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Dr Rowena in The Townsville Bulletin
Dr Rowena in The Townsville Bulletin

Cosmetic Medicine became my world. It saved me I guess, because my world was in turmoil. It gave me the focus and purpose I needed. - Dr Rowena

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How to Prepare for Lip Injections
How to Prepare for Lip Injections

Wondering how to prepare lip injections? If this is your first-time getting lip injections, you may be worried about how you can potentially prepare and get the results that you wish to achieve. After all, there is a fine line between the perfect pout and totally overdoing it, especially for your first lip injections! To help you navigate the sometimes-confusing information out there about cosmetic and lip injectables, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for lip enhancements, covering everything from what to expect, to lip injection recovery, to answering everyone’s number one question - how long do lip fillers last? At Aloki Skin, our main goal is to ensure each of our clients are happy with their results. Our team of expert Cosmetic Injectors specialise in lip injections that enhance your natural beauty and work in synergy with your existing features to create a natural and lasting result.  How to Prepare for Lip Injections  If you’ve decided you want your lips ‘done’, it's important that you first have a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Injectors to determine the best approach for your first lip injections.  Lip injections can be used to enhance your natural beauty by providing border definition, increasing volume, correcting unevenness, or refining lips that have developed fine lines and wrinkles due to the ageing process. If you have a history of cold sores, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are on any prescription medication, make sure to discuss this with your Cosmetic Injector at your initial consultation.  Lip Fillers - What to Expect Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan that both you and your Cosmetic Injector are happy with, you can expect the following before and after your first lip injections: One Week Prior It’s advisable to avoid chemical peels, skin needling, waxing, bleaching, or tweezing around your lips leading up to treatment.  Three Days PriorAvoid all blood-thinners, including painkillers, vitamin E, and fish oil, as these products can increase the likelihood of bruising. Alcohol can also increase inflammation in the body, so excessive drinking should be avoided leading up to your appointment. You should also avoid all topical retinoids, acids and 'anti-aging’ skincare products. On the Day of TreatmentThe time has arrived for your first lip injections! It’s best to arrive with a clean face, free of make-up.  Lip Injection RecoveryPost-treatment, you should see results immediately; however, there could also be some swelling initially, so your initial results may change and develop over time. Swelling is hard to predict, and everyone reacts differently. For the first 48 hours, it is normal for your lips to feel very firm, this is a combination of the filler and swelling, but they should soften in the two weeks after your first lip injections. You will receive detailed post-injection instructions from your Cosmetic Injector on the day of your appointment, but in general, the following recommendations apply: Ice your freshly plumped lips intermittently on the day of treatment to reduce swelling Sleep with your head slightly elevated on the night after treatment to decrease swelling Avoid exercise for 24 hours after treatment Avoid having a hot shower the night after your treatment How Long Do Lip Fillers Last? Clients often ask us “How long do lip fillers last?”, and the answer depends on several factors including skin type, skin condition, lifestyle, and age. After your initial treatment, follow-up appointments are scheduled regularly, and your results can last between 12-18 months. So, how to prepare for lip injections? The best way to get the results you desire is to carefully select a Cosmetic Injector you feel comfortable and confident in and leave the rest up to the experts. At Aloki Skin, our team of Cosmetic Injectors aim to provide natural-looking, long-lasting lip injections and other cosmetic injectables that work in harmony with your unique facial features. To book with Townsville’s leading injectable and skin clinic, get in touch with Aloki Skin today.

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What Does Microdermabrasion Do?
What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

