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20 Play it safe
Surgery is never something to be
22 10 commandments of beauty
30 Navigating the maze of
54 The body special
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64 The raw deal on diets
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78 What spot is that?
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28 The 15-minute solution for
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34 How to avoid looking ‘done’
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52 Strengthen your brow game
Thick eyebrows are trending,
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60 There’s more to liposuction
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Welcome to the latest spring edition of Cosmetic Surgery
& Beauty Magazine. This is the time of year we all
start thinking about getting in shape and looking good
Wfor summer, so we’re focusing on body contouring and facial
rejuvenation to help you get started, with our special report on
body contouring procedures (page 54) and our guide to navigating
the maze of dermal fi llers for fi lling wrinkles and smoothing skin
Patient safety has been a hot topic in the news recently, so
it’s especially timely for us to report on patient safety when undergoing cosmetic surgery
(page 20). Expanding on the theme, we also cover what’s safe (and what’s not safe) to use
if you’re pregnant (page 74), as well a breast augmentation checklist (page 62) to help you
prepare for the procedure and recovery.
As always, a holistic approach is essential in gaining the most from any cosmetic
intervention. Our diet and exercise feature on page 64 could be the inspiration you need
to begin working towards that summer-ready body. Plus, although the warmer weather is
welcome, our feature What Spot is That? on page 78 off ers a healthy insight into the types
of sun spots and pigmentation you need to be aware of coming into the hotter months.
This edition is also beauty-fi lled to kick-start your spring rejuvenation regimen. Our
10 Commandments of Beauty on page 22 is a must-read for those coveting a clear
complexion, while the City Skin Detox on page 86 is exactly what your skin needs after the
cold winter months. We also showcase the must-have makeup and skincare products of
the season for a glowing, peaches ‘n’ cream complexion (page 94).
And don’t forget you can fi nd this issue online, along with more beauty news and
reviews at www.CosBeauty.com.au. Enjoy!
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The science of sexiness
Why some people just have ‘it’
There’s no denying it, some people just have ‘it’. There is something
about them that is inarguably, yet inexplainably, attractive.
Research suggests there are biological and evolutionary
triggers that determine whether we are attracted to someone,
and why. Symmetry definitely has something to do with it, with
lopsidedness thought to reflect poor health and bad genes.
Some other interesting findings include:
• Blonde vs brunette. It’s an age-old debate that had even
Charles Darwin stumped – he couldn’t find any acceptable
reason men might prefer blondes. Since Darwin’s time,
however, there have been a few advancements in the
science behind hair preference.
Blonde hair is thought to be an indicator of youth and
sexual vitality, but a recent study, which attempted to
determine the most beautiful woman in the world, picked
a brunette, and a 2011 study in the Scandinavian Journal
of Psychology found brunettes are generally considered
• Waist to hip ratio. This measurement is calculated
subconsciously, with men preferring a waist-to-hip ratio
of 7:10 in women, and women preferring a ratio of 9:10
A BMI of 20.85 has been shown as the most attractive
weight for a woman, with Scarlett Johansson’s body voted
the most attractive female figure.
• It’s in the eyes. You may not know what a limbal ring is,
but you’ll certainly notice it when you see an attractive one.
This ring is where the iris meets the white of the eye and
a dark limbal ring is thought to single youth, health and
• Smile (but only if you’re female). Research has found that
smiling women are deemed more attractive, whereas men
showing happy emotions are considered less attractive.
– do your homework
Lasers have become the darling of the cosmetic industry.
They are used in anti-ageing skin rejuvenation, hair removal,
tattoo removal, treating vascular disorders and reducing
pigmentation irregularities. With advances in technology,
laser are also smoother, faster and more reliable than
But the popularity of laser treatments should not lull you
into a false sense of security. While laser treatments may
seem straightforward, there are many dangers associated While we await ARPANSA’s recommendations, the
with laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapies and onus is with you, the patient, to do your research before
these have come to light of late. In particular, the Australian undergoing laser treatment. Here are some questions you
Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) should be asking:
has proposed a national regulatory framework for using IPL • Where is the laser equipment from? Has it been
and lasers in cosmetic medical services.
purchased from a reputable supplier?
Before undertaking any laser or IPL treatment, always • Has the practitioner completed training? If so, when and
ensure you are in the hands of a skilled and experienced how advanced is the certifi cation?
practitioner, who has the requisite knowledge of how the • Is the clinic operating within the current ARPANSA
equipment they are using interacts with the diff erent tissues regulations in your state or territory?
and how to avoid potential risks such as burns and scars, • Is the device being used appropriately, to treat suitable
retinal damage or missed diagnosis of skin cancers.
and realistic indications?
BATTLE OF THE
SEXES IN THE
UK lingerie company Bluebella recently surveyed men
and women on the “perfect” male and female fi gures,
using an amalgamation of celebrity fi gures.
Women preferred a thinner female body compared
to men, partnering Jennifer Aniston’s breasts with
Gwyneth Paltrow’s stomach and Emma Watson’s hips.
Men preferred fuller curves, with Kelly Brook’s hips and
Kim Kardashian’s bust. Legs eleven was preferred by
both sexes, with females opting for Elle Macpherson’s
legs and men preferring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s
legs – with little diff erence between the two.
The male physique was also under scrutiny. Men
and women had similar preferences for the male body,
preferring muscular and toned pecs, bulging biceps
and killer abs.
The hair and face were the distinguishing factors in
both the male and female fi gures. Females dubbed Cara
Delevingne’s face and the Duchess of Cambridge’s
hair as the ideal, while males partnered Megan Fox’s
face with Scarlett Johansson’s hair. In composing the
ideal male profi le, women preferred Jamie Dornan’s
face and Harry Styles’ hair, while men idealised David
Beckham’s face with Brad Pitt’s hair.
Singer, and all-round beauty and
fashion icon Rihanna has offi cially
confi rmed she is starting her own
beauty line. This comes after
launching her new fragrance, RiRi.
She secretly brought the
trademark Fenty Beauty last year
and recently told Refi nery29.com
that her own makeup line is slowly
taking shape behind the scenes.
Self-applying lashes and a lasting
lipstick-and-liner combined, are just
some of the ideas on the cards.
Cosmeceutical brand Medik8, distributed in Australia
by Advanced Cosmeceuticals, has launched Skinrolla,
an at-home skin needling device. To mark the launch,
Medik8 international trainer Alison Wait visited Australia
to present training seminars in Sydney, Melbourne
Wait recommended the Skinrolla to be used to
support topical treatments to increase effi cacy and
results. The device is a skin rejuvenation technique that
creates tiny pinprick wounds in the skin to enable better
penetration of active ingredients in topical formulations.
According to Wait, with cosmetic serums
undergoing rapid developments in their ingredient
formulation, the results from the combined treatment
– partnering SkinRolla with active topical ingredients –
SALE – 2015
The MyFaceMyBody Awards were launched in the UK in 2012 and
are coming to Australia this November. They are the only consumer
awards dedicated to the aesthetic industry, and celebrate product
innovation and popularity, as voted by consumers.
The awards culminate in a red carpet event attended by 300
leading industry professionals, brands, journalists and celebrities.
This year’s inaugural event is set to take place on Saturday, 28
November 2015 at the Hilton in Sydney. Tickets are now on sale,
head to www.globalaestheticawards.com for more information.
REJOICE: WE MAY HAVE
REACHED “PEAK BEARD”
Research conducted by the University of NSW fi nds that, when
people are confronted by a succession of bearded men, cleanshaven
men become more attractive to them. This also works in
reverse, with men sporting heavy stubble or beards considered
more attractive within a crowd of hairless counterparts.
‘There is a lot of faddishness with beards, they are on the
way back and it’s interesting to look at that interaction with
culture,’ researcher Robert Brooks told Guardian Australia. ‘It
appears that beards gain an advantage when rare, but when
they are in fashion and common, they are declared trendy and
that attractiveness is over.’
‘The bigger the trend gets, the weaker the preference for
beards and the tide will go out again,’ he said. ‘We may well
be at peak beard. Obviously, you will see more beards in Surry
Hills than in Bondi, but I think we are near saturation point. This
thing can’t get much bigger.’
BEAUTY IS MORE
The whole is greater than the sum of its
parts. It seems Aristotle’s timeless quotation
applies to beauty and attractiveness. New
research has found the more faces that are
layered together, using a new interactive
tool called the “Averager”, created by
researchers from the University of Glasgow
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology,
the more attractive the subject becomes.
This discovery is contrary to the long-held
belief that beauty is about being “average” –
or that people with “mathematically average”
features appear more attractive because
they advertise a more diverse set of genes
and therefore better reproductive health.
‘Well-researched facial cues that are
known to be associated with attractiveness
in humans include symmetry, averageness
and perceived personality,’ the Face
Research leaders from Glasgow University
explain. ‘[But] averageness cannot fully
‘Faces come in a remarkable range of
shapes and sizes, and are covered with an
incredible number of muscles, adding to
This more complex notion of
attractiveness was also demonstrated in a
recent art project that showed photographs
of real people next to their digitally
symmetrical selves. The fi ndings found that
the real photos, complete with perceived
fl aws and unevenness, were often more
compelling than the symmetrical versions.
Saturday, 28 November 2015
The Hilton, Sydney
The prestigious MyFaceMyBody Awards has been running for
the past three years in the UK and has become so successful
that is it now being brought to Australasia.
The MyFaceMyBody Awards inaugural event will be launched
on 28 November 2015 at the Hilton Sydney and is the only
consumer awards dedicated to the cosmetic and aesthetic
industry to recognise and reward brands for their product
innovation and popularity.
Clinics will also be rewarded for exceptional experiences
and outstanding service to their consumers.
The awards will welcome leading industry professionals,
consumer brands, journalists and celebrities and we look
forward to celebrating these industry awards with you.
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t – Richard
surgery is never something to be taken lightly.
ensure you’re in control by learning the ins
and outs of your procedure.
Whether you’re seeking cosmetic surgery or a
minimally invasive treatment, having a clear view
of what the procedure entails will help you alleviate
concerns, minimise the risk of potential complications and
achieve optimal results.
One of the most important decisions when deciding to
have a cosmetic procedure is your choice of doctor. Both
surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures should only
be performed by an appropriately trained doctor.
The combination of training, experience and judgment
the practitioner brings to your case strongly affects
the outcome of your procedure. You should also feel
comfortable enough with your doctor to express your
concerns and desired results.
Find out what training the doctor has and whether it is
in the field of surgery you are considering. Certification by
the appropriate medical board or body tells you that your
doctor has met additional requirements for continuing
education and experience in cosmetic surgery.
A reputable surgeon will encourage you to arrive at your
consultation armed with a barrage of questions. Learn as
much as possible about the procedure you are seeking.
The internet offers a wealth of knowledge to help you
understand some of the pertinent details about your chosen
procedure, such as precautions, possible complications
and post-operative care, as well as the procedure itself.
Websites dedicated to beauty and cosmetic procedures,
such as www.cosbeauty.com.au are a good place to start.
what to expect
• After any surgery your body responds by creating
fluid around the operative region. The fluid can be
seen as edema (swelling of the skin). If a
seroma (a fluid collection under the skin) occurs,
drains may be placed to remove the fluid.
• All incisions made during surgery need to heal and
occasionally delayed healing can occur. Smoking
and vascular conditions are known to slow down
• Variable amounts of bruising are expected with a
surgical procedure, but this can be minimised with
lymphatic drainage massage, avoidance of aspirin
and taking the herbal remedy Arnica. Ice packs
and elevation will also assist post-operatively.
• It is normal to have some numbness near scars as
skin incisions can divide small sensory nerves.
Sensation typically returns within months.
Once you’ve conducted plenty of background research,
put together a list of the specifics you’re interested in
discussing with your doctor. Areas to query may include
post-operative care, complications and precautions.
It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor to show you
photo examples of their work or the number of surgeries
they’ve performed. Ask which hospitals the doctor admits
patients to in emergencies.
You should never choose a doctor solely on the basis
of lower cost. This may indicate corners have been cut
somewhere or qualifications are lacking.
Cosmetic procedures are most safely performed in facilities
accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care
Standards (ACHS). These will be fully equipped with lifesaving
and monitoring devices and staffed by professionals.
Be wary of undergoing cosmetic procedures outside a
medical setting, such as in a private home or at a ‘party’.
Many minor procedures are performed in day surgeries.
Don’t be hesitant to confirm what protocols your practitioner
has in place in terms of sterilisation and equipment.
Being prepared for surgery mentally and physically will
result in less anxiety and minimised risks. All surgery has
associated complications, though less invasive procedures
generally have smaller risks and major procedures have
larger risks. It’s logical that if an incision is made there will
usually be a scar, or if skin is cut there is a possibility of
bleeding or infection. Many steps are taken to reduce risks,
but even if everything is performed perfectly a small chance
still remains that something may occur.
Put the time aside for a thorough evaluation and collect
detailed information about the risks and benefits in order to
give full informed consent. Ensure you fully disclose your
medical history and any medications or supplements you
may be taking to your doctor.
There is a small percentage of the population that is
allergic to chemicals used in anaesthetic. If applicable, find
out who will be administering your anaesthetic and discuss
these risks with them.
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to undergo lab testing
or a medical evaluation to establish your health and fitness
levels. Your doctor will advise of any adjustments in the
medications you may be taking and ask you to avoid taking
aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as
they can increase bleeding.
If you’re a smoker, quit at least four weeks prior to surgery.
Besides the obvious general health risks and acceleration
of the ageing process, smoking greatly increases the rate of
complications during and after surgery.
It’s imperative that you follow your doctor’s instructions
to help minimise any potential risks or complications.
day of surgery
Medications will be administered for your comfort
during a surgical procedure. Depending on the surgery
and your comfort level, this may be local anaesthesia,
intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia.
Monitors will be used to check your heart, blood
pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating
in your blood.
Following surgery you will be taken to a recovery
area for monitoring, after which you will be able to
go home if you underwent an outpatient procedure
providing all is well. If you have undergone a general
anaesthetic, a caregiver should assist you for the first
24 hours or you may require an overnight stay.
Your doctor should be available for necessary
follow-up care; the relationship should not end with
you being taken out of the operating theatre.
The rate of recovery depends both on the procedure
performed and your individual response. The first
few days after surgery should include rest, and you
should expect bruising and swelling, which typically
disappears within seven to 10 days, depending on
the procedure. Keep the operated region elevated
and treated with cool compresses if specified by
The first few days are usually when the most
discomfort is experienced and you can expect to use
oral pain medication as directed. This should ease by
the fourth to seventh day.
Depending on your surgery, the incisions will be
closed with either absorbable sutures that disappear
on their own or sutures or staples that need to be
removed. You will be instructed on how to keep these
clean and of your care regime during healing.
After immediate healing is complete, using certain
creams to speed scar maturation and applying sunblock
to help avoid scar pigmentation is recommended.
Follow your doctor’s directions at all times. It is best
to avoid any strenuous activity for the first few weeks
after surgery, although resuming gentle day to day
activities as soon as possible is often recommended.
This minimal activity is enough to significantly reduce
the risk of blood clot formation.
The best ways to maintain your surgical results are
to protect the elastic properties of your skin by avoiding
smoking, using sun protection and maintaining a
stable weight. csbm
We love our products just as much (if not more) than the next girl.
But we’ve put together 10 ways to be more beautiful that you won’t
find at the beauty counter!
We all yearn for skin with a luminescent complexion, and no
skincare product we’ve tried compares with that produced
by a little slice of hard work it takes to gain an exerciseinduced
The only workout you need for your skin to glow is
cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, aerobics, cycling
and swimming. This gets the heart and lungs pumping
oxygen-rich blood vigorously, which is transported
throughout your body supplying oxygen. This is what
makes your skin look flushed at the time of exercise and
leaves a residual radiance.
Exercise is also a great anti-ageing method, preventing
bad free radical cells from forming, keeping your muscles
lean, your skin firm and sweating out those terrible toxins.
Essentially, what you put into your body is mirrored on the outside. Foods that are
good for your health are good for your skin, allowing your body to function better
and prevent a build-up of toxins. A good diet is like using good fuel for your car,
so make sure you pay it the TLC it needs.
Opt for a diet rich in nutrients and vitamins with lots of colourful fresh fruits and
vegetables. A strict halo diet needn’t prevent you from indulging – many studies
have shown that a glass of red wine a day may help you control heart disease
and fight off infections, and dark chocolate is an excellent antioxidant that
combats free radicals.
Think about replacing your morning cuppa with Rooibos, a caffeine-free
tea packed with antioxidants and immune support compounds. It also the
tick of approval by many leading nutritional experts for its internal and external
Get plenty of protein – the natural building block for healthy collagen. Kind of like
a yoga class for your skin, collagen keeps your skin firm and toned. Remember, if
any food you eat feels heavy it’s most likely not good for your skin, which means
steer clear of fried, oily, sweet or processed foods.
It’s no new concept, but drink water for
a better complexion. The more you
drink, the better your skin will be.
Drinking water is like exercise in that
it helps to increase blood flow, which
means better circulation. Drinking water
also helps to flush toxins out of the
body, which we know are detrimental
for skin health and appearance.
Get in tune with your body – if your
lips are cracked or your nose is dry and
flaky, you may simply be thirsty. And no,
don’t grab soft drink or fruit juice – enjoy
a big glass of water instead!
