Big Hair, Don’t Care: Scalp massage and hair mask

Reduce muscle tension and treat your hair at the same time!

Massages, head to toe have amazing benefits; this blog will be focusing on the benefits of the scalp massage. Read more about other areas here

Massaging the scalp has a great number of benefits including stress relief, soothes the mind by rebalancing the energy flow in the crown chakra, providing a sense of peace calm and tranquillity.

Physically it helps the prevention of flakes and a dry scalp, enhances blood circulation promoting hair growth, strengthens roots, softens the hair whilst it helps prevent excessive brittleness and split ends.

Tania Dobbie, Face Plus Medispa’s Advanced Massage therapist allows patients to experience the benefits of her relaxing scalp massage as an addition to any body treatment.

A specific, hair friendly oil should be selected to ensure it nourishes the scalp and hair topically. Tania recommends the “Waterlilly: Orange Crème Masque”, an intense conditioning treatment. The Masque is a pure botanical hair treatment to restore health and shine to tired dry hair.

The treatment masque delivers intense condition to revitalise damaged hair with a blend of jojoba, hazelnut and apricot oil fortified with marine collagen, mineral rich French clay and pro vitamin B5. Blackberry with a blend of orange and mandarin oils with cinnamon and clove to increase the condition and shine to the hair.

Following a relaxing yet stimulating scalp massage a hot towel wrap is applied to intensify the masque’s benefits, revealing silky smooth, more manageable hair.

This treatment can be addictive and for those who have damaged hair or a dry scalp a weekly scalp massage and hair masque will allow patients to see incredible results.

Add the scalp massage and hair treatment to any body treatment for $50 or keen on trying it at home? Purchase the Waterlily: Orange Crème Masque
Check out the massage options available here

Want to book an appointment with Tania and re-haul your body?
Call now to make an appointment:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077


Long weekend hibernation: Skin Peels

Having extra time than the typical weekend is the perfect opportunity to avail of more invasive treatments.

There are many reasons why we love long weekends but long weekends also give you the opportunity to take the time to check a few things off your life list!

Skin peels are greatly beneficial to all and repair a variety of skin concerns following just one treatment. There are varying grades of peels available on the market and Face Plus Medispa strongly believe in non-invasive treatments.

One of the most invasive treatments available include “Fraxel”, there are many reasons why we do not offer Fraxel at Face Plus Medispa but some of the key reasons is due to the severity of the treatment, pain, down time required and the long term damage it causes to the skin.

Often harsher resurfacing treatments compromise the skin’s barrier, exposing it to microbial infection and causing trauma to the skin – all things you don’t want to be doing to your skin!

Face Plus Medispa offer a total of six different peels:

The Enzyme Peel: This is a mild peel that offers a great exfoliation and patients will leave the clinic with glowing, fresh, hydrated and balanced skin. Read more here

The B Peel: A step up from The Enzyme. The B Peels works by combining the active herbs in a gel, it stimulates the complexion’s natural regeneration process to allow the skin to function at its healthiest. Read more here

The Phyto Peel: This peel is one of our most popular mid-range peels as it gently removed the non-viable epidermal layer to reveal a new skin surface within 24hours. Having a Phyto Peel is the equivalent to having SERVERAL microdermabrasion’s treatments without causing stress and damage to the skin. Read more here

The Radiance Plus, Pigmentation Peel: This peel will only take approximately 45minsutes to perform and is specifically designed to target pigmentation rapidly breaking down the melanin, accelerating the breakdown of hyperpigmentation. Read more here

The Vitamin A Peel: A quick 30minute treatment, it is a safe and effective way for those with superficial blemishes or signs of aging to improve the skin quality. The Phyto Peel exfoliates the skin and unclogs the pores. Read more here

The Herbal Activ Peel: An incredibly intense but all natural peel that will reveal new skin in just 5 days. This herbal peel is medically proven and contains no synthetic chemicals or acids.

Downtime is required for this treatment, patients will not be able to wash or wet their face for 5 days following their initial treatment and will be required to visit the clinic on their 5th day to have the dead skin professionally and safely removed. Read more here

There are some great peels available in clinic and it’s always really important to have a skin assessment prior to any peel. Peels can have dangerous lasting effects if not performed correctly or if your skin’s integrity has not been properly prepared for the chosen procedure. It is also important to build realistic expectations and outcomes.

Book in a skin consultation with a dermal therapist at your nearest clinic:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007


Party Season: Quick Fix


The nights are getting longer and party season is starting to ramp up!

With party season comes the need for more energy and often hydration. There are many ways to get your body prepped and ready for party season, eating the right food and regularly exercising.

