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The LED light therapy experience

What LED light therapy treats
• Speeds up the process of wound healing.
• Treats the loss of collagen and elastin that occurs with ageing skin.
• Minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminishes bruising, swelling and redness after cosmetic procedures such as fillers.
• Treatment of post-operative scars
• Enhances the benefits of salon services such as facials, microdermabrasion, and skin needling.
• Treats pain and inflammation including muscle and joint pain, arthritic pain and stiffness.
• Produces a radiant glow and tones the skin.

Treatment
LightStim LED Therapy is an FDA approved professional treatment which involves positioning the LED LightStim device over the area of concern. The device emits light energy which is absorbed by the cells in the skin. This triggers the metabolic activity of these cells. As a result the cells synthesize DNA and RNA. The cells also produce enzymes to regenerate old cells and the production of new cells occurs. The LED light reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation in the treated area. The LED light also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin within the cells, plumping and firming the skin.

The client will usually remain under the LED light for approximately 15-20 minutes. The number of treatments varies according to the condition being treated. Regular treatments are recommended for the best results.

Who is LED therapy suitable for?
• Anyone concerned about ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles
• Anyone who has recently had a procedure done and wishes to speed up the body’s healing process, whilst reducing any redness, swelling and bruising.
• Anyone concerned with the appearance of scars.
• Those who are suffering from joint, muscle or arthritic pain.
• Anyone who is looking to prevent and minimise the signs of skin ageing.
• Those looking to enhance the effects of their salon services e.g. microdermabrasion.
Anyone who is concerned about dull skin tone.

Current Special at Refine Cosmetic Clinic:
4 Light Therapy sessions for $180 (normally $396).
To book your LED light therapy contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on 9389 1049.

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The LED light therapy experience

What LED light therapy treats
• Speeds up the process of wound healing.
• Treats the loss of collagen and elastin that occurs with
ageing skin.
• Minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminishes bruising, swelling and redness after cosmetic
procedures such as fillers.
• Treatment of post-operative scars
• Enhances the benefits of salon services such as facials,
microdermabrasion, and skin needling.
• Treats pain and inflammation including muscle and joint pain, arthritic pain and stiffness.
• Produces a radiant glow and tones the skin.

Treatment
LightStim LED Therapy is an FDA approved professional treatment which involves positioning the LED LightStim device over the area of concern. The device emits light energy which is absorbed by the cells in the skin. This triggers the metabolic activity of these cells. As a result the cells synthesize DNA and RNA. The cells also produce enzymes to regenerate old cells and the production of new cells occurs. The LED light reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation in the treated area. The LED light also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin within the cells, plumping and firming the skin.
The client will usually remain under the LED light for approximately 15-20 minutes. The number of treatments varies according to the condition being treated. Regular treatments are recommended for the best results.

Who is LED therapy suitable for?
• Anyone concerned about ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles
• Anyone who has recently had a procedure done and wishes to speed up the body’s healing process, whilst reducing any redness, swelling and bruising.
• Anyone concerned with the appearance of scars.
• Those who are suffering from joint, muscle or arthritic pain.
• Anyone who is looking to prevent and minimise the signs of skin ageing.
• Those looking to enhance the effects of their salon services e.g. microdermabrasion.
• Anyone who is concerned about dull skin tone.

Current Special at Refine Cosmetic Clinic:
4 Light Therapy sessions for $180 (normally $396). To book your LED light therapy contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on 9389 1049.

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Introducing Cosmelan- The most effective depigmentation treatment!

The Problem

Pigmentation concerns are a growing, global issue; they affect more than 90% of adults over the age of 50. Regardless of skin color, they are a significant issue because of their unattractive appearance and negative psychological and emotional impact, affecting quality of life. Skin hyperpigmentation is caused by abnormal production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, and is a consequence of uncontrolled, localized overproduction of melanin by the melanocytes, causing irregular skin coloration and dark spots.

Treatment
Cosmelan® is a professional depigmentation method which has an intensive corrective effect on skin hyperpigmentation’s whilst regulating the overproduction of melanin in the melanocytes, inhibiting and controlling the appearance of new dark spots.

Its efficacy is based on its double mechanism of action that on the one part has a corrective effect, eliminating the hyperpigmentation and, on the other, a regulating effect, controlling the overproduction of melanin and in this way preventing the appearance of new spots in the long term.

 

Details of the Sessions

More than a treatment, Cosmelan® is a complete method that involves a single session, which can be performed at beauty clinics and dermatological or aesthetic medicine practices, and a home maintenance treatment.

The session entails the professional applying the cosmelan 1 face mask which is then left to work for 8 to 12 hours, according to the phototype and sensitivity of the skin to be treated. After this time has elapsed the mask is removed at home.

48 hours later, the follow-up phase in your home is started with the application of the cosmelan 2, hydra-vital factor K cream and the moisturizing sun protection SPF50+ .

This follow-up phase is carried out for 7 months to achieve an optimal result and prevent the reappearance of spots.

Information Credited- https://www.mesoestetic.com/en/treatments/professional-bleaching-treatment-cosmelanr-consumer

 

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Poikiloderma of Civatte

What is poikiloderma of civatte?

Poikiloderma of civatte was first described in 1923 and refers to redness and mottled pigment on sides of neck. The area under chin is usually unaffected.
This condition is more commonly seen in women and in areas of high UV exposure.

What causes poikiloderma of civatte?

The cause of Poikiloderma of Civatte is unknown. However, fair skin, sun exposure, hormonal factors and some components of cosmetics and toiletries (photosensitising components) are all thought to play a part in the development of the condition.

What does poikiloderma of  civatte look like?

Skin thinning (atrophy), redness from enlarged blood vessels (erythema) and colour (pigmentary) changes are seen in sun-exposed skin.

Poikiloderma of civatte most commonly affects the sides of the neck whilst the area under the neck remains characteristically unaffected. Poikiloderma of civatte may also affect other areas on the face.

What other problems can occur with poikiloderma of civatte?

There are no known medical problems associated with the condition.

Similar changes on the neck may be seen in genetic skin conditions such as Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, Bloom syndrome and connective tissue diseases (such as dermatomyositis, lupus erythematosus and mycosis fungoides). Similar changes may also be seen in skin that has been treated previously with radiotherapy.

How is poikiloderma of civatte diagnosed?

The diagnosis is usually made by looking at and assessing the skin.  No formal tests are required.

In some cases a skin biopsy and/or blood tests are needed to exclude other conditions which have a similar appearance.

Treatment of poikiloderma of civatte:

While a combination of treatments is often recommended, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments will help reduce both redness and pigmentation. Treatments with IPL will also help stimulate collagen production, thereby improving skin tightening and promoting anti-aging.

Chemical Peels: the hyper pigmentation associated with Poikiloderma often resides deep within the epidermal-dermal layers. A course of skin peels may be useful to resurface damaged skin, improving skin complexion as well as the appropriate use of homecare.

Information credited to: https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/atoz/poikiloderma-civatte/

Homecare:

Antioxidants are important for minimising cellular damage and slowing the progression of photo ageing. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense and C Bright to assist with hydration, skin barrier restoration, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Pigment Inhibitors and Skin Lightening Agents are great to help even out the skin tone and prevent the formation of new pigmentation, as well as improving the texture of the skin. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Brightenex and C Bright Serums, as both assist with the treatment of hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Skin Cell Resurfacing Agents and Collagen Stimulants such as ZO Skin Health’s Radical Night Repair (1% Retinol) will support collagen, improve skins brightness and prevent future skin damage, among many other benefits. Additionally, ZO Skin Health’s Growth Factor Serum will promote cell turnover, to help smooth the skin and provide a more even skin tone. It will also provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage, as well as other great benefits.

Sun Protection- It is highly recommended to use a sun block daily, at least 30+. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer as it is fragrance free and provides a 12 hour release of antioxidant protection. It also helps to minimize inflammation, restore hydration and enhance the skins barrier. With a tint and silky matte finish, it will assist in reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.

 

 

 

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Great Ways to Beat the Boredom Post Surgery

Taking time off post-surgery doesn’t have to be mundane and boring. There are some great ways to put your down time at home to good use; I mean, how often do you get time to literally just do NOTHING? While you are at home recovering, we have compiled a list of some great ways to beat the boredom!

    1. Binge Watch: Now is the best time to take advantage of catching up on all those Netflix, Stan or online shows you have wanted to watch. During the work week commitments often get the better of us and by the time the weekend is here we often spend time out of the house being social with friends and family we haven’t seen. Post-surgery is the perfect time to sit back, sloth around at home and really get into that latest season of Orange is the New Black or Keeping up with the Kardashians!
    2. Get Creative: Sometimes having time off and being forced to just rest at home means you can make time for things you have never thought of before. Why not start a blog or journal? Do a cross word puzzle online or play scrabble on the iPad to get your mind working. If you really want to be proactive, now is the perfect time to clear out all those annoying old emails or documents on your computer you have always wanted to sort out. Being in recovery means you cannot be over active, so why not get cosy on the couch and open up that laptop for some much needed leisure time.
    3. Music: Enjoy your time at home by putting on some great music and just relaxing. If you have a garden or balcony, why not sit outside for some fresh air which is always an important part to recovery, hit that Spotify playlist of your choice and zone out.
    4. Nap: Now is your chance to take advantage of those much loved sleep in’s. We all long for those soft clouds known as pillows when we are run off our feet at work, so if you have to be at home recovering, why not enjoy a sweet siesta.
    5. Friends: Even though you can’t be up and out rushing around, people can still come and visit you. Give your friends a call and see if they’re free to pop over. You could always arrange a little movie night in, with some snacks and a cosy couch. There is nothing like good company when your post op at home.

 

 

 

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Top 6 Things to Consider Prior to Getting Cosmetic Surgery

There are many things to consider prior to getting cosmetic surgery of any kind. With so many celebrities trending some amazing results, cosmetic surgery has increased drastically over the past few years. The decision to undergo a procedure of any kind takes time. Thoughts on who to go to, what to do and how to prepare are just the beginning. Here at Refine Cosmetic Clinic we have comprised a list of our top 6 considerations for you.

    1. Selecting your surgeon: First things first, do your research. Ensuring the surgeon you are selecting for a particular procedure is the correct one for that surgery is vital. Not all surgeons specialize in every procedure, some are known for their Breast Augmentations, while others are known for their Rhinoplasty. It is important to be sure that you pick a surgeon who has had years of experience performing the surgery of your choice and has images and patients to back it up.
    2. Forget the shame: We are not saying go out there and announce it to the world, but be prepared that friends and family who know you and how you look may notice the change. We are all entitled to do whatever makes us feel better about ourselves!
    3. Money is not everything: Surgeons that carry on about being the best or that charge an arm and a leg for their services are not always the best surgeon. In saying that cheap surgeries that seem too good to be true, most probably are. Find a clinic that you’re comfortable with regardless of the price. A clinic that cares about you and your results and takes the time to discuss everything with you is a good sign. Knowing a friend or someone else who has been there is always a major plus.
    4. Consultations: Before you make your decision on whether or not to have a surgery; it is vital to have a consultation with the surgeon. The consultation fee may sound like another expense but it is important to ensure you and the surgeon are on the same page as to what you want and also what can realistically be achieved. Ask lots of questions and make sure to listen carefully!
    5. Time to heal: Any surgery will have some downtime. Ensure you can allow yourself the adequate downtime that you need to heal post-surgery. Having a friend or partner to help you the first few days may also be necessary.
    6. There are no magicians: While some surgeries look amazing on certain people, everyone is different. It is important to understand what is realistic and what is not. The doctor you select should provide you with all the pro’s and con’s so you can assess the options.

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Busting Myths About Acne

There’s lots of great advice out there about acne, but there’s also a lot of misinformation. Acne myths are potentially harmful, as they can give people misleading skincare tips which can worsen the condition. So we thought it best to set the record straight. Sorting the facts from the fiction, keep reading to discover the most common acne myths and why they are just that – myths.

Squeezing your spots isn’t such a bad thing

By squeezing any form of acne whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, papules or pustules you could make the acne worse or cause permanent scarring. People mistakenly believe that by popping a pimple they are releasing the pus and thus the bacteria, allowing for the spot to heal. But in fact, by squeezing the spot, you spread the bacteria and trigger an inflammatory response in your skin. This means your skin detects trapped bacteria and secretes chemicals to fight it, this is what causes the spot to swell, redden and become painful. Taking much longer for the spot to go away.

Acne is infectious

This is very simply not true. Acne is not an infection or virus that can be passed on from person to person.

You can never wash your face too much

Washing your face more than twice a day could actually irritate your skin and aggravate your acne in a number of ways. Overzealous washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing you skin to overcompensate and produce an excessive amount of oil. Furthermore, harshly scrubbing at the face can cause irritation and even tiny scratches and micro-tears in the skin, which then gives access to more infection and inflammation.

Only teens get acne

This is can be one of the damaging acne myths for self-esteem. Although in the mainstream media acne is correlated with puberty and your awkward teen years, in truth adults suffer from it too. So you’re not alone. Up to 25% of men and 50% of women suffer from adult acne.

