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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The Truth About Extractions

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There is a lot of debate in the aesthetic and beauty industry about the necessity of extractions.

While some believe it is a great way to maintain a clear complexion, others argue that it only damages the skin.

Are extractions a safe component in a facial and how much difference can they make?

We look at situations where a client should consider extractions and best practice for the safest and most successful outcome.

What are extractions?

Extractions are essentially the physical removal of oil, dirt and debris from the skin’s pores, most often in the form of blackheads or whiteheads (clogging and congestion).

How are they performed?

Extractions should only be performed by a professional. The skin is first prepared with a thorough cleanse and often a light peel which loosens the stratum corneum, the topmost layer of the skin.

Steam is applied to warm the skin and soften the built up oil and debris in the pores.

Once steamed, the aesthetician will perform the extraction, often with gloved hands and tissues to provide pressure to the pore. Some aestheticians use a metal extraction tool, however most prefer their hands as they are better able to judge the pressure they are applying to minimise potential damage the skin.

Extractions are followed by a light toner (if preferred) and the appropriate moisturiser.

How to find the right aesthetician:

Not everyone will perform extractions and some have more experience than others. It’s important to do your research to find someone who will suit you. Looking at reviews will be your first point of call in finding someone who will do the job well, and ideally the aesthetician will have at least two years’ experience in extractions.

Things to consider:

After an extraction, it’s best to leave skin make-up-free until the next day. This gives skin a chance to breathe and settle after the procedure.

An aesthetician can usually only extract a blackhead or whitehead. A cyst is an infection deep within the pore and cannot be extracted in a salon-setting without further dermal training. Milia (a white lump that looks like a whitehead but cannot be extracted via squeezing) can be extracted with a lancet by a trained aesthetician or medical practitioner.

A blemish can take 5-7 days to heal after an extraction therefore it’s best to book in at least  a week before a big event.

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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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Good Aesthetician Practices

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In an industry where everything from hygiene, education, appearances and personal care matters, there are tell-tale signs of a good aesthetician. For a client who is looking for the ‘right’ aesthetician, there are certain elements which will determine who they end up trusting, not only with their skin, but also their health and wellbeing.

Today we look at good aesthetician practices which should be adhered to at all times.

Thorough knowledge

A good aesthetician should, first and foremost, have a complete and thorough knowledge of both human biology and up-to-date industry procedures and treatments. One ought to be able to assess a client’s concerns and prescribe a treatment plan according to the individual – especially if there are certain contraindications, such as sensitivity, eczema, rosacea or acne.

Education is vital for an aesthetician to deliver the best treatments and results for their clients. Having a firm foundation in the human anatomy and aesthetic procedures is a must, but continuing one’s education is just as important.

Asking questions

Being able to properly diagnose a client’s concerns is the only way to develop an effective treatment plan. One can’t expect to formulate an accurate diagnosis without probing and asking a client the right questions. While assessing the skin might let you know that the person most likely has acne, it’s only through talking to them and digging deeper that you might discover that they actually have Papulopustular Rosacea. Here are some questions you might ask a client:

+ What are your main skin concerns?
+ Is today a good, bad or normal skin day for you?
+ What kind of acne do you normally get (cysts, little bumps, pustules, etc)?
+ When do you find your skin is the most sensitive?
+ When did this symptom develop?
+ Is your skincare regime simple or include a lot of products? What products are in your regime?

Your qualifications matter

Receiving a qualification, be it a certificate, diploma or degree, is important in cementing your knowledge in the field. However, it should not be hidden away. Having your qualifications on display also lets your clients – and future clients – know that that you are certified and able to practice. This is another reason to continually look for further education opportunities and update your skills.

Cause minimal irritation

A good aesthetician should always look for the least invasive and irritating option for their client. Needless aggravating procedures will only upset the skin and may lead to more issues down the road. One ought to be able to assess every case individually and prescribe the most effective treatment with short and long term results in mind.

 

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Preparing for IPL this Summer

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While clients spend a lot of time researching the process and the post-treatment of IPL, people are not always aware of how to prepare properly before their first appointment. With many people considering IPL for hair removal coming into the warmer months, it’s crucial one understands how to care for and prep the skin.

This week we look at some factors one should be aware of in order to prepare the skin and hair follicle to ensure the best IPL results.

Sun protection

It’s important to avoid excessive sun exposure in the weeks leading up to treatment; sun can increase the skin’s sensitivity. Furthermore, if the skin has suffered from sun burn, treatment should be postponed until the skin has healed entirely.

Avoid tanning

Both natural and fake tan can disrupt the results of IPL as the light works off of the contrast of the darkness of the hair follicle and the surrounding tissue. When the tissue around the hair is darker, it can become the accidental target of the light. This can damage the skin and can result in burns or blisters. It is best to undergo the IPL process with your skin in its most natural state.

Waxing and shaving

IPL works by targeting the follicle within the shaft. If one waxes, it should be done at least three weeks before the treatment. This allows time for the follicle to return so that the IPL has something to target. Shaving can be done the day before as any light absorbed by hair above the skin will be ineffective. Shaving allows the light to be absorbed solely by the roots of the follicle.

Exfoliate and moisturise

Developing a daily routine of exfoliating and moisturising will ensure the skin is healthy before treatment. Dry, dead skin can create a barrier which inhibits the lights from penetrating the skin well. Exfoliation with a scrub, mitt or loofah will ensure better results from IPL treatment. Hydrated skin will improve skin health, meaning that it will be less likely to suffer sensitivity.

Be aware of contraindications

There are a number of things which can influence the effectiveness of IPL treatment. Keep in mind any medications you are taking including aspirin, anti-inflammatories and anti-biotics. Skincare and topical creams such as retinoids can also increase skin sensitivity. Speaking with the IPL technician when they are developing your treatment plan should ensure you are best prepared for your treatment.

 

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The Exciting World of Wellness

The Exciting World of Wellness

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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