Skinfresh Clinic


September 2017

First in Australia and NZ - truSculpt 3D. The forever fat destroyer!
truSculpt 3D

Skinfresh is the first clinic to bring you this revolutionary, safe and effective fat reduction technology. There is no pain or down time. Each standard area takes 30 minutes to treat, so it's fast too!

Dr Frances Pitsilis has been following the research into fat reduction technologies for 10 years. She was not happy with the available technologies, nor the progress of the radio frequency technology until now.

Dr Frances continued to read the medical research as well as textbooks on the subject. A predecessor was launched in 2013. This machine worked very well.

However, when the technology was upgraded to double the strength and no excessive heat sensation along with half the time to treat an area, Dr Pitsilis pounced! She is of the opinion that the research and technology has matured and that this is the best technology for painless, quick fat reduction anywhere.

Trusculpt 3D is able to reduce the fat layer by 18-24% - permanently.

Trusculpt 3D is not a treatment for obesity. The best way to check is for you to make a no-obligation appointment to see one of our nurses.

All skin types and colours can be safely treated.

Standard areas are - abdomen, flanks, arm fat (bingo wings), bra fat, inner thighs, above knees - each takes 30 minutes to treat. So abdomen and flanks take an hour. We also do double chins. For Cellulite an assessment visit is definitely needed as it can be so variable.

Typically, results are seen after one treatment. Some patients may choose to have more treatments after that. You can have several areas treated in one session. Have more than one area treated in the same session and the price reduces.

The treatment involves our nurse gently gliding the handpiece over the area to be treated. It warms up and many comment that it feels like a hot stone massage.

There is no down time afterwards. You can go straight back to normal activities! Some may feel slight tenderness afterwards which will resolve in a few days.

Results start to be seen at 6-8 weeks as the body's lymphatics dispose of the dead fat cells. Improvement will be at maximum at 3 months. You can view the website here

You can find out whether this treatment is suitable for you by booking a no-obligation consultation with one of our nurses. ph 09 486 0030 or email


Dr Pitsilis New Consultation Fees

Costs continue to rise, and Dr Pitsilis is not funded by the PHO system.

Within any 30-60 minute consultation, several to many problems are often dealt with - contrasting with GP consultations that typically deal with one problem within a 10-15 minute visit.

Within the New Patient consultation, usually between 15 and 25 problems are dealt with and satisfying results follow that usually were not previously possible.

NEW FEES FROM 1st October

30 minutes: $240

45 minutes: $330

60 minutes: $420

New patient consultation

Administration Fee: $70

2 hour consultation: $930 - if this ends up much shorter than expected, a reduced fee is charged. If over 2 hours are needed, there is no extra fee.

Dr Pitsilis tries to reduce as much as possible any need for too many follow up consultations.

Once a patient is well and stable, she asks them to see her yearly.


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The delicate skin around the eye area is the thinnest skin on the face. As we begin to age, this skin becomes even thinner as collagen, elastin and skin hydration continue to degrade.

Rubbing, blinking, diet, lack of sleep, allergies and sun exposure are just some of the factors resulting in lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and sensitivity.

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  • Dipeptide-2 - Reduces the appearance of puffiness
  • N-Hydroxysuccinimide - iron chelator. Assists with the elimination of pigments responsible for dark circles
  • Hespiridin Methyl Chalcone - Assists with improving the appearance of puffiness and under eye bags
  • Chrysin - Stimulates the enzyme that clears bilirubin and thereby improves the appearance of discoloration caused by pooled degraded by - products
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A grain of rice sized amount of Eyelift warmed up between fingertips and apply gently round orbital rim of both eyes, avoiding top lid.

What can you do about fatigue?

Ask anyone and most people will tell you that they are tired these days.  When thinking about the causes of fatigue, very often they are straightforward, simple or lifestyle causes mostly, rather than fine print, nasty disease causes.  However, when doctors think about fatigue, they like to rule out all the initial lifestyle and simple causes first but make sure that they don't miss any serious important causes.

Lifestyle causes of fatigue are listed below:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Over work or burn out.
  • Not enough exercise.
  • Poor diet.

These are simple things that you can analyze yourself and correct, one-by-one, and you may be surprised as to how much better you will feel.

Social stress and general stress also account for a lot of causes of fatigue and they include:

  • Stress at work or bullying.
  • Bereavement.
  • Unemployment.
  • Marital or relationship problems.
  • Financial problems.

Once again, identifying these causes and doing the best that you can to deal with them will bring relief.

Don't forget any medications that you might be on from the doctor. Common offenders can be medicines for blood pressure or heart and these can include beta blockers. Also, sleeping pills and antidepressant medicines can affect energy levels as well, along with any other drug.

Once the doctor has ruled out any lifestyle or stress causes, he or she will think about whether you might have a deficiency which are listed below:

  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12
  • Slow thyroid
  • Low vitamin D
  • Magnesium.

The commonest deficiency amongst women is iron. Sometimes, although your result is within the normal range, you might feel better when your iron levels are still a bit higher so discuss this with your doctor.

Vitamin B12 testing is known to be unreliable, so if your vitamin B12 is near the low end, it is worth asking your doctor for an injection to see if it will help you.

Vitamin D is not routinely tested at present in New Zealand, but more and more doctors are understanding the value of doing this and the importance of this vitamin in interacting with 913 genes and preventing 17 cancers. You cannot tell whether someone has enough vitamin D by looking at them because even if they have a suntan, they may not be able to make it in their body if they are deficient, on drugs, or obese - so testing is the best way to check.

The thyroid blood tests can be unreliable too, so if you are convinced that you have a slow thyroid, try filling in an online thyroid questionnaire and take that to your family doctor with a request to have a trial of thyroid replacement. People more likely to have an underactive thyroid are women as they age, especially after menopause.

Most doctors don't consider magnesium deficiency as a cause of fatigue but if you have leg cramp, ringing in the ears or twitching eye, you can try taking some magnesium yourself to see if that will help.

Food intolerances can be a surprising cause of fatigue and because some foods cause a reaction up to 48hrs after they have been eaten, it can be very difficult to find out which foods are the offenders. I would suggest if you are suspicious about this, you could look at gluten, dairy and salicylates.

Chemical poisoning is not commonly thought of as a cause of fatigue. You should be suspicious for mercury poisoning if you have been involved with hospitals, thermometers, nursing or medical profession, or the dental profession. You should be concerned about lead poisoning if you have lived in a highly polluted city overseas or have been involved in renovating old houses. You should be concerned about pesticide poisoning if you have been in a farming community or have used pesticides yourself.

Disease can cause fatigue and there are a huge number of diseases that the doctor will consider if the initial medical screen does not turn anything up. These diseases can include the following:

  • Infection, e.g. flu, virus, hepatitis.
  • Heart failure, heart disease.
  • Kidney failure, diabetes.
  • Hormone imbalance, e.g. underactive thyroid, Addison's disease.
  • Neurological diseases, e.g. Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis.
  • Cancer.
  • Autoimmune diseases, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus.

Of course there are the unknown causes of fatigue which are listed below:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome.
  • Chemical sensitivity syndrome.

These conditions will be discussed in forthcoming articles.

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