Preventing Spider Veins

If you’re under the impression that spider veins and varicose veins only happen in your later years, think again. Contrary to popular belief, visible leg veins are not exclusive to women of a mature age and most of us (yes, men too) will get–at the very least–spider veins at some point in our lives, if not varicose veins as well. From pregnancy to exercise and even sun exposure, spider veins are very common to see on women in their 20s and 30s, and in some cases, as early as their teens. While spider veins in younger people are usually not as serious, that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with and nor should they be ignored.

Known officially as telangiectasia, spider veins are the more common “little cousin” of varicose veins. While spider veins are painless and the result of enlarged venules (very small veins), varicose veins are very dilated, rope-like veins that are often quite painful. The main causes of spider veins are typically weight gain, hormonal changes, genetics or anything that puts pressure on your legs, such as standing for long periods of time.

Taking simple precautions will help to reduce their appearance and lower the risk of the spider veins developing into varicose veins:

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength.
  • Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Avoid the habit of sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible.
  • If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes.
  • If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings and avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
  • Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber, like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
With new advances in laser technology, both spider veins and varicose veins can be safely removed in as little as one treatment at NewDermaMed. By delivering a pulse of laser energy, the blood within the vein coagulates, which destroys the vessel and is harmlessly reabsorbed by the body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.

Spider veins don’t go away on their own, and can worsen over time because of the already weakened vein walls. Laser vein removal is a fast, painless procedure with little to no downtime. It is important not to let spider veins get in the way of your regular routines. Unless it gets painful, you shouldn’t stop exercising or living a healthy, active lifestyle. While we cannot avoid spider veins, they shouldn’t get in the way of your daily life, and can be treated very easily.

How to Minimize Symptoms of Rosacea

Rosacea is a disorder that causes redness, dilated capillaries and sensitivity in the skin. It can sometimes be accompanied with inflamed blemishes that are often mistaken for acne, however they are usually more red and don’t result in blackheads or whiteheads. Because of the sensitivity associated with rosacea, it is important to avoid acne medications as they can be too harsh on the skin and worsen the condition. Those with a combination of rosacea and oily skin tend to experience flakiness as well, but should consider using an enzymatic exfoliant rather than strong acids and physical scrubs.

Although it can occur at any age, rosacea typically begins in your 30s or 40s. If left untreated, it can get a lot worse with age. Rosacea begins on the nose and cheeks and moves outward overtime, progressing more rapidly on women in menopause. This is due to the fact that estrogen is a natural anti-inflammatory, thus, when estrogen levels drop during menopause, symptoms of rosacea increase. Delicate, more fair skin types are more susceptible to rosacea than others. Thicker skin types, such as those of Mediterranean descent, have more of a protective barrier in their skin, which makes their skin more resilient and far less prone to rosacea. Sadly, there is no magic cure for rosacea, but by identifying and avoiding what triggers your rosacea, it can be controlled and maintained.

Triggers of Rosacea

Extreme changes in temperature, high levels of stress, strong chemicals and certain foods and drinks need to be avoided as mush as possible. Below is a  list of common triggers:

Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Sun Exposure
  • Strong Winds
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Humidity
  • Dry Heat
Lifestyle Stressors
  • Emotional stress
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Hot showers
  • Spicy foods
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions
Dietary Stresses
  • Alcohol consumption (especially red wine and beer)
  • Caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee and soft drinks)
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dairy products
  • Hot foods and drinks (that make you flush)
  • Spicy foods

Many people prone to rosacea swear by an alkalizing diet, which consists of reducing acidifying foods that change the body’s pH levels to become more acidic. Foods that should be avoided include meat, processed grains and sugars, soft drinks and caffeine. Stick to more alkalizing foods such as fruits (except for citrus fruits), vegetables and sprouted grain. The idea is that rosacea is the result of too much acid in the body.

