Healthy skin = good products and good food

February 28th, 2014

Mother and Daughter - Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe DannerAlthough Gwyneth Paltrow and her famous actress Mother Blythe Danner have some thirty years separating their ages, you can tell that they have looked after their skin via great skin care products and good eating.

Gwyneth is an advocate of iS Clinical’s Fire and Ice Medical Facial which is also known as the “Red Carpet Facial”.  It keeps the skin hydrated and looking youthful using botanical ingredients.  She is also well known also for her macrobiotic eating habits.  We too advocate how eating the correct foods can keep you looking younger.  Our dermatological colleague Dr Stefanie Williams also discusses in her book:  Future Stefanie Book Cover NEWProof Your Skin how you can slow down the ageing process by choosing certain foods and antioxidants for the skin, which in turn slows down the biological clock.

Why not, as a mother and daughter day out, come to MBNS or Qutis Clinics for a consultation regarding your skin health?

Mother’s Day will be upon us on 30th March, so why not, as a mother and daughter day out, come to MBNS or Qutis Clinics for a consultation regarding your skin health?   We have various treatments that include wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers, permanent hair removal and the fire and ice medical facial along with the whole iS Clinical range of products which are packed full of antioxidants to keep skin healthy and youthful.

Call MBNS Clinic on 01844 213007, Qutis Clinic Witney on 01993 704050 or Qutis Abingdon on 01235 533772.  Alternatively fill out the form HERE and what ever method you choose, we will get back to you swiftly.  We look forward to helping you achieve your skin health goals and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there!



IPL permanent hair removal at MBNS and Qutis Clinics

February 26th, 2014

Here at MBNS Clinic in Thame, and Qutis Clinics, we have been helping clients get rid of their unwanted hair for over  many years with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Permanent Hair Removal.  The treatment is very straightforward and liberating for those who thought that they would have to shave or wax for the rest of their lives!

In order to be a successful candidate for IPL Permanent Hair Removal you have to adhere to the following:

1.  No active suntan – that includes fake tan such as Fake Bake or sunbed use.  This is because the light that removes the hair at the follicle is attracted to the pigment in the hair,  but if you have a tan, it will see the whole area as pigment, and you may experience a burn.

2.  Avoid usage of St John’s Wort for a month before treatment.   This homeopathic anti-stress remedy can make you light sensitive, and again, you could burn.

Treatment for IPL is spaced six weeks apart if the hair being removed is on the face and twelve weeks apart if treatment is on the body.  This is the length of a complete hair cycle.

Here below is a video of the treatment itself by one of our nurses – it is quick, easy and effective.  You really can say goodbye to unwanted hair for good.

If you would like to find out more about IPL Permanent Hair Removal or any of the other treatments offered at MBNS (01844 213007), Qutis Clinic Witney (01993 704050), or Qutis Clinic Abingdon (01235 533772), kindly call now on  to book a consultation with one of our specialist nurses, or fill out the contact form HERE and we will get back to you swiftly.  We look forward to welcoming you to our clinics.

Women in their 60’s are highest spenders on skincare products

February 21st, 2014

Helen Mirren photo: Mailonline

Helen Mirren
photo: Mailonline

It has been reported recently in the Daily Mail that the age group that is spending most on skincare products and services is the over 60’s. This has become known as the “Helen Mirren Effect”.

Women of a certain age are continuing to look after their skin, and as we can see from the likes of Helen Mirren (68), Susan Sarandon (68) and Jacqueline Bissett (70), these women are looking as good as they did in their 30’s.  They don’t look 30, that isn’t the point, they just look great for their age.

Many women in this age bracket are more financially independent and so have more disposable income than their younger counterparts.  This coupled with the rise in divorces bringing more mature ladies returning to the dating scene can result in them wanting to keep investing in their skin.

We here at MBNS clinic in Thame have been in business for over 17

iS Clinical's Youth Complex

iS Clinical’s Youth Complex

years, and many of our valued clients have ‘grown up’ with us.  The average age of our clients used to be 44, now it is 48 and climbing.

The more mature woman’s skincare requirements has changed through the years and our nurse specialists have been with her every step of the way, helping her maintain her youthful looks in a natural and safe way.

