Fat Reduction & Body Contouring For Real

Calgary’s Sculpt Aesthetics is stoked to announce that we offer BTL Vanquish treatments to effectively reduce fat cells and create curves in just the right places. We are one of the few medi-spas in the city offering this state-of-the-art non-invasive body contouring treatment that is perfect for those who are scared of the invasiveness of surgical procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty.

BTL Vanquish Me permanently destroys targeted fat cells to reduce the circumference of the entire abdominal area. For those whose diet and exercise regime have plateaued, this is the perfect solution for removing those final few stubborn inches that won’t seem to leave.

What is BTL Vanquish?

BTL Vanquish is the only non-contact body contouring treatment available and boasts the largest applicator treatment size. This in turn results in a more cost effective and time efficient solution when compared with other body contouring treatments (eg. cool sculpting) which are limited to a significantly smaller treatment area.

BTL Vanquish covers the entire abdominal area at once with its uniquely shaped and designed applicator to effectively target the flank, love handles, and muffin top simultaneously. This results in all around contouring and body shaping. High frequency radio waves penetrate through the tissue layers to heat fat cells and destroy them permanently.

Vanquish’s intelligent tuning circuitry measures the specific skin tissue impedance and specifically affects those layers, delivering RF thermal effects precisely to only the deep fat tissues without harming surrounding skin layers.   With clinically proven results, smooth and even outcomes and a pain-free treatment experience, BTL Vanquish has changed the body-contouring game.

Is BTL Vanquish safe?

Totally! BTL treatments are safe for healthy patients who want to trim their core and improve problems areas once diet and exercise results have plateaued. FDA and Health Canada approved, BTL Vanquish Me is an effective solution for those looking for a non-invasive body contouring treatment and want to avoid the cost and recovery time of invasive surgical procedures.

How Many Treatments are Required?

Typically, we recommend four to six treatments over the course of a few weeks. Treatments are scheduled seven to ten days apart. Clients have reported seeing results in as little as a few days after treatment.

I want BTL Vanquish Treatments in Calgary, What Next?

If BTL Vanquish sounds right for you and you live in the Calgary area or are willing to come on down for this state of the art effective body contouring technology, please contact us today to book your free complimentary consultation.

For those that want to learn more, please feel free to contact us.

Still not convinced? Here’s a round-up of write ups and vids demonstrating how BTL Vanquish has worked for others:

BTL Vanquish on Dr. Oz:

Excerpt from W Magazine’s Pressing the Flesh: New Treatments Promise to Melt Excess Fat Like Butter, By: Sandra Ballentine

“During my consultation with Astarita, she declared my fat too firm for CoolSculpting, which is more effective on pinchable fat. (I wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or annoyed by this news.) “I think you’re more of a Vanquish girl,” she said. And, sure enough, after five 45-minute sessions (which felt kind of like being microwaved without actually being cooked), any skepticism I might have had melted away along with some of that firm fat. My abs looked slightly more defined, and my flanks a tad trimmer. I could even button my favorite jeans again.” – Sandra Ballentine, W Magazine

Excerpt from Allure, Exclusive: Vanquish, a New Machine Zaps Fat With No Pain, By: Joan Kron

“Of 25 patients studied, all had visible results after the first treatment and, after the full course of four sessions, 59 percent of abdominal fat was destroyed, on average, resulting in a two-inch (and in a few cases, a three-inch) reduction in waist size. And because the device kills fat cells themselves, not just the fat within cells, the results should be long lasting. So far, Vanquish is only intended for treatment of the abdomen, love handles, and back fat…” – Joan Kron, Allure Magazine

Excerpt from Elle Magazine, 9 Game-Changing Beauty Treatments that Defined 2015, By: Mona Gohara MD

“BTL Vanquish ME uses radio frequency to melt fat away. The best part? This machine never even touches your body. By simply lying on a table with the device placed closed to, but not on the abdomen, after a few 45 minute sessions, you are inches smaller.” – Mona Gohara, Elle Magazine

Happy 2017! In the aftermath of holiday over-indulgences it is no wonder that with the New Year comes new year resolutions – less chocolate, less booze, more gym. The itch to hit up a yoga class, to detox, drink more water and eat healthier, all resonate with us here at Sculpt Calgary.

