Cosmetic Surgery: Skin & Hair
Here you will find questions and answers around the topic of "beautiful skin" and how medicine can help you today with special dermatological or aesthetic problems.
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Your Dr. med. Monika Steiner
Body decorations are as old as humanity.
Tattoos were also used by the ancient Egyptians and especially the Polynesians hundreds of years ago.
Today tattoos are a mass phenomenon and easy to get almost everywhere.
If an existing tattoo is definitely no longer wanted and should be removed, you should contact a dermatologist. Tattoo and cosmetic studios, which occasionally provide appropriate service, are rather unsuitable for this non-hazardous procedure.
About 15% of Germans are tattooed today. If fashion trends change or the tattoo simply no longer fits the individual lifestyle, some would like to get rid of his body paint but happy again. If a tattoo is to be removed, removal by means of a Q-switched laser is usually the first choice today. Although time-consuming, this method offers the best results optically and medically.
The right aftercare of the freshly tattooed tattoo is very important, so that the affected skin heals well and does not become inflamed. Nursing neglect can also ruin the aesthetic outcome and result in complicated later corrections.
Tattoos are in. Around 10% of all Germans have tattoos. Among the 16 to 29 year olds it should be almost 25%. Of course, they will least want to read the following (but they probably do not).
Existing scars or skin injuries can grow into so-called keloids in a few cases. This creates new, bulging scar tissue, which protrudes more or less clearly beyond the original wound surface and - like a benign tumor - can displace other body tissue. So keloids are usually sublime and coarse-soft. Their coloring is often intense and darker than the surrounding, healthy skin.
Those who are prone to excessive scar tissue, keloids, should avoid unnecessary skin damage. In addition to surgical scars, these include piercings and tattoos. However, those who have the necessary propensity to undergo appropriate surgery should discuss the wound treatment and further procedures with their doctors - with the surgeon as well as with the general practitioner or dermatologist.
If a keloid, or scar tissue, has formed in or out of an existing scar, treatment is usually challenging. First and foremost, simple walking surgery will in most cases lead to a renewed and often even enlarged scar. However, this fact is not always considered even by surgeons with the good intention of quickly ridding their patients of the aesthetically disturbing problem.
Botox is on everyone's lips when it comes to wrinkle reduction and has been on the rise for quite some time: in the US alone, there are around 6 million applications a year - over 10 million worldwide. One may see this trend - like many other purely cosmetic interventions - critical and attributed to the general "youth mania".
Before beginning a purely cosmetic therapy with botulinum toxin, it must be ensured that Botox - the trade name - is really the right remedy. Not every unwanted wrinkle responds here.
The vacuum-dried botulinum toxin powder (Botox) is freshly mixed with saline shortly before use by the doctor. The corresponding skin areas are disinfected. Subsequently, the active ingredient is carefully injected with a very fine needle.
Humans have - depending on hair color, age and origin - up to 150,000 head hairs. The main hair grows by about one centimeter per month, whereby the life cycle is divided into a multi-year growth phase, a short recovery phase and a rest period of about 3 months. Of course, we lose up to 100 hair every day.
Although there are many causes of sudden or continuously severe hair loss - the most common form of hair loss in men is the so-called androgenetic alopecia.
The loss of head hair is a more or less pronounced problem for many affected men. No wonder that the market reacts and offers against the androgenetic alopecia - the technical term - worldwide a variety of supposedly helpful hair lotions and pills.
Anyone who suffers from hair loss as a man can use a hair transplant to try to replenish the blemishes. The best results are usually achieved with isolated vortex, ie in bare rounded areas, typically located in the back part of the crown.
Another way of "a forehead balding" is to wear a toupe. Some people might think of crab-like movie scenes of inappropriate and slipped hair pieces - these old clichés usually have nothing in common with modern, well-fitting custom-made designs.
Even though piercings have been experiencing a powerful boom for some years now and appear to be a current trend - the wearing of gemstones and rings in specially perforated parts of the body is almost as old as humanity. And in many cultures around the globe, various such body decorations are established - not to mention the almost world-wide practiced ear lobe stinging. Nose, tongue, lip, pinna, eyebrow, nipple, navel, intimate area ... hardly a region that would not find their followers.