Who is injecting fillers into you? Why you should be very wary

Who is injecting fillers into you? Why you should be very wary

We are proud of the appearance treatments that we provide. We are also proud of our luxurious clinic facilities. Even more proud though, are the safety and back up of the medical facilities and skills available within the clinic. This is particularly important when it comes to invasive procedures, such as lip and dermal fillers, facial sculpting and PRP. Do you know who is injecting fillers into you?

Who is injecting fillers into you - be wary

We’ve all seen the headlines recently in the ABC and other news outlets. Calls for greater regulation in administering cosmetic injections, along with the need to improve facilities. The team at Le Sands Clinic are wholly supportive of tighter regulations, and we’ll detail why below. When it comes to injectables, be aware, not all practitioners or establishments are equal.

The scourge of cheap treatments

In many respects, the use of cosmetic injectables has, and rightly so, become more mainstream recently. At Le Sands Clinic, we provide a number of enhancing and sculpting procedures along with PRP treatments for our clients. Dr Saliba, is a senior consultant breast surgeon, and highly qualified injection practitioner. Think about this, we’ve been fed a diet of thinking that injections should be cheap. We strongly advise that whoever you use, do your research and that price should not be your only consideration.

An understanding of facial anatomy will differentiate who is injecting fillers into you

Facial Anatomy

With many potential pitfalls, an in depth knowledge of facial anatomy is essential in order to reduce the risk of adverse effects or outcomes, some of which could be life changing, such as blindness. One question to ask your practitioner is – how familiar are you with facial anatomy? Behind your skin are a myriad of blood vessels, muscles, bone and other structures. Your practitioner should understand and visualise these before any injection. Recently, a lady suffered enlarged lips and considerable swelling, due to the practitioner injecting filler into an blood vessel. A potential lethal mistake. I believe that:

” it is imperative that whoever is injecting you intimately understand facial anatomy. They understand and can visualise, where each of your vital organs, vessels and structures are before starting treatment. They should understand balance and symmetry in the face. The effect of treating one area on how that influences shape and symmetry of other areas of the face.”

When wanting the cheapest treatment, think about the words above. Think about the skills and qualifications you should be insisting upon – you want the best. The best is not the cheapest.

Medical Equipment

Another aspect of safety, is the level of medical equipment and skills available should something go wrong. This is rare, however, reactions can occur. The body can disagree with the substance, and let’s face it, serious, unconnected medical episodes can occur at any time. Does your establishment have defibrillation equipment on hand? Or qualified medical doctors on site at the time you are having your injections? Many businesses do not. They rely on a Skype or other system of doctor consultations. Skype is not going to help you should you run into difficulties in the clinic

Does your injectable clinic have defibrillators on site?

Also, what other equipment is available in your clinic? At Le Sands Clinic, we have a range of life monitoring equipment. Our staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. We also only ever have myself, (Dr Saliba) perform any invasive procedures. I must repeat, medical episodes are extremely rare. However, because they can happen, we feel all injectable clinics should be suitably skilled and properly equipped.

We believe anyone wanting fillers or sculpting should be very careful who they have perform these treatments. The ability to provide artistry to the process, the safety equipment on site is paramount. Also important is having a medical doctor on site, with the right equipment available should something go wrong. Having filler injections can provide so many benefits to our clients, but is not without risk. Why would you go for cheap, when you should really be going for the best and safest.

Dr Lucia Saliba Master of Surgery (Breast Cancer)

Dr Lucia Saliba is the founder and CEO of Le Sands Clinic in Brighton Le Sands, NSW. She is a senior consultant breast and general surgeon. A graduate of UNSW medical school, and Master of Surgery (Breast Cancer) bestowed on her from University of Sydney

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

Max’s Blog: Summer loving, Summer living and Those Endless Summer Dog Days

In my last blog, I wrote about a seriously bad decision I took. It was after a night out with Sid the sausage dog. Luckily, Dr Saliba, my mum, erased Blossom from my delicate skin, and Bessie was none the wiser. I still don’t know who Blossom was that night.. eek! So, winter is here, and after a summer of partying, I am certainly in need of a little rejuvenation. I mean, there’s only so many good times someone as cute as me can take without it taking its toll!

