Category: INSIDER’S GUIDE

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

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

Good Skin: Nature Or Nurture?

Women are smart. They know that everyone has to age eventually, and before that happens, they should probably do something about it, because the truth is, one day, it won’t be as firm, smooth or radiant-looking. But the question is, why do some women age better than others? Do they have good genes or is it actually, something else?   NATURE OR NURTURE? Don’t be surprised, but apparently, a study conducted by Olay with Harvard University has shown that some women do have their genetics to thank for looking more “ageless” than others. Contrary to what we think, the study showed that everyone has genes that help take care of the skin, but those who age “exceptionally” have genes that work better, and longer. So it sounds like nurture plays a larger role than genetics do. Certainly, there is something in all of us that helps with keeping our skin youthful and supple, but environmental and lifestyle factors may play more important roles in accelerating the skin aging process as Continue Reading