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Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 visits Contours

Posted by Claudine Roura on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 @ 10:57 PM
  
  

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The Mutya ng Pilipinas winners came for a visit at Contours,  We showed them the  facilities and what services they could avail of, such as our skin care program, facials, microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, non-surgical slimming....not that they would need any of those...but of course everyone needs a facial or so these days. We also showed them our surgical facility and our cosmetic surgery services and the first and only cosmetic surgery center in the Philippines certified to perform Vaser high definition liposculpture.    We had a really good time with lots of photo ops with the winners.  Dr. Claudine even played around with the crown and sash, posing as Mutya ng Pilipinas International...hahaha...good luck to the winners and Please watch the Mutya ng Pilipinas coronation night at ABC channel 5 this sunday Aug 16, 2009 at 9 pm.


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Amazing results with stem cells - a personal observation

Posted by Claudine Roura on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 @ 10:18 AM
  
  

My dad is 76 years old, quite conscious of his looks, had some cosmetic surgery done several years ago.  Of course due to aging, I needed to so some more improvements on him.  I did his full face lift with neck lift and liposuction of the neck to give him a firmer jawline and remove excess sagging skin,  I also removed his eyebags and repaired drooping of his upper eyelids.  The procedure was a success and created for him the firm jawline and improved the sagging of his face.  However, he is not the metrosexual kind who applies creams on his face on a nightly basis, nor is he conscious of the kind of skin care products he uses...in fact...he does not have any skin care protocol at all...period.   This resulted in accummulated years of continuous sundamage, aging, and the effects of gravity.  Although he had a tight look, his skin quality was really bad.  Had lots of wrinkles especially on the forehead and crows feet. big pores on the cheeks especially on the nose, skin was rough, with blackheads, sebaceaous hyperplasia...in short, his skin looked aged.  Another very noticeable thing that facelifts cannot correct is the sagging ang wrinkling of the skin in the areas beside the lips, although the jowling was corrected by the lipo of the neck and corresponding neck lift,  this area is very hard to correct even wit the best and most extensive facelift.  Plus the addition of loss of volume on his face, nasojugal and nasolabial folds were very prominent.

In short, he really needed a very good skin care program.  I tried to do some facials and the famous diamond peel which did not do anything.... This is going to be tough and challenging. The next time I tried him with Adipose derived Stem cells and used it together with the dermaroller. The protocol is usually every 2 weeks for five sessions.  Plus of course come take home skin care products.  After a week, we went out in our regular family sundays.  When I saw my dad, I was amazed on how his skin quality improved, his skin was softer, smoother, shiny, tighter, fine lines improved, wrinkling beside the lips was markedly improved, his pores shrank.  His skin looked fantastic,  I was really amazed and it was just 1 session and only 1 week.  I cant wait to do another session on him and track his further improvement....This is really skin rejuvenation...Will post pictures soon after his treatment.


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A new take on cosmetic surgery

Posted by Claudine Roura on Fri, Aug 07, 2009 @ 05:04 AM
  
  

A new take on cosmetic surgery - Businessworld Special feature - July 17-18, 2009

Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute (Contours), which offers a complete line of dermatological and cosmetic surgery services, is not your typical beauty clinic.   A brainchild of Dr. Claudine  Roura, a cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who concentrates on  surgical and nonsurgical  body slimming and contouring, advanced body sculpture, vein therapy and precision skin care, Contours is a leading VASER center in the Philippines and the only institute certified to perform the procedure in the country.

VASER is a body sculpting technique that uses advanced ultrasonic tools and methods, and uses new standards in safety, effectiveness, comfort, and precision.  Risk and complications that usually  come with conventional lisposuction treatments are eliminated in VASER-based treatments.  Because of its advanced technology, operating time is significantly reduced, recovery periods are cut shorter, and results are more accurate and better defined.

Aside from VASER Lipo and VASER High Definition Liposculpture, Contours also offers Medislim treatments, a combination of slimming modalities that specifically target unwanted fat.  Just like the Vaser-based treatments, Medislim also uses ultrasonic technology that focuses on fat cells in specific areas of the body, with thermal energy melting the fat.  Such procedure is recommended  for those who are not yet ready for a major body enhancement.

Contours also offers Silkpeel Dermal Infusion (SDI), a non-invasive exfoliation process combined with dermal infusion that delivers skin-specific solutions.  SDI works in tandem with Contours’ Theraderm skin care system, a blend of effective therapy and dermatology.  Contours also specializes in Phlebology, which maintains safety standards for varicose veins were previously regarded as untreatable except through  surgery, today it can be treated on  a systematic outpatient basis.

