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New location, same values: Face Value

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.



Time to replenish

We love summer… I mean, what’s not to love, right?



While summer is the season to kick back, relax and enjoy the outdoors, it’s not time to slack on your skincare routine.

Even on the overcast Kiwi days, UV rays are harmful, but when you’re spending long days languishing on the beach or at the park, it’s particularly pertinent. Here’s our top tips.


  1. Pucker up: Skincare may be hot on your agenda, but lips also need some summer loving. Look for lipgloss that provides moisture with SPF.
  2. Slough it away: This is the time of year to step up your exfoliation routine; follow it up with a great moisturising routine and you’re away laughing.
  3. Don’t scrimp on the scalp: Hair may provide some protection, but sensitive scalps can still get burned. Use sunscreen along your hair line and where your hair parts.
  4. Rinse and repeat: Take a few extra showers, especially after sweating. The added benefit to hydration is that it will keep your skin clear.
  5. Get hatty: This is the best excuse to pull that wide rimmed hat out of the closet for full protection.
  6. Misty days: If you stash a bottle of face mist in your beach bag, you can soothe and hydrate your skin at the same time as getting a cool down.







Sexy & slim for summer!: Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Summer is around the corner and it’s harder to hide all those bulges and wobbly bits under a summer dress or white t-shirt!



Most women would say they have a stubborn pocket of fat that no diet or extreme exercise plan can budge. Whether it’s inner-thigh fullness, bingo wings, back fat, double chin or post-pregnancy muffin tops, it’s been impossible to shift – until Cooltech arrived!

Recent figures from America reveal that fat freezing, a non-invasive alternative to liposuction, is now the third most popular non-surgical procedure, behind dermal fillers and Botox. The procedure has seen a 24.7 percent rise in one year, partly because there are no needles, incision or downtime.

First approved by the FDA in 2010, fat freezing – scientifically known as cryolipolysis – isn’t new. The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic was the first in Christchurch to offer this fat-freezing technology and has been struggling to keep up with the demand from clients wanting to get their fat ice-blasted off at $600 per area.

“The technology is incredible. You chill the problem area down to -8°C which causes the fat cells to die and then they are removed by your body’s own clean-up system that removes dead cells,” explains Dr Brigid.

There’s up to a 30 percent reduction to fat in the area that is treated. Those fat cells are gone – that means it’s harder to put the weight back on in that area. The magical machine is called Cooltech and it enables women to speedily contour their body shape without the risks of going under the knife.




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.