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Overview

Skin Treatment: Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Skin treatments are designed to get rid of any of the common skin problems that you may be facing. As there are many different types of skin problems that people normally suffer from, there are a variety of treatment types and products that you can choose from. Depending on the type of product, the brand, and the way you use them, these treatments can be fairly effective and can help get rid of your skin problems as quickly as possible.

One of the most common treatment types includes lotions, creams, and moisturizers. These can either be purely cosmetic or have some medicinal components to them to help you deal with issues like dry skin, flaky skin, fungal infections, acne, and blisters. They can either be applied topically or all over the body. Many of these products are available over the counter however some of the stronger ones do require a prescription from a doctor or a dermatologist.

Another common treatment type includes face washes, scubs, masks, and peels. There are meant to be used only on the facial area, as the name suggests, and can help combat a series of skin problems such as dryness, acne, blackheads, clogged pores, dead skin, and even help with the overall pallor of the skin. These are mostly found in drug stores or cosmetic stores and do not require a prescription.

Finally, there are oral medications that can be used in order to combat skin problems. They can come in a liquid form or can be taken as pills and the latter require a prescription more often than not.

How is the treatment done?

Depending on your skin type, the treatment can be carried out in many different ways. If you are suffering from dry skin, hydrating your skin in the best way to treat it. This can be done through a combination of lotions, face products, and serums. Most moisturizers containing vitamin E or aloe vera help provide moisture to your skin. Face washes with mild ingredients do not strip the natural oils away from your skin. Hydrating face masks and face oils or serums, which are all the rage these days, can also be used to combat dryness.

Similarly, the treatment is carried out differently for oily or acne prone skin. If you have chronic acne, you may be advised to use medicated products to help control it. For regular acne, products that contain ingredients known for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties, such as neem, tea tree oil, and turmeric can help you get rid of the acne and also control the oil on your skin. A face pack with fullers earth can be used to strip away the oils on your skin.

Facial scrubs and exfoliates are ideal for people with clogged pores or blackheads. They help clear out the skin and can be used up to three times a week. A face peel can also help remove impurities from the skin. Certain ingredients like charcoal and carbon are also known to help pull out dirt from the skin effectively can be used to treat these problems.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

No matter what your skin type is, you are eligible to seek treatment to make it better. Most products that are designed to improve your skin do not require a prescription and are available in cosmetic stores. If you are uncertain about your skin type and the products that will suit it, you can always consult with a dermatologist to understand the most effective way to go about treating your skin.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your skin problems are being caused by a disease or condition like eczema or allergies, then you are not eligible to seek treatment through the measures mentioned above. The solution for you is to treat the disease that is causing your skin to break out rather than just slathering on products to beautify your skin. In the case of allergies, staying away from the allergen is the main solution while people with eczema usually have to use medicated products and treatments.

Are there any side effects?

As is the case with most products, there are certain side effects that you should be vary of. It is important to note that many cosmetic products are laced with chemicals that may lead to harsh side effects such as a rash, breakout, or pigmentation on the skin. It is always better to choose organic products for your skin as they can treat your problems without intensifying them and have ingredients that are good for you. Furthermore, if you use products that are not intended for your skin type, the main side effect is that your problem might become more pronounced. For instance, if you already have acne prone oily skin, then using facial oils that are designed to add more moisture and natural oils to your skin will not benefit you. Rather, it will make your skin oilier and even more prone to acne. If you are unsure of your skin type or have combination skin, consult with a dermatologist.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

With skin care, even after you have successfully treated your skin and gotten rid of the problems, the main trick it to continue to treat it and take care of it. This is because your natural skin type does not change after treatments and you may still be prone to the same problems you had before. Another important post treatment guideline is to watch your diet. What you eat tends to show up on your skin and you should therefore eat healthy, organic foods. Drinking alcohol too often can dry your skin and lead to large pores while smoking can age your skin significantly and even make it look ashy. Furthermore, choose your makeup wisely and stick to herbal or organic products.

How long does it take to recover?

Most skin treatments begin taking effect the minute you use them however, you can only discern their full effect once you have completed a month of using them. This is because they take a while to take effect. If you choose organic and herbal treatments, they usually take a while, while products with strong chemicals tend to act quicker but are ultimately more harmful.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Most products for skin care range from Rs. 150 – Rs 300. However, there are also high end brands and products available that can cost over Rs 1000 and beyond. Many brands that boast of ayurvedic ingredients can be frightfully expensive.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

As long as you follow your skin treatment to the letter and ensure that you are taking care of your diet, the results of the treatment can be permanent. However, since your natural skin type cannot magically change, once you stop using the products or go back to eating unhealthily, it can begin to reflect on your skin and your problems may occur again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are many home remedies available to treat skin. For instance, if you have acne prone skin, you can use a face mask made of turmeric and honey. Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help get rid of pimples while the honey lightens the scars they leave behind. Similarly, a scub with oats, yoghurt, and honey also helps for the same problem. Using a cold compress to temporarily relieve yourself of any inflammation caused by irritation on your skin or extreme itching can also help. Certain types of essential oils that have anti-inflammatory properties can also be used to massage onto your skin to relieve yourself of the symptoms. Lavender oil, lemon oil, and clove oil are good options to consider.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: High Price Range: Rs. 150 - Rs. 300

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Understanding Thread Lift, Its Benefits & Side-Effects!

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Understanding Thread Lift, Its Benefits & Side-Effects!

With all the modern day angst about looking our best at every point of time, we are growingly laying greater emphasis on skin care. More and more surgical as well as cosmetic age defying skin treatments are emerging which endows your skin with a new leash of life. As they say 50 is the new 20. With the barrage of products and therapies available these days, we no longer need to be worried about the blatant signs of ageing appearing on our skins or in our lives for that matter. It's easy to look as fresh and rejuvenated as your younger self with the help of these skin repair techniques. While some of them may entail a proper surgical procedure, others can resolve skin issues in a more natural manner. In that regard, Thread Lift has assumed widespread popularity in the context of face correction.

Thread Lift is essentially the use of threads or sutures for the purpose of voluminizing, lifting and contouring of skin. It also is effective in stimulating collagen production. 

It involves placing the sutures, made from permanent and absorbable materials, under the skin which then acts as suspension cables holds the skin in place and fortifies it against the effects of aging and gravity.

The benefits of a thread face lift are many. While it does not involve a full surgery, the effects of a thread face lift are fairly conspicuous and unmistakable. It retains the natural look and texture of the skin while imparting the desired restoration. 

Thread lifts are extremely effective for recreating the youthful charm despite the damaging impacts of age. Some of the areas where thread lifts work well are brows, jowls, cheek and the neck area. This is very impactful in obtaining the desired contouring of the skin. It also adds volume to the wrinkled and the sagging regions of your face. You may also use the thread lift technique for the other gravity affected body parts like breasts, bottoms and upper arms.

Thread lifts are risk free methods to regain the radiant glow of the youth, without the stress of a surgery. They are also quite tenable, given that a face lift can easily last for a span of 5 years. Thus, for all those planning to bid adieu to the facial asymmetry that arises due to gravity and age, Thread Face Lifts are the go to therapies for them.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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What to Choose Between Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Diploma In Dietitian For Obesity Management, Diploma in Clinical Dermatology, Trichology & Hair Transplant
Trichologist, Thane
What to Choose Between Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion?

Chemical peels are used for treating various skin problems. It is a process through which the upper layer of the skin is exfoliated and is replaced by a smoother, wrinkle free and youthful looking skin. The new layer of skin is usually sensitive in nature. Chemical peels are generally used for your face, neck and hand region. They include using an acidic solution for treating the affected areas of your skin.

Chemical Peels are used for treating various skin conditions, such as:

  1. Wrinkles
  2. Pigmentation
  3. Aging
  4. Acne
  5. Damage caused by harmful rays of the sun.

Microdermabrasion is also an exfoliating procedure in which crystal sprays are used for spraying on the surface of your skin for treating the affected layer of your skin. It is used for treating skin problems that are less severe in nature. Microdermabrasion is more skin - friendly as it does not involve the use of any chemical or instruments.

Microdermabrasion is used for treating the below mentioned skin problems:

  • Acne scars
  • Brown spots
  • Wrinkle lines and stretch marks
  • Spots that may appear due to aging
  • Blackheads

Chemical peel enhances your skin color, tone and texture by removing the dead skin cells and is a very effective treatment for treating severe skin problems.

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Skinboosters - How They Really Help?

DDV, MBBS
Dermatologist, Nagpur
Skinboosters - How They Really Help?

Traditionally defined as "innovative treatments dedicated for skin revitalization"; skinboosters are procured from Hyaluronic acid as by-products. Also referred to as Hyaluronic Acid Injection, they are primarily used for the sole purpose of maintaining adequate levels of skin hydration, besides providing the skin with elasticity, firmness and vitality, while giving it a bright and radiant look. Moreover, they can improve the overall skin structure and also provide long-lasting moisture. Skinbooster treatments have been widely regarded as substitutes to Hyaluronic acid Mesotherapy. Each treatment usually lasts for about thirty minutes and involves a tight procedure using micro injections, which help in the gradual breaking down of Hyaluronic acid stabilizing bonds. The treatments are most commonly administered under topical anaesthesia, along with the use of Emla cream.

What are its advantages?
The advantages of using skinboosters are varied and numerous. Unlike other anti-wrinkle treatments, skinbooster treatments gradually improve skin quality. Although the effects are not immediate, they are, however, long lasting and more reliable than others. As a matter of fact, their efficacy and safety as cosmetic products is perhaps the main reason why people prefer skinboosters over other treatments.

What effect does the treatment have on your skin?
After a minimum of three treatments, you will find that your skin texture and composition has improved greatly. Furthermore, your skin will become more tight, rigid, firm, elastic and radiant. Skinbooster treatments are also generally non-invasive and require the least amount of time for recovery, in contrast to other treatments. Their applicability is incredible as they go along even with other treatments like butolin toxin treatments. They are flexible enough to help revitalize the skin in any area of the body, from the sensitive areas around the eyes and mouth to the delicate skin of the cheeks and neck. Skinbooster treatments, however, are entirely different than dermal fillers as they are not involved in the enhancement of facial features like shape and proportion.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Hyperpigmentation - Know About Its Laser Treatment!

M.Ch - Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Jabalpur
Hyperpigmentation - Know About Its Laser Treatment!

It is a condition that causes discoloration and discolored patches to appear on the skin. The color of one’s skin is determined by the production of melanin in the body, and hyperpigmentation is caused by a disproportionate production of melanin. People of any race or skin color can be affected by this condition. The most common pigmentation problems are brown sun spots, melasma, age spots, and pigmented birthmarks.  Pigmentation issues very depending on the natural colour of the skin. Treatments include fade creams, IPL, Elos Aurora, laser treatments like Fraxel Dual and in some cases biopsy or skin excision is required to exclude skin cancer such as melanoma.

Three skin irregularities caused by this condition are; Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Lentigines (or sun spots) and Melasma.

  1. Treatment of brown sun spots: Many people have mottled brown spots, freckles and patches on their skin due to excess pigmentation. These are easily treated with medical grade Elos IPL or Fraxel Dual laser. There is a range of different causes of pigmentation. Treatments differ depending on what type of pigmentation is affecting your skin. The brown pigmentation is called melanin and is made by special cells in the skin called melanocytes. The main categories of pigmentation problem are freckles, age spots, (also called liver spots or sun spots) melasma and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. 
  2. Melasma: Women with a genetic predisposition to this condition or those with darker skin complexions and those who have a higher exposure to ultraviolet rays are most commonly affected by melasma. It is a condition that affects the areas of the skin that are most exposed to the sun. It involves female hormones and so women who are pregnant are generally affected by melasma. Melasma is blotchy areas of brown skin pigmentation on the face. Melasma, (also known as chloasma), appears as blotchy pale brownish pigmentation on the face, especially forehead, cheek and upper lip. It is more common on darker skin types. It is especially common in women aged 20-40 and is associated with pregnancy or taking the contraceptive pill or injection. It also happens in healthy, non-pregnant woman taking no medications and men using aftershave. Sun exposure following some cosmetics can cause a phototoxic reaction where the chemical substance absorbs UV light. The resulting pigmentation extends where sun and cosmetic use have coincided, for example down the neck, often more on the right side in countries that drive on the left. Melasma is more stubborn and unpredictable to treat than freckles or age spots because the melanocytes have become sensitized and continue to produce extra pigment with even the slightest hint of sun. Sun protection is an essential part of treatment. Melasma can be treated with Active FX Laser Resurfacing. It destroys up to 80% of melanin, efficiently, which is ideal for cases of melasma that cause excessive pigmentation of skin.
  3. Lentigines: Minute brown spots that appear on your face and body, which is the collective result of continuous exposure to the sun, photodamage or chronic sun damage, are called lentigines. The spots usually have a visibly distinct border and appear on areas most exposed to the sun such as the face and hands.

How is one affected by post inflammatory pigmentation?
If there is an excessive production of melanin in the body, it could then overflow to the surface of the skin; this is caused by an inflammation. Post inflammatory pigmentation is the formation of brown patches on the skin that are the result of infection, injury or other conditions. Patients who already have a skin problem are more likely to be affected by this condition.

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) occurs after injury to the skin from whatever cause and is far more prevalent in darker skin. PIH appears as a dark brown area over the area of the previous injury and is due to excess melanin being produced by melanocytes as a result of the inflammation. Typically PIH resolves over several months but can persist for 1-2 years and in some cases can be everlasting. Treatment is generally patience as it will resolve and treatments risk further inflammation and therefore further PIH.  However hydroquinone can be useful in some patients and others benefit from mild treatments of Elos Aurora, IPL or Fraxel Dual laser.

Treatment of freckles

Freckles are small flat brown marks on sun exposed areas. The medical term is ‘ephilide’ and they are an accumulation of melanin in the surface skin cells (keratinocytes). The tendency to form freckles is inherited and is often seen in red heads and younger people. Freckles usually fade in winter and reappear in summer. They need no treatment except sun protection. They can also be faded by Elos IPL, but will reappear with sun exposure. No treatment can transform a skin which freckles, into one which tans evenly.  Of course, further sun exposure can bring the freckles out again so it is very important to apply a good sunscreen following treatment to maximise results.

How does laser treatment help to remedy hyperpigmentation?

  • Clear and Brilliant, Fraxel and Photofacial are three types of laser treatment that have been known to resolve hyperpigmentation.
  • Short bursts of energy and heat are produced by the laser and aimed at the cells that have a concentration of melanin. The excess melanin from these cells is then broken down and destroyed with the help of the laser.
  • Each case of hyperpigmentation varies, and their treatment varies on the extent of the condition as well. The treatment will be administered over a course of sessions.

Though these treatments are effective, one must always stay protected from damage due to overexposure to the sun, by wearing the sunscreen with the correct SPF and other sun gear. 

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How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
How To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks don’t only happen after childbirth, they can happen to anyone due to sudden changes in body size and weight. These are like ugly brown scars usually present on the stomach, thighs and hips. Truth be told, 90% of pregnant women will get stretch marks around these parts of their bodies.

These are some very easy things one can do to get reduce the appearance of stretch marks both old and new:

  1. Moisturizing- Lotioning –up regularly can lighten stretch marks. Moisturizing helps to hydrate skin and this makes it easier for it to stretch. Moisturizing is very effective in lightening new stretch marks and can prevent new stretch marks from forming. Older stretch marks are more difficult to get rid of, though.

  2. Retin A- Retin-A based creams are very effective against stretch marks. Retin-A works by boosting collagen production which helps the skin to stretch out and avoid tears which cause stretch marks. Pregnant and nursing women should not use Retinoic acid containing products, however. It also doesn’t work on old stretch marks.

  3. Glycolic Acid- This too can increase collagen production when used on skin. It is even more effective as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which is used in chemical skin peels. You can use glycolic acid on skin even during pregnancy. Save your skin from sunlight when using glycolic acid.

  4. Vitamin E Oil- This is touted as the miracle cure for stretch marks and it delivers especially when used on new stretch marks. Use it with an unscented moisturiser for better coverage.

  5. Essential Oils- These are common home remedies for tackling stretch marks. One can use them directly on skin or mix with the carrier oil before use. These are the ones to go for:

    • Lavender

    • Rose

    • Frankincense

  6. Vitamin C- You can take Vitamin C as a supplement to lighten stretch marks. You can also mix topical glycolic acid with vitamin C and apply on the skin directly.

  7. Lasers- These are the magic wands of cosmetic surgery and rightly so. Fresh stretch marks can be tackled using a pulsed dye laser also called vascular laser. The downsides of this laser treatment are that it works on early stretch marks and not on mature ones. It is also very expensive. This laser also doesn’t work on darker skins.

  8. Fractional Laser Treatment- These are very effective against older stretch marks. Your doctor will use this laser to resurface the older marks smoothing the surface of the skin. The treatment is very expensive and can cause hyper-pigmentation and scarring.

  9. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck- This is the only certain way to obliterate stretch marks. What the surgeon does is cut out swathes of skin from your abdomen with stretch marks. Downsides are that it’s a risky procedure. There could be life-threatening complications and recovery takes long, sometimes as long as 3 to 6 months. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

My doctor hai prescribe to have laser treatment on face pimple are not coming on face but Mark and scars on face are to much. And after treatment my skin colour will change or not get down.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Noida
Hi lybrate-user ,let me tell you first lasers doesn't work in 80-90 percentage of cases as scar are difficult to treat. Kindly avoid such gimmicks and visit expert in facial plastic surgery.

I am suffering from skin problem The scars are on the face please give me treatment and avoidation.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
There are various treatments for scars which include creams, chemical peels, microdermaabrasion, microneedling, radiofrequency, surgery, fat fill laser etc. Creams work only for superficial pigmentation not for scars. You can start initially on milder depigmentation creams which contain kojic acid, arbutin, niacinamide like Melaglow at night and use sunscreen (SPF 35 and above) three times a day. For scars microneedling RF and chemical peels will help. It need examination and personalized plan. You can consult in private with photographs.

Dear Dr. Am suffering from PIGMENTATION and skin dullness please suggest me some creams or anything else which can show me results as soon as possible because I have only 2 months left for my marriage I used laser treatment but laser treatment doesn't suits me so please suggest me what should I use now.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
You can start initially on milder depigmentation creams which contain kojic acid, arbutin, niacinamide like Melaglow at night and use sunscreen three times a day. And depending on type of skin whether oily or dry you can choose a face wash. It need examination and personalized plan. You can consult in private with photographs.

Hello Dr. Myself sweety I have pimples and acne scars on over my face (nose, cheeks, chin, sides of mouth, forehead) and my skin become dark, getting darkspots too, scars were getting big in size. I used lots of cream, lotion and went natural homemade remedies and consulted dermatologist too. My skin is very sensitive. When I wash face my skin become red that sensitive. I am fed up with everything. I planned to take laser treatment too but I am afraid of taking that bcz of my sensitive skin. How to reduce icepick, rolling and boxcar scars please help me out with best treatment. I am very much depressed and worrying about scars. Sometimes I feel like I want to die and cut my skin off or peel of my skin layer. Please help me.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, Acne can be depressing sometimes as it requires prolonged and laborious treatment. Sensitive skin may have been due to various reasons like prolonged steroid use, dryness etc. Since you have sensitive Co2 laser may produce pigmentation and prolonged redness. Chemical peels too are not advised in sensitive skin. Subcision, microneedling are good options. One good option is combining these with Fat graft it not only elevates the scars it also rejuvnates the skin with growth factors. You can consult with pictures for better understanding of your concerns.
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I am suffering from skin pigmentation on my face side of my nose so what is the correct treatments.

MCh Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello, You can use a mild depigmentation cream containing kojic acid, arbutin, niacinamide like Melaglow and use plenty of sunscreen three times a day. After two months we can reassess for further treatment.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice