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Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

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Wrinkles. They are the bane of your existence, giving away your age, or worse, making you look far older than you are. There are millions of products on the market that promise to reduce wrinkles. However, even though you can slather on the face creams and stay out of the sun to try to avoid the inevitable, one way or another, the wrinkles will appear. But how much do you know about wrinkles, and can you actually get rid of them? Here, we take an honest look at eight facts most people don’t know about wrinkles.

1. Pricey cream myth

Skin creams are often referred to as “hope in a bottle” by in-the-know skincare professionals. Why? Because they are advertised with the promise of erasing the lines of time, providing you with more youthful skin. The truth is that the creams will do little to improve the common issues with ageing skin, including those annoying wrinkles and sagging skin. Although you might see modest results, you will not be turning back the hands of time with anti-ageing creams, no matter how much you pay for them. Instead, you need proven wrinkle treatments to help defy the signs of ageing.

2. Diet counts

If staying thin and healthy isn’t enough to keep you focused on eating well, a British study might help change your mind. They found that sugar produces cell molecules that age skin. The proteins attacked by advanced glycation end products, including that very important collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin full and firm. When it is damaged, it leaves behind saggy skin and wrinkles, not to mention a duller complexion. In fact, the damage doesn’t end there. The molecules also affect your antioxidants, so you become more susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun.
It’s also about the healthy choices you make. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all aid in helping you age well. Foods rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and E reduce photoaging caused by sun exposure. As well, Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and dry skin related to ageing.

3. Not just genetics

You’ve probably heard the saying that a man should look at his girlfriend’s mom if he wants to see how she’ll age. That’s because genetics can have a strong impact on how and when you age. However, there are other factors at play. For example, a study found that although twins are “genetically programmed” to age similarly, lifestyle can greatly change the outcome of how each twin will age. This includes smoking, sun exposure, weight, depression, and stress levels, which can all contribute to early aging.

4. Sun exposure

Although you might love having that youthful sun-kissed glow in the summer, the risks of sun damage will age you more quickly. The Environmental Protection Agency says that up to 90% of the damage caused to ageing skin is due to exposure to the sun. Using sun protection makes it 25% less likely that the sun will increase ageing. The earlier you begin using sunscreen, the better it is for your complexion. And never underestimate its importance all year round. Although the sun might not appear as often in the winter and fall, if you will be participating in outdoor activities for longer lengths of time, sunscreen is always a must.

5. Drinking water

Water sure has its good points. It has zero calories so that it can aid in weight loss. It keeps you hydrated when you are active. But can it actually reduce the signs of ageing? Although many supermodels and actresses chug the clear liquid to help keep their youthful appearance, there’s no real proof it does help reduce wrinkles or keep skin plump. Dermatologists do say water can assist in helping maintain elasticity, but it really won’t wash those wrinkles away. Still, it’s worth switching to water as your drink of choice to reduce the amount of damaging sugary beverages.

6. Sleeping on your back

Controlling the position you sleep in can be a challenge. If you prefer sleeping face down or on your side, you’ll tend to wind up in this position at some point in the night. However, if you can try to sleep on your back more often, you might help keep wrinkles at bay. Sleeping face down on your pillow can cause permanent wrinkling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Avoid side and stomach sleeping to keep your youthful appearance.

7. Silk pillowcases

Many beauty experts have advised using silk pillowcases as they are more gentle on your hair. However, silk is also helpful for your skin. According to dermatologists, silk fibres assist in maintaining moisture on your face while you sleep, which means you can wake up with smoother skin.

8. Wrinkles can’t be removed

While this is true, the appearance of wrinkles can undoubtedly be reduced. There are many cosmetic skin treatments available that will significantly reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. Many skin treatments help stimulate collagen production, while also removing layers of dead skin that can make your skin appear older. As well, wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as fillers can plump skin to make wrinkles appear less defined.

If you would like more information about the anti-ageing treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your unique skin needs and find the perfect solution for you.

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

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Your skin is exposed to a lot throughout the summer months. By the time fall rolls around, it starts to look pretty dull. The winter brings on more dryness causing your skin to lose its natural glow. Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment to get your skin winter ready as it reveals healthier skin below the dull surface that summer has left behind. This non-invasive treatment provides an affordable solution with fewer side effects than costly plastic surgery. Instead, you will see dramatic effects that leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.

Undoing Summer Skin Damage

The sun is good for us, providing much needed Vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure is very damaging to the skin. Without proper protection, your skin is vulnerable to sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. The more you expose your skin to the sun and its UV rays, the more damage you are causing and the higher your risk for skin cancer.

Let’s not forget how the summer sun also leads to the early appearance of wrinkles. Sun damage accelerates the ageing process of your skin, which means the healthy collagen your skin produces can be damaged. This weakens the elastic tissue that helps keep your skin stay firm and youthful. The more damage from exposure to UV rays, the more your skin loses its normal shape, plumpness, and firmness, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Last, but by no means least, the sun also increases irregular colouring on your skin, causing age and sunspots. Your skin appears uneven, which can make you look much older.

