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Furlong and Sarah Smith share their case studies combining skin needling, calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa), and mesotherapy products
Aesthetic nurse consultant duo Sarah Smith and Julie Huntingdon have a combined experience of 24 years in laser, intense pulsed light, fillers, botulinum toxin type A, skin peeling, mesotherapy and skin needling. Over the past year they have devised treatment protocols combining dermal rollers, calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse™) and bespoke mesotherapy protocols to provide facial lift and contouring treatments for clients of all skin types and age ranges. As the treatment has virtually no downtime it is very popular with clients at Cosmetic Healthcare Solutions, especially with the numerous models they treat, who demand fantastic results without taking time out from their hectic working schedules.
The treatment protocol combines injections of calcium hydroxyapatite
(CaHa) (Radiesse™) with dermal rollering and bespoke mesotherapy.
Radiesse™ is a unique dermal filler made from synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite
(CaHa) microspheres suspended in a water based gel. It is 100% biocompatible
and no allergy testing is needed before treatment. Once the Radiesse™ has been
injected and in position the CaHa particles form a scaffold to support and stimulate
the production of the body's own collagen and in return a younger and more
rested appearance will be seen. Sarah says, 'clients love the longevity of the
product and in the current financial market people are more cost conscious - the
long lasting results make it very popular'.
Skin needling, otherwise known as dermal rollering, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Sarah and Julie have been using a similar technique for many years via mesotherapy. By creating tiny puncture wounds to the dermis it induces the release of growth factors which in turn stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin . By combining this with bespoke mesotherapy cocktails patients are able to get fantastic results even with one dermal roller treatment. Julie says 'clients love the bespoke treatments we can offer, the fact it can all be done on the same day is a great bonus too, clients are not always able to attend clinics weekly for other treatment protocols. In six weeks they return for the review to take after photos and they are amazed with the results.'
Case Study 1
A 26-year-old model attended for a consultation with Sarah. She felt she lacked volume in her cheeks
after a photographer commented that they were slightly flat and told her that more defined cheeks would
be beneficial for her career.
In addition the model had suffered with moderate acne through her teens and wanted help with mild scarring to make her skin look better. She suffered with enlarged pores and put this down to the heavy make-up she had to wear for work. Sarah suggested 1.5cc of Radiesse™ between each side to give a subtle but more defined cheek contour. The outcome is a natural look, which compliments her features. Straight after the procedure a dermal roller 1.5mm was given with topical anaesthetic cream applied prior to treatment. The below mesotherapy protocol was prescribed for her as well as 3.5ml pre and post dermal roller vitamin c serum and SP F 30 every day for six weeks post treatment.
She was thrilled with the results and there was a great improvement with the open pores and minor skin imperfections.
Case Study 2
A 63-year-old lady came to the clinic with concerns about her skin. She had smoked for 30 years but gave
up eight years ago and sun exposure and stressful events over the years had left her feeling unhappy about her
skin and facial features. She felt she looked tired and sad.
She attended for a consultation with Julie. On assessment facial volume loss was evident and the skin was sagging and dull in appearance. The client was not keen on having botulinum toxin type A. Topical lignocaine cream 4% was applied prior to treatment and left on for 30 minutes. 1.5cc of Radiesse™ was given to each side of the face, cheeks, nasolabial and oral commisures. Straight after 0.5ml of the mesotherapy mixture was applied, then dermal roller 1.5mm was performed. Post treatment the other 0.5ml of solution was applied and a sunscreen of SPF 30 was applied. The client went home with vitamin C serum to be applied every day, along with SP F 30. A review at six weeks showed a remarkable difference.
From these protocols it is evident that a combination approach to facial lifting or contouring can be achieved with the knowledge of other factors, which can enhance overall results.
Julie Huntingdon and Sarah Smith are aesthetic nurse consultants with 24 years experience between them.
They provide non-surgical treatments to models and the entertainment industry, have appeared in newspapers,
magazines and on TV and have clinics in Essex, London and the Midlands.
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Julie Huntingdon and Sarah Smith are two of the most experienced Nurse Practitioners within the medical aesthetic arena. They specialise in providing treatments to the modelling and entertainment industry and have written for numerous magazines and national newspapers and appeared on GMTV with their bespoke cellulite treatment. They have been working at the De Ja Vu clinic in Chingford, West Essex. Appointments can be made by calling: 020 7527 6175.
Restylane Vital® Restylane Vital® is a product range for skin revitalisation that works by improving skin elasticity and skin tone.
Skin revitalisation Restylane Vital® revitalises your skin, countering the effects of sun damage and the natural ageing process by replenishing hyaluronic acid under the skin. This product can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands typically three treatments are required 2 - 4 weeks apart. Results last up to 12 months.
Mesotherapy Face & Body A French technique used to treat all areas of the body, localised fat reduction, cellulite, facial conditions such as pigmentation, fine lines, dry skin including dermatitis.
Excessive Sweating A medical condition that typically affects the under arms. Sweat reduction injections are used to inhibit the glands producing sweat. Treatments last between 6 - 10 months.
Wrinkle Relaxing Alternative Treatments and Tired Eye Rejuvenation As well as offering the general wrinkle relaxing injections we also offer an alternative which uses argireline and hylauronic acid which is fantastic in combating wrinkles. A further treatment enhancer can help with dark circles and the appearance of tired eyes which can be combined with a deeper filler to help lift the eye area.
Cheek and Lip Augmentation These treatments are suitable for all ages. Younger people tend to want slightly more definition to their cheeks and more volume to naturally thin lips. Older people require re-volumising of these areas due to the ageing process and this can give a non surgical face lift. Radiesse® and Sculptra® are typically used for volumising and Juvaderm® and Restylane® for enhancing the lips.
Brow Lift This treatment can be achieved with a combination of wrinkle relaxing injections and filler for the ultimate non-surgical brow lift giving a fresher and open eyed appearance.
Deja Vu Beauty Clinic in Chingford held a special open day in March giving guests the opportunity to watch live demonstrations of treatments. Established in 1998, Deja Vu was founded by beauty technician, Anna Kyriacou, who has created an elite Essex salon.
The clinic was recently expanded and now offers high-end beauty treatments. Model Alicia Steffrett allowed herself to be treated live for the event by Sarah Smith and Julie Huntingdon, who specialise in providing treatments to the modelling and entertainment industry. Sarah and Julie, two of the most experienced aesthetic nurse practitioners in the industry, now run Cosmetic Healthcare Solutions at Deja Vu.
In the current financial climate, treatments that offer longer results are becoming increasingly popular. Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetics Magazine investigates Radiesse
Although the UK is now officially out of recession, we all want to get the most for our money and that extends to cosmetic treatments. Temporary dermal fillers are a fantastic way of turning back the clock without the risks associated with more permanent, invasive procedures but there is a cost implication. Radiesse is a unique dermal filler with longer-lasting results that can reduce the need for retreatment, which saves you time and money compared to other fillers.
Radiesse is made from synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water based gel carrier. Upon injection, the gel carrier acts as an instant filler, resulting in an immediate correction.
Nurse practitioner Sarah Smith of Cosmetic Healthcare Solutions is a highly experienced cosmetic healthcare specialist, with over 14 years experience. 'I've been offering Radiesse to my patients for about four years now. I love the fact that you get immediate results and that it stays where it is supposed to so you always have a predictable outcome but what I love about it most is that it stimulates your own collagen production. Your body starts to work for you.' Due to its unique product characteristics, about 25 per cent to 30 per cent less material is needed to obtain the same optimal correction compared to a treatment with hyaluronic acid.
Restoring the 'triangle of beauty'
This concept is often discussed in beauty magazines and TV shows. The 'triangle of beauty' runs from your cheekbones down to your chin. As long as this triangle remains well intact, the face will generally have a youthful appearance, but as we age and as we lose facial volume, gravity takes over and turns this triangle into the shape of a trapezium.
