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Dermatology

Dermal Fillers

These are a gel substance that fill areas of volume depletion caused by the ageing process or can be used to augment, contour and enhance facial features. The filler is hydrophilic, which means it attracts water and, therefore, can also be hydrating and works well to improve volume loss.

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Areas treated with dermal filler:

Lips
Cheek
Nasolabial folds
Marionette lines
Chin
Temples
Jawline
Perioral
Static lines can also be filled with a soft filler

Filler lasts a varied amount of time depending on the area being treated and the thickness of the filler. This ranges from 6-18 months. The amount and type of filler used is determined by the area being treated and is individual to each client.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dermal fillers permanent?
No, the filler used is temporary. The effects of the filler will depend on the thickness of the filler.
Will the results be instant?
The enhancement is seen straight away but it is important to remember that initially there will be swelling and the true end point can be seen at 4 weeks from the initial injection.
Who is unsuitable for this treatment?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women. Anyone with bleeding or clotting disorders. Autoimmune disease.
Are dermal filler injections painful?
Everyone is different and as such experience varying levels of discomfort. Some areas of the face also have more nerve endings than others and so the level of discomfort is higher such as the lips and around the mouth. Topical numbing cream is applied for these areas and can be used if needed. Most people tolerate these injections well. The filler also comes premixed with an anesthetic. If you have any concerns please speak to the injector prior to your treatment.
What are the risks associated with dermal filler treatment?
We take every precaution to prevent side effects and complications, however, these can sometimes occur. These include but are not limited to; tenderness, swelling, bruising, infection, lumps or firmness in the area of the injection, allergic reaction to the filler, very rare side effects of vascular occlusion and blindness. This is caused by filler being injected directly into a blood vessel.
What do I need to know prior to having dermal fillers?
Please follow these simple instructions to ensure you get the best out of your treatment. Makeup should be removed prior to attendance of dermal filler appointment. Avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen/nurofen, fish oils and multivitamins for 48 hours prior to your treatment as this can increase your risk of bruising. If you have a past history of cold sores and are having a lip filler or peri-oral (around the mouth) treatment ensure you have taken anti-viral tablets as the treatment can cause reactivation of the virus. If you have an active cold sore, we will be unable to treat you at that time and we will have to rebook. Please ensure you have no dental work booked 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. Please ensure you have no flights planned for 2 weeks after the treatment.

Medical Grade Chemical Peels

This is a liquid exfoliant, which lowers the PH of the skin during the treatment process, loosening the top layer of skin cells which will then be shed following the treatment process over a period of time. This will be dependent on the strength of peel used, revealing new glowing skin.

chemical-peels

Conditions targeted with peels are, but not limited to:

Aging
Sun Damage
Acne
Scarring
Pigmentation
Rosacea

Prior to having a peel it is recommended to prepare the skin with active cosmetics for 2 weeks. Multiple treatments are recommended to achieve the best outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are carried out in a controlled environment and supervised throughout. They are very safe. The side effects associated with them are redness, stinging. Our providers will discuss these with you prior to the treatment.
How much will I peel?
Peeling may or may not occur with the peels and this depends on the depth of the peel and the individual having the treatment. With superficial peels, peeling may not always occur and this is normal. The treatment is still working.

Wrinkle Treatments

Anti-wrinkle injections or wrinkle relaxers work by relaxing the muscle they are injected into. This treatment consists of small injections of neurotoxin into specific muscle groups. It has undergone rigorous safety testing and should only be prescribed by a medical provider.

wrinkle-treatments

Areas injected with wrinkle relaxers:

Forehead
Frown Line
Crow's Feet
Dimpled Chin
Lip lines (perioral)
Jawline/masseter
Gummy smile
Down turned corners of the mouth
Platysmal or neck bands

The effects of this treatment will last between 3-4 months and will require re-treatment for maintenance. There are other medical uses of wrinkle relaxers, one of which is for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating, which we can also perform. The amount of wrinkle relaxer needed will depend on the area being treated and the client and is measured in Units.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are wrinkle relaxer injections painful?
The injection can sting or pinch but we apply ice to the area prior to the injection to minimise this. This is a very effective way to manage the discomfort and most patients tolerate the injections well.
How long does the treatment take?
A usual wrinkle relaxer consultation will be between 15-30 minutes.
Who is unsuitable for this treatment?
Wrinkle relaxer treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. This treatment is also not suitable for patients with certain neurological or neuromuscular disorders such as MS, myasthenia Gravis etc.
How quickly does the treatment work?
: It can take up to 7 days for the treatment to be effective.
Are there any side effects associated with the treatment?
We take every precaution to prevent side effects and complications, however, these can sometimes occur. These include but are not limited to; Redness and swelling localised to the site of injection, bruising, skin tightness, headaches, localised muscle weakness in adjacent muscles around the area of injection (ie. Drooping eyebrow, or mouth) Our providers will always discuss the potential side effects of the procedure before proceeding.

Skin Needling

Skin needling therapy also known as percutaneous collagen induction is a therapy whereby very fine medical grade needles are passed over the skin to create microchannels which cause the lower levels of the skin to produce collagen and elastin fibers. Remodeling the skin, which is useful in the treatment of ageing, scarring, pigmentation, and mild acne.

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Novellus Health uses the Dermapen 4, which is the latest revolutionary technology in skin needling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will a topical anesthetic be used?
While the Dermapen4 technology doesn’t require numbing, patient comfort is important, therefore, numbing cream can be applied for your comfort.
Are there any side effects?
Pinpoint bleeding is expected during the treatment. This will settle following the treatment. Common side effects are redness, sensitive skin, feeling of sunburn, mild bruising and mild peeling of the skin subsequently. Rarely infection can occur and hyper or hypo-pigmentation. This treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Care should be taken with patients on aspirin or blood thinning medication. This treatment should be avoided on active cystic/pustular acne.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP); Autologous Regeneration Treatment

Our plasma contains growth factors and platelets which have rejuvenation potential that stimulates tissue regeneration.

This treatment uses the patient’s own blood which is collected from their arm. This undergoes a preparation process to isolate and separate the plasma which contains platelets from the blood cells. The plasma is then injected superficially into the skin. Local anaesthetic is applied to the area treated to create a numbing effect prior to treatment. A more natural solution to the problem of aging.

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Indications for treatment; ageing and facial rejuvenation, post acne scarring, scars, pigmentation.

Areas that can be treated:

Full face
Eye area, dark circles
Mid-face
Loose skin and necklace lines on neck
Decolletage
Back of hands
Scalp for hair restoration
hair

This treatment can be combined with Dermapen4 to enhance its effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is this treatment?
Because this treatment uses your own blood there are minimal risks associated with it. Side effects associated with the treatment are swelling, bruising. Very rarely infection. This treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. This is not recommended for people on aspirin, blood thinning medication, or people who have bleeding disorders.
How many treatments are required?
This usually varies on the individual being treated and the indication for treatment. The usual recommendation is 2-3 treatments 4 weeks apart and then annual maintenance. Some patients may need more than this. For a full face we recommend 2x vials of PRP per session.
How soon will I see results?
The regeneration process can take up to 4 weeks.

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