DVP is a boutique, solutions focused clinic. Our services are bespoke, delicately tailored to work with the individual aesthetic.
Every day, we have women and men telling us what they want from their skin but have no idea which is the best treatment for them. We understand that trying to interpret what’s right for you can feel overwhelming, given the exhaustive range of treatments on the market.
Our extensive knowledge and experience does the work for you. We take care of the overwhelm by guiding our clients through a process that will clarify the appropriate treatment/s for the results you want.
Every client is unique with individual desires. Before we begin, we work together to understand your needs and find the best direction to take to achieve the results you want.
When we have achieved your desired result, our focus shifts to maintaining this outcome. Our aim is to help keep you looking the best you can, for as long as you can.
One of the earliest signs of ageing is looking less ‘fresh’. We can readily address visual tiredness with the use of strategically administered muscle relaxants. We can lift and open tired eyes, reduce or remove worry lines and raise the mouth corners.
Strategic use of fillers can be used to adjust shadows on the face. Much like the way concealer is used to disguise dark circles under the eyes, the effect is one of lifting and refreshing your look.
We can also use fillers as an “extension of the makeup brush”. By artfully injecting filler at specific points on the face, we can enhance how the features of the face reflect light. This technique builds on the way makeup artists use highlighters to contour and enhance desirable features.
Regular use of muscle relaxants can reduce and prevent certain lines and wrinkles from forming. Frown lines and crow’s feet are common areas of concern that we address frequently.<p
For those who already have these lines, we can prevent them from getting worse and make significant improvements with time.
Sadly, unskilled attempts to prevent lines and wrinkles result in too much muscle relaxant being used in many practices. A natural expression is lost or distorted, and the results can be unnatural, at best. Highly skilled practitioners know that that this is unnecessary and avoidable. Prevention of fine lines and wrinkles does not require removing all movement! There is a fine art in softening, balancing and reducing excessive movement whilst maintaining natural facial expressions.
As we age, areas of fat shift and the face’s bone structure slowly start to shrink and recede. As a result, our skin loses its support structure which leads to sagging. Strategic placement of fillers can offset these underlying changes and help to “redrape” the skin. The result can be a pleasing lifting of the face.
Strategic placement of muscle relaxants in the lower face can also “lift” the entire jawline.
To best address ageing and beauty concerns, the face must look balanced and cohesive. We often see people who look very youthful on their upper face but are let down by the ageing of their lower face. An overall disparity between the two gives in an unnatural result. Our approach is to address both the upper and lower face with a combination of muscle relaxants, energy devices such as Ultrasound and perhaps even fillers.
It is never fun to look in the mirror one day and noticing new lines and wrinkles that seem to develop overnight. Or to catch a reflection or photo of yourself which does not reflect how you feel inside. One of the most common complaints we hear from women is ‘I look tired/angry/sad/old even though I don’t feel that way, or ‘I’m tired of people asking me if I am ok when I am feeling fine!’
Whilst it is not possible to stop the ageing process entirely, we can slow it down. We prefer our clients to feel that they “look fantastic for my age” when they look in the mirror.
So, how do we manage ageing concerns? We combine different treatment modalities that target age-related changes in the face to prevent and reverse these contributors to ageing.
On a muscular level, regular muscle relaxants can prevent expression lines on the upper half of the face from becoming permanently etched. We can also prevent jowls by relaxing the muscles that tug down on the lower face, neck and jawline.
On a skin level, different modalities such as Radiofrequency (RF), Ultrasound (US), Mesotherapy and laser facials are available to keep the skin as tight and firm as possible. By keeping the skin ‘active’ and regularly stimulated, we can encourage your body to continue to produce collagen it wouldn’t otherwise. Each person will have a program unique to their genetics, skin type, and lifestyle factors.
We can also ensure that our skin and underlying soft tissues (e.g. fat and ligaments) have an adequate supply of healthy collagen-producing cells by replenishing them now and then. PRP (platelet-rich plasma) can help restore your tissues. We extract specific cells from your blood and reinjecting the good healthy ones back into the skin.
Sometimes we want to enhance what we already have by tweaking certain parts of our faces. Injectables can straighten the nose, enhance the cheekbones, improve lips and slim the face to create a more oval shape.
Careful placement of fillers can also enhance the way light is reflected from the face without changing the structure of the face, much like the way we apply makeup highlighters.
In addition to injectables, we can also take advantage of specific modalities such as Ultrasound to sculpt the face.
Regardless of what is being tweaked, we must maintain proportion and harmony of the face. This degree of artistry is essential in understanding beautification and enhancement and is rarely found in many practices.
Have you ever wondered how some people get that glowy, ‘lit from within’ skin? Despite using the best skincare and makeup, do you feel your skin is just not looking its best?
Sometimes all it needs is a bit of extra attention to get it back into shape. Thankfully, there are many options available to help achieve this.
Treatments can range from non-invasive laser and micro-needling (requiring no downtime) to more intensive procedures that may require 1-3 days of hiding away (such as fractional RF, Mesotherapy and PRP).
The combined treatment incorporating micro-needling, peel, application of powerful multivitamin boosters and LED light is an excellent pick-me-up. It is also a great way to introduce you to our technology-based treatments – no downtime needed. A great option, especially if you have never done anything more than a facial.
Dr Van Park has also designed this same treatment program for all the MECCA Clinical Skincare Clinics with whom she has worked very closely to create the ultimate skin treatment for their clients.
Living in Australia means that we are inevitably more exposed to the sun’s UV rays than our European counterparts. The sun’s stronger UV rays combined with our outdoor lifestyle means that some of us will see signs of sun damage at a much earlier age despite adequate sun protection.
Some of the signs of sun damage are:
2. Redness on face and neck
3. White spots on the face and neck
4. “bronzing” or “dirtiness” of the skin.
5. Changes to the skin texture such as roughness.
6. Thinning of the skin
7. Fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition to using the proper skincare and sun protection, specific treatments with specialised lasers can address and reverse signs such as redness and pigmentary changes. Other treatments such as Mesotherapy and fractional RF can address textural changes.
As we age, our skin starts to thin out. As a result, we see fine lines and veins become more prominent.
We love Mesotherapy to address this thinning and to promote beautiful, youthful skin.
Mesotherapy is a treatment that involves injecting the skin with micro-needles that are filled with the superstar ingredient Hyaluronic acid. Mesotherapy thickens the dermis and stimulates collagen production.
Another treatment that has proven to be very effective in treating delicate thinning skin is PRP. This treatment involves taking a sample of your blood, extracting all the good collagen-producing cells and reinjecting them back into the skin. To supercharge these collagen-producing cells and kick start them into producing collagen, we sometimes recommend combing PRP with Mesotherapy and/or Micro Fractional Radiofrequency.
The results can take time but will be noticeable within a few months!
Few people appreciate that diffused redness, often referred to as the ‘permanent flush’, can be easily treated! With a bit of laser work that requires no downtime, our clients enjoy significant changes in their skin’s overall appearance.
There will often be some broken capillaries around the nose or on the cheeks and chin with diffused redness. We also treat this with a bit of laser work, with little to no downtime.
For some people, their redness, often diagnosed as Rosacea, can be a source of self-consciousness. Unfortunately, if not treated, Rosacea can progressively worsen, resulting in changes to the skin texture, thickness, and formation of pustules or pimple-like lesions.
Regular treatment with one of our lasers specialised in treating redness, broken capillaries, and Rosacea can slow down and even reverse its progression.
Pigmentation comes in various forms ranging from “my face looks dirty” to have what looks like a brown mask covering the cheeks and forehead. It affects nearly all women at various stages of their lives and, much like acne, can profoundly affect someone’s self-esteem and confidence.
