HEALTH & BEAUTY


Counsultion

Hyronicacia

by Dr. Yuri Okabe & Dr. René du Cloo
Tokyo Skin Clinic


Injections are painful, but they are safe and effective. In fact, they came to occupy a special place in today's aesthetic medicine because of their favorable risk-benefit ratio.
Minor surgical procedures commonly performed for cosmetic purposes are rarely dangerous, but that does not make them unhazardous. There are two risks inherent to any surgical intervention, which may be considered serious if it is undertaken for cosmetic improvement, i.e., scarring and discoloration.  

 

“Removal” of the part of tissue containing a visible problem is inevitably followed by damage. Whenever this damage is too deep for the tissue to restore the original structure, the result is a scar. Excessive production of skin pigment (melanin) is a natural reaction seen in any wound healing process. If it becomes somehow persistent, dark discoloration is the complication we have to face. Injections are free from these problems because we know that needle holes normally disappear without a trace.


Obviously, injections bring active substances right into parts of the body – be it skin, fat, muscle, or a blood vessel – where they are supposed to work. Of a wide variety of injections available to treat different skin problems and to enhance appearance, a few classic examples are given here to illustrate this. Steroids are injected into raised scars to flatten them. “Lipodissolve” (often erroneously called “mesotherapy”) reduces localized fat depots with directly injected solutions that cause them to disintegrate. Facial expression muscles are injected with botulinum toxin to attenuate wrinkles. Injection of sclerosing agents into blood vessels to make them disappear is called “sclerotherapy”, a popular method to treat unsightly leg veins. Hence, injections are by definition more effective than oral and topical medications.


There is surely a massive assortment of "health and beauty" products for home use – either to be ingested or applied externally – in the market today. The idea of trying something without consulting a doctor is attractive. They can never be, however, anywhere near as effective as injections simply because their targets cannot be reached by any significant amounts of the products used. Many of them are, in fact, total nonsense, or even harmful, causing adverse reactions or skin irritations unrelated to their intended effects.


Let's take collagen as an example. The loss of collagen with age is largely responsible for reduced skin firmness. Collagen had been the one and only filling material used for injections to fill in lines and grooves until it conceded its place to hyaluronic acid. Does that make collagen drinks a savior for wrinkled skin? Certainly not. Orally consumed collagen, a large-molecule protein, is broken down into amino acids to be abosorbed by the mucous membrane of the digestive tract and circulated all over the body via the blood stream. It is thus absolutely irrational to associate ingestion of collagen with wrinkle reduction. Likewise, collagen-containing cream is no more than a good moisturizer since collagen cannot be absorbed through the skin.

In conclusion, no pain, no gain. Or, as they say in French, “il faut souffrir pour être beau.”

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“Skin Trouble”
  Written by Dr. Yuri Okabe and Dr. René du Cloo
『Skin Trouble  ス・キ・ン・ト・ラ・ブ・ル』
  著者 岡部夕里 ルネ・デュ・クロー (東京スキンクリニック)

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All dermatological problems and cosmetic skin surgery. Acne experts. Outpatient procedures offered: laser treatment, chemical peels, Botox/hyaluronic acid injection, liposuction/-recycle, sclerotherapy, eyelid surgery, etc. STD checks & gynecological exams available. EU-licenced multi-lingual doctors, also qualified to provide occupational medicine and health checkup services. Consultation by appointment.

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Dr Okabe

Before becoming an M.D., she graduated from the French department of Tokyo University for Foreign studies, obtained her master's degree in general linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a researcher for the Dutch government. Ex-president of the Japanese Association for Cosmetic Surgeons. Honorary member of the Korean Society of Aesthetic Surgery, honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging Medicine, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, etc.

Dr.rena

Besides being a cosmetic surgeon/dermatologist, he is also a specialist in sports medicine approved by the Japanese Medical Association. Editor of the Journal of the Japanese Society for Aesthetico-Medical Technology. Honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging medicine, member of the Japanese Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, member of the Japanese society of Ningen Dock, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, etc.

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