The concept of beauty has changed from time to time across era, cultures, and civilizations. It has varied from the classic proportion in roman beauties, hour glass Victorian ladies to slender china courtesans. But some concepts of beauty are evergreen. People who are young, with smooth skin, thick luscious hair and a well-proportioned body are universally perceived as beautiful. To be attractive is assumed to be more extroverted, popular, and happy.

It is only possible through today’s modern cosmetic medicine, where science meets beauty, leading to a transformation and achieving our basic human desire ….to look beautiful. It’s not as simple as it may seem similar to visiting a doctor. It needs safe and skilled hands and reliable medical technology with an eye for beauty.

We catch up with Dr.(Capt) Deepti Dhillon, a leading cosmetic physician from Appleskin Clinic based in New Delhi , who has judged many national beauty pageants, to understand multiple modalities available today for reviving the beauty that has been losing out because of pigmented spots , acne , scars, unwanted hair , baldness, wrinkles, sagging skin, lackluster dry and rough skin, large pores, thin undefined lips, ageing.

Q: What are the parameters of a beautiful skin according to you?

Dr deepti > An even skin tone with a sheen, without any scars and spots on face is what I call a healthy and beautiful skin. It doesn’t matter if you are fair or dark in this case.

Q: How to deal with Acne (pimples)and scars left by it. Is it curable?

Dr. Deepti> Acne vulgaris is a universal disease afflicting about 79- 95% of the adolescent population according to IAA consensus. The good news is they are curable if you address the problem at right time. I believe they should be treated with combination therapy which may include topical agents like retinoids, antimicrobials, hormonal therapy depending upon the cause of acne. The in-clinic treatments majorly include chemical peels, lasers, minimally invasive surgery, microdermabrasion, dermarollers, Resurfacing techniques for scars. Patients have to be properly guided about the routine care of the problem skin even at home. Salicylic acid cleansers are helpful in oil control. Cosmetics with fragrances and photosensitizes should be avoided.

Q: A lot of stress is given on uneven skin tone and blemishes, how to tackle this problem?

Dr. Deepti> In treatments for pigmentation, I include therapies like chemical peels and lasers that improve the skin quality reversing the visible skin changes due to photodamage by sun exposure or hormonal changes during pregnancy. This removes the damaged outer layer of the skin and replaces it with normal and healthy tissue. AHAs, Trichloroacetic acid, and phenol are used for this purpose. The precise formula may be used to meet each individual’s different needs which can vary from superficial tanning to deeper pigmented patches.

Q: What treatments are available in today’s date to reverse aging and get rid of wrinkled skin?

Dr. Deepti> ANTI-AGEING treatments: age prevention therapies such as vitamins, alpha-lipoic acid, antioxidants are given with other active ingredients to protect skin from premature aging and photodamage. Along with this, lifestyle modification is recommended based on the patient’s history.

ANTI-WRINKLE TREATMENTS: There are two mechanisms of wrinkle formation. First is the dynamic wrinkles such as worry lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, smile lines, nasal scrunches. These can be easily taken care of by cosmetic form of Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox. The other type of facial wrinkles is the result of an intrinsic aging process which occurs around the mouth, cheeks, jaw line, brow, eyes. Soft tissue fillers have unique ability to fill these changes. These can even be used to plump thin lips or to fill hollow cheeks. Make sure the treatments are done in a hygienic environment else it can lead to infections.

Q: How to choose a correct product for skin care?

Dr. Deepti> There is an acid mantle on our skin which protects it from various external factors and also prevents normal cosmetic creams to penetrate deep into our skin. So basically over the counter products cannot penetrate this skin barrier and are ineffective on the skin. Hence one needs to have a cosmeceutic range of products which are provided by your cosmetic doctor according to your individual skin needs. These products fall in between the pharmaceutical and cosmetic group and can penetrate the skin barrier to help skin rejuvenate and are actually effective for the conditions they are used for.

Q: Is laser Hair Reduction safe option for unwanted hair?

Dr. Deepti> Smooth hair-free body and face is desirable. Even men are coming to our clinic for beard line and eye-brow shaping. There are numerous lasers in the market. It’s a great technology but one has to know how to use the technology in a proper way else it can lead to serious side effects. I make sure all my patients leave with a proper post-laser care and knowledge about the treatment.

Q: What are the options for thinning hair and Alopecia other than hair transplant?

Dr. Deepti> Hair regrowth treatments include Microneedling, which is a minimally invasive procedure for certain types of alopecia which is very helpful in gaining back the lost hair. The latest invention is the stem cell therapy which is very popular with our patients. All the procedures in our clinic are done under strict aseptic precautions, which is the key to safe and effective outcomes for all our patients.

Q: Nowadays most of the actresses and socialites undergo cosmetic procedures to enhance their features. What are the different areas of the face that can be made beautiful by these procedures?

Dr. Deepti> We can enhance the beauty of a face by correcting certain features without undergoing plastic surgery. These are known as MIP- minimally invasive procedures. The nose can be made to look sharper, lips can be well defined and made more luscious , cheeks can be made more fuller to give a softer and younger look, chin can be augmented, Jawline can be enhanced, double chin can be reduced, eyebrows can be lifted to give a model face. All these can be done in just 30 minutes at our clinic and the patient can resume their work the same day. So basically beauty can be tailor-made and also aging can be slowed down with the help of technology available today but it has to be in right hands with your doctor having an eye for beauty.

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