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.

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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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!