Treatments

Intensive

Treatments

All skin treatments begin with an initial consultation which includes extensive skin assessment, individual treatment plan and explanation of treatment plan cost.

Your initial skin consultation is absolutely free.

 

Botox

Botox

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Dr Brigid Lee at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has developed a special interest in Botox/Dysport treatments and regularly attends meetings to keep up with the latest techniques. She performs all treatments herself and does not delegate treatments to other members of staff. Each treatment is tailored to the individual client and therefore produces very natural looking results.

What is Botox?


Botox is a natural purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing muscles creating a smoothed, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A, derived from bacteria in much the same way as penicillin is derived from mould. Manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions, it's a simple non-surgical procedure that smooths the deep, persistent facial lines that develop over time. One ten minute treatment relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed for about 4 months.

What does treatment with Botox involve?


It is a non-surgical treatment whereby a small amount of Botox is injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally, Botox treatment for glabellar frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown) takes about 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after. After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for Botox to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect.

How does Botox work?


Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines but can be used to treat problem underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis).

How long does Botox last?

In general, if the right amount of Botox is injected by a skilled doctor in the right muscles, Botox results can last 3-4 months. Botox should definitely last longer than a few weeks, but how much longer varies. First time Botox users, for example, might experience Botox wearing off in less than 3 months.

Are there any side effects?


The side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. These include soreness or mild bruising, which can easily be covered with makeup, headache, and less commonly, you may develop a heavy eyelid lasting 1-4 weeks which we may be able to treat with eyedrops. There have been no permanent side effects of Botox reported.Botox should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.

Who should administer Botox?


Botox is a prescription only medicine and as such is only available from a doctor. It should be injected only under the supervision of a registered Medical practitioner. Dr Brigid Lee at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has undergone specialised training in cosmetic procedures and performs all injections herself - no treatments are delegated to a nurse.

Beware of “bargain Botox” offers. If the price seems much cheaper it is unlikely that registered Allergan Botox or Galderma Dysport is being used, or that the dose is too low or the product has been diluted to give a weaker effect that may not last as long. There have recently been reports of cheaper Korean and Chinese products( Neuronox and Chinatox) being imported into New Zealand which have no proven safety record.

Botox for Sweating

Botox for sweating

Botox Treatment For Excessive Sweating

At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we treat problem underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis) with Botox. This treatment takes about half an hour, is relatively painless and usually lasts for 10 months or more.

Many people suffer from excessive underarm sweating which can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Often they have tried a number of deodorants with limited or no success. Some of the stronger antiperspirants which contain aluminium salts can cause itching and skin irritation.

By placing a number of superficial [shallow] injections of Botox into the armpit the amount of sweating can be markedly reduced [and in some cases stopped all together]. Botox targets sweating at its source. Once injected it enters the specific glands in the underarms responsible for excess sweating. There it blocks the release of a chemical that signals the perspiration. After the first treatment the effects of Botox last an average of seven and a half months; however, the duration of effect may vary from person to person. Some people report a reduction in sweating lasting for more than a year.

The procedure is relatively painless and takes about 30 minutes to complete. In some cases we may perform a sweat test first to determine which areas of your underarms are causing the problem.

You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment.
Side effects are usually minimal but you may experience some bruising or swelling of the treated area.
If you decide not to have further treatment there will be no lasting change in the treated areas. The effects of Botox treatment will gradually wear off and your underarm sweating will resume.

The cost of this treatment at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is NZ$1000 – $1200 depending on the size of the area to be treated and the amount of Botox required for a good result.

For further information visit the botox official site.

Ultherapy

Ultherapy

Ultherapy®

Ultherapy is an innovative, new type of non-surgical, non-invasive treatment used to lift skin and tighten loose skin and reverse the signs of ageing on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the décolletage.

