InMode’s VTone is a state-of-the-art device designed to treat urinary incontinence. Keep reading to find out how it works, what causes urinary incontinence in women, and more.
How common is urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence affects around 10% of the Canadian population (up to 3.3 million people). While 16% percent of men aged 40 and older experience urinary incontinence, it affects 33% of women in the same age group. Only around one quarter of those affected mention it to their doctor.
What causes urinary incontinence?
Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause urinary incontinence, as they provide the bladder and urethra with essential support. Weaker muscles need to work harder to prevent urine from leaving the urethra until a woman is in a position to urinate comfortably. The stress placed on the bladder and urethra may lead to leakage.
Pelvic floor muscles are typically weakened by pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. But other causes include being overweight, nerve damage, surgery (e.g. hysterectomy), and various medicines (including diuretics).
Urinary incontinence in women is split into two types:
Stress urinary incontinence (SI)
SI refers to accidental urine leakage triggered by coughing, exercising, laughing, and other physical actions. Women affected by SI may be likely to leak urine multiple times a day with simple motions, which can make working, enjoying sports, socializing, or any number of other activities difficult.
With urge incontinence, women tend to experience a sudden need to urinate followed by a leak. Some women may have enough time to get to a bathroom before the urine leaves their urethra, but the urge can strike several times a day. It may even happen while sleeping or when hearing the sound of running water.
What is VTone?
VTone is part of InMode’s innovative EmpowerRF multi-functional platform. EmpowerRF was created to provide unparalleled women’s wellness therapies using the latest technologies. It offers:
VTone delivers intravaginal electrical muscle stimulation along with neuromuscular re-education. It is a handheld probe, around the size of a standard tampon, shaped for gentle, precise insertion into the vagina.
How can VTone help with urinary incontinence?
InMode’s VTone is a non-invasive way to build stronger pelvic floor muscles. The probe is inserted into the vaginal canal, and when activated, it releases electrical pulses. These stimulate involuntary muscle contractions, which cause the pelvic floor to become tighter and more toned over a number of treatment sessions.
As a result, the VTone can improve muscle fibers that have become weak and overstretched (e.g. through childbirth). You should notice improved tightness in your pelvic floor area, which can improve both SI and urge urinary incontinence considerably.
How long does a VTone treatment session last?
VTone is a non-invasive, fast, painless treatment performed with no need for anesthesia, unlike surgery. Your treatment should be complete within around 30 minutes.
How many VTone treatments will you need?
The exact number of treatment sessions you’ll need to reduce your urinary incontinence may vary, but most women complete their course within six to eight sessions. It depends on the specifics of your urinary incontinence, how weakened your pelvic floor muscles are, and other personal factors.
However, you should notice a significant improvement within a couple of weeks of your final session.
Overall, a course of treatments should last no longer than three months. An annual treatment is recommended to maintain the VTone’s results.
What other benefits does VTone offer?
VTone also offers the following three benefits:
A non-invasive treatment means no downtime
Downtime is one of the major issues people need to consider when undergoing cosmetic surgery. The body needs to recover from the physical changes created during the treatment, as well as the anesthesia used.
The length of recovery times varies depending on the type of surgery performed and its severity. A patient may need to stay in hospital for a day or more before they can go home, and then they might have to spend days or even weeks recuperating. That can affect their ability to work and stay on top of personal responsibilities.
Fortunately, as VTone is non-invasive, you don’t need to worry about preparing for downtime and rearranging your schedule. The VTone treatment is designed to be as comfortable as possible, and while some women may feel a little sore the next day, this is usually no worse than the muscular discomfort caused by trying a new type of exercise.
You can schedule your VTone treatments around your usual commitments, including work, childcare, and social activities.
Improved sensations during sexual intercourse
The vagina changes in different ways with age. It can become more dry than before due to a lack of natural lubrication, caused by reduced estrogen levels during the menopause. This can make intercourse uncomfortable for both people, and requires artificial lubricant to fend off dryness.
The labia also start to become looser with age. That’s because the body produces less collagen and elastin, both of which keep the skin taut. This can also make intercourse more difficult and less satisfying, as can the thinning of vaginal tissues.
But a series of VTone treatments will make vaginal tissues stronger and improve lubrication (by boosting blood flow to those tissues). You may be in a better position to enjoy a more stimulating, fulfilling sex life after VTone treatments.
VTone can be used alongside other cutting-edge treatment technologies
As VTone is part of InMode’s EmpowerRF multi-functional platform, it can be used alongside other technologies to deliver multiple wellness therapies.
For example, the Morpheus8 device combines microneedling and radiofrequency energy to promote collagen production. This can create firmer, smoother skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
Schedule a consultation for VTone treatments
If you’re concerned about urinary incontinence, Astra Medicare’s team is here to discuss InMode’s VTone treatment today.
To learn more about how VTone treatments can help you, contact our expert team to schedule a consultation.
What is cystic acne?
Cystic acne is a more severe form of acne that creates large pimples, filled with pus, beneath the skin. Cystic acne tends to show as red bumps, which often ooze pus or become crusty. This condition can be painful, difficult to live with, and may lead to scarring over time.
Cystic acne forms on the face, chest, neck, back, and other areas of the body. As with other forms of acne, cystic acne is most visible on the face and neck.
What causes cystic acne?
Cystic acne is caused by a mix of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria clogging pores. This creates an infection below the skin, which leads to the formation of pus-filled cysts. Bacteria will spread if an acne cyst pops, which can cause breakouts in surrounding areas.
Hormone changes may lead to cystic acne, such as increasing testosterone, which stimulates production of sebum, an oil produced naturally to keep skin lubricated. Other potential causes of cystic acne include:
Despite what some may believe, acne does not mean a person has poor personal hygiene. If anything, it’s possible that washing too vigorously can leave the skin too dry and prompt it to create more sebum, increasing the likelihood of clogged pores.
How can cystic acne affect people’s professional journeys?
The Canadian Dermatology Association reveals that more than 80% of people affected by acne are aged 12 to 24. In some cases, the acne will clear up by the time teenagers reach their twenties, but the condition can persist well beyond then. In fact, around one-quarter of teenagers with acne will still have it by the time they reach 25 years of age.
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, women account for three-quarters of adult acne. This is often due to hormonal changes (e.g. during menstrual periods, pregnancy, and menopause).
Whatever the causes, acne (especially cystic acne) can have a lasting impact on a person’s life. For example, a New York Times article from October 2021 revealed the emotional toll that acne can take on adults. It cited a number of studies into adult acne, including one from 2021 that found acne-prone adults felt less confident in the workplace because of their condition, with low self-worth named as a common result of breakouts.
Participants in the study also shared that few of their peers had acne, which made them feel more isolated, and that having visible acne might make colleagues or seniors believe they were younger than they were. That could cause concern that they have less experience and are less professional overall.
The New York Times article also referred to individuals who feel embarrassed by their acne when meeting clients at work, or even on Zoom calls.
Acne may appear skin deep, but adults experiencing the condition in their twenties, thirties, and beyond may find that it has a strong impact on their lives and careers. Fortunately, treatments can help to improve acne-prone skin, keep breakouts at bay, and even restore confidence.
What treatments are available for cystic acne?
Various treatments designed to treat acne (and often other skin conditions) are available. These include facial treatments and specially formulated skin care products.
Here are some treatments that could improve your cystic acne:
A professional facial treatment can rejuvenate skin and fight acne. Some fantastic options include:
A facial consisting of three steps — cleansing, extracting, and hydrating. Deep cleansing and exfoliation reveals a new layer of skin. Extractions strip impurities from pores, while hydration introduces bespoke ingredients that nourish the skin.
Acne Basic S.O.S.
The Acne Basic S.O.S. is a purifying treatment designed to remove impurities and perform a deep cleanse of the skin to calm different types of inflammation. The high-frequency technology brings more oxygen to the treated skin to improve texture, tone, and acne.
During microdermabrasion treatments, an abrasive device is used to gently but effectively remove the skin’s top layer. This can remove dead skin cells and give treated skin a more youthful, fresher look.
That’s why microdermabrasion may improve the look of cystic acne and fight its formation.
The Astra Glow is a treatment exclusive to Astra Medicare. It revitalizes acne-prone skin, decreases hyperpigmentation, and reduces the visibility of wrinkles.
For anyone with scars caused by cystic acne, a platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment may create smoother, healthier skin. It uses your own blood’s healing capabilities to rejuvenate the skin, encourage healing, and promote new tissue growth.
Your treatment provider will take a small amount of your blood, then place it into a centrifuge to separate platelets from the red and white cells. Finally, the remaining serum is injected into one or more areas of the face scarred by acne.
Skin care products
The following skin care products can help fight cystic acne:
Vivier Acne Treatment System
The Vivier Acne Treatment System is a two-step kit that includes Medicated Wash and Acne Treatment Lotion.
Both products in the kit can stop breakouts and contribute to healthier skin with a balanced tone.
Astramed Skin Perfect
The Astramed Skin Perfect antimicrobial cleanser purifies and revitalizes the skin. It removes dead skin cells, sebum, and impurities, which reduces the risk of pores becoming clogged. It can also cover imperfections and visibly decrease the signs of severe acne.
Eltraderm Calm Rebalance Soothing Gel
The Eltraderm Calm Rebalance Soothing Gel is formulated to minimize inflammation and redness to decrease the likelihood of breakouts.
How to schedule a consultation for acne treatment in Brampton
Cystic acne can have a lasting impact on anyone who experiences it at any age, particularly adults. But if you’re concerned about how cystic acne is affecting your life and work, Astra Medicare offers a wide range of treatments to prevent breakouts and minimize their visibility.
Get in touch now to schedule a consultation at Astra Medicare in Brampton, Ontario.
Weight management is a common issue across the globe, and obesity rates continue to rise. For example, 29.2% of Canadian adults were classed as obese in 2021 — a steady increase from 28.2% and 27.7% in 2020 and 2019, respectively.
While weight is a sensitive topic for many of us and not easy to discuss, it’s nevertheless an important aspect of your health. Being heavily overweight or obese can increase an individual’s risk of developing various conditions and diseases. According to the Government of Canada, these include:
Maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce your risk of developing these problems, but let’s be honest — it’s not easy. Simply eating less and exercising more isn’t a practical solution for everyone, especially for people with mobility limitations or disabilities. However, while it may be difficult, achieving a stable weight for your height and build could help you stay healthier in the long run.
Unfortunately, stubborn pockets of fat may remain and refuse to vanish even with a healthy diet and regular exercise. That can be frustrating if you have made an effort to lose weight. But you can try various treatments to remove stubborn fat and cultivate a smoother, more defined shape.
In this post, we’ll cover three cutting-edge weight-loss methods that can support your weight loss program.
What are MIC Injections?
MIC injections are a simple, effective way to decrease fatty tissue and boost your metabolism. They’re composed of three lipotropic compounds that promote the release of fatty deposits in multiple areas of the body:
MIC infusion treatments are performed by licensed health care experts using the latest equipment.
