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Welcome to Spring! Don't forget your sunscreen (SPF)

Welcome to Spring! Don't forget your sunscreen (SPF)

Welcome to Spring! It’s time for me to gently remind you all to wear SPF all year round, even when it feels like there is an Arctic chill in the air.

5 Tips for More Radiant Skin

I’d like to make some New Year's resolutions for looking after your skin, and make them as easy as possible with some incredibly simple tips for more beautiful skin - tips that don’t require a huge amount of thought or effort.

Skincare unwrapped - What is Retinol?

In this blog, I’ll be taking a look at Retinol – a key ingredient in many anti-ageing skincare products – and finding out what it is, what it does, and how best it should be used if you want to get the best results out of your skincare products.

Treatment Review: BioSkinJetting – My Story

I recently went to MediZen for a BioSkinJetting treatment and here is my journey.

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.

Anti ageing effects of Tretinoin confirmed in a huge study

Trawling through research done years ago sometimes gives some surprising results. I was trying to find the results of clinical trials involving Tretinoin (a form of retinol, which is a Vitamin A-like substance), I found that there was a multicentre study of the effects of Tretinoin

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.

Instantly Ageless miracle anti-wrinkle cream - Too good to be true?

You have probably heard about the new `miracle` wrinkle and eye bag reducing product with instant effects. However, does it really live it to its claims, if we have a close look at the ingredients?

AspireAssist System: Controversial `Eat like a pig` slimming device set to arrive in Britain

This weekend the press reported a new solution for weight loss. The headline read - The `eat like a pig` slimming device - Controversial product pumps users stomach after food binges. And that, in a nutshell, sums up how this new device claims to work.

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.

Why do some stretch mark creams work ?

You researched all the stretch mark prevention creams, read all the reviews, took advice from friends and family, made your choice and stuck to it. So how disappointing that you still ended up getting stretch marks. Why didn?t it work for you?

Methylisothiazolinone, The Allergen of the Year - Should we be worried about our skincare?

In 2013, the American Contact Dermatitis Society, a group of expert dermatologists specializing in skin allergies named Methylisothiazolinone (MI) as the Allergen of the year.

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.

Straightening your smile - Braces for adult teeth explained

If you are considering straightening your teeth with adult braces, then chances are that you are totally confused by the systems available, and have no idea what the best treatment for you is.

Are tanning tablets, pills or injections safe?

There are various tanning tablets around that claim to be able to improve your tan. But increasing our tan shouldn?t be a goal at all. I can?t recommend taking any of them, if your underlying aim is to get a deeper tan or a quicker tan, due to the inherent risks of excessive sun exposure. We should just be happy with our natural skin colour!

The truth about juice detox programmes

Juice detoxes are they all they`re cracked up to be? Advocates of juice fasts / detoxes / cleanses (whatever you wish to call them) claim that they allow for safe, effective detoxification, weight loss and improvements in an endless list of health ailments. Opponents state that they are unnecessary and can lead to nutrient deficiencies and potential health problems.

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!

Slimming, sleeping and anti-ageing supplements, beneath the celebrity hype

A recent article revealed what they describe as a new weapon in the anti-ageing arsenal of A list celebrities. Nutrient supplements claiming to reduce body fat are always popular but with so many brands on the market it can be hard to know which ones work and which are just hype.

Why a holiday tan can be bad for your health

The moral of this story is - always wear sun protection to avoid damage to your skin and pre-mature skin aging.

About Antioxidants and the Skin

Antioxidants is one of the biggest buzzwords in skincare these days. I get countless questions about them in clinic every day. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what exactly antioxidants are and how they should be used. So I have summarized the most important facts about antioxidants here.

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.

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.

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.

Polyurethane coated silicone breast implants - the latest big thing from Brazil

The only way is Brazil. I am a fan. And top of my list is what my patients call the 'posh Brazillian implants'. Silimed is the Brazilian company that makes these implants in Rio de Janeiro.

When choosing silicone bra fillets do you go for the chicken or the egg?

Let me introduce you to the full strap-on silicone breast bra! Unlike the classic chicken fillet (otherwise known as the silicone gel pads that are used to pad out bras) the pads are attached to a see through back and shoulder straps forming a bra which gives a shapelier figure.

Does Vaser Lipo work? The Big Reveal?

My previous two blogs on The Consulting Room shared with you my step by step process of thinking about having VASER lipo, all the way through to the day of my actual procedure. So the big question is... did it work? The answer is YES, and that is a BIG yes. I am now a VASER Lipo convert.

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.

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.

A guide to choosing the right procedure and clinic.. Part 2: The Procedure

Antonia Mariconda a.k.a The Cosmedic Coach discusses her experience of deciding to undergo Liposuction. In Part 2 she describes her procedure and her time at the clinic.

A guide to choosing the right procedure and clinic to suit your needs

Antonia Maraconda a.k.a The Cosmedic Coach discusses her experience of deciding to undergo Liposuction. How do you decide what Clinic / Treatment is right for you? What should you ask your surgeon?

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.

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!

The Fresh Diet - A prescription for feeling healthy?

The Fresh Diet is the latest diet to hit the headlines in the U.S and its no wonder with its website promoting weight loss of up to 4 pounds in the first week alone.

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.

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.

Whitening and Lightening - the debate on making dark skin colours paler

It was reported in some newspapers this week that in recent pictures, the pop singer, Beyonce Knowles, was looking paler than she normally does. She has changed her hair colour, and some commentators wondered whether her skin colour had changed for the lighter too. I couldnt comment on whether Beyonces skin tone has changed, however, people with pale skin always want to look more tanned, and people with darker skin often strive for lighter skin.

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.

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.

Chinese Laser HandPiece - A Case Study

Lynton wanted to investigate the possible dangers faced by those clinic or salon operators who might consider purchasing one of the many low cost laser or IPL products that were becoming readily available from Chinese manufacturers.

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.

Non-surgical body contouring. Do we have an alternative to liposuction?

Liposuction remains the top cosmetic surgical procedure worldwide. There is a strong demand for non-invasive procedures that can address localised pockets of fat.

Beauty Journalists - Do they know their stuff when it comes to cosmeceuticals?

It is quite frightening to talk to journalists who you assume know stuff, particularly when its their job to inform the average consumer. 90% of the journalists did not know what cosmeceuticals were, did not get the importance of them or indeed had no understanding of what constitutes good skin.

Are Sunscreens Really All They Are Cracked Up to Be?

The SPF of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen - the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B (the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn).

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.

Flutter those lashes! The boom in eyelash enhancing products

So what’s it with all these lash products and which works and doesn’t?

Sleep Support for Your Breasts - A novel solution or waste of plastic?

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the UK distributor of a new product called the Kush aimed at women with larger breasts who sleep on their side.