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Achieving skin health with ZO

ZO skin health offers a multitude of dermatologist approved products that help a variety of skin concerns.

 

Through applying a protective layer to the skin that helps negate the chronological ageing of skin by promoting cellular function and restoration. The properties emulated in these products not only target the typical signs of ageing however are used as a holistic approach to many skin concerns – for the purpose of today, Rosecea.

 

Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease that can cause severe redness and emotional distress.

 

Signs and stages of Rosacea:

  1. Facial flushing
  2. Redness and inflammation of the skin/the accumulation of fluid underneath the skin/itchy and redness in the eyes
  3. Skin lesions and acne
  4. Redness and bumpy skin

 

ZO skin health products and programs organised by professionals to provide that extra layer of protection to the skin, targeting these stages of Rosacea to bring you a new found confidence to your skin.

 

While Rosacea is non-harmful there are indiscreet manifestations that we know can cause a serious dent in ones self-esteem.

 

Rosacea is non-contagious and typically is isolated in the facial region, with little known cause or cure. While no complete and total cure has been found for Rosacea, that does not mean there are not ways to manage the appearance and comfortability of living with the condition. Incurable diseases do not always mean unmanageable.

 

ZO skin health offers different programs of different intensities to target different concerns including Rosacea. These programs rage from daily skin routines to aggressive skin revitalisation, so different levels of skin concerns can be treated at different levels.

 

For the extra edge on finding the solution that works for you, there have been different theorised lifestyle changes that can be made to relieve the signs of redness such as avoiding alcohol and limiting sun damage however the principle treatment plan has been laser.

 

To apply a compounded solution through changed lifestyle choices will more than likely reveal better results in conjunction with a daily skin routine that is targeting your signs and concerns.

 

Somethings to avoid:

 

  • Alcohol
  • Hot drinks
  • Coffee and tea
  • Spicy foods
  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional stress
  • Overheating

 

The emotional toll and psychological distress caused from a visual and indiscreet disease is significant. By doing nothing the effects and symptoms are only being nurtured and feeding into expanding and accumulating more symptoms. It is best if you have any signs of these symptoms to seek solutions to help manage them to the best possibility.

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Finally, a non-surgical solution to those classic signs of ageing

For those who may not be ready for the invasiveness or lengthy downtime that comes with a traditional, surgical face and neck lift, there is now an in-clinic solution which can leave you looking more youthful in as little as one treatment.

Our Thermage treatments at Refine Cosmetic Clinic removes the complexities from surgical skin tightening and lifting procedures, providing patients with natural-looking results and minimal downtime.

Using reliable Radio Frequency technology to heat the skin, Thermage treatments work to remodel your existing collagen makeup deep in your skin’s layers. This technology causes your collagen to tense, lift and tighten. In just one treatment, this contraction improves the appearance and quality of your skin, repairing typical damage associated with ageing and correcting the appearance of sagging skin.

Our patients have described their Thermage treatments as a warm, slightly tingling sensation – completely comfortable and almost relaxing. For those patients who are just beginning their anti-ageing journey and may be a bit nervous about pain, Thermage treatments are a great starting point requiring no anaesthetic and little downtime.

After just one treatment, you will see a distinctive change in the elasticity and tone of your skin due to the contraction of collagen beneath the surface. With a course of treatments, you will not look dramatically and obviously different, but instead naturally rejuvenated and more youthful. Some results may be seen immediately after your treatment, improving over the following 9 months, and lasting for up to 2 years.

Interested in trying Thermage? For a limited time only, treat your full face and neck with Thermage, and receive three follow-up LED Light Therapy Treatments (valued at $300) for just $2,800.

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Rhinoplasty Do’s & Don’t’s

Rhinoplasty, or nose-job, surgery can be one of the more invasive procedures performed. Patients are often surprised that healing and downtime is more lengthy than they expected.

Do’s:
• Take about a week off work
• Sleep upright to minimise swelling
• Prepare for the bruising, black eyes and swelling

Don’t’s:
• Have your surgery before a big event – everyone has different healing lengths, but time your rhinoplasty so you have plenty of time to give your body the best opportunity to recover and heal
• Don’t smoke – smoking inhibits the healing process, causing you to take longer than normal
• Avoid the sun – your skin will be more sensitive than normal
• Avoid heart-raising exercises – for the following 6 weeks, it’s advisable to not participate in any rigorous exercises that increases your heart rate
• Avoid bending down – the change in pressure can be advised against for the first 2 weeks post-op

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The LED light therapy experience

What LED light therapy treats
• Speeds up the process of wound healing.
• Treats the loss of collagen and elastin that occurs with
ageing skin.
• Minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
• Diminishes bruising, swelling and redness after cosmetic
procedures such as fillers.
• Treatment of post-operative scars
• Enhances the benefits of salon services such as facials,
microdermabrasion, and skin needling.
• Treats pain and inflammation including muscle and joint pain, arthritic pain and stiffness.
• Produces a radiant glow and tones the skin.

