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hot chocolates and comfort foods and shedding some of that
extra winter layer. Summer is in our sights and we haven’t quite
started to panic yet at the thought of baring ourselves on the beach
– but it’s close!! On page 58, we simplify the diet mumbo-jumbo
so you can wade through all the misinformation and myriad of
diff erent food band-wagons, by retraining your brain and avoiding
those fad diets, in time to lose weight for the warmer weather.
It’s also that time of the year when our skin is crying out for
moisture after the chilly, windy winter months. On page 101 we share our best beauty buys
and tips to revive dehydrated post-winter skin.
These days, the aesthetics industry is constantly evolving and, like fashion, trends come
and go. Head to page 18 and fi nd out about the new trend in breast augmentation and why
women are ditching the ‘bigger is better’ attitude.
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products can be overwhelming for the average person. Often we end up using the wrong
products for our skin because we don’t know our own skin type. On page 40 we bring you
expert advice on how to categorise your skin, what products you should be using and which
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COULD BEING WELL-
We all know that drinking plenty of water throughout the
day is good for you, but did you know that staying wellhydrated
could prevent weight gain?
New Research from the University of Michigan suggests
that people who have a higher body mass index (BMI) and
considered obese and more likely to not be properly hydrated.
“The link between hydration and weight is not clear. Our
study further explains this relationship on a population level
using an objective measure of hydration,” says lead author
The fi ndings, published in the Annals of Family Medicine,
are composed of a nationally representative sample of 9,528
adults from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The survey ranged in age from 18-64 years, and found
about one third of participants were inadequately hydrated.
Although the association between hydration and weight
needs further investigation, Chang makes reference to current
recommendations that hydration may assist with weight loss
due to individuals misinterpreting thirst as hunger.
Chang and colleagues are unable to say at this stage
whether inadequate hydration causes obesity or if obesity
causes inadequate hydration, as more studies need to be
However, their fi ndings show a correlation between the
two and suggest that those with a higher BMI may possess
behavioral traits that lead to insuffi cient levels of hydration.
of the Year announced
Dr Anh Nguyen’s Perth medispa and wellness clinic was
recently announced as the Mesoestetic Clinic of the Year
by Advanced Cosmeceuticals.
Dr Anh is a leader in cosmetic surgery and off ers a
range of treatments including tummy tuck, liposuction
and breast enhancement, as well as non-surgical
cosmetic injectables and skin rejuvenation treatments.
Mesoestetic is a global leader in the medical aesthetic
skincare industry with its professional depigmentation
treatments, including the world’s best-selling skin
brightening treatments, Cosmelan and Dermamelan.
Mesoestetic is becoming the gold standard in the topical
treatment of pigmentation.
The Mesoestetic Clinic of the Year prize is a trip to
Barcelona to visit the Mesoestetic Head Offi ce, and Dr
Anh nominated her beauty therapist Charmaine Mallasch
to receive the prize.
Linda Christian from Advanced Cosmeceuticals,
Australian distributor of Mesoestetic, presented the clinic
with certifi cates and a trophy.
‘We are so happy to present Dr Anh and Charmaine
with this award and we thank them and all our
mesoesetetic accounts for their ongoing support and
commitment. We are so pleased to be able to present
Charmaine with this incredible opportunity to visit
mesoestetic in Barcelona,’ says Catherine Biedermann,
Managing Director of Advanced Cosmeceuticals.
Charmaine Mallasch receives the award
According to the Independent UK (online), some of the
global surgery hotspots have revealed surprising new
trends. Though some counties operate as destinations
for cheaper (although not always regulated) procedures,
some emerging markets are seeing a boom for some
very particular operations.
Often undergone in a bid to improve career and marriage
prospects, painful limb lengthening procedures are on
the rise in India, and can add as much as 7.5 cm to
The procedure has been adapted from techniques
used in major trauma or in children with stunted growth.
Limbs can be encouraged to lengthen using pins
and an Ilizarov frame, which can be slowly adjusted.
The section of bone supported by the frame is
surgically ‘broken’ and over subsequent weeks the
frame is made longer.
The gap that develops fi lls with new bone. In
elective surgery, bones that don’t fuse, because of
chronic infection or poor wound healing, can lead to
“This is one of the most diffi cult cosmetic surgeries
to perform, and people are doing it after just one or two
months’ fellowship, following a doctor who is probably
experimenting himself. There are no colleges, no proper
training - nothing,” said Dr Amar Sarin, an orthopaedic
surgeon in India.
The cosmetic surgery industry in South Korea is
booming. Surgery is cheap and effi cient, while the
facilities, which have come out of the old American
hospitals, are excellent and now cater for the global
medical tourism market.
South Korea has the highest per capita rate of
cosmetic surgery in the world, which has led to it
being called the global capital for plastic surgery.
Facial surgery is widespread and is used mainly to
create more V-shaped chins, smaller noses (the
second most common operation, perhaps because
nasal bridges in Asia tend to be fl atter and it’s easy to
insert implants) and to alter eye shapes. South Korea
has wholeheartedly embraced the fact that cosmetic
procedures make for profi table business, whether for
domestic or foreign patients.
Cosmetic surgery is on the rise in Iran,
so much so that it is now among the top
countries for procedures. Liposuction,
permanent eyebrow tattooing and nose jobs
are some of the most popular procedures. In
a more conservative country where women
dress more modestly, accentuating facial
features can be one way to enhance beauty.
Javad Amirizad, a member of the
Iranian Association of Cosmetic and Plastic
Surgeons, says that of the 40,000 annual
cosmetic procedures in Iran, more than 60
per cent are rhinoplasties. The dressings
on noses after surgery are an increasingly
common sight in Tehran and have even
been nicknamed “bandages of honour.”
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Brazil was the second biggest performer of cosmetic
surgical and non-surgical procedures worldwide in 2014
– its 10.2 per cent share came only second to the US
(20.1 per cent). The majority of surgical requests are for
‘improvements’ to breasts, abdomen and buttocks.
Brazilians lead the world in aesthetic surgery
developments and ideas, from new types of breast
implants to Brazilian abdominoplasty – where excess flesh
is removed from the abdomen – and the famous ‘Brazilian
Surgery for female genitalia includes the ‘designer
vagina’ and labial reduction – which some argue comes
close to being FGM (female genital mutilation) when it’s a
cosmetic rather than a necessary gynecological procedure.
Although some serious problems can occur if
inappropriately performed, it is becoming more popular
in many countries.
Safer and also increasingly common is mons pubis
reduction, which targets the area of skin in the pubic
area, which some women find embarrassing, especially
when wearing swimsuits. The ‘camel toe’ effect can
be significantly reduced by some form of liposuction and/
or skin excision.
There is also a wave of new laser devices on the
market, which tighten the vaginal wall and increase
may curb your
Recent research suggests that noninvasive
stimulation of a specific brain area can reduce
food cravings, especially for foods high in carbs,
according to a review in the Psychosomatic
Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.
The researchers analysed previous stimulation
studies evaluating the effects of noninvasive brain
stimulation on food cravings and food consumption.
Stimulation studies have targeted a brain area
called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC),
which appears to play a role in the “conscious
regulation of food craving and consumption of
The review identified eleven studies evaluating
the effects of DLPFC stimulation on food cravings
and/or consumption. The studies included human
volunteers in laboratory settings – most often
women who reported “strong and frequent” cravings
for high-calorie snack foods. All studies used an
appropriate sham (inactive) stimulation procedure.
Of eight studies providing data on food cravings,
all but one showed a significant effect of brain
stimulation. Meta-analysis of pooled data from
these studies suggested a “moderate-sized effect”
of DLPFC stimulation on food cravings - roughly half
a point on a four-point self-rated scale.
Just one of the two types of stimulation studied
had a significant effect on food cravings – a
technique called repetitive transcranial magnetic
stimulation (rTMS). The other technique evaluated,
transcranial direct current stimulation, did not
significantly affect cravings.
In contrast, the results of nine studies providing
data on actual food consumption were inconsistent.
The pooled data analysis suggested no significant
effect of brain stimulation.
The available data support the conclusion that
DLPFC stimulation reduces food cravings, Dr Hall
and coauthors believe. “These effects seem to be
strongest for rTMS neuromodulation methods and
are moderate in magnitude,” they write.
Dr Hall and colleagues make suggestions for
future research in order to show the potential
benefits of repeated sessions of rTMS and focusing
on actual food consumption – especially caloriedense
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An Ordinary man,
An Extraordinary Life
After suff ering serious burns to his
hands that would later require surgery,
Dr Malcolm Linsell set his heart on
becoming a plastic surgeon.
In 1993 he was introduced to
Wesley Koni, a young boy from Papua
New Guinea. Wesley was brought
to Australia for life-saving medical
treatment after suffering horrifi c,
disfi guring burns when he fell into
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Malcolm accompanied Wesley and a
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his family for the fi rst time in 22 years.
Malcom Linsell’s book is an open
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lessons learnt. It is an inspirational
memoir of a plastic surgeon making
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Love it or hate it, emojis are the digital language dramatically aff ecting the way
we communicate online. Beaumoji is the latest in a line of digital-based inventions
made by beauty giant L’Oréal. It is another way for the company to encourage
beauty-oriented conversations, as well as engagement with its growing population
A range for the beauty obsessed, the 130 icon development is organised into
categories including It Girl and Pampered Life.
“We know the online conversation around beauty is huge and continuing to spike
along with the shorthand language of emojis. We saw an opportunity to provide
expressions and tools for our beauty community that refl ects the daily conversations we
see happening,” says L’Oréal USA Vice President of innovation and entrepreneurship
Rachel Weiss. “With Beaumoji, our goal is to provide emojis that beauty enthusiasts
crave and speak to their unique passions, lifestyles and personalities,”
A new study has found that eating fruits and vegetables
may help you feel happier and more optimistic.
Researchers from UK’s University of Warwick and the
University of Queensland found that happiness increased
with each extra portion of fruit and vegetables, up to eight
portions per day.
“Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our
happiness far more quickly than it improves human
health,” said Professor Andrew Oswald in a statement.
“People’s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by
the fact that physical-health benefi ts, such as protecting
against cancer, accrue decades later. However wellbeing
improvements from increased consumption of fruit and
vegetables are closer to immediate.”
In the study, researchers looked at more than 12,000
people in Australia. The participants’ diets were recorded
and their psychological wellbeing tracked over two years.
It was found that people who went from a diet that
included barely any fruit or vegetables to one that
included eight portions per day had the same increase in
life satisfaction as someone who went from unemployed
The results of the study took into account other
infl uencing factors, including changes in people’s
incomes and life circumstances.
Previous research has suggested that greater levels
of pigments called carotenoids found in some fruits and
veggies are linked to higher levels of optimism. Studies
have also suggested that an increased intake of vitamin
B12 may also play a role in regulating mood.
The new fi ndings may help doctors convince people
to eat more fruits and vegetables. Less than 10% of
Australians meet the current guidelines recommending
fi ve servings of vegetables every day, while less than half
meet the recommendation of two servings of fruit.
“Perhaps our results will be more eff ective than
traditional messages in convincing people to have a
healthy diet,” said Dr Redzo Mujcic, a research fellow at
the University of Queensland. “There is a psychological
payoff now from fruit and vegetables – not just a lower
health risk decades later.”
TAKING RISKS WITH
The number of consumers admitting to having treatments
at home has doubled.
The latest fi ndings from the Cosmetic Physicians
College of Australasia (CPCA) annual survey has found
that one in ten Australians (10 percent) admit to having
non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in a “home”
environment – almost double the number compared with
the 2015 survey.
The risk to patients of infection, or worse, through
visiting unaccredited practitioners is incredibly high – and
that’s why the recent warning by NSW Health is so timely.
Monitoring Australians’ attitudes to cosmetic medicine
for the past nine years, the survey also found that 87 per
cent of those who had received non-surgical cosmetic
treatments had visited a doctor with a focus on cosmetic
treatment or visited a beauty salon for treatment.
Designer Brands celebrated its 10th
birthday in style, throwing a lunch
party at QT Sydney before hosting
an evening media party at Sydney’s
Gowings Bar & Grill.
Launched in 2006 by husband
and wife duo Tony and Sharon
Rechtman, the brand was created
to challenge the idea that aff ordable
cosmetics are not as good as
high end brands. Fast-forward ten
years and the brand is available in
over 4,000 pharmacies throughout
Australia and New Zealand and
has seen 20% growth year-on-year
over the last three years. There are
now close to four products sold
The brand is proudly Vegan and
Cruelty free and does not include
parabens, talc and bismuth.
What does it
mean for you?
The Medical Board of
Australia has recently
issued a set of new rules
to protect patients seeking
cosmetic medical and
The new set of guidelines introduced by the Medical
Board of Australia focus on consumer protection
and patient safety for cosmetic medical and
surgical procedures. The new rules will apply to all
medical practitioners and have been developed to protect
consumers who decide to undertake cosmetic procedure,
with a particular focus on vulnerable and young patients
(aged 18 and under).
What are the new rules?
The guidelines were developed in consultation with the
cosmetic surgery industry and the community to evaluate
the best way to protect consumers seeking cosmetic
medical and surgical procedures from medical practitioners.
Some of the new rules include:
• A seven-day cooling off period for all adults before
undertaking major procedures
• A three-month cooling off period before major procedures
for under-18s and a mandatory evaluation by a registered
psychologist, general practitioner or psychiatrist.
• A seven-day cooling off period before minor procedures
such as injectables for all under-18s and, when needed,
an evaluation by a registered psychologist, general
practitioner or psychiatrist.
• Medical practitioners must personally take responsibility
for post-operative patient care and ensure that there
are emergency facilities when they are using sedation,
anaesthesia or analgesia.
• For patients seeking minor procedures that involve the
use of Schedule 4 medications (such as injectables),
there must be a mandatory consultation with a medical
practitioner either in person or by video consultation.
• Medical practitioners must provide patients with detailed
written information about costs.
How will these changes
One of the main points that will affect
prospective patients are the coolingoff
periods. The guidelines provide
a nationally consistent approach
to cooling off periods. They prescribe
a seven-day cooling-off period for all
adults before major procedures (such
as surgery) and a three-month coolingoff
period before major procedures for
all patients under 18 and a mandatory
evaluation by a registered psychologist,
general practitioner or psychiatrist.
The guidelines also introduce a
seven-day cooling-off period before
minor procedures (including cosmetic
injectables) for all under 18s, and
when clinically indicated, evaluation
by a registered psychologist, general
practitioner or psychiatrist.
Associate Professor Stephen
Bradshaw from the Medical Board of
Australia explains, ‘This cooling-off period gives people
some time to consider the procedure. These are sometimes
very major procedures that can be body- and life-altering,
so there is a wide concern that some patients were going
into procedures without knowing the risks, especially
‘Another major concern was that there was no
psychological base and that some people may not have the
maturity needed to make an informed decision,’ he says.
‘We’re not preventing people under the age of 18 from
having cosmetic surgery; we just want to make sure that
they make the right decision. So it’s not about preventing,
it’s about supporting people through it to make sure it’s the
right thing to do.’
The guidelines also prohibit medical practitioners from
providing or offering financial inducements, either to
patients or agents, and prohibit finance schemes being
offered to patients (such as loans or third-party payment
‘We don’t encourage or believe people should take thirdparty
finance arrangements. It’s fine to do it by credit card
and it’s fine to say you can pay in instalments, but finance
companies are not advisable and such an arrangement
would not comply with the guidelines,’ says Dr Bradshaw.
‘We are also concerned that some patients were putting
quite large deposits down even before they decided to go
ahead. Patients shouldn’t be putting down any deposits
until after that cooling-off period.
Nothing should be paid for until the
aimed to help
patient comes back and says, ‘I’ve
been to my psychiatrist or I’ve been
to my GP and we’ve discussed it
and I’m still keen to have procedure
X’,’ he says.
Another important aspect of
the guidelines is the requirement
for face-to-face consultations
for doctors prescribing cosmetic
injectables. ‘Consultations can
be done by Skype or video – but
it still needs to be a face-to-face
consultation. It can’t just be a phone
call, etc,’ says Dr Bradshaw.
Patients will benefit particularly
from the improved informed consent
provisions. Cosmetic medicine and
surgery are almost always selfreferred,
and there is a greater need
for the stronger informed consent
guidelines announced by the
Medical Board of Australia.
Although cosmetic injectables have become more
common, people should not forget that they are still medical
procedures that require supervision from a qualified medical
practitioner in a safe environment and medical protocols
need to be followed.
Overall, the new guidelines are aimed to help keep
patients safe, without imposing an unreasonable regulatory
burden on practitioners. csbm
In search of the
it appears many
women are ditching
the ‘bigger is
for smaller, more
From the robust bodies and smaller breasts revered in
the Renaissance period to the thin and flat-chested
‘Twiggy’-inspired beauty in the 60s to the gravitydefying
breasts of the 1990s and early 2000s, feminine
curves have crept in and out of fashion over the past
century like an item of clothing. And 2016 is no exception.
Smaller breasts are making a big comeback. Surgeons
are seeing a shift in the look many breast augmentation
patients are asking for, away from the round, prominent
oversized breast towards something more in keeping
with their natural shape, to balance their figure rather than
dominate their appearance.
5 factors for
gentle slope from the shoulder
to the peak of the breast at the
nipple (roundness at the top of
the breast is an implant giveaway)
Why the shift?
Whether they have lost volume from having children and
just want to restore their breast shape and size, or simply
want to get rid of their padded bras without significant
change in their appearance in clothes and in the workplace,
women are increasingly moving away from the ‘bigger is
better’ attitude when it comes to breast augmentation
surgery. The trend has shifted from the prominent to the
au naturel look.
Changing body ideals and our culture’s increased
focus on fitness could well be fuelling this trend. Female
participation in sports and fitness programs is on the rise,
and alongside this many women are feeling that large
breasts may interfere with their active lifestyle and prefer
smaller implants for a more fit, athletic look. Indeed,
disproportionately large breasts can also cause neck,
shoulder and back problems.
nipple is located on the centre
of the breast mound and tilted
slightly outwards and upwards
gentle arc from the nipple to
underneath the breast (not too
big and full making the breast
silhouette line so that when
standing front-on, a gentle
bulge is apparent on the side
of the chest wall
Breast surgery is more customisable than ever before.
Research spanning decades has helped formulate surgical
and aesthetic techniques that have placed breast surgery at
the forefront of today’s plastic and reconstructive arena.
The expertise garnered through years of investigation from
leading surgeons around the globe means breast surgery
today offers more individualised results, with less scarring and
reduced downtime following surgery.
The implants used in breast augmentation have been
improved and refined through both design and manufacturing.
Features to reduce the risk of capsular contracture and prevent
implant rotation, gel diffusion and implant rupture help achieve
superior results with fewer incidences of complication.
Surgical techniques have also changed. Different implant
placement and incision sites afford breast augmentation patients
more options in scar placement and aesthetic outcomes.
Surgical advances in breast reduction have lead to improved
results, with less downtime. And a greater understanding
of breast anatomy and aesthetics has made correcting
deformities, such as tuberous breasts and asymmetry, more
effective than ever before.
Factors that need to be assessed before undergoing a
breast augmentation include the size of the existing breasts
and the width of the base of the breasts. The width of the
base determines the most suitable implant size and volume
the patient can have to enable their new breasts to look
proportionate to the rest of their body.
When considering implant shape, texture and size in
breast augmentation, a decision is made with reference to a
woman’s individual body type and aesthetic goals. During the
consultation process, measurements are taken to determine
the anatomical limitations and allowances of the breasts,
chest and soft tissue, and patients are able to express their
motivations, concerns and expectations going into surgery.
The choice of projection is a very personal one. A woman
who is happy with her shape and has sufficient breast tissue
may opt for a low profile implant that will simply increase the
size of her breasts. Another patient may favour a high-profile
implant to reduce sag and generate cleavage.
There are two types of implant filling – silicone gel and
saline solution – and both are encased within an outer shall
Silicone gel implants are touted to have a more natural
feel than their saline-filled counterparts, and the gel’s
cohesive consistency helps retain implant shape following
insertion. In comparison, saline-filled implants are firmer to
touch, and have a greater chance of rippling after insertion.
If implant rupture occurs with saline-filled implants,
the saline solution will be absorbed into the body and the
rupture will be immediately noticeable to the patient. When
using silicone gel-filled implants, rupture is less noticeable
and can remain undetected for longer periods of time,
which is cause for concern to some doctors and patients.
Implants come in round, teardrop (anatomical) and conical
shapes. The round and teardrop options are the most
popular in modern-day breast surgery.
Round implants come in smooth and textured shells, and
will usually lend more upper pole fullness than anatomically
shaped implants. When the patient is upright, a round
implant can assume a defined, round shape or a teardroplike
contour, depending on its fill.
Anatomical (teardrop) implants have a fuller lower pole,
and the shape more closely resembles that of the natural
breast. Their design gives them greater projection in relation
to the size of the base, making them particularly suitable
for women with little breast tissue. A precise degree of
accuracy is needed when positioning anatomical implants,
because if they shift after surgery the shape of the breast
may be noticeably distorted. To reduce this risk, anatomical
implants will always have a textured surface to enable
adherence to surrounding tissue.
The surface of breast implants can either be smooth or
textured. Smooth-shelled implants are acclaimed for their
natural movement and feel, they are relatively easy to
insert during surgery and have a thinner shell than textured
implants. There is a downside to smooth implants, however,
as they have a greater chance of capsular contracture
(hardening of the breast), which is a common reason for
In comparison, textured implants – usually coated
with polyurethane foam – exhibit greater adherence to
surrounding tissue, meaning there is less friction between
the implant and breast pocket. This reduces the change
of capsular contracture and protects against implant
movement following surgery.
Breast implants can be placed either above or below the
pectoral muscle and, in some cases, a dual plane approach
means the implant is partially placed in both fields.
Subglandular placement is when the implant is positioned
above the pectoral muscle, beneath the glandular breast
tissue. This implant positioning is best suited to patients
who have adequate existing breast tissue, as this tissue
will cover the implant’s edges after insertion. Subglandular
implant placement often causes a pronounced “roundness”
to the breasts, and the implant moves relatively naturally in
this position following surgery.
In patients with less soft tissue in the breast area,
implants placed underneath the pectoral muscle –
called submuscular implant positioning – are often less
conspicuous. This placement helps camouflage the implant
edges and can create a more natural-looking contour at the
top of the breasts.
In dual plane placement, the implant is placed partially
beneath the pectoral muscle in the upper pole, while the
lower half of the implant falls in the subglandular plane. This
placement will camouflage upper implant edges and provide
full projection in the lower pole, suited to women with a high
degree of sag or an accentuated breast fold. It will reduce
the defined ‘roundness’ usually associated with subglandular
implants and will offer a natural breast contour.
The incision site
The incision site will determine the visibility of scars and is
generally decided based upon the personal preferences of
the patient and surgeon. There are surgical advantages and
drawbacks for each site.
The inframammary incision is the most common incision
site for breast implant placement and it is made in the
inframammary fold, or the crease under the breast. The
periareolar incision is made on the border of the areolar - the
area of darker skin surrounding the nipple. A transaxillary
incision is made in the armpit fold, and a channel is created
to deliver the implant to the breast pocket. And, finally the
transumbilical incision, which not so commonly used, is
made on the rim of the navel and an endoscope is used to
tunnel to the breast.
Ultimately, a thorough understanding of the implants,
their shapes, fills and placement will help ensure a
satisfactory outcome. csbm
We chat with
Dr John Flynn
Anti-ageing is the new frontier in cosmetic practice, and we are constantly
being given new arrays of options to address signs of ageing.
While these advances are often focused on facial enhancements and
general body health, age-related changes also occur in the breast.
While the popular conception of breast surgery is that it usually applies
to younger women, there are a number of age-related issues that occur
‘The issues to consider are loss of volume, the texture and tone of breast
tissue and the inevitable sagging of the breasts,’ says Dr Flynn from Cosmedic
& Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast. ‘All women will be affected by some of these
issues at some stage of their lives because of the ageing process.’
There are various approaches to restore breasts to their former glory and
some can be combined to provide solutions in certain cases. ‘Certainly restoring
volume using breast implants is a key measure, however there are times when
lifting and tightening of the breast tissue is of equal importance and sometimes a
combination of procedures is required,’ says Dr Flynn.
The overall purpose, he says, is to create body balance, where the proportions
are in harmony.
According to Dr Flynn, a breast implant is the obvious solution to volume
restoration. ‘Much has been written about the different shapes and styles of
implants available, and the reason there are so many options to choose from is
because breast augmentation is not a one-size-fits-all issue,’ he says.
‘There needs to be a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from because each
woman is different and it is important to find a solution to suit every individual.’
Dr Flynn says there are further choices in terms of the surface of the implant,
namely whether to use a smooth or textured finish. ‘Each has its own advantages
and disadvantages and should be addressed in detail during consultation with
the doctor,’ he says.
Breast tone & sagging
Sometimes if there is sufficient volume remaining in the breast, a procedure
called a mastopexy can be used to lift the breast. By doing this the available
breast tissue can be compressed and lifted to help restore a fullness of texture
and tone. The lifted breasts will have a more pert, youthful appearance.
Dr Flynn says there are various methods for achieving this but patients do
need to be aware that mastopexy involves a different pattern of approach from
breast implant surgery. ‘Typically this type of surgery involves an incision around
the nipple, and in some cases there may also be a vertical scar from the nipple to
the inframammary fold (the breast crease),’ he says.
The overall aim of breast
procedures is to balance the
body’s proportions into a
pleasing feminine silhouette,
Dr Flynn says. One thing
to consider is the effect of
reducing abdominal girth
‘The cosmetic benefits of
breast surgery can be greatly
enhanced by skimming excess
fat off the tummy,’ he says.
‘Improvements can also be
made by using liposuction to
re-contour the hips, thighs and
buttocks. The ultimate aim is
to improve body symmetry
and proportion and achieve a
Whether augmenting or
reducing parts of the body,
Dr Flynn says it is critically
important to maintain an
eye for total body balance
as this concept is central to
successful cosmetic surgery.
‘Many articles published about breast sagging
concentrate on increasing volume by using implants, but
there is also a large number of women with the opposite
problem of too much breast tissue,’ Dr Flynn says. ‘This
can be accentuated as they grow older, partly due to
genetic background and family history and partly due to
certain hormonal effects.’
The larger volume of the breast creates a greater
weight. This can result in back and neck pain, skin
irritation under the breast, shoulder grooving from bra
straps and even headaches.
In these circumstances a breast lift can be combined
with a breast reduction, called a reduction mastopexy.
As well as removing excess bulk and weight from the
breasts, Dr Flynn says it is also important to lift the breast
to restore a more pert and youthful appearance. csbm
BEFORE AFTER breast augmentation by Dr Flynn
BEFORE AFTER breast augmentation by Dr Flynn
AFTER breast lift by Dr Flynn
Meet the new doctor at
Cosmedic & Skin Clinic
Dr Ian Chinsee is an Australian-trained
cosmetic surgeon, originally hailing from
Los Angeles. Following a bachelor’s
degree at UCLA, he studied medicine
at the University of Queensland in 2003
and then spent the next seven years in
the QLD health system training in the
fields of plastic and reconstructive,
general and maxillo-facial surgery. He
then completed advanced training
specifically in cosmetic surgery through
the Australasian College of Cosmetic
Surgery (ACCS) and received his
fellowship in early 2016.
This year he joined Dr John Flynn’s
team at the esteemed Cosmedic &
Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast. We
caught up with him to ask him his
thoughts on beauty, cosmetic surgery
and the future of the industry.
On being a
I feel that cosmetic surgery is the
perfect blend of art and medicine.
Certainly there are formulas and
protocols to follow, but within a certain
set of boundaries a great deal can be
achieved if one is prepared to think
laterally. It’s for this reason that I see
a lot of great innovations happening
within this field by people who are not
afraid to think outside of the box.
By far the most rewarding thing
is seeing a patient’s happiness once
they have healed from surgery and are
starting to see results. It makes me feel
good to have played a part in boosting
their confidence, and in some cases
their overall outlook on life. Of course,
I’m also rewarded by the technical
aspects of the surgery itself.
I’m involved in pretty much all kinds
of cosmetic surgery. The majority
of my work comes from breast
procedures (mainly augmentation and
lifts) as well as facial procedures such
as blepharoplasty. Something that
seems to be trending is the Brazilian
butt lift, which I enjoy performing
because of the artistry involved to
obtain a pleasing result. I liken it to
sculpting; a patient’s silhouette can
be enhanced simply by adjusting the
body to achieve aesthetic proportions.
I’ve always been fascinated by the
concept of beauty and how appearance
plays such a significant role in our lives.
Much of my undergraduate work was
in the humanities subjects, looking
specifically at art, philosophy and the
beauty in nature. Aesthetic surgery
gives me the opportunity to combine
that knowledge and interest with my
medical knowledge and skills. To me,
it feels like the most complete practice
I could be doing.
On a typical day
Something I love about my job is how
variable it can be from day to day. It
really depends on the day of the week,
but it typically consists of consulting for
surgery and/or treating patients with
cosmetic injectables. I’m accredited
at several hospitals around the country
and on a surgical day most or all of it
will be spent operating on different
cases. I travel a lot with my work and
it’s also nice to spend time with different
clinics and staff. A change of scenery is
On the consultation
The consult is one of the most
important aspects of any procedure
as it’s a chance for the patient and I
to get to know each other. My goals
are to educate the client in different
treatment options, calm their nerves
about upcoming procedures, and let
them know that they are in safe hands.
The process is very relaxed and some
of my patients have commented on
how the process has differed from
other visits to the doctor in that it’s not
at all cold or clinical. There has to be
a mutual trust and understanding that
comes out of the consult before any
surgical plans can be made.
On the future of
The area of regenerative medicine is
definitely the future of this industry.
We’re only scratching the surface
with treatments such as platelet rich
plasma (PRP) and stem cells. As
our knowledge of these treatments
increases, we will find more and better
uses for them. I don’t think they will
ever replace surgery for certain things,
but they will be a powerful adjunct in
the quest for youth and beauty.
Another direction I can see the
industry going is with enhancements –
it’s purely science fiction at this stage,
but combining technology with the
human form is something that has
already been talked about. I feel that
a high proportion of the trailblazers
will come from the aesthetic surgery
Had a cosmetic
treatment and don’t
want the whole
world to know
about it? We hear
you! Our helpful
hints will make sure
your beauty secrets
don’t end up the talk
of the town.
Cosmetic surgery, done for the right reasons,
can be a huge boost to your self-esteem
and give you the confidence to be the best
version of yourself. However, the decision to undergo
aesthetic treatments can often be a very personal one
– and one you’d probably rather not share with the
world, thank you very much!
Whether it be a dramatic sudden transformation
you wish to keep under wraps or telltale scars you
wish to minimise, we’ve brought together some useful
tips and the products you’ll need to help keep your
‘beauty secrets’ under wraps!
treatments a secret
1Start small. It can often be difficult to hide results
from your significant other, however non-surgical
treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers
are the easiest treatments to conceal due to the quick
procedure and minimal downtime.
2Keep them guessing. For more invasive procedures,
such as breast augmentation, it’s often better to
have them performed in the cooler months so you
can wear scarves and bulkier “concealment” clothes
as you heal. You can also take the attention away
from your procedure by distracting people with a new
haircut or colour, or even a new makeup look.
3Less is less obvious. Seeking subtle enhancements
in incremental stages will result in a more gradual
transformation that will be hard for others to pinpoint.
4Caring is sharing. All qualified practitioners should
be able to provide patients with quality results,
appropriate after care and proper guidance on how to
keep procedures as private as possible.
5Camouflage is key. Arm yourself with products to
help conceal redness and bruising and special
topical formulations that help you heal faster (see next
pages for our picks!).
after laser or
Conceal redness or bruising with a quality,
soothing camouflaging makeup and skincare
range. Lycogel is a standout in this arena – the
range provides buildable, breathable coverage with
real therapeutic benefits to speed up the healing
process after face surgery or laser treatment.
Lycogel is formulated with advanced skincare
technology to aid in the healing of post-procedural
skin, helping bruising, inflammation, redness and
tightness, as well as helping to prevent excessive
Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, Lycogel
delivers moisture and prevents 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.
Lycogel products also contain non-chemical
UVA and UVB protection, which are essential for
Oxygenetix is another breakthrough makeup
and cosmeceutical line designed specifically to
help make patient downtime more comfortable and
functional. The moisturiser and foundation can be
used directly post-procedure on aggravated skin,
concealing recovery and also expediting healing.
Even broken and extremely sensitive skin seen
in some patients immediately post-laser can be
directly covered with Oxygenetix. The foundation
acts as a second skin, and its ‘breathable’ capacity
helps initiate and optimise the healing process.
The foundation is based on a patent-pending
formula dubbed the Ceravitae Complex. This
has been shown to generate an aerobic effect,
stimulating skin cell production and promoting the
More specifically, Ceravitae is designed to
speed up connective tissue reconstruction,
systemically build collagen layers and reinforce
natural skin healing. This helps accelerate recovery
and reduce scar formation following more invasive
Wound healing &
While the skin has an amazing ability to repair and
rejuvenate itself, sometimes scars are unavoidable. While
the benefits of surgery and certain non-surgical procedures
can help rejuvenate the face and revitalise the complexion,
the possibility of scarring post-procedure can sometimes
detract from the final result. This is why wound healing
and scar management is critical following surgery or post
Any scar tissue that you have is affected by several
factors, including the nature and severity of the injury,
the thickness and colour of your skin, and how you were
During the first stage of scar formation the scab is formed
and is almost always accompanied by swelling, redness
and some tenderness. In the second stage, new skin tissue
is formed under the scab. The skin’s inner and outer layers
then begin to rebuild and reform.
DNA Scar Therapy is an intensive healing treatment
that minimises the appearance of scars by infusing silicone
gel with DNA repair enzymes and active botanicals. It is
designed to help support the skin’s natural healing process
and reduce the appearance of recent scars from minor
burns, cuts or surgery.
DNA Scar Therapy should be applied nightly after
cleansing. Once applied, this light, potent serum restores
skin’s smoothness and tone. The skin is moisturised
and revitalised and scars will appear smoother and
Hiruscar is another breakthrough skincare treatment
which reduces the appearance of new and old scars.
Absorbed immediately, Hiruscar is a non-oily gel that is
suitable for facial scars and can be applied under makeup.
It is specially formulated with five cosmetic active
ingredients that work to moisturise, smooth and soften the
scar’s appearance. It can be used as soon as the wound
is closed, on all areas of the skin. The key to obtaining the
best results is being consistent in your applications (two to
three times a day is ideal).
Keep in mind that a scar is not necessarily a bad thing -
rather it’s a sign that your body’s repair system has kicked
in so the damage to your skin, no matter how big or small,
closes up and mends. Early management of scars will help
reduce redness and discomfort and prevent abnormal and
excessive scar formation.
of scars will help
reduce redness and
Not all women will get stretch marks after a breast
augmentation, but it can happen. Also known as “striae”,
these imperfections can appear on any parts of the body,
including the breasts.
Patients who naturally have weak or thin skin are more
susceptible to developing stretch marks on the breasts
after an augmentation, but there are ways to avoid the
chances of them appearing. Bio-Oil has been used by
women for over 20 years to help prevent the formation of
stretch marks by keeping the skin well-hydrated and supple.
Bio-Oil’s unique formulation combines Vitamins A and
E to promote the formation of new collagen, assisting in
skin renewal and increasing elasticity. Vitamin E also
increases the moisture content of the epidermis, reducing
the itch of stretching skin and improving the skin’s overall
texture and tone.
To help prevent the formation of stretch marks, it is
recommended that Bio-Oil be applied twice daily by
massaging in circular motions until fully absorbed into the
skin. Treatment of existing stretch marks is most effective,
although older stretch marks can also show improvement
with regular use of Bio-Oil. Best results are seen after using
twice daily for three months. csbm
you down? With
and tips, your
peepers will be
Dubbed the ‘windows to the soul’, the eyes play a
huge role in expressing our emotions and greatly
impact the way we are perceived by the world.
With age, the upper and lower eyelids can become heavy
and wrinkled, contributing to a tired, aged or even angry
expression. With fewer oil glands and less subcutaneous
tissue, not only is the skin around the eyes thinner, it is also
naturally less hydrated, leaving the eye region prone to
Treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical, is dependent
on your individual needs, desires and expectations.
Advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques and
treatments can improve your appearance, brighten your
eyes and combat the signs of ageing.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and
fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, reducing bags
under the eyes and countering sagging, hooded lids. The
procedure essentially “opens” and brightens your eyes,
removing a heavy, tired appearance.
In addition to improving your appearance, upper eyelid
surgery can also help improve vision and expose the
eyelashes. It is performed via an incision that is hidden in
the upper eyelid crease, where skin, muscle and fat are
removed to reduce hooding in the upper eyelid. It can
be performed alone, or in conjunction with lower eyelid
blepharoplasty for more holistic results.
Lower eyelid surgery involves excising or redistributing
fat in the lower eyelid to counter puffiness below the eyes.
Incisions can be made either inside the eyelid or just below
the lower lash line.
The skin is often tightened to smooth out the under-eye
area, helping reduce the appearance of “bags” under the
eyes and revitalising the appearance.
Most patients experience only mild pain or discomfort
following eyelid surgery, and recovery usually takes between
one and two weeks. Results are long lasting.
Smokey, defined eyes can add glamour to any look.
Most of us choose to stick within our safety zone,
applying the same eye shadows and lipsticks we
have for months, even years. This isn’t normally
about a lack of creativity; it usually comes down to a
lack of confidence.
Try subtle changes, such as a dab of highlighter in
the corners of your eye to reflect light and brighten
your whole face.
To identify eye makeup colours that work for you,
use your hair as a guide (not your eyes). Blondes
tend to suit creams and taupes, while mochas and
chocolate browns flatter brunettes. If you have auburn
or red hair, go with coppers, peaches, reddish-browns
or cool tones like pink and lavender.
