I first visited Cosmedica for a series of chemical peels just before moving to Toronto. I wrote a blog post about that experience here. I quickly fell in love with the place. The aesthetic, the people, the treatments, everything is just so on point. We all know that I’m super into skincare. I believe that a good base is important because life is so much easier if you look healthy and rested without any makeup. For this reason, I reached out as soon as I booked my trip back home to see if there was another cool treatment that I could share with you!
Director and founder of Cosmedica, Dr. Lupin, is a world renowned Dermatologist and expert in the field of non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Seriously, people in the industry get all excited when I mention his name! He is also the pioneering provider of many treatments in the country. Basically, he’s a skin god, so I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with him.
Cosmedica as a space is beautiful. There’s a serious sense of calm from the moment you walk in the door. It’s bright with clean lines and a minimal aesthetic.The team is wonderfully friendly, kind and happy. I think it may have something to do with making people feel good every day! Oh and their skin is amazing. They practice what they preach.
I visited Cosmedica again when I was home for Christmas and I got the Fotona Laser Micropeel, as well as Dermal Fillers and Neuralmodulators (Botox is a brand of neural modulator we all know well). It was awesome! I mean, the laser took some recovery, but it was worth it. More on that shortly.
I had always dreamed of a skin treatment that would leave me feeling more confident without makeup. Cosmedica made it happen! I haven’t worn any makeup (aside from lipstick and sparkly highlighters cause they’re fun) since my appointment on December 17th. How cool is that? People keeping commenting on how rested I look!
For starters, the Neuralmodulators and Dermal Fillers were way less scary than I expected. If you aren’t familiar with injectables, Botox is when you inject a protein into facial muscles that induces temporary paralysis (it lasts three to six months). Basically, it renders a muscle unable to move. In my case we used a Neuralmodulator called Dysport (there are now several competitors on the market). It was injected in my forehead and between my eyebrows. My eyebrows still move up and down, so I can express emotion, but I can’t bring my eyebrows together in a serious frown. This small change means that the onset of wrinkles won’t be exacerbated by the overuse of muscles in those areas. As a bonus, relaxing the muscles around my eyes relieved so much tension in my face! It’s a wonderfully relaxing feeling.
It wasn’t until recently that I learned how Dermal Fillers actually work. It all started when I discovered a Hyaluronic Acid serum that I became obsessed with. I have extremely dry, sensitized skin and this serum really helped. I became obsessed with this ingredient that sounds scary (acid!!!), but is actually a sugar naturally present in our skin. Essentially, HA acts as a cushioning and lubricating agent for thing such a joints, eyes and skin. Basically, it’s the jelly-like substance that keeps our face plump and soft. This is why I loved the serum so much – I was literally feeding my skin with the ingredient responsible for making it happy. Our skin loses it’s ability to product HA as we age, so this is why the ingredient is at the base of so many anti-aging creams and serums on the market.
I was excited to find out that this same ingredient is actually what is currently being used in Dermal Fillers. Suddenly the idea of it didn’t seem so scary. That magical ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, that I was obsessively covering my face with would simply be injected into the skin allowing it to be targeted, absorbed fully and stay for longer (around six months). I wanted it!
I’m very insecure about my jawline and in the past few years my face has changed to heighten these insecurities. I see droopiness in my side profile and people laugh at me when I say this, but I can’t help it! I have also noticed that fat deposits which used to be under my eyes had slowly moved downwards causing me to always look tired. This is where the Dermal Fillers would help.
Dr. Lupin used the Teosyal range of HA based fillers. I mentioned my jaw line as a point of issue and given his expertise we didn’t target the issue directly, but added the fillers to the upper part of my cheeks, just below the under eye area. In doing this, we reduced undereye shadows at the same time as lifting the jawline through filling the upper region of my face. The cool thing about filler is that you see instant results unlike neural modulators which can take several days to become visible. It was crazy cool! Within about five minutes, I looked as rested and rejuvenated as I ever had. It was like I’d been on a six month holiday! Dr. Lupin mentioned that he’s more into restoring than augmenting, as well as under treating versus overtreating and he lived up to both those statements. I was still me!
Finally, I received the Fotona Laser Micropeel. To begin, you lie down, they cover your eyes and then go over your entire face, neck and chest using the laser. I think the process took about thirty minutes, but I’m bad at estimating time. Each beam from the laser felt like a small, hot elastic band flicking your face. It was quite uncomfortable for the first thirty seconds, but then I got used to it. The part that I really didn’t enjoy was the feeling of burning on the skin afterwards. It was like a really bad sunburn. They said that people cope with the heat differently and that there are some who get up and leave right after, but I wasn’t one of those people. I was there for a solid half an hour with my face covered in ice packs trying to recover. Now that it’s over, I would totally do it again though!
You can see in the images below that the laser left a white grid mark on my face. This showed where had been treated to ensure accurate and even application. These marks stayed on my face for a few days. Although my skin felt really hot afterwards, my face was surprisingly barely even red. My chest was the reddest area. I did go home and hang out on the couch with icepacks for several hours though.
The laser pulses generate tiny specks of high temperature which builds new collagen and removes the superficial layers of skin. This process reduces fine lines, sun damage, spots and scarring. The treatment isn’t instant, but took several days to come into fruition. After the treatment my skin felt very tight and began to peel by day four (it’s different for everyone). By day seven it looked pretty weird because skin was flaking off from every part of my face.
By the tenth day my complexion was better than I had ever seen it. My acne scarring was significantly reduced and I had no under-eye circles. The craziest thing was that my skin tone was totally even. I had redness in my cheeks and around my mouth that I had consistently covered with foundation for as long as I could remember. The laser had gotten rid of it. Best. Thing. Ever. The Fotona Laser can be used in a series of treatments, so fingers crossed that I’ll be back to Cosmedica for another one soon.
Well friends, that’s the story of my facial treatments. Since the appointment, I have been waking up, washing my face and that’s it. My day to day beauty routine has gotten a whole lot simpler. I find it interesting that my indulgence in these aesthetically oriented treatments actually resulted in a lifestyle that could be considered less superficial. I used to wear foundation and contour my face in almost every photo, but that is no longer the case. Cosmedica didn’t change my face, but made me look rested and rejuvenated. This has resulted in way less makeup in my photos which in a way makes my content more authentic. What do you guys think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!