So, how does one prevent aging and stop development of facial lines? Would it not be better to prevent wrinkles from developing rather than treat them, once developed (antiageing)? Botox (Botulinum Toxin) Injections Treatment is the new age medical wonder to treat facial lines & wrinkles. Botox is used by celebrities, middle class and ordinary people in the quest to have a beautiful, wrinkle free face (anti-aging). But, can Botox, if injected into the face muscles earlier in life, actually prevent lines and wrinkles from developing? i.e. Can Botox treatment be a preventive anti-ageing treatment? At what age should one start considering Botox injections treatment to prevent lines and wrinkles from developing and to have a life-long antiageing effect?
How to get rid of stretch marks? How to reduce (remove) open pores on the face & cheeks? How to get whiter, lighter, (skin whitening & lightening) beautiful, blemish free, mark free, wrinkle free (fine lines removal) skin? How to remove (reduce/ treat) acne (pimple) scars (best laser for acne scar removal)? How to get tighter, younger looking, smoother, beautiful skin on the face, cheeks, head, neck, back, arms, legs & the rest of the body? The best cosmetic laser treatment (therapy) for all of these indications in Indian skin is the ablative fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser treatment. This is a safe & effective treatment, with minimal side-effects & can be performed at reasonable cost (price). The Carbon Dioxide laser has a synergistic cosmetic effect with other skin rejuvenation treatments like Botox (Botulinum Toxin Injection), dermal fillers & other skin care products.
Tears are formed by tiny glands that surround the eye. The tear film is comprised of three layers: a top-most oil layer, a middle water layer, and lower mucous layer (closest to the eye). The tear film lipid layer is the major barrier to evaporation of tears from the ocular surface. A decrease in its thickness or functional integrity may cause evaporative dry eyes. When the meibomian glands get blocked or do not function properly, the tear film is more likely to evaporate. In today’s world, with so much pollution and the rampant use of eye make up, these oil glands tend to get blocked easily & may be the major cause of dry eyes world over. The eye mascara (kaajal), eye shadow and eyeliner can all contribute to the dry eyes, by blocking the meibomian glands. The eyelids, when they blink, assist in the distribution and the replenishing of the tear film. So, when you look at the computer screen for a long period of time, the eyelids do not blink normally & the tear film is not replenished, leading to dry eyes (computer vision syndrome). This can contribute to dry, itchy, gritty and uncomfortable eyes. Thus, the eyelids play a very important role in maintaining the tear film & preventing dry eyes, by production of the tear lipid (oil) layer & by blinking. Dry Eyes can be prevented / treated with adequate lid hygiene (cleaning, applying dry heat & massaging), & relaxation of the eyes (by staring into the distance every 10 – 15 minutes & blinking regularly). Removal of eye make up adequately every night helps to prevent & control the dry eye syndrome.
Ptosis (Droopy Eyes / Droopy Eyelids) can affect one eye or both eyes. Ptosis may be present at birth, or may be acquired later in life. If a droopy eyelid/ droopy eyes are present at birth or within the first year of life, the condition is called congenital ptosis. In most cases of congenital ptosis, the cause is idiopathic (unknown). Congenital blepharoptosis has physical, functional, and psychological consequences. . Although the primary reason for the repair is functional, the oculoplastic surgeon has an opportunity through this procedure to produce symmetry in lid height, contour, and eyelid crease for better cosmesis. A good eyelid surgeon understands that ptosis correction has to have a cosmetic (aesthetic) thought process – When a child looks at the world, the world looks at their eyes – And, so, the eyes must look the same (symmetrical eyelid heights) and beautiful, post surgery. Dr. Debraj Shome discusses on ptosis in children, aetiology, causes, complications & the types of ptosis surgery for the treatment (cure) of the same.
