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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Are Microtreatments The Best New Beauty Procedures?

Microtreatments are quite a new concept in Perth and in Australia, but thousands of women over the world claim they create better results than any other option on the market today.

In most instances, microtreatments do not involve any surgery, and you can be in and out of the clinic in a matter of minutes or hours. Injections will be involved for the best outcomes, but that’s much better than going under the knife to achieve your aesthetic goals.

If you’re still not convinced about microtreatments, here are some examples of the type of concerns they can address and the benefits.

 

Improving crow’s feet and frown lines

Crow’s feet and frown lines can make people appear much older than they actually are. So, it makes sense that you will want to smooth them out as soon as they appear on your face (or before they do). While there are many moisturisers available on the market that claim to produce those results, few of them cut it in terms of real results.

There are also surgical options, but there is no need to spend that much money or put your body through such an invasive experience. Microtreatments are the perfect solution and can usually be administered in your lunch break with little downtime.

We encourage clients to book a consultation appointment with our Talent first, so you get all the information you require about the best ways to kick those tired eyes to the curb.


Wrinkle Relaxers / from $130 per area

 

Smoothing and tightening the skin

When the skin on your face and neck becomes flabby and loose, you will begin to look old before your time. Again, there are lots of surgical solutions available, however, most experts agree there is no need to opt for something like that now we have microtreatments on the scene. Our Talent will take a look at your concerns and then offer advice on the best microtreatments to address them.

That will often involve the use of cutting-edge creams and moisturisers, and you might also benefit from cosmetic injectables like wrinkle relaxers or skin treatments like laser resurfacing.

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


Mesoestetic Chemical peels / $110 each
Wrinkle Relaxers / from $130 per area
Laser Resurfacing / $350 per session

 

Creating the illusion of high cheekbones

Microtreatment Doctors now offer cheek enhancement services that can help you to create the illusion of high cheekbones with dermal fillers. While it’s a temporary solution lasting 9 – 18 months before a top is due, you’re guaranteed to become the envy of your friends.

If you want to assess the results for yourself; book a complimentary consulatation to see if the treatment could benefit you. Some people spend thousands of dollars with plastic surgeons to get those desirable cheeks, but there are much more affordable options with correct combination of microtreatments.


Dermal Fillers / from $650

 

Microtreatments packages and pricing 

We have packaged some of our most popular microtreatments at very affordable prices. To achieve the perfect result our Talent analyse the entire face and consider your facial proportions ensuring a natural result. Each service is completely customised.

Injectables Packages / from $650
Current Offers / from $130

Ready to get started?

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

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Is injectable skincare the future of cosmetics? Rise of skin boosters explained

As consumers become more savvy with their shopping and competition among cosmetics giants rages, many are looking out for the next big thing when it comes to their complexions.

While injectables such as wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers are increasingly commonplace, the likes of skin boosters remain shrouded in mystery for the most part.

The concept is simple – rather than slathering on hydrating ingredients and vitamins via a cream, an aesthetician injects them for superior penetration and lasting effects.

Daily Star Online spoke to Dr Pamela Benito about the rise of injectable skincare and its myriad of benefits.

“The injections are a combination of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and a little bit of hyaluronic acid, but the particles of the hyaluronic acid are very small,” she explained.

“It’s not a filler, it’s more to hydrate and plump the skin and can also help with pigmentation. The formula boosts collagen production, helps with fine lines and hydration – plus the vitamins give you that glow, making the skin radiant from within,” she continued.

“It’s a great option for people who aren’t ready for wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers but are still seeking rejuvenation. It’s suitable for younger people too, because minimising pores and improving texture is something everyone is after.”

Dr Pam recommends a course of three treatments for best results, spaced between three weeks to a month apart.

Results last up to nine months and then can be maintained with a top up every nine months, rather than another course of three.

Skin boosters can be used alongside the likes of wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers but should be carried out two weeks apart from other injectables.

The Review

I’ve always considered myself to be something of a skincare aficionado, but skin boosters were definitely a step into the unknown.

Still, the process was a speedy one, with around a dozen shallow injections spread across my forehead, cheeks and chin within 15 minutes.

I was offered numbing cream upon arrival, but opted to forego it in order to get the grips with the level of discomfort that the procedure could entail.

