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The Ultimate Anti-Ageing Guide For Men
Gone are the days where looking after your physical appearance was only for women to worry about. Everyone wants to look their best and men are realising the benefits of properly caring for their body. With a bit of guidance, men can now look after their skin with absolutely minimal effort if they follow the right routine.

If you’re looking for some advice on how to get started on your daily skin care routine for males, here are some tips:

Moisturise daily
Moisturising daily is a great way to keep your skin hydrated and soft and will help you minimise the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. Having a moisturiser that has SPF is also great, as it will help fight off sun damage as well. You may not see the results immediately, but you will in the long run.

Eye Cream
The skin under your eyes is most likely going to be the first to show the effects of ageing. The skin is quite subtle and fine, meaning it needs quite some care. Applying eye cream nightly will help you fight off the wrinkles. It’s an easy nightly routine that doesn’t require much of your time.

Exfoliate
An exfoliator will remove dead skin and unclog those pores, resulting in brighter and healthier skin that looks more youthful and fresh.

Night cream and serums
Night creams and serums are super hydrating and stimulate collagen creation to help keep your skin looking young. Investing in specialised products like night creams and serums will help the anti-ageing process.

Special Treatments
There’s a wide variety of anti-ageing treatments that will have a rapid and long-lasting effect on your skin. Fractional Intradermal Radio Frequency, otherwise known as Fraxel laser, will treat acne scars, wrinkles, sagging skin and laxity. You could also opt for skin masks or clinical peels that have similar effects, but are more gentle on the skin and provide crucial hydration.

These easy-to-follow and effective tips that will make it easy for any man to enjoy great looking skin. The key thing is to stick with whatever skin care routine works best for you, so you can benefit from long-term results.
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Factors You Need To Consider That Might Affect Your Tattoo Removal
So you’ve got a tattoo that you no longer want and you’re keen to get it removed as soon as you can. What you first have to factor in, is that there may be a couple of things that will affect how easy it is for the clinician to remove your tattoo.

The good news is that any tattoo can be removed, it’s just that these following characteristic will alter your experience:

The Location
Depending on where you’ve got your tattoo, it can be difficult to remove. In areas where there is a large blood and lymph node supply – such as the face, neck, arms and back – the easier it is to remove. However, lower regions can be more difficult and may require more treatments.

The Size
The bigger the tattoo, the longer it will take to remove. A small butterfly on your ankle will take a few sessions while a sleeve of colourful patterns will no doubt involve several laser treatment sessions to eradicate it successfully.

The Age
The newer and fresher the tattoo, the more difficult it will be to remove it. The reason is that over the years, the tattoo colours fade, which makes it easier for the clinician to remove the tattoo more effectively than a new one that has thick ink coatings.

Your Skin Tone
In order to remove a tattoo successfully, the laser has to penetrate the dermis of your skin, below the epidermis. People with darker complexions will find it more difficult to remove the tattoo and may require a higher wavelength to remove it, which may lead to scarring. The dermis on a darker-skinned person is thicker and will, therefore, require more laser treatments than a fair-skinned person.

The Colours
You may imagine that removing jet-black ink will take forever and a day to remove. However, it is actually easier to remove darker colours such as black and navy than it is to remove lighter colours, such as yellows. The more colourful, the more treatments needed to remove it successfully.

The Depth of the Ink
Professional tattooists will endeavour to penetrate deep into the skin, far below the surface for maximum exposure and longer-lasting effect. However, the deeper the ink in the skin, the more laser treatment will be needed since it has to work deeper into the dermis of the skin to remove the colour and patterns.
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8 Signs Of Early Ageing And How To Prevent Them
Time flies doesn’t it? You probably remember celebrating your last day of school with friends and inside, you feel the same as you did back then – albeit a little wiser.

Unfortunately, your skin might not be feeling quite as youthful and if it’s showing the signs of early ageing, you might feel a little betrayed.

You can’t hold back the clock, and the damage caused by sun exposure, poor diet and lifestyle choices will show in time. But if you know the signs to look for you can take action and seek advice from skin care professionals.

Here are 8 signs of early ageing to look for, and what you can do to minimise them:

Fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines, crow’s feet and laughter lines are a sure sign of premature ageing, and that your skin is dehydrated. As you age, your body produces less collagen, resulting in these lines. If you live in a dry environment, smoke, drink alcohol regularly and don’t moisturise enough, these lines will probably be worse at a younger age, and deepen faster.

Antioxidants will help, so invest in an antioxidant-rich moisturiser, serum and eye cream, and wear sunblock year-round. Laser treatments and Collagen Induction Therapy are just two of the professional treatments that will help minimise fine lines and encourage collagen production.

Dark Spots
Pigmentation is caused by hormones and sun exposure. Uneven skin tone can be helped with a number of professional treatments. To prevent the problem from getting worse, make sure you wear sunscreen all year round. And whenever possible, wear a hat when you’re outdoors.

Loss of elasticity
Exposure to UV rays causes the breakdown of the fibres in the skin (elastin), resulting in sagging. The best treatments will boost your skin’s ability to produce collagen. These may include injections and targeted facial treatments. Dehydration can also impact the elasticity of your skin, so make sure your skin is hydrated with a good moisturiser and drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Dullness
Tired, dull skin is caused by a number of factors, including a lack of moisture, poor diet, environmental factors and smoking. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and use skin products rich in antioxidants. Talk to your skincare professional about treatments to bring back your glow.

Dark circles
Shadows under your eyes can be caused by stress, fatigue and dehydration, but can also be a result of weight loss or hereditary conditions that result in hyperpigmentation. Better stress-management and getting enough water and sleep may help, but if the shadows persist, get professional advice about the best brightening cream for your skin. A vitamin-enriched facial will also bring back your sparkle.

Drooping eyes
Does it look like your eyes are changing shape or looking heavier than usual? Your eyelids may be dropping due to a degeneration in the muscles around the eyes. It may look worse if you’re sleep deprived or dehydrated. Speak to an expert skin care professional about treatment.

Dry skin
Dry skin will show the signs of ageing as if under a microscope because dry skin is flaky and lacks the plumpness of well-hydrated skin. As you age, your skin will need extra hydration, so choose an age-appropriate skincare range and stay away from any products that contain alcohol.

Loss of firmness
Like all the other signs of ageing, loss of firmness is rooted in dehydration, sun damage and lifestyle and environmental factors. As your body begins to produce less collagen, your skin will lose its firmness. Regain some of that elasticity with skin care products and treatments that boost your skin’s ability to produce collagen and add nourishment in the form of antioxidants and moisture.

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How To Get Great-Looking Skin In Time For Your Wedding
Your big day is looming and you want everything to be beautiful – including your skin. Every bride has nightmares waking up on the morning of her wedding day with a pimple. You’ve been working hard to finalise all the details and you’re probably feeling – and looking – exhausted. You don’t want your breakout or fatigue to ruin wedding photos, so you need to take extra-special care of your skin during the happy, but often-stressful lead-up to your nuptials.

Get your diet right

A few months before your wedding, load up on fruit, vegetables and healthy fats in your diet. Processed foods can cause irritation, redness, puffiness and breakouts so it’s important to dramatically reduce, or even better, remove all processed food from your diet. Eating foods rich in vitamins and nutrients will make your skin glow and lessen the chance of breakouts.

Stay hydrated

Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day will flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated and fresh leading up to your big day. Stay away from fruit juices, soft drinks and especially alcohol. The excess sugar can play havoc with your skin and alcohol will dehydrate you leaving your skin dry and red.

Start a skincare routine

Starting a daily skincare routine might seem like the last item on your to-do list, but taking the time to care for your skin will see you reap the rewards come wedding photo time. Start your day with a toner, cleanser and moisturiser. Choose natural makeup that won’t cause your skin to break out. Always remember to remove makeup before bed and finish the day with a night cream to seal in moisture while you sleep. A satin pillowcase will also help to reduce facial wrinkles.

Stress Less

This may seem difficult with the endless amount of organisation needed to plan a wedding, however stress can cause breakouts on even the most well cared for skin. Try and get at least 8 hours of undisturbed sleep at night and practice meditation to help you relax.

Protect yourself

In the harsh Australian sun, whether it be winter or summer, applying sunscreen is an essential daily task that should be included in your normal skincare routine. Not using it increases your risk of sun damage which causes premature ageing and sun spots, which are permanent.

Seek the help of a professional

If there is one person who can help you get great skin for your wedding, it is a skin clinician. Make sure you book in with them 6 months before your wedding day so they can help determine your skincare needs and put you on the right track to clear, glowing skin on your wedding day. As the day approaches, take advantage of peels and facial treatments in the weeks before to give your skin a much-needed boost.

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10 WAYS YOU CAN USE COSMETIC INJECTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT
Cosmetic Injection treatments are not just about softening wrinkles and enhancing facial volume. While Anti Wrinkle and Dermal Fillers are fantastic for reversing the signs of ageing, they can also be used in a number of different ways to boost confidence and define your own beauty.

• Hydration - Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in the skin which lubricates the joints, provides hydration and gives the skin volume. As we age, this can start to deplete. The use of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers can be used in the lips, cheeks and all over the skin to restore a healthy, younger looking glow.
• Migraines - Muscle Relaxant/Anti-Wrinkle Injections work well to reduce headaches and migraines because they can block chemicals that carry pain signals from the brain. Muscle relaxants act like a roadblock in the pathway by stopping the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around the head and neck.
• Sweating - Severe sweating can be reduced by the use of Muscle Relaxant/Anti-Wrinkle Injections to block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate sweat glands. When the sweat glands don't receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
• Non-surgical brow lift - It is possible to relax certain muscles around the eyes that usually hold the eyebrows down. By careful placement of Muscle Relaxant/Anti-Wrinkle Injections into these muscles, the eyebrows are released from a downward pull and the forehead muscles are forced to lift the eyebrows up. Generally this can lead to a few millimetres in eyebrow lift.
• Gummy smile - Overactive muscles that control the top lip can cause the lip to curl up and expose the excess gum tissue above the teeth, resulting in a “gummy smile.” A small amount of muscle relaxant above the top lip will stop the lip curling.
• Double chin - A series of injections to destroy fat cells which reduces submental (under the chin) fat and redefines the jawline. This treatment effectively eliminates the double chin without surgery.
• Dark circles - Tear trough Dermal Filler Injections can make a huge difference to dark circles. This treatment involves injecting a Hyaluronic Acid/Dermal Filler product into the tear trough which plumps out the hollow underneath the eyes, making it appear smoother and flatter.
• Non-surgical nose reshaping - A thicker Dermal filler can be used for nose reshaping by correcting the appearance of dents, bumps and asymmetry. This treatment is ideal for those looking for a fast, minimally invasive way to change the shape of their nose.
• Chin extension - Dermal filler can be injected directly into the chin to balance the profile of the face, shape the chin and define the jawline.
• Defined cheek bones - Cheeks can be filled and enhanced to not only add more volume, but to bring back a more youthful look. Cheek fillers are a non-invasive way of lifting the entire face and create the perfect contour.
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Acne Scars Don’t Have To Be Permanent. Find Out About The Best Acne Scar Treatment For You


If you’re suffering from acne, or ever had the condition when you were younger, then you would know that having to deal with scarring is often one of the unfortunate side effects of the condition.

Luckily, there are treatment options available if you feel that you want to deal with your acne scarring.

Acne Scars

Generally, there are three types of scarring caused by acne:
•Box car scars, which have sharp angles and edges, and can be shallow or deep in your skin.
•Ice Pick scars are scars that are deep, but have small pits.
•Rolling scars are wide and deep scars that seem to flow over the skin, which is caused by damage under the surface of your skin.

Treatments

We find that often more than one treatment type is needed to clear up acne scars, seeing as everybody’s skin is unique, and scars will present differently for each person.

The range of scar treatments are:
•Skin resurfacing

This treatment type removes the damaged layers of skin from the scarring site, allowing for healthy skin to grow over the exposed sites. This treatment can be done in three ways, either by laser, dermabrasion – where a spinning tool with a rough surface removes your damaged skin – or by chemical peel, which removes the top layer of your skin, promoting healthy skin growth.
•Rolling

A device covered in small needles is rolled over the scar site. The activity stimulates the tissue underneath your scar to grow, which in time will replace the scar. Due to the nature of this treatment, more than one session will normally be recommended.
•Fillers

This treatment involves your dermatologist injecting collagen or fat into the scarred area, but because your body will absorb the filler over time, subsequent treatments will be necessary.
•Surgery

Sometimes the scarring is advanced enough that surgery is required to remove the scars. A surgeon will cut the skin away, and repair the area either by stiches or with a skin graft.

If you have any other questions regarding acne scarring, or want to find out what combination of treatments will work best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
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8 Tips For The Ideal Daily Routine For Your Skin


Most of us know that we should take care of our skin on a daily basis, but unfortunately, not everyone has a routine that will provide them with the best results.

We have taken the time to provide you with the eight of the most important considerations you should make when it comes to caring for your skin.
1.Use the products made for your skin type

Make sure you use the right type of skincare products designed for your skin. Oily skin will have different needs to dry or combination skin.
2.Look after the fragile places

There are parts of your face, like your eye contours and lips that are more fragile than the rest of the surrounding skin. Make sure that you use products specifically designed for these areas.
3.Cleansing should be gentle

Removing your makeup should be your daily must-do. Just be sure to use a cleanser that’s pH balanced, so that it doesn’t damage your skin, while still removing all traces of makeup.
4.Don’t underestimate exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin is just as important as removing your makeup, but should only be done once or twice per week. You should also make sure that you use an exfoliator that’s gentle on your skin and pH balanced, yet effective.
5.Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

It’s also essential to make sure that your skin stays moisturised throughout the day, and before you go to bed. Look for products that will balance the level of water in your skin, and consider using a moisturising mask, as needed.
6.Try hypoallergenic makeup

Not everyone will be allergic to makeup, but if you experience even mild irritation, consider using makeup that’s guaranteed to keep you looking great, and protect your skin at the same time.
7.Protect yourself from those UV rays!

UV rays pose some of the greatest risks for skin, and can age you prematurely, while also exposing you to much more serious conditions, like skin cancer. Make sure your makeup has an SPF feature, and apply it daily.
8.Don’t let the stress get to you

Stress, smoke and other forms of pollution can have a detrimental effect on your skin. Try to avoid pollution, and remember that if you are experiencing too much stress, try relaxing exercises, or take a break every now and then. You can always come to the Victorian Dermal Group for one of our relaxing skin treatments.
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Anti-Aging Treatments Are Only Safe If Performed By A Licenced Practitioner


Youth equals beauty. When those creasing signs start to show on your face, it can have a devastating effect on your self-esteem. It is only natural to want to retain what we once had, and we try to hold onto it with all our might because looking old often takes away our sense of purpose in the world. Though philosophers may scorn this shallow thinking, it resonates deeply in our society.

And since the fountain of youth has yet to be discovered, is it so bad to want to look and feel good?

One obstacle, however, may be preventing you from going the surgical or Botox route, that is:is it safe?

Here are the facts that clearly point out the safety of anti-wrinkle treatments:
•Tried and tested

The B-Toxin drug has been around for decades and has been used in other procedures such as for the treatment of headaches. Furthermore, it was officially approved in 2002 by the American Food and Drug Administration for the use as an effective and safe anti-aging drug.
•Licenced product

In Australia, it was confirmed by the president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Geoff Lynns, in which it was clearly stated that injected neuro-toxins are safe. However, he did warn that you must ensure the clinic you visit to smoothen your lines is a licenced practitioner.

For the ASPS to go ahead and make such a statement must be proof enough that such treatments – performed of course by a trained, licenced practitioner using approved products –are perfectly safe.
•Painless

When we write “painless”, we mean virtually painless. It feels like an ant bite at most, and when done by a professional, licenced practitioner, it can be genuinely painless. It depends on the experience of the doctor injecting you. Still, compared with other forms of surgical treatments to improve ageing signs, a little prick of the injection is nothing indeed. Furthermore, the results and the joy you will feel after the procedure helps you forget the minimal pain you experienced during the treatment.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel young, despite your age. If you’re not ready to accept the signs of ageing, get in touch with the team of experienced skin care professionals at Victorian Dermal Group.
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Peel Away Wrinkles & Unveil Your Youth With A Safe Chemical Peel


The words “Chemical Peel” may conjure up the idea of acid-like liquids burning your face, but a chemical peel is really the safest and best way to rejuvenate and enhance the general health of your skin.

