Ageing gracefully and beautifully

Although it’s a privilege to age, some of the less desirable effects of facial ageing prevent us from looking as well as we feel.

“Each person has particular facial characteristics that distinguish them from millions of other people,” says Sharon Melrose from Rejuvenation Cosmetic Medicine, “their personal ‘logo’.

“Clients generally want to maintain that uniqueness for as long as is reasonable,” she says.

“Most of my clients are reluctant to accept not so much the inevitability of ageing, but the speed with which their face changes.”

Whether it’s a few frown lines glaring back at you in the mirror, or sad, downturned corners of your mouth, Sharon offers an honest, down-to-earth appraisal and safe, time-proven cosmetic medicine treatments to refresh or maintain your looks.

Cosmetic medicine treatments are designed to accommodate and complement an ever-changing and ageing face. The aim is to look refreshed and revitalised.

Sharon Melrose is a registered nurse with more than 20 years in the field of cosmetic medicine and specialises in treatments using dermal fillers and facial muscle relaxants.

Either one, or both procedures work in harmony to re-freshen faces in a natural-looking way.

“There is an increasing demand for these popular treatments by clients with a quest to look and feel their best,” says Sharon.

An established and experienced cosmetic medicine practitioner is more likely to offer continuity of care and a high level of skill, resulting in less complications, achievable outcomes and natural-looking results.

Although cost is an important factor, “good value for money is also about the quality and safety of the products used and the skill with which they are administered,” says Sharon. “Saving a dollar or two at the expense of quality and skill can be counter-productive.

“Having ‘an eye’ for knowing what is going to suit or enhance each client is where experience counts,” says Sharon.

“Trends that place emphasis on particular facial features are always changing and the ‘trend of the moment’ may not necessarily suit everybody or look flattering at every age.”

Sharon offers a complementary and confidential consultation to discuss what options may be suitable for each person which are realistic, achievable and within their budget or time frame. People are quite surprised at how relatively inexpensive some of her treatments are.

A treatment for frown lines costs about $220 and lasts around three-four months.

Dermal fillers costs from as little as $599 per ml and can last one-two years.

Treatments are quick to administer and can be effective immediately with little or no down time.

They last from about three months to two years and include re-freshening lips, softening frown lines, adding volume to sunken cheeks, minimising facial wrinkles or deep folds, firming up jaw lines and reducing ‘marionette’ lines.

Despite advances in cosmetic medicine, one area alone almost always betrays a person’s age – their hands. Prone to veiny appearance and crepe-like skin, the delicate area on the back of the hands can age prematurely. However, injectable rejuvenating treatments, dubbed the ‘handlift’ can leave the area plumped – more smooth and elastic, taking a decade off a person’s hands. Handlifts are particularly useful for a person who is underweight. It’s also useful where a person has looked after her face but neglected her hands, so ends up with an age discrepancy in her appearance. Treatments are quick to deliver.

Restylane Vital delivers a stabilised form of hyaluronic acid in tiny depositis beneath the skin. Once there, it increases the skin’s water-holding capacity, restoring volume. At the optimum age of 45 onwards the treatment can take up to ten years off how a woman’s hand looks. Three treatments at four monthly intervals yield the best results. Treatments are not permanent so top ups every 9-12 months should keep them looking hydrated and youthful.

“Taking a sense of pride in our appearance and keeping a healthy balance between looking and feeling good is just one of many things that we can do to improve our confidence and self-esteem at any age,” says Sharon.