frequently asked questions
What will happen during my consultation?
Dr. Gidon will discuss your specific concerns in detail or any particular procedures which interest you and will welcome any questions. If you are uncertain which procedures would be best for you, Dr. Gidon will assess you, discuss your options and offer suggestions. We have information sheets on all procedures and you may read them at home at your leisure and book an appointment at any time if you have decided on a treatment that is right for you.
How do I book an appointment?
Please call 416-483-4541 to book an appointment. For MediSpa inquiries please call 416-545-1849.
I have heard about facial skin rejuvenation. What is it and how is it done?
Facial skin rejuvenation, also called a photofacial, involves a treatment plan that improves your appearance and makes your skin look and feel more healthy and attractive. Other areas, such as the neck, chest, back and hands, can also be treated. Skin rejuvenation can reduce wrinkles and loose skin, fade brown spots, improve skin texture, refine pores, and remove red blotches and facial veins. Anti-aging products may be used such as tretinoin cream and glycolic acid preparations, Botox® Cosmetic and filler substances may be used, and procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, intense pulsed light, Thermage® , Fraxel®, SmartXide™ and photodynamic therapy may be performed. Sun protection is mandatory.
What is Fraxel® laser treatment?
FLT is a unique approach to treating aging skin, wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scars. The face, neck, chest, back, arms and hands can be treated. Several sessions are usually required, and it can be used in combination with other treatments, such as intense pulsed light and Levulan® photodynamic therapy. The result is smooth, fresh, radiant, healthy skin.
Will I outgrow my acne?
Most teenagers will outgrow their acne, but some acne persists into adulthood or even develops in an adult with no previous history. Dr. Gidon can assess your acne and determine what treatment plan would be most beneficial for you. She can recommend non-prescription products and if necessary, topical and oral medication. Various procedures may speed improvement, such as microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, Isōlaz treatments or Levulan® photodynamic therapy. Acne scarring can be treated with the Fraxel™ or SmartXide™ laser.
Is there a treatment for rosacea?
Rosacea consists of a red face, spider veins and pimples. Dr. Gidon can prescribe medication for the pimples and Levulan® photodynamic therapy. Isōlaz also helps. The redness and spider veins can be improved with intense pulsed light treatments or laser treatments. Our soothing facials help calm skin.
What treatments will improve my dull complexion?
Light chemical peels, microdermabrasion, trichloroacetic acid peels, intense pulsed light treatments, SmartXide™ and Fraxel™ treatments help brighten and smooth skin. We carry anti-aging products for home use to help maintain the effects of the treatments.
What can I do about fine lines and wrinkles on my face and neck?
Botox® Cosmetic will help smooth dynamic lines and wrinkles on the forehead, brow, around crow's feet and lips, and on the chin and neck. Filler substances, such as Restylane®, Perlane™, and Juvéderm™ , can soften creases, especially around the nose, mouth and chin, and can also enhance lips. Light and medium chemical peels, microdermabrasion, intense pulsed light treatments, Fraxel™ or SmartXide™ laser treatments and anti-aging products also help diminish fine lines. All of these procedures complement each other to give the best possible results.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra™ is a synthetic injectable product made of poly-L-lactic acid. It restores the volume of depressed areas of the face, such as skin creases, wrinkles and folds to give aging skin a more youthful appearance. Three treatments are usually necessary, about six weeks apart, and the skin gradually thickens over several months. The results last about two years.
What can I do about the vertical lines around my lips?
Effective measures to prevent lip lines include the use of sun protection and avoidance of smoking or drinking with a straw. Botox® Cosmetic injections and filler substances can greatly enhance your lips. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can help soften lines and stimulate new collagen formation. Fraxel™ and SmartXide™ laser treatments smooth lines.
How can I improve the appearance of my hands?
Sun avoidance is very important. Intense pulsed light or Fraxel™ and SmartXide™ laser treatments can fade brown age spots and improve the texture of the skin. Microdermabrasion, light chemical peels and anti-aging products also help to maintain the effects of treatment.
How can I improve the appearance of my neck?