Although chemicals are used during a chemical peel, they are safe and have been specially tested, and approved, to be the most effective method of returning your youth, peeling away those years of unsightly lines.

Discover why a chemical peel is the best way to beautify and bring out the youthfulness of your skin, offering your face a chance to glow and remain soft.

1.Peels keep your skin healthy

Within minutes of the safe acids lifting the dead skin cells from your face, chemical signals are sent to your brain to instruct the living cells below the surface to multiply. Through this process, the new, fresh skin cells move up to the surface. The interesting part of this process is that, according to studies in this field, this trigger reaction also causes these new cells to increase collagen production and hyaluronic acid, which are the chief, natural ingredients to youthfulness.
2.Peels are safe

Peels are safe, according to the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. With their authoritative voice on this procedure, there can be no doubt that the products used are safe. However, they do warn that it is essential to engage a licenced practitioner whose products are approved and safe.
3.Peels beautify

When it comes to acne and scars, a chemical peel can be the one saving grace.The one thing that can help someone whose confidence has been broken down so badly by the effects of acne and the scars they leave. Often the scars, which are physical, become a psychological weight of depression in many individuals. By helping improve the scars with chemical peel treatments, you can regain to the ability to start living the life you used to before the onset of acne.
4.Peels help with other conditions

Chemical peels have also been seen to provide benefits in other skin conditions, such as Melasma, which is caused either by hormonal changes during pregnancy or exposure to the sun. Although there is no known cure for this condition, chemical peels are an effective way to lessen those visible symptoms of the condition, which will help the person feel better about his or her appearance.
5.Peels may encourage you to forget makeup forever

For those suffering dark marks under their eyes, which commonly cause one to feel self-conscious, there is hope. With effective and professional chemical peels, the pigmentation around the eye area is guaranteed to reduce and eventually blend to the natural shade of your face. In other words, there is hope,

Chemical peel treatments have been proven to reduce ageing signs, and although they are safe and highly effective, we strongly recommend that you get them done with a professional clinic. Moreover, we suggest you ensure the professional you use for your chemical peel treatments is a licenced practitioner from a reputable clinic like the Victoria Dermal Group.
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Common Myths About Rosacea Debunked
Do you suspect that you have or have been diagnosed with rosacea? If so, you probably have dozens of questions on your mind as to how to treat the condition, and what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Over the years, we’ve treated many rosacea patients, and have heard most of these concerns. We’ve put together a list of the most common myths that we’ve found our patients have concerning their newly diagnosed or suspected skin condition. Once you’re armed with the correct information, you’ll be better equipped to manage your rosacea and its treatment.
MYTH #1 – Rosacea is rare
Rosacea is a common skin problem in Australia with 1 out of every 20 people suffering from it. This makes sense as experts have pinpointed that UV radiation is one of the most common triggers and Australia is a very sunny country!
MYTH #2 – Nothing will happen if I leave my rosacea untreated
You might think that rosacea is purely an aesthetic concern, but if left untreated it can cause damage beyond redness. In extreme cases, it can cause your nose to become painfully swollen with excess tissue, and your eyes to become constantly irritated.
MYTH #3 – Rosacea is difficult to mistake compared to other skin conditions
Many patients who develop rosacea in their teens mistake its symptoms for sensitive skin. Others who develop symptoms such as bumps can mistake their symptoms for acne. Treating rosacea with acne treatments can exacerbate your condition and make things much worse.
MYTH #4 – Rosacea only happens in people with light skin
While rosacea is most commonly found in white and light skin tones, it does occur in darker skin as well. Lighter skin only makes the condition easier and quicker to identify, while darker skins might make the symptoms less obvious to spot.
MYTH #5 – Rosacea is only treatable with medication
A surprising number of our patients come to us after months of suffering as they mistakenly assume that rosacea requires harsh medication to treat. This belief is unfounded, as laser treatments can ease symptoms in a minimally invasive manner.
Now that you have more information about how to identify rosacea and the best ways to treat it, you can book an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss your options.
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