Welcome to the new age of anti-age! Sculptra® Aesthetic is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time by replacing lost collagen, giving you a more natural-looking appearance, without giving you away. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, an average of three injection sessions over a few months, can last up to two years, so you have more time to see how sensational and subtle it can be.
Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. In fact, you lose about 1% of collagen per year after the age of 18.5 This is when you may start to notice the formation of wrinkles. Luckily, Sculptra Aesthetic can help, even if decades of collagen loss have already occurred.
At Harbour MediSpa, one of our first priorities is patient education, allowing you to know everything about available treatments, products and how they can help you achieve your goals. This allows you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
Sculptra Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.
smile lines (between the nose and the lip)
Since this is a safe, non-surgical procedure, it’s performed in our comfortable medispa in Hamilton. Prior to treatment, our medical team will determine and mark the exact points of injection on your face, then apply a topical numbing cream to make the treatment more comfortable for you. We also use lidocaine (local aesthetic) added to the suspension to reduce discomfort from the procedure making it extremely tolerable.
Sculptra is injected using very tiny needles, that are injected under the skin (sometimes using a cannula), setting it apart from many other fillers. It also differs from other injectables as it is placed evenly under an affected area while others are “spot” fillers placed directly under a wrinkle or line. Immediately after treatment, we will massage the treated area to distribute the product evenly. This action helps to prevent the formation of nodules or bumps underneath the skin. We will give you instructions to massage the areas very stictly for the next five days.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra targets one of the underlying causes of the signs of aging: collagen loss. During the course of your Sculptra treatments, collagen is gradually replaced and the volume is restored. Over time, you may notice that your wrinkles, creases, and folds are smoothed.
What is Sculptra made of?
Sculptra is made of a synthetic polymer called poly-L-lactic acid, which works to replace lost collagen. It is biocompatible and biodegradable (absorbed naturally by the body).
Is the treatment painful?
With any injection, some pain is possible. Consult your practitioner about what to expect prior to treatment.
How many injections will I need?
The number of injections will vary depending on your needs and the results expected. Talk to your practitioner to determine the right treatment plan for you.
When will I see the results?
Because Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly. As results happen gradually, you may notice subtle reductions in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.
What areas does it treat?
Sculptra helps to correct skin depressions, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars and skin aging.
What are the most common side-effects of Sculptra®?
Immediately following a Sculptra injection, redness, swelling and/or bruising may occur at the injection site. Injection-related swelling typically resolves within several hours to a few days.
Small papules (solid bumps) in the treatment area may occur. These subcutaneous (beneath the skin) papules are typically not visible and may be noticed only upon pressing on the treatment area. Visible nodules (small rounded lumps) or areas of induration have been noted in the injection area and are occasionally associated with inflammation or discoloration.
When should I go in for my next treatment?
It is recommended that you see your practitioner no sooner than 4 weeks after the initial injection session to determine if additional treatment is needed. Keep in mind that the original skin depression may initially reappear, but the depression will gradually improve within several weeks as the treatment effect of Sculptra occurs. At the first consultation, your practitioner will advise you of the potential need for additional injection sessions.
The No-BS Guide to Getting Natural-Looking Cosmetic Injectables
Everything you need to know about how a clinic will fix your wrinkles and give you back your youth
Inevitably, everyone will have a moment like this: You’re working on a new eyeliner trick or you catch a glimpse of yourself in different lighting. You look closer.
Are those the faint lines of crow’s feet? Have the “11’s” officially taken up residence between your brows? You might shrug it off. After all, wrinkles give us character. But if you’re bothered by a Perma frown or anything else, it’s nice to know you’ve got options. Antiwrinkle and filler injectables are amongst the best of them. And when done right, the results look glorious.
Join us on an information deep dive for everything you need to know to avoid uneven brows, dramatic unnatural results, and frozen faces.
What do Face injections even do to my face?
If you’ve ever wondered how cosmetic injectables wrangle wrinkles, here are the deets.
Brand X (there a few options and each clinic will have their preference) is the brand name of botulinum toxin, and it’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum is found in plants, soil, water to name a few things. This chemical blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, causing muscle paralysis that lasts for several months. By the muscle not moving, you will not be stretching the skin and making more lines and wrinkles in that area. It’s as simple as that!
Botulinum is a potent substance that affects the nervous system but fear not! it is completely safe when used to minimize wrinkles, as it’s administered in super small doses. It’s often used in large doses to treat some medical conditions. The muscle paralysis effect is how an antiwrinkle injection reduces the crinkling and wrinkling that naturally happens when we make certain expressions (and simply, aging). In some cases, it may even prevent further creasing.
