Bio Oil Acne Scars

What is Bio Oil, and How Does it Work?

Bio oil acne scars is a skin care product, composed largely of plant extracts — such as calendula, lavender, chamomile, and rosemary — and refined into a topically applicable oil. It is designed to improve the look of stretch marks, acne scars, other scars, and many other skin imperfections. Supposedly, it improves uneven skin tone, such as in the case of dark spots in ageing skin. It helps to heal and eliminate stretch marks and prevent them during pregnancy or any period of intense growth changes or sudden weight changes.

But one of bio oil’s biggest uses is the treatment of acne scars. Acne scars are blemishes, usually raised or depressed pits, caused by the existence of severe acne. They form when pimples are destroyed, damaging the skin and, as with any injury, the skin must deposit attempt to heal the area. Usually, this causes a deposit of collagen. Acne scars are usually caused by “popping” or otherwise irritating acne, and people with predispositions are much more likely to get acne scars. Especially inflammatory acne or acne that is not treated during its course are also key in the accumulation of acne scars. There is very little research to suggest that bio oil acne scars works and we encourage our clients to check out our other treatments that assist with acne scars. (We want to just point out that the best way to treat acne scars is to prevent them, to treat acne while it is present, so that scarring does not take place)

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Bio Oil for Acne Scars

Bio oil acne scars is common. Bio oil aims to help reduce the appearance of acne scars by hydrating the inflamed patches that may be involved. Bio oil does not, ultimately, aim to eliminate acne scars, or to prevent acne.

When using bio oil for acne scars, make sure to avoid the sensitive eye area (as with most any topical product). Bio oil can do wonders for the skin, mainly in the area of hydration. Unlike heavier oils like mineral oil, bio oil acne scars is fairly mild and dissolves into the skin more readily. However, it is an oil, and therefore can easily stain clothes or other fabric and take a while to completely be absorbed by the skin.

Because bio oil is made from gentle, natural extracts (oils), it should not clog pores, and is not thought to make acne or acne scars worse. However, the basic function of bio oil is to provide hydration through the oils. Usually, acne is caused by (or at least exasperated by) oily or oil prone skin. Bio oil might hydrate dry parts of skin, or help to aid healing or prevention of scars and stretch marks, but combating oil with oil may not be effective. It does not address the underlying cause of acne, nor the underlying cause and condition of acne scars.

So, is bio oil for acne scars really a legitimate method? Not really. It won’t hurt you to try, but the truth is, bio oil’s essential ingredients and basic functions do not do much for acne scars. As well, it will not prevent more acne or scars to develop. It is not advisable to use bio oil to combat acne or acne scars caused by excessively oily skin. Although it likely won’t exacerbate the situation, it doesn’t have the capability to improve it with any significance.

So What Else Is There?

There are a number of other treatments for acne scars, with similar levels of effectiveness. Below, we name a few and how they work.

Creams

Cortisone cream, or hydrocortisone cream, is a steroid based topical ointment. More specifically, corticosteroids. They target inflammation, rashes, and other minor skin conditions. Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation, most simply, which is what these creams do.

When used against acne scars, they aim to reduce the appearance and keep them from getting any worse. Although corticosteroids can have negative side effects, topical over the counter ointments usually are low concentration and don’t have significant negative consequences.

Fade creams, such as hydroquinone, aim to bleach skin in an effort to “fade” dark spots caused by acne scars. Like hydrocortisone cream, this is a topical over the counter remedy that can help to treat the appearance of acne scars. Other, less harsh treatments, such as the application of vitamin C, may also help improve and lighten skin in the presence of acne scars.

However, just like bio oil acne scars neither of these methods prove to yield any very definite results.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion involves the use of a burr, or a wire brush or harsh wheel, to abrade the top skin layer unlike the bio oil acne scars or the above mentioned creams. Basically, the first layer of the epidermis is scraped off, leaving the skin below exposed. By scraping and disturbing the skin, it hurts it, thereby forcing the skin to regrow a new layer. This can be used to treat skin almost anywhere on the body, and to help remove scars, but is usually used on the face, and is often used to treat acne scars.

The extent of dermabrasion depends on each individual case and its severity. Recovery from this procedure also depends on the severity of the treatment. After, it is important to keep the area from getting irritated, and to clean it regularly to prevent infection.

This method is somewhat extreme, and, to some, yields more negatives than positives.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatments, like laser skin resurfacing, is a newer method that is uniquely effective for the treatment of acne scars. It can also be used for treating other scars and wrinkles, to improve overall complexion and skin tone, and skin blemishes like sun spots associated with ageing. At Advanced Dermatology we recommend the Fractional Laser Treatment for acne scars, safest and most effective laser treatment.

