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Lorna Jackson

BSc. (Hons) 

Lorna has been the Editor of The Consulting Room (www.consultingroom.com), the UK's largest aesthetic information website, for a decade. She is an industry commentator on a number of different areas related to the aesthetic and cosmetic surgery industry; collating and evaluating clinical data, news and statistics and writing a magazine, blogs and feature articles for The Consulting Room and various consumer and trade publications, including Aesthetic Medicine, Cosmetic News and Aesthetic Dentistry Today. Lorna regularly attends key conferences and educational events for the industry and has close contact with many of the suppliers who manufacture and distribute products and devices utilised in aesthetic medicine. Lorna also liaises with press and members of the media researching cosmetic surgery, with the aim of educating and raising awareness amongst the public.

Lorna also runs The Consulting Room Twitter feed - @Consulting_Room

Web Address: http://www.consultingroom.com Email Address: lorna@consultingroom.com

Dr. Obagi’s ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth chemical peel has been brought over to the UK

The ZO® Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel is an intensive Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) chemical peel that is designed to create, rejuvenate and correct skin deficiencies, including pigmentation, diminish wrinkles, acne scarring, and large pores. It was launched into the UK at the end of October 2016.

Looking for a cosmetic laser clinic in Wales? Here’s what you need to know

Knowing how to safely choose a provider of cosmetic laser treatments, such as hair or tattoo removal, can be a tricky task – but if you live in Wales, then the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have made it a lot easier to protect yourself from unscrupulous cowboys.

Department of Health launches consultation on expanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings for cosmetic surgery clinics and independent healthcare providers

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on proposals to extend the types of provider registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC) that they are able to rate following inspection.

Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) gets Professional Standards Authority accreditation

Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) is delighted to announce its successful accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Laser Eye Surgery is not always the best option for those over 40

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons at the London Eye Hospital have been calling for better education for people considering laser eye surgery. They are concerned because they have seen a rise in patients having laser eye surgery in High street chains, despite their age actually making them unsuitable for the procedure.

Save FACE gets Professional Standards Authority accreditation

Save Face is delighted to announce its successful accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Consulting Room Wins Safety in Beauty Diamond Award for Best Industry Media Portal

The Consulting Room team are thrilled to have won the award for Best Industry Media Portal 2016, up against competition from Aesthetic Medicine Magazine and the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing.

GMC Urges Cosmetic Procedure Patients to Question Doctors

People thinking of having a cosmetic procedure are being urged to question their doctors before going ahead with treatment, in new advice issued on 1st June by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Smartphone selfies don’t tell the ‘tooth’ about your smile say dentists

A London based dental clinic, the London Smile Clinic, has seen a 30% rise in patients wanting cosmetic dental treatment so that they look better in ‘selfies’. 

GMC Issues New Guidance for Doctors Carrying Out Cosmetic Interventions – Industry Responds

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures anywhere in the UK are being issued with new guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC) to make sure they provide the best possible care for patients. 

The benefits of nursing work in the cosmetic surgery industry

Advancements in cosmetic surgery, as well a demand from an ageing population has led to a marked increase in people seeking plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments. With the increase comes a need for increasingly skilled nurses to care for patients both in the operating room and in aftercare.

BACN Responds to report in The Times about patients being at risk over Botox Jabs

The Times newspaper published an article entitled - Patient put at risk over Botox jabs - following an investigation into industry practices.?The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses responded to this report with the following statement.

#IMPLEOTwist-ing All Over The World

How many surgeons does it take to twist a breast implant? This was the question asked at Europe?s biggest aesthetic surgical trade show, where they were doing a new social media craze, the #IMPLEOtwist.

New Research Shows Nearly a Third of Men with Visible Scars Feel Pressured to Alter Their Behaviour

Independent research commissioned by Science of Skin, the firm behind the world`s first-ever scientifically-proven cream Solution for Scars, conducted on 250 men with visible (face, neck, hands) scars reveals that close to a third of them do feel the need to alter their behaviour when first meeting people.

