Zoom dysmorphia

After months of endless lockdowns, a new phenomena is emerging as an indirect result.  Zoom dysmorphia is causing a spike in demand for cosmetic injectable services.

Where do you look on zoom calls?

dysmorphia in zoom calls

Unintended consequences of the COVD19 pandemic have been far and wide.  None more so than a new phenomenon coined ‘Zoom Dysmorphia”  Most Australian’s have spent some time working from home and have been introduced to video calling for much of their working day.  At Secret Skin Clinics, increasing numbers of patients have remarked to me that they have just noticed new features on their face due to long hours on video calls.

Where do you look on video calls?

paper published in Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery from Harvard University interviewed a group of patients and found this to true too.  Dr Kourosh, an assistant professor of Dermatology asked her colleagues what was driving patients to seek cosmetic injectable procedures.  Overwhelming their patients said an increased of using video calling services such as google meet and zoom where leading people to notice features such as jowls, sagging skin and the shape of their nose.

Is Zoom dysmorphia really such a bad thing?

In short – maybe.  

Zoom dysmorphia is just an iteration of the well-known Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This is characterised by increased self-focused attention and associated stress.  This has been replicated by asking patients to spend increasing amounts of time gazing at themselves in the mirror and documenting the results.

mirror gazing

Unsurprisingly, subjects that spent more time looking at themselves in the mirror all reported increased levels and stress and anxiety.  This was seen even after a short period of time as reported in a paper by researchers at King’s College in London.

So what now?

Speak with your trust cosmetic Doctor about any concerns that you may see in your appearance.  Often they can guide to treatments such as dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections that might alleviate your concerns.  At the same time, be aware that spending too much time looking at one’s self can be symptomatic of bigger issues such as BDD.

Emsculpt Neo less fat and more muscle

60% of women and 90% of men are interested
in one or both a fat reduction and muscle toning treatment.

EMSCULPT NEO is the first and only non-invasive body shaping a procedure that combines two energies for simultaneous fat elimination and muscle building in a 30-minute session.

What does it do?


The picture above sums it up nicely. The Emsculpt Neo burns fat and stimulates your muscle cells to grow bigger and stronger. How good is that?

EMSCULPT NEO by BTL, builds off the legacy of its predecessor, Emsculpt, by simultaneously emitting both radio frequency and high-intensity electromagnetic energies.  

The end result is more fat reduction and muscle growth than any single gold standard product, for less time and less money.

How does it work?

EMSCULPT NEO is based on an applicator simultaneously emitting synchronized RF and HIFEM+ energies.  

Due to the radiofrequency heating, the muscle temperature quickly raises by several degrees. This prepares muscles for exposure to stress, similar to what a warm up activity does before any workout. In less than 4 minutes, the temperature in subcutaneous fat reaches levels that cause apoptosis, i.e. fat cells are permanently damaged and slowly removed from the body. Clinical studies showed on average a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat.* 

Bypassing the brain limitations, HIFEM+ energy contracts the muscle fibers in the area at intensities that are not achievable during voluntary workout. Extreme stress forces the muscle to adapt, resulting in an increase in the number and growth of muscle fibers and cells. Clinical studies showed on average a 25% muscle volume increase.* 

two treatments in one

Emsculpt Neo now available at Secret Skin Shellharbour

Yes, that’s right, this incredible device is now available at Secret Skin Shellharbour. Book a complimentary consultation to learn more about how it can help you lose fat and gain muscle just in time for the start of summer tomorrow!

Call our clinic on 02 4210 4311 or text/WhatsApp 0484227409

Skin Rejuvenation injections

Skin Rejuvenation injections for advanced natural skin treatment.

For those who are seeking a more natural approach to anti-ageing procedures, use clinically proven
Skin Rejuvenation injections therapy for superior skin treatment. The procedure has seen a surge in
popularity due to its safety, minimal downtime and natural results for overall skin rejuvenation.
Our Alocuro protocol achieves platelet concentrations up to 10 times baseline, superior to
other Skin Rejuvenation injections systems, and essential for best treatment results. Our staff will be able to answer any
questions you may have.


PRP in action

The Facts

Safety: Very safe procedure and minimal post-procedure downtime

How Often: 3 treatments every 4 weeks

Results: Improved tone, texture, wrinkles, pigmentation and hydration delivering a very natural
looking, overall rejuvenation of the skin

Long Term: single maintenance treatments every 6 – 12 months
Clinically Proven: Yes. Over 10,000 published research studies on use of PRP in humans

TGA approved: Yes, we use a TGA approved, latest technology PRP system with doctors approving
the treatment for suitable patients
Patient suitability: Please make an appointment to discuss your suitability for this procedure

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What are Skin Rejuvenation injections?

Skin Rejuvenation injections use an extract of your own blood that contains a high concentration of
platelets, growth factors, and bioactive proteins essential for tissue regeneration and healing.
Science of Skin Rejuvenation injections.
The innovative procedure has been scientifically proven to increase collagen and blood supply
within the skin layers which improves the elasticity, tone, colour, quality of the skin and minimizes
wrinkles, scarring, and crepey skin. Skin Rejuvenation injections hve also been proven to be an effective method for rejuvenation of miniaturised hair follicles in patients with hair loss and male or female pattern


How does the skin regeneration happen?

When PRP is injected, the platelets release growth factors into the skin layers which initiates a local
stem cell response. In the weeks and months following treatment these stem cells and platelet-
released growth factors help to form new cells and blood supply which increases collagen, elastin to
repair and regenerate damaged skin – creating healthy skin that looks refreshed.


How does the hair regeneration happen?

When injected into the scalp, they encourage stem cells and blood supply to the existing frail hair
follicles as well as the follicles producing very short and fine hairs that are invisible to the human
eye. This nutritional and metabolic support provides better hair follicle health and growth of hair
from previously aged or weakened follicles. It is a clinically proven and effective treatment for hair
loss in men and women.


When to expect visible results?

Typically 2 weeks after treatment an overall improvement in skin hydration, texture and tone can be
seen. Between 3 and 6 weeks, new collagen is made and new blood vessels are formed leading to
an overall improvement in skin appearance. Reduction of fine lines and improvements to skin
elasticity will continue for several months. Research has stated that the effects of cosmetic PRP can
last 12 months to 2 years.

Latest PRP technology for superior results

At Secret Skin Clinics, we use Alocuro Skin Rejuvenation injections TGA approved technology provides a unique system for superior platelet
extraction efficiency so that maximum growth factors can be introduced in the exact location where
skin repair and rejuvenation is needed. This procedure has the regenerative potential
of up to FOUR vacutainer type Skin Rejuvenation injection procedures.


Are all Skin Rejuvenation injection procedures the same?

No. Alocuro Skin Rejuvenation injection system provides an excellent platelet concentration and a far greater number of
growth factors to stimulate healthy cellular growth and collagen production within the skin. The
Alocuro facial rejuvenation procedure technique also provides better patient outcomes as the PRP is
injected with a very fine, short needle (rather than rolled or pushed), into the superficial skin layers
where it is most effective for skin rejuvenation. The TGA states that cosmetic and hair 
procedures need to have either a Doctor of Dentist supervising the procedure as a minimum. This
procedure needs expert injectors and is not a beauty therapist type treatment.

How often should it be performed?

Individual protocols vary dependent upon each patient’s baseline condition. Published research and
our Doctors’ results have shown that the best results are achieved when a series of 3 treatments are
performed 4 weeks apart.

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Are Skin Rejuvenation injections safe?

The procedure is provided under stringent guidelines to provide a medical procedure with minimal
risk of complications. There is also little chance of an allergic type reaction because the material
being injected back in to the patient is from their own blood. In Australia, these procedures and
medical devices are regulated by the TGA, to improve safety for patients.

Is there evidence that Skin Rejuvenation injections work for skin rejuvenation?

Numerous clinical trials and published research studies have demonstrated that this therapy is
effective for improving skin health and dermal collagen levels which improves wrinkles,
pigmentation and loss of texture. Skin Rejuvenation injections have also been proven to be effective for hair regeneration in
male and female pattern baldness.

PRP at work

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When are Skin Rejuvenation injections most effective?

A healthy diet, minimal alcohol, nil smoking, and using medical-grade skincare products will sustain
the PRP benefits. Not all patients are suitable candidates for Skin Rejuvenation injections. Please discuss your suitability for skin and hair procedures with the treating practitioner.


Where can I use Skin Rejuvenation injections?

The healing properties of these injections can be used as an effective treatment for the following areas:
Fine lines, wrinkles and other facial creases
Crow’s feet, eye dark circles and hollow tear troughs
Sun damaged skin – neck, décolletage, back of hands
Acne scarring and other superficial scars
Stretch marks
Hair loss – scalp and eyebrows (within first 5 years of hair loss)
In combination with laser – treated skin is 3 times faster at healing compared to laser
treatments alone.


Is Cosmetic Skin Rejuvenation injection for You?

Every patient has a unique clinical presentation and individual skin health needs which should be
assessed by a qualified medical or skin practitioner.  We offer a wide range of other treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and threads.

Cosmetic Injectables – the Perfect Gift

Give the gift of beauty.

Learn more about the perfect beauty gift idea at Secret Skin, where we specialize in innovative cosmetic injectables that leave your skin looking its absolute best. Whether you’re shopping for your wife, daughter, or yourself, you’ll find that Secret Skin’s eGift cards make the perfect present for any occasion this year!

Luxury treatments

Looking for the Perfect Beauty Gift Idea?

Buying the perfect gift for someone special is difficult. What better idea than a gift card at one of our luxurious clinics. Perfect for men and women alike, cosmetic injectables are safe, gentle, non-invasive procedures that are extremely effective in delivering fantastic results! Book your appointment today with Secret Skin!

Get Perfect Looking Skin

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Give a friend or loved one a gift they’ll never forget. Secret Skin is a leader in cosmetic injectable treatments and offers a range of eGift cards to choose from when you purchase treatment packages. From anti-aging injectables to body sculpting injections, you can be sure that your loved ones will look their best for years to come.

