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Combination Treatment Approach As Unique As You Are

Dr Shannon Humphrey

If you’ve been to our practice, heard one of us speak or even just spent some time on our website, you’re likely familiar with our 360° approach to cosmetic dermatology.

We strongly believe that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Everyone’s body and goals are unique, meaning that their dermatologic program needs to be, too. In order to achieve customized results, you need to identify and address all of the factors that sit between you and your most confident self. That’s where combination treatments come in — and aging is the perfect example.

Over time, your body undergoes several changes that impact that way you look. For instance:

  • The bones in your facial skeleton resorb through the process of bony remodeling, resulting in an altered face shape.
  • Your natural fat pads shrink, leading to a visible loss of volume.
  • Skin Laxity (production of elastic fibers and collagen are reduced)

As a result, you can start to look tired, unhappy and ultimately, unlike yourself. Since multiple factors are causing this resulting aesthetic, a multifaceted treatment strategy is required to correct and achieve the most striking, yet natural looking outcomes. This typically involves a combination of tightening, volumizing and relaxing treatments.


It’s natural to assume that in order to tighten the appearance of your skin, you need to focus on tightening treatments — but that’s actually just a piece of the puzzle. Tightening addresses one key contributing factor: skin laxity, and Thermage is a personal favourite of mine for its ability to gently lift and tighten the skin.


Replenishing the natural volume in your face through fillers and other injectables compensates for changes to your natural fat pads. This could involve a combination of treatments like HA fillers or Sculptra to help replenish your facial volume paired with at-home skincare regime to stimulate and maintain your natural collagen production.


Meanwhile, treatments designed to soften the platysmal muscles in your face can in turn smoothen the signs of wrinkles and deep set lines. BOTOX and other neuromodulators work wonders when it comes to softening frown lines and crow’s feet to create a refreshed and well-rested first impression.

Tightening treatments may be the holy grail when it comes to rejuvenating your appearance, but we’ve seen time and time again how the inclusion of volumizing and relaxing procedures work in harmony to achieve beautiful, natural and noticeable results.

To learn more about the conservative treatments we offer, book a consultation.

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