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 Contour TRL
This highly tunable and powerful erbium yag laser completes the toolbelt of our knowledgeable medical aestheticians, by providing them with the best in laser resurfacing. Contour TRL provides the deepest level of laser resurfacing, providing advanced treatment of more severe cases and skin conditions, by removing the top layers of skin while boosting collagen grown in the deeper layers. Contour TRL is the ideal treatment for the following results:
- Dramatic reduction of wrinkles and lines
- Tightening of peri-oral (mouth) and peri-orbital (eyes) skin and wrinkles
- Severe acne scars
- Surgical scar management
- Boost skin elastin and collagen
While Contour TRL does require longer downtime than other laser treatments, this is still a non-invasive alternative (or companion) to surgery to address the signs of aging.
Am I a Candidate?
As Contour TRL is our most powerful laser, it is typically reserved for patients with moderate-severe signs of aging, or acne scarring. We have a number of laser treatments that target various conditions, where TRL is the most ideal is if you observe the following skin conditions or concerns:
- Mild to deep wrinkles
- Persistent peri-oral (around the mouth) and peri-orbital (around the eyes) deep rhytides
- Acne scars, post-traumatic scars and surgical scars
- Actinic keratoses
- Pigmented lesions
- Lax skin in all areas
- Poor skin tone or texture
The best way to determine your candidacy for this treatment is to book a complimentary consultation with one of our medical aestheticians. They will perform a thorough analysis of your skin and your concerns, and provide you with a customized treatment plan. Our entire range of laser treatments is taken into consideration, combined with over a decade of experience to determine your treatment plan, so you can rest assured knowing we have your best interests at heart.
How is it performed?
While this is an incredibly powerful laser treatment, it is also regarded as the safest and most effective laser for gently and precisely removing the outer layers of the skin. The result is a reduction or even elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, and softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.
A numbing topical ointment will be applied to your skin prior to treatment, as well as other methods of pain management will be discussed prior to your appointment. Our number one priority is your comfort, so we will ensure that you are experiencing as little pain or discomfort as we can provide.
The treatment requires you in a reclined position, as our expert medical aesthetician drags the laser applicator over the treatment area, precisely controlling the depth of the laser treatment, depending on the condition being treated.
There are a number of safety precautions, such as eye protectors and a second aesthetician assisting during your treatment.
How Contour TRL works
Like many other laser resurfacing treatments, Contour TRL uses its highly customizable laser technology to penetrate and resurfacing the skin, while simultaneously stimulating collagen and elastin.
What makes the Sciton Contour TRL truly unique when compared to other resurfacing lasers is the technology, which allows your treatment provider to have independent control over the depth of ablation and coagulation with micron precision. A micron is equivalent to one millionth of a meter, and is a common unit of measurement used for the skin. With the TRL technology, the precision and control is unmatched by any other laser – with the ability to penetrate as shallow as 4 microns, to as deep as 200 microns per pass.
The next feature of the Contour TRL laser which makes it so unique is that it makes it possible to ablate (resurface) as shallow or deep as is appropriate for the patient, with or without coagulation (heat). Other lasers, like Co2 lasers, have a fixed ratio of coagulation to ablation without the ability to separate the two. With Co2 lasers, coagulation is always done with ablation, which can lead to hypopigmentation, sustained erythema, and longer recovery in specific patients. Because the Contour TRL decouples ablation from coagulation, we can dial in the exact tissue effect needed for each patient’s pathology, objectives, and tolerance for downtime.
What to Expect
Our skin specialists have performed thousands of laser treatments and are experts in helping you prepare and recover from your procedure. You will be provided with detailed instructions prior to treatment, such as what to avoid and how to prepare your skin.
The treatment itself takes roughly 30 – 45 minutes and you will be asked to avoid certain stay out of the sun post-treatment. After the treatment, you will be provided with comprehensive recovery instructions, with details on how to keep your skin clean and protected as you recover.
The amount of downtime that you experience will depend on how deep your treatment is and what areas are treated, which will be discussed with you during your consultation. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be red, feel sunburned, and potentially experience some pinpoint bleeding. We do recommend taking a few days off work, and to avoid exercise and exposure to the sun. Most patients having deep skin resurfacing will take 5 – 7 days off work and limit social activities for one to two weeks.
Contour TRL is often performed in conjunction with other laser resurfacing treatments, to provide the most striking and optimal results. Treatments such as HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser and ProFractional Laser are often paired with Contour TRL for the best in laser skin resurfacing, while significantly boosting collagen and elastin. Most people who receive these combination treatments comment that they look ten, even fifteen years younger.
Popular options for patients who are looking for the very best in anti-aging treatments include Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle Relaxing Injections. These treatments can work to help plump areas like the cheeks and lips, and to assist in diminishing and preventing lines and wrinkles, making these an ideal option to truly rejuvenate and reinvigorate your appearance, to ensure you without a doubt love the skin that you’re in.
Learn more with a consultation
8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic offers complimentary consultations with all of our medical aesthetics treatment providers. During this consultation is when you can discuss your concerns, your aesthetic goals, and pricing. By the end of your appointment, you will have a custom treatment plan designed just for you, and you may even book additional time for optional treatment if you decide you would like this the same day.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a consultation or appointment, please call the clinic on (604) 733-1669 or complete this online form to receive a call back from one of our friendly patient care managers.