Acne is Not Just a Teenager’s Problem, and Levulan® Can Help

Many teenagers deal with the problem of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. The condition is typically seen as one that plagues younger people going through puberty, but the dermatological issue can impact adults of any age. Acne is caused by a variety of factors, but an outbreak can be triggered by stress and exhaustion, and even your diet can exacerbate it. People of every race and gender develop acne.

Some estimates put the total number of Canadians who deal with acne at 2,031,742. This number was extrapolated based on country-specific data for the nearby United States, where 18,353,462 residents are actively managing the skin condition at any given time. Other estimates have put that number as high as 60 million.

Whether the highest or lowest number is the most accurate, the data show that acne is a common problem—probably more common than its sufferers feel or realize. Acne is a global issue, with an estimated 3.7 million people dealing with it in the United Kingdom, 6.5 million in Mexico, and 1.2 million in Australia. Teenagers and adults alike deal with acne from Brazil to China.

If you are embarrassed by an acne problem due to the visual marks it produces on your skin, and which sometimes leave behind noticeable scars, you should know that you are not alone.

You should also know that you have options for treatment. I have noted previously on this blog that my clinic in Toronto—Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa—was the first in the area to offer Levulan photodynamic therapy for treating mild to moderate acne. Three to five sessions are generally enough to help skin to clear.

In cases where acne has already left scarring, I offer several different laser treatments and skin resurfacing procedures that can reduce the appearance of such marks and blemishes.

Acne is a common problem in Toronto, Canada at large, and the world as a whole, but that does not mean it is a problem you have to live with. If you are ready to fight acne at Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa, call my office at (416) 483-4541.

Written by Dr. Martie Gidon

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Lip Augmentation Can Help Make a Friendly First Impression

There are many criteria by which two people can judge each other when they initially meet, but scientists recently discovered that an inviting, full-lipped smile—whether the benefit of youth or product of lip augmentation—is one of the main factors that determine what sort of a first impression we make.

York University researchers in the field of psychology recently examined 1,000 photos of faces and viewers’ comments on those faces as part of an experiment. The team found that people typically judge new faces by three social criteria: dominance, approachability, and youthful-attractiveness.

While dominance refers to facial characteristics that lend a certain air of authority, the other two criteria are each marked by a wide, welcoming smile boasting round, full lips. The overall effect is pleasant and friendly.

The researchers created a scale made up of cartoon-like faces, with the lowest-rated first impressions on the left, and the highest-rated first impressions on the right. Under the youthful-attractiveness category, the face farthest to the left has—among other features—a pair of thin lips. The mouth looks tight, drawn, and unfriendly.

With aging, we lose volume in certain areas, including our cheeks and lips. Sunken hollows on the sides of our faces can make us look older than our actual age, and thin lips can give us a permanent disapproving expression that may convey the wrong impression to people we’re meeting for the first time.

Injectable fillers can restore that lost volume, thereby restoring confidence when it comes to making a positive first impression. The gel in these fillers, made out of hyaluronic acid, binds with water to keep aging, dry skin moist, elastic, and fresh.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in many parts of the human body, including the skin. It retains moisture to keep skin healthy looking and acts as a supporting cushion for facial structures that would otherwise sink.

Fillers that use hyaluronic acid make lips appear plumper and fuller, which would put you more to the right on the York University facial scale, in both the approachability and youthful-attractiveness categories.

Lip augmentation is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure. It typically involves a few injections that can be completed in as little as half an hour, though the youthful effects of lip augmentation can last for months. I discuss in detail the size and shape of the lips that each individual desires, and sometimes just a small enhancement can make all the difference.

Fillers with hyaluronic acid can also be used to fill out those aforementioned facial hollows, as well as lines, wrinkles, and folds that also contribute to a more aged appearance. Patients at my Toronto medispa often make full use of fillers’ skin-smoothing properties and lip-augmentation abilities to give their face an overall fresh look.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be sure you’re conveying the expressions and attitude that properly reflect your character and how you feel. Lip augmentation can help with that important first impression.

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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Vein Removal: Don’t Keep What You Don’t Need

Making the choice for vein removal isn’t exactly like organizing your closet, but the two activities do have a something in common. It’s a saying: If you’re not using it, get rid of it.

There’s a simple de-cluttering tip that’s been making the cleaning-advice rounds online. If you find yourself running out of hangers or physical space in your closet, or even if you want to proactively maintain the clothes storage area so it doesn’t get overrun with shorts and shirts, you should follow the basic rule of letting go of anything you don’t need.

How do you determine that? If you haven’t worn an outfit at any time in the last year, toss it. You don’t need to throw it away, though. Donating it to a secondhand store is a good choice, especially as people are now starting to think about preparing their wardrobes for the fall season and back-to-school shopping.

Think of your face the same way. Are there red or purple veins taking up space? Such spider veins can be annoying, and they’re certainly not necessary. These veins aren’t part of your active, healthy circulatory system, so if they’re serving no purpose—other than to frustrate you—consider getting rid of them.

While you can just grab a hanger and toss the garment in question over your shoulder, eliminating a spider vein takes a bit more effort and involves at least one other person: a trained, certified, and experienced cosmetic dermatologist.

I frequently use intense pulsed lights sources and lasers to eliminate spider veins. The light heats up the wayward blood, causing it to thicken and coagulate. If the blood isn’t flowing freely, your body has no reason to maintain the vein. First, it will collapse; then, your body will reabsorb it.

While the rest of your blood will find a new way to get from Point A to Point B—a route that doesn’t travel just beneath your skin and across your face—know that spider veins may eventually return, especially on the nose. The telltale new red and blue veins may develop over time just under the skin, but the intense pulsed light treatments can once again be used to eliminate them.

Patients seeking vein removal at my office, Gidon Aesthetics and MediSpa in downtown Toronto, will find that I work diligently to determine which is the best approach to each particular case of spider veins. Factors I consider include the size of the spider vein or web of veins to be removed and their location. I generally recommend one to three treatments spaced three to four weeks apart when it comes to treating facial veins.

You shouldn’t hold onto a sweater that you don’t think looks good on you. Why keep spider veins around if you don’t like their look, either?

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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