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Whether we like it or not, age advances. Although we cannot stop it, with a better understanding of its process, we can intervene and slow down the visible signs. Combination dermal treatments can be a great way to slow or quietly combat the appearance of an ageing face.
Most of us recognise the visible effects of ageing, which can be heralded by:

  •   Wrinkles and lines
  •   Deep skin folds and hollows
  •   Sagging skin
  •   Drooping with a downward smile when at rest
  •   Eye bags, puffy lower cheeks
  •   Thinning of skin
  •   Brown blotches and redness – no longer cute freckles!

As we age, we undergo many changes, including:

  •   Loss of bone
  •   Loss of fat, which causes deep skin folds and hollows
  •   Movement of fat leads to baggy skin around the eyes, prominent jowls and puffy lower cheeks
  •   The muscles that pull the face up weaken, and those that pull down dominate, resulting in a downturned and droopy look
  •   The skin’s supportive network breaks down with a loss of collagen and elastin
  •    Blood vessels and pigmentation become more prominent

Dealing with the key factors involved in the aging process is necessary as a strategy for preserving and nurturing skin. This is where a consultation with our cosmetic health practitioners comes into play. They will discuss with you what dermal treatments could suit you.
At ENRICH Clinic, our cosmetic doctors, who have over 15 years of experience in the field, perform dermal treatments. Our clinic has over 10 different lasers, radio frequency devices and other dermal treatment options available.

At ENRICH Clinic, our cosmetic doctors, who have over 15 years of experience in the field, perform injectables. 

Pls, note:  New patients require a $50 deposit to confirm the booking. One of our team will call you to finalise.

Please call us if you have any questions about your  booking or treatment on 03 9500 9500 

At ENRICH, we offer treatment options that can replace volume, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and strengthen and improve the skin. A combined approach of a few procedures is often the most appropriate way to improve the appearance of the face.

What are dermal treatments made from?

Some of our dermal treatments use a naturally derived substance found in animal and human tissue. In mammals, this substance works as a transportation mechanism, taking nutrients from the blood to the skin. Skin and joints contain high levels of this substance. In clinic, this particular substance is synthetic and not derived from any animal. It is what’s known as ‘nature-identical’, meaning it is more or less exactly the same as what your body would make and behaves in the same way. Synthetically derived substances can also have a lesser chance of allergic reactions.

This substance is also found in some of our topical products, such as our ENRICH Radiance Hyaluronic B5 Gel or our ENRICH Vit A, B, C Antioxidant serum.

Where are dermal treatments used?

The most common areas for dermal treatments are in and around the lips, chin, cheeks, jowls, next to the mouth (above and sides), nasolabial folds (the folds that appear next to the mouth, also known as laugh lines), and the lines that appear when you frown, particularly on the forehead between the eyebrows. Some dermal treatments that are lase-based can treat the whole face  

Why would I have a dermal treatment?

Plumping out the face creates a more youthful appearance since plumpness, fullness, and volume are the domain of the young and supple. Procedures can soften wrinkles or fine lines and remove creases depth. This plumping can be created in numerous ways, including inducing collagen production in the skin by causing controlled damage with lasers or adding volume to the skin in other ways. These are all skin rejuvenation techniques.

Treatments are now being used over surgical procedures since they are so effective in different ways. Technology advancements have superseded many surgical procedures, with a great example being the facelift. In the past, a facelift may have been the only option to help with facial lifting or rejuvenation, but now there are many options. 

Using dermal treatments as a preventative.

Dermal treatments can be used before things get to the stage where we previously may have considered more invasive cosmetic procedures. Times have changed, and some treatments can now act as anti-aging on younger, still-supple but maturing skin as a preventative to wrinkles.

How long do treatments last?

How long your dermal treatments last depends entirely on what substance or treatment was applied and the individual patient. It also makes a difference where the dermal treatments were applied since high-action areas like the mouth compared to the forehead.

