How many of you know what the largest organ in the body is? Brain? Stomach? Liver? Wrong, wrong, and wrong! If you said skin, give yourself a pat on the back. In 2016 an estimated 60% of all cosmetic procedures targeted the skin, making it also our most commonly treated organ.
Hosting a carefully balanced microbial ecosystem whilst also keeping your delicate insides, well, inside, is a big job. Because of the different functions of our skin, skin types vary greatly not just between people, but between body parts. Think how different the skin is on your lips, scalp, thighs and forearms. There are variations in pigmentation, thickness, elasticity, dryness and the amount and type of hair. Consequently, it’s critical that your cosmetic practitioner tailors any procedure to your skin type. This is the primary reason to consult a skilled, experienced cosmetic dermatologist for any skin procedure, cosmetic or otherwise.
Not all cosmetic practitioners are dermatologists, and not all dermatologists are experts on the latest cosmetic treatments. Dr Michael Rich of ENRICH Clinic is a skilled dermatologist who deals with all types of skin conditions (think rosacea, eczema, acne) while also being at the forefront of cosmetic treatments (liposuction, dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation). Dr Rich, the founder of ENRICH Clinic in Melbourne, has over 30 years’ experience practising medicine, dermatology and cosmetic surgery. He approaches aesthetics and anti-ageing from a dermatologist’s perspective.
The number of skin treatments on the market is truly staggering. This makes it increasingly important that cosmetic practitioners keep abreast of new technology and techniques to ensure clients receive the best treatments. The staff at ENRICH Clinic are constantly updating their training and education, which we know because we see them at the conferences and training sessions throughout the year. This means ENRICH Clinic is able to offer high-tech and long-proven solutions for just about every skin issue and every skin type. We check out just a few of the most popular treatments from the plethora of cosmetic procedures ENRICH Clinic offers.
Whether it’s due to the after-effects of drastic weight loss, as a side-effect of certain medications, or as a natural part of the ageing process, many of us struggle with loose skin, particularly around the tummy (especially after pregnancy), chin and neck, or the dreaded ‘tuck-shop arms’. Thankfully there are a number of treatments available for loose skin, each with their own method of skin tightening. Radiofrequency treatments, such as the Secret RF, stimulate production of collagen, for instance, while dermal fillers plump the skin to make it appear fuller and more youthful, while also stimulating collagen and elastin to firm skin.
Natural pigmentation manifestations range from the humble freckle to conditions like melasma (too much pigment in one area) or vitiligo (not enough pigment in one area). Different issues require different treatments: melasma can often be corrected both topically and with laser treatments, for example, while vitiligo can rarely be treated directly, so instead unaffected areas are treated to even out skin tone. Each case is assessed individually and treatment always tailored to the person.
Acne and Acne Scarring
Acne always has an underlying cause that needs to be identified and treated where possible. This tends to be hormonal in nature, since acne is typically caused by an excess of androgens, which in turn stimulates sebaceous glands in the skin. This overproduction of sebum results in trapped debris, bacterial overgrowth, and the tiny infections we call acne. In women, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and excess androgens can be a cause of acne, while in men unbalanced testosterone can really wreak havoc on skin. Treating acne is likely to involve some hormone balancing, while also ensuring the skin remains strong and clear by utilising wave and light based skin modifiers.
Acne scarring is a very specific type of scar that occurs due to a small space being created under the skin by the infection, which then results in pitting, or indentations in the skin that result in shadows. Acne scarring is not like a normal scar, and therefore therefore requires a specific and tailored approach based on the type and extent of scarring. ENRICH Clinic uses a high-tech collection of wave-based therapies to strengthen and renew skin, remodelling scars, while using lasers where required to even out skin tone and texture.
The most effective procedure to visibly reduce painful, enlarged varicose veins is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves saline solution injections into the affected veins which acts as a mild irritant, encouraging the contraction of the walls of the affected blood vessels. These veins eventually close completely and scar over, rendering the veins invisible in around 80% of cases.
If all of this seems like a lot of information to take on board, it might be time to book a consultation with a cosmetic dermatologist to talk over your options. Having a skin consultation with someone who knows what they’re talking about may be one of the best things you ever do for your skin. Choose wisely and have a skin ally for life.
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