The Best Treatment for Pigmentation

To be honest, we’ve spent many, many hours scrolling through Instagram this year. Usually, it’s a pointless habit to pass the time while we’re waiting for our morning cappuccino. But every now and again, we stumble across a post that disrupts our mindless scrolling.

Sydney-based facialist Melanie Grant is a wealth of skincare knowledge. A skincare expert to the stars, Grant has treated everyone from Zoe Foster Blake to Lara Worthington. And, fortunately for us, she often uses Instagram as a medium for sharing skincare-related advice.
Grant’s latest Instagram lesson? How to get rid of pigmentation.

WHAT IS PIGMENTATION?

In her first post, Grant gives an in depth explanation of what pigmentation is:

“Hyperpigmentation—brown patches, marks, splotches—can be caused by excessive sun exposure, hormone imbalances, inflammation and injury to the skin. It most commonly appears on the face, neck and décolletage. It’s also notoriously difficult to treat.”

“Before you can treat your pigmentation, you need to know what type you have. Those with fair skin are more prone to sun-induced pigment and people with olive complexions can be more susceptible to post-inflammatory pigment. Women who are pregnant, who take the oral contraceptive pill, or who are on hormone replacement therapy or IVF are more likely to suffer from hormone induced pigmentation, aka melasma or chloasma.”

Hyperpigmentation will often appear as we become older as our melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment) increase in size as we age. Younger skin can be at risk of pigment from sun damage—that cute spray of freckles across the nose and cheeks can become more dense, causing uneven tone and darkness to the face, and melasma caused by the pill is very common in younger women.”

THE BEST IN-SALON TREATMENTS FOR PIGMENTATION

As one of Australia’s most well regarded skin experts, Grant knows a thing or two about in-salon treatments:

“If you’re serious about clearing up your pigmentation, I’d recommend the following,” she wrote. “For sun-induced pigment I favour lasers such as Fraxel (or Erbium)  and IPL.”

“For hormonal pigment there’s no cure as such, however it can be managed with a good skincare regime and in-clinic treatments such as laser or depigmentation peels, I find Cosmelan and Dermamelan are super effective.”

“For early onset or minimal pigment, I like to combine low level, gentle peels with light therapy to gradually break down the pigment, brighten the complexion and unify skin tone.”
“Unless you want to end up right back where you started, there’s no use booking in for clinical treatments if you continue to skip the SPF. Diligent sun protection is vital in managing all types of hyperpigmentation, this is where it starts! Some women even choose to stop taking the pill to ease the side effects of melasma.”

DERMAMELAN DEPIGMENTATION

The Dermamelan Peel is a rapid medical treatment for all types of pigmentation. Dermamelan provides extremely effective results for this problem that will return the skin to its natural even colour and complexion and involves very little downtime. It is an express depigmentation treatment that is effective in all types of pigmentation problems, even in resistant cases that have failed all other types of treatment.

It can be applied in any season and is compatible with all types and shades of skin. It is completely safe and the pigmented patches will usually disappear in a short period of time.

Results you can expect

There are minimal side effects (only slight redness and flaking) and there is a stabilisation of sebaceous secretion resulting in a reduction of any excessive oiliness and improvement of any acne problems. The skin becomes bright, rejuvenated and abnormal pigmentation starts to fade, with results starting to show in just 10 to 14 days.

From the first day after treatment, make-up can be worn, if required, without any problems. Suitable for all skin types this Dermamelan treatment can help reduce pigmentation marks by up to 95%.

Before and After

THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR PIGMENTATION

As Grant explains, there are plenty of pigmentation fighting products that you can add to your everyday routine.

“Look for brightening serums that feature ingredients such as vitamin C, niacinamide, bearberry or liquorice extracts, and azelaic acid,” she says.

Dr Joseph Hkeik, from All Saints Skin Clinics in Sydney, agrees that vitamin C is one of the most effective ingredients for treating pigmentation, along with other signs of ageing. (Win, win.) “Vitamin C is great because it brightens the skin and it’s also good for exfoliation,” Dr Hkeik told ELLE.

“People that have pigmentation, people that have sun damage—these are the things that we use vitamin C for. It’s a wonderful brightener and I think this is probably the reason why it’s been thrown into a lot of products.”

SKYN PRODUCTS FOR PIGMENTATION

1. Tyrosinase Inhibitors

are amazing at addressing unwanted pigmentation in the skin. They act by blocking or sedating the enzyme responsible for the overproduction of melanin which causes your skin to have dark spots. This is a great prepping ingredient if you are considering undergoing laser treatments, IPL, chemical peels or invasive skin treatments as it reduces the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Cosmedix Simply Brilliant

ZO Brightalive Skin Brightener

2. SPF

SPF is also an absolute MUST for pigmentation prevention.

3. Retinol / Vitamin A

Retinol / Vitamin A is also good for pigmentation caused by sun damage as it increases cell turnover which has an exfoliating effect, so dull, damaged cells are brought to the surface to make way for brighter more even-toned skin.

ZO Retinol

Cosmedix Serum 16

Great for people who find they “react” to retinol.

Cosmedix Define  & Cosmedix Refine are also great!

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For a consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or book online.

Chrissy Teigen Just Got Wrinkle Relaxers in Her Armpits to Stop Sweating—Here’s How That Works

“I can wear silk again without soaking woohoo!”

Chrissy Teigen is known for being totally candid about the personal aspects of her life. From getting real about postpartum depression to her vaginal steaming routine, she’s definitely not one to hold back. But her latest beauty treatment may just be one of her most honest.

Last night, Teigen shared a video of herself receiving anti-wrinkle injections (Wrinkle Relaxers) in her armpits as a way to combat her “excessive sweating.” In the video, she gives a shout out to Jason Diamond, MD, a Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon, while calling the procedure the “best move” she “has ever made.”

While Teigen hasn’t revealed an exact diagnosis (she could simply just sweat a lot—feel that, girl!), excessive sweating can be a symptom of hyperhidrosis—and anti-wrinkle injections in the armpits are often a common treatment for the condition.

“What’s happening in hyperhidrosis is the nerves that send signals to sweat glands to sweat are way too chatty, and we don’t really know why that is,” Adam Friedman, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, previously told Health. Medications and anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking those nerve signals that are responsible for activating the sweat glands, he explained.

The good news? Anti-wrinkle injections aren’t specifically meant for those with a hyperhidrosis diagnosis—even if you just want to rock a silk dress, sweat-free (like Teigen), you can go ahead and opt for the procedure. “You can absolutely get anti-wrinkle injections under your armpits, even if you don’t have hyperhidrosis,” Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City–based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules, tells Health. “Some people may be allergic to antiperspirants, so for them, this is a good—and safe—alternative.”

As for the pain that might come with the procedure, Teigen said she didn’t feel anything. “Truly didn’t hurt at all” she wrote in a tweet later to a fan asking about the pain. “But I also do laser hair removal there so my pain tolerance might be quite high,” she added.One small drawback: anti-wrinkle injections only prevents sweating in the area that it is specifically injected, Dr. Jaliman added. That means if you’re just getting the treatments in your armpits, you can still sweat other places (hi, underboob sweat!), so one round of anti-wrinkle injections won’t solve all of your sweaty summer woes. Plus, the procedure only lasts about six to seven months, says Dr. Jaliman, so be ready to make multiple appointments to keep your underarms dry for good.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘You can’t be in a bubble where you’re never going to encounter something that’s not clean’

When actress-turned-Goop founder and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the broader concept of wellness to women around the world, she arguably redefined modern beauty standards. Paltrow is often credited as being a first adopter of emerging trends; clean beauty, crystals and ashwagandha have all become more mainstream, thanks to Paltrow and her greater influence. Last week, she may have done it again. On Thursday, Paltrow announced her partnership with Merz Aesthetics’ “pure” injectable Wrinkle Relaxer X.

Paltrow has never been the global face, much less an ambassador, for a cosmetic aesthetics company, especially since she publicly swore off Botox after her 40th birthday. But Paltrow’s relationship with Merz represents the duality of the beauty industry today, one that encompasses cosmetic treatments, clean beauty and wellness. Below, she discusses with Glossy what made her take the plunge with Wrinkle Relaxer X, what the future of beauty looks like and what’s on deck for “The Goop Lab” season two.

What made this partnership with Merz Aesthetics interesting to you?

“I think it kind of goes along with my philosophy that life is a balance, and also that women should feel completely empowered to do the things in their lives that work for them and make them feel better. Obviously, I’m very into clean products and clean beauty, but basically, the story goes like this: When I was 40 — I was panicking about turning 40 — I did full anti-wrinkle [injections], the whole thing. And I [looked like] a monster. It was crazy. I honestly want to show you a picture of my face; it was nuts. I was like, ‘I’ll never do this again.’ ‘I’ll never touch my face again.’ But of course, I went along and I felt good [on the] inside, but maybe you’re noticing more wrinkles. I was getting really pronounced frown lines. My really good friend is a plastic surgeon in Chicago, I’m always asking him, ‘What are women doing?’ “Is it to early for a face lift?’ ‘What’s the laser [to use]?’ — and he told me about Wrinkle Relaxer X. He was like, ‘It’s just for right here [Paltrow points to the area between her eyes], and you need just a little drop.’ And I was like, ‘No, I had a really bad experience with an anti-wrinkle injection.’ He said, ‘Just trust me, it’s a purified version. It’s very you. It’s the cleanest version of this possible.’ He gave me a drop of it, and really, it was fantastic.”

How important was the “clean” aspect, given that you are such a proponent of clean beauty and wellness?

“It’s one of those things you have to balance, because it’s still a neurotoxin. But the fact that it’s uniquely purified — there’s not other stuff in it — made it more palatable for me to try. I’m so passionate about what we put on our skin — moisturizer, or whatever body oil, cream or exfoliants. Your skin absorbs, transdermally, like up to 70% of what you put on it. Over 10 years, as I’ve learned more and more about clean beauty, [I’ve found] some conventional beauty products that are considered luxury products have antifreeze in them.”

So, what is your take on conventional beauty products?

“You can’t be in a bubble where you’re never going to encounter something that’s not clean. I have really dry, color-treated hair. I cannot use a clean moisturizer. Clean conditioner in my hair doesn’t work. I would like to make [a clean conditioner] one day, and we’re trying to work on one, but there’s a balance. I think women should feel free to explore whatever they want to — eyelash dye, hair color, it is what it is.”

You’re known to spot the next big thing. Is there anything you have your eye on?

“I thought it might be a good time to do a chemical peel to get rid of sun damage [because of staying indoors], but I haven’t found one. There are so many mixed reactions. I’m still gathering research about that one. People say, like, ‘What are your beauty hacks?’ Besides my GoopGenes moisturizer, which I’m obsessed with by the way, [they include] exfoliating, sleeping, breathing, meditating — [and] basic things to reduce stress: sweating, exercising, eating good nutrients. Those are all considered wellness [to me].”

How is that going to come to life in season two of [the Netflix series] “The Goop Lab”?

“Season two is really about relationships, intimacy and sex. We’re focusing on that. We just started filming, so we’re still putting it all together right now.”

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My Laser Tattoo Removal Journey

My laser tattoo removal journey with SKYN®. Why I got it, how it feels, how it heals and progress after two sessions.

 

Getting your partner’s name tattooed on you – aka the kiss of death. I thought I had beaten the system, vying for the safest option. My tattoo was in a hidden location – my upper thigh. I also swerved the use of their name, using my boyfriend’s logo (he was a musician). I deduced that no matter the future outcome of our relationship, it would be out of sight and I could live with a weird little worm (see pictures).

 

Spoiler alert: we broke up, and it was messy. While it may not be his name, unfortunately, the image is a daily reminder of a person I don’t want to think about, ever, permanently on my body. 

 

My strong advice would be to avoid getting someone tattooed on yourself, no matter how you feel toward them. Don’t just take it from me – a UK poll in 2018 showed tattooed names was the number one tattoo regret (unsurprisingly). Closely followed by tribal designs and Asian characters.

 

However, if it’s too late, there is a solution. Laser tattoo removal. SKYN® use the Lutronic Spectra Q-Switched Laser – one of the most effective laser machines on the market. (Read more here). It’s a little painful, but the results are worth it.

 

I am two sessions deep and I am elated to finally see my ex fading from my life.

 

The First Session

 

I was nervous going into my first session. I had been warned that it can be painful, and I’m sure I have a fairly low pain threshold. On top of that, I was told it would be approximately nine sessions until complete removal. Could I handle the process nine times? 

 

The nurse, who was incredibly kind, covered the area with numbing cream. After about 15 minutes I took a deep breath, put on my safety glasses and was ready to go. 

 

I won’t lie, it wasn’t comfortable. I have read the process being likened to being continuously flicked with a rubber band and yes, that’s exactly what it feels like. However, I found it manageable, and it was over in about 15 minutes or less. Anyone that’s had a tattoo knows they aren’t particularly comfortable either, and nowhere near as speedy.

 

The laser itself is gratifying to watch. The ink pigments absorb and chemically react with the emitted light, causing a white frosting. 

Before laser tattoo removal with the Lutronic Spectra Q-Switched Laser

The Healing Process

The day after removal, the tattoo was very red and sore to touch, similar to a sunburn. There were moments of soreness and itchiness, but nothing too dramatic. Don’t be alarmed at redness, blistering or scabbing. Two weeks after the first session, the tattoo was looking a little dry, but on the way to recovery.

One day after Laser Tattoo Removal with Spectra Q-Switched Laser

Two weeks after Laser Tattoo Removal with Spectra Q-Switched Laser

*After roughly eight weeks I can confidently say the tattoo removal was entirely healed and already I was seeing noticeable fading. I tried to keep the area clean, away from the sunlight, moisturised (later in the process) and breathing. If you want to speed the process along, SKYN offers the Healite II™. This can be used in conjunction with laser treatments, increasing blood flow to the tissue, and therefore assisting wound healing.

 

*The healing process may be faster for other clients as I have an autoimmune disease which affects my body’s ability to heal.

 

The Second Session

 

The second session fared similarly to the first in terms of the session and the healing process. It felt a little more sensitive than the first time, however, this is where there has been a vast improvement. It’s important to note that my removal journey has also been a little bit different. 

 

I have opted to guinea pig a technique where half of the tattoo has been treated with the Erbium Yag Laser, prior to using the Spectra Q-Switch. Basically, this pokes little holes in to let gas escape, which should be more effective. The other half of the tattoo has only been treated with Spectra Q-Switched. 

 

After the first session, I hadn’t noticed a huge difference between the halves, but now I can see portions of the tattoo that has dropped (almost entirely) where the Erbium Yag Laser technique was used. In saying that, I’m stunned by how well the only Q-Switched laser area of the tattoo removal application has developed.

Above the line: Combination Erbium Yag Laser and Spectra Q-Switch
Below the line: Spectra Q-Switch Laser only. See the lines of the eyes!

 

I can happily report that I will be continuing this journey. I am unphased by the discomfort and based on how well the tattoo has taken to the treatments so far, I am convinced it will be much less than nine sessions!

How to Safely Treat Patients with Darker Skin Types

Earlier this month Dr. Suzan Obagi explained her thoughts on why she is not afraid of causing PIH in darker skin types. She offers her expertise and personal approach to understanding and treating pigmentation issues, below and via https://www.aestheticauthority.com/view/fillers-for-post-fat-grafting-finesse

It is not unusual for me to see a patient in consultation for skin concerns only to find out that they were referred by their dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon because of fear of treating their darker skin complexion without risking more pigmentation issues. While I am thankful that the physician referred the patient if they were concerned about treating their skin safely, it makes me wonder how many patients out there are being turned away from treatments based solely upon their skin color.

I think we have been taught, rightfully so, to be concerned about post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) when treating darker-skinned patients, but there are steps we can take to prepare the patient’s skin well so that we can safely treat them.

First, let’s look at the difference between ephelides (freckles), lentigines (sunspots), PIH, and melasma. Patients may have a genetic predisposition to forming ephelides, but that gene varies racially. Biopsies show increased pigmentation but not increased melanocytes; however, ephelides have a predilection for sun-exposed skin. This suggests that there is an overproduction of melanin by melanocytes. Solar lentigines, on the other hand, arise in areas where repeated sun exposure induces mutations, resulting in increased melanin production and abnormal pigment retention by the keratinocytes. In these lesions, there is a mild increased number of melanocytes as well as evidence of photodamage in the dermis.

PIH is a temporary overproduction of pigment in response to an epidermal injury or trauma. Usually, this injury is thermal but PIH can be seen in patients that excoriate their skin or that have had inflammatory lesions in the skin. Rarely, severe inflammation can cause melanin to drop into the dermis and to be engulfed by melanophages. PIH is worsened by sun exposure.

Melasma, on the other hand, is a much more complex disorder that may have a genetic predisposition. Melasma arises mostly in women of child-bearing age but it can be seen in men and older women. In melasma, some unknown trigger has induced melanocytes to overproduce and distribute melanin to the keratinocytes. Sometimes, this pigment can drop into the dermis and be taken up by melanophages resulting in dermal melasma. While the trigger may be elusive, there is certainly a link to things that worsen melasma. These include ultraviolet light and certain visible light wavelengths, hormones (pregnancy, oral contraceptives, hormone IUD), and certain topical agents (chemical sunscreens, fragrances and certain botanical agents), heat (spas, saunas, hot yoga, cooking). Once these melanocytes are sensitized and over-produce pigmentation, it is challenging to quiet them down or to clear the melasma fully.

 

Evaluation & Diagnosis

When I see patients with dyschromias, it is important to assess the following:

  • Diagnosis of condition: ephelides, lentigines, PIH, melasma
  • Is this strictly epidermal or is there a dermal component?
  • What has been tried, what has worked and what has failed or worsened the condition?
  • For melasma, is the patient exposed to exogenous hormones such as oral contraceptives, excessive soy intake or the presence of a hormone IUD?
  • How motivated the patient is to follow an aggressive skincare regimen?

Patients with ephelides and lentigines can be safely treated with light peels and non-ablative fractionated lasers, Q-switched lasers, and broadband light (BBL). However, the darker the patient’s complexion, the longer I pretreat with a comprehensive skincare regimen before performing any of these treatments. The risk of not doing so is that you will induce PIH during the healing process.

Patients with PIH — the dreaded complication — are actually easy to treat. It may resolve with proper management in one month, three months or six months, but in the end, it all resolves. Patients that develop hyperpigmentation in response to acne or oven burns are at risk for PIH from any face procedure. PIH is not permanent thus it does not scare me if it arises, but I try my utmost best to minimize the risk of PIH and to treat it preemptively. Any patient at risk for PIH should be pretreated with a comprehensive skincare regimen, and once they have healed after a procedure, the patient should quickly resume the topical regimen. If, despite this, PIH develops, the patient must be diagnosed quickly and started on a series of 30% salicylic acid peels at two- to four-week intervals until the PIH resolves. Being more aggressive with peels, or by performing a laser (heat trauma), will only aggravate the condition. Lasers have no role to play in treating PIH.

Melasma is the one condition for which I do not over-promise the results. If the patient has eliminated all their contributing factors (hormones, heat, certain topical agents) and they have used their comprehensive skincare regimen faithfully, epidermal melasma should show considerable improvement by six weeks (one skin cell turnover cycle). If at six weeks the patient is doing well, I then see them back at three months. However, if at six weeks, they are not improved despite using their products correctly, I add light peels to their regimen with 30% salicylic acid every four weeks. At three months, I reassess their skin. If it is considerably improved, I continue the skincare regimen unchanged for one year. The light peels can continue. If the patient is only moderately improved, I might add a non-ablative fractionated laser combined with a salicylic acid peel or Jessner’s solution peel. However, if there is little change at the three-month evaluation, it may indicate that the pigmentation is dermal. If so, I may proceed with a medium-depth trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel to try to eliminate some of the dermal melanophages. I do not use more than a 24% or 25% concentration TCA peel, as higher concentrations can cause an inflammatory reaction in the skin. Of course, once the patient has healed, they resume their topical skincare regimen immediately. It is important not to let the melasma rebound.

Clearing up the Confusion; Skincare vs Clinical Treatment and IPL vs BBL

Deciding between skincare and clinical treatments

It’s the decision many of us struggle to choose between when it comes to deciding how to best combat our skin woes. The highly coveted ingredient Retinol is often a popular consideration due to its reputation in treating a range of skin issues, however, is it always the most effective choice? Depending on the intensity and the type of each skin issue, should determine the skin journey you choose to embark on. For instance, those stubborn dark spots and dynamic wrinkles that have graced us with their presence due to factors such as over sun exposure and repetitive muscle movements; the need for clinical intervention is required, if serious results are desired. Wrinkle relaxers are the most effective treatment when it comes to reversing the appearance of deep skin folds. They work by temporarily paralysing the targeted muscles which results in a relaxed and smoothed appearance. The results take about two weeks to appear and will last three to five months. Other clinical treatments such as the laser resurfacing ACTION II, can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and moderately deep wrinkles.

Skin tone inconsistency from acne scarring and pigmentation from brown sunspots and red blood vessels are ideally treated with IPL laser treatments such as SOLARI™. Whilst the SkinPen® works its magic to target acne scars, pigmentation, and more, by creating controlled micro-injuries that stimulate the body’s natural process to heal itself when wounded.

 

Other skin grievances such as mild pigmentation, acne, and static wrinkles can often be prevented and maintained with medical-grade skincare, with the additional help of occasional individualised treatments. Static wrinkles are those not caused by repetitive movement but rather through genetics, lifestyle factors, and the natural process of decreasing collagen. Ingredients such as Vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, Hyaluronic Acid, and yes, Retinol are likely to contribute to making a difference, the extent of the difference you wish to see should help in determining your personal skincare journey. Allow skincare a couple of months to start to see effective results on such skin issues, if then you are not satisfied, clinical treatments are generally the next best point of action. Amongst your skincare routine, occasional treatments such as the incredible Hydrabrasion, known more commonly as Medical Microdermabrasion is incredible for combating those frustrating blackheads, pimples, and cysts are all caused from a build-up in the pores. Whilst regular dates with the Healite II, will make a significant improvement in eliminating acne-causing bacteria, acne scarring and collagen production and skin rejuvenation.

  

IPL and BBL – is one really better than the other?

Truth be told, there is actually not much difference between the two. BBL stands for Broad Band Light, and IPL for Intense Pulsed Light. The main difference is in the way they have been marketed.  Both are very effective light therapy treatments that work by delivering a constant, non-invasive steady stream of light energy and heat.

Both IPL and BBL technologies have the following benefits and features;

  • Use contact cooling ensuring a comfortable procedure
  • Work through the use of a range of light waves that target haemoglobin and melanin and heat the skin to stimulate collagen production
  • Ensure results in reducing fine lines, acne scarring, appearance of freckles and sunspots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone and texture
  • Use non-invasive light waves to rejuvenate skin
  • Treat skin on any area of the body

 

Some like to argue that BBL offers more effective results through a higher intensity of light to better heat the skin, however, the two offer the exact same benefits and functions. The number of treatments required for maximum benefit for both treatments varies on the individual patient. The SOLARI™ is a guaranteed safe and effective IPL treatment.

 

 

 

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What Is Retinol And Is It Safe?

One of the topics that gets our break room chatter going is retinol. Some believe that it is an amazing medicine cabinet staple, some tread more lightly. However, we all believe it’s an ingredient that you must be well-informed about before using, as it’s often recommended as a “cure-all” power-ingredient.

 

What is retinol?

Retinol, of the retinoid family, is a derivative of antioxidant-rich, Vitamin A. There are many forms, names (retinyl palmitate, retinol, retinal, tretinoin) and percentages available of retinoids and it comes in both natural forms (for example, in rosehip) and synthetically derived forms. The ingredient has long been used in skincare. In fact, it’s been around since the late 1940s (!!). By the 1950s, it was all the rage to fight breakouts and in the 1980s, it hit the market as an anti-aging ingredient. You might know the prescription strength options, like Accutane or every teens’ favorite, Retin-A. Retinol is like it’s younger sister. In over the counter dosages, it doesn’t pack quite as much of a punch, but it should still be used very wisely.

 

Sounds interesting. What are the benefits?

Retinol “helps increase your skin’s natural exfoliation process from the bottom up,” our Skin Therapist, Taryn says. “It works by stimulating and increasing the production of healthy skin cells.” This cell turn over can lead to more even skin tone and a brighter complexion.

It has also been touted as the closest thing to an anti-aging magic potion. In fact, a group of dermatologists told HuffPost that aside from SPF, it is their number one recommendation. Suzanne, a Hey Day Skin Therapist, who once said that the most important relationship she has in her life is with her collagen, might agree. She excitedly says, “retinol boosts your collagen production, leading to a reduction in fewer wrinkles, and firmer skin.” It can even help unclog pores, which is why so many dermatologists recommend retinoids for teens fighting acne.

 

That sounds great! Why doesn’t everyone love it?

The controversy with retinoids comes from a few different directions. The first is that it is being put in so many products, many of which are aimed at daytime use (i.e., makeup and SPF). Firstly, sunlight makes these items less effective, but most importantly — and we want to make this clear because it’s so, so important — retinol can make you very photosensitive. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you can get burned. There is some research out there that labels this as a myth, but you wear that daily SPF anyway, right?

Many Skin Therapists also believe that retinol is often being overused. “Retinol is useful for people who have genetically challenging acne. However, in my opinion, if you have not had consistent breakout since the onset of puberty, retinols are usually not the answer to your breakout problems,” Taryn says. Some feel that retinoids should never be used. Heavy-duty retinoid medications, like Accutane, are so strong that they can cause birth defects and liver issues. That can be a lot of pressure to put on your skin, especially if you’re young enough to need it. “Retinol is fantastic for someone who is well into their aging process and needs a boost. Typically, this would be someone over the age of 35, as our skin cell turnover rate starts slowing around 30 years old,” Taryn adds.

There is one last thing to know from those who are retinol skeptical. “It can be pretty harsh on the skin,” Skin Therapist, Natalie, who says she opts to not use it with client. Not only can it make some clients red and peel, but, “it can prevent you from doing deeper services such as professional-strength peels and microdermabrasion depending on the strength and how often you use it.” In extreme cases, it can even thin out your skin or change how the oil glands within your skin work. “I have female clients who have been on it for forever and love it, but I can’t do extractions on them because their skin is so compromised that I don’t want to take the risk in hurting it.”

 

Hmmm, okay. So it seems like it’s great, if used correctly, and not great if abused.

Correct. It’s a pro product that should be used with advice of an expert (and always with sunscreen). We highly recommend talking to your Skin Therapist about it at your next facial, if it’s something you’re interested in exploring. There are tons of benefits. We just want to make sure that it’s a good match for you before you go filling up your medicine cabinet with it. If it is not right for you, don’t fret. There are lots of ingredients that can help with cell turnover, like alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin c, peptides, and others, and we can discuss these options with you.

 

Speaking of, what do I need to know if I want to buy it?

Retinols are a surprisingly delicate ingredient, as you can probably tell from all the information above. When it’s exposed to air and light for too long, it will start to break down. It’s a little drama queen. This means that when shopping for one, skip products that are packaged in jars or clear containers. And of course, skip any products that push you to use it during the day. No retinol-laced SPF! Get your Vampire on with this one.

And lastly, Natalie wants you to know that, “everyone’s skin handles Vitamin A differently. Some need to slowly introduce it to their skin, some can only use it once or twice a week and in some cases the skin can totally reject it.” It is a product, like with many that have to do with micro-changes to the skin’s appearance (lines, uneven skin tone, etc.), that can take patience to see change. If you’re looking for a quick verdict in a few short weeks, you might be disappointed. If it’s right for you, and you make the investment, commit to giving it a solid go.

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The Facts • Laser Tattoo Removal

A quick guide’s a good guide. All your Laser Tattoo Removal questions covered in under 2 mins.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Without getting too sciencey – ink particles sit in a layer underneath the skin. When the laser is passed over the area, particles absorb the energy, heat up, and smash into smaller particles, which are then carried out of your body.

 

Can you get a Tattoo After Laser Removal?

When it’s healed, it’s safe to start the removal process. Many clients opt to get their tattoo lightened for a cover-up rather than removing entirely.

 

How Soon After Getting a Tattoo Can you get it Removed?

You will need to wait until your tattoo is completely healed before starting the removal process.

 

Can You Donate Blood After Laser Tattoo Removal?

The Australian Red Cross performs individual risk assessments. If you are taking antibiotics, still healing, or showing signs of infection, you won’t be eligible to give blood.

Conversely, if you have just received a tattoo, you will need to wait 4 months before you donate blood.

 

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt?

Some people say tattoo removal is comparable to getting a tattoo. Luckily the laser process is faster and numbing cream will be applied to the area before your treatment.

So yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it isn’t unbearable.

 

Can Laser Treatments Remove Tattoos Completely?

Many variables can effect results. The Spectra Lutronic Q-Switch NdYag is the most effective, fast and safe method for removal, and it is expected that you will achieve significant results, either partially or completely removing your tattoo.

 

Can Skin Tone Effect Tattoo Removal Results?

The Kirby-Desai Scale is a scaling method to assert the ease of tattoo removal based on factors such as tattoo location, ink colour, scarring and the amount of ink used. The scale also accounts for the clients Fitzpatrick Skin Type.

Essentially, the lighter your skin, the easier it is to remove the tattoo. This is because the laser can recognise the difference in colour, therefore targeting the inked area more effectively.

 

Can I get Tattoo Removal when I’m Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Nope. While there aren’t any known risks, it’s better to be overcautious.

How Much Does Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

You can find this information here.

Is there something we missed? Ask us what you want to know about Laser Tattoo Removal


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The black splotches show the size of ink particles, image from Smarter Every Day.

The best aesthetic treatments for all ages from your 20s to 60s

What you can do to keep looking your best, regardless of your age.

