Laura attends Cosmetex 2015

I was really looking forward to attending Cosmetex 2015. This is the annual meeting of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and is the premier cosmetic medical event on the Australian calendar. This year the conference was held in Melbourne and it was well attended by doctors, nurses, and dermal clinicians. A wide range of topics, including surgical techniques, injectables, skin care and lasers were covered. I was particularly interested in the sessions on rosacea, acne, melasma, acne scarring, ingredients in skin care products and cosmetic injectables.

I take great pride in maintaining my knowledge and expertise on all aspects of cosmetic medicine, with a particular focus on treating skin conditions. The conference went for 3 days and I was lucky enough to listen to some of the experts in their fields from around the world. The international experts included Dr Raj Acquila, one of Dr Leungs favourite injectors from the UK, Dr Vivian Bucay (Dermatologist San Antonio Texas), Dr Diane Quibell (assistant clinical professor at Harvard University) and Dr Kate Goldie (Aesthetic Physician from UK). All of these key speakers shared their experience and dispensed pearls of wisdoms.

I would like to share with you some of the insights that I have gained over the course of the conference that are particularly relevant to my role as a dermal clinician.

Skincare ingredients

One of the main parts of my role as dermal clinician at Facial Artistry is talking to both men and women about their skin. It is not just about how the skin looks but also how the skin functions. Skin that functions at its optimal will look smoother, feel softer and will give you that glowing appearance.

Given the plethora of cosmetic products available in the market, how does the consumer choose? What are the main differences between cosmetic products and cosmeceutical products? The answer lies in the key active ingredients and the way these ingredients are formulated and stabilised within the products. Whilst cosmetic products that you can buy from the department stores may feel nice to put on and have an attractive fragrance, it is the clinically proven formulae of some of the cosmeceutical products that deliver the results.

Vitamin A, B and C and other antioxidants are still key ingredients essential to maintaining the health and integrity of our skin.

The most vital daily topical skincare product everyone should be using is broad spectrum sunscreen. There are exciting new developments ahead, with specially formulated broad spectrum high SPF sunscreens that are so light weight that you can hardly feel it.

“Banking Collagen”

It is a well known fact that collagen content of the skin decreases with age. This occurs in both intrinsic (chronological) and extrinsic (environmental) ageing of the skin. The process of collagen loss starts in the twenties and accelerates dramatically around menopause. Any topical or in clinic treatments that stimulate collagen production will help to strengthen and maintain the integrity of the skin.

The process of collagen depletion is unrelenting. It is possible to slow this process down though. By having regular treatments that stimulate new collagen formation, you can effectively ‘bank collagen’ so to speak. Repeated treatment is analogous to making regular deposits into your bank account. The more deposits you do, the larger the bank balance and therefore it will take longer to deplete. The current thinking is that the earlier you start this ‘banking’ the better. With that said it is never too late to start. Anything you can do now for your skin will be helpful in future. Treatments that help with new collagen formation include chemical peels, Pelleve (radiofrequency), intense pulse light, skin needling etc.

It was reassuring for me to see that we at Facial Artistry are able to maintain our reputation as a centre of excellence by offering treatments that are on par with the best of what is available worldwide.