Ron Myers

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Ron Myers

Following over 17 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry - including roles in sales and marketing, sales management and business development, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the launch of Botox® and M.D. Forté® glycolic peels into the UK marketplace in 1994. This introduced me to the fascinating world of the cosmetic industry and the very early days of the non-surgical medical aesthetic market.

Since launching my own consultancy business with my business partner, Martyn Roe, in 2002 I have been involved in helping to set up many new concepts focusing on the aesthetic market place including exhibitions, websites, a distribution company and a cosmetic clinic.

I love the different challenges that I've faced in working in this industry and have also been fortunate to have been asked to speak at many different industry forums and write articles on a wide range of business topics related to the cosmetic market alongside meeting some truly fascinating people who work in our business.

There are very big differences between the quality and ethics of suppliers, clinics and associated businesses involved in our market and the challenge that we all face is to accurately represent and market our different concepts in an ethical way whilst maintaining profitability. I hope, in some small way, that Consulting Room's different activities can help to promote and develop the best aspects of our business to help maintain a long term positive profile and growth in our industry segment. 

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Introducing Consulting Room's Business Hub for Aesthetic Professionals

The Consulting Room has created a new Business Hub within the Members Area of The Consulting Room by aggregating a great many resources with a business theme from past member magazines, our SMART Ideas events, as well as getting input from third party companies and individuals who work in the aesthetics sector.

Be SMART in 2015 - Why planning for next year`s success is critical and how we can help

Our SMART IDEAS events in London and Manchester in January provide an ideal opportunity for you to sit down at the beginning of 2015 for a day and learn about some of the latest strategies to grow your business from people who have proven expertise in working in the aesthetic industry.

Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating), A Quick Guide to Treatment Options

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) affects an estimated 1 ? 2% of the population. Here is a quick guide to some of the treatments currently available to axillary hyperhidrosis sufferers, including an introduction to an exciting new option known as miraDry that has recently entered the UK market.

Are Insurers & Underwriters a Practical Key to Regulating the Aesthetic Industry?

You wouldn't drive a car if you couldn't get insurance, so will taking away medical indemnity policies for non-medics such as beauty therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists stop the tidal wave of entry to the facial cosmetic injectable marketplace?

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.

Are these the highest value cosmetic surgery deals ever on Groupon?

Like many in the industry, I tend to keep an eye on deal website Groupon with a mixture of fascination and suspicion. On the one hand its effectiveness in drumming up business is to be applauded; however, I cant help noting its moral and ethical pitfalls, especially when it comes to responsible Cosmetic Surgery advertising.

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.

Botox granted cosmetic license for Glabellar Lines, with 50 unit, 100 unit and 200 unit vials available.

Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, were granted a license to promote the product for the treatment of glabellar lines on 30th November 2011. Up until now it has been unlicensed for cosmetic indication.

Business Blogging For Traffic in the Medical Aesthetic Industry

Over the last decade blogging has become increasingly popular, with Quantcast reporting that as of June 2010 had 11.4 million blogs hosted by the site and blogpulse reporting that there are currently over 160 billion identified blogs live on the Internet at the moment!

Non-Surgical Lipolysis Banned in France

According to an article in French magazine Anti-Age, the French High Authority of Health (HAS) has recently prohibited the use of a variety of different lipolysis (fat killing) cosmetic procedures.

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.

Looking back and forward on a year in the Aesthetic Industry

2010 has been yet another fascinating year in the history of the aesthetic industry.

Coming Soon - European Standards for Aesthetic Surgical Procedures?

I was invited to speak at a recent meeting on the subject of Cosmetic Surgery Trends. The focus of the meeting revolved around the lack of effective regulation.

Botox Deals: Is Cut Price Marketing Applicable for Medical Treatments?

I noticed a recent advert today on the website a new site offering special one day only offers provided in conjunction with local businesses advertising in your city. The Deal of the Day was promoting an offer of 80 instead of 220 for skin smoothing injections in 2 areas of the face.

Revision Surgery Following Breast Augmentation - The Low-down

Breast augmentation is the commonest cosmetic operation in the UK and is usually a very satisfying procedure for the patient. There are however times when breast augmentation or enlargement surgery with silicone gel implants just doesnt go to plan; so what do you need to be aware of?

VAT and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Did you know that from 1st October 2010, there will be no restriction on who can operate class 4 lasers and IPL equipment for non-surgical cosmetic treatments? At the same time, VAT will become applicable for non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

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.

Imagery in Beauty Advertising

Parents want their children to grow up with a positive and healthy self-image so beware of the impact of advertising.

Weight Loss Surgery Commericals - Coming to the UK any day soon?

We see endless TV adverts relating to healthy eating, various diet plans or fitness videos, but I wonder how long it will be before we see advertisements for more drastic measures such as obesity or bariatric surgery (like the one below) on UK television screens?

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.

Take the Dysport Challenge and let the `Botox Wars` commence!

Medicis Aesthetics is the US distributor of Ipsens brand of botulinum toxin, Dysport. In a bid to win market share they have recently launched a new direct to consumer campaign.

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.

Botox for Valentine's Day?

I stumbled across this U.S. advert on the Internet today advertising Special Offers on Botox and Dermal Fillers for Valentine's Day. In the UK this advert would be frowned upon for two reasons.

`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 Future of Healthcare Regulation in England

Dr Philip Dobson Medical Director of Laser Care Services Ltd sent us a summary of the pertinent points of Care Quality Commission legislation changes due in 2010 relating to the Cosmetic Surgery/Non-surgical industry and Beauty Sector.