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy® is a safe, non-surgical, non-invasive ultrasound treatment that uses focused ultrasound and the body’s own regenerative process to gently and gradually lift, tone and tighten skin on the eyebrow, under the chin and on the neck, and smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

What does Ultherapy treatment involve?


Ultherapy uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy. Using ultrasound imaging, lasers, penetrate the skin from the outside-in, bypassing the surface of the skin, and delivering targeted energy specifically into the deep, structural tissues where collagen lives. Ultrasound imaging allows the operator to see the layers of tissue being targeted during the treatment to ensure the energy is deposited to where it will be most beneficial.

How does Ultherapy work?


By stimulating the deep structural support layers of the skin, a natural, regenerative response is initiated, stimulating the growth of new collagen, which lifts and tightens the skin over time. Because ultrasound technology actually works non-invasively from the inside-out, results build gradually over 2-3 months, and can continue to improve up to 6 months after the procedure.

How long do Ultherapy results last?

Patients treated with Ultherapy still have fresh young collagen after a year’s time following the procedure, but skin continues to age. Future touch-up treatments can help keep pace with the aging process, which varies by individual.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with skin that has some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. A lowered eyebrow line or sagging skin on the eyelids, for instance, is often the first sign of "maturing" skin. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their thirties and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.
While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many people who want some lifting but are not ready for surgery, either mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game” as well as those looking to prolong the effects of cosmetic surgery.

Does Ultherapy hurt?

A recent software upgrade called "Ultherapy Amplify" now affords a more comfortable procedure. While comfort thresholds vary from patient to patient, most patients report that the Ultherapy procedure is quite tolerable. If and when any discomfort does occur, it happens while the ultrasound energy is being delivered. This sensation is temporary and is a positive signal that the collagen-building process has been initiated.

We take measures to make the experience as pleasant as possible, and patients tell us they leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.

Is Ultherapy safe?

Natural. Non-Invasive. No Downtime. The FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure has been established to be safe and effective in clinical studies and over 400,000 patient treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years. At Ideal Image, we only use licensed medical and nursing professionals, who have been through in depth training and have the knowledge to make your treatment a success!

Are there any side effects?

With Ultherapy, there’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change. There may be slight redness for up to an hour or so following the treatment, and a small percentage of patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Injectable Dermal Fillers

At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we use injectable fillers which are hyaluronic acids and therefore non-permanent and completely reversible. Treatments can be used to erase wrinkles, scars and unwanted lines and to enhance lip shape.

How will I look immediatey after treatment?

There may be temporary puffiness of the treated areas. Occasionally there is temporary blushing, slight bruising or tenderness around the treated areas. These are all normal occurrences and should clear up within a few days.

Are dermal fillers suitable for everyone?

No, hyaluronic acid injections should not be given into areas where the skin is already infected or inflamed. Previous coldsores at the site of injection may be re-activated (we would usually give you a prescription for anti-viral tablets to prevent this). Dermal filler injections are not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Do the injections hurt?

Depending on where the wrinkles or lines are to be filled will dictate how painful the procedure is. Juvederm and Restylane are made with local anaesthetic incorporated into the injectable gel. This means that once the needle is under the skin the injection numbs itself. We use a tiny 31g needle which is the smallest on the market and numb the area with a numbing cream first. We also use ice to cool the area down (almost like a brain-freeze) which decreases the pain and the chance of bruising. If someone is still feeling any discomfort we can put in a dental block - just like the dentist and completely block the area. Most people report that the injections are relatively painless.

How long does the correction last?

Most people require repeat injections after 9-12 months. Over time the interval between touch-ups becomes longer and the amount required to maintain the effect usually decreases.

What is the cost of a dermal filler treatment?


The cost of dermal filler injections varies depends on the amount of product needed to attain the desired result. Keep an eye on our monthly specials as we often offer a discount on dermal fillers.

Are dermal fillers safe?

When done by expert board-certified dermatologists, fillers are not only safe, but effective. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor during your consultation.

We do not recommend the use of “permanent” fillers due to the high risk of side-effects and long term complications.

Pellevé

Pellevé

Pellevé™

The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic was one of the first  clinics in New Zealand to offer Pellevé, which is a revolutionary innovation for smoother, tighter skin, FDA-cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery. Pellevé can be used to treat the skin on the face, including sagging skin under the chin, nasolabial folds, wrinkles around the mouth, lines or folds between the eyebrows, lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, and finally tired or unhappy expressions.

How does Pellevé work?


Pellevé precisely heats the deep layers of your skin using advanced radio wave technology without damaging the epidermis, or top layer. The heat causes the collagen in your skin to contract and tighten. After the treatment, your skin will start to produce new collagen, resulting in an improvement in skin quality, firmness and tightness you can see and feel.

Is the Pellevé treatment safe?


Clinical studies have proven that the Pellevé treatment is a safe and effective way to reduce wrinkles without surgery. The side effects and discomfort are minimal, and no drugs or anesthetics are used during the procedure. You may experience some transient erythema or edema, which is typically gone in a few hours.

What should I expect during the procedure?


You will feel a deep warming sensation each time the Pellevé hand piece touches the area being treated. Because no anaesthetic is required, you will be able to describe the depth of the feeling to your doctor, which will help to ensure the best possible results.

What should I expect after the procedure?


Possible side effects of Pellevé include mild discomfort during the procedure within the area that was treated. Mild swelling and redness may occur which typically go away within 2 to 24 hours.

IPL

IPL

IPL- Intense Pulsed Light

IPL is a non-invasive procedure that is used to treat a wide variety of skin
conditions without disrupting the skins surface. IPL can help reduce the appearance of pigmented spots, freckles and sun damage, small veins and capillaries, rosacea and hyperpigmentation from acne scarring.

What is IPL?

IPL treatments usually take about half an hour, there is minimal discomfort (it has been likened to a flicking sensation) and there is no downtime – meaning it can be a lunch-time procedure as people can return to normal activities straight away.

What is the treatment like?

IPL consists of five, thirty to forty five minute treatments spaced three weeks apart. Intense Pulsed Light is flashed along the skin of the face, and in some instances, neck and chest. Clients describe the sensation as feeling like the snap of a rubber band.

What is Erythema, can this help?

Erthema is a flushed red appearance of the skin that initially only occurs following exposure to cold or heated environments which, over time, can become a constant flushed appearance. Typically our clients see a 50-75% reduction in Erythema after just 5 treatments.

Can IPL be used for sun damage?


Yes, after a series of treatments there is visible improvement to sun damaged and photo-aged skin that shows irregular pigmentation, fine lines and freckling from chronic sun exposure.

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma Skin Rejuvenation

Platelet rich plasma has been used in orthopaedics, plastic surgery, cardiology and chronic wound care. It has now entered the cosmetic medicine arena where it is used to regenerate aged and damaged skin. It has been used extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and is finally available in New Zealand.
The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Christchurch was the first in New Zealand to do a “Bio Active Facial Rejuvenation” using the patient’s own platelet rich plasma.

How do platelets rejuvenate skin?


Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. In this way, PRP softens wrinkles and creating smoother skin texture and tone.

What is PRP used for?

PRP has a long history of being used in orthopedic, dental,and reconstructive surgery and more recently have been applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Scientific studies have documented that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and can soften sun damage and aging skin issues.

What should expect during and after the procedure?


A small amount of blood will be drawn from you. While the PRP is being prepared, your skin will be cleansed and prepared for the treatment. The injections take a few moments, and are only mildly uncomfortable. The procedure is quick (15 minutes total), relatively painless, and requires no post procedure care or time off from daily events. Mild swelling, redness, or bruising fade within 1-3 days. The PRP is made from your own cells, virtually eliminating the possibility of negative side effects.

What results can I expect?