Laser treatment will either target collagen, triggering the skin to create more — in order to fill and smooth out acne scars — or destroy the scar itself, allowing smooth skin to take its place. Either way, it is more effective than bio oil dermabrasion, creams, or most any other treatment for acne scars.

Treatment is quick and not at all painful, non-invasive, and overall better than other acne scar removal methods.

As well, unlike dermabrasion, there is no damage to the surface of the skin. It can only take one treatment, although sometimes a few more depending on the severity of the scarring. Your skin will come out literally like new after laser treatment — the definitive treatment for acne scarring.

Fraxel

Innovations in Laser Skin Resurfacing – From the Fraxel to Syneron Sublative Treatment

Human skin is separated into three layers. The outer layer that you can touch is called the epidermis. This layer contains melanocytes, which are pigmented cells that determine the colour of your skin. The middle layer is called the dermis and contains collagen and elastin fibres. These fibres are what keep your skin firm and smooth. The inner layer is called the subcutis and contains fat that plumps your skin.

As your body ages, the epidermis begins thinning out and the dermis begins losing collagen and elastin fibers. This causes fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that naturally come with age. If you don’t want to let your skin show its age proudly, you need to see a professional for laser resurfacing.

Laser Resurfacing in History

Once upon a time, you had to subject your skin to ablative laser treatments that vaporized facial tissue in the epidermis and dermis in order to get substantial results, and that required at least a week for recovery. Non-ablative laser treatments, like IPL, were developed in order to deliver results with less damage to the epidermis. These treatments are not always as effective as ablative treatments, but they do require less recovery time.

Professionals offering laser treatments were ecstatic when fractional technology was introduced in 2003 and the first Fraxel machine was released in 2004. This technology delivers the results formerly seen only with invasive ablative laser procedures but causes less damage to the epidermis and requires a much shorter recovery period.

The Fraxel machine with fractional laser technology. Machines designed with this technology can deliver amazing results with just one or two treatment sessions, but they don’t require a week or more for recovery. You essentially get the benefits of the former ablative and non-ablative laser treatments, but those benefits are combined in one improved treatment.

Today, there are many types of fractional laser machines on the market, so the Fraxel machine is not your only option. If you want to increase collagen and elastin production and plump up your skin so that the signs of ageing are less prominent, fractional laser treatment is your best option. There are also many other uses for this technology, so keep reading to learn more about these advanced treatment options.

How Does Fractional Technology Work?

When the machines for laser resurfacing first hit the market, CO2 lasers saturated the skin with solid beams of light energy and vaporized the targeted skin tissue. This was effective, but it caused considerable damage to the dermis and epidermis. Fractional technology is different because it doesn’t deliver a solid beam of light energy. The light beams are fractioned into thousands of tiny columns. These columns of energy are deep enough to affect the dermis, but they limit damage to surrounding skin tissue.

Fraxel treatments use laser beams emitted from special machines just like previous laser treatments, but the fractioned beams of energy remove old cells on the surface of the skin while creating deep holes in the dermis. The damage to the dermis naturally causes the body to start producing healthy skin cells, collagen, and elastin in order to repair those deep layers of skin. Those fresh skin cells deliver a more youthful glow to the skin while the collagen and elastin work to keep the skin tight and firm.

Fractional treatments are fast and efficient, and you should only need one or two treatment sessions to deliver significant results. When you go in for treatment, an anesthetic cream will be used to numb the skin. A gliding gel is applied over the treatment area to allow a robotic arm to glide smoothly over the skin. This arm delivers the fractioned beams of light energy.

Trained medical professionals must determine the intensity of the fraxel laser beams to ensure safe and effective results, so research the qualifications of any professional delivering treatment. In most cases, the entire face is treated in about half an hour. You can also receive treatment to other areas of the body suffering from signs of ageing, scarring, and other skin problems.

Anti-Ageing and Beyond

The reduction of fine lines and wrinkles is not the only application for fractional laser treatments. You may also consider treatment for the following skin issues:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Sun damage

Remember, the epidermis contains cells that affect skin pigmentation, and the dermis contains collagen and elastin. Since Fraxel treatments can affect both of these skin layers, they can improve issues involving pigmentation as well as skin ageing.

Professionals trained to use this technology utilise a variety of machinery beyond the official Fraxel machine to do amazing things for patients suffering from many different skin conditions. If you have a skin problem that has not responded to other treatments or that you have yet to treat, it doesn’t hurt to discuss fractional treatment options with a professional.

