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A cut above the rest: the rise and rise of defined cheekbones

Good bone structure is truly a blessing!

High cheekbones in particular are key in supporting sagging, aging skin. As you all know by now our skin loses elasticity. Good bone structure will keep you looking younger.

Those of you blessed with high cheekbones will also age more gracefully.
Never fear, a solution is here!
1. Fake it with contouring. With some optical illusion make up techniques you can lift and define your cheekbones. Our contouring tips can be found here.
Or 2. Make it with fillers.
A cheekbone augmentation is a safe, easy way to create beautiful and natural cheekbones.

It really is a beautifying and antiaging injectable procedure.
This treatment has become quite popular for those in their 20’s to 40’s.

Most commonly, we use Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers to achieved the desired results. HA’s are naturally found in the body and will last for about 4 to 6 months.

HA fillers are also great as they are soft and easily mould into any shape your cosmetic injector chooses.
If you’re a first-time injectable patient Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers are a great option.

It allows you to trial the look and feel for a few months. Also, if you don’t like the new look you can dissolve the product immediately and everything will return as it was in a 24 to 48-hour period.

Another option we offer at Face Plus Medispa is “Sculptra”. This option is usually offered to our patients over the age of 30.
You can read about the product in more detail here.

This collagen stimulating product is not like a filler and will not allow you to see results immediately or even after a few weeks.

Sculptra requires a few treatments, delivering more permanent, soft, natural results even compared to Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers.
As mentioned above the results don’t appear as quickly as HA Fillers and muscle relaxants, results will be visible in about a 3 to 4-month period.

The treatment works with your body to stimulate collagen, encouraging the body to produce more in the injected are.

The client will require approximately 3 to 4 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve the desired results.

Upfront this is a more costly procedure, however it is a more permanent solution than the HA Fillers.
If you are building new cheekbones or replacing a loss of volume there are many options available to you. Read about our cosmetic consultation process here.

For a cosmetic consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic injectors: 
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Beauty Chef GLOW powder: You Glow Girl!

Growing up my mum used to tell me it’s what’s on the inside that counts when it comes to female beauty.

Now, we doubt she was referring to Gut Health, but as your largest immune organ in the body, your insides literally do make a difference to what you see on the outside. That’s why it’s so important to focus on what you put in your body, just as much as you care about what you put on your body.

While there are a million vitamin brands on the market, the beauty industry has come leaps and bounds to formulate a one stop beauty powder to eliminate the need for a handful of tablets before breakfast. Glow Beauty Powder by the Beauty Chef is an easy, teaspoon a day supplement that supports gut health.

This vegan friendly bio-fermented formula is designed to support collagen synthesis, beautiful skin, hair and nails by feeding your gut a pro-biotic rich formula packed with essential vitamins and minerals. This delicious berry flavoured powder can be enjoyed on its own in water or in your favourite smoothie. Our go to recipe perfectly compliments Beauty Chef Glow Powder’s natural berry flavour.

Smoothie Recommendation (vegan friendly)

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries (naturally rich in antioxidants)
  • ½ banana
  • 1 teaspoon of Glow Beauty Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Chia Seeds (great source of natural protein)
  • Small handful of baby spinach ( great source of iron which most women are deficient in)
  • Sweeten naturally if needed

Blend together & Drink Mindfully
Ask your Face Plus dermal therapist about Beauty Chef’s Glow Powder.

It is time to invest in your skin? Visit one of our beautiful clinics for a thorough skin assessment and receive a treatment and homecare, product plan:   
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Beauty

Brotox: Yes, it’s really a thing

I’ve always considered men to be naturally more beautiful than women.

When I wake up it takes thirty minutes of solid prep to transform myself into a half presentable person, ready to be seen in public. But my partner on the other hand, rolls out of bed, into the shower, and in 10 minutes he’s in a suit, slick and fresh faced.

My morning product list ranges from face wash, toner, primer, tinted BB cream, foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, brown pen and lipstick (and believe me, this is to achieve my quick/natural look).  Whereas all he has to do is wash his face and pop on a bit of aftershave. So, when I say that men are more beautiful, I mean it in terms of natural effort.

The one thing I don’t envy about my partner are his frown lines. I’ll constantly find myself on the couch trying to smooth out his forehead while telling him to relax his face. For a guy in his mid-thirties his lines are deep and creased.

