Meet the 8 West team
8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic is proud to be the home of facial and skin rejuvenation professionals who are at the top of their field, which includes our highly qualified medical aestheticians and aesthetic nurses.
Equally as important as their skills and experience, our team also develops long-term relationships with their patients. This is so we can have a comprehensive understanding of your skin, its conditions, and its evolution through treatment. This allows us to tailor your treatment plan to best achieve your individual aesthetic goals.
Our medical aestheticians and registered nurse injectors offer a comprehensive and complimentary consultation to discuss your desired results, and provide quotes on your treatment plan.
Why we love ProFractional Laser
ProFractional Laser is a highly tunable system, which allows for an incredibly wide range of customized, clinical-grade results. Whether you’re aiming to improve general complexion, dramatically soften acne scars, or reduce the signs of aging, ProFractional Laser may be your way to healthier, glowing skin. This laser treatment ensures the swiftest, most comfortable, and most efficient healing to result in plump, refreshed skin that is firmer, tighter, smoother, and brighter.
In your Comprehensive Skin Consultation with a highly trained medical aesthetician at 8 West Clinic, you might discuss some the following concerns and be recommended a ProFractional treatment plan:
- Acne Scar Removal
- Surgical Scar Removal
- Fine Lines
- Crepey Skin
- Uneven Texture
- Discolouration (melasma, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, etc.)
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Large Pores
Am I a Candidate?
Our highly skilled treatment providers are committed to helping you in your journey to looking and feeling your best in your own skin, however small or large that journey is. Being a candidate for ProFractional Laser depends on a number of complex factors which will need to be assessed by a skin expert. This is so that they can clarify exactly what your concern or condition is, as another laser or medical treatment may be ideal instead of, or in tandem with ProFractional Laser.
8 West Cosmetic Surgery 8 Skin Clinic is led by board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, with his hand-picked team consisting of highly experienced medical aestheticians, advanced nurse injectors, and patient care coordinators who work together to offer a 360º full spectrum of facial rejuvenation solutions. We specialize in quality consultations, and are equipped with the expertise to design individualized treatment plans that are right for you and your goals.
How is it performed?
Once your skin has been numbed and you’ve been prepared in your treatment bed, your ProFractional procedure begins. Your medical aesthetician programs the ProFractional system according to what you discussed in your consultation with consideration of your concerns, desired outcomes, and tolerance for downtime. The device then gets pressed gently to the face in a series of strategic passes, allowing the laser to penetrate micro channels in the skin. With pain properly controlled, your face won’t feel a thing throughout the treatment. Depending on what is being treated, the treatment length can take from 15-30 minutes to an hour.
How ProFractional Laser works
After your ProFractional treatment, your skin will continue to gradually repair itself over the next few weeks while collagen and elastin are rebuilt in the dermis and fresh, healthy tissue replace the ablated skin. For the best results, ProFractional treatments are typically performed in a series of 3 or more sessions, which are spaced out approximately 6 weeks in between. Upon completion of your treatments and your healing over about 6 more months, your skin will have a significantly improved appearance whether smoothing out acne scars and surgical scars, smoothing deeper wrinkles or age lines, correcting melasma, or fading brown spots.
With the ability to treat deeper into the dermis than many other laser resurfacing technologies, more optimal results can be achieved for more moderate concerns like scar removal and wrinkle smoothing in a smaller number of treatment sessions—without the compromise of an extensive downtime period.
What to Expect
Post-treatment, the wound-healing response already starts to kick in as a natural response to the controlled micro-damage and resurfacing. It is extremely common to experience redness, swelling and pinpoint bleeding and light scabbing directly after treatment.
One day after treatment your skin will begin to flake and peel off naturally, and it is strongly advised to let this happen naturally and don’t exfoliate.
3-4 days from treatment you will continue to flake and peel as your skin continues to recover. Most people tend to take this as time off from work resting, as it is suggested to avoid putting makeup on during this period, and to avoid exercise (very light exercise is fine).
5-7 days from treatment you will be able to return to your normal routine. Mineral makeup can be used to cover redness, and you can resume more strenuous exercise.
The healing process is an important part of ProFractional treatment, as your skin will continue to gradually repair itself over the next few weeks while collagen and elastin are rebuilt in the dermis and fresh, healthy tissue replace the ablated skin. Two weeks post-treatment, once the skin has healed and flaking has completely stopped, you will already notice brighter, fresher and clearer skin – but that isn’t where the miracle stops.
Your skin continues to generate collagen and elastin deep in the dermis for the 6 months following treatment. At the 6 month mark is where your skin will have a significantly improved appearance, and the best of the results will have come to the surface, leaving your skin refreshed, healthy and glowing for all to see!
The ProFractional laser treatment is popular with our patients whether as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other treatments. Depending on your skin concerns and desired skin goals, there are a number of combination treatment options for optimal results.
Our expert medical aestheticians and registered aesthetic nurses will assess your skin and design a customized treatment plan that is as unique as your skin is. A complimentary consultation is the best place to start, to discuss your goals and how we can best utilize our range of treatments to best suit your needs.
Treatments such as the Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser and Broadband Light (BBL) therapy are ideal combination treatments to improve overall tone and texture, remove discoloration and pigmentation, and reducing pore size
If you are wanting to find the pinnacle of anti-aging treatments, TRL – Surgical Laser Resurfacing is a phenomenal combination treatment with ProFractional Laser. This powerful duo removes wrinkles on the outside of the skin while stimulating the growth of collagen on the inside, improving the firmness, tightness and resilience of skin damaged by the effects of aging and sun exposure.
Finally, if adding volume to your skin is something you are interested in, Dermal Fillers in key areas approximately 2 weeks prior to treatment can help to promote plump features. They are also great to help balance the face, and highlight key features to really get the most out of your ProFractional journey.
Learn more with a consultation
Whatever your skin and anti-aging goals, a discussion with an expert and specialist is always the ideal first step in your journey. Learn more about ProFractional laser and our other facial rejuvenation options with a complimentary consultation and skin assessment. Book your free consultation by calling us on (604) 733-1669 or complete this online form for a call back from one of our knowledgeable Patient Care Managers.