Don’t over-colour the eyes
Too many bright hues can be distracting
Avoid mascara clumps
It might have been the look in the 1960s, but
it’s not hot today. The best way to achieve
thick lashes is to apply several thin coats of
Soften hard edges
You should not be able to see where one
colour ends and another begins. Remember
to blend, blend, blend.
Avoid wearing bright pink
They can make your eyes look tired
De-emphasise fine lines
Avoid shimmery shadows, which draw
attention to creases and wrinkles. Instead opt
for silky matte finishes.
Don’t match your eyeshadow to
your eye colour
For example, if you have blue eyes, blue
eyeshadow will make your eyes appear dull.
Fine lines and crow’s feet can detract from an otherwise
youthful appearance, and the use of anti-wrinkle injections
around the eye area can act as both an anti-ageing and
These injectables work by temporarily paralysing the
underlying muscles to reduce the appearance of dynamic
wrinkles – or wrinkles that occur due to facial expression.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be placed strategically around
your eye area to help combat fine lines, crow’s feet and
A relatively fast and minimally invasive treatment, antiwrinkle
injections deliver fast, visible results with minimal
downtime. The results usually last about four months, but it
depends on your individual reaction.
Lids By Design
If you want the look of an eye lift, without going under the
knife, Lids by Design are the answer for you.
Distributed in Australia by Bella Aesthetics, Lids By
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eyelid crease to instantly lift sagging eyelid skin – it’s quick,
temporary and can easily be incorporated into your daily
beauty regime. See page 34 for more details. csbm
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Do you have hooded, sagging or asymmetrical eyelids? Do you
want an eyelid lift but don’t care for the surgery? Or are you
considering a blepharoplasty and want to “trial” how it will
look? If you answered yes to any of the above, Lids By Design is set
to become your most favourite beauty weapon.
Lids By Design are temporary adhesive correcting strips to
instantly lift eyelids and widen eyes, hiding the excess skin in the
natural fold of your lid. They are completely customisable to your own
eyelid shape and available in a variety of different sizes depending on
the lift required, ranging from 3mm (slight) to 8mm (maximum). The
product can be used on any eye, any shape and any ethnicity.
Distributed in Australia by Bella Aesthetics, Lids By Design is the
new, non-surgical way to instantly to lift your eyelids without the
lengthy downtime of surgery.
How do they work?
When used correctly, the strips hide the excess skin in the natural fold
of your lid and instantly lift the eye, making you look younger.
Quick and easy to apply, Lids By Design are specifically designed
to uplift the look of your eyes and temporarily help:
• Loose, sagging skin hanging over your lashes
• Asymmetrical lids making you look and feel uneven
• Excess skin covering the natural fold of the lid
• Heavy lids disturbing the natural contour and sometimes
Made of medical-grade quality tape, Lids by Design is a
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skin. Due to the wearable technology, the adhesive is breathable and
virtually invisible – it is soft, comfortable, easy to use and makeup can
be applied over them.
Designed for one-time use, simply apply a strip to your eyelid
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HOW ARE THE
BY TERRI VINSON
DipEd) FOUNDER &
Sustainability in business allows for the needs of the
consumer to be met without jeopardising the balance
of our delicate eco-systems. This environmental
awareness must extend into our beauty industry, and skincare
manufacturers need unite in our commitment to minimise the
impact we leave on our environment and its natural resources.
It’s not just about using recyclable packaging; it’s about
understanding the ingredients inside the bottle and their eff ect
on our eco-systems.
There are currently major concerns with the eff ect of
microbeads in our waterways, the impact of chemical
sunscreens on our coral reefs and the careless pillaging of our
environment for ‘natural ’but often non-sustainable ingredients.
Microbeads may be microscopic, but they are causing a stir in
the beauty industry by creating serious problems for our aquatic
environment. These tiny plastic beads serve no benefi t to the
skin and are used as cheap alternatives to eff ective mineral and
Many consumers may not even be aware that the products
they are using contain microbeads. Most commonly they are
added to facial cleansers, scrubs, body washes and even
wrinkle-fi lling facial creams.
Environmentalists and scientists have discovered large
quantities of microbeads in Australian waterways that are
causing long-term damage to marine life. The beads enter
our waters via sewerage systems and are non-biodegradable.
Every day, billions of these plastic particles are being fl ushed
down our drains and into our lakes, rivers and oceans.
Microbeads act like sponges and are capable of absorbing
toxic by-products from our waters. If eaten by our marine life
these toxins can make their way up the food chain, back to you
and me as consumers.
Numerous countries across the world including the USA,
Europe, Canada, Sweden and now Australia are in the process
Recently, the concern regarding chemical sunscreens
has been further magnifi ed with one of the most popular
chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone, contributing to the
death of coral reefs around the world. A 2015 study
by the NOAA’s National Ocean Service discovered that
oxybenzone causes mutation of DNA in adult corals
rendering them sterile.
Recently popular aerosol sunscreens are also a serious
concern as they produce airborne particles that can travel
signifi cant distances to the ocean. The reef areas aff ected
are consistent with tourism-dense hot spots and include
our astonishing Great Barrier Reef. This is yet another
reason to avoid chemical sunscreens and opt for natural
zinc oxide as a physical sunscreen.
MANY CONSUMERS MAY NOT
EVEN BE AWARE THAT THE
PRODUCTS THEY ARE USING
Terri holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash
University (Immunology and Microbiology) and has
obtained a post-graduate Diploma of Formulating
Chemistry and a Diploma of Education in Biology &
Senior Science. She is the founder and formulator
of Synergie Skin, a leading manufacturer of
cosmeceutical skincare and mineral makeup.
of banning polyethylene microbeads in personal care
products. Leading Australian supermarket chains have
pledged to withdraw products containing microbeads from
their shelves by the end of 2017.
There are many alternative naturally derived materials
that can be used for exfoliation such as walnut husks,
coff ee grinds, sugar and salt, and premium aluminium
Another major concern that I have as a formulator is the
eff ect of chemical sunscreens on the human body and now
to the environment. There has been documented evidence
that many ingredients in chemical sunscreens are able
to mimic oestrogen and this may contribute to hormone
imbalance over time.
There is often a push for using 100 percent natural
ingredients in skincare. I believe in combining the very best
of laboratory made ingredients with natural ingredients
whilst avoiding questionable additives.
An example of this is the use of a complex sugar
naturally produced by a bacteria living on the surface of
seaweed found exclusively off the coast of France. Rather
than directly harvesting the seaweed and compromising
the delicate ecosystem in this region, scientists are able to
take the bacteria from the seaweed back to the laboratory
and create bacterial clones that are bio-identical to what is
found in nature.
This ingredient is able to improve regeneration of healthy
skin and address premature ageing whilst at the same time
being 100 percent sustainable and having no impact on the
environment. Furthermore, this ingredient is 100 percent
pure as it is laboratory manufactured and does not need
to be purifi ed as is the case when ingredients are taken
from a natural environment. The use of this biotechnology
has positive and far-reaching consequences for formulating
many skincare products of the future… what this space!
There is no doubt that sustainability is at the forefront
of all aspects of business and manufacturing, and as
formulators we must also be aware of sustainability and
harness our knowledge to create ethical and sustainable
products that do not have a negative impact on our delicate
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As seen on Channel 10’s ‘Shark Tank’
Get to know your
skin type for your
best skin yet!
Knowing your skin type is a no-brainer in order
to choose the right skincare products and
treatments for you. But accurate skin typing
goes way beyond the traditional (and antiquated)
‘dry’, ‘oily’, ‘combination’ and ‘sensitive’.
‘The traditional skin type categories are
inaccurate and incomplete. Not only can a person
be both dry and sensitive (or oily and sensitive),
these broad categories do not account for an
individual’s tendency to wrinkle or form excess
pigment,’ says US dermatologist, researcher and
author of the best-selling book The Skin Type
Solution Dr Leslie Baumann.
‘I set out to develop my skin typing system
[see over page] as a way to clear up confusion.
My fellow dermatologists were confused about
the products and treatments to recommend to
their patients, and patients were confused by all
of the skincare options and misinformation. This
confusion led to frustration and my goal was to
simplify and demystify skincare once and for all,’
says Dr Baumann.
Terri Vinson, cosmetic chemist and founder and
formulator of Synergie Skin, says the ideal skincare
regimen involves a base of essential products that
are suitable for all skin types. ‘These ingredients
include retinol, niacinamide and antioxidants such
as L-ascorbic acid. From this point we can then
introduce specialised serums and products to
target each skin profile specifically,’ she says.
‘For example, oily skin will require ingredients
to address oil flow, bacteria and congested
pores,’ Vinson explains. ‘Sensitive skin will require
ingredients to combat redness, pruritus, stinging
and inflammation. Pigmentation involves controlling
excess melanin production and wrinkled skin
requires anti-ageing ingredients, which stimulate
collagen and hydration.’
Why you should
know your skin type
In a nutshell, if you don’t know your skin type, you may wind
up using the wrong skincare products for your skin. Caring
for the wrong skin type can aggravate existing conditions,
or even cause new ones.
‘Knowing one’s skin type is most important for
establishing and maintaining skin health,’ says Dr Baumann.
‘That’s really the first goal. From there, knowing your skin
type – and the ideal ingredients for it – helps prevent wasting
money on the wrong products, wasting time waiting for
results that won’t happen and, the worst-case scenario,
harming the skin.’
‘Most people are not equipped to self-diagnose their
skin type, particularly when it involves multiple concerns. In
this case, it is recommended to seek advice from a qualified
skin professional,’ says Vinson.
Determining your skin type can be confusing, and
most people misdiagnose themselves. Instead of trying
to pinpoint the traditional skin type categories, think of
your skin as a hybrid of categories. It is also important to
remember that your skin type can change due to variances
like environment, lifestyle and age.
‘Nowadays there are excellent diagnostic tools available
in clinics such as electronic facial scanners, which are
able to identify skin concerns that are not always visible to
the naked eye such as deep pigmentation, fine lines and
high blood flow close to the skin’s surface which can result
in redness,’ explains Vinson.
How to care for
your skin type
Today there is an abundance of beauty treatment options,
which can be as much a curse as a blessing. Using
the wrong products may trigger reactions such as
redness and flaking, causing people to incorrectly label
their skin as sensitive or dry. Dr Baumann highlights that
your skin type does more than affect the recommended
skincare and treatments; it dictates them.
‘For example, a “sensitive” skin type won’t be able to
tolerate a cleanser with glycolic acid but a “resistant” skin
type could use the same cleanser with a sonic cleansing
brush and apply a retinoid every night without a hint of
redness or irritation. Other examples would be that “tight”
skin types don’t need to waste money on anti-ageing
products, and “pigmented” skin types need to be careful
with in-office treatments such as lasers and peels,’ says
‘In terms of treatments, sensitive skin types should
avoid chemical peels (although low-level salycylic acid
can be recommended for certain sensitive skin types),
skin needling and any aggressive clinical treatment,’
‘Pigmented skin should also be cautious of highly
irritating ingredients and strong chemical peels as this may
result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This
risk can also be reduced by using tyrosinase inhibitors for
two weeks prior to treatment as this will reduce the risk of
PIH,’ she adds.
As for diet and lifestyle, Dr Baumann believes that if
you’re prone to acne you should minimise your intake of
dairy. ‘I also tell my patients to avoid sugar (as well as refined
carbohydrates), especially if they are concerned about
visible signs of ageing, since research has established that
high blood sugar levels may damage the skin’s supportive
collagen and elastin,’ she says.
Oily skin types should avoid ingredients containing
comedogenic oils and waxes such as coconut oil, as this
will cause blockage of the pores. It is also recommended
to avoid certain algae extracts as these can also
‘It is also not well publicised that SLS (sodium lauryl
sulfate), the most commonly used foaming agent in facial
cleansers, is highly comedogenic. Reach for cleansers
that use naturally derived foaming agents instead. It is
also wise for oily skins to avoid rich facial salon treatments
as this can also cause skin congestion,’ Vinson says.
To check for sensitivity and avoid skin reactions, always
perform a patch test on the side of your neck when
trying new products over a one-week period. ‘Anti-irritant
ingredients should be added to the skincare regimen such
as aloe vera, allantoin, Canadian willow herb and some
of the new anti-redness and anti-inflammatory peptides,’
No matter what your skin type, it’s important to remember
that you should be religiously applying sunscreen, at
all times of the year. Protecting your skin from incidental
sun exposure is vital for helping to prevent skin cancer and
the effects of ageing that come from the sun’s powerful
‘There is one product that is essential to all skin types:
sunscreen. Opt for physical sunscreen in the form of zinc
oxide or apply mineral makeup containing high levels
of large-particle zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These
products will act as a physical barrier to UV light, and will
protect you throughout the day; sunscreen is truly your
defense against ageing!’ concludes Vinson. csbm
Dry (D) vs Oily (O)
Your skin’s oil production and ability to
hold onto water determine your skin’s
hydration status and tendency toward
enlarged or clogged pores.
Sensitive (S) vs Resistant (R)
Sensitive skin types experience acne,
redness, burning, stinging or frequent
rashes. Resistant skin types rarely
suffer from inflammation, and need
Pigmented (P) vs Non-pigmented (N)
Pigmented skin types experience
discoloration, while Non-pigmented
skin types are even in colour. This
parameter is independent of ethnicity.
Wrinkle prone (W) vs Tight (T)
Wrinkle-prone skin types require
anti-ageing ingredients, while
Tight skin types are teenagers and
others who are not yet ready for
based on the
Baumann skin type
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Sydney Cosmetic Physician Dr Buddy Beaini
says minimally invasive procedures can
achieve significant results.
Minimally invasive procedures have become the
go-to option for beautifying our looks and defying
the signs of ageing. From minor surgeries to
non-surgical face lifting, you no longer have to have major
surgery to notice a big improvement in your looks.
Sydney cosmetic physician Dr Buddy Beaini says there
is a range of minimally invasive options to reverse the
outward signs of ageing and delay surgery. ‘When selected
appropriately and used in combination, minimally invasive
procedures can make a patient look five to 10 years
younger,’ he says.
Dr Beaini offers a range of light therapies, thread lifting
procedures and injectable treatments at his MD Cosmedical
Solutions clinics in Sydney’s CBD and Wahroonga, and
Barton in Canberra. The combination of these modalities
delivers an individualised approach to effectively address
each patients’ needs and concerns.
‘Patients of all ages have been treated with excellent
results,’ he says. ‘With the current advanced technology and
techniques, facial rejuvenation has developed dramatically,
giving patients the options to look and feel younger without
the need for major surgery. In particular, thread lifting,
blepharoplasty and bat ear correction (otoplasty) are less
invasive procedures that can achieve significant results,’
explains Dr Beaini.
During consultation, Dr Beaini asks patients to describe
their main concerns and he will outline the advantages,
disadvantages, success rates, downtime and budget
involved with a number of relevant treatment options.
‘For those patients who are less specific, and are hoping
to look younger, fresher, rejuvenated or “happier”, I make
an assessment of how we can improve the patient’s overall
image and appearance,’ he says.
Thread lifting is a minimally invasive procedure used to lift
the brow, face and neck, as well as reposition the cheeks,
reduce the jowls and enhance the lips.
Lifting the skin on the face achieves a younger and
more contoured appearance and counters the inevitable
effects of gravity. Thread lifting is suitable for those
patients hoping to reverse the descent of facial soft tissue
associated with ageing, or even to delay the need for a
The procedure involves inserting dissolvable threads
into the skin’s dermis. This, in turn, triggers the production
of new connective fibres and acts as a scaffolding, lifting
This 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
‘When we look at an individual’s face, our attention
first focuses on the eyes, and any abnormality or
asymmetry,’ Dr Beaini explains. ‘If an individual has
droopy, tired and ageing eyes, the first impression is
that is individual is sad, tired or unwell,’ says Dr Beaini.
‘Eyelid surgery is a very effective and long-term
solution for such individuals, and automatically has the
effect of revitalising the entire face.’ For this reason,
blepharoplasty – or eyelid hooding surgery – can
achieve significant results in rejuvenating the entire face.
Bat ear correction
‘Any abnormality and asymmetry in facial appearance will
attract attention, which is particularly relevant to individuals
with bat ears,’ says Dr Beaini.
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.
‘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
and bolstering the tissue for a noticeable anti-ageing and
Dr Beaini has been performing mini-facelifts and neck
lifts with threads over the past two years and has been
seeing some great results, ‘We have seen exceptional
face lifting and rejuvenation results in more than 95
percent of our patients,’ says Dr Beaini.
Thread lifting is commonly used to address midface
drooping, deep cheek wrinkles, deep nasolabial
lines, excessive jowling and neck laxity. Other concerns
may include brow droop, facial asymmetry and loss of
Maximise skin tightening and radiant skin by combining
Infini and Healite treatments – a proven way to reclaim
smoother, plumper skin.
The HEALITE II and INFINI from Lutronic, distributed
by Advanced Cosmeceuticals in Australia, are two
devices that work beautifully together to tighten
lax skin, plump out fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth
out skin imperfections, as well as shorten healing time
Using a combination of devices means you can
tackle different concerns or “problem areas” at the same
time, usually with enhanced results and shorter recovery
period. The combination of HEALITE II and INFINI, in
particular, has been proven to provide a synergistic effect
and improve results in healing and overall skin rejuvenation
INFINI is an innovative microneedling fractional radiofrequency
device for skin tightening, skin rejuvenation,
acne scars, and active inflammatory acne, while HEALITE
II is a light-emitting diode (LED) therapy to improve lines
and wrinkles and other signs of photo ageing – with
no downtime and no side effects. It is a therapeutic
system that boosts skin health, heightens cellular activity,
increases blood flow and stimulates collagen production in
In a paper on the benefits of combined microneedling
fractional radiofrequency and LED low-level light
therapy, Dr Glen Calderhead, director of scientific affairs
at Lutronic, said: ‘Excellent on their own, the combination
of these two non-laser technologies is capable of
producing synergistic results, superior to either of the
systems used independently.’
What is INFINI?
INFINI is unique in how it treats both the superficial and
deeper layers of the skin. It uses microneedling fractional
radiofrequency (MFR) to create a stronger skin structure,
and a firmer and more youthful-looking complexion.
Microneedling fractional radiofrequency systems have
attracted attention for achieving good results in both
rejuvenation and tightening, with minimised side effects and
very short downtime.
INFINI uses insulated gold-plated microneedles to deliver
RF energy to the dermis (the connective tissue layer of the
skin located below the epidermis). This causes controlled
areas of coagulation, or tissue shrinkage, and triggers
the body’s natural healing response, promoting collagen
production without damaging the skin’s superficial layers.
The use of microneedles in MFR, as microneedling, even
without radiofrequency technology, can stimulate collagen
production in the dermis and improve skin tone, structure
and texture. In this unique amalgamation of technologies
and delivery levels, INFINI affords a 3-D facial rejuvenation.
What can INFINI treat?
