Need a lift?

Need a lift?

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Over the years, a lot of my patients ask if I can help them with achieving a specific look.

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To this:

Almost always I would oblige by searching for something hidden inside the medical trolley.  Unbeknown to my staff and patients, this is where I keep the two most precious equipment in my entire medical career.

My Magical Wand, Maggie.  Accompanying the magical wand is a mirror, named Truthe.

Maggie and Truthe have been working tirelessly over the years.  They never complained nor failed me.

Whilst I will never be able to beat falling gravity and turning back time, I might be able to help by reducing the lines of experience and collectable exhaustion over the years.


The lift

One of the most common issues with ageing is sagginess of the skin and lost of structure.  This is due to some degree of bone resorption and the lost of essential fat pads around the face.  The mid face, eye, temporal areas are usually the areas to be affected first.

It is true that the eye is to the window to the soul and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I recommend spending your hard earned money around the eye area before addressing the lower face.  My experience is that this will create the best impact for facial rejuvenation, providing you with a well-rested look.  What better way to revive from the cold hibernating winter to welcoming spring?

Apart from using neuromuscular relaxants to reduce and refine wrinkle lines around the crows’ feet (eye areas), one may consider using soft tissue fillers.  I have had a lot of success in replacing volume deficient areas around the orbital (upper and lower brow regions), tear troughs and upper cheek areas.

The lifting effect is also an important concept.  The days where we chase the lines are gone. It is all about lifting and provided a more refreshed look.  One important take home point is that, there are limitations as to how much “lift” can be achieved with soft tissue fillers.  Of course, surgical lifts or stitch lifts will provide the best and longer lasting results.  However, if you are after minimally invasive treatments, please come in and have a chat with me about 3D Vector Liquid facelift (without going under the knife).  The cost will vary between $600-$1200 AUD depending on the volume of filler that is required.   I always recommend my patients to start low and go slow.  Let the skin settle for sure as you can always have more.

Next time, I will be chatting about Neurotoxin Facials in time for skin spring-cleaning.  Stay tuned!

This article is also featured in: https://www.mydeal.com.au/blog/post/spring-skincare-routine

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Skincare this winter – any hot tips?

Skincare during winter

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Our skin requirement undergoes seasonal changes throughout the year. In winter, our skin can become quite dry and loses its radiance, especially with the indoor use of the heating system. Thankfully, there are many ways to combat these issues and protect your skin from inside out.

 

Inside

 

citrus fruitsLemon water

I love coffee.

How many of us yearn for the caffeine fix eye-opener in the morning? Unfortunately, caffeine has a diuretic effect thus further dehydrating our skin even before the day starts.

 

Start your day with a cup of warm lemon water and drink slowly. Not only does it help to rehydrate your body and skin, it has a slimming and detox effect.

 

Essential fatty acids EFAs

For those suffering from heat or dry eczema this winter, try selecting food groups (e.g. almonds, walnuts, eggs, salmon, dark leafy vegetables) or supplements with high levels of EFAs. These have been shown to improve eczema and therefore maintaining the barrier function of the skin.

 

Out

 

Homecare:

I would recommend the following during winter.

 

  • An oil-free gentle cleanser
  • Micellar water
  • Eye serum/cream
  • Facial serums
  • Thicker and richer moisturizer in winter
  • Sunscreen in the morning
  • Vitamin A serum at night

 

As a mum of two kids under three, running a small business and the household, I have close to no time to myself. My skincare ritual no longer exists. It is replaced by a quick minute-makeover routine.   If I am lucky, I may have time to do this all in one go! I am sure I am not the only one here. Many of you will share my struggle being a good enough mum.

 

No judgement please. Here is an honest snapshot to my routine. So do as I say but not what I do!

  1. Get the toothbrush and toothpaste ready
  2. Quick splash of water on the face
  3. Facial cleanser applied and lather all over the face
  4. Brushing teeth either with eyes closed or with one eye opened (try not to get cleaner in the eyes)
  5. Gargle and wash the face at the same time
  6. Pat dry
  7. Squirt eye serum, facial serum(s), moisturizer and sunscreen on four quadrants on one palm
  8. Using different tips of fingers from the other hand, dab on eye serum and facial serum(s)
  9. Then rub whatever is left on the palm and apply generously all over the face

 

Bonus if you can get this all done without being discovered by your toddler saying, “Mummy, I want some too”

 

Beauty Clinic:

When all stars align, once a blue moon, you may get an hour or two childfree. If and when this happens, book in for in salon skin rejuvenation therapies. These modalities are designed and aimed at hydration, promoting skin cell repair and collagen production. Thus, restoring the radiance and balance in your skin. Ask your beauty therapist about the latest technology and skincare focusing on repair, rehydration and skin protection this winter.

 

Therapy: Reason:
Microdermabrasion,

Fruit, Enzyme or Chemical peels

Exfoliation and breaking down the thick keratin build up.
IPL Hair reduction For slowing down the pigmented facial hair growth.
IPL Skin rejuvenation Help to clear the complexion and reducing pigmentation or sunspots.
Radiofrequency RF For skin firming and tightening.
Ultrasonic facial therapy A very gentle, warming and relaxing treatment improving blood flow, lymphatic drainage and circulation to the skin. Helps to promote tissue healing.
Non surgical face-lift Use it or lose it!   Uses micro currents to stimulate facial muscles. Great for lifting and toning cheek areas. Infusion system is available to enhance absorption of serum to rehydrate the skin.
Bio-light LED therapy Promotes healing and collagen production.
Collagen induction (Dermapen) Promotes collagen production and improves skin circulation.
Oxygen therapy Promotes skin circulation, hydration and skin rejuvenation
Cosmetic injectables Relaxes fine lines and wrinkles. Soft tissue filler hydrates and plumps the skin and soft tissue.   When used appropriately around the lips, it can be used to reduce the incidence of cold sores.

 

 

If you would like to discuss your individual program, come in, have a cuppa and have a chat to our friendly beauty therapists.

 

We are more than happy to work out a tailored skin program with competitive prices for our loyal customers.

 

Written by Dr Louisa Yim

GP/Cosmetic Physician

Owner & Director

Total Bliss Beauty Therapy, Makeup Artistry & MediAesthetics

Shop 5, 86-92 Grimshaw Street

Greensborough VIC 3088

03 9432 9177

Website: www.totalblissbeauty.com.au

 

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Parts of this article also featured in: https://www.mydeal.com.au/blog/post/dry-winter-skin-tips

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My new memoir

It is my greatest pleasure to introduce you to a new book, Moving beyond the unspoken grief – a doctor’s memoir of her own IVF journey as a patient.

This memoir is written by myself and it is a collection of my memory since 2011.  It describes our struggle with fertility and my journey with fertility treatments.  I have used a pen name, Dr Sarah Lnyy, in order to protect the privacy of my family and my patients.

Books are available at Total Bliss reception for $30 and you will receive a complimentary lolly bag, magnet and INIKA organics lip balm.  Alternatively, you can order it through Amazon Website. 

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Never Stop Learning

I do apologise as it has been several months since my last post.  I do have some valid reasons for not posting as frequently as I would like.

Firstly, I am currently 23 weeks (almost six months) into my second pregnancy.  If you see a pregnant lady waddling in and out of the clinic pushing a trolley, that will be me!  I have had really bad morning, actually ALL DAY, sickness and only survived on mylanta, gaviscon, dry biscuits and water.  Thank goodness it lasted only 3 months.  We are happy to announce that bub #2 will be due in mid November this year.  Yes, this is also an IVF baby and we were lucky to be successful first time around this time.

I have recently completed the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in June.  This will be super handy in offering ongoing in-house training for staff members.  I ran a small workshop on ABCs in cosmetic medicine within a beauty clinic setting.  It was quite a success.  Hopefully, we will be able to branch out and offer workshops for other students and beauty therapists in the near future.

I spent two weeks in July under the guidance of the Internationally renown Oncology Aesthetician, Morag Currin, of whom, is based in Canada.  Morag is the founder of OTI Oncology Training International.  I am humbled to be able to learn so much from this wonderful and talented woman.  She is a highly skilled and passionate educator.  This online training has opened my eyes to providing services for those who have been touched by cancer.  Unfortunately, “cancer” is still a bit of a taboo in our society.  The goal is not to market Oncology Aesthetics, but to provide support and understanding to those affected by cancer.  There are treatments and services that are available and those that should be avoided when a client is undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy.  Despite having a medical background, I was blown away by how much I have learnt.  I will definitely share this wonderful experience and knowledge with my staff and clients.  I am now on their Medical Advisory Board http://oti-oncologytraining.com/about-us/team/

For more information about OTI, please visit:

http://oti-oncologytraining.com

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Lastly, I would like to promote a book Moving Beyond The Unspoken Grief – a doctor’s memoir on her own IVF journey as a patient, written by Dr Sarah Lnyy.  This book is going to be launched in early September, in time for the National Womens’ Health Week 5-9 September 2016.  This book was mentioned in Women’s Weekly recently:

http://www.aww.com.au/relationships/parenting-family/the-reality-of-ivf-27946

For more information, please visit, LIKE and support the Facebook page:

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Where did the time go?

Well.  Christmas has come and gone.  We are already a quarter of our way through the year.  People say time flies when you are the happiest.  I think time really flies when you have a toddler!  

Josie is now 16 months-old.  Yes, her first single syllable word was… wait for it… …”Da”, as in “Dad”, followed by “Mum” or “MOM! MOM! MOM!” – in panic mode when she is in trouble, getting her arms or legs stuck in tiny jars or any small confined space that she can find within the house.  Just two weeks ago, her first two syllables word was, “Bubb- Ball”, as in Bubble.  She is fascinated by bubbles, balls and balloons at the moment.   I mean, who isn’t?  The perfectly shaped round bubbles, with a multitude of colour under the light, slowly raising in the air.  Before you know it, it pops right in your face, just as you have your mouth wide open in awe of its beauty.  Then, it’s gone.  Even though it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, I bet you would blow the bubbles over and over again, until such time when your toddler tips the rest of the bottle down the floor.  She tries in vain to savage any bubbles left on the floor with her bubble wand before all the bubbles are evaporated by the sun.

I have just described my daughter first series of emotions from excitement, enjoyment, shock, disappointment to a sense of longing.    Don’t worry, she hasn’t left traumatised, a bit of distraction still works for her at this age.  If there is anything that I would like to pass onto and teach my daughter, it will be gaining resilience, finding peace and happiness.  Life is short and before we know it, all the things we have right now, may just disappear, and pop like a bubble.  Cherish = Cheer for the present and best Wishes for the future.

Cherish like there is no tomorrow.

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We have been featured in the Alsco’s Greenroom Spotlight. Come and check us out.

THE STORY BEHIND A SUCCESSFUL BEAUTY SALON, APART FROM FLUFFY TOWELS

 

http://www.alsco.com.au/2015/05/the-story-behind-a-successful-beauty-salon-apart-from-fluffy-towels/

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Being a mum

Motherhood has its ups and downs.  It is definitely more than I have imagined.  The never-ending feeds, nappy changing and sleep deprivation.  It is exhausting.  After battling several weeks of baby blues, with lots of family support, the fog is finally lifting.  I am pleased to say that I am now enjoying motherhood.  I love Baby Josie.  There is an overwhelming feeling of love and happiness every time I see her face.

Josie is almost six months of age and I am starting to get a hang of balancing work and family life.  Thank goodness I have found a trusting nanny and with the help of my mum.  Mum is the word!  I am returning to work but only one half day weekly to fortnightly.  Depending on how much sleep I have or lack, more sessions will be based around this little person for now.  We have waited seven years for this miracle.  I think we can justify spending as much time as I want with baby Josie.

Ever since becoming a mother, I understand and appreciate my own mother, Stella, a lot more.  I never understood why she cried so easily.  She snores readily and can fall asleep on any sitting surface.  She drools in deep sleep and complains how chubby her tummy looks.  After delivering a 4-kg baby, I am following my mother’s footsteps.

I drool.  I snore.  I have learnt to fall asleep within a heartbeat.  My tummy is no longer flat and toned, it is decorated with pink stretchy marks and bloated all the time.  I cry at commercials, photos and even a distant memory.  I have become my mum.  I am a new mum.  I feel completely vulnerable.

Perhaps it is vulnerability which makes us human;  to truly feel and have absolutely no control of everyday life.  Strange to me, as a doctor.  Life, is currently out of control.  I kind of like it.

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On leave

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To my loyal clients,

It is with great pleasure to introduce Dr Lee Siow to Total Bliss Beauty Therapy.  She will be commencing on 16th September 2014 Tuesday.  As I will be on maternity leave from mid October, Dr Lee will be covering my sessions on Tuesdays.  Dr Lee Siow works with Antiaging Canterbury and has her own GP clinic in Rowville.  She also works in several beauty salons across town.

Here is her profile from Antiaging, Canterbury.

I am due in early November and hopefully, I will be back sooner or later, even for just a couple of hours on a weekday.  Please call the clinic on (03) 9432 9177 for more updates.

We are very excited as this Human Love Project has taken seven years in making.   We look forward to posting photos once the bubby has finally arrived.

Please take care and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards,

Dr Louisa

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New treatment for Rosacea sufferers

Rosacea is a chronic skin inflammatory condition which affects many people with various degree of severity.  Most people affected by this condition report of having facial flushing, extreme heat and redness.  The symptoms are usually worst in summer, post exercise and drinking alcoholic beverages.

Current treatments include conservative management such as avoiding trigger factors, applying cool packs, topical gels and creams.  In other parts of the World, a trend is moving towards the off-label use of botulinium toxin for the treatment of Rosacea.

Botulinium toxin is currently not registered by TGA Australia to be used for the management of Rosacea.  However, it is registered to be used for treating frown lines; excessive sweating; migraines; cerebral palsy muscular contractures and many other conditions.

Through my observations with treating cosmetic clients, it was interesting to find that the areas treated with botulinium toxin were free from any signs of inflammation.  Please refer to the case study below.  This client presents with troubling Rosacea for many years.  Her main symptoms were persistent facial flushing and heat; worst in hot climate and post exercise.

IMG_0007 Photo A: Taken on 26th November 2013.  Outside temperature was 21 deg C.  Client has reported of intense heat and flushing.

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Photo B: Taken Ten minutes after treatment.  Please note the slight reduction of redness.

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Photo C: Taken on 10th December 2013.  Outside temperature is 29 Deg C.  Client was very impressed with the results as there was a significant reduction in facial flushing and heat.

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Photo D: Taken on 16th January 2014.  Outside temperature 39 deg C!

Quite remarkable that her facial flushing and heat has such a dramatic improvement, despite walking in hot weather.  She was extremely pleased with the results.

Putting the first and most recent photos together:

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Permission has been given by this client to use these photos. 

Images were blurred in order to protect the identity of the client.

 

 

If you are suffering from resistant Rosacea, this may be an alternative option. 

For more information, please contact via email or call to make an appointment with Dr Louisa on 03 9432 9177.

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