Appearance Medicine With Dr Colin Helm

dr-colin-helmHere at Saving Face Advanced Skin Clinic & Day Spa we are happy to announce that Dr Colin Helm will be visiting us regularly offering non surgical cosmetic medicine services, including Botulinum anti wrinkle injection therapy and dermal needling.

Appearance Medicine treatment costs will be given at the time of your consultation with Dr Helm as each client’s needs vary. Consultations cost $45, however if you proceed with the treatment, the $45 will be complimentary. Generally your treatment can proceed the same day as your consultation however you are not under any obligation to proceed on that day and you may wish to make an appointment on a later date for your treatment.

Coming from a background of General Practice, Dr Colin developed a special interest in Appearance Medicine some years ago and went on to join the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and enroll in their Post Graduate Training Scheme for the Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine. He now principally works as an Appearance Medicine Doctor at “Fraser Clinic” in Tauranga .

appearance-medicineInjectable Botulinum, is a particularly effective treatment for softening and reducing wrinkles such as frown lines on the forehead and brow areas of the face and “crows feet” lines. It does not harm the muscle or nerves but simply blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles so that the muscle is relaxed and unable to contract properly. The area remains relaxed and the wrinkles are appreciably softened as a result.

These treatments are becoming more popular as they offer a simple, low risk and effective option to surgery for reducing facial wrinkles. Furthermore the treatments keep the targeted muscles from being active for several months which helps people lose the habit of frowning or squinting and this in turn helps defer these lines from returning for some months as well as giving the patient a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.

Carefully selected areas of the face can be gently injected, with minimal discomfort, to relax the targeted muscles that create lines and wrinkles and offer clients a younger more refreshed appearance and prevent further deepening of these wrinkle lines. In New zealand Botulinum is available commercially as BOTOX® and Dysport®. We are able to offer both products here at Saving Face.

When considering your facial enhancement options, Botulinum treatments are quite affordable and many people are surprised at the relative cost of the treatment compared to other appearance related investments.

Dermal Skin Needling is a further rejuvenation therapy we are offering at Saving Face Advanced Skin Clinic & Day Spa. This involves using multiple fine needles to vertically pierce the skin to create controlled skin micro punctures that trigger the skin to produce new collagen and elastin to lead to improved skin texture, firmness and hydration. Needling is useful to treat fine lines and wrinkles, pores, acne scars, aged sagging skin, smokers lines around the lips, pigmentation and sun damage. It also improves the ability of the skin to absorb topical serums, gels and creams. Our Beauty therapists offer cosmetic needling to a skin depth of 1.5mm whilst Dr Colin is able to support this service with advanced medical needling to a depth of 2.5mm with local anesthetic creams. Medical needling is considered more suitable option for acne scarring or more advanced sun damage, lines and wrinkles.

For a friendly, confidential and obligation free consultation to find out more and what treatments might be best for you, please phone us on 07 3082520

BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A for injection. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine.

Cautions: People with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, itchiness, nausea and flu like symptoms. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation

Dysport® treatment lasts for about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Discuss with your specialist if Dysport® is right for you. Dysport® is a Prescription Medicine containing 500 units of Clostridium botulinum Type A toxin-haemagglutinin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Normal doctors fees apply and you will need to pay for this medicine.

Cautions: Presence of infection at sight of injection and glaucoma. Dysport® should only be used with caution under close supervision in patients with subclinical or clinical evidence of marked defective neuro-muscular transmission. Teratology and other reproductive studies have not been preformed and Dysport’s safety in pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling and nausea.

If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor.