Questions sourced from Julie Huntingdon's weekly column in The Daily Star.
I'M thinking of buying my girlfriend
a boob op for her birthday and I've
heard that there is now an injection you
Can you tell me more about it? Is it the
easiest way for her to get bigger boobs?
And how much it will all cost?
is a filler launched by
Restylane this year in the
UK, with CE approval.
It is designed to achieve a
softer, natural look to the breast
and normally lasts around 12 to 18
months. There are several practitioners
in the UK experienced in this procedure
and it costs from £2,000.
I would also see a plastic surgeon for a
consultation on implants. That way you
will have both options explained to you
with an honest opinion on results.
I get nasty out-breaks of acne from time to time. They have left my skin a little uneven and, in the worst affected areas, pitted. Are there any treatments?
MATT BRIGGS, Hounslow
Firstly, a thorough assessment by an experienced practitioner is essential. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help boost the effects of the treatments. Glycolic and TCA peels and Retin-A are all possible options. The right one for you will depend on your skin type, lifestyle, budget and how old the scarring is.
I'M 39, slim and fit, but look older because of bags
under my eyes. Is surgery the only answer?
ANDY JOHNSON, Southampton
Consider a treatment called
mesotherapy,where micro-injections of medications and vitamins can be given to
disolve fat and nourish the eye. In some cases, though,
surgery may be the best option.
I'M getting married at the
end of March. Before my big
day, I'd like to freshen up my
face a bit. I've got a few furrows on my brow and crows feet around and under my eyes that I would like to banish.
What treatments would be good
for me? I'm 27.
CLAIRE DEWS, Buntingford
This is the perfect time of year to start preparing your skin for the big day. I would
suggest Botox to help with any furrows to the forehead
and crows feet. I would also
consider intense pulsed light
or mild skin peeling to
brighten and freshen your
I've just booked a dream holiday to Barbados for Easter but there's one thing that's really worrying me.
I'd really like to wear a bikini, but I'm very conscious
about a line of dark hair that runs from my bikini line up to my belly button. I currently use a hair removal cream, but it always grows
back stubbly quite quickly.
Is there a more permanent solution?
The best way to solve this is
intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser hair removal. For fair skins with dark hair, I would recommend IPL. For darker
skin, laser is a safer alternative.It is important to
treat the hair at the right growth cycle, so six to
eight treatments are needed at six weekly intervals.
To reduce the risk of side effects, tanning from the
sun, sunbeds or fake tan are not allowed when having treatment. If you start now,
you will have the problem under control by the time
you go on holiday. For more info, see Julie' website,
I keep hearing all this stuff
about women having Botox, but is it any good for men? I'm in my mid thirties and generally look all right but I do seem to be getting a few
lines on my forehead and laughter lines round my eyes and down my cheeks that I don't find at all funny. Can you help me?
WAYNE, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Botox is suitable for men and women.But it is important
to give men subtle treatments to avoid more feminine features. Work out with your practitioner exactly what you're looking for. The best approach is to perform treatment
in two parts. After a
small amount, wait
two weeks to see the
effect and put more
Botox in if needed. The
treatment is very safe.
I Have lost a bit of weight over the past two months but
whenever I look in the mirror, all I see are stretch marks, particularly on my
tummy and thighs. What can I do to get rid of them?
Silver stretch marks are
very hard to get rid of.
Red stretch marks are different, and have a better chance of improving. I would advise people not to delay in
getting treatment that can help. Mesotherapy - painless injections to improve skin
quality - is good, although it will not get rid of stretch marks completely.
Ten treatments are performed weekly and cost £1,500.
I'm getting married in six months and want to look
glowing. What treatments should I try?
TONI, via e-mail
Thankfully you've allowed
enough time to improve the condition of your skin. I would suggest a course of mild chemical peels or microdermabration, combined with IPL or mesotherapy. You may also need wrinklerelax
treatments. See a qualified practitioner who can recommend the best treatment.
Can guys get cellulite too? My wife is always moaning about her orange peel legs but now I've noticed it on my legs too. How can I get rid of it?
Yes, some men develop cellulite, although it's Rare. Mesotherapy is a
fantastic treatment that uses microinjections. At the Skin Health Spa clinic, myself and Dr Vincent Kabeya deliver These treatments with fantastic results. Ten Sessions are needed, costing £1,500. Treatments are given one, two or three weeks apart depending on your availability. Honey massage is also recommended to enhance the results.
