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Beauty Guide the beauty industry continues to go from strength to strength, with non-invasive procedures more popular than ever
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onsumers are increasingly looking for new technologies and products to add to their beauty routines. The cosmetic industryâ€”which is now estimated to be worth around ÂŁ3.6 billionâ€”continues to grow at an astounding rate and shows no signs of stopping. This is mostly due to new trends that are taking the market by storm. Treatments that allow consumers to see an instant 'fix' are now a main staple of the antiageing skincare movement. Individuals are now choosing 'environmentally responsible' products, giving rise to a very profitable area of the market dedicated to products that are made of natural ingredients and
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eco-friendly in their packaging. Lastly, a major trend that has recently surfaced is customisation. Whether that means creating a foundation tailored to your skintone or a cleansing foam for your exact skin type, beauty companies are catering for this new demand for personalised beauty. Flawless presents you with all you need to know about some of the most common procedures from skin peels and keratin treatments to lip fillers and laser hair removal. This beauty manual will hopefully serve as your guide to the latest aesthetic treatments and help you make informed decisions. For more health and beauty-related news and features, visit celebrityangels.co.uk. Flawless | 3
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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 dyeing, our hair is constantly under massive amounts of stress.
Olaplex This treatment 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 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 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. F celebrityangels.co.uk
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We spoke with the national register of accredited practitioners, Save Face, about the lack of legislation in the non-surgical cosmetic industry and discussed their mission to make a positive impact
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id you know that practitioners who administer nonsurgical 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 nonsurgical aesthetic practitioners—discusses the dangers that exist for patients, the psychological effects of a botched job and how consumers can avoid such an experience.
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 practice with apparent impunity. The resulting diversity of practice and growing accessibility of services—left unchecked for over two decades—has led us to Q: What impact do you hope Save Face will have on the where we are today. non-surgical cosmetic industry as a whole? Non-surgical cosmetic services may be provided by anyone, Save Face: Save Face is a government-approved register of anywhere. Where legislation and regulation are breached, healthcare professionals who provide sanctions are not robustly applied non-surgical cosmetic treatments. and fail to deter. It is reliably Entry to the register is only open to estimated that there are some registered medical professionals who 10,000 providers in the UK alone. Sadly, dotted in amongst all of can demonstrate that they are insured Approximately 800 belong to the reputable practitioners, there and have received certified training. All professional associations providing premises are inspected. Practitioners influence, guidance and political are a mass of unscrupulous must operate against best practice representation on standards and standards and have policies and education related specifically to people masquerading as trained procedures that demonstrate this. aesthetic medicine. This suggests professionals The ultimate goal is for the Save there are thousands who don’t know Face Kite Mark to become a default what they don’t know and likely do factor in the decision-making process not care. for someone who is considering a Q: What are some of the potential risks of having a non-surgical non-surgical cosmetic treatment. Through our public awareness procedure at a clinic that is not accredited? campaigns we hope to continue to educate the public about the SF: As our investigations continue to demonstrate, finding a safe, unnecessary risks they may be taking by choosing a practitioner reputable practitioner can quite simply be a lottery. Sadly, dotted who isn’t accredited. in amongst all of the reputable practitioners, there are a mass of The reality is, these sorts of procedures are becoming unscrupulous people masquerading as trained professionals. They increasingly popular amongst men and women of all ages and have often had little or no training and purchase cheap illegitimate consequently the number of unscrupulous practitioners is also products over the internet. rising. For Save Face, the objective and message is simple: to Frighteningly, these treatments are all too often considered provide an accessible service that enables people to obtain and categorised as everyday beauty treatments like having your non-surgical cosmetic treatments easily and safely. Save Face hair or nails done. In reality, it is a clinical procedure that can have removes the ambiguity and uncertainty on behalf of the patient, disastrous consequences when it is administered by the untrained empowering them with a service that means they no longer have to and unqualified. take practitioners at face value. It’s because of this that the consumer is blind-sighted by cheap Q: Why do you think that this particular industry isn’t governed deals and how glossy the website and clinic décor might be. People by the same rigorous regulations that others are? often neglect to pay any attention to the fundamental thing that is the SF: This field of practice is quite unique. Though medical in difference between a good treatment and what can be a nightmare: nature, there is no provision, nor ever has there been in the NHS, the skills and qualifications of the person holding the needle. which has left training and standards to evolve organically and In the last 12 months, we have seen an alarming increase in without recognised accreditation. The client base is healthy and the number of reports regarding procedures gone wrong and treatment is a choice rather than a necessity. Unlike other medical rogue practitioners. Figures have almost trebled in comparison procedures, it is possible to provide these in a variety of venues to the previous year. Over 83 percent of the reports we received with relatively low capital cost and overheads. Because of the were about treatments that were administered by beauticians, association with beauty, the vanguard of early adopters commonly hairdressers and other non-healthcare professionals. Upon
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beauty treatments 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 • PDO thread lifts • Chemical peels • Blepharoplasty; non-surgical eye lift using plasma skin tightening technology Seventy-nine 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
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 Instagram pages and often do not disclose the full name of the practitioner. This
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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
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 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 if they are not administered by a trained healthcare professional that is competent in identifying and treating side effects. When untrained practitioners administer unidentified products that have been purchased over the internet, the consequences could potentially be life-threatening.
Q: Generally, what legal rights do patients have if a nonsurgical 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 10 | Flawless
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beauty treatments hands and have been completely ignored by the practitioner when something has gone wrong. We support them in every way that we can. We published a guidance document called the Anatomy of a Complaint, which informs patients how and where they can make a complaint.
Q: What specifications must a practitioner meet in order to be included on the Save Face website?
SF: Each and every practitioner and clinic listed on our register 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. 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.
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 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. F celebrityangels.co.uk
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Hello. We’re Skinsmiths. We’re a membership-based skin clinic on a mission to give everyone access to skin confidence.
The truth is, no matter what your skin concerns are, regular treatments are better than one-offs. “Consistency gets results!” says Skinsmiths Founder, Jackie Smith. We believe that great skin should be simple, achievable and accessible, that’s why we developed a Skin Health Membership to help you get your best skin. A tailored Skin Health Membership treats a range of skin concerns including; uneven skin tone, texture, lines and wrinkles, redness, rosacea, scarring and pigmentation. Working with us, you’ll plan a tailored treatment schedule with a mix of Conditioning Treatments and High Intensity Treatments to ensure your skin is being treated with the right tools, at the right time, to achieve the best results. And with easy monthly payments, great skin is accessible to all. Pop into your closest Skinsmiths clinic in Belgravia, Hanwell, Putney, Wimbledon, Clapham, Liverpool St, Tower Bridge, Esher or Bushey! Start your skin confidence journey today with a free skin consultation. Call us on 020 3473 3829, email email@example.com and quote FLAWLESS18. Head to skinsmiths.com or @skinsmithuk to get to know us better in the meantime!
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beauty treatments Step 2: Exfoliate
Step 1: Cleanse Ageing skin tends to lose moisture, nutrients and natural oils. Ditching the foam and opting for a gentle cream or oil cleanser can help to replenish moisture, making the skin on the face smoother and suppler. Cleansing in the morning and double cleansing at night is important for removing bacteria and pollution and for preventing pores from becoming clogged. It may sound obvious, but the purpose of cleansing is to clean your face. Save your active ingredients for later as cleansers aren’t on your skin for long.
Step 4: Moisturise + SPF Did you know that fine lines are often just symptoms of skin dehydration? This step is ideal for including hyaluronic acid products—a naturally occurring substance in the skin that has the capacity to attract and hold a thousand times its weight in moisture. Applying moisturiser (morning and night) to your neck and chest areas is also a must for ageing skin. Sunscreen is actually the most important anti-ageing product you can use. Apply it every day or include it in your moisturiser—even when it’s cloudy and raining.
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As you age, dead skin cells build up and the skin loses its ability to replenish fresh cells as quickly. Exfoliating with a physical or chemical exfoliant at least once a week will help to remove dead cells and brighten a dull, uneven complexion. Physical exfoliants are great, but it’s more sustainable to use natural DIY scrubs—like coffee grounds. Chemical exfoliants—or peels—add active ingredients into your routine. These work by dissolving the bonds between skin cells and allowing them to detach. Hydroxy acids are among the most common ingredients found in chemical exfoliants; the best for ageing skin are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Choose products that contain AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid to combat signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Step 3: Apply a serum Serums are excellent sources of active ingredients and should be applied before your moisturiser to increase collagen production and lock in antioxidants. The most beneficial anti-ageing ingredients are vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids (retinol, tretinoin and tazarotene) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
What’s the deal with eye creams? The skin on the eyelids is the thinnest on the body and becomes especially delicate as you age. Choosing to invest in a retinol or caffeine eye cream may reduce puffiness, pigmentation and fine lines celebrityangels.co.uk
Sensilift by Sensica The Rise & Rise of Non-surgical Anti-ageing Solutions
Long gone are the days when surgical procedures were the only way to tackle the obvious signs of facial ageing the fastest growing region, especially in the energy-based devices segment.
Sensilift by Sensica Perhaps with non-invasive anti-ageing devices you won’t look in the mirror and see a 20-year, youngerlooking version of yourself. However, for many, this outweighs the pain and risks of medical procedures. Women are also looking for cost-effective solutions with the least amount of down-time. Enter the Sensilift device by Sensica. A leader in the non-invasive devices market, Sensilift reverses signs of facial ageing and takes things a step further. Sensica’s medical aesthetics experts have adapted professional grade technologies used in clinics into a handheld device for convenient home use with the same remarkable results.
How does Sensilift work?
eople have always been absorbed with their outward appearance—today that is truer than ever. Whilst going under the knife was once the primary way to reverse signs of facial ageing, technological advancements have impelled global demand for non-invasive aesthetic devices and treatments. People are also increasingly aware of the negatives associated with invasive procedures, but are still willing to go to great lengths to look younger. With Sensica, they don’t have to go too far.
Statistically speaking The statistics speak for themselves. Data on the medical aesthetic devices market by Research and Markets shows that out of an estimated 23 million global cosmetic/aesthetic procedures in 2017, the majority were minimal or non-invasive. Non-surgical treatments generally include energy-based devices, such as radio frequency (RF), lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL). While North America is the biggest market globally for medical aesthetic devices, Asia-Pacific is
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Sensilift uses unique and proprietary patented dynamic RF anti-ageing technology to reach multiple deep skin layers simultaneously. This stimulates collagen and elastin production and provides a facial massage covering a wider surface area of the skin. In five minutes you can already see visible results. How? It reduces wrinkles by eliminating their depth and removing fine lines; improves the skin’s appearance, radiance and texture; and provides a feeling of firmness by lifting and tightening the skin. The device comprises safety sensors and is virtually painless. For optimum results, Sensilift should be used for five minutes once a week. It works on crow’s feet, cheeks, smile lines, chin and jawline, neck and décolletage and even the hands. Sensilift is intuitive and easy to use. It certainly provides a far less risky, painful and expensive alternative to a facelift or other cosmetic procedures. Who said you have to suffer for beauty? F
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With both temporary and permanent solutions available, dermal fillers remain a popular option for those looking to instantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles
nti-ageing solutions and products have long dominated the wider beauty market space. So high is the demand that, according to Statista, global antiageing market sales are set to reach a colossal $199.5 million by 2022—up from just $89.7 million in 2017. It’s no surprise then that the popularity of dermal fillers—injections administered to plump skin and iron out wrinkles—is increasing. Practitioners promise rejuvenated and youthful skin in as little as 30 minutes. Before hopping off to the nearest cosmetic clinic for a lunchtime appointment, though, there are various things would-be patients need to consider.
Choices, choices Why are dermal fillers the anti-ageing go-to these days? As we age, the skin on our face loses its elasticity (collagen) leading to wrinkles around the eyes and mouth and sagging skin surrounding the jawline. Dermal fillers work to reverse the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scarring with instant results, creating a smoothlooking and filled out appearance. Dermal fillers can be either permanent or temporary depending on the type of filler product used. Collagen is used for an effect that lasts three to four months; hyaluronic acid works for around four to six months; calcium hydroxylapatite about a year and a half; poly-L-lactic acid can remain effective for up to two years; and polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA) is a lifelong—but most risky—option. What dermal fillers can’t do, however, is promise desired results or correct a sagging jawline. celebrityangels.co.uk
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Safety first As dermal fillers remain unregulated in the UK, make sure to research treatments, get professional advice and select an accredited, safe non-surgical practitioner by using organisations such as Save Face before committing to a procedure
Risks As with most procedures, there are risks associated with the use of dermal fillers. These range from rashes, swelling and bruising that are common at the injection site immediately after the procedure, to more severe risks such as infection and the development of lumps beneath the skin. In extreme cases, dermal fillers may block a blood vessel. With this complication, patients may experience permanent blindness, tissue death or a pulmonary embolism—a blocking of an artery in the lungs that can lead to a shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing up blood. If you are unhappy with the results or experience medical complications following the procedure, speak with the practitioner who administered the injections. If this is not possible and symptoms get worse, speak with your doctor or visit A&E. F Flawless | 17
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laser treatments can improve blemishes, remove wrinkles, plump up the skin and stump hair growth
n the past, getting a laser treatment was considered a drastic devotion to beauty, but new technology has made the use of lasers common, pain-free and extremely effective. With numerous different types of lasers and light therapies available, here are some problem areas that can be targeted for quick results.
Laser hair removal is a long-term method for hair reduction. The beam targets the skin and is absorbed by high pigment areas, i.e. hairs. The heat energy damages the follicleâ€”inhibiting growth, shrinking the follicle and eventually rendering it unable to grow new hairs. Most likely, several treatments will be needed because hairs are less responsive at different stages of the growth cycle.
Skin tightening Laser skin tightening heats the collagen under the skinâ€™s surface and causes skin cells to contract and clump together, making it appear tighter and smoother. This method encourages new collagen to grow in treated areas and also stimulates
the absorption from surrounding, untreated areas. Two to three treatments are typically needed for optimal results. Skin tightening can also be customised to treat other areas of the body, such as the abdomen.
Skin resurfacing Laser skin resurfacing removes layers of skin with precision. During healing, new skin cells form to make the skinâ€™s surface look tighter and younger. A full-face treatment can take up to two hours, but parts of the face can be treated in around half an hour. Skin resurfacing can target wrinkles, sun damage, rosacea, scarring and unwanted lines or pigments.
Acne treatment Laser treatment is the fastest way to remove hyperpigmentation and scarring from healed acne, and it can also benefit inflamed breakouts. Lasers can target acne bacteria, reduce sebaceous gland volume and promote collagen, all without damaging the surrounding tissue. Again, multiple sessions are needed to build up results. Laser treatment for acne is also considered temporary, as colonies of acne bacteria can grow back quickly. Flawless | 19
Do it at home Investing in an IPL (intense pulsed light) device can provide safe, longterm laser hair removal at home. Similarly, handheld LED blue light lasers work as a cheaper alternative to acne treatments
Thread vein removal Laser treatment can remove thread veins—fine, twisted blood vessels that run close to the surface of the skin—from the face, body and legs. The laser heats the blood vessels so that the blood coagulates and the vein breaks down. On average, five sessions are recommended to remove all blemishes, but a noticeable difference can be seen for many people after two treatments. This method can also be used to remove varicose veins.
Fungus removal Fungus can be very difficult to treat. Using a laser can penetrate through the nail plate to the nail bed, targeting the infection beneath the nail. The laser eliminates the fungus without harming the surrounding nail tissue.
Tattoo removal Tattoos naturally fade over time because the body recognises the ink as a foreign substance and tries to remove its particles. This natural process is incredibly slow, but can be sped up using lasers. Laser tattoo removal heats up the ink and breaks it down into smaller pieces that can be expelled quicker. The shallowest layers of ink come into contact with the laser first, so the process requires multiple treatments to penetrate the deepest layers. A dark or bold tattoo will also require more treatments than a lighter, shaded tattoo. F 20 | Flawless
Is laser treatment right for me? ✤ Skin and hair tone. Treatments such as laser hair removal work best when there is a contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the hair. If the colours are similar, the laser could target the melanin in the skin instead of the pigment of the hair, resulting in burning, scarring and pigmentation. Black hairs on lighter skin work best as there is more pigment for optimal absorption. ✤ Side effects. The use of lasers in beauty treatments can cause redness, swelling, itching, breakouts, pigmentation, scarring and infection. Complications are rare, but receiving treatment from a reputable clinic can reduce the risk even further. ✤ Discomfort. Whilst most laser treatments are marketed as painless, many have described the procedure as a stinging sensation, or the feeling of a rubber band being snapped across the skin. ✤ Results. In most cases, laser treatments do not provide instantaneous results that last a lifetime. Multiple treatments are required to build up visible changes and these may need topping up, making the process pricey.
Better Spent? WITH A FIVE-YEAR DECLINE IN COSMECEUTICAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS, WE LOOK AT ALTERNATIVE NON-SURGICAL SKINCARE TREATMENTS
or years, anti-ageing skincare products dominated the UK cosmetics marketplace, with women using a variety of products— sometimes starting as young as their early twenties! —promising to ‘fight’ the key signs of ageing. According to Mintel, there has been a significant decline in sales of cosmeceutical skincare products over the past five years; a trend that could be easily attributed to consumers’ growing awareness of alternative, non-surgical aesthetic treatment options that promise them an ‘instant result’. Despite the importance of a good skincare regime and the role it can play in improving the appearance and health of our skin over time, consumers' demand for instantaneous improvement to their skin’s appearance is at an all-time high. British cosmetic laser manufacturer, Lynton, have recently launched 'the ultimate non-surgical' skin rejuvenation device, 3JUVE, which can be used to treat the three most common skin and anti-ageing concerns, using a variation of three different aesthetic technologies.
Dr Samantha Hills, clinical director at Lynton, said: ‘It is clear from both our research and growing industry trends, consumers are tired of spending thousands of pounds on anti-ageing skincare products every year, and now demand more noticeable, instant antiageing results without undergoing surgery. When we asked consumers about their main ageing concerns, the three overwhelming answers were: wrinkles, discolouration of the skin and a general loss of firmness and sagging of the skin. 'Our new 3JUVE treatment has been designed to tackle all three of these symptoms, allowing a professional aesthetician to build a bespoke treatment regime for every client.'
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Resurface | Wrinkles
By choosing a 3JUVE anti-ageing and skin health treatment, you are on your way to achieving a completely natural look and feel. The first technology, Resurface, retextures the surface of your skin, dramatically stimulating collagen fibres to reduce lines & wrinkles.
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Rebright | Veins & Pigmentation
As we all know, ageing skin isn’t just about lines and wrinkles, but also the noticeable discolouration of our skin caused by various factors e.g. sun damage, vascular outbreaks, diet, health and so on. Rebright IPL technology selectively heats and destroys any discolouration in your skin, helping to provide a flawless ‘airbrushed’ appearance.
Remodel | Tightening & Lifting
A loss of firmness and sagging around the eyes and jawline (sometimes referred to as jowls) are usually the most obvious signs of ageing. Utilising radio waves, Remodel causes micro-vibrations within the skin tissue to stimulate fibroblast cells, which then produce new collagen and elastin, creating stronger, firmer skin.
The public has been left in a state of panic as celebrities put an end to the big lip trend. Luckily, subtler cosmetic procedures for lip enhancement will never go out of style
ylie Jenner has allegedly decided to have her famous lip fillers removed. The youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner family, 21-year-old Kylie recently posted a more natural look on her Instagram account, informing shocked followers that she had removed her fillers. Whilst this may mean that the big lip phase is officially over, more natural enhancements have experienced a newfound popularity and demand. Cosmetic procedures have been on a definite rise in recent years (in fact, the UK cosmetic industry alone is worth a staggering £3.6 billion, says Harley Street Aesthetics), but a pair of full, plump lips has been a sign of beauty and health in women since long before the Kardashians were born. Luckily, recent cosmetic advancements have made them more accessible than ever—without the need for dreaded invasive procedures. By choosing the right doctor and knowing what to ask for, you can enhance your lips for the perfect, plump look.
Non-surgical lip injections Today, lip fillers commonly contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid—a natural compound that is found in the body and helps increase volume in the lips, reducing the chance of reactions. Fillers are injected into the lips to improve the shape, structure and volume. These effects typically last for around six months, so regular sittings are needed to maintain the desired results. Fillers allow for control over the volume of the lips, are reversible and generate significantly less bruising compared to other methods. In fact, this procedure has been dubbed a ‘lunchtime procedure’ with a quick and painless recovery— allowing you to show off your enhanced pout with confidence.
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Surgical fat transfers Another more natural-looking treatment; fat transfers use liposuction to move fat from other areas of the body, such as the patients’ thighs or hips. A portion of the fat augmentation will become permanent, but more than one sitting may be needed to achieve the desired result. Fat transfers can achieve subtle, aesthetic changes to the lips and make the skin appear smoother. Recovery is usually longer than with lip filler procedures. However, with fat transfers, there is no tissue reaction and less risk of extrusion. Once the swelling goes down, you’ll be left with the naturallooking lips you desire.
What to ask for Before jumping into the world of fillers, remember that research is key. Do you want a voluminous pout or a more rounded bow? Choose a reputable clinic—not a beauty bar—and request to see some before and after photos. Ask your doctor if your desired results are achievable and for additional information on the type of filler used, anaesthetic options, procedure and possible side effects.
The mini lip fill A mini lip fill treatment injects a small amount of filler in the body of the lips for a subtle plump. Alternatively, a small amount of dermal filler in the corners of the mouth may be a good introduction to more committed projects. For a more voluminous lip or for larger lips, more filler may be required.
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Tips for the perfect natural look ✤ Avoid too much filler. Gradually build up the amount of filler you insert. Starting with less is better and definitely more subtle ✤ Double-check the filler that your doctor is using. Do your research and avoid inactive ingredients like stabilisers, petroleum and colours and dyes ✤ Instead of trying to create an entire new set of lips, take control of the procedure and ask your doctor to enhance what you already have ✤ Some people believe that heavily altering the Cupid’s bow with cosmetic surgery generates a more obviously artificial look
If you decide you no longer like the look of your lips and are unwilling to wait for the effects to wear off, don’t panic. As hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin, enzymes can break it down. The procedure will completely dissolve any filler but has been know to cause allergic reactions in some people
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Born this way It is recommended that patients try more temporary lip injections before committing to a fat transfer, but if the pain and price of both procedures is putting you off, you can always rely on drugstore products to help you enhance what your genes gave you. Lip plumpers Completely safe and reasonably priced, lip plumpers use ingredients, such as cinnamon oil, that create a slight irritation when mixed with the natural compounds in the skin. This will make the lips feel slightly tingly and swollen, giving them that coveted plumped look. The magic of makeup Another gift from the Kardashians, face contouring is becoming increasingly popular, and you can achieve a similar effect on your lips. Gently exfoliate your lips regularly with a lip scrub or a toothbrush to help them reflect more light. Next, add a lip balm or plumper as a hydrating base coat, outline and fill your lips in with a pencil that is slightly darker than your lipstick and add a touch of highlight to your Cupid's bow. Dark lipsticks tend to flatten the mouth and an extra coat of gloss will give the illusion of dimension. F celebrityangels.co.uk
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f you are dreaming of the perfect bikini body or of ways to get rid of your dreaded cellulite, the award-winning Dr Rita Rakus Clinic in Knightsbridge, London, has the solution with two new body sculpting treatments - Cristal Ice and BTL Unison. Cristal Ice is our latest fat reduction treatment - it is non-invasive, highly effective and permanent results can be seen in as little eight weeks. The Dr Rita Rakus Clinic is the first in the UK to offer this treatment, which uses cryolipolisis - fat freezing - to reduce stubborn fat and contour the body in a range of areas including the stomach, hips, thighs, back, upper arms, buttocks and the chin. Cellulite affects 90% of women and has always been difficult to solve - until now! BTL Unison targets all 5 causes of cellulite in one go, with no surgery and no downtime! Using radiofrequency and strong targeted pressure energy, the procedure improves the texture of the skin and reduces those unsightly and unwanted dimples. But why stop at your bikini body? The clinic also offers an array of the latest non-surgical face lifting and skin rejuvenating treatments, as well as lip enhancements with Dr Rita, known as ‘the London Lip Queen’.
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Aesthetic Technology 101 With cutting-edge technology comes cosmetic treatments that are able to combine innovative equipment with a hands-on approach
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Lasers From hair removal and skin tightening to body contouring and tattoo removal, lasers are officially in—and for good reason. With hundreds of laser procedures on the market, it’s comforting to know that the different variations tend to fit into two basic subclassifications: ablative and non-ablative. The main difference here is wavelength—different laser wavelengths target different issues. Consequently, combining laser variations with treatments has become a popular method for creating targeted procedures. How it works Lasers work in cosmetic practices through a process called selective photothermolysis. Essentially, this means that the frequency of light is regulated to produce heat in a specific area. The light beam must be in sync with the colour of the target— 28 | Flawless
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which is why pigmentation, redness and dark hairs against lighter skin can be best targeted. Ablative versus non-ablative lasers The basic difference between ablative and non-ablative treatments is that ablative lasers remove the top layers of damaged skin, while non-ablative lasers penetrate deeper in the skin so that the body produces new collagen, without damaging the outer layers. Choose ablative laser resurfacing to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, facial scarring and skin discolouration, and non-ablative treatments to improve skin texture, tone and pigmentation.
Light Recent years have witnessed the rise of light therapy, specifically the preoccupation with intense pulsed light (IPL). Again, often used for long-term hair removal and skin rejuvenation, IPL is usually cheaper than laser treatment—the main difference between the two is the light source used. Instead of a single laser, IPL uses broad-spectrum visible light to target complaints such as brown spots, dark hair follicles and rosacea. How it works Similar to the principles of laser treatments, IPL uses technology to convert light into heat energy and target pigments found in
here’s no doubt about it—technology can be complicated. With a multitude of confusingly named variations, all offering slightly different signature procedures with similar technology, it can be difficult to narrow down the search for the perfect aesthetic treatment. The good news is, these devices aren’t nearly as scary as their names often suggest—here are the machines behind some of the most popular non-surgical techniques.
non-surgical procedures the skin. Considered a non-ablative resurfacing technique, IPL systems deliver many wavelengths in each pulse of light and can filter the energy to treat certain areas, drastically improving the skin’s appearance and complexion.
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IPL versus LED LED—also known as light emitting diode—light therapy is also a technique commonly used for skin rejuvenation treatments. An LED mask or lamp with varying light wavelengths is held to the affected area for a period of time, promoting collagen production and increasing the rate of skin renewal. Consequently, LED treatment can be effective in treating the cause of skin complaints, rather than just the symptoms—which is often the case with IPL. Blue LED light therapy destroys acnecausing bacteria and helps to normalise sebum production. Alternatively, red LED light therapy has proven to be an effective treatment for ageing skin, sunspots, fine lines, texture and psoriasis.
Whole-body-cryotherapy (WBC) involves standing in a freezing tank (minus 90C) for 4 minutes. Besides muscle healing, inflammation and skin benefits, the extreme temperature essentially tricks the body into thinking it’s dying, causing it to burn energy and calories to survive
Microdermabrasion One of the most popular non-surgical skin resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells and reduce the effect of fine lines and blemishes. The results are dependent on the percentage of vacuum suction and the grade of crystals chosen. This exfoliation technique can banish dullness, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin texture and fine lines. How it works A microdermabrasion procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and may be accompanied by medication in the form of a relaxant. A handheld device directs a fine stream of tiny crystals across the skin to loosen dead cells and exfoliate the skin. A vacuum then draws out debris and impurities and sucks the removed skin cells away.
Radiofrequency Radiofrequency facials have been credited by celebrities and praised as the equivalent of a facelift or a contour palette— definitely on trend. By stimulating collagen production for six-weeks following a treatment, radiofrequency gives the appearances of tighter, lifted skin. Over time, it can also soften fine lines and firm the facial contours. How it works Radiofrequency treatment involves the application of a cosmetic gel and the sweeping motion of a warm wand. The wand heats the lower levels of the skin to approximately 40C, tricking the brain into stimulating a healing response. This elicits the production of collagen, the tightening of elastin fibres and the promotion of fat cell reduction. celebrityangels.co.uk
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Cryolipolysis Body contouring is the new liposuction, and procedures involving lasers, radiofrequency and injection lipolysis are available as non-surgical fat reduction options. Another popular option is controlled cold lipolysis (cryolipolysis), a technology that uses localised cooling or ‘fat freezing’ to extract heat from fat cells and reduce stubborn pockets of fat. The results can sculpt localised areas of the body, reduce cellulite and tighten the skin. How it works Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive treatment that uses vacuum technology to cool a fatty area to a freezing temperature. This causes cell death of subcutaneous fat tissue, without damaging the skin or underlying cells. After the procedure, the body naturally removes the fat cells, decreasing an area of fat by an average of 20 percent.
Surgery With the additional rise in popularity of cosmetic surgeries, technology has led to treatments being more advanced, controlled and effective. For example, endoscopic microsurgeries have allowed surgeons to perform procedures with minimal scarring, and computer-assisted imaging has produced major benefits to plastic surgery. Advancements in tissue engineering have also led to the development of silicone implants and reduced the chances of rejection. F Flawless | 29
Oxygen Treatments are very effective, but beware of ‘hot air’
e all know that Oxygen is essential for all metabolic processes of the body, and moreover in a high concentration, to fight against bacteria, increasing the healing process; and therefore is an ideal medium for aesthetic use. What is it then, what makes an oxygen treatment? This can be answered quite simply: oxygen! In order to receive this precious gas in concentrated form, you need a device which able to separate the 21 percent of oxygen available in the ambient air from other gases, and at the same time be able to concentrate it up to 95 percent. The process can be depicted as follows: by means of a strong compressor the ambient air is drawn into the device, whilst at the same time it is led through a fine filter system which keeps dust, bacteria and viruses apart. Then the highly purified air is directed through two molecular sieve chambers. These separate the oxygen and nitrogen molecules because of their different sizes, so that finally the nitrogen is expelled out of the device and only the pure oxygen remains with a concentration of up to 95 percent.
In the aesthetics industry, oxygen is used in different ways as a carrier for active ingredients—for example in the form of an oxygen spray treatment using an air brush or in the form of the patented pulsed oxygen pressure injection. Both of these methods have one thing in common: the duel use of oxygen as a carrier medium and as an energy proving active ingredient. To achieve this high level of concentration the unit needs to be large enough to hold the compressor, electronic components, storage tanks and the important molecular sieves. In addition, a good device needs an effective sound insulation, so that it is whisperingly silent despite its high performance. This benefits the aesthetician and client alike. To achieve our aims the device must be able to produce oxygen at this concentration, be of a minimum size and a minimum weight. A table device with spray cannot be an oxygen device, although it is promoted that way by many manufacturers. Anyone who wants to know exactly what performance levels and what concentration should ask their supplier to
show them the technical specification of their ‘oxygen machine’ and proof thereof. Then the buyers can be certain whether they get the concentrated oxygen they require or simply hot air. Jutta Bode MD Chemist and pharmacist NORA BODE Kosmetik, GERMANY The Oxyjet PRO is a clinically proven oxygen treatment machine maunfactured in Germany by Nora Bode the inventors and patent holders of Oxygen therapy. It produces a constant average concentration of 95 percent oxygen and is warranteed for three years from the date of purchase. It is used in over 57 different countries worldwide.
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Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare
COSMETIC SURGERY PATIENTS CAN PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THEIR RECOVERY; HYDRATION, A HEALTHY DIET AND PRESSURE GARMENTS ARE ALL VITAL IN PROMOTING SKIN HEALING
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What to expect 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, they will eventually subside and patients will be able to see the desired results of their procedure after some time.
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. celebrityangels.co.uk
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Your assigned caretaker 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.
Aiding your recovery 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 postsurgery bruising and relieve any discomfort. Try to elevate the area as directed by your surgeon or practitioner; this will help to Flawless | 33
Seeking medical assistance If you experience any unusual side effects after surgery, report these to your doctor 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
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 followup appointments. These appointments are designed to allow your physician to track your progress. Recovering patients may also be asked to avoid operating heavy machinery, driving and strenuous exercise for a few weeks.
Scar management 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 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.
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 34 | Flawless
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Flawless is your essential guide to pampering, treatments, beauty and cosmetic surgery. This issue looks at how to Turn Back the Clock and a...
Published on Jan 16, 2019
Flawless is your essential guide to pampering, treatments, beauty and cosmetic surgery. This issue looks at how to Turn Back the Clock and a...