FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Intense Pulse Lighting Treatment

What is IPL?

IPL, or Intense Pulse Lighting Treatment, is a minimally Invasive cosmetic procedure involving High Intensity light pulses to remove or diminish variety of skin imperfections including lesions, redness and blemishes. It works by filtering various wavelengths of light to stimulate skin rejuvenation.

How do I know if IPL is right for me?

Consult a health professional about whether or not IPL is the right treatment for you. During the consultation, they will ask about your medical history and examine your skin.

After examination, they will be able to advise you on whether or not IPL is the right treatment for you. Depending on the circumstance, they may ask to perform a spot test to see if your skin reacts well to IPL. They will also advise you on how many treatments will be needed to achieve your goal, and the risks and costs associated with IPL.

What are the risks of IPL?

Immediately after treatment, some clients may experience very minor swelling, redness and increased visibility of blood vessels. These are very normal and non-permanent reactions and will disappear soon after the treatment is complete. Scarring is also possible but extremely rare.

Does IPL hurt?

The sensations associated with IPL are minimal, ranging from a slight feeling of warmth to the sensation of a rubber band flicking against your skin.

Is there a minimum age requirement for IPL?

No. IPL can be performed at any age. Consult a health professional to see if IPL is right for you.

When will I see the results of IPL??

Results are usually evident after one to two sessions, depending on the extent of your treatment/imperfection.

Dermal Fillers

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the surface of the skin to smooth wrinkles and boost volume. It works by drawing in water, resulting in an augmentation of the skin which reduces the wrinkle in the treated area. Dermal fillers are completely biodegradable and as a result non-permanent, with results lasting around one to two years.

How does it work and is it painful?

Generally, basic dermal filler procedures have a local anaesthetic property so require no pre-surgical preparation.

The procedure involves only a few tiny injections directly into the affected skin, taking only 15 – 30 minutes. Make-up can be applied directly after so you can go straight back to work. Results are also immediate but improve further over the next 2 – 4 weeks and can last between 9 – 18 months.

We recommend regular treatments if you wish to lengthen the lifespan of your treatments.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Yes. Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally within the skin, thus there is no chance of adverse/allergic reactions. We will also not perform dermal filler treatments on persons under 18 years of age.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Due to a couple of reasons, dermal fillers vary on how long they are effective for. The variants are the area that is treated, and the different types of fillers. This is all discussed during your consultation, and a tailored treatment plan will be devised.

Microdermabrasion

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an effective and non-surgical way to remove acne scars, wrinkles and sunspots. By gently exfoliating the skin using non-toxic aluminium oxide micro crystals, we stimulate collagen production and leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh.

What's involved in Microdermabrasion?

First, we cleanse your skin with a special cleansing gel. We then proceed to apply the dermabrasion wand to your skin, where the aluminium oxide is sand blasted through a small tube and onto your skin. The tube also removes all dead skin cells and used crystals. After microdermabrasion, your skin is soothed with a special nourishing sun blocking cream allowing you to immediately return to your day.

Is Microdermabrasion right for me?

Microdermabrasion is usually used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, help fight acne, remove acne scarring, even skin tone and revitalise dull skin. If you are looking to help with any of these, microdermabrasion could be the ideal treatment. Before you book, please consult with a health professional about your medical history, as some conditions may make microdermabrasion unsuitable for you.

Acne

What is Acne?

Acne occurs when a hair follicle becomes full of oils or dead skin cells, causing the pore to be blocked which results in inflammation.

What causes acne?

Teenagers often develop minor acne as a result of hormones, however this is not the only reason acne can occur. Other major causes are stress, diet, and even genetics.

What treatments are out there for me?

There is a wide range of treatments for acne. Light therapy, microdermabrasion, and facials to reduce and manage the symptoms of acne. Feel free to contact us for a consultation regarding any concerns you may have.

Wrinkle Relaxants

What are Wrinkle Relaxants?

As we know, wrinkles occur as a result of facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, squinting etc. As we age, these wrinkles become more apparent as a result of an increase in depth and size.

Wrinkle relaxers are essentially a purified protein. When injected into specialised areas, they form a barrier between the nerves and muscles which stops the muscle from contracting and forming/enhancing wrinkles.

Are Wrinkle Relaxants right for me?

Certain conditions such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and people with some neurological muscle conditions need to avoid muscle relaxing injections. Consult a health professional to find out if wrinkle relaxers are right for you. We will also not perform any cosmetic injections on persons under 18 years of age.

Pre-care for muscle relaxants?

Exercise is not recommended on the day of your treatment. Exercise increases blood flow, which can increase the chance of bruising. Also, Exercise increases your metabolic rate which can hinder the effectiveness of your treatment.

Some clients who do not respond well to relaxants initially can find it is better to not exercise for up to a week before treatment. Find what works for you and make it a standard routine for best results.

What's involved in my consultation?

Firstly, you will complete a medical questionnaire, which will then be discussed.

You will then discuss with a specialist what you wish to achieve from the treatment and have a facial assessment.

A treatment plan will then be completed and discussed. Our treatment plans can be tailored to specific needs.

The area of treatment will be photographed before treatment, as this helps us assess the effectiveness of the injections. This helps us to see how individual clients respond to treatment and adjust accordingly.

Our injections are performed using a very fine insulin needle, after the area is iced numb. The injection itself is less painful than waxing.

Post-care for muscle relaxant?

Avoid exercise for at least 4 hours after treatment. The relaxants take a bit of time to fully absorb, and exercise can hinder absorption.

Avoid pressure on the area for at least 4 hours. Our injections are placed into very specific areas, and pressure can make the proteins spread to muscles we did not want to weaken. We would recommend not lying down and falling asleep, as you may roll onto the affected area.

Are the results instant?

Wrinkle relaxants average 3 to 7 days to work. In rare cases it can take up to 14 days to work, so always wait 2 weeks before deciding whether or not it has worked for you.

How long do the effects of treatment last?

Usually, treatments last 3 to 4 months. This can vary from person to person, and even vary with different treatments on the same person. Certain factors such as dosage, client metabolism, and treatment history may have an effect on how long relaxants last.

Studies show improvements happen regularly with more treatments. 50% of 1st time clients still had improvement after 4 months. After 6 treatments, that number jumps to 80%!

What safety concerns are there?

Wrinkle relaxants have been used regularly for almost 40 years and have very little side effects. A health professional will inform you of the safest dose for your desired outcomes. All treatments use a very small and safe dose. Follow the pre and post-care instructions for the safest outcome.

IPL Hair Reduction

How does IPL Hair Reduction work?

IPL permanent hair reduction treatments target melanin within the hair follicle, targeting and destroying active cells within the hair follicle that grow the hair.

What kind of hair can be treated?

Blonde, red, grey or white hairs are invisible to the light energy causing an IPL treatment to be ineffective on these hair types. Dark hair has melanin that can be heated and destroyed, making it the perfect candidate for IPL hair reduction.

Is IPL Hair Reduction right for me?

A consultation and test patch is performed prior to a course of treatment to ensure every client has a full understanding of the treatment and to determine that the treatment is right for you.

How long does it take to see results?

Best results for hair reduction are achieved through a course of approximately 6 treatments.