Fraxel™ and SmartXide™ laser treatments smooth and tighten neck skin, and decrease brown pigmentation. Thermage™ tightens skin on the neck and jawline. Intense pulsed light fades red blotches on the neck. Light chemical peels and microdermabrasion soften skin and give a polished appearance. Botox® Cosmetic relaxes tight neck bands and softens the lines around the neck.
What is the difference between Botox® Cosmetic and cosmetic fillers?
Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein that is injected into specific muscles that cause unwanted dynamic wrinkles. Once movement of those muscles has stopped, the wrinkles smooth out and fade. Filler substances are usually gels that are injected under a crease or line to plump it up, or for lip enhancement.
What are anti-aging products?
Ingredients such as tretinoin, retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C, and CoffeeBerry are added to creams and lotions to reverse sun damage, give a smoother, brighter complexion, fade brown spots, minimize pores and soften fine lines. These products also help maintain the effects of procedures such as intense pulsed light, Levulan® photodynamic therapy, Fraxel™, SmartXide™, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Sunscreen should be applied every day to prevent future damage and it is important to limit sun exposure.
What is Thermage®?
Heat delivered to the skin causes tightening of the collagen and the production of new collagen. This tightening effect gives a mini face-lift, with elevation of the brows, firming of the jaw line and improvement of skin texture. In addition to the face, eyelids, arms, thighs and the abdomen can also be treated for a tightening effect.
What is photodynamic therapy with Levulan®?
Levulan® is a medication that is applied to skin and activated by a blue light, laser or intense pulsed light. It destroys sun damaged cells, shrinks oil glands, and can improve skin texture, acne and oiliness.
What treatments are available to even out my skin tone?
Intense pulsed light treatments and laser therapy can help fade spider veins and brown spots caused by aging or the sun. Almost any area can be treated, including your face, neck, chest, back, arms and hands. Light chemical peels, microdermabrasion and fading creams can also help fade brown spots.
What are my options for hair removal?
Laser or intense pulsed light treatments result in permanent hair reduction. Electrolysis destroys the hair root and can result in permanent clearing of hair. Both of these procedures require repeat treatments. We also offer waxing for temporary removal of hair.
Will I need to take time off work with any of these procedures?
Most of these procedures do not require any recovery time; however, some patients may have a bruise that lasts about one week after injections of Botox® Cosmetic and filler substances. Bruising may also occur with treatment of spider veins. Avoidance of anti-inflammatory medication, vitamin E, green tea and alcohol about ten days before the procedures can reduce the likelihood of bruising. After Fraxel™ or SmartXide™ laser treatment of the face, there is redness and puffiness for a few days, and mild peeling for one to two weeks. Levulan® photodynamic therapy causes redness for several days and peeling for up to ten days.
Can Botox® Therapeutic be used to treat excessive sweating?
One of the many uses of Botox®, beside the cosmetic improvement of wrinkles, is to control excessive sweating of the underarms, hands and feet, and the forehead. This effect may last up to nine months.
What can I do about my thinning hair?
Low-level laser light biostimulation is a safe, painless, non-surgical, and noninvasive treatment to thicken and grow thinning scalp hair in men and women. It is a non-chemical, risk-free treatment that improves hair growth, texture and quality.
Is there an effective treatment for cellulite?
SmoothShapes™ laser treatments improve the appearance of cellulite by combining dynamic laser and light energy with mechanical massage and suction. Skin is smoother and tighter with improved tone and texture and less “jiggle”. Although there is no cure for cellulite, results last several months and maintenance treatments can be done in 2-6 months as needed.
What is the SmartXide™ DOT laser?
The SmartXide™ laser is a CO2 fractional ablation laser that combines the effectiveness of the old traditional CO2 resurfacing lasers with the safety of fractional lasers. There is reduced downtime, faster healing time, and increased safety compared to traditional CO2 resurfacing and results are more dramatic than with a non-ablative laser. SmartXide™ is used to reduce wrinkles and lines, tighten loose, crêpey skin, and treat sun damage, pigmentation, brown age spots, and scarring in individuals with a fair complexion. It is not used on very dark complexions.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes. We accept VISA and debit card.
Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa is pleased to offer patient financing for a wide variety of services through reputable patient financing companies.
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