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August 2015

Give yourself a Winter lift - treat yourself with Dysport®.

Who doesn’t want to look their best? Dysport®, is a simple, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that creates a youthful relaxed appearance.

Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and other wrinkles.

• Quick, effective and well tolerated treatment for frown lines and wrinkles
• Works within a few days
• Can be done as a walk-in walk-out 'lunchtime procedure'.

We welcome your friends.

Book your treatment today!

Results may vary.

 

Questions to ask when considering a dermal filler treatment

Dermal fillers are becoming more affordable and available as one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at Skinfresh Clinic where there is a cosmetic nurse and Dr Pitsilis. A dermal filler treatment is generally very safe and is performed as a walk in – walk out treatment. When deciding whether to have a dermal filler, several questions should come to mind.

What is a dermal filler? A dermal filler is a product that is injected into the skin to lift wrinkles, or under the skin to give volume to the face. The most popular ones consist of hyaluronic acid which is a sugar found in all animals.

What is a dermal filler used for?  Dermal fillers help restore lip shape and volume, treat lines around the mouth and lift up the cheeks. They can improve under eye hollows and help the appearance of scars. Some specifically hydrate the skin of the face, neck and hands.

Is this treatment right for me? Always consult with an experienced doctor or the doctor’s nurse in a medical clinic. Time should be spent over a thorough medical, medication and allergy history. Some situations make the procedure riskier.  You must give informed consent!

It is best to know what your other treatment options are, including no treatment.  Ask what can go wrong, how serious it is, and what can be done about it? After all, it is not strictly necessary for you to undergo this treatment for your health, so you need to know all about it.

How effective is the treatment and how long does it last? Treatments last between 6-18 months, especially if a top up treatment is performed at around 6-9 months. In experienced hands, they can be very effective.

How skilled and experienced is the doctor or nurse who will inject my face? You should always ask this question.  At Skinfresh Clinic you can be assured that Dr Pitsilis and her nurse are well trained and update their skills regularly.

What can go wrong? It's generally very safe. Rarely, allergy, infection or other serious side effects can occur – these require specific timely expert treatment in a medical clinic.

What happens if something does go wrong? Is this a medical clinic with emergency equipment and drugs? Is it being performed by a doctor, or a nurse with a doctor immediately available? Are you given a 24 hour phone number to call after the procedure?

Are there any long term risks? Usually not, if done safely, in a well equipped medical clinic by a doctor or with a nurse and the doctor available.

Book with our nurse for your assessment consultation.

The Importance of Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid

Everyone knows about Vitamin C. If you don’t get enough fruit and vegetables in your diet, you could get a Vitamin C deficiency and get Scurvy. Captain Cook didn’t know about Vitamin C at the time, but he discovered that giving his sailors cabbage and limes prevented the disease – that’s why they called Englishmen “Limeys”.

Well, Scurvy exists today in our community. You may be surprised, but there are many people who can’t afford fresh fruit and vegetables, so they fill up on bread and potatoes and inexpensive foods. As a result, they may find themselves getting symptoms like bleeding gums, red dots on the skin that don’t go away (doctors call them petechiae), wounds that don’t heal or break down.

In addition to not getting enough from food, humans, gorillas, fruit bats and guinea pigs can’t make their own Vitamin C in response to stress like other animals can – I bet you didn’t know that!

These days we are all more stressed. There is probably a case to be made for a regular dose of vitamin C, especially during times of stress like overwork, illness, surgery etc. You see, animals like chimpanzees make up to 9000mg Vitamin C in response to stress and a dog can make up to 12,000mg!

I think a normal dose for an adult with a busy life may be around 1000mg. If you are quite stressed, perhaps up to 3000mg. But if you are really sick, you might need 6000mg. Watch out because too much will give you runny bowels.

Below is a list of all the things vitamin C is important for.

Main actions and functions

  • Prevent scurvy
  • Antioxidant and free radical scavenger
  • Protests other antioxidants- Vitamins E,A,Essential Fatty acids -Omega 3
  • Helps absorption of iron
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Production of Collagen, Neurotransmitters, corticosteroids, Carnitine
  • Formation of Tyrosine which is a precursor to Dopamine neurotransmitter and thyroid hormone
  • Bone formation
  • Wound healing
  • Hydroxylation of proline, tryptophan therefore helps in collagen production
  • Metabolism of cholesterol
  • Energy release from Fatty deposits
  • Modulation of iron and copper absorption and prevents their oxidation
  • Reduction of nitrosamine formation in the stomach – helps prevent cancer
  • Formation of thyroid hormone
  • Antihistamine
  • Immunoglobulin synthesis
  • Cell mediated immunity
  • Activation of folic to folinic acid
  • Anti cancer effects
  • Synthesis of interferon
  • An anti-carcinogenic effect
  • A selective cytotoxic (cancer killing) effect.

The dose of vitamin C found in research to prevent the common cold and reduce its severity is 200-2000mg taken daily.

References

Braun, L., & Cohen, M.  Herbs & Natural Supplements. An evidence based guide, 3rd Edition. Churchhill Livingstone: Australia.

Douglas, R. M., Hemila, H., D'Souza, R., Chalker, E. B., Treacy, B. (2004). Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, Art. No.: CD000980.pub2. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub2.

Hromek, K. (2010). Injectable nutrients, 1st Edition. KAM Publishing: Australia.

Van Straten, M., Josling, P. (2002). Preventing the Common Coldwith a Vitamin C Supplement: A double-blind, placebo-controlled survey. Advances in Therapy, 19(3), 151-159.

 

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