Crow’s Feet Injections | Erase Wrinkles Around Your Eyes

Crow’s Feet Injections | Erase Wrinkles Around Your Eyes

crows feet injections
wrinkles around the eyes

CROW’S FEET INJECTIONS

Relax. Refresh. Awaken. 

Your eyes may very well be the window to your soul, but the skin around them pays a heavy price for all that smiling and squinting over time. Our Crow’s Feet Injections, made from Botulinum Toxin, relax the muscles that cause the lines we call ‘crow’s feet’ giving you a more relaxed, smooth appearance, without affecting other aspects of facial expression.

A presence of crow’s feet around your eyes is natural and gives you the ability to smile, laugh and express yourself. We believe that anti-wrinkle injections should moderate the severity or intensity of your crow’s feet but never make your face look frozen or weird. That’s why our Registered Nurse and Injection Specialist, Cosmetic Nurse Jo, only ever uses the appropriate amount of anti-wrinkle injections right for your needs to achieve natural and refreshed results every time. 

Why Do Crow’s Feet Appear Around Your Eyes?

Crow’s Feet are the fine to deeper lines that spread from the outer corners of your eyes when you smile, commonly referred to as one of the most annoying signs of aging around the eyes. As you smile, the orbicularis oculi muscles contract around your eye socket, pulling your eye skin inward.

The fine lines and deep wrinkled crow’s feet form because of this repetitive movement, which results in the skin creasing and the collagen and elastic fibers breaking down. Because the skin around your eyes is delicate and thin, this can be the first area of your face to show signs of aging.

Thankfully crow’s feet wrinkles are easy to treat with cosmetic medicine. Here are the stats on our crow’s feet anti wrinkle treatment.

TREATMENT STATS

TREATMENT TIME: 15 MINS TO 45 MINS  
(DEPENDING ON NUMBER OF AREAS BEING TREATED) 

RECOVERY TIME: ZERO TO LITTLE RECOVERY TIME

RESULTS LAST: 3 – 4 MONTHS

(DEPENDING ON METABOLISM & AREA BEING TREATED)

COST PER UNIT: $3.95

COST FOR BOTH SIDES: $250


Cosmetic Brow Lift – The Myths And Truths |Cosmetic Nurse Jo

Cosmetic Brow Lift – The Myths And Truths |Cosmetic Nurse Jo

By now you probably know that we use cosmetic medicine (called Anti-wrinkle medicine in Australia) for so much more than just the dreaded lines between your brows or deep creases in your forehead.  One of the most common requests I get is for ‘brow lift’ injections, and we cosmetic practitioners can do just that.  However, sometimes a patient will come back ask for a little bit more, so the brows will go even higher.  And that’s the myth!

Anti Wrinkle injections don’t actually lift the eyebrows. 

I know, I seem to be contradicting the above paragraph before this one. Yes, we use anti-wrinkle to do brow lifts….but anti-wrinkle doesn’t actually lift the brows.  Follow me now:

Anti wrinkle medicine works by stopping muscle movement.  

Some muscles pull the eyebrows down (the orbicularis oculi and the corrugator muscles).  Other muscles pull the eyebrows up (the frontalis muscles).  These muscle groups work against each other.  Anti-wrinkle medicine can’t make a muscle stronger, right? It can only make it (temporarily) weaker.  So when we do a cosmetic brow lift, we put the medicine in the muscles that pull the eyebrows down.  That lets the upward-pulling muscles do their job unopposed.  

The Potential Problem The Botox Brow Lift MYTH

So it figures that anti-wrinkle medication then will weaken the brow depressors, which allows the brow lifters to do their job without having to work against those depressors.  But what if you don’t have a strong lifter muscle (frontalis)–what if you frontalis muscles just aren’t very powerful and can’t pull your brows up much, even when unopposed?

Or what if your eyebrow position is so low that your lifter muscles (frontalis) just can’t work hard enough to get them up where you want them?

Options

Adding more antiwrinkle injections won’t fix either of those problems.  And that’s when a surgical browlift might be a good option for you.

Please don’t read this and assume cosmetic nurses don’t LOVE a great brow lift! WE DO, very much, and I do it often!  And I love that it’s a great option for a lot of people, however, every now especially if you are over 50, it’s good to revisit the anatomy and explain how things work.  Likewise, alert you as to why I might mention a surgical option to some of you when you’ve “just come in for a brow lift”.  Options are good to have and understand.

