Cosmetology

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels can improve the skin's appearance. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin and eventually peels off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improve the look and feel of skin

DIODE LASER HAIR REDUCTION

Sakura Diode Laser hair removal is the #1 non-invasive aesthetics treatments available today with an estimated growth rate of 18%. With nearly 3.1 million laser hair removal treatments performed in 2006 alone, hair removal is a fantastic way to inject profit into your practice. While there are many methods to eliminate unwanted hair, very few can eliminate hair re-growth while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. And photoepilation is quickly becoming the most popular. Lasers and light sources use the principle of selective photothermolysis to eliminate hair and its potential re-growth without damaging the surrounding skin. During a laser hair removal treatment, light passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair shaft. This absorption raises the temperature of the hair follicle and thermally destroys the cells responsible for re-growth. The attributes of the light (wavelength, pulse duration and power) are chosen to ensure damage to these cells and not to the rest of the skin.

Advantages of Sakura Diode Laser Hair Removal
  • Permanent hair reduction using state-of-the-art, high-power diode technology
  • Rapid, non-invasive treatment that ensures virtually no patient downtime
  • Treatment of all skin types (I-VI), as well as tanned skin and pseudofolliculitis barbae
  • Successful treatment of, leg veins and benign pigmented lesions

MICRODERMABRASION WITH OXYPEEL

It is a non-surgical method of promoting skin renewal through an amazing crystal-free diamond peel method. Microdermabrasion will deeply exfoliate your skin by removing dead cells and rejuvenating your complexion. The chemical oxy peel will unclog pores and help treat acne, plus reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.The combined benefits of a diamond peel with the added Oxy-System, you can now refine, rejuvenate and enhances your skin. Following each procedure with an oxygen infusion treatment will give your skin a fresher more youthful appearance. An easy to use interface makes each procedure quick and easy. A disposable filtration system and oxygen mist distribution system allows each treatment to be clean and safe.

There are two situations in which this usually occurs:
  • To distinguish between different types of rashes or skin lesions. Our dermatologist will be considering a number of possible diagnoses, and the skin biopsy provides additional information in this process.
  • The dermatologist suspects you have a  skin cancer . A biopsy is taken to confirm that the skin cancer is present. The biopsy may also give information on the type of skin cancer, which may determine the best treatment.

Photo facial

Photo facial is a term for a light-based skin resurfacing treatment which is mostly used to treat brown spots, broken capillaries and to boost collagen.


Q-SWITCHED ND YAG LASER FRECKLES

Laser is basically a type of light that carries only a specific wavelength, as opposed to visible light that carries a range of wavelength. Laser waves are parallel to each other and all waves move temporally in the same phase. A visible light are not parallel and does not move temporally in the same phase. There are many lasers in the market. Nd:Yag laser is named after the laser medium, Neodymium:yytrium-alumunium-garnet.

It comes in 2 wavelengths, 1064 nm and 532 nm. It is a non-ablative laser. This means that there is no break in skin tissue continuity during the treatment. It is designed to target pigment cells. This specific wavelength is absorbed preferentially by pigments (melanin) and the resultant heat will cause generation and propagation of waves that cause damage to the cells containing pigment. These damaged cells will then be cleared from the site resulting in lightening of the pigmented site.

Q-switched Nd:Yag laser are used mainly for pigmentary disorders resulting in darker patch/lesions. It can target both superficial and deeper skin pigmentation. However, not all lesions have good results with Q-switched Nd:Yag laser


TATTOO REMOVAL

It all seemed like to a good idea to have a tattoo. But people change, and the old tattoo just doesn't fit with your new image. Fortunately, we at Sapphire Skin Clinic have Qs Nd:YAG laser for tattoo removal. It is painless safe and scar free. The total number of sittings required to remove the tattoo depends on the whether it is a professional or amateur tattoo and the type of ink used. Generally it takes 6- 8 sittings at monthly interval. We have devised a new technique to remove the tattoo in shortest possible time with no side effects.


PRP FOR SKIN

Indications:
  • MELASMA
  • HYPERPIGMENTATION
  • ANTIAGEING
PRP works on the simple basis is that of utilizing your own natural platelets to instruct the body to create new collagen for tauter, smoother and better-toned skin. Utilized in various ways, with or without fillers or with serums, the platelet solutions can be introduced with injections or by using an automated micro needling system.

PRP Rejuvenation incorporates fillers with PRP – which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma – to enhance the shape for the face and restore volume. It is a simple in-office nonsurgical procedure which uses a concentrated serum processed from your own blood in conjunction with dermal filler to increase the effectiveness and longevity of those fillers.

A small vial of blood is taken from your arm – less than that normally taken for routine blood tests. The blood is then placed in a vial and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells and plasma. The process concentrates the platelet count to about 4X normal. It is this platelet-rich plasma – often called “liquid gold” – that is then activated and injected into the skin – or applied topically in a surface regeneration action.

The serum is activated by the addition of simple calcium chloride. The activated plasma serum behaves the same way the body would respond if there were an actual injury – healing platelets rush in to create a rich fibrin mesh. This fibrin mesh in turn calls out to natural healing cells, releasing growth factors* and stimulating the process of fibroblast production to energize and heal.


MOLE REMOVAL

Moles (nevi) are growths on the skin. Moles are very common. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles. A person may develop new moles from time to time, usually until about age 40.

About one out of every ten people has at least one unusual (or atypical) mole that looks different from an ordinary mole. Dysplastic nevi are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into a type of skin cancer called melanoma. Because of this, moles should be checked regularly by a doctor, especially if they look unusual; grow larger; or change in color, outline, or in any other way.

The removal of the entire mole or a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope is called a biopsy which is recommended for confirming melanoma.

There are various methods for removing moles. Some of the common methods used are Radiofrequency or Laser Excision. At Sapphire Skin Clinic we prefer to shave the mole and then excise. The method depends on the type of mole.

Typically, our dermatologist (a skin specialist) may choose excision with or without stitches, depending on the depth of the mole and the type of cosmetic outcome desired.


DERMA ROLLER FOR ACNE SCARS

Microneedling with dermaroller is a new treatment modality for the treatment of scars, especially acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, and for facial rejuvenation. It is a simple and relatively cheap modality that also can be used for transdermal drug delivery.

The standard dermaroller used for acne scars is a drum-shaped roller studded with 192 fine microneedles in eight rows, 0.5-1.5 mm in length and 0.1 mm in diameter. The microneedles are synthesized by reactive ion etching techniques on silicon or medical-grade stainless steel. The instrument is presterilized by gamma irradiation. Medical dermarollers are for single use only.


BOTOX & DERMA FILLERS

BOTOXreduces the activity of the muscles that cause wrinkles such as frown lines, worry lines and crow's feet. Botoxworks by temporarily blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles, thereby reducing muscle movement and causing wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is also used by experienced injectors to lift areas of the face and extend the life of some dermal filler applications. BOTOX is quick-acting, with results typically visible within 3-5 days, and lasting for 3-6 months. BOTOXcan be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are a range of products that fill depleted facial features, and in many instances stimulate collagen growth. Advanced dermal fillers include Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane, Restylane, Sculptra and ArteFill. Although each dermal filler has unique attributes, in general, most dermal fillers work in two ways. First, most of the fillers plump and lift the skin gently to replace collagen loss caused by the natural aging process. Secondly, most of the fillers also stimulate the body to produce its own natural collagen; some help more than others. Physicians use dermal fillers in a variety of ways to lift features of the face, correct wrinkles and to restore smoothness and volume to the skin. The effects of most fillers are nearly instantaneous. Most of the dermal fillers last from several months to a year or two before touch up treatments are necessary to extend results.

Both BOTOX and advanced dermal fillers are effective treatments, with each having an extensive history of proven results. Both treatments are effective separately, however many physicians choose to use them in conjunction with each other to achieve optimal results.


THREAD LIFT FOR FACE

As one ages the underlying soft tissues of the face progressively lose their elasticity and volume. This results in the appearance of jowls along the jaw line and deepening of the the grooves extending from the corner of the nose to the corners of the mouth (naso-labial grooves). The Stitch Lift elevates these sagging tissues to refresh / rejuvenate the face. (note ~ stitch=thread=suture and Stitch Lift = Thread Lift = Suture Lift.)

The technique of stitch/suture/thread lifting has the advantages of being a minimally invasive procedure performed in rooms under light sedation and local anesthesia and producing subtle but significant changes.

Unlike an open facelift, it is not an extensive procedure, does not involve marked surgical interference with tissues or excision of skin and does not have the potential for significant complications that can accompany an open facelift.

The Stitch Lift is a minimally invasive procedure carried out under sedation and local anesthesia, taking around two hours to perform. Through a small incision in the crease behind the ear smooth, fine nonreactive threads (stitches) are inserted in a series of loops, extending towards the corner of the mouth and looping back to the ear. Here they are anchored into the tough fascia over the bone. Other loops extend more vertically from the upper sideburn area from tiny nicks hidden in the hair.

The effect not only lifts the sagging tissues, but also lifts the skin, smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles, the naso-labial folds, the corners of the mouth and the jaw line. The skin tightens into its newly held position. Over time collagen forms around the threads and so maintains traction on the soft tissues.