The cause of pigmentation is usually a combination of genetics and lifestyle. Some lifestyle factors can range from sun exposure, taking the oral contraceptive pill, hormones, acne and sometimes even having laser treatments that were a little too aggressive for the skin.
At DVP, we have advanced, specific lasers dedicated to treating a wide variety of pigment issues and skin types.
Depending on the type and severity, it is essential you chose a practitioner that is skilled in this field to be able to recommend the proper treatment without making the pigmentation worse.
Should you be assessed and advised against laser, perhaps due to concerns with the risk of worsening your pigmentation, there are other options available. One such option is a Cosmelan Peel. This treatment has been highly successful, particularly for those with Asian, Mediterranean, and darker skin types. However, be prepared for approximately one week of downtime.
Anyone who has suffered acne, either as an adolescent or adult, can understand how it can affect their self-confidence and self-esteem.
Whether the cause of acne is due to hormones, use of cosmetics, wearing of masks or genetics, laser treatments can help control and minimise outbreaks. In combination with peels and, in some cases, oral medication, we can expect to achieve excellent results.
We can significantly improve various scarring forms from acne such as redness, post-inflammatory pigmentation, pitting, or ice-pick scars with treatments such as lasers, Mesotherapy, fractional RF, and even fillers.
Muscle relaxants, commonly known by their brand name Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, are among the most popular treatments performed by the doctors at DVP.
All muscle relaxants contain the same active ingredient, Clostridium Botulinum A, a natural, highly purified protein that can block the messenger molecules from the nerves known as “neurotransmitters” from binding onto the muscles. The area that has been treated doesn’t receive signals from the brain and therefore does not move. Movement reappears only once the body produces new neurotransmitters, which varies between individuals.
Over the last 20 years, the different uses for muscle relaxants have evolved from just softening the frown lines to now allowing injectors to soften other lines of expression such as crows feet and forehead lines. In addition, careful use of muscle relaxants can also lift and tighten the jawline, slim the face, address the necklines, stop excessive sweating. There have been promising studies that used in the hairline can promote hair growth.
It requires a highly skilled practitioner with an extensive understanding of the facial muscles, how they work together, and manipulating each of them such that softening, lifting, or slimming can be successfully achieved.
The variation in how long your treatment will last may vary from the next person. Some people regenerate the movement causing neurotransmitters more quickly, and would need more regular top-up treatments. Others regenerate more slowly and can enjoy a more prolonged period between treatments.
Fillers can be used not only to “fill” but also to lift and redrape the face. A skilled injector with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and science behind each filler can tailor the treatment to each patient to achieve the desired effect without leaving you looking “puffy” or “overfilled”.
The two types of fillers that are most commonly used are Hyaluronic Acid and Bio Stimulatory fillers.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid molecules bound together to form a gel. The variation in molecular size and degree of bonding gives each HA filler its unique properties. Different HA fillers allow injectors to tailor the treatment to address the diverse needs and parts of the face. Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Teoxane are all different types of HA fillers.
The other type of filler is called bio stimulatory fillers. These fillers have the unique property of stimulating collagen growth, providing long-lasting fullness and lift. Radiesse, Radiance and Sculptra are all forms of this type of filler.
All filler variants require a highly experienced practitioner with a deep understanding of anatomy and breadth of experience in contouring, beauty, and artistry to give you quality results. There is a vast spectrum of techniques and knowledge required to achieve the look you desire.
Laser therapies are medical treatments that use focused light. Unlike most light sources, light from a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is tuned to specific wavelengths. Amplification of particular wavelengths allows us to target and affect specific structures in the skin.
Laser and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) can be confused, but they are not the same treatment. The difference between IPL and LASER is that whilst IPL emits a broad spectrum of light wavelengths, targeting multiple skin structures, lasers focus on a specific light wavelength that targets a particular structure in the skin.
Different lasers are made to treat specific issues in the skin, such as those that only treat pigmentation and others that can only treat redness.
Doctors can work at high levels of precision by focusing on individual issues and achieving better results without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Two such lasers we frequently use at DVP are:
The Cutera Excel V+ specialises in the treatment of redness such as rosacea, broken capillaries and generalised redness with minimal downtime.
The CuRas Q switched laser, which is specialised in the treatment of pigmentary issues such as:
• Freckles, sunspots and brown spots
• Stubborn melasma
• Birthmarks of various colours including brown, blue, grey and black (i.e. Café-au-lait spots, Nevus of Ota, Hori’s Nevus)
• General evening out of skin tone and complexion
• Although not a pigmentary issue, one of the additional abilities of this laser is in minimising horizontal necklines, which has been particularly difficult to treat.
These lasers are known as “non-ablative lasers”, which means they don’t break the skin’s surface and are generally gentler options, leaving mostly mild redness and occasional swelling. Depending on the severity of the issue, you can achieve results after just one session, but it can take a few appointments to get the best results.
Our Lasers can also be used for skin rejuvenation. Changes can be made to the skin by gentle, controlled heating of the deep layers of the epidermis, inducing a healing response called neocollagenesis. During neocollagenesis, the body produces more collagen, the protein primarily responsible for the skin’s underlying structure. More collagen present in the skin will take on a more youthful look with improved firmness.
Unlike laser therapy, which uses light waves, Ultrasound (US) therapy uses sound waves. Ultrasound energy, when directed to certain parts of the face and skin, causes vibration within the cells (much like high pitched sounds causing windows to shatter).
Depending on the frequency (Hz) of the ultrasound, it can cause the cells to heat up or rupture, leading to tightening and repair.
When the ultrasound is directed at the “SMAS” layer in the face (the Musculo fibrous layer just under the skin and above the muscles), the heat generated can cause it to shrink. Just as some foods shrink when exposed to heat, a tightening of the face can be achieved by heating this fibrous layer.
When directed to the deeper layers of the skin, it causes heat build-up within the cells and stimulates the natural healing response. The cells, in turn, start to lay down collagen, which increases skin firmness and elasticity. These combined thermal effects on the different layers of the face can achieve skin lifting, tightening and firming with little to no downtime.
When the ultrasound is targeted deeper to specific fat pockets on the face and using higher frequencies to shatter and destroy the fat cells, we can create facial contouring to reduce jowl and chin fat.
Recent studies have also found that ultrasound energy can temporarily change the structure of the outer skin layer, making it easier for topical applications to reach inner tissue layers. Rapid oscillations caused by ultrasound energy alter the cell membranes’ permeability and increase fibroblast activity and collagen formation.
It is important to note that treatment with the ultrasound is not instant gratification. Results are gradual, and most people only notice changes after 2-3 months.
In some instances, people have forgotten they have had treatment and are only reminded by someone they have not seen for a while who notices their changes. Most people will need only 1-2 treatments initially and maintenance once every 12 – 18 months.
Microfractional Radio Frequency (MRF) is a treatment that uses microscopically fine needles to deliver radio waves to specific layers in the skin. MRF is effective in tighten and remodelling collagen.
MRF is best used to treat scars caused by acne or surgery/trauma, fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, stretch marks and Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). It is also an excellent maintenance treatment for people who want to encourage collagen stimulation and maintain skin firmness.
Depending on the aim of the treatment, microneedles penetrate the skin at depths of 0.5mm to 3.5mm to deliver the RF currents. These currents then get converted to heat. Targeting specific skin depths allows us to focus energy to exact locations without causing injury to neighbouring tissues. There is very little recovery time, suitable for patients of all skin colours and types.
Most people will need around four treatments to see the best results. Beyond the initial treatment, a once-yearly maintenance treatment is recommended.
What is the difference between micro-needling, Mesotherapy and micro fractional radiofrequency? Can they all be used together?
Microneedling involves only superfine needles pricking the skin. It is considered the least invasive and is great as an entry-level “needling” treatment. Micro-needling aims to create a form of “mechanical” trauma such that the skin is stimulated to kickstart its wound healing process and produce collagen. Microneedling also creates channels in the skin surface and is often combined with peels and topical skincare to increase the penetration into the skin and therefore increase their effectiveness.
