Dr Tracy Mountford – Non Surgical Cosmetics – London & Buckinghamshire


Dr Tracy Mountford is the Medical Director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic and has over 20 years experience in facial rejuvenation techniques.

Having qualified in London in 1985 she initially worked as an anaesthetist before training as a Cosmetic Medical Practitioner.

She has full registration with the GMC (no 3085451) and MPS, and is a founder member of the BACD (British Association of Cosmetic Doctors).

Dr Mountford is highly regarded by her peers and is considered a key opinion leader in the ever expanding field of non-surgical aesthetic medicine.

She is often quoted in the national media including: The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Tatler, Grazia, Woman & Home, & Woman’s Own to name but a few. She also regularly appears on television including – BBC Breakfast, GMTV, ITV ‘This Morning’, 10 Years Younger: The Challenge, UK Living’s ‘The Truth About Beauty’, & carried out many radio interviews which have been broadcast throughout the country. She is frequently asked to present at conferences & workshops at key industry events across the UK.
More about her clinic at www.cosmeticskinclinic.com T: + 44(0)1753 646 660

Dr Josh Berkowitz joins Elixir experts


London: Dr Joshua Berkowitz of London’s Wimpole Aesthetic Centre has joined the panel of top experts who work with Elixir.

His practice in the centre of London offers a comphrensive range of treatments for the face and body, including fillers, Botox, chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser hair removal and the latest technology to zap fat including SmartLipo.

Dr Berkowitz graduated with a medical degree(MB ChB) from Birmingham University (UK) in 1980 and, after specialist training, obtained Membership and subsequent Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (FRCOG). As an experienced Medical Doctor and a very skilled surgeon, he owns and manages Wimpole Aesthetic Centre. To book a consultation with Dr Joshua Berkowitz, please contact us.

Before coming to England,he lived in Johannesburg (South Africa) and had a successful and prestigious private female-focused practice. He has always had a special interest in WomenÂ’s Health and Wellbeing, Endocrinology, Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-ageing Medicine.

He has a particular interest in aesthetic treatments that can be used as alternatives to cosmetic surgery and has attended many international congresses and workshops related to this genre of medicine. Before opening the Wimpole Aesthetic Centre in London, he spent time in Paris, Israel and in South Africa as well as in the UK at clinics specifically devoted to the practice of Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-aging Medicine.

Dr Joshua Berkowitz is fully registeredwith the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK and with the South African Health Professionals Council. He is a member of several prestigious medical societies including the BMA and the SAMA. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) as well as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and its South African equivalent, the SASOG. He is a member of the Independent Doctors Forum (IDF) and is, of course, a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD).

As a recognised medical educator,Dr Berkowitz was on the academic staff of the Witswatersrand Medical School (Johannesburg) and on the part-time staff of the famous Chris Hani Baragwanath Teaching Hospital. Whilst in South Africa he had a live phone-in medical radio talk show specifically devoted to womenÂ’s health and other womenÂ’s issues.

Dr Joshua Berkowitz is one of the UKÂ’s leading doctors for Smart Lipo and is a specialist in many other non-surgical aesthetic rejuvenation procedures and alternatives to cosmetic surgery, including Velasmooth, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair Removal, Sculptra, Mesotherapy, Chemical Peels, Botox and much more! Please contact Wimpole Aesthetic Centre, London, to discuss your concerns and requirements or to book a free private consultation with a member of our highly experienced practitioners.


Elizabeth Roche MD MedSpa, New Jersey


15% discount on all treatments including:

Comprehensive Skin Analysis
Dermal Fillers
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Resurfacing
IPL Photofacials
Laser Spider Veins
Chemical Peels

Elizabeth Roche M.D. MedSpa is located in Perillo Plaza at 577 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
T: +1 201 505 1020

For more information, please visit www.elizabethrochemedspa.com

Today’s clientele want more than just quality work when they visit a medical spa. They want a full experience that is relaxing but professional; spa-like, but also provides them with the latest medical treatments. Welcome to MedSpa 2008 – a blend of design, professionalism and cutting edge equipment – it’s a new standard in what a medical spa should look like.

When Dr. Elizabeth Roche opened her new medical spa, she did more than install the latest equipment. She hired a designer to create an atmosphere for her to practice in. The result is a business that is thriving. She is an example of a medical spa owner who raised the bar in the spa industry and is seeing the results. At Dr. RocheÂ’s medspa, clients enjoy the benefits of a well-designed and modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment, a board-certified physician, and experienced skin care professionals that offer the latest esthetic treatments.

“We have designed our modern medspa to create a soothing environment to de-stress the mind the moment they step into the medspa,” says Dr. Roche. “The lighting and design of the medical esthetic center creates a soothing environment where my clients feel comfortable knowing they are being treated by a board-certified physician and certified estheticians.”

Hiring certified skin care professionals is not enough to make a world class medspa. Medspa owners need to take a step further and focus on the design elements of the space to reflect the outstanding quality of care and service.

“Working with an interior designer to create a cost-effective plan is important when creating a medspa,” says Dr. Roche. “My designer used lighting to highlight the various treatment rooms and made the facility look elegant and spacious.”

There will be more medspa owners like Dr. Roche who are influencing the direction that medspas should take to become noteworthy and distinct. Dr. Roche is available for interviews on the medical esthetic business and the latest developments in the spa industry.

About Dr Elizabeth Roche

Dr. Elizabeth Roche is the founder of Elizabeth Roche M.D. MedSpa. Dr. Roche is a board-certified physician certified in the use of Botox, dermal fillers, and other medical aesthetic procedures. She was one of the first doctors to use Botox, and began administering it for aesthetic use on family and friends. After years of experience, her practice has grown to a full service medical spa, providing clients with non-invasive, non-surgical, up-to-date, safe and effective skin care treatments and procedures that restore youth, while preserving beauty and functional health of the skin. A former Elite model, she is a well-rounded beauty expert who provides the safest and most effective aesthetic beautification treatments available today.

Cap City Cosmetic, Cannon Street, London

Discount is three laser hair removal treatments for the price of two (cost – to be advised)
CAP City Cosmetic
123 Cannon Street
London EC4N 5AY
T: + 44 (0)20 7929 0123
Email: info@capcitycosmetics.com
Website: www.capcitycosmetic.com

A clinic that understanding the needs of the busy career professional. When you visit us at the clinic, you can be sure to find friendly, helpful and understanding staff who will discuss any concerns you may have prior to your treatment. They will be able to recommend the very best solution for superb results, and will talk you through the procedures, answering questions and offering professional advice throughout.

Cap City Cosmetic works in close partnership with its sister Clinic, Cap City Dental, where patients are treated to the highest levels of care, understanding and quality. Cap City Dental’s resident Cosmetic Dentist Dr. George Druttman achieves incredible results in the field of Aesthetic Dentistry and is on hand to offer honest, professional advice along with superior dental work.

Cap City Cosmetic is ideally situated at a stone’s throw from Cannon Street

Cosmedics- Knightsbridge, Putney, Harley Street, Canary Wharf, Esher and Wimbledon

COSMEDICS – 10% off one treatment & 20% off combos
Clinics in the City (London), Knightsbridge, Putney, Harley Street, Canary Wharf, Esher(Surrey) and Wimbledon
For appointments at all clinics telephone: +44(0)20 7386 0464
Cosmedics Medical Director is Dr Ross Perry. Cosmedics is one of the leading specialists in non-surgical cosmetic treatments. It specialises in anti-wrinkle and collagen injections and the latest skincare treatments.All the treatments are performed by specialist UK doctors.

Clinic Addresses

re-aqua spa
12 Gravel Lane
E1 7AW

166 Brompton Road

4 Disraeli Road
SW15 2DS

Harley Street
14 Queen Anne Street (corner of 24 Harley Street)

Canary Wharf
The Gentry Salon & Spa
34 North Colonnade
Canada Place Mall
Canary Wharf
E14 5HX

Tranquillity Clinic
101 Hare Lane
KJ10 0QX

re-aqua spa
95 High Street
Wimbledon Village

SkinGenesis clients front new ad campaign


SkinGenesis, a leading UK non-surgical cosmetic clinic has created a new advertising campaign by using real clients to promote their treatment range.

In order to fit in with their ethos of natural, effective treatments programmes, SkinGenesis did not want to use models to promote their skin and body treatments, but instead chose to select from within the huge number of their satisfied clients!

And there were no shortage of happy clients willing to wear the treatment they had on the chest in order to promote the clinic that had, in many cases, changed their lives. With treatments ranging from the purely cosmetic, such as teeth-whitening, to more therapeutic programmes to treat acne or thread veins, SkinGenesis boasts a client base as diverse their treatment menu.

For SkinGenesis, using real life success stories was a natural way to help promote their services as they pride themselves on the long term relationships built up with clients over a number of years. This consultative approach to treatment means that all visitors to the SkinGenesis clinic receive the best advice available, enabling them to make an informed choice about the treatments they need.

William Haseldine, Director of SkinGenesis said “In the industry we work in, our clients really are our best advertisement. When they walk out of the clinic after finishing their treatment programme they become a great example of what SkinGenesis can do. Their readiness to talk openly about their treatments is a great testament to the impressive results we’ve gained for them.”

SkinGenesis is a non-surgical cosmetic clinic established in 2003 with branches in city centre locations in Leeds and Manchester, and a new branch at the 10 BRIDGE Health and Wellbeing Clinic just outside Chester. SkinGenesis was set up by Peter Beard, Emma Parrish and William Haseldine with 200 clients undergoing treatment at each clinic at any one time.

Clinics are staffed by trained nurses and practitioners and are registered with the Healthcare Commission.

SkinGenesis offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Microdermabrasion (Mda), Mesotherapy, Ultrasound Skin Toning, Laser Teeth Whitening, and the latest range of medical and resurfacing peels and de-pigmentation technologies which are safe, proven and non-surgical.

SkinGenesis offers a unique Satisfaction Guarantee on most of its treatments

SkinGenesis is an accredited Investor in People

William Haseldine and Peter Beard have appeared on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Manchester and Channel M television.

For more information visit www.skingenesis

Sculptra – restoring facial volume with the new deep tissue filler


One of the main indicators of facial ageing is the loss of youthful volume. This is why people carrying a little extra weight often have a younger looking face.

Until recently there was nothing to be done to restore youthful volume. Now cosmetic surgeons are able to volumise using a person’s own fat – extracted from the stomach or thighs. But this is a quick fix as the fat breaks down fast and is reabsorbed into the body.

A new treatment originally developed to restore facial volume in HIV patients is now available for cosmetic treatments: Sculptra is a non-invasive injectable treatment which smoothes deeper wrinkles and lines, restores facial volume and contours the face. It works gradually over time by stimulating the build up of the bodyÂ’s own collagen to get rid of lines and wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance with natural looking results. The patient pictured right after Sculptra treatment.

SculptraÂ’s main ingredient is a natural substance called poly-L-lactic acid, a biodegradable polymer, which is injected deep into the skin and works from within the skinÂ’s layers, stimulating the bodyÂ’s own production of collagen to sculpt a smoother more youthful look. After injection the area needs to be massaged regularly to ensure even distribution under the skin. A series of injections is usually needed to achieve a gradual change.

Once collagen production has been stimulated, SculptraÂ’s natural looking results should become noticeable after approximately six weeks and can last as long as two years. This subtle enhancement allows you to gradually restore youthful skin as there is no dramatic, instant change, but rather a gradual enhancement as the skinÂ’s appearance is volumised gradually from within, continuing a fresher and younger look.

Poly-L-lactic acid has been used in medical devices for over twenty years and is suitable for most skin types. It has been shown to have a good safety profile and be effective without the possible reactions associated with animal derived products. Depending on the area to be treated, Sculptra takes around 30 minute treatment time and two or three treatments are usually required. There is minimal discomfort with the procedure and Sculptra carries no risk of muscle paralysis which can lead to an unnatural looking facial expression or even drooping features.

As with all filler treatments u you can expect some minor bleeding and bruising and swelling. If you take a natural remedy such as arnica beforehand this can help minimize any bruising.

Questions and Answers on Sculptra

Who performs treatment with Sculptra?

A cosmetic doctor who has been trained to use the correct procedure for Sculptra performs the treatment in his practice.

Does the treatment hurt?

As with all injections you will feel some discomfort. It may be that you notice a brief burning sensation at the injection site. An ice pack applied after the treatment will help to calm your skin. If necessary, your healthcare professional can also give you a local anaesthetic.

What must I keep in mind after the treatment?

Your cosmetic doctor will give you special aftercare instructions. These include massaging the treated areas of your face in the first few days after the treatment. All you need is a few minutes twice a day. Inform your practitioner if any side effects occur, such as inflammation or small bumps in the treated area.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra include injection-related side effects at the site of injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These effects generally resolve in 2-6 days. It should not be injected if there is a skin infection or inflammation. It is also not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women.

Are the results from Sculptra immediate?

No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra takes time to work; results should be noticeable after approximately 6 weeks. Your practitioner will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more Sculptra injections.
Sculptra cost is based on the number of phials needed. Cost per phial is

For more information and practitioners visit www.sculptra.com and www.sculptra.co.uk or T(within UK): 0800 0852 046. Angelica Kavouni MD, FRCS of T: + 44 (0)20 7486 9040 129 Harley Street, London W1. www.cosmetic-solutions.co.uk

Listen to the ELIXIR interview with Harley Street London cosmetic surgeon Angelica Kavouni on Sculptra or download onto your iPod to listen Angelica Kavouni



The leading names in aesthetic beauty and anti-ageing rejuvenation treatments are offering one reader a makeover using the latest treatments on the market. This wonderful package is worth up to $3,984 (£2,000, €2,931).

The reader makeover will include a consultation with experts at the Skin Health Spa www.skinhealthspa.co.uk at top London store Selfridges where they will receive a divine anti-ageing facial, a BriteSmile teeth whitening treatment (only offered as a suitable treatment for those without veneers or caps) or alternatively a Botox wrinkle erasing; a hair makeover consultation and a restyle cut and colour by with Tracey Gallagher, superstar stylist at Saks www.saks.co.uk . A look younger consultation at aesthetic specialists Collagenics www.collagenics.com and a remedial treatment package of treatments. Reform Surgical www.reformsurgical.co.uk which is headed by top surgeons Dai Davies and Nick Percivial is offering a free consultation to discuss any further areas of concern.

All the treatments will take place in London and the winner will have her look ten years younger transformation pictured in ELIXIR.

To win this wonderful prize please email us at makeover@elixirnews.com with your name, address and daytime phone number by 31 May 2007 and you will be entered into the draw.


1) There is no cash equivalent offered

2) To be eligible to take part the entrant must be over 21

3) Since all the treatments take place in London, the winning entrant must meet all their own travel and / or accommodation costs.

4) Only one entrant per household address

5) The winning entrant must be able to take the prize before July 2007.

6) The editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

7) The winner must be willing to take part in before and after photos

8) The EditorÂ’s decision is final

Pacifica – London’s new pampering haven


London: The Pacifica Day Spa has recently opened its doors in London’s Nottinghill with the ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation treatments.

Pacifica recognises the stress of modern living and has developed a full range of services to fit in with and complement a busy lifestyle. From the minute you enter the Pacifica Day Spa you will be taken on a unique journey that has been created specifically for you.

Designed to stimulate all your senses and transport you to a world of tranquillity, you will enter an exotic world that combines the colours, textures and sounds of the Pacific. Listen to the waterfall, smell the aroma of tantalising essential oils, and pamper yourself in stylish and comfortable surroundings.

Pacifica combines the latest developments in skincare with the expertise of the most highly trained beauty therapists. All the therapists are CIDESCO trained (the highest level of education in the field of aesthetics and the only degree recognised worldwide) and are specialists in detox, anti ageing, pigmentation, and acne, as well as being able to recognise other skincare conditions and disorders that clients might have.

“My vision for Pacifica Day Spa was to create a sensuous, state-of-the-art space that provides the highest level of customer service, excellent hygiene standards and top notch therapists who are well educated and can be seen as trusted advisors. I wanted to create an escape from the pressures of city living and believe that Pacifica Day Spa is the perfect place to rejuvenate and unwind,” says Kathleen Granados, Director of Pacifica Day Spa.

Pacifica Day Spa offers an extensive menu of Dermalogica, Elemis, O.P.I and Lycon treatments, delivering the very best services to meet individual needs. The spa therapy menu has been created to respect the bodyÂ’s complex physiology and work in synergy with the skin, body and mind. In addition to booked treatments, clients are offered a complimentary aroma steam treatment that is customised with a personal blend of essential oils to balance, relax or invigorate. The spa also invites clients to enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee or juice in the cosy relaxation area, as well as learn more about their skin and sample products at the skin bar.

The spa boasts an extensive menu of Elemis and Dermalogica treatments as well as PacificaÂ’s own bespoke therapies based on Swedish and Thai techniques, designed to indulge, detox and de-stress.

Treatments include a wide selection of facials such as the revolutionary Elemis tri-enzyme facial which involves safe resurfacing of the upper layers of the skin, Elemis Skin IQ Facial, an anti-ageing facial for male skin that adapts to super boost the skin and protect against the effects of shaving and environmental damage, through to the Dermalogica Facial which includes their signature Face Mapping technique which analyzes the 14 zones of the face in order to provide a thorough skin analysis.

Body treatments include for example Thai Herbal Ball Massage, which is a combination of deep tissue and Thai massage designed to release tension, strengthen your metabolism, and rejuvenate the skin and release toxins, Elemis Exotic Coconut and Milk Ritual Wrap excellent for skin smoothing and softening, combining an exotic wrap with a facial pressure point massage and de-stress scalp treatment to stimulate the senses and Aromatherapy Body Massage a gentle, relaxing massage using a variety of essential oils to relax, re-energize, soothe aching muscles or stimulate your circulation.

In addition to individual body and facial treatments, Pacifica Day Spa offers waxing, self tanning, manicures and pedicures, as well as courses of treatments to prepare the holidaymaker, the mother or bride-to-be.

Whatever the excuse for pampering, enjoy the ultimate relaxing and sensory experience at Pacifica Day Spa.


1 Courtnell Street, Notting Hill, London W2 5BU
T. 020 7243 1718
E. info@pacificadayspa.co.uk
W. www.pacificadayspa.co.uk


10-9pm Monday to Friday
10-7pm Saturday & Sunday


Developed and influenced from therapies around the world, the spa reflects a blend of Asian cultures including Pacific Islands, Thailand, Bali and Polynesia. The aim was to create a spa environment that transports clients away from their London lives to an enticing destination exciting the senses with the colours, aromas and materials of the Orient.

On entering the reception area, you will be immediately transported to a foreign destination with Asian inspired furnishings and water gently trickling down a wall feature. Drift away in the relaxation area which is decorated in a calming shade of green, where flames flicker in the fireplace and the air is filled with a gentle fragrance to soothe the soul.

As you descend to the downstairs treatment rooms, you enter a rich, warm and earthy environment, with walls decorated in rich chocolate, cushions and throws fabricated from hand woven silks, and basins of marble – the gentle floor lighting adds to an environment that offers an exotic, yet secure and homely feel.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

• Earth suite is for mother and baby massages
• Fire suite forms part of the couple’s treatment area and is primarily used for body treatments
• Water is an adjoining suite to Fire and caters for wet treatments such as seaweed wraps.
• Air is a corner treatment room that is primarily used for facial treatments

AromaSteam capsule: clients are offered a complimentary 15 minute aroma steam treatment that can be booked at time of appointment. The AromaSteam is your own private steam sauna that is customised with a personal blend of essential oils to balance, relax or invigorate.


