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3 things you need to know about blindness and fillers

In the last decade or more, fillers have become increasingly popular for noninvasive rejuvenation of the face, with a subsequent increasing number of adverse effects reported with rise in their use in the scientific literature.  The most serious complications of fillers include vascular complications (VO) and blindness. But how common is the most catastrophic side effect of all, […]

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6 things you need to know about vascular occlusion rates if you choose to have fillers.

I post a lot about safety with medical aesthetics, adequate experience and qualifications as well as aftercare protocols with the clinic you choose.  Why does this matter? I was in a surgical training program between 2002-2011 and did it full time for most of those years. Practice and training absolutely matters and cannot be disregarded.  […]

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How much is my treatment likely to cost?

This question is a regular via email and DMs on social media. Sometimes people also send us selfies to help with the quotes. Prospective patients may be asking about specific treatment options such as injectables - anti wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers - or skincare or fat dissolving treatments. The short answer is, it depends. […]

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What you need to know about Biostimulator Filler R

Ok, so we’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about biostimulatory fillers, and we wrote a post on one of them here. Here is the other one on offer here at Skin Essentials, also known as calcium hydroxyapatite. What do you need to know about it to help you decide if you might be a […]

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9 Things to know about Biostimulator Filler S before you say “Yes Please!”

Biostimulator fillers seem to be on the rise and gaining popularity rapidly. We are seeing many more enquiries for these fillers compared to years gone by, including from patients prepared to travel some distance who want to have the initial consultation and treatment on the same day, especially with poly-L-lactic acid. Due to Australian AHPRA […]

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8 Things to Do to Prepare for your Injectables Appointment

Injectables! Despite the booming popularity of these office procedures, there are many people who are still new to the choices available, and who may enter their 30s, 40s and even their 50s, having never had a needle near their face. On these occasions, I like to allow for enough time to address concerns, answer questions […]

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5 Signs It May be a Vascular Occlusion and not just a bruise

Cosmetic injectables are on the rise, we see them everywhere we go. In a recent blog post I summarised the FDA meeting from March 2021, noting that adverse effects from cosmetic injectables are on the rise, in part due to their rising availability, often by less experienced injectors and related to this, failure to recognise […]

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What is a vascular occlusion?

Following the publication of my post on cheap cosmetic injectables for Mamamia last weekend, I’ve been inundated by questions from people I’ve never met on social media, asking about the safety of injectables and specifically, of dermal fillers. One person said she’d been considering fillers to her lips and cheeks, but is now worried and […]

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How Our Faces Age

There is a saying, "young bodies are slim, but young faces are full of fat."  This begins to change as early as our teens and our twenties.    When we're young, fat in the face is evenly distributed in the forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes and mouth. With age, that fat shifts […]

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Ageing in our 50s - some case studies

There is a recent trend of famous actresses and models embracing ageing and encouraging other women to do likewise. It is refreshing, certainly far more so than the famous women of similar vintage claiming all they use is olive oil. We now have some famous and beautiful faces that are showing us firsthand what ageing […]

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6 procedures recommended in your 60s

If you've followed the series from your 20s through to now, you know the basics:  sun protection is the holy grail to ageing well  good longterm lifestyle habits are key - eating mostly well, limiting alcohol, not smoking (or quitting) and exercising regularly are all good habits to implement sooner than later  obtaining personalised medical […]

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5 ways to prioritise your skin in your 50s

The 50s are often the decade where it may feel like it all goes downhill, especially if you are female.  Perimenopause may have begun to make its mark known from your mid 40s, but it is often not until menopause that many women begin to struggle - the plummeting in oestrogen levels can cause an […]

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Why Does Australia have so much Skin Cancer?

Two days a week, I spend long days conducting primarily skin checks on patients and its related sibling, skin cancer surgery under local anaesthetic that does not need sedation. These days end up being long as the patient load is high, and despite better sun protection awareness, there remain many gaps in our understanding as […]

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Why Skin Therapies Need to be part of your Skincare Routine

There is no doubt about it. Even in people with good skin, the gradual process of ageing, questionable lifestyle choices and transitions that make up part of life all begin to take their toll, sooner or later.  For some of us, this may begin as early as our 20s, which is when collagen production generally […]

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A Focus on Melanoma in March

Australia has the highest melanoma rates in the world. Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 20 to 39-year-old Australians and one Aussie is diagnosed with the disease every 30 minutes. It is estimated 1300 Australians will die from melanoma this year. Melanoma of the skin was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia […]

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9 of the Best Skincare Options by Decade - your 40s

So you are now in your 40s. It is a great time to be alive, especially if you are a woman. Your career may be on track, or you may be gaining momentum there. Your kids may be of school age, and life might be feeling a bit easier now. You may feel like the […]

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6 of the Best Skincare Options by Decade - your 30s

For many of us, our 30s can be a time of much change. Many of us may have children, with pregnancy and associated changes, breastfeeding, chronic sleep deprivation and wrangling little children. Additionally many of us may be dealing with work outside the home at the same time, and making progression on the career ladder, […]

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6 of the Best Skincare Options by Decade - Your 20s

To those of us in our 30s and beyond, it can often feel like the aging process begins literally, overnight. One day, you're young and carefree and waking up with flawless skin (ifyou're lucky) despite late nights, poor dietary and lifestyle choices. It feels like no matter how poor the choices, our body and skin […]

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4 things that may go wrong with anti wrinkle treatment

Injectables are tricky to master, and anyone who tells you it’s easy, is often not telling the truth. With more experience, I’ve found that I see more and more variation in faces as to what can go wrong, go awry and even lead to unexpected results. Just like with Medicine, there is usually a Dunning-Kruger […]

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Bruising - Stages of Healing

In my day to day work which is largely procedural, bruising is a common and often expected occurrence so it’s important that I educate patients on what to expect and when to worry. Nonetheless, for someone who’s new to the world of either skin cancer surgery or injectables (or both) it can be initially fraught, […]

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Bruise or Vascular Occlusion - Do you know the difference?

With the rise in injectables everywhere, I am seeing weekly, new cases of influencers and others posting about their own experiences with vascular occlusions, sometimes from new injectors and other times from their regular treating clinicians.  Each time I’ve posted on this topic on my Instagram feed to educate others, I invariably get patients in […]

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The Rise of Fast and Cheap Cosmetic Injectables - my thoughts

There was a recent excellent piece on Mamamia by Erin Docherty on the rise of cosmetic injectables and reversal of treatments, often for poorly done work, and reflection by two doctors on why this might be increasingly the case. A common reason cited, which is well known among those of us who’ve been around a […]

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Common Myths I Hear around Cosmetic Treatments

Social media is great, as is Google. However, they often convey myths around cosmetic treatments that are not always true.  While many doctors hate it when patients have googled their probably symptoms/ concerns (because more often than not, the presumed diagnosis is incorrect), I don't mind it because it gives me some idea as to […]

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What To Expect Out of Skin Needling

Skin needling is a service offered at Skin Essentials. Skin needling is a type of collagen induction therapy that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Historically, skin needling was primarily used for skin rejuvenation. However, it can be used for a wide variety of different skin conditions. Let’s take a look at what you […]

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UV Radiation, UV Index and Sundamage. How are they linked?

Most Australians will only use sun protection on the hottest days of summer and forget it is not heat but UV rays that cause sunburn and photoageing as well as skin cancer. Australia has among the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and it is possible to burn in as little as 11 […]

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