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Top 6 Things to Consider Prior to Getting Cosmetic Surgery

There are many things to consider prior to getting cosmetic surgery of any kind. With so many celebrities trending some amazing results, cosmetic surgery has increased drastically over the past few years. The decision to undergo a procedure of any kind takes time. Thoughts on who to go to, what to do and how to prepare are just the beginning. Here at Refine Cosmetic Clinic we have comprised a list of our top 6 considerations for you.

    1. Selecting your surgeon: First things first, do your research. Ensuring the surgeon you are selecting for a particular procedure is the correct one for that surgery is vital. Not all surgeons specialize in every procedure, some are known for their Breast Augmentations, while others are known for their Rhinoplasty. It is important to be sure that you pick a surgeon who has had years of experience performing the surgery of your choice and has images and patients to back it up.
    2. Forget the shame: We are not saying go out there and announce it to the world, but be prepared that friends and family who know you and how you look may notice the change. We are all entitled to do whatever makes us feel better about ourselves!
    3. Money is not everything: Surgeons that carry on about being the best or that charge an arm and a leg for their services are not always the best surgeon. In saying that cheap surgeries that seem too good to be true, most probably are. Find a clinic that you’re comfortable with regardless of the price. A clinic that cares about you and your results and takes the time to discuss everything with you is a good sign. Knowing a friend or someone else who has been there is always a major plus.
    4. Consultations: Before you make your decision on whether or not to have a surgery; it is vital to have a consultation with the surgeon. The consultation fee may sound like another expense but it is important to ensure you and the surgeon are on the same page as to what you want and also what can realistically be achieved. Ask lots of questions and make sure to listen carefully!
    5. Time to heal: Any surgery will have some downtime. Ensure you can allow yourself the adequate downtime that you need to heal post-surgery. Having a friend or partner to help you the first few days may also be necessary.
    6. There are no magicians: While some surgeries look amazing on certain people, everyone is different. It is important to understand what is realistic and what is not. The doctor you select should provide you with all the pro’s and con’s so you can assess the options.

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Busting Myths About Acne

There’s lots of great advice out there about acne, but there’s also a lot of misinformation. Acne myths are potentially harmful, as they can give people misleading skincare tips which can worsen the condition. So we thought it best to set the record straight. Sorting the facts from the fiction, keep reading to discover the most common acne myths and why they are just that – myths.

Squeezing your spots isn’t such a bad thing

By squeezing any form of acne whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, papules or pustules you could make the acne worse or cause permanent scarring. People mistakenly believe that by popping a pimple they are releasing the pus and thus the bacteria, allowing for the spot to heal. But in fact, by squeezing the spot, you spread the bacteria and trigger an inflammatory response in your skin. This means your skin detects trapped bacteria and secretes chemicals to fight it, this is what causes the spot to swell, redden and become painful. Taking much longer for the spot to go away.

Acne is infectious

This is very simply not true. Acne is not an infection or virus that can be passed on from person to person.

You can never wash your face too much

Washing your face more than twice a day could actually irritate your skin and aggravate your acne in a number of ways. Overzealous washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing you skin to overcompensate and produce an excessive amount of oil. Furthermore, harshly scrubbing at the face can cause irritation and even tiny scratches and micro-tears in the skin, which then gives access to more infection and inflammation.

Only teens get acne

This is can be one of the damaging acne myths for self-esteem. Although in the mainstream media acne is correlated with puberty and your awkward teen years, in truth adults suffer from it too. So you’re not alone. Up to 25% of men and 50% of women suffer from adult acne.

Sunbathing and sunbeds can help improve the symptoms of acne

This is completely false and an utterly harmful myth. There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that prolonged exposure to sunlight or sunbeds can improve your acne. It may feel as though it dries out the skin and reduces redness but don’t be fooled. The sun is not your friend. UV rays and prolonged sun exposure can instead cause a premature onset of ageing; wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin as well as skin cancer.

Acne is caused by having poor hygiene

Acne is not caused by dirt or uncleanliness, so you can stop blaming yourself. Most of the biological reactions that trigger acne occur beneath the skin, not on the surface. So the cleanliness of your skin whilst helpful is not the sole solution. Washing your face twice a day is more than enough to reduce bacteria, remove surface oil and help exfoliate dead skin cells. To kill the acne-causing bacteria you need to use a targeted treatment. 

Tags: ACNE, acne myth, acne myths, acne skin

 

BLOG- Originally from ZO Skin Health UK https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/acne-myths/

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Repair and Revive your skin post summer with Invisapeel

Intensive Resurfacing Peel

 

If you’re looking for a way to do a peel at home then ZO Skin Health’s product Invisapeel is for you. It is a mild home peel, for face and body and is suitable for all skin types.

This formulation uses a unique process to renew the epidermis without any apparent exfoliation, leaving skin noticeably smoother, firmer and brighter. Specialized enzymes enhance and accelerate the repair of most epidermal problems (discoloration, flaky skin and roughness). Skin is able to receive benefits from additional products. These enzymes are particularly valuable for anyone who wants a faster, deeper improvement from ZO Medical therapeutic treatments.

Benefits

  • Provides enhanced exfoliation without any apparent flaking or peeling
  • Specialized enzymes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) promote exfoliation to improve the texture and help even skin tone
  • Excellent for facial and non-facial skin such as hands, arms and legs
  • Size:  50 mL / 1.7 Fl. Oz. Professional: 75 mL / 2.5 Fl. Oz. pH: Approximately 4.0
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Labiaplasty, What To Expect

The Labiaplasty procedure is one that has become exceedingly popular over the last few years. While everyone’s bodies are different, there are many women who desire the option to change how they look “down there.” The appearance of the labia may cause some women to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious; additionally some women may be affected by chaffing or other discomfort. Due to this, women are confidently seeking surgical procedures to improve the look of their genital region without the topic being taboo.

So what exactly does the Labiaplasty involve? Elongated or larger vaginal lips may be the natural anatomical shape for some women or alternately may have resulted due to childbirth. The Labiaplasty procedure aims to provide a neater and more aesthetically pleasing vaginal look for women by altering the labia minor or inner lips. It focuses on the external aspects of the vagina, with the surgeon making a minor incision to remove the excess skin. Scarring is usually minimal and easily hidden within the vaginal folds.

The stitches used by the surgeons are dissolvable and pain medication will be recommended to the patient to manage discomfort levels. Slowly increasing activity levels is recommended with care after about one week.

For further information regarding the Labiaplasty procedure contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on (02) 8599 7161

Complimentary consultations are available with our Practice Manager, Manuela.

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The Lip Filler Experience

What exactly constitutes the perfect lip shape?  Full, pouty, natural or bigger bottom with thinner top, it can be hard to know what look to choose. With trends changing constantly, it has become easier to achieve a beautifully natural pout without looking over the top. Lip fillers can be the perfect way to enhance your features and provide better facial symmetry without having to undergo surgery.

Lip fillers work to enhance the natural shape of ones lips by giving a more even appearance, filling in any unwanted lines around the mouth and plumping up the lips to provide a more youthful over all look. But what exactly does the lip filler experience consist of? Is it painful, will I look completely different afterward and will I be swollen, are all questions that go through people’s heads for their first time having filler.

When you first meet the nurse or doctor doing your filler for you, they will discuss with you all the details. Sometimes it can even be best to bring a photo in of what you like, that way you can see if that look can be achieved. The practitioner will then place a numbing cream on the mouth area to help make the procedure more comfortable.

Most syringes consist of 1 mil of filler, however some people like to start with less. The filler itself will be injected into various sites in and around the lips to achieve the desired look of the patient. Results usually last between 6-12 months depending on the filler used.
After the treatment it is recommended to ice the area to decrease any swelling and avoid makeup for several hours.

 

Quick Facts
Time: Normally the procedure takes between 30-45 minutes
Products: Vary depending on what you need and what your clinic offers
Price: Varies depending on product thickness but anywhere from $350-$700
Recovery: Anywhere between 2-7 days to allow any bruising and swelling to subside
Results: Patients will instantly see the difference, however the recovery time will ease and settle the overall appearance and end result.
What to know: No strenuous exercise 24 hours around the procedure, no heat or sun exposure, no alcohol or blood thinning medications.

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Putting the Beauty Back in Beauty Sleep

Someone once told us to always invest in good shoes and a good bed- because when you’re not in one, then you’re in the other. While us ladies may need no encouragement to move a few extra pairs of heels from our wishlist to our shopping cart, we often have some serious commitment issues when it comes to our beds and this can take a toll on our skin and general health.

So let’s take a look at the importance of sleep, and maybe have you reaching for that bedroom linen catalogue.
Time to put the beauty back in beauty sleep!

Why we need sleep?

We all know sleep is important but the true extent of that importance is often underestimated. We need sleep to give our bodies a chance not only to reenergise but also to repair. An adequate amount of sleep is necessary to ensure both a healthy brain and body. It’s associated with improved cognitive, cardiovascular, hormonal and mental health. It assists in muscle repair and weight loss, and there is even evidence getting enough z’s can boost your sex life.

But why does sleep play such a big role in maintaining youthful skin?

The science of beauty sleep

The consequences of not sleeping enough can make their way onto our faces. Most of us are acquainted with the visual signs of sleep deficit- dark circles around our eyes, lifeless skin and early signs of ageing. This is because naturally occurring growth hormones, which may also be associated with maintaining the collagen matrix, are released in the deep sleep phases, phase 3 and 4. The secretion of growth hormone during sleep is associated with an increase in our skin’s ability to create new cells and to breakdown old cells. This is important for repairing and replacing skin cells, as well as ridding our bodies of those damaged by factors such as stress and UV rays.

So just how much sleep is enough sleep? Well the National Sleep Foundation has made this handy infographic to take out the guesswork.

Happy snoozing!

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Summer Skin Savers

The summer weather is certainly upon us and that’s so exciting, however one thing that we can’t forget about during this blissful time is our skin. When the weather gets warmer and our days get longer we all tend to be a little more relaxed with our lifestyle, but keeping your skin protected and well maintained is still vital.

 
If you love to enjoy the blissful summer warmth then here are a few tips to keep your skin safe.

 
SPF: Sun screen is vital to protect your skin from burning, premature ageing, sun spots and other damage. While it is important to wear an SPF all year round, the summer time is when we need to really amp it up. Wearing a beauty balm or primer with SPF in it will help to protect your face, but don’t forget to cover your body too!

 
Hydration:  It may sound standard, but it’s surprising how many people forget. Staying hydrated is so important for your skins maintenance, as well as general health. When the weather gets warmer and we are busier we often don’t drink as much water as we should. Carrying around a 1.5ml bottle of water and trying to get through it during the day is a great way to keep your hydration levels in check. If it’s with you all day you are more likely to drink more.

 
Exfoliate: Our skin can get dry during the summer with all the swimming, fake tanning and other activities we undergo. Exfoliating the skin will ensure a smoother and more even complexion. Additionally it will help to rid the skin of any excess dead skin cells and give a beautiful and healthy glow. We recommend the ZO Offects Exfoliating Polish- available within our Bondi Junction clinic.

 
Eat Clean:  Eating clean and healthy foods is important in the summer to maintain your health from the inside out. Fruits such Grapefruits have some great benefits which are perfect for inner well-being.  Grapefruits in particular are high in antioxidants, rich in vitamin C, reduce inflammation in the body, boost our immune systems and can even aid in weight loss.

