The skin is composed of several cellular layers that insulate and protect the body against pathogens and environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation. Healthy skin is not only desirable in terms of physical attractiveness, it is also a physiological necessity and promotes a feeling of overall well-being.
There are several ways of medically treating and improving skin health for both men and women. The first step is a thorough examination, highlighting areas of premature ageing, skin damage and pigmentation as well as noting problems such as acne, acne scarring, vascular lesions, rosacea or other irregularities.
The second step is determining a combination of therapies for a personalised programme of skin restoration. The best results are always obtained by combining treatments that stimulate and optimise the skin on both a structural and cellular level. Many skin conditions are associated with specific events such as hormonal changes, pregnancies, etc. and treatments will be customised accordingly.
Scientific and personalised skin restoration
Depending on the nature of the concern and the degree of treatment required, patients will usually begin to see improvements in 2 skin cycles (equivalent to 8 to 12 weeks) from the start of treatment. First-time patients of personalised skin treatments will see dramatic improvements in their skin condition. Patients already on skin care regimes may experience less-pronounced results. However, a personalised approach to maintenance in conjunction with periods of intensified correction and restoration will keep skin looking young and healthy.
For patients who can benefit from the services of both skin specialist and plastic surgeon, ongoing consultations between the practitioners will ensure the integrity of treatments. For facial rejuvenation surgeries such as face lifts, a personalised skin assessment is usually included as part of the procedure.
Our treatments fall into 5 categories: Obagi medical products, lasers, skin peels, injectables and dermabrasion.
At the Sorensen Clinic, we have extensive experience with the Obagi skin care protocol, a range of clinically-proven pharmaceuticals which are a valued part of our skin treatment options.
Obagi is a prescription-strength, physician-dispensed topical skin care system providing general improvements to skin health. It is a range of specialised products that tighten, lighten, protect, or correct a range of skin concerns such as acne, sun-damage, thickened skin, rosacea, age spots and hyper pigmentations. It is a powerful tool for skin restoration and maintenance, but requires follow-up by an experienced skin specialist to evaluate results and adjust treatments.
There are a variety of medical laser treatments that target different problems and skin types.
Our expertise encompasses the entire field of laser treatments, from treating simpler aesthetic concerns to more specialised treatments for pathological medical conditions.
● Fractional CO2 skin resurfacing laser, is a laser used for the rejuvenation and restoration of ageing and sun-damaged skin. The treatment uses the latest generation of laser technology and offers a shorter convalescence than traditional techniques. The principle behind fractional laser treatments is to rebuild damaged skin by creating a grid of microscopic spots of treated tissue separated and surrounded by untreated skin. This allows the skin to heal more quickly than when all areas of skin are treated at once.
● IPL, Intense Pulsed Light, is a medical laser technology that produces short bursts of high intensity light. It is used to treat pigmentations, vascular lesions, acne, rosacea and to remove dark hairs. The laser can be directed to a particular plane to reach a specified target through the adjustment of its wavelength. Broad-spectrum light treatment, usually referred to as photo-rejuvenation, provides an even rejuvenation of facial skin, and is often recommended in cases relating to sun damage. Most people who undergo an IPL epilation experience irritation similar to that of a light to moderate sunburn, which usually subsides in a few days. Several treatments are often required to achieve the desired result.
● Nd:Yag Laser is a medical laser that emits red spectrum wavelengths and is used for laser hair removal and treatment of vascular defects such naevus flammeus (facial port wine stains), and congenital and acquired telangiectasia (thread veins).
Skin peel, chemical peel, or Obagi Blue Peel, is a treatment used to smooth the texture of the skin by reducing lines, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and shallow acne scars. A chemical solution is used to slough off the skin, after which a smoother, healthier and younger-looking skin is naturally regenerated.
Skin peels can be used to improve skin quality anywhere on the body, including the face, eyelids, neck, décolletage, bald heads, hands, back, arms and legs. At the Sorensen Clinic, we often use the Obagi blue peel, a fully customisable TCA (trichloroacetic acid) skin peel. The blue color allows for a high degree of visual control over skin coverage and depth of penetration during treatment.
Dermal fillers are used to augment the deeper layers of the facial skin to address contour defects that result from ageing, photo-damage, trauma, scarification or disease. The procedure involves the injection of a hyaluronic acid based gel, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes surfaces and replaces soft-tissue volume.
Botulinum toxin is used to temporarily reduce or eliminate the muscle activity responsible for dynamic lines and wrinkles in the face. Injections of small quantities soften skin lines and contours, and deliver a refreshed appearance. Botulinum toxin is also effective as a short term treatment for hyperhidrosis (excess sweating).
Dermabrasion is a measured mechanical removal or “surgical sanding” of damaged skin to create an area where a new layer of skin may form. The procedure, similar to a chemical peel, softens sharp contours and irregularities caused by wrinkles, scarring and acne, and creates new skin that has a smooth and refreshed appearance. The treatment can be performed on localised areas or on the entire face. Dermabrasion is often used in combination with facelift surgery to smooth out fine wrinkles around the mouth.
Dermabrasion can reduce or remove the following skin problems: Fine lines and wrinkles, small acne scars, facial scars, freckles, sun-damage, brown spots (melasma), uneven pigmentation, rough or uneven skin texture, blood vessel damage and pre-cancerous growths.
Healthy facial skin
Histological section illustrating the cellular layers of the skin which insulate and protect against pathogens and environmental factors such as UV-radiation.
Obagi skin care
An effective topical skin care system consisting of a range of specialised products that brighten, lighten, protect and correct a range of skin concerns - such as ageing skin, sun-damage, acne, rosacea, and pigmentations.