Get laid to get the look, and we don’t mean sleep! A sack
session increases blood circulation; increasing your heart
rate means blood pumps harder throughout your body and
It’s not just your blood rushing but your body’s chemicals
too. The hormone oxytocin, known as the ‘love hormone’,
is released during sex. It is said to increase endorphins
and alleviate pain, plus it puts a big smile on our faces and
makes us feel loved up. Lastly, a good roll in the hay also
helps you sleep better, thanks to oxytocin, and gives you a
If you want to be beautiful, and I mean truly beautiful, you
have to feel good. A lot of people always have others
flocking to them not as a result of the way they look but
because they are so vivacious and charming. Diet and
beauty treatments can make a difference, but before that
comes attitude. Our outer image is a reflection of our inner
mindset and a positive attitude will help us exude an air of
confidence and radiance that will enhance our appearance.
In short, feeling beautiful makes us look beautiful!
Beauty sleep, as we smart girls know, is not just an urban
legend. Sleep and beauty really are interrelated. Everything
regenerates when you sleep: your mind reboots, your cells
replenish and your skin renews. It’s like a housekeeper
comes in and tidies up, ironing out wrinkles and removing
toxins from the day.
Eight hours of sleep is an outdated notion for many,
but make sure you are getting the quantity of rejuvenating
sleep your body requires to function at optimal levels. Most
healthy adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep
per night to function at their best.
Research constantly shows that some serious shuteye
is essential for your health and wellbeing, with lack of sleep
associated with everything from weight gain to cancer.
A 2013 study also found that there’s a link between
inadequate sleep and signs of ageing. In this study, the
research subjects with poor sleep showed twice the amount
of intrinsic signs of ageing such as fine lines, reduced
elasticity and uneven pigmentation, as well as recovering
slower from sunburn.
The thyroid is the grand master gland of metabolism.
When it is not functioning properly it can affect your weight,
mental outlook, body temperature and energy levels. The
thickness and quality of your skin is also dependent on
thyroid function, as is whether you have a thick vibrant mane
of hair – as problems can lead to loss of hair and waning
colour. When your thyroid is not functioning up to par, your
body will attempt to conserve energy by redirecting it from
non-essential areas, and directing efforts at repair and
regeneration to those functions considered more essential.
This is why the beauty of your hair and skin are among the
first to go when your thyroid starts to give out, along with
absorption and utilisation of nutrients.
Keep calm and take measures to decrease stress. It is the
modern-day plague, a silent killer, and when you allow stress
into your lifestyle you open the door to damaging free radicals,
poor health and a worn-out appearance. Moderate exercise,
massages, yoga postures, meditation techniques and
breathing exercises can be helpful in combating the negative
effects of stress. Aromatherapy, music therapy, laughter
and the company of friends with a youthful, positive attitude
towards life can help balance your mind and emotions. Plan
well to reduce time-related anxiety and crises, perhaps by
keeping a diary.
Keeping your friends close and your enemies far from your mind will keep you looking tip-top.
Make plenty of time for your friends because research shows there are many health benefits
gained by socialising and laughing with friends. Laughter is an endorphin trigger that reduces
certain stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. A healthy body, along with a
positive mental outlook, is very sexy indeed.
can make you
While the best way to get vitamins and minerals is by eating
well, this is not always possible. Vitamins, minerals and
herbs are catalysts for good health and can be taken in
the form of supplements when your diet is lacking. Once
they’re absorbed into your body, they go to work setting
off a chain reaction in other parts of your body to produce
the necessary elements we need to function. It’s as if you’re
treating your internal systems to a good workout.
Much like a good trainer, they make sure your body gets
what it needs to look your very best and ensure everything’s
working properly on a molecular level. Don’t neglect your
essential fatty acids to provide tender loving care for your
skin as well as your arteries and heart. csbm
Adjunct Professor Paul Taylor, founder of Acumotum
Body-Brain Fitness and Vitality Centre in Melbourne,
says your brain is a powerful tool – it can even make
you look better naked.
Staying in shape is just as much about focusing on
the brain as it is about exercising and eating well. The
brain controls everything the body does, but is reliant
on the health of the body. The brain plays several roles
when it comes to staying in shape:
Motivation This is completely controlled by the
brain and is dependent on the chemical dopamine. The
biggest mistake people make when trying to get into
shape is that they rely on motivation, which waxes and
wanes. The real key is to create a new habit, rather than
relying on motivation. The key to this, as far as the brain
is concerned, is to develop rituals. When we repeat
something enough, it becomes a habit. The reason it
does so is that the neural wiring for this activity moves
to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, which is
where our habits are stored.
Hence, one of the keys to long-term change is to
develop rituals that are sacrosanct. This means you do
them repeatedly, on a regular basis. Recent research
has shown that if we repeat something at the same time
every day then it is much easier to form a habit. Simply
put, the brain loves routine.
Willpower There has been a lot of recent research
on the subject of willpower, and all say this it is utterly
reliant on glucose. Using MRI scanning, researchers
have shown that when your blood glucose level is low,
your ability to control your impulses is greatly diminished.
This is one of the primary reasons why dieting fails.
Carbohydrates are the nutrient that is mostly restricted
these days and, paradoxically, this contributes to low
blood glucose levels, which reduces people’s ability to
stay on track.
Bottom line If you want to have a sexier figure,
enlist the help of your brain, develop rituals you can
stick to and eat a diet that has moderate amounts of
Say goodbye to snoring and sleep
easy with Sleep Eze, a new laser
treatment for snoring and sleep
apnoea. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “sleeping is no mean
art. For its sake one must stay awake all day.”
If you snore – or, more annoyingly, your partner
does – take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone in these
nocturnal harmonics. As many as 50 percent of people are
affected by snoring.
But this is small comfort indeed when stacked up against
disturbed sleep, poor sleep quality and continual daytime
fatigue – not to mention relationship frustration if you and
your partner are constantly denied a good night’s sleep!
A new treatment is offering snoring sufferers
renewed hope in the battle against sleep deprivation
Why do we snore?
Snoring occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your
throat relax and vibrate during sleep or, in the case of
obstructive sleep apnoea, when the airway is blocked and
pauses breathing. ‘Snoring occurs when these structures
strike each other and vibrate during breathing,’ explains Dr
Can sleep deprivation
make us fat?
A lack of sleep can affect metabolism, reducing the rate at which we burn
kilojoules. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to increased rates of
obesity and diabetes, according to research at the UK’s University of Warwick,
which found that adults who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are
twice as likely to become obese.
Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself.
Many of the major restorative functions in the body, such as muscle growth,
tissue repair, protein synthesis and growth hormone release, occur mostly
(and in some cases only) during sleep.
Buddy Paul Beaini, cosmetic physician and director of MD
With sleep apnoea, you actually stop breathing for
periods of time, even up to a couple of minutes, as many as
hundreds of times a night. This happens when the muscles
of the throat collapse during sleep and block the windpipe.
Anatomically, you are more likely to have a snoring
problem if you have a longer or floppier soft palate. In this
case the soft palate will vibrate more, creating the snoring
sound. Other contributing factors include being overweight
because of increased weight around the neck and jaw,
alcohol intake because it relaxes the muscle, medications
such as sleeping tablets and muscle relaxants for the same
reason, and smoking because it weakens the lungs and
makes them more irritant.
Both sleep apnoea and snoring can leave you sleep
deprived because you don’t receive the right quality of
sleep. This can affect your performance during the day,
making you tired, drowsy and possibly more prone to
accidents and work mistakes.
Additionally, snoring and sleep apnoea are associated
with long-term health problems, including heart attacks,
strokes and hypertension.
When enough’s enough
A new treatment is offering sufferers renewed hope in the
battle against sleep deprivation. Sleep Eze is a painless,
fast and long-lasting laser treatment that targets the cause
of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnoea.
Dr Beaini offers Sleep Eze at MD Cosmedical Solutions
and is impressed with the results achieved. ‘Sleep Eze uses
laser technology to target the roof of the mouth and back
of throat, heating the soft tissue and stimulating collagen
production. This, in turn, tightens soft tissue so it’s not so
loose and prone to vibration,’ he says.
Three short treatments are typically needed over six
weeks, with more than 90 percent of snorers and 70 percent
of sleep apnoea sufferers experiencing improvement.
‘There’s no pain involved – it feels like drinking a warm
cup of tea,’ says Dr Beaini. ‘Plus there’s no downtime; you
can go straight back to work afterwards.’
After the third treatment, the soft tissue gradually tightens
and the outcome is long lasting. ‘Within three months after
the first treatment, you should notice a defined change and
improvement to your snoring and sleep apnoea,’ he says.
As tissue does soften with age, he recommends patients
return every 12 to 18 months for single touch-up treatments.
What makes Sleep Eze different?
Some of the devices on the market aimed at reducing
snoring can be inconvenient, uncomfortable and are
temporary solutions. ‘Sleep Eze is the only real permanent
treatment and offers an invaluable long-term investment in
sleep quality,’ says Dr Beaini. ‘If you don’t treat it, snoring
can get worse and develop into sleep apnoea. For people
with sleep apnoea, any reduction in severity can make a
significant difference.’ csbm
the maze of
When it comes to restoring
youthful volume without surgery,
dermal fillers have the stage. but
You need to know your options.
Caitlin Bishop reports.
The quest to recapture plump cheeks, smooth
foreheads and more prominent pouts leads many of
us down the cosmetic medicine path. And injectables
– anti-wrinkle muscle relaxants and fillers – are usually the
first port of call these days.
There is an ever-expanding and increasingly
sophisticated variety of fillers available today . Used on their
own or in combination, fillers are injected under the skin to
treat a wide range of facial ageing concerns, including filling
deep folds and lines, plumping up facial hollows, plumping
the lips and improving under-eye circles.
‘In the past 10 years, we have seen significant
improvements in the technology and design of soft tissue
fillers,’ says Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Steven Liew. ‘There
are now different grades of fillers designed specifically for
use in different parts of the face and different anatomical
levels of facial structure.’
Fillers are used to plump out lines and smooth skin, restore
volume to areas where tissue commonly degenerates with
age, fill in pockmarks and acne scars, contour or reshape
facial features and add volume to the lips. They are also a
popular adjunct to treatment with botulinum toxin injections
(anti-wrinkle injections) to create a universal result.
‘There is no area where we can’t use dermal fillers,’ Dr
Liew says. ‘There is a lot of science behind soft tissue fillers
that make them customisable to each patient’s individual
requirements and to different areas of injection.’
As with most cosmetic procedures, a holistic approach
using fillers will reap the best result. ‘As we age, the whole
face ages – there are priority areas but, essentially, the
entire face is subject to ageing,’ Dr Liew explains. ‘Gone
are the days where patients come in and ask to have their
nasolabial folds filled, and that’s enough. We now know that
treating the nasolabial folds will not change the patient’s
overall appearance. We want to address and harmonise the
face as a whole so the patient will look the best for their
age at every stage of their life. Through communication,
understanding and education, there should be trust and
agreement between the patient and the practitioner.’
need to know
Fillers are gel-like in consistency, and the type of filler
(composition and viscosity), the area of injection and the
depth of injection all influence the final result, and how
long they last. Fillers can be made with biodegradable
substances, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA), or
non-biodegradable substances like silicone.
‘I prefer to use HA-based fillers because hyaluronic acid
is versatile, long-lasting and effective,’ Dr Liew explains. ‘It
also comes in a variety of grades to cater for the different
requirements of every patient.’
‘The other benefit of using HA fillers is that, in the rare
occasion where there is a minor adverse reaction such
as swelling or lumpiness following injection, the HA can
be easily dissolved with a chemical called hyaluronidase.
This works almost immediately and acts as a lifeboat, or a
safeguard, in case the outcome is not as good as we like,’
Dr Liew adds.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in
the body. It is associated with attracting and maintaining
hydration in the skin. For this reason, the benefits of dermal
fillers are double-fold – adding volume and attracting
hydration at the same time.
The HA result
The longevity of results with HA dermal fillers can last
anywhere between 6-18 months and beyond, depending
on the amount of filler injected, the depth of injection and the
level of movement at the injection site. The duration of the
result is also affected by the extent of cross-linking between
the hyaluronic acid chains, as well as the concentration
and size of the HA particles themselves.
Increased cross-linking and higher HA concentrations
boost the viscosity and elasticity of the dermal filler. This
extends the longevity of the result. Larger HA particles,
alongside higher concentrations, tend to absorb more
water and result in more tissue swelling following injection,
also increasing the duration of effect.
When injected superficially, dermal fillers
can help smooth out fine lines and fill
superficial wrinkles. Commonly, the HA
chains are smaller and softer in superficial
filler products, reducing the risk of lumpiness
‘These fillers are used for areas that are
more delicate, such as the corners of the
mouth, the lip line and the crow’s feet,’ Dr
Liew explains. ‘These fillers need to be
very soft so the product can be placed
superficially in the skin to smooth the area
without the risk of seeing or feeling the
product after injection.’
A small amount of filler is usually required,
as the objective is to fill a line or wrinkle, not
necessarily add volume to the area.
The small particle size, and low quantity
of HA injected, means results typically
last around six to 12 months. The level
of movement in the area – for example
frowning, talking and squinting – also affects
the duration of the result. ‘The lip area tends
to have a slightly lower longevity of result due
to the degree of movement in the region,’
Dr Liew explains.
Medium volume HA fillers use medium-sized HA
particles, which combine with the body’s own HA to
enhance the volume of targeted tissue.
These fillers are injected more deeply than
superficial products, and are used to treat deeper
skin folds and enhance volume in certain areas.
‘In areas such as below the cheek, we prefer to
inject soft fillers a little deeper, so they’re encased in
the fat region,’ Dr Liew explains. ‘This provides some
soft-tissue padding in the area.’
Medium volume HA fillers typically have a greater
number of cross-links between the HA particles,
compared to superficial fillers. This increases
cohesiveness of the product and longevity.
Deep volume fillers can restore facial
contours, or add volume where it
is really needed. These fillers have
a distinct volume-enhancing effect,
and are used to treat folds and facial
depressions, as well as filling deep
contours and hollows.
‘There are certain fillers specifically
designed for volumisation and to
increase facial contour and projection,’
Dr Liew explains. ‘These fillers are
firmer and are essentially placed on the
surface of the bone. They are used on
the nose, cheek and chin.’
Commonly, these fillers act more
like facial implants and, once injected,
integrate fully with the facial tissue.
Because of their high viscosity, deep
dermal fillers do not migrate from the
injection site and results can last from
12 to 18 months.
HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS ARE
CUSTOMISABILE AND EFFECTIVE
Reducing under-eye circles
‘As some patients age, rather than having drooping skin, they become gaunt and hollow, particularly
around the eye area. This is where I find fillers to be very useful,’ Dr Liew says. ‘Each injection can last
up to three to four years, as the product is usually placed quite deeply to reduce the risk of visibility
and palpability post-procedure.’
In 2015, a dedicated dermal filler solution for reducing under eye circles and hollows was
introduced to the Australian aesthetic market. It uses a unique HA formulation, designed to add
hydration, elasticity and firmness to the skin.
You don’t have to go extreme to
enhance your natural beauty. Less
is more when it comes to the subtle
art of cosmetic intervention.
AimÉe Surtenich reports.
According to Dr John Flynn, more and more patients
at his Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast are
asking how to achieve the best cosmetic outcomes
with the least amount of surgery. ‘With advances in both
technology and techniques, it seems the current thinking in
cosmetic surgery is less is more,’ he says.
While facelift surgery is still the best option for lifting
sagging skin and reversing gravity, patients are now showing
a clear preference for having smaller procedures earlier to
postpone the need for more radical surgery. ‘There is a lot
that can be done before we need to go as far as a facelift,’
According to Dr Flynn, a series of less dramatic
procedures at regular intervals is what most of his patients
want. ‘Not only is it less obvious that someone has had
something done, but the results are more natural looking.
This concept of maintenance rather than radical rescue is
really the leading edge of cosmetic practice,’ he says.
By taking cosmetic surgery gradually – over a period
of months or even years – a patient is more likely to be
satisfied with the outcomes. ‘For instance, a patient may
have a combination of eyelid surgery and a peel. Some time
later, when she is accustomed to her rejuvenated look, she
might decide to have something further and perhaps laser
skin resurfacing may be in order. Then, of course, there are
the fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments.’
Non-surgical options can be combined with less major
facelifts (such as the mini-lift or s-lift), neck lifts, brow lifts,
eyelid surgery, laser resurfacing, cheek implants, facial fat
transfers and facial liposculpture, all of which are becoming
less invasive with quicker recovery times.
When a facelift is the best remedy for sagging and wrinkly
skin, this will commonly be performed in conjunction with
non-surgical procedures for the most natural-looking results.
‘The modern facelift is very different from previous times,’
says Dr Flynn. ‘It relies far less on extensive surgery and
For skin texture and complexion, peels and laser
treatments target brown pigment problems and
vascular issues such as red broken capillaries and
blemishes. Stronger lasers for skin rejuvenation can
also help tremendously.
The full range of dermal fillers can be used to correct
lines and wrinkles: soft fillers for fine lines and firmer
fillers for facial contouring. Longer lasting fillers should
be considered as an option.
more on judicious alterations combining laser resurfacing,
dermal fillers and other minimally invasive techniques so
that what is essentially known as a “facelift” is no longer a
purely surgical experience.’
But one of the most influential aspects of rejuvenating
the face is the quality and texture of the skin. ‘The skin is
the fabric that covers the entire face, so when looking to
perform a combination of procedures on the face we have
to look at how to correct the quality of the fabric as well,’
explains Dr Flynn. ‘This is where laser resurfacing can be
extremely effective. Even if a patient doesn’t necessarily
require a lift or tightening, most people who live in Australia’s
harsh climate could benefit from laser rejuvenation to renew
skin texture and tone.’
