CategoriesAesthetics,  Destination,  Partners

Natural Looking Results with Petite Plastic Surgery

Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about the benefits of Petite Plastic Surgery, the latest in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments available in South Korea.
Worldwide demand is growing for aesthetic methods that provide a natural looking, but effective result. The Non-surgical anti-aging treatments included in Petite Plastic Surgery (micro-needling and regenerative therapy) can achieve an increasingly more popular natural look, in comparison to the drastic changes of a surgical face lift.
Micro-needle Therapy System (MTS)
A nature-friendly skin regeneration procedure, MTS induces the skin to regenerate cells on its own. During MTS treatment, tiny needles are used to cause physical damage and stimulate fibroblasts and induce collagen re-modelling. The body attempts to heal the damage, and this also creates pathways for drugs to more effectively penetrate the skin and induce skin regeneration. Micro-needles are attached to rollers to treat acne scars and enlarged pores.
  • Tightens pores
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Treating acne
  • Reduces appearance of acne scars, depressed scars and wrinkles.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
During PRP therapy blood is spun at high speed and separates into blood cells, platelets and serum that contain an abundant amount of growth factors. PRP Therapy is a safe procedure that stimulates healing growth factors to be separated and concentrated. A specialized device (Prosys Kit) is used to inject the treated blood into the area of damage and stimulate skin regeneration.
The benefits of combining treatments
A combination of both MTS and PRP treatments are recommended for those who have reduced skin elasticity, fine lines, acne prone skin, acne scars or depressed scars. The treatment is carried out in the following steps.
  1. Blood is collected
  2. Blood is centrifuged
  3. PRP is extracted from blood
  4. Skin is disinfected
  5. MTS procedure is performed
  6. PRP is injected
  7. A soothing mask is applied
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mens grooming

The Ultimate Guide To Men’s Grooming

By Garrett Munce. First published on here: grooming-skincare-routine

More and more men are waking up to something women have known for a long time: proper skincare is all about prevention. Here, The AEDITION lays the groundwork for the ideal grooming routine.

There’s a stereotype out there that men don’t like to take care of their skin. While it’s been said stereotypes contain a nugget of truth, we beg to differ. It’s not that men don’t like to take care of their skin — it’s that most guys don’t really know how to do it.

Times are changing. The men’s grooming industry is poised to become a $166 billion dollar business by the year 2022 and the skincare segment is the most rapidly growing. More and more men are waking up to something women have known for a long time: proper skincare is more about prevention than reaction. Taking even a few steps to cleanse and protect your complexion every day can lead to big changes in your skin and may even slow the signs of aging more effectively than even the most potent anti-aging cream. Think of it this way: if you don’t take your car in for regular maintenance, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to fix when it starts to break down.

The problem with skincare is that, if you’re just starting out, it can be incredibly overwhelming. There are thousands of products that all claim to be essential to your skin’s health. Walking into any skincare or men’s grooming aisle is a SAT-level vocabulary lesson that can leave your head spinning. That’s where The AEDITION comes in. No matter your knowledge of skincare, here lies the most important rules you should follow when creating a well-rounded and effective grooming routine. Follow these eight steps and you’ll be well on your way to the best skin of your life.

1. Put down the multi-use products

For decades, product developers and marketers thought that the only way to get men to use grooming products was to pack as many functions into a single package as possible. The idea was that men don’t want extensive routines (which is true), but the functionality doesn’t live up to the thought. The problem with these products is that they put a big emphasis on cleansing. In order to properly cleanse your body, they typically end up being too harsh for your hair and face.

The skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on your body, so irritation and dryness can occur when it’s over-cleansed. The same goes for your hair. Hair can get dry and brittle (and can fall out more easily) when the natural hydrating oils are stripped. Even two-in-one shampoo and conditioners tend to lean more heavily on cleansing — without enough conditioning agents to properly hydrate hair. Before we go any further, please throw out your multi-use products.

2. Wash your face with a facial cleanser

Once you get rid of your multitaskers, the first thing you should buy is a good, gentle facial cleanser (the SkinFix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser and REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk are two of our favorites). Understanding that the skin on your face is delicate and should be treated gently is the first step in proper skincare.

