Treatments

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.

Wrinkle treatments

Anti-wrinkle Muscle Relaxant Treatments

Dr Brigid Lee at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has developed a special interest in anti-wrinkle muscle relaxant treatments to enhance her client’s appearances. She regularly attends meetings here and overseas so she can keep up with the latest injection techniques. She also trains other doctors and nurses in how to treat their clients so they can get the best results too.   At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic all  the injectable treatments done by Dr Brigid .

Any muscle on the face will cause wrinkles from repeated movements. Initially, when these wrinkles are only present when the muscle is moving they are called dynamic lines. However, over time they become present all the time  and then they are called static lines.

If you would like to soften your wrinkles, then talk to Dr Brigid.

Every treatment at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is tailored to the clients individual needs. This is to ensure everyone gets a lovely, natural result.

Wrinkles are treated by using an injectable natural purified protein that relaxes the muscles that cause the wrinkle, to create a smooth, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. The active ingredient is derived from bacteria in much the same way as antibiotics are 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.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

It is a non-surgical treatment where a very small injection is put into the selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally, treatments are done for frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown) and takes a few 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 to begin taking effect and about 7-14 days to see the full effect.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

The signal from the nerves to the muscles is blocked by the medication affecting the acetylcholine receptors on the nerve terminal . This causes the nerve impulse to be blocked and so the injected muscle can no longer contract .Therefore the wrinkles will relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines but it can also be used to treat problem underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis).

In general, if the right amount is injected into the very small facial muscles that are causing the wrinkle by repeated contraction and in the correct place , then results can last about 3-4 months after the first treatment and subsequent treatments will last longer (up to 5-6 months.) First time  users, for example, might experience the effects of the treatment wearing off in less than 3 months.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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 reported. It is a prescription medication and should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding or for patients with a neuromuscular disease.

The medication used to relax muscles 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.

Dr Brigid Lee is a fellow of the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine, she also is a trainer for Galderma teaching other doctors and nurses in the safe use of all injectable treatments.

Beware of “bargain ” or “reduced price” offers

If the price seems much cheaper than other clinics , question why? It will be unlikely that a registered Allergan  or Galderma product is being used. Or it could be that the dose is too low or the product has been diluted. This will give a weaker effect that may not last as long. Recently there have been reports of cheaper products being imported into New Zealand. These products don’t require the rigorous testing done by the FDA,TGA and Pharmac approved companies.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable Dermal Fillers

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

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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.

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.

Depending on where the wrinkles or lines are to be filled will dictate how painful the procedure is. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers 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.

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.

The cost of dermal filler injections varies depends on the amount of product needed to attain the desired result.

When done by an experienced practitioner (in NZ this can only be a doctor or a nurse) who is a member of the NZSCM (New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine), fillers are safe and 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.

MINT NON-SURGICAL THREAD LIFT

MINT Thread Lift at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Minimally Invasive Non-Surgical Thread (MINT) PDO Thread Lift is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that lifts and tightens the sagging tissue.

It is performed under local anesthesia with no sedation to correct skin sagging of the face and neck.

MINT lift®, is a safe and effective moulded PDO thread to lift soft tissues in sagging skin. They have approval by FDA and MFDS. The treatment is minimally invasive without scars and trauma, which allows you to go back to daily life almost immediately after the procedure.

The threads utilized in MINT procedure are made out of a material called PDO (Polydioxanone) the very same material used in surgical sutures. They are non-allergic and non-antigenic.  These PDO threads are unique as they have 360 degree 3D helical barbs. The barbs are machine molded through a patented process rather than being cut making these threads specifically strong  (upto four times stronger than threads used in the past). Immediately after inserting Mint PDO threads new collagen formation begins in the area which restores the sagging skin of the treatment area.

MINT NON-SURGICAL THREAD LIFT
The Mint PDO thread lift can also be used to correct areas of the face such as forehead, eyebrows, crows feet, cheeks, mid face, nasolabial folds, jowls and neck.

There would be an instant mechanical effect right after the procedure and over time the PDO threads cause collagen stimulation, which improves skin texture, elasticity and fine lines. The end results are quite noticeable  3-4 weeks after the procedure. The threads generally absorb gradually within six months therefore no suture needs to be removed. Some bruising is normal which subsides quickly.  Even though the threads will dissolve gradually with in six months the process of new collagen formation around the threads and increased blood circulation to the treated area continues to cause a more youthful and rejuvenated look. The procedure is extremely safe and can be repeated in the same or other areas of the face or neck as many times as is required to achieve the desired outcome.

The Mint PDO thread is a very safe, quick and rewarding procedure with no down time. It is a great procedure for facial rejuvenation of the face and neck in patients with mild to moderate skin laxity who desire a natural and rejuvenated look. At The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic , Dr. Brigid performs all the consultations and Mint thread lift procedures herself. Please contact our office to come in for a consultation for this quick lunch time procedure. We are looking forward seeing you.

The MINT Lift restores sagging skin providing a more youthful looking jaw line and pleasing facial contour.

Recovery time is quick. You can go back to daily life or work right after your MINT lift procedure.

  • Treatment takes less than one hour.
  • Less tissue trauma. Minimal swelling.
  • No pain. Local anesthesia only.
  • Back to normal right after the procedure.
  • Lasts longer, up to one year.
  • FDA approved

 

DOUBLE CHIN TREATMENT

Deoxycholic Acid  is the only non-surgical, minimally-invasive, injectable treatment option for submental fullness, commonly referred to as a “double chin.”  Submental fullness is a common cosmetic concern and may be related to ageing, weight gain, and genetics. Submental fullness can result in an older or heavier appearance because of its effect on facial balance and proportion.

In research by the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), over two-thirds of consumers surveyed were bothered by submental fullness ( double chin) . Unfortunately  submental fullness is common and is difficult to decrease by diet and exercise alone. The treatment uses a synthetic version of naturally occuring deoxycholic acid(which helps us to break down the fats we ingest) and has been  approved by the FDA for the treatment of submental fullness or “double chin.

How does Deoxycholic Acid work?

Deoxycholic Acid  is injected into the fat under your chin by a series of upto 20 injections.  It induces an inflammatory reaction in the treatment area and as everyone is different each patient responds differently. The body’s own healing systems then clear the debris away over the next few weeks. Some patients may need 2 treatments and some 4 to 6 to obtain the desired result. Treatments last 30 to 40 minutes and are best spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart.

Although a double chin treatment using deoxycholic acid doesn’t restrict your activities, you will be swollen after treatment, so you may not wish to go straight back to work. Your double chin will get approximately twice as big for a least a couple of days, and remain swollen for up to 14 days. This swelling is actually crucial to your result. It is a sign of successful treatment and helps the healing process in the area.

Once you have completed your course of treatment, it is not expected that you should need to repeat the treatment.  As the fat cells in the double chin have been broken down – they are gone forever. Deoxycholic acid  has been scientifically proven to be effective and long lasting with an excellent safety profile.

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Submental Fat Scale

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.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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.

Prior to the procedure your specialist practitioner will explain the process to you and discuss your expectations of the treatment. At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, Denise does all the IPL treatments, she will also discuss any concerns with the doctor prior to commencing the treatment. It is important that the correct diagnosis has been made prior to treatment.

IPL treatments are normally straightforward. Denise has been extensively trained in advanced IPL procedures and is very experienced. She holds a current laser safety certificate.

Avoid sun exposure for 3 weeks before your treatment.
A topical anaesthetic may be applied to the area but is not usually necessary.
Cold gel is applied to the area being treated.
The Skin Rejuvenation has the M22 IPL system which has an integrated cooling system.
The smooth, glass surface of the IPL treatment head is applied to the skin, delivering precise pulses of light to the area being treated.
Treatment sessions usually last about 20 minutes.
A course of 4-6 sessions every 3-6 weeks may be needed to achieve desired results.
Most patients can return to work immediately after treatment.
Throughout the treatment session the patient must wear protective eyewear. IPL treatments are relatively painless compared to other facial rejuvenation techniques. The sensation has been likened to a light pinch or the snap of a rubber band, but some people find it distressing.

IPL can be used to treat rosacea and is very effective.
Unfortunately it is not a cure but it can help keep it under control.
IPL targets the red pigment ( haemoglobin) in the superficial blood vessels and helps to shut down the tiny blood vessels which decreases the overall redness of someones skin.
It can take upto 3 treatments before the reduction in redness is noticeable.
We recommend at least 6 treatments at regular intervals to help control rosacea and then 1-2 treatments every 6 months

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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.