The Secrets of Non-Surgical Anti-Ageing by Dr Patrick Bowler

Everything you ever wanted to know about non-surgical treatments is now online in an easy to read definitive guide, The Secrets of Non-Surgical Anti-Ageing by Dr Patrick Bowler, Medical Director of Courthouse Clinics.

Silimed breast implants have CE Certificate suspended by MHRA pending investigation into implant surface contamination

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) jointly with European healthcare product regulators of member states has been informed of the suspension of the CE certificate for all medical devices made by the Brazilian manufacturer Silimed, this includes breast and other body implants.

Is a cosmetic treatment `worth it` - the RealSelf community tries to help you to decide

With 51 million visitors in 2014, RealSelf.com has created the world's largest community of patient-generated, independent reviews of cosmetic treatments. When a visitor posts a review they have the option to choose how 'worth it' the particular treatment was, taking into account the cost of it and the results that they achieved.

Social media spawns good and bad trends for cosmetic industry - #kyliejennerchallenge should not be copied

We have all seen the power of social media and how this community based communication and sharing platform has spread into all aspects of our every day lives and activities. Unfortunately, it seems this can lead to social media led trends that are deemed unhealthy and potentially dangerous by medical experts.

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.

miraDry is `Life Changing` For Hyperhidrosis Patients Says Dr Carolyn Jacob

miraDry? is a safe, clinically proven, FDA-cleared solution for significantly reducing underarm sweat. It is the only FDA-cleared procedure that provides a lasting reduction of axillary hyperhidrosis in a completely non-invasive way.

Dermal fillers are not just for the face! Desirial is the new product addressing vaginal concerns

More and more products and devices are coming to market that can address issues and concerns in the female genital area to target a number of indications, including vaginal dryness and tissue atrophy or volume loss. I spoke to Dr Kathryn Taylor Barnes, a cosmetic doctor from the Real You Clinic in Surrey who has been pioneering a ?labial puff? treatment during this last year.

Podcast: Save Face Self-Regulation & Accreditation - Debunking the myths and preconceptions

In this Podcast, Consulting Room Editor Lorna Jackson talks to Emma Davies, Medical Director at Save Face, the newly launched self-regulatory accreditation scheme for non-surgical cosmetic treatment providers.

The Save Face Register Goes Live

The Save Face register will go live online on 26 September at www.saveface.co.uk , featuring a database of practitioners from every corner of the UK, who have been thoroughly checked and visited to ensure they are fit to practice and administer treatments.

Some Medical Aesthetic Clinics Offering Botulinum Toxin for Hyperhidrosis are Flouting CQC Registration Requirements

Unlike the use of Botox, and other BoNTA brands including Dysport, Azzalure, Bocouture and Xeomin for cosmetic facial wrinkle reduction, which is largely unregulated (aside from some self-regulated accreditation schemes), the use of botulinum toxins for treating hyperhidrosis is subject to statutory regulation.

Product Test: Flip Flop Ready Feet Thanks to NeoStrata

I said goodbye to dry, cracked heels in a week with Neostrata Problem Dry Skin Cream in personal product trial.

Save Face launches to clean up non-surgical cosmetic treatment industry

Save Face Ltd will operate as an independent and impartial scheme to provide accreditation and regulation to those offering non-surgical cosmetic practice.

GDC Continue to Crack Down on Illegal Tooth Whitening Practices

The General Dental Council (GDC), the UK regulator body for the dental profession, who legally require dentists and other dental care professionals, such as hygienists, therapists and nurses, to be registered with them in order to practice has again been cracking down on illegal tooth whitening operations.

Infographic: All You Need to Know About Liposuction

Here is an infographic kindly supplied to The Consulting Room by Dr. Alia Nasser from The Verve Cosmetic Clinic & Medispa in Syndney, Australia looking at all you need to know about Liposuction, including how it works, the anaesthetics used, the best candidates, the benefits and complications.

RCN drops indemnity cover for aesthetic practice from this Summer

At the beginning of February 2014, the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) announced some changes to their medical indemnity scheme for both employed and self-employed nurses which will take effect from 1st July 2014.

Department of Health Responds to Keogh Review on Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions But Many Find it Lacking

Today saw the long awaited response by the Department of Health to the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, published by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and his team back in April 2013. The government was keen to thank Sir Bruce and noted that it agreed with the overwhelming majority of the review?s findings and recommendations. However, sentiment of solid action is sadly lacking from the points made within the response.

BBC Apprentice Winner Dr Leah Totton Opens First London based Dr Leah Clinic

Yesterday I was pleased to attend a launch event for Londonderry native and Apprentice 2013 winner Dr Leah Totton as she officially cut the ribbon on the opening of her first venture into the UK aesthetic marketplace, with a new cosmetic skin clinic in Moorgate, London. This marks the start of her Dr Leah brand of clinics and skincare within the industry.

Weight Loss Surgery, The Real Skinny

I recently came across a new book called Weight Loss Surgery; The Real Skinny by an American Weight Loss Surgeon, Nick Nicholson M.D. and an author, B.A. Blackwood.

Cosmedic Coach launches campaign for #safetyinbeauty industry

Beauty writer and personal coach Antonia Mariconda, also known as the Cosmedic Coach launched a campaign for safer practices in the beauty industry. The campaign, safety in beauty, aims to expose unsafe practices and keep the public informed.

National Institute of Aesthetic Research (NIAR) is Launched, Will Look at Breast Implant Safety First

At its Annual Scientific Meeting, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced the official launch of the Government-endorsed National Institute of Aesthetic Research, a joint initiative between BAAPS and the Healing Foundation.

Botox - When branding becomes as commonly used as a `hoover`

Now Botox for Hair is the latest product to ride on the success of an already well established brand, but for how much longer.

Preparing for cosmetic surgery, the pre-operation do's and don'ts

It is important that once you are going ahead with cosmetic surgery that your prepare yourself properly to get the best result from the procedure and to avoid any possible complications. As with most things in life, this boils down to a list of Do`s and Don`ts.

Quasi medical people are seemingly learning how to administer `Botox` on LinkedIn chat forums!

A worrying trend could be the avoidance of training courses entirely; I mean who needs training in medical aesthetics when you can learn it all from aesthetic themed forums such as the many on the business networking site LinkedIn.

Breast Enlargement by the OCEAN

It may sound like another ?Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone? promotion but the OCEAN Breast Enlargement procedure is 100% British made and only available on these shores, pioneered by and exclusively available at Aurora Clinics.

Facial Aesthetics Conference & Exhibition (FACE) 2013 Review

This year, its 11th year, the Facial Aesthetics Conference & Exhibition was bigger than ever before! As always The Consulting Room? was involved in the agenda format, management and practical running of the FACE 2013 conference on behalf of the organising committee of Dr. Tim Flynn (Consultant Dermatologist, USA) and Mr. Rajiv Grover (Consultant Plastic Surgeon, UK), and the conference owners, FACE Ltd.

Diary of a Botox Virgin

So here I am, 10 years in the aesthetic industry and the wrong side of 35, but I have never popped my ?Botox cherry?...that was until last weekend!

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.

Responsible cosmetic surgery advertising post Keogh banned by glossy magazines for not being perfect enough

This week a national cosmetic surgery chain, MYA Cosmetic Surgery has been outraged that a proposed advert for its cosmetic surgery services has been refused by a series of online women?s magazines who felt that the images of women featured simply weren?t ?perfect enough?.

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.

Podcast: Sublative Rejuvenation From Syneron Candela - What is it all about?

In this Podcast, Consulting Room Editor Lorna Jackson talks to James Bartholomeusz, Global Vice President of Product Development at Syneron Candela about the concepts behind their Sublative Rejuvenation approach to ageing skin.

Continuing Personal or Professional Development and the CPD Certification Service, What's it All About?

Continuing Personal or Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe; the undertaking of a structured and planned approach to post-qualification further learning throughout the career path. CPD is a formal requirement for anyone who is a member of a professional body.

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.

