Dr Ash Dutta talks about Stem Cells

Dr Ash Dutta discusses the use of stem cells in Aesthetic medicine, including what is involved in the obtaining of stem cells to the treatments it can be used for.

Stem Cell sounds like something from the future. However, it has been used in general and aesthetic medicine for some time now. In aesthetic medicine we use stem cells for rejuvenation and the growth of new hair this is called Kerastem. Kerastem uses a gene called Wnt, the Wnt gene can stimulate the cells and help new follicles grow all without any invasive treatment.

In general medicine we have used Stem Cells for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and an improvement of arthritis and various other immunological conditions. In Aesthetic medicine the stem cells are derived from the patients own fat, after the liposuction the fat is processed with enzymes and under sterile conditions, we obtain the stem cells which is then injected back into the tissue.

Not all stem cell therapies are fully successful, so we need to counsel the patient about how much the patient should expect, whether there may be any other complications which is not often as the stem cells are the patient’s own cells hence the chances of any rejection or complications being very low. Dr Ash believes that the patients need to be appropriately informed regarding everything before they decide if they want any form of treatments available.

If you would like to find out more about Stem Cells and how they could be used in a treatment you are looking for. Please Contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta talks about Regenera hair growth and scar treatment.

Regenera is used as a system that obtains, processes and administers cells to encourage hair growth and can be used on scarring too.

Regenera is a new treatment that is available for the use in hair rejuvenation or the increase in the growth of hair. It can also be used for scar and wound management too. In this treatment we take a small biopsy sample from the back of the head, if we are using it for the reason of hair growth. The sample is then placed into a vessel where it is processed, a solution is made from these live cells which were obtained from the patient. This injection of the solution is applied to the areas of the head where we want the hair to grow. The initial trials of Regenera have shown encouraging results and more and more patients are getting better hair growth from this treatment

In terms of scar management what we tend to do is introduce the laser to resurface the area, then we will introduce the cell solution which will help the skin to grow quicker and healthier. This area is a very exciting one, it is getting very good results and hopefully we will be able to eventually combine Regenera with other types of treatments such as Kerastem to create even better results of hair regrowth and hair rejuvenation.

If you would like to book a consultation or talk to somebody at Aesthetic Beauty Centre, feel free to either book online or contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta on Grade 4 Gynaecomastia

Gynaecomastia or man boobs is something men in the UK suffer a lot ranging from 40-60% having some form of it. Dr Ash Dutta illustrates what is involved when treating Gynaecomastia.

Today we are talking about grade 4 Gynaecomastia which is the extreme form of Gynaecomastia which involves and excess amount of fat, excess glands and of course excess skin. All three of these elements need to be addressed properly at the operation otherwise we will be unable to achieve the results that the patient will be looking for.

Dr Ash often feels that his patients often feel concerned about their social life, how they can go and where they can go to find the treatment needed. Also, the patients often feel very conscious of taking their clothes off in front of their near and dear ones.

These patients will of course need appropriate counselling regarding the operation and the possible outcomes of it. The counselling will include discussing the surgery and what is involved in it, the residual scars and how we can look after the patient after the surgery has been completed and further down the line.

If you feel you need any further information or would like to book a consultation at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, we would be delighted to help you. Please contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta talks about IV Vitamin Therapy

Dr Ash Dutta explains how and why IV vitamin therapy is used and what effects it has.

Intravenous vitamin therapy is gaining popularity for two reasons. Athletes, patients and people who generally want to feel a bit better. The IV therapy, meaning it goes straight into the veins hits the target much faster as it doesn’t have to go through the digestive system for the nutrients and the vitamins to be absorbed. It is very quick and the use of this does not need to be for any special reason, you may just feel very tired after a long weeks work; IV nutrition therapy seems to give them that extra lift and people feel more fresh and more confident knowing the vitamins are going where they are supposed to go within the shortest period of time.

At Aesthetic Beauty Centre we can replenish the vitamin B complex and all the vitamins that may be lacking, even the folic acid can be inserted through IV. However, the most important ingredient is vitamin C which has got antioxidant effects thus reducing the chances of getting an infection also boosting the immune system. Overall IV nutrition therapy gives the modern individual something to look forward to, to boost their energy and confidence.

To find out more about IV vitamin therapy, please book a consultation or call us. Contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta on Fat Transfer to the breast

There are a few methods that are involved in breast augmentation, one of those methods is transferring fat to the breast. Dr Ash Dutta explains the ways fat transfers can be used in breast augmentation.

Fat transferring is a very popular treatment, particularly because of the ‘Brazilian bum lift’ which is now very well known when discussing the cosmetic surgery field.  However fat transfer to the breast can also be done as well to increase the volume and shape of the breast. One thing we must consider is that breast implants give a more structured volume enhancement to the breast which fat cannot. This is due to us being limited to the amount of fat we can transfer.

The best areas that the fat will work for is when we are trying to correct a scar or an operations outcome where the volume or shape is different on one side compared to the other, this will correct any asymmetry.  Some of the fat that is transferred will die however a significant amount of the fat will continue to live after being transferred. Fat transfers can also work very well whenever we are doing any reconstructive work to the breast. However, in the cosmetic surgery field reconstructive work does not happen.

There is another benefit to fat transfer is that we are removing the fat from one area which the patient may not want that fat on e.g. the abdomen or legs, that fat can then be cleaned and washed and placed back in the breast to give it the shape desired. As with all cosmetic treatments there are pros and cons to a fat transfer to the breast, it is important that the cosmetic surgeon informs the patients of everything related to the procedure.

If you are still unsure on which method of breast augmentation may be the right option for you, give us a call or book a consultation with us. Contact Aesthetic Beauty Clinic here.

I’m having liposuction – what can I expect? Dr Ash Dutta Explains

What is liposuction and what happens during the procedure? Dr Ash Dutta, cosmetic surgeon at Aesthetic Beauty Centre, explains.

With minimal pain and discomfort and ever reducing recovery periods, more people than ever are requesting liposuction treatments – both surgical and non-surgical. It is therefore worth examining what goes on during liposuction, also known as body contouring or fat removal.

A range of liposuction treatments are available

It is important to stress that there is arrange of liposuction treatments available – not every clinic will offer a choice to patients, but at Aesthetic Beauty Centre we are able to offer a choice from:

Non-surgical treatments including: Alidya, Aqualax and Radio Frequency (RF).

Surgical treatments including: Bodytite, Laser Lipolysis, Liposculpture/Liposuction, SmartLipo, Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty, Vaser Liposuction, Euromi (Vibro lipo).

The approach involved with all of these obviously varies, but this blog will attempt to give an overview of what you can expect. For more information about the specific procedures, you can click on any of the links above.

Non-surgical body contouring

If you opt for a non-surgical approach to fat removal and body contouring, then options include:

Alidya

This is aimed at reducing cellulite and involves a near-painless injection in the affected area(s). It is normally completed within 20 minutes. You might need to avoid rigorous exercise for a few days, but there is no significant downtime.

Aqualax

Aqualyx is a targeted fat-dissolving injection that targets specific problem areas. It can be used on all areas of the body. It requires between three and five treatments at three-week intervals, and again there is no major downtime. You can find out more here in our FAQs.

Surgical body contouring and fat removal

A range of popular surgical approaches are also available, and this includes:

BodyTite

BodyTite is very effective in reducing the dimpled appearance of cellulite. If you’re looking for a quick and effective way to lose unwanted fat, then BodyTite offers a safe solution with effective results. It uses Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction: it is simple to perform and virtually painless.

Laser Lipolysis

This is a laser-assisted liposculpture, using fine fibre-optic cables to destroy fat cells and subsequently remove them with liposuction. Advantages of liposculpture include much less swelling and bruising and reduced recovery times.

Laser lipolysis is suited to treating small areas of the face, neck, thighs, knees, calfs and areas of loose skin, including cellulite.

Liposculpture

Liposculpture is aimed at people who are close to their ideal weight but who have stubborn fatty deposits in localised areas of their bodies.

It is performed under local anaesthetic and involves a thin, hollow instrument (typically 3-5mm in diameter) called a cannula, inserted through a small incision placed in an inconspicuous location near the area to be treated. Unwanted fat deposits are removed through the cannula using a vacuum, with micro-cannulas (typically 2-4mm in diameter) used to provide more precise sculpting. This method of fat removal is surprisingly easy and permanent. It usually causes minimal bleeding, swelling and bruising.  Approximately 2-3 hours are required to perform the procedure. Patients are encouraged to remain active immediately following the procedure.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction is a hi-tech procedure that is one of our most popular services. You can read about it more detail here, but in brief, it is an advanced body contouring technique for unwanted fat removal which offers a safe alternative to traditional liposuction.

It combines ultrasonic waves with liposuction technology where ultrasonic waves precisely breaks up and liquefies/emulsifies targeted fat without disrupting connective tissue, nerves or blood vessels, leaving minimal bruising and a reduced recovery time.

Tummy tuck/abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an effective way of removing excess abdominal fat and skin, resulting in a flatter tummy and slimmer waistline.

The treatment works by making incisions, allowing the removal of surplus skin and fat deposits in the abdominal lower waist. The abdominal muscles are pulled tightly and held together with permanent sutures. You can read more about it here.

SmartLipo

SmartLipo, a procedure to remove excess fat deposits, also known as Laser Lipolysis. The SmartLipo laser causes the membrane of fatty tissue cells to break, transforming them into an emulsion which is removed by liposuction. SmartLipo is classed as a minimally invasive procedure that is performed under local anaesthesia, with the patient conscious at all times.

Which one is right for me?

We prefer not to steer patients towards specific treatments, instead allowing them to make an educated choice based on the wide range of products we offer. Speak to us any time to find out more about any of these products.

In the meantime, to discuss any of the above or to have an informal chat about your options for any of our surgeries or treatments, you can contact us here.

Dr Ash Dutta answers the question – What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery treatment that is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK – but what is it? Dr Ash Dutta, cosmetic surgeon at Aesthetic Beauty Centre, explains.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is more commonly known as an eye lift or eye bag removal. It involves repairing droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat.

It can be performed on either the upper eyelids or the lower eyelids and can make eyes appear younger and more alert.

Blepharoplasty is sometimes performed at the same time as other procedures, such as brow-lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing.

Why is Blepharoplasty performed?

Sagging skin around the eyes can be one of the biggest factors in making a person appear older. As people age, the skin around the eyes loosens and the muscles weaken. In extreme cases, excess fat can gather in the upper eyelids, which can obscure vision.

It can affect both men and women and can give a person a permanently tired expression. Although, aside from impaired vision, there are no health concerns around eye bags, they can cause unhappiness.

Blepharoplasty can be performed to combat these issues, either from a cosmetic point of view, or to help improve a person’s field of vision.

It is done as a day procedure and takes between one and three hours. You can read more about our Blepharoplasty processes here or contact us here for a friendly chat about our services.

Dr Ash Dutta on decolletage care

Most females of a certain age have reservations about wearing a low-cut dress or top. The skin from the chin down to the chest has one of the most prominent areas for visible signs of ageing. It is estimated 60% of women are concerned about the appearance of this particular part of their bodies.

The reason for such concerns is simply that the visible skin on the chest area is thinner and lacks the necessary glands to lubricate the skin, and offers protection. However, there are treatments available to combat such visible signs of ageing.

The Vampire Treatment (PRP)

A procedure that that utilises both a combination of laser therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma injections. The application of the laser uses a finely focused beam to resurface the skin and reduce the visible wrinkles. Following this, the Platelet Rich Plasma injections encourage the skin to regenerate, boosting the Collagen production and visible firmness of the skin. This treatment is usually undertaken over three sessions and can cost upwards of £1500.

Keeping Abreast Of The Cleavage

The application of Radio Frequency technology (known as RF), seeks to actively combat wrinkles and tighten skin. A gel is applied to the area of the décolletage to be treated before a probe delivers RF energy into the dermal layers. The treatment causes a warm sensation but is not painful. This stimulates the production of Collagen which helps with the skin regeneration. The advantage over the more invasive cosmetic procedures is that no recovery time is required and any redness or sensitivity of the skin will fade around an hour later. Improvements can usually be seen over three to six months with a minimum of three treatments recommended. A course of RF treatments starts around £500.

Plump That Skin

This is normally achieved by using a filler treatment such as Restylane which is specially developed for use on the décolletage area. This helps to boost the thickening of finer skin, giving it a more visibly smooth appearance. The micro injections are surprisingly pain free, but the Hyaluronic Acid helps to boost the moisture levels within the skin. Fine lines are reduced and a healthier and more rejuvenated surface skin tone is achieved with results lasting around 1 year. You can expect to pay around £200 per treatment.

Beat The Sun Effect

Surface sun damage can be treated using a technique called ´Photodynamic Therapy’. This can help to rejuvenate skin which has been damaged by sun exposure. The décolletage is exposed to a red-light laser treatment which can help to reduce any surface redness and inflammation received from prolonged sun exposure. A minimum of 4 treatments is recommended starting from around £300 per session.

Contact Dr Dutta to at one of his Newcastle, Sunderland, London or Liverpool clinics.

Dr Dutta on Umbilicoplasty

Umbilicoplasty or belly button reshaping is getting very popular. As we get older the umbilicus changes shapes but essentially what happens is looseness of the skin around the bellybutton.

As the belly button sags it doesn’t look as tight as it used to. Reshaping of the belly button is often done alongside surgery but it can also be done as an isolated procedure.

We do this under local anesthetic and cut around the belly button to give this a new shape. The issue around the bellybutton is that we need to leave the scar as small as possible.

I believe that isolated belly button repair is better to do with less side effects. There is a possibility that the belly button can get a scar so we need to ensure that the patient is aware of the pros and cons to ensure the patient gets a much better outcome.

To find out more please contact Dr Dutta.

Dr Ash Dutta talks about Dermal Fillers for filling the Temple

Dermal fillers have been around for more than several decades now, being used to improve the overall appearance of the lips and lower facial contours. But, it’s also a little-known fact that these fillers can also be effectively used elsewhere on the face to reduce the appearance of ageing.

The (upper) temple region of the face is frequently overlooked as an area which can experience a surprising loss of volume as we get older. This can have a visible impact on the overall balance and look of facial features as the years progress. As a result, this can sometimes make us look much older than we actually are. The ability of a skilled aesthetic professional to add volume to this area (the temple hollows in particular) by utilising these dermal fillers, can immediately give a fuller and rejuvenated appearance.

The temple area can be thought of as the edge of your brows running upwards and back to the hairline. In the younger years, this generally balanced by a heart shaped composition of the face with the bottom of the heart tapering inwards towards the jaw area. However due to the ageing process, we can lose bone density in the face; cheeks, eyes and temples causing fat deposits to lose their support. Along with the loss of these fatty deposits, Collagen in the skin can also fade causing it to lose its tight and firm regimen. This can promote a more tired appearance because of the visibility of this sagging skin around the hollow facial areas.

The application of such types of filler treatment beneath the cheeks can give the face a restored and youthful look without resorting to the more invasive surgical methods. The use of these fillers can recreate volume and a more youthful result when coupled with anti-wrinkle injections and laser treatments to promote Collagen production around the more delicate eye areas. These treatments when combined can create a stretching and lifting motion which will give a more enhanced result.

The Procedure

The aesthetic professional will assess the facial structure and temple areas in order to define the amount of volume needed to correct any hollowness. The area for treatment will then be cleaned with an Antiseptic solution and numbed before the dermal filler (containing an additional local anaesthetic) is placed deeply below the skin using a needle or blunt cannula. The filler material is normally applied using one or two injections per side or temple hollow and the area is then massaged to help spread the fillers to the desired area whilst smoothing out any imperfections during the treatment.

There are several types of filler options available, depending on the region of the face being treated and you will be advised on the most appropriate one for your application during the initial pre-procedure consultation.

Post-Procedure

As this is a non-invasive treatment, recovery time is usually minimal. Some patients have reported a sensation of mild discomfort or aching of the face or jawline, but this can be managed using ice packs to numb the area or Paracetamol (but not Aspirin or Ibuprofen). Any swelling or bruising will subside over a couple of days and an extra pillow for comfort will always help short term to reduce any direct pressure on the treated areas.

Repeat treatments may be necessary after the swelling or bruising subsides, to help ‘fine tune’ the final result. Your aesthetic professional will advise you of this upon any follow up consultations or reviews. The dermal filler can be expected to last approximately 6-12 months before any further maintenance or top ups are required.