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lr-dr-irene-2has worked as a cosmetic physician for 25 years, and was one of the first doctors in Australia to start using fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. She has been a trainer with Allergen, the company that produces these injectables, for more than a decade, and is the Vice-President of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.

Sometimes I will discourage someone from having a particular treatment as I think the impact of treating another area will be better value for them, and give them the best possible overall appearance,” Dr Kushelew says.

During her 25 years in the industry, Dr Kushelew has seen huge changes in the ways fillers are used. She is one of the first cosmetic physicians in Australia to have been trained by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio, who developed a system known as the MeDical Codes for analysing the face.

Dr Kushelew is now using these MD Codes in her clinical cosmetic practice. The Codes, listed below, divide the face into distinct anatomical units, and treat these units with certain injection sites to get optimum results:

For the upper and mid-face:
8 point lift
5 point cheek reshape
3 point tear troughs reshape
2 point temple reshape
3 point lateral orbital reshape around the eyes

For the lower face:
3 point nasolabial reshape
8 point lip reshape
3 point marionette
6 point chin reshape
5 point jawline reshape
Her clients vary in age, from younger women who are interested in prevention and “beautification”, to middle-aged and older women who want to look the best for their age.

“It’s not about necessarily looking younger, but the best you can as you get older,” Dr Kushelew says.

“The most important thing is the initial facial assessment using MD Codes, and continuing to reassess as the patient ages.”

Dr Kushelew has a national reputation for her attention to detail.
WHAT ARE THE MeDical Codes™?

• The face can be split into distinct anatomical units

• The MD Codes™ are a series of pre-defined injection sites (subunits) within each anatomical unit

• They demonstrate how to rebuild the unit in an architectural mode