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ORTHOTICS- #1 SOLUTION FOR YOUR BODY ACHES!

Do you stand or walk all day long at your job? Do you have tired and achy feet? Do you feel heel pain when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you suffer from back or knee pain? Do you have diabetes? Does your child have poor posture or a flat foot?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions above, then what youz need is a custom made orthotic. What are custom made orthotics one might ask? And how are they different from over the counter products sold in local drug stores? To answer these questions and provide us with insightful information, we have interviewed a foot specialist (Pedorthist) at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply.

Q: Can you explain what an orthotic is?

A: Certainly! Foot orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles or shoe inserts) are devices placed inside the shoes to control and “normalise” foot function.  Chronic overuse of the foot due to long standing, running, walking and uneven weight distribution may result in abnormal foot motion. This negatively influences foot function and can lead to abnormal rotation of the bones of the legs, influencing ankle joints, knee joints, hip joints and the back. Think of your foot as of a foundation of a house. If a foundation gives way-the whole house is affected. Similarly, if the function of your foot is altered, the whole body is affected. An orthotic helps to improve structural changes of the foot by re-aligning the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, allowing the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot to function at their highest potential. Hence, restoring natural foot function.

Q: Why do we need Orthotics?
A: It is estimated that 70% of the population suffers from a condition called over-pronation due to flat feet or fallen arches. This can be contributed to the hard, flat surfaces we walk on daily. Other factors that play a role include age, weak ankles, and excess body weight. As a result, over-pronation is much more prevalent in people in their fifties and older, and also in overweight persons.

Q: Who should wear the orthotics?
A: There is a preconception that only very ill people or elderly have to have an orthotic. This myth is outdated and has to be put to rest. An orthotic is strongly recommended if you have any of the following conditions: back pain, flat foot, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, heel spurs, poor posture, corns, bunions, pronation, toe pain, shin pain. However, if you do not have these conditions, but experience generalized foot pain or spend a lot of your time walking or standing during working hours, orthotic would help you to prevent formation of majority of conditions associated with foot over use. I myself, wear an orthotic on every day basis, although I do not have any medical indication for it.

Q: What types of orthotics are available in the market?
A: Well, there are many choices available today. However, let us distinguish between custom made orthotics and over the counter orthotics.
Custom made orthotics, are those orthotics that are manufactured from the cast of your foot. When a patient comes to see me, I first take a look at his gait pattern and biomechanics. Then I make an impression, or a cast of his feet, which in turn gets send to the orthotics laboratory.
In the lab, the original impression is filled with liquid plaster to form a positive model. Then a special machine creates a negative from the desired material (leather, vinyl, polypropylene, PPT). Layers of these materials are composed together to make an orthotic. There are various types of orthotics available, depending if a person wants to use them in his dress shoes, running shoes, work shoes. You can even make orthotics for high heel shoes or safety shoes. Now, as for over the counter orthotics, one has to understand that they are generic. Regular insoles are purely designed to provide a cushioning effect and shock absorption. They may feel comfortable at first; however, they do not address any biomechanical issues. It is like purchasing eye glasses without knowing your prescription. Personally, I would recommend getting a custom made orthotics in order to achieve maximum benefits.

Q: I have insurance coverage through my employer, would orthotics be on the list of things covered?
A: Yes, in most cases all insurance plans have provisions for custom made orthotics, however in order to be reimbursed fully a client has to follow certain steps. It varies from plan to plan, but generally, a client is advised to get a referral from their family doctor, indicating diagnosis, first. With the referral, the client shall go to see a foot specialist in order to get biomechanical analysis and a cast. Here, at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply, we take care in making sure that the client is pleased with the quality of the product and the paperwork satisfies the standards of one’s insurance coverage.

TESTIMONIALS
My name is Mark, I am a client of Orthomed Clinic. I would like to thank Mrs. Kay for selecting proper orthotics for me to help me with my heel pain. My work involves a lot of walking and standing. Before, at the end of my workday I got severe pains in my feet, now with proper orthotics my feet don’t hurt as they used to. Plus I got a pair of good leather shoes as a gift to wear with my orthotics. Also, the clinic took care of all the billing and I got money back from my insurance very fast.                                                          Mark 39, Mississauga.

My name is Ajeet and I have bunions and diabetes. Before visiting Mrs. Kay, my feet were hurting a lot and I did not know what to do. Mrs. Kay explained to me about diabetic foot care and what I need to do to improve my condition. I am very glad I went to Orthomed Clinic,
I feel much better now.                                                                                Ajeet, 51, Malton.

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What are ORTHOPAEDIC SHOES? Necessity or Trick Advertising?

As I enter a department shoe store, I get overwhelmed with flamboyant displays and variety of futuristic shoe styles on the shelves. I feel like a kid in a candy store.
However, due to my mild foot problems I can never get those shoes to fit me right. To get some help with my foot and back aches I went to my doctor and he recommended that I purchase an orthopaedic shoe. “An orthopaedic shoe?” I cried, remembering an ugly looking shoe on the feet of my eighty-year old grandmother, “No way!, I am too young to wear such non fashionable shoes” and I chose to suffer. Well, that was me about 1 year ago. Now I realize that my suffering cannot go on any longer, and on my way from work decided to step into one of these orthopaedic shoe stores.

I went into Orthomed Clinic and Supply at 7200 Airport Rd, North of Derry Rd. in Mississauga. To my delight I have met a Pedorthist,  a very pleasant and knowledgeable lady that explained to me that orthopaedic shoes are not necessary dreadfully looking and heavy to wear, on the contrary, modern orthopaedic shoes are stylish, made of different materials (including leather), light weight and quite fashionable.
I decided to interview the foot specialist, so to give our reader more information on orthopaedic footwear and its necessity.

Q: Can you please elaborate on why might one need to wear an orthopaedic shoe?
A: Definitely, an orthopaedic shoe is designed to be worn by people with foot problems; however one does not have to have a severe deformity to wear such shoes. For example, orthopaedic shoes would be perfect for such conditions as flat foot, diabetes, heel pain due to heel spurs, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, high or low arch, metatarsalgia, rolling in (ankle valgus) and rolling out (ankle varus) of ankles. However, if one does not have these specific conditions, but has a wide foot, different size feet, experiences back or knee pain, has poor posture, spends a lot of his day standing or walking, then orthopaedic shoes would be a perfect solution for you. Generally, when a person comes to my store I ask him what is his line of work? As a rule of thumb, health care professionals, sales/retail personnel, waitresses/hospitality workers, factory employees, cashiers, airline employees, overweight individuals, marathon runners, pregnant women  and new mothers are very good candidates for orthopaedic shoes.

Q: Mrs. Kay, what is the difference between orthopaedic shoe and regular shoe? If any?
A: There is a huge difference between orthopaedic and fashion shoes, especially when it comes to the design and materials used. Let me explain to you what are the characteristics of orthopaedic shoes. First of all, orthopaedic shoes come in variety of widths in order to accommodate toe shape, whereas most fashion shoes are strictly narrow fit, such fit can lead to bunions. Remember that the right footwear in the right size actually improves the way your body responds to daily stresses. When you wear the wrong size, the body constantly works to keep the foot properly positioned in the shoe–resulting in body fatigue. Secondly, orthopaedic shoes have broad sole, this ensures stable heel and shank, also provides foundation for orthopaedic devices (such as custom made orthotics).
Usually orthopaedic shoes are deeper than fashion shoes, this feature helps to accommodate an orthotic. Most orthopaedic shoes have adjustable closures. The sole of orthopaedic shoes is designed to aid in biomechanics of the foot, rocker soles are used to ease propulsion. Another feature that distinguishes an orthopaedic shoe from fashion shoe is the type of materials used in construction.
Whereas both may be made from leather, orthopaedic shoes would have less seams, this reduces skin irritation and prevents pressure points, reduction of which is vital for patients with diabetes. Furthermore, orthopaedic shoes are design to provide arch support. This is vital for patients with flat feet or for those that tend to pronate during walking. Lastly,  the lining of orthopaedic shoes is made from breathable materials that allow the foot to perspire normally, leading to healthy skin and prevention of fungal growth.

Q: My grandmother has diabetes, are orthopaedic shoes right for her?
A: Yes. In my professional opinion, all diabetic patients must wear orthopaedic shoes. In diabetes, foot problems arise from poor circulation that causes decreased sensitivity in the foot. Clinical studies have shown that orthopaedic shoes and custom made orthotics play a vital role in diabetic foot care. Since orthopaedic shoes are extra deep and can accommodate custom made orthotics, which reduce and redistribute pressure in the foot.  Also, some shoes are made from stretchable materials and have no seams; these features better accommodate the diabetic foot.

Q: What about sport shoes? Can running shoes be orthopaedic?
A: Absolutely. We work with such brand names as Aertex and Dr. Comfort, which specialize in orthopaedic sports footwear. These sport shoes are build based on studies of pressure distribution during running, that redistribute those points and provide most comfortable running experience.

Q: What is a difference between an Orthopaedic shoe and orthotic?
A: Orthopaedic shoe is a complete shoe, manufactured with some modifications, such as extra depth, width, removable insole.  Orthopaedic shoes have their own, non custom made orthotics which provides extra support for the foot. On the other hand, foot orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles or shoe inserts) are devices placed inside the shoes to control and “normalise” foot function.

An orthotic helps to improve structural changes of the foot by re-aligning the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, allowing the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the foot to function at their highest potential, hence restoring natural foot function. I believe that the winning combination would be a mixture of orthopaedic shoes AND custom made orthotics, that way the improvement of your foot discomfort is guaranteed.

Q: I have insurance coverage through my employer, would orthopaedic shoes be on the list of things covered?
A: Yes, in most cases all insurance plans have provisions for orthopaedic shoes and custom made orthotics, however in order to be reimbursed fully a client has to follow certain steps. It varies from plan to plan, but generally, a client is advised to get a referral from their family doctor, indicating diagnosis, first. With the referral, the client shall go to see a foot specialist in order to get biomechanical analysis and a cast (for an orthotic).  Here, at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply, we take care in making sure that the client is pleased with the quality of the product and the paperwork satisfies the standards of one’s insurance coverage. If we do not have a shoe that you like in stock or have sold out your size, no worries, one can select from variety of catalogues and we would custom order it for you.

Q: Is there anything you might recommend to our readers?
A: Yes, I would recommend to your readers to always deal with professionals when it comes to medical matters. There are many stores out there that offer the services of orthotics and orthopaedic shoes, however, in many instances the employees of the stores are mere sales people and are not qualified to give proper advice to their patients. Make sure that you are in good hands, ask questions, and if you are not satisfied with the information provided-go to a foot specialist.

TESTIMONIALS
I would like to thank the staff at Orthomed Clinic and Supply for helping my selecting comfortable and good looking orthopaedic shoes. I am a nurse, I am on my feet all  day long. Thanks to the new shoes, my feet don’t feel as tired anymore and pain in my back has decreased too. Also, my insurance company reimbursed my purchase fully.     Navita 45, Brampton.

I am a construction worker, naturally I am on my feet all day long, at the end of the day I feel tired and my back was killing me. All that has changed once I have purchased orthopaedic safety boots at Orthomed. Plus I got a free shoe care kit with my purchase.        Jeff 36, Mississauga.

If you would like to have a consultation regarding orthopaedic shoes or orthotics, you can see trained practitioners at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply, call 905/671-0200 to book an appointment.

 

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MAINTAINING HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL LEGS

Beautiful female legs always were and still remain a source of inspiration to men. Unfortunately in today’s busy world, a modern woman does not pay enough attention to her legs. Recent studies show that majority of the vascular and aesthetic problems pertaining to lower extremities could be prevented by taking care of your legs from an early age. So, the modern paradox seems to be that women tend to take care of their hair, nails, but forget that beautiful, vein free legs are of equal importance. “How can you take care of your legs?”- you might ask. To answer this question we are interviewing a compression hosiery specialist and certified fitter at Orthomed Clinic and Supply,

Q: What options do women have for preserving the beauty of their legs?
A: Well, today number one solution for women, as well as men, is the use of medical
or preventative compression hosiery or compression stockings in order to maintain
health and get rid of tiredness and swelling in their legs.

Q: What are compression stockings?
A: Compression stockings are specialized long socks, which are worn from the foot to the knee/thigh. These specialized stockings or pantyhose have a gradient of pressure (tighter in the foot and gradually less tight at the knee/thigh).
These stockings when worn properly reduce the swelling in the feet and also decrease the chance of blood clot formation in the legs. They also help to prevent formation of varicose veins and broken capillaries.

Q: How do compression stockings work?
A: Compression stockings are made of strong elastic material and fit tightly at the feet and gradually become less tight at the knee/thigh. The pressure in the stockings is graded and this allows for the stockings to constantly squeeze the leg muscles. This motion helps to drive blood back to the heart,reduce swelling in the feet, and prevent blood clot formation.

Q: Why might a person need compression garments?
A: Wearing specialized compression stockings, socks, and hosiery is an effective way to prevent or slow down the progression of vein and circulation-related problems and diseases. Even if you are experiencing only a mild vein-related problem, this can have an impact on your general health. This is because the lack of proper function of your veins and the reduced blood circulation can lead to cells throughout one’s body being deprived of the essential nutrients and oxygen that one’s body needs. Moreover, if you ignore a vein problem, the condition can worsen over time and lead to permanent vein damage and serious vein diseases such as leg ulcers and blood clots. Compression stockings are an excellent and simple method of treating disorders such as chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, lymphedema, post phlebitic syndrome and prevention of blood clots in the leg. The stockings do not eliminate the varicose veins but do help reduce the swelling, aching and heaviness feeling that individuals with varicose veins experience. It is also recommended that such stockings be worn during long plane rides and pregnancy.

Q: How long should compression stockings be worn?
A: The stockings should be worn daily as long as patient is at increased risk of forming blood clots in the leg. The stockings should be worn during the day and removed at night. For those with varicose veins, venous ulcers and lymphedema, the stockings must be worn for years and even for life. It is highly recommended that whenever possible, individuals keep their legs elevated at night when they do not wear compression stockings.

Q: Where can I purchase compression stockings?
A: I would recommend going to a professional medical supply or a specialized store that employs a certified fitter. Compression stockings come in different compression gradient and sizes based on individual diagnosis and measurements. A certified fitter is trained specifically in varieties of compression stockings and would be able to custom fit you and
recommend the correct product for your needs. A word of caution, a non certified fitter does not have a right to dispense the product, this in many cases leads to delays or refusal of reimbursement from insurance companies. Therefore, make sure that you are dealing with a professional before you purchase a pair of compressions.

Q: Would compression stockings be covered by employment benefits?
A: Absolutely, most insurance plans offer full or partial coverage for compression stockings of medical grade, however they must be recommended by a medical doctor in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Hence, if you  experience any of the symptoms or belong to employment groups  listed below, visit you family doctor and ask him to write you a prescription for medical compression stockings. Then visit our clinic and we will be able to provide you with free consultation and professional selection of compression garments that is appropriate for your need.

Medical compression stockings & socks is the best solution for:
•    Heavy, tired, or aching legs
•    Swollen ankles (edema)
•    Varicose veins
•    Pain or cramps in the calves
•    Venous leg ulcer
•    Spider veins
•    Venous Eczema
•    Lymphedema
•    DVT Prevention (deep vein thrombosis)
•    PTS (post-thrombotic syndrome)
•    Burn Scars
•    Dermatitis
•    Pregnancy

Best Candidates for Medical Compression Hosiery:
•    Active women and men
•    For people traveling long distances by car or air
•    People who are standing and sitting for long hours at work:
•    Health care professionals
•    Sales/retail people
•    Waitresses and restaurant professionals
•    Factory employees
•    Cashiers
•    Airline employees

Q: Is there anything else our reader should know?
A: Yes, I want to mention the most common misconception regarding compression stockings that an average person has, is stigma  that one has to be old and ill in order to use these garments. This is not true. Why treat a medical condition, if you can prevent it all together? If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, you are a good candidate for compression stockings. Do not delay-get a pair now and feel the difference! I would like to address all fashionable ladies,  thanks to modern technology  the production of medical stockings that look just as fashionable as department store hosiery is made possible. Modern compression stockings come in selection of transparencies, colors and textures. One can even choose lace trim if needed. Hence, there is no excuse for not wearing this hosiery. I wear preventative stockings myself because they are beautiful and very good for my health. Now it’s your turn to take care of your legs!

If you would like to have a consultation regarding compression stockings, you can see  a certified fitter at ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply. Call 905/671-0200 to book an appointment.

 

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SKIN TAGS: HEALTH HAZARD OR BEAUTY FOE?

Do you or any of your family members have skin tags? Do they bother you?
You don’t know what to do? Are you afraid of touching them and wonder where they came from?


If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, Orthomed Clinic is a perfect solution for you.  To provide us with more information on skin tags and their removal methods, we have interviewed a licensed aesthetics specialist.

Q:  Please tell us what are skin tags?
A: Skin or cutaneous tags are common, acquired, benign skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. They can vary in appearance, be smooth or irregular, flesh coloured or pigmented, usually raised from the skin on a stalk. Additional names for skin tags include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, fibroepithelial polyp,  soft fibroma.

Q: Is a skin tag a tumor? are they harmful?
A: Skin tags are a type of harmless skin growth or tumor, but they are completely benign. Tags are generally not cancerous (malignant) and don’t become cancerous if left untreated.Skin tags are benign tumors, thus cause no symptoms, unless it is repeatedly rubbed or scratched, as may happen with clothing, jewellery, or when shaving. Very large skin tags may burst under pressure damaged skin tags might bleed.

Q: Where skin tags can be found?
A: Skin tags can be found anywhere on the body, but their favourite places are eyelids, armpits, neck , upper chest and groin.

Q: What causes skin tags?
A: Skin tags are very common and generally occur after midlife. They are said to be caused by bunches of collagen and blood vessels which are trapped inside thicker bits of skin. They are believed to be the result of skin rubbing against skin.
That is why they are generally found in skin creases and folds. Low-risk human papilloma virus (HPV) infections have been implicated in the causation of skin tags too.

Q: Who gets skin tags?
A: Both men and women tend to get skin tags as they age; about 46% of people develop
skin tags at some point in their lives. Skin tags are more common in: people who are overweight and obese, probably because they have more skin folds and creases; pregnant women – most likely because of the hormones secreted; individuals with diabetes; people with the human papilloma virus (low-risk HPV 6 and 11); illegal steroid use – they interfere with the body and muscles, causing the collagen fibers in the skin to bond, allowing skin tags to be formed.

Q : Are skin tags contagious?
A: No. There is not strong evidence to suggest that common skin tags are contagious. Most likely, people do not catch them from anyone and do not transmit them to anyone. While warts are caused by a virus called HPV and are known to be very contagious, most skin tags are not caused by HPV.

Q: How should they be treated?
A: Since skin tags are generally harmless, they are usually removed for aesthetic or cosmetic reasons. There are several effective ways to remove a skin tag, including removing with scissors, freezing (using liquid nitrogen), and burning (using electric cautery). Usually small tags may be removed easily without anesthesia.  Application of a topical anesthesia cream prior to the procedure may be desirable in areas where there are a large number of tags.

