Month: July 2013

The 10 benefits of a chemical peel

Having radiant skin every day isn’t always easy, and even the healthiest lifestyle and skincare regiment can leave you with a dull or ruddy complexion. Chemical peels are some of the simplest and most effective treatments for achieving that radiant glow, and are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed around the world. Not only can you expect smooth and clear skin with these treatments, but chemical peels can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re looking for a dramatic ‘lift’ to your appearance without expensive surgery, chemical peels could be the secret to getting that youthful look.

Here are just ten benefits of this popular cosmetic procedure:

  1. Reduction or removal of blotchy patches. Skin blotches can create a dull complexion, and typically do not clear up on their own. A chemical peel can penetrate deep enough to remove the layer of darker skin to even out your skin tone.
  2. Removing the appearance of sun damage. The sun is the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles, and these can be prevented with a healthy skincare regiment. Chemical peels remove the layer of skin that may be affected by sun damage to leave behind a fresh and smooth layer.
  3. Acne management. If you’re suffering from acne, a chemical peel may be a valuable part of your treatment program. Lighter peels such as AHAs and glycolic acid peels are more appropriate for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and can help clear up inflammation and even acne scars after a few months of treatment.
  4. Lightening of the skin. The change of seasons, poor diet, or even a lack of rest can leave you with a dull and ruddy complexion. Powerful chemical peels made with phenol acid are used to treat deep wrinkles, and can turn your skin lighter as a side effect.
  5. Low downtime. Most peels require just one or two treatments before the cells begin to turnover; you’ll start to see effects in just a few days with little recovery time required.
  6. Smoother skin. Revealing a fresh layer of skin means you’ll have a smooth and youthful appearance and improved skin texture.
  7. Age spot removal. Age spots can be difficult to hide under makeup, but chemical peels can help reduce pigmentation and even out your skin tone.
  8. Fast and simple procedures. The process of applying the chemical peel solution and letting it set rarely takes longer than 15-20 minutes. You can be in and out of the doctor’s office within an hour.
  9. Improved collagen growth. Glycolic acid peels in particular will help with collagen production; collagen is a building block of skin tissue that creates a strong and supple skin surface.
  10. Better skin quality. Removing dead skin cells regularly will freshen up the skin and leave it silky smooth; chemical peels help remove dead skin cells and will even out the skin tone to leave you with a fresh and youthful glow.

Chemical peels work by safely and gently ‘burning’ the top layer of the skin with an acid solution; this slowly removes dead skin cells and the outer layer of skin to reveal a softer and smoother layer underneath.

 

Derma Veil Training in Hong Kong

Great News!

Derma Veil is launching in Malaysia soon! Dr Rachel Chew was invited by Medinter, Ltd to attend their training in Hong Kong on 12 May 2013.

About the trainer:

Jorge M. Tagle, MD; Pedro Cervantes Macchetto, MD*; Rosa Margarita Durán Páramo, MD*

Dr. Tagle is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, International Board of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, European Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Documentation; Dr. Mcchetto is in Private Practice, General Hospital of Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico; Dr. Páramo is in Private Practice.

Dr Rachel with Dr. Tagle

Dr Rachel with Dr. Tagle

Dr. Tagle

Dr. Tagle

Derma Veil

Derma Veil

To find out more about Derma Veil, click here for more information or you can send your enquiry to Dr Rachel here.

Are your hands giving away your age?

It is said that “eyes are the window to our soul”, but are hands the clue to our actual age? The availability of cosmetic enhancement procedures like Fractional laser resurfacing, PRP, Botox and dermal fillers, it can be near impossible to guess someone’s age these days. However in many cases the hands say it all. So the next time you find yourself a little curious about someone’s age, look down and see what the hands have to say.

If you really want to guess someone’s age, keep an eye out for the following signs of hand-related aging:

  • Age (liver) spots – When most people think about sun damage, they don’t even consider their hands. For this reason, the hands are particularly vulnerable to discoloration and sunspots.
  • Crinkly skin – Wrinkles are a tell-tale sign of aging. Because the hands are usually drier than many other parts of the body (due to hand washing throughout the day), they’re more prone to wrinkles.
  • Translucent skin – The skin on our hands is actually thinner than the skin on our faces. Over time, as our hands naturally lose volume, causing our skin to look paper thin.
  • Lost volume – Like the face, decreased collagen production beneath the surface of the skin can cause our hands to lose volume as we age – eventually appearing sunken or hollow.
  • Noticeable veins – The veins, tendons and bones on our hands become much more prominent as we age and our skin begins to lose some of its elasticity (tightness).

