Category: SKIN REPORTER

Nose Threadlifts Or Nose Fillers – Which Is Better?

The non-surgical rhinoplasty is probably one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures done today. A quick, virtually painless alternative to the surgical nose job, the risks are lower and there is very minimal, if not, zero downtime. Non-surgical nose enhancements can be done using dermal fillers (touted the ‘liquid rhinoplasty’) or nose threads, but do you know which one you should choose?   1. NOSE FILLERS – THE LIQUID RHINOPLASTY Dermal fillers can be used to lift the nose bridge or to refine the nose tip. This comes packaged in a syringe and is injected directly into areas that your doctor wants to modify. Hyaluronic acid fillers are most commonly used, being dissolvable easily if there is a need to. Once injected, they are slowly broken down by the body over the following months, and last on average 9 to 18 months. Being an injectable, nose fillers can be used to hide a bump on the nose, or make it less visible. It can also be cleverly used to Continue Reading

7 Things You Should Know About Male Pattern Hair Loss

Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is hair loss that affects males, mainly at the crown of the head or at the hairline. Not quite the same as going bald, it can begin as a single bald spot, or a receding hairline that slowly forms an ‘M’ shape. Here are 7 things you should know about MPHL, including whether it can be grown back.   1. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY It is believed that MPHL is an inheritable condition. The androgen receptor gene is one of them, which is on the X-chromosome, but it doesn’t mean that hair loss is inherited from the mother, because there are other genes involved in the condition as well. 2. STRESS CAN INCREASE THE RATE OF HAIR LOSS IN MPHL Under stressful circumstances, hormonal changes or scalp issues, someone predisposed to hair loss genetically may notice an increase in hair loss. 3. STRESS ALONE CAN INCREASE HAIR SHEDDING Sometimes, losing hair might be temporary. Telogen effluvium is a condition where there is increased hair Continue Reading

Which Skin Laser Is Right For You?

There is (not surprisingly) a lot of confusion as to which lasers do what. There are so many lasers, so where is the best place to start? Here’s your quick guide to laser treatments for various skin concerns.   PIGMENT LIGHTENING: PORCELAIN SKIN PROGRAM The Porcelain Skin Program is a gentle and effective for lightening pigments. Touted the workhorse of aesthetic lasers today. Laser light is absorbed by pigments in the skin, which causes pigments to shatter into a fine dust, which allows more efficient elimination of these pigments by the body. Compared to its predecessor, the nanosecond Nd:YAG laser, picosecond lasers work in ultrashort pulses (100 times shorter pulse duration than nanosecond lasers), which makes this laser treatment overall safer as well, especially for heat-sensitive pigmentation issues such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma.   ANTI-REDNESS: HARMONY SKIN PROGRAM The Harmony Skin Program is the laser program for people who battle facial redness. Using VBeam, a true vascular laser, it works by releasing a burst of light at the 595nm Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss: The Low Down

Does a bad hair day mean a bad day for you? Too fine, too frizzy, too dry? A woman’s hair has become symbolic – apart from self-esteem, it has to do with feminity and even identity. It is no wonder, the hair and beauty is now a multibillion industry, and a woman spends approximately $50,000 on her hair over the lifetime, on average. But imagine this – women can lose their hair gradually. Known as female pattern hair loss, it usually begins around the 40s. For some, it can be even earlier. This progressive form of hair loss means that the hair loss is gradual, but continous. Without treatment, it can progress from just a widening parting to overall thinning. Unlike men, female pattern hair loss does not result in baldness. But hair thinning is part and parcel of it, some may notice hair receding at the temples. Without treatment, the hair thinning can become widespread.   HOW DOCTORS TREAT FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS TODAY More than one treatment is Continue Reading

How I Got Myself Cheekbones Without Surgery

Facial aging is slowly progressive, a deterioration in our looks that you can’t discern from day to day, or even year to year. The signs of aging in the face aren’t like pimples – wake up one day and spot the difference. So the more you understand that our appearances take on a certain pattern of aging, and that everyone ages at different rates, and the extent of aging in parts of the face differs slightly from person to person, there are ways to reverse it! HOW THE MID-FACE AGES AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT The face structurally re-arranges behind the scenes? Fact. When we are young, fat is more abundant in the forehead, temples, cheeks, around the eyes and even around the mouth. As we age, fat repositions and redistributes. The nasolabial fold forms most probably due to weakening of a retaining ligament that runs through this area. Loss of fat in the cheeks, skin changes, as well as bone resorption (thinning) changes all result in a worsening Continue Reading