Conditions Treated

    Many people who come to us have a certain problem or concern they would like to address, others just come because they want their skin to feel rejuvenated and look more youthful.

    Our list of particular conditions is not exhaustive but should be seen as a guide to some of the most common concerns our clients present with.

    Our team of highly trained staff will discuss any specific concerns with you and how these can best be addressed with our range of state-of-the-art technology and procedures.

    Wrinkles and lines
    Wrinkles start to develop on the face as a result of intrinsic genetic ageing, loss of elasticity, poor hydration, sun damage, smoking and habitual facial expressions. While wrinkles can be viewed as signs of character and a life well lived; they are also associated with the loss of youth. Wrinkles can be static (evident at rest) or dynamic (evident on expression), however, it is possible that dynamic wrinkles eventually start to become static. There are numerous treatments available that can help reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your appearance
    Marionette/puppet lines
    Marionette line is a common term used to describe changes that occur on the chin area with facial ageing.The corners of the mouth begin to turn down and create a ‘sad’ or ‘grumpy’ appearance. Skin changes, changes in our jaw position and facial movement all contribute to the development of ‘puppet’ or ‘marionette’ lines. Non-surgical options are available to help address this area of concern and rejuvenate the lower face.
    Smile creases and accordion lines
    Smiling and laughing are infectious and keep everyone in a great mood. Unfortunately, as a result of these continuous expressions, fine lines and creases can develop around the mouth due to repetitious muscle activity. We definitely don’t want people to stop making these expressions; however, it is very common for people to want to reduce the lines that become deeper over time. Simple procedures are often all it takes to soften the appearance and help prevent them from worsening.

    Fine lines developing on the cheeks have been coined ‘accordion’ lines due to their accordion like appearance that is accentuated when we smile. Volume loss in the cheek region and deterioration in skin quality contribute to the development of these lines and create an area of concern for many people. Improving the skin quality and texture in this area is possible through non-surgical treatments.

