Mono Threads are designed for skin rejuvenation and aim to tighten and thicken your skin over time, so they are a perfect treatment for those of us with concerns about skin texture and lax skin. Mono Threads are made from a flexible, durable synthetic polymer that induces the production of your body’s own collagen. It is this collagen neogenesis that creates a lasting skin tightening effect, for 6 to 12 months after your procedure. In essence, the threads become a support structure for your face, allowing natural collagen production to take place and over time the thread is fully absorbed by your body.
Dr. Jodie will first assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for treatment. She will use topical numbing cream to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure, so you may need to arrive 60 minutes prior to your appointment. On occasion, Dr. Jodie will administer injectable local anaesthesia for additional pain relief. Dr. Jodie will select the right number and type of Mono Threads required to address your areas of concern and gently insert them using a micro needle under the skin in desired treatment area. The treatment is very much customised to your unique face. Mono Threads are inserted into the skin in a mesh like pattern to achieve maximum tightening effects.
Anywhere on the skin: Forehead lines, frown lines, brow lift, nasolabial folds, cheeks, marionette lines, fine lines around your mouth and eyes, smile lines, jawline, neck, decolletage. Mono Threads have even been used to address skin laxity on your abdomen!
Mono Threads can be used to treat most age groups to address skin textural issues, mainly skin laxity. The younger you are, the more collagen you are likely to produce, although the older you are, the more skin laxity you will have to address. Mono Threads, like Injectable Biostimulators, are a great alternative for those who cannot be treated with Dermal Fillers, such as those who metabolise Dermal Fillers too quickly or who have particularly lax skin. More often than not, Mono Threads are used in conjunction with Dermal Fillers as an adjunct to therapy. Threads have greater skin tightening capacity than Dermal Fillers but they are unable to contour the face in the same way as Dermal Fillers, so a combination of treatments is often recommended. These treatments however need to be separated over time by at least 2 weeks as a minimum, unless they are addressing separate areas of the face, in which case they can be done on the same day.
If you have an active autoimmune condition, are prone to thickened or ‘keloid’ scarring, or have experienced your body rejecting internal sutures (stitches) in the past, this treatment is not for you. You cannot undergo treatment with Mono Threads if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Similarly, any known allergy or foreign body sensitivities to plastic biomaterials is a treatment contraindication. If you have darker skin or are prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), be aware that threads may rarely cause pigmentation changes.
You will begin to see results in 6 to 12 weeks which continue to improve over the next 6 months as new collagen is produced. Although the Mono Threads will slowly dissolve, you will see results for up to 12 months. Results will vary depending on lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sipping through straws, etc, and on your individual capacity to generate collagen. An annual treatment may be all you will need, although many opt to maintain their results with 6 monthly treatments.
The time of your procedure will vary based on many factors, such as the size of your treatment area, but typically takes between 30 to 60 mins. Keep in mind you will be required to attend your appointment 60 minutes prior for the application of topical numbing cream.
A Mono Thread treatment may produce minimal to severe bruising and swelling in the treatment area, so treatment timing is key. Bruising typically lasts 5 to 7 days, but in severe cases may last for up to 4 weeks. You cannot and will not avoid bruising, so do not undertake treatment if you have an important social event within 1 month. You may experience a firm feeling and some tenderness in the area that has been treated for a 1 to 2 days to 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.
Mono Threads differ from thread or suture lifts which use long barbed threads or threads with cones to lift tissues, which can leave you feeling pulled tight or with dimpled skin. Mono threads are smooth and made without barbs. They aim to tighten skin rather than lift tissue, which in itself may have a mild lifting effect, but without the associated issues of a barbed or coned thread lift. They will not achieve the same degree of lift as a thread or suture lift. They will also not provide the same amount of lift as a surgical facelift.
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Injectable Biostimulators are typically administered using a cannula (a fine blunt ended device) which may significantly reduce your risk of bruising, when compared to Mono Threads. They can also help to restore age-related facial volume loss, not just skin laxity. In this capacity, Injectable Biostimulators are more capable of addressing facial sag than Mono Threads. However, they can only be used to treat the outer areas of the face where there is less facial movement – movement may cause particles in the injected solution to clump together and trigger the formation of lumps (a ‘foreign body’ reaction). Therefore, Injectable Biostimulators are not recommended around the mouth or inner cheeks where there is significant movement. Injectable Biostimulators can extremely rarely, inadvertently be injected into an artery and cause obstruction of the blood supply to your tissue or even blindness (in a similar way to Dermal Fillers). You cannot dissolve Injectable Biostimulators once injected. Multiple treatments of Injectable Biostimulators are required 4 to 6 weeks apart and require 5 days of massage post to avoid lumps. In contrast, Mono Threads can be broken down quickly using a laser in the event of an adverse event. Due to the structural nature of the threads, they are less likely than Injectable Biostimulators to cause facial lumps in areas of movement, so they can be used to treat lines around your mouth. Mono Threads also cannot block off the blood supply to your tissues or cause blindness. One treatment a year may be all you need. Post care instructions for Mono Threads do not require facial massage, unlike Injectable Biostimulators.
Injectable Biostimulators are semi-permanent collagen Biostimulators designed to improve the quality and volume of your skin and soft tissues. In particular, they work to improve skin textural issues such as depressed scars, lines and wrinkles, and generalised skin crepiness, as well as increase skin tightness and restore age-related soft tissue volume loss and facial sag. This will ultimately soften any signs of ageing and help undo the consequences of time for a fresher, more rejuvenated look.
Injectable Biostimulators are injected under your skin where the active particles stimulate and revitalise your body’s own natural collagen production. As collagen production is stimulated, your skin and soft tissues regain structure and volume, leading to a gradual correction of skin textural issues, skin laxity and age-related volume loss and sag.
Dr. Jodie will first assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for treatment. Once your face has been thoroughly cleaned, Dr Jodie will administer the Injectable Biostimulator to the desired treatment area using a cannula (a fine blunt-ended device designed to reduce bruising). To ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure, she will use injectable local anaesthetic at the entry sites for the cannula. Once your treatment is completed, Dr. Jodie will massage the product in your face to ensure the active particles remain well dispersed in your face. Post procedural massage is very important.
In the Dr. Jodie clinic, the primary area of treatment with Injectable Biostimulators is your outer face. This includes your outer forehead, temples, outer cheeks, below your cheeks, in front of your ears and your outer jawline, areas that are prone to age-related volume loss and sag. Injectable Biostimulators may be used ‘off label’ to correct other areas of your body with evidence of skin laxity, such as your ‘bingo wings’ or wrinkly knees and more commonly, your neck lines. They can also be used as a non-surgical alternative to the Brazilian butt lift to create buttock firmness and volume.
Injectable Biostimulators can be used to treat most age groups to address skin textural issues, skin laxity and volume loss. The younger you are, the more collagen you are likely to produce, although the older you are, the more skin laxity and soft tissue volume loss you will have to address. Injectable Biostimulators are a great alternative for those who cannot be treated with Dermal Fillers, including people who metabolise Dermal Fillers too quickly or require really high volumes of Dermal Fillers to achieve the desired result. More often than not, Injectable Biostimulators are used in conjunction with Dermal Fillers as an adjunct to therapy. Injectable Biostimulators have greater skin tightening capacity than Dermal Fillers but are unable to contour the face in the same way as Dermal Fillers, so a combination of treatments is often best. These treatments, however, need to be separated over time by at least 4 to 6 weeks as a minimum.
When it comes to Injectable Biostimulator treatment, results are gradual and subtle. Changes are not immediately apparent as it takes time (4 to 6 weeks) for the body to stimulate collagen. A series of treatments are also required, with typically 2 to 3 sessions required to achieve the end result. Improvements may last for up to 25 months after the initial treatment, but longevity of results will vary from person to person.
Most people require at least 2 to 3 treatments every 4 to 6 weeks. Results develop gradually as it takes time for collagen production and skin texture and soft tissue volume improve over time. So, it is important not to judge your result too quickly! Follow-up treatments every 8 to 12 months can help maintain the desired result.
Treatment reactions include bruising (minimal, as a cannula approach is most often employed), itching, pain, redness or swelling in the treatment area. These reactions are usually resolved within a few days to one week.
More serious adverse events have been reported, including the formation of nodules or firm lumps under the skin (a ‘foreign body’ reaction) and even blindness (just like Dermal Fillers), but these are rare and can be discussed in detail with Dr. Jodie during your appointment prior to your treatment. It is always so important to choose an experienced clinician for all your cosmetic treatments who can manage complications in the unlikely event they arise.
Injectable Biostimulator treatment should be avoided by anyone who has a known history of keloid (thickened) scarring, an active inflammatory or infective process at the intended site of treatment or elsewhere, known allergy to any of the synthetic components, or anyone who has an autoimmune condition, such as Crest syndrome, scleroderma, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, lupus, etc. Treatment should also be avoided if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Dermal Filler treatment needs to be separated from Injectable Biostimulators by at least 4 to 6 weeks, sometimes longer, so be sure to inform Dr. Jodie of any prior cosmetic treatments.
To ensure optimal results, it is important to carefully adhere to the following aftercare advice:
Please note that failure to follow post care advice can increase your risk of treatment complications, most notably nodule formation. Massage is critical!
Injectable Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants treat facial lines that become visible as your face moves. Relaxing these muscles delivers an appearance that is fresh and smooth. Existing lines will soften and new lines will be avoided with regular treatment. Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants can even be used to shape and lift the face.
Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants commonly treat facial lines including: Above Lip Lines; Bunny Lines around the nose; Chin Lines and dimpling; Crow’s Feet around the eyes; Forehead Lines; Frown Lines; and Marionette Lines, between the lips and the chin. They can also be used: For a Brow Lift; to lift a Downturned Mouth; to reduce Neck Bands and lift a sagging lower face and neck; for Jawline Slimming; and to reduce Sweating.
Dr. Jodie will assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants. Ice will be used to numb the area prior to treatment, but the procedure is relatively comfortable, involving only a few tiny injections with a very fine needle.
You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 30-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is over rather quickly, usually within 10-15 minutes.
Following treatment, you may appear ‘mossie’ bitten in the affected area, but this will usually settle over the course of 5-20 minutes. Occasionally, a few small needle marks are visible, which are easily concealable.
Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants will start working within 2-7 days and the results will be seen maximally at 2-3 weeks.
Depending on the area of the face treated, the strength of the muscles involved, the dose of the product used, and your individual make-up, results last generally 3-4 months. Sometimes results may last as long as 6 months, other times, only 2 months. Some clients will opt for more regular treatments using a lower dose of product to maintain some facial movement and a more natural look.
Injectable Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants have been used medically for more than 20 years. Prior to use in Cosmetic Medicine, Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants were and continue to be involved in treatment of squints, eyelid spasm, facial nerve disorders, overactive neck muscles, incontinence and vaginal spasm, among other things. Children with cerebral palsy are frequently treated with Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants to relax tight muscles and stiff postures. In fact, this was Dr. Jodie’s first exposure to the use of Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants way back in 2006 at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane!
No. Injectable muscle relaxants are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.
A number of factors determine how old your face appears. Your genetic make-up, cumulative exposure to UV light, your smoking status, face shape and your skin quality all play a role. For younger clients, regular treatments will almost stop the clock and can slow the ageing process. For mature people, treatments aim to refresh the face and soften signs of ageing.
No you won’t look worse. While wrinkles and lines will eventually return, your face will age with the benefit of previous treatment.
Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxant treatments stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves).
Dr. Jodie prefers the Professional Skin Peel Range from The Skin Care Company.
The range includes 3 unique and specialised peel formulations that treat a wide range of skin concerns. Each utilises AHAs, BHAs and a rich array of clinically proven anti-oxidants and moisturising agents.
Clarifies and refines oily and acne prone skin – with a Jessner Base (Resorcinol, Lactic and Salicylic acids) with Vitamin A, Rosemary and Chamomile botanicals. It is considered a deep peel.
Deep And Meaningful
Illuminates and brightens aged and photodamaged skin – with Kojic, Glycolic, and Lactic acids with Vitamin A, and Mulberry, Arbutin and Niacinamide. It is considered a medium depth peel.
Plump And Restore
Replenishes hydration levels and protects from environmental damage – with Mandelic and Lactic acids, Pomegranate, Mulberry, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide. It is considered a superficial peel.
Dr. Jodie will personally spend an hour with you to
Skin care and maintenance is just as important as cosmetic injectable treatments to keep a refreshed, natural look. With so many options on the market, you can rely on Dr. Jodie to guide your choices for clearer, softer, and smoother skin.
Your face will be thoroughly cleansed and any dirt, makeup or oil removed with a cleanser and a special pre-peel preparatory solution. Sensitive areas will be protected with Vaseline.
The peel will be applied with brush and left on your skin for 3-5 minutes, while your skin is carefully monitored. During this process you may experience a tingling sensation and flushing. Frosting (a temporary white discolouration) may be apparent with the Complexion Perfection formulation, but rarely with the other two preparations.
The peel will then be neutralised using a special solution. At this stage, no further tingling should be apparent. A B5 nourishing and anti-ageing serum will be applied to your skin followed by a moisturiser with SPF.
You may still feel flushed or appear red immediately after the peel, which can persist for 24 hours. Frosting (a temporary white discoloration) too may be apparent for 24 hours.
