Lip Fillers – The natural vs. fake controversy

Vying for that perfect pout? Lip fillers are a popular way to add more fullness and definition to your lips in a non-surgical way. These injectable fillers are an almost painless way to get plumper lips. Nitai is among the leading cosmetic clinics in Melbourne offering lip augmentation treatments, and our cosmetic doctors have helped our patients get the lips, and the look that they’ve always wanted. We are experienced in lip filler treatments that achieve a natural look – where the upper and lower lips are evenly and precisely enhanced to make it seem like you were born with them!

However, lip fillers can also go wrong at times. Too much injectable filler could make your lips look botched up, and fake. But how much is too much? A recent study by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery set out to find just that when it asked a mixed group of about a hundred women and men participants to review and rate photos of a female model’s lips, which were digitally modified to different levels, in different combinations – upper lip, lower lip, upper and lower lip and the shape of the Cupid’s bow. Participants had to share whether they found the lips attractive and natural, or fake and unnatural.

The study threw up some interesting findings. 50% of the participants found lips to be cosmetically treated, and therefore “fake” when the lower to upper lip ratio was less than 0.92, or greater than 1.48, while the remaining 50% found lips to be artificial if this ratio was less than 0.85, or more than 1. So essentially, the attractiveness and natural look of lips was influenced by whether the lower and upper lip looked proportionate together. So if just the upper lip or the lower lip was augmented, there were higher chances of it being perceived as fake. On the other hand, treating both the lips along with the Cupid’s bow gave the most believable result. But it was not just this lower to upper lip ratio. The researchers also felt that cultural and ethnic backgrounds also influence people’s perception on the attractiveness of lips.

So that brings us to the fact that there is no one standard for the perfect lips. But having well-proportioned lips is definitely one half of the job done. And if you are considering to have this treatment, you need to take care that what you choose to get done will match with your face. Our cosmetic doctors are here to help you make the most of what you’ve got – beautifully enhanced lips that look great on you! We do this by looking at all of the aspects from the vermilion border, Cupid’s bow, the shape of each lip and the ratio between them.

The Nitai difference
Our experienced cosmetic doctors and trained nurses take utmost care in delivering treatments with high precision and comfort. And you know you can count on us to do a beautiful job, to make you feel beautiful.


As we grow old, our skin often tends to lose its glow, fine lines start to show, and it may even begin to sag. These could be a result of natural or external factors, but all of these add up to making us look older. While ageing is inevitable, it is possible to keep your skin looking young and radiant.
There are many anti-ageing treatments available today. Premium quality anti-wrinkle injections are amongst the most popular ones. However, there are many who fear getting a “frozen face” as standard these injections are known to paralyse the forehead, and give an unnatural look. Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir, the celebrated Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon believes that this is largely due to the fact that not all cosmetic doctors are adept in getting natural looking results from anti-wrinkle, muscle-relaxant facial injections on account of limited skill and experience, or no set treatment template. It is this fear that keeps away a majority of people interested in injection based anti-ageing treatments. And this is what inspired him to clinically study and develop the Mircrodroplet Lift, a new anti-wrinkle injection delivery method that gives effective results without the risk of a “frozen face”.

So what is the Microdroplet Lift?

The Microdroplet Lift is an anti-wrinkle, muscle relaxant injection that “lifts” the brow, and reduces fine lines on the forehead, without causing a “freeze”. While this isn’t very different from other anti-ageing treatments except in its application, it is very good at getting natural results.
As part of this treatment, the brow is treated with very small injections to the tiny connecting points in the skin and muscles. It is not necessary to inject on the forehead.
Put simply, it is a better way to get wrinkle free skin. Unlike other anti-ageing treatment injections that are only effective if administered with skill, the Microdroplet Lift uses common standardized processes on eyebrow depressing muscles.

How is this treatment different from a regular brow lift?

