Try a Mini Non-Surgical Facelift—Just in Time for the Holidays

Mini Non-Surgical Facelifts Ho Ho Ho! The holidays are just around the corner. It’s a jolly good feeling to have festive gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers. But what about all the photos that come with it? Are you concerned every time you hear that familiar “click-click?” Dr.Roz Kamani recommends putting your best face forward. As the founder of the Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic, she offers an easy, non-surgical solution to ease fine lines and restore the fullness and elasticity lost in the face—the Soft Lift. Botox Cosmetic “As we age, our body loses hyaluronic acid and collagen, resulting in dry and dull looking skin. Fine wrinkles and lines show up (frown lines, crow’s feet, lower face lines, chin pitting or peau d’orange). Tissue breaks down in key areas like the jaw, resulting in a loss of shape and sagging.” By applying injectable Botox and their dermal filler Juvéderm to strategic areas of the face, a more youthful appearance can be restored non-surgically. Injectable Botox, better known as Botox Cosmetic, is a purified protein injected into the muscles. It relaxes them, erasing fine lines and giving your face a more refreshed appearance. Juvéderm is an injectable gel filler that uses hyaluronic acid, which combines with water in the skin to instantly restore lost volume in key areas like the lips, cheeks, and jawline. The consumption of fatty acids is important for keeping the skin in good shape. When people diet constantly and restrict fat severely, the results often manifest as dull, saggy, aged skin. While consuming lots of water and good fats is always the best solution, the Soft...

Prepping Your Skin for Fall

Fall and your Complexion A slight tingling sensation, dryness, and flaking—most people have no problem determining when fall has arrived, because they can feel it on their skin. As the weather changes from warm and balmy to cool and crisp, skin irritation is often tangible, particularly if it’s already recovering from sun damage. For mature skin, this can mean spots, tightness, lines, and itching. If your fall complexion is slack and sallow, the first step to counter it is a collagen boost. You can do this by subtly altering your diet. Make fish a regular part of your meal plan, and eat up those beauty-boosting fatty acids. Don’t forget your antioxidants, which come in a variety of tasty forms including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. The next step is to revaluate your moisturizing strategy. The skin has different needs in winter when it’s cool and dry compared to the summer when it’s secreting sweat and oil. It’s important to find a moisturizer that will hydrate, nourish, and restore your elasticity. A skin care specialist will help you find a formula that provides optimal hydration for your skin. If your skin is dull and rough, using an at-home exfoliation treatment once or twice a week can smooth out your complexion. Exfoliants work by removing the dead skin cells that result in dull looking skin, uneven skin tone, and rough surface texture. Advanced formulations, like those from SkinCeuticals, can address a range of skin concerns, including visible signs of discoloration and premature aging. Remember to adopt a year-round sunscreen strategy, because skin-depleting UVA and UVB rays are present every day, regardless of the temperature. Daily sunscreen provides effective protection from photoaging. Opt for products that provide a high level of broad spectrum sun protection with chemical-free UV filters. At the Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic, one of Dr. Kamani’s specialties is customizing skin care regiments for patients with...

Botox Objectives from a Doctor’s Perspective

Why Botox? Most people understand the basic objective of Botox treatments is to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, a true Botox specialist goes above and beyond this. As the founder of the Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic, Dr. Roz Kamani explains that the real objective is to use the treatment to enhance the natural facial contours and anatomy of each individual patient, for results that are youthful and attractive—yet never overdone. As a therapeutic agent, Botox® has been used in the medical field for over 20 years. It is safe and effective, providing dramatic results when administered by a skilled physician. It works by stopping the messages sent from the nerve to the muscle, relaxing the muscle and reducing visible lines, creases, and wrinkles. It’s a treatment that’s commonly used to diminish the appearance of frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and those dreaded lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet. Derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, there are two types of Botox® on the market, Botox® Cosmetic and Botox® Medical. Botox® Cosmetic, the product used at Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic, is best known for its ability to reduce the signs of aging. With an estimated 17 million treatments performed since its approval, and a 97% patient satisfaction rating, it is a product Dr. Kamani advocates for patients who want to safely enhance their natural appearance. Learn more about Botox, and how it can be used to address the effects of sun exposure, hormonal changes, and other factors that can exacerbate the signs of ageing. To learn more, or to book a consultation, contact Dr. Roz Kamani and her team at the Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic.     SkinCare Consultation For specific concerns and other anti-aging treatments, visit with Dr. Roz Kamani for a customized Skin Care Regimen. Call now and...

