Guide To Wrinkle Injections in your 20’s, 30’s & 40’s

Guide To Wrinkle Injections in your 20’s, 30’s & 40’s

In your 20s: Think prejuvenation

Prejuvenation refers to slowing aging before it sets in. The facial muscles that cause wrinkles can be trained to move less, preventing wrinkles from etching their way into the skin.  Most aging prevention is in skin protection, skincare and collagen induction treatments but 72 percent of the industry saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectables in patients under age 30. This is a significant increase while injectables are increasing in popularity, many young patient procedures went for rhinoplasty or nose jobs.

In your 30s: Smooth fine lines

Your thirties are often marked by many personal and career milestones and it can be the decade you first start to see fine lines developing between your brows. Regularly receiving neuromodulator injections every 3 to 6 months will help slow the development of those pesky 11’s, softening them and preventing them from getting deeper.

“Injectables are the most impactful treatment when you have little to no downtime in your schedule. When performed by an experienced injector, the results can be subtle but transformative,” “The best part about injections is that they are safe and appropriate any time of year.”

In your 40s: Curtail crow’s feet

When in your 40s, for many, this means the appearance of crows’ feet around the eyes. People seek out cosmetic procedures to stay competitive in the workforce and to look as young as they feel. But a natural-looking outcome is paramount for patients, with 41 percent stating a fear of looking unnatural as their top concern when considering cosmetic enhancements.

There is one major warning. Avoid discounted daily deals and being treated by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. “When it comes to any facial cosmetic procedure, including injections, always trust your face to a qualified and experienced medical practitioner who has additional training in cosmetic procedures,” says Dr. Langsdon.

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

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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.

Lipodissolve Fat Dissolving Injections Aftercare Sheet | Harbour Medispa

SPECIALITY TREATMENTS

Lipodissolve Double Chin &

Body Contouring

TREATMENT STATS

treatment time: FROM 30 MINS
(depending on number of areas being treated)

RECOVERY TIME: 3-7 DAYS WITH A LITTLE SWELLING

COST:

DOUBLE CHIN fat INJECTIONS 

1 treatment $600

2 treatments $990 (recommended)

 

BODY FAT AREAS: (Abdomen, Buttocks, Cellulite, Arms, Thighs, Back Fat)

1 treatment $550 PER (10CM RADIUS of body fat)

2 treatments $990 (recommended)

 

 

Resculpt, Reshape & Restore

A new treatment to our delectable cosmetic menu, Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine (PPC) PPC is a natural product found in our body and its main role is to emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol which is then removed by the liver, kidneys and bowels. The PPC that is used is derived from soybeans. It has been used for reducing fat deposits for about 10 years. In the medical setting, it is used to dissolve cholesterol plaques in heart disease and to dissolve fat embolism.

Lipodissolve is absolutely incredible for reducing fat and cellulite. The treatment consists of  a series of strategically placed injections to break down the fat cells which the body then absorbs and excretes.

Lipodissolve ® is suitable for treating:

  • Jawline Shaping
  • Double Chin Reduction
  • Love Handles
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Cellulite
  • Body Contouring
  • Abominable Bulges
  • Back Fat
  • Thighs (Inner & Outer)
  • Cheeks
  • Jowls

What is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not used for weight loss but rather for body sculpting. The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine (PPC) PPC is a natural product found in our body and its main role is to emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol which is then removed by the liver, kidneys and bowels. The PPC that is used is derived from soybeans. It has been used for reducing fat deposits for about 10 years. In the medical setting, it is used to dissolve cholesterol plaques in heart disease and to dissolve fat embolism.

Jo provided me great service; warm and friendly but very professional. The studio was relaxed and it was very easy to access.

– Samantha McGuire

What happens to the treated areas

after Lipodissolve?

The skin over the treated areas tightens after the fat has been removed (variable – providing there is no excess loose skin) and the appearance of cellulite improves. The fat cells are permanently removed and the results can be maintained for 2 years after treatment if the client maintains their ideal body weight. In a small percentage (5%) of patients, there is very little result from Lipodissolve treatment

Results are seen gradually over the next 3 – 4 weeks post treatment and maximum effect can take up to 12 weeks. The treated area(s) will look smaller, with less fat build-up. The treatment uses a special formula to break down fat cells in the treated area(s), and your body works to flush out the liquefied fat itself; therefore, depending on your own physiology, the process may take a short while, or a longer period of time.

treatment must-know’s & instructions

 

How Do I Prepare For

Lipodissolve Fat Reduction

Treatments?

72-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID the use of Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Aleve, Fish Oils and Vitamin E Supplements – this helps to prevent bruising
  • AVOID the use of topical products containing Tretinoin, Retin-A, Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acids, Alpha Hydroxy-Acid or other “Anti-Aging” products.

24-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID excessive alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your treatment – this helps to prevent the likelihood of bruising.

DAY OF TREATMENT

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment with a clean face and/or body – please do not wear makeup. 

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH LIPODISSOLVE TREATMENT

There can be some redness, stinging and burning within 15 minutes to 2 hours after treatment and later swelling and bruising which peaks between 6-72 hours.

Redness and swelling to the treated area and surrounding tissues will be noticeable for 3-7 days or longer.

You may experience several post-inflammatory nodules. These indicate ongoing fat necrosis (a good thing) these will disappear within 30 days.

Results from treatment can often be noted about 4-5 weeks after your last treatment depending on your metabolism and body type. 

This improvement may be more evident in a photograph than in your own estimation. Inflammation will be present up to 4 weeks after treatment, which will limit any visible result.

The inflammatory response continues and you may not see the final result for up to one year (rare).

Immediately following the procedure, ice should be applied to the area and may be applied as needed to reduce swelling for the first 48 hours.

Do not wash or take a shower for at least 4 hours after treatment.

Arnica cream (stocked at pharmacy or supermarket) can be applied three times a day for 48 hours to assist in resolving bruising. 

Do not take anti-inflammatories (aspirin) or Vitamin E for 24 hours after injections. 

You can use painkillers (paracetamol) for any discomfort.

Hot tubs, saunas and massages are not recommended for 48 hours after treatment. After 48 hours, these ARE recommended to assist in healing.

Avoid direct sun exposure, tanning beds for two weeks post treatment. •

Massage the treated area for about 15 minutes per day for two weeks after treatment to aid the process of fat elimination.

Walking 20-30 minutes daily during the course of treatment will aid in effectiveness. Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

Drink lots of fluids (water) for the first 24 hours.

Avoid alcohol to facilitate hepatic handling of toxins. 

CLINIC FOLLOW UP: Make a follow-up appointment for 4 weeks. If you are having more than one body part treated simultaneously, make an appointment in two weeks alternately. Failure to follow the above advice will result in less than desired results. 

If you have any questions or concerns please call or SMS Clinic mobile 0418180949 (24hrs) and we will return to you ASAP. If no one is present (rare) and you are concerned at all please consult your GP.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

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3 Effective Ways To Reduce A Double Chin Without Resorting To Surgery | Harbour Medispa

# 1: Remove A Double Chin Permanently With Fat Dissolving Injections

Fat Dissolving injections are the only non-surgical solution to reduce fatty deposits under the chin which gives us the age-old problem of the double chin or what is sometimes referred to as “turkey neck”. At Harbour Medispa Hamilton we have been using this treatment for many years with excellent results! It is quick, relatively painless, and has an almost 100% patient satisfaction rate.

This TGA-approved product is administered in clinic after a thorough consultation with your cosmetic practitioners to see if you are a suitable candidate.  The medicine contains a substance called deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body.  This acid destroys fat cells by breaking down the fat cell membrane wall. The product is directly injected into the area underneath the chin with little to no pain as the area is pre-numbered with anesthetic cream and ice.  This revolutionary treatment takes less than 10 minutes to perform in the clinic and a very fine needle is used. The fat cells rupture and swell and the body flushes them out of the body through normal processes.

2 to 4 reatments are normally recommended for the most optimal results for each patient, depending on the amount of fat present.

BENEFITS OF FAT DISSOLVING INJECTIONS

– Non-surgical treatment
– Safer and less invasive than full surgeries
– Minimal discomfort
– Minimal recovery time
– Affordable and more cost-effective

This treatment is suitable for patients who are healthy and already at a fairly stable weight, and who are NOT severely overweight or obese. Fat-dissolving injections are designed to target specific and localised deposits of fat.  These are problem areas that patients have been otherwise unsuccessful in removing on their own through diet and exercise.

 

# 2: Try Face Yoga To Tighten The Area

Regular practice of doing a set of face yoga – exercise for the face – can work wonders to reduce not just the double chin bulge but tighten loose muscles, improve blood circulation and potentially discourage facial wrinkles and creases. Easily completed while performing any sedentary activity such as watching television, face yoga is a worthwhile solution to consider if you are averse to medicines, provided you keep practicing on a regular basis. To learn a set of face yoga exercises, click HERE.

