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Fat or Dermal Filler Injections ?

Fat or Dermal Filler Injections ?


What is facial ageing? How does the ageing for face takes place? What are the treatment options available for correcting facial ageing? How is Fat Grafting for the face carried out? What are the different types of Facial/ Dermal fillers available? Continue reading

Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon – Who Do I go to?

Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon – Who Do I go to?


You, as a lay person, may be confused between the terminologies: Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, Oculoplastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, Trichologist, Cosmetologist, etc. How do you decide who is the best specialist for your disease? Which specialty is better trained? Who performs reconstructive surgery? Who should perform aesthetic surgery. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon, in Mumbai, India, tries to demystify all these terminologies in this blogpost. Continue reading

High Cheek Bones, A Prominent chin & Beauty

High Cheek Bones, A Prominent chin & Beauty


Bony prominences like the cheek, the chin and the nose play a very important role in the way you look. You may be born with high cheek bones & a well defined chin. But, if you are not, it is fairly easy to augment the cheek bones & chin in a non-invasive manner. You will be surprised just how much of a difference these can make to your overall look and photos. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon in Mumbai, India, explores how much of a difference high cheek bones & a prominent, square chin can make to your looks. In this blogpost, Dr. Shome explores filler enhancement as well as malar (cheek) implants for cheek & chin augmentation. Continue reading

Excess Face & Body Hair – Causes & Treatments

Excess Face & Body Hair – Causes & Treatments


Excess hair on the arms, legs, body & face impacts confidence in both men & women. The number of men seeking laser hair removal treatments has risen 85% in just one year. Unwanted body & face hair can be an indicator of changes in the hormonal profile in women & even be a possible indicator of diseases like the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Conditions like the PCOS have an impact on female fertility & hence appropriate diagnosis of excess, unwanted body hair is more than merely a cosmetic issue. While traditional treatment like waxing, shaving and bleaching have been used for centuries, each one of them has issues, including potential for infections as well as need for repeated use. Laser hair removal has become very popular of late. Laser treatment with the long pulsed Nd YAG laser & the diode laser can rightly be considered the gold standard of hair removal treatment today. Continue reading

Bollywood Plastic Surgery & Hollywood Beauty Tips

Bollywood Plastic Surgery & Hollywood Beauty Tips


Celebrities, actors and actresses from Bollywood & Hollywood are style icons. Their fans look at them for advise on everything: clothes, style, fashion as well as beauty treatments & tips. Many celebrities (with their access to the best plastic surgeons and dermatologists) have undergone plastic surgery like hair transplant, liposuction, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), breast implants & cosmetic procedures like the QR 678 hair growth factor injections & skin whitening surgery. But, do all of these work? What are the risks & the benefits? Should you undergo them? Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on celebrity makeovers and their efficacy, what you may consider & what you should be wary of. Continue reading

Celebrity Plastic Surgery & Beauty Secrets

Celebrity Plastic Surgery & Beauty Secrets


Celebrities, actors and actresses from Bollywood & Hollywood are style icons. Their fans look at them for advise on everything: clothes, style, fashion as well as beauty treatments & tips. Many celebrities (with their access to the best plastic surgeons and dermatologists) have undergone plastic surgery like Botox, fillers (Juvederm, Restylane), rhinoplasty & Thermage. But, do all of these work? Should you undergo them? Dr. Debraj Shome blogs on celebrity makeovers and their efficacy. Continue reading

The Most Beautiful Women – What Makes People Good Looking?

The Most Beautiful Women – What Makes People Good Looking?


Beauty, being beautiful & handsome is as much science as it is art. Studies with babies suggest that ‘beauty detectors’ are hard-wired in our brains from birth, such that the infants consistently gaze longer at the attractive faces. So, if babies know what is beauty, there must be a method to the madness. What Makes a face beautiful? How important is facial symmetry? Should women wear heels? What makes eyes beautiful? You may not consciously think of it, but evolution has taught your eyes to recognize beauty the moment they see it. Recognizing beauty is a short, quick response for recognizing which eggs may suit your sperm and vice versa. The brain knows in seven seconds who it finds attractive. The beauty industry tries to emulate these commonly understood patterns of beauty & tries to correct ‘flaws’ to make you appear more beautiful & handsome. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon, India, tries to demystify the ‘looks paradigm’ in this blogpost. Continue reading

Face Wrinkles Treatment -Face Lift / Rhytidectomy

Face Wrinkles Treatment -Face Lift / Rhytidectomy


As we age, the facial tissues tend to droop, due to the action of gravity. Facelifting treatment elevates the facial tissues, restoring the youthful facial contours. Surgical face lift can be performed through the classical facelifting incision. Modifications like the mid-face lift, mini face lift, etc, can achieve the same results, but with greatly reduced surgical downtime & much reduced surgical risk. Advances like the vampire Lift, the liquid facelifting treatment (with Botox Injections & Fillers), can achieve the same results, and are non-surgical, with zero risk and downtime. Continue reading

Beauty Tips & Best Beauty Treatments

Beauty Tips & Best Beauty Treatments


Whether you are getting ready for the festival season, for a wedding or just for a normal day, these best beauty tips are affordable & very safe. Most of these beauty tips & beauty treatments may cost less than what a meal costs these days. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon in India, discusses the best beauty treatments & tips like skin resurfacing procedures (carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion & chemical peels), botox injections & dermal filler injections treatment & the hydrafacial. Looking young and beautiful has never been easier, safer or more affordable. Continue reading

Best Keloid Scar Treatments

Best Keloid Scar Treatments


Skin scarring is the process by which skin wounds are repaired. Damage to the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is required to produce a scar. These are several different types of skin scars including Keloid scars, Contracture scars, Hypertrophic scars & Acne scars. This blogpost by Dr. Debraj Shome discusses the Best Treatment for Scars, including medical treatment, over the counter skin ointments, pressure bandages, silicon sheets, laser treatment, carbon dioxide laser resurfacing & surgical scar excision. The pros & cons of these therapies and remedies are discussed in detail. Scars can be prevented & even the worst, recurring, keloid scars can be treated with a combination of these best treatments. Continue reading

Best Hair Growth Treatment & Hair Loss Prevention Tips

Best Hair Growth Treatment & Hair Loss Prevention Tips


What are causes of hair loss? Can hair fall be reduced? How can we stop & prevent hairfall? What is the latest research on hair growth? Do PRP, Stem Cell therapy & QR 678 hair growth factor injections work in treating alopecia & causing baldness cure? Should hair be oiled? What foods should you eat for beautiful hair? Does minoxidil reduce hairfall? Is hair transplant surgery successful? For the best hair growth treatments, the latest hair research, hair loss prevention tips & hairfall solutions, read this blogpost by Dr. Debraj Shome, a top / best plastic surgeon in Mumbai, India. Continue reading

Skin Care Tips – Do Facials (Face Treatments) Work?

Skin Care Tips – Do Facials (Face Treatments) Work?


When it comes to looking younger, many of us don’t want the latest medical treatment. We want to take an alternative or holistic approach, non-invasive & non-surgical. So, typically all skin care tips & beauty tips tend to center around the same. Facials are a treatment for the face that’s meant to cleanse, firm, smooth and moisturize the skin. All sorts of facials are now advertised in spas and salons – Fruit facials, oxygen facials, de-tanning facials, gold facials, silver facials, botox facials, galvanic facials, etc. But, do facial face treatments really work? Is there any scientific evidence to show that regular facials will make you look younger & more beautiful? Can facials serve as anti-aging treatment & remove wrinkles & face lines? Do you think facials are good for your skin? Or do you think they are a waste of time, money and potentially dangerous? Read this blog post by Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon in Mumbai, India, to know more. Continue reading

Best Anti Aging Treatment & Tips


Growing & Looking old & infirm is no longer an option. Dr. Debraj Shome, top facial plastic surgeon, practicing in Mumbai, India, blogs on easy, natural methods (anti-aging tips) to stay young & healthy longer, as well as the best cosmetic anti-aging treatments globally. Antiageing Foods, Skin protection with sun blocks, anti-oxidant therapy, skin creams, laser skin treatment (skin resurfacing), botox injections, dermal fillers treatment as well as cosmetic surgery are discussed here. Aging can be prevented & delayed now & even when it does occur, the slew of anti-aging treatments discussed can make you look younger, appear healthier and in the peak of health and vigor, both for men & women. Continue reading

Under Eye Dark Circles: Causes, Treatment, Remedies

Under Eye Dark Circles: Causes, Treatment, Remedies


No amount of under eye concealer & eye make up can counteract the under eye problems (eyelid bags, eye bags, dark circles, black circles, tear trough deformity). Dark Circles under the eyes (under the lower eyelids) are very common, very troublesome, detract from appearance, and impart an aged and tired look on people. Dr. Debraj Shome, a top / best oculoplastic surgeon, based in Mumbai, India, discusses the major causes of dark circles under eyes, medical remedies, skin treatments, laser treatment, non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox & filler injections & cosmetic surgery remedies like blepharoplasty. How do dark circles occur (causes of dark circles), how to get rid of dark circles & which modality (treatment option) to use when, is discussed in detail in this blog post. Continue reading

Gay Sex & Homosexual Marriage Illegal in India. Again.


In a shocking ruling, the Supreme Court of India reversed a Delhi High Court judgment and reinstated a British-era draconian law that not only criminalizes consensual gay sex, but also equates homosexuals with zoophiles and pedophiles, in India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a 153-year old colonial-era law. According to this law, same-sex relationships are an “unnatural offense” and punishable by a ten-year prison sentence. Whether being homosexual, lesbian or bisexual is of the order of nature or against is not the discussion here, since different people may have different views on this. But, in something as personal as sex, will the State decide what is right or wrong for each of its Citizens? As long as the act is in between two consenting adults, is it even democratic to get into the bedroom and dictate what is right or appropriate, via laws? Moreover, From a biological standpoint, the longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences, and the health and mental health professions, since the 1970s, is that homosexuality and bisexuality are per se normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation. Continue reading

Le Fort, Mandibular, Zygomatic, Orbital, Nasal – Facial Fractures

Le Fort, Mandibular, Zygomatic, Orbital, Nasal – Facial Fractures


Facial trauma, also called maxillofacial trauma, is any physical trauma to the face. Commonly injured facial bones include the nasal bone (the nose), the maxilla (the bone that forms the upper jaw), and the mandible (the lower jaw). The mandible may be fractured at its symphysis, body, angle, ramus, and condoyle. The zygoma (cheekbone) and the frontal bone (forehead) are other sites for fractures. Fractures may also occur in the bones of the palate (mouth) and those that come together to form the orbit of the eye. As many as 50–70% of people who survive traffic accidents have facial trauma. In most developed countries, violence from other people has replaced vehicle collisions as the main cause of maxillofacial trauma; however in many developing countries traffic accidents remain the major cause. Rene Le Fort used cadaver studies in 1900 to provide detailed descriptions of 3 basic types of facial fracture, these are now known as Le Fort I, Le Fort II & Le Fort III Fractures. Fractures of the nose, base of the skull, or maxilla may be associated with profuse nosebleeds. Nasal fractures may be associated with deformity of the nose, as well as swelling and bruising. Deformity in the face, for example a sunken cheekbone or teeth which do not align properly, suggests the presence of fractures. Asymmetry can suggest facial fractures or damage to nerves. People with mandibular fractures often have pain and difficulty opening their mouths and may have numbness in the lip and chin. With Le Fort fractures, the midface may move relative to the rest of the face or skull. The 3 goals of therapy in treating facial fractures are (1) to restore functional occlusion; (2) to stabilize the major facial skeletal supports, thereby restoring the pre-morbid 3-dimensional contour (height, width, and projection) to the face (Open Reduction & Internal Fixation); and (3) to provide skeletal support for the proper function and appearance of the overlying facial soft tissue structures. Continue reading

Oculoplastic Surgery in India

Oculoplastic Surgery in India


Oculoplasty & oculoplastics deal with eye plastic, eyelid, orbital, lacrimal, brow and mid-face surgery. Oculoplastic surgery (performed by oculoplastic surgeons) is a fast growing super-specialty in India, with many institutes now offering fellowship training programs for young oculoplastic surgeons. For eyelid, orbital, brow, lacrimal and mid-face surgery, please seek and look for a good oculoplastic surgeon, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and most other Indian cities will have a few. Most of the top oculoplastic surgeons are trained in the Western world and have come back to India post that and costs will be 1/5th the costs you would pay in the US, Europe or Singapore. Continue reading

Botox Injections for Severe Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Botox Injections for Severe Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)


Is Excessive Sweating Interfering with Your Normal Life & Routine activities? Do you hesitate to buy new clothes because they might be ruined by underarm sweat? Do you worry someone will notice your sweat stains? Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a common problem. There are two main types of hyperhidrosis. Botox (Botulinum toxin) Injections treatment for primary focal hyperhidrosis is very successful. BOTOX (Botulinum neurotoxin) treatment helps control the symptoms of severe local sweating (in palms, feet, underarms, face, etc), when topical anti-perspirants do not work well enough, by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. You should notice a significant reduction in sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment and effects (reduced sweating) last up to 201 days or 6.7 months. In summary, excessive local sweating in the underarms, palms, feet & face (axillary, palmar, plantar & facial hyperhidrosis) can have deleterious functional as well as social effects. This can now be easily treated with local Botox Injections. Dr. Debraj Shome, renowned facial plastic surgeon, blogs on the same. Continue reading

Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty & Septorhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty & Septorhinoplasty Surgery


Rhinoplasty / nose job / nasal shaping surgery is a surgical procedure, performed to improve the function (reconstructive surgery) and/or the appearance (cosmetic surgery) of the human nose. Septoplasty is a corrective surgical procedure done to straighten the nasal septum (deviated nasal septum surgery), the central partition between the two nasal cavities. When it deviates into one of the nasal cavities, it narrows that cavity and impedes airflow. A deviated nasal septum is deemed significant when it causes a crooked nose in appearance or causes other symptoms such as sinus blockage, nasal congestion, sinus infection, sinusitis, difficulty in breathing, snoring & sleep apnoea. Often, a septoplasty is combined with a rhinoplasty for cosmetic correction of the deformities of the external nasal framework. The combination of a septoplasty to straighten the nose & a rhinoplasty to make the nose cosmetically better looking is called a septorhinoplasty (functional + cosmetic correction of nose). The nasal septum can bend to one side or another as a part of normal growth during childhood and puberty. Also, the septum can be deviated at birth (congenital) or because of an injury (nasal trauma / nasal fracture), such as a broken nose. A septorhinoplasty is performed to correct a deviated nasal septum, a crooked nose, & other symptoms such as sinus blockage, sinusitis, difficulty in breathing, snoring & sleep apnea. Continue reading

Skin Care for Pilots, Air Hostesses, Cabin Crew & Frequent Flyers

Skin Care for Pilots, Air Hostesses, Cabin Crew & Frequent Flyers


Flying for an airline or on an airplane is a tough job. Pilots & Flight attendants are expected to look fabulous at all times. With the world getting more & more busy and traveling becoming more & more frequent & over longer distances, frequent flyers are expected to jump off the plane and get straight to work, looking fresh. Flying can (and will) take a toll on even the best cared for of complexions. Take the stress of air travel coupled with altitude and recycled air in a confined space and you’ve got the makings for potential skin problems. The great news is that for impeccable looks you don’t need to spend a fortune on luxury beauty products. So here is a round up of some advise (skin care tips) which will stand the pilots, cabin crew, frequent flyers and every day travelers in good stead. Continue reading

Botox Injections, Prevent Wrinkles, Anti-Aging Treatment

Botox Injections, Prevent Wrinkles, Anti-Aging Treatment


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? Continue reading

Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment – Beautiful Skin, Open Pores, Stretch Marks, Acne Scars

Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment – Beautiful Skin, Open Pores, Stretch Marks, Acne Scars


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. Continue reading

Dry Eyes, Computer Vision Syndrome & Eyelid Hygiene

Dry Eyes, Computer Vision Syndrome & Eyelid Hygiene


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. Continue reading

Congenital Ptosis (Drooping Eyelids in Children) Surgery Treatment

Congenital Ptosis (Drooping Eyelids in Children) Surgery Treatment


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. Continue reading

Watery Eyes Treatment: Blocked Tear Duct Surgery

Watery Eyes Treatment: Blocked Tear Duct Surgery


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. Continue reading

Juvederm, Restylane, Dermal Facial Filler Injections

Juvederm, Restylane, Dermal Facial Filler Injections


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. Continue reading

Liposuction or Face Exercises to Make a Round / Square Face Shape Oval?!


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. Continue reading

Artificial Prosthetic (False) Eye Fitting Post Enucleation Evisceration Eye Removal Surgery


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. Continue reading

Acid Burn (Acid Throwing / Vitriolage) Victims & Their Story


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. Continue reading

Botox Treatment for Chronic Migraine Headaches


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. Continue reading

Mid-Face Lift – Scarless Removal of Facial Wrinkles & Lines


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. Continue reading

Skin Cancer Incidence in India (Eyelids, Face, Arms, Legs, Scalp)


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. Continue reading

QR 678 Growth Factor Injections – What is new?


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. Continue reading

The QR 678 Hair Growth Factor 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). Continue reading

VASER Facial Liposuction – Getting The Correct Jaw Contour & Getting Rid of the Double Chin


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. Continue reading

Skin Whitening / Lightening Treatment For Fairer, Lighter Skin?

Skin Whitening / Lightening Treatment For Fairer, Lighter Skin?


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. Continue reading