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We are all very different, making it very rare for a single person to only have one major concern that they want to improve at a time, but rather multiple concerns.

Combination treatments are the modern-day method of getting you the best possible treatment results in the least amount of time. Combining cosmetic procedures and therapies are showing that it’s not necessarily more traumatic to do multiple procedures at the same time, and it can even make recovery easier down the road while giving you much better results.

Why Go Combo?

The enhanced results from combination therapy means that I am able to give my patients quicker and more noticeable results in a much shorter amount of time, with less pain …. It’s a no brainer and is the way of the future for cosmetic procedures.

When looking at the skin concerns—from sagging skin to deep lines, discoloration or scarring— I often combine treatment modalities, as there is no single most effective treatment. A laser like SkinTyte is going to work on firming up the skin, but an injectable like Botox would work best on softening deep frown lines. Or maybe a BBL- Broad band light treatment would be the best choice for age spots and sun damage on the face and Décolleté, while a loss of facial volume from aging can best be improved with a filler. A combination treatment simply means looking at the whole picture and seeing what complementary therapies can work in one fell swoop.

Shorter Recovery Times

As opposed to sidelining you for longer than expected or desired, combination therapies can actually ease the recovery process. Multiple treatments can be done on the same day whilst the recovery time remains the same as if you were doing only one single procedure on its own.  The equipment used in the procedures, such as lasers, has evolved tremendously over the last decade which has led to procedures being quicker and less painful. 

Treatments That Are Better Together

Instead of being therapeutic overload, combination treatments may help conditions in which skin is easily aggravated. For instance, lasers and pulsed-light devices when paired with a chemical peel regimen and tailored to your condition, can be effective for conditions such as rosacea and acne. A holistic approach can target the inflammation behind the breakouts as well as improve the overall skin appearance. Blending therapies can target and treat flare-ups whilst still maintaining the improvement from a long-term perspective.

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Popular Skin and Laser Treatments 

 

Treatment Indications Downtime Period
Laser Resurfacing Deep wrinkles 2+ weeks
BBL – Broad Band Light Pigment/Redness/Anti-aging/ Sundamage/ Acne

3-5 days

Can be covered with make-up

SkinTyte laser Skin firming / Loss of Elasticity No Downtime
Chemical Peels Texture improvement / Acne

3-5 days

Can be covered with make-up

BBL & Nd:YAG laser Redness / broken veins

3-5 days

Can be covered with make-up

DLP Laser Removal of certain lesions and skin tags 7-10 Days
Micro-laser peel & Nano laser Peel Scarring/Anti-aging/Skin Texture

5-7days

Can be covered with make-up

Dermapen Irregular Skin Texture/ Collagen induction/acne scarring

3-5 days

Can be covered with make-up

A treatment strategy might look like this:

45 year old Female

Skin concerns: Sun damage and skin tightening

 

  Combo Treatment Indications
Week 1 BBL – Broad Band Light Pigmentation /Redness /Anti-aging/ Sundamage
SkinTyte laser Tightens and firms the face and neck
Week 3 Dermapen Irregular Skin Texture/ Collagen induction/acne scarring
Week 5 BBL – Broad Band Light Pigment/Redness/Anti-aging/ Sundamage/ Acne
Micro-laser peel  Scarring/Anti-aging/Skin Texture
Week 7 Dermapen

Irregular Skin Texture/ Collagen induction /

Acne scarring

SkinTyte laser Tightens and firms the skin

Homecare

  • C infusion cleanser
  • SkinBrite serum and SkinBrite cream
  • Retinol

Male patient aged 37 

Skin concerns : Redness, broken facial capillaries & acne breakouts.

 

 

  Combo Treatments Indications

Week 1

 

BBL – Broad Band Light Pigment/Redness/Anti-aging/ Sundamage
Nd:YAG laser Treats broken capillaries
Week 3 Acne laser- Forever clear Kills acne causing bacteria. Reduces inflammations and breakouts.

Pumpkin Retinol Peel

 

Helps with unclogging the pores and decongesting the skin.
Week 5 BBL – Broad Band Light Pigment/Redness/Anti-aging/ Sundamage/
Nd:YAG laser Treats broken capillaries
Week 6 Acne laser- Forever clear Kills acne causing bacteria. Reduces inflammations and breakouts
Pumpkin Retinol peel Helps with unclogging the pores and decongesting the skin.
Week 8 BBL – Broad Band Light Pigment/Redness/Anti-aging/ Sundamage
Nd:YAG laser Treats broken capillaries
Week 10 Acne laser- Forever clear Kills acne causing bacteria. Reduces inflammations and breakouts
Pumpkin Retinol Peel Helps with unclogging the pores and decongesting the skin.

Homecare

  • IS Clinical Cleansing Complex
  • IS Clinical Active Serum
  • IS Clinical Hydracool Serum
  • IS Clinical Proheal Serum

But not all treatments can be combined…

Other combination therapies might require a little break between the different treatments. I sometimes recommend separating certain treatments, such as injectable fillers and Botox from laser, as swelling can affect how these products migrate under the skin. With regards to Laser resurfacing, Botox should be injected 2 weeks prior to relax deep lines while the skin is healing for optimal results.

BEFORE AND AFTER 1 BBL LASER + 1 MICRO-NEEDLING.

Go For Gold, Then Invest…

Maintenance is an essential part of keeping your skin looking great once you have reached your skin goals. As a skin and laser specialist I am extremely passionate about treating skin and helping you reach your skin goals. Time, patience and dedication is required on your part, but if you trust the process, and have trust in me as your skincare advisor, then the end result will definitely be well worth it. 

Speak to one of our specialists about how we can help with your skin.

Cherie Cochrane

Written By Skin & Laser Specialist Cherie Cochrane

“I love witnessing the incredible transformations in my patients as the improvements in their skin reveal their true self-confidence.”

Cherie Cochrane is the co-founder of Atlantic Dermatology & Laser. With her international qualifications, awards (including winning the worldwide Best Results Laser Competition by Sciton) and over a decade of experience  in the most advanced non-surgical cosmetic procedures available today, Cherie’s results-driven approach has helped her become a leader in the industry as well as the owner of two successful aesthetic clinics in South Africa.

Having performed over 12 000 laser & aesthetic treatments, skin rejuvenation is one of her greatest passions. Throughout her career, Cherie has worked closely with doctors, dermatologists and plastic surgeons and regularly provides training for medical practices.