Monday, 24 December 2018

All You Need To Know About Lip Fillers

We are now living in an age where everyone wants to flaunt a plumper pout with glossy and fuller lips! The hottest beauty treatment right now is to add volume to the lips and fill out undesired lines. So getting a cc of dermal filler here and there is now as casual as getting one’s nails done! There is no other way to find out the pros and cons of lip fillers without some research on the topic.

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What are lip fillers?

They are temporary soft tissue fillers which a cosmetic surgeon injects into your lips for making them look fuller and plumpand are eventually absorbed by the body.There are a number of different substances used in these injections. Most fillers are collagen or Hyaluronic acid based.

Collagen is naturally found protein in the skin and helps strengthening and plumping the skin. As we age the body produces less of it and so,a collagen filler restores elasticity and helps purely by plumping the lips.

Hyaluronic acidis a naturally occurring substance in the skin known for its stunning capacity to attract water and keeping the cells hydrated. So it not only plumps and adds volume, but also traps water within the lips for a natural look and lasts longer than collagen fillers.  This is found in most lip fillers like Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane. The thickness and consistency of these gels help in customized treatments.

How much filler does one need?

One thing to realize is that lip fillers have taken over lip augmentation and so the end result may not be the one which we may have in our mind and which may not happen overnight which means more sessions and more expensive!

Is it painful?

It depends upon the doctor’s skill. If the practitioner is good, it should not be uncomfortable, as a local anaesthetic is provided. A little swelling is very normal from 12 to 48 hours which comes down with an ice pack.

How long do fillers last?

These are quick in office treatments with temporary results. The results vary from person to person but there isan instant difference in the volume and shape of the treated area. Hyaluronic acid fillers last from about 4 to 6 months. But if your body is thinner, it will metabolise the formula faster and the injections maynot last as long.Juvederm and Restylane fillers last longer and add a youthful pillowy look!

What are the chances of lip fillers going wrong?

 Lip fillers are an aesthetic treatment. So there is always a chance that something could go wrong. The biggest risk is necrosis where the filler gets injected wrongly into the blood vessel causing tissue damage.

Can the filler be taken out if you don’t like it?

There is always the option to dissolve Hyaluronic acid based fillers with Hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that melts and breaks down fillers safely and rapidly and allows the lips to regain natural shape quickly within 3 to 4 days.

How expensive is the treatment?

Costs vary from the expertise and qualifications of the practitioner, type of procedure used and time and effort involved.They are expensive, so start saving your pennies for these! There are many patient financing plans and be sure to ask about them, but the end result achieved will surpass the cost!

How to zero in on the right doctor for safe lip fillers?

 It is incredibly important to allow a qualified reputed professional to do it. Don’t ever think of getting it done in a beauty spa as the beautician may not be trained to do the job of a cosmetic doctor. Make sure you see the product you are injected with and know what is exactly being done.Finding out a skilled and medically qualified injector is very important and so are his qualifications and credentials. Reviews by previous patients are a great source of information.

Fillers can indeed enhance one’s beauty but in the end you are who you are and plumper lips definitely are not a permanent phenomena to describe beauty and being attractive. Lip fillers are not every one’s cup of tea as there may be a small change in appearance. One has to decide to go for it first then love it and accept it! Consult an aesthetic specialist now!

Friday, 23 November 2018

Your Ideal Diet and Skin Care This Winter

Whether you enjoy bundling up in jackets or coats, gloves and scarves or already counting days until spring, winter is here to stay for the next few months! Winter weather is no fun for the skin, and lips, noses and cheeks get chapped and crack. The cold air and the low humidity levels tend to deprive your skin of the moisture it requires. Your skin takes a further beating with indoor heat and hot showers and requires additional moisture to keep it supple and soft.

