Beauty by design

Today, beauty does not lie in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the hands of a cosmetologist, says Homai Sagar

Once upon a time, the old saying, "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder," might have held true. Today, it would appear that beauty lies in the salon of the cosmetologist. Image-conscious people are flocking cosmetic surgery clinics for new noses, tummy tucks and larger breasts. Cosmetic counselling, also known as anti-ageing counselling, is becoming increasingly popular.`A0
A nose job costs around Rs 45,000. It takes about two weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear
A nose job costs around Rs 45,000. It takes about two weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear

Beauty specialists advise you on how to discover your skin type and ensure that you take care of its reactions to dryness, humidity, sunlight, cosmetics, perfumes and other factors.

Removal of tattoos is also keeping cosmetologists busy. The tattoo may involve a beauty spot or a cluster of them, the name of a loved one or complex designs anywhere on the face or body. These tattoos, though fascinating at first, often become objects of monotony and frustration. Many people with tattoos wish to have them removed. Though some older methods resulted in ugly scars, pigmentation and keloids, dermato-surgeons have refined techniques for skin resurfacing to treat conditions like tattoos, acne scars and smallpox scars.`A0

Recent developments combine various techniques like chemosurgery, laser and dermabrasion. Almost all clinics have clients lining up for new procedures, and there are literally no limits to the miracles the New Age aspirants expect. A scar/mole/mark on the skin, especially on the face, is the source of much angst. But donít despair, electrosurgery comes to the rescue! It can take care of common skin problems like warts and skin tags. Radio surgery with the advantage of a knife-like sharpness without charring the surrounding skin has also come into vogue.`A0

For treating scars and pigmentation of the skin, experts use microcrystals of aluminium. The more simple process known as a peel, uses an extract of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). Laser resurfacing involves the use of intense laser beams, which penetrate just the skinís surface without affecting the healthy tissues. Other treatments include photo rejuvenation and different methods of hair transplantation.

Nose jobs top the list of the most popular cosmetic surgeries requested by people, with many asking for noses like famous Bollywood actors. Cosmetic surgeons say Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khanís nose is popular amongst male clients, while many women ask for a nose like Aishwarya Raiís. A nose job costs around Rs 45,000`A0and for a remodelled nose, it takes around two weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear. "We have more clients requesting cosmetic procedures during the marriage season and I have done around 15 nose surgeries in a month compared to eight in other months," says Ashok Painter, a Mumbai-based cosmetic surgeon.`A0

The most sought-after facial treatment is Botox. The procedure is quick and easy, taking all of 10 to 15 minutes of treatment. Once upon a time, threading, waxing, shaving, plucking, or depilatories or abrasives like a pumice stone were used to remove unwanted facial hair or hair on other parts of the body.

However, together with all these treatments, adequate sleep and a balanced diet are vital for a healthy, glowing look. Lack of sleep can make anyone appear older than their age by contributing to the "owl effect" or dark circles around your eyes. Similarly, restricting your exposure to the sun helps keep the skin looking good. The fact remains that unless you watch your food intake, the troubles are likely to reappear. For those with a surfeit of junk food in their diets, the skin problems that were conquered`A0will soon be back.`A0ó MF