WONDERING HOW A PRO WOULD TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN ISSUES? WE ASKED DR. JULIA CARROLL, A DERMATOLOGIST AND FOUNDER OF COMPASS DERMATOLOGY IN TORONTO, TO SHARE HER GO TO TREATMENTS.
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For effortless anti-aging, choose a procedure that’s aimed at rejuvenating your appearance, not reworking it completely. “We’re doing a lot of Sculptra,” says Dr. Carroll. “It’s a milk-sugar solution that is injected into the face and induces your own collagen production over time.” Comparing the process to an oyster making a pearl from a grain of sand, she loves this option because it works in synergy with your body. “It’s really hard to overdo it,” she says. “The result is very natural and gradual. I give this to people when I want the structure of their face to come up and out.” A full treatment (usually two sessions) is a hefty investment, but the lifting effect lasts about 20 months. Quarter sessions, which cost less (about $800), are available for younger patients or those with fewer lines. CELLULITE Up until now, in-office cellulite treatments haven’t lived up to their hype. “If you had asked me months ago, I’d say nothing works,” says Dr. Carroll. “You may get a little bit of tightening of the skin temporarily or swelling that hides it.” But now things are different: Already available in Europe and the US, a new-toCanada device called Cellfina is set to change all that. Disclaimer: It doesn’t sound fun. First, a small vacuum device gathers and anaesthetizes the problem area. Next, a sharp component is inserted into the skin to sever the tether cords that cause dimpling to appear near the surface. Once you cut the ties that bind, the results are impressive immediately and – wait for it – could be permanent. Dr. Carroll, who witnessed the machine in action last year, calls it a game changer for cellulite. Missed Part 1 of this story? Discover more skincare solutions in our May issue, still available on iTunes and Texture or at besthealthmag.ca/skinfixes UNDER-EYE CIRCLES “Dark circles seem to be the hardest thing for people to tackle on their own,” says Dr. Carroll, sighting genetics, ethnic background and lack of sleep as causes. “Sometimes it’s loss of volume, sometimes it’s pigmentation and sometimes it’s just that the skin has thinned out and you can see the blood vessels under the eye, which happens with age. Usually, it’s a combination of all three.” Her go-to solution is to administer a blend of injectables in and around the eye area. “It’s a standard filler, so you get immediate improvement by filling the area, and it also has a complex of vitamins and amino acids that will improve the texture and quality of your skin over time.” Performing this procedure using a single, tiny entry point allows for minimal discomfort. Results are visible for about a year. b