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Month: January 2020

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Chemical Peel – Which one is right for me?

January 26th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

Are you all too young to remember THAT episode of Sex and The City? With Samantha (Kim Catrell) and her face burned off with one of the early chemical peels?

Do you remember Alex from Love Island who had a laser ablative procedure but everyone thought she had a chemical peel?  And she also looked bright red and like her face was going to fall off? 

Chemical peels can, by all means, be like this. You can have peels at different depths which create different levels of skin trauma which forces your body to enter a healing phase and essentially rebuild and rejuvenate your skin. At The Clinic, we don’t do the dramatic effect, very deep peels which cause a huge amount of downtime that I referenced in the two cases above. But, importantly, we do still get the results.

This is because we use the Alumier MD method which focuses on being “progressive rather than aggressive”. So for us, you may need a course of slightly shallower peels, and some homecare products, but, you won’t have those two weeks of needing to hide as a result. And the cost – almost the same, probably less. The deepest peels cost in excess of £1000 (the ones we don’t do) and a course of peels (6) and homecare with us is going to come in at less than £650 and you’ll have home care products to last you months included in that.

So, our peels, take off the very top layer of skin, they also use products which penetrate deeper and encourage cell rejuvenation from deeper within the dermal layer. All of our peels are bespoke, we can patchwork the products across your face to focus on the problem areas and make sure that we are targeting issues such as acne, fine lines or pigmentation. We can even target rosacea with Alumier (one of the few brands that can).

And the reason for this chemical peel chat? Now is the best time of year to have it, because you need to very careful with an SPF for a week afterwards, and with the lack of sunshine in the UK at the moment, you can get away with just putting it on once a day. 

In conclusion, all of the peels are safe, the worst you will experience is a little redness and peeling a few days later (but not all of them make you physically peel even) and we’ll build you up with your results rather than giving you two weeks of Kim Catrell or Alex from Love Island.

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or would like to find out more about Chemical Peels. Get in touch with us by sending an email to reception@theclinicburton.co.uk, or simply DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll get back to you.

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



Training at The Clinic

January 19th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

What does it take to be a good aesthetic practitioner?  The truth be known, it is really hard to define this.  At The Clinic, we believe in two different aspects of training that we hope makes us the best in the business. 

Firstly we believe that the ethics of aesthetics are incredibly important; this is why we have an ethical injecting policy at The Clinic.  It helps to focus the mind, away from a money-driven environment to force practitioners to think “Is this the right thing that I’m doing for my patient?”. Patients, seeking aesthetic procedures, can be vulnerable, they can have low confidence and can struggle, in the extreme, with body dysmorphic disorder.  For us, if you as a practitioner can answer truly that you are only doing procedures that are right for the patient, then you’ve conquered the first major hurdle.

Secondly, it’s an appreciation of the actual art of aesthetics, and this appreciation has to be underpinned by training and understanding of the products available and the best way to deliver them.  Obtaining this second step is hard, and we appreciate that. 

We opened our training school this month and our first courses will run on 1st and 2nd February. Each day can be taken as a separate entity and we will train healthcare professionals in basic toxin and introductory fillers.  Each of our courses can then be used as a contribution to the holy grail of aesthetics, the Level 7 qualification.  Our courses will stand out from the crowd as they set out not only how to deliver the more simple treatments in aesthetics but also, how to fully assess your client and manage their expectations about what you can achieve for them.  In our experience, making sure that you know the results you can get, is fundamental to making sure that you have a trusted relationship with your patients.

You will leave one of our courses, delivered at our state of the art training school and taught by our two most senior clinicians who both work as plastic surgery registrars in the NHS (Nathalie Fennell and Rebecca Rollett), knowing that you have a support network with The Clinic that if you want it, will always be there.  Following your training day, you will be able to book further shadowing days where we can assess your abilities further and help you to develop in particular, your consultation skills.  You will of course also leave with a good understanding of the products we use, all by Merz Aesthetics, and the building blocks to set up your own practice.

Agenda for both days:

Day 1:  Introduction to Toxin

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • Medicines management
  • Prescribing toxin
  • Administering upper face toxin (2-3 models provided to train on)
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events/complications/dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

Day 2:  Introduction to Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

  • The consultation process
  • Managing patient expectations and consent
  • When is surgery more appropriate?
  • Prescribing fillers and other associated medications
  • Treating nasolabial folds, the lower face and cheeks
  • Complications of fillers
  • Follow up and best practice guidelines
  • Introduction to managing adverse events and dissatisfactory results
  • Setting up your aesthetics business

On completion of the training, you will receive a certificate from The Clinic Academy, which is recognised by the insurers Hamilton Fraser and enables you to start your own journey in aesthetic practice.

Finally, we can never promise, but, we are always looking for people who will fit well into our team.  And if that’s you, and you like how we work, please do tell us.  If you would like to train with us please contact penny@theclinicburton.co.uk who is our training course co-ordinator.  All courses are £1000 per day incl. of VAT. 

Looking forward to see you all!

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



Toxin: The Facts

January 18th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

This feels like we’re writing out The Clinic consent form for Botulinum Toxin, and if we had a pound for every time a client who has been treated elsewhere said: “I’ve never been told that before…” You know the rest of the story…

Botulinum toxin is a drug – correct.  A brand name is Botox, which was the first prep marketed by Allergan that works very well. We use Bocouture, a brand by Merz Pharma. It does not require refrigeration and when we used to work mobile this felt a lot safer. The science of the way this particular brand formulated their toxin is incredible. But let’s not get too geeky… Botulinum Toxin is the crucial ingredient. 

And here is the headline. If you have lines in your upper face (forehead, between your eyebrows, or crows feet) that are mostly there when you move, toxin is the first consideration. If the lines are there even when you’re not moving, you might still be able to have it, but, the results aren’t going to be as good. Why?  Why? Why? Because Toxin works by stopping the muscles from moving, and so, if you’ve got lines caused by movement, they’ll go. If they’re still there when you’re not moving, taking the movement away, may not make as much difference as you might like.

So when you come for your follow up, which is where we can make small tweaks to your treatment if you need it, we’ll look for leftover movement, not leftover lines. Most people like the sensation and the results of their toxin, it is rarely this that gives the fake puffed up look that people so desperately want to avoid. Occasionally you can feel like your forehead is too heavy, and if you get this, your practitioner should be able to take you through this and make sure it goes away as quickly as possible.

Make sense? Hope so. But we would love to hear your questions, so if you’re interested – send us an email to reception@theclinicburton.co.uk, DM us on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll answer you. 

Love, Team Clinic 🖤



The Clinic Lips

January 11th, 2020 | Nathalie Fennell

The clinic lips are our trademark procedure, we pride ourselves in treating not just the lip but the whole mouth area to make sure that your treatment looks right for you. In order to create our natural plump look we use a range of products from Merz Aesthetics called Belotero, these are a group of hyaluronic acid fillers which come in four different preparations to make sure that we have every tool available to us so that we can create a lip that is bespoke to you.

It is amazing how anti-ageing a lip treatment with us can be; we can use our range of products to target the fine lines around the lips sometimes referred to as “smokers lines” whilst at the same time taking a different product to build fullness in the top lip that can fade with age. When targeting lips for our older clients we can also look at the corners of the mouth which in time “turn down” with age and using clever techniques learned by Dr Nathalie and Dr Becky on the Merz Masterclass last year, we can lift those corners back to a youthful refreshed smile.

For some people lips are not for anti-ageing, they’re just for the purpose of achieving the plump, smooth feminine appearance of luscious lips and at The Clinic we can do that too. In some cases, we may combine our finer product “lips contour” with our more plumping product “lips shape” to create the perfect lip outline as well as a plump lip body.

In a few of our clients, the “gummy smile” is a worry, it can be a problem when trying to smile with confidence if you are worrying that too much gum is on show. If that’s you, come and talk to us, we can use carefully placed toxin as part of your lip treatment to make sure that you don’t have to hold back on your grin. The muscles that pull your top lip up will relax slightly and your smile will show less teeth and more happiness.

If you want to talk more about lips and the product ranges we have then give us a call on 01283 205533 and book a consultation with one of our doctors. Check out our social media (Facebook or Instagram) to see the beautiful lips we can create for you. 

We are Belotero Lips Merz approved clinic meaning even the makers of the product have given us their major stamp of approval.  

Everyone loves to smile and sometimes the little tweaks we can offer you will give you that boost that you need to have confidence in your grin, and ultimately smile more.

See you at The Clinic! 🖤


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