My hairline is really low. It practically meets my eyebrows. What can I do to get rid of it? I worry about plucking it because I think I'll end up looking surprised.
TINA, via e-mail
I would recommend a course of ipl or laser hair removal.
This is a permanent reduction approach and reduces the instance of side effects from other hair removal methods
such as waxing and plucking.
Generally six to eight treatments are required, performed four to six weeks
apart. Prices start from £48.
QI'M going to be a bridesmaid
for my sister and she's chosen this awful peach dress - but the worst thing about it is it shows off a tattoo on my back. I had it done when I was 18 and I really regret it - especially
because it's an exboyfriend's
name. What can I do to disguise it?
I would advise a good camouflage make-up! You might want to consider removing it eventually. Coloured tattoos are harder to hide - but I have seen good removals with laser therapy on black ones.
I have noticed that hair is now starting to develop in some strange places as I get
older - particularly in my ears. I have tried to remove it with scissors and tweezers but it usually just ends up in a total mess. Is there any
method I can use to get rid of all this hair that would be more permanent?
There are many different hair
removal methods on offer. Intense pulsed light, laser and
electrolysis would be the best option if you are wanting permanent reduction to the hair.
With laser and light treatments, generally six to eight treatments are needed, to be performed every six weeks.
Prices start from £48 per session (courses are available - pay for five and get sixth free)
I always develop a nasty rash after I shave and can't seem to
do anything about it. I've tried moisturiser, balm, pre-wash, baby oil - you name it. But I always end up with a
bright red, spotty neck. Can you suggest a way around it? The only thing I haven't tried so far is an electric razor.
This is a common problem for
men and I normally advise
exfoliating treatments such as glycolic skin peeling, which can be helpful with ingrown
hairs and rashes. Typically, six
treatments are required, performed weekly, with a two week prep cream and SPF protection.
my mum keeps going on about having a facelift now she's hit 50. I think she's having a mid-life crisis. Can I suggest
something to her that isn't so drastic?
For some people a facelift is the only answer and I would
advise people to get three
different surgical opinions so they can make an informed
decision. However, she could try a technique called thread-lifting. It's a less drastic
form of lifting the face and can be combined with fillers to plump it out and collagen-boosting treatments that can provide truly wonderful results for people of all ages. With thread-lifting, surgical threads are inserted into the face under local anaesthetic. After four to six weeks, the body produces collagen around the threads which improves the skin condition. Your mum will need to make sure she finds an experienced doctor. Thread-lifting is available from
£2,200 at the skinhealth spa.
I've just reached my target weight - I'm now 9st 5lb after
losing 6st. But I'm covered in stretch marks, particularly on my tummy and boobs. What can I try to get rid of them? I thought I could be proud of my new body but I'm still hiding
in baggy clothes.
RACHEL, by e-mail
You should be proud of your body, so well done! But be warned that stretch marks are
almost impossible to get rid of.
If the marks are pink in colour they may be improved, but the results will not be perfect.
If the stretch marks are silver then it will be almost impossible to see any improvement at all. A technique called mesotherapy may help in tightening the area. But you will find most medical practitioners will be reluctant to treat you as it can be difficult to estimate how much
improvement you will see.
Eventually they will fade to thin silver lines - and probably
be more noticeable to you than anyone else.
I am looking for a great concealer that will do me for both now and when I get a tan. Unfortunately, they tend to only come in one colour or the palettes that I have seen are very pink-based. Can you recommend a good concealer palette that is not too pink?
I am a big fan of Bare Escentuals ID make-up, which works with your skin tone and is
perfect for concealing without blocking pores. For a more permanent solution, you could
try intense pulsed light treatments to reduce imperfections of your skin.
Also, always use sun protection.
You can order Bare Escentuals by
calling 08700 801842 or visit
Intense pulsed light treatments cost from £200 at my salons. If you pay for four, you get one session free.
I have noticed some quite deep frown lines and am contemplating Botox. But I still want movement in my forehead or my mates at work will take the mickey. Can I lose the lines without getting that shiny look and the giveaway frozen forehead?
Botox is a brand name and just one of many muscle-relaxing
injections. Find a reputable clinic and ask which type they recommend. Here at the clinic I advise patients to have the treatment in two stages - a minimal amount for the first session, then return to the
clinic two weeks later to see the effect and to have a further top-up if required.
Men and women should always be
treated differently. Your practitioner will be trained in looking at the dynamics and movement of your face to make sure it is administered correctly.
The aim is not to give you a frozen
forehead but to make you look fresher
I hate applying make-up every
morning and would love to try permanent make-up. I love the idea of an extra half-hour in bed and waking up looking
refreshed. But how permanent
is it? Could I end up stuck with a really unfashionable
I am a big fan of semi-permanent
make-up and, having had it myself, I feel it's well worth it! But it's important that you go to an experienced practitioner and have a full discussion with them about what will suit you best. Typically, semi-permanent make-up will last up to two years and you can have the areas retouched if required. It will definitely give you extra time for a lie-in!
I've just turned 30 and I've noticed how old I'm looking.
I don't want to be vain, but what can I do to stop the nasty lines around my mouth and forehead?
I would advise a full consultation with an experienced
practitioner. I'd recommend a filler around the mouth such as Restylane. For the lines to the
upper part of the face, a muscle relaxing injection is advised. However, at my practice
I encourage patients to look at
ways to improve skin health as well, using treatments that can
boost collagen, such as skin peeling and microdermabrasion.
My 18-year-old daughter is desperate for a boob job. I keep telling her she may not have stopped growing yet, but she says she will save up
herself because she wants to feel happier about her body. Are
there particular risks to teenagers with this surgery?
I strongly advise that she has at least three consultations with experienced surgeons.
That will ensure only fully informed decisions are made and
she knows the risks.
I've had bad spots since I was a teenager. I'm now 32. Is there a beauty product I could
use, or is it just a case of
using more concealer?
For active acne, try N-Lite
laser treatment. About four sessions are needed at roughly £150 a go. For non-inflammatory
acne, such as black heads, try vitamin skin peels. You'll need
about six sessions, each costing £85 or so. Antibiotics and contraceptive pills might also help.
I'd like my lips injected with
Restylane for my wedding, but my friend says that once you get them done, you have to keep
having the injections, as your lips go baggy afterwards. Is this true? I'd love a fuller pout for my wedding pictures.
KIRSTY, via e-mail
Lip enhancement is a fantastic way of having plumper and
fresher lips. I recommend
Restylane Lipp as it lasts up to eight months and looks natural. It's not true your lips will become saggy if you do not have them done again.
See an experienced practitioner. Prices are
Every time I get ready to go out
on a date I get really nervous and my skin breaks out in spots.
What can I do?
Stress and skin go hand in hand. You probably suffer with
slightly greasy skin, so use a daily antibacterial wash and treatment cream which contains
glycolic or salicylic acid. Consider microdermabrasion
treatments to give you blemish-free and glowing skin. And to combat stress, try deep breathing exercises.
Recently I have lost over three stone, but the lower part of my face is saggy and it makes me
look older. Is there anything I can do? I'm 45.
Losing weight and the ageing process means we lose volume
but the skin does not have that same spring. I recommend patients with similar problems to try a great volumising product called Sculptra. Usually three to five treatments are required and
you need to take them a month apart. Treatments are under local anesthetic and cost £1,200 for three or £450 individually.
Is it bad to have more than four
of five ops to improve my looks? I have Botox for my lines, lip filler, permanent
eye make-up and chemical peels. But my new man reckons I'm
trying too hard, using too many
chemicals and would look better if I stopped. Who's right?
I always advise people that when considering treatments it's important to get an honest
opinion from a qualified
practitioner to discuss your aims. Personally I feel the treatments you have described are perfectly justified as they are all doing something different. Fillers are filling folds and creases in the skin
and will help contour and plump the lips. Wrinkle relaxing injections are great for frown
lines and crows' feet. Chemical peels are fantastic for collagen
boosting and improving the texture and helping with uneven
skin tone. Semi-permanent
make-up is handy if you are not
good at applying make-up and it
saves time. Often partners
can be worried, but assure him that these treatments are only temporary.
I have been going to the gym for the past year and I don't seem to lose the fat on my inner thigh or saddlebag area. If I overdo the dieting I tend to lose my bust or my face looks gaunt. Any suggestions?
I would advise a new treatment
called laser liposuction which is great for small areas of fat deposits. This involves the
laser melting the fat. It can take up to 12 weeks to see the
result as your lymphatic drainage system will have to
get rid of the waste product.
After the treatment, which
usually takes two hours, I advise six lymphatic drainage
massages to aid the process.
It is done under local anaesthetic so the risks of general anaesthetic are
removed. One site on your body costs £1,900 and two sites
£3,000. A site refers to both inner thighs. Treatments are
available at skinhealthspa.com
I work on a building site and have really hard skin on my hands. They're really rough and my girlfriend always complains
when we get intimate. Is there a treatment I can try to make them soft?
