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Double The Benefit: Why combination surgery is on the rise...

Double The Benefit: Why combination surgery is on the rise...

Plastic surgeons around the globe have seen a sharp increase in cosmetic surgery enquiries this year for multiple procedures.

What you need to consider before a lockdown nose job

Last year, the Zoom Boom phenomenon prompted a surge in demand for rhinoplasties, also known as nose jobs.

Can natural remedies tighten the vaginal muscles?

It’s important to separate the doctor-recommended treatments, which have had success with strengthening the vaginal muscles, from the dangerous trends that should be avoided at all costs.

Can natural remedies cure vaginal dryness?

The rise of celebrity and social media culture has formed a dangerous trend of beauty and health hacks. Rumours about natural remedies with the potential to cure women’s health problems, such as vaginal dryness, have been circulating in recent years. But is there actually any truth to them?

Are wrinkles inevitable? How the sun can cause premature ageing.

Wrinkles ARE inevitable. As we age, there is an unavoidable deterioration in the quality of our skin.

Non-surgical facelifts: Guide

A non-surgical facelift can refer to procedures such as laser resurfacing and facial injectables which don’t use a knife and don’t require hospitalisation.

One in 20 people worldwide suffer from excessive sweating - We explain the most popular solutions for hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is a problem that affects millions of people around the world – in fact, it’s thought that one in 20 people suffer from excessive sweating. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you may have felt you’ve tried all the available options. Here’s a guide to the available treatments for excessive underarm sweating.

Factualising Fat Transfer

The concept of Free Fat Transfer (FTT) has been around since the late 1800s, when fat was first reported to have been used to fill soft tissue defects. Since then, the scope of fat transfer techniques has been continuously broadened to include tissue defect repairs in the face, breasts, and other areas of the body.

Rolling back the years - Do injectables deliver?

So, the key question I am often asked is, “Can aesthetic injections help with this inevitable deterioration?”

Q&A: 3 Things To Consider Before CoolSculpting

It’s that time of year again where lots of people start thinking about Coolsculpting as they get ready to go on holiday, or to wear summer clothes, simply to feel confident showing off more of their body.

ISHRS launches patient awareness campaign of black market hair restoration

Hair restoration patients around the world are being lured to "black market pirate clinics" operated by non-physicians with little or no training promising guaranteed results which pose serious risks to unsuspecting men and women seeking help for hair loss.

I am as devoted to wearing sunscreen as I am to brushing my teeth

Do we really need to be wearing a daily SPF regardless of the weather and if we are just going to be inside all day?

How to strengthen pelvic floor muscles

The benefits of pelvic floor exercises are well-documented, and are recommended to help prevent problems such as stress urinary incontinence and a prolapsed uterus. Despite this, a recent survey conducted by Health & Aesthetics revealed that a third of women who have had or are expecting a baby admitted to never practising the exercises.

Diagnosing Female Hair Loss

In our previous blog we looked at identifying hair loss and some initial considerations to make. In this blog we focus our attention to achieving a hair loss diagnosis in women.

Diagnosing Male Hair Loss

In our previous blog we looked at identifying hair loss and some initial considerations to make. In this blog we focus our attention to achieving a hair loss diagnosis in men.

What Happens To Your Skin During A Chemical Peel?

More and more people are opting to enhance their appearance with a chemical peel. The minimally invasive, inexpensive procedure smooths the skin, allowing for a revitalised, youthful look. The recovery time for most chemical peels is short, and the benefits last a long time. If you are considering this treatment, here’s what you need to know.

Viscoderm Hydrobooster - the perfect prescription for ageing skin

If your skin feels dull, dry and lacklustre and fine lines and wrinkles have become more noticeable over the last few years (particularly around the mouth, eyes and forehead) I have discovered a new and revolutionary treatment that could be of interest to you; Viscoderm Hydrobooster treatments.

Fillers And Why I Love Them

When patients come in for consultation and specifically say they don’t want fillers, their reasons are more often than not based on misconceptions and myth.

Dry Skin? Self-regulate your skin’s thirst instead of reaching for the moisturiser this winter

The combination of cold weather, central heating and other environmental aggressors can make skin dehydrated and sore. This amalgamation zaps moisture away from the skin which leaves many of us grappling to apply heavy creams to help fight the dryness.

Platelet Rich Plasma And Non-Surgical Hair Restoration Techniques

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a technique which is available for both sexes and can be used to encourage regeneration of thicker and healthy looking hair. PRP can also benefit medical conditions such as Alopecia, for example, where the patient has suffered hair loss due to illness, stress or other complications that may or may not be age related.

Autumn Skin Care - 3 Top Treatments To Rejuvenate Your Skin

Are you ready to embrace an Autumn Skin Care regime to help tackle some of the signs of premature skin ageing?

A Natural Approach to Aesthetics

When it comes to non-surgical aesthetic treatments, I really believe that the hallmark of a talented, experienced and qualified medical aesthetic professional is a result that is subtle and natural rather than looking ‘done’.

Everything you need to know about labiaplasty

It is not uncommon for a woman to feel dissatisfied with her labia minora (inner lips of the vagina). Women presenting with exceptionally long or unequal lengths of the labia minora are the two most common reasons for seeking professional advice for labiaplasty procedure.

Skin Cancer: A gentle reminder to be vigilant

I know that the 'Wear SPF daily! requests from healthcare professionals can seem a little repetitive, but overexposure to UV light is the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancer, a condition that presents in over 100,000 new patients in the UK every year.

Hair: What is it and how does it grow?

We discuss the basics of hair, in a healthy state, laying an important foundation to our understanding of hair loss itself.

How much sun is healthy?

