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03/Apr/2020

When it comes to body confidence, I’m quite happy with myself. Nothing about my body I’ve ever massively wanted to change. However I’m all for little details that can be made to improve and develop certain areas of the body. Just like going to the gym, if you do more squats…your bum will get bigger. Well if you add filler to your lips…they will also get bigger.

When it comes to looking at my face…I’m pretty happy. It’s my face, it’s one who’s always looking back at me in the mirror. However the one thing I’ve always wanted to get done is getting my top lip done with filler. Why? I get a lot of comments on my lips, some people have even asked me previously if I’d had my lips done as I have a much larger bottom lip compared to my top. This massively shows when I smile, but for me it’s always been something I’ve noticed. So when the lovely team at Dermoperfection / HDY Agency offered me the opportunity to improve on anything I wanted, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Getting lip fillers is something I’d been considering for years now! Honestly years…I’d looked at booking appointments then didn’t go. However this time around I felt like I was in good hands at Dermoperfection. Before the treatment I attended a consultation. This is something that at Dermoperfection they prefer to do so that you have all of the information you need, and don’t rush into something that can be a big dramatic change for your body. I found getting the consultation super useful for myself. With going into blind to not knowing what the pain will be like, the after care, I wanted to know my facts before jumping into the treatment and not really knowing if it’s the right choice for me. Amy at Dermoperfection was so great at answering all of my questions but also to make me really feel at ease with the whole treatment and any potential side affects. Also what I loved about the over all customer service at Dermoperfection was not only how beaut the clinic looked, but how comfortable I was made to feel the whole time.

So let’s get into the fun stuff! Treatment and actually getting my lips filled! The first thing we did was put on the numbing cream, this was to numb my lips so that I didn’t feel any pain when having the procedure done. This took around 10 minutes to work, and was a very weird sensation but a lot like having a filling at the dentist! Once this was all good, we were ready to go! I made it very clear I didn’t want to go too big and that I wanted my lips to be more mirrored but not too much to look fake. We used 0.5ml and my lips looked amazing!

As you can see from the images above, it was a very slight change, I really didn’t want to have too much done and hate my lips. This was my first time so I’d rather build up the fuller look than go too full too soon and regret my choice. My lips did swell up a lot. and I think that’s what I saw a lot of in the mirror when they were first done. However they soon settle and I realised I wanted more to top them up. This was when I returned to Dermoperfection where me and Amy decided to go bigger, and I honestly I love them now!

So, let’s discuss the pain! I was really intrigued to find out how the pain was going to be. I really hoped it wasn’t going to be painful as I’d previously had my brows done and they hurt so much more than I thought. But luckily for me I found the pain next to nothing. All I found was that I could feel the needle enter my skin, a really horrible sensation. However after this the pain was nothing. I’d highly recommend you get your lips done of the pain was putting you off because it was not as bad as most people make out! When it comes to recovery it Varys rom person to person. Luckily for me when I had my first treatment I didn’t experience any bruising. However the second time I did on my top lip and it still is there now slightly! This is expected and soon goes down after a few days. I now do my make up and get so excited to put my lips on because I just love the overall results of my lips. I feel like it’s massively changed the look of my face also!

Over all I couldn’t be happier withy treatment at Dermoperfection. The service, the care, and time that was taken to look after me was amazing and I’ll always trust them with my lips from now on! If you’re looking to get your lips done always do your research! At Dermoperfection both Stu & Amy are trained nurses in their fields. I’d always recommend you go to someone with the qualifications for the job. Please head over to my insta story here where you can see the full procedure of my lips!

*THIS TREATMENT WAS KINDLY GIFTED TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE*


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03/Apr/2020

GETTING MY FACE BACK WITH DERMOPERFECTION

DermoperfectionI’m in the run up to my 50th birthday and I’ll be celebrating later this week.  I’ve always been very lucky that I seem to have maintained a fairly youthful look without a lot of effort on my part.  Nature seems to have been on my side as I don’t have any grey hairs or fillings yet either.  But, the last few months, I’ve looked tired and felt it.  I haven’t always recognised the face looking back at me out of the mirror.  The dark circles haven’t helped and I’ve tried all sorts to get rid of them: drinking more water, a healthy diet and paying more attention to my sleep.  It hadn’t really worked and I did feel a bit down about it especially with that milestone birthday looming.

Then Dermoperfection got in touch.  I’d never really seriously considered the idea of having cosmetic non-surgical treatments, but the time seemed right.  Any doubts I had disappeared when I met Stu Logan because he put me at my ease and gave me confidence in his ability. Stu is works as a nurse in the NHS alongside his role as the head of Dermoperfection.  He offers a select range of treatments, preferring to build real expertise rather than offering a wider range of aesthetic options.  This all reassured me.

