Posts By Christine Laprade

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Christine is a contributing lifestyle and beauty writer for Zwivel. Her work has been featured in several major Canadian publications (The Huffington Post, La Presse, Clin d'Oeil, etc). Health advocate. Free thinker. HarvardEdx "Leaders of learning" student. The favorite part of my career is the privilege of learning from people who are the best at what they do.

microneedling

When used in conjunction with platelet-rich plasma, microneedling is commonly referred to as the vampire facial. With the bloody faced selfie of Kim Kardashian's vampire facial making the media rounds, it is no wonder that the procedure has garnered a reputation for looking painful. Looks can be deceiving however, and the procedure might be the answer to many peoples' skin…

truSculpt 3D

truSculpt is a newly launched treatment that simultaneously reduces fat cells and tightens skin tissue. It is the only FDA-cleared device that can be used on the entire body. The procedure is in the same price range as CoolSculpting and SculpSure. It uses a unique type of energy modality to reduce non-invasive fat. While surgery remains the gold standard for…

underwear

Brandi Glanville recently boasted about having it done, and the Kardashian sisters love it too. Thanks to reality TV, we now know that it exists, and yet it seems like no plastic surgery procedure remains more taboo than vaginal rejuvenation. In fact, several surgeons declined my requests to be interviewed for this article. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons began collecting data on…

Cellfina is the only FDA approved non-surgical treatment for cellulite. Improvements can be seen after 8-12 weeks, and results typically last over a year. The cost of the procedure ranges from $3,000-$6,000 USD. Slimming oils, smoothing creams, body wraps and at-home massaging devices generate massive revenues. Yet, the sad fact is that none of these interventions has been proven to…

ice fat reduction

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure that uses cold temperatures to break down fat cells. Its popularity has led to a rise in online sales of fat-freezing home kits and cooling vests. These DIY cryolipolysis treatments may cause unpleasant side effects, and their effectiveness is highly contested. Non-invasive body contouring is an increasingly popular industry in the United States, with CoolSculpting's fat-freezing…

o-shot

The O-Shot aims to boost sexual pleasure in female patients by injecting platelet-rich plasma into the ceiling of the vagina and the clitoris. The procedure is also used to treat urinary incontinence, and costs between $1,200-$1,500. Its inventor, Dr. Charles Runels, warns that the O-Shot won't resolve the deeper issues behind certain forms of sexual dysfunction. This somewhat controversial, non-surgical treatment…

led facial treatment

If you follow any celebrities on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across a picture of an LED treatment before. You know, that strange-looking mask that retails for about $2,000? That’s it. Perhaps you’ve thought of trying one of the many at-home handheld devices, such as the Quasar MD Plus that Kim Kardashian uses  --apparently, she’s “really big on laser facials."…

SculpSure vs. Coolsculpting

There’s a plethora of options nowadays for honing and sculpting your physique into a work of art. When diet and exercise just don’t cut it, an increasing number of people choose non-invasive body contouring procedures to get rid of stubborn fat deposits. With patients willing to pay thousands of dollars for these treatments, competition between medical providers is fierce. According…

Overpriced beauty products

Exaggerated claims, dramatic before and after pictures, enticing promises… Experts debunk dubious beauty product claims, and offer advice on choosing the right creams -- at the right price. Who doesn’t use a facial cream nowadays? It’s ingrained in our everyday lives -- just like brushing your teeth or checking your phone first thing in the morning. Yet in spite of their ubiquity,…

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