Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT) is used to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins. They can be mostly a cosmetic concern for most people, but can also cause other issues. They may also be indicative of circulatory problems. Varicose can cause pain and poor circulation in some people and dealing with this problem requires treatment from a qualified physician.

Overview

Endovenous Laser Treatment is used to treat varicose veins and more serious issues as well. It’s a procedure that is minimally invasive and performed by a skin specialist, phlebologist or interventional radiologist.

An optical fibre is placed in the vein that will be treated. Ultrasounds are used to help the physician map the veins. A small puncture is made, usually near the knee. A laser is then used to light the vein’s interior so that it contracts. During Endovenous Laser Treatment, a catheter is placed into either the great saphenous vein or the small saphenous vein after a small incision. The catheter is guided using an ultrasound.

Anaesthesia is inserted into the vein also using an ultrasound. Local anaesthesia is also used in the part of the leg in which the physician will work. No other form of sedation is necessary for ELT. While the fibre or catheter is removed, the laser is activated and this results in the destruction of the vein. This causes blood to automatically flow to healthier veins because unhealthy veins have been closed. Blood flow and appearance are improved, usually with visible results.

Endovenous Laser Treatment usually lasts 1-2 hours and patients are able to walk on their own. Physicians may give patients a stocking or may bandage the leg. The stocking may have to be worn for three weeks after ELT is performed. Rigorous workouts and activities should be avoided for a few days per physician instructions.

Advantages

The laser technology used in Endovenous Laser Treatment is precise and when the procedure is done by a qualified physician, the laser will not harm other tissue.
Lasers have been consistently proven safe for various types of surgeries and are less risky.
Patients can walk right after the procedure and perform everyday tasks.
Some practitioners are starting to use jacketed fibre during the procedure. This stops contact between the fibre and the vein’s wall and helps greatly diminish any pain or bruising associated with Endovenous Laser Treatment.
Minimal or no scarring.
No hospitalisation or general anaesthesia is required.
A much safer alternative to traditional ligation and stripping surgery and radio frequency electrosurgery.

Disadvantages

In some patients, Endovenous Laser Treatment causes soreness, bruising or swelling around the area that received treatment. This is typically dealt with using over the counter pain medicine, as long as it’s of non-aspirin origin.
More serious complications can include skin burns or the formation of a blood clot in the vein. This is a very rare occurrence.
Some patients report a feeling of “pulling” after the procedure, though this is simply a confirmation that unhealthy veins have been closed.

Aftercare

Patients must then incorporate lifestyle changes to ensure the healthier veins remain this way. Patients may have to lift up their legs on a daily basis and use compression garments so that veins are relieved from pressure. An ultrasound is performed to evaluate how Endovenous Laser Treatment is working and see if other procedures may be necessary to continue treating varicose veins, such as phlebectomy or scelotherapy of other veins.

Though ELT has been proven safe, patients who seek Endovenous Laser Treatment should contact a qualified physician to achieve desired results. .

3D Lipo

The Liposuction Alternatives: 3D Lipo Review or LaserLipo PRO

3D Lipo, short for three dimensional liposuction, is a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. Its purpose is to help patients lose weight, fat, and/or inches off their bodies without the risks and costs of surgery. The various processes available under 3D Lipo are meant to target problem areas of fat and cellulite. 3D Lipo is available in four options:

  • Dermology: for cellulite reduction. It’s used along with Radio Frequency. Suction and rollers are used so that the lymphatic system can get rid of dead fat cells. 6-8 treatments are recommended for dermology to be successful. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Cavitation: This process used ultrasounds to turn fat cells into liquid, which can then allow the body rid itself of fats because this liquid becomes a waste product. Generally, this helps patients lose inches and fat pockets. 6-8 treatments are recommended and patients should expect to see results after each session. Each session can last up to 40 minutes.
  • Radio Frequency: This tightens the skin by generating energy that heats the skin’s tissue. Collagen fibres then contract, which allows for the formation of new collagen. 6-8 treatments are recommended for radio frequency to be effective. Results will be visible after each session, but even more so after later sessions. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Cryolypolisis: This process freezes dead fat cells and helps the body shed dead fat cells naturally. It is a one-time treatment and results are visible within 2-4 months. Some patients may see results in 6 months. Sessions last approximately 30 minutes.