We know it’s easy to get motivated, it’s another thing to keep the momentum going and maintain new habits from now through to spring, summer and beyond.

But what if you could kick start your body and fitness goals with the help of a non-surgical body contouring procedure that effectively destroys fat cells, reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps tighten lax skinBTL Vanquish and Venus Legacy body contouring treatments do just that! And don’t worry, you don’t have to go under the knife to get tummy tuck results. Seriously.

Body contouring is not a miraculous weight loss machine. You still have to put in the work, to reap results. That means regular exercise, a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight to keep excess fat at a minimum. But what’s awesome is that

the ideal candidate for body contouring treatments is someone who is looking to target those stubborn areas where diet and exercise have failed to produce results.

Think those last few inches, patches of cellulite, or loose and sagging skin caused by weight loss and aging.

Book-ending your 2017 exercise and healthy diet regimen with these fat and cellulite reducing treatments can help increase your commitment to staying fit and ensure your goals are reached. Let’s start with BTL Vanquish.

BTL Vanquish Body Contouring – Abdominal Fat Reduction

BTL Vanquish effectively reduces the circumference of your waist by permanently destroying fat cells and is the perfect treatment to give your body a kick start in the fight against fat. Measurable weight reduction is common and the procedure is pain-free, approved by Health Canada and has clinically proven results.

By covering the entire abdominal area, the specially designed BTL Vanquish applicator targets the flanks, love handles and muffin top areas simultaneously. Using high frequency radio waves that penetrate through tissue layers, fat cells are heated to temperatures that destroy them permanently. That’s right – BTL Vanquish is a legitimate alternative to liposuction.  Now Meet Venus Legacy.

Venus Legacy – Cellulite Reduction & Body Shaping

Venus Legacy treatments are ideal for those who want to reduce the appearance of cellulite, tighten loose skin and contour problem areas of the body like the upper arms, thighs, legs and buttocks, as well as around the waist.

Booking a series of Venus Legacy treatments as a reward for all your diet and exercising efforts is the perfect way to create an incentive to follow through with your fitness goals. Venus Legacy treatments take your results to the next level by lifting, sculpting and contouring your body using multi-polar RF and pulsed magnetic fields to deliver fast, homogeneous heating deep within the dermis. By stimulating collagen production deep within, skin is tightened and the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks are greatly reduced. Results are long lasting and again, there’s no need for invasive surgery.

By beginning your year with a body contouring treatment like BTL Vanquish, you’ll have the incentive to maintain your results and stick to your trimming down and toning up plans from the get go.  Once your diet and exercise efforts have plateaued, you can reward yourself with a series of Venus Legacy treatments to tackle those last few inches as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite and loose skin. It’s your win-win!

Our wish for you is that this year is your best year yet. We are here to help you achieve your best self and welcome your questions. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about BTL Vanquish and Venus Legacy Body Contouring treatments in Calgary.

Happy 2017!

Cellulite doesn’t reserve itself for a select few – in fact 85-90% of women at some point in their lives will see the appearance of dimpled, lumpy looking skin along their tummy, arms, buttocks or thighs. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite appears on women who are slender and fit, as well as on those with fuller figures.

What Causes Cellulite

Unfortunately, being overweight does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. This is because the more fat you have underneath the skin, the more likely it will put stress on your connective tissues and bulge out of its weak spots. However, cellulite happens to women of all shapes and sizes, plaguing those that are thin and those that have extra heft.

The reason why cellulite is more prevalent among women than men is because our lovely lady skin is thinner, which means that our fat layer more easily protrudes beneath our skin to leave it looking puckered. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against the connective tissues to result in what is likened to cottage cheese or orange peel-like skin.

In addition, men are more likely to hold their fat in their abdomen whereas women store most of it in their pelvic region including the booty and thighs. Cellulite becomes more visible because the muscles in these hardworking female regions push the fat against the tissue and skin, to unleash cellulite’s unsightly appearance.

Thong Song

Another contributing factor is the added pressure and restrictive effect of tight underwear and pants. This results in cutting off circulation which in turn forces back lymphatic drainage into the body. It’s kind of like turning on a hose at full pressure and clamping it so everything bulges and backs up. So, bring out the thongs ladies! Or get comfy and give your backside a break from too-tight panties.

But How Do You Reduce Cellulite?

While cellulite is a result of genetics (a total bummer, we know) there are ways to inhibit its appearance.  Maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise will help. Additionally, certain caffeine infused creams and other topical approaches may assist temporarily with reducing the appearance of cellulite.

But I want a cellulite assassin!

Oh, we know! And, we also know of a non-invasive procedure that effectively targets cellulite and reduces its appearance. Woah! What? Yup – Venus Legacy treatments effectively reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks on inner and outer thighs and legs, circumferentially shrinking and lifting the buttocks while tightening loose skin to remodel the legs and booty areas.

Here’s a few before & afters of successful cellulite reduction treatments using Venus Legacy:

Venus Legacy for Cellulite Reduction

By combining Multipolar Radio Frequency, Magnetic Pulse Therapy and VariPulse™ technology, Venus Legacy penetrates deep within the dermis, emitting energy into the layers where collagen is located to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This heat matrix delivered into the deeper layers of the tissue causes collagen synthesis and contraction, fibroblast proliferation, neo-vascularity and lipolysis (i.e. breaking down lipids = breaking down fat cells!)

Reaching therapeutic temperatures faster than any other treatment on the market, Venus Legacy also stimulates circulation for deep down energy penetration which results in tighter and smoother looking skin.

With virtually zero downtime required, Venus Legacy is the ultimate go-to, pain-free, non-invasive solution for those looking to shape and lift their buttocks, contour their waistline, smooth and tighten the thighs, and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretchmarks.

Cellulite and Aging

As we age our bodies estrogen production begins to decrease. Given that this hormone helps blood flow smoothly through the vessels, less estrogen results in poorer circulation as we get older. This in turn means a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissues. When these connective tissues breakdown, the fat layer can again push through and result in the unsightly appearance of bumps and lumps. Thus as we age, we appear to get more cellulite.

Venus Legacy: The Anti-Aging Solution

As mentioned earlier, Venus Legacy treatments address this issue by stimulating the production of NEW collagen by increasing circulation throughout the areas and stimulating the body’s natural healing response. Your body is producing more collagen because of the treatment and this results in tighter firmer skin that lasts.

Forget the temporary effects of topical creams which wash off in the shower. Venus Legacy delivers long-term tissue remodeling for lasting results with minimal maintenance.

Venus Legacy treatments change the game when it comes to cellulite reduction. The technology is truly revolutionary and though we’ve only discussed its ability to effectively say bye-bye to cellulite, it can also be used to reduce deep lines and wrinkles in the face, tighten lax skin on the arms, contour the face, neck and other areas of the body, and more.

As with any aesthetic treatment, it is only as good as the esthetician administering it. Sculpt Calgary’s senior aesthetician and body contouring specialist, Monique Schoeman is a pro with extensive experience and skill using Venus Legacy’s state of the art technology.

To learn more or book a complementary, no-commitment consultation to discuss Venus Legacy treatments in Calgary, please feel free to contact our team. Thanks for reading and of course, come back to learn more about effective anti-aging treatments available to keep you looking and feeling your best from head to toe.

Sculpt Calgary is stoked to announce that we now offer Microblading a.k.a. Eyebrow Embroidery a.k.a Awesome Eyebrows from the moment you wake up till you go to bed.

Microblading is the perfect solution for those who want to reconstruct, define, and fill in gaps or resolve over plucked brow syndrome. For those that want greater definition of their arches or are sick and tired of navigating through brow pencils, powders, gels, and waxes each and every day –

Microblading is the answer to creating natural looking, perfectly shaped eyebrows.

For those of us that remember the days when eyebrow tattoos looked like sharpie-d on caterpillars crawling above the eyes, don’t worry. Microblading has elevated the art of brow tattoos, offering a semi-permanent solution that uses uber fine lines to create the desired brow shape and results in brows that a Cara Delevinge baby was born with. They look natural, last anywhere from 1 to 3 years and require minimal maintenance.

Why are Eyebrows So Important?

