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Brig's Erbium Blog - The Treatment

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

About to take my pre Erbium medication consisting of Valium & 2 xPanadeine Forte then have my anaethestic cream applied 90 minutes before the treatment. 

Feeling relaxed now, David & Donna are ready to go we have just had a chat confirming my main concerns. David has given me a dental block & Donna my eye block this will ease the feeling of heat & pain. David targeted the dark pigmentation spots first then I had 2 raised bumps on my right cheek and the removal of a mole all gone just like thatJ didn’t hurt at all. Now we are ready to Erbium the whole face starting with the forehead moving then to the cheeks, upper lip (multiple passes) & chin, nose then under the eyes (multiple passes). As the eyes & upper lip lines and crepyness around the lower cheeks are my main concerns David has it a higher setting, I won’t lie it hurt quite a lot! Dave offered the gas which I was grateful for, it just took the edge of the remaining bit left to do. But it’s quick & Donna is there to talk you through it, hold your hand and praise you for coping, telling you exactly what is happening all the way. Amazing care, I felt in the best of hand’s with Dr Main who has now treated a lot of patients @ Skin Resus with the Erbium and Donna our Registered Nurse assisting , you can’t only feel that you are going to be just fine. 

The Erbium is a very strong, deep & thorough treatment that can be done quite specifically to deal with individual concern/s. It is done to a very personnel level David can turn it up higher/lower to what you can tolerate as we’ve noticed we all have very different levels of pain threshold. Some clients are like me quite surprised at the discomfort to others not feeling that it was uncomfortable at all even on a very high setting with repeated passes. My treatment was high to parts of the face and as I found it painful David was then able to lower the setting with multiple passes which I found comfortable and yet still achieving a very strong treatment.

All done now phew face is feeling very, very hot, Donna has kept the cool blower on me that you have on your face throughout the treatment it helps with the heat of the laser. I am feeling absolutely fine to go now and as I have had medication my husband has picked me up. By the time we got home (10 minutes) the heat had subsided and no real pain. I had 2 of cups of sweet tea & was looking forward to my dinner. I experienced no further discomfort, no shivers or shock and needed no further medication and slept very well. About 2 hours after the treatment I had some weeping, I cleansed with water & gauze & applied a thin layer of Vaseline to keep the skin moist overnight. I also slept with a headband which kept the hairs from going on to the face overnight. And a cloth to stop the drips from a little oozing whilst I watched TV. 

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Brigitte's Erbium Bog - counting down...

Friday, August 02, 2013

I am counting down to just days now until I have my full face Erbium Laser treatment this coming Monday with our lovely Dr David Main. Feeling very nervous BUT very excited too! We are seeing some really great results from our clients who have already had the Erbium Laser @ Skin Resus. I’ve got a big Birthday (eek!) coming up at the end of the year so I’ve decided to start with a few treatments to feel a whole lot better about turning XX! This is a great treatment if you too have a special occasion that you would like to prepare for that little more…  like Mother of the Bride, Birthday’s ... or also if you feel that you would like to return your skin to its absolute best after years of sun & fun.

After my Erbium, in the lead-up to my birthday, I am then looking forward to having a few little bit’s of filler and wrinkle relaxers to tweek any other concerns I have.

I’ll be writing a regular blog for the week or two after my Erbium so watch this face hehe space :)!

If at any time this interest’s you and you would like to learn more about this treatments & or the many other treatments we have @ Skin Resus, please let us know and one of our Registered Nurses would love to meet with you during a free skin consultation to discuss any concern/s you may have.

Warmest regards,

Brigitte x

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Blood facial, vampire facelift, prp... we love it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Well I never thought I'd say this, but thank you Kim Kardashian! Last month she had a "blood facial" on her reality TV program and while we think they were doing it wrong (you should use just the clear plasma portion of the blood, not whole blood) it really got everyone talking about one of our favourite treatments.   We've been doing  Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) at Skin Resus for 3 years now and it really is a fantastic way to re-invigorate thin, crepey skin. The treatment involves taking a small sample of your blood (about 10mls) and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet and plasma component. The "platelet-rich plasma" can then be either injected just under the skin (a traditional PRP treatment) or applied to the surface of the skin and then worked in with a dermaroller (a 'Blood Facial').

