Turn Back Time: Skin Treatments at About Faces Noosa
Carlie Wacker has channelled her inner Cher to turn back time by reversing the skin’s ageing process thanks to a local skin expert.
Years of carefree fun in the sun has led me to understand why my mother ALWAYS insisted on wearing sunscreen, especially on your face, decolletage and hands. These are the areas to first show the signs of ageing.
Maybe it’s just me but it is hard to accept that we get older as often we don’t feel our age. However, sometimes that skin reflecting back on us in the mirror is the brutal reminder that age has a way of showing itself – and the
truth sometimes hurts.
I first started seeing Angie Lamb at About Faces Noosa when I became embarrassed about how darkly pigmented my skin had become around my neck and chest. I was constantly finding ways to cover it up with high neck lines and scarves (not always ideal in our climate). I was also covering my face, neck, and chest in foundation to disguise the damage. I wasn’t even sure there was a way to reverse that damage.
On my first consultation Angie put me in the Visia Skin Analysis machine to see what she was dealing with. This 3D technology measures skin pigmentation, wrinkles, texture, pores, vascularity and skin age. I am 44 and was honestly shocked to see my skin age was 53 on the right side and 49 on the left.
“When we first looked at your skin I could see a fair amount of sun damage and pigmentation, this is letting down the appearance of your skin,” Skin Clincian Angie said “There was certainly some work we could do to improve texture, tone and appearance of your skin.”
The first thing we did was start me on a daily skin care regime with specific Ultraceuticals products that I have been on for four months now. I now routinely cleanse, tone, apply vitamin serums and a moisturising cream with an SPF. My skin thanks me for it and I can feel the difference already.
My first session of pigment and sun damage removal using this state-of-the-art Cutera Laser was easy. A numbing cream is applied to the treatment area to prevent discomfort and as the laser glides across your skin zapping the pigment, the feeling is best described as a hot flick. It is slightly uncomfortable on areas with less tissue like the collar bones and nose but it was bearable.
On leaving the salon after the first treatment I felt like I had a bad sunburn on my face and chest but it soon subsided. The following few days I had to stay out of the sun as the pigment and sun damage darkened in preparation to peel off.
I still was able to leave the house with makeup that easily covered the darker patches but I made sure I covered my chest as it was pretty stripey for a few weeks; like a tiger.
The decolletage requires more work and given that my entire chest was very badly sun damaged I was not expecting any miracles. But I was pleasantly surprised once I looked at the before and after images – and even happier after my second treatment.
Round two of the laser treatments was a bit uncomfortable. Angie mentioned that because we had removed a good amount of sun damage from the first session, we were now getting deeper into the skin because the pigmentation was no longer a barrier. I did have to stop a few times during treatment to have a rest from the zapping machine, but I am so glad I powered through.
I can now see a significant improvement in my skin (refer to the photos). I am still going to have another few treatments to remove more sun damage and improve overall appearance. The great news is that an updated skin analysis on the Visia machine, and my current skin age is 44 on the left and 48 on the right side – I am getting younger!
Angie is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about skin and she believes I need two more sessions of limelight to treat the residual pigmentation, but I am so bloody happy so far. Sometimes I must ask her to explain some of the technical talk in language I can understand but the bottom line is that this lady knows what she is doing.
She was so confident that she could do something to improve my skin and she delivered. Her home salon is so beautiful, and her professionalism and skill blow my mind.
To have access to this cutting-edge technology and a genius at the wheel is so exciting. There is a way to reverse sun damage and a lady named Angie Lamb who can guide you through the journey to happier, healthier and younger skin.
Cutera Laser can treat the following;
• Sun damage / pigmentation
• Skin rejuvenation
• Acne scarring
• Enlarged pores
• Irregular skin texture and tone
• Skin Tightening
• Vascular lesions
• Hair removal