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What Is A Plasma Lift (Plasmedic)?
What Is A Plasma Lift (Plasmedic)?

The Plasma Lift (often referred to as a Fibroblast treatment) is an innovative treatment performed by our Cosmetic Injectors that uses plasma energy to produce new collagen and elastin to lift and tighten the skin to reduce wrinkles. Areas that can be treated include but are not limited to the upper and lower eyelids, forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, lines around the mouth, jowls and the neck. This comprehensive anti-ageing procedure is the ultimate collagen and elastin booster for immediate and long-lasting skin rejuvenation. How does the treatment work? The Plasmedic device creates a voltage difference between the device and the skin, resulting in small, millimetre size carbon spots where the excess skin has been evaporated. Using our reduction grid method, the formation of new collagen and elastin causes the skin to become tighter, lifted, and wrinkles smoothed out and reduced. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to the treatment to minimise any pain or discomfort as much as possible. Most patients are able to tolerate the treatment with minimal discomfort, with the eye and neck area being the most sensitive. Immediately after the treatment, the area will appear swollen, red, and will be covered in a grid like pattern of brown dots. Results can usually be seen immediately, however, they will become more noticeable once the scabs have fallen off after day 7, and an improvement will continue to be seen for 2-3 months post treatment. Results typically last around 2-5 years, however, this will vary from person to person depending on factors such as diet, lifestyle, and the way your skin naturally ages. Prior to undergoing a Plasma Lift treatment, a consultation with Dr Rowena or Dr Di is required to determine treatment suitability. A consultation is the most important part of any cosmetic treatment as it allows our Doctors to listen to your treatment goals in order for an appropriate bespoke treatment plan to be tailored just for you. During your 30-minute consultation, not only will your treatment goals be discussed, but your medical history, age, skin type, environmental damage and genes will also be taken into consideration. Once this has been discussed, our Doctor will be able to advise whether or not the Plasma Lift would be the most suitable treatment for you, as well as discuss any pre and post care instructions and provide you with a quote. Who is the Plasma Lift not suitable for? Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding Diabetics Clients taking skin sensitising medications Anyone prone to keloid scarring Epilepsy Electrical implants such as a pacemaker Eczema or psoriasis Plasma Lift Post Care Aftercare is just as important as the Plasma treatment itself to ensure that the best results are achieved and to avoid any adverse side effects. Day of treatment: You may use a cold compress on the area treated if needed. Apply the compress for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. If you have had your eyes treated, sleep elevated for the first 2-3 nights. Day 1 & until scabs fall off: Keep the area dry until the scabs naturally fall off. Apply the Advanced Silver Gel on top of the scabs using a cotton bud twice a day until the scabs fall off. You may apply mineral foundation to camouflage scabs from day 4 but you cannot cleanse the foundation off, as you need to keep the treated area dry. Once the scabs have fallen off: Use the Advanced Aftercare Cream twice a day until the bottle is finished. You can cleanse your skin and apply makeup as usual. Ensure you wear a 50+ sunscreen as your skin will be sensitive. NOTE: Your skin may stay pink/red for 2 weeks or up to 1 month in extreme cases. Do not have any laser, peels or microneedling, or use glycolic skincare for 3 months. Book in for a Plasma Lift Consultation If you are looking for an innovative treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to lift and tighten the skin, then the Plasma Lift may be a suitable option for you. Book in for a complimentary consultation with Dr Rowena or Dr Di to get started on your treatment journey by phoning our clinic on (07) 4779 3333, or by booking online via the link above.

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What Treatments Are Best For Acne?
What Treatments Are Best For Acne?

Acne is one of the most common, inflammatory skin conditions that we treat at Aloki Skin. Our experienced team of doctors, nurses and Skin Therapists understand the emotional impact that acne can have on one’s self esteem, and are passionate about delivering results driven treatments and homecare prescriptions. Acne is a result of pores on the skin becoming blocked by either excess oil, hair, bacteria or dead skin cells, and there are number of different factors which can cause it. In clinic, we offer a wide variety of acne treatments and homecare products to suit all skin ages and skin types, in order to effectively address blackheads, congestion and infection to lay the foundations for optimal skin health. So, what are the best treatment options for acne? What are the different types of acne? Acne can present in many different forms, typically appearing on the face, chest, upper back and shoulders, as these areas have the most oil glands. Acne can be caused by a number of different things including lifestyle factors, excess oil production, bacteria, inflammation, certain medications, diet, stress, hormonal and gut imbalances to name a few. The type of treatments which are recommended for your skin will depend on which type/s of acne you have. The different types of acne include: Comedones – Comedones occur when a hair follicle that has become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Blackheads – Blackheads are comedones that are open at the surface of the skin, and are filled with excess oil and dead skin cells. Whiteheads – Whiteheads are comedones that stay closed at the surface of the skin, occurring when a build up of oil and dead skin cells prevent the hair follicle from opening. Papule – Papules are comedones that become inflamed, forming small red/pink bumps on the skin’s surface. Pustules – Pustules are another type of inflamed pimple which are filled with white/yellow pus. Nodules – Nodules are large, firm, inflammatory bumps which are buried deep within the skin and are often quite painful. Cysts – Cysts typically present as large, pus-filled lesions What treatments are best for acne? Our acne treatment options are carefully designed to address blackheads, congestion and infection to lay the foundations for optimal skin health and radiance. Deep Pore Cleansing Facials – Designed to address blackheads, congestion and infection, the Deep Pore Cleansing Facial utilises unique extraction techniques to balance the skin and boost skin clarity for a silky-smooth complexion. This is achieved through a combination of facial steaming, a thorough cleanse and exfoliation and manual extractions to penetrate deep into the pores and remove any whiteheads, blackheads or infection, without causing damage to the surrounding skin. Complete with a soothing mineral mask, high quality treatment serums and SPF, the Deep Pore Cleansing Facial will lay the foundations for optimal skin health and radiance. Healite Facials – The Healite II LED is our best kept secret for a long lasting, luminous complexion. The Healite Facial involves the therapeutic use of light emitting diodes (LED) to deliver precise wavelengths of light to effectively increase wound healing, help subside acne, reduce bacteria and relieve pain. Dermapen Treatments – Dermapen treatments are ideal for correcting a wide range of skin concerns including acne, uneven skin tone and texture, enlarged pores, redness and scarring. Collagen & elastin production is stimulated as the micro-needling device glides over the skin, creating millions of fractional channels which trigger a natural process of repair and rejuvenation. Acne Laser Facials – Effective for mild to moderate types of acne, the Acne Laser Facial is a safe and effective treatment for the reduction of breakouts, redness and inflammation. The CoolView handpiece is used to specifically target active acne lesions, destroying the sebaceous glands and bacteria, and reducing oil production to minimise future breakouts. Genesis V+ is also incorporated, which is used to gently heat the upper layers of the skin to decrease redness and boost collagen production. Chemical Peels- The Salicylic Acid Resurfacing Peel is idea for targeting breakouts, blackheads and uneven skin texture. Effectively exfoliating deep within the pores to lift any build up of excess oil, dirt and debris from the pores, it reduces redness and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. We also work closely alongside the team at the Australian Nutrition Centre (ANC) in Townsville. To compliment your treatment plan and homecare regime prescribed in clinic by your Skin Therapist, you are also entitled to a complimentary Inside Out Skin Assessment with Emma at ANC. Our aim is to achieve a holistic approach to skin health, which is why we encourage you to look further into the root cause of your skin concerns, especially when it comes to acne. During this assessment, Emma will conduct a thorough consultation with you regarding your skin concerns and previous medical history, with a focus on nutrition specific to your needs to help improve your skin. Whether you have recently come off the contraceptive pill, are suffering from gut imbalances or nutrient deficiencies, Emma will be able to provide you with personalised advice to compliment your in-clinic treatments. How many treatments will you need? The number of treatments required varies from person to person as it depends on a number of different factors, including what is causing the acne. You may only require one or two treatments, or you may need a series of treatments to get your skin under control. Your Skin Therapist will be able to give you a better indication on the number of treatments required for your skin during your initial consultation. Depending on what is causing the acne, it could take multiple treatments to see improvements. However, most people can notice a difference in their skin within 4 weeks. Medical Skin Consultations with Dr Dianne Clayton Dr Dianne Clayton is also available to provide Medical Skin Consultations in clinic to assist you along your skin journey, should you require any further topical or systemic medication for the treatment of acne and problematic skin. Dr Di works closely alongside our Skin Therapists in conjunction with your prescribed treatment plan in order to provide a holistic approach to treating your skin concerns. During an acne skin consultation, Dr Di will usually begin with talking to you about your acne and concerns. Following this, a comprehensive medical history will be taken. Dr Di will ask you what topical creams, cosmetics and sunscreens you might be using, what treatments you may have already tried, what you do for work, and what you like to do in your spare time (to check for any other potential aggravating factors). Dr Di will also assess the level of impact that she thinks your acne is having on you (both emotionally and socially), and examine your skin. Once she has all of the information that she requires, she will discuss a treatment and follow-up plan, and will answer any remaining questions you may have. Conclusion Acne can have a huge impact on confidence and self esteem for people of any age. If you are struggling with acne, book in for a Skin Health Consultation with one of our experienced Skin Therapists. Our experienced team are passionate about achieving the best results for their clients for optimal skin health, and will work along side you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs to get your skin back on track. Give our friendly team a call to make a booking today on (07) 4779 3333, or book online via the link above.

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What Is The Best Treatment For Acne Scars?
What Is The Best Treatment For Acne Scars?

What is the Best Treatment For Acne Scars? At Aloki Skin, we offer a wide variety of treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Treatment options include Dermapen, Laser, Chemical Peels and Healite treatments, all of which work by targeting deep and superficial scars to even out the skin’s tone and texture, reduce redness and minimise their appearance. Additionally, there’s a variety of products that can be used at home to compliment in clinic treatments. However, as there is no single best treatment, often a combination of approaches and treatments work best. There are 4 main types of acne scars: ice-pick, rolling, boxcar, and hypertrophic/keloid scars. These are often the result of inflammation of acne blemishes, whereas raised bumps are often a result of an overproduction of collagen during the healing process. How to treat acne scars depends on which type of scarring you have. After an initial Skin Health Consultation, your Skin Therapist will be able to determine the best course of action, including a bespoke treatment and product plan designed specifically for your skin needs and goals. How To Treat Acne Scars At Aloki Skin, we provide a variety of skin treatments and products that will help to reduce the appearance of acne scars. However, before starting any treatment, it’s important to clear any active acne. This can be done in a multitude of ways, most commonly through a combination of regular in clinic treatments and a good skincare routine. Should your acne require further medical consultation, we also offer doctor consultations with Dr Dianne Clayton. Read on to find out what treatments could be best suited to you! Dermapen The Dermapen Signature Treatment is ideal for correcting uneven skin tone and texture, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, pigmentation and scarring. Collagen & elastin production is stimulated as the micro-needling device glides over the skin, creating millions of fractional channels which trigger a natural process of repair and rejuvenation.  For best results, treatments are usually performed in a series at 4–8-week intervals, number of treatments may vary depending on the severity of the scarring. We also offer various Dermapen Enhancements to our treatments. Click HERE to find out more about these.  Laser Laser treatments work by gently warming the upper layers of the skin, delivering thousands of micro-pulses deep into the skin to refine pores, minimise scarring and refine skin tone and texture. By stimulating the production of collagen, skin firmness is boosted and cell regeneration is encouraged, softening and reducing the appearance of scars. If you struggle with acne in addition to scarring, we offer an Acne Laser Facial. The Acne Laser Facial is effective for mild to moderate types of acne, and is a safe and effective treatment for the reduction of breakouts, redness and inflammation, while still decreasing redness and boosting collagen production. Treatments incorporate a hydrating cleanse, non-ablative laser spot treatment & resurfacing, hydrating hyaluronic acid sheet mask, complete with a personalised cocktail of treatment serums and SPF. Chemical Peels We offer a range of chemical peels in clinic, each of varying strengths to suit individual skin concerns. Chemical peels work to improve the appearance of acne scars by evening out skin tone and texture, revealing smoother, fresher and healthier skin. For best results, a series of treatments are usually recommended. Healite The Healite Facial involves the therapeutic use of light emitting diodes (LED) to deliver precise wavelengths of light to effectively boost collagen and elastin, increase wound healing, help subsidise acne, and prevent the development of acne scarring. Treatments last for 30 minutes and are customised to suit your needs with the choice of either the blue or red light. Products In combination with treatments, one of the best ways to treat acne scars is through the use of a good quality skincare regime containing various active and soothing ingredients to both act on the scarring and calm its appearance. One of our most popular products for the reduction in the appearance of acne scarring and redness is the ASAP Super B Complex or RATIONALE #1 The Serum. Both products contain vitamin B, helping to reduce inflammation and scar formation in the healing stage. Vitamin A is another crucial ingredient when treating acne scarring. The hero ingredient of scar reduction, vitamin A works by stimulating cell turnover, repairing cell structure and rebuilding the dermis. Although not a quick fix, it can help repair the damaged cells that cause scarring over time. ASAP Super A Serum and RATIONALE #6 The Night Crème are perfect options if you are looking to implement Vitamin A into your skincare routine. Acne scarring is a common skin concern that we see in clinic - one which can have a significant effect on people’s confidence. The good news is that, with the right treatments and products, you can be on your way to a smoother, more refined and healthier skin appearance before you know it.  As there is no single best treatment, a combination approach will likely be taken in order to achieve optimal results. If this is something you may be interested in, feel free to give us a call on (07) 4779 3333 to book in your Skin Health Consultation and discover which treatments will be best for you.

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What to Expect From Anti-Wrinkle Injections
What to Expect From Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Over time, repetitive facial movements such as smiling, frowning and squinting can lead to unwanted expression lines. These lines may start to become visible even when the face is at rest. Muscle relaxant injections are a quick, effective and non-surgical treatment solution for minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments work by temporarily relaxing those facial muscles responsible for causing wrinkles and lines when you smile or frown to create a smooth, rejuvenated and fresh appearance. What can anti-wrinkle injections be used to treat? Prior to starting any injectables treatment, a complimentary 30-minute consultation with one of our Cosmetic Injectors is required. This is the most important part of any cosmetic treatment as it allows your Cosmetic Injector to listen to your treatment goals in order for an appropriate bespoke treatment plan to be tailored just for you. During the consultation, not only will your treatment goals be discussed, but your medical history, age, skin type, environmental damage and genes will also be taken into consideration. Muscle relaxant injections can be used to treat a wide variety of areas and conditions. The most popular areas for treatment include frown and forehead lines, crow’s feet, a gummy smile and smokers’ lines, as well as brow and neck lifting and jawline slimming. Muscle relaxants can also be used to treat various conditions such as teeth grinding, headaches, migraines, jaw pain and jaw clenching. Treatments to this area work by reducing the size of the affected muscles which provides instant relief, and softens the appearance of the lower face to provide a more aesthetically pleasing jaw line. What happens during a treatment? Prior to commencing your treatment, your Cosmetic Injector will take you through to the treatment room to have a quick discussion to ensure that you don’t have any new contraindications to the treatment since the time of your consultation. They will confirm the areas you’re wanting treated, as well as prices and doses. They will then begin by assessing muscle movement, marking where injections need to go and will then gain consent to commence treatment. Most people don’t feel any discomfort during treatment and tolerate it quite well. As the needle used for the injections is very fine, you may feel a slight pinch, however, it should not be uncomfortable or unbearable. After your treatment, the injector will wipe away any leftover marker and offer you a complimentary mineral makeup application. How long do the results from Muscle Relaxant Injections last? Results usually last around 3-4 months, with the peak effect occurring at 2 weeks post treatment. How much do Muscle Relaxant Injections cost? The cost of Muscle Relaxant Injections varies from person to person depending on a multitude of factors including the areas you wish to have treated, the strength of the muscle, age, lifestyle factors, etc. During your initial consultation, your Cosmetic Injector will be able to provide you with an accurate quote before proceeding with treatment. Will I bruise? There is always the risk of bruising when performing any kind of injections on the face as it is very vascular.  What do I need to do pre-treatment? To prepare for your muscle relaxant treatment, you will need to avoid invasive treatments such as Dermapen and Laser Facials for 2 weeks prior. Unfortunately, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you won’t be able to receive treatment. What do you need to avoid after an injectable appointment? Avoid touching or rubbing the injected areas for 6-12 hours. This includes avoiding hats, goggles or helmets. You can still wash your face, continue with your normal skin regime and apply makeup, but remember not to apply too much pressure. Avoid laying down for 4-6 hours post treatment. Avoid any facial treatments, including waxing, for 2 weeks. Avoid high intensity exercise for 24 hours. Avoid excess heat in the skin for 24 hours. Avoid alcohol for at least 1 day before and after treatment as this can help with preventing bruising. If it is your first treatment, arrange a 2-week follow-up appointment with your injector so that we can see how your facial muscles have responded to your treatment, and if any more product is required.  Book a consultation at Aloki Skin Muscle Relaxant Injections are a wonderful treatment option for those looking for a non-invasive, quick, and effective way of treating unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. If this is something you might be interested in, feel free to give us a call on (07) 4779 3333 to book your complimentary Injectables Consultation and start your bespoke journey to a smooth, rejuvenated appearance.  

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Top 3 Face Masks To Use Before An Event
Top 3 Face Masks To Use Before An Event

Amp up your glow this party season! Here are our top 3 go-to face masks you need in your skincare regime for gorgeous, clear and radiant skin. DP Dermaceuticals Hyla Active Sheet Mask - This mask is our absolute favourite for giving your skin the ultimate pick me up for that pre-event glow. This skin quenching mask delivers hydrating hyaluronic acid, stimulating copper peptides and the healing properties of zinc and vitamin B5, leaving your skin feeling instantly softer, more hydrated and visibly lifted. RATIONALE #1 The Mask - Revitalising ritual for intensive nourishment come together in this luxe treatment mask. This nurturing formulation delivers intense hydration, fortifies barrier function and renews skin clarity. Illuminating minerals instantly amplify skin radiance. Mesoestetic Pure Renewing Mask - If you suffer from breakouts, then this one's for you! This intensely purifying treatment mask exfoliates and cleans the pores to prevent and reduce imperfections. Not sure which one is best for your skin? Call into the clinic and have a chat to one of our Skin Therapist's for a tailored skincare regime to suit your individual concerns.

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Injectables & Pregnancy/Breastfeeding
Injectables & Pregnancy/Breastfeeding

One of the most important questions I ask my patients prior to performing injectable treatments is, "Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?" This is such an important question because there is very limited research or solid data available demonstrating that it is safe to have anti-wrinkle or filler treatments during this period of a woman's life and therefore, as a safe medical practitioner, I advise against/do not offer these treatments to women in these categories. Also, if you are planning on getting pregnant within the next 3 months, I recommend that you do not have any anti-wrinkle or dermal filler treatments. I always recommend waiting until you have finished breastfeeding before recommencing your injectable treatments as well. The first rule of medicine is "Do no harm" and applying this to your situation, we cannot say for sure that there is no harm to your baby from having treatments. I will always err on the side of caution because your safety and the safety of your baby is at the forefront of my mind. Safety first my lovelies! Dr Rowena xx

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