Leave It To Laser

Dr. Philip Solomon, a Toronto-based facial plastic surgeon, is expanding his facial surgery practice with a new laser rejuvenation treatment. The Ultrapulse Fractionated CO2 Laser provides dramatic results for facial and acne scarring, brown spots and wrinkles, and Solomon is the first Toronto-area doctor to offer the treatment. “A computer determines the energy level of the laser, depending on whether we’re treating scars, lines or discolouration,” he says. “The laser then makes small holes in the skin, leaving a bridge of normal skin between each hole so that healing occurs more rapidly. This also stimulates the body to create new collagen, helping tighten the underlying tissue.” The hour-long procedure costs $3,000 to $5,000, is surgical grade, which means you’ll need either topical freezing, a mild sedative or local anesthetic. A week’s downtime is also necessary. “But results are dramatic,” says Solomon. “Healing will continue over time so the final results can take up to three months to become visible.”

Smooth Operator

Idebenone is a natural antioxidant and the size of its molecules allow for better penetration to more effectively combat aging skin. With EPF 95, Priori’s Smooth Line Idebenone ($120) has a formula that provides the highest level of protection from everyday stressors like UV rays and pollution. Testers reported a 27 per cent decrease in fine lines and a 30 per cent overall improvement in the appearance of their skin.

Fast Off The Line

Coming soon to Canada: Dysport, a new, non-surgical wrinkle-smoother that’s similar to Botox and which has just been approved in the U.S. Like Botox, Dysport is a form of Botilinum Toxin Type A, which will temporarily smooth lines by relaxing muscles. Early reports suggest Dysport’s effect becomes visible sooner (in as little as three days).