Royal College of Surgeons demands improved regulation of Botox

Mr Banwell has been interviewed by the media today to discuss the implications of the new recommendations from the Royal College of Surgeons regarding cosmetic procedures. This focussed on on-surgical procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers. It was suggested only doctors and appropriately qualified nurses should be allowed to perform these procedures and only in hospitals or accredited clinics.. Mr Banwell, a Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon from Kent, Surrey and Sussex agrees:’ I would strongly endorse the College’s position on aiming to improve the regulation of non-surgical procedures – it is important not to sensationalise or trivialise these cosmetic treatments – they all carry risk and should be performed by experienced, well qualified medical personnel, ideally within a hospital setting’.

Cosmeceuticals for your Skin

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Phloretin CF is available in Brighton, East Grinstead, Worthing and Tunbridge Wells.  Book your complimentary skin consultation with Mr Banwell’s Senior Aesthetic Nurse, Judi Critchard.

As seen in Cosmopolitan, November 2011.

Generation X May Help to Fuel Anti-Ageing Industry, According to ASAPS

Mr Banwell notes the following article on ageing Baby-Boomers and Gen Xers.

While much attention is given to the Baby Boom Generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – with regard to cosmetic surgeries, the next generation may actually help to fuel the anti-aging industry in the coming years.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Baby Boomers between the ages of 51 and 64 years accounted for 28% of the total cosmetic plastic surgeries and procedures in 2010.  Generation X’ers, who range in age from 31-45 years, were among the more than 4 million individuals in the age group who underwent the majority (43%) of procedures last year, despite the fact that they are fewer in number.

Many in the so-called Generation X – who were born between 1965 and 1979 – are now in their 40s.  According to the Los Angeles Times, many in this age group aspire to look like celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Catherine Zeta-Jones – all of whom are also members of Generation X.

As a whole, Generation X’ers are more willing to spend money on their appearance.  One study found that they rely on preventive anti-ageing beauty regimes to a greater extent than the older generation.  In addition, the newspaper reports that ‘a report from the Symphony IRI National Consumer Panel says that Gen X spent $5.3 billion on beauty products in the 12-month period that ended June 26, which represented 28% of all beauty spending’.

Another survey conducted by Allure magazine found that 93% of women and 84% of men say the pressure to look young today is greater than it has ever been.

This pressure – whether real or perceived – along with the focus many have on health and beauty, may mean an increase in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the coming years.

As this generation ages, they may be more apt to seek out treatments, procedures and surgeries that help them appear younger, such as toxin or filler injections, eyelid surgeries, liposuction, and chemical peels.

A recent ASAPS survey revealed that 53% of women and 49% of men say they approve of cosmetic surgery.  The poll also found that 67% of Americans said they would not be embarrassed if their friends or family knew they had cosmetic surgery.

PRIME – International Journal of Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine, Nov-Dec 2011

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Permanent dermal fillers… are they safe?

“Permanent fillers have long been the subject of controversy, especially in the consumer press where stories of cosmetic treatments gone wrong dominate the headlines. TV star Lesley Ash became the poster child for what can go wrong when someone has a permanent product injected into their face. Tabloid stories about her now famous trout pout and the widely publicised ITV documentary she made last year very publically highlighted the risks and emotional side effects patients can experience when having a cosmetic procedure that they are stuck with for life.

But are permanent fillers really that bad? Many practitioners say that with the right product, in the right hands, permanent fillers can give fantastic and long lasting results which mean patients don’t have to come back time and again for repeat injections. But are the benefits worth the risk if something does go wrong or are you opening up a potential can of worms if you choose to inject a permanent filler?”


For more information on what cosmetic procedures are right for you, contact us at 0845 2600 261.

Genuine Dermaroller

Mr Banwell notes the article from ‘The Daily Mail’ on the danger of using any ‘microneedling’ products other than the Genuine Dermaroller. 

“The Microneedle Therapy System has been hailed by many in the beauty industry as a short cut to younger-looking skin – so it is little surprise that it has taken image-conscious Hong Kong by storm.

But the city’s Consumer Council today issued a warning about the treatment following a series of serious complaints.

The procedure, which is not for the faint-hearted, involves the face being covered with topical anaesthetic before it is massaged with a needle-studded roller – a process believed to improve collagen-production.

Though many have raved about impressive results, the organisation said that it had received 43 reports of bad reactions to the microneedle, such as deteriorating skin condition.

It said that there was no scientific basis to the treatment, and warned that the device was potentially lethal.

The Consumer Council added that beauty salons’ efforts to sterilise the Microneedle rollers between clients were often inadequate, posing risks such as HIV and hepatitis.

Publicity and community relations officer Philip Leung Kwong-hon told the South China Morning Post: ‘It is unwise to risk your life for a prettier appearance.’

But beauty salons offering the treatment say that the warning is unlikely to affect demand, which continues to be strong.

Samantha Ku Ka-yin, of Hong Kong’s Miss Beauty spa, told the city’s The Standard newspaper: ‘If people want to improve the appearance of their skin they will not care about [the warning].’

She added that at her spa, a new roller was used for every client.

The Microneedle Therapy System, which is sometimes known as a Dermaroller, soared in popularity after it featured on the Rachel Ray show earlier this year.

Its makers claim that the tiny wounds created by the roller stimulate collagen production and enhance the natural blood supply, leaving the face with a healthy glow and more youthful complexion.

Celebrity fans are believed to include Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.”

For more information on why the Genuine Dermaroller is safe and effective, call 0845 2600 261.  Janine and Victoria will be happy to book your complimentary consultation with Judi Critchard, Mr Banwell’s Senior Aesthetic Nurse.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual report states that in 2010:
• Repeat cosmetic procedure patients increased 13% from 2009
• Over $10.1 billion was spent on U.S. cosmetic procedures
• Office-based cosmetic procedures increased 5% from 2009
• Over 11.6 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were complete

Sunbed user is killed by 19 cancer tumours

Mr Banwell notes the dangers of sunbed use in this article from Metro on 23.06.2011.

“A mother who started using sunbeds at the age of 16 has died from skin cancer – after 19 tumours attacked body.  Donna Ballantyne, 39, blasted herself twice a week in unmanned coin-operated tanning booths but later campaigned to raise awareness of the risks.  ‘If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t have spent even one second of my life on a sunbed’ she said.  Mrs Ballantyne, from Bothwell, Lanarkshire, had a melanoma removed in 2002 but four years later was told she had cancer after finding a lump under her arm.  She died on Monday after the tumours spread to her liver, stomach, leg and neck.  ‘Her motto was to fight cancer for her children – that is exactly what she did,’ said her mother, Rena.  Mrs Ballantyne had three children – 14-year old Dylan, Sophie, 12, and seven-year-old Leon.”

For more information on sunblock and protecting your skin, call 0845 2600 261.