Products and Treatments to Avoid

  • Soap (drying and irritating)
  • Granular exfoliating cleansers (too rough on the skin)
  • Cleansing with hot water (heat is a trigger)
  • Wash cloths (too rough on the skin)
  • Toners with alcohols (drying and irritating)
  • Occlusive ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil trap heat in the skin)
  • Physical scrubs (too abrasive)
  • Microdermabrasion (too abrasive)
  • Cleansing brushes (ex: Clarisonic)
  • Perfumes (known irritant)
  • Strong alpha hydroxy acids (ex: glycolic acid)
  • Benzoyl peroxide (very harsh)
  • Using too many products at the same time (sensitive skin can react)

Quick Tips for Managing Rosacea

  1. Immediately after finishing a strenuous work out, rinse your face with cool water. This will help to subside  the redness and flushing that can occur after physical exertion.
  2. When removing unwanted facial hair, opt for tweezing or threading rather than waxing. Waxing can cause redness, burning and inflammation, and those with thinner or ultra sensitive skin can also experience scabbing and ripped skin.
  3. Gentlemen, opt for an electric shaver instead of a blade, which minimizes unnecessary friction against sensitive skin.
  4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Besides the obvious reason of shielding your skin from harmful UV rays, ingredients such as silicone (commonly listed asdimethicone or cyclomethicone) can actually reduce inflammation associated with rosacea.
  5. Many people with rosacea shy away from wearing makeup, for fear of further irritating their skin. Rather than staying away completely, look for cosmetics without added fragrances that are formulated for sensitive skin.
  6. Choose a moisturizer with soothing, anti-inflammatory properties such Circadia’s Rose-Ease Relief Cream. This calming, lightweight moisturizer was specially designed to help combat rosacea while promoting moisture retention and supporting skin’s protective barrier function.

These extra precautions can be especially effective in reducing symptoms of rosacea when combined with advanced treatment methods. At NewDermaMed, we have a broad range of laser treatments available to address the redness, flushing, and broken capillaries commonly associated with rosacea. Because different skin types have different needs, our clinic offers complimentary consultations using our VISIA Complexion Analysis to determine the exact underlying cause(s) of your rosacea, allowing us to provide you with a customized treatment plan.

Schedule your appointment with one of NewDermaMed’s medical professionals today and see which rosacea treatment is right for you!

Stretch Marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks (also known as striae), are formed when the connective collagen fibers of the dermis are stretched beyond their capacity, which essentially tears the skin and causes scarring. Typically found on the stomach, hips, breasts, arms and thighs, stretch marks are usually caused by weight gain, pregnancy, puberty or other hormonal changes. Although they are completely harmless, they are often an embarrassing concern for both men and women.

90% of women will experience stretch marks during their third trimester of pregnancy. Lighter skin types tend to develop pinkish stretch marks, while those with darker skin are likely to have stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.

Factors that influence whether or not a pregnant woman will get stretch marks:

  • Heredity: If your mother had them, it’s likely that you will too.
  • Ethnicity: Women with lighter skin tones are more prone to them.
  • Water: Keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day decreases your chance of getting stretch marks.
  • Scratching: Itchiness may occur as your stomach expands. Use a rich moisturizer instead of scratching to alleviate itching.
  • Exercise: Sweating frees the body of toxins, and helps to keep your skin supple and soft by improving tone and elasticity.

How can I treat my Stretch Marks?

Up until recent times, the only way to remove stretch marks was by going under the knife and having cosmetic surgery. Now, thank to technological advances in the cosmetic industry, stretch marks can be removed with both the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional laser and Cutera™ Laser Genesis (depending on the type and severity of the stretch marks) in as little as an hour with minimal downtime or discomfort. Laser pulses are penetrated deep into the dermis to stimulate the production of new collagen and repair stretch marks and other imperfections. Maximum results will be visible within one to three months of treatment and as your body continues to produce collagen, your healthy, new tissue will begin to reveal. In short, laser therapy actually “fills in” your stretch marks during the treatment process!

How long do the results from laser Stretch Mark removal last?

Laser therapy is a permanent solution for stretch marks, but more than one treatment may be necessary to completely diminish the appearance of deeper stretch marks. New stretch marks may occur with pregnancies or weight gains, but they too can be removed with Pearl Fractional.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for laser stretch mark removal? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Skin Resurfacing with the Cutera™ Pearl Fractional

From wrinkles to stretch marks and everything in between, Pearl Fractional is the “one laser” to choose to renew the surface of the skin with instant and noticeable results after just one treatment. Fractional skin resurfacing uses micro-beams of laser energy to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger looking skin.

