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2020 is almost there and the trends of 2019 will progress into the new year. The last decade has been all about going harder and faster all day, every day. We saw the rise of high-intensity interval training, the adoption of restrictive diets and thanks to advances in technology, an explosion in access to resources previously reserved for the rich and famous. The two prominent trends that I feel will make waves with regards to beauty treatments would be

  • Minimal access Rejuvenation of the Face and Hands (Phi LiftTM)
  • what is the USP?

The USP of this rejuvenation procedure is that it is the most powerful non-surgical procedure to be designed for face and hand rejuvenation with little or no down time. It is a lunch time procedure which can shave off up to 10 years from the areas most exposed to the vagaries of climate, detergents and UV radiation.

  • what is the technology involved?

It is a combination technology where drooping tissues of the mid face and neck are lifted, volume loss in the face and hand is revolumized using your own fat or fillers and skin is resurfaced with lasers and peels. Excess fat if present is removed by injection Lipolysis which gradually dissolves the fat pocket. The Peels, Fillers, Botulinum toxin, lipolysis and threads used are FDA approved. The outcome by these combination treatments is powerful yet reversible.

  • what is the process?

The process includes numbing the face and the hands. Excess fat deposit area s is first marked and Lipolysis injected. Not everyone will need this part of the procedure. This is followed by lifting the drooping tissues using powerful surgical threads. A week later Fillers or your own fat will be used to volumize the areas where aging has caused volume loss along with use of Botulinum toxin to reduce the animation lines. Finally, Laser or Chemical resurfacing of the face and hands is undertaken to remove the surface blemishes and get a smooth skin.

  • can it be teamed with other surgeries?

This procedure can be undertaken with other surgical and non-surgical procedures of other parts of the body. This should not be combined with facial surgeries.

  • side effects

There are minor risks such as bruising and swelling. Very rarely you may feel a lump or excess tightening on one side. Infection can rarely occur. Since these are reversible procedures there are no long-term implications associated with this procedure.

  • number of sessions required

Some stages of this procedure such as Lipolysis may need multiple sessions and its outcome is permanent. Other parts such as Fillers, threads and Botulinum toxin are temporary and will need redoing when the outcome has faded.

  • pre-procedure precautions

I recommend people to start Arnica which reduces bruising and swelling. It is also important to keep face and hands clean as any focus of infection such as an infected acne will prevent us from undertaking the procedure.

  • post-treatment measures

Patients are advised anti-inflammatory medications and rarely antibiotics to reduce the discomfort and the swelling.

  • future of the procedure in India

People in India are more open to undertaking non-surgical procedures as there is minimal or no recovery time, there is no dramatic change in the area and the risks of things going wrong is minimal. Because of above reasons this procedure is bound to catch up in India.

Rejuvenation, detox and antioxidant infusions.

  • what is the USP?

The essence of health and wellness is a balance of all internal components also called as homeostasis. For the past many years people from the upper socio-economic strata have been travelling to foreign countries to get their systems replenished with vital nutrients. Aging is associated with slowing down of the systems due to lack of an enzyme, a co enzyme, minerals, hormones or plain energy which is replenished by this therapy and can make you feel fresh and charged up.

  • what is the technology involved?

Our diet should provide adequate levels of basic nutrients however due to chronic stress, environmental pollutants, nutrient depleted soil and genetic modification; nutrient status is often not even close to optimal. Moreover, many in India are vegetarians which can cause deficiency of some vitamins. These can cause deficiencies of certain hormones which are vital for running of our system. In such a scenario a combination of Vitamins, hormones and Essential Minerals along with proteins if depleted can help in many ways.

  • If you’re overweight combinations can help you to burn off stubborn body fat by increasing your metabolic rate.
  • If you’re anxious, certain drips are formulated to make you feel calm.
  • If you’re interested in anti-aging: IV can soften, improve and possibly eradicate lines and wrinkles

IV infusions are also available for allergies as well as to prevent Flu.

  • what is the process?

You walk into a clinic specializing in IV infusion treatments where you are analysed by a doctor. Taking into consideration your diet and concerns some tests are advised. These are assessed and then an IV treatment plan is made and the IV initiated. These usually are proprietary formulations where the concentration of the nutrients can be changed.

  • can it be teamed with other surgeries?

It can surely be teamed up with other cosmetic or other procedures as it will only improve the healing as well as the outcome.

  • side effects

If undertaken under a Doctor’s supervision these IV infusions are not associated with any side effects. Long term these are safe if infused after prior assessment of deficiencies.

  • number of sessions required

May require one or many infusions depending on the possible nutritional deficiencies, monitoring on a regular basis is required for long term improvement.

  • pre-procedure precautions

A list of blood tests will be advised which has to be undertaken to assess the deficiencies.

  • post-treatment measures

There is no specific post treatment measure except watching for allergies if you are taking it for the first time.

  • future of the procedure in India

It has a very positive future as people when they grow older will have hormonal deficiencies along with vitamin and mineral shortages. Indians are very restricted with their dietary choices which will cause changes in metabolism. As more and more people learn about wellness and supplements, this therapy will be more sought after to correct deficiencies.

BY: Dr Mohan Thomas, Senior Cosmetic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgery Institute

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