Vampire Facial


The traditional PRP treatment is great for very crepey skin (like neck,chest or hands, or for plumping up deephollows under the eyes). A blood facial is ideal for those wanting to give their skin texture a major boost, or to target fine lines or acne scarring.  Prices start from just $375 and the full price list is on our website. For this month, just say "vampire" when you book your PRP or Blood Facial and we'll take 20% off our already great prices!

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Yes, there is effective treatment for scarring

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


We get asked every week "what is the best treatment for scarring?". This could be traumatic scars, surgical or burn scars or, very commonly, acne scars.  Of course there is no 'One Size Fits All' approach. The best treatment depends on the type and age of the scar, and will often be a combination of therapies.   

Scars evolve over time, with different stages requiring different treatments. In the first phase, inflammation is present, collagen is remodelling and healing is occurring. In this stage, silicon gel or silicon dressing is recommended every day for at least 6 weeks. The earlier the better for this, for example within a few weeks of injury or surgery.  Massage (Bio-oil is great) is beneficial when possible, particularly with surgical scars.

As the scar matures it will be red, and often develop some thickening and lumpiness. In some skin types brown pigmentation (hyper-pigmentation) will develop at this stage.  Sun exposure will make this worse and should be avoided. IPL is useful for reducing the redness in scars.  YAG laser can help in removing capillaries which develop nearby.

In the last stage, redness or hyper-pigmentation will settle, leaving a whitened area which may be raised or depressed. (Acne scars are commonly depressed.) Fraxel or Fractional Erbium will help contract and flatten the skin in scar tissue. Both have been very beneficial in treating all types of scarring, including burns, surgical and acne scarring. Hypertrophic scarring (raised, thickened scar tissue) or keloid scarring may require injection of cortisone solution prior to laser treatment, which can assist greatly in softening and flattening.   There is a medicare rebate available for Erbium Laser treatment (to the face or neck) for acne, burns and other scarring, which can make quite a difference to the overall cost.



In most cases, great improvement in scar appearance can be made with a combined approach, which is best started as early as possible. Book a free consultation with one of our Registered Nurses, and they will map out a treatment plan for you and advise you of all the costs.

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It's only a back - but it's my back!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

After living in Australia only 5 years I just couldn’t believe how much my back had been sun damaged. It’s hard to reach the back when applying sunscreen and summer time comes we’re all out walking and shopping in our little backless summer dresses and not realising the damage we are causing.     

So I decided to have a photo rejuvenation on my back this Winter performed by the wonderful Ysobel.  Photo rejuvenation is a non-invasive skin procedure utilising an intense pulse light machine (IPL). IPL differs from laser treatments as it offers a non-ablative solution to improving the texture, quality, colour and health of your skin. IPL is not a laser but a broad wavelength light that is pulsed onto the skin and can treat multiple conditions simultaneously; including broken veins and capillaries, redness of the skin, age spots, mottled pigmentation, benign brown pigment and freckles. I found it mildly uncomfortable and very warm afterwards - just like sunburn! The pigment darkened over 24 hours and stayed dark for about 10 days. It then just flaked off, leaving my back rejuvenated and free of sunspots. Winter time is perfect for the treatment as we are all covered from the sun. Usually 2- 3 treatments are needed, but I have to say I am more than happy with the one. I really disliked showing off my upper back but now I can’t wait to show it off... Bring on Summer!

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How Skin Resus cured my acne! By Aliesje Kolovis-Wooldridge

Monday, May 14, 2012

Before I (very luckily) began working here as a Receptionist and Makeup artist, I was a client. I discovered Skin Resus in my search for getting rid of my acne. It was horrible. I’d given up on even trying to cover it with makeup because no matter what I used or how much I used you could still see it, and it would just get worse due to the ingredients in the commercial products I was using.

At 17, my mum and I had probably spent over $2000 on products and “miracle cures” that never made a difference. I was at the point where I thought, I don’t care what it costs-if it works I want it!

I had my first consultation with Ysobel and straight away felt as though I was in the right place. She recommended I speak with David due to the severity, which I was able to do that day. (As many of our clients know) David was wonderful. He explained everything in depth and helped me understand what was causing my acne. I got a script for a topical lotion, was recommended to buy some Omega 3 capsules and was given information on the “anti acne diet” (which is basically a low-GI, healthy, balanced lifestyle change.)

