Exciting Changes in the Medispa Business

The medispa business is always evolving. New technology and new techniques keep things interesting. Highly trained doctors are always educating themselves to provide the latest information and treatments to their clientele. And indeed, the clientele is seeing a shift as well – expanding really, to include more people from different generations.


Dr. Ebrahim continually attends conferences and training seminars to update her knowledge and skills in the cosmetic business, bringing the best treatment options available to her two clinics. She was recently interviewed by Spa Inc. Magazine to discuss what she thinks are five important innovations in the medispa business.


Read the full article here to find out more about what is up and coming in this exciting industry.

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Prepare Before You Plump – What to Know if You’re Thinking of Dermal Fillers

What to know before getting dermal fillers:

Dermal fillers can be an alternative to plastic surgery. Fillers smooth out the skin by filling in your wrinkles. Through the use of hyaluronic acid, temporary dermal fillers can enhance different facial features while adding volume and enhancing facial contours. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to store moisture which can give you a plump, hydrated look. This can result in a smoother, more youthful appearance.


There are different types of dermal fillers that can be used for different areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be used to soften many common signs of aging for a natural look. Products such as JUVÉDERM®, Radiesse®, and Restylane® can restore volume that is lost through the natural aging process and provide an instant result plumping fine lines. Belotero® products can restore youthfulness to the face as well as be used to plump the lips.


Many areas of the face can be treated with dermal fillers such as:


  • Nasolabial Folds (smile lines)
  • Marionette Lines
  • Crows Feet
  • Tear Troughs (under-eye area)
  • Double Chin
  • Sagging Jowls
  • Lips
  • Nose
  • Cheeks
  • Temples
  • Frown Lines


Know before you go:

A typical treatment will take between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the area(s) being treated.

After one visit you should notice an immediate difference in the area treated, and the results can last between three to six months depending on the area being treated.

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What Is PRP for Your Face?

PRP stands for platelet-rich-plasma, which is a natural substance that comes from our blood and is essential to wound healing. It can be used in skin rejuvenation, as it releases growth factors into the skin to increase the repair process that takes place after a controlled injury. It can stimulate new collagen and elastin production. This will improve the firmness of the skin, plump and smooth crepey skin, improve skin tone and skin texture.

Our staff will customize a treatment plan specific to you. Your clinic visit will take between 45 minutes and one hour, at which time you will have a small amount of blood drawn. The PRP will be separated and injected back into your skin.

Results can be seen within approximately 3–4 weeks and will continue to improve over the following three to six months. The number of treatments required for the optimal outcome is usually two to three, with the effects lasting between 18–24 months.


– improve skin tone and texture

– enhance volume

– natural-looking results


Are you ready to look radiant and refreshed? Try a platelet-rich-plasma treatment!

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What to Expect with PRP Therapy for Hair Loss

Platelet-rich-plasma, or PRP, is a natural substance originating in our blood that is very important to the healing of injuries as it contains growth factors. This is a minimally invasive injectable treatment that utilizes your own blood to rejuvenate hair growth on the scalp.

During your treatment to treat hair restoration, we take a small amount of blood from your arm and process it to separate the platelet-rich-plasma from the other components. The resulting substance will be administered by injection into the affected area of the scalp.

This treatment can be used to treat hair loss due to stress, hormone imbalances, certain types of medication, diseases, and genetics. The results can provide noticeable improvement in both hair thickness and quantity.

Advantages and Benefits:

– minimally invasive

– little to no downtime

– suitable for most hair types

– improves hair thickness and quantity

You can expect to spend about one hour at the clinic for this treatment, and it’s recommended to have approximately three treatments spaced approximately one month apart for optimal results.

If you’re looking for a natural way to restore your hair, make PRP treatment the ‘mane’ event!

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Dr. Ebrahim Featured in Medical Spa MD Article

Dr. Shehla Ebrahim was recently published in a feature article on Medical Spa MD. She shared information about her background and what led her to pursue cosmetic medicine. She also talked about managing two busy clinics and their staff, information on her current technology of choice, profitable treatments, and her marketing strategy.

Her personal tip for success:

Having passion is the number one criterion if you want to be successful in this industry.
Everything else will happen effortlessly and money will come wherever it is supposed to come from as long as you are first happy without it. Treat your employees with respect. Honour and always thank them for their efforts in helping your business grow.

Read the full article here.

For more information on the treatments available with Dr. Ebrahim please visit either of her locations, Afterglow Skin Care or Ambleside Dermedics.

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Three Tips for Healthy Skin

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we all think about improving ourselves, doing things differently and better.

A great way to skip into spring is by eating well to promote healthy skin. Let’s face it, we all want to look our best, but sometimes life just gets in the way. As the saying goes, “you are what you eat,” and beautiful skin starts from within. Eating the right foods will feed your skin with the nutrients it needs to stay selfie-ready and to boost the effectiveness of your skin care routine. Optimise your nutrition by eating a colourful, balanced diet full of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and drinking pure water. These tips can help you nourish your skin from the inside out.

Nutrients that are needed for glowing skin include beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Here are three easy steps to incorporate into your daily routine to promote healthy, radiant skin:

1) Drink 8 – 10 glasses of pure water a day.

You’ve heard it before, and it still holds true.

Drinking water regularly not only hydrates your skin but it also flushes out toxins. Even a little dehydration can make your skin look dry and tired. Adding a squeeze of lemon can increase your daily vitamin C intake, while helping to flush those toxins through your system.

2) Add healthy fats to your diet.

Yes, there is such a thing.

These types of fats are found in avocados – yum! – nuts, seeds, and oily fish and act as a natural moisturizer for your skin. You will also get a healthy dose of vitamin E from avocado, almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds. This can help protect your skin from cell damage as well as promoting healthy skin growth.

Added bonus: healthy fats are good for our brain health as well!

3) Eat 6+ servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Free radicals, from pollution, smoking, and even sunlight, can cause wrinkles and age your skin. Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help protect your skin from these harmful external factors. Carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta carotene, while blueberries, kiwis, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and sweet potatoes all contain vitamin C, which will aid in collagen production.

Looking for more tips to get the best skin of your life? Talk to our skilled team today to schedule a consultation.

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What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition most commonly found in women between the ages of 20 and 50 years-old, although it can affect men as well. It usually looks like small, brown patchy discolouration marks on the face, which is called hyperpigmentation. It can be partly caused by sun damage, and this concern can also be due to a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, use of birth control pills, or pregnancy. Melasma tends to be most common during the reproductive years and often becomes more noticeable during the summer months. Olive-toned and darker skin types tend to have a higher incidence rate of melasma.

There are highly effective and minimally invasive options available to address this issue. Dr. Shehla Ebrahim can customize your treatment plan to achieve the results you desire. Treatment options can include:

  • Topical creams
  • Vigilant use of UVA/UVB sunscreen with SPF 50
  • And skin resurfacing treatment

For more information please visit our website for more information or call our office to schedule a private consultation to discuss your personal goals.

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Five-Star Service: CoolSculpting® Technician Receives Glowing Appraisal

At Ambleside Dermedics, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care and results with every treatment we provide. Marouska Smith, our certified CoolSculpting® technician, employs this very patient-focused approach when performing CoolSculpting® treatments. Unbeknownst to her, a mystery shopper recently called into our practice. We are proud to announce that Marouska received a top score by the independent reviewer. The areas of analysis were:

  • Customer Service
  • Knowledge
  • Costs
  • Ability to Answer Questions Clearly

Congratulations to Marouska for her outstanding service! As acknowledgement for all her fine work, the Ambleside Dermedics team will be giving Marouska a small gift, but we are asking you for help—what do you think her present should be? Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share with us your ideas for an award.

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Questions to Ask Before Getting Lip Fillers

One of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in the nation is lip augmentation. At Ambleside Dermedics, we offer a wide range of volumising lip fillers, and we also value your safety and results. If you desire fuller lips, make sure you ask the medical professional performing the procedure the following questions for the best possible outcome:

What formula is being used to enhance my lips?

You should be informed about which injectables are being used for your treatment. Common options include JUVÉDERM® products, Belotero® Balance, and Emervel.

What is your experience in cosmetic injectables?

Ask your injector what his or her experience is, whether they’ve completed any special training, and how often they perform injections. Our skilled medical team has years of experience and Dr. Shehla Ebrahim routinely trains other practitioners in the latest techniques.

What will it feel like?

The lips can be very sensitive, but we offer local anesthetic to enhance your comfort. Know what to expect before you go in, and be sure to choose a practice that emphasizes your well-being.

When will I see results?

Each dermal filler has unique benefits, and some will offer faster results that others. Most hyaluronic acid-based injectables provide virtually instant results. Your physician should explain what to expect and when to expect it before the treatment.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effects for dermal fillers are minor swelling, bruising, and redness. Most patients report that these symptoms subside within a few days, but if you’re prone to swelling, you may wish to apply ice to the area for short periods. More significant effects are cause for contacting your doctor immediately.

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Smooth Away Acne Scars with Dermal Fillers

Nearly everyone has experienced acne at some point in their lives. While this condition often is most prominent in the teen years, pimples can develop in men and women well into adulthood. Once the blemishes have healed, however, acne scars may be left behind. These bothersome marks can make your skin look and feel bumpy and uneven, and they may even affect your self-esteem. Fortunately, our skilled physician, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, offers a non-surgical treatment option. Dermal fillers can be used to plump the indentations left by acne scars. There are many different formulations available, including JUVÉDERM®, Restylane® and Radiesse®. The right injectable for your needs will vary based on the type (or types) of scars you have.

Depending on the dermal filler used, you may see virtually instant improvement in the appearance of your acne scars. This technique is designed to be quick, although the number of scars addressed will affect the treatment time. It’s important to note that dermal fillers are temporary, and you may wish to return for maintenance sessions to extend the outcome. In addition to dermal fillers, we also offer laser skin resurfacing technology that may provide longer-lasting results.

We understand that acne scars can be just as unpleasant as acne, and we’re here to help. We offer numerous minimally invasive options to help you achieve the smooth, youthful, and beautiful skin you desire.

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