BLACKHEADS No More

Why Blackheads Form:

• Skin pores collect dead cell debris, sebum, environmental grime, remains of make up et al. When this deposit is open to the air it gets oxidised and turns black. Thus form Blackheads or Open Comedones.

• The T zone (nose and forehead) has a higher concentration of sebum producing glands making these pores even more prone to pore blockage. When skin ages or is inflamed/irritated, these pores are enlarged, thus further increasing prevalence of blackheads (and whiteheads) - Grade 1 acne.


Treatment Of Blackheads:

1. The best treatment for blackheads is prevention: Proper removal of make up and using a gently exfoliating face wash (containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids) twice a day are good habits.

2. Toners and astringents dry out the skin and do not help in changing the pore size or blockage.

3. Gentle massage with a towel in a steam room or hot shower, followed by cold water splashing - once a week helps.

4. Those prone to blackheads should have a benzoyl peroxide formulation on hand for bbedtime usage.

5. A medical facial that employs exfoliating peels and vacuum extraction can quickly resolve the issue of blackheads.

6. More florid acne/body acne requires a doctor's prescription for skin care with oral or topical vitamin A (retinoid) formulations.

Author: Dr Sonam Yadav, Medical Director, JUVERNE

Learn more about getting rid of acne and scars forever:  

JUVERNE.COM/ACNE

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Skin Hydration

Drinking water is one way to increase the supply of water to skin cells. This aids optimal physiological processes and makes skin look plumper. However this addresses only one part of the equation. Skin moisture content, overall health and skin appearance depends more on the ability of skin to hold water.

 

Therefore a balanced diet, with plenty fat and limited refined carbohydrates and foods/products that promote 1) reduced water evaporation from the skin surface by maintaining a healthy intact skin barrier and 2) increased ability of skin to retain moisturize in a sponge like fashion - play a larger role in keeping skin healthy, hydrated and youthful.

 

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Dr Sonam Yadav Is Medical Director, Juverne. Parts of this discussion were quoted by Reader's Digest magazine in September 2017.

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Monsoon Acne

Rainy weather and humidity often bring with them an onslaught of skin and hair trouble. The most common complaints are frizzy limp hair, hair fall and sudden outbreaks of acne. Persons with oily skin are more prone to developing acne when the weather is changing. Those of us living in large cities like Delhi must also contend with pollution that further aggravates the problem. There are however simple things one can do to avoid 'Monsoon Acne'. Here are a few tips from Dr Sonam Yadav, Medical Director - Juverne Clinic.

 

1. Oil Control:

The excessive oil produced by your skin, along with dead skin cell debris, dead skin cells and city grime block the pores and cause acne - whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and painful bumps under the skin. Reduce the oil formation by using lighter cosmetics and prescription vitamin A products. 

2. Cleanse Thoroughly:

Cleansing well with a make up remover or facial oil, followed by beta hydroxy acid (BHA) based cleanser twice a day. Steaming the face gently is a good idea, as is ice water dunking to close the pores after, but picking at the acne is a terrible idea.

3. Treat Acne Aggressively:

Don't muck about. Visit your doctor to get strong topical and oral medication that target the different pathways that cause acne. Keep that scalp clean and ask the doctor to treat any dandruff. Also do report any itching, flaking and redness on the face or on the scalp. 

4. Don't Hide: 

Acne is temporary. Don't let it force you to go in hiding. Keep your hair off your face, cover up blemishes with medication and make up and go live life as you would. PS: Don't forget the sunscreen.

To see Dr Yadav for a medical consult please contact our team at 09910912141 or contact@juverne.com

 

 

 

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PCOD & You: Help Is At Hand

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Disease (PCOS or PCOD) is the commonest hormonal imbalance in women across the world. Although the name suggests the presence of cysts in ovaries of all those affected, this is simply not true.

 The syndrome causes a cluster of symptoms and any affected person may have none, one or more symptoms in any combination.

The syndrome mainly does three things, which have a complex cause-effect relationship with the other:

1) Resistance of cells to the effect of the hormone Insulin, which causes disturbance of digestion of sugars. This in turn can cause diabetes and storage of eaten sugars as fat. Insulin resistance contributes to acne, weight gain and other symptoms.

2) Excessive production of male hormones or androgens in the female body, which is exaggerated in the presence of excess fat, especially around the abdomen. The presence of excess amounts of male hormones causes unwanted facial and body hair, acne and hair loss from the scalp.