Certain dermal treatments reabsorb typically within six months to nine months because they are synthetic forms of naturally occurring substances that are gradually absorbed by the body. Lasers often require repeat treatments to maintain skin integrity. Skin needling too can take up to twoeekes to full y heal. Age and skin health is also a factor in how long a treatment may last,

How long does it take to recover?

In general, you don’t need to take any time off work for most treatments. However, some of the ablative lasers have downtime of up to 14 days, so some time off work may be required to give you and your skin time to feel comfortable and be able to wear makeup.
It is also advised:

  • Not to exercise for 48 – 72 hours
  • not touch the injected area for 24 – 48 hours.
  • not apply makeup on the injected area for 24 – 48 hours.
  • drink plenty of water for hydration
  • If there seems to be anything unusual, please call our clinic for advice.

Can there be any complications with dermal treatments?

Yes, as in any  procedure, there is always a risk, and these risks are often very patient-dependent as each person is unique, and their reactions or prior treatments are very specific to them. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of any cosmetic treatment. Any reactionary possibilities should be discussed with your doctor prior to treatment.

  •   Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
  •   Infection at the  site
  •   Skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow)

At ENRICH Clinic, our aesthetic doctors have been performing dermal treatments for over 15 years. Experience is everything.  At ENRICH Clinic, treatments are only given if they are warranted. Rejuvenating the face throughout your skin journey should be part of a solid face-care plan, revised as your skin changes and ages.

Treatment Areas

Common dermal treatment areas 

  • Acne scars, especially pitting
  • The cheeks, to add volume or contours
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Smile lines (nasolabial folds or furrows)
  • Forehead frown lines (between the brows)
  • Mouth-corner lines
  • Lip borders
  • Scarring (burns, wounds, surgery)
  • Vertical lines around the lips, particularly from smoking
  • Facial scarring
  • Horizontal lines across the forehead  

Bio- remodelling

If you’re on a quest for a non-surgical treatment to improve the appearance of your skin, you may have heard of Bio-remodelling treatments. These treatments are also known by their registered product name, but in Australia, the TGA guidelines don’t allow us to advertise them, which is similar to how we can’t name the registered product names of certain wrinkle-resolving treatments.

Bio-remodelling offers a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to improving skin texture, elasticity, hydration and overall appearance. Think of Bio-remodelling as a “glow giver”. Rather than totally remodelling or changing the shape of your face, this treatment is more of an overall hydration.

Bio-remodelling is a gentle, regenerative treatment, not comparable to skin treatments that add volume/contour to the face or relax facial muscles, respectively.

What dermal  treatments work well together?

Wrinkle-resolving treatments are an obvious partner to other dermal treatments. Combining these treatments will give you a dual effect and refresh your face within a few days to a week. Best of all, in most cases, no one will really know what you have had done, just that you look ” refreshed” and your skin has improved.

Bio-remodelling can also be a combination option. Bio-remodelling will help refresh and hydrate the skin. These treatments need to be completed two weeks apart,

Lasers are a great option for combination treatments. Whether it’s removing age spots, building collagen, or cleaning or removing dead skin, any of the no-downtime or downtime lasers can help with and combine well with other dermal treatments focused on more hydrating and plumping. Talk to one of our experienced cosmetic doctors about what might work for you.

Treatment plans – we can’t emphasise this enough.

Building your own skin treatment plan is key to your skin health. Working out what you would like treated and what needs to be treated is important too. You may have age spots or a suspicious spot that needs to be at the top of the treatment list, and then future skincare needs to follow. Building a treatment plan that can be modified as time goes on and as your skin changes can be very beneficial.  

You service your car, go to the dentist regularly, and schedule regular appointments with the hairdresser – why not look after the biggest organ in your body the same way?  Treatment plans can help you plan your time and budget and look after your skin health, contributing to your overall well-being. 

Your doctor will work with you, and together, you can decide what type of dermal treatment is right for you, considering your bone structure, face shape, skin type, goals, and budget.

We are very experienced, highly-trained practitioners performing all our skin treatments. You are in good hands.

