Face Procedures

The Dermal Filler Phenomena in Australia

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In a world that puts a premium on appearances, people struggle to keep up with expectations and are open to anything to stay youthful or perfect in every way. This does not come for free and people are willing to pay for it. Sounds easier said than done, but there are things you need to know when considering the use of dermal fillers. Below is the big picture and what you should do to get the best results out of your dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers Statistics

The citizens of Australia are no strangers to dermal fillers. Millions have opted to undergo cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures to look their best.  In the past five years, there has been a steady increase in those who have embraced these enhancements, successfully overtaking North America and Europe economically speaking. This translates to 40% more per capita in excess of $1 billion per year.

In 2012 alone, Australians spent around $850 million on cosmetic surgery and around $560 million on non-surgical cosmetic treatments. This was an increase of 25% from the previous year.

The phenomenon is not unique to Australia with such global upswing forecasted to reach $4 billion in 2017 with a compound annual growth of CAGR of 9%. Propellers of the group are predicted to be the non-invasive procedures that provide long-term results and are priced competitively.

Growing Popularity in Australia

It is no surprise to have this increasing popularity of dermal fillers in the country and there are several good reasons for this.

Non-invasive and Quick Fix

For the patients who are after that eternally youthful-looking face, but are afraid to go under the knife, this is the perfect solution for their worries. Though it works immediately, you have to give 1-2 weeks to see the entire improvement of the part that was treated.

Great for Prevention

Meticulous skin care can go a long way in delaying the aging process. But when the sun is a big part of your lifestyle, it is hard to escape the harsh effects on the skin. Other lifestyle factors include muscle movement, fat loss, and gravity. Dermal fillers are the most convenient treatment for this reason.

Teens and Social Media

Nothing has affected teenagers in a very big way than the powerful and unreal world of social media. Because the platform is the best way to show your assets, more and more teenagers are realizing the importance of looking good in front of the camera. Call it vanity or peer pressure, but the importance of looking good has been so amplified to the point that there are teenagers who have become obsessed in looking for their imperfections and correcting them to their desire.

Clinics not Spas

Because of its growing popularity, spas or salons have started offering dermal fillers as one of the services they provide. The marketing is aggressive and the experience is made really fun for clients to forget the dangers of getting dermal fillers from sources with no medical background. Most of them offer discounts and combine them with other beauty-related services.

However, it is still best to seek dermal fillers from professionals, particularly doctors, who are trained to perform such a meticulous procedure.

Professional Capabilities

When you put things inside your face, you have to be concerned with the consequences when things do not go as planned. Dermal fillers are supposed to be given by qualified and highly trained medical professionals because they are the only ones authorized to do it. Doctors are licensed for this, and in some cases even registered nurses. As long as you get them from a clinic, you are guaranteed the kind of professional treatment that you need.

Some salons or spas would even “hire” doctors to perform their practice in their establishments. Be wary of such doctors because they are more interested in earning quickly than in performing their sworn duties. Most of them have very little experience or training. As simple as they look, specialized treatments like muscle relaxing fillers and the dermal fillers require specific training that is beyond the scope of their medical degree. If you have any doubts about the good doctor, do not hesitate to ask and get your facts first.

Go to Medically Registered Establishments

Aside from the establishments belonging to a completely different field, there are actually regulations that prohibit doctors from practicing at a place where he/she is not registered at. It should not be difficult to find out if they are actually doing it because their Annual Practicing Certificates are required to be publicly displayed. Businesses should also be registered properly with the authorities and are supposed to have the certificates for this purpose displayed for everyone to see.

Authenticity of the Products

Like other potentially harmful products, medical-grade products are supposed to be tracked by government agencies and should only be sold to registered healthcare companies. This is a crucial factor in choosing the provider of your fillers. Make sure the establishment is also a legal source of the products. There are so many products out there in the market and it would be great to do your research on them before having them injected in your face.

Dubious Marketing Strategies

They say that when something is too good to be true, it usually is. Establishments that offer their services at very cheap rates should be avoided at all cost. Think of it this way. The doctors and establishments are regulated along with the products and this affects their prices, homogenizing them in a way. Any establishment that offers below the norm can be immediately thought of as a fraud.

Know Who is Accountable

For the cases when problems occur like allergies or other negative reactions to the product, there should be a clear and definite person to go after when it happens. For the uninitiated, the problems are also treated by the same perpetrator who makes it appear that the case was just a “side effect.” Because of this, it would be wiser to get treatment from a third party and pursue legal options when needed.

The Best Doctor

Owing to the increasing popularity of dermal fillers in Australia, the number of approved dermal filler providers has exponentially increased making it difficult for would-be patients to choose the right one for them.

Aside from determining if the doctor is actually certified to do the task, one should go the extra mile and ask about the track record of the doctor.  This shall bring to light not only the medical aspect of his capabilities, but also his/her experience in calling the shots. Dermal fillers require good aesthetics and this does not happen overnight. Years of experience usually does the job. Look for the before and after pictures of past clients to know how the doctor does the job well.

