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Treatment

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

 

Let’s age gracefully by preserving and maintaining our skin with gentle measures.

We all want to age gracefully. But what does that really mean? While loss of elasticity, slower cell turnover and fine lines are all natural signs of aging, can we really turn back the clock?

At Face Plus Medispa women as young as 25 start worrying about preserving their youthful appearance. While we can’t stop you from aging we can help you age gracefully from the inside out.
Below is a refined list of our treatment menu from facials to laser to injectables that will all help you maintain that youthful glow.

Facial Treatment: Plumping Collagen Facial
From the age of 25 our skin starts to lose elasticity, firmness and fullness.
These factors can lead to sagging skin, lines and wrinkles.
An in-clinic treatment we can’t recommend enough is the Collagen Facial!
This is one of our most luxurious anti-ageing facials we have available.

 

What does it do?
The supreme performance of the Collagen Fleece Mask will improve skin elasticity and restructure damaged skin.

How does it work?
We start by prepping the skin with a gentle cleanse and exfoliation, under steam. This super facial rebalances and rejuvenates the skins acid mantel. The facials active ingredients stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, naturally in the skin. The high performance fleece mask (containing collagen) assists with the direct absorption of collagen into the skin.

Suitable for?
The Collagen facial is suitable for anyone wanting to rebuild the loss of collagen.
A not to be missed facial for anyone over the age of 40.
This facial is also great for sensitive skin.

How often?
For optimum results this facial should be performed once a month in conjunction with a meticulous at home skincare regime.

Laser Treatment: Laser Genesis
Laser Genesis is a pain free treatment with no down time or surface damage to your skin (non-ablative).
This laser treatment promotes vibrant, youthful and healthy looking skin by treating conditions associated with premature signs of aging, sun damage, redness, large pores, uneven texture, acne, scars, fine lines & wrinkles.

Laser Genesis treatments are ideal for young and old; younger patients looking to control their ageing process and for older patients wanting to treat signs of ageing.
A course of four to five treatments of Laser Genesis can help restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance by smoothing our uneven textures caused by ageing, sun damage or scars.

Patients will see a more smooth, healthy complexion as large pores are reduced in size, and minor imperfections are diminished. The individual treatment results are subtle, but the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite transforming!

Injectable Treatment (without synthetic ingredients) PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma 
PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are a great alternative for those who are not looking to do inject any “foreign products” into their body.

PRP has been used in the medical industry for a long time (particularly in sports medicine) and is now an incredible tool we use in our Face Plus Medispa clinic for cosmetic rejuvenation.
Extracted from your blood, platelets have many functions and contain growth factors that, when secreted are responsible for tissue regeneration and most importantly increasing collagen production.

Following a PRP treatment, patients will discover their skin is plumper, bounces back a little faster and is lifted. A total of 3 treatments are recommended for optimal results, however, most of our patients see results following just one treatment.We often combine PRP with other facials and lasers to achieve phenomenal, lasting results. 

Injectable Treatment (Anti-wrinkle, muscle relaxants)
Cosmetically, muscle relaxants are injected into the muscles of the face in order to block nerve impulses to the tissue that allows the facial muscles to contract.

When we express with our facial muscles they contract, causing the skin to furrow and fold.  Muscle relaxants work beneath the skin’s surface by targeting this underlying muscle activity by weakening the target muscle in order to prevent formation of expression lines.

With muscle activity reduced, a smoother look to the skin is achieved as the muscle beneath it is no longer able to crease the skin.

At a cellular level, nerve endings send chemical messengers called Acetylcholine to the muscles to tell them to contract.  Botulinum toxin works to surround this chemical and essentially ‘block’ these messengers, therefore keeping the muscle relaxed so that it cannot contract and cause wrinkles in the skin.

A good time to start using botox is not so much dependent on age, but whether the patient is beginning to develop ‘static’ lines (lines that remain even after the muscle has relaxed).

At Face Plus we aim to only relax the muscles and keep them hypokinetic, rather than causing them to be atonic (paralysed), as this is essential in retaining a natural look.  An ideal forehead treatment allows the brows to still be raised slightly.  An ideal crow’s feet treatment allows the smile to still appear natural.