The orbit is the bony socket surrounding the eye. Any disease of the orbit (orbital disorder) can cause displacement, proptosis and exophthalmos of the eyeball and lead to impairment of vision. The commonest disease affecting the orbit is Grave’s disease (Thyroid Eye Disease). Tumors (Neoplasms) can also affect the orbit, commonest being orbital lymphoma, lacrimal tumors like pleomorphic adenoma and vascular tumors like cavernous hemangioma and lymphangioma. Treatment of orbital tumors (neoplasms) and other orbital lesions is by using a type of orbital surgery called an orbitotomy. Thyroid Eye Disease is treated with an orbital decompression surgery. Orbital surgeries are extremely specialized surgeries performed by oculoplastic surgeons. Since oculoplastic surgeons have dual training in eye surgery as well as plastic surgery, they are ideally equipped to treat orbital disorders aesthetically and cosmetically, while preserving vision.
Lacrimal Duct Obstruction / Blocked Lacrimal Duct / Lacrimal Duct Stenosis causes Watering (runny / tearing) Eyes. Blocked Tear Ducts (NasoLacrimal Duct Obstruction) can occur in adults, children, babies, infants and newborns and result in watery / tearing / runny eyes (Blocked tear duct symptoms). Watering eyes interfere with vision. In addition, due to the nasolacrimal duct obstruction, eyes can get repeatedly infected, causing dacryocystitis (lacrimal sac infection) and endophthalmities (eye infection). Treatment consists of making an artificial opening on the medial side of the eye into the nose to bypass the blocked nasolacrimal duct and re-establish the normal flow of tears into the nose. This surgery is called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR Surgery) and can be performed through a skin incision (External DCR), through an endoscope inserted through the nose (Endonasal endoscopic DCR) or via laser (LASER assisted DCR). Surgery is very successful and can easily treat this problem, which if not treated as soon as possible, may cause complete blindness due to severe eye infections. Dr. Debraj Shome, one of the top / best oculoplastic surgeons in the world, blogs on the symptoms and treatment of this common problem.
Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Sculptra, Radiesse, Esthelis, Aquamid and other Dermal Facial Fillers – What are they? How do they work? What is the cost? Are they safe? What are the side-effects? Should you undergo them? Facial fillers are temporary to long-lasting solutions administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face. Various types of facial fillers are available; each is designed with one or several purposes, such as facial wrinkle and line reduction and lip augmentation. Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on the various types of dermal filler injections and their use in beauty and anti-aging treatment.
Full lips with an accentuated border have often been associated with beauty and youth. In studies performed on the science of human attraction, psychologists have concluded that a woman’s facial and sexual attractiveness are closely linked to the makeup of her hormones during puberty and development. It has been shown that the more oestrogen a woman has, the larger her eyes and the fuller her lips, characteristics which are supposedly perceived as more feminine. Surveys performed by sexual psychologists have also found that universally, men find a woman’s full lips to be more sexually attractive than lips that are less so. It is very easily possible nowadays to give a lady more attractive, curvaceous, fuller, lips, using cosmetic filler lip injections with Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Restylane / Juvederm are very safe, affordable, predictable and injections with Restylane / Juvederm Fillers can be performed in the doctor’s office itself. Dr. Debraj Shome explores the advent of lip filler injections and explores the data on whether fuller lips are indeed more feminine.
With respect to beauty, the face shape plays a part. Though every person’s face is unique, it’s generally accepted that there are seven basic face shapes. The ideal face shape is oval. What if you do not have an oval face and have a square or a round, broad looking face? The most important step is to evaluate the reason for the square or round face shape. Is it the fat below the facial skin? Is it the muscle mass of the mass (i.e. masseter hypertrophy)? Or, is it the bone structure itself of the face? A careful examination by your plastic surgeon can help find the cause and treat the same. The face shape can then be altered by VASER liposuction if fat is responsible or if masseter hypertrophy (face muscle enlargement) is responsible, Botulinum toxin injections (BOTOX treatment) can be used to treat masseter hypertrophy.
Pthisis bulbi, also called Atrophic bulbi / Small Eye / Shrunken Eye, occurs post eye (ocular) trauma (injury), eye surgery and eye infections (inflammations). Phthisis Bulbi or a painful, Blind eye does not have any vision (sight). Moreover, the blind eye can cause sympathetic ophthalmitis (a disease), which can in turn cause blindness even in the other normal eye. Hence, in an eye with no visual potential, it may make sense to remove the eye (via enucleation, evisceration, eye removal surgery), insert a silicone / acrylic ball implant surgically (to replace the volume of the removed eye) and instead fit in an artificial, custom made ocular prosthesis (false eye). A well fitted ocular prosthesis looks and moves just like a normal eye and it can be difficult even for people to tell if the eye is false or real. Dr. Debraj Shome is one of the top/ best oculoplastic & facial plastic surgeons in the world and currently practices in Mumbai, India. In this blogpost, Dr. Debraj Shome writes about eye removal surgery (enucleation, evisceration, exenteration), a blind eye and cosmetic treatment and rehabilitation of small, shrunken eyes with surgery followed by fitting an artificial, custom, hand made, prosthetic eye.
Chemical Acid Burn, caused by acid throwing or vitriolage, is a violent assault, usually perpetrated on the face of the victims. Acid injury is extremely difficult to treat and melts all tissues, including skin and even bone on the face. It is the toughest injury to treat for plastic & reconstructive surgeons. Dr. Debraj Shome, one of the top / best plastic surgeons in the world (currently based in Mumbai, India) blogs about the acid victims and what they end up going through and what should be done to prevent these cases from occurring. Dr. Shome has treated and performed surgery on many acid burn victims throughout the world and he shares in the pain and angst of this terrible crime perpetrated on his patients.
Chronic Migraine is characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headache pains, often in association with a number of other autonomic nervous symptoms. The word derives from the Greek word hemikrania), “pain on one side of the head”. BOTOX (botulinum toxin A) is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraine who have 15 or more days each month, with headache lasting 4 or more hours each day, in people 18 years or older. BOTOX (botulinum toxin injection treatment) is the first and only US FDA-approved, preventive treatment for chronic migraines (best treatment for chronic migraine headaches), proven to reduce headache days every month. Botox therapy is available at low costs/ prices. Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on the use of Botox treatment as a cheap, affordable method to prevent migraine and other chronic headaches.
A face lift is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to remove face lines & wrinkles & give a more youthful facial appearance. As we age, gravity and fat deflation (loss of volume) rob us of facial fullness. One area in which these effects can be seen is the midface area. To achieve a younger appearance, in a midface lift, the surgeon can use a combination of several small incisions along the hairline and inside the mouth, this way the fatty tissue layers can be lifted and repositioned. This way there are practically no scars. A mid-face lift can also be performed through a trans-conjunctival incision (blepharoplasty eyelid surgery incision). Dr. Debraj Shome, one of the top / best facial plastic surgeons in India and the world, blogs on the midface lift, a minimally invasive surgery, which can make you look years younger & remove lines & wrinkles from your face. This surgery can be performed with no visible incisions (scarless), is anti-aging and you can heal rapidly from this surgery.
Dark circles under the eyes, puffy eyes and eyelid puffiness can take away from the charm and the beauty of your face and eyes. Under eye Bags can be caused by either fat or fluid accumulation. While eyelid bags/ sagging can be treated with blepharoplasty cosmetic eyelid surgery, surgery performed in a case of under eye/ lower eyelid/ periorbital puffiness due to fluid accumulation/ retention, can actullay worsen the dark circles and eyelid puffiness.
Dr. Debraj Shome is one of the best oculoplastic and facial plastic surgeons in the world and is currently based in Mumbai India. He blogs on how to distinguish/ differentiate between fluid and fat in the under eye and tear trough area and also how to Get Rid of Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes & Eyelid Puffiness effectively and safely.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery like blepharoplasty surgery removes eyelid bags and treats sagging eyelids, thereby improving the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. It is often combined with ptosis (drooping eyelids) surgery. Dr. Debraj Shome is one of the best oculoplastic surgeons & facial plastic surgeons in the world and is currently based in Mumbai, India. He blogs on the nuances of blepharoplasty and ptosis eye lid surgery to treat sagging eyelids and for eyelid bags removal, to give you younger looking, beautiful eyes.
Blepharoptosis (ptosis/ drooping eyelids/ droopy eyelids) cause functional abnormalities like vision obstruction and can also be cosmetically unappealing. Ptosis can occur in children (congenital ptosis) or in adults (most commonly, aponeurotic or involutional ptosis). Treatment of ptosis involves ptosis eyelid surgeries like levator palpebrae superioris (eyelid muscle) resection, conjunctival surgeries or sling surgeries which attach the eyelid to the forehead brow (frontalis) muscle. Dr Debraj Shome is one of the top/ best eyelid oculoplastic surgeons in the world, currently based in Mumbai, India. He blogs about the functional and cosmetic aspects of ptosis and blepharoplasty eye lid surgery (to give you symmetrical looking, beautiful eyes) and India as a destination for the same.
Blepharospasm/ involuntary eyelid closure/ eyelid spasm/ eyelid twitching and hemifacial spasms are neurological disorders, which are very difficult to treat and can render affected patients functionally blind. Botox (Botulinum Toxin) injections are a safe, easy, titrable and predictable way to alleviate symptoms and prevent eyelid closure/ ey lid twitching. Dr. Debraj Shome, one of the top/best oculoplastic and eyelid surgeons in the world, currently based in Mumbai, India blogs on the treatment for benign essential blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and other neurological facial disorders like Meige’s syndrome, with botulinum toxin (botox injection procedure).
Skin Cancer / carcinoma on the eyelids, face, scalp, hands and other exposed parts of the body is much more common In India and Asia than previously recognized. Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on a landmark multi-centric trial conducted on skin growths / cancers and gives tips to stay safe against the same. Every growth (mass / lesion) on the face, eyelids etc should be treated suspiciously as if it were skin cancer, unless it is proven otherwise! All forms of skin cancer were found to be increasing in this research trial, including sebaceous cell cancers, squamous cell carcinomas, basal cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas. If detected early, these tumors (neoplasms) can be easily treated with the help of surgical excisional biopsy, Mohs micrographic surgery and chemotherapy. Hence, efforts need to be made to detect and treat early.
Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox Injections Treatment) are becoming increasingly popular in India and in the rest of the world for removing wrinkles and facial lines. Botox is one of the most popular ‘beauty aids’ in the world what keeps most good-looking people in the media world & glamour industry good-looking, wrinkle free and aids them in looking forever young. So, what exactly makes BOTOX so popular and what should you know about the same? Risks & complications with BOTOX Injections are very minor. The results post BOTOX Injections usually start to be noticed within 3-10 days or even sooner & the effects of the treatment tend to last in most people for up to 3 to 6 months. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon & Botox specialist India comments on one of the true wonders of modern medicine – BOTOX. BOTOX is used in many diseases (hyperhidrosis, migraine, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, change face shapes as well as prevent wrinkles from developing, amongst others) and the use of BOTOX to look younger and have a face which is free of lines is set to see an exponential increase.
Rhinoplasty – Do you want to get a nose reshaping/ nose job/ new nose via surgery? Rhinoplasty surgery is amongst the commonest plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures performed in India and in the world. Results post rhinoplasty surgery are predictable and costs of the surgery in India are 1/ 10th of the cost of rhinoplasty surgery in the USA and other countries. Dr. Debraj Shome, MD, one of the best plastic surgeons and rhinoplasty doctors in he world, currently practices in Mumbai, India. Dr. Debraj Shome is the chosen surgeon for many celebrity nose jobs / celebrity nose makeovers and has been listed amongst the most famous rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery) surgeons in India for many years. Dr. Shome talks about what to look for in a rhinoplasty surgery treatment procedure, both as a patient and as a surgeon. He discusses, pros, cons, potential disasters of bad rhinoplasty, nose job surgery costs, the surgical procedure itself of both external and internal rhinoplasty and rhinoseptoplasty, what to expect post rhinoplasty surgery in men as well as women, the youngest age to undergo a nose job surgery, post rhinoplasty surgery care and the newer techniques in rhinoplasty surgery, including laser rhinoplasty, in this blogpost.
QR 678 is a novel hair growth factor molecule, administered via injections. It has been invented in India and has taken the world by storm. This is much more advanced than stem cell hair loss treatment also. Dr. Debraj Shome, the principal inventor of the same, answers some frequently asked queries on QR 678.
Qr 678 Growth Factor Injections – Do these have any side effects?
QR 678 Growth Factor Injections for Hair Growth. The QR 678 growth factor injections are a result of a multi-centric research trial conducted in India, leading to the development of a revolutionary invention which causes hair growth and prevents hair loss in even advance forms of male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, female hormonal hair loss, etc. This molecule and latest research in hair growth was reported by the Times of India (India’s largest English newspaper) as a 1st page story in all editions in 2010. The QR 678 treatment is even more successful than stem cell therapy for hair gain as well as the PRP injections. QR 678 is a set of 8 injections given into the skin of the scalp, 6 weeks apart. This blogpost present some commonly asked questions on the indications, details, procedure, costs, risks, limitations and results of the QR 678 treatment.
QR 678 Growth Factor Injection Treatment For Thicker hair. the QR 678 is a novel hair growth treatment invented and tested in a multi-centric trial and has been shown to be a revolutionary anti-hair loss/ hair loss treatment. The QR 678 is much more advanced than stem cell injection therapy for hair growth or PRP injections for treating hair loss or baldness. 8 injections are given into the scalp skin in the areas of alopecia, 6 weeks apart. Treatment is successful in all forms of alopecia, androgenetic male pattern baldness, female baldness, hormonal hair loss in women, drug induced alopecia and other forms of refractive and difficult to treat hair loss. Since growth factors are anyways normally present in the scalp, the QR 678 injections can be considered a completely natural cure for hair loss. It is because of this that the Times of India, India’s largest and most respected newspaper covered the QR 678 hair treatment invention (latest research in hair care) on the first page of all editions in 2010. Dr. Debraj Shome, Top Facial Plastic Surgeon and Hair loss expert, principal investigator of the trial, blogs on what to expect from this latest advanced research in treating hair loss & why this is the best & most advanced hair treatment (better than hair transplant surgery).
The New Technique for altering facial shapes and removing double chins – VASER Liposuction. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. Simply put, it adds the benefit of ultrasound technology to the standard Liposuction Procedure. Ultrasound waves are sound waves at specific frequency and one commonly comes across it during ultrasound cleaning of dental plaque and while looking at the growing baby in mother’s womb. Vaser has resurrected ultrasound in liposuction. The speciality of Vaser is “ liposelection” – meaning it caused damage to fat cells only without damaging other tissues. Simply put, the VASER technology converts by sound energy the thick fat into almost liquid milk-shake like consistency. As this new type of fat removal causes much less ‘collateral’ tissue damage, VASER is used more and more for delicate fat removal from the face. The face, as we know, is a myriad of many nerves and vessels and any damage to a nerve or vessel has permanent repercussions on the way the face animates and looks. This is where VASER is specifically handy as the VASER energy can just melt away stubborn fat from delicate areas like the jaw line, cheeks, chin and convert a generally ‘round’ face to an ‘angular’ or more pleasant ‘oval’ one. Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on the use of this exciting new technology in facial liposculpture and removal of double chins, chubby cheeks and changing facial shapes.
Want beautiful-looking hair? Whether your tresses are long and curly or short and straight, keeping your hair healthy and shiny is not as difficult as you might think. Although your hair care regime will depend largely on your hair type, there are some general tips everyone (men and women) can follow for a healthy, shiny, thicker, more beautiful hair. Taking care of all types of hair (oily, dry, curly, fine hair) and using the right type of hair care products for the best hair for each hair type, is the focus of this blog post.
Eat Right for Beautiful Hair.
Skin lightening or whitening is a controversial topic, as it is closely intertwined with the detrimental effects on health, identity, self-image, racial supremacy and colonial mentality. There is evidence to suggest that some active ingredients used in publicly available skin-whitening products can be harmful. The demand for skin lightening/ skin whitening products refuses to die down and in fact, keeps witnessing an exponential year-on-year increase. Celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Angelina Jolie also promote these skin care cosmetic products, used to make darker skin fairer or whiter. Icons like Michael Jackson have been part of this race to become whiter. Does everyone who uses these skin products even know what goes into them? Read on, get informed about the side-effects and potential complications from using skin whitening creams and treatments and then use them only if you must. Dr. Debraj Shome is one of the top / best facial plastic surgeons in the world & currently practices in Mumbai, India.
Botulinum toxin (Botox Treatment) is a material that has been known for over a century and used for medical purposes for more than 50 years. Botox Injections initial uses were for strabismus (commonly known as a squinting eye), blepharospasm (inability to open the eyes), hemifacial spasm and cervical dystonia (wry neck). In 2002, it was approved for improving and relaxing frown lines/ wrinkles in the area between the eyes on the forehead (glabella) and has been used successfully in more than half a million patients since that time. Currently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved botulinum toxin A (Botox) for the aesthetic/ cosmetic improvement of glabellar (brow) rhytides (frown wrinkles & lines) and forehead frown lines/ wrinkles. BOTOX is now a household name for anti-aging procedures, for creating beauty and for removing lines and wrinkles on the face in both men and women, in India and world over. Is Botox really good and safe? Is Botox beneficial? Is it a cure for all face aging? What is the cost of Botox treatments? What are the risks and the complications of Botox treatments? Who is the best doctor to inject Botox treatments? The details on getting BOTOXed!
Regular Sunscreen / Sunblock use is necessary to protect skin against premature aging (best anti-aging treatment), as well as protect skin against the cancerous effects of the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, from sunlight accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging such as wrinkles, face lines and skin cancers. The most important skin-care product available to prevent wrinkles / facial lines (antiaging) and skin cancer is sunscreen, but most people do not use sunscreen correctly. Dr. Debraj Shome, one of the top / best facial plastic surgeons in the world, cureently in Mumbai, India, guides consumers on the correct way to use sun-screen (sunblock) lotions (skin care products) for maximum impact & best results.
Is it safe to get plastic surgeries done in India, when you are from another part of the world? Dr. Debraj Shome, one of India’s best facial plastic surgeons opines.
There are many different plastic surgery procedures available to those who would like to alter certain aspects of their bodies. Plastic surgery has been around in some form or another for many years, but has only been in extensive use in the 20th and 21st century. The top three cosmetic surgical procedures in 2004 Liposuction …
The way you look is important, not only from the perspective of your self-esteem, but also from the perspective of how you get treated at home and at work. The most beautiful women and the most handsome men in India and the world tend to get the most attention and the most jobs too – This has been proven by research numerous times over. Many of us dont want to undergo beauty cosmetic procedures as we may feel we dont care enough about our looks, or we dont have the money or the time. Think again. Given a choice, would you not want to look younger, fresher, better? Most of these cosmetic procedures/ treatments may cost less than what a meal costs in a restaurant these days and guess what, they are very quick procedures and can be done over your lunch time even. Dr. Debraj Shome, top/ best plastic surgeon in India, blogs about beauty skin care tips and these 5 minute beauty cosmetic procedures/ treatments, which can be done over your lunchtime, are completely safe and have zero down time. These include Botox cosmetic injections, laser skin therapy, fillers, glycolic peels, other chemical peels, microdermabrasion, hydrafacial, liquid facelifts, party facial and many more. Look like you did when you were a beautiful girl, without make up, naturally. Blog Post last updated on 2nd August 2013.