Treatment
LightStim LED Therapy is an FDA approved professional treatment which involves positioning the LED LightStim device over the area of concern. The device emits light energy which is absorbed by the cells in the skin. This triggers the metabolic activity of these cells. As a result the cells synthesize DNA and RNA. The cells also produce enzymes to regenerate old cells and the production of new cells occurs. The LED light reduces inflammation and increases blood circulation in the treated area. The LED light also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin within the cells, plumping and firming the skin.
The client will usually remain under the LED light for approximately 15-20 minutes. The number of treatments varies according to the condition being treated. Regular treatments are recommended for the best results.

Who is LED therapy suitable for?
• Anyone concerned about ageing skin, fine lines and wrinkles
• Anyone who has recently had a procedure done and wishes to speed up the body’s healing process, whilst reducing any redness, swelling and bruising.
• Anyone concerned with the appearance of scars.
• Those who are suffering from joint, muscle or arthritic pain.
• Anyone who is looking to prevent and minimise the signs of skin ageing.
• Those looking to enhance the effects of their salon services e.g. microdermabrasion.
• Anyone who is concerned about dull skin tone.

Current Special at Refine Cosmetic Clinic:
4 Light Therapy sessions for $180 (normally $396). To book your LED light therapy contact Refine Cosmetic Clinic on 9389 1049.

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Poikiloderma of Civatte

What is poikiloderma of civatte?

Poikiloderma of civatte was first described in 1923 and refers to redness and mottled pigment on sides of neck. The area under chin is usually unaffected.
This condition is more commonly seen in women and in areas of high UV exposure.

What causes poikiloderma of civatte?

The cause of Poikiloderma of Civatte is unknown. However, fair skin, sun exposure, hormonal factors and some components of cosmetics and toiletries (photosensitising components) are all thought to play a part in the development of the condition.

What does poikiloderma of  civatte look like?

Skin thinning (atrophy), redness from enlarged blood vessels (erythema) and colour (pigmentary) changes are seen in sun-exposed skin.

Poikiloderma of civatte most commonly affects the sides of the neck whilst the area under the neck remains characteristically unaffected. Poikiloderma of civatte may also affect other areas on the face.

What other problems can occur with poikiloderma of civatte?

There are no known medical problems associated with the condition.

Similar changes on the neck may be seen in genetic skin conditions such as Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, Bloom syndrome and connective tissue diseases (such as dermatomyositis, lupus erythematosus and mycosis fungoides). Similar changes may also be seen in skin that has been treated previously with radiotherapy.

How is poikiloderma of civatte diagnosed?

The diagnosis is usually made by looking at and assessing the skin.  No formal tests are required.

In some cases a skin biopsy and/or blood tests are needed to exclude other conditions which have a similar appearance.

Treatment of poikiloderma of civatte:

While a combination of treatments is often recommended, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments will help reduce both redness and pigmentation. Treatments with IPL will also help stimulate collagen production, thereby improving skin tightening and promoting anti-aging.

Chemical Peels: the hyper pigmentation associated with Poikiloderma often resides deep within the epidermal-dermal layers. A course of skin peels may be useful to resurface damaged skin, improving skin complexion as well as the appropriate use of homecare.

Information credited to: https://www.dermcoll.edu.au/atoz/poikiloderma-civatte/

Homecare:

Antioxidants are important for minimising cellular damage and slowing the progression of photo ageing. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Daily Power Defense and C Bright to assist with hydration, skin barrier restoration, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Pigment Inhibitors and Skin Lightening Agents are great to help even out the skin tone and prevent the formation of new pigmentation, as well as improving the texture of the skin. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Brightenex and C Bright Serums, as both assist with the treatment of hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Skin Cell Resurfacing Agents and Collagen Stimulants such as ZO Skin Health’s Radical Night Repair (1% Retinol) will support collagen, improve skins brightness and prevent future skin damage, among many other benefits. Additionally, ZO Skin Health’s Growth Factor Serum will promote cell turnover, to help smooth the skin and provide a more even skin tone. It will also provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage, as well as other great benefits.

Sun Protection- It is highly recommended to use a sun block daily, at least 30+. We recommend ZO Skin Health’s Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer as it is fragrance free and provides a 12 hour release of antioxidant protection. It also helps to minimize inflammation, restore hydration and enhance the skins barrier. With a tint and silky matte finish, it will assist in reducing the appearance of skin imperfections.

 

 

 

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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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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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