The Dermal Dictonary: Restylane

Ageing can be a difficult and traumatic process in many ways, particularly for those who find that they have trouble accepting the changes in their physical appearance as aging sets in; from wrinkles and creases to sagging and fine lines, the ravages of both aging and sun damage can alter the face in a variety of ways and rob the skin of it’s supple, youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are a facial rejuvenation solution which have become popular over the past several years; often called a ‘liquid facelift’, these fillers are derived from gel and/or liquid substances which are injected directly into wrinkles and which work by filling out the skin underneath and providing a boost in the volume which has been lost throughout the aging process.

Dermal fillers are administered by a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon during a quick, minimally invasive procedure and often perform very well, with results that can last anywhere from several months to more than ten years.

One of the most popular injectable fillers is Restylane, a gel substance derived from hyaluronic acid which is formed by the Streptococcus bacteria; Restylane is produced through advance biotechnology in a lab setting utilizing natural fermentation, with the sterile environment of the lab serving to ensure minimal risk of transmitting the disease to humans or of causing reactions in patients who are allergic to common foods.

How Restylane Works

Restylane is considered to be a safe and non-toxic facial rejuvenation treatment that works to significantly reduce the signs of ageing by integrating itself into the deep tissue beneath the skin and binding to water molecules to both build and maintain volume.

The results of Restylane are visible immediately after the procedure and can last up to six months before requiring touchups, although longevity is also affected by the site of the injection and some may see results that last longer than six months, depending on the location of their injection.

Effectiveness

Restylane is considered to be very effective for moderate to severe wrinkles and creasing, particularly in facial areas such as the nasolabial folds; there have also been studies that indicate that the drug performs well in lip enhancement procedures.

Restylane is very popular on a global level, having been used in over 10 000 facial rejuvenation procedures in over 65 countries around the world.

Risks and Special Considerations

Restylane is not considered suitable for use in patients who have severe allergies to bacterial proteins, those with bleeding disorders or for any procedure other than facial or lip augmentation.

While there is no pre-treatment allergy test required for the procedure, there are a variety of possible side effects with the drug, most of which are extremely rare and not serious; potential side effects range from short term reactions at the site of the injection, swelling, pain and soreness, infection and a hard nodule appearing at the site.

If you experience any of these effects, contact your surgeon immediately to determine whether further treatment is needed; your cosmetic surgeon will take the time to discuss all potential risks and side effects before your procedure in order to be sure that all precautions are taken.

If you’re looking for a clinically proven, non-invasive solution to ageing skin, be sure to contact your cosmetic surgeon today to discuss whether Restylane is a viable solution for your age-related skin issues.

Simple Tweaks to Lose Weight and Keep Fit

Tried a lot of ways to lose the weight and still look the same? Don’t give up your hopes yet as you’re not alone suffering from it. But the truth is, losing weight is not complicated at all. So I beg you to read this first and hopefully get you convinced that these tweaks can be extremely beneficial for you. Read on!

First thing first, let’s get real: losing weight (or fat for that matter) is not as simple as cutting down on food and expect to see dramatic change the next day. These things happen slowly as you need to condition your mind and body to know when you do cut down on the food and change your lifestyle, you are just changing your body (for the better) and not because the environment is changing.

Why? If you start to starve, the brain will think that you’re in danger and signals the body into survival mode, storing the nutrients and carbs into fat for energy storage. Hence, you get fat and it will get worse if you start chomping down on foods (that’s why crash diet don’t succeed, ever).

Another point to remember, it’s not just the fat that you need to lose – toxins, harmful compounds and even excess water (due to retention) also needs to be flushed out so it will leave you a healthier, slimmer body. Losing weight is monumental, but if you don’t the time and convenience to make a total change in your lifestyle (like Atkins or South Beach), making small ones also counts. Taking a point from Dr. Seuss, just try out these tweaks or two and see how big the difference it can make for you.

Have protein as the main part of your meal such as lean meat, peanut butter, milk, and eggs. Protein makes you feel full for longer, increased energy, and less likely to suffer from blood sugar spikes (that causes you to overeat). At the same time, you can also trick your senses by using small plates and bowls for each meal.

Swap coffee for green tea as you still can get your caffeine fix (albeit milder) yet it’s full of antioxidants and phytonutrients to flush out toxins and speed up metabolism for longer.

Keep the stomach from overly hungry as you tend to eat more if you do. Eat less but frequently will keep your body rest assured that energy source is always available. Use this tip before heading out to the supermarket or a party to avoid overindulging yourself.

Keep moving wherever you go even a simple brisk walk to lunch. Frequent movement will keep your brain alert and the body stays active. As an additional motivation, get yourself a pedometer and keep track how many steps you’ve walked.

Have a bottle of water with you at all times so you will reach for it first instead of sweetened beverages. Sipping water regularly will prevent your brain thinking that you’re hungry (when it’s just plain thirsty) and flushing out the bad stuff from the body at the same time.

Even if you find it hard to stay away from white foods (white rice, white breads..), reducing the amount is better than nothing so don’t get so frustrated with yourself. Better yet, have a 80/20 rule where 80% of your whole food consumption are all healthy while the other 20% for indulging foods that you love.

If you are still struggeling with stubborn fat even after trying these tweaks, there are still other options available. Ever considered a non surgical fat reduction treatment? There are many clinics that provide these treatments, to learn more just click here.

The Hard Facts: Botox

We live in a youth-based society, and the evidence is very clear; one only has to thumb through the pages of a fashion magazine to observe the effects of Photoshop on models’ imperfections, or pick up a copy of the tabloids to see myriad photos of aging stars that have turned to cosmetic surgery in order to restore their youth.

Our society values youth and beauty, and as such more and more people are turning to their cosmetic surgeons for safe and effective ways to preserve their looks and maintain their youthful image.

One very popular method for smoothing lines and reducing wrinkles is Botox treatment; known for being safe yet highly effective, Botox is a minimally-invasive solution that is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world, and its popularity continues to rise, with over 6 million injections annually.

What is Botox

Botox is a drug derived from botulin, a bacterial toxin used to treat muscular conditions such as involuntary twitching of the eyelids (blepharospasm) and Strabismus, or a misalignment of the eyes; Botox also works to alleviate cosmetic issues such as unsightly wrinkles and lines by causing a temporary paralysis in the muscles of the face.

While derived from one of the most potent toxins known to man, Botox has been determined to be both a safe and effective therapeutic agent when used safely and correctly; from the dosage amount to the frequency and a variety of other clinical considerations, your surgeon will inform you carefully of any special risks or considerations when administering Botox treatments.

What to Expect

According to Advanced Dermatology, a leading Botox provider in Sydney, if you’re looking to book yourself in for a Botox procedure, it’s important that you choice a clinic that only uses board certified Dermatology- specialist surgeons.  One there your surgeon will prepare your injection by diluting the botulinum toxin powder with sodium chloride (saline) and injecting the preparation directly into your neuromuscular tissues; the procedure is quick and non-invasive, however it can take anywhere from 24 hours to three days in order for the injection to take full effect.

Risks and Side Effects

Risks and side effects associated with Botox are generally rare and not serious; these range anywhere from headache and mild nausea to dysphagia, blurred vision, numbness to dry mouth, hives, flu-like symptoms and wheezing.

Complications from Botox treatment are extremely rare and your surgeon will take the time to discuss any risks or special considerations with you before your procedure in order to ensure that all precautions are taken as appropriate.

Botox treatment is inappropriate for any woman who is pregnant or lactating, and for anyone who has had an allergic reaction to any type of drug associated with Botox.

In the majority of the 6 million Botox procedures performed globally each year, there are no side effects and very little discomfort, and successful injections leave the skin with a healthy, youthful glow that help people of all ages continue to enjoy the same good looks as they did in their prime.

If you’re interested in exploring Botox treatments to help stave off the effects of aging, contact your cosmetic surgeon today for a consultation; it will be the best thing you’ve ever done for your skin! 

Coconut for Head to Toe Beauty

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Mother Nature certainly blessed up with numerous, wonderful gifts beauty-wise and there’s no doubt that women have been taking care of their skin for centuries. One of them is coconut not just for purely a tropical beverage but something that you should have as part of your beauty routine. Read on to find out more!

What used to be available only in tropical countries, you can get your own supply of coconut practically anywhere. You can have your share of coconut in the form of oil or milk but it seems that the water variety is the way to go.

