Many of us have more time on our hands and are online shopping like never before, but reports suggest a huge rise in fake cosmetic products flooding the market to capitalise upon this growth in the online market.

A recent feature in ‘Money’ magazine noted a huge rise in counterfeit cosmetic products making their way onto Amazon. Although Amazon states that it “strictly prohibits the sale of counterfeit products” and “invest[s] heavily in both funds and company energy” to enforce this, it would seem that the cosmetics industry is under relentless attack from opportunistic counterfeiters.

The cosmetic industry loses more money to counterfeit products each year than any other industry – but how does that impact the consumer? Well, not only will the rise in counterfeit cosmetic goods cost the consumer more in the long run, but the products themselves at best simply don’t work as well, and at worst can present a serious danger to your health. 

Many counterfeit cosmetic products have been found to carry carcinogens, like arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium, all of which can cause serious internal and external damage. Some counterfeits seized have also tested positive for high levels of bacteria and human waste, which doesn’t bear thinking about! 

It is more important than ever that consumers do their homework when choosing which products to buy, and where from; it might seem like a bargain at the time, but it could end up costing more in the long run. 

Clinical skincare is the most effective product you’ll find on the market, but these products can only be prescribed by a qualified professional like the medically trained clinicians at Dermoperfection.

Brands will also list approved stockists on their websites, so if in doubt check those and make sure you’re buying safely from a trusted source. You can take a look at Obagi, Juvéderm®, and Envy Medical, where you will find our clinic listed as a registered, trained partner of the brand.

If you’d like to know more about any of the skincare brands we work with or our Dermoperfection skincare range which is available exclusively from our site, take a look through the shop section and contact us here if you have any questions, or book a free consultation here.


There are an overwhelming amount of at-home skin care products on the market, and many so-called skincare systems are really just fancy marketing tactics, created to make you buy more and more products, but do they even work and are they right for your skin? 

Firstly, we would always recommend having a professional analyse your skin to help you understand your skin-type and to give you accurate advice on addressing any concerns you may have. 

As well as a scale which rates your tone and type, based on the external condition of your skin, there is often more going on that cannot be seen by the naked eye, like sun damage. This is where our state-of-the-art skin analysis can provide a much more detailed picture of everything at play; by scanning the skin we can identify any underlying issues that you may not be aware of.

How many of us have used bits and pieces of a “system,” only to throw it away, have a breakout, or forget about it altogether a few months later?

The important thing to consider when choosing your skincare system, is that you look at the complete package. Obagi® systems, are scientifically formulated to create skin care results that can make a real and prolonged difference in the appearance of your skin, which is why we are a proud stockist. 

From start to finish, Obagi® systems are created to cleanse, hydrate, tone, and refresh your skin – they are suitable for all ages and skin types. Obagi® offers systems for a variety of skin care concerns, but you will need the guidance of a professional to help you determine which system will provide the best results for you and your unique skin specifically. 

One of the most common skincare concerns our patients come to us with, is how to address the natural ageing process. Our advice? Prevention truly is the best cure and starting with an anti-ageing system as early as you can is the way to go if you would like to keep your complexion looking youthful and radiant.

The Obagi 360 System Kit is an ideal system for younger patients as it offers a unique combination of effective ingredients and provides early intervention for loss of radiance. It delivers a resilient feel; diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dull complexion and uneven texture; as well as improving the condition of dry skin.

This system encourages healthy skin renewal that helps to prevent signs of ageing before they appear and fade existing concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles. 

  • Exfoliating microbeads refine the skin’s texture 
  • Encapsulated retinol renews the complexion without causing irritation
  • Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to prevent damage
  • Sun protection ingredients defend against both UVA and UVB rays 

The exfoliating cleanser and retinol product remove dead, dulling skin cells while the moisturising sunscreen defends against both UV rays and free radicals that damage the complexion and cause signs of ageing. 

Explore the right anti-ageing routine for you, with a free, no obligation consultation now.