Aside from their function of keeping dust, dirt, and sweat from entering the eyes, your eyebrows play a prominent role in emotional expression and facial recognition. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Lethbridge found that eyebrows are actually more significant than the eyes when it comes to leaving a lasting impression.

Researchers showed test participants images of celebrities without eyebrows, followed by images of celebrities without eyes. Test participants were able to correctly identify 56 percent of the celebrities shown without eyes but only 46 percent of celebrities without eyebrows. What does this mean? It means that your eyebrows are actually more memorable than your eyes according to science.

Science aside, the right eyebrow shape can help brighten your appearance and make you look more youthful. The following compilation of celebrity images from Beauty Point of View illustrates the subtle yet significant difference brows can make in one’s overall appearance:

Keep your brow game strong.

I Woke Up Like This: Semi-Permanent Vs. Permanent Tattoos

The only difference between a semi-permanent tattoo and a permanent one is how deeply the ink is injected into the skin. The deeper you go, the longer it stays. Traditional body tattoos last the test of time because tat artists use mechanized needles which are designed to inject ink deep into the dermis.

With microblading, there is no humming sound from a machine because your beauty brow specialist is using their skill, precision, and artistry to create fine lines by hand with a tool that looks like a very thin x-acto knife.

How Does Microblading work?

First things first, is finding the best brow for your face shape, what features you want to highlight the most and deciding what brow color suits you best. After gathering your brow game goals, your brow specialist draws the outline of your new brow shape, working with you until your desired look is achieved. A topical numbing agent is then applied to mitigate discomfort during the procedure.

Microblading is a meticulous process, where your esthetician uses a small blade that is actually composed of very tiny needles to create crisp and sharp fine strokes that are essentially indistinguishable from natural hairs. Depending on your desired results, your brow specialist can create a denser look by crafting lots of tiny hair strokes to build up and fill in sparse brows.  Ink that matches your natural colouring is then deposited throughout the brow area in the upper layers of the skin.

Results are seen instantly and zero downtime is required. The initial colour fades gradually within the following 10 – 14 days settling into a hue that is matched perfectly to you. Healing can take up to 30 days and a touch-up appointment is included and scheduled within 4 to 8 weeks of your first session to ensure your brows have healed correctly and all is on-point.

Microblading in Calgary

Ready to get your eyebrows perfectly shaped? Or have questions about the procedure? Contact us today to learn more and book your complimentary consultation for microblading in Calgary at Sculpt Aesthetics today.

Sculpt Calgary is proud to offer Belkyra™ – a non-surgical treatment that effectively reduces or removes excess chin fat a.k.a. double chin. Excessive fat under the chin, like cellulite, is not reserved for those who are overweight. You can be entirely fit and still have a chubby chin. For many, the appearance of excessive bulk under the chin is caused by genetics or can develop with age.

As we get older muscles loosen and this muscle loss paired with a loss of elasticity in the skin can result in the sagging and drooping characteristics that develop into a double chin. Fortunately, there is a way to improve your chin profile without having to go under the knife. Meet Belkyra™!

What is Belkyra™?

Belkyra is the first and only Health-Canada approved injectable that targets and eliminates fat cells located in the chin. Using the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, Belkyra™ destroys the fat cells which produce chin fullness.

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that exists within the body and aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the area beneath the chin, targeted fat cells are destroyed. Because these fat cells are obliterated they can no longer store or accumulate fat, such that treatment results are permanent and sessions do not need to be continued once desired aesthetic goals are achieved.

Who is the ideal candidate for Belkyra™?

Belkyra™ treatment may be right for you if:

  • You are bothered by fullness under the chin
  • Surgery is not an option for you
  • You eat well and exercise but chin fullness does not go away

Many patients treated with Belkyra see visible improvement of their chin profile within 2-4 treatments.

How is Belkyra™ administered?

Belkyra™ treatments typically take less than 20 minutes and are administered via injection by Sculpt’s registered and expertly trained health care professionals. Depending on your current chin condition and desired chin profile goals, a treatment program is tailored such that sessions are scheduled with adequate recovery time between appointments.

Is there Downtime?

For most patients, downtime is minimal and occurs most commonly after the first treatment session. When making an appointment for treatment, please keep social plans and work commitments in mind.

Are there Side Effects?

As with other injectable treatments, you may experience side effects with Belkyra™. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain and numbness. To avoid side effects and ensure proper use, talk to our health professionals before your treatment and raise any questions you may have.

Sagging Skin in the Neck Area

Belkyra™ treatments target fat cells in the neck area. However, sometimes sagging skin may be the culprit causing double chin rather than fat. Or a combination of both fat and skin laxity may cause a person to be unhappy with their chin profile. To rectify this, Sculpt Calgary’s expert medi-spa team can use a combination of treatments to remove fat cells with Belkyra™ followed by (at an appropriate interval time) a skin tightening treatment like Venus Legacy.  Venus Legacy uses multi-polar RF technology to combat sagging skin and create a firmer appearance. This too is a non-surgical treatment option.

Sculpt Calgary’s multiple product and service offerings ensure you look as great as you feel. We work with each client to fully understand their particular goals and then suggest specific and customized treatments to target their specified concerns. If you are in or around the Calgary area and want to look as young as you feel – give us a call. We’d love to supply our knowledge and help you move forward towards your skin, body and beauty goals.

“Gold Standard” Methods = Safe and Optimal Results

Here at Sculpt Aesthetics we administer dermal fillers and cosmetic injections using the cannula method to provide our clients with the safety they deserve and the results they desire. All of our injections are performed by licensed and experienced Healthcare professionals who utilize a keen aesthetic eye and exacting skill to enhance and craft our clients’ beauty objectives. Whether the goal is restoring lost volume in the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles or adding volume to the lips, our injectors supply safe and stellar results.

We utilize the latest technology and injection techniques including cannulas for cosmetic fillers. These instruments provide safer results including less bruising, less swelling, less downtime, and greater comfort for our clientele.

Cannula vs. Sharp Tipped Needles

Unlike traditional needles used for injectable fillers, the cannula contains a blunt end that is rounded, as well as a longer and flexible body. Because a needle cannot discern what it is going through, it can pierce through anything in the skin including blood vessels which accounts for excessive post-procedure bruising and swelling or even more serious complications.

Utilizing a cannula, the experienced injector can feel each structure as it is being passed through. When resistance is met, the injector is able to find an alternate clear path through the anatomic structures of the skin. This increased maneuverability allows for greater precision and for the procedure to be performed quickly and painlessly without causing unnecessary damage. The risk of damaging small blood vessels is greatly reduced when using a cannula.

Another benefit that cannulas provide is due to their longer size, multiple areas can be accessed from a single-entry point rather than puncturing the skin multiple times with a needle. The entry point is small and shallow, and the cannula is then carefully inserted and guided under the skin to reach the sites for filler injection. This results in less trauma to the skin, uniform distribution of the dermal filler and greater comfort to the patient.

Cannula Technique Advantages:

  • Flexibility of device results in greater maneuverability
  • Increased maneuverability = greater precision
  • Easy insertion and less penetration force
  • Less bruising
  • Less swelling
  • Significant reduction in pain and discomfort
  • Minimized downtime following the procedure
  • Less risk of trauma and damage to the tissues
  • More effective and precise injection of fillers through single entry point
  • Smoother, more uniform results
  • Stimulates new collagen production

This advanced cosmetic injection technique drastically reduces downtime associated with dermal filler injections. As with any treatment, choosing an experienced and qualified injector is key to getting natural and attractive results that enhance your face.

Jean Muir is Sculpt’s Clinical Director and injector with an established loyal client following given her expertise with injectable facial enhancements. She works under the Medical Directive of Dr. Chawla and together they create an individualized treatment plan for each client. Previously working as a Clinical Consultant for Allergan, she has taught and demonstrated techniques and protocols for Juvederm® dermal fillers and Botox® cosmetic treatments.  Her keen aesthetic eye for beauty and balance, proven safety record, alongside her extensive training and experience ensures clients leave looking naturally refreshed following cosmetic filler enhancements.

Sculpt Aesthetics utilizes cannulas for:

For any inquiries regarding dermal fillers in Calgary, please contact our office. We would be happy to discuss options or address your questions concerning cosmetic injections. Thank you for reading and have a bright, beautiful day.

Finally, the weather is heating up in Calgary and things are growing lush and green. Summer is here and for those looking to up their summer bod game, Sculpt Calgary provides the ultimate, award-winning fat busting treatment: BTL Vanquish ME™.

BTL Vanquish ME™ is Elle Magazine’s 2017 “Beauty Treat List” award winner for the “Most Effortless Fat Buster”. Founded in 1945 in France, Elle Magazineis recognized as one of the top leading, best-selling fashion magazines worldwide. For BTL Vanquish to receive this accolade is tremendous and reaffirms the effectiveness of this fat reducing treatment.

Available at Sculpt Aesthetics in SW Calgary, the BTL Vanquish Treatment has been a part of our service offering since day one. Our senior aestheticians have extensive experience performing body contouring procedures, using their expert knowledge and skill to safely help our clients achieve their desired goals for stellar and shapely results.

BTL Vanquish Explained

BTL Vanquish is a non-invasive treatment that helps to shape the abdomen and thighs for efficient and pain-free circumferential reduction. Using patented Selective RF™ technology, BTL Vanquish ME™ disrupts fatty cells through the selective heating of adipose tissue. This disruption causes the fat cells to shrink and ultimately be eliminated from the body without causing harm to the surrounding non-fatty tissues.

A unique and superior feature of the BTL Vanquish ME™ device is its large treatment applicator which allows for flank to flank area treatment to produce uniform and smooth results. This non-contact technology means clients don’t have to experience the sensation of devices that suck or freeze the skin. Rather, a single treatment can target a large area at once, meaning greater fat removal for the patient at a lower cost.

With virtually no downtime required, the BTL Vanquish ME™ body shaping treatment makes it easy for clients to have the procedure performed and then continue on and go about their day. Results have been reported within 2 to 3 weeks after the first treatment although, optimal results can usually be seen after a couple of months. Check out our very own client success story including before and after results. Cathy lost a total of 14.5 inches around the waist via BTL Vanquish treatments with Sculpt.

Get Rid of Fat for Good

Given that the treatment causes fat cell disruption, these cells do not regenerate and are gone for good. This is supposing that a dramatic lifestyle change does not occur. As with any aesthetic improvement treatment, we still believe it is of the utmost importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and a healthy diet to achieve the best possible results.

BTL Vanquish ME™ is safe for all healthy patients looking to take control of their core and improve stubborn problem areas when exercise and diet have failed.

If you want to learn more or book a complimentary consultation with our body shaping and body contouring specialists, give us a call, send us an email or visit our clinic.

Thanks for reading and Happy Summer 2017!

Finally, summer is here! Our beautiful city of Calgary actually boasts the most hours of sunlight all year round in comparison to all other major Canadian cities. While it’s awesome to live in a place that brings on the brightness rather than gloomy doomy grey skies, excessive sun exposure can cause problems for our skin.

The sun ages us. Unprotected skin exposed to UVA and UVB rays is susceptible to wrinkles, skin discolouration, brown sun/age spots, rough patches, and sagging – all characteristics associated with the visible signs of aging. In addition to prematurely aging our skin, UV rays can also weaken our immune system and can lead to the development of cataracts.

So yeah, when your mother/friend/dermatologist/aesthetician tells you to wear sunscreen – listen up!

The Structure of The Skin

Our skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis – the outermost layer; the dermis – the middle layer; and the subcutis – the basement layer if you will. The dermis contains collagen, elastic tissues and other fibres that work together to support our skin’s structure. It is these elements that give our skin its smooth and youthful appearance.

When exposed to UVA and UVB rays, cells in the dermis scramble in an effort to produce melanin for the epidermis. This process is what gives the skin a tan, but really what is happening is the skin is attempting to block the radiation from penetrating deeper.

The Difference Between UVA & UVB Rays

UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer and thus play a major role in skin aging and wrinkling. UVA rays can be thought of as ‘aging rays’ as these prematurely age the skin – causing sunspots and wrinkles to form. These rays can penetrate through clouds and window glass and are present all-year round, so long as the sun is shining – even in the winter. Hence, the importance of wearing sunscreen daily, even if you are just at home! (Unless you feel like drawing up all your blinds and not being able to view the outside world on a sunny day!)

