VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 06, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — A doctor at a medical spa in Surrey (near Vancouver), BC has noticed an increase in demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures specific in recent months. These include active laser treatments for acne, chemical peels and heat sculpting.
Although Dr. Shah of the Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic isn’t sure exactly why these treatments are becoming popular at his clinic, he does speculate about it.
Acne, for example, was a common complaint during the pandemic among mask wearers. “Maskne”, as it was known in popular culture, was often talked about in beauty blogs. Google Trends also shows an increase in 2021 in the number of people searching for “acne” in Canada.
However, acne is not new, nor is its laser treatment. More traditionally, acne scars are treated with fractional laser treatments, such as with the Fraxel® DUAL or a CO2 laser. However, these more advanced treatments require that the acne has subsided.
Treatment of active acne with lasers may involve a process called photodynamic therapy (PDT). This method uses a topical medication to sensitize the skin to laser light, followed by pulsing with the laser. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), this treatment may be effective in reducing severe acne, such as that which presents with cysts. However, other studies show that using various laser wavelengths without a topical sensitizing cream can also be effective. Aerolase is an example that strongly promotes the latter method. Although the same technique can be used with other brands.
According to Google Trends, chemical peels were popularly searched between 2004 and 2010 in British Columbia, when they then seemed to fall out of favor. However, statistics show a gradual increase in demand for this service over the past few years.
“Especially when it comes to melasma and hyperpigmentation, patients are looking for treatments to address these issues, and chemical peels are both requested and recommended,” says Dr. Shah of the Beautiful Canadian Laser and Skincare Clinic.
The term “melasma” itself has also seen a significant increase in search queries in Canada since 2020, according to Google Trends.
Finally, hot sculpting is becoming more and more in demand as an alternative way to eliminate stubborn little pockets of fat, otherwise known as body contouring. The traditional and still very popular choice is CoolSculpting®, which freezes fat. Hot sculpting, on the other hand, melts fat. Although heat can be delivered through laser treatments or laser-assisted lipolysis, these methods can be painful for patients. The radio frequency device called truSculpt® iD is more like a hot stone massage, according to its creators.
“CoolSculpting® is a great choice for fat burning, but patients always like to try something new, as long as it’s still effective, and truSculpt® iD can achieve that, while providing the added bonus of skin firming. skin,” adds Dr. Shah.
While beauty magazines are reporting several non-surgical procedures as upcoming trends for 2022, Dr. Shah notes that most of them aren’t new, but rather steady in popularity. He cites the example of chin fat reduction, as well as Botox® and filler treatments.
“Belkyra™ has been popular since its launch in Canada in 2016. Treatments like Botox® and fillers are a staple in any medical aesthetic clinic,” he explains. “So I don’t see them as ‘new’ per se.”
“The trends I’m seeing in my patients may be hyper localized, yes, but they’re interesting because they show a shift in the mindset of the general public looking for non-surgical interventions,” he continues. “These treatments are for problems that can be treated by other means, but patients are starting to show interest in these particular methods. It may have to do with media attention, word of mouth or whatever.
Dr. Shah notes that despite the popularity of these choices, his clinic still makes recommendations based on client needs, rather than trying to sell a trend if it isn’t right for the patient.
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