Pearl Fractional laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns on different areas of the body, such as:

  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Stretch marks
  • Surgical scars
  • Enlarged pores
  • Moderate to severe acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven pigmentation

When compared to traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, Pearl Fractional produces similar results with much less downtime and significant results after only a single treatment. A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; further, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics.

Because of the intensity of skin resurfacing, we strongly advise patients to consider laser skin resurfacing during the winter months to avoid damage causing UV ray exposure from the sun on newly resurfaced, fresh skin.

Not sure if you’re a candidate for Pearl Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing? Contact NewDermaMed today for a complimentary skin evaluation to determine the best skin care solution for you.

Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is essential for overall health and vitality. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids enable the reduction of acne and improve the health of the skin cell membrane, by providing a barrier against harmful properties resulting from the environment. The membrane is the powerhouse of the cell’s ability to hold water and thus, yields moister within the skin for softer, more robust and wrinkle-free skin.

Amongst the many benefits, omega 3 aids the delivery of nutrients to effectively enter the cell, while ensuring waste is properly discarded. This process helps to guard the skin against becoming acne-prone or rosacea prone, and further promotes “anti-aging” properties. Its anti-inflammatory traits have also been linked to mood-enhancing benefits.

To maintain a healthier skin complexion, make sure to incorporate foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The foods highest in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood (especially tuna and salmon) as well as walnuts, canola oil, and flax seed.

For individuals that want to consume omega-3 in the form of supplements, intake a tablespoon of fish oil. Make sure there are no added preservatives or fragrances, and the oil has been purified to remove any mercury or other toxic substances. If you prefer tablet forms, intake 200mg DHA and 300 mg EPA omega-3 pills daily.

Individuals suffering from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma, skin aging, hyperpigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, should avoid foods that spike insulin levels, including sugar, white flour, simple carbohydrates and starchy goods. Insulin is directly linked to spike in inflammation, which can irritate and worsen any skin condition.

For more information on how to maintain healthy skin, as well as to treat any existing skin conditions, contact NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advanced Laser Clinic. Our board-certified medical professionals will be happy to provide you with a free consultation with the VISIA Complexion Analysis. With this revolutionary medical technology we are able to assess your current skin condition and effectively assist you with all your inquiries and concerns regarding your skin care regimen.

Avocado & Honey Face Mask – Get moisturized, youthful skin with this simple homemade recipe!

Looking for a simple homemade facemask that works? Try the avocado & honey face mask. It’s perfect for dry skin, wrinkled skin, acne prone skin and mature skin!

Avocados have an excellent source of healthy fats. They possess extraordinary moisturizing benefits and exfoliating properties. Filled with Vitamin A, avocados help get rid of any dead skin cells. Glutamine amino acids, which are also found in avocados, cleanse your skin and offer protection against harsh environmental factors. Packed with antioxidants that help detoxify your body, avocados help remove toxins that tend to cause your skin to age prematurely, while eliminating wrinkles to give your skin a youthful, rejuvenated look.

Honey does wonders for the skin as well. It absorbs and retains moisture, keeping the skin looking and feeling hydrated. In addition to being a great moisturizer, it acts as an anti-aging agent, contains anti-microbial properties and natural anti-oxidants, is a natural anti-septic (a bonus for acne prone individuals!), protects the skin from sun rays, and aids the skin’s rejuvenating ability – leaving your skin looking refreshed, soft and smooth.

Recipe:

  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cream (Optional – as an extra moisturizer)

Directions:

  • Mash avocado in a bowl, then stir in the honey or use a blender to blend all ingredients until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Apply to your face and leave it on for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Rinse your face with some water or a cool washcloth, and then pat dry.

You will be steps closer to having smoother, moisturized, hydrated and youthful skin. Try this mask out, you will not be disappointed!

Summer to Fall Skin Care Transition

Fall is coming! Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, the air is getting colder and drier, and our skin begins to lose its moisture.

