Monday, 23 April 2018

Get Rid of Double Chin with Kybella

Did you take a profile selfie recently? And did you notice the fullness under your chin? Not a very happy sight for sure. Known as submental fullness or more commonly as double chin, it is not a grave medical condition to get anxious about. It is however a common one, and one that you might consider to be a cosmetic blot as it could make you appear older or heavier than you actually are. It is not uncommon for anyone with this condition to wish that it just melted away without having to go under the knife. The good news is that you now have anassured solution in Kybella to melt away the excess fat under chin and neck. As an added perk, you can easily forget the invasive fat reduction techniques.

Currently, Kybella has been FDA-approved for use only on double chin as it has been found through clinical trials to be most effective in removing only small sections of fat.

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How does Kybella work?

Kybella was earlier called ATX-101. It is a synthetic version of a molecule called deoxycholic acid that is naturally produced in the intestines for the absorption of dietary fats. When Kybella is injected into the submental (under the neck) region through a series of small injections, it targets the fat cells and destroys them. The cells then become ineffective to store fat. The injection procedure lasts about 15-20 minutes. The amount of fat you have under your chin and your desired profile determine the exact number of injections you should take.

For those sensitive to injections, the area can be numbed to reduce discomfort at the time of procedure. Post the destruction of these fat cells, your body goes into a slow and steady natural elimination and healing process. Within 4-6 weeks of receiving Kybella injections,the fat cells are typically removed from the area, leading up to a younger you.

Number of Sessions

Every chin profile is different. Your aesthetic medicine specialist would determine the number of sessions you might require based on how much submental fat is distributed in the area,and your own treatment goals. Each session is spaced at least a month apart and one should typically not require more than six treatments.

How long do results last?

Results from Kybella injections are almost permanent which means that your double chin has gone forever. Even if you gain a little weight after receiving the injections, it may not return provided you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain an optimal body weight range.

Are you an ideal candidate for Kybella?

You should be 18 years of age and have a profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin. Before having Kybella, discuss all your medical conditions with your aesthetic medicine expert. Tell your provider if you have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck or chin; have undergone/planning cosmetic treatments on your face, neck or chin; have had clinical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have difficulty in swallowing; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed your baby.

Side-effects

There should be no serious complications. However, minor discomforts like swelling, pain, numbness and bruising may be expected as is normal with any cosmetic procedure. Serious problems are nerve injuries in the jaw that might lead to facial weakness or an uneven smile and problem in swallowing,all of which are pretty much rare.If you develop an uneven smile, experience facial muscle weakness or difficulty in swallowing, do not hesitate to inform your provider.Most people have reported feeling ‘tender’ till about four hours after the procedure. In case of pain, you may use ice pack, oral analgesics and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to effectively reduce swelling and pain. It is highly recommended that you talk to a certified aesthetic skin specialist to know how Kybella could bring about a dramatic change in your looks.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Try Botox for severe Underarm Sweating

Are you constantly embarrassed from excessive sweating in your armpits in social situations or at work? Does your daily activity get a beating from the cold and clammy feeling of sweaty armpits? Clinically, this condition is known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis. Though sweating is necessary to maintain your body temperature, overactivity of the sweat glands can be a cause for concern. You may begin to feel frustrated when deodorants and antiperspirantsbecome ineffective over time. Axillary Hyperhidrosiscan be triggered by several factors like atmospheric temperature, exercise, anxiety, stress, excessive coffee or smoking or just during certain times of the day.Genetics could also be a reason; if the condition runs in the family, you may inherit it.

The testing part is you are so conscious of it, aside from the fact that the sweat is spoiling your clothes and weakening your poise. Relax. Do not just resign to the unpalatable truth anymore. Good news is that Botox is not just to wipe out wrinkles and fine lines. It acts equally well as a saviorto save you all those mortifying moments arising from unsightlysweat patches in your armpits.

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How does Botox work?

It is a quick, in-office procedure that gets over in 10-15 minutes’ time. The procedure involves injecting 50 units of Botox typicallyinto each armpit using very fine gauge needles. Botox works by temporarily blocking the secretion of a chemical called acetylcholine from nerves that turn on the sweat glands.

