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Skin care advice for skin affected by menopause by Carly Pearce RGN INP

Posted on: June 24th, 2022

This is a topic that I talk about often in my clinic.

Menopause can have a huge impact on women, they sometimes tell me they feel they have aged overnight, they do not recognise themselves when they look in the mirror and they have lost confidence.

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods for 12 consecutive months and usually occurs between 45 to 55 years of age. The average age is 51.

The decline in oestrogen in the body is naturally occurring and is responsible for the familiar menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, nights sweats, insomnia and vaginal dryness. As if that is not enough to contend with, it can have a significant impact on the skin.

Women often report that there is a great inconsistency in the level of help & support available to them and that of family members & friends. 

I enjoy helping and supporting women with menopause & giving them the tools to help tackle the affects. Having the right help and support can really influence the experience women have & can have a positive impact on their confidence levels. 

Now for a brief overview of the science of Oestrogen, it is a term used for a group of three steroid hormones, estriol, estrone and estradial & are produced by the ovaries.

The predominant Oestrogen steroid hormone, Estradial has over 400 functions in the female body and is produced from puberty.

Oestrogens are responsible for the development of the reproductive organs, controlling the menstrual cycle, creating a suitable environment for egg fertilisation and implantation.

Furthermore, Oestrogen affects virtually all body systems including lungs, cardiovascular, skeletal, gastro intestinal, central nervous systems and skin.

Oestrogen also has an effect on the skeletal muscle, liver and adipose tissue to influence glucose metabolism. This explains why the decline in oestrogen affects women in many ways. 

The symptoms tend to develop over a number of years prior to the menopause as the oestrogen levels begin to decline, the peri menopause. It usually starts when women are in their 40s and continues up to the menopause. 

Clinical studies have shown that approximately 30% of collagen is lost in the first 5 years after menopause. That staggering amount explains the dramatic changes women often experience. The loss of collagen doubles up to 2.1% per year, post menopausal for subsequent years. 

This rapid collagen breakdown and acceleration of skin ageing is the most significant a woman will experience in her life. 

In the clinic, I work together with women to devise a treatment and skincare plan with the aim of achieving skin confidence.

I love hearing they look like themselves again and feel their confidence returning. If you are peri menopausal or beyond reach out for support & guidance. It may make all the difference to your experience. 

What can be done to combat this acceleration in skin ageing? I will focus on a home skincare protocol. 

There are clinic treatments that can help support and stimulate your skin. Having a bespoke skincare protocol for menopausal skin will improve your treatment response.  

I recommend Emepelle and its MEP technology to rejuvenate, restore and rebalance skin affected by menopause.

MEP (methyl estradiolpropanoate ), a new class of cosmeceutical ingredient, is a non hormonal oestrogen receptor.

It works on activating new Oestrogen receptors.  Clinically proven to restore natural skin function and activity safely to improve elasticity, dryness, skin thinning, dullness & wrinkles. 

This innovative MEP not only works only on the skin cells it is applied to topically but if it enters the bloodstream it converts to an inactive metabolite. This allows the positive effects on the skin without the risk of side effects elsewhere in the body. 

The Emepelle protocol is packed with a synergistic blend of advanced ingredients in this powerful product duo to simplify your skincare routine. 

The Emepelle serum is a light and silky formulation to reinvigorate & energise the skin. It helps to reinvigorate the skin’s natural functions 

Its fast absorption makes it perfect for morning use. This oil free formulation combines the MEP technology with peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid with powerful antioxidant activity. 

The blend of antioxidants in the serum include vitamin C, Vitamin E and ferulic acid. Vitamin C is a powerhouse of skin benefits including helping fibroblasts make collagen, protect vitamin A against oxidation, and assist conversion of vitamin E to its active form to prevent melanin formulation. Melanin is a natural skin pigment. 

Vitamin E protects against lipid peroxidation, a process that can lead to skin cell damage. 

Ferulic acid when exposed to UV rays has an increased effect on antioxidant potency, it helps to prevent cell damage from UV radiation by neutralising harmful radicals. Ferulic acid boosts vitamin C activity.

