Mesotherapy vs. Microneedling

Mesotherapy vs. Microneedling

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling or collagen induction is a cosmetic procedure that helps improve superficial scars and minor skin imperfections.

How does Microneedling work?

This technique involves the use of a pen shaped tool that has multiple needles with different depths from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm to puncture the skin and cause physical trauma. By doing so, we promote body’s natural healing process to create Collagen.

As Dr. Macrene Alexiades mentions in Elle magazine: “From microneedling alone, you will look plump, pink, and luminous for a couple of weeks. On a short term basis, it plumps the skin and makes the skin look more radiant”.[1]

Here at Q Esthetics, we combine Microneedling with other laser therapies for more severe skin problems to achieve greater outcomes.

What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy comes from the Greek word mesos meaning “middle”, and therapy from the Greek word therapeia which means” to treat medically”.[2] French doctor, Michel Pistor, is considered the father of modern mesotherapy, which initially was used for the treatment of medical conditions, starting in the 1950’s.[3]

Later on, practitioners discovered that this technique could be used for cosmetic purposes. At Q Esthetics, we have perfected this treatment to improve skin conditions such as: wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss, fat loss plus acne scarring.

How does Mesotherapy work?

Firstly, by physical act of injection and skin breakage, we disturb the cells triggering a healing process which includes cell renewal, collagen production and skin tightening.

Secondly, we deliver the right agent into the skin in different depths by utilizing minute amounts of vitamins and minerals to treat the condition.[4]

For best results: multiple treatments are required. There is a possibility of redness, swelling, bruising that could last a few days.

Nazila Nateghi

Myths or misconceptions about laser treatments

Myths or misconceptions about laser treatments

Myth#1

Laser could damage or thin the skin. With technological advancements and procedures, the possibility of permanent damage has been reduced substantially. However, it is really important to be treated by an experienced laser technician for the best outcome.

Myth#2

One or two treatments is all you need to remove body hair. Hair grows in different stages. To remove body hair permanently, we need multiple treatments to catch the hair in the right growing stage, that is why by every treatment we destroy a certain percentage of hair roots.

Myth#3

Dark skin can not be treated by laser. This was true many years ago when laser technology was different. Nowadays, we can treat all skin types for all different reasons with great results. At Q Esthetics laser clinic we have done a great job treating all skin types with superb outcomes.

Myth#4

Laser resurfacing is all the same. Laser resurfacing technology and techniques vary. We could either do an ablative resurfacing like CO2 laser or target skin from inside and do a non-ablative resurfacing which works great without much reaction. We could do a non-ablative resurfacing on scars from acne, surgery, cut, etc

Nazila Nateghi

Mole Removal and Scar Removal Treatment

Mole Removal and Scar Removal Treatment

In 2009 I was seen by a dermatologist for a mole on my chest that I felt was changing in shape, diameter, and colour. Before this, I had learned the ABCDE’s of mole assessment and therefore, I was alarmed to notice that a lesion on my body was changing in various categories. The ABCDE’s of mole assessment are: Asymmetry (if you were to divide the lesion in half, would it look the same on either side?); Border (is the border of the lesion clean?); Colour (is it one solid colour or is the mole a mix of dark and light pigmentation?); Diameter (is it growing in size?); Elevation (is it elevated from the surrounding skin at all?). Since my mole ticked a number of these categories, I book an appointment to have it removed by a dermatologist.

With the mole being quite small, I was confident that there should not be a scar or if there was, I assumed that it would be quite small and therefore, not too noticeable. The dermatologist explained to me that he would only be taking a small ‘punch biopsy’ which would not leave a scar. This was done quite quickly, however, I was shocked to see that procedure left me with three sutures. In ten days these were removed and I was glad to receive the news that my mole was benign – meaning that it was nothing harmful to my health. Over the series of the next few months, I was noticing the area was very noticeable and was developing into a 1-2 inch hypertrophic scar. A hypertrophic scar is when the scar tissue becomes elevated.

I was always self conscious of this scar, but it was not until I began working at Q Esthetics that I found out that something could be done to fix it. I had the scar flatted with Kenalog, which is a corticosteroid injection that flattens the tissue and after this I had it resurfaced with a nonablative fractional laser. I did three of these treatments and I am so happy to say that my scar is no longer noticeable! I am so happy and much more confident wearing tops that show this area.

What is fractional laser resurfacing?

A laser that penetrates the dermal layer of the skin, heating up the targeted tissue cause microtrauma. The cells respond to this by stimulating the production of collagen (a protein that is found in the skin’s connective tissue) and this rejuvenates and renews the skin. In time, this fresh skin surfaces to the visible layers (hence the name ‘resurfacing’). This helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring.

What is the downtime?

Q Esthetics uses a non-ablative fractional laser, meaning that it works internally leaving the outer layers of the skin unharmed. Some methods of resurfacing (such as C02 and Erbium) are ablative which means they are more invasive because they vaporize the outer layers of the skin and resurface it this way. The only downtime that I experienced was slight tingly/burning sensation for about 30 minutes and the scar became slightly more red for about 2 weeks.

How long does it take to see results?

Results will usually start to be seen within approximately 1 month, but full results are not seen until 3 months post treatment

Does the treatment take long to perform and is it safe?

The time of treatment is depended on how much space is being covered. Many clients come and have their whole face resurfaced for example, and this takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. The treatment for my small scar took less then 2 minutes to perform. The treatment is safe for all skin types!

How is mole removal done at Q Esthetics?

The health and safety of our clients is a number one priority at Q Esthetics and therefore, if a client feels their mole is of concern in any way (ABCDE), we encourage it to be looked at first by a dermatologist. If the mole is safe to remove, we use a method called Electrocautery. Electrocautery is an easy, efficient, virtually painless way of removing skin lesions. It is safe to use on all skin types, there is little downtime and best of all it leaves a little to no scar.

Emily McCormick

Skincare Survival – At Home Tips To Get You Through the Quarantine

Skincare Survival – At Home Tips To Get You Through the Quarantine

As we all navigate through these uncertain times, we want to let you know that we are still (virtually) here for you. Now, more than ever is a time for all of us to take extra care of ourselves. We have put together some tips on how you can keep your skin healthy and glowing while you’re stuck at home:

1. Choose the right cleanser for your skin type

For an oily or acne prone skin – or to help minimize the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation, look for a foaming gel cleaner with a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) like Salicylic. This works best to penetrate the pores, exfoliate and brighten the skin and clear away surface oils. See: Zo Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser.

A dry or mature skin type will benefit more from moisture-boosting ingredients like hydrating oils or aloe vera. We like: Alumier MD Hydraboost

2. Stay hydrated

Water helps to remove toxins from the body, so drinking more of it could help prevent toxins from building up and having a negative impact on your immune system. A lack of water also causes your skin to lose it’s radiance and elasticity – leading to dryness, fine lines, and sag. It can also reduce acne and other skin conditions by flushing harmful toxins from the body.

Choose skin care products – cleansers, moisturizers and anti-aging serums with hydrating formulas and ingredients and drink about 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water a day.

Sipping water in the form of hot tea is also a great option – you can also add lemon, turmeric, ginger or apple cider vinegar for an extra immune boost.

3. Don’t just eat your vitamins

We know that a balanced diet with foods rich, vibrant colors often contain the most antioxidants, but there’s more than one way to give your skin those important vitamins and minerals.
Topical antioxidants also protect the skin by limiting free radicals, reducing sun damage, calming inflammation and increasing hydration and moisture retention.

TIP: The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

We like: EverActive C&E™ + Peptide. It stays active longer because you only mix the vitamin C into the serum when you’re ready to use it.

Here’s how it works:
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4. Exfoliate a couple times a week

Now that we have it, spend a little extra time on your skin care routine. We lose millions of skin cells day to day, but without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can hang on making your complexion lacklustre. Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week to unclog pores and reveal a fresh complexion. If you’re prone to redness or irritation, you should only exfoliate once or twice a week.

After exfoliating, it’s essential to hydrate your skin properly. You should apply a moisturizer or, even better, use a mask. Along with hydrating your skin, this will protect it from external aggressors by tightening the pores. A weekly mask is a great routine to shoot for!

Our faves: Zo Dual Action Facial Scrub and Zo Skin Health Sulfur Masque

5. Meditate

Take some time for yourself to relax and refresh your mind. Commit to a few minutes each day to eliminate distractions and thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Focus your mind, breathe deeply and slowly, and practise being aware of the present moment. Meditation can help increase happiness, sleep, reduce aging, boost your immune system and add incredible value to your overall well-being.

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What’s in a retinol?

What’s in a retinol?

You’ve probably already heard about retinol. It’s one of the most recommended skin care products on the market and for good reason. It works! Countless studies demonstrate the super ingredients ability to slow the signs of aging, reverse sun damage, even out skin tone and prevent breakouts.

Here are 5 fast facts about retinol and why it’s the ultimate add in to your daily regimen:

FACT ONE – Retinol is highly recommended by dermatologists for its ability to clear acne.

Retinol helps to reduce acne breakouts by speeding up cell turnover to help unblock pores. By keeping skin clear and reducing active blemishes, it can also help to reduce the formation of acne scars. “Retinol and vitamin A derivatives are dermatologys’ best-kept secrets,” says Dr. Samir Gupta, board-certified Cosmetic Dermatologist. “The effects on the skin can be profound not only for acne but also for aging and photodamage, including fine lines, creases, and uneven skin colour.”

FACT TWO – All retinol are not created equal.

Firstly, there is a big difference between the retinol products found over the counter and their prescription counterparts. While prescriptions have a much higher concentration of the active ingredient, retinol products have the added benefit of being combined with other ingredients which usually makes it easier to tolerate.

When choosing a retinol, you also want to find out if it is medical grade or from a mainstream skin care brand. Medical grade products will generally use higher quality or more stabilized ingredients. Medical Grade Retinol also has a better delivery system, meaning they can penetrate deeper into the skin so that you actually benefit from the powerful active ingredients.

FACT THREE – Retinol and Vitamin A are one in the same.

True. Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A. This powerhouse ingredient is used in many skin care and beauty products because it can address such a wide-range of concerns including skin renewal and collagen production. Dermatologists have been using it for decades and it continues to grow in popularity because of it’s amazing multitasking properties.

FACT FOUR – Retinol should be used at night as part of your evening skin care regime.

Vitamin A derivatives, such as retinol will break down when exposed to UV light. This can affect their efficacy and make the products less active. It’s why they’re also usually in opaque packaging and dispensed in pumps or tubes with tight-fitting caps.

FACT FIVE – If you’re using retinol it’s important to also incorporate SPF into your skin care regimen.

While sun protection should be a part of your daily regimen regardless to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It’s also recommended when using retinol, in order to protect your investment. Retinol accelerates the formation of new healthy skin cells to replace the old, damaged ones. Obviously we want to protect those healthy skin cells from the elements that cause that damage in the first place.

Combined with a high SPF and vitamin C in the morning, you are setting yourself up for great skin for life. “When we combine retinol with vitamin C,” explains Dr. Gupta, “we are essentially delivering ‘laser in a bottle.’ Here at Q Esthetics, we only use the purest, safest, and most effective forms of these ingredients to achieve radiant skin.”