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19 August 2018
Spring sunshine - beware
Spring sunshine - beware

Spring is about to hit, and we all have the same reflex...rushing out to get as much of that sunshine, and exposing ourselves to those first sunbeams. After the long winter months, it's normal. However, we urge caution as the eagerness often leads us to be less vigilant or minimize the dangers of the sun. Have a think...have you suffered spring sunburns? Contrary to popular belief, the sun’s rays are just as powerful in the spring as they are in the summer. Obviously, their harmfulness may vary according to altitude, latitude or time but in general, it's wise to keep in mind that you can burn in September.  Many of us still assume that the sun is less harmful at this time of year, however the sun angle must be taken into consideration, and our country is particularly vulnerable due to the ozone layer. In New Zealand, we often have associated stronger brezzes from October through until Christmas, and many dismiss a reddened face as 'windburn', when in actual fact this too is very harful to your skin. Stay vigilant and make sunscreen a daily habit for you and your loved ones. Your skin will thank you for it.

 
24 July 2018
Vitamin B3 & skin cancer
Vitamin B3 & skin cancer

As the ageing population continues to grow, basal- and squamous-cell carcinomas will become even more common than they currently are. Continuing research is positive in the fight for cancers, and an exciting study has revealed positive results from the use of Nicotanimide, an active form of Vitamin B3. Australian researchers have found the use of this vitamin to significantly reduce the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers among people who have had previous BCCs and SCCs. The researchers conducted a year long study which found that of a group divided into those who took the Vit B3 and those who did not, cut their chances of developing new skin cancers by 23%. So, a simple twice daily dose of this vitamin may be the secret to stopping those with significant sun damage from developing some forms of skin cancer. As you know, prevention is the best way to avoid skin cancer. Do not burn, make sure you cover up, apply sunscreen regularly and seek shade. Have your skin checked annually. Even a sun tan is a form of skin damage and while the temporary benefits may be enjoyable, the long term effects are not.

 
8 July 2018
Anna's Belkyra journey
Anna's Belkyra journey

Local media personality, social media influencer and alopecia ambassador, Anna Reeve, started her double chin removal treatment with us recently using the injectable treatments, Belkyra by Allergan. This permanent double chin treatement is an appearance medicine procedure, suitable for both men and women and offers wonderful results. It is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which your body produces in your stomach and dissolves fat cells permanently. Anna is sharing her journey on her Instagram page @annareeve_ posting candid, regular updates as she goes through the series of treatments, sharing her insights, images, and thoughts on her treatments. Hop on over to her Instagram page (follow our page along the way @davinciclinic_nz) and touch base with us if you're interested in learning more about your own Belkyra treatments.

 
19 June 2018
Fat grafting, a great option
Fat grafting, a great option

Fat transfer, or grafting, is commonly used in breast reconstruction, to add symmetry and volume in the shaping of the breast. The technique can be used for total breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, buttock augmentation (Brazilian butt lift), facial fat grafting for lips and during face lifting. The fat can be taken from anywhere someone has excess, usually the tummy, waist, love handles, or insides of the thighs. Depending on the amount of fat required, liposuction may be used. Some bruising may result which settles within a couple of weeks. The fat transfer to the new area is permanent, with about 70% of the transferred fat surviving. After about three months, a pateint is able to have another fat graft to the same area, to add more volume if required. The first round of fat acts as a supportive scaffold to help the second round of fat survive. Interested in learning more? Talk to our Plastic Surgeons, Mr Adam Bialostocki and Mr Brandon Adams.

 
10 June 2018
Symmetry and function
Symmetry and function

Do you have a "family nose"? Do you wish your family hadn't shared it with you? Or, have you had an accident which has left you with an uneven, asymmetricl nose or compromised functionality, such as difficulty breathing, or perhaps snoring? You can make changes to your nose, which will restore the symmetry and/or functionality. Rhinoplasty is best performed by an expereinced facial Plastic Surgeon, with a keen aesthetic eye. Our Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeons, Mr Brandon Adams and Mr Adam Bialostocki, consider everything, from the size and shape of your face, your gender, skin thickness, ethnicity and age. These factors help determine the nasal shape that best suits your face. Don't sit and wonder, act now and learn your options.

 
27 May 2018
Appearance medcine & skin conditions
Appearance medcine & skin conditions

Just becasue you have a skin condition, may not mean you have to miss out on the results achieved with appearance medicine treatments. Any condition which results in active inflammation of the skin, makes cosmetic treatment more difficult. Most treatments can be performed in acne or dermatitis-prone skin if the condition is well controlled at the time of treatment. Treatments which can be irritiating to the skin should be avoided in dermatitis-prone skin, such as TCA peels, as well as the use of cosmetic skin care ranges and retinoids. If you're unsure, just give us a call and talk it through with our specialist nurses who will give you specific advice about your own skin.

