Semi-permanent make up – choose a PROFESSIONAL

April 16th, 2014

Semi Perm makeup

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.

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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.

If you would like to find out more about semi permanent make up, or any of the other treatments we offer at MBNS and Qutis such as wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers and permanent hair removal, kindly call us on 01844 213007 for MBNS and 01993 70405 for Qutis.  Alternatively, if you would like to contact us by email click HERE for MBNS and HERE for Qutis.  Fay Verney can also be contacted directly on 07876496901.

Invitation to Qutis Witney ‘Open Day’ – This Saturday – 8th March

March 7th, 2014

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There is a great event about to happen at our sister clinic, Qutis Witney,  this Saturday 8th March from 10am until 4pm.  If you or a friend have been wanting to find out more about how to keep your skin looking more youthful and healthy, then this is the place you need to be this Saturday!

At Qutis and MBNS Clinics we have a team of experienced nurse practitioners who specialise in skin health.  Our treatments include wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers, IPL Photorejuvenation(Intense pulsed light for the treatment of red veins and brown spots on the face) and IPL Permanent Hair Reduction, to name a few.

Here is a general outline of what you can expect to find at Qutis Witney this Saturday, 8th March:

1.  FREE consultations with our specialist  World Class Nurses and Practitioners.

2.  FREE Youngblood mineral makeovers.  Youngblood is a great line of mineral make up that is natural looking and easy to apply.

3.  FREE Drinks and nibbles – well you can’t go wrong can you?  A great way to spend a Saturday!

Our nurses will be giving general advice on all our treatments and products in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.

So as Spring is hopefully on its way soon, why not pop down to Qutis Witney to begin your own spring clean.  Our aim is to help you look your natural best!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Qutis Witney, 27 Corn Street, Witney,

Oxon OX28 6DB

 01993 704050

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!



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.

Skin Tag, Benign Mole and Milia removal at MBNS

November 1st, 2013

skin tag removalSkin tags are very common,  around two thirds of men and women will have at least one skin tag somewhere on their body before they reach the age of 65.

They are found on areas such as the neck, underarm, groin and underneath the bust line.

Some people are more prone to skin tags, either for hereditary reasons or potentially because they are overweight.

However they are generally caused by friction or by the skin being rubbed so for example, a necklace or shirt could eventually cause a small skin tag on the neck area or tight-fitting underwear could result in a skin tag on the bra line or groin area.

Skin tags are generally flesh coloured and have a stalk, resembling a mushroom.

We use a procedure using a cautery device. It is a safe and  inexpensive way to get rid of the offending skin tags.

Here at MBNS , we not only remove skin tags, but also milia (milk spots) and moles.  We do ask that the mole has been checked by the GP so that it is safe to be removed beforehand.

We use a procedure using a cautery device. It is a safe and  inexpensive way to get rid of the offending skin tags.   We charge £100 for this simple, effective treatment.

The technique involves using a minute, sterile probe to shave the skin tag from the surface of the skin.  It is a quick procedure and several skin tags can be treated in one short session.  Although the treatment can feel stingy, it is quite tolerable, with no discomfort afterwards.  We apply an anesthetic cream prior to treatment for comfort.

If you would like to book a consultation with one of our specialist nurses regarding skin tag removal or any other of our treatments including:  wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers or permanent hair reduction to name a few, please kindly call our clinic on 01844 213007 to speak to us or fill out the form by clicking HERE and we will get back to you as soon as we can.






FIVE most frequently asked questions regarding Botox (Botulinum Toxin)

April 9th, 2013


1)  What is Botulinum Toxin? (sometimes known as Botox)

Botulinum toxin is a protein found in nature. Botox treatments work by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine which is a nerve transmitter. When acytylcholine is blocked the nearby muscle is then relaxed and the corresponding wrinkle is reduced or softened.

2)  Is Botox only used to treat wrinkles?

Botox has been used for multiple purposes by medical professionals since the 1980’s. It can be used to improve severe spasm or involuntary blinking of the eyelid (blepharospasm) as well as for severe underarm sweating, known as ‘axillary hyperhidrosis’.

3)  Can anyone have treatment with Botox?

There are a few but important conditions that are considered unsafe for the use of Botox. For example Botox may not be used if rare neurological conditions pre-exist and may not be given when a few medications are taken such as some unusual antibiotics. In addition there have been no clinical studies on pregnant or breast feeding woman and these patients will not be treated. MBNS will always veer on the cautious side to ensure patient safety. During your consultation your practitioner will go through your medical history and any medication you may be taking to qualify whether you are able to have treatment.

4)  How long do the results last?

Although each patient is different, treatments can last from three to six months. At MBNS we always offer FOC follow-up appointments to all patients, allowing patients to return anytime from 14-21 days post treatment.

5)  Can anyone inject Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medicine and therefore requires a prescription by either a doctor, dentist, or a nurse prescriber. Because Botulinum Toxin is a drug it should be administered by a qualified medical professional.

Medical practitioners have a firm understanding of both the facial muscles and how they work in relationship with each other. In addition only medical practitioners can manage any complication which whilst only occurring in extremely rare circumstances, may need another prescription remedy. There are over 50 different muscles in the human face, should the wrong one be ‘relaxed’ the results could cause unwanted short term effects such as asymmetry to the face.

Within the MBNS/ Qutis group, all of our nurses are advanced practitioners with years of experience behind them – in fact they are trainers themselves in the field of Medical Aesthetics, in particular the use of Botulinum Toxin.

Two of the MBNS nurse team were recognised as aesthetic nurse of the year at the recent British Journal of Nursing awards – both in 2013 and 2104.   And all our nurses contributed to the award status – we believe you are safe in the care of our nurses!