In Conversation with Dr Jonathan Azzopardi

Ever thought about an eyelid lift or jowl tuck? Or perhaps a little off the nose? We ask facial surgeon Dr Jonathan Azzopardi all the cutting questions.

Dr Azzopardi specialises in both surgical and non-surgical procedures specific to the face, these include rhinoplasty, face and neck lift, brow lift, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, otoplasty or ear reshaping surgery, fat grafting and injectables.

What’s the biggest misconception regarding aesthetic facial plastic surgery?

That aesthetic facial plastic surgery results in an overdone unnatural appearance. Any treatment or any service in any industry can be delivered across a spectrum and if abused by provider or client, can lead to extreme results. Our philosophy is to achieve natural results that are tailored to each individual with an emphasis on bridging the gap between one’s form and function, which is often lost due to an accelerated ageing process or facial element that is in disharmony with the rest of the face.

What should people consider when seeking out aesthetic plastic surgery?

Most importantly, any form of treatment being considered should revolve around the patient. They must only embark on this journey for themselves. Always choose a fully qualified surgeon (in Australia and New Zealand, only doctors with a FRACS qualification, or overseas equivalent deemed interchangeable by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, are legitimate surgeons). Additional fellowship training in facial plastic surgery should be sought.

What are the benefits of aesthetic plastic surgery over non-invasive procedures?

The benefits of aesthetic plastic surgery are determined by the patient. For some it is purely an adjustment to appearance in isolation, for others this translates into a wider spectrum of psychological and social benefits. Over non-invasive procedures, surgery is a more definitive and longer lasting modality of treatment. This may also result in a more financially viable path on the long run.

What is your point of difference as a specialist plastic surgeon?

In a surgical specialty that is so broad and diverse, my point of difference as a specialist plastic surgeon is being specifically trained to offer a niche service for very insightful and well-respected patients. I have a natural eye for beauty and quality, traits that years of training and experience can’t necessarily teach.

How do you tailor your service to each client?

Extensive training in craniofacial and aesthetic plastic surgery allows me to analyse each and every element of a client’s face in isolation, but more importantly, in conjunction with the rest of not only their face but also their overall appearance, ethnicity, personality and demeanour. My multicultural and diverse upbringing also allows me to hone into each patient’s points of concern through strong communication and rapport.

So, if someone decides they’re interested in a treatment, what’s the process?

The journey starts with a consultation in a secure, private, beautifully finished practice. This is a time to get to know the patient and understand their wishes and goals and to work out what treatment options suit them best.

They will be given the opportunity to return for a subsequent consultation to discuss any queries that may have come to mind before embarking on any treatment. Seeking a second opinion is always encouraged and there is no pressure and certainly no obligation to follow through with any procedure.

If any treatment eventuates, plans will be made with regards to the specific procedure. Non-surgical injectables are carried out within the same practice during a separate session and any surgical procedures are carried out in an operating theatre in fully accredited private hospitals. Follow up is included post procedure –in some cases, such as with rhinoplasty, patients will be followed up for one-year post procedure.

4 King William Road, Wayville

25 Percent Off Dermaplaning and HydraFacial

Dewy, radiant skin is this season’s best accessory – and, to achieve the glowing look we’re all lusting over, it’s time to re-invest in our skincare routine. Dermaplaning and Hydrafacials are a great way to smooth skin texture and boost natural beauty, leaving you confident and fresh-faced.

The professionals at skin care clinic Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley, are experts at delivering high-quality, non-invasive treatments in a safe environment. Both the Glenelg and Parkside clinics use only medical-grade equipment and employ registered nurses to perform treatments like dermaplaning, HydraFacials and laser hair removal.

This spring, we’re putting our best face forward with the help of Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley. Until October 31, new clients of Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley can receive 25 percent off their first dermaplaning or HydraFacial treatments when they use code SASTYLE. Call 08 8295 7070 to book.

What is dermaplaning? 

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation treatment and procedure that smoothens, tightens and brightens your skin complexion, removing dry skin and rough texture from your face. During the treatment, a sterile surgical blade gently removes the top layer of skin, shaving away dead skin cells and the dreaded ‘peach fuzz’. It’s recommended clients receive dermaplaning monthly.

Who should have it?

Dermaplaning is effective for those who have acne scarring, an uneven skin tone or experience dry skin. It’s also believed to help aging skin as it helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells, which increase with age.

