Non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are non-invasive treatments which are designed to make your facial skin and profile look younger and more refreshed. The procedures are commonly used on both women and men of all ages. Although often associated with women, increasing numbers of men are having non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
Non-surgical procedures can be topical, such as creams and peels; injectable, such as toxins and fillers; or laser based, such as CO2 resurfacing. All of these procedures take place in the office setting without the need for an operating room or anesthesia. There are no incisions.
The goal of non-surgical rejuvenation is to improve how you look and feel about yourself. It is not meant to transform you into someone else. But, it will help you appear to be the best, most well-rested and refreshed version of you. The benefits of facial rejuvenation go beyond cosmetic. They help improve your self-esteem which is often connected to a person's appearance. And, self-esteem contributes to mental well-being, which in turn contributes to physical health. So the benefits of facial rejuvenation can go beyond cosmetic.
Botox cosmetic is an approved treatment used by millions of people to improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet, etc. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.
Botulinum toxin can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Injected botulinum toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. Botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction, allowing the muscles to become less stiff.
Dermal Fillers (including Radiesse)
As the skin ages, it gradually loses some of its collagen and fat. These are the materials that prevent the skin from becoming saggy. Thus, as we age, our skin can become thinner and more wrinkled and lined.
Dermal fillers are non-permanent gel-like substances that are injected below the surface of the skin to fill in lines, lift cheeks, increase the fullness of lips or even fill in scars. Results are immediate and long-lasting, with increased elasticity and volume visible for up to two years. Dermal fillers can be hyaluronic acid or calcium-based, with the latter providing an additional stimulation to the body to produce skin-strengthening collagen.
Elizabeth Lavoie NP has completed an intensive training session with international aesthetics expert Dr Mauricio de Maio, on the correct usage of his pioneering MD Codes. These provide a series of precise injection points to restore lost volume and elasticity in a natural and long-lasting way.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
PRP is a rapidly growing natural treatment used for facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, and the healing of a variety of soft tissues of the body.
The treatment, Platelet-Rich Plasma, is gaining in popularity for the same reasons athletes chose it: because of its organic nature and because it works. It uses plasma taken from the patient's own blood instead of chemicals injected into the body. The possibility of side effects is practically nonexistent because the body is unlikely to reject its own blood.
The treatment has become popularly known as the Platelet-Rich Plasma Facelift thanks to one celebrity, Kim Kardashian, who tried and recommended the procedure, and gave it its nickname.
Aesthetically it is most commonly used to improve facial appearance, but it is increasingly used in other applications such as rejuvenation of vaginal tissue (O-Shot ®) and penile tissue (P-Shot ®).
Plasma Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Closely related to the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure, Plasma Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a second generation technique that spins the patient’s own blood in a centrifuge to isolate components of the blood that are responsible for body tissue strengthening and regeneration.
Spun at a different speed than PRP, the plasma obtained in PRF contains additional components of the blood--white blood cells, mesenchymal stem cells and a higher concentration of growth factors--that contribute to more rapid healing and benefits that last longer. PRF can be used as a standalone treatment to create a youthful look, or post-surgically to accelerate healing and improve surgery results.
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)
When it comes to minimally invasive treatments, Micro-needling Collagen Induction therapy with the eDermaStamp® made of safe, surgical-grade micro-needles, certified and licensed by Health Canada is clinically proven and is perhaps the most successful treatment available for the common signs and symptoms of aging such as wrinkles, loss of skin volume, and crepey skin.
The micro-needling treatment even targets the epidermis in such a way that it is clinically proven to minimize scars and stretch marks and is effective on all skin types and age. The micro-needling therapy triggers the body’s spontaneous healing process, stimulating cell proliferation and causing the formation of new collagen. This results in a thicker, more supple, cellular matrix. Results: visibly younger, healthier looking skin.
Clients can expect their skin to have a slight “sun burned” appearance, which can last up to 48 hours. For optimal results, a series of treatments are performed spaced 4-6 weeks apart. We combine this procedure with PRP for optimal results.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology to lift the neck, chin and brow, and improve lines and wrinkles in the upper chest. Approved by Health Canada, the ultrasound machine enables the provider to see specific areas under the skin’s surface containing the same layers of weakened collagen that are often targeted during cosmetic surgery. By delivering ultrasound energy to these areas, the procedure stimulates the body’s regrowth of fresh new collagen -- the protein responsible for providing structure to the skin.
Unlike many medical cosmetic procedures Ultherapy does not cut or pierce the surface of the skin, and patients rarely require any downtime following the procedure. A single treatment is usually sufficient in a year, with positive results developing over 2-3 months following the procedure as new collagen is produced by the body. The result is a gradual lifting and tightening of the skin as the targeted layers beneath the surface heal naturally.
Elizabeth Lavoie is a Nurse Practitioner, registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario. She has almost 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles within the primary health care field: emergency room, rural medicine, international development, tropical medicine, SARS crisis management, and much more.
Elizabeth became fascinated with medical cosmetics, a fast evolving field that truly combines art and medicine. As a talented photographer, she has a keen eye for aesthetic natural beauty. And, as an experienced medical practitioner, she has the education and expertise to help deliver natural looking results in a safe and professional manner. Elizabeth's dedication to ongoing professional development ensures patient access to the most up-to-date products and techniques in the field of medical cosmetics.
Elizabeth is keenly aware of the close relationship between our emotional health and physical appearance. The goal of using Botox or filling agents is much greater than a superficial enhancement to a patient's appearance: it should positively impact the patient's confidence and energy levels, and lead to even greater overall improvements to mental and physical health. She will take the time to understand your perspective, and deliver subtle but striking results that help enlighten your natural beauty.
As a licensed Nurse Practitioner and with over 10 years experience providing medical cosmetics services, Elizabeth has both the scientific medical expertise and the subtle aesthetic touch to help you look and feel your best for years to come. She would be delighted to meet you for a complimentary consultation to discuss your health and beauty needs - simply book a free consultation at The Abboud Plastic Surgery Centre.