Author: Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart
Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart, Asia’s Beauty Idol, is a specialist in dermatology who is highly recognized not only in Thai medical profession, but in all around the world. Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart is the founder of Apex Profound Beauty. With its modern technology and speciality in dermatology, Apex Profound Beauty is in the lead in beauty market. Moreover, Dr.Nantapat Supapannachart is a columnist for Bangkok Post and Post today, and a writer of many Best-Selling books about dermatology.
High-tech skincare for men
Nowadays it’s not only the ladies who flock to the dermatologist’s office for a quick fix. An estimated 30% of my patients are male and the number is steadily increasing. Men seek treatment for anything from excess body hair, love handles and acne scars to rosecea and skin rejuvenation. With today’s advancements in cosmetic science and laser technology, many of these problems can be zapped away faster than you can say “Beam me up, Scotty!”
I’ve finally gotten rid of my teenage acne but I’m left with ugly scars on my face. Is there a way to remove these?
It can seem like double punishment — first the acne and when that’s finally cleared up, you’re left with the aftermath in the form of unsightly marks. The good news is there are a number of safe procedures available in modern dermatology that can greatly reduce the appearance of acne scars. A dermatologist can advise which kind of treatment is most effective, depending on the kind of acne scars to be treated.
For mild cases, micro-dermabrasion, also known as a chemical peel, may help improve the skin’s condition, while more severe cases call for stronger measures like laser resurfacing. The squeamish among you might be relieved to know that while there may be some mild discomfort, treatments typically involve little pain as the skin is first numbed using a local anaesthesia.
The newest laser resurfacing “weapon” is a procedure called sublative rejuvenation. This RF (radio frequency) technology effectively delivers heat energy into the dermis, stimulating the growth of new collagen and improving skin texture, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. One treatment is often enough for a significant improvement of acne scars. An added benefit is that it’s also capable of treating fine wrinkles, skin laxity and other skin irregularities.
What can I do about the red veins in my face which makes it look like I’ve been drinking too much?
Healthy looking skin can go a long way toward making a favourable first impression and the last thing you want is people to think is that you have a drinking problem. Persistent redness in the central part of the face, especially around the nose area, is a common complaint. The exact cause of rosecea is unknown but researchers suspect ageing and sun damage, as well as a combination of hereditary and environmental factors are to blame.
There are several treatments available to effectively treat this common skin disorder, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser procedures GentleYag and Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL). As the name implies, IPL produces a spectrum of light to target the enlarged blood vessels and stimulate the absorption of red blood cells. GentleYag zaps the spots on the skin that are made up of blood and blood vessels, while patients with a more aggravated condition whereby red bumps or pustules are visible on the face, may benefit from PDL. Each of these procedures will most likely require several sessions before the skin is completely clear, depending on the gravity of the skin condition.
How can I permanently get rid of the excess hair on my back?
Waxing will keep unwanted body hair at bay for a while, but for a more permanent solution laser hair removal is your best bet. A popular treatment for men at the cosmetic dermatologist’s office, this “manscaping” procedure is not much more painful than waxing although the sensation is more like a rubber band snapping against the skin. A course of six to eight treatments may be required for permanent removal.
No matter how hard I exercise, my love handles refuse to budge. Are there any non-invasive treatment options?
If a sensible eating plan and exercise regimen have failed to produce desired results, it’s worth giving newly developed body contouring treatments such as Zeltiq or Zerona a shot. Both laser procedures use a low-energy “cool” laser to emulsify fat cells and help reduce stubborn fat deposits, which otherwise have proven impossible to lose. Zeltiq is milder and more suitable for spot reduction, while Zerona is good for larger areas of fat reduction. Needless to say, candidates for these procedures should have a healthy lifestyle and be fit.
I’m considering botox to achieve a more refreshed look. What can this procedure do for me?
It will come as no surprise that botox injections are equally popular among both sexes to combat the early signs of ageing. Men typically use botox to remove those two vertical lines between their eyebrows that make them look angry, or to smooth out the horizontal creases in their foreheads. Botox can also be used to lift up the eye area, making it a good, non-surgical alternative to remedy droopy eyelids. The “coffee break” procedure takes mere minutes, is virtually painless (apart from some needle stings) and results take full effect within a few days. Results typically last between anywhere from four to 12 months.
Is there any way to diminish the wrinkles and sagginess on my face without having to go under the knife?
Generally speaking, men are fortunate to age better than women physically. Thanks to their thicker skin, men show wrinkles and other unpleasant signs of ageing less readily. However, there comes a time when even men look in the mirror and realise that no matter how well they’ve taken care of themselves, the years have finally caught up with them. Sagging cheeks, droopy jowls and loose skin beneath the chin can make a person look tired and worn.
For individuals with mild to moderate skin sagging, or for those not keen on surgery, there is a growing trend towards non-invasive skin tightening treatments.
The two most popular among these are Thermage and Ulthera. While they utilise different technologies, both aim to promote the regeneration of collagen and lift skin tissue. Thermage has been around for years and is used for tightening and gently lifting the more superficial layers of the skin, while recently developed Ulthera targets the deeper fibro-muscular layer, resulting in deep lifting. Both treatments can also be combined for overall rejuvenation of the face. As with all cosmetic dermatology treatments, a specialist can advise which procedure(s) will yield the best results.
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