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.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Micro Needling Vs BOTOX: The Right Choice for You

Advancements in skincare are happening at such an amazing pace that a simple Google search on wrinkle removal throws up an abundance of options. The most common of these search results include BOTOX and the much more recent micro needling. So how do you decide on which treatment will work best for you?  This article hopes to make your decision easier. Of course it would be best to talk to your physician before you make a decision.

Let us start with BOTOX.

HOW does BOTOX work?

BOTOX is the commercial name given to Botulinum toxin which is injected in an extremely small concentration directly into the muscle.  Contraction of the muscles happen  when the nerve cells send a signal to them to contract. The injected Botulinum toxin works by suppressing this signal.  As a result, contraction of the muscle is prevented.


What is BOTOX effective for?
  • If you are looking at treatments  for moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines, BOTOX would be worth looking into.
  • It is used for dynamic wrinkles caused by repeated expressions.
  • This can be used for acne scars only when muscle contractions pull on the scar. It works by easing the stress on the scar tissue, thus making it less visible.
  • For vertical lip lines, BOTOX is not very effective.
What is the duration for BOTOX to take effect?

Treatment with BOTOX usually takes 24-72 hours to take effect. Rarely  it might take up to 5 days for the effect to become visible.

How long does the BOTOX effect last?

The effect of BOTOX can be seen up to a period of 3-6 months.
It is important to note that BOTOX should not be given to pregnant or lactating women or for those who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or its ingredients.

Now let us move onto micro needling

How does micro needling work?

Micro needling or collagen induction therapy or skin needling works by causing micro injuries on the skin. When micro injuries are caused, the natural healing mechanism of the body kicks in. Collagen is produced by the body which helps in smoothening out the fine lines and wrinkles.

What is micro needling effective for?
  • Micro needling works well to remove vertical lip lines on the upper and lower lip.
  • It helps with superficial small scars.
  • It is also used to smoothen stretch marks in the stomach and thighs.
  • It rejuvenates skin as it stimulates production of healthy new cells thereby resulting in a smoother and more radiant skin.
  • Micro needling can also access hard to reach areas like those around the nose.
What is the duration for micro needling to take effect?

The effect of micro needling is visible almost immediately. Best results will be felt 4-6 weeks after the procedure. The results will last for up to 6 months after the treatment.

Micro needling should not be done for pregnant women as the production of collagen requires vitamins and nutrients that would otherwise be reserved for the unborn child.

Micro needling kits for home use are available but their effectiveness is not as intense as it is, when done under professional guidance. It is not advisable to use micro needling for active acne as it might lead to an acne breakout.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

All About A Non Surgical Facelift

Unfortunately age creeps up on everybody and most of us constantly fear about the inevitable: THE AGING LOOK!  With a long list of treatments to smooth, lift and tighten the skin, who does not want to look and feel young? There has been a growing interest in cosmetic procedures than ever before which does not require one to go under the knife.

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When does one need a facelift?

As one ages, facial features undergo a considerable change due to volume loss as well as loss of fat in the cheeks. Between the ages of 40 to 60, facial aging starts with visible signs like lines and wrinkles around the nose and the mouth, sagging cheeks, jowls, facial hollows and loss of definition in the jaw line.

What does a facelift do?

A facelift turns the age clock around and defies aging by tightening skin and underlying tissues, removing excess skin, softening facial outline and  relocating fat to make up for volume loss in the face.

Why choose a non surgical facelift over a surgical one?

Surgical procedures are invasive in nature and involve cuts and incisions with the use of anesthesia. They need a longer recovery periodand also some amount of after care. They are also expensive and involve certain risks, if not performed by trained surgeons.

On the other hand a non-surgical facelift does not require hospitalization or large incisions. They are minimal downtime in office procedures without much discomfort, which give instant results and restore lost youth.

Some of the facelift techniques which are non-surgical in nature and which provide a lifted, toned and tightened skin are:

1. Dermal fillers: These are one of the most popular ones in vogue. These are hyaluronic acid based and have a longer lasting effect. Injectable fillers like Restylane, Juvederm andPerlane are considerably effective in removing fine lines, wrinkles and sagginess of skin. They are also used to volumise cheeks and lift the jawline and temple.The results last for about 6 to 9 months!

