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3 Treatments for Radiant Skin

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Aging is a universal experiencewe all see the effects it can have on us over time. And while we genuinely believe that aging is a natural, beautiful part of life, we completely understand if youre looking for modern ways to manage some of its more noticeable signs.

At Okotoks Eyecare, we not only work hard to provide you and your family with comprehensive optometry services, but we also proudly offer a few different ways to help reduce the effect that aging can have on your skin.

Lets look at the 3 different approaches we offer, what they can help treat, and what you can expect when you come in for your appointment.

If youre wondering how aesthetic treatments can help you achieve smooth, youthful, beautiful skin, we offer complimentary skin consultations with our advanced clinical esthetician.

What Are The Signs of Aging?

Before we go over our revitalizing skin treatments, lets first take a moment to understand how the aging process can change the look of your skin.

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins you have in your body, and it makes up much of the connective tissue youll find in your muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. However, as you age, youll produce less collagen, and as a result, your skin will lose some of its elasticity and may even start to look drier and thinner.

Eventually, your skin may begin developing:

  • Wrinkles, fine lines, and crows feet
  • Fragility 
  • Roughness
  • Lesions

Each of these changes can affect how you may appreciate your skin, but we can offer a few different strategies to help you look the way you feel on the inside.

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Icon IPL Therapy

If youve struggled with dry eye in the past, theres a chance you might have heard of intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. However, this treatment can help manage so much more than uncomfortable, irritated eyes.

At Okotoks Eyecare, we use Icon IPL technology to help address numerous cosmetic concerns you may have about your skin by supporting and enhancing collagen production. Its a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses intense pulses of light to target dark or discolored areas of your skin caused by hemoglobin or melanin

We can help determine if Icon IPL is a suitable treatment for you when you come in for a consultation, but lets go over the treatment and what you can expect from the process.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?

Intense pulsed light therapy is a treatment that uses, as the name suggests, pulsating lights at different wavelengths to help gently heat areas of the skin. By warming your skin in this way, the light penetrates through the outer layers of your skin to treat underlying cosmetic issues that may manifest in the second layer of your skin, called the dermis.

Some of these concerns can include:

  • Dark spots
  • Freckles
  • Sun damage
  • Rosacea
  • Noticeable blood vessels

What to Expect from Treatment

Icon IPL is a handheld device we use to treat cosmetic issues that may be noticeable on your face and neck.

Well place a cooling gel in the areas were treating when we begin the treatment. Youll likely feel some warmth and a slight rubber band-like snapping when energy is delivered to your skin when we start the treatment, but the cooling gel will help keep you comfortable throughout the process.

Theres no downtime after we complete your treatment, so you can get back to your day within minutes of arriving at your appointment! To help manage the risk of developing side effects, well ask you to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen for a few weeks after the appointment.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The most common side effects you may experience are some tenderness, a sunburn like sensation, redness, and slight swelling in areas we treat, but these should only last for a few days. Its also normal to experience some peeling or flaking around the treated areas for the next few weeks.

Serious side effects are quite rare, but our team is always ready to address your concerns.

TempSure Envi

Next up on our list of cosmetic treatments is TempSure Envi. This treatment is different from Icon IPL because it uses radio frequencies rather than light energy to enhance collagen production and address aesthetic concerns you may have about your skin.

Like any treatment we offer, though, its important to determine if this approach is right for you and your needs. If youre interested in TempSure Envi and the support it may provide to your skin, be sure to contact our team to book a consultation.

What Is Radio Frequency Treatment?

Radiofrequency treatment aims to support collagen production in the dermis of your skin. 

By stimulating your skin to produce new collagen, we can help reduce various cosmetic issues you may be experiencing with your skin, including the wrinkles and sagging skin. It takes time to produce new collagen so you’ll see the full results within 1-2 months of treatment.  But immediately after your treatment, your skin will look and feel more hydrated with a youthful glow.

What to Expect from Treatment

After we determine your candidacy for TempSure Envi, well go over everything you need to know about the treatment and provide information on how to prepare for your appointment.

When you come in, well have you remove any makeup, sunscreen, or creams you may have on your face before we prepare the rest of your treatment. You may feel a slight warming sensation in the areas we treat during your session, but this is normal and shouldnt cause discomfort. 

We can complete the treatment in about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the area of your face we are heating. Then you can go straight back to your day with no downtime!

Are There Any Side Effects?

Like IPL therapy, the most common side effects you may experience will likely be some redness and swelling. However, these symptoms should dissipate over a few days, leaving you with tighter, more youthful-looking skin!

AlumierMD Products

Though were proud of our in-office treatments, we also carry various skin care products from AlumierMD.

These medical-grade lotions, exfoliants, cleansers, and sunscreens are dispensed with the guidance of our doctors and skin care team, and well provide you with a personalized plan when you come in for an appointment. In some cases, we may even recommend these products alongside our in-office treatments to help manage your recovery and enhance the look and feel of your skin. 

What makes AlumierMD products different from others you might find at the drugstore is its commitment to using safe, effective ingredients approved by Health Canada and the FDA. By using these quality ingredients, you may achieve the results you want using less product than you usually would with store-bought brands.

Please take a moment to browse our online AlumierMD store or book an appointment to get your personalized plan today.

Love The Way You Look

There are many ways our team at Okotoks Eyecare can help you achieve radiant, younger-looking skin.Find out if Icon IPL, TempSure Envi, or AlumierMD is right for you, and book your next appointment with us today!

Written by Dr. Catharine Cheon

Dr. Catharine Cheon completed her Bachelor of Science at McGill University before earning her Doctor of Optometry with Honors at the New England College of Optometry. As a native Calgarian, Dr. Cheon enjoys practicing close to her home.
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