Side effects are minor and include:

  • Pain during treatment (reduced by contact cooling and if necessary, topical anaesthetic)
  • Skin turning pink and a little sore immediately after the procedure.
  • Sensation of a mild sunburn (redness, peeling, swelling) that may last a few days after treatment.
  • Rarely, skin pigment may absorb too much light energy and blistering can occur.
  • Sometimes the pigment cells (melanocytes) can be damaged leaving darker or paler patches of skin. White patches or scars are rarely permanent.
  • Hair loss may occur.
  • Bruising affects up to 10% of patients

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.
Over 1 Million treatments have been done world wide!

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 (the jowls) and on the neck. It is also used to smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage.

Ultherapy uses safe, time-tested ultrasound energy. Using ultrasound imaging, the high intensity focused ultrasound energy penetrates 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.

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.

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.

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 late 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.

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 find the treatment relatively comfortable and they all leave feeling excited about the benefits to come.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

Natural. Non-Invasive. No Downtime. The FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure has been established to be safe and effective in clinical studies and over 1,000,000 patient treatments worldwide. Ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years. Denise has been through in depth training and has the knowledge to make your treatment a success! Currently she has done the most Ultherapy treatments of any practitioner in New Zealand.

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, bruising, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

COOLTECH FAT FREEZING

A Revolution In Non-surgical Fat Reduction with Cooltech Fat Freezing

Cooltech® is designed for treating localised pockets of fat that are difficult to lose with diet and exercise. It has several applicators designed to adapt to all areas of the body thereby enabling one’s figure to be completely remodelled and contoured.

Using a cooling process called cool assisted lipolysis, the Cooltech® system targets and eliminates fat cells permanently. This non-invasive procedure selectively targets fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Cooltech
Cooltech treatment zones

 

Cooltech® is ideal for those who are healthy and in good shape but just have some “trouble spots” that don’t respond to healthy lifestyle and eating. Cooltech® works by freezing ( down to – 8℃) the fat deposit causing the fat cells to crystalise and then break down. These destroyed fat cells are then eliminated through the body’s natural processes – they are permanently GONE! There is no damage to the surrounding skin and tissues. It is the latest in non-invasive full body contouring.

The Cooltech® system has 6 different applicators that are designed to fit different areas of the body so people of all shapes and sizes are able to transform their figure.

Cooltech® has been studied in numerous in vivo and in vitro clinical trials with certified clinical predictability and maximum results. Cooltech® technology is based on the proven science of cool assisted lipolysis.

More than 1,000,000 patients have received Cooltech® treatments with an overall satisfaction rate of 95%. Patients can begin to see results in as little as 15 days.

All of the accessories work at a temperature that oscillates between 3 °C and -8 °C. The difference is due to the temperatures required in the different target areas and the thickness of the fat folds.

Cooltech treatment

The Cooltech system designed by cocoon medical has over 1,000,000 successful treatments performed worldwide. Today the cooltech system is available in aesthetic medical practices in more than 40 countries.

The Cooltech® device is designed for dual sculpting thereby optimising treatment times and ensuring better results in each session.

Hydrafacial

Microdermabrasion with high pressured saline
– the HydraFacial

The HydraFacial has taken the aesthetic world by storm with its impressive, instant results and ability to treat all skin types and age groups.

It’s been said that a HydraFacial treatment is performed somewhere around the world every 15 seconds. That’s a total of around two million treatments each year and it’s clear why! The HydraFacial offers the complete package for clearer, smoother and more radiant skin.  It is an exfoliation, deep cleaning, extraction and hydration infusion all in the one system, all  with no downtime and no discomfort.  The HydraFacial delivers  medical-grade facial results in under 30 minute, it is more than a skin resurfacing technique –  it’s a game-changing skin experience.

At the Skin Rejuvenation we have a HydraFacial device that was developed by a Russian rocket scientist called the Jet-M.

The Jet-M uses pressurised oxygen to deliver saline into the superficial layers of the skin at supersonic velocities to cleanse and hydrate the skin. This helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, congested, enlarged pores and oily or acne-prone skin. It can also improve superficial hyperpigmentation and brown spots. Each treatment noticeably decongests and shrinks pores while hydrating and plumping the skin. The results are fantastic for acne, skin rejuvenation and skin lightening.

The 200 meter per second, supersonic micro-flow of the Jet-M is made possible by a specialised nozzle hand-piece that functions as a micro-droplet accelerator. 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.

Clients can see results immediately. They walk out with deep-cleansed, decongested skin and a restored, glowing epidermis. Flaky, dull skin is removed without trauma or irritation by the pressurised sterile saline. Hydration levels in the skin are replenished , making it particularly beneficial for irritated, dry skin and inflamed winter skin.