3D Lipo can cause redness and discomfort in the areas in which it is applied. Slight bruising and numbness may occur. The different options offered by 3D Lipo allow patients to deal with issues that are particular to their physical needs.

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Advantages

With 3D Lipo, patients experience treatments that help them reduce fat in their bodies without the invasiveness of surgery. Results are visible fairly quickly and recovery time is reduced. Pain is far more manageable because 3D Lipo mostly causes discomfort that goes away fairly quickly. Costs are also greatly reduced. The procedures used during 3D Lipo have been proven safe consistently.

Disadvantages

Because 3D Lipo demands a high level of precision and its various options freeze fat cells, use ultrasounds and/or radio frequency, a highly skilled physician must perform these procedures to ensure no good cells are destroyed by the process. Though the procedure is relatively risk-free, bruising, numbness, and redness resulting from 3D Lipo interrupt patients’ routine for a short period. The recommendation of 6-8 treatments also elongates treatment for some patients and requires them to make time about once a week to ensure success. The length of treatment prolongs any of the mild side effects a patient might experience.

LaserLipo PRO

An alternative to 3D Lipo is LaserLipo PRO. This body contouring treatment allows the patient to resume everyday activities shortly after treatment and produces desirable results. LaserLipo PRO combines mechanical and vacuum massage, laser-optical energy, and bi-polar radio frequency (RF) to increase patients’ metabolisms by reducing and/or shrinking fat chambers and fat cells. Patients notice reshaping right away in areas that have received treatment.

Advanced Dermatology has used their experience over the years to form strict protocols that ensure safety, precision, and patient satisfaction. Patients who have used LaserLipo PRO have reported 1.5-6 inch losses after successful treatment, combined with a healthy lifestyle. The cost of this treatment is also a bit lower than 3D Lipo, making LaserLipo PRO a favourable option. The process poses little risks for complications and is performed by qualified physicians/aestheticians.

Princess Filler

Princess Filler Review

Princess Filler is a biodegradable dermal filler that can be used in almost any facial area during a cosmetic procedure. It was created and is manufactured by Croma, one of Europe’s leading pharmaceutical companies with regards to skincare and fillers.

The gel is both non-soluble and sterile. It’s a clear and smooth gel implant that helps smooth out areas of the face. It is especially good for smoothing the forehead, lines between eyebrows, reshaping the chin, lines on the chin, correction in the contour of the lip, for fuller lips and reducing the nasolabial folds. Princess Filler is recommended for use on any part of the face. Princess filler is manufactured using SMART (Supreme Monophasic and Reticular Technology), which helps increase the amount of time this dermal filler will last when injected under the skin.

Princess filler has been shown to have consistent efficiency and results and to smooth various areas of the face. It’s also been proven safe and been reported as easy to control and inject by surgeons who use it for their patients. Princess filler has been shown to fight signs of ageing that stem from the loss of bone mass, elasticity in the skin, collagen loss, and wrinkles. Princess filler is suitable for using on hands, and can rejuvenate skin overall.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections vs Fillers

Many patients confuse dermal fillers, such as Princess filler, with anti-wrinkle injections. Some key differences between the two are:

  • Fillers that are naturally derived (such as Princess filler, which is derived from a substance that mimics what is naturally found under the skin) are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
  • Fillers break down, requiring follow-up injections.

Princess filler is suitable for people who want to take care of visible signs of ageing that cannot be taken care of using even the most advanced skincare products. The gel lasts a long time and spread out beneath the skin slowly, achieving a more natural look.

Treatment

A qualified skin specialist will discuss your options. Should Princess filler be your dermal filler of choice, treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If agreed upon by the physician, anaesthesia can be applied to areas of the face that are highly sensitive. Treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Princess Filler is used with a thin single use syringe and the filler is applied to the patient’s face by injecting it in the problem area. The filler may cause a burning sensation that goes away quickly, making this product quite painless to use. Princess filler is absorbable by the body and its results are visible between 6-10 months, hence this is not considered a permanent implant. The procedure can safely be repeated. After treatment, the areas in which Princess filler is injected will be smoother and lips will be visibly fuller. The physician may then lightly massage the area in which Princess filler was applied to ensure the gel is evenly distributed underneath the skin. Should the patient require many injections the physician may inject Princess filler one time and then continue with the procedure within 14 days.

Things to keep in mind

Princess filler may not be suitable for people with autoimmune disorders or who have been using corticosteroid treatments in the long term. No side effects have been reported with this product and no risks have been associated with using this filler. Studies have consistently proven Princess Filler’s efficacy and safety.

Princess Filler has consistently proven to be nontoxic to the skin and to cells (non cytotoxic), non fever-inducing, non sensitising—meaning it does not cause negative reactions, and nonirritant. As such, the treatment is suitable for almost everyone who desires it pending a consult with a qualified skin specialist.

Thread Veins

Thread Veins: Cases, Symptoms and Treatment

Thread veins are also known as spider veins, and broken veins are medically known as telangiectasia. They are made of small blood vessels that are close to the surface of the skin. Thread veins tend to look like thin, squiggly lines and are sometimes blue, red or purple in colour. They tend to be more visible on the face and legs.

Causes

There are still no clear causes known for thread veins, but it’s clear that they appear more often as people age because skin loses its elasticity. Women tend to be more prone to thread veins because of hormones released during pregnancy and menopause, but men can also get them. Some people inherit a tendency to get thread veins. Other known causes are: exposure to extreme climates, too much tanning, radiotherapy, medicines that contain steroids, sedentary lifestyle, and being overweight. People who work in jobs that require long periods of standing may find that their thread veins get worse, but these jobs do not actually cause the problem. Using birth control pills or a history of conditions that put a lot of pressure on the stomach, such as using girdles, constipation, and tumours, can also cause thread veins to appear.

Though thread veins are not a dangerous health condition, the number of veins increases with age and it’s far easier to treat them when patients are younger. The condition is most common in the legs because the veins there work harder to get blood to the heart. Legs also have to carry most of the bodies weight and as such, are under the most pressure.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of thread veins are:

  • Restless legs
  • Cramping
  • Pain that gets worse after standing for long time periods
  • Swelling
  • A rash that causes irritation and/or itching

Thread veins may also cause or increase the risk of other more serious health problems, such as:

  • Deep vein thrombosis: A blood clot in the vein. This causes a feeling of pulling on the calf, redness, swelling, excess warmth, and pain.
  • Bleeding: When veins get too big the skin around them may become thinner. If there is an injury in that area blood loss will be more significant.
  • Skin ulcers or sores: Long-term blood back-up turns into sores and skin sores that are hard to heal. At times reparation of the vein is required to ensure the problem is reversed.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis: A clot of blood forms under the skin. This may cause swelling and pain, redness in the skin, tenderness, and warmness.

Treatments Available

Advanced Dermatology has several treatment options and advice available for patients who want to deal with their thread veins. These include:

  • Elevate your legs: It helps to lift your legs as you sit so that thread veins are prevented. However, this is only a small prevention mechanism.
  • Compression therapy: compression stockings are available that help apply pressure around areas affected by thread veins. These help people with minor problems deal with thread veins deal with the problem and use lifestyle changes to their advantage.
  • Laser treatment: this is especially helpful if you don’t get desired results even when you lift your legs or use compression therapy. A qualified physician performs laser treatment by using a handheld device that emits a laser to close up the unhealthy veins. This will cause blood to flow via healthier veins. Generally patients require 2-3 treatments to get desired results and they must keep up with lifestyle changes that will prevent thread veins from forming in the healthier veins. Advanced Dermatology uses Syneron’s system to safely treat thread veins that cause lesions.

Cellulaze

Cellulaze: An Overview

Cellulaze is a treatment that attacks cellulite at its core. Cellulite isn’t simply caused by excess fat, but also by problems with the structure underneath the skin. Treatment with Cellulaze tackles issues with fat as well as the skin’s structure. The fibre strands beneath the skin are treated, thus adding elasticity and thickening the skin that is affected by fat deposits that are pushing up. This corrects the “cottage cheese” effect many patients seek to treat. This procedure is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat stubborn cellulite problems. The treatment is suitable for people who have cellulite in their thighs but aren’t necessarily overweight/obese.

The Procedure

A qualified skin specialist will consult with a patient about issues they want to correct. During the appointment, the physician will use a marker to determine which areas will be treated. A local anaesthesia will be applied and then the skin specialist will proceed to make very small incisions on the area agreed upon by the patient. The patient is awake throughout the entire Cellulaze procedure, which should take between 60-90 minutes to complete.

