Out of my comfort zone and skin shamed! (not really)

Out of my comfort zone and skin shamed! (not really)

As an entrepreneur and tech startup founder, I often hear people say, that you have to go out of your comfort zone in order to grow as an individual. The other thing I’d like to preface this blog with, is that as a tech founder, I love technology and Gadgets! I am a gadget geek. My role involves meeting prospective clients, as well as potential investors and other interested institutions. There is also an old saying, that you have just a few seconds from when you first meet someone, for them to form an opinion of you. In today’s incredibly busy world, never has that been so true in my experience.

Now, here’s the thing – I was born in a part of London where appearance was never really a big thing for men at the time. It never needed to be! It was a dog eat dog world in many respects. The concept of looking after my appearance and especially skin, at the age of cough, cough 50 odd cough is totally alien to me. Hey, my idea of skin care involves ensuring that I put a band aid on a graze only if I am losing 2 litres of blood and only then does it go on!

Like A kid at Christmas

So, with my role, and with my need to always look the best I can (says someone with a face for radio!), I decided to have my skin professionally assessed and treatment options specific to me recommended. I mentioned earlier that I am a gadget geek. Well, I was like a kid in a toy store when Chrystal, the therapist at Le Sands Clinic, walked me into her consult room and introduced the digital skin analysis machine!

I was not really sure what to expect when walking in, but Chrystal explained the process to me beautifully. The digital skin analysis assesses multiple areas of my skin health, through a series of very easy and painless! Tests. The analyser can see below the surface of my skin, giving her a really good assessment of moisture content, how deep my wrinkles are, blocked pores and the like.

Digital skin analysis output from a male client at Le Sands Clinic

The results – ha!

The analysis took about 45 minutes in total and was a real eye opener. Based upon the results, I was skin shamed! Well, not really, and in fact, Chrystal uncovered a deep and long standing issue with my skin, that I had really known about for many years. The 7 areas for investigation were then tested and then results discussed with me and the implications of the results. The great news, and I am going to brag about this now, my wrinkle depth, was very low! Ha! Revenge from this 54 year old at last! My skin hydration was also pretty good considering I drive a lot – did you know that if you drive a lot, then often, one side of your face will be less hydrated than the other if you are heading north in the morning and south of an evening… hadn’t even thought of that.

A bit of a revelation

Back to the serious side of the blog for a moment, the results that Chrystal obtained, plus the questioning of my life style for instance, led her to make a really clever discovery about my skin and therefore how it should be treated. Chrystal epitomises the diagnostic type approach that Dr Saliba advocates and carries this out very professionally. In fact, her explanations of not only the process and use of the analysis, but also the reasons why we were witnessing some of the results were enlightening, especially to a geek like me that likes to know everything that’s going on.

At the end of the analysis, I now have a pretty solid treatment plan for my skin specifically and a well defined path to where I need to be as I continue on my founder journey.

Andrew Paton-Smith

Andrew is a founder and CEO of a Sydney based innovative tech startup https://jazoodle.com

6 Things You May Not Know About Skin Needling

Dermapen 4 at Le Sands Clinic

6 Things You Should Know About Skin Needling

Here’s 6 things that you should know about skin needling and Dermapen but may have been too afraid to ask! We’ve launched the Dermapen 4 in clinic

1. What is skin needling?

Skin Needling is a non invasive clinical treatment, that uses micro needles to penetrate between the very top layer of the skin and the deepest layers underneath. This treatment is also known as CIT / Collagen Induction Therapy.

Dermapen 4 at Le Sands Clinic

2. What is Dermapen 4?

Dermapen 4 is currently the leading skin needling device . It is TGA approved and made and developed in Australia. The device is surgical grade stainless steel that utilises 16 fine needles. The design of the Dermapen 4 means less trauma to the skin when compared to other needling devices, giving a more effective, efficient and safer treatment for all skin types.

3. What conditions are best treated by Dermapen 4?

The Dermapen is best used in treating facial wrinklesminor scars, stretch marks, acne scars and other facial lines.

The Dermapen is best used in treating:

4. How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments needed will depend upon your individual skin needs. For best results, we give all of our clients a free digital skin analysis as part of our initial consultation

5. Is there any downtime with Dermapen and skin needling?

There is no downtime with Dermapen 4. You may experience swelling or redness for 1-2 hours after the treatment but this should quickly subside.

6. How will I know if skin needling with Dermapen is right for me?

At Le Sands Clinic, we pride ourselves on first understanding your particular concerns or treatment needs. We would not recommend Dermapen 4 treatment without first seeing you. Call us on 02 9567 0399 to book your individual consultation

What’s REALLY going on with your skin?

What’s REALLY going on with your skin?

Have you ever wondered how healthy your skin is? I’m sure that you know to moisturise, drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and direct sunlight. Furthermore, do you really know what is really going on with your skin? How healthy is your skin, deep down under the surface?

What is happening under the surface? We’ve recently invested in the Skeyndor digital skin diagnosis system. This device is a highly advanced system for detecting underlying skin conditions. Every client receives a free digital analysis and these are used by Le Sands Clinic to build your personal treatment plan . Why is this important for your skin health and management plan?

Le Sands Clinic uses the My Skin Diagnosis system on each of our clients as a complimentary service

Why a digital skin diagnosis?

Our senior dermal therapists believe that having a full picture of skin health is critical to understanding the best course of treatment for each person. Our digital analysis assesses:

Skin type and oil content of skin – this is important in that the naked eye can only see so much! the digital analysis lets us get under the skin to assess the amount of oil, extent of dead skin cells and the like

Hydration and moisture content – how well moisiturised your skin is deep within your skin

Health of pores and visibility – how dilated your pores are

Bad bacteria under the skin

Pigmentation / Uneven Skin Tone – Pigmentation comes in different forms and caused by a number of factors. Our therapists can determine what types and causes and our machine confirming how deep it is under the skin.

Keratin – we look to understand the build up of dead skin cells

Wrinkles – we need to understand how deep these are and the extent of them

7 Skin Parameters

Snapshots of your skin health

The analysis, when taken over time will also mean that you will be able to see the changes in your skin over time during your treatment journey. We use this to understand your exact skin type and treatment options. What’s more, we have a digital record of your skin as it is now as well as how it responds to treatments and products over time, so that we can modify treatment plans if need be

We believe the skills and knowledge of our therapists, along with the confirmation from our digital skin analysis is so important in the correct diagnosis and treatment of individual skin as part of a consistent skin care treatment plan, that Le Sands Clinic has started doing this for every one of our clients as either part of our initial consultation, or prior to other treatment appointments being done when client’s visit us. There is no charge for our digital skin analysis system

For more information talk with Emily, or Chrystal or arrive a few minutes early for your next appointment and we’ll arrange this for you

Your Next Phase: Oozing Confidence, and Impressing Your New Boss And Clients

There is an old saying, that when you start a new job, or return to work after raising a family, that you should “dress to impress”. Indeed, the way you dress says so much about you. It can convey your meaning, your style, or how approachable you are. It can convey the way you want to be treated in the workplace. This article from Forbes explains this well.

Your next phase

But being your best, feeling your best, and feeling confident has more to it than meets the eye. It can be the clothes you wear, or style you portray. Returning to work is a prime example of this. Radiating confidence is the key to creating an impression. An impression with your new work colleagues, your bosses, clients or other key people. How many times have you been in a professional setting, maybe a product launch, or a networking meeting, and someone walks into a room that just oozes confidence, radiates an aura, and people are drawn to them naturally. Your personal brand is so important in this day and age. What is your personal brand? Do you ooze that confidence when walking into a meeting, networking event, or meeting clients?

Your next phase is about to start. How successful will your next phase be? That’ll be down to you, your skills, and your personal capabilities. Think about this: someone’s impression of you takes only around 4 seconds to be made up. Think about that, 4 seconds, or the time it takes to read this sentence, could either make or break you. No pressure there then! Now also think about this, the times when you are most confident, what is it that helps create this confidence?

Your personal brand

When starting your next phase, we believe that your best phase is about your personal brand, the style you convey, and how great you look, inside and out, male or female. Whilst we can’t help style you, we will help with your inner you. when your skin is glowing and radiant, your facial lines tight, and purposeful, your breakouts under control, and any skin damage repaired, then you will be oozing confidence.

We believe that inner confidence can be enhanced through how you look, how you feel, and how ready to meet the world you are.

Looking Great, Feeling Great

Your next phase is about not only looking great, but also feeling great. Inner greatness will be achieved through the treatment of external and cosmetic conditions. Conditions such as sun damage, excess hair, or ill advised tattoos. Over the next few weeks, we’re creating a series of articles about some of the people we’ve helped, their inspiring stories, and the successes they’ve had as part of their journey to their next phase. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do and are inspired to be reach your best phase.

When contemplating your next phase, a phase involving returning to work, or moving up the corporate ladder remember this. Personal success is not only desirable, but a must have. That personal success will be as a result of a number of factors, confidence and appearance being just two of them, but highly important ones.

Dr Lucia Saliba Master of Surgery (Breast cancer)

Dr Lucia Saliba Bsc(Med), MBBS FRACS is the founder of Le Sands Clinic, and renowned breast cancer and reconstruction surgeon with deep belief in people achieving their next phase in life, whatever that may be. Physical health blended with aesthetics contributes to an holistic passion for people achieving their next phase.