Archives for March 2016

Lunchtime Laser Is More Than Corrective: It Turns Back The Clock

Medical Cosmetics often focuses on the corrective aspects of procedures and products whilst neglecting the cumulative benefits of consistent treatment. With our new Lunchtime Laser program, we hope to encourage our clients to consider the long-term benefits of laser, and not just the immediate WOW factor.

 

Every laser and light based therapy we use has a specific application:

 

We can diminish redness in the skin as well as reducing and removing brown spots; leaving clients with a peaches-and-cream complexion that is a sure sign of youthfulness.

 

We can stimulate collagen production deep into the dermis; plumping skin, reducing fine lines, evening out textural irregularities, and even tightening pores.

 

We can gently remove a portion of the old epidermis, revealing the fresh youthful skin below.

 

But beyond treating the “symptoms” of aging, are you aware of the long-term benefits of getting laser and light based therapies?

 

Science is starting to confirm what we have been observing anecdotally for years now: Laser and Light based therapies may alter gene expression in the skin. What does that mean? It means that getting regular laser and light treatments not only address the signs of aging, but also could be responsible for your skin expressing or “acting” like younger skin. A turning back of the clock, so to speak.

 

This is something that we have suspected for a while in the industry. People who consistently get laser and light based therapies have amazingly youthful looking skin that goes beyond looking “good for their age”.

 

Lunchtime Laser treatments -which are an array of quick, comfortable, no-downtime treatments- will not only combat the various signs of aging like: wrinkling, volume loss, textural issu, dull and dry skin, diffused redness, brown/age spots, macro-pores etc. but can also turns back your skin’s clock.

 

These new studies on gene expression have us excited to launch our new Lunchtime Laser offer that includes new lower pricing on all laser and light treatments. We also have our limited time Laser Credits Program: Spend over

$1000 and receive 10% LASER CREDITS; $2000 and receive 15% LASER CREDITS; $3000 and receive 20% LASER CREDITS; $4000 and receive 25% LASER CREDITS

 

We look forward to taking this journey back in time with you!

 

 

 

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A Mushroom Walks into a Bar…

A mushroom walks into a bar and asks for a gin and tonic. The bartender says: “Get outta here, we don’t serve the likes of you around here.”
“C’mon man!” the Mushroom says.  “Give me a chance… I’m a really fungi once you get to know me!”

We side with the bartender on this one. Nail fungus is not only unsightly and contagious, but we know it to be very resistant to treatment and can be a lifetime affliction.  Until a few years ago, oral or topical prescription medication was the only treatment available, and efficacy was poor. Topical medication could not reliably penetrate the nail to deliver the ingredients to where they were needed and had an efficacy of about 5-10%. Oral medication has higher efficacy (50%), but the trade off is a slew of undesirable side effects.  The advent of laser treatments to fight onychomycosis (nail fungus) in the last few years saw beautiful results. Lasers treat nail fungus by using bulk heating into the nail to kill the fungus, instead of medication, avoiding the issue of penetration or medication side effects. Laser treatments increased efficacy to over 80% but there are still stubborn cases that don’t clear with laser treatment alone.

The next evolution in treating onychomycosis, developed by our clinic, is a three-pronged approach:

  • A fractionated laser is used to “make tiny holes” in the nail. As you know from cutting your nails, the actual nail is made up of dead cells and no nerves, so there is minimal discomfort with this procedure.

 

  • These tiny holes allow a new, advanced formulation of antifungal topical medication to penetrate deep into the nail. Treating the fungus with a topical medication in between laser sessions keeps the fungus “at bay” while your immune system fights it off, and you body re-grows a healthy nail.

 

  • Lastly, a series of three conventional laser treatments 6 weeks apart are used to bulk heat the nail and further destroy the fungus in the nail.

 

PF animation and toesOther clinics may only offer a series of laser treatments to bulk heat into the nail, and that is not always enough. If a topical medication is recommended with the laser treatment, the penetration may not be optimal. Our addition of a fractionated laser treatment to create micro-channels for product penetration significantly increases your chances of clearance. This approach is unique to our clinic and is the best approach to deal with this stubborn nail fungus.
Call us today at 403.685.0110 to book your free consultation.

 

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SCULPTRA® Aesthetic– “The UN-Filler”

Never say Never. For those who said they would never receive cosmetic injections, Sculptra may be just for you.

