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.

You can still order your favourite products online – contact us for your exclusive order code!

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.”

Beauty Benefits of Microneedling

Beauty Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling or (collagen induction therapy) is a minimally-invasive procedure with two major beauty benefits: 1) it stimulates epidermal growth factors to boost collagen and elastin production which means it helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring and firms the skin. 2) It boosts product absorption a whopping 90 % so you can get the most out of all the active ingredients in your skin care regimen.

Professional microneedling treatments have become quite popular with clinicians and patients because they are a safe and effective way to stimulate the production of collagen and other healing factors by causing trauma to the skin. It can also be used to deposit corrective serums such as Vitamin C, deeper into the skin. You can read more about mesotherapy here.

While professional treatments penetrate deeper to stimulate repair, there are also many benefits of using an at home CIT roller:

  • Very affordable
  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Use in the comfort of your own home
  • See results within 10 sessions

Consulting a dermatologist or medical skin care professional who is experienced in these types of procedures can help you determine whether this treatment is right for you.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

We’ve got gifts for just about everyone on your list. Whether you’re looking for a loved one (or for yourself) we’ve got just the thing to keep you looking and feeling your best this holiday season.

BOTOX

20 units only $99

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 70, chances are you can benefit from Botox! Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for the quickest results with the least amount of downtime and works to smooth crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines and wrinkles. The treatment is known as a lunchtime procedure taking only 10 to 15 minutes for the actual procedure. Your skin will look noticeably smoother in as little as a week, with optimal results after a month.

DEEP EXFOLIATING PHOTO FACIAL

Now just $360, reg. $460

Our Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial pairs all the glory of microdermabrasion with the big-time benefits of the intense pulsed light (or IPL) photo facial. It covers most categories of cosmetic dermatology making it one of our most requested treatments. Patients can expect to see and feel smoother skin after just one treatment. The treatment unblocks pores, removes impurities and polishes the skin to improve the absorption of products while also addressing sun damage, wrinkles, redness, and broken capillaries for a more even tone and camera-ready complexion.

ALUMIER MD BRIGHT EYES HOLIDAY SET

Get the set $160, reg $188

Eye cream should be a crucial part of your skin care regimen. This must-have product duo from Alumier MD checks all the boxes! Use AluminEye® during the day to brighten and moisturize. The hydrating formula sits well under makeup making it the perfect canvas for your morning routine. The hard-working Retinol Eye Gel can be used at night to firm, rejuvenate and refine the delicate eye area. To use gently pat under the eyes, along the brow bone and over crow’s feet. Paired together this set is the perfect stocking stuffer!

ULTHERAPY FACIAL TREATMENT

BEST VALUE – now only $2800, reg. $3500

Ultherapy is the skin tightening treatment that celebrities swear by. It’s the treatment of choice for Hollywood names like Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, & Christie Brinkley and for good reason. Ultherapy uses ultrasound to tighten and lift, with very little to no downtime. Plus results are gradual, making those improvements look so natural. If you’ve noticed a loss of elasticity or just want to prevent it you are likely a candidate for this treatment.

GIFT CARD

Gift Cards are always a solid choice letting those you love get exactly what they need! This year we’ve sweetened the deal to include a free luxury skin care product with the purchase of a $100 Gift Card. They get a gift card, and a little something extra for under the Christmas tree, or better yet you get to keep a little gift for yourself. The choice is yours.

Skin Survival with Star Foodie host

Skin Survival with Star Foodie host, Christina-Laia

From airplanes, to trains, buses, and underground metros – I do it all – literally, all the time. Not to mention walk to and from, an inordinate amount of destinations in an array of climates – from hot sun to snowflakes, and rainstorms in between. Sure filming, on either side of the Atlantic has its own gargantuan benefits, but like you guessed, there’s a but coming. The body, face, hair and skin; yup they get a pretty good beating. So I dedicated a great part of my spare time chatting with the experts, and figuring out how to maintain a healthy lifestyle in and outside of my anatomy. After I got the body, eating, and hair routine down pact, I dove into my arch nemesis. My problematic, nagging, always thirsty, rarely cooperative… nope not my boyfriend, my skin.

I’m sure we’ve all heard it by now, the epidermis is the body’s largest organ. Yes, I’m throwing “epidermis” in this blog for good measure because of course, its origin is Greek. In case you’re wondering, the word epidermis comes from the Greek roots epi meaning “upon” and derma, which means “skin.”

Taking over a total area of about 20 square feet on our bodies, it’s no wonder, that when my skin breaks out, feels dry, itchy or even on fire (yes it happens to me often) I feel like utter yuk! Adversely when its behaving perfectly, I couldn’t feel more instagram ready.

So let’s dive right into my current do’s and don’ts! (Most of which I learned, the hard, harder, and hardest way!)

I discovered early on in filming, that wearing any type of makeup on aircrafts was not good – for anything! We’re talking drying up, burning and even flaking from wearing layers of makeup on long flights 30,000 feet high. My trick for travel – all travel by the way, became tinted moisturiser. Stick to moisturiser (& sunglasses if you’re paranoid of photos) and your skin will feel smooth and moist after excursions.

I also adapted the tinted moisturiser method for the long hot days in Athens. A combination of heat, sun, sweat and acne prone skin had me break out time and time again while filming last summer. I stuck to a good quality, oil free, tinted sunscreen for days, and shifted to Matte Finishing loose powder for evenings on the Athens Riviera.

Ok back to the arctic. Since my skin reacts so differently during the different seasons throughout the year, I change up my routine according to the sun dial. Currently, it’s more like the snow dial, which I gotta say, seems to make my skin much happier.

After several beauty counter visits, in literally dozens of cities in 2 different continents, I finally discovered the truth. No one knew what worked for me. So like any self-reliant girl, I adopted a skin regiment that battles blemishes, drying and keeps me moist.


Watch my recent Star Foodies episode where I checked in at Q Esthetics to talk skin care with their Skin Care Specialist Toya!

AM – Good quality cleanser, Natural Toner
DayTime– Light Acne fighting Gel, Oil Free Liquid Makeup (moist with sunscreen) & Matte Finishing loose powder
PM – Good quality cleanser, Natural Toner
BedTime – Light Acne fighting Gel and Light Moisturiser, Eye Cream
Try: Alumier MD Spot Clearing Lotion $36 & Alumier MD AluminEye $94


3-4x a week I use an all natural face mask for 15 minutes, and use the same contents for spot treatment on persistent blemishes. My favourites are Clay masks.

When I remember, I add truffle based eye cream to my AM & PM regiment. I did however, regain milia in the area – so be careful with the richness of the cream!

Remember everyone’s skin is different, so trying out different products throughout the year, and adapting to climates is key!

If you’d like more in-depth info plus my favourite brands, give me a shout out!

Off to the set!

Christina-Laia xoxo

Top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely in 2019

Top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely in 2019

A new year is the best time to start over, set goals and get ready to challenge yourself. If getting in shape is one of your goals, we want to help. Here are our top 5 tips to get in shape quickly but safely.

Set attainable goals

It’s quite simple. If you set unrealistic goals, you may end up getting disappointed if you do not achieve them. Instead of setting a goal like losing 30 pounds in 3 months, break down your goals into smaller yet achievable goals. A great example would be to set your weekly goal to go to the gym at least 3 times and work out for 30 minutes. It is specific, realistic and achievable. One thing that can help you achieve your goal of getting in shape is to reward yourself. Did you go to the gym 3 times this week? Great! Now, you can grab a drink with your friends.

Nutrition is everything

When you are looking to get in shape safely, it is about how many calories you put in your body and how many calories you would burn. The key is to stick with the diet you can keep up. Make sure to balance your nutrition (protein, fat, and carbs) and portion it right.

Exercise right

Everyone knows that you need to exercise to get in shape safely. At the beginning of your journey, it is hard to know which exercise is right for you. With the technology these days there are many resources at your fingertip. Nike has a great app called Nike+ Training and this is a great tool for a beginner. You can also join a local gym and there are free training classes you can take advantage.

Boost your metabolism

High metabolism = burning more calories. When you are burning of everything you are eating, there is less chance to store fat. Vitamin injection ( also known as B12 injections) can help boost your metabolism which in turn helps you with getting in shape safely.

Non-surgical fat loss option

This is a viable option for you if you are someone who is healthy, active and nutritionally balanced yet you have a hard to lose the fat pockets. There are non-surgical options such as SculpSure, Vanquish, Mesotherapy Injection with deoxycholic acid, and combination treatments like Q Body Sculpt is next-level fat loss treatment with skin tightening effect. It takes as little as 25 minutes to complete these treatments, so it will fit perfectly into your busy schedule. All fat loss treatments target fat cells and destroy them. And your body will not produce additional fat cells anymore which means your results can be permanent as long as there is no drastic weight gain. These technologies are FDA and Health Canada approved, so you can get in shape safely with them.

Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Top 5 Unisex Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s this time of the year again. Everyone is in the holiday spirit and Christmas trees are up everywhere. However, we know that it can be stressful especially trying to find a perfect gift. No worry, we are here to help! Here are our Top 5 Unisex Holiday Gift Ideas.

Medical Grade Skin Care

Did you know that commercial (over the counter) skin care products may not be as effective as medical grade skin care? Medical grade skin care is formulated to effectively target skin concerns. However, It can be purchased only at medical clinics or medical spas. One of our top medical grade skin care lines is AlumierMD. They have a wide range of facial cleansers, moisturizers, and serums to target a range of concerns for all skin types. Not sure where to start? You can always contact us . We can help you pick out the best products for your loved ones.

We love AlumierMD Every Active Vitamin ACE serum to prevent free radical damage to our skin. Here is how to use it properly.

Give the Gift of Gorgeous Skin

Skin treatments are definitely one of the top 5 gifts for people who care about their skin. Pamper your loved ones with our famous Q Max Facial (Featured on Marylin Denis) or multipurpose Deep Exfoliation Photo Facial (amazing for promoting collagen growth, reducing redness, smoothing wrinkles, treating sun, age spots & hyper-pigmentation, improving acne & acne scarring). Here is a great before and after from 1 treatment!

Before and After of Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial

Before and After of Deep Exfoliating Photo Facial

Memberships

Whether it is a Netflix subscription or Apple Music even our Q VIP membership ( great for skin care lovers, we offer 10% off all skin treatments and 6 free Q Max Facial for our annual members), memberships are a nice holiday gift for people who will utilize the service throughout the year. They will definitely think about you every time!

DIY Gift Ideas

If you are like me and not planning to spend too much on a gift, you can go about the Do It Yourself route. Some great ideas would be DIY Holiday Bath Bombs, DIY Holiday Granola, or if you are a crochet wiz, DIY Holiday Sweater would make a nice gift! While making DIY gifts, it is all about adding that personal touch and wrapping it up. Here is a great gift wrapping video!

Gift Cards

Last but not least, gift cards are versatile, easy and affordable. Definitely useful as a last minute holiday gift!