Finding the best combination for each patient requires a
thorough assessment of their individual issues. ‘We are all
unique and a good doctor’s skill lies in retaining the elements
that make us who we are,’ Dr Flynn says. csbm
This is where lifting techniques are best employed. In
good hands a facelift is the best procedure to lift sagging
skin. But there are alternatives.
Threads require no surgery or scars. Well placed and
anchored threads provide a great alternative to a facelift.
Dr Flynn has pioneered the use of thread lifts in Australia
and internationally and also teaches surgeons how to
use the threads.
‘Regardless of the procedure, don’t forget that proper
skincare and sun protection are essential for looking
your best and creating that ‘glow’ factor.
Radiant skin is the foundation of beauty and the philosophy
behind every treatment at Skin Renu. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
Collagen is one of the strongest natural proteins and plays a starring
role in radiant, resilient skin. It’s key to a supple and plump wrinklefree
complexion and is arguably nature’s best beauty booster. But
as we age our natural production of collagen begins to slow. That dewy
and plump look associated with youth gradually becomes replaced with
sagging skin, and fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re looking to take action against your dwindling supply of collagen,
the skin experts at Skin Renu in Balmain, Sydney are the people to see.
Their philosophy is based on improving a person’s appearance, not to
change their overall look, using non-surgical combination therapies which
offer little or no downtime to turn back the clock.
‘Part of this is to stimulate the body to produce more collagen so the
structure of your skin is healthier and plumper with a natural radiance,’
says Sylvia Down from Skin Renu. ‘If you’re serious about anti-ageing,
increasing collagen production is the name of the game.’
There are numerous devices in cosmetic medicine that help boost
dwindling collagen supplies. These include Infini and Thermage for
skin tightening and remodelling, Fraxel for skin resurfacing, and Laser
Genesis for pigmentation and improved skin texture. ‘All of these
procedures tighten existing collagen and stimulate new collagen production,
meaning lax skin is tightened, deep lines and wrinkles are softened and a
luminous texture is achieved,’ says Down. ‘When your skin is radiant, you
Injectables are another fundamental of anti-ageing treatments. Volume
loss and wrinkles are some of the major and inevitable changes that
occur to our faces over time. Dermal fillers and muscle relaxants are
excellent for reversing the signs of ageing, restoring facial volume, supporting
the skin and relaxing away wrinkles and fine lines, to offer a refreshed
and younger looking appearance. They also give further support to the
skin, enhancing results from other procedures such as laser resurfacing
and skin tightening treatments.
A series of injectable wrinkle treatments to soften lines and prevent new
ones forming can be performed in the one visit.
Each age bracket (and, indeed, each patient) comes with its own
set of skin concerns. All Skin Renu doctors, nurses and skin therapists
are experienced in using effective, consistently proven technologies and
products to treat a wide range of skin concerns. They guide their patients
on which treatments are ideal for them and their particular concerns.
‘A personalised programme of skin rejuvenation that deals with issues
such as skin laxity, fine lines, pigmentation and vascular imperfections
can achieve significant results,’ says Down. ‘Whatever the reason a
client presents to us, we devise a workable programme within their time
constraints and budget to help them achieve their best skin ever.’
To achieve a refreshed, natural-looking result, subtlety is the key. Nonsurgical
anti-ageing combination therapies which offer little or no downtime
can effectively help delay the signs of ageing, turn back the clock and boost
natural beauty. csbm
Designer smiles, home to sydney
aesthetic and reconstructive dentist
Dr Sarkis Nalbandian, has a new
address and a revamped look.
Caitlin Bishop reports.
According to Sydney aesthetic reconstructive dentist Dr Sarkis
Nalbandian, a dental practice should be an environment that
breeds creativity and encourages the highest standards of
performance in the surgeon, while also being comfortable and relaxing
for the patient. ‘It needs to be a place where the patient can make the
best decisions for themselves and the future of their tooth and gum
health,’ he explains.
Dr Nalbandian has created exactly this environment in his new,
state-of-the-art clinic in Cremorne, Sydney. ‘The new clinic has
been designed and built for the convenience of all our patients,’ he
says. ‘Considerable time, planning and effort in a top-of-class facility
means we can deliver the best treatments in a relaxing setting using
the latest diagnostic technology, personalised treatment rooms and
an in-house dental laboratory.’
‘The clinic caters to new and existing Designer Smile patients, and
incorporates specially built accommodation for our overseas clients.’
Dr Nalbandian has extensive experience in dental practice. He
performs both implant and reconstructive, as well as cosmetic
procedures regularly, but believes the most important goal of dentistry
should be to preserve the patient’s existing anatomy.
‘The longevity of real teeth immensely bypass the longevity of
dental implants,’ Dr Nalbandian explains. ‘Although I will place implants after
careful assessment of all options, the preservation of biology is of upmost
importance in my practice. In suitable cases, I will opt for procedures that require
minimal intervention to patients’ existing dental anatomy. This helps maintain the
teeth and longevity of the smile.’
An extensive consultation process is key in developing the most suitable
treatment plan for each individual patient. Whether the procedure is aesthetic
or reconstructive, Dr Nalbandian explores several potential solutions to suit the
patient’s individual concerns and preferences.
‘It is important that the patient is well informed and educated when deciding
to undergo any form of treatment,’ he explains. ‘Some patients come to me
believing invasive intervention is the only possibility, however I help them
understand that there may be an alternative approach, involving less downtime
and minimal disruption to their existing biology.’
As well as offering reconstructive and implant surgeries in his practice, Dr
Nalbandian also offers a service he calles the One-Visit Dental Facelift. This
specifically focuses on the speech area and aesthetic zone of the mouth. It calls
upon either ultra-thin porcelain veneers or composite veneers, which require
no injections, no drilling and no downtime. Both these procedures have been
developed and optimised at Designer Smiles, and are a solution for minimal
intervention in smile rejuvenation, suitable for patients of all ages. Importantly,
they also afford flexible options for future revision, as Dr Nalbandian explains.
‘There are many ways we can use non-invasive methods to improve a patient’s
smile, restoring their confidence and allowing them to continue with their lives
after just one visit,’ he says. ‘‘The beauty of using composite veneers is that we
can improve the patient’s smile while still keeping their options open for future
‘I preserve and enhance the patient’s smile wherever I can. My aim is to help
my patients keep their smile for life,’ Dr Nalbandian concludes.
A beautiful smile signifies one of the most noticeable hallmarks of youthfulness
and attractiveness. A bright, even, symmetrical smile can take years
off your appearance and boost your confidence when it comes to making
Dr Nalbandian believes a youthful smile can transform the entire face. And,
despite the damage that can occur to our smiles over time, Dr Nalbandian says
significant improvements can be seen in just one visit to the dentist.
‘Teeth wear can occur at any age,’ he says. ‘It’s known as tooth surface
loss, or TSL, and is generally caused by a combination of abrasion, erosion and
attrition, or ageing.’
Notably, tooth erosion can also be caused by the acidic nature of our diet.
Dr Nalbandian takes a holistic approach to smile transformation, helping his
patients make some lifestyle and dietary adjustments to prolong the results of
‘The increase in carbonated beverages has resulted in an excessive amount
of tooth loss in people as young as 15. This compromises the structural integrity
of their teeth,’ he says.
‘Approximately 30 percent of the population “brux”, or grind their teeth,’ he
continues. ‘The cause is unknown but has been attributed to stresses of life and
When teeth become worn, patients are exposed not only to potential
health and functional problems but also to an ageing smile. According to Dr
Nalbandian, this has a knock-on effect, dragging down the appearance of the
face as a whole.
‘The aim in all reconstructive dentistry is to develop a treatment plan to help
solve both the patient’s functional needs and aesthetic desires,’ he says.
‘I believe the best strategy is to firstly identify the cause and then prevent
further tooth and gum damage. Thorough diagnosis is required to assess the
cause because if it is not treated underlying tooth loss will continue to undermine
any type of restoration performed on the tooth,’ Dr Nalbandian explains.
The ‘One visit
On suitable candidates, Dr Nalbandian performs what he calls ‘The One-Visit Dental Facelift’.
‘As an example, one young patient wanted to improve the colour of her teeth and their overall appearance,’ he
says. ‘She had become very self-conscious about them because the top teeth were spatially shorter and had a worn
appearance due to bruxism, or grinding.’
According to Dr Nalbandian, the appearance of the top six teeth was particularly compromised, especially during
speech and smiling. ‘The worn, short teeth had created a flat smile line,’ he adds.
After discussing a number of options, the patient chose to have non-invasive composite veneers. ‘We used minimally
invasive techniques to transform her smile in only one visit. There was no drilling or injections and the structure of her
teeth remained intact,’ he says. ‘Her top 10 teeth were treated with composite veneers and her bite was also improved
for an optimal outcome.’
By using minimally invasive, time-efficient procedures, Dr Nalbandian was able to improve the appearance of the smile
significantly whilst lifting the look of her whole face.
‘She is thrilled with the whiteness and symmetry of her new smile, and that it also looks very natural,’ Dr Nalbandian
This patient had become self-conscious about the shape and colour of her
teeth. The top teeth were spatially shorter and had a worn appearance.
The patient opted to undergo a non-invasive procedure, using composite
veneers to improve the appearance of her smile. The top 10 teeth were
treated with composite veneers, and her bite was also improved.
The patient has reported that she loves the colour and symmetry of her
new smile. The improvement in this patient’s smile was achieved in just
one visit by Dr Nalbandian.
AFTER cosmetic dentistry by Dr Nalbandian
AFTER cosmetic dentistry by Dr Nalbandian
AFTER cosmetic dentistry by Dr Nalbandian
AFTER cosmetic dentistry by Dr Nalbandian
NEED TO KNOW
REGEN PRP REJUVENATES
FROM THE INSIDE OUT,
IMPROVING SKIN TONE,
TEXTURE AND RADIANCE.
CAITLIN BISHOP REPORTS.
Often dubbed “The Vampire Facelift”
(which is actually a trademarked
procedure by Dr Charles Runels from
the US using HA fi llers) Platelet Rich Plasma
(PRP) therapy is one of the most increasingly
sought after rejuvenation treatments around
It draws – quite literally – on the patient’s
own blood by reinjecting higher concentrations
of blood platelets which release growth
factors to the treatment site. These growth
factors “speak the language” of stem cells,
PRP: the procedure
Step one in treatment with Regen PRP is an accurate
and thorough assessment of the patient’s problem area,
which guides the treatment plan. Then the patient’s PRP
is injected intra and subdermally into the treatment area.
Typically, multiple treatments are required to achieve the
best results – usually three treatments at four weeks apart.
Once the desired results have been achieved, the
patient can expect to retain the results for 12 months before
requiring a top-up treatment.
and kick-start rejuvenation from the inside out. The
end result? Increased collagen production and thicker,
smoother and more supple skin.
PRP: the story
PRP was propelled into public spotlight in 2011, when it
was rumoured Angelina Jolie had received the treatment
to boost collagen in her face. But the technology had
been around long before then.
PRP has been used for decades in different
medical arenas – from sports medicine to helping treat
osteoarthritis. RegenLabPRP was the first to market PRP
in the Australian aesthetic arena in 2007. Now, with 53
clinical studies backing it, RegenLabPRP is a proven
PRP system using optimal concentrations and offering
PRP: the product
Platelet Rich Plasma is blood plasma enriched with a
higher concentration of platelets. When this plasma is
from the patient’s own blood, it is called autologous PRP.
These platelets contain a cocktail of beneficial
ingredients, such as growth factors and cytokines that
cause a cascade of anti-ageing activity after being reinjected
back into the skin.
Specifically, growth factors are involved in stem cell
migration, differentiation and proliferation, as well as
stimulation of fibroblasts and endothelial cells to induce
new collagen and blood vessel formation.
As well as the platelets, the plasma itself contains
many factors that are essential for cell survival. These
include nutrients, vitamins, hormones, electrolytes and
proteins. There are also essential molecules to help
build a scaffolding for the formation and migration of
Using an optimal concentration of platelets is key to
securing results in PRP treatment. And, surprisingly, a higher
concentration is not directly correlated to the extent of the
result. For example, one study by Rappl et al. (2011) found
platelet concentrations closer to the natural physiological
concentrations showed better wound-healing results than
According to the study results: ‘Those methods with
a lower concentration of platelets – at one to three times
the baseline – showed more robust healing rates than
those with highest concentrations of three to eight times
The release of growth factors
According to Solange Vischer, RegenLab’s product
manager based in Switzerland, the difference between
RegenLab PRP and other serums on the market is the way
the growth factors are released following injection.
‘In RegenLabPRP most of the growth factors are in
the platelets, not the plasma,’ Vischer explains. ‘These
growth factors will be released at the site of injection in an
orchestrated manner by the platelets, thus providing the
right dose and the right growth factor cocktail at the right
time of tissue reconstruction.’
In RegenLabPRP, the platelets within the serum haven’t
been activated until after they’re injected into the skin tissue.
They have a life span of seven to 10 days, releasing growth
factors at optimal times for an extended, long-term result.
PRP is a powerful and effective solution to anti-ageing.
It harness the patient’s own blood to trigger real change in
the skin at a cellular level. It boosts the production of new
collagen, and provides the scaffolding for newly plumped
contours and a smooth, radiant complexion.
Be sure to check your physician is using an approved
PRP harvesting system such as RegenLabPRP. csbm
The eCO2 is a fractionated laser that
strikes the optimum balance between
minimal downtime and maximum results.
Caitlin Bishop reports.
By now you’ve probably heard of the powers of laser to target
wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin. But, like many, you
may be concerned that laser skin resurfacing equals weeks of
healing time. The new eCO2 laser can put these concerns to rest.
eCO2 is a fractional ablative laser that delivers the full spectrum
of rejuvenating treatments, without the downtime and discomfort
associated with some other laser treatments. It’s manufactured by
laser powerhouse Lutronic, and distributed in Australia by Advanced
What can eCO2 treat?
The eCO2 can address a broad spectrum of skin and beauty concerns,
including wrinkles, skin laxity, scars, photoageing (sun damage), and
general skin rejuvenation. It has also been shown to achieve good
results on tightening sagging and wrinkly necks.
What does ‘fractionated’ mean?
The science behind fractional laser resurfacing is that the laser creates
microscopic thermal injuries in the dermis and epidermis. This results
in a wound-healing response that increases collagen production in
the dermis. In fractionated laser resurfacing, the micro-injuries are
scattered across the skin’s surface – with gaps of healthy tissue left
in between. This supporting network of healthy tissue aids in healing
post-procedure and reduces the downtime involved.
How is the eCO2 different?
The eCO2 has taken this ‘scattering’ concept and optimised it.
It features a patented Controlled Chaos Technology, which is an
algorithm to pseudo-randomly deliver each micro-laser beam, placing
maximum distance between sequential beams.
The end result? An increased safety profile, less post-procedure
discomfort, faster healing time and unprecedented fractional
Treat different skin concerns at once
The eCO2 treatment parameters can be adjusted in terms of both the
width of laser beam and density of the injuries inflicted to the skin to
treat a variety of skin concerns.
The device’s tips come in a choice of three spot sizes (or beam
widths) – 120, 300 and 500μm (micrometers) – these reach different
depths below the skin’s surface, according to what skin concern
The 120μm tip is the most narrow and reaches the deepest of the
three. It is suitable for addressing scarring, deep wrinkles and skin
tightening. The 300μm tip is the medium of the three spot sizes and
is beneficial for reducing the size of large pores and improving skin
texture and luminosity. Finally, the 500μm tip exhibits the widest spot
size, and has the shallowest depth. It is used to enhance skin tone,
texture and luminosity.
The density control mode determines the number of spot injuries
in a certain area. Density can be increased or decreased depending
on the area being treated, and the patient’s main concerns. The
density control also eliminates the need for multiple passes in a single
treatment, offering extra patient comfort.
Results with eCO2
One study into the efficacy of ablative fractionated CO 2
used on the full-face and neck, examined 18 patients who each
received a single treatment of eCO2 laser.
There was some downtime following the procedures, with an
average re-epithelisalisation time (to restore the skin’s surface) of five
to seven days for the full face and seven to 14 days for the neck.
The benefits of fractionated laser treatments are multi-fold.
Treatment can help reduce wrinkles, boost skin tightness and reduce
the appearance of scars and pigmentation. The eCO2 takes all these
benefits and rolls them into one widely applicable device that balances
minimal downtime and maximum results. csbm
THE MDERMA IS A NEW REGENERATIVE
TO REJUVENATE THE COMPLEXION.
CAITLIN BISHOP REPORTS.
Skin needling is a popular method for wrinkle
reduction, treating acne scarring and rejuvenating the
complexion. MDerma Fractional Dermal-Needling
System is distributed in Australia by Klinic Solutions and is
the latest generation of skin needling devices to hit Australia.
The MDerma uses sterile, sealed individual and
disposable needle cartridges to create small micro channels
in the skin and deliver topical ingredients.
The benefits of skin needling are double-fold. Firstly, the
columns of micro-injuries stimulate the skin’s wound healing
response, which triggers the natural production of collagen
in the dermis. This process is called Percutaneous Therapy
Induction of Collagen. It is a physiological process that
improves the thickness, colour, texture and consistency of
The second benefit is the delivery of active ingredients
to the skin via the micro needling columns. MDerma
creates channels that carry up to 80 percent more topical
It stimulates repair
of skin cells
ingredients, compared to if they were applied without the
In short? Skin needling with MDerma increases the
absorption of active ingredients into the skin, stimulates skin
repair at a cellular level and accelerates the regeneration of
skin’s epidermal cells.
