Laser Hair Removal

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Pre Treatment Preparation

  • Shave the treatment area within 12 hours of your appointment.
  • We cannot treat you if you have sunburn or any type of tan (including natural, solarium or spray) on the treatment area.
  • Do not wax or pluck the treatment area within 2 weeks of the treatment.
  • Do not use Retinol (topical Vitamin A) or Hydroquinone (whitening creams) within 3 days of treatment.

Aftercare

  • Soothe any redness and sensitivity of the treated area with cool water, cold packs and Institut Laser Aid, which can be applied liberally.
  • You may gently exfoliate with Institut Glycolic Scrub after 5 days.
  • Avoid shaving, waxing or plucking hair, exfoliation, excessive sweating or hot showers for 24 hours.
  • Avoid sun exposure and solarium treatments for at least one-week post treatment. The treated area will be prone to sunburn and pigment change. Apply an SPF50+ sunscreen throughout the day for at least a week after treatment

Did You Know?

There are a number of laser procedures available to treat a range of skin concerns. These include –

  • Laser for pigmentation or redness

Depending on your skin type, there are laser treatment options available for pigmentation (brown patches, reddish spots/acne scars, freckles, Melasma, age spots and sun damage) general redness and Rosacea, which generally have no downtime.

  • Laser hair removal

This is an affordable long-term solution to unwanted hair. Typically, with our medical-grade equipment, clients average only 6-12 treatments to obtain good and lasting hair reduction.

 

To book a complimentary consultation at any of our clinics with one of our skilled, qualified laser technicians, visit www.thecosmeticclinic.co.nz for more information.


Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Pre Treatment Preparation
Medications and supplements designed to increase blood flow may increase your risk of bruising, as will alcohol.

  • Do not take blood thinning medications such as Aspirin and Nurofen for 3 – 4 days prior to treatment.
  • Avoid herbal or vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.

Aftercare

  • Maximise facial activity for half an hour after treatment (facial gestures such as frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting). This will attract the muscle relaxant to the tissue receptors.
  • Do not have facial treatments, rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours after your injectables. You may cleanse gently with cotton wool.
  • Avoid lying face down for 4 hours.
  • Do not undertake strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.
  • Some clients experience a mild headache after anti-wrinkle injections. If this occurs, take Paracetamol as needed, but avoid Aspirin, Nurofen, Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication which could increase the risk of bruising. Medications and supplements designed to increase blood flow may increase your risk of bruising, as will alcohol.
  • Do not take blood thinning medications such as Aspirin and Nurofen for 3 – 4 days prior to treatment.
  • Avoid herbal or vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.

Did You Know?

  • Anti-wrinkle injections work by preventing or reducing muscle movement which causes creasing of the skin (wrinkles).
  • It can take up to 3 days for muscle relaxants to start to take effect and up to 10 days to reach maximum effect.
  • The dosage required varies from person to person and according to the area we are treating. Stronger muscles need more units and typically men require more units than women.
  • The forehead and crow’s feet are the most commonly requested areas for anti-wrinkle injections, but other areas can benefit, such as:
    • Around the chin and mouth to help relax lines caused by strong mouth muscles.
    • The platysma bands of the neck to smooth and elongate the appearance of the neck.
    • The ‘bunny lines’ of your nose.
    • Underarms, under the breasts, hands and feet to prevent excessive sweating.
    • The jaw, to reduce teeth grinding.

Possible side effects

  • Although not common, as with all medical treatments there are always risks.
    • Drooping of the brow or eyelid – rare and temporary events.
    • Heaviness of the brows – occurs in some older patients due to poor muscle tone and can last 2 – 3 weeks. Usually in older patients, a lower dosage is used to prevent this outcome.

 

Cosmetic treatments are a prescription medicine. For treatment risks and benefits please contact one of our experienced Cosmetic Injectors at a clinic location near you, or visit http://medsafe.govt.nz/ for further information.


Dermal Fillers

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Pre Treatment Preparation

Medications and supplements designed to increase blood flow may increase your risk of bruising, as will alcohol.

  • Do not take blood thinning medications such as Aspirin or Nurofen for 3 – 4 days prior to treatment.
  • Avoid herbal or vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.

Aftercare

  • During the first 24 – 48 hours you may experience redness, swelling and tenderness. These reactions are normal and will resolve quickly and spontaneously over the next 2 – 4 days. You may apply mineral makeup where necessary, using a clean
  • Bruising at the site of injection is possible and usually resolves in 1 – 10 days.
  • Swelling and bruising can give the appearance of ‘unevenness’ in the area treated. This will settle but if there is any ‘unevenness’ remaining after 10 days, please contact the clinic for advice, or book a review appointment.
  • Minimise alcohol, caffeine, blood thinning medications and vitamin supplements for 24 hours, as these may exacerbate bruising and swelling.
  • Avoid exercise/exertion on the day of treatment.
  • Avoid excess sun exposure or solarium use for 24 hours.
  • If required, apply ice frequently (5 – 10 minutes every half hour) for up to 6 hours. This will help to prevent or minimise bruising and swelling.
  • Arnica pilules or Hirudoid cream (available from the clinic or local chemist) may help to reduce bruising.
  • Advise your technician if you have previous experience of cold sores or herpes virus. Viral infection may be re-activated by some treatments, such as lip injections. We advise taking L-lysine daily (available from the chemist or health store) for 2 – 3 days prior to and after your treatment if you do have a history of cold sores. If cold sores re-activate (uncommon) ask your GP for Famvir (3 tablets taken together in one single dose may assist the outbreak).

 

Cosmetic treatments are a prescription medicine. For treatment risks and benefits please contact one of our experienced Cosmetic Injectors at a clinic location near you, or visit http://medsafe.govt.nz/  for further information.


