How to get glowing skin for your wedding day

We all want glowing, vibrant, flawless skin for our wedding day. What treatment/s should you have? When should you have them? We’ve just discovered the NanoLaserPeel. Referred to as the ‘weekend peel’ because of its minimal downtime, this laser can be adjusted to suit the individual patient and can also deliver a deeper resurfacing treatment option for those with more time to get more intensive results. Said to give a natural smoothness and vibrancy to the skin, this is the perfect way to get glowing skin for your wedding day.

What is a NanoLaserPeel and how does it work?

A NanoLaserPeel from Sciton’s Contour TRL erbium technology removes the top layer of skin to reveal new, smoother and more youthful skin underneath. The device is fully customisable for each patient, meaning the practitioner can adjust the treatment to the precise depth to suit your needs and capacity for downtime. Obviously the deeper the treatment the more downtime it requires. You can have a shallow MicroLaserPeel with up to 50µm of ablation to a deeper resurfacing of up to 200µm per pass, but the practitioner can fully customise the ablation depths, even having variations within the one treatment for different areas of treatment on the patient. This truly customisable treatment means you get what you need, where you need it – with less chance of any side effects such as pigmentation or skin colouring.

A NanoLaserPeel can be tuned to provide different tissue effects so it can treat any or all of the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars – Acne, post-traumatic and surgical
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Pigmentation
  • Lesions
  • Skin tone/texture
  • Skin laxity

A NanoLaserPeel can plane down wrinkles and stimulate dermal collagen to firm up the skin matrix and get dramatic improvements in skin smoothness and light reflection (hello Glowing Skin!!). It is said that this treatment gives a more consistent result than chemical peels and microdermabrasion. More reasons why this treatment is perfect for a blushing bride.

So, if you’re looking for an easy, minimal down-time treatment to look your best for your big day this might be one to check out. It’s now available in clinics around Australia. Click on the map to find one near you.

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Jasmine’s Breast Reduction with Dr Nicholas Moncrieff

Jasmine, a 22 year old nurse from Canberra lost a large amount of weight and her sagging breasts were causing her pain and affecting her self-esteem. After a lot of research, both in her home town of Canberra and nationally around Australia, Jasmine discovered Dr Nicholas Moncrieff, Plastic Surgeon in Newcastle. Jasmine says she’s just so thankful she found him and it was more than worth the trip up to see him. This is her story.

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Jasmine is so happy with her breast reduction from Dr Nicholas Moncrieff

Why did you want surgery?

Having lost 25kg and I was left with sad saggy breasts causing a lot of back/neck problems as well as a lack of self confidence at 21. Clothes didn’t fit properly and working out was a struggle.

How did you do your research?

Living in Canberra there weren’t a lot of local options so I expanded my research and looked at Sydney and across Australia. I saw the I’m so glad I found out about Dr Moncrieff on Instagram one morning and convinced my mother to let me have my reduction in Newcastle as I really liked all their before and afters and lots of real women on their page.

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Jasmine says Dr Moncrieff has changed her life.

Was travelling to Newcastle for your surgery easy or hard?

The decision to travel the 5 hours from Canberra to Newcastle was made really easy with everyone at HPS really accommodating with appointments etc.

What was your experience like with Dr Moncrieff?

I can not recommend Dr Moncrieff and his team at Hunter Plastic Surgery enough!

From the first consult meeting Dr Moncrieff to now being over 6 months post op #moncrieffmagic for a breast reduction and lift my experience has been nothing but amazing, this has been something I have wanted for a long time and Dr Moncrieff made me feel very comfortable.

The post op care has been incredible and nurse Alecia has been lovely and explains everything and always available to answer questions!

Jasmine

How do you feel now?

I never thought I’d get the results I wanted, I’m super excited for the future and all the cute bras I can now wear!

Jasmine

If you’d like more information about Dr Nicholas Moncrieff you can visit his website, or phone his friendly team on (02) 4920 7700. Here’s some more patient stories from Dr Nicholas Moncrieff.

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Katie’s Abdominoplasty with Dr Nicholas Moncrieff at Hunter Plastic Surgery

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Rachael’s Mummy Makeover – a Life Changing Journey

 

 

 

What are your Non-Invasive and More Invasive Facial Rejuvenation Options?

facial rejuvenation optionsWe chat to Dr Jayson Oates from Academy Face and Body in WA about what are your non-invasive and more invasive facial rejuvenation options. He chats about everything from fillers and threads to more invasive surgical options.

There are so many choices now when it comes to what’s available for tightening, lifting and rejuvenation and we chat about when the different treatments and procedures might be suitable for each patient. Dr Oates says he definitely does more facelifts than he used to as it has become more mainstream, and he talks about the techniques and approaches he uses to get the best results.

Wounds, scars and stretch marks? Take advantage of these special offers…

There are so many options available on the market to treat wounds, scars and stretch marks, it is often confusing on which product actually works and which product is going to be best for you. The products we are loving are from Stratpharma. Their range includes products specifically developed to help wounds heal faster, reduce the appearance of scars as well as treat and prevent stretch marks. In fact, we love the Stratpharma product range so much that we stock these products in the Plastic Surgery Hub shop. We’ve teamed up with Stratpharma to offer our readers some exclusive special offers to help you save on some of the most effective scar products we can find!

Special Offer

Buy a Stratamark 50g and get a 20g FREE

Offer 1 – Buy a Stratamark 50g and get a 20g FREE!

That’s $150 of product for just $99.95

Offer 2 – Stratamed and Stataderm Post-Procedure Care Kit

Helping you recover after surgery. FREE Sunscreen with every pack. Stratamed and Strataderm are recommended to be used one after the other. With this in mind we are offering a special post-procedure pack with Stratamed and Stratderm along with a free sunscreen, 50% off voucher for the After-Surgery Program, all in a reusable handy cosmetic bag. There are 3 options to choose from depending on the procedure you are having.

Offer 3 – Stratacel Post-Procedure Care Kit

Stratacel is a breakthrough in post procedure care and on offer right now is a Stratacel Post-Procedure Care Kit. In every pack you get a Stratacel 20g, a FREE La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water along with a few samples of the Stratpharma product range. One Stratacel 20g tube, will treat a full face, twice a day for over 30 days, for at least 2 fractional procedures. This pack is sure to give you great value for money!

Why Stratpharma products?

Stratamed is a wound dressing in the form of a gel. It creates and optimal environment for wounds to heal up to 50% faster and by doing so helps prevent abnormal scarring. Wouldn’t you agree that after a procedure, you want to get back to your daily life as quickly as possible and decrease the likelihood of any associated scarring. If this is the case then Stratamed is the product for you. Once your wound has healed, we would recommend you move onto using Strataderm, which is the professional scar therapy gel from the Stratpharma range. The best part about Strataderm is that it can be use on old or new scars, and it is a once daily application. This means you just need to remember to apply it to your scar once a day (morning or evening) and that’s it! You then leave it on and let it work its magic until the next day when you need to re-apply. Once it’s dried, you can apply sunscreen or makeup to the area hassle free. For best results, we recommend that you apply Strataderm to your scar after a daily task like having a shower or cleaning your teeth, so you never forget your Strataderm.

Special Offer

Stratacel is a breakthrough product in post procedure care. It was developed for use on skin immediately after fractional or superficial aesthetic procedures. After these types of procedures reducing recovery time is essential to getting you back to your daily life as soon as possible whilst also achieving the best aesthetic outcome. Stratacel is a flexible film-forming wound dressing which maintains constant contact with the tender skin. It improves hydration and protects the injured skin from bacteria. This is a must have product if you are interested in or going to have any fractional procedures done.

Special Offers

Stratamark is one of our favourite products here at Plastic Surgery Hub. Do you know of any product that is clinically proven to not only treat existing stretch marks but also prevent stretch marks from occurring? Well Stratamark does exactly that and it actually works! This amazing product has proven clinical evidence from both Australia and Europe. Stratamark, reduces the of stretch marks and also relieves the itching. It suitable for use by pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, children and people with sensitive skin.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Stratpharma products or want to take advantage of any of the above awesome offers, jump over to our Plastic Surgery Shop. If you have any queries, email us at content@plasticsurgeryhub.com.au.

A Facebook Live with Dr Matthew Peters, Specialist Plastic Surgeon – All your Breast Implant questions answered

Get up close and personal on A Facebook Live with Dr Matthew Peters, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Valley Plastic Surgery in Brisbane where he shares with us information about breasts, implants, Motiva ergonomix implants and a whole lot more.

Dr Matthew Peters is a highly respected Australian Plastic Surgeon. To see some of his patient stories check out the blogs below or you can visit his website here:

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Yvonne’s Massive Weight Loss and Transformative Procedures with Dr Matthew Peters

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Sharni’s breast reduction and lift, belt lipectomy and mons lift with Dr Matthew Peters

 

 

 

What is the Halo treatment?

HALO is a hybrid fractional laser that delivers both ablative and non-ablative energy to the skin, combining two different treatments that up until now were only able to be delivered separately. With fully customisable treatments the HALO can target skin damage and rejuvenation at the same time and be adjusted according to the patient’s requirements. Getting dramatic results with less downtime than traditional ablative lasers, the HALO treatment is able to restore a natural, youthful glow and reverse years of damage due to ageing and sun exposure.

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Halo is able to treat most skin types

What is the HALO able to treat?

Besides giving the patient a more youthful glow, the HALO is able to improve overall texture and tone. It is also able to treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots, sun spots
  • Freckles
  • Skin tone and texture
  • Reduces pore size
  • Pigmentation

The HALO is different to other lasers because it is able to target damage at different levels of the skin. It can treat deeper damage as well as surface damage – hence the more significant results and ability to do what other lasers do in two different treatments, or with two different lasers. It does this by combining two different laser wavelengths and projecting them into an ablative and non-ablative pulse. It is fully adjustable allowing the practitioner to change the settings to suit the individual patient and what damage they are looking to treat.

Every patient’s skin is different – different skin types, degrees of sun damage and exposure to different lifestyles and toxins. HALO can be tailored to treat each patient. While the HALO is most often used to treat the face, it can also treat hands, arms, necks and the chest area.

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Halo can treat the face, arms, hands or chest area

What does the HALO treatment involve?

While each patient has a different pain threshold, most patients describe the HALO treatment as completely tolerable with mild discomfort. Local anesthetic cream is applied to minimise any discomfort and the HALO laser also incorporates an inbuilt cooling system to soothe the skin as it is treated. The actual procedure takes between 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the area/s being treated.

What is the HALO downtime?

After a HALO treatment your skin is expected to have redness, and this will continue for the first few days after treatment, up to 7 days depending on the intensity of the treatment. Swelling is also expected, however ice packs can help with this. Again, depending on the depth of the treatment, this can last up to a few days afterwards. Some pinpoint bleeding is also common, and the area will feel warm/hot for the first day or two after the treatment. You may also have dark spots appear – this is part of the healing process as your old skin dies and new skin regenerates. Your old skin will flake and peel off and new, shiny skin underneath appears. This is where the magic occurs and after a week or two you will see the results – and all the previous concern will melt away and you’ll see a more youthful, beautiful you underneath!

Your practitioner should explain the process to you, and make themselves available for you at every stage of the process so you can make the most of your HALO experience and get the best results.

The HALO is a great treatment to have in the cooler months, and erase any sun damage from last summer before this summer starts. To find a HALO practitioner go here. You can also learn more about this treatment in the blogs below:

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Mother Daughter Duo’s Halo Treatment for Skin Resurfacing

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Treating Age Spots, Rosacea, Freckles, Skin Conditions with the BBL and Halo

 

 

 

My Factor 4 Treatment – natural skin rejuvenation

Factor 4 is described as the new generation PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) but it’s got some important differences to every other non-surgical treatment. Factor 4 uses your own blood to regenerate your skin from the inside out. What, we hear you asking? It’s true – using your own blood, Factor 4 uses no additives and so this skin rejuvenation treatment is considered completely natural and is a safe, effective option for those wanting beautiful skin without any chemicals, lasers or radiofrequency. Purely derived from natural proteins present in our bodies. We’re excited… a more natural option for skin rejuvenation?

Factor 4 works by extracting your blood and using specially designed tubing to incubate it and separate the plasma from the rest of your blood cells, spinning and filtering it to produce a highly concentrated Factor 4 serum that is then injected back into your skin. This technique helps to stimulate and fast-track collagen growth, leading to healthier, more vibrant skin. It’s said to get some amazing results for full face rejuvenation, find lines, sagging skin, crepey skin and even stretch marks! It’s also said to help with brightening and tightening skin and under eye circles. We’re excited about this last one (and see amazing before and afters below)!! But it is actually also said to help turn back the clock on a huge range of skin issues and help with pre-existing skin conditions.

