Slowly but surely

by | Apr 19, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to take advantage of past mistakes in aesthetic medicine

Now that you know me a little better, you know that I have been working in the field of aesthetic medicine for…. A little too long to say I’m still in my thirties!!!

That said, I have seen the progression of this field from several angles and closely followed its evolution for a little over 20 years. We must remember that this medicine is still very young and that we still have a lot to learn!

“Fun fact”: The first filler based on hyaluronic acid of Swiss origin was launched on the European market in 1996, in Canada in 1999 and then in the United States in 2003. In other words, the aesthetic medicine is at an embryonic stage and hides endless possibilities to be discovered.

Like “mom jeans”, high waists and eyebrows either too thin or too full, fashion has not spared the medical aesthetic world since its beginnings; chemical peels, bleaching, snub noses, cat eyes, cheek and lip implants, resurfacing or extreme facelifts, we’ve seen it all!

Fortunately, some fads died out forever; goodbye tube lips and skeletal noses while others try to come back (I am thinking among other things of the tensor threads).

Like any science, aesthetic medicine evolves and it is up to professionals like me and our team members to keep up to date on safe practices and closely follow the trial and error of the past.

The thin line between safety and effectiveness

“Technologies” are one of the branches of aesthetic medicine that has evolved the most in recent years.

Unlike fillers, which have changed little since the 2000s, laser, pulsed light, ultrasound, radiofrequency, plasma and mechanical stimulation technologies have experienced an explosive boom! They are also the ones that have evolved the most, leaving O how many devices that are completely obsolete today.

However, I tip my hat to several technologies that have proven themselves over time, such as the yellow laser, the Q-switch laser, the YAG laser, pulsed light, radiofrequency and fractional lasers, for example.

How to get a skin makeover

The principle behind most treatments aimed at improving the quality of the skin is simple: create calculated damage in order to force the body to repair the “injured” area. Who hasn’t inadvertently cut themselves while cooking or scraped a knee while playing when they were young? What do you see today? Unless we had suffered a serious accident, most of us could not even find the exact location of the “bobo” in question! It is because the body has this marvelous ability to regenerate itself. It is thanks to this regenerative power that we manage to repair certain wrinkles and scars in the right candidates!!

Unfortunately In some cases, things don’t go as well as expected. I think of those who still have a red or brownish spot for each pimple they had as teenagers, those who can trace and date each “paper cut” on their hands, those who proudly tell of little slices of life connected to a scar on their body. You are not alone and each scar tells a story for people like me: What is your body’s ability to regenerate adequately and evenly depending on the location, the intensity of the injury and your skin type?

An interesting discovery of recent years is that it is no longer necessary to treat the quality of the skin aggressively and in a single treatment (resulting in a recovery time of about ten days and more likely complications).

Whether laser like a fractional laser or mechanical treatment like micro-needling, today a gentler method is advocated which aims to partially pierce the skin either with a laser beam or a needle to create damage to the skin in order to to renew your skin and reduce the signs of aging or certain imperfections.

The more minimal and uniform the injury, the more the body will be able to regenerate in a healthy and aesthetic way.

In a context of fractional or mechanical medical-aesthetic care such as micro-needling, we therefore manage to trick the body into thinking that an “accident” has occurred in the treated area, thus forcing it to activate the army of repairing cells of the skin without however waking up the defense mechanisms responsible for scars and hypo or hyperpigmentation. The line is therefore very thin between repair and overprotection (rebound effect) when it comes to skin treatments and it is thanks to a multiple treatment approach that we manage to reduce the complications and negative side effects of most treatments.

Warning!! Don’t do at home!

Any attempt to stimulate the skin is not synonymous with miraculous repair! It is essential to carry out this type of treatment in the presence of a health professional!

The other side of the coin can be catastrophic: hyper or hypo pigmentation, scars, burns, keloids or hypertrophic scars are possible side effects. These were unfortunately more common in the era of complete ablative treatments and it is for this reason that today we advocate a multi-step approach.

A series of 2-4-6-8 treatments at an interval of 4 to 8 weeks in general depending on the chosen technology will be necessary depending on the damage to be treated, the type of skin, the scarring history, the general state of health and the lifestyle to name only the most important. Over time the skin will manage to regenerate with very few complications.

In some cases, we sometimes give your skin a little boost according to its needs:
The possibilities are endless, but we always stick to studies and recognized active ingredients to determine which “booster” is right for you:

  • Scars and wrinkles: PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
  • Hydration: Hyaluronic acid
  • Pigmentation and texture: personalized cocktail that can include vitamin C
  • Complexion and quality: activating serums such as the NCTF boost

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