Groundbreaking Botox Research by U.S. Dermatologist Could Change our Understanding of Depression...Forever

A new book by Eric Finzi, MD is making cosmetic practitioners and those involved in mental health research, rethink both the physical anatomy of the face and the relationship with neurological pathways when it comes to emotions, but also the role that botulinum toxins, such as Botox?, can have in affecting our mood and relationships with others.

Royal College of Surgeons publish professional standards for cosmetic practice guidelines for consideration by Keogh review

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS); an organisation committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care has published what it calls ?landmark? professional standards for cosmetic practice, and not just for surgeons either.

Are Dentists allowed to call themselves Doctors? No, say the ASA.

Dentists have long been accustomed to being able to call themselves by the title Dr. or Doctor, something which their own regulator permits; but the Advertising Standards Authority continues to chastise those who do so in advertising materials as they believe the title is misleading.

Optifit Bras Using 3-D Bra Measurement System Based on Plastic Surgery Principles

An experienced NHS bra fitter who would cut and re-stitch together bras to properly support clients` breasts is introducing a new and radically different bra design, utilising plastic surgeons` own multi-dimensional, anatomical measurements for breast surgery.

Sir Bruce Keogh Cosmetic Interventions Review: Call For Evidence Responses

Following the fall-out from the PIP breast implant scandal which brought the cosmetic surgery industry to the forefront of public awareness and concerns, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asked the Department of Health to investigate the whole industry. This job was given to NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and was officially launched with a call for evidence. On 31st December 2012, the Department of Health published details of the responses to the call for evidence.

The Consulting Room Alternative (Christmas) Aesthetic Industry Awards

Recent months have seen two lots of aesthetic industry awards events, namely the MyFaceMyBody Awards 2012 in November and the most recent Aesthetic Awards 2012-2013 from Cosmetic News Magazine. This is all a bit too serious for us at this time of year though, so we have decided to come up with our own Alternative awards.

Are IV vitamin drips the intravenous solution to feeling a bit run down and partied out?

Dr Martin Kinsella has become the first clinician, through his re-enhance Skin and Body Clinic in Hale, to offer intravenous vitamin drips to combat fatigue and improve health and well being.

Treatment for Facial Palsy is Deemed 'Cosmetic' by the NHS; First-Ever Facial Palsy Charity Launched to Improve Quality of Care

Over 100,000 people in the UK suffer with facial palsy due to myriad causes including cancer, injury, neurological issues, infections, strokes or syndromes. However treatment is unfortunately deemed `cosmetic` by much of the NHS and therefore largely unavailable. The UK`s first-ever charity dedicated to facial paralysis, Facial Palsy UK has launched.

How Botox treatment recommendations from NICE changed the life of one headache and migraine sufferer

Chronic migraines are believed to affect 1.6% of the UK adult population and can be debilitating for the individual, leading to a significant effect on their quality of life. NICE (the National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence) recommend the use of Botox (botulinum toxin type A, manufactured by Allergan) for preventing headaches in adults who have chronic migraine.

Illegal Tooth Whitening Crackdown by Government And Dentists, EU Directive Now in Force in the UK

Parliamentary correspondent Anika Bourley noted that the Government and Trading Standards must step up and deal with the illegal practice of teeth whitening following a new European Directive.

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.

Is Electrolysis a CQC 'regulated activity'? The answer is No

Recently we added a new Treatment FAQ to The Consulting Room for Advanced Electrolysis, also now called Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP). The inclusion of this FAQ caused much debate amongst aesthetic industry participants with regards to just who should be doing this type of procedure, as some Beauty Therapists are being trained in these advanced techniques and also whether or not it needed to be performed in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered clinic setting.

BAAPS Submits Own CAP Code for Advertising Standards in Cosmetic Surgery Industry, Banning Adverts to Under 18s.

At their annual conference, held this year at the Royal College of Physicians in London, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced that they have drafted and submitted a new, strict advertising code to the regulator CAP (the Committee of Advertising Practice), which sets out policies for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The nuts and bolts of Prof Sir Bruce Keogh`s Call for Evidence in Cosmetic Surgery Review

Sir Bruce Keogh`s Review of the UK Cosmetic Surgery Industry has been officially launched with a ?call for evidence? to include experiences and views from both the industry and patients. As part of this the Department of Health has issued a 71 page document to explain the background behind the review and the areas which is hopes to investigate. Here is the list of the questions and key areas under review.

