Why Selecting An Experienced Cosmetic Doctor Can Save Your Life

The following is a transcript of a recent article posted on https://honey.nine.com.au/

An Australian woman living in Singapore has been left with horrific injuries after receiving lip filler injections.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she chose a “highly reputable aesthetician” in Singapore for the procedure.

“It went horribly wrong from the first prick of the needle,” she tells 9Honey.

“She hit blood vessels, which I was told was an accident, and an emergency doctor later said it should have been easily avoided with care and precision.”

She says the “look of horror” on the aesthetician’s face and the pain she felt made her realise something had gone horribly wrong.

“She did not numb the area, either, before beginning, which is standard practice),” she says.

“Still, she gave me an ice pack for the taxi trip home and at that time assured me the swelling was within normal range.

“She later admitted at the one-month check that she should have used a blunt canula instead of a needle, but still admitted no responsibility.”

The woman was left with severe haematomas with expanded and trapped blood in them, leaving her upper lip four times its original size.

“The filler got trapped instead of spreading out like it should,” she adds. “I was not able to talk, eat, drink without it dribbling down my face, or smile at my children.”

The woman was admitted into hospital where she was monitored for necrosis (tissue death). If this had occurred, the woman would have needed plastic surgery that would have severely altered her face.

“The aesthetician in question tried to blame this on my thin lips – isn’t that the reason people get lip fillers? – and said this is a very rare occurrence,” she explains.

“[But] if it were due to thin lips, then every thin-lipped person who gets lip fillers would have the same thing happen.”

The woman was left with lumps of filler in her lips for months.

“I was advised that filler lasts anywhere between six and 12 months,” she says.

“Once those lumps dissolved and the haematomas healed, it had only been three months and you could never tell I’d had fillers.”

Suffice to say the woman has decided to accept her thin lips, choosing to use lip liner to make them appear fuller.

“I’ll never have lip fillers again,” she says.

While the woman has considered taking legal action, she has been advised any legal claim for cosmetic procedures can only proceed if there is “permanent disfigurement”, otherwise the costs will likely far exceed the losses.

It took months for her lips to heal. (Supplied)

“I thought about simply writing a letter of demand to have costs refunded to me by the aesthetician. But given how stressful and debilitating the whole ordeal was, and that she continued to deny responsibility, I didn’t feel I had the energy for a confrontation,” she says.

“I counted my blessings that I was not permanently scarred or disfigured from this procedure and moved on from it.”

Following her ordeal, the woman advises anyone considering cosmetic procedures to ensure the provider explains all the risks.

“I knew there were risks, however the result I had from the fillers was NOT in any of the research I had done, and I specifically Googled for the worst outcome images on the web,” she says.

“Nothing I saw compared to what happened to my top lip.

“Also, be wary of a provider who is happy to rush you into the next room for the procedure immediately after a consultation. An ethical provider should give you more time and a new appointment before proceeding.

“With the excitement involved, I simply followed them into the next room and didn’t even question why they were not numbing the area before injecting.”

“When you have very thin lips though and want to subtly increase their volume, ask your doctor if they are using the correct needle for you size lips, ask about the potential of hitting blood vessels and be absolutely sure they are not hurried from being overbooked.”

NSW Government Promises Tighter Cosmetic Regulation

NSW-based Cosmetic Practitioners will soon be hit with tougher regulations, including a new offence for practicing in unlicensed facilities, plus tighter regulations around Botox injections.
A new report released by the Health Department makes nine recommendations to better regulate the booming cosmetic industry, including stricter rules around ‘extreme body modifications’, including procedures from plastic surgery, filler injections, Botox, or procedures such as Body modification surgery like subdermal implants (silicone or metal shapes or horns under the skin) or ‘tongue splitting’.

The report also highlights the need for consumers to be more cautious and carry out proper research before deciding to undertake any cosmetic procedures.

The Health Department’s review was prompted by the death of 35-year-old Jean Huang, who died in September 2017 as a result of a cosmetic procedure she received from Medi Beauty Clinic in Sydney’s Chippendale. Chinese tourist Jie Shao and graduate Yueqiong Fu were charged with manslaughter over Huang’s death, who went into cardiac arrest after she was given the wrong dose of anaesthetic while receiving breast fillers.

The review also comes off the back of recent raids conducted by the New South Wales Health Department, during which hundreds of contraband cosmetic drugs were seized from various salons and clinics. The items seized by authorities included non-approved topical anaesthetics, dermal fillers, human placenta extract and medical-strength peels made in China and Japan.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says that the NSW Government has promised to implement all the report’s nine recommendations.

“NSW already has some of the strongest laws in the country to regulate cosmetic surgery and procedures, and these new measures build on the existing regulations.”

Highlighted in the review is the use of Botox, and calls for stronger regulation and oversight of the drug at a national level, ensuring safe and proper administration by adequately qualified professionals, and to prevent the illegal importation of contraband from outside Australia.

Since, as noted in the report, many of the issues arising from cosmetic procedures fall into consumer protection and fair trading, it recommended NSW Health work in cooperation with NSW Fair Trading to increase consumer awareness and the type of research they should be conducting themselves.

At Smooth As Silk Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, we welcome these recommendations to protect and safeguard the health and well being of all patients undergoing or considering any cosmetic procedures.

Don’t frown, but wrinkly foreheads linked to CVD death

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Crumpled brows could be an early indicator of atherosclerosis, say researchers at an EU cardiology conference

People with very wrinkly foreheads are nearly 10 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those boasting smooth brows, according to a landmark study.
Horizontal brow wrinkles could therefore be a red flag that further assessment and advice was needed, the researchers reported at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich over the weekend.

“Just looking at a person’s face could sound an alarm, then we could give advice to lower risk,” said study author Associate Professor Yolande Esquirol, from the occupational health department at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in France.

More than 3000 healthy French participants were recruited from the wider VISAT (Ageing, Health and Work) cohort, aged between 32 and 62 at baseline.

Their brow wrinkles were ranked from zero (no wrinkles) to three (numerous, deep wrinkles) at the start of the study.

Over the 20-year follow-up, the study authors found participants with wrinkle scores of 2-3 were 9.6 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those with unlined foreheads.

Meanwhile, those with wrinkle scores of 1 had 5.7 times the CVD mortality.

Adjustments were made for age, gender, education, smoking, systolic blood pressure, heart rate, diabetes and dyslipidaemia.

“The higher your wrinkle score, the more your cardiovascular mortality risk increases,” said Dr Esquirol.

The study authors said they didn’t know why a crumpled brow increased CVD risk, which was also independent of job strain.

But they speculated wrinkles were an early indicator of atherosclerosis.

Changes in collagen protein and oxidative stress played a part in both wrinkles and atherosclerosis, they said.

As forehead vessels were small, they could be more sensitive to change, meaning wrinkles were an early sign of vessel aging.

“This is the first time a link has been established between cardiovascular risk and forehead wrinkles, so the findings do need to be confirmed in future studies,” said Professor Esquirol.

“But the practice could be used now in physicians’ offices and clinics. It doesn’t cost anything and there is no risk,” she added.

Why Exclusive Doctor Only?

With the prolific rise of anti wrinkle treatments around the world, it is paramount for any reputable cosmetic establishment to ensure that patient safety and wellbeing  has and always will remain the forefront priority before, during and after any cosmetic treatment is performed.

There are all too many reported cases in the media of botched and unsafe practices relating to anti wrinkle injections performed by cosmetic injectors operating beyond the scopy of their professional boundaries (Source: Australian Doctor: “Claims nurses overstepping Botox boundaries” 27/03/2015).

Case in point, is a nurse injector ( Rosalie Piper) who had her registration suspended for 3 months after being found guilty of professional misconduct by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for administering Botox and other cosmetic injections without a valid prescription and without medical supervision (Source: SMH: “Nurse suspended for injecting Botox” 15/06/2014).

When cosmetic injectors practice outside the scope and professional guidelines of their profession, patient lives are placed at risk. Another recent and infamous case is that of Jean Huang, aged 35, who was a Practice Manager at her own Chippendale beauty clinic and who subsequently died from a cardiac arrest on September 1 after a botched dermal filler injection procedure to her breasts at her own clinic. The case sparked follow on investigations which revealed rife malpractice in the cosmetic industry in Australia that include nurse injectors being left with inadequate training and/or medical supervision to comply with legislated guidelines that protect patient safety (Source: Daily Telegraph “Cosmetic clinic health horrors: Bad meds from Asia seized in raids” (28/09/2017).

It is reassuring to know that the relevant governing authority boards are taking  these concerns seriously and are taking action to introduce tougher measures that will ensure that higher standards in patient safety relating to cosmetic procedures are established and enforced (Source: ABC News: “Cosmetic surgery crackdown: Cooling off period for patients among tough new industry guidelines” (11/05/2016).

At Smooth As Silk Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, we place patient safety as our first priority with each and every procedure performed. We welcome these new stringent industry regulations that protect patient safety and ensure that we only have experienced and highly trained Medical Practitioners who are registered with APHRA conducting all aspects of our cosmetic procedures, starting from the initial consultation and assessment, through to the procedure itself and then onto all follow up appointments and reviews.

Furthermore our clinics are owned by the same doctors who perform these procedures to ensure a continuity of care and management of the clinics. This provides patients with an extra level of security and certainty that their care is managed by the same doctor through out all stages of their treatment.

 

The Benefits of Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s but has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades. It used to be considered a luxury product, available from only a small handful of cosmetics companies. With the rise in popularity, mineral makeup has become widely available and more affordable as just about all cosmetics companies are making and marketing mineral makeup.

 

Mineral makeup usually comes in a powder form and is made up of the same minerals, such as mica and zinc oxides, as liquid makeup. What mineral makeup does is eliminate all of the bad ingredients in traditional makeup, such as parabens, oils, artificial fragrance, and chemical dyes that can irritate sensitive skin or even cause a skin rash. Mineral makeup has been recommended by some dermatologists for their patients with skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea, which can be aggravated by traditional makeup.

 

With such a huge rise in popularity, mineral makeup has expanded to not just include face color, but eye shadows, blush, bronzer, concealer, and finishing powder. And with the technology available today, you can also find lipstick, liners, glosses, eyeliners, mascara, and brow colors and fillers. Mineral makeup has gone from being a powder to cream applications that still provide all the benefits of a powder without all of the gunk found in traditional makeup.

Mineral makeup still provides ample coverage to hide blemishes, imperfections, and other flaws without feeling caked on. It allows the skin to breathe without clogging pores or sinking into fine lines. Mineral makeup is also resistant to the weather conditions that can cause traditional makeup to fade, wipe off, or melt, so there is less touch-up required. It is easy on the delicate eye area, as well. Mineral makeup creates a soft diffusion by reacting with the lighting of your surroundings, creating a soft glow. There is also less chance of the bacterial growth common with some traditional makeup, so it lasts longer and is fresh every time you use it.

The trick to applying mineral makeup is to start with a small amount and build the coverage as you need it. There is no need to start with a heavy layer and you get the desired coverage you need every time. The secret is to make sure your moisturizer has been fully absorbed into your skin before applying makeup. Starting with a small amount is also beneficial when applying color. You won’t end up with too much blush or too heavy eye color. Lipsticks and lip liners go on smoothly without tugging, and have beneficial ingredients for the delicate skin of your lips. Eye liners also go on smoothly without tugging on the delicate skin around your eyes, and mineral mascaras are ideal for people with sensitivities or who wear contact lenses.

Mineral makeup is a great choice for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin and aging skin. It is also a natural sunscreen so there is no need to take the extra step in the morning, paring down your routine.

The Youngblood mineral cosmetics range is now available in clinic.

Laser Hair Removal

Are you sick and tired of plucking, tweezing, shaving or waxing to get rid of that unwanted hair from your body? Good news! We provide you laser hair removal utilising Candela GentleLASE PRO that is proven to keep your body hairless. Gone are the days when the laser was scary, now it’s a part and parcel of just about every treatment and most effective too.
Candela GentleLASE PRO:
A highly energised laser pulse is used by Candela GentleLASE PRO wherein it produces a high-intensity beam of light that penetrates through your skin and provides a controlled amount of therapeutic heat. The upper layer of the skin is protected with DCD (dynamic cooling device) technology along with a burst of cooling cryogen.
Benefits of Laser Hair Removal:
There are major benefits that you will enjoy with the Candela GentleLASE PRO.
  • Precise: Laser targets only the hair follicle growth areas and keeps the skin around it intact.
  • Effective: This is one of the most effective methods of hair removal that is recommended and approved since 1997.
  • Quick: Time is money. Literally! That is why laser is most sought after for the limited time and speed as light efficiency.
  • Pain Factor: This is a varying factor that differs from person to person and also depends on the area where you want your hair removed.
When is it is best to choose Candela GentleLASE PRO?
If you have excessive hair growth or prefer a skin that is soft and smooth at all times without you having to spend time on hair removal, then Candela GentleLASE PRO is what you deserve. As one of the most cosmetic procedure that is done everywhere, laser hair removal is prone to give you a confidence in your skin.
Effects:
Your skin will take some time to adjust to the laser pulse. Here are some harmless effects that follow the laser hair removal process.
  • A sun burnt look remains for a couple of hours to 48 hours (depending on skin type) following treatment, but moisturisers and compresses help
  • Sunscreen is required over the next month to prevent any changes in skin color.
  • Some other side effects may include scarring, redness, swelling or change in skin color.
What to Expect:
First things first- Do not be afraid- we’ve done this a thousand times before and know our methods! Here is a step-by-step walk through of the procedure involved:
  • Initially, your hair will be trimmed to just a few millimeters above the surface of your skin.
  • Depending on the location, thickness and color, the laser equipment will be adjusted.
  • Proper eye protection gear will be provided for you to protect your eyes
  • The laser pulse is provided to the treatment area and it is studied to detect any reaction from your skin, accordingly the procedure is completed.
  • On completion, necessary inflammatory lotions and creams is also provided.
Book an appointment with us and your skin will feel as smooth as silk with every treatment.