Radiesse is the ideal filler to help you to restore the soft youthful fullness in the face. Due to its excellent volumising and lifting capabilities. It is the perfect solution for restoring a youthful shape to the face. CS&AM
Young versus old
As the years go by, our face loses its volume; our skin looses its elasticity, and the muscle activity in our face change. As a result, the ageing face will show 'old and tired' features: less prominent cheekbones, cheeks with less volume, a weaker looking jawline, folds and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines.
Radiesse can tackle these problems but it is also a great treatment for younger patients because of its soft, natural look.
Sarah Smith explains: 'Radiesse gives a very subtle enhancement. People think that cheek treatments are just for older women or men who have lost volume in the mid-face but I treat a lot of younger celebrities and models who wish to have more rounded and uplifted cheeks.'
We're experiencing, in a way, a Botox® backlash. More than Botox®, actually: all of those injectables, fillers, plumpers. The whole youth-in-a-syringe paradigm. As with the soar and slide of any trend, our needle passion, like the syringes themselves, have overloaded.
'Women, especially those coming in for the first time, will say, 'Please don't make me look like so-and-so',' says Julie Huntingdon, a nurse practitioner at Skin Health Spa, a UK-wide clinic that treats more than 1,500 faces a week. 'People are aware that you can go too far.'
Equally, we're growing increasingly savvy about the ageing process as a whole. The result is a drive to start the quest for freshness long before facial lines begin to assume their position. 'Ten years ago, women in their twenties weren't concerned with ageing,' says Butt. 'They are now. They are looking for something a step before Botox® and fillers, something that will preserve the integrity of their skin, rather than attempt to undo any damage in later years.'
With this education comes expectation, especially in the current climate. A frivolous facial is tricky to justify - relaxation is out, results are in. 'Take health spas', says Butt. 'People used to go just to chill out, but now lots of them are becoming medi-spas or wellness centres. People don't just want to just be wrapped up and pampered for the day - they want to see change. We're all having to find new ways to appeal.'
Enter the 'facelift facial'. The new breed of treatment lies somewhere between a decent moisturiser and a good going-over with a needle. In its various forms it can incorporate everything from hi-tech stimulation to holistic techniques like massage and acupuncture (at Jan Marini, its new Age Intervention Regeneration facial, based on manual manipulation, is now being offered alongside both injectable and laser-led procedures). The majority of treatments work by stimulating blood flow and collagen production in order to plump out lines and wrinkles naturally. (Well, sort of naturally).
'Our faces change as we age,' says Deborah Mitchell, whose Heaven Angel treatment is in high demand. 'Facelift facials aim to release tension from muscles then reposition them higher up. Most women underestimate how much tension we hold in our face - and how ageing it is. One effect is that it moves the jaw, a fight-or-flight position that stimulates the body to produce adrenalin, while stemming the production of collagen and elastin. I believe facelift facials help address that.'
Camilla Festing is an acupuncturist at one of London's newest skin clinics, Medicetics (which also provides more medical cosmetic procedures). She now offers facelift facials alongside her regular therapy. 'My client list has increased massively in the last year,' she says. 'The great thing about acupuncture is that not only does it treat specific lines on the face and boosts collagen production, but it also addresses the emotional issues that contribute to ageing in the first lace. People are increasingly favouring this holistic approach.'
At the other end if the spectrum are more hi-tech facelift facials, which use procedures like mesotherapy (vitamins and minerals are injected under the skin's surface via tiny needles) and gadget-driven stimulation to deliver their promise. Endermologie's Liftmassage is a new method employing a pinching devise to stimulate collagen, while over at The Biomedic Centre in central London; practitioners are offering what they refer to as the Natural Facelift, using a mixture of these techniques.