2. Botox: Botox has emerged as one of the best options in recent times, with high success rate and minimal side effects, where the injection temporarily paralyses muscle activity to remove worry lines, laugh lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and smile lines, thereby resulting in smoother and younger looking skin.

3. Laser therapy: Painless laser therapy uses infrared rays of different wavelengths to smoothen out wrinkles and reduces sun damage, thus repairing and rejuvenating the skin and largely improving the appearance.

4. Thread lift: This is a brief procedure which involves inserting thin threads into a specific area of the skin by making tiny cuts into it. The threads which get fastened to the skin tissue are then pulled back after sometime for a tighter skin and a lifted appearance. Results are seen almost instantaneously.

5. Thermage: This is a radio frequency cosmetic procedure that smoothens and improves skin elasticity by stimulating collagen production. This treats fine lines and wrinkles and also lifts the cheeks, jawline and the brows.

6. Ultherapy: This uses ultrasound waves to tighten the skin at target points and isa proven and effective method as it triggers natural production of collagen for a younger looking skin.

How expensive is a non surgical facelift?

The cost of these procedures may differ depending on the type of facelift chosen and the number of sessions that may be needed for each type to be effective. The procedure may also need to be repeated after a certain period of time, to maintain the effect.

It is but natural that most of us want to knock off years from the face to look more youthful and toned, but one must also be aware of the side effects and risks if any, related to these treatments. It is always best to consult your physician regarding the right treatment option suitable for you and get it done by trained aesthetic specialists. Consult an aesthetic specialist now!

Friday, 22 February 2019

Obesity: Causes, prevention and cure

Obesity is a medical condition or a disorder involving excess body fat that may have a negative effect on health. A person who has a high Body Mass Index (BMI) is said to be obese. The BMI is a key index relating body weight to height and obesity occurs when a person’s BMI is 25 or greater. Worldwide, obesity has tripled since 1975 and this kills more people than under weight. Over weight and obesity are the fifth leading risks for global deaths.


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Causes:
Obesity often results from taking in more calories than are burned by exercise and normal daily activities. Much of the surplus energy will be stored as fat in the body. An increased intake of foods that are high in fatand sugars and an increase in physical inactivity due to sedentary nature of work are also some of the significant causes.

What can obesity lead to?

Obesity can lead to other illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, coronary vascular disease, heart attack,stroke and even cancer!

Can obesity be cured?

There are many weight loss strategies available but some are ineffective and short term for those who are morbidly obese! Usually non surgical programs to lose weight under the guidance of certified health care professionals include a combination of dieting, behavior modifications, medications and exercise.

A health care professional customizes your dietary needs by restricting your calorie intake, but maintains your nutrition levels.

The objective of a behavior modification therapy is to change your eating and exercise habits, to promote weight loss by setting realistic goals, recording daily diet and exercise patterns, identifying high risk situations and developing a support group for you to focus on your goal.

A variety of over the counter and prescription weight loss drugs are available. A certified health care professional can prescribe appropriate medications considering your condition. 

Exercise greatly improves your chance of   weight loss, especially for a long term weight management program, say a weight loss surgery.

What qualifies you for a weight loss surgery?

To be eligible for a bariatric surgery one must be between 16 to 70 years of age and weighing atleast 100 pounds over one’s ideal body weight and having a BMI of 40. You must have a serious weight related health problem such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. When considering surgery for weight loss, one has to understand that success in maintaining weight loss depends on the commitment to be made regarding major dietary and life style changes for their remainder of their lives.

Types of weight loss surgery:

1.Roux- en –Y gastric bypass surgery: This is a procedure where a pouch is created out of a small portion of the stomach and directly attached to the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach and duodenum. Now the stomach pouch is too small to hold large amounts of food and fat absorption is also considerably reduced.

2. Laparoscopic gastric banding: The surgeon places an adjustable laparoscopic silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to squeeze it so that the stomach is now a pouch to hold only an ounce of food. This is the least invasive weight loss surgery and the safest. Gastric bands are removable and can be reversed if it causes serious problems.

3. Sleeve gastrectomy: This is a surgery in which the stomach is permanently reduced to 15 -25% of its original size leaving a banana shaped portion that has both restrictive and low absorptive qualities to effect weight loss.

4. Biliopancreatic diversion: This is similar to the gastric bypass except the stomach pouch is connected further along the small intestine. This is less commonly used because of its side effects.

