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Milia removal with lancet.

Milia Removal the Right Way with Our Milia Extraction Facial

Milia removal or milia extraction is a favourite treatment for our aestheticians. Not only do clients leave happy, but there is also something satisfying about clearing these pesky little lumps.  Milia or whiteheads are a common blemish that is sometimes mistaken for clogged pores of acne. They are tiny, hard, white bumps on the face, especially around the eyes.  They are entirely harmless; however, many people seek treatment because of their aesthetic appearance. There is a right way and a wrong way to get rid of milia. The three main options include a milia extraction facial, exfoliating skin products such as salicylic acid and prescription vitamin A.  We perform milia removal as part of our extraction facial treatments.  So, how do you know if you should get a facial for milia removal or use skin products? The answer depends on what has caused the milia, how many milia you have and how long they have been present. The general rule is to avoid performing milia removal yourself to prevent skin damage. So, what causes Milia and what are your treatment options?

For a free assessment with our therapist, call 07 3350 5447 or book online.

What Causes Milia?

Milia are also called whiteheads or closed comedones. They form when a keratin plug gets trapped under the skin surface. They often occur spontaneously – so-called primary milia (common in babies) but can also occur in response to skin damage – then called secondary milia.

  • Primary milia are those that appear naturally are most commonly found on eyelids, forehead or cheeks. Just as they arise spontaneously, some will go away on their own.  This resolution occurs over weeks or months, but some do not budge.
  • Secondary milia can be lifelong as they occur after damage to the skin, such as after injury, burn or excess sun exposure.  They also occur after the use of heavy skincare products or creams. However, they can occur anywhere that skin is damaged and generally do not resolve spontaneously.

Three Ways to Get Rid of Milia?

First, never try to pop or squeeze milia. They are not open to the surface but are keratinised plugs of skin trapped beneath the surface, and squeezing the tiny whiteheads can cause damage to the skin. If you have a very steady hand and have only one or two, you could attempt milia extraction at home. However, if you have many and do not feel so confident with a sharp lancet in your hand, come and see us for milia removal. As I mentioned at the start, our aestheticians enjoy this treatment.

    1. Sometimes an over the counter exfoliant such as BHA (salicylic acid), glycolic or azelaic acid will work. Because cosmetic exfoliants increase the skin cell turnover, they can help milia removal by exfoliating the skin and dissolving the keratin lump. If, after six weeks, this does not resolve, then a milia extraction facial might be the way to go.
    2. Prescription retinoids are also another option before trying professional whitehead removal. You will need to see a doctor first, and you need to introduce retinoids slowly. The retinoids act in two ways, firstly increasing surface sloughing, but they also have an action to stabilise skin cell function.  A vitamin A peel can also be helpful to start the exfoliation process. Be careful using these products around eyelids. Our Doctors prescribe these, and there is a consultation fee to see them.
    3. Facial for milia extraction. If you have not had success with skincare, we do offer professional milia removal. We provide a free assessment with our therapists at the outset. You can book online or call us on 07 3350 5447.

Facial for Milia Extraction.

The best treatment for milia is a professional extraction facial. We like to pride ourselves on extracting whiteheads, blackhead removal and pore extraction facials and follow several steps to make this comfortable for you. The results of a facial for milia removal are immediate – a bonus. Our therapists use a tiny sterile needle lancet to make a small opening in the skin; then, a comedone extractor gently pushes the contents out. The milia removal is not as bad as it sounds and does not require anaesthesia. All you should feel is a tiny prick from the lancet. The milia removal can be performed along with complete facial extractions.
[caption id="attachment_15330" align="alignleft" width="450"]Before and After Milia extraction facial. *Before and after (2) milia extraction facials.[/caption]

Steps in our Milia Extraction Facial

      1. Double Cleanse
      2. Apply desincrustation solution to soften skin, keratin and sebum.
      3. Use a hot towel to steam skin to help open skin pores gently.
      4. A small needle lancet is used to create an opening in the skin.
      5. Next comes the milia extraction plus the extraction of any other blemishes with an extraction tool.
      6. After pores cleansing, blackhead and whitehead removal, we apply a soothing balm.

Recovery and Results from Facial for Milia Extraction

  • The results of milia extraction are immediate!
  • Your skin will be reddened in areas of milia removal, which can last up to 24 hours. This redness is mainly settled with the soothing balm or LED light after treatment.
  • The breaks in the skin seal and heal quickly, but avoid touching or applying products for 24 hours so you do not introduce infection.
  • Results are generally long-lasting. Using BHA +/- retinoids after treatment help prevents their return.

Cost for Milia Removal

The Cost of our Facial for milia extraction depends on how many blemishes you have, i.e. how long whitehead extractions take.

      1. Up to half-hour – $110
      2. Up to 45 minutes $165

Other factors can cause white bumps. Unless you’re sure it’s milia, you should see your doctor.

To Sum Up: Milia or whiteheads are a very common blemish. They occur when keratin from skin cells get trapped under the surface. Milia are primarily cosmetic, so you can choose whether or not to treat them. If they aren’t bothering you,  you can leave them alone. However, be aware that leaving them can take months or longer to clear spontaneously. Instead of trying to pop a milium, use an over the counter salicylic acid or prescription retinoid product. If neither of these works, see a trained therapist or dermatologist perform a facial for milia extraction. The cost of milia removal at Pearl varies between $110 and $165.

For a free assessment with our therapist, call 07 3350 5447 or book online.


Fat Freezing vs Fat Melting | Coolsculpting vs Sculpsure

Fat freezing (Coolsculpting) and fat-melting (Sculpsure) are non-surgical treatments that aim to reduce fat. So how do they stack up? So First, let us go over the comparison: Coolsculpting vs sculpsure. For many decades liposuction provided the only option for aesthetic body contouring until the emergence of non-surgical body sculpting options. Though they are not comparable with liposuction, they have provided a valuable option for people to treat unwanted fat without surgery. The two main non-surgical options are fat freezing (Coolsculpting) and fat-melting (Sculpsure) provide consistent results with no downtime.

Fat Freezing vs Fat Melting | Coolsculpting vs Sculpsure

Fat-freezing was the first non-surgical liposuction alternative, with Coolsculpting, Cooltech and Clatuu being the leading contenders. Later, fat-melting techniques like Vanquish (radiofrequency) and Sculpsure (1060 laser) became popular. However, despite newer methods on the market, fat freezing has remained the most consistent treatment option, with millions of treatments worldwide and significant amounts of research into its action.  So, what are the differences between fat freezing and fat-melting body contouring treatments and how does Coolscupting compare with SculpSure?

Both fat freezing and fat-melting procedures have the same primary purpose: to target and injure the fat cells to reduce the fat in treated areas permanently. Coolscupting was the first fat cooling procedure approved in America in 2011, while SculpSure was approved in 2015. Because fat freezing has been around for longer, many more studies and evidence of its efficacy exist.

Fat Freezing

Fat freezing or cryolipolysis uses cold temperatures to reduce body fat. The machine uses an applicator to suck the unwanted fat into a cup, where the fat is cooled down to freezing temperatures. This causes the fat cells to freeze or crystalise, and approximately 25% of the treated fat cells undergo apoptosis (a controlled cell death). The body then mounts a response to break down and clear the treated fat cells through natural metabolic processes.  The term cryolipolysis is now patented by CoolSculpting. However, all fat freezing machines can target many body areas, with tummy, love handles, upper arms and inner thighs being the most popular. Surrounding tissue is protected because fat is more susceptible and freezes at a higher temperature to skin and muscle. In addition, a gel pad (essentially anti-freeze gel) is applied to the skin before the applicator cup is used for added protection.

  • Fat freezing is better for people with essentially normal BMI for spot reduction of unwanted fat.
  • One to three treatments are required.
  • Results develop over 6 – 12 weeks.
  • Treatments take last 30 – 70 minutes per area (depending on the fat freezing machine).
  • Consistently provide around  25% reduction in fat in treated areas.

