Skinfresh Clinic


March 2014

Great news for all our clients!

Waiting list reduced

After her Television series “Is Modern Medicine Killing You” was so popular in 2012, Dr Pitsilis found her new patient waiting list ballooned to 18 months. We now have the waiting list down to approximately 8 weeks. If you have any friends who still thinks there is a long wait, please let them know to give the clinic a call. Our New Patient Liason Julie is always happy to talk to them.

Birthday voucher increased

We want to give our Skinfresh Clinic clients an extra treat this year, and decided to make your Birthday even more special. You can now get a $60 Skinfresh Clinic birthday voucher to put towards any nurse treatment. Book early (the month before) and when you come in for your treatment during the month of your birthday you will get $60 off.

Refer a friend and you both save

Skinfresh Clinic, like all businesses, appreciates your positive referrals to your friends. Whenever you refer a friend to us as a new client, we will give you both a $60 account credit. Your friend will receive their credit at their first appointment for use on any future treatment. Once your friend has been to see us for a treatment, the referral credit will go onto your account for use on your next Skinfresh Clinic visit.


The Skinfresh Difference

Why should you consider Skinfresh Clinic as your appearance medicine clinic? Why would it be any different to any other skincare or beauty establishment?

Here are some questions you should ask when enquiring about services.

Who owns and runs this clinic and what standards are they bound by?

Skinfresh Clinic is owned and run by Dr Frances Pitsilis. She has training in all the treatments given in the clinic and oversees her nurses.

She is an experienced researcher, has written for the beauty industry and also lectures here in New Zealand and overseas. She is qualified in Anti-ageing and Regenerative medicine as well as nutrition and bioidentical hormones.

Dr Pitsilis answers to the New Zealand Medical council standards.

Who will treat me and what are their standards?

Skinfresh Clinic nurses are cosmetic nurse specialists that are fully trained in all the procedures they undertake. They answer to the standards of the New Zealand nursing council.

What training have the therapists received?

It is possible in New Zealand for anyone to buy a machine and treat people without training. Skinfresh Clinic has a doctor and three nurses who have been trained in the procedures they perform.

What safety measures are taken?

Skinfresh Clinic has numerous strict measures that it takes to protect its clients. These range from privacy measures, to regular safety checking of machinery, to sterilization measures of all equipment. We regularly update our training.

What come back do I have if there is a problem?

There is no come back if the person who treated you isn't a doctor or nurse. You cannot complain to anyone, but you can get some help from ACC.

Dr Pitsilis and her nurses have strict rules of professional conduct, ongoing training and professional behaviour. Should there be a complaint, we would take it seriously, take whatever action is necessary to remedy the situation and keep you informed throughout the whole process.

What are the specifications of your machine?

Anyone can buy an Intense pulsed Light (IPL) machine for as little as $10,000 and use it on anyone without training in New Zealand. Skinfresh Clinic's machine cost us $230,000 and is a medical laser as well as an IPL. It is extremely accurate and finely tuned.

Can you treat darker skins?

Most IPL machines cannot be used in people of olive skin or darker. If used, in some cases, the person can be burnt or left with excessive over or under pigmentation.

Skinfresh Clinic's IPL is of high medical specification and can be used on olive skin as long as certain safety measures are taken.

We also have two specific treatments that are safe for any skin type including suntanned skin. One is Laser Genesis® for collagen production, pores, texture, burns, scarring, healing and red veins and redness including rosacea. Laser Genesis is a comfortable treatment with no recovery time.

The other is Titan®, a far infrared light which tightens the skin over several treatments. It also is comfortable with no recovery time.

Do you take a holistic approach?

Skinfresh Clinic is interested in your diet, lifestyle and internal health because it affects your skin as well. We often perform blood tests as part of our general assessment for your skin.

We have regularly picked up numerous deficiencies in our clients who have vigorously thanked us. We believe we are the only medical appearance clinic that takes this approach.

We also pick up hormonal imbalances and can treat them if this is desired. This makes us different from other medical appearance clinics.

We will advise if a treatment should not be undertaken in certain situations because of smoking, illness, stress and deficiency and we like to correct these before treating a client.

Is there any "hard sell"?

Strictly not at Skinfresh Clinic. There are no sales quotas here. We know that for you to develop a trusting relationship with us, we need to give you information about what we can do for you and allow you to decide for yourself. We want you to come back and recommend your friends!

Why don't you advertise Botulinum Toxin (Dysport®) or Fillers (Restylane®) as specials?

The new rules by the medical council of New Zealand do not allow medical clinics to advertise specials. This does not mean that we won't go the extra mile to look after all our clients.
We have competitive rates on these products.

You must always examine what is on offer and decide for yourself.


WOF for Men and Women

Everyone wants to have good health and quality of life as the years go by. But so often, it is usually just an acute illness that will take you to the doctor. I would like to suggest that we spend more time and money looking after our cars than our bodies! How long do you keep your car before you replace it?

Its time you thought about and spend some time and money maintaining your body, after all, unlike your car, it has to last you a lifetime!

Health is the interplay of the genetic legacy you have inherited as it interacts with your environment. You can’t do anything about your genes, but you can certainly influence your health by providing a wonderful environment that helps your genes behave well. This healthy environment (called Lifestyle Medicine) involves things like adequate sleep, good diet, adequate exercise, stress management and work life balance.

Now that you have your healthy lifestyle sorted, you want to pick up any health problems early to prevent disability or even death and participate in health screening. You take your car for a 6 monthly warrant of fitness. And as your health is more important, I suggest you take your body along to your family doctor regularly for your own warrant of fitness.

Everyone should have the following screening…

Wellness health check up – every 1-2 years from the age of 40 or so, meet with your doctor and discuss your health in general, in addition to the usual screening you will be doing. Even if you think there is nothing wrong with you, visit your family doctor and have a chat because you may be surprised what may come up. Discuss your diet and lifestyle. How is life, your job and your home life? Is there any stress and where is it coming from? How are you functioning, sleeping, feeling? How’s your energy, motivation and happiness levels?

Beware, to do this big overall health discussion, you will need 45 minutes or longer and you will have to pay more. (But how much do you pay to service your car?) If your GP doesn‘t cater for this and you can’t persuade him/ her to, find one that does – its in your best interests.

GP’s know about diet and lifestyle interventions as well as advising you about all your health concerns and your family doctor is always your best and first advisor. GP’s  are involved in a system of short consultations where you usually only have time to ask about one problem. With your insistence, encouragement, and willingness to pay, your GP is likely to accommodate you for a longer visit so you can get a lot more done.

Bowel Cancer Screening. New Zealand started a pilot in 2011 to help it design a good system for us. In the meantime, discuss with your GP what you should be doing and when you should start. It will often involve a Faecal Occult Blood test that may pick up minute traces of blood in the bowel motions. Some people need colonoscopy (looking inside the bowel with a mirror lined tube), especially if there is a strong family history of bowel cancer. This screening can detect and cure bowel cancer early.

Glaucoma (increased eye pressure). If it runs in your family, start your screening at the age of 40 years with either an eye specialist or optician.

Condition – Specific check up. Examples of conditions include hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, past smoker (may need a periodic chest X Ray) and asthma. If you have an ongoing condition, it is a good idea to check in with either your doctor or practice nurse regularly. Many clinics have specific programmes and some of them are run by the nurse and could be free or very inexpensive in some cases.

NOTE- the following cancers run together in families – Ovarian, Breast, Bowel. It may be advisable for a person to undertake more screening than they thought necessary. For example, if there is a strong history of breast +/- ovarian cancer in the women of the family, it may mean that the males could be at increased risk of bowel cancer.

What I recommend for women…

  • Smears – 3 yearly unless there have been any abnormalities when it would be yearly.
  • Breast examination by your doctor – yearly from age 40 years or earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.  This is necessary because mammograms and ultrasound scans do not pick up all suspicious breast lumps.
  • Mammograms – 1-2 yearly after the age of 40 unless there is a strong family history of breast cancer
  • Breast ultrasound – instead of, or in addition to mammograms.
  • Pelvic Ultrasound 1-2 yearly may be useful in cases where there have been fertility treatments in the past, or a strong family history of ovarian cancer.

Here is the list for men…

Prostate cancer screening is controversial because experts don’t agree about two things..

  • Whether a regular rectal examination should be performed
  • Whether a regular blood test should be done.

Its best to discuss your particular situation with your family doctor.

You are far more important than your car and need to spend more money and time on yourself! Design your health screening with your doctor who can place you on the practices computer recall system. Then it will be your responsibility to come when called.




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