Body Special – ELLE Canada, November 2010
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Body Special – ELLE Canada, November 2010

by Sarah Daniel Dolphin

HEAD TO TOE

HEAD

1. MISSING PIECES 
TREATMENT: CRC LAB NYC CONCELING COLOUR 
A cream that camouflages areas of the scalp where hair is sparse. 
HOW IT WORKS Chose a shade – the range includes red and blonde – and massage the cream into the scalp with your fingertips. 
BEST FOR Those looking for alternatives to pricy topical treatments or hair transplants. 
RESULTS It lasts all day but washes out with shampoo.

2. LASH OUT 
TREATMENT: LATISSE
This prescription lash-growing serum was recently approved for use in Canada. 
HOW IT WORKS “It prolongs the growth phase of the follicle,” explains Dr. Kucy Pon, Toronto based Dermatologist. “When this phase is extended, the result is longer, fuller lashes.” 
BEST FOR Anyone tired of relying on mascara to lengthen and plump. 
PRICE $150 for a 30 day supply. 
COMMITMENT Brush it near the upper lash line, like liquid eyeliner, before bed. 
RESULTS Significantly longer lash after eight weeks. If you stop using it, lashes will gradually return to there original length.

3. LIGHT FIXTURE
TREATMENT: CLARINS VITAL LIGHT
Collagen plumps our skin, but it also plays an important role if reflecting light – the key to a brighter complexion. As we age, new collagen production slows and old collagen oxidizes and turns brown (much like when you cut an apple and leave it out), which is one reason why skin appears dull, explains Lionel De Benetti president of Clarins. 
HOW IT WORKS Extracts from three arctic grown plants helps to boost the skins self cleaning function to clear out old collagen faster. 
BEST FOR Anyone with perpetually dull skin. 
RESULTS In a study of 54 Caucasian woman, 80% said that their skin looked more luminous after three weeks.

4. NECK BRACE
TREATMENTS: BOTOX AND FRAXEL 
HOW THEY WORK “Botox can be used to soften vertical and ‘necklace’ lines,” says Dr. Nowell Solish, a Toronto based cosmetic Dermatologist, while the Fraxel laser makes microscopic holes that elicit a healing response, promoting collagen production and lessening the appearance of dark spots and blotchiness. 
BEST FOR Anyone with a turtleneck collection. 
RECOVERY TIME None for Botox, but a week or so for Fraxel. Your skin well appear and puffy at first and than darken a bit. 
PRICE $300 for Botox and $500 for one session of Fraxel. 
COMMITMENT One visit for Botox. Three to five one hour treatments, about two to four weeks apart, for Fraxel. 
RESULTS Skin will look smoother in a month.

5. MOUTH GUARD
TREATMENT: PROFRACTIONAL
“More people are opting for laser skin resurfacing over dermal fillers to smooth fine lines above the lip,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, a Toronto based dermatologist. 
HOW IT WORKS A laser micro-beam treats a pinpointed area to boost collagen production. 
BEST FOR Collagen injection phobes. 
RECOVERY TIME Skin will be slightly red for up to three days. 
PRICE $800 per session. 
COMMITMENT An average of three to six treatments four to six weeks apart. 
RESULTS The lines are gone, whereas fillers require touch ups after four months.

TOE

1. KNEE MEND
TREATMENT: MESOSLIM 
A less invasive and a more affordable option than a “Demi Moore knee lift.” 
HOW IT WORKS At tiny needle injects a fat-emulsifying solution into the fatty areas around your knee. The dissolved fat cells exit your body through you lymphatic system, explains Dr. Corey Torgerson, a Toronto based cosmetic surgeon. 
BEST FOR Those who may have already lost weight but still have stubborn fatty deposits. Mesoslim can also be used on the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. 
RECOVERY TIME None. 
PRICE $1,500 to $2,500 for four sessions. 
COMMITMENT Up to four five-minute sessions, one week apart. 
RESULTS Permanent, as long as you don’t gain excessive weight.

2. WEB MESSENGER 
TREATMENT: SCLEROTHERAPY
While this treatment isn’t new, Dr. Sandy Skotnicki-Grant, a Toronto based dermatologist, believes that it still the best option. “Laser therapy is wonderful, but if you have an olive skin tone, the laser may remove some pigment.” 
HOW IT WORKS A sclerosant (a mixture of saline and glucose) is injected into the vein. Once the walls are destroyed, the veins collapse and no longer fill with blood. 
BEST FOR Spider veins or varicose veins with a diameter of two to three millimeters. 
RECOVERY TIME Slight discomfort during the procedure, followed by temporary redness and light bruising. 
PRICE $150-$200 per session. 
COMMITMENT Two to three fifteen minute visits. 
RESULTS Treated veins won’t return, but new ones may appear.

3. THIGH MASTER 
TREATMENT: ULTRASHAPE
The latest version can help you loose up to ten centimeters. 
HOW IT WORKS A wand directs ultrasound waves and radio frequency into the area being treated, painless breaking down fat cells that are later flushed from your system, explains Skotnicki-Grant. 
BEST FOR Those with a body mass index of 30 or under. 
RECOVERY TIME Minimal to none, although there may be minor bruising. 
PRICE $600-$800 per session. 
COMMITMENT Three one hour sessions. 
RESULTS Permanent, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

4. BELLY BAN
TREATMENT: COOL SCULPTING 
It’s based on the belief that cold is like kryptonite for fat cells. 
HOW IT WORKS A suction-cup-like device placed the area to be treated painlessly draws the tissue in and cools the fat cells, which eventually shrink and leave the body naturally, explains Dr. Jean Carruthers, a Vancouver-based cosmetic surgeon. 
BEST FOR Fit people looking for a non-invasive way to fight stubborn belly bulge, love handles or flabby upper arms. 
RECOVERY TIME None. 
PRICE $1,500 per session. 
COMMITMENT A one to two-hour session per area. 
RESULTS The fat cells are permanently removed, but you won’t see results for at least two months.

5. CLAP AND STAMP 
TREATMENT: MESOLIS
A new dermal filler for hands and feet. 
HOW IT WORKS Micro injections of hyaluronic acid and glycerol solution between tendons kick-start collagen regeneration, says Kellett. 
BEST FOR Hands, feet, and neck. 
RECOVERY TIME There might be slight swelling and redness for a week. 
PRICE Starts at $600. 
COMMITMENT Three sessions, once every two to three weeks. 
RESULTS It lasts for up to eight months.

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