Alex Pike RN

T U R N I N G Back the C L O C K

February 1, 2017

I met Shaun Baldwin a few years ago at Fonda in Chapel Street. We were introduced by a fellow colleague and friend.  It was a great dinner with many many laughs.  Conversation turned to “talking shop” and Shaun started to explain a treatment  called Factor 4, I was fascinated. Of course I had heard of the “Vampire Facial” or PRP and remember the social media photos of Kim Kardashian promoting the treatment, however I really didn’t understand the process.

We parted ways, and time passed. Then one day visiting my Mentor Plastic Surgeon Dr Bryan Mendelson, I saw that he had recently introduced the Factor 4 treatment to his Skin Centre in Toorak.  Bryan being one of the most respected in his field Internationally would not be promoting a treatment without the scientific evidence. I decided it  was time to do have a serious look at the treatment and shortly after , I got back in contact with Shaun.  I have myself just completed the recommended Factor 4 treatment over the last month and my skin has NEVER been better.


So lets talk about turning back the clock………………….

Ageing. While it’s not ideal, it happens to each and every one of us. However, there are many treatments out there that can help you stop the clock, or even reverse it!


Whether you wish to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and tone or rejuvenate your appearance, Factor 4 could be the answer for you. A natural alternative for skin rejuvenation, there has been a whole lot of buzz around the advantages of this amazing treatment. Let’s find out more about it…


What is Factor 4?


Factor 4 is a highly effective procedure that uses the body’s own healing and regenerative processes to slow down ageing, reduce fine lines and wrinkles to make your skin look fresh and dewy.


A biological skin rejuvenation treatment, Factor 4 uses autologous conditioned serum designed to deliver four times as many growth factors  than any blood-rich injection product.


It is used to treat wrinkles and crepeiness in areas of the face, neck, décolletage, back of hands and under-eye circles, as well as the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.


What does Factor 4  do?


Factor 4’s difference is in its high concentration of growth factors and cytokines which stimulates collagen, tightens skin and benefit skin elasticity while significantly slowing down the skin’s ageing process. This gives your skin an amazing, more youthful and radiant look and feel.


Factor 4 can effectively treat:


– Fine lines and wrinkles

– Stretch marks

– Crepey skin

– Sagging skin

– Scars

– Crow’s feet

– Dark eye circles

– Dully, dry skin

– Uneven skin tone and texture

– Alopecia


What does the treatment involve?


The treatment usually lasts an hour.  What we need to do first is get a collection of your blood that will be incubated and centrifuged, then separated to get your serum, pure you, your Factor 4.

The serum is rich in platelets, growth factors and cytokines, esp 1L1-Ra( inteleukin 1Ra) and your own body’s anti-inflammatory cytokine that helps you recover you faster.


The serum is then carefully skin needled or injected into the site of wrinkles or ageing, where it triggers collagen production and stimulates the natural processes of repair.


You may experience some mild bruising, swelling and redness, which can last for up to 24 hours. So make sure you plan in advance if you’re having the treatment for an event! After a Factor 4 treatment, it is also recommended that you leave your skin free from makeup or washing the treatment areas for a minimum of 12 hours.


For the best wrinkle-busting results, a series of treatments are usually recommended (typically 4-6 treatments) this will vary how lived in your skin is at 1-2 weekly intervals with annual treatments there after.


The result? Within a few weeks you should notice a change in your skin texture and tone, with results usually lasting for around 12 months and even longer. What’s more, Factor 4  can be combined with a range of different treatments to offer greater results.


Factor 4 is the perfect (and natural!) way to get your skin back on track, without lengthy downtime. Say goodbye to those wrinkles and lines and say hello to a more refreshed, rejuvenated you!

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