wet your face will lukewarm water. Scoop a generous amount of scrub onto your fingers and apply it to your face in small circular motions. Be careful and don’t press too hard. Do so for about 30 to 60 seconds and proceed to rinse your face then tap dry with a towel.

After exfoliating make sure you moisturize. Repeat this process up to three times a week, try not to exceed this amount, as exfoliating too often can be damaging to your skin.

Try out these three DIY holiday themed scrubs:

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
1/2 cup of brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 pure cane or granulated sugar 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup of coconut oil 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp allspice

Make It
1. Mix both sugars in a large bowl
2. Add both the coconut oil and 1 tsp of vanilla extra, stir until uniform mass is achieved
3. Mix all four spices in a cup and then add the mixture to the bowl
4. Stir until scrub appears to have a uniform colour
5. Spoon into mason jar and store in fridge for up to three months

Peppermint Chocolate Scrub

Ingredients
1 cup of brown sugar 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil
3 tbsp Cocoa powder 1/4 cup almond oil
1 cup of granulated sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil

Make It
1. Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and Cocoa powder in a large bowl
2. Mix in the coconut and almond oils and stir until everything is well combined
3. Add the Peppermint extract and make sure to mix the mass well to have it spread evenly throughout the scrub
4. Transfer to a mason jar and store in fridge for up to three months

Cranberry Scrub

Ingredients
1 cup cranberries, frozen 1 cup of sugar or raw sugar
1/8 cup coconut oil

Make It
1. Purée cranberries in a blender or food processor
2. Transfer the puréed cranberries into a bowl, add coconut oil and sugar
3. Mix well until ingredients are well combined
4. Transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

DIY Scrub Tips

1. Heat up your coconut oil either on the stovetop or in the microwave to liquefy it but make sure not to overheat, 30 seconds in the microwave should do. This will make mixing the ingredients into an even mass much easier.

2. Use of mason jars is not mandatory, any airtight container will do. However, when gifting the scrub, mason jars make for a very charming appearance. Add a bow out of twine or ribbon around the neck of the jar for that extra effect.

3. Avoid storing in oversized containers. Stick to cup size mason jars or other airtight containers.

Did you try them out? How did they work for you? If you did, send us a picture of your holiday scrub! We’d love to see the how they came out.

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Winter Skincare: 5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Skin during the Winter Months

Unless you have the option to move down south and live on a beautiful tropical island (please take me with you if you do), then you know that the harsh Ottawa winter weather is just around the corner and the inevitable discomfort of dry flaky skin is right along with it.

Luckily for us, we can prevent the dreaded itching, flaking and cracking of dry skin by adding a few steps to our daily beauty regimen. We’ve prepared five tips on how to keep your skin healthy and happy for the upcoming winter months.

1. Hot showers – a big NO, NO.
Nothing feels better than to steam up your washroom with a hot shower or bath during the cold winter months. We’ve all been there and at times we even choose to stay in a little longer just to soak up a few extra minutes of warmth. While we might enjoy it while it lasts, our skin takes a beating from this ritual. The hot water easily strips many of the oils naturally produced by our skin, making it more susceptible to drying out. Instead, we suggest you opt for a 5-10 minute lukewarm shower. I know, less enjoyable, but much better for your skin.

2. Moisturize – but do it right.
First things first… get high-quality moisturizer and put it EVERYWHERE. Put it near the bathtub, shower, and every sink in your house, this way you are bound to remember this super important step towards healthier skin. It’s important that you lather up the moisturizer within the first minute out of your shower. This way the cream locks in the moisture on your skin from your recent soak. Every time you wash your hands remember; step 1 – soap, step 2 – moisturizer.

3. Not just any Moisturizer
The quality of your moisturizer is really important. That doesn’t mean go out and spend a fortune – after all, I did just suggest you keep moisturizer around every corner. Next time you’re picking out your lotion, take a peek at the ingredients. Try to avoid moisturizers that contain preservatives, harsh scents and additives, as these can easily irritate your skin and can even promote dryness during the winter months. Instead turn to a moisturizer that contains more naturally sourced ingredients. If you are unsure of which products to use, ask a skincare expert.

4. Scrub, scrub, scrub
While lathering on moisturizers is recommended, make sure your cream has access to all your fresh skin. Dry skin tends to flake off, but over an extended period of time. You need to exfoliate your skin (rid yourself of the dead skin cells) before applying any moisturizing products. While it is suggested to exfoliate once or twice a week during the summer months, don’t be afraid to exfoliate up to three times a week.
That being said, be cautious of the products you use to get rid of that dead skin. Try to avoid scrubs that are nut and plastic-based, these tend to be very harsh and can lead to irritated and damaged skin. We suggest you opt for exfoliants that are glycolic acid, AHA/BHA based or natural scrubs such as sugar, clay, papaya, or Dead Sea mud based. (Check out next week’s blog on “DIY exfoliating scrubs – the natural way to scrub”)

5. Bundle up!
Areas of your body such as your face, hands, and ears have relatively thin skin, which is prone to harsh weather conditions. Protecting these areas by throwing on a hat, mitts and a cozy scarf will protect the skin and prevent further damage. As for your feet, keep those boots dry! Keeping your feet in wet and cold footwear can irritate your feet.

