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Alice Hart-Davis tries out the new Tixel wrinkle-blaster

Brave beauty expert Alice Hart-Davis tried out the new Tixel wrinkle-blaster, which uses titanium rods hotter than your oven to blitz crow’s feet. She found the device worked - but the scorching was not painless.

The man making millions from making stars slimmer

A father-of-three who left school without a single GCSE to work in McDonalds is now worth £15m after coming up with a quirky way to make celebrities slim. Roy Cowley, 50, from Rugby, is the managing director of 3D Lipo - technology that targets fat removal, cellulite and skin tightening all in one machine. His company is now worth multi-millions, he lives a life of luxury and is friends with famous faces across the UK - stars of TOWIE including Gemma Collins and Amy Childs are regular clients. But Roy's rise from rags to riches has been far from smooth-sailing.

Could aesthetic 'perks' be an alternative for women who don't want Botox and fillers?

The new needle-free menu at Absolute Aesthetics provides more natural, youth-boosting alternatives. Absolute Aesthetics has just launched a new perks menu, which aims to provide women with alternative needle-free treatments, while still helping to keep the complexion looking youthful. Interested? Well there are three treatments for you to pick from - a lip perk, an eye perk, or a face perk...

Deep-freeze treatment known as CoolSculpting claims it can shed pounds from your face

How I froze off my double chin: An extraordinary new deep-freeze treatment known as CoolSculpting claims it can shed pounds from your face. A very nervous JENNI MURRAY dared to try it

Innotures Radara are eyepatches that claim to anti-age the skin by smoothing

Crows feet, dark circles, bags and crepey skin - the eye area is the first place on the face to show signs of ageing. Until now, our beauty arsenal has included creams and serums, injectables, lasers and even surgery. But theres a new weapon on the scene that is harnessing some unlikely, cutting-edge technology: 3D printing.

What happens to your skin when pregnancy gives you a stretch mark?

Dont believe the hype when you see those creams and ointments promising to prevent or reduce pregnancy stretch marks. Dermatologists are still learning about what causes stretch marks in the first place, and skin stretching is not the only risk factor.

Allergan to Acquire earFold™, an Innovative Medical Device

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical and aesthetics company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire Northwood Medical Innovation Ltd, developer of innovative implant technology, earFold™.

Would you pay £2,500 to banish elephant elbows?

Our elbows are probably the most overlooked parts of our bodies. It makes sense, after all, we cant even see them without performing contortions in front of the mirror. You might think they are one area we can safely ignore in the seemingly endless battle against ageing.

Ulthera Announces Two Year FDA Clearance for Cellfina™ System

Ulthera, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merz, Inc. (US affiliate of the global Merz Pharma Group), announced today that the U.S. FDA has cleared its Cellfina™ System for the long-term improvement in the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and thighs with no loss of benefit for up to 2 years.

Miramar® Labs Announces FDA Clearance for the permanent reduction of underarm hair of all colors and subsequent launch of miraSmooth™.

Miramar® Labs, an innovative global aesthetic company, announced today its miraDry® System received clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of unwanted underarm hair, and permanent reduction of underarm hair of all colors.

Could a new pulse technology be the long-awaited Botox alternative?

A newly developed non-invasive pulse technology is being heralded as the next step in the search for effective solutions to treat degenerative skin disease.

Hormones and growth spurts can cause stretchmarks

Some women have had them since their teenage years. They can have a serious effect on your self-esteem and body confidence. But there is nothing that can be done to get rid of them. Standing in the bathroom at her parents’ home, Jill Gardner contorted herself in front of the mirror, the better to see the rear of her body. Had she really just spotted angry, purple stretchmarks all over the backs of her arms and calves?

Women who risk their lives injecting vitamins to stay looking young

It's been championed by various celebrities including Poppy Delevingne. But is it as beneficial as it's promoted to be? And are there any scientific results to show these benefits? Loren Oberg relies on the vitamin injections to keep her going in her busy life as a working mother-of-two.

Blemish removal ends in agony for Basingstoke mum

She just wanted to have a blemish removed from her forehead – but a Basingstoke mum endured an agonising ordeal and has been left with blurred vision in one eye after suffering a bad reaction when a drug used for varicose veins was injected into her face. Lisa Fairbanks went to her doctor after a blood dot appeared on her forehead, but was advised that treatment was not available on the NHS, and it was suggested she try a beauty clinic.

We try out facial some of the world's top celebrities swear by

The HydraFacial, which promises skin resurfacing without the use of lasers, is a great treatment for anyone concerned about spots, acne or the effects of ageing. It’s been the secret behind the event-night complexions of some of the world’s top stars including Kate Winslet, Paris Hilton and Beyonce, so I had high hopes for my HydraFacial. The treatment promises skin resurfacing without the use of lasers and uses hydradermabrasion to cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin.

Syneron Candela Receives FDA Clearance for the New U-Sculpt Transducer and Enhanced Ultrasound Power

Syneron Medical Ltd. announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the U-Sculpt™ transducer for its UltraShape™ non-invasive fat destruction platform. The FDA also cleared the V3.1 platform for 25% increase in Ultrasound power in the new U-sculpt transducer and the previously cleared larger VDF transducer. This 25% power enhancement is designed to increase the efficacy of treatment and improve both the user experience and patient comfort.

Cryolipolysis claims to kill fat cells through the skin - but is it safe?

Marketed as an alternative to liposuction, advocates say cryolipolysis, as it is officially called, uses extremely low temperatures kill the fat cells without affecting the skin. But doctors are reporting cases of patients being left burned, in agony, and possibly scarred, by some unqualified practitioners offering bargain prices.

Nouveau Skin Therapy launches in UK, can it really give you A-list skin in 30 minutes?

A nano-current treatment that`s a cut-price version of the wrinkle-busting CACI procedure used by Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox is being launched in the UK. Dubbed the `lunchtime facelift`, it gets its nickname because it only takes half an hour. The treatment is also proving to be popular because it only costs £30 - a much cheaper alternative to many surgical alternatives, which can cost thousands of pounds. The will be rolled out in 150 beauty salons in the UK.

£330 facial... for your bottom

Kelly Brook and Lady Gaga have spearheaded the trend for 'belfies' - self-portraits of one's posterior, posted on social media. Kim Carillo tries a procedure involving a chemical peel and light therapy.

Injectable Drug Offers Promises Nonsurgical Alternative to Reducing Fat Under the Chin

Skin laxity and fat buildup under the chin is a common concern among facial aesthetic patients. Although surgery has long been the mainstay for reducing fat in this area, which is also known as the submental region, new research being presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) being held April 24-29, 2014 in San Francisco, CA, shows the potential of a novel injectable drug for submental fat reduction. Steven H.

Look younger without surgery? The secret behind Gwyneth Paltrow's youthful skin

Could collagen-boosting treatment Thermage give writer Anna Pursglove the same tight, taut skin as Gwyneth? This year, 41-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow let slip a little beauty secret. Her famously flawless complexion is not just the result of good genes and an organic diet but has been given a helping hand by a cosmetic procedure called Thermage. Dubbed ‘the ironing treatment’, Gwynnie says the procedure has taken years off her face and suits her much better than rival wrinkle-busting treatment Botox which the actress claims made her look 'crazy, like Joan Rivers'.

First topical pharmacologic therapy to enter clinical trials for double chin

Topokine Therapeutics has initiated dosing in a Phase 2, randomized controlled clinical trial of XAF5 Gel for reduction of excess submental fat, commonly known as "double chin." XAF5 Gel is a proprietary skin formulation of a compound already known to reduce fat around the human eye. Study participants are applying XAF5 Gel or placebo once a night to skin under the chin.

Would you share a bath with eels?

The latest beauty fad, involving bathing in a tank of eels in order to exfoliate the skin, has been condemned by health inspectors as extremely dangerous. The new treatment is just another in a bewildering array of beauty treatments currently making their way into spas and beauty salons, which experts say are often not regulated as they should be.

Alma Lasers Unveils Groundbreaking Treatment for Excessive Sweating

The Alma SweatX solution significantly reduces sweat and smell quickly and painlessly without the use of toxins and without side effects, achieving immediate improvement with lasting results. The new non-invasive technology puts an end to hyperhidrosis and osmidrosis. Alma SweatX combines multiple RF technologies into a safe, immediate solution for excessive sweating and body odor.

Kythera: ATX-101 safely reduced submental fat in two trials

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals announced that two phase 3 trials investigating its experimental injectable drug, ATX-101, met all primary and secondary endpoints in the reduction of submental fat. Two identical double blind, randomized trials were conducted at 70 centers in the US and Canada with more than 1,000 patients with moderate to severe submental fat. The efficacy and safety of 2 mg/cm2 ATX-101 vs. placebo were compared for reducing submental fat, which commonly presents as a double chin. Two identical double blind, randomized trials were conducted at 70 centers in the US and Canada with more than 1,000 patients with moderate to severe submental fat. The efficacy and safety of 2 mg/cm2 ATX-101 vs. placebo were compared for reducing submental fat, which commonly presents as a double chin.

