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Victoria has been nursing for 20 years. She has a double degree in Nursing and Health Science, as well as a Post Graduate in Midwifery. In addition, she has also undertaken comprehensive and extensive training in dermatology and the cosmetic field. Having an eye for detail, Victoria now works exclusively in skincare aesthetics as a Cosmetic Nurse.

Working in the Cosmetic/ Dermatology field, Victoria has seen a lot of fads come and go. This Blog aims to help you eliminate the confusion of an over abundance of Skin advice and products on the market today.  The objective  is to help you filter through the gimmicky products and advice, to get to the good material. All products shown are clinical grade, cruelty free, and have undertaken rigorous testing.

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Blog topics will help educate and shed light on various skin (& related health) concerns. It is important to take a wholistic approach when it comes to skin health. Blog topics will cover both conventional and functional medicine. This includes various treatment options, clinical grade products, natural products, hormones, gut health, cosmetic injectables, natural remedies and more.

Please read on to find out more

For in clinic skin treatments / injectables with Victoria at Laser Clinics Australia please visit here OR contact:-

Warriewood (Tuesdays) Ph: 02 83192078

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What Causes Wrinkles? …& what can we do to help

There are many factors that contribute to the lines and wrinkles that we developed over the years. Some contributors are out of are control, while others are from our own lifestyle circumstances and choices.

As we age our skin gets thinner, less elastic and drier. It also becomes less able to protect itself from damage.

When we are young, our skin springs back. HOWEVER -as we get older our skin looses collagen and it’s flexibility. Springing back becomes harder, resulting in permanent  (at rest) lines and wrinkles.

Types of Wrinkles

FINE SUPERFICAL LINES

These finer lines increase when our skin is dehydrated, sun damaged, or if your a smoker. They can also occur due to our sleep position.

DEEP WRINKLES

Every time our facial muscles move (when we speak or make facial expressions such as frowning) our skin moves too. This is called ‘dynamic movement’ – producing dynamic wrinkles. Overtime, dynamic wrinkles will turn into ‘static lines’. This means they are permanently etched in our skin.

In addition, the loss of volume (mainly fat cells) under our skin means there is less ‘support’. This is a natural part of aging and leads to increased wrinkling and sagging.

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A number of avoidable lifestyle and environmental factors also contribute to the development of lines and wrinkles.

Smoking
Tobacco contains loads of toxins including;- carbon monoxide, nicotine, formaldehyde, mercury, lead and tar. These chemicals damage collagen and elastin within the skin. They also cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Skin is then less able to rejuvenate and repair itself. In addition to this, constantly squinting to avoid getting cigaret smoke in the eyes, and puckering the lips = lines around the eyes and mouth. See 5 of the worst things you can do for your skin.

The sun
Sun exposure is a major cause of wrinkles, especially for fair-skinned people.

Our sleep position
Sleep creases result from the way the head is positioned on the pillow and may become more visible after our skin starts losing its elasticity. Lying predominantly ‘face-down’ is typically the culprit. So trying to change sleep position can improve these sleep creases, or at least prevent them from becoming worse.

Dehydrated skin
As we age, it becomes harder for our skin to maintain its moisture levels. It also becomes increasingly common for our skins ‘lipid barrier’ to become impaired. This then leads to moisture loss / dehydration. The Skin also becomes more susceptible to bacteria and pollutants penetrating the impaired barrier.  Several factors can lead to dehydrated skin such as:-

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What can help slow down the aging process

1) Protect your skin from the sun
– slip slop slap and include SPF in your day Cream

2) Don’t smoke
3) Choose skincare formulas rich in active anti-aging  ingredients eg retinol

3) Avoid dry dehydrated skin
Avoid long hot showers which draws moisture out of your skin. Avoid harsh cleansers. Change your skincare products to suit your aging skin, see multi-med therapy and  Active Hydration Serum

4) Smarten up your diet
Increase your fatty acid intake. Omega 3’s and Omega 6 help boost the skins barrier -which keeps moisture in and irritants out. Good sources include salmon, sardines, flaxseeds, walnuts, Sea buckthorn. Take Supplements if your diet is not up to scratch (Omega 3’s & Zinc is a good start). See Anti-Aging Superfoods.

5) Skin Treatments
– See Rolling back the years & LED
– Muscle relaxants (aka anti-wrinkle injections).

Anti-wrinkle injections work to prevent the formation of static wrinkles by stopping the signal between the nerve and muscle (temporarily causing the muscle to relax). The decreased movement in the muscle places less stress on the skin helping you maintain a fresh and youthful appearance. This treatment is most effective when used as a preventative measure. Anti-wrinkle injections are made from a purified protein.
Deep wrinkles can be treated with dermal fillers which replace the volume that has been lost under the skin.

Other
See 7 proven ways to nourish sun-damaged Skin.            See 5 of the WORST things you can do for your SKIN

Victoria Isherwood (Registered Nurse)

Muscle Relaxants – For Medical Purposes

Botox for medical purposes

Muscle relaxant injections (commonly known as Botox and Dysport) have numerous benefits. There are many non-cosmetic procedures that deliver great results. In fact – the cosmetic benefit was only realised when people being treated medically (for facial muscle spasms) noticed an improvement in their wrinkles.

