Saturday, 23 November 2019

Things to Know About Anti-Wrinkle Fillers

While seeing pictures or video clippings of celebrities, you may have often wondered how age has not caught up with them! They seem to be blessed with glowing skin, spotless cheeks and plump lips that make fans go gaga over them.

Well, some people have naturally good skin and others get it with the help of their dermatologists, particularly with anti-wrinkle fillers or dermal fillers. You will be surprised to know that injectable wrinkle fillers can bring back the youthful you for a fraction of the cost of a traditional facelift. Anti-wrinkle fillers can fill lines, hollows, and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes; the results of the treatment can last from 4 months to over a year. Anti-wrinkle fillers contain protein-based substances that your dermatologist will inject into certain points on the face. It is a painless procedure that is done under local anesthesia or sometimes even without an anesthetic.

In this post, we will mainly talk about the features of anti-wrinkle fillers that you should be aware of, including their types and functionalities. Here we go:

Types of Anti-Wrinkle Fillers

There are various types of anti-wrinkle or dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane and Voluma.Let us talk about them in brief.

1.  Juvederm
Juvederm treatment is done using hyaluronic acid and it can smoothen lines, wrinkles and give plump lips along with adding volume to the face. The Food and Drug Administration approved this anti-wrinkle filler treatment in 2006.

Using hyaluronic acid (which is naturally produced in the human body)Juvederm adds volume and fullness to facial tissues. It also regulates collagen, which improves the quality of your skin and makes you look younger. he results of a Juvederm treatment can last up to a year.

2. Perlane
Perlane is also based on hyaluronic acid which is usually found abundantly in younger people.

This treatment is about injecting the substance deep into the skin, which helps get rid of wrinkles and also helps in giving an attractive and younger appearance.

3. Radiesse
Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that induces the human body to generate more collagen in the injected areas of the face. This treatment adds volume to facial tissues, removes wrinkles and gives your face a younger and fresher appearance.  

4. Restylane
Restylane is a popular anti-wrinkle filler that rejuvenates skin and gives it a radiant look. In the US, more than 1.4 million dermal-filler treatments are based on Restylane. This treatment helps to smooth laugh lines and give fuller lips.

5. Voluma
As humans age, the mid-section of the face shows the most obvious signs of aging, including sagging or drooping cheeks. Due to this, a dull and sunken look results despite having good health. This is where Voluma can turn things around for you.

Voluma treatment contains Hyaluronic Acid or HA; thisHA attracts and holds water and thus hydrates the skin. In addition, it combines with the collagen and elastin in the skin to improve elasticity and it also gives structure to the skin.

Anti-wrinkle fillers are a perfectly safe treatment procedure. However, it is crucial for you to find a reputed dermatologist with extensive knowledge, expertise, and a proven track record. Keep in mind that expert dermal fillers will never leave any traceable signs of treatment. Trout pout and duck lips are the signs of a filler gone wrong. However, when an experienced dermatologist injects, the filler will look natural. The changes will be subtle yet it will enhance your appearance.

If you are considering treatment with anti-wrinkle fillers, these are the things to know before undergoing the treatment. To know more about dermal fillers or any other skin treatment such as Botox, non-surgical facelift, pigment treatment or skin tightening, check this link or call @408-294-2399.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Tech Trends That Are Taking the Beauty Community by Storm

It's not surprising to learn that the foundation of the beauty industry is built upon science; be it mixing two chemicals to create a beauty product back in the 80s or rejuvenating your skin with technology in the present time, the beauty industry has unquestionably come a long way.

Despite increasing competition, new consumer patterns around wellness and wellbeing and science and technology innovations, the beauty industry has become one of the most forward-thinking industries. Although beauty sales are booming online, the in-store brands have the benefit of providing a more enriching as well as personalized experience. Let's look at some of the new gadgets and gizmos that will enhance your beauty experience.

1.      Wearable Skincare Technology 

In the fashion and fitness market, wearable technology is the new 'IT' product. In 2018, La Roche-Posay launched the French beauty brand L'OrĂ©al's My Skin Monitor UV sensor clips that monitor an individual’s level of UV exposure. These sensor clips can be clipped to garments or bags and are designed to make people aware of UV radiation exposure and to persuade them to use precautionary measures such as sunscreen regularly. For acquiring and transmitting photon data via an app to the user's phone, the device uses a combination of LED technology and a near-field communication antenna.

