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Lifestyle : Enhance Yourself Special Report
1HERSA1 A067 The Day Spa at The Langham Tucked away in a quiet pocket of The Rocks is Sydney's favourite sanctuary, the iconic Day Spa at The Langham. We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and recharge in preparation for summer with one of our indulgent treatments. Pamper someone special with a Day Spa Gift Voucher, available for purchase online. Visit www.sydney.langhamhotels.com To book your treatment or purchase a gift voucher, call 02 8248 5250 or email email@example.com Looking for the best deal Dermal fillers and line smoothing injections offer alternatives to surgery. Like any big purchase, it pays to shop around for cosmetic surgery, Jason Mountney reports. Beware smooth talkers trying to upsell you. The injectables NOT all cosmetic surgery involves going under anaesthetic and knife. There are many non-invasive methods to alter appearance. Dr Susan Austin, of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia, says Australia has "a higher rate of sun damage than any other country, which means we are more prone to premature ageing and wrinkles", making muscle relaxing treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers quite popular. In 2011, for example, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons reported Australians spent more than $225 million on injectable wrinkle removers --- more per head than any other country. She says compared with operations, the treatments are relatively cheap and often require little recovery time. ''Fillers, for example, can vary from $300 to $1250 for one syringe. Treatments such as dermal fillers and line smoothing injections are often considered 'walk in, walk out' treatments as some patients can undergo treatment and then return to their daily activity." Clinics in Australia usually say Botox lasts for three to six months, while dermafillers last a little longer. Austin recommends potential patients seek out doctors who specialise in cosmetic treatments, such as those listed on her organisation's website. Changing your appearance is a momentous -- and expens- ive -- decision, so it makes sense to take your time with the procedure. Dr Ashley Granot is a cosmetic sur- geon who runs Melbourne's Ashley Centre, a specialist in corrective pro- cedures. He says patients need to ask themselves why they are looking to alter their appearance. "If it is purely looks -- and it is some- thing they've just woken up wanting to change -- they should be more guarded," he says. Granot says many of his patients come to him with longer-term issues, so he often finds "there is a case" for an operation. "If a patient is worried about their nose, for example, generally com- ments have been made." In September, Professor Ajay Rane of the Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians told Australian Doctor that any woman looking to undergo labiaplasty, which alters the size of the vagina's outer lips, should have counselling first. Granot agrees that if someone is flippant about their treatment, maybe they need to see a psychologist first. Like any big purchase, Granot says it's important to shop around. "But once you get past three potential surgeons, you are wasting time." In the internet age, Granot finds patients are "better informed than ever before". He says internet forums and "word of mouth" can help people choose a cosmetic surgeon, but they should also feel comfortable with any- one they meet. Look out for smooth talkers trying to upsell you. "If it doesn't feel right, hightail it out of there," he says. According to the Cosmetic Physi- cians Society of Australasia, Australi- ans spent $644.7 million on cosmetic enhancement in the year to April. This was a 15 per cent increase on the previous 12 months and twice as much as was spent five years earlier. Dr Gabrielle Caswell, the organisation's president said at the time that this industry growth was largely due to the increase in non-invasive options (see breakout). Granot says cheaper overseas treatments should be approached with caution. "The chances of knowing a lot about the reputation of someone over- seas is lower than at home." SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD 67 ENHANCE YOURSELF
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