At Dermoperfection we work with industry leading product, Juvéderm® to provide our dermal filler treatments. If you’re curious about facial fillers and want to know more, you’ll find everything you need to know right here with ‘top things you should know about facial fillers’ from Juvéderm®.

So, we’ve all been there, looking in the mirror, or more recently on one of endless video calls and thought about losing those shadows, lifting those sad lines around the mouth, or having a fuller pout; there’s nothing quite like staring at yourself in unflattering light for a few hours to help you notice your imperfections.  However, facial fillers can resolve all of these concerns, simply and easily. 

Fillers are injectable gels used to restore or add volume to the face and lips. The formulas in Juvéderm® products are made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in your body which attracts up to 1000x its weight in water to create a juicy, plumping effect. Facial fillers can be used to lift, tighten, enhance, or even correct things like bumps in the nose.



There are a variety of healthcare providers who can inject Juvéderm®. Your initial consultation should be with a registered health care professional. You should not attempt to buy or inject Juvéderm yourself or by someone who is not qualified to do so, it is highly unsafe, against the law, and is extremely dangerous as the efficacy of the medication and injection technique cannot be guaranteed if not administered by a medically trained professional.

You should always seek a registered health care professional who is supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, no exceptions.

Ask your practitioner:

Are you a registered healthcare professional?



Everybody’s pain tolerance is different, but practitioners who inject Juvéderm® liken the feeling to that of a little pinch that is usually well tolerated. In addition, Juvéderm® facial fillers include lidocaine, a type of anaesthetic which can help reduce any discomfort you may feel during treatment.

Ask your practitioner:

How can you make the injection more comfortable?



People commonly associate fillers with bad or over-the-top results they may have seen on reality television — but good treatments can give you natural-looking results, they can be practically imperceptible. 

A qualified medical practitioner will evaluate your face and aesthetics goals to give you a result you’ll be happy with. Plus, Juvéderm® patented technology allows the facial fillers we use to integrate with the tissue under the skin for a natural look and feel, whether you’re smiling, laughing, or frowning.

Ask your practitioner:

How can you ensure I will have a natural-looking result?



Everyone’s aesthetic goals are different, which is why there isn’t just one facial filler formula to address every concern. You want to look like you, not like everyone else, right? 

Your practitioner will create a tailored Juvéderm® treatment plan, depending on whether you want to plump, smooth, lift, or define.

Ask Your Practitioner:

How will you use JUVÉDERM® in my tailored treatment plan?



While the results of facial filler are temporary, this treatment may not require as much maintenance as, say, hair colour or even laser treatments. Results with Juvéderm® can last between 9-24 months, depending on the treatment chosen and the area treated. Talk to your injector about your treatment plan — they can help guide you when it comes to planning your return appointment.

Ask your practitioner:

How long can I expect my results to last?



Juvéderm® is a medical procedure and you should only receive treatment from qualified health care providers. Don’t be duped by advertisements with low prices or popular posts on social media — do your homework when it comes to your injector. Seeing a qualified, licensed injector is important: not only are they trained to work with you to give you the results you’re looking for, but they’re also educated on proper safety protocols with the treatment. Here at Dermoperfection we are proud to be a registered partner of Juvéderm® and a member of SaveFace.

Ask your practitioner: 

How long have you been using JUVEDERM® with your patients? 


To find out more about Juvéderm® and how Dermoperfection’s medically trained expert injectors can use it to give you the results you’re looking for, click here to book a free consultation.

Lip fillers have always been something that has fascinated me and, I’ll be honest, something that I have always wanted but never thought it would happen. I was so thrilled to be told about Dermoperfection.

My top lip has always been a part of me that I’ve never been happy with. It’s always been small and with every smile, it disappeared. Yes, there are makeup tips and tricks to enhance the appearance and make it look fuller, such as overlining, but what about the days that you don’t want or even feel like wearing lipstick?

When I had the opportunity to get a treatment from the newly opened Dermoperfection in Birmingham, I literally jumped at the chance!

Who Is Dermoperfection?

Dermoperfection is located at 36 Pinfold Street in Birmingham and is owned by fully registered practitioner Stu Logan. Stu trained at the leading cosmetic courses academy and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in aesthetics.

