Widely celebrated as the wonder drug of the cosmetic medicine world for its effectiveness in preventing and erasing lines and wrinkles, and improving appearance, Botulinum Toxin (or Botox®/ Dysport® as we know it) has many other uses in medicine.
Dr Philip Frost discusses some of those non-wrinkle related uses commonly carried out by him and the team at Face Value.
Also known as hyperhidrosis, this condition can occur even without the usual triggers of heat, stress or exercise and can cause embarrassment and anxiety and impact on clothing choice. Even the strongest roll-ons, powders and various other topical products often have little or no effect on severe sweating. Botulinum injected into the skin using a tiny needle can significantly reduce sweating of the underarms, palms ‘and face by temporarily disabling the sweat glands in the treated area. This substantially reduces perspiration for around nine to twelve months. Many of our clients describe this treatment as “life changing”.
By injecting small doses of Botulinum Toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches can be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions are not affected.
Many different medications are used to treat migraines, however often regular treatments with Botulinum injections can help prevent and reduce the severity of migraine headaches. Clients are delighted to have fewer headaches as well as fewer wrinkles!
Clients who suffer from eye muscle twitching or spasm can also benefit from having regular Botulinum injections. Injections into the muscles around the eye can lessen their ability to contract voluntarily.
For more information on any of these treatments call the team at Face Value for a free consultation, 03 363 8810.
Walk in to Face Value’s new premises at 145 Innes Road and your immediate reaction is ‘wow’.
It’s an atmosphere radiating style and professionalism with its crisp white décor and quirky finishing touches that reflect the personality of the Face Value team.
“We wanted to create an environment for our clients that reflects the combination of medicine and artistry that cosmetic medicine is all about,” Dr Philip Frost says.
It has worked… the new clinic is just the right mix of clinical professionalism and warmth of character. The building’s previous life as a family home is evident but surpassed by the extensive renovations to fully comply with all requirements for a medical facility. This was important to Dr Frost and the team as clients need to be assured when undergoing any cosmetic medical procedure that they are in the safest of hands and in a facility that meets the highest standards.
There is plenty of space to grow Face Value further and develop the clinic as a centre of excellence in cosmetic medicine. Dr Frost is a senior accredited member of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine; an important criterion in an industry where there are many newcomers popping up in salons, malls, and beauty clinics.
Safety is paramount to the Face Value team and the importance of having a Medical Doctor on site is non-negotiable. Treatments such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are medical procedures and must be delivered by qualified practitioners in accredited health facilities.
Clients new and old are warmly welcomed to visit Face Value. To celebrate the new premises, all skincare is discounted by 25 percent for the month of November.
While aesthetic medicine has traditionally been seen as female focused, there continues to be a considerable shift towards the male market. Those in the industry describe it as the ‘groom boom’ and adopt terms such as ‘brotox’ when describing male anti-wrinkle injections. Face Value’s Dr Phil Frost is seeing an increasing number of male clients seeking subtle and natural non-surgical cosmetic treatments that enhance the masculine aesthetic. No longer taboo, cosmetic procedures are seen as part of regular grooming and maintenance, and are just as acceptable as visiting a barber or hair salon.
But Dr Frost stresses it is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. “It’s important to understand the difference in aesthetics between beautifying and glamorising a female face, and enhancing the attractiveness and masculinisation of the male. The male face requires different ratios and sharpening of angles, avoiding feminising and softening of features.”
A strong and well-proportioned chin, jawline, brow and cheekbones are widely perceived to be attractive features of a male face, and dermal fillers are often the first line treatment to correct these areas. For example, if you have a ‘weak’ chin or undefined jawline, fillers are used to add volume or chin projection, creating a more chiselled, angular and stronger profile. So too are Belkyra® injections, targeting that unwanted fat under the chin and jowls which cannot be worked out at the gym. The results are long lasting and can give the jawline strength and definition.
Treatment with botulinum toxin remains the single most common cosmetic procedure sought by male clients to minimise frown, forehead and lines around the eyes, and again doses and placement should be tailored to suit the male face. And especially important for the Kiwi male, sun protection and tailored skincare is a must.
“Men are also taking better care of their skin,” Dr Frost says. “Seeking professional-grade sun protection, and solutions for excess sweating, enlarged pores, wrinkles, brown spots, moles, and facial blood vessels.”
For years, women have availed themselves of cosmetic treatments to look and feel their best. Men are now catching on – in a big way!
The choice of treatments offered for skin aging can be baffling. Dr Philip Frost at Face Value is finding his clients are seeing great results from two specialist treatments in particular.
The new kid on the block is the MINT Thread Lift®. Unlike the invasive permanent threads of the past, the MINT Lift® is a minimally invasive procedure that uses absorbable threads to redefine and restore lost elasticity and volume in the face.
It does two things; firstly, the threads cause tension in the skin giving an immediate lifting effect. Secondly, they stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which creates firmer skin. While results can be seen immediately, improvements continue with full results seen after 6-12 weeks and lasting around 12 months.
The treatment is great for men and women who are showing signs of aging but do not want to undergo a surgical face lift. Put simply, it’s a non-surgical facelift that can create beautiful, natural looking results. If it is natural you are seeking, then nothing could be more so than using your own platelets to accelerate tissue regeneration and repair. This is where PRP comes in. Standing for Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP involves taking a sample of your blood, concentrating the platelets from that sample and reinjecting those concentrated platelets back into the body. The platelets contain numerous growth factors which will stimulate collagen synthesis and skin rejuvenation.
It is great for tired and dry skin, skin laxity, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and overall texture and tone improvement. The usually difficult to treat areas such as neck and décolletage do particularly well with this treatment. Face Value uses the RegenLab PRP system which offers the Cellular Matrix option of combining hyaluronic acid with the platelets to give added immediate hydration. Both the MINT Lift® and PRP are fabulous options for rejuvenating the face and neck, and can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and skin needling to keep you looking your best, at any age.
Phone 03 363 8810 to book an initial consultation with Dr Frost at no charge.
Ever since Romeo offered his as “two blushing Pilgrims” to Juliet, we have paid attention to the attractiveness of lips.
The cosmetic approach to lips is subject to fashion trends and swings between the very full ‘Angelina Jolie’ pout and those seeking more natural looking volume. “We find nowadays most women don’t necessarily want their lips to be the focus of attention,” says Face Value’s Dr Philip Frost.
“They want something that blends and harmonises with the rest of their features, subtly accentuating their mouth without screaming ‘overdone’. In this way, lip augmentation has become a very customisable procedure; it’s all about working with your unique features to create a look designed especially for you.”
Lip augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures carried out at Face Value and involves injecting dermal filler into the lips to give them a youthful plumpness and add more definition. As well as changing the lip size for those who desire bigger lips, this procedure can be used to correct a host of concerns including wrinkles around the lip area and redefining the cupid’s bow. It’s about balance and symmetry as well as volume. As with all cosmetic procedures carried out by Dr Frost, it should complement the overall appearance of your face, be age appropriate and not be immediately obvious.
Contact Face Value to arrange a no obligation consultation or visit www.facevalue.co.nz.
The field of cosmetic medicine is rapidly expanding in New Zealand as the demand grows for safe, effective and affordable cosmetic procedures. In general, techniques are becoming more complex, requiring an increasing level of both skill and artistry by the practitioner.
Before embarking on any cosmetic medicine procedure, make sure you are in safe and competent hands. An easy way to check this is by asking whether the doctor is a member of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine. You can then be assured of their specific training and qualifications in this field and the ongoing assessment of both their professional development and also the safety and standards of clinic premises.
If your practitioner is a nurse, it is important to know who is providing their medical oversight; a requirement for all nurses administering medicines such as Botox® and Dysport®. Ideally the doctor qualified in this field will be present in the clinic.
Follow up in the days and weeks after any treatment is always important, so make sure you will have access to a medical practitioner in the event of a complication or adverse outcome. This is especially important if you are having treatment with dermal fillers.
Remember, its all about making sure you are in skilled hands and in a safe environment. Look out for the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine logo to identify members, or visit nzscm.co.nz.Phone 363-8810 or visit
facevalue.co.nz to book your complementary consultation with Dr Philip Frost, Senior member, NZSCM.
At last, the long awaited non-surgical approach to reducing double chins has been approved for use in New Zealand and now administered in Christchurch by Face Value Cosmetic Medical Clinic’s Dr Philip Frost.
“I am delighted to be one of first doctors in New Zealand trained to offer this treatment,” Dr Frost says. “It has undergone extensive clinical trials and is a safe and effective non-surgical approach to the very common problem of sub-mental fat, or double chin”
Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, the fullness in this area just will not go away. Belkyra® is a prescription only medicine which, when injected below the chin, breaks down fat, resulting in a more contoured neck profile and jawline.
The double chin injections feature a product which contains deoxycholic acid, which is found naturally in the body and helps absorb fat in food. The product is injected into the fat in the double chin area and permanently destroys the fat cells by a process known as adipocytolysis. Once the fat cells have been destroyed they cannot accumulate and store fat again.
Imagine your fat cells are balloons and double chin injections are darts. Injecting the product under the chin is like throwing a dart at fat cells. Once they have been popped they cannot be blown up again. Clients need between two and six treatments spaced four to eight weeks apart.
The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM) recommends this treatment is administered only by doctors, reflecting international best practice.
Contact Face Value to arrange a no obligation consultation or visit www.facevalue.co.nz to find out more.