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Why You Should Try Vitamin IV Infusion Therapy

Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 30 September 2019

Convenience is always the name of the game – and that’s why IV drip therapy has gained so much popularity. IV drips offer a new way for you to receive your vitamins. This type of intravenous injection refers to a liquid mixture composed of different vitamins and minerals that work synergistically to help you recover from dehydration, fatigue, help to enhance your immune system, and detox heavy metals from your blood. Some IV drips are also designed specifically to help with hangovers and jet lag.

Getting vitamins and minerals through IV infusion

Receiving vitamins and minerals through IV infusion has become increasingly popular, but what exactly is it and how do they help you? You might typically think of intravenous therapy as being a common part of hospital treatment, where an IV bag is placed beside a hospital bed with a needle attached for purposes of rehydration. Certain IV infusions that contain high amounts of glutathione, vitamin C, and magnesium have become increasingly sought after because of their positive effects on skin and hangover recovery. In addition, shifting your diet to become more whole and balanced is always recommended. Intravenously injecting antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals allow for the bypassing of the complex and multifaceted digestive process and goes straight into your bloodstream making them more bioavailable. You may also feel the effects faster than you would be taking them in supplement form.

Some important ingredients found in IV drips include:

Magnesium – plays an important role in glucose metabolism, protein synthesis, cardiac and smooth muscle contractibility, and nerve function

Vitamin C – assists in collagen production, plays a role in neurotransmitter and hormone balance, serves as an antioxidant – protecting our cells from free radical damage, prevents aging, and boosts immune system

Glutathione – found in every cell in the human body, this powerful antioxidant helps to protect our cells from and alleviates oxidative stress that leads to cellular damage and premature aging

Vitamin B12 – regulates red blood cell function; deficiency in b12 includes a type of anemia that will result in weakness and fatigue

Proline – an amino acid that serves as a collagen building block and helps to repair damaged skin. It’s also important for supporting gut health and healing leaky gut

Taurine – the most abundant amino acid, taurine plays an important role in regulating hydration, supporting central nervous system function, and serves as an antioxidant

IV drips are highly sought-after because of their ability to restore hydration within our cells, prevent cellular aging and enhance digestion, among the many other benefits. They are surely making their way out of hospital settings and into the world of preventative medicine and wellness.

Lip Fillers – Look & Feel Younger – For Longer‎

Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 28 September 2019

Lip enhancements can provide a natural, fuller lip body and contour, and replace collagen loss. This lovely treatment can restore lips to their youthful plumper look.

Over the years have you noticed your lips becoming thinner and disappearing? Restoring the soft collagen in your lips giving you a natural, sexy fuller look again. You can enjoy using your favourite lipsticks and gloss, having the confidence your lips look beautiful and natural, helping frame the face.

Will It Look Natural?

Usually only 1ml of dermal filler is administered to the top and bottom lip. This gives a very natural result. Look Lovely Lip rules to ensure a natural look:

  • The lower lip should always be fuller than the upper lip. If the upper lip becomes bigger this gives a trout pout effect.
  • Full pouty lips can be sexy, but if you look like you are pouting even without making that facial movement, so all the time, you have too much filler in the lip. The full-pout is a clear giveaway you have over done it on the fillers.
  • The lower lip should be around 1.6 times fuller than the upper lip. Ratios are important. The upper lip should be slightly more than half the size of the lower lip to be natural. A thin upper lip can be augmented nicely with fillers to match the classic ratio.
  • do precise injections to give the best possible results.

Tummy Tuck – When to Consider Surgery

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 26 September 2019

After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. In particular, many women find that after their second child or after bearing twins, their muscles and skin do not return to their original appearance secondary to repeated stretch of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are at a stable weight and are physically healthy, you have realistic expectations, and you do not smoke.

Anatomy of the Abdomen

The abdominal wall consists of skin, fat, and muscle. The rectus abdominis muscles, whichform the “six pack” of muscles on the abdomen, are covered by a firm sheath called the rectus fascia. This fascial layer frequently weakens and stretches out with pregnancy and weight gain. As a result, once a patient loses weight or has her children, she may be left with laxity of the abdominal wall. During surgery , the fascial layer over the rectus abdominis muscles is tightened, and the excess skin and fat are removed.