Winter Skin

On top of the damage of the summer sun, as winter arrives, it is common to have itchy, tight, dry skin. Winters are drier, which can lead to flaky, dull skin. While moisturizing and hydrating winter skin can help, it does little to remove the dead skin cell buildup. The best way to improve the appearance of your skin during winter is to exfoliate to get rid of flakiness. Not only do you remove that dry and flaky skin, but you also create a more welcoming surface to absorb the much-needed moisturizer to keep skin soft and smooth.

Why winter?

So, we’ve established that as winter approaches, your skin needs the care to help it recover from the damage of the summer sun, the environment, and another year of ageing! We’ve also reviewed the importance of exfoliation for winter skincare. Microdermabrasion is ideal for helping remove the damaged outer layer of dry skin that makes your skin appear dull.

Winter is ideal for cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion because the treatment increases photosensitivity. During the winter months, there is less sun exposure, so there is no risk of hyperpigmentation following treatment. Hyperpigmentation is caused when you have more melanin, which is responsible for your skin tone. This can leave areas of your skin darker than others, creating an uneven appearance. It can also slow down recovery time following treatment.

And let’s not forget, as the holidays approach, winter becomes very social. You’ll want to have a refreshed and more radiant appearance for all of those social gatherings.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, which stimulates your natural response to rejuvenate new cells and produce collagen. Because it is non-invasive, it is a popular procedure for ridding the skin of its dull appearance. Using a “facial wand,” the procedure offers a super exfoliation process that takes less than an hour.

The wand blows tiny crystals against your skin, “abrading” the “stratum corneum,” the dull top layer of your skin. As the crystals blast away dead cells, a gentle vacuum removes the cells, leaving behind a fresh new layer of healthy skin.

Why microdermabrasion?

Although there are many cosmetic treatments available to rejuvenate your complexion, microdermabrasion is quick and painless with no downtime required. It not only works for dull, ageing, or sun-damaged skin but is also very effective in reducing the appearance of light scarring as well as controlling acne. Treatments are customized to suit the needs of your skin type and skin challenges. It can be repeated every month or so to help your skin recondition itself with new cells and collagen.

Microdermabrasion Recovery

The term recovery might sound a bit extreme when it comes to microdermabrasion. The procedure won’t cause issues or pain following treatment. However, there can be redness, sensitivity, and itchiness. The redness is much like sunburn, and only lasts about 48 hours. That’s one of the main reasons winter is perfect for treatment, as you will not need to worry about irritation from sun exposure.

To help your skin recover, you can use these tips:

  • Remove dead skin cells with a wet cloth and rehydrating toner following your treatment.
  • When your skin has completely dried, apply a rich moisturizer.
  • To avoid peeling, moisturize for 4–6 days after the treatment.
  • Use sunscreen when you go out, even if it is cold and overcast.
  • Stay out of the sun for at least a week following treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation.
  • Drink water and eat lots of fruit and fresh vegetables to stay hydrated.
  • Never scratch or pick at skin following treatment.
  • Do not use cosmetic or skin products with harsh chemicals for at least a week.
  • Do not rub the area.
  • Do not tan or use tanning treatments for at least a week.
  • If you feel tenderness or burning, you can apply a cold compress to your skin or use an anti-inflammatory cream.

Microdermabrasion provides an affordable, highly effective cosmetic treatment to breathe new life into your dull, summer weary complexion. You will have minimal recovery time, as it is non-invasive. You can continue to book monthly treatments to keep your skin looking more youthful and to help maintain your natural, more youthful glow.

If you would like more information about the winter skin treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss microdermabrasion and see if it is right for you.

Sweater Weather, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Lots of Moisturizer: Your Fall 2019 Skincare Guide

Sweater Weather, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Lots of Moisturizer: Your Fall 2019 Skincare Guide

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The season of pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice is in the air; the cool fall breeze sweeps around Toronto to be felt, first by quickly drying up your skin. The stale air, low humidity, and sudden drops in temperature, coupled with dry heat indoors, are known to cause disasters like the unshakeable, perpetual itch and, for some, even cause conditions like eczema to manifest. But who says you have to suffer through dry skin and feel less than beautiful this fall as you count down to the most wonderful time of the year?

Welcome the crisp fall air with a cozy sweater, pumpkin spice latte, and an improved skincare regimen to fend off unwanted dry skin, itchiness, and breakouts. Rejuvenate your skin from the summer, and look absolutely radiant as you move from the quintessential fallen-brown-and-orange-leaves photos to trick-or-treating with the kids, and finally through to the holiday celebrations. Let’s talk about switching up your skincare routine this season.

Swap Out Lightweight Gel for a Thick Moisturizer

With long days under the sun in Toronto, the last thing anyone wanted was the noticeable extra sheen of oily skin, but this fall, we’re laying it on thick. With the cold air drying up your skin the moment you step out, it’s time to swap your summertime essential with a thicker one that packs a lot more moisturizing power. Hydrate your skin with a thick moisturizer formulated with ceramides, or the essential, healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin during the warmer months, but recede in the cold. For increased moisturizing power, upgrade to a moisturizer that also packs hyaluronic acid.