The depth of MDerma microneedles can be adjusted,
which allows treatment to be adapted to each patient’s
individual needs. This customisation means MDerma can
be used in sensitive areas such as the upper and lower
eyelids, lips and nose – areas that are usually untreatable
with other modalities.
Treatment at the shallower depths invokes minimal
discomfort, and don’t usually require any form of
anaesthetic. For depths greater than 0.5mm, it is necessary
to apply topical anaesthetic between 15 and 40 minutes
before the procedure.
There is minimal downtime involved after the procedure.
Skin flushing often occurs, but resolves in 12 to 48 hours
following treatment in typical cases.
Often a series of treatments is recommended to achieve
the best results. Skin rejuvenation often calls for four
to six treatments, acne scarring is usually a minimum of
six treatments and stretch marks can require anywhere
between four and six treatments. Results are visible after
just one treatment, however the skin will continue to
improve in the months following the procedure as the new
collagen continues to develop. csbm
What can MDerma do?
• Tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin
• Reduce scarring (surgical and acne scarring)
• Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
• Improve appearance of stretch marks
• Decrease pore size
• Aid in the regeneration of skin by inducing
• Aid in hair regeneration when combined with
Factor 4 platelet therapy and laser hair treatments
with Factor 4
Factor 4 is a collagen-inducing blood serum
teatment that contains four times more growth
factors than any existing brand of Platelet
Rich Plasma (PRP). The treatment uses the
patient’s own blood, and incubates it in a
specialised storage system. The surfaces of
this tubing are called pyrogenic-free surfaces,
which elicit a vigorous and rapid increase
in the production of growth factors in the
The newly fuelled blood serum is re-injected
and/or skin needled to the treatment site, and
the high concentrations of growth factors work
their magic in stimulating collagen production
and skin rejuvenation in the area.
Patients have been experiencing
unprecedented results when combining
Factor 4 with MDerma micro-needling.
The micro-channels created with MDerma
deliver high concentrations of Factor 4 to
the depths its needed most. Patients are
seeing improvements in skin tone, texture and
luminosity when combining the systems.
The new way
Hydrafacial is the next-generation facial, achieving smooth, clean and
hydrated skin like never before. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
What if you could combine the relaxing and
pampering properties of a traditional facial with the
latest skin health technology to deliver immediate,
noticeable changes in skin hydration and smoothness?
Imagine no more – the HydraFacial does just that.
HydraFacial, distributed in Australia by High Tech
Laser and quickly being offered by medispas and clinics
across the country, is the new way to smooth, hydrate and
decongest skin – without any downtime, aftercare, irritation
or discomfort. It’s a non-invasive mild resurfacing procedure
that combines exfoliation, acid peel, pore extractions and
antioxidant infusion to cleanse, nourish and brighten the
skin for a more beautiful complexion.
‘The HydraFacial is a clever system that offers multiple
skin treatments in one. It’s simple to use and produces
beautiful, clean, hydrated, radiant skin results that are visible
straight after treatment,’ says Perth plastic surgeon Dr Anh
Nguyen, who has been using the Hydrafacial system in her
clinic for more than two years.
HydraFacial is also fast, producing radiant, dewy skin in
less than an hour. ‘It’s ideal before a big event as there is no
downtime associated with the treatment and it works on all
skin types and all skin conditions,’ says Dr Nguyen.
There are five steps to the HydraFacial treatment –
three steps to cleanse the skin and two steps to nourish it.
Cleansing and exfoliation are performed initially to remove
dead skin cells. This is followed by an acid peel of glycolic
acid and salicylic acid to dislodge grime from the pores,
before a vortex suction extraction system is applied to
decongest the skin completely.
The cleansing and extraction steps are followed by the
infusion of a highly active hydrating serum to nourish and
protect the skin. Specialised HydraFacial skincare is also
applied to help retain moisture and protect and smooth the
‘I commonly use HydraFacial to help treat dry skin, as
well as acne-prone or congested skin,’ Dr Nguyen explains.
‘Treatment is also effective in treating dull, uneven skin
tones that are in need of a booster or pick-me-up.’
HydraFacial can also be used in conjunction with
other procedures, such as peels, skin needling, laser skin
resurfacing treatments and also alongside injectable facial
rejuvenation to further enhance results.
To extend the results and retain the skin’s lustre and
brightness between treatments, the final step in the
HydraFacial is the introduction of the ‘daily essentials’
skincare. Tailored to certain skin complaints, the range
incorporates topical moisturisers, refining eye gels and
daily sun protection. Each product is infused with select
concentrations of the same active ingredients found in the
clinic treatment, providing detoxification, rejuvenation and
protection in between visits.
There is no typical patient for HydraFacial. The treatment
is widely applicable and suitable for anyone interested
in maintaining and optimising skin health. A series of
treatments is recommended, but results can be seen and
felt immediately following just one treatment.
‘The HydraFacial is sought after all year round – by
regular facial lovers, those getting ready for a big event such
as a wedding, ball, or awards event, and for people looking
for a good treatment between more aggressive laser skin
treatments,’ says Dr Nguyen.
‘I have seen skin become dewy, radiant, clean and
smooth after a single treatment. Everyone wants better
skin. We not only treat our regular skin and beauty clients
but also brides, high school students getting ready for a
ball, celebrities preparing for the Logies or Music Awards,
and our own plastic cosmetic surgery patients who want to
further enhance their results,’ she concludes. csbm
The 5 steps
Cleansing and Exfoliation
Dead skin calls are removed to reveal healthy
This gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris
from pores without irritation
Automated extractions use vortex suction to
clean out pores
Antioxidants and hyaluronic acid are vortexfused
to nourish and protect the skin
The HydraFacial Daily Essentials skincare
helps maintain and protect results
HOW TO Be
Sydney cosmetic tattoo practitioner
Val Glover-Hovan explains how permanent
makeup can add the finishing touches to
your look. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
From the runways of New York, London and Paris
to the red carpet in Cannes, models, actors and
celebrities all tend to have two things in common –
well-defined, full brows complemented by a set of plump,
prominent lips. Yet for many women, years of over plucking
can leave their brows sparse and, thanks to the natural
ageing process, once clearly defined lips can become
faded and less distinct.
‘As our body ages we can lose definition of our features;
they no longer appear as prominent and sharp as they
were in youth,’ says Sydney cosmetic tattoo practitioner
Val Glover-Hovan who, for the past 30 years, has helped
women redefine their features using permanent makeup.
‘When done well, cosmetic tattooing can have a significant
anti-ageing effect and can help re-instil a sense of
confidence and youthfulness.’
Having performed cosmetic tattoo procedures on
thousands of women, Glover-Hovan understands that no
two women are alike, and that each needs the procedure
tailored to enhance their underlying beauty. ‘We all have
different needs, lifestyles and tastes, and the cosmetic
tattoo needs to reflect this,’ she says.
According to Glover-Hovan, two of the most popular
procedures are those to enhance the brows and lips.
‘Permanent lip line is suited to people who have no definite
lip shape, or for pale, sun-damaged or uneven lips, and
those that have lost shape as a result of cold sores or
injury,’ she explains. Permanent lip line can also simply add
definition for women who want to put more emphasis on
To further enhance the appearance of the lips, Glover-
Hovan explains clients can choose between a lip line and
blend, which outlines the mouth and blends the colour onto
part of the lips, making the lip line more subtle; or a full lip
colour, with more than 100 shades to choose from.
‘Full colour is one of the most popular treatments,’ she
says. ‘You can wake up with beautiful lips every day and
kiss without leaving a trace – no more worry about lipstick
marks on your teeth, glassware or other people.’
According to Hovan, many women ask whether they
can wear lipstick over the top of their cosmetic tattoo, and
are surprised to learn that they can, with both pale and bold
tones complementing enhanced lips.
Cosmetic tattoo can also bring definition to the brows,
enhancing facial symmetry, framing the eyes and adding
structure and a more sophisticated look to the entire face.
With techniques that allow her to mimic the appearance of
hair, Glover-Hovan says cosmetic tattooing of the eyebrows
can result in a real transformation.
Val Glover-Hovan has been a name in the beauty industry
for some 35 years and has pioneered cosmetic tattooing in
Australia. She is at the forefront of education in the industry
and has earned a swag of accolades from organisations,
including the American Association of Micropigmentation
Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the
cosmetic tattoo industry, and another prestigious award
from the International Image Council.
As a leader and educator in cosmetic tattoo, Glover-
Hovan evaluates facial proportions and symmetry, as well
as hair and skin colouring, before creating a design that will
complement and enhance each client’s features.
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Thick eyebrows are trending
– make yours a permanent
statement. Caitlin Bishop reports.
Eyebrows are trending all by themselves. From
Cara Delevingne’s statement brows to Kim
Kardashian’s bleaching experiments, eyebrows are
the latest fashion accessory – just search the hash tag
#EyebrowsOnFleek and brace yourself for the endless
styles, colours and adornments gracing eyebrows the
As eyebrows have taken centre stage in fashion
consciousness, the art of cosmetic tattooing to reshape
and emphasise the brows has become more popular.
However, Sydney beauty therapist Rita Porreca of Sydney
Permanent Makeup Centre says consumers are more
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Liposuction was the number-one cosmetic
surgery last year in the US. Learn how it works,
who’s a candidate, as well as other options for
removing fat, tightening skin and creating sexy
curves. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
WHAT IS IT?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed under
anaesthetic to remove deposits of fat from specifi c areas of
the body. It can be performed almost anywhere on the body
where there are pockets of fat, including the neck, arms,
stomach, back, chest, buttocks, thighs and ankles.
It is usually performed as day surgery, although some
cases may warrant an overnight hospital stay.
Generally, the area to be treated with liposuction is
infi ltrated with a tumescent fl uid containing local anaesthetic
and a vaso-constrictor before small cannulas are used to
vacuum out the fat. Alternatively, a syringe can be used to
withdraw the fat.
Power-assisted liposuction, where radiofrequency,
ultrasound or laser technology is used to improve liposuction
results, can help increase skin contracture and tone and
tighten the skin’s surface. These types of techniques are
also typically less aggressive.
The ideal liposuction patient is at or near their ideal body
weight (within 30 percent), has good skin elasticity and is
seeking reduction of diet-resistant localised pockets of fat.
They also need to understand the risks of surgery and have
realistic expectations that liposuction is not a way of losing
masses of weight or a cure for obesity.
Bruising can last for a few weeks and swelling for around
one to two months. A compression garment is usually worn
for about four to six weeks in most cases. Patients can
usually return to work after around three to seven days.
Final results – a trimmer-looking, more proportionate and
shapely form – can be seen from six months to a year as
swelling subsides. Results are long lasting provided the
patient maintains a similar weight.
WHAT IS IT?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is surgery performed under
general anaesthetic. An incision is made across the lower
abdomen, the excess skin and fat are removed and the
stomach muscles tightened. The navel is repositioned as
the skin is re-stretched over the stomach.
Abdominoplasty is best suited to patients who have lost
a considerable amount of weight and have loose skin
and fat deposits that don’t respond to diet or exercise,
or who are looking to restore their pre-baby bodies. Like
all surgery, patients should understand the risks involved
and have realistic expectations of what the procedure can
do for them.
A fi rm strap and drain is usually worn for the fi rst 24 hours,
followed by a compression garment for several weeks.
Patients usually take around three weeks off work. Results
are a fl atter stomach with repaired abdominal muscles and
removal of excess skin. A scar is created across the lower
abdomen, which can be hidden within the bikini line, and
minimised with various scar therapies.
NON-SURGICAL BODY CONTOURING
What is it?
Non-surgical body contouring procedures use medical-grade energybased
devices to dissolve fat and/or tighten skin. The energy is emitted
via an applicator through the skin without damaging the outer layers, only
targeting the underlying fat and tissues. The most popular energy systems are
radiofrequency (RF) body contouring devices and cryolipolysis.
RF treatments. With RF body contouring treatment, the heat generated
from the RF energy dissolves fat cells and causes microscopic changes to
tissues and collagen fibres, with further collagen remodelling occurring over
the subsequent months following the procedure. The broken down fat cells are
drained via the lymphatic system and then excreted as urine. A reduction in the
appearance of cellulite is also commonly reported.
Cryolipolysis. This method uses almost-freezing temperatures to kill fat
cells without traumatising the surrounding tissues or harming the skin. A gel
drape is placed onto the target area to protect the skin before the applicator
head is placed onto the fat pocket, where it remains for approximately one
hour. The applicator acts like a vacuum to suck the area into position and
direct the cold temperature to the target fat cells under the skin, which are then
destroyed and eliminated naturally by the body.
Patients with small to medium localised pockets of fat on the abdomen, hips
and thighs are most suited.
While no non-surgical device can achieve the level of fat removal possible
with liposuction, it offers patients a good option to remove fatty areas resistant
to diet and exercise without the associated risks and recovery time of surgery.
Treatment results in a circumferential reduction of the treated area and a more
streamlined shape. Most non-surgical devices require a minimum of three
treatments in order to achieve optimal results, and often it can take longer
before those results are seen, as the fat cells take time to be metabolised
through the body’s usual processes. There is no downtime but temporary
redness or swelling may be present.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime, results should be
long lasting because, just as with liposuction, when fat cells are permanently
destroyed they will not return.
The human body contains two types of fat: white fat
and brown fat. White fat is important in heat insulation,
energy metabolism and mechanical cushioning. Brown
fat actively burns calories for heat but has been thought
only to exist in childhood.
Fat tissue is made up of cells that hold the fat. When
food that contains fat is ingested it goes through the
stomach into the intestines, where the fat droplets get
mixed with bile salts from the gall bladder. The mixture
breaks up the large droplets into several small droplets,
which increases the fat’s surface area.
The pancreas then secretes enzymes that attack the
surface of each small droplet of fat and breaks them down
into fatty acids and glycerol, which then get absorbed into
cells lining the intestine.
In the cells lining the intestine, the parts are reassembled
into packages of fat molecules with a protein coating,
called chylomicrons. These are then released into the
lymphatic system, which eventually merges with the veins
so they pass into the blood stream.
As bariatric, or weight loss, surgery becomes more
popular, so too has the need for body contouring
procedures such as tummy tucks, breast lifts, thigh
lifts and upper arm lifts, which are usually associated
with significant weight loss, according to new data
from the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
‘Bariatric surgery has become much more
common over the past decade,’ says Dr Justin B
Dimick, chief of minimally invasive surgery at the
University of Michigan in the US. ‘As these patients
lose weight they may have excess “loose” skin and
need plastic surgery procedures to remove it a year
or two later.’
Roughly one in five people who have weight loss
surgery will need body contouring as well, he said.
He recommends waiting until weight loss is
complete before assessing whether a patient is a
good candidate for skin removal procedures, and
then only performing one at a time.
‘Those who undergo body contouring after
weight loss are some of the happiest patients in my
practice,’ Glasberg said.
In addition to abdominoplasty, other common
cosmetic surgeries following massive weight loss
include an arm lift, thigh lift and breast lift.
What is it?
Also known as brachioplasty, an arm lift reshapes the
underside of the upper arm from the armpit to the
elbow, and involves the removal of excess loose skin and
fat from saggy underarm areas, sometimes referred to as
As well as the surgical excision of loose skin, the
procedure may also incorporate liposuction to remove
excess fat. Performed under general anaesthetic, the
procedure may require an overnight stay in hospital but
patients are often allowed to go home on the same day.
People who have saggy, excess skin on the underside of
their arms, particularly after significant weight loss.
Improved appearance of the upper arm, with more definition
and no flapping skin. Most people can resume normal
activities around two weeks after surgery. A scar will be
visible, typically running along the inside of the arm from the
armpit to the elbow, however scar management techniques
and products can help minimise the appearance.
What is it?
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure performed under
general anaesthetic to remove excess skin and fatty
tissue, typically in patients who’ve lost considerable
amounts of weight. A thigh lift can be combined with
liposuction for a smoother result. During the procedure,
an incision is made in the upper inner thigh – in some
cases this may extend to the groin line or buttock fold
– and excess fat and tissue is removed via this incision.
Patients with significant drooping skin on the upper leg
that does not respond to diet or exercise.
Improved contour of the upper leg, with tauter skin and
more defined musculature. Normal daily activities can
usually be resumed, and are encouraged for circulation,
within several days following surgery.
What is it?
For a small lift, the peri-areola mastopexy is commonly
used, with an incision made around the nipple. The nipple
is elevated and the skin envelope is moved so the nipple
sits higher on the breast mound.
For a larger lift, the anchor-incision technique may be
used. It involves an incision being made around the nipple
and vertically down, with another incision horizontally
under the breast. Another common breast lift method
is the shorter scar LeJour technique. In both cases, the
excess skin is removed and the nipple placed higher.
A breast augmentation can return shape to a flattened,
sagging breast, but it is commonly combined with
mastopexy (breast lift surgery) to raise the breasts to a
more aesthetically pleasing position. In other patients, a
breast reduction may be more suitable following weight
loss, and again this is usually combined with a mastopexy
to achieve the best results.
Rounder, fuller breasts with higher projection and
repositioned to a more youthful and attractive position.
Notably, a mastopexy can help reduce the appearance
of back rolls, or sagging skin on the sides and back of a
weight-loss patient. By pulling the tissue upwards, and
excising a significant amount of skin in the process,
breast lifting can smooth, lift and tighten the skin around
the patient’s rib cage.
