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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

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

Best Ways To Grow Your Hair

Before we begin, it is normal to lose some hair – as much as about a hundred strands per day. But if you’ve noticed a thinning crown or a receding hairline, then the cause of hair loss could be something other than physiological. If you are panicking about your thinning hair, don’t. Here are the best ways to grow your mane to healthy volumes again.   1. HAIR GROWTH SUPPLEMENTS AND SERUMS Hair growth medicine are often the first used by doctors to combat hair loss. The hair recovery serum containing Minoxidil is applied to the scalp to stimulate hair growth by increasing the growing phase (anagen phase) of the hair cycle. Stress, poor nutrition and other factors can lead to breakage and premature shedding. Dietary hair supplements supply important nutrients to hair follicles to promote existing hair growth. Hair supplements such as Viviscal are considered one of the better hair supplements, sold exclusively in medical clinics. It works also by increasing anagen phase and results can be noticed in Continue Reading