Syneron Medical Receives FDA Clearance & CE mark for New VelaShape® III Platform

Syneron Medical Ltd., a global market leader in the aesthetic medical device marketplace, announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and CE mark approval for VelaShape® III, the Company`s new non-invasive body shaping platform. This new platform is effective for temporary reduction in circumference of the abdomen and is also used in a wide range of other body shaping applications such as cellulite treatments.

Freezing the Fat Away: Study Suggests Cryolipolysis is Safe and Effective

Since the approval of the first cryolipolysis device in 2010, what have been some of the trends in fat removal through controlled cooling? Have physicians seen the same safety and efficacy in practice as they have in clinical trials? And just how in-demand is this non-invasive body contouring procedure? Plastic surgeons from Southern California sought to answer these questions by conducting the largest, most comprehensive review of cryolipolysis to date.

Dermatologists have a leg up on newer minimally invasive treatments for leg veins

For the estimated 80 million Americans living with leg vein problems, cosmetic concerns only paint part of the picture of living with this condition. In fact, patients with varicose veins commonly experience leg pain and fatigue as well as a host of other medical problems. Varicose veins are large, dilated blood vessels that can be raised above the skin’s surface.

Could freezing away your wrinkles be the new botox?

Instead of injecting toxins into the face, Iovera freezes wrinkles. Needles are inserted into the skin near the nerve that raises the eyebrow. The treatment is still being trialled - but Alice Hart-Davis gives it a go anyway. As the three thin needles at the tip of what looks like a futuristic electric toothbrush start to fur up with ice, I begin to feel a bit queasy.

OMG! These fat zappers really work

A new wave of slimming gizmos is actually delivering results. After years of dubious promises of smaller waists and slimmer thighs, a new generation of fat busters have made it onto the market - and these work.

'Spray-on' skin made from my own skin cells healed my surgery scar.

Alison Portass's double mastectomy left her with a large, lumpy scar on her abdomen. Thanks to treatment with a new spray-on skin, Recell, her scar has almost disappeared.

'Cosmetic' acupuncture is the newest weapon in the anti-ageing war

But can it really give you a facelift? Or does it just leave you with pins and needles? Out of the corner of my left eye, I can see the red tip of a long needle protruding rather alarmingly from my cheek. If I look down I can see another needle, this one stuck into my chin, and I daren't move my head in case I dislodge or snap off the needles sticking out of the top of my head and both temples.

Do non-surgical facelifts actually work?

Botox, chemical peels, laser treatments: They promise to take years off you, but are they really modern day elixirs of youth? Or is the real difference just a confidence boost? You be the judge...

Jesmond clinic boss bites back after Kerry Katona's 'vampire facelift'

A clinic boss has rubbished claims that Kerry Katona was ever in danger after undergoing a “vampire facelift” in Newcastle. The former Atomic Kitten star has told how her face swelled up “like the Elephant Man” following the gruesome cosmetic procedure – which involves injecting blood platelets into the face – at ReVamp in Jesmond.

Kerry Katona reveals how she feared for her life when her face swelled after “vampire facelift”

Pop star Kerry Katona reveals today how she feared for her life when her face swelled ­horrifically after having a “vampire facelift”. Swollen and bruised, devastated Kerry tells how she broke down in tears when she saw her inflamed face in the mirror and thought she would never recover.

Move over, Botox: Toxin-free wrinkle-busting treatment using the power of COLD launches in the UK

iovera, or ‘Frotox’ as it has been nicknamed, is a toxin-free wrinkle treatment delivering immediate results with nothing left behind in the body. Has been hailed as the 'next generation of Botox'.

Nipple tattooing sweeps UK as women strive for 'perfect boobs'

It started with brow definition. Coleen Rooney and her troops arched over the masses with their Scouse brows, taking The Duchess of Cambridge along with them for the ride. But now the Liverpudlian glamazons have taken grooming one step further by darkening and defining their nipples - with tattoos. This new trend of semi-permanent nipple tattooing has swept Liverpool by storm and has already reached the vajazzled land of Essex.

'Wiggins effect' boom in cycling sees surge in number of MEN having thread veins removed from their legs

The cycling boom since the Olympics has seen an increasing number of men shaving their legs - and discovering unsightly thread veins underneath, according to one cosmetic surgery clinic. Dr Peter Finigan, specialist thread vein practitioner at Dr Newmans Clinic, a nationwide doctor-led consultancy which specialises solely in removing thread veins, has treated more than 50 male cyclists since September at his practice in Manchester.

