The Safety in Beauty Campaign could not exist and do the essential work that it does, without the wonderful dedicated professional kindness and support of the annual advisory panel, Since the creation of the campaign, we have helped, advised and assisted hundreds of members of the public who have little, if any recourse, when beauty and aesthetic treatments go wrong. If you have a question you would like a member of our advisor panel to answer please feel free to click on the link and submit your question we will reply within 24 hours and your information is confidential and not shared with any third party organisation.
The People That Make A Difference
Launched in October 2013, The Safety in Beauty Campaign was a response to the growing dissatisfaction and devastation caused by dubious activities and individuals in the aesthetic and beauty industry, the campaign was formed by a group of like-minded professionals and experts.
The Safety in Beauty Campaign seeks to:
Help, educate and empower consumers
Facilitate a better, safer, more transparent industry
Offer much-needed support
Give peace of mind to everyone seeking to improve their looks
The Safety in Beauty Campaign supports member of the public by allowing them limited FREE access to emotional, legal, medical advice and support. The campaign is run by voluntary supporters and professionals who do not receive any financial recompense for the time and services that they generously give for the campaign objectives.
Over the next few weeks, we are introducing you to our advisory panel members, to share their great work and endeavours with you, today we would like to introduce you to Dr. Philippe Hamida-Pisal, and we look forward to sharing many other dedicated professionals with you soon.
Dr Philippe Hamida-Pisal is an aesthetic professional working in London and Paris. As well as being the president of the Society of Mesotherapy of the UK, the society partner of Euromedicom and IMCAS Paris, Dr Hamida-Pisal is a key note speaker at major industry events around the world; discussing the concept of beauty, the ageing process and ethnic skin.
Dr. Hamida-Pisal is also a highly sought after Skin Consultant/ for several Modelling Agencies based in London and Paris, he is dedicated to researching the specific needs of ethnic skin, he also pursues a keen interest in Mesotherapy, and Mesotherapy for hair loss (or the medical term Alopecia).
Dr. Hamida-Pisal has been a fantastic source of help and support to The Safety in Beauty Campaign as our go-to advisor on all aspects of Mesotherapy training and education, he is also currently assisting the campaign in providing the safety in beauty organisation with a consumer fact sheet on ‘understanding mesotherapy’
As the current President of SoMUK (Society of Mesotherapy UK) he takes a passionate proactive role in teaching practitioners who have a scientific and clinical interest in exploring the aesthetical and medical facets of Mesotherapy.
The SoMUK teaches the art, science, techniques and procedures of Mesotherapy to licensed practitoners, regardless of their speciality, Dr Hamida-Pisal provides education and hands-on training in the UK, as well as in other countries.
“The exciting field of Mesotherapy is a new trend in modern medicine. patients not only want to be in good health, they also want to enjoy life, to be fit and minimise the effects of ageing. As Mesotherapy continues to climb in popularity we find that every practitioner has his/her formula of ingredients and quantities, we are working hard to ensure that there is a standard approach and that protocols for safety are adhered to.
SoMUK is currently working hard to establish a diploma in Mesotherapy by offering proper accredited training, we want to ensure that the public are allowed access to safe, quality procedures and products and that practitioners are trained the best levels” – Dr. Hamida-Pisal
The Safety in Beauty Campaign is delighted to be featuring a new campaign in association with Polytech Breast Implants and Q Medical Technologies.
Over the coming weeks we will casting a spotlight on the worlds most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, and asking women from all walks of life, about their bodies, their choices, and their journey.
Asking questions, provoking thoughts and uniting our readers in one objective: Safety in Beauty.
We look forward to sharing the campaign with you and welcome your participation with the hashtag #YourBodyYourJourneyYourChoice
We have all done it, got a little tweezer happy, booked an appointment with a less than conservative therapist and have been left with pencil lines for eyebrows and wondered why we ever messed with them in the first place. The emphasis on beautiful brows is arguably at it’s peak and whether you have botched a home made attempt or succumbed to a dodgy therapists’ plucking misdemeanot, there are some solutions to minimize the stress of sorting out your brows:
- Grow them back
In the most severe cases it can take around 4 months to grow back your natural brows, but typically you can expect growth in around four weeks. In this time, try not to tweeze or you may risk getting carried away again. Wait as long as you can and then, once you think you have a good growth, seek a reputable salon to shape them properly.
Don’t use a magnifying mirror to magnify the problem
Stop analyzing and leave well alone. You might feel like the world and his wife can see your tiny brow hairs sprouting their appearance, but in all sincereity they can’t. Resist the magnifying glass as it will only magnify the issue in your mind. If you need to, use a small amount of foundation and powder to conceal. Resist the urge to use a magnifying mirror to analyse your brows – it will only lead to over-tweezing.