The peptides help combat oxidative stress and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. 

Niacinamide helps boost the skin’s barrier function, brightens appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin clarity and tone and further antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic acid improves skin hydration and helps plump the skin.

The next product is the luxurious Empelle night cream. It is highly moisturising, nourishing and restorative. 

It combines high strength, innovative MEP technology with potent retinoid combination, peptides, niacinamide and intense moisturisers. It utilises the skin’s night time repair activity to help restore skin vitality & luminosity.

 The Retinoid complex helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles & sun damage. It decreases skin roughness, aids nightly rejuvenation to reveal skin radiance & glow. 

The high content of Niacinamide is an essential ingredient due to its vast skin benefits.

The peptides combat oxidative stress, improve skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles & powerful combination of skin hydrators and plumpers to help maintain a healthy skin barrier, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. 

In addition to the Emepelle duo I recommend a gentle cleanser that will leave the skin soft and clean & protect the skin barrier. Harsh cleansers can harm the skin barrier and dehydrate the skin. Without a good cleanser, the ingredients in your skin care may not be able to be absorbed so it is worth investing in a good quality cleanser. I always recommend to all my patient’s to use an SPF. I ask them to think of an SPF as daylight protection and should ideally be used all year round not just on sunny days. 

Emepelle allows women to feel more like themselves again when looking in the mirror. An innovative duo that promotes skin confidence and pro ageing. 

Introducing Profhilo body

Posted on: June 20th, 2022

Encouraging body confidence by improving skin laxityOften in clinic the face, neck and décolleté are the main focus of treatment. Profhilo body now offers the opportunity for aesthetic balance between the face and body.Profhilo body is designed specifically to treat skin laxity on the body. The Profhilo body kit provides in clinic injectable treatment and home cosmetic treatment.

The loose skin on the arms and abdominal regions can be targeted.The kit includes a post treatment patch to soothe and protect treated skin. My patients report that the treatment recovery time is accelerated. The Figura body patch contains hyaluronic acid, a plant extract with strong antioxidant properties, arnica Montana to soothe and relieve the skin by reducing fluid accumulation and pineapple extract to support the skin and restore to natural condition.

The topical body cream to be used between treatment hydrates dehydrated and thinner skin. The patches help to soothe and moisturing the skin and provides a physical barrier to protect the skin post procedure.A study indicated a 33% increase in moisturisation and 11% decrease in skin irritation within an hour of application.

The Profhilo Figura body cream formulation is designed to restore hydration and tone by increasing elasticity. Concentrated hyaluronic acids combined with 2 peptides to restore cellular function and encourage tissue remodeling. It is designed in an airless bottle.A clinical study demonstrated a 42% increase in skin hydration, 6 – 9 % increase in skin elasticity and 52% increase in skin firmness, 28 days post treatment.Patients feedback ranged from very good to excellent when considering elasticity, hydration and firmness.

Profhilo Body is comprised of high levels of ultra pure hyaluronic acid and has been clinically proven to target skin elasticity and improve skin roughness on the brachial arm region and abdominal areas.

Book your consultation today to discuss what Profhilo can do for you.

One skincare product you should never be without….

Posted on: June 20th, 2022

A common misconception is to only use SPF in the summer months. It should be an all year round inclusion in your regime and here is why.

Protect your skin by daily application;

  • Sunburn
  • Free radical damage
  • DNA damage
  • Immunosuppression
  • Pigmentation
  • Collagen breakdown 
  • Skin cancer

If in doubt whether to reach for SPF, this image may help you decide….

This image illustrates the skin of a road trucker, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck have severely damaged the skin on the left side of his face during the 28 years he has spent driving on the job.

As a result, the left side of his face looks roughly 20 years older than the right, this demonstrates the extent of damage the harmful rays can cause. 

Heliocare offers a daily sun protection enriched with powerful antioxidants, Fernblock and DNA enzymes. Protection against UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A. 

By use of intelligent ingredients you can help combat skin damage and protect your skin cells from harm. 

