Lunchtime beauty fixes:

“Would you like a flaw­less fore­head with that sand­wich?”

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - NEWS -

Cos­metic beauty treat­ments were once time-con­sum­ing pro­ce­dures that re­quired lengthy down­times. To­day, busy women are pop­ping into the lo­cal clinic or sa­lon in search of a quick beauty fix that will take less than an hour. “There is a grow­ing range of treat­ments avail­able and no one treat­ment is right for ev­ery­one,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr John Sul­li­van. “It is good to do your own re­search, how­ever a proper con­sid­ered pro­fes­sional con­sul­ta­tion is im­por­tant.”

Mi­nor pro­ce­dures dur­ing your lunch break can be ef­fec­tive, but Dr Sul­li­van warns against be­ing mis­led or co­erced into ac­cept­ing a dodgy treat­ment if you’re time-poor or un­der fi­nan­cial pres­sure. “Sign­ing up for a lim­ited-time spe­cial of­fer, pack­age of treat­ments, or bas­ing your de­ci­sion on an ad­ver­tise­ment’s be­fore-and-after pic­tures can risk you choos­ing a treat­ment that does not best ad­dress your own spe­cific needs,” he says. “You don’t want to be rush­ing to make your ap­point­ment on time with your heart rate and anx­i­ety lev­els up.”

Anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions

If you wish to re­fresh your look or re­move a few lines from the fore­head, around the eyes or lips, anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions such as bo­tulinum toxin (Bo­tox) or Dys­port work by tem­po­rar­ily re­lax­ing mus­cles. Ac­cord­ing to Sonya Hatan­gadi, Train­ing Academy Man­ager for Caci, anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions re­main one of the more pop­u­lar lunchtime treat­ments.

“It’s quick and sim­ple, and takes as lit­tle as 15 to 20 min­utes; you can go back to work with no one even hav­ing to know. Some people may ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle red­ness, which may be ap­par­ent for a brief time, but this will sub­side quickly.”

Su­per-fine nee­dles are used to soften fa­cial lines like frown lines and crow’s feet. It’s ideal for a lunchtime treat­ment as long as you don’t plan to then head off to the gym or for work drinks.

“Slight bruis­ing can hap­pen, depend­ing on the client, but most of­ten no one will no­tice,” says Sonya. “In fact, most people say their fam­ily and friends com­ment that they look more re­laxed and can’t put their fin­ger on what’s dif­fer­ent.”

Anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions are rel­a­tively pain-free and quick and easy to ad­min­is­ter by a pro­fes­sional. Vis­i­ble re­sults usu­ally take a few days and can last up to four months. Risks in­clude droop­ing of the eye­lids, mild bruis­ing, headache, red­ness and swelling at the in­jec­tion site. Skin tight­ness or numb­ness may be felt within the first day after the pro­ce­dure.

Price: Prices range from $150 to $2000, depend­ing on the area be­ing treated, the type of mus­cle freezer and the clin­i­cian.

Der­mal fillers

Der­mal fillers are made of an in­jectable gel used to re­store your fa­cial skin’s vol­ume, im­prove the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles and soften fa­cial folds. It can also be used to cre­ate the ap­pear­ance of fuller lips. While there are

You don’t want to be rush­ing... with your heart rate and anx­i­ety lev­els up.

slightly dif­fer­ing prod­ucts avail­able, the gel is most of­ten made up of hyaluronic acid, a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sub­stance in your skin. While the in­jec­tions are eas­ily ad­min­is­tered, you should ex­pect a clin­i­cian to spend time ex­am­in­ing the pro­por­tions of your whole face and dis­cussing with you what ef­fect the fillers might have on the ar­eas you’d like to fo­cus on. They will then de­ter­mine how to en­sure the re­sult looks nat­u­ral and bal­anced. The good part is, you’ll see re­sults right away.

“The aes­thetic ef­fect after der­mal fillers is im­me­di­ate and re­cov­ery time is quick, with min­i­mal down­time,” says Sonya. “The pro­ce­dure it­self may take from 30 to 60 min­utes, and most of­ten you can re­turn to your usual daily ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Like most med­i­ca­tion, the pos­si­bil­ity of side ef­fects does ex­ist. “These may in­clude red­ness, swelling and bruis­ing, which are tem­po­rary, and will re­solve on their own usu­ally in one to three days.”

Der­mal filler typ­i­cally lasts be­tween 12 and 24 months. Like any in­jec­tion, you can ex­pect some dis­com­fort but an ex­pe­ri­enced der­ma­tol­o­gist, sur­geon or clin­i­cian can min­imise this with care­ful ad­min­is­tra­tion. They will also be able to de­ter­mine which prod­uct, such as Ju­vé­derm and Resty­lane, is best for you.

Price: From $750, depend­ing on the area and prod­uct be­ing used, but can ex­ceed $1500.

Teeth whiten­ing

In-chair teeth whiten­ing treat­ments are be­com­ing more com­mon be­cause the re­sults are vis­i­ble im­me­di­ately. Un­like at-home whiten­ing gels and strips that can take weeks or months to see re­sults, pa­tients who have a teeth-whiten­ing pro­ce­dure may no­tice their teeth are up to eight shades whiter after a one-hour ses­sion. “The in-chair treat­ment is quick, safe, and suit­able for al­most ev­ery­one,” says den­tist Dr Luke Cronin. “Most im­por­tantly, it de­liv­ers a su­pe­rior whiten­ing re­sult and pro­vides pa­tients with a pre­dictable cos­metic out­come when com­pared to over-the-counter whiten­ing prod­ucts.”

The Philips Zoom treat­ment is an ac­cel­er­ated whiten­ing pro­ce­dure us­ing 25 per cent hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide whiten­ing gel. “The light ac­ti­vates the per­ox­ide in the gel to safely and pre­dictably ac­cel­er­ate the whiten­ing process, and re­duces sen­si­tiv­ity that is some­times as­so­ci­ated with teeth whiten­ing,” ex­plains Dr Cronin. Re­sults de­pend on the in­di­vid­ual and their life­style choices; smok­ing, cof­fee, wine and tea can all cause dis­coloura­tion. People with high sen­si­tiv­ity, tetra­cy­cline stains and com­pos­ite or porce­lain ve­neers are not good can­di­dates. See a den­tal pro­fes­sional.

Price: Up to $1100. Philips Zoom Whiten­ing starts at about $450.

Fat re­moval

New treat­ments claim­ing to re­duce stub­born body fat are pop­u­lar in clin­ics around New Zealand and Aus­tralia. These in­clude CoolSculpt­ing, a non-sur­gi­cal, fat-freez­ing re­moval tech­nique that de­stroys fat cells, and SculpSure, a laser treat­ment which was ap­proved for non-in­va­sive lipol­y­sis of the flanks and ab­domen in Aus­tralia in 2015 but is not yet avail­able here.

It shouldn’t be con­sid­ered an over­all weight loss so­lu­tion but for the right pa­tient, ChillSculpt, as it’s called at Caci, can be very ef­fec­tive, ac­cord­ing to Sonya Hatan­gadi. “It’s ideal for people who have a healthy BMI but stub­born, un­wanted fat that can­not eas­ily be re­moved through diet and ex­er­cise. The process uses cry­olipol­y­sis tech­nol­ogy, which freezes and re­duces fat cells. Once the tar­geted fat cells have been treated they grad­u­ally dis­ap­pear nat­u­rally through the body’s nor­mal meta­bolic process, re­sult­ing in a re­duc­tion of fat tis­sue in the area.”

To un­dergo the treat­ment, after a con­sul­ta­tion, con­trolled cool­ing is de­liv­ered via an ap­pli­ca­tor to the area be­ing treated. As the cool­ing and vac­uum be­gins dur­ing the first few min­utes, there is a pres­sure and in­tense cold but these soon dis­si­pate and most people re­turn to nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

“It varies be­tween people, but gen­er­ally you will no­tice slight red­ness or bruis­ing to the treated area,” says Sonya. “Aside from tak­ing the day off at the gym, you can re­turn to your daily rou­tine with­out any down­time.”

Re­sults can take up to 12 weeks as the body takes time to elim­i­nate the dis­rupted fat cells and most people

It’s ideal for people who have a healthy BMI but stub­born, un­wanted fat.

need sev­eral treat­ments in or­der to see sig­nif­i­cant changes.

Price: ChillSculpt treat­ments cost from $450.

Brow tat­too

If you are tired of draw­ing on brows or us­ing brow pow­der, brow tat­too­ing can trans­form those sparse arches above your eyes into fuller-look­ing brows in around an hour. Feather-touch brow tat­toos are wa­ter­proof and can last from nine to 24 months, depend­ing on skin type (oily skin gen­er­ally doesn’t hold the pig­ment well and will fade more quickly). This means you can have well-kept brows with­out re­ly­ing on make-up. At Lash Noir Ink in Auck­land, own­ers Re­becca Hutchin­son and Brit­ney Ack­land have per­fected the art, with their packed sched­ule and some­times months-long wait­ing list at­test­ing to their sig­na­ture nat­u­ral-fin­ish semi-per­ma­nent brows.

Fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion about your skin, brow shape and colour, a numb­ing gel is ap­plied to the skin be­fore treat­ment be­gins.

“This treat­ment uses a tiny row of nee­dles to scratch care­fully crafted lines into the skin to mimic nat­u­ral hair growth,” ex­plains Re­becca. A pig­ment cho­sen to com­ple­ment your skin type, tone and tex­ture and nat­u­ral hair colour is then ap­plied.

“Less is more – Feather Touch must be lay­ered in a se­ries of (usu­ally two) ses­sions for a nat­u­ral, be­liev­able re­sult. The brows will ap­pear deeper in colour for two to three days after each ses­sion, then heal and re­veal a much softer colour.”

Re­becca says it shouldn’t hurt. “We use a triple ac­tion numb­ing cream for this rea­son. While the sen­sa­tion is slightly un­com­fort­able, the treat­ment is over and done with quickly.”

As with all tat­toos, there is a small risk of in­fec­tion and al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. Speak to a pro­fes­sional to en­sure you are a can­di­date for the treat­ment.

Price: Feather Touch brow tat­too starts from $295 per ses­sion.

Brows are im­por­tant for both sym­me­try and def­i­ni­tion in the face.

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