 Tummy Tuck steps

The abdominoplasty procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line. In patients who have undergone a prior C-section, the incision can be made in the same location and extended to the sides. The rectus abdominis muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the excess skin and fat are trimmed and redraped. Most abdominoplasty surgeries require repositioning of the umbilicus, or navel through a second incision. In the “mini” abdominoplasty procedure, lower abdominal muscle tightening with fat and skin removal are performed through a limited horizontal bikini incision only, without repositioning of the navel. The resulting scar is usually low on the abdomen, and therefore can be concealed within most bathing suits and clothing. Small drain tubes are placed with both techniques.

Tummy Tuck Top Tips

Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 24 September 2018

The abdominoplasty / tummy tuck procedure is one of the more intensive body contouring procedures, but it can transform your midsection to create a tight and toned look. Many women who have undergone multiple pregnancies get a tummy tuck in Dubai to restore their pre-pregnancy figure, but we also perform this type of surgery on weight loss patients that want to get rid of the extra skin that tends to stick around the midsection, as well as patients that have a protruding stomach due to a weakened or stretched abdominal wall. You must follow my post-op instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.

Here are five essential tummy tuck recovery tips:

1. Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. You need your body to heal as quickly as possible after a body contouring procedure so it’s important that you eat plenty of nutritious foods. Eat protein-rich foods like salmon and chicken, and make sure to add some healthy fat to your diet so that your skin can recover and heal properly.

2. Start walking. You will be limited to walking for exercise after tummy tuck surgery so plan on heading outside for a 20 to 30-minute walk each day, or hitting the treadmill for a light walk. Walking is great for circulation and can support the recovery process after surgery.

3. Change your sleeping position. Sleeping in an inclined position will reduce pressure and stress on the abdominal area. Use large body pillows to support your body and help you maintain the right position while sleeping.

4. Wear recommended compression garments. You will experience a significant amount of swelling around the treated area for weeks after the procedure. I may recommend you wear a girdle or binder to support the healing process — even while you sleep. This can help manage some of the swelling and also help with skin re-draping after surgery.

5. Stay hydrated. You need to drink plenty of water before and after your procedure to help your body flush out toxins and also reduce the risk of complications. Get into a routine of drinking plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and support your recovery.

I can provide you with more information about the recovery process during your abdominoplasty / tummy tuck consultation.

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Breast Augmentation – Sizing

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 22 September 2019

Wardrobe

Bring in different types of outfits to try on with your sizers. You want to make sure that you are comfortable in your casual dress as well as your cocktail dress. Plain baby-doll t-shirts work best.

Personality

Think about your personality (outgoing or shy) and how you want to be perceived by the public. Then, make sure that you convey this to me. Breasts that are larger than what what would be portionate may suit your style. On the other hand, you may lean towards looking great in a cocktail dress without attracting unwanted attention at work.

Fitness

Factor in your exercise routine. If you are a runner or serious athlete, you will want to choose implants that won’t interfere with your fitness routine.

You’re In Charge

Although I will be your guide, I don’t dictate what size you should be. It’s a collaboration. However, there may be a situation when I don’t recommend going with the size you want. If that’s the case, you may want to have further discussions to make sure you understand the reasoning behind this.

Be You

Don’t pick your implant size based on how it looks on a friend. Even though you and your friend may seem similar in terms of body size, there are other factors that must be considered. It’s natural to think “My girlfriend has 350’s so I should get the same size because they look perfect on her.” But the important words are “…on her.” If you are open to different implant options, it’s more likely that you’ll find the one that is just right for you.

Know When Enough is Enough

Remember that you are picking the size of your breasts not just for this year but for many years to come. If you choose an implant that is too big, you may have issues with back pain and sagging later on. Ask any of our breast reduction patients and they will tell you that much bigger isn’t always better!

Bring A Friend

You may find that you would enjoy bringing a friend or spouse with you when you try on sizers. Our staff is great at guiding you in this process but sometimes it’s fun to have someone else there who knows you well. Also, there is a large quantity of information discussed during your consultation so it’s nice to have an extra set of ears.

