Afterglow is a full-service medi-spa, founded in 2005 by Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, a practising family physician. Dr. Ebrahim's passion for wellness and beauty - the underpinnings of self-confidence - has led to Afterglow's growing reputation as a respected provider of professional skincare services in the Greater Vancouver area. Although the medi-spa is situated in North Vancouver, it attracts clients from all over the province: a testament to the satisfaction of those who have experienced Dr. Ebrahim's professional and friendly manner as well as her technical ability.
Photo by Mandana Zaidi
The staff of Afterglow Medi-Spa believe strongly in corporate social responsibility. Our special role as health professionals enables us to give back to the communities in which we live, as well as to the world at large.
In 2002, Dr. Ebrahim travelled to Tibet to provide free medical services to the nomads of the eastern regions. In 2006, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for BC Children's Hospital.
In 2010 Dr. Ebrahim climbed to Mount Everest Base Camp with a mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote, underserviced and war stricken areas of Northern Pakistan. She believes that the best hope for a peaceful and prosperous world lies in the education of all the world's children.
In 2012 Afterglow entered into a partnership with Opportunity International, providing small business loans and more in the developing world.
Afterglow for Men
Now, the guys have their own treatment facility at Afterglow! Our unique men's skin care program will give you a firmer and smoother face and body and specializes in result-oriented solutions in a confidential and discreet atmosphere.
Dr. Shehla Ebrahim and her highly-trained staff offer the latest medical advancements in cosmetic medicine and skin care for men using state-of-the-art technology.
Take advantage of our men's skin care program today! Eliminate wrinkles, acne, excess body hair and age spots. Improve your looks and enhance your self-image...
We're in the news!
Our reputation is growing. The following article appeared in the March 2009 edition of Fashion Magazine:
Those looking to get that certain covetable glow might want to book a visit with Dr. Shehla Ebrahim at her fully licensed and medically supervised medi-spa in North Vancouver. Asian-influenced decor is the finishing touch on a relaxed, private and no-pressure environment, where informative Power Point presentations about Botox, photofacial and laser hair removal help set realistic expections and put clients at ease. Menopausal women wary of synthetic hormones can look into bioidentical hormone replacement therapy....
To calm any pre-procedure jitters, enjoy complimentary tea and nibble on chocolates as you wait."
Effective April 1, 2009, Afterglow will offer the premier mineral makeup line Colorescience (pronounced Colour Science). This innovative line of cosmetics will give you a wonderfully natural look, with an added dimension of urban sophistication. Colorescience cosmetics will even your skin tone, cover imperfections, stay put and protect your skin all day long. We know you'll be thrilled by the contemporary packaging and outstanding colour range.
Of course you know all the dos and don'ts of attending a beauty services spa, but did you know that attending a medi-spa means the same small courtesies should be observed?
We want your visit to be as pleasurable as possible, so please read through this short list of requests before you attend your service appointment:
Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment (so that you can enjoy a cup of tea and relax)
Please call if you are running late so that we may reschedule your treatment.
Cancellations require 24 hour notice for all treatments to avoid a charge of 50% of all treatments scheduled.
As a courtesy to others, please ensure that mobile phones are set to vibrate only.
We encourage you call us with any questions and concerns, no matter how trivial they may seem.
A recent Globe and Mail article spotlights Botox as being a remedy for the blues. The article reads, “if recent studies suggesting the face-freezing toxin can alleviate sadness prove solid, indulging in a few shots may finally get more respect as a bona fide mental health booster”.
Since Botox was introduced for cosmetic use, almost 15 years ago, clinicians began to notice that patients who had the treatment seemed to feel better about themselves. The question has always been why does Botox make people feel happier? Scientific research demonstrate that this is due to an effect called “facial feedback”, suggesting that people tend to feel the way they perceive themselves as appearing to the outside world. People who look happier, feel happier and vice versa.
MRI exams of patients who had Botox infections showed a reduction in the signal to the part of the brain that reacts to angry or sad stimuli, explaining Botox users’ happier state of mind. While Botox does not itself travel to the brain, an injection into the isolated frown muscles induces a positive change in neural signaling, eliciting a feeling of happiness. Adding to this improvement in mood is the fact that when we cannot frown or appear angry, other people react more positively toward us.