UVB rays, on the other hand, can be thought of as ‘burning’ rays as it is these rays which are the primary cause of damage to the surface epidermal layer and cause sunburn. UVB rays also play a key role in the development of skin cancer. These rays can be filtered through window glass and only account for 5-10% of solar radiation, however, because of their intensity and ability to ‘burn’ the skin, they can cause progressive damage over time.

Why Wear Sunscreen – All day, Everyday

Fortunately, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily can prevent the aforementioned effects caused by UV exposure. A study published by the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine conclusively showed that sunscreen can help to prevent photoaging, i.e. premature aging caused by sun exposure. Although, significant indirect evidence has pointed to sunscreen’s anti-aging benefits in the past, this study is the first clinical human trial to show this as true.

Researchers compared the skin of 900 men and women from Australia over a four-year period to study the effect of daily sunscreen use and aging. They found that those who wore sunscreen daily showed significantly less wrinkles and dark spots after 4.5 years than those participants who did not use sunscreen regularly. Daily sunscreen use slows the skin from aging!

Classic Sunscreen vs Mineral Sunscreen

Classic and mineral sunscreen both provide protection against UV rays but, what differentiates them from each other is the active sun protection ingredients they contain. Where classic sunscreen uses chemical active ingredients that absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays, Mineral sunscreen uses mineral active ingredients particularly Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays.

Daily use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher will reduce aging caused by sun damage. So, don’t skimp out on this VITAL step in your anti-aging skincare routine.

Sculpt Calgary is committed to helping you achieve healthy, beautiful and youthful skin. From facials to fillerspeels, and specialty skin care products, we have everything you need to keep your skin looking radiant and fabulous. Contact us today to book a consultation with one of our skincare specialists or for details on how we can help you keep your skin looking its best.

For those who have made a concerted effort to reduce their waistline by going balls to wall at the gym and completely revamping their diet, shedding those last few pounds can feel like trying to drag a child out of a candy store.

Even though you’re doing all the right things – eating right, exercising properly, getting enough rest, etc. all of a sudden progress stalls and you hit a plateau. Everything that was once effective, isn’t working anymore.

When you first start something new, whether it’s swapping sodas for water or lifting at the gym, you can make progress quickly and everything rocks because you see the big changes. However, as your efforts are maintained there does come a point where progression is not as noticeable and it is here where the frustration can arise.

Getting Over the Plateau

Fortunately, there is an award-winning treatment that effectively targets those stubborn areas like “love handles”, “muffin tops”, and “side flanks”, to eliminate fat cells once and for all.

No surgery required, with zero downtime and minimal pain, BTL Vanquish is the ultimate non-invasive body shaping and body contouring procedure.

Fat Busting Technology: BTL Vanquish

Using patented Selective RF™ technology, BTL Vanquish disrupts fatty cells through the selective heating of adipose tissue. This radio frequency energy shrinks and destroys fat cells permanently resulting in appreciable reduction to the waistline and inner or outer thighs.

Utilizing a large panel which lies close to the skin but does not make contact, BTL Vanquish boasts the largest treatment area in the industry. This flank to flank body treatment provides smooth and even results for recipients without leaving lines of demarcation – that means no scars and no visible marks. In addition, because of its large spot size, more fat can be removed at once from a patient resulting in lower costs as opposed to alternative treatments.

Why Choose BTL Vanquish?

BTL Vanquish is the only non-contact body shaping device on the market. Its large treatment applicator makes the therapy more affordable, with more fat removed compared to other procedures. Its body shaping effects tend to be more uniform across the entire body part. As opposed to other devices, it is also available to patients with any BMI. Because the technology is based on the elevation of fat temperature, there is no risk of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (when fatty tissues thicken and expand cells rather than breakdown and excrete them) – a phenomenon related to tissue freezing technologies.

Is BTL Vanquish Safe?

Absolutely. BTL Vanquish is FDA and Health Canada approved, meeting the strictest safety standards. As an effective alternative to invasive procedures, BTL Vanquish produces results without the cost and recovery time associated with waist trimming surgeries. The patented selectivity of the treatment ensures only fat is affected while surrounding tissues remain protected. Patients typically experience a warm sensation in the treated area which may last a few hours post therapy.

