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19/Jan/2023

Myths Regarding Acne:

85% of people get acne in their lives at any point in time, this is the most discussed topic among people. Everyone is concerned about acne no matter what their age group is, and with this discussion comes facts and inevitable myths.

There is disinformation regarding acne, what acne is how it is treated and why could this happen. There are tons of myths regarding acne which has misguided people, especially younger adult leading to anxiety and stress among the younger generation.

Do Not Believe These Myths:

1. Myth #1

It is thought that people with acne scars can never have normal surfaced skin again. Thus they will have to live with dull and damaged skin.

Fact:

This is not the fact and one needs not to get concerned about this acne scars are now manageable as there are many cosmological treatments that can resurface the skin and help make it look brighter and more vibrant. Some of these procedures are micro-needling, Hydra Facial, laser peeling, etc.

2. Myth #2:

ACNE is a condition usually found in teens, it is thought that acne is only associated with teens and causes scarring in them.

Fact:

Acne is not associated with teens only rather could be at any age at any point in time. Women are more prone to acne than men and they get more acne than men in their 40s, and acne could leave scars on anyone but one need not get worried about it as this condition is now manageable.

3. Myth #3:

Some people think that exposure to direct sunlight and getting tan would help them get rid of the acne scar as the exposure to UV light will kill the bacteria causing acne and changing skin tone will hide the scars.

Fact:

Sun rays do not kill the bacteria on your skin rather they thicken the stratum corneum of the skin which is the outermost layer of the skin consisting of dead cells, once they increase this blocks the pores and leads to more acne sprouting and may worsen the already existing situation may induce more infection leading to more scarring and tan cant help get rid of the scarring but may cause hyperpigmentation of the skin.

4. Myth #4:

It is thought that all oils help sprout acne. Applying any type of oil on the skin leads to the formation of acne, so do not to the app;y ol to the skin.

Fact:

There are many oils available in the market that are helpful for reducing the swelling in the face, moisturizing the face well, and helping get rid of unwanted bacteria from the skin.

5. Myth #5:

People think washing the face repeatedly with ordinary soap will not let acne sprout.

Fact:

Washing your face repeatedly with soap kills the healthy bacteria on the face and also washes off the normal oil secretion from the face leading to dry skin and thus provoking acne.

6. Myth #6:

People think that acne scarring only occurs on the face.

Fact:

Acne scars can occur anywhere on the body on the shoulders, back, chest, arms, and neck that is Scarring can occur anywhere on the body areas which are prone to acne. Dermatologists are always concerned to treat the visible ones rather than hidden scars.

7. Myth #7:

 It is a myth that Acne scars are unpreventable and permanent.

Fact:

Acne scars are preventable and there are currently numerous methods through which scarring can be stopped from getting worse and is manageable. The acne would not leave scars if you avoid pricking the acne pimples and avoid sun exposure. But it is always recommended to get the best diagnosis and treatment plan from a licensed professional for a smooth recovery.

8. Myth #8:

 Use toothpaste to remove acne or acne scars.

Fact:

Toothpaste does have some content In its formulation that can help dry a pimple but it is not used for the face as it causes skin irritation and worsens the affected area.

9. Myth #9:

Popping the pimple will lead to the disappearing of the pimples from the skin faster and won’t let scarring.

Facts:

Popping the pimple or removing the comedones from the skin will help disappear the pimple from the skin faster but the released pus will infect the surrounding area. The infection may penetrate the surrounding layers of the dermis leading to the formation of deep scars.

10. Myth #10:

Wearing makeup can hide the scars.

Fact:

Wearing makeup that does not suit your skin will lead to allergy, irritation, and redness the skin. Therefore, wearing makeup can hide the scars temporarily but not permanently therefore many cosmological noninvasive treatments are being used that help remove the scars from the facial area of the skin. 

Where to get the best Acne Scar treatment?

Skinsmith is the best place to get the best treatment for acne and acne scars. Where the expert dermatologists will explain the effective skincare treatment that is best for you.

Hence, if you are suffering from such a problem then book your appointment now with  Dr. Mahvish Aftab to get the best results.    

Conclusion:

Acne and acne scarring is not a problem nowadays it comes with the best remedies. Never get misguided by the disinformation spreading around you, just consult a dermatologist before it gets too late.


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18/Jan/2023

Hydrafacial is the procedure everyone can get to make their skin look gorgeous. Everyone enjoys going under this treatment irrespective of age or gender. Many cosmetologists advise such facials to people who want their skin to look healthy and clear.

Hydrafacial in a Nutshell:

Hydrafacial is a technology that uses hydra technology to enrich your skin. This benefits the skin by cleansing the collaged pores and hydrating the skin, reducing fine lines, and treating under eye-bags and acne scars. 

It is the modern form of the facial if one wants to achieve fresh skin free from acne spots and acne scars then go for this treatment.

Acne:

Though acne is associated with younger people now anyone at any age gets affected by it. Acne is the reaction of the overproduction of oil from the sebum oily glands present on the skin. 

It causes pimples when the excess blocks the oil ducts this damages the skin leading to acne scars.

Acne Scars and Hydrafacial:

If you are worried about the daily popping of pimples on your face,  clogged pores, enlarged pores, or damaged skin due to acne. Then don’t get concerned about this condition, all of these conditions are now manageable. 

The best-known treatment that can benefit people with all these presenting symptoms is Hydra facial.

