Many of our clients suffer from rosacea, a skin condition that makes your face turn red, sometimes with swelling or acne-like sores. It’s estimated that 2 million Canadians and 16 million Americans suffer from varying degrees of this condition.
Hot and burning cheeks are uncomfortable, but through Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy at the Baker Rejuvenation Centre, we may be able to reduce, and sometimes eliminate, the appearance of redness associated with rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that will optimally be treated by developing a long-term treatment plan that can include simple at-home medical skin care creams or in office treatments.
We offer gentle and effective chemical peels, customizable for even the most sensitive skin, to reduce redness as well as signs of aging, including wrinkles and brown spots. We also offer neutralizing creams to soothe and cover redness as needed.
Ensuring your skin is properly hydrated and using medical-grade skin care products are effective ways to relieve the symptoms related to rosacea. Many over the counter products contain ingredients that can lead to increased redness. At the Baker Rejuvenation Centre, we provide you with a simple plan to help manage problematic skin issues. We offer skin care consultations with our Clinical Nurse Specialist at no cost, and she will be able to develop a treatment plan that will best suit your needs and your budget.
Solar lentigo, also known as sun, age or liver spots, are brown pigmented lesions that develop as a result of exposure to UV rays (ultraviolet radiation from the sun). These spots are most evident on parts of the body that are exposed to sunlight. At the Baker Rejuvenation Centre we have several different modalities that we can use to reduce or eliminate solar lentigos, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), eMatrix Sublative Rejuvenation, medical grade peels, dermal rolling, or individually designed pharmaceutical grade skin care regimen for at home use. Pigmented lesions that are changing in appearance should first be brought to the attention of your family physician to rule out any underlying skin cancer.
Prevention is your best friend when it comes to sun damage and aging gracefully. Sun damage is cumulative, meaning that the effects occur over time and are reversible to some degree with treatments available at our clinic. Dr. Baker commonly removes cancerous or suspicious lesions from the face and eye area, and as an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Baker pays extra attention to achieving an aesthetic outcome. For those who spend time driving, the UVA rays can penetrate the glass and cause damage to the skin and accelerate the appearance of brown spots and lines and lines and wrinkles. It is imperative to protect your skin from UVA (these rays are present year round), and UVB (most active between May – October) rays every day. Wearing sun protection can help prevent skin cancers, wrinkles, brown spots, and redness.
There are two different types of sunblock. Chemical blocks contain active chemical ingredients that are effective for a few hours and can be very moisturizing. They need to be reapplied on a regular basis to protect the skin from sun damage. Physical blocks contain zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide, a compound that stays on top of your skin, providing a physical barrier against the sun’s rays all day. Most physical blocks only need to be reapplied if they are rubbed off, which happens most commonly around your nose or mouth. When they’re left alone, they can be effective all day. Because physical sunblocks stay on top of your skin, they’re generally non-irritating, non-allergenic, and non-comedogenic. Medical-grade sunscreens contain a compilation of several sunblock ingredients to optimize protection from the various rays that accelerate aging in the skin.
Medical-grade skin care is available only through a physician’s office as they contain higher levels of active ingredients than products purchased at a non-physician’s office. It is important to consult with medically trained clinicians who can advise you on which skin care products would be optimal for your skin type, match the correct product to maximize the likelihood of obtaining the benefits that you are seeking. General use products from elsewhere typically have low levels of active ingredients, ensuring that the general public will not react adversely to the non-medical grade ingredients. At the Baker Rejuvenation Centre, we carry many products that are Paraben-free, PEG-free, as well as a line of organic products. Dr. Laslo-Baker (Ph.D.) is our staff Medical Scientist and she examines all products that we offer to ensure they are of the highest quality, contain the optimal level of active ingredients (vitamins, peptides, and anti-oxidants), and are backed by strong scientific studies.
Dermal rolling is an excellent way to prolong the beneficial effects of laser, light, and other treatment modalities offered at the Baker Rejuvenation Centre. This is a nightly at-home skin care regimen that allows vitamins and anti-oxidants to penetrate deep into your skin, enhancing absorption as opposed to staying on the outer layer of your skin. When you come to our clinic we can show you photos of what to expect after using any of our treatment plans, both for at-home use as well as in-office treatments.
The most popular treatment for wrinkles and fine lines is Botox Cosmetic. Botox can reduce frown and forehead lines, it is also often used to reduce “crow’s feet”, which are lines around the eyes that can make you look tired, angry or older than you are. Patients often tell us that after receiving Botox, their friends or family tell them they look more relaxed or younger, but they can’t put their finger on what the difference is in the patient’s appearance. Botox is a protein that is able to gently relax the muscles it comes in contact with. The muscles relax for several months and then gradually return to their original condition. Botox does not affect sensation and there is no numbness. You can stop treatment whenever you wish – you will gradually return to your original appearance. Dr. Baker has been using Botox safely and effectively for over fifteen years. Botox was originally used medically to treat a condition called strabismus, and we continue to use it for both cosmetic and medical issues such as excessive sweating as well as migraine or tension headaches. Botox does not add volume to your face, it merely softens your expressions. When done conservatively, Botox will not cause your features to look frozen or unnatural.
Botox is now the number one cosmetic treatment performed by doctors in North America! Botox is used to safely reduce the ability to contract specific muscles, resulting in the softening and even elimination of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is excellent for decreasing the ability to frown and furrow your brows, which can make us look angry or upset, even when we’re not. This prevention of muscle contraction relaxes your skin and prevents the formation of deeper wrinkles. Botox is not permanent and the effect wears off within 4-6 months. You can stop your Botox treatments at any time.
Dr. Baker has been using facial fillers to create a more youthful rejuvenated appearance for over 12 years. Facial Fillers can be used as a natural beauty lift in the cheek area, around the jowls, corners of the mouth, as well as around the lips to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The result is instantaneous and produces a natural long-lasting result. Dr. Baker and his clinical nurse specialist use a technique of combining the Facial Fillers with lidocaine to minimize discomfort.
Fillers such as Restylane®, Juvaderm®, and Teosyal® contain hyaloronic acid which is a substance naturally present in your skin. The hyaloronic acid in your body plays an important role in maintaining the firmness of your skin and the shape of your features. Perlane® contains smaller hyaloronic acid particles and can be used to add volume to the lips.
As you age, the fat and tissue in your face flattens and migrates downward. This is most pronounced in the cheek area, with a flattening and loss of contour resulting in the formation of nasolabial folds and marionette lines in your lower face. Fillers can be used to perform lip, cheek, chin, jaw, and eyebrow augmentations, providing additional volume and restoring your natural, youthful features. Our goal is to provide you with a natural look; still you, but more refreshed and rejuvenated looking. We recommend you bring a photo of yourself from your youth to your consultation.
Everyone requires different amounts of Botox, and during your private consultation we will identify what is right for you. Botox is effective in treating horizontal lines on the forehead; the furrows of your brows; the lines around your eyes and nose when you laugh or smile; as well as softening of the jaw line and chin. Botox is excellent when used for the prevention of wrinkles and the softening of pre-existing lines. The cost of Botox is per unit, and the number of Botox units required will depend on the strength of your facial muscles.
Facial fillers are used to add lost volume to your face, and the cost is also dependent on the amount used. By using dermal fillers we are able to add volume to your face with no surgical downtime. Fillers provide a softening of deep lines by gently lifting wrinkles and surrounding tissues.
We recommend you join us for a complimentary private consultation to assess the cost and identify the best course of action for your areas of concern, so we can address your personal expectations and develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. We can work within your budget to help determine the right treatment plan, designed specifically for you to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
A typical schedule for regular Botox treatments usually involves 4-6 month intervals, and you can expect to use a little bit less of the compound after every treatment. We will review your previous treatment to determine future treatments, and since everyone’s treatment is individual, follow up amounts will be determined based on the strength of your muscles and your preference. After receiving Botox for the first time, you will become more aware of your facial movements. After a few regular treatments, it is not uncommon to maintain the results you’re looking for with a decreased dose, with treatments required only a few times each year.
Each filler is different; some consist of smaller molecules while others are placed very deeply within your skin. After the first six months of your initial filler treatment, we recommend you have a ‘top up’ in the areas treated. This is an excellent way to optimize and maintain your results by reinforcing the product. After your second ‘top up’ treatment, you can expect a longer result, often for up to 1-1.5 years, but this is dependent on the type of filler you have as well as the treatment site. We have found that lips tend to metabolize Botox and filler at a faster rate, since most of your facial movement is in response to your mouth. As well, athletic and younger clients tend to metabolize Botox and fillers faster than those who are a little older and less active.