City preps for festivals with nips, jabs

Peddar Road resident Nisha Sharma (name changed on request), 32, visited her dermatologist on Saturday for a 40-minute hydrafacial cosmetic procedure ahead of Navratri, which begins on October 16.

“Going out with my friends to play dandiya during Navratri is one of the big social events of the year for me, so I want to look radiant,” she said.

As the nine-day festival nears, skin specialists across the city are seeing a rise in the number of patients opting for quick cosmetic procedures.

“My clinic has seen a 30% increase in demand, with most patients seeking treatments that involve infusing cleansing solutions and serums to hydrate the skin,” said dermatologist Dr Bindu Sthalekar.

Chemical peels and botox injections are also more in demand this year, added Dr Mohan Thomas, cosmetic surgeon, Breach Candy hospital. In addition to cosmetic treatments, people are also seeking out fast-track diets and exercise routines to look their best for the festive season — Navratri followed by Diwali and then Christmas and New Year.

Some experts, however, advocate restraint. “Any fast-track procedure will have a negative, rebound effect on the body,” said Dr Rupa Pandit, a Goregaon-based diet therapist. “People tend to regain more weight after intensive diets while beauty treatments lead to loose, unhealthy skin prone to faster ageing.”


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