Skinfresh Clinic


Late March 2019


PLASMA EYE-LIFTThe Non Surgical Eyelift treatment using Plasma BT Surgical™... only in NZ with Dr Pitsilis

Skinfresh NZ are proud to present the our latest cosmetic treatment the #NextGeneration #PlasmaEyeLift called Silky Eyes™

Silky Eyes™ is a powerful combination treatment that is focused on giving you the best possible results in the following areas:

  • Non - surgical upper eyelid rejuvenation, lifting and tightening
  • Non - surgical lower eyelid rejuvenation lifting and tightening
  • Crows feet reduction
  • Wrinkle reduction on face and upper lip
  • Reduction of acne scarring, other scarring
  • Removal of skin tags, treatment of acne cysts/ spots
  • Non-surgical neck lift

A non - invasive eyelid procedure without any surgical incision, no hospital stay and no general anaesthetic. It is a walk - in walk out procedure performed under local anaesthetic that is a safe and effective treatment for the delicate eye area.

For more information and to find out if this procedure is suitable for you, please make an appointment with Dr Pitsilis. If you then go ahead with the procedure, your visit fee will be refunded.

A consultation is needed to assess your individual needs first.

Book your treatment or consultation now.


The Importance of Pre-Treatment Preparation

The foundation of an effective skin treatment, with the best possible results, is preparation.

Your two major goals in doing this is to prepare the stratum corneum (top layers of the skin), and to prevent post - inflammatory pigmentation (over or under pigmentation). This applies even more, if the skin is slightly olive or tanned, especially if you are preparing for Limelight (Intense Pulsed Light).

However, the basic principles still apply with other treatments, because preparation enables a betters result.

Treatments to get the best results

The skin is prepared for at least two weeks with topical precondition skincare which will include:

  • A retinoid eg: Retinoid, Exfol A, Retrieve
  • Tyrosine's inhibitor - stops the skin making pigment
  • Vitamin C Serum

By exfoliation the skin and reducing pigmentation, the outcome of any skin treatment will be enhanced. It will also allow the skin to heal more quickly.

Exfol A plus Serum

AHA and Vitamin A night serum

Suitable for:

  • All skins, especially problem skin, aging, congested, dull, thickened, pigmented.

Not suitable for thin, reactive red skin, pregnant or lactating person


  • Exfoliating
  • Assists in deep delivery of nutrients
  • Antioxidants
  • Refining
  • Brightening

Retrieve 0.05% - is derived from Vitamin A and is the final active molecule that works to restore the epithelium of the skin to normal.

The result is increased collagen, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out uneven skin tone, shrinks pores, treats and prevents acne blemishes.

Aspect Dr - Active C Serum (pH4.0 - 5.5) - this is one of our best sellers and most successful treatments to strengthen collagen and help clean up skin blemishes.

  • Non irritating oil soluble form of vitamin C - pH neutral

Suitable for:

  • All skin Types
  • Sensitive skin
  • Rosacea


  • Anti-Oxidant Protection
  • Lightening & Brightening
  • Hydrating
  • Reduces Flushing


Product of the Month

Advanced Perfecting Shield
SPF 30 Sunscreen/Moisturiser Combined

Age protection, innovation-reinforced skin protection synergistically combined with hydrating, protecting and revitalising core formula.

Skin Concerns

  • Ageing Prevention
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Redness and imperfections
  • Post act needs (optimal hydration & sun protection)


  • Excellent scores on antioxidant and UV protection
  • Strong anti-glycation action
  • Restructuration action


  • RHA resilient hyaluronic acid, manufacturing process patented
  • NovHyal (N-Acetyl Glucosamine-6-Phosphate)
  • Yellow and red pigments
  • Selection of solar filters


  • Apply daily on face and neck in morning after serum


The Gut-Brain Connection

Have you heard about having a gut feeling? Funny how your body tells you about impending danger or concern and we refer to it as a gut feeling because we feel it in our guts or abdomen. We also refer to a "pain in the gut" as being something that causes us a problem, stress or concern. Where do these terms come from? We have all had the experience of "butterflies in our tummies", which is a direct influence of the brain on the gut. In this case it is when we are nervous or stressed.