I also started Dimalux treatments that day and had 4 lights a week for 4 weeks. At this point I had a review and got to see the photos in my file. I was amazed! It had made such a difference, I couldn’t believe this was ACTUALLY WORKING!! I’m so proud of the results that my photo’s are up on our Acne page- and you are welcome to come in and have a look at them (and me!) anytime.

Once my acne had calmed down and was under control, I began IPL treatments for the red scarring and have had 2 Fraxel treatments for the pitted scarring.

Before Acne Treatment at Skin ResusSkin after Acne treatment at Skin Resus     

Now my skin is amazing. Its smooth, clear and the only time I get a pimple is if I eat too much chocolate! I’ll forever be grateful to Skin Resus for helping me with my skin, but even more so for giving me a job!

My tips on controlling acne are:

  • Stay away from too much dairy and sugar.
  • Follow the Low-GI diet as best as you can (but don’t let it stress you out)
  • Excersize and drink plenty of water
  • Try to avoid Vitamin C in supplements and topical products unless its L-Ascorbic Acid
  • Try to avoid flaxseed
  • Start taking Bioceuticals EPA/DHA Omega 3’s. They worked a treat for me!
  • Monitor your diet, and get to know how your body reacts to food/products. This is how I discovered Vitamin C and Flaxseed made me break out.
  • Stick to your Dimalux treatments! It’s a gradual improvement but if you keep to it- the results will speak for themselves.
  • Retinol. Retinol. Retinol. My favourite thing in the world! This has been my biggest help. We’ve got some great ones from Aspect Dr and SkinCeuticals but if you’re acne is stubborn get on the prescription ones. (Bonus: It also keeps me wrinkle free for an extra few years!!!)
  • Don’t go near any makeup that is less than 100% mineral. It’ll clog your pores, harbour bacteria and irritate your skin. I refuse to use anything other than Jane Iredale. Not only does it do a great job of covering acne, it’s magical ingredient “pine bark extract” evens out the flow of sebum, which means less breakouts. Pine Bark extract is also a highly potent antioxidant.

Now, this may not work for everyone- as each person is individual but it’s a great place to startJ

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Fresh faced after holidays by Brigitte Corner

Monday, April 09, 2012


Hope everyone had a lovely break in the school holidays – I did. With my family, we headed up to Greenhead 3 hours north of Perth. Lots of fishing, paddle boarding & swimming. Doesn’t seem to matter how careful you are with the sunscreen & hats - my skin did seem quite dry after the week.  So before our last client last night I had a peel - Retinol Brulee - sounds delicious! Well my skin thought it was because I was very pleased at how moist it felt after. So if you are feeling like your skin is a little tired, dried & weather beaten as mine did, I highly recommend a chemical peel. We have 7 peels to choose from our Peel bar – so there is one for everyone. Some do need prepping but the nurses will let you know how to do that.  We have a peel special on called the ‘Baby Bottoms Package’ it is $400 &  includes  any 3 peels plus 3 Dimalux light treatments  valued @ $600.  

Don’t forget to join our VIP programme, you will receive a $50 voucher just for joining and lots of other benefits. Like us on facebook and you could also win a trip for 2 staying at the Bunker Bay Quay Resorts. Lots happening at Skin Resus,  join in and we hope to see you real soon.

Warm regards, Brigitte.  

PS: Mother’s Day is just around the corner(May 13th), spoil yourself or someone special with a gift voucher, we are happy to make this up for you while you wait, add some special words or make your booking as a special treat to you.

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PCOS and IPL Hair Removal by Donna Mountford, RN

Monday, April 02, 2012

Excessive facial and body hair can be distressing to many women.  Although anybody can suffer from excessive hair growth, hirsutism is more prevalent in women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal problem that causes women to have a variety of symptoms, including:

  • weight gain or inability to lose weight
  • Absent or irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Excessive hair growth, particularly on the face
  • Acne
  • Ovarian cysts

PCOS occurs in 5% to 10% of women and is the most common cause of infertility in women.

