Pigmentation

Pigmentation presents itself on the skin in different shapes and sizes.

Hyper pigmentation which is the most common type of pigmentation; is the darker pigment, it usually presents in brown areas that come though on the surface of the skin varying in tone and sizes depending on the cause. Hypo pigmentation is usually caused by trauma to the skin and shows up as lighter or white patches. Pigment is formed when our skin goes into defence mode, stimulating more melanin to be produced by the melanocyte as a defence mechanism.

Causes of Pigmentation

Causes for pigment can vary. In Australia we have a very harsh and damaging sun so we see a high rate of environmentally induced pigment, which has built up in our skin from years of sun exposure, lots of our pigment will be seen as it rises to the surface of our skin as young adults. In later years pigmentation can show on the surface but this was actually caused in our early childhood years so protection from a young age is vital.

Hormones are another major cause of pigmentation. Due to hormonal imbalances and dramatic changes in hormones in our life such as pregnancy, the pill, puberty, menopause and various medications, these causes can stimulate an excess of melanin to be produced which can often rectify itself after levels return to normal.

Pigment can also be caused by trauma to the skin when you are predisposed to the particular trauma. When your skin is injured and inflammation is present melanocytes are drawn to the area as a defence for your skin. This can also result in hypo pigmentation, which is a loss of pigment in your skin, we often see this with scaring.

The only symptoms of pigmentation is the physical change of colour in your skin there are no linked sensations or changes in texture.

Treatment recommendations:

Depending on the type and cause of your pigment there are different options for treatment some of the most effective are skin peels, collagen induction therapy, ipl limelight. Homecare is essential in the reversal of pigmentation and spf is a must every day.

Benefits of treatments:

The treatments are designed to make long term structural changes to your skin and the way it functions so not only are you revising your pigmentation you are also improving your skin’s texture and structural integrity giving you a healthy skin less vulnerable to the effects of aging.

Time Frame of alleviating: Depending on the treatment path or modality used treatment time can vary

  • Ipl usually takes around 3 sessions depending on the depth of pigment this could vary.
  • Skin needling we recommend a course of 6 however the effects of this treatment keep on getting better over the course of the year as your cells work to re-structure and lay down new collagen.
  • Treatments such as peels will take between 4 – 6, depending on the type and severity of the pigment.
  • Enzyme Therapy combined with various removal methods will usually take 6-12 then re-evaluate to see if any further treatments are required or if a maintenance program is adequate.

Please contact the friendly team at Reverse Skin Clinic in Toorak to find out more or to book your appointment.

 

Treatment of Acne in Toorak

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, characterised by open and closed comedones, macules, papules, pustules, cysts and scars. There is usually bacteria present. Acne can range in stages, usually classified as 1,2,3 & 4  from mild congestion and blackheads to painful inflamed cystic acne.

There are many causes of acne, which include but are not limited to

  • Hereditary
  • Hormonal; this is brought on by hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances in the body.
  • Stress induced (which effects cortisol levels)
  • Dietary; wheat, dairy and sugar can affect a skin that is prone to acne
  • Gut Function; pore digestion and other related gut issues will present on the skin

The following are a chain of events that lead to acne

Symptoms: Red inflamed areas, Blackheads, rough bump feeling below surface of skin, white heads, and pus can be present, painful bumps or nodules with or without a head.

Treatment recommendations: Enzyme therapy, alkaline wash. RP peel, Led Light Therapy

Benefits of treatments:

Managing your acne from the beginning will prevent the likely hood of scarring and post inflammatory hyper pigmentation down the track. It will improve self-confidence and raise self-esteem, while building healthy well-functioning skin for the future.

Time Frame of alleviating:

Depending on your individual case, which stage your acne is at, and the cause of the acne, the treatment time line can vary greatly. Our aim is to get the skin functioning from the inside out which can take time, and commitment to homecare from you. Generally you will start on a 12 week program. You will begin to see results within that time frame. However to completely revise your skin it could take the course of a year.