After incision, the physician will place a small tube—cannula—and use a SideLaze3D™ fibre through the site where the incision was made. The laser fibre is meant to:

  • Treat dimples and release the glands of fibre that pull skin down.
  • Stimulate the production of collagen so that elasticity increases, smooths out the skin, and makes it look refreshed by heating the skin through the laser.
  • Smooth any bumps of fat.

The physician will then press out any liquified fat.

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After the Cellulaze Procedure

Patients should expect some discomfort after the Cellulaze procedure. Fluid may also leak out from areas where incisions were made. The skin specialist may ask patients to use a compression garment. There may also be some bruising in treated areas and patients can expect for it to go away within a week. Some patients report a pinching feeling after the procedure. It will take 1-2 days to be able to get back to every day activities and 1-2 weeks to be able to exercise more strenuously. Results will also visibly continue to improve within 3-12 months after the procedure is completed.

The Cellulaze Difference 

Many treatments that address cellulite only do so externally via creams, ointments and other products. However, cellulite is not simply a problem with fat that can be controlled through external factors, diet, and exercise. Cellulaze instead treats the fibres that pull skin down and cause unwanted dimples. It has been proven safe and can keep cellulite under control for a year or even more depending on the patient. Results are seen after one treatment, which means patients can expect to no longer spend on pills or ointments that only treat surface cellulite problems.

Studies have confirmed that the skin’s thickness increases 25% after Cellulaze. Furthermore, few side effects are reported with the procedure. With the right aftercare, incision sites will heal properly and won’t result in scars. Patients can inquire with their physician about what they can do to prevent scars depending on skin type.

Cellulaze costs approximately $5,000-$7,000 and the cost varies depending on desired area of treatment and the clinic. Patients should ask potential physicians about their experience using lasers as well as their experience with the Cellulaze treatment overall. Most skin specialists have no problem showing before and after photos of procedures. If they don’t offer to do so, ask.

Because only a local anaesthetic is used, patients can have Cellulaze performed at a certified facility or surgery centre, and do not need to go to a hospital for treatment.

Ultraceuticals

Ultraceuticals Skincare Review

Ultraceuticals are a line of cosmetic skincare products created by Dr Geoffrey Heber in 1998. These products have been recommended by medicine and beauty professionals. Ultraceuticals were created to work better than currently available over the counter beauty products. They were also meant to help patients maintain their results after undergoing cosmetic procedures. Each product is created, tested, and sold to the market once it shows it can achieve the results it was created for. As of now, Ultraceuticals products are available in all Australian territories as well as Russia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Greece.

A team of Australian and international chemists are in charge of the creation of Ultraceuticals products. The company also collaborates with universities and researchers in order to create and test its products. All products in the Ultraceutical brand are cruelty free and do not contain parabens, glycol, propylene, petroleum, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and harsh chemicals.

The main of Ultraceuticals is to provide skin products with a focus on anti ageing, hyperpigmentation, and acne treatments. Part of the way they became focused on these issues is because of Australia’s high incidences of skin cancer, which causes concerns with those who experience premature ageing due to Australia’s climate.

Some of the targeted skin conditions in the Ultraceuticals line of products include:

  • Facial Redness
  • Dehydration
  • Hyperpigmentation, age spots, and blotchiness
  • Course texture and dull skin tone
  • Acne & congestion
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Loss of firmness
  • Ultra for men

Ultraceuticals has also focused much of its research to sun protection, in part because of the climate and heritage of Australia.

Use of vitamins and antioxidants

One defining feature of Ultraceuticals is their use of vitamins A, C, and antioxidants in their products. Vitamin A products are suitable for people who want to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. They help increase the metabolic activity of skin cells. Vitamin C helps reduce damage due to smoking, sun exposure, and pollution. It can help elastin and collagen in the skin.

Ultraceuticals also uses Green Tea and Vitamin E as antioxidants. Some natural products used include: oat flour, borage oil, aloe extract, bearberry extract, licorice extract, and green tea extract in addition to other ingredients used.

Consultations

A unique aspect of the company is that it offers consultations. Clients of Ultraceuticals can book Skype, in-person, or online consultations to have a beauty expert tailor their skin treatments to their needs.

