Tuesday, October 21, 2008


(Here is an interview of Dr.Purnima Mhatre, Dermatologist taken by Mr.Rajendra Ganotra. Though it is a paid advertisement, it will be extremely useful to artistes who want to get rid of unwanted marks on their skin. QMS)

Dr. Purnima Mhatre is a Cosmetologist / Dermatologist in Bombay (Mumbai) who specialises in removal of freckles, moles from the skin.

Dr Purnima Mhatre is an internationally trained cosmetic dermatologist. A pioneer in India for Autologus fat transplant as a permanent treatment for wrinkles (as against Botox). This wrinkle treatment is permanent in contrast to Botox. She honed her skills in cosmetic dermatology in hospitals in Canada. An expert in advanced skin care,lasers, as well as advanced methods to treat wrinkles.

The following facilities are available at her treatment centre at Prem Cottage,ground floor,opp Hsbc bank,Pali Road, Bandra (W) ,Mumbai 50.Clinic no is 26515059. The facilities are Face Rejuvenation, Photo Rejuvenation, Surgical Treatment, Eyelid Surgery, Abdominoplasty, Cosmetic Surgeries for Men,Gynercornastia, Breast Lift and Augmentation, Chin Surgery, Hair Treatment, Invasive Treatment: Botox, Restylane, Major Plastic Surgery, Acne and Acne Scars, Eye Rejuvenation

Q) What types of freckles are there?
A) There are two basic types of freckles, 1 Ephelides 2 Lentignes
1 Ephelides: This term refers to flat spots that are red or light brown and typically appear during the Sunny months and fade in the winter. They are most often found in people with light complexious and in some families they are hereditary trait.
2 Lentignes: Children may develop a small tan, brown or black spot which tends to be darker than an ephelis-type freckle and which does not fade in the winter.

Q) What are “ age spots”
A) The lentigines that develop in older adults as often “liver spots” or “age spots”.Both terms are misnomers. While freckles do tend to appear over time,they are not in themselves, a sigh of old age. Instead they appear on Sun exposed areas in people who have a genetic tendency to develop them. So they are by no means purely a function of age.

Q) How do freckles develop?
A) The Sun and Sun- tanning lights emit ultraviolet (UV) rays. After exposure to Sunlight, the outer of the skin thickens and the pigment- producing cells in the skin produce the pigment melanin at an increased rate.

Q) What is the medical meaning of freckles?
A) True freckles pose no health risk at all. This is true for both ephelis type and lentigo-type freckles. They are all absolutely harmless.

Q) How can freckles be prevented?
R) Many people would rather not develop freckles or, if they already have freckles, they would like to get rid of them. Therefore, anyone with an hereditary tendency to freckles should wear sunscreen, whenever appropriate and also minimize their sun exposer. The aim here is twofold to suppress their tendency to produce freckles and , much more importantly, to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.

Q) How can freckles be treated?
A) To treat freckles that are already present, several safe and effective methods are available. 1 Bleaching creams 2 Tretinoin- Sometimes used in conjunction with other bleaching creams, tretinoin also helps to make freckles lighter when applied over a period of time. 3- Cryosurgery- A light freeze with liquid nitrogen can be used to treat freckles. 4- Laser treatment- Several lasers, especially ones that produce a green light,can lighten and eliminate freckles safely and effectively. Like cryosurgery, this a simple and safe procedure with a high success rate and a low risk of scaring.

Q) What causes a Mole?
A) Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called Melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour.

Q) How are Moles are treated?
A) If a dermatologist believes a mole needs be evaluated further or removed enterialy, he or she will either remove the entire mole, or first take just a small tissue sample of the mole to examine thin sections of the tissue under a microscope. This is a simple procedure. If the mole is formed to be cancerous, and a small section of tissue was taken, the dermatologist will remove the entire mole by cutting out the entire mole of natural skin around it, and stitching the wound closed.

Q) What is a skin tag?
A) A skin tag is a common, benign condition which consists of a bit of skin that projects from the surrounding skin and may appear attached to the skin. Skin tags can vary quite a bit in appearance. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented, and either simply be raised above the surrounding skin or have a stalk so that the skin tag hangs from the skin.

Q) Where do skin tags occur?
A) Skin tags can occur almost anywhere there is skin. However, favorite areas for tags are the eyelids,neck,armpits,upper chest and groin.

Q) Is a skin tag a tumor?
A) Yes, it is the sense that it is a growth. However, it a benigh condition..

Q) What is carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing?

A) Carbon dioxide lasers have been in use for many years to treat skin conditions. A new generation of carbon dioxide lasers use very short pulsed light energy or continouses light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia in combination with orally or intravenously administered sedative medications. The areas to be treated are numbed with a local anesthetic. A partial face laser abrasion takes 30 to 45 minutes, and the full face abrasion takes 1 to 2 hrs. Following the laser resurfacing procedure, a special dressing is applied to the treatment sites for 24 hrs. The area usuallu heal in 10 to 20 days, depending on the nature of the condition that was treated.

Nose surgery ( Rhinoplasty)

Q) What are the advantages of Rhinoplasty?
A) It can reduce or increase the size of your nose. It change the shape of the tip or the bridge. It narrows the span of the nostrils. It may also correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems.

Q) What is Botox?

A) Botox is the most popular wrinkle reduction treatment. It is a natural, purified protein that relaxes the wrinkles causing muscles,creating a smoothened rejuvenated and a more youthful appearance. It is a simple non-surgical procedure that smoothens the deep persistent facial lines which develop over time. Botox is the only botulinum toxin in the world registered for the treatment of frown lines and approved by the US FDA. It has been widely tested over 15 years of safe and effective use in millions of patients worldwide.

Q) How much time does the Botox therapy take?
A) Ten minutes. Yes, that’s all it takes to get treated with Botox. That is how it is known as a “ lunch-time procedure”. Just a few tiny injections relax the muscles that cause age related lines to form. The muscles are kept relaxed for 4 to 6 months. In the process, one gets a new younger looks.

Q) How long does the Botox effect last?

A) As every patient is different from the other, it depends entirely on the individual, but a single treatment of Botox will normally last for app 4 to 6 months and eventually there is a gradual fading of its effects. At this point, it is advisable to return to the doctor to continue treatment.