At ORTHOMED Clinic we offer a wide range of safe and effective methods for  removal  of unwanted skin tags. Also, take advantage of our FREE consultation.
It will help you to understand the removal procedure and determine if you are a good candidate for it. To book an appointment for FREE consultation, call 905/671-0200.

TESTIMONIALS
I had skin tags on my neck and underarms. They looked and felt repulsive, but I was afraid to touch them. Additionally, tags on my neck got constantly irritated by a chain, and tags at underarm got cut off by the raiser when I shaved. I did not know what to do with them, until my friend told me to visit specialists at Orthomed Clinic. Now I am skin tag free,
my skin is nice and  smooth.

Annie, 32, Mississauga.

 

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GET RID OF YOUR UNWANTED HAIR FOREVER! Permanent Hair Removal – Safe, Effective, Affordable!


Are you tired of shaving and waxing that annoying hair on your upper lip or face? Do you have self esteem issues due to your hairy back and chest? Do you have allergic reaction towards depilatory creams? Do you get ingrown hairs on your bikini line? Do you want to have smooth, hairless legs? Do you want to wake up and not  worry if you have shaved your underarms?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, we have a perfect solution for you. ORTHOMED Clinic offers permanent hair removal by IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology. To provide you with more information on the risks and benefits of procedure, we have  nterviewed a professional hair removal specialist.

Q: Can you tell us more about IPL technology? What is IPL? What makes it different from other methods of hair removal on the market?
A: Excess facial or body hair can be a nuisance or even a nightmare for both women and men. Depilatories, shaving, waxing and electrolysis are common solutions, however, the discomfort associated with ingrown hairs and increased pigmentation are too high a price to pay for temporarily smooth skin. Until recently, removing hair was uncomfortable, inconvenient, expensive and time-consuming. But that has all changed. Today, with the remarkable advances in IPL technology, unwanted hair is being removed painlessly, safely and affordably, with excellent results and lack of side-effects. Intense pulsed light ( IPL ) equipment utilizes xenon-filled flash lamps as primary light source. Essentially, we are using flashes of light to remove hair.

Q: How does IPL remove hair?
A: Highly controlled flashes of light are  absorbed by hair roots (follicles) lying below the surface of the skin. This high-energy light travels down the hair shaft and disables the hair root. The absorbed light heats the hair, which damages or destroys the re-growth potential of the hair root, without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Q: I have dark skin, how can I determine if this treatment is right for me?
A: Unlike laser, IPL is capable of treating any color of hair on any skin type. T the treatment is safe and effective for dark skin tones; however it is best to do treatments with minimal sun exposure. Hence, fall, winter and spring are the best seasons to start the treatments. I would recommend booking a FREE consultation before the treatment. Our trained professionals will evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate.

Q: Does hair color has influence on IPL hair removal?
A: Dark hair absorbs more light energy and is easier to treat. Coarse dark hair responds  best to IPL treatment. Light hair is slightly more difficult to treat, it might take more sessions to achieve the desired results.

Q: What areas can be treated?
A: Any area, except adjacent to the eye, where there is excess hair. The most common areas requested are the face, upper lip, neck, chest, periareolar, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs.

Q: How often do I come for the treatment?
A: The treatment is performed once a month. Since we follow a cycle of hair growth, at least three treatments must be performed. The good news is that there is no down time after the procedure and you will see results after the first treatment.

Q: Do I need to grow the hair out before my consultation / treatment?
A: No, in fact we ask that you do shave the area you want treated. We’re actually targeting the anatomical structures below the skin. Surface hair interferes with this process.

Q: Do I have to stop waxing/bleaching / tweezing / using depilatories, etc?
A: It’s best if you stop waxing because we work with hair roots, once waxed, the hair root is physically removed from the skin and we have no structures left to work with.

