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!

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

About Melasma

Melasma is a common skin-coloring disorder among women resulting in discolored patches on the face, especially the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, above the upper lip and chin. It can also be seen clearly on other parts of the body that are prone to excessive sun exposure such as the forearms and neck.

It is also called chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy” as women are more likely to suffer from it when compared to men. According to a study, a majority of the people who develop melasma are women.

The condition normally emerges in women belonging to the age group of 20-50 years. Even though it is not injurious to health, it can leave a person in embarrassment and distress.
Reasons behind it

Frequent sun exposure and hormonal events such as pregnancy and hormone treatments are the first-line factors which cause melasma. It is a kind of uncontrolled pigmentation that induces your body to replete the pigment. It is usually triggered during the summer months. Other reasons include:
  • Oral contraceptives.
  • Hormone replacement therapy.
  • Certain skin care products which prove unfavorable to a person's skin.




Treatment

Treatment should not be considered first hand for melasma. If it is caused by the hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills, it will disappear after delivery or once a person ceases taking the pills.

Unfortunately for others, melasma can continue for years or even for the rest of their lives. If it does not vanish over time, a person can consult a doctorfor further medication.
Sadly, not all treatments prove to be effective for everyone and melasma may return even after successful treatments.
Melasma can be doctored by various effective methods.

  • Wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying it every 2 hours.
  • Certain bleaching creams can be purchased with a doctor’s prescription.
  • Hydroquinone: It is sometimes associated with other chemicals (collectively called “triple cream”) to  elevate the effects which may take 6-8 weeks to show visible results.
  • Microdermabrasion: A vacuum suction clinched by an erosive material gets rid of the top layer of the skin.
  • Chemical peels: A light glycolic peel containing salicylic acid can be used. Consult a dermatologist to know about the accurate strength.
  • Lasers: Not highly recommended by dermatologists. Although it may provide temporary results, it may worsen the condition.
  • Glycolic acid creams (10-20%).
  • Kojic acid: Used in concentrations between 1-2.5%, equally effective.
  • Lactic acid lotions (12%).
  • Azelaic acid (15-20%): A non-hydroquinone cream that is safe and effective against melasma. Redness, itching and a burning sensation are some of the side effects that improve after two weeks to a month of use.
  • Retinoic acid (.025-.1%)
  • Researches and analysis are being performed on the efficiency of other relevant agents like   licorice extract, resveratrol, zinc sulphate mequinol, arbutin and deoxyarbutin (extracted from berries) amidst others.



Treatments may take several months to produce an effect irrespective of the intensity. Another important thing to note is that there are two different kinds of melasma – dermal melasma and epidermal melasma. Both are treated differently. Treatment for the latter has been observed to be more successful.

Certain treatments can give rise to skin irritation. If you undergo hydroquinone treatments above 4% for a brief time, it is probable that you might develop exogenous ochronosis, a state whereby the skin blackens and becomes faded.