Thursday, May 16, 2019

WiF-EYE || Medical Aesthetic Trends Lunch with Galderma || Rivet Licker

We spend way too much time on our devices. We are continually warned that it's bad for our psychological wellbeing, but did you know it also has ramifications for skin health?

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Image description: Angled head shot of a woman with dark hair and eyes, with a wifi symbol superimposed on the outside of her left eye.

We're going to be talking wrinkles here... Bare with me!


Galderma and Dr. Julianna Saburi

Dr. Saburi is a board certified dermatologist based in Brazil and the educator for Galderma Latin America. She presented Galderma's new trend concept, WiF-EYE, as Dysport has recently been given approval in Australia to treat lateral canthal lines, better known to you and me as Crow's Feet.



Various media guests were invited to learn about the new WiF-EYE trend for a seated lunch at Aqua Dining in Milsons Point. The Modern Italian menu offered us two choices over two courses, but because of a kitchen mistake, I wound up with two entrees (not complaining!). My original entree was supposed to be the risotto with onion ice cream, but I was given the squid with pickled fungus (I don't eat mushrooms), the squid was great though! My main was a vegetarian pasta.

Image description: Four panels.
1. View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge over an Olympic sized swimming pool.
2. Seating arrangement.
3. Tashi (Teacup of Makeup) waving from the other side of the table with a floral arrangement separating us.
4. Dr. Juliana Sarubi presenting WiF-EYE.

Image description: Four panels.
1. My hand holding a drink on a bar table with a floral arrangement and promotional materials.
2. Seating chart and menu with my name on it.
3. Entree of squid.
4. Main course of pasta.

During our lunch, Dr Sarubi gave her presentation on this new trend and Australian approved indication for the use of Dysport.


Wrinkles can be a sign that your skin cells have the potential to turn deadly.

Wrinkles can be caused by many things, but most of the time, it is down to genetics and environmental factors. Genetics mean people can get wrinkles when they are young or not get them at all. Our sun is going to cause a lot of skin damage over a lifetime, and is a huge contributor to deep wrinkles and leathery texture, a tell tale sign that skin cells have been damaged to the point where they may turn cancerous. In recent years, we've added an extra component to our lives that may further damage our skin. Our devices emit blue light, and we spend a lot of time on them. We even spend time on multiple devices and screens.

Related: Lab Muffin 'Blue Light Skin Damage from Screens?'

Who is guilty of watching television AND using their phones or tablets?



Wrinkles can form from movement, but then get stuck there.

Dynamic wrinkles are those that are created when we show emotions with our face. Dynamic wrinkles can turn into static wrinkles with the right conditions, leaving permanent lines in skin. This means there is something happening in the collagen matrix of the dermis, the structural support layer of skin. Loss of fatty tissue in the hypodermis can also cause dips and bumps, but so can muscle spasms!


The headache tangent.

I get tension headaches from overuse of my forehead muscles, and my masseters (which cause my teeth to grind), so I have previously had jaw slimming treatment with Dysport to relieve these symptoms, and in turn, have also had a brow lift treatment, which gave visible results.

While writing this piece, I managed to get a comment on my 'face of happiness', because my injections had worn off a long time ago and my brows are back where they started, they make me look like I'm sad all the time. I assure you, that's just my face.


Back to the wrinkles and some statistics.

Our eyes have many muscles, and yes, they too can spasm. The skin around the eye area is very thin and can easily be damaged enough by light that wrinkles form, even when you're not showing any emotion on your face. This can make some people feel that they look old, or tired, and wish to do something a bit more drastic than use a topical skincare product.

Australia ranks among the top 20 countries for non-surgical cosmetic procedures. In 2016, over 43,000 anti-wrinkle procedures were performed, and just over half of those alone were for crow's feet. The number of anti-wrinkle procedures are predicted to jump to over 580,000 in 2019, and I can count myself in with that statistic.


Australians spend on average 9 hours per day looking at a screen. This probably won't change in the future, our screens are here to stay. This means, more people will be seeking anti-wrinkle injections in the future.

Please seek medical advice from a qualified cosmetic injector or cosmetic doctor to determine whether this treatment is suitable for you. I'm just a person on the internet, not a doctor.


Have you had cosmetic injection treatments, or plan to? Let me know in the comments!

This post is presented as an editorial piece, my thoughts are honest. Galderma kindly invited me to this sit down lunch event. For more information, please read my Disclosure Policy.

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