Disguise rogue hairs
Filling in the brow is fine for the time being (you can always try HD Brows range of pencils and shadows for a more full and shapely brow) but don’t pluck the hairs that are growing outside of the shape you fill. Use some concealer to cover the tiny hairs but don’t go crazy as it can look cakey if you over do it.
Brush and groom
Brush the brows when you fill them in. Before and after is the best protocol. This will give a much more natural look (the 60s Twiggy look really is out) and leaving them un-brushed will only make them look more uneven. Use a pencil or powder to fake some wispy lines in the gaps where the hairs are not yet visible or may not be as thick. This is a much more natural tecnnique to use, rather than colouring in and leaving you with block caterpillar brows.
Maintenance is key
Once your brows are back, it is important to maintain the shape and condition of them between therapist appointments. There are several brow conditioners on the market (most of which look like clear mascara) and Revitalash have also developed an advanced brow serum to speed up the growing process and to condition the hairs.
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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 400,000 men in the United States received Botox in 2013. This is a 310% rise in the uptake for Botox amongst men compared to a decade ago. The figures are reflective of the popularity Botox also holds in the UK.
Plastic surgeon Riccardo Frati says that
Men are becoming progressively more aware of the advantages of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Treatments, a youthful appearance and looking fit can be important in business and society
Whilst the cosmetic process can sometimes be similar between the genders, the motivations behind them are different, Richard G. Fried, a dermatologist and licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the U.S, says “men want to look better, just as women do”, However, Dr. Fried observes that when it comes to cosmetic surgery, men are motivated by more concrete tangible things such as wanting to be more powerful, in control, attractive, and make more money.
The desire to keep the edge in the business world and personal relationships are the key factors boosting the increase in the male sector of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic treatments.
Dr. Marco, an Aesthetic Doctor at E.F Medispa, says
Men are expected to be eternally youthful in terms of stamina and dynamism, they are being judged more on their looks, so men are realizing the importance of keeping themselves fresh faced
The Rise of Non-Surgical Treatments for Men
While the jump in demand isn’t unique to the gender, doctors say it speaks to many men’s desire to boost their looks often through quick treatments that don’t cause a lot of bruising or require lengthy recovery times.
Cosmetic Doctor Philippe Pisal-Hamida says
Non invasive cosmetic treatments are inexpensive, instant, and often painless with durable effects; male patients see this as an investment in their aesthetic appearance and personal well-being skin
Top of the List is Botox
The most popular treatment amongst men seeking a little age perfection is Botox. Clinics such as the Transform Medical Group have seen 50% more men have Botox injections this year alone, compared with the same period in 2007.
Richard Fairclough, 46 from Sutton Coldfield says,
Botox is brilliant, discreet and instantly refreshes me, and I have it done three times a year, as well a professional Obagi skin peel, people always comment on how fresh-faced I look!
Top Non-Surgical Treatments for Men
- Wrinkle-busters such as Botox, Restylane
- Professional Skin Care “Cosmeceuticals”
- Teeth Whitening/Cosmetic Dentistry
- Hair Restoration Treatments
- Laser Hair removal
- Tattoo removal
- Botox and Fillers
- Power facials
- Laser Hair Removal
- Sweating treatments
Top Surgery for Men
Men are exercising, quitting smoking and eating healthy foods. However, men who end up in consulting a plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor often say they don’t think they look as good as they feel,
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Professor Jim Frame says that “Dysmorphia amongst men is common, certainly amongst my patients, some patients are fresh off a divorce or looking for a competitive edge in an office full of young guys, others are inspired by wives who have had successful procedures”.
Whilst Blepharoplasty, and Rhinoplasty stay in top position, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks and Body Lifts, have seen a 60% increase. Professor Frame explains that “Tummy Tucks, and Body Lifts are in demand largely due to massive weight-loss, and gastric by-pass surgery which sheds the stones and leaves behind excess skin”.
Liposuction is also on the increase, mainly because new advanced devices are becoming relatively pain free.
Top Surgical Procedures for Men
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
- Liposuction and Vaserlipo
- Male Breast Reduction
- Pectoral Implants
- Hair Transplantation
- Face Lift and Neck Lift
- Ear Correction
Many men do not know what cosmetic options exist because they are simply not exposed to the same media women are. They are often surprised that many of today’s solutions are simple and very accessible.
What The Experts Say:
The rise in male grooming has extended to the increase in demand for improvements in skin appearance, lines and wrinkles and overall skin quality. No longer just for the female population, men are beginning to see that aesthetic treatments can give rise to subtle, but extremely revitalising and refreshing effects to their facial appearance, without the need for invasive surgery or extended downtime
Dr Bob Khanna, cosmetic dentist and aesthetic practitioner
In my practice at Hans Place, I have noticed that the percentage of men requesting aesthetic treatments is definitely on the rise. Injectable dermal fillers and wrinkle smoothing injections are in demand and this is because they are relatively instant in their result times, offer a subtle improvement to the general facial appearance and are accessible financially. Men now see that anti-ageing is not just for the female of the species and youthful, healthy looking skin is now available to everyone without the need to go under the knife, which can be daunting to many
Mike Comins, Cosmetic Doctor and Vaser Surgeon
According to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, over 51,000 Britons underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015.
Realistically those figures are actually double, if we were to take into account the large commercial cosmetic surgery chains who provide cosmetic surgery procedures, but are not included in that audit.
These staggering figures demonstrate the publics love affair with surgical scalpel and despite any previous blips the economy seems to have suffered the quest for aesthetic perfection is not showing any signs of slowing down.
Surgeons say that with the new trend in A-list celebrities (such as Sharon Stone, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Rowland, Jane Fonda and even Modern Family’s young starlet Ariel Winter) openly confessing to the odd nip or tuck, it’s possible that patients are feeling encouraged by their positive admissions and attractive results. These new attitudes could be one of the drivers for increased acceptance and de-stigmatising of aesthetic enhancement, 7 out of 10 of the most popular procedures seeing a double-digit increase.
If you thinking about going under the knife, it is important that you choose a full qualified and highly experienced surgeon for your procedure. The internet can offer a myriad of options but can be a minefield to research and too much scouring review sites and feedback forums can leave you confused and frankly, worried.
Many of these review sites can give inflated or sensationalized accounts of surgery so it is probably best to take advice from authorized sites and those around you that have had this procedure. Asking friends and trusted colleagues who have had breast augmentation is a good way to find a surgeon and to see their results.
If they can give you their experiences first hand, this is the best way to really know that a surgeon has done a good job. Referring to sites such as the BAAPS (British association of aesthetic plastic surgeons) website for information on trusted surgeons is also a safe and effective way to find a trusted and fully qualified professional. It is recommended to visit at least three surgeons so that you can feel really comfortable that the surgeon you choose is one that you feel secure and comfortable with. Look out for associations such as BAPRAS (British association of plastic and reconstructive surgeons) as many reputable practitioners are members.
Your surgeon needs to give you all the information and advice you need to feel confident to make a decision moving forward. Be wary of hospital chains where you don’t see the surgeon first hand or indeed, face to face. If you are diverted to a patient coordinator to discuss your procedure in detail and aren’t offered a consultation with a surgeon in person then back well away. It is the surgeon that is going to be performing this invasive procedure, not a sales person and they cannot advise on your individual needs and surgical protocol, so don’t trust any organisation that won’t introduce you to the surgeon to discuss your case, period.
The menopause is the natural part of ageing, occurring in later years, where a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to become pregnant. Periods usually start to become less frequent and this can happen over months or even years before they stop altogether. However, in some cases, periods can stop suddenly, this is normal and natural. This process usually occurs between the ages of 45 to 55, as a womans’ oestrogen levels decline. Studies have found that in the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. However, approximately 1 in every 100 women can experiences the menopause much earlier, sometimes before the age of 40. This is commonly known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.
The symptoms of menopause can vary in severity and many women will experience one, some, or even all of the following concerns:
- Night sweats
- Hot flushes
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low mood or anxiety
- Problems with memory and concentration
These symptoms can start months, even years before periods cease and can last around four years after the last period stops. Some women can experience these symptoms for much longer and if not treated or given attention, can prove disruptive to daily activities, sleep patterns and life pursuits.
There are now, many treatments and solutions to effectively lessen the symptoms of the menopause, therefore making it a less stressful experience for millions of women. First of all, it is advised to speak with your GP if you are experiencing troubling symptoms, especially if these symptoms are experienced before the age of 40 years of age. Your GP will be able to determine whether these symptoms are a result of premature menopause with a blood test, to measure your hormone levels. Those aged 40 to 45 can also benefit from having a blood test to determine the cause of the symptoms. It is important to discuss, frankly with your GP, the symptoms you are experiencing and how they affect your every day life. There is no need to feel embarrassed, remember, this is a natural process and the more open you can be with your GP, the faster a diagnosis can be done and the right treatment, found for you. If you are suffering with hot flushes, is it worth keeping a diary each time they occur, so your doctor can ascertain whether they are average, or more frequent than average.
Treatments for menopausal symptoms are now varied and there is no need to suffer in silence from any symptoms of the menopause. Your GP will be able to offer treatments and also, suggest lifestyle changes if you have severe menopausal symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life, including:
- hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – tablets, skin patches, gels and implants that relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing oestrogen
- vaginal oestrogen creams, lubricants or moisturisers for vaginal dryness
- cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a type of talking therapy that can help with low mood and anxiety
- eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and staying fit and strong can improve some menopausal symptoms
Should your symptoms not improve, or if you are unable to undergo HRT, your GP can refer you to a menopause specialist for alternative advice and treatments, such as:
- Herbal treatments
Look for the THR logo standing for traditional herbal medicines. These products have been approved and you can be sure that the product has the correct dosage, is of high quality and has suitable product information. The guidelines also recommend that many available herbal medicines have unpredictable dose and purity and some herbal medicines have significant drug interactions.
- St John’s Wort:
St John’s Wort has been shown to have benefit in relieving vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes) particularly in women with a history of, or at high risk of breast cancer, although there was no evidence that St John’s Wort had any impact on reducing anxiety or low mood. St John’s Wort however does interact with other drugs, in particular with Tamoxifen and so cannot be used in patients with breast cancer who are taking Tamoxifen. There are also, several other significant drug interactions associated with St John’s Wort which would need to be discussed with a medical professional prior to use.
- Dietary changes:
Many menopausal women will tell you that there is a range of food substances which will trigger hot flushes. These include coffee, tea, alcohol and spicy foods. Hot flushes are narrowing of the thermo-regulatory zone. Learning to avoid those foods or to handle your hot flush when they do occur will help in management of your symptoms.
Plant oestrogens such as Isoflavones do help with hot flushes and in tests, genistein and red clover were found to be more effective in significantly reducing anxiety as compared with a placebo, although the benefits may not last for more than a few weeks. For women suffering with breast cancer, it seems Isoflavones aren’t helpful and there may be concerns about their safety profile. It is important therefore, to discuss this option with a medical professional.
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy replaces hormonal deficiencies so that optimal balance is created. BHRT is tailor made and designed for each, individual patient and as every patient is unique in their presentation of symptoms and hormone levels, a customized therapy is required. BHRT can come in the form of a capsule, lozenge or cream and each prescription is dependent on several factors. Symptoms must be properly reviewed prior to therapy and each patient must be monitored carefully in case of any changes that are needed to dosage or treatment during the months in which therapy is taking place.
What your dental health says about you throughout the decades…
From smoking to teeth grinding, coffee drinking to the menopause, there are a number of lifestyle and ageing factors that play a part in our dental health. With a wealth of experience in his field, award-winning dentist Dr Mervyn Druian at the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry has seen it all over the past 20 years.
Here he shares his prevention and hygiene advice with Safety in Beauty readers.
In your 20s:
This is often the party decade, full of fun nights out drinking with friends. But many alcoholic drinks have high sugar and acid levels that attack your teeth, especially the ones that have low calorie content such as champagne, cocktails and the mixers that go with them. And, depending on the amount of booze consumed, some of us might forget to brush our teeth altogether! Dr Druian advises: Chewing sugar free gum to stimulate saliva, neutralising the acid in your mouth, Sipping and swilling water around your mouth during your night out to get rid of the harmful acids.
In your 30s:
From partying, to responsibilities… entering into your 30s can be a stressful transition. Many people of this age suffer from teeth grinding (known as ‘Bruxim’). While the use of a night guard, regular dentist trips and even Botox (which relaxes the face muscles) can help, it’s the root of the stress that needs to be dealt with. Try: Taking up exercise, Meditation, Incorporating a relaxing regime before bedtime.
In your 40s:
Sadly, this is when your teeth start to yellow and become more susceptible to gum disease (a classic sign of menopause) – yes, it sounds depressing but it doesn’t have to be! It’s the loss of enamel that makes the teeth yellow, so a good oral health routine is essential for looking after it. You should also: Avoid staining liquids such as red wine and balsamic vinegar or if you do consume them, eat green vegetables beforehand. This provides a protective layer over your teeth, Make regular trips to the dentist and hygienist, Try a tooth whitening treatment for optimum results.
In your 50s:
The nerves in your teeth become smaller, meaning they are less sensitive to cavities. To prevent these problems arising, good oral health care is key. In addition, you should: Make regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, Chew sugar-free gum, Drink plenty of water to prevent a dry mouth, which harbours plaque, causing dental decay Remember, prevention is always better than cure!
with kind thanks to Dr. Mervyn Druian