FAQS

 

Hair Removal

Will IPL Hair Removal permanently remove hair in one treatment?

Hair grows in cycles so that no treatment can offer permanent hair removal in just one session. With regular treatments performed every 4 to 6 weeks for the body and every 2 to 4 weeks for the face, this can offer 90% permanent hair reduction in just 5 to 8 treatments in most individuals. Please be aware that factors such as hair growth rate, size of a hair follicle, treatment area, underlying hormonal conditions, re-exposure to UV radiation (for photo rejuvenation clients), medications and general health will all influence this, so while the hair may not permanently be removed, hair is significantly reduced. The number of treatment sessions required will depend on each.

Treatment sessions can be as few as five sessions and as many or more than 14 sessions. Prices are per session. Maintainance sessions may be required at 6-12 monthly intervals for some individuals. Once hair follicles have been permanently destroyed, they will not grow back, please consider this if you’re a male considering IPL permanent hair reduction to your face. As IPL hair removal permanently treats existing hair growth, no laser or IPL system can prevent the creation of future growth stimulated by genetics, age, medication or imbalanced hormones. 

A common form of imbalance is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which can affect up to 7% of women. Ongoing maintenance treatments may be required to treat such conditions.

Is IPL Hair Removal safe?

Tania is an experienced clinician and registered nurse who has obtained formal training & obtained laser safety certification. This ensures you are provided with a safe and customised experience based on treatment requirements. Each client is given an extensive consultation process to assess suitability, reduce any risk, and provide the best pre, during, and post-treatment care. Our medical-grade machine is TGA approved.

Ultimately, as a client, it is your responsibility to ensure if your circumstances change throughout the course of treatment, that you notify Tania prior to treatment. This includes commencing new medications, unprotected sun exposure or change in health status.

A consent form is required prior to the commencement of treatment.

How does IPL work?

IPL is a form of Polychromatic, divergent light source which can be used to target selective chromphores for different treatments: 

  • Melanin: for hair removal and epidermal pigmentation

  • Oxyhaemoglobin: Blood in small capillaries

  • Water: within cells for skin rejuvenation

  • Porphyrins: in the treatment of acne

The selected target is treated using different filters which emit different wavelengths of light.

Who cannot be treated with IPL?

Each individual’s skin type is assessed and test patches are performed prior to undergoing any IPL treatments. Even if you have had IPL previously with another provider, you will be required to undergo this assessment. 

UNSUITABLE traits include:-

  • White, blonde, grey or red hair- FOR HAIR REMOVAL – does not contain enough melanin for targeting

  • Dark/black or recently sun exposed skin or skin that has recently had fake tan applied

  • Broken, inflamed, diseased areas of skin, Eczema, Psoriasis

  • Raised pigmented lesions

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women

  • History of insulin dependant diabetes, Epilepsy, Lupus, Keloid scarring, tattoos in the treatment area, pacemaker, metal plates/pins or implanted contraceptive device in the treatment area

  • History of Roaccutane use in the past 6 months

  • History of extreme photosensitivity- caution with clients on photosensitising medications

Does it hurt?

IPL treatments are generally well tolerated. Certain treatments and treatment areas can be more uncomfortable than others such as vascular treatments and areas containing large diameter, densely growing hair. Cool gel is applied and the machine has an inbuilt cooling system.

The treatment should not be excessively painful. The practitioner will assess your comfort levels and assess your individual skins response during the treatment.

Dermal Fillers

What areas can be treated with Temporary Dermal Fillers?

There are different types of HA fillers designed for various applications. Some merely soften lines and wrinkles while others create volume and structure and correct asymmetry. Your needs will be discussed at time of consultation. Areas that can commonly be improved with Dermal Fillers include:

  • Temple Hollowing

  • Tear Troughs – hollowing under the eyes

  • Cheek enhancement

  • Nasolabial folds- Nose to Mouth lines

  • Nasal bridge improvement

  • Lip volume

  • Poor jawline definition

  • Marionette lines/Oral commissures ( sad mouth lines)

  • Chin enhancement

  • Cheek hollowing

  • Due to TGA restrictions, specific product Brand Names cannot be used

How Long Do The Results Last?

As with a lot of cosmetic anti ageing procedures, the longevity of the product can vary between individuals. Some clients (very active athletes, smokers, and highly stressed individuals) may find that the continuation of the product is reduced. Otherwise, clients can expect results to last between 6 – 12 months with some lasting up to 18 months, depending on site and type of product uses.

Will It Hurt?

The procedure of Temporary Dermal Fillers is described by some as being “uncomfortable”. The application of Topical anaesthetic cream before treatment and the inclusion of Lidocaine (a local anaesthetic) within the filler means that the procedure is well tolerated by most clients. Ice packs can also be used to assist in possible bruising reduction and to add to the localised “numbing effect”.

Following treatment, there can be some mild, temporary redness, swelling and tenderness. These can be reduced by following the strict aftercare instructions.

Who is NOT suitable for temporary Dermal Fillers?

The following medical conditions may make you unsuitable for treatment or may require further investigation before undergoing treatments:

  • Previous Anaphylaxis to bee stings or other medications

  • An active infection or skin condition in the area/close to the area of treatment

  • Herpes Simplex Virus – (preventative medications may be suggested before treatment to reduce the incidence of an outbreak)

  • Previous treatment with Permanent or stimulatory fillers (Aquamid, Sculptra)

  • Currently taking Roaccutane

  • Previous extensive facial surgery

  • Medium depth chemical peel or laser resurfacing within the past six months

  • Pregnant, Breastfeeding or planning to do so in the next six months

  • Recurrent URTI or chronic sinus infections

  • Blood-thinning medications

  • Undergoing major dental work

What Happens If I Do Not Like The Results?

The aim of Temporary Dermal Fillers is to provide subtle, natural enhancement, volume and restoration of features. 

All clients require to follow up at 2 -3 weeks post-treatment to assess the results, clarify any concerns and to determine if any touch-up treatments are necessary.

If the client is not happy due to “increased volume” or in the event of vascular occlusion or complication, the Practitioner can inject a product that will dissolve the filler. This procedure, if not medically required in the event of occlusion will incur extra costs. 

Potential Side Effects, Risks & Complications

Every medical procedure carries risk, and it is essential you understand the risks involved. Please ensure you have had the process adequately explained to you before undergoing treatment and have read and followed all of the information provided to you before your Dermal Filler treatment.

Expected side effects include:

  • Bruising

  • swelling 

  • tenderness

Potential risks and complications, though rare, include:

  • Allergic reaction

  • Infection

  • Skin necrosis

  • Scarring

  • Formation of granulomas ( nodules under the skin) 

  • Vision complications/blindness in sporadic cases

  • IN THE EVENT OF ANY OF THESE RARE COMPLICATIONS OCCURRING, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO CONTACT THE CLINIC OR TANIA AS SOON AS SYMPTOMS ARISE. THE SOONER THE COMPLICATION IS ASSESSED AND MANAGED THE LESS LIKELY THERE WILL BE ANY LONG TERM UNDESIRABLE  EFFECTS.

Cost

During the consultation process, your areas of concern will be matched with specific treatment requirements. Prices will vary depending on the amount of restoration required. Full correction is not always obtainable during one treatment session.

In the event of temporary dermal fillers, a long-term plan can be made to address your concerns over some treatment sessions and with a combination of treatment methods, e.g., Dermal Fillers, Anti-wrinkle Injections, IPL, Skin Needling, or referral for surgical correction where required.

Anti Wrinkle

What are Muscle Relaxants/Anti-wrinkle Injections and what do they do?

Muscle relaxants are composed of a natural, purified protein that blocks the enzyme called acetylcholine at the presynaptic nerve endings, which inhibit the communication between the nerves and the muscles and stop these muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles. By reducing muscle activity, wrinkles caused by repeated and involuntary facial expressions are softened, minimised or prevented. Correct and individual dosing by an experienced injector means clients should still be able to create natural facial movements. This minimally invasive procedure usually takes approximately an hour, including consultation time and there is no downtime.

How long does it last?