 

# 3: Use Make-Up To Conceal A Double Chin

Darkening the area under the chin with make-up creates an illusion of the double chin having receded significantly. Use a blusher or a foundation that is a few shades darker than your face. Apply the blush right under the chin, and on the jawline, making sure the color does not extend down the neck. Please remember to blend thoroughly when you draw a sharper V-line shape on the jawline. Finish off with a subtle layer of highlighting powder or cream just above to make the light-and-shadow effect even more pronounced.

Click here for more information about the permanent removal of your double chin.

 

Fat Dissolving Injections Spot Fat Reduction | Harbour Medispa Hamilton

Are you struggling to get rid of fat from problem areas despite exercise and diet?

Are you annoyed by a double chin, belly fat, or some extra inches on your sides? Injections of fat-dissolving medicine will let you achieve what no training can will – localized fat burning.

Many people struggle with persistent excess fat in certain areas despite maintaining a healthy weight, a healthy diet, and exercise regimen. These problem areas may differ from person to person depending on genetic predispositions and gender. Regardless of their placement, they can be a cause of dissatisfaction and insecurities. A variety of substances have been developed to target these issues. Injected into the adipose tissue, they stimulate the breakdown of fat cells, making it possible to get rid of stubborn fat without low-carb and low-fat diets.

Benefits of using injection fat dissolving injections:

  • reduction of the double chin
  • reduction of thigh circumference (reduction of fat tissue on the thighs)
  • waist reduction (reduction of fat on the abdomen and back)
  • removing ‘love handles’
  • removal of ‘pelicans’ (reduction of fatty tissue in the arms)
  • modeling problem areas
  • removal of rollers of fat on the back and around the armpits
  • removal of the fat roller below the bra underwires
  • reduction or removal of cellulite (after using appropriate preparations)

 

Mechanism of fat dissolving injections

Fat-dissolving injections are based on the acceleration of fat breakdown by means of special substances (such as sodium deoxycholate, phosphatidylcholine,  carnitine or caffeine or special peptides) or their mixtures. During the treatment, they are injected directly into the adipose tissue. Intentional inflammation develops and soon afterwards triglycerides are hydrolyzed into fatty acids and glycerol, which are then removed from the body through the bloodstream.

Hydrolysis of triglycerides in adipocytes (fat cells) is a process that occurs naturally in the body during exercise, for example. It is very important to use an easily digestible diet during the series of treatments (preferably using a negative caloric balance) to relieve the liver and prevent the re-formation of fat (lipogenesis). Physical exercise done during the series of treatments increases the effectiveness of the method as appropriate hormones responsible for the hydrolysis of fats are produced.

Indications for fat dissolving injections

  • sides,
  • pelicans (fat on the shoulders)
  • a layer of fat on the abdomen,
  • double chin,
  • thighs,
  • fat under the bra underwire (we do not inject under the armpit area or around it)

Injection of fat dissolving injections is perfect for body contouring, especially in the case of small areas with the problem of fat deposition. At this point, it is important to note a very important fact – fat dissolving injections are not used for weight loss and are not a therapy suitable for people with obesity. It is intended for local fat loss from problematic areas in people with normal body weight or slightly overweight.

Contraindications to fat dissolving injections:

  • obesity
  • taking anti-inflammatory drugs
  • taking anticoagulants
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • blood coagulation disorders
  • allergy to ingredients contained in the preparation
  • severe liver and kidney diseases
  • autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • active infection
  • skin diseases
  • tendency to scarring
  • unrealistic expectations

Advantages of injection lipolysis:

The undoubted advantage is that the fat dissolving injection treatment is minimally invasive. In addition, it has a short recovery period and, unlike liposuction, does not require exclusion from daily activities.

How long do the effects of fat dissolving injections last?

The effects of injection lipolysis usually last for 2-4 years, and for customers who care about a healthy diet, even much longer.

Duration of the procedure

The treatment lasts, depending on the size of the area, from 30 minutes.

When do the effects of fat-dissolving begin to become visible?

The first effects appear a few weeks after the first one. The final effects can be observed approx. 2 months after the last treatment session.

The course of the procedure

After cream anesthesia, the skin in the treatment area is disinfected. Then, using a thin needle, the treatment formula is introduced into the adipose tissue. The punctures are made approximately every 1-2 cm.

The appearance of the skin after the treatment

After the treatment, the skin is red; there is swelling. Bruising may appear.