Traditional soaps and cleansers contain sulfates, which are foaming agents that make soap lather. The problem is that these sulfates can disrupt what’s called the skin barrier, a protective layer of lipids that keeps moisture in your skin and bad stuff out. When harsh cleansers clean away dirt and oil, they also strip away this layer of lipids, which can leave your skin dry, irritated, and susceptible to inflammation. When you’re choosing a face cleanser, look for one that says “gentle” and “low-foam” or “no-foam.” The varieties will not lather as much, which can take some getting used to, but they will clean your skin without leaving it feeling tight. You should use your cleanser as your first step both morning and night.

3. Exfoliate smarter, not harder

When you start diving deeper into skincare, you start to hear a lot about exfoliation. It’s the idea that as your skin cells go through their life cycle, the dead cells accumulate on the surface of your skin and can leave it looking dull, flaky, and sallow; some say they can even contribute to the formation of signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation, at its most basic, is about getting rid of these dead cells. What lots of guys don’t realize is that if they’re shaving every day, they’re already exfoliating, thanks to the same razor that gets rid of their facial hair. But unless you’re shaving your entire face, you still need to exfoliate at least once a week to keep your skin looking fresh.

Most exfoliators marketed to men are facial scrubs, but remember your skin barrier? Scrubs can be too harsh, particularly if you use them aggressively, and can potentially cause damage to your barrier — even if you’re using a gentle cleanser. Instead, look for an exfoliating toner or mask that contains alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid (may we recommend Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution). These acids will gently break the bonds between dead skin cells and slough them away naturally, instead of relying on your hands to do the work.

4. Use an eye cream every day

Most men say that the first place they notice signs of aging is around their eyes, and, when it comes to crow’s feet and under eye bags, prevention is the name of the game. Using an eye cream twice a day will keep the delicate skin around your eyes hydrated and firm. Look for creams that contain caffeine, a natural stimulant to help wake up skin, and peptides, which are proteins to help maintain the health of skin. We’re partial to the Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel and Lab Series Age Rescue Eye Therapy.

Gently apply eye cream by using your ring finger to tap the cream into the skin, instead of rubbing, and put it on after cleansing both morning and night. Bonus: it will help erase signs of sleepless or hard-partying nights, too.

5. Moisturize day and night

Aside from cleansing your face properly, the cornerstone to even the most basic skincare routine is moisturization. Even if you don’t struggle with dry skin, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated; it helps the skin cells stay healthy and work properly. A moisturizer will not only replenish hydration, but will also create a protective barrier on your skin to keep the moisture inside. When choosing a moisturizer, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring acid that helps skin cells retain moisture, and ceramides, which are lipids like the kind found in your skin barrier. Our picks: Aesop Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator and Baxter of California Oil-Free Moisturizer.

The most common reason men say they don’t use moisturizer is because they don’t like how heavy creams feel on their face. If you’re one of those guys, look for a lightweight gel moisturizer which won’t feel like slathering your face with mayonnaise, but will still give you the hydrating and protecting properties your skin needs. Apply your moisturizer after your eye cream both morning and night.

6. Sunscreen is a man’s best friend

Many dermatologists will say the most important step in everyone’s skincare routine, regardless of gender, is sunscreen. The problem is that most men don’t use it. If you’re going to take away one thing from this list, it should be to use daily sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), men are diagnosed with skin cancer twice as often as women by age 65 (and they also die from it at a higher rate) and the most troubling part is that it can be prevented if they would just use sunscreen.

Skin cancer prevention aside, sunscreen is also one of the most effective anti-aging products available. Studies have linked signs of aging to UV rays, and by wearing a daily sunscreen, you’re minimizing damage on a cellular level. Like moisturizer, most men who don’t wear sunscreen say it’s because they don’t like how it feels. Also, like moisturizer, there are lightweight options available — like Cardon Daily Moisturizer + SPF and Supergoop 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 — that make this excuse a moot point. You can even find moisturizers that contain sunscreen, which is the only multi-use product we will endorse. But keep in mind that the AAD recommends a minimum of SPF 30, which is higher than many moisturizer/sunscreen combinations contain, so if you’re going that route make sure you read the label.

7. Night time is the right time

If you’re going to wear a daily moisturizer that contains SPF, you may want to use a different moisturizer at night. If you’re not, you should still consider it. That’s because, like many of our other bodily systems, our skin regenerates while we’re sleeping. It’s the perfect time for the microscopic systems to repair themselves after the onslaught of sunlight, pollution, and environmental aggressors they’ve spent all day protecting themselves from.

Night creams typically contain a higher percentage of hydrating and repairing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, and will also sometimes contain retinol which helps to promote skin cell turnover (the production of new cells). Using a special cream at night (we’re fans of the Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Cream and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream) could mean you wake up with a brighter, smoother complexion with very minimal effort. Each night, after you wash your face and apply eye cream, apply your night cream or SPF-free moisturizer.

8. Advanced move: use a serum

You hear a lot of talk in the skincare world about serums. If your skincare routine is like a smoothie, serums are like the booster shots. They’re packed with concentrated ingredients to target a variety of issues and are ideal for address concerns like redness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation (i.e. dark spots), and signs of aging. Typically, you apply them after you wash your face and before you put on your moisturizer. They’re add-on products; you can create an extremely easy and effective skincare routine without ever using a serum, but, if you want to take your skincare to the next level, try an all-around serum that addresses a variety of issues, like the Caldera + Lab The Good Multi-Functional Serum or Venn Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate. If you like the results, consider what you want to target and look for a serum that specifically addresses that.

neck wrinkles
CategoriesAesthetics,  Anti-Aging

8 Ways to Get a Younger Looking Neck

Kate Kasbee

The skin on our necks is thinner than the skin on our faces and it’s exposed to the same wear and tear. So what are you doing about your neck?

You have your anti-aging skincare routine down to a science, you never leave the house without wearing vitamin c serum and sunscreen, and at night you refuse to let your face touch the pillow without applying under-eye treatment and moisturizer. But what are you doing about your neck? Americans spend so much effort preventing signs of aging like creasing and wrinkling in the space between their chins and foreheads. In reality, the neck often starts to look older long before crow’s feet enter the picture. The skin on our necks is thinner than the skin on our faces and it’s exposed to the same wear and tear. Unfortunately, it also tends to get a lot less TLC, if any at all. “Over time, skin loses collagen and elastin,” says New York City plastic surgeon Benjamin Paul, MD. Dr. Paul explains smoking and sun damage can also further accelerate aging of the skin on the neck. Those aren’t the only causes of neck aging. As we get older, laxity in the neck occurs due to a loss of support from connective tissue and muscle. This leads to what we commonly call a “waddle” or “turkey neck” and looks like loose skin under our chin. The appearance of sagging skin on the neck can affect everyone. Repeated pulling of the platysma muscle, which is the muscle men often flex while shaving, tugs on the overlying skin and causes it to wrinkle over time. According to Dr. Paul, thyroid or neck surgery also loosens the neck and can contribute to an older appearance. While there’s not much we can do about getting older, it is possible to slow down the physical signs of aging. Here are some ways you can prevent future sagging skin and promote a younger-looking neck.

Protect your skin from the sun

It’s common knowledge that sun exposure causes major damage to your skin. This includes the delicate skin on your neck, which is one of the first places the signs of aging can take hold. According to Dr. Paul, the single best thing you can do to preserve a youthful neck and prevent sagging skin, age spots, and fine lines is to wear sunscreen.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of at least 30 because it blocks 97 percent of the sun’s damaging UVB rays. Apply sunscreen to your face and neck every morning before putting on your makeup, whether you’re spending the day indoors or outside. Remember to reapply every few hours to make sure your skin is always protected.

Add a Retinoid to your skincare routine

If you’re an anti-aging veteran, your medicine cabinet is likely stocked with skincare products that promise to reduce wrinkles and give you a smooth, tight complexion. There is a huge variety of creams, for instance, that help moisturize the neck. Do they actually work? “In my experience,” says Dr. Paul, “the benefit of neck creams is quite limited.” Unless it contains a retinoid.

Retinoids, a class of ingredients that includes retinol, retinyl palmitate, and retinoic acid, can repair sun damage by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the skin texture, and evening the skin tone. They do it by boosting collagen production and stimulating cell turnover deep within the skin.

“Retinoids are potent, but they may be irritating,” says Dr. Paul. To minimize irritation, apply a retinoid to clean skin at night and wait a few minutes before layering on moisturizer. Because the skin on the neck is thinner than it is on the face, start with a small amount of retinoid and build up slowly. If you’ve never used one, a dermatologist can guide you in selecting the right product.

Shrink your double chin

If you’re worried about a double chin, a non-invasive treatment called Kybella® could help restore the youthful neck you desire. Kybella® is a non-surgical treatment that involves a series of deoxycholic acid injections which target and destroy fat cells in the chin. There are no incisions with Kybella® and most patients experience minimal downtime.

While the acid in Kybella® does destroy fat cells, which are metabolized and eliminated by the body naturally, it won’t help with turkey neck. “Kybella® does not change the skin of the neck or laxity that may be present in the platysma,” Dr. Paul explains. To remove sagging skin after Kybella® treatment, a skin-tightening or surgical procedure may be necessary.

Reduce wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage

We know Injectables works to reduce lines and wrinkles on the face. Similarly, Injectables can be injected into the submental area and jawline to give a “lift” to an aging neck. “Injectables may reduce vertical cording or banding on the neck that is caused by platysma muscle contraction,” says Dr. Paul. The treatment promotes a more youthful neck by relaxing the muscles that pull on the overlying skin and create wrinkles. The results of Injectables last between four and six months, and the treatment can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. It’s best on vertical lines, though. Injectables will have little, if any, effect on horizontal lines which are formed on the neck through skin creasing.

Embrace technology to improve sagging skin

It can be challenging to treat sagging skin with topical products alone. At the same time, many patients are hesitant to go under the knife to correct loose neck skin. Luckily there are several professional skin tightening options that can give them the results they desire without surgery.

“Radiofrequency and ultrasound devices aim to tighten the neck with energy,” says Dr. Paul. The treatments have been shown to tighten loose neck skin by using energy to heat the skin and boosts the production of collagen and important proteins. However, Dr. Paul cautions that the effects of these devices is limited and patients may need multiple treatments to see results.

The benefits of the laser, over the knife

We know lasers can reduce unwanted hair and remove tattoos, but these incredible devices can also be used to rejuvenate the skin and promote a more youthful look. Laser resurfacing involves directing short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light at the face or neck to remove damaged skin layer by layer.

With laser resurfacing, “the goal is to improve lines, texture, and surface irregularities,” says Dr. Paul. There are two types of lasers commonly used in skin resurfacing: ablative CO2 lasers and non-ablative (fraxel) lasers. “There is more tightening with ablative lasers, though there is a higher risk of neck scarring,” Dr. Paul cautions. “Choose your laser doctor carefully.”

Try intense pulsed light therapy for dark spots

If you have dark spots on your neck, you’re looking at the results of sun damage. Luckily, you don’t have to live with age spots forever. Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is similar to a laser treatment in that it uses energy to treat wrinkles, dark spots, and sun damage. But it’s different because it releases many different wavelengths of light, so is more scattered and less targeted. During an IPL treatment, pigment in the skin absorbs the light, which is converted to heat. The heat then destroys the unwanted pigment to fade the appearance of red and brown spots. According to Dr. Paul, it may take between three and five IPL treatments to see results.

When surgery is the best option

Non-invasive treatments can dramatically improve the appearance of a double chin and wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines on the neck. If you have loose or sagging skin, however, you might be best treated with surgery. Options for cosmetic neck surgery include liposuction of the neck to reduce fat or a neck lift to tighten the skin and muscle (platysmaplasty).

According to Dr. Paul, a neck lift in conjunction with a deep plane facelift is the gold standard in restoring a youthful neck and jawline. In this procedure, the deep tissues of the neck are dissected and supported to lift sagging skin on the neck and jowls. A deep plane face and neck lift is performed under general anesthesia in an operating room. The results are natural looking and can last up to 10 to 12 years.

This article was originally published in The Aedition on January 1st.

Taqtik Aesthetics threadlift procedures

Thread Lifting. The Non-Surgical Face Lift with NO Downtime!

A Thread Lift through VG Plastic Surgery South Korea can produce similar effects to a surgical face lift, without the down time. This procedure offers a great alternative for those who are not wanting to go under the knife for a younger looking face.
A thread lift is considered a minimally-invasive treatment, it does not involve cutting or stitching, however, it does involve injecting the thread underneath your skin to “lift” it up, creating the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore tightening the face.

Benefits of Thread Lifting

Patients who undergo the Thread Lift procedure enjoy a more definitive V-shaped face with minimal effort and zero recovery time. This means that patients can go back to normal activities on the same day of the procedure.
Because the Thread Lift involves the use of threads, not surgery, there is no need for incisions and therefore no scarring. As the threads dissolve tissue elasticity is improved and regeneration is encouraged to create a smoother facial contour. Cell generation and collagen synthesis diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and enhances the V-line.
This method is simple, yet it’s effectiveness can be seen very quickly, making it a suitable treatment for those with busy lives.

Overview of Threading Procedure

Firstly, a numbing cream will be applied to the area that is meant to be treated. It takes up to 20 – 30 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect. The doctor will then mark out the positions of the threads to achieve the best possible results.
The doctor will begin by inserting a thick hollow needle into the facial skin, targeting under the fat layer. One end of the thread is carefully tied to firmer underlying internal structures while the other end goes underneath the skin.
As the surgeon withdraws the needle, the filaments on the sutures are deposited into the sagging parts of the face. The doctor then tugs on the threads to elevate droopy skin and sets it to a more youthful-looking position. The procedure is relatively simple and can be done in just an hour or less.

Taqtik recovery from hair transplant (1)
CategoriesAesthetics,  Anti-Aging,  Cosmetic Surgery

Aftercare and recovery for men post hair transplant.

Recovering from a Hair Transplant

Aftercare and recovery for men post hair transplant directly effects the quality of results. Following transplant surgery, your scalp will most likely be sore and red. You may want to take leave from work to ensure a full recovery.


You may be described medications to ease discomfort and encourage recovery such as:
– Pain medication
– Antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection
– Anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling

Be sure to follow the directions for taking the medication properly to ensure its
effectiveness and help you to heal quickly.
Doctors may also prescribe hair growth medications like Minoxidil (more commonly known as Rogaine or Finasteride). These medicines help to slow or stop hair loss to the untreated areas of your scalp.
Transplanted hair tends to fall out two or three weeks after the transplant which is
completely normal. New hair growth pushes the transplanted hair out of the way. Regular hair growth should be noticeable between three to six months after surgery. The full results of your transplant should be visible within six to twelve months after treatment.

What happens when post hair transplant aftercare and recovery has finished

Hair that replaces the transplanted hair should continue to grow and fill in the spaces on your scalp. The density of the new hair growth will depend on factors that include:
– Whether your hair is curly or straight
– How loose your scalp is
– The density of the hair follicles that have been transplanted
It is important to discuss the expected outcome with your surgeon and develop realistic expectations.
To reduce the unpleasant after effects of the surgery follow your doctor’s
recommendations closely. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience any signs of infection or other health problems.

Risks and Complications

Hair transplants are generally low risk procedures, but like all invasive treatments, there are possible risks and complications.
Problems are unlikely to occur, but your surgeon will discuss individual risks to you. You need to contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
– Bleeding or infection
– Swelling of the scalp
– A scab or crust that forms on the areas of the scalp where hair was removed or
– Numbness or lack of sensation on the treated areas of the scalp
– Persistent itching especially during the healing process
– Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles also called folliculitis
– Sudden but typically temporary loss of the transplanted hair referred to as
shock loss
– Random tufts of hair that look out of place
If you experience any of these reactions, be sure to contact your surgeon or
medical doctor immediately.

This information does not take the place of medical advice given by your doctor
and is for general informational purposes only. Discuss the specific
details of your treatment and aftercare and recovery for men post hair transplant with your physician.

Take the first step with us and contact our Client Service team to find out if the Hair Transplant procedure is right for you.

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