The Ravages Of Last Summer

Ah… last summer…endless days spent cruising Grand parade in Brighton, top down on the car, eyeing potential suitors – I mean, who wouldn’t want to be with me – it’d be an honour for every pooch in Brighton, Sydney, THE WORLD! Those endless summer days, the wind in my fur, walks along the beach, the sun, sand, and watching other lesser dogs run into the sea chasing sticks that their humans had thrown. I’ve never really seen the point of that – I mean, I’m canine royalty… now, If it had been chicken, or cake, or lasagne thrown – now that would have been different – I’d have been there like a shot! I may be the cutest thing alive, but I’m not too proud to go chasing chicken – anything else though.. nah!

The Great Blossom Tattoo Incident Recapped

Back to those summer days there was one very memorable day. It involved Sid the Sausage dog again – and yep, I was only grounded after the great Blossom tattoo incident, for a short time. Sid has a tough exterior, but deep down, he’s the bestest of friends – but he does tend to lead me astray though. We were on Sid’s speedboat in botany bay. Cruising around, sunning our paws, the wind whistling through our fur as we sped around the bay. It was an awesome day. We moored up and Sid then bet me that I couldn’t get in the ocean. Wow, I’m royalty and that would mean getting my fur wet. Besides, I won’t even go out for a wee at home if it’s raining outside. Me and H2O just do not go together. I do of course love drinking water, but being in it… nah!

How was I to get out of it. I couldn’t, I had to shut my eyes, cover my nose with my dinky little paws and hey presto.. splash! (not a big splash of course, as I’m pretty dinky). There, I did it. Now, I couldn’t let Sid see that I was just too precious for swimming. I paddled around for a bit, then got back in the boat, looking like a drowned rat. I was not looking my finest to say the least. All that salty water was playing havoc with me.

The Problem With Summer Partying

After, we got back to shore, we fired up the barbie and scoffed lots of yummy chicken until we were both laying on our backs, belly the size of a basketball and feeling very content with ourselves. After a summer of partying with Sid, I noticed that I was not looking my majestic self. I was not looking like the royalty that I am. My skin was dry, my fur a bit limp, I didn’t have that cute glow that my mum loves and adores. By the way, talking of mum, she once gave me some great advice – she told me, no matter the situation, or the trouble you’re in, just stay classy – Sid makes me challenge this advice each and every time!

Reversing The Ravages Of Summer

So, realising that I was in need of a bit of rejuvenation, I decided to visit mum’s clinic. I mean, as Chief Happiness Officer there I do need to make an appearance every so often – what a great job I have! Taking one look at me, my adoring team mates at the clinic told me that my summer fun had taken its toll on me big time!

Emily took matters into her own hands and laid me down on one of those wonderful beds in one of the consulting rooms. She started with a bit of light therapy – how good was this. If you’ve never had an Omnilux, you have to have one! It’s not only brilliant for refreshing my pink bits, but I swear, it has an hypnotic effect. I remember laying there one minute, then the next, I could hear “another dog” snoring – but it can’t have been me as I’m sure I don’t snore although mum says I do all the time.

How could I be asleep but conscious of sound around me at the same time?? I had a lovely dream too…. Imagine wooing Bessie, champagne and flowers, succumbing to my natural charms… ahhhh.. Next, I had a furcial (like a facial, but specifically for cute fluffy white fur balls). I was pampered big time (as I should be of course – I mean, why wouldn’t my adoring humans not want to pamper me??

Bringing Summer To An End

If like me, you’ve had a long hot summer, partying a little too hard, and in need of a little rejuvenation to get your zen back, you need to speak to my adoring team at Le Sands Clinic. Next week, I’m having a laser rejuvenation session to get my skin in tip top condition and ready to do it all again in a couple of months.

Have a great winter,

Your Adorable Max

Max Saliba
Chief Happiness Officer Max

Max’s Blog. Sid, Blossom and Bessie. My Tattoo Regret

Sheepish MaxOne night, I went out with the boys including Sid the Sausage dog. Now he’s a bad boy! My mum, even told me to stay away from him as he is a bad influence on me. Well, back to the night out with the boys, it was ONE of those nights. I’m sure that Sid spiked my chicken! Well, the effect of spiked chicken on a cute little white fluff ball like me can be enormous. That night, it didn’t fail to live up to expectations and we ended up, as boys do, at the local tattoo parlour. The night was only going to go one way from here, and that’s badly.

The repercussions

In the morning, my mum, Dr Saliba was not happy. I was grounded big time. I mean when you’re only 10 centimetres from the ground under normal circumstances, and all of a sudden, I am totally grounded, well, that’s a massive problem for me. How was I to guard my nan’s house? Ah, I forgot that my time as Chief Security Officer also was not that successful (long story) (read my bio),  but you get the gist of things. You just can’t keep a lovable superstar like me down for THAT long!.

The Regret

Back to the story of my big night out and that tattoo. I am also regretting that night because I don’t know who “Blossom” is and Blossom’s name was now adorned on my cute pink belly. This was also very bad too as I have my eye not on Blossom, but rather on a socially upward mobile little poodle, “Bessie!” . Ah…. Bessie! She’s a pooch’s dream. Now she’s a classy lady. I’ve heard some say that Bessie is so classy, she has to bathe in goats milk every day, has her nails polished by the house cat, bomber, and only eats prime beef, with a French dressing on. Makes my chicken desires somewhat downmarket! Back to the story! How could I let her see me with Blossom emblazoned on me?

Overcoming Tattoo Regret

If, like me, you have tattoo regret and want to remove “Blossom” before Bessie finds out, you need to see my mum. Her Le Sands Clinic, (btw, have I mentioned my aversion to medical establishments and vets especially, as they stick things where I don’t want things to be stuck!). Well, it has state of the art tattoo removal technologies that can help me remove Blossom in double quick time. Being Chief Happiness Officer, I do get a staff discount, but even mere humans can take advantage of Dr Saliba’s brilliant technology and at very special prices, and remove that ink that you are now regretful over. And before Bessie finds out!

Max’s Blog – Skin Care for Chief Happiness Officers

My role involves making people happy. I make people happy in a number of ways. I love making people happy but in doing so, I must really look after myself. Indeed, I need to be in my prime happiness mode for my adoring peoples. So how do I do that? My skin is an important part of me feeling and looking my best. It’s not all about white fluff, and cuteness you know! White fluff ball skin care is highly important to me. Underneath that ball of fluff, I have very delicate and pink skin, which must be looked after.

Max’s Diet

My diet is the first place to start. I survive on a regime of yummy, but generally nutritious food. Chicken is extremely important to me! One day, I will explain my theory of chicken in the bank, but that’s not relevant here. Chicken, along with plenty of water keeps me in tip top condition. In fact, my personal servant, my mum Dr Saliba, reminds me constantly to drink more water. “Max, go and drink more water” she tells me. She knows what’s best for me and my skin and I dutifully trot along and lap up that lovely H2O.

My nan and pop think it’s hilarious that I drink on demand. Little do they know, I am more than happy to, as it keeps my skin clear, and moisturised! I would prefer to drink when I’m told, rather than have to take care of my pinkness after it gets all dry and itchy. I do love a good scratch though – there is nothing like a good scratch and clean – although, that may be a little embarrassing for mere humans to have to do that every day, but for little white fluff balls, it is heaven! So, my advice for you humans, is don’t get caught short needing to roll on the floor scratching your ears or face, and never need to have to clean yourself whilst lying on the ground in the middle of the street. Great for Max, not great or you!

Skin Care and Vices

I do have my vices though, like all humans! I love going for walkies in the sun. That does cause a problem though with my fair coat and pink skin! I do minimise this though by getting way too tired when walking in the sun, and have to be picked up and carried home after a short distance, that generally keeps me in the shade of my mum, and the nasty sun, doesn’t get to me! Now, I do realise that is not an option for mere humans. Max’s advice is, stay out of the sun unless you can be picked up after a short while when you’re tired and put in a little bag, out of the harmful UV! Not really practical for humans though.

My other vice is cake… mmmm…. Mmmmmm….. cake… CAKE!! I have been told so often that it isn’t good for me, I mean, since when have you seen the Chief Happiness Officer break out in doggy pimples after eating cake. I am told though, that some foods, if you have too much of it, can cause pimples in humans, but, as a furball, will not worry about that too much as cake is just so amazing, besides, I always have Dr Saliba to tell me when I’ve had enough. Unless you have Dr Saliba with you all the time, I would advise, not to eat too much cake as it could play havoc with your skin too!

Final Thoughts

My final thoughts for the day are this. If you don’t have my mum, Dr Saliba with you all day, and every day, or my nan and pop – who are really good at keeping me in shape, in order to feel your best, your skin needs to be in tip top condition. Healthy white fluff and pink skin is so important to making me happy, and then in turn, I can do my job as chief happiness officer. My advice is this, If you’d like your skin to be as good as mine (well I know it probably can’t be as cute as mine), then you too can have my mum, Dr Saliba on your side, and helping you feel as great as I do, and you won’t need to lay on the floor scratching or cleaning yourself in Coles!

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.