Many of the same procedures used for the face can be used for the hands as well. Retinoids, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are great for treating sun damage, while dermal fillers, PRP, fat transfer and Fractional laser resurfacing can add volume to the hands and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Going Beyond Hair Loss Myths Seeking the Truth

I was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie. They shared their expertise on causes of hair loss, methods of preventing hair loss and the various treatment options including hair transplant, oral tablets and topical treatments.

Interview topic : Myths and Facts on Hair Loss

Dr. Rachel Chew was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie.

Dr. Rachel Chew was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie.

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Your hairs are thinning every day and it makes you feel helpless as if there is almost nothing you can do to stop yourself from being going bald. As obvious, you will be desperately looking for some kind of solutions and try them no matter how bizarre they may sound. It is fact that hair loss is one of those few things that can have disastrous impacts on our confidence level and therefore, we should not be treating it with any less importance. So, to make your life a little bit easy, here we are going to take a look around some hair loss myths and misconceptions that are making it really tough for a troubled person like you who is desperately seeking a solution to this problem.

Natural Shampoos

Are they any Better? Well, experts are of the opinion that there is no such thing as natural shampoo and even if some companies claim that, there is no any such proof that they are doing a better job when it comes to preventing hair loss. Moreover, there are quite a few ‘non-organic’ shampoos available in the market and as it appears, majority of them are not even linked with hair loss problem.

Impacts of Hair Care Products

Yes to be honest, there are some hairs styling related products available in the market that can cause hair loss. Use of strong chemicals can cause damage to hair follicles and in some worse cases, can cause hair breakage. Sometimes, we cause real damage to our hair when we start giving more attention to hairstyle than to the complete well-being of our hair.

Can we inherit balding from mother’s side?

Many people are of the opinion that we cannot inherit the problems of baldness from our mother’s side. However, this is far from the truth. The sad news is that baldness can be inherited from either side and there is no specific gender bias. Sometimes, the problem of hair loss may skip one and two generations. So, just because your father is not having hair loss related problem does not necessarily mean that you will not have to face the problem. You have to look at the number of your family members who have or who are suffering from pattern hair loss and the more the number of people having this problem, the greater the chances of yours being affected by it. In that case, you might need to visit nearby Hair Loss Treatments center to fix this issue.

New Hair Follicles are Impossible to Grow.

Yes, it might sound disturbing to some but this is the fact. Rather than trying to grow new hair follicles, which are almost next to impossible, you should be rather trying to prevent losing more. However, things might change in coming days with stem cell research is breaking ground and within probably 10 or 15 years, we will be able to see some dramatic improvements in this field. Until then, we need to wait and you have to use all your resources to stop losing hairs follicles.

Stress and Hair loss

Though people tend to believe that hairs loss can be caused by stress but there is no such scientific evidence found to corroborate the fact.

Wearing a baseball cap or hats will cause thinning hair and loss of hair.

Hats off to this myth! No matter what your mother has told you, wearing a hat does not cause hair to thin or fall out.

Exposure to chlorine in swimming pools will cause hair loss.

Another dive in the truth department…chlorinated water can dry the hair shafts and make them more brittle, but does not cause hair to thin or fall out.

Brushing hair will help it grow?

The idea of brushing the hair 100 times a day to stimulate the scalp circulation is a fantasy. In fact, if you brush your hair too much, you may end up injuring and losing hair.

Braiding your hair will cause your hair to fall out.

Short term braiding is fine; it is true, however, that certain hair styles, such as long term, tight corn-row braiding can permanently destroy follicles and cause hair loss. This is a preventable condition called traction alopecia. I would be more worried that the brushes and combs aren’t cleaned between clients.

Smoking cigarettes causes hair loss.

Cigarette smoking is medically BAD for everything, including your hair. Recent studies have found sufficient evidence to claim there is a significant link between smoking and hair loss. It’s still uncertain whether the connection is due to the effects of tobacco toxins, but it is probably due to the fact that nicotine constricts blood vessel throughout the body, including those directly affecting individual hair follicles.

Lack of Vitamins can cause hair loss.

Think about this – if you were losing hair because of a lack of vitamins or minerals in your diet, why wouldn’t the back and sides of your head be affected? In actuality, vitamin deficiency results in an even distribution of hair loss all over the head. However, steroids use can cause hair loss. Research has proven that anabolic steroids raise the levels of baldness-inducing male hormones. For those who are genetically prone to hair loss, this can speed up the loss in as little as 3 to 6 months. While this loss may be reversed, it can be permanent.