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AvantDerm Holiday Hours 2014/2015

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AvantDerm will be closed from the afternoon of December 24, 2014 to January 4, 2015. We will reopen on Monday, January 5.

The Rapid Access Clinic will be open on December 24,  and we look forward to serving your pre- and post-holiday dermatological needs!


Steven and Chris Featuring Dr. Davindra Singh

Dr. Singh joined Steven and Chris yesterday to discuss “The Ultimate Skin-Saver”, sunscreen! There is much misinformation regarding sunscreen and what is needed to protect one’s skin; Dr. Singh chatted with the dynamic duo, effectively debunking myths and taking names! Summer may be a distant memory, but wearing sunscreen is a year long task. Check out the video below to learn tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays!

The Ultimate Skin-Saver – Steven and Chris with Dr. Davindra Singh


Lashes Be Long

If you suffer from hypotrichosis, this blog post is for you. Not to be confused with hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, hypotrichosis is the not-so-simple case of inadequate or not enough lashes.

There is a community amongst the truly afflicted, a band of brothers who understand the pain and agony it takes to lengthen ones lashes. For some, this means makeup drawers filled with mascaras and broken promises. For others, it is the constant upkeep of false lashes and a necessary comfortability with applying glue to the lash-line. And for most, it is the ongoing frustration with products that boast the ability to lengthen, darken, retexturize and multiply lashes that in reality, never do.

There is a solution. Latisse is a prescription eyelash product that results in natural longer, fuller, darker eyelashes.

There are three stages of hair growth:
– Anagen, the active growth phase
– Catagen, the transition phase, and
– Telogen, the resting phase

Applied by brushing the solution across the lash line, Latisse is believed to prolong the growth phase of the eyelash hair cycle, which in turn produces increased length, thickness and darkness. Four months into the clinical trial, participants reported eyelashes that were 25% longer, 106% fuller and 18% darker, with a 78% improvement in “overall eyelash prominence”.

It should be noted that is not a permanent solution; discontinued use will gradually return eyelashes to their previous appearance.

For those with eyelashes that could do with a boost, visit your doctor and he can assess to see whether you are a candidate for this product!


Upcoming Clinic Closures – Monday, September 3

In light of Labour Day, please note that AvantDerm will be closed on Monday, September 3. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 4. Happy Long Weekend, be safe!


Upcoming Clinic Closures

Photo Credit: Newfoundland Nature

AvantDerm would like to wish everyone a very Happy Canada Day. In the spirit of celebrating our great nation, we will be closed on Friday, June 29 and Monday, July 2. We will reopen on Tuesday, July 3.

Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!



Photo Credit: HLNTv


The news has exploded in the last few days with reports of a New Jersey mother being arrested for child endangerment after being accused of taking her daughter to a tanning salon.

Pictures have surfaced of the accused, Patricia Krentzil, showing a woman who literally looks burnt to a crisp. Many say that Krentzil suffers from an illness dubbed “tanorexia”, or an addiction to tanning. While Krentzil and her lawyer maintain that she is not addicted to tanning, her habits paint a different picture. The owner of the tanning salon where Krentzil frequents revealed that she tans on average five days a week for the maximum of 12 minutes each session.

What is most alarming is that Krentzil is exposing her child to her own addiction, playing an active role in influencing her daughter’s habits. A study conducted last year at East Tennessee State University investigated the indoor tanning habits of more than 200 university students. Researchers found that young women whose first indoor tanning experience was their mother were 4.6 times more likely to become heavy tanners.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, tanning beds emit UVA that in 12 times that of the sun. Extended exposure to UV radiation significantly increases one’s risk of skin cancer; people who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.


Upcoming Clinic Closures

Please note that AvantDerm will be closed on Wednesday, February 8 and Friday, February 24. We will be open on Family Day on Monday, February 20.


Now Hiring: Nurse (RN or RPN)

AvantDerm is currently seeking a creative, goal-driven and energetic nurse who is ready to take on a leadership role in helping to provide patients with innovative and exceptional care.


  • Perform physical examinations and procedures such as cryotherapy, injections, cantharone application, skin tag removal, laser therapy, skin biopsies, electrocautery and specimen collection (skin, hair, nails, wound, viral) etc.
  • Assist physician during procedures such as excisions, shave electrodessication and curettage, biopsies and cosmetic procedures.
  • Provide counselling on preventative healthcare, such as skin cancers, atopic dermatitis, acne, phototherapy, etc.
  • Provide education to patients about psoriasis and treat patients using phototherapy.
  • Update and revise operations manuals when necessary.
  • Attend meetings to provide feedback and advice that will help our team to innovate and provide the best patient care possible.


  • Deliver community outreach programs to educate the public about skin disease
  • Participate in clinical research processes and present findings at meetings, workshops, etc.
  • Participate in continuing health education programs


  • Completion of a university degree in nursing science (BScN or BN) or completion of an Ontario college diploma in practical nursing.
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic working environment while maintaining friendly, comforting interactions with patients.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office.
  • Must be able to learn to navigate and use an electronic medical record.

If you are interested in this position please contact us at info@avantderm.com and indicate where you saw this job posting.



Credit: Zouch Magazine

AvantDerm would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all of the gentleman who participated in Movember this past month. Seven years ago, the eleventh month was dubbed “Movember”, where “Mo-Bros” would grow moustaches and fundraise in an effort to increase awareness for men’s health issues, particularly prostate cancer, the most prevalent type of cancer amongst men.

This year, the enthusiasm and generosity of participants resulted in the worldwide movement raising over $90 million dollars. Canada, in all its moustachery, raised approximately $34 million from 245, 000 participants.

Whether you diverted your efforts towards growing a Fu Machu, a Handlebar or a Dali
, AvantDerm salutes everyone involved in the effort to change the face of men’s health.

And now that the time has come to remove the caterpillar atop your upper lip, we have put together some shaving tips so you can put your best face forward in time for the holiday season.

1.        Soften the hair. Wetting the hair with warm water or applying shaving cream allows for a more even shave. Therefore, reducing the sharp edges that may pierce the skin.

2.        Do not shave against the direction of hair growth. This will cause irritation and will contribute to sharper edges of the hair.

3.        Do not pull the skin taut. This will cause the hair to dig deeper into the follicle.

4.        Use a sharp razor each time. Do not use a fancy 2, 3 or 4 blade razor.

5.        Do not shave the area more than twice to get a close shave.

6.        Rinse your blade with rubbing alcohol. Do this before and after every use and replace the blade once a week. This will prevent any bacteria from harbouring on the surface of the blade and will prevent infection.


Light Show

Photo Credit: Flare Magazine

In the December issue of Flare Magazine, you may have noticed expert advice from AvantDerm’s very own, Dr. Davindra Singh. In “Light Show”, an article outlining the beauty uses for lasers, Dr. Singh articulates how lasers can safely be used on darker skin tones.

Check out the link below, the article provides interesting feedback on how you can use laser and light therapies to assist with skin care woes!

Flare Magazine, December 2011. Light Show.


Nail Fungus 102: Getting to the Root of It

In our last blog, we delved into the kingdom of fungus, and how these microscopic organisms can cause lasting problems for those afflicted with fungal infections of the nail.

Currently, the two primary treatment options for toenail fungus are topical medications or oral medications. Topical medications are essentially useless, as nail thickness prevents absorption. Oral medications may be an effective form of treatment, but come with a host of side effects including liver inflammation and drug interactions. Patients can be hesitant to start this method of treatment.

Luckily, AvantDerm now offers an alternative therapy that is truly cutting-edge and innovative and more importantly, highly effective in treating nail fungus.

The Cutera Genesis laser targets the fungus directly, in the matrix of the nail bed where the fungus grows. The laser energy passes through the toenail to the fungus below, damaging fungal filaments while leaving the surrounding skin and nail unharmed.

The procedure is easy to tolerate, takes a minimal amount of time and there is no downtime afterwards. While there isn’t an immediate change in the nail following treatment, as new nail grows out, it should be clear. It is important to note that nails infected with fungus grow slowly, so it may take 6 to 12 months for your toenail to fully clear. The treatment seems to be as efficacious as oral medications without the side effects.

Dr. Singh has seen great results with this procedure, and has restored patient’s confidence in wearing sandals and going barefoot! If you are interested in finding out more information about laser treatment for nail fungus, please contact the clinic.


