Dr Kiran Lohia, Celebrity Dermatologist, Shares Exclusive Solutions For All Your Skin Troubles
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Our expert of choice, Dr Kiran Lohia, Celebrity Dermatologist, Lumiere Dermatology, is never wrong, and her own enviable skin is the best example.
India’s famous – and favourite! – dermatologists demystify common skin hassles for you.
Pigmentation is a condition that makes the skin darker/lighter than usual. It’s primarily caused due to increased melanin levels, but other reasons include:
- Inflammation (after a treatment, like laser)
- Sun damage
- Hormonal changes (which cause melasma)
Birthmarks/freckles are also a kind of pigmentation, but these are genetic.
Pigmentation is a problem best handled under professional supervision. Pain-free laser treatments are available for a variety of pigmentation issues, including the more difficult ones, like melasma, cutaneous macular amyloidosis on the back/arms, and even LPP (Lichen Planus Pigmentosus).
The appearance is often worsened by accompanying issues like fine lines, mild sagging, and very obviously open pores, which can be taken care of by the right laser therapy. It’s absolutely necessary to have a detailed and honest discussion with an experienced dermatologist about the history and spread of your pigmentation problem, for them to be able to advise a treatment plan best suited to your concerns. Only you stand to benefit from the 20-30 per cent decrease in pigmentation, from the first session itself!
Stretch marks are an array of parallel lines, which appear on the skin during/after pregnancy, or a sudden change in body weight. These may appear as purple, or grey-to-pink lines. When your skin doesn’t have enough elasticity to stretch, it literally breaks, which causes such stretch marks to form.
They can appear anywhere, but they’re commonly visible on the:
- Upper arms
Treatment entails making newer, more elastic skin, resurface. Again, reliable interventions in the form of laser therapy are available. To treat this, you need to make newer skin resurface to create more elastic skin. Fractionated resurfacing of the skin can be facilitated with laser, using plasma technology, a process that ultimately forces the skin to renew itself.
Newer approaches use the science of laser resurfacing to make old, damaged skin cells shed themselves, and to stimulate fresh collagen synthesis. This helps smoothen out stretch marks and improve their outward appearance, which is what makes people conscious about stretch marks in the first place.
Droopy skin, saggy jaws, and a double chin not only make you look old, but lower your confidence too. An unhealthy lifestyle makes signs of ageing visible in your early-to-late 20s itself. Even the fine lines on your forehead can make you look 10 years older than your actual age!
Ageing is caused primarily because of:
- Reduced collagen production
- Excessive sun exposure
Collagen provides elasticity to the skin by retaining its natural moisture, the absence of which causes the skin to droop. Effective (and luxurious!) anti-ageing treatments are available, whereby your skin undergoes full renewal by sequential and simultaneous use of multiple skin technologies. Within 3 months, you have fresh, new skin, and the positive effects of the treatment will last up to a full year!
Additionally, Botox and US FDA Hyaluronic Acid fillers are available to reduce wrinkles, folds, creases, and fine lines on your skin, making it look younger and ‘uplifted’.