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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.
Having a nose job is a life changing experience. The first week after rhinoplasty can be made easy by thinking through and planning it in advance.
Take some time off work if possible, so that you can rest and allow good healing. Keep painkillers at home in case you need them. Keep your diet light and healthy, with soups, salads and home made Indian food. Pineapple (eating it or juice) may help to reduce bruising. Keep some good books, magazines or films handy to help you pass your time easily. You do not need to stay in bed, in fact that will make you feel ill. Get dressed and walk around the house. Get some of your close friends to come over for a cup of coffee, chatting with friends and telling them how you feel will have a calming effect.
Do not do any strenuous exercise and follow the surgeon’s instructions. Do not hesitate to call your surgeon if in doubt. The bruising and swelling if any will ease off slowly.
Think positively of the good time ahead with your new nose and look.
Microneedling is a nonsurgical technique, which uses application of mechanical force to the skin, via fine needles, to stimulate the proliferation of cells. This new cell formation, lays down new collagen and elastin tissue, which improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch/scar marks, pigmentation or other irregularities in the skin. It also improves the blood supply by formation of new capillaries.
This technique can be used on any part the body like face, neck, arms, abdomen etc.
After thorough cleaning, the area of the skin is numbed using a local anaesthetic cream. A pen like device which has about 12 fine needles, is used to pierce the superficial layers of the skin. After completion, a soothing cream is applied on the treated area to calm, heal and protect it.
There may be minor bruising, pinpoint bleeding points, inflammation (like a sunburn appearance) and swelling of the treated area, which usually lasts for 24 to 48 hours. We will recommend using soothing creams and zinc based sun sunscreen.
Protect yourself from sun exposure and avoid using glycolic acid or retinol products on the treated area for a few days.
Within a week or so the skin appears smoother and glowing but the final results will be apparent only in a few months.
A session can be repeated in 4 to 6 weeks. The number of sessions needed to produce the desired results will depend on the abnormality being treated. In most cases, 4 to 6 sessions are sufficient initially and then 1 to 2 sessions a year to maintain the result.
The advantage of microneedling is that it can be used on all skin types and has no major side effects.
This technique is not suitable for someone who has used isotretinoin recently, had radiation therapy to the area, has poor wound healing, is breast feeding or on infected or inflamed skin. People prone to keloid formation should also avoid micro needling.
Microneedling is a simple and effective way to improve skin irregularities using a natural filler.