Fortunately, there was very little pain involved, and while no injection is particularly pleasant, these never amounted to more than the sensation of a small scratch.

This was in part was helped by Dr Pam’s technique of massaging the area just before the insertion of the needle to relax the muscles.

However, Dr Pam did explain that there can be a higher level of discomfort with shallow injections compared to the deeper ones required for wrinkle relaxers and fillers because they sit closer to nerve endings.

Skinboosters

NON-INVASIVE: Skin boosters require no downtime

Nonetheless, given how non-invasive the treatment is, I was free to walk out of the clinic and do as I pleased, although was advised to avoid excessive exercise or alcohol to reduce the chances of bruising.

Having followed the advice, I suffered only one small bruise which was easily covered with concealer, and nobody would have been any the wiser I had been under the needle on the day of the procedure.

As for the results, I definitely feel I am sporting a ‘lit from within’ glow that most pale folks can only dream of.

Fair skin can often look drab, tired or washed out, so I was thrilled to find my face looking decidedly more radiant and fresh when dragging myself out of bed in the morning.

The end result is definitely a subtle one, though. If you’re looking for dramatic definition or plumpness, this isn’t going to deliver the goods.

However, if you want that ‘your face but better’ effect, skin boosters are fantastic options with results that can last up to a year.

Read more about Skinboosters at SKYN® here. 

The Price

Skinboosters start from $300 per ml at SKYN® ($600* 2ml Initial Treatment) • Doctor Injectors

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7 Top Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

The 7 Biggest Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019, According to Experts

Plastic surgeons break down the cutting-edge procedures expected to make it big in the new year.

For our selfie-obsessed culture, the desire to look perfectly filtered — in photos and IRL — has never been stronger. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures has grown nearly 200 percent since 2000, with no indication of slowing down. Advances in technology and research are on track with consumer demand, and the Food and Drug Administration is set to approve at least three new, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures in 2019. Below, we ask renowned plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists to weigh in on the trends and procedures they think will be the most popular this year to zap, inject, and restore our bodies.

Injectables Are More Accessible Than Ever

“It’s really the era of minimally invasive medical aesthetic procedures,” says Lara Devgan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. “I think that is not only because of low downtime, lower cost, and lower invasiveness, but also because there’s lower stigma and lower barrier to entry.”

Injectables, lasers, and skin resurfacing can be quick, lunchtime procedures, often with immediately visible effects and limited downtime, qualities that contribute to their inclusivity as well as confidentiality. Injectables, like Botox and fillers, have become so mainstream that, according to the AAFPRS’s annual survey, 80% of all treatments performed by facial plastic surgeons in 2018 were cosmetic, non-surgical procedures, thanks to the subtle but noticeable results and relatively reasonable cost.

Cosmetic Treatments Will Be More Inclusive

The quick bounce back into a normal routine post-procedure has caught the attention of those who are reluctant to admit they had a procedure or don’t want to deal with the downtime. Devgan estimates 15 percent of her patients are men, with that number increasing annually. She attributes the rise to the resurgence of classically masculine features and the decline of the social stigma attached to elected cosmetic procedures.

“A lot of the procedures that I’m doing enhance features to look more masculine,” says Devgan. “Men have historically been interested in the lower third of the face, meaning the chin, neck, and jawline.”

Radio frequency technology, like FaceTite, to address neck and jawline sagging and heft is a procedure New York City-based, board-certified plastic surgeon Adam Kolker, anticipates to skyrocket in 2019, especially among men. “It’s a real revolution in what we’ve been doing to date,” he says. Depending on the patient, it can be done “in conjunction with other procedures, like liposuction or microneedling.

Welcome to the World of the “Tweak-Ment”

Disproportionate breast enhancements, overfilled lips, and exaggerated cosmetic procedures, are all trends that are on their way out. Now a successful plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure should no longer be obvious. Patients increasingly want to maintain their general face structure, inherited family traits, and just generally want to look like themselves, but with a few refined tweaks.

“We are definitely seeing the rise of ‘tweak-ment.’ It’s definitely not like 10 years ago when people were coming in with the cover of a magazine wanting to look more like a supermodel that had nothing to do with their lives,” says Devgan. “Now, people want to look more like their own filtered photos or a Photoshop version of themselves. And recently, people are super into the tiny little micro-optimizations that make them feel a little bit more confident but are not completely obvious.”