    Frown lines
    Located between the eyebrows in both men and women is the glabellar, otherwise known as the frown. Whether it is a facial expression that comes from concentrating, anger, squinting or thinking, the frown lines develop as a result of making the same movement over and over again. Gradually the lines become static and are evident a rest with no facial expressions. As these frown lines are associated with negative expressions like ‘anger’ and ‘dissatisfaction’, it is a common area to have treated to create a smoother, and more relaxed appearance.
    Crow’s feet
    As we age, fine lines often develop around the eyes radiating outwards and are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. Smiling, laughing, frequent squinting and smoking start to create these lines and make them deeper and more obvious. It is possible to reduce the appearance of existing lines and prevent the development of any additional lines.
    Bunny lines
    When lines start developing radiating from our noses to our eyes, squinting is usually to blame. Affectionately known as ‘bunny lines’, these begin to deepen as you continuously ‘screw up’ your face. Fortunately they are easily reduced and easily prevented.
    Forehead lines
    Continually lifting our eyebrows during expression can start to leave lines that run across our foreheads. Sun damage to the forehead can also produce fine lines that deepen over time. These lines are often more notable when wearing makeup and at the end of a long day. It is possible to reduce these lines leaving a smoother, more youthful appearance
    Fat Bulges, muffin top
    Stubborn bulges of fat that remain present with consistent exercise and a healthy life style can now be treated using a new technology that ‘freezes’ fat cells. Common problem areas are the abdomen, muffin tops, love handles, inner thighs, outer thighs, and back fat. A treatment with no downtime and results that can be seen
    Nasolabial furrows or creases
    Also known as nasal folds, these lines run from the corners of the nose down towards the corners of the mouth. It is very normal to have these folds, as they can be seen in infants and children; however they do tend to deepen and grow in length. It is a relatively simple procedure to reduce these lines and folds, thereby rejuvenating the lower face
    Spider veins, broken capillaries and blood vessels
    Spider veins are also referred to as telangiectasia or broken capillaries. They are formed by the dilation of the small veins under the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, spider veins are most commonly found on the face and legs. The exact cause of spider veins is not known, but contributing factors are widely believed to be heredity, local trauma and hormonal levels. Spider veins become more numerous with age, and mostly occur in women. Treating these vessels often gives people the confidence to wear less makeup and get back into shorts and skirts. Many men suffer from broken blood vessels around the nose, all of which can be easily treated.
    Pigmentation - spots or patches
    The stimulation of melanocytes in the skin leads to the development of pigmentation. Melonocytes are the cells that release melanin, which is the pigment you can see in your skin after being in the sun and a tan is developing. Different skin types are more prone to producing patches of pigmentation, and these can be stimulated by changes in hormones, trauma, and chemical alterations to the skin. Treatment methods for pigmentation patches will vary depending on the individual involved but they can include topical creams and IPL treatments. Often referred to as sun spots, age spots and liver spots, pigmented lesions are often a concern for people who are looking at clearing their complexion. These can be easily treated for those people who are committed to staying out of the sun and wearing sunblock. After professional diagnosis, pigmented lesions can be treated and maintained long term.
    Sun damage
    Years of sun exposure is detrimental to any skin type. Whether your spent your youth sunbaking with coconut oil, or preferred the more controlled environment of a solarium, your skin suffered as a result of UVA and UVB rays. Years of playing sport in the sun and weekends at the beach have also contributed to damaging your skin and changing the skin integrity and quality. If you feel that it is now time to start reversing years of sun damage, there are numerous methods you can use to help rejuvenate your skin. Multi-modal therapies mean that you can combat sun damage from different levels to help give you a rejuvenated appearance much faster.
    Rosacea, facial redness and flushing
    Many people suffer from redness in the face commonly termed rosacea. Symptoms can range from a generalised redness and facial flushing, to the development of painful pustules and visible broken vessels. With the cause being a variety of stimulants like temperature, bacteria, chemicals and stress, it is difficult to pinpoint each individual cause. The symptoms however can be significantly reduced with an individualised treatment plan.
    Unwanted hair
    Tired of constant waxing and shaving? Is hormonal hair starting to become a problem? Whatever your reason may be, it is now a simple procedure to permanently remove and reduce hair growth in areas that concern you. All hair types and skin types require different treatment regimes, so it is important that your clinician be experienced and devise an individualised treatment plan.Lasers and medical strength IPL devices (Intense Pulsed Light) have been proven to be the gold standard in permanent hair reduction. Hair shafts are selectively removed with minimum side effects when performed by a skilled clinician. Often IPL is classed as a Laser, however the technology is different. Your highly experienced clinician will assess your skin and hair type before selecting the most suitable hair removal device for you. People with a darker skin colour or recent exposure to the sun may not be suitable for an IPL hair removal treatment, but can be treated with our hair removal laser which allows darker skin types to be treated.The advanced cooling system used for both IPL and laser hair reduction at our Melbourne skin centre minimises discomfort significantly to protect and cool the skin during this non-invasive treatment.Laser or IPL hair reduction are effective and convenient options that many people prefer over temporary hair reduction methods such as shaving, tweezing or waxing.The systems used at Liberty Belle Skin Centre can remove hair from all parts of the body including the face, arms, underarms, chest, nipples, back, legs, and bikini line.
    Ingrown hairs
    Constant shaving and waxing can leave you with uncomfortable ingrown hairs even if you exfoliate religiously. Ingrown hairs can be unsightly and can get infected causing discomfort and irritation. Permanent hair reduction will reduce the number of hair follicles with every treatment, thereby reducing the chances of ingrown hairs.
    Cheeks - deflated or poorly defined
    Often as we get older, we notice that our face isn’t as ‘full’ as it used to be and we seem to be deflating. Loss of volume is a normal part of ageing, and can also affect people who are very athletic and have recently had some weight loss. Cheeks are often associated with youth, and this deflation is often obvious and can be quite distressing for some individuals. Replacing this lost volume is possible, restoring a youthful appearance whilst maintaining a natural looking result.High cheek bones are associated with glamour and beauty. Not everyone is blessed with them, and some people find they seem to disappear with age. Creating a subtle enhancement can restore high cheek bones, or glamorise a face that has always lacked that definition.
    Acne
    One of the most common skin complaints we see in Melbourne is acne. Acne may be caused by many factors, including hormone levels, genetics, inflammation and ineffective skin care products. Individuals of any age can suffer from acne problems; however, smooth clear skin can be achieved with appropriate assessment and management by experienced clinicians. At Liberty Belle Skin Centre in Melbourne, we offer a variety of options for acne treatment that are customised to your individual skin type and problems. Proven medical treatments are available from our doctors and active home care skin care products are available for enhancing less problematic skin. Physical therapies and laser technology treatments are available for the control and maintenance of acne prone skin. In addition to treatments for active acne, Liberty Belle Skin Centre also provides dermal fillers and comprehensive laser resurfacing for treatment of persistent acne scarring and depressions that have resulted from past acne.
    Acne scarring
    As a result of acne, many individuals are left with visible scars and depressions as a result of injury to the skin from repeated bouts of inflammation or infection.  Acne scarring ranges from superficial depressions and white spots to deep and highly visible ‘ice pick” and skin irregularity. There can be loss of volume beneath the skin and premature laxity or folds in the skin. Liberty Belle Skin Centre is able to offer a variety of effective treatment options to help combat acne scarring and reduce the visible appearance of the scars and skin depressions. These include dermal fillers, fat injections, fractional and full field laser resurfacing and laser skin tightening.
    Lips - thin or poorly defined
    A very popular treatment is lip enhancement with dermal fillers which shape, add volume, and better define the lips. Lip enhancement with dermal fillers can refine, fill, lift or plump the lips as well as re-define the shape of the lip or lip line. As we age, it often appears as though the top lip is getting thinner and losing volume. Dermal fillers can help to restore this volume and define the lip line. Even a young lip may disappear when smiling, so some gentle filling of the lip tissue can help create a more attractive or sensual lip. Different products can be used in the lips to achieve specific results, and this will be discussed with you during your consultation. At Liberty Belle Skin Centre we like to take a conservative approach to restoring lost volume to ensure you walk away with a natural looking result while addressing your concerns.
    Bags and dark circles under the eyes
    Many people suffer from dark circles and bags under their eyes making them look ‘tired’ and ‘sad’, even after a good night’s sleep. There are many factors that contribute to the deterioration of this area including pigmentation, loss of elasticity, visible veins under the eyes, and a loss of volume creating a tear trough. If you are looking at non-surgical options to improve this area, an individualised treatment plan can be devised for you to address any of the contributing factors.
    Decolletage
    The thinner skin of the chest area, or decolletage, is prone to signs of ageing, predominantly from continual exposure to the sun during the warmer months. Exhibiting a crepey and sun damaged appearance, the decolletage is an area that is often neglected when rejuvenating one’s appearance. Improving the skin quality and restoring some hydration to this area helps to restore a youthful, supple, and firmer decolletage.
    Pores - enlarged
    Pores are microscopic openings in the skin that allow cooling perspiration and protective oils to reach the skin’s surface. During puberty, pores often enlarge to handle the increased oil output from sebaceous glands. In women, they often stay enlarged through menopause, when hormonal changes usually cause them to shrink to their original childhood size. The nose, forehead and chin are especially prone to developing enlarged pores because it contains more sebaceous glands than any other area of skin. Enlarged obvious pores can become quite concerning for some people due to their size and location on the face. Reducing pore size and smoothing out skin tone is possible through a multi-modal approach.
    Neck ageing
    Loss of elasticity to the skin of the neck starts to show over time as we age. Whether it is the development of neck ‘creases’, or the dreaded ‘turkey’ neck, Liberty Belle Skin Centre has some options available to you. Improving the skin texture and quality, whilst restoring lost collagen, will help to rejuvenate an area that is continuously subjected to sun exposure and perfumes.
    Hand - ageing
    Fine lines, prominent veins, sun spots, and weathered skin are often seen as signs of ageing on the hands. Exposure to sun, pollutants, and countless household chemicals start to deteriorate skin quality and texture. It is possible to reduce the signs of ageing and restore volume, hydration, and even out skin tone.
    Upper lip wrinkles
    Otherwise known as perioral lines, upper lip wrinkles tend to develop and worsen over time due to repeated muscle movement from speaking, chewing, and smoking. These fine lines can be improved with simple treatments, helping to rejuvenate the mouth area.
    Square jawline
    If you are prone to grinding teeth and clenching your jaw, it often results in the development of a square jaw. This excessive muscular movement causes enlargement of the masseter muscle which contributes to the ‘square-like’ appearance of the jaw. This is not always a desired look and creating a more angular jaw is considered more feminine. Anti wrinkle injections can be used to reduce the size of this muscle, slimming the jawline and enhancing the lower face.
    Skin cancer and skin lesions

    Cancer is a disease caused by uncontrolled multiplication of the body’s cells. Our bodies constantly make new cells to enable us to grow, to replace worn out cells or to heal damaged cells after an injury. Generally cells grow and multiply in an orderly way, however, occasionally some cells behave abnormally. They multiply in an uncontrolled way and may grow into a lump commonly known as a tumour which can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

    Benign tumours do not spread outside their normal boundary to other parts of the body. A malignant tumour is made of cancer cells. If these malignant cells are not treated they may spread into surrounding tissues and sometimes spread (metastasise) to other sites in the body becoming life threatening.

    As a result of ozone layer depletion, the Australian sun is harsh on our skin. We strongly recommend that you check your skin regularly and seek professional assessment by a qualified doctor without delay if any suspicious skin spots or lumps appear. Skin cancer is diagnosed by physical examination by a trained doctor and sometimes requires a biopsy. Other parts of your skin also need to be checked for suspicious lesions.

    Skin cancers take a variety of forms:

    1. Melanoma — highly malignant, life threatening and therefore the most dangerous skin cancer.
    2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) — not as dangerous as melanoma but may spread to other parts of the body if not treated.
    3. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) — most common of the skin cancers.

    Your treatment will depend on your individual diagnosis. For more information on Skin Cancers, please visit the Dr Chris Moss Plastic Surgery website. Warning: pigmentation is a common cosmetic problem and dramatic improvements are achievable; however, pigmentation is also usually the first sign of early skin cancer. If treatment of a pigmented spot or patch is performed by someone without optimal training in the signs of skin cancer then removal of the pigment may hide an otherwise detectable melanoma or other skin cancer. As skin cancers can be life threatening it is recommended that all assessment and treatment of pigmentation be performed in a medical facility.

    If you feel you have a suspicious skin spot or lump this should be assessed without delay. Skin cancer is usually due to prolonged or excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from the sun. Those who develop blotchy pigmentation due to excess sun exposure are therefore also at higher risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer worldwide. Unfortunately, two thirds of Australians will develop at least one skin cancer in their lifetime. People over 40 are at highest risk.

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