What can you expect after the treatment?

After the treatment, you may experience soreness, burning or itching in the treated area. You should not resort to taking non-steroidal painkillers (containing e.g. ibuprofen) – their use is not recommended because by reducing inflammation we will significantly reduce the effect of fat injections. Medicines containing paracetamol can be used if there is pain associated or not with the procedure.

How often to repeat the injection lipolysis treatment

A series of treatments usually include 3-4 sessions at intervals of 6-8 weeks. You can use it again as soon as you notice that the accumulation of adipose tissue begins in the area where it was carried out. In people who lead a healthy lifestyle, this should not happen earlier than after 2 years.

Preparations used for fat dissolving injections

 All the formulas we use are registered as medical devices and have certificates allowing them to be used in Australia.

5 TIPS TO FIND A COSMETIC CLINIC THAT YOU CAN TRUST | BRISBANE

5 TIPS TO FIND A CLINIC THAT YOU CAN TRUST

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.

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Are You Tired Of Looking Tired | Tear Trough Filler | Eye Bags

Tear trough filler

Are you tired of looking tired? Many people feel they look tired and also that they look older than they are.1 It’s often the area around the eyes that people think makes them look tired, for example when they have shadows and dark circles under the eyes. Lifestyle factors can contribute to dark circles under the eyes, such as too much stress and not enough sleep. But what can you do if you take care of your health and get enough rest – and still have tired eyes? A tear trough filler may help.

I’ve tried everything…

It can be quite frustrating if you really have made an effort to sleep well, eat healthily and stress less but you still look tired and your dark circles under the eyes are still there! And it’s not fun when people constantly ask if you feel ok when in fact you feel great, except that you look tired around the eyes.

Perhaps you have even resorted to your grandmother’s recipes to hide or reduce your under-eye shadows, such as cucumber slices, tea bags, and other tricks and it still didn’t help. One thing is certain – you’re not alone when it comes to looking tired.

 

Tired eyes and dark circles under the eyes a problem shared by many people.

A European market survey autumn 20201 showed that many of us are troubled by tired looks and under-eye issues:

  • 7 in 10, among both men and women, said they look older and more tired than they feel.
  • half of all screened panelists had experienced dark circles under the eyes or around the eyes.
  • dark circles under the eyes or around the eyes was the third most bothersome aesthetic concern among the screened panelists, just narrowly beaten by lip volume loss and under-eye bags/puffiness.
  • just looking in the mirror and appearing in pictures and on social media reminds many of their tired looks.

 

What causes the shadows and dark circles under the eyes?

Hyperpigmentation and superficial veins can contribute to dark shadows or circles under the eyes. Eye bags or puffiness can also lead to dark circles under the eyes. Eye bags are often caused by oedema, fat pads under the eyes and/or loss of elasticity in the skin.2

 

However, in many cases, it’s a lack of volume that creates hollows or grooves under the eyes.2 The area affected by a lack – or loss – of volume is called the tear trough.2 The tear trough starts at the inner corner of the eye and forms a half-circle below the eye. A marked tear trough can lead to a tired or aged look since the hollowness deflects light and casts shadows onto the skin.2 This is sometimes called “tear trough deformity”.2

 

Why do we end up with volume loss in the tear trough area?

There are several underlying causes of the lack, or loss, of volume in the tear trough area. Three key aspects are:2-4

  • genetics: we all have inherited anatomical differences, also when it comes to our eyes. This is why even young people can have a marked tear trough.
  • aging: with age we lose facial volume, also in the eye area. The volume loss is caused by changes in several tissues such as loss of facial fat and thinning of the skin.
  • a combination of genetics, aging, and lifestyle factors.

 

What is a tear trough filler?

A tear trough filler is a filler that targets the tear trough area. Like almost all fillers on the market, tear trough fillers are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in our bodies that keeps body tissues – such as our muscles, skin and joints – smooth and lubricated. Natural hyaluronic acid forms and degrades in just a day or two. The hyaluronic acid used in fillers has therefore been stabilized to last longer, for several months, by cross-linking the long hyaluronic acid chains.

When the tear trough is treated with a tear trough filler, a small amount of filler gel is placed under the eye to fill the groove or hollowness in the tear trough area that causes the shadows. With the groove filled and volume replaced, shadows are reduced, and this leads to a refreshed and less tired appearance.5

Different fillers have different gel properties. A typical, effective tear trough filler can decrease the hollowness with a natural-looking and long-lasting effect.5

 

Are there side effects from treatments with a tear trough filler?