Board-certified plastic surgeon David Shafer has noticed that his patients are in favor of a more “natural” look. “I think breast augmentation will continue to be popular, but with smaller, more naturally shaped, or positioned implants. Fat-grafting will continue to be popular into next year, but more for contouring and fine-tuning, rather than just plumping.”

Niche Treatments Are on the Rise

Small, hyper-specific procedures to resolve minor but irksome facial and body quirks are increasing in popularity. These “micro-optimizations,” as categorized by Devgan, include the unorthodox use of filler in locations other than the traditional cheekbone, like the earlobe to tighten a stretched piercing from heavy earrings, or the bridge of the nose during a noninvasive rhinoplasty.

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The Lesser Known Filler That Will Completely Change Your Skin

The extremes we go to get better skin are endless. Some of us slather on pricey skin care products, others treat their skin to regular facials, and a large majority head straight to the doctor’s office for the latest and greatest treatments and procedures.

But all of that may be changing as skinboosters popularity is on the rise. 

Skinboosters™ work to improve the skin’s overall quality by boosting hydration levels deep inside the skin and increasing its smoothness, elasticity and firmness.

For years, injectables and dermal fillers have been heralded as the remedy for adding back lost volume to the face, filling in lines and wrinkles and even augmenting some facial features. The lesser-known but very exciting category of HA fillers are known as skinboosters.

Skinboosters are totally different from what you currently know fillers as in that they improve the skin texture and elasticity. Most dermal fillers address volume and not necessarily the skin.

Used in the face, hands, décolleté and neck, and injected into the top layer of skin, skinboosters work best on areas of skin that are covered in teeny, tiny lines, like the sides of the cheeks or the chin. “Injecting skin boosters causes bioremodeling of the skin, activating elastin and collagen production and improving the look of damaged or aged skin,” says New York plastic surgeon Haideh Hirmand, MD.

Visible improvements to the skin can be seen after just one treatment boosting hydration for a beautiful glow.

Injections can be done up to three times initially and then again every six months to maintain skin quality and see the most dramatic change.

While skinboosters and other cosmetic injectables perform different functions, they are commonly used together with Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle relaxers.

Skinboosters are available at SKYN® Subiaco from $350 per session or $300 per ml when two or more mls are used in the initial treatment. Love the skin you’re in™! Book a complimentary consultation with SKYN Talent today!

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Treatment Areas

Skinboosters are a versatile and effective solution for skin concerns in the face, neck, décolletage and hands.

Reference: https://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/
blogpost/11083-skin-boosters-fillers/

What Experts Want You to Know About Getting Lip Injections

DON’T: Trust anyone but a Medical Practitioner with your lips.

If you’re a lip filler rookie looking to go under the needle for the first time, you’re not alone. According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), lip procedures are the second-fastest growing facial procedure in the United States, second only to dermabrasion. But the ubiquity of lip fillers doesn’t mean they’re suddenly risk-free.

Before going ahead with the procedure, “first schedule a consultation, tell the doctor what you’re looking for and listen for his or her answers,” advises Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Most importantly, “make sure the physician you are going to is board certified in dermatology or plastic surgery,” adds dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD, who specialises in correcting botched procedures. Here, the experts share their tips for lip filler first-timers.

1. Use hyaluronic fillers (HA fillers) that are TGA approved.

Because duh and also, “other fillers may leave lips firm or hard and more prone to visible lumps,” says Zeichner, who cautions against the use of silicone or permanent fillers because they’re irreversible and can cause “severe reactions.” No thank you.

2. Each product has slightly different characteristics.

SKYN® only uses premium branded HA fillers that are TGA approved. We offer two premium, trusted brands of dermal filler with multiple product options for lips. Your doctor will determine which product best suits your desired outcome and budget.

3. Prices vary.

When it comes to lip fillers, expect to pay anywhere from $500 – $800 per ml. “If you are paying less than $500 (per ml) it should make you a little bit weary,” Mariwalla says.

4. Results can last anywhere between three and nine months.

Results are dependent on what is used to fill. However, the latest generation of lip fillers, can last upwards of one year.

5. Botched injections are reversible (but it’s complicated).

If your lips turn out lumpy, asymmetric, or too-big, an enzyme called hyaluronidase can be used to dissolve the product altogether. “The problem is that it can dissolve some of your natural hyaluronic acid in your lip so you typically want to wait a little bit before re-injecting them,” explains Mariwalla. “I have had patients who have had their lips filled overseas or by non-qualified injectors and are not sure what was put in. This is the toughest because I’ve seen everything from silicone to implants placed that cannot be undone. The only option there is to ‘fill around’ or try to correct the defect with injections that can be undone and hope that the substance you are injecting and the substance that is already in the lips do not interact.”

6. Let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores.

Injections may cause a cold sore outbreak, “if you get them already and do not take prophylaxis,” says Mariwalla, so pop a preventative Valtrex.

7. Be realistic.

“I have had patients who genetically have very thin lips come and show me pictures of some models and I tell them it will not be possible to achieve that without looking ducky,” Mariwalla explains.

8. Avoid supplements and medications that thin the blood.

Aspirin, ginkgo, fish oil, and vitamin D and E supplements are all off-limits for two weeks leading up to your injection appointment. Alcohol should be avoided for 72 hours before injections.

9. Injections don’t have to hurt.

“Don’t get me wrong, compared to other parts of the face, the lips are the most sensitive,” Mariwalla says, but many injectables are spiked with anesthesia so you get more numb as you go. “Most doctors will numb the lips either with an intra-oral block, injecting anesthesia from inside the mouth to block the nerves supplying sensation to the upper and lower lips, or will have patients numb long enough so that the injections are not that painful. Plus, experienced injectors try to avoid multiple needle sticks to minimize pain.”

10. Results are immediate.

However after injection, the lips initially may look more puffy then they will end up because of initial swelling from the injections themselves.

11. Expect temporary swelling and bruising.

While swelling typically improves within 24 to 48 hours, you might want to NOT schedule injections the day before a big presentation, your wedding, etc. Most swelling can be successfully treated with ice. “Rarely, however some patients may develop more significant swelling requiring a prescription medication to help treat it,” says Mariwalla, who suggests waiting 24 hours before applying concealer or lipstick to the injection site.

Ready to get started?

For a no out-of-pocket expenses consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or request an appointment online.

References

What Experts Want You to Know About Getting Lip InjectionsLink

Dermal Fillers: The Facts

Dermal Filler Facts

💉DERMAL FILLERS versatile, stable & reliable results.

Answers to the most common questions. Yes, you may get bruising and yes, you may experience swelling. You are having injections! Have you had blood taken and ended up with a wee bruise? Please listen to your doctor’s recommendations of which product and how much you require to achieve the results you are after.

A Step by step treatment plan will achieve the best outcome. Realistic expectations make for happy client and super happy doctor 😘 xx

💉 The What?

Modern fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is present in our cells, particularly in the skin and joints.

💧 The How?

Hylauronic acid is a type of sugar (polysaccharide) that attracts and binds to water in the skin and swells, causing a smoothing/filling/volumising effect.

🎯 The Procedure.

A stabilised version is injected to add volume, lift or add hydration.

🎓 The Which?

There are several TGA approved products, from skin boosters for hydration, superficial fillers for fine skin areas to more structural fillers for lines, lifting and volume. One size does not fit all. It is important that your doctor has experience and chooses the appropriate filler, according to your needs, facial structure and budget.

Dermal fillers are a safe, temporary and versatile treatment for the improvement of many different areas and skin concerns.

Fillers can

  • Enhance lip size and shape.
  • Sculpt cheeks.
  • Enhance chin and profile.
  • Define or reshape the nose.
  • Correct nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Enhance facial shape.
  • Improve the appearance of scars and acne scars.
  • Restore volume to the temples, brow and forehead giving the upper face and eye area a lift.
  • Improve dark circles, fine lines and volume loss under the eyes.

And then…

Swelling is common and generally more severe when the lips are injected. This usually subsides within a few days. Bruising can occur after the injection, but usually, resolves within seven days. It can take up to two weeks for the swelling and bruising to completely subside and the final result to be revealed.

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The Art Of Fillers

What are the best solutions for facial sagging and volume loss.


Q: IS THERE A WAY TO REVERSE FACIAL SAGGING WITHOUT HAVING SURGERY?

A: “There are two reasons why our faces fall over time,” says Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a New York City dermatologist.

“One is loss of elasticity and the other one is redistribution and change of volume.”

When injected precisely and conservatively, fillers can fight the inevitable gravitational pull to lift up everything from sunken cheekbones to droopy jawlines. To patients understand how the process works, Frank uses an example of a deflated balloon

“as it loses air over time, the plastic sags, but if you put a little air back into it, you’ll see the plastic tighten and lift up again.”

The key to achieving the best outcome is to see a doctor with an experienced eye and an arsenal of varied injectables. “To get a lift, you need a combination of the right products and that’s where artistry comes to into play,” says Frank. “You’re not just filling up a balloon with air—you’re putting the right product, with the right viscosity, in the right area of the face, and often times it involves layering a few different fillers.” With that philosophy in mind, Frank’s medical tray is always well-stocked with hyaluronic acid options.

“When I do volume restoration, some patients have naturally bigger cheeks, some have more naturally defined jawlines, some have more hollowness in the temple, and what I do is I restore only where it’s needed.”

Collagen Stimulators and SkinBoosters
When injected precisely and conservatively, they can fight the inevitable gravitational pull to lift up everything from sunken cheekbones to droopy jawlines

Regardless of which part of the face he’s reflating, Frank works from the outside in—a technique that allows him to add volume back into the lateral portions of the face (the cheekbones, the jawline and the temples) first and finish by filling fine lines around the eyes and mouth (for that he likes Restylane).

“It’s about putting a little bit [of filler] in a lot of spots and that ultimately leads to the most natural results.”

And naturally, a lifelong fresh-face requires a maintenance plan. While results show up fast—in about one to two weeks with no downtime or pain (injections are administered under topical anesthesia and patients usually return to work the following day)—Frank advises touch-up appointments no less than two to four times a year. For first-time injectees he recommends returning one to two weeks later for any necessary adjustments. “I think the most artistic thing to do with volume restoration is not just to fill tank up and wait for it to go back to empty; people don’t want that—once they look great they always want to look great.”

Ready to get started?

For a no out-of-pocket expenses consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or request an appointment online.

References

 The Art of Fillers by JESSICA PRINCE ERLICH: Link

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Wrinkle Relaxers + Dermal Fillers

For a V-shaped Jawline & to Smooth out Lines

When we talk about appearance, the face is certainly the most astonishing body part that people notice first. Unfortunately, just like many women, some are cursed with a masculine square jaw. Bigger is not always better in this case.

Wrinkle Relaxers allow you to further pare unflattering pounds off your face for a soft, streamlined feminine jawline. The red carpet secret behind many mysteriously slim and fabulous V-shaped jawlines, this micro-injection allows you to shape up safely and discretely without surgery or downtime.

You can end off with a non-surgical chin enhancement with Dermal Fillers for the perfect focal point in your V-zone. A small step from you could mean a big step towards gorgeousness. Try this and you may never look back.  We dumped our entire stash of face slimming cream!

Clear + Brilliant Laser skin enhancement

Rejuvenate tired lacklustre skin at any age

Ready to take control of the aging process? Aging skin is a fact of life. The good news is the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the more you can prevent the signs of aging and maintain a younger look. What you do in your 20s and 30s will affect how you look in your 40s, 50s and beyond. Adding Clear + Brilliant to your collection of skin care tricks – at any age – will help you recover the glow, luminosity and smoothness your skin, and you, deserve.

This procedure expands skin care to not only address unwanted signs of aging, but gives you the power to help prevent them:

  • Visibly illuminated skin tone
  • Renewed, ultra-soft and smoother texture
  • Naturally radiant and glowing skin
  • Improved tone, texture and radiance
  • Reduction in the appearance of pores

You are now ready to flaunt your statement brows and fluttery lashes – and look naturally mesmerising with minimal makeup.

IPL Laser Hair Reduction

Putting an end to routine shaving

Keeping your private hair out of public eyes is basic etiquette, which makes hair removal a pit-primping must for any lady intending to bare arms. If you have had enough of unsightly stubble and irksome ingrowns, well, this is the thing for you – IPL permanent hair reduction. Whether it’s unwanted fuzz on your face, underarms, forearms, trunk, or legs and everything”between”, trust me everything can be zapped away. The laser utilizes deeply penetrating light wavelengths to zone in on the hair follicles for gentle yet rapid and effective long-lasting hair reduction. This leaves you with the smooth silky skin you always dreamed of, and puts an end to routine shaving and messy waxing. How convenient!

