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Before & After Photos : Believe Or Be Wary?

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The first thing you probably do when contemplating any cosmetic procedure is look for before and after photos, usually online. We do this so we can identify our own concerns in others, and see realistic results. But did you know the standardization of photography in before and after photos is almost nonexistent, especially for non-surgical treatments?

Hydroquinone and Rebound Hyperpigmentation

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If you’ve used or researched skin lightening products, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered hydroquinone. This substance has long been used to treat hyperpigmentation problems, due to its ability to lighten skin pigment. Recently, however, it’s been making headlines for doing exactly the opposite.

Dark & Puffy UnderEyes

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If you suffer from puffy or discoloured undereyes, you’re definitely not alone. This sometimes troublesome and unsightly condition can be caused by many factors, and finding out the main cause of your "raccoon eyes" is the first step to solving it. And yes, there are solutions!

The skin underneath your eye is extremely thin, so the mechanisms going on beneath the surface are very visible. As we age this skin thins even more, and the dark veins and pigment beneath can look like they’re on the surface. Diet, age, and genetics are just some of the factors that can influence the appearance of your undereyes. Finding out what’s causing the problem is the first step to finding the solution.

FDA Changes Sunscreen Guidelines

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Within the last year, some new FDA guidelines have come into effect regarding the labeling of sunscreens, and we’re going to feel the effect in Canada. The main questions I usually get with regards to sunscreen are:


1. What kind of sunscreen should I get?
2. Does sunscreen use really prevent skin cancer?


3. Does sunscreen use effect vitamin D levels?



We answer these questions and give you the update on the new FDA guidelines for sunscreen.

What Is Mineral Makeup?

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One of the newer trends in the cosmetic industry is mineral makeup. This is makeup that opts for natural ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals, which can irritate and damage the skin. However, mineral makeup isn’t a new concept. Since ancient times people have painted their faces and bodies with natural minerals and earthly pigments. Somewhere along the line though we started adding things, like artificial ingredients to bulk up the product and preservatives to give it a longer shelf life.

Mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, when pressed powders began being made with finely milled minerals. The frontrunners of the mineral makeup industry as we know it today are companies like JaneIredale, BareMinerals, and PurMinerals, all founded in the mid 1990’s. Since its arrival on the scene, mineral makeup has continued to grow in popularity. But be careful what you buy, because many of the products marketed as “mineral makeup” aren’t as true to the name as they may seem.

Laser Hair Removal - Worth It?

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Laser hair removal, as it currently stands, is a fairly new and groundbreaking technology. The struggle to rid ourselves of unwanted body hair, however, can be traced back for centuries.

People have long searched for a permanent solution, and have tried everything from scraping the hair from skin with rocks to pulling it out with beeswax. The evolution of modern technology has lead us to some radical new treatments for hair removal, including the use of lasers. With dramatic results that appear to be long-lasting, we may have finally found a permanent solution.

Fillers VS. Botox®

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There are many misconceptions about cosmetic injectables floating around. Some people say they want fillers instead of Botox® because they’re “stronger”, or that they want Botox® in their lips instead of fillers because Botox® has been around longer and is safer. Some people claim that they’re the same thing, and they can be used interchangeably with each other.

So, we're laying it out clear!

Glossary

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The world of cosmetic laser and aesthetic surgery is ever evolving, with new treatments, products, technologies and terms arising constantly. Being immersed in the industry, we sometimes don’t realize that the terms we use everyday are not household names for most people. This glossary will aim to bring some of the words we use everyday into your vocabulary.

Our website strives to give you straightforward and educative information in a concise manner. This glossary will serve as an ever-evolving list of terms we use on our website and regularly in our office, in hopes that you won’t have to scour the vast world of the web to find out what we’re talking about!

Reduce Swelling and Bruising Post-Injections

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While the many benefits of cosmetic injections such as Botox® and dermal fillers often outweigh the risks and complications of treatment, unsightly swelling and bruising post-injection can leave you hiding away in your house for a few days afterwards.

Although there is no sure-fire way to prevent swelling and bruising after injections, there are measures you can take before the procedure to minimize your risk of these effects. Below are the good and the bad of what to do before your appointment:


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