What to Expect After Cheek Filler
Cheek fillers are one of the most common areas treated at Aloki Skin when it comes to injectables. So, what can you expect after having cheek filler? Dr Rowena breaks down the details for us. Cheek filler is a treatment where dermal filler (gel-like substances made of cross-linked sugar molecules) are injected under the skin to add volume and structure to the face. They’re often used to create a more youthful look. As we age, we lose volume in our face due to lower collagen production, bone resorption & fat pad loss, and cheek filler is a way to combat that volume loss. What to Expect Before and After Cheek Filler The midface is a very important area of the face for fresh and youthful appearance. The cheeks are one of the first areas to show the loss of volume associated with ageing. Filling the cheek area with dermal filler is an effective treatment for a fresher, younger or more refined look. As we age, our cheeks lose volume, and the bone and soft tissue diminish, leaving us with reduced structural support in that area, creating loss of volume, folds and wrinkles. Dermal filler can improve: Size of cheeks, by restoring natural curves lost with age and highlighting cheekbones. The skin of cheeks – the wrinkling on cheek skin, especially from smiling, can be improved with dermal filler. The symmetry of cheeks – asymmetry of cheeks is very common and can be improved with dermal filler. Before Your Treatment Prior to undergoing any treatments in clinic, we always begin with a thorough, complimentary and obligation-free consultation with one of our experienced practitioners. During a consultation, patient goals, medical history, risks, common side effects and aftercare instructions will be discussed. Your practitioner will also determine if it is the correct treatment option and if it is medically safe. It will then be determined how much dermal filler will be required to achieve your desired goal, and a quote can then be provided after your practitioner has assessed your face. There are some precautionary measures that need to be taken prior to having cheek fillers. Things that need to be avoided prior to treatment include aspirin, Nurofen, alcohol and fish oil. You need to be healthy on the day of treatment, which means no active infections anywhere as your immune system may put a barrier around the filler. This can then cause a granuloma or lump, which may need to be cut out. During Cheek Filler Appointments On the day of your appointment, prior to commencing treatment, your practitioner will revisit your treatment goals and quote to ensure nothing has changed in between visits. Your practitioner will then go through a consent form with you and get you to sign it, and before photos will be taken for our reference. Your face will be cleansed with alcohol to prepare the treatment area. Your injector will either use a very fine needle or a cannula to inject filler into the cheeks. You can feel the filler going in under the skin, which is a very strange sensation. The treatment itself involves very minimal discomfort, and a topical anaesthetic can be used if necessary. There is also local anaesthetic in the dermal filler itself. Your injector will talk you through the whole process, and it should take approximately 30 minutes. Cheek Filler Immediately After Immediately post-treatment, there may be some redness, swelling and bruising. Results from cheek filler are immediate, but due to swelling, the cheeks may look sharp or full. This will reduce over the following days, and results will be assessed at a two-week follow-up appointment. Due to swelling, your cheeks may look asymmetrical and should resolve automatically as the swelling resolves. The area treated can be quite tender whilst swelling and bruising is present. Aftercare advice for cheek filler treatments includes: Avoid make-up and exercise for the rest of the day No spas or saunas for 1 week Be gentle with the areas injected and use clean hands when cleansing the face to reduce the risk of infection No facials for two weeks post-treatment When Do Cheek Fillers Settle? Swelling and bruising is expected after cheek filler, which should reduce within one week. More severe swelling and bruising can take up to 2 weeks to fully resolve. Book a Consultation with Aloki Skin Today All treatments offered at Aloki Skin are tailored to address our patients’ individual concerns. We don’t offer standardised treatments; rather, we spend time learning about our patient's history, lifestyle, and skin goals before going ahead with any treatments. We’re honoured to be involved in each client’s self-care journey’s, contributing results-driven skin treatments that enhance natural beauty. Dermal Fillers are available as a one-off treatment or part of a longer treatment journey, depending on your individual goals. Book an initial consultation online or call our friendly staff on (07) 4779 3333 to learn more about Dermal Filler treatment today!
How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation
Our Skin Therapists have put together a guide on how to 'get rid of hyperpigmentation'. Hyperpigmentation is the excess production of melanin (pigment) in the skin. There are four types of pigmentation, including freckles (ephelides), post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma and solar lentigos (sun/age spots). What Causes Hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin concern that we often see presenting in clinic. The causes of hyperpigmentation vary greatly, depending on what type of pigmentation you have. For example, freckles are usually genetic and also develop from excess sun exposure. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs as a result of a wound or inflammation in the skin, such as acne, burns, cuts, etc. Melasma is hormonal and genetic and is also commonly referred to as a 'pregnancy mask', as the hormonal changes experienced through pregnancy can bring melasma to the surface. Solar lentigos result from a combination of excess sun exposure, ageing and also genetics. Is It Possible to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation? When it comes to hyperpigmentation, it is never going to be entirely removed from the skin. However, we do offer a number of different treatments and topicals which can assist in fading hyperpigmentation and preventing it from getting darker. As pigmentation has a strong genetic component to it, completely removing pigment is very difficult. Prior to beginning any treatments in clinic, we always start with an Aloki Skin Health Consultation. This allows our Skin Therapists to take photos of your skin using our Observ machine, which can show underlying pigmentation, bacteria on the skin, sun damage, etc., to enable an accurate treatment plan to be developed for your individual concerns. After your initial consultation, you will be required to undergo a skin check before any treatments are able to commence for pigmentation reduction to ensure the lesions are not cancerous. A skin check can be performed with your regular GP, or you can book in for a lesion check at Aloki Skin with one of our doctors. Once we have a clearance letter after your skin check, we have a variety of different methods used to treat the pigment. Again, the type of pigmentation it is (determined during your consultation) will determine which form of treatment is used. If freckles are your primary concern, we can use a combination of laser using our new Gold Standard Cutera Excel V+ machine (for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3), a series of Dermapen skin needling treatments (for all Fitzpatrick skin types), or chemical peels such as Cosmelan, Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid Peels (for all Fitzpatrick skin types). The treatment of choice will depend on a number of factors, including downtime, budget and lifestyle factors. The treatment of melasma can be a little more difficult due to the hormonal component. However, our most effective treatments include chemical peels (in particular Cosmelan) or a series of Dermapen skin needling treatments. For the treatment of solar lentigos and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Dermapen and chemical peels are also recommended. Laser can also be used as a method of pigment reduction for solar lentigos. So, how do these treatments remove pigmentation? Dermapen Dermapen works by creating a controlled wound on the skin and breaking up the pigment cluster. This stimulates cell turnover and encourages the existing pigment to be exfoliated off the skin. When treating pigment with Dermapen, we treat epidermally (only the surface layer of the skin), because this is where the pigment is sitting. Therefore, we can perform these treatments every 2 weeks to get faster results. We also use the DP Dermaceuticals BriteLite and HylaActive infusion serums when treating pigmentation to further assist in brightening and lightening the skin. Cosmelan Peel The Cosmelan Peel is a type of chemical peel which is designed to target all kinds of hyperpigmentation within the skin. It works by chemically exfoliating the surface layer of skin using AHAs and BHAs to stimulate cell turnover and encourage the pigment to fade. It also works on the deeper layers of the skin as the active ingredients work to inhibit future pigment production. The Cosmelan Peel is a journey, and it can take up to 6 months to see the final results. With the correct use of homecare products post treatment and by ensuring you follow your therapists' pre and post-care instructions, remarkable results can be achieved with this treatment. Glycolic/Lactic Acid Peels Another form of chemical peel to assist with the reduction of hyperpigmentation is a Glycolic or Lactic Acid peel. These peels are similar but have different effects, depending on your skin's tolerance. They are less intense than the Cosmelan Peel as they only contain AHA's, which work on the surface layer of the skin. Glycolic Acid peels are a more intense peel which work to chemically exfoliate the surface layer of the skin to stimulate pigment reduction. We usually build our clients' skin up to having Glycolic peels by beginning with 1-2 Lactic Acid peels. Lactic Acid is a larger molecule of AHA that is gentler on more sensitive skins. It gently chemically exfoliates the surface layer of dead skin cells to increase cell turnover and aids in brightening and hydrating the surface layer of the skin. Lactic Acid peels are commonly used as the first step in preparation to build the tolerance of your skin to more intense chemical peels. Laser Using our Cutera Excel V+ CooLView (532nm) laser, our Skin Therapists can target pigment within the skin to break it up. The pigment will darken over 24-48 hours post-treatment and will then begin to fade after 1-2 weeks. Depending on your skin's natural healing process, it can take up to 4 weeks to fade. A series of 2-3 treatments are usually recommended to ensure the best results at 4-6 week intervals. As the laser targets pigment, if your skin is naturally tanned/darker, the laser will not be an appropriate treatment for you as it could possibly target your natural skin tone, resulting in hypopigmentation (loss of pigment). Just as important as the treatments that we perform in clinic are what products are being used on the skin at home to maintain results and prevent new pigmentation from coming to the surface. 