STAY SAFE – Cosmetic Procedures


New standards for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures designed to help drive up standards in the cosmetic surgery have come into force. The new guidelines cover all procedures from breast augmentation to Botox and are there to protect patients. The RCS will also launch a new certification scheme, allowing patients to more easily search for a surgeon who has the necessary skill and experience to perform the procedure they are considering. In the meantime, stay safe and know the rules – or for full details visit the GMC website.

  1. Do not have any cosmetic treatments which are on a special offer, like two for one  or  are discounted if you have multiple treatments. There should be no  inducements whatsoever.
  2. You must have a minimum two-week cooling off period before undergoing any surgery so you do not feel rushed or pressured.
  3. When you go for a consultation make sure you are well informed on all details of the procedure, including risks and downtime and are given written information about any procedures.
  4. Always  ask about  aftercare, continuity of care must be provided so patients know whom to contact if they experience any complications and full details of any medicines or implants being used must be made readily available.
  5. Details of all UK doctors, including any specialisms they have, are published on the GMC’s online List of Registered Medical Practitioners
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Ask Lesley – Why do I always get red bumps after hair removal?

I always get red bumps after waxing and hair removal. What causes them and what’s the solution?

These little bumps are often ingrown hairs. To banish then without irritation use a solution like Skin Doctors Ingrow Go Lotion (£11.39 nightly to help free and prevent the ingrown hairs. The solution contains salicylic acid; glycerin and glycolic acid to clean out and purify the affected pore, reducing red spots and exfoliating the dead skin making the ingrown hairs pop out easily. It’s perfect for legs, under arms and the bikini line. Best tip is to use for several days before waxing to lift ingrown hairs or wait at least 12 hours after waxing before applying.

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Last year, it was reported that Michael Schumacher, the Formula One legend, was being treated with stem cell therapy in a Paris hospital. If true, then this offers hope that his devastating head injury can be helped. We wish him well.
As regular readers know, I am fascinated with stem I have been working with them for a long time….albeit the ones found in fruit! My Restorative Miracle Serum is a hybrid of science and nature, blending growth factor stimulators and hexapeptides together with stem cells from a cocktail of fruits.  Works brilliantly if I say so myself.
So what are stem cells?
They are cells that can differentiate – or change – into other types of cell….opening the possibility of replacing damaged cells with healthy ones.  Scientists have been looking into their use for over 50 years now,  most successfully so far in cases of cancers of the blood or bone marrow.  And more recently, skin stem cells have been used to grow skin grafts for patients with life-threatening burns.
But it is their flexibility which offers hope for lots of illnesses and conditions such as heart disease and MS…  finding ways of ensuring that the cells go to the area of damage and signal the body to regenerate.   Interestingly stem cells are also being explored for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s too…so watch this space.
How do you get stem cells?
Actually, the most exciting element of this is at the moment, your own body provides them…so you are literally healing yourself.  Most clinics, including ours, take a sample of adipose fat …as this is abundant in stem cells…spin it in a centrifuge, and then inject the cells back into the area to be treated, and we have had some really good results.  It works well for joints such as knees, elbows or ankles offering reduced pain and improved mobility.
However, advances are being made all the time so the possibilities for stem cell therapy going forward are unlimited.
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Ask Lesley – Do I have to stay out of the sun after Sclerotherapy?

I’m thinking of having sclerotherapy to treat the spider veins on my thighs and legs but do I have to stay out of the sun after treatment? Also I always seem to get swollen legs in the summer or after flying – any tips?

You normally have to wear compression tights for up to three weeks after treatment ,every day,  so yes you can go out in the sun as long as you have your compression garments on – and that can be very  uncomfortable.  Our advice is to wait until the Autumn to have this procedure and in the meantime use a good cover up cream or a fake tan  such as Calze Spray On Tights  (£16 disguise leg veins. As for swollen legs, try and eat a clean diet that is low or free from inflammatory foods such as salt and alcohol which can lead to water retention. Foods rich in omega 3 oils such as salmon are a natural anti –inflammatory and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep legs elevated when sitting, don’t sit with crossed legs   and soak feet in cool water to depuff ankles. Legology Exfo-Lite Stimulating Salts for Legs (£43 for five sachets. is a two salt scrub combining sea salt with detoxifying Himalayan pink salts  which help stimulate the lymph for deep draining to  help contour, lighten and energise legs. Apply to dry skin before a shower or bath.

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Ask Lesley – What is Margarita Sunburn?

My friend has just returned from the USA and said she developed  Margarita sunburn? What is this?

This is a skin condition called phytophotodermatitis, which happens when oil from some plants or citrus fruits, commonly lime (hence the Margarita tag), grapefruit and some oranges, gets on the skin and is then exposed to UV light. This can cause a chemical burn reaction, resulting in stinging blisters and hyperpigmentation which can take weeks to fade. All skin types can be affected. To avoid, always wash hands and skin if you are eating or handling citrus fruits, especially limes, in the sun and wear sun protection at all times.

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Ask Lesley – The best pre-wedding facial?

I’ve got a wedding  soon  and  I’m looking a little jaded. Is there a one-off  facial that really delivers results?  I don’t want injectables or a treatment that has too much downtime.

