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Rolling back the years - Do injectables deliver?

Rolling back the years - Do injectables deliver?

So, the key question I am often asked is, “Can aesthetic injections help with this inevitable deterioration?”

Viscoderm Hydrobooster - the perfect prescription for ageing skin

If your skin feels dull, dry and lacklustre and fine lines and wrinkles have become more noticeable over the last few years (particularly around the mouth, eyes and forehead) I have discovered a new and revolutionary treatment that could be of interest to you; Viscoderm Hydrobooster treatments.

Fillers And Why I Love Them

When patients come in for consultation and specifically say they don’t want fillers, their reasons are more often than not based on misconceptions and myth.

Sharing lip filler syringes with a friend is amongst the dangers from discounted aesthetic procedures

Even if you change the needle during a ‘syringe share’, there is still a risk of cross contamination from one patient to another, putting the patients at unnecessary risk just to save a little money.

Spotlight on Lip Fillers: What You Need To Know Before the Needle

Lip fillers still seem to be big news. Have lip trends changed over recent years? If so, how and what has driven the changes?

What is jaw contouring with Radiesse?

It used to be that if you were unhappy with certain facial features, invasive surgery was your only option. However, with developments in non-surgical aesthetic treatments, there are now other avenues open to patients unhappy with the shape of their nose or the profile of their chin. Radiesse Jaw Contouring is one option.

Dermal fillers for facial scars

Sometimes facial scars can leave a hollowness in your skin. Dermal fillers can provide an effective treatment to reduce the impact of this kind of facial scar.

Ageing factors to avoid and ways to improve your skin

There are plenty of options available to reduce stress levels and leave us looking good and feeling great, from wrinkle treatments to meditation. We look at some of the key factors that cause us to age and the ways you can combat these.

Stress and anxiety are the biggest cause of ageing in Surrey and the South East

A recent poll of over 1,000 women, who live in Surrey and the South East, has revealed that the majority believe stress and anxiety have aged them the most since turning 30.

Should beauty therapists be injecting dermal fillers & botulinum toxins?

This is not a new debate, not by a long shot, but it is one which never seems to go very far away. As the aesthetic industry has grown, so has the number, and variety, of practitioners now offering injectable facial fillers and botulinum toxins to the public at large. We have raised the debate before about why cosmetic injectables should only be performed by doctors, nurses, dentists and some types of pharmacists.

How young is too young?...

The view of a young Aesthetician on Aesthetic treatment and teenagers. Young people, including myself, feel the constant pressure to look our best and with celebrities setting ridiculously high standards, it’s easy for them to feel like cosmetic treatments are the only way to achieve beauty.

Experts Slam Self Injecting Vloggers that are Causing Public Harm and Damage

The  Safety in Beauty Campaign is aware of a number of complaints being brought forward by members of the public self-injecting dermal fillers and botulinum toxin after watching You Tube Beauty Vloggers and self professed “experts’ publish on line video tutorials.

Don't Throw Away Unused Needles - Give Them to the Intercare Charity!

Do you have an aesthetic expert who loves using a cannula with dermal fillers? And prefers the insulin needles for administering toxin? Are you drowning in spare needles and Azzalure green syringes? Read on for information regarding a great charity.

The Kylie Jenner Question: Should teenagers be having cosmetic enhancement procedures?

Kylie Jenner`s admission has sparked outcry among cosmetic medical practitioners who have generally deemed the teen being too young for such a procedure. What are the implications of undergoing this temporary surgery as a teenager? Are these valid health concerns or is society?s ethical perception of elective surgery simply outdated?

Industry Mourns The Sad Loss of Pioneering American Cosmetic Dermatologist and `Baron of Botox`, Dr. Fredric Brandt

It has been reported that on 5th April 2015 American Dermatologist, researcher, author and pioneer in the cosmetic use of botulinum toxins and dermal fillers, Dr. Fredric Brandt sadly took his own life at his home in Florida.

Top tips for choosing a cosmetic practitioner & treatment

It may be useful when considering cosmetic treatments to follow the following basic guidelines.

