Underneath your skin

Underneath your skin

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Your epidermis and dermis occupy about 2mm of the depth of your "skin".  Underneath that we find varying depths of fat, muscles, and of course bone.  While your epidermis and dermis should be kept in optimal health to maintain the visible and functional integrity of your skin, we find that our muscles and fat pads change over time and contribute to the visible signs of aging in our faces. Botox is a treatment used specifically to weaken muscles that have become so strong over years of use that they cause permanent defect in our skin in the form of dynamic wrinkles. If you are unhappy with any of the following, Botox can help: frown lines that remain when you aren't intentionally frowning deep horizontal lines across the forehead "crows feet" wrinkles around the…
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The dermis

The dermis

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Your dermis gives your skin its structure.  It is a living layer of the skin, where we find fibroblast cells, blood vessels, nerves, sweat glands, sebaceous glands (oil-secreting glands), hair follicles & pigmentation deposits.  Your dermis is the part of your skin that makes it look plump, shiny & strong. The fibroblast is probably the most important cell in your dermis, particularly when it comes to structure, strength & volume.  From the age of 25 our fibroblasts become lazy, producing less collagen & elastin over time so that we actually lose around 1% of our collagen each year.  This leads to thinner, weaker skin, that is prone to dryness, wrinkling and textural problems. A compromised or weak dermis, with decreased fibroblast activity, will display one or more of the following: wrinkles scarring thin…
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The epidermis

The epidermis

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Your epidermis is the outermost layer of your skin.  It's what the world sees when it looks at you, & it protects you from the elements. The epidermis is made up of 4 - 5 different layers, some of which are viable (living) & some of which are non-viable (dead). The very lowest layer, or basal layer is where all new cells proliferate from & where our pigmenting cells are found. The uppermost layer is called the stratum corneum which is a waterproofing & protective layer.  Between these top and bottom layers the cells of your skin undergo changes & eventually lose contact with their blood supply, meaning that they essentially "die", and slough off from the uppermost stratum corneum. We want our skins to have a strong stratum corneum since this layer protects us against…
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A new solution for an old problem

A new solution for an old problem

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Working in the aesthetics field we get similar requests from patient’s day in and day out.  They’ll point out a few things they know they can get seen to quickly and easily: a frown line, some crows feet, a few smokers lines.  Then they’ll move on to complaining about their nasolabial folds (the line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth), saying they feel it has become deeper, or sagged in the past few years.  And then they’ll start pointing at their jowls, where occasionally there is some real help needed, and occasionally there is just tiniest foreshadowing of what’s to come.  But they can see it, and they know it’s not getting any better from here.  “Basically,” they’ll say, “what I want…
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My Honeymoon Sunscreens

My Honeymoon Sunscreens

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
I have been petrified of the sun for about 3 years now.  You might argue that the fear set in 27 years too late, but up until I qualified and started working I would spend as many summer hours as I could completely sunscreen free and often spritzed in some form of oil working on my tan lines.  LUCKILY as an intern you work allll the hours, so once I entered the working world there wasn’t much time left for tanning and my passion for being brown faded somewhat.  The unintentional stop I put to tanning became an active decision to stop going into the sun and start using SPF daily when I started working in aesthetics and learned more about how the sun affects your skin.  And the real…
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Botox for Bruxism

Botox for Bruxism

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
Did you know that Botox can actually change the shape of your face?  Or more accurately, did you know that some of your facial muscles may be overdeveloped (or even just very well developed) and that they can bulk out certain areas of your face, and that Botox can counteract this?  No?  Well then keep reading! If you’ve ever heard of Botox before, or read up on it at all you will know that Botox is a toxin that blocks the signals that nerves send to muscles telling them to contract.  This means that Botox paralyzes muscles to varying degrees depending on the doses used and the size of the muscles targeted.  In cosmetic medicine we spend a lot of time paralyzing muscles that cause lines on the face in…
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What does a Botox treatment feel like?

What does a Botox treatment feel like?

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
The day you decide to get Botox is probably a pretty emotional one.  You’ve hit rock-bottom and realized you need help.  You worry that it may be too early or too late.  You have a million reasons for wanting to do it, but none of them would stand up in the Court of Bookclub and you worry that even your doctor will judge you for coming in so early or so late.  You worry that once you start you won’t stop and soon you’ll look like an unattractive combination of Kylie Jenner and Cat Woman.  This is a Botox-user’s darkest hour. Eventually you decide that you’ll go, but probably only to chat about your options with your doctor.  They have to be sympathetic, right?  They can’t laugh you off for…
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Your skincare routine: what should you apply when?

Your skincare routine: what should you apply when?

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I like to think most people who read posts like this are doing their best to look after their skin, but if you’re anything like me maybe you also get really confused by what goes where and when when it comes to your skincare.  Yes we all know we need to cleanse and moisturize and use SPF, but when you have more than 3 products it can become a daunting task applying all of them before you’ve even deciphered which one is meant to go on at what stage of your routine.  Here is what I have learnt with a little bit of research: AM: First things first, when you wake up in the morning your skincare routine should start with cleansing.  Even if you cleansed before you went to…
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What to do about a tattoo

What to do about a tattoo

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
Tattoos are always going to be controversial.  There will always be those who love them and those who hate them; those who cover themselves in them and those who abhor them and those who have one or two to commemorate special people or times in their lives; those who think they are awful and those who don’t hate them but don’t want them.  All of this is absolutely ok with us!  It’s your body and you should use it as you see fit.  The only reason we want to impart a little advice is because so often we see people who are unhappy with their tattoos struggling to get rid of them…and we feel we may have an unconventional solution! We see a lot of patients searching for a last…
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