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Regulation in the Aesthetics Industry – Dr Aicken

Recently there has been a lot of media coverage, interest and speculation regarding the regulation of all those who practice non-surgical aesthetics. At Visage Academy, we train all individuals that meet the criteria for Aesthetic Insurance and ensure that they are trained and assessed  in line with Health Education England guidelines. Since 2014, we have also included comprehensive training in complications management; something I’m pleased to say that some other training academies have since included in their courses. Although our trainees come from a variety of professions and therefore have varying training requirements, we treat all of our students with the same level of respect and provide them with ongoing support. Our aim is to train all of our students to be safe practitioners who can recognise complications and manage them responsibly and effectively.   Myself and Visage Academy wholeheartedly support moves to regulate the non-surgical aesthetics industry, but believe this should incorporate an inclusive register that seeks to support all safe practitioners, regardless of their entry route into the specialty. Excluding one or more groups from such regulation can only undermine patient safety and cannot be justified with the logical fallacy that certain groups are ‘not well enough trained already to be trained now’.   There are bad practitioners in aesthetics on both sides of the fence and we need to have a robust system to deal with these practitioners medic or non-medic, swiftly and in a manner than enhances public confidence in our profession.   I will continue to work with colleagues and welcome engagement from any other interested parties who share my viewpoint to make aesthetics...
Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 2): I Still Want To Look Like Me!

Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 2): I Still Want To Look Like Me!

Another common misconception with some first timers considering embarking upon a journey into aesthetic injectables, is that they think that if they allow even one treatment to their face, their face shape will entirely change and they will immediately start to morph into something unrecognisable or melt away when exposed to sunlight! Fortunately, the over-the-top look doesn’t tend to be something that happens all-of-a-sudden; itt takes some commitment, a series of bad choices and a lot of money. It just isn’t likely after one tastefully delivered treatment.  With dermal filler administered by expert hands, you’ll still look like you, but a slightly fresher version. Click on this image below to see some examples of dermal filler applied subtly to the tear troughs (lines under the eyes).               Ask your practitioner to order some Dermal Revolution for you by sharing this link: https://dermalrevolution.com – Request a treatment with our trainer, Dr Aicken, at his London or Belfast Clinics – If you are interested in expanding your career and training with us, clink on the following links to  see our upcoming course dates: BELFAST LONDON BIRMINGHAM DUBLIN – Heres links to some of our other blog posts we think you might be interested in reading: Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 1): Once You Pop You Just Cant Stop! Body Positivity and The Aesthetics...
Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 1): Once you pop you just can’t stop!

Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 1): Once you pop you just can’t stop!

When we first arrived on the aesthetic injectables scene in the mid-2000’s the classic treatment for the woman over 40 was to fill their nose-to-mouth (nasolabial) lines with dermal filler. For a first-timer, receiving this treatment gave incredible satisfaction for both the practitioner and the client. This little taste of cosmetic magic meant that suddenly there existed the possibility of achieving an impressive age-defying result, which took only ten minutes but could last a year and… yes in a lot of cases this was a treatment that could take five or more years off a client. The client would notice that their makeup would stop collecting in the nose to mouth folds and they would stop seeing those dark lines and shadows in their photos and think, “flip, I should have got this done years ago, what was I so scared off? I could have prevented these bad boys from setting in permanently had I have known!” One thing that holds back some people from giving injectables a try, is the misconception that it’s a ‘slippery slope’ and that ‘once you pop, you can’t stop.’ They think that once starting into injectables, they’ll need to keep it up for the rest of their life. They aren’t ready for that commitment or another obsession, as life is already hard enough! So it’s nice for me when I get to be the voice of reason and offer reassurance that treatments only last for as long as Toxin and fillers last! For toxin (anti-wrinkle injections), that means 3-6 months and for filler, it’s 6-12 months, depending on the type used and the area of the face treated. I encourage a balanced and...
Can my Client on Immunosuppressants get Aesthetic Treatments?!

Can my Client on Immunosuppressants get Aesthetic Treatments?!

We have the general day-to-day Q&A’s as practitioners, prime example being “I’m pregnant, is it safe for me to have anti wrinkle treatment?” but then every so often we stumble upon clients in slightly more rare circumstances than the usual and it’s why we have a thriving practitioners group on Facebook where expert opinions, advice and knowledge is shared from practitioner to fellow practitioners. Recently someone posted the following question: Can a patient on immunosuppresants for a kidney transplant, receive anti-wrinkle injections and / or filler? We think this answer to this case, although rare, is something that is worth sharing outside of the group, so here it is! The issue with this clients situation is that they are on immunosuppressants to stop their body rejecting the transplanted kidney. From the outset we know anti wrinkle injections isn’t an issue – we don’t think many practitioners would disagree with that. However, Dermal Filler treatment is potentially an issue as it remains in the body for 6-18 months, depending on the product and the area injected. If an infection develops with filler, it can be tricky to treat, requiring several strong antibiotics for a long period. Filler infection is fairly rare, but I  have seen it twice and it can be difficult for the patient to cope with because of the side effects to the antibiotics and due to the fact that the face gets inflamed which can’t be covered up. Being on an immunosuppressant makes it more likely that they could get an infection. So in summary, we say – yes to anti-wrinkle injections and maybe to filler. As...
The Nefertiti Facelift & Working with Platysmal Bands

The Nefertiti Facelift & Working with Platysmal Bands

Did you know that you have four Platysmal Bands? You have two on each side. What are Platysmal bands? Wikipedia describes Platysmal muscle this way – “The platysma is a superficial muscle that overlaps the sternocleidomastoid”… The platysmal muscle covers the upper part of the chest and shoulders rising to the sides of the neck. So now that we’ve cleared that up… we can imagine the process of aging in this area which is situated below the jawline and along the neck area. Usually we picture the aging process as the skin ‘drooping’ and loosing elasticity. However the same is not to be said about the Platysmal Bands – these bands actually tighten over time which forms prominent lines at the front of our necks. Enter the Nefertiti Facelift. It is most common for only one or a couple of the bands to become more prominent, causing the tenting out at the neck which affects the cervico-mandibular angle (the angle of your chin to neck). So how do we treat this problem area for so many? We hear from Dr Michael Aicken, founder of as well as trainer and practitioner at Visage Aesthetics U.K. – First up:  “Ask your patient to tense up and relax from the sides and identify which one(s) are causing the issue…” Next:  “Inject Anti-wrinkle toxin down the muscle band, directly into it by grabbing it like a rope between your finger and thumb. No anaesthetic cream is best as then it isn’t slippy,  (this area is not usually tender anyway). 4 units Anti Wrinkle Toxin (Allergan) or 5 graduations of a 1ml insulin syringe if you trained with Visage Academy /...
Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Visage Stories #FindYourGlow

Find Your Glow With Visage Aesthetics UK We are looking for training patients to receive low-price Anti Wrinkle Toxin 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 Anti Wrinkle Toxin 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 Anti Wrinkle Toxin £80/ml filler For comparison a private appointment with Dr Aicken in east Belfast would be £190 for 1 or 2 areas Anti Wrinkle Toxin, £285 for 3 areas Anti Wrinkle Toxin. 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...