Dr Chytra Anand, Cosmetic dermatologist talks about advanced beauty treatments

StyleSpeak’s guide to the popular advanced beauty treatments across the globe
19 August, 2017

The Size of Indian Cosmetics Industry globally is$274 billion. The current size of the Cosmetics Industry is approx. US$600million. Industry Sources estimate a rapid growth rate of 20% per an num across different segments of the Cosmetics industry. Today, advanced beauty treatments like microdermabrasion, skin whitening, anti-acne, anti ageing are becoming extremely popular as well.

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India like most countries with coloured skin is obsessed with skin brightening and whitening. Whitening is a taboo and hasserious adverse events when attempted both physically and mentally, butbrightening is the new key word. Dr Chytra Anand, Celebrity Cosmetic dermatologist, Kosmoderma Clinics opines, “Skin brightening now is the rage especially with anti oxidant therapy. This therapy is a medical procedure provided by aesthetic skin clinics across the world and some drip bars. Glutathione is a super anti oxidant which has many super powers like helping with tissue regeneration,liver regeneration, reducing risk of heart attack, protecting against free radical damage and skin brightening. Injecting a brightening mix of intravenously has been the secret of celebrities for a long time and is now available to all.

Glutathione is made naturally in the body to protect body against free radical and oxidation. When excess glutathione is available, the body produces a lighter pigment thus making the person lookbrighter and in some cases lighter. A reduced form of glutathione combined with Vitamin C is the best. The rage is once a week injections until skin looks brighter and smoother. After that a maintenance is required on a fortnightly basis and with oral anti oxidants.” Anuja Lakshmi, Senior facial therapist,Mirrors & Within adds, “A major problem is dis colouration or patchy skin,so whitening or evening-out the skin tone is popular. Due to heavy make up ourskin loses its elasticity and hydration so guests are more keen on firming upthe skin.”

Popularity Index

Facials too are getting a boost. The Kindled Crystal facial therapy is a treatment that begins with a calming yet uplifting effect along with botanical treasures to induce relaxation. The treatment is completed by applying a brightening mask dissolving stress lines with a deeply nourishing and sensuous experience. This facial is suitable for all skin types.“Our Skin therapy reduces the depth of surface lines and assist in cleaningacne/blemished skin, by loosened dead cells from the skins surface, revealingnew healthy cells resulting in smooth, radiant and glowing skin,” says ArchanaPillai, Aura Spa Manager, The Park Hyderabad. “Fractional Laser Treatment foracne scars and skin rejuvenation. Q-Switched laser treatment for pigmentation and for glow and microdermabrasion for acne scars and glow,” says Dr. KalaVimal, Consultant Dermatologist at Hairline International, Hair & Skin Clinic. Popular advanced beauty treatments like anti ageing treatments in theform of P.R.P. (Platelet rich plasma) therapy, botox, fillers, lasers and antiacne treatments are also popular.


Skin Matters

Microdermabrasion is a skin polishing treatment,which is superficial peeling of stratum corneum, reducing the thickness of thestratum corneum through mechanical abrasion of the dead cells allowing smootherfresher skin to emerge, thus correcting surface irregularities. Satishh Saraf, Founderand Director of Panache Salon & Academy explains, “It has also been shown that these treatments are useful in treating superficial title lines andwrinkles, photo damaged skin, post acne scars, hyper pigmentation which ismaking it popular and trendy to let a person achieve a perfect dazzling look.”Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells and with the help of system machine it polishesthe skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. “Some machines have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face. It is an excellent procedureto help take full advantage of the benefit of a regular topical regimen, keepskin feeling smooth, help pigment look more even and speed clearance ofwhiteheads. However, this will not work on deep wrinkles, dark brown spots,redness or growths,” says Saraf.

Feel Good

Advanced skin treatments are in demand because these treatments show visible changes immediately. Preeti Seth, M.D. &Cosmetologist, Pachouli Spa & Wellness Centre (Delhi) explains, “HighIntensity Focal Ultrasound (HIFU)/UL therapy is a non surgical (non invasive)way to lift, tone and tighten skin. UL therapy harnesses the power of ultrasoundto transform the brow, chin, neck and chest. Ultrasound, of course, has been used safely throughout the medical field for more than 50 years – and UL therapyhas been established as safe and effective in clinical studies.” Jo Gaglani,Director at ReMedi Spa and Beauty Lounge avers, “these treatments are essentialto suit the daily requirements of consumers. It is not only essential but alsodesirable for each person to look young and radiant. Post these treatments one's skin is redefined, leaving it spotless without any lines or wrinkles. Ithas an immediate impact on the skin leaving it soft, smooth and supple thus providing a look that is young and fresh.”

Take Care

Since these are advanced beauty treatments, do ensure that you take care of some essentials while treating your clients. Anytherapy needs a personalized consultation, which can assist you to determine which product is the best for your client’s skin. Pooja Goel, Director of Khoobsurat Saloon, Spa & Academy in Delhi (Rohini & Paschim Vihar)says, “treatment of pigmentation or discoloration is done through lasers, soafter the treatment there should be no exposure to sun and lots of sun screen should be used, twice or thrice a day.” Skin therapy should be done before or after any kind chemical treatment such as face bleach, chemical peels, severe sun tan with rash, any kind of burn/rashes and the like. Dr. (Maj Gen) A S Bath, Sr. Consultant & Unit Head, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, BLK Super Speciality Hospital advices, “these treatments should be performed only by doctors with proper qualification and adequate training and experience. These procedures should be performed in a facility where proper aseptic precautionscan be observed.” Dr. Rajneesh Kumar, Spa Manager at Six Senses Spa, JaypeeGreens Golf & Spa Resort adds, “skin assessment and any known history of allergies should be taken into account, overall these treatments are safe to experience. It is always recommended to avoid sun exposure after having facials as the skin is tender. Men are advised to shave at least 3-4 hour before having a facial.” 

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