Are you a good candidate for Botox?

You must be at least 18 years old. If you experience persistent sweating in your armpits through the day significantly affecting your quality of life, and no longer finding relief in topical applications and deodorants, you may consider Botox shots.

Does it hurt?

The procedure is relatively painless and causes no big discomfort.You may use a topical cream or apply ice pack to the area to numb any mild pain that you may experience.

How long do results last?

Dry armpits are there to stay from anywhere between six weeks to six months. On an average, you may get to see over 80 percent decrease in sweat production in the area. The very first good effect you would find is that it positively improves your quality of life and you would feel free and confident to carry out your daily and social activities.You can finally have a go at the sleeveless dresses and tank tops without a second thought!

Know your risks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2004 has approved Botox as a safe therapeutic option for those struggling with excessive underarm sweating. Be sure however, to get it done by a licensed and trained professional.

The procedure is deemed safe for all skin types. However, pregnant and nursing women and those with certain medical conditions or under medication are advised against it. One may expect to get minimal side effects like temporary pinpoint bleeding, bruising and redness in the treated area.

Are you interested to learn how safe is Botox to fight underarm sweating? It is best you reach out to an experienced aesthetic medicine professional for a personal chat and clear your concerns.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Tweak Your Everyday Skin Care to Look Younger Instantly

Anti-aging has always been about suggestions to gradually prevent or reduce damage. However, won’t it be wonderful to look younger instantly, without having to wait for years together? All you have to do is re look at your everyday skin care and tweak it a bit. Here we will take you through a few simple steps to look your best with minimal fuss.

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Cleanse & Moisturize

Cleansing is the first step to keep your skin blemish-free. Be sure to clean the makeup at night for your skin to breathe well. Say a big No to regular soaps that could strip your skin of moisture. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and work down deep to actually reach into pores.

Make a good quality moisturizer a must part of your skin care arsenal to keep your skin supple and well hydrated. Use it day and night for baby soft skin. Those with dry skin must use a moisturizer that offers intense hydration to last all day.Oily skin? You need it just as much. Look for a light moisturizer that has oil control properties and one that does not give extra shine but only adequate hydration. Sensitive skin types can benefit from a basic moisturizer without a lot of added chemicals, to help calm skin redness and/or flare-ups.

Use a Hydrating Mask

A hydrating mask reduces the appearance of fine lines. Beauty experts suggest putting it on for ten minutes for a glowing skin. The nourishing ingredients in it can make your skin look plump and more youthful.

Pick a Luminous Foundation

Not all foundations are equal. Banish pressed powders, or anything that offers full coverage. Opt for a light weight, silicone-based, light reflecting and luminous foundation that lends medium coverage, to easily create a semblance of a radiant complexion.

Exfoliate Moderately 

Regular exfoliation of your skin is a super important step to maintain smoother and even toned skin. But let that be in moderation - not more than two times a week. Other beauty benefits? It gets rid of dead skin, acne, and smaller pores, and lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It even helps better absorption of your moisturizer. Result? Younger looking complexion in no time!

Use a Mineral Mist for Instant Glow               

Done with all your makeup? Now wrap it up with a spray of mineral mist to take off any dried makeup and add brightness instead. Carry it in your handbag to refresh your makeup all day long.

If you still find that your everyday skin care is actually not helping much to turn around signs of aging, it is the right time to seek advice from a qualified aesthetician for more advanced procedures that have a lasting effect.

Secrets to Look Younger

To let you in on little secrets to look younger effortlessly, read on:

1.   Wear that smile always as happy faces are forever believed to be the prettiest.

2.  Your hair tends to thin as you age. Use volumizing products and touch up your hair with lighter shades. Dry hair? Make deep conditioning treatments a regular part of hair care. 
        
     3. Your hair tends to thin as you age. Use volumizing products and touch up your hair with lighter shades. Dry hair? Make deep conditioning treatments a regular part of hair care.
                 
      4. Draw attention to your eyes keeping your eyebrows well shaped; that makes a good frame for your face too. Say no to too much eye makeup. Go for neutral shades like bronze and copper that add a light radiating sheen.

      5.Hands are the first to give off your age. Use a good hand cream with sunscreen included.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Skin Care in Winter

Winter marks plummeting temperatures and cold winds. It is the time of the year to nestle into cozy pullovers, cardigans and scarves. Hot showers and comfort foods are the flavor of the season. However, your skin may take a severe beating in the harsh weather, becoming cracked and flaky.

To add to the woes, indoor thermostats dry up further your skin. Is there at least a possibility to have soft skin and maintain that glow in winter? Surely ‘yes’, if you are going to take good care of it. Battle on with the dry winter air, taking special care of your skin. The following are some great ideas for you in this direction.

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Indulge in a facial

Though there is no sun, the UV rays can still harm your skin. Treat your skin to a perfect facial in winter to show off that distinctive radiance. It boosts circulation and restores hydration. Apart from deep cleansing, it helps unblock pores and promotes healing.


Moisturize and exfoliate

A good moisturizer is the redeeming feature of winter skin care. Make sure you pick the right one for your skin type. Applying a moisturizer is essential to block evaporation of moisture from your skin, in addition to drawing more hydration into your skin.

Skin cells tend to turn over more slowly in winter. Exfoliation is the key to give you an instantly clear and glowing complexion, evening out pigments and discoloration. However, it is best not to exfoliate more than twice a week.

Look for gentle exfoliants with not-so-very-hard beads. A light glycolic peel is recommended for rejuvenation. If you are acne prone, choose a salicylic peel.

Switch to a right cleanser

In order to preserve the natural oils in your skin, look for glycerin-rich formulations that are not transparent. Wash your face with tepid water and pat dry with a soft, white towel.

Stay hydrated

You can stay hydrated and that is the simplest luxury you can let your skin can have.  Without adequate hydration, wrinkles and pores may appear pronounced, as the skin is made up of 64 % water.

Just piling on creams and oils is not definitely going to work up the shine in your skin. Make sure that you drink the recommended two liters of water a day to keep your skin plump and radiant. Adequate hydration also helps to renew skin and keep it soft and supple. 

Use sunscreen

It is an absolute no-no, if you think that sunscreen is only for summers. Winter sun can still damage your skin. Slather a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on to your face and hands, about 30 minutes before you step out. You may have to reapply every two hours, if you are going to spend more time outdoors. 

Do you snuggle up indoors all day? The risk lurks even indoors in lower doses of ambient and infrared light from computers and overhead lamps. Wear a sunscreen to protect your skin from the lights in your home, laptop and phone screens.

Try DIY facemasks

Facemasks are a great means to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Have fun making them at home. Just picking the ingredients from your kitchen cupboard and cutting down costs is one thing, while its brighter side is you guard your skin from harmful chemical additives found in store-brought products.

Here comes a bit of inspiration to get you started. You may use the ingredients alone or as combo masks; mix them into a thick paste or cream, apply on to your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Wash with warm water and pat dry. Say goodbye to chapped winter skin!

        1.      Mix one ripe banana with ½ cup yoghurt and 1 tsp almond oil. It makes a great all-purpose moisturizer.


        2.      Blend ½ ripe avocado with 1 egg white, 1 tsp yoghurt and finish off with 1 tbsp olive oil for an all-natural nourishing cream.


      3.    Is yours a sensitive skin? Combine ½ cup oatmeal, ¼ cup milk and 1 tsp honey to seal in moisture. Honey heals too.


If finding satisfying solutions to your skin problems is difficult, do not think twice about seeking expert guidance from a qualified aesthetic medical practitioner.

Friday, 22 December 2017

7 Great Anti-aging Skincare Ingredients

The beauty market abounds with lotions and creams of all kinds that claim to restore to your skin refreshing youthfulness; however, the choice you make can be mind-boggling. When you walk down the beauty aisle for anti-aging skincare products, you should specifically look for certain ingredients to your utmost advantage.

