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BOTOX

What is Botulinum Toxin Therapy

Have you ever wondered why as time passes, your skin begins to sag, fine lines appear more vivid, and wrinkles start to become more prominent? It is because as we grow old, the production of our elastin and collagen depletes, and it is the body’s natural way of reacting to aging. In a different article, we described skin sagging or skin laxity as unhealthy and dull skin that snaps back slowly in place when you stretch them. The dermatologist evaluates these in three levels: mild, moderate, and severe, which pertain to the intensity of one’s skin laxity. 

Fortunately, due to various technological advancements, many people who desire a youthful look and want to reduce their wrinkles and fine lines can now undergo plenty of suitable procedures for their particular needs, one of which is botox. Botulinum Toxic Therapy, commonly known as botox, is an FDA-approved aesthetic procedure that temporarily treats severe skin laxity, such as fine lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines, to achieve a youthful and healthy look. With botox, you may look younger than your actual age with medical-grade procedures, which will ensure your safety and success.

 

In the early years, Botox had its limit of use wherein doctors only administered it to vast medical conditions and illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease and Dystonia. Nevertheless, with the help of experimental studies and clinical trials, doctors can now utilize Botox in dermatology and aesthetics, which encompass skin aging treatments. However, keep in mind that Botox does not address other skin aging issues, such as hyperpigmentation, dry skin, and vascular abnormalities.

The first botox launched was onabotulinum toxin A, and in 2002, it was FDA-recommended as a cosmetic treatment for glabellar frown lines. Afterward, in 2006, the second formulation of onabotulinum toxin A was generated in France and successfully obtained its license for aesthetic use from the European Union, which later on, was approved by the FDA in 2009.

How does it work?

Botulinum Toxin A is an injectable that penetrates through the tissues of the affected facial areas. Subsequently, the injected toxins will diffuse into the tissues until it binds with them. With this, toxin A immediately releases acetylcholine in the muscular junction, which makes the muscles more relaxed, and results in reduced facial wrinkles or lines caused by constant facial muscle movements due to muscle contractions. In other words, Botox blocks specific chemical signals found in the nerves to help the facial muscles temporarily relax by preventing them from contracting. It is also why people who have had Botox can’t move their facial muscles for a while.

Botulinum toxin therapy has seven types of neurotoxins, but only toxins A and B are used clinically for several medical disorders, especially in the dermatological field. Botox, the neuroprotein found in it, is produced by the Clostridium botulinum, which is a type of bacterium utilized as a treatment for the following skin issues:

  • the appearance of wrinkles in the upper facial areas
  • eyebrow elevation
  • hyperhidrosis
  • pompholyx (a kind of eczema)

On standard, the dosage for botox is 20 units. It is the minimum dosage to treat glabellar frown lines because data suggests that utilizing 20-40 units of Botox is proven more effective than ten units alone. However, it solely depends on the variant and its required dosage. Also, anatomical male patients would require a higher dosage, for they have a greater muscle mass than anatomical females due to the big difference in testosterone levels. 

In most cases, patients don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure, but the technician will still advise you to have your skin numbed by a topical numbing cream or other anesthetics for your own sake. Also, Botox injections are usually done in a doctor’s office by a licensed doctor to ensure the patient’s safety. The doctor will use tiny injections to penetrate the skin with minuscule amounts of botulinum toxins directly into the skin and muscles. Its frequency depends on the extent to which areas need treatment.

What does it treat?

  • Crow’s feet
  • Severe wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Physical manifestations of aging
  • Lazy eye

Others

In South Korea, we offer a wide range of botox variants that you may want to check out, some of which are proven safer and more advanced than the customary Botox procedures. 

Medytox, a Korean biopharmaceutical company, is famous for pioneering Neuronox, a botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) or Botox. It is used for aesthetics and medical procedures to treat muscle spasticity. Due to the substantial influence of Neuronox in the market, the company has retained its reputation as a globally competitive pharmaceutical company. In line with this, Medytox has released a new and advanced product of Botox called Coretox that excludes animal derivatives and non-toxic proteins commonly found in other botox substances and therefore is proven safer than early productions of Botox. Additionally, this has acquired regulatory approval. 

Medytox Pharmaceuticals is involved in ongoing research studies and clinical trials in hopes of creating innovative and new Botox formulations, and soon aims to expand this in the global market, but still aims to meet worldwide regulatory compliance.

