Tag: Laser resurfacing

Hat Queen: Devra Wathen

What ETSIS sun hats creator uses.

ProFractional Laser

Posted on January 15th, by Helen in Blog, I tried it!, Treatments. No Comments

Slough away scars and wrinkles.

I got 5 photofacials

Posted on January 4th, by staff in I tried it!, Treatments. No Comments

How Brandi Gagnon saved her skin.

Tria Skin Rejuvenating Laser

Posted on November 22nd, by Helen in Products, Reviews. No Comments

Does the first anti-aging laser for at-home use really work?

My Photofacial Review

Posted on November 19th, by Helen in Blog, I tried it!, Treatments. No Comments

See spots run! Helen reviews the Intense Pulsed Light foto facial, in-depth.

The painful side to laser skin treatments

Posted on January 29th, by staff in Dermatological Advice, Skincare, Treatments. No Comments

Cosmetic laser treatments are one of the fastest growing medical procedures. They’re used for hair removal, skin tightening, and wrinkle reduction. And they can produce amazing results.

They’re sold to you through online daily deal sites, at hair salons, medical spas and even tanning salons. The ubiquity of the marketing has lulled many patients into thinking it’s as safe and “pain-free” as advertised. But put one of these lasers in the hands of someone without the right training, and you can end up with permanent skin damage.

Cosmetic lasers and “intense pulsed light”(IPL) machines are Class 3 medical devices. They’re powerful machines with the capability to damage your eyes and permanently mark your skin.

Right now, as W5 learned, anybody can use these high-tech and high-risk medical devices. In fact, laser treatments are one of the most unregulated medical procedures in Canada. You don’t have to be a doctor or have any medical training.

Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto dermatologist with 20 years experience, is frustrated by the lack of regulations. Every week, she treats patients injured from poorly-trained practitioners. Patients have suffered severe complications: burns, pigment change, infections and permanent scarring.

“I really feel for them because they went to the wrong place, had … 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 »

Hollywood Beauty Secrets

Posted on August 12th, by Helen in Uncategorized. No Comments

Get the skiny on Hollywood Beauty Secrets from today’s leading skincare professionals. An inside peek at the makeover techniques favoured by today’s stars:

It may sound too good to be true, but there are several new body shaping machines designed to remove unsightly lumps and bumps without the pain and recovery time that comes with surgery.

The UltraShape can trim as much as 10cm from your frame after three 45 – to 60-minute treatments, says Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, medical director of Toronto’s Bay Dermatology Centre. Using a combination of a vacuum-like device (to gently  stimulate blood flow to the targeted area) and focused ultrasound, the UltraShape Contour/Ver3 works to permanently destroy fat cells and tighten lax skin at the same time. There is a little maintenance work. “Patients are encouraged to follow a low fat, low carbohydrate diet during the treatment to maximize the results,” says Dr. Skotnicki. “Just as with liposuction, the procedure does not give patients the license to eat more, as the remaining fat cells can get larger.”

While UltraShape works on a concentrated area, the Zerona used laser technology for an all-over slimming effect. The low-level light laser (or cold laser) covers about 70 per cent of your body … Read More »

Common Cosmetic Procedures Explained

Posted on September 1st, by Helen in Uncategorized. 6 comments

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 »