The bad effects of sun and ageing are known as photo-ageing and is the most important cause of our losing the youthful and toned look to our skin especially the face.
Attempts to slow down and reverse these effects are driving developments in the areas of skin care and treatments that result in a more healthy and thus better looking skin and face particularly.
The area of facial treatments is rapidly expanding both medically and cosmetically. The range of products together with the associated claims on reversing the signs of ageing and offering facial rejuvenation has exploded.
The concept of skincare is not new however, the concept of what is considered a better “product” has evolved. Traditional products for example, moisturisers have evolved into a concept called cosmaceuticals. These are a range of products that combine cosmetics with very active agents (pharmaceuticals) now known to be essential in the repair, nurturing and maintenance of a healthy, youthful looking skin.
After the use of cosmetic products come the facial injectables. These are either wrinkle relaxing agents or dermal fillers and Dr Goldman only uses renowned products that are non-permanent. Permanent fillers are available but have significant potential complications.
Slightly more on the invasive side come the facial peels and microdermabrasion. Dr Goldman now has Charlene McTavish, a specialised dermal therapist and IPL expert who performs chemical peels with microdermabrasion being performed.
Moving up in complexity comes IPL (Intense Pulsed light) and its more advanced form Advanced Fluorescent Therapy (AFT). This is just a very small step below laser therapy.
So, the use of skincare products is the first step in a line of treatments. Next, facial injectables are used to reduce wrinkles, replace volume loss from areas of the face such as the cheeks or to enhance the lips. Then come peels and microdermabrasion. For more advanced skin changes, IPL/AFT and RF (Radiofrequency) are used for blemishes, wrinkles, “sun” spots and other areas of skin discolouration or pigmentations. In addition, these latter treatments are able to gently “resurface” the face and tighten the skin.
Next up the treatment ladder is laser. This is the most powerful treatment and is capable of completely resurfacing and rejuvenating facial skin. There are various types of lasers with different treatments that are possible.
The final option is actual face lift surgery. This is a radical operation and one that is being performed less and less as the other treatments discussed above evolve and improve.
Dr Goldman and his cosmetic nurse will discuss options with you and evaluate your skin before making any recommendations. During a consultation, we will take a history from you, evaluate your skin type, address your issues and concerns and formulate a personalised treatment plan. At the initial consultation, no treatment will be commenced. We do not charge for multiple consultations only the first.