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CDA is the leading Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic in some areas of intervention - we have taken care of the skin health of our patients since 1985.

Founded by the distinguished Drs Orlando Martins and António Picoto, it is today a reference in its area of activity.

We offer proactive skin health care and a high standard of aesthetic medicine in a safe and comfortable environment.

At CDA your health is our priority and we make sure to meet all your needs efficiently.


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February 27, 2019

Also known as Botulinum Toxin type A, Botox is a muscle relaxant that allows to diminish or eliminate expression wrinkles, maintaining its effect for up to 6 months. However, despite the fact that it is a safe technique, there are many who still have some reservations about its use. Clarifying some myths.

Botulinum toxin type A can be used to increase the volume of the lips.

Myth. Botulinum toxin is not a volumizer. It does not change the volume of the place where it is applied. It is a muscle relaxant.

Botulinum toxin type A can paralyze the muscle, leaving the patient expressionless.

Truth. In an inappropriate dose and when it is administered with a bad technique, it can happen. When administered by experienced and certified professionals, this adverse effect is avoided.

Botulinum toxin type A can be addictive.

Myth. It does not induce any type of addiction. The result of the treatment is so satisfactory that the patient may want to repeat it in order to maintain the results.

Anti-wrinkle creams offer results similar to treatment with botulinum toxin type A.

Myth. The creams are applied topically and will never reach the depth of the action of an injectable substance on an integral skin. In addition, the results of the action are incomparable.

Botulinum toxin type A can replace plastic surgery.

Myth. Botulinum toxin can be an adjunct to plastic surgery. You cannot replace it.

The effects of botulinum toxin are immediate.

Myth. The effects start to be noticeable in the first 3-4 days and the peak of treatment is reached at 15 days.

Botulinum toxin offers other benefits besides facial rejuvenation.

Truth. In addition to relaxing the muscles of the frontal region, the toxin helps to reduce the oiliness of the skin by interfering with the secretion of the glands.

It is also an important therapeutic weapon in the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the armpits, palms and soles.

Botulinum toxin can be applied to any part of the face with wrinkles.

Myth. The use of the toxin is approved for use on the forehead and in the lines of the corners of the eyes (crow's feet). Its use in other facial regions is not approved and when performed by someone who is not certified and experienced, it can have harmful consequences (for example, loss of oral continence and speech disorders).

Treatment with botulinum toxin is indicated for men and women.


Treatment with botulinum toxin can be done by people of all ages.

Myth. It is only approved in adulthood and up to 65 years.

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Note: The information and advice provided in the Atlas of Health does not replace the opinion / opinion of your Physician.

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Filling with

Hyaluronic acid

June 17, 2019

Dermal filling with hyaluronic acid is one of the most sought after treatments and also the most effective to fill or smooth out wrinkles and add volume to the face. We uncovered some myths on the subject. Know for example that, as long as the skin is healthy, this treatment has no contraindications.

1. If you repeat many applications with hyaluronic acid, the treatment ends up losing its effect.

No. The results are cumulative. The quality of the skin improves.

2. The region where hyaluronic acid is applied loses sensitivity.

False. Transiently, at the time of application there may be changes in sensitivity because some formulations with hyaluronic acid contain local anesthetic to make their application more comfortable.

3. Excessive application of the substance compromises facial expression.

False. There is no interference with the muscular or nervous component of the face.

4. Hyaluronic acid cannot be applied to any type of skin.

As long as the skin is healthy, there are no contraindications.

5. The application may leave bruises or edema on the skin.

Truth. But if the application is carried out by certified and experienced professionals, this risk is minimized.

6. Application of hyaluronic acid is more recommended than botulinum toxin

They are different substances with different forms of action and with different therapeutic effects. Both are also recommended. They are often complementary.

7. Only static wrinkles can be treated with filling.

Static wrinkles can be improved with filling depending on their severity. When associated with excess skin, the best solution is often surgical. Dynamic wrinkles can also be improved with HA. In patients who are not comfortable with botulinum toxin or who have contraindications for its application, HA can correct wrinkles in the frontal region, for example.

8. The application of hyaluronic acid is painful.

No. Uncomfortable, but not painful.

9. All hyaluronic acids are the same.

Hyaluronic acid is only one, it can exist in formulations with different concentrations or densities that also have different purposes.

10. Hyaluminic acid and botox produce the same effects.

No. It has different ways of acting: botox relaxes muscles and HA hydrates the skin and adds volume.

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Note: The information and advice provided in the Atlas of Health does not replace the opinion / opinion of your Physician.

PEELINGS - What you need to know.

Chemical peeling is a well-known ancestral technique for treating various skin changes or imperfections. Photoaging, small wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, acne or even stretch marks can be improved and treated with this technique.

Delaying aging, maintaining youthfulness and a healthy appearance are the main reasons why many women (and also many men!) Resort to aesthetic treatments to correct imperfections.

The fact that they do not need an operating theater for them to be performed and do not leave marks, makes the non-invasive treatments associated with aesthetic medicine more and more in demand.

However, experts warn of the need to choose recognized professionals with extensive experience in the area, in order to avoid complications. "Often mistakenly associated with the absence of risk, these procedures involve risks like any technique or intervention and therefore the importance of being carried out by qualified and certified professionals for the purpose", he says.

Chemical peels, which consist of the application of chemical substances on the skin that induce cell renewal, are one of the treatments indicated to treat various skin changes. "Photoaging, pigmented spots, acne scars, skin flaccidity, stretch marks, enlarged pores, fine wrinkles", says the specialist.

In addition to stimulating the growth of new skin, peels improve the texture and appearance of the face. However, “the results vary with the type of peeling. Deep and medium peels can have a longevity of years while the superficial peeling must be renewed several times a year ”.

Likewise, the recovery time depends on the depth of action of the treatment. "But there is always a recovery time, if only because the skin is more sensitive after the chemical action".

What you should know about peels

Does the skin always fall off after a peel?

Not always, and if so it does not mean that the chemical components of the peel have not acted.

Can peeling cause burns on the face?

It can. Poor preparation of the skin to be treated, incorrect choice of product applied (type of chemical formulation, concentration) and poor technique can cause serious problems. It is essential that these treatments are performed by certified and experienced professionals. Only then are security conditions guaranteed.

Do peels only serve to rejuvenate the face?

Peels are an important therapeutic weapon in facial rejuvenation, but they can be a therapeutic tool when there are skin hyperpigmentations and scars.

Can't I sunbathe after having a peel?

No. It is essential to avoid the sun in the first 15 days after a peel, always ensuring the placement of sunscreen factor 50 when sun exposure occurs.

Are peels only suitable for those who have poorly treated skin?

Peels have a very effective preventive action in the aging process and when properly applied, by certified and experienced professionals are great allies for skin health.

Are peels permanent?

No. They should never be so aggressive as to cause permanent results.

Can anyone do a peel?

Currently there are very safe formulations and that is why we can say that yes, anyone can do a peel.

Just a peeling session is enough to achieve results?

A session already allows you to see some results but it is the cumulative work, over the course of a few sessions, that brings us the intended result. As already mentioned, these treatments are temporary and we do not want an aggression that leaves permanent marks so it is safer and more correct to have a gradual and controlled approach.

Does the peeling leave scars?

If it is performed by certified and experienced professionals, no.

Are skin cleansing and peeling the same thing?

They are incomparable.

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Note: The information and advice provided in the Atlas of Health does not replace the opinion / opinion of your Physician.

PRP - Growth factors.

PRP - Growth factors or Platelet-rich plasma.

Platelets are an important reservoir of growth factors in the body and interfere with numerous processes, such as clotting, the immune response or healing.

Within the platelet granules, different growth factors can be found.

“Currently, it is possible to obtain significant concentrations of these factors in the form of a solution that can be used in different clinical settings. The «PRP», or platelet rich plasma, is an autologous platelet concentrate (ie, own) in a small volume of plasma. The clinical effectiveness of this preparation depends essentially on the number of platelets and the concentration of their growth factors ”.

These small molecules act in different processes in the regeneration of tissues and can have different “applications”. They are used, in particular, in the treatment of chronic wounds, scars and hair loss.

“Due to their repairing and regenerating potential, they are an effective therapeutic“ weapon ”in the aging process.

Platelet-rich plasma is produced from the patient's own blood in which it will be used. The basic steps are as follows:
Collection of the patient's blood;

  • Addition of citrate to prevent clotting before the PRP is prepared;

  • Centrifugation, once or twice. This process separates the white and red cells from the plasma and platelets. The centrifugation time, speed and number of centrifugations interfere greatly in the final platelet concentration and effectiveness;

  • Clot activation.

Activation of coagulation is traditionally carried out with thrombin. This activation causes degranulation with the release of growth factors. About 70% of the factors will be released in 10 minutes and almost 100% in 1 hour. Therefore, PRP must be injected shortly after activating the coagulation.

It is important to note that the method used in the production of PRP can significantly influence the results obtained.

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Urinary incontinence is a female complaint that increases with age and menopause. According to the latest research, about 17% of women have UI.

Currently there are many treatments with local surgeries, requiring the patient to rest or inserts of tapes. With the use of our Clinic's laser, applications are made on an outpatient basis, without discomfort, without cuts, without bleeding or scarring, with rapid recovery and healthy resumption of sexual activities. The laser procedure has results with 86% patient satisfaction rates according to publications in the “Minimally Invasive Laser Therapy for Stress and Mised Urinary Inconinence in Women” and presented at the World Urogynecology Congress in Dublin (2013). It is a non-ablative (non-burning), fractional laser treatment, which is placed inside the vagina by a special tip and from there a light is emitted that stimulates the wall, improving hydration and also the formation of collagen. Clinical treatment seeks to rehabilitate pelvic structures and has the advantage of a low complication rate and a secondary gain, improving the woman's sexual performance. This way you can treat this problem without resorting to surgery, cuts, hospitalizations and in addition, the procedure can be repeated as many times as necessary.

This procedure is superior to conventional methods, first because it is performed on an outpatient basis without hospitalization. Second, there is no need for anesthesia. Ask for information by phone: 218 452 779

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