Something to smile about – Teeth Whitening at MBNS

March 26th, 2012


Teeth Whitening at MBNS

For years I debated about having teeth whitening– the idea of having to sleep with trays in my mouth for weeks was so unappealing I kept putting the idea on the ‘back burner’. However, as soon as I found out MBNS were offering teeth whitening, a treatment that would only take 60 minutes and results that would match my dental practice – I was overjoyed!

I was initially concerned about sensitivity as I suffer from highly sensitive teeth however my treatment experience was a very relaxing, pain free one and I highly recommend this treatment to all my friends and family! I sat in the chair while I listened to some great music on the  ipod playing.  I completely go lost in the music and the hour slipped away!  I was very pleased to find that my teeth whiteness increased by 6 shades after my treatment and there was very little aftercare involved. The only guideline I had to follow were no white food for 48 hours and no smoking, as I’m not a smoker and I had could think of plenty of delicious white food this wasn’t an issue at all.  I decided that when I got home I was having chicken and rice with a great big glass of white wine!

Be armed and ready for the sunshine – get your SPF on!

March 19th, 2012

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and although the sun didn’t shine as much as it is today, it does herald the real beginnings of spring. My parents are lucky enough to spend the winter months in Spain, so get a few more warm rays than we do. Unfortunately that means that they also get a lot of dangerous UV rays, so I sent Mum an IsClinical SPF 25 which is also moisturising, great for a post menopausal skin and will give her all the protection she needs from the sun!

Luckily my 18 year old daughter has grown up with me talking about the need for good sun protection, and she is an all year round user of an Obagi SPF 30. This is great on an oily skin as is oil free and has no perfume, so can be applied as often as required. My absolute favourite is the Jan Marini SPF 30, although a little more expensive, it smells divine and feels like silk, a treat for my skin rather than a thick cream. All of these can be bought from MBNS either from the clinic itself or online. So don’t put off protecting your skin and keeping it healthy, now is the time to start. Use them year round instead of a morning moisturiser.

Ematrix – skin resurfacing at its best!

March 16th, 2012

Recently i had a second eMatrix skin resurfacing treatment.  Officially, this treatment is  also called ‘Sublative Rejuvenation’.  The treatment itself has changed my skin tone and texture quite dramatically.  It consists of Radio Waves passing through the skin in pulses which in turn blasts the collagen under the skin causing it to repair itself by building up more new collagen so plumping up the skin.  It also makes lines and wrinkles less noticeable and the skin more healthy and thicker.

As you can see from the pictures on the left, the results are quite dramatic. My ‘before’ shot shows my mouth corners quite pronounced and the skin slightly sallow.  However two weeks later the area is plumping up nicely and looking much more healthy.

Straight after the treatment, my skin was red and tender.  I put Lycogel make up on to cover the redness and help heal the surface more quickly.  It covered very well and I was able to go about my day without feeling self concious.   By the 4th day, the surface of my skin had lost the redness but then all the great work was continuing under the surface. For the next 8 weeks  the collagen was continung to be stimulated so  making my skin much healthier.  This is conjunction with the iS Clnical range of products really has fast forwarded my skin to a new level.   I am booked in for my 3rd treatment next week, so will let you know how I get on.  I strongly recommend this treatment for ageing skin!

Could worms have the answer for halting the ageing process in skin?

March 12th, 2012


Cut a flat worm in half & it will become two worms. Chop it into 20 pieces in it will become 20 worms. Now a team from Nottingham university have found that worms can regenerate indefinitely.

Usually when stem cells divide, say to heal wounds, they start to show signs of ageing. Our ageing skin is perhaps the most visible example of this effect-But (and this gets exciting) flat worms & their stem cells are somehow able to avoid the ageing process by keeping their stem cells from dividing.

At MBNS we stop short at chopping up worms but we are always interested in the latest research & technology.  Pop by for a free consultation using Ultra Violet light & see for yourself just how your skin is fairing in the ageing process.

Summer Wedding? Graduation ceremony? Special birthday? don’t leave it too late!

March 9th, 2012


The  nurses at MBNS are very  experienced in preparing your skin for that moment when you are at the forefront of attention not to mention the cameras!  The  photo will be proudly on show for years to  come so you want to look your best!   So if you're thinking "yes I have 'a must look and feel good' event coming up" let us help you with your skin carelight peels and excellent  skin feeding serums from the  iS clinical range.  Lines can be  softened and lifted with a variety of specialised treatments tailored to your skin's needs.  Just ask us!  We have the knowledge if you have the desire!

Making your aesthetic clinic more male friendly!

March 5th, 2012


Here come the males!

According to the BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), there has been a dramatic increase in males have cosmetic procedures.  This is largely due to an influx of male targeted advertising and male centered media attention.  Even with the recession, the rise in procedures was noted.  An increase of 17% to 3,624 treated over previous year, (3,004). Men are going for smaller procedures more frequently and clinics now should  now open their arms to this growing market  and make them feel more welcome!

Since the early 90’s when the Aesthetic industry took off, clients being treated were on the whole, female.  They walked into a soothing female focused environment where they could be among kindred spirits:  united and safe within the walls of a discreet, confidential and caring clinic.

These principles, of course, still hold true, however now the mental shift  has to be made to make the male clients feel as welcome, and not make them feel as if they have stepped onto the movie set Grease with Frankie Avalon singing “Beauty School Drop Out”.

Clinics need of course to be warm and welcoming, with the invitation to enjoy a frothy latte or cup of tea whilst waiting for your Nurse Practitioner.  The décor should be neutral and fresh with literature in the waiting catering to this growing market.  

When we surveyed our male clients at our MBNS clinic in Thame, Oxfordshire, the majority said that at first impression, they felt a little embarrassed when they walked through our door.  Some likened it to  walking into a sorority meeting, and felt that they ought to retreat..  But they stood their ground!    They had made the giant leap to decide to come and have treatment in the first place.  They’d even started using good skin care products and an SPF!, but on arrival, they  still felt  like the  new kid on the block!

We have recently refurbished our clinic to meet the demands of both our female and male clients.  We are sensitive to  the outward appearance and indeed want to make that ultimate first impression be a positive one to ALL we treat.

So here are a few ‘quick fire’ tips to make your clinic more balanced.  The confidentiality and warmth still of course is paramount and still emanates, but the following should be taken into consideration:

1   Neutal Colours on the wall and furnishings

2.  A great choice of beverages made from a good barista coffee maker!

3.  A variety of good Male Magazines of the GQ variety along with a possibly Psychology Today and Vogue or Marie Claire– please no Weekly glossies!

4.  Point of Sale focusing male treatments

This male market is a growing one and as our treatments and clientele evolve, we clinicians need to move with the times and get ready because here they come!