A Guide to Lasers and What’s Right For Your Skin

A board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Robert Anolik is a prominent cosmetic dermatologist and researcher in New York whose knowledge of and experience with the newest skin-improving technologies in multiple areas of dermatology—from lasers to radiofrequency to Wrinkle Relaxers  and fillers—is enormous. Beyond being a goop favorite, he’s a recipient of Elle Magazine’s Genius Award (they dubbed him “The Techie”), and a Rising Star in the New York Times Magazine “New York Super Doctors” feature, he’s quoted often in the consumer press, the author of numerous academic articles, and lectures frequently on the subject of laser surgery, cosmetic dermatology, and Mohs surgery. Here, he explains which laser does what, along with how best to address common skin issues, from aging to rosacea:

A Q&A with Robert Anolik, M.D.

Q

Are there anti-wrinkle lasers, per se? Which are best for for skin texture issues? Do you believe that lasers are the best approach for crepe-iness?

A

In general, lasers that remodel collagen and stimulate collagen production throughout the dermis of the skin improve the appearance of wrinkles, texture, and crepe-iness. This is because the first two relate to weakening or irregular conformations of the dermal collagen, while the latter is a result of thinning of the dermal collagen. Remodeled and new collagen normalizes this layer so that it is more organized, more even in distribution, and deeper in depth.

There is a surprising misconception that lasers take off the top layers of skin, leaving it white, and/or shiny/thinned. This is not the case. I suspect this mistaken patient belief relates to older methods of rejuvenation like dermabrasion, deep chemical peels, and old-fashioned lasers, all of which did remove surface layers of skin and carried a risk of removing all normal pigment cells called melanocytes. (Today, I still see patients in the office who were treated in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s with these older methods, and some do have these unusual signs of treatment.)

Fortunately, rejuvenating lasers today generally penetrate the surface skin, stimulating the collagen from within and below and triggering its production, rather than simply shearing off the surface. This is because resurfacing lasers today are fractional—meaning that the laser beam is delivered in a pixelated manner, touching the skin in tiny dots, separated by areas of untreated skin. This leaves behind healthy pigment producing cells (melanocytes) and other normal skin cells unaffected by the treatment that rapidly heal the skin and markedly diminish the risk of abnormal pigmentation.

“There is a surprising misconception that lasers take off the top layers of skin, leaving it white, and/or shiny/thinned. This is not the case.”

The most commonly used lasers for these strategies are fractional resurfacing lasers. The most popular ones are those with limited downtime (generally from a few hours of pink and dryness to 4-5 days of pink and dryness). My currently used strategies include the non-ablative (non-wounding) Clear and Brilliant lasers and Fraxel Restore dual lasers. Not only do these lasers stimulate the collagen, they also allow for a surface exfoliation of the skin, which sheds abnormal browning and dullness to the skin. Consequently, the skin looks brighter.

The stronger lasers are ablative (meaning they superficially wound the skin), leaving the skin with redness and scabs for about a week, followed by 3-4 weeks of pink skin. The later 3-4 weeks can generally be masked with makeup, since the skin has healed. These stronger versions are usually reserved for more substantial signs of aging, uneven texture, deep wrinkling, or scars—often acne scars. My preferred ablative fractional laser is Fraxel Repair.

More good news about these therapies: I was part of a clinical trial published in 2012 that demonstrated the likelihood that these newer fractional laser treatments promote not just more beautiful skin, but healthier skin as well, by supporting the elimination of pre-cancerous skin changes known as actinic keratoses. These precancers have the potential to turn into squamous cell carcinomas.

“I was part of a clinical trial published in 2012 that demonstrated the likelihood that these newer fractional laser treatments promote not just more beautiful skin, but healthier skin as well, by supporting the elimination of pre-cancerous skin changes known as actinic keratoses.”