All filler treatments can have side effects. The most common side effects include tenderness and temporary swelling after the treatment, and there can be a little bit of bruising. Often, these side effects are mild, and you can go back to work after the treatment. However, it’s very important that you discuss all potential side effects with your healthcare practitioner before you have any treatment.

The best way to minimize all types of side effects is to always consult a qualified, experienced cosmetic healthcare practitioner. This cannot be stressed enough, and it’s extra important if you are considering a treatment with a tear trough filler. The tear trough is a bit of a tricky area. A tear trough filler treatment performed by an inexperienced injector leads to many issues, so always ensure you see an experienced and qualified Cosmetic practitioner.

 

References

  1. Data on file (MA – 46075) European market survey by Opticom and Galderma, Q4 2020.
  2. Stutman RL, Codner MA. Tear Trough Deformity: Review of Anatomy and Treatment Options. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2012 May 1;32(4):426 – 40.
  3. Sadick NS, Bosniak SL, Cantisano – Zilkha M, Glavas IP, Roy D. Definition of the tear trough and the tear trough rating scale: Tear trough rating scale. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2007 Nov 30;6(4):218 – 22.
  4. Goldberg RA, McCann JD, Fiaschetti D, Simon GJB. What Causes Eyelid Bags? Analysis of 114 Consecutive Patients: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2005 Apr;115(5):1395 – 402.
  5. A.Nikolis et al. A Randomized, Crossover – Controlled Evaluator – Blinded Trial Evaluating Cannula – Vs Needle – Assist ed Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Infraorbital Deformities. ASJ 7 – 2021.
  6. Data on Data on file (MA – 39680).

 

Stomach Fat Dissolving Injections | Hamilton

Fat Dissolving Injections Are Safe And Effective

Fat-Dissolving Injections | Double Chin | Stomach Fat

What Are Fat Burning Injections?

Phosphatidylcholine also known as lecithin or PPC is a normal compound found in our cell membranes.

All of the living tissues of the body are composed of cells. Humans have 100 trillion cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, skin cells, muscle cells, nerve cells and fat cells.

If cell membranes are suddenly given an extra dose of PPC, they become too fluid and fragile and break down. So, a dose of PPC into fatty tissue will cause the fat cells to break and open and release their fat.

PPC also facilitates the breaking down of the fat itself. The fat in fat cells is stored as a compound called triacylglycerol. PPC breaks down triacylglycerol. The three free fatty acids and the glycerol then get taken in the bloodstream to the liver where they are converted into bile acids and then eliminated through the alimentary tract.

PPC injections are safe and considered to be the strongest and most effective fat burner in the market today.

How It Works – PPC Fat-Dissolving Treatment?

The most common request is for abdominal fat treatment but the same principles apply to inner and outer thighs, arms, love handles, and double chin fatty areas.

PPC is given by injection using a tiny 30-gauge needle. This needle is smaller than blood-test needles and smaller than immunization needles. The injections are tiny, however, we eliminate the discomfort by using ice and lidocaine topical numbing cream.

After the injections, you will notice the treatment area start to swell a little. This is good, it tells you the treatment is working. The associated swelling and inflammation tell you the fat cells are breaking down and the body is working to whisk away the fat to the liver.

The day after the treatment the area will look inflamed like a local allergic reaction, again this tells us the treatment is working. The next day will be more comfortable and the following day you will see all these transient effects disappear. The fat reduction will start in the second and third weeks.

40% of patients notice a real change after two treatments.  After three treatments, around 70% of patients are noticing a real change.

Side Effects?

Aside from the effects mentioned above and the occasional bruise, there are no side effects because PPC is a normal physiological substance found in abundance in the body. Once PPC enters into the bloodstream it rapidly becomes diluted in your 5 litres of blood volume and mixed with your usual PPC floating in the bloodstream.

Long-term Side Effects?

Long-term side effects are difficult to imagine given that the substance is a natural part of our physiology.

The Extent Of Improvement?

Somewhere between 3 and 6 treatments should see you drop a full dress size around the waist. Combine with healthy eating and exercise for optimum results.

Is Fat Dissolving Treatment Permanent?

Yes it is permanent. However, f you overeat and don’t exercise you will gain weight (of course) but your shape will always be better than it would have been had you not had the treatment.

Cost Of Fat Dissolving Injections?

Our body fat treatment sessions for PPC treatments are $600 each or prepay two $990. You will find this very competitive.

