Articles on facial

Cosmetic Facial vs Medical Facial: Which Is Better?

Dr. (Lt Cdr) Siddharth Garekar, Dermatologist
Medical facials are the thing right now and why they are gaining popularity over conventional facials is a question that we will answer in this post.You can get a medical facial from a licensed medical aesthetician or a dermatologist.Medical facials are better than conventional spa facials because-1. They reach deeperYour skin the largest organ system that you have and what you get to see is just the top layer.Skin that glows with health can only ever be achieved from the inside. Which is why medical facials help you get that effect from the inside vis-à-vis from the top layer down, like conventional facials do.2. They are customized to your skinYou go to a spa and they have a variety of facials that they offer and even after the variety that they offer none of them are customised to your particular skin type like a medical facial is.When you visit your dermatologist for a medical facial, the first thing that you receive is a thorough skin examination that will help them identify your skin type and texture. What you get as a result is a facial that is as personal as the skin that you have.3. Work on a cellular levelYour skin takes approximately 3-4 weeks to shed completely. A medical facial will help accelerate the process and get you the glowing, healthy skin, instantly.What to expect1. Deep cleansingJust like at a salon, it all begins with a cleansing therapy for your skin.When your skin is cleansed is when its real texture is visible.And only then can we proceed to the next step.2. Complete skin analysisNow this is something that you will never get at a salon because they do not have the innate understanding of skin from the medical perspective.Once we have determined the texture of your skin, its pH levels and the nature of your skin, we proceed to the next step.3. ExfoliationYou can get either microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, either way, the results are the same. Your skin is now more receptive to the active ingredients used in the process.4. SteamSteam helps clear pores and softens debris that has been accumulating inside. Steam also helps boost circulation.5. Healthy circulationMassage is then done with all the active ingredients in place. This helps get rid of the toxins and promotes circulation of healthy blood which will leave skin looking young and healthy.6. Deep hydration and sun protectionMoisturisers are then allowed to seep in via a suitable face mask and SPF factors are also added.7. Healthy and glowing skinThe end result is always the same, healthy glowing skin. This works best if you get the procedure done every 4-5 weeks.

Facial Rejuvenation Possibilities: Be Beautiful , Repair Years of Damage in Minutes

Dr. Sadhana Deshmukh, Dermatologist
With an endless round of festive parties, late nights, rich food and alcohol, your skin takes the maximum beating. While we keep powering through the weekday, our tired skin and body start showing its weariness through deep lines, wrinkles, age spots, sagging etc.As we age, the hyaluronic content of our skin decreases thereby reducing its capacity to stay moist and supple. The effectiveness of oil producing glands decreases and our skin loses fat making the skin lose its youthful glow and become dry. Wrinkles are very natural part of the aging process. Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions involving muscle contractions such as a smile ,laugh or frown. It has therefore become important to take good care of our skin so that we not only look good but feel better as wellRenowned dermatologist and cosmetologist, Dr. Sadhana Deshmukh from Forever Young Clinic talked to us about the kinds of skin care treatments frequently used to reverse the stress and years away. Let your skin go back in time to confidence with BOTOX:BOTOX is a safe and proven solution to achieve younger looking skin in the time it takes to have your lunch. BOTOX® works simply by relaxing the tiny facial muscles that cause expression lines, leaving your skin smooth and unwrinkled. As the lines gradually fade out, BOTOX® also prevents new creases from forming. BOTOX as it is a painless way to get smooth and firm skin that lasts for as long as 6 months. The results are so natural that the secret to your healthy skin always remains with you.To contour your skin, add volume and revitalize go the way of Dermal Fillers:Dermal Fillers will make your skin taut and fuller and are a great option, as they are made with a substance similar to the hydrating Hyaluronic Acid that is responsible for giving your skin its natural volume and fullness. Through Beautifillers, you too can smoothen out the uneven contours of your face and get those luscious lips and fuller cheeks that you always wanted.For reversing those years, Skin Tightening and Resurfacing works:Skin tightening and contouring are popular treatments, as there is minimal social downtime with maximum results. “Accent Radiofrequency” provides controlled heat therapy to fight wrinkles and tighten skin on the face and body. The process is entirely comfortable, quick and virtually pain-free. Now there is no need to go under the knife as skin resurfacing refreshes the skin’s appearance and stimulates rapid healing so that you look like the hands of time have stood still.Remove acne, brown spots, and unwanted surgical scars stretch marks through - Skin Resurfacing: Skin Resurfacing is one of the most powerful and effective treatments that helps to remove unwanted brown spots, acne scars, and pigmentation. At Forever Young, we use a pixel RF handpiece that uses Unipolar RF-based technology. It penetrates deep into the skin and gives a boost of new collagen naturally for a visibly more youthful appearance. The procedure has proven to give excellent visible results in 3 to 4 sessions. Moreover, with a combination of peels, the benefits of Skin Resurfacing can increase four-fold. To look your best on the, reach out to the haven that is Forever Young for a complete skin and body consultation

Chemical Free Facial With Medicinal Herbs!!!