It’s a simple, safe, painless, and effective treatment for skin rejuvenation and hydration.

This is one of the most favoured treatments of European women.

Hydrafacial

The procedure is completely painfree. The water feels cold and refreshing. The machine can be a little bit noisy but otherwise this is a very relaxing treatment.

Straight after the treatment your skin will look hydrated and luminous.

Fabulous

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

This procedure has no down time.

RADIOFREQUENCY SKIN TIGHTENING WITH 3DEEP

Skin Tightening and Resurfacing with 3Deep Radiofrequency

The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is the first clinic in New Zealand to offer this treatment.

Our skin tightening treatments use a cutting-edge, FDA approved clinical device that uses the most sophisticated form of radiofrequency energy. These 3Deep radiofrequency treatments deliver targeted energy to every layer of your skin. The treatments work from the deeper layers of the skin where the energy stimulates collagen production to tighten, firm and improve the skin structure.  It treats all the way through the skins layers to the surface where it can smooth wrinkles, improve skin tone and restore radiance.

3Deep RF image

We have 4 types of Radiofrequency Treatments to target the issues that you are concerned about.

Full Depth Skin Regeneration with Radiofrequency Microneedling

This treatment offers full depth skin rejuvenation from the inside out. It is the ultimate treatment for advanced ageing and sun damaged skin, tackling deep lines and wrinkles, tightening and lifting lax and sagging skin. It also improves skin texture and tone.

It does this by safely delivering fractional radiofrequency (RF) energy to specific locations in the deeper skin layers. This energy promotes the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, and over time the targeted tissue is replaced by healthy, younger-looking skin.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

This is the first treatment of its kind that uses FDA cleared, very thin, motorised gold-plated microneedles paired with advanced fractional radiofrequency technology  to target the skin deep in the dermis to provide maximum results.

After an initial consultation and treatment planning, your face will be cleaned and a topical numbing cream will be applied. This takes about 15 minutes to work.

Each treatment takes about 30 minutes of active energy delivery.

Most clients find the treatment almost painfree.

While each patient’s skin condition is unique, RF Microneedle treatments generally require a series of treatments spaced approximately four weeks apart to ensure optimal results. The procedure is typically well tolerated, with little discomfort and minimal downtime. The most common side effects are redness and swelling in the treatment area, which generally resolve within a few days.

You may also develop micro-crusting, as the skin cells renew and the resurfacing takes place. This can last up to five days but is easy to cover with makeup.

While each person’s experience will be different, studies have shown that results typically last up to a year after the most recent  RF Microneedle treatment.

Because RF Microneedle treatments stimulate natural responses in your skin it can take a little time for the full effects of the treatment to show. Normally you can see improvements within a few weeks after each treatment and the best results show a month after completing the treatment course. Smoother, brighter and tighter skin – the results will be natural looking, long-lasting and confidence boosting!

We recommend a course of treatments ( how many will depend on individual skin condition) spaced a month apart. Then a follow up treatment every 6 months to maintain optimal results.

As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are very few medical reasons why you should not have a radiofrequency microneedling treatment.

However the treatment is not suitable for:

  • anyone with epilepsy, a pacemaker or metal implants within their body (including dental implants)
  • pregnant or breastfeeding women

The best way to determine if a RF Microneedle treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Denise.

Skin Tightening and Lifting with Radiofrequency 3Deep

3Deep skin tightening is a painfree, relaxing, immediately effective treatment that tightens and lifts lax skin on the cheek, jowl and neck areas. Tailored treatments target specific areas of concern for the most effective results.

This treatment is rapidly becoming established by the A-list celebrities in Hollywood and Paris, as the must have face tightening treatment.

There is no pain, no down time and immediate results.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

Radiofrequency 3Deep harnesses the power of radiofrequency technology and offers a safe, state-of-the-art system that delivers targeted, phase controlled radiofrequency directly into collagen fibres.
It works by generating sequential radiofrequency waves which repel each other, thereby pushing the RF energy deeper into the skin in a controlled manner. The heat produced will tighten existing collagen and stimulate the production of new healthy collagen, resulting in a lifting and tightening effect of the skin and a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.

Your skin will be cleansed and then a cool gel will be applied on the area to be treated, the handpiece is then slowly worked over the area of concern in circular motions, gently warming the skin. The gel is then removed and a moisturiser and SPF is applied.

Your skin will have a slight red/pinkness to it immediately after treatment, this will generally fade within a few hours.