 

 

Whats The Difference Between Standard Technique & Russian Lip Filler Technique?

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.

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How to Get Plump Skin: Top Tips for a Younger Looking Face | Harbour Medispa Hamilton

How to Get Plump Skin: Top Tips for a Younger-Looking Face

At Harbour Medispa Hamilton a radiant, refreshed, and plump-looking skin is the hallmark of a youthful appearance. When the skin loses volume as you age, your complexion begins to look more dull, dry, and tired, which can be frustrating when you think back to how bright and bouncy your skin once was. If you’re wondering how to combat dull skin and get that youthful bounce back, there are several natural and cosmetic remedies you can try for flawless results. Read on for our top skin-plumping tips.

What Does It Mean for Skin to Be Plump?

Plump skin appears youthful and refreshed because it’s full of the nutrients and moisture needed to maintain elasticity. Your skin needs collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to stay plump and hydrated, which work together to keep your skin supple and smooth. The plumper your skin, the more your face will appear bright and awake as if you’ve just woken from a long and restful sleep — even if you haven’t.

Skin stays naturally plump until you reach early adulthood, when collagen production declines by about 1%-1.5% a year. When this happens, your body will generally start working in a collagen deficit, which means you’re using more collagen than you produce. This causes the skin to lose elasticity and is when wrinkles begin to form.

Why Do I Want Plump Skin?

No adult wants to look like a chubby-cheeked toddler, but achieving a more youthful appearance will help you look refreshed and revitalized. Plump skin is a key component of a young-looking visage, so it’s vital to combat dull, tired skin if you want a bright, lifted look.

How to Get Plump Skin Naturally

To combat your skin’s urge to droop and lose luster as you age, you’ll need to work a bit harder to maintain a youthful appearance. These natural skin-plumping methods are a great place to start.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Beauty sleep isn’t a myth — getting enough sleep really does help your skin stay young. Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging and helps to stave off fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re wondering how to get plump skin, a good sleep routine is the first step, so make sure you’re getting at least eight hours every night.

2. Do Regular Exercise

Not only is exercise good for overall health and wellbeing, but it benefits your skin, too. When you exercise and get your heart pumping, you’re boosting the blood flow around the body, nourishing your skin cells with oxygen and other essential nutrients. Exercise even reverses the mitochondrial changes within muscle, which could also make skin appear more youthful.

3. Massage Your Face

By gently massaging your face, you can stimulate the muscle tissue, which improves your skin’s volume and helps with skin plumping. Use your fingers or a quartz roller to make gentle upward motions on your face, encouraging blood and oxygen circulation.

4. Add Skin Plumping Foods to Your Diet

Adjusting your diet to make it more skin-friendly is another easy way to work towards plump skin. Foods containing hyaluronic acid, healthy fats, vitamins, and collagen can make your skin softer, smoother and plumper, helping you hydrate and rejuvenate from the inside out. To improve your diet, pack it with a healthy balance of nutritious superfoods like eggs, avocado and leafy greens, or try a collagen-boosting juice. You could also stock up on ingredients rich in omega 3s and omega 6s, such as salmon, sardines and olive oil.

5. Add Hyaluronic Acid to Your Skincare Routine

As mentioned above, hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient for skin plumping. This gel-like substance exists naturally within the body but becomes less abundant as we age. By replenishing lost hyaluronic acid through your skincare routine, it’s easier to maintain smooth, plump skin.

6. Use Retinol

Retinol is a commonly used skincare product known for its anti-ageing properties, heralded by skincare lovers as a miracle serum for plump skin and an improved complexion. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and — you guessed it — enhances that all-important collagen production.

7. Try a Sheet Mask

If you’re looking for a skin-plumping technique that’s quick and simple, try a sheet mask rich in hydrating ingredients. Sheet masks are an effective way to provide your skin with instant moisture and vitamins.

8. Make a DIY Face Mask

If you want to make a skin-plumping mask at home, you can create your very own natural face mask using collagen-rich ingredients like egg whites or avocado.

9. Remember to Exfoliate

Skin can appear dryer and duller due to a buildup of dead skin cells. For more radiant, plump skin, make sure you exfoliate at least once a week, allowing your skincare products to penetrate your skin better.

10. Wear Sunscreen

As well as being the result of a loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid over time, skin ageing can also be caused by sun damage. Remember to apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin against harmful sun rays and prevent premature ageing.

How to Get Plump Skin with Non-Surgical Procedures

As well as trying the natural methods above, several non-surgical aesthetic procedures can help you achieve radiant, plump skin. These treatments are beneficial because they provide visible results very quickly.

Injectable Treatments

Dermal fillers and botox are both types of safe, injectable treatments that can slow down or reverse the signs of ageing. By injecting small needles into specific areas of the face, these procedures can create younger-looking, plump skin with no downtime required.

Dermal fillers used in skin hydration therapy are made from pharmaceutical-grade hyaluronic acid, providing moisture and increasing skin elasticity. Botox is made from botulinum toxins that restrict movement in targeted areas to eliminate wrinkles.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a simple facial treatment in which a chemical acid solution is applied to the skin. This minimally invasive treatment does require some recovery time. Still, it can be a great choice to achieve a more youthful look, especially if you also want to reduce acne scarring, sun damage or an uneven skin tone.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a popular option to achieve plump skin as an alternative to botox or dermal fillers. Also known as a vampire facial, it works by using your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth. The blood is injected into your face with small needles and increases the production of collagen and elastin, which improves plumpness, skin texture and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Micro-Needling

Another collagen-stimulating treatment for plump skin is micro-needling, a mildly invasive procedure in which a dermal roller device called Dermapen is used to make tiny pricks all over the face with very fine needles. By causing superficial damage to the skin, the dermis can regenerate itself and produce new collagen for firmer, smoother and younger-looking skin.

Non-Surgical Liquid Facelift

If your face needs a boost all over, you may want to try a non-surgical liquid facelift, which is a bespoke skin plumping treatment that uses a combination of techniques to give you a refreshed and revitalised look. Dermal fillers, botox and polydioxanone (PDO) threading are used to soften wrinkles, restore volume and add contouring to your face, giving you flawless plump skin and the youthful glow you’ve been dreaming of.

If you want to achieve beautiful, plump skin quickly and with little to no downtime, our skincare experts can help.

Book a free, no-obligation consultation, and we’ll help you find the treatment option that’s right for you.

Do Fat Dissolving Injections Work | Harbour Medispa Hamilton

FAT AND CELLULITE REDUCTION 

TREATMENT STATS

 

fat dissolving injections

 abdominal bulges, inner and outer thigh fatty areas, arms inner and outer, bra strap area,

love handles, buttocks, above knee (not in knee).

treatment time: FROM 30 MINS
(depending on the number of areas being treated)

 

 

RECOVERY TIME: 3-7 DAYS WITH A LITTLE SWELLINg

cost:

1 treatments $600

pre pay 2 x treatments $990

2 recommended for best results 4 weeks apart – depending on how much fat is present you may require more

 

Do Fat Dissolving Injections Work? 

Yes! 

For many people, no matter how much they eat right, or exercise – they struggle to shift those fatty deposits in stubborn areas of the body. For some of us, it’s the little belly pooch, for others it might be their double chin or back fat. There are so many areas of the body that can keep hold of stubborn fat, and for many people, their confidence would sky-rocket if they could finally see an improvement. 

Surgery is an obvious choice, but surgery is also expensive and scary. Going into a hospital, and going ‘under the knife’ is something many of us have nightmares about, and for a lot of people, it’s simply not an option they want to explore. 

For those people, or for people who just want to explore a lower-risk option for losing stubborn fat – fat-dissolving injections are a great solution. 

Lipodissolve is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine (PPC) PPC is a natural product found in our body and its main role is to emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol which is then removed by the body’s normal processes. The PPC that is used is derived from soybeans. It has been used for reducing fat deposits for about 10 years. In the medical setting, it is used to dissolve cholesterol plaques in heart disease and to dissolve fat embolism.

Lipodissolve is absolutely incredible for reducing fat and cellulite. The treatment consists of  a series of strategically placed injections to break down the fat cells which the body then absorbs and excretes.

fat dissolving injection Lipodissolve ® is suitable for treating:

  • Jawline Shaping
  • Double Chin Reduction
  • Love Handles
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Cellulite
  • Body Contouring
  • Abominable Bulges
  • Back Fat
  • Thighs (Inner & Outer)
  • Cheeks
  • Jowls

What is Lipodissolve?

Lipodissolve is a fat dissolving substance that breaks down the fat cell membrane. It is non-surgical alternative to liposuction to remove localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not used for weight loss but rather for body sculpting. The main ingredient in Lipodissolve is phosphatidylcholine (PPC) PPC is a natural product found in our body and its main role is to emulsify and breakdown fat and cholesterol which is then removed by the body’s normal processes. The PPC that is used is derived from soybeans. It has been used for reducing fat deposits in the medical setting for many years with an extremely high safety and efficiency record. 

nurse Jo is very gentle; warm and friendly but very professional. The clinic was relaxed with lARGE windows, very easy to access, GOOD PARKING.