Post-Treatment, 3 months

Stay tuned for a video of the procedure!


Industry Appreciation Event 2011

On Thursday, August 11, the AvantDerm team was joined by executives of the pharmaceutical industry and friends alike for the inaugural Industry Appreciation Event. Dr. Singh truly values the relationships that have developed, so the team wanted to celebrate the encouragement of these companies that has been shown since the inception of AvantDerm.

Joined by Ed Patrick, expert Scotch drinker and President of Companions of the Quaich, the group was led through an eye-opening and esophagus-warming whiskey tasting. Known in Gaelic as “Uisge Beatha” or “The Water of Life”, several whiskeys were tasted arousing a number of flavours on the palate. Information regarding the history and heritage of whisky and the distilleries was also shared. The fan favourite of the evening was the Glendower, a malty and sweet whisky with a spicy finish.

Much thanks to Ed for his insightful and entertaining presentation, Royal Blue Events Management, The Distillery District, and of course, all attendees! The team had a blast hosting everyone and we hope this will be the first of many events to come!


Dermatology in Ethnic Skin

On Thursday July 14th, AvantDerm hosted Dr. Albert Wong’s Journal Club for a presentation on Dermatology in Ethnic Skin. The talk was an absolute success as Dr. Davindra Singh examined the Top 10 Reasons to Visit an Ethnic Skin Centre (as outlined by Howard University) and proceeded to review various case examples. Overall, it was an eye-opening and valuable learning experience for all involved.

Not surprisingly, given the current heat wave that has hit our city, sunscreen was the hot topic of the evening. When selecting a sunscreen, remember to look for labels that say “Broad Spectrum”, as this will protect you against UVA and UVB rays. Protection against UVA is unmeasured, however protection against UVB is measured by SPF ratings; dermatologists recommend SPF 45 or greater.

Dr. Singh and the AvantDerm team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the event.


Dear Summer

Credit: Egypt Sunset

The summer solstice occurred today at 1:16 pm, signifying two very important things:

1)      Summer is officially upon us and

2)      It is the longest day of the year!

Slap on the sunscreen because Mother Nature has done us a solid and delivered Toronto some very fine weather to kick off the season! AvantDerm is celebrating the inaugural start of summer with a social media series called #sunfacts. Much misinformation and confusion exists around elements involving the Sun, like those crazy UV rays, sunscreen, skin cancer and tanning. We are taking this opportunity to straighten facts, bust myths and educate members of the AvantDerm community.

Stay tuned for what’s to come, and let’s raise an ice cream cone and toast to summer, beautiful weather and healthy skin.

Fun Factoid: The Pyramids of Giza were built as such so when viewed from the Sphinx on the day of the summer solstice, the sun would set precisely in the middle of the two Pyramids.


Not All Beer And Skittles

Photo Credit: Pabst Blue Ribbon

After a long day at the office, do you ever get the urge to go home, plant yourself on the couch and kick back with a cold beer? Sadly for women everywhere, this behaviour may increase the risk of developing psoriasis. Researchers at Harvard University and the affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted a study testing the relationship between alcohol consumption and the incidence of psoriasis in women and whether the risk was associated with different types of liquor.

Using the data collected by nurses over a 15 year period, over 1000 cases of incident psoriasis were examined. The results showed that the risk of psoriasis was affected by the amount and type of alcoholic beverage. According to the statistical analysis used in the study, women who consumed more than 2.3 alcoholic beverages per week were at added risk of developing the disease, but only if the beverage was non-light beer. If the consumption increased to 5 or more non-light beers, women were 1.8 times more likely to develop psoriasis.

Wine, liquor and light beer were not significantly linked to increases in risk, leading researchers to believe that there are certain non-alcoholic components of non-light beers that account for the added risk. One such component may be barley, the starch source used for fermenting the beer. This particular method of fermentation is unique to few types of alcohols, including beer. Barley contains gluten, which has been previously shown to be connected with psoriasis. Although light beer also contains barley, lesser amounts of grain are used in its; thus the amount of gluten in the beer is also reduced.

No need to give up the bottle altogether, but as the saying goes, a non-non-light beer a day keeps the doctor away.