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Alternative to surgical breast reduction: Encore Cosmetic Clinic

While a larger bust can be aesthetically pleasing to some and even a source of envy to others, it might not be such a delight to its owner. The weight of the breasts can cause back, neck and shoulder pain, deep grooves from bra straps in the shoulders and restrict movement.

Furthermore, the emotional toll can be immense – unwanted attention that begins in teenage years can be excruciating with women feeling defined by their large breasts, while obtaining comfortable and attractive bra support and finding great clothes that fit and flatter becomes a lifelong pursuit.



Traditional breast reduction surgery is expensive and only a very small proportion of applicants each year get to have the procedure within the public system. Traditional breast reduction surgery also needs to be carried out by plastic or general surgeons.

However, the fantastic news is that breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Grant Bellaney, skin and fat specialist and founder of the Encorė Cosmetic Clinic.

“Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40 to 60 percent fat, so the removal of some of that fat through a procedure called tumescent liposuction can give a significant reduction in breast size,” Grant says.

Producing extremely good results, the procedure is suitable for all ages, particularly those over the age of 40. It was first used in the 1980s and has an outstanding safety record. The list of advantages over traditional breast reduction surgery include use of tumescent rather than general anaesthetic, key hole surgery resulting in fast healing and little or no scarring, and it is a day procedure with a faster recovery time.

“There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10 to 25 percent of patients can experience a loss of sensitivity in the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards. With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent,” Grant says.

Dr Bellaney is the only specialist in the South Island performing this technique and has successfully performed this procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years. For more information, phone the day surgery clinic, situated at 248 Papanui Road Merivale, on 03 356 0214, or visit the website


Dr Grant Bellaney


Back to beautiful basics: Bespoke Cosmetic

When Nicky Blue of Bespoke Cosmetic came across natural deodorant Freedom, she knew it was the perfect product to add to her business. “I noticed a gap in the market for a natural, aluminium-free deodorant that actually works,” she says.



“This luxury product smells amazing and is easy and pleasant to use. Aluminium clogs pores so the body cannot eliminate toxins, so it ends up in our lymphatic system and breast tissue. Our bodies are designed to sweat, but we don’t want the odour, so using a natural deodorant that prevents odour but allows gentle perspiration is the healthy option.”

Nicky distributes Freedom to spas, appearance clinics and salons, alongside another handpicked brand, Cane + Austin skincare. Created by New York dermatologist Dr Austin, the highly active glycolic-based range is simple and effective for plumper, fresher, younger-looking skin. The latest Cane + Austin addition is the 10 percent glycolic cleanser and mask – two beautiful products in one. Nicky uses the range herself and says it appeals to both women and men. “People love it and feel the benefits really quickly.”

After more than 25 years in the beauty industry working as a commercial make-up artist and in beauty product distribution, Nicky retrained in micropigmentation (cosmetic tattooing) and skin needling. She established Bespoke Cosmetic more than five years ago. “Everything at Bespoke is aimed at increasing people’s wellbeing and confidence in their appearance, whether it’s cosmetic tattoo, makeup, or effective skincare products.”

Follow Bespoke Cosmetic on Facebook and Instagram. For local stockists or retailing enquiries contact, visit or phone 021 249 1499.