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Skin and Aesthetic

HydraFacial

Somewhere in the world, a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds. Don’t even try to do the math: This essentially amounts to 2 million treatments given globally last year alone. That’s more than the total number of Botox injections administered in the U.S. in 2017.

“The HydraFacial is a multistep facial treatment typically performed with a proprietary machine (HydraFacial MD) manufactured by Edge Systems. In one session, estheticians can use the HydraFacial [device] to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and deliver a variety of rejuvenating serums,”

Do HydraFacials work?

A HydraFacial is a patented skin treatment available in medical spas and dermatology offices. It’s also sometimes called “hydradermabrasion” because it involves microdermabrasion-like exfoliation paired with hydrating serums.

Known for its three-step process, the HydraFacial works to deep-clean, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. This professional procedure may help treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, dryness, and wrinkles.

 

HydraFacial benefits

The HydraFacial is said to help improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance. This is due to the deep exfoliation that cleans your pores, removing debris and allowing for better penetration of face serums tailored to your skin type.

1. HydraFacial for acne

Currently, there are no clinical studies highlighting the benefits of the HydraFacial for acne. However, microdermabrasion techniques have long been considered effective for treating both acne and acne scars. This is likely due to the deep exfoliation that helps remove pore-clogging skin cells.

2. HydraFacial for blackheads

Dead skin cells also contribute to blackheads. This non-inflammatory type of acne may benefit from the same exfoliating and extracting methods used in the HydraFacial, but more clinical studies need to be done to confirm these benefits directly.

3. HydraFacial for anti-aging concerns

A small 2008 study of 20 women found that those who received HydraFacial treatments had greater decreases in signs of skin aging compared with those who used serums alone. The effects included decreased pore size, less hyperpigmentation, and decreased fine lines.

HydraFacial aftercare

After a HydraFacial, you may notice smoother, more radiant skin, possibly with a more even skin tone. The results are said to be noticeable immediately, without any visible signs of irritation.

Each HydraFacial session takes less than an hour, and no downtime is required. Unlike with harsher procedures like chemical peels, you can resume your normal activities right away. While you shouldn’t experience any redness or peeling after your session, it’s still best to avoid exfoliating treatments for the first couple of days after a HydraFacial.

How often should you get a HydraFacial?

The frequency of HydraFacial sessions depends on your skin type and your provider’s recommendations. Some websites recommend repeating the treatment every 4 weeks, while others encourage repeat sessions every 2 weeks.

An aesthetician or dermatologist can help you determine the right number of sessions based on your skin condition and goals.

Acne and Acne-Scar Treatment

Acne results from plugged hair follicles. Oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin clog your pores and create pimples or small, localized infections. Treatments work to clear away bacteria and dry up the excess oils that lead to acne. Different acne treatments include lifestyle remedies, topical medication, oral medication, and medical procedures.

The treatment that’s right for you depends on your individual condition. If you have mild to moderate acne, such as whiteheads or blackheads, your treatment should be relatively easy. However, if you have cystic or inflammatory acne, your treatment may be more challenging. Cystic acne is one or more large, painful, red cysts under the surface of your skin. Your doctor or dermatologist can help you figure out what type of acne you have.

Acne-Scars

Scars are formed when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it. Before you try to treat your scars, it’s important to know what type they are. Each type responds to treatment differently, and some treatments are better for particular types than others.

Atrophic or depressed scars

Atrophic scars are most common on the face. A depressed scar sits below the surrounding skin. They’re formed when not enough collagen is made while the wound is healing. There are three types of atrophic scars:

Boxcar

These are wide, U-shaped scars that have sharp edges. They can be shallow or deep. The shallower they are, the better they respond to skin resurfacing treatments.

Ice pick

Ice pick scars are narrow, V-shaped scars that can go deep into the skin. They can look like small round or oval holes, like a chickenpox scar. These are the most difficult scars to treat because they can extend far under the surface of the skin.

Rolling

These are wide depressions that typically have rounded edges and an irregular, rolling appearance.

Hypertrophic or raised scars

These scars are most common with chest and back acne. They stand above the surface of the surrounding skin and are caused by too much collagen during healing.

Dark spots

Discoloration left behind after a zit has cleared isn’t a scar. The purple, red, or brown marks will fade over a few months on their own.

Fillers

Healthcare providers use fillers to fill in acne scars and help even out the skin. The fillers can be made with collagen, your own fat, or a commercial filler. They’re injected under the surface of the skin to help plump up and smooth out depressed scars.

Most fillers last between 6 and 18 months before they need to be redone, but some are permanent.

Best for: Someone with a small number of boxcar or rolling scars.

Microneedling

This newer treatment uses a small, handheld, needle-studded roller or hand held “pen” on the surface of the scars. The needles puncture the numbed skin — but don’t go through it like a shot! As the skin heals, it makes collagen.

Best for: Depressed acne scars.

 

Lifestyle remedies

Many people with mild acne or pimples can manage their condition with lifestyle changes. Oil is a major cause of acne, so keeping your face clean and your hair away from it is important, especially if your hair tends to be greasy. Oils from your hair and face also build up on your bedding. Changing your pillowcase daily or weekly can help prevent this buildup.

Procedures to treat acne

Though not prescribed as commonly as medication, a few medical procedures may be used to treat severe acne. These procedures can all typically be performed in your doctor’s office. They may be painful and in some cases cause scarring.

Acne treatments during pregnancy

Almost everyone experiences acne at one time or another. It’s most common among teenagers. However, adults can have a breakout now and then, especially during pregnancy. But pregnant women with acne may not have all of the same treatment options as others.

Most of the medications used to treat acne in teens and adults are not safe to use during pregnancy, or the safety of the drug isn’t known. The acne products that are safe to use during pregnancy are the ones that use benzoyl peroxide.

Treatments for Acne-Scars

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is one of the most effective and common treatments for facial scars. While it uses the same general principle as the microdermabrasion kits you can do at home, healthcare providers use a wire brush or a wheel to more deeply exfoliate the top layer of the skin.

Best for: Scars close to the surface like shallow boxcar or rolling scars. However, deeper scars may also become less noticeable.

Chemical peels

These aren’t the kind of face masks you binge watch your favorite guilty pleasure with. A chemical peel is a strong acid that’s used to remove the top layer of the skin to reduce deeper scars.

Some chemical peels are mild enough to be used at home, but your healthcare provider can provide a stronger solution with more dramatic results.

There are many different types of chemical peels, so it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider about which one is right for you.

Best for: All types of acne scars, often used for deeper scars.

Laser resurfacing

Much like a chemical peel and dermabrasion, laser resurfacing removes the top layer of the skin. This treatment typically has a faster healing time than other resurfacing treatments.

However, you have to keep the area covered with a bandage until it’s completely healed. This treatment is also not a good option for anyone who’s still getting breakouts, and it’s not as effective on darker skin tones.

Best for: All acne scars and lighter skin tones.

Microneedling

This newer treatment uses a small, handheld, needle-studded roller or hand held “pen” on the surface of the scars. The needles puncture the numbed skin — but don’t go through it like a shot! As the skin heals, it makes collagen.

Best for: Depressed acne scars.

Injections

There are a few different medications that can be injected into raised scars to help soften and flatten them including corticosteroids and chemotherapy drugs fluorouracil (5-FU) and interferon. The injections are usually performed as a series with one every few weeks.

Best for: Raised scars.

Anti-Aging

Anti-aging treatments are specifically designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. These treatments are commonly performed on parts of the body that are most susceptible to the earliest signs of aging, such as the face, neck, and hands. Depending on the extent of the condition, treatment options range from over-the-counter ant-aging products such as creams and lotions to Botox injections and highly invasive surgical procedures such as facelift. Each option comes with certain risks, so it is important for patients to have a thorough discussion with their skin care and anti-aging specialists before undergoing any type of treatment.