Stu Logan, Managing Director & Chief Aesthetics Practitioner

Stu says “I have personally overseen every step and taken time to ensure that only the highest quality products are offered. That these products are accessed from registered UK providers and that all injectable treatments are sourced directly from UK pharmacists only. No corners are cut ever, quality and assurance that the products used are UK regulated is an absolute must and I want to give you the consumer that confidence, reassurance and the exceptional value that you deserve.”

Stu Logan, Managing Director & Chief Aesthetics Practitioner

After reading all about him on the Dermoperfection website, I felt in very safe hands when booking my consultation.


The process couldn’t be easier. Dermoperfection have an online booking system where you can select the timeslot that is best suited to you. You need to have a consultation first, with a brief cooling off period of at least a couple of days before your treatment date, just in case you think of any more questions, or of course, you change your mind about the treatment. During the consultation, Stu will decide what fillers to use on you, this will depend on the desired result that you want.

Treatment Day

The day of the treatment came and I was so excited. Finally, I was going to have the lips that I have always wanted. Stu was so lovely and made me feel at complete ease because I really didn’t have a clue what to expect. He explained what he was going to do and asked me to fill out the consent form and we were good to go.

The Lip Filler Experience

I had some numbing cream applied to my lips which is the most bizarre of sensations. It also doesn’t taste great but that is more my fault for chattering away. You’re not supposed to eat it, after all!

After about ten minutes Stu went in with the injections. I wish I could remember how many I had, but it’s all a little bit of a blur if I’m honest. I won’t lie, it is painful. You’re having a needle in your lips, so it’s not going to be pain-free but I just kept telling myself ‘you’ve gone through childbirth, get over it!’. Within ten minutes the treatment was done and I was thrilled to be able to see the results immediately.

I was expecting a lot of swelling, but to be honest it never really came. I felt comfortable walking around Birmingham city centre after the treatment, confident that no one could guess what I had had done. I was more bothered that my face was missing makeup around my mouth!

Stu advised keeping the lips moisturised as much as possible and gave me a card that had all of the do’s and don’ts post-treatment. These are things like no alcohol, or smoking in the hours proceeding the injections. Nothing major and all easy to do. He explained that any swelling should go down within 48 hours and be warned some bruising may appear. I was obviously very lucky as I had barely any swelling and just one tiny bruise which was easily covered with make-up.

The Results

I was and still am, absolutely thrilled with the results of my lip fillers. For the first few days, I couldn’t stop looking at them. They have now become a part of me and I don’t think I can imagine going back to how I was before. They look so natural which was just the look I wanted. My Mum had concerns I would end up with a ‘trout pout’ and even she has said how lovely they look!

Before and after
With lipstick
My Lip Filler Experience with Dermoperfection, Birmingham
Without lipstick

As if all of this wasn’t enough, I then got to go along to the influencers launch night at the clinic and got to meet all of the influencers that had been involved in the launch and talk to them about their experiences. I didn’t speak to one person who didn’t love their treatments. They had a mixture of lip fillers, skin peels, anti-wrinkle injections and fibroblast treatment. They all looked amazing.

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I can’t recommend Dermoperfection enough if you are in the Birmingham area and are considering any form of aesthetic treatment. Stu (and Amy, his colleague) are polite, friendly and make you feel completely at ease about asking any questions you might have. A full list of treatments available at Dermoperfection is listed on their website.

Dermoperfection will also be opening their doors on Monday the 24th June between 2.30pm-8 pm for a Beauty ‘Decoded’ event. This is an opportunity for those people that have been curious but apprehensive about having a cosmetic aesthetic treatment to receive a consultation, feel the products and speak with Stu directly to demystify preconceptions of aesthetic treatments.
You can register your interest here:



I want to take this opportunity to thank Stu for the wonderful treatment and experience that I had whilst visiting Dermoperfection. It’s safe to say I will be back, I’ve started something now. I can’t wait!


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My Lip Filler Experience with Dermoperfection, Birmingham



If you know me out in the ol’ real world, then you’ll probably know I’ve spoke about having lip fillers for about four years. No exaggeration. But like a lot of things – learning to bake or committing to an ab routine, for example – it was starting to seem like one of those things I wasn’t ever really going to get round to doing.

Mainly, this was because I wanted to be sure I was going to the right place. For me, when it comes to these sort of treatments, word-of-mouth recommendations and being able to see previous results is everything. So although I’d been offered lip fillers in the past, I hadn’t been comfortable going ahead with them if I wasn’t absolutely confident in their work.


I was recently contacted by Dermoperfection, who are located in Birmingham City Centre and offer a range of aesthetic treatments. The clinic looked great, but I still initially planned to just pop in for one of their peels, rather than go for anything ‘risky’ like lips. But then I saw that the lovely Chloe from Unwritten Wardrobe had visited the clinic for lip fillers, and hers looked uh-mazing. I slid into the DMs and she told me about the great experience she’d had with Dermoperfection, and finally I decided to don my sassy pants and get them lips did.


I went along to Dermoperfection, which is conveniently located just around the corner from New Street Station in Birmingham. My consultation and treatment were with the lovely Amy, who put me at ease straight away as we discussed the sort of results I was hoping to achieve.

I explained that I was looking for something very subtle with it being my first filler experience, and Amy recommended I start with 0.5ml of filler. I know of friends who have been for consultations at other clinics and had therapists try to pressure them into having larger amounts, so I felt like it was a great sign that Amy was happy to take this gradually.

At Dermoperfection they only use Juvederm, which I know to be one of the best brands for dermal fillers. Juverderm fillers are made from Hyaluronic Acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. This is why the filler naturally absorbs into the body over time, though the fillers have different consistencies that impacts on how long they will last. I think I had Volift, which is one of the longer-lasting fillers that Juvederm offers.


When I came back for my treatment, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew a numbing cream would be used so I wouldn’t feel pain, but expected it to still be quite uncomfortable. However, I found the whole thing absolutely fine. The numbing cream was applied around 10 minutes before the treatment, which – apart from giving you that paranoid feeling you get at the dentist where you think you might be dribbling all over yourself – made the whole thing so easy. There was an initial scratch when the needle went in, but then I couldn’t really feel anything.

Amy was brilliant throughout the injections, regularly pausing to take in how they were looking and talking me through each step. I felt completely involved during the whole experience, and most importantly confident that I was in safe hands.


I purposely chose to have my fillers on a Saturday morning when I didn’t have much planned for the weekend. I’m the kind of girl that ends up with week-long bruises if I brush past a door handle a bit quickly, so I fully expected to be swollen and bruised the day after my treatment. I’d even started plotting what lie I could tell my colleagues if I was still puffy on the Monday morning (“bee sting or allergic reaction? Which is more believable when I never venture outside and live off a diet of Greggs vegan rolls?”)

However, I was SO pleased to find that I actually had hardly anything. The tiny pin pricks were easily covered with concealer the next morning, and I didn’t have any bruises. I saw family members later that night and the next day and nobody noticed a thing.


Overall I’m SO pleased with my results. As the photos show, the change was very subtle but noticeable to me. My top lip has been balanced out and overall my lips are looking naturally plumper. My side projection is more pronounced now, whereas before my top lip kind of disappeared from a side view. I’m really happy that I opted for the 0.5ml for my first treatment as I now feel confident to build them up in the future if I want to (and let’s be honest, that’s probably going to happen VERY soon…)


My treatment was complimentary in exchange for an honest review, but prices for 0.5ml of filler at Dermoperfection start at £160. I know from my research over the years that this is really fairly priced (and I’d advise anyone against going to clinics that offer filler too cheaply, as the product is likely to be of a lower quality) and is great for the level of expertise you’re getting. I would 100% recommend visiting Amy or Stuart at Dermoperfection for any aesthetic treatments, and know I’ll be booking in again soon.


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.


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.

frontage of Dermoperfection in Pinfold Street
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

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.”

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


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!”

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


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

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