His stressful job and overactive facial expressions can’t be helping the situation but in general I’ve noticed that men’s frown lines are much deeper and more obvious than women’s. It might also be the fact that women have the added benefit of hiding their fine lines with makeup. 

I’m all for aging gracefully and I’m a personal crusader of the natural look, but the benefits of some strategically placed muscle relaxants give the face a smoother, younger and calmer appearance. After all, no guy wants to be told he looks 40 at 30.

Introducing the rise and rise of BRotox; injectable treatments customised to preserve the character of a mans face. This muscle relaxant works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle is unable to contract and it makes the wrinkles and lines soften and, in many cases, disappear. Following the treatment patients will still have visible movement and the ability to be expressive

Why do guys like it?
It’s a quick fix solution with minimum pain levels and virtually no downtime. The first treatment includes a consultation with an experienced cosmetic/registered nurse.

All treatments are customised to the natural shape of your face. In total, the process takes between 20-30 minutes. Patients walk out with minimal to no evidence of having had anything done.

The muscle relaxant takes between 7-14 days to take full effect and the treatment lasts anywhere from 3-6 months. Some patients only require it once a year, depending on how active your facial expressions are and the location of the injection site.

A common perception is that this treatment is reserved for women only. However, over the last decade in particular, men are loosing the stigma associated with ‘having work done’ and embracing the idea that a little professional help can go a long way. Men in all sorts of industries, from customer facing jobs, the public eye, stressed executives can understand the benefits of looking their best.

The reduction of frown lines and wrinkles not only make you more youthful, but restful too.

Interested in a cosmetic consultation? Want to know what to expect before you visit? Read through our consultation process HERE

For a cosmetic consultation:
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Wellness

Mardi Gras: Prep for the Parade

Mardi Gras is back and bigger than ever with Australia celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the parade in Sydney.

Many of the LGBT Community consider this one of the biggest events of the social calendar. As a member of Fitness First Darlinghurst, the leadup to Mardi Gras is the equivalent of athletes training for the Olympics.

While the focus is usually on getting the body in the best shape, it’s important to remember to prep the face.
Luckily Face Plus has you covered for some last Minute Tips and Tricks to get you prepped in time for the parade.

Omnilux/ Healite LED light Skin Rejuvenation: If you’re time poor, then a sure bet to get your skin glowing is a 30 minute light therapy treatment.

These non invasive treatments help to reduce pore size and focus on improved health and vibrancy of the skin. The best part is you will notice visible results after the first treatment. Our friendly and experienced dermal therapists will assess your skin concerns and determine which colour light will suit best.

Herbal Hydration Peel: Unlike other peels that take a few days of downtime to recover, the Hydro Peels focus is on re-hydrating the skin. A custom mix of 18 different natural herbs are applied to the face and massaged into the epidermis.

Unlike most facials, where the treatment is over once you leave the salon, the herbal peels continue to activate under the skin for another 48 hours. The peel activates the skin’s metabolism and detoxification by increasing circulation.

Filler Up: Have you been dreaming of kissable lips or plump cheeks? Well, now’s the time to get plumping. Results take immediate effect so you’ll be ready to take centre stage on Saturday.  If you book before the 28th Feb 2018, receive 15% off all filler treatments.

IV Vitamin Infusion: Detox before the Re-tox. An excess of training (shredding) and dieting can put a lot of strain on your body’s  immune system and your energy levels are likely to be exerted to their limits.

You don’t want to peak before the party starts, so make an appointment to have a customised bag of vitamins and minerals administered via intravenous while you relax and unwind in our drip and chill lounge. (exclusive to our Bondi Beach Clinic)

If you make an appointment on Friday the 2nd, bring your partner and receive 50% off the second infusion.
At home tips & tricks:

  • make sure you hydrate all week to flush your body of toxins
  • get bendy! – practice some downward facing dog to stimulate blood flow to the face. This will help give you fresh faced glow
  • spend the week eating anti inflammatory foods to avoid any extra bloat ( ie. sprinkle turmeric on EVERYTHING)

Enjoy being the pride of the parade.

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Smile more: Designing your perfect grin

Smiling is the greatest gift you can give to another human.