Hydrafacial Benefits For Acne Scars:

Hydrafacial is a noninvasive painless modern form of facial that is done through machines rather than the conventional hand massage. It provides skin exfoliation which “helps” get rid of the acne scars and the acne itself.

Acne scars are formed when cystic acne penetrates the dermis layer affecting the skin deeper down into the tissues damaging the skin and leading to acne scars. 

It affects the skin around it and also causes hyperpigmentation. The clogged sebum toxifies the skin leading to skin damage and a rough appearance to the skin.

This treatment leads to detoxifying the skin and helps exfoliates the skin removing dust and acne-causing factors. Thus, HydraFacial benefits in removing acne scars.

Benefits Of Getting Hydrafacial:

It “Helps” reduce and minimize the visibility of acne scars and fine lines.

Some hydrafacial improve skin health by increasing blood circulation and making the skin look healthier and fresh.

Hydrafacial is safe to use in people having hypersensitive skin as it does not involve any kind of heat or electric current, and does not affect the skin if it is acne prone.

Hydrafacial hydrates the skin and boosts blood circulation in your face.

Also effective in minimizing the pores for clearer skin, in this case, it is the best option for treating acne scars.

 

Side Effects:

Hydrafacial has no potential side effects. if at times the skin gets red or irritated this situation subsides immediately.

Candidates for Hydrafacial:

Everyone can get hydrafacial. The biggest advantage of the hydra facial treatment is that it is suitable for any age group from young individuals to old age people. 

It is beneficial for any skin type but the ones who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Have active rashes
  • Sunburn
  • Rosacea

They shall abstain from such procedure.

Sessions Required for hydra facial:

Although the skin looks glowy after one session. The treatment is not a quick fix- to minimize condition like acne scar and improves skin condition it takes more than one session. 

To get maximum results it is recommended to get the treatment done after every 4-6 weeks.

Best Clinic For Hydra Facial:

The best skin clinic for hydra facials is SkinSmith clinic located in Islamabad. It is owned by one of the best-known dermatologists Dr. Mahvish Aftab who is among the top-rated dermatologist in the twin cities.

Cost:

The cost of a hydra facial depends upon the type of hydrafacial done and also the skin type.it may also depend upon the intensity of the scar and the condition of the skin.

At SkinSmith this treatment range from 9500 – 13000 rupees. 

Read Also: I have acne. Should I see a dermatologist?

Conclusion:

Hydra facial is very effective in treating various skin conditions. from clogged pores to skin rejuvenation. It is proven by many dermatologists that hydrafacial has more benefits than its downsides. 

Therefore,it is recommended to everyone with skin problems to get this treatment done if one wants to have smooth and vibrant skin.

FAQs:

Is hydrafacial good for acne scarring?

Yes, hydrafacial “Helps” minimize acne scars boost blood circulation in the skin, and boosts the regulation of collagen in the skin leading to fresh and healthy skin.

Does Hydrafacial lighten scar?

Yes, hydra facial lightens scars as it helps resurface the damaged skin. improved results will be seen after a couple of sittings with a dermatologist.

Does Hydrafacial remove dark spots?

It is a treatment that is also helpful in removing dark spots as it also benefits in reducing hyperpigmentation by hydrating the skin and boosting collagen and reducing melanin. 

Which treatment is best for acne scars?

There are many treatments done for acne scars but the best know treatment for managing acne scars is laser peeling. This is one of the most effective treatments known for acne scars. 


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10/Jan/2023

1. Hair PRP:

PRP known as platelet-rich plasma is a non-invasive cosmetological treatment, used to treat the hair-shedding condition also known as Alopecia. 

PRP is derived from the bloodstream and has been used for years to treat musculoskeletal conditions, and more recently have been introduced in cosmetology to treat skin conditions.

Alopecia is a condition that affects both males and females and may be upsetting. Therefore PRP in Islamabad is done to manage varying degrees of hair loss. This is one of the effective procedures to help reverse hair loss conditions.

2. Major Causes for Opting for PRP Treatment:

The PRP procedure is opted for treating hair loss. This controls the condition of Androgenic Alopecia, thought to minimize the enzymes causing hair shedding.

This procedure also controls hair loss and helps the hair to re-grow. Thus, it prevents an individual to get bald while managing the condition before it gets worse.

This procedure is used with hair transplant surgeries to treat hair thinning.

Various other hair treatment procedures have been opted for once the individual gets completely bald e.g. hair transplant or wigs but PRP is the option used beforehand.

3. Prp, Extraction Procedure :

PRP, as the name suggests, is extracted from the blood of one’s own self. 

It is drawn from the bloodstream of the individual, the blood is centrifugated and plasma is separated from other components deducing platelet-rich plasma at the end. A few steps are explained as follows:

1. The Blood Draw :

The health professional will draw the blood out from the arm and collect it in the tube, the blood is put into the centrifugation machine where the components of the blood are separated from red blood cells.

2. Centrifugation:

This is the procedure that takes around 10-20 mins the aim is to isolate the plasma from RBCs and WBCS. A yellow-colored material is separated at the end.

3. Injecting PRP:

PRP is injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth.

4. The Connection Between PRP and Hair Regrowth:

Platelets are one of the four primary components which are present in the bloodstream of an individual. The other three are RBCs, WBCs, and plasma.

Platelets help the growth and regeneration of the dermal papilla cells of the scalp present deep down into the skin layers.

5. Effectiveness of PRP:

There has been researched that hair PRP is effective in the treatment of AGA alopecia which affects both males and females having varying degrees of baldness in any area of the scalp, this produces more effective results in addition to topically applying therapies for baldness. 

Thus, this is an effective alternative for AGA alopecia.

6. Cost for PRP:

PRP treatment may be expensive, this carries three sessions each of the session ranging from 13000-25000 rupees in Islamabad. 

Sometimes, to maintain the effects of the therapy more than 3 sittings are required scheduled after every 4-6 months.

7. Benefits Of PRP If Used In Addition To Other Treatment Regimes:

  • PRP benefits people who have no bald patches and whose hair roots are still alive. It rejuvenates the hair follicles when plasma is injected into the scalp through a medical-grade syringe, containing certain growth factors that promote hair growth and make them stronger and denser again.
  • It also benefits patients who have dull dry hair and if they undergo such therapy so they can observe the miraculous effect of shiny dense hair.
  • PRP treatment is a great help for people whose hair follicles are surviving on their scalps.

8. Advantages Of Hair Prp If Performed Independently: 

  • Safe procedure with no major incisions
  • Increase the thickness of the hair
  • This leads to Less dandruff on the scalp through revitalization
  • Darkening of the hair 
  • Limits the hair loss, to one month following the treatment 
  • Strengthening the hair.

9. Duration Of PRP Procedure :

There is no downtime in performing the procedure .it takes around 45 – 60mins get this procedure done. this time is required for each sitting. 

This is an outpatient procedure. ie one does not need to get admitted to the hospital before the procedure

10. Recovery Periods:

The recovery period is rapid as one can return to a regular routine right after the procedure.

11. PRP Facts:

  • This treatment support wound healing, trauma, and joint injury. this technique resolves male baldness patterns majorly also stimulates growth and enhances cosmetic appearance.
  • The results for PRP for the scalp may show the results after 6 months; where if prescribed it may require more sessions if the doctor advises.
  • Because the treatment procedure uses one’s own tissues so it is a safe procedure with minimum chances of infection.

FAQs

Who performs Hair PRP?

Dermatologists perform hair PRP. It is advised to book a professional dermatologist before undergoing such a procedure.

Best dermatologist for Hair PRP?

DR.Mahvish located in Islamabad is one of the best-reviewed dermatologists to perform this procedure if you are looking for hair treatment then book her now.

What could be the potential side effects of Hair PRP?

The potential side effects of hair PRP are as follows:

  • Infection
  • Allergy
  • Bleeding
  • Tissue damage 
  • Nerve injury

But these are very rare because the tissues used in the procedure are extracted from one’s own body so the body does not react to such treatment aggressively. This procedure is performed by a professional so there is no ambiguity going under such a procedure.

Conclusion:

Hair PRP is one of the effective treatments for varying degrees of hair loss and hair thinning. Many famous celebrities have undergone such procedures and this has been proven as a responsive treatment. 

This treatment is suitable for all age groups. This has been trusted by many people for retrieving their lost hair using this treatment procedure.   


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09/Jan/2023

Skin tags are harmless growth on the skin which can be found anywhere on the body but are mostly seen in the areas where the skin folds. or the skin rubs against each other producing friction.

One of the common areas where the skin tags are formed is the eyelids which may cause irritation, blurred vision, and alter facial appearance.

Terms Used for Skin Tags: 

A few of the common terms used to describe such growth are

  • Acrochordon
  • Filiform
  • Soft fibroma
  • Fibroepithelial polyp.

People Prone to Skin Tags:

skin tags develop in males and females both and such growths are harmless and have a size range from 1mm to 5cm. they are mostly found in obese patients in the neck armpit or groin areas relative to thin people.

Causes of Skin Tags:

These can grow due to numerous reasons some of which are as follow:

  • Insulin resistance(syndrome x)
  • Human papillomavirus (wart virus)
  • High level of growth factors (gigantism)
  • Pregnancy
  • Rubbing the skin due to irritation.

Treatment Procedures Used to Treat Skin Tags:

Skin tags can be removed from certain cosmetic procedures some of them are as follow:

  • cryotherapy
  • electrosurgery
  • ligation
  • surgical excision

Best Dermatologist for Skin Tag Treatment:

The best dermatologist in town for skin tag treatment is dr. Mahvish. She is an expert dermatologist and has great command in her field.

She is among the top-rated dermatologist in Islamabad who treats certain skin conditions with a 99% success rate. her patients are always satisfied with her work and one of our skilled dermatologist.

How is the Skin Tag Removed From the Eyelids?

Skin tags on eyelids are not harmful they are just benign growth. removing them may be necessary if they are obstructing the vision or for any other cosmetic reasons.

There are many reasons to remove the skin tags from the eyelids and dermatologists recommend the removal of the skin tags due to some particular reasons.

Skin tags can be removed at home too but as the eyelid is a sensitive area so it is better to see a dermatologist.

Removing Skin Tag at Home From Eyelids:

The skin tag on the eyelid can be removed at home but this is a risky procedure as it may cause eye infection or affect the eye.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Few people think that apple cider vinegar is useful in removing the skin tag but due to its acidity, it is not recommended to use the product as it may cause irritation to the eye or causes a chemical burn.

2. Over-the-counter Medication:

There are products used by people to treat skin tags but they are not recommended to apply around the eye as they may sometimes not be safe.

there are some essential oils or removal devices that are used to treat such conditions but their self-use is not recommended. 

