Dr Ash Dutta talks about Sculptra for Buttock Augmentation

Scupltra has been used for facial volume and rejuvenation for a long time. Recently Sculptra has been used for buttock augmentation but more importantly rejuvenation.

We have used fat to augment the volume of the buttock and of course the Brazilian butt lift which is the fat transfer to the buttock is a very popular topic. However Sculptra works slightly differently by depositing new collagen under the skin and giving tighter skin.

Not necessarily we get a very big buttock with Scupltra but the improvement of the quality of the skin is phenomenal. I think using Sculptra the right way which is every 4-6 weeks for 2-3 sessions is the right way forward and the patient will get much better looking tighter skin.

To find out more about the process, you can contact me at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre. Contact details can be found here.

Managing The Malady Of Melasma by Dr Ash Dutta

Melasma is a condition which can cause brown patches to appear on the face. If you’re living in the Western world or elsewhere – the condition is caused by a variety of factors and not just related to pregnancy, when it is called chloasma.

Melasma occurs due to the overstimulation of the Melanin producing cells, known as melanocytes. This causes excess pigments to leech into neighboring skin cells, resulting in dark brown patches. However, this stimulation can be caused by many factors such as exposure to sun, medication, hormone change, Hypothyroidism and even contraceptive pills.

Typical Melasma pattern is visible across the forehead, cheeks and upper lip but it can also appear as single spots or patches (possibly in a butterfly pattern). The condition often manifests itself during pregnancy and with HRT treatment or oral contraception.

The blunt facts are that Melasma can be difficult to treat if the underlying cause cannot be established. However, aesthetic specialists can treat this condition with varying degrees of success. Clinics may recommend using a depigmentation peel or resurfacing process to help break up the overall appearance of the condition.

By managing the treatment correctly through various treatments such as chemical peels or the more complicated Melasma patterning, aesthetic practitioners can lighten or break up significant deposits of the pigmentation with the use of Hydroquinone cream which helps the fading process. More complex combinations of treatments can involve using regular light therapy and brightening creams which can keep the skin tone appearing more consistent and make the surface pigment less noticeable.

Conspicuous by its absence, laser treatment is not recommended as the application of heat may encourage production of more pigments in the skin.

All is not lost however; there are some basic precautions which can be taken to protect the skin. The application of a high factor SPF sunscreen can help when used every day underneath a mineral based make-up. Suitable use of sunglasses and hat will give the face some much needed protection.

Other recommended precautions are to avoid areas of extreme heat such as saunas and steam rooms, while a vitamin C and E rich moisturiser which is applied in the evening will provide a good degree antioxidant protection. Further reading will reveal the presence of skin lightening products which are available to purchase on the internet. However, most experts reject such creams and bleaches as their long term usage is not fully understood and can cause skin irritations and hyper sensitivity thus causing more damage to already problem areas.

If you want to find out more about Melasma please  contact Dr Dutta at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre.

Morpheus 8: Micro-needling With Radio Frequency

Regardless of age, most of us would like to look in the mirror and appreciate a healthier, glowing complexion and softer skin. The fact is that everything from the texture to the tightness of our skin changes, as we grow older. In recent years, we have been fortunate enough to witness the development of numerous ´non-surgical´ modalities which attempt to slow the signs of aging, and even reverse them. At the Aesthetic Beauty Centre, our staff continues to be impressed with innovative new devices, like the Morpheus 8 (by InMode).

What Is Morpheus 8?

Morpheus 8 is a device that is designed to combine micro-needling and radio frequency to achieve deep fractional remodelling. The Morpheus 8 doesn’t just address superficial tissue; it directs energy toward the adipose fat that is notorious for creating jowls, bra rolls, and more.

What Is Micro-needling With Radio Frequency?

Radio frequency is a type of energy that has been scientifically proven to provoke Collagen remodelling. Micro-needling is a technique of creating tiny puncture wounds in the superficial dermis to stimulate an increase in the production of Collagen, Elastin and new skin cells. Several radio frequency devices have been developed in the past decade, so this energy is safe and effective for cosmetic improvements that include scar reduction and skin tightening. The Morpheus 8 combines these two, delivering the thermal energy of radio frequency waves to the deeper layers of tissue via the adjustable microneedles. Ultimately, micro-needling with radio frequency affects both the epidermis and the dermis for maximum results.

How Does Morpheus 8 Compare To Other Micro needling Treatments?

The Morpheus 8 is FDA approved as a Subdermal Adipose Remodelling Device (or SARD). This demonstrates a crucial difference between this device and standard micro-needling. During a Morpheus 8 treatment, the provider can adjust the ultra-sharp microneedles to a depth of up to 4 millimetres, a gauge which is much deeper than any other micro-needling device to date.

Can Morpheus 8 Be Combined With Other Treatments Such As Fractora Or FaceTite?

Morpheus 8 can and often is combined with Fractora and FaceTite treatments (both also developed by InMode). This combination may be referred to as ´EmbraceRF´, a treatment that targets the lower third of the face. When combined with either Fractora or FaceTite, the Morpheus 8 aspect of the process enhances the final outcome of treatment by sculpting adipose tissue to support youthful facial contours.

Is Micro needling With Radiofrequency Painful?

It is important to us that our patients have access to the treatments they want without the fear of intolerable discomfort. Micro-needling with radio frequency is conducted after a topical anaesthetic has been applied to the skin. Within approximately thirty minutes, the cream desensitizes epidermal nerve endings to reduce the sensations from radio frequency to a mild heat. This also significantly reduces or eliminates the sensation of the microneedles passing over the skin.

In addition to numbing superficial tissue with topical Analgesic, we also offer patients the opportunity to increase their physical and emotional comfort using ProNox. This self-delivery Nitrous Oxide system puts the power in your hands as you undergo the treatment of your choice. You can ask about ProNox during your consultation for skin tightening with Morpheus 8 or any of our other innovative devices.

Who Is A Candidate For Micro needling With RF?

Many adults are excellent candidates for micro-needling with radio frequency. This minimally invasive technique may be ideal for you if you wish to reduce the appearance of:

– Acne or acne scars
– Poor skin texture
– Sun damage
– Deep lines and creases
– Mild sagging or jowls
– Enlarged pores
– Stretch marks

Combining micro-needling with radio frequency and other radio frequency treatments like FaceTite or Fractora may be ideal for:

Bridging the gap – Many people have cosmetic concerns that don’t quite qualify for facelift candidacy. The EmbraceRF protocol provides a perfect in-between; a way to promote younger-looking skin without injectables or surgery.

Conservative treatment – Patients who are interested in achieving tighter, smoother skin but prefer to do so without surgery and its risks may be ideal candidates for the latest RF treatments.

Facelift maintenance – Individuals who have undergone facelift surgery generally want to establish good habits to maintain their results. Radio frequency treatments may be an integral aspect of their ongoing care.

Are There Any Side Effects After Treatment With Morpheus 8?

Some side effects of Morpheus 8 may include transient redness and swelling. It is possible that some patients may experience temporary bruising. The micro-needling aspect of treatment may leave tiny points on the skin that crust and flake off. This should be expected if Morpheus 8 is combined with Fractora. Mild tenderness or soreness may result from the absorption of RF energy and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Our team will discuss the side effects you might experience during your consultation and decision regarding the extent of your treatment plan.

How Many Treatments Are Needed To See Results?

Optimal results may be achieved in as little as one treatment or through a series of treatments conducted over a period of several weeks. We can make an accurate estimate of treatment outcome by observing the condition of your skin, including texture, tone, and laxity, during your consultation.

How Soon After Treatment Can I Wear Makeup?

If micro-needling and radio frequency with Morpheus 8 is performed as a stand-alone treatment, it may be possible to apply make-up as soon as the day after treatment. Adding adjunct procedures such as Fractora may increase that gap up to one week.

To find out more about Morpheus-8 you can contact Dr Ash Dutta at the Aesthetic Beauty Centre.