When putting your body through the additional strain of late nights and alcohol consumption it’s always important to keep your body in check .

There is now a quick and easy way to ensure you are properly hydrated and energized! How you ask? IV infusions! Get with the times people! Read more about what they are and how they work here

We offer six different IV treatments but the most appropriate for this time of year is The Bondi Reboot and the IV dehydration.

The Bondi Reboot: $295
This is an hour IV treatment with all of the bells and whistles! This treatment includes:

Pure oxygen: Supplied through nasal prongs the patient will receive pure oxygen. Air contains 21% oxygen and the oxygen available in clinic is normally 95%. There are many health benefits to pure oxygen including the reduction of toxins, fight infections, disease and help you maximize your immune system.

Healite: LED light therapy has many uses and is utilized to treat many skin concerns. The red light in particular stimulates increased blood flow, leading to tissue oxygenation and detoxification. Read more here

IV Bag: Contains a number of vitamins that specifically target cell renewal, muscle recovery, aims to rehydrate the body and contain antioxidant qualities.

IV Dehydration: $145
This is the IV you need if you’ve had a busy/stressful week/day or a bit too much alcohol. Often due to exhaustion or a hang over a weekend is wasted on resting, the IV Hydration will have you back to full strength, to do it all over again!

There are other IV treatments available including an Immunity IV that will assist in strengthening your immunity to fight off any bugs and germs that may be floating around!
Check out the full list of IV treatments available here

To have an IV consultation with one of our nurses or doctors call: 
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077


Energise: Reiki Healing

As we approach party season inner balance and detoxification is imperative to overall health and wellbeing.

A healthy diet and exercise plan is essential but those who have a “go, go, go” lifestyle could benefit from Energy Therapy, also referred to as Reiki Energy Healing.

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that is believed to have been pioneered by Mikao Usui. The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese  words, Rei meaning “A higher Power” and Ki which is “our life force energy”.

Reiki is the energy that exists in all living things and everyone had has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves or assist others.

“To become a Reiki Master you are attuned by a Reiki Master. The attunement transfers reiki from the Reiki Master to the student and this allows them to access the universal energy to treat others” shares Tania Dobbie, Reiki Master.

The Reiki Master will either lay their hands on the body, or can have their hands above the body, in the auric field of the guest. The Reiki treatment will feel different for each individual. It treats you physical body, your mind and your spirit.

It heals and promotes peace and relaxation and is commonly used in conjunction with other medical and therapeutic treatments.
Anyone can receive a Reiki Energy Healing session. It is especially beneficial for those who cannot receive a physical massage due to an inflammatory illness or those undergoing medical treatment.

It is especially helpful and is used in hospitals on cancer patients, or the elderly.
Patients can have Reiki as often as you want, and each session will assist in balancing and healing. Because the body is releasing memories and/or pain from the body, it can be more detoxifying than a physical massage.

You will usually feel an immediate response after receiving Reiki. You can even feel light, relaxed and calmer.
“We recommend you have a restful evening after a reiki session and that you drink a lot of water” Tania Dobbie, Reiki Master, Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach.

Read about stress relieving techniques in our “Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques” blog

Book in a consultation with Tania Dobbie, Reiki Practitioner,  Face Plus Medispa, Bondi Beach:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077


Tame the mane: Beard Maintenance

If you already have a beard, congratulations!

We know growing a beard is tough work, fighting through the itch, going through that awkward stage of uneven and patchy growth and contemplating whether or not to just give up!

Maintenance: Washing your beard
Does this sound like your wash routine?
Get whole body wet, grab soap, and wash whole body and rinse? If it does, we need to have a chat!

To maintain a luscious beard, you need to treat it like the hair on your head. Shampoo your beard, at least three times a week. The shampoo will thoroughly cleanse your beard and treat the hair.

Believe it or not, you should also condition the beard. Using a hair conditioner in your beard will help soften and detangle the beard hair. You can use a leave in conditioner if you find that your beard is getting too wiry.

We don’t recommend you blow dry your beard, this will dry out the skin on your face. Pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel and give it a comb or a brush.

Just like the hair on your head your beard will require trimming. Many generally use an electric trimmer but did you know there is more room for error with them? The pro’s recommend investing in a pair of professional barber’s scissors.

Growing a beard is serious work and if you’re committed to growing the lushest beard then make sure your diet is filled with lean meats, nuts, eggs and plenty of leafy greens.
Read our male targeted blogs! What not to eat and Male diet tips

Have a few other skin concerns or would like a full skin assessment? 

Call your nearest clinic:
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411


Red Faces: Treating one of the most common signs of aging

Red skin can be caused by many factors so it is important to get the right diagnosis prior to treatment. 

