Male Pattern Baldness

A Safe & Effective Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) Hair Restoration is a promising treatment for male pattern baldness, as they can slow down the rate of hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. PRP for male pattern baldness can also be used to stimulate new hair growth after a hair transplant. While male pattern baldness does not cause medical complications, many patients find their self-esteem and mental health affected if they lose their hair early in life. To date, treatments for thinning hair as a result of male pattern baldness have been limited to prescribed oral medication and topical ointment, both of which may result in unwanted side effects.

Male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia is the most common cause of hair thinning and hair loss among men. It can start as early as the late teens or early 20s, but by 50, more than half of men show signs of male pattern baldness. Fortunately, PRP is an effective and safe treatment option for male hair loss.

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness is a gradual loss of hair that can begin with a balding spot on the head, which expands over time. This can coincide with a receding hairline. Treatments for male pattern baldness are most effective when you start noticing hair loss.

It is typified by 

  • Thinning of the hair
  • Receding hairline
  • Balding or hair loss

The appearance and pattern of this type of hair loss is what distinguishes it from other types of balding.

What Causes Male Pattern Baldness?

Male pattern baldness develops as a combination of genetics and sex hormones (androgens). One of the functions of androgens is to regulate hair growth.

Risk Factors For Male Pattern Baldness

Genetics: Men with close relatives with MPB have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves. The risk is higher if the relatives are on the maternal side of the family. 

Stress: One theory suggests that stress can be a trigger because it elevates levels of sex hormones in the body.

Essentially, the development of male pattern baldness is a weakening of the hair growth cycle. At some point, the cycle ends and new hairs stop growing.

Each hair on your head (and body) grows out of a hair follicle. Over time, and as a result of the influence of sex hormones, these follicles can shrink. This causes the hair growing out of them to be finer and shorter. At some point, the follicle stops growing new hairs. Significantly, the fact that the hair follicles stay alive indicates that new hair can be regrown if appropriate treatment is started.

The Stages Of Male Pattern Baldness

Male pattern hair loss follows a typical pattern, which starts with the hairline receding. A bald spot usually starts with the shape of an M and develops into a U-shape of hair, where hair grows on the sides and base of the head.

A circle of thinning hair may also appear on the back of the head. As the surface area of the affected hair follicles increases, the amount of hair growth decreases, leaving a characteristic horseshoe pattern of hair.

Stage 1: There is little to no hair loss or hairline recession

Stage 2: Slight hair loss is visible in the areas between the ears and the temples

Stage 3: Deep recession of the hairline occurs around the templates. The hairline may have the appearance of an M or U shape.

Male Pattern Baldness Treatments

There are several approved treatment options for male pattern hair loss, but you are encouraged to weigh the potential side effects up against the benefits.

Surgical Hair Transplant

Hair transplants are surgically invasive procedures that are associated with a high degree of risk. Hair transplant surgery is expensive and you might need multiple treatments for success. There is also the risk of infection and scarring associated with hair transplantation.

Finasteride / Propecia / Proscar

  • How is it administered? Pill form
  • Time to results: 3 – 12 months

Finasteride is an oral medicine that can slow down the rate of hair loss in 80 to 90% of men. It does this by inhibiting the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness.

According to the research, as a hair loss treatment, Finasteride has a higher success rate than Minoxidil but has more side effects and potential for complications. For some men, the side effects may outweigh the potential benefits.

Potential side effects include

  • Depression
  • Itching
  • Hives and rashes
  • Breast growth and tenderness
  • Swelling of the face and lips
  • Difficulty getting an erection

Minoxidil

  • How is it administered? A topical ointment available without a prescription
  • Time to see results: 6 to 12 months

In clinical trials, Minoxidil has been found to strengthen hair growth and existing hairs, as well as reduce hair loss in some men. Sources indicate it is unlikely to encourage complete hair regrowth. You have to keep using it to see results. Even though topical Minoxidil is available without a prescription, it is advisable to discuss its suitability and potential side effects with your doctor before beginning treatment.

Potential side effects include

  • Scalp irritation is the primary side effect however newer formulations appear to have improved this for some men
  • Increased (undesired) growth of hair on other parts of the body

PRP Treatment For Male Pattern Baldness

  • How is it administered? By injection
  • Time to see results: results are visible in 2 months but more noticeable 5 to 8 months later as the hair growth cycle is approximately 90 days.

Made popular because of their ability to promote wound healing, regular PRP Hair Restoration is also an effective treatment for male pattern baldness. PRP Hair Restoration, or growth factor injections, have made waves in cardiac, plastic, and orthopaedic surgery due to their potential for decreased infection, fast healing, skin rejuvenation, and decreased risk of keloids and scars. 

This male pattern baldness treatment can be used by itself or even just before a hair transplant. Unlike other forms of male pattern baldness treatment, PRP injections have few side effects.

How Does PRP Work?

A small amount of blood is extracted and spun centrifugally to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Afterward, the plasma is injected into your scalp. It is a quick and efficient procedure that can be done in as little as 10 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Because your cells are being used, the risk of an allergic or adverse reaction is very low.

How frequently do you need treatments with PRP to treat male pattern baldness?

  • During the first three months, you can expect to have one treatment per month
  • Thereafter you will likely return every three to six months for follow-up treatment.

The benefits of PRP as a treatment for male pattern baldness

  • Affordability
  • Simplicity
  • Effectiveness / proven to produce results 

Would you like to explore male pattern baldness treatments like PRP injections? The next step would be to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our clinical specialists to assess the extent of your hair loss so a treatment plan can be drawn up. We look forward to assisting you.

Morpheus8

Resurface and Tighten Your Skin With Morpheus8, Infini and Voluderm

Morpheus8 is a micro-needling and radiofrequency treatment (very much similar to the medically-cleared options available at Advanced Dermatology including Infini and Lumenis’s Voluderm) that offers the benefits of a facelift, without surgery and recovery time. It’s an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive procedure that tightens and smoothes the skin, addressing textural irregularities and hyperpigmentation. It has received a lot of online publicity and influencer endorsement because of its ability to recontour and lift the face, combining the benefits of two technologies, into one highly effective skin treatment.

How Does Morpheus8 Work?

As we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, and skin thickness decreases. Collagen is what gives the body its strength and structure; its role is to hold tissues together. It is also the most abundant protein, accounting for one-third of the body’s total amount of protein and three-quarters of the skin’s dry weight. As we get older, the collagen fibres get weaker, contributing to the signs of ageing. Some dermal fillers contain collagen, which is injected to restore volume loss and plump up fine lines and wrinkles.

As its name indicates, elastin is what gives your skin the ability to stretch. It is also a type of protein that allows tissues to stretch and then recoil. It is found in your skin’s dermis layer where it is the main component of connective elastic tissue.

Collagen and elastin contribute to youthful skin and when the two proteins are in decline, it results in skin laxity. 

In a Morpheus8 Treatment radiofrequency energy emits low-frequency electromagnetic waves that generate an electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field causes thermal heating in the skin’s dermal layer, breaking down the collagen. This process stimulates the production of collagen and elastin as it promotes skin healing. 

What Are The Aesthetic Benefits of Radiofrequency Microneedling?

Radiofrequency energy can be adjusted for the specific tissues you want to target. The microneedles ensure deeper penetration of thermal heat. By causing micro-injuries, blood vessels are stimulated, and the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin is stimulated, building a stronger and thicker dermis. 

Is Morpheus8 Safe?

Morpheus8 is a safe treatment because it targets energy into the dermis without the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from epidermal injury.

Morpheus8 Treatment Areas

Morpheus8 is suitable for use on the face, neck, arms, and abdomen. The treatment can be applied anywhere you need subdermal renewal, such as

  • The upper and lower eyelids, as well as under the eye area
  • The skin around the mouth
  • The nasal labial folds
  • Wrinkles on the neck and cheeks
  • Sagging jowls

Radiofrequency Microneedling As An Acne Treatment

This RF micro-needling treatment can also be used in the treatment of cystic acne, and to improve the appearance of acne scars. You will find most doctors globally agree that fractional RF micro-needling treatments are the most effective treatment for acne scarring.

Pigmentation Treatment

Sun damage and pigmentation can be corrected, and the procedure can be used on all skin types and tones. Radiofrequency micro-needling treatments are not associated with post-inflammatory pigmentation. This is what makes Morpheus8 stand out against laser treatments for pigmentation.

Morpheus8 Before and After | What To Expect From The Procedure

How To Prepare For Your RF Microneedling Treatment

It’s always best to consult with a specialist clinican before your treatment, so you can get advice specific to your needs. In general, it is advisable to avoid skin irritants, retinoids, and exfoliating acids prior to your Morpheus8 treatment. You should also avoid microdermabrasion and peels for two weeks before and after Morpheus8.

What Happens In A Treatment Session?

Treatment sessions are typically 30 to 90 minutes long, depending on the area you would like to target. The clinician will cleanse your skin gently before applying a topical numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable. A handpiece is used to inject radiofrequency energy through the microlesions made by the microneedles. The handpiece is used gently, like a stamp.

RF energy can be infected at different depths depending on your skin concern. A specialist physician will adjust the depth of the needles’ penetration, to meet your treatment goals.

What To Expect After The Treatment: 

You may experience some swelling and redness for three to four days after the treatment but this will self-resolve as your skin heals. After your treatment, you’ll need to keep your skin well moisturised and stay out of the sun for the first week. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum SPF during the day. Avoid make-up, exfoliation, and using perfume on the treated areas for a week while your skin heals.

When Can You Expect To See Results?

Results are usually visible within one week and continue to improve over a six-week period. The results of a treatment program can last up to 12 months. One to four sessions are recommended for optimal results, usually spaced a month apart. It’s best to see how your skin responds to treatment after your first session and discuss your treatment goals with your clinician.

The Benefits Of Morpheus8

  • It can be used to address most skin concerns: from ageing, to acne scars, pigmentation to skin laxity
  • It is non-invasive, FDA-approved, and safe for all skin types
  • It offers the benefits of a facelift without the trauma and downtime associated with a surgical procedure
  • It is ideal for clients who do not want dermal fillers
  • It can be used on the face and body

Is Radiofrequency Microneedling The Right Treatment For You?

