Introducing Shirley Xu, Chinese Specialist Nurse Injector

Introducing My Botique Chatswood staff member, Chinese specialist nurse injector, Shirley Xu.
Specialist Chinese nurse injector Shirley is a rare commodity in Australia and in fact just about anywhere. Although hailing from mainland China, Shirley got her bachelor degree in nursing qualification, training and injecting experience since she moved to Australia in 2005. Although China will no doubt eventually become a huge market for non-surgery cosmetic treatments in the future – considering how wealthy many citizens are becoming and their penchant for all the luxuries and novelties of the West – currently there are not many specialist Chinese nurse injectors.
Having a passion for aesthetic medicine and skin care and coming from a background in plastic surgery, Shirley has a vast knowledge and experience of using injectable treatments for Asian faces. She says most Asians desire improvements to make their face appear slimmer, a higher nose bridge and often chin augmentation; these last two being achieved with dermal fillers for instant results. For older clients she often recommends treatments to “lift” the face up, including lifting the corners of the mouth with either dermal fillers or Botox, and use of lipodissolve injections into the chin area if a double chin exists. This treatment consists of several injections of a special protein to the problem area which dissolves the fat and causes it to “disappear” as the fat is harmlessly passed through the system and eliminated from the body naturally.
Another very popular treatment is blood plasma injections which can be used in a number of ways to get a variety of great results. In this treatment the patient’s own blood is extracted and then placed in a centrifuge then re-injected into the treatment areas. It can be used to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, the texture of the skin and even achieve a “youthful glow”. It can also be used on the scalp to invigorate and encourage hair growth. Results of the blood plasma treatments last one to two years.
Some younger Asian women want a glamorized look with fuller lips, the appearance of opened-up eyes and higher eyebrows which are achieved with a combination of Botox or Dysport and dermal fillers.
Shirley says that because Asian skin is so much thicker than Westerners’ skin they are at a huge advantage when it comes to aging with the appearance of looking much younger than their counterparts from the West. Asian skins with acne/scarring also respond extremely well to Dermaroller skin needling treatments.
One of the fears of her Chinese countrymen and women Shirley is keen to address is the idea that you can get “addicted” to these types of treatments. When people use this word for beauty treatments and plastic surgery it is actually incorrect, because there is no physical addiction or craving involved in these treatments or the substances used. So unlike drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or even chocolates and sugar, there is no addictive substance involved.
You can make an appointment to see Shirley currently on Saturdays at My Botique. Come in and discuss your options obligation-free. My Botique can also offer tailor-made wedding or other special occasion packages, to slim the face, make the skin glow and rejuvenate areas with a variety of treatments from high-level beauty treatments such as blueberry peel and micro dermabrasion to injectables including dermal fillers, anti wrinkle injections  and blood plasma treatment.

Fabulous Fillers 101

Not sure where to start with dermal fillers?  Afraid of getting “trout-pout” lips?  Wanting to know if there are side-effects?
Dermal fillers have been used for about 25 years, with some early temporary fillers being made of collagen from cows.  One of the first actors to sport the look was Barbara Hershey in 1988 in the movie Beaches which got a lot of publicity at the time.  Until then the only real option for dramatic changes to a person’s looks was plastic surgery.
We’ve all heard of collagen and know the important part it plays in our skin and looking young.  But one of the problems with bovine collagen was it had an allergic reaction in some people, consequently an allergy test was necessary and it wasn’t suitable for a lot of people.
With the development of scientifically-made temporary fillers such as Restylane, the need for the allergy test disappeared.  The first such temporary fillers had an effect for about three months then the product was dispersed safely through the system and the effects gone.  These treatments needed several pain-killing injections near the treatment areas, similar to several dental-block anaesthetic injections, prior to the actual injections of filler.
Since then products such as Juvederm have been developed which contain an anaesthetic which goes to work as soon as the injection is made, ending the necessity for pain-killing injections. These treatments have been further improved and refined over time and treatment effects can last for 18 months and beyond.
Suitable treatment areas for temporary fillers are almost limitless.  Starting with lip injections for a fuller, younger-looking mouth;  there are the naso labial folds either side of the mouth which increase with age; volume to the cheeks can be added; the tear-troughs under the eyes can  be filled and the appearance of many other lines on the face can be greatly reduced.  For a deep line between the eyebrows a combination of filler and Botox or Dysport can be used.
And treatment is not limited to the face.  The cleavage can be enhanced to diminish a “creepy-look” and the hands can also be treated with fillers to reduce the signs of ageing.
All of the fillers used at My Botique are completely safe and after a period of time are dispersed safely through the body’s natural elimination systems, after a period of approximately 18 months, although some clients are reporting effects are lasting even longer.
My Botique does not use and does not advise the use of any permanent filler as long-term side effects are unknown and there are some reports of unfortunate complications such as in breast implants that have gone wrong over time.
The other advantage of temporary fillers is that they can effectively be “removed” after treatment if the desired results are not achieved.  Although My Botique has not had any such requests so far.
The skill and experience of your nurse or doctor injector is of paramount importance.  Trust an expert who has been injecting for a long time as well as keeping up with the latest developments and operates in a sterile and calm environment.
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Cosmeceuticals – Why They’re Great

Cosmeceuticals are powerful products that do more for you skin than the mass-produced products you may be more familiar with. We put some questions to Rachel Waters, NSW Product Specialist at Advanced Skin Technology, about the Cosmedix range of products.

