Mesotherapy has been practiced in Europe since 1952 involving homeopathic ingredients that are injected to the subcutaneous tissues for various purposes. One of its more popular uses is weight loss, in which fat-dissolving substances are injected to problem areas. It is otherwise known as Mesolipo, or Lipodissolve.
Because it involves syringe and needles, expect some degree of discomfort when the medications are injected into the fatty tissues. It won’t be as relaxing as RF or Lipo Cavitation, but the pain may be lessened with the addition of local anaesthetics into the cocktail of mesotherapy meds, or the application of numbing cream on the skin surface.
Most common ingredients used for fat reduction are:
- acts as a detergent that breaks down fats/ cholesterol
- effective for treating problem areas that do not respond to diet and exercise
- emulsifies fat for absorption in the intestines
- helps prevent and dissolve gall stones
3. L- Carnitine
- increases metabolic rate
- converts fats and carbohydrates into energy
- fat burner
Advantages of Mesotherapy
- Mesotherapy ingredients helps in cholesterol metabolism
- Target area is reached immediately
- Improves lymph drainage
Disadvantages of Mesotherapy
- Formation of nodules on injected sites (temporary)
- Discomfort from the injection
- Requires several sessions to be effective
After the session, some would describe the feeling as going through a boxing match, but that should only last for a few hours to around 3 days. The bruising, swelling, redness and lumps are temporary. The areas injected may feel softer and the skin, more lax. Hence, a combination with RF and Lipo Cavitation may be best for your weight loss goals.
You may immediately go back to your usual routine right after the procedure, but do not go into strenuous activities for the next 2 days, and avoid hot baths and compress for at least 24 hours.
- Insulin-dependent Diabetes
- History of Stroke
- Bleeding disorders
- Active skin diseases or infections on areas to be injected
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Perhaps Kim Kardashian comes into your mind when you hear Platelet Rich Plasma for beauty. She flaunted her bloody face on instagram while undergoing the said treatment, which is otherwise known as “Vampire Facelift.” This $1500 non-surgical fountain of youth is aimed to give the skin a firmer, younger look.
Apparently, Kim Kardashian is not the only Hollywood star enjoying the benefits the said rejuvenating treatment because other celebrities have sunk their teeth into this promising aesthetic procedure as well. A gift certificate to a vampire lift was even said to be included in this year’s Academy Awards’ loot bag.
Whether you’re a Hollywood star, a Twilight fan or simply someone looking for ways to improve your appearance, the Platelet Rich Plasma of Vampire Lift proves to be an ally in our quest for a youthful glow.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Explained
The procedure involves blood extracted from the patient, the way it is extracted for laboratory examinations (cholesterol determination, etc). It is then placed in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelet rich serum. Using an activator, the platelet is assured to be full of growth factors will will be beneficial for healing and rejuvenation of the skin.
Platelets are part of the body’s army that hurries to the injured site and incite response to protect the body. Its growth factors stimulate tissue regeneration and collagen formation.
The isolated platelet-rich serum will be applied to the skin using multiple punctures or intradermal injections. At my own practice at Zenbiosis, we use a combination of Derma Pen to induce multiple tiny punctures and stimulate collagen formation, plus the injection using the smallest gauge needle to deliver the serum just underneath the upper layer of the skin, to the areas of concern.
Cosmetic Uses of PRP:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Dull-looking skin
- Lifting effect, as alternative to dermal fillers
- Hair Loss
- Large Pores
- Stretch Marks
- Combined treatment with botox, dermal fillers, laser, etc
Sports fans will probably argue that this is only used for injuries involving joints, as Tiger Woods was popularly treated with PRP for a painful knee. Other athletes like Rafael Nadal and Kobe Bryant were likewise reported to have benefitted from this treatment where the platelets extracted were injected into points of injury. These days, PRP is no longer limited to orthopedics or sports medicine. Aesthetic Medicine has recognized the potentials of PRP and employed it to deliver results for beauty problems.
In my experience, results have been encouraging. From treating stretch marks, to reducing wrinkles, the difference have been astounding. Despite its promising results, I believe that the price was a little prohibitive especially for the Cagayan de Oro market, despite that it was already offered at a fraction of the cost from Manila clinics. I’ve decided that PRP needed a little more introduction since most people are still at a loss to what it is and what it can do for them.
Starting May 1, 2013, we’re slashing off the cost of PRP at Zenbiosis Medical and Aesthetic Clinic from Php 12,500 to Php 6500! This is valued for high as Php 40,000 but in our commitment to make our beauty solutions more accessible to those devoted to becoming better versions of themselves, we are ridiculously lowering its cost. In this day and age of advanced technology and in this case- affordable beauty treatment- there is no excuse for remaining frustrated with what you see in the mirror.
Kim Kardashian's picture courtesy of instagram
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Ever since I announced the upcoming launch our latest services at Zenbiosis- the Lipo Cavitation and Radio Frequency Body Sculpting, my inbox has been flooded with inquiries about the procedure. To address the concerns of those interested in getting into that bikini-ready body in time for summer, I am writing this article to educate both my readers and patients regarding the slimming technology we are offering. Hopefully, this can enlighten you more on what these non-surgical ways of shaping up can do for you even I don’t get to reply to your queries.
With the risks that come along surgery (not to mention cost), Liposuction is hardly an option for some. Although it is the fastest way to lose the bulge, the possible complications scare the wits out of potential patients. Over the years, non-invasive slimming procedures have been crafted to be a feasible alternative for liposuction. Currently, Lipo Cavitation is one of these body sculpting technologies that is widely offered in clinics and medical spas.
Lipo Cavitation employs ultrasound to break down stubborn fats located in the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks and other problem areas. The ultrasound waves vibrate to selectively target fat cells, disrupt its membrane, eventually “exploding” them. When the triglycerides are released, they are broken down into free fatty acids and glycerol. The free fatty acids bind to albumin, transported to the liver for metabolism. Glycerol, on the other hand, being water-soluble, is drained through the lymphatics. Thus, lymphatic massage is done after the cavitation procedure to help eliminate the cracked fats.
What to expect:
The procedure is similar to undergoing a diagnostic ultrasound except that there’s no monitor to view the internal organs and an acoustic feedback may be heard by the patient, which some may find annoying. Otherwise, it painless, with no down time.
Radio Frequency (RF) is a form of electromagnetic energy that is used to heat skin and promote tissue tightening. The heat wave penetrates the fatty layer to help melt fats and tighten the sagging skin through the stimulation of collagen formation. The process likewise facilitates the drainage of lysed fats through the lymphatics. RF, when coupled with cavitation improves your chances of slimming down without surgery.
What to Expect
Depending on the type of electrodes used, heat may be felt, which should be tolerable. Always inform your doctor or the therapist performing the procedure if the heat causing too much discomfort.
Benefits from Lipo Cavitation and RF:
- Reduction of localized fats
- Body Contouring
- Reduction of stretch marks
- Non-invasive or non-surgical, no downtime
- Promotes lymph and blood circulation
- Eliminates oxygen free radicals
- Muscle relaxant and pain control when temperature exceeds 45 degrees celsius (RF)
- Reduces wrinkles
- Skin Toning and tightening
Are Lipo Cavitation and Radio Frequency for you?
These procedures are ideal for those people with localized fats that persist despite adequate diet and exercise. Although they offer hope for the obese, they are not miracle procedures to deflate you instantly. Some patients lose around 1/2 inch to 3 inches right after one treatment, but multiple sessions are recommended to get you closer to your goals.
How Frequent ?
As much as you’d like to trim down fast, it cannot be done everyday. Since the dissolved fats are absorbed through the lymphatics, give it time to be properly processed by your liver and kidneys. At least 4 to 5 sessions are needed to see measurement changes, and 8 sessions are the maximum number of sessions in a cycle. At Zenbiosis Medical and Aesthetic Clinic, we recommend once a week interval.
Post Procedure Tips
Drinking water before and after the session is encouraged to hasten the elimination of dissolved fats from the body. Slurping down cold drinks is to be avoided for at least 24 to 72 hours after . Exercise or brisk walking for the next 3 days is highly recommended to help with the burning of fats. Avoid eating oily food and drinking alcohol for the next 3 days to avoid overworking your liver.
- Recent abdominal surgery or recent wound near the area to be treated
- Abdominal medical or surgical conditions (hernias, cysts, etc)
- Uncontrolled Hypertension
- Heart ailments/ Pacemakers
- Uncontrolled Dyslipidemia
- Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
- Liver and Kidney Failure
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In the spirit of Christmas, we are giving out a free premium Zenbiosis Glamour Glow Facial on Facebook. Glamour Glow is our signature facial treatment at Zenbiosis, which involves cleaning, application of a gold facial mask, diamond peel, and the infusion of premium whitening serum and antioxidants. Zenbiosis Glamour Glow is the facial treatment we recommend for a radiant looking and rejuvenated skin.
To join, here are the mechanics:
1. Like the Zenbiosis Facebook page: http://facebook.com/zenbiosis
2. Share this photo shown at the Zenbiosis FB page timeline: click this: Luxury at 160: click “view larger” then hit “share” at the bottom part of the photo on facebook
3. Promo is from December 13,2012 to December 19, 2012. Winner will be announced on December 20, 2012
Participants should be from Cagayan de Oro or have relatives or friends from CDO to claim the prize
Prize is transferrable, which means you have the option to give your prize as a gift this Christmas
Easy, right? No need to piss off uninterested people by tagging them. Just share on your own timeline and you’re on your way to a beautifying session, the Zenbiosis way.
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I have a confession to make: I’ve always been a John Lloyd-Bea fan.I can forego watching flicks starring either of them and wait for the DVD to come out. But the two of them together in a movie is too much to miss, let alone this Olivia Lamasan masterpiece “The Mistress,” which marks their 10th year together as on-screen partners.
Until now, playing their blockbuster hits “One More Chance” and “Close To You” at home remains one of my guilty pleasures. Watching the trailer of their latest movie tells us that they have progressed as actors and have taken on more complex roles. Indeed, with the emotionally-loaded plot of “The Mistress,” don’t expect to come home giddily smiling the way you fell in love with Basha and Popoy in “One More Chance.”
It was a bit uncomfortable to watch Bea Alonzo play mistress to Ronaldo Valdez’ character. I can’t help but associate it with their Betty La Fea TV series where the latter was a respectable, protective father to Betty (Bea). As an actress, Bea admitted to finding her scenes with the veteran actor most challenging.
“The Mistress” explores the other side of the coin. It doesn’t glorify adultery, but depicts the mistress in a more humane light. A human flawed in her judgment, bound to ultimately suffer the consequences of her actions. You will neither hate Sari nor wanna be her. Sari (Bea Alonzo) as the mistress, is not the stereotypical skimpily clad, she-devil incarnate, social-climbing bitch. On the contrary, Sari is a goody two shoes, decent-looking, soft-spoken woman in her mid-twenties devoted to her family, albeit burdened by the secret life she leads as a kept woman. Bea Alonzo’s under-acting in this movie reminds me of Jaclyn Jose’s thespian trademark, but not lazy enough to graduate under Bella Swan’s lethargic acting school. The radiant and hardworking woman being weighed down by her sinful undertakings is executed perfectly by Bea’s calm but troubled take on the role. She has come a long way as an actress. Bea Alonzo has arrived.
Upon entering the theatre, I could hear people coming out of it, saying they should have brought tissues. I initially couldn’t relate to their sentiments as I was having fun with the intermittent injection of humor despite the seriousness of the theme. Thanks to the little kid named Mamon (Clarence Delgado) and K Brosas who mostly provided the comic relief. However John Lloyd Cruz is John Lloyd Cruz. This man knows the way to your tear ducts without you realizing it. I have long been amazed with his relatable, realistic and poignant acting. The scene with Ronaldo Valdez was epic. So yes, even if you’re not a mistress and cannot relate to the role, bring lots of tissues. Blame that on John Lloyd.
The presence of Anita Linda, Ronaldo Valdez and Hilda Koronel spelled powerhouse. Although there were scenes where Hilda went too theatrical in acting out her heartbroken, alcoholic of a wife role, it was forgivable.
“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol still lingers in my head. This leads us wondering, what made Star Cinema use foreign music on a movie that could possibly redefine local films? I don’t know, perhaps there was no Jed Madela song that could capture the melancholia in JD and Sari’s love story as much as “Chasing Cars” could.
The moviegoers could barely wipe off their tears when the end credits started rolling.It was a heavy feeling to carry home. “Di dahil gusto mo, makukuha mo,” (not everything you want will be yours) could very well tell the gist of the story.I think this was what pierced through me- the painful realization that there are things that will never be, no matter how desired zealously enough. It sure stings. Sometimes, the only way to have it is to close your eyes and dream about it. Sigh.
Image credits: Star Cinema
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