Skinfresh Clinic


May 2015

Motherís Day Treat - Dermal Fillers

Treat your Mother or yourself in May. Create a more youthful appearance by restoring volume loss in the face with Dermal Fillers.

Target Nasolabial lines or Marionette lines instantly with our Non-Surgical Face Lift.

Or do you want fuller looking lips with better definition?

It’s possible to have the treatment at lunchtime, Saturday morning or on the way home from work.  We offer a variety of packages and products.

Book your consultation today.


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.


Disease Prevention begins in the mouth

Gum disease affects 80% of people as they age. There are important links between gum disease and serious diseases elsewhere in the body. Looking after your teeth and gums through healthy diet, lifestyle and brushing and flossing will help to prevent serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.

The mouth has 450 species of bacteria in it and billions of organisms in total. Most are necessary for good oral health, with less than 5% of them associated with periodontal (gum) infections.

The typical precursor to gum disease is the formation of plaque. Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of organisms that covers teeth when starches and sugars in the diet interact with the bacteria normally found in the mouth. Much of it is removed when you brush. But any of it that remains for two to three days will form tartar, which is harder to remove and gets under the gum line. If this is untreated, it develops into gingivitis (gum inflammation) and that may progress to full-blown periodontitis, a more serious condition.

Periodontitis occurs when pockets form between gums and teeth that get filled with plaque, tartar and bacteria. With time, these pockets enlarge and fill up with more bacteria, causing teeth to fall out and even causing disease elsewhere in the body.

Diseases related to gum conditions

Numerous diseases are thought to be related to periodontal disease because of the increased inflammation in the mouth. The inflamed gum tissues produce inflammatory messengers that travel around the body and cause increased inflammation in other tissues. As a result, there is increased risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Heart disease

People with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart attacks and angina. Inflammation attacks the lining of the blood vessel walls and causes atherosclerosis. Gum bacteria have been found in atherosclerotic plaques.


The severity of gum disease correlates with the risk of stroke.


Gum disease is a common complication of diabetes. In turn, the gum disease, by increasing inflammation, makes diabetes more difficult to control. So controlling gum disease helps control diabetes.

Premature and low-weight births

Pregnant women with gum disease have a higher risk of having babies with low birth weight. The inflammation can also increase the risk of pre-term labour. 

Lung disease

Pneumonia and emphysema can be worsened by the bad gum bacteria going into the airways.


Gum disease has also been associated with a small increase in cancer, an observation that is still being investigated further.

Other threats to dental health

Apart from deficient oral hygiene routines, gum disease can be caused by other factors.

For instance, smoking causes over 50% of adult gum disease.

Drugs can interfere with normal saliva production. These can include over-the-counter cold remedies such as antihistamines, as well as antidepressants, anti-epileptic and immune suppressing drugs. Saliva has an important role in cleansing the teeth and in suppressing growth of bad bacteria that cause plaque.

Nutritional deficiencies that influences gum health include deficiencies of calcium and Vitamin C. Calcium helps to build the density of the bone that supports the gums, the alveolar bone. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain and repair connective tissues such as skin, gums and bone. In fact, bleeding gums is a symptom of Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy).

Genetic influences cause 50% of the population to be susceptible to periodontal disease.

Obesity along with diabetes increase the risk of gum disease by increasing inflammation. Abdominal fat produces inflammatory messengers that influence the gums and the rest of the body. 

Prevention of gum disease

Brushing twice daily, flossing and visiting your dentist every six months is a good start to preventing gum disease. Doing this along with regular exercise and including fruits and vegetables in your diet can reduce your risk of periodontal disease by 40%. Supplements may help further. Mouth rinses with some of the substances noted below may be helpful. It is also possible to obtain toothpastes with some of the bioactive compounds mentioned here.

Special supplements generally work by reducing inflammation and attacking or reducing bad gum bacteria.

Co-enzyme Q10 is a molecule the body can make itself, given the right ingredients and good gut bacteria. This antioxidant has been found to be deficient in those with gum disease. Co-enzyme Q10 helps give the cell the energy it needs to repair tissues, including gum tissues. It is depleted by statin drugs. The dose starts at 50mg daily and may be higher if there are other health concerns such as hypertension or statin medication.

Xylitol is a white crystalline substance that resembles and tastes like sugar and which is naturally found in plums, strawberries and raspberries. It prevents gum cavities by suppressing the growth of streptococcus mutans.

Hydrogen peroxide is commonly found in dental products and toothpastes. The percentages found in these products are safe and are useful to whiten teeth. Its foaming action carries away food particles and bacteria caused by gum disease.

Lactoferrin is a naturally occurring antimicrobial substance found in saliva as well as in breast milk, tears and other body fluids. It is thought to bind to the bad bacteria and slow their growth.

Folic acid is found in green leafy vegetables and is important for the body to be able to make new tissues. Folic acid deficiency can increase the risk of gingivitis, tongue inflammation and periodontitis.

Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Vitamin C and D may promote health gums and teeth.

Green tea acts against the bacteria streptococcus mutans which is a key microbe that contributes to tooth decay. Green tea also inhibits a bacterial enzyme and thus prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth to form plaque. It also causes oral cancer cells to die.
Pomegranate mouth washes have been found to suppress the bacteria that cause plaque, and their ability to bind to the teeth to form plaque. It is also anti-inflammatory. 

Good lifestyle choices

In summary, good lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise added to good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist is a great start to combating gum disease. If you have increased risk or already have periodontal disease, you can consider using toothpastes and mouthwashes with special ingredients, or even taking supplements such as co-enzyme Q10.



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