How Do Muscle Relaxants Work?

Muscle relaxants block the signal from the nerve to the muscles. As a result, the injected muscle can no longer contract as forcefully, which causes muscles to relax.

Medical Indications

Although muscle relaxant injections are best known for cosmetic purposes (softening wrinkles), they have in fact been used in clinical practice to help treat many medical conditions  …..for over 20 years.

The injections can reduce specific muscle activity by blocking the overactive nerve impulses that trigger excessive muscle contractions or glandular activity.

Eyelid Spasms (Blepharospasm)

Involuntary eyelid spasms is known as Blepharospasm. The muscles of the eyelids can twitch uncontrollably often causing rapid blinking of the eye. This can be a serious condition that affects eyesight and the ability to perform everyday tasks. In severe cases patients have lost the ability to open their eyelids entirely. In 1989 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for the treatment of blepharospasm and other eye muscle disorders (for sufferers aged 12yrs and above). It was later approved in Australia, by the drug regulatory agency – the TGA (The Therapeutic Goods Administration).

The specialist doctors treating blepharospasm are:- ophthalmologists, neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and oculoplastic surgeons.

Cervical Dystonia (Neck & Shoulder SPASM & pain)

Cervical dystonia (CD) is a condition that causes the muscles in the neck to tighten or spasm without control. This usually leads to abnormal head position and pain. Botox is approved for CD sufferers who are 16 years and older.

Chronic MIGRAINES

Muscle relaxants have been approved to help treat ‘chronic’ debilitating migraine headaches in adults over 18yrs of age. Injections can reduce the pain (which often causes nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light). Treatment does not always alleviate these symptoms immediately, and multiple treatments might be needed for some sufferers.

OVERACTIVE BLADDER

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Botox is approved for people who have tried other options such as pelvic floor exercises and medications without success.

The muscle relaxant works by calming the nerves – that can overstimulate the bladder muscles and lead to an urgent feeling of needing to urinate. Treatment can reduce (and even eliminate) the frequency of urination and also the probability of incontinence.

Firstly a doctor will carry out a number of tests to check that it is a suitable treatment.

EXCESSIVE underarm SWEATING (Hyperhidrosis)

This medical condition causes excessive underarm sweating. It can occur without the usual triggers of exercise, heat or stress and often leads to embarrassment and social anxiety. Muscle relaxants are a proven treatment for this condition, as (when injected) it interrupts the release of the chemical that signals the sweat glands. This can significantly reduce sweating and can last for several months.

BRUXISM

Bruxism / Jaw Clenching

Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep. This can lead to dental problems, jaw pain, headaches, other facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems from bruxism include lose of tooth enamel and increased tooth sensitivity. Hypertrophy of the masseter (jaw) muscle can lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw. Treatments with muscle relaxants can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism. Muscle relaxant treatments for Bruxism can also soften the appearance of the jaw line.

Upper and lower limb MUSCLE SPASTICITY (Focal Spasticity)

This is a condition where certain muscles in the upper or lower limb become stiff or tight. It is caused by damage to parts of the central nervous system that control voluntary movements. When this happens, overactive nerves send messages to certain muscles telling them to continuously contract, or tighten. This can lead to debilitating stiffness. It can affect the upper limbs (elbows, wrists, or even fingers) or the lower limbs (eg calves, ankle and toe). While not life threatening, muscle spasticity can have a serious impact on a person’s physical capabilities and their quality of life. This condition usually occurs in cases of serious brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis.

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Children 

Ideally, children receiving treatment should have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists, so other interventions for spasticity can be considered. The largest group of children receiving botulinum toxin type A for spasticity are those with cerebral palsy. Lower Limb Spasticity is a common problem for these children due to stiff calf muscles (which make it hard for the ankle to flex). As a result, feet often point down and in. This is called equinus foot deformity, and it is why children with lower limb spasticity often walk on their toes.
Treatment with muscle relaxants can help manage the condition and lessen symptoms.

A multidisciplinary Medical team will work together to treat spasticity can include; Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists etc.

Other

Bell’s Palsy is a sudden loss of movement (acute facial paralysis) of half of the face. While it usually has a good long term prognosis, it can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life during the recovery phase. Bell’s Palsy can cause: Severe asymmetry of the face, difficulty speaking, drooling, inability to close one eye, and an asymmetrical smile.  Muscle relaxants can assists with sufferers facial symmetry. By relaxing areas of the non effected side of the face.

Muscle relaxants have also been shown to be of clinical  benefit for patients with Parkinson’s disease (by reducing jaw tremor and excess salivation). It has been used to relieve sensory and motor symptoms associated with tics and Tourette’s syndrome.

Are Botox injections safe?
Botox injections are generally safe when administered by a medical professional (Registered Nurse or Doctor) who is trained in its use. As with all treatments, there are some potential side effects, however most of these are mild and temporary. Pain, tenderness and bruising may be associated with the injection, and some people have reported a slight headache after treatment.

Muscle relaxant injections should not be used in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

It’s important to remember that that all medical procedures carry risks as well as benefits, and you need to discuss these with your doctor.

To Consider

Whether Botox is used for medical or cosmetic purposes, It’s effects wear off after a few months.