TACHW Staff Profile: Meet Associate Professor Sinan Ali

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Name: Sinan Ali
Qualification:  BSc, PhD
Position: Associate Dean ACHW and Head of Faculty of Clinical Aesthetics

Why did you choose to be a part of this industry?

I saw a need in the aesthetics industry for further training and professionalization based on sound scientific principles.  I read of too many people being injured by practitioners with little training and experience.

What recent industry developments are you most excited about?

As I see it, the industry, like most others, is advancing very rapidly, so much so that training to date has not kept up with technological advances.  While the main treatment regimens like LASER/IPL, chemical peels etc are being advanced to some degree all the time, the real excitement in the industry is around miniaturisation of the technologies.

What has been the most significant shift in the industry that you’ve seen in the past 10 years?

The realisation within the industry of the lack of training and the need to do something about it.  I personally interview all the prospective students and the overlying theme is the lack of training and how important future research is to the industry.

Where do you see the industry moving now, in terms of careers and study prospects?

From a career perspective there is no better time than the present to be in this ever growing industry.  There is a shortage of appropriately trained clinicians to service the needs of the industry.  There is a niche in the market that neither the beauty therapist nor the nurse currently fulfils.  Our degree is the first that provides training to advance and upskill the beauty therapist and the nurse to be job ready for this emerging industry.

What role will the Clinical Aesthetics industry play in the future?

In addition to their current role in the medi-spa, medical suites and cosmetic surgery industry, I see the role of Clinical Aestheticians expanding to have greater critical care of the skin.  Nurses and doctors are trusted with this kind of care however Clinical Aestheticians are better trained to care for the skin; they have that experience and knowledge of client care, and this will include injectables, a treatment that is growing ever more popular in the anti-ageing or positive-ageing industry.

Why is education so important within this growing industry? How do you see is the Clinical Aesthetician’s role in this?

Currently, the society we live in is somewhat contradictory. We live in a world drastically concerned with looking good. People have the freedom to do whatever they like to their own bodies, yet there also remains a stigma and element of judgement towards those that do.

The industry is about feeling good and some people relate this to looking good.  The latter can be achieved by non-surgical, minimally surgical or surgical technologies.  We often see the drastic changes that occur with the latter and therefore stigmatise and judge people.

However the minimally surgical, and in particular the non-surgical, technologies we teach our students as part of the Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics) degree can help people look good without the drastic appearance changes, which in turn can have a positive effect on their inner perception of self.

Our degree program is not only about teaching high end Clinical Aesthetics techniques applied to the skin, but also about the biological fundamentals that underpin the clinical practice. We place a high emphasis on assisting our graduates in developing superior professional communication skills that enable them to transcend the traditional aesthetics practice and create an overall client experience that touches on the internal and external aspects of appearance.

Counting Nutrients, Not Calories

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At TACHW, we fully endorse a life of Health and Wellness. We believe that this comes from nourishing and nurturing the body you have.

Now, while this isn’t going to be specifically a post about weight loss, it needs to be acknowledged that the majority of people count calories in order to maintain or lose weight. There has, however, been a developing shift in how people perceive calories’ role in the food we eat. People are gaining an understanding that counting calories can actually be detrimental to losing weight and have a more wide-reaching effect on your health. Continue reading Counting Nutrients, Not Calories

Five Things To Consider Before A Chemical Peel

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1. Medication

Some medications, such as the contraceptive pill, can negatively impact that results of a chemical peel. It’s important to speak with your doctor regarding the medications you’re on before going ahead.

2. Skin tone

While fairer skin tones often gain the best results from peels, those with darker skin can still achieve a good result. However, it’s essential to understand the peel you are receiving, as anything too deep can lead to uneven skin tone and possibly scarring.

3. Sun damage

Once the skin has undergone a chemical peel, it will be incredibly sensitive and delicate. Any exposure to UVA and UVB rays can be more damaging than usual so it’s important to keep out of the sun and protect the skin in the days of recovery.

4. Cold sores

While it may not be the first thing you think of, receiving a chemical peel can actually prompt a cold sore to resurface if you have the virus in your system. If you have experienced cold sores in the past, it’s important to let your aesthetician know in advance.

5. Preparation

Depending on the level of depth of the peel, you may need to perform up to two weeks of skin preparation before undergoing the procedure. This generally involves cleansing twice a day and moisturising with a specific cream, sometimes also using retinol such as tretinoin (vitamin A) as a topical cream. This will help the skin recover quickly, as well as peel more evenly. Daily application of sunscreen is also part of the preparation, if you are not already in the habit. For a medium to deep peel, you may also be required to take a dose of medication to avoid any viral infection – especially if you suffer from cold sores, as mentioned above.