It is important to adjust your skin care regimen when we begin to enter a new season. With the change in climate, our skin loses its natural moisture. The drier and colder weather also promotes the worsening of acne and rosacea. Therefore, we need to adjust our skin care routines to hydrate our skin, preventing the drying, sensitive, redness, and itching effects, and the aggravation of acne and rosacea from occurring. In addition, the failure to hydrate around the eyes also causes irritation and pigmentation, which leads to what we all despise – under eye dark circles.

Our bodies’ natural skin barrier comprises primarily of lipids. They work to prevent moisture loss. Aging and sun damage can cause the depletion of this barrier. Moisturizing can help improve the barrier by reducing water loss while the natural barrier works to renew itself. Therefore, the first and most important step when transitioning into the fall season is hydrating your skin! There are two types of moisturizers: Protective emollients, or occlusive agents, and hydrators, also known as humectants or hydrophilic agents.

Protective emollients or occlusive agents comprise of fatty acids that causes occlusion – the ability to keep moisture in the skin. These help the skin to keep its natural moisture from escaping the epidermis by placing a layer of emollient over the skin.

Hydrators, humectants or hydrophilic agents, are comprised of ‘water-loving’ molecules. They attract water from the lower levels of the skin to the surface, and can attract water from the atmosphere, locking moisture onto the skin’s surface.

Our everyday moisturizers contain both emollients and humectants. Creams, which are thicker in consistency, have more emollients than lotions or fluids. Therefore, when transitioning from summer to fall, it’s best to change from lotions to creams.

You can also help boost your body’s moisture, treat post-summer skin problems and gain better, smoother, hydrated, and healthy skin with services provided here at NewDermaMed:

Oxygen Facials – these super hydrating facial treatments use fine mists of oxygen infused with vitamins to instantly plump, hydrate and smoothen your skin cells. A great bonus to this is that it creates a great canvas for easy and smooth makeup application!

Microdermabrasion – Now that summer is over, it is important to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells that lay on the surface of our skins. These dead skin cells create a dull, uneven skin tone. With microdermabrasion, it gently clears your skin and most importantly – refreshes your skin! Microdermabrasion significantly treats clogged pores, dry and dull skin patches, sunspots and other skin conditions caused by sun exposure during the summer!

Laser Genesis and IPL Photo Rejuvenation – The long sunny summer days in many cases causes us to develop sun spots, also known as age-spots, uneven skin tones and textures due to sun exposure, especially unprotected sun exposure. With Laser Genesis and Photo rejuvenation, we can help you achieve radiant, clear, and smooth skin for the upcoming fall season!

To aid in this summer to fall transition, we encourage the use of SPF to prevent sun damage and other effects of UV rays that exist even during the fall season. Feel free to contact us so we can help you customize and build your new fall skin care regimen!

8 Ways to Revitalize Your Skin

Oxygen Facial

Oxygen facials are a luxurious marriage of state of the art oxygen technology and restorative skin treatment. Oxygen facials have gotten plenty of media attention since being launched. A-list celebrities such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of a long list of the red carpet regulars who consider this treatment a necessity before major events. These unique revitalizing facial treatments are a combination of oxygen infused with lightweight hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. The result is instantly plumped, illuminated skin with reduced blemishes. Your skin will emerge hydrated, calm, balanced, and glowing with health and vitality.

Exfoliate

Microdermabrasion is a great way to polish and remove any dead skin cells from your skin. This is a non-invasive method of reinvigorating and resurfacing the skin. Immediately after your treatment you can notice a smoother, more clear and radiant complexion. Our medical grade FDA approved microdermabrasion system gently buffs the skin of fine lines and superficial discoloration while refining the texture and tone.

All NewDermaMed skincare treatments are performed in a most relaxing and regenerative environment.

Learn more about Microdermabrasion

Laser Facial Rejuvenation

Laser Genesis is an advanced and scientifically proven skin rejuvenation procedure that significantly improves uneven skin tone and texture, facial redness and fine lines. Loss of collagen is a major cause of the visible signs of aging. The highly advanced Laser Genesis penetrates deep beneath the skin’s surface, heating the upper dermis to stimulate new collagen production, increasing skin firmness and improving the skin tone and texture with no downtime.

Learn more about Laser Genesis

Be Sun Savvy  

NewDermaMed’s EltaMD line provides an innovative combination of consumer & physician friendly broad-spectrum sun care. Each uniquely designed formula offers UVA and UVB protection and safety for any and all skin types and conditions. Their technologically advanced micro fine transparent zinc oxide leaves no white residue on the skin’s surface while keeping the skin safe and protected. Formulations are available in either tinted or colourless, lightweight, moisturizing or sport friendly. All EltaMD products are non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic and sensitivity tested.

Green Tea

Green tea has long been known for its high antioxidant content, mainly due to the polyphenol antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. A cup of green tea can contain anywhere from 4 mg to 450 mg of EGCG according to the FDA. Green tea has been purported to have anti-cancer properties, boost the immune system, increase alertness and decrease your waistline. These benefits are more than enough to justify making green tea a part of your diet.  *Tip, the more unprocessed the green tea leaves are the more EGCG is generally present.

Contact NewDermaMed to learn more about improving your skin health and beauty or call 416-671-9766 to book your FREE consultation with one of our medical professionals today!

The Next Generation of Dermal Fillers

Anteis is a leading Swiss innovator in next-generation injectable biopolymers based on hyaluronic acid, with a strong global presence in aesthetic dermatology.

With Anteis fillers, your face will once again reflect your true nature, without your expression being “frozen,” and without your features losing any of their personality.

This new injectable gel is available in three different formulations; our highly trained NewDermaMed team will choose the one that’s right for you in order to give you the results you’re looking for.

Esthelis, Fortelis and Modelis are gels developed by the Swiss laboratory Anteis, using a unique and patented process. This unique technology confers these products with exceptional qualities for natural and really long-lasting results. Made from a component that is naturally present in the human body (hyaluronic acid), these perfectly biocompatible gel are one of the safest and most effective way to treat various concerns, including:

  • Smoothing all types of wrinkles
  • Restoring facial volumes (lip, cheekbones, cheeks, temples, jaw, chin, nose)
  • Enhance the out lines and contours of your face

Natural Product

Hyaluronic acid is a component that is naturally produced by the skin.

Anteis fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring component of the skin and is the key factor of young looking skin. Your skin will immediately integrate Anteis fillers since your body recognizes this naturally occurring component.

Long Lasting Results

Anteis cosmetic fillers offer you immediate and natural lifting effect. A subtle but noticeable restoration of youthful smoothness. You’ll still look like you, only perfected!

At the end of the session you are able to immediately return to your regular social and professional lives, and the results of an Esthelis, Fortelis and Modelis treatment last a long time (between 9 to 18 months).

Book your FREE consultation or learn more about cosmetic fillers. CONTACT NewDermaMed today!

Do you know the ABCs of melanoma?

It is estimated that this year alone:

  • 6,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma.
  • 1,050 Canadians will die from melanoma.
  • 3,300 Canadian  men will be diagnosed with melanoma and 640 will die from it.
  • 2,700 Canadian women will be diagnosed with melanoma and 390 will die from it.
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, the earlier it is treated, the more likely the chance of recovery. Below are 5 signs to be on the look out for when trying to detect a potentially cancerous growth on the skin:

Asymmetry: Healthy moles and beauty marks are normally symmetrical. If you visualize a straight line going through the growth at any direction, both sides should be identical.

Border: If the rim of the mole is irregular or poorly defined, you may want to have it checked out by a dermatologist.

Colour: Various shades of brown, black or tan in a single spot often means that the cells are not functioning properly. Be wary of unusual hues such as blue, white or red.

Diameter: Generally, moles larger than six millimeters across are cause for suspicion, however even the smallest of growths can be malignant and/or life-threatening.

Evolution: If the mole has changed in anyway over a period of time, contact your dermatologist immediately.

Because melanoma can metastasize (spread), treatment is absolutely essential. Melanocytes, the cells responsible for giving skin its pigment, is where melanoma begins. Melanoma cells usually continue to produce melanin and is the reason why malignant moles can sometimes take on a mix of colours at once.

At NewDermaMed, we offer a variety of treatments for mole removal depending on the size and location of the growth. By removing a mole, you eliminate the health risks associated with potentially pre-cancerous moles while also achieving smoother, clearer skin. Visit our website for more information about the benefits of mole removal and to book your free consultation today.