Did You Know That Neuromodulators Treat More Than Frown Lines?

Neuromodulator injections (botulinum toxin type A) have smoothed away dynamic lines and wrinkles for over thirty years. If an individual starts treatment early enough, neuromodulators can also prevent lines from developing in the first place. Most individuals know that these injections can relax frown lines to give a happier, more rested appearance, but many are not aware of other areas on the face and neck that may benefit from treatment with anti-wrinkle injections from our Toronto-based Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa practice.

Forehead Lines

Horizontal forehead lines are caused by the movements of the forehead muscle, specifically the frontalis muscle, that enables you to raise your eyebrows. The repetitive surprised expressions eventually cause the creases to appear. A small amount of neuromodulator can soften the lines without causing brow heaviness.

Brow Lift

A small amount of neuromodulator can be injected near the end of the eyebrows for a lifting effect. It can help to open up the appearance of the eyes.

Crow’s Feet

Constant smiling and squinting can lead to etching of fine wrinkles or crow’s feet into the outer corners of the eyes. With everyday activities, the muscles around the eyes are repeatedly being used and the skin starts to crinkle. This common concern is best treated with neuromodulators.

Bunny Lines

Scrunching your nose while squinting, smiling, and sniffing can cause diagonal creases at the sides of the nasal bridge. These bunny lines are not cute and often occur together with frown lines. A small amount of neuromodulator injected on either side of the nose is the most effective way of preventing these wrinkles.

Lipstick Lines

Puckering, whistling, smoking, and drinking with a straw can cause lipstick lines to develop around the mouth. Tiny amounts of neuromodulator can relax the puckering muscle and can give a pleasing lip flip.

Downturned Mouth

Neuromodulators prevent the muscles around the mouth from pulling down the corners and give your face a more positive, happier appearance at rest.

Dimpled Chin

The puckering movement of a strong chin muscle pulls up the overlying skin and causes the formation of dimples. The chin can be injected with neuromodulators to relax and smooth these dimples.

Masseter Muscles

These muscles occur above the angle of the jaw. They contribute to clenching or teeth grinding. They can enlarge and cause an undesired square appearance of the face. Neuromodulators can alleviate the clenching and grinding and can also result in slimming of the face with a more oval appearance.

Neck Bands

Neuromodulators can also be used on the neck to reduce overly prominent bands or cords that pull down the jowls. The result is a tighter, smoother neck.

Ready to get started? For more advice on anti-wrinkle injections, contact our Toronto-based Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa team. Give us a call at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.

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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.

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Are Wrinkly Elbows and Knees Your Concern?

Sun ProtectionElbows and knees are often forgotten and neglected. With aging, loss of collagen and thinning of the skin causes wrinkling. Moisturizers and exfoliation can help improve the feel of the skin in these areas but we’re fortunate to have treatments available to improve the appearance of elbows and knees by plumping and tightening.

Our Toronto patients often appreciate biostimulatory injections to replenish lost volume, as well as laser and radio frequency treatments to tighten and firm the skin.

Combination treatments give the best results for youthful-looking elbows and knees. The following are some recommendations.

  • Keep Your Skin Nourished and Hydrated

Do you tend to skip your elbows and knees when applying skin care products? Make a habit of moisturizing each day right after your shower. Use a rich cream containing lactic acid or urea to shed dead skin cells and retain moisture in your skin. Afterwards, apply products that contain potent anti-aging ingredients such as retinol and peptides to help rebuild collagen.

  • Exfoliate

Just like your face, the skin on your elbows and knees also needs exfoliation. Use AHAs such as glycolic acid or a gentle scrub weekly to polish away rough, dry skin.

  • Lift Weights

Your muscle and bone mass also affect the appearance of your skin. In fact, by building muscle through strength training, the skin on your arms, elbows, thighs and knees will look tighter.

  • Have a Laser Procedure

Fractional laser resurfacing uses tiny beams of energy that stimulate the production of collagen and thicken the skin.

  • Try Radio Frequency Skin Tightening

Radio frequency delivers heat deeply into the skin to tighten the existing collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen. The effect is tightening and smoothing of the skin.

  • Treat with Biostimulatory Filler Injections

Biostimulatory injections with calcium-based microspheres or poly-L-lactic acid work by stimulating the production of your body’s own collagen to thicken and smooth the skin.

Ready to try out fractional laser resurfacing, radio frequency skin tightening or biostimulatory fillers from our Toronto office to tighten and restore volume in your skin? Explore different skin rejuvenation options from Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa. Call 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form to set up a consultation with us.

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.

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Sun Questionnaire…how much do you know?

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  1. Why do you need to use sun protection? Ultraviolet radiation from the sun enters the skin and breaks down into free radicals which cause damage leading to skin cancer and aging of the skin with wrinkling, brown spots and spider veins.
  2. Is the sun strongest at certain times of the day? Yes, the sun’s radiation is strongest from 10 am to 4 pm so limit exposure during these times.
  3. Does sunscreen alone provide enough protection? No. If you enjoy outdoor activities, add an antioxidant serum, wear a broad-brimmed hat, protective clothing and sunglasses.
  4. Is the sunscreen’s SPF important? Yes. Use an SPF 30+ containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  5. How long does sunscreen keep its strength? About 2 years if it is kept out of the sun and heat. Check the bottle for the expiry date but if you are using it regularly, it should not last that long.
  6. How much sunscreen should you apply? 30 grams (1 shot glass full). Apply to all exposed areas.
  7. In which order do you layer your products? Serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, make-up, then insect repellent.
  8. Do you need sunscreen if it is not sunny out? Yes. UVA is still present on overcast days so wear sunscreen, protective clothing and sunglasses daily. UVA also penetrates through glass.
  9. Do sunburns cause skin damage? Yes. Five sunburns double the risk of melanoma skin cancer.
  10. Is a tan healthy? No. A tan is a sign of sun damage. Non-spray self-tanners are OK to use.
  11. Do dark complexions need sunscreen? Yes, to protect from skin cancer and dark spots.
  12. Are you protected if you sit in the shade? Not necessarily. Make sure to avoid UV reflection off pavement, sand and water.
  13. Do golfers need to worry about the sun? Yes. In addition to damage from the sun, water and sand- traps reflect UV radiation.
  14. Do you need to re-apply sunscreen? Yes. Sunscreen only lasts 2 hours when exposed to sun.
  15. Is the sun the only source of vitamin D? No. Vitamin D is found in eggs, salmon, enriched milk, orange juice and supplements.
  16. Do tanning salons cause skin cancer? Yes. Indoor tanning increases the risk of melanoma by 75% in people under the age of 35 years.
  17. Is it too late to reverse past sun damage? No. You can use sun protection, topical antioxidants, AHA’s and retinols at home, as well as our in-office treatments such as IPL, fractional lasers and photodynamic therapy to help reverse your sun damage.

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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.

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