Medical Treatment Procedures for Skin Tags on Eyelids:

1. Cryotherapy:

This is a noninvasive painless procedure to treat skin tags. In this procedure, liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196c is used to freeze the skin lesions on the particular area of growth. Sometimes co2 or deep is used.

it is a good alternative to invasive therapy, which is performed rapidly, and safely and is affordable.

it is used to treat skin tags that are at the superficial layer of the dermis.

How Does Cryotherapy Work:

this works by freezing the lesion to zero degrees and this cold temperature leads to the necrosis of the squamous tissues, therefore, stopping the growth of the lesion.

1. Ligation:

it is a procedure in which the suture is tied around the skin tag and hence the blood supply to the growth is hindered which leads to its shedding.

2. Surgical Excision:

It is an invasive procedure through which the skin tag is removed with the help of surgical scissors, as a result, the skin tags are completely removed.

this procedure opts when the skin tag has the roots penetrating deep down into the dermis of the skin therefore, these are removed by completely taking out the roots and cleaning them from the skin to prevent regrowth.

it is impossible to fully prevent the scarring after such surgery therefore, procedures with proper care are done to prevent or minimize the scarring of the skin tissues.

Care for the Wound?

The care for the wound shall be practiced once the wound gets tender, keep it dry for 48 hours. gently wash and dry the wound after the prescribed time, mild itchiness is normal around the wound but if it inflames or is red and painful then consult a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Electrosurgery:

This is a dermatological procedure that is used to stop bleeding or destroy abnormal skin growth. this device contains electrodes that have a current of voltage from 200-1000v and has a handpiece the current is passed to the layers of the skin causing the retardation of the abnormal roots.

Caution:

Such electro procedures shall be used with high caution unless the bipolar electrode is used. the patient shall be moved to the insulated table, as a burn may result from the current passing from the patient to the ground.

Potential Risks of Electro Surgery:

The risk of electro-surgery are as follow:

  • Electrical burns.
  • Thermal burns.
  • Transmission of infection
  • Production of toxic gases.

FAQS

1. Reoccurring the skin tags on the eyelid?

The frequent re-growth of the skin tag on the eyelid may be due to some infection. caused by the dust trapped in the eyelids it is recommended to wash the face with antiseptic soap and frequently applies the medications prescribed.

2. Which is the safest procedure for skin tag on the eyelid?

All the procedures are safe for skin tags as they are FDA approved and performed under the supervision of highly trained professionals, cryotherapy is the rapid, safest procedure as it is done superficially which is painless.

3. Which procedure is commonly performed to remove skin tags on the eyelid?

Any procedure can be performed to remove the skin tag from the eyelid depending upon the type of growth this will be decided by your dermatologist.

4. Is removing the skin tag safe for the eye?

Yes, removing the skin tag from the eyelid is safe as it is performed under the supervision of highly professional physicians. and it does not affect one’s eye in any way.

5. Does re-growth of the skin tag occur?

Rarely, the skin tags do not grow again on the same area until and unless it has deep roots which are not cleared if the roots are removed or if superficial growth is seized by the cryotherapy procedure so skin tags will not grow. 

Conclusion:

Skin tags are mostly benign and there is nothing to be worried about. If an individual is concerned about his cosmetic appearance or is altering the vision and you want to get it removed and you are looking for a dermatologist who could remove your skin tag from the eye professionally then book your appointment now with the best-renowned dermatologist Dr. Mahvish residing in Islamabad!


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05/Jan/2023

Losing hair inheritably is not a bad thing, but it is a stigma no one feels comfortable talking about. It’s a natural part of life which almost occurs to everyone irrespective of age and gender.

Normally a person loses 50 -100 strands of hair a day which sounds like a lot. But, as we have more than 100,000 hair and hair follicles so normal falling is not noticeable enough.

This condition is not usually anything to worried about. But, if there are large bald patches on the scalp so this may be upsetting to an individual. Therefore, it is recommended to see a dermatologist.

Hairloss-Alopecia:

Hairloss is also termed Alopecia which has been identified both in males and females. This is a condition associated with scalp disease or scarring. Alopecia may be localized and diffused. This condition also occurs when the hair quality is poor. Either the hair is dry damaged or thin.

Alopecia Prone Areas:

Alopecia is usually noticeable on the scalp area there may be some areas of the skin that are completely bald e.g. facial areas like beards, mustaches, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Pubic hair or on the chest, stomach, or armpits.

Causes of Alopecia:

There are many causes of hair loss some of them are listed as follows:

  • Iron deficiency in the body 
  • Inheritance i.e. condition running in the family.
  • Poor quality of hair
  • Due to some other underlining disease i.e. cancer
  • Malnourishment
  • Weightless
  • Stress
  • Hormonal issues.

Who Gets Hair Loss?

All of us humans develop hair follicles in the fetus therefore it is inevitable to determine who will get hair loss in later life. But most of the age groups which witness hair loss are :

  • Male Female
  • Children and adults 
  • People with any color and hair type.
  • Hair loss can be temporary or permanent depending upon the cause.

Clinical Features for Hair Loss:

The clinical feature of hair loss depends upon the cause. It could be any inflammatory or skin disease. Sometimes the actual symptoms are not present such as itchy or soreness.

This can also be due to some other underlining serious diseases such as cancer. However, a burning prickly discomfort occurs known as trichodynia which may accompany the shedding of hair.

When to See a Dermatologist :

It is advised to see a dermatologist when :

  • One notices sudden hair loss
  • Bald patched around the scalp
  • Losing hair in clumps
  • The head is itchy and burns
  • Concerned about excessive hair loss.

