Now that we’re on our Year 2 at Zenbiosis, I thought hard on the next machine that I should invest on. Eventually, I decided that a multipurpose apparatus like the cryostamp is just what I needed.
Cryo Stamp is a treatment best suited for those who want results yet don’t want the pain that come with it. For example, only a few would dare go for a mesotherapy session since it involves needles and some degree of discomfort. So far, the ones who went for it are enjoying better results. With the Cryo Stamp, machine, fat melting will be a breeze by infusing the mesotherapy ingredients transdermally, yet effectively.
The machine combines the technology of both cryotherapy and electrophoresis. Just hearing the word cryo might chill you down, as it means ice cold or low temperature. The stable -15 degrees celsius temperature of the machine rapidly cools the skin, causing constriction of the small blood vessels, followed by vasodilatation due to release of transmitter substances. This enables the serums to be pumped into the skin. Electrophoresis, on the other hand, works on the principle that the charged particles of a product migrate in an applied electrical field. Skin treatments penetrate the lipid bilayer membranes by applying voltage pulses.
Compared to iontophoresis or galvanic treatment, cryo-electrophoresis produces several times more astounding results as there is a more even and deeper penetration of the drug.This unique technology from Korea delivers a fresher looking skin with better tone, elasticity, and texture. It has a multitude of uses that anyone can benefit from. Among its more common indications are:
- Needle-free mesotherapy/ Slimming
- Anti-aging through skin lifting/tightening
- Skin rejuvenation
- Lessen pore size
- Lightening of dark spots
- Hair restoration
- Pain management
- Anti-inflammation post procedure
- No pain
- No static or zapping
- Improves lymphatic and blood circulation
- Relieves swelling or pain
- Instant firming
- Can deliver a wide range of cosmetic substances transdermally
- Enhances collagen production
- No downtime
- No bruising ( for mesotherapy)
The following conditions have not been established to be safe for Cryo Stamp:
- Herpes Zoster
- Active infection on the area to be treated
- Cardiac pacemaker
The Cryo Stamp procedure is definitely not something to give the cold shoulder to. For inquiries and appointments, you may reach Zenbiosis Medical and Medical Clinic at 63 917-326-6893 (Globe or Viber) or 850-0554 (landline).
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The minute I open the option of acupuncture to patients, I usually get the terrified, puzzled look from them. As though I offered witchcraft for a fee. In my side of the world, acupuncture relatively remains a mysterious phenomenon. Despite that it gained the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a method of treatment for a number of diseases, it is sadly brushed aside by skeptics. After all, what we don’t understand scares us.
Why I Do Acupuncture
Practiced for more that two thousand years in China, acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine that involves poking thin needles underneath the skin to restore health. Although I am trained in Western Medicine, I opened myself to other forms of healing when I became a patient, myself. Not too long ago, I suffered from complications of cancer surgery. My left arm couldn’t feel a thing or move for a few weeks after the operation. Despite regular physical therapy and megadoses of vitamin B complex, it wasn’t responding to treatment. The most mundane tasks became a burden. I thought I was going to live the rest of my life like that- not until I underwent sessions of acupuncture. After the 3rd session, it was like my left arm finally awakened from deep slumber. I made a resolve to study acupuncture so I can offer it to patients like me who needed it.
How Acupuncture Works
There are other countless stories of how acupuncture amazingly helped people. However, do not think of it as a magic bullet that can end all misery. It has its share of limitations. Acupuncture works on the premise that for your body to be healthy, it must strike a balance. Energy or qi must flow through channels or meridians in the body. When the flow is blocked, it leads to imbalances that manifest as illnesses. It may be a simplistic view of a disease process but it works. Despite attempts to explain the anatomy and physiology of the acupuncture points, much remains difficult to be reconciled with the contemporary medicine that we widely accept.
Uses of Acupuncture
The World Health Organization listed specific diseases in which acupuncture is proven to help. But being both an art and science, it continues to evolve. In my practice, most cases have to do with pain management. In China, would you believe it is a form of anesthesia during open heart surgery? Patients who opt for this are usually up and about in no time because of the absence of side effects from the usual anesthetics. The hospital bills are also cheaper for them. In pregnant women, there are points to be avoided but acupuncture has been tapped to help turn babies from breech into cephalic (head first) position. It is also used to enhance fertility for couples wanting a child. In aesthetic medicine, acupuncture is growing recognition as a way to bring out youthful skin, and to lose weight.
It was reported that celebrities like Sandra Bullock get regular acupuncture sessions. Sandra Bullock receives acupuncture treatment 3x a week to maintain beauty and wellness. It is said that it is stipulated in her contract that studios have to pay for it.
Who Can’t Have Acupuncture
The following conditions will not allow you to have acupuncture:
- Infection on the area to be treated
- Allergy to metals
- Fear of needles / overly anxious patients
- Too old or too weak
- Cases that should be treated with surgery ( example: appendicitis can’t be treated with acupuncture)
- Bleeding disorders
Sometimes, people mistake acupuncture as a one time treatment that can miraculously cure them. Let me add that it also isn’t for the impatient ones who want instant results. Depending on the problem, it may take several sessions to work. If your health concern stems from ages ago, you cannot expect it to correct the problem as soon as you get up from the acupuncture bed. There are times when acupuncture offers fast relief, like in headache, clogged nose, etc, but the diseases treated here are usually of the acute kind ( it occurred a few days/ hours ago).
What to Expect
You will be asked regarding your medical history and how the symptoms came about. It helps us understand the pattern of your illness so we can formulate a treatment plan. The actual acupuncture session lasts only for about 30-40 minutes. After sanitizing the area to be treated, the thin acupuncture needles will be inserted just beneath your skin. Because they’re thin, it doesn’t feel like you’re being poked. Most of the time, when I insert the needles, patients would ask, “is that it?” then they breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, that’s it! To be honest, there are certain parts of the body where it can cause some discomfort, such as the feet. If the needle is larger, expect a little more soreness. Overall, it is a painless, relaxing experience. In some people with sensitive skin, the poked areas can turn red and itchy , but it should revert to normal in a few hours after taking off the needles.
There may be a tingling sensation on needled areas or distant from it, like a flow of electricity. It can sometimes feel sore, or heavy. All of these signify the “arrival of qi.” In other words, the treatment is in progress.
After the session, patients usually report a relaxed state, similar to the feeling after a rejuvenating massage. They get a good night’s sleep afterwards. If the points are aimed for detox, they usually report better bowel movement.
Acupressure vs Acupuncture
When I asked my acupuncture teacher why people can’t go for acupressure instead so we wouldn’t have to deal with their fear of needles, I was told that acupuncture is the stronger medicine. Acupressure involves pressing certain points similar to areas inserted with needles in acupuncture. Although it can enhance health, acupuncture will be twice as effective, if not a couple of times more effective.
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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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If there’s one aesthetic procedure that actress Kim Chiu admits to having, it’s RF of the face. Radio Frequency (RF) of the face is a quick, painless, and non-surgical way to enhance beauty that is readily available at most dermatology clinics. I have previously blogged about how RF and Lipo Cavitation can help sculpt your body and reduce stubborn fats. Although RF of the face was used primarily by Kim to contour her face and lose cheek fats, it is also widely being used for anti-aging purposes. The electromagnetic waves from RF promotes fibroblast migration and new collagen formation to yield tighter, smoother, and more elastic skin.
Uses of RF for the Face:
- Skin tightening to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and correct sagging skin (lifting effect)
- Reduction of the appearance of double chin
- Break down unwanted facial fats
- Increase elasticity of skin
- Improvement of skin tone
- Decrease appearance of acne scars
- Lessen acne breakouts
If you are looking for ways to look fresh and young without having to go under the knife or get poked by needles (such as going through vampire treatment/ PRP), RF for the face will be a great option. It is similar to having RF of the body where you lay, relax and have a probe massaged into your area of concern after it is soaked with RF cream or transducer gel. The probe for facial RF is much smaller than the one used for the abdomen. There may be warmth during and after, on the areas treated, but should not be too hot to cause pain. The process only takes around 20-30 minutes.
Immediately after treatment, skin tightening will be noticeable, but depending on the beauty problems addressed, it may require around 5 to 8 sessions to achieve desired results, at 1 week intervals. A maintenance session may be done once every 6 months. Our patients at Zenbiosis giddily tell us how they have received various compliments from their co-workers and friends about their natural glow after going through RF for the face.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are those from ages 20 to 50. Although healthy people in their 60′s and 70′s may avail it, the results will be limited. If you have bony, thin, contoured face, RF for the face may not be for you. As long as you don’t have metal plates on your body, diseases of the lymphatics, and recent wound on the face, the RF for the face is a safe and painless way to rejuvenate. Safety of this procedure has not been established on pregnant and breastfeeding patients, so it will be wise for patients to avoid this while in those stages.
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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.
Go and try it out for yourself. 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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