Have you ever wondered what Microdermabrasion is and what it can actually do for your skin?   Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment that achieves results with little to no downtime. Using a polished diamond tip, the treatment works to exfoliate dry and damaged skin cells, extract dirt, oil and debris from deep within the pores, What Does Microdermabrasion Do?  Microdermabrasion treatments gently exfoliate away debris and dead skin cells sitting on the top layer of your skin, revealing youthful, beautiful, and rejuvenated skin underneath.  So, what exactly does Microdermabrasion do for the skin, and what conditions can it help with? Microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types, and can target and improve concerns such as:   Dull skin Uneven skin texture Acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores  Fine lines and wrinkles Is Microdermabrasion Good for All Ages? Microdermabrasion is an effective means of treating a variety of skin conditions at any age.  Treatments cleanse the skin and remove the dead skin cells on the surface. With consistent treatments, your skin will appear brighter, clearer and refreshed.  What Is a Microdermabrasion Facial? Microdermabrasion facials are clinical skin treatments performed by experienced Skin Therapists. It is non-invasive, requires minimal downtime, and generally takes 60 to 75 minutes to complete.  There are three main Microdermabrasion facial types offered at Aloki Skin in Townsville.   The Aloki Dermal Infusion is used to treat the face, neck, and chest area through non-invasive exfoliation and an infusion of topical serums suited to your skin type and concerns.   The Aloki Signature MicroHydrabrasion facial is a method that exfoliates and hydrates your skin through a dry and wet system. It gently polishes the top layer away and then cleanses your skin by flushing out any remaining debris from your pores. A hyaluronic acid sheet mask is then applied to lock in the moisture.  The Microplus Medi-Facial combines microdermabrasion and sonophoresis technology to optimise your results. Once the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin are polished away, the facial increases the absorption and infiltration of active ingredients with the vibrations of low-frequency, ultrasonic technology.  Does Microdermabrasion Work? Microdermabrasion is effective at treating a range of different skin concerns.  Microdermabrasion facials increase your skin’s penetrability. This allows your topical and active skincare ingredients to infiltrate your dermis skin layer easily. In other words, in exfoliating away the dead skin cells and debris sitting on top of your skin, you create a clear path for your skincare products to work their magic through efficient absorption.  Book In for A Microdermabrasion Treatment Today Now that you’ve got a better understanding of “what does microdermabrasion do?”, it’s time to book in your first treatment! If you’re after that youthful glow, get in touch with our friendly team of at Aloki Skin. Give us a call on (07) 4779 3333 or book an appointment with us online. We’ll guide you through your journey to a brighter and clearer complexion!

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Jen's Cosmelan Peel Progress
Jen's Cosmelan Peel Progress

"It has been just over 4 weeks now since my initial Cosmelan Peel and needless to say I am stoked with the results and I have been receiving numerous comments on how flawless my skin is looking. The overall texture of my skin has improved considerably and I can't stop touching my face as it feels so soft and smooth! More importantly, my pigmentation has reduced significantly and I hardly feel the need to wear any makeup anymore to even my skin tone. My skin is still slightly more on the pinker side and does appear more flushed after exercising. I still occasionally have some minimal flaking in some areas, but this is all normal as my skin's barrier is not fully repaired and will only continue to improve. Having regular Healite treatments and/or hydrating facials does help with speeding up the healing process as well. Until now, I have been using the Cosmelan 2 cream morning and night, along with my prescribed homecare regime. I will now continue to use The Cosmelan 2 cream once a day for as long as I want to keep my pigmentation under control. This will continue to further improve the appearance of my skin as long as a prescribed active skincare routine is maintained" - Jen.

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The NEW Cutera Excel V+ Laser is here!
The NEW Cutera Excel V+ Laser is here!

‘Last month we welcomed our brand new addition to the clinic, the Cutera Excel V+ Laser. We are beyond excited with this new, gold standard laser device which can treat a wider variety of skin concerns and conditions for our clients, including: Acne Rosacea Broken capillaries on the face Spider veins on legs Cherry angiomas Pigmentation Skin rejuvenation Bruising Scarring Hair removal (small areas) Laser Genesis The Excel V+ has two clinically proven wavelengths that target melanin (pigment), oxyhemoglobin (oxygen with blood) and water. The CoolView effectively treats a range of superficial to deep vascular concerns, as well as pigment. The CoolView handpiece has a cooling head to provide more comfort to the skin and reduce excess heat within the surface layers, resulting in a more tolerable treatment. The CoolView can also be used to treat mild to moderate inflammatory acne, as it works to target excess oil flow within the inflamed pore. The Genesis V uses the same technology as our previous laser, but with the added benefit of a second treatment called Green Genesis. Green Genesis is able to treat redness, flushing and vascularity with fewer treatments and reduced downtime between sessions. The final new addition to our Excel V+ laser is the Dermastat hand piece. This is my personal favourite as it acts like a little pen to treat superficial vessels on the face. I love using this handpiece as it removes vessels on the face right before your eyes which is very satisfying. I have already had clients tell me that having their vessels treated with this handpiece compared to other devices is much more comfortable and they barely feel a thing. Keep an eye on our treatment menu in the new year to see what we will be offering with our new Cutera Excel V+ Laser!’ – Mikarla (Cosmetic Nurse).

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Kayla's Bridal Treatment Program Progress
Kayla's Bridal Treatment Program Progress

Getting married is one of the most exciting, yet stressful times! One thing I really wanted to avoid was having to worry about my skin in the lead up to the big day. As they say here at Aloki Skin healthy, glowing skin is the best accessory you can have on your wedding day, and I couldn’t agree more

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