What are the Benefits of MIC Injections?
MIC infusion can be a positive aid to regular exercise and a healthy diet. Clinical study shows that MIC infusion can lead to the following benefits:
The latter potential benefit means that MIC injections can be good for people affected by depression and related conditions. You may also benefit from it if you have liver or cholesterol issues.
The number of MIC infusions required to achieve and maintain results varies, but we may recommend weekly appointments. The immediacy of results, and their duration, can differ from case to case. However, we’ll be able to provide you with a clearer idea during your pre-treatment consultation.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an innovative cryolipolysis treatment designed to freeze and remove stubborn fat that simply will not disappear even with a good diet and an active lifestyle. This is the only non-surgical treatment to use controlled cooling for fat reduction, and it can lead to lasting, visible results.
The CoolSculpting technology administers precisely controlled cooling to target specific areas of the body. It focuses on the fat cells beneath the skin but has no effect on the skin itself.
CoolSculpting can be used on the following areas:
After treatment, the dead fat cells that have been frozen will be naturally eliminated by the body. This can decrease stubborn fat in target areas by up to 25%.
What are the Benefits of CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting offers the following benefits:
On average, CoolSculpting treatments take between one and three hours, though your session may be shorter depending on which area(s) you want to treat. You should need at least two treatments to achieve your goal.
As with other treatments at Astra Medicare, you’ll have a consultation with a member of our team to ensure that this is the right option for you.
What is InMode Evolve Body Shaping?
InMode Evolve is a revolutionary body shaping treatment using radio frequencies (RF) to remodel your body in different areas. It utilizes an all-in-one platform with multiple technologies, and it allows trained professionals to provide a hands-free treatment. That’s ideal for anyone who wants to minimize contact with their treatment provider.
The RF energy generates heat under the skin to melt fat and tighten both the skin and muscle simultaneously. InMode Evolve can be used on the following areas:
InMode Evoke, which targets fatty deposits and sagging skin on the face and neck, is also available.
What are the Benefits of InMode Evolve Body Shaping?
InMode Evolve offers the following benefits:
If you want to reduce stubborn fat and tighten tissue and muscle, InMode Evolve could be the treatment you’re looking for.
How to Book Your Consultation
These three treatments can help you shed fat in one or more areas in a safe, effective way.
To learn more about MIC infusion, CoolSculpting, or InMode Evolve treatments, get in touch with Astra Medicare today.
Mental health is more widely discussed than ever today, particularly since COVID-19. In Canada, for instance, one study found that more than 37% of people experienced a decline in their mental health due to the pandemic.
Additionally, the relentless pace of modern life and the stresses associated with it can have a negative impact on mental health. For example, around one-quarter of Canadians have said they feel stressed to some degree most days.
Healthcare providers may recommend a number of treatments to help experiencing mental health difficulties. One increasingly popular option in the wellness and healthcare field is intravenous (IV) therapy.
In this post, we’ll explore IV therapy in detail, from how it works to the benefits it offers.
Understanding IV Therapy
IV therapy delivers essential nutrients and hydration directly into the bloodstream. This method allows for a 100% absorption rate, so your body gets more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than it would from food or drink alone. As a result, your body utilizes all those nutrients effectively.
IV therapy was initially used to keep hospital patients hydrated, but has gradually evolved and is being leveraged to optimize wellness and treat various health conditions.
The Connection Between IV Therapy and Mental Health
How IV Therapy Can Benefit Mental Health
The human brain is an incredible organic machine. It’s the central hub of our mental health, and it needs a range of nutrients and balanced chemicals to function at its best. IV therapy can provide the body (and, in turn, the brain) with these nutrients directly, in full concentration.
This method allows the nutrients to bypass the digestive system, which can be a barrier to efficient absorption, especially for those with gut health issues. Additionally, the nutrients administered via IV therapy can play a key role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters. That means they can influence our mood and mental state.
The Process of IV Therapy
IV therapy for mental health involves a carefully formulated, tailored cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These are usually administered by an experienced healthcare professional to ensure the process is safe and effective.
The treatment typically takes less than one hour, and many patients report immediate post-therapy feelings of calmness and rejuvenation.
The Mechanism of IV Therapy
A number of health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are related to an imbalance in the brain’s chemistry. According to a Harvard College article, potentially billions of chemical reactions affect mood and perceptions.
The nutrients fed into the bloodstream through IV therapy can help to correct these imbalances. For example, vitamin B12 aids in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood. Being deficient in this crucial vitamin may lead to symptoms of depression.
Benefits of IV Therapy for Mental Health
IV therapy offers potentially profound, versatile benefits for mental health. Delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream enables them to achieve their maximum effect and supports brain function.
Below, we’ll look at IV therapy’s benefits for various conditions, the nutrients used, and more.
Benefits for Different Conditions
Patients affected by chronic fatigue syndrome may find relief by taking a combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, and sometimes small amounts of a natural adrenal hormone.
Nutrients Used in IV Therapy
The combination of nutrients used in IV therapy is crucial to ensure you achieve optimal results. That’s why the treatment is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
The nutrient cocktail for mental health may typically include such vitamins as B-complex and C, as well as magnesium, zinc, and certain amino acids. These nutrients help to combat inflammation, support the nervous system, and improve overall brain function.
Real-Life IV Therapy Success Stories
There are numerous success stories regarding individuals who have gained dramatic improvements in their mental health after IV therapy. From patients who have battled anxiety and depression for years to those dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome, many people report a significant improvement in their mood as well as a decrease in anxiety and stress levels.