Visit one of our clinics and experience a thorough cosmetic consultation:
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]

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Products

Product Must haves to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

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Product Must haves to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

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When it comes to at home skincare, consistency is key. While the steps of your morning and evening skincare should stay the same no matter what your age (cleanser, toner, moisturiser, serum, eye cream…), our dermal therapists advise updating some of your products to ensure they are rich in active and hydrating ingredients to compliment more mature aged skin.
Here is a list of 3 must own skincare products for anyone looking to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in order to promote more plump and hydrated skin.

A good quality Eye Cream: Silk Eye Contour Cream by Dr. Spiller
The skin surrounding your eyes is much more fragile and thin compared to the rest of your face. It is also prone to dryness and is the first to show signs of age and fatigue. This is due to the overactivity of the skin surrounding the eye area.  Fluids also collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. You therefore need to nourish this delicate skin with quality product to hydrate and soothe the area.
The Dr. Spiller Silk Contour Eye Cream is an anti-ageing, lifting and firing eye cream designed to re-contour and tone the appearance of the eye area. When it comes to eye cream ingredients you want to look for a product with active ingredients to stimulate cell turnover. The Dr. Spiller Silk eye cream contains silk peptides which are botanically rich in amino acids. The silk peptides have wound healing, moisturizing, re-building and anti-inflammatory properties.

A collagen rich moisturiser: Dr Spiller Collagen Cream
One of Dr Spiller’s most popular products is the Collagen Cream. The Collagen Cream is a concentrated emulsion rich in collagen hydrolysates, powerful anti-oxidants and moisture-binding properties to provide the skin with long- lasting anti-ageing protection.
The Collagen cream is a hydrating cream that is perfect for winter. The weather at the moment is quite aggressive on the skin with the cooler temperatures and the dry heat indoors. This cream contains a hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture into the skin, preventing trans epidermal water loss.
Warning though, this cream is quite rich so is recommended for clients with the following skin concerns:
Mature Skin: The bee’s wax present works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and antibacterial. This magical ingredient is also softening and regulates skin consistency.
Anti-aging: Hydrolysed collagen is processed to achieve a lower molecular weight than regular collagen. The structure forming protein works to improve the elasticity in the skin.
Dry/Dehydrated: Vitamin E a skin identical potent antioxidant, naturally secreted by the sebaceous gland for environmental moisture protection. The Avocado extract activates the cell metabolism of the connective tissue. The lanolin present works as an emulsifier with high water-absorption capabilities, the lanolin is also emollient with moisturising properties. 

An active peptide Serum: HydroPeptide Power Serum
The HydroPeptide, Power Serum was designed specifically to treat deep wrinkles and sagging. Patients who have used this product on their skin saw immediate results that made their skin look younger and firmer.
The HydroPeptide Power Serum contains a total of 13 active peptides including 4 volumising peptides, 4 plumping, 3 relaxing and 2 preservative peptides offering maximum and superior anti-aging benefits. These peptides work to increase skin volume to fill the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles, help to lift and firm sagginess while reducing the appearance of expression lines.
You can use this product daily, morning and night. A small pea-sized amount is enough to cover your face and neck. Following two weeks of application you will see visibly softened deep expression lines and more youthful skin.
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Beauty

A to Z of Skincare terms you need to know

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A to Z of Skincare terms you need to know

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A for Acids. Acids may sound scary but used correctly, they can be a skin’s best friend. Often derived from fruit, they can exfoliate better than the scrubbiest of scrubs, and give you the clear, beaming skin of your dreams by removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores and increasing cell turnover. Look for AHAs (glycolic, lactic and citric acids), for sun-damaged or dry skin, BHAs (such as salicylic) for oilier skin and enlarged pores, and PHAs (polyhydroxy), which are milder, for sensitive skin.
B for Botanicals ingredients derived from plants.
C for Collagen a protein that makes up approximately 80% of our skin, collagen gives our skin firmness and strength. Over time collagen breaks down, however certain ingredients can promote new collagen production in the skin.
D for Double Cleansing Double cleansing is a skincare must. Why? As women we’re often wearing makeup throughout the day, not to mention the build-up of environmental toxins we are subject to. The first cleanse (using a micellar water or deep cleansing oil) is to melt your makeup (and/or SPF). Essentially, it’s dealing with what’s on your skin, not the skin itself. The second cleanse is to make sure your skin is clean, balanced and comfortable.
E for Expiry Dates: Skincare, like most products we ingest or use topically, have an expiration date. Our skin is our largest living organ and what we put on it absorbs into your body so make sure to use your products before their best before date.  This ensures that you are always using your products when they are at their freshest and most potent.
F for Free Radicals When talking skincare, free radicals refer to UV rays, pollution etc, that cause damage and degradation to the skin.
G for Glycolic Acid:  An AHA derived from Sugar Cane which exfoliates the skin, smoothing out fine lines and uneven texture. Used commonly in anti-ageing and brightening products.
H for Hyaluronic Acid: Naturally-occurring in the body, hyaluronic acid is the stuff you should thank for hydrated, glowing skin. A single molecule of it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. It keeps things cushioned and plumped but, like collagen, naturally depletes over time. Serums containing the stuff can seriously quench parched skin, also helping to smooth away fine lines.
I for Inflammation. There are many different types of inflammation, whether it be from sun exposure, breakouts, skin sensitivity or even your showers being too hot, inflammation is your skins way of saying it needs some TLC. Confusingly, though, it can be a good thing, as post-treatment (laser or herbal peel) inflammation prompts the healing process and skin renewal. Either way, you’ll want to counteract with a restorative product or treatment.
J for Jojoba Oil an oil derived from an evergreen shrub used for its softening and hydrating properties. Said to be the oil that most closely resembles the skin’s own natural oils.
K for K-Beauty or Korean inspired beauty. Think sheet masks and under eye patches. While many of these products are quite gimmicky, they have inspired many of the reputable cosmeceutical brands to create their own, active versions of the popular products.
L for Lactic Acid an AHA derived from fermented milk, Lactic Acid exfoliates the skin to improve texture and clarity. It has a larger molecule size than glycolic acid so can be a less irritating alternative for sensitive skins.
M for Microneedling. Micro-needling or what we at face plus call Dermapen is a dermal treatment that uses a handheld device that vibrates while tiny needles work to gently pierce your pores. While, you can go deeper into the layers of the skin to attack acne scars, most people only require the needles to hit the epidermal layer. The needles create a ‘micro-wound’ response from your skin which prompts your cells to heal your skin by increasing collagen production to the area.
N for Natural: This is a tricky term that has no standard definition when it comes to skin care. Most commonly used to refer to products that are made mostly of plant-derived, non-synthetic ingredients. Just because something is deemed natural, doesn’t mean it isn’t tested on animals or certified organic, so learn to read and understand your labels.
O for Organic. Similar to ‘Natural products’ you need to be skeptical of products labelled organic.  Organic should mean an ingredient that has been grown free of chemical pesticides. Read packaging carefully as organic does not necessarily mean that every ingredient is organic, or that the ingredients are certified organic.
P for Pre and Probiotic. We’ve known about balancing the ‘good bacteria’ in our gut for years but did you know there’s also the same stuff on our skin? Known as the ‘microbiome’ (or ‘microflora’) it’s a layer of minuscule micro-organisms living invisibly all over us, protecting and balancing what’s underneath. Probiotics help to strengthen the microbiome, prebiotics help to feed it. The goal of this kind of skincare is to soothe sensitivity, strengthen skin and keep the microbiome happy.
Q for Quercetin: This is another overall great ingredient and is found to be a good antioxidant and naturally anti-inflammatory. Quercetin has also shown healing and protective qualities, which makes it an essential in all skincare routines.
R for Retinol: Otherwise known as Vitamin A, retinol is one of the best ways to tackle fine lines and wrinkles by promoting skin renewal and collagen production. It can also help with irregular pigmentation and texture (those pesky pores). It can also, however, be quite aggressive causing irritation and sun sensitivity, so phase into your routine slowly and never skimp on the SPF.
S for SPF or Sun Protection Factor. SPF is an absolute must wear in Australia due to our harsh Australian sun. Even if it’s winter and overcast outside SPF should be worn all day, every day. At Face Plus we recommend a minimum of SPF 30. Even if you’re foundation or BB Cream has SPF in it, it’s best to mix in a separate one to ensure quality coverage.
T for Treatments: Great skin is the result of 3 important factors. 1. A healthy diet and lifestyle 2. A consistent and good quality skincare regime 3. Regular treatments by trained dermal therapists.
U for UVA & UVB UVA means Ultraviolet rays from the sun that cause premature ageing to the skin and UVB means rays that cause the skin to tan and burn.
V for vitamins: We all know vitamins are good for our body internally, but they also have amazing health benefits when applied topically.
Vitamin A Promotes the growth and repair of body tissues. Vitamin A is used commonly in anti-ageing products.
Vitamin C A key antioxidant which strengthens collagen synthesis and promotes radiant skin.
Vitamin E  A powerful antioxidant that is essential for the body to protect it from free radicals. Vitamin E also has excellent conditioning properties.
W for Water: Water really is the easiest skincare miracle. It is the simplest way to give skin a boost, hydrating from within and flushing out toxins. If you find your topical products or treatments aren’t working effectively, stop and ask yourself are you keeping your body hydrated.
X for Xanthophyll. Commonly known as Lutein, Xanthophyll is an antioxidant and is therefore used in skin hydration products, especially ones that provide anti-ageing benefits. Despite its scientific name, Xanthophyll is a naturally occurring chemical found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale.
Y for Ylang Ylang: This is an essential oil derived from the Cananga plant and is generally used as a fragrance for cosmetics. The use of the oil can range from enhancing your mood, to a natural energiser and preserving a youthful glow thanks to its moisturising properties. 
Z for Zinc – A natural sun protector, acts as a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Used in sunscreens and foundation (especially mineral makeup). Zinc has also been known to be beneficial for those with sensitive and acne prone skin.
To book a skin consultation: 
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Wellness

Aging: Mind over Matter

 


“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not.”

Research shows that your genes are only 25% responsible for visible signs of aging. So don’t blame your mum and dad for your early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. There are other factors such as stress, environment, nutrition, lifestyle and immunity that play a key role in how we age.

While we can’t turn back or even freeze the clock, we can make everyday lifestyle adjustments to make sure that aging can be just a number and not a reflection on how you physically look and mentally feel.

  1. Get active

Move it or loose it. As we get older, everything starts to slow down from our collagen production, our cell turnover and most importantly our energy levels.

One University study found that human levels of serotonin (the brain neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and blood pressure) naturally decrease with age, often resulting in depression, anxiety and hardening of the arteries.

Luckily, exercise is an excellent way to give serotonin levels a boost, as well as combat the effects of the stress hormone cortisol.

Make it a habit to move your body for at least 30 minutes every day to keep your body physically healthy and mind mentally happy.

  1. Get plenty of Sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. You should aim for eight hours of sleep a night to give your body enough time to recharge.

While you’re sleeping, your body—and your skin—are hard at work healing themselves.

During the deeper phases of sleep, your body produces growth hormone, which repairs daily damage from things like sun exposure and pollution and creates new cells so you wake up looking brighter, fresher and younger.

  1. Maintain a positive attitude.

The glass is either half empty or half full. How you choose to look at it effects your perspective on almost everything you do in life. The single most important factor in healthy aging is cultivating a positive outlook.

Research shows that your attitude, resiliency and the way you cope with stress may be better predictors of healthy aging than physical disease or disability. So how do you attain—and maintain—a good attitude?

It’s all about outlook. Begin by accepting that nothing in life is permanent and try to look for the silver lining in every situation. A great attitude can help you enjoy getting older, instead of dreading or simply tolerating it.

  1. Forget what you think you know about aging

Many of us have preconceived notions of what it means to age. Whether it’s new mums cutting off their long hair, or women in their 40’s deciding to ditch skirts forever, these choices are based on social stereotypes.

Each generation is conditioned through television, books, movies, music and other aspects of culture about what people should act like, look like and even feel like as they grow older.

We incorporate these beliefs into our subconscious and they become part of the factors that control how our genes work.

The bottom line: If you think you’re old, you’ll act and look old, too.
To book a skin consultation: 
Call: 02 8897 0000
Email: [email protected]