Dr. Bharati Gidwani, Ayurveda
Get flawless, fairer, naturally glowing skin with safe,sure, secure medicinal herbs!There is an alarming increase in the number of cancer patients over a last decade.Be very careful when using cosmetics, beauty creams & chemical treatment; particularly for facial skin.The time has come to be vigilant about your delicate skin & save it from the hazardous effects of chemicals! The effects of chemicals in cosmetics, can be more than just skin deep. Research indicates these ‘Chemicals’ can damage your skin & in the long term affect your body.  For example, some of the antiperspirants are found to cause breast cancer!Number  of synthetic chemicals are used in cosmetic products like lipstick, lotion, shampoo and shaving cream. They can cause allergies, pimples, permanent blemishes & even cancer!The best way is to enhance your natural beauty.Chemical free skin treatments are based on traditional medical science of Ayurveda. These  can be for Soothing, complexion enhancing & exfoliating. Let your doctor make a correct choice to suit your skin type & problem. Chemical-free skin exfoliation is a magnificent facial; effective for permanent cure from acne (pimples), scars, pigments, dark circles & wrinkles. This is a research based therapy in which, combinations of fresh medicinal herbs are applied to the skin. Fresh herbs are chosen according to their curative effects on skin. The herbs are to be used fresh to utilize their potency  & the formula differs according to skin type & disease.Experience the soothing fresh aroma of  herbs, nourish your skin & rejuvenate!How this facial is done & for further info please refer to next article '3 steps to grab attention"!

Vampire Facelift Facial Rejuvenation

Dr. Parthasarathi Dutta Roy, Dermatologist
In this new era of modern society, people with less signs of aging may prefer the non surgical treatment. And every people wants to have beautiful, healthy, youthful and rejuvenated skin so to achieve this special aim a very excellent procedure was developed for those people want their skin to be look vibrant and healthy, the procedure is known as vampire facelift which was specially developed for this particular purpose only and main thing is that it can be done very quickly with no pain and no surgery. This treatment simply uses person own body’s rejuvenated properties and gain optimum results.Duration of vampire faceliftThe vampire facelift facial rejuvenation is gentle procedures which prefer person own growth factors rather considering any surgical properties. And the results can be very well noticed on the same regeneration day which usually lasts nearly for over two years approximately. The vampire face lift rejuvenation is applied on your face to improve the texture and quality of your skin.BenefitsThe painless series of injections in the areas of your face will helps to reduce the acne, line at corners of the mouth, wrinkles and also improve the skin tone for youthful skin. And the growths factors are basically derived from person own blood, so that’s why this procedure is named as vampire face lift which provide excellent benefits.The main aim of vampire facelift facial rejuvenation is to make you look younger by adding more youthful volume with the help of hyaluronic acid fillers, which plays an important role in keeping skin natural appearance. This is a quick procedure that lasts for longer. This non surgical procedure is not so much expensive and every one can afford to have it easily with no adverse effects.

How to Remove Annoying Facial Hair Easily

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Probably the biggest cosmetic problem for women all over the world is the problem of unwanted facial hair. It structs swarm like bees after puberty.It is very annoying and  affects women’s self-confidence.It can make or tarnish your looks completely. To get rid of facial hair, women have used  numerous treatments.Skin is a very delicate organ and most hair removal creams available in the market can cause skin darkening ,irritation,allergies and other unpleasant side effects.Plus, not all these solutions are  effective . Some women do not find results turn to laser removal, but it is an expensive treatment, and not everyone can afford it.The best thing besides being efficient is that you can use it at home. It is a mixture that not only removes hair, it also smoothens the skin and makes your skin look healthy and shiny as the ingredients used for its preparation are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Skin is the most focused part the  female body, and every woman should pay special attention to skin care.Here is an easy and home-based remedy for hair removal worth a try. The ingredients are super cool and easily available in your kitchen. All you have to do is head towards your kitchen and make it.Ingredients:3 tablespoons of honey.2 tablespoons of lemon juice.1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Method of Preparation:Mix all the ingredients together until you get a smooth texture. Once prepared, apply the mixture on the area where you want to remove hair. Allow it to stay for 15 minutes and then wash it with warm water.In the end, apply your usual facial cream.In order to get the best results, repeat this procedure 2-3 times weekly. You will be surprised by the results after just one month.The hair will disappear completely.

The Humble Cucumber’s Secret Beauty Regimes Unveiled

Dr. Amee Daxini, Dermatologist
With plenty of medicinal and other beneficial qualities to its nature and name, the humble cucumber can double up as a skin care gladiator too. Easily available at local farmer’s markets, we would like to share with you some ways on how your face can best use the goodness the humble veggie can offer. “The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage -- cucumbers can help restore some of these. Your skin has the ability to absorb antioxidants. Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging, including cucurbitacins and cucumerin.” Source: LivestrongMedicine for sun burnsThe harmful UV rays of the sun can play havoc with our skin, and tanning or sun burns can lead to cancers too. The juice of a cucumber when applied over the affected zone can help cool and soothe the area in no time.Helps bring down frecklesFreckles are cute, but not all think on the same lines. This is why most PYTs across the globe use the paste of cucumber to bring down freckles. The paste has to be used once in the morning and thrice a week for better results. Keep the pack on for ten minutes and wash off with cold water thereafter.Paste of cucumberThe paste of one cucumber when dabbed onto the facial zone and kept as a pack for ten minutes can help clean and hydrate the skin. The juice seeps into the pores and removes dirt, grime and dead cells. Wash off with cold water thereafter, and you’d be touching soft supple skin in a jiffy. The concept also helps brighten the skin too.No more dark circlesSlices of cucumber can help bring down the dark circles occurrence around the eyes. Placing cold cucumber slices for ten minutes every morning around the eyes, and washing off with chilled cucumber juice later would help reduce dark circles. Puffy eyes no moreYou may be a teetotaler and yet the world questions you HOW MUCH YOU DRINK? Embarrassing isn’t it, and thanks to the puffy eyes such questions come forth. But all this would be a thing of the past when you place cucumber slices on the eyelids for ten minutes each day. This act would bring down water retention, which is the reason why eyes go puffy.Tone the skinAn egg white, a glass of cucumber paste, a tablespoon of honey and a little gram flour too- mix them all and use as a face pack to tone your skin. Wash off with the juice of a cucumber thereafter, and welcome a brighter complexion with a smile!WhitenerMix a cup of cucumber paste with coconut water and wash the face everyday with this; helps in naturally whitening the skin, removes dark spots, blemishes and heals acne too.Finally, if you suffer from overactive oil glands and are fed up because the makeup wouldn’t stay due to the oils, wash your face with raw cucumber juice before applying makeup. The juice of cucumber helps remove excess oils and keeps the pH levels of the skin in balance too.

7 Botox Myths That Have No Basis!

Dr. Rohit Batra, Dermatologist
Botox is no longer confined to the celebrities and the rich & famous, it has  become quite common in indian households today.It is a minimally invasive procedure and a number of myths are associated with it. If you are thinking of having botox treatment for yourself, then let us help you make an informed choice:7 Common Botox Myths – How True are They?A number of misconception are involved with botox, just do not believe them unless you get information from a reliable source like a dermatologist who is actively involved in giving botox treatments.Some of the common myths you will hear are:Botox will Freeze the FaceA common hearsay is that botox will freeze your face. You will lose your natural facial expressions. Botox does not make your face entirely expressionless, Botox helps in curbing your dynamic wrinkles and prevents them to become static.Wrinkles are Barred ForeverBotox temporarily delays the wrinkles and smoothes your face. It removes facial lines for some time, obviously not forever. The effect of Botox wanes away in 3 to 6 months. It gives you a wrinkle free face but temporarily.Botox is for Older WomenAnother common myth is that botox is for older women. But this is not true as botox offers tremendous help in cases of premature aging and wrinkle development. It helps you in maintaining your youth and at the same time gives you confidence. Everyone is aging but Botox helps you to age gracefully.Botox is DangerousA general notion is that botox is dangerous. There is simply not true.. Instead botox is quite useful in the treatment of debilitating medical ailments like headaches, back pain cerebral palsy, etc. You need to get the botrox treatment done from a trained and qualified dermatologist  or cosmetologists to get the best out of the treatment.Botox Will Make the Face ImmovableThis is perhaps the commonest misconception about botox. It is true that botox restricts muscle movement to some extent but this is temporary and goes off in a couple of days. Your face is back to its normal movements and expressions. Frozen face is no longer common; provide you get the treatment form a qualified doctor.Swelling, Pain and BruisingYou may experience pain and redness at the injection site. They are completely gone in 2-3 days. Botox gives you great phenomenal results and minimal discomfort.Botox has a lot of Side EffectsIt is general perception that a number of side effects are associated with botox injections. This is completely false. The common side-effects are fatigue, nausea or headache. Rest all is wrong.So if you are looking for a Botox treatment - do consult with an experienced dermatologist who can guide you about the treatment and number of units of the product required for great and sustained results. One must make sure that quality product is used in right concentration for best results. Laser and cosmetic clinics use substandard and highly diluted products to dupe clients- always visit a board certified dermatologist for the specialized treatment and enjoy a "More youthful YOU!"

