Relocated clinic on Wairakei road ‘fabulous’!


The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic moved to its fabulous new premises at 80 Wairakei Road just before Christmas last year. Dr Brigid Lee said it had been a big decision to move but the chance of being in a purpose built appearance medicine clinic with lots of off road parking made it irresistible.

The new clinic looks fabulous; a welcoming entrance leads you into a luxurious waiting room that feels like an elegant lounge. Even the hallway is worth seeing, with its art deco styling it looks as if it is straight out of the Great Gatsby! Each room even has its own chandelier to add to the feeling that you are somewhere very special for a well deserved treat.

Apart from the new surroundings everything else is the same, with all the same treatments available from either Dr Brigid Lee or Denise Prosser. This month the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is offering a special on dermal stamping treatments. These are done by a device called the Dermapen which is the latest technology used to provide microneedle dermabrasion, precisely delivering controlled injuries to the skin.

These rapidly healing micro-wounds are directly perpendicular to the skin to minimise trauma and client discomfort. An anaesthetic cream applied for 20 minutes prior to the treatment actually makes it pain-free. Dermapen is FDA indicated for ageing skin, wrinkles, acne scars, striae and surgical scar hypertrophy.

Dr Brigid Lee explains that in comparison to other rejuvenation technologies, Dermapen is relatively benign. A fractional laser or radiofrequency device, for example, creates fractional wound patterns with zones of ablation or coagulation. These have been proven effective but can result in inflammation, possibly leading to postinflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

With Dermapen we produce fractional patterns of similar micro-wounding with no ablation zone, no coagulation of capillaries or necrosis, and no denaturing of proteins. The excellent safety profile, lack of risk and downtime make Dermapen’s collagen induction treatments very popular.

The Dermapen is being used more and more as an alternative to traditional plastic surgery as it helps address issues such as skin texture and skin tone, leaving skin feeling tighter with improved appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and even minimises pore size, all with no downtime.

The object of the Dermapen’s treatment is to stimulate collagen production by injuring the skin through those thousands of microwounds. Any injury to the skin stimulates the healing cascade by producing more fibroblasts and collagen. As collagen is the protein responsible for skin elasticity, more collagen theoretically means smoother, firmer skin.

Dr. Des Fernandes (a South African plastic surgeon who pioneered derma-rolling) conducted a study in 2008 in South Africa and Germany, which showed a considerable increase in collagen and elastin in tissue samples from participants who had regular derma-roller treatments.

The Dermapen is being used more and more as an alternative to traditional plastic surgery as it helps address issues such as skin texture and skin tone, leaving skin feeling tighter with improved appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and even minimises pore size, all with no downtime.