Sunday, November 18, 2012

Voluma Liquid Lift - Creating The Perfect Cheekbones

There’s a reason great facial bone structure is beloved. With age, jowls and cheeks can droop, turning the face bottom-heavy and making us look older. Cheekbones can act as an achor for the skin, so it wouldn't droop as much, nor as soon. For those not blessed with high cheekbones, there is Voluma Liquid Lift to gently plump up cheeks, thus restoring youthful facial contours.

Photo : Gisele Bundchen, Wallpaper Extreme
Notice how supermodels tend to have naturally high cheekbones ? Now, the rest of us can achieve this look with Voluma Liquid Lift

How does Voluma Liquid Lift works ?

Full cheeks are the hallmark of a youthful face. Voluma Liquid Lift is a non-surgical procedure to gently fill up deflated areas of the mid cheek with injectable hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is naturally present in our skin and connective tissues. The treatment aims to restore diminished facial fat pads and skin collagen secondary to aging. The results are natural looking and mimic natural high cheekbones. With fuller cheeks and higher cheekbones, the appearance of laugh lines and jowls will be less visible and sagging facial skin is lifted.

What are the benefits of Voluma Liquid Lift compared to conventional surgical facelift ?

Voluma Liquid Lift offers the benefit of :
- Almost no recovery time needed. Though mild swelling many linger, patients can return to their daily activities quickly, whereas facelift patients need a week or two to heal.
- Excellent safety profile as the procedure is non-invasive in nature (does not involve open surgery or general anesthesia)
- No visible surgical scar
- Natural looking results
- Offers more patient control of the outcome. Patients have the opportunity to decide on the amount of filler material to be injected as they are able to communicate with the doctor during the procedure.
- Reversible results. Patients who decide they want their old appearance back can simply have the filler material disolved with another injection procedure.

However, Voluma Liquid Lift is unable to achieve the same lifting and skin tightening effects compared to a conventional facelift.

What should I expect after Voluma Liquid Lift ?

The results of Voluma Liquid Lift are instant and last up to 18 months. Immediately after the procedure, there may be some swelling and redness which will resolve spontaneously after one or two days. Rarely, there may be minimal bruising which can be covered up with make-up. The patient can resume their daily activities immediately.

Is Voluma Liquid Lift suitable for me ?

Do consult our doctor to know if Voluma Liquid Lift is the treatment of choice for your anti-aging concerns. Generally, patients with deflated cheeks, deep laugh lines at the corners of the mouth and jowls will be good candidates for the procedure. It is also a safe and cost-effective treatment without any significant recovery time for those not keen on a surgical facelift.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How To Defy Aging Like A Celebrity - Part 2

With access to the most sought after skin and beauty experts (and endlessly deep pockets), it's no wonder that some celebrities look years younger than their real age. But we too can embrace some of their secrets to delay our own aging process.

When it comes to anti-aging, prevention is the key to younger looking skin. After identifying the causes of skin aging in the previous blog, simple lifestyle changes will be necessary to achieve anti-aging benefits.

1) Don't smoke

Smoking causes poor skin elasticity, stained teeth and smoker's lines around the mouth that can add years to our looks. It also affects fertility, increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers.

Image source : Bahman Guyuron, MD, Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Can you pick out the smoker ? Twin B smoked half a pack a day for 14 years, while her sister never smoked. Twin B also got more sun, damaging her skin from the outside, too. Eye bags, smoker's lines around the mouth and deeper wrinkles are more likely to develop in smokers.
2) Avoid sunlight exposure & always wear sunscreen
Years of getting too much sun can lead to early wrinkling and age spots, and makes us more likely to get skin cancer. For tips on how to properly apply sunscreen, do check out this previous article.
3) Exercise
More and more research shows that working out can help our brain, bones, heart, and skin look and act younger. Studies recommend moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walking and cycling slower than 10 miles per hour three times a week for 45 minutes for anti-aging benefits. 
4) Good eating habits
Eating a well-balanced diet rich in antioxidants and low in simple sugars helps delay the aging process. Health guidelines recommend 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
5) Adequate rest

Penelope Cruz apparently gets anything up to 14 hours a night, while Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zelwegger swear it keeps them beautiful. Try going to bed early each night to optimize your natural secretion of human growth hormone, which promotes cell turnover. 

Having already practiced a healthy lifestyle, if more significant results are desired, there is always the option of seeking professional help from a licensed medical practitioner for cosmetic procedures. An important reason why some celebrities seem to defy aging is because they are proactive with cosmetic treatments. These celebrities usually come in at the first sign of a wrinkle to take care of it and never wait for serious damage to show up. In the last decade, there has been an introduction many non-invasive age-reversing treatments (Botox, dermal fillers and cosmetic lasers) that, when done in moderation, look extremely natural. Celebrities, predictably, were early adopters.
Photo credit : Michael Todaro/ Film Magic
Vanessa Williams admits to dabbling in Botox and schedules shots every three months. "I use it very sparingly," she says. "I want to look natural. I get it so I look serene." Yes, there's nothing so serene as a injecting diluted toxin into your forehead."

Monday, November 5, 2012

How To Defy Aging Like A Celebrity - Part 1

Aging is such a fear-fraught process for many women. Many celebrities seem to have successfully stopped the hands of time when it comes to aging. It is encouraging to witness people in their 40's or 50's who look so amazing for their age as this proves that it is even possible for us to look good when we reach their age.

 A good example would be bona-fide beauty Halle Berry who looks years younger than her actual age of 46 (yes, 46 !). Halle Berry has barely aged in the past decade. Whether she's on the red carpet or at the beach, she still turns heads like a 20-year-old.
Another example of an ageless beauty is Datuk Michelle Yeoh, who even at the age of 49, radiates a youthful grace. The former bond girl has recently been named as an ambassador for French luxury cosmetics, Guerlain.
What Causes Skin Aging ?
Being able to identify our skin's enemies and keeping each one in mind as we make daily choices will make a world of difference.
1) Intrinsic Aging
Intrinsic aging of the skin, also known as the natural aging process normally begins in our mid-20s and is progressive. It is caused primarily by the genes we inherit. Intrinsic aging causes slower collagen production and decreased skin cell turnover.
2) Extrinsic Aging
Extrinsic aging of the skin is a declination process caused by external factors which include ultra-violet radiation, cigarette smoking, gravity and other environmental factors. Of all extrinsic causes, sunlight radiation has the most widespread documentation of its negative effects on the skin.