The Price Of Beauty: How Far Is Too Far?

Over the weekend, Tori Spelling stepped out of a medical spa looking like she had been skinned. Seriously. After reportedly having a chemical peel, a microdermabrasion facial and a wax, the 42-year-old was almost unrecognisable as she left the clinic red, splotchy and pained, nonetheless.

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On the same day, Kate Hudson was also spotted leaving a health care studio that specialises in cryotherapy – a procedure in which the whole body is exposed to subzero temperatures. You could basically liken it to standing in an oversized deep-freezer in your panties.

Interestingly, these aren’t even a handful of the unimaginable beauty procedures that women are putting themselves through in their quest to look and feel better. What’s more, we’ve begun to live by the notion that beauty is pain; but at what expense?

“I personally think what is really disturbing now is the way that the expectation of a women to engage in beauty treatments, procedures and cosmetic surgery, is so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even think twice about it,” photographer Jessica Ledwich told the Huffington Post.

“These procedures are almost so mainstream now that you book them to fit between your grocery shopping and your laundry. There are a whole generation of young women who not only think it is normal to do this but that its desirable and worse, expected.”

Ledwich last year released a photo series called Monstrous Feminine which depicted beauty rituals as acts of mutation in a bid to make women re-think femininity. While the images “employ an element of the absurd,” they reveal the extent that women are willing to go to, just to feel beautiful.

“Some procedures might just be uncomfortable, but others are downright dangerous,” she told Fast Company. “All so we can aspire to look like a model that is digitally manipulated in the first place.”

At what point does it stop, ladies?

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 What do you think about the crazy beauty procedures available?

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August 25, 2015

The 411 On Cosmetic Tattooing 

Imagine never having to fill in your eyebrows, attempt (and fail) at creating the perfect cat-eye, or even filling in your lips for years to come? This can all become a reality with a little help of cosmetic tattooing.

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The process is quite simple, the cosmetic shape is tattooed on your lips, eyelids, and eyebrows to make it look like you’re wearing makeup. These procedures are very convenient for women who are constantly on-the-go, and don’t have time to sit for hours and apply their makeup. Would you try this for yourself?

The practice of cosmetic tattooing is mostly prominent in Asian countries, where the idea of quick beauty is often a virtue that many women would love to possess. But this doesn’t mean you have to travel out of the country to get your procedure done; there are hundreds of Australian-based centres which are known for eye, lips, and permanent make-up training.

How much does it cost?

Although most procedures can vary depending on what you actually want to get, this is just a guide of how much you could be paying for each procedure.

Eyes ($500+)

Eyeliner tattooing can involve just lining the top of the eyelid, the bottom, introducing a subtle cat-eye on the sides, and even framing the entire eye (just under the water line).

The 411 On Cosmetic Tattooing Lips ($500+)

Give your lips a more defined shape by choosing to emphasise the top, bottom, or even both with the help of a cosmetic pigment. The artist will follow the natural line of your own lips, with a colour that will complement the shade of your lips.

Eyebrows ($400+)

Tattooing eyebrows is very common for women who have lost a lot of hair in this area due to continuously over-plucking. This can leave eyebrows looking patchy and lacking any proper shape or arch.

Does it hurt?

While you can imagine that the procedure isn’t completely pain-free, most clients actually suggest that it’s more irritating rather than painful. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the selected area, so a large degree of the pain is numbed out for a short period of time.

If you are experiencing excruciating amounts of pain during your procedure, it’s best to stop it altogether and let someone know.

What is the recovery like?

This all depends on where you get the procedure, but it generally shouldn’t be longer than a couple of days. Don’t start to worry if the area is red and inflamed the next morning, just keep the area clean and free of makeup, and wait for the swelling to go down.

It’s best to keep skin cleansed and moisturised until the procedure has completely healed itself.

Can the process be reversed? What about removal?

Most pigments last for about 5-10 years, and after this period you will start to notice that the colour will begin to change slightly. This doesn’t mean it’s time to get the tattoo re-done, but it all depends on the elasticity of your skin and where you have the tattoo in the first place.

In terms of eye liner, this is very common since the skin does get a little bit droopy with age. Lips, eyebrows and corrective tattooing will last longer since they are on more durable places on the face and skin. You can get the cosmetic tattoo removed or altered (most likely at the same place you got it done), but be warned that this can leave a scar on the skin.

Would you ever try cosmetic tattooing? Have you already had this procedure before?

Image via iStock, Aqua Vitae Day Spa 

August 19, 2015

Leech Therapy: What Are The Benefits?

Ever heard of leech therapy? Even though this crazy beauty trend was used for centuries to treat a plethora of illnesses and diseases in the blood, it’s actually most popular in cosmopolitan cities from London to Los Angeles.

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What does leech therapy treat?

Leech therapy is recommended for those who suffer from arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases since it helps to dissolve clots, treat skin disorders, and even improve bad circulation.

But don’t let it fool you, leeches are also used for cosmetic practices such as elective plastic surgery as a way to smooth out the skin and clean the blood. Reconstructive surgery also uses leech therapy to purify the blood after the removal of a cancer.

How does it work?

Live leeches are attached onto the designated target area and are left to draw blood for a specific period of time. Leech therapy is so popular since many proteins and peptides are released which help to thin the blood and reverse bad circulation.

Does it leave any scars?

After the session is over, the leeches leave a small ‘Y’ shape wound which usually heals quickly and without leaving a noticeable mark or scar.

Who is a good candidate for leech therapy?

Anyone suffering from hypertension, visible varicose veins, to skin problems is eligible for leech therapy. Make sure to consult your doctor if you have a history of high-risk blood clotting or haemophilia.

Are there any side effects?

Leech therapy is regarded as a low-risk procedure, and therefore the side effects are few and far between. There is, however a risk of bacterial infection if the leeches are not properly regulated outside. Before booking a session, make sure your doctor is reliable and do your research before embarking on this procedure.

Would you try leech therapy if it helps your condition?

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April 24, 2015

Is The A-List “Lunchtime Facelift” Worth The Cost?

What do A-list powerbrokers Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Oprah and Linda Evangelista have in common?

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They’re all very beautiful women with gorgeous, glowing skin who are said to be devoted fans of Thermage; a new non-invasive, radiofrequency procedure that allegedly smoothes, tightens and contours the skin for a noticeably younger look.

Dubbed “the lunchtime facelift” by Oprah, Thermage is much loved by celebrities because there’s no recovery time and the anti-aging procedure can be used to tighten skin on the eyes, face, neck, arms, stomach, thighs, knees and more. Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured) even reportedly recently told Harper’s Bazaar that while painful, Thermage took five years off her face.


But here’s the catch ladies, the “the lunchtime facelift” sure ain’t cheap; costs vary, depending on the actual size of the area to be treated – as well as the individual clinic performing the treatment – but it will generally set you back from $1500-$3000.

Ouch. An A-lister’s salary would certainly help with this latest non-surgical, anti-aging procedure! So, is “the lunchtime facelift” actually worth the hefty cost? Kaye Scott, Co-Founder of The Clinic, Bondi Junction, says a resounding “yes.” The former registered general and psychiatric nurse, who went on to recognise a niche market for laser treatments, says women adore the treatment and many come back for more.

“As you age, the collagen in your skin breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Thermage uses radiofrequency to safely heat the deep layers of the skin, stimulating your own collagen and promoting new collagen,” Ms Scott says.

“There have been several clinical studies and trials to prove Thermage does work. From our own personal experience, we have had the same clients who repeat the same procedure on an annual basis.”

A word of warning, ladies: Thermage, like all non-invasive procedures, is not without dangers. Risks associated with “the lunchtime facelift” include overheating of the skin, which can cause a breakdown in tissue, and it can be painful. It’s vital you talk to your Thermage practitioner about what to expect before you schedule a procedure.

However, Ms Scott says Thermage is so safe, she’s not seen a single side-effect in the more than five years in which her clinic has been practising the procedure. What’s more, Thermage is suited to all skin types, but would most benefit women aged 35-65, she says.

Since 2002, more than one million procedures have been performed on people with varying skin types and ages. In addition, about 2200 dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic physicians use Thermage worldwide.

What do you think? Would you pay that much for “the lunchtime facelift” if it took years off your face?

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March 30, 2015