It’s easy to forget to apply the SPF when the weather is cloudy or overcast, but I’ve heard some people hold off on the SPF application on a hot, sunny day ‘to help top up their Vitamin D levels’. But does this really work? Do we need to risk skin damage to take on sufficient Vitamin D?

Varicose Vein Treatment: All You Need to Know

Troubled by their bulging appearance, or discomfort they can cause, many patients suffering with varicose veins decide to look into vein treatment options. If you’ve just started looking into treatment options, but feeling overwhelmed by all you need to know, you may find this blog useful.

Sharing lip filler syringes with a friend is amongst the dangers from discounted aesthetic procedures

Even if you change the needle during a ‘syringe share’, there is still a risk of cross contamination from one patient to another, putting the patients at unnecessary risk just to save a little money.

Nearly two-thirds of men dislike their bodies but many are too embarrassed to change it

More than 60% of men admit to being unhappy with their bodies, but many are reluctant to take positive action to address the problem.

Acne Explained

Acne affects about 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous (oil) gland in the skin. It can have a huge psychosocial impact on sufferers, with many people suffering low mood and unhappiness as a direct consequence of the condition.

Spotlight on Lip Fillers: What You Need To Know Before the Needle

Lip fillers still seem to be big news. Have lip trends changed over recent years? If so, how and what has driven the changes?

What is jaw contouring with Radiesse?

It used to be that if you were unhappy with certain facial features, invasive surgery was your only option. However, with developments in non-surgical aesthetic treatments, there are now other avenues open to patients unhappy with the shape of their nose or the profile of their chin. Radiesse Jaw Contouring is one option.

Breast Uplift vs Breast Reduction - Which surgery to choose

Those of you who are considering a change of breast size, or shape, and are going from larger to smaller, will be best advised to look at either a breast uplift or breast reduction.

Autumn – the perfect season for an aesthetic treatment!

As Summer fades and Autumn approaches, it’s a time for digging out your warm clothes from the wardrobe, enjoying the great outdoors in its red, orange and gold glory, and treating your skin to a little TLC after a long summer in the sunshine.

Dermal fillers for facial scars

Sometimes facial scars can leave a hollowness in your skin. Dermal fillers can provide an effective treatment to reduce the impact of this kind of facial scar.

The aesthetics of the nipple-areola complex

Nipple and areola surgery are becoming increasingly popular in both women and men.

Can Dermapen micro-needling combined with PRP help acne scars?

Acne scars are one of the most permanent and distressing consequences of acne. So is there any way that these can be effectively treated without spending thousands of pounds on laser or deep chemical peels with all the risks involved with these procedures?

Breast Augmentation Myth-busting

There’s a lot of information out there on breast surgery and it can be hard to know what to believe. I truly believe the best way to learn is to meet with a surgeon for a consultation in person.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty; What exactly is it?

For those of you who don’t know, a non-surgical Rhinoplasty treatment involves the contouring, reshaping, sculpturing and re-modelling of the nasal framework without surgery, using absorbable and safe hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.

Understanding different gynaecomastia types and treatment options for banishing man boobs

The medical term for male breast enlargement is gynaecomastia, commonly called as 'Man Boobs' or 'Moobs'.

The Real Reason You Can't Shift That Stubborn Fat & How Sculpsure Can Help

We are led to believe that fat loss is simply a question of enough exercise and the right diet. Yet so many of us stick to a good exercise regime and a healthy eating plan and still can’t get rid of stubborn fat around the tummy, thighs and hips. Why?

Ageing factors to avoid and ways to improve your skin

There are plenty of options available to reduce stress levels and leave us looking good and feeling great, from wrinkle treatments to meditation. We look at some of the key factors that cause us to age and the ways you can combat these.

What is microblading?

Microblading seems to be the buzz word at the end of everyone's lips. Microblading is a manual method of micropigmentation which creates the simulation of hair strokes.

My personal perspective on one decade of dimple creation practice in the United Kingdom

I was trained in the rather quirky art of dimple creation in Mumbai over twenty years ago. I never imagined that it would grow to become such a significant part of my UK practice...

Pre-Wedding Skincare tips if you’re getting married this year!

If you’re getting married this year, I’m sure your to-do list for the year is probably fairly extensive already, but have you considered tackling any existing skincare concerns before your big day?

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.

What is melasma and can a chemical peel help?

Melasma is a skin condition where the skin on your face makes too much of the brown pigment called melanin. Melasma can be treated with a combination of a series of superficial chemical peels and professional skincare products.

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.

Cosmetic Surgery - Knowing Your Legal Rights

This will help you to understand your rights if you are contemplating cosmetic surgery, or if you have had cosmetic surgery and something has gone wrong.

What Is the Best Botox Dose and Dilution for Forehead Wrinkles and Frown Lines?

What matters when you have your Botulinum toxin (Botox) is the overall number of units that you are given. Practitioners may choose to dilute their Botox with varying amounts of saline, and this will affect how far the Botox diffuses away from the injection site.

Why Hydrafacial (hydradermabrasion) has more benefits than its rival microdermabrasion – 6 Facials in 1

Hydrafacial is a unique 6-step process. If you have a Hydrafacial treatment in a specialist clinic, you will be getting ‘6 facials in 1’, as well as long-lasting glowing skin!

Breast Reduction: The Complete Care Guide

Breast reduction isn’t purely cosmetic; for many women, it may be the chance for them to live a normal life again. Understanding the procedure that you are about to undergo is essential before booking yourself in for any surgery.

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.

Treating Rosacea with Skin Creams

Rosacea is a long term skin condition that causes facial redness, thread veins and spider veins (known medically as telangiectasias). The results of clinical comparisons has shown that Azelaic acid cream is one of the most effective topical treatments.

Is prevention better than cure? Botox injections for younger people

From years of firsthand experience, and the feedback I get from my patients, I believe that if administered correctly, and in the correct doses, Botox for wrinkle prevention is indeed better than cure.

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.

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.

The Complete Guide to Dental Implants

Dental Implants are becoming one of the most popular dental procedures. Due to the rise of digital dentistry, the dental world is changing. Treatments are becoming more advanced as well as accessible.

What’s the difference between the different brands of Botulinum Toxin?

Clients often ask me what the difference is between the different brands of botulinum toxin that are available in the UK. Well, the bottom line is not a lot, except maybe in terms of pricing. Let me explain why.

Treatment Review: BioSkinJetting – My Story

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

What is a PDO Thread Lift or Fine Thread Contouring?

The PDO Thread Lift or Fine Thread Contouring (FTC) Therapy is a cosmetic technique that uses absorbable threads or sutures to lift and tighten sagging skin tissue in order to redefine the youthful contours of the face in areas that have lost definition.

How to avoid a bad Botox experience

You can have a bad botox experience if you are given too much or too little Botox, if it’s given in the wrong place, or if your provider is inadequately trained or is unscrupulous and using something other than one of the regulated forms of Botulinum Toxin.

How young is too young?...

The view of a young Aesthetician on Aesthetic treatment and teenagers. Young people, including myself, feel the constant pressure to look our best and with celebrities setting ridiculously high standards, it’s easy for them to feel like cosmetic treatments are the only way to achieve beauty.

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.

Dermalux LED Light Therapy – the science behind the treatment

When patients come to our clinic, they can’t fail to notice our amazing new piece of Aesthetic technology – the multi award-winning Dermalux LED Light Therapy machine. It’s an incredible piece of equipment that is totally non-invasive, and as a result, some people have been a little sceptical of its efficacy; that is, until they have tried it!

Resting Bitch Face - How Botox can turn that frown upside down

Resting bitch face is the term given when a person, usually a girl, has a scowl or feels they look mean when their face is expressionless, without meaning to.

Is there a link between dairy products and acne?

Acne is the most common skin disease of Western civilization affecting more than 85% of adolescents as well as a significant percentage of adults. Many people believe that the fat content of dairy products is responsible for promoting acne.

Are you comfortable in your perfect imperfection!?

On a daily basis, we are faced with air-brushed images of male and female perfection. As a result of this, we are obviously all becoming more critical when we look into the mirror.

How long should I have Botox to treat my wrinkles?

Patients often ask the question - How long is it safe to have Botox for?

What patients can expect from any pre-treatment consultation with a medical practitioner

I am a firm believer in the idea that all non-surgical cosmetic procedures should include a one-to-one consultation between the patient and their Aesthetic Practitioner, prior to the day of the procedure.

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’. 

10 Expert Tips To Undergo Safer Facial Cosmetic Surgery

With new guidelines released last week by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) regarding safer cosmetic practices, I am offering up my top tips for patients who are looking to undergo cosmetic procedures safely.

Helping You to Look After You: Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare

For a prompt recovery after undergoing cosmetic surgery, it’s important that you follow strict recovery guidelines.

Experts Slam Self Injecting Vloggers that are Causing Public Harm and Damage

The  Safety in Beauty Campaign is aware of a number of complaints being brought forward by members of the public self-injecting dermal fillers and botulinum toxin after watching You Tube Beauty Vloggers and self professed “experts’ publish on line video tutorials.

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. 

What should I expect from a Botox Consultation?

By having a consultation with the Prescribing Medical Professional prior to any treatment taking place, the risk of any unwanted side effects from wrinkle-relaxing treatments is reduced.

Beware Discount Mole Removal Deals

We all love a bargain and the explosion of online discount sites has made it part of our culture to seek out deals, but there are certain treatments where shopping around for the cheapest deal might not be the best idea; one such area is mole removal.

Adequate hydration diet for healthy skin

I believe that education plays just as important a role in helping our patients to feel happier in their own skin. One of the key topics I like to cover with patients is the importance of diet, and the impact that the food we eat can have on our skin.

Varicose Veins - how modern treatments have evolved

Varicose veins, which affect 30% of the population, can have significant medical consequences in addition to their cosmetic aspects. The good news for anyone suffering from varicose veins today, however, is that more modern treatments have evolved.

Threads of Life, Using PDO Threads and PRP to Stimulate Collagen

Unlike dermal fillers, threads create a lifting effect, whilst stimulating collagen at the same time. But this is not the only ingredient for Threads of Life - I also team the PDO Threads with PRP for its healing properties.

How much Botox is too much?

Choosing the correct dose for a particular patient is not as straightforward as your Botox course tutor might have you think.

Will breast augmentation affect your ability to breastfeed?

The breastfeeding question is a common one asked by many women when they are considering breast augmentation, and there?s no simple answer per se.

The lowdown on Fat Transfer procedures

Everyone is predetermined genetically with localised deposits of fat that are very hard to reduce just by dieting and exercise. Most of my liposuction patients are happy with liposuction alone. However, for some, they do request for the fat to be injected back into other parts of their body that are lacking volume.

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.

Teeth Whitening: DIY Dental Kits or In The Dentist`s Chair

There are many different teeth whitening treatments available, from off-the-shelf teeth whitening kits to dentist prescribed teeth whitening kits and cosmetic procedures in the surgery.

How do you treat a gummy smile? Why with Botox of course!

After rarely coming across a good fix for gummy smiles, I am confident to say a big YES to the use of anti-wrinkle injections with botulinum toxin or Botox to treat gummy smiles.

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.

Teen Screen Addiction: The Generation Y Digital Experiment

This mindless and purposeless browsing on smartphones means the number of hours we spend looking at screens has dramatically increased over the past 30 years which has correlated with a steep increase in short-sightedness and the search for vision correction with laser eye surgery.