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Breast Augmentation can Enhance your Appearance and your Self-Confidence

Aesthetic Medicine Dubai | 20 September 2019

Breast augmentation surgery requires a general anaesthetic, with the operation taking 1-2 hours, and is usually performed as a day-stay or overnight-stay procedure. Following the surgery it is important to have restricted light activities, with no lifting or heavy duties for 7-10 days. Most patients may drive again and return to work within 10 days after the surgery. Heavy activities and sport should not be undertaken for 3-4 weeks following the surgery. Breast augmentation can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, enlarging your breasts and making them more proportional with the rest of your body. Breast augmentation can also be used to correct differences in the size of your breasts or sagging breasts which can occur after pregnancy and breast-feeding. There are many choices and options in breast augmentation, which require careful planning to individualise which are the best options for you. All of these choices have advantages and disadvantages, which you should understand before you make a decision with your surgeon. Breast implants will make your breasts larger, but the underlying shape of your breasts will not change, and differences in the size and shape of your breasts may even be more obvious after the surgery.

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Tummy Tucks can Eliminate Stretch Marks Caused by Pregnancy, Weight Loss, or Weight Gain

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 18 September 2019

Tummy tucks can eliminate stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or weight gain. Even if a person is at their ideal body weight, with very little abdominal fat, excess skin can still cause an undesirable look. The tummy tuck addresses this concern by removing any excess fat, removing excess skin, and then readjusting the skin for a toned and taut look. People who have poor skin elasticity may be especially good candidates for tummy tucks. Poor skin elasticity is quite common after childbirth, weight loss, or aging. The tummy tuck can not only take away the extra skin, but will also tighten up the skin that remains. This, in turn, dramatically improves elasticity for the future as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

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Dermal Filers – Treatment Areas

Cosmetic Clinic Dubai | 14 September 2019

As skin ages, it loses elasticity and becomes less supple resulting in lips losing their fullness, lines appearing particularly around the mouth and nose area, and cheeks looking sunken and hollow. Others find themselves unhappy with the general volume in certain areas of the face, but don’t necessarily like the idea of a surgical procedure. Dermal Fillers are popular non-invasive treatments that make it possible to restore volume to hollowed areas, to contour your face and to tackle fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal Fillers can add definition to your face and are particularly effective in creating more prominent cheeks, fuller lips and a fresher smoother appearance.

Dermal Filers Areas treated:

Under the eyes (Tear Trough)

Cheeks (create a fuller cheek or a high cheek bone look)

Lips (Vermillion border and lip augmentation)

Lip Lines (Smoker’s Lines) plumper and fuller lips

Nose to mouth lines (Naso-labial folds)

Mouth to Chin lines (Marionette lines)

Chin (defined chin with fillers)

Nose (Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty / non surgical nose job)

Hands

If you’re considering using Dermal Fillers to regain fullness or volume in the cheeks, lips, or around your face, your most important consideration should always be safety, the expertise of your practitioner and the products being used. All of which will be discussed fully in your consultation, my priority is YOU.

Lip Fillers: FAQs

Fillers in Dubai | 13 September 2019

Latest figures show that lip fillers are becoming one of the most sought-after aesthetic treatments, so here is a summary of information about lip fillers or lip augmentation. Here’s your questions answered!

Q: How long does the procedure take?

Less than an hour. First, your injector will cleanse the area and apply a topical numbing cream which takes about 20 minutes to kick in have an effect. Then, the injections themselves take 15 to 20 minutes.

Q: Does it hurt?

When asked to describe the sensation, most people say it can be best described as an immediate pricking sensation, then uncomfortable pressure as the filler moves throughout the lips.

Q: Will they look good straight after?

You do see immediate volume, but you may see a few days of bruising and swelling.

Q: What about the side effects?

There can be some small bumps under your lips, though this is rare. They usually smooth out on their own within a week or two, but if not, your injector can remove them. While rare, more serious complications (like a blood clot) can occur.

Q: How do I take care of them after?

Gentle treatment without harsh products and no touching your lips for 48 hours after the injections. And hold off on exercise for a few days, as it speeds up your blood flow, which can break down the filler.

Q: How do I maintain them?

