May 10th, 2013
Enjoy the Sun but use a Sunscreen
At 7am on Wednesday morning I could be found gnashing my teeth as I tried to enjoy my early morning cup of tea and watch the news. I am a morning person and as such I am not easily provoked, well at least not until lunchtime. How, you may ask, could the BBC cause such consternation so early in the morning?
The news contained an item about research being carried out into the relationship between sun exposure and blood pressure. Researchers at Edinburgh University have discovered that 20 minutes of sun exposure lowers blood pressure. They plan to continue the research to see if this effect may be used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke; the risk of both is increased in patients with high blood pressure.
Keep Young and Beautiful
Now I don’t know about you but if you told me that there was a possibility that cream cakes could benefit my health I’d race to the nearest bakery for a stock of éclairs and inform anyone that cared to enquire that they were purely medicinal. Simply put I need only the flimsiest evidence to believe that the things I enjoy might be good for me. The success of the Atkins diets would lead me to believe that I’m not alone and that this type of behaviour is a feature of human nature.
Who wouldn’t want to eat a diet rich in protein and fat, lose weight AND stay healthy or spend hours baking in the sun getting a golden glow and looking after their heart? All of which explains my concern over the news item yesterday morning. I have visions of people stocking up on baby oil and lining sun loungers with tin foil, all in the name of heart health.
Working in the field of medical aesthetics I meet people who want to undo the damage that past sun exposure has done to their skin. I also meet people that have been affected by skin cancer so I am very keen to make sure that people are not misled by a news item that reports research still in its infancy.
Researchers have yet to prove a link between sun exposure and reduced risk of stroke or heart attack. So far the research has only concluded that 20 minutes of sun exposure can lower blood pressure and that the effect can last for up to an hour. It is also worth bearing in mind that there were only 24 subjects in the study. Unfortunately the news report did not share this information with viewers so that they would be able to form a balanced view of this new information. Time will tell if research finds that current advice on sun exposure needs to be changed but let’s wait for that research to be completed before we put ourselves at risk.
Benefits of Sun Exposure
At Qutis we acknowledge that sun exposure has many benefits. There is no denying that we all feel more cheerful when the sun comes out and we are more active when the weather is warmer which is great for our health and well being. The sun is also essential for bone health as it is very difficult to meet all our vitamin D requirements through diet alone.
Qutis does not advocate total sun avoidance, our message is fairly simple; enjoy the sun safely; wear a high factor sunscreen (one that protects against UVA and UVB rays) and avoid being out in direct sun during the hottest times of the day; wear a hat if necessary. The Qutis team want you to keep young, beautiful and above all healthy.
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Article by Ruth – Ruth Roberts RN works at Qutis in Abingdon.
May 9th, 2013
An job opportunity has arisen for an Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber within the Qutis Group. The role is based at our clinic in Thame nr Oxford called MBNS, to work on Saturday. Two years of botox treatments and dermal fillers injections experience would be preferable.
Thame was our first branch in Oxfordshire and has been up and running since April 2001 and is well-established nurse led clinic.
There is a marketing budget in place which means that client recruitment is via our optimised website as well as radio and print advertising.
“The salary package and commission for the prospective Nurse Prescriber is attractive”
The successful candidate will be required to treat and manage cosmetic patients as well as perform light, heat and energy treatments. The candidate will report to Marea Brennan Thorns RN NIP (recently awarded Aesthetic Nurse of the Year) & Stephanie Green RN, founding directors at MBNS.
The position is for Saturdays only. The salary package and commission is attractive and this is a fabulous chance for an entrepreneurial nurse to work with a very experienced, high profile and long standing team in UK aesthetics. Ongoing training and development will be given.
If you have the relevant experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marea on 07710 023223.
April 25th, 2013
Botox & Fillers Need Trained Practitioners
The NHS website summarises very well the outcome of a Sir Bruce Keogh Review report into Cosmetic Procedures such as breast implants, botox, fillers and laser hair removal by saying;
New proposals to regulate cosmetic procedures were widely reported in the papers today, with the Daily Mail reporting the need to “rein in cosmetic surgery cowboys”, and The Daily Telegraph warning that anti-wrinkle treatments are “a crisis waiting to happen”.
The stories are based on an independent review of regulations governing the UK cosmetic industry. The review was chaired by the NHS medical director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who said anyone having cosmetic procedures should be better protected than at present and people carrying out cosmetic procedures should be trained to a high standard.
The review particularly highlights concerns about non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as:
Dermal fillers (injections of an acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars)
Botox (injections of a toxin used to smooth the skin)
Chemical peel (where chemicals are used to remove dead skin)
Laser hair removal
Under current regulations, all of these procedures can legally be performed by anyone, whatever their level of medical training. This is in spite of the fact that, if performed incorrectly, these procedures can result in a range of complications such as burning, scarring, infection and even blindness.The review proposes that much tighter and rigorous regulation is required for these types of non-surgical cosmetic procedures to ensure their safety.
Trained Nurses, Doctors only should perform injections
We agree with the majority of the Sir Bruce Keogh Review, however we suggest there are two areas which need clarifying or further explanation;
1. If over half of the cosmetic injections in the UK are performed by Nurses, why was there no nurse on the review body? There were eight members of the review committee including a journalist.
2. Why has the report not recommended that all injection treatments can only be performed by a qualified medical practitioner (Nurse, Doctor or Dentist) as in many other European countries?
The article goes on to say;
What did the Keogh review find?
The review committee gathered evidence from those working in the cosmetic procedures sector, the public, academics and international policymakers.
Their review report says that cosmetic interventions have become “normalised”, with men as well as women increasingly likely to consider them. It says advances in technology mean there is a growing range of – mainly non-surgical – interventions available.
