Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Six Aesthetic Treatments - Book A Consultation!

As cosmetic procedures advance, more of us are seeking advice from aesthetic practitioners and cosmetic nurses, as to the best treatments for our skin. We all want to “hang on” to youthful healthy skin and now there are plenty of ways to help us achieve this. Remember though, beauty and health starts from within, so a well-balanced diet, exercise, good hydration and inner happiness will help your skin glow with health too!
As men and women seek treatments that are a little more advanced than those offered by your beauty therapist or cosmetologist it is essential to ensure that your advanced aesthetic practitioner is suitably qualified. There have been some horrific and damaging results from practitioners without suitable training. The industry has developed rapidly over recent years and has been unregulated. This is surprising is the majority of the treatments are invasive and involve the use of dangerous toxins such as botox.

Thankfully, more regulations are now being put in place. Often aesthetic nurses are required to be a qualified nurse prior to embarking on aesthetic training. Regulations will differ depending on where you live, be sure to look carefully at the training and qualifications your practitioner has achieved.

The remainder of this article aims to look at some of the treatments available, in order to enable a more informed choice.

Botox (botulinum toxin A) is a treatment using a toxin that actually causes botulism. Used in a professional, controlled way botox can be used in cosmetics to temporarily lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles.Botox works by temporarily paralysing the nerves that contract facial muscles ie the muscles that allow you to frown.

Don’t go overboard on your first treatment, you still want your face to look natural and expressive.

Side effects of the treatment include, pain from the injection site and initial headaches. In a very small number of people skin drooping can occur after a few months, once the treatment has worn off.

Botox is also used within clinic environments by doctors to treat neck, limb, bladder and eye conditions in order to reduce muscle spasms.

Dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are useful for aging skin when elasticity is lost. They are safe injectable gels that can help correct wrinkle, scarring and depressions in the skin. The substance used is hyaluronic acid, which is actually found naturally in the skin.

Dermal fillers are also fantastic for plumping areas of the skin, giving a more useful appearance. This could be used around the mouth, cheeks and nose areas. The treatment will be bespoke around your particular need, it can be done relatively quickly and lasts six months - 1 year.

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment which is excellent for those people with fine facial hair, rosacea, sensitive skin and visible, fine facial veins.

One clinic that offers dermaplaning is Dermaplaning Carlsbad, Carlsbad Dermaplaning is carried out by experienced aestheticians.

Dermaplaning results are immediate and reveal a smoother fresher skin.

Lip augmentation
Lip augmentation is very similar to dermal fillers, in that the process involves injecting fillers into the lip area to increase fullness. There are many reasons that people choose this treatment, mainly around not liking the shape of lips that they were genetically predisposed to have. Many people experience their lips becoming thinner as they age, so opt for lip augmentation to achieve a more youthful image.

The procedure takes around 15 minutes. Swelling and redness will be experienced, but should quickly go down. There are risks involved if you don’t choose your aesthetician carefully, such as irregular swollen lips. In very rare cases necrosis and paralysis of the muscle can occur, this is usually caused by an allergic reaction to the filler used.


It’s all about getting the perfect eyebrows at the moment, but what if you were not blessed with perfect brows to start with, or if you have over plucked over the years? There is now a more permanent option than pencilling them in everyday - microblading. Microblading is a form of semi-permanent makeup that will last for around 18 months, after which you will need to top up the treatment or go back to your natural shape. Microblading involves the use of tiny needles and blades to create tiny hairs along your browline, pigment is added and your brows start to take shape. When done properly it is virtually impossible to differentiate between the drawn on hairs and natural ones.

Permanent makeup
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you awoke every morning to a face fully made up, complete with lip colour and eye liner? If you decide to give permanent makeup a try, this could be a reality rather than a dream.

Permanent makeup uses micropigmentation, similar to having a tattoo. The procedure involves the use of needles to deposit pigmentation to the upper layers in your skin. It is relatively safe as long as you use qualified practitioners. Occasionally allergic reactions can occor, which a good practitioner will explain to you.

Ensure you communicate effectively as to what colors you want, it’s not that easy to change your mind once it’s done. Top up treatments may be needed if fading occurs. It is advisable to steer away from the “fully” made up look as fashions and choices have a tendency to change very frequently!

Permanent makeup and microblading is used within the hospital environment for people recovering from cancer treatments.

With advancements occurring so rapidly in the cosmetic industry many unqualified therapists have started offering treatments that they are not fully trained to do. It is essential to do your research and ask to see previous examples of work. If you can meet previous clients - even better!   

As most of the treatments are invasive, using blades, needles and potentially toxic substances great care is needed, check hygiene and if unsure don’t go ahead.

If warnings are heeded new advancements and techniques will allow you to make the most of what nature gave you.

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