The long term health of your complexion requires attention and regular care. Exfoliation, collagen stimulation and skin care products are your best defense when they are designed for your skin’s specific needs. At ArtMed, we offer a wide range of skin care solutions and revitalizing skin treatments for Guelph’s men and women. Prevention is always the best approach to maintain a healthy complexion and glowing skin. For those wishing to improve their skin there are many treatments available (BBL™, Clear + Brilliant®, Fraxel Dual®, Clinical Peels and SkinTx among a few) which will achieve optimal skin health and beautiful tone and texture. A Viver Skin Care system, made available at ArtMed, can be customized to your specific complexion needs resulting in skin that is radiant and healthy!

Complexion Treatment Options

Sciton Broad Band Light (BBL™)


BBL is Sciton’s trademarked name for their IPL (Intensed Pulsed Light) machine which is far more powerful and controllable than previous generations of IPL devices. Many of our patients report that it delivers the most effective photofacial treatment; it can improve many skin imperfections, with little to no downtime.

What conditions can be treated with BBL?

Some of the most bothersome skin issues many Guelph and area residents face are the brown age spots, broken capillaries, sallow tone and fine wrinkles that result after years of sun exposure. Many others are also troubled by residual acne discolouration or the flushing and redness of Rosacea.

Broad Band Light (BBL) is the name for the next generation of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. When performed with the more powerful Sciton system, BBL is one of the most exciting therapies that can help these concerns. The treatment can dramatically even skin color, fading away browns and reds and improving fine wrinkles and tone. Exciting new research at Stanford has found that regular Sciton BBL treatments actually improve DNA damage in deeper layers of skin, slowing the changes of aging and causing skin to behave and look as it did when it was younger.

What is Broad Band Light (BBL™)?

BBL and IPL and photofacial are three terms for a class of device that uses a flash lamp to produce light energy of many wavelengths at the same time. Just like lasers, different devices offer a wide range of power outputs. High-energy treatments create laser-like effects. BBL is Sciton’s trademarked name for their IPL machine which is far more powerful and controllable than previous generation IPL devices.

Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. Any area of your body can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to the damaging effects of sunlight. The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

How does BBL work?

The light energy delivered by the BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen foundation, leading to increased skin firmness. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking. In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate fine vessels that cause redness and reduce unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.

What will happen during the procedure?

Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. BBL treatments usually takes 30 minutes or less, depending on the size of the area. It may cause some discomfort, which most patients compare to the sensation of a rubber band snapping. Depending on the condition being treated, you may have no after effects, or a mild pinkness that fades quickly or some minor swelling. If brown spots are targeted, they will initially darken, and then slough off over the next week.

How many treatments will I need?

Best results usually require a series of 3-4 treatments, depending on degree of damage to be repaired. Treatments can also be combined with skin tightening modalities, microlaserpeels or fractional resurfacing treatments for even more dramatic results.The number of treatments needed will vary from patient to patient and the clinician will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire.

What should I expect after treatment?

You may experience some redness and/or swelling that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening of the treated areas followed by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will diminish. Results depend on your condition, the number of treatments, and the area treated. The clinician will provide you with complete information about the post-treatment care and results.

It is important to follow the clinician’s aftercare instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. You will be sensitive to ultraviolet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until completely healed. Fully cover your skin or use a broad spectrum sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.

How long will it take to recover?

This is a noninvasive and gentle procedure with virtually no downtime. In most cases, you are immediately able to apply makeup, return to work,  and resume most activities.


Clear + Brilliant®

C+B_Logo_CMYKIf you’re battling the effects aging can have on your skin, or trying to address it before the battle even starts, Clear + BrilliantTM can help. With simple, gentle laser treatments provided by our licensed medical esthetician at ArtMed, you can help prevent the visible signs of aging and the overall dulling effects time and the environment can have on your skin. Clear + BrilliantTM can leave your skin feeling smoother, younger and give you that radiant glow that comes from healthy, youthful skin. Routine treatments deliver lasting results that can keep you looking younger for years to come.

How does Clear + BrilliantTM work?

Clear + BrilliantTM is a gentle laser that refreshes your skin from the inside out. The laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of the skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger looking tissue.

Who can benefit from Clear + BrilliantTM treatments?

Clear + BrilliantTM is a beneficial treatment for Guelph’s women and men of all ages and skin types, who want to be proactive in their skin care, addressing the early signs of aging or maintaining the look of their skin.

How long is the treatment?

Clear + BrilliantTM treatments take about 45 minutes or less.  Total appointment time will vary.

What kind of results can one expect?

The skin will feel softer and have improved tone, texture and radiance. Other benefits of the treatment may include:
•  Naturally radiant and glowing skin
•  Visibly illuminated skin tone
•  Renewed, ultra-soft and smoother texture
•  Skin that looks clear and brilliant!


Fraxel Dual®Resurfacing

Fraxel_tmWhether your skin concern is superficial or deep acne scars, surgical scars on the face or body, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation or photodamage, fine lines or deep set wrinkles, there finally exists a treatment which actually works.

Most of us wish we could slow down the effects aging has on our looks – and maybe even get a few years back in the process. Fraxel® is proven laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel. With Fraxel, change isn’t drastic or scary – it’s you, just younger.

Fraxel® is effective on:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles – like crow’s feet and brow lines
  • Surface scarring – erasing effects of acne and other scarring
  • Pigmentation – minimizing the appearance of age spots
  • Sun damage – helping heal dangerous skin damage

How does a Fraxel® treatment work?

Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser treatment targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.

How are Fraxel® treatments performed?

First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. The Fraxel® procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes for a full face.

What are the benefits of Fraxel® treatments?

  • Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin
  • Improved tone and texture
  • Erasing of unwanted brown spots
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars

Does a Fraxel® treatment hurt?

Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.

What precautions should I take after a Fraxel® treatment?

Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.

What should I expect after a Fraxel® treatment?

During the first 24 hours after a treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red and you may possibly have some swelling. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.

How many Fraxel® treatments will I need, and how will they be spaced?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 2 to 6 sessions spaced about 5 to 6 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and the physician and laser technician may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.

Vivier® Skin Care

Vivier LogoAt ArtMed our priority is to ensure that clients receive the best services and are offered the best products. We tried several skin care products before choosing Vivier® as our skin care line, and our clients’ feedback has been exceptionally positive!

It is important to know that Vivier® is only available through a physician’s office due to its high quality and ingredient content. It is rare to find a facial line where its products have to go through rigorous testing and a complete series of evaluations before they can be distributed. Our aestheticians all have extensive Vivier® product knowledge to evaluate what your needs are and design a home care regime that specifically suits your skin.

Vivier® is a pharmaceutical company from Canada and there is research and medical documentation that proves Vivier’s® effectiveness and stability. Every little detail is covered in their facial skin care line and it is suitable for every skin type and condition.

Visit their Website for more information.

Clinical Peels + SkinTx

skin-tx-logoCustomized, medical-grade chemical peels exfoliate and stimulate skin to address common conditions like fine lines, enlarged pores, congested skin, acne and blemishes and irregular pigmentation. Clinical Peels, often done in conjunction with a SkinTx treatment plan by Vivier, are recommended to boost the effects and benefits of almost every skincare product or treatment program we offer. Clinical peels are professional skin maintenance at its finest.

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