But we know that there are many of you out there that are incredibly conscious about showing those pearly whites!

My lips disappear when I smile. My gums show when I smile

I hate those fold at the side of my mouth when I smile. I don’t like my wonky smile. I look like I’m sad but I’m not.

A lot of clients visit us with the above concerns and we can happily provide them with a simple solution using fillers and/or muscle relaxants.

We asked Jean Charles, Clinical Manager & Jasmine, Cosmetic Nurse Injector to discuss possible solutions for the above listed concerns:

My lips disappear when I smile
The disappearance of the upper lip whilst smiling is not necessarily due to the lack of volume in the upper lip.
A thin upper lip may not help with the fact that the lip disappears, but it is quite often due to the muscles around the mouth.

Some muscles might be too strong, which would cause curling of the upper lip inwards or/and lift the upper lip showing too much gum.

The (lazy) short cut option would be to address this issue with adding ever more filler in the upper lip, instead of relaxing the strong muscles causing the curling of the upper lip inwards. But too much filler might not give the desired cosmetic outcome and the patient may risk to have too much projection of the upper forwards and/or upwards, with the risk of ending up looking like Marge Simpson.

On the other hand, choosing to relax the over active muscles causing the lip to disappear, might be a simpler and cheaper option by just having a muscle relaxant injection. Although, this treatment has its limits.

We cannot relax the muscles completely as the muscles around the mouth have a cosmetic function along with a functional purpose (action of pursing the lips). Therefore a low dosage might mean a shorter duration of the desired outcome.

The best option is to discuss this with your physician, who will assess your muscles strength, smile pattern and lip volume.

A holistic approach would be to relax the appropriate muscle (if required) and add some lip volume (if required) as a combined treatment to ensure a natural look.

My gums show when I smile
Everyone has a different smile pattern, showing more or less of their upper teeth and/or lower teeth.
E.g.
“Hollywood smile”: showing upper and lower teeth when smiling. Barack Obama
“Mona Lisa” smile: not showing much teeth at all.
“Gummy smile” showing upper teeth and gum

These different patterns are caused by all of the different muscles attached around the mouth, pulling both upper and lower lips in different directions and with more or less strength.

Some Hyper active muscles (running along the nose and often causing bunny lines) would cause having a gummy smile. These muscles are pulling the upper lip too high when smiling.
Sometimes, we may have a crooked smile naturally, because one of our muscle is pulling more on one side.

Crooked smiles may be also caused after having a muscle relaxant treatment (side effects) if injected into the incorrect muscle. Or a crooked smile may result subsequent to muscle relaxant treatment. This is a side effect if injection into the incorrect muscle.

I hate those fold at the side of my mouth when I smile
Accordion lines are caused from the smiling muscles. These could be non-existent or very subtle when we are young however, can become more noticeable and severe as your skin ages and loses its natural collagen support.  

Treatment with dermal fillers could be a “quick fix” / “band-aid” solution, to hydrate the skin and add extra support. But dermal filler treatment outcomes are limited to treat accordion lines, before we go too far by placing too much filler. The risk is to increase the skin volume in that treated area giving too much heaviness.

It is better to “turn back the clock” and rejuvenate the tissues/skin by producing more collagen production in the weak area. Treatments such as DermaPen, Laser treatments and PRP  (even better when combining them) would repair the skin. The skin will become stronger, avoiding the skin to collapse when smiling.

I don’t like my wonky smile
One muscle around the mouth might be stronger on one side. We could relax the mirrored muscle across on the other side of the mouth to match the other. However, the overall look might not be aesthetically pleasing.

Best not to try to relax and leave it as it is. Although it is possible to play with it still. Quite an art! The use of some filler in the lip could be an option to adjust the symmetry.

Again, it would depend of the smile pattern and what the physician would decide as the best treatment option or if it is better not to treat.

I look like I’m sad but I’m not
Two factors could give the impression of a “downturn” mouth. even more pulling down of the corner of the mouth in an addition of the DAO.

At around the age of 40, we start to show early shadowing in the corner of the mouth (called modiolus) due to soft tissue laxity in the mid face, and/or volume loss in the mid face causing the skin to roll over the mandibular cutaneous ligament (causing marionette folds in older patients). We also may lose volume in the corner of the mouth.