Fat Freezing Procedure:

During the treatment, aching, cramping, tingling, and tugging are common symptoms of Coolsculpting and Cooltech. However, these sensations fade within 5-10 minutes as the fat freezing process cools and numbs the area.

Fat Freezing Results and Recovery

  • After treatment, there is redness and occasionally bruising. The area is massaged, and this can be pretty uncomfortable.
  • You can return to work immediately after treatment
  • There can be delayed pain response

Fat Freezing Drawbacks

Coolsculpting and Cooltech have some undesirable outcomes. For example, it can cause irregular skin indents if the treatments are not applied correctly.  In addition, there can be a delayed pain response associated with fat freezing (nerve pain), which is very intense and requires pain relief. There is also a rare incidence of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia associated with cryolipolysis (the fat increases in the local area, rather than decreasing).

Fat Melting

Fat melting, as the name implies, uses different types of energy to raise the temperature of the fat to a point where it undergoes apoptosis. The fat cells are then cleared through the same processes as for fat freezing. The first effective treatment used radiofrequency, and these included the BTL Exilis and Vanquish. Another option, the Sculpsure, which uses a 1064 laser, was introduced in 2015. The Sculpsure has continued to improve with later models providing consistent fat reduction results in treated areas. Whereas the Vanquish works with a no-contact radiofrequency field, the Sculpsure is used to spot treat areas of fat. Radiofrequency techniques last up to 12 months, whereas the Sculpsure reports permanent reduction through fat melting. So, we will focus on Sculpsure.

Sculpsure Fat Melting

  • Sculpsure is laser-based and works on men and women of various body types. However, it is still indicated for a BMI less than 30.
  • Treatment time is 25 minutes per area, but multiple areas (1-4) can be treated simultaneously.
  • Multiple treatments are required to achieve a satisfactory reduction in fat.
  • Provides 24% reduction in fat in the area

Sculpsure Procedure

  • The SculpSure uses a device that is wrapped around the treated area like a belt.
  • The 1060 diode laser reaches temperatures between 42-47 degrees Celsius
  • The treatment cycle alternates between heating and cooling to protect the skin
  • During the heating phases, there may be discomfort with sensations of heat or tingling. However, the procedure is generally well tolerated.

Sculpsure Results and Recovery

  • Afterwards, there may be stiffness, soreness and even bruising.
  • Results begin to appear between 6-12 weeks.
  • Because it is a relatively new procedure, research is still ongoing on the effects on the body.

CoolSculpting vs SculpSure: Comparison Summary

The Sculpsure procedure uses a device wrapped around the treated area like a belt to heat and cool the fat. Results begin to appear between 6-12 weeks because it is a relatively new procedure research is still ongoing on the effects on the body. SculpSure sessions are usually 25 minutes long and spaced out by six weeks. Results become visible 6-12 weeks. It is suitable for those who lead a healthy lifestyle and wish to reduce localised fat. Initially, fat-melting may cause swelling and bruising.

Fat freezing or cryolipolysis uses cold temperatures to reduce body fat. This causes the fat cells to freeze or crystalise, and approximately 25% of the treated fat cells undergo apoptosis. Fat freezing machines can target many body areas, with tummy, love handles and inner thighs being the most popular. CoolSculpting requires a more extended session. However, the treatment option has no downtime. Fat freezing is well researched, with the efficacy as well as unexpected outcomes well understood.

Disclosure: At Pearl, we provide fat freezing Brisbane using the Cooltech machine. Though we have tried to be balanced, this represents a conflict of interest.


B&A – PDO Thread Lifts

PDO Thread Lifts Target Skin Laxity.

PDO threads are the newest innovation for thread lifting. They are designed to lift and tighten skin and replace volume to sculpt a younger, refreshed look. PDO thread lifts achieve skin tightening and lifting through collagen stimulation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In this before and After PDO Threads for turkey neck and submental (under chin) area.
At Pearl Clinic, This treatment with our Doctors takes 45min and costs $499⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Free consultations are available with our lady Doctors.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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B&A – Acne Treatment

At Pearl, we treat acne naturally with a combination of our skin therapies, skincare, and skin naturopath. Chemical peels, extraction facials, BBL, and LED light therapy are among the treatment options. Our Naturopath can assist you with your diet.

What Approach did we Use on this Client?

We used LED light therapy to effectively reduce inflammation and promote skin repair to treat this lovely client. We also added at-home skincare to clear her skin, including topical Vitamin A. (Vitamin A promotes healing and decreases obstruction by stabilising oil production and decreasing cell turnover). A fantastic outcome!

Our Natural Acne Treatment Strategy

We treat acne naturally with a combination of our skin therapies, skincare, and our skin naturopath who specialises in inflammatory skin conditions like acne.

Acne Treatment Treatment Therapies

Chemical peels, extraction facials, BBL, and LED light therapy are among the treatment options. Combinations of these can be used for acne treatment.

  • To reduce inflammation, we always start with LED light therapy.
  • When there is a lot of pore obstruction, extraction facials or peels are recommended.
  • If you have post-inflammatory erythema (P.I.E), use LED and BBL or an azelaic acid peel.
  • LED combined with prescription therapy from our doctors is best for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (P.I.H).

Acne Treatment Skincare

Options for skincare include:

  • Vitamin B helps to repair the barrier and restore the microbiome of the skin.
  • If skin pore obstruction is the main problem, exfoliants like salicylic acid can help.
  • Vitamin A cream to help heal acne and soothe it.
  • Barrier repair cream to settle inflammation and help restore your skin microbiome.

Natural Acne Treatment by a Naturopath

Our Naturopath can assist you with your diet:

  • Excessive meat protein, dairy, sugar, and simple carbohydrates should all be avoided.
  • Other inflammatory foods, such as processed junk foods high in saturated fats, should be avoided.
  • Follow a Mediterranean-style anti-inflammatory diet.
  • Consider adding Zinc, vitamin D, and omega 3 oils.
  • Immune function and healing are aided by gut healing and postbiotics.

It is sometimes necessary to address stress or other lifestyle factors. The brain-skin-gut axis and its impact on skin conditions are of particular interest to our naturopath. Stress, for example, not only exacerbates acne, but acne also exacerbates stress!

To get a personalised plan to reduce your acne:

Book a complimentary skin assessment with one of our therapists by calling 3350 5447 or booking online.

Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment with our Naturopath.


Vitamin A Peel for Acne, Pigmentation, Sun Damage & Anti-aging.

Our Vitamin A peel is our most popular peel. It is quite different from a conventional chemical peel and is tolerated by most people. So what is a Vitamin A peel, and how can it improve your skin health and restore a healthy glow?

Vitamin A peels are beneficial for anti-aging and acne treatment (pimples and hormonal breakouts). In addition, they can be used for blocked pores, congestion, pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, keratosis pilaris and overall skin texture improvement. The chemical peel works by activating cell turnover to exfoliate the surface cells, helping unclog pores and lift pigmentation. Our Vitamin A peel is a retinoic acid peel, which we have compounded for clinic use as a medical peel.

Vitamin A Peel is Recommended For:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • aging skin concerns
  • pigmentation from melasma or sun damage
  • acne breakouts
  • enlarged pores & congestion
  • helps with blackhead extraction
  • keratosis pilaris
  • can help stretch marks.

What Does A Vitamin A Peel Involve?

Vitamin A peels are pain-free. Most people tolerate this except in cases of skin sensitivity. (People who have had reactions to vitamin A or glycolic peels are not good candidates.) In addition, you cannot have Vitamin A if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Your skin peels two to five days after. So it is best to get the peel Wednesday or Thursday before a quiet weekend.
  • You will also need to stop skincare for a week after treatment.

The Vitamin A Peel Procedure

Your face is first cleansed, and light microdermabrasion is performed to prepare the skin.
Our therapist or nurse massages the peel into your face. Then, a second application can be applied if necessary.

  • Your face will have a yellow glow afterwards, so you probably want to go home.
  • 3 to 8 hours after application, the peel is washed off.
  • The condition being addressed determines the number of treatments and the frequency. (monthly to 1/2 yearly).
  • The Vitamin A peel is affordable at $165.
  • There will be peeling developed 2-5 days later. (although this is generally fine flaking and not always obvious)
  • Results appear over the first to sixth week after treatment.

Free Assessment With Our Team.

We offer you a free assessment with our experienced Doctors and therapists to discuss your concerns and treatment options. In addition, we provide a range of laser and skin therapies,



Gut Health and Weight Management

Your gut health plays an enormous role in your ability to manage your weight. The imbalance of the bacteria in your gut and the dominance of nasty bacteria set the foundation for chronic inflammation in the body. And chronic inflammation is the hallmark of weight gain and obesity and accelerated ageing, hormonal abnormalities, and inflammation in the brain.

It is now known that the gut microbiota plays a crucial role in regulating immune function and metabolic process, hormonal balance and brain function. Therefore, a healthy and diverse microbial community or essential for good health and vitality in forming new healthy habits.

The worse thing is that once you gain the extra inches around your middle, this increases inflammation in your body. It becomes a vicious circle of inflammation contributing to poor gut health, making it a continual uphill battle to lose the kilos. So how do you know if you have an imbalance in your gut microbiome?

An imbalance in the gut microbiome can cause diverse symptoms?

The gut microbiome can be disrupted by processed foods, certain medications, stress, age, hormonal abnormalities, and acute or chronic illness.  Disruption to the gut microbiota can cause a diverse range of symptoms such as:

Fatigue, Weight gain, Resistance to weight loss, Fluid retention, Cravings for food, Food intolerances, Brain fog, Allergies, Joint pain, Rashes and more!

Many of our clients find that weight gain and resistance to weight loss are the most frustrating because regardless of how little they eat or how much they exercise, their weight continues to rise.  This is because your body cannot effectively release stored fat – or keep it off – unless it is healthy. The longer these symptoms continue, the harder it may be to reverse them without some extra help.

We recommend seeing our Clinical Nutritionist| Naturopath Courtney White, who has a specific interest in gut health protocols and weight management. Book in for a free assessment to complete our skin-gut axis questionnaire or book directly with Courtney at the cost of $160 for the initial consultation.

Call us on 3350 5447

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RF Microneedling vs Skin Needling for Acne Scar & Skin Texture Concerns

Skin needling is a popular treatment to refresh your skin’s appearance. The newest skin needling technique combines radiofrequency (rf) with microneedling, boosting this treatment to a whole new level. Traditional skin needling uses a microneedling pen or dermaroller to stimulate collagen remodelling. It has been used for nearly two decades to reduce acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin woes.

RF Microneedling

RF or radiofrequency energy combined with skin needling takes this treatment to the next level. First, the microneedles are inserted into the skin (after substantial numbing). Secondly, radiofrequency energy is delivered into the dermis. The whole process is very controlled, so the rf energy is given to the skin at a level where it can have maximal therapeutic benefit—the result: more dramatic results.

Who Can Have RF Microneedling?

RF Microneedling is appropriate for all skin types and can be combined with a CO2 laser. It is used to:

  • Reduce fine lines & wrinkles
  • Reduce acne and other scars
  • Tighten skin
  • Smooth and refresh irregular skin texture

However, rf microneedling is not suitable for pigmentation treatment (in fact, it can worsen if misused). Therefore, for pigmentation treatment, you will need IPL such as the Sciton BBL or lasers such as V laser or Picosure laser for skin of colour.

The Benefits of RF Microneedling

Throughout 3-4 treatments, you expect a significant improvement in skin quality.

  • You can expect similar benefits to ablative, fractional CO2 laser treatment with less downtime.
  • Needling can be used on darker skin types.
  • Healing occurs quickly and can be used in combination with other advanced skin treatments.

RF Microneedling with Fraxis Duo

We chose Secret Rf as it came with a Fraxis CO2 laser. The first platform to combine RF microneedling with a fractional CO2 laser.

We still perform skin needling as a superficial skin refining treatment. Yet, for specific skin concerns, such as acne scars, stretch marks, self-harm scars, fine lines and wrinkles, the advantage of rf microneedling stands out. The first step is to come in for a free assessment with our laser therapists.

Call 33505447 or book online for a free assessment.

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We deliver the best Extraction Facial in Brisbane

We take pride in our extraction facials and believe we deliver the best extraction facial in Brisbane! But, yes, that is a challenge!

These are the steps in our extraction facial.

1.Cleanse  – We double cleanse: We start with a milk or gel cleanser (suitable to your skin type) to clean the skin of makeup and oil for the first cleanse. Then, with the second cleanse – we use an AHA/BHA cleanser to clear the skin of dead skin cells.

2. Exfoliate & Soften – we open the pores with a BHA solution and apply a desincrustation solution to soften the plug inside the pore. To help the skin soften, we use hot towels, which helps prevent trauma to the skin.

3. Extractions – we have a choice of over 15 different extraction tools to remove comedones appropriately. We offer 30 – 45-minute treatments. If you require longer than 45 minutes, we advise splitting this into more sessions. You will need extractions monthly to 6 weekly to keep your skin clear.

4. Settling your skin afterwards – we apply anti-inflammatory and soothing 10% niacinamide – Proparia Skin Defence Serum. There is also an optional add-on LED Therapy to reduce inflammation.

5. Adjunct treatments We provide other pore treatments with lasers; Carbon laser facials and Pico laser treatment, or Chemical peels, such as Salicylic acid or Jessner peel and skin needling. In addition, our therapists provide advice on additional therapies that can help settle your concerns.

6. Skincare as aftercare We have excellent affordable skincare to help keep your pores clearer for longer, e.g. The Ordinary Glycolic Toner and Salicylic Mask or Dermaenergy Solve & Dissolve will all keep your skin clearer for longer.

What is an extraction facial?

An extraction facial describes the process of clearing the skin pore. Skin pore blockages include blackheads (open comedones), whiteheads (closed comedones) or sebum from enlarged pores. Repeat extraction facials at 4-6 weeks. The addition of laser therapy especially helps if enlarged pores are the main concern.

What can be achieved with an extraction facial?

Extraction facials are part of a month to 6 weekly skincare routine to keep your skin healthy. They provide a temporary solution to pore dysfunction. Generally, if you are concerned with enlarged pores or blackheads, you will need to factor in regular treatments. For more dramatic results, it is advised to add laser treatments to reduce pore size.

What Lasers reduce pore size?

      • For fair skin types: rf microneedling, fractional lasers such as CO2 or Fraxel are safe and effective treatments.
      • For darker & Asian skin types: pico lasers such as Picosure or picocare are safe lasers.
      • Rf microneedling is safe for all skin types.

    What is the downtime after an extraction facial?

    The downtime from a facial extraction ranges from hours up to a week. The factor that determines this is the difficulty of the extraction. We use desincrustation liquid and heat to open pores before extraction. However, problematic milia or blackhead extraction will cause some surface injury, which will need to heal. With open pores, generally, any redness will settle overnight. So what does this mean for you? Plan to get your extraction facial performed at least seven days before any significant event.

    For the best extraction facial in Brisbane, call us on 3350 5447 or book online with one of our therapists.

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Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are both non-invasive body contouring devices. But that is where the similarity ends. Coolsculpting uses fat freezing to reduce pockets of unwanted fat.  Whereas, Emsculpt uses rapid muscle contractions to build or sculpt muscle. So think defined abs or butt lift; however, it does have some localised fat reducing properties.

There are other effective non-surgical body sculpting devices available using the same technology:

  • Fat freezing with Cooltech and Clattuu
  • Muscle contractions with  TeslaFormer.

There are alternative technologies for body sculpting, such as radiofrequency, fat heating, fat dissolving injections and surgical liposuction. Emsculpting and Coolsculpt work best if you have a normal BMI. Neither is meant for weight control. So what are the differences between the two?

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt Technology? 

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt have a similar aim, i.e. body sculpting. However, the mode of action is very different.

  • Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis or fat freezing for spot reduction of fat resistant to diet and exercise.
  • In contrast, Emsculpt uses high intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to induce 10 – 20,0000 muscle contractions in one session. So it is like doing an intense workout and provides muscle sculpting. In addition, it can help with fat reduction as long as you maintain a low sugar diet while getting treatment. So once available sugar is used, it will turn to fat burning.
  • Coolsculpting uses a handpiece to suck fat into a cup, taken to a low temperature. The aim is to induce fat cell death for the permanent reduction of fat. The released fat is then eliminated from your body.
  • Emsculpt, on the other hand, delivers HIFEM via a handpiece strapped over the muscle you wish to condition. Tne focused magnetic stimulation causes rapid, repeated muscle contraction. Think of thousands of sit-ups in a single 30-minute session.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt Comfort Level 

Both Coolsculpt and Emsculpting cause some discomfort during the treatment. However, Emsculpting is much less with an initial period of unease as your muscles get used to the intensity of contractions.

Coolsculpting does cause discomfort at the start and end of the treatment.

  • Firstly when the fat is initially sucked into the cup, it can feel like an intense pulling.
  • However, once the temperature is lowered, the area is numb, and there is no discomfort experienced.
  • Secondly, when the handpiece is removed and the fat popsicle is massaged, more intense pain can be felt as the blood returns to the area and warms up.

Length of Treatment CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt 

Coolsculpt and Emsculpting have very different treatment recommendations.

  • Coolsculpting takes an hour to treat an area.
  • Emsculpt is a 30-minute treatment.
  • With Coolscupting, the procedure is repeated at 8 -12 weeks for further reduction of fat. Optimally most people require 2-3 treatments for reduction.
  • In comparison, the Emsculpt is recommended as a minimum of 4 performed every three days for optimal results. So with the Emsculpt, you are best to make sure you have dedicated time set aside over a fortnight for optimal results.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt Results 

Although both Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are body contouring treatments, Coolsculpting focuses on spot fat reduction, and Emsculpt focuses on muscle toning, with some little fat reducing benefits.

  • Coolsculpting claims to produce a permanent reduction in fat in the treated area (because the freezing induces apoptosis).
  • In contrast, the Emsculpt results need to be repeated once every 12 weeks to 6 months.

If you want to treat yourself, combining Coolsculpting and Emsculpt treatments should give superior results for abs. Firstly reducing the fat with Coolsculpting, then building definition with the Emsculpt.

What Areas Can Be Treated Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt

We can apply Coolsculpting and Emsculpt to multiple body areas.

  • Emsculpt is primarily used for ab sculpting and non-surgical butt lift; however, we can also apply it to the top of thighs, arms or calves.
  • Coolsculpting can be used for the tummy, chin, arms, bra fat, love handles, inner & outer thighs, knees, banana roll, back fat, i.e. most body areas have unwanted fat.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt For Cellulite?

Neither technology is indicated for cellulite, though both may have some side benefits to help reduce the fat, increase blood supply and provide some side benefits of skin tightening. For cellulite treatment, you are best to look toward Cellulaze or fat reducing injections such as Lipodissolve.

CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt Side Effects?

While both Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are,non-invasive both have possible side effects.

  • CoolSculpting side effects include pain, bruising, sensitivity or numbness, lumpiness in treated areas. In addition, if too much fat is removed from one site, divots result. The flip side is paradoxical hyperplasia (PAH). Where, instead of fat reducing in the treated area, it increases.
  • Emsculpt can also give muscular pain in the treated area. (like you have completed a good workout).

The Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt? 

The ideal candidate for both cool sculpting and Emsculpt is someone who has a BMI of 25 or less.  If you have a higher BMI, then treatments like liposuction or BTL Vanquish provide superior treatment. You can also consider weight control. We recommend a naturopathic approach to weight control and focussing on an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet.

Cooltech vs FMS Sculpting

We have chosen the alternative technologies for fat freezing and magnetic muscle stimulation because we can deliver these at an affordable price on the market.

  • We use Cooltech for fat freezing and FMS Sculpting with Teslaformer for magnetic stimulation of muscle contractions.

Our complete offering for body sculpting and tightening include Cooltech fat freezing, Tesla former, Lipodissolve, laser for stretch mark treatment & Lipodissolve injections for cellulite.  Our naturopath also has a particular interest in weight management.

Other Non-Surgical Body Sculpting Techniques.

There are several non-invasive and liposuction methods that can be used as alternatives for body sculpting. Some of these have entirely different technology, whereas some other options act via the same process.

  • Fat heating technologies such as Vanquish and Trusculpt (which use radiofrequency)
  • Warmsculpting with Sculpsure, ultrasound or physical removal such as liposuction.
  • Fat-dissolving injections can also reduce chin fat and be used off label across many body areas.
  • Other fat freezing includes Clattuu and Cooltech. Both are established and provide consistent results.

Other muscle contraction devices include Telslaformer. Teslaformer uses focused magnetic stimulation to induce muscle contraction. Originally it was introduced as a device for medical purposes and found full acceptance for muscle rehabilitation. It is used to treat various muscular pains, as well as stress incontinence. However, in the aesthetic market, Tesla provides muscle building for body sculpting.


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How to Minimise Clogged or Enlarged Pores with a Cosmetologist

How to reduce pore size? Laser therapy, microneedling, extraction facials, skincare and peels are all useful to minimise pores.  Most treatments are temporary and require routine maintenance.  However, some provide longer-term results. These treatments can be divided into three categories.

  1. Laser and microneedling to achieve a longer-term reduction in skin pore size.
  2. Temporary: Treatments that minimise enlarged pores by keeping them clear of sebum. These include extraction facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. These require regular scheduling.
  3.  Skincare, such as prescription vitamin A and BHA, provides an excellent start to reduce pore size. However, once again, skincare requires daily use.

Laser Resurfacing & Other Treatments to Reduce Pore Size

Several lasers are effective in reducing pore size. Fraxel, fractional CO2, ablative erbium and even laser genesis work depending on the depth and skin colour and type. Carbon laser facials using Q switch or Pico laser can be added as part of ongoing treatment to reduce pore size. Radiofrequency microneedling is the best overall technology for pore shrinking results, although combining treatments give the best approach.

  • In people with darker skin colour, Pico lasers or radiofrequency such as rf microneedling are safer choices.
  • Correct application of skin needling can reduce pore size.
  • For deeper skin pores, TCA peels or TCA cross is indicated

Therapies Designed to Clear Clogged Pores

There are a couple of therapy treatments that assist in minimising pores.

  • Chemical peels, especially salicylic acid or Jessner peels, help clear pore contents.
  • Extraction facials are used to clear blackheads & milia and assist in clearing clogged pores.
  • Microdermabrasion uses suction to vacuum out pore contents.

As all of these therapies clear the sebum, this will reaccumulate, so routine maintenance is required.

Skincare to Minimise Pores

Excellent products to help reduce pore size are prescription Vitamin A cream, Vitamin B (niacinamide), and over the counter BHA (Salicylic Acid).

  • Vitamin A works in several ways to help shrink or reduce pore size. Firstly, it helps slow oil production, and secondly, it helps stabilise the cell turnover—both of these help clear clogged pores.
  • Salicylic Acid or BHA 2% is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliant. BHA penetrates the oil in the oil glands, helping exfoliate the pores on the nose and face, improving the cosmetic appearance, and minimising pore size.
  • The action of niacinamide is not clearly known.

How Long Does Skin Care Reduce Pore Size?

Daily application is required; results are cumulative, and a long-term reduction in pore size can be expected. However, these will both need to be applied daily to minimise pore size.

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What Causes Enlarged Pores?

Acne, enlarged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads are caused by skin pore function problems and are mainly genetic.  Men and women both get enlarged pores, but there is a higher occurrence in men. The underlying predisposition to clogged pores is the amount of oil produced in your skin and susceptibility to the oil gland becoming obstructed.

Enlarged pores are caused by the overproduction of oil and skin cells inside the pore. As a result, the pores become clogged with accumulated sebum and dead cells and slowly enlarge. So, treatments to minimise pores should address both of these.

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