Not just anyone can provide an injectable aesthetic treatment in Australia. Treatments such as dermal fillers are typically prescription-only medications that may only be administered by registered healthcare practitioners.
But how do you go about finding an appropriate clinic?
Dermal fillers are a type of aesthetic treatment used to address the effects of facial aging, correct imbalances, and help individuals achieve the desired look. A filler containing anesthetic gel is placed under the skin, helping to achieve results such as lifting facial features, adding volume and filling lines or wrinkles. The procedure requires skill and training, and in Australia, dermal fillers are classed as prescription-only medication. Only a registered healthcare practitioner may administer them. If you wish to consult with a practitioner about a procedure, the following five steps may help you locate someone who is reliable and accredited.
1. Start with a broad search
You may have seen a clinic spruiking their aesthetic treatments on Instagram or Facebook. However, booking an appointment purely based on a flashy advert is not advisable. Instead, make use of the digital age and conduct a thorough web search of clinics in your area. You may wish to use registers provided by healthcare professional bodies. A key prerequisite for any practitioner is that they are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, so visit their website to check. If your friends and family have undergone aesthetic procedures, you may wish to ask them about their experiences. Would they recommend the healthcare practitioner they visited?
2. Drill deeper
Once you have a shortlist of clinics, conduct some more research to see how they stack up. Thoroughly review the websites of potential contenders to find the areas in which they specialize and the qualifications of their staff. Make sure that the clinic strives for the highest standard by evaluating:
The level of education and qualifications at the clinic
The clinic’s focus on safety for the patients
That the products the clinic works with are registered in Australia
The clinic should also offer you a consultation before any type of treatment.
3. Take a closer look at the products
It is important that the clinic uses products supported by strong clinical evidence and registered for aesthetic use in Australia. Such products will have gone through preclinical and clinical testing. Additionally, products that have been on the market for a number of years have additional safety margins, given they have stood the test of time.
4. Make sure that the clinic’s view of beauty resonates with you
Beauty is to a large extent based on an individual’s personal sense of style, so it’s important that you evaluate a clinic not just on the qualifications of staff but also on its style and image. This should inform you about the practitioners’ approach to beauty. Make sure that you are comfortable with the clinic’s view of beauty and aesthetics.
5. Book a consultation
Once you have found a clinic that feels right for you, book a consultation. Don’t rush your decision to proceed with a particular clinician. Only go ahead with the treatment if you feel comfortable with the environment in the clinic, the advice provided by the consulting practitioner, and the potential outcomes and risks.
At Harbour Medispa Hamilton we ensure our patients are well educated on any procedure, have had a thorough consultation and above all have an experienced cosmetic team that puts safety before profits.
The products we use are are the leading world brands that are approved by the Therapuetic Goods Administration Australia.
Everything You Need to Know About Russian Lip Filler Technique
Pucker up baby! A new lip filler technique has gone global and is now serving as the go-to style for a plumper pout. Originating from Russia this technique has traveled all the way to West Hollywood and Los Angeles and beyond. This specialty technique is a must for anyone who’s looking to achieve a perfectly crafted baby-doll look. Keep scrolling to get the full rundown on Russian lip fillers and the spotlight difference between a Russian and standard lip filler technique!
What Is the Russian Lip Filler Technique?
Russian lip fillers are modeled after Russian nesting dolls and their uniquely coiffed lips that are painted to perfection. The Russian technique accentuates the cupid’s bow to resemble a heart-shape by injecting additional volume and lift into the center of the lips, while the sides still remain relatively in line with the face. The result is doll-like while still appearing naturally full and plump. This look enhances the center of the lips, instead of a widespread volume, thus giving you that desired baby-doll look.
Furthermore, if you are interested in trying out a pair of Russian lips, it is important to note that it’s preferred to have a fresh canvas to work with; meaning your previous lip fillers, if had, will need to be dissolved first, roughly two weeks in advance. This ensures that the injected volume will be solely based in the center of the lips. (Note: dissolving doesn’t apply if you already have Russian lip fillers, and are touching up and/or adding to them).
What’s The Difference Between Standard Technique & Russian Lip Filler Technique?
So what is the big difference between standard lip filler techniques and Russian lip filler techniques? Typically, standard lip fillers are injected horizontally into the lip, resulting in an evenly spread volume and fullness effect. However, in order to execute the Russian filler technique, your provider will opt for a smaller syringe and inject small amounts of filler vertically, focusing in on the center of the lips. Another key difference is that the Russian lip filler technique aims to heighten the lip, focused in on the center, rather than to add overall plumpness throughout the lips, thus providing that heart-shaped look.
Additionally, your Russian treatment may take longer than a standard lip filler appointment due to the necessary precision required to fill only a specific region of the lips. The procedure may last approximately between thirty minutes to an hour, and may result in additional bruising and swelling, which is completely normal and temporary. Your provider will also be able to relay an accurate timeline for the lifespan of your Russian lips, but generally, your Russian lip fillers will last as long as standard lip fillers do, being anywhere from six to twelve months.
Where Can I Get Russian Lip Fillers?
Russian lip fillers can usually be done at the same medispa or cosmetic clinic where you would get normally get fillers done. However, many places don’t offer them, even in Los Angeles. Harbour Medispa is one of the only places to offer the Russian lip filler technique in the Brisbane area. See our service menu for a full list of lip filler treatments, or book a consultation.
EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS A UNIQUE LIP SHAPE THAT LENDS ITSELF TO DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES.
ONE METHOD TRENDING ON RIGHT NOW IS THE RUSSIAN LIP TECHNIQUE.
What are “Russian Lips”?
This specific technique will shape the lips into a subtle heart shape with more volume near the center, much like a Russian doll. It tends to lift the lip rather than add excessive volume so it’s ideal for lip filler newbies or those seeking a natural finish. You will also notice a ‘flatter’ appearance as height is the goal, rather than plumpness. (Although both can be achieved if that is what you desire!)
The technique demands an artist’s touch so it’s even more important to find a trustworthy injector.
How is the Russian Lip technique different?
Unlike traditional lip filler, an injector employing the Russian Lip technique injects the product vertically starting at the base of the lip and drawing the product outward toward the lip border. Rather than starting from the lip border and working inward, the injector works the product from the inside out.
How much does the Russian Lip cost?
Russian lips cost a little more than traditional lip filler and depend on how much much filler is used.
How long does the Russian Lip technique take?
The Russian Lip technique takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes, including prep time.
How long do Russian Lips last?
At Harbour Medispa Hamilton your premium brand hyaluronic acid lip filler will typically last 9-12 months, with touch-ups recommended every 6 months on average but it depends on many factors both intrinsic and extrinsic. Ask for more information at your consultation appointment.
Ready to try the Russian Lip look?
Harbour Medispa experienced injectors are proud to offer this technique at our Hamilton location.
Book a consultation today to learn if the Russian Lip technique is right for you.
The No-BS Guide to Getting Natural-Looking Cosmetic Injectables
Everything you need to know about how a clinic will fix your wrinkles and give you back your youth
Inevitably, everyone will have a moment like this: You’re working on a new eyeliner trick or you catch a glimpse of yourself in different lighting. You look closer.
Are those the faint lines of crow’s feet? Have the “11’s” officially taken up residence between your brows? You might shrug it off. After all, wrinkles give us character. But if you’re bothered by a Perma frown or anything else, it’s nice to know you’ve got options. Antiwrinkle and filler injectables are amongst the best of them. And when done right, the results look glorious.
Join us on an information deep dive for everything you need to know to avoid uneven brows, dramatic unnatural results, and frozen faces.
What do Face injections even do to my face?
If you’ve ever wondered how cosmetic injectables wrangle wrinkles, here are the deets.
Brand X (there a few options and each clinic will have their preference) is the brand name of botulinum toxin, and it’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum is found in plants, soil, water to name a few things. This chemical blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, causing muscle paralysis that lasts for several months. By the muscle not moving, you will not be stretching the skin and making more lines and wrinkles in that area. It’s as simple as that!
Botulinum is a potent substance that affects the nervous system but fear not! it is completely safe when used to minimize wrinkles, as it’s administered in super small doses. It’s often used in large doses to treat some medical conditions. The muscle paralysis effect is how an antiwrinkle injection reduces the crinkling and wrinkling that naturally happens when we make certain expressions (and simply, aging). In some cases, it may even prevent further creasing.
