The Brotox Boom

The number of men chasing a line-free complexion may be on the rise. Adelaide-based Azura Dental explain.

There’s no doubt about it, men are the new growth market in the world of cosmetic medicine – in fact, Adelaide’s Azura Dental say that men now make up about 30 percent of their clientele. “We are seeing a lot of young men in their 30’s coming in for the first time,” says Azura’s practice manager. This statistic has seen continued growth in recent years, particularly in the wake of COVID as men become more conscious than ever before of their appearance (thanks Zoom calls). But despite the growth, anti-ageing for men still remains clandestine.  

Why do you think men are more reluctant than women to get anti-ageing injectables?

Men seem to feel more embarrassed around topics of self-care. We find that men can sometimes be stereotyped for taking pride in their appearance and being open about it. They can be concerned about how others will perceive them for having anti-wrinkle injections. It is something that is slowly becoming more acceptable to more men, however, we still have a lot of male patients who like to keep their wrinkle smoothing injections as their own little secret.

Do you think men are more comfortable making an appointment for anti-ageing treatments at a dental surgery rather than a traditional cosmetic clinic? 

Yes, definitely! In fact, one of the main benefits for men having their wrinkle smoothing injections at Azura is because no one has to know what they are here for. If they are seen in the reception area or tell a friend they have an appointment with us, it can be disguised as a dental appointment. Because we are in a medical field there are strict regulations around confidentiality. Meaning that your secret is our secret! Our environment is also tailored to both male and female dental and cosmetic patients, making it a comfortable experience for everyone. Our staff are expert in making patients feel more relaxed for their appointments, whether they be cosmetic or dental.

What percentage of your cosmetic patients are men? 

I would say about 30 percent at this time, and it’s definitely on the increase. We believe all men have the right to feel great about their appearance and are excited to see our male cosmetic patient percentage grow.

Has this increased in recent years? 

We have seen an enormous jump in male cosmetic patients over the past two years. Due to COVID, people in general have been more aware of the importance of medical grade hygiene in all types of procedures, including wrinkle smoothing injections. A lot of men and women are moving towards getting their wrinkle smoothing in a practice where these standards are more regulated and ensure a completely hygienic experience. We have also noticed that men working from home have become more conscious of the way they look in Zoom meetings. They also enjoy that they can get a wrinkle smoothing injection often timed with their dental check-up appointment for convenience. Our out of hours appointments are also convenient and help them schedule their appointments around their busy work and life schedules. 

What is the average age of first-time male cosmetic patients? 

We are seeing a lot of young men in their 30’s coming in for the first time to help prevent future wrinkles and to minimise their current fine lines. We also have a lot of patients in age brackets above this, however the growing trend is with men in their 30’s followed closely by businessmen in their 40’s. Our signature style is subtle and natural and this fits with the desired look of most male patients.

Azura Dental
644 Grange Road, Henley Beach
08 8353 8221

5 Collagen-boosting Treatments to Try

These collagen-boosting treatments promise to tighten the skin, and they’re much cheaper (and less painful!) than a facelift. The team at Balabala Laser Clinic explain.

  1. Ultherapy (face $3400; neck $1400)

Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment that goes deeper to stimulate production of your body’s own collagen and elastin, for natural looking results without surgery or downtime.

2. Thermage FLX (face $3500; neck $1998; eyes $2600)

Thermage FLX is the most advanced skin tightening technology available, with each pulse of the machine delivering customised radiofrequency to heat the deeper, collagen-rich layers of the skin. The applied heat causes collagen to contract and encourages new collagen to start growing.

3. PicoSure Laser Skin Rejuvenation ($699)

PicoSure will stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin to promote visibly younger skin in as little as a single treatment. Unlike other laser treatments, PicoSure offers impressive results, fewer treatments and minimal downtime.

4. Collagen Regeneration Injection (from $999/vial)

3D Poly-L-lactic acid/PLLA directly stimulates autologous collagen regeneration, changing the face in a gradual way.

5. Icon MaxG IPL ($699)

This is a popular, non-invasive treatment used to significantly improve many skin concerns. It uses specific wavelengths of light to simultaneously target pigmented and vascular lesions in the skin, while stimulating the production of collagen.

Balabala Laser Clinic
Shop 1, 65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 7078 1806

What Women Want

We chat to Lifestyle Medical’s Dr Katina Koukourou about new treatments and skincare misconceptions.

What is the biggest skincare complaint your clients have?
The most common complaint is people “looking tired”.  This can be sagging skin due to loss of volume and bone recession, as well as dull, dry, lined or pigmented skin. 