Radiofrequency microneedling treatments like Morpheus8, Infini and Voluderm are best for patients who are generally healthy and do not have any serious underlying medical conditions. A typical client is a man or a woman who has concerns about the signs of ageing (wrinkles, fine lines, and creases), skin laxity, acne scarring, or acne that doesn’t respond to treatment, sun damage or hyperpigmentation. This treatment is best for non-smokers. It is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

It is advisable to discuss your skin concerns and goals with a suitably qualified physician who can evaluate your risk factors and determine the best course of treatment.

To find out how radiofrequency microneedling could address your skin concern, it’s best to speak to one of our specialist clinicians. We have several medically cleared devices similar to Morpheus8 including the Lumenis and Infini so contact us to book your free consultation at one of our clinics in Sydney, Bondi, Gold Coast or Brisbane.

Hair Loss Treatments for Men

What’s the best hair loss treatment for men?

Patterned hair loss is a chronic, progressive condition that affects men and women, but it is more prevalent in males. While FDA-approved medications such as minoxidil and finasteride are commonly prescribed as first-line hair loss treatments for men, their effectiveness is variable, and they may cause unwanted side effects. Our specially trained medical professionals offer one of the best hair loss treatments for men: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Clinically researched and minimally invasive, PRP is an effective and efficient hair loss treatment for men that is administered at any of our medical clinics in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

PRP treatments utilise your blood cells to accelerate healing, making it a safer treatment option than many other hair growth products for men. In this article, we explain what causes hair loss and how PRP can be used to stimulate the growth of stronger hair follicles.

Understanding Hair Loss

The hair growth cycle follows phases of growth, rest, and renewal, and most people lose an average of 100 hairs a day. When you have enough new hair growth, this loss is not noticeable. However, when you don’t have enough new hair to replace it, bald patches and visible thinning can occur. 

How Common Is Hair Loss?

Hair loss is more common in men than women, affecting one in five Caucasian men in their 20s, one in three men in their 30s, and almost half of men in their 40s. Whilst its a common condition, it can be a difficult to navigate the many options for hair loss treatments for men.

Causes Of Hair Loss

Patterned hair loss is the most common cause of balding in men and women, and it is caused by the interplay of hormonal and genetic factors. Patterned hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, is a progressive thinning of your hair that follows a predictable pattern. Usually the hair at the temples and hairline start receding first, followed by the hair on the crown. If it is left untreated, the remaining hair forms a horseshoe shape around the back of the head.

In a typical hair-growth cycle, your hair remains in a growth phase for two to six years before it falls out and is replaced by new hair. With male pattern baldness, the hairs have a shorter growth phase (of weeks or months instead of years) before they fall out, resulting in bald patches and thinning. Male pattern baldness also causes hair follicles to shrink.

Hair loss can be caused by other factors such as:

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Radiation therapy
  • Infection
  • Emotional distress

It is advisable to consult with a medical specialist so you can understand the cause of your hair loss, before deciding on a treatment plan. 

Hair Loss Treatments for Men

There is no miracle cure for patterned hair loss, and the approved treatments focus on slowing down balding and reversing its effects. Hair loss treatments for men are most effective in the early stages of thinning, when hair loss is still mild.

Safe & effective hair loss treatment for men: Plasma Hair Restoration

PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) is a safe and effective hair loss treatment for men that uses plasma (the liquid part of your blood) to stimulate new hair growth naturally. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting and are rich in growth factors that initiate cell reproduction and tissue regeneration and healing in damaged hair follicles. 

Clinical studies have shown an increase in blood vessels and circulation, as well as thicker follicles in patients treated with PRP. Ultimately PRP increases blood supply to the hair follicles, increasing the thickness and strength of the hair shaft. Furthermore, no side effects have been reported, and there is no downtime or recovery period after treatment. 

What to expect from a PRP for Hair Loss procedure:

Plasma Hair Restoration (PRP) is a three-step process where a vial of your blood is drawn, processed, activated and injected. 

After it has been drawn, your blood is placed in a centrifuge, where spinning separates it into three layers:

  • Platelet-poor plasma
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Red blood cells

The platelet-rich plasma is collected in a syringe and injected into the parts of your scalp you want to treat. 

What results can you expect?

Each client follows a customised treatment plan that factors in how advanced your hair loss is.  While some clients notice immediate results, the standard treatment time is approximately three months. Booster treatments can be given every three to four months if desired.

The first step should always be a consultation to discuss the treatment with our hair loss specialists, book in for a free consultation at any of clinics in Sydney, Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

Other popular hair loss treatments for men include:

Surgical hair transplants

Hair transplant surgery is a more invasive option for hair loss treatments for men. It usually involves transplanting hairs from thicker to thinner parts of the scalp. Sometimes skin patches are transplanted and bald patches are removed. The procedure can take four to eight hours and you can expect to see results six to nine months later. In some clients, it can take up to 12 months to see results. Recovery can take 10 to 14 days, depending on the procedure you have done, and you must follow your surgeon’s post-surgical care instructions.

Low-level laser light therapy for hair loss

Low-level laser therapy (also called red light and cold laser therapy) has also been used to stimulate hair growth, with limited results. It is believed to improve circulation and stimulate the growth of hair follicles.

Laser therapy for hair loss is a time-consuming process, requiring a few sessions a week over the course of a few months. Current research indicates it is more effective in the early stages of hair loss. It is contra-indicated with some medications. 

Oral and topical medications for male pattern baldness

There are two medications approved for the treatment of patterned hair loss: 

  • Minoxidil: a topical treatment
  • Finasteride: an oral prescription medication

Minoxidil can slow down the rate of hair loss, however, the results are not the same for everyone and some clients develop scalp irritation. Minoxidil only works for as long as you use it and needs to be applied twice a day. It can take six to 12 months to see results.

Finasteride has been found to slow down hair loss in 80 to 90% of men who take it. It can be used in conjunction with Minoxidil and clients usually see results in about six months. Prescription medications carry side unwanted side effects and, just like Minoxidil, Finasteride doesn’t work when you stop taking it.

The Benefits Of PRP Over Other Hair Loss Products For Men

These are some of the reasons we recommend platelet-rich plasma for hair loss to Advanced Dermatology clients:

  • The procedure is quick and easy to administer
  • There is no downtime or recovery period
  • Platelet-rich plasma is minimally-invasive
  • There are no reported side effects
  • PRP is a natural way to stimulate hair growth
  • It is clinically proven and safe

While there are a lot of hair growth products for men on the market, many of them are not clinically tested or proven to address balding and hair loss. Please contact us for a free consultation to assess the best hair loss treatment for your needs or book in for a free consultation at one of our 4 locations.

Embrace Body Toning

Treatment in Focus: Embrace Body Toning

You are beautiful just the way you are. That’s right and will always be right. Every figure is gorgeous, and there’s no doubt about that. But that might be difficult to believe when you live as your worst critic. And with the endless portrayal of an “ideal” figure on social media platforms and the pressure to have a banging summer body, the heat is really turned up.

The problem is that this pressure doesn’t automatically translate into a well-toned body. Your desire for a sculpted body doesn’t bring you any closer to having an athletic physique. If you want an athletic body, you will have to hit the tracks like an athlete. Easy, right? Now all you have to do is run a few laps daily, and you’ll have the banging body you desire. Wrong! Sadly, even with physical activity and a healthy diet, you can hit a roadblock and feel stuck. It feels like nothing is changing on the outside, and your body is simply being a rebel. Other times, you may find that you tone every muscle in your body except the ones you badly want to tone. 

If you’ve been exercising but have a trouble area that just won’t be toned — lower belly, thighs, arms, or buttocks, wherever it is — Embrace Body Toning is good news for you.

Embrace Body Toning takes your trouble spots from flabby to defined. This article gives you an insight into the procedure and answers frequently asked questions about Embrace.

What Is Embrace Body Toning?

Embrace Body Toning is a non-invasive body sculpting procedure that helps burn fat and build muscle. The treatment was launched in 2022 and has since grown in popularity across the world and has now finally available in Australia. It is especially popular for its effectiveness in building muscles in stubborn body areas like the belly, thighs, and buttocks.

How Does Embrace Body Toning Work?

Embrace Body Toning uses high-intensity electromagnetic technology. During treatment, energy is focused on the target muscle, triggering rapid muscle contractions. This is similar to what happens when you do crunches, sit-ups, or hold a plank, but on an entirely different level. Embrace Body Toning treatments deliver about 25,000 involuntary contractions in a 30-minute treatment session—a number that is unattainable if you were at the gym. These supramaximal contractions burn fat and build muscle mass.

Your Questions Answered

Are there other body toning options available?

Yes, body toning has become the next big craze in aesthetic medicine. Other body toning treatments available on the market include Telsaformer, Embody, TruSculpt, and StimSure. However, despite other body toning options, Embrace remains in a league of its own available to only medical clinics who meet a strict criteria to ensure best possible care to deliver real results.

Is Embrace Body Toning safe?

Embrace Body Toning uses a FDA-approved technology and has no adverse side effects attributed to it. So, it is safe and suitable for you unless your clinicians determines otherwise during your initial consultation.

Is Embrace Body Toning painful?

No, the Embrace procedure is not in any way painful. The feeling may be strange at the onset, causing some discomfort. However, over time, your body quickly adjusts to the vibrations. More-so, the treatment is done with the client lying, aiding relaxation.

Does Embrace treatment really work? 

Yes, it does. Clients report visible improvements in their physiques post-treatment. Many have also found that Embrace Body Toning treatments targeted at the abs improve their posture and relieve lower back pain. Even gym enthusiasts report an improvement in their fitness capacity, as they can now hold a plank for longer and enjoy better mind-muscle connections.

How much recovery time do I need after Embrace treatment?

None. There is no downtime with Embrace Body Toning. So you can resume your routine activities as soon as your treatment session is over.

Will I be sore after the Embrace Body Toning treatment?

No. The targeted muscles are usually sore after an intense workout at the gym due to the strain and damage caused to the muscle fibres during the treatment. You may also experience delayed muscle soreness due to muscle tissue damage and the release of lactic acid for days after your workout. This is not true for Embrace Body Toning treatments. The only discomfort you may experience is a slight tenderness in the treated area. So, really, you gain more for less pain.

How do I get the best results with Embrace Body Toning?

It is recommended that you have four to six Embrace treatment sessions within two weeks. Also, make sure that you:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a healthy diet and
  • Be physically active.

How soon do I see the results?

Best results are usually seen after four to six treatments within a two-week window. However, many people report an immediate improvement after the first session. Some clients benefit from additional treatments. This would be discussed and determined during your initial consultation.

What results can I expect?

Embrace Body Toning results vary from person to person depending on age, health condition, body mass index, and genetics. However, you can expect a visible increase in muscle mass four weeks post-treatment.

How long does each session take?

Treatment time may vary depending on the treatment area. But, an Embrace Body Toning session usually takes about 30 minutes.

How is Embrace Body Toning different from going to the gym?

Embrace uses high-intensity electromagnetic waves to cause involuntary supracontractions in the target muscle. These contractions cannot be achieved in the gym, regardless of how much of a fitness enthusiast you are. Even if you’re a gym enthusiast, you can only contract about 55% of your muscle fibers (myofibrils). Embrace Body Toning helps you contract all the muscle fibers at the target area 100% during the treatment. As such, the results differ, with Embrace attaining more.

Are the results permanent?

With a healthy and physically active lifestyle, you can sustain the results permanently. However, the best practice is to have a follow-up Embrace treatment periodically (every three to six months) allowing you to have that perfect ‘summer bod’ all year round. This and more would be discussed during your initial consultation.

Is Embrace Body Toning right for me?

If you’re at your ideal weight but looking to gain more muscle mass, Embrace Body Toning is perfect for you. Embrace is also great for you if you’re undergoing any of our other body sculpting treatments including Medical Cryolipolisis or the Ultra-V treatment, where as these treatments are indicated for fat reduction, Embrace Body Toning can help with toning and muscle definition, further defining the area and shaping.

Conclusion

Embrace Body Toning is an easy, perhaps even fun, way to have your banging summer body ready in no time. And the best part is you can head right to the beach after your session. After all, there’s no downtime, and you have absolutely nothing to recover from.

StimSure

Tone and Define Your Physique With StimSure

While fat reduction and weight loss products have traditionally dominated the body shaping space, treatments like StimSure are pioneering a new approach to body positivity. StimSure is a non-invasive body contouring device that works on the principle of electromagnetic muscle stimulation to strengthen, define, and tone your muscles. 

StimSure body contouring treatments can accelerate achieving your body-shaping goals. They are the ideal complement to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Each electromagnetic pulse causes ‘maximal tetanic contractions’ in the targeted muscle group, which happens when you’re doing strength training exercises. This results in micro trauma to your muscles, stimulating muscle growth and tissue tightening without putting your joints and tendons under the same pressure. 

Electromagnetic muscle stimulators like StimSure can be used to strengthen and tone most major muscle groups like your triceps, biceps, calves, thighs, gluteal muscles, and abdominal muscles. It’s also possible to develop two muscle groups on one day but it’s advisable to give those muscles at least three days of recovery before you target the same areas again.

How Does StimSure Work?

Electromagnetic muscle stimulation is used by professional athletes and world-class performers to improve their strength and performance. It is safe for use during recovery from injuries, as it prevents muscle atrophy, which shortens your recovery time. It also boosts blood flow and circulation and may improve joint swelling and oedema.

The StimSure device generates an electromagnetic field that activates your muscle’s motor neuron cells, resulting in continuous contractions. Maximal tetanic contractions ensure more efficient growth of your muscle fibres. They cause up to 24 000 muscular contractions in a 30-minute treatment session and achieve results that can’t be seen with exercise alone.

The Benefits Of Body Contouring With StimSure

  • Electromagnetic muscle stimulation is a non-invasive, comfortable procedure that requires no downtime. 
  • Unlike voluntary exercise, you won’t need to stop a take a break; StimSure generates constant muscle contractions for the duration of your treatment.
  • StimSure can be used to tone, strengthen and sculpt your arms (biceps and triceps), thighs, glutes and abs safely.
  • StimSure can develop two different muscle groups in one treatment session, developing the size, strength and volume of your muscles.
  • You can use StimSure to tone and strengthen if you are recovering from injury.

What To Expect During Your StimSure Treatment

The StimSure device is approved for use over light clothing. Each treatment session lasts for approximately 30 minutes. You can expect to feel frequent muscular contractions or light spasms in the area your treatment is targeting.

During the first cycle of StimSure treatment, you can expect to feel intense muscle contractions in your targeted area. The second cycle is a more relaxing experience, which feels like tapping on your targeted muscle groups.

It’s best to consult a specialist clinician who can develop a customised treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Most clients have six to eight sessions, over a three to four-week period. Many clients see a difference in the tone of their muscles after the first treatment. Ideally, you should consider two treatments per week. Your treatment plan should also include a maintenance plan, particularly if you’re not exercising regularly.

Final Thoughts

Body sculpting and toning treatments like StimSure should not be used as substitutes for regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle. If you are already physically active, close to your ideal weight, and would like to define and strengthen your muscles, you could benefit from body contouring devices like StimSure. 

To find out how body contouring and shaping devices like StimSure can help you define, tone and strengthen your physique, it’s best to speak to one of our specialist physicians about the treatment that will help you achieve your goals. Please contact us on 1300 788 800 or book in for a free consultation at our Sydney, Brisbane or Gold Coast clinic.

This article forms part of a series on Body Toning treatments by our medical experts, including: EmsculptTeslaFormer, CoolTone and Embrace Body Toning. Learn more by visiting these article, voicing your opinions in the comment sections below or contacting us on directly.

TheraClear Acne Treatment

TheraClear Acne Treatment Review

Stubborn acne and embarrassing bumps, marks and scars can be a hassle to treat and seemingly impossible to get rid of. While there is no one-step fix to acne, there are reliable treatments that offer results.

TheraClear Acne Treatment is a multi-step treatment that provides lasting results. It is an acne treatment device that works with your skin by addressing multiple causes of acne in a single treatment.

Adult acne is a real issue and really difficult to treat, as it is usually a result of underlying excess sebum and environmental factors. Everyone deserves clear, beautiful looking skin and everyone should be able to achieve it with a little help and the right skin care regime.

How does it work?

The TheraClear Acne Treatment has two components that work together to clean and clear the skin: the vacuum and the broadband light. The vacuum deep cleans the pores by extracting sebum that is trapped in your pores. The broadband light works to reduce sebum production, reduce redness, even skin tone and clear acne.

What does the TheraClear Acne System treat?

The TheraClear Acne System treats cystic acne and inflammatory acne. It helps treat and prevent future sebum from producing. It can also help treat inflammation, redness and hyperpigmentation.

What is sebum, exactly?

Sebum is an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. It is usually what keeps our skin from drying out but an excess of sebum is what causes acne issues such as cysts. The most common problems when it comes to excess sebum, besides typical acne, is keratosis pilaris which are tiny, hard bumps on the skin. All in all, it is the root of the main issues we seek to clear from our skin!

How does TheraClear Acne System differ?

The TheraClear Acne System differs from other acne treatment systems because where the others may clean the sebum, TheraClear Acne System thoroughly cleans but also destroys the Acne bacteria.

What Do I Do?

The team at TheraClear Acne System recommend about 5 treatments for optimum results. The first couple of treatments prep the skin and begin to clean while the following treatments relieve the skin from any cysts, bumps and excess sebum, leaving the skin smooth and clear.

While using this treatment, you can also continue other acne treatments such as your skincare or oil you may use. You can also speak to someone from Advanced Dermatology about a skincare routine that suits you best!

Final Thoughts

Adult acne is the result of many factors, but is most likely caused by something that TheraClear Acne System can be the solution for. Remember to clean your face daily, but not too often as that can dry out the skin, be too abrasive and cause your skin to produce excess oil in order to combat the constant cleansing. Remove makeup at the end of the day and wash your face after being exposed to air pollutions as the air carries lots of dirt that can get trapped in your pores. Do not touch your face frequently as the oils and dirt from your hands can clog your pores as well. Continue using these tips on a daily basis while using the TheraClear Acne treatment and after the treatment has cleared your skin issues.

MACS Facelift

How a MACS Facelift Can Help You Achieve Your Beauty Goals

For starters, MACS is an acronym for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension Lift. This is a mini facelift performed with a small incision. It lifts sagging skin using a less invasive technique than traditional facelifts.

Advantages of a MACS Facelift

Less Invasive Procedure

A traditional facelift requires hospital stay, general anesthesia, and more incisions. A MACS facelift can be performed as an outpatient procedure in many practices. Sedation can usually be done intravenously or using a local anesthetic. Vertical lifting is used to correct muscle issues that are causing sagging skin.

Shorter Recovery Time

Though there may be swelling and bruising after a MACS lift, these symptoms subside much faster than with a traditional facelift, which requires surgery and complete anesthesia. Patients of a MACS facelift can expect a full recovery within 1-2 weeks of the procedure.

Natural-Looking Results

Many patients who have received traditional facelifts may look as if their skin has been pulled back too tight. Though patients who receive a MACS lift will look younger, these results will look far more natural.

Savings

A regular facelift may require more anesthesia and possibly even a hospital stay—or a longer surgical period at the very least. Because a MACS lift requires less time overall, the costs will be significantly reduced.

Safety

Any surgery comes with its set of risks, even if the patient is in excellent health and in the most capable hands. A MACS lift is safer than the traditional facelift and carries less complications, which results in a safer procedure.

Less Scarring

Because a MACS lift requires less incisions, patients will have a lot less scarring than they would with a traditional facelift. This allows for more enjoyment of the end results and less chance of an infection post treatment.

