December 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of Dr. Balharry ....

Now, here’s a frightening thought –

It is predicted that by 2020 the sales of adult diapers will exceed the sales of infant diapers!

I cough – I pee a little.  I run – I pee a little.  I lift my kid – I pee a little.  I can’t go to the gym ‘cause I pee a little.  I have to wear a pad all the time to catch my pee.

Hmmmm!  So what’s going on?  Urinary incontinence or leaky bladder affects 1 in 3 women and yet it is barely talked about except for TV advertisements for ‘Depends’.  So why does this happen?  Well, the pelvis is just a tube which, in the female, allows the passage of a baby.  It is only muscles and soft tissue that hold everything up.  Many things will weaken these muscles, particularly pregnancy but also obesity, frequent constipation, smoking, chronic cough and sometimes just natural laxity of these tissues.  The bladder muscles are then not supported properly and cannot hold the urine when an extra force is applied, such as a sneeze.

Sadly, there is considerable embarrassment that surrounds this condition and most women will try to pretend that it does not happen to them.  It interferes with self-esteem and intimate relations also.  So they cut back on their exercise or don’t go to the gym.  This leads to weight gain which worsens the incontinence and thus begins a downward spiral.

What is even sadder is that there are things that can be done to improve this, especially if dealt with in the early stages.

So, what is there to do for this?  First, a simple assessment of your pelvis to identify the problem.  If it is laxity that is the cause, the first thing to do is start doing some pelvic floor exercises to strengthen these muscles.  A further assessment by a physiotherapist who has expertise in this area can offer specific exercise programs to help.

The Fotona Incontilase is a laser system that was approved in Canada in 2014.  I was so impressed with the results from Europe that I bought this machine in 2015 as the first laser in Canada to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence and Genital Menopause Syndrome or atrophic vaginitis as it used to be called.  It is the only laser device to have the approval of Health Canada for the treatment of these two conditions. I continue to be impressed with the results that this equipment offers. This is a simple laser treatment to the pelvic floor tissues that stimulates a regeneration process that creates new collagen and other supportive tissues to strengthen the pelvic floor.  The treatment is painless, causes no injury to the vaginal tissues and has no recovery time.  Two treatments are recommended, a month apart.  A simple treatment like this can make such a huge difference to a woman’s feeling of self-confidence and well-being.  And think of the savings on pads and diapers!

I am so impressed with this and feel so badly about this unnecessary burden that so many women carry, that I have reduced the price of this treatment as low as I can go.  Hopefully this will make it affordable for any of you with either stress incontinence or genital menopause syndrome to seriously consider this option.  Do not feel embarrassed about this as, remember, 1 in 3 women are affected by this so it is common.  Please just make an appointment for a consultation and allow us to help to decide if this simple treatment is right for you.  What a change this could make.

The Clinic's Skin Tech Tips ...

Fractora has become an extremely popular service.  We love seeing the clients come back happy with the results we have been able to provide.

What is Fractora?  Fractora is a treatment that delivers radio frequency energy (which converts to heat) just beneath the surface of the skin through the penetration of multiple pins.  The localized heat delivered via these small micro-lesions in the treatment area is what greatly contributes to the results achieved by these treatments.

What is great about Fractora?  Fractora delivers improvements in the broadest range of concerns. The gentle heat promotes collagen restructuring and improvements of both tone and texture.  Skin rejuvenation includes fine lines, deep lines, texture, pigment irregularities, blood vessels and redness.  This treatment is also incredible in the treatment of active acne and acne scar reduction.

Why choose Fractora?  To see drastic improvement in the target area with minimal downtime.  Fractora offers improvements for aging skin that would normally require two, three or even four different technologies.  The full face and neck are most popular to treat.  Other applications of Fractora include treating stretchmarks and loose skin on the body; the most popular areas are hips, stomach, arms or upper thighs.

How do I get the best results from Fractora?  We believe the best results from Fractora can be achieved by doing two treatments four to six weeks apart.  To promote and encourage these results, we offer the second treatment at 50% off.

How long do I see the benefits of Fractora?  This can greatly depend on the individual client, skin care, products and follow-up.  Fractora results will continue to develop over the coming months, as new collagen is created. Each session will further ablate and resurface the skin, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, textural irregularities, and scarring. Follow-up treatments may be needed in the future to maintain results. Remember that with Fractora we are changing your skin and your collagen, so while results can take a month or so to start appearing, they will continue to build over time. Your skin will be refreshed and renewed, and then will start to age again naturally.  Many patients will need maintenance treatments in the future. It is very important to support clinic treatments with proper home care and products.  Gradual improvements beyond the technical treatments can be very notable with consistent use of the correct products designed for your skin.

Healthy Skin ~ Happy Skin