What treatments do women ask for the most?
The most common treatment I perform is facial volumising and improving wrinkles around the forehead and eyes. This combination of treatments is helpful in reducing and preventing that tired look. Replacing facial volume with dermal fillers and restoring the facial shape with either dermal fillers or facial threads can achieve the desired lifted and youthful oval shaped face. Wrinkle relaxants are used to smooth the skin.

What is the biggest misconception around anti-ageing treatments?
One of the biggest misconceptions around injectable anti-ageing treatments is that you will look unnatural and people will be able to tell you have had work done. This isn’t necessarily the case at all. Aesthetics definitely shouldn’t be about a one size fits all approach. A carefully mapped treatment plan looks at the ageing face as a whole. A skilled practitioner can target individual areas with a balanced approach using specific proportions and amounts to create a restored appearance, not necessarily an enhanced appearance. 

Another misconception is that if you start injectable anti-ageing treatments and then stop you will end up looking worse than you did before you started. The muscles may seem weaker initially, but over time they will re-build. With regard to filler, skin is generally elastic and will restore to normal if and when you decide to stop treatments. 

What new treatments should people try and why?
A new treatment we have are facial threads. This is an alternative or an adjunct to dermal fillers. It is something to perhaps consider if you have particular concerns about facial sagging. 

Lifestyle Medical
Shop 5/155 King William Road, Unley
08 8374 4909

Skincare by your Star Sign

For over 35 years, Jurlique have grown powerful botanicals on one of the purest places on Earth – the Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Their potent crops, rich is a plethora of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, is thanks to a unique biodynamic zodiac calendar.

You may already know that Jurlique prides itself in its holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture, using certified organic and biodynamic farming methods to produce plants that are rich in nutrients. These nutrients are what make Jurlique products so powerful and beneficial for the skin. But what you might not know is that planting and harvesting at the Jurlique Farm is guided by a biodynamic calendar that is based on the moon and planet positioning.

The moon’s phase and the zodiacal constellation the moon is passing through determines when crops are planted and harvested. The constellations – air, water, fire and earth – have different energies, allowing Jurlique to work in harmony with nature to produce botanicals that are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. An example is the Spilanthes Flower, which is grown on the farm and only harvested on days when the moon passes through the air and light signs of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. This particular flower possesses naturally rejuvenating properties that plump and infuse skin with a youthful, hydrated glow.

If you would like to learn more about this unique farming method Jurlique Farm welcomes visitors for – it’s a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the iconic Australian skincare brand at its source. 

On the tour you’ll visiting the garden, seed propagation area, biodynamic preparation area and herb drying area. Afterwards, why not duck into the retail shop and stock up on your favourite products?

Jurlique Farm
31 Liebelt Rd, Biggs Flat SA

Skin by Age

Our skin changes over time, and so too should our skincare. We chat to the team at Balabala Laser Clinic to find out what we should be doing to care for our skin, decade by decade.

The first signs of ageing generally show up as you reach your thirties, but the effects can be significantly lessened by taking action early – in your twenties. For twenty-somethings, choosing good quality brands and always removing make-up before bed is imperative. Recommended treatments include the luxe Mesoestetic Energy C Antioxidant treatment to brighten uneven skin tone and combat pigmentation and the CosMedix Anti-Acne Treatment for those who are prone to breakouts.

Cell turnover starts to slow as early as your thirties, so this is the time to dial it up a notch. Collagen and elastin also take a dip, so adding a collagen-stimulating treatment like Thermal FLX to your skincare plan is a good idea. Balabala says this treatment helps to lift and firm sagging skin, and is especially good for dull, dehydrated and uneven skin, as well as for combating those pesky fine lines that often start to appear during this decade.

During your 40s the collagen levels have dropped, and the result is loose skin, often around the jawline. This is a great time to try Ulterapy – a non-invasive, surgery-free way to lift and tighten skin. This pain-free treatment uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, counteracting the visible signs of ageing. PicoSure laser treatments also aid in skin revitalisation, reducing pigmentation and wrinkles.

Hydration is a big deal when you enter your 50s as dropping estrogen levels affect the skin’s ability to retain water, resulting in dry, dehydrated skin. Ir’s therefore important to infuse the skin with moisture to soften lines and avoid dehydration, but it’s equally important to have an anti-wrinkle plan with targeted treatments. Balabala can customise a luxury treatment specifically for your skin’s individual needs.

Balabala Laser Clinic
Shop 1, 65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 70781806

Tips to Treat Dry Skin

Is dry, flaky skin getting in the way of that glow you’re chasing? Here are six moisture-injecting tips from the team at Adelaide Laser Skincare

Avoid harsh exfoliants

Rather than using a harsh exfoliant to sloth away deep skin cells use cleansers containing AHA’s (alpha hydroxy/glycolic acid) and BHA’s (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid). Glycolic acid will get rid of dead skin cells, while salicylic acid will purge out the pores and keep your skin clear of bacteria.   


