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It is no secret that one of the most popular choices in non-surgical procedures are hair reduction from IPL and Laser. In the past I have done a number of features on the topic, including the difference between IPL and Laser, but I think there are still some important points that need to be hammered into our minds.

I spoke to Dr Susan Austin from the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) to get her 5 facts on IPL and Laser Hair Removal. You may remember her from our last ‘5 Things You Need To Know’ on Botox. Take notes on this one …. or just bookmark it and come back to it.

Hair removal on the face – Ouchies!

The Facts from Dr Austin

  1. Avoid tanning before and after treatment
    You cannot have a laser or IPL hair reduction treatment if you have a tan (fake or from sun-exposure or the solarium) because it can Continue Reading

Today marks the start of another one of my genius nifty article ideas. As you all know I love learning about beauty and a big reason for starting this blog was to share with you what I learn. One of my favourite topics is cosmetic enhancement, and the one place that is a constant source of information for me is the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA).

I really didn’t know what topic I wanted to start with for this new article series but after the recent publicity around Botox, and it’s increasing popularity, I thought it would be wise to start way back at the beginning. Research should be a big part of everyones process before getting any sort of cosmetic enhancement but the more I speak to those who have had the Botox procedure, I find very few looked into it. I find this concerning so I asked Dr Susan Austin, of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) to share her top 5 facts you need to know before considering BOTOX injections. This article series will usually be much shorter with just some basic points, but because this topic is extremely important, I have wanted to provide you with the essential information.

It’s also important to be mindful that not everything you read online or elsewhere might be accurate so consider who has written it, who is quoted, any references as well as where and when it’s been published. Remember, don’t take everything you read on the internet as gospel and always seek expert advice from a doctor before making a decision about a procedure.

Reading credible blogs such as this one (obviously!) is a great place to start your research and visiting websites of medical organisations such as the Cosmetics Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) can also help you get up-to-speed on the ever evolving cosmetic medical industry.

WAIT, before you inject me, what is that stuff ….

What is it and how is it used?

Botulinum toxin, more commonly known by its brand names, BOTOX or Dysport, can be used to treat ‘dynamic lines’. Continue Reading

Earlier this week I showed you why buying fillers over the internet is a big no-no. Missed it? Oh boy, jump over here right now!

For a long time I have wanted to cover off everything one could know about fillers, but it is a huge category. Where do I start? Well, after doing the post on Wednesday I thought I should start by asking an expert some basic questions. Seeing as though the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA) are the ones who care so much about keeping the industry safe, they would probably be my best bet.

Dr Susan Austin has a long list of credentials in dermatology and runs her own successful skin clinic in Sydney. She also happens to be the Public Relations Manager for the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia (CPSA). So, who better to give us the low down on basic Filler knowledge?

These were the questions I thought were super entry level to learning about fillers, but I would love to hear from all of you what exactly concerns you about Fillers. What do you want to know? What are your questions? There will be many more posts on Fillers, I guarantee that, so why not get the answers you want.

Considering fillers? What should you expect during your initial consultation?

Not all treatments are suitable for every patient and the best results are achieved through a personalised treatment plan. The initial consultation with an appropriately trained cosmetic physician is critically important when considering cosmetic medicine. During an initial consultation a cosmetic physician should undertake a full medical history, discuss any concerns you may have and clearly explain your treatment options and to ensure the final result is what you’re aiming for. It’s also vital that you have a realistic expectation of what can be achieved.

Most non-surgical clinics will offer programs for remediation and then maintenance, which usually run for a period of up 12 months. It is also important to remember to look holistically at the program as it should ideally address three key issues: skin quality, wrinkles and volume.

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Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser

Face cleansers are seen as quite an underrated product in terms of our overall skincare needs, but they’re actually really important. The correct cleanser for your skin should remove dirt, debris and build-up that otherwise gets in the way of your other skincare products delivering their best results. A vast majority of skin issues can be activated simply by using the wrong cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging, it’s essential to not use a face cleanser that is drying or stripping. Hydration is key, and that’s one of the major claims behind the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser.

As I continue my fight against aging and dry skin I’ve tested the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser. Is it worth the price tag? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

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