 

For many people, choosing a medical cosmetic treatment can be daunting. There are seemingly hundreds of treatment options, performed by thousands of machines, in clinics across the world. How are we to know which treatment is the right choice for the outcome we desire? And moreover, even when we have chosen a treatment, there are a hundred companies that manufacture machines that do the same thing. Sadly, with varying degrees of efficacy and safety, of which consumers aren’t always aware. It can be maddening to find the right option armed with nothing but a Google search bar and a girlfriend’s opinion. What might be right for her is not necessarily right for you. Shopping for a cosmetic treatment is not like buying a car. There are myriad factors that are taken into account when designing an optimal treatment plan for any one person. Looking ones best, whether we are talking about diet and exercise, or medical cosmetics, is an ongoing journey and not a one-time event.

 

For these reasons client education is a top focus in our clinic. Apart from investing in top-tier equipment and products, we want to provide you with ongoing education on your journey to a more radiant appearance. In is important to consult often with our staff and attend events to stay abreast of the fast developing world of medical cosmetics, to make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. New products are released yearly and some really do change the face of cosmetics, not to mention the clients who use them. One such product has recently been released, and it stands out among all the noise and clutter of the industry. It is, simply put: Remarkable.

 

Sculptra is a long-lasting stimulating injectable treatment that is designed to smooth out and soften lines and wrinkles, restore facial volume, and contour the face in a natural way. It is not dermal filler, and there is absolutely no risk of looking “done” after the treatment. Results appear gradually over months as your body’s own collagen is stimulated. This helps to gradually and subtly reduce lines, wrinkles and folds. By helping to replenish your body’s own facial collagen and restore lost volume, it can give a fuller, more natural look that can last for up to 3-5 years.

 

Poly-L-lactic acid, the main ingredient of Sculptra has been used successfully in surgical procedures for more than 40 years, among others for bioresorbable sutures, in bone plates and screws, and as a medium for medication.

 

It can be used for loss of fat and soft tissue in the face, premature ageing of the face, hollow cheeks and temples, nose to mouth folds, deep folds and wrinkles, marionette lines, sagging jowls, wrinkly chest / décolletage, wrinkly hands, deep acne and traumatic scarring.

 

With its natural, lasting results and excellent safety profile, we believe Sculptra to be the missing link in your pursuit to look your best. In the care of our incredibly talented advanced injector, Michelle Shewchuk, we believe you will become as excited about this new product as we are. Sculptra is not available in many clinics, and we are thrilled to be able to offer it here at Westside Laser & Light.

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A Case Of The Februaries

February: The time of year where the excitement and warmth of the holidays is but a distant memory. Ahead stretches an endless wasteland of cold, dry, months with the only promise of excitement being Valentines Day, which can cause more depression than joy for most of us. The writer Martha Beck describes her first visit to a psychologist in the winter months like this:

The first time I ever sought professional counseling was during my freshman year in college in the Northwestern Hemisphere. I told the psychiatrist at the student health services that I was weepy, despairing, and unwilling to get out of bed. He glanced at his watch and said, in a casual tone, “it’s February.”

Oh February! Our bodies are pasty and ashen from lack of sun and moisture, our waistlines feel pudgy, and our face… Oh don’t even get me started on our face! Before the first rains of spring wash away that layer of grey dirt that seems to cover everything from vehicles to signposts to our psyche, there is February to deal with. I was recently immersed in exactly such a state of despair, sitting on the couch sipping tea with a girlfriend. “I feel like I am falling apart! I look and feel gross and my skin is freaking out.” To my surprise, she responded much in the same way that the psychologist in the story above did: “It’s winter” she replied matter-of-fact, “Everyone feels like that.”

No matter how much Glycolic acid-laden products I used, my skin had a texture to it that full coverage foundation only seemed to highlight. My pores looked huge, and despite almost daily at-home extractions, I couldn’t get rid of my congestion. The dry winter months left my skin looking dull, and nothing I tried was helping. I am not interested in spending more than half the year fighting with the state of my skin. I have better things to do, damn it! So, I decided to get a light Laser Peel done…what we are calling a Mini Pearl.

The original Pearl treatment is an ablative treatment, which is to say that it vaporizes some of the epidermis; kind of like a chemical peel. Unlike a chemical peel though, lasers can be precisely controlled and customized to remove an exact amount of skin down to a few microns. We can go lighter around the eyes, or zap a brown spot with higher settings, while completely protecting the surrounding skin.  The new Mini Pearl only ablates 50% of the epidermis and results in quicker healing and a nice light peel. The treatment wasn’t the least bit uncomfortable thanks to the use of a prescription strength numbing cream. I got my treatment on Thursday, and by Sunday, I was done peeling.

Midway through winter there is nothing better for congested, dull, and lackluster skin. My only regret is not getting it sooner, and instead spending my money at Sephora buying new foundations and concoctions to try and cover up and brighten my sad skin. One treatment was all I needed to refresh my appearance and get me through the rest of these dark, dry months. I have been getting tons of compliments on the glow of my skin.

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