With procedures popping up every month, MSQRD takes you directly to the Doctor herself to get the answers to our readers’ most pressing cosmetic surgery questions.
MSQRD: I don't want to go under the scalpel as I am only 30. I hate looking like I did something BUT I want to loose weight in my legs, have a firm stomach, I smile so much I have thin lines around my mouth. Can I resolve all those issues with needles?
Dr. Shazia: Before we go into details of: “How to take care of aging skin and look younger?” we need to know “Why do we age?” “Why do wrinkles appear?”Answer is simple as, we age our skin’s capacity of making new collagen goes down. Post 20 years of age skin stops making new collagen. Studies have shown that every year past the age of 20 we loose 2-3 mg of collagen in the skin of face and neck area. Hence, skin starts to look thinner and wrinkles more readily. Collagen is not the only element deteriorating in our body as we age, we are also loosing fat in the center of face, muscle mass is depleting and bones are also thinning. To top it all gravity is pulling every thing south. If you want to beat time and look young, fresh and lifted naturally you need to work on all these factors and work in 3D approach.
If you are in your 30’s its too early to go under the knife. Start working on preserving and restoring the damage done past 20. You still got time as little damage has happened.
Basic rules of skincare 20’s, 30’s and Past: Always use Sun protection. Second most important message is Moisturize, Moisturize, and Moisturize. Dry and dehydrated skin is prone to wrinkling and aging faster than well balanced and hydrated skin.Early and diligent use of skin appropriate products helps conserve collagen loss and helps make new collagen. Tried and tested ingredients include Vitamin C and A based products.
If you want star quality skin and body, start with radiofrequency assisted skin rejuvenation procedures. There are devices available in your dermatologist’s office, which give amazing results and take you 5-10 years back in time. Thermage, Accent XL and Mabel Pro are some of the commercial names using radiofrequency for skin tightening and body contouring. They work on the principal that if skin is exposed to a temperature of 42 degrees for few minutes the fibroblasts (factories that make collagen) start producing new collagen. Hence, restoring and compacting skin’s collagen content. Deeper focused treatments help to zap fat and strengthen sub cutaneous fibrous septae helping in erasing double chin, hanging jowls cellulite reduction and body sculpting.
Unsightly areas like lower belly, thighs and lower back can be contoured easily with non-surgical methods.
There are several devices available in your dermatologist’s office that help to trim fat, zap cellulite and tighten and lift skin. Reliable technologies available in the market to sculpt body non surgically include:
- · Radiofrequency (RF) based devices: Thermage, Mabel Pro, Accent XL (RF heats up skin and fat resulting in skin tightening, cellulite reduction, and zapping superficial fat under the skin. You loose 1-2 cm in each session. Can be repeated every 15 days)
- · Ultrasound based devices: Liposonix, Luvitra Twin (Focused sound waves blast the fat cells mechanically. You loose 1-6 cm with each session. Can be repeated every 15 days)
- · Cryo lipolysis: Zeltiq cool sculpturing (Freezes your fat and causes fat necrosis you see 20% bulge loss in 2-3 months. Can be repeated every 2-3 months)
Mesothrapy: Injections of caffeine and phosphatidyl choline have proven to zap fat. Most cosmetic practitioners in Europe have been using them over the past decade with good safety record though, no studies are available to prove or disapprove. New studies are under way currently in US to get FDA clearance.
Laser Assisted Liposuction: If you’re a little brave at heart Laser assisted liposuction is another option, which has changed the way we do liposculpting. It is much gentler and less traumatic than the original procedure. A numbing solution is injected through very tiny incision points. You hardly feel anything and get sculpted in a matter of few hours. Your skin looks tighter and angles look sleeker in a matter of few weeks.
MSQRD:Tell us about this non-chirurgical nose lift procedure?
Dr. Shazia: Non-surgical nose job entails injecting a filler product at the tip of the nose and at the base of the columella to elevate the tip. Some strategic injections on the bridge of the nose also help to straighten the nose and give it a more pleasing curvature. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes. The results last 1-2 years depending on the material chosen (hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite). Few units of well-placed botox coupled with the filler makes end results even more interesting and refined.
MSQRD: What about my lips?
Dr. Shazia: Lips can be rejuvenated gorgeously with hyaluronic acid injections. Simple trick is “less is more”. Some people go over board and inject multiple syringes and end up with the frowned upon “trout pout”. All aesthetic doctors need to respect boundaries of beauty and should work on enhancing subtly instead of producing overdone looks.
MSQRD: What is the difference between a good and a bad procedure, why some girls end up looking like Demi Moore and Megan Fox after doing tons of work and others look like a balloon?
Dr. Shazia: Doctors working in aesthetics need to have an artistic sense and an earnest eye for beauty. Just being a doctor does not mean you can create or restore beauty. You can inject yes but can’t create a masterpiece. Aesthetic sense is something you’re born with or you work really hard to attain.
A good aesthetic doctor is first and foremost familiar with the golden proportions of an attractive face. While working she/he aims at restoring the harmony of a beautiful face and not creating unsightly balloons and balls. Botox or fillers for face should be strategically placed not stuffed in mindlessly like filaments in a pillow.
MSQRD: Do you believe in miracle procedures? Which one is your favorite?
Dr. Shazia: I believe in beauty, I believe in proportions, I believe in harmony (BPH). If you understand BPH you can create miracles.
Today we have quiet a number of useful tools in our armament to restore and create beauty. Botox and fillers are undoubtedly a dermatologist’s no. one best friends. I love radiofrequency facials and body treatments because they produce fast and qualitative results. Fat and stem cell injections have given me a lot of flexibility to restore and enhance face, breast, & buttocks, etc. (areas previously dealt with surgical approaches only).We talked about 3D rejuvenation earlier, I believe if you want to restore properly and naturally the only way to think and plan is 3D. 3D transformation requires a combination therapeutic approach. Every face and body is unique. I like to analyze and define weak points first and foremost and only then I make my strategy to fix and restore.
MSQRD: It would appear that a new procedure comes onto the market every month. How can we spot the gimmicks between the tested and true procedures?
Dr. Shazia: Aesthetics is a multi billion dollar industry and every one wants a bigger chunk of this pie. Literally, “the race is on”. You are right every month a new procedure or product is being introduced which is mind-boggling. The only way to know what’s true and what is a gimmick is to keep up with the industry and study in depth “what’s going on?” or acquire the help of a trustworthy expert to keep you updated. Looking for regulatory body approvals also helps you to choose the right procedures and products.
MSQRD: What are the best natural preventative aging tricks you can suggest?
Dr. Shazia: When we talk prevention first thing to avoid is: sun or UV tanning.Other major factors that break down collagen and damage skin are: smoking, and gobbling sweets & carbohydrates. Scientists believe that inflammation is at the basis of aging in all organ systems, including the skin. One of the reasons inflammation occurs is from a rapid rise in blood sugar, which causes biochemical changes in the cell that result in accelerated aging. You can have deterioration of the brain or the heart muscle, and likewise of the skin. Numerous studies have shown us that one of the big internal causes of inflammation is diet. In addition to biochemical changes, sugar causes damage to the skin in another way: When blood sugar goes up rapidly, sugar can attach itself to collagen in a process called "glycation," making the skin stiff and inflexible. Losing this elastic resilience of young skin will give you deep wrinkles and make you look old.
Basics: Good diet (plenty of organic vegetables and fruits), regular exercise (at least 4 times a week), and plenty of water (10-15 glasses) everyday to be practiced as a lifestyle.
Sun protection: A skin appropriate sun block SPF 50+ used on sunny as well as cloudy days. UV rays are really harmful, a study recently showed 10 minutes of daily UV exposure is enough to cause skin cancer, premature aging and pigmentation alterations in the exposed skin.
Daily Skincare: A good skin specific cleanser, toner and a moisturizer are a must to have a clean radiant and youthful complexion. Moisturize as many times as you wash your face.Collagen Boosters: Vitamin C and A based products. Peptides are all the new rage these days they are less irritant than vitamin A based products yet, delivering similar results.
MSQRD: I understand that the neck is a tricky area to operate, what can we do regain a youthful neck?
Dr. Shazia: Radiofrequency devices help with double chin, hanging jowls as well as skin tightening and lifting.
Botox can help with softening the Platysma bands that make the neck look older and pull the face down. Procedure is called Nefertiti Neck Lift.Hyaluronic acid in very low concentration “Mesolis” can help erase the lines and wrinkles very niftily and help plump up the thinning skin.
These days I am using a lot of plasma cell injections to rejuvenate the neck, décolleté, delicate area around eyes and hands. The procedure is called Vampire face-lift. We use your own blood to heal the damaged tissue of your face, neck or hands. Blood is packed with natural growth and healing factors. We separate them from other cells and inject them back to rejuvenate damaged tissue. Works like magic!