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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.

 
28 November 2017
Exciting news!
Exciting news!

Not long now until we can offer treatments for double chins, with the use of Belkyra, by Allergan. This series of injections permanently removes under chin fat and is hugley popular in America and Australia. Both men and women are loving the results! From late February, we will be scheduling bookings, so talk to us soon and look forwrd to a new profile!

 
23 October 2017
Are you ready for the festive season?
Are you ready for the festive season?

The pohutukawas are already in bloom and you know what that means! Summer is on its way, and so is the party season. This is when we naturally want to look our best. Our clothes are lighter and expose more skin, we want to glow, looking as good as we feel. If this is starting to be a bit of a challenge, make sure you book yourselves in with our cosmetic nurses who are highly skilled in appearance medicine treatments using Botox and dermal fillers to smooth out wrinkles & fine lines. There is also time to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that diet and exercise will not shift, with fat freezing CoolSculpting - you will love it! And, we will very soon be offering Kybella, the system which is transforming double chins with simple injections. Book now to avoid disappointment and glow as you should this Christmas.

 
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!

 
28 May 2017
Cool event!
Cool event!

Join us on Tuesday 8th June to learn all about this amazing fat busting technology. CoolSculpting has become one of the most popular procedures in our clinic - do you know why? There is no surgery, no needles, very little discomfort, no bruising, no anaesthetic - just results! Shift your stubborn areas of fat with CoolSculpting. The Australasian CoolSculpting technician will join us on this day, and for those of you who make an appointment, you will go in the draw for a free CoolSculpting treatment.  Get in touch now to make a time, and to avoid disappointment and if you'd like to learn more in the mean time, check out our link here.

 
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.

 
11 February 2017
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 Nicotinamide, a form of Vitamin B3. Australian researchers have found the use of this vitamin significantly reduces the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers among people who have had previous BCCs and SCCs. The researchers conducted a year long study of 386 people, who averaged 66 years of age. Half of the people in the study took 500 mgs of Nicotinamide twice daily, the other half being put on a placebo. The research has found that people who took Vit B3 twice a day, cut their chances of developing new skin cancers by 23%. So, a simple oral dose of an active form of this vitamin may be the secret to stopping people with significant sun damage from developing some forms of skin cancer. It must be an active dose.

However, prevention is the best way to avid skin cancer - do not burn, cover up, apply sunscreen, wear sunhats. Even a sun tan is a form of skin damage and while the temporary benefits may be enjoyable, the long term effects are not.

 
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.

 
27 October 2015
Do your teens wear sunhats to school?
Do your teens wear sunhats to school?

Compulsory in most New Zealand primary and intermediate schools, the habit does not seem to be enforced once our children attend college. The sun is no less damaging, the risks of sunburn are still there, and students spend significant periods of time outside. While caps do protect the scalp, they provide no real shade for the face, neck and shoulders. Encourage your big kids to wear hats and try throwing a pocket sized sun-block in their lunch box too as a reminder to top up on sunscreen at lunch time. Prevention now will make a difference. We see a significant number of patients with skin cancer, including melanoma, on their heads - not always as easy to pick up when you check your skin yourself. Please have your skin checked and this includes the skin of your teenagsers too, should you notice any changes to freckles and moles.

 
31 August 2015
Pink is also practical...
Pink is also practical...

Breast Cancer Support Services (BCSS) Tauranga Trust, is an amazing organisation which supports women with breast cancer in the Bay, both emotionally and practically. All funds raised stay in the BOP to help those in need in whatever way possible. You can show your support for this organisation in a number of ways. The Da Vinci Clinic, and many of our staff, are members of the 200 Club and we recently attended the lovely annual lunch along with around 200 women. The very brave and very entertaining Lotta Dann spoke, and an inspiring video featuring the husbands and partners behind women living with breast cancer was shown – wonderful! Check out the BCSS page. There is a Hot Pink Walk coming up on Oct 21, and by doing this you will be supporting this prganisation and the people it helps.

 
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.

 

 
18 August 2014
Open Day!
Open Day!

Now you can transform yourself without surgery, needles or downtime...

CoolSculpting® is the non-surgical body contouring treatment that freezes away stubborn fat and we now offer this procedure from our rooms here in Tauranga. On Friday August 29, from 8.30am - 4.30pm, Victoria from the CoolSculpting® team will be here at the Da Vinci Clinic to answer all your questions and to show you the procedure in action. Refreshments will be served and if you book a treatment on the day, you'll receive a goody bag too!

As numbers are limited, we recommend you call us on 07 5785350 soon, to avoid disappointment.

 
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, Dr Ben Tallon 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.

 
28 April 2014
Hop to it!
Hop to it!

Easter may have been and gone, but not so something that reminds us of it!

An area that can be effectively treated to give you a smoother, more youthful look, is to the lines at the top of your nose, an area controlled by the procerus muscle. Scrunch up your face and squint. Do you see lines that form near the top of your nose? Some of us make this expression more than others but almost all of us get these lines as we age. The ones at the top of the nose are called scrunch lines and the ones to the side of the nose are known - unscientifically! - as 'bunny lines'. A small amout of Botox is the perfect treatment for this area and can produce excellent results. Once the muscle is relaxed it won't contract and 'scrunch up'.

Want to know more? Contact us to make an appointment with one of our appearance medicine nurses.

 
11 October 2013
New Zealand's Bra Day
New Zealand's Bra Day

The first international Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) is to be held in New Zealand next Wednesday, October 16. The objective of BRA Day is to raise awareness of women with breast cancer and for those who need to undergo, or have undergone mastectomy in the past, their options in regards to breast reconstruction. Whilst breast reconstruction is not suitable for all women, or indeed may choose not to have it, only a third of women who undergo mastectomy in New Zealand follow through with reconstructive surgery.

Breast reconstruction can be very helpful to women who have had cancer, in regaining self esteem and to feel ‘normal’ once again. Mastectomy is a daily reminder of their illness and a breast reconstruction can certainly alleviate some of the associated stress and trauma. There are various options that women can consider for the reconstructive procedure and also the timing of the procedure which many choose not to have immediately. If you’d like to learn more, please click here or make an appointment with Plastic Sugeon Mr Adam Bialostocki, to discuss your options.

 
7 October 2013
Dreading the excesses of summer?
Dreading the excesses of summer?

Well, there’s no need to!

If excessive armpit perspiration is an ongoing problem for you, consider the highly effective treatment of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox). Injected into this area, which is first anaesthetised with topical anaesthetic cream, results are noticeable after two weeks. Patients who have had this treatment find it life changing - no more reapplying antiperspirants, regularly changing clothes or stained shirts. Effects usually last for 6-8 months but can be longer.

Interested? You can check prices for this Botox treatment and others, here.