The goal of PRP skin rejuvenation therapy is to improve skin tone and texture, tighten skin, soften lines and pores. Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. Three treatment sessions are generally recommended, spaced 1-2 months apart, to achieve the best outcome. PRP therapy can be combined with other treatments to best target a patient's unique issues and thus achieve the final goal of younger looking skin.

Micro-Needling for Collagen Induction

Micro-Needling

Micro-Needling for Collagen Induction

One of the first things we notice about someone is their skin complexion. Everyone would love to have beautiful, clear luminous skin and with new treatments available to treat a myriad of concerns it is now attainable. The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Fendalton likes to be able to offer their clients the best and most efficacious of these treatments.One of the first things we notice about someone is their skin complexion. Everyone would love to have beautiful, clear luminous skin and with new treatments available to treat a myriad of concerns it is now attainable. The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Fendalton likes to be able to offer their clients the best and most efficacious of these treatments.

Micro-needling therapy has been available for many years and a variety of devices have been used to cause micro-injuries to the skin to stimulate collagen production. Initially there was skin stamping and skin rollering but now the newest and most effective device has become available in New Zealand and it is called the Dermapen. The Dermapen is an automatic micro-needling device that has been proven to be as effective as ablative laser treatments such as fraxel , IPL, laser resurfacing and chemical peels and all with little to no downtime!

The Dermapen is used for skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation, it helps with skin texture by improving wrinkles and fine lines and minimizing pore size, it can also help with reducing scarring whether it’s old acne scarring or a newer wound that has scarred. It can also be used to improve stretchmarks, treat alopecia and lift abnormal pigmentation.

For those interested in the science behind how causing a micro-injury to the skin stimulates collagen production:

INJURY -> INFLAMMATION ->GROWTH FACTOR EMISSION -> FIBROBLAST CELL MULTIPLICATION -> COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN SYNTHESIS

How does the Collagen Induction Roller Work?

As you roll the Derma Roller over your skin, it creates pin point punctures into the dermis – the majority of which are simply temporarily opening your pores. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that initiate the production of collagen and elastin. The human body is designed to react to any damage or injury by initiating the process of healing, but in general it will only heal as far as is necessary to keep you healthy – which is totally different to healing to a cosmetic level. By constantly stimulating this healing mechanism, you ask your body to keep healing until the process is finished.

What can I expect from the procedure?

The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. For better results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.

How will I look after treatment?

Most people will experience mild redness and possibly some swelling. The same way you may feel with a mild sunburn. Effects may last for 24-48 hours and there may be pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Within several days to several weeks you will notice a smoother, brighter, and more radiant appearance, however, the full effects of the treatment do not appear until several months later.

What is the down time like?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup may be used after procedure.

Radio-Surgery

Radio-Surgery

Radio-Surgery

At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we use radiosurgery (Surgitron) to remove benign skin lesions, moles and skin tags. This is a technique using high frequency radio waves to remove the unwanted lesions with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. This results in a very superficial wound, which usually heals with minimal or no scarring.
The mole or skin lesion is shaved off at the level of the surrounding skin. The resulting wound is automatically “sealed” during the procedure and does not bleed. No stitches are required. The wound may then be covered by a protective dressing; however, on the face, some people prefer to leave the wound uncovered for cosmetic reasons. Over the next 7-10 days the area heals by forming a light brown scab, which will fall off to reveal pink new skin. It is essential to refrain from picking or scratching the wound during this healing process. The area continues to mature over the next 6 months or so, eventually fading to match the surrounding skin.

What Is Ellman Surgitron High RF?

Electrical current, in one form or another, has been applied to human tissues as a surgical modality for over 100 years. Most electrosurgical units operate from 200 to 1000 kHz. The electrodes on these devices become hot and cauterise the tissue they come into contact with, causing heat damage to the surronding tissue. High frequency radiosurgery, above 1,500kHz (1.5 MHz), transmits pure radiowaves to the tissue without heating the electrode. The Surgitron's patented technology uses the frequencies of 1.7MHz-4.0MHz which is a pure radiosignal range. Absorption of this frequency is by the water component of cells and "cuts" the tissue with minimal alteration to the surrounding cells. Ellman’s technology has received worldwide acclaim and recognition from leading surgeons, clinics, and universities.