You will see immediate results and then the results will become more permanent over the next month as the collagen is remodelled.

We recommend a course of 4 treatments, one a week for 4 weeks. The length of time that the effect will last for is dependent on initial skin condition and lifestyle choices!
As with all treatments we recommend a top up treatment every 3 months to maintain optimal tightening results.

Yes it is – all skin types and colours can be treated

Eye Lift with Radiofrequency 3Deep 

The periorbital (around the eye) area is the third highest-ranking area for cosmetic surgery, as traditionally non-surgical alternatives to treating this area have been very limited. Until now there were only few options available to rejuvenate the periorbital area.

This 3Deep radiofrequency eye lift treatment  is specially designed to treat the delicate periorbital area. The periorbital area is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing with laxity, fine lines and wrinkles. This non-surgical eye lift is an excellent new option for non-invasive, safe and painless skin tightening around the eyes, without the need for surgery.

 

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

The 3Deep radiofrequency eye lift treatment safely delivers energy into the delicate periorbital area, independent of skin colour. The radiofrequency energy induces an immediate contraction of the collagen ( an ‘instant lift’) and stimulates a natural wound healing response with the production of new collagen. A series of treatments with one a month for 3 months is recommended for ultimate skin tightening around the eye, however there are different treatment combinations available depending on age, skin quality and desired outcome.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

Your skin will be cleansed and then a cool gel will be applied on the area to be treated, the handpiece is then slowly worked around the eye area in circular motions, gently warming the skin. For a full eye lift treatment and maximal results  the second part of the treatment uses  FSR ( fractional skin resurfacing) to add further tightening and resurfacing to the delicate eye area. The gel is then removed and a moisturiser and SPF is applied. There is no pain and no downtime – you can return to daily activities straight away!

 

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

Using the global aesthetic improvement scale (GAIS) and post-treatment questionnaires filled out by clients , a recent study by  Dr. Rousseaux found that 91% of patients showed good to excellent improvement as a result of the treatment. The study also showed that 55% of patients reported that they were very satisfied with the treatment and results, and 45% were satisfied, while no study subjects reported any dissatisfaction. The periorbital RF treatments were well tolerated by the subjects, who reported minimal or no pain, and there was little to no downtime after the treatments.

 

A series of treatments with one a month for 3 months is recommended for ultimate skin tightening around the eye, however there are different treatment combinations available depending on age, skin quality and desired outcome.

The length of time that the effect will last for is dependent on initial skin condition and lifestyle choices!
As with all treatments we recommend a top up treatment every 6 months to maintain optimal tightening results.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

Yes it is – all skin types and colours can be treated

Fractional Skin Resurfacing (FSR) with Radiofrequency

This Fractional Skin Resurfacing treatment uses radiofrequency to rejuvenate the skin from the outside-in by penetrating deeply into the skin to promote the body’s natural healing process.

Using controlled micro-resurfacing and dermal heating, it simultaneously smoothens issues such as acne scars and wrinkles and brightens your complexion.  While  the dermal heating gets to work deeper in the skin encouraging the production of brand new collagen, key to making skin look firmer, healthier and more youthful.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

 

As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why you should not have radiofrequency skin treatments. It is always important to tell us of any medications you are taking (prescribed or herbal) as these can affect the way your skin reacts to the treatment.

The treatment is not suitable for:

  • anyone with epilepsy, a pacemaker or metal implants within their body (including dental implants)
  • pregnant or breastfeeding women

This treatment is recommended for anyone wanting to improve fine lines and wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, poor texture and tone.

Your skin will be cleansed and a topical numbing cream will be applied. This will take 15 to 20 minutes to work to numb the skin.

The treatment takes upto 30 minutes to be completed.

Afterwards your skin can be quite red and a little inflamed so we use a post-treatment mineral makeup so you can continue on with your day.

Immediately after you’ve had the treatment you will experience some redness and swelling in the skin, this usually lasts two days but depending on individual skin types it can last for up to five days.

You may also develop micro-crusting, as the skin cells renew and the resurfacing takes place. This can last for five to seven days but is easy to cover with makeup.

A course of treatment normally consists of 3 sessions about a month apart. Because radiofrequency stimulates natural responses in your skin it can take a little time for the full effects of the treatment to show, but you can see improvements within a few weeks, with the best results about a month after the treatment course. Smoother, brighter and tighter skin – the results will be natural looking, long-lasting and confidence boosting!

