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Angela Bruhn, registered nurse
at the Rodin Clinic. Angela works
for Dr Timothy Cooper, a plastic
and reconstructive surgeon
located in Nedlands
“Botulinium toxin treatment
for excessive sweating,
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Uncontrolled sweating may occur in various
parts of the body, including the hands, feet or
underarms. At the clinic, only underarms are
treated. The procedure is minimally invasive,
and involves injections to each armpit using
a very fine needle. Discomfort is generally
minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is
usually required. Surgical sympathectomy
is the only permanent treatment available for
this condition, but that involves significant risk.
The treatment is life-changing. Excessive
underarm sweating can disrupt many aspects
of a person’s life, from career choices and
recreational activities to relationships,
emotional wellbeing and self-esteem. It takes
time before the nerves to the sweat glands are
blocked – most patients will start to notice
a reduction in sweating within two weeks.
Results last an average of six to seven months,
and patients are able to return to work
immediately following treatment.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS?
Generally one treatment is adequate, however
a top-up treatment may be required due
to a variable response. Many patients choose
an annual treatment, just prior to the arrival
of warmer weather. Age or skin types have no
bearing on treatment, but with certain rare
medical conditions and pregnancy, treatment
is contraindicated. Cost is $1500 per
treatment, and this may be partially rebatable.
dermal therapist and
AACDS, Aspire Medispa
“A FACTOR4 treatment
naturally stimulates your
own collagen, benefiting
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
This latest advancement in traditional PRP
(platelet-rich-plasma) is called FACTOR4.
FACTOR4 is a skin-rejuvenation procedure,
performed with natural growth factors derived
from your own blood. Blood platelets are
a rich source of anti-inflammatory factors
and growth factors that stimulate healing of
bone and soft tissue. FACTOR4 is prepared
by withdrawing a quantity of blood from the
patient into tubes containing glass beads.
Once incubated and processed, the
FACTOR4 serum is highly concentrated, and
super-rich blood plasma contains four times
more growth factors than traditional PRP.
A FACTOR4 treatment naturally stimulates
your own collagen, benefiting skin elasticity,
significantly slowing down the skin’s ageing
process, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Pores and scars can be reduced, improving
the skin’s overall texture, and giving it a much
more youthful look and feel. FACTOR4 is
administered via injection and/or skin needling.
Serum can be stored for up to six months.
As a repeated number of injections or
perforations to the skin are required, the
area to be treated is best prepared with
the use of a topical anaesthetic cream one
hour before treatment.
The procedure is considered non-invasive, and
is virtually pain-free. FACTOR4 is an effective
treatment for thin, crepey or inelastic skin. It is
particularly suited to treatment of the neck, face,
decolletage, and backs of the hands. When
FACTOR4 is used on the hands, it increases skin
elasticity, and reduces spotty pigmentation and
visible signs of ageing. When used on the face,
FACTOR4 reduces fine lines and wrinkles and
improves overall skin tone.
It is also effective at reducing dark eye
circles, stretch marks, and scars, and FACTOR4
has the general effect of significantly reducing
static face lines and tightening the skin.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS?
Four treatments at three to four week intervals
are recommended for the best results.
FACTOR4 is cumulative, and patients can
expect to see ongoing improvements
with their skin. There is no age limit to this
treatment because of its wide variety of uses.
For anti-ageing purposes, the treatments are
recommended for people aged 30 plus, and not
patients with known blood disorders or those
taking blood-thinning medication. The patient
is requested by the doctor to avoid agents
that promote blood thinning – aspirin and
aspirin-related products such as non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory agents (Voltaren, Celebrex,
Naproxen, Nurofen), steroids (Cortisone),
glucosamine, large doses of fish oil, evening
primrose oil, gingko, and co-enzyme Q10.
FACTOR4 is autologous, which means it’s
harvested from the body’s own substances,
resulting in less social downtime. Recognised
side effects of this treatment are erythema
(redness), swelling and bruising, lasting
approximately 72 hours. The
treatment starts at $495.
Medispa, Level 1,
(08) 9227 5710,
CONTACT Rodin Clinic, Hollywood Medical
Centre, Suite 44/85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands
(08) 9389 9522, rodinclinic.com.au.
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