Articles in Category: Appearance Treatments
Appearance Treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and cosmetic mole removal are available at Palm Clinic by experienced medical practitioners.
After working in advertising for nearly twenty years I decided to make a change by packing in a highly successful career and going back to University. After studying a few podiatry papers I realised a more “hands-on” approach with people was for me and sought to find a career with more of a feel-good factor. This led me into holistic therapies and after studying for another two years I started working as a beauty therapist in a Spa environment.
Dermal fillers are a brilliant tool in the world of appearance medicine. These gel-like substances are injected into the skin to defy lines, soften folds and balance any asymmetries in the face.
At Palm Clinic, we have a range of dermal fillers available; our most popular being Juvederm and Restylane. Both are non-animal hyaluron fillers made up of the same hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in our skin. These are the safest forms of dermal fillers and an ideal choice for skin rejuvenation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The NEW e-Dermastamp is the next evolution of skin needling. Manufactured by the Genuine Dermaroller™, backed by German medical engineering is the highest quality, electric, skin micro-needling device available. Dermaroller have spent an extensive amount of time perfecting this new system. In fact, the release date has been pushed back as results of comparative studies showed that fewer needles on the tip (not more) proved greater in perforation, and (unlike the competitor) resulted in no dragging, tearing or scratching.
So what’s different? Well the motor is NOT found in the headpiece, it is separate. This separation has given the system stronger motor and quicker perforations into the skin. With the competitor, holes are created 50 times per second; the e-Dermastamp can perform with more than triple the penetration at 150 times per second.
Dermaroller has always excelled in treating fine lines, wrinkles, extended scar formations, narrow acne scars and stretchmarks. However, a technical gap was noticed in treating isolated and difficult to access hard-to-reach places like the nose and upper lip, wrinkles (lips and crow’s feet), scars (e.g. chickenpox scars, post Liposuction scars, etc) and stagnant deep wrinkles. The e-Dermastamp will fill this gap and will exceed all expectations!
The e-Dermastamp uses a unique spring-loaded “stamp” with changeable needle tip cartridges. Identical to the Dermaroller the sterile needles are for single-use only. The controlled precision of both the Dermaroller and e-Dermastamp demonstrates a non-ablative technique that does not damage the skin nor is the epidermis removed. Furthermore, with no thermal heat, clients experience minimal downtime.
During an e-Dermastamp treatment micro needles enter the skin 50-150 times per second. For a fraction of this time the needle tips push the epidermal scales aside and enter into the skin. The nerve sensors sense this tissue intrusion and, in return, they signal to other cells in the vicinity of 1 to 2 mm around the channel that a “possible” injury has taken place. The nerve signals trigger a wound healing response and cell proliferation occurs.
This is not to supersede Dermaroller treatment, as studies have still proven that by rolling we create a “static” field of electrical signals needed to trigger regeneration mechanisms. The skin’s conductivity increases, while the skins electrical resistance decreases, allowing the cell to release growth factors which are received by dermal stem cells, creating up to 1000 times more collagen from just one treatment!
Best possible results will be achieved when combining both the Dermaroller and the e-Dermastamp. The Dermaroller is used to stimulate collagen for the entire face and the e-Dermastamp to smooth any isolated wrinkles and scar tissue within the skin, giving a 70-80% improvement in skin texture, tone, scaring, elasticity and the reduction of redness/rosacea and stimulating up to 1000 times more collagen, puncturing and smoothing scar tissue, creating new fibroblasts and new capillary networks (which has resulted in slowing down the degradation of the skin). Combining both the e-Dermastamp and the Dermaroller, doubles the amount of perforations in the skin, which provides a greater opportunity to infuse a cocktail of skin-enhancing ingredients simultaneously. This instantly makes the skin topically hydrated, smooth & glowing! Wait to see it with your own eyes, it’s the only way to be convinced.
The e-Dermastamp™ is fully CE certified as a medical device and it will provide the procedures you want, with superior results.
Lytera™ Brightening Complex is the next generation skin brightening system that effectively addresses the appearance of skin discolouration and enhancing your skin’s luminosity.
What is unique about Lytera?
Lytera™ Brightening Complex uses innovation to deliver results! It incorporates a patented blend of ingredients that actively work together to gently exfoliate and help brighten and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots. This unique formula is free from hydroquinone and through a recently published clinical study, 85% of patients saw a greater improvement in their overall skin condition after 12 weeks of treatment, as compared to 68% of patients treated with 4% hydroquinone.
This lovely set of lips belongs to a patient of mine who is a very beautiful 45 year old woman. She began noticing early signs of aging around her mouth. She wanted to have her lips returned to their youthful state.
I used a syringe of Juvederm Ultra to ease out her lip lines, her smile creases and her chin crease. Smoothing out these surrounding lines returned the attention to her beautiful lips. To finish I put some thin threads of Juvederm Ultra into both her top and bottom lips to give her some extra hydration and structure to the body of the lip without making them look obviously enhanced. She was delighted with her result.
Dermal fillers placed in the cheeks, nasolabial folds and oral commissures along with a lip enhancement have all halped to subtly rejuvenate the face. There has been an emphasis on natural results.
As we progress though our 40s, the bones and fat of the face start to shrink away, causing the overlying skin to sag, forming folds over the eyes, hollowing under the eyes, flattening of once rounded cheeks and formation of jowls. This can give a tired, saggy appearance to the face. We call this shrinkage of bone and fat 'volume loss'. We can treat volume loss by placing dermal filler under the skin to mimic the lost bone and fat: we call this 'volumizing".
These photos show the effect 'volumizing' the brow and frown area with dermal filler. I have used one syringe of Juvederm Ultraplus shared between both brows and the frown area. As you can see it has taken up the excess skin over the eyes and restored the curved contour of the brow bone, giving the natural light reflection under the brow that we often highlight with makeup. The eyes look fresher and more open. Placing this hydrating, nourishing hyaluranon substance has also improved the quality of the skin, reducing the appearance of pores and enhancing radiance.
Late last year I was privileged to be invited to speak to doctors in China about Appearance Medicine. Although I regularly teach doctors across Australia and NZ, this was my first trip to lecture in China, and quite a different experience. I visited Guangzhou and Fuzhou, home to 12 and 7 million people respectively. Interest in cosmetic facial injectable treatments in China is very high. As I passed through the Fuzhou airport I was surprised to see billboards promoting cosmetic medical clinics. This is not something we see in NZ. I spoke at four different cosmetic medical hospitals to an audience that spoke very little English while a skilled professional relayed the translation in Mandarin. Electronic media was very prominent. I have never had so many photos and videos taken both during and after my presentations. After hours my gracious hosts looked after me well and treated me to a myriad of delicacies, sampling exotic dishes such as bullfrog, pig's tripe and chicken claws. It seems Appearance Medicine has huge growth potential in China over the coming years and I will be watching with interest.
A natural, subtle lip restoration with Juvederm Ultra
Many patients are fearful that their lips will look distorted or obviously enhanced when treated with filler. I am hardly surprised when I look at the overinflated, poorly proportioned lips featured in the celebrity gossip mags. Lip filler need not -in fact should not ever, in my opinion- be used to give an obvious, oversized look.
This result is a nice contrast to the "trout pouts" in the media. The patient requested improvement of the lines around her lips, hydration of her lip and definition of her lip shape. She did not want big lips, or for acquaintances to be able to detect she'd had treatment. Treating the lip lines to smooth them out and placing fine threads of hydrating filler into the lips has restored her existing beautiful shape with no trace of a trout in sight.