What is the difference between botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers?

People who are new to cosmetic treatments often ask whether botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers are the same thing. It’s common for patients to be confused about these two types of injectables, as they initially seem very similar. Fillers and neuromodulators are actually not interchangeable. They address completely different aspects of facial aging; however, they are complementary and when used together as part of what is known as a liquid facelift, they can produce dramatic results. Our team at Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, a practice offering cosmetic dermatology in Toronto, explains some of the main advantages of the liquid facelift.

Wrinkle injections correct those lines that show up on the face when you make certain expressions, which are known as dynamic wrinkles. They consist of a purified protein derived from a bacterium called botulinum toxin, and they have one main job: to temporarily relax the muscles that are overactive beneath the skin, causing it to bunch up and form wrinkles. They are commonly used on wrinkles around the forehead and eyes, such as crow’s feet or frown lines. An experienced Cosmetic Dermatologist can analyze muscle movement and determine if other areas of the face would also benefit from botulinum toxin injections. When injected into the tissue in select areas, they prevent nerve signals from reaching those muscles, and wrinkles will be relaxed and less pronounced.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are non-toxic, gel-like substances made from sugar and water that are injected beneath the skin to add volume. They reduce the depth of fine lines and deeper creases that are permanently etched into the skin even when the face is at rest. The wrinkles they improve are ones associated with aging, lost volume, gravity, damage from UV radiation, and other causes. Fillers can plump lips, lift or restore volume in flattened cheeks, or augment a chin and jawline.

A liquid facelift combines various types of fillers with neuromodulators, making the face look younger and rejuvenated without surgery. An experienced injector can determine what each patient requires and artistically use these dermal fillers and neuromodulators to meet individual goals. In just one session, you’re able to address most areas of the face, erasing wrinkles while making the skin firmer and plumper at the same time. Liquid facelifts are less expensive, faster, and have much less recovery time compared to traditional plastic surgery. The changes will appear very subtle and natural looking. Everyone will notice the improvement, but no one will quite know why.

If you’re interested in learning more about liquid facelifts and other dermatology treatments from Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, give our Toronto-based practice a call at 416-483-4541 or fill out a contact form for further details.

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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Fabulous February Fixers

Fabulous February Fixers

It’s February and in Toronto we can count on cold weather, snow and low humidity. At Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, we are embracing February instead of complaining. Winter is the perfect time for many of our treatments since we don’t need to worry about sun exposure here. Keep your skin moisturized, use your antioxidants, sunscreen and our medical grade serums. Now is the time to consider some of our favourite February therapeutic treatments.

Repair with Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional laser resurfacing treats tiny dots of the skin at a time. Treated skin heals like digital modification, pixel by pixel. At Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, we use two different methods of fractional laser resurfacing. One is ablative and the other is non-ablative. The ablative fractional laser is more aggressive since it removes channels of skin and therefore, healing is involved with one week’s downtime. Definitely, planning is a must. Non-ablative laser resurfacing is less aggressive. There is some puffiness for three to four days and pinkness for about one week. Makeup can be worn immediately afterwards. We offer treatments throughout the week but some of our patients prefer “Fractional Friday”! These popular fractional laser resurfacing treatments target aging skin, sun damage and scarring. There is an improvement in brown spots, lines and pores. Acne and surgical scars are minimized. The skin is fresher, smoother and more radiant. Any area can be treated and the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands are the most popular areas.

Tighten with Radio Frequency and Microneedling

Radio frequency treatments reduce the signs of aging skin to give a more youthful appearance. Multiple pulses are applied to the skin in an individualized pattern dependent on our patients’ concerns. The generated heat tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen. Saggy skin becomes tighter, firmer and lifted. There is no associated downtime. With our radio frequency microneedling, very thin needles are pulsed into the skin to form tiny channels that heal with tightening. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) using your own serum can be added to this treatment for a boosted effect. There may be pinpoint bruising for a few days and a sandpapery feel to the skin but makeup can be applied the next day so there is very little downtime.

Radio frequency treatments tighten and lift saggy skin, and also refine skin texture and pores. Any area can be treated and the most popular areas are the face, neck, décolletage, arms and thighs.

Volumize with Dermal Fillers

With aging, the skin’s collagen and elastin gradually break down and cause loose, saggy skin. Youthful fat pads are lost and there is bone resorption causing a deflated appearance. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the skin, giving younger skin a plump, dewy look but it becomes depleted with aging. Dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid are synthetic gels composed of sugar and water. When used in a skilful fashion by an experienced Cosmetic Dermatologist, a youthful, natural, healthy appearance can be achieved.