What to expect 

Dermaplaning takes less than 45 minutes to complete and is a painless treatment. A combination of deep cleansing, dermaplaning exfoliation and a post-treatment enzyme peel is used to remove remaining dead skin cells. Dermaplaning is available at both the Glenelg and Unley clinics and costs $150.

What is a HydraFacial? 

A HydraFacial is the best gift you can give your skin, the treatment is a unique, non-invasive facial that boosts your beauty instantly. The treatment cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates through a patented spiral tip that clears pores and releases serums co-currently through a painless suction. A HydraFacial delivers a vortex fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid performed on the face, neck or décolletage.

Who should have it? 

A HydraFacial doesn’t discriminate – with the treatment perfect for all skin types, textures and ages. Whether you want to address fine lines, sagging skin, enlarged pores, texture troubles or vibrancy, HydraFacial targets all areas of concern with its nifty all-in-one approach. 

What to expect

A HydraFacial takes less than an hour, and the results are immediate. Leave the skincare clinic feeling your best, with the treatment easy to squeeze into any busy schedule. It’s recommended clients receive a HydraFacial once a month. The treatment feels like a cool brush moving across your skin, with results sometimes lasting over seven days. HydraFacials are only on offer at the Glenelg clinic.

Face – $170
Face + Neck – $195
Face + Neck + Decolletage – $220

LHR At the Bay is open every Tuesday to Friday for appointments and every second Saturday. Shop 1/61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North, call 08 8295 7070 to book.

LHR At the Bay is open every Tuesday to Thursday for appointments and every second Saturday. Shop 16/13 Unley Road, Parkside, call 08 8295 7070 to book.

Find out more about LHR online here, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.


Anti-ageing to your door, that’s what you get at Bellafache. We chat to founder Natasha Dempsey to find out more.

Away from the bright white lights of cosmetic clinics, Bellafache is an at-home injectable service, tightening and brightening skin from the privacy of peoples living rooms. Treating yourself to a bit of skin TLC has never been so easy.

Founder Natasha Dempsey combined her years of nursing expertise with her artistic interest in cosmetics when she launched Bellafache. The unique concept brings beauty to you, offering non-surgical dermal fillers, anti-ageing injections, skin boosters and more.

“I was a ‘hospital at home’ community district nurse before becoming a cosmetic injector,” says Natasha. “I saw a gap in the market to provide an injectable service in the home.”

Bellafache erases the stress of a busy schedule and sagging skin with its simple yet expert service. There’s no waiting around, unfamiliar settings or pesky skin insecurities with a visit from Natasha.

Over time, our skin and bone structure diminish, losing elasticity and resulting in wrinkles and jowls. Well-placed dermal filler helps re-build the skin’s appearance by replenishing structural fat pads, while non-surgical injectables smooth and tighten the superficial skin layer. Bellafache’s tailored service boosts your natural beauty, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

“I believe in a holistic approach,” she says.“Structure and quality are both important components to healthy skin.” Natasha’s clients include people in their 20s wanting to prevent fine lines and plump lips to those in their 60s and 70s.

“Some higher risk injectables should only be performed in a clinic, but I always assess and consult first before deciding where treatments should safely be given.”

As Bellafache grows, the popular service is set to include PDO threads and poly-L-lactic acid injections as part of its at-home service. For those searching for in-store services, you can also find Natasha at selected cosmetic clinics across Adelaide and rural SA. As for do-it-yourself care, Natasha recommends daily sunscreen, hydration, quality skincare and peels to stem the appearance of age and boost brightness.

Prefer a salon experience? If in-salon is more your thing, you can find Natasha at the following skincare clinics:

Brazilian Beauty | North Adelaide

HER town | Glenelg

Brighton Beauty | Brighton

Soul Beauty | Whyalla

Tanique Beauty Bar | Aberfoyle Park
@bellafache @tash_cosmetic_injector

Wedding Ready Skin

Your wedding day is a big deal – and so is your skincare routine. We sat down with Chami from Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery to find out what treatments she’s favouring on the lead-up to her summer wedding.

Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery boosts your beauty with a selection of advanced clinical treatments, delivering desired results tailored to individual skin types and aesthetic needs. For bride-to-be Chami, a pre-wedding skin pick-me-up was what she needed before her big day. This is her skin journey.

“Given I’m in my mid-forties, and this will be my second wedding, I know what I would like to achieve skin-wise for my big day,” says Chami. “Personally, I’m looking for a subtle, natural, refreshed look for my wedding.”

Working closely with Regenesis director and cosmetic surgeon Dr Robin Chok, the duo formulated a plan combining rejuvenating and tightening treatments to achieve the best results for Chami’s skin.

“My advice for brides is to make sure you have a thorough consultation, ask questions and establish clear lines of communication. Also, let’s not forget about the groom – he might like a bit of a refresh too! After all, the wedding day is celebrating both of you.”

Chami’s wedding preparation began with Ultherapy targeting the mid-face, jawline and chin. The non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound technology to focus energy on the foundational level of the skin without disrupting the surface, stimulating collagen production to give a fresher, more youthful appearance.

To lift and tighten her skin, Chami received Bio Threads, a minimally invasive treatment that helps create face structure and produces an anti-ageing effect. Results start to appear from six weeks, and she recommends having this treatment at least three months before your wedding to seethe full rejuvenating effects.

Taking care of her body, Chami plans to complete the Regenesis Tone and Taut package targeting thighs, upper arms, lower abdomen and buttocks before her pre-moon vacation to sunny Singapore. The non-invasive body shaping procedure uses BTL Emsculpt NEO and Emtone to build muscle, eliminate fat and reduce cellulite.

Closer to the wedding, Chami is scheduled for an Exilis Ultra 360treatment for maintenance following the Ultherapy. Combining radio frequency with ultrasound technology creating 360 volumetric heating, which firms and tightens the skin appearance and feels like a hot stone massage! This treatment is suitable for both the face and body.

Lastly, the WiQolifting and brightening treatment will rejuvenate Chami’s skin by stimulating its restorative process. The treatment is suitable for all skinshades and most skin types, paired with the Fotona Laser Intra Oral Treatment to produce skin tightening effects from the inside out.

A month out from the big day Chami is booked to have an anti-wrinkle injectable treatment to smooth the skin. The appointment will focus on the eye area and identify if any dermal fillers are needed.

Finally, the week of the wedding Chami will have a relaxing European Hydration Facial to unwind. The luxurious facial also includes a hand massage and Healite Therapy. This final step in her pre-wedding prep means she will be relaxed and refreshed for her wedding day.

Dr Chok’s Steps to Great Skin

1. Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to have a treatment plan in place to attain the desired results.

2.Support your in-clinic treatments with an appropriate home care regime, recommended by your practitioner to accelerate your skincare goals.

3.Attempt to reduce elevated cortisol levels by minimizing stress where possible, as stress can present in the way of breakouts, weight changes and fatigue, especially in the month prior to the wedding.

4.Use an enzyme rather than a granular scrub to exfoliate to avoid micro tears, inflammation, acne and sensitivity.

Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery

81 King William Street, Kent Town

08 7225 8810


Muscle Sculpting Treatment To Try

If you’re struggling to tone your tummy, arms or legs, despite endless gym sessions, this revolutionary muscle sculpting treatment might be for you. The new treatment trumps other body sculpting systems, allowing you to work multiple areas in one session. Genius. Dr Rahma Targett from Advanced Cosmetic Medicine explains.

What is truSculpt flex?

truSculpt® flex is a personalised muscle sculpting treatment that adjusts to your fitness level, shape, and goals to strengthen, firm and tone your muscles. It offers three treatment modes, creates multiple types of muscle contractions and can treat up to eight areas per session.

Who is it for?

As it has three treatment modes and can be adjusted to suit different fitness levels, most people can benefit from a truSculpt® flex treatment. During your consultation, your clinician will discuss with you if you are a candidate, based on your health and medical history.

How is truSculpt® flex different to other body contouring systems?

Other body sculpting systems use electro-magnetic muscle stimulation, which is indirect and nonspecific to treat a general area – whereas truSculpt® flex uses multi-directional stimulation (MDS) to target specific muscle groups. It has 16 handpieces that can treat eight muscle groups in one session, covering the largest treatment area in the body sculpting industry. 

What kind of results can people expect?

Clinical studies have shown an average of 30 percent increase in muscle mass.

How many sessions are needed?

Remarkable results can be achieved with as little as four treatments. Additional treatments may be required to achieve the personalised results you desire.

How long is each session?

truSculpt® flex has two session duration options. Flex classic is 45 minutes and flex+ is 15 minutes. 

What sort of maintenance is required?

A monthly maintenance session is suggested to maintain results, but can be personalised depending on individual results and goals.

