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‘Dangerous’ YouTube videos that show you how to inject fillers and Botox into your own face branded ‘deadly’ by doctors

Fillers in Dubai | 25 June 2019

Doctors have slammed “deadly” YouTube videos that show how to inject cosmetic fillers and Botox into your own face. The online clips encourage people to inject dermal fillers at home, rather than paying the average £200 to £500 cost at a clinic. But now experts have called for the videos to be removed, saying viewers risk infection, blood poisoning and even death if they get it wrong. Leading surgeons say viewers need to exercise extreme caution warning that YouTube videos showing so-called ‘DIY dermal filler methods’ are extremely dangerous. By attempting to follow them you’re risking infection. If you accidentally inject into a blood vessel, you risk the death of tissue and permanent scarring. In rare circumstances, it could even lead to blood poisoning and death. I would plead that no one ever administers their own filler. Leave it to a trusted medical expert who has had years of training and is fully understanding of the anatomy of the face. Read the full story here.

What’s in a pout?

Fillers in Dubai | 13 June 2019

Well, quite a lot, as it turns out that full and sumptuous lips are the most preferable lip shape of them all – but according to a global study, there’s one key trait that distinguishes the perfect pouts from their equally plump, yet sub-par, counterparts.

A survey of more than 1,000 people from 35 different countries revealed that the key to the ultimate lip shape actually boils down to symmetry. In the study, which was published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, more than 60 per cent of respondents chose the 1:1 ratio between the upper and lower lip as the most attractive shape. The second highest-rated pouts were those with a fuller lower lip, like Kylie Jenner, who has built an entire beauty empire based on her infamous (and surgically-enhanced) pout.

A heavily-defined cupid’s bow is the most-requested lip shape. Cupid’s bows can be enhanced and further defined with the use of specific amounts of filler in the upper lip to enhance the natural vertical columns that lie immediately about the upper lip. The use of a specific filler can also be used to enhance and redefine the overall contour of the lips. Other common shapes patients request improvements on include the “natural trout pout”, when the lips’ symmetry is slightly offset by a heavier top lip, and the “flat upper lip” as seen on Julia Roberts, where the upper lip has no defined cupid’s bow.

Lips start to naturally reduce in size from the age of 28 onwards, as this is when collagen and hyaluronic acid production slows – the latter is the most commonly-used product in lip injection treatments. There are numerous lifestyle factors that can affect the fullness of your lips too. Don’t smoke, stay out of the sun and don’t overdo the booze if you want your lips to be naturally full for longer. Obviously there are some risks involved with lip-plumping treatments, which can leave patients with severe swelling, bruising and soreness afterwards. Prospective patients should always seek advice from a medical professional before embarking upon surgical treatment.

 

Blepharoplasty Dubai – REFRESH YOUR APPEARANCE

Blepharoplasty Dubai | 7 June 2019

The eyes have a dramatic impact on appearance and can let others know how we feel – whether we are happy, sad, angry, or tired. They are one of the first things we notice and they have a great deal to do with how others perceive us as they glance at our facial features. Eyes with excessive or sagging skin are frequently associated with a perception of old age (even when they occur in a young per-son) and tiredness. Unfortunately the eyes are often one of the first areas on the face to show telltale signs of aging. Over time, the eyelids may begin to droop and sag. Bags can form under the eyelids making it hard to feel alive and vibrant. The loose skin over your eyes and the fat bags under your eyes may be making you look more tired and older than you feel inside. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an operation (actually, a set of operations) for your eyelids designed to maintain the appearance of your eyes. Surgery of the eyelids, blepharoplasty upper and lower, can correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. The result is a brighter, more alert, and rested appearance.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FULL, MINI & EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK?

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 1 June 2019

Depending on the patient’s aesthetic objective, plastic surgeons will recommend one of the following three types of tummy tucks available:

FULL OR CLASSIC TUMMY TUCKS 

Classic tummy tucks (which are also referred to as full tummy tucks) are utilized when individuals want to address the sections above and below their belly button, the full length of the abdominal wall. Patients who opt for a full tummy tuck often want to resolve general roundness and excess skin. With this procedure, one horizontal or u-shape incision, and possibly a second incision, are made above the pubic area and the belly button, respectively, to remove excess skin and tighten muscle. Full tummy tucks present the most natural-looking outcome, and can include a much firmer abdomen.

MINI TUMMY TUCKS

Mini tummy tucks involve less extensive incisions compared to a full tummy tuck and are intended to improve only the lower belly, below the patient’s belly button. This makes the procedure ideal for people who want to rid their bellies of a “pooch”, tiny bulge or stretch marks in the lower abdominal region only. Plastic surgeons can tighten loose muscles through a single low horizontal incision (typically without an incision around the belly button), and remove excess lower abdominal skin, resulting in a firmer, smoother lower belly.

EXTENDED TUMMY TUCK

The extended tummy tuck is considered when the goals of the procedure are to address the abdomen while simultaneously targeting the flanks and hips. To perform this procedure, the surgeon extends the horizontal incision more laterally as well as often incorporating a longer, vertical incision, which enables the surgeon to remove excess skin from the upper and lower abdominal region as well as the flanks while tightening the abdominal wall. This procedure is often ideal for those patients who have had multiple pregnancies or have lost lots of weight, either through diet and exercise or through weight loss surgery.

Tummy Tuck – Getting Advice

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 31 May 2019

What to think about and do before you decide to have a tummy tuck.

– Think about what you want to change and research the different types of tummy tuck procedures. Understanding the procedures might help you to manage your expectations around what you want and what can realistically be attained.

– Have a thorough consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. Your consultation is a great opportunity to get more advice and answers to questions. In the lead up to your consultation, it will help to write any questions down as and when you think of them so you don’t forget. If you go to a clinic and see a ‘counsellor’ or ‘advisor’, make sure you also see the surgeon who will do your operation before signing up.

– Take time to reflect before you make a final decision. The decision to have this treatment must be yours. Don’t feel pressured or be influenced by anyone else. If you need more time, take it.

– Think about your care after your operation. Will there be someone around to help you with your day-to-day responsibilities – taking the dog for a walk or lifting things around the house? This will be particularly important if you have any problems after surgery.

When you see the surgeon to discuss having a tummy tuck, there are quite a lot of areas to cover. The surgeon should:

– fully explain the procedure, including telling you about the recovery period and what to expect

– make sure that you understand what it is possible to achieve and that you don’t have unrealistic expectations

– explain all possible risks and complications

– tell you if there are other options for you, whether surgical or non-surgical

What are Fillers Made With?

Fillers in Dubai | 24 May 2019

What are Fillers Made With?

There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that cosmetic surgeons use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from. A note for your safety: always make sure that you are receiving FDA approved, brand name fillers, which are only available through a licensed physician, such as a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. FDA approved HA fillers include:

Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE

Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne

Belotero Balance

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are nearly microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of a CaHA filler is typically thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production, and it is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles. FDA approved CaHA fillers include Radiesse®.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are technically classified as “collagen stimulators,” as their main mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen—the filler gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Poly-L-lactic acid is typically used to treat deeper facial wrinkles, and results can last more than 2 years. FDA approved Poly-L-lactic acid fillers include Sculptra® Aesthetic.

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible substance that has been used in medicine for much of the last century. In dermal fillers, PMMA takes the form of a “microsphere” or tiny ball, that remains beneath the skin indefinitely to provide continued support. PMMA fillers will also contain collagen, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides structure and firmness. FDA approved PMMA fillers include Bellafill® (formerly known as Artefill).

Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting)

Autologous fat injections are the only injectable filler treatment that requires surgery, but results can last for many years. Your own fat is harvested from another area (autologous means “from the same person”), typically using liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the face to help restore volume to the cheeks, temples, lower eyelids, or other areas. Fat injections require specialized training to perform safely and achieve great results, and should only be performed by an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Blepharoplasty – Options for Eyelid Lift Surgery

Blepharoplasty Dubai | 22 May 2019

Eyelid lift surgery actually encompasses a number of different surgical techniques; which techniques a cosmetic surgeon will use depends on a patient’s anatomy and the particular changes that need to be made to achieve a patient’s goals. For any given patient, an eyelid lift may include upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Do you feel like your eyes always look tired, as though you are unhappy or less alert than you feel? Do your upper eyelids seem to lack contour or obscure your upper eyelashes? Sagging, wrinkled skin on the upper eyelids can cause this type of appearance, and upper eyelid surgery can help remove the excess skin and restore a naturally youthful shape to your eyelids and a more open, refreshed appearance to your eyes. Upper eyelid surgery typically involves an incision made in the natural crease above the eye, through which your cosmetic surgeon will remove a precise amount of excess skin and fat and/or adjust the surrounding muscles to make the desired improvements.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Do you have puffy, sagging “bags” beneath your eyes that make you look as though you haven’t slept well, even though you have plenty of energy? This is likely due to herniated fat that collects beneath the eyes. While this can become more pronounced over time as skin loses elasticity, puffy lower lids can occur in patients as young their twenties, causing them to look much older than they actually are. Lower eyelid surgery can be an excellent solution to correct eyelid bags. There are a variety of surgical techniques that cosmetic surgeons can use to improve the lower eyelids; incisions are generally located on the outer edge of the lower eyelid, just beneath the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain the approach he or she determines is best for you. Through the incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will remove or reposition fat to create a smooth, natural contour beneath the eyelid. Depending on the case, excess, sagging skin may be removed or the lower eyelid muscle may be tightened to provide the most natural, effective results.

Combining Eyelid Surgery with Another Procedure

If you are like many patients, you may want to address aging in a few different areas of your face. While eyelid surgery alone can significantly rejuvenate your appearance, it’s quite common to have a facelift, brow lift, or both performed in conjunction with an eyelid lift to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. A brow lift will address sagging skin and deep furrows above the eyes, while a facelift will address jowling, sagging, and wrinkles on the cheeks and neck.

Learn about injectable dermal fillers

Fillers in Dubai | 18 May 2019

Did you know that many visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss? As facial tissues thin out, lines become etched around the nose and mouth and cheeks look a little hollow. Dermal fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance.

What are Injectable Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.

How Can Dermal Fillers Enhance My Appearance?

While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles, although they are excellent at this too! Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:

– Smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses)

– Enhance & restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples

– Diminish vertical lip lines

– Plump & enhance the lips

– Smooth out a chin crease

– Improve symmetry among facial features

What are Fillers Made With?

There are a variety of FDA approved filler products that cosmetic surgeons use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from. A note for your safety: always make sure that you are receiving FDA approved, brand name fillers, which are only available through a licensed physician, such as a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment.

Which filler do I need?

With so many dermal filler products on the market, it can be difficult to know which option is best for you without an experienced cosmetic surgeon’s guidance. Each product is uniquely formulated to have a certain texture, density, and injection depth, which means that certain fillers work better for certain areas of concern.

A Beginner’s Guide To Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck Dubai | 15 May 2019

You have been thinking about getting a tummy tuck for a long time now, but you’re not sure where to start. Undergoing tummy tuck surgery is a major decision and you want to be sure that you’re making the right choice despite your dreams of having a flatter abdomen. No doubt, you’ve delved into the internet, combing through pages of before and after pictures – all the while searching endlessly for a midsection that resembles your own. You are not alone. Many of my patients do the same. To help, I have put together a short guide on which steps to follow, plus the best way to prepare for your surgery – all so that you can be closer to making an informed decision.

Find An Experienced Surgeon For Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

When considering a tummy tuck, the first rule of thumb is to locate a board certified plastic surgeon. As an experienced plastic surgeon I perform to the highest standards ensuring your safety. It’s also advised that you seek a plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tucks since this body contouring procedure requires finesse and an eye for detail. Finding a plastic surgeon who has performed numerous tummy tucks over a long span of time helps give you peace of mind, when it comes to getting you the results you desire. My expertise and experience enables me to not only explain to you what tummy tuck surgery entails, but also guide your expectations regarding results, so that they are in line with your personal goals.

Prepare your Body for your Tummy Tuck

Ensure that your tummy tuck is as successful as possible by preparing your body beforehand. I always remind my patients that a tummy tuck is not a weight reduction surgery, rather it addresses concerns caused by major weight fluctuation, including loose skin and stretched abdominal muscles. Thus, the best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are close to their ideal weight, non-smokers, and those who are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle both before and after their tummy tuck.

Let your Body Recover from your Tummy Tuck

After a tummy tuck, be aware that you will be sore and that your body will need to rest, recover, and heal. While this does not mean total immobility, you will be asked to stay off your feet and avoid any activities that strain the abdominal muscles. It is very helpful to have someone at home to help – especially for the first few days. Barring any strenuous exercise or activities, most of my patients are able to return to their normal routines within two to four weeks. I cannot stress enough that maintaining a slow and steady pace during your recovery will safeguard you from any major complications.

Blepharoplasty – A Definitive Guide to Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Dubai | 13 May 2019

What causes eyelid problems?

As we get older, we start to lose elasticity in our skin as a natural part of the aging process. Because the face and the facial skin are often more exposed to environmental factors (such as sun, wind, pollution, etc.) than other parts of the body, it is often the first part of the body to show visible signs of aging and a loss of this elasticity.

The skin around the eye is very thin and delicate, and it is one of the places where aging skin will be most visible on the human body. As the skin around the eye loses elasticity, it will begin to stretch, and gravity will cause the stretched skin to pool above and below the eyes. On the top eyelid, this creates the appearance of ‘hooded’ or droopy eyelids. If the top eyelid sags too much, it can start to impede a person’s field of vision. On the bottom eyelid, the effect is slightly different. There are small fat deposits located under each of our eyes that helps to cushion the eye socket. When the lower eyelid skin begins to lose elasticity, this area will become more exposed and a bulge can appear under the eye. This is commonly referred to as ‘undereye bags’.

What can I expect from the surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a relatively short, uncomplicated procedure that is normally performed as a outpatient surgery.

In a typical eyelid surgery procedure, local anaesthetic will be applied to the eyelid and the surgeon will make several small, discreet incisions along the eyelids. Special care will be taken by your surgeon to ensure there will be minimal bleeding or scarring. The incisions will normally be hidden in the natural eyelid folds.

In an upper eyelid procedure (upper blepharoplasty), incisions will be made in the upper eyelid crease. In a lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be made just underneath the lash line of the lower eyelid. In some instances where no skin needs to be removed, the surgeon may be able to perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this procedure, an incision is made from the inner side of the lower eyelid directly, and as a result there is no visible scarring.

Once the incisions are made, any excess of tissue (skin and/or fat) will be removed and the incision will be sealed with small sutures. The whole procedure will typically take between one to three hours.

The specifics of your eyelid surgery procedure will vary depending on the nature and severity of the eyelid issue that is being addressed and whether the surgery will be on your upper, lower, or both eyelids. Your surgeon will outline and explain all of the details of your particular procedure before the operation to make sure that you are prepared.

What can I expect after surgery?

Following surgery, you should arrange for someone to rive you home. As with any procedure that affects your vision, it is important that you allow sufficient time for recovery before you drive or undertake any activity that requires uncompromised vision.

As part of your recovery, you will need to ensure that you rest, elevate your head, and apply ice to the eye area to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Individual patients will experience pain differently, but the procedure should only cause mild pain.  The recovery time from an upper eyelift can vary for individual patients, but the skin of the upper eyelid tends to heal quickly.  Most patients find that they are able to return to normal activities within three to four days. Some patients may develop dry eyes for one to two weeks.  If the dry eye symptoms persist for a longer period of time, you should discuss this with your surgeon.

Results from the surgery

It is important to remember that the full results from your eyelid surgery will not be immediate, and the final results may take several months to appear.

Long-term results  

Eyelid surgery is a permanent procedure, but for some patients, the surgery may need to be repeated after a period of years. The eye area will naturally continue to age after the surgery, so you may find that the effects of your upper eyelid surgery gradual reduce with time. Upper eyelid surgery can be expected to last approximately 5-10 years. Lower eyelid surgery usually maintains for a longer period and rarely needs to be repeated.