Fractional RF

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Fractional RF combines fractional radio frequency and micro-needling to direct energy into the layers of the skin. This micro-needle treatment can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and can be tailored to effectively treat many skin concerns on the face and body.

Fractional RF is used to treat:

  • Loose skin
  • Stretch marks
  • General redness / flushing
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Poor skin texture
  • Acne / congestion
  • Open pores

Pre Treatment Preparation

We cannot treat you if you have:

  • Skin irritation, sun exposure or sunbed use within 2weeks of your treatment.
  • A history of abnormal skin healing or scarring.
  • Had laser resurfacing in the last 3 months.
  • Used skincare containing Retinol (topical Vitamin A) in the last 3 days.
  • Have metal pins, plates or stints in the localised treatment area, or a pacemaker.
  • Had a peel in the last 4 weeks.

You must advise your technician if you have ever used Isotretinoin products e.g. Roaccutaine, or Gold Therapy.

The best results are obtained by 2 weeks of careful skin preparation using:

  • Glycolic cleanser
  • Vitamin C
  • Even Blend serum
  • Retinol / Rejuvenate 15
  • SPF 50+ sunblock

Aftercare

  • Avoid sun exposure, tanning, solariums and exercise for 48 hours.
  • Avoid using any active products containing AHA, Glycolic, Retinol for up to 72 hours after Fractional RF treatment.
  • Gentle skin care routine including sunscreen (Institut Age Defence SPF50+) can be applied to the treated area the following day.
  • Use Institut Rejuvenate 15 morning and night for 1-2 weeks.
  • Use SPF 50+ sunblock for at least 7 days.

FAQ’s

Does the treatment hurt?
Topical numbing cream is applied to make the treatment tolerable and comfortable.

How long is recovery after the treatment?
Fractional RF has little to no downtime. Slight redness and warmth to the skin may be experienced after treatment, and you may experience a little dryness for a few days’ post treatment.

How many treatments are required?
Depending on the condition we are treating and your individual skin health, 3-6 treatments are recommended.

How often is the treatment?
We can treat the area every 4 weeks.

What areas can be treated?
We can treat most areas of the body.

Can multiple areas be treated?
We are able to treat one area the size of an average face at a time. More than this will risk a reaction to the numbing cream. We therefore treat face and neck areas 48 hours apart.


Laser Treatment for Spider Veins, Redness or Pigmentation

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Pre Treatment Preparation
We cannot treat if you have:

  • Skin irritation or tanning of any type within 2 weeks of your treatment.
  • A history of abnormal skin healing or scarring.
  • Had a chemical peel or laser resurfacing in the last 6 weeks.
  • Used skin care containing Retinol (topical Vitamin A) in the last 3 days.

You must advise your technician if you have ever used Roaccutaine or Gold Therapy.

Aftercare

  • Apply cold packs and Institut Laser Aid to alleviate redness and reduce the feeling of ‘sunburn’.
  • Avoid sun exposure and solarium treatments for at least 3 weeks post treatment to avoid sunburn and increased pigmentation.
  • Apply an SPF30+ sunscreen throughout the day for 1-2 weeks post treatment. If your treatment was for broken capillaries, these may return if you continue to expose your skin to sunlight.
  • It is important to maintain a good skin care routine with an adequate daily moisturiser. Avoid using any skin care that contains AHA, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid or Retinol for 3-5 days.

Did You Know?

There are a number of laser procedures available to treat a range of skin concerns. These include –

  • Laser for pigmentation or redness

Depending on your skin type, there are laser treatment options available for pigmentation (brown patches, reddish spots/acne scars, freckles, Melasma, age spots and sun damage), general redness and Rosacea, which generally have no downtime.

  • Laser hair removal

This is an affordable long-term solution to unwanted hair. Typically, with our medical-grade equipment, clients average only 6-12 treatments to obtain good and lasting hair reduction.

 

To book a complimentary consultation at any of our clinics with one of our skilled, qualified laser technicians, visit www.thecosmeticclinic.co.nz for more information.


Pigmentation Peel

Pre & Post Treatment Information

Pre Treatment Preparation
Two weeks prior to treatment STOP, DISCONTINUE or DO NOT have any of the following to the treatment area:

  • Sun exposure.
  • Solarium or spray tan.
  • Waxing, depilatory cream, electrolysis.
  • Laser hair removal.

Three days prior to treatment:

  • Active skin care (i.e. Retinol, AHAs, Differin, Eryacne).

Aftercare
In order to achieve the best results from your peel, adhere to the following post-treatment instructions:

  • Daily sunscreen application is mandatory (every 2 hours).
  • Keep cool (do not apply ice to the area).
  • Apply only cool water to the treated area.
  • Increase daily water intake to at least 8 glasses.
  • Avoid hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas.
  • Avoid exercise for 3 days (to avoid over-heating).
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for 14 days.
  • Avoid waxing and hair removal for 14 days.
  • Avoid exfoliating products for 10 days.
  • DO NOT pick the skin.

The pigmentation peel can cause anything from light flaking to peeling that resembles sunburn. This will depend on the severity of your pigmentation, skin type and condition. Most clients who undergo this treatment have a degree of residual redness which is short-lived.

  • Use Institut Gentle Cleanser morning and night for 7 days.
  • Apply Institut Laser Aid up to 4 times per day to soothe skin and reduce heat.
  • Apply Institut Age Defence SPF50 daily.
  • Apply Institut Enzymatic Micro-Peel from day 4 post-treatment to remove any remaining dead skin cells.

 

Picking the skin can cause hyper-pigmentation.

 

Please contact the clinic if you experience excessive irritation, itching or have any concerns.