Botulinum Toxin is one of the best known products in cosmetic medicine. In Australia we have two formulations, and soon to be a third.
Most people know that it is used to reduce wrinkles. It does this by paralysing the muscle it is injected into. It is especially useful in the upper face, where the muscles of facial expression (frowning, smiling, raising the eyebrows, etc) act over many years to cause wrinkles.
A very fine needle is used so the discomfort is minimal. The amount used depends on the patients age, number and size of wrinkles and individual preferences. Men generally require more than women.
The effect wears off after 3 or 4 months, as the muscles regain function. We’ve found over time though that those who have had regular treatments for a few years need it less often.
The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes, including the inititial consultation. We currently have appointments available with little waiting time.
We’re opening on some Saturdays to accommodate those who can’t make it during the week. Call us on 88830449 to make an appointment.
We now have a Facebook page. You can view this at: http://www.facebook.com/SydneyCosmeticMedicalCentres
Tonight we attended the launch of Oxygenetix, a new line of makeup designed for post procedure patients. They have a moisturiser and foundation that allow oxygen to penetrate, and the claim is this enhances healing. Certainly in our practice it would seem to be a useful option for those who have just had laser and IPL work on their face. These products can be used immediately to soothe, reduce and camouflage the redness and inflammation that often occurs after light based procedures.
Part of the growing trend toward less invasive cosmetic treatments has been the rise of fractional resurfacing. Also known as a ‘non-surgical facelift’, a laser is used to stimulate regeneration of skin tissue. At Sydney Cosmetic Medical Centres we prefer the ‘non-ablative’ technique, which results in less inflammation and down time for the patient. The treatment is performed in 4 or 5 sessions spread over several weeks, with optimum results seen after a few months. We’ve had excellent results with textural issues, fine lines, large pores and pigmentation, many of the signs of ageing facial skin.
I spent the morning with colleague Ron Feiner at his clinic Cosmetica in Castle Hill. Not only is Ron one of the more experienced and adept cosmetic physicians currently practicing, but has been more than generous with his time and knowledge with myself and other practitioners.
Welcome to the first Blog entry for our practice. Our plan is for this to be a means by which all interested parties can keep up with developments as they happen. Whether this is a medical breakthrough, a new product or service, special deals, news relating to staff or important practice information, we will keep you up to date here.