‘INFINI treatments commonly address wrinkles, facial
and neck skin quality, and acne scars, though it’s also
been tested on stretch marks and skin laxity,’ says
During treatment, multiple passes of the INFINI
handpiece are performed to target different levels in
the skin and address specific skin complaints. More
aggressive parameters are used on areas of concern –
for example to refine the jaw line or combat wrinkles on
the forehead. ‘
Patients can generally expect some swelling, redness
and sensitivity in the days following treatment. In some
cases, INFINI will induce mild bruising, particularly under
the eyes. However, on the whole, the INFINI procedure has
a quick and easy recovery with little downtime.
What is HEALITE II?
The system harnesses light energy at a particular
wavelength to stimulate cellular activity and enhance
microcirculation. Blood, oxygen and nutrients flood the
treatment area, increasing cellular activity for non-ablative,
and painless, skin rejuvenation. HEALITE II is used to help
treat active acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles,
scarring and photo ageing, and improve skin tone, texture
It bio-stimulates the skin at subcellular, cellular and tissue
levels to help existing cells work better, repair damaged
ones and stimulate collagen production. As well as skin
rejuvenation to address lines and wrinkles and other signs
of photo-ageing, it is well recognised for its ability to improve
wound and soft tissue healing and reduce inflammation as
well as treat acne, chronic pain such as arthritis, muscle
spasm, superficial skin lesions and more.
Rejuvenation with HEALITE II uses both yellow and
infrared light. The yellow light, at 590nm, is designed to
‘precondition’ the tissue before treatment with infrared,
at 830nm. This preconditioning’ enhances dermal
responsiveness and maximises treatment efficacy.
At the same time, 830nm light emitting diode (LED)
phototherapy has recorded excellent results in wound
healing after surgical or traumatic wounds, attenuation of
postoperative discomfort and light only skin rejuvenation.
During treatment, the first minute involves only yellow
light, which targets the epidermis. Following this, infrared
is introduced to afford deeper penetration. Total treatment
time with HEALITE II is 11 minutes.
What can HEALITE II treat?
HEALITE II is considered a therapeutic and healing
treatment and is commonly used following more invasive
procedures such as laser treatment or cosmetic surgery.
It assists in reducing post-procedure bruising, swelling
and redness and can help prevent scar formation. Because
of its regenerative properties, HEALITE II can help maximise
results and minimise recovery time after certain procedures.
Arguably, one of the most remarkable results of treatment
with HEALITE II is the way it boosts the body’s natural
reservoirs of anti-ageing constituents. When it targets
fibroblasts (which produce collagen and elastin), HEALITE
II doesn’t just improve skin structure but also boosts the
reservoir of collagen-producing stem cells. Similarly, the
infrared light triggers the release of antioxidants in the
dermis, which provide protection against UV stress.
‘When the infrared light hits mast cells in the dermis, they
release a product called Superoxide dismutase (SOD),’ Dr
Calderhead says. ‘This is a super antioxidant that remains
in the tissue for up to six months. The minute you’re
exposed to some UV oxidative stress, the damaging effect
is quenched because the SODs are waiting.’
Treatment with HEALITE II improves skin radiance and
fuels the body with energising cellular activity. By targeting
the body’s natural regenerative processes, HEALITE II
enhances skin structure, texture and resilience, improving
skin health, stimulating collagen production and increasing
HEALITE II enhances
skin structure and texture,
improving skin health,
stimulating collagen and
increasing cellular activity
In a nutshell
HEALITE II enhances the already very good to excellent
reported efficacy of INFINI, accelerating the wound healing
process and enriching the final result. HEALITE II and INFINI
work uniquely together, ensuring superior and long-lasting
results in rejuvenation and tightening of the face, neck and
décolleté as well as other areas of the body. csbm
Where to get it!
To find your nearest clinic, visit www.
or call 1800 242 011
the Lycogel range of foundations and tints delivers
perfectly flawless coverage without any hidden nasties.
Lycogel products combine beauty with benefits,
providing natural-looking buildable coverage with
quality non-irritating and skin-soothing ingredients.
Ranging from natural-looking camouflage to a sheer tint to
blend out skin imperfections, the products can be used on
all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin, as
well as immediately after laser treatment or facial surgery.
Combining the best in cosmetic and skincare
technology, Lycogel is the first breathable colour corrective
foundation treatment to immediately camouflage redness
and imperfections and promote healing of damaged or
Lycogel is formulated with active ingredients designed
to deliver oxygen, moisture and nutrients to the skin. All
products feature the revolutionary LYCO-Complex, a
carefully balanced set of 12 active ingredients that work
together to deliver oxygen, moisture, and nutrients to the
skin including hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.
Each Lycogel product is designed to target a variety
of skin types, delivering a range of nutrients for ageing,
blemish-prone, pigmented and sensitive skin. The products
increase tolerance of over-reactive skin, promote skin repair
and provide anti-ageing properties whilst being gentle and
non-irritating for sensitive skin types.
Lycogel is also suitable for immediate post procedure
application. Loaded with antioxidants, it 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.
Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, Lycogel delivers
moisture and prevents 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.
promote skin repair,
moisture and nutrients
to soothe the skin
The promotion of skin repair results in younger looking
skin, whilst the delivery of oxygen soothes the skin and
helps to minimise the look of fine lines. Lycogel products
not only let the skin breathe and do not clog pores but
also contain non-chemical SPF, which offers both UVA and
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. It’s also
water-resistant, providing long-lasting wear. csbm
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role of PRP
Regen PRP is
gaining a loyal
Today more and more people are turning to Regen PRP for facial
rejuvenation, attracted by the possibility of drawing on their body’s
own natural resources.
Given that platelets in the blood play a key role in the body’s natural
wound-healing response, the role of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in skin
rejuvenation, either standalone or in conjunction with procedures such
as laser and injectables, is gaining a loyal following among aesthetic
practitioners for its ability to rejuvenate and smooth the skin.
However PRP extends well beyond skin rejuvenation. The tissuerepairing
effects and the various kinds of growth factors released by PRP
regenerate tissue, and a growing body of literature is reporting its ability to
help tissues heal after certain types of surgery.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Mark Attalla from Chelsea Cosmetics in Victoria
has been using Regen PRP for both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic
procedures. ‘I’ve had some great results using PRP to help improve tear
troughs under the eyes, nasolabial folds and for overall skin rejuvenation,
as well as before stem cell (fat transplant) procedures to improve the
survival of the cells after transplant,’ he says.
What can Regen PRP treat?
As well as being used as a primary procedure to tighten the skin and
address fine lines, Regen PRP can be used to complement other facial
rejuvenation procedures such as laser resurfacing, dermal fillers or antiwrinkle
PRP injections are known to stimulate fibroblasts, which can be useful
when preparing the skin for surgery, as well as after surgery to facilitate
healing and help reduce scars.
Plastic surgeon Dr Mihaela Lefter from Brisbane Waters Private
Hospital in NSW has been using PRP for five years and describes it as
a healing material that optimises surgical results and delivers high patient
satisfaction. ‘I mainly use Regen PRP to enhance the results of facelifts, fat
grafting for breast reconstruction, and scarring,’ says Dr Lefter.
‘You cannot perform a surgical facelift without the preparation of the
skin and most patients are not aware of this. So I found that PRP could
be used before a facelift procedure (usually two months before) both to
prep the skin (as it has an incredible healing effect) and to give the patient
confidence before undergoing a facelift.’
‘I then use Regen PRP during the facelift surgery (usually mid-face and
neck) and then again after the surgery from 6 to 8 months. Usually my
patients will have three PRP sessions in the first year, with one session a
year to maintain the results.’
‘I have been using PRP for many surgical and cosmetic reasons. I use
PRP in treating medical skin conditions such as severe eczema and Lichen
sclerosis with great results. PRP helps to reduce the inflammation and has
a great effect on atrophic skin of dermatitis patients,’ says Dr Attalla.
‘Also I have used PRP in fat/stem cell transplant, acne scars, female
pattern hair loss, impotence in men and lack of orgasm in females. There
are many research works on the effect of PRP in reducing incontinence
and in improving sexual sensation in both sexes,’ he says.
After two months
of microdermabrasion and
Regen PRP, some of my
patients no longer wish to
have a facelift
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Platelet Rich Plasma is used to describe blood plasma with a higher concentration of platelets
than the patient’s baseline. Platelets are components of blood that are integral in blood clotting
and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain special proteins that are not only pivotal
in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood vessel formation and
connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production, improving
skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.
For skin rejuvenation, Dr Attalla says, ‘The ideal Regen PRP candidate is middle-aged with
mild to moderate degree of skin ageing or sun damaged skin.’
Treatment typically lasts about 40 minutes and involves taking two small tubes of blood from
the patient. The blood is fi rst centrifuged to concentrate and separate the plasma and cells.
The concentrated plasma is then injected into the target area in small amounts using a very thin
needle, so the process involves minimal discomfort. Numbing cream can also be used to make
the procedure as comfortable as possible.
RegenLab’s gentle harvesting ensures viable dense platelets are captured that, in turn,
release abundant growth factors in an orchestrated manner.
There may be some swelling and bruising at the injection points after the procedure, however
this generally subsides overnight.
Results are gradual, taking about two to three months for full eff ects to become clearly visible,
however, improvement in skin texture, tone and hydration is usually visible within a few weeks.
‘Results usually last for two years and patients will typically come back for a top-up treatment in
a year’s time to maintain the results,’ says Dr Attalla.
THE BENEFITS OF REGEN PRP
Regen PRP therapy is achieving great things in aesthetic medicine, most notably a younger
looking and more luminous complexion. It provides gradual, natural-looking results for patients
who want the complete package.
Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and
subdermal layers – so skin appears fresh and more youthful looking with improved quality
According to Dr Attalla, ‘Regen platelets have a higher content of growth factors than other
products. I have been achieving excellent results when I use PRP before fat/stem cells transplant
RegenLab’s gentle harvesting ensures viable dense
platelets are captured that, in turn, release abundant
growth factors in an orchestrated manner
in the breasts, buttocks and the face, for acne scarring, after laser, as well as for
treating impotence in males and incontinence and lack of orgasm in females.’
With a high level of patient satisfaction and minimal downtime, Regen PRP is
the proven approach, appealing to patients seeking an increased and natural method
‘I am seeing some really good results in the improvement of deep wrinkles. I
have had some great patient feedback with some of my patients deciding that after
two months of microdermabrasion and Regen PRP, they no longer wish to have a
facelift,’ says Dr Lefter.
‘I think it’s a holistic thing; they notice some big changes in their skin – the tone,
texture, no more blemishes and less lines and wrinkles. People like the fact that
they can go back to work and their colleagues won’t notice that they’ve had
anything done – they just compliment them on how glowing or healthy they look,’
says Dr Lefter.
‘PRP is becoming a very popular skin rejuvenation treatment,’ says Dr Attalla.
‘Patients can see great and gradual natural results with minimal downtime.’
‘I was actually pushed by my patients to start performing PRP treatments,’ says Dr
Lefter. ‘I wasn’t convinced at first – because I’m a plastic surgeon I like to see results
straight away, but sometimes results can take a bit of time. Regen PRP results are
subtle and natural looking and I have some really happy patients.’
Whether it is skin rejuvenation, hair loss, fat transfer or wound healing pre or postsurgery,
Regen PRP possesses a beneficial and exciting effect for a wide range of
different indications within the specialty of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Be
sure to ask your practitioner for the TGA approved PRP harvesting system. csbm
To find a practitioner in your area, visit www.regenlabprp.com.au
A natural approach to rejuvenation
The natural healing power of the body is captured with Regen PRP, a treatment that seeks to restore lost volume
and rejuvenate the skin in all layers using the patient’s own platelet cells. As we age, a depletion in collagen,
elastin and blood supply occurs and is represented in the formation of deep lines, wrinkles and dehydrated skin.
Regen PRP therapy uses the patient’s own cells to refresh the complexion, providing overall rejuvenation by
repairing the quality of the skin and restoring plumpness to fine lines, scarring and crêpey skin.
Regen PRP treatments work on all three layers of the skin – the epidermal, dermal and subdermal layers – so
the face not only appears fresh and more youthful looking but is also improved in its skin quality and texture. This
is especially apparent in those who have had PRP injections underneath the eyes and around the neck area, two
areas which are hard to correct non-surgically and respond well to PRP therapy.
The term ‘PRP’ is used to describe blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are
components of blood that are integral in blood clotting and tissue repair. These concentrated platelets contain
special proteins that are not only pivotal in the repair and regeneration of tissues but also in initiating new blood
vessel formation and connective tissue repair. This stimulates new collagen and hyaluronic acid production,
improving skin health and creating a more vibrant appearance.
Get tighter, firmer skin with
Ultherapy, the face lift without
surgery or downtime.
lowered brow, sagging eyelids and a softening at the
jawline are often the first signs of facial ageing. While the
lines, wrinkles and loss of volume that contribute to an
aged appearance can be corrected with cosmetic injectables,
the treatment of sagging features needs a different approach if a
patient doesn’t want, or isn’t yet suitable, for surgery.
The Ultherapy system is the first ultrasound device cleared
for skin ‘lifting’ in a facial aesthetic medical application. Essentially
it uses ultrasound technology to address the same muscles
of the face and upper neck that are affected in a surgical facelift
or brow lift.
Conceived in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School,
Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses microfocused
ultrasound energy to tighten, lift and firm skin.
Ultherapy can be effective in creating a more defined jaw line,
firming the skin under the chin and on the neck, tightening the
skin on the brow and cheeks and reducing sagging around the
eyes and mouth.
Well known to be highly effective for lifting skin on the face
and neck areas, more recently Ultherapy can also be used on
the traditionally hard-to-treat décolletage, targeting wrinkles and
sun-damaged, leathery skin with no surgery and no downtime.
How does Ultherapy work?
One of the most impressive features of Ultherapy is the way
it uses ultrasound energy. First, it uses imaging technology
to see beyond the skin, allowing the practitioner to see key
areas to be treated. Then, similar to a magnifying glass,
it delivers this energy to its precise target, leaving the
surrounding skin intact. Through ultrasound imaging, the
practitioner can literally see beneath the skin about 8mm
deep, which allows for unprecedented control. Ultherapy is
the only treatment to allow this level of visualisation.
During the procedure, section by section the practitioner
moves the flat surface of the ultrasound applicator over
each region of the face and “fires” a series of shots. These
sound waves deliver small, controlled amounts of energy
into the deep layers of skin and soft tissue while sparing the
The treatment is well tolerated and most patients report
a hot prickling feeling during treatment. Some parts,
especially around the bony areas like the cheekbones and
temples, can feel more sensitive.
The procedure itself takes around 60-90 minutes
for a face and neck procedure, while a chest treatment
takes around 30 minutes. Ultherapy requires minimal (if
any) downtime and patients can usually return to normal
activities immediately after the procedure, without any
post-treatment restrictions or requirements. The skin may
appear red immediately after treatment, however this often
disappears within a few hours. Some patients experience
a slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to touch, but these
are mild and temporary in nature.
The beauty of the procedure is that it forms new,
naturally occurring collagen, which continues to form for
two to three months after treatment. Initial plumping effects
may be seen right after the first treatment, however the
effect will build gradually as new collagen begins to lift and
tighten the skin on the neck, chin and brow, as well as
smoothing the skin on the chest. In this way, Ultherapy
provides a discreet, incremental enhancement, perfect
for people who want to keep their anti-ageing procedures
An exciting alternative to cosmetic surgery, Ultherapy is
fast becoming the treatment of choice for targeting ageing
and sagging skin both on the décolletage, neck and under
the chin. With minimal downtime and improved comfort,
Ultherapy offers patients seeking non-invasive treatments
effective skin toning and tightening for a rejuvenated,
natural-looking appearance. csbm
To find a clinic in your area visit www.ultherapy.com.au
Who can have
Ultherapy is ideal for both
men and women, of all skin
pigmentation types, with mild to
moderate wrinkles and skin laxity,
loose neck skin and wrinkles
who desire a natural degree of
firmness and minimisation of
wrinkles and lines.
The treatment is suitable
for those in their early 30s
onwards who want to maintain
higher levels of collagen and
elastin in the skin and help delay
the ageing process.
Ultherapy can also be used
to help prolong the effects
in patients who have already
undertaken surgical options
or as a complement to nonsurgical
AFTER Ultherapy treatment
AFTER Ultherapy treatment
The HydraFacial elevates the
traditional facial to a whole
new level of hydration. We
investigate how it works.
HydraFacial has quickly cemented itself in the spa and beauty scene as the
next-gen facial. It is a technology-driven non-invasive gentle resurfacing
procedure that delivers instantly noticeable improvement to the look and
feel of the skin.
HydraFacial elevates the facial to the top of its game, deeply cleansing,
decongesting and nourishing the skin for a more beautiful complexion. It
combines exfoliation, acid peels, pore extractions and antioxidant infusions to
cleanse, nourish and brighten the skin – and all in around 30 minutes.
‘Every patient should see the benefits from their very first HydraFacial. It
instantly leaves the skin with a plump, well-hydrated healthy glow, visibly clear
Dead skin calls are removed
to reveal healthy new skin
This gentle peel helps loosen
dirt and debris from pores
use vortex suction to clean
Antioxidants and hyaluronic
acid are vortex-fused to
nourish and protect the skin
The HydraFacial Daily
Essentials skincare helps
maintain and protect results
pores and irresistibly “soft to the touch” refined skin. The procedure is soothing,
moisturising, non-irritating and immediately effective,’ says Queensland cosmetic
physician Dr Linda Williams.
The HydraFacial system uses five steps: cleansing and exfoliation removes
dead skin cells, an acid peel dislodges grime from the pores, and a vortex suction
extraction system unclogs the pores completely. This cleansing is followed by
the infusion of a highly active hydrating serum to nourish and protect the skin.
The treatment is soothing, hydrating, non-invasive, non-irritating and has no
downtime. It works to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested
and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and brown
spots – it’s the perfect introduction to anti-ageing procedures or a reliable skin
refresher if you’re after a quick complexion pick-me-up.
‘The HydraFacial is great for skin maintenance, or skin “fitness”,’ explains
Sydney cosmetic doctor Dr Bruce Williamson. ‘It noticeably decongests and
shrinks pores, and then plumps skin with antioxidant and hyaluronic acid
infusions. The skin is left healthier and glowing after a HydraFacial treatment.’
‘The HydraFacial system uses the benefits of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and
peptides to soften the bonds that bind our dead cells together and to decongest
the blockages within our pores,’ explains Dr Williams. ‘It provides cleansing,
exfoliation, extraction and hydration using antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic
acid. From the patient’s perspective, it’s a quick 30-minute treatment with
immediate results and no downtime.’
The non-invasive nature of HydraFacial means anyone is suitable for treatment.
‘The five-step process can be adjusted depending on the needs and concerns of
the individual patient,’ Dr Williamson explains. ‘First we cleanse and exfoliate the
skin. Then we perform an acid peel where the level of peel is chosen according
to the patient’s skin type. The vortex suction comes next, which vacuums out
the plugs in congested pores. Again, the strength of the vortex system can be
tailored to the patient’s skin sensitivity.’
‘In some situations, removal and decongestion of blocked pores may be the
main focus whereas, at other times, the treatment may be modified to give an
overall skin revision with a focus on refreshing texture and improving hydration.’
Dr Williamson recommends patients undergo treatment with HydraFacial
every two to four weeks, and says the results can be seen and felt immediately
To extend the results and retain the skin’s lustre and brightness between
treatments, the final step in the HydraFacial is the introduction of the ‘daily
essentials’ skincare. Tailored to certain skin complaints, the range incorporates
topical moisturisers, refining eye gels and daily sun protection. Each product
is infused with select concentrations of the same active ingredients found in
the salon treatment, providing detoxification, rejuvenation and protection in
‘The easy monthly maintenance programme is convenient for the patient
and easy to maintain and is also great for ongoing continuity of care,’ says
Dr Williams. ‘I liken the HydraFacial to vacuuming the floor; you are not making
major changes in the skin but you can see the difference straightaway.’
The same way congested pores and an oily surface can leave the skin
looking dull and lacklustre, a deeply cleansing facial can fuel the complexion
with vibrancy, luminosity and youthfulness. ‘At the end of the treatment patients
can see the cloudiness in the vortex solution; this is the blackhead plugs
and congestion that was initially in the skin. The results from such a deep
cleansing, combined with antioxidant nourishment, can be seen for months
after treatment,’ Dr Williamson concludes. csbm
& REJUVENATE SKIN
STRUGGLING WITH STUBBORN PIGMENTATION? WANT
TO REMOVE AN UNWANTED TATTOO? ENLIGHTEN
COULD BE THE SOLUTION FOR YOU.
Whether it’s a regrettable tattoo or stubborn skin discolouration,
treatment with the Enlighten laser quickly clears the skin of unwanted
tattoos and skin discolouration.
Developed and manufactured by Cutera USA, Enlighten is a laser treatment
that uses a combination of nanosecond and picosecond technology to target
tattoo ink, pigmentation (in the form of brown spots, age spots, freckles
“In my experience, Enlighten achieves a significant improvement with fewer
number of treatments. It is highly effective in shifting stubborn pigmentation
and for treating skin types at greater risk of hyperpigmentation from laser,” says
Sydney dermatologist Dr Liang Leow.
Traditionally, tattoo removal has been very challenging due to diverse range of
tattoo colours and particle sizes. However, Enlighten’s pico and nano technology
combination allows the treatment of all skin types and all tattoo colours.
This is due to its multiple wavelengths (532nm/1064nm), high power and its
ability to target and treat at different depths of the skin.
US plastic surgeon Dr Rick Green says, “For tattoo removal, the laser has
two wavelengths which allows treatment of the broadest range of ink colours.
In addition, I can treat both large, dense ink particles and also very small, less
dense particles which results in total clearance of the tattoo.”
Enlighten delivers premium clearance of tattoo ink and is a completely
customisable treatment. It is efficient and flexible and is easily adapted to offer
different treatment parameters for different ink colours.
“The 1064nm wavelength is absorbed well by black and blue ink, while
absorption by melanin is significantly less. This helps reduce the risk of
de-pigmentation. At this longer wavelength, deeper pigment can be targeted
easily,” says Dr Leow. “The 532nm wavelength offers flexibility to treat various
colours used in tattoos.”
In terms of the number of treatments required, Dr Leow says he has been
able to make darker tattoos barely noticeable within only one or two treatments.
For complete removal Dr Green says, “We are averaging 6-8 treatments for
complete tattoo removal, which is a vast improvement from older technology.”
Enlighten is a quick and effective treatment for a wide range of skin concerns,
including benign pigmented lesions, and can be used on all skin types due to its
dual wavelength (1064nm for all skin types; 532nm indicated for skin types I-III).
Typically between two to three Enlighten Pico Genesis treatments will achieve
the best results, and ongoing maintenance treatments may be required.
“The number of treatments required for skin rejuvenation depends on the
patient, although my patients have invariably noticed an improvement following
just a single treatment,” says Dr Leow.
“We have had a really good response to treatment with Enlighten, and I
have particularly been seeing some great results in the treatment of melasma
(something which traditionally has been very challenging), using what is known
as a “Pico Genesis” technique,” says Dr Green.
Offering no downtime and minimal discomfort, Enlighten is a highly effective
solution to tattoo removal and Pico Genesis for stubborn skin discolouration.
“The main advantage of the Enlighten laser is that we can achieve very
impressive results in benign pigmented lesions using the Pico Genesis modality
and the complete clearing of a tattoo in the vast majority of cases. This was not
always the situation with older technology and, in my opinion, this is what makes
Enlighten stand apart,” Dr Green concludes. csbm
AFTER treatment with Enlighten.
Photos courtesy of Cutera Clinical Research
AFTER treatment with Enlighten.
Photos courtesy of Cutera Clinical Research
doesn’t have to be
and fad diets; it’s
time to start from
scratch and retrain
When most of us want to lose weight, the
option to follow some kind of fad diet is
usually the choice taken. The truth is, the
majority of us will fail to stick with it and – worse still –
our bodies will usually be in poorer shape than when
Losing weight doesn’t need to be complicated.
Put simply, you need to use more energy than you
consume. The catch here is using the energy. By
choosing a low-calorie intake only, you promote
muscle loss instead of fat loss, and by decreasing
your muscle you also decrease your metabolic rate.
This means that when you return to your normal
pattern of eating you rapidly gain weight.
Fad diets also prohibit you from eating certain
types of food, which can lead to serious nutritional
deficiencies. We usually turn to this method because
it promises quick results. Although certain sections
of the sliming industry promote fast weight loss with
minimum effort, no such thing exists.
In order to achieve our health goals, some very
basic facts should be considered. Most people have
neglected their bodies for years, and it takes time
to correct the behaviour that has made them out of
shape in the first place.
Achieving your target weight requires lifestyle
changes. These changes include regular exercise,
a sensible approach to healthy eating and the right
mental attitude. It is best to start with an exercise
program that aims to lose fat without losing muscle
and without reducing your metabolic rate. The exercise
needs to be customised to each person’s appropriate
fitness level and specific goals. A combination of
aerobic exercise and resistance training are the ideal
exercise choices to achieve fat loss and are also a
great addition to your lifestyle.
Aerobic exercise burns (metabolises) calories at a
rate of about 300 per hour (depending on fitness level)
and raises the metabolic rate. Ideally
your heart rate needs to be raised to a
comfortable level for 20 to 30 minutes
at least three times a week. Your
metabolic rate stays raised for up to
24 hours after this type of exercise,
helping you burn even more calories.
Ideally, resistance training should
be incorporated into your program two
to three times per week for 30-minute
sessions. These sessions also burn
calories and raise the metabolic rate,
although not usually to the same extent as
Good nutrition is also an important part of
fat loss. Focusing on healthy eating and healthpromoting
foods is far more productive than
denying your body food.
For the best guidelines appropriate for each
individual, you should start with consulting a
qualified personal trainer. A complete program
can be outlined and implemented to start you
on your journey towards a better and longer life.
Struggling to find time to work out? There are
no more excuses! New research has discovered
that short bursts of intense exercise are just as
good as endurance training.
This is the reality of high intensity interval
training (HIIT), an exercise regime that not only
works but one which demands less of your time.
And if you think this sounds too good to be true,
think again. Because scientists and exercise
professionals around the world have built on
years of research, and have proven the benefits
of short bursts of intensive exercise.
In a recent study carried out by researchers
from McMaster University in Canada and
published online in PLoS Medicine (the Public
burns calories at a
rate of about 300
Library of Science), it was found that brief bursts
of exercise can be used when time is limited, and
the greater the intensity, the more calories to you
The research examined the benefits of sprint
interval training – exercise characterised by brief
intermittent bursts of relatively intense exercise
separated by periods of low-intensity exercise
Study participants trained around three times
per week over 12 weeks. One group performed
interval training, including three 20 second all
out sprints spread out over 10 minutes, while
another group exercised at a moderate intensity
for 50 minutes.
The results demonstrated both groups
achieved similar benefits in various measures
of health and fitness, including insulin
sensitivity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscle
One prominent difference between the groups
was the duration that the sprint interval group
exercised for was five times less in total.
Incorporating sprint intervals into your training
routine is simple and effective.
The following regimen was used by participants
in the McMaster University research project and
repeated three times a week. You can replace
cycling with a range of other exercises including
swimming, skipping, running and boxing.
• 2 minutes – Warm up
• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling
• 2 minutes – Active rest (cycling very slowly at
10 – 20% effort)
• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling
• 2 minutes – Active rest (cycling very slowly at
10 – 20% effort)
• 20 seconds – All out 100% effort cycling
• 3 minutes – Cool down by cycling slowly and
The total duration of the workout is 10 minutes,
although it’s only a total of 60 seconds all-out
effort, or three minutes a week. Lack of time is no
longer an excuse! csbm
Have you done the hard yards with your diet and
exercise but your tummy’s still more tubby than
taut? There’s now a way to lose fat for good –
without any surgery, needles or downtime.
Welcome to the era of non-surgical body contouring.
These are non-surgical procedures performed in-clinic in an
hour or less, clinically proven to permanently destroy fatty
deposits on the body.
Most non-surgical body contouring devices harness
some form of energy – be it radiofrequency, ultrasound,
freezing temperatures or hyperthermic laser – to penetrate
the skin and break down underlying fat. The destroyed fat
cells are then eliminated naturally by the body’s normal
metabolic process over the ensuing couple of months
One of the technologies
making waves in this space
is cryolipolysis. Clatuu is the
latest fat-freezing device utilising
cryolipolysis to eliminate those
hard-to-get-rid-of pockets of fat.
‘Clatuu uses targeted freezing
temperatures to kill fat cells which
are then naturally metabolised by
the body,’ says Dr Ritu Gupta,
a leading dermatologist from
Platinum Dermatology Skin
Specialists in Sydney.
Dr Gupta says just about any
area with a pinchable inch of fat
can be treated. ‘The most popular areas are under the
arms, handlebars or love handles, saddlebags or area near
the buttocks and the front of the abdomen or tummy area,’
she says. ‘Another advantage of Clatuu is that two areas
can be treated at once.’
During treatment, a gel drape is placed onto the
target area to protect the skin before the applicator head
is placed onto the fat pocket, where it remains for around
The applicator acts in a similar way to a vacuum, sucking
the treatment area into position and directing the cold
temperature to the target fat cells under the skin.
A gradual cooling sensation is felt, similar to placing
the area in iced water, but this subsides as the body
gets used to the change. The initial suction may be
uncomfortable, but any discomfort usually subsides about
10 minutes into treatment.
There is no downtime after Clatuu but the area treated
may sometimes be bruised and there may be some
mild, transient numbness and itching that settles down
over the following days.
in the treated
area can be
‘In our experience, typically only one treatment per area
is required, which is an amazing advance in the area of
body sculpting,’ says Dr Gupta. ‘Results are seen at three
months, with further improvement at six months.’
Clatuu can also “sculpt” a more feminine (hourglass) or
masculine (V-shaped) shape. ‘This is operator-dependent
so specialist trained staff are important. Here at Platinum
Dermatology Skin Specialists we assess the anatomy of
the area to be treated, mark it out and then sculpt it using
Clatuu,’ she explains.
As with liposuction surgery, for optimal results you should
be in good health with skin that has sufficient elasticity. The
best candidates are usually those with small to medium
localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise,
rather than those seeking largevolume
‘Clatuu is a great advance in
the field of body contouring that
I am delighted to be able to offer
my patients,’ says Dr Gupta.
‘Rightly or wrongly, how we look
and perceive our “problem” areas
play a big role in how we feel about
ourselves and our self-esteem. For
the right patient, Clatuu is a great
alternative to bigger procedures
such as liposuction to remove
And perhaps the best part
of the treatment? The results
are permanent. ‘In the treated area, the fat removal is
permanent,’ says Dr Gupta. ‘If you do gain weight in the
future, fat will still accumulate but not to the same extent
in the treated areas because those fat cells have been
‘My patients are loving Clatuu treatment; they’re seeing
results in areas that have previously been impervious to
diet and exercise,’ she adds. ‘I’m looking forward to
having a treatment myself – I haven’t worn sleeveless
tops since I was 20 as I’ve always felt self-conscious
about my arms. With Clatuu, now I too can aim for Michelle
Obama arms!’ csbm
Where to get it!
Platinum Dermatology Skin Specialists
Call 02 8014 6500 or
Losing the battle of the bulge?
Get to know CoolSculpting,
the no-surgery, no-downtime
treatment that freezes away
fat cells – permanently!
The phrase ‘freezing your bottom off’ has taken on a whole new meaning
with CoolSculpting. One of the biggest breakthroughs in non-surgical body
contouring, CoolSculpting now makes it possible to remove fat and slim
down without surgery.
‘CoolSculpting is a clinically proven non-invasive body sculpting technology that
uses freezing temperatures to target areas of the body which are reluctant to shift
fat, resulting in smoother contours, a more sculpted body and a more proportionate
physique,’ says Sylvia Down, practice manager from Skin Renu Laser & Skin
Rejuvenation Clinic in Balmain, Sydney.
‘The demand for non-surgical body sculpting treatments is growing exponentially
as it offers suitable patients a very viable option to eliminate fatty deposits on areas
such as the tummy, love handles and inner thighs in the space of a lunch break,’ she
says. ‘We only offer our clients the crème de la crème of treatments that have been
tested and proven to deliver consistent and measurable results – CoolSculpting
definitely fits this brief.’
Developed by Harvard University medical scientists, the technology behind
CoolSculpting was reportedly inspired by the observation that babies given ice
blocks to suck over a prolonged period of time lost fat in their cheeks. This sparked
years of research into the role freezing plays in the destruction of fat cells.
Renowned US dermatologists Dr Dieter Manstein and Dr Rox Anderson and
their team of researchers from a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School spent
four years researching this phenomenon. They demonstrated that, under carefully
controlled conditions, subcutaneous fat cells are more vulnerable to the effects of
cold than the surrounding tissue.
They also showed that, once a certain level of cooling has been achieved, a
natural ‘cascade’ of fat destruction begins – known as cryolipolysis – with the
body going on to expel the destroyed cells over a two to four month period.
This discovery, called selective cryolipolysis, led to the development of
CoolSculpting, which freezes and destroys targeted excess fat deposits on the
body while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.
Introduced to Australia in 2010 with TGA approval, practitioners and patients
alike continue to be impressed with the results achieved by CoolSculpting, with
the majority of patients experiencing a reduction in fat of between 20 and 25
percent in the treated areas.
CoolSculpting does more than eliminate fat – it’s also remarkable in the way it
can reshape the body. With a customised CoolSculpting treatment plan, areas of
excess fat can be strategically targeted and destroyed to sculpt a waist or create
a more hourglass shape.
The treatment itself is non-invasive, well-tolerated and performed in-clinic in
around an hour. During the treatment a gel drape is placed onto the target area
to protect the skin before the applicator head is placed onto the fatty pocket. A
suction cap is applied to the target region which then slowly gets cold. This is left
on for an hour while the patient can lie back and relax. This vacuum-like suction
draws the area into the applicator head so that the cool temperature is directly
delivered to the underlying fat cells.
Patients typically report the skin and underlying fat layers to feel stiff and cold,
which dissipates after around 30 minutes as the treated area warms to its normal
temperature. Because fat cells are more susceptible to lower temperatures than
skin cells, the skin is left intact while the under layers of fat are aff ected.
Generally two or three treatments are required, performed six to eight weeks
apart, although some people see fantastic results after just one treatment.
‘CoolSculpting is an excellent option for the average modern-day person who
is within the healthy weight range but has some “problem” areas that just won’t
budge with diet or exercise alone,’ says Down.
Like any aesthetic treatment, for optimal and consistent results, it’s crucial
your practitioner is skilled and experienced in performing the treatment. Skin
Renu staff members have the benefi t of being personally trained in all aspects of
the treatment at the CoolSculpting University in Sydney.
With minimal downtime, CoolSculpting off ers suitable patients a non-surgical
means of refi ning and sculpting their contours. In as little as one hour, stubborn
pockets of fat can, quite literally, be frozen to death and, with the help of a healthy
diet and exercise, a slimmer physique can be maintained. csbm
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8 weeks after CoolSculpting® Session. Photos courtesy of
Leyda E. Bowes, MD
10 weeks after CoolSculpting® Session. Photos courtesy of
Jeffery C. Dawes, MD FRCSC
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With bikini season just around the corner, the
thought of slipping into shorts after winter can be
daunting. It’s easy to neglect hair removal when
you’re covered in layers, but it’s not so easy to hide while
you’re sitting at the beach.
Being hair-free no longer seems to be a trend, but the
norm. Doctors have seen a steady increase in the number
of patients requesting permanent hair reduction, with the
‘Brazilian’ still among the most popular treatments for
Depending on whether you want to fight the war on
body hair every few days or no more than once a month,
there’s a hair removal method that’s right for you.
Shaving is a quick, convenient option for those of us who
live busy lifestyles. However, shaving only cuts the hairs, it
doesn’t remove them from the root. The hairs also tend to
grow back much faster than other hair removal methods.
You’ll probably find you need to shave every day or so to
maintain silky smooth skin.
After waxing, you will generally be left with silky,
smooth legs for up to six weeks. However,
when hair does grow back, you’ll need to let
it grow to a certain length (at least half an inch)
before the next wax. Because waxing removes
hair from the root, hair shouldn’t feel spiky as it
returns and regular waxing has the potential to
reduce the amount of hair that does grow back.
Once known for their nasty odour, depilatory creams
have come a long way. Now these creams smell like
tropical blends or spa treatments, and they commonly
possess moisturising and nourishing properties. Like
shaving, depilatory creams fail to remove hair from the
root, so hair will grow back quite quickly. It is important
to use depilatory creams towards the end of your
shower or bath, as hydrated hair is easier to remove
than dry hair.
Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and
grown back into your skin instead of rising up from
it. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle,
forcing the hair inside it to grow sideways under the
skin rather than upward and outward.
For those pesky red bumps and other irritations
caused by shaving and waxing, the best product
we’ve tried to date is Hovan’s Gold Ingrown
Hair Cream (www.hovansgroup.com.au). Using
an exfoliating scrub or pumice stone on soapy
skin should also help reduce the occurrence of
Delivering the same smooth results as waxing,
epilators feature tiny tweezers that grasp
multiple hairs and pull them out as you roll the
epilator over your skin. Be sure to exfoliate
before and after epilator treatment, as dead
skin cells can clog the affected hair pores to
form pimples and irritation on the skin.
The most permanent method of de-fuzzing, laser
hair removal lends long-term results in achieving
silky, hair-free pins.
Today, a variety of lasers and light-based devices
can be used to reduce hair growth in unwanted
areas. Although not a permanent solution to hair
removal, after a treatment cycle only occasional
maintenance is needed.
The laser designed for hair removal releases
a wavelength of energy which is absorbed by
the pigment in the hair follicles. By targeting the
pigment, the surrounding skin is not damaged as
the energy is absorbed by the hair follicle only.
