KGH – Kelowna Hospital Charity Event | InnKeepers Dec 2013
Fun times were had by all of us who attended the KGH Innkeepers annual charity event this past week.
Fun times were had by all of us who attended the KGH Innkeepers annual charity event this past week.
The holiday season is practically here! And that means a lot of people will be shopping for presents in the coming weeks. You know what many people have gotten as gifts in the past? Tattoos. You know what many people will be getting as gifts in the future? Tattoo removal. That isn’t to say that tattoos are going out of style. But that also isn’t to say that all tattoos stay in style.
It’s important to consider what kind of gift a tattoo is. It’s meant to be a permanent fixture on your body. It’s something that is meant to never be removed. And as such, you would think that most people would select a design that has deep sentimental meaning. You would think that most people would be 100% sure that their choices would be things they’d be able to live with forever.
Not so. In fact, a growing number of people are finding that their once-loved tattoos are no longer fashionable or as meaningful as they once were. So for many, their tattoos are gifts that they wish they could return. Not so easy though, is it? It’s not like you can peel a tattoo off and return it to the artist who designed it. Laser Tattoo Removal is a bit of a different process.
The good thing is, advances in technology have helped for the Laser Tattoo Removal process to be as safe and effective as ever. If you know someone who is regretting their old tattoos, perhaps a session or two under the laser would be the ideal gift this holiday season. At DermMedica, the Q–Switch Alexandrite laser is used for the safe and effective removal of tattoos.
This awesome laser specializes in removing all colours, including green which has been known to present problems for other tattoo removal lasers. When a tattoo artist creates his or her piece or your skin-based canvas, the ink is deposited quite deep into your skin. In order to remove this ink, the Q–Switch Alexandrite laser emits high amounts of energy to destroy the deposited ink particles.
For black tattoos, generally four to eight sessions are required. For coloured tattoos, more sessions are usually needed. Naturally, the size and even the age of your tattoo will be factored into the number of sessions you may need for full removal. Sessions are often quite quick as well. In fact, most take only a matter of minutes, depending how big the tattoo is, of course.
In this YouTube video, an example of Laser Tattoo Removal using the Q–Switch Alexandrite laser is shown. Even for this pretty detailed flower tattoo, only five minutes are needed for the session to be completed. Are you looking to give yourself or someone you know the gift of Laser Tattoo Removal this holiday season? It may just be the perfect present!
Laser Tattoo Removal is only growing in popularity. It is helping many people remove decisions of the past that they’d rather forget. But is it for you? To find out if you are a good candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal, you can book your consultation with Dr. Crippen today. Call DermMedica toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.
Believe it or not, now may just be the perfect time of year to get Laser Hair Removal. Now you may be thinking that since it’s practically winter time, it would be a lot easier to simply cover up with bundles of clothing. And since that’s the case, there’s no real reason to worry about the removal of unwanted hair. Yes, we tend to shave our arms and legs a lot more during the summer. But here’s what makes winter great.
By starting your Laser Hair Removal treatments now, you give yourself the gift of having a carefree, hairless summer in 2014. Between now and the summer time, you’ll have an adequate amount of time to get in enough sessions that you will be completely ready to have a summer when you don’t have to even think about picking up the razors, wax strips and tweezers. Let’s consider just how great that would be.
No more shaving. When you shave, you get razor bumps. At least, this is true for most people who have to shave on a regular basis. One of the reasons that Laser Hair Removal has become so popular amongst men is because of the constant shaving and resulting irritation that so many of them experience. This holiday season, perhaps your best gift will come in the form of a treatment that will do away with razor bumps.
No more waxing. Waxing hurts. Anyone who has tried it knows that. Women often tend to wax during the summer season to get their bodies is picture perfect bikini readiness. Not only does waxing hurt, but it too can produce ingrown hairs among other forms of irritation. Laser Hair Removal treatments ensure that you don’t have to endure such painful hair removal processes again.
No more tweezing. Tweezers are commonly used on loose hairs that people would prefer not to shave. That includes sensitive places on the face including the upper lip and sideburns. Women, especially, don’t want to shave such areas for fear of the “grow back” look. Laser Hair Removal ensures a naturally smooth appearance without the pain of plucking away all of those loose hairs.
No more spending. Once you’ve completed your Laser Hair Removal treatments, you’re in line to save yourself tons of cash. Think about never having to buy razor blades, electric shavers, shaving cream, wax strips or tweezers again. With Laser Hair Removal, you’re not only investing in a smoother, silkier you, but you are assuring yourself of a lot less spending on hair removal in the future.
In a YouTube video posted earlier this year by POPSUGAR Beauty, Dr. Shalini Kapoor explains exactly how effective Laser Hair Removal can be. “It’s long lasting,” she assures, “you can reduce approximately up to 90 per cent of your hair. And the remaining hairs are actually miniaturized so they’re very fine and very undetectable.” The video goes on to show an example of a Laser Hair Removal treatment.
This fascinating procedure stops unwanted hair growth. “With every single treatment, you’re going to have a reduction of hair,” Dr. Kapoor reminds her client. If you’d like to give yourself the gift of a hairless summer in 2014 this holiday season, Laser Hair Removal is right for you! Book your consultation with Dr. Crippen today. Call DermMedica toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.
There are many different things that we like to do to make ourselves as beautiful as can be. We do what we can to keep our bodies looking youthful through good dieting and exercise. And of course, there is the help of Laser Hair Removal to keep our bodies silky smooth. Botox is great for doing away with wrinkles and fine lines. But there are ways to beautify ourselves that not everyone considers.
Many people absolutely love the look of longer eyelashes. But as many models in magazines have shown us, the adding of fake eyelashes is becoming the norm. Now, not only are fake eyelashes not meant to be permanent fixtures, they are also not exactly the best way to obtain a natural look. And this can be just as important as the length of the eyelashes themselves.
Have you heard of LATISSE for longer eyelashes? This incredible product just so happens to be the first of its kind. It is the only FDA approved medical treatment for the natural growth of longer eyelashes. The treatment works by allowing your eyelashes to grow for longer periods of time before they fall out. Most often, noticeable eyelash growth takes place after eight weeks. They tend to reach their maximum length at about 12 to 16 weeks.
LATISSE is a once-a-day application treatment. You apply the solution using a brush to the base of your upper eyelashes. It helps for your eyelashes to grow thanks to its active ingredient known as “bimatoprost”. It has shown to affect the growth of eyelash hair in two ways. Firstly, it increases the length of the eyelash growth phase, which is also known as the “anagen” phase.
Secondly, it increases the number of hairs that grow during this phase. Needless to say, LATISSE is quite a unique product. It works, by the way, not just for those who choose to beautify themselves. Some of us have concerns about hair growth. After all, it is easier to come by for some than others. This is yet another benefit to LATISSE. It can be quite beneficial to those who experience hypotrichosis.
As Wikipedia explains it, hypotrichosis is “a condition of abnormal hair patterns – predominantly loss or reduction. It occurs, most frequently, by the growth of vellus hair in areas of the body that normally produce terminal hair. Typically, the individual’s hair growth is normal after birth, but shortly thereafter the hair is shed and replaced with sparse, abnormal hair growth.”
This YouTube promotional video provides more information on LATISSE that you may find very interesting. Now available in Kelowna, DermMedica is one of the few medical clinics that carry this medication. For more information about Latisse and longer eyelashes, please feel free to call toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.
Nobody’s perfect. Perhaps, that is the most truthful statement ever uttered. And it should be one that gives us all some confidence that we’re all just fine the way we are. The thing is, it isn’t always realistic to feel completely happy with yourself if you’re convinced that improvements can be made. Of course, when it comes to your health, it’s important to address your imperfections.
And even when making yourself look better will make you feel better, it’s worthwhile to look into viable options. The Fractional CO2 Laser is one such option. This is because it treats a wide variety of skin conditions. But we’ll get to those in a moment. Firstly, let’s discuss exactly what the Fractional CO2 Laser does. You may want to think of it as a water heater.
Keep in mind that our skin cells are made primarily of water. So when directed at problem areas in your skin, this unique laser heats the water in your skin to remove some skin cells. What this does is expose the fresher, lower layers of your skin to produce a younger and smoother look. The heat from the laser also stimulates the growth of new collagen.