 
15 May 2018
What happens at a skin check?
What happens at a skin check?

We are in the midst of a big battle to reduce our alarmingly high skin cancer rates in NZ. The message is getting through, but still people are hesitant about having skin checks, or unsure who should do them. There are many options, from your GP through to your dermatologist. You can book directly with our dermatologist Dr Amy Stanway, or one of our plastic surgeons, for your skin check. The three of them work closely together, meaning comprehensive treatment for you. They will ask if you have any freckles or moles of concern, and then do a thorough examination of each of them - from top to toe, including between your toes and in your scalp. You will be asked to wear a gown and rest assured, you will feel comfortable at all times. A followup skin check is advised annually, or if you have something that needs to be treated or removed, this will be scheduled immediately. Get on the phone and make that appointment - it could save your life.

 
25 April 2018
Chins are changing
Chins are changing

We are well underway with the wonderful appearance medicine treatment, Belkyra by Allergan, which permanently removes double chins. Both our male and female patients are loving the results, and we would like to share some insight with you into the treatment itself, from one of them:

My result so far, 1.5 weeks after my first treatment. There was no pain whatsoever, as a local anaesthetic was used. After about two hours, when the numbing had worn off, my chin area felt warm and heavy but there was no pain, and I carried on working as usual. The next two days I was quite swollen, but only in the injected area, which was about three times the usual size.. I was feeling a bit self-conscious so wore a scarf, but nobody seemed to notice. After one week the swelling is going down and still no one seems to notice, so I am no longer self-conscious at all. The swelling is reducing daily, the area injected is still numb which was explained to me during the consenting process and is to be expected for now. I expect to be a bit swollen for the next couple of weeks but it isn’t noticeable.

 
28 March 2018
Should I go natural?
Should I go natural?

We often get asked if pursuing natural remedies in order to help solve skin conditions is worthwhile. Natural remedies, like many medicines, are derived from natural products such as plants, fungi or naturally occurring minerals and vitamins. They are not required to pass the same safety or effectiveness standards as medicines but labelling requirements have been improved recently so that consumers have a better idea of what substances are in natural products. Natural remedies can be very effective for some people. Anything that has an effect on the body can also have side effects and just because it is labelled as a “natural remedy” does not mean it is always safe. What we do recommend and something which skin does respond to, is plenty of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, and a balanced diet.

 
20 March 2018
I've manned up
I've manned up

Times are changing - in fact, they have changed. At the Da Vinci Clinic, we have increasing numbers of men toughing out tiny, subtle injections of Botox, dermal fillers and TCA Peels, and now they're lining up for the double chin eliminating treatment, Belkyra, by Allergan. Men love these refreshing, rejuvenating results just as much as women do and why shouldn't they? Our specialist appearance medicine nurses are very skilled at  making sure male treatments are in-keeping with a manly outcome. Brotox, manscaping - it's here and more and more men are enjoying the benefits. Introduce the bloke in your life to the Da Vinci Clinic, he'll love you for it.

 
4 March 2018
Does diet affect acne?
Does diet affect acne?

Acne can be a very frustrating condition, and we are often asked if diet influences the severity of it. There are conflicting results about diet and acne. It does not appear that a poor diet causes acne, or that dietary changes can cure acne. It is likely that a diet low in nutrients and high in sugar is likely to make existing acne worse, and that a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, with adequate iron and other essential nutrients is likely to improve acne. Thankfully acne is very treatable now, and ensuring treatment is undertaken is important in order to avoid permanent scarring as well as the discomfort and embarrassment caused by acne.

 
24 February 2018
No more seeing double
No more seeing double

It's time to bid your double chins farewell - Belkyra, by Allergan, is in town! We are now taking bookings (and they're filling fast!) for the in-clinic treatment to permanently remove double chins. Both men and women are lining up to say goodbye to their double chins, via a series of injections. This treatment is hugely successful in the USA, and Australia, and New Zealand will no doubt follow suit as people realise just how simple and budget friendly it is. Each patient will receive their own advice regarding how many sessions they will need with our specialist nurses, and we can happily advise the cost of this at your consultation. You may experience some swelling or bruising at the site, so people are choosing to schedule their apppointments later in the week, or over a long weekend. Revealing your profile, or creating a profile you've always wanted, is now a very acheivable option, and we know you are going to love the results. See you in the clinic soon.

 
20 February 2018
Base tans exposed
Base tans exposed

Many people are still under the illusion that a base tan, will protect them from sunburn. In order to achieve a base tan, you must expose your skin to the sun. Tanning of any sort comes about due to damage to the skin. Ultraviolet light causes damage to the skin and in response to that damage, the skin produces more melanin to try and protect the skin from more damage. The increased melanin production does reduce the chance of a subsequent sunburn but the skin has already been damaged in order to achieve that. Some skin cancers tend to occur more frequently in people who have frequent sunburns while others occur more commonly in people who are always tanned. The bottom line? Don't get sunburned, and if you really want to have a skin that appears tanned, there is a huge range of excellent tanning creams available. Check at reception for the range of natural sun products from Skinnies.

