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Exercise is good for your skin!

Exercise is good for your skin!

Exercise is a great way to help you feel and look better, on the inside as well as the outside! As you exercise, blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin.

Tudor beauty tips...some things really are best left to the history books!

Sometimes, after a long day at work, a simple beauty routine like ‘cleanse’ and ‘moisturise’ can seem two steps too long. Imagine, if you will, waking up in Tudor England as a lady from a wealthy family.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 8: The Black Code

Having “Followed the Colour Code” to the end with Initial Medical, we take a look at the final colour in the coding system - black.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 7: The Purple Code

We continue to “Follow the Colour Code” with blogs from Initial Medical, this time looking at purple...

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 6: The Tiger Code

Following Initial Medical’s “Follow the Colour Code” blog series on clinical waste management, we consider the meaning of tiger…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 5: The Red Code

Next in Initial Medical’s “Follow the Colour Code” blog series on clinical waste management, we’re seeing red…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 4: The Yellow Code

As part of Initial Medical’s ‘Follow the Colour Code’ blogs on clinical waste management, here we look at yellow…

Cosmetic surgery is the increasingly popular choice, but do patients and surgeons agree on the best results?

Cosmetic surgery continues to be an increasingly popular choice for people in the UK keen to improve their looks and appearance, but, as specialists in handling compensation claims relating to cosmetic surgery, our team at Hudgell Solicitors would urge caution before choosing any form of surgery, as it can be life-changing and some procedures can be irreversible.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 3: The White Code

Next in Initial Medical’s ‘Follow the Colour Code’ clinical waste blog series, it’s important to be whiter than white…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 2: The Blue Code

Continuing Initial Medical’s series of ‘Follow the Colour Code’ blogs discussing safe and effective waste segregation management and disposal, we consider the colour blue…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 1: The Orange Code

Initial Medical brings you a series of blogs as part of its ‘Follow the Colour Code’ campaign’ discussing the colour coding system for waste segregation management and disposal. To kick off, here we look at orange…

How to better understand the cost of cosmetic surgery

We all like a good deal, to feel that we are getting value for money when we buy things. Inevitably, the cost of any cosmetic surgery will also play a role in the decision making process. 

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.

The Development of Nitrile Gloves in the Medical Industry

Tthe development of the humble glove has probably been the fastest, the most dramatic and yet the most understated of scientific developments. Saving lives through cutting infection rates, offering protection etc. the surgeon?s glove, like the first flight of aviation, has come through turbulent times but today, it is a huge business with pressures and challenges driving its development.

What Issues Can be Rectified With Cosmetic Dentistry

Anyone with a bothersome or unsightly dental imperfection that affects the look of their smile can benefit from visiting a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic Consultations Part 2: Client Suitability for Treatment

In order to provide suitable treatment to your clients, a successful consultation must first take place. Once your client?s expectations have been established and discussed, then it is important to consider your client?s suitability for treatment.

Cosmetic Consultations Part 1: Managing Client Expectations

A successful consultation is the foundation of any aesthetic treatment. In order to achieve client satisfaction, the practitioner must first understand what the client wishes to achieve.

Consulting Room Editor Wins Journalist of The Year Award

Lorna Jackson, long standing Editor of The Consulting Room is thrilled to have won the Journalist of the Year award at the 2014 MyFaceMyBody Awards held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on Saturday 1st November 2014.

Skin Talks by Dr Jaishree Sharad, first of a kind book by Indian Dermatologist

My book, Skin Talks launches on 24th September. It is the first of its kind by an Indian author. It is a simple and holistic approach to understanding your skin and a practical guide to looking after it over different ages, times and occasions.

Wacky Wednesday - Who`s Obsessed Now? I Didn`t Think So

You be the judge. Are the hateful judgers growing armpit hair and skipping the makeup, or just kidding themselves about the definition of natural? From where I`m standing the most confident, honest, authentic women in Hollywood get a little work done, own it, and proceed with the real joys in life.

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.

It`s time to break up...with sugar

For a long time now you`ve been in an abusive relationship - with sugar. You can read more about it in my book: Future Proof Your Skin. Breaking the addiction from sugar certainly changed my life and it can change yours too.

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.

What a difference 15 years makes in the aesthetic industry

This month, I watched Courthouse Clinics, my nationwide chain of cosmetic treatment centres, turn 15 years old. It?s hard not to spend some time reflecting on the changes we?ve seen in the aesthetic industry in this time.

Should an Apprentice Run a Cosmetic Procedures Business?

There are several ironies involved in Dr Leah Totton winning The Apprentice. To BAPRAS she does indeed look like `The Apprentice` when it comes to offering cosmetic procedures.

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.

