Author: Margit Rüdiger

CultureAndCream Author from Munich To travel during my profession as a beauty journalist was never enough for my. Also my six month on a world trip didn't do it. It always attracts me to other cities, foreign countries, on roadtrips and places I don't know yet. But I am not only interested in "culture" and "cream", I am also fascinated by people who have stories to tell .  Such unique experiences I want to share with you.

Customized or bespoke are THE keywords when it comes to something tailored specifically to a person. To explain why tailor-made skin care actually does make sense, Dr. Gerhard Sattler, founder and Medical Director of the Bellari Institute and the Rosenpark Klinik Darmstadt, uses the example of SkinCeuticals CUSTOM D.O.S.E., a machine which produces a personalized skin serum on site.

Does customized skincare make sense even if one doesn’t have problem skin?

I think this is a question of personal requirements. Prevention always plays a role in taking care of my skin, even if it is healthy. In this respect, personalized care is also helpful for those consumers who don’t have problem skin. After all, it contains not only medicinal substances, but skin nourishing ingredients which give support to the stability and health of the skin. What is special about the new SkinCeuticals product is the quality of how it is prepared. The machine is located here in the salesroom at the Bellari Medical Beauty practice and, in just a few minutes, produces a serum under highly sterile conditions, just as if it came from a laboratory. I find that remarkable and highly professional.

What parameters does the machine measure?

Since every skin has individual needs and problem zones, a precise anamnesis is essential. This is obtained by means of a personal conversation and a tablet-supported skin analysis which take place in advance. Based on the programme’s questions, the patient’s objectives are established, and problem areas noted and assessed. The SkinScope from SkinCeuticals is also used. By means of a special UV light, this reveals “weak points” in the skin such as hyperpigmentation, couperose, etc., which are not yet visible to the naked eye. The formulation is then determined using a tablet after which CUSTOM D.O.S.E (and this is what makes it special) combines the appropriate ingredients for the patient. Not all active ingredients can be combined, nor can an infinite number be included in one serum. Based on the answers, the system recognizes exactly which ingredient is the correct one, for example to minimize redness. Since each substance can have several properties, this depends exactly on the combination. The system automatically compiles the optimal dosage and mixes the serum individually right in front of the patient.

Who carries out the anamnesis with the patient?

The beauty of the Bellari concept is the combination of professional cosmetics and aesthetic medicine at one location. Our customers and patients receive precise information from our beauticians and doctors as to the skincare best for them, whether it be prophylactic or to improve the appearance of their skin. Medical treatments are always advised and carried out by a doctor who makes an individual recommendation. The patient is then familiarized with the latest possibilities and technologies, such as CUSTOM D.O.S.E.

The individual serum can contain up to 12 active substances. What are these?

The serum has two possible constituents which form its basis and are carriers for the highly concentrated active substances (so-called boosters). Depending on the type of skin, we recommend a hydroalcoholic, viscous base or a light, creamy emulsion base. To this, the respective boosters are added: For exfoliation, these are AHAs (glycolic, lactic and phytic acids), which support the natural exfoliation of the skin and remove dry, pale skin flakes. H+H (Hepes and Hydrovance) refine the complexion and moisturize the skin. LI+M (liquorice root and mulberry extract) have a brightening effect. They promote an even skin appearance and minimize hyperpigmentation as well as dark spots. Another brightener is SYM (SymWhite). PXN or RET is then added to improve the skin: Pro-Xylane™ (PXN) supports the skin’s protein matrix and improves firmness. Retinol (RET in 0.1%, 0.3% and 0.5%) provides a smooth complexion, stimulates cell regeneration and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Since not every patient can tolerate Retinol, medical advice is extremely important here.

Why is there only one serum and not an entire care line?

Sometimes less is more. The serum is mixed with the exact active ingredients that the skin needs in its current condition, and in a particularly high concentration. Of course, it can be integrated into the usual skincare routine or supplemented with other products. For example, some CUSTOM D.O.S.E. combinations should only be used in the evening. Since the skin also needs care in the morning, the usual products or, if necessary, a new product that is better adapted to the skin can be used.

What is possible in skin analysis today?

Much more than ever before. In the past, dermatologists were only able use their eyes and hands for a skin anamnesis. Of course, there have long been useful analytical devices such as the dermatoscope for the detection of skin cancer. But with the SkinScope and the use of UV light, we can detect skin problems such as hyperpigmentation, freckles, sallow complexion, stubborn dark spots and the first signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles long before they become apparent. The logical consequence is that technologies are developed that provide a tailor-made skincare solution for the patient. For those of us in aesthetic medicine, this is another key element in attaining optimized results.


Sponsered by Bellari

The list of proms is endless. Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich were addicted to Krigler fragrances. Also the eccentric writer Ernest Hemingway and the legendary style icon Jackie Kennedy wore them.

Today Ben Krigler, a trained chemist, continues the tradition of the luxury perfume house in the fifth generation. With a lot of empathy and creativity as we learned during the C&C-Interview:

Do you remember your very first contact and experience with fragrance?