In addition to various types of products for skin concerns, there are in-store skin care treatments available. These include:

  • Microdermabrasion: this removes dead skin cells from one’s face and promotes collagen synthesis and encourages cell growth. It helps reduce acne scars, deal with sun damage issues, deal with rough texture, and hyperpigmentation. The idea is to reveal a smoother texture and a more even complexion.
  • Facial peels: peels help reveal a smoother layer of skin and deal with acne scars, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. Ultraceuticals has a BHA workout, lactic acid, and glycolic peels.
  • Facials: The facials offered at Ultraceuticals are created for those who have sun damage concerns and are suited for those who are interested in revealing smoother skin.
  • Ultrasonophresis uses ultrasonic vibrations to treat skin issues. This allows the skin to absorb vitamins and active ingredients at a faster rate.

Ultraceuticals also teaches clients how to use their products properly. The “Ultra Specialist Category” is meant to be used after one’s skin has gotten used to products that have less potency.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

The Alternative to Nose Job Surgery

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is also known as the 15 Minute Nose Job. It is used for both cosmetic and health purposes since it can aid people who might have breathing issues. Non surgical rhinoplasty has been documented since the 19th century and has come a long way since then. It exists in its current form because of the work of Dr. Rivkin, who pioneered the use of fillers in 2003.

Today a non-surgical rhinoplasty uses fillers in order to improve the look of patients’ noses. The goal of the procedure is typically to make a lowered or curved nose appear straighter. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can also be used to correct asymmetry in a patients’ nose. The nose is carefully injected using fillers after a consult with a plastic surgeon or physician.

Advantages and disadvantages of Non Surgical Rhinoplasty

Traditional rhinoplasty requires surgery and ample recovery time. A patient has to wait until the swelling in their face diminishes. Non-surgical rhinoplasty can be performed in about 15 minutes. At Advanced Dermatology we have a range of dermal fillers and during your consultation with our specialist Doctor you will be recommended which dermal fillers would be best suited for your non-surgical rhinoplasty treatment. This procedure is suitable for:

  • Those who want to correct asymmetry, hollowness, or indentations in their nose.
  • Patients interested in reducing bumps–or their appearance–on their noses.
  • Patients who want to enhance the bridge in their noses or who have a flat nasal ridge.
  • Patients who received a traditional surgical rhinoplasty and want to correct unsatisfactory results.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty can also be used to correct certain birth defects. Furthermore, this procedure doesn’t interrupt the normal breathing process because fillers are injected into the skin layer. No nasal bleeding or swelling occurs during a non-surgical rhinoplasty because of the way it is performed. The patient is awake and has more control over the results of the procedure. A non-surgical rhinoplasty is also far cheaper than a traditional rhinoplasty and only focuses on enhancing the features of the nose rather than a reconstruction. Usually the procedure requires only one appointment, whereas a traditional rhinoplasty requires several.

However, the fillers used for the 15 minute nose job can’t increase the nose’s width or length. The 15 minute nose job also can’t be used for patients who are interested in nose reduction or in changing the appearance of nostrils (from narrow to wide, for example).

Overview

Once the patient decides they would like a non-surgical rhinoplasty the surgeon will generally use topical anaesthesia to ensure the patient is comfortable during the injection process. A hypodermic needle is used to inject the filler under the patients’ nasal skin.

It typically takes 15 minutes for the skin to be numb enough to be injected comfortably. After this, the surgeon may take between 30-45 minutes injecting the filler into the patient. A patient can usually continue with their daily activities after the procedure is performed.

Patients who are interested in a raised tip are injected at the tip of the nose. Those who want a straight nasal bridge are injected at above and below the nose bridge’s bump.

Microhydrabrasion

Microhydrabrasion: Is this the new skin clearing treatment that actually works?

It seems like there is always a new technology, procedure or product claiming to soften and purify skin. From injections to surgeries and creams, there are a myriad of options for cleansing and anti-ageing and with each new option, the costs seem to increase, as well. As a skin-purifying consumer, it’s imperative to know the facts about procedures and products before you try them for your skin improvement. This review is putting the magnifying glass on Microhydrabrasion to better understanding the hype and the results.

What is Microhydrabrasion?

Microhydrabrasion is a procedure that provides resurfacing of facial skin through exfoliation using a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion tool. Clinics’ providing the service claim the diamond is more effective and less harsh than other crystal-based tools. The Microhydrabrasion system uses a system of water and aloe vera to maximise the effect of the treatment. Water cleans and hydrates whilst aloe vera provides contact cooling and instant soothing, making the treatment much less aggressive than Microdermabrasion treatments.

The procedure is expected to clear and cleanse skin while removing the look of discolouration, sunspots, scarring and fine lines or wrinkles.

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Microhydrabrasion Considerations

First of all, it is important to note that not everyone is applicable for this Microhydrabrasion procedure. Candidates with deep scarring or other ailments are not recommended for this procedure as it can cause further damage, so for cases such as these it is advisable to look for alternative treatments. The procedure can be done as a one-time visit but most clinics recommend that clients receive the service multiple times in 4-6 week intervals. Most clinics claim the recovery time for this procedure is minimal but reviews indicate that the recovery time is highly variable and not everyone will heal at the same rate.

This procedure resurfaces skin and leaves it more susceptive to difficulty with exposure. If you partake in microhydrabrasion treatments, expect a higher amount of sensitivity and plan to apply an increased amount of sun protection for about a week after the treatment if you want to avoid side effects such as redness and itching.

What are reviewers experiencing with Microhydrabrasion?:

As with any skin treatment service, the results vary depending on the users. The most successful microhydrabrasion users claim their skin was clearer and glowing after the exfoliation procedure. Some reviewers claim to have significant decreases in the signs of ageing or scarring after multiple treatments. Additionally, clients claimed the positive improvements continued after the procedure as they saw a decrease in skin breakouts and improved pores and minimal blackheads in trouble areas.

Unfortunately, some reviewers were less enthusiastic about their results after a microhydrabrasion treatment. Some felt the results were minimal for the price and others felt the price of the irritation caused by the treatment wasn’t worth the improvements. Negative reviewers also experienced several side effects such as redness, dryness and itchiness for a few days after the procedure.

The Alternative: Microdermabrasion

A similar but unique treatment that many reviewers prefer to microhydrabrasion is Microdermabrasion. At Advanced Dermatology we provide a medical grade Microdermabrasion which is ideal peeling and stimulating treatment to improve texture (scarring) and luminosity of the skin, reducing fine lines and pigmentation caused by sun damage, also assists in stimulation of cellular renewal. Results are visible after just one treatment.

Both microdermabrasion and microhydrabrasion are non-invasive procedures with limited recovery time and passionate fans with incredible results in improving skin condition.

Micordermabrasion has been around longer than microhydrabrasion and continues to garner attention from reviewers because the reliably beautiful and transformative improvement to skin this procedure develops. Additionally, reviewers claim that the results from microdermabrasion continue to improve over time and their skin sees less sensitivity after multiple procedures. Another thing worth noticing is that reviewers with acne issues and deep acne scarring are significant fans of this procedure and claim incredible results.

Mederma

Mederma for Skin Improvement: Could this be the answer to reducing the look of skin scarring?

Mederma skin care, from Frankfurt, Germany, has been using a bioflavonoid from onions as the main ingredient in their line of skin products with the aim of reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks and other unsightly skin conditions. Available in cream and gel forms, Mederma claims to develop skin products that will significantly decrease the visibility of scars and stretch marks and leave clients’ skin feeling softer and smoother. The Mederma website is full of testimonials from satisfied clients with impressive results but this review is designed to educate potential users about the two main products Mederma sells for skin improvement.

Mederma Scar Gel and Cream

Recommended by doctors and pharmacists, Mederma claims their scar creams and gels dramatically improve the look of scars and have been clinically proven to be successful.

The product is most successful when it is applied as soon as a scar forms and should be rubbed into scars once a day for eight to twelve weeks. The brand encourages users to be patient as change takes time with scarring. Additionally, users that develop flaky or dry skin should apply less of the product. Only a thin layer of the gel or cream needs to be applied for best results.

Scars are susceptible to sun damage and, as such, Mederma has produced a scar cream with SPF to protect scars from further damage. Scars plagued by the sun often inflame or even break which increases the negative appearance.

The product claims to use Allum Cepa, found in onions, for improving the look of scars by enhancing malignant cells. In 1999, a clinical study found dramatic improvements from this ingredient but in 2006, another study was less successful.

According to many Mederma reviews, using this cream to improve the appearance of acne scars shows impressive results. Unfortunately, reviewers hoping to improve deeper scars from cuts or stitches were less enthusiastic. Most of the Mederma reviews claimed that results take at least a few weeks and they saw at least some fading of scars, if not dramatic decrease in the appearance. The most successful users were applying to smaller scars immediately after the scar formed but there were some that saw improvements to older scars, as well.

