Tag: Injectables

Botox gave me cheekbones!

Posted on December 14th, by staff in I tried it!, Treatments. 6 comments

The popular (but hush-hush) fix.

AHA Moments in Beauty

Posted on November 27th, by Helen in Skincare, Treatments. 4 comments

Self-tanner, Latisse, Botox, and Rogaine all had humble beginnings.

The Skiny on Botox

Posted on October 16th, by staff in Skincare, Treatments. No Comments

You will not look like Nicole Kidman. This, and other answers to your questions about Botox.


Posted on October 11th, by Helen in Skincare, Treatments. No Comments

Move over Botox! There’s a new wrinkle smoother in town. Details here.

Botox at DLK on Avenue

Posted on February 15th, by staff in Uncategorized. 6 comments

Writer Dino Dilio re-visits DLK on Avenue in Yorkville to get the skinny on Botox.

Non-surgical ways to turn back the clock

Posted on December 7th, by staff in Dermatological Advice, Treatments. No Comments

Canadian Beauty and Spa interviewed Dr. Lisa Kellett on the latest skin treatments and fillers.

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 »

Botox turns 10

Posted on June 21st, by staff in Uncategorized. 4 comments

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 »

Truth about Anti-Aging Creams

Posted on April 25th, by staff in Uncategorized. 9 comments

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 »

The Truth About Botox

Posted on October 21st, by staff in Uncategorized. 7 comments

Most women I know are either pro-intervention (and plan on raging against their drying collagen in every way possible) or have no intention of messing with the effects of Father Time.

Whether you fall into one of these categories, or instead have adopted a laisez-faire, never-say-never attitude using Botox, everyone has an opinion on the world’s most poplar cosmetic treatment.

As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, even though Botox is hardly new on the scene—it was approved for medical used by Health Canada in 1990, and cosmetically in 2001. To date, more than 16 million North Americans have been treated with it.

A little Botox 101: While it does create a smooth, unlined surface, it is not wrinkle filler. The sterile, lab-created botulinum toxin works by “softening” the action of dynamic muscles, such as the ones between your eyebrows that get exercise when your teenager comes home with a new tattoo.

The most common concern about using Botox are that it’s unsafe or that you’ll look frozen. And, of course, there’s needle phobia.

This past January, Health Canada concluded that Botox use came with a “very rare” risk (less than 10,000) of distant toxin spread—when the toxin moves beyond the targeted muscle into other areas of the body, potentially causing muscle weakness, difficulty … Read More »

Botox Babes

Posted on August 28th, by staff in Dermatological Advice. 10 comments

Dr. Lisa Kellett speaks to the National Post about her personal use of Botox.

Non-surgical Treatments to Melt Body Fat Fast and more

Posted on June 1st, by staff in Uncategorized. 5 comments


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 »

Lunchtime lineups for lip and wrinkle fillers

Posted on April 11th, by Helen in Uncategorized. 8 comments

Non-surgical facelift procedures in 2003 grew by 325 percent from the previous year, while injectable fillers were up 23 percent and liposuctions increased by 16 percent.

Cosmetic Injections Below the Chin

Posted on January 21st, by staff in Uncategorized. 49 comments

The face usually gets all the attention from cosmetic doctors, but lately some plastic surgeons and dermatologists have been experimenting with Botox and other so-called injectables below the chin.

Neck muscles are being numbed with Botox. Hands and feet are getting plumped up with Sculptra. Wrinkles in the cleavage area are being smoothed out with Restylane. And in what may be the most unusual
injectable treatment of all, two doctors have been performing so-called Botox breast lifts, which involve numbing the pectoral muscles of the upper chest, theoretically to allow the shoulders to pull back, lifting
the chest.

Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist in Toronto, uses Botox to reduce wrinkles above the knees, by injecting it in muscles not involved in moving the knee. She said it makes knees look “softer”.

A more common use of Botox is to inject it into the platysma muscles of the neck, two wide swaths of muscle that run from the jaw to the collarbone. The Botox partially disables the muscles, easing their downward pull on the lower face.

The doctor must be careful to make the injections tiny and shallow, said Dr. Arnold Klein, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, Calif. If the Botox goes to deep, it may impair a patient’s ability to swallow or to stretch her neck, he said.

Some cosmetic doctors treat … Read More »