Be sun smart and mole aware

Skin awareness is an important part of maintaining a healthy body overall. Taking note of the marks and growths that may come and go from head to toe is a good way to proactively care about your own general well-being. If you spot anything unusual, you should bring it to the attention of a qualified dermatologist who can provide a correct diagnosis and recommend treatment, that involves removing an unsightly growth for aesthetic reasons or choosing the best course of action for something more serious.

While practicing sun awareness and self examinations have always been important endeavors, they are more important today than ever before. A Mayo Clinic study published earlier this year revealed an almost eightfold increase in skin cancer incidences over the last 40 years, with a spike in the first decade of the 2000s.  Studies have shown that the increased use of tanning beds has caused a rise in skin cancer, especially amongst young women.

If you do notice a new spot, it isn’t necessarily skin cancer, but you should have it checked. I regularly examine growths that range from warts to mere discolorations to moles, all of which can be treated by a variety of methods—many of which can be handled quickly and easily at my office. If something looks suspicious, however, I will send a sample in for testing..

Greater public awareness with earlier diagnosis of skin cancer has improved its prognosis. Patients and dermatologists should work together to ensure healthy skin.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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UltraShape® Proves to be as a Popular as it is Safe and Effective at Treating Circumferential Fat Deposits

Patients should approach any type of medical treatment—invasive or non-invasive—with the question of safety in mind. Thanks to modern technology and an emphasis on preserving health, clients at Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa in Toronto can enjoy the benefits of a non-invasive cosmetic treatment such as UltraShape® without worry.

I can report that trained doctors—including myself—have collectively administered tens of thousands of UltraShape® treatments at 250 sites throughout the world. Its manufacturers report extensive clinical trials and more than 200,000 treatments performed in more than 50 countries around the globe. Throughout that multitude of applications, there have been no reports of significant or long-lasting adverse events. In fact, there have hardly been any adverse events to speak of.

In one particular Paris-based study from 2010, the researchers not only found a lack of adverse effects, but also discovered that about 90 percent of the UltraShape® patients who participated reported no pain at all during or after their appointments. These patients each received three half-hour- to hour-and-a-half-long sessions that focused on their abdomens and were scheduled for every two weeks in a 112-day window. The researchers followed the patients throughout all of the treatments, as well as 84 days afterward.

UltraShape® makes use of focused ultrasound waves to directly target fat in specific areas, eliminating the unwanted tissue without surgery or other invasive means. It employs a real-time tracking system that guides the ultrasound energy so that it more uniformly spreads across the treatment area and creates a smoother, more natural look than liposuction.

This treatment has proven to be a popular method of body contouring, attributable in no small way to its record of safety and its effectiveness.

A 2013 study that focused on Asian patients found researchers pairing ultrasound with radio-frequency treatments. “Combination therapy of focused ultrasound and radio-frequency for noninvasive body contouring is an effective, safe, and painless procedure in Asians,” the study’s authors concluded. “Although the change is minor compared to traditional surgical procedure, it is real, definite, and effective.”

When patients choose this procedure to address one specific area, for example an abdomen, they are so impressed with their results that they often decide to treat other areas, such as thighs, as well. The minimal discomfort experienced and the fact that there is no downtime, make UltraShape® a very popular, effective treatment.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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See What Thermage® Could Do For You

When it comes to deciding on the cosmetic procedure best suited to your aesthetic goals, being able to see the results of a particular treatment, such as Thermage®, can be helpful.

For this reason, I make before-and-after pictures available on my website for Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa in Toronto. I offer a full photo gallery of cosmetic dermatology options, highlighting 16 procedures from laser hair removal to peels and fillers to Thermage®.

Many of the categories have several visual references. The Fraxel section, for instance—which is a laser treatment that addresses aging and sun-damaged skin—features more than a dozen cases. You can instantly see how the procedure makes a positive visual impact on faces, hands, and the abdominal area, where spots, wrinkles, scars, and lines diminish in appearance.

The Thermage® photo gallery is by far the most extensive. It displays 60 different cases and will give anyone interested in the benefits of Thermage® an immediate reference. Obviously, no two people will enjoy the exact same results of this skin-tightening procedure, but the cases presented on my website show a range of facial types and the improvements they experienced.

There are close-ups of dozens of faces. In each before-and-after set, you can see how Thermage® transforms loose, saggy skin into tight skin with more youthful contours. Eyes lose that tired look, and necks appear less flabby. In fact, Thermage® can treat the forehead, eyelids, cheeks, jawline, and neck. When all of these areas are tightened, the effect is one of a “mini facelift”—and there is no surgery required since the procedure works via radio frequency. In all, a Thermage® session lasts about 1 1/2 hours, with the full results visible within three to eight months.

Visitors to the photo gallery will also see hands that seem to lose years’ worth of wrinkles. They will also find visually improved abdomens, arms, and legs. All of these areas of the body can be tightened and have improved skin texture. Thermage® treatment can even minimize the appearance of scars.

If the before-and-after images capture your interest, but you would still like to learn more about Thermage®, Fraxel, or any other cosmetic dermatology procedure available at my Toronto practice, you can further explore the website or call my office at (416) 483-4541.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa - Center for Laser Skin Resurfacing, Laser Skin Tightening and Cellulite Treatment. Cosmetic Dermatology practice of Dr Martie Gidon in Toronto providing a wide range of laser and light based therapies. +Martie Gidon

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