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

MICRO-NEEDLING

Micro-Needling for Collagen Induction

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

As the Dermapen passes over your skin, it creates thousands of pin point punctures in the dermis. 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.

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.

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 a few days you might notice that your skin is a bit flaky as the surface epidermis is shed. This then reveals your end result of a smoother, brighter, and more radiant complexion.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.

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. Mineral makeup may be used after the procedure.

Opera LED Face Mask

Opera LED Face Mask

The Opera LED Face Mask is having an impact on beauty treatments worldwide. It produces LED Light Therapy in 3 modes for different treatments to treat face and neck areas.

The red light mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask causes a skin rejuvenation effect by stimulating collagen and elastin production which promotes cellular repair of the skin, leading to a more younger and firmer looking skin.

The blue light mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask has anti-bacterial properties which results in the destruction of acne causing bacteria, this makes it possible to treat all grades of acne without any irritation. It helps purify the skin, preventing any further breakouts, stabilizing oil glands and calm inflammation.

The third mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask is a combination of the red and blue light which helps the LED light to penetrate deep into the skin layers which increases blood flow, bringing elevated levels of oxygen and nutrients to the face while at the same time stimulating dermal and epidermal cells to increase and speed up the healing process.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

The only LED face mask with independent clinical studies.

Don’t accept imitations – get the approved treatment at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic.

Treatments for Excessive Sweating

Treatment For Excessive Sweating

At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we treat problem underarm sweating (axillary hyperhidrosis) with an injectable treatment that blocks the sweating. This  takes about half an hour, is relatively painless and usually lasts for seven to nine 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 injections  into the armpit the amount of sweating can be markedly reduced and in some cases stopped all together . The injections target 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 to occur . After the first treatment the effects  last an average of seven to nine months,  however, the duration of effect can 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 2 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  will gradually wear off and your underarm sweating will resume.

The cost of this treatment at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is NZ $1250 depending on the size of the area to be treated and the amount required for a good result.

For further information visit the  official site for severe sweating

The red light mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask causes a skin rejuvenation effect by stimulating collagen and elastin production which promotes cellular repair of the skin, leading to a more younger and firmer looking skin.

The blue light mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask has anti-bacterial properties which results in the destruction of acne causing bacteria, this makes it possible to treat all grades of acne without any irritation. It helps purify the skin, preventing any further breakouts, stabilizing oil glands and calm inflammation.

The third mode of the OPERA LED Face Mask is a combination of the red and blue light which helps the LED light to penetrate deep into the skin layers which increases blood flow, bringing elevated levels of oxygen and nutrients to the face while at the same time stimulating dermal and epidermal cells to increase and speed up the healing process.

Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person

The only LED face mask with independent clinical studies.

Don’t accept imitations – get the approved treatment at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic.

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.

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.

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.

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 level of heat you are feeling to your aesthetician, which will help to ensure the best possible results.

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

Vampire Facial Skin Rejuvenation

Vampire Facial Skin Rejuvenation

The vampire facial was promoted by Kim Kardashian. It uses a clients own blood to stimulate the skin to produce new collagen. The process of using a patients own blood to enhance healing  has been used in orthopaedics, plastic surgery, cardiology and chronic wound care for many years . Luckily for us 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 blood .

Platelets are a component of the blood and help tissues to heal and grow . When they are injected back into specific areas of the skin they act as a matrix to promote your own collagen to grow and regenerate . This can help to naturally smooth and tighten the skin and brighten skin tone.

Disclaimer:Results may vary from person to person.

Using the separated parts of the blood to enhance healing  has a long history of being used in orthopaedic, dental, and reconstructive surgery and more recently has been applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Scientific studies have documented that it can grow new collagen when injected into the skin, which helps with all the signs of ageing.

Initially your blood will be taken , just like when you get a blood test at the lab. This blood is then put into a centrifuge which spins it for 10 minutes.  The blood will then  separate into the different components that make up our blood. The yellow straw coloured fluid is the plasma that contains all the skin rejuvenation and healing properties . It is this that is injected into the areas that need rejuvenating. Like any procedure where needles are involved there is always a small risk of bruising and discomfort.

The goal of a vampire 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. It is safe to be combined with other treatments so that a client’s unique issues are addressed and to achieve the final goal of younger, fresher looking skin.

Disclaimer:Results may vary from person to person.

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.

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 surrounding 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.

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

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.

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.

The cost of Surgitron treatment varies depending on the number and size of the skin lesions removed, but would typically be between NZ$350 and NZ$500.