Yes, it was when I was a child and my mother was working on perfumes she was creating for a client. She was mixing essences and I couldn’t understand at first what she was doing. She then explained to me that she was creating scents we smell. For a while as a child, I thought that she was creating every scents in the world. The scent of flowers, the scent of the ocean, the scent of food. For a while, she was like God. Then I understood.

Which celebrities impressed you the most?

In our situation, our fragrances have been adopted by celebrities. Mostly, the fragrances were purchased by celebrities. Such as Grace Kelly who was a client of our house in New York in the 1950s. She purchased Chateau Krigler 12 when she was still a debutante and a young actress. At Krigler, the most important part is the story behind the fragrance and that is what touches everybody, celebrities or you. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marlene Dietrich both wore once Lieber Gustav 14. It’s the perfect example of a story that inspires people’s mind and chemistry. The fragrance was created as a symbol of eternal love between two human beeings in Berlin and Provence. It was a bridge over barriers.

Is there a fragrance you have created exclusively for yourself?

I have created Sierra Vista 2142 specifically for myself. But I launched it in 2014.
I just wanted to have a fragrance in the collection that embodies everything I like on me. What I do is I mix a lot of fragrances together on me, that’s my kind of exclusivity even though, anybody could do it.

Please name a fragrance ingredient which will never be used by Krigler?

Well today, I would say anything coming from animals. And I’m so glad for that. The industry has luckily evolved a lot.

Which questions do you ask the person before you create a customized fragrance?

There are about hundreds of questions we ask. But my favourites are: Where do you come from? What flavour do you like the most? What scent-memory of your childhood do you remember the most?

Have you ever refused to work for a private client and why?

The only time we refused was when a Russian client brought some oil, that was obviously coming from an animal. We told him, that we couldn’t use that to make a fragrance.

How much do I have to pay for a bespoke Krigler fragrance?

We have different offers. The pure Bespoke perfume starts at 50.000 Euros. The timeframe to create it is a minimum of nine months, usually, and it could take up to two years. For that, you meet for a minimum of six sessions to create a scent. You also get a personalized trunk, which we design for you and have it made in Paris by our artisan. A crystal bottle, that could be engraved with your initials. You may also order a fragrance from the archives, since Krigler has over 600 fragrances in our archives. You may lease a perfume for a minimum period of six months and be the only one to wear it. This is a faster way to get an original perfume historical, and that only you would be wearing in the meantime. This cost starts at 5.000 Euros.

Can you tell from the scent that someone has choosen on his personality?

Kind of yes, we kind of tell what scent will please someone better than another. Also, it has to do with the place people live in.

If you have to choose something to express yourself, would it be an exclusive fragrance or an exclusive piece of fashion?

Well, I would choose a fragrance, because I’m always wearing the same kind of clothes. A fragrance is more personal and symbolic. It can be actually correlated with fashion. For instance, abroad, I love to wear my Trachten Jacken and I gladly wear it with Eleganter Schwan 06. The fragrance created for the Schloss Neuschwanstein. I actually like to wear local or traditional clothes somewhere else. And I mix them together. I have my jackets from Japan that I love to wear with a note of Gardenia. And only abroad. I cannot fit the locals, I always want to be different. It’s so much fun to be yourself when you want it. (on IG @benkrigler)


I may have found the famous postcard motif, but the myth of Santorini still evades me.

I am torn between the goodwill I normally extend to a holiday destination that is new to me and the gut feeling I trust that when something just doesn’t seem right. And since I took this trip at my own expense, I am free to write the truth as I see it. So, my opinion: Santorini is completely overrated. Yes, the picturesque little villages with their white houses nestling on on the slopes or clustering around a hill are lovely. But this is the case on every Cycladic island. And yes, there are glorious sunsets to watch. But aren’t these to be found everywhere? Even at home in Bavaria?

Volcano born

In terms of geography and history, Santorini or Thera – as the Greeks call it – is an anomaly. The 92.5 km² large archipelago in the south of the Cyclades consists of five islands, formed by volcanic activities 3,600 years ago. The main island Thira, and the islands Thirasia and Aspronisi are grouped in a ring around the water-flooded Caldera, a kind of huge cauldron said to be around 400 meters deep. In its centre lie the two islands Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni, where the last volcanic eruption took place in 1950. So much for history.

Donkey tour, no thanks!

In aiming to do some relaxed exploring of Santorini at the end of June, I perhaps just picked the wrong month, It was not relaxed at all. Hordes of people pour off the cruise ships and, at a time, up to seven of these ocean giants can be found at anchor in the Caldera just outside the capital Firá. Once on land, passengers are carried up the steep path by donkey or mule. The “donkey tour” is also popular with those tourists not on cruise ships. This is just incomprehensible to me which is why I wasn’t tempted to take any photos. How can one enjoy such a ride, seeing the distraught animals toiling in the blazing sun, pressing themselves against the rocks in desperate search of shade. Without water, without food. After all, for a mere 6 Euros, the 220 meters to the top and back can easily be reached by cable car. Or one can walk up the 588 steps of the serpentine-like Karavolades stairs connecting Firá with the old port. Once at the top, the masses jostle their way through the narrow, winding alleys. Here a selfie, there a group photo, Gyros in hand.

Skin-to-skin sunset

The small village Oia (pronounced Ia), at Santorini’s northern tip, is considered one of the most beautiful on the island and it is here, at its highest point, that armies of tourists converge to marvel at the sunset. Not one inch on the narrow viewing path do they budge until the sun has sunk blood- red into the sea and the obligitory photos have been snapped. There are exquisite boutiques, fine restaurants and classy bars, but the Mediterranean joie-de-vivre has its price everywhere on Santorini. In Oia I find what I’m looking for – the postcard motif typical of every image of Santorini. There is a specific spot here where three blue domes lying close to each other can be captured on one photo. Other than that, the luminous blue church roofs behind the snow-white bell tower in the Cycladic style of architecture are more scattered.

A steep uphill climb

On a chain of rocks opposite the volcanic island lies Imerovigli, less picturesque and less crowded. The fact that there is less hustle and bustle here can certainly be attributed to the arduous climb. From the bus stop at the main road leading to Oia, it’s a steep 20 minute walk, a 10% gradient according to the road sign. Those who live up there or who want to savour the Buddha-Bar’s fantastic view of the sea and the setting sun, as well as its great drinks, would be well advised to rent some means of transport. I like Firostefani, a neighbouring village on the way to Firá, the best. This is where our hotel, the Santorini Palace, is located. It’s a little removed from the mass tourism and one can amble through the alleys without all the pushing and shoving. Instead of chic boutiques there are cosy little restaurants and cafés with a fabulous view of the Aegean Sea and the Caldera.

Photogenic after all!

Lying embedded in rugged towering rocks, the black beach of Kamari certainly is a romantic spot. If only it weren’t for the neat rows of pink, and in the next beach section, yellow, couches that almost hide the black lava sand from view. “From October onward it’s more pleasant on our island”, a boutique owner in Firá tells me: “It’s still warm then and only locals are here, except for the Chinese of course. They come all year round.” Oh well. But I do have to admit one thing. Santorini really does look lovely in the photos…

Unfortunately, when the eyebrows lower, this is usually the result. Often a small injection can help but sometimes more is needed.

After an eyebrow lift, however, the face can look years younger. The eyebrows act as a sort of frame and give contour to the face. If they start to droop, the effect on the facial expression usually isn’t very positive “Many people look tired, exhausted or even unfriendly, even though they may feel fit, active and alert,” confirms Dr. Stefan Kalthoff of the Rosenpark Klinik in Darmstadt.

Genetic predisposition or lifestyle consequences

Such visible changes usually begin at the age of 40. “Our genetic predisposition plays an important role in this respect, but lifestyle can also influence the elasticity of the skin,” says Dr. Kalthoff. Because they press on the upper eyelid, sagging eyebrows can also cause the eyelids to droop and the field of vision may even be impaired. Since the muscle that lifts the eyebrows must constantly work against gravity, more wrinkles form on the forehead. The problem can be solved with a brow lift. This is a small, often underestimated operation with a huge effect, making the face immediately appear fresher and more open. It is essential, however, that the treatment be carried out by an expert and that a detailed consultation takes place beforehand.

Browlift with Botox

The easiest and quickest way to lift the eyebrows is with Botox. The botulinum toxin is injected above the eyebrow into the muscle which is responsible for its sinking. This creates a lifting effect that raises the eyebrow by about one to three millimeters. As the brow moves upwards, the eyelids also droop less. Since the change is minimal, it is not suited to cases where there is an extreme degree of sagging. The effect does not set in until about seven to ten days after the injection and wears off after four to six months. The advantage of this minimally invasive method is that the procedure is quick, painless and low risk. At the most, there may be small bruises and slight swelling at the injection site.

Microfocused ultrasound

Ultherapy is a non-invasive method for lifting the eyebrows which, on average, can achieve 2 to 3 millimeters. Dr. Sonja Sattler: “With Ultherapy’s microfocused ultrasound, the eyebrows, and thus the upper eyelid as well, can be gently lifted and shaped without surgery. Either the entire brow or the outer area alone is treated. Lifting in the inner area is also suitable for some types of brows”. To ensure that that no nerves or important structures are injured, the doctor first marks the precise treatment zones. This includes the edge of the eye socket, the extension of the eyelid crease outwards and the extension line upwards from the center of the pupil. “The nerve region to be avoided is specially marked,” says Dr. Sattler. After applying the contact gel, the Ultherapy head is moved line by line over the skin within the marked areas. To ensure precise treatment, a control monitor shows the exact skin layer or depth being worked on. The patient only feels a slight sting and the skin is a little reddened afterwards. The lifting effect is fully developed about four to six months after the Ultherapy treatment.

Lifting the forehead and brows

“If the lowering of the forehead is more marked, the eyebrow correction is usually combined with a complete forehead lift under general anesthesia, after which a permanent and natural result can be expected” explains Dr. Kalthoff. This can also bring about an improvement in drooping eyelids. However, this procedure requires that an incision be made in the hairline. Dr. Kalthoff: “I then detach the skin and fatty tissue up to the brows from the muscle layer. Excess skin is removed, and a fine, thin suture made without tension”. Since the seam is very delicate and hidden by the hair, there is no need to worry that it will be visible afterwards.

Risks and pain

In addition to the general surgical risks, there may be a minimal height difference in the position of the two eyebrows. However, many people already have this without ever noticing it. There may also be a temporary feeling of numbness in the forehead. The scars usually heal very well. In rare cases, hair loss may occur around the surgical suture, but this can be easily concealed by a hair transplant. Although there is only a slight amount of pain, patients are advised to stay in the clinic overnight. The stitches can be removed after eight to ten days and one can then be fully socially active again. It is advised that physical exertion be avoided up to four weeks after the operation and taken very slowly at first. Dr. Kalthoff: “For an altogether more alert and friendly look, eyebrow correction in combination with other procedures such as upper or lower eyelid lifting can be very worthwhile.”

Leading pic: @up_n_co

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When art, gastronomy and nature form an alliance, something very special comes into being.

With three such mainstays, nothing can go wrong. Christian Bär (in the picture on the left), the congenial Murnau Alpenhof hotelier, extended an invitation to the festive installation of the exclusively designed Blue Chairs in his new garden. His motto: “A View of the Blue Country”. And indeed, all signs pointed towards blue. In the presence of Dr. Brigitte Salmen, Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) expert, author, initiator and former director of the Murnau Castle Museum, the two blue, sculptured outdoor chairs, created by Ascona designer Carlo Rampazzi (in the picture on the right) and manufactured at the Sergio Villa’s Monza Studio, were unveiled. Blue cocktails were served, and Chef Claus Gromotka created a Diner en bleu for the Soirée bleu. And, as if in honour of this opening evening, the shimmering blue of the mountains changed to a soft pink at sunset.

Unique blue pieces

Up until this autumn, guests can enjoy the “View of the Blue Country” from the Blue Chairs and pose in them for photographs to their hearts’ content. “Everyone should take something blue with them from their stay at the Alpenhof,” says hotel manager Christian Bär. But if you want to become the proud owner of one of Carlo Rampazzi’s chairs, you’ll have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. The unique, handmade chairs cost around 4000 Euros each and it takes at least two weeks for one to leave Sergio Villa’s studio. Rampazzi: “Even a mistake made by a craftsman is a bit of art. And that’s what I like.” So far, only 25 of his blue metal armchairs can be found worldwide, so it’s unlikely that your neighbour will already have one in his garden. Carlo Rampazzi calls them relaxing chairs and indeed their shape, which fits snugly to the body, makes them very comfortable to sit in.

The King of Colours

“In the beginning we made the chairs in several different colours,” says Signore Rampazzi, “but our customers wanted only blue. So the chairs were born in blue, so to speak”. Originally they came with cushions of the same colour. “But they were just over the top. The armchair is a sculpture and that just took away from its beauty,” says the designer. For Rampazzi’s usually opulent style, the chairs are rather modest. Villas and apartments from Milan to Paris, from Miami to St. Petersburg and Zurich to New York bear his signature. He is regarded as the king of colours and knows all too well how the power and magic of colour can create a positive living experience. But he always has a surprise up his sleeve and with him, one should just expect the unexpected.

Furniture with a soul

According to the designer, his best ideas come when he talks to people. “I always want to surprise them,” he says. “I have an idea in my head, but I can’t develop it on my own. It was the same with the chairs. I had created this form as an interior design, and some were already installed in various hotels. When I then spoke to people who liked them, I came up with the idea of designing a metal version for outside.” For him it is the first outdoor furniture of this kind. Rampazzi always sketches out his ideas by hand. His team then transfers the design to the computer before it lands in Sergio Villa‘s studio. Most important for the designer: “I always try to create furniture that has a soul.”

A magnet for artists

The Murnau Alpenhof certainly does have a soul and is just the right temporary home for the Blue Chairs. Christian Bär, born in Murnau and hotelier from the word go, sees to that. And the stunning Alpenhof surroundings take care of the rest. The unique play of colour and light against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alpine foothills has inspired such illustrious artists as Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky. “It is no coincidence that the ‘Blaue Reiter’ movement came into being here and that from our Murnau, the world of Modern Art was completely turned on its head,” says Christian Bär. Among other works, his hotel garden houses the sculpture “Helix” by Sir Tony Cragg, (Anthony Douglas Cragg). The visual artist from Liverpool, who has long made his home and creative base in Wuppertal, currently has an exhibition in the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See.

Inspired by nature

The principles of nature prevail at the Alpenhof. Not only do the seasons and times of day determine what food is served or which wine flows into the glass: The mountains to which the guests are taken, who will guide them on a discovery tour to the Murnauer Moos and the fragrance prevalent in the spa are also in step with the rhythms of nature. A special aspect: The inner rhythm of the person, who’s sensitive chronometer must, in everyday life, often function contrary to its own cycles, is also taken into account. Bär: “We strive to create as much free space as possible so that everyone can individually shape the time they spend with us. With the right ‘ingredients’, we also create a completely natural sense of wellbeing for our guests”. This starts with the stylish, cosy rooms or on the terrace with its breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain panorama. It ranges from culinary highlights by chef Claus Gromotka (2 Chef’s Hat Awards and 15 Gault Millau points) to the long opening hours at Alpenhof Spa Yavanna. Whether an early bird or a night owl, everyone experiences their own special “feel good” moments. What particularly impressed me was Christian Bär’s answer to my question, what should I do at the Alpenhof? His response: “Absolutely nothing!

Leading pic @Dominik Bartl

…but we must safeguard our skin from its rays as well. What is the most effective way to protect ourselves and what can be done if the UV rays have already caused skin damage.

Our relationship to the sun is ambivalent. We love it because it warms us, brightens our mood and gives our complexion a beautiful color. On the other hand, every sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer. So, here’s a little test to see how well you know how to deal with the sun.

Did you know?

  • The sun protection factor (SPF) multiplied by the skin’s own protection time indicates the amount of time one can be in the sun without any skin damage being caused. For example: SPF 30 at 10 minutes self-protection time, i.e. 30 x 10, results in 300 sun minutes with regular reapplication of sunscreen. However, dermatologists recommend moving into the shade after two thirds of the maximum time.
  • Self-protection is the period of time during which the skin can protect itself from the sun. Depending on the skin type, this ranges between 5 and 15 minutes in our latitudes. If a sunscreen product is used, it can be extended according to the SPF.
  • The amount of product necessary to provide adequate protection is more than you may think: About two milliliters are needed per square centimeter of skin, which corresponds to three tablespoons for the whole body. “Sun terraces” such as the forehead, nose, ears, neck, shoulders, décolleté and the arch of the foot usually need more.
  • Sun cream should be applied every two hours. This is the only way to maintain the level of protection, as sweat, water and sand tend to remove the UV filters. It’s a common misconception, however, that that this prolongs the protective effect.
  • Sun protection filters are distinguished by two operating principles: Mineral UV filters lie on the skin and reflect sunlight like small mirrors. They consist of natural, white pigments such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Chemical UV filters penetrate the outer layer of the epidermis and absorb the rays. Benzone, trisiloxane or drometrizole, for example, are listed on the packaging.
  • The UV rays have different wavelengths. While short-wave UV-B rays cause sunburn, long-wave UV-A contributes to skin ageing. The indicated sun protection factor (SPF) refers only to UV-B. For this reason, it’s advisable to look for the UV-A seal on the packaging.

How does the expert protect herself?

Dr. Sonja Sattler, Dermatology expert and founder of the Bellari Institute, reveals how she prepares herself for exposure to the sun. “Because of my light skin type, I opt for a day care product with a sun protection factor right from the start,” says the doctor. “This prevents not only sunburn, but light damage such as pigmentation disorders, age spots and wrinkles as well. Every morning after cleansing and before using my normal facial skincare product, I also apply an extra antioxidant serum to the face. This protects against free radicals, such as UV light, and strengthens the skin barrier”.

What do you use in direct sunlight?

Dr. Sattler: “I use creams with a high sun protection factor on my face and hands both summer and winter. UV light is present all year round, but because the sun is much more intense in summer, the danger then is greater. On sunny days on holiday, it is best to apply a sunscreen suitable for one’s skin type, and with a high protection factor, in the morning, preferably half an hour before leaving the house. Unfortunately, sun hats and caps are not my cup of tea at all, and I go swimming without a T-shirt. But at regular intervals, I make sure that I find a shady place to sit out of the sun. To be on the safe side, I recommend a sun cream with SPF 50+ regardless of skin type.”

What do you use after sunbathing?

Even if sun, swimming-pool and sea do us good, they mean stress for the skin. “That’s why it’s important to provide sufficient moisture and oil as well (ideal: the individually customized body-care from Universkin),” explains Dr. Sattler. “Body lotions with Aloe Vera or urea are well suited as after-sun lotions. For the face I use an additional moisturizing serum (e.g. Hydrating B5 or H.A. Intensifies both SkinCeuticals).To keep the skin hydrated, it is also essential to drink enough fluids, ideally 2 ½ to 3 litres of water per day”.

Professional help with sun damage

The sun’s rays are ruthless, and skin cells have a long memory. Basically, our body has various mechanisms in place which work to repair any damage. If the damage accumulates, however, the system is weakened. It may take decades before this becomes visible, then one sees wrinkles, pigmentation such as age spots, redness and loss of elasticity, which is noticeable as a sagging of the facial contours. Exposed areas such as the cheeks, nose, forehead, décolleté and hands are particularly at risk. Cosmetic treatments that have a rejuvenating effect, in combination with methods of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine, are therefore in greater demand than ever in the Bellari. Through its subsequent self-healing processes, the skin renews itself step by step, all imperceptible to others.

Skin regeneration with the finest needles

Micro-needling causes micro-injuries to the skin, by which acne scars and small wrinkles are smoothed, pores minimized and the first signs of skin aging gently treated. The skin is treated precisely with ultra-fine needles at different depths without causing any real injury. The micro-needle pinpricks stimulate the skin to renew itself from within and the skin structure takes on a smoother and fresher appearance. For a visible result, six treatments at intervals of one week each are recommended.

Skin renewal with fruit acid

Regular fruit acid peeling by a trained beautician, preferably in combination with a supplementary home care product, refines the appearance of the skin step by step and makes large pores disappear. The fruit acid removes specific parts of the upper skin (epidermis) and stimulates the rejuvenating cell growth of the deeper cells of the epidermis. During the invisible healing process, the tissue regenerates and rejuvenates. In addition, after a fruit acid peeling, the skin is better able to absorb nourishing active ingredients.

Targeted removal of pigment spots

In Cryotherapy, individual pigment spots are treated with liquid nitrogen. The cold shock destroys the affected pigment cells which are replaced by healthy cells during the healing phase. With the energy of the Flash Lamp therapy IPL (Intensed Pulsed Light), pigment spots can be specifically dissolved so that they fade significantly. The short, intensive light impulses also eliminate fine wrinkles. The entire appearance of the skin is improved and refreshed. The Fraxel re:store DUAL fractionated Thulium laser is a laser treatment using state-of-the-art technology. It renews the skin surface and ensures the breakdown of increased melanin. In combination with the sieve-like damage to the dermis by the Fraxel re:store laser, the formation of new skin cells is stimulated. This, in turn, brings about a refinement and revitalization of the facial skin.

So near and yet so far. Only 40 minutes by ferry separate the two Aegean islands. But the difference couldn’t be greater.

Mykonos: shopping and partying

The modern Bohemian hustle and bustle of old and new hippies. Party till dawn. That’s what I’ve always heard about the island. But there are two distinct sides to Mykonos and by that I mean Mykonos Town. Chora is the name given by the Mykonites to a central place. During the day the city shines in the glistening white of the Cycladic houses and the dazzling blue of the sea. It feels as if I’m seeing real light for the first time, that’s how blinded I am. There’s a good reason why one shop after the other here sells sunglasses!
Shopping in Mykonos is a lot of fun anyway. Be sure to visit Dimitris Halvatzis (#dimitrishalvatzis) and Mykonos Sandals. The narrow cobbled uphill and downhill streets are a labyrinth where visitors just love to get lost. Waiting around every corner is a new pretty shop, a cute restaurant or one of the countless mini churches. The squares with their restaurants, bars and cafés are often no bigger than a postage stamp. The edges of the houses are marshmallow round. Dresses, shoes, scarves and bags are trimmed with pom-poms. Everything is so cute that you can hardly describe anything without using words like sweet or pretty. This applies to Little Venice as well, a little gem with Venetian-style terraces and wooden balconies, overlooking the sea. A view of the famous white windmills, the landmark of the island, comes along the 5 Euro cup of cappuccino. For almost 400 years, all the grain was ground in the ten 16th century Kato Mili, of which five have been preserved. One of them now houses a museum.
While the town is a bustling hive of activity during the day, it puts on its most glamourous face after sunset. Chains of lights twinkle everywhere, often strung between palm trees and bougainvilleas. The sun sinks into the sea in theatrical redness. And the starry sky – nowhere else could it be more beautiful. The clientele, mostly young, beautiful, hetero or gay – but above all well-heeled – glitters just as brightly. Up to 10 Euros for a beer is not uncommon. The most pleasant thing about all the hustle and bustle: the Mykonites take everything with relaxed friendliness and unshakeable tolerance, at the same time making one thing very clear: they are and remain the boss in the house. Charming and very congenial!

Delos: Peace and Culture

Delos: Peace and Culture
From the old harbour in Mykonos – the new harbour is the territory of the cruise ships which drop anchor here daily – my journey into the past begins. The ferry crossing takes 40 minutes. Hordes of passengers, a horror in the summer months, are disgorged from the Delos Cruiser “Orca” onto the flat island, which appears to float just like a raft in the sea. But the crowds disperse quickly, and the Antiquity adventure can begin. We are speaking about the period of 300-500 BC when 30,000 people from different nations lived in four larger settlements on the island. Many things began here, the beautiful and the less beautiful. The main square, for example, was the scene of the first slave market which saw 2000 people being sold every day. Nothing on today’s Delos has been changed, rebuilt or restored as is the case in many other ancient places. Small shops lined the way to the Amphitheatre, the first of its kind. The stone formations and artefacts still give evidence of their former use: the trough tables of the fishmongers, the butchers’ blocks and the holes in the Bank’s stone counter into which money was dropped. The island’s wealth is said to have been unique. Trade and culture flourished. A place that pays tribute to its deities. And indeed, it is here where Leto, the beloved of Zeus, found a safe haven after her escape from the angry Hera. Her two children, Apollo and Artemis were born here and as a thank you, she promised the island eternity. It is a remarkable fact that Delos, in comparison with other archaeological sites, has indeed managed to keep its history alive.

Decreasing volume causes the face to sag. The once narrow, defined chin area becomes wider and slack. Aesthetic goal: to rebuild facial harmony.

From about the age of 25, gravity begins to constantly pull on the contours of the body. The aging process in the face becomes particularly clear when the so-called triangle of beauty is reversed. The youthful face has high cheekbones with full cheeks and a well-defined contour with a narrow chin where the imaginary triangle converges. When skin density and volume distribution change, the triangle is turned upside down. The broader part now lies in the lower area of the face with a widened, slacker chin contour and a sagging cheek area. The overall impression is often seen as sad and stressed.

Unjustly neglected

“It is quite normal that during our aging process not only the tissue sags, but bone substance is lost as well. This gradually changes the shape of the face and, in particular, the chin and jaw area suffer from the aging process. The reconstruction of this area to attain facial harmony was unduly neglected in aesthetic medicine for years,” confirms Dr. Gerhard Sattler, co-founder of the Bellari Institutes and Medical Director of the Rosenpark Klinik.

Deep Tissue build-up

To rebuild the chin and jaw area special fillers or, more precisely, injectable implants such as the new Juvéderm Volux, are required, which can be inserted deeper into the tissue. In contrast to superficial hyaluronic acid injections to combat wrinkles and fine lines, the tissue must be built up from below. The Vycross technology was developed for this purpose. It combines hyaluronic acid molecules of low and high molecular weight to form a tightly cross-linked gel. In the skin, this implant has a long duration of action and low water absorption. In this way, the effect is maintained for up to 24 months.

Determination of width

In the treatment of the chin, a series of injections is first placed directly on the mentum, the bone at the chin. Five to seven injection points are required for this width determination. Subsequently, three to five points of volume are injected into the chin (pogonion), directly under the muscle. First of all, the chin is extended and its width determined, then the volume or the actual chin is formed. The fold above the chin can also be optimally compensated with Volux. Since Volux is combined with the anesthetic Lidocaine, the patient feels almost nothing from the injection. A slight reddening and some swelling may occur, but these can be easily concealed. Except in special cases, such as a genetically caused strongly receding chin for example, a single treatment is enough.

Chewing makes the muscles grow

A jaw area which is optically too wide can be caused by genetic predisposition or by a shift in volume due to gravity and the loss of support structures in the cheek region. But a widening by an overactive chewing muscle can be the cause of so-called sagging cheeks as well. How can the muscle (masseter) grow in this way? There are several possible causes: predisposition and excessive strain due to nocturnal grinding of the teeth as well as jaw clenching play a definite role, as does the over-consumption of chewing gum. The lower jaw and face then appear wider and more angular than would normally be the case.

Shaping with Botulinum

Botulinum is used to slim down the masseter muscle and prevent it from overly. Three to four punctures directly into the muscle are enough and the effect occurs after about seven weeks. Since the muscle is not exercised as much, it slowly loses substance and the volume decreases. However, it can take up to four weeks for the face to look narrower, especially at the back of the lower jaw. If the effect is to be permanent, it is advisable to repeat the injection every six months. Another advantage: nightly teeth grinding (bruxism) can be treated in the same way.

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The most efficient methods to effectively correct drooping eyelids in adherence with individual characteristics.

An excess of skin on the upper eyelid can be the cause of so-called drooping eyelids which always make one look tired and worn out or even unfriendly. If the underlying musculature slackens in the course of skin aging, the drooping eyelids become more pronounced or may then even start to develop. Several methods are now available to correct this. In the case of slightly drooping eyelids, a new, non-invasive procedure with atmospheric plasma, which does not require the use of a scalpel, can be applied. The energy is transferred to the skin surface by the device in the form of a plasma beam, creating micro-wounds on the skin. These stimulate the wound healing process, resulting in a visible tightening of the skin. Usually only one outpatient treatment is necessary – the result can already be seen after seven to ten days. During this time, however, one must expect the treated area to become incrusted. If the skin of the upper eyelid is more slack, however, only the scalpel can help. The Darmstadt Rosenpark Klinik’s Dr. Stefan Kalthoff explains how a classic eyelid lift works.

What causes drooping eyelids?

Drooping eyelids are often inherent in the patient’s own genes. In addition, skin elasticity decreases with age. People who have always had drooping eyelids find that they are no longer able to see everything. The drooping upper eyelid literally robs them of their sight and severely restricts their field of vision.

At what age does it usually begin?

The process of skin aging is genetically programmed and takes place in the dermis, the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis. This skin layer consists of connective tissue cells and connective tissue fibres such as collagen and elastin which give the skin its elasticity and resilience. With increasing age, the skin tissue loses collagen and elastin. The skin becomes thinner, water and fat content decrease. Most people first show signs of skin ageing from around the age of 35. Due to the loss of elasticity, genetically created drooping eyelids become even more pronounced. This affects both women and men.

What is done during the procedure?

During upper eyelid lifting, excess skin is reduced and any sagging muscles and protruding fatty tissue are removed. The fine eyelid skin is then closed with the thinnest suture material. This creates only a very fine scar in the crease of the eyelid. Once healed, it is not visible to others.

What are the associated risks?

In addition to minor bruising and swelling there may, in rare cases, be a wound healing disorder and, as a result, a less than optimal scarring. However, people with this problem are usually aware that they suffer from it.

When is the best time for this operation?

As soon as the drooping eyelids begin to disturb to such an extent that one feels impaired. For example, if one only thinks about it once in a month, that’s only twelve days in a year. But if one thinks about it every day, the significance is greater for the person affected.

How long does the procedure take?

Including the preparation for the operation, the outpatient procedure lasts about one and a half hours. The patient can leave the clinic immediately afterwards and is presentable right away, ideally with sunglasses. Pain is usually not to be expected after the operation.

How long can you not be seen in public afterwards?

The healing process is individual, but minor bruising and swelling of the eyelids subside after seven to a maximum of 14 days. The optimal time for this procedure is summer when one can wear sunglasses without attracting attention.
But isn’t it true that an eyelid lift alone can’t always get rid of a tired look?
Sometimes a forehead lift is necessary. The forehead skin’s elasticity also decreases over the years. This often results in excess skin on the upper eyelid and the eyebrows usually drop. UV light, weight changes, as well as genetic factors accelerate this process.

What does forehead lifting do?

A forehead lift smooths the upper part of the face and raises the eyebrows in accordance with one’s individual type – with a clearly skin-rejuvenating effect. Frown lines disappear as well as, to a large extent, crow’s feet.

How’s that done?

The plastic surgeon makes an incision in the hairline. The skin and fatty tissue up to the eyebrows are then detached from the muscle layer and lifted individually. The excess skin is removed, and the incision is sutured without any tension. The patient is provided with a compression bandage and after eight to ten days the stitches are removed. Afterwards, one can socialize again without any restrictions. The scar is covered by the hair and is almost invisible.

How do I find a really good specialist?

The Internet now offers excellent information about the respective experts via various portals. Ultimately, however, you should arrange to have at least two consultations and then decide on the doctor you trust. In an aesthetic procedure, the chemistry should be right from both sides. Only the can a perfect result be achieved.

Which “bait offers” should one be aware about?

As with every service, the same applies to aesthetic medicine: quality has its price. Of course, this does not mean that a cheaper provider must necessarily be worse. But with dumping prices, I would definitely obtain more detailed information about the surgeon. Especially with sensitive regions such as the eyelid, attempting to make corrections afterwards is difficult.

How long does the result last?

Of course, an upper lid lift cannot stop the skin from aging, but the outcome can certainly be enjoyed for several years.

Do health insurance companies cover the costs of the procedure?

As soon as there is a so-called medical indication, in this case a considerable restriction of the field of vision by the drooping eyelid, there is a good chance that at least private health insurance companies will reimburse the cost of the operation. However, one should go to one’s health insurance company with a cost estimate beforehand.

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Yes, a new device from the USA can develop the muscles without any sweat-inducing training.

A flat stomach and a firm bottom are at the top of most people’s wish list for the body, be it women or men. But these require years of exercise, a lot of stamina and countless sit ups and squats. Emusculpt, a new device from the USA based on electromagnetic waves, now makes this goal much easier to achieve. The effect of a 30-minute session is comparable to that of 20,000 sit-ups or the same amount of squats. This comparison is, however, misleading since such training would be physically impossible in a fitness studio. Whereas sit-ups use about 40 percent of the muscles, Emsculpt works on 100 percent. “In general, the device is recommended for those body-savvy people who want an extra push in addition to normal training,” says Dr. Sonja Sattler, Medical Director of the Bellari Institute.

How does Emsculpt work?

Unlike conventional EMS devices (electromyostimulation), it does not work with electrical impulses, but with Emusculpt. These penetrate deeper into the tissue and thus ensure a much more effective result. The generation of an electromagnetic field stimulates the muscle groups to thousands of contractions. The muscles are shaken up, so to speak. In this way, the muscle mass in the desired body zones can be increased significantly and very quickly. An additional plus in the abdominal area: a decrease in fatty deposits. This is because the turbo activity of the muscles overstimulates the fat metabolism and permanently breaks down local fat cells. Dr. Sattler: “For me, however, the clear focus here is on muscle mass and not on the pleasant side effect of fat reduction”.

What happens during the treatment?

One relaxes comfortably on the couch and the flat, impulse-emitting handpiece is strapped to the area to be treated. As soon as the intensity is fixed, ideally at 100, the device starts to work. At first one feels a strong contraction which, within the next 30 minutes, develops into a firm hold and causes the target region to freeze for a few seconds at a time. It is intermittently interrupted by the so-called “relaxing tapping”. The individually adjustable intensity ensures that the treatment is as pleasant as possible, even for pain-sensitive patients.

Is it painful?

Depending on the intensity, it may feel slightly unpleasant, but never painful. After completion of the treatment, one is immediately fit again and can go about everyday life without any restrictions. The muscles do not feel tired or stressed afterwards.

How many sessions are required?

For an optimal result, a total of three to four sessions should be performed at intervals of two to three days. Each session lasts about 30 minutes. The maximum effect is usually achieved after 6 to 8 weeks.

Does it work for everyone?

Experience has shown that some people appear to react more quickly than others. A patient who already had strong abdominal muscles told us that she noticed a positive effect on her long-term back problems after just one treatment. Conversely, another patient reported that she was only able to notice a real difference after a few applications. Still others said that they completed all sessions without much effect. But a week later, overnight so to speak, the stomach was flat with well-defined muscles.

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