New Wristband Provides UV Over-Exposure Alert

When does fun in the sun become sunburn? It’s often impossible to tell that you’ve had too much sun until you’ve already been burned. But it’s more than mere discomfort – excessive UV exposure can cause sun damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, it seems that a Swedish company and Scottish university have been working on sun damage prevention in the form of disposable wristbands.

According to a recent article in the British newspaper DailyMail, sun damage prevention may soon be as easy as putting on a paper wrist strap. It works by changing color from yellow to pink as the strength of UV radiation increases. Since people with different skin types have different levels of tolerance to UV exposure, there will be a variety of different bands available. For example, for people with fair hair and light skin, the band will turn pink more quickly than it would for darker-skinned people.

“We are very excited about the UV dosimeter technology and we look forward to developing it further and commercialising it. There is a substantial need out in the market for a functional UV dosimeter and we look forward to continuing the process,” Swedish entrepreneur Claes Lindahl told the DailyMail.

“The sunburn monitor will make a significant contribution to public health as an affordable, fashionable device which enables people to enjoy the benefits of the sun while at the same time keeping them alert to the risks of over-exposure,” said a representative from the University of Strathclyde, which originally developed the device.

If you have already suffered from excess sun damage, you know that it can accelerate the signs of aging on your face and body. Fortunately, there are skin care procedures that can reverse the signs of aging caused by sun damage. One of the most popular techniques is the IPL photofacial, which can eliminate wrinkles, discoloration, and other common flaws on the skin.

Photo credit: Daily Mail

The Subtle Art of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging facial surgeries, as it combines surgical skills with sculptural artistry.

There is a subtlety in nose surgery that can often elude all but the very best surgeons. In a recent article in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, surgeon Robert L. Simons highlights some of the challenges of rhinoplasty, and outlines the 10 most important elements of his rhinoplasty philosophy.

1. “People’s Noses Aren’t Nearly as Bad as They Think”

It can be easy to overestimate the problems with the nose. Looking in the mirror, slight flaws can appear larger than they actually are.

2. “Facial Plastic Surgeons Do a Little to Achieve a Lot”

The goal of rhinoplasty is to draw attention to the overall beauty of the face. When it comes to surgery, a little can go a long way.

3. “Don’t Be Quick to Criticize — Or Revise”

After your rhinoplasty, it’s not unusual for your final results to take several months or more to appear.

4. “A Twisted Nose Defies Perfection”

Attempting to straighten a twisted nose often presents difficulties, says Dr. Simons. Many patients often retain a slight curvature of the procedure, requiring revision surgery.

5. “Rhinoplasty Defies Patterning”

When it comes to noses, a one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. Since noses come in all shapes and sizes, surgeons have to avoid falling into patterns of habit.

6. “Smiling Views Are More than Eye Candy”

How will your nose look when you smile? This is just one more factor that your surgeon will need to consider.

7. “The Base View Holds the Key”

Your surgeon will consider the appearance of your nose from a variety of different angles.

8. “Success Starts With the Consult”

The best surgical results happen when surgeons and their patients can establish solid relationships. Sometimes it takes a few extra minutes during the consultation, but the results are always worth it.

9. “Diagnosis Comes Before Technique”

There are many different techniques that plastic surgeons can use during rhinoplasty surgery. Which technique is right for you depends on your individual nose.

10. “Every Nose Deserves Five Operations”

Surgeons should always make sure that they follow up with their patients to ensure that they are satisfied with the results. Sometimes it might take revisionary treatments to get the results you want.

Inside the Latest Facelift Procedures

Not all facelifts are created equal. In fact, there are a variety of different facelift procedures, with new techniques being developed all the time.

The most recent innovations in the field of facelift surgery involve delving deeper into the tissues of the face to provide results that traditional techniques can’t match.

These new techniques shouldn’t be confused with the “non-surgical facelifts” or “liquid facelifts” advertised by many cosmetic surgeons. These phrases don’t actually described facelift surgery, but instead refer to procedures that use syringes instead of scalpels. This includes dermal fillers such as Restylane, as well as other treatments, such as Botox.

In fact, “facelift” refers to a surgical procedure, during which excess skin is removed and underlying tissues may be tightened. While nonsurgical procedures can often provide amazing results, nothing can rival the ability of facelift surgery to correct sagging skin and deep folds. These are among the most pervasive signs of aging, and cannot be remedied simply by adding volume or inhibiting certain facial muscles.

The SMAS Layer: Why It’s Important

Traditional facelift procedures don’t touch a certain layer of the face known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This is a thin layer of muscles and fibrous tissue that surrounds and connects the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions.

Newer facelift procedures delve deeper into the structures of the face in order to correct sagging at its roots. Since sagging is caused by facial tissues being pulled down by gravity, newer facelifts modify these deeper layers in order to provide longer-lasting results. Cosmetic surgeons realize that, in many instances, performing a superficial facelift won’t help patients who have significant sagging in their deeper facial layers.

To cutting-edge facelift procedures that delve to this layer of the face are the SMAS lift and deep plane lift. The main difference between the two is that the deep plane lift goes one step further than the SMAS lift. While the SMAS lift tightens the SMAS layer, the deep plane left releases attachments beneath the SMAS, repositioning and over the deeper layers of the face.

While these newer facelift techniques often require more down time, many patients find that the results outweigh the disadvantages. The SMAS lift and deep plane lift often offer dramatic results that last significantly longer than the traditional facelift technique.

Facelift or Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Which is better: facelift surgery or injectable fillers? It’s a difficult question. Each of these procedures has its own pros and cons, and finding which procedure is right for you will depend on your individual needs and priorities.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and ArteFill can be administered through simple injections. They are generally best for adding volume in specific locations on your face, such as thin lips and hollow cheeks, as well as filling out wrinkles.

PROS: These injections can be administered during the course of a lunch break, and involve no downtime, so that you can return to your daytime routine immediately. There are a few risks, and side effects are mild and temporary. As well, dermal fillers are inexpensive compared to other procedures.

CONS: Dermal fillers are unable to tighten the skin or add support to the underlying tissues of the face. Restylane and Juvederm are temporary and may last up to a year. However, ArteFill provides permanent results, thanks to its ability to stimulate the production of collagen in the body.

Facelift Surgery

This procedure involves tightening the underlying tissues of the face and removing excess skin.

PROS: The results of this procedure can last well over a decade. As well, it provides overall rejuvenation, unlike targeted injections, which can only address specific areas. Facelift surgery is also the only procedure that can reverse sagging caused by aging and gravity.

CONS: Since the facelift is surgery, it does involve some risk, which includes infection in poor reaction to anesthesia. After facelift, you will need to take some time to rest and recover. You may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort, but this can be controlled with medication. Finally, facelift surgery costs significantly more than dermal filler injections.

The Latest and Greatest Laser Treatment Technology

Cottage cheese, jelly, lumpy, dimples…these are all words to describe the dreaded “cellulite!!” They are descriptions that are not flattering to hear. At Beautologie we want to help you rid your body of that word, with the newest laser in aesthetics and body contouring, the Venus Lipo Freeze. This noninvasive and virtually painless laser is the best in fat and cellulite reduction. The Venus Freeze focuses on diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, anti aging, skin tightening, crepiness improvement,  and body slimming. All around circumference will be reduced on areas such as the waist and thighs with noticeable results.

How does this work, you ask? The Venus Freeze breaks down fat cells and improves circulation. The hand piece used on the body sends out a combination of radio frequency and pulsed magnetic fields which heat the dermis to a safe and comfortable level in the skin and this procedure is safe for all skin types. Typically, patients begin to see results in three treatments but we advise that they complete the series of six, eight or ten to see the full results.

During the procedure, patients experience virtually no pain. The treatment is comfortable and relaxing, similar to a nice massage with a warm sensation.

With the Venus Freeze, treatments can soften the skin and measurably reduce the waist, arm and thighs, etc. You will enjoy a more firmer and youthful appearance and have a more contoured silhouette.  This procedure is the ideal nonsurgical solution for the face, neck and body.