Lather Body Lotion

We’re not kidding; if you’re not yet practically bathing in body lotion, it’s time to turn to this cold weather essential now. Regular soap and water—or even your favourite shower gel or body wash—on their own don’t cut it when it comes to fighting off dry, itchy skin. Your skin requires regular and generous amounts of hydration in the colder months, so don’t forget to add body lotion to your skincare routine as you pamper yourself this fall. And come the freezing winter, you’ll thank your body lotion for providing that much-needed protective barrier over sensitive skin, allowing it to stay moisturized and hydrated no matter how low the temperatures drop.

Exfoliating? Less is More

Exfoliation is a great way to nourish your skin after a long, hard week. But you might want to resist the urge to peel off dead layers and using robust ingredients like retinoids and glycolics this fall. Instead of exfoliating, switch to a cold weather-friendly skincare staple. Skincare specialists recommend glycolic treatment pads or a once-a-week face mask to erase discolourations and blemishes caused by the summer sun while rejuvenating your skin in time for a warm, radiant glow over the holiday season, and a full rebirth come spring.

Take Your Vitamins

Skincare isn’t just about lathering on creams and serums to combat dryness caused by the cold; opt for a lasting, more sustainable solution like taking antioxidants. Your skin will thank you for this, as it’s able to repair from sun damage and environmental exposure from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, looking renewed and refreshed in time for fall activities and holiday celebrations. The next time you’re out shopping for skincare essentials, keep an eye out for liquid supplements to help the skin heal from damage and restore naturally, thanks to the right amount of hydration and absolutely glowing radiance.

Use a Humidifier

Just like sun damage in the summer, humidity is the skin’s downfall in the colder months. And sometimes a skincare regimen alone isn’t enough to keep the skin hydrated and glowing in the fall, especially as temperatures start to drop. Invest in a humidifier to install at home, so as the heat envelops your place, so will this natural moisturizing boost. After all, there’s more to skin care than just the essentials, as its health is part of the larger environment that you work, play, and live in all season long.

Long-Term Skin Rejuvenation

Fall is a time of transition from the sweltering summer heat to the freezing Toronto winter, and it’s a great time to work on and pamper yourself. Rejuvenate tired skin and restore its natural glow as you start to bundle up for the cold, and bring out more of your natural inner beauty as you move through the seasons. Achieve visible results in younger-looking skin that’s here to stay (and in no time), unlike other treatments.

Combine your skincare routine with effective and longer-lasting skin rejuvenation treatment. Using all-natural radiofrequency energy delivered deep into your pores, you can say goodbye to wrinkles and blemishes once and for all, without a lengthy procedure and recovery, as well as endless months of waiting to see even the first hints of visible results.

Forma and Fractora are two of the leading radio frequency-based skin treatments. Gentle heat is delivered to the deepest layers of the skin; they can stimulate collagen production and boost your regular skincare routine in time for fall activities and upcoming holiday parties. In just a few sessions, these anti-ageing treatments can reduce deep wrinkles on the face and neck, and even out your complexion so that you can look flawlessly—but effortlessly—beautiful at any age

Fall back in love with yourself this season. Embrace the fall breeze with skincare essentials you know and love, and consider an upgrade to a longer-lasting youthful glow. Start with easing fine lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate tired-looking skin. At Clearview MediSpa, we might not have the keys to the fountain of youth, but we have the next best thing—helping you look and feel beautiful at any age. To learn more about fall skincare essentials and deep rejuvenation, call us at 416-445-2639, or contact us here to book an appointment in Toronto.

Seven Quick Ways to Treat Wrinkles and Start Looking Younger Today

Seven Quick Ways to Treat Wrinkles and Start Looking Younger Today

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Past acne- and zit-filled teenage years, and learning to embrace the natural beauty of your features in your 20s and 30s, are the signs of ageing that start to manifest. They say life begins at 40—and apparently so do the fine lines and wrinkles.

A lot of women take to this development by adding a handful of steps to their regular skin care regimen to prevent the spread of wrinkles and get rid of them for good. From night creams to fillers, radiofrequency treatments, and going all out with a complex, highly invasive facelift surgery, there are plenty of ways to regain your youthful glow. Find the best wrinkle treatment for you in Toronto that doesn’t require going under the knife and spending weeks in recovery, and bring out your natural beauty effortlessly, at any age.

Topical Retinoids and Skincare Must-Haves

Skincare plays a huge role in keeping skin smooth and clear, helping you achieve that effortlessly refreshed look straight from beauty sleep. For fighting the first signs of wrinkles or easing those fine lines, a lot of people are upping their regular skin care regimen with the help of topical retinoids.

Over-the-Counter Wrinkle Creams

If you’re not a huge fan of taking huge risks as in topical retinoids, there are safer over-the-counter options for wrinkle treatments. Anti-ageing creams are designed to smooth out mild wrinkles and fine lines. All you need to do is incorporate one into your skincare regimen. You should begin to see results with regular use. Just make sure to buy one with a proven formulation for easing fine lines, but bear in mind that these over-the-counter versions may not be as intense as their prescription-only counterparts.

Regular Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

Both fan-favourite wrinkle treatments in Toronto are designed to smooth out the skin by peeling off old, dead layers to allow refreshed and younger-looking skin to develop and surface. Standard dermabrasion uses a rotating brush to achieve this; whereas, its more advanced cousin, microdermabrasion, only removes a small amount of exterior layers at a time using vacuum suction and aluminum oxide crystals. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles, you might need to wait a few months before you see a difference. Besides, this varies according to the number of sessions you need.

Laser Wrinkle Treatment

Lasers are used for many cosmetic treatments, ranging from hair removal to skincare. A step up from topical creams and dermabrasion techniques, ablative laser resurfacing stimulates the regeneration of collagen fibres that slow down or stop altogether with ageing. Beautiful results from this treatment include soft, but taut skin, although the lesions may need up to a few months to heal completely. Recent advancements like pulsed light and radiofrequency equipment mean there’s less risk of damage to the epidermis layer of the skin; while boasting a shortened recovery time.

Smooth Tissue Space Fillers

Have you ever wondered why younger skin is soft and taut at the same time? That’s because of naturally smooth skin tissues. Over the course of ageing, the skin becomes prone to dehydration, resulting in wrinkles that can quickly become pronounced without proper care.

To combat this and restore the skin’s natural plumpness and softness; smooth tissue space fillers were formulated with fat, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. These are injected into the wrinkles and creases to hydrate and smooth them out, making you look radiantly younger for usually a few months until new fillers have to be injected again.

Dermal Fillers

Administered as a prescription medication in Toronto skincare clinics, wrinkle treatment consists of an injection that blocks nerve impulses to facial muscles. But don’t let that scare you; this simply prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming due to repeated—and sometimes excessive—facial movements, as in frowning for prolonged periods. The reduced muscle activity keeps the skin firm and taut, preventing new wrinkles from forming as old, deep ones are reduced.

Wrinkle treatment injections can treat crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and worry lines across the forehead — these last for several months, providing a much-needed break from temporary treatments. The result is a relaxed and refreshed appearance and a longer-lasting youthful glow.

Forma and Fractora

Why settle for multiple treatments that only provide temporary results? Enter radio frequency energy and gentle heat used by advanced wrinkle treatments like Forma and Fractora.

These advanced wrinkle treatments use gentle heat to deliver a radiofrequency deep into the layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production that stalls with ageing. With new collagen fibres, you can see deep wrinkles across the forehead, eyes and mouth, and even on the neck greatly reduced in no time, with visible results after every treatment.

Once your recommended number of treatments are completed, there’s no going back to looking tired and feeling less than beautiful every day. As a nice bonus, you’ll also look absolutely radiant without blemishes, redness, and any discomfort common in other treatments. Enjoy firm and taut skin enhanced naturally, and take years off your real age, so you can keep them guessing!

True beauty doesn’t age, and it’s time that you live confident in this. Refresh your skin and peel back old, ageing layers, starting with easing fine lines and deep wrinkles. Clearview MediSpa offers the latest wrinkle treatment in Toronto to fight the signs of ageing and restore younger-looking skin in no time, for longer! Call us at 416-445-2639, or contact us here to book an appointment in Toronto.

Types and Causes of Wrinkles

Types and Causes of Wrinkles

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Wrinkles. They’re inevitable, and we all get them as we grow older. It’s a natural part of ageing, but what really causes them? Women start to worry about signs of ageing around the age of 29, and fine lines are the first thing women tend to notice. Did you know that there are different types of wrinkles? But not to worry, here is a breakdown of these wrinkles, what causes them, and tips on how to prevent them so you can have healthy and youthful skin for years to come.

It was traditionally believed that wrinkles fell into just two categories:

Dynamic Wrinkles – Those lines that result from repeated facial movements (such as smiling) that form creases in the skin.

Static Wrinkles – The lines that occur from your skin losing elasticity and collagen, and that eventually sag.

There are actually four different types of wrinkles, with each type of wrinkle having its own internal and external causes.

1. Atrophic crinkling rhytids

These wrinkles are those little parallel lines that disappear when your skin is stretched taut. They can occur on your face or anywhere on your body when you lose collagen and elasticity, which leads to the sagging of skin. The main cause of this type of wrinkle is sun damage. UV exposure unleashes free radicals in our skin that break down the building blocks that give our skin firmness and structure, collagen, and elastin. To prevent these types of wrinkles, ensure that you wear SPF sun protection daily, especially on your face, neck, and chest and any other exposed areas.

2. Permanent elastic creases

Permanent elastic creases are lines that end up becoming permanent wrinkles as we age. They tend to show up on our cheeks, upper lip, and the base of our necks. Similar to the last type, sun exposure can make these lines worse. Smoking is also a big factor in deepening these lines, like those you get around your mouth from continuously pursing your lips. Whenever you smoke, you also expose the surface of your skin to the toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Your body needs to heal and form healthy skin cells, so when you inhale, you inhibit your body’s ability to circulate oxygen to your skin. This often leads to a dull complexion.

3. Dynamic expression lines

These are lines you get from repeated facial muscle movements that cause creases in the skin that become more permanent and usually show up around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. These lines are inevitable, as you get them from living your life and being human. They result from the moments you’ve squinted on a sunny day, laughed at an inside joke, or frowned. It’s almost impossible not to get these lines unless you stop expressing yourself, so these creases on your face are bound to appear. However, one way to avoid squinting is by wearing sunglasses as often as possible whenever you’re out in the sun.

