Semi-permanent make up procedure at MBNS and Qutis Clinics
An article this week in the Daily Mail highlighted the growing popularity of semi permanent make up in the UK. It follows the trend in the USA by many A List Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Gwen Stefani who are fans, and the lure of having a hassle free make up routine draws many people to going down this route.
The results can be amazing if done well by an experienced professional. It lasts about 1-2 years and a top up is required to keep the colour perfect.
Unfortunately, along with the rise in popularity, comes an influx of practitioners who lack skill and experience. Training courses run for only a couple of days and as the industy is unregulated, the technicians can work on anyone willing to pay. Also and along with discount offers from places such as Groupon, the service is devalued. This should start the alarm bells ringing in the ears of anyone wanting to go down this route.
Steps you should take before having semi permanent make up:
1. Firstly and foremost, you must choose an experienced semi-permanent make up artist. This procedure takes a great deal of skill that is gathered over time. Ask to see their before and after photos of the brows, lips and eyes they have done previously.
2. Ask them about their experience, training and testimonials from other clients.
3. Ask to see their certificates. Semi-permanent make up artists should also be regulated by the local district council.
4. Never be lured into big discounted offers – they usually are too good to be true.
5. Ensure that the location is sterile and professional. The equipment must be sterile and disposed of correctly also. It is never a good idea to go to someone’s house for treatment.
Fay Verney – semi-permanent make up artist
We here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics have our own Semi-permanent make up artist, Fay Verney. Fay has been in business over ten years with many happy clients who keep coming back. Existing clients also refer their friends too, and her business has grown greatly over the years.
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.
Q. 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.
Q. 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 Cosmetic Industry has been all over the news this week, in fact the chief medical officer for of the NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh has called for an overhaul that includes tougher regulations to the purchasing and injecting of treatments such as Dermal Fillers.
MBNS is still concerned with the outcome of this report.
Although the general outcome is positive for our industry as a whole, as many unqualifed people will be weeded out, a very important area was missed. The report still states that a Non Healthcare Professional can inject Dermal Fillers and Botox! This is an area we are greatly opposed to. MBNS has four Aesthetic Nurse Specialists including two Nurse Prescribers and we have been in clinical practice over 15 years. Injectibles such as Botox and Dermal Fillers should ONLY be injected by a Nurse or a Doctor, both of which have a formal qualification and have their names on a professional register. Elsewhere, non healthcare professionals have been injecting these cosmetic procedures and they DO NOT have a formal medical or nursing qualification or a thorough and advanced knowledge of the face, the muscles anatomy and physiology.
This report had the opportunity to say that only doctors and nurses must do these treatments. THE OPPORTUNITY WAS MISSED!
All nurses are answerable to a governing body: The Nursing and Midwifery Council, but Non Healthcare Professionals are not answerable to a professional governing body, so if they were negligent, they could not be struck off a register. Our nurses are on the NMC register, as are doctors (GMC). They are accountable to a very strict code of conduct. This code is there to safeguard patients.
This report had the opportunity to state that only doctors and nurses must perform these treatments. THE OPPORTUNITY WAS MISSED! Nurses were not even represented on the review body for this report. There are over 650, 000 nurses in this country, and within aesthetic medicine, it is thought that 60% of injectors are nurses, a great body of expertise and more importantly advocates for vulnerable patients seeking medical cosmetic treatments, so WHY were there no nurses on the advisory committee?
Our lead Nurse Marea Brennan Thorns spoke on Radio Oxford yesterday to express our views on this important report. You can listen to the full interview below: