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osmetic treatments—whether surgical or non-invasive— have seen a phenomenal rise in popularity in recent times. This is, in part, due to celebrity endorsement as well as the growing desire to Live to 100 whilst looking our best for as long as possible. Although most are happy with the results of their elective procedures, the cosmetic industry—which is now estimated to be worth around £3.6 billion—is largely unregulated, leading to concerns about its safety. This boom has led to a worrying trend: the growing number of rogue practitioners administering

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treatments in unsafe environments, without accreditation and using cheap equipment or substances. Therefore, it’s never been more important to keep safety and reliability in mind when considering a beauty treatment. We present you with the facts and stats on some of the most common procedures from skin peels, keratin treatments and lip fillers to facelifts, laser eye surgery and cosmetic dentistry. Safety is imperative in order to Live to 100 in the best and healthiest way possible. For more health and beauty-related news and features, visit

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ometimes, when life gets hectic, you might just need to take a day—or even just an hour—to relax and focus on your wellbeing. Spas provide treatments that are aimed to soothe, calm and revitalise the body. To find the right treatment for you, think about what you need: is your skin looking lifeless and dull? Are your muscles in knots after a hard week at work? Are you looking to get your glow back? Whatever you may require, a day at the spa will make all the difference to your mind, body and soul.

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key steps including cleansing, exfoliating and massaging. Steam is often used during a facial to open the pores in order to deeply exfoliate the skin and rid it of dirt and toxins. Skin peels are a popular option for those looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise acne and even out skin tone. These treatments involve spreading an exfoliator—which may be chemical or natural—on the skin to remove the top layers of skin cells. This, in turn, reveals fresh, new skin underneath. While a chemical facial treatment can be quite harsh on the skin, it can be very effective in achieving desired results. Some of the milder treatments include a variety of masks. Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin while creambased masks are hydrating. If you’re not sure which treatment to opt for, consult with your spa therapist. They will be able

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beauty treatments to take a closer look at your skin and recommend the right treatment for you based on your desired end result.

Hands & feet Exfoliate, hydrate and beautify your hands and feet with a spa treatment. Most spas offer packages for either the hands or feet—or even a combo of both. The most common treatments for the hands and feet include a manicure or pedicure. In these treatments your nails will be filed, your cuticles will be pushed back and polish will be applied. Some packages may include a hand or foot massage as well. A reflexology massage may be offered to you as part of your pedicure treatment. Reflexology refers to a system of massaging on the hands and feet. The theory states that the reflex points of your feet correspond with other parts of your body and that applying pressure to them helps to relieve tension and treat certain illnesses. The theory relating to reflexology hasn’t been scientifically proven, but a foot massage is relaxing either way.

Body Body wraps can have countless benefits for your body and skin. Most body wraps have similar ingredients and properties that are used in facemasks, but are sealed in with cotton, mylar bandages or plastic film. Speak with a professional at your chosen spa to see what types of body wrap treatments

they offer—the most common wraps will include nourishing chocolate wraps, detoxifying clay wraps and moisturising oil wraps. Massages are, perhaps, one of the most popular treatments that people seek in spas and beauty centres. Perfect for boosting circulation and relieving muscle tension, these relaxing treatments can all be tailored to the customer's needs. There is a tendency for people to underestimate the benefits of getting a full-body exfoliation treatment at a spa. A professional exfoliation treatment will be much more thorough than what you could achieve yourself at home—and far more relaxing. Salt, sugar and coffee grounds are all common natural exfoliants; each come with their own individual health benefits. One of the simplest spa experiences includes a trip to the sauna—a small steam room. Saunas are designed to relax both mind and body while flushing out toxins from your pores and cleansing the skin. If your spa has a sauna, take some time to unwind in there, either before or after your appointment, for the ultimate relaxation. F

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Who can benefit from the GREEN PEEL treatment?


This treatment is suitable for both men and women and is by no means restricted to just the skin on the face. Peeling treatments such as GREEN PEELTM may be a solution for people who suffer

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from impure skin with blemishes and hyperpigmentation, have suffered accidents or burns or have noticeable scars caused by recurring acne as well as successfully improving wrinkles. GREEN PEELTM may also help reduce the visibility of stretch marks caused by pregnancy or extreme weight gain. Depending on the cause and severity of the conditions outlined above, patients may wish to undergo several treatments over an extended period of time. The effects of the procedure can be visible after around two to three days after each sitting. There are various GREEN PEELTM peeling methods which can be suited to all skin types and conditions. For more information, visit F

GREEN PEELTM can have successful results on… Impure, oily skin, disturbed pores and acne Wrinkles, sagging face Sun-damaged skin Slack abdominal wall, thighs and upper arms Scars Hyperpigmentation

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he aim of face peels is to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells and collagen, improving the skin’s appearance by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone. GREEN PEELTM, a medically developed skin regeneration method, uses only natural plant ingredients. This safe and medically developed treatment is prepared without any chemical additives or synthetic peeling agents. Developed by Christine Schrammek laboratories over 60 years ago, the natural formula has been medically developed over the years, following advancements in the field. The specific GREEN PEELTM recipe—which is a mixture of eight selected herbs containing essential enzymes, minerals and vitamins—is massaged into the patient’s skin. Its micro particles lightly polish the upper layers of the epidermis and its active ingredients penetrate the skin; they are then absorbed by the cutis—the outer layers of the skin— within 48 hours.

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Eyes The skin around the eyes (referred to in medical terms as the periocular area) is significantly thinner than skin elsewhere on the face—by three to five times, in fact. This means that it is highly susceptible to damage and premature ageing, including the dreaded ‘crow’s feet’. So-called because the lines that span from the corners of the eyes to the temple emulate those of the bird’s actual ‘feet’, crow lines are often caused by sun exposure and general repetitive facial movements. Tackle this common sign of ageing with a nourishing eye cream that contains vitamins A, C and E both in the morning and before sleeping. Using a topical product that has the exfoliating chemical glycolic acid in it may also be beneficial. Glycolic acid works to remove dead skin cells on the epidermis, revealing the fresh skin beneath and promoting the production of collagen.

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movement from speaking and external factors like sun exposure, the elastin and collagen in the skin that surrounds the mouth begins to break down and lines and wrinkles begin to form as we age. Use specialised skin-firming facial creams that contain retinols to combat wrinkling and to firm the skin. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative hailed in the beauty industry as the essential antiageing ingredient. Retinols promote the production of cells and collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Neck The frequently neglected neck area is prone to premature wrinkling and sagging, making it an obvious age-giveaway. Not only is the skin on the neck thinner than the rest of the face, but it also has fewer oil-producing glands which makes it dry. Experts recommend using topical products that have the active ingredient dicaffeoylquinic acid in them. This particular ingredient promotes the production of key proteins that help keep the skin firm. F

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rinkling skin is an inevitable part of ageing, but certain lifestyle choices including smoking and excessive sun exposure can have a detrimental effect on your skin’s health. The sun’s harmful UV rays and the chemicals found in cigarettes aid premature ageing by breaking down the essential collagen and elastin fibres that keep skin looking firm and youthful. Along with avoiding these injurious habits, keeping hydrated and eating nutrient-rich foods, you can promote healthy, youthful skin by incorporating topical products with key antiageing ingredients into your skincare regime.

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ow much time do you spend making yourself look and feel good? Whether it’s a yoga class, a muchneeded manicure, or getting your hair styled, we all have different ways of helping ourselves to look and

feel great. The skin is our body’s largest organ and serves a variety of important functions, such as providing protection from external factors, regulating temperature and producing vitamin D. The skin is also the body’s largest sensory organ and senses various external elements such as touch, pressure, pain and temperature.

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Up to 60% of the adult human body is water and our organs need water to maintain their optimum level of functioning. Just like the rest of our body, the skin also requires hydration to perform at its best. Keeping skin hydrated also helps maintain its elasticity and plumpness. Dehydrated skin can look dull and lacklustre, whereas hydrated skin appears firmer and more radiant.

Our skin is remarkable Both resilient and delicate, our skin has the ability to regenerate and repair. However, over time lifestyle and environmental factors

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such as sun damage, smoking, pollution and poor diet, can affect the condition of our skin. A healthy lifestyle is important in maintaining our skin’s health. A diet rich in vitamin A, found in eggs, oily fish, spinach and carrots, and vitamin C, which can be sourced from oranges, strawberries, mangos, brussels sprouts and broccoli, can help skin maintain its healthy glow. Effective skin care is also important for keeping skin healthy. For those looking to restore or enhance the youthful appearance of their skin dermal fillers and hydration boosting products are a popular method.

The importance of hyaluronic acid Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule which is naturally found in our tissues and plays an important role in skin health1. It provides support, protection and structure to our skin and has an impressive ability to bind vast amounts of water molecules; it can bind 1,000 times its weight in water1,2. This unique feature helps to hydrate skin, keeping it firm, plump and radiant.

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of products to help preserve, restore and maintain healthy skin. This unique range of hyaluronic acid-based products, provides different solutions to suit individual skincare needs. The Restylane portfolio of dermal fillers provide fullness, definition and rehydration and are available as a range of different gel textures which allow tailored treatment plans to be created to achieve your desired look. They can be used to target wrinkles such as nose to mouth lines, smile lines and marionette lines at the corner of the mouth. Restylane fillers can also be used to enhance volume in facial features such as chin and cheeks and enhance lips by providing volume and definition.