Before treatment you have a consultation to assess your face and discuss your needs. This consultation includes personalised face mapping ensuring that you get the bespoke treatment location.  It also means that Stu can explain what he suggests doing and show you what it will mean. Stu believes in using only the most reputable and premium products. There are a number of muscle and wrinkle relaxant injectable agents on the market, but there is genuinely only one brand of Botox® and this is what Dermoperfection uses. The injectable filler range are all premium range products and include the Juvéderm®, Allergan®, restylane®, Teosyal® brands. All are internationally market leading manufacturers.

Stu suggested fillers around my cheeks (which surprised me as I’ve always been a bit chubby cheeked, but Stu clearly knew what he was talking about, so I trusted to his expertise) and botox around the forehead and eyes. I wanted a very natural look and Stu assured me I would still look like me.  So I booked in for an appointment a few days later.

On arrival Stu applied a numbing cream to my cheeks for a few minutes – this was to make the cheek fillers’ injections less painfully.  First of all Stu applied the botox with a needle.  This was really just a series of pin pricks and I was surprised how little it hurt. Applying the fillers on the other hand was quite painful, more than I’d expected.  I know though from chatting to other bloggers and Dermoperfection clients that my experience wasn’t necessarily representative – it might just be that I was a bit more sensitive in that area.

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After the treatments I was encouraged to look in the mirror and I was pleased to say I still looked like me.  I felt a little full around the cheeks (which lasted a day or two), but I couldn’t really feel where the botox had gone in.  I loved the fact that you can just walk in for your appointment and out again afterwards and no one need know.

Of course, afterwards I kept looking in the mirror trying to spot changes, despite having been told that I could expect to wait 3 days to see a difference and 2 weeks to see the full effect.  I had the treatment on Friday lunchtime and there was nothing to see on Saturday, but when I woke up on Sunday, I couldn’t stop grinning.  You see I’d got my old face back.  I felt so much better for it.  I’m a low maintenance type of girl, but I’d had to up the amount of makeup I was wearing to cover up the tired face I felt I was showing to the world.  I feel so much more confident now wearing little or no makeup. The effect did get better over a few days.  I liked this as it wasn’t a dramatic change.

The botox treatment has been a revelation to me.  I had read a few horror stories about people who had overdone it.  Stu is a master though of getting a natural look.  I met a number of his other clients at a party a couple of weeks after my treatment and they all looked very natural. The effects last for a few months (which varies from person to person) and I’m certainly considering going back when I need to.

The fillers in my cheeks had a more subtle effect.  I think having them made me realise that I had lost some of my face’s natural fullness over time.  They do help complete the youthful look.  I am relieved I don’t have to make a decision about them for a year or so, as fillers last longer than botox.  For me the jury is still out on whether for me personally, the uncomfortableness of having the fillers injected is worth the results.  Immediately, after having them done I wasn’t convinced it was worth it, but as the memories of the treatment fade, I’m starting to come around to the idea of having them again when the effects wear off.

Overall I’ve become a bit of a convert.  This is because of the professionalism shown by the staff at Dermoperfection, but also because of the naturalness of the effects achieved.


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03/Apr/2020

Tired eyes and sagging tear troughs age a face. The surgical eyelift, also known as a blepharoplasty, can require significant downtime and will occasionally leave scars. The skin surrounding the eyes is particularly thin and delicate; surgical scars can heal unpredictably and leave uneven results. A painful procedure, the average cost of a blepharoplasty can average £5000. Until recently, cosmetic creams and superficial eye masks were the only other option available to help hydrate and smooth wrinkles around the eyes. Plasma Pro is a revolutionary skin tightening treatment which uses high temperatures and a non-touch techniques to eliminate excess skin. Exposing the epidermis to (what temp?) degrees, dissolves surface skin cells to tighten fibres. Using a fine, pinpoint diathermy pen to ionise atmospheric gases and burn loose skin, when new cells form, a tighter, fresher appearance is instantly visible. Also effective when treating skin tags and stretch marks, results are visible within two weeks, with the maximum results taking up to twelve weeks to appear.

A quick and relatively pain-free procedure, the Plasma Pro procedure is quick and costs a fraction of it’s surgical equivalent.

Pre-procedure, avoid alcohol and NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen, both can increase bruising and bleeding. Post-treatment, be prepared for significant facial swelling for three to four days. Avoid social events for the next five days and sleep propped up on a pillow to encourage lymphatic draining. Resist picking scabs to protect healing skin from infection; Vaseline can help to shed dead skin. When washing your face and hair, be careful to eyes keep dry. Lastly, be generous with a high SPF over the next six months.