80% of results are seen through homecare, so our Skin Therapists recommend adding Vitamin C to your daily skincare routine (RATIONALE #2 The Serum, RATIONALE #2 The Hydragel, ASAP Super C+ Serum, or DP Dermaceuticals Anti-Oxidant Cocktail), as well as a Vitamin A/Retinoid (RATIONALE #6 The Night Crème, ASAP Super A+ Serum, or DP Dermaceuticals Retinal Active). As well as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, a good quality sunscreen is a must. We stock a wide variety of sunscreens in clinic to suit all skin types, concerns and personal preferences. Our top picks are the Mesoestetic Melan 130 SPF50+ and the RATIONALE #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+. Treat Hyperpigmentation with Aloki Skin If you are interested in finding out more about treating Hyperpigmentation, then book in for a Skin Health Consultation with one of our Skin Therapists who can provide you with a personalised treatment plan. To make a booking, contact our friendly team on (07) 4779 3333
Things A Good Injector Will Tell You
Injectable treatments continue to soar in popularity and are a fabulous way to freshen up your appearance. And although millions of treatments have been performed, it is important to remember that these are medical treatments and choosing the right injector is a crucial part of the process. An injector's skills, experience and artistry are essential factors to choosing the right injector, but don't forget that the best practitioner will also draw on ethical and moral principles to provide the very best experience for their patients. So what will a good injector do for you? DESIGN AN INDIVIDUALISED TREATMENT PLAN In your initial consultation, a good injector will take the time to determine the most suitable treatment/s for your needs. This will involve an in-depth conversation about what you hope to achieve and they will work with you to devise a plan that addresses your concerns, including any alternative treatments that may be more suitable or enhance your results, such as quality skincare products or skin treatments. ADVISE YOU OF THE RISKS Your face is a complex structure, consisting of fat, bone, nerves, veins, arteries and skin, with differences in composition depending on age, gender and cultural background. Your injector must be trained and educated in how to perform injectable treatments in the safest way. They will also take their time to ensure that you are aware of the risks and side effects associated with injectables and take every measure to avoid complications. In the event of a complication, your injector should be experienced in recognising the signs and treating the symptoms accordingly. TELL YOU WHEN TO STOP Your injector should not be afraid of saying "No" and will tell you when a treatment is not medically suitable for you or if it isn't the best option to restore facial balance, symmetry and harmony. Choosing a reliable and ethical injector is vital, as they will prevent you from making too many changes or disregarding your natural beauty. PREPARE YOU FOR AFTERCARE The aftercare process is just as important as the treatment itself. A good injector will walk you through what to expect, what you should and shouldn't do, and provide you with information on how to avoid complications and what to do if you are concerned with anything after you leave the clinic. They should offer a complimentary follow-up appointment to ensure you are happy with your results and that things have healed and settled as expected. Our injectors at Aloki Skin combine their experience with ethical practice, drawing on advanced techniques, expert aesthetic vision and a commitment to patient education when performing injectable treatments. They can guide you through your injectables journey, helping you to achieve your best facial aesthetic and most confident self. Dr Rowena xx
Mother's Day Gift Guide at Aloki
We think that Mum's deserve to be celebrated each and every day, so make this Mother's Day even more special with some well-deserved pampering and self-care. Our Skin Therapist's share their ideal gifts for the ultimate self-care experience for Mum this Mother's Day: Jens - My top treatment for Mother's Day would be the Laser Facial. It's both relaxing and results driven, as it works to boost collagen and elastin, refine skin tone & texture, and refine the pores. This treatment incorporates a hydrating cleanse, non-ablative laser resurfacing and hydrating hyaluronic acid sheet mask, massaged with our white crystal jade roller and completed with a personalised cocktail of serums and SPF. Alex - My top recommendation for Mother's Day would be the Gua Sha Glow Facial paired with the Gua Sha Home Care Pack. For $210, you receive a Gua Sha Kit which includes a serum, Gua Sha stone & roller, facial cloth and instructions for the at home treatment, all beautifully packaged. This also comes with a voucher for a one hour facial - an hour that Mum can really relax and zone out. Mikarla - My top pick for Mother's Day would have to be the RATIONALE Epinova Brilliance Facial. This facial is the perfect gift for Mum as it encompasses not only a beautifully relaxing face, neck and decolletage massage, but also a gently exfoliating enzyme peel, Healite treatment and a hand and arm massage. No matter what skin concerns your Mum has, this facial can be personalised to her individual needs with different oils, serums, moisturisers and creams to suit all skin types and conditions. Purchase a gift voucher HERE, or give our friendly team a call to arrange to pick up your voucher from the clinic!
Dr Rowena's Universkin Results
'I have been using my personalised Universkin serums for approximately 5 months now and to say I am pleased with my results is definitely an understatement! I had been using very high-quality skincare and thought my skin looked great for my age and our harsh North Queensland conditions. But after about 1 month of using my customised morning and nighttime serums, I started noticing improvements to my skin. Redness was reduced, pigmentation was lightened and it felt so beautifully hydrated. I also incorporate the Universkin HA serum, the P light moisturiser and the O oil cleanser into my routine. The real testimony though comes from the number of comments that I have been getting from people who I see regularly...they could see a difference! The wonderful aspect of Universkin is the ability to make up totally customised serums tailored specifically for YOUR skin needs; so the ingredients in my daytime and nighttime serums, will be different to someone else and they send the products directly to my home. The percentages of the active ingredients are also above those that you can purchase over the counter as Universkin is a doctors-only prescribed skincare. I really cannot recommend these products enough and my skin has never looked better!' Dr Rowena xx
What is Ultherapy?
Revive your collagen and elastin naturally and non-surgically with Ultherapy. Simply put, this non-invasive treatment goes deeper to stimulate production of your body’s own collagen and elastin for a natural looking result without surgery or downtime. The treatment works to lift and tighten the skin on the face, neck and decolletage to give a fresher and more youthful appearance. What is Ultherapy? Ultherapy distributes intense ultrasound energy that penetrates deep underneath the skin – the same layers of skin that surgeons focus on during a facelift! However, with Ultherapy, the skin is never breached. The release of the ultrasound energy deep into the skin tissue invigorates the body’s natural responses. The results of Ultherapy are not immediately visible, as collagen production takes time. Results usually appear over two to three months. After that time, you’ll notice the skin on your face and neck feeling significantly smoother and brighter. How Does Ultherapy Work? Aloki’s state of the art Ultherapy treatment utilises focused, ultrasound energy on the face and neck to heat deep skin tissue from within. This process acts to indicate to your body that it needs to begin creating fresh new collagen. Collagen is an essential building block protein for your skin, keeping the skin toned and firm. We lose collagen reserves as we get older, leading to loose and sagging skin. Ultherapy prevents your collagen from depleting to slow the ageing process. The Difference Between Ultherapy & Other Skin Treatments These are the key differences between Ultherapy and other skin procedures: 1. Ultherapy is Non-Invasive Ultherapy is an entirely external procedure. The ultrasound energy treats the deep foundational layer addressed in more invasive cosmetic surgery (like a facelift), but won’t wholly mimic those results. Ultherapy is an excellent treatment for those looking for an alternative to surgery. It is also used by patients to maintain their results from surgery. 2. Ultherapy Targets Deeper Layers of the Skin The ultrasound energy used in Ultherapy penetrates the skin’s tissue to boost collagen production. Compared to a procedure like a laser treatment which relies on light energy and cannot reach those deeper skin layers, laser treatments are used to treat superficial skin and are not lifting and tightening the skin like Ultherapy does. 3. Lasting Results of Ultherapy All patients have their own unique bodies and processes. Ultherapy stimulates your own collagen production, so the lasting nature of the results differs from person to person. As the results appear over two to three months, they can last for well over a year in many cases. Your natural ageing process will also dictate the effectiveness. 4. Safety Ultherapy makes use of ultrasound energy that has been used in the medical field safely for over fifty years. Ultherapy is performed worldwide, and over one million procedures have been performed successfully. Minor side effects after the treatment include a slightly flushed appearance or slight tingling of the face and neck. Townsville’s Only Ultherapy Provider Taking care of your skin is vital in keeping it rejuvenated, fresh and slowing the ageing process. We all know how important collagen production is for healthy, glowing skin – Ultherapy provides the ultimate treatment for increasing collagen, elasticity and firmness. If you are interested in finding out more about Ultherapy, then book in for a complimentary consultation with one of our practitioners who can provide you with a personalised treatment plan. To make a booking, contact our friendly team on (07) 4779 3333