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The seven ingredients we focus on here are the ones that would make a huge difference to your skin, giving you a good cover against premature aging.

1 Retinol

Retinol, an active form of vitamin A molecule, finds its place among nighttime products and has long been reckoned a miracle product for skin care. As a powerful exfoliant, it helps your skin shed dead layers, turning it young and vibrant. It increases as well the production of hyaluronic acid, naturally found in your body. It regulates cell renewal and enhances the softness and smoothness of your skin. That makes an amazing solution for dehydrated skin.

There are other benefits too. Retinol-based products firm up your skin, reverse signs of sun damage as well as environmental damage, take care of acne and lessen hyper pigmentation. Dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away through regular application of retinol-based creams. A word of warning: products having retinol cannot be used for long, once opened. It is best to use them within two months after opening.

2 Vitamin C

Adding vitamin C to your everyday skincare gives you a range of benefits. You can rely on this key vitamin to improve your skin tone, and hydrate and shield it from the harmful effects of pollution. Another bonus is that it can effectively brighten your skin tone.
Buy vitamin C-enhanced products in opaque, airtight packs. Do not expose them to light and air that may render them inactive.

3 Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another wonder skincare ingredient commonly found in products that maintain the oil balance of your skin. It heals parched and dry skin. It lightens dark spots/scars, and fine lines around the eyes; treats sunburns and reverses premature aging of skin. Its powerful antioxidant properties help neutralize free radicals caused by ultraviolet radiation, nourishing your skin from within.

4 Niacinamide

Niacinamide, also called vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is one ingredient that offers multiple benefits to your skin. It improves visibly the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and uneven skin tone.

5 Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that boosts sun protection, when used along with sunscreen. It neutralizes free radicals and hence plays an important role in anti-aging skin care. It has antimicrobial properties too. However, pregnant women should avoid using it.

6 Ceramides

Ceramides in skincare products help to replenish the natural lipids that you lose from aging and exposure to harsh environmental factors. They fortify the natural barrier of the skin, holding its cells tight and keeping it moist.

7 Curcuminoids

Curcuminoids are the key active components of turmeric. They fight against excess melanin production when exposed to sunlight, and have a calming effect on your open pores and acne scars. Their valuable antioxidant, antibacterial and anti fungal properties help treat skin disorders such as acne and rashes.

If you feel you have not achieved the desired results from over-the-counter skincare products, it is time you looked for professional solutions from an experienced aesthetic skincare expert.



Thursday, 23 November 2017

Work out your Way to Healthy Skin

Swimming, jogging, cycling, water aerobics, cardio challenges, fast walking and power yoga, among several others, are the buzzwords today in a world that is getting increasingly health-conscious. Squat, crunch, lift, jump or run, you do wonders for your health and keep your body fit and toned.

That is not all. Did you know there is a lovely special benefit of exercising your body? That’s fabulous skin, which you and I would love to get. Yes, exercise not only makes your body strong but also your skin radiant: more follows.



Exercise nourishes skin

Working up a good sweat is like getting a mini facial. Your skin pores dilate and the sweat flushes out trapped dirt and oil. When you get your heart pumping, the skin gets a good dose of oxygenated blood that nourishes your skin.

The improved blood flow supplies nutrients to the skin, perking up in turn collagen production that makes your skin soft and supple. Exercise also releases happy hormones that give your skin a natural glow.

Eases off wrinkles

As you age, the top outer layer of your skin becomes drier and denser, and the layer just below the surface begins to lose elasticity. Loose and sagging skin gives away easily your age. Well, Botox and other advanced skin treatments could be the next best alternative.

On the other hand, if you are in the initial stages of skin aging, or looking for cost-effective solutions, you can start doing moderately strenuous activities like cycling or jogging. Face yoga is yet another choice that fitness specialists suggest in order to let no flab into your neck and facial muscles.

Keeps acne at bay

Stress and acne go together. Physical activity in any form improves blood flow and releases feel-good hormones that help bust your anxieties. This in turn makes you feel good, which by itself helps ward off acne outbreak. Moderate aerobic exercises like brisk walking, swimming, jogging, rowing and playing tennis do work their magic on your overall physical and mental well being.

Post-workout skin care

Remember: sweat from exercise can irritate your skin. It is most important for you to wash up and bathe, if you are acne-prone. Carry some gentle fragrance-free wipes when you hit the gym. Wiping your face and taking a shower post workout is important to prevent sucking back into skin pores of dirt and dead cells.

Go on a skin-friendly diet

Eating your way to gorgeous skin ensures better outcomes than pampering your skin with beauty products. Combining exercise with a skin-friendly diet will definitely work wonders on your skin. Reduce sugar as much as possible.

Swap refined and processed foods with fruits and vegetables of different colors. Make green juice your daily food buddy to feed your skin inside out.

Make sure to strike a healthy balance adding carbs and proteins. Drink adequate amounts of water to help flush out toxins. Supplement your diet with skin-toning omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and sardines.

Foods like almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin and wheat germ keep you charged with vitamins A and E. Keep your skin firm and supple; increase your vitamin C intake, including foods like strawberry, citrus fruits, kale, bell pepper and broccoli.

A note of caution: you may not see in a day the positive outcomes of exercise. If you feel your skin is well past the stage of regaining its young look, it is best to consult a qualified aesthetic medicine expert for effective, heartening solutions.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

PRP Therapy: A Breakthrough in Hair Regrowth

‘Old’ and ‘bald’ can go together, but losing hair when you are young or middle aged is a matter of concern. Few people with thinning hair or bald head may like to wear wigs or hats to hide their ‘shame’. However, several might opt to live with it, embarrassment tugging at their hearts.

You could try restoring hair growth using medications, but side effects are not far behind. Relax; losing hair is not the end of the world. If there is one procedure that could serve safely to promote hair regrowth, it is PRP therapy. The upside is that it is a natural approach that makes use of your own blood – no need for going under the knife or taking any prescription drugs, the very thought of which might give you goosebumps.

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What is PRP therapy?

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a non-surgical procedure to get thicker locks of hair naturally. Blood is extracted from your vein, and processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The growth factors in the platelet serum are activated and re-administered into your scalp using topical anesthesia. This is why it is also known as ‘Vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ therapy. Let not these names scare you; nothing to be alarmed about the therapy for sure!


Who should consider it?

Those with thinning hair or a receding hairline or experiencing hair loss at the top of the scalp may consider it. It is an effective procedure for those treated with topical drugs for at least six months with no marked improvement.

How is it administered?

As a very simple, in-office procedure, it takes just about 60-90 minutes. You may resume work immediately after the procedure.

Spaced two weeks apart, you may have to sit for eight sessions, spread over four months. Some patients may need a maintenance therapy once a year or more repeatedly, based on the severity of hair loss.

How does it help in restoring hair growth?

The blood plasma laden with several growth factors essential for hair growth stimulates inactive or new hair follicles into an active growth phase.

The therapy is not entirely new. It has been extensively used in treating sports injuries, pre- and post surgical specialties for the last two decades with promising outcomes. Current evidence shows PRP therapy as a risk-free option for hair restoration.

What you can expect

You may expect to see faster and better growth of hair after four weeks. Although considered a safe option for most patients with no risks of foreign body reaction or hypersensitivity, results may vary from person to person.

Those going in for it are advised not to take any anti-inflammatory drugs that could interfere with the natural healing process.

Negligible pain, redness at the time of injections and pinpoint bleeding are to be expected. Some might get a tight feeling in their scalp soon after the injections that might wear off after a day. In rare cases, some might complain of a mild headache the next day. Make sure you keep your skin specialist informed of any alarming discomfort or unusual events.

Not everyone can be a suitable candidate for PRP therapy. You may not qualify for it if you had been diagnosed with certain chronic skin conditions, liver disease, platelet dysfunction syndrome or metabolic disorders. Heavy smokers, alcohol and drug users may not benefit from this therapy. 

It is best to make an appointment with a certified aesthetic medical specialist, ask your questions and share your concerns to know if the PRP therapy can work wonders for you.