Exercise sculpting vs. cosmetic enhancements: Effective options to deal with your body fat

Can I get the look that I want for less? Can it really be done? We discuss the two approaches to reducing body fat and sculpting your body to get a slimmer, slender and more attractive figure for your body.

Electrolysis: The Myths and The Facts

Here the British Institute & Association of Electrolysis (BIAE) dispel the myths and lay out the truth about electrolysis.

Preparing for and Understanding Chemical Skin Peels

Preventing the signs of ageing is becoming an increasing concern for many people. Both men and women are now discovering the benefits of chemical skin peels.

The anatomy of hair and how it affects hair loss

According to an article in The Daily Mail, 94% of men put losing hair as their number one fear. It's hardly surprising that hair loss treatments are becoming increasingly popular.

Do not rely on mole diagnosis Apps - Your skin is too important!

One of the growth areas in smartphone and tablet apps over the last year or so has been in apps dedicated to health issues. There are now a number of apps dedicated to looking at skin moles which are designed to assess a mole on the basis of a photograph. Concerns have been raised about the accuracy of diagnosis; the danger of which is that a false diagnosis could lull clients into a false sense of security ? or cause undue concern.

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.

Is acne laser treatment effective for teenagers?

Teenage acne is one of those things that appears unexpectedly and you can?t plan for. It affects almost 80% of teenagers, and is caused by, predominantly, the changes in hormones throughout puberty. Acne laser treatment is just one of the treatment options available for those suffering with acne, but one that is becoming increasingly popular

What is your TRUE age?

Would knowing your true biological age make you think more about your diet, lifestyle and how you're ageing?

Tattoo taboo: are employers discriminating against body art?

Despite the increase (and apparent acceptance) of tattoos, whilst it is generally agreed that having body art alone has no bearing on someone?s ability to do the job in hand, a large percentage of my laser tattoo removal clients are having treatment in order to secure their dream job.

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?

Top tips for choosing a cosmetic practitioner & treatment

It may be useful when considering cosmetic treatments to follow the following basic guidelines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fat transfer through Microcannular liposuction explained

Fat transfer is growing in popularity and is fast on its way to becoming a leading UK treatment. Last year saw a 14.5% rise in the number of fat transfers taking place, making it the 8th most commonly performed procedure in the UK, but how exactly does it work?

GroupOff! You just don't get something for nothing. Mystery Shopper for hair removal through Groupon

As clinic owners, my partner Paul Stapleton and I are often taken aback by new-provider claims regarding their own services. Recently, we became so fed up with the claims being made by a competitor that we decided to take advantage of a Groupon offer, we paid our ?99 and sent someone along to find out all about their service.

The Significance of Hair: Why It is OK for Men to Care Too

With most people in the UK experiencing some hair loss before the age of 50, it?s a common concern for both men and women and a legitimate one too.

Infographic: Facts About Moles

Cosmedics Skin Clinics have published an infographic entitled Facts About Moles in order to help raise awareness of the importance of mole checking and what to do if there are any doubts.

So you are not ready for a facelift? But you want better results than popular non-surgical treatments. What are your options?

When we talk about a facelift we talk about skin removal which is surgery. Too many treatments have been named non-surgical facelift. Unfortunately none of these provide a true lift.

Response to inaccurate newspaper `facts` about Botulinum Toxin brands

When I read this newspaper article last week, 84% of Botox patients have no idea what`s being injected into face, I was appalled about how badly researched it was and how many plain incorrect `facts` it contains. Firstly it is highly misleading to suggest that the performance of Botox is so different to that of Azzalure and Bocouture.

Dry Tattooing (MCA Micro Needling) - Precise skin stimulation, wakening and re-healing

Dry tattooing (also known as MCA Micro Needling) is an exciting alternative treatment that works directly on damaged skin, relaxing and smoothing scars, also reducing stretch marks. Any micro needling treatment essentially brings new life into damaged skin, and using a digital tattoo machine is a very quick way and precise way of making this happen. No pigment is tattooed into the skin, however pigmentation begins to normalise as a result.

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.

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.

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.

Fat Transfer - Is It Worth It?

Fat Transfer procedures are attracting the interest of increasing numbers of people over the past few years but are they really worth it. There are plenty of questions to ask and it`s really important patients manage their expectations and make sure they ask the right questions and get correct answers.

The Facts About Skin Tags

Skin tags are a condition where a small area of skin flaps or protrudes. It's important to understand the facts about skin tags.

What is the 'perfect' nose?

When consulting patients seeking non surgical nose enhancements, I occasionally encounter individuals who make it their priority to seek all out absolute perfection - with a desire to simply have the nose of their dreams miraculously transplanted onto their own face without true regard for what really works for their individual looks.

Teeth Whitening - Is it safe?

Teeth whitening can be a very controversial subject, especially as in 2012, the UK law changed to make it illegal for: `Anyone other than a dentist to give treatment, advice or attendance that would normally be given by a dentist.` This includes teeth whitening treatments.

Breast Implants & Cup Size - "I want to be a DD and nothing else will do!"

When talking to patients considering breast surgery, I always ask what bra cup size they would like to achieve ? some patients have a very clear view. I always ask the question because cup size is the way that we talk about breast size but I then always say that I cannot guarantee the final cup size.

How to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

The sun?s rays can be very damaging to our skin and can hasten the aging of the skin. But if you are not careful, it will lead to a much serious formation of melanoma or skin cancer. So here are a few tips to care for your skin to prevent from getting skin cancer.

Botox treatments should be natural!

Botox treatments should be natural. We pride ourselves on delivering a natural or European look, as opposed to the American or deer caught in headlights look! A European look means that the person can still have expression, but the wrinkles are softened.