Aside from the unique procedure it offers, Contours also has a full OR-RR complex, a conference room for in-house training seminars, a treatment room where dermatological procedures are administered, and another exclusively for facial treatments.  It also has separate rooms for Intense Pulsed Light treatment and procedures such as hair removal, slimming and photo rejuvenation.

As a young institute, Contours  is setting its sight on bigger growth plans, which includes expanded operations and more comprehensive services.  Led by Dr. Roura, who has had extensive training in dermatologic and cosmetic surgery here and abroad, including  personal training with Dr. John Millard of Colorado and Dr. Alfredo Hoyos of Colombia (considered the father of VASER hi definition liposculpturing),  Contours aims to prove that proper health and beauty are everyone’s business and within everyone’s reach.


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A faster way to washboard abs - VASER Hidef

Posted by Claudine Roura on Mon, Aug 03, 2009 @ 04:31 AM
  
  

 

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Under the Knife - A fasterway to washboard abs

As man’s most visible attributes, physical features will always play an appointed role in forming first impressions and, as biology dictates, has always been a reliable—if not superficial—gauge of good health.

A faster way to washboard abs

LIPOSUCTION- the cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from specific areas of the body for a more contoured shape—used to be a taboo topic, discussed only in hushed tones among exclusive social circles.  But modern day technology, and a society that has become more open to aesthetic enhancements, have made the procedure more acceptable, becoming one of the most popular cosmetic services performed locally these days.

The procedure has even branched into different methods.  While traditional liposuction merely removes the excess fat from one’s body, a newer liposuction technique, called high-definition liposculpture, also shapes a patient’s body and enhances the visibility of well –toned muscles.  This kind of fat removal method claims to provide the coveted “six packs” abdominals, which can take years of crunches and dieting to form, in as short as six hours.

Developed by Colombian plastic surgeon Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, high –definition—liposculpture is touted to be able to create an athletic appearance by enhancing the contours of the subcutaneous fat and the definition of the underlying muscles.  The procedure involves precisely performed, deep and superficial liposuction around the muscle groups in areas such as the abdomen, the chest for men, and the lower back for women using the latest ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty. And unlike the traditional liposutcion, high definition liposuction does not damage connective tissues, thereby preventing the appearance of bruises.

Dr. Hoyos’ technique is an improvement of a procedure called abdominal etching, which was developed to give patients the desired six- pack look.  While abdominal etching showed good results on men, it left an odd and unnatural appearance among women.  High-definition liposculpture was created precisely to address its forerunner’s failure to consider other muscles.

Despite its lofty promises, the procedure should not be seen as a magic wand that can make a highly overweight person instantly leaner.  According to the Cosmetic Surgery’ Times, the procedure is ideal fro those with substantial good muscle tone and without excessive fat or stretched skin.  It is estimated that 95% of patients who undergo high-definition liposculpture are able to maintain their post-surgery condition because they already have a regular exercise regimen even before they went through the procedure.

The procedure starts with the doctor marking the muscle bellies that will enhanced.  For women, the serratus muscles, the obliques and the rectus muscles in the abdominal area are focused on.  The same abdominal areas are targeted for men, but more attention is given to the transverse tendinous intersections within the rectus abdominus muscles to achieve that washboard appearance.

Fat is then removed in these areas to create a “picture fame” around the muscles.  Finally, the surgeon performs a more precise sculpting procedure that leaves behind small amounts of fat to strengthen the primary muscle tone.  Patients have to wait for at least a month before returning to their exercise routine, with the final results of the surgery being more evident in four months—Michelle S. Caligan

And while not everyone is genetically blessed with flawless skin, slender legs or red, pouty lips, cosmetics companies have tried to make up for man’s hereditary shortcomings with various beauty –enhancing products—from the simple moisturizing lotion to more acute measures like whitening pills and fat burning drinks.

Recent years however, have seem a drastic shift from simple beauty rituals to one-time operations, as developments in aesthetic medicine have led to the mushrooming of plastic surgery clinics that offer relatively cheap, lunchtime procedures for every body part that can be tightened, nipped, tucked, or enlarged.

According to Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, head of the Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery at Asian Hospital and Medical Center, roughly 90% of the division’s patients undergo liposuction and nose and breast augmentation.  “The rest usually opt for a tummy tuck, eyebag removal, or thread lifting.  We have also performed breast reduction, although it is a very rare case,” said Dr. Cruz.  Patients who seek these services are typically 40- to 60- year-old women, and majority are either returning Filipinos, or balikbayans, or medical tourist.

Dr. Claudine S. Roura, who heads Contours Advanced Face and  Body Sculpting Institute, says these foreigners are lured to the country because of the cheap rates local hospitals and clinics charge for the face and body sculpting jobs.  “The procedures are much cheaper in the Philippines.  Whereas liposuction can cost between $15,000 to $20,000 in the United States, here it can go for as low $5,000,’ said Dr. Roura.  Many cosmetic centers have also gotten themselves certified by international health institutions, and their doctors licensed to perform delicate treatments like the new VASER High-Definition Liposculpture, to make them more credible to international clients.

Not every perfection-seeking patient, however, can go under the knife.  “Patient selection is the cornerstone of cosmetic surgery.  First, they have to set their expectations, which have to be realistic, and from there, we can be met”, explained Dr. Cruz.

Before any feature-changing procedure, a patient is required to undergo a series of test, including a complete medical history checkup, physical examination, and a psychological profile.  “We are very strict with our pre-surgery screening because we have to make sure that the patient has logical reasons for wanting to have the surgery.” Said Dr. Cruz.

Psychological tests, for instance, help cosmetic surgeons detect if a patient has a body dismorphic disorder, a mental condition that drives a person to undergo repetitive cosmetic surgery procedures to constantly improve his looks.  “We improve his looks.  “We always remind our patients that cosmetic surgery is not a life-saving procedure.  It can be scheduled, postponed, or not even done at all,” said Dr. Cruz.

Despite advances in the field, risk of complications resulting from surgery still need to be kept in mind, said to Dr. Cruz, but being handled by well-trained and board-certified cosmetic surgeon should minimize possible health hazards to the procedure.

And just like any medical field, cosmetic surgery is perennially in the process of perfecting its techniques.  For now, however, the arena has made much headway in minimizing incisions and downtime after treatment.  Facelifts that use threads, instead of the traditional hairline slicing, were introduced around three years ago, the same year that third-generation silicon implants were approved by the United States Food and Drug Authority.  The new breast implants are composed of silicon gel which, contrary to the previous silicon oil, has a safer consistency and is encased in a much stronger shell to prevent any leakage.


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A new take on cosmetic surgery

Posted by Claudine Roura on Sat, Aug 01, 2009 @ 05:01 AM
  
  

A new take on cosmetic surgery - Businessworld special feature - July 17-18, 2009

Contours Advanced Face and Body Sculpting Institute (Contours), which offers a complete line of dermatological and cosmetic surgery services, is not your typical beauty clinic.   A brainchild of Dr. Claudine  Roura, a cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist who concentrates on  surgical and nonsurgical  body slimming and contouring, advanced body sculpture, vein therapy and precision skin care, Contours is a leading VASER center in the Philippines and the only institute certified to perform the procedure in the country.

VASER is a body sculpting technique that uses advanced ultrasonic tools and methods, and uses new standards in safety, effectiveness, comfort, and precision.  Risk and complications that usually  come with conventional lisposuction treatments are eliminated in VASER-based treatments.  Because of its advanced technology, operating time is significantly reduced, recovery periods are cut shorter, and results are more accurate and better defined.

Aside from VASER Lipo and VASER High Definition Liposculpture, Contours also offers Medislim treatments, a combination of slimming modalities that specifically target unwanted fat.  Just like the Vaser-based treatments, Medislim also uses ultrasonic technology that focuses on fat cells in specific areas of the body, with thermal energy melting the fat.  Such procedure is recommended  for those who are not yet ready for a major body enhancement.

Contours also offers Silkpeel Dermal Infusion (SDI), a non-invasive exfoliation process combined with dermal infusion that delivers skin-specific solutions.  SDI works in tandem with Contours’ Theraderm skin care system, a blend of effective therapy and dermatology.  Contours also specializes in Phlebology, which maintains safety standards for varicose veins were previously regarded as untreatable except through  surgery, today it can be treated on  a systematic outpatient basis.

Aside from the unique procedure it offers, Contours also has a full OR-RR complex, a conference room for in-house training seminars, a treatment room where dermatological procedures are administered, and another exclusively for facial treatments.  It also has separate rooms for Intense Pulsed Light treatment and procedures such as hair removal, slimming and photo rejuvenation.

As a young institute, Contours  is setting its sight on bigger growth plans, which includes expanded operations and more comprehensive services.  Led by Dr. Roura, who has had extensive training in dermatologic and cosmetic surgery here and abroad, including  personal training with Dr. John Millard of Colorado and Dr. Alfredo Hoyos of Colombia (considered the father of VASER hi definition liposculpturing),  Contours aims to prove that proper health and beauty are everyone’s business and within everyone’s reach.


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