 

Moreover, Botulax and Xeomin are other Korean-grade Botox injectables widely used in South Korea. Botulax was developed and produced by Hugel, INC. in South Korea and has acquired its approval from the KFDA for use. On the other hand, Xeomin is manufactured and developed by Merz Pharmaceuticals in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Although Xeomin and Botox contain botulinum type A, they do not have the unnecessary accessory proteins found in Botox and other injectables. Reviews about it include effective smoothening of the wrinkles around the eye and notable lifting effects of the facial areas.

In summary, dermatologists recommend two to three sessions to remove moderate to severe wrinkles and facial folds. However, it still depends on what type of Botox you will use and your doctor’s recommendation. 

Additionally, you must note that licensed surgical doctors and medical practitioners can only administer Botox from a licensed medical clinic. Kindly consult your doctor and dermatologist firsthand before undergoing any Botox treatment to ensure your safety and the procedure’s success. Should you be interested in this kind of procedure, you may contact us at: [email protected] or any of our socials, and we will be happy to help you with online consultation to plan your next steps with us.

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HIFU SHURINK

What is it and how does it work

HIFU Shurink, commonly known as Shurink Universe or Shurink Laser Lifting, is the new generation of HIFU. It is a new and improved variant of the High Intense Focus Ultrasound that is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that transmits ultrasonic waves onto the skin. As we age, our skin also does, and the elastin, fiber, collagen, and connective tissues in the dermis, are significantly reduced. Not only that, but skin moisture and facial fats diminish too, which gives off a sagging skin look on our faces. With this, the pores look prominent, and the skin becomes dull, making you look older than your actual age. Most of the time, botulinum toxin A or Botox and surgical lifting procedures are the appropriate treatment, especially with severe skin laxity and facial folds. However, many people see it as an exhausting treatment and may find it too invasive. Additionally, surgical lifting may lead to bruising, infection, nerve damage, swelling, and other anesthetic-related risks. Thus, non-invasive and non-surgical procedures are introduced, garnering substantial attention from the people.

However, it still depends on the doctor and the person undergoing the procedure, so choices for skin laxity treatments that range from non-invasive to invasive and non-surgical to surgical procedures are established and proposed. You also need not worry, for these procedures are clinically tested, proven, and recommended through research studies and clinical trials. The HIFU shurink is a radiofrequency and infrared laser device that transmits heat and ultrasound waves into the deep dermis-specifically, the skin between the fat and muscle called the SMAS layer, without any damage to the epidermis to treat severe tissue laxity. It also triggers the skin to produce more robust collagen and elastin for the next three to four months.

Initially, the HIFU procedure treats selective tumors, but clinical studies have shown its efficacy in skin lifting, rejuvenation, and aesthetics. This procedure is only one of the face lifting procedures we offer at the Renovo Skin Clinic, for skin laxity and skin aging are one of the common problems found in our customers for aesthetic purposes.

What does it treat?

  • Crow’s feet
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Forehead lines
  • Jowls

What are the benefits of HIFU Shurink?

  • Skin tightening
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Safe and effective treatment
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Natural look of lifting
  • No bruising
  • It can be safely used in the neck area
  • Improved skin tone
  • Less appearance of pores and scars

Procedure

Before any other facial treatments or procedures here at the Renovo Skin Clinic, the trained technician will scan your face using our Skin Analysis machine to assess your skin condition. This procedure will analyze the skin damage to gauge and evaluate the appropriate treatment for you. Subsequently, the technician will escort you to the dermatologist’s room for a second consultation to know if you are compatible with the HIFU Shurink treatment. Additionally, the dermatologist will inform you if there are other procedures you can combine with the HIFU Shurink treatment if you’re interested. They will also guide you through the aftercare, results, expectations, and all other things you need to know about the procedure, including pre and post-treatment care. One of the facial treatments you can combine with the HIFU Shurink is the BB Shine treatment, a deep cleaning facial treatment. If you wish to incorporate the BB Shine treatment with the HIFU, you may, for it is a deep cleaning procedure that opens up your pores and sucks out the impurities from deep within. 

If you have decided to incorporate the BB Shine treatment, the technician will first administer it to you before the HIFU Shurink procedure. First, they will thoroughly cleanse the face before using a vacuum tool to suck out the impurities, which include whiteheads and blackheads, from the pores. This procedure hydrates the facial areas, which leaves you with healthy, smooth, and moisturized skin. Although the treatment may leave your face red and flushed, it does not hurt at all, and it’s just the skin’s reaction to the vacuum.