Unshaven Hair Transplants: Where Business Is Booming

When it comes to hair transplants more and more people are interested in and having Unshaven FUE (U-FUE) Hair Transplants.

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.

Facial rejuvenation: It is all about the diagnosis

We all know that there are a number of reasons that can result in a disappointed patient. In my view the number one cause of patient dissatisfaction is wrong treatment as a result of wrong diagnosis.

Why Don't More People Offer MicroLipo?

It's often asked why more clinics don't offer MicroLipo over laser lipo and VASER Lipo. My answer; they really should. MicroLipo is a minimally invasive fat removal and body contouring procedure that`s gaining momentum as people look towards the least invasive, painful procedures with as little downtime as possible without sacrificing on results.

The importance of addressing diet with liposuction patients

A survey published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that 80% of liposuction patients said they were satisfied with the results of their surgery. However, in that same survey, nearly half of those patients said they re-gained weight in subsequent months; not because the procedure didn?t work, but because they didn?t take the necessary steps to maintain their new figure.

How to do a Self-Check for Moles

Spotting unusual moles early gives the best opportunity for intervention and cure if any abnormalities are identified. Here?s how to perform a thorough self-check for moles.

Eyelid reduction without scars : Mini-Blepharoplasty

I recently spent a weekend with Dr Angelo Rebelo, renowned Plastic Surgeon based in Lisbon, Portugal, picking up the finer points of the eyelid surgery without scars (mini-blepharoplasty).

Facial Hair Transplants: The Latest Frontier For Men

Facial Hair Transplants or Beard Transplants have exploded in the news recently, despite not being all that new. Of course, it?s a more of a niche procedure. Its popularity is dwarfed by interest in hair transplants to the scalp but nevertheless we are seeing a growing number of men interested in the procedure.

`Seven Skin Sins` - Stress, Sun, Pollution, Smoking, Sleep, Alcohol and Diet

From late nights on the town to long commutes with no fresh air, your lifestyle could be causing your skin more damage than you realise. Stress, Sun, Pollution, Smoking, Sleep, Alcohol and Diet are the biggest problems.

Be Alert for Moles After a Hot Summer

Most moles are of no medical concern, yet ?Malignant Melanoma? is a dangerous, cancerous form of mole. It is therefore very important to check regularly for any changing or new moles that can sometimes become more obvious after sun exposure.

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.

NICE Updates NHS Guidelines for Treating Varicose Veins

Guidelines for England and Wales from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) now recommend laser and heat treatments for varicose veins over surgery. The recommendations have been warmly welcomed by many people in both the NHS and the private sector.

Driving Down the Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

Laser Eye Surgery is not cheap. However, there are techniques you can use to make sure you get the best deal on your laser eye surgery treatment.

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.

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!

FAQ: Hairy Moles

Moles on the skin come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Perhaps the worst kind of mole, aesthetically, is one that appears on the face and has hair sprouting.

Acne trial shows significant improvement using Lustre Pure Light blue light therapy

Acne affects 80% of people at some point in their lives and is the commonest skin condition that people consult their doctor about. In our clinic we conducted a trial using Lustre blue light with patients ranging from 16 to 58.

Varicose Veins, From the Old to the New, What Are the Best Treatments

We decided to bring together a general lowdown on what varicose vein treatments are out there and dispel a few of the myths out there about varicose veins while we`re at it.

Microcannula Liposuction or MicroLipo for Breast Reduction Explained

With many women coming to clinics complaining that their breasts are causing them discomfort, an alternative to invasive surgical breast reductions has been sought by clinics for a long time. The result of such a search yielded microcannula liposuction or MicroLipo.

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.

The Latest on Hair Transplants - FUE versus FUT

Over the past decade, there has been a maelstrom of debate surrounding the treatment of hair loss and hair transplants; the FUE (follicular unit extraction) method is often pitted against the more traditional strip method, known as FUT (follicular unit transplantation). The methods involve considerably different procedures and aftercare schedules but the end result is still a hair transplant.

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.

Home Remedies / DIY mole removal - What you need to know

Home remedies and DIY mole removal - the dangers explained by Dr. Ross Perry.

Smilorexia: the Dangers of Cosmetic Dentistry Addiction

Addiction to cosmetic surgery has been featured heavily in the news over the course of the last few years. However the majority of the media attention has been directed towards those who are addicted to having surgery to make their bodies look better, which has meant that cosmetic dentistry addiction has been widely underreported.

Updates on eye area rejuvenation with non-surgical treatments

Women and men believe the body part that most reveals their age is the eye area. Surgical treatments such as blepharoplasty can tighten loose eyelid skin but like any surgery can have risk of complications such as scarring. We have been using a CO2 laser for the last few years.

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.

Saline vs Silicone: which is the better breast implant?

Two Florida plastic surgeons have gone public in the saline versus silicone breast implant debate. So which of the two is better, and what verdict did they ultimately reach

Understanding Mole Removal for Patients. Options and Techniques

Mole removal surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure to do and with modern techniques and equipment the treatments are pain free and scarring is now much reduced for most procedures.

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.

A veiny issue - 10 things you didn`t know about varicose veins

Around 3 in 10 adults will, at some point in their life, develop varicose veins. But why, when so many of us suffer with the condition, are we still unsure about the causes and health implications. Here I`m going to provide you with ten useful facts about varicose veins and dispel some of the most common misconceptions along the way.

The Facts About Moles

Moles are a fact of life for most of the UK population. The medical name for a mole is a naevus; the plural is naevi. Moles are very common. While the average adult will have around 30 moles, some people have up to 400.

Sapheon Venaseal Superglue for Varicose Veins

Venaseal or `superglue` treatment by Sapheon is a unique non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate) to safely and effectively treat varicose veins. The technique has been developed over the last 5 years by an American company called Sapheon and last year it was granted a CE mark and it is available in Europe.

How does Clarivein work ?

Treatment of varicose veins has undergone a revolution in the past 10 years. The old `high tie and strip` operation with significant risks of wound infections, post-operative discomfort for 6 weeks and a 30% recurrence rate has been replaced by several `minimally invasive options` such as Endovenous lasers, VnUS closure and the latest Clarivein procedure.

Rosacea: why seeking out the right treatment is important

Many women come and see me in my clinic with ?breakouts?, thinking that these spots and pimples are acne. However, on examination and taking a thorough history, it often turns out that they don?t have acne, but rosacea. This is a chronic (i.e. persistent) skin condition that can look very similar to acne, but might need a different form of treatment.

A Bum Note: What is causing an increasing number of women to turn to surgery in search of the perfect bottom?

So when did this obsession for the perfect bottom begin? Now celebs are ensuring that either the larger, or more perfectly shaped, posterior remains unrivalled in its appeal and is consequently becoming one of the most popular body enhancements in the US today.

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.

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.

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.

Which cosmetic treatments are best for your 'first time'?

Thanks to a wide range of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures, we can now diminish the signs of ageing effectively and achieve natural appearing results non-surgically. However, it might seem daunting to choose the right type of treatment for your ?first time?.

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.

What are dark under eye circles and how can you treat them?

One of the areas disliked most by is the area under their eyes: dark circles here can appear even more ageing than wrinkles or grey hair. One of the common misconceptions is that under-eye dark circles, bags and puffiness are the same thing.

Information about changes to NHS funding of varicose vein procedures

In approximately 2007 the NHS began to restrict access to vein surgery, such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy in parts of the UK. Recently this restriction has become much tighter and much more widespread.

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.

Lipoabdominoplasty my way - the `lock and glue` tummy tuck

From June 2010 to October 2011, I started an innovative approach combining internal locking stitches, tissue glue and local anaesthetic infusion pumps without the use of drains (tubes left within the abdominal wound to drain excess blood and body fluids) on all my lipoabdominoplasty patients.

Tooth whitening - dentists versus non-dentists - what does the law say?

The tooth-whitening situation is confusing for Dentists let alone the general public. Is it legal? Can non-dentists provide it? What concentration is safe/legal?

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.

Correcting lost volume is the key to natural looking facial rejuvenation

Most people consider visiting a cosmetic clinic when they start to notice a few lines and wrinkles. And in the past the treatments on offer just addressed these concerns. For example. botulinum toxin injections were used to correct excessive wrinkling and dermal fillers such as Restylane were used to lift fine lines. Lipo-atrophy (pronounced Lipo-atro-fee) is the medical term describing the natural depletion in fatty tissue.

Top Tips: When To Remove or Replace Your Breast Surgery Implants?

How can you tell when its time to replace your breast surgery implants? Increasingly, patients want to know whether they should have their implants exchanged, what are the pros, what are the cons. Here is a Top Tips guide to put your mind at rest.

Laser treatment of venous lakes

Venous lakes are dark blue to violet compressible small swelling caused by dilatation of venules. These are common on sun-exposed skin. They also commonly occur on lips and are uncommon before 50 years of age.

The Curse of Leslie Ash: Permanent Fillers cause Permanent Problems

When you set up your own Medical Aesthetics practise, you will quickly find a Ghost that haunts you. You will particularly experience her looming shadow if you decide to offer lip filler treatments. But we can pretty much guarantee that her name will crop up over and over regardless. I dont want to end up looking like Leslie Ash!: it is a plea from your clients that will become all-too familiar.

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".

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.

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.

Breast Implants: What is the Difference between the CE Mark & FDA Approval?

A frequently asked question at Aurora Clinics recently has been: Are Nagor breast implants as good as Allergan because Allergan have FDA Approval whilst Nagor have a CE Mark instead? With increasing numbers of ladies currently opting for implant replacement (following the recent PIP Implants scare) this question is on the minds of many. However, straightforward information about FDA approval and the CE Mark is not always easy to find.

Pre- and post-op gastric band weight loss surgery care

If youre considering embarking on a weight loss journey, or have tried every diet, fad and exercise routine you possibly could, theres nothing wrong with getting a bit of help. Procedures like the gastric band have helped many overweight and obese patients transform their bodies and increase their overall quality of life.

Breast Implant Surgery is for Life; Not Just For Valentines Day!

Breast enlargement surgery with implants is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment worldwide all year round. We really want to take a moment to send out a very important message A Breast Implant procedure is for life.

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.

Angelina Jolie photographed at Screen Actors Guild Awards looking `vein`

Prominent veins on the hands and arms are more likely to be visible on women who, like Angelina Jolie, are slim and toned, because there is so little fat to disguise them.

The Furore over Fillers! What all the fuss is about...

Speculation over the safety of cosmetic fillers has transpired in the midst of the recent explosion over faulty PIP breast implants. With the Health Secretary trying to tackle the fears of 40,000 women affected by this catastrophe, questions are now being presented about other areas of cosmetic beauty including anti-ageing fillers, and how safe they are.

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.

Confidence and breast enlargement, do surgically improved breasts really increase self-esteem?

Breasts are often idolised as the definitive ideal of femininity. In 2011 breast augmentation proved the most popular cosmetic procedure among women in the UK. Despite the variety of shows aimed at debunking the myths of the perfect body shape increasingly more and more ladies are going under the knife.

Buyer Beware - the danger of cheap laser hair removal

The recent surge in popularity of discount voucher sites, most notably Groupon, has made laser and IPL (Intense Pulse Light) hair removal cheaper and easier than ever to get. However, consumers should beware of these sounds-too-good-to-be-true deals, they may be cutting the price of the treatment but are they also cutting corners?

How vain are Botox users?

A University of Toronto study says that even though advertisers try to push an acceptance of adults who decide to fight ageing cosmetically through dermal fillers, chemical peels, Botox and more invasive surgical options women still judge other women who try to iron out those little lines on their faces.

The perfect age to get Botox : fact or fiction?

The question of when is the right time to start Botox treatment is a topic of much discussion in the aesthetic industry is it a case of start young to prevent wrinkles appearing or is it more a case of wait and see?

Cosmetic Lasers and Regulation - Is there blame when complications occur?

It is no surprise that the number of accidents resulting from cosmetic lasers are steadily increasing year in year out. Perhaps the most famous example depicting this is Charlotte Cripps, a UK journalist who after undergoing IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment in 2008 has been left with disfiguring burns.

Facelifts; non-surgical and surgical skin smoothing options

Cosmetic surgery alterations are growing at a rapid pace, trending alongside the incredible advances in technology and new medical breakthroughs. Today, more treatments along with greater accessibility means more and more women (and men) are enhancing or rejuvenating their appearances than ever before.

How Long Does Swelling, Bruising, and Numbness Last after Vaser Lipo?

As with any surgical procedure, Vaser Lipo patients will have post-operative swelling, bruising, and numbness. For most, these effects begin to subside after a few weeks, but for some, symptoms can persist for several months, and make patients feel worried.

How to get a new pair of beautiful looking lips for Christmas

Lips are an important part of facial beauty and whether you're 18 or 80, it's now easy to improve the size, shape and symmetry of your lips with a range of injectable lip filling products.

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?

OAP to OMG: The rise of 'silver' cosmetic surgery

Silver surgery has become a hot topic around the world thanks to one woman: Marie Kolstad. The 83-year-old has made headlines around the globe after revealing her breast implants. As is to be expected, it's an operation that's proved pretty controversial.

Does Liposuction reduce the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol?

does Liposuction to remove excess fat going to prevent heart disease? Many people think this is true - if weights is a factor of heart disease that surely removing the fat from excercise of liposuction is the same right? This is not true.

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.

Dark circles under eyes? Non-surgical solutions can help.

Dark circles under eyes are a common problem. These can result in a tired and dull appearance even though you may be full of energy. So what causes them?

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!

Botox to prevent wrinkles - sense or nonsense?

Botox when given to the right patient, in the right position, at the right dose can produce amazing results however, the issue of performing anti-ageing treatments on younger patients crops up time and time again.. joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Sally Taber responds to the CTIA's stance that Aesthetic Therapists are the "best practitioners" for the job when it comes to cosmetic injectables

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.

Want to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins but dont have any experience? In Sweden thats no problem.

It seems the controversial debate surrounding the question of whether or not Beauty Therapists should be allowed to administer Cosmetic Injectables has had the entire industry talking. While this debate rages on here in the UK the answer to who is allowed to inject Injectables in Sweden is easy: Anyone!

Treatment options for excessive underarm sweating

Excessive underarm sweating is a very common condition but often not recognized or treated. Medical definitions have looked at quantifying the amount of sweat produced but for all practical purposes any sweating that interferes with normal living is considered as hyperhidrosis.

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.

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.

Treatment of thread and spider veins on legs. Sclerotherapy and lasers.

Unsightly leg veins can be a problem for millions of men and women, the world over. It is estimated that in many areas over 60 percent of the adult population suffers from varicose veins, thread veins or spider veins.

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.

Varicose Veins - Medical or Aesthetic means NHS or Private

As has been reported recently in the media, it is becoming increasingly difficult to receive treatment for varicose veins on the NHS. As funding continues to be squeezed, varicose veins are increasingly being classed as an aesthetic rather than a medical issue and thus treatment is denied.

You Can't Make Long-Term, Sustainable Changes to Your Skin Really?

Dr. Obagi`s recommended approach to producing lasting changes to your skin and not just a temporary cosmetic cover-up.

Botox now available at your local Superdrug! A Doctor's viewpoint.

I remember when Botox was launched by BOOTS in 2002 and offered across their stores that also did laser hair removal. It made front page of the Daily Telegraph, but just over a year later they closed the whole Botox and laser hair removal operation down. Now Superdrug, the second largest health and Beauty retailer in the UK is launching a budget anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injection service.

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.

Podcast: An update on Radio-frequency treatments

Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room. They discuss the science behind radiofrequency treatments.

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.

Gently round your lips with a `keyhole surgery` like approach

With age, our lips gradually become thinner, less rounded and might develop fine vertical lines on and around them. However most people do not want to have their lips augmented, fearing that it will be obvious to others and also painful to do. That's why we have developed the amazing 'Feather Lip Smoothie'.

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.

Backlash Against The Botox Backlash!

Some of you may have read in the national press recently about the Botox Backlash from A list celebrities that supposedly have given up Botox for the natural look? We suspect that in most cases this is probably not the case.

Treatment of facial veins with laser and light based treatments

Facial redness and spider veins are a common cosmetic and medical complaint. Numerous treatments are available but laser and light based treatments are the gold-standard treatment options.

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.

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.

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.`

Chemical peels for treating hyperpigmentation in the Indian skin colour

Why Combination peels? They are done to complement the efficacy of different ingredients, to improve the safety of formulations and to increase the range of action of a single ingredient. They are safe in Indian skin and give excellent cosmetic results.

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.

Podcast: Lower Face Botox Treatment

In this podcast Adrian Richards discusses treating the lower face with Botox with Dr. David Eccleston from Medizen.

Eyebrow Tattooing Guide and Tips

Semi permanent make up has come a long way. The semi permanent make up nowadays looks natural. So what should you look for in a Micro Pigmentation Specialist.

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?

A perfect nose for Christmas in your lunch break

Non-surgical nose shaping is a relatively new variation of treatment with a hyaluronic acid filler.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for treating skin cancers and pre-cancerous conditions

Some of you may have seen Amanda Platell's article in the Daily Mail about Photodynamic Therapy (PDT for short) and the treatment of skin cancers and skin pre-cancers. In essence the article described the use of chemicals applied to the skin which then make rapidly growing skin cancer cells very susceptible to the damaging effects of particular light sources.

Don't forget your neck when considering anti-ageing facial treatments

If you decide to have aesthetic procedures on your face take a look at your neck. It is so important to keep the age of you in balance. It's no good having a face of a fifty year old when your neck and dcollet tell a different story.

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.

Solving Pre-Wedding Tattoo Regrets - Rejuvi Versus Laser Tattoo Removal

Although there internet is full of lotions and potions that promise to remove tattoos the fact is that there are only two method that will work and both need to be done by a trained professional. The only proven methods for tattoo removal are Laser Tattoo Removal and Rejuvi Tattoo Removal.

Natura Lift...Minimally invasive facial rejuvenation

Patients requesting improvement in facial appearance vary widely in age and facial ageing. It is therefore necessary to have a program which suits individual patient needs. The Natura Lift is the evolution of this philosophy combining skin health, non-surgical treatments, minimally invasive face, neck and brow lifting, lipomodelling, mini-facelift and mid-facelift.

Do Your Hands Give Your Age Away?

I often hear patients say I have my mothers hands or my hands make me look older than I really am. Can something be done about this?

Skin Ageing: The Low-down

Skin ageing happens due to intrinsic and extrinsic ageing. As we age, the rate of loss of the old skin cells from the uppermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum) slows down. The skin gradually gets less translucent and does not retain water so well. All the skin functions take place more slowly in mature skin.

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.

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?

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.

Fractional eyelift - a non-surgical alternative to blepharoplasty!

Fractional eyelift utilizes an innovative fractional CO2 laser which creates tiny microscopic channels in the tissues and stimulates healing response. It stimulates new collagen growth, skin tightening and skin rejuvenation.

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.

Medical Skin Needling For Asian Skins

Acne is one of the commonest reasons for dermatologic consultations in India. Micro-medical skin-needling is a technique by which multiple puncture wounds are made in the skin to stimulate new skin cells.

Botox Approved to Treat Chronic Migraine

It was announced this week that Botox, botulinum toxin type A has received approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a preventive treatment for chronic migraine headaches.

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.

Fed Up Of Unsightly Skin Tags? Try SmartXide Dot

Skin tags are benign, or harmless, growths of skin which are attached to the body by a peduncle or stalk. We can now remove this using the revolutionary new SmartXide Dot fractional laser.

Surgical or non-surgical procedure? P.S. Don't leave skincare out of the debate!

While the surgical versus non-surgical debate looks set to get even hotter, lets not forget the crucial supporting role that skincare plays in keeping skin looking younger for longer.

'Botox gives you wrinkles' says Daily Mail: Our expert responds

Those of us experienced in the use of Botox and other botulinum toxins such as Xeomin and Azzalure know that the body has a way of compensating for muscles relaxed by these injections.

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

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

A Handy Tip

All of us in the cosmetic practice have plenty of patients who have really improved their appearance through our assistance. But sometimes their hands give away their actual age.

Physicians slam media interpretation of Botox paper

A recent article in The Times newspaper suggested that the findings of a recent paper by Dr David Havas showed women who use Botox are sending out the wrong social signals because their frozen facial muscles make it difficult for them to express the normal range of emotions.

Flutter those lashes! The boom in eyelash enhancing products

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

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

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.

What Should I Look For in Skincare Products? (Part 2)

There are so many Cosmeceutical products available these days how do you decide what is what?

Is the American Professor right or wrong in telling the British public what is good for them?

Dr Sam Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and a leading US professor has said that ANTI-AGEING creams regularly used by millions of Britons could increase the risk of skin cancer.

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.

Is the Canadian Government going overboard with regard to Botox?

Health Canada is informing Canadians and Canadian health care professionals that the labelling information of BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic will now include the risk of the toxin spreading to other distant parts of the body.

What Should I Look For in Skincare Products? (Part 1)

If you could wave a magic wand and turn back time, what would you do? I would definitely, without a doubt, have ever, gone on a sunbed.

Smartlipo and VASER Treatments, Which is Right For Me?

Smartlipo (Laser Lipolysis) and VASER Liposelection (Ultrasound Lipolysis).

The Y Lift

A simple way of restoring this lost volume is with the use of dermal fillers or collagen-stimulating products. The cheeks nasolabial lines and marionette lines can be treated to generate a lifting effect a look that is instantly rejuvenating attractive and natural in appearance, this is known as The Y Lift.

Trends In Natural Lip Enhancement with Restylane

Throughout history lips have always attracted the most attention as the most sensual feature of the face. Lip enhancement can deliver lips that are soft, sensuous and in harmony with your looks.

Hand Rejuvenation With Radiesse

Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) - This article looks at this compound and how it can provide a novel technique that optimizes hand augmentation.

Are Anti-ageing Therapies Too Good To Be True?

DHEA has long been touted as an anti-ageing therapy, used to ward off chronic illness and maintain energy and vigour. However, an endocrinologist found no evidence that taking DHEA reverses the effects of ageing.

Don't Rush Into Stem Cell Boob Jobs!

The procedure, also known as a Stem Cell Boob Job, involves taking cells and fat from the patients body, such as buttocks or thighs, and injecting it into the breast to increase their size.

32 Gauge Needles Are No Better Than 30 Gauge For Botulinum Toxin Injections.

Would the use of a thinner 32-gauge needle for a cosmetic botulinum toxin injection hurt less than the standard 30-gauge needle?