I’m interested in Botox, but injections into my face sounds scary.

I’m interested in Botox, but injections into my face sounds scary.

Botox is a natural, purified protein. It is not only used for cosmetic purposes, but also for many purely medical uses. For example it is used in much higher doses very safely, even in young children with cerebral palsy, with wonderful results.

Botox will relax the specific facial muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles that are formed during facial expressions.

At Palm Clinic, Botox is injected by experienced “Advanced Level” medically trained Doctors and Nurses. A very small, very fine needle is used. Each little injection will sting for a few seconds. It takes 2-3 days for Botox to start to take effect, and 1-2 weeks to see the full effect.

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Before and after dermal fillers

What’s the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Individual results may vary.

Botox is used to relax specific facial muscles that cause the lines and wrinkles that are formed during facial expressions. These will become deeper with age, until they are everlasting, even when you are not smiling or frowning, or pursing your lips. Botox is a natural, purified protein. It is not the poison botulism.

Dermal fillers are used to restore the volume and structure to ones skin. As we age there is the natural result of thinning of the skin, skin volume reduction, and loss of bone & muscle volume.

Everyone is different. The aim of treatment at Palm Clinic is to advise you upon the best treatment for you to look “good for your age, but relevant for your age”. To look “really good, not different”.

Botox and Dysport are Prescription Medicines containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox and Dysport treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.

1 Benedetto A. The Cosmetic Uses of Botulinum toxin type A. Int J Dermatol 1999, 38:6641.655

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Facial Veins and Redness

Facial Veins and Redness

I’m a Man with lots of Red Veins On My Nose and Cheeks

You are not the only one. Many men have a profusion of veins, broken capillaries and general redness to their noses and cheeks. These will often lead others to think you drink too much, when you are just a “glass or two a day” social drinker. This redness and the veins are easily treated by laser or IPL by our experienced medically trained staff at Palm Clinic. It is very unlikely that you will have to take any time off work at all. Facial veins and redness can not only be unsightly and unwanted, but can also feel very uncomfortable for some.

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Long haul flights and the risk of a DVT (Deep vein thrombosis/clot)

While not common (up to 10% in some reported studies), long haul flights ie. those over 4 hours, can increase any individual’s risk of developing a DVT. This is particularly so if someone is over 60 years of age, has significant medical problems, is pregnant, is using oestrogen containing medications or has varicose vein disease.

Another simple method of helping to reduce this risk, apart from drinking plenty of non-alcoholic and caffeine-free beverages and frequently getting up to walk around, is to wear compression hosiery. There is no evidence that Aspirin protects against developing a DVT.

Palm clinic offers a full range of comfortable, affordable flight socks that our experienced team will fit for you.

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Cosmetic Medical tourism in New Zealand

Whilst many Asian clinics advertise in New Zealand, what many New Zealanders do not realise is that New Zealand is often a destination for cosmetic medical tourists.  At Palm Clinic we have many clients who seek treatment for liposuction, varicose vein treatments, Botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments.  Such clients have come from Asia, Australia, Tahiti, UK and USA because New Zealand practitioners are acknowledged as being well trained and often at the  forefront of cosmetic medical treatments.  Also our treatments compare favourably on a cost basis with other countries and can represent particularly good value for those from Australia, UK and USA.

Botox and Dysport are Prescription Medicines containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies. Note: Botox and Dysport treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.

1 Benedetto A. The Cosmetic Uses of Botulinum toxin type A. Int J Dermatol 1999, 38:6641.655

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Is surgery necessary for varicose veins?

Is surgery necessary for varicose veins?

Surgery is no longer necessary to treat varicose veins. Modern techniques like endovenous laser ablation and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy are capable of treating all types of varicose veins regardless of size.

The advantage of non surgical techniques like laser and injection are that you do not need any form of general anaesthesia or sedation as they are almost painless procedures. You will be capable of returning straight back to work in the majority of cases and efficacy is not compromised.  In fact the early 5 year data for laser shows even better results than surgery.  So if you have been hanging on to your varicose veins because you didn't want to have surgery you now have excellent non surgical options.

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Is surgery necessary for varicose veins?

Vulval Varicosities

Often women are embarassed to mention at a consultation that they have noticed swollen, painful veins on their vulva around the vaginal opening. They'll often arise or get worse during pregnancy and improve around 6 months after the delivery. If they don't, the best thing is to seek treatment as they're probably not going to improve by themselves after this time.

Vulval varicosities can be on the vulva or run down the inner thigh. They often accompany varicose veins and can be treated in the same way. Here at Palm Clinic we will often use ultrasound guided sclerotherapy to treat vulval varicosities. So don't put up with painful veins in the nether regions, there's a simple solution. Just ask!

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Liposuction or liposculpture - what is the difference?

Liposuction is a procedure performed under general anaesthetic to remove fat from the body.  It was devised by Dr Giorgio Fischer in Rome and refined by Dr Pierre Fournier in Paris.  Liposculpture is a term for liposuction when it is performed under a special type of local anaesthetic called tumescent anaestheisa which was devised by Dr Jeffrey Klein in California in 1987.

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Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can develop during pregnancy, or pre existing varicose veins can become larger or cause problems. There are several possible reasons why pregnancy may contribute to varicose veins. Hormones released during pregnancy are likely to be a factor, as is the increased blood volume and circulatory effects caused by pregnancy. The womb and baby will press on the veins which can cause obstruction to the normal blood return to the heart causing the leg veins to become swollen and symptomatic. As well as affecting leg veins, veins around the vulva can become engorged and painful.

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Before and after image of varicose veins treated with EVLA

Endovenous laser for varicose veins

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is the latest treatment for varicose veins.  It uses a laser fibre inside the abnormal varicose vein to cauterise and close the vein down instead of stripping the vein out surgically.  Endovenous laser treatment is performed under local anaesthetic only so you don't need a general anaesthetic to treat your varicose veins and you can return to work the same day.

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