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).
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).
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).
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.
The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection stimulates your body’s own skin cell receptors to increase collagen and elastin, minimise age-related facial fat loss and hydrate the skin from within. This ultimately counteracts your skin laxity or sagging by restoring skin firmness and elasticity. It also helps to smooth fine lines and crepiness and replenish dehydrated skin leaving you glowing.
The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection leads to firmer, more elastic, better hydrated, smoother skin with softened or fewer lines.
Initially, Dr. Jodie will assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection, which fortunately, most people are. She will take before and after photos to document your progress and response to treatment. After thoroughly cleaning your skin, Dr. Jodie will mark out the 5 bio aesthetic points or BAP sites on each side of your face. These have been formulated to maximise the spread of product for your best results but can be ‘tweaked’ slightly to suit your unique requirements. She will use a tiny needle to inject 0.2mls of the 2ml syringe per BAP site, which is placed superficially into your skin. Most clients do not generally require any numbing prior as the procedure is well tolerated, but if you have any concerns ice and topical anaesthetic are available. So far, no one has required this!
You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for 30 minutes to ensure you have ample time for questions and receive a clear explanation about your procedure. However, the treatment time itself will only take approximately 15 minutes.
Immediately after treatment you will have 10 small welts corresponding to each injection site or BAP. These typically resolve before the following morning, with some even settling before leaving the Dr. Jodie clinic. Bruising is rare, as the injection is very superficial in the skin, which minimises the risk. This is a fantastic procedure for those who are time poor and cannot afford much recovery time.
Serial treatments are typically required. Initially, most client require 2 treatments (occasionally 3), separated by at least 4 weeks. After this, a booster treatment is required once every 6 to 12 months. This ultimately depends on your needs and response to treatment.
Results can be seen as early as 8 weeks; however, it is important to remember that it takes time for your body to generate collagen and elastin, among other things. Results are best assessed at 3 to 6 months following your course of treatment. Although the hydration effect tends to dissipate after 6 months, the new collagen and elastin and other biostimulator effects can last for many years.
The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection is the perfect treatment for those who are nervous about looking overdone or puffy from Dermal Fillers, as it does not add any volume to your face, but rather focuses on skin laxity and texture. Even so, it is not a replacement for Dermal Fillers, which can contour, volumise and structure your face, or even Anti Wrinkle Injections, which can soften or prevent fine lines. These treatments are best used in conjunction with each other as results are additive. Moreover, the European experience has been that requirements for Dermal Fillers and Anti Wrinkle Injections are less when using the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection concomitantly.
The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection is known as ‘liquid honey’ in the cosmetic medical world, as it spreads throughout the face from multiple injection sites. Dermal Fillers, on the other hand are gel like and more solid in consistency and are generally not designed to migrate throughout the face. Consequently, the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection is better for diffuse skin treatments, while Dermal Fillers are better for facial contouring and building structure and volume. As Dermal Fillers are more solid, they carry a greater risk of inadvertently obstructing blood vessels, albeit an extremely rare occurrence. Like Dermal Fillers, the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection is made from the same sugar that is naturally found in your skin; however, it is a unique complex that is more like our own native tissue. Unlike Dermal Fillers that have been made through a chemical process, the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection has been made through a thermal or heating process and is often referred to as ‘pure’, which may reduce your risk of ‘foreign body’ reactions.
The answer to this question is quite complex. If you are young, you may benefit from a simple Skin Booster treatment for skin hydration and glow, as you are unlikely to show significant signs of ageing. If you are more mature, you are more likely to have skin laxity and other signs of ageing, which may be better addressed by the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection or more traditional Biostimulators. Ultimately, these treatments may vary in the amount of skin tightening they offer and certainly vary in the amount of volume restoration they offer. The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection does not volumise the face, but the traditional Biostimulator injection does, which can be used to your advantage if you are volume depleted. Given the number of options available to you on the market and the complexity of ageing, it can be quite confusing if you do not understand the products! But do not worry, as Dr. Jodie can help guide your choice to find the best treatment to suit your unique requirements.
When you are younger, you are more capable of producing collagen and elastin, but do not tend to exhibit significant signs of ageing, so your results following treatment may not be obvious. Even so, the treatment may still be considered preventative, but perhaps a simple Skin Booster would suffice. When you are older, you are more likely to have more obvious signs of ageing such as skin laxity and textural issues, but you are less capable of producing collagen and elastin. Dr. Jodie believes that the ideal age for treatment, when results will be most visible, is early 40s to late 50s. Having said that, anyone can benefit, but it is important to keep these factors in mind when deciding whether to proceed.
The Skin Bio Remodelling Injection has been extensively used throughout Europe and other parts of the world for almost 8 years, with over 5 million treatments worldwide. It is well known for its extremely low rate of complications, although all medical procedures carry a certain level of risk. Dr. Jodie will discuss these with you in detail at the time of your appointment.
In Australia, the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection has only been approved for use on your face by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). In Europe, it has ‘on label’ use for your neck, decolletage and even your hands. It is likely that approval will be extended to these areas in Australia sometime soon.
Treatment is contraindicated in anyone who is pregnant, breast feeding, who has a known collagen disorder or bleeding disorder, or who has an active autoimmune condition.
Before your treatment with the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection try to avoid:
After treatment with the Skin Bio Remodelling Injection try to avoid:
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!
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.
Dr. Jodie recommends the professional Skin Peel range from Aspect Dr.
The range includes unique and specialised peel formulations that treat a wide range of skin concerns. Each utilises AHAs, BHAs and a rich array of clinically proven antioxidants and moisturising agents.
Skin Peels from the Aspect Dr. professional range include:
For more information, please refer to the detailed information outlined in services.
A medical grade Skin Peel can help improve fines lines and wrinkles, diffuse redness, superficial pigmentation, mild scarring, enlarged pores, clogged pores and breakouts, dry and flaking skin.
Dr. Jodie’s therapist will:
Skin health 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’s therapist to guide your choices for clearer, softer, and smoother skin.
Most clients will start with a Lactobotanical Skin Peel, usually 20% to 30% strength.
Your therapist will first thoroughly cleanse your face, removing any dirt, makeup or oil with a cleanser and then with a special pre-peel preparatory solution. A barrier cream will be applied to protect sensitive areas.
The peel will be gently applied with a soft brush and left on your skin for 3 to 5 minutes, while your skin is carefully monitored by Dr. Jodie’s therapist. During this process you may experience a tingling sensation. Frosting (a transient white discolouration) may also become apparent.
The peel with then be neutralised with a special neutralising solution. At this stage, no further tingling should occur. Nourishing and anti-ageing serums will be layered and finally a moisturiser with SPF will be applied.
You will also receive a complimentary LED treatment to assist with recovery and the rejuvenation process.
Some more advanced peel types require both in-clinic and at-home steps, but do not worry – Dr. Jodie’s therapist will educate you every step of the way.
You may feel flushed or appear red immediately following the peel, which may persist for 24 hours. This is sometimes associated with minor swelling, but not always.
Frosting (a transient white discolouration) may persist for 24 hours.
You may experience some skin peeling or mild flaking over the next 2 to 7 days, depending on the type of peel applied.
Generally, the Lactobotanic peels at lower strength (20% to 30%) will involve only minor flaking at worst. Other more powerful peels may involve slightly more shedding for a week or so, however, not everyone will peel significantly. This does not mean the treatment is ineffective. The peel is a vehicle to deliver active ingredients to your skin, as well as light exfoliation – you do not have to shed like a snake! Even so, for more powerful peels, treatment planning is important until you are aware of how you react to your treatment. Prepping your skin pre-peel is very important to minimise your recovery time.
Rarely, following a peel it is possible to experience a blister, scabbing, hyperpigmentation (brown discolouration), hypopigmentation (a white patch), scar, flare your acne, suffer skin infection, or reactivate a cold sore (HSV).
To minimise your risk of significant recovery time, it is important to follow some simple pre-peel instructions. 24 hours prior to your skin peel, all products with AHA/BHA and vitamin A derivatives should be stopped. However, the skin should be prepped for minimum of one to two weeks prior to your peel with the at-home skin care products containing AHA/BHA exfoliants or even Vitamin A products or both. Your Dr. Jodie therapist can advise you how best to prepare for your peel. If you are using skin care stocked by Dr. Jodie, then regular use of the Skin Care Company Exfoliant Serum or Vitamin A cream is important, as is Aspect Dr. Exfol A Serum or Hydra A Plus Cream (until 24 hours before).
All skin care containing significantly active skin care ingredients should be stopped for one week. Again, your Dr. Jodie therapist can advise you how best to care for your skin after your peel. If you are using skin care stocked by Dr. Jodie, then apply the Skin Care Company Vitamin B5 Serum twice a day for 3 days post, as well as Daily moisturiser with SPF. Alternatively, if you are using the Aspect Dr. range, Hyaluronic Serum or Redless Serum and Ultralight moisturiser are highly recommended. Please always layer with SPF 50+. Never actively pick or peel flaking skin as this may lead to scarring.
Skin Peels may be undertaken 2 to 4 weekly, depending on the peel type. Lactobotanical peels can be done fortnightly, while more active peels (advanced treatments) should be done monthly.
Lactobotanical peels are safe in pregnancy (if the pre-peel preparation product is avoided). All other peels are not safe in pregnancy due to Vitamin A derivatives or other products.
The Problem Skin peel, Pigment Peel, Power Peel should be avoided if you have an aspirin allergy.
The Triple Action peel should be avoided if you have a fish allergy due to marine extracts.
The Power peel should be avoided if you have a nut allergy due to Mandelic acid.
The Scarlet S is a minimally invasive, fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling device that offers total skin rejuvenation by combining the benefits of skin microneedling with the rejuvenating power of radio frequency energy.
The Scarlet S aims to treat lax or saggy skin, crepey skin, wrinkles and lines, enlarged pores, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and even cellulite. Although it can be used anywhere on the body, Dr. Jodie believes the Scarlet S is most beneficial for rejuvenation of your face, neck, and decolletage.
The Scarlet S provides direct radiofrequency energy to the epidermis and dermis with precise depth control (from 0.5mm to 3.5mm) using a microneedle electrode system. This ultimately stimulates collagen throughout all layers of the skin to provide a healthy, radiant glow.
Yes. The microneedle electrode system sends radiofrequency energy as columns into your skin. The untouched skin surrounding each column allows for deeper penetration of energy as it facilitates faster healing of the treated zones and minimises recovery time (as compared to fully ablative treatments that ‘blanket’ treat the entire surface area of your skin). However, fractionated treatments generally require a series of treatments to ensure the entire skin area is comprehensively addressed.
Fortunately, Radio Frequency Microneedling devices like the Scarlet S are suitable for all skin types, even darker skin types. Radio frequency energy in the form of heat dissipates uniformly throughout the treated area. By contrast, energy from laser is more attracted to pigmented areas, which may cause complications in darker skin types, such as hyperpigmentation (darker skin patches) or hypopigmentation (white skin patches). Even so, care must be taken when treating those who experience post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or melasma, as any form of heat may drive a flare.
Dr. Jodie believes that the Scarlet S is the safest and most effective Radio Frequency Microneedling Device that also happens to have the least downtime. This is largely due to the patented ‘Na Effect’ technology, which is named after the Korean doctor who pioneered it. This ‘Na Effect’ technology delivers radiofrequency energy in a unique way, creating more effective skin tightening skin in fewer treatments and requiring only a single pass over the desired treatment area. It utilises non-insulated tapered needles that release and dissipate energy throughout all layers of the skin, with minimal thermal damage to the epidermis. This means that treatments with the Scarlet S tend to be is more comfortable and less time consuming than other devices, with next to no bleeding and minimal redness and swelling that is short-lived. You can typically resume your daily activities the day following treatment, if not before.
On the other hand, competing devices, such as ‘Morpheus 8’ or the ‘Secret’, typically use insulated needles that require multiple passes over the treatment area to capture the different layers of the skin. As a result, treatments tend to be longer, more painful, and lead to more bleeding, redness and swelling. Because multiple passes are required, other devices tend to carry a higher risk of burns from overlapping passes.
Dr. Jodie’s therapist will apply numbing cream 30 minutes prior to your treatment. Numbing cream is not always necessary but recommended if you have a low pain threshold. Once numb, Dr. Jodie’s therapist will thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove any impurities and residual anaesthetic cream.
With a new, sterile, patented tip, your therapist will then use the Scarlet S Radio Frequency Microneedling system to gently ‘stamp’ the entire treatment area in a single pass. It is normal to feel a tiny prick and heat during this process.
Following treatment, a soothing serum will be applied to calm your skin and you will then undergo a complimentary LED treatment to assist your recovery process.
Finally, after care will be explained at length, so you feel comfortable and confident when you leave the Dr. Jodie Clinic.
Your treated skin will appear slightly red and minimally swollen (if at all). This often this settles over a few hours. Occasionally your redness will last up to 24 hours, but redness is generally concealable with makeup (although it is preferable to avoid makeup after any cosmetic treatment for at least 24 hours).
Over the days that follow you may experience some light flaking. You may also notice increased skin texturing in the form of a grid like pattern from stamping. This is normal and will settle over days to weeks. Remember it may take 4 to 6 weeks for your body to renew your skin.
It is generally recommended that you have 2 to 3 treatments separated by 6 to 8 weeks. Remember, it takes time to build collagen, so do not expect immediate results. Assess your results at 4 to 6 months after treatment.
Absolutely! The Scarlet S parameters can be adjusted to provide a treatment that is less deep. However, you may not develop the anticipated treatment result. The cost for treatment will remain the same, as a ‘lighter’ treatment requires the same amount of consumables and time with the Dr. Jodie Therapist. Ultimately, your skin therapist will adjust your treatment settings depending on how your skin is responding throughout the duration of your treatment, so you need not worry about over treatment.
Yes. Dr. Jodie’s therapist will address your skin goals and create a tailored plan for your skin health needs incorporating at-home skin care, in-clinic skin peels and LED treatments, and the Scarlet S Radio Frequency Microneedling device. At the Dr. Jodie clinic, the philosophy is to avoid aggressive treatments and instead focus on low downtime, high reward rejuvenation treatments, so you can get on with your day with the ultimate skin glow.
7 days prior to your treatment, it is recommended that you stop all active products containing AHA/BHA and vitamin A derivatives.
If you are particularly concerned about bruising, stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves). However, bruising is unlikely given that heat from radiofrequency energy tends to coagulate bleeding.
This treatment is not recommended in pregnancy or breast feeding.
Yes. Those who experience the following should not undergo treatment with the Scarlet S:
The Excel V+ is an innovative, high-end, high-tech laser that uses advanced aesthetic technology to address a multitude of different skin complaints.
It primarily functions as a vascular laser, which means it can treat problematic blood vessels and other vascular conditions on the face, neck, décolletage, and body. Blood vessel treatments may be localised, targeting an isolated red spot, such as a ‘broken’ blood vessel, or more diffuse, involving larger areas, such as generalised redness affecting the whole face, as with rosacea. The Excel V+ is fast becoming the gold standard treatment for vascular conditions in more recent years within the specialist dermatology community.
The Excel V+ laser can also be used to treat unwanted pigmentation. Again, treatments may be localised for isolated brown spots, such as age spots, or involve larger areas, such as generalised pigmentation affecting the entire face, as with red/brown dyschromia.
Moreover, it provides advanced skin rejuvenation technology via its ‘Genesis’ function for the reduction and refinement of wrinkles, pores, acne scars, and other skin textural issues, by stimulating collagen and evening out skin colour, to transform and renew your skin, with little to no downtime.
The Excel V+ can treat a range of skin complaints, including, but not limited to:
The great news is that all areas of the face, neck, décolletage, and body can be treated.
Firstly, it is worth mentioning that the Excel V+ is essentially like having multiple lasers in one. It sends light at two specific wavelengths, 532nm or 1064nm, to target chromophores within your skin that exist either superficially or deep. Chromophores are the molecules responsible for the colour of your skin and are often more concentrated within your unwanted skin lesions or concerns. These chromophores include melanin (responsible for skin pigmentation or brown spots), oxyhaemoglobin (responsible for red spots and blood vessels), and water, among others. Light energy from laser is converted to heat energy and selectively damages these targets because they preferentially absorb the heat energy. This leads to the breakdown of pigment and triggers blood vessels to spasm and shut down. Your very clever body then replaces any damaged tissue with new healthy tissue and new collagen without unwanted colour.
Secondly, the Excel V+ is incredibly versatile with three interchangeable handpieces to allow for more effective treatment of your skin complaints, including:
CoolView™: Combining long pulse 532nm/1064nm with a large cooling interface, CoolView™ can treat both small and large areas affecting the face, neck, decolletage and body for a wide range of vascular and pigment issues in a variety of skin types.
Dermastat: Utilising a fine, pen-like tracing device, the Dermastat can facilitate treatment of the tiniest vascular or pigmented lesions with unmatched precision.
