Photoaging and UV Exposure

As part of the Ontario Skin Cancer Prevention Act, youths under the age of 18 have been banned from using tanning beds as of this past Thursday, May 1st – perfectly timed, considering May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of the legislation is to protect young people, who are especially vulnerable to damage from UV radiation leading to skin cancer. According to the World Health Organization, the use of tanning beds by individuals under the age of 35 increases your chance of skin cancer by a whopping 75%. In fact, the WHO classifies tanning beds among its highest risk category, which includes tobacco and asbestos.

Aside from serious health effects, long term exposure to UV rays has been proven to cause photoaging by damaging the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, resulting in premature wrinkles and fine lines. Other side effects of prolonged UV exposure are as follows:

  • Both UVA and UVB cause damage to DNA, with UVB in the epidermis and UVA deeper in the dermis.
  • This damage causes mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene, a gene responsible for repairing damaged DNA (if possible), or discarding cells that are damaged beyond repair.
  • If p53 doesn’t function properly, these highly damaged cells continue to multiply.
  • Around 50% of skin tumors have this mutated p53 gene in them.
  • UVA penetrates deeper into the skin reaching the dermis where collagen, the structural scaffolding of the skin, is located. This causes the skin to sag in places leading to wrinkles.
  • Both UVA and UVB cause the number of Langerhans cells, an important part of the immune system, to decrease, lowering immunity.
  • UVA increases the number of inflammatory cells in the dermis.

Generally, the effects of UV exposure on the skin are permanent, however, thanks to scientific breakthroughs and advances in medical grade technology, they can be minimized and in some cases, completely reversed. Professional treatments like IPL Photo Rejuvenation and Laser Genesis are specifically designed to treat the most common age concerns that are so often a direct result of excessive tanning in our youth, such as deep wrinkles, fine lines, loss of skin elasticity, uneven tone and texture, redness/Rosacea, freckles and age spots, etc;

Taking simple precautions in your everyday routine, such as wearing sunscreen, can also have a hugely positive effect on the overall/longterm condition of your skin. Always choose an SPF formulated with zinc oxide, which is far more photostable than any other sun protecting ingredient.

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.

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!

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.