Skinfresh Clinic

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February 2016

Treat yourself or someone special with Dysport® for Valentines day.

Merry Xmas from Skinfresh ClinicWho doesn’t want to look their best? Dysport®, is a simple, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that create 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.

Titan™ with Laser Genesis boost!

At Skinfresh Clinic our Titan™ patients receive a discount of $100 in addition to Laser Genesis top up at no extra charge. (Laser Genesis is valued at $500, both done at same appointment.) * Purchase up to 3 treatments which need to be completed within 3 months.

While Titan treats the deep skin layer to tighten skin and stimulate collagen production, Laser Genesis treats the mid skin layer. Adding the extra Laser Genesis on top of Titan promotes more deep heating of the skin for potentially better results.

Both of these treatments can be used on tanned and dark skins, are comfortable, and carry no down time. You can return to work straight away!

Book with our nurse to see if your skin problem is suitable.

*Limited spaces available. Nurse consultation must be booked before if 1st time treatment.

 

Product of the Month

Reflect – Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, use regular sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF. Limit your time in the sun especially from 10am to 2pm.

This product is:

  • Easy to apply – spray and go, underneath or over makeup
  • Non-irritating
  • Protects natural moisturizing factor
  • Full spectrum (UVA/UVB/IVC)
  • Antioxidant
  • pH 8.00
  • Non-greasy and pleasant to use
  • For all skin types-face and body
  • For post treatment/Procedure
  • For stressed skin

It’s our biggest seller!

Once you’ve tried it you’ll never go back to those sticky, greasy sunscreens again!

 

What is Regenerative Medicine?

What is regenerative medicine?

With several forms of Regenerative Medicine at our clinic, we thought we would give you some interesting information about them.

There is as yet no fully accepted definition of Regenerative Medicine. The dictionary uses words like regrowth, repair, restoration, reproduction, replacement… of lost or injured parts. There is also reference to restoration of ability and function.

Dr Pitsilis likes to think that what she does in reference to Regenerative Medicine is that she helps to restore and repair damaged or lost cells, function and ability. She is restoring health and quality of life to that person, generally via attention to lifestyle and biochemical imbalance.

Wherever possible, all the traditional methods are used for health problems, but when Dr Pitsilis needs more options, these treatments can make a real difference to a persons quality of life.

In the cosmetic area, we have been exposed to much Regenerative medicine technologies that we have ended us also using for chronic illness.

Our two clinics have come to the point where we think it makes more sense for us to have an overarching title encompassing both clinics. Dr Pitsilis is constantly doing a lot of research and also uses these treatments on both sides of the clinic.

So we have decided to give ourselves the major title of Regenerative Medicine Institute. We do indeed use and bring into the clinic scientifically based innovative therapies, so we think the title describes us well.

We have several more advanced forms of Regenerative Medicine that are not generally available. We have the following treatments:

Botulinum Toxin (Dysport®) therapy for:

  • Migraine/ Tension headache
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle spasms
  • Occupational Overuse Syndrome/ RSI
  • Arthritis related neck/ headache
  • Bruxism / teeth grinding / some Jaw problems.

Low Level Laser therapy

After we got our laser machine many years ago, Dr Pitsilis researched the gentle laser application. We also use it also for Rosacea, stretch marks and acne. There have been over 30 years of research on Low Level Laser Therapy for various conditions.

Used at a low level, our laser can has successfully treated the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries like muscle sprains and bruises
  • Tendinitis eg tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis
  • Joint pains and arthritits
  • Non - healing wounds and ulcers
  • Kills skin and toenail funguses
  • Helps Sinusitis
  • Pain and inflammation.

The low level laser does this because we know that light wavelengths heal. It increases energy production in cells so they heal and operate better. It reduces inflammation and inflammatory messengers. It promotes healing. And its quite a comfortable treatment to have.

Low level Laser therapy may considered if conventional therapies have not been helpful enough.

Platelet Rich Plasma

We were the first to use this treatment cosmetically to increase collagen production, reduce pores and tighten the skin. However, when Dr Pitsilis researched it further, she found that it has been used for many years to help in orthopedics, plastic surgery and dentistry.

We also use it in the clinic for large joint arthritis and joint and tissue repair.

We can also use it for :

  • Tennis elbow and tendinitis
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Non healing wounds.
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip may help defer the need for surgery.
  • Shoulder joint inflammation and pain.

It has been injected into knees and shoulders in our clinic with good results.

Some injections are performed by Dr Pitsilis who works with an Ultrasonographer to enable accurate placement under ultrasound control.

Platelets give out growth factors to potentially repair inflamed tissues, tendons and cartilage. A recent study showed that Platelet Rich Plasma is more effective than placebo at helping knee arthritis with an 80% success rate. (more information in the clinic)

The treatment is safe, because we are using your own platelets. The usual protocol for a large joint if for a total of 3 injections one week apart. If unsuccessful, Adult stem cell therapy can then be considered. (see later)

Combination therapy

You can now see that some conditions can be helped by a combination of our Regenerative Medicine treatments:

Tennis elbow - low level laser, botulinum toxin, Platelet rich plasma

Joint arthritis and pain - low level laser, Platelet rich plasma

And many other combinations.

We think this is special, because in our clinic, we can help these problems a lot more than conventional medicine can!

Adult Stem cell therapy (Stromal Vascular Fraction)

This is the use of your own stem cells for health benefit. We are the second clinic in New Zealand to offer this treatment and have performed several cases to date. Commonly used for large joint osteoarthritis.

Our journey to research, design and get the treatment into the clinic safely has cost us around two years of work and extensive study. Dr Pitsilis did it this way so that she didn’t need to get involved with organizations that wanted her to pay them expensive training fees and royalties. Now she can offer the treatment at a more affordable price to our patients.

Some of the general health results have included – grey hair starting to turn brown, improved name recall, reduced stress, significantly improved osteoarthritis, improved sleep, improved ability to think, improved ability to see colours, improved ability to tolerate alcohol.

Reseachers have reported other benefits that seem to be individual, like improved vision and other quality of life indicators.

This treatment must be regarded as experimental, and in our clinic, it is reserved for patients as a last resort treatment where inflammation is part of the problem. In small research studies, it has been shown to help some patients with osteoarthritis. There is future promise for chronic lung disease and diseases that are inflammatory in nature, like autoimmune diseases eg Multiple Sclerosis

There are large studies now going on in the USA to give us a better idea of what this treatment can do. At a 2014 Stem Cell workshop Dr Pitsilis attended overseas, she was told that the treatment lasts 6-8 months, however, some of her patients have noticed that the benefits have lasted over a year.

This treatment is safe, ethical and legal, because we are using your own stem cells that are harvested from your own fat.

Plastic Surgeon, Dr John De Waal performs the actual fat harvesting in our clinic and Dr Pitsilis and her nurse manage the rest of the process.

The final result is not just Adult stem cells, but a portion of the fat called Stromal Vascular Fraction, which in fact, contains much more that just Adult stem cells.

Any person wishing to have this treatment needs to be an existing patient of Dr Pitsilis’ or a new patient who is prepared to work with her to optimize their health before having the treatment. This is because optimizing health first may have two outcomes:

  1. Improve the health problem without the need for Adult Stem Cell therapy.
  2. Improve the overall outcome of Adult stem cell therapy.

We believe we are the only stem cell clinic in New Zealand that has the ability to offer pre-treatment health optimisation.

Most patients in general will consider Adult Stem Cell Therapy for large joint arthritis e.g. Knee, Hip. A much smaller percentage would consider it for some general health problems and inflammatory conditions. We have a more detailed information sheet on the Adult Stem cell treatment for those with stronger interest in this procedure.


 

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