Afterward, a calming gel will be slathered onto the face using an ultrasound machine to help it relax after being pulled many times due to the BB Shine treatment. Then, a topical numbing cream will be smeared on the skin for 20 minutes to help reduce any pain and discomfort throughout the HIFU Shurink treatment.

After 20 minutes, the HIFU Shurink treatment will now proceed. Since the HIFU Shurink treatment is the new and improved version for skin lifting, it hurts less than other variants, but you still need the topical numbing cream. Then, a conductive gel is generously applied onto the skin to help draw more ultrasound waves. With this, the ultrasound waves penetrate more onto the facial areas. The doctor will use the laser on the skin and focus on areas that need rigidifying, such as the jawline, cheekbones, and chin area. Please note that the HIFU Shurink procedure is only administered by the doctor, while other simple treatments, such as cleaning, are handled by trained technicians. 

Then, hyaluronic acid is sprayed all over the skin to hydrate it and pump it up before generously applying a Diatomaceous Earth Mask, which will help absorb impurities that resurfaced throughout the procedure and help relax the probed areas. Lastly, the technician will apply serum and protected creams, and if you’d like, you can also ask for a BB cream and sunscreen for no extra charge, for this procedure has no downtime.

Aftercare

  • You may wash your face after the procedure
  • You may also wear make-up
  • Drink plenty of water and hydrate yourself always
  • Wear sunscreen of at least SPF30+ and reapply throughout the day
  • Avoid saunas and hot water for a week
  • Moisturize the skin
  • Use post-treatment creams religiously

Clinical Studies

In a clinical study conducted on Korean patients with sagging skin on the face, abdomen, and thighs, results have shown that the skin elasticity of the participants has significantly improved 12 weeks after the treatments. There are also significant physical changes in the treated areas, and there are no adverse effects observed during the follow-up period. This only shows how effective and safe the HIFU Shurink treatment is for skin lifting and contouring with no downtime and serious adverse effects. With this, you may now be able to achieve that youthful look without undergoing any serious medical treatment.

Others

After the treatment, you will immediately feel the tightening effects on treated areas, but you will observe the best results within or after a month. Since the treatment has no downtime, you may return to your usual routine afterward. Additionally, the HIFU Shurink treatment only needs to be done once or twice a year, so it will not hinder your schedule. 

Should you have further questions about the HIFU Shurink treatment, you may contact us at [email protected] or any of our socials, and we will be happy to help you with online consultation to plan your next steps with us.

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Acne Scarring

What is Acne and Acne Scarring?

As defined in a different article we wrote regarding Acne, Acne is a recurring inflammatory skin problem that occurs when the hair follicles become clogged and plugged with sebum and dead cells, and the ones responsible for this are increased androgen-induced sebum production, altered keratinization, inflammation, and bacterial settlements on hair follicles, usually on the face, back, body, and neck, and in some cases the underarms and buttocks. 

 

Types:

Papules (Red bumps): Pink-reddish bumps that hurt when touched

Pustules (Pimples): Pus-filled pimples. They’re usually red at the base with a white substance on top.

Nodules (Large Lumps): Solid and hurtful lumps that are larger than Papules. It can hurt more for it is more embedded deep within the skin.

Cysts: These lie deep within the skin and are filled with pus. Cystic Acne is more likely to scar.

 

Acne comes with acne scarring or lesions, but not all the time, for it still depends on the severity and type of acne present on your skin. For example, deep acne like cystic acne and papules are more likely to scar than pustules because it develops deep into the layers of the skin. Furthermore, the development of one’s acne scars depends on how one treats them. Acne scars are the effect of inflammation on the skin caused by acne, and it takes on two forms: either develops due to tissue loss that leads to skin surface indentation or raised on the skin’s surface. 

Acne scars are innately stubborn, and there is no one method or technique to treat this. However, you can use a combination of procedures and treatments to improve the vivid appearance of acne scars or reduce it entirely, although it depends on your skin type, skin complexion, scar type, and acne scar severity. 

 

Atrophic or Depressed Scarring:

Ice pick: Ice pick scars are narrow with less than 2mm lesion that is deep and is in the form of a cone (triangular form). It is the most common and the most challenging scar to treat, and it is usually found in the forehead and upper cheeks, where the skin is thinner. 

Rolling: Rolling scars are usually wider than 4 to 5 mm lesions, and are usually found on the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is thicker. Its indentation has sloping edges that may present the skin as uneven and wavy. 

Boxcar: Boxcar scars are less than 3 mm lesions and are round to oval in shape, so they are clinically wider than ice pick scars. Its indentation has sharper edges that go down deep into the skin. It is typically found on the lower cheeks and jaw.

Hypertrophic:

Keloid Scars: Keloid scars are scar tissue that rises off the skin when fibrous tissues, collagen, and affected area overgrows. This scar lesion is commonly found on the chest, back, shoulders, and jawline. Furthermore, they tend to be itchy, tender, or in some cases, painful.

What can you do to treat them (Microcell, Dermablate, Venus Viva)?

There are various ways to treat acne scarring, and some individuals use home remedies and skincare routines endorsed by famous personalities to treat this, but the best way to treat this and avoid further damage is to consult a dermatologist and undergo procedures and treatments prescribed by them. Furthermore, clinical studies have proven the association between wearing sunscreen in minimizing the severity of deep acne lesions. Here at The Renovo Skin Clinic, we offer dermatologically approved, tested, and prescribed laser procedures and treatments, such as Microcell, Dermablate, and Venus Viva.

Microcell

Microcell (widely known as Intracel Radio Frequency Micro-needling) is an FDA-cleared non-surgical procedure that creates deep micro-dermal wounds to the skin using micro-needling and radiofrequency energy that penetrates the deep layers of skin without damaging the surface. Through this procedure, your body is triggered to produce more collagen and elastin production to improve the prominent appearance of wrinkles, scarring, enlarged pores, redness, and overall appearance of the skin. The procedures allow very fine needles to penetrate the deeper layers of skin to transmit radiofrequency energy to targeted areas accurately without damaging the outer layer of the skin. 

Dermablate

It is a highly tissue-selective treatment and the newest generation of ablative lasers that penetrate the dermis and epidermis without excessive skin damage. It is distinguished as one of the most popular nonsurgical skin resurfacing treatments due to its gentle and safe, but precise method of skin resurfacing, especially in South Korea. When active infrared lights hit the skin, it sends a signal to do a natural process of repairing the skin while the top cells are removed during the procedure. The Dermablate laser utilizes a 2.940 nm Erbium laser that is equivalent to the maximum water absorption of the skin, which makes it ideally suited for precise superficial skin ablation and coagulation in reducing the appearance of skin damage.

Venus Viva

Venus Viva is a type of non-surgical laser procedure for skin issues, and it is very popular among South Koreans. It addresses skin issues like acne scars, deep wrinkles, prominent and enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, stretch marks, fine lines, skin laxity, and rosacea. Venus Viva resurfaces the skin using nano-fractional radiofrequency (RF) energy and is a very effective alternative to micro-needling and fractional facial treatments. Venus viva skin resurfacing treatments have tiny pins that deliver heat safely onto the skin with nano-fractional radiofrequency, which creates thousands of minuscule micro-dermal wounds that will eventually heal on their own through the natural course of one’s body.

Others

In a clinical study conducted regarding acne scarring, it was found that treating early inflammation caused by acne may be the best approach to prevent acne scarring, and prevention leads to slim to no chances of post-acne scars. Furthermore, consulting a dermatologist or professional help may increase your chance of not developing post-acne scars or deep scarring, for you will be able to treat your acne with the appropriate medications. 

In some cases, you may follow these easy steps to avoid acne scarring:

  1. Wear sunscreen every day, especially when going out
  2. Stop picking at your pimples, especially with unwashed hands
  3. Stop popping your pimples
  4. Clean your makeup thoroughly after a night out, and don’t fall asleep on them 
  5. Avoid wearing heavy makeup if you have severe acne
  6. Follow post-treatment care of your treatments (if you have any)
    1. Religiously follow your skincare routine

If you are undergoing any kind of treatment, procedure, or medication to treat your acne scars, please note that the frequency of your session depends on the type of treatment or procedure you are taking, as well as the advised duration of it from your dermatologist. In some of our procedures, the recommended sessions are:

Microcell

After the first session, you will see significant improvements in your skin texture and notice your skin to be more plump and firm with diminished skin lesions and impurities. Best results are seen after three to five sessions spaced six weeks apart, especially in those with severe cases, but most doctors recommend at least three sessions.

Dermablate

After one session, some clients have shown satisfaction and significant improvements, but for people with severe cases, three to five sessions spaced four to six weeks apart are recommended. 

Venus Viva

Three to four sessions are recommended by dermatologists with one every four to six weeks session, but it really depends on the intensity of your skin damage.

If you have further questions regarding the treatments offered at The Renovo Skin Clinic, you may contact us at [email protected] for online consultations, or you may visit us at Renovo Skin Clinic. We will walk you through it, guide you through every step, and treat you like royalty as you deserve.