UV sensor clip is the product of the tech incubator project that was set up eight years ago by L'Oreal. My UV Patch, a sticker for UV exposure monitoring, was launched in 2016. This was improved in 2017 with the release of button-sized skin sensors called ' UV Sense' which allow users to glue it on to their fingers.

2.      Skin Scanning Devices

This technology provides skin diagnostics via portable scanners that check facial skin at home without having to consult a dermatologist. For example, take the Neutrogena Skin360 App and Skin Scanner tool. With the aid of a phone camera, the app offers a close-up view of the skin which normally only dermatologists have access to. When installed on the phone, it replicates a scientific laboratory's monitored environment and scans the pores, the skin’s hydration and fine lines appearance. In addition to personalized skincare tips, consumers can view the magnified images on their phones. For providing personalized skincare solutions and monitoring progress, each test and its results are stored in the app. 

Wayskin, a skin analyzer from Korea, works in a similar way as well.

3.      Augmented Reality

Augmented reality was embraced by Sephora, Estee Lauder and L'Oreal as a booming trend in 2017. Before buying products or changing their looks, the technology has allowed shoppers to try different looks digitally. This covers everything from trying on make-up, pre-testing haircuts, trying on shades and textures to even checking eyebrow styles before plucking or waxing (as done by Benefit Cosmetics).The software also helps retailers collect a wealth of customer data so that they can send appointment reminders, suggest new items or offer tailor-made beauty tips.

Beauty brands are now investing in AI-powered messaging bots to communicate with their customers 24/7 to provide personalized product recommendations and tips. 
Tech infused mirrors also reflect the real power of technology by assessing skin conditions such as wrinkles, swelling, blemishes, uneven skin tone, dark circles, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It helps the beauty industry evolve and offer personalized skincare programs for their clients.

4.      Virtual Reality 

In-store experiences in virtual reality allow buyers to be transported to an entirely new world. For example, NYX Professional Makeup used the technology to bring customers closer to their brand ambassadors by offering digital makeup tutorials through a VR headset led by top beauty vloggers. Consumers use a controller to pick items they want to learn more about and would also receive an exclusive offer to purchase at a special price the products included in the tutorial.

Vaqso, based in Japan, has developed a system that connects to a VR headset and emits scents relevant to the VR content, creating a VR experience that is almost entirely sensory. In the future, you will definitely see technology being used to improve the process of choosing fragrances.

5.      Personalization and AI 

Most female shoppers lament on the fact that they are unable to find the right foundation shade for their face and those with darker skin tones are often left disappointed for having less than two options to choose from when it comes to foundations. It is, however, impractical to put thousands of shades on shop shelves.

L'Oreal subsidiary brand Lancome created Le Teint Particulier, a custom-made foundation device that claims to find the "exact match" for your skin using artificial intelligence. It's available in the UK at Selfridges and Harrods.

Lancome consultants first use a handheld colorimeter (a form of an electronic scanner) to test the facial skin tone. Thereafter, the findings are run through a machine that uses a proprietary algorithm to choose from 20,000 different shades. Eventually, the results of the device are sent on the spot to a system that mixes the base for you.

The demand for tailor-made cosmetics is steadily growing. Consumers relish the idea of personalizing a beauty product specifically for them, which gives better results. However, the high price of tailored cosmetics certainly prohibits them from being accessible to everyone. It gives the impression that you must be wealthy to be able to afford personalized cosmetics. 

Olay has also created a 'Future You Simulator ' feature that takes a high-resolution face picture and shows you what you're going to look like in 20 years. To create the simulation, Olay took high-resolution images from five different ethnicities of 1,250 women between the ages of 10 and 80.