4. Gravitational folds

These are those wrinkles that occur naturally with age as our skin loses structure and starts to fold and sag. As the name suggests, time and gravity will lead to ageing. The best thing to do with these types of wrinkles is to start early with the prevention, rather than waiting for them to appear and then start treatment. Incorporating anti-ageing products in your skincare at an early age would help prevent gravitational folds.

Here are some skincare tips to have youthful and glowing skin:

SPF

Our skin’s texture and tone is compromised when our skin is damaged by UV exposure. When exposed to the sun, free radicals age skin by causing hyperpigmentation and breaks down collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. By consistently wearing SPF, even on cloudy days, it can help prevent ageing. You accumulate a lot of sun exposure from everyday things we don’t even think about, like driving and walking outside, and that exposure adds up. Use a daily moisturizer that includes broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection of at least SPF 30 at least 15 minutes before heading outside. Don’t forget to apply it to the neck and chest area as well, as these areas can show signs of ageing too. Reapply every 1 to 2 hours and avoid the sun during peak UV hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Invest in Skincare with these Anti-Aging Ingredients

Retinol

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that smooths skin by exfoliating dead skin cells and encourages new cell turnover and collagen production. Always use retinol at night, as they can make skin sensitive to sunlight and could potentially harm your skin if you’re not careful. Start off with applying it a couple of times a week, as it may also cause some slight skin irritation and may take a bit of time for the skin to adjust.

Hyaluronic Acid

When your skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are made more apparent. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture humectant, meaning it grabs moisture and holds it to your skin’s surface to deliver hydration. This also helps plump skin to fill out fine lines and restore suppleness to your complexion.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants help fight those free radicals from sun exposure that break down collagen. They work to stop free radical damage and support skin healing by encouraging cell repair and rebuilding collagen and elastin.

Peptides

Peptides are chains of amino acids, which make up the skin protein, collagen. Restoring peptides helps your skin by rebuilding blocks of collagen to fortify skin and bring back its firmness.

To learn more about wrinkle treatments, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

How to Reduce Signs of Aging on Your Neck

How to Reduce Signs of Aging on Your Neck

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It happens to many of us; unexpectedly one day, we start noticing signs of ageing, such as loose skin and wrinkle lines. Not only are these signs of ageing, but they can also be caused by sun damage, weight loss, and genetics. Although ageing can’t be reversed, the signs of ageing can be addressed. Most signs of ageing can be addressed before they worsen and become more severe. If you’re self-conscious about age lines and skin laxity, you can address them early on before the lines become more profound and require surgical solutions instead. Being proactive and taking steps early on will help avoid you having to go under the knife. Forma is a non-surgical option for dealing with signs of ageing and is quick, easy, and convenient. Here are more details on the treatment.

What is Forma?

Forma is a revolutionary wrinkle treatment that uses radiofrequency energy and heat to stimulate collagen in the skin tissues. The heat contracts the skin to achieve tightening, smoothing, and reduction of wrinkles. Forma works safely on all skin types and delivers maximum results. Forma lifts the face and neck explicitly. This includes the forehead, crow’s feet, the brows, and areas like bags under the eyes, while lines on the neck area will be reduced and the neck lifted.

How does Forma work?

During the treatment, radiofrequency energy is used to stimulate the production of new collagen, which is the protein that keeps your skin looking young, and tightens the layers of the skin in the process. The device sustains a temperature between 41°C and 43°C, which encourages the body to produce better collagen and tighten the skin layers. The procedure does not harm or damage your skin. A bonus is that it’s not painful at all and can be described as a warm massage in the affected area.

Benefits of Forma

You will notice immediate improvements in your skin texture, tightness, and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment accelerates collagen production with the application of a thermal wrinkle treatment and is also safe for all skin types as well. This treatment will give you the confidence to wear sleeveless tops, shorts, and bathing suits again without being self-conscious. Not only is the treatment effective, but it is also painless and non-invasive. You will have a brighter and more evened out tone of skin contour. You won’t need to go through an expensive surgery in order to get results and will have little to no downtime.

When should a person consider treatment?

This procedure is completely safe, which means there is no age limit to this treatment.

This treatment is always advised to be done at an early stage, as it works best on the early signs of ageing. If you have significant signs of ageing and have lost a great deal of elasticity, you may need to combine additional, more invasive treatments.

What should I expect to happen during the procedure?

First, make an appointment with a specialist to consult about the treatment and see if it’s the best option for you. A professional will be able to examine you and tell you how many sessions you may need. Forma encourages natural collagen production, so six weekly or bi-weekly treatments are usually suggested based on your requirements.

What about recovery and side effects?

The good thing about Forma, besides the dramatic results, is that it is a non-invasive procedure and doesn’t cause any bruising or pain. This means that there’s no recovery period required and no downtime. Similarly, there are no side effects, which will allow you to carry on with your normal routine as usual right after treatment. There aren’t any restrictions that you need to follow during the treatment period. After the procedure, you should avoid overexposure to the sun and restrict alcohol consumption and smoking, all of which add to the effects of the ageing process.

