Why do I love it?
As I have moved into my 30's, my priorities with my treatments and skincare have changed. I still love my toxins for smoothening out muscle movement that creates fine lines and wrinkles and my fillers for subtle lip augmentation or tear trough filler. Profhilo does not replace these treatments; however, it works as an adjunctive treatment. As my skin and face changes with age, I have realised the importance of skin quality and texture. Perhaps it's one of those things you only notice once it's starting to go and take for granted when younger. Think of your skin as the most fundamental aspect of your facial aesthetics; good texture creates a glowy appearance, minimal laxity prevents sagging and folds and means dermal fillers can hold and lift with more effect. I love this treatment for the boost and radiance it's given my skin.
How does it work, and what is bio-remodelling?
Injectable hyaluronic acids have a more significant benefit than those that are delivered in serum form as they provide a greater concentration of hyaluronic acid to the skin's dermis. Profhilo has an incredibly high concentration of pure form synthetic hyaluronic acid which can be targeted, by injection, into the upper layers of the skin using a small needle. Due to its runny texture, once injected, the hyaluronic acid spreads throughout the face, neck or hands. It attracts water to it, helping the skin to look younger and plumper. It triggers the skin to create new collagen and elastin by the process of bio-remodelling assisting the skin to combat signs of ageing such as fine lines, dullness and crepiness.
What's the cost?
At Paragon Aesthetics clinics treatment is charged at £270 per treatment sessions (2 procedures required for a full course) or £500 for a full course.
The phrase "Hello Stranger" usually makes me do that thing where my shoulders raise up a little bit, and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up—usually uttered by someone who has been allocated to being a 'stranger' for a very good reason. But here we all. You all feel like strangers in a funny way, but unlike that creepy guy from university, we've missed you.
With the planned Third Phase of the relaxation of the government's lock down guidelines due to be implemented on July 4th, we are planning to reopen our Ouseburn clinic. In these last few weeks, we have been putting steps and changes in place to make reopening the clinic safe for both our clients and practitioners. So how are we doing things differently?
Extended appointment times and additional cleaning regimes
Before your appointment, our treatment coordinator, Emma, will call you to go through pre-appointment screening questions to ensure you are healthy to attend your appointment. On arrival at the clinic, we will take and document your temperate.
Don't worry; this is entirely contactless using our infrared heat detectors.
Increased PPE and installation of hand sanitisation stations
We are going paperless
We have invested in record-keeping software to allow us to go entirely paperless to facilitate easy cleaning down between clients.
At this point in time, there is no guidance with regards to practitioner testing; however, we will continue to review this policy for future updates on this guidance.
We want to assure you that during this period of inactivity of the business, we have taken the time to educate ourselves and implement the appropriate changes. We have truely missed seeing our clients - for those who didn't get the chance to see our beautiful new Ouseburn clinic we look forward to welcoming you there!
We will be booking the first 2 weeks of appointments from Monday 22nd, if you are not already on the waiting list fill out the contact form below and we'll add you on.
What is UVA and UVB?
Overtime UV exposure leads to the formation of wrinkles, dark spots and other problem areas all of which can add years to the way you look. Research shows that UV exposure is the reason behind a whopping 80% of skin ageing.
Did you know you can get 2 types of SPF, Chemical or Physical?
Here's the low down on the difference…..
Chemical Sunscreens are simply chemicals which absorb the UV rays that hit the skin. These types are generally easier to find, and chances are you are using one! Chemical filters offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays, however, they tend to be more irritating for the skin and generally aren't good for acne suffers but can work well on darker skin tones.
Physical Sunscreens are reflectors and usually contain zinc or titanium oxide and therefore reflect the UV rays. This is perfect for me being an acne sufferer as it doesn't cause breakouts. However, due to the reflective nature of these it tends not to be a good choice for those with darker skin tones as can appear rather white on the skin.
The ZO skinhealth stocks a range of both physical and chemical SPFs ranging form factor 30 to factor 50. All of which can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine and blend naturally to sit under make-up with out that dreaded 'greasy' appearance. My personal favourite? The ZO skinhealth sunscreen + primer SPF - I love how this physical SPF blends to become a silky primer. Dr. Elle loves the chemical Smart Tone Factor 50 for the bronzed glow and light weight feel.
Well, thankfully the cosmetic industry has created a powder version of SPF to cover over after makeup applications, all hail the Sunforgettable brush on Sunscreen in factor 50 by Science. So no need to wash makeup off and start again.
Taking a Vitamin C supplement alongside applying sunscreen can increase the effectiveness of your SPF.
I can help you choose the right SPF for your skin needs.
Feel free to DM me for advice regarding your SPF
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This means that a face to face consultation is required with the client and a prescribing doctor, dentist or nurse to create a prescription for treatment either by that same practitioner or with another practitioner. So what are the implications of this when it comes to advertising? As botulinum toxin injections are POM's this means that their use is prescribed specifically to an individual patient after a full medical consultation has determined that it's application is appropriate and indicated for use. Therefore advertising their use really suggests that they are not infact prescriptive and are available to anyone. Think about as a dentist advertising amoxicillin use - this would suggest that any patient could walk in requesting a course of the antibiotic rather than the dentist assessing them first, making a diagnosis, taking a medical history and prescribing it appropriately.
From my initial training in botulinum toxin I was aware that using the word Botox or other brand like Bocoture or Azzalure was a big no no. Guidelines state that "any direct reference to products including Botox (or other brands) shouldn't appear on traditional non broadcast media". My training provider educated me on this and when teaching delegates on the Acquisition Aesthetics training courses we are very clear on the rules regarding this. At Paragon Aesthetics, we avoided using the word 'botox' on the website, price lists, business cards and on social media. Instead, we would refer to treatment as anti-wrinkle injections. After speaking with colleagues and reading the ASA guidelines, at Paragon Aesthetics we sharpened up our approach to botulinum toxin marketing on social and digital media in March 2018. To be perfectly clear, I am not an expert on the topic, and by following these changes does not ensure complete compliance, but this is now we have interpreted the guidelines.
advertise it? Personally, across all our clinics when we made the changes, we saw no reduction in the number of enquiries from new and existing clients about botulinum toxin injections. If anything, their popularity increased. Are we doing things completely right? We hope so.
As a patient, have you been deterred by seeing less information about anti-wrinkle injections on digital media? As a practitioner, would you make any other changes? Comment below.
The other week I dabbled with a facial treatment at New You Medispa I've never tried before. If you read my last post, you may have noticed there was a trend in the treatments I have sort after since turning 30. Working in facial aesthetics has its pros and cons. Having a knowledge of the ageing process and the changes that occur to every level of the face at each decade and knowing the treatments that can help limit or the reduce the signs of ageing is no bad thing. Having easy access to a network of practitioners that can provide a number of those treatments is also wonderful. However, being able to detect the little signs that my face in changing with age that usually goes unnoticed until they become more significant can be torturous. It's unsurprising that according to Dr. Selina (of Dr. Selina Clinics) that BDD (body dimorphic disorder) is as high as 14% in the aesthetics practitioners community. These ageing changes bother me, for sure, as much as ripping the seam in the only pair of black denim jeans that stay wondrously black wash after wash. Annoying, but I don't spend all day thinking about it.
The sad reality is that around the age of 25 as women, our collagen production starts to decline. This decline is steady through our 30's and 40's until menopause when it dramatically reduces. Collagen affects the laxity of the skin and the ability to 'snap back' leading to increased in sagging and the formation of folds and wrinkles. Unfortunately, this decline is inevitable and although there is no way to completely halt the decline and stop ageing there are certainly ways to prevent the drop in collagen production.
There is an abundance of misinformation which regards to collagen production and the ways to fight the ageing process. One thing for sure is that collagen-containing creams are simply a waste of time. The collagen molecule is too large to be absorbed through the skin surface - therefore topicals simply sit on the skin surface. With regards to "collagen capsules" these most commonly come from animal sources like chicken bones - as collagen is a protein - like other proteins it has to be broken down to be absorbed and you'd have to pop a little of those pills for them to make a difference.
So like with anything, I like to have some good hearty clinical evidence of a treatment efficiency before I invest. It's the classic combination of being a medical professional and a cynic. I want proof. It's why I don't bother with fads like activated charcoal - but you didn't hear that from me. Some clinical trials report clinical improvement in skin tightening results to be as high as 94% 1. However, speaking with Dr. Aneesha from Skyn Doctor clinics, I was aware before embarking on treatment that results can be very dependant on the individual practitioner.
So HIFU, what exactly is it?
The principle of HIFU is the use of high-frequency ultrasound beams at specified treatment sites to induce controlled cellular damage and volume reduction without damage to the skin layer. Though cellular damage seems counterintuitive to healthy skin, the damage actually stimulates the cells to produce more collagen. More collagen means tighter, smoother firmer skin with fewer wrinkles.
The first dermatological use for HIFU was in 2008 before it gained FDA approval in 2009 for its use in brow lifting. Currently, the use for facial tightening is 'off-label' use - not unlike many things in aesthetic medicine.
That all sounds wonderful, but what I really want to know is…does it hurt?
Yes and no. As the technician passed the handpiece over my skin and fired the ultrasound beams, with each go, she asked me how the pain was. She started on low power and gradually increased the power (possibly encouraged by the words "crank it up" that left my mouth). It felt hot - not surprisingly as HIFU uses ultrasound energy to target layers of the skin, causing them to heat up rapidly. But the heat wasn't painful, the discomfort came more from the electric feeling that came from the handpiece. It felt like electric shocks were passing from it through to my jaw bone a bit like the game in the arcade you used to play that "electric shocked" you. The metal retainer on the back of my front teeth felt like it was playing a high pitched tune. I have one filling in a lower right molar, and when the handpiece passed over it, pain shot through the tooth. Afterwards, I felt a combination of throbbing and numbness that passed in less than 10 minutes - I went to work that afternoon. As per aftercare instructions, I applied make up straight after and practically forgot I'd had the treatment. Three days later however I had my usually anti-wrinkle treatment (commonly known as botox), and I couldn't believe the pain. Usually, I rank it as a 2/10, but this time was an 8/10, and it wasn't the practitioner or the product. Then 7 days after treatment, I felt bruised. Not physically bruised, but my lower face was sore to touch. It was painful using a beauty blender but not unpleasant otherwise - which I was aware was to be expected.
How long does the treatment take?
Ahead of my treatment appointment, I had attended a 15-minute consultation to allow the practitioner to assess my suitability for treatment. I was in the treatment room for an hour - the actual treatment component took around 30 minutes, but the practitioner took her time to explain the pros and cons of treatment and gain informed consent. Most courses of treatment comprise of three treatment sessions though on their advice, I've started with one with a follow-up of some radiofrequency 6 weeks after.
How about the results?
If this were in my aesthetics practice, I would class this an "unsexy" treatment. Lips, cheeks, jawline fillers; sexy treatments with immediate results. Jawline slimming toxin, profhilo; unsexy treatments - significant effects but results take several months to show. Which is understandable - I'd be placing the deposit on a machine tomorrow If it could grow me new collagen in a fortnight. But like with my other beloved facials including microdermabrasion and dermapen even If there's not an immediate 'sexy' result I feel like I'm doing some good for my skin in the long run. I took my skin for granted in my 20's, but I hope that won't be a regret of mine in my 40's.
Then a little toxin… I started with my frown at 25, I'm a naturally frowny person.
Driving - frowning
Mulling over the day - frowning
Having a great time with friends - frowning
I started to see lines there at rest so it was time to start on muscle relaxing injections.
I have regularly had upper face three areas since I was 27. Anti-wrinkle treatment can be performed every 12 weeks, but I prefer to stretch mine out to three times a year. Like the lips, I like a more natural look, so I opt for a softening with a brow lift oppose to the full frozen. Clients often tell me I don't look like I need botox (that's because I get Botox, Carol).
My favourite treatment I've had has been tear troughs; I had this treated for the first time at 27 and once more since. I love how this treatment freshened up my look and took away under eye hollowness. The day after I had the treatment I felt amazing. I swanned into work and my nurse turned to me and said: "so you didn't get that treatment last night?" I felt like I looked like I'd slept for 40 years, but it is the subtle freshening that this treatment gives you that I love. This sparked my interest in the treatment, and I went on to train the procedure myself 18 months later.
Then the rest; I've had a little filler in my nose to mouth lines, and a touch in my chin to bring it into a more feminine point. I've also had muscle relaxing injections in my master (chewing) muscles to help with my grinding (but also slim down the bulked out muscle along my jaw).
I always get asked about cheeks - I've never had my cheeks filled or treated. I've got great cheeks, I always have. I'm happy to say that, as women, we don't celebrate our great features enough. I'll talk openly about my small eyes and wonky nose, but if you ask me about my cheeks, you'll get a smug answer.
So what about skin? I have notoriously been awful with my skin, one of my best friends frog marched me into Aesop age 26 as a desperate plea for me to stop using face wipes. In February this year, my good friend Dr Rosanna Petch got me into ZO skin health. I loved the product so much I headed to London early this year to invest in training myself. Since then, my head of skincare at Paragon Aesthetics, Danielle Grimes, has drawn me up a bespoke plan including Vit C, Retinol skin brightener and growth factor serum on top on my Getting Skin Ready Fundamental 5. This approach to skincare perplexes a lot of clients (there is no moisturiser in any of the bespoke regimes - it's all about getting your skins barrier function up to being the best it can be). For a girl who dodged moisturiser for 30 years, I slid right into it.
I have been having microdermabrasion every 4-8 weeks with a trusted beauty therapist for the last two years - ever since I learnt about collagen production dropping off in your late 20's. I recently started dermapen treatment in an attempt to clean up a little pigmentation I have on my mid face. I've combined this with my microdermabrasion visits.
So what's next? This week I had a consultation for HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound). Although the practitioner advised me I am on the younger spectrum of clients requesting this procedure, I've noticed since I hit 30 changes in my skin laxity. Though I am a lover of injectables, I am fully aware there's only so much 'lift' they can do without looking at the canvas of the face. The treatment uses ultrasound energy to the target the deep skin layers stimulating cells to produce more collagen and create a lifting and tightening effect without damaging the skin. Usually a course of treatment takes 3 visits, but for now, they've signed me up for one. After that I'm considering Profhilo. I have been performing Profhilo for almost a year now, it is a hyaluronic acid injectable but oppose to acting as a filler it stimulates collagen production addressing skin laxity; can you see a theme here with my treatment goals?
Though I haven't, and I probably won't dabble with all the procedures we offer at Paragon Aesthetics (I'll accept my wonky nose) it's good to try out different options to see what might be a worthwhile investment for what we might offer in the future in our clinics.
I can't wait to share my results…and our future investments with Paragon Aesthetics with you!
No Shame. I am starting to see a rise in campaigns and posts about no judgement. MYA one of the leading cosmetic surgery companies recently had a TV advert banned. The advert showed women talking openly about the breast augmentation they had undergone and the positive impact it had on them. The advert received 17 complaints and as a result, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) branding it “irresponsible and harmful” and banning the advert. I am in complete agreement that any product or service whether it be a material thing or procedure cannot be promoted to suggest that it can enhance your life or make you happier. However, off the back of the banned MYA campaign, there is now the no judgement campaign encouraging people to not cast judgement on those to choose to change their body or their faces.
Cosmetic procedures, whether surgical or non-surgical, are always elective by nature; therefore they are undertaken by choice. So, like with anything in life that instigates an individuals personal choice why does this then provoke people to cast judgement on it? This mostly came to light for me during Love Island last years, and the nations shock/disgust/mockery over Megan Barton-Hanson alleged £25K on surgery. Her before photos went viral, followed by a flock of memes mocking the change. But why was this such a hot topic across the nation? Yes, £25K is a lot to spend on anything however she worked for it and funded the treatments herself.
Before Love Island Megan made her money as a model, so essentially her body and her appearance were her means of earning an income. With this in mind, was she technically investing in her career when she elected to go under the knife? I think what riled the nation so much was that, personally, in my opinion, Megan looked great. She is not the typical image that springs to mind when you envision what someone who has had £25K of cosmetic procedures done looks like. Megan is undeniably gorgeous, and the work she has had is undoubtedly great. Yes, she has an ample chest, well-proportioned nose, shapely behind, full lips and well-defined cheekbones but everything looks in proportion. So why was the nation so full of judgment?
Is it really because they felt they had been deceived? That prior to news breaking and photos going viral Megan was perceived as a natural beauty, and now this revelations made her a ‘cheat’?
Body shaming is so dangerous - whether it be with regards to plastic surgery or natural imperfections. I don’t know many people who can say they a 100% happy and confident with their body so why judge others? Knowing the demographics of my followers on Instagram (apparently if you are female, aged between 25 and 34 and live in London or Newcastle you dig me), and knowing also that if you follow me you are probably interested in injectables, medical aesthetics or teeth - I know that my target audience does not truly represent a broad spectrum of society. However, when I asked my followers if they’d had any form of non-surgical aesthetic procedure, 61% said they had, and of those who hadn’t 87% said that they would consider it. When I went on ask if those who had opted to have elective treatment a shocking 70% said they felt like they had been judged for their choices.
Whilst I do have Megan’s corner agreeing that it is her body and her choices on the decisions she makes to augment it, I do disagree with her comments made trivialising procedures and likening them to ‘getting your hair done’. For whatever personal reasons an individual choosing to undergoing surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures has, the decision should be well considered weighing up the pros and cons with informed consent. Personally, I would like to see an end to the shame culture on elective procedures.
Your body. Your choices. No judgement, please.
Why in 2019 is Botox™ still considered a dirty word? This came to my attention last year when we worked a wedding fair promoting our facial aesthetics company. When we asked attendees if they'd had or considered having facial aesthetics treatments (i.e. Botox™ and fillers) I was alarmed about the response we got. Whereas many were excited and intrigued and wanted to learn a little more. Many were passive or even downright rude about our business.
"Fillers? Oh no we are NOT interested."
"Botox™? I do not agree with that."
"No! This kind of thing should be carried out by medical professionals only' - Couldn't agree more with you, I'm sorry my 5-year Dental degree doesn't cut it with you.
It's understandable that aesthetics treatments still carry a stigma around them, because like with anything else in life there's always a small few that ruin it for everyone else. For many, fillers can only look one way - swollen and unnatural, and botox can only mean frozen expressionless faces.
Celebrities undoubtedly have a little (a lot) of extra help which probably comes from both a surgical and non-surgical treatments. Let's face it, they look GREAT. Amanda Holden does not look like your average 48-year-old. Victoria Beckham doesn't look like your day to day 45 year old. I get asked all the time, do you think they've had a little work done? Yes! Of course, I do. Do you think she's had her lips done? Yes! Are her cheeks real? No! "But she doesn't look done?" Exactly!
Look at celebrities on television, their faces don't move like 'normal' peoples do. You can back watch Made in Chelsea and time stamp when the lead players have dabbled in a little anti-wrinkle treatment. Could the untrained eye see this? Probably not, and that's the key to great aesthetics.
I do feel it's a balance between the two, as the alternative is that if all celebrities were open about the work they'd had done, it could be considered as promoting treatment. Though the results are non-permanent and still technically classed as a beauty not a medical treatment no treatment is without risk, and you wouldn't be wrong to say it could be considered unethical for celebrities to endorse non-surgical facial aesthetic procedures. Take Kylie Jenner for example, I don't like to say she 'admitted' to having lip fillers as, again, this would suggest she was confessing to something terrible, but when she confirmed she'd had lip augmentation google search boomed. The search results for lip fillers spiked and has never dropped to lower than it did before she opened up. So is it because most celebrities would never speak of the tweekments they have had that's made Botox™ and Fillers a taboo topic? Whether it is a little bit of aesthetics treatments that can be detected or not, why is it still such a dirty word, especially amongst our parent's generation? Is it considered vain to not want to grow old gracefully? My dad made a good point that he felt his money was better invested in my education than in his face (fair point dad, well played).
Amongst our generation is it considered cheating? How many times have you heard "she's pretty, but she's had a lot done" do we use the detection or knowledge aesthetics treatment to score someones real attractiveness like we should only celebrate those who were naturally blessed with facial features which are conventionally considered to be attractive?
When I first entered into the world of aesthetics, I was quite hurt by the responses of some of my family and colleagues. Those who didn't want to share the website I'd worked tirelessly on out of fear of looking 'unprofessional' to the other colleagues they had on their social media. Those who downright told me they disagreed with the options I'd made for my career path. Perhaps it's through lack of awareness about treatments and the subtle natural results that can be created or the belittling title of 'beauty treatment' that aesthetics procedure carry that undermines the training and skill required to perform them. But by talking about the B word, I want to clear its name. Through educating and increasing understanding about aesthetics treatments and how to get into the industry I want to banish the negative associations made with procedures, because by making facial aesthetics a subject we can talk about openly - we can make it safer and a less judged for the practitioner and consumer.
This is the B word, let's talk about it.