How Does the Procedure Work?

Although various anti-aging treatments are performed using different techniques, they aim to deliver the same results; to achieve younger-looking, smoother, and aesthetically pleasing skin. The most popular procedures nowadays are:

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing – This is currently the gold standard in wrinkle removal that is widely preferred by both patients and anti-aging specialists not only because it offers impressive and quick results but also because it does not come with harsh side effects and lengthy downtime. The treatment uses beam lets of energy light that penetrates the tiny holes in the skin, putting the body’s natural collagen production on fast-forward. Unlike traditional techniques, this procedure produces exceptional results without damaging the topmost layer of the skin. As such, recovery time is minimized. However, redness and swelling are to be expected for about one to two days following the procedure.

Facelift – Perhaps the most comprehensive approach to anti-aging, a facelift requires surgically lifting the facial skin and re-draping it on the face, tightening and smoothening it in the process. Also known as rhytidectomy, this is an invasive procedure that offers guaranteed results. It is often combined with other procedures to achieve exceptional results.

Possible Complications and Risks

The risks and complications of anti-aging treatments are very rare, but all treatments come with some level of risk as well as some side effects. However, these can be minimized and even totally eliminated by consulting certified skin care and anti-aging specialists. The most common side effects are:

  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Dryness
  • Allergic reaction

Who Should Undergo & Expected Results

Anti-aging treatments are highly recommended for those who are prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines, as well as those who have loose, sagging skin. People who usually take advantage of these treatments are those who are at least 30 years old. Research shows that these are more popular with the female population, however, more and more male patients are now starting to appreciate the benefits of anti-aging treatments.

Anti-aging treatments work in different ways, but they are mostly geared towards restoring the skin’s natural collagen supply. Collagen, a protein found in connective tissues, is responsible for maintaining the skin’s plumpness. However, due to the natural aging process, the body’s collagen supply tends to deteriorate over time.

Today, there are different techniques used to stimulate the production of collagen and with the help of new technologies, side effects such as damage to the topmost skin layer, are significantly minimized.

The expected results may differ depending on the type of treatment and the specific type of substance used.

Wrinkle Injections – The technology behind wrinkle injections has improved tremendously over the years, and has revolutionized the anti-aging industry. Wrinkle injections work by filling up the skin to prevent the gaunt, hollow appearance caused by the natural loss of skin elasticity due to aging. This is why they are also called wrinkle fillers or dermal fillers. Fillers now come in many types, depending on the brand, such as Perlane, Artifill, Radiesse, and Juvederm, among others. Each one may use a different substance to act as the filler, but the way they are applied is basically the same. The best fillers these days are those that contain hyaluronic acid, which inhibits the breakdown of collagen. Thus, aside from filling up the skin, the treatment also naturally helps keep the aging process on hold for as long as one to two years.

Botox Injections – These use different forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze (effects last about six to eight months) muscle activity to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, and forehead furrows.

 

Dark Circles

Dark circles under the lower eyelids are common in men and women. Often accompanied by bags, dark circles can make you appear older than you are. To make matters worse, they can be difficult to get rid of.

Though they can affect anyone, dark circles are most common in people who:

  • are elderly
  • have a genetic predisposition to this condition (per orbital hyperpigmentation)
  • are from non-white ethnic groups (darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation around the eye area)

While fatigue may seem like the most logical explanation for this condition, there are a number of factors

 

What causes dark circles?

There are a number of contributing factors for dark circles. Some common causes of include:

Fatigue

Oversleeping, extreme fatigue, or just staying up a few hours past your normal bedtime can cause dark circles to form under your eyes. Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.

Lack of sleep can also cause fluid to build underneath your eyes, causing them to appear puffy. As a result, the dark circles you see may actually be shadows cast by your puffy eyelids.

Age

Natural aging is another common cause of those dark circles beneath your eyes. As you get older, your skin becomes thinner. You also lose the fat and collagen needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. As this occurs, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible causing the area below your eyes to darken.

