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Say Goodbye to Tired Eyes!

By on Nov 7, 2012 in News, Uncategorized |

The nasal-jugal groove or tear trough is the groove between the lower eyelid and the cheek. This groove creates the dark circles under our eyes that can make us look tired and aged. These are often noticeable in our 30s and 40s. As we get older, the tear trough depression becomes accentuated. This is because the skin and soft tissues around the eye become thinner and less elastic. The skin sags, the orbital bones appear more pronounced and the fat pads of the lower eyelids bulge, aggravating the shadows. Patients with a nasal-jugal groove or otherwise known as a tear trough, often use a range of skincare products and a range of different coloured concealers and foundations to camouflage this area. There are also surgical and non-surgical treatments. Great results can be achieved with cosmetic surgery, especially for men and women over 50 years that have baggy eyelids. Consult a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to find out which eyelid procedure would be most suitable, which might include fat grafting or blepharoplasty. In the past, skin, fat pads and muscle were cut away to remove the bags, but this often accentuated the hollow look and deepened the nasal-jugal groove. Newer techniques move the lower eyelid fat so that it cushions the orbital rim and fills in the groove, restoring a youthful appearance. If the main problem is dark circles under the eyes, consider a more conservative approach. The tear trough can be lessened with either non- permanent or permanent dermal fillers to replace the lost volume. These offer immediate cosmetic results with low risk of complications. They can be used at any age, including in those who have had a previous blepharoplasty. The most popular non-permanent dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid (polysaccharide), which is slowly injected in tiny amounts into the groove, using a fine needle. Hyaluronic acid is a harmless complex sugar and is a normal component of human skin. The treatment is a 30-minute lunchtime procedure with minimal discomfort. It can result in minor swelling and occasional bruising for a few days, but this can be easily concealed with makeup so there is little downtime. At Tristram Clinic, the cost to treat the nasal-jugal groove with a non-permanent dermal filler is...

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Restoring and enhancing youthful contours of the face

By on Nov 7, 2012 in News, Uncategorized |

THE LATEST WORLD-WIDE TECHNIQUES ARE BEING used at Tristram Clinic to enhance the ageing face. As Tristram Clinic appearance medicine nurse Sonya Ferguson puts it: “It’s not so much about removing every line in your face and looking frozen, but about having shape in the face and restoring the face’s youthful contours.” This is achieved by placing new generation dermal fillers into the face, to restore the face’s balanced proportions. “We volumise hollows and recontour the cheeks and cheekbones, lift the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines), lift the marionette region (jowls), soften the chin and soften the nasojugal groove (the hollow beneath the eyes).” As we age we experience loss of facial fat, sagging due to gravity, loss of the skin’s collagen and elastin and even our facial bones begin to shrink. This causes our cheeks to gradually flatten and deepens the nasolabial lines. We also notice jowls forming below the jawline. Hollowing under the eyes can develop, resulting in dark circles. We can end up looking tired and sad. “Replacing the volume can take years off patients so they look better, and there’s no need for anyone to know why!” The face still retains its individual character, but as Sonya says; “Replacing the loss of volume restores the youthful contours of the face but we still keep some lines to ensure it looks natural.” The results are instant and can be quite dramatic. Tristram Clinic appearance nurses Sonya Ferguson and Deborah Wake use hyaluronic acid as their preferred filler as it gives a very natural look. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a complex sugar that is normally found in human skin. HA assists in skin hydration by attracting and holding water. It combines with collagen and elastin to maintain skin structure and elasticity. Every face is unique and every patient is unique. This type of work is truly an art form Volumising and recontouring facial skin is a non-surgical procedure that usually takes 30 minutes to one hour. Sonya and Deborah aim to make dermal filler treatment as comfortable for the patient as possible. A series of tiny injections are placed into the skin. Some brands of hyaluronic acid contain local anaesthetic to reduce the discomfort of the...

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Lips that look naturally beautiful

By on Jun 20, 2012 in News, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Gently smiling and youthful lips are an essential component of a beautiful face and have been admired by men and women of every culture and ethnic group over the ages. It is important to remember that every lip shape is different. We may not all be blessed with an enviable pout, but it is possible to enhance what we’ve got! Women choose from a huge range of lipsticks and lip glosses to enhance their appearance and often apply lipstick many times throughout the day. Eventually, the effects of time, hormonal changes and sun exposure can no longer be disguised by cosmetics. As time goes by, we may notice changes in the shape of our lips. With age, they may begin to lose fullness. Our lips may appear thinner and elongated, leaving them less defined. We may also notice the appearance and deepening of vertical lip lines around the border of the mouth. These lines are commonly known as ‘smoker’s lines’ and develop over a number of years, through the repeated pursing of lips, such as when you smoke or suck on a straw. We also notice lines at the corner of the mouth known as a ‘mouth frown’. These lines often make us look sad. Fortunately, dermal fillers can reverse these ageing changes, although it’s important not to overdo these. You want to look great for your age rather than artificially 20 or 30 years younger. I aim for a natural appearance – a small roll on the border of a rounded lip, volume in the body of the lip, diminished lines on the top lip, a gently accentuated cupid’s bow and uplifted corners of the mouth. Dermal fillers can be used to make thinning lips appear fuller, but it’s important to make sure they still suit your face and genetic makeup. Your lips need to be part of your face! The art in creating youthful lips that belong to your face, involves a good eye. At age 50, they do not need to look like they should belong on a 20-year-old face. A lip enhancement procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. As the injections can be painful, the procedure often starts by applying a numbing cream or injecting local...

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Magic Mineral Make-up

By on Jun 20, 2012 in News, Uncategorized |

MINERAL MAKEUP is formulated from elements derived from the earth’s minerals. The makeup is a silk-like powder that contains a combination of ingredients such as; titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxides, mica or boron nitride. The minerals should appear at the top of the ingredient list and not at the bottom. (Ingredients are listed in descending order with the largest amount listed first.) Mineral makeup can also be defined by what’s not included in its composition. Most mineral formulas are a simple combination of four or five ingredients. This differs greatly from traditional makeup where minerals are listed under ‘may also contain’ at the end of a long list of fillers, binders, fragrances, chemical dyes and chemical preservatives. One of the most ubiquitous fillers is talc – a finely powdered magnesium silicate. Most quality mineral makeup will NOT contain talc or any of the top three sensitizers in cosmetics; perfume, chemical dyes and chemical preservatives. Technology has improved so much that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can be micronized to a degree that they don’t leave the telling whiteness of the previously larger crystals on the skin. When minerals are applied they scatter light and give the illusion of perfection. Unlike a matte powder that absorbs light and allows one to see into the skin; mineral powders act like hundreds of thousands of mirrors reflecting and refracting light away from imperfections, creating the illusion of smooth uniform skin. The nature of minerals themselves is that they are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and sun protective. Minerals allow the skin to breathe and function normally, while providing broad-spectrum sun protection with a SPF of 20. Minerals form a protective shield that helps calm inflammation from acne, rosacea and erythema caused by cosmetic procedures or medical procedures. Minerals are inert and cannot support bacteria and are safe to use on sensitive skin and because they are oil-free and non-comedogenic (they don’t block pores) the skin is able to breathe and function normally. Some mineral makeup includes a combination of active ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamins, coenzyme Q10 and green tea. The inclusion of these ingredients means that the epidermis not only looks good but is also well nourished. One of the key benefits of...

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Sonya Ferguson’s Profile 2009 Beautiful You

By on Jun 19, 2012 in News, Uncategorized |

Sonya joined Tristram Clinic in 1993 as the Plastic Surgery and Dermatology practice nurse. She specialises in appearance medicine which is a relatively new medical term describing treatments that combine art and science to enhance a person’s appearance. Sonya uses BOTOX® and dermal fillers to reduce the signs of aging, to soften wrinkles, to volumize the face and to create naturally beautiful lips. Sonya also uses IPL, chemical peels, and radiofrequency. Tell us about your experience I have 16 years experience in the field of appearance medicine. I work closely with the plastic surgeons and dermatologists at Tristram Clinic as this ensures the best possible outcome for all patients. I have been involved in training New Zealand doctors and nurses in the art of dermal filler injecting. I regularly attend conferences and workshops to keep up to date with the latest products and best practices. What type of procedure do you perform most often? BOTOX® and dermal fillers are the most sought after treatments. I have a special interest in volumizing the aging face and lip augmentation. My work is a form of art and I believe that a person needs to look naturally beautiful, not frozen or overdone. What do you find most rewarding about your work? When a patient looks in the mirror after treatment and goes wow! I look amazing! I know they are really happy and their self-confidence increases to a new level. This has to be the best job in the world. Each day I make a difference to a person’s life and that is extremely rewarding. What do you consider to be the best advance in appearance medicine since you started in this field? It would have to be BOTOX® and the new generation dermal fillers. How I treated aging 16 years ago is very different to today. With BOTOX® I can reduce the early signs of aging and with the new generation dermal fillers I can volumize the aging face and add some youthful curves and sculpture the face. These new products and techniques are extremely exciting. What is the most common misconception about these types of treatments? That you end up looking frozen! I believe that appearance medicine is truly an...

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