A potent natural ingredient was discovered in plants, Fernblock® comes from the fern Polypodium Leucotomos. The plant developed a protective mechanism from the sun and this plant power can benefit the skin in so many ways such as defending skin cells from damage caused by the sun and protecting skin cell DNA.

Using the benefit of years of research and backed by clinical data, this is why I feel Heliocare is the only choice in supreme skin protection.

Consider this as daylight protection as the UVA, visible light and infrared-A can damage your skin all year round. 

All these rays emitted by the sun are strong enough to penetrate clouds and glass, your skin is at risk even on cloudy days. 


As well as Fernblock®, Heliocare 360° also contains additional antioxidants to help boost the health of the skin, including green tea extract, vitamin C and E.

UV Protection

The Heliocare 360° mineral and non mineral filters absorb and scatter the sun’s rays. This combination offers a high level of protection in a comprehensive range to suit all skin types. 

DNA repair enzymes

DNA damage is a core component of sun damage, this activity can cause the cells to stop functioning or worse cause mutations which could lead to skin cancer. 

Every Heliocare  360° product contains potent DNA repair enzymes that work to repair damage and to prevent additional damage from occurring. 

Visible Light and infrared-A protection

Damage to skin and premature ageing can be caused by visible light and infrared-A. A bioshield system contained in Heliocare 360° protects against visible light- like our own melanin yet more powerful in combating damage specifically caused by infrared-A. 

Furthermore a recent development in skin care innovation saw the introduction of 3 new products. 

Products specifically designed to treat specific skin conditions such as pigmentation, adjuvant protective treatment of actinic keratosis (AK) and help to prevent the signs of ageing. 

7 reasons you may wish to try Eternal Age Defying Synergistic eye treatment:

Posted on: May 20th, 2022

🔹 Reduces the appearance of fine lines

🔹 Restore skin density

🔹 Visibly smooth wrinkles

🔹 Improves hydration

🔹 Collagen boosting actives

🔹 Improves skin thickness

🔹 Nourishes and strengthens

With code LUNAP receive free delivery and a free PCA gift whilst stocks last.

Eternal is a home treatment that targets and transforms the under eye area. These simple to use eye patches deliver a complex of active ingredients to improve the delicate under eye area.

This anti ageing treatment involves applying the eye patch under each eye and leaving the patches to get to work, they are very comfortable and you can sleep with them on and gently remove in the morning.

The skin under the eyes is vulnerable to signs of ageing and damage. It can be often be the first place to show signs of ageing. Eternal’s key active ingredients rebalance and maintain the skin’s natural biorhythms.

Packed with active ingredients to transform under your eyes;

❤️ Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 copies the body’s mechanism to stimulate collagen production and protect against collagen dehydration.

🧡 A highly beneficial anti-ageing ingredient, Adenosine helps to restore, soothe and improve the appearance of ageing.

💙 s-Mu-conotoxin CnlllC neutralises micro-tension on the skin and by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine targets major skin ageing factors.

💛 Acetly octapeptide reduces signs of ageing caused by repetitive facial expressions and promotes production of structural components.

🤍 Marine extract mix which can reinforce the skin’s resistance against external aggressions. This is achieved by neutralising and reducing free radicals which are known to cause damage and changes to the skin cells.

💜 Hyaluronic Acid can restore and maintain moisture balance in the skin as it can hold 1000 times its own weight. HA is essential of healthy looking skin.

Is your skin looking tired and dull? Then the Aquagold Micro infusion Medi facial is worth considering…

Posted on: May 16th, 2022

Aquagold is a specifically designed facial where ingredients are chosen to address your skin needs and deliver ultimate skin.

The gentle stamping motion delivers the ingredients directly into your skin by the micro channels created in the skin.

This treatment is suitable for the face, neck and décolleté.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stimulate the skin and target the signs of ageing
  • Smooth your skin with dermal micro-hyaluronic gel to hydrate dehydrated skin
  • Reduce pores, redness and oil production with micro-toxins.
  • Improve superficial acne scarring with micro-hyaluronic gels.
  • Enhance aesthetic treatments with micro-serums containing growth factors.
  • Brighten skin with micro-pigment reducers.

