November 2012 Newsletter

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Happy Halloween! Hope you all had a warm and safe October despite the stormy weather. Now that the sunny season is truly behind us, it's the perfect time for laser therapies. See below for details on our fall Laser Hair Removal special.

In clinic news, our very own Cathy McKay was invited to the exclusive FACE Facial Conference and Exhibition this October, a meeting for top injection and cosmetic nurses only. She returned with many pearls, including information on the new global approach to eye rejuvenation which involves a combination of eyelash growth medication, surgical eyelid procedures, and injectable therapies. Don't miss out on the limited time $50 rebate that is being offered now on the purchase of any size prescription eyelash growth serum. You'll see thicker, longer darker eyelashes in as little as 8 to 12 weeks, now only $100 for the 3 ml bottle and $150 for the 5 ml bottle!

October Newsletter ModelIn other news, Dr. Weinberg expanded his philanthropic efforts in his new role as trustee for the A.K. Prakash foundation. He helped arrange training in Canada for a plastic surgery resident from Zimbabwe, who will begin a 6-month preceptorship in July 2013. In addition, Dr. Weinberg is laying the ground work for a pediatric plastic surgery fellow from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to train in Canada next year. This important program will allow surgeons from underdeveloped countries to gain invaluable training from the excellent plastic surgery team at the University of Toronto, and take this knowledge back to benefit people in their native lands.

Product News

For those of you who love the Obagi line, try the latest variation of ELASTIderm® eye serum. It now comes in a convenient wand that's perfect for your purse when traveling. With its unique roller ball tip and new cooling formulation containing caffeine, it is perfect for reducing puffiness fast and giving your eyes a great pick-me-up in the morning or any time during the day.


This month, take advantage of our huge Laser Hair Removal Sale and get rid of unwanted hair from your upper lip, underarms, bikini area, legs or any other area of your body. Imagine no more shaving or waxing! Throughout November, enjoy savings of 50% to 70% of all body areas. See the flyer at the bottom of this newsletter for details and call today to book!


Come join us for our Festive Fire & Ice Christmas Party on December 7! Usher in some Christmas spirit with special pricing on skin care and unbeatable introductory pricing on the new and exciting Fire & Ice Facial. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for our email invitation with all the details!

Topics in Cosmetic Medicine

Everything You Need to Know About Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. Almost all areas of the body can be treated except for areas near the eyes, as the laser can cause eye damage. Common areas include the upper lip, neck, chest, underarms, back, abdomen, bikini line, and legs.

Many people want to know exactly how laser hair removal works. Light, similar to sound, travels in waves. While regular light is made up of beams of varying wavelengths, laser light consists of a single wavelength. Further, light of a particular wavelength is absorbed by objects of a particular color. The light energy emitted by laser hair removal machines is specifically absorbed by dark-colored pigment in hair follicles. The heat caused by laser light energy destroys the dark follicle only, leaving the surrounding lighter skin tissue intact. The color of the hair to be treated must therefore be darker (have more pigment) than the surrounding skin to avoid injury. Dark coarse hair absorbs laser energy best and is easiest to treat. Blond or red hair is less responsive and usually requires more treatments. Grey hair cannot be treated by laser hair removal, so it's important not to miss the opportunity to remove unwanted hair before it turns grey.

The follicle must be in its growth phase to be affected, so typically 5 to 6 treatments are required to permanently get rid of the hair, as at any given time only some of the hair is in the growth phase.

Are all laser hair removal machines the same? Absolutely not. The machines target pigment, and less sophisticated lasers don't differentiate between the pigment of a hair follicle and that of dark skin, thus they cannot safely be used on darker skinned individuals. Also, many machines lack both the power and adjustable settings to allow for variability in the treatment area size, penetration and the pulse duration. As a result the treatment may be more uncomfortable, or it may require many more, longer treatments to achieve the desired result. The experience and training of the individual performing the treatment is also important. In untrained hands, lasers can cause burns.

At MCSC we have carefully chosen the Cynosure Apogee® Elite Laser precisely because it is has 2 lasers of different wavelengths so that all skin types can be safely treated. It is a powerful laser with deep penetration, adjustable spot size and pulse duration to allow for adjustment not only from patient to patient but also from area to area. Treatments typically require no more than 15-30 minutes. The Cynosure Apogee Elite also has a cooling tip, so patients experience minimal discomfort. Many people describe it as a feeling like an elastic band snapping the skin. Treatment does not require any local anesthetic or pain medication, and is actually much less painful than waxing. Our registered nurse and aesthetician are medically trained and specifically trained in the use of the laser to further insure your safety.

So, for smooth, hairless skin consider laser hair removal - an easy, safe and affordable luxury! Call our office at 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointment online to book a consult with Cathy or Suzanne.

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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.


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.