Bullish on Botox – IN Toronto, February 2012
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 Bullish on Botox – IN Toronto, February 2012

Bullish on Botox

By Dino Dilio

It’s high time I investigated the controversial subject of Botox and fillers and I knew exactly where to go: DLK on Avenue Road in Yorkville.

The trip to DLK was nostalgic because its location was formerly the Mira Linder Spa in the City where I worked back in the ’80s. It seemed fitting that Canada’s original day spa was reincarnated into a well-respected dermatologist office and swanky skin care centre. DLK offers state-of-the art, non-surgical skin therapies with Botox, fillers and laser light skin treatments that refresh complexions and address dark under-eye circles, hollowing, sags and bags, brown spots, wrinkles and acne.

I felt very comfortable walking through a door that buzzed me in and filling out papers as important as those at a hospital. This is serious skin care business built by a respected, innovative, intelligent and insightful woman named Dr. Lisa Kellett.

When I met Kellett years ago I immediately liked her matter-of-fact skin care approach, psychology and sophisticated concoctions she’d whip up to treat this or that. She is a trusted source and I knew she would have the answers to pass on to you.

“Men want to look fresh and less tired,” says Kellett. “They don’t want to look like they did anything, just a fresher version of themselves. As men get older, they don’t like being told that they look tired when going into a meeting and they’re not tired.

“Competing against the young and eager can also put the pressure on to look better.”

Finding real information about Botox and fillers isn’t easy or accurate because Health Canada won’t allow the distributors or doctors to say what these substances do on-line. This is a disservice to patients who are trying to get qualified valid information that examines the benefits and risks.

Yet there are no regulations for on-line bloggers or patients who aren’t qualified. Their information isn’t enough and is often exaggerated and biased.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Botox is a pediatric drug. It’s used for lazy eye and cerebral palsy. It’s not an adult drug. This isn’t well known.
  • Early testing of volume building filler was on men with HIV to fill out facial hollowing and deep folds.
  • Any injectable therapy should only be performed in a professional medical clinic by a physician or supervised registered nurse. Non-medical persons should not be administering injectables. “There are colleges for nurses and physicians that can regulate this,” says Kellett. “But there’s no one to regulate non-medical people and that is wrong. Health Canada should be on that and they’re not.”
  • The popular “Botox party” is frowned upon by dermatologists. The alcohol at these parties compromises the mind. People should not be signing consent forms when under the influence.
  • When done well these treatments can look very natural and enhancing. Go too far and you run the risk of looking like Jocelyn Weinstein or Kenny Rogers.

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