You will see the results immediately after treatment with Forma, and its effects are long-lasting. It can increase up to 20% of your collagen production, so its results are significant. Consult a professional to see if you require follow-up sessions since the treatment doesn’t stop the ageing process.

Since Forma is such a convenient procedure, it has become a popular treatment option. Book an appointment today with your specialist to treat your skin and prevent further signs of ageing. It’s never too early to treat early signs of ageing, as the more severe and significant are the number of wrinkles, the harder it will be to treat. To learn more about non-surgical skin tightening, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

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Non-surgical procedures have become a phenomenon recently, and skin tightening is another procedure that has become available. We all want to look youthful and confident, and many are looking to cosmetic procedures to improve the way they look. Thanks to advanced technology and science, achieving a youthful glow without going under the knife is now possible. Non-surgical skin tightening is quickly gaining popularity as it provides a youthful look with non-invasive procedures. 

FORMA skin tightening are non-surgical procedures that help achieve firmer and more youthful-looking skin. FORMA generates new collagen by using radiofrequency energy and heat, which contracts the skin to achieve tighter and smoother skin. This method offers consistent outcomes while providing safe results. You will have improved texture as well tighter and smoother skin without any surgical processes.

FORMA is a wrinkle treatment specifically to lift the face and neck. This includes the forehead, crow’s feet, the brows, as well as under the eyes. Lines on the neck area will be reduced, and the neck will be lifted. FORMA treatments are for other larger areas of the body like the upper arm area, the knees, inner thighs and the abdomen.

What to Consider 

Before you get the procedure done, there are some things to consider. First, think about the areas that you want to be treated. Many consider non-surgical skin tightening after losing a significant amount of weight. The procedure helps improve the quality of skin without having to go under the knife. The procedure is also fairly quick and will have little to no downtime so you can get back to your busy schedule in no time.

The Pros and Cons

With surgery, it will take some time for you to recover. You need to factor in time for consultations, time to prepare for procedures, and most importantly, time to recover. Surgery can take a few hours or all day, depending on the type of procedure and how many you are getting done. It can leave you out of commission for a few weeks or even longer. Even when you can go back to your regular schedule, you may need to avoid any strenuous activities for even longer.

With non-surgical skin tightening, the procedure can be done in an office within minutes with minimal discomfort or downtime. There is almost no downtime which allows you to get on with your regular activities in no time. The benefits of this non-surgical procedure are that it is painless and easy. There is minimal discomfort, but some may experience the feeling of warmth on the skin or a feeling of tightness during the treatment. 

Most radiofrequency treatments allow patients to return to their schedules immediately. There is no risk from laser light, so radiofrequency tightening can be done on all skin colours and without posing any risks to the eyes. This means that under-eye areas can be easily treated effectively.

With radiofrequency thermal treatments with FORMA, patients will notice improvements in their skin condition. 

They will experience smoother and tightened skin, improved fine lines and wrinkles, and accelerated collagen production. The results are also long-lasting with little to no downtime. Most importantly, the procedure won’t break the bank! 

With non-surgical treatments, it often requires multiple sessions in order to achieve the best results. It’s important for patients to understand that results will not always be immediate, but the short wait will be worth it once results start to appear. With FORMA, some patients that have minimal issues can see dramatic results with just one treatment. Some might need a few additional treatments over a 6-8 week period to achieve the results they want. Most will see immediate results depending on the area being treated as well as the severity of the area. 

Another benefit of non-surgical skin tightening is that the results are long-lasting when performed properly on the patient. As with all types of procedures, results will vary depending on the individual and the severity of their skin. This is why it is important to find a professional and experienced specialist. The consultation is also very important as you can discuss with your specialist what you want to be done in order to get the results you want. 

Book an appointment today with your specialist to treat your skin and prevent further signs of ageing. It’s never too early to treat early signs of ageing. As the more severe and significant amount of wrinkles there are, the harder it will get to treat. 

To learn more about non-surgical skin tightening, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

8 Easy Wrinkle Treatment Hacks

8 Easy Wrinkle Treatment Hacks

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We all want to keep a youthful glow, and it’s best to start a preventative skincare routine early to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming. It can be scary to deal with them when they suddenly do creep up on you, but it’s not necessary to dish out an obscene amount of money on expensive creams or spa treatments. Here are eight natural treatment hacks and home techniques to help your skin look brighter and reduce the signs of wrinkles and acne. 

1. Oils

Oils are a great way to keep your skin moisturized and plump. Coconut oil can prevent the formation of free radicals, which are one of the primary causes of early ageing, as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also help reduce and treat wrinkles that may have already developed because coconut oil is a natural skin-softening moisturizer that contains emollient. 

Massage into your skin each night before bed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Olive oil can also be used as a moisturizer because it’s rich in antioxidants, and vitamins A and E, which also help to fight the skin-damaging free radicals. It also works to protect against sun damage and after exposure. Take a dime-sized amount and rub it into your skin twice a day to help moisturize and restore your skin.

2. Sleep

Sleep is always important for overall good health, especially when it comes to wrinkle reduction. Sleep helps you grow body tissue that helps regenerate skin and will also increase your production of cortisol. That means an increase in wrinkles because cortisol slows down the growth needed to get rid of wrinkles. The position you sleep in matters and sleeping on your back is much better for your skin as sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to wrinkles on the face.

3. Aloe Vera

Most people know that aloe vera is a miracle plant. The clear gel inside the plant has wound-healing and soothing effects when applied to the skin. It’s most commonly known for its use as after-sun care cream, thanks to the vitamins and minerals it contains. It’s an inexpensive investment to have an aloe vera plant inside your home or growing in your garden rather than buying the gel. The leaves regrow after they’re cut or removed from the base. Sunburns are one of the quickest ways to damage and wrinkle skin, so applying gel can ease the healing process with its anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Protect yourself from the sun

Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones, and we absorb vitamin D from the sun. However, the same sun that feeds us vitamin D also allows UV rays to harm our skin and increase our wrinkles. Since vitamin D can be found in food and supplements, it’s best to lessen sun exposure to keep skin looking young and smooth.

When you’re in the sun, wear clothes that keep your skin protected or apply sunscreen. Try using a sunscreen with at least SPF 45. Sunglasses are also important since constantly squinting causes those fine wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet. Hats are also helpful. Wide-brimmed hats allow the face to stay protected from direct sunlight.

5. Don’t wash too much

It’s important to gently wash makeup and dirt off your face before bed, however, it’s also important not to wash your skin too much. Washing too often, especially with soaps that contain caustic chemicals, dries skin out and strips it of the oil it needs to stay moist and smooth. Even minus the soap, most water coming from the tap still has the ability to dry out skin.

6. Vitamin C

Our bodies don’t store Vitamin C, which means that we have to make sure we are getting enough each day. A great way to do that is to consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like pineapple and citrus.

Collagen is known to be great for skin and nails. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, so we must have it in our bodies to have skin that is pliable and avoid wrinkles. As you age, the amount of vitamin C in your skin reduces. By replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels through an oral supplement or exfoliating with topical vitamin C every morning, you can repair sun damage, such as discoloration and fine lines. Sometimes vitamin C can cause dryness or flaking, which can be treated with a daily moisturizer right after applying vitamin C.

7. Get an eyetest

Squinting, either due to poor eyesight or exposure to the sun, causes wrinkles. Those crow’s feet grow deeper every time our eyes make the repetitive motion of squinting. Plus, squinting involves more than just our eye muscles, so it increases wrinkles all over the face. If you need them, buy a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses and wear them when you’re instructed to. Prescription sunglasses are also a must have since they will keep squinting at bay.

8. Beware of makeup

When shopping for products, choose products that don’t contain alcohol to dry out your skin. Also, be careful of where you place makeup since concealer or base used to cover wrinkles may actually make them look deeper.

For more tips on how to avoid wrinkles, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Beauty Trends in 2019

Beauty Trends in 2019

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Beauty trends are always changing and it’s easier than ever before to get procedures that can change your appearance without having to get surgery. Everything from smoothing wrinkles to slimming hips, beauty trends are always evolving and advancing. With technology advancing and the increased awareness through social media, the stigma around getting procedures done to alter your features is slowly fading away. Social media has made it easier for individuals to see and understand the world of medical aesthetics and allowing those interested in procedures to research and look into the different types of treatments that are available. The idea of plastic surgery used to be criticized on social media, but has since changed, as feeds are now filled with before and after photos. There has been a spike in the popularity of cosmetic treatments and here are a few trends on the rise for 2019.

Preventative Injections

Wrinkle-smoothing injections like Botox and fillers have become extremely popular, and are the most common non-invasive cosmetic treatment on the rise. They have become a huge trend in the medical-aesthetics field currently and they are only getting more advanced and popular. Many people are looking for short and minimally-invasive treatments with low-downtime that will make them look refreshed almost instantly. The age of patients seeking injectables is getting younger and younger, especially now that people are interested in the preventable benefits. It’s more beneficial to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging rather than treating them once they have already happened. Once wrinkles start appearing and have settled in, it can be difficult to get rid of them.

Botox and Xeomin are two of the most popular preventative injectables. They both work in similar ways to temporarily freeze the facial muscles and treat the lines formed from repetitive facial movements like squinting and smiling. Xeomin is a very purified form of botulinum toxin, meaning that the body is less likely to develop tolerance to it over time. Be aware that results do vary based on the patient and the severity of their wrinkles. Consider booking a consultation if you start to see wrinkles appear.

Evolution of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers have always been a popular beauty trend (yes, even before Kylie Jenner became famous), and have been steadily on the rise. In 2019, patients are now more interested in naturally-contoured lips rather than full on glam. When it comes to achieving natural-looking results, nothing does the trick quite like Juvéderm Volbella XC, a hyaluronic acid-based injectable that subtly plumps lips while also softening the appearance of marionette lines. It produces softer results without the tell-tale signs of lip fillers.

Doctors now prefer to gradually build up to the desired effect with appropriately spaced out sessions rather than injecting a large dose all at once. Treatments can last up to 12 months if done correctly, but it’s important to keep in mind that the results will vary by patient.

Body Contouring

Non-invasive procedures to eliminate fat and tighten the skin are gaining popularity. Emsculpt has become a popular method in the field of body contouring. While a variety of treatments target fat cells, Emsculpt also helps to define muscle tone. It contours through the elimination of fat and circumferential reduction, compared to current body shaping techniques that fail to address muscles.