Have any tips of your own? Want quick tips on any other beauty or health issues you may have?

Let us know and we may just include them in one of our upcoming blogs.

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What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a concentrate of plasma, platelets, and plasma proteins derived from our own body. Our blood contains many necessary nutrients, growth factors, oxygen, and cells to keep us in good health. Here at Concept Medical, we have a way to harness these proteins and use them to treat fine lines, dark circles, deep wrinkles, scars, hair loss, and even joint pain.

What is Plasma?

Plasma constitutes 55% of our blood and is the ‘liquid’ component of our blood. Plasma contains minerals, proteins, growth factors, glucose, and some dissolved gases. The remaining amount of our blood is our red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

How do platelets help improve my health?

Platelets are naturally derived from our bone marrow. Their primary function of platelets is to coagulate our blood during injuries. In turn, it also contains several different growth factors that act as messengers to initiate the healing process, promoting new collagen, and hair growth stimulation.

What kind of improvements can I expect from this treatment?

PRP is one of the most natural means of improving the quality of your skin. There are many applications for PRP at Concept Medical:

1) Fine Lines – The natural process of skin ageing is due to the breakdown of cells and collagen faster than the rate of renewal. PRP can improve the quality of the skin reducing and smoothing fine lines found on the face, décolleté, and hands by stimulating your own growth factors.
2) Dark Circles – The delicate area around the eyes appearing brown or bluish in colour, is often affected by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. PRP stimulates microcirculation around the eyes, as well as increases the thickness of thinning skin, thus producing a brighter and more rested appearance around the eyes.
3) Deep wrinkles – A natural occurrence derived from the repetitive motion of the same area of skin, worsened by expressions, sun damage, ageing, smoking, lack of hydration and sleep habits. PRP can help increase volume where the collagen has broken down over time.
4) Scar reduction – A scar is a buildup of fibrous tissue after an injury. It is a natural process of reinforcing and repairing the damaged skin. Scaring can occur due to acne, injury, surgery or stretching of the skin. PRP can help bring new life to your damaged skin by encouraging new production of elastin and collagen.
5) Hair Loss – Also known as alopecia or baldness. With the use of PRP, many growth factors can stimulate new hair growth and strengthen the existing active follicles to help produce stronger hair.
6) Joints – Whether it is due to surgery, injury, or aches and pains PRP can help increase healing times post-injury. PRP can be used in many situations (not limited to) sprains, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis.

Many people can benefit from this safe and natural treatment. Call our office today to book your PRP consultation.

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Ultrashape Ottawa

Are you looking for a treatment in Ottawa that will help you to trim off a few centimetres that just won’t seem to budge despite all your dedicated gym time and cutting out the cookies and ice cream food groups? Many people struggle with unwanted fat that they would like to see gone. However, most do not want to have invasive procedures such as liposuction. I spoke with a few friends who struggle with the same thing as I – a few extra inches around the mid-section.

After some online research and my good friend Google, I came upon Concept Medical in Ottawa where they offer Ultrashape®. Ultrashape® is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that uses focused, pulsed ultrasound for fat cell destruction. It painlessly and permanently destroys fat cells without harming surrounding skin, nerves or blood vessels. Unlike other fat-reduction procedures in Ottawa that use heat or cold to freeze fat, Ultrashape® is painless and leaves no visible signs of treatment. There is no soreness or numbness after treatment and side effects are very rare.

After a consultation with Dr Hetz at Concept Medical in Ottawa, I decided to have my first body contouring treatment. The fat reduction treatment was very comfortable and the white noise of the machine actually lulled me to sleep. The technician expertly executed each pulse of the Ultrashape® treatment and the entire procedure took about an hour and a half for my abdominal area. That time included taking my measurements and getting the machine properly set up. I will be spacing my treatments 4 or 5 weeks apart. In between treatments I will continue to spend time at the gym and eat a healthy diet.

I am excited to head back to Concept Medical in Ottawa for my next ultrasound body contouring treatment. Does Ultrashape® really work? We will see!

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Lip Filler for Thinning Lips

Over time, lips appear thinner and less voluptuous. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, lip filler augmentation using dermal fillers such as Juvederm is a common and effective procedure to enhance the natural beauty of your lips while restoring fading volume. Cosmetic lip enhancement in Ottawa adds volume and contour to your lips, yet maintaining a natural and tasteful appearance. Lip filler should result in a natural lip, not overly full or ‘fake’ appearing lips.

Juvederm is made of a natural compound already found in your body; hyaluronic acid. Following a detailed consultation with one of our physicians a customized lip augmentation may be customized to meet your expectations all while preserving the natural appearance of your lips.