Some people notice an instant result after one treatment of Plasma Pro. If the skin is slightly more resistant to the procedure, further treatment may be necessary. Perfect for under eye areas and lids, your eyes will  instantly appear wider, brighter and more expressive. Results can last a lifetime, revolutionising eye contact and confidence. Visit Dermoperfection to find out more and get a quote today.


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03/Apr/2020

Winter’s cold weather combined with stifling office heating is a heady cocktail that quickly takes its toll on the complexion and lips.

But skincare expert Stu Logan from Dermoperfection clinic, in Pinfold Street, Birmingham city centre, is offering insider tips to help men and women maintain a natural healthy glow during the cold snap.

Specialising in rejuvenating skin techniques along with treatments for conditions, such as pigmentation, scarring, skintags or acne, Stu has done over 7,500 non-surgical procedures during nearly nine years in the business and is an expert in the treatment of lines and wrinkles.

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Dermoperfection in Pinfold Street

We went behind the scenes at the aesthetics, skin and cosmetics specialist clinic to find out Stu’s top tips for having great looking natural skin over winter.

Whether it is skin analysis, facial volumisation, advice with a reparative skin care regime, micro-needling or peeling, Dermoperfection puts clients at ease and gives them the advice and after care to make the best of their skin.

“Much of what we do at Dermoperfection relates to the emotions that people get at looking at themselves and making them feel more positive about ageing,” explained Stu, who also owns MetroSpa in Harborne.

“The treatments we offer enable people to take control to look as natural as they can. With winter approaching, it’s a great time to review your skincare and skin health regime and follow these top tips.”

Dermoperfection can be found at 36 Pinfold Street in Birmingham city centre and takes online bookings here. For more information on treatments, call 0121 439 4350 or visit  www.dermoperfection.co.uk

Hydrate and protect

A key part of having healthy skin over winter is to hydrate the skin and protect it from everyday pollutants. Stu’s advice is to use a high concentration Vitamin C serum, which will protect the skin, keep your complexion bright and helps the skin to repair along underneath a hydrating moisturiser.

Dermoperfection has its own range of skincare products
Dermoperfection has its own range of skincare products

Keeping the body healthy with plenty of water, nutrients and vitamins is essential for skin metabolism, complexion and general wellbeing. The skin needs some support in defending itself from the chill and there’s a selection of vitamin drips now available at the clinic.

Stu has developed the Dermoperfection skincare range with seven steps to fight the first signs of ageing, which includes an endurance moisturiser and C20 maximum strength Vitamin C serum.

Jelly masks are also a new treatment, which completely encase the face while soothing it and are full of active ingredients that directly nourish the skin and are a great add on to any treatment.

Stu Logan from Dermoperfection
Stu Logan from Dermoperfection

Don’t forget the sun

It may be cold but the sun still shines so it is important to use sun protection, warned Stu.

“The number one factor in skin ageing is from the sun,” added Stu. “So using protection against damaging rays of the sun, in the same way you would during the summer, is essential and will make a real difference.”

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Remember there is sunshine even on the coldest of winter days (Image: BPM)

Peels

The start of the cold weather is an ideal time of year to renew skin with a peel – whether it’s a gentle one for a mild exfoliation or a higher graded peel to hit those deeper layers for an anti ageing result. There’s a wide variety available to suit all skin types.

Stu explained that a peel removes the top layers of dead skin cells in a controlled way, prompting the skins own repairing and renewing cells to reveal new younger skin cells and radiant skin.

“A skin peel gets deeper down below the top level of the skin and promotes new skin growth,” he added. “It can give you a boost of confidence having radiant, glowing and energised skin, so you feel more confident about how the skin can look.”

Discover Profhilo

One of the most popular anti-ageing treatments across Europe right now is Profhilo, explained Stu, adding: “It stimulates the skin and makes it behave how it did years ago, it’s like adrenaline for the skin!”

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Dermoperfection highlights the before and after changes to the arm after using anti-ageing treatment Profhilo

The multi award-winning injectable anti-ageing treatment is made in Italy from ultra pure hyaluronic acid and is aimed at skin that is losing its elasticity and firmness with age.

Over four weeks, the Profhilo starts to diffuse into the skin’s tissue to stimulate collagen and elastin and makes dramatic changes that transform the look of the skin.

Dermoperfection is the leading provider in the West Midlands of Profhilo, which is a versatile product that can be used in the face and body that include areas traditionally difficult to treat, such as neck, hands and arms.

“This kind of treatment creates younger, smoother looking skin that is firmer, brighter, tighter and more energised, in a completely natural looking way” added Stu.

Before and after photos of anti-ageing treatment Profhilo used on the neck at Dermoperfection
Before and after photos of anti-ageing treatment Profhilo used on the neck at Dermoperfection

Microneedling

The great advantage of this, according to Stu, is that it boosts the production of new collagen with regular use and particularly helps with pigmentation issues and crepey skin.

“A lot of women suffer with pigment issues due to hormones,” added Stu. “We can give them the confidence so they don’t have to cover up with make-up.”

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses fine needles to create thousands of tiny micro channels in the skin that allow for active ingredients to be added, like vitamins, to pass through the skin directly to the cells where they have the greatest impact.

It also prompts the production of new collagen to be created through the body’s natural healing process.

In the clinic, pharmaceutical grade vitamin cocktails are available to be added to the microneedling treatment for all skin concerns to give a tailored result – be that pigmentation, general skin ageing, stretch marks or scarring.

Before and after photos of fillers, used to soften nose and mouth lines at Dermoperfection
Before and after photos of fillers, used to soften nose and mouth lines at Dermoperfection

Find out about fillers

Stu is an expert in Juvederm fillers and has trained by the company who produces Juvederm in applying them.

These high quality facial fillers can shape and contour specific facial features with results that can last as long as nine months to two years. That could be enhancing the curve of cheekbones or giving natural definition to lips.

“Fillers can be used to sculpt the face, whether it is to give a more feminine or masculine look or put more structure in areas like the chin,  jawline or midface,” added Stu. “It can change an appearance from looking sad and drab and correct sunken areas, like under the eyes, so people feel more confident, rejuvenated and maintain a fresh look.”

Use good quality products

Think about what you are putting on and under your skin, is the final piece of advice from Stu.

“We only use reputable branded products and treatments at Dermoperfection, that have clinical data supporting its use and effectiveness. For that reason we understand how the treatments will work and how to plan great natural treatments, my team and I are medically qualified registered healthcare professionals,” he said.

Dermoperfection is also a specialist clinic for Obagi Medical, advance skin care and skin transformation systems.

Keep it natural

The main piece of advice from Stu is to always do your research and not go overboard with treatments, but keep it natural.

“My advice is to make the most of a free consultation, so we can see what is best for you to achieve natural looking results,” added Stu. “Take advantage of having a tailored individual service because we know that everyone is different.”

Dermoperfection can be found at 36 Pinfold Street in Birmingham city centre and takes online bookings here. For more information on treatments, call 0121 439 4350 or visit  www.dermoperfection.co.uk


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03/Apr/2020

Diamonds may or may not be a girl’s best friend. Blocked pores, dehydrated skin and hyperpigmentation definitely are not — and it’s with these three post-vacay complaints that I went to transform my visage in under half an hour with the Envy facial, which legit involves some sparkly rock action.

New in town and exclusively available in the Midlands at Dermoperfection and Metro Spa, the treatment simultaneously exfoliates, extracts and infuses using a combo of serums chosen depending on the condition of your skin. The exfoliation bit involved a diamond tip to help clear away the dry top layer of my winter-worn skin evenly, with a slightly-scary sounding pneumatic closed-looped vacuum pressure (that actually feels rather nice) to extract my numerous imperfections. Ever so satisfyingly, you can see all of the dirt and dead skin cells that come out. Apparently mine wasn’t “too bad at all”, despite my skincare regime of water, water, and oh yeah, moisturiser now and again.

This is a lunchbreak-friendly facial with no pre or post requirements — you can exercise straight after and your skin almost immediately glows rather than looking blotchy or red. But the very best feeling for me was when I woke up the next morning, face fully infused, with fresh, plump looking skin that’s still feeling smoother than ever.

It’s normally £129 for an Envy facial, but book in for your first treatment before Jan 31 and it’s half price, so £64.50. (KD)


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03/Apr/2020

Tired eyes and sagging tear troughs age a face. The surgical eyelift, also known as a blepharoplasty, can require significant downtime and will occasionally leave scars. The skin surrounding the eyes is particularly thin and delicate; surgical scars can heal unpredictably and leave uneven results. A painful procedure, the average cost of a blepharoplasty can average £5000. Until recently, cosmetic creams and superficial eye masks were the only other option available to help hydrate and smooth wrinkles around the eyes. Plasma Pro is a revolutionary skin tightening treatment which uses high temperatures and a non-touch techniques to eliminate excess skin. Exposing the epidermis to (what temp?) degrees, dissolves surface skin cells to tighten fibres. Using a fine, pinpoint diathermy pen to ionise atmospheric gases and burn loose skin, when new cells form, a tighter, fresher appearance is instantly visible. Also effective when treating skin tags and stretch marks, results are visible within two weeks, with the maximum results taking up to twelve weeks to appear.
A quick and relatively pain-free procedure, the Plasma Pro procedure is quick and costs a fraction of it’s surgical equivalent.

Pre-procedure, avoid alcohol and NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen, both can increase bruising and bleeding. Post-treatment, be prepared for significant facial swelling for three to four days. Avoid social events for the next five days and sleep propped up on a pillow to encourage lymphatic draining. Resist picking scabs to protect healing skin from infection; Vaseline can help to shed dead skin. When washing your face and hair, be careful to eyes keep dry. Lastly, be generous with a high SPF over the next six months.

Some people notice an instant result after one treatment of Plasma Pro. If the skin is slightly more resistant to the procedure, further treatment may be necessary. Perfect for under eye areas and lids, your eyes will  instantly appear wider, brighter and more expressive. Results can last a lifetime, revolutionising eye contact and confidence. Visit Dermoperfection to find out more and get a quote today.


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03/Apr/2020

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers is a term which refers to a wide variety of different things, many of which have been used or are used to fill out lines and reshape the face.

Fat transfer was first used over one hundred years ago, and a much refined version is available today. It is still a fairly time consuming and complex procedure with a fairly high failure rate but in the right hands can give good long lasting results. Liquid paraffin and silicone have both been used in the past but caused a lot of problems and thus they are not recommended any more.

Collagen injections were first used in 1976 and are still widely used. However, collagen is derived from the skin of cattle so there is a significant demand for alternatives that are non animal sourced and longer lasting.

Products containing hyaluronic acid such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm, Belotero and many others have become available over the last 5-6 years and have proved highly popular. Be wary of new fillers – The regulations at present are not very demanding so a product can be promoted after minimal testing.

Results depend on:

  • The part of the face which is treated
  • How much movement there is in the treated area
  • The condition of the skin
  • The experience and skill of the person performing the treatment. (This is the most important).

Dermal fillers can be used to improve:

  • Acne scars
  • Depressions or pockmarks in the skin due to injury or disease, for example, chickenpox marks
  • Unevenness in the skin after surgery or skin grafting
  • Deep ‘smile lines’ which run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • ‘Crows feet’ at the corner of the eyes
  • ‘Frown lines’ between the eyebrows
  • ‘Smokers lines’ which are vertical lines on the top lip
  • ‘Marionette lines’ at the corner of the mouth
  • ‘Worry lines’ which run across the forehead
  • The definition of the lip border
  • Other facial lines.

Some defects can be difficult to improve with the first treatment and although you may notice some improvement, more treatments may be needed to get best results.

Treatment with dermal fillers is not going to be successful for every person, and results and duration are variable. For some people wanting treatment for deep facial fines other treatment may be required first, followed by ‘fine tuning’ with dermal fillers.

There are now over 60 dermal fillers on the UK market. The most obvious division between them being that some are temporary and some more long lasting. The BCAM would always recommend the more temporary solutions as they do have less problems and side effects. Please ensure that the practitioner explains in full his choice of filler and it’s expected duration and side effects.

Below are three of the more common treatments.

Restylane and Perlane

How does Restylane work?

Restylane adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid. So, you can use Restylane to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Biocompatible with the human body, Restylane is eventually broken down naturally to water and carbon dioxide.

How does Perlane work?

Just like Restylane, Perlane adds volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Like Restylane, Perlane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to add fullness like your body’s own hyaluronic acid.

What makes Perlane different is the average size of the particles and the depth of injection. On average, the gel particles in Perlane are larger than those in Restylane, which makes Perlane a good choice for wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.

In three clinical studies of 150 patients each, on average 70% of patients maintained improvement for six months after just one Perlane treatment. Most patients will require a treatment roughly every 6 to 9 months.

Restylane formulations

There are 6 different formulations of Restylane for different areas and results. Restylane is available with added lignocaine to reduce injection discomfort.

    1. Restylane

Restylane has an intermediate gel particle size that makes it suitable for moderate wrinkles and lip enhancement. It is recommended that it is injected into the middle part of the dermis (middle layer of skin).

      1. Perlane

Perlane has a larger gel particle size and is used for deep lines, facial contouring, and lip enhancement and is injected into the deep layer of the dermis.

    1. Restylane Touch

Touch is the smallest gel particle size in the Q-med range and is used for the correction of very thin superficial lines. It is injected into the upper part of the dermis.

    1. Restylane Lipp

Lipp has been specially designed and formulated for injecting into the lips for enhancement and contouring of thin looking lips, the cupid’s bow, or to simply add fullness. It claims to be structured to withstand the range of mouth movements and strains – like talking, smiling, laughing and kissing – that characterise the lip area and therefore the effects should last longer.

    1. Restylane SubQ

SubQ has the largest gel particle size in the range and is used to replace fat loss in the face and create or restore a more defined facial contour. The procedure requires a larger needle and deeper injections below the skin layers. This product is promoted as an alternative to fat transfer. As a result, you will find fewer practitioners who are adequately trained to use SubQ.

    1. Restylane Vital and Vital Light

Vital is aimed at a whole new approach to skin rejuvenation, using mesotherapy, (sometimes called biorevitalisation) techniques. It is targeted at a broad range of treatment areas including the face, neck, décolletage (the area between the neck and breasts) and hands; designed to replenish the hyaluronic acid lost through ageing, hence hydrating the skin and improving its elasticity and tone.

Juvéderm®

Much like Restylane Juvéderm® is available in various formats to be used in different parts of the face. These variations alter the depth of injection, the consistency and the duration of the product along with the suitable target areas.

Juvéderm® 3 and 4 are most equivalent to Restylane and Perlane and the same things described above apply.

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® is the equivalent of Restylane SubQ. Both can be used for facial volume.

Why is Facial Volume so important?

A youthful face is characterised by smooth, round contours, high cheekbones, hollow jowls and a thin, well-defined jawline. These features together comprise the “triangle of beauty” or “heart of face”, with its base at the top and summit below. As we age, facial fat loss, gravity, and loss of the skin’s natural elasticity conspire to reverse this triangle’s composition, leading to a narrower, less youthful forehead and temple area, and a wider, heavier jawline.

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® can restore the face’s balance and heart-shaped proportions, revolumising facial hollows and lost volume and recontouring the cheeks, cheekbones, and nose for a fuller, softer, more youthful appearance. Juvéderm® VOLUMA® helps recapture the facial volume that age and weight loss can diminish.

What is Juvéderm® VOLUMA®?

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® is an injectable hyaluronic volumiser that provides long-lasting restoration for facial volumes through injection. The results are immediate, even, and very natural looking.

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® restores youthful volume to cheeks, cheekbones, and chin that have become hollow or thin due to weight loss or age-related facial fat loss. It can also rejuvenate the effects of a sagging facelift.

What exactly is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and add volume to our skin. Natural hyaluronic acid is broken down by the body in one or two days so is constantly replaced. As we age this replacement mechanism diminishes so the moisturising and plumping effects of hyaluronic acid decrease. The hyaluronic acid used in Voluma® is stabilised and cross linked to achieve safe, long lasting results.

At what age should I start treatment with Juvéderm® VOLUMA®?

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® is intended for use by adults. It is the ideal implant for remodelling facial volume and correcting a receding chin.

How long will the effects of treatment with Juvéderm® VOLUMA® last?

The average effect of treatment with Juvéderm® VOLUMA® lasts about 18 months. It may sometimes be shorter or longer depending on:

  • your age
  • your physiology
  • your lifestyle (smoking and exposure to sun or UV rays may shorten the effect)
  • the amount injected and the practitioner’s technique.

Will the treatment hurt?

Most Aesthetic practitioner  use the latest techniques to minimise any discomfort. These can include ice packs and skin vibration. Patients do not need local anaesthetics and after the treatment any discomfort usually settles very quickly.

Why Juvéderm® VOLUMA® and not a wrinkle filler?

Juvéderm® VOLUMA® has been specifically developed to restore lost facial volume e.g. in the cheeks, cheekbones, and chin. While wrinkle fillers like Juvéderm® ULTRA offer excellent results when applied to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and eyes, Juvéderm® 4 and Juvéderm® VOLUMA® are often better suited to larger scale facial volumising.

When can I return to work and resume my social life?

The aesthetic results are immediate and very natural looking. You can return to work and resume your social life immediately.

Are there any side effects?

Following injection, you may experience redness, slight swelling, or bruising at the injected area. Your practitioner  will inform you about this. These side effects will not last and can easily be covered up with your usual makeup.

What about contraindications?

These do exist. They are not specifically related to Juvéderm® VOLUMA®, but to this type of treatment. This is why it is important to tell your practitioner  about any previous history of pathologies such as auto-immune diseases, allergies, known hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid, any tendency to develop hypertrophic scars, immunotherapeutic treatment, inflammatory or infectious complaints (acne or cold sores) at injection sites, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, any previous aesthetic treatment, particularly the use of permanent products.

Is there anything I should know before I have the treatment?

Do not take aspirin for at least three days before the injection session. During the injection, risk of bruising (haematoma) and swelling will be higher for patients under anti-coagulant treatment or taking aspirin.

Are there any recommendations I should follow after treatment?

You are advised not to apply pressure to or massage the injection site during the first days following injection session. In the first week following treatment, the injected product may feel unduly firm as it settles into the surrounding tissue. This is normal and your Voluma® will feel soft and natural just like your own fatty pads.

Sculptra® is a synthetic injectable material known as “poly-L-lactic acid.” Poly-L-lactic acid is biocompatible (a material that does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body). Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, soft tissue implants, and other types of implants.

How does Sculptra® work?

Sculptra® is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Sculptra® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness. Visible results appear within the first few treatment sessions. Sculptra® will not correct the underlying cause of the facial fat loss, but will help improve the appearance by increasing skin thickness in the treated area. No skin testing is required prior to use.

Are the results from Sculptra® immediate?

No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra® worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra®. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra® takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin.

How many treatments are required?

Your Aesthetic practitioner  will decide the appropriate number of treatment sessions and the amount of Sculptra® you will need at each session (average 4 to 6 vials). Patients with greater facial fat loss may require 6 to 8 vials.

How long do treatment results last?

Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, the treatment results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session, in most patients. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.

Do injections of Sculptra® hurt?

As with any injection, injections with Sculptra® may be uncomfortable. This is minimised by judicious use of topical anaesthesia.

What can I expect to happen at a treatment session?

  • Your Aesthetic practitioner  will answer all of your questions and prepare you for the treatment
  • Anaesthesia for the treatment area will be provided
  • The area where the injections will be given will be cleaned with an antiseptic
  • Sculptra® will be injected in small amounts into the skin using a very fine needle
  • Multiple injections will be needed
  • An ice pack should be applied to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.

After the treatment session, the area should be thoroughly massaged to distribute the product evenly.

What can I expect after treatment?

Immediately following a treatment session with Sculptra®, redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising or all of these signs can happen in the treatment area. These signs usually go away in a few hours to a few days, but occasionally last longer. You should massage the treated area (a few times each day) for several days after the treatment session and an ice pack may be applied for a few minutes at a time to the treatment area to help reduce swelling. Avoid excessive sun and UV lamp exposure until any initial swelling and redness has resolved.

Most patients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment. Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if no complications are present (for example, open wounds or bleeding).

What are the possible side effects of treatment with Sculptra®?

The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra® include injection-related side effects at the site of the injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last, on average, 3 to 17 days.

Possible delayed side effect with Sculptra® can be small bumps under the skin in the treated area. These small bumps may not be visible, and you may notice them only when you press on the treated skin. These bumps tend to happen within the first 6 to 12 months after the first treatment.

Occasionally, these bumps go away on their own. Visible bumps, sometimes with redness or colour change to the treated area, have also been reported. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection.

Questions you should ask your practitioner prior to any dermal filler treatment.

  1. What are your qualifications? (the BCAM would always recommend an experienced practitioner  for your treatment)
  2. How long have you been doing fillers?
  3. How many patients have you treated?
  4. Which fillers do you use and why?
  5. Are there any alternatives that I should consider?
  6. How often have your patients had “problems”?
  7. Is the is filler dangerous?
  8. What problems can occur?
  9. Do you audit your results and patient satisfaction?
  10. What do I do if there is a problem with my treatment?
  11. Do you routinely follow up the result?
  12. Do you have any patients who you have previously treated whom I could speak to?
  13. How much does it cost? (this is the least important question).

Source: https://bcam.ac.uk/about-aesthetic-medicine/what-you-should-know/dermal-fillers/


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03/Apr/2020

What is Juvederm Ultra?

There are various products of Juvederm Ultra which is 3D hyaluronic acid matrix dermal filler that is used for skin treatment. In addition to non-animal hyaluronic acid, it also contains lidocaine, local anesthetic that provides more comfort before and after injection.

Why to Use Juvederm Ultra?

Juvederm Ultra is used to improve the skin hydration and elasticity. It is most suitable for the person with dry, dull looking or other minor signs of aging, such as fine lines or wrinkles. The treatment is been done by a licensed medical practitioner who has undertaken training in injection techniques.

How Juvederm helps to achieve the results?

By having the treatment with help of Juvederm it improves the skin hydration by delivering deep hydration. Once after replenishing, the skin becomes firmer, smoother giving a refreshed appearance. The most noticeable areas for this treatment is the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. One of the most fundamental ways to the fresh appearance of the face is the skin hydration with help of Juvederm, else without hydration, many efforts are needed to reduce and repair the signs of skin damage.

What are the areas treated with this product?

This is a specialized skin booster that can be applied on patient’s body like the back of their hands, their neck, and their décolletage or on their face. After receiving with the treatment of Juvederm it makes the skin more vibrant and younger looking with skin glow. There are also several other benefits of Juvederm that is been described as follows.

Juvederm Products –

Juvederm Ultra Smile – is used for the treatment of lips and mouth area. Helps to enhance lip volume, redefine lip shape, treat vertical lip lines and depressions at the corners of the mouth.

Juvederm ULTRA 2 – Especially used for treatment of fine lines. Juvederm ULTRA 2 helps to treat corners of the eye and those very close to the surface of the skin.

Juvederm ULTRA 3 – Juvederm ULTRA 3 is used for treatment of deep wrinkles like those between the nose and corner of the mouth.

Juvederm ULTRA 4 – Smoothes wrinkles located between the nose and the corners of the mouth, and around the lips. Juvederm ULTRA 4 also helps in deep depressions of the skin as well as for lip enhancement and cheekbone augmentation.

Applications of Juvederm

• Used to make lips bigger
• Lower the number of lines, wrinkles of the face, neck
• Also cures with some hand problem
• In lips for volume and definition
• Fills back of the hand making veins look prominent
• Restore volume under eyes, cheekbones or cheeks
• Used for Nasolabial Fold

Benefits of Juvederm of Products

• Provides instant results
• More volume in the areas treated with youthful and fuller face
• Long lasting results
• Keeps signs of aging at bay
• Healthy Looking Skin

Juvederm Ultra effectively helps to replenish depleted levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin for the restoration of natural and healthy glow. It helps to hydrate and adds volume to your skin. Rather than this, it helps to attract and hold moisture with the skin making it smooth, soft and toned. Its autooxidising agent helps to prevent build up free radicals.
It is considered to be the future in dermal filler technology as the innovative technology contributes to highly favorable results. As well as it is FDA approved for safety and efficiency. There are various treatments available as Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Plus. Juvederm Ultra is been used for patients with minor to moderate skin ailments whereas Juvederm Ultra Plus is used for patients with moderate to severe wrinkles and folds


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03/Apr/2020

Trust. Everything about the aesthetic decision-making process hinges on this one word. We may know we want to look younger, fresher, less tired, but.. than what? We need to find someone we know will take care of us and listen to what we tell them. Trust – in a procedure, a practitioner, or a clinic, and above all in ourselves – is crucial because it demystifies an exciting but often complicated industry.

As the filler chosen by millions of people around the world, Juvederm is one of these widely trusted skin solutions. as a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) filler – HA being a naturally occurring sugar in the human body – it can reduce signs of ageing and improve overall skin quality by adding moisture back where it is needed. Juvederm delivers lifting, smoothing and plumping with just one treatment, to create the lasting, natural-looking results that everyone wants.

If you’ve been wondering about facial fillers such as Juvederm, the next step is a conversation with an expert medical aesthetics practitioner:

  1. UNDERSTAND THE PROCEDURE BEING CONSIDERED
    Know what look you want to achieve. Less tired? More youthful? More relaxed? Read about the procedures from reputable sources. The Juvederm range can contour cheeks for more definition, refresh the eye area , redefine the chin and jawline, add volume to the lips – all with a natural look and feel.
  2. FIND A QUALIFIED, TRAINED MEDICAL PRACTITONER
    Read trusted reviews about that practitioner and clinic – Save Face and RealSelf are both reliable sources based on the first-hand feedback of real patients.
  3. UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES A GOOD CONSULTATION
    A consultation shouldn’t be rushed, and should include a verbal and physical assessment. Take along a list of questions, and don’t feel shy about asking them. Ensure you’re happy with all the answers before going ahead with any treatment. Find out what follow-up support is provided post-treatment, such as Juvederm’s aftercare. Remember: a consultation is about you deciding whether facial treatments is right for you.
  4. BE CONFIDENT IN SPEAKING YOUR MIND
    Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek clarification for peace of mind. Seek a second opinion if you need to. Ask what product your practitioner is recommending so you can research it, and ask your consultant if your request is realistic. As Allergan say, its all about trust.
  5. CHEAPER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
    There are many non-medical clinics offering medical aesthetics procedures, and price is only one of the multitude of factors involved in choosing which to go for. your choice should be based on a practitioner and a clinic you trust – yes, that world again. it really does matter.

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03/Apr/2020

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Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer.

The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard.

But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors and nurses threatened to boycott it.

The joint council said two beauticians had applied to be listed, alongside 20 clinicians with a further 105 pending.

However, the register will continue to list beauticians for other treatments, such as laser and chemical peels.

David Sines, who chairs the joint council, told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme there was no way of checking whether beauticians had been adequately trained to inject fillers.

“We have found there are no training organisations or programmes in place in the UK to enable beauticians to qualify to the level we require.”

“We are arguing for statutory regulation.

“We cannot enforce these standards without that.”

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A Department of Health and Social Care official said: “The government takes the regulation of cosmetic procedures very seriously and we are currently exploring options to strengthen regulation.”

The register was backed by the actress Lesley Ash, who was ridiculed in the press for her “trout pout” after her lips were injected with industrial fillers.

She said: “I think it’s a fantastic thing that is happening now with the register. And I think a lot of it had to do with the publicity I got.

“Women having their lips filled were saying, ‘I don’t want to look like Lesley Ash.'”

Sue Ibrahim, from the British Association of Aesthetic Nurses, Doctors and Dentists, said the inclusion of beauticians for filler treatments had put the public at risk.


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