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

According to Mederma, 76% of mothers in a clinical study saw improvement to the appearance of stretch marks as a result of applying the Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy cream.

This paraben-free cream can be applied during pregnancy starting in the second trimester. It is a topical cream that is safe to use daily throughout pregnancy and after birth to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The cream can be massaged onto skin twice daily. If applying to older stretch marks, expect to use for a longer amount of time for results. Some reviewers indicated they applied daily for 12 weeks before they saw dramatic changes to their stretch marks.

The product improves stretch marks by increasing the moisture and elasticity. A 2010 study saw significant improvement to stretch marks through the use of this product and the Mederma scar cream.

Mederma warns that some users can be sensitive to the cream and all users should consult a doctor if redness or other negative reactions occur.

Mederma guarantees all their products if users are willing to apply the cream daily for at least 12 weeks. Reviewers’ results have been significantly mixed with this product. Some reviewers were thrilled with the improvement and others reported barely any noticeable change. All reviewers indicated a significant amount of usage over several weeks to see improvement. There were many reviewers who indicated they saw significant change in old stretch marks that they’d lived with for years.

The Mederma brand is diligently working to be your trusted name in reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks but improvement relies on your commitment to application and, in some cases, your skin condition. Remember to apply as recommended and expect to wait for best results.

 

 

What Causes Wrinkles

All You Need to Know about What Causes Wrinkles

We may not know exactly what causes wrinkles but a day will come in every woman’s (a man’s!) life where we must face it–wrinkles will begin to appear as fine lines, crows feet, deep set wrinkles and sagging skin around our eyes, between our eyebrows, cheeks and forehead. Wherever we may find wrinkles appearing on our faces, we can take the necessary steps to reduce them. Yes, it is possible to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through expert care and skin tightening creams.

One of the first steps to reducing these signs of ageing is to learn what causes wrinkles in the first place. There is a list of reasons why wrinkles begin to appear. Not every reason will apply to you but you may find yourself agreeing to at least a few of them. Once you have read on about what causes wrinkles, the next step is to find a powerful at-home treatment like the Advanced Dermatology Anti Ageing Kit which is a simple at-home skin care regime catered to battling fine lines, tightening skin and plumping the appearance of sagging skin. It is the leading skin care line for achieving younger looking skin.

What Causes Wrinkles.

Wrinkles are caused by ultraviolet radiation which breaks down the skin’s connective tissue (collagen and elastin) and below are other reasons:

  • Age: Naturally, with age, our skin produces less collagen, elastin and natural oils that help keep skin luminous and firm.
  • Repeated facial expressions. Never stop smiling! But repeated facial expressions can cause lines to set-in when we become older and the skin can no longer bounce back.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light: As mentioned, UV light is a huge factor to what causes wrinkles so it is very important to use SPF while in the sun, especially those who have fair skin or who are exposed to sunlight often.
  • Smoking: Smoking causes hard wrinkles and speeds the ageing process.
  • Genetics: Fairer-skinned women have less protection to UV light that causes wrinkles.

While you cannot prevent genetics, there are quite a few beauty hacks you can use to help prevent wrinkles. These are things you could be doing every day without even knowing it!

Not taking off Makeup. Wash your face every night to strip away the toxins and dirt from the day. Not taking off makeup can trap in oil and dirt which will break down collagen and elastin.

Pulling at your face while applying makeup. It may seem harmless to tug at your eyes to get a perfect winged eyeliner, but pulling at your skin is practically asking for wrinkles.

Not eating right. A healthy diet with few alcoholic drinks will keep your skin full of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy, youthful looking skin.

So now that you are more aware of what causes wrinkles, what can you do to treat them?

If you have tried my recommendation for Advanced Dermatology product line for treating ageing skin, the most powerful treatment for wrinkles they provide is the Sixty Minute Facelift. The Sixty Minute Facelift improves tone, texture and volume in just an hour without the expensive injections and high-end creams that don’t work. It helps your skin produce more collagen which will plump up the skin where it needs it most!

Wrinkles are natural and an inevitable part of the ageing process, but luckily it is possible to prevent them and purchase great products on the market to help treat them. Here is a recap:

  • Do not smoke
  • Use sunscreen with high SPF every time you are exposed to sunlight
  • Take off makeup every night
  • Do not stretch or pull at skin, especially around the eye area
  • Use an Anti-Ageing skin care regime