Issues

Issues

We believe that informing our clients is very important to a successful treatment and outcome. All clients receive a complimentary consultation with our aesthetician during which we will address your concerns and expectations. The treatment options will be discussed based on your individual needs with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome.

Your initial skin consultation is absolutely free.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin. Some wrinkles can become deep crevices or furrows and may be especially noticeable around your eyes, mouth and neck.

What causes wrinkles?

Repeated facial expression.
Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions. These are known as “dynamic wrinkles” and are caused by the repetitive movement of the underlying facial muscles over the years. Examples of dynamic wrinkles are horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines and “crow’s feet” or smile lines around the eyes. Dynamic wrinkles in the upper face are most commonly treated with a muscle relaxant, which relaxes the underlying facial muscles. The lines will gradually smooth out from disuse and new lines are prevented from forming. Expression lines or dynamic wrinkles which are deeply entrenched, even at rest, may require treatment with an injectable hyaluronic acid filler. These replace volume in the skin and “plump out” the lines. The best results are often achieved with a combination of both muscle relaxant and hyaluronic acid dermal filler.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

Loss of collagen and elasticity.
Wrinkles can also be caused by gravity and sagging skin. With aging the skin loses its elasticity and gradually begins to sag under the effects of gravity. Examples of these “wrinkles at rest” are the deep creases between the sides of the nose and the sides of the mouth and the “marionette lines” which extend from the lip corners to the jowls. Volume enhancing injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are a good choice for the treatment of “wrinkles at rest”.

Chronic sun exposure.
One of the other most important causes of wrinkles is chronic ultraviolet light damage caused by sun exposure. Chronic exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays causes the skin to develop fine wrinkles, mottled pigmentation, broken veins, “liver spots”, roughened patches and ultimately skin cancer. A high protection factor sun-screen should be used every day, even in winter. Vitamin C cream used regulrly can also help protect skin from the effects of U-V radiation. Moderate improvement in fine facial wrinkles can be achieved with laser skin rejuvenation or skin peels.

Smoking.
Smoking can cause premature aging of the skin by damaging collagen, lowering skin moisture content and reducing vitamin A levels. Chronic cigarette smoking diminishes blood flow within the skin leading to fewer nutrients and less oxygen, a build up of waste products and a reduced ability of the skin to heal. Smokers are particularly vulnerable to the development of lines around the mouth. Viamin A and C creams may improve skin quality, hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can improve wrinkles, skin peels or laser treatments may improve fine lines and skin tone; however, these will all reappear quite quickly with continued smoking!

TREATMENTS FOR WRINKLES

Injectable Wrinkle Treatments.
The very specific muscle relaxing injectable treatment has been widely used in medicine. For the past 30 years it has been used cosmetically to successfully soften frown lines, forehead lines and crows feet. It is an injectable protein that stops the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles and therefore stops the muscles from working. The first treatment lasts for about 3- 4 months  however subsequent treatments will last progressively longer until treatments are only needed every 5-6  months. The treatment involves a small number of relatively painless injections taking up to 5 minutes to administer. The full benefit of the treatment can take up to 2 weeks to work. The effect is subtle and people often receive comments that they look really well or are asked if they have just come back from holiday. At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we tailor the treatment to what you want. Many people are scared that they might end up with the “frozen” face that is sported by some Hollywood actresses. This is not true. We aim to treat the targeted facial muscles with the minimal dose required and to leave other areas moving naturally and freely.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers.
At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we only use non-permanent hyaluronic acid dermal fillers approved by Pharmac, TGA and the FDA. A dermal filler is an injectable product that is used to fill in a “wrinkle at rest” or a well established line. This treatment is especially good for lines in the lower face, such as the naso-labial or smile lines. Dermal fillers can smooth the lines that radiate from the lip border making the mouth look friendlier and younger and reducing lipstick bleeding. For all treatments we provide pain relief in the form of topical local anaesthetic cream or local anaesthetic injections, similar to those used by dentists. Some treatments only require the use of ice to reduce discomfort. The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere between 6 and 12 months, depending on the product used, the site of injection and other factors.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

In-Clinic Active Skin Treatments.
Active in-clinic skin treatments ( previously called chemical peels) are used to improve dull, lifeless skin, blotchy pigmentation, sun damage, fine wrinkles and open pores. Using Lactic acid – a naturally occurring product found in milk – very fine lines and overall skin texture can be improved. This works by assisting the outer “dead” layer of skin to shed leaving healthy “new” skin to shine through.We initially suggest 30 -50% lactic acid peels, which give a faster result than skin care products but are still a relatively superficial peel with minimal potential for complications. With these peels there is little, if any visible skin shedding, treatment takes about half an hour and there is no need for time off work. A series of 4-6 fortnightly treatments are recommended for optimal results.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation.
Intense Pulsed Light treatments are perfect for those looking for a safe, quick procedure to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. IPL works by stimulating collagen production which causes a reduction in wrinkles and acne scarring and produces a more even skin tone, smoother texture and decreased pore size. Usually 4-6 treatments are required, spaced 3-5 weeks apart. The treatment is not painful (but has been described as being similar to being flicked by a hot rubber band!!) and produces only mild redness, which usually fades within an hour of treatment.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been Mark Twain 1897

Thin Lips

When one thinks of sexy youthful lips one generally imagines a full pout. Unfortunately we are not all born with full lips and as we age the lip volume decreases and lips become thinner and wrinkled.

At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we offer treatments to enhance your lips using non-permanent dermal fillers which are all made from hyaluronic acid ( which is a naturally occurring substance.) Sometimes the treatment may involve placing a very fine amount of filler in the lip border – a subtle option that has the effect of “outlining” the lip. This is great for lipstick bleed problems and for giving better definition to the lip border.

If more volume is needed filler can be placed in the body of the lip – the amount used is dependant on how full a look is wanted.

Lastly as gravity takes its toll the lip corners can be pulled down giving the face a sad or unfriendly look. By placing filler in these corners the corners can be supported and lifted which can make the owner of the lips look more youthful and happy.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

TREATMENTS FOR THIN LIPS

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers ( HA Dermal Filler)
At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic Dr Brigid Lee uses a variety of HA dermal fillers. All of these HA dermal fillers have  Pharmac, TGA, and FDA approval . Dr Brigid has many techniques that she uses to restore and enhance lips to keep them looking very natural. . Hyaluronic acid fillers are excellent for adding volume, restoring the lip border and lifting downward turning lip corners. HA dermal fillers tend to last around 9 months to a year.  Some clients will have treatments more regularly to achieve their desired result gradually. After that they can just have a yearly top up to maintain the look.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

Luckily, nowadays lip treatments are a lot less painful than they used to be! All the HA dermal fillers now come with local anaesthetic (Lidocaine) in them. At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we use a combination of an anaesthetic cream and ice before injecting the lips. This combination helps to reduce the risk of pain and bruising.

We have found that even clients who are scared of injections have tolerated having a lip treatment this way! The little bit of local anaesthetic that is in the hyaluronic acid wears off over the next 30 minutes.

Clients can now walk out of the clinic after having a lip treatment looking fabulous and head straight back to work.

Jowls

As we age the facial tissues sag which changes the shape of the face from a youthful triangular shape to an aged square shape.  This is due to ageing of the skin, descent and deflation of the fat pads and resorption of bone. Skin rejuvenation treatments aim to address all these areas to restore a more youthful appearance.

Jowls

Jowls are treated by restoring volume to deflated cheeks and also by treatments that tighten the tissue of the lower face.

JAW LINE

A youthful jawline has a sharp definition between the neck and the face. Dermal filler can be used to help define the jawline. Ulthera helps with restoring firmness to the skin and underlying tissues.

SKIN

Youthful skin is firm and radiant. Treatments that remove the signs of ageing such as sunspots and broken capillaries  result in a clearer, more youthful appearance. Treatments that stimulate collagen production result in firmer looking skin.

Loss of bone

As the face ages the shape of the skull changes too. Bone is lost from around the eye, the angle of the jaw, the base of the nose ( beside the nostrils) and in the chin area. The placement of specific dermal fillers in these areas can slow the effects of ageing on this bone loss and can prevent ageing (if done early enough) or restore the loss if it has occurred.

Excessive sweating

Sweating is a natural body function needed for the regulation of body-temperature. There are five million sweat glands throughout the body; about two-thirds of these glands are situated in the hands. The secretion of sweat is controlled by what is known as the sympathetic nervous system. In approximately 1% of the population, the nerves are over-stimulated and sweat is produced far greater than needed to keep a constant temperature. This condition is referred to as Hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating may be episodic or continuous. Profuse sweating may be caused by warm weather, emotional stress, or for no reason at all.

WHAT IS EXCESSIVE SWEATING (HYPERHIDROSIS)?

Hyperhidrosis may be part of an underlying medical condition (secondary hyperhidrosis ) or may be of unknown cause (primary hyperhydrosis). In general, secondary hyperhidrosis involves the entire body. Conditions which cause secondary hyperhidrosis include hyperthyroidism, malignant diseases, obesity and menopause. Primary hyperhydrosis, or sweating without known cause is also termed idiopathic or essential hyperhydrosis. This is a much more common condition than secondary hyperhidrosis and may occur in one or several locations of the body. The hands, feet and armpits are the most common locations. The condition usually starts during adolescence and is lifelong. Nervousness and anxiety can precipitate excessive sweating.

TREATMENTS FOR HYPERHIDROSIS

Antiperspirants/Deodorants.
Often considered the “first line” of treatment for severe underarm sweating, over-the-counter and prescription antiperspirants work by blocking sweat ducts, thereby reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches the skin. The most widely used ingredients in antiperspirants are metallic salts, including aluminium chloride hexahydrate. Antiperspirants can cause skin irritation, and higher concentrations of aluminium chloride can be destructive to fabrics. Deodorants help control body odor, which is caused by a reaction between bacteria and sweat. The deodorants work by making the skin more acidic, and hence less attractive to bacteria. They are often used in combination with antiperspirants to help control sweating in addition to odour.

Injectable treatments for Hyperhidrosis.
By placing a number of superficial injections into the armpit the amount of sweating can be markedly reduced or stopped all together. The treatment targets sweating at its source. Once injected it enters the specific glands in the underarms responsible for excess sweating.  It blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the sweating stops. After the first treatment the effects  last an average of seven to nine 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.

Iontophoresis.
This procedure involves sending a small electrical current to the surface of the affected area while it is submerged in water. In general, treatments must be repeated 3-4 times per week. This procedure is no longer commonly used for treating severe underarm sweating.

Surgery.
A variety of surgical approaches have been used to treat severe sweating, but they are usually reserved for the most severe cases that do not respond to other treatments. One of the most common types of surgery is called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS). With ETS, the patient is put to sleep with general anaesthesia and then the surgeon interrupts the transmission of nerve signals between the spinal column and sweat glands in the affected area. This procedure may result in unwanted increased sweating from other areas of the body—called “compensatory sweating.” Other types of surgery sometimes used for severe underarm sweating include liposuction and removal of the sweat glands under the armpits.

Alternative therapy.
Herbal remedies such as sage tea or sage tablets, chamomile, valerian root, and St. John’s wort, as well as biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, and relaxation techniques, are sometimes suggested as treatments for excessive sweating; however, there is little research at this time to indicate the effectiveness of such treatments.