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rachael’s law: a petition to change the law on injectables

Harley Street Emporium is pleased to support Rachael Knappier in her bid to get 100K people to sign her petition calling on the government to regulate to medical aesthetics industry and make medical professionals the only ones legally able to inject dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments such as Botox. Rachael had Botox in her forehead and her lips injected with filler by a beautician with no recognised medical training at a friend’s house in Leicestershire late last year. The filler was administered incorrectly and went into a blood vessel which caused her lips to swell and started a process of…

Dr Johanna Ward

Dr Johanna Ward is a multi award winning Cosmetic Doctor, GP, and self-confessed ‘skin geek’. She is considered an expert in cosmetic dermatology, medical injectables and cosmetic laser. Dr Ward is Medical Director of two award winning skin and laser clinics in Kent and is often called upon to comment in the media on all things dermatological and aesthetic. Her passion for skin care saw her train under some of the best in the business including Der Zein Obagi in Beverly Hills and Mauricio de Maio (Brazil). She quickly became an advanced cosmetic injector and is a certified trainer in aesthetic…

Dr Hayder Ria

Dr Hayder Ria is an established GP and clinical leader in Northwest London. He completed his medical degree from UCL with distinction in 2011 and qualified as a GP in 2016. Dr Ria has a passion for injectable cosmetic treatments and has established clinics in Ealing, Kensington and Harley Street. He has undertaken numerous advanced and master class training in wrinkle reduction and dermal filler treatments with various aesthetic specialists in London. He further developed his skills under the guidance of an established oral surgeon in Ealing, where he currently runs one of his clinics. He now combines the different injecting…

What you should ask and expect from your doctor

Have you been considering an aesthetic treatment? Here Dr Kalpna Pindola runs through some of the things you should ask and expect from your practitioner. The decision to have an aesthetic treatment is not a simple one. There are many concerns like: Will it hurt? Is it expensive? Will I get a natural result? What about the horror stories associated with treatments? It is certainly puzzling process to find a practitioner with the right knowledge, skills and training for you. So I would suggest asking first: Is it safe?  Wrinkle relaxing and dermal filler treatments have been poorly regulated for…

Dr Krystyna explains how Botox works

Botox has been used as both a medical and cosmetic treatment for many years now, but do you need a medical professional to administer it? Dr Krystyna, an aesthetic guru and cosmetic dentists says the answer is a resounding ‘yes!’ In this video Dr Krystyna explains how the toxin works, what can go wrong, and why its so important to have someone who knows and understands anatomy performing the procedure. Botox is one brand name for the botulinum toxin which can be used for treating teeth grinding, excessive sweating and migraines. As it also relaxes muscles it can also be…

Should you have an aesthetic treatment? One doctor’s view

Dr Kalpna Pindolia takes a heart-felt look at what makes you you and what role aesthetic treatments play.   Now, most people kind of know when they want an aesthetic treatment. Friends may encourage you to have them. Family may be passionate about you not to having them. Then you have consider the horror stories of what can go wrong with the procedures. And what about the barrage of conflicting information on the world wide web you have to contemplate? It is a lot to take on board. After all of that you may still be considering an aesthetic treatment.…

From fillers to fat dissolving – what’s trending in aesthetic procedures?

Contemplating bigger lips? Before committing, see what our SKINtellectuals say is brand new and what will be trending in aesthetics in 2018. Before you settle down on your doctor’s couch for 2 mls of lip filler, you might want to think about whether you’re presumptuous pout will make you look passé. According to Dr Shirin Lakhani, founder of Elite Aesthetics in Kent, fashions change fast and those big Kylie Jenner lips have had their day. Mirroring the trends in cosmetic surgery she says people are opting  for a ‘less over done’  and more natural look. 1. A refreshing change She believes…

14 surprising uses for Botox that you’d never have thought of

There’s so much more to Botox that just smoothing wrinkles. Dr Zara Kassam PhD looks at some sometimes surprising uses for this injectable. Botox was once treated as a taboo subject: Everyone knew about it, but no one admit to using it. Now things have changed—so much so that Botox is regularly the subject of conversation. Botox is best known for smoothing out wrinkles, and is derived from one of the deadliest toxins known to man, but this magical toxin has repeatedly stunned the medical community for its seemingly endless and applications ranging from treating chronic migraines to excessive sweating.…

Baby Botox: how small doses of anti-wrinkle treatments can get great results

Frightened of starting Botox or you don’t want anyone to know you’ve had it? Dr Yuri Michitiuc explains how you can look wrinkle free without everyone knowing what you’ve had done. It is understandable to be concerned about people noticing that you’ve had Botox to fix wrinkles or smooth out lines on your face. While Botox is effective, it does temporarily weaken the muscles that cause wrinkles to develop, and if it’s overdone, it can be easy for people to spot the treated areas. But, there are ways around this. ‘Baby Botox’ is a treatment option that uses smaller amounts of…

Is snake venom really Botox in a bottle

Touted as a natural Botox, snake venom is quite often found in skincare products – but does it work? Dr Zara Kassam PhD finds out. The world of beauty is a competitive one and brands are constantly looking for ways to push boundaries to attract new customers with new claims and novel ingredients – and what could be more enticing than a cream that acts like Botox to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles? And the source of this natural smoother? Snake venom. There’s a certain logic to it as snake’s venom acts as a neurotoxin so it can paralyse its…

Which make-up do doctors say is safe to use after a cosmetic procedure?

Cosmetic or surgical procedures can leave your skin raw, bruised or red and everyday make-up may not be suitable. Heather Stephen looks at the products professionals recommend.  You have cosmetic or surgical procedures to look more beautiful but straight afterwards your skin may be red and raw or you may have some bruising or wounds that need covering – but which products are safe to use on skin that’s healing? Even injection sites from botox and fillers should be treated with care as applying the lipstick or make-up you usually use is literally akin to putting bacteria onto an open wound. So what…

Your face in their hands: who should you trust to inject your face?

Should beauticians be allowed to inject Botox and dermal fillers? Rosie Taylor looks at the ongoing debate on who you should trust with your face. You would only trust a dentist to give you a filling, so should you only trust a doctor to inject fillers into your face?That is the question which is currently dividing the cosmetic industry in the UK. Experts are torn over whether non-medical practitioners like beauty therapists should be allowed to inject botulinum toxin (commonly referred to as Botox) and dermal fillers. At the moment there is no law in Britain requiring therapists who carry…

Drop the knife: less Britons have plastic surgery

Britons are shunning the knife for cosmetic reasons with the number of plastic surgery operations performed dropping to its lowest in nearly a decade, according to new data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). An audit done by the association shows that the number of cosmetic operations performed in 2016 was down almost 40% on 2015. “For the first time in almost a decade of relatively consistent growth, cosmetic surgical procedure totals for women and men combined dipped below 31,000,” the association’s press release said. Consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS President Rajiv Grover, who compiled the audit,…

Everything you ever wanted to know about fillers but were afraid to ask

Everything you ever wanted to know about fillers but were afraid to ask: Harley Street Emporium SKINtellectual and Aesthetic Nurse Elizabeth Rimmer explains.  If you are considering having fillers to enhance your cheeks or give your fact a lift there are various things you should consider before you make an appointment. Harley Street Emporium visited aesthetic nurse, Elizabeth Rimmer, at her London Professional Aesthetics clinic where she explained what fillers are, what they can be used for and how to keep a natural look. A veteran of the aesthetics profession, Elizabeth explains that in general there are very few contraindications…

Starting cosmetic treatments: When is young too young?

Wrinkle jabs and fillers have traditionally been used as we get older to restore our youthful looks. But as a surprising number of young people opt to go under the needle. Heather Stephen asks can you start too soon?  As celebrities tweet about their Botox and show off their newly plumped lips on Instagram injectable treatments are becoming as fashionable amongst 20 somethings as the latest Prada handbag or pair of Louboutin shoes. But do you really need to invest in anti-ageing treatments when you don’t have a wrinkle in sight? It seems as though plenty of young people think you…

Anti-wrinkle injections: what to expect

What is it?  Botox is a prescription only medication made from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum – the toxin that causes botulism, a form of severe food poisoning. For medical purposes the toxin is modified and used to treat a variety of different conditions includinghyperhidrosis (severe underarms sweating), blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking), chronic migraine, overactive bladder and cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder contractions.) As it acts as a muscle relaxant it is also widely used in the cosmetic industry to temporarily smooth out lines and wrinkles, usually on the forehead or around the eyes. Botox, the most commonly known drug…