The world of cosmetic treatments is constantly evolving. Innovative new treatments are available for firmer skin, reduced discolouration, tattoo removal – everything you need to be the most beautiful you. You’ve just got to know what’s out there, and how to take advantage of what science has to offer.
To keep you in the know, Rescu. spoke to Dr Geoffrey Heber of Heber Davis, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary as a leading Sydney Skin Clinic. Here, Dr Heber shares everything you need to know about the top cosmetic treatments available, and how to make the most out of new technology.
Benefits: Monopolar radiofrequency waves firm and tighten the skin and reduce mild to moderate wrinkling, without needles or downtime. It is perfect for those who want to maintain youthful skin, or to delay or avoid surgery.
Why it is exciting: Monopolar radiofrequency treats more deeply than other forms of RF and has been shown to stimulate new collagen and firm and plump the skin. Unlike other monopolar RF treatments, Pelleve treatments are quite comfortable. I have had several treatments myself and have been happy with the results.
What’s involved: Results accrue over a course of pleasant treatments that feel like a warm facial massage. Treatments take 45-60 minutes.
Recovery: Immediate. Makeup can be applied and normal activities resumed immediately.
Cost: $300 – $1500, depending on the size of the area and number of treatments.
Tattoo Removal with the Spectra Laser
Benefits: Complete removal or significant fading of all body art tattoo colours anywhere on the body in over 95% of cases.
Why it’s exciting: 50% of people who have a tattoo eventually want it removed and up to now there has been no one laser able to fade all of the most common colours.
What’s involved: Gradual fading of the tattoo over a course of 10-15 minute treatments spaced at 4-8 weekly intervals. Prescription strength numbing cream or local anaesthetic for complete pain control.
Downtime: Short term localised redness, swelling and crusting.
Cost: From $100 with prices varying depending on the size and style of the tattoo.
Laser Pore Reduction
Benefits: The Spectra laser is a powerful but gentle treatment for reduced pore size, smoother clearer skin and fewer breakouts. It is suitable for both men and women and all skin types.
Why it’s exciting: Up to now no treatment has been significantly successful for the reduction of pore size.
What’s involved: A short course of 3-4 laser treatments at 2-3 weekly intervals, each treatment 30 minutes. Recommended maintenance treatments at 6 monthly intervals.
Downtime? This is a “lunchtime” treatment with no discomfort and no downtime.
Cost: approximately $250.
Laser Treatment of Melasma
Benefits: Laser Toning is an effective treatment for melasma that’s safe for all skin types and delivers long lasting results with high patient satisfaction. Laser treatments can be combined with complementary therapies or pigment faders to achieve multiple clinical advantages.
Why it’s exciting: The Spectra laser is the only laser FDA cleared for the treatment of melasma.
What’s involved: 5-10 x 15-30 minute gentle treatments at 1-2 weekly intervals. No discomfort.
Downtime: None. Temporary pinkness only.
Cost: Approximately $200 for each treatment.
Skincare treatment of brown skin discolouration
Benefits: Ultimate Brightening Serum contains ingredients that act synergistically in five different ways to minimise the appearance of brown skin discolourations. Virtually everyone has this to some degree but it might take UV photos, which we do routinely at the practice, to make it readily apparent to some people. It contributes to a dull, uneven complexion.
Why it’s exciting: The most commonly prescribed skin brightening ingredient globally is hydroquinone. This ingredient is the subject of many reports of toxicity. Ultimate Brightening Serum is the first product ever reported to improve the appearance of brown skin discolouration as much as the most commonly prescribed hydroquinone and tretinoin skin brightening cream. This was shown in a ten person split-face trial with blinded observers reported at two cosmetic medical conferences.
What’s involved: To be used daily
For more from Dr Heber visit: www.heberdavis.com.au