The KGA Brow-Lift

There’s a super funny meme going around that says, “when I was little, I never knew how important brows would be”. It’s funny because it’s true! In 2019, (right or wrong) the perfect aesthetic almost requires us to have beautifully manicured, perfectly arched brows (regardless of how gorgeous the rest of our features are!). But what if you don’t have naturally arched brows? There’s only so much shaping and pencilling can do… enter the KGA non-surgical brow lift!

Keeping it simple, the position of the eyebrow is determined by 3 things: bone structure, skin quality and muscle strength.

When muscle strength is the determining factor, the safest and least invasive way to enhance the brow position is to use small doses of an anti-wrinkle substance. A few tiny injections will weaken the eye muscle (which tends to pull the brow downwards as we age), allowing the forehead muscle to lift the position of the brow. Depending on where the injections are placed (and individual anatomy), we can either create a dramatic arch (Kylie Jenner style) or a subtler elevation, opening the eye area (better for the older patient who is starting to get some “drooping” from skin laxity).

$150 which includes shape, tint and non-surgical lift.

A medical consultation is required to assess individual anatomy, muscle strength, and skin condition. While most people will benefit from this treatment, not everyone is suitable. Suitability will be discussed at your consultation.


The lift will last 2-3 months.

For more information, please contact the clinic to arrange a medical consultation.

Beauty sleep: It’s a real thing!

You probably know all too well that after a big night, with very little sleep, you wake looking less “Sleeping Beauty” and more “Cruella de Vil”. But why does lack of sleep have such a huge impact on our looks?

Skin is the largest organ in the body. Skin spends all day as the first line of defence, protecting the other organs from all the nasties in the environment. It makes sense then, that this hard-working organ needs to rest at some point!

What happens to our skin at night?
Essentially, a myriad of events occurs throughout the night which allow for cell renewal, collagen production and the reversal of some of the free radical damage we experience throughout the day. We also produce a few important anti-ageing hormones during the night.

Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is naturally produced at night in both the brain and in some skin cells. Melatonin acts as a powerful antioxidant that aids in the DNA repair of sun damaged cells, meaning it is essential in the fight against wrinkles and pigmentation.

The first few hours of sleep are also when we produce Human Growth Hormone (HGH), essential in the fight against premature ageing. In a recent study, HGH was shown to improve the appearance of wrinkles (such as crow’s feet and forehead lines) among almost 80% of participants!

Why is 8 hours’ the goal for optimal beauty sleep?
Each night we go through a series of sleep cycles. Each cycle consists of individual stages of sleep that allow for tissue repair and restoration. For those of us lucky enough to get 8 hours’ sleep, we will enjoy around 5 of these “sleep cycles”, which is optimal for cell regeneration.

Sleep is not only a rest for our bodies, but also for our minds. While we’re enjoying the land of slumber, we’re not exposed to the stressors we face during the day. Stress creates a spike in the stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol wreaks absolute havoc on our skin causing inflammation and damaging collagen, which in turn leads to dehydration and an increase in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. More sleeping hours = less hours to stress!!

Why is it so important to remember to cleanse and apply your serums at night?!
Cell renewal peaks at around midnight. At this point, skin cells are most in need of vital nutrients. At the same time, permeability of the skin increases, meaning you get the greatest bang for your buck from your anti-ageing products.

What products are best to use at night?
Retinol (or Vitamin A), is essential for 70% of our skin’s ability to renew. Vitamin A however is broken down by sunlight, meaning it should strictly be applied as part of your night-time skin regime. Retinol, once wrongly thought to make skin more sensitive to the sun, is now considered crucial in both reversing sun damage (removes pigment, treats fine wrinkles and thickens the skin) as well as protecting the skin from further damage at a DNA level.

Important note: Retinol should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding – we can help you with alternate products during pregnancy.
While the increased permeability of your skin is great for product absorption, it also means that you’re more susceptible to trans-epidermal water loss (hydration escaping!!), so a good moisturiser is ESSENTIAL at night. My favourite is Jan Marini’s Age Intervention Peptide Extreme. It contains a concentrated blend of peptides, antioxidants and hydrators that target wrinkles.

So, is “Beauty Sleep” a real thing? YES!

How to arrive in another country with perfect dewy skin!

Unless you own a Private Jet (#goals!), I’m sure you can relate to stepping off a long-haul flight and feeling like absolute crap. And it’s not all due to lack of sleep or your inability to resist the 7am champers the day before (holidays, right?!?). In fact, it simply comes down to low humidity and low oxygen! Humidity levels on aeroplanes are usually less than 20%. Even in the dry heat of Tamworth, humidity generally only gets as low as 50%. Low humidity strips the skin of oil, essential for our skin’s barrier functions, which can lead to a myriad of skin complications. On top of that, oxygen levels within the cabin are around 5% lower than the air we breathe on solid ground. This impacts circulation which leads to a reduction in blood to our skin cells, resulting in poor supply of essential vitamins and minerals.

So, what can we do to prevent beginning our long-awaited holiday looking dry and washed out??

Give some forward thought to boosting the health of your skin BEFORE the flight. I recommend a resurfacing treatment 3-4 weeks prior to take-off.

At the 3-weeks-to-go mark I had a Vampire Facial with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). This not only removed any dead cells from the surface of my skin, it boosted collagen production leaving my skin extra hydrated!

I also made sure I religiously used my Hyla 3D (by Jan Marini Skin Research) to boost the levels of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in my cells. Hyla 3D is one of the only topical HA products on the market proven to penetrate the epidermis. HA is hydrophilic, which means it draws water to the area – again ensuring super hydrated skin.

Lastly, my prep included making sure my skin was on point from the inside-out. I start every morning with a dose of The Beauty Chef’s Antioxidant and Hydration – to ensure I’m hydrated and protected at a cellular level.

I’m going to share something shameful. I live in hope of being “discovered” and becoming the world’s most famous cosmetic injector with a reality show (Keeping up with KGA?). So understandably, given I’m off to LA, I would prefer to step off the plane looking completely glam with perfect hair and a perfectly contoured face. Realistically however, applying make-up before a 15-hour flight will NOT make me look glamourous, in fact it’s about the worst thing I could do for my skin. If you must wear make-up, apply it just before landing (if you can contend with the horrible lighting in those tiny bathrooms!).

Personally however, I always opt to fly sans make-up, allowing me to apply multiple layers of goodness to my skin during the flight. Which brings me to carry-on essentials…

“Must haves” for mid-flight application include an antioxidant serum and a thicker moisturiser to help replenish the lost oil. As always, I recommend a high quality, medical-grade product. Something that works at a cellular level (hint: nothing from the Chemist will do this), but if you have a medical-grade brand you love, use it.

However, my personal preference (and what will absolutely be in my carry-on) is the Jan Marini Age Intervention Peptide Extreme. I will be lathering this on my skin several times throughout the flight because it contains an awesome blend of peptides, antioxidants and hydrators.

Finally, and I know I harp on about this all the time, but you really do NEED to wear sunscreen everyday – EVEN on the plane. At high altitudes, the UV index is much higher than on the ground, and while most aircraft have windows that block the bulk of the UV radiation, you are still at risk. Choose a lightweight one (no need for Zinc) and for those extra long-haul flights, reapply at some point throughout the trip.

Drink water, minimise alcohol, and try to get some sleep (easier said than done depending where you’re seated I know!). And enjoy your holiday!!

5 reasons why you should have Laser Hair Removal in winter!

5 reasons why you should have Laser Hair Removal in winter!
Winter is almost upon us.  It’s cold, and the last thing you want to do is strip off the layers and spend half an hour semi-naked on our treatment bed.

But here’s 5 reasons why your summer self will thank you for it.

  1. It takes around 6 months to complete a session of treatments for permanent removal.  That means by November you can wear singlets, short shorts and bikinis without even owning a razor, much less worrying about if you shaved that morning!
  2. Laser hair removal may leave your legs a little red or blotchy for a day or two – this is much easier to cover when you’re your wearing long pants.
  3. Tan reason # 1 – We can’t treat you if you have recently been exposed to too much sun OR if you’re about to head to the beach (no risk of laying by the pool during a Tamworth winter!!).
  4. Tan reason # 2 – We also can’t treat you if you have been fake tanning.  We tend to worry less about a bronzed body when we’re coving it up every day, making winter the perfect opportunity to laser (sans tan).
  5. Why Not!? It’s relatively painless (so much better than waxing!), its quick, affordable and permanent.  Don’t procrastinate, just get it done and be ready to flaunt the results when the weather warms up.

At KGA we use the Gentle Max Pro.  It is the gold standard in laser hair removal.  It is safe and effective on ALL skin types.  It is the only laser of this calibre in Tamworth.  You will be treated by fully qualified and certified technicians under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

So what are you waiting for?

Restore volume without the needles!

“Hi Kelly, I know it’s after hours but I was wondering if you could meet me at the clinic so I could get some more of that stuff you gave me a sample of last week, it’s amazing and I can’t go home without it!!”.

I’m glad the federal police weren’t tapping my phone! Her sentence may have raised some alarm bells, her desperation suggesting serious withdrawal. However this patient was not referring to some illicit drug, but the new Jan Marini product, Hyla 3D! The results had her bashing on the clinic door late on a Friday, determined not to drive the 4 hours back to the farm without it… and she wasn’t alone in her new-found addiction to this Hyaluronic Acid Activating Complex.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is found naturally throughout the whole body, but it is most commonly known (and loved) for its ability to soften and hydrate the skin. Sadly, we lose a portion of our HA with every passing year. This explains why we enjoy soft, plump, hydrated skin in our early 20’s but lack volume and firmness by the end of our 40’s.

HA’s superior moisture-binding ability means fewer fine lines and wrinkles. However HA also displays anti-oxidative qualities that aid in the fight against free radicals (think sun and environmental damage like smoking). It follows then that we want HA in our skin, but traditionally topical applications of this wonder substance fell short, leaving the only option for real results with injectable dermal fillers.

Enter Jan Marini’s Hyla 3D. Clinically proven, and visibly observed by yours truly, to significantly enhance and boost HA levels, unmistakably improving the overall structure of the skin. After 1 week, all patients reported plumping under the eyes and around the mouth. Skin is considerably softer and revitalized.

As a cosmetic injector, it would be remiss of me not to say that of course, there is always a place for injectable dermal fillers, but for those of you who want the plumping without the needles – this is the product for you!