GenesisV™: Delivering short micropulses of light energy to the skin, GenesisV™ provides high level skin rejuvenation with next to no recovery time. Traditional Laser Genesis targets skin textural changes (such as fine lines, pores, scars) as well as the deep fine microvasculature (often responsible for flushing) and some deep pigmentation utilising a 1064 wavelength, whereas the new Green Genesis really focuses on the superficial microvasculature and superficial pigmentation utilising the 532nm wavelength, where colour changes tend to be more concentrated.
Thirdly, the advanced technology of the Excel V+ allows your therapist to modify your laser settings to precisely tailor how energy is delivered to your skin, based on your skin type, the skin concern being treated, and your ‘real time’ response to treatment. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, which you may find with less sophisticated, inexpensive lasers that do not have this capacity for adjustment. As with most things in aesthetic medicine, you get what you pay for, and it is important to recognise that not all lasers are built equally. The Excel V+ is an exceptional, high-end device that enables your therapist to adjust the handpiece, wavelength, spot size, fluence (energy), pulse duration, and even the temperature, to maximise your results and your safety.
Excel V+ is best suited to Fitzpatrick skin types I – III, like most laser or light therapies, when using the 532nm wavelength, which targets the skin more superficially. However, all skin types can be treated using the 1064nm wavelength, which targets the skin at a deeper level.
To properly assess the type of treatment you are best suited to using the Excel V+ laser, it is critical to have a pre-treatment consultation with our Dr. Jodie therapist, who has been trained to the highest standard to identify your treatment priorities and plan your most effective approach to better skin.
Caution must always be exercised when treating darker skin, notably Fitzpatrick skin types IV – V+, as there is a greater risk of worsening pigmentation by causing post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This occurs when your body responds to treatment-related heat and inflammation by making more, not less, pigment – exactly the opposite of what we are wanting!
Fitzpatrick skin types are described as follows:
Your first step is always consultation. You therapist will carefully assess your skin to ensure you are a good candidate for treatment before proceeding. During this consultation, she will explore your main skin concerns and help you decide what treatment is best – with so many options, even within the one device, it can be confusing without expert advice. Part of this process will involve clinical photography with specialised filters to highlight any vascular and pigmentation issues within your skin, which is a little confronting! She can use these filters to monitor your progress over time, too, which is super helpful. A test patch is not necessary prior to treatment but may be recommended for darker skin types.
Once your initial consultation has been conducted, you are welcome to book your treatment appointment. In most cases, this can follow your consultation appointment on the same day, unless otherwise indicated during your assessment and, of course, pending availability.
Effective treatment always starts with clean skin. Please avoid wearing makeup or tinted skin products to your treatment appointment. Prior recent sun exposure and fake tan is an absolute contraindication, as it can significantly increase your risk of a burn. Prior to treatment, your therapist will gently cleanse your skin. To protect your eyes from the laser light, she will also cover your eyes with protective googles. You will still experience some flashing, but your retinas are protected!
If you are undergoing Excel V+ treatment with the CoolViewTM or Dermastat handpiece, your therapist will then apply a cooling gel which helps your skin better absorb the laser light energy. When the laser is discharged, you will experience a rubber band like snap against your skin. It will cause a little discomfort but is extremely manageable. The cooling interface with the CoolViewTM handpiece offers significant relief and no numbing is required. Regardless, numbing gels are not recommended as they may cause vasoconstriction of blood vessels and interfere with treatment results. Your therapist will use these handpieces to conduct a spot treatment or treatment of a larger target surface area or both, with a focus on either your vascular or pigmentation skin complaints.
If you are undergoing rejuvenation with the more traditional Laser Genesis or Green Genesis, the experience is quite different. It feels more like warm wax being dripped onto the skin, which is quite relaxing. Laser genesis does not require any cooling gel prior to treatment and is typically less aggressive, focusing on gently removing very fine vessels and gently minimising pigmentation, whilst also improving skin textural issues.
After your treatment, your therapist will again cleanse your skin, apply a recovery lotion, and ensure you are covered in 50+ SPF sunscreen. Sun avoidance is a must!
Always start with a consultation appointment with the Dr. Jodie therapist, as explained above.
If you are hoping to get ahead and book treatment on the same day, then here are some guidelines to help you:
At the Dr. Jodie clinic, we tend to recommend IPL for treatment of pigmentation or for rejuvenation if you are more prone to pigmentation, and the Excel V+ for vascular issues or its Genesis function for rejuvenation if you are more prone to blood vessels. But this may not always be the case.
There is obviously overlap between the Excel V+ and the IPL, with both machines able to treat blood vessels, pigment, and photo-aged skin, which means you will need to rely on our guidance for your best outcome.
After treatment with the Excel V+ CoolViewTM or Dermastat handpiece, it is likely you will experience:
Skin redness: Skin redness is completely normal after the absorption of heat energy and will likely settle within 1-2 days. With more intense treatments, redness may take longer to resolve.
Swelling: Swelling is typically mild and localised for isolated spot treatments, and mild to moderate for larger treatment areas, like the full face. Mostly, swelling will improve over the course of 2-7 days. Very rarely, full face treatments can result in severe ‘football face’ swelling (< 1%). In the event of significant swelling, we can use LED light and medication, like steroids, to help settle your symptoms. Bruising: Bruising is common in the treatment of unwanted blood vessels. Bruising tends to be small, but may be multiple, and can last 2-7 days, occasionally longer.
Darkening of pigment: It is normal to see darkening or greying of pigmentation immediately post or in the days following treatment. Pigmentation will then either flake off or fade out over time, usually over the course of 7-10d on the face, but a bit longer on the body.
Crusting: Crusting or scabbing can occasionally occur. It is imperative for good healing to avoid picking at any crusting prematurely, which may increase your risk of scarring.
Skin Sensitivity: Following any laser treatment, it is normal for your skin to feel a little sensitive, even ‘sunburnt’, whether it appears red or not.
After Laser Genesis or Green Genesis, it is likely you will experience mild redness and skin warmth that is transient (hours). As a general rule, there is no recovery time needed and you can get on with your day.
All medical treatments, including cosmetic medical treatments, carry risk.
Fortunately, significant risks are rare. These include burns, scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pigmentation from heat that may be worse or more diffuse than the original), hypopigmentation (white patches due to the destruction of the pigment making factory within the target cells), infection (bacterial or herpes reactivation), severe bruising and severe swelling, among other concerns. Of note, the treatment of blood vessels around the edge of your nostrils can carry a higher risk of ice-pick scarring. It is important not to ‘chase’ these too hard in one session.
Consequently, at the Dr. Jodie clinic we take care to keep your treatment conservative and not push beyond what is considered safe.
However, it is important to be aware that despite adequate treatment, as with all cosmetic laser treatments, your skin concern may not be completely resolved. Sometimes partial treatment is all that is achievable.
It is likely that the skin concerns you are experiencing will continue over time with normal ageing. Blood vessels and pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, lax skin will always be recurrent issues. This is a good thing. It means you are alive and breathing!
Apply a cold compress or chilled gel pack post treatment (wrapped in a clean cover, never directly).
Avoid touching or recleaning skin for the remainder of the day or at least 6 hours.
Use a clean pillowcase to minimise infection risk.
Avoid facial contact with pets and children where possible.
Apply Aspect Dr. hyaluronic acid serum or an Aspect Dr. moisturiser (resveratrol or ultra light hydration) twice daily for 1 week and use a gentle cleanser. Avoid the application of oils which may intensify with facial heat.
Apply SPF 50+, preferably La Roche Posay, multiple times daily and avoid UV exposure at all costs (especially in the first 6 weeks following treatment).
Active skin care can be restarted after 1 week for most treatments, 48 hours following genesis.
Do not apply makeup for 24 hours – a mineral makeup or Lycogel is preferential if absolutely necessary but be aware of increased risk of infection.
Avoid exercise for 24 hours, avoid swimming/ saunas/ spas for 1 week, 48 hours if genesis.
Avoid alcohol for 24 hours.
Avoid anti wrinkle injections for 1 week and dermal filler injections for 2 week, 48 hours if genesis.
Avoid peels or facials for 4 weeks (or 2 weeks if genesis unless part of our ‘Genesis Facial Treatment’) and consult with the Dr. Jodie clinic before undertaking any more intensive treatments first.
Avoid smoking, always! It will only make your skin worse.
If you are prone to cold sores, take over-the-counter medication from the chemist called Famvir, 3 tablets as a single dose, (if no contra-indications), preferably before or immediately after treatment.
For Excel V+ spot treatments, 1-2 sessions are typically required, but occasionally more will be needed (up to 4-6). For global treatments, 4-6 sessions are recommended. All treatment sessions should be spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Often these treatments will lead on to Laser Genesis for maintenance.
For Laser Genesis & Green Genesis, we recommend a course of 4-6 treatments, fortnightly (preferably), for your best results.
Again, it is important to be aware that despite adequate treatment, your skin concerns may not be completely resolved, even with serial treatments, and that, sometimes, partial resolution is all that is achievable.
Try to remember that you will continue to age over time, so it is likely that you will experience a reoccurrence of your skin concerns over time. This is normal and to be expected. Blood vessels and pigmentation will inevitably return.
Absolute contraindications include:
If you are prone to cold sores, please consider antiviral prophylaxis with Famvir 3T as a single dose prior to or immediately post treatment.
Excel is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding or in those trying to conceive.
Intense pulsed light, otherwise known as IPL, is a non-invasive skin treatment that delivers high intensity pulses of light to the skin for rejuvenation and to treat a variety of skin concerns, including pigmentation (isolated brown spots or generalised pigmentation) and vascular lesions (isolated red spots or generalised redness).
IPL emits a range of light energy which is absorbed by molecules known as chromophores within our target skin cells. Chromophores are responsible for the colour that you see in your skin and the skin lesions you wish to treat. The chromophore absorbs the light energy as heat and the target cells are damaged. Your body then naturally removes the damaged tissue and generates new tissue in its place.
IPL vascular treatments target red colours, our haemoglobin. IPL pigmentation treatments target brown colours, our melanin. IPL skin rejuvenation treatments target water molecules, old collagen, and other age-related skin changes to stimulate skin turnover. Rejuvenation treatments tend to have a broader range of wavelengths to treat a little bit of everything, including some redness, some pigmentation, and some textural skin issues, with minimal downtime.
The Medi Pulse Pro XL is a particularly sophisticated IPL which also doubles as a BBL-like device. BBL technology allows for energy to be delivered in a different way, using a gliding motion with the handpiece rather than a stamping motion. This means that heat energy builds up more slowly and dissipates more easily. As a result, the surrounding ‘bystander’ tissue is not heated or ‘damaged’ as much when treating target chromophores. Consequently, treatment is more comfortable and safer, especially for those with darker skin types, who are more prone to complications from thermal injury. It also means that larger areas can be treated more quickly, so you can get on with your day.
Skin changes that may benefit from IPL treatment include:
Depending on your concern, your therapist at the Dr. Jodie clinic may suggest referral to a dermatologist if we believe treatment is more appropriate at a specialist centre.
IPL is considered a non-ablative treatment, which means there is technically no disruption to the surface layer of your skin. In other words, IPL delivers light energy that is converted to heat energy to the lower layers of your skin without harming your skin surface. This allows for faster recovery times. However, it is important to understand that you will still experience some downtime with IPL treatments, especially with isolated pigmented spot treatments or global pigmentation treatments that tend to be more intense (as opposed to rejuvenation treatments).
IPL uses filters to deliver light pulses within a range of wavelengths (or colours) to target a variety of skin concerns. Laser, on the other hand, delivers light pulses in one specific wavelength to target a particular skin concern. IPL is more like a lightbulb emitting an array of light, whereas a laser is more like a directed single beam of light.
The choice between IPL and other treatments depends on individual factors like skin type, your specific skin concern, and personal preferences. In many ways, IPL is more versatile, allowing you to treat a broader range of skin concerns in one treatment session than most lasers, however it may require more sessions to achieve the desired results.
At the Dr. Jodie clinic, we tend to recommend IPL for treatment of pigmentation or for rejuvenation if you are more prone to pigmentation, and the Excel V+ for vascular issues or its Genesis function for rejuvenation if you are more prone to blood vessels. But this may not always be the case.
There is obviously overlap between IPL & the Excel V+, with both machines able to treat blood vessels, pigment, and photo-aged skin, which means you will need to rely on our guidance for your best outcome.
No! When it comes to IPL machines, just like anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler treatments, you get what you pay for. A high quality (often more expensive) machine is better able to be tailored to your unique skin type and skin concerns – there is greater capacity to individualise the IPL settings for your treatment. Furthermore, a therapist who is skilled at skin assessment, with a good understanding of the range of wavelengths that best target your skin concerns, is critical. In that sense, your results are very ‘user dependent’. At the Dr. Jodie clinic, you can feel assured that our therapist has undergone high level IPL training in-house and with the device company, that includes theory, practical and safety.
IPL is recommended for clients with Fitzpatrick skin types I-III.
As a general rule, IPL treatments are not considered advisable for patients with skin types V – V+. In those with darker skin types, their natural skin pigmentation may absorb too much energy and cause significant blistering that runs a higher risk of scarring. Skin types V – V+ are also at a higher risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation, meaning their pigmentation may get worse in response to the inflammation created by treatment, not better.
Consultation, Skin Assessment & Test Patch
Your first step is a consultation appointment with your therapist at the Dr. Jodie clinic. In this session, your therapist will explore your skin concerns and assess whether you are a good candidate for IPL or whether referral to a dermatology clinic is more appropriate. Your therapist will also determine if your treatment will involve a pigmentation (or vascular) focus or a general rejuvenation focus or a combination approach. Clinical photography using various filters to highlight skin changes will be undertaken to help determine your main skin issues. It is also recommended in this session that you undertake a patch test to further assess suitability and help determine your treatment settings.
Once your treatment plan is formulated and your test patch is completed, your first treatment appointment can be undertaken. This can be completed on the same day as your consultation, but make sure that you book in both appointments (consultation & then treatment) when making your appointments. For some clients, your therapist may ask for a 24 hour window between your test patch and treatment, but this will be the exception rather than the rule.
At your treatment appointment, your therapist will gently cleanse and prepare your skin, including the application of a cool, conductive gel. You will be required to wear protective goggles throughout your treatment, but your therapist will talk to you, so you always feel in control and informed. Depending on the focus of your treatment, your therapist may (1) undertake a series of ‘spot treatments’ targeting mainly brown (pigmented) spots (or occasionally red spots), OR (2) undertake a ‘global treatment’ of your face, neck or decolletage for generalised pigmentation (or occasionally generalised redness), OR (3) undertake a lower energy, no or minimal downtime, rejuvenation treatment for collagen stimulation and better uniformity of skin colour.
During a spot treatment, you can expect to feel a rubber band like flick and mild to moderate discomfort and heat. During a global or rejuvenation treatment, you can expect a build-up of heat in the treated tissue.
After all treatments, your skin will feel as it would after a moderate sunburn. Following treatment, your therapist will outline your expected recovery and carefully explain your aftercare. Please remember that spot and global treatments are likely to entail some recovery time, whereas rejuvenation treatments may not.
At the Dr. Jodie clinic, you can target a handful of brown (pigmented) spots or red (vascular) spots or both. The Medi-Pulse Pro XL IPL is generally favoured for pigmentation treatment, while the Excel V+ is recommended more commonly for vascular issues. Your therapist will always help guide your choice.
Following treatment, it is normal to anticipate some:
It is important to be aware that all medical treatments, even those performed for cosmetic reasons, carry risks.
Significant risks are rare and include burns, scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (which may be worse or more diffuse than the original), hypopigmentation (white patches due to the destruction of the pigment making factory within the target cells) and infection (bacterial or herpes reactivation) among other concerns.
Consequently, at the Dr. Jodie clinic we do not ‘push’ for results at all costs.
Conversely, it is important to be aware that despite adequate treatment, as with all cosmetic IPL and laser treatments, your skin concern may not be completely resolved. Sometimes partial treatment is all that is achievable.
Furthermore, it is likely that the skin concerns you are experiencing will continue over time with normal ageing. Blood vessels and pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, lax skin will always be recurrent issues.
To maximise the benefits of IPL treatment, at the Dr. Jodie clinic we recommend a course of 4-6 treatments, conducted at 4 week intervals. Spot treatments of localised pigmented lesions often leads to resolution of your unwanted skin concerns with fewer treatments sessions, say 1-2, but this cannot be guaranteed. Global treatments or rejuvenation treatments involving larger areas such as the whole face, neck or decolletage typically require the full 4-6 sessions for best results.
Again, it is important to be aware that despite adequate treatment, as with all cosmetic IPL and laser treatments, your skin concern may not be completely resolved, even with serial treatments. Sometimes partial resolution is all that is achievable.
Furthermore, it is likely that the skin concerns you are experiencing will continue over time with normal ageing. Blood vessels and pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, lax skin will always be recurrent issues.
This is why it is really important to take care of your skin with good skin care, sun avoidance and 50+ SPF sunscreen.
IPL treatment is not recommended in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Women who are trying to conceive are not advised to have IPL treatment.