Which Areas Can Be Treated?

Lesions which can be treated include moles, skin tags, warts, seborrhoiec keratoses and other raised growths. Surgitron is also successful in treating facial spider veins.

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Radio-Surgery?

Radiosurgery facilitates, accelerates and improves surgical procedures, is efficient in removing benign skin lesions, moles and skin tags with superior cosmetic results. The tissue removal is made at a superficial skin level, the scarring risks are minimal, it is painless, doesn't require sutures, doesn't cause any bleeding, swellings or post-operative infections and ensures a fast and efficient healing process.

Which Areas Can Be Treated?

Lesions which can be treated include moles, skin tags, warts, seborrhoiec keratoses and other raised growths. Surgitron is also successful in treating facial spider veins.

How much does Radio Surgery Cost?

The cost of Surgitron treatment varies depending on the number and size of the skin lesions removed, but would typically be between NZ$180 and NZ$500.

Hydrabrasion

HYDRABRASION

Hydrabrasion Replaces Microdermabrasion

hydrabrasionA device that delivers supersonic pressure to the skin for rejuvenation is showing efficacy for several conditions, including facial wrinkles, solar keratoses, and acne scars. This new device, which was developed by a Russian rocket scientist, is called the Jet-M and treatments are now available at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in Fendalton.

It uses pressurized oxygen to deliver saline into the superficial layers of the skin at supersonic velocities. “I predict the Jet-M will replace microdermabrasion,” says Dr Brigid Lee “The results are fantastic for acne, skin rejuvenation and skin lightening. The 200 meter per second, supersonic microflow of the Jet-M is made possible by a specialized nozzle handpiece that functions as a microdroplet accelerator. “There are three jet streams of normal saline,” Dr. Lee explains. “It’s like a high pressure washing of your face, with oxygen going through it. It really cleans out the pores. I recommend treatment once a month, the same as for microdermabrasion.

The device was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 for delivery of saline into the skin. “It removes microscopic particles that are usually inaccessible, such as those between cells, in epidermal cracks, in sweat secretions, and in the depression of the hair follicle,” says Dr Lee.
“It’s a simple, safe, painless, and effective device for skin rejuvenation.”

The Jet-M restores a youthful looking appearance by reducing cellular buildup, strengthening capillary respiration, removing metabolic waste from tissues, hydrating and oxygenating tissues, and energizing cell renewal and the wound-healing process.

If you are interested in experiencing a Jet-M treatment either for skin rejuvenation or to gently diminish those wrinkles and age spots give Brigid or Denise a call so you too can experience the favoured treatment of European women.

What can I expect from the procedure?


The skin is cleaned and numbing cream may be applied to lessen discomfort. For better results we use a collagen-stimulating product like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin-C serum or skin lightener for pigmentation during the procedure. A small handheld pen like device with a sterile, disposable tip with 12 tiny needles is then used to pierce the skin. Our needling pen’s multi-speed and adjustable needle depth allow needles to pierce the skin’s layer at 90 degrees and increase the absorption of products. After the treatment, soothing Vitamin-C serum or Hyaluronic acid are used to hydrate, heal and protect the skin.

How will I look after treatment?

Most people will experience mild redness and possibly some swelling. The same way you may feel with a mild sunburn. Effects may last for 24-48 hours and there may be pinpoint bleeding and/or bruising. Within several days to several weeks you will notice a smoother, brighter, and more radiant appearance, however, the full effects of the treatment do not appear until several months later.

What is the down time like?


The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and fades significantly within hours from redness to pinkish that may last for 12 to 48 hours. In order to reduce visible redness, we recommend hyaluronic acid after the procedure, and to protect the skin with zinc based sunblock. The use of mineral makeup may be used after procedure.