No Pain No Gain

Getting cosmetic injectables is no easy feat; it takes time, money, and patience. If you want to give someone you love a gift that will make them feel absolutely radiant, consider buying them an eGift card for Secret Skin Beauty Lounge & MedSpa. This way they can pick their own treatment (s). It might be a great way to treat yourself too! Cards may be used by either our Sydney or Shellharbour clinics.

Buy now

Give a friend or loved one a gift they’ll never forget. Secret Skin is a leader in cosmetic injectable treatments and offers a range of eGift cards to choose from when you purchase treatment packages. From anti-aging injectables to body sculpting injections, you can be sure that your loved ones will look their best for years to come.

We are open for limited treatments


To comply with NSW Public Health Orders, Secret Skin is open for limited treatments only. We currently provide medical procedures performed by Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) Registered health practitioners that prescribe Schedule 4 medications or procedures requiring venous access or post-procedure care.

We are not providing any treatments provided by persons who are not AHPRA Registered health practitioners, such as beauticians, including laser skin treatments or massage.

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COVID19 safety measures

We are minimising the risk of transmission and maintain a safe environment for treatments at Secret Skin by:

  • patient and visitor screening questions* are located at entries, along with QR Codes and a hand hygiene station. Patients and visitors are required to answer the screening questions in that checklist and check-in using the QR Code. Patients and visitors who do not pass the screening test will be turned away;
  • face masks must be worn (unless evidence of an exemption is provided). Face masks are provided for those who do not have their own;
  • physical distancing requirements are in place;
  • hand hygiene stations are provided throughout the Clinic.

*The screening checklist questions are those set out in the NSW Ministry of Health COVID-19 Screening and NSW Healthcare Facilities document, dated 17 July 2021, and updated as restrictions change.

What Is a Laser Treatment Clinic, Really?

Are laser treatment clinics special?

Many people assume that the laser treatment clinic are high-tech and cutting edge. However, lasers have been around for a long time. While lasers may be considered new to some areas of the world, they were invented in 1960 – over 50 years ago! Nowadays there is no shortage of lasers on the market, but this doesn’t mean all lasers are created equally. The type of laser used will depend on what you’re trying to achieve: whether it’s hair reduction or permanent hair removal.

Do many clinics use laser in their name?

In short, yes! Including laser in a clinics name infers a sense of modern medical treatment. However, if you have ever visited a clinic that performs hair removal by this means, the first thing you’ll notice is the diffuse odour of burnt off under arm hairs. Not exactly luxurious or enjoyable.

How do we approach things?

We specialise in cosmetic injectables. We only perform anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, fat dissolving and facial threads. Do one thing and do it well we say!

Check out Secret Skin Sydney CBD or Secret Skin Shellharbour today.

The laser treatment clinic may be a great place for some, but it is not the best option for all of your skincare needs. At Secret Skin Clinics we offer advanced medical treatments that are designed to give you the best results in less time and with minimal side effects. We have specialists on staff who can help you find an effective treatment plan tailored to suit your individual needs. It’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself! Book now at our cosmetic injectables-only clinic where we’ll spend more time addressing your specific concerns, listening closely so we can take steps towards making them disappear once and for all.

What do you think? Do you prefer a clinic that specialises in one thing and does it well? Or do you prefer a one-stop shop that greets you at the door with a burnt pubic hair?

sandlewood fragrance preferred
You won’t smell burnt hair on entering one of the Secret Skin Clinics

Post by Dr Robert Laidlaw

Considering a cosmetic injectable procedure?

Do you want to learn more about injectables? Do you need a little extra help with your skin care routine? Get all of your questions answered by booking a cosmetic skin video consult today.

Lockdown got you down?

We have the best team of experts ready to answer any and all of your concerns, plus they are happy to teach you how to use our products. Contact us today for a video skin consult.

We’re here to help. Our team of qualified medical professionals are ready and waiting for your call. You don’t have to wait until the COVID19 pandemic lockdown is lifted in NSW, so why not make the most of this opportunity to discuss your needs or desires with our team?

Don’t delay, book today.

If you want more information about what we can offer, book a free video consult today! Or if you want some advice on how best to prepare yourself for treatment, give us a call now! There’s no need to wait until the COVID19 pandemic lockdown is over – it could be months before that happens.

So why not take advantage of this time and book an appointment with one of our qualified medical professionals right now? It will only take 5 minutes out of your day, but it could change everything else about your life from then on. See our gallery for our latest work.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity – book an appointment today!

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New website live

Groovers and shakers, we’re now live with our refreshed website. First of note is the simpler domain of just secret.skin


What can I do on the new site?

We’re glad you asked! Not only can you connect with you all of our social channels (remember we’ve split our insta accounts here) but you easily book your next appointment at either of our luxury bespoke clinics. Whether it is for anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, call today.

Want to jump straight to our Instagram accounts?

For Sydney checkout @secret.skin.sydney

For Shellharbour checkout @secret.skin.shellharbour