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The truth behind scary-sounding plastic surgery terms

On June 29, 2015

The truth behind scary-sounding plastic surgery terms

Chemical peel? Microdermabrasion? Laser hair removal? Skin Needling or Rolling?All of these topics sound rather painful, but don’t let the wording fool you. These procedures are popular because they provide effective ways to improve one’s looks. When it comes to plastic surgery, you don’t have to put yourself through a painful experience just to get the results you desire. Having a little more information about procedures that sound scary will prove that they’re nothing to be afraid of.


Usually, when you see the word “abrasion,” you’re reading it in a police or medical report or you hear it on one of those American TV shows. While the term “abrasion” can indicate a scratch or cut, it also refers to “the process of scraping away,” according to the Oxford American Dictionary.

Essentially, microdermabrasion is a “gentle abrasion” of the skin on the face, and treatments take only 30 minutes to an hour. If you’re still not convinced, consider the fact that microdermabrasion requires no anesthetic. Furthermore, you can resume normal activities immediately after, which makes it a popular “lunch hour” procedure. In fact, this treatment is recommended for individuals who are sensitive to chemical procedures.


The words “chemical peel” might make you conjure up images of the Batman villain, Two-Face, but this procedure will leave you with reduced wrinkles and a more youthful appearance.
There are two types of chemical peels – deep and light.
  • A deep chemical peel takes one to two hours and is used to treat deep facial lines. Patients will have a solution applied to their face, and while it may cause a slight burning sensation, the solution also acts as an anaesthetic, which makes the pain minimal.
  • Many light chemical peels use a less strong solution, which means patients will only experience tingling or slight stinging, but no anaesthetic is required.


Don’t worry, the lasers used in laser hair removal are a far cry from those you may have seen in a James Bond flick. Laser hair removal is a popular procedure, in part because it is less painful than alternative methods like waxing or electrolysis. During the procedure, we will use a low-energy laser beam, which passes into the skin and is naturally drawn to the pigment of the hair. This beam is able to disable the hair follicle in the deeper layers of the skin. Generally this process is described as  “a non-invasive, gentle technique” with minimal discomfort.


It sounds like some form of medieval chamber experience rather than a clinical proven treatment that stimulates your own collagen production, leaving a smoother and healthier surface.
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, skin needling / rolling was first used to dramatically reduce scars and stretch marks, and is now used extensively across the body to help refirm, rebuild, and remodel the skins current appearance; helping to address and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, acne scars, large pores to name but a few.
For more information, or to see if either of the above procedures may be right for you – call 9385 5544 to make your free consultation appointment.
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