Effects can be noticeable in as little as 48-72 hours with peak onset of effect between 2-4 weeks; this effect generally lasts through to 8 weeks from which there is a gradual return of muscle movement after 12 -16 weeks.

Different individual factors can influence the longevity of the treatment, but generally, treatments need to be repeated every four months.

Regular, ongoing treatments are recommended.  If treatment is ceased, there will be a gradual return of full muscle movement and subsequent return of fine lines and wrinkles. Stopping Anti-wrinkle injections does not make wrinkles worse, some people may just get used to having very few lines while undergoing treatment and forget what their facial lines looked like before treatment.

Will It Hurt?

Generally, anti-wrinkle injections are well tolerated. The area is numbed with ice packs, or topical anaesthetic can be applied in susceptible individuals at an added cost. The doses are rapid, of small volume and use the smallest needles possible.

Who is NOT Suitable for Anti-Wrinkle Injections??

The following medical conditions are either contraindicated, or people are advised against having treatment:

  • Bleeding disorders

  • Pregnancy, Breast Feeding

  • Allergy to Botulinum Toxin

  • Inflammation or infection at the injection site

  • Extensive facial surgery

  • Treatment with Botulinum toxin within the past few weeks

  • Blood-thinning medications

  • Myasthenia Gravis or Myasthenia syndrome

  • Severe needle phobia

Like all treatments, Anti-wrinkle injections have their limitations, lines that are present despite facial expression are called “static lines”, while these can be softened, they cannot be entirely removed, Anti-wrinkle injections are not suitable for the improvement of skin laxity or volume loss. Please see Dermal fillers information.

Expected Side Effects, Risks and Possible Complications
  • Mild, dull headache

  • Mild discomfort, redness, localised bleeding & bruising

  • Potential infection at the injection site

  • Localised muscle weakness including temporary drooping of the eyelids/eyebrow

  • Double vision, dry eyes

  • Mild flu-like symptoms

  • Allergic reaction

  • Reduced sensation/loss of function

  • Unsatisfactory results

  • The majority of side effects are rare, mild, transient and short-lived

Potential Side Effects, Risks & Complications

Every medical procedure carries risk, and it is essential you understand the risks involved. Please ensure you have had the process adequately explained to you before undergoing treatment and have read and followed all of the information provided to you before your Dermal Filler treatment.

Expected side effects include:

  • Bruising

  • swelling 

  • tenderness

Potential risks and complications, though rare, include:

  • Allergic reaction

  • Infection

  • Skin necrosis

  • Scarring

  • Formation of granulomas ( nodules under the skin) 

  • Vision complications/blindness in sporadic cases

  • IN THE EVENT OF ANY OF THESE RARE COMPLICATIONS OCCURRING, IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO CONTACT THE CLINIC OR TANIA AS SOON AS SYMPTOMS ARISE. THE SOONER THE COMPLICATION IS ASSESSED AND MANAGED THE LESS LIKELY THERE WILL BE ANY LONG TERM UNDESIRABLE  EFFECTS.

Cost

Each client will be assessed and treated on an individual basis. 

Anti-Wrinkle injection costs are generally very similar across the board and from state to state. Cost alone should not influence your decision on where to undergo treatment. It is important to ensure your practitioner is suitably qualified and that all of your concerns are clarified and all questions are answered to your satisfaction prior to treatment. Due to the increased muscle bulk in male clients, average dosages are normally higher to achieve satisfactory results.

Medical Facials

What skin conditions can be treated with PRP injections?

A Medical Facial can treat a vast number of skin conditions, including the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Uneven or dull skin tone

  • Dehydrated and dry skin

  • Fine, thin crepe skin around the eyes

  • Fine, thin crepe skin on the neck and back of hands

  • Mild scarring

  • Scar improvement

  • Acne scarring

  • Improving skin elasticity

  • Stretch marks

  • Surgical/trauma Scars

Which areas may be treated?

The full face, neck, décolletage and hands can be treated. Medical Facials are especially well-suited for treatment of the crepe skin around the eyes and eyelids.

Other body areas that can be treated include the knees, elbows, upper arms and post-baby tummy, all of which can be efficiently and easily improved, giving visible results.