In your 20’s

This is the time to start a skincare regimen with effective results. Look for products that contain high antioxidants, peptides, retinol, and use them with a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to prevent further sun damage.

Gentle laser treatments, like Clear + Brilliant, are great for young skin.

Lasers can address pigmentation and increase skin porosity, so you get the most from your products.

Collagen-boosting treatments like microneedling will also make a long term difference making the skin healthier and more resilient and looking extra plump and glowy.

It’s likely that you won’t need any structural filler in your 20’s however you may want to add some volume to your lips with dermal fillers.


Clear + Brilliant / $350 per session including Healite II Tretament
SkinPen® Microneedling / $350 per session
Plump Lips / $399 1 ml Premium Dermal Filler

 

In your 30’s

The first signs of ageing will appear unexpectedly and often around the eyes, forehead, and mouth/lip area.

To maintain your look we may recommend treatments such as:

Microneedling – to improve the overall tone, minimise sunspots, and promote collagen production for healthy, bright and smooth skin.

Chemical peels – to brighten skintone, increase skin tightening and improve the overall skin tone and texture.

Wrinkle Relaxers – to treat fine lines and proactively prevent the formation of deeper lines by limiting the muscle movements that cause wrinkles.

Treatments like laser resurfacing can effectively combat the early signs of skin sagging and laxity.


SkinPen® Microneedling / $350 per session
Mesoestetic Chemical peels / from $110 each
Wrinkle Relaxers / from $180 per area
Laser Resurfacing / $350 per session

 

In your 40’s

Due to a decrease in collagen production and other natural structural elements, you may notice a loss of volume and reduced elasticity in the face.

Since cell turnover also slows down in your 40’s, your skin may also begin to lose some of its natural glow, resulting in a duller complexion.

Treatments to look for:

Wrinkle Relaxers, to reduce lines and give a smoother look.

Dermal fillers can minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and counteract the visible signs of volume loss by adding contour to the face to recreate the fuller look of younger skin.

Radio Frequency to counteract the loss of skin’s natural structure and stimulates the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, and can be administered on the face and body.

While gentle lasers are still effective, more aggressive laser treatments like laser resurfacing may produce better results in your 40’s for improving the tone of skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Wrinkle Relaxers / from $180 per area
Dermal Fillers / from $550
INFINI Radio Frequency + Microneedling / $600 per session
Laser Resurfacing / $350 per session

 

In your 50’s

When we reach our 50’s we continue to see loss of volume in the face and skin laxity becomes more pronounced.

As the face begins to sag overall, jowls can appear with the falling of the jawline and cheeks.

Lines can start to appear around the lips and we tend to lose lip volume.

Sun exposure and smoking can speed up the development of lines so make sure you are wearing high factor sunscreen.

Treatments to consider in your 50’s:

Volumising dermal fillers, especially in the mid-face/cheek area to correct volume loss and lift the jowls.

Wrinkle Relaxers for the treatment of lines and wrinkles in the face and neck.

Collagen stimulators not only corrects wrinkles and folds but also stimulates your own collagen production to really treat the underlying causes of facial ageing. The effects are gradual and longer-lasting giving you a natural youthful appearance.

Thread lifting, a ‘non-surgical’ face and neck lift treatment using sutures such as Silhouette Soft to lift and tighten the skin by stimulating new collagen production, reducing wrinkles, tightening pores and creating volume.

Erbium resurfacing lasers: These more aggressive lasers can combat the increasing signs of sun damage and improve overall skin texture.

Radio Frequency, a non-invasive procedure to tighten and lift the skin on the face and neck, making it a good alternative to a traditional facelift. It relies on Radio Frquency to deliver its collagen-boosting treatment resulting in tighter, smoother and more lifted skin.


Wrinkle Relaxers / from $180 per area
Dermal Fillers / from $550
Collagen stimulators / from $800
Sillhouette Soft Thread Lift / from $1,200
INFINI Radio Frequency + Microneedling / $600 per session
Laser Resurfacing / $350 per session

 

In your 60’s

Some women select surgical options (blepharoplasty, facelift, necklift) to address age-related concerns and bring more youthful contours back to the face, but you can also restore volume to your face with a variety of nonsurgical treatments.

Wrinkle Relaxers. The aim is to soften the lines helping look fresher and rested. Anti-wrinkle injections can be also used to treat upper lip lines and to prevent the mouth corners from downturning.

Dermal fillers to replace the volume that has been lost. Volume loss causes marionette lines to form, the cheeks to flatten and for you to develop nasolabialfolds.

We aim to correct this volume loss and revert the shape of the face towards the inverted triangle that was present in your younger years.

Collagen stimulators to stimulate the formation of your own collagen for subtle, but noticeable results. They are injected deep in the dermal layer to reinforce your skin’s structure and to restore fullness and face contours.

The Silhouette Soft Thread lift (non-surgical facelift) is a minimally invasive treatment to redefine facial contours and combat sagging skin with immediate results.

If you aren’t a candidate for a facelift, you can still undergo a facial rejuvenation procedure using a skin resurfacing treatment that can smooth out lines and wrinkles, and also improve the texture and tone of your skin.


Wrinkle Relaxers / from $180 per area
Dermal Fillers / from $550
Collagen stimulators / from $800
Sillhouette Soft Thread Lift / from $1,200
Laser Resurfacing / $350 per session

 

How can I get started?

Every clients’ facial muscles and facial anatomy are different and therefore require a unique approach, so each service is completely customised. Our highly skilled and experienced Talent will address your skin concerns with specially tailored treatment programs, designed just for you. We are all about education, budget and making sure clients are fully aligned with the treatment plan.

To achieve the perfect result our Talent analyse the entire face and consider your facial proportions ensuring a natural result.

BOOK NOWby booking a complimentary consultation with our  talent / BOOK NOW.

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The Ultimate Aftercare Guide for Wrinkle Relaxers and Dermal Fillers

Within the past few years, the popularity of injectables has skyrocketed. So we have created this guide to ensure optimised results, safety, product longevity, and answer all your questions.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual report, 2018 marked the highest number of wrinkle relaxer injections to date. Meanwhile, soft tissue fillers secured the second position among the most popular minimally-invasive procedures of the year.

Treatments have shifted from taboo to commonplace. Although data from 2019 is yet to surface, we can assume continued growth for injectables within the cosmetic industry. 

The Most Popular Uses for Cosmetic Injectables and Fillers 

Wrinkles can occur at (sometimes surprising) stages of our life due to varying factors. 

According to Medical News Today, the first sign of wrinkles are usually due to facial expressions. Other factors such as sun exposure, drinking, smoking, medications and genetics also play a major role. 

During the ageing process, the skin loses volume and elasticity, diminishing the ability to “snap back” – inevitably causing its appearance to change. This can cause the face to look exhausted or hollow. 

Primarily, dermal fillers add volume, contour & lift and wrinkle relaxers can soften wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxing injections can also be used for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines and teeth grinding. 

Media representations of botched ‘tox or overfilled faces have caused public misconceptions of cosmetic treatments. Medical procedures carry risks – however, distorted and frozen faces aren’t the norm, and are more reflective of the doctor. 

Results should be a fresh, more youthful look – keeping your natural appearance intact. While it doesn’t have to be a secret, it could be. 

What to Expect During Treatment 

Although Wrinkle Relaxers and Dermal Fillers have different functions, they are both injectables – therefore you can expect a similar treatment process. 

Before your treatment, it’s important to communicate with your doctor your desired results. They should work with you to consider your facial symmetry and if your desired look is realistic. Once you have established a shared outcome, your Doctor can go ahead with the procedure. 

Numbing cream, and/or ice, will be applied for some treatment areas such as lips and in some cases ice. You may experience mild discomfort during the process. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Across the web, some have reported injectables to feel slightly worse than a flu shot. Luckily, regardless of your pain threshold, the treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes. 

The doctor will then show you the results, let you relax for a moment, and then you’re fine to go home! 

Aftercare for Injectables: Frequently Asked Questions

Is it normal to bruise?

Bruising is a common side effect and typically resolves within 10-14 days.

As is the case with most treatments, this is highly dependant on the individual. Some people may not experience any bruising at all, while others are more prone to it. 

Bruising occurs as some areas are more vascular than others, while lifestyle factors and medications can also increase the chances of bruising. 

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology suggests that to mitigate bruising, avoid blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin for a few days prior to treatment. Also on the list, some herbal supplements are believed to increase bruising including high doses of Vitamin E and even garlic! 

However, research shows that other factors can cause bruising, such as alcohol intake, age and vitamin deficiencies. 

To minimise bruising, applying a cold compress to the area immediately is one of the most effective available methods. 

Others suggest a topical application of Arnica Montana, 1-2 days prior and 1 day after may also be effective. Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) may also assist in clearing metabolic waste from injuries such as bruises. However, always ensure you speak with your doctor first. 

What should I avoid, why? 

Refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours post-treatment. This can exacerbate bruising by driving blood to the area. 

A general rule of thumb is to treat the area like any wound, let it breathe, don’t play with it, don’t put anything on it that might irritate the skin, be gentle and wait for it to heal. 

Can I fly post treatment? 

It is usually recommended to wait at least 48 hours after receiving dermal fillers. While this may cause no effect, pressurised cabins can intensify swelling and bruising. This means the possibility of becoming extra puffy if flying too soon after fillers. 

Wrinkle Relaxers are a little more adaptable to flying. Again, it is recommended to wait at least 48 hours before hopping on an aeroplane, especially overseas. Although both these procedures are generally safe, in the event of an adverse side effect it is best to be able to contact your doctor immediately.

Help, I can feel small bumps in my lips! 

Small and soft lumps, for up to a week post-treatment are a common, and normal reaction to lip fillers or dermal fillers. Hard, persistent lumps are not common, and it is best to seek medical advice.

Soft lumps are common and can usually be gently massaged out. Again, if anything feels not quite right, always double-check with your doctor! 

When to Contact your Doctor

During the consultation, your doctor will inform you of possible side effects such as bruising, swelling or redness in the treated area. Always ask if you have any questions. It is also important to remember that everyone is different, and what is a normal response for you might not be normal for everyone else.

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