CoolSculpting: 5 Tips on Fat Freezing

CoolSculpting may be relatively new, but it has quickly become the world’s #1 non-invasive fat-reduction procedure. As an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat off with no surgery or downtime, more than 3 million treatments have already been performed worldwide. For people who want to feel better about their body image, CoolSculpting can help get rid of stubborn bulges, but there are still several factors you should consider before making the final decision. 5 of the most important CoolSculpting considerations 5) CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared process that relies on cryolipolysis—controlled cooling that lowers targeted areas of skin to the temperature where fat cells die. The body then disposes of these cells naturally. 4) Sometimes multiple treatments are required. Your doctor will discuss if this is a possibility, depending on the area(s) you wish to treat. 3) Think strategic slimming. This is not a treatment that will melt away dozens of pounds. It’s designed to smooth targeted areas—think love handles or unsightly pockets on the inner thighs. 2) It takes time. Each treatment in the clinic takes about an hour, so remember to budget enough time for your appointments. 1) Non-invasive doesn’t mean zero discomfort. Although you won’t be cut, you may still experience some numbness or bruising, but recovery time is not typically required. You can resume your day normally after a treatment.  What to Expect It will take some time for the results of CoolScultping to show. After the cells have been frozen, your body will naturally flush them away. This can take up to 1 month to 4 months. Remember that maintaining optimal results will require ongoing effort with diet and exercise, because while the treatment is revolutionary—it can’t do everything. Booking an...

The “Eyes” Have It – Our Recommended Products

Recommended Anti-aging Eye Care Products The eyes are the window to the soul. Youthful eyes can transform a face, no matter your age. Beautiful, sparkling eyes always draw attention. From a cosmetic point of view, however, eye care can be tricky. You’ve probably heard that the skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest and most sensitive on your entire body. To care for this delicate area, you should choose the right ingredients—and apply them using the right techniques. “I recommend SkinCeutical AOX Eye Gel,” says Dr. Kamani. “It’s a powerful treatment that helps protect against environmental damage and reduces puffiness and signs of fatigue.” As a triple antioxidant treatment, AOX Eye Gel helps protect the delicate eye area from oxidative stress, while active ingredients revive the under-eye skin and helps reduce the appearance of puffiness. Everyday use can have a number of benefits: Helps fight the signs of aging Visibly improves signs of photodamage Helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and under-eye bags Combats signs of fatigue to restore a fresh, vibrant appearance Dark circles and puffiness After AOX Eye Gel, use the AMAZING A.G.E Eye Complex for addressing dark circles, puffiness and effects of “glycation”. Glycation is a process that increases inflammation in our skin. How to apply “You should apply the serum after cleansing and toning,” says Dr. Kamani. “Put the serum around the orbital bone of your eye—think of where the frame of your sunglasses sits as a reference. That’s where it should be put, not any higher.” Use a series of gentle taps to apply the product. Never rub it as this could stretch the delicate eye area. For best results, Dr. Kamani recommends that women under 30 apply eye...

Antioxidant Skincare by SkinCeuticals

Choosing Antioxidant Skin Care Products Stress has become a part of our lives. Pollution, refined foods, exposure to sunlight—they all impact how our skin looks and feels. Realistically, avoiding these things can be very hard. Fortunately, there’s an alternative to becoming a beauty hermit. Antioxidants can play a big part in protecting your skin. This is called preventative care, and one of the best lines for it is SkinCeuticals. “Antioxidants can be found in fresh fruits and veggies. Naturally, diet is a big part of skin care. A good diet can help you fight lines, wrinkles, and discolouration. For optimal results, you should reinforce this with a comprehensive preventative program. I have great faith in SkinCeuticals, and refer many of my clients to this line,” says aesthetic doctor Roz Kamani. Many studies and lab tests have repeatedly shown that antioxidants are very effective at neutralizing the chemical reactions generated when skin is exposed to various environmental stresses. This helps prevent signs of premature aging, fine lines, and discolouration. “SkinCeuticals has developed a wonderful menu of super-antioxidant formulas that can provide the most advanced protection from environmental damage,” says Dr. Kamani. “It’s important to use both a good daytime and night time serum. The formulas I like best are SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or Phloretin and Resveratrol, which work with all skin types.” 1). C E Ferulic (AM) (For Anti-Aging Anti Oxidant) A daytime Vitamin C serum, this formula strengthens the skin’s natural protection from free radicals induced by environmental stressors such as UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and pollution. In addition to the antioxidant protective benefits, C E Ferulic improves the signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of lines and...

Six Tips to Optimize Beauty Sleep

Is Beauty Sleep Real and Effective?  There are many wonderful beauty products and treatments that can help you address a variety of concerns. However, it’s important to pay attention to the fundamentals, such as diet, lifestyle, and sleep! One of the most basic ways to get fresh, glowing skin is a good night’s rest. Not getting enough sleep is all too easy in our hectic day-to-day lives. However, the results are always written clearly on our faces the next day. Something wonderful happens when we sleep—our body regenerates. We release a youth-activating hormone that builds our muscle, bones, and skin. The result is that we look stronger, healthier, and younger. Sleep is part of the normal tissue repair cycle. It would be fair to say that sleep is one of the most underrated beauty tools around. In fact, a good night’s rest should be pursued as part of your regular beauty regimen. Six Tips to Optimize Beauty Sleep Here are six tips to help optimize the beauty benefits of a good night’s sleep. Try to go to bed by 10 pm. You should aim for 8 hours a night Turn of your phone and electronic devices Stop caffeine intake by 3pm—it’s dehydrating Avoid television before bed—it stimulates the brain Try to limit fluid intake after 5 PM so you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night Apply a couple drops of lavender essential oil to your pillowcase A good night’s sleep is the ultimate luxury. Not only will you feel and function better, you will reap the benefits of more radiant, younger looking skin. Remember to let SkinCeuticals Anti Aging products work wonders on your skin...

Advanced Sun Care for All Seasons

Best Sunscreens for All Seasons There are three primary factors that age the skin—stress, sun, and pollution. Most people are great at remembering their sunscreen during the bright days of summer, but if you’re serious about skincare, it’s important to wear sunscreen year round. As an aesthetic doctor, Dr. Roz Kamani knows it can be hard to commit to sun care all year, particularly when formulas are greasy, gloppy, or foul smelling. That’s why she’s introduced the SkinCeuticals line of sun care products to her practice. “Many people feel that the lower temperatures and cloud cover means a decreased probability of sun damage,” says Dr. Kamani. “This is incorrect. Sun damage is caused by Ultraviolet A and B light. UVA light is present at all times. It is not affected by clouds. Although we often associate the golden glow of a tan with health and beauty, the effects of the sun on the skin often enhance the effects of ageing. Water is depleted, leaving skin dry and papery looking. Additionally, skin can become mottled and blemished, resulting in an appearance that leaves us looking and feeling older than we actually are. To give skin the very best chance at staying radiant and looking fresh, it’s important to keep using your sunblock year round—and use the same SPF (Sun Protection Factor) that you do in the summer. “SkinCeuticals sunscreens protect against the effect of photo ageing. These sunscreen products provide a high level of broad spectrum sun protection with chemical-free UV filters.” Available in a variety of formulations suitable for daily use, SkinCeuticals has a sunscreen for all skin types. Dr. Kamani can help you choose one that suits your preferences. UV DEFENSE SPF 30 This broad spectrum protective cream with transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote®*) helps protect...

Skin Care For Any Age: Part Four, 50s

Nourish, hydrate, and restore Once you’re over 50, your skin demands more attention. With changes in hormone levels, the skin becomes thinner and dryer. This is the time when self-management becomes paramount and using the correct products to nourish, hydrate, and restore elasticity has to become part of your regular routine for Anti-Aging. A cleansing routine with SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser and the Clarisonic device is the best way to start the protocol of Prevent, Correct, and Protect! Anti-Oxidants such as the  SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic in the morning and Resveratrol B E at night help with the free radicals and defend against the damage your skin has sustained throughout the day. Including the Retinols in the regimen helps correct collagen breakdown and exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells as they accumulate. Next up, the A.G.E. Interrupter comes to the rescue for thinning skin. With Aging and Exfoliation the skin is thirsting for moisture, and one of our favorite ways to help combat that is with the Emollience moisturizer, which has a selection of natural oils and extracts. As always, remember to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays from the sun and light. Use your SPF 50 protective sun screen as much as you can. Keep it handy in your bathroom, bag, and car. Promise yourself to never be out of it! Prevent – Protect – Correct The SkinCeuticals Philosophy is Prevent – Protect – Correct! Preventing Free Radical formation with our effective Anti-Oxidants, protecting against UVA & UVB with our sunscreens, and correcting signs of aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation with specific products will keep...

Skin Care For Any Age: Part Three, 40s

Slower cell turnover and loss of moisture In your 40s, you begin to notice that your skin is not as “buoyant” due to early loss of collagen. More fine lines and wrinkles start to show up. To combat slower cell turnover and loss of moisture, a corrective and preventative program of skin care is both important and desirable. The “gold standard” for the treatment of laxity of the skin at this stage is Retin A. In SkinCeuticals, the two formulations, Retinol 0.5 and 1.0 are the perfect start. How does Retin A work? To put it simply, it stimulates your collagen and helps with exfoliation. Get your glow back You get your glow back! Use it every night on a clean skin followed by a moisturizer. Your skin will thank you for it! Specific skin products, such as the Advanced Skin Discoloration Corrector, can help reduce dark spots from sun damage and hormonal changes due to aging or after pregnancy. Declining moisture can be dealt with using the SkinCeuticals Face Cream. It helps replace lipids in your skin using natural ingredients such as soya. Remember to use more frequent and diligent sunscreen, especially with the use of Retinol in the summer, as well as for every day protection of your skin. Now you are on your way to Age Defying, Healthy, and Youthful looking skin! Come back soon for more helpful advice. Professional Consultation Call now and book your Complimentary Consultation at our Kitsilano Medical Aesthetic Clinic at  604-222-9998. And be sure to keep an eye out for our next blog on what to do in your 40s!     If you are interested in joining our invite only events at our Kitsilano Clinic,...
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