How many treatments are required?

A minimum of three Medical Facials treatments are usually recommended, to be performed at 4-6 weekly intervals. Some people may need up to six treatments, and ongoing maintenance treatment may be completed every six to twelve months.

How long do results last?

A Medical Facial therapy provides natural and long lasting results. Each treatment delivers an accumulative effect, with visible changes evident within two to three months. The healing and regenerative effect continue for over twelve months after just one treatment.

Does it hurt?

Some clients may experience mild discomfort while receiving Medical Facial, which is why an anaesthetic may be applied to the area being treated to ensure greater comfort.

How long does the treatment take?

A platelet-rich plasma treatment will take between 60-90 minutes, which includes adequate numbing, skin prep and collection and spinning and separation of the blood in the centrifuge.

Is it Safe?

Treatment with a Medical Facial uses your blood.  Because of this, the risk of allergy or cellular rejection is eliminated, making Medical Facials one of the safest and most tolerable procedures currently available. We’ll apply anaesthetic when necessary and perform the treatment slowly and gently, minimising pain and discomfort.

Is it suitable for everyone?

While a Medical Facial can be performed safely and effectively on the majority of patients, there may be some for whom it is not best-suited. We will establish your suitability for the procedure in a free initial consultation, in which we’ll determine if it’s the best treatment for your specific skin concerns.

Pre Treatment Instructions
  • It’s best to be well-hydrated 48 hours leading up to the procedure, so drink plenty of fluids. Water is strongly recommended.

  • Reduce your fat intake for one to two weeks before the treatment.

  • Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake.

  • Stop all omegas, green teas and other supplements that increase bruising for 2-3 weeks before platelet-rich plasma treatment- fish oils, garlic, ginseng.

  • As the treatment involves causing some degree of trauma to the skin, avoid other facial treatments that sensitise the skin one week before treatment.

Led Light Therapy

Does it hurt / Is it uncomfortable?

The LED lights do not emit thermal heat, so it is not damaging non-thermal light treatment. Even though you will be wearing protective eyewear during the procedure, the initial brightness of the light can be a little distracting for some. This is short lived and does not cause any damage in any way. There is no pain or discomfort associated with the treatment, and the experience can be further enhanced by a hand or foot massage during your treatment.

What should I expect after my treatment?

There is no downtime with LED light therapy so you can resume usual activities immediately. This is a treatment that does not provide instant results, so patience is required.  Some people see results in as little as a few days, and others take a month or two to notice a change. Various physical conditions such as age, skin condition, diet, alcohol consumption, prescription drug usage, smoking, exercise, and other factors influence the rate of improvement. The effects of LED light are often subtle at first, since unlike lasers, peels and other ablative treatments, LED light does not damage the skin to force it to regenerate.

How many and how often can I have treatments?

A series of 6 -10 treatments at Weekly intervals is recommended.

Collagen Induction Therapy

Does Derma CIT pen treatment hurt?

For more intensive needling procedures, an anaesthetic cream may be applied 30 minutes before treatment. This reduces any sensitivity or discomfort; all that is felt is a mild vibrating sensation with light pressure. 

After the treatment, the skin will feel warm and slightly tight, similarly to that of a light sunburn. This feeling will progressively reduce over a two day period.

Are there any side effects?

Pen technology allows for effortless facial needling with minimal side effects and downtime. Fractional skin treatment ensures the skin’s integrity is never compromised, with any scabbing, bruising or burn risk. 

The appearance of petechial spots is common around areas of thinner skin quality especially around the crow’s feet and under-eyes. These are perfectly normal and usually disappear within 3-4 days.

The skin will feel and look slightly red for up to 3 days post-treatment with Derma CIT PEN. This may be accompanied by a feeling of tightness and the appearance of slight flaking. The application of a light moisturiser and sunscreen will increase comfort and reduce inflammation. 

Non-Occlusive mineral makeup may be used to conceal any redness.

When will I start to see improvement/How many treatments?

A course of treatments is recommended to deliver and sustain long-lasting skin correction and results. A professional skin consultation will determine the best course of action and the number of treatments required.

As a guide

3-4 treatments are recommended for ageing and wrinkles.

6-8 for scar reduction and up to 8 treatments for stretch marks.

Needling sessions are performed at 6-8 weekly intervals to deliver cumulative and effective results.

As needling triggers the skin’s natural healing mechanisms, visible improvement will appear around 2-4 weeks post-procedure. The repair cascade may continue for up to 24 months after just one treatment. Multiple sessions provide progressive stimulation to enhance results and longevity further.

Peels & Prescription Skin Care

Apart from the sun, what causes dark spots?

Dark spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation, are a common skin problem. There are a variety of conditions and agents that can cause them to develop. One of the most under-recognised causes of dark spots is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This occurs after some type of trauma to the skin – especially infections like acne. This and other skin diseases are listed here:

  • Melasma

  • Riehl’s melanosis

  • Poikiloderma of Civatte

  • Erythromelanosis follicularis

  • Linea Fusca

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Certain medications can also sensitise the skin to the sun, and other medications can cause dark spots without sun exposure. The most common offending medications are:

  • Estrogens

  • Tetracyclines

  • Amiodarone

  • Phenytoin

  • Phenothiazines

  • Sulfonamides

UV light is a major cause of not only dark spots but other types of skin damage. The various types of dark spots caused by UV light are:

  • Melasma

  • Solar lentigines – freckles

  • Ephelides

Other conditions or diseases that can cause dark spots:

  • Pregnancy

  • Liver disease

  • Addison’s disease

  • Hemochromatosis

  • Pituitary tumours

What are some of the symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea can present with only a few or a combination of symptoms.

Not all people will develop all of the skin changes associated with Rosacea,  however experiencing more than one symptom at the same time is typical.

They include redness of the face, flushing, the presence of small blood vessels, acne, surface irregularities of the nose, skin sensitivity and enlarged sweat glands.

Rosacea symptoms can be diminished by; controlling oil production, reducing inflammation, reducing cellular build-up and minimising naturally occurring bacteria on the skin. More recent research indicates that water content in topical solutions to the skin should also be minimised.

Rosacea often begins with an easy blushing of the facial skin. These symptoms may come and go at first. Eventually, redness persists around the nose, extending to the rest of the face. As rosacea progresses, additional facial symptoms such as burning, stinging, pimples, swelling, dry skin, enlarged blood vessels, and eye involvement may occur.

What is Corneotherapy?

Prof. A. M. Kligman (a renowned American professor of dermatology and who first discovered Retin A) coined the term corneotherapy.

Corneotherapy is aimed at the recovery of the stratum corneum.  It improves the skins barrier function and overall homeostasis of the skin.

Kligman showed that persistent corneotherapeutic treatment of disturbed homeostasis as the characteristic feature of atopic dermatitis (using appropriate skin care substances) might achieve substantial clinical effects.

For the purposes of preventive corneotherapy, it is essential to avoid skin care products with harmful substances such as irritants and allergens and to select the appropriate skin care substances to individually adapt the skin care products to the specific skin problems.

What causes Acne?

All acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, which is made up of a hair follicle, a sebaceous gland and a hair. These units are found everywhere on the body except on the palms, soles of feet and the lower lip. Pilosebaceous units are in greatest numbers on the face, upper neck, and chest.

Sebaceous glands produce a substance called Sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturised. During adolescence, sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum (under the influence of rapid hormonal changes), also called androgens. After about age 20, sebum production begins to decrease.

Acne & Bacteria – a bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes (p-acne), is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, therefore increases in follicles during puberty. People with acne have more Propionibacterium acnes in their follicles than people without acne. The presence of bacteria attracts white blood cells to the follicle. These white blood cells produce an enzyme that damages the wall of the follicle, allowing the contents of the follicle to enter the dermis. This process causes an inflammatory response seen as papules (red bumps), pustules, and nodules. The bacteria also causes the formation of free fatty acids, which are irritants, increasing the inflammatory process in the follicle.

Normal Follicles – sebum produced by the sebaceous gland combines with cells being sloughed off within the hair follicle which “fills up” that follicle. When the follicle is “full”, the sebum spreads over the skin surface giving the skin an oily appearance. When this process works correctly, the skin is moisturised and remains healthy.

Obstructed Follicles – problems arise when the sebum is trapped in the hair follicle.  The sebum is produced, but gets trapped on the way out, and the cells that are normally sloughed off become “sticky” and plug up the follicle.  The process of obstructing follicles is called comedogenesis. It causes some follicles to form comedones, more commonly known as blackheads or whiteheads.

What cause wrinkles and sagging?

Chronological Ageing and Wrinkles.

As people age, their epidermal cells become thinner and less sticky. The thinner cells make the skin look noticeably thinner. The decreased stickiness of the cells decreases the effectiveness of the barrier function allowing moisture to be released instead of being kept in the skin. This causes dryness. The number of epidermal cells decreases by 10% per decade and they divide more slowly as we age, making the skin less able to repair itself.

The effects of ageing on the dermal layer are significant. Not only does the dermal layer become thinner, but less collagen is produced, and the elastin fibres that provide elasticity wear out. These changes in the structure of the skin causes it to wrinkle and sag.

Sebaceous glands start to get bigger but produce less sebum, and the number of sweat glands decreases. Both of these changes lead to skin dryness.

The rete pegs of the dermal-epidermal junction flatten out, making the skin more fragile. This process also decreases the amount of nutrients available to the epidermis by limiting the surface area in contact with the dermis, which interferes with the skins normal repair process.

In the subcutaneous layer the fat cells get smaller with age. This leads to more noticeable wrinkles and sagging, as the fat cells can no longer “fill in” the damage from the other layers.

Cryo-therapy

Does it hurt?

A mildly cold sensation is experienced with cryo pen treatment of larger lesions. Smaller lesions may be treated in as little as 3 seconds for fast, comfortable and pain-free results. The treated area will feel itchy and appear red immediately after application. A mild blister, then scab formation may present for up to 2 weeks post-procedure as part of the removal and healing process.

Are there any side effects?

The fine mist of nitrous oxide is precisely delivered with our cryo pen to the unwanted lesion. The surrounding healthy tissue remains unaffected. This means treatment may even be performed near the eyes and on sensitive areas. The fast penetration rate provides a reliable and exact application. Some minor scabbing, blistering or darkening of the lesion may appear immediately after treatment. This will clear in one to two weeks. Suspicious moles or sunspots will require a doctor’s approval before treatment to ensure patient safety.

How many treatments do I need & when will I see improvement?

To remove the risk of over-treatment, some lesions may require a second mist, 2-3 weeks after the initial session. Most lesions however only need one course to deliver long-lasting treatment and removal. Results may be seen one to two weeks after treatment.

How much does it cost?

The cost of cryotherapy treatment can range between $65 – $100 depending on the size and quantity of skin lesions needing treatment. 

Your requirements will be discussed at the time of consultation.

Fractional Laser

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for the Fractional skin resurfacing laser?

The laser works on many skin types, including very light and some darker skin types. It can improve the appearance of deeper wrinkles, enhance scars and help to correct a wide variety of other skin imperfections. We will discuss the treatment options with you.

How does it work?

Fractional Laser uses laser energy microbeams to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis into the dermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue and this will result in healthier, younger looking skin.

How long does treatment take?

Most treatments last no more than an hour. Depending on the skin condition and size of the area being treated, we may recommend a single treatment session or a series of following treatments for the best result. Following treatment, the skin is cooled, and a medical grade wound healing gel is applied.

How quickly will I recover?

Following some treatments you may resume your regular activities on the same day; more aggressive procedures may require several days of healing.  Immediately following the treatment expect a degree of redness and mild swelling, accompanied by a heat sensation. These predicted side effects can last between 12 -48 hours. Ask us about what you can expect from your treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?

You can expect to experience a temporary redness, warmth and swelling at the treatment site, which typically lasts for only a few days. In other cases, some post-care wound management may be necessary for a few days following treatment. We will discuss the potential side effects and your post-treatment expectations with you.

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