ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

Some­times the best de­fence is a good of­fence. Just ask Dr. Michael Prager, who spe­cial­izes in dis­creet and ef­fec­tive treat­ments that leave you with su­per­model-like skin. When I’m in Lon­don, I make room in my sched­ule to hit up this es­teemed doc’s West End of­fice for his leg­endary Red Car­pet Fa­cial.

WHAT IT IS A com­bi­na­tion of a chem­i­cal peel, mesother­apy ( when vi­ta­mins and hyaluronic acid are mas­saged into the skin with an elec­tronic de­vice that makes your face jump around) and mi­cro­derm rolling. Mi­cro­derm rolling, or needling, is when a spiked ball is rolled across your face, cre­at­ing nu­mer­ous tiny in­juries to the skin that cause it to cre­ate new dam­age-fight­ing cells. It is said to work on ev­ery­thing from stretch marks to wrin­kles.

PAIN FAC­TOR The face-jump­ing elec­tric cur­rent dur­ing mesother­apy feels weird, and the der­maroller straightup hurts. Even with a numb­ing cream, I used ev­ery deep-breath­ingslash-Chan­ning Ta­tum-fan­tasy sce­nario to sur­vive those few min­utes.

RE­COV­ERY FAC­TOR Red­ness, but noth­ing that can’t be hid­den with makeup.

RE­SULTS In­cred­i­ble—no kid­ding. The last time I had this fa­cial, even though I was jet-lagged and ex­hausted, I was stopped and ques­tioned by the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer at cus­toms on my way home; she re­fused to be­lieve the age on my pass­port. #deathbed­mem­ory.

Prager uses SkinCeuticals C E Fer­ulic ($165) for his Red Car­pet Fa­cial.

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