Eye strain

Staring at your television or computer screen can cause significant strain on your eyes. This strain can cause blood vessels around your eyes to enlarge. As a result, the skin surrounding your eyes can darken.

Allergies

Allergic reactions and eye dryness can trigger dark circles. When you have an allergic reaction, your body release histamines as a response to harmful bacteria. Other than causing uncomfortable symptoms — including itchiness, redness, and puffy eyes — histamines also cause your blood vessels to dilate and become more visible beneath your skin.

Allergies can also increase your urge to rub and scratch the itchy skin around your eyes. These actions can worsen your symptoms, causing inflammation, swelling, and broken blood vessels. This can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a common cause of dark circles under your eyes. When your body is not receiving the proper amount of water, the skin beneath your eyes begins to look dull and your eyes look sunken. This is due to their close proximity to the underlying bone.

Mesotherapy

What is mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is a technique that uses injections of vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten skin, as well as remove excess fat.

Michel Pistor, a doctor in France, developed the technique in 1952. It was originally used to relieve pain. In the years since, it has gained popularity in the United States and other parts of the world.

Today, mesotherapy is used to:

  • remove fat in areas like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips, legs, arms, and face
  • reduce cellulite
  • fade wrinkles and lines
  • tighten loose skin
  • recontour the body
  • lighten pigmented skin
  • treat alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss

The technique uses very fine needles to deliver a series of injections into the middle layer (mesoderm) of skin. The idea behind mesotherapy is that it corrects underlying issues like poor circulation and inflammation that cause skin damage.

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a relatively new cosmetic treatment for skin tightening that some consider a noninvasive and painless replacement for face lifts. It uses ultrasound energy to encourage the production of collagen, which results in firmer skin.

Several small clinical trials have found HIFU to be safe and effective for facial lifting and refining wrinkles. People were able to see results in a few months after treatment, without the risks associated with surgery.

HIFU uses focused ultrasound energy to target the layers of skin just below the surface. The ultrasound energy causes the tissue to heat up rapidly. Once the cells in the targeted area reach a certain temperature, they experience cellular damage. While this may seem counterintuitive, the damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen — a protein that provides structure to the skin.

Benefits of HIFU

HIFU has many aesthetic benefits, including:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Tightening sagging skin on the neck (sometimes called turkey neck)
  • Lifting the cheeks, eyebrows, and eyelids
  • Enhancing jawline definition
  • Tightening of the décolletage
  • Smoothing the skin

Dermabrasion

What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion is an exfoliating technique that uses a rotating instrument to remove the outer layers of skin, usually on the face. This treatment is popular with people who wish to improve the appearance of their skin. Some of the conditions it can treat include fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven texture.

Dermabrasion occurs in a dermatologist’s office. During the procedure, a professional will numb your skin with anesthesia before removing the outermost layers of your skin. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can go home to recover following the treatment.

What are the reasons for getting dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion removes damaged outer layers of skin. This exposes new layers of skin that appear younger and smoother.

In addition to providing a more youthful appearance, dermabrasion can also help treat:

  • acne scars
  • age spots
  • fine wrinkles
  • precancerous skin patches
  • rhinophyma, or redness and thick skin on the nose
  • scars from surgery or injury
  • sun damage
  • tattoos
  • uneven skin tone

Some skin conditions may prevent your doctor from performing dermabrasion, including inflammatory acne, recurrent herpes flare-ups, radiation burns, or burn scars.

You may also be unable to receive dermabrasion if you’ve taken medications with a skin-thinning side effect. And your doctor may not recommend dermabrasion if your skin tone is naturally very dark.

What happens during dermabrasion?

The type of anesthesia you have during dermabrasion depends on the extent of your treatment. Your doctor will typically give you local anesthesia. However, certain cases may require sedation to help you relax or feel drowsy. Sometimes general anesthesia may be given during the procedure. During the treatment, an assistant will hold your skin taut. Your doctor will move a device called a dermabrader across your skin. The dermabrader is a small, motorized device with a rough surface.

On large patches of skin, the doctor will use a circular dermabrader, while on smaller places, such as the corners of your mouth, they’ll use one with a small tip. Your doctor may treat large sections of skin over multiple sessions. Right after the procedure, your doctor will cover the treated area with a moist dressing. They’ll usually change this dressing at an appointment the following day.

What happens after dermabrasion?

Your doctor will give you complete home care instructions about how to change your dressings, how to cover the treated area, and which products to use. You can expect to return to work in about two weeks.

Following dermabrasion, your skin is typically pink and swollen and may feel like it is burning or tingling. The skin may ooze a clear or yellow liquid or crust over while healing.

Melasma

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on your skin.

It’s also called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy,” when it occurs in pregnant women. The condition is much more common in women than men, though men can get it too. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of people who develop melasma are women.

Symptoms of melasma

Melasma causes patches of discoloration. The patches are darker than your usual skin color. It typically occurs on the face and is symmetrical, with matching marks on both sides of the face. Other areas of your body that are often exposed to sun can also develop melasma.

Brownish colored patches usually appear on the:

  • Cheeks
  • Forehead
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Chin

It can also occur on the neck and forearms. The skin discoloration doesn’t do any physical harm, but you may feel self-conscious about the way it looks.

Causes and risk factors of melasma

It isn’t totally clear what causes melasma. Darker-skinned individuals are more at risk than those with fair skin. Estrogen and progesterone sensitivity are also associated with the condition. This means birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can all trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also thought to be causes of melasma.

Additionally, sun exposure can cause melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigment (melanocytes).

How is melasma diagnosed?

A visual exam of the affected area is often enough to diagnose melasma. To rule out specific causes, your healthcare professional might also perform some tests.

One testing technique is a Wood’s lamp examination. This is a special kind of light that’s held up to your skin. It allows your healthcare professional to check for bacterial and fungal infections and determine how many layers of skin the melasma affects. To check for any serious skin conditions, they might also perform a biopsy. This involves removing a small piece of the affected skin for testing.

Is melasma treatable?

For some women, melasma disappears on its own. This typically occurs when it’s caused by pregnancy or birth control pills.

There are creams your healthcare professional can prescribe that can lighten the skin. They might also prescribe topical steroids to help lighten the affected areas. If these don’t work, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and microdermabrasion are possible options. These treatments strip away the top layers of skin and may help lighten dark patches.

Brightening Treatment

Complexion brightening treatment in Islamabad

Skin brightening treatments have gained popularity because it is a known fact that beauty standards in this part of the world revolve around complexion. The more bright the complexion, the more beautiful you are considered.

What are Skin Whitening treatments?

Skin whitening treatment is a procedure in which skin whitening injections like Glutathione injections are given to the client in order to brighten the dark complexion and for an overall skin whitening effect in the body. Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that brightens up the complexion of skin. These injections, however, do not improve the overall skin tone of the body permanently.

What are a few benefits of skin Whitening Injections?

The skin whitening injection treatment is very effective and has the following benefits on skin:

  • It reduces toxins in blood and liver
  • It is safe for all types of skin
  • It can be beneficial for patients having acne
  • It reduces black blotches
  • It boosts immunity of the person receiving this treatment

Is face whitening a one-time treatment?

It is advisable that the treatment must continue in order to keep the skin nourished and fresh. The effects of the treatment may wear off after a while. Normally, it takes 2 to 3 visits to get the desired results.

When can I see the results of skin whitening?

It takes approx. 2 weeks to get the desired result of the skin whitening treatment. Dermatologist Dr. Shafia Mudassir advises her patients to avoid exposure to sunlight along with smoking.

Nose Reshaping

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is surgery to change the shape of your nose by modifying the bone or cartilage. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery.

Reasons for Rhinoplasty

People get rhinoplasty to repair their nose after an injury, to correct breathing problems or a birth defect, or because they’re unhappy with the appearance of their nose.

