Vancouver Laser Holiday Newsletter 2011

Happy Holidays

It's easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Don't let it become a chore. Can you remember the hope, wonder, and amazement that you felt as a child? Try to keep this holiday a time of celebration and love.

There are many different ways to express this and to truly enjoy the occasion; whether religious or secular. However you choose to celebrate, it's always more special when people get together with joy and happiness. Relationships between our near and dear ones will grow stronger because of it. As we are celebrating, remember those who are lonely or less fortunate and do something special to help make their holiday memorable. May peace be more than a season, may it be a way of life!

As 2011 draws to a close, we here at the clinic want to wish you health, comfort, and prosperity this holiday season. Remember to take care of yourself, get enough rest and don't overdo it, and most importantly stay safe.

To all our patients and friends best wishes for Happy Holidays and a magnificent New Year!



CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ

When we first introduced CoolSculpting back in March, there was overwhelming interest in this treatment. Due to high demand we went on to host our first Cool Night Out event on November 17th with the help of our fabulous Zeltiq support person, Adrian. Cool Night Out was an exclusive invitation event where patients could learn more about this amazing procedure. Dr. Martin Braun presented the treatment in an intimate, no –pressure setting. He and Adrian hosted Q & A's and we had consultants available to give potential patients a personalized fitting. If you'd like to be contacted about our next event, be sure to let us know! Email us today:


Have you noticed a difference in Dr. Braun's skin lately? Maybe you've been in the clinic and heard him raving about the newest product to hit Van Laser. World-renowned for anti-aging skincare, Zein Obagi, MD created ZO® Skin Health and conceived of the original Obagi Nu-Derm® System. ZO® Skin Health uses the most potent ingredients, high concentrations, pure retinol, advanced peptides, and powerful anti-oxidants. Some of the formulas are admittedly over the top. Because to win the battle on aging, you have to give it your best shot.

Zo Skin Health


Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that helps tighten and contour your skin without the need for surgery, injections and little to no downtime. It works by heating the deepest layers of your skin to stimulate your body's natural renewal of collagen. This creates subtle, natural looking results over time. Ready for a consultation? Contact us today to learn how Thermage can benefit you!


If you thought last year couldn't be topped, this year's team-building trip had us touring the Mediterranean! We spent a few days in Barcelona and stayed on La Rambla, which is a popular tourist district. Of course we also branched out to experience flamenco dancing, museums, and cathedrals.

Next we boarded the Norwegian Epic and sailed on to Florence, Naples, Rome, and Palma. This trip was a cultural whirlwind and we made sure to do and see everything from exploring the ruins of Pompeii to driving down the Amalfi coastline with stops in picture-perfect mountainside towns such as Sorrento and Positano. Be sure to click here to see photos of our adventures!

Vancouver Laser in Rome


We're often asked by patients for tips and tricks, things we are all too happy to share! Below you'll get an inside peak and hopefully some useful information…

Say No to Weight Gain this Holiday Season!

It almost seems inevitable that you'll go into the New Year being heavier than you were before. While it isn't practical to try to lose weight during the holidays, you can make an effort to keep added pounds at bay. Don't deprive yourself when it comes to holiday goodies but learn to use moderation and try a few of these tips:

  • Drink a full 16-ounce glass of water before eating. Filling your stomach with water means you'll be less likely to overeat.
  • Eat a sensible snack or small, healthy meal before you leave for a party. Having something healthy in your system already means you'll be less likely to indulge in sugary, fattening foods.
  • Be sure to make healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day when you know you have an event to attend.
  • Opting for a small plate instead of a larger one means you'll be less tempted to pile up the treats.

Try These Healthier Holiday Cooking Tips:

  • Refrigerate the gravy and scoop off the hardened fat before reheating and serving.
  • Use less bread in turkey dressing and more onions, garlic, celery and vegetables. Moisten with chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
  • Make mashed potatoes with skim milk, chicken broth, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter. Some recipes call for fat-free sour cream.
  • Remove the skin from roasted turkey before eating it or serving it.
  • Try a new recipe for eggnog: four bananas, 1.5 cups skim milk, 1.5 cups plain nonfat yogurt, ¼ tsp. rum extract and ground nutmeg. Puree and sprinkle the nutmeg on top.

Radiant Skin Secrets Revealed: Stop the Signs of Aging with These Simple Tips

One telltale sign that you are getting older is your skin. Youthful radiant skin makes others think that you are younger than you are. On the other hand, skin that is thin, transparent, wrinkled or dry can make you look older than you are. Here are some tips to keep your skin looking radiant at all ages.

  • Protection from the sun – We can't stress this enough. Not only can too much unprotected exposure to the sun cause skin cancer, but it also can lead to premature wrinkling, leathery tough skin and age spots. Wear sunscreen whenever you go outside, summer or winter.
  • Get some sleep – The body uses the sleeping hours at night to repair itself from the wear and tear of the day. When you don't sleep, the body has to move on without the chance to rest and renew. This can lead to increased stress in the body and illness. So give your body what it needs with 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Stop smoking – Cigarette smoke contains hundreds of toxic substances that are released into the air and then into your lungs. It reduces the elasticity in your vessels but also in your skin. On your face, you can get lines around your mouth from pursing your lips around a cigarette – they call them "smoker's lines" for a reason!
  • Reduce stress levels – Stress really can lead to illness. It causes us to eat an unhealthy diet, sleep less, and take up risky behaviours. Stress increases free radical damage in the body and that includes the skin. Manage your stress so that you can carry on a healthier lifestyle that promotes radiant skin.
  • Increase healthy diet – When the body doesn't get the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, this can lead to external signs such as dry brittle hair and nails, pale lackluster skin, wrinkles and dry skin. Switching to a diet full of whole grains, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables will slowly rejuvenate your body and your skin.

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