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It’s been an action-packed few months preparing this issue of
Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty Magazine for you. We know that
cosmetic surgery has the power to transform appearances,
often hand-in-hand with an improvement in self-confi dence.
It seems the juggernaut that is aesthetic medicine just keeps
growing, and this is borne out in the highly anticipated annual
cosmetic surgery statistics from the American Society of Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), which have recently been released. In
fact, the data shows the number of aesthetic procedures has hit
an all-time high. Read our full report on page 22 to read about the top surgical and nonsurgical
procedures for 2015 (you may be surprised!).
In line with this, cosmetic injectables have become a staple of many beauty routines. But
for the injectable virgin, it can be quite confusing. We’ve also delved into the ins and outs for
you and share the what, where and how of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fi llers in our
Beginner’s Guide to Cosmetic Injectables on page 50.
As usual, we also report on the most popular surgical and non-surgical aesthetic
procedures – in this issue covering rhinoplasty in depth, laser therapy, the latest in facial
rejuvenation, cosmetic dentistry and more.
The Bella beauty shelves have been overfl owing with the latest cult products – from luxe
to bargain. In our Anti-Ageing Cheat Sheet on page 90, we showcase the skincare products
designed to keep your skin looking younger and feeling fl awless, as well as some heavy duty
at-home treatments in the form of peels and masks on page 96.
Beauty accessories are integral to completing your look, and a good lipstick and healthy
hair are always in fashion. We report on the lip colours making a splash on the runway this
season (page 110), and the back-to-basic hair care products to make every day a good hair
day (page 102).
We’re also excited to premiere the breakthrough non-surgical instant eyelid lift, Lids By
Design. This product has been taking America by storm and has fi nally landed on Australian
shores – check out these ingenious correcting eyelid strips on page 18.
Don’t forget, you can download your free digital edition of this issue online at
www.cosbeauty.com.au, where you’ll also fi nd a heap of good stuff on beauty trends and
tips, a complete list of cosmetic surgery procedures, Australia’s largest practitioner and
product directory, and in-depth lifestyle and wellness articles.
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NEED MORE SLEEP
If you’re one of those women who hits the snooze button
while your boyfriend or husband is already up and at ‘em,
here’s some validation for you. Science now says that women
actually need more sleep than men to function properly.
A recent study from the National Institutes of Health in
the US examined whether or not gender plays a role in the
relationship between sleep and health.
Subjects were 210 healthy men and women without a
history of sleep disorders, and researchers rated both their
frequency of sleep and sleep-related symptoms.
Overall poor sleep quality, more frequent problems falling
asleep and longer periods to fall asleep were associated with
greater psychosocial distress, higher fasting insulin, fi brinogen
and infl ammatory biomarkers – but only for women.
In the study, men showed no increased risk of developing
the ailments that aff ect women when they are sleep deprived.
So, what does this all mean? It means women who get
more or less the same amount of sleep as men are at a higher
risk for long-term health problems such as cardiovascular
disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
But why? The researchers believe the reason women are
more aff ected by poor sleep quality than men all comes down
to the way our brains function, specifi cally the way tryptophan
(an amino acid that helps us create key proteins), serotonin
(the “happy hormone”) and melatonin (the “sleep” hormone)
function diff erently in the male and female brains.
Ladies, now there’s a good excuse for sleeping in – do it
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Merz launches Belotero in Australia
Dr Basste Hadjab and Dr Tatjana Pavicic (Melbourne)
Merz Australia hosted the Belotero
Scientifi c Lecture: From the Lab to
the Face, the Art and Science of
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the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.
dermatologist Dr Tatjana Pavicic
presented on Belotero, as well as
Dr Basste Hadjab, a pharmacist
and mechanical engineer who was
instrumental in the development of
the Belotero formulations.
This event was part of Merz’s
Australia-wide launch of Belotero, a
range of hyaluronic acid fi llers used
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and Dr Greg Goodman (Melbourne)
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IN ASIA AND
According to Euromonitor International, Asia and the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) are experiencing an unprecedented
‘Strong consumer confi dence, high literacy rates and
high social media exposure are the main drivers of beauty
and personal care products,’ said Ms Amna Abbas,
Research Analyst at Euromonitor International.
While it is true that the young may be driving cosmetics
sales, according to Abbas, popular items still come from
far more established camps.
‘The category of fragrances, especially traditional oud
and amber-based fragrances, are always very much in
trend due to their cultural signifi cance within the region,’
The quest for traditional scents has inspired many
international fi rms to explore oud-based fragrances. In turn
this has created a trend amongst high-end fashion houses,
exporting local tradition. ‘The UAE is thus benefi ting from
the increasing product portfolios of international brands,’
Abbas said. ‘Oud-based fragrances are appearing from
the likes of Gucci, Armani, Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Versace
The rise in the Asian beauty market can be attributed
to the increase in disposables incomes and continuous
urbanisation, as well as social media exposure.
‘Familiarity with international beauty trends and
facilitated by social media, overseas travel and other media
has increased consumer demand for more sophisticated
products beyond basic orderings,’ said Warangkana
Anuwond, Research Manager at Euromonitor International.
‘China’s economic downturn might aff ect South East
Asia’s economy in other industries such as tourism,’
Anuwond said. ‘However, when it comes to beauty
product sales, the impact does not seem to be signifi cant,
as Chinese tourists prefer purchasing beauty products in
countries like South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.’
BEE VENOM: THE NEXT BEAUTY CRAZE?
WOULD YOU GET STUNG BY BEES IN THE NAME OF
BEAUTY? GWYNETH PALTROW WOULD!
The actress, Goop website founder and holistic lifestyle advocate recently told
The New York Times that she has been stung by bees as part of her, shall we say,
creative beauty regimen.
‘It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy,’ Paltrow said. ‘People
use it to get rid of infl ammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you
research it. But, man, it’s painful.’
Paltrow has recently launched her own skincare line – whether it contains bee
venom is yet to be seen!
risk of drooping
A new study says wearing contact lenses increases the risk
of droopy upper eyelids, a cosmetic and visual problem
that can be corrected by blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Researchers found an increase of droopy eyelids (ptosis)
was associated with the use of both soft and hard lenses,
but that ptosis was more severe for people who wore hard
The study, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal,
was conducted on 96 sets of identical twins that had
diff ering severities of drooping eyelids.
Because identical twins have the same facial
characteristics, changes are typically contributed to
‘We assessed the correlations of many diff erent
environmental factors that could contribute to upper eyelid
droopy eyelids, and wearing contact lenses was the only
external factor that was linked,’ explained lead researcher
Dr Bahman Guyuron.
‘This is attributed to the recurrent traction of the eyelid
during placement and removal of the lens.’
Other possible contributors such as sun exposure,
smoking, stress and alcohol use were ruled out as not
having a statistically signifi cant impact on upper eyelid
Researchers analysed digital photographs and social/
medical history questionnaires from a database that
contained information collected at the annual Twins Day
Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, from 2008 to 2010.
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On 27 April, Face Plus Medispa founder
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newest luxury lifestyle and wellness destination
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Sydney’s movers, shakers and trailblazers
stepped out to celebrate the all-new luxe spa
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CIA INVESTS IN SKINCARE COMPANY
It’s a very unconventional partnership, but the CIA’s venture
capital arm, In-Q-Tel, has invested in Skincential Sciences, a
cosmetics company that uses a technology to take off a very
thin layer of the skin.
Skincential Sciences makes a line called Clearista, a
resurfacing product marketed to erase blemishes and soften
skin. According to their website, it works to re-texture the
outer surface of your skin, leading to a reduction in the
appearance of unsightly blemishes, roughness, and
unevenness to reveal smoother, younger skin.
While this may sound like a great at-home peel product,
the technology used to take off the skin reveals unique
biomarkers that can be used for a variety of diagnostic tests,
including DNA collection in the process. Russ Leibovitz, the
CEO of Skincential Sciences, told The Intercept, ‘If there’s
something beneath the surface, that’s not part of our
relationship and I’m not directly aware. They’re interested
here in something that can get easy access to biomarkers.’
‘The CIA interest in the company looks like it has to do
with the ability to understand the microbial habitat of an
individual,’ explains cosmetic chemist Kelly Dobos. ‘As the
understanding of the human skin microbiome grows, we are
learning that an individuals microbiome may be as unique as
their fi ngerprint.’
The next nail trend
– is it fur-real?
Just when we thought we had seen it all, furry fingernails
have proven us wrong. Libertine’s Fall/Winter 2016
campaign took faux fur one step further at the New York
Fashion Week runway.
Models sported eccentric glittery and embellished
clothing on the runway, however it was their fingers that
attracted the most attention.
Artists at the esteemed CND Design Lab Team took an
incredible 200 hours to develop and design the “nail fur”.
Lead designer Jan Arnold revealed that each nail starts
off with a coat of Vinylux Weekly Polish in one of two
colours – either Rubble (grey-brown), or Cream Puff (offwhite).
Then either brown or white fur is glued on top and
spilt over the models’ fingertips.
‘We were able to embody CND’s Fall 2016 trend story,
which is all about authenticity, hand-crafted artistry and
embracing the beauty in raw imperfections,’ Arnold said
in a press release.
The unusual style has drawn mixed opinions from
fashion bloggers, but with many hailing the experimental
attitude. Practical? No. Fierce? Maybe. Instagramworthy?
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The strip is translucent and will blend
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new data fresh
from the us
a record us$13.5
billion in 2015.
For the first time on record, Americans spent more
than US$13.5 billion on combined (surgical and
non-surgical) aesthetic procedures in a single year,
according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic
The totals reflect a US$1.5 billion increase in expenditures
for combined surgical and non-surgical procedures from
2014 to 2015.
ASAPS, working with an independent research firm,
compiled the 19-year national data for procedures
performed from 1997-2015, making up the most
comprehensive collection of data available on the number of
cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures performed
in the United States.
Although there is no definitive data about cosmetic
surgery trends in Australia, we typically follow American
statistics to provide an insight into emerging and changing
trends on our own shores.
Surgical procedures accounted for 58 percent of the
total expenditures in 2015, surpassing the US$8 billion
mark for the first time ever. Non-surgical procedures in
2015 accounted for 42 percent of the total expenditures
Surgical procedures are up seven percent, with
1,912,468 procedures performed; non-surgical procedures
are up 22 percent, with 10,879,909 procedures performed;
(including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin)
(Including Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus,
Voluma, Perlane, Restylane, Belotero)
Hyaluronic 396,048 Acid
(including Botox, Dysport and Xeomin)
(Including Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus,
Voluma, Perlane, Restylane, Belotero)
(laser or pulsed light)
(laser or 305,856
Chemical 180,717 Peel
5 Breast Lift
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures: Totals
Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures
Surgical Cosmetic Procedures Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures: Totals
s Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures: Totals
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1995 1997 1997 2014 2015 2014 2015 2020 Source: American Society
for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
1997 2014 2015 2020 Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
and combined surgical and non-surgical procedures are up
20 percent compared with last year’s data, with a total of
12,792,377 procedures performed.
Cosmetic procedures have increased by 39 percent over
the past five years (from 2011) with surgical procedures up
17 percent and non-surgical procedures up 44 percent.
The most popular surgical procedure was liposuction
with 396,048 procedures performed. Interestingly, it is the
only surgical procedure with a spot in the top 10 cosmetic
For the first time this year, statistical data for fat grafting
to the breasts, buttocks, and face was reported. There
were 18,135 fat grafting procedures to the breast, 18,487
to the buttocks, and 48,059 to the face. Fat transfer to
the face was the 9th most popular surgical procedure
The procedures with the most increases between
2014 and 2015 were: non-surgical skin tightening (up 58
percent); tattoo removal (up 39 percent); microdermabrasion
(up 34 percent); buttock lifts (up 32 percent); male breast
reduction for treatment of gynaecomastia (up 26 percent).
Cosmetic injectables overall (including anti-wrinkle
injections and fillers) saw a 21 percent increase in 2015.
Ever-popular procedures, including liposuction and
breast augmentation, also saw growth this year as the
first and second most popular surgical procedures,
respectively, and accounting for nearly 40 percent of all
surgical procedures performed.
James C. Grotting, MD, President of ASAPS stated:
‘Our industry’s growth is considerable, but not at all
surprising. It reflects a healthy and robust economy
wherein many people can afford to, and want to invest in
‘More people now perceive aesthetic enhancements
and procedures as essential,’ he continued. ‘I personally
believe the motivating factors for that are varied, but
remaining competitive in the workforce is certainly a
common factor. Youth is a commodity, and people are
investing in themselves to maintain a younger, healthier
The top 3
Learn what’s behind the
three most popular cosmetic
surgeries and why they are
dominating the market.
About the procedure
Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed under
anaesthetic to remove deposits of fat from specific 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 infiltrated
with a tumescent fluid containing local anaesthetic and a vasoconstrictor
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
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.
What happens after?
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 trimmerlooking,
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.
About the procedure
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure by which
implants are used to add volume to the breast and enhance
the body’s contours.
Breast implants are either filled with silicone gel (most
common in Australia) or saline solution, and are typically
produced in round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes. The
texture of breast implants can be smooth, textured or
covered in a polyurethane foam surface.
Saline implants have a silicone outer shell that is filled
with a medical-grade saltwater solution, which is completely
biocompatible. Saline implants generally feel quite firm
and can experience deflation or leakage problems. In
comparison, silicone gel filled implants generally feel softer
and more like natural breasts tissue. The silicone gel is
cohesive, meaning it is pre-shaped and holds a lesser risk
The patient’s body shape and individual preferences
are the main determinants of implant size. A thorough
consultation process, where the patient is given implants to
“try on” and shown several before and after photographs, is
necessary in determining the most suitable implant volume.
During the surgery, an incision is made either in the
inframammary crease (below the breast), around the areolar
or in the transaxillary position (in the armpit). The incision
location is usually dependant on the surgeon’s preference
and the patient’s wishes regarding scarring.
The implant is then placed either above (subglandular)
or below (submuscular) the pectoralis muscle. Implants
placed above the muscle afford greater projection, but
sufficient breast tissue is required to camouflage the
implant edges. Implants placed in the submuscular pocket
generally create a more natural-looking aesthetic result,
however recovery can sometimes be longer and involve
greater post-operative discomfort.
What happens after?
In the days following breast surgery, the chest might feel
tight and uncomfortable while the breasts are likely to
be high, swollen and firm to touch. The dressings are
generally removed a few days after surgery and wearing
a compression surgical bra is recommended during the
Bruising should fade within a week or so, and the stitches
are also removed in this period. Usually, women can return
to an office-based job after three to five days, though it is
best to wait one or two weeks for more physical activities.
The breasts will usually remain sensitive for a few weeks
after the operation. Scars should begin to fade significantly
after a few months. In this period, the swelling should
gradually subside and the breasts will typically become
lower, feel softer and “settle” into size.
3. Tummy Tuck
About the procedure
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
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.
\What happens after?
A firm strap and drain is usually worn for the first
24 hours, followed by a compression garment
for several weeks. Patients usually take around
three weeks off work. Results are a flatter
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
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The nose is the central feature of your face and plays
a key role in facial symmetry. Any abnormalities will
aff ect the overall aesthetics of the face, and changing
the size or shape of the nose to bring it into harmony and
balance with the rest of the face can be a life-altering event
– both physically and psychologically.
According to the International Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) statistics, rhinoplasty was one of
the top three procedures performed in Australia, along with
eyelid surgery and breast augmentation.
A 2015 study from Realself.com revealed that
rhinoplasties are the second most researched topics in
plastic surgery, accounting for seven percent of all its
Australian traffi c.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, improves the appearance
and proportion of the nose, enhancing overall facial
aesthetics and harmony. Surgery of the nose may also be
performed to remove deviations that have been caused
by a birth defect or injury or correct impaired breathing
caused by structural abnormalities in the nose.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of the nose,
change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the span of
the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and
Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose to balance it with
other facial features. There are two main techniques –
open (incision made at the base of the nose) and closed
(incisions inside nose) – that can change the size of the
nose, remove a hump, narrow the nostrils, change the angle
and/or refi ne the tip.
During rhinoplasty, incisions are usually made inside the
nose or between the nostrils. To reduce nose size, some
cartilage in the middle of the nose (septum) is removed
until the desired size is achieved. To build up the nose,
cartilage and bone may be added to increase its size.
Changing the tip or bridge and the nose angle
is achieved by reshaping the cartilage and soft tissue.
Nostril span is narrowed via small incisions at the base of
Generally, after anaesthesia is administered, incisions
are made inside the nasal cavity and often at the base of
the nose. The skin of the nose is then separated from its
framework of cartilage and bone. The surgeon will sculpt
the cartilage and bone into the desired shape and replace
the skin. The incisions are sutured closed and a splint or
cast is applied to help the nose maintain its shape and
expedite healing. The procedure normally takes around
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general
anaesthesia. However, depending on the preference of the
surgeon and/or the patient, it can also be performed under
Nasal packing, in which gauze or cotton packs are
applied to the nasal chambers, is used to support the new
structure and prevent bleeding. The packing is typically
removed within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.
Most patients experience some mild to moderate
discomfort after rhinoplasty for a few days. Any pain can
generally be controlled through medication prescribed by
the surgeon. About 80 percent of the swelling is usually
gone within a week or two. Swelling starts to resolve
more slowly after that. The majority of swelling disappears
after around two months and the rest slowly disappears
over the next year, when final results become apparent.
Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty are generally
the two types of rhinoplasty procedures available.
Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions on the inside of
the nose. Although this results in no visible scarring, the
procedure offers less visibility of the inside of the nose and
is typically not possible for more complex cases.
During open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the
columella (the strip between the nostrils). This results in a
fine, well-concealed scar that usually fades over time. The
surgeon will help the patient decide which is most suitable.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty uses fillers to correct minor
external nasal deformities, depressions, asymmetries,
collapsed nasal bridges and saddle noses. It can also
be an effective technique for making corrections post
surgery where the results of earlier rhinoplasty have
A relatively quick procedure, non-surgical
rhinoplasty requires no anaesthesia and involves no
downtime. Most fillers will leave a residual redness and
slight tenderness for up to a few days and patients
can expect slight swelling and bruising. The results
are immediately evident and can last up to a year in
• Reduction rhinoplasty. The most common procedure
to address size, proportion and balance of the nose in
relation to the rest of the face.
• Post-traumatic rhinoplasty. Performed as a result of
a nasal injury where the supporting bone or cartilage
have been damaged.