Fraxel versus Other Laser Treatments

Fractional treatments are the newest laser treatments on the market, so they are among the most expensive options. Yet, many consumers prefer this type of treatment at any cost because of substantial differences from other laser treatments:

  • Fast procedures
  • Limited pain during procedure
  • Less than a week recovery time
  • Dramatic results in one to two treatments

The problem with ablative laser treatments is that they require at least a week for full recovery, oftentimes longer. The problem with IPL and other non-ablative laser treatments is that the results are less dramatic, so you often need three or more treatments to deliver expected results. Fraxel treatments are different because they deliver noticeable results in just one or two treatments and require far less time for recovery.

Advances in Fractional Technology

The Fraxel machine blew the minds of trained medical practitioners as well as patients when it was first introduced, but technology has moved on over the past 10 years. You can still see amazing results from a Fraxel machine, but many other fractioned laser machines on the market deliver even better results.

One of the best machines currently competing with the Fraxel machine is the Syneron Sublative machine. This machine uses fractioned radio frequencies to heat up the dermis. This heat damages that inner layer of skin, allowing the body to start generating fresh skin cells and producing more elastin and collagen. This is done with very little damage to the epidermis, so you get exceptional results without substantial redness, swelling, and other surface layer side effects.

The main difference between the original Fraxel machine and machines like Syneron Sublative is the depth reached by the skin. The more advanced machines can reach deeper into the skin and target the dermis with more precision. While the Fraxel machine impacts the epidermis much less than the traditional laser treatments, these more advanced machines deliver even less damage to that outer layer of skin.

You no longer have to suffer with substantial skin damage for weeks on end as a result of skin rejuvenation procedures. You can spend an hour or less with a well-trained medical provider and fully recover in just four or five days. You may not even need follow-up treatments to achieve the results you expect. That is the difference that fractional laser technology makes for your skin.

*All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Fraxel is the trademark of the Valeant family of companies. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a skin lightener.  It can be used to lighten melasma, liver or age spots, or freckles that have been caused by injury to the skin, birth control pills or hormone medication. The medication is applied to the skin and will essentially block the process it takes to make the skin dark.  It can also be applied for reducing blemishes.  Hydroquinone is also referred to as quinol, 4-diol, or benzene-1.

There are side effects to taking Hydroquinone.  These would include a mild burning, stinging sensation, dryness to the skin, and redness.  If these symptoms occur, it is best to contact your doctor or pharmacist if they do not go away or if they get worse.  Many that use this medication do not have side effects or they are minimal.

Should your skin crack or blister, one will need to stop using the medication immediately.  Call your doctor right away if your skin darkens to a blue-black colour.

Rarely, people taking hydroquinone will have severe reactions.  These would include a rash, itching or swelling that usually takes place in the face, throat or tongue, trouble breathing, or severe dizziness. If any of these symptoms are present, one will need to seek medical attention immediately.

If your doctor has prescribed Hydroquinone to you, be upfront with your medical background.  Make it a point to tell your doctor if you suffer from asthma, or have any skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. If you are pregnant, do not use unless directed to by your physician.  It is not known at this time if hydroquinone will pass into breast milk, so if you are breast feeding, it is best not to use this.

One thing to note is that using Hydroquinone as a skin lightening agent will cause the skin to become very sensitive. One should be sure to wear a high quality sun screen to reduce the damage the sun has on the skin.  Avoid being in the sun as much as possible.  Do not use a tanning bed while you are applying hydroquinone to the skin.  Take care to wear protective barriers for the sun as well, such as a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, or long sleeved  shirts.

Often times, Hydroquinone is combined with alpha hydroxy acids.  This is used to exfoliate the skin so the lightening process is quicker. More than likely, topical treatments will have 2% hydroquinone added to them but in prescriptions for hydroquinone, there may be up to 4% added.

When using Hydroquinone for the first time, it is essential to do a skin test.  To do this, apply a small amount to an area of unbroken skin.  Check the area within 24 hours to see if there are any signs you may be allergic to it. If the skin is puffy or blistered, or is red and itchy, discontinue use and contact your doctor.  Mild itching is normal, and in this case, the treatment may be applied to the desired area.

Remember it is always best to use this product as prescribed by your doctor.  Use only the amount prescribed.  Using too much of the product or using incorrectly could lead to unwanted skin lightening. This product is only intended for use on the skin.  Never get into the eyes, mouth or nose.  If this should happen, flush with cool water immediately.

Hydroquinone is a great treatment to use for skin lightening. If after 2 months of applying to the skin, there are no improvements in your skin, or the condition worsens, contact your doctor.  It is best to apply only twice a day, unless directed otherwise by your physician.

*Note that hydroquinone requires a prescription in Australia and therefore you should consult your doctor before making any decisions. This article is provided for educational purposes only.

Fraxel Laser

Introduction to Fraxel Laser Technology

What It Is and How It Can Help Your Skin

When you look at your body in the mirror, what stands out to you most? If you are like most people, you focus on your biggest flaws. Maybe the flaws you see are concentrated in your face. You are watching fine lines and wrinkles develop with age. Perhaps you have skin discoloration or moderate to severe scarring from acne or an injury. You may even suffer from sagging skin or other imperfections caused sun damage or other health conditions.

While you may choose to accept your flaws and highlight your attributes, you may also choose to seek out professional laser resurfacing procedures to make those flaws less prominent. If the term “laser resurfacing” brings to mind images of raw, swollen flesh and exaggerated results that look unnatural, let us introduce you to advanced Fraxel laser technology.

This advanced form of laser resurfacing causes far less skin damage and does not require lengthy recovery periods. You can spend less than an hour with a trained professional and enjoy results that look natural and fresh. In less than a week, you will have fully recovered from a Fraxel treatment, and in many cases, only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results.

What Is Fraxel Laser Technology?

Fraxel is the name of a laser resurfacing machine that was introduced to the market in 2004. Prior to the development of this technology, laser resurfacing treatments were either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative treatments caused significant damage to the dermis and epidermis, but they delivered maximum results in just one treatment. Non-ablative treatments like IPL were introduced to produce less surface damage to the skin, and reducing the amount of recovery time required post treatment.

Fraxel laser machines were developed as an advanced form of traditional laser treatments. This technology allowed technicians to target smaller areas of skin in a more precise manner, causing far less damage to surrounding skin tissue. Fraxel treatments are just as effective as traditional laser resurfacing procedures, but they cause far less damage to the outer layers of the skin. This means that it takes five days or less to fully recover from this type of treatment.

The main difference between traditional ablative laser treatments and Fraxel laser treatment is the type of laser beam sprayed onto the skin. Traditional treatments saturated the skin with a single beam, damaging all skin cells in the treated area of skin. Fraxel machines break that solid beam of light energy up into thousands of tiny beams, so some areas of the treated skin are not exposed to the heat produced by the lasers. This technology is referred to as fractioned laser technology, and it is now used in many other types of machines as well as the Fraxel machine.

Potential Side Effects

There are not many side effects to worry about with Fraxel laser treatment or any of the other types of fractional laser treatments. You can expect to receive treatment in less than an hour, and most patients can comfortably carry on with their daily lives after leaving the office. If you are worried that others may notice swelling or redness after the procedure, you may choose to take the rest of the day off and treat your skin with an ice pack to relieve those minor side effects. Most people do not notice significant swelling or redness, but it is prudent to expect some minor effects.

If you have dark skin, there is a chance you could experience some pigment changes after the procedure. This may also happen if you have a history of pigmentation concerns. You can discuss this possibility with your chosen Fraxel provider, though it is not an issue for most people.

Moving Beyond the Original Fraxel Laser Machine

The most current fractional laser machines offer the most precise results with treatments reaching deeper layers of the dermis.

While the original Fraxel laser machine was a huge improvement over the laser treatments used previously, these modern fractional machines produce even less damage to the epidermis while delivering greater results in just one or two treatments. These machines are not mainstream yet, but you can expect to hear more about them in the near future as consumers catch on to their benefits.

*All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Fraxel is the trademark of the Valeant family of companies. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

Thermage Reviews

Real User Reviews

Thermage is a nonsurgical, non-invasive treatment for ageing skin. It is done by using radiofrequency to tighten loose or sagging skin. The treatment is done in a matter of minutes, depending on the area being treated, with little to no downtime. Thermage can be known as a nonsurgical facelift because it is more frequently done to the face and neck area. However, the treatments can be done all over the body including the arms, tummy, hands, thighs, and buttocks. We’ve created this Thermage Reviews page so that you can share your personal stories.

Unlike procedures such as liposuction, Thermage can be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimples. Treatments are also done, depending on the client’s wants and needs, to diminish wrinkles through toning the affected areas. These results can take a while to appear, but some notice a difference immediately following treatment. Generally, the results will develop over the lapse of two to six months.

For most, results are seen after only a single treatment of Thermage. For the majority of clients, this is the only visit to the office they need. As always, though, everyone reacts to treatment differently, and in certain cases, follow-up treatment is necessary. Perhaps one of the best things about Thermage is that you can return to your normal, everyday life immediately following your treatment. There is no need to set time aside for recovery.

Have you had the Thermage procedure?  If so please contribute to the Thermage reviews sections by sharing with us what your experience with Thermage treatments has been.

Sclerotherapy

Introduction to Sclerotherapy


If you are frustrated by the appearance of varicose or spider veins on your thighs, legs or ankles, you may consider a cosmetic procedure that reduces their appearance. If your veins are causing discomfort that interferes with your daily life, then seeking cosmetic treatment may be essential to your quality of life. Keep reading to learn about one cosmetic treatment that is now offered for both spider veins and varicose veins: sclerotherapy.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Some of the most popular spider and varicose vein treatments are performed from outside the body with lasers. Sclerotherapy uses an internal approach by injecting medication into the veins in question. A trained, experienced medical professional will insert the medication into each vein using a needle. This is completed in your provider’s office with no anesthesia required, and you will notice your veins becoming less prominent in the weeks following treatment.

What actually causes your veins to lighten and disappear? The medication causes the walls inside the veins to expand and then collapse, and that closes the vein so that blood can no longer pass through. Within three weeks, the vein will lighten with the absence of blood. Eventually, the empty veins become scar tissue no longer utilised for blood transportation.

What to Expect

Even though sclerotherapy is a painless cosmetic procedure, you can expect some swelling after treatment. Your provider may recommend you wear compression socks to help relieve the swelling. These sleeves can also help your veins heal from the procedure correctly.

You may also notice that your veins look a bit worse before they start to look better. You may have bruising around the injection points. Temporary skin irritation such as skin with raised red patches is common, and these patches of skin may itch. Small red blood vessels and/or brown lines may also appear around the treated veins, but you can expect those side effects to go away as your veins heal.

If you do not achieve the results you desire the first time around, your provider may recommend that you treat veins multiple times. You can expect these appointments to be at least a month apart, giving your veins time to heal between treatments. Your medical provider will determine whether you need additional treatments and will schedule the appointments at the optimal time for treatment.

In some cases, small amounts of blood can get trapped inside a vein after treatment. Heat and compression can help with this complication, but it is important to see your medical provider so that they have the chance to drain the blood if necessary.

Ultrasound Sclerotherapy

Modern technology is changing the way cosmetic procedures are performed, and this is true for this treatment as well. Trained practitioners can now use ultrasound technology to perform sclerotherapy.

This option is typically used for patients in need of sclerotherapy after having surgery, but it is also an option when the veins giving you problems are located deeper in your body. Ultrasound images ensure that the veins are targeted accurately even when they cannot be seen from the surface of the body.

Alternatives to Sclerotherapy

While sclerotherapy is not offered by the medical professionals at Advanced Dermatology at this time, we do have alternative treatment options which are just as quick, painless and effective. If you suffer from spider veins or mild to moderate varicose veins, you may consider laser vein removal treatments. These treatments are safe and effective, allowing you to get treated quickly inside the doctor’s office and return to your daily life right away.

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Rejuvenation – A Closer Look at Popular Anti-Ageing Procedures


Skin rejuvenation is an umbrella term used to group a variety of cosmetic procedures that resurface, rejuvenate or heal the skin. If you are interested in anti-ageing procedures that will help you retain a youthful, fresh appearance as you get older, you have probably done some research into procedures that fall under this umbrella. You may also be interested in skin rejuvenation or resurfacing if you suffer from rosacea, acne scarring or other skin conditions.

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Facial rejuvenation refers specifically to skin rejuvenation procedures used on facial skin. The most popular procedures now use laser or intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), but chemical peels, facelifts (surgical and non-surgical), microdermabrasion, and a variety of injection treatments are sometimes included under the umbrella as well. Laser and IPL treatments are becoming more popular because they are less invasive and come with fewer risks of damaging your skin.

This guide will help you understand what facial rejuvenation is so that you understand how it may benefit your skin. If you are combatting specific skin conditions that affect your face, you will learn how some of these procedures may improve your condition. If you are interested in non-invasive anti-ageing procedures, you will learn how some of these procedures can help you zap fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots and a variety of other signs of ageing.

This article forms part of a series on Facial Rejuvenation by our medical experts, including: PhotorejuvenationSkin Rejuvenation and IPL Skin Rejuvenation. Learn more by visiting these articles, voicing your opinions in the comment sections below or contacting us on 1300 788 800.

How Facial Rejuvenation Works

The exact procedures used to treat your skin will depend on the specific type of rejuvenation treatment you select. Here is a general breakdown of how the most commonly applied procedures work:

Laser Treatments: Handheld devices spray light of a single wavelength into the skin. The light is converted to heat inside your skin cells, and that heat damages the cells. The body will naturally begin the healing process to restore the damaged skin, producing fresh skin cells. The result is healthier, more youthful skin cells and corrections to problems affecting pre-existing skin cells.

IPL Treatments: Handheld devices spray light of multiple wavelengths into the skin. The light is absorbed by the cells and transferred to heat, and the heat damages the cells. This is similar to how laser treatments work, but IPL treatments use multiple wavelengths or colours of light and can allow for more targeted treatment that affects specific components of the skin.

Chemical Peels: A chemical solution is applied to the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Old skin cells are peeled away, allowing more youthful cells to provide a fresher appearance.

There are a variety of specific treatments that fall under all of these general facial rejuvenation categories. Depending on what results you would like to see from your treatment, a trained professional can help you determine the exact procedure designed for your skin’s needs. IPL and laser treatments are the least invasive treatments available today, and they are used for a long list of skin problems and anti-ageing concerns.

Technically, some may include facelifts and other surgical procedures under the umbrella of facial rejuvenation, but they are not the subject of this article, nor are they the most popular options today. Due to advances in technology, you can now look fresher, younger and more beautiful without having to take all the risks associated with surgery.

What are the Risks of Facial Rejuvenation?

There are obvious advantages to skin rejuvenation, like looking and feeling younger no matter when you were born. Some procedures are more risky than others when it comes to potential damage to your skin, and you can discuss those risks with a trained medical professional experienced in delivering a variety of these treatments.

In general, some procedures may come with one or more of these risks:

  • Skin burns
  • Skin scarring
  • Skin pigment irregularities
  • Changes in skin texture
  • Infection

You can significantly limit your risks of skin damage by using non-invasive, non-ablative IPL treatments and some laser treatments. These treatments are often referred to as optical treatments. More substantial risks of scarring and burning come with chemical peel treatments and surgical procedures.

What Results Can You Expect?

Your results from facial rejuvenation treatments will depend on the exact procedure selected and the techniques employed by your practitioner. For example, IPL treatments are used to combat a wide variety of skin imperfections from fine lines and wrinkles to age spots and sunspots. Laser treatments are also available for a whole host of skin problems.

Here is a quick rundown of some facial rejuvenation treatments you may consider for a variety of specific skin problems. This is not an exhaustive list, but it represents some of the most common treatments available today.

Acne Scarring: Laser resurfacing is a popular option, but IPL is a gentler option. Significant damage is done to the skin with laser resurfacing, but it allows the body to generate fresher skin cells for a healthier skin surface. Microdermabrasion treatments are sometimes used, but they are not as effective as laser or IPL treatments.

Rosacea Treatment: Pulsed-dye laser treatment now delivers the most effective results for rosacea sufferers. Some topical treatments are also available. Your results may vary depending on the type of rosacea you have and the treatment your practitioner decides is most applicable to your skin.

Hair Removal: Laser and IPL treatments are your best options for long-term or permanent hair removal. Hair follicles are infused with light that creates heat to destroy the follicles. The result is damaged follicles that do not produce hair growth.

Stretch Mark Removal: Topical creams and lotions are notoriously ineffective for stretch marks, but there are laser treatments that lighten and reduce scarring so the marks are less visible. The results you see will depend on how fresh your stretch marks are, the type of laser treatment chosen by your practitioner, and how your body responds to the treatment. Supplementation with vitamin A, particularly in the form of tretinoin, can also help.

Vein Treatments: Spider veins and other vein problems can affect your face, legs and many other parts of the body. IPL is the least-invasive treatment option, but some laser treatments are also available. Surgical intervention is more invasive, more painful, and requires a more extensive recovery period.

Hyperpigmentation Spot Removal: From age spots and brown spots to freckles and sunspots, dark spots on the skin are most commonly treated with lasers or IPL. Treatments attack discolouration in the skin in order to lighten the spots, and in some cases your spots may completely disappear. This requires repeat procedures over an extended period of time to gradually decrease the presence of your spots. Your results will vary depending on the extent of your condition and how your body responds to the chosen procedure.

Facial Rejuvenation and Optical Treatments

Notice that virtually any skin problem can be treated with optical therapies. This includes laser treatments as well as light treatments (IPL). If you have put off going in for a facial rejuvenation consultation because you are concerned with potential complications, the reduced risk of using laser or IPL treatments should give you greater confidence. You can discuss your options with a well-trained practitioner without any pressure to go through with treatment.

Now that you have a basic understanding of facial rejuvenation and the procedures available, you can ask questions during your consultation that will help you and your physician determine which procedure will meet your expectations.

IPL is often considered a “lunch time” treatment because the procedures are quick to perform, often do not cause any pain, and typically allow you to go back to your daily life immediately. That means no downtime and very little discomfort during and after the procedure. You can treat a large number of skin problems, moderate to severe, with IPL or laser, so discuss your options with a trained professional. You will be amazed at the opportunities afforded by advanced technology today. Contact us at Advanced Dermatology to learn more.

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Laser Clinics Australia

How to Find the Best Laser Clinics in Australia


You can find laser clinics throughout Australia. However, they are not all equal or interchangeable. Some clinics do not hold their standards high enough when it comes to safety, customer satisfaction and quality of services. You do not want to take any chances of something going wrong with any medical treatment, cosmetic or otherwise, so you need to determine the best laser clinics before you arrive at your appointment for services.

Contact the Clinic

The fastest way to determine the quality of a clinic is to book an appointment and see how you are treated throughout the initial contacts with their staff. Is the person booking the appointment professional and responsive? When you visit for a consultation do you feel comfortable that you are in good hands? Often our instincts can detect red flags indicating poor quality of service; it is just a matter of listening to that inner voice.

Word of Mouth and Firsthand Referral

In some cases, you may not realise that the services or products do not meet quality standards until you have a negative experience. The best way to avoid this is spending time researching the laser clinics in your area of Australia. Look for information on the clinic’s website, and call them up to ask questions if you cannot find all of the information you need online. If you have not been personally referred to the clinic, you may even want to ask to speak to some of their patients to hear firsthand accounts of their experience.

Indicators of Quality for an Australian Laser Clinic

The following are some of the factors you should consider when analysing the quality and trustworthiness of a laser clinic in Australia:

  1. Treatment providers: Some clinics allow assistants, nurses or other staff members to administer injectable treatments like dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections and inexperienced assistants to perform other treatments including laser therapy, skin tightening, facial rejuvenation, and chemical peels. This increases your risk of something going wrong, since those staff members have not been adequately trained. Ensure that the person providing your injectables procedure is a doctor and your other treatments are performed by well trained, clinical expert with specific experience in the treatment he or she is providing.
  2. Equipment: The best clinics invest in state-of-the-art laser technology certified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). These clinics have top-quality equipment and ensure that their physicians are well trained in the most advanced procedures and methods of treatment. Advanced Dermatology works in partnership with one of the world’s leading laser manufacturers Syneron and is thus always up to date with equipment.
  3. Follow-Up: The price of your procedure should include a follow-up consultation. You should be given the opportunity to meet with the physician a week or two after your procedure for a post treatment follow up. This gives you the chance to ask questions, and gives the physician the opportunity to check for problems and correct any that might exist.
  4. Full Disclosure: Physicians should take the time to thoroughly explain procedures and all associated risks to every patient. You should never feel rushed to commit to a procedure, and you should be given satisfactory answers to all of your questions. If it sounds like the physician or other staff members do not fully understand the procedures they offer, you should look for more qualified laser clinics Australia.

Educate Yourself First

While taking the time to consider clinics prior to setting an appointment is important, it is also important to fully understand your treatment options. Your physician should give you information about any cosmetic medical treatment they offer, but you need to show up to the initial consultation with some basic education.

For example, did you know that standard laser hair removal is different from IPL? IPL is often marketed as a more affordable hair removal option, but what many patients do not realise is that this procedure requires more treatment sessions than standard laser hair removal.

When visiting an Australian Laser Clinic, always ask your physician if they use a “true laser.” You should also ask questions regarding the equipment they use, the training they have received in laser hair removal, and how many treatment sessions should be needed to achieve your goals. This information is given after an initial examination during which the physician examines the areas of your body that you want treated.

Laser hair removal should be as safe as possible for all consumers. Advanced Dermatology has lobbied hard for stricter laws to protect consumers, and was the first clinic to comply with the new Health Department Guidelines in Queensland.

At Advanced Dermatology, we are proud of our commitment to providing the highest quality, safest and most effective laser clinic treatments in Australia. We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your needs with our experienced clinicians and proud of a our position as a leading Australian laser clinic.

Body sculpting

Your Guide to: Non-surgical Body Sculpting

Body sculpting is a broad field of cosmetic treatments and procedures geared at helping both men and women achieve a slimmer and more toned and contoured physical appearance. Body sculpting procedures are non-surgical, which means that they offer an array of benefits, and makes them appealing to a greater group of prospective patients.

Because of this, as well as the effectiveness of some of today’s most popular procedures, bodysculpting is quickly growing. In this guide, you will learn more about some of the leading types of bodysculpting, along with other important information you may need.

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Body sculpting vs. Liposuction

Is bodysculpting the same as liposuction? While in some cases, the end results and the goals of the patient are similar, these are very different types of procedures. It is important to understand how they are different, and when each one should be used or avoided.

The first and most important thing to note is that bodysculpting is an entire field of treatments, all of which are non-surgical and minimally invasive or non-invasive. Liposuction, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure. Even the more technologically advanced versions of liposuction that offer shortened recovery times and reduced risk, are still surgical procedures.

This means that body sculpting carries a number of important advantages as compared to liposuction. You do not have to deal with any of the potential risks of complication or side effect due to anaesthesia or any other aspect of the surgery. Procedures are quick and are relatively easy. They do not require much recovery time, if any, and do not require hospital stays. Bodysculpting procedures also cost less than liposuction.