Fuller, more youthful, and voluptuous lips are the ultimate goal. Never should your lips look overdone or over-filled. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, we pride ourselves in creating beautiful and sensuous lips that are balanced and compliment the rest of your facial features.

Lip fillers such as Juvederm, have an exceptional safety profile, although all cosmetic produces do some with some risk and possible side effects. At Concept Medical, the results of your lip augmentation may last up to one year as the hyaluronic acid is slowly absorbed by your own body. Following your lip enhancement, there is no necessary recovery time and you can return to your normal daily activities.

At Concept Medical we offer several treatments to restore your natural beauty and rejuvenate your appearance. For more information or to book your consultation please contact Concept Medical.

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Skin Care for Men: 3 Basic Skin Care Tips for Men

Many men have begun to realize that good skin doesn’t come without a little effort. However, it is important to know that a man’s skin is different from a woman’s. Women tend to have thinner and more sensitive skin whereas men’s skin is often thicker, oilier, and less sensitive. Owing to these differences and the presence of facial hair, skincare routines for men are different than women’s.

Let’s take a look at some of the common skin care tips that men can follow to take care of their skin:

1. Shaving Products
Men often stick to their comfortable ways of shaving but if you’re suffering from razor burn or ingrown hairs, your shaving style needs to be reevaluated. If you realize that shaving irritates your skin, try a shaving cream for sensitive skin. It should be lathered with a little water and left on your face for a few minutes to soften the hair. Using a pre-shaving oil can also help when applied before shaving as it further moistens and softens the hair and skin. Using hypoallergic products that have exfoliating agents is also helpful in preventing irritation. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, try a gentle exfoliating cleanser such as one that contains glycolic acid to help prevent these ingrown. More importantly, your choice of razor matters. Electric razors often cause less skin irritation skin than manual razors. Remember to also shave in the direction of your hair growth for a smooth finish with less skin irritation.

2. Skin Care With SPF
It is necessary to wear sunscreen in order to avoid damage by the sun rays which can cause wrinkles and age spots to appear and may even result in skin cancer. Choose a daily moisturizer with SPF already in it to make your life easier, such as EltaMD. When outside for a pronged period of time, make sure to cover exposed areas with a higher SPF sunscreen. This goes for all exposed areas of skin like scalp, ears, neck, and lips. The best choice is to use a broad-spectrum, water-proof, mineral-based sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. It should be applied every two hours while exposed and reapplied after swimming or excessive sweating.

3. Moisturize Daily
Moisturizers have the ability to trap in skin’s moisture, which in turn makes your skin look brighter, younger and healthier. It is best to moisturize your face and body as soon as you are done bathing, shaving or showering when the skin is still moist to lock in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated. Everyone’s skin is unique. What may suit one man’s skin might not be ideal for another. In case you are unsure of your skin type you have or are unsure as to what skincare routine to follow, contact us today. Our team of experts will help you find solutions for your skin care concerns.

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Hair Removal in Ottawa: Laser Hair Removal

At Concept Medical in Ottawa, we offer effective solutions to meet your hair removal needs. Laser hair removal is a therapy for patients looking for a solution to reduce or eliminate unwanted hair growth on the face and body. Laser hair removal in Ottawa is a great option for patients who are concerned about unwanted hair growth and desire to look their best while baring beautiful skin. Laser hair removal at Concept Medical in Ottawa uses a high-intensity laser beam to interrupt hair growth by damaging the follicle where hair growth originates.
 
 
By destroying the follicle and impeding its function, hair growth is greatly slowed and in many cases eliminated. At Concept Medical in Ottawa, laser hair removal is relatively painless. Patients report a slight stinging sensation, similar to a small rubber band snapping on your skin. Depending on the area being treated, laser hair removal sessions may last up to 30 minutes or more.
 
 
Multiple treatments are required to treat the area effectively. Due to the fact that not all the hairs on the human body grow in unison, multiple treatments (often 6-12 sessions) are needed to inhibit hair growth. Laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any recovery.
 
 
Laser hair removal can remove hair for several years, although touch-ups at some point down the road are usually encouraged. At Concept Medical, our specific laser can treat any areas of the body. However, most common areas for laser hair removal include the face, back, legs, underarm, and bikini area. Undergoing a laser hair removal at Concept Medical offers a highly effective alternative to traditional hair removal treatments such as waxing, plucking and shaving.
 
 
Laser hair removal has many benefits including a safe alternative to traditional hair removal measure such as waxing, tweezing and shaving, less ingrown hair and irritation, and is time-saving.
 
 
While almost all hair and skin types can undergo laser hair removal, patients with medium to dark and coarse hair have higher success rates in removing unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is not recommended for patients with fine, white, light coloured shades of hair, as well as patients with red hair.
 
 
Immediately following treatment, patients often report mild redness on the treated area. This minor side effect often resolves within hours. It is recommended that patients use a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more after treatment if the area treated is on the face or another body part that comes in contact with direct sunlight.
 
For more information about laser hair removal in Ottawa, please contact our clinic.