A regular brow lift typically injects up to .1ml in several areas around the eyes, including the forehead and around the eyes. This also entails a specific pattern of injecting, but needs to be done with a high level of skill and care; else the medication is diffused into nearby tissues, resulting in Ptosis or “Frozen Forehead”.
The Microdroplet Lift procedure uses smaller, 0.01 – 0.03 ml injections instead, in the form of 60 – 100 microinjections just under the skin’s surface. What this does is that it traps the medication and doesn’t allow it to diffuse. This essentially weakens the brow muscles instead of completely relaxing them, and this eliminates the standard frozen effect of popular anti-wrinkle injections, as you can continue to make facial expressions.
Anti-ageing treatments should make your face look natural, and not stunned. Because of the standardized way of administering injections, the Microdroplet Lift doesn’t have as many complications, while having the same longevity. Moreover, this procedure helps relaxing what is commonly known as “resting brow pinch”, which makes the brows go up and reduces forehead lines. This creates a look that is more natural, relaxed and friendly.

Nitai Medical and Cosmetic Centre has some of the best skin experts on board in Melbourne. And if you’re looking for a reliable anti-ageing treatment with minimal risks in Melbourne, then contact us to know how you can get closer to a younger skin.

What do dermal filler injections feel like?

Looking for dermal fillers or facial fillers in Melbourne? Then you’ve come to the right place, as Nitai is a leading medical & cosmetic clinic in Melbourne.

Are you someone who is fearful of needles and injections? Well, when it comes to dermal fillers, there isn’t much to worry as it is a relatively painless procedure. Let’s take a quick look at why we may use dermal injections:

  • To add more volume to sagging skin

This is typically for the face / lips area. After a dermal filler injection, your lips or face can feel “full”, as a small pocket of fluid has been injected under your dermal layer. While it might seem odd at first, it won’t be long before you adjust to this new feeling of fullness, as it will start to feel natural, after a while.

  • To rejuvenate skin

In this case, dermal fillers are injected across your whole face in extremely small amounts using a micro injector. What this does is stimulate rejuvenation of new skin cells. A key ingredient of the dermal fillers, which is also found in our skin, is commonly used in these injections.

Are dermal injections painful?

Dermal filler injections are not meant to hurt, and getting one is a relatively painless procedure. This is because we use anaesthetic cream or injection, so that you feel no pain before or after the procedure. This is not to say that you can’t do without an anaesthetic. If you wish to stay away from anaesthetics, it may be a little uncomfortable, like any other injection.

After the injection, it is common to have some swelling and minor bruising during the injection. But this subsides within a few days. And so there is nothing to feel daunted about doing this as part of a larger skin beautifying plan.

Nitai’s expertise

If you wish to go ahead with an injection, choose a clinic with experienced cosmetic doctors and trained nurses. And this is where we differ from other clinics that offer the dermal filler treatment in Melbourne. Talk to us to know more about how you can get beautiful skin.

All You Need To Know About Dermal Fillers Treatment

Dermal Fillers 

Our skin is one of the most telling signs of our wellbeing. And everyone wants beautiful skin. After all, who wouldn’t want skin that’s soft, smooth and supple?

However, our skin changes as we age. And there are other factors like sun exposure, heredity, diet and lifestyle that contribute to these changes. We tend to lose the subcutaneous fat that gives our faces a “fuller” appearance, increasing the likelihood of smile lines and crow’s feet. Not only this, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear too.

Thankfully, help is here in the form of dermal fillers.  There are many clinics offering dermal fillers in Melbourne. And Nitai Medical and Cosmetic Centre is known to offer high quality treatments when it comes to dermal fillers.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a non-invasive, skin rejuvenation treatment that can help reduce facial fine lines, and restore lost volume and “fullness” to your face. They involve an injectable solution that fills the soft tissue under the skin. There are many areas where dermal fillers can be used, some popular ones being under-eye lines or crow’s feet, cheeks, lips, chin, face and hands. Sometimes, they are also used in cases where there are a lot of acne scars, to smoothen them out.

To put it simply, dermal fillers can make your skin look younger – and make you look even more beautiful.

How can dermal fillers help?

Suffering from loose, saggy, dry skin? Dermal fillers can help by plumping up your skin, and adding more volume, filling out deep lines and wrinkles, contouring your face and bringing back the vitality that you’re looking for.

What you get is radiant skin with improved production of essential ingredients responsible for cell growth, and skin that looks fresh and revitalized.

The best part – they are a lot safer with well understood risks and much less expensive than a surgery, and what’s more, the effects can last up to a few months.

Some popular types of dermal filler treatments at Nitai.

  1. Eyes

Be it filling up under eye tear troughs, or smoothening out eye bags, dermal fillers is the best way to ease the transition between the lower eyelid and the cheeks.

  1. Lips

Have thin lips? Dermal fillers can help your lips look fuller, luscious and sensual.

  1. Cheeks

Restore volume and fullness to sagging cheeks, and get an instant facelift of sorts with dermal fillers.

  1. Chin

Fill out imperfections in your chin, and have a beautifully defined jawline with dermal fillers strategically injected in the chin and jaw.

  1. Face

Dermal fillers can enhance the overall beauty of your face by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, giving firmness to sagging skin and enhance the overall contours of your face

  1. Hands

Your hands needn’t look older than you. Reduce wrinkles fine lines an restore youthful volume to your hands with rejuvenating dermal fillers.

What makes dermal fillers so popular?

They are gentle and easy on you, and your skin. And there are a host of reasons why they have become so popular:

  1. Painless and non-invasive treatment, therefore simple and safe with well understood risk profile
  2. Almost instantaneous results, sometimes even in just one sitting
  3. Ingredients that sustain the results for a longer time
  4. Very low allergy risk due to use of fillers based on natural molecules
  5. Mild and minimal side effects like minor swelling or redness that won’t last long
  6. Proven to be very effective, and consistently good results for restoring volume, smoothness and hydrating skin

Why Nitai?

At Nitai, we offer a wide range of different dermal filler treatments to our Melbourne clientele. And we have a team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners, who work with the most advanced equipment in this field so that you have a comfortable treatment, and the results live up to your expectations. So that you can add more confidence to your beauty.

Call us or email us to discuss how you can make your skin look beautiful.

A Short History of Tattoos – and Tattoo Removal

According to a recent report by the Australian Department of Health, one in ten people will get a tattoo at some point in their life. That’s a lot of people getting inked! While some think this trend is just a passing fad, tattoos have actually been around for thousands of years. Read on to learn a bit more about the history of tattoos.

Earliest Evidence

The remains of an Iceman discovered near the Italian-Austrian border in 1991 revealed something very interesting: the 5,200-year-old remains were sporting tattoo patterns. This is the oldest evidence of tattoos in existence.

Tattooing was a common practice in ancient Egypt, and several tattoo artefacts and remains date back to 2000 B.C. In ancient Egypt, tattooing appears to have been exclusively for women.

Many historians and archaeologists hypothesise that tattoos were used during that time to safeguard women during pregnancy and ensure a healthy delivery, as most of the tattoos were on women’s abdomens and had the appearance of a net.

Later, in ancient Greece and Rome, tattoos have been found on the remains of both men and women. It is believed that tattoos were used by ancient Greeks and Romans to signify which religious groups they were members of.

40,000 years ago, the Samoan and Maori tribes used tattoos to convey and garner respect. It was seen as a mark of bravery to have a tattoo. The Native American tribes used body art similarly, and often times tattoos commemorated a courageous act.

However, some tattoos from this era carry a less pure meaning. Many slaves and criminals were marked with tattoos as a means of record keeping, or in some cases, simply as a punishment.

Tattoos Fall Out of Favour

As Christianity rose in popularity, tattoos declined. Emperor Constantine actually banned tattoos as he believed they ‘disfigure[d] that made in God’s image’. However, some people still sought tattoos, including the sailors and soldiers who famously helped to spread the art form around the world. It is believed that most of the tattoos on these military men functioned as good luck charms to protect them when out at sea or war.

In western society, some people used their tattoos as a form of entertainment and would join the circus to exhibit extensive body art. Tattoos became largely associated with people from society’s lower classes. 

Modern Tattoos

Despite the fall in popularity of body art, in 1846, the first official tattoo shop opened in New York. Most of the tattoos were patriotic in nature, and they were almost exclusively commissioned by men. By the end of WWII, tattoos on men were widely accepted in society. In the late twentieth century, New York City continued to be a driving force in the tattoo industry. As techniques modernised, tattoos became more beautiful and intricate. Unique body art exploded in popularity throughout the 1940s, as members of elite European society were seen with them. Since then, tattoos have become more and more popular, notably among women and the middle class.

