Former editor of Madison Magazine, Lizzie Renkert knows beauty and the important role cosmetic maintenance plays in sustaining your natural beauty. No one is perfect and like many, Lizzie has been faced with problematic skin earlier in life however, as a regular client of CCM Lizzie found our mantra of regular and subtle cosmetic treatments to be the silver bullet to those annoying imperfections that plague many of us.

I've known Lizzie for a long time and it's always a compliment knowing your client (who's job is to have an eye for beauty) trusts you unreservedly with their own. It really is an honour but even more so when this trust is extended even further for a one-on-one interview.

I recently sat down with Lizzie at CCM HQ for a chat about her treatments vs results, improvement in technology over time and dispelling some of the negative chatter on cosmetic medicine and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions about our procedures, techniques or would just like further information on any of your beauty concerns - just get in touch for a no obligation chat.

I love talking all things cosmetic medicine and only to happy too help.

Dr. Sara Linton


Fractional Laser Resurfacing - “It’s F**king Awesome”: Chelsea Handler.

The secret’s out! Chelsea Handler doesn’t mince her words so when the 41 year old comedian and talkshow host recently shared her experience of having fractional laser treatment on her face and subsequently posted her photos on Instagram, her 2.8 million followers listened - And rightly so.

She was ecstatic: “It’s f**king awesome and no one is paying me to tell you about it.” And who can blame her? Fractional laser treatment is one of the procedures that makes the biggest difference to your skin and is the most popular resurfacing procedure at Concept Cosmetic Medicine, both for celebrities and the not-so-famous.

What Is Fractional Laser Treatment?

Fractional laser (or Profractional Laser as it is known in the States) works to even out skin tone and texture and improve complexion and pigmentation so that you can not only reverse the signs of ageing but sustain the process for 12-18 months. And because we use the Fraxel Repair laser, this can all be done in a SINGLE treatment! This is due to the ablative CO2 technology in the Fraxel Repair laser, which gives better results but less severe downtime than non-ablative alternatives.

Does It Hurt?

Most patients are very surprised by how painless the procedure actually is.  A numbing cream is applied before the procedure and at CCM we use a special technique so that any potential discomfort is reduced even further. 

How Long Does It Take?

The numbing cream takes an hour for full effect and the procedure itself takes about half an hour. So in total you will be with us for about 90 minutes.

What Are The Side-Effects?

The day following treatment you will look and feel sunburnt. The next day that redness becomes a dark “tan”. Over the next 2-3 days, this tan gently flakes off. You should accommodate 4 to 5 days of downtime: think of it as your well-deserved time off to relax and rejuvenate.

Is It Right For Me?

The Fraxel laser is revolutionary in that it can be used safely on ALL skin types. So if you’re looking for more beautiful, youthful skin just in time for all those Christmas parties and other special occasions, then it is definitely something to consider. The results generally last 12 to 18 months. I personally have the treatment once a year so that my skin can stay in a time capsule.

But if you need a star-studded testimonial, U.S talk show queen Chelsea Handler is a glowing example and ambassador of the treatment. Have you looked at Chelsea Lately?

Remember though, not all Fractional Lasers are the same. At CCM, we only use the Fraxel Repair laser and there is a big difference between our state-of-art equipment and that used by the “less certified” providers. Please, be careful of cheap imitations. There’s more information on the comparative differences HERE.

Dr Stefan Lo


Our 3rd post in this blog series for better skin focusses on facials . . . “So our skin looks the same or better in 10 years time“.

Traditional Facials - Feel Fantastic Do OK

Laser Facials - Feel OK Do Fantastic

The first 2 blogs in this series concerned skin care and anti wrinkle injections.

This post continues the theme of medical grade skin maintenance with a discussion of “Laser Facials”.

Like anti-wrinkle injections, they can be done just when you want a “buff and polish”. They also can be part of a regular maintenance regime every 6-12 weeks, often in conjunction with a low dose, anti-wrinkle injection top up.

The term “Laser Facial” is a generic one and can mean different things to different practitioners, and different clinics.

Here at Concept Cosmetic Medicine, we use the term “Laser Facial” to describe a process that:


. . . And
- OK to do in parallel with TRADITIONAL FACIALS which feel so good - Albeit at different times.

All 3 Skin layers – Epidermis, Dermis and Subcutis are treated with various laser and topical treatments.

By doing this, people not only feel a “wow” that lasts for weeks/months after, but little by little changes the architecture of the skin to be more youthful.

The regular use of “Laser Facials” also allows to go on regular ‘Blemish Hunts’ where a ‘real life photoshopping’ of capillaries, pigments and barnacles means they don’t ever get out of control.

I recently spoke with Ada Nicodemou, of Channel 7’s Home and Away amongst other TV and movie fame. We talk about the importance of laser facials in the world of HD TV, as well as discuss a more general cosmetic industry overview.

Dr Neal

Fraxel, Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion - Which One For Me?

Which is better?

When we talk about microdermabrasion, we’re referring to a skin-exfoliating treatment used to improve the condition of acne scars and fine wrinkles. It removes portions of the epidermis and/or dermis, allowing for the regeneration of fresh, new, healthy-looking skin. This is a big treatment but it will last the next decade or so – it’s a big deal and has big results. We'll ask you for one to two weeks of your time for this particular treatment.

On a yearly or eighteen month basis, it’s the best buff and polish we can do.

When you come just for laser (or Fraxel) peeling we only ask you to give us three to four days of your time – most people can just go back to work and look a bit silly for a short time. On a yearly or eighteen month basis, it’s the best buff and polish we can do. It absolutely keeps you in your best condition. A laser peel doesn’t necessarily turn the clock back by a decade, but it keeps you in a time capsule so that in 10 years’ time your skin is looking better than it does now.  If you do this every year or eighteen months and do nothing else for your skin except look after it each night with whatever product you use, you can’t look after your skin any better.

Fraxel Laser

Only the top-of-the-range Fraxel Repair System will do.

Why do we use a Fraxel System? Because we know it’s the best. But there’s a bit of confusion out there because there are various models of Fraxel. The company hasn’t given them names to differentiate the models!

When we talk about cars - Like Toyota (the brand), the company differentiates each model with names like Corolla, Camry, Lexus etc. When it comes to skin repair systems, there is little or no way to differentiate the machine to the untrained eye. It just says "Fraxel" on the machines.

The names of the Fraxel machines could be something like:

  • Fraxel Restore
  • Fraxel Refine
  • Fraxel Dual
  • Fraxel Repair

 . . . those are the terms we choose to use at CCM.

These four different types of Fraxel laser each do different things and understandably, most consumers are none-the-wiser of their power and purpose.

Let me explain:
Fraxel Restore was the first, that’s the ‘6-cylinder’.
They then brought out the Refine, this would be the 4 –cylinder. Not very powerful but very common - Like 1998 Corolla.
The Dual is bit more serious and is the ‘8-cylinder’ model.
However the Repair is the ’12-cylinder’ and would be the Formula 1 race car. Only to be driven by skilled professionals with a lot of experience - if you want to think of it that way.

Now, you can go to your local "shopping centre beautician" and have a Fraxel laser facial, sure. But they're using (and only allowed to use) the base model, ‘4-cylinder’ machines and in our opinion, it’s a waste of your money and won’t bring the results you need.

When we speak of using a Fraxel Laser at Concept Cosmetic Medicine, we’re talking the Formula 1 - V12! The Fraxel Repair - We wouldn’t use any other.

The Fraxel Repair can do everything that the other three machines before them can do, plus more. Sure, the Dual can do everything the other machines underneath can do, but it can’t do anything the V12 – Repair – can do above it.

We think you and your skin are worth the best, most long-lasting treatments and we invest heavily in providing you the latest and up-to-date in skincare technology and training.

If you have any more questions on Fraxel Laser Treatments please feel free to contact us, even just for a chat. There's absolutely no obligation to book in and we love "talking shop".

Dr Neal.