Finally, there is a very new method of collagen stimulation that benefits wrinkles, texture, and crepe-iness. It’s so new I imagine most people are not yet familiar with it: picosecond laser technology. It first appeared after the FDA approval for picosecond laser treatment of pigment, most notably tattoos. (It is called the Cynosure PicoSure laser, and the one I use in my office.) When I say picosecond technology, what I’m referring to is the rate at which laser energy is delivered to the skin. In this case, a beam of light at a certain energy is delivered within a picosecond, an extraordinarily rapid rate. I participated in clinical trials that studied the effects of these picosecond lasers when passing through a specialized diffractive lens. The lens ultimately delivered areas of peak energy and low energy, almost like a fractional laser, but there was always some low level of energy touching the surface of the skin. There are a number of theories as to why this laser technology helps remodel and produce collagen. One of the most interesting to me is that the rapid delivery of laser light might stimulate a vibration throughout the surface of the skin, triggering the collagen response. I have since been a part of publications and lectures describing the clinical trials we performed. What makes this science all the more interesting—and desirable for our patients—is the limited downtime. Usually the skin is just a bit pink for a few hours after treatment.

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Which lasers fight redness and promote skin evenness?

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Redness on the skin is caused by a number of things, including sun damage, genetics, hormones, and rosacea. Topical treatments include prescription drugs that are able to limit some underlying inflammation, like metronidazole creams and azeleic acids gels and sulfacetamide lotions. But the most effective method of reducing facial redness is laser therapy. The underlying concept is that specific laser wavelengths can be delivered to the skin in order to heat and eliminate blood vessels while leaving the surrounding skin structures (hair, collagen, pigment, etc.) untouched. These blood vessels are simply cosmetic nuisances—we are not eliminating medically important structures.

The gold standard of redness reduction for years has been the pulsed dye laser (example: VBeam laser). It’s so effective that we can use it to eliminate port wine stain birthmarks (like the one on Gorbachev’s forehead). I most often use it for redness reduction stemming from the common causes mentioned earlier but also port wine stains as well as the redness of scars (sometimes acne-related, or surgical or traumatic). Each condition should be treated differently; an expert cosmetic dermatologist will know which parameters and strategies are best used to treat different targets.

“It’s so effective that we can use it to eliminate port wine stain birthmarks (like the one on Gorbachev’s forehead).”

Newer lasers have emerged that complement these treatments—and can sometimes be the primary laser choice. These include KTP lasers (example: ExcelV laser). These lasers give us two different wavelengths of light that are distinct from pulsed dye lasers. These newer wavelengths can often better target the larger blood vessels that look like red lines/squiggles or blue paths on the face (google “telangiectasia” and “periorbital vein” to see examples of what I mean).

When I treat a patient’s redness, I look for both diffuse redness as well as more pronounced red/blue capillaries. Patients with redness usually have both. For these patients, I use both a pulsed dye laser and a KTP laser on the same day to achieve optimal redness reduction. It’s a very tolerable treatment, and feels like rubber band snaps over the face. Unpleasant but not painful. It usually only lasts a few seconds and the downtime is usually just a few hours of looking blotchy pink. Many of my patients don’t bother with makeup to hide the appearance, but patients can put makeup on afterwards if they feel it’s very obvious.

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Which are best for tightening and fighting sagging?

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The sciences that allow cosmetic dermatologists to tighten (i.e. fight sagging) skin is one of the fastest growing areas in our field. I am involved in a number of clinical trials using these technologies, and there are several very interesting strategies that seem to be improving daily.

It’s important to understand that not all technologies are lasers. Lasers are beams of light that are simply one wavelength. Other forms of energy can be used on the field of cosmetic dermatology, including radiofrequency and ultrasound.

Radiofrequency was one of the first technologies to help tighten skin. A popular system is Thermage. With this science, we can safely deliver radiofrequency energy into the skin to produce a heat throughout the underlying collagen fibers. This can stimulate remodeling of existing collagen and the production of new collagen. The result is a tightening/firming to the skin. This used to be a painful treatment, but innovations in delivery make it very comfortable. These strategies include vibration in the handpiece that touches the skin as well as cooling methods to comfort the surface skin.

“It allows me to safely deliver sound waves under the skin that focus to points at very specific depths. Think of the way a magnifying lens can take sunlight, focus that light onto a leaf, and leave a burn.”

Ultrasound is one of the newer technologies used in skin tightening and lifting. One of the popular systems in Ulthera. It allows me to safely deliver sound waves under the skin that focus to points at very specific depths. Think of the way a magnifying lens can take sunlight, focus that light onto a leaf, and leave a burn. With Ultherapy, ultrasound can pass right through the skin surface painlessly, but be focused to meet at a specific point at a specific depth under the skin. At this meeting point, the temperature goes up, stimulating collagen remodeling and collagen production. This procedure tends to be uncomfortable, but like the Thermage science, has become more comfortable with strategies that include lower energy delivery with more passes of the sound waves.