Treatment of Hair Shedding:

Most of the time treatment for hair loss is not important as it is temporary hair regrows again or a normal part of life as one ages the hair starts shedding but if there is excessive hair shedding so this condition can be managed if underlining causes are eliminated.

Hair loss stops once the underlining medical condition recovers.

Some of the drugs are present which are prescribed to control hair loss by controlling the hormones in the body.

Best Dermatologist for Hair Shedding Treatment:

The best dermatologist for PRP in Islamabad (Hair loss) is Dr. Mahvesh. She is best known for her work in Islamabad and has expertise in hair transplant treatment.

She performs hair transplant surgeries which are a great success. She works highly professionally, with a 99% success rate and her patients are always satisfied with her work.

The Procedure Used for Hair Transplant Treatment:

The minor surgical procedure used for hair shedding is a hair transplant. This procedure is called follicular unit micro grafting in this procedure several follicles are redistributed into the bald patches over the scalp of the patient in which the patient himself is the donor.

These follicular units are taken from hairy patches of the patient .these micro follicles are grafted and implanted on the receipt area, from where the growth of the hair starts.

FAQs:

How reliable is the hair transplant treatment?

Hair transplant treatment is reliable and gives successful results provided it shall be performed by a trained professional. Therefore,if intending for such purpose do consult DR.Mahvish located in Islamabad before undergoing the surgical procedure.

How long does it take for the hair transplant surgery to recover?

The recovery period depends upon the degree and type of surgery performed on the individual Normally bandages can be removed on the 3rd day and slight activities could be started and after 21 days one can go back to normal exercise and strenuous work.

Who can go under the surgery?

Anyone adult, male or female can go under surgical procedures from the age group of the 20s to early 40s as the hair follicles can regrow. If bald patches are seen in children so they are only treated with topical medication and are not recommended to go under surgery.

Is the surgery painful?

As it is a surgical procedure so it might can painful but your physician always tries to mitigate the pain and also apply anesthesia during the procedure for numbing the scalp.


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04/Jan/2023

Acne is a skin condition that occurs to almost everyone at some point in life but it is more commonly seen during puberty; among teenagers and young adults.

It is a medical condition in which skin gets spots, pimples, oily skin, whiteheads, and blackheads with open pores, which are sometimes hot and painful to touch.in severe cases, inflamed patches are seen (cysts) which are painful.

Is it advised to see a dermatologist for acne?

Acne is a medical condition that requires getting it checked before it worsens. It is always recommended to see a doctor if the acne starts popping out on the face. This is to be done immediately and essentially to control the condition and eliminate the underlining cause. 

What are the common terms used for acne?

It is commonly known as Acne vulgaris, cystic acne, Zits, or pimples.

Which are the areas prone to acne?

The areas having more sebaceous glands also termed oily glands are more prone to get acne this includes:

  • Face- this affects everyone with acne
  • Chest-affects half of the population’s 
  • upper back and shoulders. 10-15% of the population is affected.

When to see a dermatologist for acne?

Generally, the mild type of acne is usually treated through home remedies by people and it often does not require visiting the doctor. Most of the time it is managed by over-the-counter medicine. If the symptoms are not resolved by ten weeks so it is advised to see the doctor.

For moderate to severe acne, it is advised to see a dermatologist in Islamabad because OTC drugs are not effective for such acne and lead to scarring.  

How can a dermatologist help?

A dermatologist in Islamabad helps in treating acne through various antibiotic therapies prescribed both for oral and topical use. they can also help reduce acne scars and advise the patient to help prevent scarring.

The treatment of acne depends upon its severity, Starting from a very basic regimen of low-dose antibiotics to the high dose retinoids, sometimes steroid injections are prescribed for severe cystic acne.

How do the drugs help in treating acne?

There are various acne medications that help through the following mechanisms :

  • Retard Bacterial growth.
  • Prevent excess production of the oil through sebaceous glands.
  • Constrict the open pores on the skin to prevent bacterial growth.

Is It worth seeing a dermatologist for acne?

Yes, it is always helpful to see a dermatologist for acne as the condition can be managed before getting worse.

What is the underlining cause of acne?

  • The underlining cause of acne is commonly linked to hormonal changes, most commonly seen at puberty. But, may affect any age.
  • Certain hormones produce excess sebum(oil) in the glands next to hair follicles which coagulate the pores of the skin and leads to the aggressive behavior of the normal skin bacteria P.acne as its harmless activity retards leading to the production of the puss cells and ultimately cyst.
  • Secondly, hormones also thicken the inner layer of the hair forming the pores whichlicle, blocki cause pimple-like growth on the skin.

What are some other causes of acne?

There may be several other causes for acne few of them are listed below:

  • Inheritance, if the condition is running in the family.
  • Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle
  • Changes during pregnancy produce episodes of acne in women.

Is acne a medical condition?

Yes, Acne is a medical condition presenting signs and symptoms in a patient but this is treated cosmetically.

What are acne scars?

Scars are the marks developed after severe acne on the face chest and upper back region, about 80% of people get acne between the age of 11-30, and among them, 17% of people get acne scars.

How are acne scars formed?

These are formed after severe acne. as the formation of cyst or papules affects the inner layer of the dermis the pores are inflamed, swell, and gets damaged leading to the formation of scars. A few of them are shallow so they heal quickly the rest which is deep take time to heal or do not heal mostly.

What is the treatment for Acne scars?