Direct advertising of Botox to the public still prevalent

It seems that no matter what the medicines regulations say or how many adjudications the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issue on the subject, the practice of promoting the prescription only medicine of botulinum toxin, Botox? being one of the brand names, to the general public is still very much being done by UK clinics on a daily basis.

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.

Sir Bruce Keogh`s Review of the UK Cosmetic Surgery Industry Gets Underway

following the fall-out from the PIP breast implant scandal which brought the cosmetic surgery industry to the forefront of public awareness and concerns, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asked the Department of Health to investigate the whole industry. This job was given to NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh along with an expert panel. As of 15th August 2012 the review has now been officially launched with a call for evidence.

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.

Anti-ageing skincare gets cheaper and cheaper with Wrinkle Stop at Aldi

The price for fewer and reduced wrinkles seems to be getting cheaper and cheaper with cut price retailer Aldi now adding an anti-ageing cream to its shelves called Wrinkle Stop at just GBP4.99 for 10ml.

Surgeon, Doctor, Dentist - are they really who they say they are?

The Royal College of Surgeons, RCS recently called on the government to legally protect the title of surgeon in the interests of patient safety, as currently there are no restrictions on who can use it. Similarly others specialties are using titles which may be either confusing to the public or blurring the lines between professions, such as dentists referring to themselves as doctors when practising in facial aesthetics.

Face Lift Bungee: the latest craze for knife free nip `n` tucks

A woman in American claims to have invented the most minimally invasive facelift of them all with the bizarrely named Face Lift Bungee.

Remote prescribing of Botox by Doctors over telephone and internet banned by GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) will issue new rules to its members, UK Doctors, stating that the practice of remotely prescribing prescription only botulinum toxin products, such as the brands Botox, Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport, Xeomin and Bocouture will no longer be permitted and Doctors must see a patient face-to-face before issuing a prescription for the drug; (although they may still delegate the administration of it to someone under their supervision, such as a nurse).

Podiatrists Injecting Botox! Just where does the foot end?

Some training companies are openly targeting and promoting training courses in prescription only botulinum toxins (Botox) and dermal fillers direct to Healthcare Professionals, those registered as Podiatrists.

Men's Skincare; Just being yourself, because you're worth it!

As the now well known saying goes ...men are from Mars and women are from Venus, and it would seem that this sentiment on the differences between the sexes is also borne out in the skincare marketplace, and more noticeably in how products are targeted and marketed differently to men and women.

Indocyanine (ICG) Green Dye shown to increase effectiveness of laser treatment for leg thread veins

A recent study by German researchers has shown that the addition of indocyanine green (ICG) a medical pigment increased the results achievable with diode laser therapy in the treatment of telangiectatic leg veins, thread veins present in the legs, without incurring any short term to medium term side effects.

The Consulting Room Celebrates Our 9th Birthday!

ce its launch on 9th May 2003, The Consulting Room (and 3 upgrades later) has gone from strength to strength. Way back 9 years ago, we saw that there was a desperate need for an unbiased and informative research tool, available not only for consumers and the press, but also for clinicians themselves in this ever expanding and complex industry; and now, a few more grey hairs and fine lines later, we feel that the journey we, the site and you, the public, the press and our members have taken certainly prove that our vision was indeed correct.

Breast Augmentation with Macrolane, so called `Lunchtime Boob-Jab`, discontinued by Q-Med

This week Q-Med (a division of Galderma) took the decision to discontinue the indication for use of its hyaluronic acid gel product Macrolane in breast augmentation procedures following concerns over the products interference with mammogram checks for breast cancer.

Get an instant Beyonce butt!

We all know how the Groove Armada song goes... I see you baby, shakin that ass, shakin that asss... so wouldnt it be great to have the perfect Beyonce-style tush for those summer holidays on the beach and those party nights? Well now you can thanks to Brazilian based company Abriluma who have come up with a semi-permanent buttock implant.

Is non-digital breast implant insertion the new gold standard for breast augmentation operations?

A recent paper published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal* examined a digital versus a Keller funnel or no touch technique of insertion and placement of smooth silicone gel breast implants during surgery, and whether the funnel technique, up to that point unproven in reducing bacterial contamination could live up to its claims of being a better technique for reducing potential contamination which could lead to post-operative infection.

Allergan Wins Legal Battle to stop sales of Botox Rival, Xeomin by Merz in the United States

It was announced this week that Allergan Inc. who manufacture the anti-wrinkle drug, Botox have won a court order in Santa Ana, California, USA which blocks one of their rivals in the botulinum toxin world, Merz Pharma from selling its neurotoxin product Xeomin, which recently received FDA approval in August 2011 for the treatment of glabellar (frown lines) and was due for commercial launch for cosmetic use in America at the upcoming American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) annual meeting.

NHS mops up PIP breast implant patients from private clinics

This week the Department of Health (DOH) has reported that nearly 3,000 women who were given the faulty Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) silicone breast implants have sought help from the National Health Service (NHS) because they have failed to get adequate help from the private clinics who originally performed their implantation surgery.

Women with PIP Breast Implants can`t sleep, are missing work and taking anxiety medication according to a psychology clinic

A recent online survey by Clinical Partners, a private clinic of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, polled women who have, or have had, the controversial French PIP breast implants which are at the centre of a current scandal and health scare due to the use of industrial grade silicone by the manufacturers.

Economic worries not affecting cosmetic surgery take-up; according to BAAPS 2011 statistics

According to the 2011 statistics released today from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) who have audited their members and returned a 5.8% rise in the number of surgical procedures performed by its members in the UK over its 2010 figures.

Poly Implant Prostheses, PIP Breast Implant Scandal Erupts in National Media

The start of January 2012 saw the health scare and scandal over the French made PIP breast implants literally blow up in the national media and the Houses of Parliament as more and more data, patients and surgeons questioned the exact nature of the threat that the industrial grade components posed and just who was responsible, who should fix it and what could be learnt.

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?

Free Botox for party organisers looks like this phenomenon hasn`t gone away!

Derma Skin Clinic run by brothers, Drs. Sid and Vik Gautam and dentist Dr. Helen Rimmer with clinics operating across Cardiff, Bristol and Manchester are the only clinic that we have come across who are offering a Group Botox Offer whereby the organiser of a group of friends (a party to you and me!) who want to have treatment can qualify to get up to 100% of their own treatment for free, depending on how many bums on seats they can secure.

`Botox Party` domain hawked for sale

This week, an interesting email landed in my inbox; it read: the domain name BotoxParty.co.uk that we have on sale is ready to drive substantial traffic and new business to you. Sounds like a great idea at first glance perhaps, and it is true that keyword rich domains perform well organically within the likes of Google for someones chosen primary keywords, but there are of course two major ethical and legal issues to this particular website domain.

Cure your bad eyesight with LASIK at Home Do my eyes deceive me?

Sick of wearing glasses or contact lenses but cant afford expensive laser eye surgery in a clinic? Well it seems that one company might have the answer with LASIK @ Home.

Nip & Tuck on Tick - Why buying Cosmetic Surgery on 0 Percent Credit Cards is the new trend

Finding the money to pay for an operation which costs as much as a decent second hand car can be a problem, but it seems credit cards are coming to the rescue more and more often nowadays.

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.

Liposuction at Home i-Sucu promises to make fat removal easy

The aesthetic marketplace for home use devices has grown exponentially in recent years with the introduction of a variety of at-home laser and IPL machines for hair removal and skin rejuvenation, along with home use radiofrequency devices for skin tightening and LEDS for acne; now from Korea comes the worlds first home use liposuction kit, called the i-Sucu.

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.

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.

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.

ZYTAZE - Can it really enhance Botulinum Toxin injections?

ZYTAZE markets itself as a medical food that provides nutritional support to enhance the effectiveness of botulinum toxin injections in the treatment of blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm or cosmetic procedures. But do we really need a food supplement to make Botox more effective?