It’s vital that you discuss your mental health and what you hope to achieve with your IV therapy before your treatment. Your provider will be able to explain how the process works, what you can expect during it, and how it should benefit your current mental health. You can also schedule further IV therapy sessions at a later date if you’re satisfied with the results.
Potential Side Effects and Risks of IV Therapy
As with any medical treatment, IV therapy does carry potential risks and may cause side effects. Some individuals might experience a mild burning sensation, a cool sensation in the arm used for the injection, and a metallic taste in their mouth during the infusion.
However, these symptoms tend to disappear shortly after the treatment ends. The more severe risks include infection or inflammation of the injection site, but these are rare when the treatment is performed by a trained professional.
How to Choose the Right IV Therapy Provider for Mental Health
It’s critical that you choose a credible, experienced IV therapy provider. There are multiple factors to consider when browsing your options, such as the provider’s medical background, reputation, the safety of the setting, and the quality of the nutrients used.
The Future of IV Therapy in Mental Health Treatment
Looking to the future, IV therapy has immense potential for ongoing mental health treatment. The applications of IV therapy are likely to expand as research continues and we learn more about the role of nutrients in brain function.
IV therapy is transforming the landscape of mental health treatment — and it’s likely that this will continue in years to come. Providing essential nutrients with a direct route is a promising avenue for individuals looking to improve their mental wellbeing.
Are you ready to embrace this new wave of wellness? Make an appointment to chat with our friendly, expert team and learn how IV therapy could improve your mental state.
Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) affects around 950,000 Canadians. This condition can be difficult to live with, for many reasons. It may restrict your clothing choices, hold you back from socializing in public places, and prevent you from making physical contact (such as shaking hands) with others.
You may experience dampness in one or more areas on your body, including the armpits and groin, at any time. And you may feel the need to shower and change your clothes multiple times a day, which can be inconvenient and time consuming.
But treatments are available — including Botox injections at our medical spa. Read on to learn more about how this can help.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: focal and generalized.
The focal type affects one or more areas, such as the feet, face, underarms, or hands. It’s unclear what causes focal hyperhidrosis, but it’s believed that an overactive nervous system stimulates specific sweat glands excessively.
Generalized excessive sweating affects the whole body, which can make it much more difficult to handle. It’s usually related to such conditions as menopause, obesity, and endocrine problems.
What is Botox?
If you’re affected by excessive sweating, you may find relief with Botox treatments at a medical spa.
Botox (botulinum toxin) is a substance usually injected into the forehead and other areas of the face to create smoother skin. Why? Because it can block nerve signals that cause muscle contractions responsible for wrinkle formation, which makes existing wrinkles less visible and helps to prevent new ones.
How Can Botox Help Your Excessive Sweating?
Botox can create amazing results for people living with hyperhidrosis. It helps to ease hyperhidrosis by blocking the nerve signals sent to overactive sweat glands, which prevents them from releasing too much sweat.
The Botox is injected into one or more areas with fine needles, just as it would be when targeting wrinkles and fine lines. Our medical spa has treated many people affected by excessive sweating. Clinical study highlights include:
Your treatment provider will discuss your excessive sweating, its affect on your life, and what you want to achieve before they begin injections. You can ask questions about the process, results, and more during this pre-treatment consultation.
What Should You Expect During Your First Botox Treatment?
You might feel nervous about visiting a medical spa for your first Botox injections. It can be especially worrying if you’re afraid of needles, or even if you’ve never discussed your excessive sweating with anyone else before.
But Botox treatments are usually much simpler than people expect. We’ll talk you through the process initially, and make sure that you have the information you need to feel at ease.
Next, we’ll make multiple injections into target areas to block nerve signals and stop your overactive sweat glands from producing too much sweat. Your injections should be over after around 15 minutes, and the process is generally comfortable. However, you may feel a slight pinch as with any other type of small injection.
How Long Do the Results of Botox Treatment for Excessive Sweating Last?
The results of your Botox treatment should start to appear within 48 hours of visiting our medical spa. Over the following weeks, you should feel drier and more comfortable. The results may last for between 6 and 12 months before the Botox wears off. However, this can vary from one person to another.
But no matter how long the results last, you should find that you don’t need to change your clothes so frequently during the day, and that you can relax more easily around people without feeling self-conscious about sweat patches.
Will You Need More Botox Treatments to Control Your Excessive Sweating?
If you’re happy with the positive effect the treatment has on your life, you can come back to our medical spa for another round of injections. You may need to visit us once or twice a year depending on how long the results last.
Fortunately, these follow-up sessions tend to be even quicker and easier than your first treatment. That means you can fit them into your schedule conveniently — you could even come to us during your lunch break.
Just get in touch with our team when you feel ready for your next Botox treatment for excessive sweating, and we’ll schedule it in.
Are There Any Risks with Botox?
Botox injections are not without risk, as with many other treatments. We’re transparent about these potential side effects at our medical spa, and our team is happy to give you all the details you need for your peace of mind.
Potential risks of Botox injections include:
Contact our team if you experience any of these side effects.
How Much Will You Pay for Botox Injections?
The cost of our Botox for excessive sweating treatment varies depending on the size of the target areas and the number of injections required. We’ll assess your condition and your needs during a consultation at our medical spa, then provide you with a price when we have all the information we need.
Book Your Consultation for a Botox Treatment
Botox injections are a simple, effective treatment for excessive sweating in one or more areas on your body. It can prevent overactive sweat glands from releasing an excessive amount of sweat for months.
This simple treatment may allow you to enjoy more freedom in your clothing and lifestyle, whether you want to wear brighter colors or be more active.
Astra Medicare is an award winning medical facility providing Botox injections for excessive sweating, as well as an extensive range of other treatments. For example, we offer Botox for treating migraines and signs of aging, too.
Get in touch with our friendly team now to book your consultation and learn more about our Botox treatment!
Looking for a facial treatment to rejuvenate your skin and give you a gorgeous glow?
Meet the HydraFacial.
The HydraFacial is a multi-step treatment designed to revitalize your skin, using innovative techniques and the latest technology.
What does it involve? And are there any risks?
We’ll cover everything you need to know about the powerful HydraFacial treatment below.
What is a HydraFacial Treatment?
HydraFacial treatments have become increasingly popular, with countless people booking a session at their local medical spa.
As with most facials, a HydraFacial treatment will help you relax and feel pampered, but it achieves incredible results at the same time. You get to lie back and unwind while a skilled beauty specialist takes you through the seven (yes, seven!) steps of the HydraFacial process.
The HydraFacial treatment uses patented technology to nourish your skin with a hydradermabrasion device. Your skin is cleansed, exfoliated with a chemical peel, and infused with amazing serums.
What are the 7 Steps of HydraFacial Treatments?
Let’s take a close look at the seven steps involved in a HydraFacial treatment at a medical spa:
The HydraFacial starts with lymphatic drainage to boost your lymph system’s circulation and flush out toxins lurking under the skin. This step is particularly important if you’re prone to acne, as it helps to unclog pores and reduce the risk of further issues. Detoxification promotes clearer, healthier skin overall.
A thorough cleansing prepares the skin for the later steps and encourages the skin to take in nutrients, which contributes to real rejuvenation.
Chemical Peeling / Resurfacing
A chemical peel can seem daunting if you’ve never tried one before, but it’s much easier than you might imagine. The peel contains carefully chosen acids to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal a fresh new layer. If you’re worried about how dull your skin is looking, the chemical peel / resurfacing step can take care of that.
During the extraction step, a cutting-edge suction tool pulls debris from pores in a simple and painless way. This leaves your pores clear and is kinder on the skin than traditional extraction, which involves metal implements.
Powerful moisturizers applied gently to the face provide nourishment and hydration, which is crucial after the extraction step.
Serums introduce key antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to the skin for protection and to cultivate a stunning glow. Your skin should have a more balanced tone and a healthy feel after this step.
The final step in the HydraFacial treatment at a medical spa is LED light therapy. A state-of-the-art infrared device treats the skin to decrease any visible redness that may develop.
It also stimulates the production of collagen in the body, which is vital for strong, youthful skin. LED light therapy also encourages your body to produce vitamin D, essential for skin repair.
Is the HydraFacial Treatment Right for Me?
HydraFacials are designed to suit every skin type and create outstanding results for all.
This treatment could be ideal if you have hyperpigmentation, which causes discolored patches to appear across the skin. Hyperpigmentation is the result of excess melanin production, due to hormonal fluctuations, age, or prolonged sun exposure. Hyperpigmentation can develop anywhere on the body, including the face.
And visiting a medical spa for a HydraFacial treatment can tighten your skin and create a stronger, more youthful texture. Skin starts to sag with age as collagen production decreases, so skin becomes looser around the jawline, neck, and cheeks. But your skin will look tighter after a HydraFacial session.
Before your treatment, though, your beauty specialist will provide a consultation to learn essential details about your medical history and anything else they should know. This is critical to ensure that this is the right treatment for you.
Do I Need to Plan for Any Downtime?
You need to think about recovery and downtime before you visit a medical spa for any treatment. Fortunately, the HydraFacial requires no downtime for your skin to recover. That’s great news if you plan to go back to work after your treatment.
You might experience a little redness on your face, but you should also notice that your skin looks fresher and more hydrated than before. However, avoid washing your face or doing any exercise likely to make you sweat for the rest of the day. Sweat could interfere with the serums applied to your face and reduce their effectiveness.
Are There Any Risks with HydraFacial?
HydraFacials are generally safe for most people, but it may not be right for you if you have certain skin conditions like rosacea, rashes, or even sunburn.
Redness is a natural result of the treatment and is temporary only. You will have a chance to discuss your skin health, and potential risks, during your pre-treatment consultation at a medical spa.
How Long Does HydraFacial Take?
An efficient medical spa team typically completes a HydraFacial treatment within one hour, though the duration may vary. You can fit your session into even the busiest schedule and rejuvenate your skin without disrupting your routine.
How Often Do I Need a HydraFacial Treatment?
If you’re in love with your skin after a HydraFacial and can’t wait for your next visit to a medical spa, you may need to wait two to four weeks for a follow-up session. We’ll recommend a sensible time to wait based on the condition of your skin.
Where Can I Get a HydraFacial Treatment Near Me?
Booking a HydraFacial session at a medical spa is a fantastic way to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin through a relaxing treatment. Your beauty specialist will guide you through the seven steps of the process with the utmost care and attention. Enjoy some ‘me time’ and leave with beautiful, glowing skin!
Astra Medicare is a popular, award winning medical spa in Brampton, with a dedicated team and an extensive range of treatments — including the HydraFacial.
Get in touch with Astra Medicare to book your consultation and learn more about how our HydraFacial treatment can rejuvenate your skin!
The older you get, the more likely you are to develop visible wrinkles, fine lines, and skin discoloration. Some of these changes can be hard to accept when you look in the mirror, especially if you struggle to mask them with cosmetics.
That’s why so many of us want to rejuvenate our skin and achieve a more youthful look. And mesotherapy is an outstanding cosmetic treatment with the power to improve your skin’s appearance and create a beautiful glow from the inside out.
