The Groot DermaSurgery Centre recently introduced online bookings for Botox appointments. Dr. Nakatsui thought this would make it more convenient for tech-savvy patients who want to book their appointments with their web browsers, even in the middle of the night or while on vacation from the cold of an Edmonton winter! Though many patients still prefer to phone, we have already had positive feedback with our online bookings.
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A patient of ours loves to surf and can easily spend a whole day riding his board. He has blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin making him the perfect candidate for photo-aging and skin cancer. He is diligent about sunscreen use but finds that the minute he hits the water the products that are great for the beach wash off and his skin is exposed. He recently shared with us a solution – Watermans Sunscreen. Apparently Watermans unique composition makes their products insoluble therefore ideal for water sports as well as for high endurance athletes. This is not an endorsement as we are not really familiar with the product but if you struggle with having to constantly reapply sunscreen, rather than giving up, you might want to give Watermans a try. And if you do please let us know what you think.
A patient called our office the other day to tell us that we do ‘an excellent job’ and to say ‘how very impressed’ they are with our service. In turn, we would like to thank this patient for taking the time from their busy schedule to thank us for a job well done. It lifts our spirits to know that we are achieving excellence in the services that we provide to our patients.
After 34 years of serving the skin care needs of many of the citizens of Edmonton and Alberta, Dr. Groot has decided to retire. He does so with mixed emotions but knows that all his patients will be well served by the many competent dermatologists in the community.
The Groot DermaSurgery Centre will continue to operate under the direction of Dr. Thomas Nakatsui, dermatologist and as such will provide the same high quality care to our patients through a wide variety of skin care services including, but not limited to:
- skin rejuvenation including BOTOX Cosmetic® and dermal fillers (Juvéderm®, VOLUMA®, VOLBELLA ®)
- 3D rejuvenation
- laser hair removal
- CoolSculpting for unwanted fat
- pigment removal by laser (tattoos, lentigines, blue black birthmarks)
- vascular treatments by laser (facial veins, birthmarks)
- small and medium size leg vein treatments
- mole removal
- laser treatments of onychomycosis (nail fungus)
- hair transplants
Many of these conditions do not require a referral. Our patient coordinators will be happy to advise you as to what is required to book an appointment.
Dr. Groot extends his gratitude for all the support he has received over the years from the medical community and his patients.
Party Season is just around the corner. Please consider booking your appointments for Botox Cosmetic and/or Dermal Fillers (Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella) at your earliest convenience to ensure that we can accommodate you.
Edmonton dermatologist, Dr. Don Groot suggests five quick treatments to enhance your natural beauty:
- Microdermabrasions exfoliate the superficial dead skin cells of the face, increasing the production of new cells resulting in a fresh, polished appearance.
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments reduce pigment and red discoloration to improve your complexion.
- Muscle Relaxants soften frown lines and crow’s feet giving a relaxed and rejuvenated appearance.
- Juvéderm fills creases around the mouth enhancing your smile and those kissable moments.
- CoolSculpting freezes away pockets of unwanted fat in just a couple of hours so that your party clothes look particularly attractive.
Here are ten skin care ideas you may wish to add to your list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2013:
- Wear sunscreen of an SPF of 45 or more whenever I am out in the sun.
- Simplify my skin care routine – get rid of all the expensive creams.
- Deal with unwanted fat with CoolSculpting.
- Permanently remove unwanted hair with Laser Hair Removal.
- Get rid of my tattoo with Laser Pigment Removal.
- Have my ugly mole removed.
- Age spots – gone.
- Bring my pesky rosacea under control.
- Deal with my hair loss.
- Oh yes, maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly – this will help maintain a healthy glow to my skin.
I recently heard a young woman enthusiastically describe a new cleansing routine involving the application of cooking oil followed by hot water to clean her skin. She informed me that her skin was softer and pimple free because of this new ‘natural’ regimen.
In an effort to forestall a possible skin disaster I explained that it is quite likely that this new routine might result in a condition call ‘cosmetically induced seborrhea.’ The purpose of cleansing the skin is to remove cosmetics, dirt and grime, and dead skin cells. The oil routine might successfully remove make up, however is unlikely to get at all the dirt and grime and will probably not remove the dead skin cells. If these cells are not removed they become matted to the skin. The build up causes flakiness and inflamed oil glands leaving a scaly, red rash that is sometimes itchy (seborrhea). People often interpret the flakiness as dry skin and apply more occlusive moisturizing creams or lotions to the skin. A vicious cycle begins which often results in a visit to the dermatologist.