Sunbathing and sunbeds can help improve the symptoms of acne

This is completely false and an utterly harmful myth. There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunbeds can improve your acne. It may feel as though it dries out the skin and reduces redness but don’t be fooled. The sun is not your friend. UV rays and prolonged sun exposure can instead cause a premature onset of ageing; wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin as well as skin cancer.

Acne is caused by having poor hygiene

Acne is not caused by dirt or uncleanliness, so you can stop blaming yourself. Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface. So the cleanliness of your skin whilst helpful is not the sole solution. Washing your face twice a day is more than enough to reduce bacteria, remove surface oil and help exfoliate dead skin cells. To kill the acne-causing bacteria you need to use a targeted treatment. 

Tags: ACNE, acne myth, acne myths, acne skin

 

BLOG- Originally from ZO Skin Health UK https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/acne-myths/

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Repair and Revive your skin post summer with Invisapeel

Intensive Resurfacing Peel

 

If you’re looking for a way to do a peel at home then ZO Skin Health’s product Invisapeel is for you. It is a mild home peel, for face and body and is suitable for all skin types.

This formulation uses a unique process to renew the epidermis without any apparent exfoliation, leaving skin noticeably smoother, firmer and brighter. Specialized enzymes enhance and accelerate the repair of most epidermal problems (discoloration, flaky skin and roughness). Skin is able to receive benefits from additional products. These enzymes are particularly valuable for anyone who wants a faster, deeper improvement from ZO Medical therapeutic treatments.

Benefits

  • Provides enhanced exfoliation without any apparent flaking or peeling
  • Specialized enzymes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) promote exfoliation to improve the texture and help even skin tone
  • Excellent for facial and non-facial skin such as hands, arms and legs
  • Size:  50 mL / 1.7 Fl. Oz. Professional: 75 mL / 2.5 Fl. Oz. pH: Approximately 4.0
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Labiaplasty, What To Expect

The Labiaplasty procedure is one that has become exceedingly popular over the last few years. While everyone’s bodies are different, there are many women who desire the option to change how they look “down there.” The appearance of the labia may cause some women to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious; additionally some women may be affected by chaffing or other discomfort. Due to this, women are confidently seeking surgical procedures to improve the look of their genital region without the topic being taboo.

So what exactly does the Labiaplasty involve? Elongated or larger vaginal lips may be the natural anatomical shape for some women or alternately may have resulted due to childbirth. The Labiaplasty procedure aims to provide a neater and more aesthetically pleasing vaginal look for women by altering the labia minor or inner lips. It focuses on the external aspects of the vagina, with the surgeon making a minor incision to remove the excess skin. Scarring is usually minimal and easily hidden within the vaginal folds.

The stitches used by the surgeons are dissolvable and pain medication will be recommended to the patient to manage discomfort levels. Slowly increasing activity levels is recommended with care after about one week.

For further information regarding the Labiaplasty procedure contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on (02) 9389 1049

Complimentary consultations are available with our Practice Manager, Manuela.

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The Lip Filler Experience

What exactly constitutes the perfect lip shape?  Full, pouty, natural or bigger bottom with thinner top, it can be hard to know what look to choose. With trends changing constantly, it has become easier to achieve a beautifully natural pout without looking over the top. Lip fillers can be the perfect way to enhance your features and provide better facial symmetry without having to undergo surgery.

Lip fillers work to enhance the natural shape of ones lips by giving a more even appearance, filling in any unwanted lines around the mouth and plumping up the lips to provide a more youthful over all look. But what exactly does the lip filler experience consist of? Is it painful, will I look completely different afterward and will I be swollen, are all questions that go through people’s heads for their first time having filler.

When you first meet the nurse or doctor doing your filler for you, they will discuss with you all the details. Sometimes it can even be best to bring a photo in of what you like, that way you can see if that look can be achieved. The practitioner will then place a numbing cream on the mouth area to help make the procedure more comfortable.

Most syringes consist of 1 mil of filler, however some people like to start with less. The filler itself will be injected into various sites in and around the lips to achieve the desired look of the patient. Results usually last between 6-12 months depending on the filler used.
After the treatment it is recommended to ice the area to decrease any swelling and avoid makeup for several hours.

 

Quick Facts
Time: Normally the procedure takes between 30-45 minutes
Products: Vary depending on what you need and what your clinic offers
Price: Varies depending on product thickness but anywhere from $350-$700
Recovery: Anywhere between 2-7 days to allow any bruising and swelling to subside
Results: Patients will instantly see the difference, however the recovery time will ease and settle the overall appearance and end result.
What to know: No strenuous exercise 24 hours around the procedure, no heat or sun exposure, no alcohol or blood thinning medications.

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