In an addition, we have a combined muscle groups pulling the modiolus of the mouth (corner of the mouth) down. DAO (Depressor Anguli Oris) is pulling the mouth down. Some people may use this facial expression as a habit, which needs to be stopped by having repeat treatments of muscle relaxants.

A second muscle would also increase even more the pulling down of the corner of the mouth in an addition of the DAO. The platysma neck bands can add an extra pulling of the corner of the mouth.

For optimal treatment outcomes, it is best to combine the DAO & Platysma band (if strong) to ensure a good result and a good treatment longevity.

For a cosmetic consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic injectors:
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Peel & Reveal: At home micro

Don’t you wish you could complete a microdermabrasion in the comfort of your own home?

Trick questions! You can! Introducing the two-step system by HydroPeptide, Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel.

Unlike an in-clinic microdermabrasion or chemical peel the two-step process will thoroughly exfoliate without leaving your skin red or irritated. So gentle, you can use this system about two times a week.

During the winter months when the skin is drier maybe once a week or complete a patch test before you proceed to make sure your skin barrier is not compromised.
Following just one use you will see that your skin is softer with a healthy glow.

In the two step process the first step is the product labelled Peel1. Peel 1 is a scrub with a light yellow colour that has a subtle citrus scent to it. Step 2 labelled Peel 2 is a clear gel with no scent at all.

You begin by gently scrubbing the skin with Peel 1, you will do this for about 1 to 2 minutes. Directly on top of the scrub apply the gel and massage the products into your skin at the same time.

Once you’ve massage, leave it on the skin for 5 minutes allowing it to sit for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing it off.

Powered by lactic acid, the polish and plump peel reduces age spots, fines lines and wrinkles while vitamin V and peptide protect collagen and brighten your complexion.

This powerful duo is perfect for targeting any of the following concerns:
Aging skin
Free radical damage
Sun damage
Aging skin – fine lines and wrinkles
Anti-Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel by HydroPeptide, $125

If you’re interested…
Peel 1: PEG-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Zeolite, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Synthetic Beeswax, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.

Peel 2: Water, Lactic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officianalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Echinacea Angustiflolia (Coneflower) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Cucumis Sativua (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Polyquaternium-10, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aminomethyl Propanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Phenoethanol, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazolinone.

This is a vegan product designed for the face.
Want to know exactly which ingredients do what? Check out this blog.

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Inner Beauty: Recipe for beautiful skin

We’ve got a delicious beauty boost recipe for you using one of our favourite The Beauty Chef products.

The Collagen Inner Beauty Boost is a beauty boosting, bio fermented probiotic elixir that has been scientifically formulated to help increase collagen production, support healthy skin structure and cultivate a smoother complexion from the inside out. You can find out more about the elixir here.

The Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, The Beauty Chef, $39.95

Rather than simply mixing with into water or a smoothie why don’t you try using the elixir in this “Chewy Raspberry Jellies” recipe?

MAKES 3 CUPS – approx. 3 ice cube trays
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/ 2 cup (375ml) cold water
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed powdered gelatine
  • 2 cups (240g) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/ 4 cup (180ml) COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost

METHOD

  1. Pour 1 1/ 4 cup (310ml) of the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatine over the surface in an even layer. Set aside for 10 minutes, to soften.
  2. Combine the raspberries, remaining water, maple syrup and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Gently simmer for 5 minutes, until berries soften and release their juice. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, using a spoon to press and scrape the raspberry pulp to ensure you get all of the juice.
  3. Add the softened gelatine to the hot raspberry juice and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  4. Add the collagen and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into three ice cube trays or novelty moulds. * Alternatively mixture can be set in a small tray and cut into cubes.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until completely set.
  7. To unmould, dip base of the trays into boiling water to loosen. Using your fingertips gently pull the jellies away from the edge of the moulds, to release the seal. Invert to turn out the jellies.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Original content sourced from The Beauty Chef blog.