Testimonial on Aquagold experience;
I had the Aquagold treatment with Carly last week. It’s a supercharged facial with evangelical effects of injectables- all in a speedy 20 minutes. What’s not to love? How about, for starters, a brighter complexion, smaller pores and fewer lines? Yes please!The treatment is virtually painless and the awesome results it gives, leaving me wishing away the days until my next treatment!If it’s good enough for Kim Kardashian..it’s good enough for me! 

For more information, click here.

5 Tips to reduce bruising post procedure

Posted on: April 28th, 2022

I always advice my patients that with any injection they may bruise and ideally not to have any procedures before a special event in case.

  1. There are certain medications that can increase the risk of bruising such as anti inflammatories e.g aspirin and ibuprofen. Should you decide to avoid these for 48 hours prior to treatment, if prescribed by your doctor please seek advice before doing so. Some supplements can increase the chance of bruising such as fish oils, st Johns wort, Gingko Biloba, vitamin E, garlic and turmeric. This list is not exhaustive. 

2. Avoiding alcohol 24 hours prior to your appointment and after is recommended. Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate and can increase the chance of bleeding and bruising. 

3. I advice my patients that exercise will boost the circulation and encourage blood flow so it is advisable to avoid exercise on the day of the appointment and for 24 hours post procedure. 

4. Some patients decide to take arnica for a few days prior to treatment, generally 5 days. Homeopathic arnica is believed to control bruising, reduce swelling and promote recovery after local trauma. It can be taken post procedure also. 

5. If you are prone to bruising the area to be injected can be iced prior to injections, the cooling prior to injection may constrict the blood vessels and may reduce the bleeding from injection site. The cooling of the skin can also provide a numbing effect prior to injections. 

If you have concerns about bruising, reach out to your practitioner for advice.”

Your practitioners choice in needles/ cannula and gentle injection technique can make a difference to your experience.

Nurse Carly 

What is Profhilo and how does it work?

Posted on: January 21st, 2022

Carly Pearce Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber clinic location in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Profhilo continues to be an extremely popular choice in clinic and it is for good reason. This unique product offering from Italian company IBSA is designed to improve skin laxity of the face, neck and decollete. IBSA prides themselves on producing high quality ultra pure hyaluronic acid. 

What is Profhilo?

Profhilo is an innovative hyaluronic acid moisturising treatment, made with NAHYCO® technology and you can experience the benefits of this treatment in a private and discreet location in Littlehampton, West Sussex. The results of the treatment will be noticed but it can either be your secret weapon for the ageing process or a gem you share with your friends and family. Prepare to have compliments as people will notice your fresh appearance.  Patient’s feedback include, “my daughter said ah mum you look 10 years younger”, “wow you look great”, “you are glowing and look so well” ……

How does Profhilo work?

Profhilo, a unique hyaluronic acid injectable gel, has a prolonged stimulating activity on the dermal cells. When injected into the skin by a specialised technique, Profhilo stimulates the skin cell receptors to counteract skin laxity and improve & restore firmness, tone and elasticity of the skin

If you are noticing the signs of ageing, sagging of the skin and looking tired, Profhilo could be the solution you are looking for. Some men and women notice friends of a similar age faring better, could it be genetics, lifestyle or could it also be they have a helping hand? 

Profhilo stimulates a multi level remodelling of the extracellular matrix (skin cells and tissue) in terms of elasticity and support, as well as maintaining and supporting the normal health & vitality of skin cells that have important functions to keep your skin healthy. 

Profhilo contains a high level of hyaluronic acid, the key to skin health and radiance & your desired treatment results. 

Where can I have Profhilo injected?

The most commonly treated areas include the face, neck and decollete. It can also be injected into the hands, knees and abdomen area to provide an effective treatment for skin laxity. 

Profhilo is injected into the area to be treated then the product can get to work stimulating collagen and elastin and attracting water to it for the all important glow and boost you will see soon after your injections. 

The structural changes occur by stimulation of 4 types of collagen and elastin by the slow release of hyaluronic acid.

This stimulation creates significant tissue improvement so it is not described as a skinbooster as it offers the additional benefit of tightening and lifting the skin. 

As a stabilised product the action will last longer than that of a non stabilised gel.

Allow Profhilo to release your natural beauty within. 

What makes Profhilo special?

Offering one of the highest hyaluronic acid concentrations, Profhilo boosts and hydrates the skin but also remodels ageing and sagging tissue. 

The treatment is suitable for men and women as well as offering skin benefits for patients of all ages.

It is recommended to have between 2-3 sessions initially and then onto a maintenance session to ensure your results are upheld. I can advice you in clinic to the number of sessions initially recommended.  

Profhilo is only provided to select pharmacies that only medical professionals are able to purchase from. As a Nurse Prescriber I am a medical professional with access to an authorised and authentic supply. I received training from HA Derma in the use of Profhilo and I have been privileged to be one of the newly trained practitioners in the recent addition of Profhilo Body to the IBSA treatment portfolio. 

What is Profhilo body?

This new product is now available with Carly in Littlehampton, West Sussex Clinic for the treatment of arms and abdomen. This treatment may help address loose skin in these areas and improve the appearance of the upper arms & abdomen. If you would like to get your arms and abdomen firmer & improve body confidence this new solution for body treatments could be for you. 

This product is designed to treat areas we may feel less confident about and give a welcomed boost in areas some people may cover up. 

If you would like to book a consultation, please visit the booking link to discuss what Profhilo and Profhilo Body could do for you.


Bookings available  in Littlehampton, West Sussex. 

Nurse Carly Pearce RGN SNP INP x

The wonder of Retinol

Posted on: December 20th, 2021

If you have heard that retinol can reverse the signs of ageing, it is true in the right formulation and strength.

Retinol is a type of Retinoid, derived from vitamin A.

It can stimulate the growth of new skin cells which can lead to better structure of the epidermis and ultimately the dermis by enhanced collagen.

The skin cell stimulation can reveal a fresher, brighter and smoother complexion.

Retinol can reduce;

  • fine lines and wrinkles Scars Mark’s on the skin and Pore size. Skin discolouration and pigmentation
  • Retinol can improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone resulting in more even toned, brighter and healthier looking skin.

How does Retinol work?

Retinol speeds up the natural skin cell turnover. This process usually takes around 4-6 weeks.

Dull and more pigmented skin cells may respond and renew more quickly. New cells are bought to the surface thus creating a smoother and even skin tone.

What retinol formulations are available?

I often recommend the AllSkin Med retinols as they give great skin benefits and results at an affordable price.

The principal role of retinol is skin cell production and activity which, in turn, leads to better structure of the epidermis, and ultimately the dermis with enhanced collagen. When you add to that activity extra hydration with hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidant protection from vitamin E, you have an intense, highly effective regeneration serum.

ALLSKIN | MED combines two types of retinoids – one with immediate action, and one with delayed delivery via micro-sponges. This ensures fantastic results without any irritation.

ALLSKIN MED have just launched a retinol booster kit, https://www.carlypearce.co.uk/product/allskinmed-retinol-booster-kit/

This trio of products includes the Skin renewal transition cream, Extreme skin renewal gel and newly launched Heliocare Age active fluid designed with soft focus complex to create a soft focus by diffusing the light and creating an even tone to the skin. It is equipped with a triple anti ageing complex. This retinol regime comes with advice on how to introduce this new regime into your protocol without irritation and great results.

If you would like to order, you can use this free delivery code: FREEPOST21

For the Obagi fans, I recommend the Obagi Retinol which also includes hydrating Jojoba Oil and Shea butter to ensure your skin is well hydrated and soothed and allows the contained retinol to be gradually released to minimise potential irritation.

PCA Skin offers a great range of retinol products that can be tailored to your specific needs. PCA is the brand of chemical peel treatments I offer in clinic.