Our skin changes, our skincare products change, but the desire to have great skin health does not.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for the removal of sun damage and red veins.  Also used for Permanent Hair Removal

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for the removal of sun damage and red veins.

Ranging from medical strength anti-ageing skincare products such as iS Clinical’s Youth Complex which has as one of its active ingredients  human growth hormone,  feeds the skin to keep it hydrated and smooth and  reduces lines and wrinkles.  The need for an anti-wrinkle cream surpasses the anti-acne serum that was needed years before.  Our skin changes, our products change, but the desire to have great skin health does not.

A treatment that is very popular is the ‘photo-facial’ or IPL Skin Rejuvenation that plumps up the skin by emitting light waves that penetrate into the dermis to produce new collagen, while at the same time,  removes the age spots sometimes caused by sun damage which appear over the years as the ageing process takes effect.

If you would like to book a consultation with one of our specialist nurses regarding any of the treatments offered at MBNS which includes wrinkle reduction, skin care or IPL Permanent hair removal, to name a few, kindly call us on 01844 213007 or fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you quickly.  We look forward to helping you achieve your skin health goals and look your natural best.

What is the government doing to make cosmetic injections safer?

February 20th, 2014

Cosmetic Injections following PIP Breast Implant Scandal

Marea Brennan Thorns RN, NIP, MSc

Marea Brennan Thorns RN NIP MSc

This week we saw the long awaited response by the Department of Health to a review of the cosmetic market by the NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh.

Sir Bruce Keogh was asked to review the standards and training within the surgical and non-surgical cosmetic sector following the PIP breast implant scandal. PIP was a French company who were found to be using inferior products in its breast implants. Many women were affected and thousands had to have their breast implants removed and replaced.

Sir Bruce Keogh made a number of recommendations affecting breast implants, plastic surgery and other medical devices and injectables such as dermal fillers and wrinkle treatments.

MBNS was hopeful like many other professional clinics in the industry that the Government would insist on higher standards for everybody, providing dermal fillers and Botox injections. However this does not seem to have been made clear in the latest report.

The original paper with its recommendations was published by Sir Bruce Keogh several months ago and we have been waiting for the government Department of Health to review these recommendations and to support or enhance them, or even to disagree with them.

Department of Health Response to Sir Bruce Keogh’s Report regarding cosmetic injections

So, after several delays the government has finally responded this week. We would like to give you a simple summary of what has been said and perhaps more importantly summarise how MBNS is responding and what steps we already have in place to meet the key recommendations in the report, published in April 2013.

1. The government has not insisted upon a national register for all clinics providing wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers. We believe this is unfortunate and MBNS feels that customers would feel safer with a national body to approve registration of clinics providing wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers.

2. Botulinum Toxin (Botox)  is already classified as a prescription only medicine (POM). This gives patients an added level of security and safety when they meet with a nurse prescriber or Doctor face-to-face for a consultation and prescription before any Botox injection can take place. We were hoping that dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm would be treated in exactly the same way by law.  MBNS clinic ALREADY treat dermal fillers as prescription only, but this is not enforced by law and this is not the case everywhere.

3. We were hoping that the government would insist that only doctors and nurses are suitably qualified to perform Botox and dermal filler injections. At MBNS this is already the case. However, this is not the law and there are many unregulated, non-healthcare professionals in the UK who are injecting Botox and dermal fillers. We believe this is not a safe position for patients and that the government should insist on better control and training in this area.

4. Health Education England (HEE) are working with the Royal College of Surgeons and other medical professionals and stakeholders to conduct a review of the training and skills needed. We hope this leads to clearer guidelines both on the training of medical professionals within the cosmetic industry and to greater clarity around who is responsible for supervising clinics and practices providing cosmetic injections such as Botox and dermal fillers. We believe that customers expect the government to insist on a national standard for training and that this will bring greater safety for patients.

5. It seems that there may now be a national register of all breast implants. Breast implants are classified as medical devices. We hoped and expected that dermal fillers would be treated in a very similar way but this seems to not be the case.