Hair removal in the case of woman suffering from PCOS is about the management of it rather than the complete removal of it... they will need ongoing treatments throughout their life. There are certainly several options to this difficult problem and using depilatory creams, waxing and epilating are some of them.  Although they all work in their own right, with PCOS hair will return at a rapid rate, so will need to be frequently repeated – sometimes as often as weekly. 

For a recent client who came to me as a young 20-something nearly married lady, this was the case. She waxed every 3 weeks, and in-between the waxing she had to let the unsightly hair grow back.  It was embarrassing for her, and she was upset and really didn’t feel she could go on any more. Her Grandma told her to research what else she could do and if she came up with an option she would pay for a course of treatments. SKIN RESUS came up on the search engine as that option in providing IPL – Intense Pulse light.

I remember speaking with the client on the telephone before she came in and she asked me “does it really work?” I reassured her it did.  She said she hoped it did as she was making a 3-hour trip for this every 4 weeks! (No pressure then!)

For most unwanted hair, a course of intense pulsed light (IPL) can replace the need for continuous and ongoing waxing, tweezing and bleaching. With PCOS, however, it is more likely that ongoing treatments will be required, which might be one treatment every 3 to 6 months.

At Skin Resus we understand that many people with PCOS need more than the recommended 6-8 treatments initially, so I was pleased to be able to tell my client that after 6 treatments we would do her treatments at half price (until we get to the maintenance stage that we aim for).  This gave my client hope and confidence that she was going to be OK.

My client has had 8 treatments so far. The hairs are definitely finer and she rarely needs to do anything to them, we are now trying to leave more time between treatments and see how she goes.  She is also happily married now!

PCOS Before IPL Hair Removal    PCOS After IPL Hair Removal

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Why Fillers are my Favourite! by Ysobel Peters, RN

Friday, March 16, 2012

I must admit that injecting the face has got to be the most favourite part of my job!

A face can be transformed into looking many years younger and, with the help of our friend “wrinkle relaxants”, even more years can be taken off.

Dermal fillers are used to create a natural lift, sometimes known as the ‘liquid face lift”. I prefer to treat clients in stages as it allows for the reduction in swelling and a more accurate canvas to work from. Too much dermal filler looks terrible. Take Lindsay Lohan for instance.    


Once an attractive girl, Lindsay has been transformed into someone who doesn’t even look like her. She has been overfilled and looks too rounded and un-natural and actually looks older than her years. A little lip plumping, some IPL to remove her freckles and maybe some Vital to help hydrate her skin would have been absolutely plenty.

On assessing a client, I always take into consideration age, skin health and weight loss. The deficit in fat loss is important to consider. As we get older our fat pads move which can create hollowing. Tear troughs and cheeks are generally my number one starting point. Those who have their tear trough treated will be happy that they don’t look so tired or drawn and it can improve the appearance of dark eye bags.  

Creating a natural fullness in the cheeks visually gives a more youthful appearance (the upside down triangle) straight away. Simply by lifting the cheeks slightly, correcting the angles in the face draws the eyes to the mid face and not the jowls.

In my experience, if used correctly dermal fillers are an amazing tool to correct the natural ageing process in the skin. They are nothing to be afraid of and should be considered as a preventative measure. No Lindsay Lohans at Skin Resus!!

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Forever Young? by Dr David Main

Friday, March 09, 2012

The most common question I get asked is this: what is the best treatment to fix the effects of sun-damage and ageing changes of the skin? It is often put in a different way though, such as, what can you do for wrinkles in the neck, or sagging jowls, or lines around the eyes, or blotchy discoloration?

Of course there is no single correct answer to this question, and indeed what works best is to combine a number of treatments over a period of time.

The key is having a program and sticking to it.

US Dermatologist Dr Patrick Bitter has recently shown us some fascinating photos taken over a 10 year period of his patients who have had 3 – 4 regular IPL treatments yearly. Most were in their 50’s when first treated, and well into their 60’s in the final photos. What was astounding was that after 10 years of ageing, the treated patients looked younger and a lot fresher!

I find the same with our patients, and I try to emphasise that there is not one miracle cure, but many! Regular IPL is a great foundation. This combines beautifully with your skin care regime using Retinol and Vitamin C, and maybe with our more specialised treatments such as photodynamic therapy for the over 40’s, or Fraxel laser for the younger person.

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