For the sake of beauty, is it actually safe?
That all sounds a little freaky, right? We’re talking about an injection with poisonous origins, and it’s being injected into faces all over the world!
Yes! However scientific researchers consider this to be extremely safe. It is even safer when compared to other, more-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Before you get your face jabs, make sure you read up on your clinic
1. How to choose the right clinic
Face injections are currently the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in Australia. That means there are a lot of cosmetic clinics out there and it’s up to you to choose the right one.
First check website and social media to see if your clinic’s work matches your desired aesthetic. Think of it in much the same way you would if getting a tattoo, you’d take a good look at the artist’s portfolio, right? Do the same with a cosmetic clinic to fix your face.
Secondly, look at their previous before and after results, then read online reviews about the clinic you are planning to visit.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list, schedule a consultation to see if their philosophy aligns with yours. It’s your face, your budget, your decision, you have to choose your provider.
If you feel pressured by a provider, walk away — and fast. Finding a cosmetic clinic for your face is about finding a skilled practitioner who listens to your concerns and desires and does not push you into treatments you are not comfortable with. Your cosmetic clinic needs to be your collaborator in helping you achieve your goals, not dictate your goals to you.
Finding the right Cosmetic Clinic
Consider credentials and experience
Research the clinic’s previous work
Check online reviews
Meet the practitioner face to face for a consultation
Does their philosophy align with your goals?
2. Make a treatment plan with your Cosmetic Clinic
When you’ve settled on a clinic, make a treatment plan with them in your consultation. Remember that your face is unique and attached to a unique individual. That means that your facial treatment plan will be different than your bestie’s.
The most important part of creating any plan for your face is understanding your goals and establishing realistic expectations, and depending on your goals, you may need to visit the clinic up a few times a year for different treatments. Your face cosmetic clinic should outline all your options, including treatments not related to anti-wrinkle injections, treatments such as skin needling which are collagen stimulating treatments.
Once you share your skin and face goals, the clinic should consider your age and look closely at the depth of your facial creases. Most clinics prefer to use neurotoxin to treat fine wrinkles. For deeper set lines in the face, filler is most often used and could be used alongside additional procedures such as skin boosters to achieve a person’s desired aesthetic.
Your skin clinic should also evaluate all your dynamic muscle movements. In regard to forehead lines, for example, the clinic will see how a patient looks with eyebrows raised, at rest, and with eyes closed.
Please note, there are some people who have genetically heavy eyelids who compensate by keeping their eyebrows raised all the time, having anti-wrinkle injections to the forehead can weaken these muscles and prevent the compensatory raise. As a result, the person would feel like their lids are even heavier – not a desired aesthetic. Choose wisely and make a comsetic treatment plan.
How to create your face cosmetic plan
What are your goals?
Can your goals be achieved with antiwrinkle and filler treatments?
Consider your age
Discuss skin needling and other facial treatments
Consider your budget
Discuss lifestyle factors
Think about your lifestyle and talk to the cosmetic clinic about how it impacts your skin. Aging occurs because of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Our genes, ethnicity, and even certain medical conditions are intrinsic, and we don’t have control over them. We have more control over extrinsic factors, like air pollution, sun exposure, stress or smoking.
Educating the patient about the different types of aging and having a candid discussion about their particular habits, environmental exposures, as well as their diet and lifestyle choices will help you clinic guide the plan, maximize the benefits, and optimize the results.
What’s the right age to get Face Injections?
Although the time frame will be different for everyone, most medical professionals recommend antiwrinkle treatment to the face when those fine lines appear and start to bother you. You’ll know!
In our 30s, our skin cell turnover and our collagen production begins to slow down and this is generally when many of us begin to see the signs of aging. Some people might choose to get preventative facial injections before then and that does have merit. Please be aware if you are under 18 years of age you are unable to obtain treatments in most clinics in Australia.
To find out what Harbour Medispa’s facial cosmetic treatments or to book your obligation free cosmetic consultation. We are 3km out of the city in a quiet, leafy environment with easy and plentiful free parking. Contact us for an appointment.