To protect yourself from fakes, be absolutely sure that the doctor is fully qualified for the task, know how long they have been doing it, and ask for proof that the products being offered to you are TGA-approved. Take a look at the packaging to get your answers about this concern. And again, if is cheap, it is most likely to be not approved by the TGA. It is a small price to pay for a move that is as life changing as getting your dermal fillers.

If you are keen on getting dermal fillers in Australia, Esteem Cosmetic Studio provides professional treatment plans that are administered by our board-certified cosmetic surgeons. They are highly trained to perform dermal filler injections and other cosmetic procedures. Simply call us or fill-out our inquiry form to schedule your consultation today!

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10 Cosmetic Surgeries Men Love

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After ages of ignoring the need to improve one’s physical appearance, men and society in general have become kinder and accepting of this basic human need to look good in order to feel good about themselves. Gone are the times when grooming and surgery were only acceptable for gay men as the numbers for male cosmetic surgeries increased in the past years. Since 2000, men have become courageous and experimental in their search for that youthful look that they need to boost their self-esteem. For 2014, the top male-focused procedures were the pectoral implants and male breast reductions. To know more about them, read the list and their descriptions below.


They say that the most beautiful face is the one that has the best proportion. Because of this, the nose has earned that pivotal part of balancing everything all around it, blending all the other parts of the face with the lower parts like the chin or the jaw. This is the reason why a lot of these procedures are given with chin augmentation. Aside from having the eye for great proportions and the finesse in shaping the nose in a most natural way, the biggest challenge is to improve the appearance of the nose without feminizing it. No man wants to have a dainty nose. Recovery from this procedure is also pretty quick and that means you can get back to your daily routine after a week.

Double Eyelid Surgery

Looking at a person’s eyes allows you to see the soul of the person. Unfortunately for both sexes, aging is commonly seen or indicated by the area around the eyes. Dead give always would be the loose and hanging furrowed skin, the lateral brows that hover the upper eyelids, and the fat pads just under the eyelids with accentuated tear troughs. Such visible effects of aging can be reversed with this procedure. Your upper lids can be restored to its crisp appearance along with the droopy eyelid. Getting rid of the excess fat in the upper eyelid and creating a double eyelid crease can also improve how the eyes look and make it appear bigger for men who naturally have monolids.

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Nothing can be more embarrassing for a man than to have man boobs. Of course these are not the same as women’s breasts, but the excess fat and skin of that area. The nipples are not spared and these tend to feminize the male chest. To properly reshape this part, it is suggested for the man to get a VASER liposuction, which is an ultrasound assisted type of liposuction, and the direct excision of the sub-areolar glandular elements which can be done with or without areolar reduction. Men in their teenage years or those in their late forties and fifties comprise the clientele for this procedure.


The trending “dad bod” actually highlights how the male specie are treated better by society compared to their female counterparts. However, there is no denying that seeing fat in some areas of the body is still off-putting and needs disappear in the soonest and easiest manner possible. Which brings us to the point that liposuction is not for weight loss, but should be considered as a contouring tool for the areas that are difficult to burn. Because of this, the patients should consider changing their diets and increasing their physical activities before getting this procedure. Otherwise, the fat taken away is easily restored.

Rhytidectomy (Facelifts)

Because it is the first thing you look at, the face can easily give the right or wrong impression on the age of a person. Facelifts take care of the visible signs of aging on the face and the neck. This treatment takes care of the sagging in the middle of the face, the deep creases below the lower eyelids and those along the nose that extend to the corner of the mouth, the fat that has fallen, the loss of skin tone in the lower face, and the removal of the loose skin and excess fatty deposits found under the chin and jaw.

Hair Transplant

Nothing says “old” like a receding hairline can. Fortunately, technology has evolved well and has created a hair transplantation technique that transfers individual hair follicles from the donor part or the recipient part. This procedure has become the best one for male pattern baldness and is actually a minimally invasive procedure that will not put the patient at risk. Aside from the hair on the scalp, it can also be used with the eyelashes, eyebrows, beard hair, chest hair, and even pubic hair. It is also perfect for scars that were caused by accidents or other surgeries.


Men are used to ignoring their skin, thinking that being particular with it gives off a vain persona. What men fail to realize is that skin covers the entire body and should be taken cared of too. Nowadays, men have started paying attention to their skin and it is about time. Poor skin hygiene leads to the buildup of dead cells on the skin, which makes it look really dull and tired. It is also the reason for the skin to be prone to aging and sun damage. And because men shave, irritations and ingrown hairs are inevitable. Dermabrasion is advisable for guys who are 16 and above. And because the treatment doesn’t hurt and there is hardly any downtime needed after the procedure, men have started to patronize it.

Chin Augmentation

As the ideal partner of rhinoplasty in the pursuit of the perfect facial symmetry, it makes the facial sub-units proportional to the other parts of the face. A limited lower jaw projection caused by lack of growth gives the impression of a weaker jaw, which essentially diminishes the masculine appearance. For this procedure, the surgeon should have years of experience and a good eye for facial symmetry to be able to provide the enhanced projection. It can be a combination of an implant with the repositioning of the bone and the liposuction of the jawline.

Pectoral Implants

For some men, the pectorals are the ultimately symbol of their manhood and for some men, it has been the elusive dream. There are certain body types that shall never produce those big solid muscles. The good news is that surgery can now be done to bulk up this part of the body and it takes just about an hour and a half to have it done. An incision is placed in front of the armpit, but under the pectorals and will be covered by a waterproof dressing that lets you shower anytime once the procedure is done. Post-surgery care includes taking it easy for 2 weeks and gradually increasing your activities after.


More popularly known as ear surgery, it caters to the image problems of those who were born with humongous ears and have become the victims of malicious stares. This procedure can correct the defects in the structure of the ear that the patients were either born with or were caused by injury. Specifically, they are macrotia, which is the rare condition of having overly large ears, protruding ears on one or both sides in varying degrees, and the dissatisfaction with previous ear surgery. If the protruding bothers your child, it might be a good idea to start off at an early age, while the ego can still be saved.

To learn more how these male cosmetic surgery procedures can improve how you look and feel, trust Esteem Cosmetic Studio to provide you with the best treatment in Australia. Our team of doctors are board-certified and have an extensive experience in performing cosmetic surgeries here and abroad.

To schedule your consultation, call us now or simply fill out our inquiry form today!

Dimple Creation Surgery: Things You Should Know


One of the latest trends in cosmetic surgery is dimple creation surgery.  A huge rise in demand for dimples, probably due to celebrity culture. After seeing Mario Lopez, Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Garner’s gorgeous dimples, people are getting obsessed on this procedure.

Dimples have always been associated with youthfulness, cuteness or charm. To some culture, it is considered as luck and prosperity.  A natural dimple is the result of a small opening in a muscle in the cheek called the buccinator muscle. This is a hereditary trait that accentuates the smile of those who possess them.

If you were ever considering surgery to get fake dimples and wanted to know about this procedure, we’ve listed information below that may help you with your research.

Dimple Creation surgery

Dimple creation surgery, or dimpleplasty is a surgery that can be done under local anesthesia. The surgeon marks the area for you to see the actual placement. Then, the surgeon creates a small opening inside the mouth and works on the buccinator muscle, which is located inside your cheek to fashion a natural-looking dimple. Some surgeons use a certain tool that acts like a punch to gently create a small hole in the location inside. The inside of the cheeks will be closed using dissolvable stitches. After the procedure, you can already resume to your usual activities after the procedure.

Due to the less invasive nature of the surgery, it can usually be done in 30 minutes. Expectedly, there will be no obvious signs of the surgery. But this can be ensured when you go for a surgeon who has the skills, expertise and the aesthetic eye to pull it off. A good execution leaves no scars or incisions and a faster recovery allowing you to enjoy a dimpled smile sooner.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who are good candidates for dimple creation surgery?

People who are generally healthy can be a good candidate for the surgery. During your first visit, your doctor will assess your physical condition and emotional health. We will also ask what you hope to achieve by having cosmetic surgery, and what you think the desired results should look like.

2. How to prepare for a dimple creation surgery?

Just like any other surgical procedure, surgeons would suggest that yoi should stop taking blood thinning medications, alcohol and smoking. These factors can only increase the risk of bleeding and bruising, it also decreases the oxygen content of blood necessary for optimum healing.

Some surgeons also instruct patients to take an oral antibiotic to serve as prophylactic (or preventive) treatment from infections. And oral rinse will also be required to cleanse the mouth from bacteria, which is teeming in this area.

3. What are the risks?

Regardless of the approach, this cosmetic surgery also has some risks, although it’s avoidable. The risks involved bleeding, bruising and swelling. This can be easily avoided and relieved with cold packs and medications.

Since every case is unique, and will also depend on the patient, the surgeon will discuss to you what certain risks may be involved. Usually, these will be minor and highly preventable. This procedure is even known to have a high success rate.

The Recovery

The sutures used in this procedure will eventually be absorbed around two weeks. The skin eventually softens up resulting in a more natural-looking appearance. The tissues on the inside gradually heal, and when it does, the cheek muscle and the skin eventually connect, which then creates the dimpled appearance when you smile. Surgeons say that the healing period varies for each patient.

Immediately after the procedure, there are surgeons who instruct patients to gargle with antibacterial mouthwash to keep the area as clean as possible. This can be rather tricky since the mouth is considered to be one of the dirtiest parts of the body. Surgeons do specify that you can eat right after the surgery, but it is also important to clean your mouth promptly.

Since this is a very minor procedure, patients can even go right back to their work the following day. But they do emphasize that extra care should be given to your mouth.

So why do people want to have dimples?

Lisa Williams who was interviewed by Fox shared that she wants to perk up her look. Others want to define their looks better after a certain amount of weight loss, or they want to have the appearance that they’ve lost some weight because the surgery gives them a more angular face. Other experts are also saying that people want to have this procedure done because they want to look younger. Its amazing how one little mark can make a difference? This might even explain why a lot of the dimpled beauties in Hollywood land on the most beautiful lists.

Dimple creation surgery has been around for around 30 years. But watching the troves of people who wish to have it created, the procedure has indeed risen in popularity and also become more affordable. Adding to that, the practice has become more efficient making it easy to perform and faster to heal.