Prior to laser hair removal, it’s important not
to wax or pluck the treatment area for at least six
weeks. This ensures hair is present, as without it
the laser will not achieve the desired effect. The
hair growth cycle plays an important role in the
success of laser hair removal, and therefore multiple
treatments will be needed in order to achieve longterm
Hair follicles grow in a cycle, which is commonly
described in three stages. The first stage is referred
to as anagen, or the growth phase. Around 85
percent of all hairs are in the growing stage at any
one time and, depending on the individual, this may
last for between two and three weeks. Anagen is
followed by catagen, or the transitional phase,
when the follicle shrinks, and is partly destroyed.
Finally, the telogen phase describes a period of rest,
when the hair does not grow.
Laser has the greatest effect on growing hairs.
Because not all hairs are growing at the same time
– some are in transition, and others are resting –
it can take a number of treatments to successfully
reduce the hair in any one area. Multiple treatments
are therefore typically spaced several weeks
apart to ensure the growth phase of the hair is
After laser hair
The Australian Centre for Female
Pelvic & Vaginal Rejuvenation
gynaecologist and pelvic
Dr Oseka Onuma talks on
the increasing popularity
of vaginal rejuvenation –
and how it is empowering
women to live happier,
The function and form of the different parts of the
vagina are closely linked to the female psyche and
the perception of self in terms of attractiveness.
All women are born with differently shaped genitalia,
however the effects of childbirth and ageing can cause
many to suffer from problems that make them selfconscious
and unhappy, often affecting relationships with
their sexual partners and stopping them from participating
in many everyday activities.
Sexual health has a huge influence on mental health
and psychological wellbeing. Oversized, elongated or
asymmetrical labia minora can lead to self-consciousness
and even embarrassment. 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 tights uncomfortable.
Vaginal rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical
procedures – can help alleviate pain, improve form and
function, and enhance 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,’ says Adelaide gynaecologist
and pelvic reconstruction surgeon Dr Oseka Onuma. ‘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.’
Even now, with the relatively recent arrival of laser vaginal
rejuvenation and all its media attention, more coverage
is given to the aesthetic component of the procedure
rather than the improvement to vaginal function and overall
quality of life.
‘The majority of my patients seeking vaginal rejuvenation
are not motivated by the aesthetic but, rather, a growing
dislike of pain during intercourse or discomfort when
participating in everyday activities,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘I
believe in empowering women through knowledge, choice
and access to the best treatments.’
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‘As women become more aware that it is possible to
correct potentially “embarrassing” problems, female genital
procedures are increasing in popularity,’ he adds. ‘These
days women are less willing to accept changes in genital
anatomy resulting from pregnancy, childbirth and ageing.
They are less likely to have the attitude “it’s just part of being
Every organ within the female pelvic fl oor is subject to
stress – from gravity or from the delivery of a baby. Muscle,
connective tissue and epithelium can break, tear, stretch
and lose their elasticity, resulting in functional impairments.
The organs within the female pelvic fl oor that can be
subject to prolapse include the urethra, bladder, uterus,
vaginal walls, perineum and labia minora. All can present
as a lump or mass that was not previously visible or noted
by the woman.
Common symptoms of vaginal wall prolapse or
relaxation include a lump, a ‘dragging’ within the vagina
or lower back, urinary incontinence, the need to empty
the bladder frequently and/or with urgency, pain and/or
reduced sensation during intercourse.
Another problem is female stress urinary incontinence,
caused predominantly by an improperly functioning urethra.
When a woman suff ers from this condition, weakened
muscle and pelvic tissue don’t adequately support the
urethra. As a result, the urethra doesn’t maintain a tight seal
during exercise or exertion such as coughing or laughing
and urine may escape.
‘Beyond pelvic fl oor retraining and physiotherapy, there
is now a range of minimal-access surgical options available
that can address and hopefully resolve these problems,’
says Dr Onuma.
Laser reduction labioplasty can sculpt the elongated or
unequal labial minora as desired, as well as reconstruct
conditions that are a result of the ageing process, childbirth
trauma or injury. The procedure can provide a youthful and
aesthetically appealing vulva. The structures of the vulva,
which include the labia minora, labia majora, mons pubis,
perineum, entrance to the vagina and hymen, can be
surgically enhanced, both functionally and aesthetically.
Laser-assisted vaginal surgical procedures can enhance
vaginal muscle tone, strength and control. According to
Dr Onuma, the laser techniques deliver gentle precision
procedures with controlled accuracy and result in rapid
healing, minimal pain and relatively fast recovery and allow
for improved sensation and resumption of daily activities in
a relatively short period of time.
The procedure is performed in a fully accredited hospital
to monitor any discomfort. After the procedure, the
amount of time away from work depends on the type of
work the patient does. ‘An offi ce worker could return to
work after two weeks; someone doing more physical work
such as lifting or remaining on their feet for long periods
normally returns to work after four to six weeks,’ he says.
Total healing of surface and connective tissues along with
damaged muscle may take up to six weeks.
Most patients report mild discomfort which can be
controlled by analgesics and cold packs to the area during
the fi rst week after the operation.
Non-surgical laser vaginal treatment is not a surgical
approach. It is not the same as traditional or laser-assisted
labioplasty and may not be the most suitable avenue
The best approach is to
discuss your symptoms with
a doctor who has a clear
understanding of all the
modalities of treatment
of treatment for some patients. The best approach is to
discuss your symptoms with a doctor who has a clear
understanding of all the modalities of treatment available
and is able to guide you towards the mode of treatment that
might off er you the best outcome.
‘Whilst non-surgical laser vaginal treatment shows the
most promise for improving or curing symptoms related
to atrophic vaginitis, it is of little value in correcting pelvic
organ prolapse,’ says Dr Onuma. ‘Whilst non-surgical laser
vaginal treatment can improve very mild stress incontinence
or reduce vaginal wall relaxation, it is unlikely to cure any
signifi cant stress urinary incontinence or improve sensation
during intercourse where the vagina and the vaginal
introitus are patulous because of detached or torn muscles
‘No woman should suff er embarrassment or feel inhibited
in her relationship with her partner due to the appearance
of her vagina or physical sexual dysfunction,’ he stresses.
‘The importance of reassuring my patient that she is not
alone in her genital issues and that there are options for
improving her quality of life cannot be over-emphasised,’
he concludes. csbm
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such as dryness,
laxity and painful
Vaginal atrophy affects around half of all postmenopausal
women, manifesting as dryness,
itchiness, burning, painful intercourse, poor
lubrication, laxity and urinary incontinence, which can all
seriously impinge on quality of life.
MonaLisa Touch is a non-surgical, non-hormonal
treatment of vaginal atrophy. It is quick, pain-free, requires
no downtime and provides patients with relief for up to 12
to 18 months.
MonaLisa Touch can also be used for aesthetic
purposes, to counter the effects of ageing and achieve a
rejuvenating effect by restoring vaginal tissue.
‘MonaLisa Touch has been developed to help patients
suffering from symptoms such as urinary incontinence,
painful intercourse, dryness, itchiness, burning, vulval
and vaginal pain, prolapse and laxity or looseness,’
explains Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison, a gynaecologist from
South Australia. ‘These symptoms are part of a common
condition known as vaginal atrophy. Additionally, because
of how the treatment works, it can be used for vaginal
‘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 sexual intercourse.’
How it works
MonaLisa uses specialised laser technology 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
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
The fractionated effect means there are areas of
untouched tissue left between laser columns. This healthy
tissue helps promote healing and reduce downtime
‘The advantage of the MonaLisa Touch procedure, for
both results and safety, is that it uses a fractionated CO 2
laser, which means the heat is deposited at the ideal
depth in the tissue,’ Dr Behnia-Willison explains. ‘And
because it is a fractional laser treatment it leaves most of
the superficial layer untouched, which is important from a
The treatment takes around five minutes, is non-invasive
and no anaesthesia is required. Often a series of treatments
is recommended. ‘The published research has shown
that the best results are obtained from three MonaLisa
Touch treatments, performed a month apart,’ says Dr
Fariba Behnia-Willison. ‘Most patients notice a significant
improvement after the first procedure. I also recommend to
Treatment to improve vaginal function is sought by a
growing number of patients, of many different ages.
In Australia, more than 10,000 patients have been
treated with MonaLisa Touch since it was introduced
in 2013. In a survey of 200 patients, 99 percent
reported an overall improvement of vaginal atrophy
symptoms and would recommend to their friends.
patients they may need a follow-up procedure every year or
so, after the initial course of treatments.’
As with any medical procedure, there are some potential
risks with the treatment. ‘In my experience, which is similar
to that of overseas practitioners, the likelihood of posttreatment
complications following a MonaLisa Touch
treatment is minimal,’ she says. ‘The worst side effect
I have seen has been some mild discomfort for 12 to 24
hours following the procedure, but this is in only a handful
of patients and I have now performed more than 2,500
MonaLisa Touch treatments.’
Whether you’re looking to relieve the symptoms of vaginal
atrophy, or seeking a rejuvenating effect, MonaLisa Touch
offers a clinically backed solution that’s proven to work.
‘Simply put, the MonaLisa Touch procedure stimulates the
body’s natural processes,’ Dr Behnia-Willison explains.
‘It creates more hydrated and healthy cells which help to
increase vascularisation, hydration and acidity, which are
important components of vaginal health.’
‘Almost all of my patients have noticed a significant
improvement following the MonaLisa Touch procedure –
some have even described the treatment as life-changing,’
she concludes. csbm
Where to get it
To find a clinic near you visit www.monalisatouch.com.au
The no incision ear
Dr Zurek’s no incision procedure is helping bullied children
smile from ear to ear. Erin Docherty reports.
Australian schools are among those with the highest
rate of bullying in the world, with one in four school
students being a victim of bullying.
Children with physical differences even as minor as
protruding ears, can attract bullying, which as a result can
have a tremendously negative impact on their self-esteem.
However, a simple procedure could stop these children from
carrying a psychological and emotional burden for the rest
of their life, if they have been bullied .
Eight-year-old Moses recently underwent a no-incision
ear correction procedure (otoplasty) to put playground
bullying to an end.
“My ears were sticking out and the kids at school would
make fun of me. I didn’t want to be teased anymore,” says Moses.
Moses’ parents Katherine and Steven said they had
considered surgery early because they feared bullying could
have an emotional impact that lasted throughout his life.
“Moses would come home from school with really red
ears because the kids would be pulling them and twisting
them. There was also a lot of name calling and teasing,
which was really distressing for him – and for us. It was so
awful seeing him go through that,” says Katherine.
“Moses continued to go to school every day, but I
knew what was going on and that he was very upset. He
is a very proud child, but we could see the effect the
bullying was having on him. It was slowly chipping away at
After considering plastic surgery, the family decided
to opt for a no-incision otoplasty procedure instead, at
the hands of Sydney cosmetic surgeon, Dr Longin Zurek.
Moses’ older brother Sol, who is 13, also underwent the
procedure at the same time.
‘The main reason that influenced us to choose Dr Zurek’s
no incision technique, rather than plastic surgery was simple
- the kids wouldn’t have to undergo invasive surgery. The
downtime would have been much longer and I didn’t want
the boys to miss school and for Sol to miss cricket, as it was
his representative season,”says Steven.
“We were also already impressed by Dr Zurek’s otoplasty
results – when I was in the waiting room at Dr Zurek’s office
I got chatting to a guy, who was actually quite handsome,
and he had recently undergone a no-incision otoplasty
procedure. The results looked amazing.”
The otoplasty procedure is relatively simple and is
positively life changing for young children.
“If we hadn’t undergone the procedure I think it would
have really affected him going through high school. My
husband predicted this would happen, so we had thought
about undergoing the procedure before. However, we
are happy that Moses was old enough to understand he
was being bullied and could participate in the decision for
surgery, ” says Katherine.
Pleasing and permanent results have been achieved with
the no-incision technique. Dr Zurek says patients appreciate
the relative simplicity of the procedure: no dressings, minimal
swelling and discomfort, as well as a short down time.
“Since the otoplasty the bullying has stopped. Moses
made a special announcement to his class after the
procedure to explain that he had his ears corrected and that
the children had to be very careful.”
“I would say it is definitely better to have the procedure
at an earlier age as opposed to later on – to stop the
bullying as quick as possible. Sol was very self-conscious
throughout school about his ears, so it would have
probably been better for him the have the procedure done
earlier,” says Katherine.
“I highly recommend this procedure and I would certainly
recommend Dr Zurek for his understanding and kind nature
– he made everything so easy and smooth - you don’t need
to think twice or hesitate.”
While in an ideal world children would not be bullied,
we know all too well that it can happen and this simple
procedure is making an instrumental difference in the life
of a child.
“I feel good now they’re fixed, the kids don’t pull them or
call me names anymore,” says Moses. csbm
Case study 1
Moses (8 years) – before procedure
Immediately after no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek
Moses (8 years) – before procedure
Immediately after no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek
Case study 2
Zack (6 years) – before procedure
After no-incision otoplasty by Dr Zurek
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four main types being liquid, cream, stick and powder.
The right foundation can even out your skin tone, give
you a healthy complexion and conceal flaws and
pigmentation. With each type comes a different finish and
level of coverage.
Liquid is typically the most popular everyday foundation
due to its sheer natural finish, while cream foundations
are the number-one choice for makeup artists. To set
makeup apply a finishing spray such as 3. Skindinavia
The Makeup Finishing Spray, $39.95.
4. Shu Uemura Blanc Chroma Cushion Foundation, $72,
5. Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder Foundation,
$69, 6. Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick, $69, 7.
SCOUT Cosmetics Pressed Powder Compact in Latte
21, $49.95, 8. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in-Place
Makeup, $52, 9. Lycogel Breathable Tint, $125, 10.
Designer Brands Longwear Foundation, $14.99, 11.
Designer Brands Flawless All-in-One Stick Foundation,
$14.99, 12. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals
Liquid eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes “pop” but applying
it can be intimidating. An easy way to test out liquid liner is to fi rst
use a taupe eyeliner pencil to lightly trace a line just above your
upper lash line. This trick lets you make sure the lines are even and
accurate before next applying the darker, liquid liner colour directly
on top of the taupe “practice” line.
Our favourite makeup trick is to use eyeliner to fi ll in the tiny
spaces between upper eyelashes. This really helps eyes look fuller
and more alive and lends an amazing frame to the eyes.
Liquid eyeliner is a great way to make your eyes “pop” but Jillian
says women are intimidated when it comes to applying it correctly.
Kohl eyeliner – Want to feel sexy and sultry but don’t know how
to avoid ‘panda eyes’? Creating that sexy ‘rock chick’ look is easier
than you think. Kohl or pencil eyeliners are the genesis of the smoky
eye. The trick is to build the look in layers and to keep the application
smooth and soft. A true smoky eye starts with the intensity at the
centre of the eye, billowing out into softer application. Start by
framing the eye with a black kohl pencil at the upper and lower rim.
Dot the same pencil into both the top and bottom lashes and blend
using a cotton bud or a small round-tip blender brush to create a
smudged but defi ned line.
1. Designer Brands
Kohl Liner in Black, $5.99
Eyeliner Pencil $24.95
Grandiôse Liner, $56
Like almost every cosmetic these days, there are several options
when it comes to lining your eyes – and it’s all about picking the one
you’re most comfortable with.
Every girl knows the beauty benefits of mascara, but
learning the right technique can make all the difference
for lashes with flair.
Hold the brush at a horizontal angle if you want thick
lashes, or turn it vertically for a more natural finish. The
way you hold the brush when applying your mascara can
make a huge difference. Holding the brush horizontally
and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous
lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the
brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with
longer, more natural look.
The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat
of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter ones
towards the end. Wiggle the brush back and forth at the
base of your lashes and then swipe to the tips.
If you have thin or light coloured lashes, coat both
sides by alternating between looking up and looking
down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are
fully covered and appear much thicker.
1. Asap Pure Mineral
2. Designer Brands
Extend A Lash,
3. Designer Brands
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1. Givenchy Eyebrow
Pencil Dark Brunette, $39
Sourcils Styler, $46
3. Designer Brands
Extend a Brow, $12.99
There ain’t nothing cool about sparse, unkempt brows.
The best eyebrow products can mean the difference
between a polished look and a messy one. In order
to recover from the great over-plucking epidemic of
the 90s, we must rely on eyebrow products to ensure
natural, perfect eyebrows.
Whether pencil or powder, filling in your eyebrows
can be tricky and we’ve all Googled it more than once.
Whatever happens, don’t choose a shade that exactly
matches your brow hair; for example, blondes should
choose shades that match the base of the hair colour,
not their highlights, to prevent looking washed out.
When filling in your eyebrows the best place to start
is under the arch, then continue filling in outward toward
the tail (the important part of the brows that frame the
eyes!). Make sure if you are lowering your arch, the
shape should be angled and rectangular, not rounded.
Be careful because if the arch is too high, it can make
you look angry!
Once the arch and tail are filled in, move to the top
of the brow and to the inner edge. The line on the inner
edge should be perpendicular to the brow and line
up with the middle of the nostril. Viola! Thicker, more
symmetrical and completely natural-looking brows!
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With lip liner, try to draw the line just slightly over the
edge to create a fuller mouth. If you go inside the lip
line you are cutting yourself short. Use gloss just into
the centre of the mouth. As this is the bigger and more
forward part of the mouth, light will hit there first and give
a great reflection to make your lips appear more plump.
Opt for a natural-coloured lip pencil and outline, then
lightly feather the colour into your lips, leaving the centre
of your lips lighter – this creates a 3D effect so your lips
Get your lips looking full and juicy by slicking on a
gloss with some plumping properties. A sheer lip gloss
with a high shine finish or some multi-dimensional colour
will have lips looking lush and well conditioned.
For the best nude lip, foundation out your lip slightly
first so your own lip colour is not coming through or
competing with the nude shade of lip colour that you
choose. This way you are getting the truest colour on
your lip and not your own pink tone coming through.
But be warned, less is definitely more with this look!
Nothing looks worse than a lipstick that is super matte
and nude and applied thickly to the lips to look like
liquid paper! You want it to look as natural as possible
– whenever we are envious of Angelina we are noticing
her fabulous lips, not her makeup!
Opt for a nude lipstick with a slight shine and build
up light layers with a lip brush. Pop a nude gloss over
the top that has a slight hint of pink or peach running
1. Napoleon Perdis Gloss it! Lipgloss $19,
2. Lancôme Juicy Shaker, Mangoes Wild $34,
3. Asap Pure Mineral Lipcolour, $30, 4. Maybelline
NY Babylips ColorLip Balm in Rose, Addict,
$3.95, 5. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist (Nude,
Soft Beige), $55,
Scar-Jo always has us blushing with her rosy red mouth, a
look that many of us wish to emulate but don’t know if we
can pull it off. The good news is that anyone can actually
Cool skin tones and pale milky tones are generally suited
to blue-based reds, whereas olive tones are better suited
to brick reds.
Firstly, apply a light-textured light reflective concealer
along the outline of the lips to eliminate any uneven tones
– use a very small amount as it’s essential that it appears
very natural. Then fill in your lips with a lip primer to allow
longevity and prevent the lipstick from moving or bleeding.