MATT, Erith, Kent
Because of the type of work you do, it is important to take extra care of your hands. Wearing heavy duty gloves is advisable. Try soaking your hands in a mixture of salt and
lavender oil. I would also advise using a nightly renewal cream. This will make your hands feel soft and re-hydrate them.
I have bad wrinkles on my forehead. It wasn't too bad, but now my hairline is receding it's becoming obvious.
What can I try?
DOM, via text
Because they are caused by
muscle movement, I would advise muscle relaxing injections.
This is a great way of stopping you using these muscles and will
make the forehead look smoother and your face more refreshed and
less tired. It is important that
you see a qualified practitioner who can also advise you as to whether you may need a filler like restylane.
HELP! I've had semi permanent
make up done and I don't like it. Is there anyway of having it removed?
JACQUI, via e-mail
Sorry, no. But don't panic as it will fade over time - usually
within 12 months. I would suggest going back to your practitioner and discussing if there's any way of using a different shade to make it less obvious.
I'm 27 and want to know if there's a cure for baldness?
My problem is that my hair is thinning and I'm considering
laser treatment. Can you help me out?
BEN, via text
For the best advice I'd strongly
recommend seeing a hair transplant specialist. When
people start losing their hair it is important to have a
proper diagnosis to see if there may be any underlying
causes for it.
It's coming up to party season
and I really want to look my best. I'm 33 and not yet ready to do anything too drastic like surgery. Are there any treatments that are temporary to
see if I like the effects?
This time of year we are all
keen to look our best. Visit a qualified practitioner with
experience in aesthetic procedures for the best advice.
When I assess patients attending the clinic a variety of factors must be established, including the face as a whole and areas that can be improved. Treatments such as wrinkle relaxing injections are a great
way of making you look less tired and fillers can be a good way to get a gentle lift to less
volumised areas. Contouring the lip can also give a sensual, soft, kissable look. Side effects are minimal and final results are achievable two
weeks after any procedures.
I want to lose weight around
my middle. Are there any treatments I can try?
There is a great treatment out
called laser lipolysis
which can be used on smaller areas on the body. It can take up to 12 weeks for the fat to be removed and relies on the
lymphatic system to get rid of the waste product. The procedure
takes around two hours and is done under local anaesthetic.
If the fat is too much for laser
lipolysis then traditional
liposuction is recommended.
My eyelashes are really wispy
and keep falling out. Can I
have eyelash extensions?
Natural or synthetic extensions
are a great way to enhance eyelashes. But it can be time consuming. Extensions are also high maintenance and you must be
careful with them. They are probably best suited to someone who doesn't wear much make-up. Before you get them done, talk to your beauty salon. There may be a medical reason why your lashes are falling out.
With the Christmas party coming up at work I really want to get myself a makeover
and look my best for the evening. What sort of treatments should I get?
For a freshen up I wouldn't
suggest anything too drastic.
Something like a microdermabrasion - which removes dead skin - would
be a perfect way to help freshen up tired skin. If you
have four to six weeks before the event, a treatment such as Restylane Vital is good to help hydrate the skin.
I hear lots of people talking about their “beauty
regimes” but I don't really have one. Should I? I put
a bit of slap on before I go out and normally wash it off
the next day in the shower but apart from that I pretty
much ignore the way I look
Jo, Cheltenam, Glos.
There is no doubt that
looking after your skin will be a great benefit later in life. I don't believe in
flooding the skin too much and suggest a visit to a specialist to find out what
products suit your skin.
A good cleanser is essential for removing the daily grime from your skin. A treatment cream to help with such conditions such as oily skin,
dehydrated skin or aged skin is essential and a daily face protector such as Spf 30 matte formula in the DDf range will not leave your skin greasy. I would advise seeing the practitioner a week
afterwards to assess the skin balance and then add any moisturisers, serums and eye creams at that point.
I want to lose weight around my middle. Are there any treatments I can try?
There is a really great
treatment out at the moment called laser lipolysis, which can be used on smaller areas of the body. The treatment can take up to 12 weeks for the fat to be removed and relies on the lymphatic system to get rid of the waste product. The procedure takes about two hours and is done under local anaesthetic and patients can return to
work the next day. But if there's too much fat for lipolysis to remove, traditional liposuction is the way forward.
I hate spending half-an-hour in the morning putting my make-up on when I could be lounging in bed or watching some morning telly! Is permanent makeup a good idea?
Semipermanent make-up is
the best option for people who don't want the hassle or
who are not good at applying it. Areas that can be performed on are the eyeliner area, lipstick and blusher area. It's also very good
for helping to correct eyebrow differences for those who have overplucked!
Medical applications can be given to help disguise scars, too. Remember to see a
qualified specialist who will give you an idea of what it will look like before you
take the plunge.
My lips get chapped in winter and look awful, so I have to wear lip balm instead of lipstick. Is there a product that will both moisturise them and add some colour?
Caroline, Trowbridge, Wilts
I like DDf lip protector Sp15, which protects and gives a glossy look, so any
lipstick will sit on top nicely. A lip treatment by Restylane filler is a fantastic hydrator to the lips in the winter months. A small amount can be added
without it looking like a
full lip enhancement, which is perfect for these problems.
I have very fine hair and in the winter I want to wear
hats to keep my head warm. But
when I do, my barnet looks a mess no matter what I use on
it. Any advice?
Cathy, Newton Abbot
Fine hair is harder to manage.
I would advise going to your
salon to get advice on suitable products. Redkin do a great treatment cream for
fine/split end hair. Ensuring you are getting your daily
vitamin mineral supplements may help. If your hair is
thinning see a trichologist who can advise you.
Blackheads are making my life a misery. No matter how often
I attack them, they keep coming back on my nose. How can I get rid of them for good?
Blackheads are a noninflammatory acne.
Yours must be deeprooted
as you have experienced very
persistent problems. I get fantastic results using vit-a-peels, microdermabrasion and
daily use with a matt formula sun protection. Normally six to eight treatments are required and maintenance is
I've got a tattoo I really don't like that I got when I was on holiday years ago.
I want it removed but what are my options and am I looking at a hefty bill for them?
Tattoo removal is successful
as long as you visit a reputable practice with
experience. In my experience
I find black tattoos are the most successful and five
sessions are recommended.
Prices vary but normally start from £100 a session
depending on the size of the tattoo. It is also important to try to find what ink they used to help the practitioner
assess suitability. Check out
www.tattoohealth.org for more.
I suffer quite badly in the hot weather from sweat patches, and it makes me feel really uncomfortable. I'm dreading summer because it
means trying to hide my sweat patches all the time. Is there any kind of surgery I can have to stop this?
Sweating is an embarrassing condition for many people. But we can stop the glands
secreting this excess sweat by using Botox/Vistabel. It can be used under the arms, hands and feet, normally lasts about six months and prices start from £450.
I've been trying to get fit at the gym and although it's
working, I've also been
What are my options and how much am I likely to have to pay?
I would go for laser liposuction as you already
go to the gym and this is great for smaller areas.
It is performed under local anaesthetic and takes about 2-3 hours. There is little
downtime and patients often go back to work the day after.
The laser melts the fat and it takes your body up to three
months to naturally excrete it. The price for one area is £1,800; two areas is £3,000.
I've always lived by the sea
and when I was younger I
wasn't as careful as I should have been with applying sun cream. I've had my skin checked by doctors but I still have red patches and marks on my skin. Is there
any way I can get rid of this?
There are many treatments to help. Intense pulsed
light treatments are great for targeting red veins, pigmentation and boosting collagen.Ideally, five treatments are usually required.
I suffer from quite bad eczema, and because it's around my lips and nose, it
knocks my confidence when I'm talking to girls. Is there anything I can do to hide it without having to raid my sister's make-up bag?
Laurie, Newton Abbot
Most skin conditions are often
aggravated by stress, so try to keep stress levels as
low as possible. Maintain
a healthy diet. Products such
as NeoStrata and Bionic Lotion in particular are
excellent for eczema.
I have cellulite on my bum, hip and thighs and I've even
started to notice the odd
dimple spreading to my lower legs. I'm 33 and not overweight, yet I seem to
be really plagued with orange peel and it's making me self-conscious. What can you recommend?
Try Mesotherapy. Injections of
medications, vitamins and minerals are delivered to the
target area to break up fat deposits and smooth the skin.
Try 10 sessions to start with.
With the summer coming up I'm worried because I suffer quite badly in the hot weather from sweat patches. I'm dreading it because it means always trying to hide them instead of enjoying the sunshine. How can I stop this?
Sweating is an embarrassing condition for many people.
But the great news is
that we can stop the
glands secreting this excess
sweat by using Botox/Vistabel.
This normally lasts for around six months. Prices start from about £450. It can be used under the arms, hands and feet.
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