Skin city clinic offers a wide array of services in skin diagnostics,treatments and surgeries.
Super Specialty Dermatology
Skin city clinic offers a wide array of services in skin diagnostics,treatments and surgeries.
Birth marks are developmental anomalies where particular cell line will proliferate more to form...
Dark circle refers to conditions that present with relative
Baldness, especially in males, has been a topic of discussion and research for years.
Laser hair removal is one of the very popular laser treatments offered by dermatologist for the...
Dermatology as a specialty choice in India was not very popular.
Traditionally word of mouth
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Lasers and lights have now been an integral part of dermatology practice.
Laser scar removal comprises one of the most popular and most demanded scar removing techniques nowadays, reason being its non-invasive nature and instant results. But like any other procedure, laser scar removal also has some side effects associated with it that every potential candidate should be aware of before committing to the procedure. Luckily laser
In most parts of the world fair complexion symbolizes beauty and elegance. Women, in particular, wish to have a celebrity white, glowing skin and are always willing to spend thousands of dollars to get their desired skin tone. Since ancient times women have been trying different home remedies to improve their complexion and skin texture.
The most important factors that decide the quality of your skin and hair are your genes, emotions and your immunity. Copy: Feed your skin well Food you put in your body are as vital as the products you put on it. Diet can play an important role in all skin conditions; to combat wrinkles and lines and other skin problems as well, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry or oily skin. Caring for your skin and hair
• Eat a variety of healthy foods rich in vitamins and nutrients
• Keep physically active
• Manage stress
• Practice sun safety
• Limityour alcohol intake
• Don’t use tobacco and/or other recreational drugs
• Drink plenty of water
• Habits like smoking and sunbathing dry out skin and cause wrinkles.
Practice sun safety to prevent skin cancer. Sun exposure puts you at greater risk of skin cancer, whatever your skin color or ethnicity. Dr. NiteenDhepe, Medical Director of Skin City, says, “The Skin is like a mirror reflection of your general health. Most people are particular about keeping tabs on their heart health after a certain age. Whereas they neglect the skin, which actually shows warning signs of all systemic diseases related to the heart, kidneys, lungs, stomach and even nervous system. So visit your dermatologist regularly.” Stay Alert Check your skin for sun damage. Ask your doctor how often you should have a clinical skin exam to check for signs of skin cancer. Check for age spots that appear on your face.They are not harmful, but if the look of age spots bothers you, ask your doctor about skin-lightening creams, laser therapy, and cryotherapy (freezing).
Use sunscreen to prevent more age spots. Ask your doctor if the medicines you are taking can affect your skin. For instance, blood thinners and aspirin can cause you to bruise more easily. Some antibiotics and vitamins make skin sunburn more easily. Knowing how your skin and hair normally look and feel will help you notice changes to ask your doctor about. Acne or Pimples Acne is most common in the teen years, however many women get pimples in their 50s. Acne is also common during pregnancy and menopause, when hormonal changes take place. Medicines, such as birth control pills, can also lead to breakouts. Acne also appears to run in some families. Excessive Hair Loss Some women have hair loss called Alopecia.
It tends to run in families. Hormonal changes occur during and after pregnancy.Underlying health problems, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),diabetes and thyroid disease can cause hair loss. Also certain medicines, such as birth control pills or those to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, or heart problems,extreme stress, such as from a major illness. Hairstyles that twist or pull hair too cause hair loss. Whether or not hair will grow back depends on the cause of hair loss. If your hair loss is permanent, talk with your doctor about options, such as a hair transplant. Hirsutism-Excessive Hair Gain When dark, thick hair grows on a woman’s face, chest, belly, or back, the condition is called Hirsutism. Health problems and family genes can cause high levels of male hormones result in Hirsutism. If you are overweight, try losing weight. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome suffer of Hirsutism.Whatever the cause you can consider permanent methods for removal of unwanted hair like Laser Hair Reduction.
Hundreds and thousands of searches are made on internet daily to find an effective way to get rid of lose, wrinkled skin. If you are also one of those who have been searching for an effective skin tightening procedure of late, stop your search right here. You have finally landed in the right place. Laser
Microdermabrasion comprises one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures used for effective and dramatic facial skin rejuvenation. It is a relatively easy, simple and pain free technique that is being advanced as an effective alternative to surgical facelift. It works by gently peeling off the damaged top layer of skin to reveal clear, smooth
Appearance of stretch marks on various parts of body is a normal part of puberty for most girls and boys. Sudden changes in body size, such as pregnancy or rapid weight loss or weight gain can also lead to stretch marks. These indentions mostly appear on thighs, buttocks and arms, near the armpits.
