Wow, it’s been a mad month for Skin Deep Clinic, and the pace hasn’t slowed down in the lead-up to Christmas! I’ve just taken a breather to update you all with a new blog – where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and what lies ahead. A travel diary, of sorts. If you’d like to see more of my adventures you can catch up on my Facebook and Instagram.
Back to Birmingham
My first adventure this month took me back to the city of Birmingham. You may not know, but I lived there in the late nineties as a staff nurse at the city’s orthopaedic hospital.
As a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses I was there for their annual conference, held at Edgbaston Cricket ground. It was a great couple of days, the first of which involved workshops and treatment demonstrations by practitioners who represented leading pharmacies. This allowed them to showcase their product ranges, which was absolutely fascinating. Day two involved presentations from an array of experts, mainly nurses, with some thought-provoking topics.
As nurses in the UK, we are one of a few countries who allow nurses to practise independently in aesthetics. This is made possible by gaining the independent nurse prescribing qualification. It’s a qualification I myself gained in 2001 after nine gruelling months part time at university testing my brain cells to their limit!
The presentation reminded us all of the laws surrounding the qualification but it also reinforced my firm belief in two things. Firstly, every injector needs to be a prescriber or studying to gain this qualification. Secondly, I will never offer prescribing services for another practitioner.
Safety in beauty
As a side note to prescribing services… This is something I am asked at least twice per month by nurses who have “taken courses in Botox and Fillers”. The legal issues are vast and risking my hard-earned qualification is something I’m not prepared to do to launch others’ careers in aesthetics.
Of course I will support and guide new practitioners as my experience and workload allows. However, my advice to any nurses who have taken foundation courses in Botox and fillers is to apply for a place at uni on a nurse prescriber’s course ASAP and meanwhile keep training as those foundation courses are just that – the very basics.
Dreaming of Milan
Five days after my trip to Birmingham I was off to Milan, courtesy of HA Derma! Ha Derma is a UK manufacturer which distributes my (and my clients’) favourite products, Profhilo® and Aliaxin® made by Italian pharmacy IBSA.
This event will be firmly etched in my mind for a long time. It was such a privilege to be invited to an international conference with a total of 30 delegates from 12 countries. Iveta (HA Derma’s UK manager) and three other delegates from the UK and Ireland (Sarah, Rona and Kerry) quickly felt like old friends and the two days were a thrilling invasion of the senses.
Adventures in Italy
Italian hospitality knows no boundaries. My hotel room had a Romeo and Juliet style ornate balcony, I ate risotto and tiramisu in three different restaurants and then there were the injectors…
Four plastic surgeons (with uncanny likenesses to various celebrities from Phillip Scofield to Robin Williams – honestly, scroll back up and look at the picture at the top of this blog) shared and presented their vast knowledge and experience of the IBSA portfolio with us.
Learning from the best
The surgeons injected in front of us as a group, their work projected on a large screen so we could all follow along. Now, it may seem morbid to some of you, but watching other practitioners inject is one of my favourite things to do!
We also had chance to observe each inject individually, in smaller groups of six. We bombarded them with questions which they patiently answered. For the purposes of demonstration the whole face is treated in one sitting. The subtle changes created on the glamorous Italian models reinforced my belief that keeping the effect natural and understated is the desired effect and that the IBSA range has all the tools to achieve this.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Back to Blighty and the countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway. My clinics have been booked full for two weeks in advance and I apologise to those who have messaged me to say they can’t get an appointment as soon as they would have liked. I am working every weekday and some evenings but will not compromise my appointment lengths for obvious reasons. I hope you can understand!
I’m finishing on December 14th and the clinics will be closed until the New Year (2019, I can’t believe it!). This is something I have done for many years now, as bruising is a true risk with all treatments involving injections. I don’t want anyone to have their Christmas pics marred by a bruise.
Stopping treatment on 14th means that the effects should have settled well in time for the festivities. Plus, I absolutely love spending the countdown to Christmas with my daughters whilst they are still not totally embarrassed by me!
Until next time,