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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 3): I Don’t Want A Trout Pout!

Some Common Misconceptions About Aesthetic Injectables (Part 3): I Don’t Want A Trout Pout!

One more first-timer misconception to mention here is about deciding whether or not to try lip filler injections. It’s important to enhance with small doses and return after a few weeks if you decide to go bigger. But it’s a common fear that you’ll get a ’trout pout’, ‘sausage lips’ or just lumps and bumps that won’t go away afterwards.   1ml is the standard starting point and it’s rare that 1ml can enhance a lip so much that a client will think it’s too much. In fact, many clients who opt for a half ml initially, say that they preferred the look of their lips for the first two-three days after receiving the lip filler, before the initial swelling had subsided, making them regret not getting a full ml.   It is so important however, that your practitioner is well trained in using lip filler. Lips can go wrong very fast with untrained hands. Filler placement and post-injection moulding both need to be targeted and accurate so as to avoid ‘sausage lips’ (where the filler comes out too far to the edges of the mouth), ‘duck lips’ (where the top lip is bigger than the bottom) or the dreaded ’trout pout’ (where the lips look out of proportion with the rest of the face). On Visage Academy we are fairly militant in our teaching about these to ensure that our trainees know how to avoid them! When making injectable decisions it’s important, like with everything, to do your homework. Looking at what results your practitioner has been getting – do they post their results somewhere where you can take a look? Do they have a portfolio of before and after pics on their...
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...
Body Positivity and the Aesthetic Industry (Español)

Body Positivity and the Aesthetic Industry (Español)

Últimamente se oye hablar mucho del movimiento “body positive” y de la necesidad de amar nuestros cuerpos. Desafortunadamente, parece que estos conceptos se presentan como contrapuestos a los tratamientos de belleza y la cirugía estética. Incontable artículos invitan a las mujeres a amar lo que ven en el espejo, pero estos textos esconden un mensaje: “Si no te gusta lo que ves y quieres hacer algo al respecto, pierdes tu autenticidad”. El estigma que rodea a este tipo de tratamientos puede hacer que algunas mujeres se lo piensen dos veces antes de recurrir a ellos, y no debería ser así. “Quererse a una misma” significa hacer lo que te apetece con tu propio cuerpo, aunque vaya en contra de las convenciones sociales. Puedes tener confianza en ti misma, y a la vez desear hacerte algún tratamiento estético como teñirte el pelo o realizarte un aumento de labios: ambos tratamientos tienen como objetivo realzar tu belleza natural. En Visage Aesthetics nos encantan los tratamientos de belleza y la cirugía estética, y creemos que tienen el magnífico poder de ayudar a la gente a verse con otros ojos. Solo te pedimos que, si recurres a ellos, lo hagas por las razones adecuadas: por ti, y por nadie más. Quiero terminar este post invitándote a que te olvides del “qué dirán”. No te has hecho el tratamiento o la cirugía estética para buscar su aprobación, sino porque te apetecía. Tú decides qué hacer con tu cuerpo. ¡Quiérete a ti misma, y no te avergüences de tus...