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Non-laser cosmetic technologies at our Vancouver beauty clinic (in Surrey)

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At our Vancouver-area beauty clinic (in Surrey), we offer more than just lasers. There are many other modern, cosmetic technologies that we can use. To achieve aesthetic results, practitioners can opt for cryolipolysis, radio-frequency waves, ‘hot’ microneedling tips, plasma heat and more. By using our additional, non-laser tools, we can help you get rid of underarm sweat, remove fat, tighten skin, and treat cellulite or stretch marks – all without surgery!

Of course, we also host an array of high quality, cosmetic lasers. You can learn about them, here.

Are we worth the drive? Many would say, “yes!” We regularly service clients from across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including from Vancouver, Delta (Tsawwassen and Ladner), Langley, South Surrey, White Rock, New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, Richmond and even as far as Abbotsford, Whistler and Washington.

Some of our top, non-laser cosmetic technologies are listed below, as well as common FAQs about them, below that.

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Expand an item to see more detail about it, and what it’s used for:

miraDry underarm sweating treatment session showing handpiece

miraDry®

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
  • Underarm sweat, odour and hair removal

Read more about miraDry® technology, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

coolsculpting session example

CoolSculpting

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
  • Body contouring and non-invasive lipolysis
  • Belly fat (upper and lower abdomen)
  • Waist and hip fat (i.e. ‘muffin tops’ or, ‘love handles’)
  • Underarm and forearm fat
  • Back fat
  • Chest fat (i.e. ‘man breasts’)
  • Bra bulges (upper sides of female breasts)
  • Front, outer and inner thigh fat (including lower bikini fat, plus ‘saddle bags’ on the butt sides)
  • Back-side butt fat (i.e. ‘banana rolls’)
  • Chin fat (plus see our other treatment options for chin fat and face fat)

Read more about CoolSculpting® fat removal, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

rhytec portrait psr plasma skin rejuvenation machine

Portrait® PSR

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:

Read more about Portrait® Plasma Skin Rejuvenation, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

Gentlewaves back side of light machine for anti-aging LED photomodulation treatment

GentleWaves®

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:

Read more about GentleWaves® LED Photomodulation, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

Vagina tightening

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
  • Incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Anorgasmia or pelvic pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Loosening and stretching of the vagina (due to childbirth or menopause aging processes)
  • Dryness in the vagina

Read more about ThermiVa® vaginal tightening, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

truSculpt ID body sculpting machine session on abdomen for fat reduction

truSculpt® iD

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
  • Body shaping and non-invasive lipolysis
  • Post-pregnancy, stretched belly
  • Inner thighs (where you may want a ‘thigh gap’)
  • Cellulite and uneven texture around the butt and hips
  • Love handles on the waist
  • Fat around the upper, side areas of the breasts
  • Arm fat
  • Chin fat (plus see our other treatments for chin fat and face fat)

Read more about truSculpt® iD body sculpting, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

infini rf handpiece for microneedling with cosmetic radio frequency machine

Infini™ RF

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:

Read more about Infini™ RF microneedling, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

Thermigen radio frequency cosmetic machine for anti-aging treatments and skin tightening

ThermiRF®

WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
  • Aging, sagging skin on the face and neck (jowl and neck lines)
  • Wrinkles and lines around face, including eye areas
  • Double chin fat (see also: Belkyra™)
  • Cellulite and bumpy skin on the body
  • Lumps and uneven skin shape as a result of liposuction or other fat-reduction treatments
  • Skin tightening and contouring needs (especially where larger fat reduction machines can’t reach). For example, knee fat, love handles, back fat, thigh fat, arm fat, breast bulges, spot fat, etc.
  • Vaginal laxity (see also: ThermiVa®)
  • Sagging breasts (for less severe cases)

Read more about ThermiRF® skin tightening, here.

Book a consult today, and we’ll make a custom plan for you!

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Choose a technology-based, doctor-led, Vancouver beauty clinic (in Surrey) 

For non-surgical cosmetic procedures, with or without lasers, you’ll always want to choose a top-tier beauty clinic with more than just safety standards.

At our clinic, we not only employ educated, laser technicians. We also are headed up by a practicing physician who has several qualifications in the field of aesthetic medicine. He trains his staff in-house, and oversees all cosmetic procedures being performed on our patients.

When it comes to alternative cosmetic technologies, the standards for procedures are not quite the same as with lasers (of course). Laser schools can only teach so much in this regard. So, we regularly educate our laser aestheticians on these additional devices. Sometimes, we even send them abroad to learn techniques that can advance the quality of results at our clinic.

Speaking of technique, it is important to know that, for the best possible outcome, your face and body should still look natural after undergoing cosmetic procedures. This comes down to artistry and skill, as much as it has to do with the science of the tools being used. In other words: having a fancy machine and knowing how to turn it on does not mean you’ll get results from it. An aesthetician must know how to tailor treatments for you. This takes experience.

We are happy to say that we offer ‘all of the above’ to our patients. Many have been satisfied with our cosmetic procedures, and continue to leave us outstanding reviews online.

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FAQs about our cosmetic laser alternatives in Surrey, (near Vancouver)

Below, we answer common FAQs about our cosmetic devices that don’t use laser light. If you have further questions, we’d be happy to go over them with you in person. Book a consultation at our clinic. There, we can let you know more about our services, and how they can help you achieve the look you want.

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Are non-laser cosmetic technologies better or safer for skin of colour?

Yes! For those who have been told that lasers won’t work for their skin type, this usually does not apply to other types of energy. However, this does not mean that we won’t need to be just as cautious as when using lasers.

Let us explain:

With lasers, the goal is to get colour to absorb light. For example, with laser hair removal, it is ideal if skin is light, and hair is dark. This allows light energy to heat up only the dark hair, while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The same is true of tattoo removal, or redness treatments (like on visible veins). If your skin contains pigment, the chances of being burned by a laser are high. So, laser technicians should be extra careful when performing treatments on dark skin (which is possible, by the way!).

With non-laser cosmetic technologies, we may still use heat. But, it is not light based. So, we don’t need the distinguishment of colour to achieve intended results. This means technologies like miraDry®, for instance, can reduce underarm hair on any skin tone, while also killing off sweat glands (the latter of which is its primary goal). CoolSculpting®, being cold, can work on any skin tone.

But (and this is a big ‘but’), we must always be careful not to burn skin of colour (or any skin!). Darker skin tones can form post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation spots more easily than Caucasian skin. These are essentially long-term burn scars.

Choosing a safe, reputable medspa, with highly trained technicians and an experienced doctor, is always advisable for this reason. That goes for both laser or non-laser medical aesthetic treatments.

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Are your alternative, cosmetic technologies less painful than lasers?

Pain during non-surgical cosmetic procedures can depend on a lot of factors, including your own sensitivity. These procedures are certainly less painful than surgery. They also come with shorter downtime (if any at all).

Non-surgical, medical aesthetic technologies, whether lasers or not, can sometimes be painful. But, they can also be painless. It depends on which device we are speaking of, and the intensity at which it is used.

Typically we would say that, with most aesthetic procedures, you will feel something. But that ‘something’ may be more of a discomfort, rather than outright pain.

Either way, our procedures are tolerable! And sometimes, numbing solutions are used, so you won’t feel pain at all during the process.

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Are radio frequency cosmetic procedures dangerous, and do they come with side effects?

No they are not dangerous. The most common side-effect of the technologies, like with lasers, would be burning. Though, this is dependent on how the tools are used. Even if they do happen, burns are usually minor, or treatable.

All of the cosmetic, microwave or radio-frequency (RF) tools at our clinic have been studied for safety and efficacy. They are backed by reputable companies, and have been used on thousands of patients already.

You can learn more about the safety of radio-frequency cosmetic devices, by reviewing this clinical study.

It’s important to know that “radio frequency” does not always imply something ‘bad.’ For example, your microwave at home uses a certain frequency on the electromagnetic spectrum. So does your cell phone, WiFi, TV and car radio. In fact, strictly speaking, even visible light and UV rays from the sun fall on this spectrum. Lasers can also be found in this range.

It is true that certain types of frequencies fall under ionizing radiation, and those are known to be dangerous. But, this is only the case if you are continuously exposed to them (e.g. sun tanning!). In controlled applications, these types of radiation can even be used for medicinal purposes, such as with X-rays, or to treat cancer.

Now, there is a difference between ionizing, and non-ionizing radiation.

When we speak of radio frequency or microwave technology in medical aesthetics, we are not operating in that ‘dangerous’ realm. We are using low-energy, electromagnetic waves. They are non-ionizing.

In fact, if you have an infrared (IR) heater at home, you may be getting more energy radiation from that, than from any of our devices. UV light from prolonged sun exposure is far more dangerous than procedures done at our clinic. To put it into even more perspective, skin tightening with radio frequency typically uses lower energy than your kitchen’s microwave.

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Why use heat from radio frequency energy if there are other sources of heat available?

With these types of cosmetic procedures, the aim is to produce a specific amount of heat, at a specific depth in the skin. When lower layers of skin are heated up, collagen production is induced, fat cells are melted, and other ‘beautifying’ things can take place.

This is why lasers can not always be used for sagging skin, fat, cellulite or sweat treatments. They don’t allow the right kind of heat to penetrate deeply enough, without affecting the upper layers of skin. So, scientists turn to another type of energy, to accomplish this effect.

The concept is the same with cryolipolysis, except in this case, we are using cold, not heat. The goal is to freeze fat, without affecting the skin or other parts of the body.

So, just like you can’t freeze your fat off with ice packs from your freezer, you also can’t use a hot iron to stimulate collagen, in an attempt to tighten your skin. It just doesn’t work that way. Special devices are needed to keep you safe, and uninjured during these cosmetic procedures!

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Can I choose between lasers or other treatments at your clinic?

Each of our devices is designed to do a specific set of tasks. You’ll certainly have the choice of undergoing cosmetic procedures that interest you (as long as you’re eligible). However, our tools are not interchangeable, scientifically speaking.

For example, laser hair removal, at present, can not be accomplished with radio frequency heat. Certain lasers can only reach certain depths in the skin. And, certain devices are only cleared for use on some body parts.

If you are hoping for a specific effect, we strongly recommend coming in for a consultation at our clinic. From there, we can answer more questions you may have. We can also let you know which treatments, or combination of treatments, will work to achieve your cosmetic goals.

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