Cream-based cleansers are a good choice if you’re battling dryness, although foaming cleansers are not as severe as you might think. It is important, however, that you choose one that is right for your skin type, ensuring it balances the pH levels of your skin to avoid stripping, which will make your skin even more sensitive and reactive. Fragrant cleansers may irritate the skin and cause dry patches, itchiness and breakouts. 


Highly concentrated hyaluronic acid immediately plumps and increases moisture for all skin types. It’s a moisture magnet that leaves the skin visibly smoother and plumper with more resilience. Popular hydrating treatments include our LPG Endermologie Facial, LED light therapy, sonophoresis and our HydraFacial.

introduce a facial oil

Bring back radiance to dull, tired looking skin with our Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil – it’s an ultra-lightweight oil that hydrates, nourishes and soothes dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. Packed full of moringa, sea buckthorn and grape seed oil, as well as stabilised antioxidants to brighten and help rejuvenate ageing skin, it is just the pick-me-up that your skin needs.   


Moisturising is a must – morning and night. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and just like your internal organs need feeding, so too does your skin. Our hero moisturiser is the Environ Skin Essenstia Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturisers 1-5. These ingenious moisturising creams contain a selection of vitamins, peptides, botanical extracts and antioxidants, all expertly selected to assist in moisturising, softening and smoothing the skin while helping to promote a natural, fresh radiance. It is a step-up system and contains a low concentration of vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate, as well as vitamin C. 

Adelaide Laser Skincare
1/455 Greenhill Road, Tusmore
08 8332 4590

How You Can Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Can a visit to the dentist really help you get a better night’s sleep? We ask the team at Azura Dental.

What is sleep disordered breathing?

Sleep Disordered Breathing is where a person has either partial obstruction or full obstruction of their airway during sleep, causing them to either stop breathing for periods or have trouble breathing. This can lead to lack of oxygen or low oxygen, or the person waking often so they never really get to deep sleep. The person may or may not be aware that they stop breathing or snore or are waking frequently during the night. This can affect anyone at any age, including very young children.

what are the signs to watch out for?

The signs can vary greatly and can be very different in a child compared to an adult. Some of the signs may include waking up tired, waking up with headaches, snoring, being tired throughout the day, having dark circles under the eyes, teeth grinding and clenching, waking up coughing and gasping and breathing predominantly through the mouth instead of through the nose.

can a dentist make the diagnosis

Dentists can identify the signs and symptoms and manage diagnosis by referral to the appropriate practitioner. Dentists can also assist in the management of sleep disordered breathing with special oral appliances.

how important is early detection?

Early detection is vital to prevent future health conditions, early learning developmental delays, behavioural challenges and to improve quality of life. 

is sleep disordered breathing more prevalent in people with periodontal disease or other disorders?

Although it is not necessarily more prevalent in people with pre-existing conditions/diseases, there are some medical conditions that can either contribute to sleep disordered breathing or make it worse. There is ongoing research that suggests some conditions may occur as a result of sleep disordered breathing, such as high blood pressure, reflux and others that are currently being investigated with further research. If left untreated, sleep disordered breathing can have long term health effects including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and depression. 

what kind of treatment options are there?

Depending on the cause, there are several options for treatment. For some patients, a simple mouthguard-like device (called a mandibular advancement device) can be all that is required, for others they may require surgery or use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. An oral appliance is a custom fit dental device recommended for patients with mild to moderate sleep disorder breathing or for those patients who are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is recommended for those with moderate to severe symptoms and is a machine that delivers pressurised air through your airway while you sleep. Surgery is considered for those patients with an obstruction within their nose and/or airway causing a blockage. There are also conservative management methods including weight loss (being overweight increases the chances of airway obstruction within the throat), positional therapy (as apnoea mostly occurs whilst sleeping on your back), and also the use of nasal sprays to treat allergies can be helpful. 

Azura Dental
644 Grange Road, Henley Beach
08 8353 8221

North Adelaide Village Health Hub

For a healthy mind and body you’ll need organic wholefoods and luxe workout spaces. It’s all under one roof at North Adelaide Village.