Overall many in the industry are disappointed with the lack of clarity and standards which being proposed by the government in the area of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. This view is supported by many including the president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Mr Rajiv Grover who said in response to the recent report;

“Frankly, we are no less than appalled at the lack of action taken – this review, not the first one conducted into the sector, represents yet another thoroughly wasted opportunity to ensure patient safety. With all the evidence provided by the clinical community, choosing not to reclassify fillers as medicines with immediate effect or setting up any kind of compulsory register beggars belief. Legislators have clearly been paying only lip service to the sector’s dire warnings that dermal fillers are a crisis waiting to happen. Most shockingly of all, the fact that there is no requirement for the actual surgeon involved to provide consent for the procedure makes a mockery of the entire process. It’s business as usual in the Wild West and the message from the Government is clear: roll up and feel free to have a stab.”

So in light of all this, what steps does MBNS take to ensure the highest standards of patient safety and quality of treatment for our customers?

Highest Quality Products

We only use the highest standard of Botox and dermal fillers. Allergan, one of our main suppliers, who manufacture Botox and other dermal fillers meet the high standards in the industry, all Allergan fillers (including the JUVÉDERM® range, as well as the SURGIDERM® range) meet the following standards of approval:

MDD 93/42/EEC: Medical Device Directive & latest amendment 2007/47/EC
FDA 21 CFR Part 820: Quality System Regulation
ISO 13485:2003: Quality managements systems – requirements for regulatory purposes
Compliance of Materials to EP/USP monographs
ISO 10993-1: 2009 – Biological evaluation of MDs – for implant devices intended for long term contact duration in tissue/bone”
ICH Guidance for Stability and Validation of Analytical Methods
ISO 17665-1: 2006, EN 556-1: 2001 & ISO 11737-1: 2006 – for the sterilization of MDs
ISO 14644 : Manufacturing and Filling in Class ISO 6 (under Class 5 laminar flow), Sterilization in Class ISO 6 and Packaging in Class ISO 7

Qualified Medical Practitioners

At MBNS all our cosmetic injections are performed by qualified, registered and trained nurses.All our nurses are registered by and are accountable to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Most of our nurses also have an advanced practitioner qualification and are also qualified to PRESCRIBE as well as inject Botox and dermal fillers. This is known as the nurse Independent prescriber (NIP) qualification.

Specialist Training and Supervision

All non-surgical procedures are performed under the responsibility of the clinical professional who has gained the accredited qualification to prescribe administer and supervise aesthetic procedures.  At MBNS Clinic this professional is Marea Brennan Thorns MSc RN NIP. She is an advanced nurse practitioner in aesthetic medicine (Rotherham School of Nursing 1976, Oxford Brookes University, 2006, 2010).

Laser and IPL treatments are carried out by accredited laser therapists under the supervision of Marea Brennan Thorns MSc RN NIP and Stephanie Green RN, who both have BTec qualifications in Laser Applications to the Skin (Loughborough College 2001).

MBNS Nurses Provide Input

The government’s mandate for Health Education England (HEE) includes the development of appropriate accredited qualifications for providers of non-surgical interventions and it should determine accreditation requirements of the various professional groups. The work already carried out by the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses in 2013 in their published and peer reviewed competency document is being utilised by the HEE. The HEE qualification recommendations should be completed by April 2014. Nurses from Qutis & MBNS Clinics have worked on this document (BACN Competency Framework Document 2013).

A visit to MBNS Clinic in Thame, Oxon

MBNS Clinic in Thame, Oxon

Operating from Safe Premises

All MBNS practitioners have a clear understanding of the requirement to operate from a safe premises, and the responsibilities involved. Our training curriculum include topics such as infection control, treatment room safety and adverse incident reporting.




Read the Government_response_to_the_review_of_the_regulation_of_cosmetic_interventions here.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist nurses, regarding cosmetic injections, kindly call us on 01844 213007  or complete the form HERE, and we will get back to you swiftly.

Victoria Beckham has IPL Permanent Hair Removal

February 18th, 2014


Victoria Beckham has IPL laser hair removal.
Photo: Daily Mail Online

It has been reported in the Daily Mail online today that Victoria Beckham no longer shaves her legs and now has laser hair removal! Advised by her friend Eva Longoria, Mrs B now has smooth legs and wastes no more of her valuable time on daily shaving!