And you know what that means? The Fractional CO2 Laser is more than a water heater. It’s a skin rejuvenator! Aging and sun damaged skin are given the aid to help transform itself into more youthful and clearer skin. But as mentioned earlier, there are a number of other skin conditions that the Fractional CO2 Laser can help you with. Let’s take a look at a few.
Melasma. Melasma refers to a dark discolouration of the skin. It generally appears on the sun-exposed areas of the face. Of course, it bears mentioning that sunscreen is always necessary! Nevertheless, you’ll know Melasma is present when there is a consistent brown colour appearing over the cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip. It often appears symmetrically on the both sides of the face.
Moles or Skin Tags. Quite common in most people, moles are growths on the skin that often appear brown in colour. They have been known to show up in a variety of shapes and sizes. Usually harmless, moles may also represent the onset of skin cancer so they are things to look out for. Skin tags refer to protrusions from the skin. The Fractional CO2 Laser can be used to remove both moles and skin tags.
Wrinkles. Well, we all know what wrinkles are. And we all know that when we get them, we generally dislike them. Because of the Fractional CO2 Laser’s ability to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, it not only helps to resurface fresher, younger skin, but also helps for it to stay looking that way. The laser may not be able to reverse time, but it can certainly help to make it look that way!
The Fractional CO2 Laser is also used to combat acne scars, as shown in this YouTube video. It also treats brown spots, saggy skin and sun damage. To learn more about this laser or to find out if you are a good candidate based on your concerns and skin conditions, feel free to book your consultation with Dr. Crippen today. Call DermMedica toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.
Halloween came a few weeks ago, but for so many people all across Canada, dealing with a particular scary issue is something they have to do all year round. Varicose and spider veins are usually referred to as “unsightly”. Perhaps, the week in which the scariest night of the year takes place is the perfect time to discuss a special treatment that can help do away with the fears of living with varicose and spider veins. Trust me though, there is nothing scary about sclerotherapy for your veins.
“In my office, I see a lot of spider and varicose veins in women over the age of thirty. Varicose veins are the bulging, blue, grey veins that pop out of the skin on the thigh or leg,” explains Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian on an episode of “The Doctors”, “Spider veins are the smallest vessels.” But is there a solution for these “unsightly” inhabitants of our legs? A video clip from the show, found on YouTube, goes on to answer that question.
Sclerotherapy works wonders in eliminating these veins. No, regardless of its name, it’s not a “scary therapy”. It’s actually a safe and effective way to improve the look of your legs or other areas where you may be experiencing the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Most people tend to simply cover them up with clothing. And during the colder months of the season, that’s fairly easy to do.
But what happens when summer rolls around again next year? Having to spend it wearing long pants won’t exactly add to your enjoyment. Perhaps, the fall is the best time to undergo Sclerotherapy treatments. Just imagine your next summer in shorts, completely free of any concern that people will be staring at your “unsightly” legs. You’ll be happy to know, there is nothing scary about sclerotherapy.
So does it work exactly? During a treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the veins. The solution sticks and clings to the walls of the veins causing irreversible damage. This may sound painful, but it isn’t. What happens is that veins are forced to constrict and close over a period of a few weeks. Eventually, the body breaks these veins down and disposes of them naturally.
The end result is vein-free skin! One of the greatest aspects of Sclerotherapy is that it does not require a lot of the patient’s time. In fact, the average treatment for spider veins is about ten to fifteen minutes. Patients are also able to return to their regular activities immediately following a treatment. They are, however, asked to walk for at least 30 minutes once a treatment is complete.
Soon after, patients are also asked to wear a compression bandage or stocking and a follow-up treatment is recommended within a week or two of the initial treatment. Patients find that Sclerotherapy helps them with more than just the removal of the varicose and spider veins. Reduced swelling of the ankles as well as decreased pressure and heaviness in the legs are also positive outcomes.
On “The Doctors”, Dr. Karamanoukian demonstrates just how safe, quick and effective the treatment is. It is shown that the disappearance of the spider veins can be detected immediately “right in front of our eyes”. For more information on how Sclerotherapy can help you, call DermMedica toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.