5 Surprising Medical Applications for Beauty TreatmentsMay 25, 2018
1. Sleep Apnoea and Snoring
For a long time, laser treatments have been used on the face, neck and décolletage to produce collagen and tighten the skin. The laser induces heat, which causes the tissue to contract and create new collagen. It can reduce sagginess of the skin and create a more youthful look.
By using a laser that is specially modified for the tissue at the back of the throat, the same method can treat snoring. When the soft palate tissue at the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, it can fall into the airway, block the passage, vibrate and make you snore. As we age, tissues at the back of the throat become weaker and snoring can become more common. In a treatment known as “SleepTight,” a specially modified laser can induce heat in the tissue at the back of the throat, causing the same contraction and creation of collagen for less snoring and a sounder night’s sleep.
2. Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
There are two types of hyperhidrosis; primary (a.k.a. focal hyperhidrosis) and secondary (also called generalised hyperhidrosis). Primary hyperhidrosis occurs when the nerves that connect to sweat glands overreact to stimulants. For example, a very stressful situation can cause the palms, underarms or face to sweat. A person with hyperhidrosis may sweat excessively in those spots at the mere thought of stress because the nervous system overreacts.
Anti-wrinkle products that are injected into certain facial muscles can block the nerve signal and prevent those muscles from creasing the skin when facial expressions are made. These same anti-wrinkle products can also be used to block the nerve signals to the sweat glands in the underarms and prevent sweating from overreactive nerves. This does not cure hyperhidrosis, but it can provide a lot of relief.
3. Urinary Incontinence
Radio frequency laser energy can be used to stimulate a tightening effect and collagen creation. It’s great for wrinkle reduction and other signs of ageing.
Radio frequency laser energy can also be used to target the tissue inside the vaginal wall. After childbirth, or even with ageing, many women experience urinary incontinence caused by stretching, loss of elasticity or damage to the pelvic floor. Thermiva laser treatments that contract the tissue in the vaginal wall and stimulate the creation of more collagen can provide stronger support for the bladder and really reduce incontinence.
4. Bruxism (Teeth-Grinding)
Most tooth-grinding occurs during sleep, when the person is not aware. This makes bruxism difficult to stop.
Anti-wrinkle products that are normally used as muscle relaxants to reduce wrinkles can be injected into the masseter muscles to reduce the signals between the muscle and the nerves. The muscles will continue to work after the injections, but the softened signals between the muscle and the nerve mean that the jaw is less likely to clench.
5. Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma facials, popularly dubbed the “vampire facial” or known at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia as the “growth factor injection,” can also be used to treat thinning hair on the scalp.
A sample of blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the golden-coloured platelet-rich plasma. For a facial, that plasma is injected back into the face, neck, décolletage or hands to reduce fine lines and improve the appearance of thinning skin for a healthy glow.
When injected into the scalp, PRP for hair loss can actually stimulate hair growth and repair damaged follicles to strengthen the hair.
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