We’re pleased to introduce the newest member of the Ottawa Plastic Surgery team – Francesca! As our Medical Aesthetician, she’s excited to start providing you with all the treatments you love, including chemical peels, IPL, skin tightening, and more. Read on to learn more about her!
Hi Francesca! You recently moved to Ottawa – what brings you here?
I was born and raised in Montreal but have always loved the city of Ottawa. After living out West for several years, I decided it was important for me to be closer to family and did not hesitate to pick Ottawa as my destination to plant some roots.
What led you to a career in medical aesthetics, and what do you enjoy about it?
I have always had a passion for aesthetics because there can be such a creative process in that industry. I realized quickly that I enjoyed, even more so, achieving treatment results with patients that I grew to see regularly – which lead me to the field of medical aesthetics. I love working with patients in making them feel like their best selves and I am so grateful to have found a career I wake up every morning excited about!
What made you want to join the team at Ottawa Plastic Surgery?
I would first like to say, I am so excited to be a part of Ottawa Plastic Surgery team! The clinic, staff and physicians embody everything that I believe a cosmetic practice should be. The staff and environment are welcoming to patients, while the professionalism of the services provided allow for patients’ peace of mind. The values and standards of Ottawa Plastic Surgery are the reasons I knew this would be a great fit for me.
What’s one of the skin questions you get asked most often?
The most common question I get asked during a consultation is “Why am I still getting breakouts at this age?!?” Because we associate the term acne with teenagers, people often believe that this should not still be happening to them. The truth, however, is that there are many reasons clients can have adult acne or breakouts such as hormonal changes, poor skin cell turnover and misuse of products. I love the process of explaining how good skincare, like ZO Skin Health, can work in achieving a client’s personal goals and combat specific concerns (like adult acne).
What’s your favourite treatment to perform?
My favourite treatment is a combination service of IPL (for redness and pigmentation) followed by nanofractional laser (reduces pores size, fine line, wrinkles). This treatment can tackle multiple concerns at once and has minimal downtime for patients who want to look and feel their best!
What are your must-haves in your skincare routine?
I am a huge believer in good quality skincare! You will never catch me without ZO’s Sunscreen + Primer in my purse to make sure I’m always protected against harmful UV rays.
My favourite active ingredient is retinol because its benefits are so universal and it can easily be added to a busy routine. Retinol assists with fine lines, skin cell turnover, pigmentation, acne and pore size, which keeps your skin looking and functioning at its best.
What do you love to do when you’re not working?
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. My nieces and nephews are the sweetest and funniest little people I know and being a part of their lives is so rewarding.
Any favourite Ottawa spots to share?
My favourite place for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat is Bridgehead!