FAQ

Dermatology is a specialized field of medicine, which includes the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases/conditions of the skin.

All medical skin conditions (e.g. acne, rosacea, psoriasis, warts, skin cancer) require a referral letter from your family physician or walk-in clinic (or any medical doctor). Cosmetic skin concerns (e.g. Botox, fillers, lasers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion) do not require a referral.

Your skin condition or concern requires a visual in-office assessment to best provide you with the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. As with any treatment, costs vary depending on the scale and severity of the condition, as well as the treatment method selected. There are often various treatment options that can be selected to fit your budget. If you have a medical problem affecting your skin, then a referral is required from your family physician or walk-in clinic. For cosmetic concerns a referral from a physician is not required and you can contact us directly by phone to make the appointment.

A dermatologist can help you care for your skin in many important ways:

 

  • Diagnosis– Dermatologists diagnose skin disease quickly and effectively by noting your symptoms and checking your skin. They will sometimes perform biopsies, blood tests, or other tests to determine the diagnosis. They then give you options for treatment based on the risk/benefit balance and what fits your budget.
  • Prevention– Dermatologists can also help you prevent unnecessary damage to your skin through education and by showing you how to examine your skin for signs of skin cancer or other skin problems.
  • Surgery: Dermatologists are trained and skilled in skin surgery. They often perform surgery on the skin to prevent disease or treat skin cancer, or improve how the skin looks.
  • Cosmetic Procedures– Dermatologists can improve the appearance of skin damage caused by genetics, aging, sunlight or disease.

The length of your appointment is based on many factors, including: how long you have had the problem (e.g. how long is the story or history required to relay the skin concern), how has it been treated thus far, how many total skin concerns there are, the number of questions you have, whether a procedure will be performed at the same visit, etc. Thus, it is difficult to say how long your appointment will be.

If it becomes necessary to cancel your appointment, it is important to call our office (Phone: 905-846-9255) 48 hours in advance so that we can offer that appointment to others on our waiting list. There is also a no-show fee for not showing up or not cancelling within 48 hours of your appointment.

It is critical for safety and optimal results that only someone trained and skilled in anatomy, surgery, and anesthesia be allowed to inject the face with botulinum toxin and injectable fillers, therefore only Dr.Gupta will perform these procedures.

Botox is a purified protein injected into the skin and used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles (“dynamic wrinkles”), while Juvederm are hyaluronic acid injectable fillers used to fill out wrinkles (e.g. laugh lines) or enhance facial volume (e.g. fuller cheeks) or plump up lips.

Botox has been used for over 20 years in millions of people and is considered a very safe treatment, especially when performed by specialist physicians such as Dermatologists.

These fillers are made up of a normal component of the skin which unfortunately breaks down as we age. Thus, the fillers are bio-compatible and safe, and do not require allergy testing.

Most people find BOTOX lasts anywhere between 3-6 months. With repeated treatments, BOTOX treatments will often last increasing amounts of time.

Depending on the area treated and how much is injected, fillers can last anywhere from 4 – 12 months.

Various treatments such as Botox, injectable fillers, micro needling +/- platelet rich plasma (PRP) and laser resurfacing are particularly helpful in softening these lines, though they are hard to get rid of completely.

One of the best ways to treat large, dilated, blood vessels on the face is with a laser or light device. This is generally well tolerated, effective with a few treatments, causes minimal down time, and does not scar.

Various prescription or physician-grade creams can be somewhat helpful, though for better results, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, platelet rich plasma (PRP), or lasers are required.

Lasers used to work best on people with lighter skin and dark hair, but these days there are options available for women and men of all skin tones and colours. With the help of modern technology and the cutting edge technology offered at our clinic, our experienced staff can select the laser technology that is both safe and effective for each patient, or sometimes recommend other options such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and fading creams as adjuncts to improving skin tone.

They are sometimes related to age and genetics, and can also be due to chronic sun exposure. Although they are harmless, they can be unsightly and can be safely lightened or removed using various techniques that your dermatologist can discuss with you. Laser or light devices, chemical peels, and some creams may be employed.

The laser device offers a number of benefits for men and women who are noticing the premature signs of aging, have acne scars, and those who may have scars from an injury. The procedure can reduce skin imperfections and help create a smoother, more uniform appearance.

 

Some of the top benefits include:

  • Can be used on both the face and body
  • Can be administered on all skin types
  • Can be combined with other treatments
  • Helps reduce or eliminate acne scars
  • Can reduce or eliminate skin pigmentation
  • Helps reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
  • Can help keep acne under control
  • Improves the texture and tone of the skin
  • Evens out skin discolouration
  • Eliminates or reduces the effects of sun damage

The creams, lotions, serums and other products sold at the Heart Lake Cosmetic Dermatology Centre are physician/medical grade and not available over the counter. They have been rigorously reviewed and selected by our experienced team . The concentrations of various anti- aging ingredients (e.g. glycol acid, vitamin C, peptides, growth factors, retinol) and their delivery system is superior to over the counter products, and we provide sunscreens and other products that are the least likely to cause irritation or allergy, and at various price points to fit your budget.