Proven Results

Surgeons who administer the MACS lift undergo rigorous medical training. Data show that in some people, the results of this lift can last for years. It’s always a good idea to ask your skin specialist for before and after photos before going ahead with the treatment.

Cons of a MACS Facelift

Not Everyone is a Candidate

Those with excessive skin in the neck/chin area may not be ideal candidates for MACS lift because it would require a surgeon to remove more skin after the muscles of the face are lifted. Those who have excessive skin may benefit more from undergoing a traditional facelift.

Buyer Beware

We always recommend doing research prior to deciding which practicioner to choose. It’s important to find a surgon who is qualified to administer the MACS facelift. You can check Australian Soceity of Plastic Surgeons to read up on all the guidelines and hints when looking for a plastic surgeon.

A good plastic surgeon will not just do what they can to help customers look beautiful, but will also do so with the patient’s interests and health in mind. If someone says something that sounds too good to be true, it would be best to get a second opinion.

The Final Word

A MACS facelift is revolutionary in that it allows customers to get a facelift that is less invasive and painful than a traditional facelift. There are less risks and costs associated with this particular type of facelift and the techniques employed are constantly improved upon. Most people can expect a fairly quick recovery and less scarring. However, prospective patients of this procedure should ensure they employ a qualified plastic surgeon and beware of clinics that are too cheap or sound too good to be true. Unfortunately not everyone is a candidate for a MACS facelift, but those who are can expect results that last for some time.

LightStim

Debriefing LightStim: The Truth Unveiled

Five out of ten people are likely to have heard about LightStim and its alleged properties. This should come as no surprise though, ever since the interest for maintaining a youthful appearance became a multi-million business, thousands of products have been launched to the market, attracting more and more customers each year.

To say that the world of cosmetics has developed substantially in the last decades is truly an understatement. From the purely natural remedies to the creation of the latest technologies, the cosmetic business has not ceased to surprise its followers.

Until lately, the fight against ageing consisted in applying a few topical treatments here and there which consisted mostly in the use of creams or serums. However, with the appearance of more sophisticated technical discoveries, novel treatments have been developed alongside science.

LightStim: The Science behind the Product

Light-Emitting-Diodes (A.K.A LEDs) can be found everywhere – from billboards to flashlights- this type of illumination technology has invaded all walks of life. Even when it was initially developed as a lighting alternative, the technology behind LEDs was later found out to be useful for more than just producing light.

For about four decades, LED devices have been used in the medical world to treat several skin conditions, mostly scarring caused by accidents, burning or acne. Wound healing was found to be significantly sped by the use of this light.

It was not until the last decade however, that the same technology began to be used for skin rejuvenation treatments, but only within cosmetic or medical facilities, such as clinics or spas. Moreover, despite its widespread use, little was actually known about how these treatments improved skin appearance.

A recent German study however, has revealed how this is possible. The key seems to lie in the production of elastin –the human protein involved in skin elasticity. With the passing of time, the water surrounding the layers of elastin in the human skin tends to deplete, thus leaving the elastin fibers prone to breakage, which in turn, contributes to the creation of wrinkles.

This group of German researchers set themselves out to prove that by using high-intensity visible light, such as the one obtained in LEDs, the molecular structure could be modified so as to cause the water layer to produce further elastin liberation.

LightStim: From the Spa to the Comfort of your Home

Once LED therapy became popular in the field of cosmetics, the ultimate challenge lay in making this treatment available to more people by creating a handheld device that would administer this type of LED treatment. And this is how LightStim was born.

By emitting UV-free rays that convert sunlight into cell-binding blocks, LightStim gives users the chance to improve their skin at home.

Besides portability, the developers of LightStim claim the product to provide a wide range of benefits. To begin with, skin tone and texture appears to be greatly improved, consequently making pores, acne scars and wrinkles less visible.

Additionally, LightStim can be used in different body parts, such as neck, face, chest, hands, legs and arms and is said to be particularly useful to treat those “tough spots” like the periorbital area (A.K.A Crow’s feet).

On the Other Hand…

So far so good; nonetheless, experience of hundreds of reviewers reveal that LightStim may provide only a limited treatment as far as skin rejuvenation is concerned. For one thing, even when LED therapy has been proved to improve overall appearance, the treatment may take as much as nine or ten weeks. This is for top-notch equipment in medical centers. Consequently, getting the same results from a much smaller, less powerful device is both technically and scientifically unsound. Finally, LightStim will neither increase the production of collagen, improve overall skin moisture, nor magically erase all wrinkles overnight.

 

Endovenous Laser Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT) is used to treat varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins. They can be mostly a cosmetic concern for most people, but can also cause other issues. They may also be indicative of circulatory problems. Varicose can cause pain and poor circulation in some people and dealing with this problem requires treatment from a qualified physician.

Overview

Endovenous Laser Treatment is used to treat varicose veins and more serious issues as well. It’s a procedure that is minimally invasive and performed by a skin specialist, phlebologist or interventional radiologist.

