Bio Brasion: The new Microdermabrasion?

 

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Bio brasion might just be the new and improved version of microdermabrasion.

Whilst the treatment is similar to the original procedure, there are some key differences which opens up a whole new world for anti-ageing and corrective measures in skin care.

There are two main differences between bio brasion and microdermasion.

Firstly, bio brasion does away with crystals which microdermabrasion relies on to physically exfoliate. The issue with crystals is that, while they certainly exfoliate well, they can be difficult to control in size which makes them a little unpredictable in application. The amount that comes out of the hose at any given time can vary leading to uneven results.

Bio brasion uses an interchangeable diamond tip instead which can be switched around according to skin type and the area of application. This ensures a more consistent amount of abrasion throughout the treatment.

Furthermore, the level of suction within microdermabrasion can be quite strong; especially for people who suffer from redness, sensitivity and/or weak capillaries. Bio brasion on the other hand, operates with a much lower suction level which means less pulling and tugging on the skin.

It is because of its gentler approach to exfoliation that bio brasion is being used more and more. It is suitable for almost any skin type, including those with rosacea, acne and weak capillaries. Furthermore, professionals are recommending it for any skin tone, including those with darker skin, with minimal risk.

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Unlike microdermabrasion, bio brasion is a procedure performed on wet skin. The therapist begins by applying a mild peel which actively loosens any dry or damaged cells on the surface of the skin. Then a customised serum is applied to the skin which aids corrective ingredients to penetrate into the dermal layer where they can work most effectively. Finally, a handheld device is used to buff and physically remove the dry and damaged skin that has been loosened by the peel, resulting in glowing radiant skin with an immediate smoother texture.

For those who are looking for greater results and corrective measures such as the treatment of hyperpigmentation or sun damage, it is best to book a series of 6 – 10 treatments in order to achieve the best results.

There is no downtime with this procedure; it can even be performed as close to four days before a wedding or special event to provide a smooth complexion and clearer skin.

Bio brasion is also highly effective when part of a ‘stacking treatment’. In other words, it can be a fantastic option to combine with other treatments to target a particular issue. Someone who wishes to clear up their acne or fade light brown spots/discoloration might like to combine their bio brasion treatment with a light peel customised to their concerns.

Being suitable to so many more skin types whilst performing equally effective results, bio brasion might just out-shine traditional microdermabrasion in the world of aesthetics.

 

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Post-Operative Nutrition

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During and post-surgery, the body is put under an incredible amount of stress. Not only is it dealing with the physical shock and ‘trauma’ of the procedure, it also requires more fuel in order to heal itself quickly and effectively. Add a cocktail of medications for pain and antibiotics into the mix and you’ll find that nutrition plays a huge role in aiding the body to perform its best after surgery.

It’s important to understand which nutritional components the body seeks as it heals itself so that one can provide it with the best dietary choices in the days and weeks afterwards.

We’re looking at three key elements to focus on post-surgery.

Protein:

As the muscle tissue is often damaged during invasive surgery, the body begins to repair itself by creating new fibres. In order to make these muscle fibres, it needs protein. If it isn’t receiving enough protein from your diet during this stage, it will find it from elsewhere. This can lead to non-essential muscles deteriorating as the body takes protein from them in order to heal.

What to eat: poultry, fish, lean meat, soy based foods, beans, lentils, eggs, natural yoghurt.

Vitamin C:

As it’s responsible for the creation of connective tissues, vitamin C is a crucial element in the healing process of the body. This is because the enzymes which help form the collagen (which is responsible for the structure of connective tissue) cannot function without its co-factor – vitamin C! It is also a powerful antioxidant which can help stabilise your immune system when it might be weakened by surgery.

What to eat: citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, kale and tomato.

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A plays an important role within cell regeneration which is key in the healing process. It also helps to lower risk of infection as it aids the immune system and can help with inflammation.

What to eat: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, dark leafy greens and cantaloupe.

A word on healthy fats:

It is common knowledge that healthy fats are a huge benefit to your overall diet but they are especially important during a period of healing. Not only do good fats assist in the body’s immune response, they also play a big part in its ability to absorb vitamins.

It’s important to note that this post focuses nutrition through your diet. Should you be considering boosting your intake of any of the above via supplements, first speak with their doctor or dietician first.

 

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Microblading

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With brows having a strong moment in the cosmetic world, it is little wonder that the trend has seeped into the aesthetic world as well.

Microblading is a treatment that is quickly gaining traction in salons with clients looking for a way to minimise their morning routines and still look fresh, youthful and ready-to-go.

While the term ‘eyebrow tattoo’ can conjure up images of solid, block lines faded to a blue grey that our grandma might have, microblading is a whole new ballgame in the concept of semi-permanent make-up.

Also known as feathering, brow embroidery and etching, microblading is semi-permanent treatment which uses a handheld device with very fine needles.

The procedure can take approximately two hours, with a lot of the appointment being devoted to drawing on a customised brow first. The aesthetician considers aspects such as the individual’s face shape, brow bone and natural brow colour in order to develop the ideal shape to apply.

A numbing cream is then applied to minimise discomfort. The needles on the device are dipped into a cosmetic-grade eyebrow dye and which is strategically placed and deposited just below the skin surface. Microblading does not penetrate the skin as deeply as the average tattoo and each individual ‘hair’ is created one by one.

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Before and after: Jenn Boyd Ink

There is very minimal downtime after the procedure, yet some people experience slight irritation, redness or itchiness, which is a normal for any kind of tattoo treatment. A client is advised to refraining from picking and scratching the area, and avoid wetting the brows over the following week.

A follow up appointment is often recommended after four weeks. This allows time for the area to fully heal and the aesthetician can fill any remaining gaps and perhaps add a second coloured dye for an even more realistic finish.

Microblading generally lasts between 1 – 2 years and might require a touch up every 6 – 12 months.

While the treatment is customisable to any face shape, there are some who should avoid the procedure unless approved by their doctor. This includes those who are pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy, diabetic or have used a strong anti-acne medicine within the last 12 months.

Microblading is definitely a treatment that salons are starting to offer more frequently as clients aim for perfect brows that still look natural and believable.

 

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The Psychology Behind Aesthetics

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When thinking of aesthetics or anything to do with the beauty industry, one may not automatically associate it with psychology, or the study of the mind.  Yet, there is a very important link between the two and for those seeking to follow a career in aesthetics, it’s important to understand the link between physiology and psychology, and why patients may seek treatment.

The Proven Link Between Stress and Pimples!

Most of us know that if we’re stressed we quite often get a pimple, or a cold sore, or perhaps even hives or a rash of some sort.  There is a proven link between psychological trauma and anxiety manifesting into physical ailments.  The level of stress the patient is under can quite often influence the level of physical expression of the disease or ailment.  There’s also the opposite effect; physical appearance can affect one’s state of mind, behaviour and way of life (someone with terrible acne may become extremely shy and less social than someone who has never been affected etc.).

The environment, surrounding society and culture can also serve as a major factor in one’s motivations or desires for appearance expectations and associated cosmetic modifications.  These factors can also provide an insight into a patient’s self image or body image and in extreme cases, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

There are many elements that need to be considered when it comes to understanding different patients, and their choices and behaviours.  Some of these include:

  • Sex or gender identification
  • Age
  • Home environment – do they have kids, elderly parents to care for?
  • Culture, background
  • Surrounding Society
  • Socio-economic status
  • Body image

A Step Ahead of the Rest

The majority of clients seeking beauty or cosmetic treatments are doing so in order to make themselves feel better about their appearance; there is emotion behind the motivation.  Whether it’s stress, anxiety, societal pressure, career insecurities, physical; identifying these underlying emotions may give you an advantage over other practitioners, if you understand the patient and their motivations for seeking treatment.  It can also be a great tool to knowing which treatment will suit the client or what result will satisfy their needs.  Building a good relationship with your patients or clients is paramount to ensure return business and satisfied customers, as providing an all inclusive approach to the consumer’s well-being is expected in today’s world.

When Things Go Wrong

It’s also important to be able to counsel your clients if their results are unexpected, not what they think they asked for, or they have an adverse physiological reaction.  Understanding someone’s deeper motivations and psyche for any type of cosmetic treatment or enhancement will allow you to deal with any fall outs or unexpected results.

It is also important to be able to identify when a potential client might NOT be suitable for cosmetic treatments.  Someone with BDD may be obsessed and not psychologically sound to make choices when it comes to having more treatments done, and it’s important to be able to advise these patients accordingly.
Being aware of the underlying factors for a client and how this impacts their decision to seek assistance will empower aesthetic technicians and dermal clinicians to provide more comprehensive treatment options and deliver desirable results.

 

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