Football and Boobs; a man's idea of a good night in or a way to understand a boob job?!

I couldnt help but put a blog together on this press release which landed in my inbox this week. Entitled `Football and Boobs: His Playbook for Her Breast Implants` Book Launches With Contest to Win Breast Augmentation Surgery. The book, written by Dallas Davis, an MIT graduate and Aerospace Engineer with help from Plastic Surgeon Dr. Vipul Dev M.D. aims to give a definitive guide for men so that they can be both informed and supportive if the woman in their life has expressed a wish to have a breast augmentation operation.

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.

Cheap Botox - How low can it go?

The following advertisement was recently spotted on the well known special offer site Groupon. It features a dentist led clinic in Wales offering Botox for 40! This clinic is breaking so many rules of advertising as to be shocking.

Miss Cosmetic Surgery Transformation UK 2011 Trivialises Surgery Says Industry

Has cosmetic surgery changed your life and looks? Then why not enter Britains first ever beauty pageant open only to women whove had cosmetic surgery. Thats the strap line for the Miss Cosmetic Surgery Transformation UK 2011 contest sponsored by Linda Briggs Ltd. This type of contest trivialises the serious nature of cosmetic surgery.

2010 Website Traffic Statistics - www.consultingroom.com

From January 1st 2010 to 31st December 2010 just over 1.2 million individual sessions were served by www.consultingroom.com, with an average of just over 100,000 people visiting the website each month. This shows a rise on our 2009 figures and brings us back in line with our 2007 web traffic figures, prior to the onset of the current economic conditions.

Does Botox work to treat cold sores?

It was reported on an American news site at the end of 2010 that a team of researchers from the Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in the United States is currently looking into the use of botulinum toxin type A, namely Botox, for the treatment of cold sores, caused by the virus herpes simplex, which usually appear around the lips causing much embarrassment for the sufferer.

Irresponsible advice on who can administer Botox from mainstream tabloid

At the start of 2011, the Daily Mail ran an article entitled `The Botox boom: Six women talk candidly about their quest for perfection`. Shockingly the opening introduction featured the sentence... `Now you can book a Botox appointment in your lunch hour, and even your local hairdresser could administer the injections if theyve been on the right course.`

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From The Consulting Room

The Consulting Room Team have been frantically working to compile an even better Treatment FAQ and information portal on Which Treatments are available on all things related to cosmetic surgery, non-surgical medical aesthetic treatments, hair loss and cosmetic dentistry, plus our Find a Clinic Directory.

Blue Peter to the Rescue - Get the Instant Facelift this party season! (No sticky-back plastic, honest!)

The party season is truly upon us. Oh no, theres no time for any nips and tucks this late in the day, what are you going to do? Well dont panic; one company thinks that they have the solution with the Instant Facelift.

Study Says Botox Causes Muscles to Waste Is this Just Another Scare Story?

Last week saw the pre-publication of a study by researchers at the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in Canada in which questions were raised about the therapeutic use of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A). The Canadian study, to be published in The Journal of Biomechanics, found that rabbits injected with the Botox brand of BTX-A experienced muscle weakness in muscles throughout their body, even though areas were far removed from the injection site.

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?

Tried to get the last bit out of a bottle of Azzalure and failed? Here's a tip!

Many practitioners have been concerned about the amount of wastage that they are encountering when using the Azzalure botulinum toxin vials, as they simply cant get the last drops out!

Popular acne prescription treatment isotretinoin linked to serious bowel injuries, but is it really to blame?

For many years now, British and American dermatologists and cosmetic practitioners have been using isotretinoin, commonly known by the brand names Roaccutane / Accutane to treat severe cases of acne. Yet controversies are abound linking it to serious bowel diseases.

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!

Bright Lights, Big Botox Deals!

A recent blog in the New York Times highlighted Smoothmed, a medical aesthetic clinic in Manhattan which is currently advertising various deals on Botox in its shop window, half a block away from Bloomingdales and Park Avenue. The clinic have installed neon signs which shine out across the neighbourhood at passing trade all night long!

Cosmetic Procedures as Prizes? The Controversy Continues...

