“The way we approach lasers has changed a lot,” says Dr. Diane Wong of Toronto’s Glow Medi Spa. “We do a lot of ancillary treatments pre and post-procedure to try and decrease side effects and get improved results.”
Dr. Wong’s team, for example, combines Fraxel (a fractional laser treatment) with Selphyl, popularly dubbed the “Vampire Facelift” and made famous by Kim Kardashian. In layman’s terms, they draw blood from a patient, spin it in a centrifuge and apply the resulting platelet-rich plasma on the face to reduce the redness and burning sensation often experienced after Fraxel. It sounds weird, but it can reduce downtime by days — the difference between a low-key weekend spent watching Netflix and having to hibernate for up to a week.
"But it's not all bright lights and perfect skin," Wong warns, "These are medical devices and they're intended to be done under medical supervision."
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