This urban food joint is home to nutrient stacked poke, smoothie bowls, breakfast bowls and delicious wraps, and has become the go-to when looking for an easy, good for you meal. The North Adelaide store is the fourth Adelaide store to open and to coincide with its launch, four sweet new smoothie bowls have been added to the menu – you can choose from Green is Gold, Peanut Butter Miso, Acai Berry and Mellow Yellow. Or if you’re in the mood for something savoury, treat yourself to a chef-curated bowl like the Tuna Poke, Beef Bibimbap, Chicken Curry or Tofu and pair it with a smoothie or an organic kombucha off tap.

goodlife health clubs

The gym that is for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a gym junkie. The 24/7 access gym has everything you need in the one location – exercise therapy, a cycle studio, a Hypoxi studio, sauna and free paring onsite. With a range of classes on offer, from Body Attack to yoga, you can choose the perfect one for you. Classes run from 5.45am until 7pm to accommodate for all member’s schedules; personal training services are also available if you’re seeking one-on-one coaching. In addition to this, members get access to home workouts and recipes, as well as a free activation session with a personal trainer.

studio pilates

New to North Adelaide Village, Studio Pilates North Adelaide delivers high energy, intense 40 minute Pilates reformer workouts that will transform your entire body. With great music, amazing instructors, personal attention and luxe surrounds, what’s not to love? Get started with six classes for $60 as a special introductory offer for new clients (terms and conditions apply). Book now at Studio Pilates North Adelaide.

romeo’s organic wholefoods

Romeo’s Organic Wholefoods specialises in organic and alternative foods. The staff at Romeo’s can assist in groceries for people with food intolerances, allergies, health disorders, vegans and vegetarians, or those just wanting to eat clean.

metropolitan fresh fruiterers

Metropolitan Fresh Fruiterers has provided premium fresh fruit and veg for over 30 years! Along with gourmet foods, specialty coffee and floral creations, they also have a cafe where customers can take a respite from grocery shopping and catch up over a coffee and a slice of continental cake.

North Adelaide Village
67 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Words Mia Vidale

Cellulite Treatment That Actually Works

What if you could get rid of those unsightly lumps and bumps with a quick 30-minute treatment? No downtime, big results. We chat to the team at Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery to find out more about ‘Emtone’.

How does it work?

The Emtone treatment is getting a big thumbs up from doctors and beauty lovers worldwide. It works be delivering thermal and mechanical energy simultaneously to eliminate the five main causes of cellulite and loose skin – enlarged fat chambers, damaged collagen fibres, loss of skin elasticity, poor blood flow and the accumulation of metabolic waste.

what makes it different to other cellulite treatments?

Not all cellulite is the same. There’s edematous cellulite, which often affects the thighs and knees and is commonly caused by poor circulation; flaccid cellulite, which is often the result of abnormal fat accumulation; and compact cellulite, which is when the skin clings to the muscle to create the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. These three different types of cellulite ordinarily require different treatments, but the Emtone treats all three – it’s the only device that can do this.

it’s quick.

The treatment is really quick – just 20-30 minutes – and it’s pain-free. The feeling has been described as being similar to a hot stone massage, but with intense mechanical vibrations.

you’ll get results.

You’ll notice an improvement to those dimples and in the tightening of the skin after the very first treatment, however for optimal results four to six treatments are required, ideally scheduled twice a week. The results typically continue to improve for 12 weeks post-treatment and can last for up to 12 months.

Regenesis Cosmetic Surgery
81 King William Road, Kent Town
08 7225 8810

Skin Expert Shares Her Daily Routine

A hard-working retinol, an arsenal of antioxidant packed serums and a zinc-oxide infused sunscreen are just a few of the things you’ll find in skin expert Dr Katina Koukourou’s own beauty cupboard. The face behind Lifestyle Medical tells us more.

morning routine

My morning routine begins with cleansing using SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel Cleanser. This is followed by Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum. These serums contain vitamins and antioxidants that generate anti-ageing effects on the skin cells. Next is the SkinCeuticals A.G.E Interrupter Corrective Cream – this product improves the reparative ability of the skin’s natural collagen and elastin. The Medik8 Physical Sunscreen, which contains zinc oxide, is applied just before my make-up. 

night routine

At night, I swap out the sunscreen for Medik8 Crystal Retinal, which contains Vitamin C to promote cell turnover, and SkinCeuticals A.G.E Eye Complex to reduce fine lines under the eyes. 


I indulge in a few regular treatments – my go-to is a combination of skin needling and LED Light Therapy, alternating between a Jessner Peel and intense pulse light treatment (IPL) triennially. I maintain with three-monthly wrinkle relaxants and lip treatments. I like a natural look, so I tend to not overdo the dermal filler. I do believe that non-invasive anti-ageing treatments can deliver results, particularly when paired with healthy lifestyle choices and a regular daily skincare routine.

Lifestyle Medical
Shop 5/155 King William Road, Unley, SA
08 8374 4909