Rejuvenate Your Face

When you look in the mirror, do you see a tired looking face? This is not uncommon. Acing, stress, pollution and sun damage are constantly battering our skin. The supporting fat and collagen decreases, leading to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles. There are actions we can take in our daily life to look after our skin – eating a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise,  good sleep and regular use of sunscreen  are some. But this may not be enough. Not to worry. There are so many options for facial rejuvenation available now.
  • Laser rejuvenation - Laser treatments have been used for skin rejuvenation for many years. There are various different laser machines available now and the quality of their performance is constantly improving.
  • Injectable botulinum toxin and dermal fillers - Botox is a purified protein that inactivates muscles and prevents it from contracting. It has been used in medical management of several conditions,  for several years and is known to be safe. It’s use in facial rejuvenation has become very popular. When injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily paralyses the muscles and smoothes the wrinkles and fine lines.   There are many dermal fillers available,  and these are  injected to add  volume to the face, again smoothening the skin and adding support to the face skin and muscles.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy - A simple, quick and effective therapy for restoring radiance to the face. A small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient. It is centrifuged to separate the platelet rich plasma from the other blood cells, and this extract is injected into the facial skin using a very fine needle. Platelet rich plasma is rich is growth factors, and has great potential to repair and restore collagen.
  • Autologous fat grafting - Is a very popular facial rejuvenation procedure.  Fat is harvested ( removed via fine cannula) from one part of the body, purified and then injected into the facial area, using fine needles. This helps by adding volume and is a safe procedure with no risk of rejection. These days, the fat can be treated to extract fat stem cells, which has better rejuvenating and repairing potential. This is called Nano fat grafting.
  • Thermage - Is also  known as the ‘lunch time face lift’, and is a safe, non-invasive facial rejuvenation technique.  A hand piece delivers radio frequency heat energy deep into the collagen containing layers of the skin. This energy  stimulates the collagen to renew and repair itself, adding  volume and improving the texture  of the facial skin.
  • Surgical face lift - This is useful when the degree of facial sagging and wrinkles is of such degree, which is unlikely to be corrected by the above techniques. It is done under a general anaesthetic and so you may need to take some time off work. The bruising and swelling may take a a few days  to settle. Fat grafting is often  combined with surgical face lift procedure to improve results. The results of face lift continue to improve over several months.
See your cosmetic surgeon, who will be able to  guide you as to which procedure is best suited to you.

Remember, your face is a complex and delicate structure. Only a suitably qualified and trained doctor should be trusted with it.
 
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Weight loss!

There is so much written about various weight loss methods that it can be confusing to know what advice to follow.  It is definitely true that maintaining a healthy weight is important for cardiovascular fitness and overall well being. We know for certain that it prolongs life.

So what to eat? The basic principle for weight loss is that the calories consumed must be less than the calories used. So any weigh loss programme should combine eating healthy, balanced, low calorie diet and an effective exercise regime. One does not have to go to the gym to be active. Small lifestyle changes also count. Walking to the shop, using stairs instead of the lift, getting up to pick up the remote or to get a glass of water.

Setting a target of how many steps you take a day is useful to keep yourself motivated. Appliances like smartphones or Fitbit help you track your activity.

Set up targets and share with friends.

Count your calories and be on the move.

 

 

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Lip Augmentation

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, lip augmentation procedures are fast becoming one of the most popular facial procedure in the United States. The growth of social media probably has a lot to do with this, with lips being a prominent feature of the face in the selfies.  Lips go a long way in defining  a person’s face and are the sensual feature of our face.
There are several big and subtle procedures that can be done to augment the lips. Lip filler injections produce effective, immediate results. The effect wears off after a few months, so if a patient did not like it, then they are back to normal and if they did like it , then it can repeated to maintain the effect.
Lip implant is more permanent, but can be reversed. The newer implants are available in a variety of sizes and can be inserted with minimal stitches, bruising, swelling and quick recovery. The advantage is one does not need repeated injections.
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner are the fuller lips icons, among the thousand women surveyed.
ASPS warns patients to choose a qualified and trained surgeon to do the procedure as they understand the entire asymmetry of the face. Mistakes can be disastrous.
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