Hyaluronic Acid, also known as Hyaluron, is a clear gel like substance that your body naturally produces. Most hyaluron is found amid the collagen and elastin proteins in your skin. It’s main function is to retain water and keep your skins supportive tissues lubricated….the secret to younger looking skin.
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This year we will be promoting more education, we aim to walk the walk!
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Whether you are going south or staying in the cold it’s a good idea to keep your skin moisturized and use sunscreen. All of us at About Face use sunscreen all year round you don’t realize how harsh the sun can be even in the winter and especially when you are driving in the car. If you have extra dry skin facials are a good idea to have done often. We have many different kinds of facials here to choose from.
All the best,
There is lots happening at About Face. We are happy to let you know that we have new treatments available as Incontinence and new kinds of Jet M Facials. We also have some new staff here to help you with all of your needs. Stop by or make a complimentary consultation any time. Our staff are very happy to make you feel so comfortable and there is no judgement whatsoever.
At About Face we don’t judge if you enjoy the sun however, as a medical spa we want to let you know that the more research we do about the sun it’s showing that the risks of skin cancer are very high. Also there are more instances of getting other forms of cancers after having skin cancer as well. Tanning is addictive exposure to the UV releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, making tan people want more and more……it’s fine if you really enjoy that but just be aware of the risks associated with it. These days its fairly vogue to have no tan that’s a good thing. Happy Summer everyone!
Recently we went to the Toronto Spa Show and learned so much about up and coming new trends in our industry. We will be adding a few new treatments to our menu. Incontinence for one, we are bringing back and also infused facials. Most of our treatments can be done during the summer months but ask us which ones. The summer sun is great but some of our services we do not recommend. The pigment from a tan won’t work well but just ask.
Call us anytime for any questions.
I thought a note about aging is always appropriate for the baby boomers and generation X’s which are all ready for changes in their lives. We all know we don’t want to get older but there are some easy steps we can make for better living and not just for looking your best but feeling your best as well.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes
- Have no more than one alcoholic beverage in a 24 hour period
- Exercise regularly with weight-bearing, maintaining the triad of weight-bearing, aerobic and balance activities
- Maintain a comfortable weight
- Get regular medical checkups
- Avoid falls, head injuries, and medications that cause confusion (either over-the-counter or prescription)
- Keep yourself stimulated with hobbies, etc.
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Microneedling is a relatively new process which dates back to about 1995 but we are offering it new here with an FDA approved device. In layman’s terms it’s the insertion of very fine short needles into the skin for the purposes of rejuvenation. It offers low down time which is key in today’s busy society.
From Elle magazine – according to a 2008 study , skin treated with four microneedling sessions spaced one month apart produced up to a 400% increase in collagen and elastin six months after completing the treatment.
If you would like any questions answered call today to book a free consultation 519-542-0079 or email email@example.com.
Posted by Karen Callies, owner About Face
Uneven pigmentation of the skin can be triggered by a wide variety of causes including (but not limited to!) the sun, hormonal changes, medication, trauma to the skin and blue light from our devices. Hyperpigmentations of all types are caused by an increase in melanin, the pigment that creates colour for our skin. Melanin is created by the melanocyte cell, which gets it’s signal from the enzyme tyrosinase. Hyperpigmentation can be found in either the deeper dermal layer of the skin or the more superficial epidermal tissues. Some hyperpigmentation can show up quickly, like sunspots and freckles after UV exposure. Others can take much longer to appear, such as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and age spots which can come to the surface of the skin over the course of many years.
All pigmentation problems are not the same and there is no “one size fits all” approach to reducing or eliminating unwanted pigment on the skin. The four main types of hyperpigmentation are melasma, sunspots from aging, freckles and PIH. Although these types of hyperpigmentation all require somewhat different approaches to treatment, all pigmentation can be helped with the following interventions.
The most important step is to block tyrosinase production. This can be done with products but must be done regularly and diligently to work effectively. Ingredients such as licorice root, arbutin, hydroquinone and Vitamin C will reduce the tyrosinase response, thereby reducing the amount of pigment that the body would be able to produce. Exfoliators can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and patches by keeping the epidermis free of excess build up of pigmented cells. Retinols, acids and enzymes are all effective but beware that over-exfoliating can cause inflammation of the skin and potentially PIH. The epidermis should always be respected.
Treatments can include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photo Facials and Laser Peels. IPL is best for brown spots and freckles, using the intense light to break up the pigmented spots and bring them to the surface. Erbium Yag Fractional Laser is best for heavy sun damage. In some cases, a combination of both approaches is indicated for best results. No matter what your case is, we always consult with our clients before taking any action. A comprehensive home care routine using the correct products and the correct treatment approach using IPL or laser go hand in hand for long term gains.
Dark spots are common. Living in a climate where the sun is often sneaky (think high UV on a cold or dark day) can wreak havoc on unprotected skin. UV exposure is the number one cause of skin damage. And, as we use our devices frequently, blue light is a major concern for our skin. Hormonal changes and aging are also big contributors. What to do? Book an appointment for a FREE consultation at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic to speak to one of our experienced and knowedgeable technicians. We have the affordable technology and products to help you with your particular type of pigmentation issues and will ghuide you through the process of treatment and home care interventions.
We look forward to helping you achieve you goals!
The team at About FAB – Sarnia’s original laser clinic
At About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, we provide a wide range of services. As a leader in the local beauty industry, About Face has brought many new and effective treatments for you to help you achieve your goals. We pride ourselves on continually seek out the best for our clients as we continually educate ourselves on new technologies, product knowledge and ongoing new scientific discoveries regarding our industry. We always wish to provide our clients with the most current information and the best treatments possible for each individual case.
What we are able to offer you with the state of the art Fotona SP Dynamis exceeds the average aesthetics machinery. The medical aesthetics industry is constantly developing new and flashy machinery and creating new products to market to a hungry public that is consumed with looking and feeling younger. It’s hard to keep up with what is being offered and equally difficult to sort out what is effective and what is simply not going to work. As an aesthetician and the owner of the original laser and medical aesthetics clinic in the Sarnia-Lambton area, it makes me proud to be able to tell you that our equipment protocols and product offerings are all aligned with science and results. Its always interesting to see that what is being marketed as new is what we have been offering you for years!
What we do not offer is a one size fits all approach. Every client is offered a free consultation where we address individual concerns and provide guidance and suggestions for treatments that are tailored to each particular and specific condition. Our staff of excellent and very experienced aestheticians and technicians are able to honestly and knowledgeably educate you on what will work and how to achieve the gains that you are looking for. We are committed to providing you with the best that we have to offer.
When I started writing this blog years ago, I wrote encouraging you to ask questions and to expect intelligent answers that make sense for you when seeking treatments and products for your skin and body. I continue to encourage you to continue to ask the questions that will help you to understand what you require and why you need it so that you are an educated and empowered consumer! I assure you that we will continually do our best to be the best and provide the best for you. You are the reason that we exist and have for so many years! You are the reason that we strive for continued excellence! You are the reason that we love our work so much! Thank you for making us the longest running medical aesthetics clinic in the area. We appreciate you.
Twice a year, we show our appreciation by offering an Open House where we slash our prices on many of our most popular services. We also offer a discount on products and have thousands of dollars in door prizes to give away! Our doctor and nurse are in the house doing Botox, fillers and injections for leg veins at discounted rates that day as well! Call to book an appointment to see Dr. Maytham or Nurse Sandra Morley and drop in to take advantage of our super saver specials!
This fall’s Open House takes place on Saturday, November 10th from 10-4 at 1098 London Road in Sarnia. Give us a call at 519-542-0079 to book an appointment for injections that day! We look forward to seeing you there!
With best regards, Carolyn
Laser peels are one of our most popular services! Using the Fotona SP Dynamis Erbium Yag Laser to peel the upper layers of the epidermis has a variety of benefits, including increased cell turnover, smoother and softer skin, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation caused by sun damage. Laser peels can also help to correct scarring and the pigmentation caused by scarring and inflammation of the skin.
The epidermis is approximately 100 microns thick. A light laser peel removes the top 20 microns and stimulates cellular turnover. This increases the natural collagen production in your skin, making it more flexible and firm! Removing this tissue also aids in the reduction of unwanted pigment found in the non-living upper layers of the skin. This increases the brightness of the skin! Those fine lines and wrinkles will be less deep and the skin will be smoother overall.
How can you lose? Laser peels are a winner!
Every month, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic has a sale that lasts the entire month. Clients appreciate this as they can stock up on their favourite services and use the services when it is appropriate and convenient. For the entire month of October, our special is on the light laser peel for only $189 (regular price is $300!).
Come in and take advantage of this terrific sale. As usual, all of our consultations are free and without obligation. Speak to one of our experienced and knowledgeable technicians about how we can help you!
Call 519-542-0079 today to book your complementary consultation!
I am reposting an old blog here because we are having a SALE on the IPL photo facial service for the entire month of September! Check it out and give us a call to book your free consultation or to purchase your photo facials!
One of the more popular treatments that we have offered our clients since 2001 (time flies!) is the Intense Pulsed Light photo facial. This treatment uses the power of light to reduce or eliminate redness (broken capillaries) and brown spots (hyperpigmentation) from the surface of the skin.
Photo facials are effective and can produce remarkable results! Our Palomar Medilux IPL has a variety of hand pieces and settings to target a wide variety of skin conditions so that we can achieve the best results. Our technicians have decades of experience using this technology and our clients enjoy high quality service combined with expertise and knowledge.
At About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, we believe in high quality service at an affordable price. We have been offering our photo facials for the low price of $100 for two years (previously $160) so that many clients can enjoy this service at a modest price. The quality of the service has not been cut even with the discounted price. Our full face IPL photo facial includes the entire face and jawline, with a cleansing before the treatment and application of high quality post laser lotion and Tizo sunscreen post-treatment.
The photos that we have posted in our ‘before and after’ section of the website are typical of the type of result that can be reached using IPL technology and high quality products that are chosen for your specific skin condition. We invite you to come and have a FREE consultation and enjoy the low price of this simple yet amazing service all this month! Call 519-542-0079 to arrange your appointment!
Very sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis
owner, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to smooth, refine and improve the texture of the skin. A diamond tipped device is pulled across the skin to loosen and remove buildup of dead skin cells. This debris is suctioned into the device and away from the skin.
Microdermabrasion minimizes fine lines and scarring and improves the appearance of open pores. Additionally, removal of the excess skin cells from the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) increases cell turnover, thereby producing collagen and ultimately firming the skin.
Unwanted pigmentation may be minimized with microdermabrasion. Skin that is free of excessive buildup of dead skin cells is able to accept products more readily and is also able to excrete toxins and debris from the skin.
Microdermabrasion benefits most skin types and conditions! Healthy skin increases the efficacy of other treatments such as IPL photo facials and laser applications.
Microdermabrasion can be performed on many areas of the body! It is not just for the face! At About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, we offer microdermabrasion for the face and decollete, legs, arms and back! This month we have all of our microdermabrasion services ON SALE!
Our qualified and experienced technicians can help you to achieve your goals with microdermabrasion and other services that we offer. Our consultations are always FREE! Call 519-542-0079 to book some time to speak with us about your skin and body and see how we can help!
Sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis, owner of About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic
If you have cellulite, we can help! The VelaSmooth treatment machine combines infrared and Radiofrequency energy technology with tissue mobilization and suction to provide you with a device that has proven to be an effective cellulite and fat reduction body contouring tool.
In fact, it is the first clinically proven medical device to penetrate deep enough into the subcutaneous layer of the skin where the fatty tissues reside to treat cellulite and non-invasively contour the body. Treatments are done twice a week for 4 – 6 weeks for best results and can be combined with cryotherapy (application of intense cold to kill billions of fat cells at a time) and/or far infrared saunas on a specific schedule for even better results! Maintenance treatments are recommended after your initial treatment series.
Our technicians can help to plan a treatment schedule for you that suits your particular needs and all of our consultations are absolutely free!
To celebrate summer and give you a boost, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic is now offering you the chance to discover the amazing benefits of the VelaSmooth technology for 40% off our already low prices for packages bought in July of 2018!
Call 519-542-0079 today to book your consultation and see how we can help you to have your best summer body all year round!
Happy summer and goodbye cellulite!
Carolyn Vandersluis, owner and operator
About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, Sarnia, Ontario
I could write a book on this topic! Today I will attempt to keep it uncomplicated with a simple message – having regular facials and adopting a good skincare routine is a crucial part of maintaining the skin’s health and overall wellness!!
Good aestheticians are trained in skin care and have an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the skin. They understand the difference between healthy skin and skin that is suffering with disorders. They know about the cycle of skin rejuvenation as well as the ageing process and how that affects the skin. They understand that the skin is the largest organ of the body and how healthy skin contributes to a healthy body. And, they understand the connection between healthy skin and self esteem. When our skin is in good repair, we feel better about how we look. And, when we feel good about how we look, our inner beauty shines.
The aestheticians at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic have a wealth of experience. They are highly trained professionals with decades of skincare experience. Each one of our technicians has the experience to analyze your skin, create an individualized treatment plan just for you and to prescribe the right home care routine and products that will help you to have the best skin possible. We do not have a “cookie cutter” approach in our clinic. Every client is different and deserves their own prescription. Our technicians can help you.
Facial treatments can be as simple as having a cleansing
facial to clean the skin, preparing it for products and other treatments. Advanced facials using machines can include the use of microdermabrasion or hydrodermabrasion, galvanic currents to aid in the penetration of products or the application of high frequency electrical currents to soothe or stimulate the skin. Microdermabrasion (diamond tip) and hydrodermabrasion (Jet-M) can be had on their own as treatments as well! Our Jet-M machine for hydrodermabrasion treatments are on sale this month for ONLY $75!
Aestheticians with experience and an elevated understanding of the skin can assess your skin and give you the tools to take good care of it. Facials treatments are a staple of good skin care. Invest in your skin and see the results that you have been waiting for!
Call us today for a FREE consultation and see how our team can help!
Sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis
owner of About Face and body Laser and Wellness Clinic, Sarnia. Ontario
We are often asked what makes our clinic different than some of the other options available to clients and there are a number of reasons why we stand out from the rest.
First and foremost, the staff at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic is second to none. The experience and expertise that is attached to each and every treatment is premium. From the front line office manager to the most experienced laser technicians, the staff is customer oriented, friendly and knowledgable. The years of training and on the job experience is formidable and very apparent in the quality of service and client experience. Check us out on the “About” page on the website!
We take time to consult with all of our clients. All of our consultations are free and we test patch for laser treatments before every new service that a client receives. We want to make sure that safety is a top priority for all of our clients and we want to make certain that we are giving every client treatments that will make a difference. Our clinic is goal oriented and, although we can never guarantee results, the consultation helps us to tailor every treatment to each individual client to meet their needs. We never apply a cookie cutter treatment to any client.
Our laser, the Fotona SP Dynamis, is a medical grade, gold standard laser that is always calibrated to provide the best laser energy. It is serviced regularly and is always in top condition. No client ever has to worry that the laser we use on their body is in ill repair. Fotona makes the best lasers in the world and as I stated before, our laser is medical grade and not simply an esthetics grade laser. The Fotona delivers many different applications including laser hair removal, peels, tightening and fat reduction treatments amongst many others. Because we can adjust settings we can provide a wide variety of individually customized services with this amazing machine.
Facial treatments at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic are also medical grade. The products that we choose for you are all top of the line containing high levels of active ingredients. These are not spa quality products. They are medical grade lines that deliver results quickly. Our aestheticians have many years of experience providing skin care to their clients and do amazing work with the skin.
Our Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments work to reduce pigmentation of the skin. Having photo-facials (photo-rejuvenation) keeps the skin brighter and younger looking. It is still one of our top sellers and often asked for from our clients. IPL can also be used for hair reduction and can be an alternative to using the Fotona in this regard.
About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic is Sarnia’s original source for laser treatments. Not only were we the first to bring laser to the area, we were the first clinic in all of Canada to offer treatments using the Fotona SP Dynamis technology. Fotona is now available throughout the country and treatments using this incredible laser are sought after simply for the technology and results that can be achieved. As more people experience the Fotona, we are gaining even more satisfied customers. We are happy to serve you.
Our retail area contains products that we may prescribe for you so that you can carry on the good work that we start in the clinic and increase the results as you work towards your goals. These are medical grade cosmeceuticals and skin care products with high levels of effective active ingredients specifically chosen to provide the best results for your skin. We also carry mineral sunscreens and post treatment care products that both protect and soothe the skin.
Come in or call and book an appointment for a free consultation. We see new clients often and are always happy to greet both new faces and familiar ones! Our location at 1098 London Road is easy to access with plenty of parking at the rear of the building where our entrance is located. Call 519-542-0079 to speak to our office manager. And, please feel free to ask questions. We feel strongly that education and knowledge is the key to informed decisions and better overall gains. We are always striving to provide you with information that will help you to understand your condition and how to be your best self.
Very sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis
Owner, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic
I have been waiting to find time for the amazing Alycia Grohs to do microblading on my brows so that I could report back to all of you about my experience. Today was the big day!
I had seen both pictures of Alycia’s work and the product of her efforts on actual clients that were impressive and she did not disappoint today! Alycia has had many years of experience as a practicing esthetician and has recently trained in microblading, which is a a form of semi-permanent makeup that partially or fully fills in eyebrow hairs using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. She is quickly gaining a very satisfied clientele who now have fantastic brows!
For myself, as I am maturing, I have lost some of the fullness in my brows and I fill them in every day with a brow gel and brush when I do my makeup application. This is fine but time consuming and when I am not wearing makeup, I have noticed that the brows are becoming less noticeable and that makes my face a little washed out. Also, when I was younger the trend was to have very thin eyebrows and I am sure that this has contributed to my not being able to grow nice, luscious brows back! This is me early this morning with my makeup on! (yes I am in the car at the drive through!)
After Alycia took my makeup brows off and had a look at my natural brows, we discussed what shape, size and colour I was looking for. I had some photos that I took from the internet to show her that I liked and I think that was helpful. She took her time measuring and marking out the new brow shape for me and gave me control over the the final decision, which I really liked. She applied a numbing cream to my eyebrow area prior to the measuring so I would be ready to start the treatment.
Alycia mixed and tested a few colours on me to determine which one was best for my colouring while the numbing cream sat on my brows under the plastic wrap! We went with the middle one. The treatment involves using a sterile blade dipped in the pigment to create small incisions that mimic brow hairs and Alycia uses a system that has one time use tools and disposables. I was really impressed with the highest levels of sanitation and infection control. It was fairly comfortable and I was relaxed throughout the procedure.
I am very happy with my final results. My forehead is a little blotchy from the pigments but that will go away quickly! I have some video of the procedure that you can check out on our Facebook page and Instagram @aboutfacesarnia if that interests you! The results should last about a year which is great. If you might be interested in speaking to Alycia, she will be at our Open House on Saturday, March 24 from 10-4. She will also be offering 10% off her already low price for clients that book and pay on the day of the Open House. She can do a quick consultation with you that day as well.
Thank you Alycia!
Carolyn Vandersluis, owner of About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic
Sarnia’s Original Laser Clinic!
For the month of February, 2018, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic is offering the Fotona 4D facial on sale for $250!
This non-invasive facelift includes laser treatments to both the interior of the oral cavity and the exterior of the face, enabling full-thickness collagen contraction for persistent tightening and volumization (wrinkle reduction) without surgery or injectables!
The four dimensions of the Fotona 4D treatment are as follows:
Smoothliftin – A pain free treatment done intraorally which targets volume through a process called collagen induction. The effects are an over all improvement of tightness and elasticity along with a plumping effect, much like a filler!
FRAC-3 – The second step involves the targeted treatment of specific, deeper imperfections in the skin such as spots and vascular components using a fractional laser application. This effective step restores a youthful texture to the skin.
PIANO – The third step heats the skin safely and rapidly from the outside in by concentrating energy delivery subcutaneously (under the skin). This provides an outstanding tightening effect!
SupErficial – The final step polishes the skin by removing dead skin cells to reveal the brighter, healthier tissues underneath.4D before and after
You can expect minimal or no discomfort during the treatment. Immediately following the treatment, you may experience redness or mild swelling that will diminish. Most clients can resume activities after having the 4D facial!
Book your free consultation today by calling 519-542-0079
We are proud to offer such advanced and effective treatments for your skin and have many options for your skincare and anti-aging needs! Our trained and knowledgeable staff are ready to serve you with the best in treatments and products available on the market today!
Always with you in mind and very sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis
owner and operator of About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, Sarnia, Ontario
The Fotona SP Dynamis laser is capable of a multitude of treatment options! About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic is pleased to offer you TightSculpting on sale for the whole month of January !
TightSculptingTM Is a laser body sculpting and skin tightening procedure that combines unique laser modalities of PIANO® and SMOOTH® technologies for deep as well as superficial skin tightening and fat reduction.
1st step: Deep skin tightening and fat reduction with PIANO® pulse.
The unique, super long Nd:YAG pulse mode is designed for homogenous tissue heating comfortably, safely and rapidly, by concentrating energy delivery to subcutaneously stimulate metabolism of fat cells, leaving the epidermis intact. The PIANO® mode extends the pulse duration to the seconds regime, resulting in full-thickness bulk heating with an overall synergistic tightening effect!
2nd step: Improvement of skin surface laxity with SMOOTH® pulse
The second stage consists of a revolutionary non-ablative Er:YAG SMOOTH® mode, ideal for skin tightening. The intense, controlled surface tissue heating stimulates collagen remodeling and initiates neocollagenesis. The effects result in an overall improvement of laxity and elasticity in the treatment areas.
TightSculpting is a non-invasive and comfortable procedure with no downtime and it is safe and effective for most body parts! Our regular price per area for TightSculpting is $195. For the month of January purchase a package of 12 for only $995 (that’s only$82.92 each!) or buy single areas for $109!
Our talented and experienced staff will meet with you for a FREE consultation before starting treatments to discuss the procedure and your goals. A test patch will be done at this initial appointment. Call 519-542-0079 to book your consultation.
To view the brochure for TightSculpting please follow this link: https://www.fotona.com/media/documents/97405_v3_leaflet_dynamis_tightsculpting_0816.pdf
It’s a new year! Be a new you!
All the best to you, Carolyn
owner and operator, About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic