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Treatment Spotlight – Hifu Facial with High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound

What is a  HIFU Facial?

A High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU facial is a non-invasive treatment used to firm and tighten facial and neck muscles, reduce fat and induce collagen synthesis resulting in a more youthful appearance and improved facial and neck contours.

Who is suitable for a HIFU Facial?

All skin types are suitable for a HIFU facial. However, results are best seen in those who notice lines and wrinkles on the neck, midface (cheeks), and forehead, with good volume still evident in the skin as this treatment, is likely to result in fat reduction. On that note, HIFU is suitable for those who may not have many lines and wrinkles but want to improve facial contours (e.g. Fat reduction or subtle tightening) under the chin or lower face.

HIFU is not the treatment of choice for lines around the mouth & chin, loose or sagging skin due to fat reduction, thinned or stretched skin, and minimal fat or volume in the area if you are unsure if you are suitable for HIFU, book online now for a FREE skin analysis.

Note: You cannot have a HIFU facial if you have metal implants, piercings or implanted electrical devices in the area, are pregnant or had recent injectable or other skin treatment (within 2-4weeks).

HIFU Facial Procedure

Treatment Specifications include number and frequency, downtime, sensations & care after a HIFU facial.

  • Treatments take from 1 – 2 hours, depending on the treatment areas.
  • Hifu facial is performed three times per year (or every 3-4 months).
  • You will notice nil to very mild redness after the treatment, which subsides within an hour or two.
  • During treatment, you can expect to feel a pinchy ache within the muscles accompanied by a small amount of heat. However, it is a tolerable treatment.
  • It is normal to feel a dull pain or bruised sensation in the days following treatment, although there will be no signs of treatment on the skin’s surface (i.e. bruising, redness, crusting, etc.).

A HIFU facial has no – or very little – effect on the skin’s surface (e.g. discolouration or superficial pigmentation and sun damage, pores, acne & blackheads, redness or superficial capillaries). This is because it works specifically in the dermis down to the top of the muscle.

Avoid the sun, hot showers, baths and saunas, high-intensity exercise and any other heat-inducing activities for up to 48hrs after treatment. In addition, it is wise to avoid exfoliating products for up to 5 days and injectable or other skin treatments for up to 7 days after a HIFU facial treatment.

HIFU Facial Results

After 1 HIFU treatment (at least one subtle improvement in): modest improvement in the depth and length of lines and wrinkles on the forehead, cheeks and neck, slight reduction in fat under chin & jowls, subtle improvement in jawline definition, subtle brow lift

After 2 HIFU treatments four months apart: further improvement to the depth and length of lines and wrinkles, further reduction in fat under chin and jowls, further definition of the jawline and slightly raised brows, subtle tightening of facial and neck contours.

After 3 HIFU treatments four months apart: noticeable softening and reduction in depth and length of lines and wrinkles on forehead, cheeks and neck, noticeable reduction in fat under chin and jowls, noticeable improvement in jawline definition and tightening of facial and neck contours, slightly raised brows and overall more youthful appearance.

Treatments that Compliment a HIFU Facial

For faster results in a reduction of lines and wrinkles and age management with the help of our complimentary services and skincare products, or for concerns that the HIFU facial does not address, see our dermal therapists or cosmetic doctors for a FREE skin analysis.

Complimentary treatments include secret RF, Fractional C02 laser, BBL, Picocare Laser and chemical peels, to name a few. In addition, we have specialised nutrigenomic and natural supplements that will help boost collagen production, enhance skin and body healing while reducing inflammation and improve skin hydration and condition.

Call us on 07 3350 5447 for a free consultation or book online.

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 prevent 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.

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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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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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Skincare For Cystic Acne

Many people seek a more natural approach to settling cystic nodular acne. Skincare alone will not settle cystic acne. Neither will dietary changes nor taking supplements nor essential oils. However, there are more natural alternatives to oral vitamin A and antibiotics to treat moderate to severe cystic acne. Skincare for Cystic Acne, however, is essential and mostly the same for all grades of acne. Why? Because the underlying cause of acne is the same and the difference with cystic acne is only the severity and depth. No skincare can penetrate deep enough to impact the cystic nodular components. So the idea is once the cystic acne is settled with Kleresca to provide skincare to prevent inflammation and acne formation.

Overview of Skincare for Cystic Acne

1. Use an exfoliant, and we do not mean a scrub which can be harsh and irritating. We mean the cosmetic acid exfoliants like AHA’s and BHA’s.
2. Use vitamins A, B & C in skincare. The Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits of these three skincare essentials. Vitamin A & C also stimulate collagen to assist in skin repair and help prevent scarring.
3. Use sunscreen to help reduce inflammation and prevent scarring.

Skincare for Cystic Acne: Details

1. Exfoliate – to unblock pore obstruction and to encourage skin cell turnover. BHA is the best exfoliant because it is oil soluble and penetrates the pore to help exfoliate at the site of obstruction. Combinations with AHA especially lactic acid, can be useful. Avoid physical scrubs as they can be too harsh.

2. Vitamin A, B & C are core ingredients to help clear and prevent acne.

Vitamin A can come in the form of over the counter retinol or prescription retinoids. They have been shown to decrease cell turnover, helping unblock the obstructed oil glands, reducing inflammation and may help normalise cellular activity. Prescription vitamin A remains the essential ingredient in skincare for cystic acne. It has the benefit of assisting healthy collagen growth in repairing the injury from nodular acne, helping reduce acne scarring.

Vitamin B in niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful for all skin types but especially for helping settle inflamed acne.

Vitamin C has antioxidant; anti-inflammatory properties, so it helps settle acne. Like Vitamin A, it has the added benefit of assisting new collagen formation and repair to reduce acne scarring.

The critical thing with skincare for cystic acne is the active ingredients that have been shown to benefit. So seeking out skincare that has the correct percentage is affordable. We offer some in the clinic. For detailed information on skin prone to acne and the best skincare choices, Dr Lesley Bauman provides in-depth skin typing and ingredients according to your skin type.


A Few Skincare tips for Cystic Acne

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can help fight cystic acne by applying a drop or two to affected areas. It is well tolerated on the skin and not only helps reduce P. Acnes bacteria but may also be anti-inflammatory.

Avoid Excess Sun Exposure

Although small doses of the sun may have beneficial effects of killing P. Acne, sun exposure creates free radicals and inflammation in the skin. Sun exposure can worsen post-inflammatory pigmentation and acne scarring. Use sunscreen containing Zinc daily and hats and avoid the harsh direct sun in peak sun periods.

2. Ice It

As a temporary measure, which painful cysts are bugging you, apply ice cubes directly for several seconds to help reduce inflammation. The cooling effects of ice can provide welcome, temporary symptomatic relief.

Summary of a More Natural approach To Cystic Acne

Skincare for cystic acne alone will not settle this painful condition. If you want a more natural approach to settling moderately to severe and cystic acne it is best to address the underlying causes of the acne. We take a naturopathic approach to acne treatment.

It is best to book with our Naturopath and therapists who work together to settle your acne.

Call us on 3350 5447 to book a free assessment with our therapists or email any queries.

How To Treat Blackheads

Treating blackhead with conventional treatments of pore strips, scrubs and facials will not work, except to temporarily extract the contents. Blackheads are caused by a build-up of sebum (oil) in the pore’s skin pores and blockage with exfoliated dead skin cells. Being open to the air, the sebum and clogged material oxidise and turns dark. Hence the term blackhead.

Salicylic Acid Exfoliates The Pore

BHA (beta hydroxy acid) or Salicylic Acid is oil-soluble, so it will penetrate the oil in the oil gland and exfoliate the contents and pore lining.

Salicylic acid products need to be a concentration of 1-2% in ph approximately 3.

We sell an excellent Salicylic acid gel: Cost $42 for 118ml. This can be applied once or twice daily and progressively exfoliate the surface and skin pore. It is safe to use long term as part of a skin routine.

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses, and therapists to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

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Acne Treatment

Acne affects more than 80% of teenagers and many adults.

There is no miracle cure for acne; however a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring.

  • Prescription medical treatments can help to treat acne.
  • Skin care and prescription creams can be used to unblock pores and reduce inflammation.
  • Topical and oral antibiotics can be used for infected acne lesions.
  • Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses and therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

Call Us On 3350 5447 For A Free Consultation.

EMAIL Us With Any Queries.

Do foods aggravate acne?

There is a myth that oily foods and chocolate make acne worse. There is no evidence that this is true. There are however foods that have been shown to improve acne. So what diet should you follow to help keep your face clear?

What foods are believed to help reduce acne?

Research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates and relatively high in proteins helps reduce acne blemishes.
Avoid refined sugars and low GI carbohydrates (lollies, fizzy drinks, white sugar and bread) and include good quality protein in your diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish, nuts, seeds and oils are believed to reduce the obstruction of oil glands.
Include olive oil, avocado, nuts and fish in your diet or try flaxseed oil supplements to reduce obstruction.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants assist the skins immunity and protection against infection should be included in the diet.
Fresh fruit and vegetables and green tea boost skin protection.

Does chocolate cause acne?

No, in fact, good quality chocolate because it is rich in antioxidants and good oils may help protect your skin. Avoid lower quality chocolates with excessive sugar.


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4 Factors That Cause Acne and Treatments to Settle Pimples Quickly.

Understanding what causes acne will help you settle pimples quickly. Ideally, acne treatments address all of the underlying causes of pimples. Kleresca acne treatment has been a game changer for acne treatment, settling active pimples quickly. It is now possible for 90% of acne to be treated without antibiotics or oral retinoids.

Acne the 4 factors that contribute to blemish formation.

1. Increased oil production in the sebaceous (oil) glands- under the influence of hormones.

2. Increased cell production in the oil glands, accumulation of dead cells causing blockage of the gland. This blockage allows the oil in the sebaceous gland to build up causing blackheads when the pore remains open or whiteheads when the pore opening is closed.

3. Bacterial infection with Propionibacterium acnes (or P. acnes) which grows in the oil-rich blocked gland.

4. Inflammation occurs because of the bacterial infection causing redness and swelling- papules. Eventually, the gland can rupture under the skin, and this causes intense inflammation and formation of pustules-pimples. If the blockage is deeper in the skin, cystic nodules can form.

Treatment Of Acne

There is no miracle cure for acne; however, a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring.

The recommended treatment depends on the severity and type of acne. Non inflammatory acne with blackheads and whiteheads can respond to peels and extraction facials. Moderate to severe acne can now be successfully treated with Kleresca.

  • Prescription medical treatments such as Kleresca can help to treat acne.
  • Skin care and prescription creams can be used to unblock pores and reduce inflammation.
  • Peels, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy can all help reduce the obstruction or inflammmatory component of acne.
  • Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.

Call us on 3350 5447 for a free analysis to settle pimples quickly.

Acne Skin Care Program

The basic essential step in treating acne is to adopt a good skincare plan that will address the underlying factors that cause blemishes. In people with mild acne, a good acne skin care plan may be all that is required to keep blemishes under control. Once you have moderate to severe acne, medical treatment will also be required.

Acne skincare program.

1. A gentle cleanser to remove oil build-up, makeup and dirt from the skin’s surface, preparing it for any active product you put on. This should not be overly drying and should ideally be at a ph approximating that of the skin.

2. An exfoliant to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface that may clog oil glands and cause blemishes. The best exfoliants to use are Salicylic Acids/ BHAs as these are oil soluble and penetrate the pores and clear the dead compacted cells causing the obstruction.

3. Sunscreen- a gel-based or non-pore obstructing sunscreen

Acne skincare may include the addition of;

• Non-prescription disinfectants benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil
• Prescription topical antibiotic creams or retinoids.

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