Well, we could have told her that years ago!  At MBNS Clinic in Thame, we have been treating clients for removal of unwanted hair for over 17 years now and the results are permanent and freeing!

Clients require several treatments (spaced 12 weeks apart on the body, or 6 weeks apart on the face, as that is the length of a complete hair cycle).  Once the hair has diminished, you are left with smooth, hassle free legs plus time to get on with other things such as launching your designer clothing label or running four miles a day, such as Victoria!

It is also great to see how clients help us do our job by referring our clinic to their friends, much as Eva advised Victoria about going to have IPL laser hair removal.  The best advertisement for us at MBNS is happy clients sharing their experiences with friends, resulting in them having a little ‘thank you” from us in the form of a £50 voucher to put towards their next treatment (after their friend has had their first treatment).

If you would like to find out more regarding IPL Permanent Hair Removal or any of the other treatments such as dermal fillers or maybe wrinkle reduction offered at MBNS Clinic in Thame by our specialist nurses, why not call us now on 01844 213007 or fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The lowdown on dermal fillers and IPL Photorejuvenation

February 14th, 2014

We are often asked many questions in consultation here at MBNS Clinic in Thame  regarding dermal fillers.  Questions such as:

dermal fillers at MBNS Clinic“I’m wary of fillers, but my face is looking gaunt now I am in my late thirties. What advice do you have for a first-timer?”

Judging by the number of ‘pillow faces’ in the press, you’d be forgiven for thinking dermal fillers never looked natural. But the experienced nurses of MBNS say it is a question of less is more.  Our nurses are artistic and highly experienced and look at your face in an holistic way.  They can work out exactly what is going to suit your face and the correct dermal fillers to use.  It is nice to see a picture of the client from ten years ago, or taken in their early twenties. This allows the nurse to respect the natural contours of their face and work in a more bespoke way.

Whether they have had IPL or dermal fillers, or any other treatment we offer, every client who leaves MBNS is a walking advertisement for us

Our nurses ensure that every client has expectations that are managed realistically. Everyone who leaves MBNS is a walking advertisement for the clinic, that is why MBNS’ aim is to make their clients look their natural best whilst still looking like the same person, so the code by which to live by is definitely, LESS IS MORE.

Another area often discussed is IPL Photorejuvenation….

“I’ve heard mixed reports about IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy)  Is it a good treatment or not?”

img-mediaIPL Photorejuvenation is a fantastic treatment for the removal of age spots (hyperpigmentation) and little veins around the nose with no downtime and effective results.  It is also popular as a ‘next step photo-facial’ to improve skin tone, boost collagen and minimise pores.  It really does keep the skin looking fresh and we hear is a favourite of the many of Hollywood’s actresses!   MBNS has five experienced nurses who perform the treatment regularly and safely.  In order to have safe, effective treatments, the skin must be free of any active tan, that includes fake tan or a dare I say, a sunbed tan!  Usually several treatments are required, 4 to 6 weeks apart for great results.

If you would like to make a consultation with one of our specialist nurses about any of the treatments offered at MBNS, please call us on 01844 213007 or fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  We look forward to helping you achieve your skin health goals gradually and naturally.

The lowdown on Botox and Lip Fillers at MBNS

February 12th, 2014

We here at MBNS Clinic in Thame have been helping our clients achieve their skin health goals for over 17 years and during the many consultations that have taken place before treatment, two of the same questions come up time after time to our team of nurse prescribers and specialist nurses.  The top two are always about Botox and Lip Fillers.

img-faceliftQ.   I would like to have a Botox treatment, how long does it last and how often can I be treated?

Here at MBNS we like to give what we call a “European look” with our wrinkle relaxing treatment.  To us, that means that although the areas have been treated with the medicine, you will not be left with a frozen look or ‘deer stuck in headlights’ look as is seen many times over in the USA.    A ‘full’ Botox treatment (that is three areas treated:  the crows feet, between the eyes and the forehead) will last 12 weeks or longer, and your nurse will advise you of the date when you may safely have another treatment.

For safety sake, and because Botox is a prescribed medicine (POM), you cannot be treated any sooner than 12 weeks apart.  You should be fully aware also that this and any injectable treatments should be performed only by a medical professional, and in MBNS’s case, an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, of which we have five in our busy Thame Clinic.

img-threadVeinsQ.  I want fuller lips, but I don’t want to end up with a trout pout!

We err on the side of caution here at MBNS Clinic.  Our patients who want to have a lip enhancement are advised to have a lip hydrator such as Juvederm Volbella.  This fantastic treatment adds minimal volume to lips that have lost collagen due to ageing, so the shape of the lips is not changed, they just look softer and more youthful.  Gone are the days of the “trout pout” of yesteryear.  Again, this treatment is performed by one of our team of highly experienced Specialist Nurses.

This month of February, MBNS has a special offer on Juvederm Volbella.  Call us on 01844 213007 to find out more and book your consultation.  If you would prefer to send us an email, you can do so HERE and we will get back to as soon as we can.

We look forward to helping you look your natural best and achieve your skin health goals at MBNS.


The Danger of sunbeds

February 7th, 2014

A story was reported in the Daily Mail this week about a young woman, Anna Taylor, who had used a sunbed every day for three years and as a result,  developed a cancerous tumour which after being removed,  has left her scarred for life.  To read the full article, click HERE.

Anna Taylor - post operation to remove cancerous tumour on her face.

From the Daily Mail online

Although Anna had discontinued using sunbeds for over ten years, the damage had already been done, and at 33 she had to have an operation to remove the basal cell carcinoma in her cheek.


We here at MBNS Clinic in Thame are experts in keeping your skin healthy and safe from the damaging rays of the sun and UVA and UVB light that sunbeds produce.  Much has been written about the affect of sunbed UV light on the skin and there are more than 200,000 cases of this type of cancer a year in the UK.

We advocate use of a good SPF factor 50 along with iS Clinical’s antioxidant serums such as Pro Heal and Super Serum to protect and feed the skin.  We advise that you NEVER use a sunbed and when in the real sunshine, always use a good SPF a hat and sunglasses.  If you do want a tanned look, then use a fake tan product such as the FAKE BAKE range, you can get the healthy glow….safely!

Recently, the NHS has brought out a very striking poster showing exactly what damage a sunbed can do to the skin…see below – it is shocking!

If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our nurse specialists regarding the health of your skin, why not ring us on 01844 213007 or fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you quickly.

MBNS Clinic in Thame offers many treatments for healthy skin such as wrinkle relaxantsdermal fillers, IPL Photorejuvenation (which helps to remove sun damaged skin!) and IPL Permanent hair reduction to name a few.  Our aim is to help you keep your skin healthy and look your natural best.


Increase the appearance of wrinkles and the visible signs of ageing?  Use a sunbed

Increase the appearance of wrinkles and the visible signs of ageing? Use a sunbed

The lowdown on mole removal at MBNS

February 5th, 2014

Many of us have moles and skin tags on our skin that we mean to get removed, but are unsure how to go about it.

The NHS no longer offer mole removal as a service but at MBNS we have five experienced nurses who will take care of you.

We here at MBNS Clinic in Thame, Oxfordshire have been removing moles, skin tags, Cherry Angiomas and Seborrhoeic Keratoses for many years.   The NHS no longer offers this service, but here at MBNS we have five experienced nurses who can take care of these unwanted moles and skin tags for you.  Many local GP’s recommend our clinic for this exact procedure.

The treatment is quick and simple and almost pain-free. We suggest you call us to arrange to have a consultation on 01844 213007 with one of our specialist nurses and they will use a cautery device to remove the unwanted mole, skin tag, Cherry Angioma or Seborrhoeic Keratoses.

Here are pictures below of the various moles and skin tags we do remove here at MBNS.

If you would like to make an appointment for consultation and treatment regarding mole removal or any other of the treatments offered at MBNS including wrinkle reductiondermal fillers and IPL permanent hair reduction, please feel free to fill out the form HERE and we will get back to you asap.

Seborrhoeic keratosis

Seborrhoeic Keratoses


Cherry Angioma

Skin Tags

Skin Tags

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