Fix My Face Brisbane | A Beginners Guide to Injections

Fix My Face Brisbane | A Beginners Guide to Injections

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Beginners Guide To Stopping Wrinkles

The No-BS Guide to Getting Natural-Looking Cosmetic Injectables

Harbour Medispa Cosmetic Clinic

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 botulinumC. 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

Harbour Medispa Nurse treating lips with dermal filler.

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.

Before and After

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.

Interview with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa

Interview with Cosmetic Nurse Jo Harbour Medispa

As seen in Style Magazines Beauty Talk Feature July 2020

COSMETIC TREATMENTS

In the cosy and distinguished Harbour Medispa, we chatted to founder and cosmetic nurse, Jo Wilson, about their total face approach.

Hi Jo, tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a former children’s nurse who now focuses on cosmetic and lifestyle with a wellness twist at Harbour Medispa. All of these elements go into having a life where you look well, live well and feel well.
When did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I wanted my career to have a meaningful impact on women’s confidence. After a trip to New York and London, I was inspired by the medispa concept because it allows you to have medical treatments not in a hospital, but in a relaxed, luxurious environment. Multiple modalities with one goal – beauty and wellness – is what I had in mind when I arrived back into the country. Looking well and feeling well are synonymous.
What’s the Harbour Medispa experience?
I treat the face as a whole using the dimensions of the beauty golden ratio. I strive to attain the Angelina Jolie-look – her ratios are close to perfect while still looking natural! I also focus on women and offer a niche personal service in a tucked-away, luxurious environment. I find women like to spend time with a nurse; there are lots of questions I can answer in a private environment and it’s a nice place to be where we can just be women.
What cosmetic treatments do you recommend in winter?
Medical peels and beauty boosters.
A double chin fat reduction is also best in winter as you can wear a scarf to hide the swelling for a few days.
What is your best advice for those considering cosmetic treatment?
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you shouldn’t have a cosmetic treatment. Don’t feel guilty; it’s your skin and you can choose to prevent wrinkles and keep your youthful look. When it comes to the clinic, choose a reputable place that puts your safety above all else.
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Double Chin Fat Dissolve Treamtment | Harbour Medispa Wilston

double chin

Not crazy about the double chin you inherited from grandma? Welcome to the club, as they say. However, just because a double chin is a common trait doesn’t mean you have to keep it!

Lipodissolve is a non-surgical injectable that will reduce a double chin. Lipodissolve dissolves fat cells in the areas where it is injected, reducing fullness for an improved facial profile. Following treatment, patients experience noticeably less fat under the chin as well as a better-defined jawline that makes the whole face look slimmer and better proportioned.

How do Double Chin Fat Reduction Injections work?

Since a double chin tends to be an inherited trait, diet and exercise are unlikely to significantly affect fat beneath the chin.

The active ingredient in Lipodissolver, deoxycholic acid, is a substance that your body already uses to break down fat in the digestive system. Lipodissolve contains optimal amounts of deoxycholic acid that begin to dissolve fat cells when injected directly into the fat beneath the chin. This process begins immediately after treatment and continues as your body naturally eliminates the unwanted fat cells.

Depending on your needs, we may perform several injections during each treatment. The needle is very thin and most patients find any discomfort to be easily tolerated.

Why choose Harbour Medispa for your Double Chin Treatments?

The face and neck are sensitive areas with intricate anatomy. It is essential to choose an experienced provider for any cosmetic injectable treatments, such as Lipodissolve. At Harbour Medispa in Wilston, injections are performed by Cosmetic Nurse Jo.

There are a few options we have to address a double chin. Here are a few reasons we recommend Lipodissolve to many of our patients wishing to improve their profile:

  • Treatments take only about 15 minutes with little or no downtime.
  • Lipodissolve permanently eliminates treated fat cells, meaning fat will not accumulate in that area in the future.
  • Lipodissolve even for very small amounts of chin fat as well as more substantial fat deposits, meaning that you do not have to have a certain amount of fat to be a good candidate for treatment.
  • Results are noticeable after the first treatment, with final results noticeable a few months after treatment.
  • Lipodissolve can eliminate the need for chin liposuction surgery.

Am I a good candidate for Lipodissolve?

If you are in good general health and are bothered by excess fat beneath the chin, chances are you can benefit from Lipodissolve. Since Lipodissolve is primarily a fat reduction treatment and will not address significant skin laxity, the best candidates have reasonably good skin elasticity. If are concerned about loose or sagging skin on your neck or jowls, please contaxt us for possible combination treatments. 

What possible side effects should I know about?

The most common side effects with Lipodissolve are temporary, mild to moderate swelling, redness and sensitivity at the injection site. Some patients experience a hard or lumpy texture for up to 14 days after treatment; these effects typically dissipate over a week or two following treatment.

How can I learn more about Lipodissolve?

If you are ready to make your double chin a thing of the past, we encourage you to come in for a consultation with Cosmetic Nurse Jo.

All About The Lip Flip | Harbour Medispa Wilston

Interested in the Lip Flip? Here are 5 things you need to know…

Full, youthful lips are always in style—and lip plumping is one of our most popular uses for dermal fillers. However, not everyone who wants their lips to look fuller necessarily wants or needs fillers to achieve their desired effect. Perhaps you want a very subtle result, or you would prefer to try out a shorter-term option (fillers can last 6 to 12 months). 

