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Don’t sweat it, forget it!

Is your confidence compromised by constant and excessive sweating? Anxious about performing the simplest of tasks for the fear of embarrassing sweat stains?

Don’t sweat it, forget it. Excessive sweating, or Hyperhidrosis, can be embarrassing but also easily resolved. The solution is simple – anti-wrinkle injections. While we understand some have reservations about needles, here at Refine Clinic our clinicians take the most refined approach to making you as comfortable as possible.

While 3% of Australians suffer from Hyperhidrosis, there are more recent confirmation that many that affected by hyperhidrosis do not seek medical advice and solutions. This excessive sweating is usually noticed in conditions and stimulants other than heat which can become a detriment to confidence and self-esteem.

Most people affected with hyperhidrosis find that there is a heightened level of anxiety when it comes to performing regular work activities, and the symptoms greatly impact their work and business development. There can be also be a growing frustration and fear undertaking the most simplest of daily activities.

Anti-wrinkle injections are an approved treatment for hyperhidrosis as it relaxes the muscles around the sweat glads, essentially freezing them in place. Refine Clinic is offering a Xmas miracle to those struggling with this social anxiety inducing condition – allowing you to shine confidence in the face of the entire family over the holiday period.

Sweating is a very natural occurrence, there are many catalysts for hyperhidrosis including diabetes, menopause, infection, nerve and heart problems.

General sweating can happen frequently in everyone especially in warm weather or when performing physical activity, sometimes being more noticeable in certain people than others. This excessive sweating does not need to be a part of your anxious conscience. While there are obviously different intestines of sweating, with injectable treatments you no longer have to sweat it. Perform activities, that would usually leave you drenched, dry as a bone.

For a limited time only, treat your excessive sweating for just $1,200 – T&Cs apply.

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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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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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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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Introducing Cosmelan- The most effective depigmentation treatment!

The Problem

Pigmentation concerns are a growing, global issue; they affect more than 90% of adults over the age of 50. Regardless of skin color, they are a significant issue because of their unattractive appearance and negative psychological and emotional impact, affecting quality of life. Skin hyperpigmentation is caused by abnormal production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, and is a consequence of uncontrolled, localized overproduction of melanin by the melanocytes, causing irregular skin coloration and dark spots.

Treatment
Cosmelan® is a professional depigmentation method which has an intensive corrective effect on skin hyperpigmentation’s whilst regulating the overproduction of melanin in the melanocytes, inhibiting and controlling the appearance of new dark spots.

Its efficacy is based on its double mechanism of action that on the one part has a corrective effect, eliminating the hyperpigmentation and, on the other, a regulating effect, controlling the overproduction of melanin and in this way preventing the appearance of new spots in the long term.

 

Details of the Sessions

More than a treatment, Cosmelan® is a complete method that involves a single session, which can be performed at beauty clinics and dermatological or aesthetic medicine practices, and a home maintenance treatment.

The session entails the professional applying the cosmelan 1 face mask which is then left to work for 8 to 12 hours, according to the phototype and sensitivity of the skin to be treated. After this time has elapsed the mask is removed at home.

48 hours later, the follow-up phase in your home is started with the application of the cosmelan 2, hydra-vital factor K cream and the moisturizing sun protection SPF50+ .

This follow-up phase is carried out for 7 months to achieve an optimal result and prevent the reappearance of spots.

Information Credited- https://www.mesoestetic.com/en/treatments/professional-bleaching-treatment-cosmelanr-consumer

 

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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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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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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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