Fat Transfer

Restore a more youthful contour to your face or hands with a fat transfer.This rejuvenating day-stay procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is effective in just one or two treatments.

The procedure sees fat from your thigh harvested through a tiny hole, and placed in your cheek to restore youthful cheek contours that may have diminished with age.

This procedure can also be used to improve the appearance of aged hands.

What is fat transfer?

Also called fat grafting, this is a procedure which removes surplus fat cells from one area of the body and then re-implants it where needed. Fat transfer fills facial features with a patient's own fat. The fat used for fat transfer is extracted from part of your body – typically the thigh - and injected into another area that requires plumping.

The advantage of fat transfer is that the fat comes from your own body, so you cannot develop an allergic reaction - unlike other external implant substances that are introduced into the body. Your body naturally accepts the injected fat.

Where can fat transfer be used?

Fat transfer can be used for correcting or improving facial scarring, volume and signs of ageing, such as sunken cheeks and facial lines. Fat transfer lasts longer in larger areas of non-movement, so while it is successful for the correction of grooves under the eyes and sunken cheeks, it may not be as successful for creating fuller lips. Fat transfer can also correct ageing of the hands, where the natural tissue is lost between the bones.

Fat transfer is not recommended for breast augmentation as the grafted fat can later make it difficult to detect breast cancer.

How is fat transfer performed?

Fat transfer is performed at The Skin Centre as a day-stay procedure. First the site for fat removal is prepared by injecting local anaesthetic. A cannula connected to a syringe is inserted through a small incision to carefully suck out fat. The fat is purified either by hand or mechanically to get fat cells for transfer. The area for the graft is prepared, and the needle or cannula is inserted into incision point of the site being augmented. Fat cells are carefully injected into area until the desired correction has been achieved.

After the procedure, avoid massage and excessive facial movement, as this will stop migration of the fat away from the desired areas of treatment. Ice compresses may be used for 24-48 hours to minimise inflammation.

The doctor will schedule to see you about a week after the procedure to check both the donor and recipient sites. A follow-up appointment 6-8 weeks later should see most of the swelling resolved and early results assessed. A repeat procedure may need to be performed if the desired outcome has not been achieved but this should not be within 3 months of the first graft.

How long do fat transfers last?

During the first few months your body will reabsorb about 65% of the fat. The remaining 35% will usually stay in place. For longer lasting results, patients may receive 3 or 4 treatments over a period of 6 months to a year.

What can I expect after my fat transfer?

A moderate amount of swelling is expected after the fat transfer. This is usually evident for 2 weeks after the procedure. Some bruising may also be apparent.

Come and see us to see how fat transfer could work for you

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a time-tested treatment for skin blemishes that provide smoother, clearer and younger looking skin. Pigment spots and unwanted freckles can be effectively removed using peels, as well as pre-cancerous spots. Downtime may be anywhere from no time at all, to one week, depending on the peel chosen. The team at The Skin Centre are skilled at selecting the right chemical peel for your skin.

After a peel, your face will show improved skin tone, as well as a softer, smoother complexion. You should also see fewer lines and wrinkles, the reduction of acne lesions and fading of age spots.

The use of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) is one of the best non-invasive anti-ageing approaches for quick and effective results. AHA's in peels are proven to reduce wrinkles, increase firmness via collagen stimulation, smooth the skin, reduce pigmentation and increase hydration.

Glycolic acid is the most well known of the AHA and is best extracted from the sugar cane plant. It works to loosen or dissolve the glue-like substances holding the outer layer of cells together to the underlying epidermis. These thick, piled-up, clinging cells are responsible for the appearance of dry, rough, scaly skin and brown spots caused by age and sun damage. When the "glue" is loosened, the thick, microdamaged outer layer is sloughed away and the newly exposed skin is healthier and smoother.

Lactic acid is another AHA and comes from natural sources of sour milk and tomato juice. It is effective for the treatment of acne-affected skin due to its penetration into the sebaceous follicle. It improves the appearance of ageing skin due to its dual ability to provide excellent peeling action, and moisturise and hydrate the skin too.

Ingredients like cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry and bearberry can reduce pigmentation.

Licorice extract and L-Ascorbic Acid will gently modify and brighten your skin, while powerful antioxidants such as the natural extracts of cocoa, and acai berry, lactic acid and pumpkin enzymes can re-texturize your skin.

At the Skin Centre we offer all these effective ingredients in both our in clinic treatment peels and facials as well as our take home products. Our prescription skin care product range Glymed Plus, give amazing results due to the concentrated levels of all these ingredients.

Offering AHA skin care management in conjunction with Botox and facial fillers is extremely beneficial to your skin, as the results are seen instantly, particularly for the treatment of mature, changing and sun-damaged skin. We also use our products to prepare the skin prior to peels, laser and surgical treatments to give you the very best results from your treatments.

Contact The Skin Centre to book a free consultation with one of our beauty therapists to see how we can help you.

Hair Removal

At The Skin Centre we use IPL technology to treat and to remove unwanted hair.

We can customise treatments according to your hair colour, texture and where it is located. Any hair with at least some pigment in it can be treated.

The laser beam penetrates your skin and gets absorbed into the hair follicle under the skin surface. The laser energy destroys the follicle with the heat that it generates. Because the laser beam is large in diameter, it affects a large number of hairs simultaneously.

What can I expect during laser hair removal treatment

Most patients experience a stinging, burning sensation when a laser pulse is delivered. To reduce discomfort, a cooling system automatically removes heat from the surface of your skin before, during and after the laser exposure. You will not need a general anaesthetic or pain medication, but a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied to sensitive areas.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required to obtain optimal results varies with hair density, hair colour, skin types, the treatment area and your hair growth cycle. The density of your hair and its growth cycle are affected by many things, such as your age, ethnic background, hormones or medications. Laser treatments impair the growth capacity of hair follicles when they are in a growth cycle at the time of treatment. All hair follicles are not active at the same time. Depending upon the growth cycle of the follicles when the treatment is applied, several treatments with a few weeks in between may be required to obtain the desired effect.

What should I expect following the treatment?

Once the treatment is complete, the area exposed to the laser is cleansed and you are free to return to your normal routine. Some patients may experience a slight reddening around the hair follicles following the treatment, which typically disappears within a few minutes. It is always recommended to avoid sun exposure or to use sunscreen following the laser treatment. Hair follicles affected by the laser are lifeless and your body will attempt to cast them off over a period of time. It will seem that the hair continues to grow for one to two weeks after the procedure, but in fact these lifeless hairs will easily fall out.

How much does it cost?

Your beauty therapist at The Skin Centre will provide a quote at the time of the initial consultation.

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