Touch-ups every three months to a year. Certain factors like filler consistency and lifestyle can affect longevity.

Q: What if I hate them?

Your doctor can dissolve the filler by injecting lips with the enzyme hyaluronidase. This can only be done two weeks after the filler was injected. If you are not sure about the level of volume less is more its far easier to add more filler than take it away.

Botox® – A Complete Guide

Fillers in Dubai | 9 September 2019

What are Wrinkle Relaxing (Botox®) Injections?

Wrinkle relaxing injections are more commonly referred to as Botox®, short for Botulinum Toxin. Botox® itself is a registered trademark and brand name by the market leader, but other Botulinum Toxin products are available. 

Whatever you call it and regardless of brand, Botox® when injected acts as a nerve block.  So what really happens is your brain sends the message to the muscle to move, however the nerve can no longer respond as the Botox® has blocked the message being sent, resulting in a reduction in the movement of the muscle. This helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as these are caused by repetitive contractions of the muscle. It’s also used to relax tight muscles, which is more common in the lower face.

The thing to remember here is that this is only a temporary effect, eventually the Botox® wears off and the muscle starts moving as it did previously.

Is Botox® safe?

Botox® has been used in cosmetic procedures for at least the past 50 years – yes that’s right, it’s been around that long!  Once reserved for the rich and famous due to its cost, it is now used widely mainly due to the reduction in the cost of treatments over the past 20 years.  It is extremely rare for individuals to be allergic to Botox® or have anaphylactic reactions to it post injection. 

What is Botox® used for?

More and more studies are carried out on Botox® every year and the list of the conditions it can treat almost seem endless, it is now known to significantly reduce facial scarring after trauma and also reduce psoriasis skin plaques; it really is a wonder drug. I use Botox® on both men and women to smooth out lines and wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead and the glabella (between the eyebrows). I also use it to relax muscles around the lower jaw and smooth out the neck, this procedure is called the Nefertiti Lift.

You can also use Botox® to treat Hyperhidrosis,also known as excessive sweating. Although you can have the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet treated, the most common area tends to be the armpits.  It’s a highly successful treatment that can significantly reduce the amount of sweat produced under the arm and for real sufferers of excessive sweating, this treatment can be a real lifesaver, especially during the summer months.

People also use Botox® to help alleviate the symptoms of migraines, unlike other headaches migraines are transmitted across the nerve endings of the forehead, by having Botox® in this area and blocking the nerve endings the migraine isn’t able to travel and for many people it will stop it altogether.

Are there any side effects to Botox®?

The most common side effects are slight swelling at the injection site, this is normal and shows that the Botox® has got into the muscle; these little bumps will go down within approximately 40 minutes.  You may also have some redness around the injection site and you may get some bruising.  If you do get bruising it is likely to be small pin prick marks which will may take up to 7 days to completely disappear.  Some people do suffer with headaches post treatment, if you do just take Paracetamol or Ibuprofen as you would do normally.

One side-effect of Botox® that concerns people is something called a ptosis, these are related to injections of Botox® in the forehead when post treatment the brow drops and feels very heavy.  Full ptosis is extremely rare, however what is more common is something called a partial ptosis, if you get a partial ptosis it is unlikely that anyone else will notice and it will resolve within about 4-6 weeks. 

How quickly will I see results from a Botox® treatment?

You will start to see results about 4 days post treatment, however it could take 10-14 days for the full results to be seen.  We expect to see a significant reduction in the size and the depth of the lines and wrinkles 14 days post treatment.

How long do the results last?

Typically results can last between 3-6 months, generally you start to see some muscle movement around 3 months post treatment, however it takes about 5-6 months for full muscle movement to return.  Most people tend to have Botox® treatment every 4 months, the more you have it done, the longer the results tend to last.

Will Botox® make me feel numb?

No, everything will feel just as it did before, you will not have any reduced sensation in the area you’ve had treated.  Some people have reported that their forehead feels “tight” and occasionally the brow may feel a little heavy, but these feelings are likely to reduce over the first 4-6 weeks following treatment.

How should I prepare for a Botox® treatment?

If you are concerned about bruising, or you tend to bruise easily avoid taking Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Vitamins for 3 days before treatment.