What is Collagen Induction Therapy?

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Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is commonly known as microneedling or skin needling. While the basic concept behind skin microneedling has been around for more than a century, the emergence of this therapy in aesthetic medicine didn’t occur until the mid-1990s. In 1997, Canadian plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Camirand accidentally discovered that skin puncturing with tattoo needles resulted in improvement of facial scar texture. Fundamentally, the mechanism is simple – controlled delivery of damage to the skin stimulates collagen production through the body’s natural healing process. Over time, the skin is remodeled which results in smoother skin texture and improved strength and elasticity.

A decade later the first microneedling device became available: the Dermaroller. This rotating drum-shaped tool embedded with stainless steel needles even came in versions for home use. However, there are multiple limitations including excessive trauma and pain caused by angled piercing, inability to conform to facial contours, and non-adjustable needle depth. All these shortcomings led to the development of the automated microneedling device or Dermapen™.

Dermapen’s unique spring-loaded needle tip uses an automated vibrating stamp-like motion that enhances results while offering a more controlled and safer method of treatment than other microneedling devices. Dermapen’s needle depth can be adjusted during the course of the procedure to accommodate different treatment areas and can easily maneuver around facial contours and delicate features, such as the eyes, nose and mouth. The small and light Dermapen™ is available in two models. The Aesthetic Model has a limited treatment depth suitable for use by aestheticians. The newer Dermapen 3MD™ is a Medical Model which may be used to penetrate up to 2.5 mm for more aggressive treatment and is used exclusively by medical practitioners.


Read more about our Dermapen™ services at drandreahickey.ca/services/dermapen.


Improved acne scars and minimized pore size after 5 sessions:


It's Time to Get Even!

Have you been noticing some of the common signs of skin aging and sun damage such as brown spots and tiny broken vessels? These areas of uneven complexion become much more visible after we have been exposed to the sun. To protect us from burning, our skin produces a dark pigment called melanin. Over time the melanin accumulates into spots that are darker than our background skin tone. These spots are most common in areas of repeated sun exposure such as the face, neck, decollete, and hands. Redness and tiny capillaries also develop from sun damage on fair skin. This is why it is important to protect our delicate skin from t he damaging effects of UV by wearing a sunscreen daily.

But what can we do once the damage is done? There is good news. Scientifically proven treatments are available to remove the discolorations and reverse the damage. A series of IPL Photorejuvenation sessions is the quickest and most efficient method to remove brown spots, freckles, and reduce the redness of rosacea. This gentle light-based technology used in the treatment is absorbed by the target tissue, and is then removed by the body's natural processes. The result is a more uniform skin tone and clearer complexion. IPL Photorejuvenation is the treatment of choice for most skin discolorations, providing superior cosmetic results with no down time.

The photos below show how IPL Photorejuvenation treatments can smooth and even skin tone:


The Practice of Self-Care

The pace of life today commonly dictates that we can excel at everything from caring for loved ones, maintaining a successful career, creating a lovely home, while managing hectic schedules in our speed of light technological age. How to do everything better and faster is a common theme found in media which encourages us to engage in a cycle of “doing”.  All too often we find ourselves overwhelmed with not only existing commitments, but feeling as though we ought to create a picture perfect life, with boundless energy.  In the pursuit of these lofty ideals, stress is often the end result.  While small amounts of stress in our lives are often the catalyst for productivity, long term stress wreaks havoc on our state of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In spending our time and energy thinly, it is common to find little time left over to nurture our own sense of self.

When we actively participate in self-care, we acknowledge that we are important and deserving of special attention.  By caring for ourselves as we do for others we make deposits to our energy bank, which contribute to our sense of empowerment and self-worth, and our ability to manage life’s stressors.  The implication of these small actions can promote feelings of rejuvenation and vitality, while also filling our proverbial cup and benefiting not only ourselves but those around us. 