Cosmetic injectables Results Brow Lift

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What Is Tretinoin And How Does It Work On Acne

What Is Tretinoin And How Does It Work On Acne

Tretinoin for acne

Constantly I am asked in Wilston cosmetic clinic about Retin A and Retinol for acne and antiageing. I will often explain what the differences are between the two products. There are a number of posts I have supplied on my blog explaining about Retin-A and Retinol, today, I am exploring Tretinoin which is a form of Retin A.

Topical tretinoin is a generic form of acne medication Retin-A. Tretinoin can be purchased with a prescription from a Doctor or at a medical cosmetic clinic.

Typically, topical tretinoin is both a short-term solution and long-term treatment option for clearing up active breakouts. It’s used for hard-to-clear acne blemishes on your skin.

Tretinoin is effective for many people, but it’s not for everyone. Keep reading to find out what you should know before trying tretinoin for your acne.

Benefits of tretinoin

Tretinoin is a retinoid, meaning it’s a form of vitamin A. Retinoids stimulate cell turnover on your skin. Dead skin cells are cleared off your skin more quickly as new skin cells rise to the surface. Quicker cell turnover opens your pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing your acne.

Retinoids like tretinoin also help your skin to regulate its natural oil (sebum) production, which can prevent future breakouts. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that clear up active acne pustules.

Tretinoin for wrinkles

Tretinoin has been studied extensively for its impact on the visible signs of aging. Tretinoin cream has demonstrated both short-term and long-term effects on the appearances of wrinkles, that’s why tretinoin is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter face and eye creams albeit in much lower doses.

Tretinoin for acne scars

Tretinoin can also be used to decrease the appearance of acne scarring. Since tretinoin speeds up cell turnover on your skin, it can encourage new cell growth at the site of scarring.

Tretinoin in several forms has been tested successfully as an effective way to treat acne scars. Tretinoin is also sometimes used to prep skin for chemical peel treatments that target scarring.

Tretinoin side effects

Using tretinoin for acne can cause side effects. Not everyone will experience all of the side effects, and some may be more severe than others. Possible side effects include:

  • burning or itching skin
  • peeling or redness on your skin
  • unusual dryness of your skin
  • skin that feels warm to the touch
  • skin that turns a lighter color at the site of application

It can take up to 12 weeks to see results from using tretinoin. If your skin seems irritated by using it, check with a medical professional to see if symptoms are within the range of what’s normal for tretinoin.

If, after 8 to 12 weeks, you don’t see any improvement in your skin, speak with a medical professional. Tretinoin is not recommended for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

When you’re using tretinoin, be extra careful about your exposure to the sun and ensure you wear sunscreen whenever you’re going outside. Also additional preventative measures like wearing a hat with a broad brim.

It’s extremely rare but possible to overdose on tretinoin. Overdoses are more likely to occur in prescription-strength forms of this medication (such as Retin-A). Signs of an overdose include having trouble breathing or losing consciousness.

If you feel like you’re having an allergic reaction or experiencing serious side effects from tretinoin, discontinue use and seek medical attention immediately.

Drug interactions

Other topical acne medications can interact with tretinoin and irritate your skin or aggravate side effects like burning on your skin. Unless they’re part of a plan you’ve discussed with your medical professional, avoid using other topical skin treatments (such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and products containing sulfur) while using tretinoin. Also, avoid products that dry your skin, such as astringents and cleansers that contain alcohol.

Notably, tretinoin concentrations less than 0.01% are largely ineffective in the treatment of photodamaged skin (16-18). Topical application of other retinoids, such as isotretinoin and retinol also lead to clinical improvements, again with less skin irritation and after a much longer exposure time than tretinoin (19).

How to use tretinoin cream

If you want to use tretinoin to treat acne, start by choosing a cream or gel that has a low amount (0.1 percent) of the active ingredient tretinoin. If needed, you can work up to higher amounts as your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment.

To apply tretinoin safely and effectively:

  1. Clean your skin with warm water and pat dry before using any topical acne medication. Wash your hands before applying any cream or lotion to your face. Wait a few minutes to make sure your skin is completely dry before you use the medication.
  2. Apply just enough of the medication to lightly cover the affected area. You don’t need to build a thick layer of the medication on your face. A dime-size amount of the medication should be enough to spread across your whole face.
  3. Using the tips of your fingers, spread the medication away from sensitive areas such as your eyes, your nostrils, and your lips. Rub the cream or gel in to your face lightly and let it absorb completely.

