What makes a face attractive and beautiful? Some say it’s symmetry, others claim it’s beautiful features, and still others believe it’s the texture of the skin that defines beauty. While beauty is a universal language, the concepts and aesthetic priorities associated with it often vary from culture to culture. Full, bee-stung lips may be the rage among Western audiences, but may not necessarily be valued by Japanese women, who tend to prefer thinner, more delicate features.
The science of facial aesthetics, however, has developed remarkably over the past few decades. Today it is not only possible to effectively reverse and delay some signs of ageing, but it is also possible to redefine your facial features depending on your choice and desire. You may have been born with a crooked nose, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with it. Facial science today has given us safer and more effective techniques to enhance your beauty, correct an undesirable feature, slow down ageing, improve skin texture, and boost your confidence. If plastic surgery was the revolutionary idea of the last generation, non-surgical beauty augmentation procedures are the ‘it’ word today.
A number of factors affect your skin and beauty with time. As you age, wrinkles and fine lines appear, skin loosens, starts sagging and becomes dull. Other damaging factors like UV radiation also harm your facial skin overtime.
A number of new age aesthetic procedures available today can give you magnificent results; from facial contouring to age correction and even complexion enhancement. Facial aesthetics experts use the latest innovations and technologies for facial rejuvenation. From laser treatments and facial fillers to established skin care products, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists have designed more effective skin treatments, tailor-made for individual needs.
Laser Skin Resurfacing: Laser skin resurfacing – also known as a laser peel, laser vaporisation and lasabrasion – can reduce acne scars and other blemishes, and tighten the skin to give an effective facelift effect. Laser skin resurfacing can correct minor facial flaws such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, birthmarks, and excessive oil gland deposits. Pigmentation and dark spots can also be broken down with laser technology. The latest technologies in laser are so effective that they provide doctors greater control and precision. There are no major precautions or even post-procedure care. All you have to do is use sunscreen for a few days following the treatment.
Injectables: Botox and fillers are among the most revolutionary procedures in facial aesthetics in the past few years, capable of altering how you look without surgical intervention. Botox doesn’t just reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes; it also works effectively as a facelift tool when used in conjugation with hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm. Together, the two injectables can erase lines, fine-tune the jaw, lift sagging jowls, and give your skin a tightening effect. While Botox is needed to erase frown lines and crow’s feet, fillers are better suited to nasolabial folds and wrinkles around the mouth.
Facial Contouring: Fillersare also a very effective tool to redefine facial features. They can provide volume to sagging cheeks and plumping to thin lips, and also reshape the chin and nose. People who are uncomfortable with the idea of going under the knife find that fillers are an amazing solution to get the desired facial feature. If you are unhappy with your thin lips, fillers can plump them up. When artistically done, they can re-define the lips, complete with a perfectly formed cupid’s bow. The effects of the procedure last several months, and the best part is that it is reversible. So if you’re not happy with your new look, you can always get back to your original self.
Diamond Polishing: This is a technique in which the skin is polished with diamonds fixed on tips that electronically move on the skin. This is useful for removing dead cells, wrinkles, scars, tanning, and overall improves the glow and complexion of the skin. The diamond MDB is a new development available worldwide that makes the skin look younger and clearer, along with adding softness and glow to it.
DIY’s: For healthy and beautiful skin, one must religiously follow a cleansing, toning, and moisturising routine, in addition to using sunscreen. If you want to indulge in some home remedies,the best option is to use Fuller’s Earth (multanimitti) abundantly. A face pack with this and rose water acts as a skin soother and toner, tightening facial pores. Turmeric is another useful product that has immense anti-bacterial and skin-improving qualities. Turmeric powder can be used along with honey to make a nourishing facepack. Use face packs made of citrus fruits for oil and acne control.
Include a lot of antioxidants and vitamins in your diet to keep your skin healthy from within.– Dr Chiranjiv Chhabra, leading Delhi-based dermatologist, SkinAlive Clinics
Callout: The best part of most modern day procedures is that they are reversible, so if you do not like your new look, you can always get back to your original self.