The New Year is an ideal time to evaluate our lifestyle and to commit to small changes. In doing so, consider adding some positive self-care strategies to your existing routines:

-Engage in enjoyable physical exercise.  Perhaps a brisk after dinner walk or an exercise class you enjoy.
-Nourish yourself with wholesome meals and snacks.
-Take in a show, make time to listen to music, or catch up on your reading list
-Share tea or a meal with a treasured friend
-Take a relaxing aromatherapy bath

By giving yourself permission to indulge and pamper both your inner and outer being, you allow your best and most beautiful self to shine. 

Our staff is committed to assisting you in your personal aesthetic goals and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Volbella™ Filler for Lips

Introducing Juvéderm® Volbella™- a revolutionary new dermal filler designed specifically for lips.Scientifically advanced Volbella™ treatments give lips a smooth, natural look and feel, with less swelling and a longer lasting effect.

With images in the media of "trout pout" and 'duck lips", it is understandable that patients are concerned about an unnatural looking result from a lip treatment. This new filler is different. It allows the skilled physician to create an ulta-smooth, natural look tailored to the fullness the patient desires. This is the only dermal filler clinically proven to last up to 12 months in the lips with a single treatment.

As we get older, our lips and surrounding skin may be impacted resulting in loss of volume,drooping of the lip corners and the development of lines around the mouth. With the development of Volbella™, lip fillers have evolved. It is now possible to have smooth, soft and natural looking lips with the fullness you desire. Volbella™ can also be used to gently rejuvenate the lip area by restoring lost volume, defining lip borders, and filling lines. Volbella™ is now available at select medical aesthetic clinics in Canada.

Clarity UV™

Take the Forever Young Challenge with Clarity UV™: We are pleased to be the first clinic in Atlantic Canada to offer the Clarity UV™ Visualizer.  Introduced by Clarion Medical Technologies this software application allows digital photo analysis to reveal areas of sun damage in the deeper areas of your skin. Using this technology we are able to develop a personalized treatment plan which can then be emailed to you along with your photo. Suggested treatment options may include chemical peels, IPL photorejuvenation and skin care products.

A series of skin treatments with IPL or intense pulsed light has been clinically shown to remove accumulated sun damage and restore skin to a more youthful state visually and at the molecular level. Looking ahead with a maintenance plan of IPL and solar protection from damaging UV will keep your skin forever young.

Cupid’s Bow: The Search for the Perfect Pout

The quest for luscious youthful lips is as old as civilization. Ancient Egyptian queens used stains from berries and minerals to define and accentuate their lips in order to look more sexually appealing.

Younger women, in their 20’s and 30’s, may be looking for increased fullness and contouring of lip shape. As we age, so do the tissues around the mouth. This results in loss of lip volume, height, and protrusion. The corners of the mouth droop creating a sad expression.

Regardless of age, with temporary tissue fillers such as Juvéderm®, we now have a safe and effective way to combat the aging lip area and augment for a perfect pout.

With tabloid images of celebrities sporting extremely overfilled and distorted lips it is easy to understand why patients might be fearful of the result. There is no need to worry. If you want a natural look smaller amounts of filler can be strategically placed to subtly enhance your existing lip shape.

The key is having knowledge of ideal aesthetic principles and to be able to artfully apply these concepts.  Since we are all unique, the approach to lip enhancement and rejuvenation should be individualized based on each patient’s facial proportions, angles and structure. No two patients need the same lip treatment. The idea behind proper lip augmentation is to master the lips anatomy while taking the patients specific features into consideration. The goal is to enhance beauty, not distort it. The combination of art and science is crucial to achieving the optimum result.

After all, natural voluptuous lips never go out of style.

Laser Hair Removal

Change your life forever. Stop shaving, waxing, and tweezing! Laser hair removal is gaining popularity with women and men as a proven method to permanently reduce unwanted hair in any area of the body or face. Achieving that smooth and silky skin you desire with laser is also a cost effective alternative to waxing and shaving. Consider the value of your time. Imagine not having to shave in the shower, not attending all those waxing appointments and not dealing with the regrowth and ingrown hairs for years on end. Starting to sound more appealing?

At Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Hickey provides medical supervision of all laser treatments by a certified nurse. Your comfort and safety are always our focus. We welcome you to schedule a consultation to determine if permanent laser hair reduction is the right choice for you.

Laser Hair Removal and IPL Photorejuvenation

Fredericton's only physician owned and operated medical aesthetics clinic is pleased to now offer medical grade technology for laser hair removal and IPL photorejuvenation.

Laser Hair Removal: With 6-8 treatments you can achieve smooth, silky skin, free from ingrown hairs, stubble and razor burn. This quick, comfortable method of permanent hair reduction for both men and women is a cost effective alternative to perpetual shaving and waxing.

IPL Photorejuvenation: IPL (intense pulsed light) is a light based technology used to reduce brown and red discoloration of the skin.This medical grade state-of-the-art  technology is designed to optimize results for our clients. IPL is the treatment of choice for sun damaged skin,age spots and rosacea. The result is clearer skin, free from discolorations, broken blood vessels and flushing. IPL treatments may be used alone or in combination with chemical peels, Botox Cosmetic®, and Juvéderm® dermal filler to achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance.

For more information on Laser hair Removal, IPL Photofacials and any of our other products and services, please call 458 0444 to schedule your consultation.

Seasonal Aesthetic Treatments

Did you know that some aesthetic treatments are best performed during the fall, winter and early spring? Procedures such as Botox Cosmetic® and dermal fillers (Juvéderm®) can be performed in any season. Other treatments such as laser hair removal, chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation are ideally carried out during months when we are not exposed to the sun.

In order to ensure you have the best result from your treatment and to reduce the risk of any complications there are restrictions surrounding some treatments and exposure to sun, tanning beds and even the use of self-tanning products. It is always best to discuss the pre and post treatment instructions at the time of your initial consultation. Now is the perfect time to begin a series of chemical peels for deeper exfoliation to soften the texture of your skin and improve your complexion. Beginning in December 2012 we will be offering laser hair removal and IPL treatments for the reduction of age spots, discolorations and spider veins.

With a little planning, you will be ready to expose your skin to the sun during the warmer months or while on vacation and still be able to complete your aesthetic treatments.

Preventative Botox

Can Botox be used to prevent wrinkles? Yes, absolutely!

While initially used to treat wrinkles after they formed in women and men aged 35-60, the demand for cosmetic Botox in the under 30 population has skyrocketed in recent years. The secret is out. The earlier you start Botox treatments, the less wrinkling you will get later in life. As a medication, Botox has no age limit and has found an ever growing list of medical uses including excessive perspiration, migraines and muscle disorders. The cosmetic uses of Botox have also expanded beyond frowns and crow’s feet to bunny lines on the nose, gummy smiles and more.

But how does it work to prevent wrinkles from forming?

Injections of Botox just under the skin and into the facial muscles relaxes the muscle thereby preventing the repeated movement of the overlying skin that would eventually lead to a crease or wrinkle. With repeated use of Botox, particularly in the frown and crow’s feet areas, the muscle will get smaller and less active so the development of the overlying wrinkle will be delayed.
In fact, younger clients often require less Botox per treatment area and less frequent injections as the intervention is taking place years before the muscles thicken from overuse.

When should you consider preventative Botox?

Do you notice a thickened muscle or furrow between your eyes or on your forehead when you frown? Do others perceive you to be stressed or angry even when you are not because of your strong facial expression? Do you squint excessively in the sun, causing crow’s feet? Do your family members have a deep furrow or “11” on their forehead? Patterns of facial muscle usage are inherited. We tend to age in a similar way as our parents and older siblings.

Early treatment with Botox has helped young adults keep their skin looking younger by preventing the formation of deep creases. Skillfully and conservatively placed, Botox can give a subtle and natural improvement without a “frozen” look.