A note on naming names and descriptions

In Australia, we are unable to name substances used in cosmetic procedures, as they are prescription-only medicines—“Most cosmetic injectables contain substances that are in Schedule 4  and cannot be advertised to the public” (Source TGA website). Please be aware that recently, the TGA updated this regulation to include not using certain commonly understood terminology when referring to treatments. 

We can discuss and name these products in a consultation, and depending on the outcome of the consult, the doctor may or may not prescribe them to the patient as part of their treatment plan. 

Contact us for a personal consultation to discuss your treatment needs with one of our highly-trained, experienced cosmetic doctors.

*Results may vary from person to person

Dermal Treatments FAQ

While most people find the injections very tolerable, they do sting a little, like all injections. We use a topical anaesthetic cream which helps dull the sting a little. Injections are quite fast and we do not anticipate you being in pain during your treatments. We’re here for you the whole time, and will work with you as we do the treatments to ensure you are always comfortable.

If you have a huge aversion to needles, dermal filler injections may not be the best choice. While the benefits can be great, and we’ll work with you as necessary, a fear of needles is a rather significant barrier to any cosmetic injection.

We have other options for you that don’t include any injections, so speak to your practitioner at your consultation, and we’ll find alternatives for you.

Some dermal fillers take up to two weeks for the full effects to appear, since there is some swelling and shifting as the product settles in your skin.

You can drive yourself to and from your appointments. We do not use medications or anaesthetic (except a topical cream to dull the injection sensation) because it’s not required. There is no downtime necessary since any swelling is minor and quick to dissipate.

You will find the injection sites are a little red and possibly swollen for a day or two as the product settles, but you don’t need to do anything differently except take your normal good care of yourself.

Our clients each have different goals for their appearance. We’ll discuss your goals with you fully before we apply any treatments so we understand what your needs and wants are. In this sense, if you are looking for full, luscious lips and don’t care that people will notice, then it shall be yours.

If you’re looking for a more natural look where you slightly boost lip volume or even out the top and bottom lips, nobody will notice. But, you’ll know, and that’s what counts. We can do subtle or not-so-subtle lip treatments based on your preferences and desires.

One of the best parts about modern filler is that we can reverse the impact immediately or afterwards by using a special enzyme injection that dissolves the filler. If you don’t like your new look, you can pop back into the clinic, and we’ll modify or undo it for you.

Generally, we only use the enzyme for slight mods, since fillers aren’t cheap and we’re very judicious with how we inject the product. We aim for the best effect with as little product as possible, and our expert cosmetic doctors are very good at what they do.

Each area of the face treated has an individual duration of effect, since we use parts of our faces differently. For example, a nose augmentation using filler lasts for about 18 months, which is in stark contrast to the lips, which will last 3-6 months. The differences are due to the movement associated with our faces, so areas that move a lot absorb the filler quicker.

With some types of filler, there are higher risks of adverse reactions than others. We most often use a low-risk filler that is, molecularly speaking, the same as what already exists within the skin, making poor reactions rare. Your body accepts the molecule as one of its own and incorporates it. The molecule is then naturally absorbed into your body over time.

Some fillers are developed from different substances and have their individual risk profile. We don’t often use these other, longer-lasting fillers since we love the low-risk molecule that slots into your body systems without causing trouble.

If we are using longer-lasting filler, we’ll fully inform you of any risks before treatments.

You’ll have initial redness and potentially some swelling at the injection site post-treatment. The injections cause a small amount of inflammation, but this subsides quickly. It won’t hurt, but you’ll feel fullness in the treated areas.

While adverse reactions are rare, they can occur, and you should call our 24-hour clinic helpline if you see anything out of the ordinary or think something is wrong. Signs something is wrong would include anything other than the slight swelling and redness, for example, if it gets hot, redder or you feel pain or other sensations that seem unusual. We’ll quickly address the situation and get you sorted.

We often use anti-wrinkle injections alongside dermal filler, since they are complementary to one another in terms of an anti-ageing strategy. We use anti-wrinkle injections to relax specific muscles to prevent the worsening or initial formation of wrinkles.

We often use facial treatments such as microdermabrasion or laser treatments with fillers to boost collagen production and improve the complexion. Each of you has individual needs, so we assess this at your appointment.

We use filler all across the face to achieve various goals, depending on what your concerns are. The typical areas we address include:

  • Under-eye bags
  • Non-surgical nose augmentation
  • Softening wrinkles
  • Filling out deep grooves and frown lines
  • Brow lift
  • Filling out cheeks
  • Filling out thin or uneven lips
  • Naso-labial folds (side of nose to side of mouth – laugh lines)

The duck lips phenomenon isn’t what we’re aiming for when we do lip fillers. Balance and harmony are the goals. Lips that are far larger than your natural lips don’t tend to look very good because they don’t offer balance to facial features and become very prominent. We prefer to keep you looking as natural as possible, though ‘natural’ doesn’t mean conservative necessarily.

Creating a beautiful look with lip filler is a true art form in which our experienced cosmetic doctors excel. Giving you Hollywood lips may be your goal, and we’ll discuss that with you at your appointment. Sending you home very happy with your lips is our goal. We’ll never send you out looking silly. Promise!

The filler we tend to use is a naturally-occurring (but synthetically developed) molecule found in the connective tissue of mammals. The great beauty of this product is that it absorbs a thousand times its weight in water, providing plump and volume, while also offering deep hydration. If you are dehydrated, your filler will also dehydrate, so keeping your fluid levels normal will mean your filler can stay juicy and keep working its magic.

You can care for your face normally after injections. You should always protect your skin from the sun by using a high-SPF sunscreen religiously to avoid skin damage. Your doctor will advise you of any specific issues to take care with based on your skin type and the treatments you have undergone.

Some fillers last longer than others, with some being semi-permanent, staying in the skin until they require adjusting or removal. We use dermal fillers that can gradually be absorbed by the body because is made up of a molecule already found in the skin that helps with hydration and plumping. We get excellent results with our fillers.

You don’t necessarily want a filler that lasts a long time since fashions change and our face naturally ages. Being adaptable to future changes and to your skin’s evolving needs is important in your ongoing anti-ageing and face-care plan.

It is against the law in Australia to advertise prescription medicines. Since only doctors are allowed to prescribe dermal fillers, you must have a consultation first to ensure it is safe for you to have fillers and that they are appropriate for your situation.

For this reason, we never name names. We have the best brands and the best cosmetic doctors, so once you’re in the appointment, we can talk about our full range with you.

Anyone over age 18 can have dermal filler injections; however, when you ‘should’ start is individual. We can recommend a long-term anti-ageing plan for you based on your needs once we’ve had a consultation with you. We can also adjust the plan as we walk with you on your journey through life, with  both the expected and unexpected changes that will occur to your face and body.

There is no right or wrong time to start cosmetic procedures, so the best first step is to have a consultation and see what we recommend. The sooner you have the consultation, the sooner you’ll know what is and isn’t necessary based on where you’re at.

Specific concerns can appear at any point, for example, a between-brow frown line can start in your teens and by your twenties, be firmly entrenched. We can treat this immediately with fillers. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of under-eye bags, then a couple of quick injections may achieve your goal.

If you want to repeatedly treat many areas of the face to reduce the visible signs of ageing, we can get you started when you’re ready. There are many options, and none is right or wrong, just better for you and your face.

Please Note:

*With all surgeries or procedures, there are risks. Consult your physician (GP) before undertaking any surgical or cosmetic procedure. Please read the consent forms carefully and be informed about every aspect of your treatment. Some surgeries have a mandatory seven-day cooling-off period to give patients adequate time to be sure of their surgery choice. Results may also vary from person to person due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. Before and after photos are only relevant to the patient in the photo and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience. Ask questions. Our team of dermatologists, doctors and nurses are here to help you with any of your queries. This page is not advice and is intended to be informational only. We endeavour to keep all our information up to date; however, this site is intended as a guide and not a definitive information portal or in any way constitutes medical advice.

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