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Ditch the double chin

There are a few problem areas on the human body that, for millions of people, simply won’t budge with diet and exercise, no matter how hard they try. Submental fullness, also known as double chin, is one of these areas. Men and women of all sizes and ages look in the mirror and see a profile that ages them beyond their years or makes them look heavier than they really are, because of moderate to severe fat below their chin.
Luckily, right here in Rewind Skin & Laser, we have two fast and convenient treatments to ditch the double chin that doesn’t require surgery or anesthetic. Deoxycholic acid injection (we can’t mention brand names due to Australian advertising laws) is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used in adults to improve the appearance of fat below the chin. Once injected by Dr Eoin Mc Donnell, Deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells. When destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat again.
So, how does Deoxycholic acid injection work?
Deoxycholic acid works by breaking down fat cells, naturally. It is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. The result is a slimmer, younger-looking chin profile.

An average patient will need 2-3 vials per session and on average, a series of 2-3 treatments. Treatment sessions may be spaced apart every 4-6 weeks. A pre-treatment consultation is required to you and Dr McDonnell the opportunity to discuss your individual needs and to go over the treatment protocol. For most patients, downtime is minimal and entails swelling, bruising, pain, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area.
What is Sculpsure laser lipolysis?
Our second double-chin treatment is Sculpsure laser lipolysis. I have been using Sculpsure for over a year now on body areas and getting fantastic results. In September 2017 it received approval in the USA from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to treat submental fullness and Rewind Skin & Laser is the first clinic in WA to have this treatment available. The Scupsure treatment involves 2-3 easy, 25 minute treatments, done 6 weeks apart. There is no downtime with minimal side effects and people can return to work and normal activities immediately.

Sculpsure works by gently heating the fat cells using a specially designed laser, which causes the membrane around the fat cells to break; these fat cells are then permanently destroyed and gradually cleared by the lymphatic system.

In trials in the USA on the submental Sculpsure treatment, remarkably 100% of clients were satisfied with the result, an almost unheard of statistic. The dramatic changes in their chin and jawline seen 12 weeks after treatment has thrust Sculpsure to the forefront of double-chin treatment, with no need for injections, anaesthetic or surgery.

To enquire about Sculpsure for double-chin, call 08 65001590 or email info@rewindskinandlaser.com.au to book an appointment.

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Autumn – The perfect time for a skin or aesthetic treatment

As Summer fades and the weather starts to cool down, it’s time to dig out your warmer clothes from the wardrobe and get ready for the lovely Autumn weather. It’s also a great time to treat your skin to some TLC after a long summer in the harsh Aussie sunshine.

In Australia, we are blessed to live in a beautiful country with sandy beaches and practically year round sunshine. On a negative side, exposure to the harsh Australian sun, particularly during the sunshine-filled Summer months, can work to ‘speed up’ the visible signs of ageing. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays contributes to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles (as a result of reduced elasticity and a degradation in the overall condition of the skin), as well as pigmentation.

As a doctor, I am a firm believer in the motto ‘prevention is better than a cure’ when it comes to sun damage, and advocate the year round use of a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. I also help to tackle the visible symptoms of ageing, whether linked to overexposure to the sun or not, without making you feel guilty about the condition of your skin, or your skincare regime.

 

So why is Autumn such a great season for aesthetic treatments? First of all, many treatments – including dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and laser treatments require that you avoid intense heat and/or sun exposure in the days or weeks following a treatment to improve the efficacy of the procedure. The pigmentation that can occur following a Picosure  or Emerge laser treatment, for example, may take longer to fade if it is exposed to the sun in the 4 weeks following a treatment.

Following a skin-resurfacing treatment like MDerma skin needling  or a signature facial or peel some patients experience a warmth or ‘tingling’ sensation in the treatment area, as well as some short-term redness of the skin – both side-effects that tend to be short-lived and resolve themselves in the days immediately following a treatment. However, it is likely that patients will feel more comfortable in the cooler weather of Autumn if they are undergoing a treatment of this nature.

 

If you feel you are in need of some body contouring to get rid of unwanted pockets of fat on your body or double chin, Sculpsure laser fat reduction is a perfect treatment to get in Autumn for two reasons; one, it destroys fat cells through heating, and although it is a comfortable treatment, the cooler weather will make it even more tolerable; secondly, Sculpsure generally requires at least two treatments, six weeks apart and the final results will not be achieved until 12 weeks after your second treatment. This is due to the time it takes your body’s lymphatic system to gradually clear out the dead fat cells. So if you think about the time it takes from first treatment to final results, that 18 weeks brings us quite close to next spring and summer….so start planning and treating now to look fantastic for next party season!

 

Finally, Autumn is a great chance to ‘cover up’ a treatment area immediately post-treatment, whilst the skin recovers, without overheating! Wearing trousers or a long skirt over legs that have been treated with IPL  or wearing your hair down following a Silhouette Soft Threadlift treatment to disguise where the threads have been inserted into the skin can help you to feel more confident as your body heals post-treatment, and are both far more comfortable to do in the cooler days of Autumn than in the full heat of the summer.

So if you have been considered a non-surgical aesthetic treatment, but weren’t sure when was the best time to undergo a procedure, then consider this Autumn!

 

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Vitamin C and skin care – Everything you need to know

Our skin versus the environment
Every day, your skin faces a battle with free radicals in the fight against premature ageing. The best defense against this daily onslaught? Powerful antioxidant and Vitamin C protection.

It’s a little scary to think that every day there’s a war raging on your skin and that from the moment you wake, there are factors at play that will determine the way in which your skin ages.

Over time the skin’s structure, function and appearance changes due to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are largely out of our control and include genetics and metabolism; however extrinsic factors are, for the most part, environmental and to some extent, easier for us to exert control over, such as UV radiation exposure, smoking, air pollution, diet, stress and sleep.
The structure of our skin
Our skin consists of different layers; on the outer, the ‘epidermis’; the complex inner layer the ‘dermis’ and finally the hypodermis. The skin’s dermis contains the dermal matrix, which includes collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that provide the skin with its structural framework and give skin elasticity.

Collagen gives the skin its strength and structure. It is constructed of strands of Procollagen (fibrils) twisted around each other like a rope.

Elastin is the protein in the body’s connective tissue that provides elasticity. It’s function is to allow tissues to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin strands form more of a web-like structure within the dermal matrix.
What is Free Radical Damage?
It has been reported that over 80 per cent of premature skin ageing is attributed to these environmental aggressors, mainly due to damage known as ‘oxidative stress’. The damage and imbalance caused to the skin by highly reactive molecules is called ‘free radicals’.
These pesky free radicals subsequently cause damage to our skin cells, including their DNA. Over time, this damage accumulates and expresses itself visibly as signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness and loss of skin elasticity.
How does Vitamin C help?
Hero ingredient Vitamin C Is loved the world over by dermatologists and skin care professionals. Helping to reduce visible signs of ageing by supporting collagen synthesis, often damaged by free radicals, Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) has a firming and smoothing effect while strengthening and protecting the skin.

With so many Vitamin C products on the market, how do choose the one that will work and that will be right for you?

The answer is to look for pure L-ascorbic acid which penetrates further into the skin and a product that has a scientifically proven delivery system. After all, there’s no point in putting Vitamin C on your skin if it cannot penetrate deep enough to have its effect.

We recommend Ultraceuticals Ultra C range that includes a 10% and 23% formulation. They contain the powerful messenger peptides Microelastin and Microcollagen to help stimulate skin rejuvenation and renewal, while the Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate has a CSIRO developed delivery system to ensure it penetrates deep enough to have its maximum effect. The Ultra C Firming Eye Cream is also a fantastic product to smooth and plump lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Overall, Vitamin C is a must have ingredient to have in your skincare regime to use on a daily basis in the fight against ageing.

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Changing Skin As We Age

The following is a Q&A session with Dr Eoin Mc Donnell, Cosmetic Physician, and Dermal Therapist Sam Noske, of Rewind Skin & Laser Centre
1- What are the most common treatments you perform on patients in their 20s/30s/40s/50s+?
20s
Lip fillers are becoming more popular at a young age and many are starting anti-wrinkle injections early for wrinkle prevention. We also find we are doing mild skin peels, anti-acne treatments and LED therapy. For men in their 20’s, the main issue is acne and skin peels are the mainstay of treatment

30s
In this age group we perform anti-wrinkle injections and fillers and may introduce skin needling for collagen induction. The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy see an increase again in acne and also pigmentation changes so in this age group light-based devices in the form of IPL and laser start becoming very useful.

In men, Post-acne scarring (PAS) treatments are one of the main issues and we would use a combination of skin needling and fractional laser once their active acne has settled. In all groups we recommend a good at-home skin regime using a good cosmeceutical range containing active ingredients.

40s
Treatments are mostly similar to people their 30’s with an increase in treatments to deal with the increasing hormonal changes. Pigmentation and redness is a more prevalent issue and laser and IPL are fantastic treatment methods with little downtime.

Volume loss increases, necessitating the need for volume replacement with either fillers or thread lifting.

50s
In this age group, replacing lost volume and stimulating collagen in a natural way is key through dermal fillers, collagen induction therapy and thread lifting. We are more aggressive with laser and light based therapies for sun damaged skin which improves fine lines and wrinkles, vascular problems such as rosacea and visible blood vessels and evens out skin irregularities and pigmentation.
2- How does the skin of someone in their 20s differ to someone in their 50s?
In our 20’s our skin is still full of healthy collagen and elastin and has a high cell turnover rate. Our skin generally hasn’t been subjected to the ageing process of slowing metabolism, volume loss in our facial fat pads or facial bone loss that all happens as we get older. So generally we are just needing to treat for conditions such as acne or possibly skin sensitivity.

By the time we are 50 our skin has been subjected to years of extrinsic factors such as sun and environmental damage, alcohol and smoking, plus intrinsic factors such as illnesses, hormonal changes and the natural volume loss in our skin, facial fat and bone that occurs as part of ageing.All of this, along with decades of facial muscle movements, can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and furrows in the skin, increased pigmentation and visible blood vessels with loss of skin clarity from decreased skin cell turnover as we age.

Without regular treatments, the use of good quality products and a healthy lifestyle then all of the above factors will accelerate our skin ageing.All skins are very different, however, generally speaking, in a 20 year old skin we are looking at preventive treatments and developing good lifestyle habits where as with a 50 year old skin we are looking at correcting the skin damage.
3- What are preventative treatments you would recommend to people in their 20s?
If the person has healthy skin then we would recommend beginning to include a good quality at-home skin regime. Not only will this help get them in the habit of looking after their skin but it will also help to maintain their youthful glow.By using a quality brand with active ingredients including a vitamin A then their skin will love them for it.

We always recommend a Vitamin A, but emphasise using a scientifically backed range…we stock Ultraceuticals including the doctor-only recommendation Ultraceuticals MD range; all Australian-made, with research and development behind every product.
4- At what age should people change their skincare routine?
We don’t think skincare routine is age dependent, more so dependent on your skin’s needs. Ensuring you are seeing a dermal therapist or skin professional regularly will ensure you are on the right track and make sure you are using what you need on your skin, not just what the new buzz products on the market are.

Unfortunately, the market is flooded with new products on a daily basis which have little or no scientific evidence behind them.
5- Are there certain treatments you would never perform on ‘young’ skin?
We don’t agree with anything too aggressive on young skins, unless indicated, and we can generally get away with more regular mild treatments with less potential to damage their skin.
6- At what age should people start having regular professional skin treatments?
In a perfect world, we would recommend regular skin treatments from as soon as they start to notice the hormonal changes, such as getting little spots or possibly developing acne. We want to minimise these as much as possible through regular treatments, use of good products on their skin and most importantly developing good lifestyle habits.

Not only can it be very embarrassing at such an impressionable age, but we want to best prevent or reduce any post acne scarring which is harder for us to treat later on in life once the scarring has occurred.

For those blessed with great skin, then we believe at about 25 is good to start maintenance programs for collagen synthesis (skin needling or laser) and increasing cell turnover with mild skin peels.