Spotlight on Mesotherapy
Myths About Botox
involves microinjections of a serum containing vitamins, minerals and proteins
into the deeper layers of the skin called the mesoderm.
The serum feeds
the rapidly dividing skin cells in the mesoderm. This helps promote growth of
new, healthy skin and hair cells and help increase collagen and elastin
production which has an anti ageing effect.
Mesotherapy is an
extremely versatile treatment. Different ingredients are added to the cocktails
of nutrients and proteins to treat different skin and hair problems.
greatly increasing in popularity in the UK, and although it is not a new
treatment, it has been practiced for many years in Europe and South America.
Face, hands and
other areas, tiny injections of a serum are placed into the scalp to feed the
hair follicles the nutrients they need to grow and increase blood supply.
Lytic enzymes to
breakdown fat cells are added to the serum to help reduce cellulite in stubborn
areas. To achieve the optimal effect, this treatment is best combined with
regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
Mesotherapy in a
Relatively pain free especially if numbing creams are
applied to the skin beforehand.
Natural ingredients = natural results
Perfect anti ageing recipe when combined with anti
ageing injectables; botox and fillers and skin peels.
mesotherapy involves injecting a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and proteins
into the areas of the skin that is most needed.
Botox freezes your face
When injected into muscles, Botox works
by temporarily relaxing facial muscles to smooth out lines and wrinkles. So
yes, this can can cause cause reduced movement as a side effect, but the
“frozen look” can easily be avoided by taking a more gradual approach to the
injections. In other words, using smaller, to gently reduce lines and give a
more natural look and still maintaining facial expressions.
Botox is painful
Talking about botox typically takes much
longer than the procedure itself! It involves a small injections with a tiny
needle. Patients typically describe it feeling similar to a wasp sting at
Botox builds up in the body
Some patients are concerned that thee is
an accumulative effect of botox, that it stays around in the body over time.
This is not true. Like any other protein, it is gradually broken down the body
over time. in most cases this can take three to six months, which is the time
it take for the botox effects to gradually reduces which signals the time for
your next treatment.
Botox wears off = face drops
This is certainly not true. Some clients
are concerned that there will be a sudden change in their appearance once their
botox treatment wears off.
It is important to remember here the
uses of botox:
injections can be used correct existing or static lines facial lines and
injections can also be used as an anti-ageing treatment to help prevent
lines and wrinkles developing as we age.
So ultimately botox presses pause on the
ageing process, so your face will not suddenly rebound back to your pre
treatment wrinkles. In most cases the lines and wrinkles will be reduced which
will be boosted further by your next treatment.
I believe facial
rejuvenation is all about optimisation; improving a person’s existing features
so they look better not different.
When I ask clients
about what they want to achieve from their treatment, the following answers
• To look more youthful
• To look fresher
• To look natural
• To look healthier
The things they
don’t want are;
• Frozen face
• Duck lips
• Pointy eyebrows
• Drooping eyebrows
• Dramatic change or “give away that they have
had something done”.
To achieve DOs and
avoid the DONT’s its all about BALANCE.
It’s important to
take the time to carry a thorough facial assessment.
In my opinion the
first rule of facial aesthetics is to RESPECT ANATOMY.
You don’t want to
work against a person’s natural facial structure. You need to recognise it and
work with it. This way you will optimise the existing facial features and
create subtle changes which have a big impact.
As well as
achieving cosmetic results, such as lip enhancement and wrinkle reduction,
there are many people who feel unhappy with their resting facial expression.
For example; people report they are always look sad or moody, and their
“resting facial expression” does not actually reflect the way they are actually
feeling and can convey the wrong impression to others.
Dark, sunken eyes
and downturned mouth convey the look of sadness.
frown lines convey stress and anger.
A combination of
all of the above gives a more severe resting expression with loss of a youthful
to fix it
anti-wrinkle injections using botox and dermal fillers can successfully
softened unwanted and lines and wrinkles, and add volume to areas where skin is
sagging and lacks plumpness.
As an injector, my
main priorities are to reduce and soften unwanted lines and wrinkles whilst
maintaining fluidity of facial expression. In other words avoiding the overly
frozen look which is the main give away of a botox treatment.
The key things for
me are maintaining a natural, spontaneous smile and free movement of the
eyebrows. In this way, you can still move your face and express yourself
normally but your resting facial expressions are softened.
typically makes us feel better. In an indirect way, using anti-wrinkle
injections as an anti-ageing treatment help to bridge the gap between the way
we really feel and the facial image we project.
After all, there
is no beauty without expression!
Love Your Lips
Sleeping with make up
We have all been
guilty of climbing into bed without taking our makeup off after a night out or
long day at work. So what is the harm? Well it’s so important fully cleanse
your skin, not only to remove your make up, but also to remove the toxins that
have built up during the day. Pollution, smoke, car fumes to name a few; all
create an invisible film on the surface of our skin. These chemicals lead to
the generation of free radicals which damage skin cell DNA. This is the leading
cause of pre-mature skin ageing because it prevents skin cells dividing and
repairing themselves, and damages the collagen that gives our skin its
plumpness and elasticity.
becomes impacted in the skin pores which clogs and stretches them. This causes
to inflammation in the skin follicles which can lead to infection and spot
formation. The pores also become stretched and dilated, with time; they lose
their ability to spring back, so the pores look bigger permanently.
Not wearing sunscreen
Even in cooler
climates, like the UK, where sunny days are a rarity, our skin still gets
exposed to UV radiation every day. The effects of UV rays on our skin in the
number one cause of premature skin ageing. Once in contact with the skin, the
UV rays trigger a free radical cascade which leads to intracellular damage to
skin cells. This stops them growing and repairing themselves, and also damages
collagen. It is important to wear sunscreen everyday to put a barrier to
protect the skin from harmful UV rays. A broad spectrum sunscreen is best as it
protects against UVA and UVB rays. SPF 50 is ideal. It is also really
important to have a separate sunscreen rather than one combined with
foundations or moisturisers.
Using face wipes
and easy to use, face wipes are not ideal for cleansing your skin. Nothing
beats washing your face with a cleanser to fully remove make up, dirt and
pollution from the skin surface.
spread the grime around without effectively removing it.
They also leave
a residue on the skin which can actually irritate the skin and prevent serums
and moisturisers being absorbed properly.
Using Too Much Product
Less is more
when it comes to applying skin care products. It’s tempting to layer on more
product in attempt to boost or speed up the desired effects. Not only is this
wasteful but it can actually overload the skin; clogging pores and in some
causes causing congestion, inflammation and triggering break outs. A
“pea-sized” amount of product is usually sufficient.
Not moisturising oily skin
your skin is oily doesn’t mean it does need moisture. All skin types need to be
moisturised, it is just the type of moisturiser to use is different. Not
moisturising oily skin can may it oilier, by triggering an “oil purge” which is
a surge in oil production when the skin is dry and dehydrated. Invest in a
moisturiser which will keep your oil levels in balance at the same time as
giving your skin the moisture it needs. Remember moisturisers hydrate the skin
by adding water, not oil.
Not cleaning your make up brushes
wear the same clothes day in day out without washing them, so why would you
apply make up every day with the same make up brushes without cleaning them?
brushes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria multiply on
your make brush ready to be applied to your skin the next time you use them.
The bacteria can then cause redness, congestion and trigger breakouts.
Invest in a
makeup cleansing spray/solution which is quick and easy to use, so it becomes a
daily part of your beauty regime. Not only does it keep your brushes
clean, keep your skin healthy, it also improves application of your makeup and
makes it last longer.
This may be
surprising, but over exfoliating can actually cause more harm than good. Yes,
exfoliation is essential part of your skin care routine, but over doing it can
cause problems that many people are unaware of. The problem lies in using
multiple products that exfoliate the skin, along with different techniques that
also exfoliate the skin. For example; using facial scrubs which contain beads
to remove dead skin cells, followed by serums or moisturisers containing
ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, AHA which chemically exfoliate the skin
surface. When this is combined with salon/clinic based treatments such as
microdermabrasion and skin peels, the level of exfoliation is excessive. This
removes too much of the skin’s protective barrier can lead to skin
inflammation, irritation, increased sensitivity and increased
photo-sensitivity. All modes of exfoliation have their place; however, it is
important to mindful about the frequency and space between treatments to avoid
unnecessary skin irritation.
Using the wrong products for your skin type
When it comes to
choosing your skin care products the first step is understanding your skin
type. Typically people buy products based on recommendations from others,
although this may not be bad advice, it is important to remember, what is
perfect for your mum or your best friend may not be best suited to your skin.
your skin is dry, oily or combination is the basic understanding you need. It
is also important to consider what your skin is sensitive to, what causes
breakouts and what types of products have led to skin improvements in the past.
Take the time to book in for a skin analysis/consultation to fully understand
your skin type and tailor your skin care regime based on this.
Not getting enough sleep
Sleep is the
time when your body repairs and regenerates itself. Skin cells are some of the
most actively dividing cells in the body and the majority of their activity
takes place while you’re asleep.
Lack of quality
sleep on a regular basis increases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cortisol causes inflammation throughout the body. It can trigger flare ups in
pre-existing, inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
increases the breakdown down of collagen. Collagen fibres are an essential part
the matrix found in the dermis of the skin which it gives it volume and elasticity.
Collagen breakdown occurs naturally as part of the ageing process and leads to
the formation of lines and wrinkles. Therefore increased levels of cortisol can
lead to pre- mature ageing.
Not getting your
five a day deprives your skin of essential vitamin and minerals. Eating a diet
high in fruits and vegetables provides an excellent source of anti-oxidants,
like vitamin C and Vitamin E which are needed for skin health and as well as
Diets high in
sugar also can cause pre-mature ageing by increasing collagen breakdown.
Diets high in
refined sugar and dairy products have also been shown to cause flare ups in
skin conditions like acne.
Alcohol and your skin
recognised as the facial feature that signify true beauty.
Our lips and our
smile are often the first thing we notice about people.
fullness, definition or a natural enhancement the perfect pout can be achieved
using dermal fillers.
can be achieved?
depends on what you want….so dermal fillers can:
• Add volume to the
body of lips
• Contour and define
the outline of the lips
• Enhance the cupids
Reduce peri oral (smokers lines) on the upper lip
you should know
aesthetic treatments, there are many myths surrounding lip enhancement which
understandably can make us cautious.
The most common
question I am asked in my clinic is related to the fear of ending up with a
“trout pout”. The main thing to note is that dermal fillers have moved on a lot
over recent years which make those dreaded outcomes a thing of the past.
are safe and effective and very versatile products. They contain hyalronic acid
which naturally occurs in the dermis of the skin. It is an essential part of
the collagen framework in our skin which gives skin volume and plumpness.
Unfortunately, as we age our skin loses HA which is a key event in the ageing
process which we try to prevent using dermal fillers to add or replace volume
where it has been lost.
In the past
dermal fillers contain less natural products and could be much semi-permanent
containing HA last approximately 6-9 months. They gradually get broken down
to expect post lip filler treatment
Lips have an
excellent blood supply so bruising is quite common. That said the blood vessels
and the needle are both small so the bruise will be too.
The bruising can
last approximately a week and will fade gradually with time.
Arnica is great
to help reduce the bruising, as is icing the lip before and after treatment.
Lips are very
sensitive so some degree of swelling is inevitable. Again, this will reduce
over time and can last 1-2 weeks.
You can massage
the area post treatment. This is useful if there are any little bumps. Try not
to touch the area excessively though.
Avoid saunas, steam
No make up for
at least 8 hours. Mineral makeup is best.
cream can help to reduce bruising.
If you have
worries or questions just pick up the phone and ask your practitioner.
Lip augmentation is a really popular and
effective treatment and the results speak for themselves
Skin Peel Season
It’s the time of
year to enjoy the festivities of Christmas and New Year, which for many of us
inevitability involves over indulging on food and alcohol.
But over doing
the it on the booze can affect the way we look tomorrow and it the future……………
speeds up the ageing process.
force behind increased skin ageing is dehydration.
Alcohol has a
diuretic effect on the body. It blocks the production of the anti-diuretic
hormone vasopressin, which means your kidneys work extra hard to remove water
from the body. So the more you drink, the more you wee, the more dehydrated
your body gets.
Your skin is the
biggest organ in the body. It needs water to remain soft and supple.
Dehydration leads to skin dryness.
It also deprives
the collagen matrix in the deeper layers of the skin of water, which leads to
the formation of lines and wrinkles.
vasodilation of blood vessels. This means blood vessels can leak fluid into the
surrounding tissues, in the particular the skin of the cheeks and eyelids. This
can cause that puffy look the morning after.
causes redness & flushing
blood vessels also causes increased blood flow to the skin’s surface, leaving
it looking red and flushed.
drinking large quantities of alcohol can lead to more long lasting problems
with redness. The veins can become permanently enlarged which can lead to
thread vein formation and a permanently flushed appearance.
makes existing skin problems worst
proven to have a role in the skin disorder, rosacea, it causes redness,
blushing and flushing.
effects of alcohol also exacerbates dry skin conditions such as eczema and
causes red eyes
In the same way
alcohol causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate, it has the same effect on the
small blood vessels in the eyes.
It leaves your
eyes looking red and bloodshot.
The toxins in
alcohol and its dehydrating effect can also speed up the formation of
It’s nice to
enjoy a drink, especially at this time of year. The key to drinking safely and
sensibly is MODERATION.
Here are some
simple tips to balance having fun and responsible drinking (and beat a horrible
Drinking on an
empty stomach is never a good idea. Food slows the absorption of alcohol into
the blood stream. It acts like a sponge to stop you getting drunk too quickly.
Making sure you
are well hydrated before you start drinking will help slow the dehydrating effects
of the alcohol.
Drinking a glass
of water between alcoholic drinks will help balance dehydrating effects whilst
you are out. Not only will stop you getting drunk too quickly, it will help
reduce the likelihood of a hangover and puffiness the next day.
Don’t mix your drinks
Mixing drinks is
a recipe for a killer hangover but subjecting your body with a cocktail of
different toxins to process which is a nightmare for your liver and kidneys to
Opt for clear drinks
alcohols like, vodka and gin, have fewer chemicals that can make hangovers
Wash your make up off.
After a boozy
night the last job is wash your make up off. Taking a few extra moments to do
this pays off in the morning when the hangover kicks in.
Don’t forget to
moisturise too, this will help the dehydration of your skin and will help
Chemical skin peels are popular and effective skin rejuvenation treatment.
There are a wide variety of skin peels available which can be used to treat many skin problems and conditions.
How do they work?
Skin peels contain different chemical ingredients which when applied to skin, results in exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, blocked pores and excess oil to reveal a new surface of fresh skin cells to give a balanced, revitalised complexion.
Depending of the active chemical ingredient used different layers of the skin can be penetrated. Mild exfoliation targets very superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis, medium exfoliation penetrates to the mid dermis, whilst deep exfoliation reaches the deep dermis.
What can skin peels treat?
Skin peels are an effective cosmetic treatment for:
Types of skin peelsMild/ Superficial
- Mild lines and wrinkles
- Mild acne scars
- Skin pigmentation
- Uneven skin tone
- Blocked pores and stubborn blackheads
- Reduce excessive oil production temporarily.
How? Targets the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis.
Active ingredients - Glycolic acid (AHA)
Salicylic acid (BHA)
Low strength TCA (Trichloroacetic acid)
What does it treat?
- Mild lines and wrinkles
- Mild skin hyperpigmentation
- Mild acne scarring
- Acne active – reduces blackheads, helps to unblock pores and temporarily reduce excessive oil production.
- Mild sun damage
For optimal results – course of skin peels combined with microdermabrasion.Side effects:
Mild tingling/stinging during and after the treatment.
Hyperpigmentation can occur. To reduce this problem it essential to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen daily.
Medium skin peelsHow?
When applied to the skin a medium strength peel penetrates down through the epidermis to reach the top layer of the dermis, known as the papillary dermis.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA). TCA is a stronger peeling agent. It commonly used in concentrations up to 35%, or in combination with glycolic acid to minimise the risk of side effects.What do medium skin peels treat?
Moderate lines and wrinkles
Pigmentation problemsDeep skin peelsHow?
Deep skin peels use phenol which is a strong chemical which penetrates down to the dermis, the deepest layer of the skin.
This peel must be performed by a medically trained person, in a clinical area with heart monitoring as phenol can very occasionally cause irregular heartbeats.Active ingredient
What do deep skin peels treat?
Deep lines and wrinkles
Feed your face
Sugar gets a lot of bad press. We all know the basics; that sugar is associated with weight gain, tooth decay and health problems such as type two diabetes and obesity. Sugar can also have other negative effects on the body, especially in speeding up the ageing process.
Refined sugars are the culprit. They can be found in processed foods such as cakes, chocolates and biscuits. They can also be hidden in other processed foods where you may not necessarily expect to find them such as sauces, soups and ready meals.
The problem is that sugar is just empty calories which give us energy but no other nutritional value.
In fact, a diet high in refined sugar sugars can actually leave us feeling low in energy. This is because refined sugars give our bodies an unnatural surge in sugar levels which is then followed a rapid drop. This leaves us feeling fatigued and listless.
Energy is best sourced from slow release carbohydrates like wholegrains, pulses and fruit and vegetables. Energy is released in a slower, steadier fashion which keeps sugar levels and, in turn insulin levels, stable. Keeping your blood sugar levels in a steady state avoids the sugar hit and inevitable sugar cravings that can follow.
Reducing your sugar intake is associated with many health benefits including:
reduced risk of type II diabetes
improved dental hygiene and reduced tooth decay.
As well as improving our general health, reducing our sugar intake has great skin enhancing and anti ageing effects.
The process behind the harmful effects of sugar is glycation. This occurs when the sugar circulating in the blood stream attaches to proteins and causes them damage.
Collagen and elastin are two proteins which are extremely vulnerable to glycation. Collagen is an essential building block in the support framework of our skin. Elastin gives skin recoil, which allows it to return back to normal following facial expression. When collagen and elastin are damaged by glycation it becomes less flexible and resilient and it becomes rigid and heavy.
The skin begins to sag, loses it youthful plumpness and wrinkles begin to develop.
To add to the damage, aged skin, lacking collagen is more exposed to further damage from UV rays, pollution and other environmental factors.
The advantages of a sugar free diet greatly outweigh the short- term satisfaction of a sugar hit. I’m a firm believer of everything in moderation. However, in the case of refined sugars, if you can remove them and replace them with healthier alternatives, you can still satisfy a sweet tooth without the expense of your health and ageing your skin.
Outer beauty starts with inner health. When it comes to skin care, anti ageing and wellness, diet is the fundamental factor that underpins all of the above.
When we think about improving our health, improving our diet is often one of our first thoughts. Whether our goal is to lose weight or simply eat more healthily, changing our diet and sticking to it in the long term is a challenge.
Before attempting to make changes to our diet and eating behaviours, I think we should first take a step back and actually look at what we are eating on a day-to -day basis. Hectic lifestyles, eating on the go and missing meals means that sometimes we can deviate from our diet plans despite our best intentions.
It is also worth reflecting on the effect certain foods have on you.
For example, for many years I have suffered with acne. I never thought about how what I ate could affect my skin. This was until I cut out dairy for a short period as I had come to the conclusion that it was making me bloated. The result was as I had hoped; my bloating reduced when I was dairy free, but I also had the unexpected side effect that my skin improved dramatically at the same time. After years of eating dairy, I never recognised the link that flare-ups in my skin were often linked to times when overindulged in dairy without a second thought.
Based on my own experience, I think anyone wanting to improve their skin, health and wellbeing, should take the time to understand how foods affect them.
Everything in moderation is mantra to embrace. All too often in a quest to lose weight, we exclude essential components of our diet to meet our short-term goals. This is counterproductive for our skin, inner health and maintaining a stable, healthy weight in the long term.
Fad diets offer a quick fix at best. Adopting a healthy, balanced diet combined with regular and varied exercise is the only way to meet our goals and maintain them.
Certain food groups, now frequently referred to as superfoods, contain key nutrients which have unique properties to heal and promote physical health and optimise wellness. Many of which have a significant impact on our skin. I’ve put together a summary which shows which vitamins and minerals help improve certain skin conditions.
Foods high in antioxidants
protect the skin from free radical damage that causes ageing.
Foods high in anti oxidants include; berries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, Acai berries.
Red beans such as kidney beans and pinto beans are also rich in anti
oxidants. Their skins are packed with flavonoids such as anthocyanin
which have anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Collagen stimulating
Vitamins C and E are collagen stimulating
vitamins. They are found in citrus fruits.
is essential for skin health. It can be found in yogurt, cheese, many fruits and vegetables.Anti inflammatory
conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are all driven
by inflammation. Anti inflammatory foods include salmon, mackerel,
spinach, broccoli and flaxseed.
The ultimate anti inflammatory food is turmeric. Add a teaspoon to dishes or juices.
Foods rich in anti inflammatory properties can
help stabilise spot prone skin. Zinc and selenium levels are often low
in people with acne. Boost your levels with brazil nuts, eggs and
Take home points…..
In summary diet has a great influence
on our skin, inner health and general wellness. Diet and nutrition is
vast and interesting topic. To avoid getting bogged down with too many
details this is my diet shortlist to remember……..
– 2 litres per day does the job. Keep a bottle with you and sip it throughout the day.
We all NEED FAT.
Avoid saturated fats. Opt for
“good fats” like polyunsaturated fats which contain essential fatty
acids like omega 3. Adopting the Mediterranean style of eating and
choosing extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, and oily fish like
salmon, mackerel, and sardines is a great way to achieve this.
Exercise is essential for physical strength,
toned body, mental wellbeing and glowing skin. Don’t forgot, to exercise
to our optimum potential we need energy. Energy comes from
carbohydrates. So don’t cut out the carbs completely. Opt for low GI
options like brown breads, wholegrains and wholewheat pasta.
EAT WELL BE HAPPY
And remember, life is boring if we
restrict ourselves too much. Be happy and make sure you treat yourself
every once in a while :)
People often ask me when is the right time to start having Botox. Assuming the client is not too young, there is no recommended age to start, so ultimately the choice is yours.
Your suitability for anti-ageing treatments such as Botox is based on your skin type, the degree your skin has aged and what you want achieve. Skin type, genetics and environmental factors such as smoking, sun exposure and skin care all influence the
rate our skin ages.
Dynamic lines on your forehead, frown and around your eyes occur naturally with facial expressions.
As we get older, the effects of ageing mean that these lines become static, so they are present all the time regardless of whether we are frowning, smiling or lifting our eyebrows. These lines are now wrinkles so treatment with Botox would be corrective rather than preventive.
Like all aspects of anti ageing, prevention is better than cure.
It’s only natural to be a little apprehensive before having a cosmetic treatment for the first time. Our fears are reinforced with media images of overly frozen faces which promote the misconception that this is the only outcome of Botox injections. It is important to remember that the result of the treatment with Botox is dose dependent; the more Botox injected the more frozen the look. Preventive Botox uses smaller doses so you can still retain movement and achieve a more natural look.
This tends to be my approach.
Opting for preventive Botox in “baby doses” is a good way of stopping lines of expression becoming permanent wrinkles.
Botox isn’t the only option. Skin peels and mesotherapy are other anti ageing treatments to consider too. Remember Botox acts on the muscle below the skin, not on the skin itself. Combining preventive Botox injections with treatments such as skin peels and mesotherapy which improve the skin health on the surface, gives you the best of both worlds.