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May 2012 Newsletter

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Thanks to everyone who helped make our May 3rd Client Appreciation Day a huge success! It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, and we were delighted to have lovely new mom Erica back for the day to help out. Thanks also to our generous sponsors, including Allergan, makers of Botox and JUVÉDERM®, as well as La Roche-Posay®, Clarion, ZO® and the makers of The Perfect Peel, for their wonderful door prizes. Congratulations to all our lucky winners!

As always, life's been busy, busy for all the clinic staff this spring. Dr. Weinberg, office manager Sandy, patient coordinator Lucy and registered nurse Cathy all attended the University of Toronto Breast Symposium and Aesthetic Meeting for a great day of learning about the latest in breast augmentation in Toronto and other aesthetic procedures.

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Dr. Weinberg was also a lead speaker at a prestigious Canadian aesthetic medicine symposium, where he gave an outstanding lecture on facelift surgery and injectable facial rejuvenation to an auditorium of the country's top dermatologists.

Dr. Weinberg is also featured in the latest edition of Elevate magazine, where he shows off his magic with a non-surgical facial makeover. You can view the fantastic results below, or read the article.

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This month, enjoy the antioxidant benefits of CoffeeBerry® extract and idebenone in our fabulous facial and peel by Priori®. Both are 50% OFF for the month of May! CoffeeBerry is widely known in the aesthetic world for its anti-aging properties. It decreases the appearance of fine lines while deeply moisturizing the skin and cleansing impurities for a brighter-looking complexion. The Idebenone Complex Superceuticals® peel encourages the growth of healthy skin while improving skin density and elasticity. Exfoliation of the tired, outer layer of skin gives an instant pick-me-up to dull, drab-looking skin. It's a great way to spring clean! See below for details.

Why Choose a Day Cream With Antioxidants?

Many patients come to us asking what they should put on their skin in the morning before starting their day. There is often a difference in day and night creams, though some skin care lines do a good job of combining ingredients into an all purpose "moisturizer" for simplicity. However, some don't. The general goal of a day cream should be to protect the skin, not just from dry air, wind and sun but also from oxidation. Oxidation is poorly understood by most people, but it is important because it is an integral part of the aging process.

Oxidation was historically defined as a chemical interaction between oxygen molecules and other substances. With greater understanding of atomic particles and chemistry, it came to be realized that the key element of oxidation was the loss of an electron. So, now oxidation is defined as the chemical interaction between two substances in which an electron is lost. In the world of manufacturing, oxidation can be useful, such as when anodized aluminum is being created. However, oxidation is also what causes a cut apple to turn brown or metal to rust. Not very pretty!

Oxidation in our skin isn't pretty either. It causes a cascade of events that result in damage to vulnerable components of our skin. These include lipids, proteins and DNA, all things vital to maintaining a normal, youthful skin structure.

UV radiation, tobacco, excess alcohol, poor diet, skin irritants and lack of sleep are just some of the stressors that cause the creation of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired – or "free" – electrons. They interact with the lipids, DNA and proteins in our tissues, causing them to oxidize, or give up an electron. Fortunately, the body has some natural protection against the development of free radicals, but unfortunately, we tend to produce fewer of these molecules as we age. That is why bumping up our protection with topical as well as oral antioxidants becomes increasingly important.

Vitamin C is one of the best known antioxidants. Not only is it important to have vitamin C in our diets, but also there is science to support the topical use of vitamin C. However, not all vitamin C creams are created equal. The formulation of the vitamin C is important in determining whether it is absorbed into the skin. Creams with excellent amounts of absorbable vitamin C include those of the Obagi® Professional-C Serums™ line, and C-VIT by Sesderma®, as well as SwissTEC™ Concentrated Renewal Cream.

The Concentrated Renewal Cream also contains stem cells from sea fennel, a marine organism. Many antioxidants are being discovered in the sea. This one has been shown in the lab to protect against the development of free radicals in response to UV radiation. Vitamin E, another well-known antioxidant, is a key ingredient in Hayal Ceutic and K Ceutic creams by Dermacutic.

Idebenone is one of the most potent antioxidants to be identified. Much of the intrinsic oxidation process takes place within the mitochondria of cells, and idebenone has been shown to target mitochondria. Also, it is such a small molecule that it penetrates skin very well. Idebenone is present in many Priori® skin care products and in select Obagi® products as well.

If you have questions about choosing the right day cream for you, call us at 905-273-3045 to book a free skin care consultation.

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The Toronto Plastic Surgery Clinic:
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg

1-66 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5R 3N8
(416) 207-9090

Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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The Mississauga Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic:
Michael Weinberg, MD

247 Queensway West
Mississauga, ON L5B 1B9
(905) 273-3045

Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.