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Women have more choices now than ever when it comes to enhancing their beauty. The options help, with 75% of Canadian women saying they feel more confident now than they did 10 years ago.
The FACE Report, which surveys women’s attitudes towards aging and beauty, was recently released by the FACE Institute, a group of leading aesthetic physicians.
“The look of beauty has changed—there is no longer a cookie cutter version of beauty,” said Dr. Lisa Kellett, a member of the FACE Institute and physician and founder of Toronto’s DLK on Avenue Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic.
When it comes to beauty treatment options, women today have much more choice in terms of both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
“Twenty years ago you could either have a facelift or not,” Kellett said. “We’re moving away from more drastic measures and more towards things that will enhance beauty, but not completely change the way someone looks.”
Treatments such as Botox, radio frequency tightening such as Thermage, or facial fillers like Juvederm have become standard, go-to treatments for many women. The study found that one in four women are open to having injectable treatments.
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You’re not getting older, you’re getting better. Well, maybe. But your skin’s also getting more wrinkly, thinner and dried out, and dermatologists say that even a truckload of over-the-counter anti-aging creams and lotions won’t do much to halt the Mother Theresa look.
“There’s some cursory evidence that (the ingredients of anti-aging creams) used in a test tube and animal model may have an effect,” says Dr. Jason Rivers, a Vancouver dermatologist and professor in the University of British Columbia’s department of medicine. “You can show molecular changes or production of collagen (a key component of skin, collagen changes with age, causing the skin to wrinkle). But whether that translates into an actual clinical result is another issue altogether.”
Products with retinol or vitamin C may stimulate collagen or improve skin appearance, says Rivers. But the effect is “mild and takes a long time.”
In fact, a 2007 Consumer Reports study found that even the top-rated anti-aging potions applied for 12 weeks reduced the average depth of wrinkles by less than 10 per cent. That amount is barely visible to the naked eye, according to the magazine.
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We all know the benefits of antioxidants in our diets–foods like spinach, blueberries and strawberries are rich in vitamins and bioflavonoids that help detoxify cells. And when it comes to skin care, antioxidants also play a crucial role. While sunscreen is still the ultimate anti-aging cream, anti-oxidants supplement its benefits. “Ninety per cent of skin aging is cause by free radical damage that stems from environmental aggressors like UV rays, pollution and smoking,” says Dr. Diane Madfes, a New York City-based dermatologist.
Free radicals set off a chain reaction in our skin’s cells, which results in lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and a loss of firmness and elasticity.
Antioxidants come to the rescue like search-and-destroy operatives, seeking and neutralizing free radicals in our skin. “They boost the skin’s repair mechanism, which helps keep aging at bay.” says Dr. Madfes.
Since there are several types of free radical damage, it’s best to use a cocktail of antioxidants to achieve the optimal result. “The combination of ingredients work in synergy for a boosted effect,” says Donna Paty, national education manager for Kiehl’s. Look for products that combine vitamins A and C and green tea or have a “superhero” antioxidant like acai berry or idebenone that packs more punch.
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With the obvious exception of certain Hollywood stars—Nicole Kidman, we’re looking at you—in most cases, today’s name in the cosmetic-enhancement game is “undertreat.”
Top cosmetic dermatologists and surgeons are taking a judicious approach to injectibles such as Botox and Juvederm (a filler) and incorporating chemical peels and laser treatments such as IPL (intense pulsed light) and fraxel to help patients look naturally youthful rather than plastic.
“In L.A. the objective tends to be to erase all expression,” confirms cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jean Carruthers, clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia and one of the pioneers of Botox use in facial rejuvenation.
“Stars know their faces are on display at least 10 times the size of reality and in high definition.
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But in other cities, we’re seeing more sensitivity to needing movement and character in faces.”
A proponent of combining Botox treatments with fillers to lessen time’s boot-print on the face, Carruthers says facelift numbers are actually down from previous years.
“We lose volume in certain areas as we age,” she points out. “Fillers were about filling in a line or wrinkle, but they’ve become more important when it comes to replacing volume. They give a softer effect … Read More »
Choose a serum that addresses your particular skin concerns rather than fuss over whether it’s an oil or water base, recommends Toronto-based dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. Be sure to always apply serum to clean skin, on a daily or twice-daily basis, prior to moisturizing. If you’re treating age spots or fine lines, serums can be used as a spot treatment, rather than over the entire face.
Muffin top, spare tire, love handles- cute names, yes, but the real thing isn’t. There’s hope for those hard to tone deposits of fat around the midsection. UltraShape and Synergie offers a two step non-invasive cosmetic procedure that melts and drains away fat to about 2 to 3 centimeters, or one pant size smaller. “First, a focal ultrasound–UltraShape–targets the fat cells, breaks them open and releases the fat,” explains Toronto-based Dr. Lisa Kellett, the first cosmetic dermatologist in Canada to offer the procedure. Discomfort is minimal–a gel is place on the area and you’ll feel merely a tingly sensation. Then, the “free” fat is metabolized by the liver and liquefied.
Says Kellett: “Synergie–lymphatic massage–is then used to stimulate the lymphatic system and drain the fat away from the area.” She also qualifies that the procedure reduces fat, not weight. Cost: $800 to $1,000, depending on the surface area.
Juvederm and Radiesse are two hyaluronic acid-based injectable fillers both correct facial folds and crease–results for the former lasting 6 to 12 months, the later, 4 to 6–and deliver similar results. Juvederm is currently being use to build volume in lips, cheekbones and chin. “It’s preferred over a chin or cheek implant because … Read More »
Interview with Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D Director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic, Toronto.
With spring right around the corner and summer, quick on its heels, it’s not too soon to think of your summer skin care regiment. We all now by now that overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays leads to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and age spots, not to mention the increased risk of skin cancer. We’ve asked Dr. Lisa Kellett, dermatologist and director of the DLK on Avenue Dermatology Clinic in Toronto to tell us how best to care for our summer skin.
Dr. Kellett, what is the best way to protect our skin from sun damage?
Some people believe that the best way to protect one’s skin is to get a base tan. However, any tan is actually a sign that your skin is fighting sun damage. The best protection is to avoid the peak hours of the sun between 10am and 4pm and seek out the shade whenever possible. Always wear proper sun-protective clothing and a hat with at least a five inch brim. And, of course, be sure to apply sunscreen. Also, if you are currently taking any medication, you may … Read More »
Aging is inevitable, but who says it has to show? We asked by Toronto Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett for advice.
If you want smoother, younger looking skin but don’t want to have potentially dangerous and invasive cosmetic surgery, you’re in luck. There’s a growing natural anti-aging movement and a variety of techniques and treatments that are all natural and noninvasive. When combined with a healthy lifestyle (eating healthy and getting enough exercise and sleep) and a positive “you’re as young as you feel” attitude, they will help you look younger–and feel better about yourself.
Cosmetics Magazine: What are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures to treat lines and wrinkles?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: Botox, fillers, laser and Intense Pulsed Light treatments.
Cosmetics Magazine: What is Botox, and how does it work?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: It’s an injectible that acts to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and furrows like vertical frown lines between the eyes, squint lines, crows’ feet, upper lip lines, neck lines and forehead lines. So, you have less noticeable expression lines and no new wrinkles while the effects last which is about three to four months. There aren’t any permanent side effects. There aren’t any permanent side effects. The injectible wears off and as soon as it does, you can book another one. It takes about 15 minutes, costs approximately $120 and up, and you walk out of the doctor’s office immediately after the procedure.
Cosmetics Magazine: What about fillers?
Dr. Lisa Kellett: These are also injectibles, gel-like substances like collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapetite used to fill in lines and wrinkles that don’t go away when you relax your face. We also use them to fill in cheeks that have become a bit hollow through age, augment a too-small chin and otherwise recontour the face. They’re also good for dark hollows under the eyes and lip augmentations. Results depend … Read More »
In this interview with Cosmetics Magazine, dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett talks about how men can help reverse the signs of aging on their skin.
Spin doctors push the myth of an end to ageing. You have to admire British wit. Only in the United Kingdom would you find a TV ad for a wrinkle cream that admits there’s no proof the stuff works. The product was L’Oreal’s Wrinkle De-Crease. The company launched it a couple of years ago, touting a study that claimed 76% of women who tried it reported a visible reduction in their expression lines. It said its active ingredient, Boswelox, counteracts skin micro-contractions and could rapidly reduce wrinkles.
If you’re not distracted by images of spokesmodel Claudia Schiffer mugging for the camera, you might notice the disclaimer: The results apply only to isolated skin tissue in lab tests.