Q: Can I be treated while taking medications?
A: The only medications that are prohibited for IPL hair removal are Accutane and Retin-A, which must be discontinued  6 months prior to treatment.

Q: I’m pregnant / planning on becoming pregnant. Can I still be treated?
A: While there is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women cannot be treated safely, it is our policy not to treat without written permission of the patient’s physician.

Q: What does the treatment feel like? Is it painful?
A: No, the treatment is not painful. Each pulse of light feels like a slight sting or pinch. No local anesthesia is required and most people tolerate the treatment well.

Q: Are these treatments FDA approved? Are they safe?
A: Yes, MediLux IPL System is FDA-cleared for the treatment of unwanted hair. The procedures have unparalleled safety records. Side effects are rare and generally well-tolerated.

Q: Are there any possible side effects?
A: Side effects are rare. You may experience some slight reddening or local swelling at the treatment site, but this typically goes away within hours. Limiting sun exposure before and after each treatment will minimize the risk of complications. During the free consultation our practitioner will provide you with  before and after treatment instructions.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add for our readers?
A: Yes, please always deal with professionals when it comes to hair removal, keep in mind that if the technician is not trained or has no biological background, you can end up with a nasty burn on your skin. Also, always take advantage of the FREE consultation, it will help you to understand the treatment and will aid in determining if you are a good candidate
for it.

TESTIMONIALS
I am of Asian background so facial hair was always an issue, I mean sideburns is so not a good look. After years of using creams my sensitive skin has had enough and , I unfortunately, have pigmentation marks as a result. I have gone through the 5 sessions of permanent hair removal at the ORTHOMED Clinic and I am very happy with the results.
The staff at the clinic was very knowledgeable and friendly,  everything was explained to me. I have started to see results from the first treatment, now I have 90% less hair on my face. My skin feels smooth, it makes me very confident and my husband likes it too. I am planning to do my underarms and bikini this winter. I wish I had heard about this treatment years ago. You have given me hope, THANK-YOU. Keep up the good work.                                                                                                                                    Anisha, 26

I must tell you, I was so hairy that if it weren’t for the nipples you’d confuse my front with my back. Somebody says it is sexy – that’s wrong. Back hair is not chest hair, as well as shoulder hair and neck hair – none of it is attractive. Have you ever tried to shave or, even  worse, to wax your chest? Believe me, it is really painful, annoying and time-consuming
procedure. Not only will you suffer from the itchiness of re-growing hair but also a stubbly chest looks ridiculous, and probably doesn’t feel too nice to the girlfriend. Hopefully, I’ve found relief. Several treatments at the ORTHOMED Clinic helped me and now I can to spend all of my time with my girlfriend!                                                                Deepak, 32

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HOW TO STOP AGING?

Do you have dark spots or freckles on your face? Have you wasted a lot of money on lightening creams, but nothing works? Do you have blood vessels on your cheeks and nose? Do you suffer from rosacea? Do you have a teenage child with terrible acne problem and low self –esteem? No worries. If you have answered YES to any of these questions, ORTHOMED Clinic and Supply has a perfect solution for you – PhotoFacial. It is fast, safe and effective treatment against signs of aging. To provide you with more information on the essence and benefits of procedure, we have interviewed a licensed aesthetics specialist.

Q: Can you tell me what is PhotoFacial and why it is so popular?
A: IPL PhotoFacial is the perfect solution for many common skin imperfections and is one of our most exciting anti-aging services. PhotoFacials produce evenly-toned skin that looks more youthful. The IPL PhotoFacial can erase skin damage and treat a variety of common skin conditions. This non invasive, non laser method reduces redness and is beneficial for: chronic rosacea, reducing sun damage (solar keratosis), acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, and other signs of aging or skin damage.

Q: How does PhotoFacial work?
A: PhotoFacial is applied via a series of gentle light pulses over the treatment area. As the light penetrates the skin it is absorbed by small surface blood vessels or pigmentation. The heat enerated by the absorbed energy causes damage to the vessels or pigmented areas stimulating the body’s own natural healing process. Pigmented lesions will typically darken before they flake off or are absorbed by the body.

