What skin care products should I use?
My approach to skincare is based upon science. This includes my skincare line. In summary-
Protect with sunscreen. The second line of defence is with antioxidants.
Supplement with vitamins, namely retinol, niacinamide & ascorbic acid.
Correct with specifics including pigment correctors, azelaic acid & other topicals.
Exfoliate with AHAs & BHAs.
My dermal therapists & nursing team will discuss an optimal skin care routine based upon your skin type, age & concerns.
Do I offer a skincare consultation?
No. My work is procedural, namely I cut, inject, lase, & perform deep peels.
My nurses & therapists will provide a comprehensive & complementary skincare consultation. They can advise you on the correct ingredients & application techniques.
For more complex conditions such as sensitive skin, a medical dermatologist may be able to assist. In some cases, tests such as patch testing may be conducted to confirm or exclude potential allergens.
What is my skin rejuvenation ethos?
Balance for natural results. Essentially balance means addressing all three factors of skin ageing, improving skin texture or quality (lasers & chemical peels), improving skin tone (surgical & tightening) as well as volume loss (fillers & fat transfer).
For a natural outcome, it is not just laser resurfacing, nor injectables, it’s about addressing all three factors to give the best results.
What is my sub-speciality focus?
My focus is primarily facial. 95% of my procedural list is based on surgical, injectable, laser, peel, thread, & energy devices for facial & neck areas. This includes managing scarring, rejuvenation, sun damage & aesthetics.
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What types of fillers do I use?
I am familiar with dermal fillers across the board, from Allergan, Merz, Galderma, Texoane & many other companies. I employ hyaluronic acid fillers from the major brands, in addition to collagen stimulation fillers such as calcium hydroxyapatite & poly-L-lactic acid.
What are the commonly treated filler areas?
Fillers are used to enhance the cheeks, around the mouth, lips, temples & the eye area. I also perform fillers in more unusual sites including the nose, forehead, frown area, neck, chest, earlobes & hands.
How much does it cost for dermal fillers & muscle relaxants?
$1,290 per ml of dermal filler, however if you would like to be treated by my nurses, the price is half of what charge. For muscle relaxants, the cost is $20 per unit, my nurses charge around $10 to $15 per unit.
The majority of my filler work is in more ‘complex areas’ such as the treat tear troughs, noses, forehead, brows, however I also perform ‘standard’ areas like the cheeks, chin, jawline & other areas.
How much does it cost for laser resurfacing?
- Cost depends on the level (depth & surface area dependent)
- Level 1 Resurfacing $460 per treatment (Clear & Brilliant)
- Level 2 Resurfacing $990 per treatment (Fraxel- LaseMD)
- Level 3 Resurfacing $1,290 per treatment (HD Fraxel – LaseMD)
- Level 4 Resurfacing $1,990 per treatment (CO2 fractional laser +/- Thulium laser)
- Level 5 Resurfacing $3,990 +++ per treatment (CO2 fully ablative / erbium)
- As a guide my nurses conduct level 1 to 4 resurfacing.
- I conduct level 5 resurfacing procedures.
What is the recovery following laser resurfacing?
This depends on the type of laser & it’s settings. As a guide-
- Level 1 Resurfacing – light. Less than 24 hours – 36 hours
- Level 2 Resurfacing $990 – light to medium 2-3.5+ days
- Level 3 Resurfacing $1,290 -medium 3-5+ days
- Level 4 Resurfacing $1,990 – heavy 4-6+ days
- Level 5 Resurfacing $3,990 – very deep & heavy 6.5 – 12 days
Lasers such as Pico, Spectra, Laser Genesis, have no downtime. Other lasers including Fraxel, LaseMD, CO2, erbium & fractional lasers have a recovery time of several days to weeks. We will always inform you of your projected recovery.
Do I perform chemical peels?
I perform medium to deep chemical peels, namely Jessner TCA as well as Phenol Croton Oil peels. There is some evidence that peels offer more collagen production than lasers; including the CO2.
Superficial peels are conducted by my nurses & therapist & typically cost $95. Deep peels are performed by myself & typically cost $2990.
What is the best skin tightening technique or device?
If only there was one device with a straightforward answer. The fact remains that there are many devices & methods to tighten skin & the optimal treatment depends on your age, race, skin type, expectations & importantly clinical findings. As a guide I employ-
- RF such as Pelleve & Tempsure
- RFM including Genius RF microneedling
- Ultherapy Microfocused Ultrasound
- Ultraformer III High Intensity Ultrasound
- Threads including monofilament MINT & suspension threads
- Collagen stimulating dermal fillers
My team and I will find the optimal treatment/s for your skin & provide realistic and reliable tightening procedures.
What combinations are ideal for super busy people or those who do not have downtime?
Downtime is relative. As a guide Tixel resurfacing, pico laser, dermal toning, laser genesis, Ultherapy, Tempsure, Ultraformer III, dermal fillers, muscle relaxants & chemical peels do not have downtime. Book an appointment with my nurses to discuss no-downtime treatments.
What are cost-effective ways to rejuvenate my skin?
Find an effective & cost effective skincare routine. Invest in good skincare products (namely sunscreen, antioxidants & the ABCs of skincare).
Supplement this routine with one or two low cost laser procedures per year. These lasers include pico laser or Clear & Brilliant fractional laser resurfacing. Tighten with Ultherapy or Tempsure.
Book a consultation with my dermal therapists or nurses at Clinic Cutis for a guide.
What is the best way to reduce wrinkles?
An effective way to reduce wrinkles is simple muscle relaxants injections. Laser resurfacing & Tixel can also reduce wrinkles, especially around the eyes.
Skin care is important to prevent wrinkles, but to date, there is no effective anti-wrinkle cream (retinol & AHAs can marginally improve very fine wrinkles).
What is the best way to reduce pigmentation?
My team and I will find the best solution for your pigmentation based upon your skin type & diagnosis of pigmentation. We use a combination of chemical peels, specialist creams, & lasers. See the section on pigmentation including how I manage melasma.
What surgical procedures do I perform?
I perform short scar face lifts where appropriate. I also perform eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. These treatments can be combined with lasers or deep peels.
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