Foods to avoid:

Dairy: Dairy contains growth hormones which speeds up the process of acne. IGF1

Gluten: Some people find gluten quite hard to digest which can lead to poor gut functioning, when our gut is not functioning toxins leak into our blood supply and cells are left with a toxic environment. It also means we are not receiving the vital nutrients from our food leaving our immune system compromised and open to foreign invaders.

Sugar: perhaps the worst evil of all, sugar plays with our insulin levels spiking them telling our body to produce more insulin and causing spikes in pimple making hormones such as testosterone and adrogens.

Genetically modified Soy: Too much Soy can mess with your hormone levels. Always check if buying soy milk or tofu that it is GMO free.

Foods to eat: Alkaline foods- Green leafy vegetables, lemon water, turmeric, good fats including coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Try and stick to eating as many natural whole foods as possible, which means eating no processed food in packaging. Try alternatives to dairy like coconut milk or almond milk.

Please contact the friendly team at Reverse Skin Clinic to find out more about our Acne treatments, or to book your next treatment.

Skin Peels in Toorak

Better skin leads to a better life!

 

An essential part of a TOTAL skin health program to meet today’s demand for healthy skin are medical grade skin peels. They help the skin to be healthier, brighter and more beautiful!

 

What can you expect from a skin peel in toorak?
  1. Correct:
  • Immediate Correction
  1. Lighten
  • Brightening Skin Tone
  1. Hydrate Restore & Maintain a Healthy Epidermis.

 

In the past skin peels were:
  • Strong single acid solutions
  • Lengthy recovery time
  • Inflammation FOREVER!
  • Restricted to:
  • Lower Fitzpatrick types
  • Time of the year

 

Today: Peel Smarter not Harder!

 

Peels have come a long way and just as well because today’s consumer wants everything now.

They expect:

  • Expects results and NO downtime
  • Many STILL think they’ll look like Samantha! (from Sex in the City)
  • The name “Chemical Peel” may scare them away
  • “Chemical Exfoliation” or “Resurfacing” Peeling Smarter today Is…
  • NOT scary, the ingredients are often nature’s ingredients
  • Peels are much less aggressive, with a more progressive approach
  • Peels today always:
  • Minimise inflammation
  • Maximise healing & hydration
  • There is a peel for all skin types, tones, & conditions
  • You can peel all year long

 

What the skin needs when looking at having a peel is to be prepped on the correct products, this will differ depending on the skin’s condition and Fitzpatrick colouring.

 

Peels are extremely important for:
  • Age prevention:
  • Keep skin healthy, minimize the need for correction
  • Achieve results

 

Once correction is achieved, it MUST be maintained, unfortunately we can’t stop the aging clock!

Today everyone wants a skin that glows so skin brightening and illumination is mandatory

 

Who can benefit from a smart peel?
  • All skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Aging
  • Pigmentation
  • Dehydration
  • Rosacea
  • Early Prevention
  • Maintenance
  • All global skin tones

 

The best thing about today’s peels is that you can have a skin peel ALL year round…

 

Are you interested in finding out about how to greatly decrease your pigmentation? Click Here

Things to know about Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a reasonably quick facial treatment, I also call it Rapid Results, because it is after all what everyone wants isn’t it?

Perfect for:

  • sun damage.
  • lines and wrinkles
  • breakouts
  • promoting even skin tone
  • pigmentation

Most people have heard of a microdermabrasion treatment but not everyone knows what it entails.
We have a few variations of this treatment but basically when you book in for a standalone microdermabrasion treatment your skin will be cleansed with the appropriate cleanser for your skin type and then we will start the microdermabrasion treatment. We use the Clairderm Medical Saphire machine which has a long wand on it that spits out tiny little crystals that feel slightly abrasive on the skin. I think it feels like a mini vacuum cleaner, cleaning up the surface of your face. In fact this is basically what the procedure is for; it removes dead skin cells, by buffing the surface layer of your skin with a stream of tiny crystals and pulling dead skin cells and impurities up to the surface. Your therapist can adjust the suction to make it more or less abrasive feeling, depending on what you and your skin can cope with.

We finish the treatment by infusing vitamins into the skin to heal and leave the skin calm and hydrated.

Microdermabrasion is suitable for most skin types and all ages. After the treatment, you will walk out feeling like you have the cleanest of clean skins and that all the moisture and goodness of the world has found its way back into your skin. If your skin really needs to it may flake a little a day or so after the treatment.

A microdermabrasion is recommended either as a course of treatments when you start out or once a month to keep your skin nice and fresh.

Please contact the friendly team at Reverse Skin Clinic in Toorak to find out more or to book your appointment.

 

Skin Needling in Toorak

Skin needling also known as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is an advanced skin treatment that is used to treat an array of different skin concerns, including;

  • ageing,
  • fine lines and wrinkles,
  • acne scarring or other various forms of scars,
  • pigmentation,
  • stretch marks.

The treatment is painless; we use a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area before performing the treatment.

Let the experts at Reverse Skin Clinic help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted with our advanced skin needling treatments in Toorak

 

How does skin needling work?

Skin Needling works by creating a micro injury in the skin at the targeted site. Our aim here is to create controlled inflammation in the skin, this triggers a cascade of reactions by the skin working to repair itself.

Essentially we are waking the skin cells up and giving them a job to do. The main components involved are cytokines (these are small proteins with a signalling function) and fibroblast cells (responsible for laying down new collagen) we are also stimulating growth factors in the dermis to repair structural integrity and give the collagen a stable base to build upon. As this is a non-invasive treatment that is triggering your skin to work for itself, it takes a progressive approach, meaning your skin will keep getting better and better for up to a year after the treatment.

We do recommend a course spaced apart monthly for optimal results (depending on the condition we are treating). Each treatment is layering upon the results of the previous treatment keeping the cascade of stimulated cells in the dermis and epidermis functioning optimally to relay the new collagen structure.

 

Treatment recommendations:

For maximum results with your skin needling treatments it is imperative that you have strong skin with good immunity and free water levels before we start your treatment. It is a good idea to do a course of strengthening facial treatments and be using prescriptive homecare to maximise results. By doing this, your skin has a healthy environment in which to lay down new collagen and nurture the stimulated cells, giving them a chance to do their job. Vitamins A and C are imperative to be used whilst undergoing these treatments.

Once your skin is strong and ready to go, depending on the condition we are treating, between three and six needling sessions, spaced out a month apart, are recommended.

 

Benefits of treatments:

  • Improved appearance in your skin’s tone,
  • Stronger cellular integrity.
  • Thickening of the cellular matrix giving you a firmer, bouncier skin.
  • Newly relayed collagen and elastin.
  • Stimulation of the skin to keep rejuvenating well after the treatment.

 

Please contact the friendly team at Reverse Skin Clinic in Toorak to find out more or to book your appointment.

 

Boost your skin with Healite II LED light therapy in Toorak

Let the experts at Reverse Skin Clinic help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted with our advanced Healite II treatments in Toorak.

This cutting-edge light emitting diode (LED) phototherapy system uses the latest light-based technology to deliver outstanding results for your skin – for younger, rejuvenated and fresher-looking skin.

Our skin is often the first part of our bodies to show the effects of ageing, losing firmness and elasticity and evenness. At Reverse Skin Clinic, that’s exactly what we do – help reverse the effects of ageing and turn back the clock on your skin.

Non-invasive Healite II light therapy

Our Toorak Healite treatment delivers painless low-level light therapy, stimulating collagen production and boosting elastin in your skin, to help with:

  • smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
  • improving skin tone, for even-looking skin
  • acne treatment
  • tissue healing.

As well as achieving age-defying skin benefits, the Healite system is also used to help patients at our Toorak clinic recover after both surgical and aesthetic procedures.

LED-level light therapy has been shown to reduce redness and stimulate the body’s wound-healing cells, shortening recovery time from a variety of treatments.

Post-surgical Healite treatments are ideal to complement your laser skin treatment, skin needling, skin peels and more. Please contact the friendly team at Reverse Skin Clinic to find out more about our Toorak Healite system, or to book your next treatment.