Dr. Anushka Reddy from Medi-Sculpt shares with us her most exciting aesthetic trends for 2015.  Here she tells us what we can look forward to at her clinic that will change the way we look at non-invasive procedures.


Q: Share the one innovation or trend that you are most excited about and how this will change the current face of aesthetic medicine?


There are many advancements that could well change the face of aesthetic medicine in the coming year, from Botulinum toxin techniques to improved semi-invasive thread lifts. The area I am most excited about however is skin re-inflation. Non-surgical techniques with 3rd generation fillers containing calcium hydroxylapatite offer minimal discomfort, no social downtime and lifted and volumized skin. Say good-bye to jowels non-surgically!


Non-sagging skin eliminates many anti-ageing concerns and should be the base of all treatments. Of course there are also oral tablets containing phytofluenes for lightening and brightening the skin. They are proving to generate superb results. These products for some patients eliminate the need for laser or other more aggressive treatments and

further innovation in this field would excite me a great deal.


Q: Choose your favourite Anti-Ageing ingredient and share why?


If it came down to a single ingredient then I would be hard pressed to say anything other than retinol. There are risks in using retinol and very few products can be considered safe and effective, in my opinion but when used correctly and in optimum concentrations, retinol products are an anti-ageing god send ingredient.


This may seen old fashioned, but HA Dermal fillers are still my favourite anti-ageing

aesthetic treatment. They combine with everything from Botulinum toxin to laser, and the molecule is designed to attract and hold moisture in the skin further enhancing skin hydration, which eliminates many fine lines and ageing concerns. Correct use of HA dermal fillers is akin to having two treatments in one. If you were asking for a non-invasive treatment option, then I would definitely say the combination of phytofluenes for skin brightening and the calcium filler for skin lifting and volumising. You will be amazed at what a smooth and blemish free complexion can do for your skin confidence.


The PDO Thread Lift:


Over the past few years, I have noticed that men and women are increasingly choosing less invasive and non-invasive procedures that involve minimal downtime and less self-care after the treatment. By now, you all probably know about dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin the two most popular skin rejuvenation treatments at my practice. Injectables are ideal for men and women who want to improve small, very specific and targeted areas of their face rather than to undergo a full rejuvenation of the entire face. But for those of you who are looking for an overall tightening and rejuvenation of your facial contours, I strongly suggest The PDO Thread Lift. It is the latest and revolutionary treatment for skin tightening and lifting and gives the face a more contoured and sculpted V-shape.


The name may sound a little scary but do not worry: the threads used in this procedure are absorbable ones, made of PDO (polydioxanone) material which is similar to the threads used in surgical stitches. This means that they are completely safe to use and do not cause any damage to the tissue.


The PDO thread lift is ideal for men or women who want to reverse the signs of ageing but do not want to undergo a surgical facelift. Many patients tell me that they are noticing some sagging here and there, deep creases, folds and wrinkles. This is because as we age, the collagen and the elastin fibres break down and need some extra help! Lifted contouring of the face along with a much tighter, more youthful complexion can be achieved instantly by collagen that resides in the deeper layer of our skin. The threads provide a natural and youthful appearance of the skin and keep the wrinkles at bay for a long time.


How the PDO Thread Lift Procedure Works:


Because it only takes me between 30 minutes and an hour to perform (depending on the treatment area), the PDO thread lift remains a lunch time procedure! Beforehand, I apply and or inject an anaesthetic cream to the areas you want to treat and I then

insert the safe and dissolvable threads underneath your skin. I implant the threads into the sub-dermal skin and stimulate the production of collagen and the skin becomes firmer, smoother, more supple and moisturised.


The concept behind the PDO thread lift is that it continuously stimulates collagen synthesis under the skin. When inserted into the skin, it acts as a "scaffold" for the skin and helps it fight against the effects of gravity. This webbing of threads also beautifully shapes the face by lifting and supporting the sagging structures.


To sum it all up, with the thread lift I can:

• Increase the collagen synthesis

• Tighten and rejuvenate the skin

• Improve the skin tone and structure

• Sculpt sharper features and V-shape contours thus restoring the triangle of beauty.


Q: Is the treatment painful?


As I mentioned earlier, I always try and manage discomfort as much as I can by applying numbing creams before beginning the procedure and this does dramatically reduce the pain of the injections. My patients do not usually report this procedure as being an extremely painful one but they do mention a very slight discomfort. Fortunately, there is no downtime required and you can resume your activities almost immediately after the procedure.

Q: What to expect after a PDO Thread Lift procedure?


Amongst the PDO thread lift procedure’s strong points, the speedy recovery and the immediate results are what patients lovemost.


After the procedure, mild swelling is common and will subside after a few days but you will already be able to see the results straight after.


Q: How long will the results last?


Usually it will need only one-time procedure to achieve your desired lifting effect. The threads are absorbable and therefore will be reabsorbed in 4-6 months’ time leaving nothing behind but the skin structure created which continues to hold for one to three

years. However, you will need an annual touch up in order to maintain a smooth a wrinkle-free face with Botox or fillers.


If you are unsure about the PDO thread lift, remember that at MediSculpt we also offer the Liquid Facelift and the 3D Vector face lift which combines dermal fillers and Botulinum Toxin injections for instantly younger and smoother looking features.

I am always so excited to talk about the various innovations and trends on the aesthetic market. If you have a question or a request, please do leave a message on Facebook/medisculpt or Twitter @drareddy where I post daily. Remember to go “Like” and share the posts you enjoy!


To book an appointment for a PDO Thread Lift or any of the other treatments and procedures I offer at Medi-Sculpt, please call us on 0861 003 007 or mail info@medisculpt.co.za

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