Call for injectable cosmetic fillers to be banned from public exhibitions

Many beauty shows across the UK are guilty of offering members of the public injectable cosmetic fillers. In a bid to put a halt to this unethical practice, the Safety In Beauty Campaign is pledging to spearhead a ban on the practice at as many beauty shows possible around the UK.

What is the 'perfect' nose?

When consulting patients seeking non surgical nose enhancements, I occasionally encounter individuals who make it their priority to seek all out absolute perfection - with a desire to simply have the nose of their dreams miraculously transplanted onto their own face without true regard for what really works for their individual looks.

Safety in the Beauty Industry - Cowboys and Outlaws - Time to put away the six guns?

The current round of concern and outpouring about `cosmetic cowboys` in the unregulated surgical and non-surgical cosmetics industries first started after the PIP scandal in 2012, and after two years of media outrage and government reviews has amounted to very little. The Department of Health`s response to the report by Sir Bruce Keogh, a review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, clearly shows that there is, indeed, very little appetite for change. What there is, though, is a hunger for practitioner certified training and public education

Cosmetic Medical Versus Cosmetic Beauty. Why Non-Medics Should Not be Offering Fillers

And so the battle lines are drawn in the fight over who should be administering dermal fillers to the public. Side 1, The Medical Professionals, Suppliers and Regulators and Side 2, The Non-Medics, primarily Beauty Therapists.

Treatments You Can Trust Takes Dermal Filler Agenda Forward Post Keogh Review

On 15th May 2013, the governance board of the Treatments You Can Trust Register of Cosmetic Injectable Providers assembled a panel of experts at the House of Lords for a meeting to discuss the ways to take the agenda forward on dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers should be prescription only recommends Sir Bruce Keogh Cosmetic Intervention Review

The long awaited report following the review into the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, led by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh and a panel of advisors has been published today calling for a complete reclassification of dermal filler products amongst other recommendations for the private cosmetic sector.

Keogh review into cosmetic interventions gives us taster of recommendations to come for dermal filler providers

The Department of Health and the review panel, headed up by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, into the provision of cosmetic interventions in England have announced that their long awaited report will be delayed by one month, until the end of April 2013. The review is expected to call for new laws to ensure that anyone performing these treatments, doctors, nurses and beauty therapists is competent and accountable.

Medical Defence Union (MDU) Announces it Won`t Cover Non-FDA Approved Dermal Fillers in its Indemnity Policy

The MDU, Medical Defence Union, the UK's leading medical defence organisation has announced some important changes to the provision of medical indemnity for those involved in facial aesthetics and the service provision of dermal fillers.

Safer Injectables Campaign launched by Dr. Hilary Jones and Treatments You Can Trust to raise public awareness of 'Botox Cowboys'

Dr. Hilary Jones has joined forces with Baroness Trish Morris of Bolton, Chair of TreatmentsYouCanTrust.org.uk to launch a new Safer Injectables Campaign to the public. Treatments You Can Trust is concerned that patients are at risk from so called `Botox Cowboys`.

Why you should only have fillers done by a Doctor/Nurse and not a Beauty Therapist

Cosmetic Doctor, Dr. Mervyn Patterson has released a very useful infographic to explain the issues and dangers from seeking dermal filler treatments via un-medically qualifed Beauty Therapists as compared to medically trained Doctors and Nurses.

CTIA rapped by DWP for claiming government funding for beauty therapist injectable training

An organisation set up to campaign for inclusion of beauty therapists in the lucrative facial aesthetics marketplace has been reprimanded for claiming government backing for its cosmetic injectable training courses aimed at beauty therapists.

Aquamid takes ethical stance with launch of dermal filler patient implant register

The makers of long term volumising dermal filler brand Aquamid have taken a leaf out of the book of learning following the PIP breast implant scandal and have launched a formal patient safety register specifically for their product.

Which cosmetic treatments are best for your 'first time'?