• Ethnic rhinoplasty. Takes into consideration the
particular characteristics of your ethnicity.
• Augmentation rhinoplasty. Increases the
dimensions of the nose by adding structural material or
grafts for aesthetic and functional indications.
Results of rhinoplasty are not immediate. The nose
becomes more refined with better definition with time, and
may take up to a year for final results. Most patients can
expect to return to work within a week or two and to more
strenuous activity after a few weeks
Benefits of this procedure can range from improved
breathing to enhanced appearance and self-confidence.
Rhinoplasty can offer subtle or dramatic changes to a
person’s appearance. Often even a small change in the
shape and position of the nose can create a significant
difference to overall facial aesthetics.
Revision rhinoplasty is necessary in five to 12 percent
of rhinoplasty cases. Whilst some may require only minor
adjustments, others may need major modification, and may
be a result of too much or too little bone, cartilage or tissue
having been removed, resulting in a nose that is too large or
too small for their face.
Although techniques for any rhinoplasty surgery may
differ, as well as the patient’s desired results and the
surgeon’s personal preference, there is no doubt that a
well-performed rhinoplasty will reshape and improve an
Tried and tested
ways to improve
Dr John Flynn
tells us how.
We all age differently, but everyone’s
face will eventually exhibit three
common elements: changes in
the texture and quality of the skin; loose and
sagging skin; and volume changes around
the cheeks and eyes, with increased volume
around the jowls.
‘With ageing, the overall facial balance
is changed,’ says Dr John Flynn from
Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast.
‘To rejuvenate the face and achieve the best
result, it’s necessary to address and restore
each of these elements with a different
approach for each.’
Dr Flynn favours combinations of options such as a variety
of face lifting techniques, combined with less invasive
treatments such as fillers, lasers and peels.
‘Thread lifts give a nice result and can last between three
and five years,’ he says. ‘There is no surgery, no scars and
the procedure is less expensive than a full facelift as there is
no anaesthetic and no hospital stay.’
A thread lift, also called a filament lift, is a non-surgical
method of facial rejuvenation which allows lifting and
repositioning of facial tissues to help restore youthful
contours. It is particularly indicated for brows, cheeks, jowls
and sometimes the neck. The filaments are absorbable
surgical threads and are designed with directional cogs
or barbs, which allow for lifting and re-positioning. The
filaments anchor themselves within the tissues and offer
effective lifting capabilities.
The procedure is relatively quick and can be performed
under local anaesthetic, with some temporary bruising and
swelling to be expected afterwards.
The results of the thread lift improve over time (three to
six months) as collagen is stimulated and produced and
contracts around each filament, causing even further lifting.
Downtime is usually a few days and results can last from
two to five years.
For more significant lifting results, Dr Flynn recommends
a surgical facelift over a thread lift. ‘Sometimes a proper
surgical lift is the better approach, in terms of offering longer
lasting, more robust results,’ he advises.
The modern facelift is customised to each individual
patient, to provide tailored and natural-looking results so
the patient still retains their unique look but just looks like a
younger version of themselves.
‘The incision usually begins in the hair near the temple
and continues in front of the ear, around the ear lobe, behind
the ear and into the hair,’ says Dr Flynn. ‘This placement
allows the scar to be very inconspicuous. The facial
muscles and sagging tissue are tightened, excess skin is
removed and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a
more youthful look.’
with age, the overall
facial balance is
Eyes are a key feature of a person’s face and are one of the
first areas of the face to show signs of ageing. Eyelids are
not addressed by a facelift, so many patients often undergo
a blepharoplasty at the same time as a facelift.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, which can be
performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both,
and is designed to remove excess skin folds and bulging
‘Blepharoplasty can improve the bags and wrinkles
around the eyes but will not improve wrinkles of the cheeks,
temples or forehead,’ Dr Flynn explains. ‘It also does not
correct problems caused by drooping eyebrows, so
the position of the brow also needs to be considered to
determine whether a brow lift may be more appropriate.’
Loss of volume under the eyes may be due to loss of
volume in the cheeks and a dragging down of the cheek
area. The volume can be replaced through strategic
placement of dermal fillers, to help recontour and improve
the appearance of the eye area.
A thread lift or a surgical facelift will address the looseness
of the skin but it won’t restore volume or improve the texture
and quality of the skin. Fillers can be used with either lift
to refine and complement the results. Temporary, semipermanent
or permanent fillers can be used appropriately
to address the loss of volume in the cheeks, hollows under
the eyes and the lines at the corners of the mouth.
‘An important issue with fillers is to look not only at
wrinkles and lines but also consider facial structure and
balance. Placing the right filler in a deeper position provides
a good enhancement to restore youthful contours,’
Dr Flynn explains.
skin tone &
Most Australians exhibit evidence of sun
damage on their skin, and lasers can
be used to improve pigmentation, red
blemishes and broken capillaries.
‘In addition to resurfacing the skin to
reveal a fresher, smoother complexion,
laser light has therapeutic properties,
helping to stimulate new collagen
formation which in turn improves
the smoothness and tone of the
skin,’ Dr Flynn explains. ‘Laser photo
rejuvenation also helps with broken
capillaries, excessive redness, freckles
and uneven pigmentation.’
‘I believe that by combining
modalities – peels and laser to improve
the texture of the skin, and using fillers
to build volume after a lifting procedure,
produces the best possible results in
restoring a youthful, rejuvenated face,’
says Dr Flynn.
Whatever ageing issues patients
may have, Dr Flynn urges them to
gain as much knowledge of potential
procedures as possible before
consultation with a skilled and certified
‘The best results are always when the
patient has a thorough understanding of
the procedure and realistic expectations
of what it can achieve for them,’ he
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
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07 5588 4777
Southport | Gold Coast
Level 2, Pivotal Point
50 Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215
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cosmedic& skin clinic
Dr John Flynn
20/4/09 9:01:39 AM
the darling of
We chat with the
expert team at Skin
Renu to see just
what this popular
treatment can do.
In beauty terms, there’s nothing quite like smooth, clear, even-toned
skin. You know, that type of complexion where light seems to
bounce right off to create an angelic glow and there are no visible
pores in sight.
Doesn’t sound familiar when you look in the mirror? Trust me,
you’re not alone. But no matter the extent of your skin damage or
imperfections, noticeable improvement is now well within reach.
A modern-day phenomenon is fractionated laser technology,
which has made it possible to achieve clear and younger looking
skin without the lengthy downtime and aggravation associated with
previous methods. The first device to use this technology was Fraxel,
which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
‘One of the most popular ways of treating sun-damaged and
ageing skin is Fraxel laser skin resurfacing, to reveal smoother, more
even and radiant skin, no matter your age,’ says Sylvia Down, coowner
of Skin Renu cosmetic clinic in Balmain, Sydney. ‘Fraxel laser
skin resurfacing can improve a wide range of skin concerns, such as
lines and wrinkles, loose skin, textural irregularities, poor skin tone,
enlarged pores, pigmentation, acne scarring and moderate to severe
Rather than removing the top layer of skin (with significant
downtime) like traditional ablative laser resurfacing of the past, Fraxel
laser treats a fraction of skin at a time, creating thousands of tiny
microscopic sites of thermal impact, known as microthermal zones.
These microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the dermis
to create tiny wounds, triggering the body’s natural response system
to heal those wounds. This process expedites the body’s remodelling
of collagen and elastin, resulting in tighter, fresher, more youthfullooking
skin. It operates on the concept of damaging small amounts
of tissue to stimulate collagen and elastin, activating new cells.
There are different levels of Fraxel laser treatments, depending on
each patient’s needs and requirements. The amount of treatments
required, and the downtime involved following each treatment, varies
depending on the level of treatment used. For example, the mildest
Fraxel treatment offers minimal downtime and results last around
12-18 months in typical cases. Alternatively, the more aggressive
level of Fraxel has results that can last up to five years from a single
treatment but, because it is more ablative, it incurs around a week
Each treatment takes around 45 to 60 minutes, and results usually
take around three weeks to appear, once the new collagen has
begun to form.
The lighter Fraxel treatment can achieve impressive results
for mild to moderately damaged skin over the course of three to
six treatments. There is typically no post-treatment wound care
and downtime is minimal in most cases, with some swelling to be
expected. It is particularly effective for treating pigmentation and
scarring on the face and affected skin on other parts of the body, as
well as sun damage, acne and acne scars, and broken capillaries. A
significant improvement is seen after each treatment.
All Skin Renu doctors, nurses and skin therapists are experienced
in using a range of effective technologies and products to treat a wide
range of skin concerns – all with the aim to tighten and brighten skin
and restore facial volume. csbm
For those not ready for more
aggressive treatments, Clear+Brilliant
offers an effective solution. ‘Based on
Fraxel technology, Clear+Brilliant is
ideally suited for those in their 20s and
30s wanting to take control of their
skincare and manage the appearance
of ageing,’ says Down.
This more gentle laser treatment
is used to improve skin tone, texture
and radiance, as well as to act as a
preventative measure for treating
sun damage and premature ageing.
It’s perfect for those with a good
skincare system already in place
who are looking for a level up in their
Clear+Brilliant offers two different
treatment heads: one to target
premature ageing and the other to
target pigmentation. Each treatment
takes about 20 minutes, and there
is typically no downtime, just some
temporary pinkness or redness.
Generally a short series of treatments
will yield the most impressive results,
but even after one treatment there
should be a noticeable fading of light
pigmentation and freckling, a more
homogenised skin tone and texture,
as well a more luminous look to
Initial results should appear within
a few days as damaged skin is slowly
replaced with healthy, younger looking
tissue. Clear+Brilliant offers younger
patients an ideal introduction to
maintaining youthful-looking skin.
ENJOY THE LOOK OF A
THE FACE AND
THE SURGERY OR
Looking younger does not necessarily mean going
under the knife anymore. Non-invasive treatments
are proving to be the perfect option to achieve skin
tightening and rejuvenation without surgery.
Fractora is the latest non-invasive treatment for quick,
effective and reliable skin rejuvenation. With its ability
to improve wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation and skin
texture, Fractora provides an all-over, anti-ageing skin
treatment in one.
Fractora skin treatment is a fractional rejuvenation and
resurfacing treatment that restores skin to a more youthful
appearance by boosting collagen and elastin levels.
The treatment can be used on any area of the face
and body. The most commonly treated areas include the
forehead, cheeks, smile lines around the mouth and neck,
as well as around the eyes. In addition to tightening skin on
the face, Fractora can also be effective to tighten skin on
the stomach and even on the legs.
Fractora can treat the broadest range of
aesthetic skin concerns on the face, neck
and body, delivering impressive results in
fewer treatments. Fractora can treat:
Scarring (including scars created
by acne or stretch marks)
Perioral or smokers’ lines
Evenness of skin tone
Red and brown marks
Broken veins on the face
Loose wrinkled skin on the neck,
upper arms and décolletage
How does Fractora
Fractora delivers RF energy into the skin through an array
of pins to create localised heat and micro-injuries in the
treatment area. This unique combination of fractional
resurfacing and dermal microneedling is thought to be
more effective than traditional laser resurfacing devices.
The heating of the skin promotes collagen restructuring,
improving the appearance, texture and clarity of the skin.
The RF energy is controlled, meaning healing is a lot quicker
with much less downtime.
Depending on the depth and intensity of the treatment,
a Fractora treatment will usually involve the application
of numbing cream to minimise and reduce discomfort.
Treatments usually take around 30 minutes, making it ideal
as a ‘lunchtime’ procedure.
How many treatments
do you need?
Depending on your Fractora treatment regime, you can
expect to have between one and six sessions. At least
three treatments are recommended to observe optimal skin
rejuvenation results, with treatment intervals usually at every
five to six weeks.
Visible results can be seen immediately, but typically
after two weeks the most noticeable results appear.
Improvements to texture and appearance in skin tone
continue up to three months after the treatment. Deep lines
are softened and acne troughs are smoothed out with every
treatment, improving and strengthening skin health.
What are the benefits?
Fractora is the perfect option for those who want skin
tightening and rejuvenation without going under the knife or
requiring excessive downtime.
Downtime is minimal and you can expect to see micro
lesions a few days after treatment and slight redness for up
to one week, depending on the type of treatment received.
Fractora delivers improvements for the broadest
range of symptoms of ageing skin, all with one treatment.
The treatment is unique in that it offers results for ageing
skin that would normally require two, three or even four
If you are concerned with skin laxity, but don’t like
the thought of surgery, scarring or excessive downtime,
Fractora could be the ideal anti-ageing treatment for you,
offering noticeable long-lasting results with minimum
GONE ARE THE DAYS OF
DOWNTIME AND LENGTHY
HOSPITAL STAYS – SMALLER
PROCEDURES CAN ACHIEVE
GREAT RESULTS ACCORDING TO
SYDNEY COSMETIC PHYSICIAN
DR BUDDY BEAINI.
ERIN DOCHERTY REPORTS.
Whether it’s facelifts, eye surgery or vaginal
rejuvenation – nowadays, the possibilities of
minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are
endless. Sydney cosmetic physician and director of MD
Cosmedical Solutions Dr Buddy Paul Beaini is an advocate
of minimally invasive procedures, particularly using the
latest laser technologies.
‘I believe such procedures hold a lot of promise for
the future of cosmetic enhancement industry. They offer
convenient walk-in, walk-out alternatives to surgery, with
minimal discomfort and downtime,’ he says.
Treatments for the
Dr Beaini’s go-to non-invasive anti-ageing treatments are
Fraxel and Thermage, which can take years off a person’s
appearance – with minimal side effects and downtime.
Fraxel laser treatment uses microscopic laser columns
that penetrate deep into the dermis to create tiny wounds,
triggering the body’s natural response system to heal those
wounds. This process speeds up the body’s remodelling
of collagen and elastin, resulting in tighter, fresher, more
‘Think of your skin as a digital photo that is delicately
touched up one spot at a time. Similarly, Fraxel treatment
affects a fraction of tissue at a time with thousands of
microscopic laser columns – each just one-tenth the
diameter of a hair follicle,’ says Dr Beaini.
Fraxel laser treatments vary in strength, downtime, the
amount of procedures needed and the final results. Less
aggressive treatments, such as Fraxel re:store or Fraxel
re:fine, can achieve impressive results for mild to moderately
damaged skin over the course of three to six treatments.
For skin tightening, Thermage is another non-invasive
procedure that tightens and renews the skin’s collagen in
all three layers. The treatment heats the skin’s collagen,
causing immediate tightening, as well as improved tone
and texture. Improvements continue for around four to
six months following treatment, as the collagen continues
Thermage improves the skin’s texture and reduces
sagging skin, as well as contouring the jaw line and
underneath the chin. It also softens wrinkles around the
mouth, eyes and forehead.
‘Due to this collagenesis the skin looks more plump and
refreshed. One Thermage treatment can make a patient
look years younger and can last three to four years in most
individuals,’ Dr Beaini says.
Dr Beaini recommends using Thermage and Fraxel in a
synergistic way to treat skin conditions. ‘When combined,
Sleep Eze is a new, painless, fast and long-lasting
laser treatment offering sufferers renewed hope in
the battle against sleep deprivation
Targeting the cause of snoring and mild
obstructive sleep apnoea, Sleep Eze uses laser
technology to target the roof of the mouth and back
of the throat. Heating the soft tissue and stimulating
collagen production, this tightens soft tissue so it’s
not loose and prone to vibration.
Three short treatments are typically needed
over six weeks, with more than 90 percent of
snorers and 70 percent of sleep apnoea sufferers
‘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
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, Dr Beaini
recommends his patients return every 12 to 18
months for single maintenance treatments.
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
further skin tightening and face lifting can be achieved to
maximise results,’ he says.
When working in conjunction, Fraxel targets collagen
remodelling in the upper part of the dermis to improve
skin quality and reduce wrinkles and lines, while Thermage
addresses deeper sagging in the skin from gravity and the
natural ageing process.
‘Together, the two treatments offer suitable patients
effective and predictable results for a variety of skin types
and conditions,’ says Dr Beaini. ‘I believe the combined
results of both treatments are superior to the outcomes that
may have been achieved by using one technology alone.’
A no-fuss laser treatment for vaginal and bladder
rejuvenation, Dr Beaini offers the Aphrodite treatment, which
uses laser energy to help improve gynaecological health,
boost sexual satisfaction and relieve stress incontinence.
Women experiencing vaginal dysfunction – in the way
of dryness or discomfort during intercourse, leaking of the
bladder when sneezing, coughing or laughing, or persistent
irritation and inflammation – often put the symptoms down
to the inevitable effects of ageing. Now, with advancements
in laser technology, the Aphrodite treatments can deliver
a non-surgical method for rejuvenating the surrounding
muscles and improving vaginal and bladder function.
As a woman’s body experiences childbirth or as a
result of natural ageing, the tissue surrounding the vagina
can become weakened, resulting in a condition known as
vaginal atrophy. Aphrodite laser vaginal rejuvenation results
in a tighter, more elastic and rejuvenated vagina, as well as
enhancing the appearance. The treatment also strengthens
the tissues supporting the bottom wall of the urethra,
helping to improve stress urinary incontinence.
Stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine
caused by the weakened tissues supporting the urethra as
a result of childbirth or the normal ageing process. It is a
common and embarrassing problem for many women.
The non-surgical laser treatment is a hallmark procedure
in the newly established field of cosmetogynaecology,
offering a convenient treatment that rejuvenates the vaginal
tissues with minimal discomfort and downtime.
‘When we look at an individual’s face, our attention first
focuses on the eyes, and any abnormality or asymmetry,’
Dr Beaini explains. For this reason, blepharoplasty – or
eyelid hooding surgery – can achieve significant results
in rejuvenating the entire face.
The procedure involves excising excess fat and skin
from the upper and/or lower eyelids to open the eyes
for a fresher, more alert appearance. ‘The day surgery
is performed under local anaesthesia, and can be used
in conjunction with other treatments such as brow
thread lifting, non-invasive skin tightening and laser skin
rejuvenation,’ he says.
‘If an individual has droopy, aged eyes, the first
impression is that he or she is sad, tired or unwell,’ Dr
Beaini continues. ‘Eyelid surgery is a very effective and
long-term solution for such individuals, and automatically
has the effect of revitalising the entire face.’
This is a minimally invasive way to lift the skin on the face
to achieve a younger and more contoured appearance and
help counter the inevitable effects of gravity.
