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Winter Skin Care Tips from Sculpt Calgary

Winter Skincare Sculpt CalgaryWinter in Calgary can be particularly trying on the nerves and on our skin. Between traffic delays during whiteouts, a lack of moisture in the air, and drastic drops in temperatures, winter causes its fair share of havoc on both our stress levels and skin.

Dry winds and frosty weather strip the skin of moisture causing it to look dull, dry, get flaky and become more irritable. Indoor heating also steals moisture from the air. Hot showers and baths meant to compensate for the cold, further rob our skin of moisture. It's no wonder our skin gets dry in the winter.

Fortunately, there are measures that we can take to combat the cold and keep our skin healthy and glowing throughout the winter.

Here are some tips to keep your skin in tiptop shape all winter long:

Wash with Luke Warm Water

Winter Skincare Tips Sculpt CalgaryWhile a long, hot, steamy shower sounds like heaven on chilly days, staying too long and using scalding hot water to warm up steals precious moisture from our skin. Showering in super hot water and using harsh soaps strips our skin of its natural protective oils.

Frequent showering under these conditions also exacerbates the problem, as we don’t give our skin enough time to produce our natural oils and repair itself. Thus, come the winter weather – refrain from frequently taking long hot showers and instead opt for shorter showers with lukewarm water temperatures.

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The Difference Between Botox and Fillers via Sculpt Calgary

Botox vs Fillers Sculpt CalgaryHere at Sculpt Medi Spa in Calgary, we’re in the business of helping our clients achieve their quest to look and feel their best. Oftentimes, eliminating and eradicating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is the first mission and we are armed with the expertise and experience to help you attain those results.

There is a common misconception that Botox and facial fillers are one in the same. Although both can effectively rectify fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, these two cosmetic injectables actually work in different ways. Both are delivered via injections but have different uses. Let us explain…

What is Botox?

Botox® Cosmetic is actually a brand of Botulinum toxin. Botox® Cosmetic happens to be the most well-known and tested botulinum toxin product in the marketplace. Manufactured by Allergen and developed after decades of medical research and studies, it is used extensively by medical professionals and is pretty much synonymous with botulinum toxin. Much in the same way that facial tissues are often referred to as “Kleenex”, so is Botox® Cosmetic the name that has replaced the rather hard to pronounce neurotoxin.

How Does Botox Work?

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin which blocks the action of nerves on muscles. This muscle paralysis agent decreases the facial motions which cause fine lines and wrinkles to begin with. From years of expressing ourselves through our face, creases start to form in the areas where we repeatedly furrow our brows or contort our foreheads to make a point. By relaxing these facial muscles, these wrinkles have the opportunity to soften and also the decreased muscle activity helps to prevent further creation of deeper lines in our faces.

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Professional Micro Needling in Calgary: Dermaroller® at Sculpt

Microneeding Sculpt CalgaryAmong the myriad of anti-aging treatments available, micro needling (aka derma rolling or collagen induction therapy) is on the rise and with good reason, it works! Micro needling harnesses the skin’s natural healing ability, stimulating cell proliferation and the formation of new collagen to create a thicker, stronger cellular matrix which results in radiant and younger looking skin.

Not only does micro needling effectively diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but when done safely and correctly, it drastically reduces acne scarring, age spots, pore sizes, sun damage, and more.

What is Micro Needling?

Micro needling, derma rolling, and collagen induction therapy all refer to the same procedure. Micro needling utilizes a device similar to a miniature prickly lint roller with a rotating head that contains tiny, medical grade needles. These micro needles when passed over the surface of the skin, puncture it creating miniscule perforations that begin healing immediately.  

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Permanently Get Rid of Fat with BTL Vanquish Me™ Body Contouring

BTL Vanquish 2017For those who have made a concerted effort to reduce their waistline by going balls to wall at the gym and completely revamping their diet, shedding those last few pounds can feel like trying to drag a child out of a candy store. 

Even though you’re doing all the right things – eating right, exercising properly, getting enough rest, etc. all of a sudden progress stalls and you hit a plateau. Everything that was once effective, isn't working anymore.

When you first start something new, whether it’s swapping sodas for water or lifting at the gym, you can make progress quickly and everything rocks because you see the big changes. However, as your efforts are maintained there does come a point where progression is not as noticeable and it is here where the frustration can arise.  

Getting Over the Plateau

Fortunately, there is an award-winning treatment that effectively targets those stubborn areas like “love handles”, “muffin tops”, and “side flanks”, to eliminate fat cells once and for all.

No surgery required, with zero downtime and minimal pain, BTL Vanquish is the ultimate non-invasive body shaping and body contouring procedure.

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The Importance of Sunscreen in Your Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

Sunscreen Anti AgingFinally, summer is here! Our beautiful city of Calgary actually boasts the most hours of sunlight all year round in comparison to all other major Canadian cities. While it’s awesome to live in a place that brings on the brightness rather than gloomy doomy grey skies, excessive sun exposure can cause problems for our skin.

The sun ages us. Unprotected skin exposed to UVA and UVB rays is susceptible to wrinkles, skin discolouration, brown sun/age spots, rough patches, and sagging – all characteristics associated with the visible signs of aging. In addition to prematurely aging our skin, UV rays can also weaken our immune system and can lead to the development of cataracts.

So yeah, when your mother/friend/dermatologist/aesthetician tells you to wear sunscreen – listen up!

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Shape Up this Summer with Sculpt’s BTL Vanquish ME™

BTL-vanquish-calgary-elle-awardFinally, the weather is heating up in Calgary and things are growing lush and green. Summer is here and for those looking to up their summer bod game, Sculpt Calgary provides the ultimate, award-winning fat busting treatment: BTL Vanquish ME™.

BTL Vanquish ME™ is Elle Magazine’s 2017 “Beauty Treat List” award winner for the “Most Effortless Fat Buster”. Founded in 1945 in France, Elle Magazine is recognized as one of the top leading, best-selling fashion magazines worldwide. For BTL Vanquish to receive this accolade is tremendous and reaffirms the effectiveness of this fat reducing treatment.

Available at Sculpt Aesthetics in SW Calgary, the BTL Vanquish Treatment has been a part of our service offering since day one. Our senior aestheticians have extensive experience performing body contouring procedures, using their expert knowledge and skill to safely help our clients achieve their desired goals for stellar and shapely results.

BTL Vanquish Explained

BTL Vanquish is a non-invasive treatment that helps to shape the abdomen and thighs for efficient and pain-free circumferential reduction. Using patented Selective RF™ technology, BTL Vanquish ME™ disrupts fatty cells through the selective heating of adipose tissue. This disruption causes the fat cells to shrink and ultimately be eliminated from the body without causing harm to the surrounding non-fatty tissues.

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Cannula Method for Cosmetic Injections & Dermal Fillers

Cannula for Dermal Fillers Cosmetic Injections“Gold Standard” Methods = Safe and Optimal Results

Here at Sculpt Aesthetics we administer dermal fillers and cosmetic injections using the cannula method to provide our clients with the safety they deserve and the results they desire. All of our injections are performed by licensed and experienced Healthcare professionals who utilize a keen aesthetic eye and exacting skill to enhance and craft our clients’ beauty objectives. Whether the goal is restoring lost volume in the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles or adding volume to the lips, our injectors supply safe and stellar results.

We utilize the latest technology and injection techniques including cannulas for cosmetic fillers. These instruments provide safer results including less bruising, less swelling, less downtime, and greater comfort for our clientele.

Cannula vs. Sharp Tipped Needles

Unlike traditional needles used for injectable fillers, the cannula contains a blunt end that is rounded, as well as a longer and flexible body. Because a needle cannot discern what it is going through, it can pierce through anything in the skin including blood vessels which accounts for excessive post-procedure bruising and swelling or even more serious complications.

Utilizing a cannula, the experienced injector can feel each structure as it is being passed through. When resistance is met, the injector is able to find an alternate clear path through the anatomic structures of the skin. This increased maneuverability allows for greater precision and for the procedure to be performed quickly and painlessly without causing unnecessary damage. The risk of damaging small blood vessels is greatly reduced when using a cannula.

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Calgary Meet Belkyra™: A Treament to Reduce & Remove Chin Fat

Chin Fat Removal Reduction Calgary BelkyraSculpt Calgary is proud to offer Belkyra™ - a non-surgical treatment that effectively reduces or removes excess chin fat a.k.a. double chin. Excessive fat under the chin, like cellulite, is not reserved for those who are overweight. You can be entirely fit and still have a chubby chin. For many, the appearance of excessive bulk under the chin is caused by genetics or can develop with age.

As we get older muscles loosen and this muscle loss paired with a loss of elasticity in the skin can result in the sagging and drooping characteristics that develop into a double chin. Fortunately, there is a way to improve your chin profile without having to go under the knife. Meet Belkyra™!

What is Belkyra™?

Belkyra is the first and only Health-Canada approved injectable that targets and eliminates fat cells located in the chin. Using the active ingredient deoxycholic acid, Belkyra™ destroys the fat cells which produce chin fullness.

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that exists within the body and aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the area beneath the chin, targeted fat cells are destroyed. Because these fat cells are obliterated they can no longer store or accumulate fat, such that treatment results are permanent and sessions do not need to be continued once desired aesthetic goals are achieved.

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Microblading is Now Available at Sculpt Calgary

Microblading at Sculpt CalgarySculpt Calgary is stoked to announce that we now offer Microblading a.k.a. Eyebrow Embroidery a.k.a Awesome Eyebrows from the moment you wake up till you go to bed.

Microblading is the perfect solution for those who want to reconstruct, define, and fill in gaps or resolve over plucked brow syndrome. For those that want greater definition of their arches or are sick and tired of navigating through brow pencils, powders, gels, and waxes each and every day -  

Microblading is the answer to creating natural looking, perfectly shaped eyebrows. 

For those of us that remember the days when eyebrow tattoos looked like sharpie-d on caterpillars crawling above the eyes, don’t worry. Microblading has elevated the art of brow tattoos, offering a semi-permanent solution that uses uber fine lines to create the desired brow shape and results in brows that a Cara Delevinge baby was born with. They look natural, last anywhere from 1 to 3 years and require minimal maintenance.

Why are Eyebrows So Important?

Aside from their function of keeping dust, dirt, and sweat from entering the eyes, your eyebrows play a prominent role in emotional expression and facial recognition. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Lethbridge found that eyebrows are actually more significant than the eyes when it comes to leaving a lasting impression.

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See Ya Later Cellulite! Venus Legacy for Effective Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite Reduction With Venus LegacyCellulite doesn’t reserve itself for a select few - in fact 85-90% of women at some point in their lives will see the appearance of dimpled, lumpy looking skin along their tummy, arms, buttocks or thighs. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite appears on women who are slender and fit, as well as on those with fuller figures. 

What Causes Cellulite

Unfortunately, being overweight does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable. This is because the more fat you have underneath the skin, the more likely it will put stress on your connective tissues and bulge out of its weak spots. However, cellulite happens to women of all shapes and sizes, plaguing those that are thin and those that have extra heft.

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Body Contouring: Kickstart Your Goals for a Trim, Toned & Tight 2017

Kickstart-2017-Body-Goals-Body-Contouring-CalgaryHappy 2017! In the aftermath of holiday over-indulgences it is no wonder that with the New Year comes new year resolutions - less chocolate, less booze, more gym. The itch to hit up a yoga class, to detox, drink more water and eat healthier, all resonate with us here at Sculpt Calgary.

We know it’s easy to get motivated, it’s another thing to keep the momentum going and maintain new habits from now through to spring, summer and beyond.

But what if you could kick start your body and fitness goals with the help of a non-surgical body contouring procedure that effectively destroys fat cells, reduces the appearance of cellulite and helps tighten lax skin? BTL Vanquish and Venus Legacy body contouring treatments do just that! And don’t worry, you don’t have to go under the knife to get tummy tuck results. Seriously.

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Tips for Holiday Party-Ready Skin

Tips-for-Holiday-Party-Ready-SkinThe holiday season is in full swing with social events, work parties and family gatherings booking up calendars quickly. Whether you’re preparing for a Christmas party or a New Year’s Eve event, wanting to look your best is a no-brainer. You want to be gorgeous for all the photos that’ll take over Instagram feeds, FB posts and work party prints that your snap happy friends, family and co-workers will take.  

Getting glowing, radiant skin is the first step in putting your best face forward for the season’s celebratory shindigs and it begins with ensuring your skincare regiment is on point. Be belle of the ball with these helpful tips for getting your skin holiday-party ready:     

Remember to Relax

The holidays are a high-stress season that can wreak havoc on your skin. Stress shows and no one wants to look like the red eyed demon that just awoke to take a holiday photo. Getting enough rest prior to your event is pertinent for pretty skin.  Between running around to buy last minute gifts, late night present wrapping sessions, decorating, hosting, attending obligations and everything in between (i.e. regular life), hectic holiday stress is a reality. Keep it at a minimum by getting enough rest and taking time to care for yourself. Your skin will thank you for it.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important skin care steps you can take towards making sure your skin looks great. Drinking more water throughout the day and using a humidifier at night will help to combat the drier weather which also dries out skin. When skin is dry, it looks tight and flaky. Be sure to stay hydrated to keep your skin looking its best.

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BTL Vanquish is at Sculpt Calgary

BTL-Vanquish-Calgary-Sculpt-AestheticsFat Reduction & Body Contouring For Real

Calgary’s Sculpt Aesthetics is stoked to announce that we offer BTL Vanquish treatments to effectively reduce fat cells and create curves in just the right places. We are one of the few medi-spas in the city offering this state-of-the-art non-invasive body contouring treatment that is perfect for those who are scared of the invasiveness of surgical procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty.

BTL Vanquish Me permanently destroys targeted fat cells to reduce the circumference of the entire abdominal area. For those whose diet and exercise regime have plateaued, this is the perfect solution for removing those final few stubborn inches that won’t seem to leave.   

What is BTL Vanquish?

BTL Vanquish is the only non-contact body contouring treatment available and boasts the largest applicator treatment size. This in turn results in a more cost effective and time efficient solution when compared with other body contouring treatments (eg. cool sculpting) which are limited to a significantly smaller treatment area.

BTL Vanquish covers the entire abdominal area at once with its uniquely shaped and designed applicator to effectively target the flank, love handles, and muffin top simultaneously. This results in all around contouring and body shaping. High frequency radio waves penetrate through the tissue layers to heat fat cells and destroy them permanently.

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