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.  ...

Biofilms

The concept of hygiene and infection risk is something we cover during our training and we try and develop good aesthetic hygiene practices for our trainees. In Aesthetics this month there’s a CPD module on the concept of biofilms and what that means for you as an Aesthetic clinician. The author of the article has laid out in detail what a biofilm is and worryingly the role that research is suggesting that biofilms play in the development of post treatment complications with dermal fillers. This effect is more prevalent in repeat customers who have had many treatments before. Simple hygiene and good aseptic techniques are all that you need to hopefully prevent biofilm complications. Here is a brief extract from the article from Aesthetics, written by Dr Samizadeh: https://aestheticsjournal.com/cpd/module/biofilms ” The increase in demand and popularity of injectable dermal fillers for aesthetic enhancement has increased the incidence of complications. Improper or inadequate disinfection of the skin, poor injection technique, presence of potential pathogens, (e.g. the patients’ own microflora such as Propionibacterium acnes, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and mycobacteria), injection in presence of previous permanent implants and reduced immunity increase the risk of bacterial infections. Biofilms form when bacteria adhere on the surface of the temporary or permanent implants and aggregate into communities that are physically joined together and become resistant to antimicrobial therapies and the immune system. Diagnosis and developing effective treatment of the biofilm is crucial in aesthetic practice. Even when experienced clinicians inject dermal fillers, they can cause various inadvertent reactions, ranging from minor and self-limited responses to severe complications. As such, there is an essential need for prompt...

In this month’s Aesthetics journal, former Visage Academy trainee Dr Rupert Critchley has written a very detailed and informative piece on smile enhancement. Definitely worth a read in your professional development time. See pages 32-33 Link Here to article Gareth Visage...

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...

How Much Filler Should I Use?

With Botox there are standard doses that most practitioners use as their starting point. Adding more as a “top-up’ if required and taking note of the full dose needed for a given result so that it can be reapplied later, Botox doses are relatively straightforward. But with filler we don’t tend to have these “standard’ doses. On our training courses I often explain that Botox administration is a scientific method whereas dermal filler treatments are much more of an artform. So how do I answer this common question, “how much filler should I use?’ Firstly, there is a facetious answer. Teachers and lecturers i’d venture, will always have this answer in mind, and will dream of bursting out with the answer that makes their student look or feel stupid for asking. The vanity from within me, wants me to guffaw, “how long is a piece of string‘ then drop the proverbial mic to the applause of the other students. I also keep wanting to ask in retort, “how deep are the lines?’ Of course, the answer to both is tricky and not unilateral- exactly my point. But wait, i’m supposed to know the answer to this- that’s why people pay me to teach them! Of course, the questioner is asking a specific question about a poorly-defined hypothetical scenario, but in this reply, you can see that knowing how deep the lines are doesn’t really even help decide on the volume you should use. A better question might be – “what volume has been lost’. For an accurate answer you are likely to need to use expensive 3D imaging in...

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...