Can any of the facials really deliver the same results? 'Not if you're looking for the instant results that you get with injectables,' says Furlong. 'This route is more of a commitment. You'll probably need 10 sessions until you see a noticeable difference and, as with any treatment, you'll need some degree of maintenance afterwards.' But were you to commit to the whole course, the long-term effects could outweigh anything injectables can offer. Furlong explains, 'Because you're stimulating collagen production, the full effects can take months to come to fruition. I came back form a maternity leave recently. Before I'd gone, I'd treated a woman with a dermal filler. It was nine months before I saw her again, so there was no filler left in her face, but in that time she's had a series of facelift facials. She still wanted the filler, but the difference was only had to use half the amount I normally gave her - and I'm expecting the effects to last longer.'
So in our quest to look fresh, not frightening, the arsenal is ever-expanding. Reach for the syringe by all means, but it you'd rather opt for a less interventionist approach, well, the chances are your face will thank you for it.
Reduce bottom wrinkles and orange peel look with Mesotheraphy
If a perky bottom has collapsed into wrinkles, copy the French and go for Mesotheraphy.
Tell me more: French women shun the gym, but still manage to keep dimple free with Mesotherapy, a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids and homeopathic medication micro-injected just under the skin. Does it work? Practitioner Julie Huntingdon says a big yes! 'It's good for cellulite, skin tightening and nourishing, and when injected deeper, reduces inches, saddlebags and love handles. But it's not a one-size-fits-all treatment,' says Julie. 'A blood test reveals any thyroid or hormonal problems, then a bespoke mix is created just for you.' Reader Gail Irvine loved her treatment. 'Even though I regularly went to a gym and ate healthily I still had stubborn cellulite. After nine mesotherapy treatments I couldn't believe the difference. My old lady wrinkled and orange peel effect bottom has smoothed out and firmed up. I know I'll never have a rear as gorgeous as Kate Moss, but I'm not anxious about wearing a bikini now and don't need to rush to find a cover up at the pool.'
Does it hurt? Local anaesthetic sorts that (although discomfort is minimal anyway) and you're fairly good to go after treatment.
The cost? It's not cheap. 100 per treatment, course of 10 is 800. You may need a course of six to ten, with occasional top ups. But as Julie says, 'When you make an investment like this it encourages you to kick-start a healthier lifestyle. Like a lot of therapists, I use the time during treatments productively. We discuss diet, exercise and lifestyle changes that will help the therapy along.'
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Q. I'm so sick of people telling me I look tired. It's these dark circles under my eyes, but no cream or concealer really helps. Is there a treatment?
A. Yes, a hot new one from Paris that's a spin on Mesotherapy, where vitamins and natural remedies are micro injected under the skin. Julie Huntingdon at Cosmetic Healthcare Solutions is enthusiastic about this new ultra-gentle but amazingly effective Tired Eyes treatment:
'I've had it myself and it's brilliant. I was a new mum, studying for a degree, working as a therapist and desperate for something that worked for my tired-looking eyes. Forty-eight hours after the treatment they looked fresher, younger, and more vibrant. Now it's one of my most popular treatments.' What's the routine? Even if you're needle phobic, this is effortless stuff.
£135 per treatment. A course will last a good six months.
Redness, dark circles, puffs, lines and blemishes. Believe it, in the world of hot new skin treatments, it's all so fixable.
TRY A SEXY SKINCARE COCKTAIL We love the way new treatments work together to give you amazing results.
MESOTHERAPY Add more value to the Tired Eyes treatment with a filler to smooth the dip under eye bags and wrinkle relaxing treatment to ease lines.
DERMAROLLER Works well with volumiser Sculptra for a facelift without excessive pillow face' volume.
HYALURONIC FILLERS Work alongside both wrinkle relaxing treatment and volumisers such as Restylane Parlane and Sculptra to give lift, fill hollows and create a smooth look.
Botulinum Toxin Type A Works with just about every treatment going and is now being used to slim noses, smooth contours and even prevent migraines, excess sweating and teeth grinding, believe it or not!
Julie Huntingdon has also had a column in the Daily Star from 2003-2006 with "Ask the Expert Weekly" as well as features in Elle magazine, Top Sante & the Times. Not forgetting a TV appearence on GMTV Live to discuss Mesotherapy.