Dermal fillers improve wrinkles, lines, sagging and volume loss. Popular areas to treated include the cheeks, chin, jawline, temples, tear troughs and of course, the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers can retain moisture in the skin for a hydrated, dewy look.

Relax with neuromodulators

Frown and squint lines can give an angry, stressed, and tired look. Neuromodulator injections can relax unwanted dynamic lines caused by muscle movements. This injection procedure has been used safely for over 30 years, is the number one cosmetic treatment performed worldwide and continues to grow in popularity. Neuromodulators soften frown and forehead lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, lip lines, a gummy smile, a dimpled chin and neck bands.

Millennials grew up with their parents having these injections and they like to start treatments early since they know that small amounts can be used to prevent the formation of unwanted lines. When treated by an experienced Cosmetic Dermatologist, the results are beautiful and natural, with a happier and refreshed appearance.

Texturize with Exfoliating Treatments

At Gidon Aesthetics & MediSpa, we love smooth, glowing skin and offer several types of exfoliating treatments to improve skin texture, tone, pigmentation and radiance.

Our gentle laser peel stimulates collagen for a clear, smooth and beautiful complexion. There is mild puffiness and pinkness for one to two days and a rough feel for a few days, followed by a gentle exfoliation. Makeup can be worn immediately. We have several types of chemical peels suited for various concerns. No downtime is experienced with mild peels; however, more aggressive peels may have up to one week of exfoliation. We offer several types of microdermabrasion, including dermal infusion and our Oxy 3-in-1 facial to exfoliate, infuse and rehydrate skin.

Even out Skin Pigmentation

With aging and sun exposure, spider veins, red spots and brown discolouration develop. Sun protection is the primary preventative treatment but intense pulsed light treatments can help minimize these concerns.

IPL involves a series of bright light pulses that close spider veins, reduce redness and fade brown spots. It also stimulates collagen production, increases skin radiance and minimizes pores. There is a potential for bruising and darkening of the brown spots for a few days and makeup can be worn immediately afterwards.

Contour with Focused Ultrasound

Body contouring with focused ultrasound is a non-surgical procedure that reduces targeted fat cells that are destroyed. It is not meant for weight loss but for removal of stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to a healthy diet and exercise. There is no downtime, no bruising and no discomfort. Regular activities can be resumed immediately. Typically, three treatments performed two weeks apart are required.

Maintain with Medical Grade Skin Care Products

We encourage our patients to complement their treatments with skin care products at home. My medical aestheticians and I analyze our patients’ skin to determine which of our effective, medical grade skin care products would be most beneficial. Sunscreen, antioxidant serum, retinol and AHA are the essentials. We may then add a hyaluronic acid serum, peptides, ceramides and other appropriate ingredients to complete the package. We create a bespoke, customized treatment plan to achieve the best possible results.

Have a fabulous February!

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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Start the New Year With the Best and Most Advanced Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments

Happy New Year!

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? Let’s celebrate the new decade with healthy decisions. Decide to take care of yourself and make good beauty choices.

Not sure what to do? As a Cosmetic Dermatologist, I can thoughtfully assess your skin, discuss your goals and create an individualized skin care program to help you achieve healthy, beautiful skin. I am always training and honing my skills, both in Toronto and internationally with world-class leaders in the cosmetic dermatology field. I strive to be able to offer my patients the best and most advanced treatments and I continually research procedures and products to keep up to date.

What do I predict will be popular in 2020? First of all, bespoke treatments in all areas, including radiofrequency skin tightening, fractional laser resurfacing, ultrasound body contouring, gentle laser resurfacing, chemical peels and microneedling with or without PRP (platelet-rich plasma). Injectables with neuromodulators, dermal fillers, poly-L lactic acid and deoxycholic acid should give natural, beautiful results. Everyone should look like themselves, just a better version.

Secondly, combination treatments do give better results. I like to combine radio frequency skin tightening with lasers, lasers with microneedling, neuromodulators with dermal fillers, facials with chemical peels, as well as other combinations depending on my patients’ skin care concerns.

Thirdly, many are becoming aware of the benefits of medical grade skin care products, not just products you can purchase in a department store. We carry products with ingredients that are scientifically proven to produce positive results. My aesthetic team and I are experts in analyzing skin to determine which products would be most beneficial for our patients.

Now is the time to be bold and try something new. Perhaps you’ve heard something new about laser treatments, neuromodulators or fillers. You may decide to switch up your skin care routine to incorporate effective, medical grade ingredients that are therapeutic and produce results. You may just decide to come in for a cosmetic consultation, have your skin assessed, discuss your cosmetic concerns, and allow us to create a personalized skin care program for you. We always try to create a program that works with your budget.

My aesthetic team and I strive to give you the best possible results in a safe, caring environment. Here’s to a new decade and beautiful, 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.

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