The beauty industry is often seen in this world as a place that celebrates one-dimensional beauty. And this is not a wrong assumption. The ideals for beauty are biased towards a specific skin tone or body shape that reflects the non-inclusive practices of the industry. But by prioritizing personalization, the software breaks these barriers by engaging users in the process of design and product development. Technology has allowed beauty brands to engage with end-users, learn their preferences, explore new components and expand their range of products to meet these standards. Looking at the pace at which the beauty tech industry is advancing, people will see more technologies emerging and being put into practice by the end of 2019.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Morpheus8: The New-Gen Anti-Aging Product

What's the fuss?

Today every magazine and billboard is touting new anti-aging products and services with fake promises of taking you back in time. However, one technique is cutting through the clutter and rising as a powerful weapon in the war against aging- Microneedling and radiofrequency (RF) technology. In this domain, Morpheus8 gives best results across your entire body.

Before we get into Morpheus8, let's understand the concept behind this technology.

Microneedling is also famous as CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy). In CIT, tiny needles are used to penetrate the skin, which creates small channels through which new collagen is passed, and this helps the skin to heal. However, micro-needling with radiofrequency takes the process to a whole another level. RF provides radio-generated heat to the skin, which helps in the treatment by tightening the skin and contour undesired fat. 

The Morpheus8 difference

Morpheu8 is designed to address the entire body, and it infiltrates deep into the skin and fat to fractionally contour your face and body.

The Morpheus8 penetrates 4,000 microns along with a thermal profile of 1000+ microns. It means that it goes deep into your tissues and reconstructs the developing blocks in the natural occurring anti-aging process.

The results are always uniform, irrespective of your skin type, and there is no thermal damage to your skin and there are minimal chances of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (discoloration), which is a commonly found side effect in other resurfacing techniques. 

What it can Morpheus8 do for you, and why is everybody talking about it? 

Reduces plump skin and wrinkles without surgery or damage, and it is scientifically proven!

Morpheus8 possesses a unique combination of micro-needling and radiofrequency energy, which is known as 'fractionated RF energy.' This energy reduces wrinkles and rebuilds collagen. Moreover, it also helps in rebuilding fat cells, which gives a plumper appearance to sagging skin. 

Unlike other devices that use monopolar RF energy, Morpheus8 uses bipolar RF energy. This technology works just fine with all skin types and possesses no harm to your skin. 

No downtime or preparation required

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more than 100,000 men and women in the United States go for surgical face-lifts every year. Not only these face-lift surgeries are expensive but also requires you to change your habits for weeks before the surgery with a long recovery period. 

Whereas the Morpheus8 treatment requires no preparation or downtime, and it only takes less than an hour for the treatment, and after that, you can directly go back to your regular activities.

Result says it all!

Morpheus8 is FDA-approved for efficacy and safety. It delivers extraordinary results for skin laxity around the neck, jowl, and chin. It also minimizes lines, reduces wrinkles, and tightens sagging skin.

Morpheus 8 other benefits include:
  • Uniform effect and incredibly smooth skin
  • Works on all skin type and tones
  • Dense fractional treatment
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimally invasive and nonsurgical
Is Morpheus8 the right choice for you? 

If you're between 30 and 60 years old, and you want more natural, youthful, and overall looking contour, then Morpheus8 could be the ideal solution for you.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Say Goodbye to Sunken Cheeks with Voluma

Sunken cheeks are an affliction that people have to deal with as they get older. This happens due to the skin losing its elasticity as well as fat with age. But ageing is not the only cause of sunken cheeks. It can also be the result of rapid weight loss, certain life-threatening diseases like cancer and can sometimes even be genetic. Most of the time, the causes are ageing and extreme dieting which result in sunken cheeks. Hollow cheeks tend to give people a haggard appearance, making them look much older than what they actually are.

The good news, however, is the availability of non-surgical treatment for sunken cheeks. Juvederm Voluma is one such option. Voluma has been approved by the FDA and is meant specifically for restoring volume to the cheeks. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the filler of choice which is injected into the cheek area. The usage of HA serves a double purpose; HA retains moisture and stimulates the production of collagen as well. Aside from these two benefits is the fact that HA is produced by the skin itself. Hence when introduced as a filler, the body does not fight against it.

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Benefits of Voluma:

  • Voluma in addition to filling up sunken cheeks also adds contour to the face, giving the face a sculpted and a younger appearance.
  • Voluma lasts for nearly 2 years while other fillers last for a shorter duration. More sessions for Voluma injections can also be scheduled based on individual expectations. Subsequent sessions will require a lesser quantity of filler to be injected.
  • A topical anaesthetic cream is usually applied before any filler injection is administered but Voluma has the advantage of being injected well below the surface of the skin where the nerve endings are comparatively lesser. As a result, not only is the pain further reduced but the possibility of bruising or discolouration is also low.
  • Voluma offers short treatment time with almost immediate results. The procedure can be completed within 30 minutes and normal activity can be resumed in a day. Side effects if any, usually settle down in a week.
  • If at all the patient is unhappy with the results after Voluma, the process can be reversed. Hyaluronidase can be used to break down the HA thereby reversing the process.
  • Doctors find Voluma easy to work with as it is pliable and smooth.
However, as is the case with any procedure, the skill of the doctor is paramount. The best result would be a natural-looking one and to achieve this, the doctor has to be proficient in knowing the quantity of filler to be administered.

On the whole, though patients and doctors are happy with the results obtained with Voluma, it would indeed be most advisable to have a thorough discussion with your doctor before going in for it.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

RevLite Tattoo Removal for All Your Tattoo Troubles

Tattoos, when they become undesirable, are no longer permanent markings on the body that you need to put up with. Tattoo removal using LASER provides a safe and effective solution.

RevLite tattoo removal successfully eliminates black as well as coloured tattoos. The technology used is Photoacoustic Technology Pulse (PTP) which provides peak power in short pulse bursts. The pulses are only around 3-7 ns in length. The LASER used is the Q- switched Nd: YAG which delivers energy uniformly making it safer as well as more successful compared to other LASERs. This particular LASER is used worldwide to target any kind of skin pigmentation as its superiority in this domain remains unquestioned. The LASER is focussed on the ink alone and the skin remains unharmed.

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So what exactly happens when the LASER beam is focussed on the tattooed area?

The LASER heats up the inked molecules which absorb the LASER and expand. As the LASER is applied in pulses, the molecules cool down for a short period before they are subjected to another blast of LASER. This alternate heating and cooling breaks up the tattoo particles and makes them much smaller than what they were. Now, the rest of the tattoo removal is handled by the body’s White Blood Cells (WBC). The WBC, recognizing the tattoo particles as foreign intruders, takes them to the liver from where they are flushed out by the body’s natural processes.  
Facts to Be Aware of Before a Tattoo Removal Session

Duration for tattoo removal depends on individual tattoos. The size of the tattoo, the tattoo colour, the skin colour, the type of ink used, the age of the tattoo and its placement on the body, all play a role in determining the number of sessions that will be required for tattoo removal.

Larger tattoos are obviously going to take a longer time for removal. As far as the colour of the tattoo is concerned, contrary to popular perception, darker colours are easier to remove that lighter ones. The contrast between skin colour and tattoo colour also comes into consideration. The more the contrast, the easier it is to remove the tattoo. Beryllium ink if used presents more of a challenge for removal than other ink varieties. Also, an older tattoo that has already faded will take lesser time for removal and so will tattoos located on the head or neck compared to other body parts.

Advantages of RevLite LASER
  • Usage of multiple wavelengths targets a wide range of coloured tattoo inks.
  • Even small areas can be treated without harming the skin.
  • It is extremely accurate and adjustments as low as 0.1 mm can be made when targeting the tattooed area.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Gain without the Pain with Optimas DIOLAZE XL Hair Removal

Looking good is key to feeling good. With the beauty industry growing in leaps and bounds, we have a plethora of options to choose from. Unwanted hair removal forms an important part of the beauty regimen. Again there are various options for hair removal ranging from shaving and waxing to LASER treatment. Shaving, waxing and other forms of hair removal come with the disadvantage of having to keep repeating the process at regular intervals.  Wouldn’t it be so much better to be done with it once and for all?

Optimas from InMode offers hair removal solutions with DIOLAZE XL. As the name implies, the procedure involves an advanced diode LASER treatment. The gold standard in wavelength (810nm) is used as this wavelength has been proven to be reliable, safe and efficient. The method literally focuses on the root of the problem. The thermal energy from the LASER destroys the hair follicle and prevents regrowth of hair. DIOLAZE XL is a versatile treatment which can be used on all types of skin.

How does it work?

The principle used is that of selective thermolysis. The LASER focussed on the skin gets absorbed by melanin and is converted into heat which in turn destroys the hair follicle. White hair remains unaffected with this treatment. The patient will be given pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions which need to be adhered to for best results.

DIOLAZE XL can be used on arms, legs, bikini lines, back, shoulders, stomach, neck, chin and sideburns. This treatment also reduces hair bumps and in growth of hair. Eyebrows and hair growth at a distance of about 1 inch from the eye’s orbit are generally not treated with DIOLAZE XL. Lips and upper eyelids are also not treated. Any form of permanent makeup or tattooed areas of the body cannot be treated with DIOLAZE XL.

The advanced inbuilt cooling technology renders the procedure nearly painless. It has sapphire cooling plates that cool the skin before, after and during the procedure. As a result, the skin becomes numb and the patient hardly feels anything. In contrast, other LASER hair removal procedures are not as painless even after the application of an anesthetizing ointment.

The treatment duration typically lasts around 4-6 sessions. This is dependent on the coarseness of the hair, skin color and the body part targeted by the treatment. DIOLAZE XL also employs a large spot size which allows it to cover larger areas. This makes the procedure a lot faster compared to other treatments. What usually takes around an hour with other treatments takes only 20 minutes with DIOLAZE XL.

Patients can rest assured about the safety of the treatment as the built-in safeguards provide the best possible care. This combination of being extremely effective while ensuring minimum discomfort for the patient in conjunction with very fast treatment time makes the DIOLAZE XL the most sought after hair removal procedure.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Cosmetic Skin Enhancement with Optimas LASER Treatment

Skin treatment using LASER is nothing new. LASER has been used in the treatment of acne, wrinkles, scars and other skin imperfections. But like everything else LASER treatment has evolved with time. Thanks to the continuous research into the uses of LASER, skin treatment using LASER has become more refined, leading to better results and lesser recuperation time. They are also less invasive allowing the clients a much better and nearly pain free experience.

Optimas by Inmode is one such new offering which uses a single workstation for a variety of procedures like remodelling and contouring face and body, hair removal and treatment of spots and lesions. By making the device lightweight and thus easier for the physician to handle, it indirectly benefits its goal of a better patient experience.

Skin related LASER treatment offered by the Optimas suite includes MORPHEUS 8 and LUMECCA.

The MORPHEUS 8 is a Subdermal Adipose Remodelling Device (SARD). It works on the adipose (fat) tissue located under the skin. By doing so it remodels the fat under the skin and contours the face. The result is that the face looks younger and smoother.

How is the MORPHEUS 8 more effective when compared to other similar procedures?

The MORPHEUS advantage lies in the fact that its RF energy reaches the subdermal tissue whereas other procedures only concentrate on the superficial layers of the skin. Hence in these cases, surgery maybe recommended to reach the subdermal tissue. The MORPHUES 8 circumvents the question of surgery altogether. It is also considered extremely safe for all skin types. Post inflammatory hyerpigmentation is nearly absent; something which other methods can’t lay a claim to.

LUMECCA treats skin pigmentation using Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology. It can be used to tackle age spots, sun damage, freckles, redness due to sun exposure and other skin irregularities. The IPL technology works by focussing light of 500-600 nm on the skin. This light leaves the top layer of the skin intact and targets the pigments on the second layer of the skin. The pigment is destroyed by the heat from the light beam thus clearing up pigmentation.

Using LUMECCA, the areas which are exposed to sun can be treated successfully. This includes face, neck, arms and legs. After treatment, redness of skin and a warm feeling can be expected. This is normal and will subside within a couple of hours. A week after treatment, skin lesions fall off leaving the skin even and smooth.

How is LUMECCA different from other similar procedures?

LUMECCA uses high power (3 times more) compared to other IPL procedures. The result is that the efficiency with which pigmentation is removed is higher. LUMECCA takes 1-2 sessions to show visible results; other procedures take 4-6 sittings for the same.