Mild scarring can be treated by the gels and creams which are supposed to be applied topically.

Moderate to severe scarring requires professional cosmological procedures. With which the results are rapid and better.

What are the procedures for treating acne scars?

Some of the noninvasive procedures for treating acne scars are enlisted as follows:

  • Micro-needling
  • Co2 laser
  • Chemical peels
  • Fillers
  • PDO thread
  • Fillers 
  • Fractional lasers e.t.c 

Will the current acne breakout interfere with the acne scar treatment?

Yes, one’s skin needs to be infection free before acne scar treatment otherwise the treatment procedures will not be effective rather there may be chances that the infection may worsen.

Can scars be treated at home?

Yes, mild scars can be treated at home by OTC medications, but it is always important to get a piece of advice from a dermatologist before using any type of medication.

Name OTC medications that can be used at home for treating acne scars.

Some of the OTC medications used to treat acne scars are as follow:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Alpha hydroxyl acid
  • Retinoids.

Mild scars can also be covered up by makeup products. There are many makeup products that are suitable for hiding acne scars. 

Do invasive surgeries used to treat the scars?

Sometimes minor surgeries are done to lift the skin tissues at the normal skin level to heal up and remove the scar. This is performed when the patient is awake, only numbing of the targeted area is done to keep the procedure painless.

IS treatment of scars done on the area other than the face?

The treatment of the acne scar depends upon the location of the scar. If the scar is not noticeable so doctors may not consider treating the area.

Is the treatment of the scars worth it?

Yes, the treatment is successful. through cosmetological procedures, the scars are improved and the skin looks as smooth as before. Severe scars may take a couple of months to heal.

Is scar treatment safe?

Yes, scar treatment is safe as these procedures are approved by the health authority of Pakistan.

Conclusion:

Acne is a medical condition that is almost everyone starting from teenage to young adults. It is always recommended to see a dermatologist whenever the acne is unmanageable, to prevent acne scars and other complex conditions linked with this medical condition.


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Non-Surgical Face Lift:

It is a combination of non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatments. Its main purpose is to refresh damaged skin. This involves a handful of cosmetic procedures, it helps to smooth your fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, it removes any damage to surface skin and boosts the production of new collagen that provides a lifting effect. Non-Surgical Face Lift Treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

A non-surgical allows you to avoid any invasive procedure such as surgical facelift, anesthesia, and scarring of plastic surgery. It provides you with anti-aging benefits.

Pros & Cons:

Non-Surgical Face Lift Treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi has the following Pros and Cons:

Pros
  • Non-surgical facelift has minimal downtime. However, this treatment leaves you swollen or bruised for a few days. In last it has the least downtime compared to other facelift surgery.
  • The anesthesia used for Non-Surgical Face Lift treatment in Islamabad and Rawalpindi would be a numbing cream
  • This treatment has less invasive than surgery. So, it has minimum potential health risks.

  

Cons
  • The degree of facelift you get from non-surgical treatment is not what you expect from a surgical facelift.
  • You need to attend more treatment sessions for optimal results.
  • Non-surgical treatment requires maintenance treatment as often as three to four times a year.

 

Expectation:

After injectables, you may feel bruises for at least a few hours. Bruising is a common side effect and it depends on its severity and how long this will last.

A non-surgical skin tightening treatment has no real downtime. It is because this treatment target only the deeper layer of the skin. However, after the treatment, you may feel sore from the rubbing of the heated devices against your skin.

 

Botox:

Botox in Islamabad. It is the most commonly used non-surgical treatment. A Botox is a neuromodulator that is injected into the muscle, as a result, this causes temporary relaxation. As relaxed muscles no longer being able to contract So, therefore, cannot create wrinkles.

Botox injections are capable of treating fine lines and wrinkles. These fine lines and wrinkles usually appear near the forehead, eyebrows, and around the eyes. Results from Botox require more than a single dose. Ongoing treatments stop wrinkles from returning. However, for deeper wrinkles, it may take several treatments to get the desired results.

Dermal Fillers:

Loss of facial volume is the major cause of falling cheeks. It creates the illusion of sagging skin. However, we can restore the volume without surgery in a short period of time. As a result, you will feel like you had a facelift. These procedures are known as Dermal Fillers.

Dermal Fillers in Islamabad. Following are the variety of dermal injections that can be used:

  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
  • Collagen-Based Fillers
  • Semi-permanent fillers
  • Permanent Fillers

 

Thread Lift:

Thread Lift in Islamabad. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment. This procedure involves temporary sutures to lift your skin and add definition to your facial contours. However, this treatment does not remove any loose facial skin, it only stitched up certain skin to keep it skin taut. Thread Lift creates an effect by pulling your skin back and lifting. As a result, it tightens your face.

A thread lift technician uses a PDO. PDO stands for Polydioxanone. In thread lift PDO is used for self-dissolving sutures, these sutures dissolve in your body in a couple of months. Therefore, its effect depends on the area the face is being treated.  However, the provider has a choice of using smooth threads or barbed threads depending on the lift that is required.

Collagen helps support “growth factors” that greatly influence the condition of our skin. In addition to being used for wound healing, collagen helps to keep our skin strong, voluminous, and supple. As we get older, our bodies gradually produce less and less collagen, which leads to an 80% reduction in skin thickness by about age 70. As the skin grows weaker, it’s no longer supports the tissues beneath it adequately, meaning that gravity pulls it downwards and stretches it. By infusing the skin of the face with fresh collagen when the signs of skin laxity are still mild can help to both reduce looseness (by thickening and hydrating the skin) and prevent your skin from getting worse (by strengthening the skin).

Working:

Thread lift has different types and each type is capable of accomplishing different goals. Thread lifts are made from absorbable suture material. This material slowly dissolves under the surface of the skin. As a result, this will form new collagen. Thread lifts often have cones or barbs to grip tissue during placement and provide to temporary lifting effect.

 

 

 


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22/Mar/2022

Melasma:

Melasma is actually a skin condition. It is characterized by brown, blue-gray, or freckle-like spots. Its second name is Mask of Pregnancy. It is caused by the overproduction of the cells that may change your skin color. However, it is common, harmless and some treatments may be able to solve this problem. Melasma fades naturally after a few months.

Symptoms:

Melasma is a skin condition that means is a black spot. A person who is suffering from melasma might experience light brown, dark brown, or blue-gray patches on her skin. Likewise, they are similar to flat patches or freckle-like spots. It usually appears on the patient face, cheeks or upper lip, and forehead.

Melasma treatment in Islamabad. Melasma is often called the “Mask of Pregnancy”. It is known by this name because it frequently affects pregnant women. On the contrary, it darkens and lightens over time. Its peak time is in the summer and becomes better during winter.

Types of Melasma:

Typically, Melasma has three types. A Wood lamp is used to emit light that has black color. Hence, it is used to determine the depth of the pigmentation. The three types of Melasma are as follow:

Epidermal:

Epidermal melasma has a well-defined border and dark brown in color. It is only prominent in black light. However, it sometimes responds well to treatment.

Dermal:

This type of melasma has a light brown and bluish color. It has a blurry border compared to Epidermal melasma. However, it does not respond well to treatment and it is not prominent in black light.

 

 

Mixed Melasma:

This type of Melasma is the most common among all three. It has the color of bluish and brown patches. However, it shows a good response to treatment and displays mixed patterns under backlights.

What Causes Melasma:

What are Melasma causes? Radiation (Ultraviolet, visible, or infrared light) and Hormones are the main causes of melasma. Furthermore, melasma becomes worst when a person receives ultraviolet and infrared light from the sun. Following are the possible causes of melasma:

Anti-seizure Medications:

Some patient uses drugs that prevent them from having seizures. Sometimes, these drugs may cause melasma. In addition, Clobazam is a typical example of anti-seizure.

Contraceptive Pills:

Typically, contraceptive pills contain estrogen and progesterone. Further, each individual is diagnosed with melasma who uses oral contraceptive pills.

Pregnancy:

It is inevitable to know why pregnant women get melasma. However, some experts might suggest that it happens due to an increase in the level of estrogen during the third semester of pregnancy.

Risks of Melasma:

Melasma is not very effective on those people having white skin. However, its effect increases on that person which has a darker complexion. Melasma is most common in women compared to men. Moreover, only 10% of men are affected by melasma however, 90% of women who are pregnant get melasma.

Melasma Treatment:

Usually, melasma goes away naturally. Melasma may be triggered due to pregnancy or medication. it fades away on its own after delivering your baby. Best Dermatologist in Islamabad.

However, Melasma may last for years or even a lifetime. While it cannot harm your body.

Your dermatologist may prescribe a medication that decreases the excess pigmentation in your skin. An experienced dermatologist may prescribe for one or more of the following:

 

Hydroquinone:

This type of treatment is for melasma. it is even effective on darker skin tones. It is not a product that you can buy without a prescription from a dermatologist.

Triple Combination Cream:

This cream consists of three medications. One is tretinoin, the second is a corticosteroid and the last one is hydroquinone. These are used to reduce inflammation and to even your skin.

Other Medication:

Some other medicines may be prescribed by your dermatologist that even your skin gently. These may include azelaic acid, kojic acid, or vitamin C.

Melasma Prevention:

What is melasma prevention? there is no way you can avoid melasma if you get it through genetics. What you can do is to prevent melasma from getting worst. Right now, there is no complete medication that can prevent melasma. However, if you take a skin-friendly diet you may be able to get vitamin D which may help later.

 

 

 


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Tighten skin Under eyes. Sagging skin is a problem a lot of people face as they age. Your skin can sag from your face, your arms, your belly and even neck. But the good news is all of this can be treated with advanced aesthetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures such as:

A surgical lift for skin tightening

 

Surgical lift for skin tightening can be performed by invasive and minimally invasive methods and procedures like facelift and eye lid surgery are very effective for skin tightening. They can be performed not only on the face but also on body parts such as arms for skin tightening of sagging skin. These procedures can also tighten the skin under eyes which include:

PDO Thread Lift

PDO thread lift are minimally invasive threads that are placed under the skin to tighten the skin under eyes, above eyes, jowls and forehead. These threads stimulate collagen production for anti-aging.

Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is a surgical procedure for facial contouring and to tighten the skin under eye. It involves giving anesthesia to patients first, using incision and then closing after tightening the area.

 

Non Surgical lift for skin tightening

There are many non-invasive skin tightening procedures that do not involve any invasion/skin puncturing. These skin tightening procedures are quick and results can be seen after a few sessions. These skin tightening procedures include:

HIFU

HIFU stands for high intensity focused ultrasound is a noninvasive treatment for sagging skin and to tighten skin under eyes. This procedure is among the popular anti-aging treatments that provide some of the benefits of a facelift without the need for surgery.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is also a popular facial contouring method that tightens the skin under eye as well as under chin and even body parts. It involves injecting a number of injections which break down unwanted small localized areas of fat. This process of breaking down body fat is referred to as lipolysis.

Laser treatment

Laser is the most popular and loved method for skin tightening under eye as well as the entire face. Lasers are used to send heat deep into the skin, destroying the epidermis to reach the underlying dermis. Laser treatments have proven to be particularly effective on the skin of the belly and upper arms. Most people receive from three to five sessions of laser treatment for skin tightening.

Botox and Dermal Fillers

Botox is also a very effective procedure for facial contouring. When used together with filler artistically, botox tends to freeze the muscle under skin to prevent the wrinkle from worsening while the filler fills the wrinkle to tighten skin. Botox and fillers are very effective anti-aging procedures that are also use to enhance facial features such as lip plumping, removal of wrinkles and fine lines etc. These methods are also very effective for skin rejuvenation.

 

What to expect from skin tightening aesthetic procedures:

  • The results appear slowly and naturally giving a younger look
  • Downtime is usually minimal or none at all
  • They can be used for facial and body contouring
  • Duration of the treatments depends on the type of procedure. Some of them can be performed within half and hour and even are known as lunch time procedures.
  • These procedures are not painful as they patient is always comfortable during the procedure. Pain after procedure can be easily managed by following the prescription given by the practitioner.
  • You can apply immediately after these procedures
  • The cost and price of each skin tightening procedure varies depending on the number of sessions and type of treatment being performed and the desired result to be achieved

 

So, we are now familiar with the most common skin tightening procedures. You can choose the right one as per your requirements, needs and cost. Also, it is recommended to always consult a board-certified dermatologist for all your skin needs. A qualified practitioner will always get you the right results and save you from trouble and unnecessary expenses.


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Is Laser skin whitening permanent? Almost every individual on this planet wishes for a light skin tone. There are multiple factors that have created white skin as the standard of beauty. There are many options for skin whitening, like creams, gels, bleaches, and home remedies. But all of these can harm the skin badly. Many people take oral medications that too have their own side effects. In many situations, the skin may appear lighter but that effect is temporary and will fade away in some while.

We believe that every skin color has its own beauty but if your color is causing you mental trouble and is shaking your confidence should definitely do something about it.

Laser skin whitening is the solution of many problems. The most common question is that Is Laser skin whitening permanent? Before we answer this question, we should know what skin whitening is.

 

What is skin whitening?

Skin whitening is a skin-lightening procedure. The melanin ratio in your skin decreases in the process. Melanin is an element which is responsible for the tone of your skin. The skin appears lighter after the ratio is decreased.  That is why people with lighter skin tones have less melanin in their skin as compared to people with darker skin tones.

Laser skin whitening

Laser skin whitening also known as laser peels is a procedure that removes the unwanted outer layer of the skin. The removal of this skin layer helps the cells to build that result in a fairer skin tone.

Is Laser Skin Whitening Permanent?

Laser skin treatment is can be permanent if the person takes proper care of it post the procedure. The procedure is permanent but there are a few steps that make it long-lasting. Getting this treatment doesn’t mean that the skin needs no further care. The skin requires extra care after that, to avoid other skin irregularities.

Treatments for Skin Whitening

There are multiple ways for skin lightening. Every individual is not eligible forr every treatment.

Laser Skin Whitening

This is an advanced and effective skin-lightening technique. A beam of laser is used in this procedure. It destroys the outer layer of the skin resulting in lighter skin. This procedure also treats skin pigmentation, tanning, and dark spots.

Chemical Peeling

Chemical peeling is one of the safest skin whitening procedures. The peeling solution removes the outer layer of the skin. This allows the skin to shine bright. The skin tone also improves.

Skin whitening products

Skin whitening products are a solution that is available off the rack. This is easily accessible to everybody. There are many products with active/inactive ingredients that help in skin lightening. All of them are not safe to use.

 

Glutathione Skin whitening injections

One more technique that is used for skin lightening is skin whitening injections. It is an antioxidant, a molecule that helps fight free radicals.  The free radicals are unstable molecules that form in response to factors like your food intake and the environment. The existence of more free radicals can cause skin damage. This can result in inflammation and many health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. Antioxidants are very critical as they help in keeping things in a healthy balance. There are some antioxidants that our body makes and there are some that come from the diet we take. Glutathione is also available in oral form.  There are many benefits of these injections:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased energy
  • Brighter and lighter skin
  • It regulates important body processes.

Results of Laser skin whitening

The result is shown immediately after the procedure. There is a visible difference in the skin tone.  The result varies from person to person.

Benefits of Skin whitening treatment

  • Brighter skin
  • Lighter skin tone
  • Quick and effective treatment.
  • Will transform your look.

 

 

Are you an ideal candidate for skin whitening?

There are a few conditions that make you an ideal candidate to get this procedure:

  • You must be above 18.
  • The aim is to go a few tones lighter than your current skin tone.
  • You don’t have any skin allergy
  • This is not for pregnant and lactating mothers.

 

Post-Treatment Care

The post care includes:

  • Avoid sun exposure.
  • Avoid scratching and picking your skin.
  • Keep your skin moisturized.

Find Dr. Mahvish Aftab Khan at the following locations

Skinsmith
06 Lord Trade Center, 1st Floor, F-11 Markaz, Islamabad
Monday to Saturday
4 PM to 7 PM


Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)
G-8, Islamabad
Mon to Saturday
Timings: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

 

 

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