Month: November 2019

Pore Perfection: Is There Really Such A Thing?

We’ve all heard of ugly pore stories, and it’s passed from generation to generation, friend to friend because people who have invisible pores are actually rare. The truth is, pores exist for a pretty valid reason – they are found in every single millimeter of skin and they are actually channels that allow oil and sweat to reach the surface of the skin from beneath. The awful thing is, pores have stuff in them. Each pore contains a sebaceous gland, and pores are openings of hair follicles. Pores are more noticeable where sebaceous glands are bigger (so if you have oily skin, you are likely to have more noticeable pores). Can you eliminate pores? Legendary pore stories have you believing that it is entirely possible. The simple answer is, nope. But there are ways you can reduce the size of your pores, here’s how.   USE PORE-CLEARING SKINCARE First things first, avoid getting your pores clogged. Cleanse your face twice a day with a salicylic acid facial wash such as Continue Reading

How To Get Gorgeous Skin In 7 Days

Party season is coming, and you’ve just come to the early realization that you haven’t done anything for your skin lately. Luckily for us today, there are trusted and proven red carpet skin preps that can turn this beauty emergency around and transform your skin from drab to divine within one week.   HAVE A PLAN Dull skin is caused by a variety of factors, such as chronic sun exposure, hormonal changes which contributes to a sharp devastating decline in skin elasticity and cellular renewal. Now even though I might have said that there is something for everyone, there is literally too much out there to choose from. To avoid disappointment, it is best to have a consult with a trusted professional, and have treatments planned out. The last thing you want a week ahead of a big night out is to start on a treatment that will give you too much downtime or new problems.   REVEAL THE HIDDEN GLOW If you haven’t done much for your skin lately, Continue Reading

Best Ways To Minimize Surgical Scars

Whether it’s a caesarean section or any other surgery, these procedures tend to leave scars behind. Scars may also form due to inflammation or infection, and they are often coloured and may be raised.   TYPES OF SURGICAL SCARS As much as we may hope, most scars never completely disappear. But there are effective treatments available to minimize them. Treatments will depend on the type of scar. 1. Keloid scars These are hard to miss, being one of the most conspicuous scars. They are raised and grow beyond the boundaries of the original skin injury. Keloids are often discoloured, red or hyperpigmented. They are due to an overproduction of cells that the body generates to repair itself. Keloids are more common in darker skin types. These can be tricky to treat and silicon sheets or pressure dressings can be applied to prevent keloids from forming. Once keloids have formed however, doctors usually jump straight to intralesional injections to shrink the scars with an anti-inflammatory effect. Very thick or large keloid Continue Reading

A Shot At Happiness – How To Tell If Fillers Are For You

The usual meaning of “fillers” aren’t great. They sound like placeholders – for example, “filler girlfriend”, “filler relationships”, “time filler”, “filler episodes”… the list goes on. But dermal fillers are entirely different. These do not just fill a void – they enhance, lift and rejuvenate a person’s appearance. Specifically (just in case you have been living under a rock), dermal fillers are made of biologically compatible material, usually hyaluronic acid molecules, and they are used to fill primary areas of volume loss in the face. How do you know if fillers will work for you?   1. SUNKEN CHEEKS Deepening nasolabial folds? Look at your once-prominent cheeks, are they more deflated as well? One of the biggest signs of aging in the midface is volume deflation in the cheeks, and this results in skin sagging and deeper nasolabial folds. Traditionally, the treatment was the fill the nasolabial lines directly, but this did not address volume loss. Volume High Definition Lift places hyaluronic acid fillers strategically in the cheeks to replace Continue Reading

Is The Facial Threadlift the New Facelift?

In 1901, the first skin-only surgical facelift was described. In the 1970s, a deep layer method involving the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) was described and revolutionized the way surgeons viewed the surgical facelift. But the cutting, pulling and stitching requiring weeks of downtime have now led to people looking for more “convenient” alternatives. The idea of a surgical facelift is clearly dated. Not entirely because of the downtime it gave, but because there was no need to get cut to look lifted and youthful anymore. Facial lifts can now be performed far more quickly and conveniently with Botox, fillers and threadlifts.   THE FACIAL THREADLIFT The traditional surgical facelift treats an aging face by removing excess/lax skin and tightening deep muscles, requiring anaesthesia and giving approximately 14 days of downtime and another 4 weeks of settling time. Threadlifts have a minor downtime of 12 to 24 hours. These threads have small graspers on them and are passed under the skin in designed vectors to effect maximal lift. The graspers get Continue Reading