Lipstick Lines (Smoker’s lines): A Quick Guide for Practitioners

Lipstick or ‘smoker’s’ lines can be tricky to treat. They are relatively difficult to access because the nose gets in the way, and it’s difficult to get yourself and the patient into a comfortable position so that you can concentrate on the treatment itself AND when you’re finished, initially, the lines may look worse than when you started! So how do you do it? Lipstick line filler gives ok results if done well. It’s tricky. I recommend using strong anaesthetic gel as it’s a tender area. It can also bruise; remember that each time you insert the needle, you cause more trauma. If the lines are below the nose, approach from below if the lines are lateral to the nose, approach from above. Use a max of 0.4 ml for top lip lipstick lines. If you try a treating a line twice and it still hasn’t lifted, it’s probably better to leave it rather than risk giving them a thickened top lip. Avoid injecting into the lip (i.e. Below the vermilion border), to save on causing unnecessary swelling. Mould the area afterwards to limit the lumps that you leave behind. Be aware, and advise the patient before you start, that initially the lines may look WORSE as they will be highlighted by pink / redness, from the injections themselves. Reassure the patient that on covering with their regular makeup regimen the following day, the true effect of treatment will be seen. I use Dermal Revolution (DERM) now for lipstick lines, but again, remember that no-matter what product you use, apply a strong anaesthetic gel liberally before...
Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Find Your Glow With Visage Aesthetics UK We are looking for training patients to receive low-price Botox and Dermal Filler treatments on our courses in Central London  which will be held on the 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th of May. Founded by Dr. Michael Aicken, Visage Aesthetics offer training in Aesthetic Injectables administration to professionals via the ‘Visage Academy’ Supervision and teaching on the course is with Dr Michael Aicken who has 10 years experience in the use of Botox and Fillers. Dr Aicken has been training other professionals for 8 years in London and Belfast. The Visage Academy Diploma offers a chance to receive treatment at discounted prices.. As the syllabus calls for a ‘stimulated clinic’ with real patients, we are looking for those interested in receiving low-cost treatment as part of our training course. We also offer a referral system – if you refer a colleague/friend to us, you will both receive a £20 M&S Voucher. Price difference: £40/area Botox £80/ml filler  For comparison a private appointment with Dr Aicken in east Belfast would be £190 for 1 or 2 areas Botox, £285 for 3 areas botox. Filler: £300 for 1st ml, £200 / ml thereafter in same consultation. Interested? BOOK HERE Gerardine’s Story “Ruth and Mike are amazing, kind, caring and very approachable. They have always made me feel welcome and from the very start they reduced any anxiety I had about having the procedures. Now I have complete faith and trust in Visage – their professionalism, their vision and the services they provide. I with them every success.” Gina’s Story “Dr Aicken and his wife Ruth...
LIPS LIPS LIPS: Achieving The Luscious Yet Natural Result

LIPS LIPS LIPS: Achieving The Luscious Yet Natural Result

  Hey I’m Ruth, I work within the Dermal Revolution team. Nearly everything Valentines themed, will have a luscious lip stain stamped on it right? Limited editions lipstick shades come out JUST for Valentines Day, and we are bombarded with LIPS LIPS LIPS. So what about achieving luscious lips with filler – minus that UNNATURAL result? One of the most common phrases I hear in the waiting room is this – “Oh I’m not into lip fillers” I never understand it because these clients are usually going ahead with a few areas of botox and one other filler area, they are seemingly educated in the treatments. I ask them why and they say “I don’t want to look unnatural” – makes sense I guess when we only have to switch on our laptop or phone and a picture of a Kardashian pops up. Those girls are everywhere and their lips are not ‘subtle’ or ‘natural’ looking. So maybe it’s time to set the record straight about Lip Fillers- IT CAN BE DONE SUBTLY. With a little bit of product you can enhance the natural shape you already have, just so you can enjoy your lipstick to its full potential or to restore an asymmetry that annoys you. In actual fact the most beautiful Lip enhancements I’ve seen Dr Michael Aicken do have been on 55-60yr olds where there has been a thinning of the lips and a flattening out over time. No more than 0.5-1ml of filler has been administered restoring the lips back to a shape they once had and creating a ‘cupid’s bow’ again (which is usually...

Dermal Filler Doses – Article in Aesthetics by Dr Michael Aicken

Dr Michael Aicken, founder and course director of Visage Academy has this month written a detailed article published in Aesthetics Journal. This article touches on what doses of Dermal Filler should ideally be used in different situations.  We have made this article free for our Visage Academy blog readers and can be viewed below with the permission of Aesthetics Journal who we recommend strongly for your CPD requirements.  ...

Mid-face Rejuvenation

This week in Aesthetics Journal there has been a detailed and comprehensive review of just how Aesthetic Clinicians should approach the mid face.  The mid face provides its own unique set of challenges when it comes to augmentation, you are relying on much deeper injections, landmarks that are more difficult to find and often these skills are not taught on basic courses that only deal with the classic 3 areas of botox and some basic filler techniques. In the article the authors go into detail regarding the root causes of the aging changes that we see on the mid face and the impact these have on the lower face.  Knowing what changes occur naturally as we age allows us to better plan treatments and more importantly understand why we are giving treatments rather than just following a know recipe for success. I would highly recommend reading the article which is available for free after registering with Aesthetics and accredited for CPD points – https://aestheticsjournal.com/cpd/module/mid-face-rejuvenation (By  Anna Baker AND Mr Dalvi Humzah / 06 MAY 2016) To compliment this article I have also linked a video from ourselves at visage academy that Dr Michael Aicken has produced to explain how to perform cheek augmentation with Dermal Revolution DEEP Dermal Revolution + Flourish Limited Special Offer: For a limited time get your subscription to Flourish for just £1 when you subscribe to our £99 a month package for 2 x 1ml Dermal Revolution DEEP a month.  This package gets you Flourish Cosmetic Software for injectables (Botox and Filler) the complete secure cloud based medical record storage system as well as 2 x 1ml Dermal Revolution Filler working...

Research Shows 1 in 4 Men Having Dermal Fillers

In an Aesthetic world targeting mainly women, the results of this survey conducted for intraline and published in the Harley Street Journal should be an eye opener for anyone with an Aesthetic Business. “Survey results showed that 18 per cent of the UK population would consider using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers for a number of reasons such as to stay youthful, remain competitive at work and to compliment weight loss. Until now, 90 per cent of all aesthetic procedures have been carried out on women, however, Intraline’s research found that UK men are bucking the trend with 1 in 4 of male survey respondents having dermal fillers to reward themselves.” The male market for botox and filler is certainly appearing to be on the increase and in an ever crowding market of Aesthetic Clinicians holds great potential for those Clinicians willing to offer a more male friendly environment in their clinics and advertising. Gareth Visage Academy Flourish Cosmetic Software  http://www.flourishandgrow.com Original Source: Harley Street Journal...