– Samantha McGuire

What happens to the treated areas after Fat Dissolving Injections?

The skin over the treated areas tightens after fat dissolving injections. Once the fat has been removed, the appearance of cellulite improves. The fat cells are permanently removed and the results can be maintained for up to 4 years after treatment if the client maintains their ideal body weight. In a small percentage (5%) of patients, there is very little result from Lipodissolve treatment

Results are seen gradually over the next 3 – 4 weeks post treatment and maximum effect can take up to 12 weeks. The treated area(s) will look smaller, with less fat build-up. The treatment uses a special formula to break down fat cells in the treated area(s), and your body works to flush out the liquefied fat itself; therefore, depending on your own physiology, the process may take a short while, or a longer period of time.

treatment must-know’s & instructions

 

How Do I Prepare For

Fat Dissolving 

Injections?

72-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID the use of Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Aleve, Fish Oils and Vitamin E Supplements – this helps to prevent bruising
  • AVOID the use of topical products containing Tretinoin, Retin-A, Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acids, Alpha Hydroxy-Acid or other “Anti-Aging” products.

24-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID excessive alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your treatment – this helps to prevent the likelihood of bruising.

DAY OF TREATMENT

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment with a clean face and/or body – please do not wear makeup. 

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH LIPODISSOLVE TREATMENT

There can be some redness, stinging and burning within 15 minutes to 2 hours after treatment and later swelling and bruising which peaks between 6-72 hours.

Redness and swelling to the treated area and surrounding tissues will be noticeable for 3-7 days or longer.

You may experience several post-inflammatory nodules. These indicate ongoing fat necrosis (a good thing) these will disappear within 30 days.

Results from treatment can often be noted about 4-5 weeks after your last treatment depending on your metabolism and body type. 

This improvement may be more evident in a photograph than in your own estimation. Inflammation will be present up to 4 weeks after treatment, which will limit any visible result.

The inflammatory response continues and you may not see the final result for up to one year (rare).

Immediately following the procedure, ice should be applied to the area and may be applied as needed to reduce swelling for the first 48 hours.

Do not wash or take a shower for at least 4 hours after treatment.

Arnica cream (stocked at pharmacy or supermarket) can be applied three times a day for 48 hours to assist in resolving bruising. 

Do not take anti-inflammatories (aspirin) or Vitamin E for 24 hours after injections. 

You can use painkillers (paracetamol) for any discomfort.

Hot tubs, saunas and massages are not recommended for 48 hours after treatment. After 48 hours, these ARE recommended to assist in healing.

Avoid direct sun exposure, tanning beds for two weeks post treatment. •

Massage the treated area for about 15 minutes per day for two weeks after treatment to aid the process of fat elimination.

Walking 20-30 minutes daily during the course of treatment will aid in effectiveness. Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

Drink lots of fluids (water) for the first 24 hours.

Avoid alcohol to facilitate hepatic handling of toxins. 

CLINIC FOLLOW UP: Make a follow-up appointment for 4 weeks. If you are having more than one body part treated simultaneously, make an appointment in two weeks alternately. Failure to follow the above advice will result in less than desired results. 

If you have any questions or concerns please call or SMS Clinic mobile 0418180949 (24hrs) and we will return to you ASAP. If no one is present (rare) and you are concerned at all please consult your GP.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

After Care For Lip Fillers | Harbour Medispa Hamilton

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS AFTER A LIP FILLER TREATMENT

After a Lip filler treatment, you should take care of your lips to ensure a long-lasting result and prevent any unnecessary swelling or discomfort

GENTLE MASSAGE

1.  Give your lips a massage by gently pressing your lips between your thumbs and forefingers and roll your lips between your fingers

Massage your lips for the first 7 days

NATURAL ARNICA BALM

2.  After the treatment, we will apply a topical antiseptic balm containing arnica to the treated area

Arnica is a natural herb that grows mainly in Europe and Siberia and has traditionally been used to reduce swelling and pain.

It can be purchased from a pharmacy or supermarket

We recommend applying arnica for 7 days after lip injections

ICE 

3. The use of an ice pack for a few days after treatment is highly recommended to reduce any swelling or discomfort

You will normally see the final result of your lip filler treatment after one or two weeks

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact us