Cosmetology

“A BLAST FROM THE PAST – DERMAPLANING”

Many of us want a smooth, flawless, hair free skin, but are not enthusiastic about procedures like chemical peels, dermabrasion or lasers. Dermaplaning is your answer. Dermaplaning is a very safe and simple manual procedure that exfoliates epidermis and gets rid of the fine vellus hair (also called peach fuzz) making the skin smooth and brighter. This technique has been there for ages but with the advent of much more advanced technologies, most of us have forgotten about it.

The side effects are negligible with Dermaplaning as the blade just glide overs the skin and does not break it because your aesthetician uses light, feathering strokes over the skin. It can be done just as a single procedure or sometimes can be combined with peels/lasers to get better results. One can safely repeat the procedure after a month.

The best about Dermaplaning is yet to come!! It is one procedure that’s exceptionally safe even for pregnant or nursing women, individuals suffering from conditions like rosacea/sensitive skin can very easily utilize this procedure without any side effects.

You are just 3 steps away from getting that smooth glowing flawless skin – An experienced aesthetic practitioner who can gently glide a surgical steel blade to exfoliate your dead skin and remove peach fuzz

Go through the many youtube videos on Dermaplaning and you’ ll just fall in love with the procedure!

References:

http://www.demeterclarc.com/tag/dermaplane/

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Cosmetology, Uncategorized

MICRODERMABRASION – A simple and effective way to rejuvenate your skin

All of us wish to have a bright, shining and spotless skin but are scared of treatments like chemical peels, lasers etc. For all such people who are scared, the best alternative – Diamond Microdermabrasion.

What is Diamond Microdermabrasion?

It is a safe, effective and the most convenient superficial skin resurfacing treatment using diamond crystals that helps to improve various skin problems like dull skin, pigmentation, acne scars and age spots. It is a very simple procedure with almost no downtime and can be safely performed not only on the face but areas like neck, chest, hands, forearms, abdomen and legs in all ethnic groups.

Who should get it done?

Anyone can get it done. Mostly people with fine lines, superficial scarring, early photo aging, pigmentation, enlarged pores, age spots are ideal candidates for MDA.

Advantages of MDA

  • It is simple and quick to perform
  • Almost no downtime
  • Painless
  • Noninvasive
  • Can be repeated at short intervals
  • No anaesthesia required
  • No risk of PIH
  • Can be easily combined with other skin resurfacing treatments

Disadvantages of Diamond MDA

Few patients might have minimal/no redness on the treated area after MDA that disappears in a matter of minutes.

Why should one get Diamond MDA done?

Unlike other skin resurfacing procedures like chemical peels & Lasers, MDA is the ideal treatment for patients who cannot afford to restrict their daily routine. It works not only on the epidermis layer of the skin but also on dermis.

Cosmetology

Undereye Woes

Darkness or puffiness around your eyes giving you that tired look on the face is not just because of sleep deprivation. There are several other factors that come into play and include loss of volume, fat and sagging of cheeks with age, under eye volume loss, laxity of the lower eyelid, thinning of skin due to aging, and under eye bags.

What are the causes of dark circles?

  1. Heredity – most of the times, dark circles are nothing but blood vessels that are visible through the periorbital skin (0.5mm) as it is the thinnest in comparison to other areas (2mm). Thus, when blood passes through the large veins close to the skin surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint making the periorbital area look darker. Also, people with a deep-set bone structure, cause a shadow that also contributes to the dark color under the eyes.
  2. Allergies, asthma, and eczema – any condition that causes the eyes to itch can contribute to darker circles due to rubbing or scratching the skin around them.
  3. Medications – drugs that dilate blood vessels can make the periorbital area look darker
  4. Anemia
  5. Fatigue – lack of sleep can is a very significant contributing factor
  6. Diseases associated with liver
  7. Age – Dark circles are likely to become more prominent with age. This happens because as we age, the skin loses collagen, becomes thinner and more translucent.
  8. Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma

What are the treatment options for dark circles?