I became interested in this topic because of the effect that my patients' environments had on their gut function and gut symptoms but also on observing the effect that improving diet in my patients seemed to solve a large number of their other health problems, in addition to their gut problems.

You see, people who get an irritable bowel, which is the commonest condition in the world affecting up to 20% of people, suffer from wind, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, burping and farting. We know that this condition is influenced by emotions, stress, diet and other factors. Irritable bowel syndrome also seems to come along with other problems such as premenstrual syndrome, migraine, fatigue, anxiety and depression.

When I had a closer look at the connections between the gut and the brain, I realised that it was far more complex than anyone could imagine! You see, there are numerous centres in the brain that communicate through the spinal cord and through the somatic nerves - these are the nerves that move our muscles. Some of these nerves also go to the gut. In addition, there is the autonomic nervous system (called automatic because it does things for you that you don 't have to think about, like breathing) that can affect the bowel automatically when there are sensations coming from the brain. These automatic affects can be to calm the bowel down or to stimulate it.

Then when you get down to the bowel itself, we are talking about the cells lining the bowel wall, which are only one cell thick, the chemicals put out by some of the bowel cells, and the bacteria that are lining the bowel.

The enteric nervous system is the web of nerves that actually move the bowel wall along. This, and the other parts of the nervous system just mentioned above, have complex interactions and parallel relationships.

One of the ways that stress can affect the bowel is when the primitive brain stimulates the hypothalamus in the primitive brain and releases a messenger called CRF (corticotrophin releasing factor) which then causes further messengers down the line to stimulate the pituitary and adrenal glands. This reaction is part of the flight or fight response that the primitive animal needs to get out of a near death/survival experience.

Then we look at the bowel cells themselves. You need to eat the right food so that these cells can survive and make things like B vitamins for the body. Some of the bowel cells release hormones such as serotonin - 95% of our serotonin comes from the bowel as long as the bowel bacteria are balanced. If they are not we don 't get as much serotonin, the happy chemical. There are other messengers secreted from some of these bowel cells that make us feel better or feel worse. Some of these messengers are in response to something that we have eaten that our body does not want and can cause the brain to feel nausea or cause vomiting.

And then finally, we have the thousands upon billions of bacteria that are situated within the lining of the bowel. In more recent times when the human DNA project was completed, it was found that there are 20,000 human genes in the human body. In addition, there are a million bacterial genes in the human body! Every living cell in our body contains energy factories called mitochondria - these are actually primitive bacteria. So we cannot even make our own energy by ourselves. We co-evolved with bacteria from the very beginning.

It has been found that the balance of these bacteria are influenced by sensations coming into our systems and then being sent to the bowel. For example, we know that stress causes reduction in stomach movement and gastric acid, as well as a change in the movement of the bowel itself. Stress also causes an imbalance of the bowel bacteria balance.

So how can we help our gut brain connection and stay healthy at the same time?

I found it intriguing that when I corrected my patients' diets, they told me that within two weeks or so, problems like body pain, anxiety, negative thoughts, depression, irritable bowel, migraine and other health problems got better. So fundamentally, the diet is very important to these multitude of litter critters in our bowels and we must keep them happy. Depending on your health situation, the ideal diet may well be a modified Mediterranean diet or event he Palaeolithic diet. We know that in countries such as China where they have adopted the western diet more and more, obesity and diabetes has increased. There are signals from bowel cells to the brain that increase eating and reduce satiety. Eating the wrong foods can cause this to happen.

A lot of research done with probiotics has shown that problems such as stress, anxiety, bowel health and bowel conditions, have all improved. There may well be a case for taking probiotics after eating badly or when being stressed. Many of these studies have been performed on rats, mice and apes. Very few studies are coming forward now with humans but a recent study suggested that in women, supplementing probiotics reduced anxiety.

So in the end we have to keep these little critters happy to keep the bowel flora balanced so that it does not affect our general health and cause diseases. On the other hand, we also have to think about the way we think and think about how we tackle stress so that we don 't allow that to affect the rest of our bodies and our bowels.

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