Providing the best patient care for 25 years and counting.

Dr Maria Rachinskaya, MB BS

Fellow of Faculty of Medicine of Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery.

Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Doctor Maria is an expert in general and aging skin conditions, anti-wrinkle injections, cosmetic fillers, fat dissolving injections, thread lift treatments, collagen inducing rejuvenation treatments.

Doctor Maria is thorough and precise in her assessment and treatments - she is able to identify and address a wide variety of skin concerns, both medical and aesthetic. Moreover, safety comes first for Doctor Maria; you can always be reassured that your medical problems and needs will be taken into account while planning your beauty plan.

Maria is trained in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, so no moles or other skin concerns will be missed.

She has a precise eye focusing on her passion to deliver natural and balanced aesthetic results. Concept of age appropriateness of cosmetic treatment is the cornerstone of exceptional care provided by Maria. She is equally professional in addressing both male and female aesthetics, tailoring the patients' experiences to their age, gender and individual goals.

Doctor Maria is a keen educator about aesthetics, blending her medical and aesthetic knowledge together as part of the consultation. Dr Maria takes part in the training program of the College teaching doctors.

You deserve only the best

Doctor Maria was awarded Fellowship of Faculty of Medicine of Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. She has built her reputation as a caring and safe injector. Dr Maria sets the highest standards in medical enhancements and aims to exceed the patient’s expectations.

Her aim always is to enhance the natural beauty in order to give you the confidence you desire and deserve, all while ensuring you feel safe and comfortable. She will conduct a thorough consultation and explain your options and suggestions to make sure that you are happy with your enhancement plan.

Ask me anything.


  • Skincare


  • Acne


    • What treatments are available for acne?

      The treatments are different for active acne and for acne scars. Acne scars can be prevented if control of acne is initiated early. Control starts with home care - cleansers, Azelaic acid, non-comedogenic SPF cream. Professional Salicylic peels can also be introduced early.. Red-blue light sessions and the use of photodynamic therapy in the hands of a professional. Doctors can prescribe topical therapy, hormonal control, antibiotics. Use of isotretinoin is an effective treatment but not without risks and usually prescribed by a dermatologist.


    • Are there any treatments available for acne scarring?

      Scars are very different in morphology and can look different. There are multiple types of acne scars-rolling, atrophic, ice picks, boxed, tethered. They sit deep in the dermis pulling skin inwards. Home or cosmetic salon therapy is not able to help them. Most treatments aimed at destroying scar tissue causing limited injury to surrounding tissues stimulating the patient's own immune system making production of collagen and the preparation process more effective.

      Skin needling is a rather shallow treatment and visible improvement only lasts for 3-4 weeks thanks to more even light reflection from the skin. Superficial needling can be used as a home strategy. Skinpen treatments are TGA approved for acne scars. The needles of the device penetrate deeper compare to home skin needling devices and require topical anaesthesia .

      Targeted strong TCA peels can help to make deep scars with sharp edges (ice pick or boxed scars) more shallow. Less strong TCA preparations can be used over all scarred areas. Surgical excision helps with larger acne scars. Punch biopsy needle can help to remove the deformed tissue.

      Needle or blunt cannula subcision involves dissecting of skin bonds under the skin surface under local or regional analgesia -only performed by doctors. Lasers- ablative Erbium and CO2, and fractionated, are used in combination with scar subcision or on its own. Laser treatments have to be performed by a very experienced doctor. There is no single modality to improve scar appearance, the combination of treatments is usually used.


  • Photoaging


    • What is the best way to prevent photoaging?

      Sun radiation is the main contributor to both skin ageing and skin cancer. Avoiding sun exposure and applying SPF50 cream on a regular basis all year round. The amount of sunscreen is important, it should be no less than a teaspoon or more preferably twice a day.


    • Is there a sunscreen you would recommend?

      The brand of the sun-cream is not as important as a sufficient amount applied onto the face once or twice daily. I use Tebiskin UV - Sooth cream which provides very high protection against UVA and UVB solar radiation. It is a medical-grade product which can be used as day cream due to its marked soothing and antioxidant action.


    • What level of SPF should I be using?

      50 or even 100!


  • Dermal Fillers


    • What areas can be treated with Dermal Fillers?

      Fillers can be used to smooth facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips, shape facial contours and revitalise the skin.

      The most common areas to treat are cheeks ( for mid face volume loss or for creating a supermodel high cheeks), lips (for volume and shape), tear trough, the nose, jawline and chin I also treat foreheads, temples, periorbital hollowing and hands.


    • Are Dermal Fillers safe?

      There have been various comprehensive studies done that support the safety and efficacy of Dermal Fillers. Dermal Fillers resemble substances that occur naturally in the body, which means that the risk of allergic reactions is minimal.


    • What brand of Dermal Fillers do you carry?

      I can’t advertise the brand names of prescription medications due to TGA guidelines. However, I stock leading brands for Dermal Fillers, which I am happy to discuss with you during your first consultation.


    • How long does the filler last?

      Treatments can last between 6 months to 2 years, the length of time depends on various factors. Individual skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and age - as well as the type and amount of product used can all affect the duration. Follow-up sessions are normally recommended every 6 to 12 months, but that depends on the individual. Lip treatments can last up to six months.


    • How much do fillers cost?

      Doctors usually charge for the service which is not purely the cost of one syringe as some people think. Cost of the procedure depends on the amount, choice of product and complexity and risk of the procedure.


    • Can Dermal Fillers be dissolved?

      Yes. HA fillers can be dissolved or adjusted using enzymes (hyaluronidase).


    • Do fillers hurt?

      The injection can feel like a slight pinch, and you may experience slight pressure or a ‘stinging’ sensation while the product is being injected. Your practitioner may apply or inject a local anesthetic to the area depending on your pain tolerance and the area they are working on.


  • Skin Peels


    • What do skin peels help with?

      Skin peels can help treat acne, alleviate post-acne scarring, excessive pigmentation, help melasma and slow down skin aging. They can be used to treat the face, neck and hands.


    • How do chemical Skin Peels work?

      Skin peels dissolve skin cells on the surface and temporarily open up microscopic ‘gaps’ between the skin cells which allows the peel to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin. There are a number of different types and strengths of peels available, we can discuss the best option for you during your consultation.


    • How long is each treatment?

      Each procedure generally takes about 30 minutes. This time includes preparation, applying the peel, exposure time (just a few minutes), neutralising the peel, and applying the after peel treatment.


    • How will it feel?

      Peels generally produce a temporary stinging sensation which passes quickly. Cooling can be used to help with the burning/stinging sensation.


    • How many treatments do I need?

      Depending on the extent of your problem or the size of the area involved, it may be necessary to have more than one type and/or more than one course of peels with skin preparation using active topical ingredients before and between peels.


    • What happens after treatment?

      Generally, there is some degree of swelling or redness post-peel however your skin may feel drier and darker than normal which can be helped by using the products provided. Sunscreen is recommended for daily use during and after the course.


    • When will I see the results?

      Depending on your specific skin type and problem, you may see results after one peel but the course is designed to work over 3 months so it is then when you will see the optimum effect.


  • Anti-Wrinkle Injections


    • How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

      Anti-wrinkle injections contain a purified protein which binds to parts of the muscle that normally receive signals from nerve endings. This allows the muscle to relax, reducing the skin creases or wrinkles that are normally produced by the persistent contraction of these muscles.


    • How long doe anti-wrinkle injections last?

      The duration of the effect depends on the amount used, the number of courses of treatment applied and also previous treatments. In general, we would expect the effect to last between 3-4 months, although there is significant individual variation.


    • What do anti-wrinkle injections treat?

      For many years, anti-wrinkle injections have been used for many medical problems such as uncontrolled muscle contraction in cerebral palsy and blepharospasm.

      They are now commonly used around the world for cosmetic enhancement of the face which includes but not limited to:

      • Forehead frown lines

      • Crows feet

      • Eyebrow frown lines

      • Fine wrinkles around the lips

      • Gummy smile

      • Chin wrinkles

      • Jaw contour

      • Neck bands softening

      • Jawline definition

      • Face slimming (masseter muscle reduction)

      • Teeth grinding

      • Migraine and headache treatment

      • Fibromyalgia trigger points treatment

      • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

      There are more specific medical indications, but for those you need to see a neurologist. A few of these treatments are “off label”, so it is important to see a doctor experienced in use of botulotoxin and familiar with indications for treatment.


    • Are there any side effects of anti-wrinkle injections?

      Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for several decades for both cosmetic and medical purposes. Like any medication, there is a risk of reactions but in general side effects are uncommon. Occasionally, there may be very small areas of bruising or swelling but generally, there is very minimal “downtime” associated with treatment.

      The adverse reactions, however temporary, are possible. The eyelid and eyebrow drop, uneven smile or weakness of the affected muscles are possible.


    • When will I see results?

      The effect should be noticeable within a few days , and it is brand dependent. The full result of treatment can be assessed at the 14 days mark.


  • The Process & Payment


    • Do you offer payment plans?

      Doctors are not allowed to offer payment plans . If you are told you can have a payment plan, be careful as it may indicate that your injector is not a registered medical practitioner.


    • How long does the procedure take?

      The initial consultation usually lasts about 40 minutes. After the initial consultation, time is given to the patient to think about the procedure for them to ask questions and to make and sign an informed consent. The injection process usually lasts around 20-30 minutes.


    • Is there anything I should not do after my procedure?

      Normal activities can be resumed following facial injections. However, I would not recommend seeing your dentist for at least two weeks after the procedure. Air travel is not recommended for 24 hours. You should be available for face to face consultation within the first couple of days after the procedure in case review is required.

If your question has not been answered or you would like more information about our services, feel free to contact us.