We were able to talk to a patient from one of Australia’s most prominent plastic surgeons, Dr Bryan Mendelson’s non-surgical Skin and Injecting Clinic about her Factor 4 treatment and why she’s hooked. You know if Dr Mendelson’s clinic is using it… it works.

PSH: What was your motivation for having the Factor4 treatment?

I wanted to refresh my skin and prevent early aging.

PSH: Why Factor4 over other non-surgical treatments?

I wanted a treatment that promotes natural skin rejuvenation and I didn’t want an invasive laser treatments. I also have sensitive Asian skin so I wanted a treatment that is safe and effective for my skin type.

I also believe at my age (mid 30s) this will help prevent early signs of aging.

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Factor 4 works on the face, hands, decollage – it can work just about anywhere on the body, including to help regenerate hair!

What was involved in the procedure? Talk us through your experience.

The treatment was a 2 step process. I had my bloods taken on my first appointment.

My second appointment was the actual treatment. Numbing cream was applied 45 minutes prior to treatment. The actual needling treatment process only took 30 minutes and after the treatment, the therapist used Healite LED to help with the healing process which is very relaxing.

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Factor 4 is getting great results for under-eye circles.

Did your Factor4 treatment hurt?

This treatment wasn’t unpleasant, however there were sensitive areas like the upper lip and eyes I found it to be more uncomfortable.

How was the practitioner/clinic who did your Factor4 procedure? Did they explain everything clearly and do you feel you were informed of the process including expected downtime?

Leanne from Dr Mendelson’s Skin and Injecting Clinic is very experienced and she made my treatment process very easy. I was always comfortable and trust her fully. She explains the aftercare instructions on each visit and she gives you a copy of instructions to follow. The treatment process was seamless and the team are very helpful.

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Factor 4 completely rejuvenates the skin and turns back the clock for smoother, more youthful skin.

Did you have any downtime with the Factor 4 treatment? If so, what was it and how did you deal with it? How long did it last?

My skin felt sunburnt for a couple of hours and my face was red for 2-3 days. Overall, it wasn’t too bad as I had pre-planned for the downtime. I didn’t leave the house for 24 hours after the treatment and didn’t exercise for 3 days.

What results have you noticed from your Factor4 treatment?

I have noticed a big improvement with my skin quality, my pore size has improved. I feel fresher and my skin is definitely a lot stronger. I get a lot of compliments on my skin from friends and strangers!

Will you have the treatment again?

Yes, I’d love to come back and have this done yearly.

Would you recommend the Factor 4 treatment to your friends and family?

Definitely, this treatment would benefit anyone.

If you’d like to find out more or book in for your treatment with Dr Bryan Mendelson’s Skin and Injecting Clinic located in Melbourne, Victoria phone 03 9826 0977 or visit their website. You can find out more about Factor 4 on their website or check out the blog below.

*Our patient wanted to remain anonymous, so photos shown are not of the patient telling her story. Pictures shown are however of other real Factor 4 patients happy to show their results.

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Factor 4 and Lipogems – the more natural rejuvenation with better results!

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Results with Factor 4 – Treating hair loss, skin rejuvenation and more!

 

 

 

APAN2019 Wrap – Industry Conference Success

The APAN 2019 Aesthetics Conference held Monday, 12 August at the Grand Hyatt and with 16 speakers covering a hugely diverse range of topics this was awesome. There were so many extremely informative lectures with industry professionals and topics such as scientific advances, new technologies and devices, industry regulations changes and navigating through them, business strategies, consumer trends, social media and it’s importance in marketing – meant there was something for everyone.

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Getting one of the treatments on offer at the conference

All attendees at APAN 2019 received CPD Points and a Certificate, but also received so much more. With keynote speakers Donna Cameron, Tanja Vriljic, Dr Ben Chan, Deb Farnworth-Wood, Phillip Fernandez and Donna Marçal discussing topics such as “Business Survival in an Every-changing Industry”, “Understanding New and Trending Natural Active Ingredients”, “Gut Microbiota and It’s Impact on the Mind and Body” it was a wealth of insight from some of the industry’s most foremost experts and we learnt much more than We ever thought possible.

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My skin felt amazing after my Cryomed Ultraformer treatment

I was also excited to be invited to speak this year on “Improving Your Social Media Results” and launched my exciting online social media training mastermind course.

This industry conference packs so much into the one day and is becoming an essential for anyone on the aesthetics conference circuit. One of the biggest bonuses of the day is definitely the networking and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

To learn more about APAN, the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network go here.