The procedure involves inserting dissolvable threads
into the skin’s dermis, or support structure, to trigger the
synthesis of collagen and elastin at the site. The threads act
as scaffolding for the production of these new connective
fibres, lifting and bolstering the tissue for an anti-ageing
and rejuvenating effect.
‘I have been performing mini-facelifts and neck lifts with
threads over the past few years,’ Dr Beaini explains. ‘We
have seen exceptional face lifting and rejuvenation results
in more than 95 percent of our patients.’
Thread lifting is suitable for those patients hoping to
reverse the descent of facial soft tissue associated with
ageing, or to waylay the need for a surgical facelift. It is
performed under local anaesthetic, and incurs some mild
swelling and possible bruising post-procedure.
‘Thread lifting is commonly used to address mid-face
drooping, deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial lines,
excessive jowling, and neck laxity,’ Dr Beaini explains.
‘Other concerns include brow droop, facial asymmetry and
loss of cheek positioning.’
Bat ear correction
Dr Beaini offers a permanent non-surgical treatment to
correct and reshape protruding ears (bat ear correction).
He performs the procedure with a mild sedative and local
anaesthesia; no hospitalisation, general anaesthetic or
surgical incisions are required.
‘Any abnormality and asymmetry in facial appearance
will attract attention, which is particularly relevant to
individuals with bat ears,’ Dr Beaini explains.
‘These patients were born with this problem and, in
most cases, are burdened with underlying emotional issues
relating to the appearance of their ears. The joy and relief
they experience once their ears are corrected makes this
treatment extremely desirable.’ csbm
TREATMENT FOR SCAR
PREVENTION & TREATMENT
• Accelerates tissue healing
• Helps prevent abnormal
• Provides relief to symptoms
such as redness, discolouration,
itching and overall discomfort
• Faster wound healing after all
skin interventions such as laser
treatment, dermal abrasion
chemical peels, tattoo removal
Your skin has an amazing ability
to repair and rejuvenate itself,
but sometimes scars can
be left behind, becoming a major
consideration after cosmetic surgery.
No one wants a scar postprocedure
to detract from the fi nal
results of their cosmetic enhancement.
Thankfully, reducing scar visibility
is possible using Stratpharma’s
innovative and clinically proven scar
prevention treatment, Stratamed.
Stratamed is a breakthrough in postprocedure
care and abnormal scar
therapy. It is designed to accelerate
tissue healing and prevent abnormal
scar formation. What’s more, it is the
fi rst semi occlusive, advanced fi lmforming
silicone gel dressing that
can be applied on compromised skin
surfaces and open wounds directly
after a procedure or skin trauma.
Stratamed creates an optimal
environment for faster wound healing.
It helps normalise the infl ammatory
response and re-epithelialise, or lay
down, skin on the wound bed.
Once applied, Stratamed dries to
form a full-contact, fl exible, protective
sheet that bonds to the injured skin.
Stratamed is bacteriostatic, which
means no bacteria can grow on it
or in it. Unlike other fully occlusive
medications (for example, petrolatum),
Stratamed allows the wound and scar
to breathe while remaining hydrated
Stratamed does not adhere
strongly to the healing tissue, so it
can be placed on the wound as the
primary dressing. This semi-occlusive
eff ect works to protect the wound site,
but also helps to improve hydration
and speed up healing.
During the healing process,
Stratamed restores the barrier
function of the outer-most epithelial
layer – called the stratum corneum
– and prevents dehydration of the
skin. This allows the migration of
skin cells across the wound bed for
Only a small amount is required and
each tube is designed to last 90 days.
The best results are achieved when
Stratamed is in continuous contact
with the skin – literally 24/7 – in the
days and weeks following a procedure
or skin trauma.
Don’t let a potential scar mar your
cosmetic enhancement results. With
Stratamed, you can optimise the
healing process and help eliminate
any nasty scars. csbm
There’s more to vaginal
rejuvenation than aesthetics
– it can also restore quality
of life, says adelaide pelvic
Dr Oseka Onuma.
Sexual health holds a massive influence over mental
health and psychological wellbeing. Even though it is
not so openly discussed in mainstream media or even
between friends, genital surgery can help alleviate pain and
improve quality of life for many women.
Questions surrounding the appearance and function of
the vagina and urinary system can plague women of all ages,
yet talking openly about these concerns can be challenging
for some women. A blanket of taboo means there is a lack of
open and honest public dialogue that makes it difficult for some
women to seek successful treatment – or even know there are
treatment options available.
Adelaide gynaecologist and pelvic reconstructive surgeon
Dr Oseka Onuma believes vaginal rejuvenation has been
misrepresented in mainstream media and, because of this,
women receive little support in making a decision that is
necessary to ease discomfort or improve self-confidence.
‘The number of women patronised by mainstream media
and even by some members of the medical community when
seeking help is disappointing,’ he says. ‘The majority of my
patients seeking vaginal rejuvenation are not motivated by the
aesthetic, but a growing dislike of pain during intercourse or
discomfort when participating in everyday activities.’
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
Genital surgery can increase a
woman’s confidence in herself
and her relationships
‘I believe in empowering women through knowledge,
choice and access to world-class care,’ he continues. ‘Many
people say “it’s all part of being a woman” and “just put up
with it”, but why should you, when you have options?’
Oversized, elongated or asymmetrical labia minora can
also lead to aesthetic concerns and self-consciousness.
It can cause discomfort during sex and hinder certain
activities such as bike riding and horse riding, and often
makes wearing certain clothes such as swimwear, jeans or
‘Genital surgery can increase a woman’s confidence in
herself and her relationships,’ Dr Onuma explains. ‘Women
may not find it easy to talk to strangers, doctors or friends
about a loose vagina, labial discomfort or lack of vaginal
sensation but these issues need to be raised and explored
in order to provide the options for improving quality of life.’
‘Some women live with the discomfort of oversized labia
for many years, and often when they come to see me for a
labiaplasty they have only recently become aware they can
have something done to improve the situation,’ he says.
In some cases, functional and cosmetic concerns go
hand-in-hand in genital surgery. The shape and anatomy of
genitalia is unique to every woman and the effects of child
bearing and age can take their toll on some women more
Many women suffer problems with their genitalia
after childbirth that can contribute to feelings of selfconsciousness
and affect their relationship with sexual
partners. ‘With childbirth, the shape and tone of vaginal
tissue changes, sometimes results in embarrassment or
loss of sexual satisfaction,’ Dr Onuma says. ‘After childbirth,
there can sometimes be a reduced ability to contract
the vaginal walls and a feeling of “looseness” or reduced
sensation during intercourse.’
‘Each patient will have different motivations, concerns
and expectations in seeking genital surgery,’ Dr Onuma
explains. ‘It is important to listen to the concerns of
the individual patient, assess them with appropriate
examinations and offer a series of potential solutions.’
There are a number of options available, both surgical
and non-surgical, to address these problems. Taking action
can help restore self-confidence, boost self-image and
improve quality of life. csbm
Empowering women through
knowlege, choice and access to
world class care
Gynaecologist & Pelvic
BSc. (Hons), MJur., CCST,
MBBS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG
ADELAIDE • SYDNEY • DARWIN
DR OSEKA ONUMA
4 Robe Terrace, Medindie SA 5081
08 8344 6085
Facsimile 08 8344 6087
is fast becoming
the treatment of
choice for vaginal
tightening – and
it is changing
If you experience vaginal dryness burning or itching, urinary incontinence and pain
during intercourse, you’re not alone. These are all common symptoms of vaginal
atrophy – a condition that affects around 60 percent of women during their lifetime.
Distributed in Australia by High Tech Laser, MonaLisa Touch is a new non-surgical
way to treat the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. It can also be used for aesthetic
purposes, to counter the effects of ageing and achieve a rejuvenating effect by
restoring vaginal tissue.
My patients have
noticed a significant
procedure – some
have even described
the procedure as
What is monalisa touch?
MonaLisa Touch is a simple laser procedure, requires no anaesthesia and can be
performed in less than five minutes in a doctor’s office.
The versatility of MonaLisa Touch stems from the technology it uses to improve
the genital mucosa and restore proper function in the treatment area. Using fractional
laser light, 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 rejuvenating effect.
‘To put it in simple terms, the MonaLisa Touch procedure stimulates the
body’s natural processes,’ explains Dr Fariba 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
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 post-menopausal, 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
Best results are typically obtained from three MonaLisa Touch treatments,
performed a month apart, but most patients notice a significant improvement after
the first procedure. A follow-up procedure every year or so, after the initial course of
treatments, is recommended to maintain the effect.
As with any medical procedure, there are some potential risks with the MonaLisa
Touch treatment. ‘In my experience, which is similar to that of overseas practitioners,
the likelihood of post-treatment complications following a MonaLisa Touch treatment
is minimal,’ says Dr Behnia-Willison. ‘The worst side effect I have seen has been
some mild discomfort for 12 to 24 hours following the procedure.’
Backed by clinical research and a history of success in a gynaecological setting,
MonaLisa Touch is revolutionary in that it offers women a surgery-free option to not
only treat vaginal atrophy but also to improve vaginal health and enhance the overall
quality of life, as well as offering aesthetic rejuvenation.
‘Almost all of my patients have noticed a significant improvement following the
MonaLisa Touch procedure – some have even described the treatment as lifechanging,’
says Dr Behnia-Willison. ‘I hope it becomes the new standard of care
for the many women suffering from these often painful symptoms that affect their
everyday life. It certainly has in my practice.’ csbm
Do you know your neurotoxins from your
HA fillers? We simplify the jargon and give
you the what’s what of injectables.
Plump cheeks, smooth foreheads and perfect pouts have led many of us down the cosmetic
medicine path. Injectables – anti-wrinkle muscle relaxants and dermal fillers – are usually the go-to
treatment for beautifying our looks and defying age, with minimum discomfort and no downtime.
The surge of minimally invasive procedures has been significant and with an ever-expanding and
increasingly sophisticated array of options available today, you need to know your options.
We now have an enormous range of fillers, many of which can last a long time and be used to revolumise
and sculpt ageing faces. We also have neurotoxins to reduce lines and wrinkles, as well as
lasers to effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions.
‘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 anti-wrinkle injections to create a universal result.
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.
Fillers can be used in multiple areas. ‘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,’ says Dr Liew.
As with most cosmetic procedures, a holistic approach using
fillers will obtain 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 any age. Through communication,
understanding and education, together the patient and
practitioner can create some truly spectacular results.’
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.
‘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
‘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
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 doublefold
– adding volume and attracting hydration at
the same time.
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 post procedure.
‘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 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 slightly less
longevity 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
with superficial fillers. This increases cohesiveness of the
product and longevity.
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 for reducing under eye circles and hollows was introduced to the Australian aesthetic
market called Teosyal Redensity [II] by Teoxane. It uses a unique HA formulation, designed to add hydration, elasticity and
firmness to the skin around the eyes.
In the past, when surgery was the only option available, rejuvenation tended to be the domain of the rich or famous.
Now you can take years off a person’s face at a fraction of the cost with neurotoxin injections to minimise lines and wrinkles
combined with strategic filler placement, giving the eyes and overall face a fresher, younger appearance.
These non-surgical measures have revolutionised the aesthetic anti-ageing industry and made it available and
‘acceptable’ to a much broader audience.
Deep volume fillers can restore facial contours or
add volume where it is 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
become a very
Commonly known under the brand names Botox,
Dysport and more recently Xeomin, botulinum toxin has
become one of the biggest players in the field of cosmetic
The treatment offers patients an effective non-surgical
alternative for reducing lines such as frown lines and
wrinkles to rejuvenate the appearance of the face and help
reverse a prematurely aged appearance.
What is it?
Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium
Clostridium botulinum. In cosmetic procedures, botulinum
toxin works by blocking nerve stimulation to wrinkle-causing
muscles, which prevents the muscle from contracting and
significantly reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
As a muscle relaxant, it is commonly used to treat
crow’s feet around the eyes, the frown lines between the
eyebrows (glabellar lines) and the worry lines across the
forehead. In addition, it can be used to produce the effect
of a brow lift by relaxing the muscles that drag down the
brow and even in the masseter muscle to create a slimmer
Botulinum toxin is used by thousands of women
and an increasing number of men to help rejuvenate the
appearance of the face, most often to reduce a tried or
over-worked expression when the face is static.
According to the most recent statistics by the American
Society for Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) botulinum toxin
injections ranked number one in the top five minimally
invasive procedures performed in the US in 2015.
Although Australia doesn’t currently have definitive
data about cosmetic surgery trends, we seem to
follow American statistics to provide an insight into
emerging and changing trends. These statistics highlight
that this age-defying, wrinkle-busting powerhouse
has become a very familiar, accessible and ‘normal’ antiageing
how does it
Cosmetically, injections of botulinum toxin work
by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles, softening
existing facial lines and helping to prevent the
formation of new ones.
A few tiny injections are administered just
under the skin, reducing nerve stimulation to the
targeted muscles. The procedure usually takes
about 10 minutes, but this can vary depending
on the number of areas being treated. Because
men tend to have larger and stronger muscles,
they often require more injections to achieve the
Anaesthetic is generally not required for the
treatment as the needles are very fine and only
a small volume of the product is needed, making
the treatment virtually painless. If the patient is
particularly concerned, the practitioner can numb
the area using ice or topical anaesthetic cream
before administering the injection.
The effects are not immediately visible. Over
the next few days, the muscles gradually relax,
and it often takes around three to four days for
final results to become visible, normally reaching
their full results by one week.
It is important to note that botulinum toxin is
gradually reabsorbed by the body over time, so
repeat injections are necessary about every three
to five months in order to maintain results. With
continued use, the effects may start to last longer
because the targeted muscles have ‘unlearned’
the response that originally contributed to the
development of the lines.
In its 14 years of cosmetic use, there have
been no reported long-term or permanent side
effects from the use of botulinum toxin. Common
side effects are generally restricted to minor
temporary redness or bruising at the injection
site, and some patients can experience slight
headache or nausea post treatment.
There is a very slight risk that botulinum toxin
can cause a temporary weakness in nearby
muscles that can result in a slight drooping of an
eyelid or eyebrow, lasting anywhere from around
one to six weeks. Treatment with botulinum
toxin is not recommended for women who are
pregnant or breastfeeding.
Botulinum toxin can be used in many ways to not only
minimise wrinkles and lines but also lift and sculpt the
face. It’s able to:
• Block the action of the nerves that control sweat
glands, and in this way treat excessive localised
sweating (hyperhidrosis), especially severe underarm
• Create a subtle lift around the eye area via injections in
the outer corners of the brows.
• Soften and minimise the appearance of an overly
square jaw (masseter hypertrophy) through
intramuscular injections around the jaw area, resulting
in a more oval-looking face shape.
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proven to be
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the face and body.
It’s no secret that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is shaping the future of aesthetic
medicine, as more and more people are turning to it for facial rejuvenation,
attracted by the possibility of using their body’s own natural resources to help
reverse the signs of ageing.
With a long history of use in sports medicine, it’s only relatively recently that
aesthetic medical professionals have started to explore the many cosmetic
and anti-ageing benefits of PRP. Indeed, over the past 10 years the efficacy of
PRP in cosmetic medicine has been widely documented in scientific literature.
RegenLabPRP was the first to market PRP in the Australian aesthetic arena
in 2007. Now, with 60 clinical studies backing it, RegenLabPRP is a proven
PRP system using optimal concentrations and offering consistent results.
There is no doubt that Regen PRP therapy is achieving great things in aesthetic
medicine, most notably a younger looking and luminous complexion. It provides
gradual, natural-looking results for patients who want the complete package.
Regen PRP draws – quite literally – on your own blood by re-injecting higher
concentrations of blood platelets, which release growth factors to the treatment
site. These growth factors “speak the language” of stem cells and kick-start
rejuvenation from the inside out. This in turn increases collagen production to
achieve thicker, smoother and more supple skin.
Dr Bruce Williamson, from SkinSmart Medical Services in Sydney, was one
of the first practitioners in Australia to use PRP and has been for the past seven
years, ‘PRP really is a game changer for my practice. It’s a natural product,
injects easily, is versatile – and we are experiencing some really good results,’
Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr Herbert Hooi was also one of the first
Australian doctors to start using Regen PRP. ‘It presented a natural alternative
to injectables,’ he says. ‘After obtaining great results in my first patients, I have
not looked back. The range of procedures I can perform with it is growing
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure involves extracting a sample of the patient’s blood,
centrifuging this sample to concentrate the blood’s platelets and re-injecting
the concentrated solution into the treatment area. Regen PRP can achieve
effective rejuvenation in a number of problem areas such as under the eye
area and on the neck and décolletage. The procedure usually takes around 45
minutes per two test tubes.
Typically, results take four to six weeks to appear following PRP treatment,
and continue to improve in the three months following treatment. A repeat
PRP session is usually recommended at the eight-week mark, to generate the
‘boost’ effect. This phenomenon occurs when the cells – which are already
activated from the first treatment – are ‘re-boosted’ by repeat treatment,
augmenting the final result.
“For skin boosting treatments, the results appear over a few months,
when patients will begin to notice improvement in skin tone, skin tightness
and texture. Compared with lasers and fillers, PRP is a natural alternative that
uses the body’s own growth factors – which is one of the main reasons it has
become so popular,’ says Dr Williamson.
There is some temporary swelling immediately after the procedure but this
should subside in the following day or so. Collagen rejuvenation can take from
six weeks, depending on the condition of the skin and the patient’s lifestyle.
‘In terms of how long results last, it really depends on different factors. Initial
results will usually appear at three to four weeks and can last a couple of years
with some maintenenace top-up treatments,” says Dr Williamson.
What can Regen PRP treat?
A treatment with seemingly endless areas for application, Regen PRP calls upon
the body’s natural processes to rejuvenate the skin. From improving skin laxity
and tone in the face, neck and décolletage to reducing the appearance of stretch
marks on the abdomen or thighs, Regen PRP offers an all-encompassing antiageing
‘I use PRP for improving the texture of ageing skin, especially around the
eyelids, neck and décolletage. It will give a degree of skin tightening as well but
not to the extent of dedicated skin tightening procedures such as radiofrequencybased
treatments. I also use PRP for stretch marks, acne and other scarring and
in combination with non-surgical vaginal treatments for stress incontinence and
tightening,’ says Dr Hooi.
Dr Williamson emphasises that almost anyone can benefit from PRP. ‘It really
does have endless possibilities – not only can it be used for skin rejuvenation
treatments but it can also be used for hair loss, enhanced sexual satisfaction,
osteoarthritis and sporting injuries. Personally, I have recently had my knee
injected with PRP and it has reduced joint pain caused by inflammation.’
PRP is a natural
that uses the
AFTER RegenPRP treatment by Dr Hooi
AFTER RegenPRP treatment by Dr Hooi
AFTER RegenPRP treatment by Dr Hooi
What is the Vampire
The next evolution of PRP treatment is the
trademark ‘Vampire Facelift’ by Dr Charles
Runels in the US, which is becoming
one of the most sought-after treatments
around the world.
The Vampire Facelift is a unique
combination treatment, which uses a
combination of PRP with HA (hyaluronic
acid) fillers in a specific way to gently
and naturally restore youthful volume and
shape, without looking overdone.
Firstly the practitioner uses HA fillers to
replace lost volume in the face and add
contour. PRP is then injected into the face
to improve the tone, texture and luminosity
of the skin.
Only a few Australian doctors are
trained to provide this procedure – one
such doctor is Adelaide cosmetic surgeon
Dr Robin Chok, who has been using
Regen Lab PRP since 2012.
‘I was most impressed by the results
of Dr Charles Runels’ Vampire Facelift
procedures when I saw them back in 2012.
Dr Runels’ technique is a combination
of strategic placement of HA gel fillers
for structure and Regen PRP overlay for
enhancement of the skin,’ says Dr Chok.
Results include reduced pore size,
more supple skin and an improvement of
the fine crepey skin around the eyes. The
improvement is gradual and results are
cumulative. Usually a course of three to
four treatments over a four to six month
period are required, with a single top-up
treatment once or twice a year.
Dr Williamson and Dr Hooi are also part
of the small number of Australian doctors
trained in the Vampire series of treatments.
‘These include the Vampire “Face Lift” and
the “O-Shot” and “P-Shot” for enhanced
sexual satisfaction. Having performed
a number of these treatments already, I
am amazed at some of the results being
achieved,’ Dr Hooi says.
The O-Shot uses PRP in specific
areas of the vagina to improve sexual
satisfaction. Improvement in vaginal
tightening and sensitivity can result
in better orgasms and a happier
sex life. Similarly, the P-Shot uses PRP to
improve the strength of erections, penile
girth and sensitivity.
What are the benefits
PRP is associated with a plethora of
benefits. It is a ‘body own’ physiological
product in comparison to animal
derived or human donor products,
which eliminates the occurrence of
donor transmissible infections.
‘Regen PRP is one of the simplest
and safest PRP systems on the market.
Comparative studies have shown
Regen PRP has a very high platelet
yield (above 90 percent). Many other
systems range from 40 to 60 percent,
meaning they require more blood to be
drawn from the patient to produce PRP
at optimal concentration for skin tissue
regeneration,’ remarks Dr Hooi. Regen
has the versatility to yield up to four
times the concentration of the patient’s
platelets, however this is not necessary
for skin tissue regeneration.
Dr Chok says, ‘Most patients who
try PRP love the effect, especially the
smoothness and youthfulness of their
skin, and the fact that the results look
absolutely natural. Male patients are
also attracted to the PRP Vampire
Facelift procedures, especially for the
face or neck. They enjoy having a fresher
yet natural-looking appearance.’
‘I think there is a great future
in regenerative medicine. PRP
is the first step towards this as it
aptly demonstrates the benefits of
manipulating a natural healing process,’
says Dr Hooi.
‘I believe regenerative medicine
has a huge future and it is very
exciting. While we will see future
treatments targeting stem cells, it
will be interesting to see the way
in which we will use PRP. We’ve
really just hit the tip of the iceberg
with this medicine,’ Dr Williamson
Use your own cells to plump
skin, reduce wrinkles and RADIATE
youth. We chAT to Dr William
Mooney to find out how FACTOR4
works. AimÉe SURTEnich REPORTS.
FACTOR4 is a highly concentrated, super-rich blood
serum that has four times as many growth factors
than any blood-rich injection product. What does
this mean, you ask? The answer is that FACTOR4 uses
your own cells (in the form of autologous conditioned
serum) to rejuvenate your skin from the outside in. There
are no foreign materials, no toxins – just your body’s own
revitalising powers to turn back the clock.
‘FACTOR4 is a “turn back the clock” treatment – it allows
your skin to look refreshed, hydrated and fantastic for your
age,” says Sydney facial plastic surgeon Dr William Mooney.
‘Put simply, FACTOR4 treatments give you an unfair
advantage compared to your similarly aged friends.’
Dr Mooney has experienced impressive skin tightening
results with FACTOR4. ‘My patients are also loving the fact
that it’s a “natural” product which gives a natural-looking
result. What’s more, it’s easy to use, comfortable for the
patient and affordable,’ he says.
Autologous conditioned serum (ACS) is a biological
skin rejuvenation treatment that uses your own cells
to repair and regenerate new skin tissue and increase
Extracted from your own blood, when reinjected back
into the skin the ACS spurs your skin’s stem cells into
action. It also contains high concentrations of growth
factors, which are bioactive stimulators known to
accelerate the natural healing process.
Injected into areas such as the face, décolletage
and hands, ACS triggers the formation of new collagen
at the site. The result is a natural rejuvenation that
continues to improve over time.
For the treatment itself, first blood is taken from
the patient (just like a regular blood test) which is then
placed in an incubator. During this period – which
can be between six and nine hours – the blood is
exposed to pyrogenic-free surfaces, which elicit a
vigorous and rapid increase in the synthesis of growth
factors. Following this, centrifugation, extraction and
filtration take place and give rise to a serum rich in
growth factors, suitable for re-injection at the treatment
site. ‘In my experience, the treatment is quick and
easy to administer, and there’s no need for any local
anaesthetic,’ says Dr Mooney.
FACTOR4’s difference is in its high concentration
of autologous growth factors. This concentration is
achieved using technologically advanced tubing to
encapsulate and incubate venous patient blood.
Patients have been experiencing unprecedented
results, seeing improvements in skin tone, texture
and luminosity. FACTOR4 treatments tighten skin as
the collected serum contains several different growth
factors that stimulate healing of tissue. These growth
factors stimulate collagen and in turn tighten skin and
improve skin quality over the ensuing months.
‘My patients are loving the FACTOR4 treatment
system, particularly if they attend all four recommended
treatment sessions. They love that the treatment does
not involve the injection of any chemical-based product
and also the natural-looking results,’ says Dr Mooney.
‘Where once we were only able to offer anti-ageing
injectable treatments with pharmaceutical bases, we
now have an all-natural product that uses only the
patient’s own blood. This enables us to treat individuals
who prefer to take a more natural, holistic approach to
their beauty and wellbeing,’ he says. csbm
FACTOR4 is used to treat wrinkles and crepiness in
areas of the face, neck, décolletage, back of hands and
under-eye circles, as well as the appearance of stretch
marks and scarring.
‘Most commonly we treat the full face (the most
popular area is the eyelids and tear troughs as they are
so hard to tighten via other methods) and the entire
neck surface area,’ Dr Mooney explains. ‘We also
frequently use FACTOR4 for sagging skin around the
elbows, knees, mummy tummies and even the backs
of the hands.’
AFTER treatment with FACTOR4
AFTER treatment with FACTOR4
The smile is a powerful
tool in communication
and plays a key role
in how we are treated
and our potential
Smiling tells the world you’re happy. No
matter what language you speak, a
genuine smile is universally recognised
as an expression of joy.
But smiles are much more powerful – and
complicated – than simply communicating
happiness. Not only can smiles convey a wide
range of emotions (depending on how they are
formed) but smiling can also generate positive
social behaviour, promote happiness and even
Whatever the reason for smiling, a number of psychologists
have gone some way to demonstrate that not only does
smiling communicate happiness but it can actually lead
to feelings of happiness. It was Charles Darwin who, in the
19th Century, first proposed that facial expressions not only
reflected emotions but caused them as well. However, until the
1980s, this hypothesis remained untested.
In 1989, a psychologist called Robert Zajonc studied the
emotional effect of producing a smile. By asking his subjects
to repeat vowel sounds, thereby forcing their faces into various
expressions, he discovered that making the long ‘e’ sound,
which stretches the corners of the mouth outward, patients
felt good. Similarly, they felt bad when repeating the letter ‘u’,
which forces the mouth out, into a pouting expression. Whilst
this was perhaps the first study to firmly suggest a strong link
between expression and emotion, a wealth of more recent
evidence supports Zajonc’s findings.
According to Zajonc, changes to the facial muscles involved
in smiling have a direct effect on brain activities associated
with happiness. His theory – which remains unproven and
often contested – is based on the relationship between brain
temperature and activity. As a smile causes certain facial muscles
to stretch and tighten, the amount of blood flowing through the
carotid artery to the brain is restricted. As the blood volume
drops, so too does the temperature of the brain, causing
Smiling has been found to boost levels of the neurotransmitter
serotonin, which is a vital part of regulating our moods. Smiling
can also trigger the production of endorphins, the body’s
natural painkillers. Endorphins are released when laughing,
exercising, eating chocolate and doing various other activities
that can leave a smile on our face.
There are also health benefits for not just the person smiling
but also for the viewer. Researchers at the British Dental
Health Foundation conducted a study to measure how a
smile can make us feel. After being shown pictures of smiling
people, the brain and heart activity of participants was equal
to the stimulation they would experience from eating 2,000
We’ve all heard the expression ‘fake it ‘til you make it’,
but it seems smiling can portray intelligence, interest,
success and wealth, even where it is lacking.
In a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic
Dentistry, participants were shown pictures of eight
individuals and asked to quickly judge the people
as to how attractive, intelligent, happy, successful
in their career, friendly, interesting, kind, wealthy,
popular with the opposite sex and sensitive to other
people they were.
Two sets of photos were created, with each set
showing four individuals before undergoing cosmetic
dentistry and four after treatment. Two had mild
improvements through cosmetic dentistry, two
had moderate improvements and four had major
improvements to their smiles. Respondents were
not told that they were looking at dentistry, but were
asked to rate each person for the 10 characteristics.
The results indicated that an attractive smile does
have a broad range of benefits. After comparing
their rating ‘after’ cosmetic dentistry to the ratings
of the ‘before’ photos, it was evident that the
change was most dramatic in the categories of
attractive, popular with the opposite sex, wealthy
and successful in their career. However, the change
was also significant in all other areas. This means
that those with an improved smile after cosmetic
dentistry were also perceived to be more interesting,
intelligent, sensitive, kind and friendly.
This evidence supports a theory known as the ‘halo
effect’ or the ‘what is beautiful is good’ stereotype:
When someone is attractive, they are assigned many
other positive attributes that have nothing to do with
looks. Therefore, someone with an attractive smile is
often perceived to hold other positive traits.
It is a common belief that straight teeth and an
appealing smile help us succeed in many avenues
of life – whether it be in business or attracting the
opposite sex. As more people recognise the benefits
of an attractive smile, the demand for cosmetic
dentistry has risen. Teeth whitening procedures, for
example, have increased by more than 300 percent
over the past 10 years.
A smile is one of the most important facial
expressions. It can improve quality of life, both
professionally and personally, and a correlation
between a smile and success, confidence and
good health has been identified. So always
remember to smile – it may get you further than you
WHEN SINGLE MUM BIANCA BANNATYNE LOST HER
FRONT TEETH, HER CONFIDENCE PLUMMETED. WITH
THE HELP AND EXCEPTIONAL SKILLS OF COSMETIC
DENTIST SANDRA SHORT AND COSMETIC PHYSICIAN
DR JOSEPH HKEIK, HER LIFE WAS SOON TO TURN
AROUND. SHONAGH WALKER REPORTS.
For a young,
was such a blow
to her selfconfidence
At just 39 years of age, Sydney single mum Bianca Bannatyne had
very little confi dence. A long-term abusive relationship had left her selfesteem
at all an all-time low, even though she had managed to end it with
a clean break.
On top of that, a chronic illness meant she lost her upper front teeth, so she
felt far less than attractive and her self-image plummeted even lower.
Despite wearing dentures, they were poorly fi tting, protruded badly and made
her gums and mouth ache, and even bleed at times. They also would fall out
frequently and she had trouble keeping them in her mouth.
‘I’m afraid to smile,’ she told me meekly when we were discussing her teeth
and options for the future. ‘It’s so embarrassing. It even makes it hard to go to
job interviews, or to go shopping!’
An introduction to cosmetic dentist Dr Sandra Short from DentArtistry was
soon to change her life and turn her world around. Dr Short quickly recognised
the need to help Bianca, and began the lengthy process of fi tting her with
implants and a brand new smile.
‘Bianca’s teeth were in terrible shape,’ says Dr Short. ‘She had broken teeth,
missing teeth, decay and the worst thing was she had a very poor-fi tting upper
denture that didn’t stay in her mouth, didn’t look like a decent replica of teeth and
it caused her a lot of pain.’
‘For a young, attractive woman, this was such a blow to her self-confi dence.
The missing upper front teeth meant that she couldn’t smile and she actually
could barely talk without them coming loose or falling out. If she lifted her top lip
too high, it looked unsightly, so she not only stopped smiling, but she refused to
show her teeth at all.’
‘There was one badly broken down tooth on the right of her mouth, near the
missing teeth. I thought it best to extract that, put in an implant and join it as a
bridge to the corresponding tooth on the opposite side.’
‘I had to repair some other teeth at the back too, with various fi llings. Once
I had done that, and performed the extraction, we had to wait four months for
the implants to fuse to the bone. After that, I was able to make a bridge and
complete the work. All in all, it took about six months.’
‘Now, Bianca has a fi xed bridge that looks and functions like her own teeth.
It stays in place and won’t move. It is rigidly in place and fi ts into the gum, so
it looks like teeth are growing out of the gum. She will be able to bite into an
apple and eat like the teeth are her natural ones, something she was unable to
Following successful implants of her teeth, the next step was to work on her
skin and face, which had quickly become sunken and sagging, due to the lack
of support from her teeth and jaw.
Dr Joseph Hkeik, from All Saints Skin Clinic in Darlinghurst, Sydney, assessed
Bianca’s face and noted that by strategically placing wrinkle relaxing injections,
I am so much more
confident than I used to
be. I can’t wait to
become the person I
always knew that I
Facial rejuvenation by Dr Hkeik
BEFORE (with poorly fitting dentures)
AFTER cosmetic dentistry by Dr Short and cosmetic injectables
by Dr Hkeik
teamed with fillers in her cheeks, eyebrows and lips, it would provide the lift and
fullness that she was lacking, and would perfectly balance out her new smile.
The entire procedure took less than one hour, and the lift that the fillers gave
to her face, as well as the restored volume, was evident immediately. Within one
week, the wrinkle relaxing injections had kicked in, and Bianca’s features were
restored to be youthful looking, and well aligned, with lift and volume in all the
‘I can’t stop smiling, now,’ Bianca said on the day of our photoshoot. ‘I
recently turned 40 and I was asked for I.D when I went out to celebrate! The
bartender did not believe me and I had to produce my driver’s license!’
With a fresh new look, Bianca is moving interstate to join her sister, and is
excited at the prospect of a fresh new start and getting a great new job. ‘I have
interviews lined up and I am so much more confident than I used to be. I can’t
wait to become the person I always knew that I could be.’ csbm
Teeth restoration: Dr Sandra Short, DentArtistry, www.dentartistry.com.au
Cosmetic rejuvenation: Dr Joseph Hkeik, All Saints Skin Clinic,
Photos: Lee Maxwell-Judd; Hair and Makeup: Shonagh Walker
Meet the doctors
behind bianca’s makeover
Dr Sandra Short, BDS Syd Uni
Dr Sandra Short is the principal of DentArtistry in
Sydney’s Double Bay and for three decades has
pioneered ground-breaking dental implant treatments
and the fine art of cosmetic dentistry in Australia
– combining the science of dentistry with the art of
radiant smiles. DentArtistry has cemented its reputation
for the highest quality cosmetic and general dentistry,
outstanding service and value for money.
She gained her Bachelorhood in Dentistry at the University of
Sydney and began her interest in implant restorative dentistry under
the training of the ‘Father of implant dentistry’, Dr Leonard Linkow, in
New York. With skills developed over many years working with dental
implants, pain free dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry,
Dr Short delivers best-in-class results using a variety of techniques to
make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Her outstanding reputation for cosmetic dentistry has led to
appearances as an expert commentator on popular television shows
including Australia’s Next Top Model and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.
Dr Short also is an enthusiastic charity worker. She visits Aboriginal
communities in North Queensland to provide much-needed voluntary
dental services through Filling the Gap.
Dr Joseph Hkeik
MB.BS. (SYD), FRACGP, DPD (UK), FFMACCS
Dr Joseph Hkeik is an aesthetic physician with over
ten years’ experience. He is highly regarded for
his experience in delivering natural-looking results,
drawing from his sense of artistic appreciation and
commitment to patient care.
Dr Hkeik graduated from the faculty of Medicine at
the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery (MB.BS) in 1993. He is a fellow of the medical faculty of the
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (FFMACCS) and a fellow of
the college of General Practice (FRACGP), has a Diploma in Practical
Dermatology from the University of Cardiff (UK) and is a member of the
Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA).
Dr Hkeik was elected a councillor of the Australasian College of
Cosmetic Surgery in 2008 and appointed as Assistant Dean during
2009, and then Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Australasian
College of Cosmetic Surgery.
He makes regular appearances on Channel Nine and Seven as an
expert in the field and is regularly invited by the media to comment
on trends, procedures and breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine.
With a holistic background to art and to medicine, Dr Hkeik has
a proprietary method of ‘mapping’ the face and has developed a
balanced and holistic approach to facial features.
At his All Saints Skin Clinic, Dr Hkeik applies medical science with
art to help his clients realise their fullest beauty potential. He has
also launched “All Saints Children’s Healing Art Program” in Sydney,
encouraging children to discover the amazing power creating art has
on their general wellbeing and development.
The facts on
• In 2015, 78 women died from violence
with an estimated 80 percent of the deaths
a result of domestic or family violence,
according to the Counting Dead Women
initiative run by ‘Destroy the Joint’.
• Around one in five Australian women and
one in 20 Australian men have experienced
violence at the hands of an intimate partner
• Around 65 percent of men and women
who have experienced current partner
violence have experienced more than
one incident; with women who have
experienced violence by a previous partner
more likely than men to have experienced
more than one incident (73% compared
with 51%; ABS, 2013).