The best cleansing routine is:
- Remove make up with a makeup remover.
- Wash the skin with warm water and a cleanser – mild soaps are better than cream cleansers. Glycerine soaps such as Pears and Neutrogena or Cetaphil Lotion are recommended.
- Wait 30 minutes after cleansing to give your skin time to replenish its natural oils. If your skin is tight and dry then a light moisturizer may be necessary. Use a moisturizer with sunscreen protection.
Healthy skin, like a healthy body begins with prevention. Exposure to the sun not only ages the skin but it also causes skin cancer.
The sun emits three forms of radiation: infrared, visible and ultraviolet. Infrared and visible light are valuable because they provide warmth and the ability to see. But ultraviolet light can be harmful. It consists of three basic wavelengths: Ultraviolet A, Ultraviolet B and Ultraviolet C. Each penetrates the atmosphere and affects our health in different ways.
So the first step towards protecting our skin would be to protect the Ozone layer. Work with the scientists around the world to do your part to keep and maintain clean air.
The next steps require daily vigilance:
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 to sun exposed areas of the skin. This will protect you through a normal day of getting in and out of the car, going to the office etc.
- If you plan to be in the sun all day then use an SPF of 60 or more.
- Wear waterproof or water-resistant sunscreens if you plan to be in the water. Reapply often.
- Wear sunscreen under loosely woven clothing as the sun will penetrate the cloth. The sun also penetrates wet clothing.
- Reapply sunscreen throughout the day according to the amount of sun exposure you receive. If you are participating in sports which make your perspire, reapply sunscreens every hour.
- Be thorough in your application; sun exposed skin which in not covered will burn. Remember the back of your ears and the tops of your feet and toes!
Wear protective clothing when exposed to the sun for long periods of time: hats, gloves, long sleeves, UV protective sun glasses.
Avoid tanning beds. Fifteen minutes of exposure to UVA in a tanning bed is equivalent to three days of sitting in the sun!
A tan signifies that the sun has damaged the skin to some degree. The belief that a preliminary tan before a holiday will protect you from the harmful rays of the sun has little substance. The protection offered by a preliminary tan would only be equivalent to an SPF of 2.
Use sunscreen regularly and protect the health of your skin.
Makeup is the palette of the cosmetic artist. Features of beauty can be accentuated and less desirable features can be subdued. Artful application of makeup can greatly enhance ones natural beauty, yet when poorly applied makeup can be distracting.
Cosmetics are a multi-billion dollar industry. As the ‘baby boom’ generation ages, the industry has shifted its emphasis away from products for the younger generation to ‘anti-aging’ products. Magazines are full of advertisements for products suggesting that they alone have the answer to aging. They would have your believe that the daily use of their product will assure you an everlastingly youthful appearance. Their claims, though seductive are questionable.
Let’s review the components of the skin. The skin has three layers: the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (middle layer) and the layer of cushioning fat (bottom layer). Aging largely affects the dermis and at this level a product must reverse the signs of aging to be as effective as it claims. At this time most products are incapable of penetrating the epidermis and are therefore rendered relatively impotent in their impact on aging.
However, liposomes have appeared on the scene. These micro-balloons can carry active ingredients to deeper levels of the skin’s surface and beyond. For the quick delivery of medications they are very effective. However as cosmetic companies begin to use these microscopic vehicles to transport the active ingredients in their products, which they claim will prevent or reduce the signs of aging, the risk to the user increases.
This has caught the attention of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and the Health Protection Branch of Canada. The outcome of their scrutiny will have one or both of two possible outcomes:
First, if the product actually alters the tissue, then it is no longer considered a cosmetic product. This means that the product must undergo scientific evaluation to support the claims, a very expensive process. If the claims are substantiated, the product must be reclassified as a drug, which means it will be shelved differently in stores and the marketing strategies for the product will have to change.
Second, claims that are unsubstantiated may be considered fraudulent. The product could then be removed from the shelves without further warning and class action suits may ensue.
These consequences apply to product claims whether liposomes are used or not. Some companies have chosen the simpler route of changing the anti-aging claims on their labels and in their advertising. However the competition is stiff so many ignore the warnings and continue to press their claims. For the most part it is up to you, the consumer, to evaluate the legitimacy of cosmetic products.