Aging is an inevitable process that cannot be avoided; however you can delay it by eating healthy and following an extensive skincare regimen. But now with a number of really effective anti-aging treatments available, you can effectively reverse the aging process and look young forever. This article discusses some of the really effective anti aging
Is acne scarring causing emotional pain and shattering your confidence? Are you seeking an affordable yet effective treatment for unsightly acne scars? Laser acne scar treatment may be an option worth considering. Acne is a common skin condition that affects both men and women. The probability of developing acne is greatest during adolescence
Clear spotless skin is something we all want. Having that perfect skin adds a lot to our confidence. But not everyone is blessed with glowing skin. That though is no longer a cause of worry as Auyon Acharya tells you how Dr. Niteen Dhepe, Leading Dermatologist in India as well as the Medical Director, Skin City PG Institute of Dermatology has just the right tips when it comes to acquiring that perfect blemish free skin. Copy: A person's skin color is, after all, perhaps the very first thing you notice about him, since skin is our largest and most visible organ. And though the days when a particular complexion was the ultimate sign of beauty may be behind us, your skin tone can still say a lot about you.
Discovering the Problem Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin produced by melanocyte cells in the skin. The darker the skin, the more melanin it contains. Freckles and beauty marks likewise indicate a higher concentration of the pigment in certain areas. Special cells in the skin make melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body. Melanin also performs another vital function: It protects the skin against harmful UV rays. For something that only reaches the thin upper layers of our skin, pigmentation can have a huge impact on the way others see us and the way we see ourselves.
A person's skin color is, after all, perhaps the very first thing you notice about him, since skin is our largest and most visible organ. And though the days when a particular complexion was the ultimate sign of beauty may be behind us, your skin tone can still say a lot about you. Skin City has state of the art technology in the form of the Helios Laser which addresses various pigmentation disorders like simple tanning to deeper melasma and dark circles. Besides the darkening of face and arms due to exposure to sunlight, many of us are unhappy with dark skin in places like the elbows, knees, underarms, back of the neck, buttocks and inner thighs.
The Skin City Advantage Helios Laser Toning is the latest trend in the world for pigmentation & tanning. The Helios laser successfully removes dark patches from all the areas mentioned above, giving you a skin you will be proud to flaunt. No more fear of wearing sleeveless dresses, low back saree blouses or shorts. There is no downtime and immediate brightening is visible within a single session. However for deeply pigmented areas, several sittings will give you the desired results. So brighten your skin with and your outlook by calling Skin City today.
As we age our skin starts to lose it natural fresh, smooth and supple texture, courtesy internal changes, hormonal changes being at the top of the list, and external factors, such hot and cold weather, sun exposure, humidity and dryness etc. All these factors, together with aging, take a toll on your skin, making it
With wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots and a sallow blotchy skin creeping in, anybody can tell you are almost hitting the dreaded aging phase. Skin aging is a natural process that presents itself relatively early in life, sometimes as early as the late 20s. But, thanks to various anti-aging non-surgical treatments, women can now hop back in time. A few years ago, the most popular anti-aging remedies were plastic surgery procedures like brow lifts and facelifts. However, the trend has drastically changed over time with the development of non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Often referred to as minimally invasive methods, the skin treatments improve skin texture, rid of lines and maintain a youthful look.Various cosmetologists and dermatologists now perform cutting-edge anti- ageing treatments in India, which can show longer lasting results within a few sessions only. Some of the anti- ageing treatments available in India are:- BOTOX
BOTOX is a toxin produced by a strain of bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. In case you're wondering, this is the same bacteria that can cause botulism, which is a type of food poisoning. Botox is used for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. Today, it is used to treat other areas of the face, including the forehead and the crow's feet at the corners of the eye.CHEMICAL PEELS
Most commonly used to treat those with sun-damaged or unevenly pigmented skin, chemical peels have become one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Chemical peels are one form of anti-aging treatment. Although chemical peels are not able to prevent or slow down the aging process they are certainly able to improve facial blemishes, acne, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.DERMAL FILLERS
One non-surgical method that has become extremely popular is the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid should not be confused with Botox. Botox may be used for anti-aging skin care but works through a completely different process. Plastic surgeons refer to the use of dermal fillers as soft tissue augmentation. Soft tissue augmentation is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to correct eye wrinkles, other facial wrinkles, and depressions in the skin and/or scarring.FACELIFT
As you get older, a number of factors contribute to the aging of your face. Stress, sun and wind exposure, and even gravity conspire to leave you older-looking. A facelift can help address some of the effects of aging. During a facelift, your plastic surgeon removes excess fatty deposits, tightens the muscles that support your face, removes excess skin and rewraps the skin of your face. Quite often, the facelift surgery is performed along with other facial surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a browlift (forehead lift surgery).LASER PEEL & SKIN REJUVENATION
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the fastest growing and most effective skin rejuvenation procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions that result from or relate to the effects of aging. Acne Scars, Age Spots, Brown Spots, Fine Lines, Large Pore Size, Stretch Marks, Sun Spots, and Wrinkles can be treated with laser skin rejuvenation.MICRODERMABRASION
Like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion involves removing some of the upper skin layers. Microdermabrasion, however, doesn't go as deep. Microdermabrasion is ideally suited for a person who has aged skin or skin that has been damaged by overexposure to the sun. Microdermabrasion treatments polish and soften the skin, reducing fine lines on the face.
While the best non-surgical anti-aging face treatments are affordable and effective compared to plastic surgery treatments, patients ought to be cautious when picking their health providers.
For many people, the world of dermatology is baffling. Most people have an idea of what dermatology is – they know that dermatologists treat skin but that’s about it. Here are some of the common myths and misconceptions about dermatology, and the real truth, too!
Myth #1: Scrubbing Your Face with Soap Will Soften Your Skin
You’ve probably heard it before: Wash your face twice a day for healthy skin. While removing make-up and other grime is important, if you overdo it, you can remove the healthy oils and protective barriers your skin secretes to keep out harmful antigens and dirt. To stay on the safe side, use a mild cleanser in the morning and do the same at night, always remembering to wash gently. Harsh scrubbing will only aggravate sensitive skin cells.
Myth #2: Dermatologists Just Treat Acne
This is a common reason people visit a dermatologist, but dermatologists can do far more than that. Laser and cosmetic dermatology encompass a wide variety of skin care treatments. Scar revision, birthmark removal, and nearly any other condition or issue that affects the skin can be handled using laser and cosmetic dermatology! If you are suffering from acne, of course you should see a dermatologist, but you can visit for many other reasons, too. Skin City is here to help with any and all skin conditions and concerns.
Myth #3: Picking at Blemishes Makes Them Go Away
It may be tempting to scratch at a pussy pimple as soon as it appears, but what you’re actually doing is creating an acne scar which will linger for months while a pimple generally vanishes after 5 – 7 days. Resist the temptation to itch and try one of our soothing facial masks instead to calm irritable skin.
Myth #4: Sunlight Helps Cure Acne
While it’s true that sunlight can help dry out your pimples and reduce inflammation, as with most things, too much can have the opposite effect. A tan may actually make your acne scars more noticeable and the heat can irritate pimples. It’s best to use a combination of natural cleansers, moisturizers and healthy foods to get rid of scarred and pimply skin.
Myth #5: All Moisturizers Are the Same
Many of us just slap on our moisturizing lotion and lip balm without much thought. Actually, there are various moisturizers you can choose from to suit your skin’s needs. Moisturizers come in lotions, creams, emulsions, and serums. They are formulated for the body, or the face, or the eye area.
Are you guilty of any of the above? Hopefully these facts have convinced you to change things around so you can finally have the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always dreamed of.
Vitiligo or the ‘white spot’ is not a medical disorder, yet it has been a cause of depression in 1-3% of the population. Smita Gautam takes you through the white darkness of Vitiligo to the light at the end of the tunnel to Skin City where there is hope.
Vitiligo: Myths busted!
Vitiligo is characterized by areas of hypo or de-pigmentation on the skin surface due to destruction or loss of melanocytes, the cells that give pigmentation to the skin.Thus in these areas, normal pigmentation of the skin is missing or deficient.
This is not a life threatening disease, in fact, according to SkinCity’s philosophy; it is not a disease at all. Vitiligo has been an important agenda for Skin City, in terms of creating public awareness. It does not have to be treated says Dr. Niteen Dhepe, Medical Director Skin City and Founder of the Janaki Medical & Social Charitable trust who has worked very hard to de-stigmatize this condition.
The trust has won the “Pride of India” title by the Maharashtra Journalist foundation for its notable social contribution to the cause.
To bust a few myths about Vitiligo –
Skin City is the largest institution that treats Vitiligo with lasers. The first Excimer lasers, XTRAC & VTRAC were launched by Skin City a decade ago. Skin City has also done research on Cyanoacrylate Lamination technique for skin grafting in Vitiligo.
Several surgical procedures like Miniature punch grafting, or MPG, Suction blister grafting and MCS or Melanocyte cell suspension are successfully carried out at Skin City regularly.
In some cases, Micropigmentation or skin tattooing can be done when other options are contraindicated. If the hair on the eyebrow or scalp and in the case of men, facial hair is affected, then hair transplantation can be considered.
Depending on the areas affected, age and progression of the condition, those affected can enjoy long periods of remission and even permanent cure.
So people with vitiligo can choose to come out of this ‘white darkness’. They can choose the colour of their skin!
In today’s world which is full of stress and contaminations, skin and other allergies have evolved as lifestyle disorders. One can be allergic to certain substances by birth or develop them over a period of years. Some common allergens include foods, cosmetics, fragrances, plantations, sunlight and dust.
Allergies are common in all age groups. It is a response of one’s own body immune system to agents like dust, metal, fibre, chemical, pollen grains. These agents are also known as allergens are not harmful, occur freely in the environment and do not bother most people they come in contact with. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one allergen. When an allergen comes in contact with an individual with allergy, it triggers an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Heredity and environmental exposures contribute to susceptibility of an individual to allergies.
At Skin City, we offer a thorough consultation and allergy testing for patients suffering from skin allergies to known and unknown allergens and a treatment protocol suitable for patient’s needs.
What Is An Allergy?
The human immune system is programmed to combat any foreign substance (allergen, infectious agents) entering our body. In this process of dealing with allergens, the immune system produces a number of antibodies and activates blood called eosinophils. Together they attack the allergen with chemical substances. Sometimes the same chemicals can result in symptoms of allergy.
Symptoms of allergies may be obvious such as hay fever or not so obvious such as breathlessness after taking certain medicines. An allergic reaction can occur anywhere in the body (e.g. sneezing and stuffy nose, itching rash of urticaria and asthma). However other symptoms like severe urticaria, migraine, and even life- threatening symptoms (reactions to drugs, foods and cosmetics) can occur.
• Specific allergic disease
• Allergic rhinitis / sinusitis
• Allergic conjunctivitis
• Allergic bronchitis
• Eczema, Atopic dermatitis
• Urticaria, Angioedema
• Contact Dermatitis
It is important to detect what is causing the allergy in an individual. After detecting the allergens, the best way is to avoid them (drug allergy), use control measures (house dust mites), create tolerance to them (food allergies), skin protection (urticaria) or treat them with oral vaccines (allergic colds or asthma). We detect allergies by the skin Prick tests which in the hand of an allergy specialist are 90-100% sensitive.
At Skin City we manage skin, respiratory and food allergies by careful consultation, ‘In vitro’ allergy testing and treatment as per international guidelines and advanced Desensitization for those who require it.
Skin blemishes that are present at birth or appear soon after are generally referred to as "birthmarks". These may vary in red or brown and represent an overgrowth of superficial blood vessels or pigment cells. The treatment of these birthmarks depends on the type of lesion. Before determining how to remove these birthmarks, here is some information on the more common types and how to identify them:
Pigmentation-Type Birthmarks – These can include various types of birthmarks including moles (congenital nevi), Coffee-cream spots, and Mongolian spots.
Macular Stains (Salmon Patches) – These are very thin, light pink, flat patches of discoloration. These are usually found on babies, either on the back of their neck, or on their upper eyelids.
Vascular Malformations – These are caused by abnormal development of blood vessels and are almost always present from birth. Port-wine stains, a very common birthmark, are a type of vascular malformation and can be found anywhere on the body. These birthmarks may be a concern if located on the face above or around the eye because they may be associated with eye and/or brain problems.
Hemangiomas – These are lesions that develop on infants within a couple of weeks after birth. These are caused by many tiny blood vessels that are bunched together and can grow quite rapidly during the child’s first six to nine months. These are the most common tumors found in babies and usually develop around the head and neck.
How is Birthmark Removal Performed?
There are different ways that a birthmark can be removed, depending upon its type, size, location and other factors. The effective birthmark removal treatments as follows:
There are many laser systems used to treat birthmarks - some more appropriate than others. However, as important as the technology is the competence and experience of the medical professional operating the machine. Not one type of laser treatment is the answer for every problem or skin type. Expert dermatological diagnosis and correct assessment is vital. Skin City is able to offer years of laser expertise gleaned from Dr. Niteen Dhepe’s years of heading the Department of Dermatology at Skin City.
Aesthetic Dermatology is a new and uniquely different dermatology practice, setting a standard for cosmetic dermatology in India. It is a group of treatments that are used to improve personal appearance rather than address an underlying disease. Some might argue that a few treatments that are classified as "cosmetic" are actually medical in nature, such as procedures for acne. The different types of treatments covered under aesthetic dermatology are chemical peels, wrinkle fillers, microdermabrasion, liposuction, enhancements, and laser resurfacing. Aesthetic dermatology's primary purpose is to improve a person's looks by reducing or eliminating imperfections. The majority of these imperfections are related to the skin, in particular the face, while a few treatments address the nails, scalp and hair.
Most aesthetic dermatology treatments are focused on improving the appearance and texture of the skin, especially on the face. The medical professionals at Skin City offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures that keep your skin looking and feeling fantastic. Whether you’re concerned about the early signs of aging or varicose veins, Aesthetic Dermatology offers the cosmetic procedure you’re looking for.
Those who wish to look younger may undergo treatment to fill in wrinkles or remove age spots. Fillers and injections of patented substances are used to improve the condition of facial muscles and plump up depressions in the skin. Several periodic treatments may be needed since the results are usually temporary.
Skin City offers advanced expertise in cosmetic procedures like no other in Pune, India. And we believe in the procedures and products we offer. We won’t leave you confused with a large and overwhelming portfolio of lasers, treatments and skin care products because we don’t believe everything out there is worth your time and money. What we offer, we believe in. What we do, works!
Schedule a cosmetic consultation today and look forward to a better tomorrow!
It’s not a secret that your entire body can benefit from the effects of exercise. Your skin is the largest organ you have, so cleansing it from the inside out with a good workout is the key to looking your best. Working out isn’t all about dropping pounds or prepping for your next triathlon. Regular exercise also gives you a healthy, glowing look that you just can’t get any other way. With so many exercise options available, it’s important to know how each type of workouts can affect your skin.Cardio= Instant Glow Cardio is undoubtedly a fantastic way to improve your blood circulation and get that instant glow. An increase in blood flow helps the cells throughout your body receive the oxygen and nutrients they need. That increase will also enhance the cell renewal process and help draw toxins out of your body. Speaking of toxins, sweating is another way your body gets rid of them. When you sweat, your pores open and dirt/oil is pushed out. Concerned about breakouts? Sweat has natural anti-biotic properties, which may actually help reduce acne! Weight Training= Give a Boost of Collagen Higher collagen levels equate to firmer and more elastic skin, something we all could use! Weight training is a fun way to extend each workout due to the seemingly endless variety of moves to choose from. Another benefit of lifting weights: it can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Try incorporate lifting in your next workout to get firmer, smoother skin from head to toe. Yoga= Normal Sebum Production The stress hormone cortisol can cause excess sebum production and acne. Yoga is one of the best ways to ease stress and lower the hormone. This will normalize sebaceous glands and decrease stress related breakouts. Cardio, weight training, and yoga each do their part to help to improve circulation, boost collagen and ease stress to give your skin a youthful look and feel. Most importantly, it’s important to choose exercises that you enjoy. Mix it up regularly to eliminate boredom and to ensure your success in achieving healthier skin. I believe skin matters and you should always love your skin, so get moving and get glowing today! Note* you are advised to take proper precautions if you have any health limitations, Consult a physician if you do. Conduct workouts in the presence of a trained fitness professional.
Keloids are scars that grow beyond the original borders of the wound. Like hypertrophic scars they are raised, but they are often dark in colour and hard to the touch. Without treatment, they will often continue to grow. Keloid scars can make you self-conscious, but you don't have to live with them. Treatment can diminish the appearance of keloids or sometimes get rid of them altogether.How Keloids Form The cause is exactly not known. They are the result of an overactive healing response. To bridge the gap caused by skin damage, your body creates granular tissues, which are made primarily of collagen, across the injury site. Imbalance between collagen stimulators and inhibitors lead to formation of keloid. Sometimes, the fibroblasts that lay down this bed of collagen don't get the message to turn off and continue creating the granular fibres, actually overlaying your natural skin with them.The result is a scar that continues to grow outward, often in all directions, expanding beyond the original site of the wound. • Risk Factors:
Skin lightening, skin whitening, and skin bleaching is a process that lightens your skin tone using chemical substances.Know more In summary, Skin lightening or skin whitening is a cosmetic dermatological procedure where chemical agents are used for lightening the skin tone. Always consider, the beauty of skin is not only about the skin color, but an even skin tone. Hence consult the best Cosmetic Dermatologist who can address all your queries and put all your concerns to rest.
One of the most annoying beauty problems is a dark circle. Fighting it can take its due course of time, so what are the quick ways to fix it?
Various topical creams, ointments, and gels are available to minimize the appearance of dark circles. You have to ensure that the creams contain active ingredients such as vitamin K that helps to reduce dilated blood vessels, and vitamin C and alpha hydroxyl acids that aid the stimulation of collagen production of the skin. These nutrients also help lessen the appearance of dark circles caused by aging and genetics.
Chemical peeling involves a number of chemical agents to treat various skin conditions like hyper-pigmentation on the face or body, scars due to acne or wounds, and fine wrinkles. It is a non-invasive treatment for dark circles. A chemical peel is generally performed by a dermatologist. Chemical peels help in rejuvenating the skin around the eyes by exfoliating the damaged upper layer of the skin to reveal a new and healthier skin layer. The current most effective peel for dark circles is the Argi peel, which contains arginine, lactic acid, allantois, and aloe vera. Arginine is an amino acid derived from brown sugar that boosts collagen, increases elasticity, and moisturizes the skin. Lactic acid exfoliates and lightens the skin, and also fades hyper-pigmentation. Allantoin and aloe vera help to moisturize and soften the skin. This is used in conjunction with vitamin C and matrixyl that provide firmness and resistance to the skin around the eye. The effect of the treatment depends on the duration and the type of treatment.
IPL treatment reduces dark circles by destroying the pigment cells that cause discoloration. It also smoothens the skin under the eye due to its high energy light waves that penetrate the skin under the eye. The light waves constrict blood vessels, which results in less prominent discoloration. IPL treatment is one of the most effective treatments for dark circles, but is an expensive one. A person will be required to sit for several sessions (each about an hour long) to achieve the desired results. The frequency of the treatment depends on the magnitude of the circles and overall health and lifestyle of the patient.
Laser treatment is another effective way to remove dark circles. Here, the fat deposited under the eye is targeted. Post the treatment, the skin under the eye becomes smooth and less discolored. Ultraviolet or infrared invisible light is used in the treatment to create a wavelength that releases energy as the light moves across the skin. The energy is absorbed through the skin layers and gives a soothing effect while correcting the dark and irregular skin pigments causing dark circles. The treatment is basically an outpatient procedure that can be performed within an hour. However, one can’t note improvement right away – the best results take about three to six sessions.
Eye surgery for dark circles is known as blepharoplasty that is performed by plastic surgeons. The under eye fat deposits are removed, resulting in less puffiness, less discoloration, and more lively eyes. The procedure can take anywhere between one to three hours. Recovery from the surgery can take up to several weeks.
As discussed earlier, vitiligo is a skin disease of much social concern. If you haven’t read it, head here to gain more information - Vitiligo – What Should Be the Target of Treatment?.
Vitiligo is a condition that has been stigmatized for wrong reasons. Because of lack of awareness about it, vitiligo patients often have to bear the brunt of society’s judgment and ridicule. This disease that manifests onto a person’s appearance often acts as a deal breaker in relationships and matrimonial matters, owing to society’s standards of beauty.
Many believe that vitiligo is a result of an impure body, and suggest that the system needs to be cleansed from the inside, so as to get to the root of the problem and getting rid of it. The act of cleansing the body from the inside is also known as the ‘internal approach’. In this internal approach, we treat the problem using medication that alters the problem inside the body.
The internal approach, however, has its limitations. Most scientists believe that any defect in the body is highly linked to the person’s gene makeup, and vitiligo is one of those defects. A person can either have a defect coded into their genomes, in which case a cure may not be available, or the person can have susceptible genes wherein they have a disease which goes with medication/restrictions. In both these cases, allopathy works differently.
Why does ‘cure’ attract patients so much? The answer is simple: Wishful thinking. Most patients think that these diseases are a result of abnormalities in the body that are caused by external toxins, but this stands true only for infections. But like most other lifestyle diseases, a cure is not possible because there’s nothing external to work on – it’s the internal defect that has to be worked on. So, like any other lifestyle diseases, treatment can merely restore old bodily functions, not cure them. Vitiligo can be treated both externally and internally – externally using creams, focused treatments etc. Some might recommend dietary restrictions, or drinking water in order to help cure the disease. However, these are unbalanced and biased approaches.
The internal treatment for vitiligo has two approaches: 1. controlling the offending RBCs using medication, and 2. Salvaging or supporting the re-function of melanocytes.
Controlling the offending WBCs: the medication given in this approach targets the offending WBCs, and stops them from causing further damage. However, this has its side effects. This is because only a small amount of WBCs are actually causing the discolouration issue, and the medication targets all the healthy WBCs as well. Hence, all the internal treatments for WBCs can have side effects like lowered hemoglobin, reduced RBC count, and reduced function of WBCs.
For external approach: creams, injections in the targeted patches, and phototherapy are common. Some different grades of phototherapy are ultra v A and ultra v B, sunlight, excimer lasers, etc.
Each treatment has a different advocate supporting them.
Dr. Dhepe of Skin City proposes a combination approach. In this, there is a judicious combination of both internal and external approaches pose fewer side effects, and makes for efficient treatment. The safest internal as well as external approaches should be chosen to get the desired effects, as the requirement of possible doses/sessions is less, as are the side effects. A combination of creams, lasers, injectable immune modulators, and miniature punch grafting skin surgeries can be selected from, depending on the choice of the patient.
On a personal note, Dr. Dhepe suggests that the best way to deal with vitiligo is to undergo no treatment at all, but treat it as a natural part of one’s body. This will help disable the stigma around this harmless skin condition.
The skin is the most sensitive part of the body, but it is often the most ignored. Not taking proper care of the skin can end up in minor or major problems. However, some skin troubles are unprecedented and out of one’s control. One such condition that is not talked about often is vitiligo. And it is essential to educate ourselves about it.
Vitiligo is a skin pigmentation disorder where a person gets white or discolored patches on the skin. The reason behind this pigmentation is the permanent destruction of colour producing cells of the skin, namely melanocytes.
There are many accepted theories for the development of vitiligo, but the most plausible one among all is the auto-immune theory. White blood cells in the body are essential as they provide us with immunity by attacking viruses. However, in the case of vitiligo, the WBCs end up attacking and killing their own cells. These damaged cells fail to produce pigment, which leads to the discolouration of skin. In some cases, vitiligo develops on the lips and fingertips, and in some cases, it ends up on other parts of the body.
An important thing to note about vitiligo, though, is that it is a harmless skin condition that has no repercussions or harmful effects on the body.
Vitiligo has been a social stigma for a very long time. The stigma around this skin condition goes back to Ayurvedic ages. It was misclassified as leprosy, a disease that was dreaded heavily by mankind. Laprosy patients often developed red spots on their body, and were isolated from society because there was no cure. This isolation was practical in medieval times, but the scenario is different now. In fact, scientific studies have shown that leprosy and vitiligo have no connection to each other, and vitiligo is a harmless condition wherein spots are developed. It is important to note the irony that in today’s world, people with leprosy are treated easily and they can live happy, healthy lives, but the stigma around vitiligo still persists.
Vitiligo is a harmless condition, but most often, patients are thrust with societal pressure to go under procedures to reduce or delete the discolouration. Due to this, patients that refuse treatment live lives of embarrassment and shame, which leads to strains in their relationships and overall well-being.
Many treatments for vitiligo are available - medical ones, phototherapy, surgical treatments, etc. These treatments can clear vitiligo from 10% to 100%. It was impossible to treat vitiligo in the past, but medicine has progressed over the years.
What is the target of the treatment of vitiligo?
Researchers suggest two approaches to treating it - targeting and controlling the offending WBCs that kill their own cells: abnormal WBCs that are called T - lymphocytes. Another approach is to support the surviving melanocytes with oral medication or phototherapy. A truly successful treatment is a combination of both approaches.
Dr. Dhepe of Skin City put forth a third aspect - Vitiligo patients don’t need to be treated at all.
The condition is not contagious, serious or bothersome, so why do people still opt for surgeries? The treatments patients needlessly go through can have undesirable side-effects, and can prove to be a financial burden as well. The fact of matter is simple: Vitiligo is not a disease, and it shouldn’t be stigmatized.
There’s no harm in not treating vitiligo. It does not affect any part of the body, and if the patient chooses to opt for treatment, they should without any external pressure to do so. It is neither the WBC nor the melanocytes that need treatment - it is the mind of society that needs it. We need to spread social awareness about vitiligo.
Dr. Dhepe, in collaboration with Janki Medical Foundation are working towards creating awareness about vitiligo and its implications in society. For this work, Dr. Dhepe received an award from the chief minister of Goa.
Vitiligo is a condition less for the patient, and less for the society. We must stop the stigmatization of the same.
Look into your closet; if there are no sleeveless & strappy outfits or swimwear, you are hiding something, your dark underarms. Smita Gautam of Skincity gives you the solution to this embarrassing problem.
More often than not, you are not quite sure about how and why it happened, it creeps up on you and before you know it, you feel helpless about how to get rid of it. The hype around quick fixes and ineffective solutions in the form of topical creams, deodorants, and bleaching agents, just delay finding the right and permanent solution.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?
It is important for you to understand what causes dark underarms and what you need to do to get rid of it permanently. There are three main causes of dark underarms:
Getting a clear diagnosis is important to finding the right solution to this problem. Dr. Niteen Dhepe, Medical director, Skin City says that hormonal imbalances and infections associated with the above- mentioned problems need to be addressed first following which, the latest available technologies, like Laser Skin lightening, can be done to get rid of the pigmentation. This method shows excellent results, not only in the under arms, but also in other hyper pigmented areas like the inner thighs, buttocks and other intimate areas.
He also wishes to impress upon those affected with this embarrassing condition, that shaving and waxing are redundant methods of hair removal. They cause ingrowths, folliculitis and other infections which further darken the underarms. Laser Hair reduction is the best method of hair removal, which will prevent and resolve these problems.
He further states that deodorants and anti-perspirants do more harm than good to people with Hyperhydrosis or excessive sweating; the chemicals in these products may react with the skin causing darkening. Besides, people with this condition are prone to bacterial infections, which worsen the body odour caused by sweating, hence causing terrible embarrassment and social ostracization of the affected person. There are several medical and minimally invasive surgical treatments available to rid you of this condition.
SkinCity has the largest range of lasers and treatments available to treat the causes of dark underarms thus resolving this problem and restoring your confidence.
Skin City India, in keeping with its pioneering image, introduces HIFU, the latest FDA approved, non- invasive technology for a face lift. Dr. Niteen Dhepe, Medical Director Skin City, brings this new Anti-Ageing treatment to Pune informs Smita Gautam.
We all experience this moment at least once in our life when we see an old friend who looks much younger than her age or yours and you feel that little tinge of envy. She is blessed you say. Well, there are those who are blessed and there are the rest of us who could do with some human intervention in the form of this new non- invasive face lift.
RECLAIM YOUR YOUTH
Your skin age is not just defined by your age in years, but by other factors as well like lifestyle, stress, poor sleeping and eating habits and lack of exercise. This causes collagen and elastin depletion, fatty tissue descent and sagging of muscles. Though ageing is inevitable, you can delay the process and actually lose several years from your face with the new HIFU technology.
HIGH FIVE FOR HIFU
HIFU is a highly precise medical procedure that applies high-intensity focused ultrasound energy which delivers heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This triggers collagen remodeling, thus increasing the elasticity of the skin, resulting in tightening. It helps in brow lifting, reducing wrinkles around the eyes & neck, smoothening naso-labial folds and removal of the double chin. It improves skin texture by closing pores and reducing acne scars. It also causes whitening and tightening of the skin. All in all the result is a younger looking you. That, my dear friends, is called a facelift.
Conventional facelifts involve surgery, pain, complications, sub optimum results and long periods of time for recovery. Also there is a limit to what can be achieved with a surgical facelift without the obvious tell tale signs. Redefining Beauty with HIFU takes around 30 minutes. A lunch hour procedure and with no downtime, it is the answer to every one’s dream of looking younger. All you need to do is walk in to Skin City today to turn back the hands of time.
Dr Niteen Dhepe, Medical Director, Skin City
Spider veins (also called telangiectasias) are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop close to the surface of the skin. They are often red, blue, or purple; and they have the appearance of a spider web. They are commonly found on the face and legs.
Causes of Spider veins
Varicose veins and spider veins develop more often in women than in men. They increase in frequency with age. An estimated 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins.
Symptoms of Spider Veins
The most obvious sign of spider veins is their web-like appearance on the skin. These veins can be red, blue, or purple. Other symptoms include:
Treating Spider Veins
Unless you are experiencing pain or other symptoms, spider and varicose veins don’t require treatment. If you have symptoms or would like the veins removed for aesthetic reasons, treatment options include:
So what’s the quick fix to this? The real revolution in hair removal came with the advent of lasers and light technology. The initial enthusiasm was to be believed that hair removal with laser and light is permanent; however, the first company who got a patent for IPL hair removal marketed it as a complete hair removal within three sessions, though they believed it to be one session. Soon their claims of getting hair removed in 3 sessions fizzled, hundreds of lawsuits were filed and eventually the company got bankrupt. Since this fiasco, the term ‘hair removal’ was replaced with ‘hair reduction’ and it’s no more permanent. It is now known as ‘long term hair reduction’.
What are the scientific facts here? First, Laser can treat thick and black hair shafts and NOT thin and pale hair. Second, there is no need of removal of fine less visible hair. Most of laser physicians now believe that the laser should be used only on thick hair and complete removal of all the hair shafts is not desired.
Dr Niteen Dhepe talks of how culture has evolved from women wearing ghagra cholis to finally evolving and to a modern woman, who is a bread winner. We look at how beauty is being perceived today and the culture that has changed our definition of beauty for us. He stresses on the fact that a skin can be a combination of oily to dry and it is bound to change with age and climate. The right to treat your skin is to get it analysed by a dermatologist and get it treated accordingly. You should be judicious in applying moisturizer to your skin and do it within three minutes of a bath for good care of the skin.
The best way to protect your skin is to protect your skin from the Sun and do not go out in the open without covering it. The Ozone layer in the atmosphere has thinned which is causing UV rays to come to the Earth. We need to protect ourselves from those rays and use anti-tan lotions regularly.
The term tattoo describes the deliberate placement of permanent colors into the skin or the accidental entry of pigmented material. The word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian (Marquesan) word tattoo, and refers to the accidental or volitional acquisition of pigmented particles of the skin.Types of tattoos 1. Decorative amateur tattoos These include tattoos placed by tribaland gang members. The amateur tattoo usually consists of black India colored. Since these tattoos are placed unevenly and superficially in the dermis, they respond well to laser treatment, with fewer treatments and more complete clearance. 2. Professional tattoos In the past, these types of tattoos were commonly seen in military men and bikers. However, with today’s changing trends people of all ages and socioeconomic strata are obtaining professional tattoos. Unfortunately, these tattoos do pose difficulties for the laser surgeon. These tattoos are placed more deeply in the dermis with a greater density of pigment. The colours are very vibrant and diverse in shade. 3. Cosmetic Tattoos Cosmetic tattoos are applied for a variety of reasons including disguising scars, broadening lips, eye and lip liners, covering periorbital pigmentation, or providing rosy cheeks. The colors that are used most frequently are off-white, reddish-brown, red, flesh tones (skin colored), or dull orange. Many of these cosmetic tattoos are made with iron pigments. 4. Medicinal Tattoos These types of tattoos are often placed to designate a radiation port during cancer therapy. After patients are in remission, they are often anxious to remove these signs of illness. Fortunately, these India ink blue-black tattoos are often easily removed in 1 to 2 sessions. 5. Traumatic Tattoos Traumatic tattoos can occur following different types of injury to the skin. This method of introducing tattoo pigment can occur following abrasion or explosion. Gunpowder and particulate matter following motorcycle and bicycle accidents are examples of these types of tattoos. Ink Colors Tattoo ink is remarkably nonreactive histologically, despite the frequent use of different pigments of unknown purity and identity by tattoo artists. Amateur tattoo inks consist of simple, carbon particles originating from burnt wood, cotton, plastic, or paper, or from a variety of inks, including Indian ink, pen ink, and vegetable matter. Along with Indian ink, the classic tattoo dye, formerly used substances include metal salts such as mercury (red), cadmium (yellow), chrome (green), and cobalt (blue). In recent times, instead of these metal salts ,high-quality industrially manufactured organic pigments have been injected (mono- and di-azo dyes, polycyclic pigments of the phthalocyanine, dioxazine, and quinacridone classes of pigments). Even pigments produced for use as automobile paints are used. Treatment of Tattoos Over the centuries, different methods for tattoo removal have been explored. Previously popular methods of removal included excision with primary closure or skin grafting,mechanical dermabrasion ,salabrasion, cryosurgery, application of caustic chemicals such as phenol or a combination of the above, all of which habitually leave noticeable scars which,depending on the anatomica l location could be hypertrophic or keloidal.Modern tattoo removal involves the use of Q-switched lasers to remove tattoo pigments. Q switching is a means of producing a very short laser pulse in the nanosecond domain. The earliest attempts at removing tattoo pigment with the Qswitched laser were reported by Goldman. Anderson and Parrish’s principle of selective photothermolysis (1983) revolutionized the use of lasers in dermatology and therefore the treatment of tattoos. This principle proposes that if the used wavelength is well absorbed by the target and the pulse width is equal to or shorter than the target’s thermal relaxation time , the heat generated will be confined to the target. The Q-switched lasers used to remove tattoos are as follows:
Postoperative blistering Wound infection
Oxidative darkening of pigment
Allergic reactions after laser treatment
Chrysiasis after laser treatment
Scarring after Q-switched laser treatment of traumatic gunpowder tattoos