On the move
After nearly 9 years at The Constable Country Medical Clinic in Essex, Glancey Medical are on the move! As of Monday 4th April 2011 we are going to relocating just a short way from East Bergholt to ‘The Grove’ in Langham, Colchester, Essex.
The new clinic has easy access from the A12 and is approximately a 15 minute trip from Colchester's main line station. We hope that by moving our Essex based clinic we can offer our patients more choice with opening hours and allow us to expand our portfolio of treatments.
Our new address is The Grove, Grove Hill, Langham, Essex CO4 5PJ and our new telephone number is 01206 322967.
Our London base will remain in The Wimpole clinic.
It’s been a busy week having returned from the 8th annual FACE Conference held at The Royal College of Surgeons in London. The Conference attracts surgeons, doctors and medical practitioners from all over the UK and overseas and has become a highlight in the aesthetic calendar. This year certainly didn’t disappoint with a speaker list that read like a 'who’s who' of the medical world. The pièce de résistance was a stunning Summer Ball in the auspicious setting of the Natural History Museum under the watchful eye of a diplodocus!
The hot topics this year included the withdrawal of the recently launched dermal filler Novabel®, the use of fractional sublative Laser and radiofrequency systems and stem cell therapy and their role in rejuvenation.
We were extremely excited about the launch of Novabel® this year at the Paris Anti Ageing Conference in January. Its exclusive properties as a mouldable dermal filler, with its unique patented molecules that expand once in the skin, was set to revolutionise aesthetic fillers. Since the launch there have been some reports of adverse reactions particularly in the infraorbital (eye) region. The German based manufacturers of Novabel®, Merz, have taken the decision to temporarily withdraw the product until a suitable resolution can be found. Merz have suggested that there have been no reported problems in any other facial areas and has recommended that it is safe to use outside the infraorbital region. “With over 12,000 patients having been treated across Europe I have every confidence with using this product” explains Dr Lucy Glancey and comments “Merz are an extremely ethical and moral company and I admire them for taking this action.”
Autologous stem cell techniques are an exciting development in facial rejuvenation. The use of fat transfer to create volume has long been established. However there are some aspects to this modality that has its drawbacks namely the unpredictability of volume and longevity. Combining stem cells with fat prior to transplant are showing promising results overcoming the problems associated with fat transfer alone and the survival of the fat is more predictable. “I am keen to monitor the studies further with this new technique particularly for fat transfer in the breast tissue as I think this would offer a comparable option to breast implants” suggests Dr Glancey.
The Conference's main focus was on fractional Laser resurfacing and attracted large audiences to some key note speakers including Dr David Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Director of Laser Research of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Dr Ash Dutta cosmetic surgeon in the UK.
We were impressed with Dr Dutta’s results using a using a Fractional CO2 Laser. This Laser is typically used for resurfacing, removing imperfections and strengthening the collagen in the skin to achieve a tighter smoother texture. The fractional aspect of the Laser causes partial damage of the skin leaving some areas intact which leads to quicker recovery times and generally less downtime than ablative techniques. We have observed these systems now for sometime and are keen to add it to our treatment menu particularly to help patients with lax loose skin in difficult areas such as around the mouth, chin and neck. FACE gave us the opportunity to discuss various systems with practitioners and we feel sure that when we choose a machine to use in our clinics it will be the best one for our patients.
We would like to thank Wigmore Medical, the organisers of the Conference, for putting together an extremely informative event.
There was a really interesting piece on this month’s consumer web site consulting room by Paul Stapleton Managing Director of Mapperley Park Clinic in Nottingham, discussing the truths and fables of laser & intense pulsed light hair removal.
It was succinct in its account of the use of Laser and Intense Pulsed Light technologies for hair removal offering a ‘no nonsense’ guide to cutting through the advertising blurb and differentiating between knowledgeable and ‘not so’ knowledgeable practitioners.
Currently there is much change in our industry with the forthcoming deregulation of Lasers and IPL’s for non medical practitioners. Up until now regulation has been in place to protect the general public however deregulation of some sectors specifically non medical practitioners will create quite the opposite. As a consequence it is even more important to ensure that if you are looking to have Laser or IPL treatments that you choose experienced and safe practitioners.
Part of my role is to provide Continual Professional Development to Laser and IPL practitioners and we focus a great deal on ensuring that they have a thorough knowledge of all types of equipment and new technologies and not only the machines they use in their own clinic. As a result they are better able to understand the uses and limitations of their machines and give the best possible treatments to their patients.
Glancey Medical has a network of practitioners that we can refer patients to if we do not feel we can successfully treat.
Before any treatment starts you should be offered a consultation. This consultation should include information for you to be able to make informed decisions about your treatment and ultimately give consent for the treatment to proceed.
This information should include differences between Lasers and IPL systems, other treatment options, likely outcomes of treatment and risks. Practitioners should be able to clearly describe these very important aspects of the treatment in a patient friendly language and also not ‘brush’ over the risks they are important for you to know.
At Glancey Medical we allow 45 minutes for this consultation and will always allocate more time if required. We are quite honest with our patients and if we think there is a better treatment option for them (even if it is not one that we offer ourselves) we will tell them. We suggest to patients that if any practitioner states an exact number of treatments or professes to be able to eliminate 100% of the hair permanently to steer well clear, they simply don’t understand the process.
The consultation is an opportunity to gain as much information about the treatment and not
a prerequisite to treatment so never feel under pressure to book a course of treatment just because you had a consultation. A practitioner willing to invest time with you is both professional and ethical and implies that the treatment will be the same.
I really like the fact that my patients know a lot about the procedure and have been able to put this knowledge to good use when talking about it with their friends and correcting some misconceptions.
With deregulation just around the corner we can only hope that a new system of standardisation is introduced for all practitioners both medical and non medical using Lasers and IPL’s but until such time consumers need to be ever more vigilant and cautious when having these treatments.