Possible changes that your surgeon can make to your nose through rhinoplasty include:

  • a change in size
  • a change in angle
  • straightening of the bridge
  • reshaping of the tip
  • narrowing of the nostrils

 

Risks of Rhinoplasty

All surgeries carry some risks, including infection, bleeding, or a bad reaction to anesthesia. Rhinoplasty may also increase your risk of:

  • breathing difficulties
  • nosebleeds
  • a numb nose
  • an asymmetrical nose
  • scars

After Care

Memory lapses, impaired judgment, and slow reaction time are common effects of the medications used for surgery. If possible, have a friend or relative stay with you the first night. For a few days after your surgery, you might experience drainage and bleeding. A drip pad, which is a piece of gauze taped below your nose, can absorb blood and mucus. Your doctor will tell you how often to change your drip pad.

You might get headaches, your face will feel puffy, and your doctor might prescribe pain medication. Dr. Sahfia Mudassir may tell you to avoid the following for a few weeks after your surgery:

  • running and other strenuous physical activities
  • swimming
  • blowing your nose
  • excessive chewing
  • laughing, smiling, or other facial expressions that require lots of movement
  • pulling clothing over your head
  • resting eyeglasses on your nose
  • vigorous tooth brushing

Be especially careful about sun exposure. Too much could permanently discolor the skin around your nose.

Botox and Fillers

Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A, specifically OnabotulinumtoxinA, to temporarily paralyze muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles.

A Botox treatment is minimally invasive. It’s considered a safe, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It can also be used on the forehead between the eyes.

Botox was originally FDA approved in 1989 for the treatment of blepharospasm and other eye muscle problems. In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox for a cosmetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It was approved by the FDA for treatment of wrinkles around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) in 2013.

According to a 2016 clinical study, Botox is a simple, safe, and effective treatment for reduction of forehead wrinkles.

What areas of the body can be treated with Botox Cosmetic?

Cosmetically, the injectable can be used in the following areas:

  • the area between the eyebrows (glabellar region), to treat moderate to severe frown lines
  • around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet lines

Botox also received FDA approval to treat various medical problems, including:

  • overactive bladder
  • excessive underarm sweating
  • lower limb spasticity
  • chronic migraines

How does Botox Cosmetic work?

Botox Cosmetic works by temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions. This improves the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows. It can also slow the formation of new lines by preventing contraction of facial muscles. It’s a minimally invasive procedure. It doesn’t involve incisions or general anesthesia. If you’re concerned about pain or discomfort, a topical anesthetic or ice can numb the treatment area.

During the procedure, your provider will use a thin needle to administer 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A. They will inject the targeted area between the eyebrows. You will usually need three injections on the side of each eye to smooth out crow’s feet.

What to expect after Botox Cosmetic

Avoid rubbing, massaging, or applying any pressure to the treated area. These actions can cause Botox Cosmetic to spread to other areas of the body. This can negatively affect your results. When being injected between the brows, do not lie down or bend over for three to four hour. Doing so may cause the Botox to slip under the orbital rim. This could possibly cause an eyelid droop.

There is little to no downtime expected after the treatment. You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.

It’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations. Noticeable results can be expected within 1-2 days post-treatment. The full effect of Botox Cosmetic typically lasts up to four months. It can also help prevent the return of fine lines through relaxing the muscles.

Double Chin Treatments

Seeing a double chin in the mirror may be a sign of weight gain or obesity, but that is not always the case.

There are many exercises that target the fat under the chin and neck. There are also other treatments that can be used to support these activities.

You have been devoted to your exercise regime and opted for a healthier diet; despite all of your hard work, stubborn pockets of fat can linger, knocking your confidence and motivation levels. A double chin can be incredibly difficult to shift, they’re not always caused by weight gain and can be attributed to uncontrollable variables such as age and genetics.

What Causes A Double Chin

A double chin is caused by an extra layer of fat that develops beneath the chin. A double chin can be caused by a number of factors, including age, diet, and genetics. A few different factors combine in the body to create a double chin.

Understanding these factors may help with understanding ways to get rid of the double chin itself. There are a number of factors that contribute to a double chin and it is usually a combination of these factors that result in a visible double chin, not just excess fat like many individuals assume. These factors include the following:

  • Loose Skin
  • Excess Neck Fat
  • Small Chin
  • Weak Chin
  • Drooping Salivary Gland
  • Sagging platysma Muscle
  • Age

Double Chin Treatments

Weight gain can also have a negative affected and fat in this area is difficult to remove despite exercise and diet. Ageing is another factor that causes lose elasticity in the skin making it more likely to sag. However, at Silk Skin we have a variety of non-surgical treatments available to help with this common issue and give you the body confidence you deserve. If you’re unsure on what treatment would be most effective you can book and appointment. Dr. Shafia Mudassir will discuss everything in detail and design a treatment plan based around your own goals and expectations.

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Double chins can sometimes be a cause of the ageing process. As we go through the natural ageing process collagen production slows down and the jowls and jawline starts to lose elasticity, resulting in the skin becoming looser and showing signs of sagging. Our non-surgical face lift treatment, HIFU skin tightening treatment, more commonly known as Ultherapy®, is effective for lifting and tightening lose and/or sagging skin. Known as the ‘lunchtime facelift’, a HIFU treatment takes minutes to administer and effectively reduces the appearance of your double chin.

Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing)

One of our most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatment Cryolipolysis, or commonly known as Coolscultping®, 3D lipo, Cryo-Lipo and fat freeze. Fat freezing is a non-invasive, non-surgical, clinically proven method of targeting fat in problem areas using cooling technology. The procedure involves controlled cooling within the temperature range of -7 to -10 °C. This destroys the fat cells by a natural process called apoptosis. Cryolipolysis could be the perfect solution to treat that double chin by freezing and destroying the fat cells.

Radio Frequency

When pricey face creams that promise to firm and slenderise don’t work, it might be time to consider Radio Frequency treatment; it’s a great long-term treatment for individuals looking to banish their double chin. Radio Frequency for double chins is one of the most popular non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction treatment offered by SILK SKIN. This modern technique melts away fat cells and can sculpt out a jawline that could cut glass. This treatment penetrates deep into the layers of fat so that your skin looks and feels tighter.

Radio Frequency treatment can also turn back the years, as 91% of women found that Radio Frequency treatment reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving them an overall more youthful appearance.

Facial Contouring

The use of dermal fillers to alter and enhance the contours of the face in order to achieve the desired appearance. This can be done via various filler treatments and is tailored to the individual’s facial anatomy and preferences. The final results have inspired an increasingly popular makeup trend, which uses highlighters and powders to create the illusion of striking facial contours.

Non-surgical facial contouring normally involves 2+ syringes of filler injected into various areas of the face. The most common areas to be injected are:

  • Cheeks – to create definition, provide a ‘lift’ and restore the cheekbone prominence
  • Jaw – to create a stronger and more defined jawline
  • Chin – to soften jowls and improve proportions in the lower face including correcting for side profile appearances
  • Temple – to restore smooth contours and create balance in the upper face
  • Lips – to create that irresistible ‘pout’!

The online presence of celebrities and social media influencers is one of the biggest driving factors behind the increasing popularity of these techniques. The aim is to create what is seen by many as the ‘facial ideal’: sharp cheekbones, a slim jaw and overall balance in facial proportions.

Benefits

Non-surgical facial contouring can produce fantastic results by perfecting facial proportions and enhancing natural beauty. In contrast to invasive procedures, there is little to no recovery time and results are virtually instantaneous. Depending on the areas treated, results can last up to 12 months and treatment is significantly less expensive than the surgical alternatives.

Similar to what can be achieved via expert makeup application but without the daily hassle and time, re-contouring with dermal fillers essentially creates a 24/7 Instagram-worthy look.