Does this fat burning thing REALLY work?

We have had the SculpSure machine for almost 1 year now.  In that year we have learned a lot and have witnessed some pretty awesome body changes in the clients that have experienced it.  SculpSure has a beautiful way of literally sculpting a body.  It remodels imperfections ie. lumps and creping (that drive us crazy), and reduces the amount of fat in the targeted area.  It is designed for a person with problem areas that just won't go with diet and exercise alone.  This includes areas such as love handles, belly fat, bra fat, saddlebags, upper thighs, upper arm fat, etc. (soon under the chin will be available too!), that have that annoying layer of fat that just doesn't respond to anything else.  Clients that fit that profile do very well.  Those that have more fat to lose will still notice a difference - however they will likely need 3 or more treatments to achieve their goals and in some cases may be best suited for surgery.  

Is SculpSure right for YOU?  The best way to find out is to start with a free consultation.  We can discuss your expectations, medical history, and a treatment plan if you decide you would like to go ahead with treatment.  

Check out our own client before and after pics - we have updated the website and provided some new examples below.  You can see that the results vary.  In the clinical trials, they found that people lost between 15 - 33% of fat in the treated area.  That's why we use the average of 24% permanent fat destruction.

Still have questions?  Nervous about the treatment?  Are you wondering what it feels like?  Check out this realistic article by Elise Minton Executive Beauty Editor of NewBeauty magazine.

Call us 647-799-0400 with any questions and book a free consultation to learn more about the treatment and find out if you are a good candidate. 
 

NEW! Glow Peels

What do you get when you cross a brilliant doctor who has invented several dozens of patents and has introduced peptides to the cosmetic world, with a credited doc who has written numerous publications, been awarded many patents and is known for developing encapsulation and controlled release in cosmetics?  

You get an incredible start to a new product line - AlumierMD.  Dr. Lintner  and Dr. Goldstein are two of the key members of the AlumierMD Scientific Committee.  AlumierMD differentiates itself from the pack because it is a very clean line - Paraben Free - Sulfate Free - Dye and Colorant Free - Fragrance Free.  It is also very focused on the bioavailability of each molecule in the ingredients they use - in English? - it means that cleanser, serum or cream your using is working at its optimum level (not just sitting on the skin).  
 
What is an AlumierMD Glow Peel?
It is a light to medium chemical peel which works to deeply exfoliate the surface layers of the skin, forcing your body to quickly replenish it with new cells. When peels are performed regularly, the skin gets used to this process and begins to rejuvenate itself like younger skin.  
 
The Glow Peel combines 3 different acids (lactic, salicylic and resorcinol) which exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate the skin renewal process. It effectively minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (ie. discoloration, sun damage, age spots and uneven skin tone).   
 
We are inviting you to come in and try the New Glow Peel for FREE!  Yes, you read that correctly, on Wednesday October 4th we are hosting an AlumierMD Glow Peel Event - and yes the Peel is FREE, the Home Care Kit is FREE - all you have to do is purchase 3 AlumierMD skin care products.  There is also an added BONUS - a FREE Visia Skin Care Analysis!  This analysis will show you what your pigmentation damage looks like beneath the skin.
 
This will book up quickly, so please call 647-799-0400 to book the time slot you would like.  If you can't make it to that event, we are offering an intro offer of $129 for your first Glow Peel which includes the Home Care Kit.  Reg. $175.
Pkg of 3 $469.  INTRO OFFER $375  

 

Changing People's Lives...

I love when I am asked what I do for a living.  Over the years our equipment and technologies have evolved, as has my answer to this question.  I now feel like we change people's lives for a living - yes that sounds a little dramatic, but I do have 2 preteen daughters and maybe their drama is rubbing off on me (of course it's not the other way around)!  Honestly though, we permanently remove unwanted hair - hair that makes people say no thank you to a pool party, no to a trip to the beach, and hair that dictates if they are able to wear their favourite outfit (Laser).  That's big.  

We also help people get rid of unwanted broken capillaries on their face so they don't have to apply layers upon layers of make up to cover it up.  We remove unwanted skin lesions like skin tags, moles, warts and other annoying growths.  That changes how people see themselves.

We remove sun spots and help even out skin tones (IPL).  We help to increase collagen production with micro-needling combined with radio frequency (Intracel).  We help get people using the right home care products - so their skin looks fantastic every day, not just after a treatment.  Our amazingly talented Cosmetic nurse Naz helps turn back the clock almost immediately with Botox and Filler injections. 

And now we help change people's body image.  By offering a permanent solution to fat reduction - SculpSure.  We have only had the SculpSure machine for 7 months, however, we are now seeing people for their final photos and the results have been great!  Have a look at our client Anna, who's problem was her bra fat area.  If you slide the arrows all the way to the left you will see her before picture.  Then slide to the right slowly and you will see her after picture.  That was taken 8 weeks after her first treatment.  She has since had her second treatment, we will keep you posted on her final results (12 weeks after her 2nd treatment).  

We have seen so many of our clients become more confident.  That is why I love what I do, and why I think I can say that we change people's lives.  
 