An optical fibre is placed in the vein that will be treated. Ultrasounds are used to help the physician map the veins. A small puncture is made, usually near the knee. A laser is then used to light the vein’s interior so that it contracts. During Endovenous Laser Treatment, a catheter is placed into either the great saphenous vein or the small saphenous vein after a small incision. The catheter is guided using an ultrasound.

Anaesthesia is inserted into the vein also using an ultrasound. Local anaesthesia is also used in the part of the leg in which the physician will work. No other form of sedation is necessary for ELT. While the fibre or catheter is removed, the laser is activated and this results in the destruction of the vein. This causes blood to automatically flow to healthier veins because unhealthy veins have been closed. Blood flow and appearance are improved, usually with visible results.

Endovenous Laser Treatment usually lasts 1-2 hours and patients are able to walk on their own. Physicians may give patients a stocking or may bandage the leg. The stocking may have to be worn for three weeks after ELT is performed. Rigorous workouts and activities should be avoided for a few days per physician instructions.

Advantages

The laser technology used in Endovenous Laser Treatment is precise and when the procedure is done by a qualified physician, the laser will not harm other tissue.
Lasers have been consistently proven safe for various types of surgeries and are less risky.
Patients can walk right after the procedure and perform everyday tasks.
Some practitioners are starting to use jacketed fibre during the procedure. This stops contact between the fibre and the vein’s wall and helps greatly diminish any pain or bruising associated with Endovenous Laser Treatment.
Minimal or no scarring.
No hospitalisation or general anaesthesia is required.
A much safer alternative to traditional ligation and stripping surgery and radio frequency electrosurgery.

Disadvantages

In some patients, Endovenous Laser Treatment causes soreness, bruising or swelling around the area that received treatment. This is typically dealt with using over the counter pain medicine, as long as it’s of non-aspirin origin.
More serious complications can include skin burns or the formation of a blood clot in the vein. This is a very rare occurrence.
Some patients report a feeling of “pulling” after the procedure, though this is simply a confirmation that unhealthy veins have been closed.

Aftercare

Patients must then incorporate lifestyle changes to ensure the healthier veins remain this way. Patients may have to lift up their legs on a daily basis and use compression garments so that veins are relieved from pressure. An ultrasound is performed to evaluate how Endovenous Laser Treatment is working and see if other procedures may be necessary to continue treating varicose veins, such as phlebectomy or scelotherapy of other veins.

Though ELT has been proven safe, patients who seek Endovenous Laser Treatment should contact a qualified physician to achieve desired results. .

Liquid Paraffin

Liquid Paraffin: An Overview

Liquid paraffin is used in cosmetics and skin care products to lock moisture into the skin. It forms a barrier and as such, is known as a skin lubricant or emollient. For this reason, it is popular in products meant to moisturise, soothe, and improve the texture of skin — especially in products meant to treat dry skin conditions.

Uses

Liquid paraffin can be found in anti-itching products, specifically those targeting people with eczema, dry/flaky skin, skin inflammations such as dermatitis, some psoriasis products, ichthyosis (a condition in which skin becomes abnormally scaly or dry), and pruritus — drying and itching as a result of ageing skin.

Some eye protection products also use liquid paraffin to protect the skin for conditions such as:

  • Decreased sensitivity of the cornea (a reduction in the cornea’s ability to respond to stimuli).
  • Soreness in the eye due to injuries caused by fingernail scratching or corneal disorders.
  • Eye surgeries that require more ointment on the eye.
  • Decreased tear production caused by keratitis sicca (inflammation of the membrane that covers the eye).
  • Inflammation of the cornea (keratitis exposure).

Doctors may also prescribe liquid paraffin-containing products for medical conditions not listed above. Patients who use liquid paraffin must follow all directions given by their physician regarding this medication. Unless told otherwise by a qualified physician, it must be used at the same time each day. Dosage depends on the patient’s condition, age, medical history, gender, and on whether or not the patient uses medicines that may interact with liquid paraffin.

In conditions such as eczema, products containing liquid paraffin can be used even after the skin has improved to prevent future skin issues. Regular use of products with this ingredient help patients achieve best results.

Side effects and precautions

Most persons prescribed medications with liquid paraffin do not experience serious negative side effects due to use of this ingredient. In rare cases, serious allergic reactions could occur. These require immediate medical attention. Some symptoms of these reactions may be: itching, pain, skin inflammation (dermatitis), burning, and temporary vision blurriness (in eye products with this ingredient).

Alcohol intake is not known to have a negative interaction with products containing liquid paraffin. Those with certain medical conditions, allergies to emollients, or other allergies should notify their doctor to prevent negative interactions. Anyone undergoing surgery or dental procedures should notify their physician or dentist if they are using products with liquid paraffin. Liquid paraffin is suitable for use when pregnant or breastfeeding, but it is important to consult with a doctor with any questions. One can even limit their use of products containing this ingredient while pregnant or breastfeeding. Liquid paraffin is also suitable for those who are elderly.

Overdose of products containing liquid paraffin may result in greasier skin. Accidental ingestion could result in reactions such as vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea. Products must be applied at the time prescribed. If one misses a dose, it can be applied when remembered as long as directions in the packaging are followed.