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September 2014

Treat yourself with Dysport® this Spring.

Dysport®, is a simple, effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that creates a youthful relaxed appearance.

Dysport® is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and other wrinkles.

• Quick, effective and well tolerated treatment for frown lines and wrinkles
• Works within a few days
• No down time
• Can be done as a 'lunchtime procedure'.

Book your treatment today!

Results may vary.

 

September Spring Spruce-up!

Are you showing the premature signs of ageing and sun damage?  Want help with redness, large pores, uneven texture and fine line wrinkles?  Try our Spring Spruce-up package. Available for a short time only.

This package for your face, neck or chest includes:

* A one hour comprehensive nurse consultation with Visia™ computerised skin analysis and complementary skin care worth $100.

*Two Photofacial treatments – these are a combined IPL LimeLight and Laser Genesis treatment session.  

Conditions apply. Results may vary.

Book your Spring Spruce-up today!

What do Aesthetic patients want?

Have you ever wondered why people undertake aesthetic procedures such as those available in appearance medicine clinics? The answer is that it is mostly for confidence and self esteem.

These procedures include Botulinum Toxin injections, volume addition with dermal fillers, microdermabrasion and machine treatments.

The machine treatments fall into two categories – ablative and non-ablative. Ablative means the skin is superficially or fractionally destroyed to cause a healing response. These treatments require a healing period of a few days. The end result is improved colouration and texture in most cases.

The non-ablative treatments are usually relatively painless and have no downtime associated with them, so they are done on a walk-in-walk-out basis.

More people than you think have probably had such treatments, but you normally can’t tell.

Common reasons for cosmetic procedures

"I want to look well, fresher and youthful for my age"
It comes back to the "look good, feel good" principle. It’s about feeling good about yourself and with that comes a feeling of increased confidence. A casual observer would think that the person looks better than before, or perhaps may think that the "holiday did them good".

"I want to look great for that special day"
These are often mothers of the bride, or perhaps someone having a significant birthday. Otherwise, it’s for a special holiday, trip or class reunion.

"I need to look younger so I can get work"
This is a serious matter. With the tendency for ageism in the workplace, some people have found it necessary to look younger in order to be considered for a job or even a promotion.

"Clear up unwanted pigmentation of skin"
People just like their skin to have an even colour. If that person has spent a lot of time in the sun, there will be brown blotches, redness and some veins. These mostly respond to Intense Pulsed Light therapy (see the earlier article on this treatment).

"I want the skin to be a bit tighter"
Many women pull back their faces and necks in front of a mirror to show what they want. Skin sags with age, and this is worsened by sun damage, smoking, drugs, disease and poor health. There are some effective non-surgical treatments that can tighten the skin with no pain or downtime. There is also facelift surgery, but that is a major undertaking.

"Correct the pores, scarring and texture problems I have"
Typically, the area around the mouth and nose tends to get porous and textured with age. Severe acne at a younger age leaves a person with lifelong scarring. Comfortable treatments can help with this. There are also laser ablative treatments available .

"I have had a terrible time, so I want to have a treatment to make me feel better"
People come for an aesthetic treatment when they have had significant stress, illness, their partner has died or left them or when they have lost a lot of money. They can sometimes demand "do something!", even when they don't need it. A simple procedure like Botulinum Toxin for a frown line or crows feet by an insightful doctor can be all that is required to make that person feel better.

"I want my lips the way they used to be"
Older women often miss the fullness they used to have in their lips and want some of that back.

"I want to look like her"
I’ts not often that a person brings along a photo of Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston, but it can happen.

"I want to prevent skin cancer in my sun damaged skin"
There is an old treatment in a modern, comfortable guise called Photodynamic Therapy that is used to reduce skin cancer risk. Done well, it can save a person from the knife for skin cancer removal. Only advanced clinics offer this treatment.

"My cheeks are sagging"
Loss of cheek volume occurs with age and contributes to an older look. A simple procedure can help with this.

"People say I look sad"
The downturned corners of the mouth can be easily remedied in most cases.

"People keep asking me why I am angry, but I'm not"
This is often a person like a school teacher or grandmother who doesn’t want these comments from other people.

Common fears for people having cosmetic procedures

"Don't make me look like her!"
More often, a person will be concerned that they will look "overdone" and that people will know they have had something done. The reality is that most people who have had aesthetic procedures cannot be picked. The ones you can pick are the ones who have had a bad treatment, too much done, or just don't know when to stop. A wise doctor can identify someone with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (see article on Teenagers and cosmetic surgery) and knows how to treat them with care.

"I don't want a trout pout"
Many women fear that they will end up with a result they don't want. In truth, the people with trout pouts actually asked for them – the doctor or nurse who treated them did not give it to them by design.

The truth is that many people who seek simple, non-invasive cosmetic procedures are ordinary people who just want to feel better.

  • Tryptophan, 5-hydroxy tryptophan, St John’s Wort and SAMe cannot be taken concurrently with antidepressants because they will excessively increase serotonin in the brain and cause severe overdose symptoms.
  • Melatonin, a natural substance released by the brain in response to darkness, when taken at night, can help improve the quality of sleep and vitality in these people.
  • Vitamin B6 also helps in serotonin production – you know you don’t have enough vitamin B6 when you can’t remember your dreams.
  • Omega 3 fish oils have an important role in the production of serotonin. It has been found that Icelandic people don’t get SAD and when fish consumption reduces, SAD increases.
  • Include sunny holidays in your mid-winter plans, and to go for a morning walk, especially in the winter time, to get that bright sunshine to help reset your brain chemistry.

If you have any of these symptoms you do not have to suffer them needlessly. Get some help.

Gluten Free Foods – Nutritional Guide

“You are what you eat” and this is becoming more apparent now with further research. Some health conditions improve with dietary modification. In thinking about dietary modification, consider that the caveman was on the earth for 7 million years and that Homosapiens (modern man) has been on the earth for 160,000 years. However, all of this time these men were hunter-gatherers and ate roots, seeds, plants, fruit and flesh.

It was not until 7000 years ago, a relatively brief time, that man decided to stay in one place and so he had to start growing his own food. It is only then that we started eating dairy products, beef and grains.

Sometimes wheat, or all gluten containing grains, need to be excluded from the diet in order to notice a benefit in health. In the ultimate gluten sensitivity condition, coeliac disease, the gut lining flattens and can no longer absorb the nutrients required for the body to work properly, and therefore various deficiency conditions can arise. In addition, the gut becomes “leaky” and allows molecules into the body that the body does not recognise – the result is inflammation and disease.

Common inflammatory dietary conditions can include hayfever, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, osteoporosis.

Below are gluten free food ideas (unless otherwise stated):

  1. Bread:
    • Gluten free mix for bread baking.
    • Gluten free bread.
    • Vogel’s, rice and rye bread (this is only wheat free, not fully gluten free).
    • Vogel’s Ancient grains bread ( very low gluten).
  2. Cereals:
    • Rice bubbles.
    • Cornflakes.
    • Hubbard’s gluten free cereal.
    • Lovan’s gluten free porridge – this is a rice porridge with dried fruit.
    • Special gluten free cereals made with alternative grains.
    • Oat porridge (this is only wheat free, not fully gluten free).
  3. Pasta:
    • Rice noodles.
    • Pasta made from quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) – an ancient grain from the Andes.
  4. Breakfast choices:
    • Baked beans with eggs, meat or other proteins.
    • Rice and beans with tofu.
    • Fruit and yoghurt (if dairy is acceptable).
    • Alternative cereals, gluten free breads.
  5. Places to shop:
    • The special / organic section of the supermarket.
    • Organic produce shops.
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