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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

Why Your Skin Gets Red And How To Fix It

Blush is one thing, facial redness is another. Redness or flushing is a way of describing the issue of (too much) blood rushing to the surface of the skin. Caused mainly be dilating of superficial blood vessels, they can occur due to a variety of internal or external triggers such as skin surface irritation, consumption of certain foods or temperature changes. Redness isn’t just something that happens, you will be surprised at the number of conditions that can cause facial redness. Here are some of the most common ones and tips to fix it. ROSACEA You have facial redness that is rather persistant (particularly on the cheeks, nose and forehead) and sometimes you get acne-like pustlules. Broken vessels might be seen and you may or may not blepharitis – swelling, redness, itchiness or pain or small bumps near the lashes of the eyes. Keep a diary of flare-ups and avoid triggers wherever possible. Long term prescription oral treatments are common, as are topical medications to control or tone down redness. Continue Reading

3 Ingredients That Will Get Your Skin Glowing By Christmas

Party season is coming, and we are sharing 5 of the best skincare ingredients to liven up your complexion with illuminating and anti-aging properties.   1. VITAMIN A This is now the skin essential that doctors prescribe the most in order to feed the skin with a healthy glow. In case you haven’t heard, vitamin A is a multi-tasking ingredient in skincare that gives a clear and smoother complexion by stimulating fibroblasts to stimulate collagen, unclog pores and thereby reduces acne, evening out skintone and lightening of pigmentation. Note that there are several versions of Vitamin A, namely retinoic acid (strongest and only available via prescription), retinol (less irritating to skin and found in over-the-counter skincare) and pro-retinols (most gentle).   2. VITAMIN C Did you know that normal skin contains high levels of vitamin C, supporting important functions and stimulates collagen production? Vitamin C has high anti-oxidant properties, shielding the skin from impacts of pollution and helps the skin repair itself. In fact, studies suggest that vitamin C helps Continue Reading