Their retinol brands include;

Intensive Brightening Treatment

The intensive brightening serum, this can target skin discolouration and create a more even complexion. The increase in cell turnover brightens the skin tone for a luminous, healthy glow. The skin texture and overall skin tone is improved. This unique pairing of retinol and resveratrol creates increased brilliance and antioxidant support.

Intensive Age Refining Treatment®

This stabilised retinol can strengthen skin with minimal irritation. It can target age related skin yellowing and redness. It can minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create visibly firmer skin. This advanced hydration system with soothing ingredients provides supreme long lasting hydration and offer great support to ageing skin.

Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin

Retinol is converted into retinoic acid in the skin, this then increases cell turnover and improve skin function, tone and texture. Skin irritation is minimised with proper encapsulation. Studies have shown to be supportive as an adjunct therapy for the improvement of rosacea symptoms. The product formulation has ingredients to reduce redness, inflammation and help soothe the skin.

Intensive Clarity Treatment®

By reducing the buildup of dead skin cells that clog up pores, this can lead to a reduction in breakouts. Fighting acne with 2% salicylic acid. With the regulation of oil production and skin calming ingredients, the skin health can be improved. Therapeutic levels of niacinamide diminish redness associated with acne. Overall skin health is supported by antioxidant in the formulation.   The PCA retinol range contains elegant and innovative products that can be tailored to your specific skincare needs. Your aesthetic goals can be achieved sooner with the correct skincare protocol.

When should I use Retinol in my skincare routine?

Retinol is a fantastic ingredient with multiple skin benefits, it is best to introduce slowly to allow your skin to adjust and minimise irritation. You can experience skin dryness as your skin gets used to the retinol. Advice can be provided alongside your products to introduce slowly. Retinol can be applied to cleansed and tone skin, it is important to ensure the skin is fully dry before applying it. It is essential to apply a generous amount of SPF to protect your newly forming skin cells as they will be more sensitive to sunlight.

How do off the shelf retinol formulations compare?

I often have patients comment that since using their skin products from off the shelf such as supermarkets or retail shops, they are not seeing the results they are hoping for. As retinol will increase the light sensitivity in new skin cells, the levels present in retail products tends to be low. The active and therapeutic retinol formulations & levels required for skin changes and improvements are only available from skin care specialists. You can be advised on how to implement into your routine and be supported along the way. Your skin can be monitored and your protocol reviewed & changed as your skin responds to your products and the demands on your skin change. For example your routine can be adapted to cope with the demands of the changing seasons.

What age should I start using Retinol?

This is a question I am often asked. Retinol can prevent and address the signs of ageing, this is often in your 20s or 30s. It is never too late to reap the benefits of introducing retinol into your skincare regime.

In clinic or by video consultation you can tell me your skin concerns and I can help make suggestions on skincare products that may help. Premium skincare is an integral part of the aesthetic treatment journey to meet your needs.

Within the Obagi360 system there is a 0.5% retinol which suit those with sensitive skin or those who are new to retinol. A stronger formulation of 1% is available to those familiar with retinoids.

The truth about chemical peels

Posted on: November 11th, 2021

If you have never experienced a chemical peel before, the idea of one may conjure up images of bright red skin, huge sheets of skin peeling away, grim I know. An unpleasant and even painful treatment with days of wanting to hide out.

What if I told you, it can be a very relaxing treatment that can gently exfoliate the skin and infuse it with antioxidants.

A chemical peel is a solution applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.

There are three types of chemical peels, superficial, medium, and deep.

Superficial and medium can be a very safe treatment provided they are administered correctly and by an appropriately trained practitioner.

Deep peels are used less frequently. These can require extensive downtime and do present a higher level or risk and side effects.

Why get a chemical peel?

As we get older our cell cycles within our skin start to slow down and as a result our skin can start to age, develop discolouration, and lose laxity.

The skin health can be improved and stimulated by causing minor trauma by application of a chemical peel. Repeating the process over time can create a brighter, tighter, and more youthful complexion.

The skin barrier can also be strengthened by specific targeted active ingredients and in turn reduce skin sensitivity.

Peels can lift and reduce discoloration, making them a popular choice of those who have pigmentation on their skin.

Chemical peels can play an important in helping acne prone skin by reducing sebum and eliminating pore build up resulting in a skin clarifying effect.

My personal brand of choice for chemical peels is PCA skin. The company was founded 31 years ago, and they believe in a “progressive, not aggressive approach when treating skin”.

Using carefully tailored formulas to increase cell turnover by stimulating the cell cycles in the skin to create new skin cells and in turn reducing fine lines and wrinkles, tackling pigmentation, and improving skin clarity by reducing breakouts.

This echoes what I stated earlier in relation to having extremely tolerable treatments that can provide impressive skin improvements. That is why chemical peels are one of the most popular skin treatments I offer and form an essential part of a patient protocol to achieve skin confidence.

If you would like to learn more about chemical peels, you are welcome to book a consultation and see what they can do for you. You can tell me your skin concerns and we can discuss a treatment protocol to suit your schedule.

Nurse Carly x

DIY Botox kits on the internet and why you should protect yourself and avoid

Posted on: November 8th, 2021

The treatment commonly referred to as Botox or anti-wrinkle injections.

Botox is a manufacturer name. A few manufacturers you may hear of include Bocouture, Azzalure, and Zeomin. The products are all comprised of the Botulinum toxin molecule but have slightly different manufacturer processes. They all work in the same way.

Botulinum neurotoxin type A is a muscle relaxant, it works by stopping the release of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator. It works by sending signals between nerves. This action would normally result in the contraction of muscles.

The injection of the Botulinum Toxin A results in a 4-step process which results in the light chain of the toxin molecule specifically cleaving the target protein (Snap 25) that is essential for the release of acetylcholine and muscle contraction.

The recovery of this process to again release Acetylcholine normally takes between 3-4 months and that’s usually how long you can expect the treatment duration to be. In time this duration may increase with regular treatment intervals as the muscle’s injected may reduce in size and strength.

We now live in a world where you can buy my DIY Botox kits off the internet, but should anyone be attempting to source this drug from unreputable sources?

This alarming trend has resulted in people buying unknown product from the internet and injecting into their own faces. According to sources a diagram with the product instructs where to inject. This presents a multitude of risks.
When injecting anti-wrinkle injections, there are very small amounts injected hence the need for very precise injection techniques. The injector needs to have a good awareness of anatomy and physiology to inject and deliver the product where is necessary. The dose required varies from person to person and a very bespoke prescriptive treatment is required. In the hands of an unexperienced injector, it is possible to cause the drooping of the eyelid, known as an eyelid ptosis, it is possible to cause a Brow to drop, known as an eyebrow ptosis.

By contrast in an experienced hand, it may be possible to balance out asymmetries on the face for example if a patient has one Brow higher than the other, it may be possible to balance this out. Patients with heavy eyelids may notice an elevation in their eyelids and brows which can give their face and eyes a more alert & refreshed look to them. This may result in the patient being able to see better as their eyes are more open.

It is possible to cause puffy eyes by affecting the lymphatic drainage of the eye by inaccurate injection technique and/or dosing. The desired effect of the treatment is to look less tired and refreshed. In the event of the causing fluid retention (oedema) around the eyes the patient can look extremely tired and worse off than before their injections. A trained practitioner can assess correctly whether treatment is appropriate and if so, administer a suitable dose in the correct location.

What’s in the vial?

So you’ve ordered off the internet and a vial of something has come through. How do you know if it’s going to contain the botulinum toxin molecule? How do you know it’s going to be in date? How do you know if it’s sterile and has been stored correctly? Most of the toxin vials are temperature sensitive and need to be delivered in a cold chain delivery to protect the potency of the product, incorrect storage will affect the drug efficacy and treatment results. What would happen if injecting the unknown substance resulted in an allergic reaction, this could be life threatening.
Hopefully with a consideration of what dangers this can present, people will think before purchasing and instead visit a reputable and experienced Medical Practitioner for treatment.

Nurse Carly x

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