Dr Catherine Stone is one of my favourite industry ladies. I first met her years and years ago at a fashion launch when I was at uni (wow that makes me feel old) and was immediately struck by her friendliness and professionalism. She was telling a few of us about the clinic she was setting up called The Face Place. Years later I graduated uni and found myself in the beauty industry which is how I got to know Catherine better. She’s smart, savvy, seriously knowledgable and suffice it to say has barely aged a day since I met her. So when it comes to skin care, when Catherine talks I listen and I was lucky to get some interview time with her recently. Do you have a specific skin care regimen with one range or do you mix up your products? I love the Osmosis range for my skin, however we will often be trialling new products, and I’m usually one of those trialling the products. We get approached about new skin products and ranges on an almost monthly basis, and we trial the whole range across different skin types, so it has to promise to be exceptional for us to consider putting it through such an intensive process. We might trial 1 to 3 skin ranges a year, and have only taken on our fifth range in over 10 years last year. I’ll often do a split face trial – comparing my usual products on one side of the face, against products prescribed for my skin on the other side of my face… Everyone’s skin is different and we tailor a programme to our clients’ individual needs. For this reason, we currently stock Environ, Osmosis MD, Cosmedix, Aspect Dr and SkinMedica – and I’ve tried all of them.
What skin care products do you use every day? I use Osmosis Gentle Cleanser in the shower with the AST ultrasonic brush to get my skin squeaky clean but without stripping it of its natural oils. Then I use Osmosis Renew Serum for my Vitamin A, and Osmosis Stemfactor for the nourishing growth factors. A couple of squirts of the Clear harmonised water to help improve the penetration of the serums (hence the name Osmosis!), and then I use Quench moisturiser to give soft, supple skin. I’ll usually finish with either Osmosis Shade sunscreen or Cosmedix Reflect titanium spray sunscreen (which also has strong antioxidants like superoxide dismutase). I have also recently fallen in love with O-Cosmedics Tinted Sunscreen which gives a really natural cover and a gorgeous glow to the skin. To finish I apply a whisk of Jane Iredale pressed mineral powder, which gives a really nice even base, and provides another layer of sun protection, and then top it off with a Jane Iredale or Osmosis lip gloss, and I’m off out the door! Do you indulge in regular treatments? I definitely have regular Botox and dermal fillers. In fact, I’ve had Botox every 3-6 months for almost the last 15 years. I try to use everything we offer at the clinic. After all, if it’s not something I’d want to use myself, why would we want to use it on clients? My skin treatments are not as regular as they should be, but I love Omnilux light treatments to boost my skin health (also great for the ‘winter blues’), microdermaplaning to remove the fine ‘peach fuzz’ hair that we can get on our face, and medifacials or peels to really help the health of my skin. I also adore the results of our new Vampire Facial and Vampire Facelift, and I’ve recently had both the Vampire Breastlift and the O-Shot – with great results! (The O-Shot a.k.a the Orgasm-Shot is designed to increase orgasm.)
You travel the world discovering all the latest industry research and technologies… What are you excited about in the future of skin health and/or cosmetic appearance medicine? It’s a thrilling time to be part of this industry, with so much change and innovation constantly happening. As far as procedures go, I’m really excited about PRP (platelet-rich plasma), which uses your own platelets and plasma to rejuvenate your tissues at a cellular level. We’ve used PRP for skin rejuvenation for 5 years now, and for hair loss for over a year. We’ve been using it as part of the trademarked ‘Vampire Treatments’ – the Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Breastlift® to improve shape, contour and provide a natural-looking lift; Vampire Facial® to improve skin texture and luminosity; and the O-Shot® and Priapus-Shot® to improve sexual intimacy, arousal and orgasm, and also urinary stress incontinence in women(the little leaks of urine when you cough, sneeze or exercise) – since the beginning of the year, with excellent results. I’ve just come back from observing Dr Charles Runels – the inventor of the Vampire Treatments – providing his training course in the United States, along with one of our other doctors, so that we can set up the Asia-Pacific training program. At the moment we are the only doctors in New Zealand licensed to provide these procedures, so we hope to start training other doctors in the next couple of months. It’s a relatively quick and simple procedure, and because PRP uses ‘your own stuff’, there is almost no chance of reaction or serious side effects, so I believe that we’re on the edge of something amazing, and it will be bigger than Botox in terms of the things that we can treat with it. There are an increasing number of ways to use it – we were the first in New Zealand to provide treatments using a special meso-gun which allows us to treat large areas like the neck, chest, hands, legs and backs of arms, more quickly precisely, using less product, with less discomfort and no numbing required. We were also the first to get the new Cellular Matrix tubes which also contain a hydrating HA (Hyaluronic Acid) solution which helps the platelets function more effectively – this is great through the meso-gun for crepey skin on the chest, neck and backs of hands! I believe that over the next 2-3 years, we will see tailoring of different types of PRP to the different tissues involved in ageing, allowing us to provide a more holistic anti-ageing rejuvenation. The industry as a whole is moving from a focus of helping people to look good, to also helping people feel good as well. We’ve always known that it you look good, your confidence grows, and you feel better, which has a positive influence on the rest of your world. Recent research has also shown that treatments such as Botox into the frown, and red light LED treatments can have a significant positive effect on mood. Depressed patients treated with Botox in the frown had a 27.3% remission rate over a six week period, while other research has shown that people treated with Botox in the frown were less likely to perceive negative statements than those who had placebo. Improving sexual intimacy with treatments such as the O-Shot and Priapus-Shot also increase how good people feel about themselves, and affects their relationships with their partners, family and has a positive impact in society. What’s your favourite treatment to perform in your clinic and why? I’ve always loved doing dermal fillers to lift, shape and rejuvenate the face, as it’s very artistic, and gives instant results! Just recently I’ve enjoyed adding PRP to this with the Vampire Facelift, and I’m surprised to say that I’ve been enjoying doing the O-Shot and Priapus Shot simply because the of the positive effect it has on people, and their relationships. In your opinion, what are the most important age preventative measures women should be taking from age 30 plus? The old boring advice of having enough sleep, eating well, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding sun damage always holds true no matter what age you are. You should also start using serums that contain Vitamins A and C to keep your skin strong and healthy, and ideally you should see an experienced therapist regularly who can help guide you with what skin care products and treatments will provide optimum nutrition to your skin. Small doses of Botox used selectively by an experienced clinician can help treat the lines as they start to appear – I believe this is the best time to start using Botox, as the lines soften quickly and in theory will not develop if you continue with regular treatments – and Botox also has a preventive effect, as it stops the muscle from creating the lines, giving your skin space to repair itself. If you’ve already started losing skin firmness and developing lines, you might want to consider either PRP, or a Vampire Facelift, to give your skin a boost and prevent the ageing changes from taking hold.