The 5 What's of Chemical Peels

Dr. Pradnya Shastri, Dermatologist
Have too many acne marks?Did someone comment on how 'old' you looked?Have to go to party?Or are you getting married?Is a chemical peel the only solution to all of the above?Unfortunately, the answer is no. Of late, I have seen a lot of people resorting to peels because it's apparently the latest trend. The market has painted this  as a anytime, anywhere, done by anybody type of procedure... and the market doesn't stop there. They claim that it a quick fix solution to any skin problem. So, here is what you need to know about peels:What is it? A Chemical Peel is a medical procedure Not a ‘cosmetic procedure’. What’s the difference? Have you heard of a beautician performing face lift ‘surgery’? Similarly, if you hear a beautician performing a chemical peel you know in which direction you need to run... the opposite!What are the types? Chemical peels can be of 3 types:Superficial:  Where only the Epidermis is targetedMedium Depth: The Epidermis + Papillary Dermis is targetedDeep: Where the peel reaches the Reticular DermisYou didn’t know it was this complicated? So, do you think that a non-medical personnel would know? Stick to getting your done from a dermatologist only!What are the indications for a peel?Post Acne PigmentationAcne ScarsMelasma (Mask of Pregnancy)Crinkles and Fine WrinklesDull and Sallow SkinSun damaged SkinWhat are the precautions that you need to take?Protect yourself from the sunEspecially the first 7 days, where new skin is forming, are crucial for the peel to give you good results. Sunscreens or better yet thick scarves or umbrellas work well.  And please don’t be fooled by the rains. A peel in this season also warrants the use of a sunscreen. Even though we don’t see the sun, the ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds and this can cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Limit washing of your face to the minimum The skin, after a peel, tends to get dry. Even though you might not ‘see’ the skin peeling with your naked eye, it is ‘microscopically’ peeling. Washing your face with (even with plain water) can ruin this healing process and not give you the outcome that you desired.Do not bleach We have a ‘No Bleach Rule’ 7 days before and 7 days after a peel. Why? Because a bleach also acts like a very superficial peel and after a bleach the skin is raw (you can’t see the rawness) and is injured. If you top such a skin off with a peel, then you are bound to get a rash! Plus, informing your dermatologist that you have done a bleach or a facial before you get a peel done is important. That gives the dermatologist a perspective on what peel needs to be done.Going for a facial  I have so many patients asking me whether they could do a facial post a peel. NO! You shouldn’t. A peel is like a facial minus the massaging! You want a massage... get yourself a back or neck rub. Do not let anyone touch your face. And honestly, a peel gives you a far better outcome than a facial massage could ever give.What are the results expected post a peelA peel isn’t magic! So don’t expect a drastic change in the nature of your skin in just a single session. Multiple sessions are needed depending on the skin type and the skin problem. So if anyone is claiming ‘magical results in  1 session’ be aware.Even though we use the word peel, the skin doesn’t literally peel off. What we try and induce is peeling at a microscopic level. But there are exceptions. The deep peels and at times the medium depth peels produce ‘visible peeling’. So ask your dermatologist what peel is going to be used so that you are aware of what is to come in the 7 days post the peel.A very important thing that you also need to remember is that, although chemical peels if done by the right person using the right products can give great results, they are only adjutant treatments. They work the best with creams and lotions prescribed by the dermatologist. So don't go hopping into a 'salon' or a 'beauty parlour' for a peel no matter what they claim! Remember, it's your skin that is going to be at risk!