Skinfresh Clinic


September 2016

Get ready for Summer Special!
Titan™ with Laser Genesis boost!

Titan with Laser Genesis boostAt Skinfresh Clinic our Titan™ patients receive a Laser Genesis top up at no extra charge. (Valued at $500 per area)*

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.

Note: Nurse consultation must be had before booking treatment.


Product of the Month

Revitalash™ Advanced Eyelash Conditioner

Revitalash Advanced is intended to improve the appearance, promote the attractiveness, and enhance the beauty of your natural eyelashes.

Daily use provides immediate conditioning benefits leading to healthier-looking, more luxurious lashes.

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner


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 cosmetic 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 who also have extensive training.

Dr Pitsilis is an experienced medical 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's Medical Ethics and 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 two 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, bend over backwards and take whatever action is necessary to remedy the situation, plus more, and keep you informed throughout the whole process.

We are your first advocate and supporter. There have been times when we have had to correct and treat problems that have occurred elsewhere.

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 nutritional deficiencies and undiagnosed medical conditions 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!

Do you really have my best interests at heart?

Absolutely Yes! We are aware of ourselves as medical professionals and the duty of trust and care we have to our patients. There are times when we will gently refuse to treat someone with a particular treatment because we know they are either not ready for it, not suited to it, too young to understand the implications of it , or because the treatment will not work.

We aim to build such strong long term trusting relationships with our clients that they will keep returning and also refer their friends to us!

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

The Medical Council of New Zealand does 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 and go the extra mile to consult and give information. An example is - our new patient Dysport consultation is an hour long!

In the Cosmetic marketplace you must always examine what is on offer and decide for yourself.


Combo treatments perform better

There are multiple technologies available at Skinfresh Clinic that have transformed the cosmetic industry - and our clients!

At Skinfresh Clinic, we cater for clients that want results without significant down-time, discomfort or cost.

You want to be able to just walk in and walk out after a treatment and get results.

Not only that, but many of our treatments can give results on any skin type, even very dark and tanned skin!

Before committing to a course of treatments, you want to know that you are not wasting your time or money. We have a detailed skin analysis system. Visia™ which is the gold standard skin analysis system in the world and is used in scientific studies internationally to accurately assess skin treatment results. Now you can tell if the treatment has worked - for sure!

Titan is a state of the art treatment that tightens faces, jowls, necks, tummies and even arms and sagging knees! This treatment is comfortable, with no downtime.

Laser Genesis for many, feels like lying in the sunshine and relaxing. It works on redness, pores, scars, deep wrinkles, acne and skin laxity that is completely comfortable and requires absolutely no downtime - you return to work straight away! Imagine a treatment that does all of the above and leaves you feeling relaxed!

Dysport, the UK brand of Botulinum Toxin, is a simple effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that creates a youthful relaxed appearance. In a recent international study, Dysport lasted longer for crows feet than the other brand.

Platelet rich plasma is a technology that we have had in the clinic for 10 years! The activated platelets release growth factors that grow anything that is deficient in the skin, including collagen and blood vessels. This may well be helpful in ultimately hydrating the skin because of the increase in collagen. Its great for tightening up sagging necks!

Now you can combine Platelet Rich Plasma with Dermapen or you can have Dermapen alone. This treatment is mostly comfortable. It is great for texture, pores, tightening and is a great combination mate with other treatments to enhance results. It leaves the skin pink for a day, but can be easily covered with make up.

Combinations give potential for enhanced results over fewer treatments in total. At Skinfresh Clinic, we know that results can be enhanced by combining treatments - better than using one treatment type alone.

Examples are...

  • Titan plus laser genesis may increase tightening and collagen production.
  • Laser Genesis plus Limelight IPL (Photofacial) can improve Acne, redness and Rosacea in fewer treatments.
Tighten the neck with any , or preferably as many of the following treatments as you can - Titan, Laser Genesis, Platelet rich plasma, Dermapen.

The potential is endless... and mostly with very little pain and very little or no down time... what more could you ask for!

Results may vary.


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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