TMB Cosmetic Surgery Discovers Fake CoolSculpting® Machines in Toronto Canada

Renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Trevor Born warns beauty seekers: “These counterfeit CoolSculpting machines are dangerous and pose a great health and safety risk.” Consumers need to make more informed choices about their purchases in order to stem the illegal sale and trade of potentially dangerous counterfeit goods. In the case of CoolSculpting, serious harm can be caused to a person if the counterfeit machine is faulty, or if proper treatment protocol is not followed.

Lithera Initiates Phase 2b Clinical Trial of LIPO-202 Targeting Aesthetic Reduction of Subcutaneous Abdominal Fat

Lithera, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on lifestyle and medical indications in aesthetic medicine and ophthalmology, announced today that the first patient has been treated with LIPO-202 (Salmeterol Xinafoate for Injection) in its 500-patient Phase 2b "RESET" trial. LIPO-202, Lithera`s lead product candidate, is a novel injectable pharmaceutical product designed to produce localized reduction of subcutaneous fat.

Mark S. Whiteley: Varicose Veins Need the 'Botox Treatment'

These sorts of discussions are wide-spread about Botox and fillers - the same is needed for varicose veins and venous reflux disease.

Stay younger for longer: Is CO2 the new Botox?

It’s being hailed as the new Botox — but as well as smoothing out wrinkles, it’s claimed that carboxytherapy can help get rid of dark under-eye circles and fade scars.

Novel Cosmetic Combination of AccuSculpt Laser Lipolysis, Botox and Radiesse Gives Results Nearly Equal to Face Lift

A new combination of the AccuSculpt laser, neuromodulators such as Botox, and Radiesse dermal filler has been introduced at Body Oasis Laser Aesthetics including treatment for baggy eyelids, ‘double chin’, jowls, heavy neck and cheeks. Combined with liposuction, in selected patients, this procedure can shave years from your appearance

Med Contour: The flab zapper that could spell the end of liposuction

The amazing ‘flab zapper’ that has slimmed 38-year-old mother-of-two Kelly O'Brien to a size eight... and could be the end of liposuction. There’s a whisper going around the elegant waiting rooms of Harley Street’s finest plastic surgeons. The word is that old-fashioned liposuction, once considered a quick-fix procedure that tackled everything from flabby thighs to double chins, is falling out of favour.

Laser injection less painful than needles

A laser device for less painful injections has been developed by South Korean scientists. The system could replace traditional needles, with a jab as painless as being hit with a puff of air. The laser is already used in aesthetic skin treatments. The aim now is to make low-cost injectors for clinical use. A team from Seoul National University in South Korea describe the process in the Optical Society's journal Optics Letters.

Latisse shows long-term success, according to recent study

The first long-term trial of Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03 percent, Allergan) shows that daily application of the eyelash enhancer for up to one year is safe and effective for patients with idiopathic and chemotherapy-induced hypotrichosis.

The new face-lifting acupuncture treatment that claims to take five years off (but could you handle the needles?)

AcuFacial, a non-surgical alternative to Botox and cosmetics surgery, is fast becoming the new trend for turning back the clock on aging.

Toe liposuction and Loub Job: Why Birmingham receptionist spent £1,800 to make her feet look better

Shoe-mad Nikki resorted to expensive cosmetic surgery on her feet. Fashionista or just foolish? Carefully, Nikki Wilson paints each of her slim toes in bright nail polish before slipping into her favourite high-heeled sandals, confident that her feet have never looked better. While pedicures are a must for any glamorous girl, the 23-year-old receptionist has taken her desire to have immaculate toes to extremes. Nikki is one of a growing number of women in Britain and the US, who have resorted to cosmetic surgery so they can wear sky-high heels.

Cold Therapy Pen FDA Cleared for Pain Reduction, Clearing Wrinkles in EU, Canada

Silicon Valley-based myoscience will soon be introducing its pen-like cooling device in the US having just been cleared by the FDA for targeted pain reduction. The company’s Focused Cold Therapy technology is meant to induce a kind-of hibernation of nerves, blocking their signaling ability and therefore reducing nearby pain. Pain reduction, though, is only half the story as the same device was approved in Europe and Canada for temporary wrinkle reduction, not an indication the FDA has approved yet.

Now there's surgery for fat feet? The rise of `toe-besity` cosmetic procedures

Cosmetic surgery to rid feet of fat toes, coined 'toe-besity', is on the rise. A growing number of people are beginning to obsess over smaller details of their feet, like the width of their toes, and are turning to podiatrists for toe re-shaping surgery.