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Luminous: Get the glow

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Luminous: Get the glow

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Getting a pimple or a dry patch aren’t the only signs your skin may not be as healthy as you think.
The skin is the largest organ, and the one that reflects your overall well-being. There are some vital signs to look out for and they include:
Skin colour: The colour of your skin should be consistent. Spots, coloured spots or any dark circles under your eyes are a sign that your skin is not doing so great.
Texture: Healthy skin is mostly smooth to the touch. Acne, blackheads, milia are signs that your skin is congested. Your skin will absorb what ever you apply to it, you want to make sure your feeding it what it needs and it’s clean.
Your gut is a huge part of your skincare, whatever you eat will feed your skin – eat the good stuff! Read some of our food and gut loving tips here.
Hydration: During certain seasons or days your skin will feel incredibly dry, tight and even flaky. Picking the correct skincare is key! Drinking water is essential but remember the water you consume will first go to your internal organs and then to your skin. Using the incorrect product can be contributing to the dryness or oiliness of your skin.
Here are some food tips that help with dry skin.
Sensations: You shouldn’t feel any sensations on your skin, like you’re not wearing anything at all. If it begins to itch, pull, sting or burn, there’s something up. The first cause is if you have put something on your skin that is creating this sensation. If you haven’t added any new products to your regime then it could be the environment that you are in.
Never fear! There is a solution.
First step? A skin consultation to determine the key concerns, a product and treatment plan to target and repair. You can read about our skin consultation process here.
The Herbal Hydration Peel targets all of the above concerns without causing stress to the skin.
The Herbal Hydration Peel will activate the skin’s metabolism and detoxication process by increasing circulation.  The skin’s repair mechanism is activated via targeted, controlled irritation.
For more on this treatment visit our Herb-A-Lious blog.
Visit one of our clinics and experience a thorough skin consultation:
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Let’s Roll: Acnoderm Gel

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Let’s Roll: Acnoderm Gel

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The Acnoderm Gel by Dr Spiller is a decongesting and anti-bacterial gel designed to control the formation of blackheads. The gel will also reduce the appearance of redness and skin impurities.
How does it work? The micronized gel formula penetrates the outer epidermis for ultimate absorption and activity.
The key ingredients include:
Cinnamon bark: Antibacterial for clearer and purified complexion. An antibacterial essential oil rich in antioxidant polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins, vitamins C and K. This oil is more potent than oil extracted from cinnamon leaves.
Sarcosine: A biomimetic amino acid and by-product in glycine synthesis found in tissue to visibly renew a softer, clearer complexion.
Arginine: A biomimetic amino acid to visibly repair and strengthen the skin.
Capryloyl glycine: a biomimetic derivative of glycine, an amino acid found naturally in natural moisturising factor (NMF) and skin.
The gel does not dry out the skin but in fact keeps the skin effectively hydrated, the skin’s natural exfoliating action can work to reduce skin clogging and congestion.
Acnoderm Gel, Dr Spiller, $99

Use the gel following a cleanse day and night and apply 1 to 2 pumps to the affected areas on the face or body.
Check out some of our other products, treatments and tips designed for acneic skin, here.
Start your skin journey with Face Plus Medispa by booking a skin consultation:
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Beauty

Date night: Makeup Tips

Preparing for date night?

There are so many things to plan for date night! Your outfit, hair, venue and of course, your beauty! None of the above need to be stressful at all, especially not your beauty! We have a few great tips that will have you looking stunning and effortless:

Focus: What that rule about legs and bust? One or the other? The same rule can be applied to makeup too! The eyes are a great area to focus on, especially on date night! It is said that through eyes one can see the soul of a person. Here are some tips on creating long luscious lashes naturally.

Brows: Haven’t they really come back full force? Some of you maybe too young but in the 90’s it was cool to have razor thin eyebrows, literally one line of brow pencil sufficed. Brows carry so much importance and we have four steps to perfect brows here.

Lips: If you don’t want the focus on your eyes, maybe the lips? How about a red? Before you grab any red lipstick there are a few things you need to consider, like your tone, don’t know which tone you are? Check out our cool or warm blog here.

One you know which notice you are then you’re ready, here are which reds might suit you best!
If you lips are feeling a little chapped or dry, this might be why your lipstick doesn’t last the distance. Here are our tips on making the lipstick last.

But the most important part of it all? Skin, the base! Read our tips on achieving a clear and healthy complexion here.
Have a great date night!

Need to help with the base? Visit one of our clinics for a thorough skin consultation and ideal treatment for your concerns:
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