SO­LU­TIONS

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

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