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Non-surgical treatments abound these days to help us maintain a youthful appearance; going ‘under the knife’ is no longer a necessity in the anti-aging arena, we have options. To find out what’s new and what works best, we interviewed Dr. Lisa Kellett M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D. from DLK on Avenue Cosmetic Clinic in Toronto, specializing in non-surgical and cosmetic treatments.
B&S team: What can be done about sun damage or other pigment problems?
DLK: Intense pulsed light (IPL) is an effective procedure that treats sun damage and other pigment problems like brown spots. ProFractional laser also reduces brown spots. Dermamelan is a new treatment program that works for deeper dermal pigment such as that seen in Melasma.
B&S team: What is the latest product/treatment in anti-aging skin treatments?
DLK: There are very exciting advances in the field of non surgical skin tightening using the CPT Thermage which stimulates collage and helps to tighten skin. It allows tightening of the face and neck, stomach, legs and eyes without surgery and it is very efficacious. There are also new state-of-the-art injectable treatments available that restore lost volume and help to lift the skin … Read More »
You might not know by their faces, but the Botox Cosmetic people are ecstatic about their 10th year as a Health Canada-approved wrinkle treatment.
In the blink of a decade, Allergan has seen its flagship product go from a kooky idea—injecting a neurotoxin directly into a person’s head—to a multimillion-dollar juggernaut that’s literally changed the face of aging.
In fact, results of a recent Leger Marketing survey suggest nearly one-quarter of Canadian women are now open to injectable cosmetic treatments, helping explain why Botox Cosmetic has enjoyed double-digit growth every year since its 2001 debut.
But no matter how impressive the returns, some say the social costs are exponentially higher.
“People on TV keep getting younger and younger-looking, and faces appear like masks; signs of life are now seen as undesirable,” says Patricia Leavy, associate professor of sociology at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
“With Botox now considered a normal part of appearance management, those who do have lines and pores are frowned upon as if they’re lazy couch potatoes.”
Indeed, in a marked departure from childhood, the last decade has seen the idea of one’s face freezing in a certain expression become less a threat than an intriguing option.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that … Read More »
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.
And just to deepen those furrows of consternation between your eyebrows, the study also concluded that there was … Read More »