Initial recovery takes around five to seven days and
resulting scars should fade over time. csbm
strike a balance
contouring and skin
smoothness, Dr John
Flynn explains. Caitlin
Liposuction isn’t just about removing fat. It’s about
re-contouring the body, balancing the silhouette and
creating a more pleasing body shape by removing
particularly stubborn or noticeable pockets of fatty tissue.
According to Queensland cosmetic doctor Dr John Flynn,
this concept of balance and harmony extends to the
‘You have to remember, fat is a source of nourishment
and helps plump the skin out for smoothness,’ Dr Flynn
explains. ‘With too little fat, the skin looks crepey and old;
with too much fat, the skin appears dimpled and uneven.
Liposuction is about creating a balance between the
smoothness of the skin, shapely contours and a reduction
Indeed, the vast majority of liposuction patients aren’t
looking to surgery as a solution for weight loss. They’ve
already worked hard on their figure and are sensible with
their diet. Often these patients look to liposuction as a
way to reduce areas of stubborn fat that are otherwise
impervious to diet and exercise.
‘Pockets of fat in the mid-abdomen are often genetic and
can be difficult to address; this is a popular treatment area
for liposuction,’ Dr Flynn explains. ‘Younger women with a
slender figure also commonly use liposuction to address
heavy pockets of fat on the outer thighs – also referred to
as saddle-bags. The back of the arms and neck are also
common treatment sites.’
About the procedure
Liposuction involves a process where fat is suctioned
out with a fine instrument. There are different layers of fat
beneath the skin, and optimising the fat reduction in each
layer is important in achieving the best results.
‘In many areas of the body – for example, the abdomen
– there is a superficial layer of fat, then a fascia which is
smooth, and then a deeper layer of fat under the fascia,’
Dr Flynn explains. ‘The majority of the volume should be
taken from the deeper layer of fat. It is important to suction
the more superficial fat very minimally, as it can lead to
uneven results post-procedure.’
skin Retraction after liposuction
Skin retraction describes the tendency for the skin to
bounce back and smoothly hug the contours following fat
The volume reduction associated with liposuction
can certainly create a slimmer, more balanced silhouette.
However, if there is not adequate skin retraction, the patient
may be left with crepey, sagging skin where there were once
pockets of fatty tissue.
‘The use of compression garments directly following
the procedure are a short-term solution to aid in skin
retraction,’ he says. ‘There are also several energy devices,
that use either laser light energy, ultrasound energy or
radiofrequency energy, which can be applied during
the liposuction procedure to help tighten the skin for a
smoother post-procedure result.’
According to Dr Flynn, there are a number of areas that
are at risk for poor skin retraction. ‘The inner-thigh has thin
and delicate skin, which means the ability to tighten skin
is very limited,’ he says. ‘Patients who receive treatment
With too little fat,
skin looks crepey and
old; with too much
fat, skin appears
dimpled and uneven
in the inner thigh may be left with folds of skin. It’s best
for the doctor to take a conservative approach, and it’s
important that the patient understands the risks going into
What happens after?
A healthy approach to weight maintenance is essential
following the liposuction procedure. The fat cells that are
left behind can still grow bigger and store fat, but the
treated area will put on less weight than the adjacent nontreated
areas. For this reason, the results of liposuction
must be maintained using diet and exercise.
‘Eating right, exercising, minimising drinking and
avoiding smoking can assist in skin retraction following
liposuction and ensure the results last and skin stays even
for the long-term,’ Dr Flynn explains.
‘It is important for patients to understand the underlying
concepts of liposuction, and the techniques involved to
create a balanced and sustainable result. Liposuction
is a genuine medical procedure, with associated risks
and long-term consequences – for this reason, it is
essential patients are well educated about the surgery and
have realistic expectations going into the procedure,’ Dr
Flynn concludes. csbm
help optimise your outcome by making the right choices
and doing the right prep work before your surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure,
but not everyone’s motivations for change are the same. Women pursue
implant surgery for a variety of reasons, ranging from the need to correct
congenital or developmental anatomical abnormalities, to the desire to restore
breasts to a more youthful shape and position. Other women might simply want
to increase the size of their bust and cleavage, bringing it into alignment with their
overall body shape.
Augmentation may also be needed to reconstruct a damaged or missing breast
following injury, illness or mastectomy. Each motivation carries with it a unique
importance to the affected individual, and it’s therefore imperative you’re honest with
yourself and your surgeon in order to maximise the chances of a positive outcome.
Because everyone differs not only in their goals and motivation for change, but
also in their physical appearance, so too do they require an individual surgical plan.
Prior to the surgery, your doctor will explain all the options so you can make informed
decisions about all the different factors involved in a breast augmentation.
• If you smoke, quit! Smoking
can cause complications and
inhibits wound recovery.
• Arrange a friend or family
member to drive you to and
from the operation and be
with you for at least the first
24 hours after surgery.
• Ensure you drink plenty of
fluids 24 hours before your
surgery and get a good sleep
the night before.
• Avoid using medications
containing aspirin or any antiinflammatory
agents as they
can cause increased bleeding
during your recovery.
• Set up a recovery area at
home with supplies that will
ensure you’re comfortable.
• Fill prescriptions for your
painkillers and antibiotics
before surgery and prepare
icepacks to reduce postoperative
The psychology behind the decision to have breast augmentation is a significant
part of the procedure and will have a bearing on whether you are ultimately
satisfied or dissatisfied with the results. An ideal candidate for breast implant
surgery understands the reality of what surgery can achieve and has a thorough
understanding of the procedure’s limitations.
A good surgeon will spend adequate time evaluating patients to decide
whether they are suitable candidates for breast augmentation. It’s important to
remember that preparation for surgery is not just physical. You must also be
emotionally and mentally ready for the changes that are about to take place, and
ensure that you are mentally and emotionally stable prior to the surgery.
Before your breast augmentation, the initial consultation with your surgeon gives
you the opportunity to ask important questions and for him or her to carefully
evaluate your goals and expectations. It is important to make sure you are
confident in the surgeon you have chosen and are comfortable discussing your
concerns with them.
The surgeon should be able to answer your concerns, while providing all
relevant information before your surgery. They will discuss a number of important
options, including the location of incision, the size and type of breast implant and
where it will be located. These decisions will generally be dependent on your
anatomy and personal preference.
When deciding to have a breast augmentation, you may also be recommended
to undertake an additional procedure, such as a breast lift. This is something you
should discuss with your surgeon during the consultation.
Before surgery, you will need to make a number of important decisions relating
to the implants themselves. With the help of your surgeon, you’ll need to decide
on the size, shape and type of implant, where it will be positioned and where the
incisions will be made. Each of these decisions depend on your anatomy, body
size, chest measurements and end goal.
The majority of patients who request a breast augmentation are looking to
increase their cleavage. The amount of cleavage achieved depends on the
shape of the breasts and the diameter of the breasts pre-operatively as well as
the size of the implant and amount of natural breast tissue. For example, women
with minimal soft tissue and widely separated breasts are unlikely to achieve a
well-defined cleavage without causing the risk of implant visibility and palpability
Choosing your ideal implant
There is more to choosing the right implant for you than just the cup size. It is
essential you choose a breast implant that suits your unique body shape, size
and even personality.
Temporary sizers are available to help you eliminate uncertainty and anxieties
while determining a final breast size that you are happy with. The final result
depends on your existing breast size, the width of the soft tissue that covers
the breast, the bulk of the muscle and the tightness of the skin envelope. csbm
the raw deal on
Working on that summer-ready body? We
review three of the most highly trending
diets, with a little bit of exercise thrown in.
Summer is approaching and here at Bella Media HQ we’ve been
diligently testing the best ways to shape up and trim down. Here,
we take a look at three of the most highly trending diets – the Paleo
diet, 5:2 diet and Atkins diet – and one truth about exercising for weight
loss is revealed.
The Paleo diet is built on the premise that humans existed for thousands of
years without the artificial and processed foods so prevalent in the modernday
diet. This approach strips the diet from any refined sugars, refined
grains and processed foods to mimic the way our ancient ancestors ate
thousands of years ago.
It partners high amounts of protein and fat with low levels of
carbohydrates, similar to the way Homo Sapiens thrived in the Palaeolithic
era, or stone age. This intake is supplemented with high levels of whole
grains, fruits and vegetables in a ‘plant and animal’ derived design.
In their book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, Loren Cordain and Joe Friel
associate the diet with both weight loss and overall health benefits.
‘Seventy percent of the US diet is made up of food that modern man
has created, and this food is made up of the same ingredients: refined
grains, refined sugars, processed vegetable oil, salt, artificial flavouring and
perhaps some processed dairy product,’ the authors say. ‘These foods
have displaced more healthful fruits, vegetables, lean meats and seafood
in our diets, and it’s hurting our health.’
They go on to explain the Paleo diet typically results in weight loss,
because of the way naturally derived foods work harmoniously in the body.
The Paleo diet is also said to boost the immune system by consuming
more trace nutrients, such as antioxidant vitamins and minerals that come
from fruits, vegetables and lean meats.
The diet has received criticism for its practicality and the soundness
of its background science. Critics have pointed out that our ancestors
simply did not live long enough to suffer the diseases of the modern day –
questioning the reliability of the diet’s heralded heath benefits.
Developed by medical journalist Dr Michael Mosley, the Fast Diet, or 5:2 diet,
takes an unusual approach to dieting. Typically, weight loss regimens involve
calorie counting, stringent food types and regular meals. The Fast Diet turns this
platform on its head, with people eating normally for five days and then ‘fasting’ –
or cutting calorie intake to a quarter of the normal level – for two days. It is touted
to assist in weight loss (believed to induce an average loss of 0.46kg per week)
and is believed to benefit overall health and longevity.
This effect on overall health, and not just body weight, is said to be associated
with a reduction in inflammation, brought on by periods of fasting. The way we
fuel our bodies – in the quantities and types of food we ingest – always incurs a
larger systemic effect.
Meals high in saturated fat and calories have been associated with an increase
in inflammatory markers in the body which, if continued, can lead to widespread
chronic inflammation and disease. Intermittent fasting is said to be effective in
relieving the body of this inflammation, leading to reduced oxidative damage and
increased immune resistance.
One of the problems commonly associated with
dieting is the tendency to stick with the food plan for
a certain amount of time, before reverting back to
old habits. The Atkins diet attempts to change these
habits, establishing a long-lasting and relatively easyto-maintain
approach to eating. In fact, it combines
this promise of longevity alongside a food plan that
includes the unthinkable – real butter, cream cheese,
eggs and bacon and extra avocado, in a seemingly
win-win dietary regime.
The aim of the Atkins diet is to break the carb and
blood sugar cycle, where carbohydrates are used
for energy, and excess carbohydrates are turned to
insulin or fat in the body. Instead, by filling the diet
with proteins, fibres and fats and drastically cutting the
amount of carbohydrates consumed, the diet forces
the body to adopt a fat-burning state. In this, fats are
stored more efficiently and those stubborn pockets of
fatty tissue are gradually broken down.
While this diet, like many carb-cutting diets, has
been shown to achieve effective results in weight loss,
the high reliance on foods high in fat has received
some criticism for its implications on wider health.
Some researchers have concerns whether a longterm
adoption of the Atkins diet could be associated
with increased risk of heart disease, stroke or cancer,
because of the replacement of carbohydrates with a
How much exercise do I need?
According to the World Health Organization, unhealthy
diets and physical inactivity are the key culprits for major
diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and
diabetes. They identify a lack of physical activity as the
fourth leading cause of global mortality, accounting for six
percent of deaths globally.
When it comes to getting mobile, the Australian
government recommends adults (those aged between
18 and 64) integrate at least 30 minutes of moderateintensity
physical activity on most, preferably all, days of
Whilst the health benefits of moderate exercise are
plentiful, when it comes to losing weight, an increasing
body of research suggests you will do better to cut back
on the length of time you commit to exercise whilst
increasing the intensity of your workout.
A study published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association followed the exercise habits of over
34,000 women. It concluded that it took about an hour
a day of moderate exercising to maintain weight. This
research is backed up by the findings of the (US-based)
National Weight Control Registry, which reported that 90
percent of people who have successfully lost weight and
kept it off exercise on average for an hour a day.
However, this research also tells us that even one hour
of moderate intensity exercise every day is not enough to
A smarter way to workout
A much more efficient way to exercise – and one that
scientific research is suggesting works a lot better both in
terms of health benefits and fat burning – is to take part in
high-intensity circuit and interval training.
Interval training be applied to any cardiovascular
workout, be it cycling, running, or rowing, and refers to
short bursts of high intensity exercise periods interspersed
with rest or relief periods.
Researchers at the University of NSW reported that
sprint training for just 60 minutes a week burns the same
amount of body fat as jogging for seven hours a week.
For the time-poor, that’s a saving of 180 minutes each
week, for the same results. csbm
Adelaide gynaecologist and
pelvic reconstruction surgeon
Dr Oseka Onuma explains the
evolution of laser treatments
in the Gynaecology sector.
Lasers refer to devices that produce and emit a
concentrated light. The light is amplified through
a process that involves the stimulation of small
particles called atoms that then release energy in the form
of photons. This process is called stimulated radiation and
the term ‘laser’ is an acronym for Light Amplification by
Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
There are several hundred varieties of lasers, however,
the majority belong to one of six groups: gas, chemical, dye,
metal-vapour, solid-state and semi-conductor. The vast
majority of laser machines have very specific applications in
specialised research fields.
Lasers are used widely in many industries, including
engineering, music, the military and medicine. Within the
field of medicine, lasers have become most recognisable
for their applications in the area of cosmetic medicine.
However, lasers were used long before their application
in cosmetic medicine for their destructive, excisional and
Gynaecology was one of the earlier adopters of laser
technology. In 1973 it was used to treat erosions of the
cervix, and soon after for excising or coagulating cervical
pre-cancer lesions (CIN; cervical intraepithelial neoplasia)
and fallopian tube micro-surgery. The cost of laser
technology, particularly in the 1990s, was the principle limit
to wider adoption. The CO 2
laser was the first laser used in
gynaecological practice in 1973 but had been developed
in 1961, just a year after the first laser was made. (Table 1)
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
In gynaecological practice, lasers have been used for
the treatment of endometriosis, utero-sacral nerve ablation,
division of adhesions, excision/ablation of cervical and
vulval lesions and ovarian/fallopian tube surgery. Whilst
not as commonly available, it is still used in some centres
around the world for these indications. The use of laser or
non-laser technologies in these areas have been largely
physician-driven, based on their particular interests and
access to the technology.
The use of lasers in the female genital tract to improve
quality of life issues such as sexual function has been
around for less than two decades. The term Laser Vaginal
Rejuvenation (LVR) was coined by a US-based
gynaecologist. It referred to a technique of using a diode
laser as a cutting/dissecting tool when performing prolapse
surgery; surgery designed to correct physical defects
whilst treating the patient as a sexual being rather than
a simple diagnosis about the size of a lump. This type of
surgery can be most accurately described as laser-assisted
The surgery remains controversial, not because it does
not work but perhaps because the concept of female
sexual function is not routinely taught in specialist
gynaecological training. The struggle to place women at the
front and centre of treatment remains a significant issue in
current gynaecological practice. To add to the confusion,
the terminology associated with such surgery has been
varied (vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, cosmetic
gynaecology, cosmeto-gynaecology, designer vagina) and
often viewed perjoratively.
The diode laser is one of the least expensive laser
technologies but remains significantly more expensive than
a scalpel, scissors or cutting diathermy. The advantage of
laser dissection over other dissecting tools includes the
ability to dissect, coagulate, cut and, at the same time,
promote collagen formation which assists healing and
reduces scar tissue formation. Surgeons who offer this
approach believe that their patients tend towards a greater
improvement in sensation during intercourse compared to
conventional cold-knife techniques.
The application of lasers in dermatology has been
a significant driving factor in the development of lasers
designed to be used in the vagina and on the vulva. Nonsurgical
laser vaginal treatment (‘therapy,’ ‘rejuvenation’) is
an expensive technology but is showing signs of fairly rapid
early adoption, particular amongst cosmetic physicians and
plastic surgeons. Gynaecologists have been, comparatively,
late adopters of the technology but there is some evidence
that more gynaecologists are exploring the role of nonsurgical
laser vaginal treatment in their practices.
The two main types of laser used in non-surgical
treatment of the vagina are the CO 2
and Erbium-YAG. Both
produce their effects by photothermal damage to both
the surface epidermal mucosa and more importantly to
the deeper lamina propria where most of the therapeutic
effects are mediated. The CO 2
laser is more aggressive
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than the Erb-YAG laser being subablative throughout the
whole application, with the photo thermal damage higher
on similar energy levels and passes. The Erb-YAG laser
system employs two distinct delivery methods: a multipulse
delivery that is not subablative and a single shot, longpulsed
mode that is subablative and produces a deeper
What does this all mean though? The limited data
available suggests that the photothermal damage results
in the vaginal surface epidermal mucosa becoming thicker,
more dense and cellular, with less keratin. The arrangement
of the connective tissue in the lamina propria (deeper layer)
is more dense, suggesting increased collagen. (Table 2)
The gold standard for evidence-based medicine is that
obtained via randomised, placebo-controlled, doubleblind
studies. If the practice of medicine today relied on
these types of investigations alone, the majority of medical
practice in all fields today would have to cease. However,
evaluation of new technology or the application of preexisting
technology to new indications requires a robust
examination of any available evidence, evaluation of the
technology and monitoring of outcome. It is possible that
the makers of the CO 2
laser are being over cautious or that
the makers of the Erb-YAG laser are being too optimistic in
their indications for use of their technology. (Table 2)
Lasers have a long history of being used in dermatology,
dental surgery and medicine and cosmetic surgery.