If you would like to enhance your lips but feel like fillers aren’t your style, you might consider antiwrinkle injections, in a quick procedure called a “lip flip.” Our injectable specialists have been getting requests for this lip enhancement option at Harbour Medispa and patients who try it love their results.

The antiwrinkle medicine lip flip can be an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle lip enhancement, as well as those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

What is the Lip Flip?

As the name implies, the lip flip involves using Just a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

How does the lip flip work?

To perform an anti-wrinkle lip flip, our injectable specialists make a series of injections just above the upper lip, into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. This temporarily relaxes the part of the muscle over the upper lip, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it appears more voluminous and defined. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lines around the lips. 

Most patients notice the effects within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects for lips lasts up to three to four months.

Lip Flip vs Lip Filler

The lip flip isn’t a substitute for lip fillers. We perform both at Harbour Medispa as we have patients who are better suited to one treatment or the other, or both. Our injectable specialists consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether antiwrinkle or a dermal filler is the best lip enhancement option for you. 

You likely will be happy with the Lip Flip if: 

  • You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
  • You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
  • You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
  • You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)

Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if: 

  • You would like additional volume in the upper and/or lower lip
  • You would like to address more severe vertical lip lines
  • You would like to improve overall lip shape and symmetry
  • You want a longer-lasting lip enhancement (6-12 months)

In some cases, the best solution for a patient is to combine neuromodulators with fillers. Using fillers to enhance lip volume and botox to lift the upper lip slightly can achieve a beautiful effect for patients with very thin lips.

How much does the Lip Flip cost?

A Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa is inexpensive from just $50 per treatment. If you’re surprised at how inexpensive this seems, consider that we only need a small number of units to achieve the desired “lip flip” effect. 

It is important to keep in mind that the lip flip only lasts three to four months, and you’ll need to return for treatment about two to three times as often as you would for filler injections. That said can be a very cost-effective solution for patients desiring a subtle, but meaningful improvement in lip appearance.

How can I get a natural lip flip result?

Overtreating is a real risk with inexperienced providers and can limit your ability to move your lips normally. For instance, you may not be able to whistle or use a straw until the treatment starts to wear off if too much is used or if it is injected into the wrong location.

Schedule your Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa Wilston

Our highly trained cosmetic nurse has extensive experience with Botox and fillers. If you’re interested in checking out the lip flip yourself, we invite you to call us for a consultation 0418180949 or book online at www.harbourmedispa.com.au

Retinol Vs Retin A – What’s the difference? | Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson

What is the difference between Retinol and Tretinoin | Cosmetic Nurse Blog

What is the difference between retinol and tretinoin (Retin A)? 

It is important to first distinguish what these products are: Retin A is the popular brand name for the drug, tretinoin.  Many people use the name Retin A when referring to any type of tretinoin.  (Similar to the interchangeable use of the words “Kleenex” and “facial tissues.”) Tretinoin is an Rx product and can only be purchased from, or prescribed by, a Doctor; it is a prescription medication thereby prescription strength.  Retinol is the over-the-counter, cosmetic version of tretinoin.  It can be purchased from department stores, pharmacies, etc.  Retinols provide an option for patients/businesses that do not have the medical credentials necessary in prescribing/dispensing tretinoins.

Many people confuse retinol with tretinoin. 

Retinol and retinoic acid are related but distinctly different. Retinols first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Only retinoic acid directly affects skin cells and helps reduce signs of aging. Tretinoin is retinoic acid and does not need to go through this conversion.

In theory, one should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, and eventually get the known skin benefits of the latter. In reality, the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. Additionally, when exposed to air either during storage or use, much retinol may get oxidized or degraded even before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. As a result, fewer people respond to most retinol creams than to retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A), and the degree of response tends to be less too.

It is true that retinol products tend to have fewer side effects than retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A). The reason is the same: lower biological activity of retinol due to slow conversion and, possibly, degradation. However, many high concentrations of retinol can be almost as irritating to the skin as retinoic acid. Various brands have developed high-strength retinol formulas that are more effective than run-of-the-mill retinol products. However, when trying to create a more rapid and more substantial change in patient skin, tretinoin is the form of retinoic acid that is going to provide a more significant change.  Further, tretinoin is ONLY available through a physician/medical practice versus more readily – and easily available – retinol products.

Bottom line

Retinoic acid a.k.a. tretinoin (sold as Retin A, Renova, and other brands) appears to provide a better shot at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than even the best retinol formulations. Tretinoin users who experience skin irritation and/or chronic peeling can work to eliminate these side effects by reducing the concentration and/or frequency of application while still experiencing the benefits of this Rx strength formulation versus the less effective, cosmetic strength of retinol.

In our cosmetic clinic in Hamilton, you will find our range of Medical Skincare. Real science minus the hype. Beautiful effective and affordable Australian-made medical skincare without any hidden nasties. A skincare range approved by our team of cosmetic doctors are nurses that deliver great value and even better results.

To purchase our Retin-A formulation come into the clinic:

12/71 Racecourse Road, Hamilton Queensland 4007

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