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No amount of expensive lotions or moisturizers or spa treatments may seem to help your skin retain its glow. A consistent skin care regimen is good, but the key to a flawless skin lies in what you eat!Here are a few foods which you must include in your diet to help your skin remain healthy and retain its natural moisture this winter:

1.Foods rich in essential fatty acids:

Omega-3 and Omega-6 rich fish, walnuts, flax seeds, soy products, wheat germs and whole grains are an excellent source of fatty acids which protect the skin and help retain its moisture.

2.Antioxidant rich foods:

Bright colorful fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals like vitamins A C and E. They protect the skin against free radicals that damage collagen content,and weaken flexibility of the skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and gives structure to your skin. It improves skin elasticity, brightens and reduces wrinkles.

Strawberries and blue berries:  These are rich in vitamin C and A, and also contain flavanoids like querticinand anthocyanidin, whichfight against cholesterol and age related diseases. Blueberries reduce sensitivity of the skin and strawberries promote collagen production to keep the skin smooth in texture.

Plums: These are richest in Vitamin C and prevent swelling, tissue inflammation and guard against DNA damage and cell deterioration.

Oranges: These are a rich source of vitamin C, the ultimate antioxidant for pepping up dull skin. They hydrate the skin and tighten the fine lines. They not only help in keeping the immune system intact and prevent damage to cells, but also boost collagen levels and keep the skin pliant.

Antioxidant rich vegetables:  Bell peppers, spinach,kale, broccoli and beets feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish free. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and strengthen the skin’s outermost layer. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and aid in replenishing collagen contentto keep the skin taut.

3.  Nuts :

These are good to snack upon and are responsible for making your skin smooth and soft and give it a natural glow. Walnuts prevent age related wrinkles and lines from appearing. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and hydrate the skin. Cashew reduces inflammation of the skin and heals damaged acne zones. The antioxidants in pista help curb acne growth.

Winter suncare tips for the skin:
  •    Use a sunscreen lotion to limit the damage to your skin by the sun s rays.
  •    Use a SPF lotion to keep the skin moisturized throughout the day.
  •    Try to avoid being in the sun between 10AM and 3PM as the rays are strongest then.
  •    Wear a hat to protect the scalp and face from sun burns.
  •    Wash your face with tepid water and use the right cleanser.
Do it yourself facemasks:

Stop buying expensive skin care solutions; insteadhave fun in making your own facemasks with ingredients from your kitchen!They nourish your skin and keep it well hydrated. You not only cut down on the costs of spa treatments but also guard your skin against harmful chemicals! 

Apply a paste on the face with a mix of honey, avocados, yoghurt, bananas and olive oil for 15 minutes and wash off to see visible results of a glowing skin!

These foods and winter care tips will ensure that your skin retains its healthy glow all along the winter months.Welcome winter with a smile! Consult an aesthetic specialist now.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Get Done With Apprehensions About Hair Removal

Unwanted body hair has been the  cause of misery for women since time immemorial. Over the years, various ways of getting rid of this has been tried. From shaving to plucking, waxing to hair removal creams, all kinds of options were available earlier and exist even now. They all work, to some extent but also have side effects. Shaving makes the skin rough and plucking makes the hair hard and coarse. Waxing is painful and  creams can cause burning and skin irritation. Another big issue is that the hair removal has to be repeated every few weeks, if not more often. This is not only boring but also a waste of time. Also, what happens  if a special event comes up without an announcement and it has been some time since you went through the hair removal process? Do you do a rush job (with uncertain results) or risk going out as you are? Either way, you run the risk of embarrassment.

The Laser Option:

Laser hair removal has been around for quite some time.  Earlier, it  was effective, but painful and the redness and irritation of the skin which were  side effects, could take days to fade away.  Like all new technologies, it was expensive. However, it grew popular rapidly because it offered a permanent solution to the problem of unwanted hair. None of the downsides are true today, because laser hair removal is so effective and so much in demand. Laser technology is constantly evolving and what is available today is a far cry from what you had a few years ago.