Q.  What are the key differences between Cosmedix and other products on the market?
Cosmedix is a botanical based, true chirally correct range that uses only the most advanced antioxidants available, and highest concentrations of actives, without diluting or compromising these with harsh, potentially irritating detergents, artificial fragrances, colours or preservatives.

The Cosmedix range uses only essential oils, active vitamins and other ingredients that are free of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and other potentially irritating ingredients.

Q. Who are they suitable for?
The home maintenance range is suitable for all skin types from oily to the most sensitive. As each skin condition is unique, Cosmedix has a home care regime that can be tailored to suit each individual’s concern, from acne and rosacea to sun damage and hyper pigmentation – without the irritation or downtime.

Q. Why are clinic grade cosmeceuticals so important?
Retail cosmetic products sold over the counter in department stores and pharmacies are closely regulated by the TGA to avoid client reactions and be sold to the mass markets. They are therefore regulated to  contain much smaller amounts of active ingredients. These are “Coat and Cover” products, packaged beautifully and marketed very well, that smell lovely, but are unlikely to change the skin at a cellular level.

Cosmeceuticals, and the topical application of active ingredients, are important for anyone with skin concerns who is looking for results, and to create change in their skin. The products in the Cosmedix range utilize cutting edge technology to effect lasting change at both an epidermal and dermal level.

Q. How do they help maintain injectable treatments ? 
Injectables are fantastic for lines and wrinkles, however they will not affect the tone or texture of the skin that may present as sun damage, rosacea, congestion, open pores and hyper pigmentation. By ensuring our skin is in a good, strong condition, with an even, clear texture and tone, we enhance our injectable treatments for a more youthful appearance.

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CosMedix – Chirally Correct Skin Care




There’s a lot of buzz about chirally correct skincare, but what does it mean for your skin?
Skin, the body’s largest organ, has millions of chiral receptors that dictate instruction to the cells they are attached to. Chirality is the description of the “spin” that every molecule and cell receptor has naturally. While it is true that virtually every molecule found in nature is “chiral” – meaning it either spins to the left or the right – not every molecule is “chirally correct”.
The FDA recognized the difference between left and right spins in ingredients in 1999 and mandated that all pharmaceuticals for human consumption must have their chirality analyzed before going to market. Some drugs had great results using one spin, but resulted in harmful side effects when the other spin was used.
Chemical Peels that have been chirally corrected are less painful, less traumatic, extremely safe for all skin types and very effective. As a result, CosMedix’s Correct Peels provide virtually no risk of unwanted side effects.
Benefit Peel from CosMedix is gentle and effective and ideal for sufferers of rosacea and those with sensitive skin. This peel delivers a blend of nourishing and stimulating ingredients into the skin layers, which result in the gentle stimulus of collagen without excessive peeling. It also provides the ultimate antioxidant peel for hypersensitive, aging, or acne-prone skin.
The peel has 20% chirally correct Vit V plus fruit enzymes and salicylic acid. It contains no parabens and no glycolic.
No irritation. At most you might get a “stingle” but more likely just a tingle.
You can view the results post-Benefit peel in this video where CosMedix US brand manager Casey shows how good her skin looks the day after the peel.
My Botique offers CosMedix peels in a clinical setting for professionally applied CosMedix peels such as Benefit, Blueberry Smoothie, Pomegranate Peel, Deep Sea Peel and Timeless Peel. For home use your My Botique consultant will assess your skin’s needs and recommend the correct products.
One thing to be aware of is that the products are extremely efficacious but delicate, due to large concentrations of vitamins and other active ingredients. Consequently it is not advisable to purchase CosMedix products over the internet where the stock could be old or incorrectly stored. To this end CosMedix have recently brought all their prices down by approximately 30 per cent to discourage purchases from unauthorized sellers.

Getting to know Laser treatments


Most of us know that lasers are found beyond the realms of science fiction but when it comes to what can be treated with lasers from a beauty perspective we might not be as informed as we would like.

Lasers can be used for the removal of freckles, pigmentation, tattoos and hair.  But at the cutting edge a combination of laser and radio frequency – such as Matrix RF – can treat wrinkles, acne, scars and improve overall skin texture.  Matrix RF is similar to Fraxel and a standard treatment is 30 minutes.  It is used for wrinkles, acne, scars and textural improvement.

Some other laser treatments at MB are Photo facial RF PRO SRA – a thirty minute treatment – which rejuvenates the appearance of the skin by aggressively treating superficial benign vascular and pigmented lesions including telangiectasias, symptoms of rosacea and angioma. This treatment is a perfect correction of multiple skin disorders.

And for Collagen Regeneration there is ReFirme for skin firming.  This treatment firms, tones and tightens lax skin with a combination of infrared optical energy and bi polar radio frequency.  With Re-Firme it is possible to achieve exceptional comfort and instant skin tightening to the face, neck, and décolletage.

The Triniti Series is a complete single treatment lasting for 90 minutes.  It can be used on both face, neck and décolletage.  Triniti involves three steps that combine three different treatments.  The first step is Renew-Vascular/Pigmented Lesion Treatment.  Next is the ReFirme -Skin tightening through wrinkle reduction.  And finally the Matrix RF-Fractional Remodelling.

One of the reasons the use of lasers are becoming so popular with Australians is that many people need laser skin treatments due to skin damage from our harsh climate, and become interested in the cosmetic possibilities after having such treatments.