The treatment utilizes highly-focused electromagnetic energy to trigger supra-maximal contractions. It is approximately 20,000 muscle contractions during a half-hour session. Emsculpt allows muscles to contract in a way that’s not possible through exercise. The contractions result in a rapid metabolic reaction in cells to strengthen and build muscle, while also breaking down fat. There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure, which makes it extremely popular. The ability to stimulate your muscles and burn fat without breaking a sweat is definitely appealing, although you may just feel a bit sore, the way you would after an intense workout. Emsculpt is approved for use on the abdomen and buttocks and is best suited for individuals with a lower BMI. It is more ideal for those who want to improve muscle definition and fat-reduction in hard-to-target areas.

In order to achieve the best outcome, patients are encouraged to schedule a minimum of four half-hour treatments, no more than two to three days apart. This can cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 in total. It’s important to continue a healthy lifestyle to maintain results. With any weight loss or strength training program, you can gain fat back or lose muscle tone if you don’t keep a healthy lifestyle or continue training.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Nine Things to Know Before You Get Dermal Fillers

Nine Things to Know Before You Get Dermal Fillers

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Botox has become popular in the past few years as the injectable botulinum toxin temporarily eliminates wrinkles by freezing muscles in the face. The popular aesthetic procedure has become well known for its excellent and fast results with minimal downtime. If the injectables are done properly, the side effects are nearly non-existent. With all of that, there are still a lot of questions that you would need to be answered before considering getting the procedure. Here is what you need to know before getting botox.

1. Know where your injectables are coming from

Ensure that your doctor is an official vendor for any kind of substance you are having injected, including neurotoxins and fillers such as Botox, Vistabel, Bocouture, Xeoxin, Azzalure, and Dysport. To reduce the risk of getting an expired, contaminated, or potentially dangerous product, some manufacturers’ websites offer a tool to search by zip code for every licensed physician who has obtained their product legally.

2. You get what you pay for

Make sure that you are investing in good products, especially if it is being injected into your body. If the price is questionably low for Botox or filler, it might be that the product is diluted. Another possibility, if you are in the United States, is that your doctor purchased the product from a supplier in a country where government price controls keep pharmaceutical prices substantially lower than those in the U.S. You also risk the chance of unauthorized suppliers compromising the effectiveness and safety of injectables by not storing them at the proper temperature or even offering counterfeit products. You’re usually better off with a doctor who bases his or her fee on how many units of product are used, rather than how many different zones of the face are injected.

3. Blood-thinning meds aren’t the only thing to avoid pre-injection

Most people that have experience with Botox and fillers know to avoid anticoagulants such as aspirin and ibuprofen before treatment. It’s a risk, as those types of drugs hinder blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising should the needle nick a blood vessel. Also, avoid fish oil, multivitamins, green tea, cinnamon, ginger, and red wine a full week before treatment, as some antioxidants can increase the fragility of blood vessels and prevent clotting.

4. A consultation is crucial

Having a consultation before getting the procedure done is important. The doctor performing the injection should have you smile and frown and raise your eyebrows, as they should be carefully evaluating to see how different areas of your face naturally move. You want to look refreshed, as putting injections in the wrong places can make you look expressionless. You should also have a thorough health assessment done prior to getting injections, as certain antibiotics can increase the potency of neurotoxins. Antibiotics, specifically in the aminoglycoside category like gentamicin, can increase the potency of neurotoxins. To avoid any risks, put off any treatments while being treated for antibiotics.

5. Bruises can be undone

There is always a risk that injections could potentially hit a vessel, which can cause blood to pool beneath the skin and cause bruising. Neurotoxins typically require finer needles and are placed more superficially than fillers, but there is still a risk. Some dermatology practices offer a next-day complementary vascular laser treatment, which breaks down pooled blood and can help diminish bruises within 24 hours. If bruising is a concern for you, be sure to ask your doctor whether they offer the service.

6. Not all fillers are created equal

Avoid silicone, as it is the one filler that has the most complications. It is not FDA approved to fill wrinkles in the face. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are malleable and can be absorbed by the body, and will eventually break down over time. Silicone is a synthetic material that can’t be metabolized and can harden over time, which can lead to unevenness and bulges. It is also permanent and will not look the same over time.

7. Be prepared

For several hours after your shots, you will want to avoid doing certain things. Be prepared to avoid putting on makeup, washing your hair, exercising, lying down, or messing with the injected zones, as these activities can cause the toxin to spread to muscles or weaken the injection. It is also advised that you do not fly for several hours after receiving Botox, as the change in cabin pressure could potentially cause the spread of the toxin to other muscles that you do not want to be affected. Prepare for little movement for the next few days.

8. Side effects

Botox given between the brows can cause a temporary sensation of dizziness or headache. This is usually caused by slight swelling in the area from the fluid injected, and should fade away within 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Best results

Preventative Botox is a term used when treating younger patients like those in their twenties or early thirties for expression lines that are visible at rest and during movement. Starting early will prevent the worsening of wrinkles and can sometimes reverse the first peek of lines and wrinkles.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

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