Thanks to a wide range of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures, we can now diminish the signs of ageing effectively and achieve natural appearing results non-surgically. However, it might seem daunting to choose the right type of treatment for your ?first time?.

Correcting lost volume is the key to natural looking facial rejuvenation

Most people consider visiting a cosmetic clinic when they start to notice a few lines and wrinkles. And in the past the treatments on offer just addressed these concerns. For example. botulinum toxin injections were used to correct excessive wrinkling and dermal fillers such as Restylane were used to lift fine lines. Lipo-atrophy (pronounced Lipo-atro-fee) is the medical term describing the natural depletion in fatty tissue.

The Curse of Leslie Ash: Permanent Fillers cause Permanent Problems

When you set up your own Medical Aesthetics practise, you will quickly find a Ghost that haunts you. You will particularly experience her looming shadow if you decide to offer lip filler treatments. But we can pretty much guarantee that her name will crop up over and over regardless. I dont want to end up looking like Leslie Ash!: it is a plea from your clients that will become all-too familiar.

Holby City NHS Doctor moonlighting in facial aesthetics!

Im a big Holby City fan. One of the characters Dr Sacha Levy is desperately trying to please his new girlfriend as shes got her eyes set on a new house. But heres the rub he cant afford it on his regular doctors salary. So hes decided to do a little bit of moonlighting by doing fillers and Botox".

Should Botox and Fillers be Sold to the General Public from an Exhibition Stand?

My daughter is in her first year of training to be a beauty therapist. I was chauffeur driven a good part of the way on our trip from Rugby down to the mecca for beauty therapists, Professional Beauty, at the EXCEL in London. Buried amongst the exhibitors we came across a nurse offering cut price Botox and filler injections from her exhibition stand.

The Furore over Fillers! What all the fuss is about...

Speculation over the safety of cosmetic fillers has transpired in the midst of the recent explosion over faulty PIP breast implants. With the Health Secretary trying to tackle the fears of 40,000 women affected by this catastrophe, questions are now being presented about other areas of cosmetic beauty including anti-ageing fillers, and how safe they are.

Two New Lip Treatment Products For The Restylane Range

Soft and sensuous lips are always a desirable facial feature as they naturally attract attention. I am using two brand new products for lips: Restylane Lip Volume for volume enhancement and Restylane Lip Refresh for lip hydration and smoothing.

PIAPA call for better regulation of dermal fillers and those who provide them

Members of the aesthetic nurses group PIAPA (Private Independent Aesthetic Practices Association) are reporting increasingly hard-sell from companies and individuals offering practitioners numerous alternative fillers, administered by individuals with sometimes questionable skills and qualifications, it would seem a disaster similar to the PIP implant situation may become more inevitable as time passes.

Treatments You Can Trust Launches New 7 Point Plan

The Department of Health backed Treatments You Can Trust register celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their self regulation register related to clinics and practitioners offering injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers. Sally Taber announced the 7 challenges that the group have targeted in terms of their focus for future development of the scheme to help improve standards in this sector of the market.

How to get a new pair of beautiful looking lips for Christmas

Lips are an important part of facial beauty and whether you're 18 or 80, it's now easy to improve the size, shape and symmetry of your lips with a range of injectable lip filling products.

Merz Aesthetics Announces FDA Approval Of Belotero Balance

Merz Aesthetics have announced FDA approval of BELOTERO balance dermal filler for the correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds.

My favourite non-surgical treatment - Fractional C02 Laser

New technologies are being launched all the time and the challenge for practitioners is to look beyond the marketing and separate the good science from the bad. We aquire aesthetic equipment only after careful research and so far have been very pleased.

Dark circles under eyes? Non-surgical solutions can help.

Dark circles under eyes are a common problem. These can result in a tired and dull appearance even though you may be full of energy. So what causes them?

Pain - expected versus actual differs when it comes to medical aesthetic treatments - survey data

In our Clinic, MediZen, we chose to undertake an audit to assess patients expected discomfort with actual discomfort levels when undergoing a cosmetic procedure.

Bio-Alcamid, My Experience

I read Dr Delamaines article on her problems with Bio-Alcamid with both interest and sympathy. I was pleased to be asked to contribute to the discussion on Bio-Alcamid.

Bio-Alcamid, My Experience

No matter how much you think you know, I have found out to my dismay that it is always possible to be convinced about a treatment that simply does not do what it says on the tin! In fact quite the opposite!

Botox to prevent wrinkles - sense or nonsense?

Botox when given to the right patient, in the right position, at the right dose can produce amazing results however, the issue of performing anti-ageing treatments on younger patients crops up time and time again..

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Sally Taber responds to the CTIA's stance that Aesthetic Therapists are the "best practitioners" for the job when it comes to cosmetic injectables

Lavender - The surprising ingredient to a stress free and calm procedure

Whether youre just slightly squeamish about needles or suffer from trypanophobia, the thought of Botox or other dermal fillers can be quite terrifying. However, a new simple solution has emerged: Lavender.

Skin Analysis and Digital Imaging: Getting under your clients skin

How do you prove to yourself and clients that what you are recommending to them and treating them with actually works? With treatments like dermal fillers and botulinum toxins results are often obvious, but what about complexion improving light based treatments, peels and those expensive topical products you recommend, how do you demonstrate their effectiveness?

How to choose the best Aesthetics Training Company in 3 steps.

When you're looking for an injectable training company to invest in your new career, there are three things you really want to know to ensure that you're going to get good value. With Facebook reviews it's even possible to see that the testimonials are by real people. Invest wisely and save yourself a fortune!

Want to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins but dont have any experience? In Sweden thats no problem.

It seems the controversial debate surrounding the question of whether or not Beauty Therapists should be allowed to administer Cosmetic Injectables has had the entire industry talking. While this debate rages on here in the UK the answer to who is allowed to inject Injectables in Sweden is easy: Anyone!

My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw... are you big fat kidding me?

Last week we were dumbfounded by the announcement of My Big Fat Plastic Surgery Prize Draw a cosmetic surgery lottery held in a London nightclub and championed by the human Barbie, Sarah Burge, and ULuvka a Polish vodka company. This may sound like the start of a bad joke (which is exactly what we thought it was at first!) but its true...

Cosmetic injectable suppliers do not support the use of their products by Beauty Therapists or other non-medically qualified people

If Beauty Therapists want to be able to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins, something which to date isnt actually illegal, then there must also be a supply route for them to obtain the products. We asked various key industry manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic injectable products the question: Do you support the use of YOUR products by beauty therapists and other similarly non-medically qualified practitioners?

Podcast: An update on developments in the UK Cosmetic Industry April 2011

Adrian Richards and Ron Myers from The Consulting Room discuss recent events in the UK Cosmetic Industry.

Aesthetic Surgery Services Standard CEN TC403

The European Standard for Aesthetic Surgery Services (CEN TC403) is now in its second draft and due to be considered further by the committee following receipt of comments made by stake holding parties throughout the EU. There is considerable confusion and consternation about this document and the possible consequences of it eventual implementation as a standard for the medical and surgical cosmetic sector in the UK.

Academy of Cosmetic Training bows out of non-medic Botox training

Back in August 2010 we covered the story of a company based in Warrington called The Academy of Cosmetic Training who were offering training courses in the administration of Botox and dermal fillers to non-medics. A recent visit to the website for The Academy of Cosmetic Training (www.academyofcosmetictraining.co.uk) revealed that the companys own declarations and activities have indeed caused their downfall.

I inject my 8 year old daughter with Botox says Beauty Therapist

Kerry Campbell, a 34 year old Beauty Therapist, originally from Birmingham but now living in San Francisco, USA, injects her eight year old daughter Britney once every three months with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers in her forehead, around her eyes and in her lips.

Botox now available at your local Superdrug! A Doctor's viewpoint.

I remember when Botox was launched by BOOTS in 2002 and offered across their stores that also did laser hair removal. It made front page of the Daily Telegraph, but just over a year later they closed the whole Botox and laser hair removal operation down. Now Superdrug, the second largest health and Beauty retailer in the UK is launching a budget anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injection service.

Should Botox jabs really be available in a high street branch of Superdrug?

This month, the UKs second largest high street health and beauty retail chemist chain, Superdrug announced that it would be offering cosmetic treatments including botulinum toxin and dermal filler injections at two of its stores in Kensington, West London and Milton Keynes.

Would you allow a non-medical person to inject you? I know I wouldn't.

I believe that if you have a medical background you are best placed to offer non-surgical injectable treatments. I believe this, the Independent HealthCare Advisory Service (IHAS) believe this, reputable insurance companies believe this and so do the clients and medical practitioners I've asked.

Needles at Dawn! Beauty Therapists Challenge IHAS Over Who Should be Allowed to Inject Botox & Dermal Fillers

Who should and shouldn`t be allowed to inject the general public with cosmetic injectable products including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. The Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) has openly set out to challenge the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and its Treatments You Can Trust Register which excludes practitioners who arent doctors, dentists or registered nurses from its government backed quality assurance accreditation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trusts tries to get message across on ITV Daybreak

Sally Taber, Head of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services which is behind the Treatments You Can Trust Quality Assurance Scheme for Cosmetic Injectable Providers took the message about cosmetic injectables to ITV's Daybreak programme hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

Advertising cosmetic injectables to men is tricky, unless you target their worries and fears!

So how do you reach out to men when it comes to advertising facial fillers and other cosmetic injectables? Appeal to their worries and concerns about the rest of their lives it seems.

IHAS announces new members of Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust

IHAS announced the newly formed Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust (www.treatmentsyoucantrust.co.uk). This Group aims to guarantee the independence of the Register and ensure that consumer safety remains the number one propriety.

Gently round your lips with a `keyhole surgery` like approach

With age, our lips gradually become thinner, less rounded and might develop fine vertical lines on and around them. However most people do not want to have their lips augmented, fearing that it will be obvious to others and also painful to do. That's why we have developed the amazing 'Feather Lip Smoothie'.

Podcast: An update on the Dermal Filler and Botulinum Toxin market in the UK

Adrian Richards and Ron Myers from The Consulting Room discuss recent developments in the dermal filler market and the new botulinum toxins that are becoming available in the UK.

Allergan appears to partner with Transform for Juvederm Ultra advertising

I came across the following full page advertisement feature. I thought it was interesting to note that Transform, one of the UKs largest cosmetic surgery groups was advertising alongside Allergan, the makers or Botox and Juvderm ULTRA dermal fillers, in what appears at first glance to be an advertising tie-up.

Emervel - is this the best in Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers in the UK?

I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in the late stages of the release of a brand new hyaluronic acid dermal filler called Emervel, released by pharmological giant Galderma, the suppliers of Azzalure. And I must admit both my patients and I have been extremely impressed with its results.

IMCAS Paris 2011 - A Doctor's Notes

The 13th annual International Master Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS) took place at the Palais des Congrs in Paris, France, from January 6 - 9, 2011. Although we are in the middle of a recession, many new technologies featured for the first time at the conference.

Is it Really Bye Bye Collagen?

Allergan has announced that it will be discontinuing their human-derived collagen dermal filler products - CosmoDerm and CosmoPlast and their bovine derived products - Zyderm and Zyplast at the end of 2010. So does this really spell the death knell for collagen?

A perfect nose for Christmas in your lunch break

Non-surgical nose shaping is a relatively new variation of treatment with a hyaluronic acid filler.

Do Your Hands Give Your Age Away?

I often hear patients say I have my mothers hands or my hands make me look older than I really am. Can something be done about this?

Does Mummy really know best when it comes to Teen Toxing?

I first wrote a blog about the new phenomenon of Teen-Toxing back in March 2010. This in itself is a very bad sign of the times. But as always, they like to go one better in America. In Closer magazine, the story headlined, I give my little girls Botox to make them beautiful is a disturbing account of a 41 year old woman in Texas who buys botulinum toxin and fillers off the internet and injects her 11 and 12 year old daughters!