For the sake of beauty, is it actually safe?
That all sounds a little freaky, right? We’re talking about an injection with poisonous origins, and it’s being injected into faces all over the world!
Yes! However scientific researchers consider this to be extremely safe. It is even safer when compared to other, more-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Before you get your face jabs, make sure you read up on your clinic
1. How to choose the right clinic
Face injections are currently the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in Australia. That means there are a lot of cosmetic clinics out there and it’s up to you to choose the right one.
First check website and social media to see if your clinic’s work matches your desired aesthetic. Think of it in much the same way you would if getting a tattoo, you’d take a good look at the artist’s portfolio, right? Do the same with a cosmetic clinic to fix your face.
Secondly, look at their previous before and after results, then read online reviews about the clinic you are planning to visit.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, schedule a consultation to see if their philosophy aligns with yours. It’s your face, your budget, your decision, you have to choose your provider.
If you feel pressured by a provider, walk away — and fast. Finding a cosmetic clinic for your face is about finding a skilled practitioner who listens to your concerns and desires and does not push you into treatments you are not comfortable with. Your cosmetic clinic needs to be your collaborator in helping you achieve your goals, not dictate your goals to you.
Finding the right Cosmetic Clinic
Consider credentials and experience
Research the clinic’s previous work
Check online reviews
Meet the practitioner face to face for a consultation
Does their philosophy align with your goals?
2. Make a treatment plan with your Cosmetic Clinic
When you’ve settled on a clinic, make a treatment plan with them in your consultation. Remember that your face is unique and attached to a unique individual. That means that your facial treatment plan will be different than your bestie’s.
The most important part of creating any plan for your face is understanding your goals and establishing realistic expectations, and depending on your goals, you may need to visit the clinic up a few times a year for different treatments. Your face cosmetic clinic should outline all your options, including treatments not related to anti-wrinkle injections, treatments such as skin needling which are collagen stimulating treatments.
Once you share your skin and face goals, the clinic should consider your age and look closely at the depth of your facial creases. Most clinics prefer to use neurotoxin to treat fine wrinkles. For deeper set lines in the face, filler is most often used and could be used alongside additional procedures such as skin boosters to achieve a person’s desired aesthetic.
Your skin clinic should also evaluate all your dynamic muscle movements. In regard to forehead lines, for example, the clinic will see how a patient looks with eyebrows raised, at rest, and with eyes closed.
Please note, there are some people who have genetically heavy eyelids who compensate by keeping their eyebrows raised all the time, having anti-wrinkle injections to the forehead can weaken these muscles and prevent the compensatory raise. As a result, the person would feel like their lids are even heavier – not a desired aesthetic. Choose wisely and make a comsetic treatment plan.
How to create your face cosmetic plan
What are your goals?
Can your goals be achieved with antiwrinkle and filler treatments?
Consider your age
Discuss skin needling and other facial treatments
Consider your budget
Discuss lifestyle factors
Think about your lifestyle and talk to the cosmetic clinic about how it impacts your skin. Aging occurs because of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Our genes, ethnicity, and even certain medical conditions are intrinsic, and we don’t have control over them. We have more control over extrinsic factors, like air pollution, sun exposure, stress or smoking.
Educating the patient about the different types of aging and having a candid discussion about their particular habits, environmental exposures, as well as their diet and lifestyle choices will help you clinic guide the plan, maximize the benefits, and optimize the results.
What’s the right age to get Face Injections?
Although the time frame will be different for everyone, most medical professionals recommend antiwrinkle treatment to the face when those fine lines appear and start to bother you. You’ll know!
In our 30s, our skin cell turnover and our collagen production begins to slow down and this is generally when many of us begin to see the signs of aging. Some people might choose to get preventative facial injections before then and that does have merit. Please be aware if you are under 18 years of age you are unable to obtain treatments in most clinics in Australia.
To find out what Harbour Medispa’s facial cosmetic treatments or to book your obligation free cosmetic consultation. We are 3km out of the city in a quiet, leafy environment with easy and plentiful free parking. Contact us for an appointment.
Interested in the Lip Flip? Here are 5 things you need to know…
Full, youthful lips are always in style—and lip plumping is one of our most popular uses for dermal fillers. However, not everyone who wants their lips to look fuller necessarily wants or needs fillers to achieve their desired effect. Perhaps you want a very subtle result, or you would prefer to try out a shorter-term option (fillers can last 6 to 12 months).
If you would like to enhance your lips but feel like fillers aren’t your style, you might consider antiwrinkle injections, in a quick procedure called a “lip flip.” Our injectable specialists have been getting requests for this lip enhancement option at Harbour Medispa and patients who try it love their results.
The antiwrinkle medicine lip flip can be an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle lip enhancement, as well as those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.
What is the Lip Flip?
As the name implies, the lip flip involves usingJust a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.
How does the lip flip work?
To perform an anti-wrinkle lip flip, our injectable specialists make a series of injections just above the upper lip, into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. This temporarily relaxes the part of the muscle over the upper lip, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it appears more voluminous and defined. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lines around the lips.
Most patients notice the effects within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects for lips lasts up to three to four months.
Lip Flip vs Lip Filler
The lip flip isn’t a substitute for lip fillers. We perform both at Harbour Medispa as we have patients who are better suited to one treatment or the other, or both. Our injectable specialists consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether antiwrinkle or a dermal filler is the best lip enhancement option for you.
You likely will be happy with the Lip Flip if:
You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)
Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if:
You would like additional volume in the upper and/or lower lip
You would like to address more severe vertical lip lines
You would like to improve overall lip shape and symmetry
You want a longer-lasting lip enhancement (6-12 months)
In some cases, the best solution for a patient is to combine neuromodulators with fillers. Using fillers to enhance lip volume and botox to lift the upper lip slightly can achieve a beautiful effect for patients with very thin lips.
How much does the Lip Flip cost?
A Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa is inexpensive from just $50 per treatment. If you’re surprised at how inexpensive this seems, consider that we only need a small number of units to achieve the desired “lip flip” effect.
It is important to keep in mind that the lip flip only lasts three to four months, and you’ll need to return for treatment about two to three times as often as you would for filler injections. That said can be a very cost-effective solution for patients desiring a subtle, but meaningful improvement in lip appearance.
How can I get a natural lip flip result?
Overtreating is a real risk with inexperienced providers and can limit your ability to move your lips normally. For instance, you may not be able to whistle or use a straw until the treatment starts to wear off if too much is used or if it is injected into the wrong location.
Schedule your Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa Wilston
Our highly trained cosmetic nurse has extensive experience with Botox and fillers. If you’re interested in checking out the lip flip yourself, we invite you to call us for a consultation 0418180949 or book online at www.harbourmedispa.com.au
What is the difference between Retinol and Tretinoin | Cosmetic Nurse Blog
What is the difference between retinol and tretinoin (Retin A)?
It is important to first distinguish what these products are: Retin A is the popular brand name for the drug, tretinoin. Many people use the name Retin A when referring to any type of tretinoin. (Similar to the interchangeable use of the words “Kleenex” and “facial tissues.”) Tretinoin is an Rx product and can only be purchased from, or prescribed by, a Doctor; it is a prescription medication thereby prescription strength. Retinol is the over-the-counter, cosmetic version of tretinoin. It can be purchased from department stores, pharmacies, etc. Retinols provide an option for patients/businesses that do not have the medical credentials necessary in prescribing/dispensing tretinoins.
Many people confuse retinol with tretinoin.
Retinol and retinoic acid are related but distinctly different. Retinols first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Only retinoic acid directly affects skin cells and helps reduce signs of aging. Tretinoin is retinoic acid and does not need to go through this conversion.
In theory, one should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, and eventually get the known skin benefits of the latter. In reality, the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. Additionally, when exposed to air either during storage or use, much retinol may get oxidized or degraded even before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. As a result, fewer people respond to most retinol creams than to retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A), and the degree of response tends to be less too.
It is true that retinol products tend to have fewer side effects than retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A). The reason is the same: lower biological activity of retinol due to slow conversion and, possibly, degradation. However, many high concentrations of retinol can be almost as irritating to the skin as retinoic acid. Various brands have developed high-strength retinol formulas that are more effective than run-of-the-mill retinol products. However, when trying to create a more rapid and more substantial change in patient skin, tretinoin is the form of retinoic acid that is going to provide a more significant change. Further, tretinoin is ONLY available through a physician/medical practice versus more readily – and easily available – retinol products.
Retinoic acid a.k.a. tretinoin (sold as Retin A, Renova, and other brands) appears to provide a better shot at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than even the best retinol formulations. Tretinoin users who experience skin irritation and/or chronic peeling can work to eliminate these side effects by reducing the concentration and/or frequency of application while still experiencing the benefits of this Rx strength formulation versus the less effective, cosmetic strength of retinol.
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