 

 

 

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ZO Skin Health

If you haven’t heard of ZO Skin Health then it’s time to catch up! The skincare brand was created by Beverly Hills based dermatologist, Dr Zein Obagi with his plan to provide great skin with the basis of science. Dr Obagi believes in healthy, firm, toned and even skin that is free of any issues or diseases. Once we hit a certain age our skin begins to lose its elasticity, firmness and starts to show signs of ageing.

Zo Skin Health is only sold within approved medical practices due to its medical grade ingredients of peptides, antioxidants and pure retinol.
The Zo Skin Health range offers various treatment plans and products to ensure clients achieve results and are protected from the harsh daily elements, particularly those we have here in Australia.
Follow us on Instagram @refineclinicbondi for our specials and treatments.

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Skin Needling- How It Works

What exactly is micro-needling and why would one do it? With so many different cosmetic procedures coming up all the time, it can be hard to know what is worth trying and what isn’t.
Micro-needling, also known as skin needling, has been growing in popularity over the last few years. While it is mostly a procedure that is performed on the face, micro-needling can actually be performed on other areas of the body such as hands, neck and décolletage.

There are many benefits that come from undergoing micro-needling, from treatment of acne scars and signs of ageing to pigmentation and sun damage.  Due to the penetration of the needle into the skin, a carefully control injury is caused below the skins surface. This induces collagen to grow and results in a thicker, plumper looking skin, with reduced fine lines and better skin tone.

With micro-needling the top layer of the skin is not removed, like with other procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, yet a deeper penetration is still achieved. Scars that are fairly indented into the skin can benefit greatly from micro-needling due to the collagen production pushing up and plumping the skin, which reduces the scars depth. Micro-needling can also be a fabulous alternative for those with a darker skin tone, as there is less risk of pigmentation.

The treatment normally lasts up to an hour and a half, including the time allowed for numbing cream to set in. While every individual’s skin reacts differently to treatments, it is recommended to allow up to 5 days for total turn around after the treatment.   Approximately 4 treatments are recommended for optimal results.
Refine Cosmetic Clinic- Spring Specials

First Time Micro Needling Special 1x Medical Needling Full Face $350

 

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All You Need To Know About Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

It is a serious decision to undergo any surgical procedure, however, with lots of information and the correct surgeon the results can be life changing. One of the most popular procedures for women of all ages is breast augmentation. Many factors such as pregnancy, weight changes, age and appearance may cause women to become dissatisfied with their breasts and in these cases breast augmentation may be appropriate. With enhancements in technology and many options available, gone are the days of hard and over the top looking fake breasts. Many women desire fuller, more symmetrical or shapely breasts; this can be easily achieved with a breast augmentation.

At Refine Clinic we offer the German brand of Polytech implants. The density of their shell and non-liquid silicone gel make the shape and feel of the implants very natural. The non-liquid gel used inside the implant makes them a safer and longer lasting option, compared to what used to be on the market years ago.  Although very rare, if the implant were to rupture there is no risk of fluid leakage into the body and the implant would maintain its shape and appearance until it can be removed. The exterior of the implant is somewhat textured by the covering of P-URE foam and is often known as the “furry” implant. This P-URE foam outer shell is known to radically reduce the risk of capsular contracture due to the idea that the foam becomes somewhat combined into the natural capsule created by the body. This environment prevents the hardening and tightening of scar tissue around the implant which can occur when the body recognises the implant as a foreign object. P-URE foam implants are also known to reduce the risk of implant displacement and rotation by creating a velcro like effect, which better supports and stabilises the implant

During your consultation the surgeon will explain the treatment in full and provide options of size, shape and surgical dates which will best suit you. The surgeon will discuss the options for placement of the implant, whether under or over the muscle. Most commonly the incision will be made under the breast, making the scar almost completely invisible.

The results after surgery are instant and recovery time may be up to 6 weeks. The pain level is mild and manageable with small doses of medication prescribed to you by your surgeon.

If you are interested in finding out more about breast augmentations we offer complimentary consultations with our practice manager Manuela- please call 8599 7161 to book.

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