Filler Dissolving and Complications management with Ultrasound

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Although not all injectors use ultrasound guidance, our expert Physician Dr. Fahad Alam finds it to be an invaluable tool for several reasons.
By incorporating ultrasound into his practice for filler injections, filler dissolving and complications he prioritizes:
Less Risk
Although we can never guarantee zero risk, ultrasound helps to reduce the chance of unintended vascular injections, prioritizing patient safety.
More Precision
Achieving precise depth for optimal and natural-looking results.
Peace of Mind
Real-time visualization ensures accuracy and minimizes potential risks.
Customized Treatment
Tailoring treatments to individual anatomy, enhancing overall outcomes
Reduced Discomfort
Implementing controlled injections for a more comfortable patient experience
Complication Management
In the rare case that an adverse or unintended event does occur, ultrasound visualization can assist with rapid diagnosis and treatment of the problem.
Embracing ultrasound guidance isn't about criticizing other approaches—it's about adopting the best practices available to deliver exceptional care and results for every patient.

About Dr. Fahad Alam

Dr. Fahad Alam is an Assistant Professor, Anesthesiologist and medical education researcher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto. He is also a Hyperbaric Medicine Physician at Restore Hyperbaric Oxygen & Medical Centre. 

As an ultrasound guided cosmetic injector, a significant portion of Dr. Fahad Alam’s practice involves managing complications. Leveraging expertise as a hyperbaric physician adds a unique dimension to his approach. Beyond enhancing aesthetic features, he is dedicated to ensuring a safe and comprehensive experience for his clients. 

What does an appointment entail?

Consultation with Dr. Fahad:  If you’ve experienced unsatisfactory results, filler migration, or complications from dermal or lip fillers, or Sculptra granulomas, and you would like to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Alam, this appointment is for you. Please note this appointment does not involve scanning the area using ultrasound technology. 
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Complication Management and Filler Dissolving Treatment: This appointment is for individuals experiencing complications from filler treatments or are looking to get their existing fillers dissolved. During this session, Dr. Alam will utilize real-time ultrasound technology to scan the area(s) of concern and develop a treatment plan. If time permits, Dr. Alam may also administer hyaluronidase treatment to the area to dissolve the filler. Pricing is determined based on the number of areas being scanned and treated.
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Embracing ultrasound guidance isn't about criticizing other approaches—it's about adopting the best practices available to deliver exceptional care and results for every patient.
At Integra Skinlab, Dr. Alam employs Ultrasound technology to address the following additional areas of concern:

Sculptra Granulomas

A rare inflammatory reaction to Sculptra injections, resulting in small nodules around the injection site.

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Facial Microneedling

Welcome to Integra SkinLab, your premier destination for advanced skincare treatments in Toronto. Discover the transformative power of microneedling, a revolutionary procedure designed to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. 

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process, promoting collagen and elastin production. The result is smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.

How Is Microneedling Performed?

At Integra SkinLab, our skilled practitioners use state-of-the-art microneedling devices to ensure precision and safety. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: A thorough skin assessment to determine your suitability for microneedling.
  2. Preparation: Cleansing the skin and applying a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort.
  3. Microneedling: Using a specialized device to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin.
  4. Aftercare: Applying soothing serums and protective creams to enhance healing.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of microneedling at Integra SkinLab varies based on individual treatment plans. On average, sessions range from $350 - $450 per session and packages of three start at $999. We offer customized packages to meet your specific needs and goals.

How Long Does Microneedling Take?

A typical microneedling session lasts about 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Our team ensures a comfortable and efficient experience for all clients.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Microneedling?

Recovery time is minimal, with most clients experiencing mild redness and swelling for 24 to 48 hours. Full recovery and optimal results can be seen within a few weeks.

Who Is a Microneedling Candidate?

Microneedling is suitable for individuals with various skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin texture

A consultation with our experts will determine if microneedling is right for you.

4 Benefits of Microneedling

  1. Improved Skin Texture: Microneedling enhances the texture of your skin by promoting collagen production, resulting in smoother and more even skin.
  2. Reduced Scarring: This treatment is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars and other types of skin damage.
  3. Minimized Pores: Regular microneedling sessions can help reduce the size of enlarged pores, giving your skin a more refined appearance.
  4. Enhanced Product Absorption: Microneedling increases the absorption of topical skincare products, allowing them to penetrate deeper and work more effectively

Microneedling Risks

While microneedling is generally safe, some potential risks include:

  • Temporary redness and swelling
  • Minor bleeding or bruising
  • Infection if post-care instructions are not followed

At Integra SkinLab, we prioritize your safety and provide detailed aftercare guidelines to minimize these risks.

Why Choose Integra SkinLab for Microneedling?

Expertise and Experience

Our team of certified practitioners has extensive experience in performing microneedling treatments. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure optimal results and client satisfaction.

Personalized Care

We understand that every skin type is unique. Our personalized treatment plans are tailored to meet your specific needs and goals, ensuring the best possible outcome.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Integra SkinLab is equipped with cutting-edge technology and a comfortable, welcoming environment. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities.

Non-Surgical Microneedling Alternatives

If you’re looking for alternatives to microneedling, we offer various non-surgical treatments, including:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion

Our experts will help you choose the best option for your skin type and concerns.

How to Prepare for Microneedling

To ensure the best results, follow these preparation tips:

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a week before your session.
  • Discontinue use of retinoids and exfoliants 3-5 days before treatment.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy skincare routine.

What to Expect After Microneedling

Post-treatment, you may experience mild redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. These effects usually subside within a day or two. Follow our aftercare instructions to promote healing and achieve the best results.

Microneedling Recovery and Timeline

Immediate Aftercare:

  • Apply a soothing serum or cream as recommended by our experts.
  • Avoid touching your face and keep the treated area clean.

First 24-48 Hours:

  • Expect mild redness and swelling, which will gradually subside.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and excessive sweating to prevent irritation.

First Week:

  • Continue to avoid direct sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum SPF.
  • Refrain from using makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Follow your personalized skincare regimen as advised by our practitioners.

Long-Term Care:

  • Maintain a healthy skincare routine to prolong the benefits of microneedling.
  • Schedule follow-up sessions as recommended to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Best Procedures Paired with Microneedling

Enhance the effects of microneedling by pairing it with complementary treatments such as:

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Boosts collagen production and accelerates healing.
  • Chemical Peels: Further improves skin texture and tone.
  • Laser Treatments: Targets deeper skin concerns and enhances overall results.

Our experts will guide you in selecting the best combination of treatments to meet your skincare goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can be treated with Integra SkinLab’s Facial Microneedling?

Facial Microneedling with hyaluronic acid can be done on the face and neck.

What results can I expect?

You can expect your skin to become much more radiant, hydrated, and plumper after the procedure. Some redness and swelling is to be expected for 48 hours post procedure.

Does Facial Microneedling hurt?

A numbing cream is applied to the face before the procedure to make it more comfortable. Sometimes there is swelling which usually subsides within 48 hours. In some instances bruising occurs, which can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Discomfort, however, is minimal.

How much time does it take to perform the procedure?

It takes 60 mins for the complete procedure.

How many sessions of Microneedling is recommended for optimal results?

The frequency and number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. For most patients we recommend a minimum of x3 sessions for best results. The results are long-lasting when combined with a good skincare routine and it's safe to repeat Facial Microneedling every 4-6 weeks.

Can I wear makeup after microneedling?

It is advisable to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment to allow your skin to heal properly.

Facial Microneedling

Welcome to Integra SkinLab, your premier destination for advanced skincare treatments in Toronto. Discover the transformative power of microneedling, a revolutionary procedure designed to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. 

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process, promoting collagen and elastin production. The result is smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.

How Is Microneedling Performed?

At Integra SkinLab, our skilled practitioners use state-of-the-art microneedling devices to ensure precision and safety. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: A thorough skin assessment to determine your suitability for microneedling.
  2. Preparation: Cleansing the skin and applying a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort.
  3. Microneedling: Using a specialized device to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin.
  4. Aftercare: Applying soothing serums and protective creams to enhance healing.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost?

The cost of microneedling at Integra SkinLab varies based on individual treatment plans. On average, sessions range from $350 - $450 per session and packages of three start at $999. We offer customized packages to meet your specific needs and goals.

How Long Does Microneedling Take?

A typical microneedling session lasts about 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Our team ensures a comfortable and efficient experience for all clients.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Microneedling?

Recovery time is minimal, with most clients experiencing mild redness and swelling for 24 to 48 hours. Full recovery and optimal results can be seen within a few weeks.

Who Is a Microneedling Candidate?

Microneedling is suitable for individuals with various skin concerns, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin texture

A consultation with our experts will determine if microneedling is right for you.

4 Benefits of Microneedling

  1. Improved Skin Texture: Microneedling enhances the texture of your skin by promoting collagen production, resulting in smoother and more even skin.
  2. Reduced Scarring: This treatment is particularly effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars and other types of skin damage.
  3. Minimized Pores: Regular microneedling sessions can help reduce the size of enlarged pores, giving your skin a more refined appearance.
  4. Enhanced Product Absorption: Microneedling increases the absorption of topical skincare products, allowing them to penetrate deeper and work more effectively

Microneedling Risks

While microneedling is generally safe, some potential risks include:

  • Temporary redness and swelling
  • Minor bleeding or bruising
  • Infection if post-care instructions are not followed

At Integra SkinLab, we prioritize your safety and provide detailed aftercare guidelines to minimize these risks.

Why Choose Integra SkinLab for Microneedling?

Expertise and Experience

Our team of certified practitioners has extensive experience in performing microneedling treatments. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure optimal results and client satisfaction.

Personalized Care

We understand that every skin type is unique. Our personalized treatment plans are tailored to meet your specific needs and goals, ensuring the best possible outcome.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Integra SkinLab is equipped with cutting-edge technology and a comfortable, welcoming environment. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities.

Non-Surgical Microneedling Alternatives

If you’re looking for alternatives to microneedling, we offer various non-surgical treatments, including:

  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Microdermabrasion

Our experts will help you choose the best option for your skin type and concerns.

How to Prepare for Microneedling

To ensure the best results, follow these preparation tips:

  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a week before your session.
  • Discontinue use of retinoids and exfoliants 3-5 days before treatment.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy skincare routine.

What to Expect After Microneedling

Post-treatment, you may experience mild redness and swelling, similar to a sunburn. These effects usually subside within a day or two. Follow our aftercare instructions to promote healing and achieve the best results.

Microneedling Recovery and Timeline

Immediate Aftercare:

  • Apply a soothing serum or cream as recommended by our experts.
  • Avoid touching your face and keep the treated area clean.

First 24-48 Hours:

  • Expect mild redness and swelling, which will gradually subside.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and excessive sweating to prevent irritation.

First Week:

  • Continue to avoid direct sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum SPF.
  • Refrain from using makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Follow your personalized skincare regimen as advised by our practitioners.

Long-Term Care:

  • Maintain a healthy skincare routine to prolong the benefits of microneedling.
  • Schedule follow-up sessions as recommended to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Best Procedures Paired with Microneedling

Enhance the effects of microneedling by pairing it with complementary treatments such as:

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Boosts collagen production and accelerates healing.
  • Chemical Peels: Further improves skin texture and tone.
  • Laser Treatments: Targets deeper skin concerns and enhances overall results.

Our experts will guide you in selecting the best combination of treatments to meet your skincare goals.

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Dermal Fillers using Ultrasound Guidance

Our expertise lies in ultrasound-guided treatments that not only help address concerns but also boosts your self-assurance.

Using ultrasound technology imaging in real-time to guide the injectables ensures a more precise and natural-looking result, while minimizing the risk of complications.

Before and After Pictures

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Lift and Bright

The key to graceful aging combines Radio frequency skin tightening with Skin rejuvenation, ideal for brightening and correcting skin tone while sculpting and contouring. This treatment encourages the skin to heal itself by replacing damaged collagen fibers with new ones under the skin revealing firmer, younger looking skin.

Benefits of Radio Frequency and Skin rejuvenation:

  • Can treat hands, neck, decollete and face to target sun spots and wrinkles
  • Improves appearance of lines and wrinkles & reduces signs of aging
  • Improves health of skin affected by sun exposure and environmental pollution 
  • Reduces appearance of pigmentation and sun damage
  • Tightens and improves skin laxity
  • Short and effective sessions 
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Porcelain Facial

Catered for overall skin rejuvenation and signs of photoaging using fractional skin resurfacing to produce fresh younger looking skin to treat face, neck, decollete and hands. The laser helps to shed off the old problematic areas on the top layer of the skin revealing improved texture, wrinkling & spots with an overall renewed radiance.

Benefits of Skin rejuvenation and Fractional Resurfacing:

  • Treats acne scarring & pigmentation
  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Replaces old damaged cells with new healthy ones
  • Adapts to patients needs by adjusting depth and strength 
  • Combats a variety of skin issues at once
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Glow Up Facial

Experience a detailed skin analysis, double cleanse with steam, extractions (if needed), customized mask, hot towel aromatherapy, rejuvenating massage, and revitalizing serums. This 60-minute session deep cleanses, unclogs pores, and leaves you with radiant, hydrated skin.

Benefits: Boost Circulation and Hydration .

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Glow to Go (Express 'Lunchtime' Facial)

Glow to GO Facial: This 30-minute facial includes a cleanse, dermaplaning, custom mask, hot towel aromatherapy, and finishing serums. It targets dryness, dullness, fine lines, and acne scarring, leaving you refreshed and glowing. (Please come with no makeup).

Benefits: Rejuvenate and Brighten, Ideal for Busy Schedules.

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Power Glow

This 75-minute indulgence treats dullness, fine lines, and congestion. Get a skin analysis and enjoy a double cleanse with steam, extractions (if needed), dermaplaning, customized mask, hot towel aromatherapy, lymphatic drainage massage, and nourishing serums for soft, glowing skin.

Benefits:  Treat Dullness and Fine Lines

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Men’s Facial

Tailored for men, this 60-minute facial features a deep double cleanse with steam, extractions and decongestion, dermaplaning or beard line-up, custom mask, rejuvenating massage, serums, and finishing products. It addresses dryness, dullness, congestion, and rejuvenates the skin.

Benefits: Combat Dryness and Dullness.

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PRE AND POST-CARE PROTOCOL

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What areas can be treated with Integra SkinLab’s Facial Microneedling?

Facial Microneedling with hyaluronic acid can be done on the face and neck.

What results can I expect?

You can expect your skin to become much more radiant, hydrated, and plumper after the procedure. Some redness and swelling is to be expected for 48 hours post procedure.

Does Facial Microneedling hurt?

A numbing cream is applied to the face before the procedure to make it more comfortable. Sometimes there is swelling which usually subsides within 48 hours. In some instances bruising occurs, which can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Discomfort, however, is minimal.

How much time does it take to perform the procedure?

It takes 60 mins for the complete procedure.

How many sessions of Microneedling is recommended for optimal results?

The frequency and number of treatments required varies from patient to patient. For most patients we recommend a minimum of x3 sessions for best results. The results are long-lasting when combined with a good skincare routine and it's safe to repeat Facial Microneedling every 4-6 weeks.

Can I wear makeup after microneedling?

It is advisable to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment to allow your skin to heal properly.

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