It is with pleasure that we welcome you to the Canadian Laser and Aesthetic Specialists Society website. I hope that you find the information and contacts on our site valuable as you gather information on the many exciting and effective treatments and procedures available to help you to look your best.
This society was created more than 30 years ago to facilitate collaboration and communication between surgical and medical specialist physicians providing cosmetic procedures and treatments to their patients. This society was also created to help consumers to make educated choices about providers of these services. For many years, Plastic Surgeons were the only Specialists that had the formal training to be considered the primary providers of Aesthetic surgery and treatments. Over the past 20 years, the field of aesthetic and laser surgery has grown to include Dermatologists, Otolaryngologists, Ophthalmologists, Gynecologists and General Practitioners.
Rather than staying insular, many experts in these fields elected to share their experiences and ideas. Although the idea of collaborating with specialists of different backgrounds was considered novel and even controversial, this cooperative approach has resulted in more rapid dissemination of information to the benefit of all patients.
All members of CLASS are certified Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, FRCS(C), Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada FRCP(C), or the College of Family Physicians Canada, CFPC. In recent years many non-physicians providing aesthetic treatments have presented themselves to the public as “experts” or “specialists” without any formal education and or recognized credentialing. Consumers should be more assertive and vigilant than ever and inquire about the certification of their physicians and not be afraid to research their status and credentials.
The past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in cosmetic procedures and technologies. During this time surgical and non-surgical approaches have evolved to achieve better results with less risk and less recovery. However, it has never been more important for patients and doctors to consider the range of options available and then agree on a strategy designed specifically for each patient. Advances in Lasers and other technologies have continued to improve the safety and effectiveness of many rejuvenating therapies. Soft tissue augmentation, neurotoxins and topical therapies have continued to evolve and require extensive experience, knowledge and artistic skill to optimize patient outcomes. Cosmetic surgical procedures continue to be highly successful and sought after by patients of all ages with outcomes that still set the standards for rejuvenation possibilities. The commitment to mastering and advancing these treatments is something that all members of CLASS share. For our patients, they can be reassured by the fact that they are in experienced and uniquely qualified hands when trusting your appearance to a member of this society.
Dr. Rahul Shukla, Dermatologist
President 2020 – 2021
- President: Dr. Rahul Shukla (Dermatologist)
- Vice President: Dr. Amanda Fanous ( Otolaryngologist)
- Treasurer: Dr. Sheetal Sapra (Dermatologist)
- Secretary: Dr. Jonathan Shapero (Dermatologist)
- Public Relations: Dr. Claudio DeLorenzi ( Plastic Surgeon)