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FAQs on latest Skin-care, Lasers, Aesthetic treatments & medical grade skin products

Answered: Anti-wrinkle treatments (injections), Dermal fillers, Thermage procedure, Fraxel® re:store DUAL Laser treatments, Laser Hair Removal, Dermaroller, IPL Photorejuvenation, Laser Genesis, Microhydrabrasion, Medical Grade Peels

FAQs

Anti-wrinkle treatments

1.  What does it do?

The primary use of anti-wrinkle treatments (injections) is to reduce facial lines – or eliminate them altogether. However, these days it is also used to reshape the eyebrow area and treat excessive underarm sweating (known as axillary hyperhidrosis) by blocking the chemical that triggers perspiration. When used to treat wrinkles it takes away a stressed or anxious appearance, making you look younger and more relaxed. It improves lines around the eye, between the eyes and the forehead and can also be used to recreate the shape of your eyebrows.

2.  How does it work?

Unfortunately, because we are continually moving our facial muscles, wrinkles appear over time. Anti-wrinkle injections can temporarily weaken and inhibit the action of those facial muscles that cause the lines. The same principles – weakening and inhibiting specific muscles - apply when the aim is to reshape and contour the eyebrows

3.  Are there any side effects?

With the treatment of lines, the injection causes about 30 seconds of stinging, and occasionally a slight swelling or bruising may occur. You also have to remain upright for 4 hours after your treatment and resist touching or rubbing the area.


Dermal Fillers

1.  What does it do?

Dermal fillers are made of a natural injectable gel, which acts as a skin 'filler', restoring structure and volume to skin. It can be used to smooth out facial wrinkles and folds, to restore volume to your cheeks that has been lost with age, and to enhance your lips.

2.  How does it work?

As you age your skin loses collagen and elastin fibres and hyaluronic acid (your skin's natural filling substance) from your skin. You also lose fat from your cheeks, and wrinkles form from the movement of facial muscles. Dermal fillers use an injectable gel to 'fill in' or 'plump up' facial folds and wrinkles, and restore lost volume to areas such as your cheeks and lips.

3.  Are there any side effects?

The injection causes minimal discomfort. Side effects related to the injection are temporary (usually resolving within a few days), and include injection site redness, pain, firmness, swelling, lumps, itching, bruising or discolouration. Most people resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.


Thermage® Procedure

1.  What does it do?

The Thermage procedure helps smooth, tighten and contour your skin for an overall natural, younger looking appearance in a single treatment without surgery or injections.

2.  How does it work?

Thermage uses patented radiofrequency technology to safely heat the deeper layers of your skin, stimulating your existing collagen and promoting new collagen growth.  When the collagen is heated, the collagen fibres contract, providing a tightening effect to the skin. Heating the collagen also stimulates collagen production over the next few months, leading to softening of lines and wrinkles and smoother, tighter skin especially along the jaw line and under the chin.

3.  Are there any side effects?

The latest Thermage procedure offers improved heat delivery and a vibrating handpiece (Comfort Pulse Technology) for a more comfortable procedure.  There is no special care needed after the procedure so you can resume work and normal activities straight away.  After the Thermage procedure there is no need to avoid the sun as with laser treatments.


Fraxel® re:store DUAL Laser

1.  What does it do?

Fraxel® re:store DUAL Laser treatments repair damaged skin by treating only a fraction of skin at a time leaving the treated areas surrounded by unaffected, healthy tissue. This ‘fractional’ treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than a procedure that treats the entire area at once.

2.  How does it work?

The Fraxel® re:store DUAL Laser passes through the top layer of skin to reach the dermis below. The effect creates thousands of tiny, microscopic areas of thermal damage that stimulate the body’s own wound healing response – particularly new collagen production and the replacement of damaged skin surfaces with new epidermal skin. You will notice changes in colour and texture after the first few treatments although visible improvements to wrinkles and scars may be slower – perhaps up to 6 months. The number of Fraxel® treatments you require depends on the condition to be treated.

3.  Are there any side effects?

You may experience some discomfort during the procedure including a prickling sensation. Afterwards you should expect to have a pink tone and mild swelling for 1 to 2 days. You may also experience dry, itchy skin and some peeling or flaking and a bronzed skin appearance 3 to 4 days after treatment.


Laser Hair Removal

1.  What does it do?

Laser treatment is the most effective method to permanently remove dark and coarse hair from any area of the face or body. It can also treat painful and unattractive in-growing hairs including Pseudofollicullitis Barbae (ingrown hairs on the face or beard area). One of its great benefits is that it is faster and less painful than other techniques.