Fractional RF, as described above, uses superfine needles that deliver radiofrequency into the skin. Since the energy emits heat into the skin, it can denature scarring and remodel the skin. It is considered the more intense form of micro-needling and can penetrate the skin to much deeper levels.
Mesotherapy also uses superfine needles to prick the skin. This treatment will stimulate collagen growth mechanically as with the micro-needling but offers an added benefit of simultaneously delivering a cocktail of vitamins and hyaluronic acid directly into the skin, thereby enhancing the effect of neocollagenesis.
When Mesotherapy is used to deliver a fine layer of hyaluronic acid, the skin gets an incredible boost of moisture, support and glow. Mesotherapy is particularly good for people with less volume in their skin. It has the added benefit of achieving immediate results and, therefore very popular with people who want a boost to their skin right before a big event.
All three treatments can be incorporated into your treatment program, although not used simultaneously.
Mesotherapy is a treatment that uses superfine needles to deliver vitamins, enzymes or hyaluronic acid into the middle layers of the skin.
It is often known as a “skin booster treatment”. Depending on the ingredients chosen, it can rejuvenate, hydrate or tighten the skin. In some instances, we can combine small doses of botulinum toxin with hyaluronic acid to temporarily close pores and increase radiance. This is very popular with people wanting the “glass” skin effect and is often done before a big event.
Hyaluronic acid deposited into the skin via Mesotherapy can stimulate collagen growth in addition to providing support, hydration and structure to skin, much like adding a thin layer of “scaffolding” underneath the top layer. Since the hyaluronic acid used in this treatment is ultrafine and loosely bound together, it is the ideal solution for people wanting their “accordion lines”, or fine lines on the sides of the face softened without looking “puffy” or overfilled.
Most people will need 1-3 treatments to see the best results with a yearly maintenance treatment.
LED, or Light Emitting Diode therapy, is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin and targeting specific cells within the skin to make them work better.
NASA originally developed LED lights for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions and later found it to have promise in wound treatment. The US Navy SEALs then began using it in the 1990s to help heal wounds quickly and to help regenerate damaged muscle tissues.
LED light therapy is now used in clinical skincare to help regenerate and rejuvenate the skin from ageing. It is also used to:
• Stimulate collagen growth
• Enhance healing from other skin treatments
• Promote anti-inflammatory effects
• Calms the skin by swelling and redness
• Improve and prevent active acne
• Increasing skin radiance.
LED therapy is a gentle treatment and is suitable for all skin types and ages. It is perfect for people with sensitive skin or those suffering from various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
There is no downtime, and customers usually with glowing skin straight after the treatment.
For clients to see the real benefits of LED treatment, regular treatments are needed.
LED treatments can also work synergistically with other therapies to boost results and minimise recovery time. It is ideal as a maintenance treatment between appointments and for the newbie clients wanting to take their first foray into clinical skincare treatments.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine. It works by harnessing the body’s ability to heal itself and amplify the skin’s natural growth factors to regenerate tissue.
PRP involves injections of a person’s concentrated platelets into an area to accelerate the healing of injured tissues, trigger cell proliferation and stimulate tissue regeneration. It is commonly used in Musculoskeletal medicine to treat torn ligaments and tendons and reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritic pain. In the field of surgery, a person’s platelets are injected into wounds to minimise scarring and enhance healing.
In aesthetic medicine, PRP stimulates collagen growth and maintains the skin’s regenerative abilities, which very often slows down as we age. A great “natural” treatment option for skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction and improvement of skin texture tone.
PRP can also be used to regenerate volume loss in areas of the face such as tear troughs and temples and is a good option for people who are afraid of using fillers.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to several tubes of your blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into the skin, releasing growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells in the skin.
The treatment results are most noticeable after six months. Most people benefit from a once-yearly top-up treatment as maintenance.