No reputable surgeon performing a facelift would use a
scalpel as a primary cutting tool when laser dissection
has been shown to result in improved healing, reduced
pain, reduced blood loss and less scar tissue formation.
The same principles can be applied to dissection of the
vaginal mucosa. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the main
instrument used for vaginal wall dissection in the majority
of first-world institutions around the world remains the
scalpel or the scissors.
Non-surgical laser vaginal treatment is not a surgical
approach. It is not the same as traditional vaginoplasty
and it is not the same as laser-assisted vaginal
surgical procedures. It is not a case of you saying
to your doctor, ‘I want to have non-surgical laser
treatment for my symptoms’ if you place a value
on the outcome you wish to achieve. The optimal
approach would be to have the discussion about
your symptoms with a doctor who has a clear
understanding of all the modalities of treatment
available and is able to guide you towards the mode
of treatment that might offer you the best outcome.
Whilst non-surgical laser vaginal treatment
shows the most promise for improving or curing
symptoms related to atrophic vaginitis, it is of little
value in correcting pelvic organ prolapse. Whilst
non-surgical laser vaginal treatment can improve
very mild stress incontinence or reduce vaginal wall
relaxation, it is unlikely to cure any significant stress
urinary incontinence or improve sensation during
intercourse where the vagina and the vaginal introitus are
patulous because of detached or torn muscles and fascia.
Non-surgical laser vaginal treatment (rejuvenation/
therapy; call it what you will) is an excellent addition to the
limited arsenal available for treating some symptoms of
female pelvic floor dysfunction. The risks associated with
treatment when properly performed are almost negligible.
Treatment should be carried out by doctors properly trained
in assessing the vagina and in both the theoretical and
clinical aspects of laser therapy. Any treatment can only be
carried out with the consent of the patient and each patient
should be confident that they understand the indication for
treatment, mode of treatment, alternatives to a particular
treatment and possible harmful effects of a treatment. Table
3 is a summary of how Dr Onuma applies technology in the
treatment of different pelvic floor disorders. csbm
Wavelength (nm) Laser medium
CO2 10,600 Gas
Nd-YAG 1,064 Solid-state
Erbium-YAG 2940 Solid-state
KTP 532 Solid-state
Argon 488-517 Gas
Diode 400-2000 Semi-conductor
Table of the most commonly used lasers in gynaecology
Manufacturer’s indications CO2 Laser Erbium-YAG Laser
Atrophic vaginitis symptoms: √ √
- Chronic vaginal discharge √ √
- Burning sensation √ √
- Painful intercourse √ √
Vaginal/Introital tightening X √
Stress incontinence X √
Pigmented vulva X √
Table of some manufacturers’ gynaecology indication for using their laser
Er-YAG or Non-laser
Diode (surgical) CO2 laser surgery or
Condition/ Mode laser (non-surgical) treatment
Vaginoplasty √ X √
Vaginal wall relaxation:
- Mild X √ X
- Moderate/severe √ X √
Atrophic vaginitis X √ √
Stress urinary incontinence X X √
Postmicturition dribbling X √ √
- reduction √ X √
- pigmentation X √ X
- reduction/tightening √ X √
- pigmentation X √ X
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The new non-surgical
Do you suffer from vaginal dryness and itching? Urinary
incontinence? Pain during intercourse? Get to know MonaLisa Touch,
the new surgery-free laser treatment. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
Vaginal atrophy is a condition that affects around 50
percent of women during their lifetime. While the
term vaginal atrophy isn’t so common, its symptoms
certainly are. These include urinary incontinence, poor
lubrication, painful intercourse, dryness, itchiness, burning,
vulval and vaginal pain, prolapse, and laxity or looseness.
MonaLisa Touch, distributed in Australia by High Tech
Laser, is a new non-surgical way to treat the symptoms of
vaginal atrophy. Additionally, because of how the treatment
works, it can be used for vaginal rejuvenation.
MonaLisa Touch is a medical laser device to improve the
genital mucosa and restore proper function in the treatment
area. Using fractionated CO 2
laser energy, the MonaLisa
Touch probe – which is inserted into the vagina – delivers
thermal energy into the deeper layers of the vaginal tissue.
This kick-starts the body’s natural processes to increase
blood flow and stimulate the formation of collagen, which
improves the integrity and elasticity of the genital mucosa.
This can be effective in alleviating vaginal pain in those
patients experiencing gynaecological problems or vaginal
atrophy, or in simply tightening the vaginal walls for a
‘To put it in simple terms, the MonaLisa Touch procedure
stimulates the body’s natural processes,’ says Dr Behnia-
Willison, a gynaecologist from South Australia. ‘It creates
more hydrated and healthy cells which help to increase
vascularisation, hydration and acidity, which are important
components of vaginal health.’
According to Dr Behnia-Willison, a treatment to
improve vaginal function is sought by a significant number
of patients, of many different ages. ‘Although many of
my patients are going through menopause or are postmenopausal,
there are also many younger women suffering
from similar symptoms,’ she says. ‘I have found the
treatment particularly effective for women who find it painful
to have sexual intercourse.’
Treatment with MonaLisa Touch can be tailored to
individual patients’ concerns and motivations. Vaginal
atrophy commonly affects post or peri-menopausal women,
as well as women who have had children and find they’re
lax and not enjoying intercourse.
For treating symptoms of vaginal atrophy, a course of
three to five treatments is recommended and, for vaginal
is revolutionary in
that it offers women
a surgery-free option
for treating vaginal
tightening and rejuvenation, one to three treatments,’ says
Perth plastic surgeon Dr Anh Nguyen. ‘The results last an
average of 12 to 18 months, at which time a touch-up
treatment may be required, but every individual is different.’
MonaLisa Touch is a walk-in, walk-out treatment,
requiring no anaesthetic or downtime.
‘It’s a straightforward procedure,’ says Dr Behnia-
Willison. ‘It simply involves a probe being placed inside the
vagina and the fractionated CO 2
energy being delivered to
the vaginal tissue.’
The results possible with MonaLisa Touch have been
documented both clinically and empirically. In Australia
alone, more than 6,000 MonaLisa Touch treatments have
been performed, with most patients returning to work and
normal activity immediately post-procedure.
‘In the first 200 women we treated, 99 percent have
noticed an overall improvement in symptoms and would
recommend it to their friends,’ says Dr Nguyen. ‘Some
have had spectacular results, reporting they no longer need
to wear their incontinence pads and can now socialise,
exercise and enjoy life to the full. Others are not troubled by
urinary frequency and urgency anymore, so they can plan
longer trips and sleep through the night. Many women have
come back letting us know they have had intercourse for
the first time in years and are enjoying it, as well as a boost
to their confidence.’ csbm
Find out what you
can and can’t use
It’s important to know what’s safe to put in and on your
body during pregnancy. Caitlin Bishop reports.
The safety of what you’re putting into your body
– in the form of food, drinks and supplements
– comes under strong scrutiny during childbearing
and breast feeding. And, according to
skincare experts and dermatologists, the same
should be said for those ingredients that you’re using
on your skin in the form of skincare, sunscreens and
Dermatologist Dr Katherine Armour from Victoria
recently spoke on skincare in pregnancy at the
COSMETEX conference in Melbourne.
‘It is always best to speak to your doctor about
treating skin conditions when pregnant, as you need to
be careful with which products you use,’ she explains.
‘For example, topical creams like retinol (Vitamin A)
and medication like isotretinoin are usually great
treatments for acne, yet are definitely not safe to use
The concern in using cosmetic injectables and
some cosmeceuticals during pregnancy is that potent
active ingredients may diffuse into the blood stream
and disrupt hormone levels or affect fetal development.
There is very little concrete evidence surrounding the
effect of anti-wrinkle injections on a developing fetus.
One study, by Morgan J C et al (2006), found botulinum
toxin A (the active ingredient in anti-wrinkle injections)
appears to be relatively low-risk for both the expectant
mother and fetus. However, it did recommend further
research, and suggested that practitioners and
patients carefully consider the risks and benefits before
using anti-wrinkle injectables in pregnant women.
This caution seems to be mirrored by doctors and
dermatologists around the world. During her talk at
COSMETEX, Dr Armour suggested pregnant women
should refrain from receiving any botulinum toxins
during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in an effort to
keep the fetus as healthy as possible.
Similarly, US dermatologist Dr Vivian Bucay, who
was a keynote speaker at COSMETEX, discusses
treatments during pregnancy on her website. She
says: ‘cosmetic treatments, such as anti-wrinkle
injections and chemical peels, should be avoided
during pregnancy. Even though these treatments
and procedures are considered low risk, expectant
mothers should still try to avoid them.’
In the US, the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) classifies Botulinum toxins as a pregnancy risk
Category C. This means the drug should only be
administered during pregnancy if the potential benefit
justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Why the concern?
Botulinum toxin is derived from a food-related bacterium
called Clostridium botulinum – it is also one of the most
potent food-related toxins known to humans.
“Botulism” is the poisoning associated with unsafe
exposure to botulinum toxins. In humans, this can cause
blurred or double vision, nausea, vomiting, trouble
breathing, difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness and
impaired motor control. However, there is limited evidence
as to how this poisoning could affect an unborn child.
While the size and weight of a botulinum toxin molecule
is too big to diffuse across the placental membrane,
scientists do not know if transfer to the fetus is possible
through an active transport mechanism. They also can’t be
certain if the toxin’s neuromuscular effects could potentially
affect fetal development.
Where does the toxin go?
Common claims that botulinum toxin does not migrate
from the treatment site following injection are inaccurate,
according to new research published in the Journal
of Neuroscience. Earlier this year, scientists discovered
some of the potent toxin escapes into the central
nervous system (the brain and the spinal chord) following
‘For the first time, we’ve been able to visualise single
molecules of Botulinum toxin travelling at high speed
through our nerves,’ explains Dr Tong Wang from the
Queensland Brain Institute who was involved in the study.
‘We found that some of the active toxins manage to escape
this route and intoxicate neighbouring cells.’
This discovery adds weight to the argument for avoiding
botulinum toxins during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Until researchers further understand the pathways of
injected botulinum toxins in the body – and the way the
toxin might interact with or affect a developing fetus –
the overarching recommendation is that patients and
practitioners steer clear of cosmetic injectables during
Stretch marks are a common concern
during pregnancy. They usually appear
on the abdomen and breasts, and also
on the hips, thighs and buttocks.
Stratamark, from Swiss pharma
company Stratpharma, is a
revolutionary treatment for preventing
and reducing stretch marks, and is safe
for use in pregnant women. It hydrates
and protects the skin by forming a thin
gel sheet across the treatment area
– this helps normalise the production
of collagen in the skin to help prevent
stretch marks from forming.
Stratamark is recommended for
use from the beginning of the second
trimester through to 60 to 90 days
According to Dr Armour, there are several effective topical
treatments that can be used safely during pregnancy.
• Benzoyl peroxide This has the ability to penetrate
deep in oil glands, and kill off P. acnes; the acneprovoking
bacteria. This prevents the bacteria from
driving the inflammation of acne.
• Azelaic acid This works in a similar way to Benzoyl
In the skincare department, parabens, phthalates and
retinoids are all of particular concern during pregnancy.
Parabens and phthalates are commonly found in
cosmetics, body lotions, nail polishes, hair sprays and
fragrances. Both parabens and phthalates are considered
endocrine-disruption chemicals, which have the potential
to interfere with hormone function.
One study, by Braun, J.M. et al. in 2013, looked into
the use of parabens and phthalates during pregnancy.
They found lotion, cosmetics and perfume use were all
associated with an increase in phthalate metabolite and
paraben concentration in the urine – of up to 111 percent.
Avoid parabens and phthalates by using essential oils
instead of fragrances, checking the ingredients listed on the
label and opting for products that are ‘paraben-free’.
Retinoids are a form of vitamin A and are used in skincare
to accelerate skin cell renewal – this can be effective in
reducing pigmentation, treating acne and reducing wrinkles.
Retinol, retinol, tretinoin (retinoic acid, Retin-A), isotretinoin
and alitretinoin are all forms of first-generation retinoids.
While there is limited evidence to show retinoids are
harmful when used topically, many studies have shown that
high doses of vitamin A during pregnancy can be harmful
to an unborn child. As well as this, oral retinoids such as
isotretinoin commonly used in acne treatments, have been
shown to cause birth defects.
Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant and is the primary
ingredient in many chemical peels. It is also the active
ingredient in aspirin. High doses of salicylic acid in oral
form have been associated with birth defects and various
complications during pregnancy. With regards to topical
application, the concern is around the use of chemical peels
that contain salicylic acid. The high concentration of salicylic
acid, plus the greater quantities used in chemical peels,
increase the chances of absorption into the bloodstream,
which could affect fetal development. It is best to consult
with an experienced dermatologist in undergoing treatment
with chemical peels during pregnancy.
peroxide in that it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
• Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) This can be used for
oil control and minimising pores and also has antiinflammatory
‘If your skin is oilier than usual, adapting your skincare
may also help manage your acne during pregnancy,
for example switching to a less greasy moisturiser,’ Dr
NOT ALL SPOTS ARE MADE EQUAL, AND AS WE FORGE INTO WARMER WEATHER
IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO PROTECT OUR SKIN AGAINST THE
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIGMENTATION. AIMÉE SURTENICH REPORTS.
Many of us are going to notice more uneven skin
discolouration over the next few, sunnier months. But
what kind it is? How do we prevent it, treat it, or at
least minimise it? And how do we distinguish it from something
Pigmentation refers to changes in the melanin (pigment)
of your skin, but there are diff erent types and they do not
all respond to the same treatments. It goes without saying
that any brown or black discolouration that looks out of the
ordinary should be checked by a dermatologist or skin cancer
specialist. But correct diagnosis of the type of pigmentation
you’re experiencing is also essential if you’re to benefi t from
The most common type of pigmentation is ephelides, or
freckles. These are fl at circular light spots on the skin, about the
size of the head of a nail, that develop after repeated exposure
to sunlight, particularly if you have a fair complexion. They
appear darker during the sunny months and fade in the winter.
Heredity also infl uences freckling, as witnessed by the striking
similarity in the total number of freckles on identical twins.
Freckles are benign but they may sometimes be confused with
more serious skin problems.
There are many excellent home care products
and treatments to target pigmented lesions.
Unfortunately, once you have sunspots you
can’t fully remove them, but certain ingredients
and products can help fade and control
Vitamin A is a fundamental component (nay,
the most benefi cial) to any skincare regimen
(including the fi ght against pigmentation). Look
for Vitamin A serums in the form of stabilised
retinol. It’s been proven to help renew the
skin’s collagen and elastin and reverse the
signs of ageing from UV.
Vitamin B is also hailed by skin professionals
for its ability to rejuvenate and strengthen skin
against a broad range of skin conditions such
as dryness, pigmentation and excess sebum.
Applied in the form of L-ascorbic acid, Vitamin
C helps protect cells from UV free radical
damage, assists in collagen production and
also helps prevent tyrosinase enzymes in
your body from creating excessive amounts
Alpha hydroxy acids
AHAs include glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric
acids, and have also been shown to help with
pigmentation irregularities. AHAs can create
mild irritation, so 10 to 15 percent is usually the
concentration used in products. Be sure to use
sunscreen on top of AHA products as it makes
skin more sun-sensitive.
A lentigo (plural lentigines) is a non-cancerous,
pigmented spot with a clearly defi ned edge. Lentigines
may evolve slowly over years, or appear suddenly.
They may occur anywhere on the body and vary in
colour from light brown to black.
These spots are caused by UV sun exposure and
the degree depends on how much UV light these
melanin pigments are exposed to. These must be
monitored as they may develop into skin cancer and
melanoma. Annual checks with your dermatologist or
skin specialist is essential.
Melasma or Chloasma is pigmentation that is deeper
in the skin’s dermis. It appears on the face as larger
brown patches with a non-distinct border. This type
of pigmentation is more common in women. Though
causes are unknown, it is often linked to hormonal
imbalances. The condition is made worse with UV
exposure, overheating the blood, some medications,
pregnancy and stress.
Post-infl ammatory hyperpigmentation
This is a response to injury of the skin and can be the
result of acne, burns, friction or overly aggressive clinical
treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion,
laser and IPL. This condition often resolves with time
and generally responds well to topical products.
Poikiloderma of Civatte
Often people think what is solely pigmentation is
actually a combination of pigmentation and redness
(surface blood vessels). This skin condition is called
Poikiloderma of Civatte (POC), which is the common
weathering change that aff ects the skin on the front
and sides of the neck and décolletage.
POC is very common in Australian women. There
are many contributing factors including the hot climate,
excessive sun exposure, genetics and hormonal
factors. It occurs commonly on women who neglect to
protect their neck and chest from sun exposure. While
focus has always been placed on using sunblock on
the face, remember that the neck, décolletage and
hands also need to be protected.
A dermatologist or cosmetic doctor can correctly diagnose and recommend clinical treatments such as
laser, Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT), Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Light-Emitting Diode (LED) therapy, acid or
enzyme peels, along with appropriate skincare.
If seeking any of these treatments without medical advice, it is important to fi nd a clinic or salon with
experienced practitioners who understand exactly which type of pigmentation they are treating. A good
practitioner will fi rst discuss your specifi c concerns and medical history, any medications you take and
diagnose your Fitzpatrick skin type (this is a system used to determine how people will pigment or respond
to sun exposure).
IPL and LED light therapy is eff ective on most people with specifi c skin conditions such as pigmentation,
sunspots, broken capillaries, redness and uneven skin texture. It can also improve the overall tone and
texture of the skin, as well as treating fi ne lines by creating a more plumped up appearance. A series of four
to six treatments may be required for optimum results.
Also, the importance of cosmeceuticals can not be emphasised enough. Quality active skincare goes
hand in hand with an in-clinic treatment plan and, of course, an SPF30-50 sunscreen that is suitable to use
on the face, neck, hands and décolletage. csbm
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Vitamins and minerals are important not only for
your general health but, when applied to the skin,
can also play an essential role in skin correction
Although topical vitamins have been available for
decades, it’s only in recent years that formulators have
been able to harness these vital ingredients in the most
stable and bioavailable form.
It is essential that the active components of skin
vitamins remain viable for the shelf life of the product.
The active components must also be able to penetrate
the stratum corneum and reach the receptor sites of
the target cells. If the particles are too large they will
remain on the outer skin layers and merely ‘feed’ the
Current medical research regards the essential ‘skin
food’ vitamins A, B and C as fundamental to any antiageing
regimen. Almost every skin type and condition
will benefi t from them if delivered in the correct form,
and they should be used as your skin begins to age
from around the mid 20s.
When deciding which products are right for you, it
is always best to be guided by a skincare professional
and look for the clinical data backing all claims.
Look for products that refer
to ‘stabilised retinol’ which
is readily absorbed, highly
stable and non-irritating.
This regulates the rate of
cell turnover to improve
skin texture, increases
collagen production to
address fi ne lines, inhibits
the enzyme tyrosinase
to address excess and
abnormal melanin production
regulates oil production to
Vitamin A and additional
ingredients such as lactic acid
(AHA), which exfoliates the
skin, and salicylic acid (BHA),
which removes dead cell
debris, can leave ‘fresh’ skin
exposed to UV light.
It is therefore recommended
you always apply adequate
sun protection in the form of
a zinc oxide-based sunblock
during the day to protect new
and vulnerable skin.
Topical vitamin A is not
recommended for pregnant or
Often referred to as niacinamide, vitamin B3 increases ceramide production to
increase natural hydration levels and skin luminosity; prevents the transfer of
melanin from melanocyte to keratinocyte, thus reducing hyperpigmentation;
increases the natural immunity of the skin to defend against environmental
stress; and reduces excess oil production.
As L-ascorbic acid – the form of vitamin C that the majority of medical papers
refer to as being most active on human skin cells – vitamin C increases
collagen production to reduce fi ne lines and minimise scarring and is a
potent anti-infl ammatory. Infl ammation is the basis of most adverse
skin conditions. Vitamin C also inhibits tyrosinase activity to address
New evidence suggests that some topical skin vitamins operate at
an optimal pH level. Vitamins A and B are thought to perform best in
a slightly alkaline environment, which means it is best to use these
vitamins together. Vitamin C, which operates best at a lower acidic pH,
should be used separately.
What can vitamins be used to treat?
Pigmentation Vitamins A, B and C address uneven skin tone and pigmentation
concerns at diff erent levels. Added benefi t can be found from using mineral
sunscreen to prevent sun damage and a gentle lactic acid exfoliant to
remove dead surface cells. Potent active ingredients such as Chromabright
and Potassium Azeloyl Glycinate help target melanin production and lighten
Acne Vitamin A regulates excess oil production and the over-production of
skin cells. Vitamin B3 regulates oil production in synergy with vitamin A, while
also increasing the immune response of the skin to combat bacterial infection.
Vitamin C and natural antibacterial agents such as Manuka essential oil reduce
infl ammation within pores.
Vitamin C also helps heal damaged skin by increasing collagen production.
Adolescents with acne may benefi t from vitamins A, B and C but they are not
recommended for pre-pubescent children unless directed.
Lines and wrinkles Vitamins A and C both act to increase collagen production
and address fi ne lines. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant, which helps defend
against environmental stressors ageing the skin. Vitamin B3 improves natural
hydration levels and strengthens the outer skin layer.
This in turn improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Other essential anti-ageing actives include botanical extracts such as Gatuline,
collagen-stimulating peptides and antioxidants such as green tea and Phyoxolin.
But vitamins aren’t Mother Nature’s only healing ingredients. The single most
important anti-ageing product is not a vitamin at all, but a mineral. Given that
sun damage is the fundamental basis of environmental ageing, zinc oxide used
in a broad-spectrum sunblock should be your number-one skincare ingredient,
protecting you against the harmful rays from the sun. csbm
Planning a cosmetic procedure? Hide redness or bruising with
jane iredale mineral makeup, the breathable makeup that provides
flawless coverage while soothing your skin. AimÉe Surtenich reports.
Jane iredale mineral makeup is a girl’s best friend
after surgical and non-invasive cosmetic treatments,
delivering health benefits to the skin while camouflaging
telltale redness and bruising, helping you get back to normal
life as quickly as possible.
Using only pure micronised minerals and quality
cosmeceuticals, jane iredale plays an important role
post-treatment and is recommended by plastic and
cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists and leading skin
therapists around the world.
Cosmetic practitioners and skin therapists have come
to rely on mineral makeup as a means of allowing clients to
return to work after a lunchtime treatment. From laser skin
jane iredale is
About jane iredale
jane iredale is acknowledged as the pioneer in the field
of mineral makeup. Its credibility from medical use has
propelled it into salons and spas, where it is now used
as enhancement makeup as well as to hide redness from
injectables, peels and other anti-ageing procedures.
Indeed, it has propelled an ever-increasing trend towards
makeup as a true extension of skincare has developed.
It’s no longer enough for makeup to simply enhance
appearance; people want and expect it to aid the health
of the skin.
Each product undergoes specific testing – not because
it’s required but because the company believes in offering
the consumer the highest quality product line possible.
The comprehensive range offers a full spectrum of
products and coverage – from Glow Time BB Cream and
Dream Tint tinted moisturiser to fuller coverage Amazing
Base 4-in-1 loose mineral powder and Disappear Concealer,
in colours to suit all skin shades. csbm
treatments and face surgery to anti-ageing facials and even
waxing, the jane iredale range helps to calm the skin and
offers excellent camouflage.
It’s hard to believe that a foundation made from crushed
rocks can be good for your skin, but in fact it helps prevent
the breeding of bacteria and soothes stressed or irritated
skin. It’s even gentle enough for people with sensitive
conditions such as acne and rosacea.
All products in the range are made from raw ingredients
that replace the need for those such as talc, chemical
dyes, perfumes and other preservatives that are harmful to
Only pure micronised minerals are used, providing
weightless, fast, breathable and natural coverage without
any irritation. Titanium oxide and zinc oxide are naturally
occurring minerals that are known anti-inflammatories
to help calm and cover redness (erythema) and bruising
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is at the
We are becoming increasingly aware of the hazards of our urban
lifestyle on our skin and the cosmetics industry has followed
suit, introducing a new crop of products laced with superantioxidants
and grime-fighting city combatants. Where scientists have
seen a hole in the ozone, beauty companies have seen an opening in the
Spotting city skin is easy, pardon the pun. It’s dull and congested
with blocked pores and dehydrated with patches of dryness. Stress has
depleted the skin of nutrients and it’s been over-exposed to late nights,
alcohol, tobacco and other stimulants. It’s choked with smoke and
ragged thanks to air-conditioning and other major contributors to poor
skin. However, by protecting ourselves from ultraviolet radiation and
photoageing by using the correct formulations and the most effective
method to deliver our skincare, while supplementing with vitamins and
antioxidants, we can significantly improve sallow skin.
Skin is made up of tiny pores that ensure the skin can breathe and
regulate body temperature, among other tasks, but they also filter out
the grime and debris associated with everyday life. Of course, that means
that we city slickers have skin coated with a fine layer of nasty toxins from
According to a University of California, Berkeley study, skin ailments
are most certainly linked to air pollution in cities. It found the ozone
rapidly strips Vitamin E, an important component of healthy skin, from the
uppermost skin layer. Skin conditions aggravated in urban environments
include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and other ailments which generate
itchy, red, inflamed and scaly skin.
The researchers examined the stratum corneum, a thin layer at the
surface that accounts for less than five percent of the skin. Long considered
an inert layer of dead skin, the stratum corneum is now receiving
considerable attention as the gateway to underlying body tissues.
‘Skincare companies know if you have dry skin, it’s your stratum
corneum that’s in trouble,’ says Berkeley researcher Dr Jens Thiele.
‘Everything you apply on the skin has to pass through that layer.’
The urban environment causes the destruction of the skin’s natural
barrier function, which regulates the movement of materials in and out of
the skin. It is also thought the increased formation of harmful chemicals
from the breakdown of the skin’s fatty lipids triggers an inflammatory
response in underlying skin layers.
Dr Neil Sadick, a clinical professor of dermatology in New York, agrees.
‘With the changes in the ozone layer we’re getting more instant ultraviolet
radiation, as well as more damage from environmental pollutants. In my
practice we’re definitely seeing more patients, and younger ones, with
damaged skin. To repair it, and to guard against further threats, the two
major factors necessary are a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a highpotency
antioxidant formula.’ csbm
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Fear not – it’s not quite as dire as it
sounds. There are several simple
things you can do to equalise the
eff ects of city living on your skin.
First up, your epidermis will thank
you every day for a basic twice-daily
skincare routine. Get skin in tip-top
condition by cleansing, toning and
moisturising every morning before
applying makeup (it should go without
saying that falling asleep with your
makeup on is a no-no). Exfoliation to
slough away dead cells and brighten
the complexion can be done at home,
or with microdermabrasion or a peel
at a salon to remove surface debris.
Improving the skin’s resistance to
pollution is the name of the game. Use
sun protection and a moisturiser rich
with ingredients to improve the skin’s
Cosmetics are often blamed for
clogging pores but they can actually
protect against pollution because they
provide a fi ne layer of resistance, so
don’t steer clear of your makeup bag.
Oh, and keep hand cream in your bag
to soothe chapped hands.
1. Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser 200ml, $45, 2. Aspect
Dr ABC Essential Kit, $180, 3. ASAP Clear Complexion
Gel 50ml, $50, 4. Babor SKINOVAGE PX Intensifi er
Detox Serum SPF 15 30ml, $128, 5. Neostrata Oily
Skin Solution 100ml, $43.95 6. Napoleon Perdis
Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser and Makeup
Remover 74ml, $59 7. Aspect Hydra Shield SPF 15
30ml, $57,20 8. M.A.C Volcanic Ash Exfoliator 100ml,
$37, 9. Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Scrub
Mask 75ml, $44, 10. Essano Rosehip Oil with Acai Berry
20ml, $19.99, 11. PureSonic Sonic Facial Cleasing
Brush in Perfectly Pink, $99, 12. The Aromatherpay Co.
Detoxifying Bath Salts 300g, $21.95, 13. Colorescience
Hydrating Setting Mist 118ml, $50.60
Just think of a sliced apple turning brown to visualise the urban impact of
oxidisation on your skin. Research is increasingly pointing the blame for
ageing and illness towards oxidative cell damage caused by the environment.
Here is where antioxidants step in to defend the skin, providing it with a
fi ghting chance of repairing existing damage and defending itself against
Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the damaging eff ects of free
radicals on cell structures, as well as cellular DNA. Free radicals accelerate
the ageing process and are the result of oxygen molecules being oxidised,
but they can also be created by exposure to various environmental factors,
smoking and UV radiation. They are unstable cells that, if left unchecked,
can compromise your health and potentially lead to cancer.
When pollution damages the skin, the cells release superoxide free
radicals and other molecules that unleash their energy at random, like a
For years the leading antioxidants in topical beauty products Vitamins
A, C and E. The list now also includes those such as alpha hydroxyl acids,
hyaluronic acid, peptides, coenzyme Q10, idebenone, resveratrol and
coff eeberry, many of which are found in the latest grime-fi ghting products –
from the cosmetic giants to the natural and organic boutique lines. csbm
1. Obagi Professional-C
20% Serum 30ml, $99.95,
2. Sisley Botanical D-TOX
30ml, $245, 3. Elizabeth
Arden PRO Cellular
Recovery Serum 50ml,
$180, 4. HydroPeptide
Soothing Serum - Redness
Repair & Relief 30ml, $190,
5. Lancome Advanced
Génifi que Youth Activating
Concentrate 30ml, $95, 6.
SkinCeuticals C + AHA
30ml, $169, 7. Synergie
Skin SupremaC 30ml, $110,
8. SkinMedica Vitamin C+E
Complex 28.3g, $161.50, 9.
PCA Skin C&E Strength Max
28g, $136.40, 10. Paula’s
Choice Resist C15 Super
Booster 20ml, $55, 11.
Kerstin Florian Correcting
Multi-Vitamin Day Crème
SPF 15 50ml, $109, 12.
Dr. Lewinn’s Reversaderm
Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask
70ml, $49.95, 13. Glo.
Mask 50ml, $77
7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
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Saturday 22 & Sunday 23
Sydney Exhibition Centre,
Hairdresser: Richard Kavanagh
Makeup: Rae Morris
Photographer: Jen Hare
The Face2Face Makeup Awards are an annual highlight
of the industry, uncovering extraordinary makeup artists
and rewarding them for their skills, creativity and passion
Beauty Expo Australia is the largest of its kind in the
Southern Hemisphere, held on Saturday August
22 and Sunday August 23 at the Sydney Exhibition
Centre at Glebe Island.
‘This year’s Expo boasts a who’s-who of beauty
products and services, including OPI, Pelactiv, Inglot,
Comfortel, Youngblood, Bio Sculpture Gel, France Medical,
Sunescape and Lycon,’ said Amelia Coote-Harris, Beauty
Expo Event Director. ‘It will also feature a host of education
seminars from the industry’s most respected international
and local talent.’
‘It really is a must-attend event for anyone in the spa,
beauty, medi and wellness fields.’
Beauty Expo Australia 2015 is also home to two of the
industry’s most prestigious awards:
• Nailympia Australia, in association with Nailympia London
• Face2Face Makeup Awards
Nailympia Australia attracts the best in manicuring
talent from across the country, giving nail technicians
the opportunity to showcase their skills and creativity. A
respected panel of experts will judge this year’s Awards,
with winners receiving fantastic prizes along with coverage
in international press.
The Face2Face Makeup Awards are an annual highlight
of the industry, uncovering extraordinary makeup artists
and rewarding them for their skills, creativity and passion.
Makeup Artist of the Year, Becca Gilmartin, is this year’s
Awards Director, bringing with her a wealth of experience
such as Australian Fashion Week and Australia’s Next
‘The Face2Face Makeup Awards are a platform for
every kind of makeup artist to explore their craft, push
their own personal limits and display excellence on a
national competition level not yet seen in Australia,’ said
New in 2015 at Beauty Expo Australia is the
Paramedical Conference, in collaboration with The
Laser Lounge and industry leading training partners,
The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal
This one-day event, How to Successfully
Transition Your Beauty Salon into a Medi-Clinic,
held on Saturday 22 August is invaluable for beauty
graduates, therapists, salon and medi-clinic owners,
as well as medical practitioners who are seeking to
work with beauty professionals.
Featuring an array of industry experts to share
their know-how, insights and advice, the Paramedical
Conference has been designed to arm attendees
with the knowledge and confidence to be successful
in the field of paramedical beauty.
Whether it is education, experiencing the latest
products, networking or tapping into new market
trends, Beauty Expo Australia provides beauty, medi
and spa professionals with unparalleled opportunities
for growth and development.
For further event information please visit:
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SPECIAL OCCASION COMING UP? JUST WANT TO LOOK BETTER IN YOUR
SWIMSUIT? TRY THE INTERNATIONAL BODY WRAP – IT’S GUARANTEED TO TAKE
15CM OFF YOUR TOTAL BODY CIRCUMFERENCE! AIMÉE SURTENICH REPORTS.
Summer’s around the corner and there’s no better
time to get in shape. With just a few months to
go until you’ll be reaching for your summer shorts
and strappy singlets, the good news is there’s still plenty
of time to overhaul your winter regimen and integrate
some healthy habits into your life.
If you’ve put on a few kilos over the winter months from
warming comfort food and a more sedentary lifestyle,
give your body the boost it needs with the International
The wrap not only eliminates toxins and reveals radiant,
glowing skin, it will also help you shed a minimum of 15cm
from your total body circumference, or your money back.
Not only is it the ideal solution to kick off your summerbody
regime, it’s also perfect as a last-minute centimetrestripping
option for a special occasion.
‘A full body wrap is a great treatment to detoxify,
hydrate and slim the body,’ says Nicole Gruodiene from
Nicole’s Beauty salon in Double Bay. ‘It is perfect as a
single treatment or as a course to gain optimum results.
Many of my clients use the wrap to help them squeeze
into their “little black dress”.’
Now, to the treatment itself. Your body is fi rst measured
and marked up so that your exact centimetre loss can
be calculated after the treatment. Then you are wrapped
from head to toe with bandages soaked in natural Dead
Sea clay – and it feels heavenly.
‘It’s a bit like being an Egyptian Mummy, with special
contour bandages that have been soaked in an allnatural
dead sea clay solution,’ says Gruodiene. This
solution acts like a giant poultice and draws out toxins
and impurities from your body while cleansing your skin
and leaving it feeling softer, smoother and more toned.’
‘After just one hour, not only is your skin softer and
fi rmer but the skin tissue is also compressed and the soft
fatty tissues are compacted, resulting in the reduction of
your body circumference,’ explains Gruodiene.
