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Tag: Anti-ageing


Juvederm Ultra

24/03/2016 at 09:46:14 | by Dr Alison Duncan
Juvederm Ultra is a range of smooth consistency gels made from hyaluronic acid- a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps to hydrate and add volume. Dr Alison Duncan at Medical Cosmetic Service uses this product as the main filler in her clinics, because of the smooth, natural look it gives and the fact that it contains local anaesthetic which aids comfort of the injections.
 
Juvederm Ultra has good longevity, with 75% of patients maintaining an improvement for up to one year. Juvederm Ultra will instantly redefine your lips, smooth away your facial wrinkles and restore your skin's volume. It provides a smooth natural look and feel. You will notice the results yourself, but no one will know!
 
i always offer numbing cream with my filler treatments; I don't endorse the no pain, no gain philosophy. I definitely advise against taking alcohol and aspirin/ ibuprofen several days before treatment, to minimise the risk of bruising. Antihistamine helps to reduce any puffiness experienced with lip injections, and arnica pillules do help to reduce the risk of bruises.
 
The treatment is always preceded by a full medical consultation, and you are reassured that a qualifies doctor is doing the treatment at Medical Cosmetic Service clinics. 



Facial peels

24/03/2016 at 09:48:48 | by Dr Alison Duncan
The VI peel and VI peel acne represent the next generation of chemical exfoliant unlike any others you may have experienced. It is comfortable to have applied, which is a huge improvement on the acute severe burning you experience with 20-30% TCA peels. It is convenient, with peeling occurring through the 3rd to 6th days after treatment. You go home with a lovely after care pack, too.
 
VI peel, contains five acids, and TCA is one of them. It also has phenolic acid, the strongest acid peel currently used in aesthetics, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, and ascorbic acid. With all of those ingredients and the comfort afforded by the phenol, it is the best peel I use. It gives the results of a good deep peel, not that from shop bought or beauty salon glycolic acid peels.
 
It it is indicated for anti-aging, acne,  Hyperpigmentation, melasma, sunspots, mild acne scars, dull lifeless skin, it improves tone and texture and is suitable for sensitive skin types. Fine lines and wrinkles improve, with the skin appearing smoother. Up to 71% of patients report such. The collagen content of the skin is increased which gives a suppleness to the skin.
 
The radical thing about VI Peel and s that it can be safely used over the eyelids! We all have fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes that we want to improve. The peel can also be used on neck, décolleté, hands.
 
i've has the VI peel twice and can vouch for it's effectiveness and comfort. There is no way I would go back to pure TCA which is barbaric, less are, and cannot be used around the eyes out over the eyelids. It is safe to apply over the neck and décolleté which are prone to "catching" with TCA . Would highly recommend this peel even for the scariest of patients!
 
 



More evidence of harms of sunbed use, particularly for young people

24/03/2016 at 09:51:27 | by Liz Tilton

From BMJ - 6th October 2012

 

Indoor tanning increases risk of the three most common skin cancers

 
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, either from the sun or from artificial sources, causes skin cancer.
 
Tanning beds have emerged as a prevalent but preventable source of such exposure. Over the past two decades, acquiring a tan through exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation has become popular among fair skinned people, particularly adolescents and young adults. The use of such tanning devices has been associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma. Two linked research papers provice further evidence of the harmful effects of indoor tanning.
 

A tax on indoor tanning would reduce demand

 
The use of indoor tanning beds has been established to be a serious risk to human health. In the European Union, Northern Ireland is the latest country to pass legislation that prohibits under 18s from using indoor tanning equipment. Although this will protect children from this risk, more needs to be done if we are to respond to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's suggestion that we need also to "discourage young adults from using indoor tanning equipment."
 
Globally, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma has increased faster than any other common cancer, with an approximate doubling of rates every 10-20 years in countries with predominantly white populations. For instance, in 2008 there were about 70,000 incidences of, and more than 14,000 deaths from, melanoma in the European Union.
 

Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION
What is the estimated burden of melanoma resulting from sunbed use in western Europe?

SUMMARY ANSWER
Sunbed use is associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, with risk increasing with number of sessions and if use starts at a young age (<35 years). the cancerous damage associated with sunbed use is substantial and accounted for about 3438 cases annually.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Previous studies reported an increased risk of cutaneous melanoma associated with sunbed use but no consistent close-response relation. This meta-analysis confirms a doubling of the risk of melanoma when first sunbed use takes place at a younge age, and there was evidence of a close-response relation between amount of sunbed use and risk of melanoma. In Europe an estimated 3438 new cases of melanoma each year are associated with sunbed use.
 

Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION 
What is the association between indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer?
 
SUMMARY ANSWER
People who reported ever using a tanning bed had a 67% higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29% higher risk of basal cell carcinoma.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Indoor tanning is a known carcinogen for malignant melanoma. Indoor tanning is also associated with non-melanoma skin cancer, especially when exposure occurs early in life.
 



PRP - platelet rich plasma therapy for body rejuvenation

06/02/2016 at 14:43:06 | by Dr Alison Duncan
We all concentrate on our faces, and hopefully neck and décolleté. and hands? These areas when showing the ageing process disproportionately to the maintained face, can actually exaggerate one's age. Now we're getting to the summer, we will all be hoping for sunny, hot weather and beach holidays, where our arms and legs will be on display. It is said, that after a certain age, one should hide the upper arms, but when it is baking hot, strappy tops are a lot more comfortable. Although our dress length may hide our knees, crossing the legs, when seated, always reveals our knees and lower thighs. Standing only makes it worse, when wrinkly saggy knees are really on show. Fake tan helps to disguise, but what else can be done to help sagging, knees, elbows and upper arms?
 
You want a treatment that packs a punch, which means injections. The two main options are Mesotherapy and PRP. Platelets therapy has been described as the Vampire Lift or Dracula therapy.
Both of these treatments tackle the weakened, thinned dermis by stimulating collagen production. Take your pick, as to whether you use your own body's mechanism via platelets, or use the injection of plant and organic compounds to do the job.
 
Either way, sun protection is really important; exercise to tone your limbs, optimise your diet, and use a topical cream to aid moisturisation. Exfoliation will allow better absorption of a body cream that should ideally contain, retinol, peptides and plant stem cells. Both Environ and Neostrata can deliver at least tow out of three. 
 
I have discussed tricky age revealing zones. All of the above still applies to the face! 



Threadlifting

05/02/2016 at 13:02:51 | by Dr Alison Duncan
I love doing threadlift procedures, because of the results they produce. A subtle, fresh and younger face, jaw and neckline can be possible, just by zip locking the lower layers of the face. if you ever pull your cheeks up when looking at yourself in the mirror, then this is the treatment for you.
 
i have trained in techniques such as Aptos threads, Contour threadlift, Happy Lift and Silhouette Lift over the past 10 years. But the best as far as I am concerned, are PDO threads, which I have been using for the last year. Polydioxanone threads have been used for the past 30 years in tissue engineering and surgery. It is the type of material that is used for stitching wounds in hospitals, so SAFE.
 
PDO threads can create facial rejuvenation, anti-ptosis  and lipolysis. Skin remodelling occurs due to the production of more capillaries, more fibroblasts and less fat cells.
 
The procedure can be combined and enhanced with PRP ( platelet rich plasma), Botox, Mesotherapy, and Aqualyx. It is also a procedure that can be topped up every few years , as a maintenance  treatment. 
I Like the 5 point face lift as taught by Dr Jacques Otto. It is the simplest and kindest way to give the uplift that we all want, with only one tiny incision by the ear, which heals really quickly. After some days of swelling and possible bruising, you'll see your face taking shape beautifully. I've had it done, so I'm very happy to recommend! 



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