There are  many new hi-tech facials  which can deliver healthy radiant skin, boost collagen production and soften lines and wrinkles all without surgery or using needles. Most , however, like a laser facial or Hydrafacial  need a course of  at least three treatments every  three to four weeks to really see an improvement in skin tone.  But for a  speedy one treatment  which delivers great results try The LA facial. Actress Sarah Parish is a huge fan of this new cutting edge treatment which uses  the very latest technology – dual modality  Fractional and Thermal radio frequency to product visible results – improved skin tone, lifted  features, softer lines and wrinkles in one 90 minute session . It’s totally painless and feels like a warm massage and the therapist will concentrate on problems areas.   You’ll have two to three days of redness which can be easily covered up  so have the treatment around a week to two weeks before your event to look perfect on the big day. Expect to pay around £150 and the facial is available from selected clinics around the UK. Call 0333 577 5570 for more details.

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Ask Lesley – Is there is a non-invasive treatment to tighten ‘down below?

Is there is a non-invasive  treatment to tighten ‘down below? I’ve noticed bladder weakness recently and I’m sometimes too embarrassed to go out. I don’t want surgery.

All women experience some degree of laxity in the skin or tissues and as we get older, the onset of the menopause, can also leave its mark on the vagina . In some case, the loss of tone can  lead to discomfort, and accidental bladder leaks making many women self conscious . ThermiVa is the latest  breakthrough treatment for vaginal rejuvenation and can help women regain and restore their confidence.  The non-surgical procedure uses controlled radio frequency energy to gently heat tissue via specially designed disposable wand applicator, restoring tightness to vaginal canal. It’s a quick painless treatment and many women notice a difference immediately after one treatment but you may need up to three treatments a month apart . Results last up one year -for more information  and to see if this is right for you see


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Ask Lesley – I need help with my menopausal symptoms

I’ve read about natural hormone therapy using bio-identical hormones   and I’m interested in going down this route rather than taking  HRT for my menopausal symptoms which make me feel old and lethargic – can you tell me more?

After the age of 40, our endocrine system, and its various glands, start slowing down their production of hormones, the chemical messengers that tell our various body parts and organs what to do .This means less testosterone,   progesterone  and oestrogen  so balancing and augmenting these with  natural hormone therapy or bio-identical  hormones, as they are known  can often  help the body  return to a more youthful state, improving health and energy and treating other distressing  menopausal symptoms. Bio-identical hormones are plant derived  and are identical in structure to those found in the human body . Bu you  will  need a well managed  supervised programme and blood and urine tests to check your personal hormone levels before they can be prescribed.   Unfortunately, this service is not available on the  NHS, but there are many private clinics specialising in hormone therapy The prescriptions are only available privately so  you will have to pay for an initial  consultation and tests and then for monthly prescriptions. First , do check with your doctor to see if this route is suitable for you as there are many other   HRT therapies  now available. If you are still keen to go this route do contact us  as we can give you further information on doctors specialising in this area.

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ASK LESLEY: ‘Which facial will give the best anti-ageing result?’

If you want something which gives really good results then you can try a micro-needling facial. This involves rolling a small device covered in fine needles over the skin to create tiny wounds that the body heals over time.  These wounds stimulate collagen and elastin production plus they aid the absorption of any serums. Your skin may be red for a day or two, but this is usually hidden with mineral make-up.   One treatment will improve skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles and leave the complexion plump and rejuvenated.  Cost from £250.

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Christmas Present Ideas!

Each Christmas… I don’t know about you, but for me it seems there is always somebody who you really don’t know what to buy for! A new pair of GHD’s or the latest i-Pad might be great… but I like to think outside the box and give a gift with a difference.

So, after extensive thinking, several google searches and an epic fail on Black Friday… I had a light-bulb moment. We take so much care in what we put onto our skin and take pride in our appearance by doing so (and so we should) SO, we should all take just as much care in what we put INTO our bodies too, i.e; WHAT WE EAT. It’s very important to eat as healthily as we can and as seasonally as we can. It’s easy to eat well when you go out for dinner, but you should all try to do it at home too. And that’s when I came up with the idea cookery lessons! Not just any old cookery lessons though… I’m not talking about making beans on toast or boiling some pasta- I’m talking about REALLY cooking. The type of cooking that makes your guests at your dinner party wonder if you’ve hired a chef. The type of cooking that has you comparing a dish in a restaurant with your own. The type of cooking that impresses your Mother-In-Law… now theres a thought!

I’ve discovered Laurent, a wonderful French cook who will come and teach you how to cook your favourite dishes at home! Laurent has got me out of trouble a couple of times and being able to learn in the comfort of your own kitchen is a real luxury- then you could host a dinner party in the evening with the pre prepped dishes that you made yourself… sort of!

You can book a One-to-One cooking lesson with Laurent and either cook for a sit down dinner for 2 or a buffet for 20. The prices really are very reasonable (about £200 for 2 hours with ingredients included) Laurent doesn’t have a website yet (so really is the best kept secret) so either call or email for more information: 07824705978, … You won’t regret it!

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