Depending on the type of peel applied, you may experience some mild flaking of the skin over the next 2-7 days. Generally Plump And Restore and Deep And Meaningful formulations involve only minor flaking (as these are superficial or medium depth peels), whilst Complexion Perfection (which is a deeper peel) will typically involve more skin shedding. Treatment planning is important to avoid unnecessary interruptions to your daily life.
At least one week prior to treatment you should start preparing your skin using an AHA/ BHA serum every second night. You should stop using Vitamin A products 24 hours before a Skin Peel.
You should stop all active skin care for a week. Vitamin B5 serum should be applied twice a day for 3-7 days, depending on the strength of the peel undertaken. Daily moisturiser with SPF is a must.
Never pick or peel flaking skin as this may lead to scaring.
Skin Peels may be undertaken once or twice a month.
Complexion Perfection and Deep And Meaningful formulations are NOT recommended or safe in pregnancy due to Vitamin A derivatives.
Plump And Restore formulation is not recommended or safe with NUT allergy due to the presence of Mandelic acid.
Notify Dr. Jodie if you are allergic to Rosemary, Chamomile, Mulberry, or Pomegranate.
Skin Boosters treat dull, dehydrated, and rough skin to improve skin brightness, hydration and texture. Like Dermal Fillers, they are made from a sugar that is naturally occurring in your own skin called hyaluronic acid. They work by drawing water to the dermis of the skin to restore the hydrobalance. They also stimulate your own collagen network to combat age-related thinning of skin. The end result is smoother, softer surface that glows.
Skin boosters are essentially a form of injectable skin care. They are suitable for all skin types, but are particularly effective at transforming dull, dehydrated, and rough skin. They are otherwise known as skin glow treatments. All areas of the face can be treated, from the forehead to the chin, even the neck, although more commonly the lower face is targeted where skin tends to sag more with laxity. The backs of hands can also be rejuvenated using Skin Boosters to minimise the appearance of sinuous tendons and other age-related changes.
Dr. Jodie will assess your face or hands to see if you are a good candidate for Skin Boosters. Local anaesthetic injections can be used at the entry site to numb the area prior to treatment and Skin Boosters come prepackaged already containing local anaesthetic, so overall the procedure is relatively comfortable. Dr. Jodie will use a cannula (a fine blunt-ended instrument to bypass bloods vessels and nerves) to administer the product. Most clients will undergo treatment with 2-3mls of product in a single appointment.
You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 45-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is closer to 15-30 minutes.
Almost all clients will leave the clinic looking refreshed with very little ‘evidence’ of treatment. Some will have immediate swelling and others minimal bruising. Skin Boosters tend to be quite hydrating and will draw water to the treatment area, so swelling may persist for 5-7 days, although generally it is quite minimal and not noticeable to others. Bruising is rare but also settles within 5-7 days. It is always important to time your Skin Booster treatment carefully.
Skin Boosters have an immediate effect so you will see subtle skin improvements immediately following treatment, but best result are seen 4 weeks later.
The treatment results tend to last 6 to 12 months, but the duration of individual results may vary. Top-up treatments are generally recommended on a 6 monthly basis.
No. Injectable Skin Boosters are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.
Yes. Skin Boosters are designed to improve the quality of the skin, without adding unnecessary volume or contours, so you will leave the clinic looking just like you, only fresher.
No. You will, however, continue to age with the benefits of prior treatment. Hyaluronic acid will stimulate your own collagen network and improve texture, hydration, and glow. Over time, like the hyaluronic acid naturally found in your skin, it will be broken down by your body.
Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Skin Booster treatments, stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves).
Injectable Dermal Fillers treat static lines and age-related sagging. They can lift and define your natural contours and enhance your signature features. The results of a skilled treatment can be a refreshed and natural face.
Dermal Fillers treat various lines and folds of the face including: Above Lip Lines; Chin Lines or dimpling; Crow’s Feet around the eyes; Forehead Lines; Frown Lines; Marionette Lines, between the lips and the chin; and Nasolabial Folds, between the nose and the lips. They can also be used: for a Brow Lift; Cheek Filler enhancement; Chin Reshaping; to refresh Dull Skin; for Jawline Straightening; to reduce Jowls; for Lip Filler enhancement; for a Liquid Nose Job; for Smile Lines; and to treat Temple Hollows and Tired Eyes.
Dr. Jodie will assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for Dermal Fillers. Ice, numbing cream, or local anaesthetic injections can be used to numb the area prior to treatment, but the procedure is relatively comfortable, even without this additional help. In fact, the Dermal Fillers come prepackaged already containing local anaesthetic. Dr. Jodie will then use a small needle or cannula (a fine blunt-ended instrument to bypass bloods vessels and nerves) to administer the product.
You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 60-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is closer to 30-45 minutes.
Many clients leave the surgery looking refreshed and amazing with very little ‘evidence’ of treatment! Some will have immediate swelling and others minimal bruising or barely visible needle marks. Swelling tends to settle over 48 hours and bruising within 5-7 days. For these reasons it is important to time your Dermal Filler treatment carefully.
Dermal Fillers have a quick effect so you will see subtle facial enhancements immediately and the full result 2-4 weeks following treatment.
Depending on the area of the face treated, the amount of facial volume loss, the extent of facial movement, the type of Dermal Filler used, and your individual make-up, results may last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. With repeated treatments, results may last as long as 18 months.
The Dermal Fillers used by Dr. Jodie are made from a sugar that is naturally found in your skin. They are non-permanent and broken down by the body over time, just like your own natural tissue.
Dr. Jodie has worked closely with a specialist cosmetic dermatologist for a decade and for may reasons prefers not to use permanent fillers. Unlike permanent fillers, the Dermal Fillers used by Dr. Jodie can be dissolved. What you need today may not be the same as what you require in 5 or 10 year’s time.
No. Injectable Dermal Fillers are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.
Dr. Jodie will tailor a treatment plan just for you to optimise your facial balance and enhance your signature features without you looking ‘done’. Fake outcomes are the result of poor aesthetic assessment and overzealous use of Dermal Fillers, which Dr. Jodie does not ascribe to.
Dr. Jodie is an experienced cosmetic physician and a National Clinical Trainer for one of the largest pharmaceutical suppliers of Dermal Fillers – she regularly teaches other doctors the nuances of how to inject well.
No. Both hyaluronic acid and needling will stimulate your own natural collagen network. Dermal Fillers do not stretch your face. Conversely, they improve skin texture and elasticity by thickening the skin and supporting the tissue underneath. Wrinkles, lines and facial hollows will eventually return to your face if you stop treatment, but your face will age with the benefit of earlier treatments.
Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Dermal Filler treatments, stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves).
Fat Dissolving Injections are used to improve the appearance of a double chin – they are a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and laser ‘fat freezing’. Sometimes treatment can be extended to include your jowls, as well as various other body parts like the abdomen and flanks, but in the Dr. Jodie clinic treatment primarily targets elimination of your double chin.
The active ingredient in Fat Dissolving Injections is the same agent that naturally occurs in the body, called deoxycholic acid, which normally breaks down dietary fat. When injected below the chin, this agent reduces fatty tissue and results in a more contoured neck profile and jawline.
Dr Jodie will assess your lower face to see if you are a suitable candidate for fat dissolving. Local anaesthetic injections will be used to numb the area under the chin to ensure your procedure is comfortable. Dr. Jodie will identify important anatomical structures and assess the extent of your fatty tissue to customise treatment to your individual needs. A grid like pattern will be marked out on your skin to guide treatment injections for optimal results and tiny needles will be used to administer the product to minimise any discomfort.
You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 45-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment itself is closer to 15-20 minutes.
Most clients will leave with some redness, swelling and bruising. Redness will usually settle within 24 hours. Swelling is maximal after 2 to 3 days and will improve significantly by 7 days, but clearly it is important to time your treatment to fit with your social calendar. A scarf is recommended! Bruising tends to be minimal. In the first 24 hours, most client report a burning sensation under their chin.
Treatment results may take up to 4 weeks for a reduction in chin fat to be seen.
Most clients experience a visible improvement in the appearance of their chin profile after 2 to 4 treatments. Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve their best result. Treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart.
Once your desired result is achieved, results are generally maintained for at least 4 years, but individual results may vary.
No. Fat Dissolving Injections are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.
Sometimes, even with diet and exercise, a double chin may not disappear. Clients with double chins often report feeling like they look heavier and older than they actually are. Spot treatment with Fat Dissolving Injections is a great way to eliminate a double chin and restore confidence. Best of all, the procedure is quick and easy and minimally invasive.
Yes. The end result is simply improvement of the appearance of your double chin. A more contoured neck profile and jawline will ensure you appear refreshed, but you will still look just like you.
No. You will continue to age with the benefits of prior treatment. In addition to dissolving fat, there is skin retraction (or shrinkage) over time so saggy skin is not generally an issue following treatment.
Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans.