The 'B' word is commonly used the describe the drug used to smooth line and wrinkles. It is actually one of many brand names that produce the drug. As a result you may commonly hear BT referred to simply as 'toxin.' BT is commonly used for both medical and aesthetic purposes and is one of the most commonly performed procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2014) people having BT injections for cosmetic purposes have increased by 748% from 2000-2014 to a staggering 6,673,608, with an average increase of 8% a year.
Lines and wrinkles form when repeated muscle contractions become evident on the surface of the skin. 'Dynamic lines' is a term used to describe lines evident only upon muscle contraction. With repeated contraction these lines become 'Static lines.' BT works by blocking the signals to the nerves that tell the muscles to contract. By either relaxing or eliminating the muscle contractions, further dynamic lines can be prevented from forming and static lines can reduce in visibility over-time as the skin re-surfaces.
BT is a prescription drug only. For this reason, clinics and practitioners are not allowed to advertise it as a saleable product but more as a possible prescription treatment if there is a clinical or aesthetic indication.
This restriction on advertising may explain whilst you get poor search results from a search engine when you enter 'Botox clinic' for example. Instead, try searching for 'medical skin clinic,' 'wrinkle injections' or 'wrinkle relaxing injections.'
For BT to be administered legally, every client should first have a face-to-face consultation with a prescribing Doctor or Nurse Prescriber. Once the product has been prescribed, it can then be administered by a practitioner trained and insured to do so.
BT drug is injected into the skin with a series of ultra-fine needles into the required area/s. BT typically takes from 2-14 days to take full effect and would last from 8-16 weeks in most individuals, with 12 weeks being an average. It is becoming ever more popular with men and with 20-30 year old women for its preventative qualities but remains most popular amongst 40+ year old women.
BT is most commonly used for a variety of medical and cosmetic indications including crows feet, forehead lines, lines between the eyes, treatment of hiperhydrosis (excessive underarm sweating), reducing down-turned mouth corners, treatment of migrains, treatment of strabismus (lazy eye) and many other medical conditions. It works differently to dermal fillers
in that instead of 'plumping out' the skin instantly, it relaxes the muscle contractions allowing the skin to resurface and lines to smooth out over time, and prevents the formation of new lines. In some areas such as between the eyes; it may be necessary to use both BT and dermal fillers in conjunction, to achieve best results and prevent full muscle contractions from reducing the longevity of the dermal filler. Due to the nature of BT relaxing muscle contraction, it should be used around the mouth with caution as not to impair speech.
Immediate side effects
appear to be uncommon, with local irritation and bruising being the most frequent. 'Ptosis' of the eyelid can develop which causes the affected eyelid to droop. This is a temporary condition, usually lasting no more than 6 weeks and eye-drops can be prescribed to correct this. Allergic reactions and paralysis are some of the more severe possible side effects but are thankfully very uncommon.
When considering BT, it is most important to find a reputable practitioner. You should seek only qualified medical professionals with training and insurance in aesthetic practices. They should be able to show you examples of previous work
and provide literature for possible side effects and after care. If you are considering using a practitioner in a beauty salon, ensure they are medically trained and provide their own insurance as it is unlikely that you would be covered under the salons insurance. A good practitioner will be the difference between an effective but natural looking treatment or the restricted, unnatural finish we see on some. Let your instincts and their credibility guide you and avoid being drawn in by offers or promises that sound to good to be true.
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Christina Newson RGN
When you think of The Medical Skin Clinic you may think of Dermal Fillers, Wrinkle injections and Chemical peels. Whilst this is the bulk of our work, you may be surprised to know about some of the other treatments we offer
Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Excess sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is a common but largely undisclosed condition whereby an individual will suffer from excessive sweating in particular areas such as underarms, hands, feet etc. It can be highly embarrassing for the sufferer and lead to wet patches under the arms, stained clothing, difficulty gripping and unpleasant body odor. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment for Hyperhidrosis which can largely improve and in some cases eliminate excessive sweating. Results typically last from 4 months to a year and have high satisfaction levels.
Nefertiti Lift (Neck lift)
The Nefertiti Lift is an injectable procedure which helps to define and lift sagging skin around the neck and jawline. Several small injections are placed under the skin along the jawline and down the neck. Results are typically seen around 2 weeks following treatment and will last from 3- 6 months. This procedure is named after Egyptian Queen Nefertiti whom was admired for her long and elegant neckline and defined bone structure.
Tear Trough Fillers (Under eye treatment)
A soft filler is placed under the eyes to correct hollows and rejuvenate the eye area. Hollows under the eyes can be very ageing and make the sufferer appear tired. This non-surgical approach can drastically improve this appearance. Treatment typically takes about half an hour and lasts up to a year.
8 Point Facelift (Non-surgical facelift)
The 8 point facelift is a non-surgical facelift using dermal fillers to address the 8 most common areas of volume loss in an ageing face. Much volume is lost in the face as we age, leaving behind lax skin and wrinkles. Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio introduced the 8-point facelift in order to structure the areas of the face to be addressed. The treatment typically takes an hour and results last from 6-9 months.
Migraine can be a debilitating condition, with many sufferers taking time off work or studies until it passes. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment for migraine which involves several small injections placed under the skin along the hairline and neck. Treatment typically takes half an hour and results last from 3-6 months, although some do not require repeat treatment.
The temples are an area where much volume is lost with age. They are areas that are typically dismissed but can have a very ageing affect on the face if left untreated. A small amount of dermal filler is placed in the area between the eye and hairline and treatment generally lasts 6 – 12 months.
Male Jaw Enhancement
A strong jawline is a symbol of masculinity but not all are blessed naturally. Dermal filler can be placed along the jawline and chin to enhance the jawline and give more structure to the lower face. Treatment typically take 45 minute and results generally last 6-12 months.
Teeth grinding can be due to habit or stress and can cause headaches or jaw-ache. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment where small injections are administered to the main muscle of the jaw to soften the affect of grinding. Treatment typically takes 20 minutes and whilst some will return approximately every 6 months for treatment, some find 1 treatment has longer term results.
For a FREE consultation or to discuss any of the above procedures, please contact us:
The Medical Skin Clinic
Central Booking Line - 01708 504510
Direct Line - 07578482431
Definition of a medical product:
'Borderline Products' are products that may exceed the definition of cosmetics but are yet to be approved as medicinal. This products are sometimes referred to as 'Cosmoceuticals.' The MHRA will decide how to catagorise such products subject to certain conditions and evidence of efficacy. These Borderline products are often products that exceed the permitted % of active ingredient or drug ie. toothpaste may only contain a maximum of 1% fluoride to be marketed a cosmetic. Whilst cosmoceuticals may contain more of an ingredient it doesn't necessarily mean it is most effective or in Similarly to cosmetics, cosmoceuticals only require a technical statement to support their claims and no clinical trials
need to be performed to market a product with benefits such as 'anti-ageing, wrinkle reducing, skin tightening etc.' Medical products however require strict clinical testing
to prove their ability to 'restore, correct or modify physiological function' in order to be endorsed by the MHRA and only claims that have been clinically supported
can be marketed.
The nature of the skin is to act as a barrier to external substances. Therefore most products are only ever absorbed into the top layer of dead skin cells and are unable to penetrate the living cells where it would be possible for them to 'restore, correct or modify physiological function.' For this to occur a drug would be required as a carrier, and it is not possible to use active quantities of drugs in cosmetics without declaring them a drug or medical product themselves. So for example, when an anti-aging cream claims to contain collagen... it may well do, but this ingredient is in an insignificant quantity and does not have a carrier that allows it to enter the living skin cells, therefore deeming it useless. The only ingredient that has an 'active' affect in most cosmetics is the Aqua...water, which will temporarily restore hydration of the skin. For this reason a good, cheap, basic emollient will offer the same benefits as most cosmetic skincare, whatever the price tag! The real key to good skincare is adequate hydration through drinking plenty of water, a basic emollient, good nutrition, exercise, reduced stress and most sun protection SFP 35+.
However for those of us not blessed with problem free skin, sometimes the basic aren't enough and medical product are required. Speak to your local, trusted medical skin clinic for advice and save yourself a fortune on cosmetics that simply just don't work!
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Blemishes vary in colour and intensity. If yours are minimal you are incredibly lucky…very lucky indeed as it is (in my vast experience of seeing naked faces) very rare.
Redness has a tendency to occur more on the apples of the cheeks, around the nose and chin, sometimes around the eyes. Of course it's not limited to those areas, but these are most common, and for a variety of reasons such as broken thread veins, Rosacea, eczema, menopausal symptoms or after a treatment or procedure to name a few.
Foundation and concealer doesn't have to be‘blanket’ coverage
across the entire face; but just in areas where you need it most to
achieve the most natural look. Ensure you blend well to create
evenness of application. My favourite foundation blending brush is
the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques.
It buffs powder or liquid foundation easily and quickly onto the face for a flawless application. Press the brush gently into the skin for extra coverage in those red or blemished areas.
If your foundation doesn't completely cover your blemish in this way, apply a stick concealer under and/or over the top of the foundation, finishing with a light layer of powder to seal and hold the finish.
If you find your redness re-appears through the foundation during the day, apply a corrective colour concealer in green or yellow prior to foundation application to ‘cut’ the redness. Glo Minerals Redness Relief Powder and Glo Minerals Corrective Camouflage Kit are some redness concealing solutions.
If you would like to know more about covering redness and blemishes
and achieving a flawless complexion with your make-up, please contact
Leanne Perilly Make-up Artist
DCL have collaborated with physicians to create formulations for some of the best brands in the business. All the while, we quietly put our own skincare items in the capable hands of thousands of dermatologists to dispense to their patients.
DCL boasts a full new range of offerings for face, hands, hair and body. While most skin care products focus only on the dermis they're committed to targeting all four components of the skin (the stratum corneum, epidermis, dermal epidermal junction and the dermis) for visible, long lasting results. Through their research, they’ve found that each of these layers play a crucial role in skin’s health and appearance, locking in moisture and nutrients, eliminating toxins and maintaining cellular communication. All of this is key to ensure skin looks its absolute best and remains healthy.
DCL targets these skin layers by harnessing the power of the four pillars of cosmeceutical advancement, namely, peptides, vitamin C, retinoids, and AHA’s. In fact, DCL’s research and development lead Joel Rubin developed the first commercial products formulated with the latter.
The Medical Skin Clinic uses a wide range of DCL products to address issues of ageing, Acne and just good skin care.Visit our Shop to see the new selection of DCL products in store. Alternatively, for a FREE consultation with one of our qualified Nurses or Doctors, please Contact Us or Book Online .