Does it hurt?

As the treatment begins, patients feel a gentle contraction sensation and as the intensity slowly increases the muscle contraction intensifies. The results are even and consistent and will be challenging but not painful.

Is there any downtime?

truSculpt® flex is non-invasive, requires no recovery time and patients can immediately return to normal activities after the treatment. Post-procedure, patients may notice tingling in the areas treated for up to a few hours and/or slight muscle soreness or tenderness for 24–72 hours.

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
58/41–47 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
08 8239 0431

Treatment to Try

We sent influencer Lucinda Nicholas for a skin pick-me-up at Laser Hair Removal at the Bay.

“When I arrived at Laser Hair Removal I was met by Veronica, the owner and a skilled skin professional with 20 years’ experience as a HydraFacial consultant.  

We started with a consult, where Veronica asked me a range of questions relating to my skin, including my skin history, the products that I currently use (morning and night) and any skin concerns I had. She also walked me through every step of the HydraFacial treatment so I knew what to expect throughout the service.

It was now time to get started. Veronica began by double cleansing my face to take off my make-up and to ensure my skin was clean before starting the treatment. She then used a patented spiral tip to exfoliate the skin and clear all of the blocked pores. This step was completely painless and felt so soothing on the skin. 

Veronica highlighted the importance of not forgetting your neck and décolletage when it comes to skincare. My mum always reminded me of this, so I’ve known how essential this is since I was a young girl. I was pleased to hear that Veronica included these areas in her services. Once my pores were clean, Veronica began to infuse my skin with a Vortex Fusion, including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin.  

Veronica talked me through each step of the treatment, including the tools and products she used. It made me feel so comfortable and confident that I was in good hands, especially as this was the first time that I’d had a HydraFacial. I also felt well-informed about how to treat my skin post-treatment and improve it in the future.  

By the end of the treatment, my skin had an instant glow and felt so soft and hydrated. I could see the difference in my pores and how much they had reduced in appearance. There was no downtime, so I could continue my day as usual.

It’s now been one week post-treatment, and I am delighted with the results. I feel more confident going make-up-free and when I do wear make-up it sits on my skin much nicer than it did before. This experience really has reaffirmed to me how important it is to see a skin care professional such as Veronica regularly.”

1/61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North
16/13-23 Unley Road, Parkside
08 8295 7070

First-of-its-kind Rebel Concept Store Opens in Rundle Mall

Housed over three sports-filled levels, the new fit-out and expansion of Rundle Mall’s Rebel store provides the ultimate retail experience – and it was officially opened today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Channel Nine Sports Reporter Tom Rehn.

Shop the latest in global sporting looks and enjoy interactive sporting experiences, like the customised basketball court on Level 1 where shoppers can have a go at shooting hoops or the interactive football space in the Basement of the flagship CBD store.

Other unique offerings include an in-store EA Gaming set-up where shoppers – or those who don’t want to shop – can play FIFA or MADDEN.

The shopping experience is further elevated by the experienced expert staff; specifically selected, each staff member has expert sporting knowledge to advise customers on brands, performance, style and fit.

For the ultimate sporting experience, visit Rebel Rundle Mall.

Rebel Rundle Mall
135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

The New Nose Job

Reshaping your nose no longer means painful and costly rhinoplasty – there is a non-invasive, non-surgical alternative, and the results are impressive. We chat to Dr Rahma Targett to find out more.

Unlike surgical rhinoplasty, nose thread lifts are virtually pain-free. The procedure is quick (just 30 minutes) and the results are natural and immediate. “In comparison to surgical rhinoplasty, the differences in cost and downtime are huge,” says cosmetic physician and owner of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, Dr Rahma Targett.

“Some people can spend years saving up for a surgery like rhinoplasty, however nose threads are an affordable option. In terms of downtime, the healing time for rhinoplasty can take months, and up to an entire year to settle into its new form.” Nose thread lifts, however, in which absorbable PDO threads are placed carefully in the nose to lift and improve definition, only cause temporary swelling and minor bruising, which subsides in one to two weeks. 

While impressive, nose thread lifts aren’t the only non-surgical option for those looking to reshape and contour their nose – dermal fillers can also be used, however the results aren’t as long-lasting. “Nose thread lifts can last up to two years,” says Dr Targett, compared to one year for dermal fillers. There are also fewer complications with nose thread lifts and the results are generally more cosmetically aesthetic, from slimming the nose bridge, achieving better nose definition, reducing the width of the nose and lifting the tip.

As the threads start to dissolve – usually after about seven months – the body then begins to produce its own natural collagen, creating additional tightening. “So even after your initial nose thread appointment, there is an ongoing effect over the coming months as extra collagen is produced,” explains Dr Targett.

While the procedure is suitable for most people, a consultation is essential to see if nose thread lifts are the best option for you and your nose goals, and in terms of safety Dr Targett says to “do your research and make sure you see a qualified cosmetic physician who will ensure your nose threads are inserted correctly”.

Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
58/41–47 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Beautiful Blondes

SJ Establishment

If you’ve ever wanted to have your hair done by one of the top five hair stylists in the world, look no further than Sam James from SJ Establishment. Named one of only five finalists in the prestigious international Contessa Awards, Sam has put herself on the map. Known for her expertise in creating beautiful blondes, her work speaks for itself.

We’ve all known someone who got a bad blonde job. Embarking on the journey to blonde hood is treacherous and having a trusted hairdresser along the way is a requirement. Luckily, SJ Establishment is filled with them, in fact, they are the current AHIA Australian Team of the Year 21.

Salon owner and hairdresser, Sam, has been a trusted educator for the last 11 years, teaching hairdressers all around Australia about how they too can achieve the perfect blonde for their clients.

“Anyone can learn to do great blondes, but to listen to people’s wants and needs while giving an honest professional opinion through consultation, while taking into consideration condition, lifestyle, skin tone, maintenance and much more, takes experience and passion,” she says, “And my team are full of both and know how to choose the perfect blonde for each individual client.”

If you’re taking naturally dark hair to platinum blonde it can be quite easy to destroy the hair in the process, but the hairdressers at SJ Establishment prioritise the condition of each client’s hair while not compromising on the result. “We love that Matrix Bonder Inside gives us the confidence to lighten hair with care, this is our go-to lightening powder and our clients always notice the difference with shine and condition.”

We’ve all heard a blonde horror story, so ensuring you’re kept informed along the way is an underestimated comfort in a salon. Sam says that all of her colourists “take their time and keep you informed of all the processes that need to happen”. Using a range of techniques, from balayage to foliage and face framing to babylights, the colourists at SJ Establishment are extremely knowledgeable on what’s available across the whole blonde portfolio.

SJ Establishment
102a Prospect Road, Prospect
08 8344 4515

Rejuvenate with a Limelight Facial

With 15 years’ experience in cosmetic medicine, Dr Katina Koukourou is an expert in skin rejuvenation.

Wellness is about balance, it’s not just about exercise and nutrition. Accredited sports dietitian, model and South Australian Style wellness guru Emily Hartley says allowing time in your busy day to de-stress, unwind and refresh is equally important – we sent Emily along to Lifestyle Medical in Hyde Park for some much-needed rejuvenation.

“I want to rejuvenate myself from the inside out so I’ve headed to Lifestyle Medical. Dr Katina Koukourou and her wonderful team are experienced professionals who can help you to improve your skin’s appearance. Lifestyle Medical Skin Clinic and Facial Aesthetics is a physician directed medical spa and skin rejuvenation centre. While they offer a whole host of services, from cosmetic medicine and mole scanning to beauty and medispa treatments, I opted for the Limelight Facial. A non-invasive light treatment that helps improve skin tone and discolouration such as red and brown pigmentation associated with ageing and sun damage. A great choice to help revitalise and restore my skin’s appearance and complexion. Almost like a spring clean for your skin!

Most Limelight treatments should take less than one hour, mine only took 20 minutes. For a couple of hours following the treatment the brown spots and freckles on my face started to darken and my skin appeared slightly red – kind of like my face had just done a little workout! Once this settled, I was able to see improvements in my complexion with a more even skin tone after just one week. This was a great option to restore and revive my skin after what seems like a long, cold winter. The treatment left me feeling comfortable and confident to go make-up free.”

Limelight Facial: The details

The Limelight Facial is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that helps reduce skin redness and pigmentation and improves elasticity and tone. 

What to expect?

The treatment includes a hydrating cleanse, a tailored intense pulse light treatment and a personalised selection of serums.

The outcome

Noticeably clearer, brighter more radiant and rejuvenated skin.

Lifestyle Medical Skin Clinic & Facial Aesthetics
5/155 King William Road, Unley
08 9374 4909