See the BTL Vanquish procedure in action with this clip from the Dr. Oz show:

Book a BTL Vanquish Consultation Today

For those in the Calgary area looking for an effective non-invasive fat removal and body shaping procedure, look no further. BTL Vanquish Me is available at Sculpt Calgary and our master body contouring technicians have the expertise and experience to ensure you receive the safety and service you deserve.

If you have additional questions that have not been addressed here, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions. If you’re ready to get rid of those last few inches, give us a call and we’ll book you in for your free complimentary consultation.

Among the myriad of anti-aging treatments available, micro needling (aka derma rolling or collagen induction therapy) is on the rise and with good reason, it works! Micro needling harnesses the skin’s natural healing ability, stimulating cell proliferation and the formation of new collagen to create a thicker, stronger cellular matrix which results in radiant and younger looking skin.

Not only does micro needling effectively diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but when done safely and correctly, it drastically reduces acne scarring, age spots, pore sizes, sun damage, and more.

What is Micro Needling?

Micro needling, derma rolling, and collagen induction therapy all refer to the same procedure. Micro needling utilizes a device similar to a miniature prickly lint roller with a rotating head that contains tiny, medical grade needles. These micro needles when passed over the surface of the skin, puncture it creating miniscule perforations that begin healing immediately.

By creating micro injuries to the skin, these tiny holes send a signal to the brain to produce more collagen and elastin in an effort to remedy the affected area. Collagen and elastin are part of the skin’s connective tissues that help to it remain firm, strong and supple.

Derma rolling triggers the construction of new tissues and healthy cell regeneration to effectively make skin stronger, thicker, plumper and firmer. It’s like weight training in that the stress of working out creates tiny tears in the muscle fibre. During recovery, the micro tears heal to become stronger than they were before.

There are different lengths of micro needles available with longer needles penetrating deeper into the skin’s surface layer to cause a more severe impact. Depending on what skin issue you seek to rectify, your skin care specialist can assess and advise the course of treatment and needle length necessary to effectively produce results while keeping your skin safe.

The Benefits of Micro Needling

The ability of micro needling to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process to improve the integrity of the skin, make it a highly effective treatment for:

  • Fine line and wrinkle reduction
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Eliminating acne scars
  • Reducing pore sizes
  • Diminishing stretch marks
  • Improving skin tone and texture
  • Skin tightening
  • Reducing dark spots (hyper pigmentation)
  • Combating premature aging

The Risks of Micro Needling at Home

Opening your skin in any capacity can present certain risks and it is absolutely vital that you consult a skin care specialist or physician before undertaking a derma rolling regime. Using a derma roller over skin areas that are particularly sensitive or easily irritated may in fact exacerbate the irritation and do the opposite of what was intended, resulting in scarring and damage to your precious skin.

Dermaroller® vs. At Home Devices

Dermaroller® is licensed by Health Canada and is a medical grade certified device that meets the standards put in place for medical grade equipment in terms of manufacturing, materials, sterile packaging and more.

Countless imitation products are flooding the market, many of which can be bought on Amazon or via online vendors. However, your health and safety are comprised with the use of inferior products used to put mini holes into your skin. Poor quality roller devices may use knife shaped needles which slice through tissue and can cause traumatic results including skin, vessel and nerve damage, in addition to outright pain.

Remember that in puncturing the skin, you are also leaving it more vulnerable. The last thing you want is to apply ingredients to your face which exacerbate irritation to your freshly needled and exposed skin.

Skin after a micro needling treatment is better capable of absorbing products which is advantageous if you know what you’re doing.

Micro Needling – Dermaroller® at Sculpt Calgary

Sculpt Calgary is a medical aesthetic clinic that adheres to the legislation, guidelines and established standards to ensure safe and competent medical services including micro needling procedures using Dermaroller®. All of our clients undergo a consultation process wherein treatment options, risks and benefits are explained including post treatment care.

Our highly trained and experienced medi-spa team prioritize your safety and treatment success.

Medical services at Sculpt must be medically approved and consented by a physician on our team. You can rest assured that if you undergo any kind of treatment within our clinic, you will get the results you want and the safety you deserve.

If you want to learn more about micro needling in Calgary or want to book a consultation with our team, please feel free to call us at (403) 453-0122 or send us an email today.