Podcast: The risks of using counterfeit Botox and Dermal Fillers and an update on regulation

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about the rise in the availability of counterfeit Botox and dermal fillers, plus problems with filler products over the years and the new IHAS shared regulation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trust Launches to the Public but BAAPS Condemns it as State Sponsored Marketing

The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers (Quality Assurance Mark) officially launches to the general public today (Monday 13th September), yet the scheme is already courting disapproval from the UKs largest surgeon association, namely the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Botox Training For Non-Medics Surely Not in the UK?!

During a round of internet searching I discovered a site offering Botox and dermal filler training to non-medical personnel.

Celebrity Cosmetic Disasters

There is no question that most of the before and after pictures I have been asked to review tend to demonstrate that these celebrities have all undergone some type of augmentation. What concerns me is the distorted aesthetic imbalances that I see and resultant ridicule that these people in the public eye have had to suffer because of an inability of the proceduralist to perform basic cosmetic tasks.

Podcast: What price to charge for your treatments

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about the prices he recommends you charge for you Botox and dermal filler treatments.

Ugly Face of Beauty Coverage of Dermal Fillers Angers Aesthetic Industry

The final episode of the Channel 4 series The Ugly Face of Beauty, presented by TV Doctor Christian Jessen saw them take a look at the unregulated world of dermal fillers.

Novabel sales suspended by Merz Aesthetics

Merz Aesthetics has suspended sales of its new flagship facial shaping product, Novabel, amid concerns following reports of a few patients treated with the product in the infra-orbital region who suffered adverse reactions.

The Club of Seven

My company was the first to register with the TreatmentsYouCanTrust scheme and to date were part of an elite Club of Seven. Only seven companies or practitioners have registered.

CODE Lobbies IHAS to Include Dental Hygienists in Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

CODE,the Association of Dental Practice plan to lobby the IHAS to accept Dental Hygienists to the quality mark registration for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trust - The Nitty Gritty of Online Registration for the IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

Having recently successfully completed the IHAS Quality Mark Assurance scheme online registration process and, following scrutiny by CHKS, the third party company who administer the scheme, received confirmation that our clinic has been accepted onto the register, I now know the detail and evidence of documentation required to show, in principle, that the business operates in accordance with the standards required.

IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers Quality Assurance Mark Scheme - Good Thing? Bad Thing?

Tuesday 13th April saw the launch to the aesthetic industry of this much anticipated shared regulation scheme aimed at screening and registering healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists and registered nurses only) and the clinics and facilities in which they operate and offer injectable cosmetics such as botulinum toxins and dermal fillers to the public.

A Handy Tip

All of us in the cosmetic practice have plenty of patients who have really improved their appearance through our assistance. But sometimes their hands give away their actual age.

The Mad, Mad World of Medical Aesthetics

It has been reported that a company in Doncaster is once again offering botulinum toxin training to Beauty Therapists. The fact that this is allowed to happen demonstrates the ridiculous lack of legislation in this country regarding medical aesthetics.

Restylane and Juvederm Ultra TV Adverts - Would They Convince You?

Over the last couple of years we've seen the two largest companies in the UK cosmetic dermal filler market, Q-Med and Allergan, screen TV Commercials to complement their magazine advertising campaigns.

`Say it With a Syringe` This Valentine's Day!

Allergan, manufacturers of Dermal Filler Juvderm Ultra, are inviting people via their US website to tell them what they really want on Valentines Day.

The Y Lift

A simple way of restoring this lost volume is with the use of dermal fillers or collagen-stimulating products. The cheeks nasolabial lines and marionette lines can be treated to generate a lifting effect a look that is instantly rejuvenating attractive and natural in appearance, this is known as The Y Lift.

Trends In Natural Lip Enhancement with Restylane

Throughout history lips have always attracted the most attention as the most sensual feature of the face. Lip enhancement can deliver lips that are soft, sensuous and in harmony with your looks.