Cosmic medicine encompasses all non-surgical treatments aimed at improving the appearance of the body and face, using the very latest techniques, materials and equipment.
At Paideia International Hospital, the cosmetic medicine unit is made up of a team of experts who provide solutions to undesired facial or body imperfections with skill and care. The Cosmetic Medicine unit also acts as a support in some specialist branches.
Cosmetic medicine consultations
The purpose of the consultation is to classify the clinical imperfection in order to study a customised general preventive and/or corrective programme, through:
This consists of a non-invasive method that assesses the health and physiological balance of the skin. The skin’s physiological balance is expressed through the condition of the hydrolipid film covering it, temperature, degree of acidity, sebum levels and skin hydration. For this type of investigation, it is imperative that no cosmetics and beauty products are applied in the preceding 12 hours.
The exact reading of the values obtained in the skin check-up makes it possible to
- establish an overall assessment of the skin’s state of health in order to arrive at a diagnosis (dry skin, seborrhoea, sensitive skin, etc.)
- plan all the hygiene measures to be followed (choice of personalised cosmetics, need for photoprotection, etc.)
- establish which treatments to recommend to patients (peelings, skin biostimulation, fillers, botulinum toxin, radio frequency, etc.) and, above all, subsequently evaluate the effects of the recommended treatments and dermocosmetics.
The first focus is on skin care, with targeted and customised dermocosmetic prescriptions , chemical peels that smooth the skin’s surface, skin biostimulation , improving hydration and managing skin ageing.
Chemical peeling consists of the controlled removal of various skin layers by applying different types of acid to the skin in the area to be treated. The aim is to achieve, through a renewal of the various components, skin that is improved in appearance and fundamental parameters.
We can treat the following conditions:
- photoageing of varying degrees
- epidermal damage and blemishes such as actinic keratoses
- active acne as well as subsequent scarring
- scars of different kinds, including striae distensae (stretch marks)
- hyperpigmentation, dyschromia, melasma during pregnancy
Si possono trattare quadri di:
- foto-invecchiamento di diversa entità
- danni ed inestetismi ad esclusiva sede epidermica come le cheratosi attiniche
- acne in fase attiva e relativi esiti cicatriziali
- cicatrici di differente natura, comprese le striae distensae (smagliature)
- iperpigmentazioni, discromie, melasma gravidico
Skin biostimulation consists of administrating by intradermal injection substances that stimulate skin tissue regeneration by producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid by the fibroblasts, resulting in improved hydration, firmness and elasticity and protecting against the free radicals that are continuously formed, particularly during sun exposure.
For treating facial, frontal, glabellar, periocular wrinkles (known as “crow’s feet”) etc., the most effective treatment is botulinum toxin , which can be used in cases of axillary, palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis, with extremely satisfactory results for the patient.
As corrective therapy, hyaluronic acid-based fillers, which are re-absorbable and biocompatible, restore volume and fill the deepest grooves in the face.
Areas that can be treated with filler:
- Areas where the structure of the skin has thinned, creating wrinkles and creases (wrinkles are among the first visible signs of growing old; later we can observe grooves, sagging and loss of volume in the face: the purpose of fillers is precisely to correct skin imperfections)
- Areas where sagging has formed due to trauma
- Areas where the volumes of structures such as lips and cheekbones are to be restored or increased, for correcting hypertrophic scars
- Correction of dark circles
Mesotherapy or regional intradermal treatment is the most indicated method for treating chronic lymphatic venous insufficiency of the lower limbs and consists of injecting small amounts of drugs from official pharmacopoeia or phytotherapeutic remedies.
Mesotherapy is used when local and regional pharmacological effect is required (injection into the affected region) because the characteristics of the treatment amplify the effects of the drugs in that particular skin area, thus cancelling out or limiting the side effects and damage to the entire organism.
There are many pathologies that use this method. In cosmetic medicine, it is widely used in treating:
- cellulite (EFP– edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy)
- chronic venous insufficiency in the lower limbs
Carboxytherapy is a method indicated especially for EFP (cellulite), but also for localised fat deposits. It consists of the therapeutic subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide. It restores balance in altered microcirculation, by means of:
- increasing the velocity of local tissue blood flow
- increasing the extension of the vascular bed of the tissue microcirculation
It is indicated for:
- Reducing adiposity
- Improving microcirculation
- Cellulite treatment
- Striae distensae (stretch marks)
- Reducing skin laxity due to increased skin elasticity
- Venous insufficiency
- “Restless Leg” syndrome
- Peripheral artery disease
- Treating skin ulcers
- un aumento della velocità del flusso ematico tessutale locale
- un aumento della entità del letto vascolare della microcircolazione tessutale
È indicata per:
- Riduzione delle adiposità
- Miglioramento del microcircolo
- Trattamento della cellulite
- Striae distensae (smagliature)
- Riduzione della lassità cutanea per effetto dell’aumento dell’elasticità cutanea
- Insufficienza venosa
- “Restless Leg” sindrome
- Arteriopatie periferiche
- Trattamento delle ulcere cutanee
Non-ablative radiofrequency is used for treating skin laxity of the face and body.
Non-ablative radiofrequency (NARF) generates electromagnetic energy that penetrates the dermis and hypodermis; upon encountering resistance in the tissue, it is converted into thermal energy that increases as it goes deeper. In the deep dermis, thermal energy is able to shorten and thicken collagen fibres with an increase in dermis consistency, a reduction in skin laxity and a stimulation of fibroblast activation. NARF does not cause ablative and inflammatory thermal damage and is indicated to improve sagging in the neck, face, arms, thighs and abdominal region.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is indicated for treating skin hyperchromia, facial telangiectasias and for permanent hair removal. For the removal of certain skin neoformations, plasma exeresis, a minimally invasive ablative instrument, is used.
Cosmetic Medicine: managing complications from filler use
The increasing number of injectable substances for cosmetic use and rise in number of practitioners has led to an increase in the incidence of complications from the use of fillers. Paideia International Hospital’s service offers comprehensive care and management for patients suffering the adverse effects of cosmetic treatments. The examination includes: accurate medical history and clinical examination, targeted ultrasound investigation and the prescription of a specific course of treatment. Patients are followed closely until the problem is solved.
Cosmetic medicine in oncology
Skin check-ups are also used in cancer patients, before, during and after specific treatments, for preventing and treating skin toxicity that develops as a result of cancer treatments.
Collaboration between the various specialists is essential for complete patient care.
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