Why? Coconut water is very hydrating better than just plain water (provided that you don’t add any sugars) as it packs with nutrients, antioxidants, and electrolytes beneficial for your body. Plus not to mention that it’s handy as a tasty thirst quencher than just plain water.

Coconut water is a clear liquid that comes from the center of the coconut and no, it’s not the same as coconut milk (made from grating the coconut meat finely, where it produces milky white substance) or even coconut oil. You can get it super fresh from a raw coconut by cracking them open or to avoid the hassle, there’s plenty of fresh and pure coconut water available (skip the sugared kinds, please). 

And recently, apart from using coconut oil and milk for beauty, more people nowadays get used to the idea that coconut water can be applied onto the skin apart from solely drinking it. Here’s what you can do with coconut water for your beauty:

Gently dab your face with a cotton pad dipped in coconut water (no need to dilute it!) to rehydrate your skin instantly and keeping them supple. This tip also works to diminish age spots as coconut water is high in cytokinins (an anti-oxidant compound) and you can also use coconut oil instead.

Massage a little bit of coconut water on the scalp for a deep clean ritual and as a conditioner to keep the tresses shiny and healthy. Plus, coconut water is also high in anti-fungal properties which make it beneficial if you’ve been suffering from dandruff.  After massaging the scalp thoroughly, leave it for few minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly.

This tip also can be used with the milk and oil variety but I strongly recommend applying the oil only on the tresses to avoid having more dandruff on the scalp.

Undoubtedly drinking plain water is a must if you’re trying to lose weight and there’s no harm if you swap for coconut water instead (even better!). Apart from keeping you full for longer, coconut water also helps to boost metabolism and improve digestion with high fiber content to help speed up elimination of fat and toxins thanks to its bioactive enzymes as well as vitamins and minerals in it such as B-vitamins, vitamin C and potassium.  And in way, flushing out those toxins can really help to make your skin glow.

Trust me, you might be tempted to get some of the coconut handy in your kitchen for impromptu beauty routine. For more great benefits of coconut water, read Body and Soul coverage on the amazing benefits coconut has!

Vampire Facial

You are probably thinking about having a facelift, but imagining yourself going under the needle quickly eliminates your thoughts. If you are looking for a significant change in your face but wanted to spare yourself from costly and scary surgeries, vampire facial can be the most ideal solution for you. There are instances that your face looks so dull and tired. In times like these, all that may linger to your mind is a way on how to keep your face look young and refreshed. Vampire facial is worth a try and after such a surgery free facelift, you will notice desirable changes in your face.

Getting More Familiar With Vampire Facial

Vampire facial refers to a non-surgical facelift wherein mixture of plasma and natural fillers taken from the patient’s body are injected to certain areas of the face. This aids in clearing and smoothening wrinkles and lines in your face with the use of products that are naturally produce by your body. This is a new procedure and is said to be very famous with celebrities.Vampire facial is a non-surgical procedure that is preferred by individuals who dislike Botox. This has also become a top pick among individuals who wanted natural approach more.

How Does This Works?

Vampire facial usually takes about 30-40 minutes to execute. Before this procedure is undertaken, the surgeon has to draw blood first from the patient using a syringe. The platelets are then separated from the drawn blood. The natural fillers and platelets will be injected to the area that the patient has requested. This could probably be in the mouth lines, below the eyes, or cheeks.

The cost of this procedure depends on the surgeon and many other underlying factors such as the area where it has been done. When talking about the recovery time, the face usually turn red afterwards but this will just vanish after few hours.

Benefits of Vampire Facial

There are several proven benefits linked to this non-surgical facelift procedure.  For the face, this procedure is said to be beneficial because this makes the face brighter and smoother. You are also being injected using natural resources therefore you are free from any harsh side effects or severe reactions. Another benefit of this natural facelift is that this is less expensive as compared to other skin-tightening procedures.

Since individuals are injected with natural resources in the face, the entire procedure is proven to be safe. There are no serious side effects cited and the body can easily accept the fillers because these are taken and made from their own blood. This is indeed an excellent alternative actual surgical procedure. No artificial products are utilized and this what makes Vampire Facelift more enticing.

If you are looking for a means to make your face look pretty, young and refreshed, Vampire Facial is a brilliant option to take. With this procedure, you will definitely get the results that you desire without experiencing pain, side effects and long recovery time. No wonder, increased numbers of individuals and even celebrities are now getting hooked with this procedure.