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Regain your confidence and feel like a yummy Mummy once again

Has your body changed after childbirth? We see many women who love being mums, but are keen to restore their bodies through a ‘mummy makeover’. Motherhood is undeniably one of life’s most rewarding experiences’ however it can take a toll on the body with many new mothers experiencing loose skin, Diatasis Recti (abdominal muscle separation), stubborn fat deposits as well as sagging and deflated breast tissue. Mummy makeovers are generally known as a combination of breast surgery and a tummy tuck and are fast becoming the go to choice for a high percentage of women post pregnancy.

 

Mummy makeovers aren’t purely cosmetic as most women view them as corrective procedures. They aren’t trying to look better than they’ve ever looked before, they just want to go back to how they looked before pregnancy, restoring their bodies to what they had.  For example breast reduction, breast lifts and breast augmentations are popular choices for new mums.  The degree of change women experience in their breast tissue can depend on whether they have breastfed, and the duration of their breastfeeding. The longer a woman has chosen to breastfeed, the more dramatic the changes in the appearance of her breasts. For women who have experienced descending breast tissue and some volume loss, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation. If there are no changes in volume, a breast lift may be sufficient.

 

Another area most affected by pregnancy is the abdominal area. As the uterus expands during pregnancy, pressure is placed on the abdominal wall causes both the muscles and skin to expand resulting in laxity. These excess folds of skin can be unresponsive to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ allows the doctor to completely remodel the patients’ core and waistline through repair of the muscle separation and the removal of excess skin and fat. This procedure can also be combined with liposuction to achieve optimal results.

 

Liposuction is also popular for new mums in common problem areas that become more prominent post-pregnancy such as love handles, inner and outer thighs.

 

 

 

 

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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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Great Ways to Beat the Boredom Post Surgery

Taking time off post-surgery doesn’t have to be mundane and boring. There are some great ways to put your down time at home to good use; I mean, how often do you get time to literally just do NOTHING? While you are at home recovering, we have compiled a list of some great ways to beat the boredom!

    1. Binge Watch: Now is the best time to take advantage of catching up on all those Netflix, Stan or online shows you have wanted to watch. During the work week commitments often get the better of us and by the time the weekend is here we often spend time out of the house being social with friends and family we haven’t seen. Post-surgery is the perfect time to sit back, sloth around at home and really get into that latest season of Orange is the New Black or Keeping up with the Kardashians!
    2. Get Creative: Sometimes having time off and being forced to just rest at home means you can make time for things you have never thought of before. Why not start a blog or journal? Do a cross word puzzle online or play scrabble on the iPad to get your mind working. If you really want to be proactive, now is the perfect time to clear out all those annoying old emails or documents on your computer you have always wanted to sort out. Being in recovery means you cannot be over active, so why not get cosy on the couch and open up that laptop for some much needed leisure time.
    3. Music: Enjoy your time at home by putting on some great music and just relaxing. If you have a garden or balcony, why not sit outside for some fresh air which is always an important part to recovery, hit that Spotify playlist of your choice and zone out.
    4. Nap: Now is your chance to take advantage of those much loved sleep in’s. We all long for those soft clouds known as pillows when we are run off our feet at work, so if you have to be at home recovering, why not enjoy a sweet siesta.
    5. Friends: Even though you can’t be up and out rushing around, people can still come and visit you. Give your friends a call and see if they’re free to pop over. You could always arrange a little movie night in, with some snacks and a cosy couch. There is nothing like good company when your post op at home.

 

 

 

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

 

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The Treatment That Does It All

Light Stim- Light Therapy

When it comes to skin treatments in a clinical environment, not all procedures need to be painful to work well. Our daily routines can cause stress which can affect our skin in many ways and sometimes you just need to be rejuvenated. Light therapy is an ideal way to achieve that relaxed and revitalized feeling that also has some great benefits for the body.
Light therapy is an LED light that is non-invasive, has no damaging effects of harsh UV rays and shows fast and effective results. Light Stim works to stimulate collagen, is anti-ageing and has qualities that relieve pain and can accelerate healing. The treatment also benefits the body by increasing blood circulation and oxygenation, as well as minimising pores and wrinkles.

For clients with uneven skin tone, Light Stim helps to visibly improve the tone of the skin and overall complexion. It is recommended to undergo multiple sessions for optimum results, usually a minimum of 4. The treatment lasts for 20 minutes, beginning with the therapist performing a light cleanse, after which you will relax under the light. Aftercare consists of applying an SPF to the skin and then you’re all set to go.

Light Stim can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as:

  • Surgery
  • Laser/IPL
  • Injectables
  • Microneedling
  • Diminishes bruising and swelling

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Introductory Light Therapy Special
4 Light Therapy Sessions for $180 (normally $396)

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