Liposculpture in Sydney

Despite the number of non-surgical devices and treatments now available for fat reduction, Microcannula LipoSculpture – a refined form of liposuction also known as Tumescent Liposuction – remains one of the most effective ways to remove excess fat. One of Australia’s LipoSculpture pioneers, Dr Michael Rich from Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, has over 25 years of experience performing LipoSculpture procedures. We spoke to him and his theatre assistant Nurse Jenny about Liposculpture in Sydney, and why this is still one of his preferred methods for fat reduction.

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is a technique to permanently remove fat and provide body contouring for a more pleasing aesthetic on the patient. The procedure is also known as Tumescent Liposuction because it can be done with tumescent anaesthesia – or in other words, local anaesthesia. The treatment area is numbed completely, so the patient can be conscious throughout the procedure.

Once the area is numbed, punctures are made with small cannulas (only 1 mm in diameter) to break up and soften the fat, and then suction it out. Thanks to the numbing, you don’t feel any of this. “If a patient does feel discomfort during the procedure, we can increase the numbing fluid,” Nurse Jenny assures us.

The small cannula can be used to sculpt the area for a smoother result. The friction of the cannula beneath the skin also prompts the skin to produce new collagen, which helps the skin tighten itself up after the procedure.

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Dr Michael Rich

“With a big cannula, you can cause much more trauma, much more bruising. With a small cannula under local, you’re more careful. You get a nicer shape than I think you would under general anaesthetic with a big cannula,” says Dr Rich.

Taking between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the size of the area being treated, liposculpture can be done pretty much anywhere on your body where you have excess fat including:

  • Belly/abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Breasts (yes, you can liposculpture your breasts! This is really popular among males who want to get rid of their “man-boobs”)
  • Double chin and jowls
  • Legs, knees and ankles (thighs are quite a popular spot)

According to Dr Rich, LipoSculpture under local is safe and the recovery is quick. “There has never been a death anywhere in the world with Tumescent Lipo under local,” he says, “and my patients can go to work the next day. They’re belted up and a little bit sore, but they can function quite well.”

Only a little discomfort is felt during the procedure because of the numbing, and recovery varies between people. Some people feel fine, others are tender for a few days. “We advise patients to work within their own comfort zone,” says Nurse Jenny. “Some patients return to work the next day, some take a couple days of rest.”

This counts for exercise, too. Nurse Jenny explains that the muscle is not compromised in the procedure, so you can go back to exercising within a few days, as long as you aren’t feeling sore.

Dr Rich says there is minimal scarring involved with LipoSculpture, as the cannula entry point is only 1.5 mm in diameter. You won’t need to stay overnight at the clinic as there’s no suturing or post-anaesthesia monitoring required. By using 1 mm in diameter microcannula, it also allows for finer sculpting, resulting in much more even and smoother fat removal, with fewer valleys and hills.

Once you’re healed, results take a bit of time to show. Any swelling and fluid should resolve in 1-2 weeks, revealing some results of your fat reduction. Over the next 6-8 months, your skin continues to tighten up. At about 8 months is when you see your best result.

Dr Rich shared some of his liposculpture patient results with us to highlight how effective this method of body contouring can be. Keep in mind that LipoSculpture only requires the one procedure to see results and they are permanent as long as they’re maintained with a healthy lifestyle (eating right and exercising). Other non-surgical treatments for fat reduction often require several visits to your physician.

“As a procedure, the way I’ve been doing it for 25 years, it’s not as invasive as the general anaesthetic, my patients recover well and they love their new shape, so for my patients, it’s a beautiful procedure.”

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Liposculpture

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If you’d like more information about liposculpture at Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia, you can arrange a consultation here, or visit their website here.

How do you treat scars with non-surgical treatments?

Ever wondered how to treat scars with non surgical treatments? What scar gels and creams are better than others? What ingredients should we should look for in a scar gel or cream? What non-surgical treatments can help with scarring including Healite and Phototherapy lasers and dermabrasion? How do you heal older scars, stretchmarks and so much more. We recently hosted a super informative Facebook Live with Ann-Marie Nolan, Clinical Manager from Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia who answered all our questions regarding scars.

Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia are one of Australia’s most popular aesthetics clinics and you can also see a transcription of the Q&A on Rejuvenation Clinics of Australia’s website, along with a whole lot of other valuable info on non-surgical treatments.

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