Q: What the treatment is like?
A: A cool gel is usually applied to the area prior to treatment. Dark protective glasses will be provided to protect your eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the handpiece is held to treatment areas and pulses of light are applied. A slight sting may be felt – similar to the light snap of a small rubber band. Treatment is generally administered in a series of procedures that typically range from 10 to 45 minutes.

Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number of treatments depends on the size, location, depth and color of the lesion; the patient’s skin type and the level of expected outcomes. Usually, at least 3 treatments are conducted in two week intervals. The good news that there is no down time, and you ill see results from the first treatment.

Q: Are IPL PhotoFacial rejuvenation treatments safe?
A: Yes. Advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted tissues, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. However, some bruising or redness may occur.

Q: What results can I expect?
A: After only one treatment, your skin will have a more even tone with a smoother look and feel. Sunspots will fade. Pore sizes will shrink. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually decrease in size. These improvements will steadily increase with each treatment. Patients with rosacea will see a progressive decrease in redness with every treatment.

Q: Is PhotoFacial permanent?
A: After completing the PhotoFacial series, healthy new skin cells form, creating the new growth of healthy tissue. Once your desired results are achieved, approximately two to four maintenance treatments, depending on the patient, a year are recommended.

Q: Does it work on broken capillaries?
A: Broken capillaries respond dramatically to PhotoFacial.  After your treatment, dilated or broken blood vessels decrease, gradually fade and slowly disappear.

Q: Does it work on acne scars?
A: Acne scars that have color (red or brown) will appear less severe after PhotoFacial treatment.

Q: Does it minimize pore size?
A: After a series of treatments are completed, the patient will notice improvement in the skin texture and the appearance of enlarged pores.

Q: Can I tan during the treatment series?
A: An extreme sun exposure is not recommended. A patient who has casual sun may be treated. It is always advised to apply sun block to treatment areas to insure maximum results.

Q: Can you treat other areas of the body besides the face?
A: Yes, many areas can be treated. The neck, chest, shoulders, forearms and hands are the most commonly treated.

Q: Who should not have the procedure?
A: A PhotoFacial is not advisable for patients with connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorders. It is not advisable for pregnant women, nor is it safe for recently sun-tanned skin. It should not be performed on patients taking Accutane or for six months after stopping Accutane. Most photosensitive medications such as antibiotics, anti anxiety, sulfa drugs, birth control pills and anti-hypertensive medications are not a concern.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add for our readers?
A: Yes, please always deal with professionals when it comes to PhotoFacial and other IPL procedures. Keep in mind that if the technician is not trained or has no biological background, you can end up with a nasty burn on your skin.

Also, take advantage of the FREE consultation. It will help you to understand the treatment and will aid in determining if you are a good candidate for it. To book an appointment for FREE consultation, call 905/671-0200 or visit us at 7200 Airport Rd., Mississauga (north of Derry).

TESTIMONIALS

I decided to have a PhotoFacial treatment due to broken capillaries around my nose and cheeks. After my first visit I realized how many freckles and age spots I had; then a few days later they were gone. What a bonus! I love the compliments I am getting on my skin and I would recommend PhotoFacials to anyone.                                                       Daya, 35

When I first came, I had very dark brown spots on my face from all the sun tanning that I enjoyed back home. Now, it is so much better!  I couldn’t believe how much the treatments have cleared up my skin. I rarely wear foundation anymore because my skin is so clear. I would recommend this treatment to anyone, especially if you have brown spots or a damaged complexion.                                                                                                           Nisha, 28

My teenage daughter has acne, she squeezes the pimples and is left with bad looking scars. PhotoFacials has helped my daughter to regain her confidence, she doesn’t hide her face anymore, she is always smiling. I am glad that I brought her to Orthomed for treatments.                                                                                                                    Manika, 52

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