The report also found that the industry is highly fragmented, with a range of different interest groups, product manufacturers and practitioners. It makes the case that the rapid growth of the sector means that quality control is hard to police.
The review found that dermal fillers are a particular cause for concern because anyone can set themselves up as a practitioner, with no requirement for knowledge, training or previous experience. There are insufficient checks in place on the quality of the products used during the procedure, the report says, pointing out that “most dermal fillers have no more controls than a bottle of floor cleaner”.
What recommendations have the review group made?
The report outlines the need for safer products, more highly skilled practitioners and more responsible providers. It calls for:
EU regulations on medical devices to be extended to cover all cosmetic implants including dermal fillers, and new UK laws to make this happen sooner dermal fillers to be classified as prescription-onlythe Royal College of Surgeons to set standards for cosmetic surgery practice and training and to issue formal certification of competenceall those performing cosmetic procedures to be registeredqualifications to be developed for providers of non-surgical proceduressurgical providers to provide patients and their GPs with proper records – and individual outcomes for surgeons to be made available on the NHS Choices websitea breast implant registry to be set up within 12 months and extended to other cosmetic devices as soon as possible, to provide better monitoring of outcomes and device safety
You can read NHS Bruce Keogh Review of Cosmetic Procedures here.
Qutis clinics, are a nurse-led group of three clinics on Oxfordshire. We have over 15 years of experience. All injections are performed by specially trained, qualified registered nurses.
You may ask us a question or request an obligation-free appointment here. We have clinics in Oxfordshire, in Witney, Abingdon and Thame find your nearest clinic here.
April 23rd, 2013
Does Madonna Need Radiesse?
You can decide. We here at Qutis Witney and Abingdon would love to invite Madonna (and you dear reader) to have a Radiesse hand rejuvenation treatment! A bold statement, but the offer is most definitely open!
Let me explain this outburst more rationally! On my daily glance through the newspaper, over my first cup of tea of the day, my eyes naturally gravitate towards the latest celebrity dissection! Whether the focus is on weight loss or gain, fashion label of choice or hair and makeup, I scan with interest. Well, it is rather natural that I look, I mean, we are in the Aesthetics business! I have a duty to do so! Qutis is all about anti-ageing and skin health, and naturally I want to see what or whom is being subjected to the spotlight for the day!
Do hands reveal your age?
Anyway all disclaimers aside, the Mail ran a story entitled “Women’s biggest beauty worry? Having hands like Madonna!” It goes on to say that although Madonna’s face and body look fabulous for a woman of 54, her veiny hands give her age away!
Collagen depletes as we age.
Hands do age due to a depletion in collagen and leaves them looking older, veiny and bony. So in that nano second of judgement glance between hands and face a person is subconsciously aged sometimes beyond the years they wish to admit to! This is all sad but true, however what the article does NOT mention adequately, is that there IS a fantastic treatment for this that plumps up the skin and makes the hands look more youthful again!
Hand Rejuvenation with Radiesse Collagen Stimulator.
Radiesse is a collagen stimulator that restores the youthfulness of your hands. The treatment is called Radiesse and is a collagen stimulator that replaces the volume that is lost over time in the hands as we age. The hands are injected firstly with a local anesthetic to ensure the procedure is comfortable. This is followed by a Radiesse injection which works with your own natural collagen and results in new elasticity and plumpness of the skin. Generally the effect of the treatment lasts up to a year for most patients.
Our experienced nurses have been treating for many years here at Qutis, and many of our patients fit this treatment in annually between their regular botox, dermal filler or IPL treatments.
If you want to speak to us live about this or any other treatments at Qutis (or Madonna, if you too would like to get in touch!) call us now on 01993 704050. You may also ask a question or request a consultation here.
April 16th, 2013
These are the most common botox questions which our new patients tend to ask;
1) What is Botox? (Short for Botulinum Toxin)
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. Botox is a brand name owned by Allergan. Over a million people have been safely treated with BOTOX® and other brands of botulinum toxin A. Allergan the makers of Botox have added Vistabel® to their range; and Merz another major medical company have added Xeomin® and Bocouture® and Galderma have a brand called Azzalure®. All products are very similar and do much the same thing.
2) Is Botox only used to treat wrinkles?
Botox has been used for multiple purposes by medical professionals since the 1980’s in fact as early as the 1950′s. Botox was first used for the treatment of Dystonia. Dystonia is a disorder characterized by involuntary sustained muscle contractions resulting in twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Despite an incomplete understanding of the neurological mechanisms underlying dystonia, relief of dystonic posturing and associated pain and discomfort has improved markedly since the introduction of botulinum toxin (Botox) therapy in the late 1980s, so much so, it has become the standard therapy for focal dystonias.
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. We perform this treatment regularly at Qutis and many patients report a huge improvement to their lifestyle. Excessive underarm sweating can affect the clothes people wear and even the colours they choose. Hyperhidrosis can be debilitating and is relatively easy to treat. Treatment normally starts with a simple starch test to confirm that sweating is classed as excessive.
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.Qutis will always treat 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 it is safe to have a treatment.
4) How long do the results last?
Although each patient is different, treatments can last from three to six months. At Qutis we always offer free of charge follow-up appointments to all patients, allowing patients to return anytime from 14-21 days post treatment. If any further top-up treatment is required, no charge is made.
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 & 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 Qutis group, our nurses are advanced practitioners with years of experience behind them – in fact most nurses are trainers themselves in the field of Medical Aesthetics, in particular the use of Botulinum Toxin.
One of the Qutis nurse team, Marea Brennan Thorns was recognised as aesthetic nurse of the year at the recent British Journal of Nursing awards. All our nurses contributed to the award status.