History of Tattoo Removal

Surprisingly, there is evidence of attempted tattoo removals that date back to the sixth-century. It seems that many measures were taken to remove tattoos, especially those located on the face, although none were successful. In fact, the resulting scar from the removal attempt was usually worse than the original tattoo.

So, it seems, as long as people have been getting tattoos, there have been a few who have regretted that decision. Thankfully, forty years ago, laser technology was refined for the specific purpose of removing tattoos.

For the best laser tattoo removal in Melbourne, come to Nitai. We use the Revlite laser, which has a variety of wavelengths to target specific colours. Best of all, the removal process is not nearly as painful as the original tattoo, and sessions take mere minutes. For more information on the tattoo removal process, check out Tattoo Removal: What You Need to Know; it covers all the basics and links to our FAQs on tattoo removal.

Clean Up Your Skin For the Beach

We’ve already written an article on prepping your skin for summer, but today we’re focusing on those issues that are magnified by time spent at the beach. Read on to find out just what appointments you should be booking at Nitai over the next couple of weeks to get your skin looking great and ready to take on powerful UV rays, not to mention the harsh gaze of other beach-goers…


There are two main skin issues that plague legs: unwanted hair and visible veins. Let’s talk about hair first. Not only is shaving annoying, but many women suffer from ensuing discomfort and unsightly razor bumps. If you have sensitive skin, then you know summer makes shaving even worse. All that sun exposure thickens your skin, making it easier to get ingrown hairs.

The best way to keep your legs silky soft all summer long is to get laser hair removal. This is a surprisingly affordable treatment, especially when you consider that that the results are permanent. Laser hair removal works on any area of the body, even on your bikini line. Schedule your first appointment at Nitai today and you will be flaunting your fuzz-free stems on the beach!

The second issue we see on clients’ legs are veins. There are two types of leg veins, and Nitai can treat them both. The first type are spider veins, those small, squiggly blue lines. Second are varicose veins, which resemble twisted cords beneath the surface of the skin. The procedure we use on spider and varicose veins is called scleratheraphy. This treatment involves injecting a special solution into the vein, causing the vein wall to collapse and disappear. It can take multiple treatments to see success, depending on the severity of your issue. Schedule your appointment at Nitai today to discuss how many treatments you’ll likely need; then you’ll know when you can expect to hit the beach with clean-looking legs.

Chest and arms

One important thing you should do to prep your skin for spending time at the beach is to have a full skin cancer check by our doctor. Before you spend extended periods of time in the harmful UV rays at the beach, you need to make sure you don’t have any suspicious spots. It goes without saying that even if your skin is in tip-top shape, it is still essential to wear SPF every time you’re out in the sun, and when you’re at the beach, you must reapply it every two hours.

If an ageing, fading, or downright ugly tattoo has you hiding in the shade, make sure to come into Nitai for laser tattoo removal. Your tattoo will gradually fade with each treatment, which will help you feel more comfortable at the beach this summer!


If you’re looking for acne treatment that won’t make your skin more sensitive to the sun, then come to Nitai for blue light therapy. This is one of the few acne treatments that doesn’t exacerbate the effects of the sun. Blue light therapy works by killing acne-causing bacteria on your skin, and if you’re spending loads of time at the beach, then you will definitely have accumulated sweat, sunblock, and debris in your pores. Blue light therapy will ensure all of that gunk doesn’t turn into a massive breakout.

Last but not least, make sure to schedule your appointment at Nitai for anti-wrinkle injections. The truth is that the effects of the sun are incredibly ageing, so stop wrinkles from forming in the first place! Anti-wrinkle injections around the eyes are especially important in preparing you to spend tons of time at the beach, because they will keep you from squinting and prevent those dreaded crow’s feet.

Once you prep your skin for summer, the only thing you’ll still need to do is find the perfect bikini to show off your gorgeous skin!

Part of Your Beauty Routine

Nitai knows that our clients have busy lives with loads of commitments: work, family, friends and healthy living. But making time to care for your appearance is so important; we know how powerful the confidence-boosting effect can be. You will be a stronger negotiator at work and a more patient mum when you feel your best, so make sure to regularly take care of you. Today we are sharing those treatments that should become a regular part of your routine. If you have any concerns about the safety of habitual cosmetic procedures, read our article about how safe they truly are!


If you are struggling with acne and the sensitive, red skin that comes with it, then you need to pencil in weekly visits to Nitai for blue light therapy. This procedure is highly effective at killing acne-causing bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s harsh on the skin. In fact, this weekly procedure can be scheduled immediately prior to a date night or important business presentation. You won’t have any down time at all, making it a great fit with your already very busy schedule.

Initially, coming in for weekly appointments is essential to getting your acne under control, but eventually you can enter into a maintenance phase and space your visits out a bit more. Each visit only takes 10 to 20 minutes. Because blue light therapy is so gentle, it makes a great accompaniment to other acne treatments.


We can’t sing microdermabrasion’s praises loudly enough; it’s great treatment. Over time, dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, trapping dirt and bacteria in your pores. Microdermabrasion begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin, followed by a gentle peel and steam to soften the skin and open those clogged pores. A diamond tip is then used in conjunction with suction to gently but completely exfoliate the dead layers of skin.

The effects are dramatic. Acne is cleared up. Fine lines and wrinkles soften. Dull, lifeless skin is restored to a youthful glow. Enlarged pores appear smaller. Scarring and sun spots disappear. It really, truly is an amazing treatment that you should schedule monthly. We know you don’t have time to do nightly face masks or a 12-step routine, but thankfully, with regular microdermabrasion appointments your complexion will always look radiant.


If you’re looking for the best wrinkle treatment in Melbourne, schedule biannual appointments for anti-wrinkle injections at Nitai. In just mere minutes twice a year, you can prevent sagging jowls, droopy eyes, and both small lines and deep wrinkles from forming. There really is no stronger way of treating and preventing wrinkles and ageing skin than regular anti-wrinkle injections. And with just two visits a year, you’ll appear decades younger!


If you suffer from loss of volume in your face, make sure to come in for dermal fillers once a year. Lip fillers are one popular treatment to take years off your face, but dermal fillers are also used to smooth out deep wrinkles and plump up sunken cheeks. If your biggest complaint are those dark under-eye circles, an annual injection of dermal fillers in your tear troughs will fill in that hollow and eliminate those dark shadows.

At Nitai, we think it’s important to take care of ourselves the same way we take care of everyone and everything else in our busy lives. Let us help. Scheduling routine treatments so that you will always look and feel your best.

The Science of Laser Tattoo Removal

At Nitai, we love to get technical and thoroughly explain the science behind cosmetic issues and their treatments. Just take a look back at our article on the science of a sunburn — it’ll remind you about a few things you learned in school.

We think it’s important that you understand what we do before you arrange a treatment, and we know that a lot of you feel the same way. So, today we’re bringing you the specifics on laser tattoo removal. Keep reading to find out exactly how permanent body art can become nothing but a memory.

The Tattoo

Before we can dive into tattoo removal, we first have to understand the mechanics of the tattoo itself. Your skin is made up of several layers, and if you go to a licensed tattoo artist, the tattoo will be created by creating tiny ruptures in the skin’s top layer—the epidermis—and depositing pigment in the deep dermal layer of the skin.

Now, here’s what makes that image permanent: each time the needle ruptures the dermal layer of the skin, it creates a trauma site that your body immediately responds to in an effort to heal.

Like all traumas, an inflammatory process begins. Macrophages are the rescue cells, sent to eat up the pigment and stop the inflammation it’s causing. Technology wins out in this case, though, as there is simply too much pigment for those macrophages to clean up, and the excess dye is instead soaked up by regular skin cells that permanently reside in the dermal layer. The pigment lies trapped in those swollen macrophages and skin cells, showing through your thin epidermis and leaving your design visible for the world to see.

Until you want it gone.

The Laser Tattoo Removal Process

At Nitai, we use the Revlite system, the best laser tattoo removal option in Melbourne. A laser produces short pulses of incredibly concentrated and intense light. This light is capable of passing through your epidermis and reaching your dermal layer, and the light is completely harmless. It won’t burn your skin; that’s a common misconception about laser tattoo removal.

What it does do, though, is fragment the pigment trapped in your cells into tiny particles. The macrophages and other scavenger cells from your immune system then work to clean up those tiny particles. Your tattoo will gradually fade in the weeks following treatment as the tiny specks of pigment are systematically expelled from your dermal layer of skin.

If you’re curious what the experience is like, check out the videos on our website. For the most part, the laser feels like a rubber band snapping on your skin. The treatment only takes minutes, and most people have no side effects at all. It’s possible you might experience some dry skin, and the area will probably feel tender, similar to a sunburn, for a few days. It will hurt far less than the tattoo did.

The Complicating Factors

Most people require several sessions to completely remove their tattoo, and some tattoos will never become completely erased. Let’s take a look at why.

The laser uses different wavelengths to target specific colours in the tattoo, as certain pigment colours will not absorb—and therefore not become fragmented by—certain wavelengths. For example, black ink absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest colour to remove. However, green pigment only absorbs very select wavelengths and has to be targeted accordingly.

Also, keep in mind that there are nearly 100 different tattoo pigments on the market, meaning that each one is slightly different and responds to treatment differently. If your tattoo was done by an experienced professional, then it’s likely your pigment will be injected evenly, making it easier to remove. In the end, your tattoo will become considerably lighter, if not fade completely.

If you’re looking for a Melbourne tattoo removal option, look no further. Come on in to Nitai for experienced, professional and thorough treatment!

You Don’t Want Him to Be the Kid With Bad Skin

Pimples can strike at any time in your life, but it’s most common to suffer from acne in the teen years. With everything else today’s teens have to deal with, you don’t want your son or daughter to obsess and worry about bad skin. If you’re concerned that acne is your kid’s most defining characteristic, continue reading to learn about solutions that can stop him or her from being ‘the kid with the bad skin’.

 In-Office Treatments

Nitai offers several different treatments for acne, and each is used to target a different cause. It’s important to meet with your doctor to assess your child’s specific skin issues, so it’s easier to pinpoint the best solution. It’s possible that medication will be the most effective remedy, but that’s often not the first or best treatment option for people that are still in their developing years. If you come in for a consultation at Nitai, we’ll discuss all the available treatments so that you can make the best choice.

At Nitai, we have variety of laser and light treatments available to treat acne in teenagers, and our clients see amazing results from all of them. These treatments sometimes require a series of visits that can be challenging for today’s busy teens, but most appointments take less time than football practice, and there will certainly be no missed school days or violin lessons! Note that laser treatments are also used to treat the scarring acne leaves behind.

Skin peels can also help treat acne in teens. Our skin peels range from mild to more aggressive, so your child’s skin will be assessed and down-time discussed before deciding on this treatment option.

What You Can Do At Home

We hate to stereotype here, but often, teens just don’t take the time to properly wash their faces and treat their acne each morning and evening, especially boys. Make sure you speak to your son or daughter about the importance of following a thorough cleansing routine to clear up acne and prevent new blemishes from forming.

Pick up proper skincare for your teen to encourage following a thorough regimen. Nitai carries an anti-acne lotion specially formulated for teenage skin, in addition to a full range of products to treat acne. Just stocking your kid’s bathroom with these products might be enough to get them started on using them regularly, which can definitely improve the appearance of their skin. To help them combat the redness associated with acne, read our article on reducing redness.

A topical retinoid cream can also be prescribed for your son or daughter. This powerful product works quickly, and while it’s incredibly effective, it’s also completely non-invasive. Teens with sensitive skin might need to work up to using it by starting with just every-other day applications, and any dryness that occurs is easily treated with a hydrating lotion.

Nitai offers the most cutting edge acne treatments in Melbourne, and our doctor understands the unique issues that cause acne in teenagers. Schedule an appointment today to help your son or daughter get rid of their acne and get back to enjoying the best years of their life!