The duration of each session and the number of sessions required  is much less than before, and the overall process is far more effective. Laser hair removal is the best way to permanentlyremove unwanted body hair safely and comfortably. It works on any part of the body including the:

       ·   Face
       ·   Chest
       ·   Arms
       ·   Back
       ·   Underarms
       ·   Bikini Area
       ·   Legs

Which Laser Procedure Is Right For You?

There are a number of laser-driven hair removal procedures now available.Each has its own benefits.  The right choice will depend on a number of factors such as skin type and sensitivity, the amount of hair, coarseness, and location along with other considerations. To be sure that you receive the right and effective hair removal treatment  suitable for your skin and hair type,  consult an aesthetic medicine specialist.The best way to do this is to contact a doctor-owned and operated medical spa. This will ensure that you receive the best care, using the best equipment. There are customized  hair removal packages available, to make the process as easy as possible for you.

They say that beauty comes from within which  is very true. Knowing that your body is free from unwanted hair will give you the confidence, that will allow the beauty inside to be even more visible on the outside.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

BOTOX Demystified

Though the word Botox has been screaming at us from various signboards, cosmetology advertisements, celebrity magazines, and even Whatsapp forwards, I am sure there are still many women out there wondering what exactly this treatment is, and what it involves. This blog sets out to demystify the whole thing for you so that you will know what questions to ask and from who.

The Origins of Botox

One of the wonders of modern medicine, Botox is a truly painless procedure to give you back your youth. The whole thing began in the 1820s when a German scientist investigating food poisoning from sausage came across the first strains of the toxin Clostridium botulinum. More than 70 years later, another doctor, also investigating food poisoning, conducted research on these same lines and extracted seven strains of this botulinum toxin, of which only three were found to be safe for humans. In the 1950s, researchers discovered that injecting small amounts of the strain A of this toxin could relax hyperactive muscles. By the early 1980s, this medicine was being used to treat crossed eyes, facial spasms, eyelid twitching and even cerebral palsy. However it was in 1987, when two Canadian doctors found that patients who were being injected with this toxin for facial spasms were losing their wrinkles too, that the modern day Botox became famous. Soon after this discovery, Allergan, a US pharma company, licensed the treatment and named it Botox.

Today, Botox is one of the most common aesthetic interventions done around the world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 nearly 7 million people received the Botox injection in the US.

How does Botox work

The Botox is an extremely versatile treatment. Though it is mostly associated with cosmetic purposes like wrinkles it is effective in other conditions too like spasticity, eye twitch, neck contracture, severely sweaty underarms, palms and soles, migraine and even an overactive bladder. However, wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity cannot respond to Botox.

Botox blocks signals from the muscles to the nerves rendering the muscles paralyzed. This is what causes the wrinkles to smoothen and fade away and the spasms to stop. The Botulunim toxin additionally interferes with the release of pain making it so very effective for migraine.

The Actual Procedure

The treatment should be done only by trained professionals. Botox can be injected under and around eyes, around facial lines, between the eyebrows, and the forehead. Effects are usually visible as early as between 24 and 42 hours and last for 3-6 months, based on where it is injected.

A consultation will be set up with the doctor who will examine whether the patient warrants a Botox treatment.He will explain the procedure and tell the patient to avoid taking any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medicines atleast 2 weeks prior to the treatment. Pregnant or lactating mothers, those with diabetes or allergies, or any other medical conditions, and smokers and drinkers may not be found suitable for the procedure. So it is important to inform the doctor of any medical history the patient may or could have.

On the day of the procedure, the area to be injected will be first made aseptic and if required, numbed. The injection itself takes just about a minute or two and is done with a fine needle. The patient is then made to lie down for a couple of hours to avoid movement to the affected muscles. Depending on the severity of the condition, additional sessions may be prescribed. The patient will be given necessary instructions to be followed, as per his/her individual condition.

