Here in New Zealand we love the sun and the bright, joyful vibrancy that summer brings. However with the warm, hazy enjoyment of summer vacations comes a darker side and that side is often branded across our faces in the form of pigmentation.
Pigmentation problems are common in New Zealand, often caused by our love of the sun and New Zealand’s overall high UV rates.
Sun exposure can cause a number of cosmetic concerns, namely fine lines and wrinkles as well as pigmentation. However, with pigmentation other factors can come into play to form a range of concerns from sun spots, melasma, age spots, seborrhoiec keratosis and pigmented birth marks.
Appearance is one facet of life where we can exert some control – our style of hair, makeup and clothing, size and shape of our bodies. Diet and exercise can help us to shed kilos and look better in our clothing; however it’s not always that easy and we can and do experience troublesome, problem areas.
Troubled by your tummy’s appearance?
The abdomen or tummy area is a problem spot for many women, particularly after childbirth. No matter how restrictive the diet or how many crunches one does, the fat deposits do not seem to budge.
Fortunately, the abdomen is an area of the body that responds extremely well to liposuction.
Moles are skin growths made up of cells that produce pigment, they can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups and most people get a few moles during their first 20 years of life.
Some people have made their fortune, in-part due to their now famous moles, Cindy Crawford and Marilyn Monroe instantly come to mind. And then there are others, like actress Eva Mendez who is always conscious with make-up application, to highlight and not diminish her facial mole; seeing it more as a pleasing addition to her aesthetic rather than something negative.
Traditional liposuction has, in the past, had negative connotations, with much of that arising from the ‘early days’ of the procedure's beginnings. Think back to the 1980’s and that decade's tendency for excess.
Times, thankfully, have changed and Palm Clinic is at the fore of a new type of liposuction technique for body contouring called liposculpture. Unlike traditional liposuction, this approach delivers minimum downtime and the best sculptural results.
Our team at Palm Clinic epitomise the concept of living our trade. We are regular attendees on the Appearance Medicine conference circuit and we are equally active in the field of training and development.
This year members of our team attended all three of these conferences:
- Australasian Medical Aesthetics Conference in Sydney
- New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine conference in Queenstown
- The Australasian Society for Aesthetic and Plastic surgery Non-Surgical Symposium in Melbourne
The team also attended the Allergan Academy in Kuala Lumpur and the Australasian College of Phlebology conference in Brisbane.
Our well trained, well-travelled and very skilled team share thoughts on why facial rejuvenation treatments at the Palm Clinic are so popular.
I am one of the registered nurses at Palm Clinic and recently had a Laser treatment of my veins Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA). Here is my experience.
The first thing was my blood pressure was taken and I was asked if I had any allergies etc. and if I was on any medications. After the Doctor explained the procedure I signed the consent form.
I changed into a theatre gown, hat, shoes and g-string! (This was so my own undies would not get wet when they washed my legs down with skin prep).
Then it was through to the warm theatre – the theatre has to be warm to help the veins stay nice and big so they are easier to get into. When we are nervous or cold, our veins shrink.
As doctors we often perform procedures on our patients but do not know how it feels to be the recipient!
Having had relatively minor, symptom free varicose veins and spider veins for years, I was waiting until they became sufficiently troublesome to warrant treatment.
More recently, swelling and aching at the end of the day followed by restless legs waking me at night led to further investigation at Palm Clinic using ultrasound. This revealed venous incompetence (leaky valves) in thigh and calf veins.
All my leg veins were thoroughly checked and a diagram or venous map was drawn to detail veins needing treatment.
Veins are the blood vessels that take the blood from your feet and legs back to the heart, ready for another cycle around the body. This means the blood in your leg veins should flow upwards.
When your veins don’t work properly, they let blood flow backwards down the leg. This can cause you to have heavy, achy, tired or swollen legs, which feel worse when standing still. You get relief when you elevate your legs, as the bloods flows up the leg, back to the heart, under the influence of gravity.
If poorly functioning veins go untreated for too long, the skin on the legs can start to suffer. The first signs of this are itching or eczema of the skin, followed by brown pigmentation and eventually a leg ulcer.
People with longstanding varicose veins can develop lipodermatosclerosis. This is a fancy term for hardened woody skin of the lower legs.
Why do veins fail?
There are a few theories as to why your veins ‘fail’.
As a liposuction surgeon I find there is a lot of confusion about who would benefit from liposuction.
Essentially the answer is quite simple: anyone with body contour issues is suitable!
Most people have one or more areas of the body that are susceptible to attracting fat. When we are born we have a finite number of fat cells which remain with us for life.
When we put on weight each individual fat cell enlarges and when we take off weight each individual fat cell shrinks. However your body will have areas, for example the abdomen or outer thighs, where the fat cells have a greater preference for attracting fat.
Therefore those areas will be the first to put on weight and the last area to lose the weight if you are on a diet.
More youthful shape from liposculpture.
This woman in her late fifties had liposculpture to her abdomen, waist and flanks which has created a much more youthful shape. The patient was delighted with her results.
Dr John Barrett of Palm Clinic is one of the most experienced liposuction practitioners in New Zealand having performed over 1000 cases of liposculpture to virtually every part of the body.
Palm Clinic is one of the most experienced Clinics for non surgical management of varicose veins in New Zealand. We have performed over 2800 cases of endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) which is regarded internationally as the most successful treatment for varicose veins.
This woman has had dermal fillers mainly to the lower face and cheeks and Botox to the lower face for a Nefertiti lift.
Here's a before and after picture of our lovely receptionist Lorraine, showing her in March 2012 and November 2013.
ELOS IPL for Improved Skin Colour
At Palm Clinic, a medical grade ELOS IPL treatment by qualified medical professionals will give excellent results such as this for superficial sun-spots and pigmentation.