Three Things to Consider Before a Skin Consultation

 

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When it comes to skincare, simply using expensive products may not yield the desired results. The truth of the matter is that the only way to reach your ultimate skin health and complexion is to truly understand your skin and its needs.

Booking a skin consultation is the first step toward a long term plan, as you will be guided by an expert who truly understands skin.

Whilst booking your first consultation can be daunting, there is nothing to be fearful of. It’s unlikely you will undergo treatments the same day as your initial consultation, as a thorough skin analysis should be completed prior to any procedure or treatment. This will ensure that both you and your aesthetician understand what your skin concerns and complexion goals.

When booking a skin consultation, there are some things of which you should be aware, to get the most out of your meeting.

Identify your main concerns

As a rule, a good consultation with a skin specialist should begin with the line “What would you like to achieve?” or “What are you most concerned about in regards to your skin?”

Open ended questions such as these help to establish effective dialogue between you and your specialist. Alternatively, a specialist may examine your skin and identify areas which may benefit from treatment; a good skin specialist should be able to do this without creating unnecessary stress or concern on your behalf, and still ask questions regarding your eventual skin objectives.

Before the appointment, consider what conditions or concerns you are most eager to address. Fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, sun damage or pigmentation, skin lacking volume, blemish-prone or scarred skin are all common skin concerns which your specialist should be confident in addressing.

Know your skin and health history

Take the time to prepare a list of all the skincare products you are currently using, and in which order. Not only will this assist in determining whether you are using your skincare correctly, it will also inform the specialist as to whether your routine includes ingredients which may react negatively with any treatment they might prescribe. Use of some ingredients (such as AHAs, vitamin A derivative and cortisone) ought to be discontinued before undergoing certain treatments and procedures.

Your specialist will likely ask you about your general lifestyle, as health can heavily impact the function and appearance of the skin. Be prepared to discuss not only your diet, including Vitamin or mineral supplements, but your fitness level, hygiene and any habits which may affect your overall health.

Furthermore, your specialist should ask you about any known medical conditions and medications you may be taking. Honesty is crucial here, as some health conditions can not only affect the appearance of your skin, but also alter the effects of some skin treatments the specialist may suggest. Make a point to let them know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be confident in asking your own questions

Whilst is it can be a lot of information to absorb, it’s important to be confident in discussing your concerns or addressing any questions you may have with your specialist. A successful skin consultation should result in a better understanding of your skin and overall skin objectives, therefore ask for clarification if something doesn’t make sense. Ask them to explain again how their suggestions will work best for your skin type. Be confident in asking about post-treatment aftercare, common side effects, and whether you will require multiple appointments.

It’s also important to communicate if you have an upcoming event; this allows your specialist to factor in potential downtime and which treatment will be most appropriate.

A skin consultation is one of the best steps you can take in improving the health and appearance of your skin. It will not only allow you to develop a tailored skincare plan with a skincare expert, but it will also help you gain a better insight into your skin. Once you understand what your skin wants and needs to function well, you will discover it will begin to thrive.

 

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Anti-Ageing – What’s in a Clinic Today?

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Anti-ageing has become a medical specialty in its own right. It refers to the prevention, treatment and even reversal of the signs of ageing. An extension of preventative and holistic wellness, it is one of the fastest growing areas of medicine in the world. It is also a contributing factor to the increasing age expectation of a human life.

With current technologies such as anti-ageing and age reversing devices, along with a healthy diet, appropriate exercise and awareness and eradication of diseases before they have a chance to occur, we are effectively prolonging and improving our quality of life. It’s no wonder that anti-ageing conferences are now becoming some of the most popular conferences on the world circuit.

Keeping up with Consumer Expectations

Beauty clinics, doctor’s surgeries, even dermatologists or specialist surgeons and plastic surgeons around the world are realising that in order to keep up with consumer expectation and demand, they need to be offering the latest anti-ageing treatments alongside more traditional medicine.

There has been a real shift in the way we approach our health and beauty, due to a combination of scientific and technological advancements. Things that we used to dream of when it came to turning back the clock are now becoming reality. With stem cell rejuvenation we can now tighten skin without surgery. Being able to determine exactly where we position fat in our bodies is now a possibility, with fat transfer becoming a commonly performed procedure all over the world. The interesting thing is that these treatments and procedures are now often being offered side by side in the same clinics who now cater for a person’s whole approach to health.