There are hardly any side effects. At the most, temporary bruising or headaches could result but these usually vanish within 72 hours.


While it is indeed a fact that Botox is a painless procedure with little side-effects, it must be strictly noted that the procedure must be done only by a qualified professional. There is no generic botulinum toxin available in the market, and with several formulations available, each with their specific allowed dosages, it is necessary to choose the right one.

Secondly, while Botox is used to treat many types of wrinkles, only a qualified professional can confirm through clinical judgement, whether a particular patient will benefit from the treatment, what concentration should be used and the number of sessions that will be required.

Thirdly, only a trained practitioner will be able to administer the correct amount in the correct location to avoid issues like asymmetry, poker face, or ‘dents’.

Aesthetic Medicine has been in this line of service for more than 30 years now. The clinical experts here provide not just answers to all your questions but also will guide you on how best to treat your specific issue.

Fix an appointment today!

Monday, 23 July 2018

Your Ideal Diet this Summer

Summer is indeed a much-awaited season by all. This is the time you can give in to all your desires to be in the outdoors without having to worry about cold or rain. It is the time when your lovely colorful, sleeveless and sheer clothes come out from the closet and can be flaunted with no overcoats or sweaters to mask. This is also the time when you want to indulge in innumerable ice creams and cold drinks to beat the heat.

But did you realize that in the midst of all this you also have to be careful of the Sun? You have to be very careful of its effect on your skin. Even while enjoying the summer, you should also consider how best you can plan your menu to ensure you don’t suffer from sun burns, pigmentation, wrinkles and the other many side effects of the harsh sun on your skin. A smarter food choice will ensure a healthier and cooler Summer You.

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Vegetables and Fruits for this summer

Diet plays an important role in how we look irrespective of the impact of the weather around us. Haven’t we all heard of the adage, “You Are What You Eat”? Our skin is the largest organ in our body and as such it is also the first to show signs of poor nutrition and aging. While the Sun does add aging lines to the face, a good summer-friendly diet can perform wonders to keep your skin protected throughout summer. Eating properly and keeping yourselves well hydrated all through the day will ensure that you can enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about possible damages to your skin.

Here are a few vegetables and fruits that will help you beat the summer nutritiously:


Top most on the list is the red and luscious water melon. Whoever can resist the refreshing sweetness of this fruit? With 90% of its weight being water, and loaded with Vitamin C, watermelon tops the list in the Must-Have category of fruits. It helps produce healthy collages and prevents signs of aging from showing up on your skin. An added advantage is that a cup of watermelons is just 44 calories. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bite into a thick slice of this large fruit.

*  Coconut Water

Next on the list is the humble and yet mighty coconut. Hard on the outside you wouldn’t believe the sweetness of its water inside unless you have truly tried it. Every time you find yourself yearning for a cool and sweet drink take a sip of coconut water instead of reaching out for the sugar-laden drinks arranged ubiquitously in the store aisle just to tempt you. The potassium and electrolytes in this sweet water-like liquid boost circulation in the body and help more nutrients to get absorbed. A youthful and supple skin is a natural by product.

* Berries

All berries – raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries - are each delicious in their own way but did you know that they are all also packed with antioxidants that can protect your skin from the harmful effects of the Sun? While blueberries reduce the redness of sensitive skins, strawberries enhance the production of collagen fibres that help keep your skin smooth and supple.

Citrus Fruits

Whichever be the citrus fruit that comes to your mind, it is probably good for your skin – lemons, oranges, grapefruits. Apart from the strong dose of Vitamin C that they can provide, the amino acids like proline and lysine boost collagen production which of course is essential to keep your skin pliant.

Among these, lemons require a special mention considering their effectiveness in combating a whole bunch of health issues, right from infections and constipation to wrinkles and blackheads. The citric acid in lemons can help remove pimples and acne while the Vitamin C in them boosts collagen production. A mix of lemon juice and sugar acts as an exfoliant, retaining the natural firmness of the skin.


Next in line, the kiwi is another fruit that is as tasty as it is good for the skin. Packed with Vitamins C and E and with antioxidants, kiwis offer protection against UV damage on the skin. In fact, it is believed that kiwis pack in more Vitamin C than the citrus fruits do.

*  Avocados

While the jury is still out on whether to classify the avocado as a fruit or a vegetable (like the tomato), let us stay focussed on its ‘super-food’ characteristics. Apart from the large amount of Vitamin C that they contain, avocadoes come packed with the free radical quenching antioxidant carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. All of these are effective fighters against wrinkles, fine lines and other visible signs of aging. Ripened avocadoes are commonly mashed and used as face masks.

* Cucumbers, tomatoes and dandelion greens

Being mostly water, cucumbers are excellent for keeping your skin hydrated. Who knew they had uses beyond soothing puffy eyes? You can use cucumber slices to even massage your face and wash it off for a refreshing feel.

The lycopene in tomatoes make them the ideal food to protect your skin cells. It promotes collagens, reduces sunburn and even fights fine lines and wrinkles. Studies show that tomatoes can potentially reverse the aging process!

A tasty and crunchy addition to salads, dandelion greens contribute a hefty dose of Vitamins A, C and K to your diet. Often overlooked as a weed, all the parts of a dandelion plant are useful, particularly for the skin. The amazing news is that dandelions have the ability to detoxify the skin resulting in clearer pores and improved complexion. Dandelions are effective for both combination and sensitive skins and are often prescribed for acne and eczema conditions.

Eaten singly or as a mix, cut or juiced, ensure you get plenty of these fruits and vegetables into your system throughout this summer, and enter the next season fully charged and looking your best.

And if you still seem to suffer from skin issues, make an appointment right away with a skin specialistto rule out any underlying medical factors. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Instant Cheek Lift with Voluma

As years roll by, wrinkles and fine lines begin to show as an inevitable part of aging. But, have you noticed the less obvioussagging cheeks? Experts call it as age-related midface volume loss that brings about marked changes in facial appearance. Let us take you through how Volumacan optimally contour the cheek areato create a natural, youthful face.

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What is Voluma?

Voluma is a FDA-approved facial filler that is used to restore volume in cheeks and define cheekbones. It comes from the family of Juvederm and is the only approved non-surgical option to checkage-related loss of cheek fat.

It is a thick hyaluronic acid (HA)soft tissue filler. HA is a natural sugar found throughout your body, a major chunk of it found in skin. Each molecule of HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water making it unique to plump your skin and improve skin texture.

What is the process?

Voluma is injected through a very fine gauge needle deep under the skin and over a larger area that leads to volumizing cheekbones and defining the jawline.All you feel is a quick pinching sensation. It is premixed with a numbing agent called lidocaine that makes the treatment comfortable for most patients.Ice may be used in some cases. You will feel mild pressure once the Voluma gel is placed under the skin.The treatment takes close to an hour. You can see instant results and resume your usual activities immediately after treatment.

Are you a good candidate for Voluma?

You should be over 21 years of age and without a history of severe allergies. If you are having minimal to moderate volume loss in midface or if you have flat/hollow cheeks due to aging, you make a right candidate for Voluma. Younger individuals who have early fat loss can expect to notice a more dramatic restoration of facial volume due to better skin elasticity while older individuals may require more filler to get optimal correction.

How long do the effects last?

Effects of Voluma are clinically proven to last as long as even two years making it a cost-effective option for shaping the cheeks. It is the only long-lasting facial filler in the market as compared to other fillers that last 6-9 months at the most.

Is Voluma safe? 

Voluma was introduced in 2005 and marketed in over 70 countries. It has proven to be very safe in addition to giving good results.

Be sure to tell your provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Within the first 24 hours post treatment, avoid exposing yourself to excessive sunlight or heat and stay away from alcoholic beverages.

What are the possible side-effects?

The most commonly reported side-effects are redness, swelling, pain, tenderness,bumps, discoloration and bruising at the injection site. However, most of them aremild tomoderate that last for 2-4 weeks. There could be a risk of infection as with all skin injection treatments.As the gel is placed deep under the skin, some may experience more tenderness or soreness for a few days post treatment. Over the counter medication can easily alleviate such discomfort.

Ready to give it a try? To know if Voluma is right for natural cheek contouring, get more information with a qualified aesthetic medicine specialist.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Losing Weight with MIC Injections

Annual resolutions to lose weight seem to disappear into thin air. You have tried all kinds of diets and exercises only to findthat those extra pounds just do not seem to go away. It is possible that your body may need to be replenished with key vitamins and minerals for you to shed pounds. No invasive procedures and no harsh diet regimen to scare you off, can you believe it? Well, you have an amazing solution in MIC Injections to burn off excess fat. Let us fill you in more on how Lipo Shots help you in healthy weight loss with less effort.

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What are MIC Injections?

Methionine Inositol Choline (MIC) Injections also termed as Lipotropic (fat-burning) Injections are intramuscular shots that target primary fat deposits throughout the body and assist in dissolving fat.These intramuscular injections release nutrients directly into the blood stream that enhance their efficacy.

How do they work?

MIC Injections contain a blend of natural vitamins like Vitamin B12, B –Complex Vitamins and a few other minerals and amino acids. When injected into the bloodstream directly, they trigger the liver into optimizing the process of metabolism that dissolves the fat stored in the body.

Methionine (M) – The ‘M’ in MIC Injection is an essential amino acid that works to breakdown fats in the liver and all through the circulatory system. Other allied benefits of Methionine include an enhanced skin tone, shinier nails and hair and better cardiovascular and muscular functions.

Inositol (I) – The ‘I’ in MIC Injection is a B-Vitamin that aids in the metabolism of fats and promotes the health of cell structures. It aids in decreasing blood cholesterol and gives you better mental clarity and improved cognitive performance.  It is naturally found in foods such as red beans,kidney beans,grains and oranges; however, it is found to be more effective in breaking down fat when administered as an intramuscular injection.

Choline (C)– The ‘C’ in MIC Injection is a key nutrient that works to detoxify the liver byflushing out waste products. It distributes cholesterol throughout the system and prevents fat buildup in a particular part of the body. It alsoleads to better performance of endocrine and cardiovascular systems.

MIC Injections should be used along with a healthy diet regimen coupled with exercise for maximum and sustained results.Each session lasts about 10-15 minutes. Specialists usually recommend two sittings per week over a course of 8-12 weeks that is decided based on your fat profile and weight loss goals. You may have to ideally repeat the procedure twice every 12 weeks for best results.


Apart from losing weight, MIC shots help you reap various other benefits.You will be in a better mood with the release of ‘happy hormones’. You will feel more energetic and experience better mental clarity.

The lipotropics in the MIC injections will help flush out toxins and bile, leading to a healthy liver. They also control appetite which means you are not going to lay your hands on whatever food that catches your fancy. Won’t this keep you on track with your weight loss goals?

Inositol is known to kick-start your immune system with better absorption of essential nutrients. So, less downtime from bad health and goodbye to insomnia and depression.Overall, you will begin to feel fit with improved digestion, reduced joint pain, regularized hormones, shinier tresses and healthier nails.

Possible side-effects

Allergic reactions to administration of vitamins and minerals are very rare. Redness,swelling and infection at the injection site may be expected. However, these mild symptoms would wear off fairly quickly. If they persist, you should consult with the provider.

One may possibly experience other side effects like shortness of breath, mild nausea, headache, stomach upset and light headedness. When you find unnatural and discomforting symptoms, it is highly recommended that you seek medical assistance immediately. For an in-person consultation, seek an appointment with a qualified aesthetic medicine specialist.