My Summer Treatment Plan

Yes you know I am going to tell you to wear sunscreen.  Look if you have been spending money on Photo Facials, Microdermabrasion, Green Peels, INTRAcel or Laser - then OF COURSE YOU SHOULD MOST DEFINITELY FOR SURE WITHOUT A DOUBT wear sunscreen.  We actually do take it personally.  We feel as though we have helped you look so good - only to have you blow it!?  Not cool.  Ok rant is over…my apologies.  I promise not to mention sunscreen again.

As for the rest of your Summer Treatment Plan…

Here are a few tips to ensure you look FAB at every BBQ party!

  1. Cleanse. Tone. Eye cream. Serum. Moisturize. Sunscreen. (sorry I couldn't leave it out - awkward).  REPEAT for am and pm (sunscreen only in the am.  Again sorry I mentioned it twice now, but I felt I had to be clear).   Do Not let yourself get lazy.  Do not go to bed with an unwashed face just because it's 2am and you're exhausted.  Wash that face!  I'm ranting again…why so angry?  Sorry.
  2. Get outside.  Garden, walk, run, bike, hop - whatever it is, take it outside and take your children with you!  Lock the phones, ipods, tablets, laptops, in the house and play outside in the fresh, warm air.  Family time, Vitamin D time, and exercise too! (I really want to say it again here but I am holding my tongue…).
  3. Book your treatments in.  Don't put it off.  Get them booked in so your skin looks fab and you get that relaxed, calmer feeling that "Me Time" gives you.  Maybe I need some me time….
  4. Make Plans.  Look up interesting things to do in the city, in the country, on a farm, at the beach - anywhere!  Make Summer 2017 memorable.  Plan it. Book it. Do it.  Otherwise it will just blow past like the first half of this year!  Make it count.
  5. Make a Summer To-Do List. (Kind of an extension of #4 but just go with it). I know todo lists sound super boring - but this one is different.  This is a fun todo list.  

Here's an example…

  • Finally visit that beach you've been wanting to see
  • Go to Wonderland with the whole family
  • Have some friends over for a BBQ
  • Go camping
  • Learn how to fish
  • Go to the drive-in (there aren't many left)!
  • Hike a new trail
  • Have a water fight
  • Join a beach volleyball team
  • Go for more bike rides
  • Walk Central Park NYC 

Plan for an Awesome Summer 2017 and it will happen! 


Enjoy! 

Sunscreen Guide 2017

The best and safest way to avoid sunburns and aging (UVB/UVA) rays is to stay out of the sun!   However enjoying Summer activities, outdoor exercise and fresh air can be difficult to do indoors ;).  So now we go to step 2 - Choosing a Sunscreen.  It sounds easy enough, however there are hundreds of different sunscreens out there.  It can be easier to choose a husband!  I thought I'd make it a little easier for you by putting together My Top Ten Summer Sun Care Survival Tips…

  1. Do not use a chemical based sunscreen.  Choose Mineral based.  Products using minerals are not easily absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore to not add to our toxicity levels.  Yay! (For face we recommend our beloved EltaMD 41 physical UVA/UVB sunscreen).
  2. Apply every 2 hours while in the sun.  Sunscreens breakdown and become less effective the longer they are on.  Also be sure to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.
  3. Be careful with sprays as the molecules become air born and can be inhaled.  The effects of particles in the lungs is not yet known - but it's probably not good.  
  4. Wear a hat.  Not a baseball cap - a real hat with a real wide brim.  Protect your face - you only have the one!
  5. Avoid prime time sun.  Try to hit the shade between 12-4 if possible. Ya, ya, grumble, grumble - don't shoot the messenger! 
  6. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen - those have both UVA/UVB protection.  (The sunscreens in Europe have much better UVA protection - so if travelling abroad, pick one up there!)  Keep in mind both UVA and UVB rays can cause melanoma and childhood sunburns increase our chances.  Read more here - http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/skin-cancer-on-the-rise/.
  7. Use a higher quality sunscreen on your face.  Don't use the same cream you use all over your body.  The skin on our face is much more delicate and reactive.  Hasn't it been through enough?  Treat it kindly and use the proper sunscreen for it - it will thank you (by not breaking out, drying out, forming a rash, being itchy, etc).  
  8. Don't be so darn lazy!  This is sunscreen folks - not a serum, moisturizer and anti-aging treatment all-in-one.  A. Those all-in-one's do not work as well (Jack of all trades….you know the saying)  B. They can cause more harm than good.  Some ingredients are great but when combined together and combined with the sun - they can be cause for concern.
  9. This one will surprise you - avoid sunburns but not sun exposure all together.  Apparently Vitamin D plays a large role in keeping us skin healthy as well.  I say - sunscreen on the face daily and get your Vitamin D from 15 minutes of sunshine on the body.  There's no reason to age quicker and get sun spots on our beautiful faces!
  10. Completely confused and frustrated?  Perhaps you'd rather just purchase one of these - http://www.ecostinger.com/men-uv-swimwear-stinger-suit-with-hood-dive-skin-upf50-gold-chlorine-resistant/.

The bottom line is there is still a lot we don't know about a lot.  Lol!  We don't really know what causes melanoma and why the numbers are going up.  Are they increasing because the children born in the 70's and 80's had many sunburns as children?  Or because we have been slathering ourselves in chemical based sunscreens for decades?  Hopefully with continued studies we will have the answers to these questions.  In the meantime, buy the UV unitard and sneak in 15 minutes a day of sunshine without sunscreens (except for your face - sunscreen that face!), and then cross your fingers - cause that always helps!  

Enjoy your Summer!

FYI although I am extremely brilliant (no chuckling please), I definitely must thank our friends at Environmental Working Group (LINK)… for all of their diligent research and reporting. We look forward to better news in next year's guide!  Feel free to peruse the full guide they have put together.

INTRAcel - What to Expect...

We have been receiving a lot of interest in our INTRAcel Skin Tightening & Resurfacing.  So I thought this might be a good time to post our Intracel protocols and links to the actual procedure.

Remember – All of our consultations are FREE.  So please feel free to book an appointment to discuss what might be best for you.

 

What to expect….

The treatment begins with your before photos then the application of numbing cream (approx. 30mins), then it is cleansed off, and the treatment begins.  There are 49 needles in a 1cm square cartridge, that are penetrated quickly into the skin delivering Radio Frequency to the dermis. (For the record – the needles are tiny – the thickness of a hair). The needles are thermal needles which keep the RF from reaching the epidermis – sparing it from burns/damage (**This is a patented technology).  Most other treatments cause damage to the epidermis first and try to deliver enough energy to the dermis.  The actual treatment time is approx. 45-60 minutes followed by a cooling face mask with cold pack to reduce any inflammation and redness (approx. 20mins).  Then a post care cream and daily sunscreen is applied.  Total booking time 2.5 hours. 

 

What is to be expected in the days following…..

That same day and for the next day as well, cold packs will help with any swelling or discomfort.  There are also specific masks that are in the recommended Post Care Kit (apply 1 am and 1 pm). 

The skin will look a little pink and may have some tiny needle marks (tiny pin head scabs) – usually resolving within 5-14 days.  If you are using the Blemish Balm (or a safe coverage) most people would not notice anything is different about you.  If you are nervous about what your reaction might be, I would recommend that you plan to be at home for 1-2 days after the treatment. 

 

I have had four treatments done on myself over the past 3 years.  I really found the downtime minimal and the results quite impressive.  No one noticed any marks, redness or swelling even though I had a little of each and was at work on Day 2 on both occasions.  Every person I have treated with this has noticed a difference in their lines, scars, and the taughtness of the skin – some more than others.   However, it does take a least a month to start to notice changes.  These results continue to improve for up to 6 months. 

 

Here are a few links that might give you a better idea of the procedure… 

Intracel with Dr. Mulholland on Breakfast t.v. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxmPjOg6PA 

A personal experience documented - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPMT15lXa5w  

Dr. Poon’s neck area Before and After shots - http://www.elevatemagazine.com/before-after/391-shirley-s-platelet-rich-plasma-treatment  

Here is a link to our own before and after pics http://www.freedommedispa.com/intracel/

And last but not least is the Youtube video of Daniela Hofmann of Freedom performing the treatment - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBF3Pl0vLLg  

 

This is an awesome treatment – allowing us to age gracefully - with subtle differences in lines/wrinkles we aren’t denying our age, just looking great while aging! 

SculpSure vs Coolsculpting

Why did we choose Sculpsure technology for our clients at Freedom Medi-Spa?  Simple, we feel it is the best technology available for non-invasive body contouring.

For years, Coolsculpting has been the best choice for permanent fat destruction.  Now there is a new better option - SculpSure.  

Here is a brief video from Dr. Travis Shaw on SculpSure vs Coolscupting .  

 

Here is a summary of what drove our decision:

Want more information?  Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

NEW - Body Contouring

We are super excited to bring you the latest, most impressive body contouring technology. After much research over the past few years...we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest technology - SCULPSURE by Cynosure!

Transform your body in just 25 minutes

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Even with diet and exercise, most people have stubborn pockets of fat that seem impossible to lose.  SculpSure is able to target and destroy these fat cells without affecting the skin's surface and without surgery or downtime.  It uses light-based technology to permanently destroy up to 24% of treated fat in problem areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Over time, these damaged fat cells are naturally absorbed and removed from the body, with results seen as quickly as six weeks, and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks. 

 

 

SculpSure FAQ's

 

Is SculpSure right for me? 

SculpSure is ideal for people with trouble spots, particularly those that seem resistant to diet and exercise.  

 

What areas does SculpSure treat? 

It is most commonly used on the abdomen and flank areas ("muffin top" & "love handles").

 

What should I expect during the treatment?

Most patients feel a tingling sensation intermittently throughout the treatment which is generally well-tolerated.

 

How long will results last?

Treated fat cells are permanently destroyed during the treatment and will not regenerate. 

 

How long before I can resume normal activities?

There is no downtime with SculpSure, so you can have the treatment during your lunch hour and return to work immediately.

 

What is the difference between fat loss and weight loss?

The number of fat cells stored in our bodies typically remain constant throughout adult life. After the SculpSure treatment, the destroyed fat cells will not return.

However, as we lose weight, the size of fat cells become smaller, but typically do not decrease in number. Even with diet and exercise, many people have difficulty losing weight in these trouble areas.

 

Achieving a slimmer, more sculpted appearance is possible with the help of SculpSure. Call us at 647-799-0400 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your customized SculpSure treatment.

 

INTRAcel - Gold Standard in Tightening

Is it time to do something about the reflection in that damn mirror?
Did you wake up one day and wonder, "Who the heck is that person and where did those wrinkles come from?"  Good news - we can help!

Radio Frequency treatments have become the gold standard for stimulating collagen in the deeper layers of the skin - which in turn help to treat lines/wrinkles, large pores, acne scars and loose skin.  However most technologies heat the skin from the outer layers (epidermis) in hopes to reach the dermal layers.  

Causing:

  1. More downtime and a greater chance of a negative side effect (ie. Burns, blistering, texture changes) and;
  2. Not enough heat in the target area (dermis), giving poor results.

INTRAcel to the rescue!  INTRAcel by Jeisys, combines THERMAL Micro-Needling with Radio Frequency.  With its patented thermal needling system the epidermis (top layer of your skin) is spared as the RF is only delivered to the exposed .3mm of the needle tip.  Therefore ALL the RF is delivered EXACTLY where we want it.  

"Jeisys is a leader in the field of microneedle technology. As a technological approach to RF delivery, microneedling is a great way to enhance skin volume through neocollagenesis, and treat scars and wrinkles aggressively with minimal downtime and high satisfaction.”  Dr. Michael Gold MD director of Gold Skin Care Center.  

Contact us to book a complimentary consultation 647-799-0400 or book online or email us reception@freedommedispa.com.

Sunscreen Guide 2016

A big thank you to Environmental Working Group for their on-going research on sunscreens and advocating for our safety.  After reading their report, I have put together a short top 10 list of what to do to protect yourself and your kids this Summer….

  1. Stay out of the sun during peak hours (12-3).
  2. Wear large rimed hat - Tilley has some great ones with 50+ UPF (check out the Men's section for Father's Day ideas).
  3. Use a 30 - 50 SPF mineral based broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen daily.
  4. Reapply every 2 hours you are outdoors.
  5. Seek shade where possible.
  6. Avoid chemical based sunscreens with ingredients such as oxybenzone (a hormone disrupter).
  7. Avoid sunscreens with Vitamin A.
  8. Allow your arms and legs to get up to 15 minutes daily unprotected sun exposure to increase your vitamin D intake (unless you are undergoing laser treatments - then supplement temporarily).
  9. Do NOT EVER use tanning beds.  Don't think about it.  It will increase your chances of skin cancer by as much as 75%!
  10. Do not use spray sunscreens as small particles are able to enter the lungs.
  11. Enjoy the Summer!  Be careful and smart about your skin and its exposure to the sun's UV rays.  Follow these tips and enjoy a sunburn free, anti-aging Summer! 

The real take on sunscreens -  We don't know to what extent they are helping vs harming us. We do know they are protecting us from burning, some skin cancers and from aging quicker than we would without them.  Since most of us slather it on from head to toe - especially on our children - we need to take other precautions and avoid some sun altogether. 

The fact that melanoma rates have tripled since the mid 70's is rather alarming.  Not to mention melanoma is rarely found in an area that receives daily sun exposure.  Other skin cancers are preventable with sunscreens, however, again, we don't know everything there is to know about them.  This article on melanoma was extremely interesting, check it out if you have a minute.  Link. 

To check out the full 2016 sunscreen guide click here.  

The Benefits of a Proper Skin Care Regimen

It is so important to follow a proper daily skin care regimen.  We still find most people skip toner or eye cream and many still haven’t added SPF to their daily skincare routine!  These steps are all important, for different reasons.  Toners help to restore the PH level back to 5/6 (where it should be) after we cleanse, thus adding moisture (not oil) instantly.  This allows us to use less moisturizer and better balance our skins oils.  

Eye cream is formulated specifically for the eye area.  Moisturizers are not able to be absorbed in that area - working only as a barrier.  Eye cream however, is formulated with much smaller molecules than facial moisturizers, and are therefore absorbed and hydrate the tissue around the eyes.  

SPF - well, don't get me started!  Most of you have heard us preach about using SPF daily - even if you are only hopping in and out of your car.  Just wear it every day!  Sunscreens help protect us from skin agers like UVB and UVA.  Unprotected sun exposure is the number 1 cause of aging.  Isn't that why you are coming to us anyway? :)  

The bottom line is - if you are following a great daily regimen, you will look radiant and you will shave years off your age (unless you are 20).  Our treatments are fantastic at erasing years - but if you aren't taking care of your skin at home, you won't reap all the benefits of the treatments you are receiving.   Finally enjoy that awesome, glowing, healthy looking skin!  You deserve it!
 

Whether you are prepping to go to the Oscars or just the next family gathering, here are some celebrities habits that might help.

How do those celebs' do it?  They just seem to look so darn good on that red carpet!  Well, their big secret is planning well in advance.  Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Cate Blanchett's incredible gown!  Truth be told, most celebs' faces have been prepping for months as well!  We all want to look "naturally beautiful", but most celebs do get a little help from their med spa friends.  

You're Planning Ahead

Months prior to an event they aim to have any somewhat invasive treatments ie. minor plastic surgery, series of skin tightening/resurfacing sessions, deeper peels, etc. performed.   Therefore, if you want to show cousin Magda who got the better gene pool, plan ahead.  You may choose to book a few INTRAcel (microneedling with RF) treatments approx 2-3 months apart, or have the Green Peel Classic (an intense deep herbal peel), or alternate them for even better results.   Doing a series of treatments such as these will increase collagen, plump up those lines and basically reverse the aging process.   Swelling, bruising, peeling and/or pin prick scabbing may occur, and for some it might linger - however all are easily covered by make-up.   Also, skin tightening treatments take time to show a visible result, taking 2-4 months.  If you don’t have that kind of time, these treatments may not be the best option.  

You've R.S.V.P'd and bought your dress (or Dior has shipped it to you to showcase)….

With that special event being only 3 weeks away, Botox and Fillers are a great option, shaving off 5+ years in just minutes….well sort of.  It actually takes 3-5 days for the Botox to settle into the muscle.  However you could bruise at the needle site and there is a small chance of needing a correction (in case you experience an excessive arch or not enough was used).  You'll want to allow extra time just in case.  Botox is a no brainer for most celebs wanting to minimize a few lines in the upper areas of the face.  I say no brainer because it's quick, easy (yes even for the needle squeemish), and it delivers awesome results.  Dr. Amber Bocknek is the physician on our team.  She has 17 years of experience in injectables.  Here is a link to her bio.

Filler is just that - designed to fill in any lines/wrinkles that are undesirable - INSTANTLY!  Most commonly filler is used in the nasolabial fold area (smile lines), brow furrow and for lip plumping.  Filler may cause some minor bruising, so typically a celeb would do this at least one week in advance of any red carpet event.  If doing the lips, they would likely touch them up at least 2 weeks prior as they tend to stay swollen for a longer period of time and they may bruise or just feel tender.  This is a great quick option to turn back the clock.  Take that cousin Magda!  Is she still using Nivea?  Seriously!

Last Minute Touches

So it is the week of the Academy Awards…what would be the magic treatment?  The treatment that would have people wonder - "How does she look SO good?".   Ideally they would have a Microdermabrasion treatment or a light skin peel - or even both.  A mini Microdermabrasion treatment followed by a light peel such as a Green Peel Fresh Up would produce awesome looking skin - Red carpet ready looking skin…..Magda envy looking skin!  Hee hee.

Now for the "Glow"

Lotions and potions and most definitely SERUMS are slathered on face, neck and décolleté always - but especially prior to an event.  Vitamin C and Retinol serums are still proving to be the most popular and are achieving the best results.  However, as every celeb knows the 4 pillars of skin care are a must - Cleanser, Toner, Eye Cream and Moisturizer.  They do not leave home without it.  Book a free consultation with us to discuss the best skin care regimen for you.  Once you are using the right products, your skin will glow with happiness - and so will you!

There is one more product that is the Holy Grail of skin care in the 21 century….drum roll please….can you guess?....Come on, you shouldn't even have to think about it - have we taught you nothing?….Yes!  Sunscreen!  They do not leave the house/mansion/penthouse suite without it.  After all the $$$$ and the hours spent on turning back time - they do not want to ruin it all with the most aging of enemies - The Sun.  Nor should you.  Our medical brand Elta MD sunscreens are all 40+ SPF broadband (UVA & UVB), mineral based creams.  These are by far the smoothest to apply and give amazing protection without the grease.  Come in and pick up a sample - you will never use another brand again!  

Your Inner Celebrity

While you may not be a celebrity, you might still want to feel good about yourself on a daily basis and of course for any special event.  Especially when you know you will be seeing cousin Magda at the next family get together and she likes to remind you of how tired you look.  Perhaps a new skin care treatment plan is in order?  Your best bet is to come in for a complimentary consultation and we can discuss what your concerns are and how we can help.  If you are new to receiving any skin care treatments, starting with a skin care analysis and/or a facial or Microdermabrasion treatment might be best.  Please do not hesitate to speak with us.  We are here to help.  

…And maybe Magda will wonder how you've aged much more gracefully than she has.  :) 

If it sounds too good to be true…

Ever found yourself driving along and seeing a sign that reads, "Laser Hair Removal for Underarms $125 for 6 treatments" and you think  - "Perfect!  This way if it doesn't work, I will have only wasted $125."  Have you ever been tempted by this?...

Well here's what happens next….
6 treatments later, (which are usually 2-4 weeks apart - which when treating the body is unheard of with a real laser), you are told you are one of the unlucky ones who need more treatments.  You continue to throw money at the problem with very little result.  

Permanent Laser Hair Removal is performed with a Laser, however, most clinics use an IPL (intense pulsed light) machine.  Most of those IPL machines are inexpensive technologies with very low energy.  Therefore they are only able to destroy the very dark course hair at best.  Medium and light brown hair will never be picked up with this type of  machine.  Why do they use these IPL machines?  Because they are a fraction of the price of a medical grade laser, and because they already have an IPL in the clinic for a variety of other treatments.  

A high powered IPL is fantastic for Photo Facials - which is where an IPL shines.  It is great at treating sun damage, pigmentation, rosacea and diffused redness.  However, it is not the right tool for hair removal. 
This is one of the reasons we offer free consultations, with a test patch, enabling you to learn the differences and see them for yourself as well.  We use the Cynosure Apogee Elite system - which is a very high powered, medical grade Laser, requiring an experienced technician.   You will see an incredible difference - even with just one treatment!  There is a reason we chose to spend $$$$ on our equipment.  

We have recently received an increase in new clients that have been to other clinics prior, and been disappointed.  Some have shared their stories with us…

I was going to another clinic for a year and a half and did not really notice a great result. When I heard about Freedom Medi-Spa from a family friend, I decided to have a consultation to compare. The treatment plan is entirely different from what I had gotten used to. I was being seen approximately every 3 weeks. In my consultation I learned the treatments would now be 8 weeks apart - because there would not be any hair growth earlier than 6 weeks! Now I am seeing that to be true. The hair has shed and the area is clear, which has not happened in the past. The treatment is more painful, but obviously that is worth it. I was also explained that for my hair type, many other machines would not have the power to destroy them. Love the difference already! I have already started recommending Freedom to all my friends!
— Nicole, Toronto
I had a big problem with ingrown hair and went to numerous clinics prior to coming to Freedom Medi-Spa.  I was recommended to do Laser hair removal treatments and found fault with every clinic I tried.  Either the technicians did not seem to know how to work the machine properly (there was little to no result), or the attention to detail was horrible.  After searching for clinics with the Cynosure Apogee Elite laser, having treatments done at a few of them, then finally having a consultation at Freedom - realized I found my home and began my treatments immediately. My first impression was the clinic felt relaxing and clean – cleanliness was very important to me.  The results, care, attention to detail and the way I was made to feel comfortable from the first moment I walked in – all play a role in why I am still a client 4 years later.  I love this place and the staff!
— Yana, Richmond Hill
I spent roughly 3 years getting laser done in various areas, the results were sporadic and in some places I ended my treatments with more hair than I started with. I have been doing laser with Vanessa over the last year, and I could not be happier. I am finally seeing results and I don’t find myself worrying about hair removal the way I used to.
The team at Freedom has always been friendly, kind and helpful. I am so happy that I switched to Freedom for my laser hair removal. I only wish I switched earlier.
— Diana, Woodbridge
Unwanted hair has troubled me for as long as I can remember. I finally got to a point in my life where I could afford to have it removed permanently and this elated me.
In my quest to find the right service provider, I went to a reputable local clinic and asked if their hair removal system was permanent, and if the machine they used was truly a laser and not an IPL machine. I was assured of the permanence and that the machine was in fact a laser.
They advertised a so called “special” at 1/2 price for 6 treatments if purchased beforehand. I purchased the 6 treatments which took place with 5 and 6 week intervals and without instructions. Regrettably at the end of the 6 treatments, they had my money and I was left with the hair that I so very much wanted gone. I approached the owner and explained my disappointment hoping for somewhat of a compromised resolution. Alas I was told that 6 treatments were only the minimum and that I was probably one of those unfortunate people who would require 12 to 13 treatments. A consultation never took place, no test patch, no explanation as to what to expect - only an exchange of money and false assurances.
After a recommendation from a trusted friend I booked an appointment and saw Daniela at Freedom Medi-Spa. I didn’t want to drive over 2 hours for treatments – but thought I would at least consult with her to see if there really was a difference. It was at this instant that I realized how poorly I was treated and how unprofessional the previous spa was.
During my consultation with Daniela, she explained the process, discussed the frequency of treatments and the expected results. She took the time to examine my skin and do a patch test. During my first treatment, I was baffled when my treatment took 3 hours in comparison to a mere 45 minutes with the previous spa. The big differences I noticed were the equipment used – Freedom’s laser concentrates on a small area at a time targeting each hair follicle - whereas the other machine had a large wand that they moved up and down very quickly on the entire area. The other big difference lies largely on the technician, as a wise person once told me: “What good is it to have a Ferrari if you don’t know how to drive it?”
Daniela also explained the importance of the intervals between treatments, what to do if you were exposed to sun, when to shave and how to prepare for these treatments. After the first treatment the results were remarkable and my confidence in permanent hair removal had been restored.
The team at Freedom exude professionalism, knowledge and courteousness and I feel tremendously fortunate to have been referred here. I have recommended their services to my friends and will continue to do so as I know this is the one and only place to come for permanent hair removal or any of the other services that they offer. I trust them and that makes the 2 hour drive worth it!
— Tina, Cambridge


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With holiday parties popping up, you don't want to risk any downtime, but want to look FAB - ASAP!  What to do?

Here is a quick checklist of fast pick me ups that will have you looking rejuvenated and simply fantastic - without anyone being able to quite put their finger on why.
 
Tip 1 - Book an appointment for a Green Peel Fresh Up Facial or a Microdermabrasion treatment (1 - 4 days prior to any party/event).
Why?  Because you will get rid of that top layer of dead skin, your skin care products will absorb and work much better, and you will have a fantastic glow! 
 
Tip 2 - Start using a serum
We recommend either the PCA Retinol Intensive Age Refining Treatment or the ever loved C-Quench Vitamin-C serum.  These are two big time fan faves!   
Consult with us to help you choose what is best for you.

Tip 3 - Book an Eye-Ron (Iron) Treatment
Tighten up that area that seems to be loosening up way too quickly, around the eyes.  Book it 1 day prior to needing those dancing shoes.  Check out our video of the treatment below. 

Tip 4 - Sneak in a little Botox treatment.
I know some of you are anti-Botox and others say "bring it on"!  I will say, it easily sheds the years - practically instantly!  It takes 3-5 days to relax the muscles, so aim to treat them 5 (or more) days prior to any function.  *Dr. Bocknek will be in on Tuesday Dec 15th.  

Before and After Botox treatment.

Before and After Botox treatment.

Tip #5 Dermal Pure Masks
These masks are loaded with anti-oxidants that are broken down into nano-particles which make them super easy to absorb into the skin.  They also use plant placenta protein which has shown to increase skin oxygenation by 70% and help with cell repair,  leaving an awesome radiant glow.  Over prolonged use, you will notice improvements in collagen and skin elasticity.   Which is all blah, blah, blah for they are AWESOME and you need to try them!  Perfect to use prior to any party.  

Bonus Tips - You Know These….
Be really well rested.  Get to bed early and get that 8 hours in - it will make a difference!  
Drink water - LOTS!  1 litre/day minimum.  
Exercise - go for a quick 15-20 minute jog or power walk the day of any event.  It will give you a glow and your endorphins will give you a confidence booster too!  

The best tip - SMILE!  That is the #1 Beauty Quick Fix.  Now go enjoy the holidays!

Intracel vs Thermage

The most popular skin tightening procedures use radio frequency(RF) to stimulate an increase in the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis.  We believe INTRAcel technology provides the best results.   You may have heard of Thermage for tightening as well.  These are the two most popular non-invasive skin tightening treatments on the market today.  So what are the differences?  

Intracel vs Thermage

When people think of needles they generally cringe - let alone 49 of them penetrating the skin at the same time!   
Yet the most common response, immediately following a treatment is - "Wow, that wasn't so bad."  Most clients are back to their regular schedule the next day, although I always advise to allow a day - as a precaution.  

INTRAcel uses thermal micro-needles, coupled with RF which promotes the type of positive results we've seen.  By by-passing the epidermis and releasing RF only in the Dermal layer, the treatment decreases downtime and increases results.  
   
Thermage also uses (RF) to target the dermis and stimulate collagen production - however, the RF must penetrate the epidermis first as it does not use micro-needles.  Thereby the epidermis receives the greatest amount of RF (which may cause a burn), and the dermis receives a minimal amount of RF (which equals unimpressive results).  

Is INTRAcel the right treatment for you?  If you are concerned with lines/wrinkles, laxity in the skin/jowls or pock marks/scars, etc. - then yes, this is by far the best treatment available to you.  Even with only one treatment, you will notice an improvement in the elasticity and a decrease in the appearance of lines/wrinkles.  

Remember if you wait too long, you may not be a great candidate for INTRAcel or any skin tightening solution.  INTRAcel is the best way to avoid going under the knife, or needing a more invasive alternative.  

If you are interested, we have an information package available.  Contact us if you wish to receive one or would like a complimentary consultation. 

INTRAcel FAQ's

NEW! Eye-ron Treatment Video

The SRR (Superficial Radio Frequency Rejuvenation) treatment is the 3rd step in the INTRAcel reversal and prevention treatment plan.  The first two steps are completed in the first visit - Micro-needling with Radio Frequency (RF) - targeting the mid to deep dermal layers.    The 3rd step - the SRR (no-needle) - is generally performed 3-4 weeks post INTRAcel.  However, the SRR is also a fantastic treatment on its own, for someone who is simply working on prevention and is generally in the 25 - 35 age category (depending on condition of the skin).  

The SRR however, has become better known for our signature Eye-ron (iron) treatment.  This is an affordable treatment that targets the delicate skin around the eye area.  As you can see in the slide shown in the video - the SRR tip targets the epidermis and the superficial dermis, stimulating collagen production.  Why would you want to do this?  If you find you are starting to see your age in the eye area, ie. wrinkles, creping, fine lines, loose skin, etc., then this would be a fantastic non-invasive treatment for you.  

The Eye-ron treatment is a great lunchtime procedure - only 15-20mins and appropriate make up may be applied immediately afterwards.  A package of 6 is recommended and treatments should be performed at 7-10 day intervals for the first package.  Afterwards, a second package may be purchased for maintenance and those treatments are generally performed at 2 - 3 week intervals.

Contact us if you'd like to learn more! 

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Ready For A New Fall Wardrobe? Your Skin is!

I am a preacher of religiously maintaining a proper skin care routine, and it's been difficult for even me this Summer!  Between having the kids around, cottage time and way too many late nights - I have sinned!  Therefore, I am looking forward to getting my face back into shape!  

When Fall hits, my skin care routine changes along with my wardrobe.  I reintroduce my beloved PCA Retinol serum to my evening regimen, I use a little more moisturizer and I am extremely diligent in my am and pm routine - NO SLACKING! 

However, the first step that I am sooooooooooo looking forward to is having a Microdermabrasion treatment.  This is a great first step toward getting ready for fall -for basically all skin types (especially if you haven't had a treatment all Summer).  Microdermabrasion is like wiping the slate clean.  Clear away all the dirt, debris and nasty dead skin, and VOILA you have a beautifully clean canvas.  

The next step is to use awesome skin care products that will do what your skin needs them to do.  This is a very customized step, so you may want to come and see us for some help in choosing what to use.  We love product talk!  Great products really do make a difference.  

Let us help you get your skin's fall wardrobe ready!  

Buyer Beware! Don't Fall For These Skin Care Scams

While researching for this month's newsletter topic, I couldn't help but become more and more disturbed by the amount of sneaky advertising I came across.  In reading about skin tightening, cellulite treatments and acne causes, I began to notice many (some even quite reputable) sites that had misinformed clients or used before and after pics that were misleading.  As I dove deeper into my research, I began to uncover a much bigger, crazier scam.  This will be an important read for you - especially if you like to try the "latest & greatest" skin care products that "all the celebs" are using.  

Let's start with the Before and After Scams I found, and how to spot them yourself. 

1.  Client positioning

Sometimes the client or their clothing is positioned a certain way.  For example, in a recent Women's Health Beauty Editor article (which I love to read), "How to Stop your Neck from looking Saggy", the before and after that was used was ridiculous!  The woman in the before pic has her head pulled back in order to crease her neck and in the after pic she extends it to smooth out the lines.  It was likely the doc being interviewed who supplied the B & A or it could be from the manufacturer. 

2.  Lighting & Make Up

Many before pics are done in regular lighting while the after pics are taken with a brighter light, which will reduce or even remove lines and wrinkles completely.  It is also common to blur the after pic, which you will see as you scroll down to the first photo in this link - it uses different lighting and is also a little blurry.  The second photo is an example of an after with more intense lighting.   Here is another example.
Then, my favourite - just slap a ton of make up on them - check out this link.   

3.  Photo Shopped Pics

Here you should look for a before and after pic that is EXACTLY the same.  The pose is perfectly the same in the after.  Check out these examples.  Scroll down to see half the face with wrinkles and the other half 10 years younger (with essential oils)!  

Look at this incredible photo shopped pic (notice every little hair in exactly the same places?) - .   Who wouldn't purchase a package of treatments that could do that?  

4.  Taking an After Pic Before the Before pic

Sound confusing?  Check out this video that explains it best -  

 Crazy, isn't it?

 

And now the piece de resistance - the BIG BIG scam that YOU may fall for if you aren't "in the know"…

Look out for skin care products online that sound too good to be true - BECAUSE THEY ARE!  Clients, friends and even family members have sent me numerous links to "miracle skin care" products that I "need" to check out.  Please be careful - DO NOT FALL FOR THE FREE TRIAL SCAM.  These ads include stars - usually Dr. Oz and other celebrities and they offer a free trial.  However, in the teeny, tiny print it usually says you have 12 days to sample it and then your credit card will be charged the full amount - which usually runs approx $90 per product.  The best part is that the product will continue to automatically be shipped to you on a monthly basis - charging your credit card each time of course.  The topper is that it is extremely difficult to cancel the order and out of frustration you finally have to replace your credit card in order to stop the charges.

Most of these companies are based in countries without an extradition policy - so they are able to run these scams without recourse.  If they receive enough bad publicity, they simply rename their product and slap a new label on it and they are off and running again.  

This is an awesome scam - they really do a great job.  The page is usually set up like a news feed or a magazine page.  It looks quite believable until you try to click on the links.  Check this one out - link.    Notice the reviews listed at the very bottom.  You will see those same fake comments on multiple sites.  

The list of bogus sites and products is ENDLESS!  I searched "wrinkle creams" and the Consumer Wrinkle Reviews site popped up at the top of the list - and yes - it too is BOGUS!  It shows the Top 9 Wrinkle Creams for 2015 - which are all products that are a part of this awesome scam.  If you click on the "reviews" tab at the top of the page, it will list hundreds of creams.  Any cream or brand that you click on has a brief description, followed by why they do not recommend it.  They are positioning themselves as a well-respected company that reviews products, but they only seem to favour the Top 9.  BRILLIANT! 

To take this a step further -  I also found Rachel Vrabel of Women's Blog Talk, who exposes these scams in this article .  Rachel provides a great explanation of the scam - however, she is selling LifeCell on her site!  She answers a slew of questions to eager buyers (which seem fake to me), and the product is far from wonderful - read these reviews on Amazon  and here it's on the Complaints Board website touted as a scam.

In a nutshell,
- do not fall for the free trial
- research customer reviews on reputable sites - such as Amazon
- research any company you plan to give your credit card number to
- remember NO skin care product is legally allowed to promise changes in the deeper tissue layers - only surface.  Anything that promotes a        deeper more permanent result is considered a drug and must meet the requirements of one.  
- once again - IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS!