01/11/2010 | Autumn 2010
This year seems to have flown by and with Christmas just around the corner it seems a good time to take a look back.
During the summer we attended several conferences and seminars updating on the latest techniques. This ensures we are in the best position to decide what developments and new procedures to introduce to our clinics.
One of the main concerns on patients’ minds when they are considering having a cosmetic treatment is the pain factor. At this year’s largest aesthetic UK conference FACE, we picked up some tips on techniques to manage pain more effectively. This is now making a difference to how we treat our patients having dermal fillers. Read our article on Conference Round-up to find out more.
We are fast approaching one of the busiest times of the year and with Christmas just around the corner there are many procedures that are better scheduled in the winter months.
Plan ahead and read our article on Winter Must Do's to help you work out what’s best for you.
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We mentioned in our last newsletter that we would be attending the annual FACE conference.
The event did not disappoint and nor did the spectacular ball held in the stunning setting of the Natural History Museum (see our blog for a full review). The speakers’ list read like a Who’s Who from the aesthetic world and we learned about some great techniques.
Several speakers discussed pain management techniques for injectable procedures and the use of combining local anaesthetic with dermal fillers. We have experimented with this technique and have had fabulous results.
Patients have reported minimal discomfort compared to previous treatments, reduced swelling and less bruising. Many patients having lip augmentation haven’t needed a dental block which significantly cuts down on recovery time. We are very pleased with the results and we are always keen to make procedures as comfortable as possible. The old adage ‘no gain without pain’ is not one that we subscribe to at Glancey Medical!
In October we attended the annual IAAFA conference (the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics) which was held in London’s impressive Royal Society of Medicine.
This conference is unique in that it brings together practitioners from the aesthetic and dental worlds and offers an interesting perspective on facial aesthetics.
Since the conference we have further improved our technique with the use of Botox in the lower face.
Teeth grinding (particularly at night) is a common problem and can lead to thickening and bulking of the lower part of the face particularly along the jawline, This can result in a heavy and unbalanced look, that’s out of balance with the rest of the face.
By careful placement of Botox in the lower face the jawline can be softened and feminised, giving a more rounded heart shape appearance.
This treatment is suitable for those with square masculine jaws who wish to soften their facial features.
For a consultation call us on 0845 4585 483.
In our summer newsletter we featured our new procedure known as The Cougar Contour. This procedure was developed to address individual ageing needs primarily in 40+ women.
The facial shaping and rejuvenating technique used a new product called Novabel®. It offered a unique volumising system that no other product on the market could offer and we were very excited by its potential.
Unfortunately, shortly after its launch in January this year, the manufacturers of Novabel, Merz, took the unprecedented decision to temporarily withdraw it from the market.
Their reasons for doing so are due to a small number of reported adverse events. Primarily these incidences related to Novabel being injected around the eye area and manifested as small lumps and swellings.
Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Novabel once injected, cannot be removed by dissolving and therefore if problems occur they will remain until such time as the product is naturally reabsorbed by the body which could be as long as 18-24 months.
Merz decided that until a suitable dissolving formula was available they would voluntarily withdraw the product from the market. Merz are confident that a solution will be found by the middle of next year and with an antidote in place we will resume the use of Novabel. So keep checking our blogs, Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Laser Skin Tightening
Having spent over a year researching and trialing a range of skin tightening procedures and techniques, we still do not feel able to offer a good reliable alternative for surgery in the neck and lower face. At Glancey Medical we feel that any treatment we offer gives effective, consistent and safe results. We will continue to research this area of work and you will be the first to hear if we find a good solution.
The Collagen Sunbed
Now unless you’ve been living on another planet for the last few years, we all know that sunbeds are bad for you. But the Collagen Sunbed is something else, a treatment effective in helping numerous conditions from rejuvenation to wound healing.
Essentially it’s a LED system that uses non harmful light to stimulate collagen production in the skin. Twenty minutes, twice a week, can considerably boost collagen activity and invigorate dull lifeless skin.
Winter Must Do's
Now is the time to plan treatments that are best completed over the winter months, so you dazzle in spring and make the beach sizzle next summer.
Revive complexions with chemical peels
As you know at Glancey Medical we love our chemical peels and recommend that our patients combine their anti-ageing treatment plans with good skin health regimes and regular peeling.
Chemical peeling brings about smooth, fresh, rejuvenated skin reducing pigmentation and refining pores. It’s always best to complete skin peeling in the winter months when the risk of sun exposure is limited. Regular peeling causes increased cell renewal which declines with age, improved collagen growth and combined with specific skin care will ensure vibrant, healthy skin.
Some patients are concerned when ‘chemical peeling’ is mentioned and worry about how long they would need to recover and face the public. At Glancey Medical we have a range of peels to suit all budgets, lifestyles and outcomes. We recently introduced a fantastic ‘moderate’ peel called the ‘Green Peel’. This peel is one step up from the popular ‘Weekend Peel’ and we love it. With 4-5 days of moderate peeling, the green peel can easily be scheduled around work and social commitments and requires no skin preparation.
Deeper chemical peels require at least six weeks skin preparation prior to the peel, using retinoids and hydoquinones which prevents pigmentation after the peel and enables the skin to recover quickly and with maximum effect. There are many patients that, having spent the six weeks using the preparation products find that they no longer need a deep peel and an assessment at this time would determine which peel is most suitable.
Your practitioner will advise you on the best peeling system for you as well as offer advice on skin care.
For more guidance on your skin care regime, call 0845 4585 483 and we can discuss which peeling system would suit you best.
Or rather cold, as the latest buzz in fat removal procedures is a system that freezes away the flab.
Over the last few years we have seen the development of several new technologies for minimally invasive fat reduction.
From Lasers to Radio Frequency to LED light therapy, these procedures have been extremely popular as an alternative to conventional surgical liposuction. We are watching this new technique with interest and will be monitoring the results.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.
Legs Love Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is an extremely popular treatment in our clinic and during the winter months we are busy getting patients legs ready for the summer.
This procedure, for the treatment of unsightly leg veins and thread veins, involves a series of tiny injections into the vessels causing them to inflame.
The inflammation causes the vessel walls to ‘stick’ together and over a period of 6-12 weeks after treatment the vessels will ‘close’ up and no longer function becoming less visible on the skin's surface.
Several sessions, spaced 6-8 weeks apart, may be required and compression tights will need to be worn for two weeks following treatment. That’s why autumn and winter are the perfect times of year to get going if your target is perfect pins in summer 2011.
Care Quality Commission Update
Rule Changes, Concerns and Implications
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which governs the use of lasers and intense pulsed light treatments in England, now no longer regulates the use of this equipment in beauty salons.
As a medical clinic we are still required to register and adhere to the strict guidelines laid down by the CQC and our application under the new legislation has been accepted.
As medical practitioners we are concerned with the implications that deregulation of non-medical practitioners will have on our industry as a whole.
Our concerns are that the public is no longer protected against serious injury from untrained, unregulated practitioners. Karen Sargeant (Practice Manager for Glancey Medical) was recently asked to discuss these concerns and the implication of deregulation at the annual Olympia Beauty Conference in August.
“There are some extremely competent beauty therapists offering hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments” explains Karen. “However deregulation of this sector could potentially open the flood gates for poor, unskilled and uninsured practitioners.”
To make matters worse there is an increasing number of non-medical practitioners offering Botox treatments. “The aesthetics industry has become a ‘free-for-all’ for unscrupulous so called ‘practitioners’ offering potentially disfiguring treatments” says a concerned Dr Glancey.
“I’ve had many patients come to me asking me to correct a bad Botox job and dermal filler disasters. Many of these patients explained that they were attracted by lower charges, but had no idea of the problems that could be caused.”
Our advice is that cheap isn’t always best. If you are looking to have medical cosmetic procedures check the qualifications of your practitioner and ensure that they are medically qualified.
For laser and intense pulsed light treatments choose medical practices that are registered with the CQC or seek beauty salons that are members of BABTAC or other professional organisations.
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New Year Offers
Please remember to book your appointments early to take advantage of our New Year offers. Towards the end of January and through to early March we have fantastic offers on a range of treatments and every year we have some disappointed patients who miss out by not booking early. Watch out for the mail shot in January and we will update you on Facebook and Twitter.
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and wrinkle-free New Year, and look forward to seeing you soon!