In this hydrated form, each clay particle expands,
enabling it to pick up many times its own weight in
various body toxins.
According to Gruodiene, clay has amazing detoxifying
properties. ‘It’s a magnet for many toxic elements present
in the body such as free radicals,’ she says.
After an hour the wraps are removed to reveal skin that
is more toned with an overall improved appearance. Your
body ends up smaller and trimmer without any weight
loss. The centimetres lost are not a result of water loss
and therefore results should last at least 30 days – and
up to 12 months if you have a healthy lifestyle and don’t
put on any weight.
The loss of centimetres isn’t the only star of the show
– the wrap off ers a host of beauty and health advantages,
including improved circulation, refi ned skin texture and
higher energy levels. csbm
LOSE 15CM AND KEEP IT OFF!
Nicole’s Beauty Salon offers only the very best treatments available,
including the International Body Wrap which improves the appearance
of cellulite, stretch marks and scar tissue and is guaranteed to take 15
centimetres off your entire body size - or your money back!
With highly trained aestheticians and stunning surroundings, any
treatment you have at Nicole’s Beauty Salon will be a luxurious
experience you’ll long for time and time again.
02 9327 7728
mobile 0410 627 767
Shop 8, 401 - 407 New South Head Rd,
Double Bay NSW 2028
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light is the name
of the game this
spring. Here are
our favourite new
products ripe for
Long pants and baggy jumpers mean it’s all too easy to
let your skin go into hibernation over the winter months.
We often forget to exfoliate, allowing dead skin cells to
build up, producing a dull, lacklustre appearance. However
with summer on its way, now is the perfect time to slough
off the outer layers of the skin and reveal a refreshed,
Some great in-salon treatments to really kickstart your
skin into behaving at optimal levels and looking its best are
Omnilux and Healite, which both use LED light therapy to
stimulate skin cell renewal from within.
If microdermabrasion is more your thing, try the latest
version: the HydraFacial, which is a combination of
exfoliation, peel, pore extraction and antioxidant infusion.
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Warmer months don’t deplete your natural
moisture nearly as much as winter but it’s
still necessary to make sure your skin’s
moisture levels are maintained. However,
it might be an idea to set aside heavyduty
skin creams and stock up on lighter
products that will help to illuminate your
skin and give you a glow.
Summer moisturisers should feel light
and weightless on your skin. For the face,
use an oil-free moisturiser that contains
a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15.
Today there’s also a range of moisturisers
that contain low levels of the self-tanning
agent dihydroxyacetone. Not only are
these hybrid formulas more foolproof than
traditional tanners, but they are also very
moisturising, with versions for the face.
1. Medik8 Hydr8 Day 360 with SPF
15, $119, 2. Sisley Self Tanning
Hydrating Facial Skin Care 60ml, $130,
3. Racinne Ultimate Hydra Perfection
Illuminating Cream 50g, $44, 4. BABOR
SKINOVAGE PX Intensifi er Illuminating
Serum 30ml, $131, 5. Obagi Hydrate
Facial Moisturizer 48g, $49.95, 6. ASAP
Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser 50ml,
$75, 7. Synergie HydroGel 50ml, $110,
8. Thalgo Hydra-Marine 24H Gel-Cream
50ml, $85, 9. Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil
3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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Sheer is the name of the daytime game. We love beige, shell, peach, pastels or pinks to add
luminescence, while bronzing gels and powders are a great way to warm up the entire face.
Blend them into your cheekbones, temples, under your eyes and chin.
To put your own slant on the chocolate smoky eye, muted browns, taupes or greys will
add defi nition. Cream formulas are more water-resistant and blend nicely with your skin,
making your makeup appear more natural.
Apply beige cream eyeshadow or a lid primer to your eyelid to ensure your application
is smooth and long-lasting. Your darker hues can be smudged over the top and built up
according to your fancies. Finish with a pop of pale gold on the centre of your lids and at the
inner corners of your eyes to open and defi ne and, of course, lashings of mascara.
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1. BABOR Perfect Skin Illuminator in
light 01, $68, 2. Sisley Phyto-Touche
Illuminator, $120, 3. NeoStrata
Illuminating Serum 30ml, $59.95, 4.
Dr. Lewinn’s Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing
Illuminiser, $24.95, 5. Synergie Minerals
HydroBronze Pressed Bronzer, $49, 6.
Colorescience Sheer Crème Foundation
in Girl From Ipanema 30ml, $68.20, 7.
NEEK Vegan Lipstick in Sweet About Me,
$38, 8. Synergie Minerals Eyedration in
Vanilla Bean, $32, 9. Synergie Minerals
Luminiser in Moonglow, $49, 10. Sisley
Phyto-Eye Twist in 1 Topaz, $50, 11.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact,
$118, 12. Lancome Miracle Cushion,
$60, 13. YSL Kiss & Blush in Rose Frivole,
$59, 14. M.A.C. Casual Colour Lip &
Cheek Colour in Relaxation, $41, 15.
Colorescience Pressed Mineral Bronzer
in Mojave, $72.60, 16. Nude by Nature
Pressed Matte Mineral Bronzer, $39.95,
17. Nude by Nature Pressed Eyeshadow
Palette in Ultimate Nude, $24.95, 18.
Sisley Phyto-Blush Eclat in 4 Pinky Rose,
$90, 19. Sisley Phyto Ombre Glow
Eyeshadow in Gold, $55, 20. Nude by
Nature Virgin Blush, $19.95
10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
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21. Glo.Minerals Bronzer in
Sunkiss, $69, 22. Glo.Minerals
Blush Duo in Petunia, $36, 23.
ASAP Mineral Bronzer in Shade
One, $40, 24. Nude by Nature
BB 5-in-1 Miracle Serum, 25.
The Nail Lab Flossie Nail Polish,
$15, 26. The Nail Lab Archie
Nail Polish, $15, 27.M.A.C
Nail Lacquer Vernis À Ongles
in Lightness of Being, $22, 28.
Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot
Pre-Foundation Skin Primer 50ml,
$59, 29. Glo.Minerals Sheer Tint
Base in Natural 40ml, $47, 30.
Arbonne Blush in Tafetta, $41,
31. Arbonne Eyeshadow in Linen,
$27, 32. M.A.C. Pro Longwear
Paint Pot in Groundwork, $35, 33.
YSL Couture Mono High-Impact
Color Eye Shadow in Marceau,
$49, 34. Paula’s Choice The
Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette,
$73, 35. Elixabeth Arden PRO
Perfecting Minerals in Shade 3,
$59, 36. Ulta3 Perfect Balance
Primer 30ml, $8.95.
27. 28. 29. 30.
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We all know how harmful the sun’s rays can be so why not
bluff your way to being a bronzed goddess? In the past
few years, fake tans have come a long way so there’s less
chance of turning out the colour of a carrot. To minimise the
chance of streaking, exfoliate your skin before application
to remove any dirt and dry patches that the tanner could
cling to. And, remember, by keeping your skin hydrated by
using a moisturiser everyday, your skin will be less likely to
peel and the precious pigment will be sealed in for as long
1. Lancome Self-Tan Autobronzant Flash Bronzer 125ml,
$75, 2. Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner
118ml, $70, 3. Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Body
Skin Care 60ml, $120, 4. Jergens Natural Glow Body
Moisturiser in Fair to Medium 118ml, $10.99
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Joseph Mourad is an established and
celebrity-renowned hairdresser in
Sydney’s Double Bay, with more than
30 years of experience. With the likes of
Miranda Kerr, Mya and Mel B on his client
list, Mourad has a reputation for turning
hair from drab to fab.
He is especially sought after for his
undetectable hair extensions and the
advanced fusion technique with
which he applies them.
Now, he’s released a game-changing
invention after 10 years in development –
the first and only hair dryer, straightener
and styler combined.
For more information on this revolutionary
DIY styling device, call 02 9328 2277 or
Welcome to a new age
of at-home hair styling,
where every day you can
look like you’ve come
straight from the salon.
AimÉe Surtenich reports.
Hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons
– these are the essential hair styling
appliances in any self-respecting
girl’s quest for fuller, sexier, head-turning hair.
But what if you could magically combine all
three in the one appliance, saving you time
(and bathroom space)? Well, ladies, magic
Joseph Mourad, world-famous
hairdresser and hair extension expert, has
created the first-ever hair dryer, straightener
and styler in one.
There’s nothing better than a salon
blowdry and straighten – but, for a style that
seems so easily done in-salon, the same
look can become near impossible to achieve
at home. The best part about Mourad’s 3-in-
1 device is that it’s a foolproof way to style
your hair to perfection – no more battles with
hair straighteners or awkward angles trying
to blowdry volume to your tresses.
‘The frustration associated with DIY
styling is usually down to coordination,’
says Mourad. The secret behind that freshfrom-the-salon
look is the ability to move
seamlessly between a blowdryer, brush and
straightener. Mourad’s device combines
these three tools into one device.
With hot plates for straightening, hot
air vents for blow-drying and attachable
brush bristles, Mourad’s system dries hair,
adds volume and straightens or styles for a
smooth, slick finish.
Most importantly, it’s fast – transforming
your look in only minutes, whether you’re
after slick and straight shine, soft waves and
body, or large, flowing curls.
The blowdryer, brush and straightener
can be used as a combined system, or
separately as a stand-alone blowdryer or
straightener. In short, this is an all-in-one
solution to DIY styling. Mourad’s invention
brings professional styling home with you; it’s
easy to use and achieves fast, runway-ready
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UP AS SUN
Each summer, the media bombards us with the importance
of applying sunscreen every day – and for good reason.
According to the Medical Journal of Australia, two in three
Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Not
to mention that sitting in sunlight without sunscreen is one of the
easiest ways to speed up the ageing process.
If you’re one of the many people who enjoy a golden glow during
the warmer seasons, this sun-smart advice can easily be ignored.
However, recent research may change your mind. Published in
the Annals of Internal Medicine, a study confi rms that regular
applications of sunscreen can make a big diff erence in the
appearance of your skin.
Reseachers gathered a group of individuals under the age of 55
who applied sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to their head,
neck, arms and hands every morning after bathing, after spending
more than a few hours in direct sunlight or after perspiring heavily.
A diff erent group was asked to apply sunscreen ‘at their discretion’,
while a control group was given placebo pills or B-carotene
supplements daily. Researchers took impressions of the back of the
participant’s hands at the initiation of the study and again 45 years
later. These impressions were able to quantify microscopic changes
it the skin, including signs of ageing.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the participants who used
sunscreen on a daily basis showed 24 percent less skin ageing
compared with individuals who were allowed to apply lotion at their
With the advanced beauty and skincare products with SPF
available to us now – that actually aff ect positive changes in our
skin to help combat anti-ageing, prevent breakouts and refi ne the
complexion – there is no excuse not to protect your precious skin
(and make you look better in the process!). csbm
eauty & spa
1. BABOR SKINOVAGE PX Intensifier Detox
Serum SPF 15 30ml, $128, 2. Shu Uemura
Skin:Fit SPF 30PA +++ 30ml, $65, 3. Mesoestetic
Dermatological Sun Protection SPF 50+, $69, 4.
ASAP Hydrating Lip Balm+ SPF15, $20, 5. ASAP
CC Cream SPF15, $55, 6. Arbonne Sheer Finish
Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 in Light, $51, 7. Cancer
Council Body Lotion SPF30 200ml, $17.95, 8.
True Solutions True All Day Moisture SPF 30+
Tinted 100ml, $60, 9. Cetaphil Suntivity SPF 50+
Tinted Lotion 50ml, $16.50
4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
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1. M.A.C Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact
SPF 30 in Medium Dark, $42, 2. M.A.C. Mineralize
Moisture SPF 15 Foundation in A24, $49, 3.
Colorescience Lip Shine SPF 35 in Pink, $35,
4. Arbonne Got You Covered Mineral Powder
Foundation SPF 15 in Bisque, $53, 5. Paula’s
Choice Resist Anti-Aging Lip Gloss SPF 40 in
Sheer Pink, $28, 6. Synergie BB Flawless
in Ivory, $79, 7. Cancer Council BB Crème
3 in 1 in Light 50ml, $15.95
5. 6. 7.
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WE SHARE THE PRODUCTS WE CAN’T
LIVE WITHOUT, STRAIGHT FROM THE
BELLA BEAUTY DESK.
Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, $48.
The perfect complement to the legendary Diorshow
mascara is this new serum that plumps and lengthens
your lashes for long-term results.
ELES Liquid Powder Mineral
Foundation in Natural Beige, $66.50.
This has staying power and great
coverage without looking heavy or
feeling tacky. It leaves a velvety fi nish
and is super easy to apply.
ELES BB Cream in Medium, $49.50.
This BB cream is a real wake-up for
lackluster skin, transforming your
complexion to dewy and radiant in
a fl ash. It’s also a great primer under
foundation if you’re after fuller coverage.
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow
in Bone 2, $42. This silky
powder eyeshadow glides
on suprememly and is the
perfect neutral shade on its
own or for use as a base.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream
Forever EDP 50ml, $120.
This oh-so-pretty fragrance
is perfect for spring – light,
fl oral and feminine with key
notes of blackberry, blue
wisteria and white woods.
Dior Miss Dior EDT 50ml,
$126. This timeless classic
is sweet yet sophisticated
with a patchouli punch,
heart of jasmine and notes
of zesty citrus.
Acqua Di Gio.
Pour Homme EDT
The perfect male
cologne, in our
It’s equal parts
light and zesty
and woody and
BABOR Energizing Lime
Mandarin Invigorating Body Foam
200ml, $68 & BABOR Energizing
Lime Mandarin Invigorating
Peeling Gel 200ml, $63.
This collection is at-home spa
decadence at its best.
MonoDermà E5 Soothing
& Hydrating with Vitamin E
28 Doses, $49.95. Delivering
skin-loving pure Vitamin E, each
capsule hydrates and soothes
skin while helping prevent against
further environmental damage.
RM DNA Renewal DNA Intensive Renewal
30ml, $157.50. Developed by world-renowned
dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy, this sophisticated
formula targets the skin’s natural DNA repair
processes to boost moisture levels.
Mineral Finishing Powder SPF
50 in Medium, $79.20. This
self-dispensing multi-tasker is a
fl awless-fi nish mineral powder
and SPF50 sunblock in one.
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Jurlique Precious Rose Hand
Cream Limited Edition 150ml,
$75. Celebrate 30 years of
Jurlique with this limited edition
hand cream, an even more
indulgent version of their iconic
original rose hand cream.
SkinMedica TNS Recovery
Complex Serum, $218.
This patented treatment gel
is formulated with a high
concentration of growth factors
to smooth fi ne lines, fade
pigmentation and create a more
supple and even complexion.
CosMedix C.P.R. Skin Recovery Serum 15ml,
$74.80. This instantly calms infl amed and irritated
skin while helping to protect and restore skin with
its powerful blend of vitamins and antioxidants.
Great for post-procedure skin as a recovery serum
or for those with sensitive skin.
Lancome Self-Tan Autobronzant Flash
Bronzer 125ml, $75. A perennial
favourite (and we’ve tried quite a few,
trust us!), this delivers a golden, even
tan everytime. A summer essential!
Société Clinical Skincare Skin
Hydration Complex 50ml, $88. This
advanced antioxidant, hyaluronic acid
and peptide hydration system promotes
increased collagen and elastin production,
for supple, plump and smooth skin.
PCA Skin Ideal
Eye Gel 14g, $125.40.
This cutting edge
eyecream can be used
all over the eye region
(including lid) to fi rm
and lift skin with its
potent mix of stem
cells and peptides.
Aspect Dr ABC Essential Kit, $180. Now you can try
the cult products from the Aspect Dr range – it’s the
essential vitamin treatment kit for ageing and tired skin.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Silver Edition 100ml,
$280. This collector’s edition, celebrating 25 years of
skincare excellence, visibly improves the moisturisation,
fi rmness and elasticity of the skin.
Phone +61 2 9422 2500
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Dr Buddy Beaini
MD Cosmedical Solutions
Phone 1300 885 808
Phone 1800 242 011
Dr John Flynn
Cosmedic & Skin Clinic
Phone +61 7 5588 4777
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Phone +61 2 9938 2111
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Phone 1300 309 233
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Phone +61 2 9328 2277
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Phone +61 2 9953 4189
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Phone 0410 627 767
Dr Oseka Onuma
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
Phone +61 8 8344 6085
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Phone 1800 201 760
Skin Renu Laser &
Phone +61 2 9555 9506
Phone +61 2 9712 4133
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Dr John Flynn
Dr John Flynn
Reshaping can create
the look you want
Breast augmentation can
enhance the natural size
and shape of your breasts
Refi nement in Cosmetic Surgery
With breast augmentation, your natural form can be
enhanced and complemented. This results in a balanced
and symmetrical effect that suits your individual body type
and achieves a feminine silhouette.
Liposuction to Shape and Contour
With liposuction, Dr John Flynn can reshape and contour
your form to achieve balance between your body’s
proportions. Areas such as the abdomen and inner and
outer thighs respond particularly well to this procedure.
Dr John Flynn
M.B., B.S., Dip. R.A.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P.
Dip. P. Dermatology., F.A.C.C.S.
Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
Certifi ed by the American Board of Laser Surgery
Dr John Flynn has over 20 years of experience as
a medical practitioner on the Gold Coast
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For more information or to make an
appointment call Cosmedic and Skin Clinic
07 5588 4777
Southport | Gold Coast
Level 2, Pivotal Point
50 Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215
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Dr John Flynn
cosmedic& skin clinic
Dr John Flynn
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