Finally, it’s important to realize that cosmetic injections of Wrinkle Relaxers and filler also allow me to lift skin. With Wrinkle Relaxers , I am able to strategically place it into muscles that have a downward pull. These muscles include those immediately below the forehead and above the eye. Ideal placement here gives people a noticeable brow lift. (Don’t worry about spock eyebrows— these are prevented by delicate placement of Wrinkle Relaxers  in the forehead!) Wrinkle Relaxers  can also be used in the chin to lift the corners of the mouth. And it can be injected into the neck to allow a lift to the jowls and neck bands.

“In the hands of someone other than an expert doctor, filler results in a full face—which is not the goal of filler.”

Filler injections also give the face a lift. In the hands of someone other than an expert doctor, filler results in a full face—which is not the goal of filler. True appreciation for the placement of filler allows contour and lift. Injections underneath facial muscles and in areas where the young face once had more significant, supportive bone and fat pads, give a natural-looking lift. No one will know you were treated, but the face is re-contoured and lifted to prevent the appearance of sagging skin and jowls.

While these techniques are very exciting and becoming more popular, I cannot say that we can achieve the lifting outcomes of surgery. But it also doesn’t carry the risks, scars, or permanency of surgery. Also, I theorize that remodeling and production of new collagen in the skin will slow the rate at which your skin sags over time, since the architecture of the skin is newer and healthier with these treatments.

Please note some of what is described above is off-label by the FDA but used routinely.

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What’s best treatment for dark spots?

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The best treatment for dark spots is, without question, laser treatment once the spots appear. Topical products are helpful, but most helpful in eliminating the development of brown spots. Consistent use of sunscreen and retinoids helps maintain even, bright tone, while hydroquinone specifically diminishes pigment in any area you are treating. It is reasonable to use a hydroquinone to select areas once you start to see an area of unevenness developing; I review exhaustively with my patients that if they elect to use hydroquinone, that they need to be careful with the application. If it goes outside of the area of extra pigment, there may be a whitening at the rim of the normal skin.

The best laser treatments for dark spots fall into two major categories: pigment specific lasers and fractional resurfacing lasers. Pigment specific lasers are spot treatment therapies. They are used on one spot at a time and work by selectively heating the extra pigment particles in the target area. The names of these lasers are variable, but most commonly include Ruby lasers, Yag lasers, and Alexandrite lasers. Typically, the treated areas on the face appear as tiny surface scabs for several days to a week. So planning the right time for these treatments is important, since you may have several days of looking treated, even with makeup.

“The best treatment for dark spots is, without question, laser treatment once the spots appear.”

The other category, namely fractional resurfacing lasers, primarily build collagen in the skin, but also exfoliate the surface. There are many intensities of these lasers, from ones that leave the skin pink and dry for a few hours, to one that leaves it looking superficially wounded for a week and pink for another 3-4 weeks. The stronger lasers are usually used only for patients with dramatically spotty or wrinkled skin; most patients do great with options that leave them pink and dry for a few hours and pink and dry for a few days.

The best treatment overall here is combination therapy. To achieve the optimal outcomes, I encourage all of my patients to protect their skin daily with sunscreen—even in winter and rainy days—and if their skin can tolerate it, retinol or prescription retinoids on a nightly basis. I say if they can tolerate it because the use of retinoids can make the skin irritated, but usually the skin becomes used to it, especially if the patient is moisturizing well. I use it nightly without any trouble. I then bring in the use of Ruby, Yag, and Alexandrite lasers for concentrated sun spots and fractional resurfacing lasers to diffusely exfoliate and brighten skin tone.

When my patients do this combination routinely, they are the ones people look at and say, “Wow, your skin is beautiful.”

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What are the best to treat acne?

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We can use blue and red lights to assist with anti-inflammatory processes of acne. But what I find more effective is integrating light and vacuum benefits in a process called photopneumatic therapy. The system brand name I use is called Isolaz. The procedure involves steaming the skin followed by a handpiece applied to the skin that can pull excess oils out of the pores. Then the system delivers an intense pulsed light that can kill acne causing bacteria as well as assist in normalizing the pink and brown acne discoloration on the skin.

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