First and foremost it is of utmost importance to figure out the reason behind dark circles as there are several causes that can be easily treated. Knowing the exact causes enables the clinician to direct the treatment more effectively and efficiently. A few options that one can consider:

  1. Microdermabrasion
  2. Chemical Peels – decrease pigmentation and improving overall skin quality. Deeper peels can improve fine lines.
  3. Laser Rejuvenation
  4. Laser Resurfacing
  5. Radiofrequency – improves lymphatic drainage and causes skin tightening ultimately improving under eye puffiness, improvement of fine lines and wrinkles in the periorbital area, including the treatment of crow’s feet and upper eyelids.
  6. Micro-needling
  7. HIFU – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound
  8. Filler for Tear Troughs – Injectable fillers containing hyaluronic acid are often used to correct dark circles created by thinning under eye skin or fat and tissue loss in the under eyes or upper cheeks. Hyaluronic acid filler readily restores volume to the tear trough or upper cheek area.
  9. Under Eye PRP
Cosmetology

Short Guide to Chemical Peel – The Basics

Chemical peels are one of the most popular inexpensive, safe and most commonly performed treatments in dermatology practice. This is a technique used to improve and smoothen out skin texture.  It is a form of epidermal exfoliation using a chemical solution that leads to sloughing off of dead skin and ultimately regeneration of skin that is smoother and less wrinkled.

How does chemical peel work?

Peels create skin injury upto a specific depth thus stimulating new skin formation and improving skin surface texture and its appearance.  They have an exfoliative effect that stimulates epidermal growth and collagen and an even distribution of melanin pigment.

Types of Chemical Peels

Peels can be classified using various parameters but the most widely accepted is on the basis of the depth of action.

  1. Superficial Peels – penetrate only the epidermis layer of skin
  2. Medium depth Peels – act at the level of papillary dermis layer
  3. Deep Peels – their action reaches upto the reticular dermis layer.

Specific peel is used based on the type of skin disorder and the depth at which the peel acts. Peel depth also determines the post treatment effects.

Indications of Chemical Peels

  • Photoaging
  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Dilated pores
  • Scars
  • Melasma
  • Freckles/Lentigines/PIH/Facial melanoses
  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Superficial acne scars
  • Warts/Seborrheic Keratoses/Actinic Keratoses
  • Milia

Ideal candidate for chemical peel

Almost anybody can be treated with chemical peels.

 

Cosmetology

AESTHETIC MEDICINE

Looking beautiful is something all of us hope to be at some point in our lifetime. Be it a teenage child, a young adult or even elderly person everyone is looking for solutions to appear younger, prettier and fit. Aesthetic Medicine is such a science that caters to all such needs. Although, it is a fairly new and upcoming field in medicine, it has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. The legend of finding eternal youth by Cleopatra has stood the test of time. Now, after several centuries, the advent of science, medicine and technology have added a lot of expectancy in the pursuit of youth.

A word of German origin “Asthetik” means the study of beauty. It is an art and science that includes procedures and treatments to improve skin, hair and nail. This subspecialty is not just limited to the fields of plastic surgery and dermatology, but now includes Cosmetology, Aesthetic Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery which are used interchangeably including minimally invasive or non invasive techniques for enhancing ones’ beauty and offering aesthetic medical procedures in order to better accommodate the patients’ aesthetic needs.

A Cosmetologist/Aesthetic Physician is approached by patients not because they are ailing from a disease or just to treat signs of ageing but to feel better and look good. This makes the job of the physician even more challenging as each individual will have a different combination of hair type, face type, nail type, etc. and thus has to be dealt with a unique approach.  It needs proper planning, understanding of pathology, underlying cause, normal function to be able to provide the right kind of intervention.

Procedures like chemical peels and skin resurfacing, rejuvenate the skin thus giving a brighter, shiny and smooth skin minus irregularities like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, photo-damage, etc. Botox and fillers are a boon to this science enabling enhancement of facial features and getting rid of those expression lines. Technologies like LASERs, ultrasound, radiofrequency and cryolipolysis play a defining role in the present and future of aesthetic medicine as they offer safe non invasive treatment options for skin tightening and fat reduction.

As per latest data available botox injections, fillers, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, body contouring and treatment of cellulite, nutrition, hair transplant, fat grafting/platelet rich plasma (PRP), scar management, venous treatment are among the top most sought after treatments worldwide and I believe the numbers will go higher with each passing day.