It’s not unusual for a dermatologist to offer laser or light treatments, or a plastic surgeon to offer fat transfer as well as synthetic breast implants. It’s commonplace that your local GP clinic will also offer what looks like a Medispa menu of blood analysis or a nutritionist to counsel you on your diet; the local skincare or cancer clinic to offer laser hair removal or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for removal of pigmentation or skin imperfections; or a plastic surgeon to offer Coolsculpting and Vampire Facials for after you’ve had your rhinoplasty.

Catering for the Individual

The beauty of all this new technology, devices, treatments and procedures is that we can specifically tailor an anti-ageing approach for each of us. There is a solution for almost every skin issue or imperfection. Acne is almost a thing of the past. Anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections are becoming so mainstream there are entire Instagram accounts dedicated to the practice.

Societal Acceptance

In the last five years there has been a huge turnaround in society’s acceptance of these measures to stop the ageing process. Botox used to be only for the rich, or Hollywood’s celebrities. It’s now more commonplace than you might think. Australians spend in excess of $1billion on cosmetic treatments each year – more per capita than Americans! No longer are consumers settling for brow waxing or shaping; feathering and tattooing is more popular than ever. The standard facial is being replaced by more long-term effective treatments such as chemical peels or laser, with the cost of these new procedures being drastically reduced.

Anti-ageing clinics are here to stay, with the science and technology behind the concept only increasing in momentum.

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What’s Next in the Aesthetics Industry

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Even if you already work in the industry or are considering a career in it, the Aesthetics industry is a hard one to keep up with. There are new developments, discoveries and products on the market every day. Here are just a few that you might not have heard of yet, but are sure to become more mainstream in the months/years to come.

Aesthetic Apps

These days, there’s an App for everything and with technology playing such a huge role in this industry, it was only a matter of time before an App was developed for the aesthetics industry. These Apps will allow you to see what you will look like after a particular treatment. So, if you are not sure if you want, for example, lip fillers, you can simply download the App, upload a photo, choose which treatment you are considering, and see what you think of the results. Whether this will take off on your personal phone or just be used by beauty spas and clinics is yet to be seen. While this is not commonplace in the market yet, watch this space.

Augmented Reality

Following on with the App theme, there is also an App where a woman wearing a uniquely designed “bra” is videoed, and the App superimposes augmented breasts over the top of the bra so the woman can see what she’d look like with a particular shape or size of breasts. It’s said to be like a virtual mirror where you can shop for the exact breasts you want so when you have the surgery you are clearer on what the results are going to look like. There are already similar, less advanced versions of this being used in surgeon’s offices around the world but this takes it to the next step.

Regrowing Hair

Hair loss and its treatment has certainly gone from strength to strength in the last decade or two. There have been special creams and formulas, hair transplants etc and they all work to a certain extent, but with all the research and discoveries on cell growth and stimulation to make us more beautiful, the golden ticket to solve the problem once and for all is hair follicles to regenerate and start growing hair again. There are science labs who have managed to do this in a laboratory, but as of yet it’s still not at a stage where it has worked on a human. With so many men (and women!) dealing with loss of hair, whether it be partial or complete baldness in their lifetime, this is one area where research is definitely getting quality time.

Will We Finally Get Rid of Cellulite?

There are already some newer devices on the market claiming they can help reduce cellulite but for some reason this stubborn condition is one of the hardest to treat. There’s been reasonable success with creams, liposuction, massage and mesotherapy, yet none have so far managed to produce results so outstanding as to warrant a breakthrough in the treatment of cellulite. LED’s, laser and most recently Coolsculpting have been said to help, but even these new treatments have been unable to produce perfect results. However, as non-surgical body contouring and aesthetic product development continues to move forward at a bold pace, it may only be a matter of time before cellulite can be treated with brilliant results in just a trip to the beauty salon.

 

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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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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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The Exciting World of Wellness

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The science behind the newest treatment or creation of technology in the field of beauty and wellness seems almost futuristic. More interestingly, is that people can now choose non-invasive procedures and still achieve drastic results. You’ve got to love the fact that this has allowed us to move from wondering IF we can have the body we want, to simply figuring out HOW to get the body we want.

