Dr Shah Hussain
Q: I would like to make my lips look plumper. What would you suggest? Sidra, Lahore
A: You could take filler injections to make the lips look plumper. Hyalurnic acid-based fillers are extremely safe. The filler substance is injected beneath the surface of the lips, thus plumping and defining the margins. The effect lasts for 8 to 10 months. There is some swelling and redness immediately after the injection, but it subsides within a few hours. The results are seen in just 48 hours. Fillers look unnatural only when excess substance is used. Adequate dosage, given by an experienced cosmetologist, will give you a natural glamorous look.
Q: I had an allergic break out a couple of months ago. Although the reaction has subsided, my skin has now become dark, flaky and rough. I use home remedies and apply coconut oil on my skin after bathing but it hasn't helped. What do you suggest? Afshaan, Karachi
A: The allergy may have robbed your skin of its natural moisture. It will help if you keep your baths short and avoid using hot water. You can use mild cleansers like Cetaphile cleansing lotion instead of soaps, which can alter the pH of the skin and make it dryer. Use a thick moisturiser that contains ceramides and squalene at least twice a day. Apply the moisturiser immediately after you bathe while the skin is still damp, in order to retain the moisture in the skin. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 on all the exposed parts of the body at least 15 minutes before you step out in the sun. You may take evening primrose oil supplements daily. This will reduce the dryness in your skin, prevent wrinkles and make our skin look young and fresh.
Q: I would like some information on how to get rid of under-eye bags, puffiness and dark circles. Can these be treated by filler materials? If yes, how much time would the procedure take? Huma, Karachi
A: As facial ageing occurs, the collagen and elastin fibres become lax and the fat pad in your cheek descends to the mid-area of your face, leaving a hollow beneath the eyes. This results in a sunken appearance and dark circles. Puffiness can be caused either by fat descent or due to salt water retention. By using a hyalouronic acid filler under the eye, the sunken area can be filled up. This eliminates the shadows and the dark circles. The puffiness, too, reduces if it is due to fat decent. The procedure does not take more than 10 minutes. There is no downside and it is a safe procedure. On rare occasions, there may be some bruising that may persist for three to four days.
Q: My hair is very soft and silky but also thin and limp! It is a hereditary feature of all the women in our family. How can I give it some "body"? Nida, Karachi
A: It is not possible to give permanent thickness to your hair unless you wish to consider re-bonding or grafting. This will cost a lot, but, for temporary effects, use special "volume-increasing" shampoos, which will fluff out your hair. There are volume sprays too. Spray at the roots of your hair and then lift and comb gently. This is a great way of showing off a head of bouncy hair as a special do.