How to keep your skin hydrated Restylane Skinboosters are used to improve the skin’s quality by delivering deep-skin hydration. The product is clinically proven to offer improvements to skin condition, gradually increasing elasticity, improving roughness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and other imperfections such as acne scars. Skinboosters can be used on the skin of your face, hands, neck and décolletage. Please note that fillers and boosters should be administered by an appropriately trained aesthetic healthcare professional, who will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding aesthetic treatments and recommend a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs. Have you set yourself any New Year’s resolutions this year? Whether your skin goal is to enhance your natural features or simply restore your skin’s natural hydration, make 2018 the year that your skin is at its glowing best! F References: 1. Fakhari A, Berkland C. Applications and Emerging Trends of Hyaluronic Acid in Tissue Engineering, as a Dermal Filler, and in Osteoarthritis Treatment. Acta Biomater. 2013 Jul; 9 (7):7081-7092. 2. Baumann L. Skin ageing and its treatment. J Pathol. 2007; 211:241-251.

As we get older the level of hyaluronic acid in our cells gradually decreases which causes the skin to become dehydrated and less firm. The effects of gravity also come into play as we age. Areas of fat underneath the skin lose volume and shift downwards, causing features such as cheeks to become less full and jowls to appear at the jawline. The skin loses its suppleness and starts to sag and droop downwards. Facial muscles also lose tone, which contributes to sagging and a loss of contouring in areas such as the jawline. Another facial change that comes with age is bone loss. The changes to bone structure cause our facial contours, such as cheeks, to become less defined, the eye sockets to widen and the jaw line to recede. Wrinkles, which are caused in part by repetitive muscle activity and the long-term effects of gravity, can also be caused or accentuated by a loss of bone.

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geing, exposure to environmental elements, genes and viruses can all take a toll on our skin’s appearance. As our body’s protective ‘layer’, our skin comes into contact with a lot of germs, irritants and chemicals; meaning this delicate organ is almost always under stress. However, achieving perfect skin isn’t impossible— the most common conditions can be managed and treated with a variety of products and techniques.

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Dark under-eye circles

Leaving pigmented products on your skin may clog up your pores, cause acne and create skin blemishes. In addition to this, it may also cause premature ageing. Foundation is the main offender; oil-based primers can prevent the skin from renewing itself naturally at night, causing blackheads and dullness. Use a micellar water product or—simply— makeup wipes to clean your skin

A lack of sleep and poor diet are both to blame for this aesthetic condition. Diminish these circles by eating more nutrient-rich foods, drinking more water and taking part in relaxing activities like yoga. To prevent dark circles, don’t rub your eyes—this can rupture blood vessels in the delicate under-eye area—and wear sunglasses whenever exposed to sunlight. As far as products go, try repairing eye serums and correcting eye creams.

Excessive oil Staying away from all kinds of moisturisers may be the best way to combat excessively oily skin. According to leading dermatologists, the oil your skin naturally produces is the best moisturiser. Wash your face with oil-free cleansers and products with salicylic acid—these prevent breakouts, too.

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Dark spots & hyperpigmentation Localised increase in melanin is a known result of UV exposure. To tackle skin blemishes of this kind, exfoliation is paramount: this cleansing technique promotes cell turnover, which in turn reduces the pigmentation of dark spots. Cosmetic dermatologists can also effectively remove or reduce the appearance of age spots on the skin through simple procedures.


Extra dry skin

Large pores

For those battling common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, dry skin can seem like a perennial curse. The most important thing to consider is dry skin isn’t just an external problem—it should be treated from the inside out. Consume fish oil containing the essential omega 3 acids and blackcurrant seed oil containing omega 6 acids. Apply replenishing oil and body balm for extra moisture.

Pores are the small openings on the surface of the skin through which oils are released. When these become large, they can cause frustration as well as a wide range of skin problems. Speak to your dermatologist; they’ll be able to recommend effective treatments for improving the appearance of your skin. Even though, in some cases, large pores can be hereditary, they can also be caused by trapped oil and skin cells.

Fine lines & wrinkles


Most women are guilty of applying too many products on their skin, a habit that can cause premature signs of ageing. Over-cleansing and over-exfoliating may also cause fine lines and wrinkles, as these actions can over-stimulate the skin. Dermatologists advise to apply SPF lotion with zinc or titanium and use vitamin A-based products and potent antioxidants on a daily basis to safeguard the skin’s youthful glow.

A common inflammatory disease manifesting in the form of rose-coloured patches on the skin, rosacea isn’t life-threatening but it can give self-esteem a hit. Although the condition requires prescription drugs, self-care is extremely important for its management too; pinpoint what leads to flare-ups—whether that is the sun or certain foods—and minimise exposure to those particular things. F

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In addition to hormones and a poor diet, stress and sweating can also cause the skin to flare up in the form of acne. As this is a medical condition, it’s best to see a doctor for proper treatment. However, using OTC acne treatments and clarifying toners, consuming omega 3 fatty acids and reducing the amount of dairy in your diet may also help.

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Menu Using the right products for your skin type is imperative; here we outline exactly what you should be incorporating into your skincare routine Normal skin This type of skin is the goal for most; it’s characterised by a good balance of moisture, oil, small pores, even tones and a lack of apparent blemishes such as acne and dark spots. Morning Start your morning routine with a cleanser. Preferably sulphatefree—as sulphates are known irritants—this important step in your regimen will get rid of impurities and help keep your skin blemish-free. Use a toner (avoid products containing denatured alcohol and ethanol) and moisturise with an SPF cream. Night Using cleanser and toner after a long day of wearing makeup will give your skin a breath of fresh air. Finish your night-time routine with an antioxidant serum with vitamin C. Moisturise.

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Extras Glycolic acid products, when used a few times a week, can help dissolve dry skin cells and encourage even-toned skin.

Oily skin & acne-prone skin If you have oily skin, you may be more prone to blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. Skin that is particularly oily also causes a duller complexion and makes pores visibly more apparent. Stress, hormonal imbalances, heating and humidity are known to exacerbate oily skin. Morning Oil breeds bacteria, therefore starting your day with a good cleansing gel is key—wash your skin three times a day if possible. Follow the cleanser with an oil-free moisturiser and end your Flawless | 21

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Dry skin Individuals with dry skin usually have a duller complexion with red patches and visible lines. Dry skin can be made worse by a series of factors including genes, hormonal changes, weather, long showers, irritating cosmetics and medicines. Morning A no-foam mild cleansing lotion is best for dry skin. Follow this with an alcohol-free cleanser and an antioxidant serum containing vitamins A, C and E to prevent collagen breakdown throughout the day. End your morning routine with an SPF moisturiser.

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Night Repeat the use of cleansing lotion and alcohol-free toner. Apply a retinol serum as well as an eye cream containing peptides. End your night-time routine with a moisturiser containing jojoba, evening primrose, borage or cranberry oil. These ingredients will all repair your skin’s moisture barrier. Extras Dry skin should be gently exfoliated from time to time as it is characterised by a buildup of dead skin. Opt for an at-home peel a few times a week. Follow this with a nourishing face oil.

Combination skin By definition, combination skin can be both dry and oily— especially on the T-zone—depending on the area of the face. This type of complexion may cause shiny skin, blackheads, visible lines and larger pores. Morning Use the same cleanser gel and toner as outlined in the ‘oily skin’ section. If your skin starts getting too dry, switch the cleansing gel for a cleansing lotion. Use a lightweight moisturiser and a zinc oxide sunscreen to finish. Night Use cleansing gel, toner, AHA/BHA serum and retinol serum as outlined in the ‘oily skin’ section. Finish with a lightweight moisturiser.

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morning routine with a zinc oxide sunscreen; this product will leave your skin with a uniform matte finish. Night In addition to using cleansing gel and toner, individuals with oily skin should also invest in a good quality serum with alphahydroxy (AHA) or beta-hydroxy (BHA) acids to reduce the appearance of large pores and brighten dark spots. Follow with a retinol serum—which will help your pores look smaller with continued use—and an oil-free moisturiser. Extras Indulge in a clay mask once a week, ensuring it doesn’t dry too much before rinsing. Leaving clay masks on for too long may dehydrate skin.

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We use science to address tissue ageing at a cellular level... AQ Skin Solutions was developed by Dr Ahmed Al-Qahtani following extensive work in the medical applications of Growth Factors (GF) for healing wounded tissue. This knowledge and experience in growth factor biotechnology led him to develop a process for producing the highest quality GF media available, which contains only those growth factors that have been identified as the most effective for improving the appearance of skin and the full look of hair, in the exact quantities and combinations needed for fast, unprecedented results.

Growth factors turn essential cellular activities “on” and “off,” and they play a role in increasing cell production, cell division, blood vessel production, and collagen and elastin production. In recent decades, scientific research into GF biological functions has shown that medical GF-technology is related to resolving many cell developmental diseases. But GF-technology has many other applications to human health and can also help people achieve a more youthful and vibrant look as the same mechanisms that heal the skin anti age the skin too which is why the range has such diverse applications.

‘We’ve had great results using AQ Recovery Serum. It helps heal several skin conditions and minimises downtime after laser and surgical treatments’ ESTHER FIELDGRASS, FOUNDER – EF MEDISPA

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The basics of skincare • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays • Avoid direct sunlight and wear hats and sunglasses when outdoors • Don’t smoke • Stay hydrated • Wash your skin and remove makeup before bed • Moisturise

Extras Use a clay mask around the T-zone—covering the forehead, nose and chin—and apply face oils once or twice a week.

Sensitive skin If you suffer from sensitive skin, try to determine the cause. This can be triggered by specific skincare products. Sensitive skin will be prone to redness, itching, burning and dryness. Morning A sulphate-free cleansing lotion and alcohol-free toner are a great base for a strong morning skincare routine. Look for products containing chamomile and tea extracts as these ingredients are known to calm skin inflammations. It's important to use a scent-free and alcohol-free moisturiser without synthetic dyes to avoid further irritation. Apply a zinc oxide SPF sunscreen to finish. Night Repeat the morning routine, leaving out the zinc oxide SPF cream. Extras Use a gel mask and lactic acid serum for delicate exfoliation twice a week.

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Ageing skin From the age of 25, signs of ageing—such as fine lines, wrinkles and patchy complexion—start to become apparent on the skin. This is due to our body’s decreasing production of collagen, the protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity. Morning Wash your skin using cleansing lotion—paying close attention to your neck—and use an AHA/BHA toner to brighten your complexion. Look for an antioxidant serum with brightening ingredients like vitamin C and liquorice. Apply moisturiser with SPF. Night Use cleansing lotion to get rid of dirt and toxins and purify your skin with a physical exfoliator with round beads. Follow with toner. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, apply retinol serum and eye cream with peptides. Finish off with a hydrating moisturiser. Extras An at-home peel glycolic treatment will leave your complexion looking polished. Use brightening serum to fix areas of problematic hyperpigmentation and incorporate a nourishing face oil with anti-ageing ingredients. F

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Locks The quest for full, shiny hair is a lifelong one—read on for the best salon treatments for healthy tresses


ore often than not, when we decide to pamper ourselves, giving our hair some much-needed TLC isn’t at the top of our priority list. Nails, massages, peels and scrubs usually take the top spots. However, whether it’s due to persistent straightening, styling or dying, our hair is constantly under massive amounts of stress. Read on for a list of the best treatments to banish dull hair.

Olaplex This treatment—which has taken the US by storm—gives celebrity-worthy hair by reconnecting the hair strand where it’s broken. Especially beneficial for hair that is bleached or coloured, Olaplex conditions, locks and restores all hair types by linking damaged bonds. This particular treatment is done in three steps, two of which are carried out in a salon. The third step is a take-home treatment to be used once a week: apply to damp hair, comb through and leave on for about 10 minutes before washing.

Kérastase Fusio Dose Formulated with the aim of restoring some life into dull strands, this treatment targets anything from dryness, damage, frizz and lack of volume. A stylist will ‘diagnose’ your hair to determine its main issues. A custom-blended

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Kérastase treatment—specific to your hair type—is then generously applied. It will penetrate the hair fibre by using nanotechnology. With a duration of only five minutes, you’ll find your hair immediately transformed.

Inphenom Predominantly aimed at colour-treated hair that is prone to breakage, this treatment deeply penetrates the hair shaft and adds proteins to strengthen damaged locks. The Inphenom treatment consists of five steps—the first three are applied and rinsed with shampoo while the rest are processed with heat and left on—and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Linkage Meu Perfect for anyone looking for softer and smoother hair, the Linkage Meu treatment is, essentially, a strong conditioner. It leaves the hair feeling soft and smooth without weighing it down. Three different hydrating formulas are applied to damp hair—much like traditional hair masks. The process takes no more than 15 minutes and can be topped up at home to maintain results for as long as five weeks.

Brazilian blowout This particular treatment is known for being able to work its magic on just about any hair type and texture. A liquid keratin formula is applied to your hair, forming a protective layer around each strand, in turn diminishing frizz and forming a protective shield against external damage. Originating in Brazil—and using indigenous ingredients like camu camu, annatto seed and açai berry—this therapy will leave your hair hydrated, shiny and more resilient to styling. On average, Brazilian blowouts can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half.

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Perm Whether you’re after soft waves or pin curls, perms can give your hair a lasting breath of fresh air. There are two types of perms available: hot and cold. Hot perms involve an hour-long relaxing treatment geared towards prepping your hair. The hair is styled using curling rods and then put up in rollers. These will stay in for about three hours. Cold perms, on the other hand, consist in hair being soaked in an alkaline substance and wound in small curls and ringlets. The latter creates a tighter kind of curl, although, as with all perms, the waves will become looser over time. Cold perms take around two and a half hours. Make sure to speak to a professional to determine whether a perm is right for you; these treatments are not usually recommended for people with damaged or recently dyed hair. F

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Hair Extensions Hair extensions can be a solution for those looking to create the illusion of a fuller head of hair without the need for chemical treatments. The three top methods are: Fusion hair extensions, where individual keratintipped strands are fused to natural hair using heat. These can be used on any hair texture. Fusion hair extensions are the most expensive and time-consuming method but also the longest-lasting. Tape-in extensions, where locks of hair are attached to small sections of natural hair using double-sided tape. This method is faster and more affordable but requires more frequent upkeep. Weave extensions, where natural hair is braided from ear to ear and strands of hair are woven onto the braid. This method is best suited for curly hair and is relatively affordable. The type of method you choose will largely depend on your budget and hair type. As with any beauty treatment, you’ll get what you pay for. Never-beforeprocessed human hair is the highest quality extension product, but it is also the most expensive. It’s important to match the colour and texture of the extensions to natural hair as closely as possible—they should be completely undetectable. In terms of upkeep, hair extensions should be cared for just like natural hair.

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1. Price There are some major differences between lash extensions and temporary strip lashes, the most obvious being the price. Lash extensions can cost anywhere between £40 and £150, which is far pricier than temporary options. Prices may vary depending on the establishment, quality of the materials and experience of the beautician.

2. Not a DIY situation Lash extensions can only be fitted by a professional, which means they

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cannot—and should not—be applied at home. Your beautician will be trained to use powerful adhesives and navigate the delicate eye area. The treatment can take up to two hours to complete.

3. Longevity Eyelash extensions are particularly appealing to clients who want a fluttering pair of eyes for an extended period of time, most frequently for weddings and holidays. Their primary appeal is that they last six to eight weeks; gradually falling out over time. Their longevity will depend on how well they are maintained.

4. Maintenance Your new lashes need to be treated with extra care. For the first 24 hours after their application, you must keep clear of excessive heat, steam or damp in order to allow the glue to set. Thereafter, you should avoid rubbing your eyes or applying oil-based makeup removers and mascara to your lashes—all pose a risk to the stability of the extensions. The lashes should never be picked at or pulled; this could lead to damage or loss of your natural lashes. Water, in general, can make the lashes clump together, so it should be avoided if possible.

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emi-permanent makeup is one of the latest trends to emerge on the beauty scene; such treatments extinguish the need for reapplication and constant touch-ups. Plus, advancements in digital technology, ink shading and blading techniques are proving to yield extremely natural-looking results, prompting more people to jump on the bandwagon. One of the most popular forms of semi-permanent makeup is eyelash extensions—we investigate why this treatment has become so appealing and what it really involves.

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beauty treatments 5. Decisions, decisions This treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario: you can select a bespoke set of lashes based on your eye shape and your desired effect. You’ll have the opportunity to decide on length, which ranges from natural-looking to long and glamorous. Some salons also provide a choice of material: silk, cashmere, synthetic and faux-mink (man-made fibres that imitate mink fur) are the main options. You can also choose how full you’d like your lashes to be—this will also depend on whether you are inclined towards a subtle or more dramatic appearance. Always conduct thorough research and consider your options carefully before having your lashes fitted.

6. Quicker daily routine Most clients report that lash extensions allow them to shave a considerable amount of time from their morning makeup routine. Having longer, fuller lashes means that there is no need for mascara. Some people even feel that liquid eyeliner isn’t always necessary either.

7. Risks While the benefits of extensions are plentiful, there are certain drawbacks to consider. For people with sensitive eyes, irritation

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and redness are common. On the rare occasion, severe reactions caused by the adhesive may require that the lashes be removed altogether. Another notable risk is that of uncertified beauticians. Uncertified beauticians may ignore health and safety procedures or fail to apply the lashes adequately, which can result in infection or a messy-looking outcome. It is currently uncertain as to whether eyelash extensions can damage the structural integrity of natural lashes after prolonged use.

8. Post-lash extension blues After being accustomed to long and luscious lashes for weeks, people may find their removal disappointing or even shocking. Natural lashes tend to look stunted in comparison, leaving many people with the ‘post-lash extension blues’. F

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Botched Job

We speak with the national register of accredited practitioners, Save Face, about the lack of legislation in the non-surgical cosmetic industry and discuss their mission to make a positive impact

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id you know that practitioners who administer non-surgical cosmetic procedures require no specific qualifications or certification by law? As the popularity of these treatments grows, so does the risk involved for potential clients. Save Face—a national registry of accredited non-surgical aesthetic practitioners—discusses the dangers that exist for patients, the psychological effects of a botched job and how consumers can avoid such an experience.

Question: What impact do you hope Save Face will have on the non-surgical cosmetic industry as a whole?

Save Face: Save Face is a government-approved register of healthcare professionals who provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Entry to the register is only open to registered medical professionals who can demonstrate that they are insured and have received certified training. All premises are inspected. Practitioners must operate against best practice standards and have policies and procedures that demonstrate this. The ultimate goal is for the Save Face Kite Mark to become a default factor in the decision-making process for someone who is considering a non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Through our public awareness campaigns we hope to continue to educate the public about the unnecessary risks they may be taking by choosing a practitioner who isn’t accredited. The reality is, these sorts of procedures are becoming increasingly popular amongst men and women of all ages and consequently the number of unscrupulous practitioners is also rising. For Save Face, the objective and message is simple: to provide an accessible service that enables people to obtain non-surgical cosmetic treatments easily and safely. Save Face removes the ambiguity and uncertainty on behalf of the patient, empowering them with a service that means they no longer have to take practitioners at face value.

Q: Why do you think that this particular industry isn’t governed by the same rigorous regulations that others are?

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SF: This field of practice is quite unique. Though medical in nature, there is no provision, nor ever has there been in the NHS, which has left training and standards to evolve organically and without recognised accreditation. The client base is healthy and treatment is a choice rather than a necessity. Unlike other medical procedures, it is possible to provide these in a variety of venues with relatively low capital cost and overheads. Because of the association with beauty, the vanguard of early adopters commonly provided services in association with beauty salons. This chartered new territory without reference to any expert authority to interpret and apply regulation developed with accountable institutions in mind. Given the exponential growth of the market and the commercial gains to be made, it is no wonder that providers have exploited the apparent loopholes in legislation and regulation and seized the opportunities to

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practice with apparent impunity. The resulting diversity of practice and growing accessibility of services—left unchecked for over two decades—has led us to where we are today. Non-surgical cosmetic services may be provided by anyone, anywhere. Where legislation and regulation are breached, sanctions are not robustly applied and fail to deter. It is reliably estimated that there are some 10,000 providers in the UK alone. Approximately 800 belong to professional associations providing influence, guidance and political representation on standards and education related specifically to aesthetic medicine. This suggests there are thousands who don’t know what they don’t know and likely do not care.

Q: What are some of the potential risks of having a nonsurgical procedure at a clinic that is not accredited?

SF: As our investigations continue to demonstrate, finding a safe, reputable practitioner can quite simply be a lottery. Sadly, dotted in amongst all of the reputable practitioners, there are a mass of unscrupulous people masquerading as trained professionals. They have often had little or no training and purchase cheap illegitimate products over the internet. Frighteningly, these treatments are all too often considered and categorised as everyday beauty treatments like having your hair or nails done. In reality, it is a clinical procedure that can have disastrous consequences when it is administered by the untrained and unqualified. It’s because of this that the consumer is blind-sighted by cheap deals and how glossy the website and clinic décor might be. People so often neglect to pay any real attention to the fundamental thing that is essentially the difference between a good treatment and what can be a nightmare: the skills and qualifications of the person holding the needle. In the last 12 months, we have seen an alarming increase in the number of reports regarding procedures gone wrong and rogue practitioners. Figures have almost trebled in comparison to the previous year, with a total of 934. Over 83 percent of the reports we received were about treatments that were administered by beauticians, hairdressers and other non-healthcare professionals. Upon further investigation, a staggering 30 percent of all complaints we received were performed by people who had set themselves up with no relevant training whatsoever and were believed to be purchasing their products such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin (Botox) over the internet. We received complaints relating to the following procedures (in order of the most numbers received): • Dermal fillers, which included lip fillers, cheek fillers, facial fillers to improve the appearance of skin folds and wrinkles, tear trough fillers to reduce eye bags and non-surgical nose jobs • Botulinum toxin • Laser treatments

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• PDO thread lifts • Chemical peels • Blepharoplasty; non-surgical eye lift using plasma skin tightening technology 79 percent of the complaints we received were related to dermal fillers, which can present serious risks if complications are not identified and managed properly. The vast majority of which were lip filler procedures. The most common complaints were: • Poor/uneven results • Unsightly lumps and nodules • Unusually painful swelling and bruising • Infection; more than 20 of the people who reported complications following botched lip filler treatment had to seek treatment from their doctor • Three women suffered vascular occlusion or impending necrosis (tissue death), which could lead to permanent compromise of healthy tissue

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Q: What are the psychological effects of having a ‘botched’ treatment?

SF: Being a victim of a botched procedure has so many ramifications both physically and mentally. Many people spend months contemplating a procedure to address a particular concern and restore their confidence, only to be left feeling worse and more self-conscious than they did before. It has a devastating effect on their state of mind. We have had people contact us who won’t leave the house or that cry when they look in the mirror and have had to be prescribed anti-depressants. In most cases they have no way of seeking redress from the person who treated them as they have ceased trading or have no insurance. In fact, 72 percent of all complaints we received last year were from patients who had found the practitioner on social media pages such as Facebook and Instagram. This is a major concern and something that has escalated enormously in the last few years. Social media has become a hotbed for unscrupulous practitioners to advertise unethical deals and offers, which flout advertising rules. These practitioners only have Facebook or

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non-surgical procedures Instagram pages and often do not disclose the full name of the practitioner. This makes them nigh on impossible to trace when things go wrong, and when that happens, more often than not, they close down their page and then set up another one using a different business name. It is a vicious cycle which is opaque and impossible to police. Patients who fall into the wrong hands end up paying the price in every possible way: emotionally, financially and physically.

Q: In 2013 the Department of Health (DoH) commissioned

We visit each clinic location and undertake all the necessary checks to ensure that the practitioner and the clinic have met each of our standards before they are listed on our register. When a patient uses Save Face to find a practitioner they can be assured that: • They are who they say they are • They are a registered nurse, midwife, doctor, dentist or prescribing pharmacist with specialist training and insurance in each treatment listed on their profile • They use licensed products sourced from reputable suppliers • They have all of the necessary paperwork in place to protect you from undue risk and harm • Their practice standards meet the requirements to provide you with safe treatments, in a safe environment Full details of the assurances that come with selecting a Save Face Accredited practitioner can be found on our patient charter.

a review into non-surgical aesthetic procedures, in it they described dermal fillers as a ‘crisis waiting to happen’. Do you agree with this assessment? SF: Absolutely. We have received an increasing number of reports from patients who have been injected with cheap products that have been purchased over the internet from China. Our statistics confirm that dermal fillers can cause serious complications Sadly, dotted in amongst all of if they are not administered by a trained healthcare professional the reputable practitioners, there that is competent in identifying and treating side effects. When are a mass of unscrupulous untrained practitioners administer people masquerading as trained unidentified products that have been purchased over the internet, professionals the consequences could potentially be life-threatening.

Q: Generally, what legal rights do

patients have if a non-surgical procedure goes wrong? What advice would you give to somebody in this position? SF: Unfortunately, if a client has been treated by someone that is uninsured and unaccountable, there is little than can be done. Sadly, where there is legislation in place, little action is taken to act as a deterrent for those who continue to flout the rules. We are contacted all the time by patients who have fallen into the wrong hands and have been completely ignored by the practitioner when something has gone wrong. We support them in every way that we can. We recently published a guidance document called the Anatomy of a Complaint, which informs patients how and where they can make a complaint.

Q: Are there any success stories you can share with us that involve a patient finding a safe and reliable clinic through your service? SF: We have had over 5,000 positive reviews from patients that are published on our website. Getting feedback from patients who have found a practitioner that they can trust and are happy with via the website is the best feeling and what makes it all worthwhile.

Q: You have recently received a considerable amount of press coverage regarding your involvement in exposing a fake doctor who had administered fake Botox treatments. Is this part of a wider initiative to stamp out dangerous practitioners? Do you have any plans in place to facilitate the discovery of other similar cases? SF: We have an endless list of unscrupulous practitioners we are currently investigating to ensure that they are exposed and are brought to justice—each has involved a breach in regulations. We are working with several patients who have been affected by practitioners who have left them with irreversible damage. We will ensure that they get the help and support they need and that these practitioners are stopped from operating in the future.

Q: What specifications must a practitioner meet in order to be included on the Save Face website?

Q: Do you have any upcoming projects scheduled in order to

SF: Each and every practitioner and clinic listed on our register

further your reach or spread your message?

has been inspected against our robust set of standards. Entry to the register is only open to doctors, nurses, dentists and prescribing pharmacists. Although minor, these treatments are medical procedures, which we believe should only be carried out by trained healthcare professionals.

SF: We are currently working on new projects with our

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ambassador Dr Christian Jessen and will be launching the next round of our TV advertising campaign in the next couple of months. We also have several ongoing TV and media projects that we are currently in the process of finalising. F Flawless | 33

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Recontour your body top to toe for 2018 The revolutionary, non-surgical fat-reducing solution, CoolSculpting® can reach the areas that dieting can’t, from tummies to muffin tops, bingo wings, bra fat, back fat, inner thighs, saddle bags and even double chins. Many of us have unwanted stubborn fat that is hard to shift, even if we eat well and work out, so it’s no surprise then that the revolutionary fat reduction solution, that freezes away fat, sounds so appealing. But what is it and can you really ‘freeze’ fat? CoolSculpting® is the only FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat-freezing treatment that has been proven to work in reducing fat cells as a body contouring method. The Coolsculpting procedure uses a special device to target, cool and reduce unwanted fat cells in the selected area. After being frozen, these cells crystallise, then naturally shrivel away, ‘once they’re gone, they’re gone for good’. Your body metabolises the fat cells and gets rid of them naturally. Treatment takes only 35 minutes and results after one session can be seen in as little as *4 to 8 weeks.

A favourite with celebrities and discerning women alike as there is little to no downtime. The Cosmetic Skin Clinic® The Cosmetic Skin Clinic is the most experienced Coolsculpting clinic in the UK & Western Europe, having performed over 11,000 treatments and trailblazed the procedure with a reputation for formidable results since 2012. They were one of the first clinics in the UK to offer this popular treatment. The founder of the clinic, Dr Tracy Mountford MBBS MBCAM, is a key opinion leader and medical advisor for CoolSculpting®. She cites the fat-freezing treatment as one of her most popular, highly requested and enquired about treatments at her clinics in London and Buckinghamshire. *Disclaimer: patient results may vary.

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic is the No1 Coolsculpting clinic in the UK & Europe Whilst CoolSculpting is not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise, it may well be worth considering if you are looking for a non-surgical fat reduction treatment and some fine tuning to your silhouette. With over 5 million treatments performed in over 80 countries around the world so far and body contouring being the fastest growing sector in aesthetics, it looks like the demand for Coolsculpting will continue to grow in 2018.

“CoolSculpting is the only non-surgical alternative to liposuction I recommend to my patients because, quite simply, it works.” Dr Tracy Mountford MBBS MBCAM

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Cryolipolysis Cryolipolysis is a medical treatment that destroys fat cells by way of freezing them. The controlled cooling action of the technology— with a temperature range of 5C to -5C—targets localised fat deposits underneath the skin without damaging the upper layers of the epidermis. When the system is activated, patients tend to experience an intense cold sensation on the area being treated. Side effects can include redness, light bruising, tingling and numbness—although these should dissipate relatively quickly. 36 | Flawless

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The procedure itself is designed to shape and contour the body. Patients usually see results in a matter of months.

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) This non-invasive option applies high-intensity ultrasound to the chosen area to destroy fat cells on the surface layers of the skin. The technique works by raising the tissue temperature to 56C for one second, which subsequently induces the death of cells whilst sparing damage to vessels and nerves. This passive heating action encourages collagen production, which naturally firms and plumps the skin. Patients have been known to experience moderate to high levels of discomfort during the procedure. Many report feelings of heat, prickling and tingling of the skin. Common side effects include bruising, redness, tenderness and edema (swelling due to excessive fluids), but these should subside quickly. Results are usually noticeable after a single treatment.

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ndividuals who maintain a healthy lifestyle can still struggle with stubborn fat and cellulite. This can have a detrimental effect on one’s self-esteem. While liposuction and tummy tuck procedures are highly effective, many people wish to avoid such invasive options. Fortunately, there are other forms of body sculpting and fat reduction procedures that don’t involve such risks—we guide you through the most popular options.

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What is CoolSculpting? CoolSculpting is an FDA-cleared, noninvasive, fat-freezing treatment that has been proven to work in reducing fat cells as a body contouring method. It safely delivers controlled cooling to gently and effectively target and reduce unwanted fat cells beneath the skin’s surface. With over five million CoolSculpting procedures having taken place worldwide, the treatment is proven to be safe and effective for non-surgical fat reduction, and the results are long-lasting and noticeable. So how does it work? CoolSculpting safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells beneath the skin. These treated cells crystallise (freeze) then shrivel and die over the coming weeks; your body metabolises

them and simply disposes of them naturally. This results in a noticeable and long-lasting reduction of unwanted fat bulges, resulting in a more sculpted and shapely body. The Cosmetic Skin Clinic is among the most experienced CoolSculpting clinics in the UK and western Europe, having performed over 11,000 treatments with a reputation for superlative results. They cite the fat-freezing treatment as one of their most popular, highly requested and enquired about treatments at their clinics. Founder of the clinic, Dr Tracy Mountford, is one of the key opinion leaders and medical advisors for CoolSculpting in the UK. Here’s what she has to say about CoolSculpting: ‘CoolSculpting is great for targeting those extra bits of fat that won’t go away. A lot of people go to the gym, have a

Low-level laser light This particular form of fat-busting treatment works by reducing the stability of certain cells, allowing them to release their stores of fat without being damaged. The fat is released into the extracellular space and remains there until it is eventually absorbed by the lymphatic system. This results in the reduction of fat cells, consequently making the areas of the body targeted thinner. The treatment itself is said to be painless, as it does not involve any heat or sensation-causing elements. Results are reportedly more prominent after several sessions. Cardio-based exercise is recommended after the procedure to promote lymph flow and to further the effects of the procedure.

Radio frequency (RF) This body contouring method employs radio frequency (RF) to work on problem areas such as the abdomen and fat deposits on the hips—more affectionately known as ‘love handles’. The technology heats the skin and fat cells beneath to a temperature of 46C. This helps speed up the fat cells’ metabolic activity, causing them to shrink. The method is said to be effective in reducing cellulite and boosting the skin’s collagen levels. RF is most effective after a number of sessions— top-ups are recommended. Patients are advised to drink plenty of water and schedule a cardio-based exercise on the day of

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healthy lifestyle and still have stubborn areas of fat they simply can’t get rid of. Fat freezing is a safe, innovative way to tone, contour and shape different areas of the body, whether you’re slim, curvy or otherwise.’ ‘Fat freezing is an in-demand procedure at the moment, and chances are, you’ve probably read about it or seen it online. All of our dedicated expert practitioners have graduated from CoolSculpting University. Those who perform CoolSculpting in our clinics are expertly trained and licensed in the procedure. Effective treatment requires knowledge of anatomy and expertise in the technique.’ The Cosmetic Skin Clinic has been providing CoolSculpting treatments since 2012 and they were one of the first clinics in the UK to offer this popular treatment.

the procedure to encourage the body’s metabolism and aid lymphatic drainage. Side effects of RF are minimal, although mild redness, heat and skin tenderness may occur. F


Before undergoing any type of fat reduction treatment, be sure to do your research. Check that your chosen provider is fully certified and that the method they use is MHRA or FDA-approved. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns

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Treat those unsightly veins wherever they are The Baskerville Clinic Covers All Your Essentials… Unsightly veins may appear anywhere, sometimes in less obvious places. With over 25 years’ experience as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Dr Baskerville takes pride in being able to offer solutions to veins of all shapes and sizes in even the most unexpected areas. With the trend for see through fabrics and small bikinis why not treat those unsightly and often uncomfortable veins wherever they are? As well as treatments for unsightly veins on legs and feet we also deal with bothersome veins on chest, hands and intimate areas, with little discomfort and remarkable results. The Baskerville Clinic is situated on Wimpole Street in the heart of the West End, near to Harley Street and close to Oxford Street and Bond Street. Please contact me at or 02074361931 for an appointment or further details.

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Varicose veins can be damaging to your skin and self-esteem. Tackle the problem early to rejuvenate your complexion and restore your confidence

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aricose veins are characterised as swollen or enlarged veins usually occurring in the arms and legs. In severe cases they can appear lumpy or bulging and may cause the area to cramp, throb or feel heavy and painful. Such cases will require medical treatment. Most times, however, varicose veins are not a severe medical condition and merely consist of blue or purple marks on the skin. There are several cosmetic treatments that can be used to help reduce the appearance of mild varicose veins and restore your skin to its former glory.

Self-care There are several preventative measures you can take if you begin to notice the early signs of varicose veins or if they run in your family. Start by eating healthily and staying in shape. Also, try to reduce the number of tight clothes in your wardrobe and avoid being sedentary for long periods of time

Endothermal ablation

Endovenous laser treatment

Endothermal ablation is usually the first treatment that is offered. This method involves high-frequency radio waves being sent into the affected veins, sealing them with heat. It is especially effective at tackling early cases and targeting small veins. Its accuracy also means that the risks of nerve damage are far reduced with this option.


Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy is a procedure that works to improve the appearance of varicose veins by injecting a special type of foam solution called sclerosant into them. Sclerosant damages and scars the lining of the vein, ultimately closing it. As a result, the body will eventually rid itself of the veins. This procedure is most commonly applied to ‘spider veins’, milder cases where thin, thread-like marks appear close to the surface of the skin. 40 | Flawless

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The endovenous laser treatment procedure involves inserting a small laser fibre into the veins. Pulses of laser light are then delivered to the area, causing the veins to collapse. The entire procedure is completed under local anesthetic.

Varicose veins are often hereditary; individuals with close family members who suffer from the condition are likely to experience it themselves. Old age is another considerable factor; as we age, our veins lose elasticity and consequently become weak. This can cause pools of blood to form and veins to become enlarged. Varicose veins also commonly affect pregnant women; this is the result of circulatory changes that occur because of pregnancy hormones in the body. Other factors that can leave you more susceptible to the condition include obesity and low-activity lifestyles or occupations. F

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ur comprehensive varicose vein treatment service offers access to all the latest treatment and technologies including laser and radio-frequency ablation, as well as other vein closure techniques. Modern minimal access techniques used for the treatment of varicose veins allow patients to continue with their normal life, keeping disruption to a minimum, performed on an outpatient basis. In addition, as part of our service, we provide walk-in, walkout treatments for spider and thread veins. The treatment we offer is tailored to each individual patient, with the most appropriate technique used. Problems with leg veins can present in a variety of ways, ranging from spider and thread veins to much larger varicose veins. Varicose veins are dilated, tortuous, visible superficial veins in the legs, nearly always caused by poorly functioning valves which normally control the direction of flow in leg veins. If these valves fail, the blood which should be travelling back towards the heart flows back down in the wrong direction. This causes distension of the surface veins which gradually become more and more prominent. Thread and spider

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veins may be a symptom of this condition, or may occur without any associated larger vein problem. Whilst the management of spider and thread veins can be undertaken without any investigation of the deeper venous system, if any issue is present in the larger veins, it is unlikely that this superficial treatment will give a lasting effect. For the most complete and accurate management of venous problems of the legs, a detailed assessment of all the veins in the legs is advised, and this is considered the gold standard of care. Assessing the leg veins is performed by undertaking a duplex ultrasound examination, which is a non-invasive technique to map out and assess the function of the leg veins. From this, detailed treatment advice can be given to our clients, based upon this evidence gained. The London and Surrey Vascular Clinic delivers services across London and Surrey, in private hospitals and clinics alike. Our clinicians have extensive experience in the management of venous conditions of the legs, are confident in their ability to deal which each client’s individual symptoms. Gary Maytham is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon, with his main NHS appointment being at the St George’s Vascular Institute, St George’s Hospital, London, where he is the Care Group Lead for vascular services. His specialist interests include the management of venous conditions, and he would be delighted to offer you advice. F

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osmetic procedures—both invasive and non-surgical— have seen a considerable rise in popularity in recent years, but having plump lips is hands-down the ultimate trend. It’s no secret that lips thin and lose their colour as we age; this is simply due to the natural decline in our body’s production of collagen. Plump lips never go out of style; they are a sign of beauty, good health and youth. So, whether you’re considering a lift, injection, implant, vermillion advancement or permanent makeup, there are various lip enhancement options available to consumers. Read on for a breakdown of all you need to know about achieving the perfect pout through various cosmetic procedures.

Lip injections Using a natural—or synthetic—biocompatible substance that acts as a fat substitute, fillers are temporary solutions to lip enhancement. Although one round of treatment is enough to produce the desired result, regular sittings every six to eight

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months will be needed to maintain plumper lips. This route also offers potential reversibility.

Fat transfer Fat from the patient’s own body—autologous fat—is taken via liposuction from the hips or abdomen and injected into the lips. With this route, patients may need more than one sitting to achieve the desired result. A major advantage of this procedure is that the substance being injected comes from the patient’s own body, lowering the risk of an extrusion.

Lip implant Implants are inserted into the lips through very small incisions done inside the corners of the mouth. Much like with fillers, there are both natural and synthetic implant options available. When considering this route, patients should keep in mind that—in some cases—implants can have a high incidence of infection and extrusion.

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non-surgical procedures Perhaps one of the more invasive forms of lip enhancement procedures, vermillion advancement consists in increasing the area of the lips. This is done by making a small incision along the edge of the lip vermillion, removing a strip of skin outside the border and pulling it—effectively ‘stretching’ the skin to achieve a fuller smile.

Lip lift Much like a facelift, a lip lift removes extra skin. This is done by making an incision right under the nose and shortening the skin to elevate the lips. There are small sutures involved with this procedure—they are removed after four or five days.

Permanent makeup Using tattoo techniques to enhance features that are not pronounced—like the lip outline—this non-surgical lip enhancement technique is most suitable for those who want a permanent solution without the need for surgery. Patients will be able to customise results for their skin tone and colouring while enjoying a very short recovery period.

Recovery Surgical lip enhancement will be carried out in a hospital, ambulatory facility or specialised surgical suite, will involve some preparation and take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours to complete. General anaesthetic is also commonly used. After procedures, patients may experience swelling, bruising and mild to moderate pain. It is strongly advised to follow all patient care instructions and attend follow up appointments. Non-surgical treatments, on the other hand, can be performed in a day clinic in under an hour with very little preparation. The recovery period is minimal; patients may experience mild bruising or swelling. Talk to your surgeon or practitioner about your options, they will be able to advise the best procedure for you. F

Did you know? Medical advancements in the field have made lip enhancement procedures the safest they have ever been. While lip fillers now use hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in our body—in the 1960s, liquid silicone was the filler of choice Source: Huffington Post

No Need for Needles Whether you get squeamish at the sight of needles or don’t want to shell out considerable amounts of money on a cosmetic procedure, there are countless products on the market that can help you achieve a flawless pout. Lip plumpers are a safe and cost-effective way of temporarily giving your lips an added boost. These products contain ingredients that slightly irritate your skin and leave it with a subtle tingle, causing mild swelling. In addition to keeping lipstick from feathering, lip liners can also create the illusion of fuller lips—if used correctly. Use a subtle colour that matches your skin tone for best results. Peptide lip balm, which can be purchased in high street drugstores and beauty shops, gently stimulates collagen growth for an all-natural plump look.

DID YOU KNOW? When reality TV star and Kardashian step-sister Kylie Jenner revealed she regularly got lip fillers, a London clinic reported a 70% rise in enquiries about the procedure in the 24 hours following the news

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Face sculpting procedures—both surgical and non-surgical—present a longer lasting solution to achieving a chiselled visage. However, considerations to pricing and invasiveness are both key influencers for potential clients.

Nose Rhinoplasty—commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’—is a procedure that modifies the shape and size of the nose. Smoothing out lumps and imperfections, it is a permanent fix that can contribute to an overall sculpted appearance. Bruising and swelling are both symptoms of rhinoplasty; recovery usually takes as little as a few weeks.

Cheekbones Injectable dermal fillers are a popular choice for plumping the skin along the cheekbones and adding volume to shape the face. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and involves no stitching. Most fillers will last around a year, meaning touch-ups are necessary.

Chin and jawline Cryolipolysis is a common option for people wishing to remove excess fat from the submental area of the face and neck and create a chiselled jawline. The procedure destroys fat cells by freezing them, which works to reshape the body. Its popularity is credited to its minimally invasive approach.

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Forehead Smoothing out wrinkles and lines can contribute to a youthful appearance. Botox injections can be used to target glabellar lines (or frown lines) that appear between the eyebrows. When injected into the muscle, Botox causes wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is another option that lasts for several months.

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he world’s obsession with symmetrical features, prominent cheekbones and razor-sharp jawlines is at an all-time high. Fortunately, there are now several ways to achieve a chiselled aesthetic. We compare the most common methods of face sculpting— makeup contouring versus cosmetic procedures.

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Makeup Contouring

Years ago, makeup contouring was an obscure technique used only for the purpose of photo shoots. Now it's a worldwide phenomenon, made famous by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West when she tweeted a picture of herself practicing the art.

Step 1. Add lowlights and highlights using a concealer or foundation. A highlighter tends to be a shade lighter than your skin tone; a lowlighter (or contourer) tends to be a few shades darker.

Cheekbones Highlighter should be used on the apples of the cheeks to brighten and add a glow. A sweeping contour line should be applied to the hollow area below the cheekbone to create a subtle shadow, adding definition to the face.

Step 2. Using a beauty blender, merge the contouring lines together. Take time to fuse the differing shades so that you are left with a subtle gradient and flawless finish. This is, perhaps, the most important step.

Forehead The outer edging of the forehead requires lowlighting whilst the central section—stemming from the top of the nose—should be illuminated with a lighter pigment. If you have a thin forehead, extend the highlighter to give the appearance of breadth.

Step 3. With a fluffy brush, dust over the entire face with a translucent fixing powder.

Nose Most people tend to desire a narrow nose. For this effect, line both sides of your nose starting from the brows with the dark contour shade. Apply highlighter down the length in the centre for a sharper appearance. Chin and jawline Using a downward stroke, sweep the dark pigment along the line of the jaw. Draw a small inverted triangle on the base of your chin with your highlighter; this will create the illusion of a petite, pointed chin. F

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Investing in good quality makeup brushes is worth the splurge to achieve a flawless finish. Opt for natural-haired brushes rather than synthetic; these are suitable for all skin types including sensitive. Use an angled brush to apply shadows and highlights. A dense buffing brush should also feature in your kit to blend contoured lines. Finally, use a small, pointed brush for liquid foundation and concealer F l a w l e s s | 47

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lthough laser eye surgery isn’t currently available on the NHS for people that just want to improve their eyesight, it is one of the most popular procedures in the UK. A solution for improving eyesight and cancelling the need for glasses and contact lenses, vision correction can significantly enhance quality of life as well as boost self-esteem. Laser vision correction (LVC) aims to correct four major refractive errors—problems caused by an imperfectly shaped eyeball or cornea. Near-sightedness, also known as myopia, causes close objects to appear sharp and far objects to appear blurry. This condition is due to a curved cornea and a longer eyeball. Far-sightedness, known as hyperopia, causes the opposite and is due to a shorter eyeball or a cornea that is flatter than normal. Individuals affected by astigmatism will see objects blurry at any distance—in this scenario the cornea and lens are shaped so that images aren’t focused on the retina. Lastly, presbyopia, or ageing eye, occurs when the eye loses the ability to focus due to ageing. This usually happens between the ages of 40 and 50.


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There are three main types of laser vision correction (LVC) procedures: LASIK, SMILE and surface laser treatments. LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is performed with two lasers: one opens up a thin ‘flap’ in the surface of the cornea while the other reshapes it. At the end of the procedure the flap is put back and stays in place without the need for stitches. Surgeons performing SMILE (small incision lenticule extraction) surgery, on the other hand, will reshape the cornea through a small, selfsealing hole. Other surface laser treatments—which include PRK, LASEK and TransPRK—will consist in removing the skin covering the cornea to allow the surgeon to reshape it with a laser. In this type of procedure, the cornea grows back naturally. Although all three types of surgeries yield similar results, it is important for patients to discuss with their surgeon which route is best for their individual needs. While they are relatively painless procedures, there are some stages which patients might find uncomfortable. To prepare, the surgeon will put anaesthetic eye drops in the eye to make it numb. Once this has taken effect, a speculum is placed on the eye to keep it open. Some patients have reported feeling slight pressure during the procedure itself. F

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Who's Had




osmetic modification isn’t a new concept to Hollywood’s elite. In fact, competition to maintain an attractive and youthful physique has never been fiercer. We highlight the procedures that are sweeping their way through the celebrity community and reveal exactly who is advocating them.

Kim Kardashian West: Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRPT) Many stars go to great lengths to maintain a youthful appearance; the platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRPT)—also known as the ‘vampire facial’—is a prime example of this. One of the most notable advocates for this procedure is reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who tried it for the first time on her show, Kim and Kourtney Take Miami (2009-2013). Viewers were shocked when they witnessed Kardashian West’s own blood being extracted from her arm and injected into her face with a tool called a Dermapen—a device consisting of several needles. The process takes around 20 minutes and leaves the face red and swollen for some days following the treatment. Benefits can be seen after a few weeks as the skin cells start to regenerate.

Kylie Jenner: Lip filler Kylie Jenner’s appearance is arguably one of the most talked about topics of the last few years. Being part of the famous reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007-present), means that the now 20-year-old has had her fair share of the spotlight. After a huge amount of speculation from the media, Jenner finally admitted to having regular lip injections in 2015. Consequently, clinics around the globe reported a dramatic increase in requests for the procedure, which has been cleverly dubbed the ‘Kylie effect’. Lip augmentation consists of injectable dermal fillers that can improve the volume, 50 | Flawless

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surgical procedures structure and shape of the lips. While the results are long-lasting, they are not usually permanent.

Chrissy Teigen: Armpit liposuction Whether she is sharing photos of her stretch marks on Snapchat or speaking candidly about postpartum depression, nobody can deny that Chrissy Teigen—model and wife to superstar John Legend—is an open book. One of her most recent disclosures has been about her cosmetic procedures, the most surprising being liposuction in her armpits. ‘I had my armpits sucked out’, the star confessed. While she admitted that it wasn’t the most necessary surgery, it gave her the confidence to wear sleeveless tops. Armpit liposuction procedures usually entail injecting a numbing substance into the area to soften the fat. While the patient is sedated, the fat is removed using a micro-device. The procedure involves no sutures but requires a compression wrap to be applied while it heals.

Kaley Cuoco: Neck fillers In an interview in Women’s Health magazine in 2016, actress Kaley Cuoco opened up about her experiences with cosmetic

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of the year’s global total of aesthetic surgical procedures took place in the USA. In a global survey conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) in 2016, the USA was ranked highest—closely followed by Brazil and Russia Source: International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), 2016

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surgery. At the time, she had only undergone nose surgery and breast enhancement, which she described as the ‘best thing I ever did’. More recently, she revealed her decision to have neck fillers: ‘Recently I had a filler in a line in my neck I’ve had since I was 12.' Horizontal lines occur naturally on the neck and tend to deepen with age. Dermal fillers are usually injected, filling lines in the neck and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The procedure is long-lasting but not always permanent—several treatments may be necessary.

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surgical procedures Rita Ora: Breast augmentation Breast augmentation is the term used to describe the plastic surgery techniques that not only increase the size but also improves the shape of the breasts. British pop star Rita Ora has received a considerable amount of press recently, with rumours circulating that she has had the procedure. Over the last few years, the singer has branched into acting and, as a result, has secured her biggest role to date as Mia in the Fifty Shades of Grey (2015-present) movie saga. After appearing on the red carpet for the premier of Fifty Shades Freed (2018), fans took to Twitter to remark upon her changed physique. Dr Maurino Joffily, a plastic surgeon from Harley Street, also offered his opinion on the matter. Comparing images of Ora from 2009 up until the present, he noted significant change—most notably to her breasts. ‘Breast augmentation with Ms Ora is a high possibility. We can see more volume on the top of her cleavage,’ he speculated.

Nicole Kidman: Dermal fillers Big Little Lies (2017-present) star, Nicole Kidman, has been at the centre of speculation for years in regards to her appearance. At the age of 50, the prominent actress still looks as youthful as ever. But how does she retain such smooth and glowing skin?

While Kidman has admitted to trying Botox in the past, some experts believe she may also have explored other avenues of cosmetic enhancement. Michael Prager, a leading cosmetic doctor in the UK, suggests that Kidman’s plumped skin could be the result of dermal fillers. ‘Her chin looks like it has been filled recently and her forehead also looks like it could have been injected with dermal filler,’ he said. Dermal fillers help to fill wrinkles and add volume; they tend to consist of hyaluronic acid, however, ingredients can vary. The effects of fillers are not permanent, therefore top-ups are usually required.

Iggy Azalea: Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty—commonly known as a nose job—is a surgical procedure that many celebrities opt for. One particular music icon known to have taken the plunge and receive such a treatment is Iggy Azalea. In a recent issue of Seventeen magazine, Azalea admitted to having the surgery: ‘I'm not denying it, denying it is lame,’ she said. ‘Plastic surgery is an emotional journey […] there are things that I didn't like about myself that I changed through surgery.’ Using reshaping methods, rhinoplasties aim to remove any curvature and bumps in the nose and give more definition to the face as a whole. The procedure is somewhat invasive and can take several weeks to heal. F

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reast enlargement procedures are some of the most regularly performed surgeries in the UK. The decision is major, can be expensive—according to the NHS, it can cost anywhere between £3,500 to £7,000—and carries some real risks to weigh up. Most importantly, make sure you’re doing it for yourself and not for others. Also ensure you're not considering breast enlargement to compensate for a particularly difficult or unhappy time in your life. Before

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committing to a surgeon, make sure you take some time to reflect on your decision and its ramifications; here is all you need to know about breast augmentation to help make up your mind.

Pre-surgery If you choose to have your operation in England, check the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website for centres that perform the operation. When researching surgeons, ensure they are

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surgical procedures registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Check their fitness to practice history, how many operations they’ve performed, what follow-up treatment you should expect as well as patient satisfaction rates. Patients are advised to attend pre-surgery consultations to determine whether the operation is safe to perform. During these sessions, you will undergo several tests assessing your current health, medical history and potential allergies to certain medicines and anaesthetic. This will be useful in determining the kind of post-operative care required as well as finding out whether you’ll need to stay overnight in hospital after the procedure.

The procedure Performed under general anaesthetic, the surgery can take up to an hour and a half. The surgeon will either make an incision two to five centimetres long in the crease below the breast, in the underarm or around the areola—preferences can be discussed prior to surgery during consultation sessions. There are two main types of implants that are commonly used in the UK: silicone gel and saline solution. Silicone gel implants contain soft or firm gel, are less likely to wrinkle and can give a more natural feel. However, if they rupture, they could cause siliconomas in the breast. Saline solution implants, on the other hand, are more likely to rupture or deflate over time but aren’t dangerous as the body can safely absorb saline in the event of a rupture. During the procedure, a pocket is created for the implant; this can be placed between the breast tissue and chest muscle or behind the chest wall muscle. Although both placement methods have their respective pros and cons, it is ultimately the size and shape of the breast and the looseness of the skin that will determine which option is best for each individual patient. When the surgery is complete, the incision will be closed up with stitches—these may be dissolvable—and covered with dressing.

Side effects As with all surgical procedures, breast enlargement may cause some side effects. It’s fairly common to experience temporary pain, swelling, bruising and a tight feeling in your chest for a few weeks. Consult your surgeon if these disturbances persist or if you’re in a lot of pain

Safety first As there are numerous types of implants available for breast augmentation procedures, keeping safety in mind when choosing which implants to get is imperative. With various manufacturers on the market, doing your research is key. F

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Immediately after the procedure, patients will be required to wear a specialised post-surgical bra 24 hours a day to support the breasts and promote healing. Pain relief is provided if patients experience any discomfort. Although this may vary from case to case, full recovery will usually take between four to six weeks. Depending on your occupation, you may be able to return to work after two weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least a month after the surgery and keep any scars away from direct sunlight for a year. It is advised to have an MRI scan three years after the procedure and two years after that in order to check that everything is as it should be. This type of operation will not last a lifetime: breast implants will likely need replacing at some point. Some patients may also need additional surgery after a few years to correct problems with the implants.

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Cosmetic dentistry is a form of oral care that helps to improve the aesthetics of the gums, teeth and mouth. Technology within this category has advanced rapidly, making it easier for clients to achieve the ‘perfect smile’. Analysis by financial provider, LDF, found that Britain’s 100 largest dental firms recorded a turnover of almost £1 billion in 2015—a staggering 22 percent increase from 2010. It is thought that the building popularity of cosmetic dentistry is responsible for this surprising surge. We examine several popular cosmetic dental procedures being utilised by Britons today.

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stepped up to meet the demand. The terms ‘whitening’ and ‘bleaching’ are often used interchangeably. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ‘bleaching’ can only be used when a product includes bleach (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). Whitening simply refers to any product that removes stains or debris from the teeth. One of the newest options to be offered in this category is laser tooth whitening. The procedure involves a strong bleaching gel, which is combined with the heat generated by a laser in order to enhance its effect. Top-ups are recommended every one to two years. One of the most frequent complaints from consumers who have had this procedure is that of tooth and gum sensitivity, which is likely to occur after prolonged use.

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surgical procedures Dental veneers Veneers are made to order for each individual patient so that they resemble natural teeth. They are typically manufactured from medical-grade ceramic and are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth in order to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to keep them in place. Veneers are routinely used as a way to fix teeth that are discoloured, worn down, chipped or broken and misaligned or wonky. This procedure requires approximately three trips to the dentist: the first session is used to diagnose and create a treatment plan, the second to prepare the teeth for the procedure and the third to finally bond the veneers. Unfortunately, the process of having veneers is not reversible. Veneers will last between seven and 15 years, after which they will need to be replaced.

DID YOU KNOW? 48% of the population is unhappy with their teeth, with 64% reporting discolouration as the reason for their unhappiness Source:

Dental implants Dental implants are often chosen as a resolution for tooth loss. Due to the complexity of the procedure, this can only be performed by a trained dentist. The cause of your tooth loss will need to be understood and treated before you undertake implant treatment. The dentist will begin the process by fixing metal screws into the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. This metal fixing serves as a support for the artificial crown that is fitted. The procedure can take anywhere between 30 minutes and several hours depending on the number of implants needed and the complexity of the jaw structure. Over time, the bone and tissue will fuse to the implant, permanently securing it in place. Implants are designed to be indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth. After having dental implants fitted, patients must be diligent with their daily oral hygiene, keeping the area free from plaque and food debris.

Composite bonding Composite bonding refers to a method that uses composite resin (plastic) that resembles the colour of the tooth enamel to repair decayed, damaged or discoloured teeth. The dentist will drill out the areas of decay and will apply a composite onto the tooth’s surface. They will then ‘sculpt’ it into the correct shape. They then proceed with curing it with a high-intensity light. The process successfully conceals areas of damage, giving the appearance of healthy teeth in their place. This is one of the cheapest forms of cosmetic dentistry and can be achieved with a single visit to the dentist. Clients have to be careful with the upkeep of their composites as staining from food and cigarette smoke can occur very easily. F

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y the time we reach our 40s, certain signs of ageing become more prominent; the skin around the neck begins to sag, wrinkle creases deepen and the skin on our eyelids develop thick folds making them look droopy and heavy. While these signs of ageing are inevitable, some people opt for facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) to rejuvenate their appearance. Facelifts address these tell-tale ageing signs by lifting and pulling the skin on the face up and back to make it appear smooth and tight. There are many reasons a person might decide to go ahead with this procedure; looking younger and increased self-confidence being the main ones. Before deciding to undergo any type of surgery, it’s important to conduct deep research and to be sure of your reasons for doing it. Facelifts aren’t usually offered on the NHS and tend

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to be costly; they can also carry risks and are not guaranteed to achieve desired results.

Mini facelift A mini facelift—sometimes referred to in the medical community as a thread lift—focuses on the mid-face, jawline and the neck and is most appropriate for those with moderate sagging of the skin. This type of facelift significantly reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles and drooping skin with the added benefit of minimal scarring. The procedure is generally carried out under local anaesthetic, where incisions are made by the hairline and ears. The tissue underneath the cheek is loosened and the skin is then pulled and fastened into its new position. Without the need for hospital care after surgery, the procedure

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surgical procedures is considerably lower in cost than a full facelift, coming in at around £3,500 to £6,000. This cost may vary depending on the surgeon you opt to use and your specific needs.

Full facelift A full facelift involves making a long surgical incision from the hairline, around the front of the ears and back into the hairline behind the ears. The surgeon will then separate the tissue beneath the skin in order to remove excess fat and reposition the facial muscles. Once this is completed, the skin will be pulled up and back and stitched in place carefully where the initial incision was made. The position of the incision means that the scar will sit comfortably in the hairline, making it almost invisible. The procedure typically takes between two to five hours to complete and patients are required to stay in hospital for a few days after. Patients are likely to experience bruising, swelling and fatigue following the procedure.

Eyelid surgery Eyelid surgery—also referred to as blepharoplasty—focuses specifically on tackling signs of ageing by correcting aesthetic abnormalities on the eyelids or eye bags. This procedure is often carried out alongside a full facelift, but may be performed separately. According to the NHS, blepharoplasty alone in the UK can cost anywhere between £2,000 and £6,000. The surgery involves making an incision along the length of the eyelid crease to minimise scarring. Any excess skin, fat or muscle that is causing any drooping or folding is then removed. While surgeons will advise that patients take at least one week off of work to promote healing after the procedure, bruising may persist for several weeks. Side effects include puffy and swollen eyelids that are difficult to close, irritation and high sensitivity—although this should subside after a few weeks. Patients may also experience temporary blurred vision and—in rare cases—blindness. F

Consider This... Speak with your doctor. Consult your doctor first if you are deliberating facelift surgery. They will be best placed to help you decide whether or not the procedure is right for you and may also be able to give personal recommendations. Choose the right surgeon. Make sure that any surgeon you choose to perform your rhytidectomy is qualified and registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Practicing cosmetic surgeons are required by law to be registered with the commission. Be realistic. It is vital that you are realistic in your expectations. While facelifts can be dramatic in their results, they will not be able to make you look 20 years younger! There are risks. It is important to take into account any risks associated with a facelift procedure, such as infections, allergic reactions, bleeding, loss of nerve sensation and ‘botched jobs’.

DID YOU KNOW? Just 3,453 face/neck lift procedures were carried out in the UK in 2016—that's 53% lower than in 2015 Source: British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

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osmetic procedures can leave you looking and feeling great, but if you are planning or have recently undergone surgery you may be concerned about a remaining scar. There are some things you can do during the healing process to improve the physiological and cosmetic appearance of scars. Make sure to follow these aftercare tips to look after your scar:



Although cosmetic surgery aims to be minimally invasive, even the slightest incision in your skin will send signals to your body to repair the injury. Sometimes the healing skin forms excessive, unorganised collagen bundles that push upwards and form a reddened, raised, hard scar.

KELO-COTE® should be applied to new scars as soon as the wound is closed or stitches have been removed, so be prepared and have some on hand before your procedure.

KELO-COTE® self dries within 5 minutes† forming a flexible and waterproof layer. Once dry you can apply make-up or sunblock on top of the scar.

1. Always keep your scar clean. Wash the area under running tap water, with saline (a salt water solution) or use an alcohol-free wipe.* 2. Avoid too much exposure to the sun. Scar tissue is very sensitive, this makes it very easy for scars to get sunburnt.**

Apply a very thin layer of KELO-COTE® onto the scar twice a day, do not rub in.

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3. Extremes of temperature can make itchy scars worse, particularly heat, so avoid very hot baths or showers.**

KELO-COTE®’s advanced Siliclear complex is a blend of silicones that cross-link and bond to your skin, drying within minutes, providing 24 hours of protection and treatment.

4. Apply a silicone scar treatment such as KELO-COTE® to help reduce redness whilst relieving the itching, discomfort and pain associated with scars.

This flexible, breathable layer normalises the collagen production and helps the scar achieve a flatter, softer and less noticeable appearance.

The recommended minimum treatment time is 60-90 days. If improvements still occur after 90 days, continued used is recommended.


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WHERE TO BUY KELO-COTE® KELO-COTE® Scar Treatment should be used after surgery once the stitches have been removed and the wound has healed. You can purchase KELO-COTE® directly from or from your local pharmacy. KELO-COTE® is available as a 100ml spray, a 6g and 15g UV gel and 6g, 15g and 60g gel.

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What to expect

Aiding your recovery

Before undergoing cosmetic surgery, your doctor will explain the recovery process involved in your procedure. They will also provide helpful information on bathing techniques, changing dressings and wound cleanliness. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully. Generally, patients tend to experience varying degrees of bruising, swelling and tenderness of the skin after surgery. These effects may seem alarming—especially during the first few days of recovery. However, these will eventually subside and patients will be able to see the desired results of their procedure after some time.

After any procedure, the body will require time to heal. Allowing yourself an adequate period to recuperate will aid your recovery. Patients can play an active role in the healing process by following their post-operative guidelines to a tee and leading a healthy lifestyle. Aim to consume a balanced diet filled with whole foods, fruits and vegetables. Staying hydrated is also imperative—drinking plenty of fluids will aid the body’s natural healing process and regulate its overall temperature. Applying an ice pack to the affected areas of the body is an effective way to combat post-surgery bruising and relieve any discomfort. Try to elevate the area as directed by your surgeon; this will help to reduce swelling and blotching. There are a number of things that can hinder your skin’s ability to heal, including smoking and sun exposure. Sunscreen should be applied liberally before leaving the house and smoking should be avoided at all costs. Check with your doctor that any medications you are already taking—such as blood thinners or heart medication—won’t impede your recovery. Generally, sutures will be removed between five to 10 days after surgery. Your doctor will notify you of this during your follow-up appointments. These appointments are designed to allow your physician to track

Arrange a caretaker Immediately after your cosmetic procedure, you will need to arrange a caretaker; somebody to take you home and help you for the first 24 to 72 hours. During these initial stages of recovery, you will most likely suffer from fatigue—both from your medication and the surgery itself. As a result, simple tasks may seem difficult. Your assigned caretaker—usually a friend or relative—may need to assist in feeding you and redressing your bandages. Some clinics may include a personal caretaker as part of the package they offer—check this with your doctor beforehand. 64 | Flawless

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Scar Management Seeking medical assistance If you experience any unusual side effects after surgery, report it immediately. Make yourself aware of the key signs of infection which may include pus, redness, inflammation, fever, chills and excessive drainage from the affected area. Additionally, seek medical advice if your pain isn’t alleviated by your prescribed medication, you have difficulty breathing or are suffering from persistent nausea

Cosmetic surgeons will always aim to keep scarring to a minimum, however, some scarring is usually unavoidable. Luckily, patients can assist with the reduction of post-surgery scars. After an elective surgery on the face, abdomen or breasts, a pressure garment should be applied to the scar site. To prevent any redness, discolouration or hypersensitivity, aim to use hypoallergenic products to moisturise the affected area. If you notice any flaking or scabbing of the skin, avoid touching it. Picking at the skin can result in infection or aggravate scars.

your progress. Recovering patients may also be asked to avoid operating heavy machinery, driving and strenuous exercise for a few weeks.

Consuming alcohol after surgery Most clinics will recommend that you reduce (or preferably eliminate) your alcohol intake for some time after your surgical procedure. There are a number of reasons for this: It dries the skin. When consumed in excess, alcohol depletes the skin's moisture. This can be hazardous when trying to recover the skin’s elasticity. Dry skin is more prone to stretch marks, cracks and scars than hydrated skin. It thins your blood. The thinning of your blood can wreak havoc on your recuperation. This can cause prolonged bleeding and infections to arise. It mixes badly with medication. Pain medication is almost always prescribed after a cosmetic procedure—the type and strength will depend on the circumstances. Mixing prescribed drugs with alcohol can have dangerous consequences and should be strictly avoided. It can increase risk of swelling. Alcohol naturally widens the blood vessels; this can lead to increased swelling in wounded areas of the body—the last thing any patient wants. F

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ALL THE BRUSHES Every makeup bag should have a brush for every need. After all, a foundation brush is widely different to a highliter brush and an eyeshadow brush could not be used in the place of a lipstick brush. Invest in a high-quality kit that comes with instructions for every brush.

MAINTENANCE No brush kit would be complete without an all-purpose cleaner. When your brushes are due a clean, wet them in warm water. Using delicate hand soap, run them over the plastic bristles on your brush cleaner and rinse.

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Covering everything from pampering and relaxation to outer beauty and cosmetic surgery, Flawless is the ultimate beauty guide for London. In...

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Covering everything from pampering and relaxation to outer beauty and cosmetic surgery, Flawless is the ultimate beauty guide for London. In...