3) The disturbance of hormone profiles is in turn associated with a disruption of the normal menstrual cycle. The usual process of ovulation is interrupted, causing anovulatory cycles, which further changes the pattern of secretion of male and female hormones in the body.

Problems in conception, irregularities of timing, heavy painful periods and cramps may or may not be seen in these anovulatory cycles.

Keeping the above in mind, some experts opine that' Anovulatory Androgen Excess' is a better terminology than PCOS for this condition. Research shows that despite the common occurrence of the syndrome,up to fifty percent of women with PCOS are not aware of their diagnosis. Thus it is imperative to work towards creating an increased awareness of the symptoms, as well as acceptance of the diagnosis and instillation of hope in women exasperated by these seemingly disconnected and vague symptoms.

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PCOS Initiative: 

PCOS is a challenge that can easily be vanquished with appropriate lifestyle modification and treatment. To this end, PCOS Initiative (started by Dr. Sonam Yadav in 2012) aims to work towards providing support and education about this condition, to help women take charge of their own well-being, and overcome the impact of PCOS on their lives. We choose to focus on the cosmetic changes of PCOS, namely the changes in skin, hair and body weight, which can the affect the self-esteem of affected women and in some cases also their personal and professional lives.

 Please get in touch with us at contact@juverne.com to seek help with a customized care plan and counselling.

Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid

There are a few simple things about sunscreen application that often go wrong. All of these mean the sunscreen isn't doing the job it must do & your skin thus remains at risk. Solutions below from Dr Sonam Yadav, Medical Director, Juverne Clinic.

 

1. Mistake: Not using enough sunscreen:

One teaspoon for the face, one shot glass for the body. That is how much one needs for effective sun protection.

 

2. Mistake: Not using sunscreen the right way:

Layer products, using sunscreen as the last thing twenty minutes before leaving home. But sunscreen goes on skin after serums and before make up use.

 

3. Mistake: Not reapplying sunscreen periodically

Swimming, sweating and wiping it off mean that sunscreen protection is shorter than what the SPF promises. Reapply every 3-4 hours, sooner if wet.

 

By addressing these common errors you should be able to keep your skin safe and enjoy the warmth.

Good luck! 

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Treating Blackheads

 

Blackheads or Open Comedones are a form of acne, which can turn into pimples & cause scarring.

The common home remedies patients employ these range from the benign and ineffective (bitter gourd/neem packs, steaming the face) to the somewhat effective (mint clay pack) to the popular and dangerous (DIY charcoal masks, manual extraction). The important thing to realize is that over enthusiastic blackhead removal can actual cause more damage by pushing infection deep into the skin, by causing trauma and scarring and leaving open pores.

The best treatment plan, which I employ in my practice and for my skin starts with rigorous home care - a salicylic acid based cleanser/gel during the day and a combination of topical benzoyl peroxide & prescription retinoids at night. Thus prepped, the skin often clears up in a week or two. Alongside, manual extraction can be done using gentle suction accompanied by gentle chemical peels (wet dermabrasion such as a HydraFacial - which I have used for five years. We now use a different custom made device that has more applications.) Mechanical extraction if desired can be done using a clean flannel cloth with gentle pressure after steaming the face - about once a month - and followed with proper toning. Another thing to bear in mind is that in old age, the skin loses elasticity and the pores become prone to collecting debris - forming what are called 'senile comedones'. The above methods work for all skin types and age groups.

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To learn more please visit Juverne.com/acne.

Reach our team on the phone at (+91) 9910912141 and by email at contact@juverne.com

Tattooing Your Brows? Dr Yadav weighs in

 

EYEBROW TATTOOING - As a cosmetic doctor, micro-blading is a common query posed to me by patients (including this very morning). I am however conservative in recommending the procedure. If things go wrong, as they did in the case above / like any tattoo, removal is a tedious, painful and expensive process. Thus the choice must be weighed well beforehand.✨ To those who are keen on microblading I suggest not undergoing the same without due process as below. 

What to do before undergoing micro-blading:

1. Research your therapist: Look for someone who is experienced, with solid credentials and has a catalogue of work to show you. There are many styles of micro-blading and a good result needs painstaking artistic work and a natural balanced outcome. Go with a provider who is a good fit for your aesthetic. Ask them plenty questions and leave if you are uncomfortable at any stage. 

2. Ensure your own safety: The treatment is usually done by nurses/therapists or even tattoo artists. None of these people are doctors and very few, barring nurses, may be trained to manage emergencies and complications. Experience of the provider and the utmost hygiene of the environment and sterility of treatment areas is important. Ask to see the place thoroughly before you sign up for a treatment.

3. Don't go bargain hunting: For something that would stay on your face forever, a discount is the last thing to look for. Good work comes at a cost. Focus on the quality you're getting and shy away fom places that seem to be offering ridiculous discounts.

4. Make up your mind: Be sure that this is what you want. Till you are sure test drive the suggested #eyebrow shape with dark pencils.

5. Speak with your family doctor: Get clearance regarding any medication: Aspirin causes oozing. History of cold sores needs prophylaxis. Some people have a tendency to form hypertrophic scars or keloids. Since this is an invasive procedure do talk about the same with the therapist.

Good luck!

 

 

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Micro Needling For Scars

 

Dr Yadav is not only an experienced cosmetic doctor but also an acne/scar veteran and is a huge fan of microneedling for acne scars. Here's why:

In my practice I have worked with two different microneedling RF devices as well as a microneedling pen and derma rollers.

Here are my answers to some common questions. If you have a query please do not hesitate in writing us at contact@juverne.com or call 09910912141:

1) Can you describe the processes involved in the procedure?
The initial consult includes an assessment and detailed discussion of the pros/cons. When you agree to have a treatment we perform photography, give you consent forms to sign and discuss post care.
Then we apply a numbing cream on the face for 45-60 minutes and let you take a nap while the cream does its job. The actual micro-needling takes about 10 minutes for the whole face.


2) How long does the actual procedure take?
Most of the time is taken by the planning and numbing. The treatment takes only 10 minutes!


3) How long does recovery take and what does recovery entail?
Redness, swelling subside within a few hours. Skin may be sun sensitive for a week and sunscreen protects adequately. Microneedling with RF can cause scabs if the needles actually remain on the surface of the skin (ematrix by Syneron) as opposed to needles piercing the skin which leaves no scabs (EndyMed Intensif device or Infini by Lutronic). Healing times for the latter are short: 2-3 days. Scabs with ematrix are small but plentiful and give the appearance of a tan "bronzing" from a distance. This heals in ten days.

4) What are the end results of the procedure?
Smoother tighter skin with reduction in open pores and scar depth. It also helps treat uneven pigmentation and early signs of ageing.

5) Are there any procedures related to microneedling for acne scars that people might also potentially be interested in?
Combination of microneedling with PRP is known to benefit acne scars. This is a useful addition to the treatment.


6) How long do the effects of the procedure last?
The collagen built by the treatment starts showing results in about a month and lasts long term. However we age and lose skin collagen every year, which is inevitable. Microneedling increases your corpus.


7) Are there any risks involved with the procedure?
All risks of injectables: bruising, scabs, outbreak of herpes can be seen with microneedling but can be prevented/managed by the doctor.

8) What other uses does microneedling have? ]
Anti aging, treatment of burns and various types of scars, reduction in pigmentation are other uses. It can be performed over the face/neck/hands.


9) Why do acne scars occur?
Scars occur due to damage to the collagen and the formation of unruly collagen that pulls on the skin from inside - during the healing process of acne.


10) What other options are available for people with acne scars?
CO2 lasers, fractional lasers and deep peels may be recommended for severe scarring but have significant downtime.


11) Is there anything else about microneedling for acne scars that I or my readers should know?
That this is a terrific procedure with proven results and increased safety - especially in darker skin types where lasers cannot be used at high settings without risk of pigmentation problems. Radiofrequency and microneedling are color blind procedures with high safety in all skin types. Combination of these two methods in one treatment is more powerful and effective than either alone.

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Dr Sonam Yadav is Medical Director, Juverne.
Please read more about our unique methodology for treating acne & scars at Juverne.com/acne
Follow Her On Instagram/Twitter: @drsonamyadav

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No Needle Lip Lift

The lips noticeably thin and wrinkle with age. While dermal fillers are commonly used to correct thus change successfully; there are also non invasive treatments available to fix this issue.

Want better lips but no injections? Ask for our #secretsauce No Needle Lip Lift at #JuverneClinic for instantly better smoother & brighter lips. Top: Immediately after treatment.

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Dr Yadav leads Juverne Clinic in South Delhi. We specialize in bespoke non surgical aesthetics aimed at maximizing individual beauty, through cutting edge science & niche medical expertise.

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For appointments please call 011 41002943 or (+91) 9910912141.

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Image on top taken immediately after treatment.

 

 

 

Exfoliation & Skin Renewal

Think of the skin as a brick wall. The bricks (skin cells) grow from the bottom upwards, with the oldest cells collecting keratin as they make their way to the top. The top most superficial layer of the skin comprises of dead cells and sheds itself periodically - every 28 days in our twenties and gradually more. As we get older though the process may take as long as 51 days in our sixties.

 

Accumulation of these dead cells causes the appearance of dullness, wrinkling & dehydration. Exfoliation (whether this process is manual or chemical) allows this dead cell mass to be shed off and stimulates faster cell turnover. Thus cleansed, the skin is smoother & products penetrate deeper.

Over-exfoliation can cause rash, redness, over drying, broken vessels and more, giving the skin a ruddy uneven tone and also make it more prone to sun damage and other physical changes. 

How to Exfoliate:

My favorite method to get squeaky clean skin is the Juverne REFRESH - the brand new deep cleansing medical facial at Juverne Clinic. It combines 5 different technologies and a host of products including vacuum based serum hydro-dermabrasion & painless blackhead extraction. Supplement one treatment with excellent home care: use prescription retinoid creams at bedtime (vitamin A derivatives) and vitamin C during the day to refine your skin texture and build skin collagen.

Hydrodermabrasion, gentle microdermabrasion, lasers & peels are stronger faster methods of exfoliation and must only done by doctors in clinic. Scrubs, dry brushing, use of a flannel cloth/loofah count as gentle exfoliation that helps the body too.

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Speak with our team to know more at 09910012141 or 011-41002943. #JuverneClinic

Acne & Teens: Dr Yadav in HuffPost

Dr Sonam Yadav (Medical Director) was recently featured in Huffington Post for an article about acne in teens and how best to manage it. 

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What are the links to depression?

There is plenty research evidence that acne causes decline in quality of life and may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. This is attributed to the impact of acne on a young person's appearance and its relation with self esteem. However emerging evidence also shows that acne and underlying causes themselves (such as Polycystic Ovarian Disease in young girls) could have a strong and complex correlation with depression. Complicating matters further is the side effect profile of some medication used for acne: specifically Isotretinoin (commonly known as Accutane) which is a potent and very helpful drug for severe acne, but has an established risk of causing/worsening depression and/or suicidal thoughts. It is unfortunate because the patients with most severe acne benefit the most from this treatment but may already be struggling with self esteem. However dermatologists are well versed with this side effect risk and do screen/counsel patients and family for the same.

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What are the side effects of some acne
medications? There are several effective topical and oral medications for acne, each with a distinct side effect profile. Isotretinoin for example can cause skin dryness, dry eyes and chapped lips; poor night vision and can affect liver enzymes and platelet counts (which are monitored through periodic blood tests). Most importantly though it can harm an unborn foetus thus strict birth control is an important part of counseling before treatment, especially in young people who may be poorly informed & at risk.
Topical medication containing vitamin A can cause skin dryness or rarely allergy (retinoid dermatitis), while prolonged use of antibiotics commonly causes resistance. Benzoyl peroxide is a drug that escapes the resistance problem but is a common cause of allergy and contact dermatitis. Oral antibiotics such as minocycline can cause sometimes staining of gums and teeth as well as skin.
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How is it best treated or prevented in this age
group?
Treating acne before it occurs, is my mantra. Prevention of infected zits and scarring is vital. Using the correct home care products (even over the counter ones) is important to counteract oily skin, dandruff and minor acne (whiteheads and blackheads) in order to prevent serious outbreaks. Over cleansing and avoiding moisturizers are two common problems, both of which cause skin dryness and thus, paradoxically, rebound acne. Ideally young kids must see a dermatologist at the earliest hint of acne, when it is easiest to combat. This would reduce risk of scars and low self esteem.

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When do you know acne requires expert help?
All acne needs an expert diagnosis and direction at least once. This is because causes and kinds of acne vary - treating the root cause would go a long way in treating and managing acne. Thus acne must be treated early and aggressively. Home remedies and picking at skin worsen the problem and cause scarring which is tedious and expensive to treat. 

 

What are the links to depression? There is plenty research evidence that acne causes decline in quality of life and may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. This is attributed to the impact of acne on a young person's appearance and its relation with self esteem. However emerging evidence also shows that acne and underlying causes themselves (such as Polycystic Ovarian Disease in young girls) could have a strong and complex correlation with depression. Complicating matters further is the side effect profile of some medication used for acne: specifically Isotretinoin (commonly known as Accutane) which is a potent and very helpful drug for severe acne, but has an established risk of causing/worsening depression and/or suicidal thoughts. It is unfortunate because the patients with most severe acne benefit the most from this treatment but may already be struggling with self esteem. However dermatologists are well versed with this side effect risk and do screen/counsel patients and family for the same. See more at: instagram.com/DrSonamYadav/

What are the links to depression?

There is plenty research evidence that acne causes decline in quality of life and may lead to stress, anxiety and depression. This is attributed to the impact of acne on a young person's appearance and its relation with self esteem. However emerging evidence also shows that acne and underlying causes themselves (such as Polycystic Ovarian Disease in young girls) could have a strong and complex correlation with depression. Complicating matters further is the side effect profile of some medication used for acne: specifically Isotretinoin (commonly known as Accutane) which is a potent and very helpful drug for severe acne, but has an established risk of causing/worsening depression and/or suicidal thoughts. It is unfortunate because the patients with most severe acne benefit the most from this treatment but may already be struggling with self esteem. However dermatologists are well versed with this side effect risk and do screen/counsel patients and family for the same.

See more at: instagram.com/DrSonamYadav/

Dark Circles In Men - Dr Yadav in Ask Men Magazine

Leading men's grooming magazine @AskMen asked Dr Sonam Yadav (Medical Director, Juverne Clinic) about skin care products for eye rejuvenation and correction of dark circles in Indian men. Read her comments below:

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" Indian men are conscious about their under eye region, the commonest concerns being dark circles and eye bags/puffiness.

My favourite regimen includes vitamin K and retinoid based formulations, applied a few nights a week on well hydrated skin; along with a vitamin K/vitamin C/peptide based formula to be applied during the daytime.

These combinations are potent and effective, show visible results and have high patient satisfaction. Retinoids boost collagen production and reduce fine lines, vitamin K masks the effect of dark circles due to sluggish vascular circulation and vitamin C and peptides brighten and improve skin texture. "

 

To see Dr Yadav as a patient please schedule an appointment:  Click juverne.com/contact

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Bespoke Lip Rejuvenation at Juverne

Beautiful young #lips are full, well defined & symmetrical. We offer bespoke instant LIP REJUVENATION programs at #JuverneClinic to correct thinning, darkening, asymmetry, flattening & surrounding fine lines & wrinkles - in one session. 

 

Natural. Lush. Cute. Pouty. Voluptuous. Whatever your dream #lips look like. We create them. Correct/enhance volume, texture, color. Reverse lines, wrinkles, sagging, lipstick bleeding. Fix unbalanced smiles, gum show, surgical scars et al.

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Call 011-41002943 to request an appointment. Meet us to discuss your lips & explore solutions.

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Image: Natasha at @violettinder

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Beauty, Pregnancy & Motherhood

On Pregnancy & Motherhood Related Skin, Hair & Body Solutions.

Becoming a parent and raising children is a magical journey. 🌺 However it is also a process that sees the mum going through a number of changes physically that may have a long term impact. ✨ As the mum of a toddler herself, Dr Yadav understands the process & struggles closely; and offers real practical advice. 

At Juverne Clinic we offer you 360° support for skin, hair and body concerns during or long after your pregnancy, and advise on mom & baby skincare. We tell you what cosmetics and skin care products are safe when pregnant and what to avoid, how to battle acne, hair loss and stretch marks; how to regain the skin or body you've had or always wanted and more.

If you've a specific question please reach out to us at contact@juverne.com or call 9910912141.

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Image: Mother and child: #Sculpture in onyx by Isamo Naguchi via @skalpa.

Elle Award FOR juverne ultra lift

More awards! UltraFormer is Elle Poland's body contouring treatment of the year. Previously awarded Treatment Of The Year at The MFMB Australia Awards. Single session lift available only at JUVERNE. Call 9910912141 for details.

▶Best Body Contouring◀

#Ultraformer received 'best body contouring device' mention from Elle Magazine. One of the doctor in a clinic from Poland has to say the reason why Ultraformer was named  #bestbodycontouring #ellemagazine #beauty #classys #ULTRAFORMER #hifutreatment.

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We use custom combinations of #botox, #fillers, #endymed, #ultraformer, #peels, #facials and more to slim the face instantly, reduce double chin & wrinkles & make the face appear more #glamorous.

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#bespoke #aesthetics #mua #collagen #makeup #dermatology #skin #hair #beauty #face #skincare #beauty #antiaging #instabeauty #body #facelift #art

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Dr Yadav Quoted On Micellar Waters

Cleansing is a critical part of skin care regimens. One of the most effective cleansing methods is MICELLAR WATER | Dr Yadav is happy to have been part of this excellent piece at @29secrets. 

 

#Micellarwater is an age old beauty super tool that can work as make up remover, facial cleanser and moisturizer - all in one, doesn't need water, and is easy to carry/use while traveling. They're gentle on skin & suit all skin types. My favorite is certainly the original micellar water - Sensibio H20 by French skincare brand Bioderma, easily available in India though many more brands are now available as well.

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ULTRAFORMER vs Ultherapy

ULTRAFORMER v/s Ultherapy: A split face comparison of ultrasound skin lifting tech.

 

Juverne is the only clinic in Delhi to offer the award winning skin lifting UltraFormer technology. It's faster, more comfortable, needs less energy and lines for a similar/better result than comparable technologies.

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Dr Yadav is an expert user of #Thermage but wanted a stronger, faster, more comfortable, cost effective #facelift for patients. This led her to explore ultra sound.

The Ultherapy didn't work for Dr Yadav's patients in trials, as it was just too painful. But the UltraFormer ticks all boxes and we're thrilled with the results. 💕

 

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Aging Is Bone Deep

YOUR BONES ARE AGING:

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Not just your skin, but the underlying fat, bone and muscles too undergo changes with age.

The facial aging process is broadly a sum of reduction in deep fat, loss of skin collagen and resorption of the skull. ⏰ When this happens in the #cheek it loses #youthful fullness and projection, instead becoming saggy and gaunt. This in turn leads to the formation of #lines and folds around the #nose & #mouth.✨💉The use of #fillers for #cheekaugmentation, reverses the element of #fat and bone change due to aging.

At Juverne we #design combination treatment programs to address each change simultaneously, for better long term #results.

On gender and work.

#gender #bias at #work:

Dr Yadav: " I'm really happy to be part of this excellent campaign. Grateful to be have the opportunity to write about an important subject."


#BeBoldForChange  #makewayforher #IWD2017

"Listen closely. There’s something swirling. A gentle murmur of dissent. A resolute hum of opinion. The thud of a foot firmly being put down. An increasing grumbling of noises, unabashedly calling out instances of gender bias is building up - slowly entering common discourse. On television, in politics and in everyday life – we see women, and men - standing up for themselves unapologetically. Defending their right to have an opinion. To build a life. To make choices and face consequences. On their terms.

Award ceremonies and reality shows turned into an opportunity for airing opinions. A movie refusing to shame a girl for consensual sex. An athlete refusing to cover her head during sport. This is the echoed voice of freedom, gradually swelling into a din.

One would think that some places would be impervious to gender bias. Places where human life takes precedence. Where hard core science and hard won clinical acumen come foremost, gender may fade from conscious conversation. Alas, a medical school or hospital, is not that place.

A decade ago, when I was at college, a female doctor was still being called nurse by a patient. A female medical student was still being counselled against a career in surgical specialities. A female nurse was still expected to fetch coffee. Girls were still being pulled aside and lectured on the tightness of their jeans. Sleeveless clothes were once banned from the library of a progressive private collage by a dean. The rules however applied only to female students, their arms apparently kryptonite for male class mates. The length of a girl’s hair was still fair lunch room conversation for a study group. A doctor’s well-proportioned behind still game for open comment during a busy OPD. Students in scrubs still conscious of their curves, feeling the unknown groping touch in the crowded harshly lit operating room. The colleague that stands just a little too close in an ER. An anaesthetist trying to do her job, red in the face under her mask, pretending not to hear the dirty joke about the body of the patient being operated on.

These scenes and many far more vicious, have been repeated over and over in class rooms, clinics and hospital wards everywhere. Shared among friends of either gender. Some with shame, some with indignant rage, none with fond nostalgia. But as they get mentioned over and over, one thing changes. Denial ends.

We need to stop sweeping things under the rug. Recipients need to stop feeling responsible. Bias, abuse, harassment happen at work places and homes. We let it happen. Then it grows. When we look things in the eye and call a spade a spade, there change begins. It starts from us. Don’t look the other way when it happens to someone. When it happens to you. Stand up and call it. You start the change."

- See more at: http://www.ipeglobal.com/blogs/dr-sonam-yadav-9.php…