• Around half of men and one-quarter of
women who have experienced current
partner violence have never told anyone
about the violence (ABS, 2013).
• In 2011-12, 75 percent of intimate partner
homicide victims were women (AIC, 2015)
• Between 40 and 60 percent of families
who present with partner violence also
report child abuse.
• In a 2014 Australian study, acts of physical
abuse, sexual assault and verbal threats
towards one’s partner or child were
identified as family or domestic violence by
over 96 percent of respondents (Anglicare
So what are
we doing about it?
The government has responded to domestic
violence through preventative programs,
support for victims/survivors and their families
and law enforcement. Each jurisdiction in
Australia has a variety of laws, programs
and policies responding to and attempting
to prevent domestic violence, including
supported accommodation and safe houses.
If you or anyone you know is affected by
domestic violence, support is available from:
1800Respect – 1800 737 732 (24 hours)
Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491
Lifeline – 13 11 14 (24 hours)
SYDNEY BROW QUEEN RITA PORRECA TALKS
ABOUT THE LATEST EYEBROW TRENDS – AND HOW
TO CREATE THEM. AIMÉE SURTENICH REPORTS.
1. Cara Delevingne
2. Kim Kardashian
3. Kylie Jenner
4. Lily Collins
5. Megan Fox
7. Justin Bieber
8. Kendall Jenner
9. Ariana Grande
10. Angelina Jolie
If the eyes are the window to the soul then the eyebrows must surely
be the curtains that show them off ! Perfectly groomed brows can
take your appearance to new heights of sophistication and beauty
and, it goes without saying, are bang on trend.
Classic beauties such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn,
Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel all had strong, defi ned looks in the
brow department, but today’s style icons are taking brow fashion to
unprecedented heights. From Cara Delevingne’s statement brows to
Kim Kardashian’s bleaching experiments, “fl eek” eyebrows are the
latest fashion accessory.
As eyebrows have taken centre stage in fashion consciousness,
the art of cosmetic tattooing to reshape and emphasise the brows has
become more popular. Sydney beauty therapist Rita Porreca of Sydney
Permanent Makeup Centre has more than 25 years’ experience in the
industry and is also a sought-after trainer for cosmetic tattooists.
Porreca says it’s imperative you choose a highly trained and
skilled cosmetic tattoo practitioner when undergoing any treatment.
‘Results can last years in some cases, so it’s important to get it right
the fi rst time and create a shape and colour defi nition that’s perfect
for you,’ she says. ‘An experienced cosmetic tattooist should know
the diff erent methods for brow tattooing, and be able to tailor their
approach according to your individual look and personal preferences.’
Diff erent methods and terms for eyebrow tattooing include hair
stokes, featuring, shading, 3D brows, embroidery, soft tap and
blading. ‘Blading, soft tap and featuring all refer to a similar method
for eyebrow tattooing, performed with a hand tool,’ Porreca explains.
‘Using a thin blade, a pattern is applied to the brows and ink is applied
over the top to create a very natural look.’
The art of blading is not so common today, with the faster, more
permanent machine method taking over. However, Porreca takes a
combined approach to achieve best-in-class results for her clients.
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Whether it’s well-shaped eyebrows, prominent lips,
scar camouflage or masking hair loss, cosmetic
tattooing can completely transform a person’s look and
With state of the art digital machines and a combination of a
clinical and artistic approach, natural-looking beautiful results in
cosmetic tattooing is now on offer – to simulate features ranging
from a hair follicle stubble on the human scalp to a single human
Reconstructive or medical tattooing is used to disguise scars and
even recreate the appearance of an areola, giving patients a new
sense of confidence after having a mastectomy or reconstructive
surgery as a result of an accident or trauma. In many cases
reconstructive tattooing can improve scar tissue and permanently
conceal any resulting disfigurement.
Reconstructive tattooing can disguise skin imperfections from
surgeries, helping to minimise the look of scars, burns or other
injuries. Using an intricate procedure whereby the skin’s natural
pigmentation is microscopically copied and the colour is injected
beneath the skin, the matched colour pigments are then infused
within the scar or burn to create a customised camouflage.
Areola reconstruction with cosmetic tattooing can greatly affect
the lives of women who are uncomfortable with the appearance
of their nipples, especially if they have undergone a breast
reconstruction after a mastectomy.
A natural areola can be replicated using a tattoo gun or pen
to apply the colour on a carefully measured region on
the top layer of the skin. The relative simplicity of this
technique means there are minimal risks involved and
any resulting tenderness or redness should fade after a
Hair loss can have a profound negative effect on a
person’s self-confidence and be a constant source of
self-consciousness. Hair loss in a younger person can
contribute to an appearance of premature ageing and at
any age can detract from the overall appearance.
Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP), also known as Scalp
Tattooing and Hair Follicle Simulation, is a technique that
can mask the effects of hair loss, utilising pigment (not ink)
to create the appearance of shaven hair follicles. This adds
density to thinning areas, covering unsightly scars and
restoring the hairline. The treatment replicates shaven hair
follicles on the scalp so realistically that it gives the illusion
of real hair.
This semi-permanent procedure is ideal for people
who are not suitable for hair transplant surgery, or
who have limited donor hair, suffer with male or female
pattern baldness, thinning hair, scarring or certain types
Cosmetic tattooing means more than looking flawless
24/7. The advances in technology and techniques
prove that cosmetic tattooing is reaching new levels,
including scalp micropigmentation and medical aesthetics,
no longer just enhancing beauty but also changing people’s
Semi permanent makeup, or cosmetic tattooing, is
a revolutionary method of inserting small amounts of
pigment into the very topmost layers of the skin in order
to enhance features. Unlike conventional tattoos, this
state of the art procedure uses synthetic pharmaceutical
grade pigments designed to fade over time.
Some of the most sought after cosmetic tattoo
procedures are performed on the eyes, lips and eyebrows
to permanently enhance colour and fullness, whilst also
having the ability to create a more youthful appearance.
Cosmetic tattooing provides a safe, quick and easy
alternative to daily application of makeup, helping people
to look their best anytime, anywhere.
Cosmetic tattooing is ideal if you have:
• Sparse, thin or no eyelashes or eyebrows
• An allergy to conventional cosmetics
• Hay fever or sensitive or watery eyes
• A busy schedule and little time to worry about makeup
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SAY GOODBYE TO
STRETCH MARKS WITH
STRATAMARK, THE FIRST
TOPICAL MEDICAL DEVICE
FOR STRETCH MARKS.
AIMÉE SURTENICH REPORTS.
Stratpharma has become one of Australia’s most
trusted provider of solutions for scar treatment and
wound healing gel-based products – Stratamed
and Strataderm – earning the trust of Australia’s leading
cosmetic medical practitioners, including dermatologists,
plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and physicians, and
ENT and facial plastic surgeons.
The Swiss-based company has now added its latest
innovation, Stratamark, for prevention and treatment of
stretch marks to their impressive product line. Backed by
clinical trials and registered with the TGA, Stratamark is the
fi rst clinically proven topical medical device for stretch marks.
Striae distensae, or stretch marks, are a form of
abnormal scarring, in which the dermal collagen ruptures
and separates. The intervening gap is fi lled with newly
synthesised collagen, which then becomes aligned in
response to local stress forces.
Stretch marks are not exclusive to pregnant women. Both
men and women can have stretch marks caused by growth
spurts – for example, during puberty, when you have rapid
weight gain or loss, or due to steroid use.
Hundreds of cosmetic products are available on the
market claiming to improve stretch marks with no clinical
trials or assessment of effi cacy. These are typically topical
therapies such as tretinoin, cocoa butter, glycolic acid,
trofolastin and hydrant creams.
Unlike cosmetic and moisturising products, Stratamark
is a medical device, which is clinically proven with
therapeutic action for the prevention and treatment of
HOW STRATAMARK WORKS
Stratamark is a topical medical device for the prevention
and treatment of stretch marks. It can be used on all types
of stretch marks and is safe to use anywhere on the body.
Applied to the skin as a topical gel, Stratamark dries
to form a thin, fl exible and protective gel sheet that is
gas permeable and waterproof. Stratamark hydrates
and protects the skin, allowing the skin to normalise the
collagen synthesis cycle to efficiently prevent and treat
Stratamark is semi-occlusive and gas permeable,
which allows the skin to breathe and remain hydrated.
It is also hydrophobic, which prevents water being
lost from the dermal layers of the skin. This helps in
decreasing the transepithelial water loss and therefore
increases skin hydration.
Stratamark forms a durable, flexible and waterproof
sheet and does not penetrate the epidermis or dermis.
It protects stretch marks from local irritants including
friction from clothing. This assists in normalising the level of
Stratamark influences an epidermal-dermal signalling
cascade via a regulatory role of the epidermis on fibroblast
production. Keratinocytes have been shown to activate
the fibroblasts, hence collagen and glycosaminoglycan
This leads to the normalising of the keratinocyte
hydration status and the normalising of tissue growth
factors, which signals dermal fibroblasts to normalise the
collagen synthesis cycle of stretch marks.
how to apply
Stratamark is applied directly to clean, dry skin. It is applied
as a thin layer, which dries quickly within five to six minutes,
after which it can be covered by garments, sunscreens and
other cosmetics. Stratamark should be applied once daily,
or after each wash.
For women seeking to prevent the formation of stretch
marks during pregnancy, Stratamark is recommended for
use from the beginning of the second trimester (from week
13) or at the first sign of stretch mark formation. Application
should continue following birth for a minimum of 60 to
For the treatment of existing stretch marks, Stratamark
should be used for at least 60 to 90 days. Continued use is
recommended until no further improvement is seen. Severe
and/or older striae may need longer treatment. The product
should be in constant contact with the stretch mark –
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Due to its unique formulation and efficacy, only a very
small amount of gel is required per application. It can also
be used in combination with other stretch mark treatment,
including laser therapy.
Stratamark can be used throughout pregnancy and
breastfeeding and on sensitive skin.
The clinical evidence
Sixty-one obstetricians and 303 patients participated in an
open-label prospective cohort study in Europe. Application
of Stratamark was shown to significantly reduce the risk
of developing stretch marks when used during pregnancy.
Eight-one percent (eight out of 10 patients) did not
develop stretch marks in the prevention phase of the study
(compared to the accepted prevalence of between 50
and 90 percent of patients not using Stratamark), with no
“severe” or “very severe” cases reported.
In the treatment phase of the trial, 83 percent of
participants experienced reduced itchiness, 86 percent
reported reduced stretch mark visibility, and 88 percent
saw improvement in colour. These statistics highlight that
Stratamark is clinically proven to be effective for both
preventing and treating stretch marks. csbm
skin ages, it
seems it’s a
case of like
We’ve all heard the old adage told to hubbies-tobe
that if they want to know what their wife will
look like in years time, just look at her mum. As it
turns out, there may be a large grain of truth when it comes
to ageing skin.
A group of plastic surgeons from the Loma Linda
University Medical Center in California scanned the faces of
mothers and their daughters using computer modelling and
3D cameras. The research team found that mothers and
daughters who look similar also age in a strikingly similar
pattern. They found the daughters’ faces were beginning
to sag, wrinkle, thin and lose elasticity around the eyes in
exactly the same patterns as their mothers’ faces. This
similarity particularly increased after the daughters hit the
age of 30.
One of the surgeons, Dr Matthew Camp, says the study
was the first to prove scientifically that women age like their
mothers. Until now, Dr Camp says studies of facial ageing
have mostly been subjective and observational.
The findings may be especially helpful for women in
their mid-30s to early 50s, which is the ideal window for
using minimally invasive techniques to maintain a younger
looking appearance. Recognising how your mother’s
face changed over the years could help guide a cosmetic
surgeon in the appropriate procedures to address similar
patterns of sagging skin or volume loss. For example,
doctors would be able to pinpoint the appropriate areas to
inject dermal fillers.
Another author of the study, Dr Subhas Gupta, says
knowing exactly how a woman’s lower eyelids will change
with age can help surgeons plan a surgical correction
that will prevent the changes seen in her mother. ‘If you
come in when you’re 30, we can tell you where you will
have changes and quantify what you will need and where,’
’The findings were surprisingly repetitive regardless of
ethnicity and actual age difference between mothers and
daughters. You can beat Mother Nature to the punch and
not have your mother’s eyes,’ says Dr Gupta.
Whether you grow old gracefully depends
partly on your lifestyle and partly on your
genes. It’s been noted that one of the
most important factors is the way that skin
collects and retains its moisture, using
molecules that bind water into skin. As skin
ages, the genes that control this process
become less active and skin retains less
moisture, causing wrinkles.
Another involves collagen, which is
the protein that gives skin its underlying
structure. As we age, the genes that
degrade collagen can become overactive,
leading to more wrinkles. Other factors
involve inflammation, how the skin reacts
to sunlight and the skin’s response to
Of course, all this data doesn’t mean
you’re going to look exactly like your mum.
Regular SPF use will help you ward off the
sun’s harmful rays and cut back on the risk
of premature fine lines and sun spots. And,
until we uncover the elusive fountain of
youth, a good skincare regimen tailored to
your specific skin type will keep you looking
the best you can at any age.
When you’re young it’s all about preventative, gentle and nourishing
products. Your hormones are still balancing themselves, so stick to
oil-free cleansers, moisturisers and makeup where possible.
Getting into a good skincare regime in your teens not only helps
resolve some of the teen angst-causing problem skin issues but
it also forms good habits for the coming decades. Cleanse, tone
and moisturise are the basic three steps at any age and should be
followed morning and night.
Many teens find oily skin is their main concern, so a gel-based
cleanser is best – perhaps one that includes salicylic acid to help
clear acne. Use a light, non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturiser to
Women in their 20s may opt for foamy gel cleansers and light
moisturisers, perhaps a milky cleanser if you’re prone to dry skin.
Of an eve, use a hydrating fluid or an oil-free moisturiser along with
a mild hydrating gel eye cream to stave off early signs of ageing. If
you’re a 30-something, even if you’ve taken good care of your skin
it may become a little drier and sun damage may begin to appear.
As you age, keep adjusting your routine. Your mid-30s is a great
time to start using a nutrient-packed serum and active night creams.
Use a creamy cleanser and creamier moisturisers to lock in hydration
(apply over damp skin) and continue with a slightly richer
eye cream at night.
A clay mask applied weekly will deep clean your pores if
you’re oily, or a light hydrating mask if you’re slightly drier.
Use a grainy mechanical exfoliator or something with alpha
hydroxy acids (AHAs) for a chemical process twice a week
to remove the top layer of skin and deal with clogged pores.
Try adding some products with antioxidants to combat
free radicals and introduce some products with Vitamin A
derivatives in your 30s. Retinol can be found in low doses
in many over-the-counter night creams and serums or, for
stronger dose retinoids, creams and gels may be prescribed
by your dermatologist or GP in some cases.
Keep your skin glowing with some professional
treatments such as microdermabrasion and Vitamin C
facials. It’s around your 30s that you may be considering
anti-wrinkle injections as a preventative method for future
wrinkle formation and to refresh your appearance.
Not to sound like your mother, but you must use sun
protection at all ages – the younger you start, the better. Not
only does it protect your skin from the sun but 90 percent
of premature ageing is caused by UV exposure. You’ll be
thankful for this advice when you’re your mum’s age.
Kicking up the nutrients a notch is a must as the
signs of ageing deepen – it’s all about products with
plumping and firming benefits. Those beach holidays
may have started to catch up and the gradual (and
unfortunately unavoidable) loss of collagen is a part of
intrinsic ageing and becomes more apparent.
You can help slow cellular degeneration with the
antioxidant properties of Vitamins C and E, which
help protect the skin from free radicals that devour
healthy cells. Vitamin C can also boost the synthesis of
collagen, especially when it is applied in a potent form.
Additionally, prescription retinoids containing
Vitamin A acid used topically is a potent free-radical
fighter. It can reduce brown spots, increase exfoliation
and collagen production, thicken the epidermis and
can help reverse sun damage. Chemical peels are
also good for refining the skin’s surface, and injectable
dermal fillers work well in replenishing volume and
boosting collagen production.
Of course, it’s essential that you continue slathering
on thick face and eye serums on a nightly basis, with
rich moisturising properties such as hyaluronic acid,
shea butter or oils. Along with your broad-spectrum
UV moisturiser, add in a couple of creams, lotions or
serums containing at least two types of antioxidants.
For crepey skin try a formula with peptides, which
have been shown to strengthen collagen. Use a
creamy cleanser morning and night or, if your skin
tolerates a cleanser with a mild AHA or salicylic acid,
substitute this in once a day.
Anti-ageing or wrinkle-reducing prescription
formulas containing retinol or glycolic acid products
are essential in reducing fine lines and wrinkles,
improving skin texture, skin tone and colour, and
There is a plethora of cosmetic surgery and
dermatologic treatments applicable to the more mature
woman. Laser skin resurfacing is one such procedure
that can offer an effective solution, significantly
improving crepey eyelids and wrinkles around the
eyes, minimising lines and age spots, and improving
the overall appearance of the skin. csbm
The real deal
and age spots
are common skin
problems that can
be impervious to
We bring you the
Pigmentation is perceived as the
most important skin problem after
wrinkles and sagging. It’s been
estimated that more than 90 percent
of Caucasian people aged over 50
have age spots, and that pigmentation
treatments represent over 20 percent of
the total cosmetic market.
The cause of hyperpigmentation or
dark spots is complex, and typically
involves a number of different factors,
including genetic predisposition, postinflammatory
response to skin trauma,
ageing, excessive sun exposure and
hormonal changes such as pregnancy.
Mesoestetic is a global leader
in the medico-aesthetic skincare
industry, offering a range of treatments
depending on the severity and
stubbornness of the pigmentation.
With the world’s best-selling skin
brightening treatments, Cosmelan
and Dermamelan, Mesoestetic is
revolutionising the treatment of
pigmentation and spots, becoming a
global standard in helping to combat
About the treatments
Mesoestetic offers different depigmentation treatments depending on
the severity of the skin disorder and the patient’s lifestyle commitments.
Cosmelan and Dermamelan are two such professional skin
brightening treatments developed by Mesoestetic. They are topical
solutions that help visibly reduce dark spots, restore radiance and
luminosity to the skin, and even out skin tone. Versatile and easy to
apply, the treatments can be adapted to all skin colours, all year round.
The success rates are outstanding, but be prepared for some
downtime. However, for lifelong pigmentation sufferers, the promise of
smooth and clear skin far outweighs the small amount of downtime.
This typically involves peeling, shedding and redness which can last
Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatments are tailored to each individual
and the results are long lasting. The treatment itself involves a two-stage
process: the procedure conducted by the professional in-clinic (first
step) and the at-home care routine (second step).
These powerhouse treatments offer very promising results on all
types of pigmentation, including melasma which has traditionally been
very resilient to treatment.
How do they work?
Cosmelan and Dermamelan act on the cells that are responsible
for skin pigmentation, cleverly slowing down melanin production in
hyperpigmented areas and thereby helping to lighten unsightly patches
and niggling dark spots.
The treatment produces a clear and remarkable skin-brightening
effect and is highly effective for treating all types of skin spots: melasma
and chloasma, age spots, sun damage spots, and pigmentation due to
the use of oral contraceptives, among others.
What are the results?
After the first or second week of treatment, the appearance of
pigmented blemishes or spots is lighter and less noticeable and the skin
is visibly clearer.
Both Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatments have an impressive
clearance rate, reducing pigmentation spots by up to 95 percent in
nearly all cases. This new generation of skin-brightening treatments is
offering pigmentation sufferers renewed hope, with one-time treatments
to effective eliminate brown spots and even out skin tone. csbm
Mesoestetic has recently launched an
international campaign to open specialist
The program certifies a select number of high
quality skincare clinics to administer mesoestetic
See opposite for the list of certified
Mesoestetic clinics in Australia.
AFTER Dermamelan treatment
AFTER Cosmelan treatment
Riana’s Health and Skin Care
Clinic, Monash, 02 6166 2265
Moree, 02 6752 2323
Douglas Pereira Clinical Skin
Therapy, Sydney, 0407 443 350
Dr Van Park,
Woollarah, 1300 945 539
Glenrose Beauty Gallery,
Frenchs Forest, 02 9453 5100
HD Cosmetic Clinic,
Alexandria, 0450 155 366
Helena’s Day Spa,
Roselands, 02 9153 5533
North Coast Anti-Aging,
Lismore, 02 6621 6699
Northern Beaches Skin &
Laser Clinic, Warriewood,
0404 567 489
Yamba, 02 6646 8903
Balmain, 02 9555 9506
Spa D’or Beauty Centre,
Blacktown, 02 9622 0111
The Ritz Relaxation &
02 9587 2118
Palmerston Day Spa,
Palmerston, 08 8932 8622
Samford Village, 07 3289 2997
Skin and Light Medi-Clinic,
Cairns, 07 4041 5105
Townsville Injectable and Laser
Clinic, Hyde Park, 07 4772 7214
Valerie’s Beauty Clinic, Upper
Mount Gravatt, 07 3216 8804
Elixir Skin Fitness,
Beulah Park, 0407 703 870
Appearance Clinic Australia,
Aberfeldie, 03 9331 2566
Elita Cosmetic Medicine,
Glenroy, 03 9300 1942
Eastern Skin Therapy,
Box Hill, 03 9890 5222
Indulgence Medi Spa,
Glen Waverley, 03 9886 3371
Indulgence Medi Spa,
Doncaster East, 03 9841 4827
Instant Laser Clinic,
Kew, 03 9851 8900
Medical Skin Clinic Australia,
Torquay, 03 5261 6171
Northcote, 0408 594 894
Skin Temple Medi Clinic & Spa,
Melbourne, 03 9867 2992
Victorian Dermal Group,
Kew, 03 9853 9264
Assure Cosmetic Centre,
Subiaco, 08 9380 0380
Auspoint Skin Cancer & Health
Clinic, Como, 08 9313 1187
Dr Anh Nguyen,
Perth, 08 9322 2659
Karen Bowen Dermal Therapy,
Applecross, 08 9316 3836
Lauren Wood Skin Clinic,
Karrinyup, 0409 438 211
Luminous Skin Clinic,
Joondalup, 08 9301 4469
Medivive Cosmetic Clinic,
Cockburn, 08 9417 3337
North Perth Beauty,
North Perth, 08 9242 3155
Sanctuary Beauty & Wellness,
Southern River, 08 9398 5532
Guildford, 08 9279 4661
Skin Plus Beauty & IPL Clinic,
Bunbury, 08 9791 9417
Nedlands, 08 9389 9022
Total Skin & Body Centre,
Mandurah, 08 9535 4530
coverage with advanced
skincare technology, the
Lycogel range of buildable
foundations is making
a splash in Australia.
Erin Docherty reports.
Lycogel is the go-to colour corrective foundation to help
conceal redness and bruising after cosmetic surgery.
It provides buildable coverage with real therapeutic
benefits to speed up the healing process.
Loaded with antioxidants, Lycogel aids in the healing of
damaged skin, helping bruising, inflammation, redness and
tightness after cosmetic procedures, as well as helping to
prevent excessive scar formation.
While you may be familiar with the Lycogel Breathable
Camouflage Foundation, beauty devotees are flocking
to the Lycogel Breathable Tint as their everday makeup
base. For an all-day, lightweight skin tint to smooth out
imperfections and even skin tone (with the same skin health
benefits as the Breathable Camouflage), the Breathable
Tint ticks all the boxes.
Lycogel Breathable Tint provides perfect coverage
without that ‘heavy’ look and feel.
The revolutionary tinted cream is long lasting and
water resistant, making it the perfect base to match any
situation – from minimal coverage for a day at the beach
to natural-looking coverage for dinner with friends.
The tint is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the
skin, providing a light coverage while still managing to
even out any redness in skin, hide broken capillaries,
smaller blemishes and pigmentation.
Lycogel’s Breathable Tint doesn’t just offer longlasting
coverage – it also supports the longer term health
of your skin. Breathable Tint contains LYCO-Complex, a
carefully balanced set of 12 active ingredients that work
together to deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients to
your skin, all while enhancing your natural beauty.
Through an impressive range of breathable tints,
camouflages, concealers and a balm, each Lycogel product
is suitable for all skin types, delivering a range of nutrients
for ageing, blemish-prone, pigmented and sensitive skin.
The products increase the tolerance of overreactive
skin, promote skin repair and provide antiageing
properties whilst being gentle and non-irritating for
sensitive skin types and compromised skin, for example
after surgery or laser therapy.
Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, Lycogel delivers
moisture and helps prevent the skin from becoming
dehydrated by reducing trans-epidermal water loss. This
helps to reinforce the skin’s natural defence system, while
protecting the skin barrier.
The promotion of skin repair results in younger looking
skin, whilst the delivery of oxygen soothes the skin, helping
to minimise lines. Lycogel products not only let the skin
breathe and do not clog pores but also contain nonchemical
SPF, which offers both UVA and UVB protection.
Lycogel’s designer gel base is specially formulated to
deliver each and every one of the LYCO-Complex’s 12
active ingredients to the skin for maximum benefits.
Combining the best in cosmetic and skincare
technology, the Lycogel range of breathable foundations
and concealers are truly a step up in the makeup/skincare
Cosmetic chemist and founder of Synergie,
Terri Vinson, Bsc. DipFormChem. DipEd. ASCC,
gives us the lowdown on arguably the most
important skincare step: cleansing.
It seems the market has been flooded recently with
a massive influx of different types of facial cleansers.
Whether it’s foams, gels, oils, scrubs or balms, the
‘cleanser’ category represents a massive and rapidly
growing sector of the skincare market.
It is important to remember that not all cleansers are
created equal so let’s cut through the hype and take a look
at how each cleanser really performs.
Water-based cleansers containing surfactants attract oil
and impurities from the skin so they can be easily removed
from the skin’s surface. This type of cleanser includes
foaming gels and non-foaming lotions. I recommend a
foaming cleanser for normal, combination and acne-prone
skin. Non-foaming lotion cleansers are usually oil in water
emulsions containing a lower level of surfactant and are
recommended for dry or sensitive skin.
The optimal pH for a water-based cleanser is around 5.6
(slightly acidic). This is actually the natural pH of skin so
irritation is minimised. A good facial cleanser must be mild
and not disrupt the natural barrier function of the skin.
Micellar water cleansers are relatively new in the market.
These types of cleansers are popular for a quick makeup
removal or for time-poor people who do not have the time
to thoroughly cleanse.
What exactly are ‘micelles’? Micelles are ball-shaped
clusters of surfactant molecules, with the water-loving heads
all around the outside and oil-loving tails pointing inwards in
the middle of the ball. These micelles act like magnets to
attract and lift dirt, oil and makeup from the skin.
There are concerns regarding the effects of using soapbased
cleansers on the skin which often results in
irritation. Soaps exhibit a pH of around 9 and are generally
too harsh to be used on the facial skin. Soaps are created
by reacting oil with a strong alkali (base). They are effective
at stripping oil, dirt and impurities, but often result in skin
irritation. Alkaline products (with a pH over 9.0) disrupt
the natural acid mantle of the skin, resulting in irritation,
itching and dryness.
Powder cleansers are an emerging trend that originate
from Japan. Powder cleansers are a concentrate that
requires the addition of water to create a cleansing foam.
The benefit of these cleansers are that they exhibit a longer
shelf life and are very convenient for travelling as there are
no leakage risks.
The oil cleanser fad
Oil cleansing is a common fad in the cosmetic industry,
based on the premise that ‘oil dissolves oil’. The routine
often recommends ‘double cleansing’ with an initial cleanse
of the oil followed by a second cleanse with a water-based
foaming cleansing product. The initial oil cleansing step is
really an unnecessary part of the skincare routine unless you
are using heavy, waterproof makeup. If double cleansing is
needed, it should be with a water-based cleanser.
There is also media hype claiming that oil cleansing
removes oil associated with acne, blemishes and
congestion. This is a false assumption that congested
and blemished skin involves oil on the skin surface. The oil
associated with acne and congested skin is very complex
and involves processes deep below the skin surface. It is a
combination of imbalanced hormones, inflammation, dead
cells deep in the pores and excess acne bacteria causing
infection. Oil cleansers will not address this problem.
Furthermore, a layer of oil on the surface of the skin
will prevent penetration of your important water-based
serums (remember oil and water do not mix unless you
use a surfactant). Facial oils and moisturisers containing oil
should be the final step in your skin care routine and not the
initial step. Cleansing skin with oil is not a new cleansing
method and, as with many fads, this will pass. I believe oil
is great for removing waterproof mascara prior to normal
facial cleansing but I would definitely not recommend oil
cleansing for a deep facial cleanse.
the function of a
cleanser is to remove
excess surface oil, makeup
and impurities without
stripping the skin’s
natural acid mantle
Ingredients to avoid
in facial cleansers
When choosing a cleanser, it is important to avoid the
addition of harsh surfactants such as sodium laureth
sulphate (SLS). This ingredient is considered one of the
most irritating surfactants; low-irritant cleansers are now
made of milder foaming agents. Artificial fragrances can
also cause skin irritation and allergy so it is best to use
unscented or essential oil scented products.
Examples of gentle foaming agents include:
• Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
• Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
• Cocoamidopropyl Betaine
• Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
Exfoliation is a necessary element of all skincare routines. I
do not believe that adding a chemical exfoliating agent such
as lactic or salicylic acid to a cleanser will be as effective as
adding these ingredients to products which will remain on
the skin surface for a longer period.
Physical exfoliants, however, are a better choice for
rinse-off products, provided the particles are non-irritating
and are suited to a particular skin type. Corundum crystals
are an excellent choice for most skin types. These particles
are almost chemically identical to sapphire, are uniform in
size and are effective at removing dull surface cells and
superficial blackheads. Rice powder is a better alternative
choice for those with more sensitive skin.
The micro bead exfoliants controversy
I was given the opportunity to add exfoliating plastic
microbeads to my range a decade ago and I declined. It
was obvious then and even more so today that adding
non-biodegradable substances such as plastic microbeads
to rinse off products will have a negative impact on our
waterways. Microbeads are actually banned by the FDA
after the discovery of environmentally damaging levels
of these fine granules in oceans, lakes and waterways
in the USA. There are numerus environmentally friendly
alternatives such as finely ground corundum minerals and
The function of a cleanser is to remove excess surface oil,
makeup and impurities without stripping the natural acid
mantle of our skin. As a cosmetic chemist, I like to keep
cleanser formulas as scientifically clean as possible without
the addition of active cosmeceuticals.
Beware of brands adding active ingredients in their
cleansers, such as AHA and BHA exfoliants, vitamins or
peptides. Cleansers are only in contact with the face for an
average of 20 seconds and then are simply washed down
the drain! There is very little time for active ingredients to
work on the deeper layers of the skin if they are washed off
in a few seconds.
Cleansing is an essential part of your skin routine but
it is only the preparation. There is certainly a vast array of
options so the best advice is to:
1. Choose a cleanser that is best suited to your skin type
2. Don’t waste your money on cleansers with unnecessary
3. Don’t get caught up on ‘fad cleansing rituals’
4. Avoid soaps and cleansers and harsh ingredients such
as artificial fragrance and sulfates
5. Avoid cleansers and exfoliants with synthetic microbead
Remember, cleansing is a vital step in your skincare
routine. A clean canvas is essential before adding the
active ingredients that truly make a visible difference to the
look, feel and function of your skin. csbm
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THERE’S NOTHING BETTER
THAN DISCOVERING A NEW
FRAGRANCE, IT’S THE BEST
WAY TO KICK-OFF A FRESH
START! TAKE A LOOK AT THE
SCENTS WE’RE SERIOUSLY
Calvin Klein Eternity Now, $89 for 100ml. A striking
fragrance with a lively, fl oral scent, Eternity Now has top
notes of nectarine and quince sorbet, heart notes of peony,
peach blossom and neroli petals, and base notes of
cashmere veil, ambrox and musk.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua EDT, $104 for 100ml. This
adrenaline-rush cologne is one for the men – a fragrance that
represents a sensually fresh and sporty creation.
Si by Giorgio Armani, $160 for 100ml. An elegant, feminine
fragrance that combines a cocktail of cassis nectar, chypre
and light musky wood for an enchanting perfume.
Chloé Signature EDT, $100 for 50ml. A vibrant, feminine
fragrance with base notes of rose, magnolia and lily, as well
as amber and cedarwood. Already on its way to becoming a
modern classic, this is a truly special fragrance.
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We’ve all had moments
of confusion when
entering the hallowed
salon doors. We give you
the lowdown on salon
etiquette to have you
up-to-date and acting
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Ah, the eternal questions posed by the beauty
treatment arena. Do you wear underwear
during a Brazilian wax? Are therapists
offended if you fall asleep during a massage? Do
you have to warn your beautician if you’re pregnant?
We answer some of the most common questions
for navigating proper spa guidelines.
If I prefer a female therapist, can I
It’s perfectly acceptable if you don’t feel comfortable with a
male therapist – and the customer is always right, right!? A
client is usually asked when they make the booking if they
are happy to be assigned a male therapist. Everyone has
different comfort levels and the salon’s main aim is for you
to feel comfortable, so feel free to say you would feel more
comfortable with a female.
I really don’t feel like talking. can
I tell my therapist to stop?
Telling your therapist to be quiet may sound rude, but as
long as you mind your manner it is perfectly acceptable
and they will take a subtle hint. A polite line about looking
forward to zoning out with a relaxing treatment today should
do the trick without offending.
Should I get naked for a spray tan?
Most salons will advise you that they don’t mind if you
go completely nude to avoid tan lines. All salons should
provide a disposable g-string for anyone who doesn’t want
to get tan on their own underwear. The reason some salons
require you to wear some type of underwear is for hygiene
and protection reasons. You’re obviously welcome to wear
your own underwear, bearing in mind it will leave a tan mark.
Should I turn off my mobile?
If you or anyone else are having relaxing treatments within
earshot, it’s good manners to turn off your phone so as not
to detract from the salon experience – for both yourself and
others around you.
What should I do if I’m late?
Being on time for your appointment is basic manners. If you
need to cancel or change an appointment, it’s customary
to give 24 hours notice. However, if you’re stuck in traffic,
ring to say you are still on your way and be prepared to
have the time deducted from your treatment time.
Alternatively, the salon may be able to move around
appointments to ensure your therapist has enough time
to give a thorough treatment.
should i shower prior to treatment?
There is always some sheepishness involved in coming
direct from a long day at work, but such appointments
are expected with our busy schedules. If you are able to
shower prior to treatments such as bikini waxes it will make
both of you feel more comfortable, but this isn’t always
practical. Obvious courtesy such as showering if coming
straight from a workout certainly applies though. Sweat and
body odour after exercise isn’t pleasant for anyone involved!
What type of underwear should I
wear for my wax?
Granny undies aren’t very glamorous but it’s not the done
thing to wear your sexy underwear either. Choose a pair
with an appropriate cut for your wax – if it’s just a general
bikini higher cut briefs are fine, if it’s a g-string wax a simple
cotton g-string. Many salons offer disposable underwear.
No underwear is preferred for a Brazilian wax, but your
salon will advise you in preparation for your treatment
whether nothing or a disposable g-string is preferred.
should i do something about an
embarrassing bikini line prior to
It’s not a case of suffering judgment from your therapist –
believe me, they’ve seen it all. This is entirely up to you,
however if you’re waxing it will be less painful and quicker if
your hair is shorter so a quick trim might be advisable. If the
therapist has to do the trim it may cost you more due to the
extra time needed.
Is it ok to fall asleep?
Some therapists will actually take it as a compliment if you
fall asleep during treatment! Massage, body and facial
treatments are for pampering and relaxing. If you fall asleep,
it’s a sign you are truly relaxed and enjoying the treatment.
What do they need to know?
You should advise your therapist about any existing health
conditions that may influence the course of the treatment – in
particular, any medical conditions such as high or low blood
pressure, recent surgical procedures, any medications you
are on, and if you are pregnant. csbm
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IN SEARCH OF A LAST-MINUTE SLIMMING OPTION TO HELP
YOU SQUEEZE INTO THAT LBD? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE
INTERNATIONAL BODY WRAP AT NICOLE’S BEAUTY SALON.
Give your body the boost it needs!
Remove toxins, shrink your
waistline, improve circulation
and reveal radiant, glowing skin with the
International Body Wrap. It’s guaranteed
to shed 15cm off your total body
circumference, or your money back!
WHAT IS IT?
The International Body Wrap uses Dead
Sea clay to cleanse and detoxify your
body of impurities such as toxins and
Your body is fi rstly measured and
marked up so that your exact centimetre
loss can be calculated after the treatment.
You are then wrapped from head to toe
with bandages soaked in natural Dead
‘The all-natural clay solution acts like a
giant poultice and draws out toxins and
impurities from your body while cleansing
your skin and leaving it softer, smoother
and more toned,’ says Nicole Gruodiene
from Nicole’s Beauty Salon in Double Bay,
Sydney. ‘As the clay particles become
hydrated, they expand and absorb many
times their own weight in body toxins.’
After an hour (of sheer relaxation!),
the wraps are removed to reveal skin
that is more radiant and toned with an
improved overall appearance. Skin tissue
is compressed and the soft fatty tissues
are compacted, resulting in a reduction
of body circumference.
The result is a trimmer, more toned
body without any weight loss. The
centimetres lost are not a result of water
loss and therefore results should last
at least 30 days – and signifi cantly longer
if you watch your weight and lead a
Detoxifying the body off ers a plethora
of beauty and health advantages,
including improved circulation, refi ned
skin texture and higher energy levels.
‘A full body wrap is a great treatment
to detoxify, hydrate and slim the body,’
adds Gruodiene. ‘It produces results
after just one treatment, or you can opt
for a course to gain even greater results.
The eff ects of the harsh Aussie sun can
often result in dry, fl aky and pigmented
skin. A post-summer treatment plan
incorporating sea salt scrubs and
moisturising facials can help combat sun
damage, dullness and skin dehydration.
‘The sun can damage the skin cells
deep in the dermis, diminishing the
production of collagen and elastin,’ says
Gruodiene. ‘The damaged cells do not
renew properly and skin becomes dull,
thick and sallow.’
Look forward to your best skin yet,
with the right salon treatments and
at-home skincare to help you reclaim
radiant, hydrated skin. 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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the surgery or
injectables? It is
possible – and we’ll
show you how.
At some point it’s hard to ignore the signs of
ageing – the dark spots, fine lines around the
eyes and lips, and the sagging skin. Today there
is a wide range of anti-ageing skincare treatments that
work their magic to erase the years off your face without
the need to turn to cosmetic surgery or injectables. But
what products actually work?
We separate the pure hype from the scientifically
researched to bring you the best of the best when it
comes to turning back the clock and putting your best
1. Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser and Makeup
Remover, $59 for 74ml, 2. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser,
$61 for 90ml, 3. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Hydrating Milk Cleanser, $69 for
50ml, 4. Joi Pure Complete Crème Cleanser, $34 for 65ml, 5. Obagi Nu-Derm
Gentle Cleanser, $49.95 for 200ml, 6. SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser,
$74.50 for 177ml, 7. Synergie Minerals Micellution Micellar Cleansing Water, $59
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1. Medik8 Pore Refining Toner, $39 for
150ml, 2. Joi Pure Orange Blossom
Hydrosol Ton, $29 for 125ml, 3. Mádara
Balancing Toner, $27 for 200ml
1. Aspect Dr Resveratrol Moisturising Cream, $88,
2. Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Cream,
$89.95 for 50ml, 3. Clinique Smart Night Custom-
Repair Moisturizer, $68 for 50ml, 4. Goodness
Natural Beauty Lab Every Evening Cream, $19.95
60ml, 5. Glamourflage Elegant Eliza Honey
Repairwear Lift Lotion, $32.95 for 100ml, 6. Joi Pure
Rejuvenating Facial Cream, $39 for 65ml, 7. Skin
Physics Advance Superlift , Neck Lifting & Firming
Cream, $89 for 50ml, 8. Skin Physics Advance
Superlift , Face Lifting & Toning Cream, $79 for
50ml, 9. Sisley Sisleÿa L’Intégrak Anti-Âge, $550
for 50ml, 10. Jergens Age Defying Multi-Vitamin
Moisturizer, $8.99 for 400ml, 11. DNA Renewal DNA
Night Renewal, $165 for 50ml, 12. Kerstin Florian
Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF15, $109 for
50ml, 13. Mádara Time Miracle Ultimate Facelift Day
Cream, $83 for 50ml, 14. SkinCeuticals Metacell
Renewal B3, $149 for 50ml
10. 11. 12. 13.
2. 3. 4.
5. 6. 7.
1. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence $130 for 140ml, 2. Antipodes Joyous Protein Rich
Night Replenish Serum, $59 for 30ml, 3. Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum, $69.95 for 30ml, 4. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin
Supplement, $105 for 30ml, 5. Cosmedix Radiance Age Management Serum, $123.20 for 15ml, 6. Elemis Pro-Collagen
Super Serum Elixir, $150 for 15ml, 7. Jurlique Firming and Tightening Serum, $95 for 30ml, 8. Jurlique Nutri-Define Superior
Retexturising Facial Serum, $145 for 30ml, 9. Kerstin Florian Serum C+ Infusion, $169 for 30ml, 10. Mádara Cellular Repair
Serum, $68 for 30ml, 11. Medik8 Retinol 6 TR Advanced Night Serum, $89 for 15ml, 12. Medik8 Firewall Mineral Antioxidant
Serum, $158 for 30ml, 13. Musq Replenish Serum, $59 for 50ml, 14. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin
Renewal Serum, $95 for 40ml, 15. Nude by Nature Nude Miracle Serum, $29.95 for 30ml, 16. PCA Skin Total Strength Serum,
$147.40 for 29.5ml, 17. Sanctury Spa Covent Garden Wonder Oil Serum, $32.99 for 30ml, 18. Skinstitut Retinol Serum, $45
for 30ml, 19. Société Intense Firming Complex Anti-Wrinkle Serum, $211.20 for 30ml, 20. La Mav Commiphora Extract Ultra
Plumping Serum, $69.95 for 30ml
16. 17. 18.
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Obagi C-Exfoliating Day Lotion,
$74.95 for 57ml, Racinne
Ultimate Hydra Perfection
Gentle Refi ning Scrub Mask,
$44 for 75ml
OILS & GEL
1. Aspect Retinol Brulee, $124 for 30ml, 2. Babs Face
Oil, $24 for 30ml, 3. Goodness Certifi ed Organic Chia
Seed Oil, $19.95 for 20ml, 4. Jojoba Youth Potion,
$39.95 for 50ml, 5. NeoStrata Skin Active Line Lift
Step 1, $39.95 for 15ml, 6. NeoStrata Skin Active
Line Lift Step 2, $39.95 for 15g, 7. O Cosmedics
Youth Activating Oil-Balm, $79 for 20g, 8. SCOUT
Cosmetics Daily C Plus Treatment Gel $44.95 for
60ml, 9. Trilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Booster Oil,
$43.95 for 20ml
Jurlique Nutri-Defi ne Eye Contour
Balm, $95 for 15ml, Nude by Nature
Nude Bright Eyes, $19.95 for 14ml,
Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye
Cream, $35 for 15ml, Skin Physics
Advance Superlift Eye Treatment Serum,
$69 for 50ml
THE ART OF
Instead of slapping on fi ve diff erent products at
once, take your time! Remember that products
can be heavy and can irritate delicate skin in
certain areas such as the eye, so start light and
give each product a few minutes to absorb.
After cleansing, apply eye cream (then
completely avoid the area), followed by serums,
then moisturisers or light creams. For an extra
boost of hydration and radiance, try involving
oils into your skincare regime. Depending on
the time of day, fi nish with either sunscreen
(morning) or retinoid (evening).
Skin-correcting products can be combined
to target specifi c skin concerns, improve skin
colour, radiance and tone, and serums can be
layered on top of each other to target diff erent
Elemis White Brightening Dark
Spot Corrector, $99 for 3.5ml
Buff away dry, fl aky skin and reveal the glowing goddess
underneath! Manicare have an amazing range of body
buffi ng busters that we can’t get enough of:
Manicare Body Loofah Bath Brush, $13.99, Manicare
Exfoliating Gloves, $8.95, Manicare Dry Body Brush,
$15.95, Manicare Body Loofah, $7.99
While you’re at it, why not add a bronzed glow to your
smooth, supple skin with Fake Bake Platinum Face Anti-
Aging Self Tan Lotion $45 for 60ml. With a combination of
quality ingredients to tan your face, while giving you premium
level peptides to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles –
it’s a win, win!
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WE BRING YOU THE
AT-HOME PEELS AND
TO TARGET SKIN
Bring home the ultimate spa experience and
treat your skin to some serious pampering with
our top picks of peels and masks that will help
hydrate, plump and relieve dry, stressed skin.
The Bella team have tried and tested everything
from clay to cream and even paper masks to whip up
a handy guide of our must-try peels and masks for
every skin type.
A good face mask can do wonders for your skin
during the chillier weather, and can improve problems
ranging from lines and wrinkles to dryness or dullness,
acne, rosacea and pigmentation. So get ready to
reveal cleaner, revitalised and younger looking skin!
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The word ‘peel’ used to mean
a trip to the dermatologist and
several days of hiding in your
room until a tender face was
ready to see the world again.
While stronger chemical peels
should only be applied by
aesthetic practitioners, many
peels are also available in lower
strength concentrations for
at-home treatment to target a
variety of skin conditions.
1. Kiehl’s Nightly-Refi ning Micro-Peel Concentrate, $82
for 30ml, 2. Arbonne Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads
(60 pads) and Solution, $137 for 60ml, 3. Skinstitut
Enzymatic Micro Peel, $45 for 75ml, 4. Kerstin Florian
At-Home Professional Peel, $149 for 65ml, 5. Mádara
Peel – Brightening AHA Peel Mask, $40 for 60ml, 6. O
Cosmedics Corrective Cleanser & Peel, $52 for 100ml,
Incorporating a weekly face mask into your skincare regime allows for a much deeper
cleanse than with a daily foaming or gel cleanser.
The combination of quality ingredients allows masks to reach deep down into pores,
drawing impurities out and cleansing away stubborn dirt, to reveal clear and fresh
1. Arbonne RE 9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Masque, $97 for 49ml, 2. Aspect Exfoliating
Clay Mask, $28 for 118ml, 3. Bobbi Brown Face Mask Radiance Boost, $65 for 75ml,
4. Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial, $68 for 75ml, 5. Dr. Spiller Care
and Repair Mask, $138, 6. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, $115
for 50ml, 7. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil
Mask, $125 (pack of 4), 8. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Mask, $85
for 40ml, 9. Jojoba Skin Refi ning and Brightening Face Mask, $49.95 for 80ml, 10.
Mesoestetic Pure Renewing Face Mask, $78 for 100ml, 11. Germaine de Capuccini
SynergyAge Glyococure – Clinical (Intense Renewal Exfoliating Mask), $79 for 50ml, 12.
Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, $58 for 75ml, 13.
Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask, $54 for 80ml, 14. Sisley Eye Countour Mask,
$160 for 30ml, 15. Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask, $160 for 60ml, 16. La Mav Green
Clay Detox Mask, $29.95 for 60ml, 17. PCA Skin Purifying Mask, $96.80 for 60g, 18.
Société Rejuvenating Peptide Gel Mask, $130 (5 mask sheets), 19. Jurlique Moisture
Replenishing Mask, $80 for 100ml, 20. Mádara Detox – Ultra Purifying Mud Mask,
$40 for 60ml, 21. Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask, $30 for
118ml, 22. Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, $19.99 for
100ml, 24. Thalgo Hyaluronic Mask, $71 for 50ml, 24. Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask,
$29.95 for 60ml
15. 16. 17.
Remember to apply masks
at least a half-inch from
your hair (don’t forget those
brows) or you could be in for
some serious unwelcome
hair loss. Eek!
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Joseph Mourad is renowned for his quality, easy to wear, “I can’t believe
they’re not real” hair extensions. His salon, Joseph Mourad Hair & Beauty,
in Sydney’s Double Bay, is the hot spot for premium quality human hair
extensions, each applied with expert precision and care by Mourad himself.
With the likes of Miranda Kerr, Mya and Mel B on his client list, Mourad
knows how to turn hair from drab to fab. With more than 30 years’
experience in the hairdressing industry, his skills are highly sought after
– and now with his new 4-in-1 styler, everyone can get that straight-fromthe-salon
blowdry look everyday.
To get your hands on this revolutionary DIY styler,
To get your hands on this revolutionary DIY styler,
call 02 9328 2277 or www.josephmourad.com.au
call 02 9328 2277 or visit www.josephmourad.com.au
TRANSFORM YOUR HAIR
IN MINUTES, WHETHER
YOU’RE AFTER SLICK AND
STRAIGHT, SOFT WAVES
AND BODY, OR LARGE
There’s nothing better than a salon blow-dry – but, for
a style that seems so easily done in-salon, the same
look can become near impossible to achieve at home.
Enter the DIY styler.
Created by celebrity-renowned Sydney hairdresser
Joseph Mourad, the game-changing invention is the fi rst
and only hair dryer, styler and straightener combined.
‘The frustration associated with DIY styling is down
to coordination’, Mourad says. The secret behind that
fresh-from-the-salon look is the ability to move seamlessly
between a blowdryer, brush, curling iron and straightener.
Mourad’s device combines these tools into one device.
With hot plates for straightening or curling, hot air vents
for blow-drying and attachable brush bristles for creating
volume, Mourad’s system dries hair, adds volume and
straightens or styles for a perfect fi nish.
Most importantly, it’s fast. Mourad’s device can transform
your look in only minutes, whether you’re after slick and
straight shine, soft waves and body, or large, fl owing curls.
The blowdryer, brush and styler 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, runwayready
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you down? it’s time
to Lather up for
to get your mane
back on track.
From salon-only brands to organic, sulphate-free,
silicone-free, oil-free, there are a tonne of haircare
products out there. Everyone’s hair is different,
whether its frizz city or thin lizzy – we’re all just trying to
snaffle a good hair day!
Rest assured, the Bellas have done all the hard work
(*puffs*) to bring you the best options to suit your hair type,
so you can get your mane looking and smelling ah-mazing.
Thankfully, hair responds well to a little TLC and it’s not too
late to restore your crowning glory to its best condition. So,
Often some shampoos can be too heavy for certain types
of hair, and contain ingredients designed to nourish dry hair,
tame curls or get rid of frizz. Oils are often to blame, but
silicones can sometimes also be a culprit in weighing your
It’s good to switch up your hair routine every once in
a while – don’t be afraid to do a little cross training for
hair (even if you revert back to your old favourite). So sud
up and reap the benefits of more volume, hydration and
strength with the hottest shampoos getting around town
Moroccanoil Extra Volume
Shampoo, $35 for 250ml
Joico Body Luxe Shampoo,
$26.95 for 300ml
Joico Sulfate-free Curl Crème Wash,
$29.95 for 300ml, Joico Sulfate-free
Curl Cleansing shampoo, $29.95 for
300ml, Goldwell Dual Senses Curly
Twist Moisturising Conditioner $25.45
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bhave Bombshell Blonde Shampoo, $32.95 for 300ml, Goldwell Dual Senses Color Shampoo, $25.45 for 300ml,
Joico Color Endure Shampoo (for long-lasting colour), $26.95 for 300ml, Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo
(eliminates brassy/yellow tones on blonde/grey hair), $29.95 for 300ml, Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo (eliminates
brassy/orange tones on lightened brown hair), $29.95 for 300ml, Mádara Nourish and Repair Shampoo, $24 for 250ml,
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Color Freeze Rich Shampoo, $28.95 for 250ml
bhave Rescue Intense
Repair Shampoo, $43.95
for 300ml, Charles
Worthington Shine Booster
Shampoo, $15.99 for 250ml,
TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti-
Dotes, $27 for 250ml, Joico
K-PAK Shampoo, $27.95
for 300ml, Wella SP System
Shampoo, $36 for 250ml
bhave Scalp Shampoo,
$34.95 for 300ml
Shampoo, $26 for
300ml, Pure Hair
The other half of the dynamic duo
is here to ensure you get soft,
shiny, manageable hair. Whether
your hair is dry, frizzy or curly, the
top conditioners are guaranteed to
nourish, repair and volumise even
the neediest hair.
Keep in mind that the same
conditioner won’t work for everyone
– choosing the right one can be
difficult, but the best way to decide
is to consider the texture of your hair.
If you have thin hair, try a volumising
conditioner and if you have thick,
greasy hair, choose a conditioner
formulated with less oil. Picking
the perfect formula can drastically
change your hair.
Joico Curl Nourished
Conditioner, $29.95 for 300ml
Goldwell Dual Senses Curly
Twist Moisturizing Conditioner,
$25.45 for 300ml
Moroccanoil Extra Volume
Conditioner, $35 for 250ml
Joico Body Luxe Conditioner
$26.95 for 300ml
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Goldwell Dual Senses Color Detangling
Conditioner, $25.45 for 300ml, Joico Color
Endure Sulfate-free Conditioner, $26.95
for 300ml, Joico Color Balance Purple
Conditioner (eliminates brassy/yellow tones
on blonde/grey hair), $29.95 for 300ml,
Joico Color Balance Blue Conditioner
(eliminates brassy/orange tones on lightened
brown hair), $29.95 300ml, Schwarzkopf
Professional BC Color Freeze Spray
Conditioner, $28.95 for 200ml
Charles Worthington Takeaways Strength
and Repair Conditioner, $5.99 for 75ml,
Mádara Nourish and Repair Conditioner, $24
for 200ml, Joico K-PAK Conditioner, $27.95
for 300ml, bhave Rescue Intense Repair
Conditioner, $43.95 for 300ml
Charles Worthington Shine Booster
Conditioner $15.99 for 250ml, Jurlique
Lavender Conditioner, $26 for 300ml,
Pure Hair Food Moisture Conditioner,
$28.90 for 250ml
FOR THE JOB
With any task, it pays to have the right tools for the
job. To create an individual style quickly and precisely,
without damaging your hair, it pays to invest in quality.
And we can’t go past the Italian-made BaByliss Pro
Rapido ($225) to achieve a smooth, shiny, frizz-free
style for healthy looking hair.
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GIRLS GOT STYLE
Great hair needs a great style, and you won’t go wrong with our
selection of products to give you a kick-ass mane!
Bhave Gun Powder, $29.95 for 40ml, Bhave Flex Styling Paste,
$29.50 for 75g, Bhave Sleek Pomade (hair grip), $29.50 for 75g,
De Lorenzo Elements Quicksand Matte Volumising Powder,
$18.95, Charles Worthington Salon At Home Volume & Bounce
Body Booster Mousse, $15.99 for 200ml, Joico Flip Turn
Volumizing Finishing Spray, $29.95, Joico Hair Shake Liquid-to-
Powder Finishing Texturiser, $29.95 for 150ml, TIGI Catwalk
Bodifying Spray, $29 for 240ml, TIGI Bed Head Superstar
Thickening Spray, $32.95 for 320ml, Wella Professionals EIMI
Sugar Lift, $24.95 for 150ml, Pure Hair Food Lightweight Volume
Spray, $28.90 for 125ml
Richard Ward, hairstylist to celebrities and the Royal Family, has created a
range of products just launched in Australia, aimed at giving more mature
hair a gorgeous glossy treatment. His hugely successful Chelsea Collection
range makes sure that women look and feel fantastic. He believes the right
products should complement the cut to deliver healthy, shiny glamorous
hair, guaranteeing a good hair day, every day.
Richard Ward The Chelsea Collection Keratin Styling Spray, $19.95,
Keratin Sleek Conditioner $19.95 for 250ml and Keratin Sleek Shampoo
$19.95 for 250ml
Leave-in conditioners and masks can sometimes
be like those second cousins you don’t know
very well. But trust me, you all can be such
good friends! So, damaged hair, meet leave-in
Supplementing your hair care regime with
regular intensive treatments will help to keep
hair in good shape. Leave-in conditioner locks
in moisture and as a result, your hair not only
becomes stronger, but more flexible. Investing
in a weekly hair repair treatment leads to less
breakage and more shine, helping to keep those
nasty split ends in tow. Hurrah!
Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Revitalizing
Masque, $54 for 142ml, Arbonne Pure
Vibrance ColorLast Hair Serum, $35 for
50ml, bhave Leave-In Crème, $44.95 for
145ml, bhave Riot Control Oil, $48.95 for
100ml, bhave Deep Intense Conditioning
Masque, $41.95 for 145ml, bhave Fresh
Ends Split Ends Repair, $32.95 for 50ml,
De Lorenzo ET Equilibrium Deep Repair
Treatment, $31.50 for 250g
Goldwell Dual Senses Rich Repair 6 Effects
Serum, $25.45 for 150ml, Goldwell Dual
Senses Color Serum Spray, $25.45 for 150ml,
Goldwell Dual Senses Curly Twist Detangling
Spray-Conditioner, $25.45 for 150ml, Joico
K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, $27.95
for 150ml, Joico K-PAK Intensive Hydrator,
$27.95 for 250ml
KhairPep Transforme Hair Repair Leave-in Serum
with K18Peptide, $79 for 50ml, Khairprep Transforme Hair
Repair Masque with K18Peptide, $79 for 50ml
TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal
& Honey Intense
Color Freeze Gloss
Serum, $28.95 for
Professional BC Color
Cream, $28.95 for 125ml
$55 for 250ml,
Treatment Oil, $55
for 100ml, Intense
Curl Cream, $44.50
Mist, $30 for 125ml,
Repairing Oil, $34
for 100ml, Repairing
Conditioner, $28 for
We’re all about creating a style that needs to last for as
long as possible and Dry Shampoo does an awesome
job of making dirty hair look clean! Great for inbetween
washes, especially if you have a fringe, these
beauties remove excess oil and can be a reassuring
option if you’re anxious about breaking the once-aday
washing habit. It’s also a fave styling product for
adding a surefi re volume boost!
Brush with Powder,
Blush Dry Shampoo,
$9.95 for 200ml,
Fresh Dry Shampoo,
$9.95 for 200ml
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Prime them, line them,
colour and shine them
– the bold lip craze
is here to stay! erin
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The mouth is having a big moment and we couldn’t
be happier. With the 2016 Autumn/Winter runways in
full swing, there have been breakout trends that are
popping up and gaining momentum – here are the top looks,
fresh off the catwalks from around the world.
A main look right now is a slightly sinister lip. Showstealing
dark berry lips have been a huge hit on the runway
shows throughout London, Paris, Milan and New York and
we can’t help but admire them. Cranberry and blackberry
stained lips, to a splash of berry pinks, grapes and wine
seem to be all the rage. Partnered with burgundy and currant
lip pencils, you too can achieve the ultimate bold matte lip.
1. Synergie Minerals Rejuvalip Lip Balm, $35, 2. Arbonne
Smoothed Over Lipstick in Iris, $41, 3. Estée Lauder Pure
Color Envy in Commanding, $50, 4. Estée Lauder Pure
Color Envy in Insolent Plum, $50, 5. Napoleon Perdis
Mattetastic Lipstick in Marlene, $38, 6. Revlon Super
Lustrous Lipstick in Raisin Rage, $21.95, 7. Shanghai Suzy
Eggplant (Matte Lipstick), $12.95, 8. Sisley Hydrating Long
Lasting Lipstick in L3, $65, 9. Zuii Organic Flora Lipstick
in Sugar Plum, $29.95, 10. SCOUT Cosmetics Mineral
Lipgloss in Evening Mood, 24.95, 11. La Mav Tinted Lip
Treatment in Berry, $21.95
5. 6. 7. 8.
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Deep brown lipstick is coming back and we cannot take
our eyes off it. The nostalgic 90s trend may certainly not
be for everyone and is dedicated to the most daring. Will it
stay? Maybe. Do we want to try it? You betcha!
1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Birkin Brown,
$48, 2. Nude by Nature Lipstick in Sassy, $17.95,
3. Nude by Nature Mineral Lip Gloss in Sultry, $9.95 for
10ml, 4. Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Ingénue,
$17.95, 5. Zuii Organic Sheerlips Lipstick in Harvest,
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Go against the grain and opt for less definition and a matte look with nude. If
we’ve learnt anything from the A/W trends, lips in the nude paired with mutedout
makeup, makes your wardrobe choice even more delectable to look at.
1. Chantel Rahme In the Nude, $33, 2. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G in
Hepburn Honey, $48, 3. Napoleon Perdis Super Lips in Glory, $38, 4. Nude
by Nature Chique, $17.95, 5. Nude by Nature Mineral Lip Gloss in Flirty,
$9.95 for 10ml, 6. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in Litchi, $55, 7. Sisley Phyto-Lip
Twist in Nut, $55
1. 2. 3.
5. 6. 7.
The classic red deserves a mention on its
own. Just like every girl’s LBD, you can’t
go wrong with a classic red lip. Pure red
lips can be seen everywhere, a signature
feature on the catwalk, while the blood
red, and the slight cherry hue in matte,
bring a twist to a classic look.
1. Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist in Poppy, $55,
2. Antipodes April Sun in Cuba, $28,
3. Chantel Rahme Rich Red, $33, 4.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution
in Red Carpet Red, $48, 5. Napoleon
Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick in
Aphrodite, $38, 6. Sisley Hydrating
Long Lasting Lipstick in L33, $65,
7. Zuii Organic Flora Lipstick in
Classic Red, $29.95
Black, berry, red and nude were all different lip colours to make it
onto the runway shows, but the prettiest hue of them all was, of
course, pink. Fleshy pink lips lend a natural appearance. Teamed
with a shiny gloss, the pink lip has never looked sexier!
1. Antipodes Dusky Sound Pink, $28, 2. Bobbi Brown Posh
Pink, $52, 3. Chantel Rahme Saturday Night, $33, 4. Elizabeth
Arden Prismatic Lip Gloss in Sunset Kiss No 3, $34, 5. Napoleon
Perdis DeVine Goddess in Electra, $38, 6. Revlon Colorburst
Lacquer Balm in Coquette, $17.95, 7. Shanghai Suzy in Frosted
Candy, $12.95, 8. Shanghai Suzy in Raspberry Sorbet, $12.95
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Whether Kylie Jenner’s pout is the result of fillers or masterfully
drawn lip liner, there’s no denying that the A-lister’s full lips have
been the talk of the town. Here are some of our favourite lip
liners and plumping products to perfect your pout!
1. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Iconic Nude, $35, 2. Sisley
Phyto-Levres Perfect in Nude, $65, 3. Sisley Phyto-Levres
Perfect in Coral, $65, 4. Zuii Organic Lipliner Pencil in Nude,
$24.95, 5. Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, $48, 6. Mesoestetic
Stem Cell Nanofiller Lip Contour, $121.40, 7. PCA Skin Peptide
Lip Therapy, $39, 8. Revlon Colorstay Lipliner in Pink/Rose,
$22.95, 9. SCOUT Cosmetics Lipliner in Brown, $24.95.
And f you want to wake up with perfect lips every single day,
try Amy Jean’s Lip Tint Tattoo - a semi-permanent solution that
lasts up to 10 years! (see www.amyjean.com.au for deets)
your life with
Most people dream of some time out of the everyday
stress of life to completely detox, but perhaps
everyone has a different idea of what a detox
actually constitutes. No alcohol? No caffeine? No sugar?
Sure, the big three are definitely off the menu at Phuket
Cleanse, however you’ll soon discover that their vision of a
detox is most definitely not a regime of deprivation. In fact, it’s
the complete opposite, aimed at giving your mind, body and
spirit a complete reset and replenishment, along with some
skills to take your newfound activities home to the real world.
This is the beauty of the retreat Mel and Stanton Proctor
have created. It was initially focused on juice fasts, raw
vegan meals, some cardio options, and yoga, meditation
and wellness classes. Over the past few years, guests have
expressed interest in more options for their daily workouts,
and you can now choose from a mind-blowing choice of
activities, whether you’re already super fit or just ready to take
the first step off the couch.
When you arrive you’ll attend an orientation to introduce
you to the program, including the diet, exercise and
wellness programs, meet with the fitness coordinator to
work through your goals for your stay, any injury concerns
and some recommendations for the classes best suited to
your current level of fitness. You’ll also meet with the resident
nutritionist, Craig, whose enthusiasm for (and encyclopedic
knowledge) of what ails you (or not) and how to fix it, is
nothing short of inspiring.
It would be impossible to list all of the activities available
over a week in the space here, but a quick look at the full
schedule on their website will indicate you’ll be spoilt for
choice, whether you’re looking for a heavy schedule of high
intensity or a more gentle schedule over your stay.
In a ‘typical’ day you could: watch the sunrise from the
Rawai pier in a session of Yoga Magic; HiiT the Stairs; do an
Aquafit session; train with local Muay Thai trainers; try Hot
Bikram yoga; visit the Phuket Raw Gym for a TRX session;
have an ice bath and herbal steam; participate in a strength
and agility session; go kayaking at the beautiful local beach;
learn about how stress can affect your weight; have one of
your four complimentary in-room massages; then relax with
an audio meditation to put you soundly to sleep. In between,
there are infra red sauna, oxygen and ice bath sessions to aid
your detox and recovery. If you really want a break from it all,
don’t bring your laptop, although there is wifi available.
Of course, all of this activity requires fuel for your body and
you’re guaranteed to be satisfied and delighted. Oh, the food!
Every delicious meal is prepared for you and served buffet style,
including fresh juices and protein shakes (also available during
the day whenever you feel like a boost) and even fresh coconuts.
You’re never going to get hungry at Phuket Cleanse. There are
cuisine-themed nights from Mexico to Thai to Japanese and
Greek. It’s fresh, clean eating at its best, with enough variety
in the completely raw vegan dishes to prevent even the most
dedicated carnivore from pining for a steak.
The Detox Juice menu is described by founder Mel as: “her
work in progress on the world’s biggest and most exciting
menu” and it’s not hard to believe. The menu runs to about 20
pages already and includes juices, raw soups, elixirs, drinks
and wellness ‘shots’ with delightful and cheeky monikers like
Elvis’s Thai Lover, The Seductress, The Beet Goes On and You
Make My Heart Skip.
From your first day, you’ll start with a shot of fresh wheatgrass
and a shot of ginger juice (laced with black and cayenne
pepper), followed by a tall juice combo of spirulina, lemon, kaffir
lime and mixed greens. The ever-present and knowledgeable
team will talk you through the health benefits of each and you’ll
quickly find yourself settling in to your favourite combinations
and getting more daring! Unless you’ve decided to kick off your
detox with a specific juice fast, there are also protein shakes
and pancakes, eggs and fruit on offer should you be planning a
higher energy output day.
When you first view the whole weekly activity schedule it
is, frankly, overwhelming. But this is where the team at Phuket
Cleanse comes in. The staff is all exceptionally experienced
(often 20 years plus) coaches and trainers, so they know when
to push you, when to get you to pull back, and they treat each
training session as an opportunity to train your mind and body,
focusing on correct technique and your mental attitude. Darren
and Andrew, who possibly run the hardest physical training
sessions, also run separate sessions to focus on managing
your own fitness program once you return home, and injury
management. There’s a genuine sense of your long-term
wellbeing being the primary focus.
You’ll also have the opportunity to see the beautiful sights of
Rawai, with three hikes a week, an island trip for snorkelling, a
visit to the night market and almost night beach ‘blasts’ for a
sneaky extra pilates session or just to watch the sunset.
In between all the activities to get you physically moving,
there are plenty of sessions to focus on why you felt like
resetting in the first place. In the evenings the sessions focus
more intensely on your internal and spiritual health, from the
effect of hormones on our weight to discussions around the
effects of light on our sleep (turn off the screens in bed, people!)
to crystal bowl singing and meditation.
All of this describes roughly half the things you can get up
to and there are also cooking classes to ensure you can
replicate favourites like superfood chocolate and truffles when
you get home. But here’s the thing. Nothing is compulsory.
Even though Phuket Cleanse has grown over the past few
years, they’ve managed to keep a family atmosphere and
a feeling of a one-to-one relationship with their guests, best
evidenced by the number of guests who have become repeat
visitors. So, the always-friendly staff will encourage you to
participate in as many activities as are available, but are also
delighted to see you soaking up the rays poolside at the
main villa with a book.
If you look online it’s hard to find a bad word written about
Phuket Cleanse. A 2015 Travellers’ Choice Award Winner,
the glowing reviews are endless. Once you’ve paid for your
chosen package, it’s truly all inclusive: from airport pick-up
and drop-off; accommodation and daily laundry; your
fitness consult and program; all classes and activities; all food
and juices; four massages per week; and educational and
Even the beautifully appointed rooms are specially designed
for you to get as much glorious sleep as you need, with ambient
mood lighting, block-out curtains and air-conditioning – and
not a TV in sight. csbm
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we share the top
products we can’t
stop obsessing over!
Glasshouse Fragrances Persia
Triple Scented Candle, $42.95. This
new to-die-for scent is designed to
take you where you’d rather be!
Circa Home Classic Candle in Crème Brûlée,
$29.95. A brand new irresistible fragrance
featuring a mouth-watering blend of rich vanilla
bean custard and caramalised brown sugar.
MAC Amber Times
Nine Eyeshadow, $65.
Step into the colour
wave of amber hues,
with countless shade
BeneFit CORALista Box ‘O
Powder, $51. Sweep this
warm coral pink powder
onto cheeks anytime – a
great match for skin types.
Sisley Paris Eyebrow Pencil Phyto-
Sourcils Perfect in Blonde, $65. The
ultimate weapon for blonde brows!
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Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye
Twist in Emerald, $55.
An all in one eye makeup
solution: eye makeup +
eyeliner – perfect for on
the go glam!
Sisley Paris So Curl
Mascara in Deep Black,
$75. Curls, thickens and
instantly coats lashes
without smudging or
L’Oreal Color Riche Moisture Matte
in Cherry Crush, $21.95. We love this
lipstick for its intense moisture, pretty-asa-picture-pink
hue and velvet matte finish.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless
Finish Correcting and
Highlighting Perfector in
Shade 2, $35. An instant
pick me up and a musthave
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick 055 Iconic and
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick 080 Fashionista,
$25.95 each. A velvety soft formula that is foolproof and doesn’t
quit. Apply once and go!
Benefit Brow Zings
Eyebrow Shaping Kit,
$55. The essential tool
kit for clean, smooth,
Synergie Skin Whipped
Foundation in Espresso,
$79. A revolutionary 4-in-1
foundation: primer, concealer,
UV protector, and antioxidant
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in
Medium, $65. A new generation of anti-ageing,
full coverage foundation that lasts all day.
Medik8 Retinol 10 TR Serum
Advanced Night Serum, $99. This
advanced Vitamin A serum works
to smooth skin and improve skin
texture and fi ne lines.
Avene Cleanance Micellar Water,
$34.95. For oily and blemish-prone
skin, this gem gently washes away
impurities from the face and eyes.
each for 250ml.
This dynamic duo
from the fi rst wash.
Cell Body Serum,
$120 for 200ml. An
serum to promote
plumper and fi rmer
skin on your body.
Sweetheart Body Coconut
Coff ee Body Scrub, $18.
Cleanse, exfoliate and
massage your skin, while
enjoying a moreish scent!
Sarah Jean SJ001 Lashes SJ005 Lashes,
$17 each. We can’t get enough of these
blitzing lash styles (also check out the
amazing Sarah Jean Lash Applicator
tweezers which make applying a breeze)
Neek Active Face Cleanser, $42 for
100ml. Gently washes away impurities
and makeup while leaving your skin
super soft – it ticks all our boxes!
Rebalancing Black Soap,
$28. Once you go black you
never go back! Perfect to
decongest the skin.
HASK Argan Oil 18ml,
$4.99. Sick of frazzled,
frizzy hair? Repairing
Shine Oil to the rescue!
Glamourflage Maverick Margo Super
Redefi ning Body Cream, $39.95 for
200ml. Firm, tone and redefi ne with this
cooling and refreshing sensation.
$52 for 200ml.
skin with this fresh
Frank Body Creamy Face
Cleanser, $19.95. Frank
has got you sorted with
this nourishing cleanser
that target impurities and
Foam - Light/
– no muss, no
fuss just a great
Swipeys, $46. Make
with these little pads,
bursting with all the
good stuff !
Active cosmeceuticals • 100% Australian made and owned • Free from any questionable ingredients
• Dermatologist Tested • Medical Grade • Hypoallergenic • Latex Free
LIDS BY DESIGN ® is a non-surgical
correcting strip, available in different sizes,
to instantly lift eyelids and widen eyes, hiding
the excess skin in the natural fold of the lid.
Virtually invisible, quick and easy to apply, they
last all day and makeup can be applied over
the top. They are ideal for:
• Loose sagging skin hanging over lashes
• Asymmetrical lids
• Excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid
• Enlarging the appearance of the eyes
To purchase or to become a stockist:
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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