One way to apply a red lipstick is with your fingers. On
a clean, moisturised lip, use your ring finger to dab on the
red lipstick, turning your finger to fit into your lip shape. This
actually melts the lipstick onto your lip, saves you time and
will last longer. Now that you have a base, edge and polish
off the shape of the lip perfectly with a matching red lip liner.
Blot the lip colour with a tissue and re-apply – layering is the
key to long-lasting colour.
1. Designer Brands
in Coral Desire, $10.99
2. Gilded Cage Unleashed
Lipstick in Singular Red, $40
3. SCOUT Cosmetics
Mineral Lipstick in
Luminescence is a stealth beauty effect, lighting
up your face like a light bulb under your skin to
enhance all your features. There are a huge number
of products that deliver glow, in formulations you
can simply skim over bare skin or your makeup.
Luminisers look great above the cheekbone and
around the inner corner of your eyes. Sweep a veil
of luminescence over the tops of your cheekbones,
your forehead, the outline of your upper lip or a dab
on your chin or nose. Keep it away from areas with
wrinkles; it will just bring attention to them. You can
also use them on the brow bone. Don’t forget to
blend, blend, blend!
A highlighter is perfect to dab small amounts
on top of your cheekbone - from the apple of the
cheek and up through to the hairline. This adds
light-reflectors, and makes your skin look fresh and
youthful. Use small amounts on the inner corner of
the eye to add a “pop”, under the brow bone to
lift the eye, on the cheekbones for added definition
and down the T-zone to add light to dull skin.
Blend with fingertips to create an even and flawless
1. Napoleon Perdis
Reflective Refiner Bright Light
Highlight Powder, $50
2. YSL Touche Eclat Radiant
3. Napoleon Perdis
Hide it! Concealer $29
No matter how old you are, wearing blush is a must. It
enhances facial features and replaces luminosity of the
skin that fades with age.
Generally speaking, peach-based tones work well
with just about any complexion. They add warmth and a
‘lift’ to the appearance and work nicely with illuminators
Apply to the apples of your cheeks and across the
temples when a warmer colour is used. Blush is very
feminine, pretty and natural, and we love a pretty, soft
pop of colour on the apples of the cheeks for that
1. Maybelline NY Babylips Lips Balm and Blush,
$9.95, 2. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals
Blush, $14.99, 3.Napoleon Perdis Use it! Lip and
Cheek Tint, $29.
The first lady of
Val Glover-Hovan remains at the forefront
of cosmetic TATTOOIng in Australia, both as a
practitioner and educator.
With more than 31 years of
cosmetic tattoo treatments,
the matriarch and pioneer
of cosmetic tattooing in Australia, Val
Glover-Hovan, is certainly a renowned
name in the beauty industry. She has
been at the forefront of education in
the industry and has earned a swag of
accolades from organisations, here and
around the world, for her contribution
to the cosmetic tattoo industry.
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many beauty benefits, not to mention
the economic and time-saving factors,’
she says. ‘Its roots trace back to the
1930s and, while both the technique
and its popularity have advanced
considerably since this time, the
reasons for its continued popularity
remain the same.’
As a leader and educator in cosmetic
tattooing, Glover-Hovan evaluates
facial proportions and symmetry, as
well as hair and skin colouring, before
creating a design that will complement
and enhance each client’s features.
‘Cosmetic tattooing can enhance
and beautify a woman’s looks,’ she
says. ‘This might include creating
defined, well-groomed eyebrows,
enhanced eye shape with eyeliner, and
more youthful-looking lips with colour.
The great thing is that these treatments
last for many years.’
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Glover-Hovan began the first
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THE FOOLPROOF WAY TO
LOSE 15CM FROM YOUR BODY
CIRCUMFERENCE IN ONE HOUR.
After the hot chocolates and lazy couch days that
pretty much sum up winter (or is that just me?),
most us need a little helping hand to kickstart a
rocking springtime bod.
They say there’s no such thing as a quick fi x but I
think I’ve found it. If you want to ditch the baggy jumpers
and slink into your favourite party dress – but you’ve
conveniently forgotten the healthy eating and exercise
part of the deal – the International Body Wrap may be
just the ticket.
This relaxing spa treatment is essentially a body
detox wrap. It hydrates and slims your body (yes, you
read that right), eliminating toxins and revealing radiant
glowing skin. It’s ideal as a one-off treatment to fi t into
that special occasion dress or as a course to gain
optimum results. The beauty of this treatment is that if
you don’t lose a minimum of 15cm off your total body
circumference, it’s free!
WHERE DO I GET IT?
Nicole’s Beauty, Double Bay
02 9327 7728
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The International Body Wrap involves wrapping your body
from head to toe (a bit like an Egyptian Mummy) with
special contour bandages which have been soaked in an
all-natural dead sea clay solution. This solution acts like
a giant poultice and draws out toxins and impurities from
your body while cleansing your skin and leaving it feeling
softer, smoother and more toned.
The clay leaves the skin tissue compressed and
the soft fatty tissues compacted, which results in the
measurable centimetre reduction. In this hydrated form,
each clay particle expands, enabling it to pick up many
times its own weight in various body toxins. Clay has
amazing detoxifying properties; it’s a magnet for many
toxic elements present in the body such as free radicals.
After an hour the wraps are removed to reveal skin that
is more toned with an overall improved appearance. Your
body ends up smaller and trimmer without any weight
loss. Importantly, the centimetres lost are not a result of
water loss and therefore results should last around 30
days – and up to 12 months if you have a healthy lifestyle
and don’t put on any weight. The loss of centimetres
isn’t the only star of the show – the wrap improves your
circulation and helps to put a real spring back into your
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.
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mobile 0410 627 767
Shop 8, 401 - 407 New South Head Rd,
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Whether it’s an
or a calming
bath before bed,
lather up with
our fave bath and
It can be a mammoth challenge on a chilly morning to resist
the urge to stay under the covers. Put some zing in your
daily routine by hitting the shower armed with products to
invigorate and give you a much-needed energy hit (that’s better
than your morning coffee!).
Your senses influence how you receive and respond to things
day to day – your sense of smell being the biggest culprit. A
creamy body wash with a nostalgic scent such as lavender or
honey can send you into a deeply relaxed state, a fresh citrus
scent paired with a foamy texture invigorates the senses, while
fruity scents such as mango, strawberry or coconut will trick
you into holiday-mode.
Skin is soft and has enlarged pores post-shower, which
is the best time for skin to be moisturised. The steam from
a warm shower relaxes the surface of the skin and allows
the moisturiser to infiltrate the deeper layers to really boost
Instead of hitting the snooze button, give yourself a hit of
energy by lathering up with a freshly scented shower gel.
Citrus oil is said to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressive
effects in aromatherapy, so a fresh citrus-smelling shower
gel will invigorate the senses to give you that get-upand-go.
Other scents such as mint, lime, peppermint,
eucalyptus, tea tree, grapefruit and orange are zesty and
invigorating scents to liven you up for the day ahead.
The soft textures of body foams and mousses lather
easily and lend themselves to being applied energetically
– great for circulation!
Opt for a wash-off moisturiser if you’re looking for
something that will soothe dry post-winter skin.
1. MOR Bella Donna Hand & Body Wash with Goji Berry
Extract and Coconut Oil, $29.95 for 500ml,
2. Antipodes Nirvana Hand & Body Wash, $32 for
500ml, 3. Sisley Paris Eau de Campagne Gentle Bath &
Shower Gel with Botanical Extracts, $90 for 250ml,
4. Biology No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash, $27
for 375ml, 5. Jurlique Citrus Shower Gel, $29 for 300ml
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BATH OILS & MILKS
Baths are the Holy Grail of relaxation. Indulge in scents such as
lavender, honey, vanilla, rose or jasmine to soothe the senses after a
long day at work. Use a bath oil to indulge in a night of aromatherapy,
or a bubble bath for mid-week decadence.
A soothing bath is a proven mood elevator and relaxation activity
to help prevent muscle injury and aches, and has long been used for
internal healing therapy in Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Japanese
bathhouses. Blended essential oils are defi nitely not a lost art and
are still used to relieve pressure points of tenseness and stress,
even cold and fl u symptoms.
Milk has also been a body beautifi er for centuries, used by kings
and queens to keep them looking as youthful as possible. Bath milk
lightly moisturises the whole body and blankets the skin with nutrients.
1. Thalgo Indoceane Precious Milk Bath with
Eff ervescent Sugars, $41
2. Jurlique Revitalising Blend Essential Oil, $35 for 10ml
Body scrubs are a great way to get rid of dry
skin and get the blood circulating around the
body. Sea salt body scrubs prime the skin for
moisturisers by removing dead skin cells and dirt
particles, ensuring that the active components
of the product are deeply penetrated into the
layers of the skin.
No time for a total body scrub session?
Chemical exfoliators contain mild acids that
remove dead skin cells, creating a slight tingling
sensation on application that only lasts a few
minutes. Scents in exfoliating creams are often
activated as they are applied to the skin – which
make for an energising start to a slow winter
Exfoliation is an important part of rejuvenating
the skin (not to mention imperative for winter
faux-tan prep). Whichever exfoliator you use,
make sure to follow it up with a moisturiser for
skin that is soft and smooth.
1. Sukin Renewing Body Scrub, $12.95
2. Sanctuary Spa Hot Sugar Scrub, $19.95
3. Biology No. 351 Skin Smoothing Buff , $40
4. Thalgo Indoceane Sweet & Savoury Scrub, $91
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Sinking softly into a warm bubble bath is not just an exercise in
self-indulgence, it can actually enhance your body’s function
and mental health. Often cited as a form of meditation,
taking some ‘me’ time to close your eyes and be soothed
by the scent of a warm bath for half an hour is a powerful
way to realign your thoughts, declutter your mind and quash
negativity. While a clear defi nition of meditation is hard to pin
down, research has shown that daily meditation lessens the
production of the stress hormone cortisol. It also activates
the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for
involuntary functions such as digestion and blood pressure,
often negatively aff ected by stress.
1. Bathefex SoftSole Epsom Salt Foot Bath, $9.99
2. Jurlique Calming Blend Aromatherapy Mist, $35
3. Koko Lemongrass & Sage Candle, $39.95
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IS YOUR SKIN
FROSTY WINDS AND
WITH SPRING ON
OUR HEELS, KICK
WINTER SKIN TO THE
CURB WITH THESE
Dry skin is winter’s worst side eff ect. A build-up of
dead skin on the surface means moisture sits on the
outside and doesn’t penetrate to the deeper layers.
It’s time for some more heavy duty skincare products
that will protect, calm and soothe skin as well as protect
against the elements – think of it as comfort food for
Barrier is the word of the day. In healthy skin the epidermis
(top layer) has a seal around the cells to trap the moisture,
known as a barrier function. However, dryness, cold and
sensitising products wreak havoc on this natural function,
so you need products to bolster your skin’s defences. Up
the ante by using or adding a richer cream or oil into your
routine – it will help to nourish and nurture your skin back
to health. Get religious with your eye cream at night and lip
balm during the day.
Blood and lymph fl uid naturally nourish your skin but
in the winter months circulation fl ows less freely because
you’re cold, so you need to compensate by giving your skin
extra protection and nourishment to repair your skin cells
and combat ageing.
Use regenerating day moisturisers and night creams,
massaging the skin in a light circular motion to improve
circulation and keep the skin’s outer layer active and healthy.
Don’t drop sun protection from your routine – maintain at
least an SPF 15 each day with UVA and UVB factors.
4. 5. 6. 7.
HYDRATIONS BOOSTERS – SERUM & OILS
1. Medik8 Glow Oil $89 for 30ml, 2. Aspect Hydrating Serum $124 for 30ml, 3. Antipodes
Divine Face Oil, $33 for 30ml, 4. Antipodes Joyous Night Replenish Serum, $59 for 30ml,
5. M.A.C Prep + Prime, Essential Oils, $36, 6. Paula’s Choice Skincare Resist Moisture Renewal
Oil Booster, $50 for 20ml, 7. Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, $30 for 30ml
Dryness is one of the top skin concerns amongst
women. Just as you would layer your outer garments
to keep warm, try layering your your products to
lock moisture into your skin. A hydrating serum used
underneath your moisturiser will penetrate deep into
the skin, helping to nourish the bottom layer of cells so
when they come to the surface they will be hydrated,
plumper and brighter. Multiple applications during the
day, with products high in active ingredients, will ensure
your skin is receiving the extra attention it needs.
It’s also essential to incorporate sunscreen into your
daily skincare all year round (UV rays are still a very real
threat no matter the season). Layer sunscreen under
moisturiser every morning or choose a moisturiser that
contains a broad spectrum SPF. And make sure you
don’t forget your lips - use a lip balm with sunscreen
protection and apply it frequently.
Of course, it’s just as important to hydrate your
body from the inside as it is from the outside. Staying
on top of your 8-glass a day water consumption will
visibly improve the appearance of your skin, making it
less susceptible to dryness and improving its health by
flushing toxins from the body.
16. 17. 18. 19.
1. Kerstin Florian Correcting Rescue Crème, $149 for 50ml, 2. Obagi Hydrate Luxe Moisture Rich Cream, $79.95, 3.
Bliss The Youth As We Know It, $89.95 for 50ml, 4. DNA Renewal Restoring Mask, $89 for 60ml, 5. Asap Ultimate
Hydration, $85 for 50ml, 6. Asap Super B Complex, $89 for 30ml, 7. Aspect Gold SMC Super Moisturising Complex $88,
8. Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Cell Power Crème, $85 for 30ml, 9. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service,
$28 for 12.5ml, 10. Aspect Hydrating Lip Balm, $16, 11. Mesoestetic Radiance DNA Intensive Cream, $148.50 for
50ml, 12. Mesoestetic Hydra Vital Factor K, $129 for 50ml, 13. Ultraceuticals Ultra Rich Moisture Cream, $95 for 50ml,
14. Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing, $199, 15. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Synchronized Recovery
Complex II, $145 for 50ml, 16. Germaine de Cappuccini Timexpert Rides Absolute Nourishment Elixir, $110 for 30ml,
17. Lancôme Advanced Génifique - Youth Activating Concentrate $97 for 30ml, 18. Jurlique Nutri-Define Restorative
Hydrating Emulsion, $150 for 50ml, 19. Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream, $25.95 for 100ml, 20. SkinFaktor DermiaSolution
Hyaluron Complex Plus, $105, 21. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%, $45 for 200ml, 22. Skinstitut Moisture Defence
Ultra Dry, $45 for 50ml, 23. Stem Organics Hydrating Face Fluid, $46 for 50ml, 24. Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel
Mask, $160 for 60ml, 25. Lancôme Énergie De Vie Nuit, The Smoothing & Plumping Pearly Lotion, $60 for 200ml,
26. Lancôme Énergie De Vie Nuit, The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask, $80 for 75ml, 27. Lancôme Visionnaire –
Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream, $139 for 50ml, 28. Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream, $19.95 for 120ml,
29. Napoleon Perdis Multi-Hydration Gel Cream, $59 for 50ml, 30. Avon Nutraeffects Ageless Multiaction Cream, $15,
31. MUSQ Face Moisturiser, $52, 32. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Powerfoil Mask 4 Pack, $120.
Moisturising your body with a quality
product will help protect your skin
and lock in the moisture. Very dry
skin is well suited to honey and shea
butter-based body products and
nourishing body oils. But if your skin
is ultra sensitive, choose an all-natural
product without synthetic perfumes to
prevent triggering a reaction.
Everyone’s skin behaves differently
from season to season, so you might
find that you’ll use a moisturiser for
dry skin in winter and a lighter one
Scented moisturisers can be a great
substitute for perfume, and chances
are your favourite brand of perfume
has a lotion in the same scent. If
it’s not heavy duty enough for your
skin, mix it with a rich fragrance-free
lotion to keep your skin smooth and
Regular exfoliation in the colder
months will prove to be as beneficial
to your skin as keeping it moisturised,
buffing away the dead cells that might
otherwise leave your skin looking dull.
The use of a gentle exfoliator once
or twice a week will simultaneously
eliminate dry and flaky skin, as well
as aid in the absorption of body
moisturiser. Even better, experts
believe the very action of removing
the redundant top layer stimulates the
production of new skin cells further
down in the epidermis. The result?
Brighter, healthier skin.
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1. Garnier Body Ultimate Beauty Oil, $11.95
for 150ml, 2. Palmolive Oil Infusions Body
Moisturiser, $9.99 for 400ml, 3. The Beauty
Chef Hydration – Inner Beauty Boost Elixir,
$39.95 for 500ml, 4. The Jojoba Company
Powerful Nautral Moisturiser, $29.95 for 85ml,
5. Thalgo Source Marine – Hydra Marine
24HR Cream, $111.50 for 50ml,
6. Ultraceuticals Ultra Retexturising Body
Complex, $89 for 250ml, 7. Biology No.
303 Body Wash, $27, 8. M.A.C Mineralize –
Charged Water Face and Body Lotion, $55 for
10, 0ml, 9. PCA Skin Body Therapy, $94.60,
10. Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare $14.95 for
60ml, 11. Sukin Ultra Hydrating Body Oil,
$19.95 for 100ml, 12. Sanctuary Spa
2 Day Moisture Shower Oil, $12.99 for 250ml,
13. Thalgo Source Marine – Hydra-Marine
Serum, $118 for 30ml, 14. Stem Organics
Nourishing Body Lotion, $39 for 500ml,
15. Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque,
$15.95 for 100ml.
7. 8. 9.
10. 11. 12. 13.
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Our hands are often neglected as
recipients of much-needed TLC.
Chapped fi ngertips and cracked knuckles
can cause hands to suff er the most in
the cooler months, so take a moment to
massage a heavy-duty hand cream or
cuticle cream into dry crevices around
the wrists and fi ngers. Exfoliation can also
be a key element to hand care, but make
sure you don’t get too scrub-happy on
raw areas of skin. If your hands are ultra
dry, use an extra layer of hand balm and
wear cotton gloves for a few hours to let
the moisture soak in properly.
And let’s not neglect the feet. After
all, it’s your feet that carry you through
life so it’s important to keep them
happy and looking good. Dry skin is a
common problem which may cause other
symptoms such as itching, redness and
cracked heels. Some people tend to have
naturally dry skin that predisposes them
to cracks, and thickened dry skin around
the heel (that is more likely to crack) is
often due to increased pressure.
The best way to prevent and treat dry
skin is to keep your feet hydrated with
refreshing lotions and moisturisers. Feet
get a rougher deal than the skin on your
body or hands so it’s worth investing in a
specialised product to take care of them.
Some regular exfoliation and buffi ng
will stop the build-up of hard, dry skin.
A range of foot scrubs is available from
the luxurious to the down-to-earth, along
with buffi ng stones and other products.
