Friday, 24 February 2017

Skinboosters: Breathe New Life Into Your Skin with Mesotherapy

Has your skin lost its glow? If you’re missing your youthful vibrancy, mesotherapy is a non-surgical option worth considering.

What is mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy involves tiny superficial injections of hyaluronic acid filler directly into the epidermis and mesoderm (middle layer of the skin). This procedure plumps and rehydrates the skin and encourages rejuvenation by promoting the production of collagen and elastin. It can improve the appearance of:

·       Dull/dry skin
·       Thin/poor quality skin
·       Crêpey/sagging skin
·       Superficial lines and wrinkles
·       Rough and acne scarred skin

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the skin, which has unique capacity in retaining water. Youthful skin retains its elasticity and tone due to its high content of water. On the other hand, skin aging is associated with loss of skin moisture.

Reintroducing hyaluronic acid to the skin, which binds and retains water molecules, can therefore increase the moisture in the skin, helping to restore its youthful appearance and reverse the aging process.

Which areas can be treated with mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is most frequently performed on the face and neck, but it can also be used for treatment of the décolletage and hands – two areas which often experience increased sun exposure and subsequent premature aging.

Mesotherapy can be used to treat the entire face or target specific problem areas, such as encouraging rejuvenation of the eye area. The treatment is safe for all skin types.

Mesotherapy with Restylane Skinboosters

At Ocean Clinic Marbella the hyaluronic acid filler we use for this treatment is RestylaneSkinboosters. This product is specifically designed for facial mesotherapy and is softer than the Restylane dermal fillers used for restoring volume to the lips or to fill in wrinkles.

By placing small amounts of hyaluronic acid across multiple sites it helps to rehydrate the entire skin, having a noticeable plumping effect. Once injected, the water-loving hyaluronic acid molecules start to swell with water, absorbing up to 200 times their weight.

By boosting hydration levels deep inside the skin, the Skinboosters improve the overall quality of the skin, increasing its smoothness, elasticity and firmness. It also provides a truly moisturised glow.

What’s more, Restylane Skinboosters help to kick-start collagen production giving long term, anti-aging effects.

How many treatments are required?

Restylane Skinboosters are administered over a course of three treatments, each approximately four weeks apart (one appointment monthly). Subsequent treatments are done every six months.

Improvements to skin tone and texture will be visible immediately and continue to develop throughout treatment. Mesotherapy can also be used alongside conventional dermal fillers to achieve an enhanced result.  

What are the side effects?

There may be some superficial swelling, bruising and pinprick marks after treatment. Temporary bumpiness may also occur. The amount of time these side effects take to subside will depend on the sensitivity of the skin and area treated, but in most patients it will have resolved within 24-48-hours.

Patients can usually return to work the following day, but treatment should be avoided directly ahead of important events.

If you’d like to revitalise your skin, let Ocean Clinic Marbella help you create a fresh and natural look. Contact us for an appointment on 951 775 518.

Monday, 20 February 2017

It’s in The Blood – The Rejuvenating Power of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a patient’s own blood to treat hair loss, sports injuries and encourage facial rejuvenation.

What is PRP?

Blood is made up of a number of components including red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets contain proteins called growth factors, which are needed to stimulate the healing of injuries.
As the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has a higher concentration of platelets than ordinary blood and is made by spinning a patient’s blood sample in a centrifuge to separate the platelets.
The growth factor concentration in PRP can be three to five times greater than would usually be present in the blood. Studies have shown PRP therapy has the potential to trigger natural rejuvenation of the skin and tissue, and increase the speed at which healing occurs.
In the case of injury to the tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, bone, and muscles, PRP can boost the body’s natural healing process. This may reduce the need for surgery or medication. PRP therapy is a non-surgical treatment administered by injection.

PRP for Facial Rejuvenation   

When applied to the face, PRP therapy is sometimes colloquially referred to as a “vampire facial,” this is because a patient’s own blood is injected into the superficial layers of the skin.
The growth factors contained in the plasma stimulate the production of collagen, facilitating the repair of damaged skin - this could be caused by natural aging, sun exposure or acne scarring.
While PRP is not the best treatment option for restoring volume to the face or treating set-in frown lines (fillers, fat grafting and Botox are the preferred treatments in these cases), it can provide rejuvenation to the skin.
PRP therapy will enhance skin texture, tone and luminosity. Facial skin renewal is continual for about three months after the procedure, with results lasting up to 18 months.

PRP for Hair Loss

PRP therapy for hair loss involves the injection of plasma into the scalp. The essential proteins within the plasma stimulate natural hair growth.

It works best as a preventative treatment for people whose hair is beginning to thin. Substantial improvement in hair caliber and length can be seen where the treatment is applied. Improvements in coverage of the scalp occur most noticeably where there are large numbers of weaker hair follicles that can be improved.

PRP has shown excellent results for patients suffering from many forms of hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (or common pattern loss) and alopecia areata, and is suitable for both men and women. Improvement can be seen for 12-18 months following treatment.

PRP for Injuries

PRP therapy is becoming popular for the treatment of sports and musculoskeletal injuries.

Plasma is injected directly into the affected site to treat conditions such as tennis elbow and other chronic tendon injuries, knee sprains, pulled hamstring muscles and even arthritis.

The injection may be administered under the guidance of ultrasound or X-ray, to ensure PRP placement is precise. A single injection or a series of injections may be recommended, depending on the injury being treated and how the patient responds to initial therapy.
The high concentrate of growth proteins aids healing of the inflamed tissue, helping sportspeople get back in the game. As such, PRP therapy is now being used by many professional sports organisations.

Interested to know more about this safe alternative treatment for rejuvenation and healing? Contact Ocean Clinic Marbella on 951 775 518.

Friday, 10 February 2017

What Marbella Men Want – Top 5 Male Cosmetic Procedures in 2017

From fathers who want to get rid of their ‘dad bods’ and businessmen who want sharpen their looks in line with their career aspirations, to fitness fanatics wishing to sculpt their physique, cosmetic surgery for men is growing in popularity year-on-year.

Ocean Clinic Marbella now sees prospective male patients on a daily basis and there are some marked trends emerging in terms of the most desired treatments. Here’s a run down of how men most want to improve their appearance in 2017…

1. Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is surgery to remove eyebags and lift droopy eyelids. This is the number one requested procedure because it can instantly take many years off a man’s appearance.
Before upper and lower blepharoplasty

As men age, fat has a tendency to herniate around the eyes, while skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. The result can be a tired looking face that is prematurely aged. Blepharoplasty can restore your vigour, making you look fresh and fit. This can be a real benefit when it comes to a man’s career, especially when he is competing against younger counterparts!

After Before upper and lower blepharoplasty

2. Liposuction

In the past, men might have been embarrassed to admit they’d had liposuction, but since the treatment has been embraced by fitness enthusiasts to tackle stubborn areas of fat that can’t be shifted through weights and exercise, the stigma is fast vanishing. Men are using lipo to sculpt their bodies and reveal the muscles they’ve built in the gym.

Before liposuction to the torso

As men get older it can become increasingly difficult to target certain areas of fat, such as ‘love handles,’ through exercise.  However, affordable cosmetic procedures mean you don’t have to resign yourself to having a ‘dad bod’. Targeted liposuction can enhance your abs, trim your waist and expose your pecs.
After liposuction to the torso

3. Rhinoplasty

Men can carry off a large or distinctly shaped nose better than women but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel self conscious about it. We frequently see men who feel their face is dominated by their nose and no longer want it to be their defining feature.

Before rhinoplasty

We rebalance their features through small tweaks that maintain strong, masculine looks. Rhinoplasty is a surgery of millimetres and minimal changes can transform a man’s look without it being obvious he’s had a nose job, making him more confident and stronger.

After rhinoplasty

4. Gynecomastia operation

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast and affects thousands of men. Understandably, it is one of the most sensitive appearance-related conditions for a man to suffer and there is much embarrassment around it.

Before gynecomastia surgery

Thankfully there is no longer any reason to suffer in silence – a straightforward procedure to cut out excess glandular tissue can address the problem. Liposuction can then be used to improve the contour of the chest and restore a masculine physique. Gynecomastia surgery can have a massively positive impact on both a man’s physical appearance and their psychological wellbeing.

After gynecomastia surgery

5. Facelift

As we enjoy longer life expectancy and physical fitness well past the age of retirement, facelifts are increasingly being requested by men.  Men want to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside and don’t want wrinkles to give away their age.

Before facelift

Facelifts are no longer about drawing back skin in an unnaturally tight fashion, but rather removing excess skin, restoring lost volume and creating strong definition around the jawline – a key signifier of youth and masculinity. Sagging necks are also tackled so men can present a holistic appearance of youthful vitality.

After facelift

Are you a man looking to boost your confidence and prowess? Contact OceanClinic Marbella to see what we can do for you.

Friday, 3 February 2017

A Revolution in Skin Regeneration Arrives at Ocean Clinic Marbella

Non-surgical skin tightening for the face and body has arrived at Ocean Clinic Marbella in the shape of the Venus Legacy; a revolutionary new radiofrequency treatment system.

The system can be used for tightening lax skin, smoothing out wrinkles, reducing cellulite and even contouring stubborn pockets of fat – all without any invasive treatment.

How does it work?

The Venus Legacy system combines Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields to stimulate the tissue deep down.

Heating the tissue triggers both the tightening of existing collagen and production of new collagen, while encouraging lymphatic drainage and releasing trapped fluid. 

It is 100% safe (cleared by the FDA in the US) and painless. It can be used on all skin types and on all parts of the face, neck and body.

What can it be used for?

If you’re reluctant to go under the knife, Venus Legacy can offer you highly satisfactory results without the need for surgery or cosmetic injectables.

·      Face – tighten the skin on the face providing an uplifted and contoured effect, while minimising wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead.
·      Eyes – reduce fluid to tighten under-eye skin and tackle bags
·      Jaw – tighten sagging jowls for a smoother, more defined jawline
·      Neck – reduce ‘turkey neck’ by blasting fatty deposits, tightening and lifting skin 
·      Arms – reduce ‘bingo wings’ by tightening skin and smoothing out wrinkles
·      Abs & Belly – contour and tighten skin for a flatter, more defined stomach
·      Butt – lift and smooth for a tighter, firmer behind
·      Thighs – tighten skin to reduce circumference and banish cellulite

Venus Legacy skin tightening is ideal for older patients who have lost elasticity in their skin and are experiencing sagging, as well as those whose skin has been stretched through weight loss or pregnancy.

The ideal complement to surgery

In addition to being a great standalone treatment, Venus Legacy can also be used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. It can provide additional tightening and skin rejuvenation following treatments such as facelifts, breast lifts, tummy tucks and liposuction.

The machine is also very effective at breaking down fibrosis post surgery. Fibrosis is the thickening and scarring of tissue that can occur after trauma, resulting in hardened areas under the skin.

How many sessions do you need?

For general skin tightening and smoothing, noticeable results can be achieved in just five 30-minute sessions.

For areas requiring fat contouring and significant skin uplift, a course of 10 sessions is advised for maximum results.

For patients combining Venus Legacy with surgery, we recommend five sessions in advance to soften fat and activate the production of collagen, followed by a further five sessions afterwards to mitigate any fibrosis.

Ocean Clinic Marbella offers the possibility to purchase 10-session bundles at a discounted rate. To find out more about Venus Legacy contact us on 951 775 518.