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Dr. Beleznay’s Q&A on Cosmetic Treatments

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Earlier this year I shared my perspective with the Vancouver Sun for a feature story on popular cosmetic treatments. Take a read below of the full Q&A provided.

Q: Who is a good candidate for treatments such as microdermabrasion, dermal fillers and botox?

Dr. B: Anyone looking for a little pick-me-up for their skin, whether they are looking to improve the tone and texture, lift sagging skin, or reduce fine lines and wrinkles, is a good candidate for these types of treatments. However, not everyone is a good candidate for each type of treatment. A person who has significant photoaging (i.e. sun damage) and wrinkles may not see a dramatic improvement with microdermabrasion; conversely a younger patient with good volume and minimal lines or wrinkles may not be the best candidate for filler (at that time) and may want to focus on preventative skin care strategies first.

Q: Are there any age ranges that are too old or too young for certain types of treatments?

Dr. B: There is no optimal age for getting these treatments. It really depends on the individual and their skin. There are patients in their late 20’s who have deep frown lines and may be great candidates for neuromodulator treatment such as Botox. In fact, studies have shown that starting with minimal amounts of Botox earlier on can have a preventative effect to reduce deep lines and wrinkles later in life. On the other side there are many patients who benefit from cosmetic treatments well into their 70’s and beyond.

Q: How do people go about finding a reputable practitioner? Especially when it seems like almost every salon and spa offers some type of non-surgical treatment?

Dr. B: Trusting the practitioner you see is important, not only for best outcome with the treatment, but also for reducing complications. When it comes to injectables there are certain risks that can be mitigated when being treated by a physician who has specialized training in cosmetic medicine. I think it is worthwhile to review the credentials of the practitioner and meet with them for a consultation to make sure you feel comfortable proceeding with the proposed treatment plan.

Here at Carruthers & Humphrey all of our physicians and nurses are highly trained in all of the latest procedures to help our patients achieve the outcome they desire. If you are considering treatment and are unsure of your options talk to us. It is usually not as simple as addressing a specific, localized issue. Our philosophy focused on the whole patient, their goals, lifestyle, and outlook on beauty.

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