Dr. Denton and his Staff would like to introduce Ms. Alannah Lane to our clients. Alannah is an expert esthetician with a particular interest in rejuvenative and restorative skin care as well as permanent make up and micropigmentation.
Alannah will be available for skin consultations and peels as well as dermal needling and permanent make up procedures. Alannah uses the highly regarded Environ line of skin care products.
For more information or to schedule a consultation and/or treatment please call the office at 604-879-3223.
We were very happy to learn this week that we have been awarded a Reader’s Choice Award by Vancouver’s West Ender Magazine for Best Place for Cosmetic Surgery. This type of recognition is always most appreciated and is testament to our hard work and efforts in making our facility a recognized leader in the field of Cosmetic Surgery in Vancouver.
Dr. Andrew B. Denton and Staff
We all know that people age at different rates. Major factors influencing the process include genetics and lifestyle choices. Despite thisthe general pattern of aging is quite predictable. Skin becomes lax as the elastin and collagen proteins lose their strength over time. The subcutaneous fat layer (fat immediately beneath the skin) which is associated with a youthful facial contour thins and the deeper fat tends to drop with age – resulting in hollow cheeks, deep folds between the nose and the mouth and excess skin along the jawline and in the neck. Many of the changes are slowly progressive but others appear suddenly. It is amazing how often a patient will tell me that the age related changes to her face that brought her to see me occured literally overnight.
We haven’t yet figured out how to stop the aging process but we can slow it down. The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true. Moisturizing, cleansing and sun protection are important when used on a regular and consistent basis. We all know the damaging effects of smoking and excessive sun exposure on the skin. Excessive alcohol intake and frequent significant weight fluctuations can also be problematic. New and exciting non surgical treatments are also available. Lost volume can be restored via fillers and lines can be smoothed and relaxed with Botox treatments. Light based therapies (lasers, IPL and radiofrequency) can help tighten old collagen and stimulate the formation of new.
At the end of the day, however, surgery remains the gold standard by which all other anti-aging treatments are measured. And to date, no non-surgical treatment can deliver the same extent of anti-aging benefit that comes with surgical intervention. New and refined surgical techniques offer less down time and a speedier recovery.
We came across this very clever and well done video which shows the facial aging process in a time lapsed fashion. Note particulary the changes to the brow, the eyelids (both upper and lower), the cheeks, the lines between the nose and the mouth, the lines extending down from the corners of the lips, the jawline and the neck. Early on, non-surgical treatments would be beneficial in making the changes less noticeable, however, at a given point, the only way to reverse the visible changes is through surgical intervention.
Volbella is the newest hyaluronic acid based filler from Allergan. Other hyaluronic acid based fillers from Allergan include Juvederm, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Voluma. Volbella is the first hyaluronic acid based soft tissue filler approved for use in the lips that has been shown to last up to 12 months. Up to this point, all of the patients that we have treated with Volbella have been extremely happy. Advantages over other hyaluronic acid fillers include decreased discomort during the treatment and decreased bruising following the treatment. From an injector standpoint, the product flows very smoothly allowing for excellent placement accuracy. In addition to being used in the lips, Volbella is also indicated for cheek and temple filling. All in all, a valuable new addition to the array of soft tissue fillers available to patients in Canada.