Imagine a place where an investment of four to six one-hour sessions, spread over less than three months, can help turn back the clock to a refreshed version of your former self. This is what you will find at La Derma Medical Aesthetics, located in downtown Vancouver. On the top floor of the Burrard Health Centre, Helen Taraviras Zambus, RN, CCP, has brought to life her vision of a boutique medical aesthetic facility where highly effective, specialized treatments are custom tailored to each client’s particular desires and administered exclusively by well-seasoned, experienced medical staff.

As a well-qualified aesthetician, Helen went on to become a Registered Nurse in 1998. Within two years she began working beside world-renowned, Dr. Alastair Carruthers — the co-discoverer of the cosmetic application of Botox, often referred to as the Godfather of today’s medical cosmetic industry — where she assisted and observed all his procedures for 10 years. Enter La Derma, a boutique clinic filling the void in the market for the service of medical aesthetic treatments by properly trained medical staff at a fair price.

La Derma’s equipment is state of the art, with new platforms that are FDA and Health Canada approved. In short, they are devices that deliver. La Derma’s carefully selected devices include Palomar’s Artisan Aesthetic System, which includes a Non-Ablative Fractional Laser, and a MaxG™ Optimized Light hand-piece for the treatment of pigmented
and vascular lesions. Brown and red spots, including rosacea, are faded quickly and safely. Surgical or trauma scar lines, acne scars and stretchmarks are reduced considerably.

Perhaps the most exciting device in her arsenal is Exilis. Helen is thrilled to be the first in Metro Vancouver and among the first ten in Canada to offer Exilis. Exilis is the newest non-surgical, non-invasive method (not liposuction) for skin tightening, body-shaping and circumferential reduction of targeted fatty deposits anywhere from head to toe.

Exilis is a proven Health Canada and FDA approved technological marvel offering the capability of dual function radio frequency energy (radio waves) in the same hand-piece. What makes this form of radio wave energy so powerful? Well, it used to be that the only way to reduce fat volume from the body (aside from diet and exercise) was liposuction, which requires sedation, an incision (scar) and downtime from regular daily activities. There are several machines on the market that use radio waves alone, or combined with other forms of energy that can tighten the skin, or treat cellulite, but none can promise actual circumferential reduction until now.

Here’s why: fat cells are actually stored in the body in lobules that are clustered like a bunch of grapes. These clusters are wrapped in a fibrous tissue layer like a hairnet that holds them together. This fibrous tissue layer makes it virtually impossible to reach the fatty clusters without a liposuction cannula — until now.

Exilis uses radio frequency energy to volumetrically heat the deeper tissues and to ramp up the metabolic activity of the fat cells, causing them to shrink. The patient satisfaction rate is high, with noticeable circumferential reduction. You can see a small sampling of before and after photos of actual La Derma clients in the galleries section of La Derma’s website, Volume loss is typically visible after four treatment sessions spaced at one to two – week intervals. All of this occurs in a safe office procedure with no downtime, virtually no discomfort, no sedation and no limitations on your activities! In fact, some have even compared the sensation of treatments to a hot stone massage.

Exilis works on any area of the body—face, back, abdomen, thighs, arms and buttocks. Helen then enhances the Exilis experience by applying her extensive liposuction training to the equation, focusing
the treatments where the body tends to concentrate the fat clusters.

As if that alone isn’t enough, Exilis also tightens loose skin! They can treat any problem areas you might have by tightening and firming any loose, wrinkled or dimpled skin anywhere on the body. The treatment is frequently used to improve wrinkles on the thin, delicate skin of the face and neck. Exilis achieves skin tightening by rejuvenating
collagen through a patented dual energy system called Collagen Refill Technology (CRT).

How CRT Works:

• The collagen fibres’ triple-helix structure is affected by heat and this initiates the unravelling process.
• The focused energy disrupts collagen fibres.
• The controlled thermal effect quickly and efficiently dissociates the collagen structure.
• The natural healing process evokes fibroblasts to actively produce new collagen fibres.
• The skin structure is refilled with new collagen new collagen is what improves wrinkles, giving smooth texture, elastic quality and the beautiful radiance of youthful skin. Depending on the size of the treated area, a treatment may take from 30 to 90 minutes.

“As you go through your personalized treatment plan, those around you may start to notice that you look better—but not know why…”

That Helen and her staff at La Derma believe in a less is more approach, is comforting. But this does not mean you have to look elsewhere for other treatments or products. rest assured that La Derma is a Full Service Boutique Facility also offering: Botox, Fillers, Lattise (for fuller eyelashes), Obagi, and other well proven complementary procedures or products that can help polish off the final desired result that each individual is seeking. The treatments are further tailored for either Male or Female clients and provided in a confidential and professional environment.

As you go through your personalized treatment plan, those around you may start to notice that you look better — but not know why…that will be your secret to keep or share.