 

 
30 January 2018
Will I grow out of my acne?
Will I grow out of my acne?

For the vast majority of people, acne is a tennage problem. Most teenagers will have some pimples during teenage years and most acne clears by the twenties. Even acne that persists into early twenties is still likely to resolve by mid-twenties. A small percentage of people will suffer from adult acne which can persist throughout adult life. If acne persists into the mid-twenties, treatments that are more likely to give a long term result after treatment has discontinued are favoured over those that just calm down the acne. If you are concerned about acne, please consult with our dermatologist, Dr Amy Stanway.

 
31 December 2017
Choose to be sun safe this summer
Choose to be sun safe this summer

What an amazing summer we've had so far! So much sunshine prior to Christmas has not been the norm in recent years, and we have seen more people getting caught out by not being prepared, and associating regular sunblock with their New Year's holidays. You'll be surprised how much sunscreen you need to stay protected, around a shot glass for each exposed area. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen, providing you protection against both UVA and UVB. Choose one with zinc, and avoid spray sunscreens as they need around four layers to be effective. Choose at least an SPF30, and reapply regularly, particularly after swinmming. Teach your children to apply their own sunscreen and to cover up. And of course, choose to see our skin specialists should you suspect you have any change to an existing or a new sunspot, it could save your life.

 
15 December 2017
Confidence with CoolSculpting
Confidence with CoolSculpting

You don't have to be a celebrity to have the fat freezing, bulge busting procedure, CoolSculpting, but as is often the case, celebrities often bring these issues to the media and open them up for discussion. Will & Grace star, Debra Messing, has returned to the award winning television sitcom feeling confident about her body which she freely admits has changed in the 11 years since she last played this role. The stubborn areas of fat that she had removed with CoolSculpting, allowed her to feel confident in the role once again, realising there would be a lot of people comparing her current body to her younger one. If you too struggle with busting those bulges, if diet and exercise just aren't doing the trick, talk to us about this very popular procedure which we perform right here at the Da Vinci Clinic in Tauranga.

 
19 September 2017
Expert skin cancer treatment
Expert skin cancer treatment

Should you be diagnosed with skin cancer, achieving optimal results will be front of mind and should include consideration of the best aesthetic outcome. Skin cancers are classified into two groups - melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer and the cause of the majority of skin cancer deaths. To put it into perspective, about as many New Zealanders die each year from melanoma as die on our roads. However, skin cancer is just as preventable as road deaths, if not more so. This is why the message to have your skin checked annually and if you notice any changes, is so often repeated. From detection, diagnosis and treatment, choosing to see our specialist skin team should be your priority. With expertise in dermatology and cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery available, you will be in skilled hands with all bases covered.

 
8 September 2017
Our eyes tell a story
Our eyes tell a story

If your eyes have too many stories to tell, then perhaps it's time to consider blepharoplasty, a very popular procedure where excess skin is removed from either the upper or lower eyelids, sometimes both. This can be done either at our clinic, or Grace Private Hospital under GA. Sometimes a brow lift will achieve the desired result, so it's important to speak with our surgeons about your specific case. Down time is around five days & blepharoplasty is sometimes covered by medical insurance if eyesight is impaired. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 
25 July 2017
No chance for chins
No chance for chins

We are very excited! In the coming months we will be able to offer our patients treatment with Belkyra by Allergan. This is a series of injections used to 'melt' away sub-mental fat (commonly known as 'double-chins'). Generally 1 - 3 sessions are required and this depends on the area and volume being treated. Ask if you're a candidate for this at your next appointment and we'll keep you posted on the availability of the procedure. Belkyra has become hugely popular in the USA and Australia, with both men and women. We know you'll love it too.

* MiniCool - CoolSculpting for chins - is another non-surgical treatment option, and will also be discussed with you.

 
17 July 2017
Heading to the snow?
Heading to the snow?

If you're packing up for a trip to the ski-field, make sure you slip that sunscreen in your bag. And add a tube to your jacket pocket too! We see some significant sunburn from skin which has been exposed to the sun and harsh elements, and often these burns blister. Lips too require significant protection, the combination of cold and wind can make them very dry and cracked - and very painful. There is a lot of discussion around windburn. Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which is not related to temperature. A cooler or windy day in summer will have a similar UV index to a warmer day. So, there is still UV radiation on a sunny day at the ski-field. If it's windy and you get a red face, it's likely to be sunburn. This is often confused with the term 'windburn'. So, slap on the sunscreen and reapply during the day. Don't forget to moisturise well at the end of the day!

 
30 April 2017
Confused about skincare?
Confused about skincare?

When you're faced with an array of beautifully packaged skin care ranges, which will not only look fabulous in your bathroom but promise to make you look as gorgeous and flawless as the supporting brand imagery, making that purchase is a no-brainer! But will the product really deliver? We live in an age where image has become a huge priority, for men and women of all ages and stages. Yes, you can achieve great results with skincare ranges, but take care what you choose. Many are full of ingredients that may offer a quick fix, but not a long-term solution. Talk to our team of skincare experts - Dermatologist Dr Amy Stanway and Plastic Surgeons, Mr Adam Bialostocki, and Mr Brandon Adams. They are highly trained in advising on and treating skin and their aim is to ensure you have the best skin possible. For skin conditions and advice on your skin - see our specialist team.

 
11 April 2017
Dermatology at Da Vinci
Dermatology at Da Vinci

Have you met our Dermatologist, Dr Amy Stanway? Some people see their GP for skin conditions including skin cancer, but choosing to see a doctor who specialises in skin, is a good option. Dr Stanway has many years of experience dealing with conditions which cause pain and discomfort, anxiety and embarrassment. She is dedicated to ensuring her patients achieve both relief and results, and understands the difficulties associated with skin conditions. If you have suffered with a skin condition and don't believe it can be helped, take a moment to reconsider and make your appointment to see Dr Stanway.

As a partient of Dr Stanway's, you have the added benefit of input as required by her colleagues, Plastic Surgeons, Mr Brandon Adams, and Mr Adam Bialostocki. The three specialists work together to achieve the most desirable outcome for you. A dermatologist's work is concderned with skin cancer and skin conditions. Plastic surgery also includes specialising in skin cancer, procedures associated with the comprehensive care of advanced skin cancer including melanoma such as sentinel node biopsies, and of course cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the face and body.

 
4 April 2017
Your beauty secrets are safe with us
Your beauty secrets are safe with us

We agree! There is no need for your beauty secrets to be obvious. If you choose to have appearance medicine treatments, they should be subtle, youth enhancing and not even your best friend will look twice. But he or she may wonder if you've popped off on the quiet for a luxurious, restful vacation...

Make sure you choose to have these treatmenrts done with professionals, such as our skilled and experienced team of specialist nurses. They are trained alongside our Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists, who oversee all new patient's treatment plans. Botox and Dermal fillers are safe, thoroughly tested and have been used for many years but should only be administered by health professionals in a clinic environment. Our appearance medicine nurses have an excellent eye for aesthetics, symmetry and a 'less is more' approach when treating fine lines and wrinkles, loss of volume and asymmetry in your face. Book your consultation now and look your best year round.

 
27 February 2017
More than skin deep
More than skin deep

With a never ending online, onscreen and in-print barrage of beautiful faces beaming at us, having not just good, but great skin has become increasingly desirable. But has it become more achievable? There have certainly been significant advancements in the treatment of skin conditions, from skin cancers through to psoriasis, eczema to acne and everything in between. But with seemingly unreal expectations conveyed as the norm, this apparent standard of a vibrant, hydrated and blemish free facade brings pressures of its own.

Our dermatologist, Dr Amy Stanway, deals with men, women and children of all ages in her practice. Irrespective of gender or age, some skin conditions are painful, irritating and ongoing. Some are not, but if visible, can contribute to embarrassment and a desire to avoid face to face contact from the fear of having to explain the condition, or to be on the end of unwelcome  looks.  Dr Stanway is well aware of the effects this may have on her patients' self-esteem, that it can go more than skin deep. "Effectively treating blemishes, cancers and rashes goes a long way towards relieving the stress of skin problems." Working alongside her colleages, Plastic Surgeons Mr Bialostocki and Mr Adams, you can rest assured you and your skin will receive the best outcome possible as a pateint of Dr Stanway.

 
26 January 2017
Head to toe coverage
Head to toe coverage

Our team of dedicated health specialists have your plastic surgery, dermatology and appearance medicine needs covered - quite literally from head to toe. Working in unison, our dermatologists, plastic surgeons and specialist nurses ensure you have streamlined care and optimal outcomes.

The beauty of having skin specialists and surgeons under the same roof, means that the Da Vinci Clinic in a sense, becomes a one-stop shop. Whether you are having skin checks, or treatment for skin cancer, our team work closely and in consultation with each other, from detection and diagnosis through to treatment, including MOHS surgery, sentinel node biopsies and analysis. Urgent appointments are always available should you have concerns about a change to your skin.

This comprehensive approach is also apparent in our Plastic Surgery and appearance medicine teams whose work complements each other in providing you with the best result possible. We are always realistic about outcomes and liaise closely with our patients to ensure their desires are a significant part of of the plan, be it cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery.

Talk to us to learn more about what is available here at the Da Vinci Clinic. Our services include dermatology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, skin cancer checks by specialist dermatologists and plastic surgeons, ACC surgery, appearance medicine including Botox and dermal filler treatments, as well as the state of the art fat freezing technique, CoolSculpting.

 
18 January 2017
Let's lower melanoma rates
Let's lower melanoma rates

Have you made your 2017 New Year's resolution yet?

Why not make it a resolution to have your skin checked? Yes, it's one of those things that sadly does get put off, but with the alarming skin cancer and melanoma statistics in our country, an annual skin check should become a priority, and as important as having a mammogram or prostate cancer screening. In recent years, more New Zealanders die from melanoma than on our roads. But there is good news. Melanoma can be treated successfully if caught in time. Early detection is imperative, as is sunsmart behaviour. Check out the facts about early detection with Melanoma New Zealand.

Our Dermatologist and Plastic Surgeons work in unison to provide you with all you need in skin health, and are dedicated to ensuring your optimal outcome. A Dermatologist working alongside a Plastic Surgeon means you are assured of the best aesthetic outcome and here at the Da Vinci Clinic, we use only the latest, state of the art methods.

So, pick up the phone and make that skin check an annual event - it's time to make the change.

 
12 December 2016
Get your Skinnies on!
Get your Skinnies on!

This is the PERFECT Christmas gift to show someone you care! SPF30, Skinnies Sungel is made in New Zealand, has no chemical nasties, can be used on infants and is a gorgeous base under makeup with its smooth as satin finish. Just $34 for 100ml, this is perfect for stocking fillers too.

 
12 December 2016
Is Botox for me?
Is Botox for me?

So we are all pretty good at spotting the frozen face of too much Botox in friends, colleagues, in newsreaders and on reality TV shows. This is an example of Botox which has not been placed in the right muscle, in the right place, in the correct dose. At the Da Vinci Clinic we like to start with the lowest dose, and while this might mean you need to come back for a top up sooner, until we know how you respond and what look is right for your own personal optimal outcome, this method produces the most subtle and natural look. We believe starting these low dose treatments when fine lines begin to appear, will provicde the best anti-ageing strategy. Botox relaxes the muscles that create the lines. Once the deeper lines are already formed, more Botox is needed to erase them and sometimes the use of natural, mealleable dermal fillers too. Why not find the right prescription for you? Each new patient at our clinic is seen by one of our specialist doctors, in consultation with our appearance medicine nurses. We are happy to discuss cost, time frames and more. Botox treatments generally take around two weeks to be fully effective, whereas dermal filler treatments are immediate.

 
31 October 2016
Time to refresh & rejuvenate
Time to refresh & rejuvenate

With the countdown to Christmas and the festive season already upon us, it's time to make sure you look and feel your best. If a lack of volume in your cheeks, frown lines that make you appear grumpy, crows feet or fine lines around your mouth are not what you want to see when you look in the mirror, make your appointment now to see one of our skilled appearance medicine nurses. There are still appointments available, but to avoid disappoinment and to make sure your skin looks radiant and has volume where it counts, book now. Remember too that each new patient sees one of our Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons for a specific treatment plan. Be assured that we use the very best products available, carefully chosen to address individual concerns in our discreet, professional medical clinic.

 
18 October 2016
Standards introduced
Standards introduced

Screening and diagnosing skin cancer, and melanoma, is an important area of continued research in New Zealand. In 2013, a national melanoma tumour standards working group, produced a provisional set of diagnostic and treatment guidelines for doctors. This was done in order to ensure patients receive a consistent standard of care throughout our country. While these standards are yet to be implemented, we believe they are important to be aware of.

  • Risk factors should be identified to all patients: age, prior melanoma or skin cancer, sun damage and/or large moles. This does not mean that if you do not fall into these categories, you should be any less vigilant with your skin checks.
  • Skin examination techniques should be taught, annual skin checks advised for at risk patients and if you have a lot of moles, digital dermatoscopy is recommended.
  • All primary doctors should be trained to recognise skin lesions that could be melanoma.
  • Patient risk factors should be estimated by doctors, and a base line skin reading identified for the patient.
  • Those who have an increased risk of melanoma, should be indentified. Ongoing management should include logging of mole numbers and 'unusual' moles.

At the Da Vinci Clinic, our team of medical specialists which includes Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons, assisted by specialist nurses, are well placed to care for you and your skins needs - from diagnosis through to treatment and all associated care.

 
5 October 2016
Cover them up!
Cover them up!

Hats and sunscreen? Check! But what about sunglasses? It's a great idea to get your precious little people used to doing all three of these in order to protect them from our sun's harmful rays. Yes, we know it's not always easy to keep those hats and sunglasses in the right place, sometimes little people think it's a great game to remove them. But ensuring hats are comfortable, not too tight or with scratchy inside bands, and that glasses are good quality, not too heavy and don't distort vision, goes a long way to success. Wearing hats and sunglasses yourself encourages children to think that this is the norm, no questions asked.

Protecting your children and grandchildren from sun damage while they are young, is doing them a huge favour and could in fact be a life saving changing action. Sunburn as a child can double your risk of skin cancer in later years. So keep an extra hat handy, in the back of the buggy, the car and in school and pre-school bags. Make sure glasses have quality lenses and include your child in their purchase - there are huge varieties to choose from now, available at a range of retail outlets and optometrists. And remember, if you notcie an unusual spot on your child's skin, have it checked - it's always best to err on the side of caution.

 
24 August 2016
Taking it on the chin!
Taking it on the chin!

CoolSculpting has quickly become a very popular procedure at our clinic for both men and women. It is loved equally for the results, and the procedure itself which is non-invasive, incurs no downtime, no needles and is budget friendly too. We have more exciting news for those of you who already know about CoolSculpting and for those of you who don't. We are now treating chins with the feezing technology! Commonly referred to as a 'double chin', this area responds beautifully to the fat freezing technique employed by CoolSculpting. The actual procedure is minimally uncomfortable, requires only a short appointment and leaves very little in the way of visible signs after the treatment. Bookings are filling quickly, as always happens with the hint of spring in the air. Make yours now to avoid disappointment.

 
3 July 2016
Hydrate for skin health.
Hydrate for skin health.

There are a number of simple things you can do to ensure your skin has the best chance of ageing well. A regular skincare routine and using products for your specific skin type is advisable. But most importantly and our best advice to you, is to apply and reapply sunscreen, year round. In addition to this is keeping up with a regular intake of water. We know it's difficult to keep this up during the cooler winter months, so how about trying tepid or warm water to make this easier? A hydrated skin is recognisable by its almost plump, dewy appearance and once you have your hydration levels optimised, you will come to recognise the difference this makes. Appearance medicine treatments are then available to enhance areas that have lost structure and volume due to the natural process of ageing. So, raise a glass to simple H20 and enjoy the beauty benefits it offers you.

 
25 June 2016
Southern Cross Affiliation- more for you!
Southern Cross Affiliation- more for you!

As Southern Cross affiliated providers, this ensures a very streamlined process for you as our patient. Enjoy automatic prior approval when you see us for skin cancer detection and/or treatment, carpal tunnel surgery, and the removal of lesions. We process the prior-approval paperwork for Southern Cross Health Society to authorise surgical costs at our Cameron Road clinic, and at Grace Private Hospital. A significant time saver for all concerned which means treatment, should you need it, will be offered more swiftly. Ask us about this service when you make your appointment, or when you are next at the Da Vinci Clinic. We will also keep you updated on other procedures being added.

 

 
14 June 2016
No more dull skin days
No more dull skin days

Post summer skin? If you have tired, dull skin, pigmentation, fine lines or uneven skin tone, the cooler months are the perfect time to have a TCA peel. How to choose, who to go to and what you can expect to pay are questions you will probably want answers to and we welcome your enquiry. Skin peels have been available for many years and most of us have heard stories about them - harsh, painful treatments which leave people scurrying for cover, applying soothing cream and literally peeling layers of skin. Things have changed!

What is a TCA peel? Trichloroacetic acid, is a medium depth peel, controlled by using a lower or higher percentage as necessary for the skin being treated. The area being treated and the depth of the peel will determine how many sessions you will need, but generally patients have two to three, around two – four weeks apart. Administered by our specialist nurses, TCA peels are overseen by our dermatologist, Dr Amy Stanway. “The TCA peel results in a gradual, controlled peel that reveals fresh new skin and a youthful appearance due to the stimulation and regeneration of skin cells. Peeling of treated skin usually occurs around four to seven days after the peel, allowing most clients the ability to continue working and engage in normal social activities during their treatment course. We discuss the depth of peel and and recovery time at your first appointment,” advises Dr Stanway. If you would like to freshen your facade, enliven your skin and reveal a more youthful you, contact us for your appointment now.

 
28 February 2016
No laughing matter!
No laughing matter!

Nasolabial folds - more commonly known as smile or laugh lines - can become deep and pronounced as we age. Our appearance medicine nurses have been recently trained in a new technique to restore the fullness, and therefore youthful appearance of these lines which run between the nose and mouth. The technique is known as the Volift platform technique by Allergan, and uses one of their most recent dermal fillers, Volift, which has Hylacross technology. This natural, subtle and malleable product is FDA approved as are all of the products we use, and offers impressive longevity, around 12 - 24 months. This treatment offers a discreet look, restoring plumpness and volume, which in turn softens lines and enhances definition. Enquire now!

 
10 November 2015
Our specialist nurses
Our specialist nurses

We have a team of specialist nurses on hand to assist our dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Each of them are Registered Nurses but chose to pursue careers as specialist plastic surgery and/or dermatology nurses. So, what does this involve?

Generally, nurses choose to work in a specific discipline, or medical area. Their training is often hands on and as they learn, they are given more responsibility, supported with theory based learning. Additionally, our nurses receive ongoing training from our specialist doctors and attend conferences to ensure that they too are up to speed with the latest in medical advancements, trends and practices. Our nurses support the specialist doctors with wound care, in theatre, pre and post operative reviews, surgery performed under anaesthetic, biopsies and assisting our patients at each stage of their time with us. Between them, Angela, Chris, Nicky and Nicole have a wealth of experience and bring empathy, warmth and humour to our medical team. Learn more about them by clicking here.

 
31 October 2015
The lowdown on sunbeds...
The lowdown on sunbeds...

Have you ever used a sunbed? If so, you might want to read this...

Emerging evidence has linked exposure to sunbeds, to an increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. It is a myth that using sunbeds is better for your skin that tanning in the sun and that they are less damaging. You are more at risk of skin cancer the more often you use sunbeds, and the younger you start using them. While there are more stringent restrictions around the use of sunbeds and their upkeep, they are still available.

Exposure to sunbeds before the age of 30, increases your risk of melanoma by 75%. Beauty salons and magazines appeal to our vanity, and promote that a tanned body reflects a healthy lifestyle, which in fact could not be further from the truth. This image needs to change and if you do feel the need to look tanned, try one of the many tanning lotions on the market. Skin cancer, including melanoma can be prevented by protecting your skin with clothing and sunscreens and this too is the best anti-aging advice we can give you. If you have used sunbeds then you need to remember to be extra vigilant with your skin care and skin checks.

 
28 October 2015
Have confidence in your skin
Have confidence in your skin

Nearly 85% of people have acne at some point in their lives. It usually starts during puberty but can affect people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s. Living with acne can be really hard work; it can affect many facets of your life due to the embarrassment, irritation and sometimes pain of this condition. People also report the added time spent covering up their problem skin with makeup, which of course may lead to further skin irritation due to the use of these products.

If left untreated, acne can leave both physical and emotional scars. While laser treatment in later years can alleviate some of this scarring, that too is not without discomfort and cost. Why not treat acne before it takes hold? There are a variety of treatment options available with excellent results. A visit to our dermatologist, Dr Amy Stanway, will leave you informed and aware of the choices modern medicine now provides. Their discreet and considerate manner will ensure you - or your teen - do not feel embarrassed. We also have a range of skin products specially designed to ensure your skin is supported, not irritated, and still benefits from a daily skincare routine. Make your appointment now, and have confidence in your skin.

 
29 August 2015
Sentinel Node Biopsy - what is it?
Sentinel Node Biopsy - what is it?

This is a method used to determine whether cancer has metastasized (spread) beyond the primary tumour or cancer site and into the lymph system. Once a melanoma is diagnosed and its thickness determined, this next step in the treatment of this serious skin cancer is used as an important guide for deciding if lymph node testing is necessary. Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki, follows the international guidelines that recommend that melanomas thicker than 1mm are further investigated with Sentinel Node Biopsy. This is done at Grace Private Hospital under general anaesthetic, providing valuable information to both patient and surgeon about their prognosis and further management. With up to 50% of Mr Bialostocki's work involving the treatment of skin cancer and reconstruction of areas affected by skin cancer, the importance of having a Plastic Surgeon involved from an aesthetic as well as a medical point of view, is paramount.

 
2 December 2014
No sweat!
No sweat!

Dreading the excesses of summer?

If excessive armpit sweating is an ongoing problem for you, rest assured that you are not alone and that help is at hand. A significant number of people suffer from this annoying and often embarrassing problem, which is known in medical terms as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis.

Sweating is the body’s natural way of responding to heat and stress but excessive amounts can cause issues. Due to the embarrassing nature of this condition there is a general lack of awareness that there is treatment available. In fact, more than half of sufferers are never diagnosed or treated for the symptoms. Many simply move from strength to strength in their anti-perspirants, avoid wearing certain clothes that make the perspiration more obvious, and change their clothes regularly during a day. The effects of hyperhidrosis can be physical, psychological and emotional. People may endure social embarrassment and difficulty being in public situations, work and personal relationships can be affected, time and energy wasted on personal hygiene. In some cases the skin of the armpits may become irritated and infected.

While there is no cure, there is an excellent means to avoiding this problem – and it’s a simple one. Injecting small amounts of Botulinim Toxin A (Botox®) into the skin of the armpit, which is first anaesthetised with topical anaesthetic cream for comfort, can be life changing for sufferers of hyperhidrosis. Results are noticeable after two weeks and the effects can last around 6-8 months or even longer. No more reapplying anti-perspirants, ruined clothing or disguising body odour. This is a quick, simple procedure that our skilled appearance medicine team at the Da Vinci Clinic perform regularly. Those patients who have had the treatment, include it in their annual pre summer routine. Make contact now to ensure your summer is even better!

 

 
12 November 2014
Media Release
Media Release

Nov 11, 2014 Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Women with breast implants urged not to be alarmed by inaccurate reports on cancer link.

Women who are concerned about their breast implants following reports of a study linking infection caused by implants to a rare cancer, should discuss their concerns with their doctor.

“However, we urge women not to be unduly alarmed as this is an exceptionally rare cancer affecting only 170 women worldwide to date. To put it in perspective we are talking about a potential risk to approximately one in one million women with breast implants,” says President of the Australian society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr Tony Kane.

Author of the study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Associate Professor Anand Deva emphasised the risk of contracting the rare cancer was “extremely low.”

He also corrected inaccurate reports that suggested there was a 30 percent chance of women with implants post-mastectomy contracting the cancer.

“That is completely incorrect. There is a 30% chance of contractures (not contracting cancer as reported) which is essentially some hardening of the tissue around the implant,” said Associate Professor Deva.

“While it is important that women aren’t alarmed by this study, it is essential that patients are followed up annually for a clinical examination and they are educated about how to identify any abnormalities such as a lump around the implant,” said Associate Professor Deva.

Associate Professor Deva has recommended a 14 point safety plan around breast implant saying all surgeons need to be conscious of the risk of infection when the implants go into the breast.

“This highlights the importance of implant procedures being conducted by properly-trained plastic surgeons in appropriately accredited facilities,” said Associate Professor Deva.

Dr Tony Kane said the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons welcomes any new research that helps shed new light on ways to improve patient safety. The Society has taken a leading international role with the establishment of a Breast Device Registry to ensure any patterns of concern around breast implants or devices are detected, and acted on early to avoid any repeat of problems in the past.

 

 
27 July 2014
New Plastic Surgeon joins our team!
New Plastic Surgeon joins our team!

We are delighted to introduce Mr Brandon Adams to you. He is a respected and experienced New Zealand trained Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon and will be part of the Da Vinci team from mid- August. Mr Adams is a consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Waikato DHB, a visiting Plastic Surgeon at Tauranga Public Hospital and Grace Hospital.  He will be available for private consultations at the Da Vinci Clinic on Mondays and Fridays. Mr Adams is an active teacher of trainee plastic surgeons and medical students and holds degrees in physiology and bioethics.  He is a faculty member for the Emergency Management of Severe Burns course. He regularly attends and presents at national and international conferences to ensure he is up to date with the most effective and safe ways to perform plastic surgery operations and optimise outcomes. His specialty interests include face, hand and body reconstruction and all aspects of cosmetic surgery.  As with each of the health professionals on our team, Mr Adams’ patients are his first priority. He believes that surgery is a partnership between patient and doctor and you can trust that he will always strive for the very best result.  Please visit our website to learn more about Mr Adams.

 
2 June 2014
Cool technology for effective results...
Cool technology for effective results...

We are very excited to announce that we are now offering an exciting new procedure here at the Da Vinci Clinic, to combat areas of stubborn fat.

If you have tried diet and exercise to eliminate resistant areas of fat, such as 'love handles, 'muffin tops' or localised areas around the upper abdomen, outer thigh or upper arms, Coolsculpting® might be just the answer you need.

CoolSculpting® was developed by renowned Harvard University scientists, Dieter Manstein, MD and R. Rox Anderson, MD. CoolSculpting® technology was born of the very simple observation that some children get cheek dimples due to eating popsicles. The idea that cold can selectively affect fat cells was the insight behind Cryolipolysis, the proven science on which this technique is based. CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling (about 3 degrees Celsius) to target and crystallise fat cells. The damaged fat cells gradually die and the fat is dispersed. In the weeks and months following treatment the remaining fat cells condense, reducing the fat layer.

The procedure does not involve needles, surgery or downtime and is performed by our specialist nurses following a consultation with Dr Amy Stanway, Mr Brandon Adams or Mr Adam Bialostocki. At this initial appointment, a treatment plan is decided upon which will determine the number of treatments necessary. ‘Love handles’ or ‘muffin tops’ may only need one treatment per side, but broader areas such as the tummy, will require more. The only sensation is the pulling when the device is applied, the cooling tends to give an element of anaesthesia and the side effect, which varies in different people, is some tenderness and bruising to the site which diminishes over time as with any bruising.

If you would like to learn more about this very effective new technique, we'd love to tell you more.

 

 
18 May 2014
Does your smile reveal more than it should?
Does your smile reveal more than it should?

Perhaps you have something known as The Gummy Smile!

This is a condition known as ‘excessive gum display’ in which a person shows an abnormal amount of gum while smiling. Often people identify this condition when they see themselves, or others, in a photo. It can lead a person to become self-conscious of their smile. Some people are so aware of it, they actually use their hand to cover their mouth when they laugh or smile. In others, it is less noticeable but can be just as irritating for them.

Of the many causes, one of the most common is in-fact a hyperactive upper lip.  Help is at hand! A gummy smile can easily be corrected by a small amount of Botox being injected into the muscles above the lip, causing them to relax and drop. This does not affect your functionality – your ability to eat, drink and so forth.

After correction, you'll enjoy a more attractive smile and have the confidence to show it off. To make your appointment to see our appearance medicine nurses, contact us. Because our nurses work alongside Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adam Bialostocki and Dermatologists, Dr Amy Stanway and Dr Ben Tallon, their training and awareness of the anatomy of the face is particularly acute which transates to excellent results for you.