For best results, apply tretinoin once at bedtime so that it can absorb completely into your skin while you sleep. It’s best not to apply makeup in the hours immediately following this treatment.

Medical Acne Skin care available with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson (pictured with Advanced Esthetician + owner of Phytomer Le Spa Shelley Veitch) Wilston Brisbane, Qld, Australia

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Is there a difference between tretinoin | Retin-A and Retinol? By Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa Wilston

Is there a difference between tretinoin | Retin-A and Retinol? By Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa Wilston

Is there a difference between tretinoin | Retin-A and Retinol? By Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa Wilston

Honestly, this is asked almost on the daily within my cosmetic clinic in Wilston, Brisbane. It’s an important question. While tretinoin and retinol are similar and can be used for similar concerns, there really is a definitive difference.

Ok, just to begin, tretinoin was developed more than 25 years ago as a topical treatment for acne…but researchers accidentally discovered the astonishing anti-wrinkle effects the patients experienced – and quickly began using it for that purpose, too.

Tretinoin/Retin A is available by prescription and tends to be remarkably more aggressive than retinol. Those who are oily or have tolerant skin are best suited for tretinoin.

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and it is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Retinol products tend to also contain moisturisers or emollients to reduce the possibility of irritation. Retinols are available over the counter – however at very low strengths.

To see more optimal results, medical strengths may be needed and are available without a prescription at medical facilities such as Harbour Medispa

What are Retin-A and Retinol Used For?

Both tretinoin and retinol stimulate epidermal turnover. It causes skin to rapidly exfoliate and make new, brighter skin while stimulating collagen and elastin. The result can be smoother, thicker skin with fewer imperfections, such as sun spots.

One of the most exciting benefits can be softer lines and wrinkles, as well as less acne or acne scarring.

Who Can Use Retin-A or Retinol?

Almost anyone can benefit from one of these products. However, they can tend to be a bit irritating to skin, causing dryness or peeling. Keep in mind that the side effects of irritated skin will subside after a few weeks once your skin has adjusted to the product and increased its cell turnover rate.

The benefits of these products can be great, although they may not be suitable for everyone. It is always best to consult with a qualified professional to see how to use these products and which is most suitable for you. 

Benefits of Retin-A

Retin A is a retinoid. Retinoids stimulate cell turnover on your skin. Dead skin cells are cleared off your skin more quickly as new skin cells rise to the surface. Quicker cell turnover opens your pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing your acne.

Retinoids like tretinoin also help your skin to regulate its natural oil (sebum) production, which can prevent future breakouts. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that clear up active acne pustules.

Request a Free Skin Consultation

To learn more about the potential benefits of these products for your skin, and to have a complimentary skin consultation, call Harbour Medispa or request a consultation online.

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Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson Harbour Medispa Wilston, Brisbane, Qld Australia
Lipodissolve Brisbane | Before And After Photos Of A Double Chin Fat Reduction Treatment

Lipodissolve Brisbane | Before And After Photos Of A Double Chin Fat Reduction Treatment

before and after lipodissolve chin fat reduction

What is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not used for weight loss but rather for body sculpting. Harbour Medispa offers Double Chin Fat treatment in Wilston. Lipodissolve is a simple procedure that involves the use of small needles adding a medicine into the fatty pocket under the chin. The procedure itself takes less than 10 minutes however, you will have to undergo a medical consultation with our Doctor first, so allow around 30 minutes for your appointment.

The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine (PPC) PPC is a natural product found in our body and its main role is to emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol which is then removed by the liver, kidneys, and bowels. This treatment has been deemed to be medically safe and effective. The science is clear.

What happens to the treated areas

after Lipodissolve?

The skin over the treated areas tightens after the fat has been removed (variable – providing there is no excess loose skin) and the appearance of cellulite improves. The fat cells are permanently removed and the results can be maintained for 2 years after treatment if the client maintains their ideal body weight. In a small percentage (5%) of patients, there is very little result from Lipodissolve treatment

Results are seen gradually over the next 3 – 4 weeks post-treatment and maximum effect can take up to 12 weeks. The treated area(s) will look smaller, with less fat build-up. The treatment uses a special formula to break down fat cells in the treated area(s), and your body works to flush out the liquefied fat itself; therefore, depending on your own physiology, the process may take a short while, or a longer period of time.

lipodissolve for double chin before and after

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