But how does it work? What should you expect with your first mesotherapy treatment at a medical spa? And how much does it cost?
In this post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about mesotherapy, including how it works, what conditions it can treat, and much more.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is the secret to gorgeous, glowing skin you may not know about. While treatments like Botox and lip injections have received widespread media attention, mesotherapy tends to be less well-known than these popular medical spa treatments.
The mesotherapy treatment process uses a special handheld device containing multiple microneedles. Each needle injects a specially formulated substance into skin in target areas, usually the forehead, cheeks, and chin.
The substance injected into the skin during a mesotherapy treatment contains a personalized combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Mesotherapy treatments tend to be fairly brief at our medical spa — from 20 to 30 minutes. As a result, they’re easy to fit into your schedule. Session length can vary depending on how many injection sites you have.
How Does Mesotherapy Help Your Skin?
Mesotherapy helps your skin in multiple ways. One of the most important is that it stimulates collagen production in target areas: collagen is an essential protein and a major building block in your skin, muscles, and bones. It helps to keep your skin looking youthful and plump, but the body produces less of it with age. That’s why your skin starts to sag and lose volume as you get older.
But as mesotherapy promotes collagen production, it can contribute to firmer, plumper skin after a full course of treatments. That’s fantastic if the skin around your jawline and cheeks has started to become looser over the years.
Mesotherapy can also encourage elastin production, which is crucial to maintain the skin’s elasticity and reduce sagging.
On top of this, mesotherapy can also leave your skin looking rejuvenated and with a more youthful glow.
What Issues and Conditions Does Mesotherapy Treat?
Mesotherapy treatments at our medical spa can help with the following skin issues and conditions:
More than 5.6 million Canadians have acne, including 20 to 30% of adults aged 20 to 40. The severity of the condition can vary from person to person, and may lead to scarring.
Acne is often caused by blocked pores, usually the result of dead skin cells and excessive production of sebum (a natural oily substance that prevents the skin from drying out). Blocked pores can create whiteheads and blackheads.
Mesotherapy can improve the appearance of both acne and acne scarring by helping to make skin stronger.
Developing a double chin is a common sign of aging. It occurs when a layer of fat grows beneath the chin and the skin becomes looser.
Mesotherapy treatment may help reduce the size of a double chin by injecting substances that target fat and create smoother, more defined skin.
Eye Bags and Dark Circles
The formation of eye bags and/or dark circles below the eyes is a natural part of the aging process. It occurs when the tissues surrounding your eyes become weaker and sag. As eye bags and dark circles are often very noticeable, many people visit our medical spa to take care of them.
Mesotherapy can make the affected skin firmer and stronger, which may reduce the visibility of eye bags and dark circles.
Hyperpigmentation refers to dark patches of skin on the face and/or body. This is typically caused by excessive production of melanin, the naturally occurring substance that gives skin its color.
When your body produces more melanin than usual, your skin can appear discolored. It may appear as patches or spots, commonly known as age or liver spots. Mesotherapy can cultivate a more balanced complexion and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Localized, Stubborn Body Fat
If you have stubborn body fat that refuses to disappear even with a healthy diet and exercise, you may visit our medical spa for mesotherapy treatment. Certain substances used in mesotherapy injections can help to break down stubborn, localized fat.
Is Mesotherapy Suitable for Everyone?
Mesotherapy treatments are generally safe for anyone over the age of 18 provided they are in good health, though there will be exceptions. This is why you need to undergo a detailed consultation at our medical spa before your first session.
Your treatment provider will examine your skin, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
Fortunately, adults with all skin types can try mesotherapy. Whether your skin is saggy, dull, dry, or oily, you may achieve incredible results after the recommended number of sessions at our medical spa.
How Many Mesotherapy Sessions Will I Need?
Most people undergo between three and six mesotherapy sessions at our medical spa. These are spaced one to four weeks apart depending on how your skin responds to the process.
Your treatment provider will discuss how many sessions you’re likely to need, and how often, during your consultation.
How Much Do Mesotherapy Treatments Cost?
The cost of your mesotherapy treatment will depend on:
Once our medical spa team has the information they need on your treatment, we’ll provide you with the cost.
Want to learn more about our mesotherapy treatment? Our expert team is ready to speak to you now, so get in touch today!
Planning to spend hours sunbathing when summer arrives? Love the feel of sunlight warming your skin while you relax?
While countless people enjoy summer and catching some sun, it’s vital to protect yourself against potential problems caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
UV rays from the sun are essential for supporting life on Earth, including helping us to produce vitamin D (important for strong bones and reducing inflammation).
There are three types of UV rays:
However, UV rays can be incredibly harmful, especially to humans. It’s crucial that you protect your skin while outside, even on cloudy days, to reduce your risk of experiencing negative effects.
How can you do that?
In this post, we’ll offer tips on how to defend your skin from sun damage and explore why it’s so important.
Why is it So Important to Protect Your Skin Against UV Rays?
Too much exposure to UV rays can have a lasting impact on your appearance and your health. Here are a few examples of how that could happen:
With all this in mind, the Government of Canada recommends taking steps to protect yourself from UV rays on sunny and cloudy days. That’s because as much as 80% of the sun’s rays are strong enough to pass through light clouds, mist, and even fog.
How Can You Protect Your Skin Against Sun Damage?
You can take several steps to protect yourself against sun damage. Here are four ideas to help you get started.
Explore other products designed to protect your skin as well as traditional sunscreen. For example, the Dermastir Sun Powder SPF 50+ uses advanced technology to fill fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Not only does it help to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and make skin look smoother, but it also protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.
It also contains vitamin C, a crucial antioxidant which defends against UV-triggered damage from free radicals. Another ingredient is collagen, a powerful protein that contributes to stronger, firmer skin.
One of the simplest, most effective ways to protect your skin against sun damage is to cover up as much as possible. That can be difficult when temperatures are high and you want to stay cool. But any uncovered areas could burn with enough exposure to sunlight.
But what types of clothing are best?
Try to put together a few go-to UV-resistant outfits for sunny days, so you always have something that’s comfortable and reliable to wear.
Time Your Sun Exposure Carefully
It’s not always easy or even possible to plan when you’ll be outside. Sometimes, you may find yourself needing to go out without being able to apply sunscreen first, especially when something comes up unexpectedly.
But if possible, try to be prepared for sun exposure when you go outside. In Canada, the UV Index may be 3 or above between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. That’s because rays from the sun have less distance to travel through the atmosphere than they do at other times.
If you can’t avoid sun exposure during those hours, apply sunscreen, top up every couple of hours, and seek shade whenever you can.
Don’t Forget Your Lips
It’s easy to overlook your lips before you head out on a sunny day. But your lips are vulnerable to UV rays, too, so apply a high-SPF lip balm — no lower than 30.
UV radiation can be harmful after prolonged exposure, increasing the risk of premature signs of aging, skin cancer, and other issues. It’s essential that you cover up, avoid direct sunlight, and use high-SPF products to look after yourself.
Astra Medicare offers multiple specially formulated products designed to help protect skin from UV damage, including Dermastir and Thoya creams. You can drop in to our medical spa to learn more about these from our team, or get in touch to speak to one of our experts today.
The skincare industry is increasingly complex. The brightest minds at the biggest companies continually explore bold new territory in their quest to help consumers retain their youthful good looks, fight common signs of aging, and rejuvenate their skin.
And one of the most incredible new areas being explored in the industry is the manipulation of exosomes.
What are exosomes? How do they work in skincare products? How can they help you revitalize your skin for years to come?
In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at exosomes and their powerful effect on skin health.
What are Exosomes?
Exosomes are vesicles: tiny membranous, liquid-filled sacs inside the body. While exosomes are found outside of cells (including stem cells), they are believed to emerge from cells after they fuse with a multivesicular body.
Exosomes contain some powerful components that play a big part in helping the skin heal and repair itself. Some of those components include lipids and growth factors, which are essential for stimulating cellular growth.
What Do Exosomes Do for the Human Body?
Since exosomes were found in 1983, scientists have studied them, and their role in the human body, intensively. That has led to incredible discoveries about how exosomes function.
Primarily, exosomes carry and transmit cellular information to damaged cells, which prompts them to start healing and regenerating. As they act as messengers between cells, exosomes essentially have the ability to tell cells to activate and deactivate functions.
For example, exosomes can inform cells in an area of the body experiencing difficulties (such as an inflamed joint) to return to a healthy state. In that case, exosomes would help to relieve the inflammation and related discomfort.
How Do Exosomes Help Skin Stay Healthy?
Stem cell-based products are increasingly used in the world of dermatology to treat complex skin conditions, and new innovations are pushing this trend further. As a result, a number of brands around the world have begun to release exosome-based skincare products.
Exosome-based skincare products can help skin stay healthy at any age, but they may be particularly helpful to people concerned about the signs of aging. Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin can all be difficult to accept when they affect the face and neck. These developments are mainly caused by natural changes in the body as it grows older.
For example, humans produce less collagen and elastin with age. Collagen is the most prevalent protein in our bodies: it helps to give tissues their structure and resilience. That’s why collagen is a major part of connective tissues, and why it is so important to maintain strong skin.
Similarly, elastin is another widespread protein in the body, and is able to expand and recoil. Elastin is a key part of tissues that need to be flexible and stretchable, such as the bladder and lungs. When you pinch your skin and watch it pull back into place, you know elastin is doing its job.
As the body produces less collagen and elastin, your skin starts to become thinner and saggier. Aging skin causes jawlines to lose their definition, cheeks to sag, and wrinkles to form. Wrinkles are one of the most visible age-related skin changes, whether they appear on the forehead, around the eyes, or close to the mouth.
Fortunately, exosome-based products can encourage regeneration of skin cells, trigger the skin’s healing response, and promote production of collagen and elastin. Not only do these products help the skin look younger and revitalized, they can make it healthier, too!
Key Ingredients in Exosome-Based Skincare Products
Some of the most inventive new skincare products on the market feature exosomes that have been reinforced with key ingredients. These include:
Each of these ingredients can have a powerful impact on skin health. Let’s find out how:
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to maintain healthy skin. It can increase collagen and elastin production to cultivate more youthful, stronger skin. Combined with exosomes, vitamin C is a powerful addition to any skincare product.
Vitamin C may also contribute to a clearer complexion, reduce redness, and hydrate the skin.
Glutathione is a powerful, naturally occurring antioxidant. It has become a popular ingredient in skincare products — and with good reason.
Glutathione is important in repairing damaged cells and reducing melanin production (which is responsible for skin discoloration issues, such as hyperpigmentation). Over time, glutathione can brighten the skin and lead to a more balanced skin tone.
And on top of all that, glutathione neutralizes cell-damaging free radicals. Protecting skin cells from free radicals helps combat signs of aging and keep skin looking healthy.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance able to retain moisture in high quantities. It helps skin stay flexible, hydrated, and stretchy, which is why it can fend off wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is also helpful in healing wounds.
How Do Exosome-Based Products Help You Heal After Cosmetic Treatments?
As exosomes are vital in intercellular communication and prompting the body’s natural healing process, they can be a fantastic way to care for your skin after certain cosmetic treatments.
For example, you may massage an exosome-based skincare product into the treated area after a chemical peel, laser treatment, injectables, or microneedling. They can encourage your skin to recover from a procedure from the inside out, and help it look its best while the treatment takes effect.
Astra Medicare’s team can recommend skincare products formulated to help your skin look and feel healthier. These include Eltraderm and Alumier MD products, suitable for everyday and post-procedure use.
Book Your Anti-Aging Treatment at Astra Medicare Today
Exosome-based products can rejuvenate your skin and make common signs of aging less visible, especially when used alongside anti-aging treatments.
Astra Medicare provides an extensive range of treatments, including:
To learn more about any of these and our other treatments, contact our expert team today!
Get Ready to Turn Heads: Radiesse Buttock Augmentation/Rejuvenation for the Perfectly Sculpted Silhouette
Shapely buttocks have become more desirable than ever among female celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé. And their striking, perfectly sculpted silhouettes have inspired countless other women to improve how their own buttocks look. They might do squats, wear shape-enhancing jeans, or even explore surgical options.
Fortunately, buttock augmentations make it quicker and easier than ever to achieve a fuller butt. You can undergo this treatment in multiple short sessions and create more defined buttocks without undergoing invasive surgery.
But what does a Radiesse buttock augmentation involve? How is it different to having a Brazilian butt lift or butt implant surgery? And how long will the results last?
We’ll answer these and other essential questions in our guide to Radiesse buttock augmentation treatments.
How Does Radiesse Buttock Augmentation Work?
Radiesse is a type of dermal filler designed to be injected into different areas of the body. Dermal fillers can be made from various ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, and have the power to create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Common dermal filler treatments focus on reducing the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. You may receive dermal filler injections in your forehead, around your mouth, or in your cheeks.
During the procedure, your treatment provider will use a fine needle to inject the fillers beneath the skin on your buttocks. These fillers contain calcium hydroxyapatite, which stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen.
What’s collagen? One of the most important proteins in the body, found in skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Collagen is crucial for giving your skin a robust structure and a youthful plumpness. But collagen production decreases as you get older, which is why your skin starts to sag and become thinner across the decades.
Certain lifestyle factors, specifically smoking and poor diets, can accelerate the decline in collagen production.
Why Should You Choose a Buttock Augmentation Treatment?
Injecting Radiesse dermal fillers into the buttocks offers the following benefits:
Achieve a fuller, more youthful shape without the need for invasive surgery
You can create a more sculpted silhouette without having silicone implants surgically inserted into your buttocks. As with any other type of invasive cosmetic surgery, butt implant procedures necessitate a period of downtime while your body recovers. That can affect your routine as you take time away from your job and other commitments.
Stimulated collagen production makes skin stronger, smoother, and more elastic
If you feel concerned about how the shape and appearance of your buttocks are changing with age, you may be a good fit for this type of treatment.
You might notice that your buttocks look flatter and saggier than they used to. Trousers, skirts, and dresses might not fit you as well as they did a few years earlier. Not only will that affect how flattering your clothes are, but how comfortable they are.
But boosting collagen production will ensure that your buttocks look and feel better. If your buttocks have lost some of their shape as you age, they will be in better proportion to the rest of your body after the treatment.
Fit the treatment into your schedule with ease
You should be able to carry on with most activities after each treatment session. For example, you may go back to the office and keep working without needing to take time away.
No need to donate your own fat
When you choose a Radiesse buttock augmentation, none of your own fat will be used — only the dermal fillers that have been carefully formulated to boost your collagen.
Radiesse buttock augmentation involves no fat transfer, unlike Brazilian butt lifts. This is fantastic if you don’t have an adequate amount of fat in typical donor regions, including the obliques and abdomen.
How Do You Know if You’re a Good Candidate for a Buttock Augmentation Treatment?
If you want to try buttock augmentation, you should be:
We’ll schedule a comprehensive consultation for you ahead of your treatment. This is a crucial part of the process for you and your treatment provider. You will be assessed to ensure that a buttock augmentation is the right option for you, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the treatment.
If you feel happy with the information provided and are ready to go ahead with a buttock augmentation, we’ll move along to the next stage.
How Long Do the Results of a Buttock Augmentation Last?
The results of a Radiesse buttock augmentation treatment should last from two to five years after your final session. The exact duration of results varies based on numerous factors, including how quickly your body absorbs the fillers.
How Often Can You Get Buttock Augmentation Treatments?
We’ll schedule a series of treatment sessions for you based on the current shape and appearance of your buttocks, as well as your aesthetic goals. Each session will be spaced out by three or four months, though interval duration can vary.
If you think you’ll be unable to undergo the full series of treatments for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible.
What Other Body Sculpting Treatments are Available?
A wide range of other body sculpting treatments are available at Astra Medicare. These can complement a buttock augmentation treatment and help you achieve a more defined silhouette.
Your options include:
InMode Evoke is an innovative facial remodeling platform. It can tighten skin on the face and neck to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.
InMode’s hands-free Evolve treatment targets adipose tissue, tone muscles, and remodel skin on the torso.
CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing treatment designed to remove stubborn fat that just won’t vanish even with exercise and a healthy diet.
Schedule Your Buttock Augmentation Treatment Now
Buttock augmentation can totally transform your shape and create a more voluptuous, smoother butt without surgery.
Astra Medicare’s expert team provides Radiesse buttock augmentation treatments in Brampton with many happy patients across the GTA. Get in touch to learn more or book your consultation today!
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