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The Cleopatra Lift
Written by Dr Sachit Shah   

woman with braids in her hairAccording to world-renowned scholars, Queen Cleopatra VII was one of the most beautiful and powerful women that ever lived. Her legendary beauty moved nations and her allure was felt by some of the most powerful men in her time. Cleopatra was also a scientist and used many beauty remedies to keep her skin glowing and fresh, from her legendary milk baths to wrinkle treatments made with beeswax, maringa oil and cyprus grass.

Cleopatra was said to possess the “Golden Ratio,” a combination of facial measurements that evoke the most attraction and positive emotion from a human being. It is roughly defined as a face that is one and half times as long as it is wide (1 : 1.618 to be exact). This isn't that impressive on its own, until you realize that this ratio is the key to everything from encrypting computer data to the numbers of spirals on a sunflower head, our own limbs and why the Mona Lisa is so pleasing to the eye.

drawing of a face done with linesOther measurements are taken, but the Golden Ratio is the foundation used by many cosmetic physicians to enhance, correct and restore your facial beauty to its most appealing without giving your face an unbalanced or unnatural look. The Cleopatra Lift is a combination effect of Xeomin Cosmetic and Radiesse to restore your natural features with a natural collagen lift. Xeomin Cosmetic is the latest generation Botulinium Toxin type A treatment. Botox was the first of these types of products. Xeomin differs from Botox in one key area: it is free from the complexing proteins, hence its nickname “naked Botox” or “pure Botox.” Xeomin is equally effective in reducing and relaxing wrinkles. Comparing Botox to Xeomin is like comparing Coke to Pepsi. The taste is a personal preference, but the fact remains they are both colas that are very similar. Xeomin is used in exactly the same way as traditional Botox treatments, making it easy for physicians to treat patients as the duration, dosing and so on are all very familiar to them already if they have been using Botox.

The recent availability of volumizing fillers has provided cosmetic physicians with the tools necessary to contour facial features non-surgically and cost-effectively. In addition to Xeomin, physicians also use a filler such as Radiesse to add back lost volume to facial features. As we age, we lose our natural collagen, resulting in less volume and elasticity in our faces and making us appear older and more tired – even though we may not feel that way.

Radiesse Volumizing filler immediately provides the volume and lift needed to slow the signs of aging due to the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. What is unique about Radiesse is that the filler itself provides a scaffold under the skin, a structure that stimulates your own collagen to grow. This process continues for several months, which extends the initial effects of Radiesse. Stimulating your own natural collagen to grow gives you a very natural lift over time that lasts a year or longer, long after the calcium microspheres have disappeared.

The Cleopatra Lift, a combination of Xeomin and Radiesse treatments, provides patients with the ultimate liquid facelift without surgery, a long-lasting treatment that combines the best of both of these procedures with minimal downtime.

Dr Sachit Shah -

Dr Sachit Shah is a Family Physician with a special interest in cosmetic medicine. He has a Diploma in Dermatology and has a large cosmetic clinic in Surrey, BC with more than 20 medical esthetic devices to help you age the way you want to. www.bclaserandskincare.com

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