One usually loses more weight after a gastric bypass or a sleeve gastrectomy, but the risk of serious surgery complications is generally higher for these.

Foods to be avoided to manage obesity:

Limit the intake of sugar sweetened beverages, fruit juices, refined grains, sweets, potatoes, red meat and processed meats.

What to eat, to cope with obesity?

Choose minimally processed whole foods such as whole grains, colorful variety of vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and other healthy sources of proteins such as fish and poultry, and plant oils (olive and other vegetable oils).

How to prevent obesity?

Improving your eating habits and increasing physical activity play a vital role in preventing obesity. Exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes a day.Check your weight regularly. Drink water rather than sweetened beverages when thirsty and weigh and measure food to understand portion sizes. Remember to eat only when hungry!

If you are considering weight loss surgery, discuss with a surgeon about different techniques to decide the best one suitable for you. An assessment involving tests on your physical and mental health, diet and eating patterns is conducted to check if the chosen surgery type would be suitable for you. Consult your surgeon now!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

All About Juvederm Dermal Fillers

With age our skin becomes more vulnerable to wrinkles and sagging. Exposure to sun over a period of time and years of muscle movement such as chewing, smiling and constant use of the eyes take a toll on the skin and adds on to tissue break down.Soft tissue fillers are increasingly used for aesthetic purposes torevitalize the face and selected areas of the body.

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What are facial fillers?

These are either collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxyl apatite based products that invigorate facial skin by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, lifting up scar depressions, augmenting lips and reinstating soft tissue volume loss through facial injections.Juvederm is one such versatile fillerwhich minimizes signs of aging.

What is Juvederm?

Itis a HA-based injectable filler to restore facial contours and treats a number of aging and aesthetic concerns in a single formulation. HA is a natural sugar found in the body.As it is a moisture holding compound, itkeeps the skin supple and hydrated. However HA gets depleted as one enters the mature adult years and this,results inwrinkles and loss of facial volume. Juvederm helps boost the skin surface thus adding temporary volume to the cheeks, lips and around the mouth. It corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles, in addition to a smoother skin surface.

What are the different types of Juvederm fillers available?
  • Juvederm Voluma XC: You need not put up with flattened cheeks anymore!  Voluma is administered deep into the cheek area and adds volume beneath the skin’s surface thus giving the cheeks a lifted and youthful look.Voluma has clinically been proven to last upto 2 years!
  • Juvederm Ultra XC:A loss in lip volume gives an aged look which Ultra XC keeps at bay, by adding plumpness to thinning lips. It reduces vertical lip lines and helps improve the lip boundary, thus restoring an appealing pout.
  • Juvederm Volbella is FDA approved and designed particularly for the lips and surrounding areas. It fills in lip lines, thus providing a less painful and comfortable treatment. Results may last upto 12 months!
  • Juvederm Vollure XC plumps the skin and rectifies moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: This is a more denser form of the injection used, depending on the location and severity of wrinkles, for achieving that remarkable look.
How long do Juvederm fillers last?

Fillers are an effective way to reverse aging but their effectsmay wear off with time as they are naturally degraded by the body.Generally speaking they last from anything between 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds.

How safe is it?

Juvederm is considered to be safe as it is a smooth gel and prevents unwanted bumping or rippling. The risks are very few though injury to blood vessels, tissue death and granulomas cannot be ruled out in rare cases. This requires no allergy testing as the HA it contains is naturally present in human beingsand is safe excepting for patients who have enlarged scars and women who are pregnant or lactating.

What are the side effects?

Some common side effects at the injected site include redness, swelling, itching, lumps and discoloration. These are mild in nature and short lived, say less than a week. As Juvederm is injected directly into the skin, there may be some discomfort or pain which can be lessened with a local anesthetic prior to the treatment.It is always safe to get the procedure done by a licensed and well trained medical professional.

How expensive is it?

This is relatively less expensive when compared to facial plastic surgery procedures, such as face lift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.

Tips to make your Juvederm filler last longer:

Avoiding over exposure to sun’s UV rays, using a broad spectrum sun screen lotion and  proper skin care by moisturizing and hydrating the skin by drinking plenty of water, keeps the treated area plump and wrinkle free.The food you eat directly affects your appearance and health. Stay away from processed and packaged foods and limit sugar content in your diet.Keep less on stress as high stress releases more of cortisol hormone which accelerates aging process.