There’s no better way to treat your
feet after a long day than a soothing foot
soak. Throw in some Epsom salt or your
favourite aromatherapy oils and soak for
10 to 15 minutes. csbm
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4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
1. Antipodes Joyous Hand & Body Cream, $34 for 120ml, 2. Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, $48,
3. Mesoestetic Radiance DNA Hand Cream, $69.50 for 75ml, 4. Jurlique Rose Hand Cream Handpicked
2016 (Limited Edition), $69 for 150ml, 5. Avène Cicalfate Hands Repairing Barrier Cream, $27.95,
6. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine, Deeply Nourishing Foot Cream, $35 for 75ml, 7. Thalgo Cold Cream Marine,
Deeply Nourishing Hand Cream, $29 for 50ml, 8. Palmolive Oil Infusions Liquid Hand Wash, $7.99 for 500ml
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Say goodbye to
that dull, wintery
complexion and say
hello to a healthy,
how to become a
beacon of light, all
We all know how harmful the sun’s rays can be, so why
not bluff your way to being a bronze goddess? There’s
nothing like a faux tan to make legs look longer, leaner,
shapelier and detract attention from lumps, bumps, veins
and other perceived imperfections.
In the past few years, fake tans have come a long
way so there’s less chance of turning out the colour of
a carrot. The first rule of a flawless fake tan is exfoliation.
The night before your tan, use a body scrub or exfoliating
lather to remove any dry, flaky skin. This will ensure that
your tan is applied to a smooth, even canvas, resulting in
a consistent, natural-looking glow.
Before applying fake tan, slip on latex gloves or a
tanning mitt; orange palms are an obvious fake-tan
giveaway. It’s also important the gloves fit tightly, as loose
gloves may leave streaks when applying tan to skin.
Wait at least 15 minutes for the fake tan to dry before
putting clothes on. Most tans take between two to eight
hours to develop, so try to stay dry – don’t shower, swim
or work out – before then.
And remember: by keeping your skin hydrated with a
quality moisturiser everyday, your skin will be less likely to
peel and the precious pigment will be sealed in for as long
OUR TOP TIPS FOR
the perfect home tan
LOOKING LEGS IN A FLASH
It rather defeats the purpose of self-tanning if you’re
sporting stray hairs or stubble on your legs. Shaving
remains Australian women’s most popular choice of hair
removal, but using your man’s razor is really not ideal
(health concerns for both parties aside!). Shaving is
known for stripping skin of essential moisture, leaving it
dry, dull and irritated. Even when applying a moisturising
shave gel or lotion after shaving, skin stress can take
place during the actual shave, making it more likely to
see patchy results as the self-tan starts to develop.
Choosing a razor that is specifi cally designed for
women’s needs will help achieve a closer shave and
avoid patchy results.
Deeply hydrate the layers of your skin in preparation
for exfoliation. This is best achieved with oil, massaged
vigorously into your legs (or, indeed, wherever your skin
needs buffi ng).
Since self-tanners react with the upper layers of your
skin, if certain areas have thicker skin than others, your
colour will be more concentrated there. In other words,
you’ll be splotchy. Give scalier areas, like your knees and
feet, extra attention. There are many excellent exfoliating
mitts designed specifi cally for use before applying a selftan,
as well as dozens of body scrubs to suit all skin
types and budgets.
A thin coating of moisturiser smooths the surface of
your legs and helps prevent streaks. It dilutes the selftanner
a bit – but what you lose in intensity you make up
for in uniformity.
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5. APPLY SELF TAN
The directions on the self-tan pack might tell you to start
from your feet and work up – but don’t. Think about
where the sun hits – start off in the middle of your thighs
and the middle of your calves and blend out. Your feet
and knees should get only whatever is left over. Also,
do the job standing up – when your knees are bent, you
might apply too much to the stretched skin.
After the product has dried, try another light
application of moisturiser to milk your tan to the max for
1. San Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion,
$39.95 for 200ml, 2. San Tropez Gradual Tan
Tinted, $33.99 for 200ml, 3. Sunescape Instant Self
Tan Mousse (Month in Maui), $39.95 for 180ml, 4.
ModelCo One Hour Tan Mousse, $20 for 200ml, 5.
J Bronze Medium Tanning Mousse, $39.95 for 150ml,
6. Sisley Paris Self Tanning Hydrating Body Skin
Care, $140 for 150ml, 7. Sukin Sunless Bronzing Gel,
$17.95 for 200ml
6. SHIMMER AND SLIM
After your self-tanner has done its work, blend a slightly
iridescent lotion or oil over the front and back of your
thighs, along your shins and down to your feet, for
extra special eff ects. The strategically placed shine has
a slimming eff ect and also gives your skin a beautiful,
Cocoa Brown by
Body Oil, $24.95
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Bronzers are like sunshine in a jar. A subtle golden
glow in the cooler months can add a touch of
radiance and highlight your own beauty.
A strategic and gentle application will create soft
diffused warmth. Try using a metallic bronze as a
soft liner under your lower lash line. You can also
lightly sweep a dusting of shimmery shadow on
upper lids – but try not to go above the crease line
with highly metallic shades.
One of our most favourite looks is softly
highlighted cheeks. Dust on a powder bronzer
with a fan brush first, then go over it with either a
shimmery cream blush or another powder blush in
a bright shade.
It’s fine to mix textures – creams can work in
tandem with powders if the application is light.
Dab a bit of shimmer on the top of your cheeks to
instantly brighten and illuminate your face.
Be sure to choose just one feature to accentuate
so your shimmer stays subtle and undetected. It’s
all about slowly building layers of colour, so avoid
heavy application of metallic shadows!
A nifty highlighter is perfect to combat dull or
dehydrated skin (especially after work). Dab small
amounts on top of your cheekbone – from the apple
of the cheek and up through to the hairline. This
makes skin look hydrated while the diffused light
decreases the look of fine lines. Also use small
amounts on the inner corner of the eye to add
freshness and under brow bone to lift the eye.
Accentuate your cheekbones by applying a
bronzer under them, to create a more sculpted look.
Bronze all over in all the spots the sun would
touch (if we’d let it!). Do it in a number 33 pattern –
forehead then under cheekbones then down to the
jaw line and finally under the chin for sculpting.
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1. Asap Pure Mineral Bronzer, $40,
2. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in
Ibiza, $55, 3. Colorescience
Pressed Mineral Bronzer, $49,
4. Sisley Paris Phyto-Touche
Illuminator, $120, 5. Designer Brands
Instant Face Bronzer, $12.99,
6. Designer Brands Contour Kit,
$11.99, 7. Estee Lauder Revitalizing
Supreme + Global Anti Ageing Wake
Up Balm, $98 for 30ml, 8. Designer
Brands Hi-Lights Bronzing Illuminator
(in Bronzing and Starlight), $9.99, 9.
Givenchy Prisme Visage Compact
$78, 10. Napoleon Perdis Matte
Bronze, $60, 11. Gilded Cage
Revelation Eye Shadow (in metallic
gold), $38, 12. L’Oreal Infallible
Sculpt Palette, $29.95, 13. SCOUT
Cosmetics Mineral Illuminate, $44.95
14. Physicians Formula Bronze
Fancy getting your
glow on from the inside
out? Try The Beauty
Chef GLOW Inner
Beauty Powder, $59.95,
packed with superfoods
and prebiotics to
Artiste by Manicare Professional – A01 Mega Powder/
Bronzer Brush, $39.95
Manicare Bronzing Brush, $19.95
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OOZE CONFIDENCE WITH
BIGGER, BOLDER, MORE
Hair extensions are, very possibly, the greatest accessory you will ever
wear. Whether you have short hair that you want longer, wispy fi ne hair
you want thicker, or you just want to go from drab to absolutely fab,
professional hair extensions do not disappoint.
Hair extensions allow you to have long, thick, lust-worthy hair in a matter
of hours. In the right hands, they are virtually undetectable, can be worn up or
down and can last months on end, even up to a year. But, like most things in
life, it’s worthwhile to invest in the best.
For seamless results and the best quality human hair on the market, Joseph
Mourad, from his eponymous salon in Double Bay, Sydney, has long been the
go-to guy. In addition to being the consummate hair professional, he’s widely
sought after for the particular method he employs for applying hair extensions:
the ultrasonic cold fusion technique (more on that later).
Indeed, his hair extension methods are highly coveted the world over – with
celebrity clientele including entertainer Mel B and Grammy award-winning
recording artist Mya.
‘Hair extensions are about giving people beautiful and strong hair,’ says
Mourad. ‘Extensions provide volume, length and manageability – and make
getting ready for a night out or special occasion so much easier. It’s also
surprisingly aff ordable.’
Mourad prides himself on using only the highest quality human hair
extensions. He is skilled in all hair extension techniques but his preferred
method is the innovative ultrasonic cold fusion technique.
The cold fusion method uses ultrasound technology to attach the hair
extension to the client’s natural roots. The result is natural-looking hair
extensions that are virtually non-detectable.
IT’S ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE
The ultrasonic cold fusion technique allows for multi-strand bonding, making
the whole process effi cient and, importantly. Bonding clinical keratin with
keratin found in the hair shaft, the extensions are attached to the natural hair
very close to each other so there are no telltale signs.
‘The technology is so advanced and the bonding so seamless,’ says
Mourad. ‘It achieves impeccable results and the extensions can be completely
undetectable to the eye. And, because there is no use of heat, glue or clips to
bond the extensions, the client’s natural hair is not compromised or damaged.’
When applying the extensions, emphasis is placed on properly blending
colour and thickness with the natural hair. Attached strand by strand, the
extensions can be attached to long, short, straight or wavy hair as long as the
natural length is more than 2cm.
Each strand has about 20 hairs in it and a full head can take from 100 to
300 strands, depending on the required thickness. In just a few hours, hair is
transformed from short, thin strands to thick, long locks. ‘The latest advances
provide long and voluminous hair without the need to wait for natural hair to
grow out,’ says Mourad. ‘It can completely transform your look.’
Extensions can last anywhere between six and 12 months. Once attached,
the extensions can be treated as normal. ‘Care for your extensions the way
you would your natural hair,’ Mourad advises. ‘It’s important to be particularly
careful when combing and blow-drying your hair. However, hair extensions
can be cut and coloured just like your natural hair.’
When applied by a hair extension specialist, you can enjoy a full head of
fl owing, thicker hair – and look forward to a good hair day, every day. csbm
Sydney hair extension specialist
Joseph Mourad with Mya (top) and Mel B
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GROWING OUT A SHORT
HAIRCUT, OR JUST WANT
HAIR WITH THAT CERTAIN
IT’S TIME TO LET YOUR HAIR DOWN!
CALL JOSEPH MOURAD HAIR &
BEAUTY FOR A COMPLIMENTARY
PH 02 9328 2277
From bathing in
beer to breast
milk facials, we
take a look at some
of the world’s
most bizarre spa
treatments – and
While most spas pamper with the standard facial
and massage, others are pushing the boundaries
and offering some avant-garde treatments in the
pursuit of beauty. Today there are just about as many spa
treatments as there are stars in the sky. Many are fabulous,
but some are just plain wacky.
We go down the road less travelled and take a look at
the endless weird and wonderful spa treatments to try (or
avoid) at your next spa visit.
Cleopatra is rumoured to have covered her face in a
pure gold mask in hopes of maintaining her youthful
appearance. It turns out she wasn’t alone in thinking the
precious metal contained anti-ageing properties. The
gilded stuff has long been a symbol of luxury and wealth,
but lately beauty brands have embraced its anti-ageing,
A gold facial is a therapy involving the application of a
sheet of 24-karat gold leaf to the face. Said to have been
an age-old Ayurvedic skin treatment, advocates of this
treatment claim improved skin elasticity, relaxed wrinkles,
blemish and scar lightening, and a youthful glow.
Gold facials are touted as the ultimate in luxurious skin
treatments, with modern techniques such as nano-misting
and healing light therapy added to boost the absorption of
Some skin experts say the post-facial glow is most
probably due to the moisturising, massage or exfoliation
that comes with the gold facial. But modern-day celebs
like Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, and Bar Rafaeli have
all tried solid gold facials and, if it’s good enough for a
supermodel, it’s good enough for us!
Do you love beer so much you could bathe in it?
At Chodovar Brewery, Hotel and Spa in Czech
Republic, you can take a relaxing soak in a tub full of
hops, herbs, active beer yeasts and plenty of foam.
Kept at a steady 37 degrees Celsius and continuously
bubbling to ‘promote dissolution of ingredients’, it is
said to release vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins.
These “real beer baths” are warm, encouraging
circulation and opening pores, while the hops act as a
peel and the yeasts add vitamin B.
The treatment is sold as a chance to treat your
body ‘from the inside and outside’ and leave you
invigorated at the end.
‘It is a very old and unique spa therapy, where
only natural materials are used,’ the company
says. The beer served in the Beer Spa is produced
using a traditional technique from the best variety
of Czech hops. According to the spa, the benefits
of bathing in beer have been proven since the
The beer baths fit couples or singles and if the
experience wasn’t beer-soaked enough by the end,
each visitor gets a bottle of Beer Bernard as a parting
souvenir. But be warned: for the full benefit of the beer
spa, you won’t be able to shower for 12 hours after
Breast milk beauty treatments are being offered at a spa called
Mud in Chicago, which sources breast milk from a local milk bank
to enhance skin texture.
Approximately 60 to 80 percent of all protein in human milk
is whey protein. These proteins have great infection-busting
properties. The antibodies in breast milk can help heal minor
illnesses and injuries, such as pink eye or an ear infection, and
it can also soothe sore nipples. Breast milk has great infectionbusting
properties, being so high in antibodies and whey protein.
It’s also resplendent in a type of fat called lauric acid – also a
component of coconut oil, which has been shown in studies to
help improve acne.
Given all that magical power, it only makes sense that someone
would want to incorporate it into your next spa experience.
The breast milk is mixed with a white clay packed with vitamin
E to create a mask which is then applied to the face for around
30 minutes. The end result? Skin is said to feel hydrated, smooth
As for where this milk comes from, Mud purchases it from
gracious mothers who stick to an all-organic diet.
effects, not to
We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend,
but did you know that a diamond can do more
than sparkle on a ring? A diamond facial is a peel
treatment that is claimed to be one of the latest
breakthroughs in skin beautification, stimulating
cells below the surface to provide radiant, softer
skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.
Diamonds are widely used as exfoliating agents,
offering a longer exfoliation effect to the skin in
comparison to some other ingredients. Delivering
amazing exfoliation effects to the skin, diamond
facial removes dead cells resulting in a youthful
radiance and glow to the skin.
Diamond facials are also touted as age-busters.
Diamonds help to remove toxins, which in turn
purifies the skin and helps in oxygenation. Activating
the dormant skin cells, it boosts the metabolic
functions of the skin and promotes regeneration
of cellular life. So, in this process it can control the
effects of age on the skin.
As well as smoother, more even skin, the ‘wow’
factor of having a diamond treatment is certainly a
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BeneFit Hervana Blush,
$51. A blissful swirl of four
complementary shades lifts
your look to cloud nine!
M.A.C #133 Small Cheek
Brush, $70. This ultra-soft
brush is a must for applying
blush, highlighter and bronzer.
YSL Le Cushion
Compact in #50, $88.
We are in love. YSL
has delivered with this
Our Bella beauties have
taken their pick. Get your
list ready, because these
are the kind of beauty
products you’ll want to
add to your routine ASAP!
Hand and Body Lotion,
$29.95. Enriched with
Goji Berry Extract
and Coconut Oil, this
softens and leaves skin
delicate and scented.
Lifting Mascara, $48.
This mascara delivers
daringly full, sensuously
curved, all-out seductive
BeneFit They’re Real
Mascara, $42. This
won’t smudge or dry
out. It lengthens, curls,
volumizes, lifts and
separates for an out-ofhere
Von Blair Beauty Lipgloss in Black Cherry, $19.68. Straight
from New York we just can’t get enough of this sultry colour,
perfect for a winter vamp!
Von Blair Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Phoenix, $31.51. A
bold to-die-for shade, this creamy formula glides over the lips
like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish. Yes, please!
Sisley So Intense eyeliner, $78. A felt-tip eyeliner that delivers
an intense black line for an instantly beautified look.
Sisley Phyto Kohl Perfect eyeliner in Navy, $65. Enriched with
oil and waxes, this eye pencil has a firm and ultra-smooth tip
that leaves a perfectly accurate line.
M.A.C Face and Body Foundation, $49. This
lightweight foundationprovides a natural satin finish.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $92.
We’re a big fan of this lightweight liquid foundation
that achieves a radiant silky finish.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush $79.20.
This self-dispensing powder-meets-sunscreen
makes sun protection application simple throughout
the day, while also delivering flawless coverage.
Elie Saab Rose
Couture EDT, $107
for 50ml. Experience
a whirlwind of white
flowers and rose petals
with this delicate and
Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Eyeliner Black,
$11.95. For the ultimate cat eye with minimum effort.
Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara,
$26.95. Extreme volume meets intense dark lacquer
for large luscious lashes!
Jo Malone English Pear and Fressia Cologne, $195
for 100ml. Luscious and golden, this sensuous
freshness is quintessentially English – with just-ripe
pears and freesia charms.
Balenciaga Florabotanica, $125 for
50ml. Inspired by Balenciagea’s floral
collection, it features a dark wood base
with notes of rose and carnation for an
enchanting and inviting scent.
eauty & spa
Dr Spiller Celltresor Ultimate Peptide Serum, $297.
Enhances collagen and elastin within the connective
tissue for skin restructuring and fi rmer facial contours.
Dr Spiller Celltresor Intense Rebuilding Cream, $397.
Supports the skin’s natural regeneration by acting on the
cellular level to visibly improve skin volume and hydration.
Mesoestetic Energy C Peel-Off Mask,
$69.50 for 6 x 5ml. This is a new dualsolution
detoxifying and anti-ageing mask,
eliminating impurities and dead cells for
fresher, more luminous skin.
Mesoestetic Stem Cell Body Serum,
$120. An amazing rejuvenating body
treatment with a tightening and fi rming
eff ect. Say goodbye to sagging skin!
Nudey Lips! $17.
Boasting all of
you could ever hope
for, this fl attering
pink-nude tint has
SPF 15 and is our
Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser $49.95. One of our ultimate
favourite cleansers, this is a lightweight gel that helps eliminate dirt
and oil, leaving skin clean and comfortable. Obagi 360 Retinol 0.5
$74.95. Part of the new Obagi360 System, this gentle encapsulated
retinol is the ultimate anti-ageing, skin-smoothing weapon. Obagi
360 Exfoliating Cleanser, $49.95. This cleanser polishes skin and
cleans out the pores, revealing a healthy, clear complexion.
Hydrating B5 Gel, $129.
Enriched with vitamin
B5, this replenishes the
skin to feel smooth and
Essence, $129. Get
that amazing velvety
smooth feeling with this
lightweight serum that
improves skin elasticity
and smoothes the
appearance of fi ne lines
Sisley Paris Crème pour le Cou Neck Cream,
$200. This wonder cream combats the loss of
fi rmness in the neck area by fi ghting the visible
signs of ageing.
Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin Brightening
Eye Cream, $54.95. This luxury formulation
introduces Persian silk fl ower blended with
revolutionary Vinanza grape seed and kiwi skin
to brighten delicate skin around the eyes.
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