Saturday, 14 July 2018

3 myths about how the time of the year can affect the quality of permanent makeup.

3 myths about how the time of the year can affect the quality of permanent makeup.

Our permanent makeup artist, Julia Garanina, will help expand on these myths and analyse them in closer detail.

‘I am often asked whether or not one should attend a procedure during the summer.

Myth N1. During the winter, the sun does not break down the pigment.

In theory, it doesn’t really matter when you decide to attend a permanent makeup procedure - during the summer or winter - the pigment will eventually start to break down when exposed to certain sun rays, if you do not apply sunscreen or any type of protection. However, permanent makeup lasts for at least one-two year in perfect condition, meaning that in any case you will be able to walk around with the permanent makeup, regardless of the time of the year, be it winter or summer.

Myth N2. After attending a permanent makeup procedure, you are not allowed to swim in the sea.

The truth is, that the following days after your procedure, you will not be able to go swimming, whether it is in the sea or the swimming pool, you will also not be able to go to the sauna. During this short period, it is not advised to get the tattooed area wet - no matter whether it is by sea water, or tap/shower water. However, after the crust peels off the tattooed area (usually after 7 days or less, depending on skin type) you will be able to freely get the area wet, swim in the sea or go to the sauna. In further detail, freezing temperatures can cause bigger problems than the heat. For example, on the way home after your procedure, with freezing temperatures and cold winds outside, it will be much harder to maintain the process of - wiping the tattooed zone with a damp cloth/paper.

Myth N3. During the summer, the tattooed areas heal slower...

I carry out a dozen procedures every month. Such an inflow of clients has made it easier for me to analyse and compare certain results during the summer and winter. The results have shown that there is completely no difference between procedures carried out during the winter, and during the summer.

So analysing this myth in further detail, you may ask why people would think that during the summer, the healing process is slower? The answer is simple, most people simply get the two terms confused, permanent makeup, and a tattoo. A tattoo is simply carried out by inserting the pigment into a deeper layer into the skin, also the thickness of the skin will play a certain role on some tattoos. On the other hand, many surgeons recommend carrying out any surgeries during the winter and the autumn seasons, simply because of the theory that bacteria reproduces slower during the colder periods, and overall clients usually feel worse during excessive heat. HOWEVER, all of these theories do not apply to permanent makeup. Permanent makeup artists use none traumatic equipment, the pigment is inserted inside the top layers of the skin, and the care recommendations after treatment are completely different. The technology that i use allows me to make these procedures the less traumatic as humanly possible, thus, sometimes eliminating or drastically reducing the redness after the procedure. The pigment is inserted simply into the top layer of the skin. Any trauma is minimal to non existent. Thus meaning, the healing process does not depend on the time of the year, and simply only depends on how you maintain the care recommendations.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Skin changes, moles....and melanoma

A melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer, which originates in the melanocytes or pigment cells and can be fatal when it spreads to other parts of the body. In the last decade the number of patients with malignant melanoma in Europe has increased enormously. The good news is that most melanoma can be cured, when they are removed in an early stage and most can even be prevented when we check our moles regularly. Your dermatologist can nowadays make a more accurate diagnosis with advanced dermatoscopy. In most European countries dermatologist organize screening days for melanoma during the months may and june

How does a melanoma develop?
Moles are brown or black coloured spots or elevations of the skin, which are formed by pigment cells. They can be congenital, but arise especially in childhood and puberty. A new mole that develops after puberty should always be monitored. Approximately 40% of melanomas develop in an existing mole. The color is mostly brown or black, but they can also have pink, red, blue or white tints.

Do I have an increased risk for Melanoma?

Somebody in the family with melanoma
A personal history of melanoma
A high number of moles
Irregular moles
Light skin type and /or blue or green eyes
Sunburns in childhood and after
outdoor activities

What should I pay attention to?
It’s Important that you get to know your own body. Melanomas can develop over the entire skin fig 1 and 2 so you have to look from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet, including mouth, nose and genitalia. To asses whether a mole is suspect, we usually the American ABCD rule (Figure 3). The A (Asymmetry) for irregular shape, the B (Border) for irregular edge, the C(Colour) for an irregular or very dark colour and the D (Diameter) for a diameter larger than 5mm. Finally, the E (Evolution) is added. Moles that change shape, color or size are in principle suspect as well as new moles.

Dermatoscopic examination by the dermatologist

Although a good self-examination is useful first step, it is sometimes very difficult to distinguish a melanoma form a mole or other pigmentation spots. Your dermatologist can make a more accurate diagnosis with a dermatoscope fig 4 ,a kind of microscopic instrument. When in doubt, a tissue examination is always necessary.

How are melanomas and suspicious moles treated?
Suspected moles or melanomas are always removed surgically. Subsequently, it is send to the pathologist for histologic examination, which confirms both the diagnosis and if the melanoma is completely removed. Usually In case of a melanoma a re excision is performed to create a safety margin in combination with further examinations to exclude metastases.Remember that a mole is principally an innocent and often asymptomatic spot, but a melanoma can be fatal. In any doubt check it out and show it to your dermatologist.

Ruud Valks, dermatologist,
member of the American Academy of Dermtology

Figure 1 Melanoma on the occipital area of the head

Figure 2 Melanoma on the sole of the right foot

Figure 3. ABCD Rule

Figure 4. Dermatoscopy

Sunday, 10 June 2018

White in a week- 7 days home teeth whitening

My teeth are fairly yellow, I have occasionally smoked socially in the past and am also a huge coffee drinker and love curry, which could explain the staining. I brush regularly however admittedly I do not have regular check ups on my teeth. Karen firstly checked over my teeth and ensured they were healthy and there were no major issues. Thankfully there weren’t. After the health check, I then had a full scale and polish, something i’d never had but is advisable if you are going to get your teeth whitened for optimum results. My mouth felt fantastic.

Once clean I was then measured for the whitening apparatus.

The mould are then taken and in a couple of days I was able to collect my kit. Having tried home whitening treatments before that i’d purchased from internet this was the first thing that struck me, the fact that the gum shields were designed for me and my teeth and not a one size fits all so wearing it felt comfortable and the solution was able to coat my teeth correctly.

There are two types of treatments one is a daily whitener one for use overnight. I opted for the daily one which you use for one hour each day.

The treatments come in syringe applicators. The whitening gel is placed in custom made gum shields which you wear either for one hour a day or overnight. Whichever your preference.

Here's my progress over the 7 days...

Day 1-The gum shields were comfortable. Many kits i've had before were a 'one size fits all' however these being custom  made to fit my mouth really made the difference. Especially if i was opting to sleep in them.  The teeth however did feel a little sensitive when I first put the treatment on. I was assured this was normal for some people. The sensitivity soon went and after the first hour I could see an improvement.

Day 2- . I can already see results after just two days! The bottom teeth and upper fangs still need work though!

Day 3- As you can see this the treatmant gel has really gone to work. The teeth still feel a little sensitive to the touch when the treatment is on, however i'm assured this is perfectly normal.

Day -4 The teeth looking really white now, unbelievable. Karen did advise that the treatment can work and you can acheive the desirable results in under a week, however i'm going to continue for the 7 days. The sensitivity has also disappeared.

Day 5- Really impressed. All the yellow staining has completely disappeared. I honestly didn't expect the results to be so good after trying whitening toothpaste and numerous treatmants i'd purchased off the internet before.

Day 6 - The teeth look and feel fantastic and i've already had comments from friends! It's amazing how many people notice..I may walk around with this permanent grin just to show them off!

Day 7- Ok so here they are, my pearly white new gnashers! I was a little sceptical at first but I can verify that teeth whitening treatments recommended by your dentist are not only safe, fuss free and cost effective, they actually work.

Contact the team and get white in a week!At the moment there's 20% off!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Why Whiten?

For just one moment, smile. Then think about it. That all-important grin is how you greet the world and your loved ones every day. Of course, it's also a big part of the first impressions you make. Studies prove that people with whiter teeth appear more confident, are more likely to be hired for jobs, and even enjoy better dates.
It is also true that if you are proud of your smile then you are likely to take more care over cleaning your teeth to maintain them that way. A high standard of oral hygiene oral hygiene creates the healthiest and most beautiful mouths.

So whitening isn't just about caring for your teeth. It's about feeling your best and living life accordingly.
Whitening your teeth does not mean that they will go neon white – although it is true that young teeth have more ability to go very white , as their enamel is thicker than middle aged teeth. Indeed , the degree of whiteness can be directly controlled by you .
Some degree of sensitivity during of just after whitening treatment is normal and is temporary , settling after usually one or two days . This sensitivity usually means that you just take a break during the treatment before continuing.
When you see people on TV with extremely white teeth, actors for example, it is less attractive, but that level of whiteness is usually created with porcelain veneers or crowns and cannot usually be caused by whitening alone. These overdone teeth don’t look natural, we agree , and most people just want their own natural teeth improved upon which is what whitening can do for you.
We recommend home whitening as provided by dentists although we can also offer power-whitening done in office with strong beaching peroxides for those who don`t want the bother of doing home treatments.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018