It is true that dermal fillers knock off years from a person’s face and reverse the age clock, but one must understand that correction with these fillers is notonly temporary and may require repeated sittings over time, but also may not be pocket friendly too! At the end, who would say no to an option of sporting a younger look? Consult an aesthetic specialist now!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Skin Tightening – A Solution for Aged Skin:

Youthful skin is different from aged skin. Skin in the age frame of 30s and more, often has fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots that makes one look older and dull faced. If you are conscious of these lines and wrinkles, you must be aware that they are just an effect of age. Your skin might be aging too, and the puffiness and the patchiness is just an outcome of the same. If you are uneasy with sagging skin and wrinkles, laser tightening may be one of the options for you. This will give you a tighter skin, will remove your fine lines and reverse your aging timeline by at least a few years, making your skin look youthful again.



What causes the skin to loosen up?

The skin is directly under the impact of several conditions and environmental effects. Be it harsh weather, sun, rain, or bad habits, our skin suffers first. The factors responsible for this maybe lifestyle, genetics, diet, smoking and drinking etc.  A lot of free radicals are generated with each harmful process, causing the formation of fine lines on the skin, and often leading to sagging and loose skin. Exposure to sun leads to pigmentation, spotting, loss of subcutaneous support and other phenomena. As one grows older, the skin has a tendency to develop benign tumors. It tends to become rougher, loses elastin and collagen and becomes more loose and transparent. There are chances that the skin also gets easily bruised.  The sun is the greatest culprit when it comes to aged skin.

Connective tissue weakening:

The collagen content of the skin comes down with time and weakens your skin. This tissue supports your bones and cartilages, and when this gets depleted the entire skin naturally loses its support system.

Uneven fat distribution:

There is a huge repository of fat below your skin, and this starts forming clumps making the skin look weak and lumpy. The skin begins to sag due to gravity, making you look older.

Weight loss and pregnancy:

This is one other reason why the skin looks dull and unattractive. Rapid weight gain happens when one is pregnant or becomes fat. When one starts losing weight quickly, this results in a lot of loose skin that seems to stick out.

The areas of damage:

It might be surprising for you to know that your sleep pattern affects the lines on your face. Horizontal lines appear on the forehead, vertical ones on skin above the nose, curved lines on the temples, and small curved ones on the upper cheeks, below the eyes, and around the mouth. Smokers tend to have a greater number of wrinkles around their eyes and mouth.  In general skin becomes dull and dry as one ages.

Treatment options:

There might be more than one treatment that can help your skin regain its vitality and get back its original vigor. But for the same, one needs to regularly follow a routine set of treatments, be it natural, laser based, chemical or home based. There are quite a few homemade remedies that one might resort to.

Treating your skin may range from an option of increasing collagen growth, healing the present wrinkles that have already developed on your skin, preventing new wrinkles from appearing, plumping up the skin to make it look healthier and  healing the hydrolipidic layer of your skin.

Homemade remedies:

One could take up organic ways to set the problem right if they are too apprehensive about the permanent measures. An egg white and honey mask  is a protein and vitamin treatment, to rejuvenate the lost elastin proteins. 2 spoons of honey and an egg white applied on the face, and washed off with lukewarm water after 15 minutes will help redefine your skin.

The coffee scrubs:

Coffee is a very good ingredient to moisturize your skin. Use coffee, cinnamon and olive oil mixture to massage your facial tissues and see visible results within a month. A very good cleanser and moisturizer together make your skin feel baby soft.

Aloe Vera mask:

This protects your skin from sagging and can be used from a very young age as a preventive measure. This helps to revive firmness of the skin and is a great anti-ageing agent.

Yoghurt and fuller earth:

These products that are readily available at home have multiple benefits, and a face pack made from these two along with rose water can completely help to  rejuvenate your skin. Remember that consistency is the key when you are using these face packs, and only regularity can help you get the best results.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is an amazing substance that releases antioxidants and helps to tighten loose skin. One can even use olive oil for the same benefits.

Epsom salt mix:

This salt pushes out extra water from your skin, leaving the skin tight and glowing , and using it for a period of 15 – 20 minutes gives the best results.

Laser tightening:

Laser tightening is probably the best solution for those who want to get flawless skin permanently. One could use this non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure to achieve the best results. The infrared rays tighten up the saggy skin, leaving it youthful and flawless. The fine lines and wrinkles disappear quickly and this method is extremely popular with a lot of people who are looking for permanent solutions. Broad band light is used to efficiently heat up the collagen of the skin, causing the skin to tighten up. This process aids in skin healing and restores the initial skin tone that you had earlier! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

All about pigmentation: Nature, causes, and cure

The beauty conscious people out there! Are you disillusioned after noticing uneven complexion, irregular patches and dark spots on your skin? Feeling less confident, depressed and anxious due to these sudden lesions? These are signs of pigmentation, caused due to factors like over exposure to the sun and hormonal imbalance, and is found more amongst Indian women as compared to men. Pigmentation is not painful but is a matter of extreme concern as it affects your main interface of communication. People may get attracted to you because of your looks and vice versa.



Types of pigmentation

Superficial pigmentation: Pigmentation that is caused due to prolonged exposure to the sun, is generally found on the dermis or uppermost layer of the skin and is called superficial pigmentation. It manifests as dark sports, patchy skin and irregular complexion. It is not too deep and thus requires superficial modes of treatments like masks and peels.

Deep pigmentation: This is generally caused by hormonal imbalance and is also termed as Melasma. This affects the deep layers of the skin and thus requires high-end treatments like intense peel and laser etc. to alleviate the manifestations. The results of deep pigmentation are dark spots, uneven skin tones and stark patchy skin.

Results of pigmentation

Freckles:

Freckles are caused by sun and are predominant when the weather is sunny and diminish during the 
less hotter months.

Solar lentigines

These are dark edged brown/black patches which are caused by UV radiations. These need to be checked regularly by medical practitioners for caution against  cancer.

Melasma:

This is hormone triggered pigmentation and is common among women. This appears as brown patches with indistinct edges.

Post Inflammatory patches:

Such patches are brown and sharp and are basically caused by superficial skin conditions like acne, burns, bruises etc.

Treatment and cure for pigmentation

Pigmentation reduction peels:

There are quite a few useful products used for pigmentation reduction.  Vita peels are used for pigmentation caused by UV Exposure. There are similar ones like Insta Clarity peels infused with botanical actives. These abate excess melanin production, reduce intensity of pigmentation and lighten the skin with minimal downtime. Peels are superficial ways of treating the dermis and generate positive results like making you look fairer and beautiful. These are non-invasive and safe. Combining the best products with best service experts, peels give you a spotless and gorgeous look. 

Intense Laser Treatments:

Laser treatments like Insta Clarity laser, Diolite laser, and PicoWay get rid of your dark spots, patchy skin and uneven complexion instantly by acting intensely on the innermost and deepest layers of the skin. These are treatments basically for deep pigmentation conditions and melanin affected pigmentation. Acting on your face and visible areas of your skin, these are considered the best and give immediate results. It must be mentioned here that the patients must go for this after proper medical consultation. During the treatment, patients might feel a stinging or pinching sensation which is usually associated with the process.

De tan facials:

Another effective on the surface treatment for superficial pigmentation are lightening and de-tanning facials. These diminish the intensity of the sun spots and protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure. This process undertakes a superior exfoliation action with Micro Derma Abrasion. Once the radicals are free from the skin, they are shed off through a thorough de-tanning process. The skin is eventually soothed with aloe vera gel. This takes care of the restoration and revitalization of the skin. At the other end of the process, Vitamin-C enriched Antox Vit-C serum is applied, followed by BioWhite facial mask. The end result is a blemish free and glowing skin.

Conclusion

In conclusion, whatever be the reasons that cause pigmentation, this condition should be dealt with appropriately, as the daily lives and confidence of many, are affected by it. 90 percent of Indian women and 10 percent of Indian men happen to experience pigmentation in their life time. 75 percent of the women testify the cause as Melasma and post pregnancy.  It is now a social need to look attractive and charming in order to have a lot of friends and acquaintances around. Pigmentation can also lead to confidence issues and loneliness. Putting in technology and expertise to best use, there are many ways to cure pigmentation.  Demarcated treatments are available for superficial and deep pigmentation. Get detailed information and visit a dermatologist now, if you have pigmentation issues!