A Timeline of Cosmetic Procedures: (The When, Who and Where)

There is a well-documented history of cosmetic procedures which have been designed to improve the appearance of different people. In past times these operations were carried out on disfigured or severely injured individuals, as a means of improving their overall quality of life. Some of the key moments in the development of cosmetic procedures are highlighted in this article.

Free Cosmetic Surgery Consultations or No Free Consultations?

It is a question that has divided plastic surgeons. Should we offer free consultations or not. The arguments for free consultations, the arguments against free consultations and the third way ? free mini consultations.

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.

The Plastic Surgery Dossier of James Bond, 007

Agent 007, James Bond, has recently resurfaced again in Operation Skyfall. As a surgical specialist, I have examined Mr. Bond, and have compiled the following report and made the appropriate recommendations for his overall reconstructive and aesthetic needs.

Festive Christmas food can include tasty treats for skin health and anti-ageing

The party season is hotting up, Christmas is just 10 days away and with it comes the threat of late nights, too many glasses of champagne and countless mince pies. Whilst Christmas should involve indulgence, not all indulgences have to have a negative impact on our waistline and visage.

The Problem with the Beauty Counter

Unfortunately the beauty counter in a department store is not a reliable source of skin health information ? and nor is the local chemist for that matter. There is a lot of misinformation around.

Are You Addicted to Carbs?

For a long time, we have waged diet wars against fats believing that eating fat will make us fat. However, evidence now shows that it is in fact sugars and refined carbohydrates that cause us to pile on the pounds.

Phytonutrients and Skin Health

Phytonutrients (also known as phytochemical) literally means a `nutrient from a plant`. They are being linked with a wide variety of health claims including the prevention and improvement of various cancers, heart disease, memory loss, and osteoporosis as well as skin conditions and the process of skin ageing.

Operative Diets: What you eat before and after cosmetic surgery determines how you heal

Patients need to be especially vigilant about what they eat before and after surgery. Surgery places numerous stresses on the body. Good nutrition is essential for expediting wound healing, reducing risk of infection and scarring, and optimising desired results.

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.

Holby City NHS Doctor moonlighting in facial aesthetics!

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

2011: The Year in Cosmetic Surgery Stories

With 2011 at an end and 2012 already well upon us, the past twelve months have proven to be a bustling time, not merely for the cosmetic industry itself but for their media counterparts also. 2011 was a year when many cosmetic surgery stories came to light.

Is a low calorie diet the real non-surgical approach to delaying the ageing process?

In order to achieve a truly youthful complexion, it is vital that we consider what goes on inside our bodies too. A nutritious diet is fundamental in optimizing skin health and preventing ageing.

Cosmetic News Awards 2011 - And the winners are

A rundown of the first Cosmetic News Aesthetic Awards 2011 from the venue to the night's awards winners

Is a picture book the best way to teach children about cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is becoming widely acceptable in society. Of course, this is something that people will forever argue over, but putting the facts and figures to one side for a second, its interesting to think about how education about surgery can be woven into the way people raise their children.

Are attractive people more successful?

In his new book Beauty Pays Hamermesh, a professor at the University of Texas, breaks beauty down into a 5 point rating system to try and prove the link between economics and beauty.

A day in the life of a plastic surgeon...

LBPS Surgeon Dr. Chris Inglefield gives us a rundown of his typical day - tummy tucks, septorhinoplasty, breast augmentations and blepharoplasty.... A day in the life of a London-based plastic surgeon is certainly varied!

Want a derriere to rival Jenifer Lopez?... the secrets in the box!

For those women out there who want a more rounded derriere but dont want to indulge in surgical implants what can you do? Well, the folks at Bremenn labs have put their two cents in and come up with the solution: Butt lift in a Box.

Getting breast implants when you feel flat chested and flat broke... what NOT to do.

Take A Break magazine recently featured a woman who appealing to strangers to donate money towards her breast implants via a website called "myfreeimplants.com". With a reluctant hesitation we decided to see what the site was about...

When failing to lose weight is NOT your fault

I can appreciate when I hear people say "Why aren't I losing as much weight as I want to?" Not alot of weight per say but stubborn fat, and then I saw this about POP - which may be sabotaging our efforts to losing weight.

The male guide to grooming - hair and skin care.

Skin care for men has come of age and men are now trying to follow the rules of skin care in order to maintain a youthful look. Anatomy of male and female skin is by and large similar. However, it is the subtle differences which make skin care different.

Whats the difference between natural breasts and implants... 1/7th of a coconut apparently!

Cosmetic information website Cosmetic Surgery Guru has put together the very breast of British which details the way the nation feels about breasts and are encouraging the nation to ask the questions they are too scared to ask for instance did you know that 63% of the nation would like bigger breasts albeit just the women we hope!

Micropigmentation (Semi Permanent Makeup) - How to Obtain the Best Results from your Treatment.

Jeni Watson RN and Micropigmentation specialist shares her 12 step guide to ensuring you and your patient achieve the best possible results from micropigmentation treatment.

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

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

Skin Analysis and Digital Imaging: Getting under your clients skin

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

Vain Rooney - Is the recent trend in male celebrities going under the knife making male cosmetic surgery more socially acceptable?

Footballer Wayne Rooney was in the press again recently. This time however it was not his antics on the pitch but his recent hair transplant that caused a stir. So is this rise in male celebrities undergoing cosmetic surgery encouraging the ordinary working man to do the same?

New Book Review: Fabulous Faces, From motivation to transformation through facial plastic surgery by Peter Adamson

Think you understand why people get cosmetic surgery? Well this book may surprise you. Fabulous Faces by Peter A. Adamson, M.D is an informative collection of in-depth personal stories by 30 of his patients who have undergone various facial procedures.

FACE Conference and Exhibition 2011 and Aesthetic Industry Summer Ball

Its that time of year again - the sun was shining (well thats in-between the downpours), the birds were chirping and the creme de la creme of the aesthetic industry were making their annual pilgrimage to the Royal Society of Physicians in London for the FACE Conference.

And the winner is.... Breast Augmentations being used in prize giveaways - the rise of this startling new trend

A Canadian radio station, Calgary AMP 90.3fm and Desperados nightclub are holding a contest to win a $10,000 breast augmentation procedure. The contest, named the Breast Summer Ever, is the latest Cosmetic Surgery prize contest to hit the headlines and stir up social controversy.

The Wayne Rooney guide to hair transplants... now hairs something you don't read every day!

Who knew Wayne Rooney had such comical roots? It seems Rooney has become the unofficial mascot of balding men everywhere. He's been championed for his outspokenness on the subject and praised for bringing publicity to the issue and sparked off a surge in similar hair loss procedures.

Gain 3 cupsizes in a matter of seconds... Theres an app for that!

In a world dominated by technology and where the iPhone is king, it was only a matter of time before plastic surgery got the virtual treatment. This week we were introduced to the iAugment, the latest Photoshop-style app that gives users instantly bigger breasts!

Court settles 54 million pound plastic surgery claim

High Court settles Britain's highest every plastic surgery claim originally for 54 million pounds awarding the plaintiff, Mrs Penny Johnson a record 6.2 million.

ITV show plays host to guest with worlds largest breast implants

ITV's This Morning plays host to controversial guest Chelsea Charms who has the worlds largest breast implants - a whopping 164 XXX!

Why liposuction is not a treatment for obesity

Researchers from the University of Colorado have carried out liposuction trials on women with large amounts of adipose (fat) tissue around their lower abdomen, hips or thighs. After 12 months they discovered the fat had been redistributed to other parts of the body. We talk to expert Dr. Bea Brookes.....

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.

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.

Cosmetic surgery is Surgery - making the right choice.

It has been a strained week for the cosmetic surgery industry. A UK plastic surgeon is being sued for 54 million by a patient for a facelift gone wrong. A young british woman dies after travelling to American to have injections to enlarge her buttocks in a hotel room.

How to have cosmetic surgery abroad SAFELY

Why do people travel abroad for cosmetic surgery. Well, unfortunately, in most cases it is to save money. And this is fundamentally the wrong way to approach any surgery, let alone surgery abroad in unfamiliar surroundings. So how can you travel to a world expert abroad and have a safe, and successful experience?

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.

IMCAS Paris 2011 - A Doctor's Notes

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

So, Aspirin is the re-discovered wonder drug!

Recent media headlines are dominated by rediscovery of aspirin as a wonder drug. Doctors are well aware of benefits of low dose aspirin. It thins the blood so naturally reduces chances of stroke or heart attack which are predominantly caused by blockage of blood supply to these organs. It has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties. So, do we all rush out and start taking aspirin!

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!

Chinese Laser Exporters Become Language Experts Too!

Our industrious and ever adaptable Chinese cousins are now trying a new marketing method of reaching their clients in Ireland...by spam emailing us in our ancient proud and less-frequently spoken language Gaeilge!

VIVA LAS IAAFA! A round-up of this year's meeting.

I recently attended the Annual Conference of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics (IAAFA), held at the Royal Society of Medicine on 3rd & 4th September 2010. The meeting, now in its fourth year, saw a good cross section of the U.K. aesthetic industry.

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.

Celebrity Cosmetic Disasters

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

FACE 2010 - A Doctor's Notes

As usual, at this time of year I found myself on the pilgrimage to the Royal College of Physicians, for the annual FACE conference. Undoubtedly the biggest conference of its kind in the UK; this year attracted a plethora of high profile speakers.