In short, it’s a two-way street to better feelings all around!
Click on the article below to read the Globe and Mail article; “Feeling Depressed? Get thee to a Botox Bar”
…. these are a few of the coined phrases used to describe the anti-aging procedures men are now enjoying.
The number of men visiting medical aesthetic clinics has doubled in the last 10 years. Of these men, 1 in 5 start to undergo procedures in their late 30′s. Men are becoming more aware of the treatments available and their benefits. According to The Chronicle of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery, men tend to focus on their nose, specific wrinkles or sunspots. Women focus more on their eye area and lips.
Also, men generally don’t take good care of their skin. They are likely to maintain their car and sports equipment better than their skin. Aging affects men differently as well. For example, they are more likely to have sunken cheeks and deflated chins.
Whether it’s a more youthful appearance you are interested in or you want a fresher look, call Afterglow for your complimentary consultation with one of our trained physicians.
Stanford University finds evidence that Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments promote youthful skin on a molecular level
Led by Dermatologist, Dr. Anne Lynn Chang of Stanford School of Medicine, the study reveals the molecular changes that are induced by BBL, a popular treatment using Sciton’s Broad Band Light (BBL) for improving the appearance of sunspots, freckles, acne and vascular conditions.
A previous study in animal models showed gene expression changes to become more youthful. Dr Chang’s study is the first to show a similar correlation in human skin treated with BBL.
Dr Patrick Bitter, a well-known Dermatologist, takes this ground breaking research further and explores the practical application and patient results of BBL treatments.
Dr Bitter’s study focuses on the ability to improve the appearance of aging skin with long term and regular interval treatments with BBL, and concluded that regular mantainence treatments with BBL Photofacial approximately twice a year will:
a) improve the appearance of aged skin
b) delay the aging process,
c) reduce signs of skin aging.
There are several reasons we develop sagging skin on our face and neck – loss of weight, genetics or just natural aging. But you can be proactive and work to keep your skin elastic and ‘sag free’ slowing down the process.
Eat healthily. Antioxidant rich foods eliminate free radicals and tighten collagen in the skin. Foods such as: grapes, avocados, olives, passion fruit, citrus fruits, pears, berries and honey. Brazil nuts are rich in selerium, which maintains elasticity in skin.
Avoid salt, sodas, alcohol and fried foods.
Drink water – and plenty of it. 8 glasses per day is a good target to help flush out toxins and provide moisture to the skin.
Facial and neck exercises – try to touch your nose with your tongue!
Use a good skin care regime. Besides a good moisturizer, it is important to use a glycolic and vitamin C creams at night, both excellent anti-aging products.
If you are already experiencing sagging neck skin, call Afterglow for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ebrahim. There are several treatments including Ultherapy that help firm up the neck and jawline.
Call Afterglow for your complimentary consultation with Dr. Ebrahim and learn how you can get rid of your ‘turkey neck’.
One of our clients was commenting the other day about how few ‘good skin years’ she had between high school acne and the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. Often that is the case, but we can help extend those ‘good skin years’.
1.Sun Screen – now ‘broad spectrum’ lotions are available that protect you against UVA and UVB rays.
It may be too late to stop the aging effects from early childhood sun exposure, but sun protection can help prevent further damage.
2. A good home care system for your skin with products that offer long term hydration, help with collagen remodeling, protect against free radicals, and stimulate cellular rejuvenation. We recommend a retinol cream, vitamin C cream and a good moisturizer.
3. Drink lots of water
4. Make a booking for a complimentary consultation at Afterglow and speak with Dr. Ebrahim about treatments available to help deal with those wrinkles!
Known for her North Shore skin-care centre, Afterglow, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim has opened another space dedicated to beautifying.
Expanding the traditional medical spa to include mental health and overall wellness services (think cognitive therapy and even couples counseling), Dr. Ebrahim can also treat patients with serious skin problems. Also new is Ultherapy, a non-surgical procedure that uses ultrasound to tighten and lift the skin.