All of these reasons help to explain why bodysculpting is such a popular choice – more affordable, easier, less risky, and yet effective and successful.

It should be noted that most bodysculpting procedures are not designed for individuals who are significantly overweight or obese, or for those who still in the midst of losing a great deal of weight. Bodysculpting treatments are for individuals who are already at a stable weight.

Body sculpting targets specific areas on the body to remove stubborn fatty deposits that have been resistant to proper nutrition and exercise.

Types of Body Sculpting Treatments

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy utilises injections of a wide range of ingredients and compounds directly into subcutaneous fat, designed to target adipose fat cells and produce rupture and cell death.

LipoDissolve (Lipolysis)

Lipolysis utilises localised injections to introduce medications and vitamins into the body which are specifically used to dissolve fatty cellular walls. The destroyed cells are naturally metabolised and excreted from the system.

LipoSonix

LipoSonix uses high-intensity ultrasound energy waves to target fat cells and tissue and destroy them.

CoolSculpting (Cryolipolysis)

CoolSculpting is a procedure in which fatty tissues are targeted by localised cooling which causes cell death to subcutaneous fat without damaging skin or other tissue.

Cellulite Treatments

There is a huge array of procedures that are designed to reduce cellulite. The goal is to produce a smoother and tighter appearance to the skin in specific areas including buttocks, thighs and abdomen.

Though this is just a quick overview of some of the most well known types of bodysculpting, there are many other types of procedures and treatments available. As with any medical procedure, be sure to consult with a medical clinic that you trust to determine the best course of action based upon your own needs, preferences and circumstances.

The good news is that there is a solution for just about everybody today. As you continue your research, be sure to consider the potential cost of treatment, any risks or side effects, the effectiveness and the ultimate end goal of different procedures.

For more information on body sculpting procedures contact Advanced Dermatology Bondi Junction, Sydney at 1300 700 788

 

Liposuction Cost

What does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction has continued to be a widely utilised choice for removing excess fatty tissue, with several hundred thousand individuals undergoing the procedure each year. This includes individuals who have been unable to remove stubborn areas of fat despite exercise and nutrition plans, as well as those who have undergone dramatic weight loss following bariatric surgery and are looking to take a final step.

Before proceeding, it’s important that you understand how much liposuction costs, so you are not caught off guard by any numbers or figures at some point in the future. Use the following information and facts to help prepare.

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The average cost for liposuction in 2013 was around $2,500 nationally. However, this only represents the actual surgeon or physician fee. It does not include the additional costs of facility fees, anaesthesia, or any required aftercare. Therefore, the true cost will be substantially higher than that original figure.

You can also expect the cost of liposuction to vary depending on several factors. First, the geographic region you are in will have an effect on how much you pay. The cost of liposuction won’t be the same in Sydney as it will be in a smaller centre.

Even more important than geographical location is the scope of the procedure being performed, and the size and number of areas on your body which are being targeted.

For instance, one patient may only be undergoing liposuction on the lower abdominal region, while another might be doing both their upper and lower abdomen, their lower back and buttocks, and their inner and outer thighs.

Some areas of the body are more inherently complex. For instance, liposuction on and around the neck and face is small in terms of body area, but more highly complex, and therefore disproportionately expensive in terms of its cost to size.

Given the added costs that aren’t included in surgeon fees, as well as the total scope of work, a more realistic average total cost is likely between $5,000 and $10,000.

Another consideration which affects price is the form of liposuction being performed. Procedures use different types of technology and equipment, and may be more or less complex, and require more or less time in comparison to one another.

Traditional liposuction is known as SAL, or suction-assisted liposuction, but newer variations include ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), including VASER, as well as laser-assisted liposuction (LAL). Your procedure fee will depend on the type of liposuction being performed.

Insurance does not cover the cost of liposuction. This is an elective or cosmetic procedure which insurance does not deem as medically essential. Therefore, it is up to the patient to pay the bill. The good news is that many surgeons and clinics offer a variety of financing options and payment plans to ensure that their procedures are accessible to as many individuals as possible.

Other Considerations About Liposuction

With the financial cost of liposuction in mind, it is also essential that prospective patients have a realistic expectation of outcome. This procedure is not generally for patients who are still undergoing changes in their weight. It should be relatively stable, and you should be reasonably close to your ideal weight. Liposuction will not prevent you from regaining weight in the future if you have less than ideal lifestyle habits including poor nutrition or lack of exercise.

Liposuction is best reserved for individuals who are reasonably healthy, and are looking to rid themselves of specific, localised deposits of excess fatty tissue in order to look and feel their best.

As with any surgical procedure, it is never a good idea to bargain shop or opt for a surgeon based solely on price. Choose a surgeon who comes highly recommended and offers quality, experience and skill, and you will always be happier with the end results.

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