The goodsurgeonguide review website recently announced a planned competition offering a free cosmetic procedure of their choice with a Harley Street doctor. Such competitions, contests and prize draws for free surgical or non-surgical procedures have drawn much criticism from a number of industry organisations in the past, particularly the surgeons associations.

Tickle Lipo Whats all the buzz about?

Tickle Lipo is the new, much talked about procedure in the world of liposuction for body contouring and fat removal.

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).

Cutting the Red Tape: Laser/IPL suppliers targeting sales using de-regulation; Right or wrong?

I recently saw an advert from an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) manufacturer which was targeted through an industry publication aimed at beauty professionals. It highlighted that clinics and salons can now offer IPL hair removal without the red tape of regulation. Is this really an ethical method of advertising?

Chinese Botox - at $20 a vial, no wonder some doctors are tempted!

Have you been emailed with an offer to buy cheap botulinum toxin type A direct from China? Well you're not alone. We look at the growing market targeting Western Europe for sales of generic cosmetic injectable products at a fraction of the mainstream prices.

Cash For Gold... now there's Botox For Gold!

One U.S. clinic has tapped into the global phenomenon of selling off unwanted gold for cash by offering a unique service to its patients whereby they can trade their unwanted or broken gold, silver or platinum jewellery in exchange for cash towards beauty treatments, including the wrinkle busting drug Botox.

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.

Ugly Face of Beauty: Channel 4 Highlights Need to Take Cosmetic Surgery Seriously

Channel 4 launched its new series this week focusing on The Ugly Face of Beauty. Fronted by well known Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize versus Superskinny presenter Dr. Christian Jessen, the series takes a look at the increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK.

Women With PIP Implants Should Have Ultrasound Says BAAPS

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has issued updated advice on Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants in which they urge all women fitted with the devices, now known to be faulty, to undergo an ultrasound scan in the next six months, to determine whether there is any rupture or weakening of the implant.

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.

NMC Cracks Down on Nurse Who Faked Botox Prescriptions

Louise Whiteman, a Nurse from Lichfield, Staffordshire has received an official warning from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for falsifying Doctors notes so she could obtain an increased supply of vials of prescription only botulinum toxin products for her beauty business.

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.

NMC Clarifies Legal Guidelines For Nurses Using Remote Prescribing Services

Any nurse following a remotely issued direction to administer an injectable cosmetic drug is going against their governing body's advice. All nurses are accountable to the NMC for their actions and must practice within its guidelines.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all before... along comes the Va-j-j Visor!

Marketed as "the world's first vaginal shield for safer hair removal and tanning protection", the Va-j-j Visor is currently being promoted by Australian Bodycare UK Ltd to UK aesthetic clinics offering laser & IPL hair removal treatments.

Nanoparticle safety in sunscreens questioned yet again

Nanoparticles have started to be used in cosmetics and in particular sunscreen products which contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide used to block UVA1, 2 and UVB, but much controversy reigns over whether they pose health risks in terms of their ability to penetrate cells and tissue when applied to the human body which larger particles could not achieve.

Hair today...Gone tomorrow...Back again soon...but can you tell?

Can you really tell if someone has had a hair transplant operation?

U.S. FDA slams Lipodissolve clinics for misleading consumers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued warning letters to six medical spas based in America and a company in Brazil who market the online sale of the products used for Lipodissolve.

Looking For Credit Crunch Solutions... How About Botox Banking?

As children we were all encouraged to save a few pennies in our Piggy Banks, now a clinic in America is encouraging its clients to save their hard earned cash in a virtual Botox Bank.

First came Teen Tanorexics, now comes the rise of Teen Toxing

Reports in the press this week have highlighted the story of Hannah Burge, daughter of the Real Life or Human Barbie who has become the youngest known person to receive injections of botulinum toxin at the age of 15

Moob Over Cellulite!

The man-boob, the new term coined by the popular press, and often shortened to simply the moob, is now driving many men, both those with a recognised medical condition, and those with excess fat in the chest area due to age and weight gain to their nearest clinic in search of a remedy.