Posts Tagged ‘dermal fillers’

Botox and Animal Testing

July 25, 2011

It’s good news that Botox wrinkle treatment makers, Allergan Inc., have doggedly pursued the development of a new test for its Botox production line.

Up to now, each batch has been tested on live animals to comply with US Food and Drug Administration – FDA – rules.  But Allergan scientists have painstakingly worked for 10 years to perfect a test on cells in a lab dish.

“Our hat is off to the company,” says Martin Stephens, vice president for animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C.

In addition to being more humane, these experiments often promise better results more quickly and cheaply than the classic tests with mice or rabbits.


Too much Botox made Katie Price look like ‘Daffy Duck’

July 20, 2010

Katie Price has admitted that too much Botox has made her look like Daffy Duck, which can happen after years of abusing this usually effective skin treatment.

When used properly, Botox can be an extremely effective and safe way of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and freshening up a tired-looking face. However some people claim to have become addicted to its youth-returning effects and Katie Price certainly falls into that bracket.

Peter Beard, skin specialist at SkinGenesis, said: “You can see that Katie’s face has unfortunately become very swollen, puffy and cartoon-like, which is something that all botox therapists should seek to avoid for their clients.

“A responsible therapist will provide advice and guidance on when the next Botox ‘shot’ is required to maintain a smooth complexion. If the client is looking too false, it may be time for both client and therapist to consider a rest period to allow the fillers to be dissolved and the face to return to normal.”

The media-coined ‘trout-pout’ is not a new occurence, the most memorable in history probably being that of Leslie Ash, whose fillers were permanent, which means they cannot be dissolved by the body.

Wrinkles fillers, muscle relaxants and injectable dermal fillers remain some of the best anti-wrinkles treatments available in the UK when used sensibly. Anti-ageing treatments have boomed in recent years, but with so many creams, lotions and potions available, it is important to find one that works for your skin, so that you get the best value for money.

Put your neck into it for a plumper pout (anti-ageing)

March 19, 2010

According to the Aesthetics Surgery Centre in Florida, more and more women are opting to ditch the collagen fillers in favour of a more natural pout-plumper – the muscle in their neck.

It’s the latest procedure to take the cosmetic surgery world by storm, and this group of surgeons say they’ve so far had great results in about 25 patients who wish to look more youthful.

It’s no secret that a plumper pout can take you back a few years, because everyone knows that the lips thin with age. But a lip graft by extracting some muscle in your neck? It certainly makes us go all queasy!

There are so many anti-ageing options out there at the moment, and people are finally ‘getting it’ that surgery is not the only option.

Muscle relaxants, like Botox, and non-permanent injectable dermal fillers far outweigh surgical options and remain the best anti-wrinkle treatment. Gentle peptide peels can also work wonders on fine lines and to get smoother skin texture.

Even LuLu is with us on this one – we heard her on the radio and on saw her on the Alan Titchmarch show this week plugging her new book and spreading the word about non-surgical anti-ageing treatment options. And you have to admit, LuLu looks amazing for her age!

‘Stop the age clock at 50’ – scientific anti ageing treatment

October 21, 2009

Wednesday 21st October 2009

We heard the other week that babies of the future will live until 100, and beyond, but now scientists at Leeds University have revealed exciting new science that can literally stop the ageing process at 50!

Initial research has shown that 50 year olds can look forward to a very active future through groundbreaking scientific methods of providing people with own-grown tissues and durable implants to prevent rejection.

It will start off with new hips, knees and heart valves, but the BBC reports that researchers fully envisage the upgrade of all other parts of the body that lose their beauty with age – including the face.

Does this mean that there will eventually be a way of stopping the clock? It looks promising and any bit of scientific research that yields interesting results like this is great news to us.

In the meantime, if you’re wondering how you can slow down the ageing process, take a look at the wonderful medi-spa anti ageing treatments available, such as IPL, microdermabrasion, Botox, skin peels and our personal favourite, SkinGym – younger skin in 40 days, guaranteed.

Watch Leeds University’s research here.

Anti-ageing treatments in Leeds, Manchester and Chester, UK.

Is Botox a miracle drug? Or just for anti-ageing?

October 9, 2009

Friday 9th october 2009

We’re all aware of the fantastic anti-ageing properties of Botox, but recent articles and research suggest that it could be much more of wonder drug than we initially thought!

We wrote a blog post last year detailing how Sharon Stone risked losing custody of her son because she wanted to inject his feet with Botox to stop them smelling. We don’t really know whether Botox actually works on foot odour, however it was one of the first in a string of other possible uses for this popular anti-ageing product.

In fact rumour has it that a Canadian doctor stumbled across the drug’s face-lifting qualities by accident while treating a patient for a muscle spasm in the eye. The patient then asked to continue receiving treatments because of its fantastic anti-ageing ability!

Other reported uses for Botox include:

  • Reducing migraines and tension headaches
  • Excess perspiration
  • Foot odour
  • Muscle response disorders

However, before you go rushing out and having Botox injections in the hope it will cure all your complaints, you MUST MUST MUST have Botox administered by a reputable practitioner who has lots of experience. All cosmetic treatments carry risks and unless done properly, Botox is no exception.

Do your research, because there are many therapists out there who have limited experience – people can now go on a one-day Botox course and be qualified!

Dermal fillers – minimising the risk as popularity soars

September 14, 2009

Monday 14th September 2009

The popularity of non-invasive wrinkle treatments, such as dermal fillers and Botox, has more than doubled to over 470,000, as we urge people to recognise the risks of facial treatments.

Anti-ageing treatments will always be popular with the ageing woman, but we share the views of the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), whereby we think it’s important to highlight any risks involved and think that regulation of this field should more tightly regulated.

Botox parties, nail technicians, and your average beauty salon – in fact anyone who has been on a weekend course can become Botox-trained, which in our opinion can be very dangerous and risky. All our clinics are Care Quality Commission registered, and use reputable practitioners and we urge people to go to a reputable clinic or medi-spa like SkinGenesis when thinking about having facial anti-ageing treatments.

Dermal fillers are becoming as popular as Botox too, but what people often don’t realise is that there are two kinds – permanent and non-permanent. Permanent means permanent, so once the fillers are in place they will stay there. This can become a problem as you continue to age, as the face continues to move south while the filler stays in place, resulting in a quite a distorted look a few years down the line.

We offer non-permanent dermal fillers that wear off with time and require a top up. These are much more suited to most people as they work with the face as it continues to age.

Remember, you can’t stop the ageing process but you can delay it. Just make sure you do it safely!

Choosing the right wrinkle treatment for your skin

July 29, 2009

Wednesday 29th July 2009

Choosing the right wrinkle treatment for your skin can be one of the most important health choices you will make.

Basically, aside from going under the knife, there are two types of anti-ageing treatments that work naturally with your skin:

  1. Botox and dermal fillers
  2. Skin resurfacing and collagen-boosting techniques

Botox and Dermal Fillers

These are the most invasive treatments that we provide at SkinGenesis, however the way we offer the treatments ensures that they fit with our general ethos of providing treatments that work with the skin to avoid complications or odd-looking faces!

Botox, when administered by a fully qualified and experienced doctor, can be a wonderful remedy for wrinkles and sagging skin. Working as a muscle relaxant, Botox prevents the facial muscles from pulling the skin around in directions that make it wrinkle. Results are instant, but it’s worth noting that Botox wears off within up to six months, so more treatments will be needed. Read more on botox

The dermal fillers we offer are temporary fillers, which place hyaluronic acid (a naturally occuring substance in the body that decreases with age)  in problem areas of the face. This magically attracts water to the area, resulting in plumper, more youthful skin. We do not offer permanent dermal fillers because once they’re injected, they’re there to stay, forever! All dermal fillers treat the symptoms of ageing, meaning the skin still continues to age and move. The problem therefore with permanent fillers is that they remain in the same place as the skin moves south, creating a distorted and rather odd appearance. Temporary fillers wear off as the skin continues to age, so are much safer!

Skin resurfacing and collagen-boosting techniques

If you’re looking for a longer term treatment that addresses the cause of wrinkles, instead of just the immediate ‘quick-fixes’, you might want to consider the more natural skin resurfacing and collagen-boosting skin rejuvenation treatments that are available.

These work by retraining the skin to think it is 25 again through tissue remodelling. By restoring its health and elasticity these techniques give the skin a certain youthful thickness which diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.

The treatments are entirely natural and non invasive and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to give your skin strength and resilience.

SkinGym anti-ageing is a firm favourite with clients – promising younger skin within 40 days. It is an intense programme, so if you fancy taking it a bit slower, you could take a look at the SkinSpa menu too.

Ask any wrinkle questions here and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.

Teenage botox addicts – anti ageing treatments

May 28, 2009

Thursday 28th May 2009

We were shocked to read on Google this morning that a mother in the US had bought her teenage daughter Botox injections for her 18th birthday.

The girl had developed a complex with her ‘wrinkles’ on her forehead (something i’m fairly sure to say we all have). Whilst most teenage girls ask for an expensive pair of shoes or a new designer handbag for their 18th, this was obviously upsetting the girl so much that her mum, also a cosmetic surgery fanatic, splashed out on a course of Botox treatments for her instead.

Botox can have great effects for people who are worried about their fine lines and wrinkles and would like an anti-ageing treatment that’s guaranteed to work, however most teenagers have other things on their mind like going to university, seeking acne treatment and going out with their friends. I feel sorry for the girl if this really was a psychological problem, however becoming a botox addict at 18 to me seems extremely worrying.

What are your thoughts on this?

Barbie is turning 50 – anti-aging treatment secrets!

March 6, 2009

Friday 6th March 2009

Barbie will be celebrating her 50th birthday this Monday (9th March), but have you noticed she never seems to age? She has never looked a day over 21, but you don’t have to be Barbie to look fabulous at 50!

We are trying to encourage women to use this day as an opportunity to revive their anti-aging regimes. It’s never too late to inject positive changes into your life to try to slow down time and smooth out those pesky wrinkles. You can talk until you’re blue in the face about how eating healthily and exercise helps you stay young and fit, but it’s up to you to really take combat against your fine lines.

There really are some ‘beauty secrets’ out there, much less obvious than botox and dermal fillers, and we would love to share them with you. Forget all the creams you can buy at the luxurious counters in the department stores – we’re talking about the anti-aging treatments that mean business and really work.

Treatments that even Barbie would be pleased to try include tissue remodelling which produces total skin rejuvenation. It stimulates the skin’s natural mechanism that repairs tissues, producing more collagen and elastin – a process that slows down with age. Now who said you can’t grow old gracefully, and naturally?

Read about the SkinGym anti aging programme too, which promises to reveal a new younger you in as little as 40 days!

Everyone’s having their lips ‘done’ with dermal fillers!

January 21, 2009

Wednesday 21st January 2009

Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, amongst others… they’ve all been known to have had their lips ‘done’, some attempts more successful than others. Lip fillers are today more widely accepted by society and are therefore increasing in popularity not just on the LA scene. But how safe are dermal fillers?

Firstly, and most obviously, you must approach a fully qualified clinic that offers dermal fillers that will be administered by a doctor. At SkinGenesis, not only are we registered with the Healthcare Commission, but we only book our patients in with our expert doctors.

Not many people know this, but the cosmetic world in the UK has quite slack regulation, which is partly why we hear quite a lot of horror stories on Channel 4 and Living TV. In the US, any cosmetic procedure must be FDA approved, which means it had undergone rigorous, stringent tests on thousands of people and has been deemed safe for human use. Here in the UK, anyone in the beauty industry can go on a course and certify themselves as being qualified to administer injectable fillers.

It’s also worth knowing that there are permanent and non-permanent fillers out there. If you choose permanent fillers and something goes wrong, you’ll be left with it for the rest of your life, hence the permanence of it! Non-permanent fillers last about 6-12 months, depending on which brand you opt for, so if anything does go wrong, at least it will be short-lived. Both types are based on collagen and hyaluronic acid, which both occur naturally in the body. The difference is that permanent fillers contain synthetic compounds which cannot be broken down by the body.

Our recommended fillers are Restylane and Radiesse, however it’s always worth having a one-to-one consultation with us, as our advice always differs from person to person.

Tips to avoid a ‘trout pout’ and to avoid looking like Paris Hilton here:

  • Ask for examples of the doctor’s work and ask lots of questions
  • Go away and think about it before jumping into any cosmetic treatments, make sure it’s definitely what you want to do
  • Only accept FDA approved fillers as these have been tested and tested and tested

If you have any questions now, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.