Telangiectasia, more commonly known as broken red capillaries is caused by a dilation of the capillaries making them appear as small red or purple clusters; some times they can have a spidery like appearance on the skin.

Red capillaries can appear in healthy people and in some cases; it may appear as a symptom of illness. The causes are unknown, but research has discovered that it may be genetic and environmental. We believe the most common cause is exposure to sun or extreme heat or cold.

The first step in prevention is to avoid and always protect your skin from the harsh, Australian sun. The most common area the broken red capillary clusters will appear is on the lips, nose, around the eyes, cheeks and hands.

Some find they cause discomfort and find them unattractive, which is why many choose to have them removed from the visible areas around the face.

Broken red capillaries are not life threatening, in clinic treatment options are available. Face Plus Medispa offer a unique laser treatment, Limelight to target pigment, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging.

A customised Limelight program is selected for your skin type and skin condition.
When pulses of light are delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching sensation. Cooling gel is applied to cool the skin prior to treatment but an anaesthetic or pain medication is not usually required.

The treated are can appear slightly red and swollen, this is a typical reaction and will last for between and few hours and a day. Make up can applied to cover up the redness.

Patients will begin to see results following one to three treatments. The redness or broken red capillaries will decrease, whilst improving you complexion.

The broken red capillaries will typically not return in the same area but new ones can appear with new sun damage; however they can be treated with Limelight.

Prevention is key, always remember to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimise the results of sun damage. We recommend –
Actinica, Liposomal Sunscreen, SPF 50+: $50
Read more about the Limelight treatment here

Book in a skin consultation with a Dermal and laser therapist at your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic: 
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007


Product of the Week: The No Fuss Guy

Normal healthy skin, what a blessing!

Even normal skin needs a healthy, home care regime.
Here are the only four products you need to use on your face, daily.

1. HydroPeptide, Cleansing Gel: $69
The cleansing gel is an all in one anti-aging cleanser. The gel will cleanse your skin whilst, effectively remove dirt and excess oil. Turn the shower on, before you get your face wet, wet your hands a pump some gel onto your hands and rub into your face you between 30 to 60 seconds. Then rinse it off and wash the rest of your body. Use this gel morning and night, it’s imperative you do this every night.

2. HydroPeptide, Eye Authority: $120
Eye cream is should be an integral part of any skincare regime, man or woman. Once you have dried your face pump out a small amount of eye cream, about half a pea size and apply around the eye and on the eye lid. The amount you have pumped out is enough for both eyes. Apply this cream day and night!

If you need a step by step guide for eye cream application check out our blog: What cream? Eye cream and how to apply it

3. Dr Spiller, Royal Jelly Cream: $94
This cream is a great light weight cream rich in Vitamin B Complex, Proteins and Amino Acids. The cream will continue to balance out the skin, normalise the production of sebum and even reduce the formation of blackheads.
Massage the cream into the skin until it has been fully absorbed!

4. Sunscreen!!! Actinica Lotion SPF 50+: $55
We recommended the Actinica lotion here but any store bought 50+ sunscreen will do the trick. Mornings only, apply the sunscreen liberally all over the face, neck and ears on top of your moisturising cream.
It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Have a few other skin concerns or would like to purchase any of the products mentioned in this blog? Call your nearest clinic: 
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411


Building blocks: Men’s health

Let’s talk about the essentials for a healthy lifestyle for men.

It’s not always easy to maintain a healthy diet. Read our blog here  on “In the bin: Foods all men should avoid”.

There are specific foods that assist men’s health in general, but also help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, whilst boosting overall energy.

Here are the basic rules to ensure general on-going health and wellness:

1. Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, aim to consume five or more servings a day. It’s best to avoid food and vegetables cooked in fat, including friend products.

2. Fiber is needed in your diet to lower your blood cholesterol and it will also make you feel fuller for longer. Select whole grain over refined whole flour. If you are trying to watch your weight, you will need to limit your overall intake of starches.

3. Always pick lean meats, with little to no visible fat. Remove the skin from chicken and other poultry. Fish is also a great source of protein to add to your diet, but avoid the breaded and fried kind.
Keeping track of calories is a great way to stay healthy and monitor the amount of energy you need to burn daily. Here is a breakdown of daily calorie intake for varying age brackets:

Men between 19 to 30
Somewhat inactive: 2,400
Somewhat active: 2,600
Very active: 3,000

Men between 31 to 50
Somewhat inactive: 2,200
Somewhat active: 2,400
Very active: 2,800

Men between 41 and over
Somewhat inactive: 2,000
Somewhat active: 2,200
Very active: 2,400

To make an appointment with our wellness expert:
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Email: [email protected]


In deep: In grown hair treatment and prevention

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In deep: In grown hair treatment and prevention

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This isn’t a glamorous topic to discuss but we all get them, men often on the face and ladies else where on the body. They’re in grown hairs, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle and this forces the hair to grown into the skin, rather than outward and upward. They’re not serious but if they appear red, irritated and swollen a course of antibiotics may be required to treat the infection that may have been caused by the in grown hair.
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How to treat and prevent
Regular exfoliation will prevent the skin cells from building up causing the in grown hair to become embedded in the pore.
If ingrown hairs exist, it should be treated with exfoliation immediately. A dry exfoliation first with an exfoliating glove or a brush will provide a deeper exfoliation and encourage lymphatic drainage. This should then be followed by a wet exfoliation directly after the dry. The wet exfoliation is to treat the area and prevent the in grown hair from appearing or returning.
Products we recommend for the wet exfoliation:
Body + Scalp: Hydropeptide, Invigorating Body Wash: $60
This foaming peptide body wash contains active ingredients caffeine, which is a an ingredient that stimulates micro-circulation, assisting the skins healing process, lactic acid helps improve the texture of the skin whilst hydrating and brightening the skin and the final core ingredient are the marine extracts that improves the skins elasticity.
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Face: Hydropeptide, Exfoliating Cleanser: $69
Used in the morning, every second day will help to gently lift the hair and regulate the cell turn over whilst hydrating the epidermis at the same time. Regular usage will see les ingrown hairs and overall improvement in skin texture and hydration.
Moisturising is also essential to avoiding those ingrown hairs! When the skin becomes dry, this is when the dead skin cells bind together to cause an obstruction in the pore, resulting in an ingrown hair.
In clinic treatments
Laser hair removal: This is great for all areas of the body. If in grown hairs persist laser hair removal is a pain free alternative to ensure the hairs don’t return and provide a smoother skin texture. Check out our laser hair removal blog here
Other treatments include:
SGA – read about this treatment here
LED light therapy – read about this treatment here
Have a few other skin concerns or would like a full skin assessment?
Call your nearest clinic:
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
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Don’t leave a man behind: Facials and Extractions

If you have to pop it here are some key tips.

We all know that it’s a bad idea BUT we all do it, were guilty of doing it to ourselves and we also attack our partners… PIMPLES!

Your pimples fall into two categories –

1. Non-inflammatory: Also known as comedo, blackheads are pores that have filled up with an excess of oil and dead skin. The colour is caused by a build up of melanin pigment in the pore.

Like blackheads, whiteheads is due to an over production of oil but unlike blackheads a whitehead is covered by a thin layer of skin, it remains white or a yellow tinge, the natural colour of the sebum as it has not yet been exposed to oxygen.

2. Inflammatory: These appear when the body is fighting to contain an infection. These pimples will generally appear red and swollen.

Papules will vary in size and appear red or pink due to a slight inflammation. Papules are the result of an increase in oil and bacteria inside the pore trapped by dead skin cells.

They are slightly inflamed as your body’s immune system fights the infection with white blood cells. Another form of inflammatory pimple is pustules, these form deeper inside the pore than the papules, but the cause and result are the same.

The most serious cases are cystic nodular acne. They are deep, painful and large due to the amount of pus present. If these are not treated correctly there can be permanent scarring.

Extracting a pimple at home is never a good idea. The only pimple that we would recommend you extract would be a white head, only if it needs to be! There are specific steps one should follow –

1. Cleanse the skin properly – make sure the area is clean and your hands are thoroughly clean.

2. Do not use your fingers! Use two cotton tips and rock and roll gently on either side of the visible pimple. If the pimple does not come out following this technique do not continue the extraction.

3. Once you have removed the pimple carefully disinfect the area and apply Dr Spiller, Roll on Acnoderm Gel 50ml ($99) to stop the pimple from becoming infected and it can also assist in killing the pimple off.

If the pimple is not extracted carefully and hygienically there is a risk of spreading the infection to other areas and scarring.

What we can do in clinic
In clinic we are able to complete extractions and other medical grade treatments to ensure the pimple and breakout area never returns again.
If you have already done damage this too can be repaired with LED light therapy or other laser treatments.
For patients who are suffering a breakout and require extractions the best facial is the Dr Spiller, Enzyme Facial with extractions. Click here to find out more.
Want to find out more about our facials? Read here

Book in a skin consultation with a Dermal and laser therapist at your nearest Face Plus Medispa clinic: 
Bondi Beach: 02 8897 0077
Bondi Junction: 02 9386 4411
Bankstown: 02 9796 7007