2.  How does it work?

Lasers remove unwanted hair based on the principle of selective photothermolysis. Photothermolysisrefers is a process that uses light energy to damage the hair follicle. The light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed in the pigment (melanin) in the hair shaft. This energy causes the temperature in the hair follicle to rise to a sufficiently high level to destroy the structure and prevent regrowth. Due to the cyclic nature of hair growth, effective treatments only occur within the hair’s active growth phase so several treatments are necessary. Most areas can be treated in 20-60 minutes. However, large body areas such as legs and backs, may take up to 90 minutes.

3. Are there any side effects?

Depending on your individual pain threshold the treatment could be described as a slight tingling sensation up to a flicking of a rubber band on the skin. Cooling pads are applied and topical anaesthetic cream can be used to minimise discomfort.


Dermaroller

1.  What does it do?

The Dermaroller improves both acne scarring and surgical scars, reduces pore size and treats sun damage including pigmentation spots and wrinkles.

2.  How does it work?

The Dermaroller is a medical device that uses tiny needles to stimulate the skin to produce new elastin and collagen fibres, improving skin texture.

3.  Are there any side effects?

The inflammatory reaction of the skin is extremely short and redness fades noticeably in the first couple of hours. A pinkish tinge may last 12 to 24 hours on average.


IPL Photorejuvenation

1.  What does it do?

IPL is a broad spectrum of light that penetrates into the skin and targets dark pigmentation and redness. It also stimulates collagen to assist with the texture of the skin.

2.  How does it work?

Treating pigmentation: When the light comes into contact with pigment it is absorbed by the pigment. This creats heat energy that damages the pigment protein which is then pushed to the surface where it can be buffed off after about a week. Treating unwanted veins and capilliaries : When the light comes into contact with capillaries it is also absorbed by the blood vessel, causing damage which eliminates the capillary altogether. Usually 3 treatments spaced one month apart are recommended.

3.  Are there any side effects?

You may experience discomfort during the treatment and some people experience redness and swelling straight after the procedure.


Laser Genesis

1.  What does it do?

Laser Genesis is a comfortable, non-ablative, non-invasive form of skin therapy that targets dilated capillaries, excessive redness, and also treats uneven skin texture including large pores and acne scarring.

2.  How does it work?

The laser light gently heats the water in the deep layers of skin. The heating stimulates collagen production which dramatically improves the skin’s appearance. Because the collagen can take some time to rebuild it can take up to 6 months for the final results to become apparent.

You can expect to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or excessive skin irritation. Treatments can be performed in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of topical anesthetics or gel.

3.  Are there any side effects?

You may look slightly flushed straight after the session but that disappears within a few hours of treatment.


Medical Grade Peels

1.  What does it do?

CosMedix is an innovative, chirally-corrected medical skin care range formulated to give you great results. Their wide range of products repair, stimulate and protect your skin. It is now regarded as one of the premier skin care ranges in the world.

2.  What does ‘chirally corrected’ mean?

Each of nature’s building blocks is made up of two forms of the same molecule that are the mirror image of each other. Scientists discovered that each of these mirror image molecules have different properties, some harmful and ineffective and some beneficial to the human body. Chirally corrected molecules produce only the positive effect of each ingredient dramatically reducing the possibility of allergic or adverse reaction when you use a product. This purification process is the basis of CosMedix.

3.  Are there any benefits from 'chiral correction'?

Because of the high cost of chiral correction most popular brands of skin care products don’t purify their ingredients. However, the ingredients in the CosMedix range are purified to reach their most natural and potent form so that every one works to its maximum to give you superior results.


Microhydrabrasion

1.  What does it do?

Microhydrabrasion safely and effectively exfoliates the superficial layers of your skin. This assists a sluggish rate of cell turnover so that your skin develops a fresh and glowing appearance. It also helps the absorption of skin care products.

2.  How does it work?

Microhydrabrasion is a gentle exfoliation using various grades of gritted, natural diamond tips (fine, medium or coarse) plus vacuum pressure on the surface of the skin. The technique empties blocked pores and removes dead and damaged skin cells as it gently glides across the surface. A system of water and aloe vera are used to gently wash the skin. The process stimulates blood circulation and collagen below the surface, creating better skin tone and texture.

3.  Are there any side effects?

The procedure is not generally painful although you may experience some discomfort. Any redness around the treated area generally goes away within a couple of hours.


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