Three Amazing Examples

There are thousands of examples to choose from, but we’ll highlight just three of the “new age” aesthetic treatments.

1) Ultrasonic body contouring: A non-invasive contouring procedure that uses sound waves. It works by using an ultrasound device which focuses in on specific areas and kills the fat cells that live 1.5 cm below the skin. It is painless, fast (typically 10-50 minutes), and very specific so that you don’t have to worry about contour irregularities. The best part? As soon as treatment is over, you could go for a run or to yoga class!

2) Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): This is an older technique developed in the 1930’s by a pair of Danish doctors, but the science behind it is still fascinating. It must be good if it is still used to this day! The lymphatic system in the body, like our circulatory system, moves waste out of the body. However, unlike circulation, the body requires movement in order to get the lymphatic system working correctly.  MLD uses light, rhythmic motions, to go with the natural flow of the lymphatic system and help clear blockages and remove toxins.

3) Chemical Peels: There are many types of chemical peels available including acid peels, enzymatic peels, and medical peels. The entire concept of chemical peels is fascinating; using the most appropriate formula for the clients’ specific skin type and concerns, we can effectively remove dead skin cells and replace them with new skin that is smoother, less wrinkled, and with reduced scarring.

Technology Crazy!

Will all of the advances the field of beauty and wellness, it is no wonder that it has consistently ranked as one of the top industries for job potential and growth, both worldwide and here in Australia.

The Australasian College of Health and Wellness is committed to remaining at the forefront of education and training in this industry; to hear from current students experiencing the TACHW journey, visit (https://www.tachw.edu.au/testimonials/).

TACHW aims to provide an engaging, detailed syllabus, with hands-on training in some of the top techniques of today’s aesthetics and wellness industry.

 

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Treatments for Sensitive Skin

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While there are a myriad of options on the market to target skin concerns such as acne and pigmentation, those with sensitive skin can often find it difficult to find a treatment that doesn’t cause irritation. Often their concerns are left unattended due to fear of upsetting their skin and lacking professional advice.

Today we look at treatment options that are, most often, safe for those sensitive skin types. As always, each individual case should be assessed by a qualified skin specialist before undergoing any treatments. It’s important to know the difference between skin type and skin condition; this post looks at sensitive skin as the type, with acne/ dryness/ dehydration as the condition.

Acne

Those sensitive skin types suffering from acne often find it difficult to find an effective treatment that is gentle enough to address their main skin concern . If the acne is active and severe, one might consider SGA (Sebaceous Gland Ablation) which can help to minimise the breakouts. If the acne is not as active and the main concern is the scarring it has left, Emerge Fractional Laser can reduce the appearance of scarring by using microscopic points of light to penetrate the epidermis and dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.

Hair Removal

Hair removal treatments are really only a concern for people with sensitive skin when it involves a physical removal. With this in mind, waxing and the like are best to be avoided. Treatments such as IPL should be perfectly safe. If you are concerned, notify the IPL technician during your consultation of your sensitivity. They might begin treatments at a lower level to avoid irritation and build up to regular levels.

Dryness/ Dehydration

If you have dry sensitive skin, you can still find solutions in the likes of micro peels. These are the lightest form of chemical peel available in clinics and salons, as a sensitive skin can react negatively to excessive physical exfoliation. The more you physically irritate the skin, the stronger it will react.

Pigmentation

Those who wish to treat pigmentation but are afraid of treatments upsetting their sensitive skin can rest easy. Treatments such as IPL and Fraxel are safe and, when performed properly by qualified technicians, should not irritate the skin. You can also speak with your skin specialist about chemical exfoliation with micro peels using AHAs/BHAs. If you know you are specifically sensitive to the likes of glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, be sure to communicate with your skin specialist so they can tailor the treatment to you.

As well as tailoring treatments to your specific skin concerns, it’s important for those with sensitive skin to be vigilant about how the care for their skin. Wearing sunscreen every day and avoiding excessive sun exposure can aid in minimising sensitivity, while Antioxidants can help boost the skin’s protective barriers against environmental factors.

If you have sensitive skin with other concerns, it’s important to consult with a qualified skin expert who can help you address such issues.

 

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