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the collagen content
of the skin increases
by 2000 per cent”
DERMAROLLER: BEFORE & AFTER
USED TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE
OF FINE LINES AROUND THE EYES.
different to most cosmetic doctors is using a cannula, “a blunt probe”, which
doesn’t break blood vessels, to deliver fillers. The hyaluronic acid, which
“absorbs 1000 times its weight in water”, plumps and “actually lifts the skin”.
This effect can last for up to two years. Dr Serene prefers this approach to
that of filling in the naso-labial folds (between nose and lips) or stretching
the skin as in a facelift. “I think a more natural look is to lift the cheeks and
stimulate greater fill with CGF... when you lift the cheeks these lines go up.”
Dr Serene also recommends taking anti-oxidants and bioidentical
hormones orally and having laser acupuncture, to improve skin elasticity. S
Dr Serene Lim, Claremont Medical Centr e (08) 9285 5100; Dermaroller, cliniccar e.com .au,
genuinedermar oller.com .au . Dr Ser ene’s Face Tr eat costs $800 including anti-oxidants,
collagen and hyalur onic acid. To add the CGF to the mix costs an extra $250. The
hyaluronic acid filler tr eatment is fr om $660 per ml.
Dr Serene’s Face Treat is recommended for people over age 30, to help retain
skin suppleness, and while Dr Serene can’t put a percentage on it, she says that,
in her experience, including the CGF makes the treatment much more effective.
“It’s great for the neck... often a neglected area and a real giveaway as there’s
often a contrast between a rejuvenated face and turkey neck.”
The idea of using CGF from blood came from the use of platelet-rich
plasma (PRP) in wound healing and in the dental field to create new bone for
jaws. PRP is isolated from the blood in a centrifug e machine: while Dr Serene
says every pathology lab has a centrifuge that can make PRP, not every PRP is
the same and it won’t be effective unless it’s har vested correctly. However, the
machine she has is “actually concentrating the PRP even further, to CGF”.
Her brother is a Perth dentist and Dr Serene believes they’re among only
a handful of medicos in Australia with the machine. “Initially, I borrowed my
brother’s machine and liked it so much I thought I’d buy one.”
About 20ml of blood is taken from the patient’s ar m, then placed in the
machine in test tubes, processed and removed. The PRP and CRG separate
from the blood and float to the top of each test tube. “I’ve got to use it
within 10 minutes because in the first 10 minutes about 70 per cent of the
growth factors are released,” Dr Serene says.
She says some growth factors can stimulate stem cells to multiply and
encourage the growth of elastin, collag en and connective tissue over a six- to
eight-week period, meaning an improved skin appearance over that time.
The rejuvenation cocktail can be put into the skin by Dermaroller. Looking
like a tiny paint roller – except that it has spikes 1mm long – it’s rolled over
the skin. Dr Serene says the spikes are so fine the skin shows just “a faint
blush” afterwards. A modern roller was released in 2009, but the technique’s
history goes back to ancient China, she adds. “It’s fantastic... the collag en
content increases by 2000 per cent because you’re causing an injury... and the
skin has to recover from it,” she says.
Cosmetic doctors overseas, and a few in Perth, are using PRP, she says, but
via injection. But it’s usually only injected into isolated areas – and if it is injected
into the whole face it can lead to bruising and a swollen face for a few weeks.
Dermarolling alone boosts collagen, and gives the same results as laser
treatments for scarring, pigmentation and improving elasticity, she says, but
not many doctors are using it here. But with her treatment you get “a double
whammy”, she adds, without bruising or swelling. One patient commented that
one treatment had restored her skin’s lustre, texture and elasticity. “I’m thrilled
with it, and my patients, they also think ‘wow’. It’s affordable because even just
once a year you can maintain your skin texture,” Dr Serene says.
There’s also a homecare version of the Dermaroller, with spikes just 0.2mm
long. Information from distributor Clinic Care says it won’t stimulate collag en,
but will, over time, thicken the epidermal skin layer, decreasing the appearance
of lines. It also helps deliver more skincare product into the skin.
Another technique Dr Serene uses is to inject natural fillers, such as
hyaluronic acid (biochemically engineered in a laboratory), and CGF, into
areas including the cheeks and jawline. Something else she’s doing that’s
APPLICATION TO SHRINK ENLARGED PORES
ON THE LOWER PART OF THE FACE.
USED TO INCREASE THE TAUTNESS
OF THE SKIN ACROSS THE WHOLE FACE.
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