1. Pacifica Day Spa is an intimate, sensuous, state-of-the art sanctuary in the heart of London.
2. Pacifica Day Spa combines the latest developments in skincare with the expertise of the most highly trained beauty therapists.
3. Every therapist at Pacifica Day Spa is CIDESCO trained, this is the highest level of education in the field of aesthetics and the only degree recognised worldwide. This ensures clients receive the very best treatment possible as well as truly expert advice in matters of skin and body health.
4. Because all of Pacifica’s therapists are CIDESCO trained, treatments will be consistently excellent. Clients will never be disappointed to find they can’t book a favourite therapist for a particular treatment – all treatments will be performed in the same way and to the same standard by every therapist, every time.
5. Pacifica Day Spa offers an excellent choice of treatments for men and women, that relax, rejuvenate, repair and revive both body and mind. Indulge in luxury pampering but donÂ’t forget weekly grooming essentials.
6. Pacifica Day Spa practices the highest standards of hygiene at all times, extra steps, such as personal manicure tools for clients, help make the spa a place your can trust.
7. Pacifica Day Spa provides a relaxing haven in the heart of London. With the scents, sights and sounds of the Pacific, you can give yourself a luxury holiday without packing a suitcase.
8. Pacifica Day Spa can be booked exclusively for parties or business functions. Catering can be organised and the spa even has WiFi to ensure clients can stay in touch with the office.
9. Pacifica Day Spa is full of extra touches to make it a special place, from a session in the complimentary AromaSteam Capsule, to free skincare sampling and a generous loyalty programme, Pacifica offers a little bit more than most.


Kathleen Granados/Director
Pacifica Day Spa is the vision of Kathleen Granados. Prior to coming to the UK, Kathleen graduated in business from Berkeley and worked in both consulting and entertainment marketing industries.

Kathleen says: “I wanted to create an environment where customers could go and feel safe, receiving value for the money they spent. Over the years, I have been a frequent customer of spa treatments and felt that I could bring some of the customer service standards and benefits that we would expect in a US spa to London.”

Kathleen feels that it is particularly important to know a business inside out so she trained as a beauty therapist herself and did the CIDESCO training degree. This not only gave her greater admiration for the therapists with whom she works but they in turn have respect for her as someone who really understands the beauty therapy world. Kathleen strives to make Pacifica a place of employment where therapists are satisfied, challenged and encouraged to be the very best in their field. WhatÂ’s more she is now in a much better position to advise her friends and clients about treatments that would be most beneficial for them.

Anita Patel/Operations Manager

To strengthen Pacifica, Kathleen joined forces with Anita Patel who has worked in the beauty industry for over 12 years and trained with Noella Gabriel from Elemis. “Anita is a great asset to the team and was a former CIDESCO instructor, which ensures that all our therapists are knowledgeable, experienced and will carry out treatments to the level I expect,” says Kathleen. Anita has worked with many brands including Elemis, Dermalogica, Thalgo, Decleor, Clarins, St. Tropez, Jessica among others.


• CIDESCO is the only qualification recognised worldwide.

• Unlike other beauty therapy qualifications where the student is assessed immediately by their instructor, CIDESCO therapists are given an exam at the end of the program and they are examined by appointed examiners from around the world. They are expected at this point to have carried out the needed hours of practical work plus theory and deliver a thesis focused on any topic related to health and beauty.

• CIDESCO students are passionate about the industry and spend a significant amount of time on their exam preparations and thesis. This alone means that they are interested in health and beauty and care about being knowledgeable for themselves and their clients.

• This qualification goes into an in depth level of anatomy and physiology coupled with the practical hours. The training is intense and ensures that the therapists undergo educational training coupled with over 1200 hours of practical training. (This means that each therapist must do at least 500 hours of manicure, 500 hours of waxing, 500 hours of massage, 500 hours of facials, etc before they are even tested)

• www.cidesco.com

Dermatology and Aesthetics – Dr Tamara Griffiths MD


Dr Tamara Griffiths MD trained in dermatology at the University of Michigan in the US and the University of Manchester in the UK. She is an American Board Certified dermatologist and is on the UK Specialist Register.

She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the British Association of Dermatologists. Currently she is a consultant dermatologist in the UK, where she has a successful private practice.

She is a founder member and Treasurer of the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and a spokesperson on aesthetic issues for the research charity, The British Skin Foundation. Email Dr Griffiths you skin concerns at Dr Tamara Griffiths

Safety fears put women off non-surgical fillers, says Radiesse

San Mateo: Questions over safety of aesthetic facial fillers stop many women from undertaking this form of beauty treatment, according to a new survey from US company Radiesse.

In a recent “Face of Beauty” survey, it estimates that over 22 million women aged 35 and older who have not used a cosmetic filler would be more likely to use an injectable filler for facial wrinkles if it were proven safe, more affordable, longer-lasting and stimulated the body’s growth of collagen — the key attributes of next- generation Radiesse(1).

These findings are based on a Harris Interactive® poll of 807 women undertaken late last year and conducted on behalf of BioForm Medical, Inc., the makers of Radiesse(2).

Radiesse is the first cosmetic filler with advanced calcium-based microsphere technology that has a proven one year benefit and safety profile on par with collagen. It was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Because of its unique calcium-based micropsheres, physicians report that longer-lasting, voluminous Radiesse is the better patient value because patients need fewer treatments per year with about half as much product per treatment compared to rival treatments.

Further, the ability of next- generation Radiesse to stimulate collagen and produce results that last about a year or more with utmost safety is setting a new standard for wrinkle correction and restoring the fullness and contours of a youthful, healthy appearance.

The survey also found that the average woman looks at her face in the mirror almost five times a day, or about once every three waking hours. This fact is bolstered by more than 45 million U.S. women (60%) who responded that they were more likely to worry about their face looking old and wrinkled than their body showing the signs of aging.

When asked who men would rather kiss, 60% of women think men would find a beautiful face more “kissable” than a beautiful body.

Survey results also indicated that women between the ages of 35 and 44 are more likely to feel less confident when they notice facial wrinkles (34%) compared to their older counterparts (17% of those aged 45 to 54; and 22% of those aged 55 and older).

“This finding is hardly a surprise,” said Susan H. Weinkle, M.D., a leading cosmetic dermatologist in Bradenton, Florida, and guest speaker at a kick-off luncheon in New York City where the “Face of Beauty” survey results were released. “We are seeing a real shift in women’s attitudes from 10 years ago.

Today’s woman is looking for the next generation, cost-effective solution to help fight the visible signs of aging. She is not content to wait for the appearance of tell-tale folds and wrinkles before investigating cosmetic fillers like Radiesse,” she added. “Women today know what they want and are going for it at an increasingly younger age.”

The Radiesse “Face of Beauty” survey was conducted to determine the practices, attitudes, and aspirations of women aged 35 and over with regard to the use of injectable wrinkle fillers including Radiesse.

About Radiesse

Radiesse is a longer-lasting injectable dermal filler used in many cosmetic, reconstructive and therapeutic applications to augment soft tissue, such as facial wrinkles, folds and contours. Composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel, FDA-approved Radiesse both fills and stimulates the body to produce new collagen for immediate results that last about one year or more. As such, next generation Radiesse is setting a new standard for the correction of nasolabial folds. Manufactured and distributed by BioForm Medical, Inc., Radiesse has been proven safe and effective in hundreds of thousands of procedures worldwide. For more information about Radiesse, please visit < ahref="http://www.radiesse.com">www.radiesse.com

About BioForm Medical, Inc.

BioForm Medical, Inc. is a privately-held medical aesthetics company headquartered in San Mateo, California. BioForm is dedicated to bringing doctors and their patients safe and effective products for use in the dermatology, ENT, and plastic surgery markets. BioForm’s products include Radiesse®, the first one-year filler for use in facial aesthetics and vocal fold insufficiency; Cutanix® for facial redness associated with conditions such as rosacea; a new surgical adhesive product for plastic surgery applications being developed in a partnership with CryoLife, Inc.; and Coaptite® for treating female stress urinary incontinence (“SUI”) which is marketed through a partnership with Boston Scientific Corporation. For more information about BioForm, please visit www.bioformmedical.com

(1) The results to individual survey questions were reported as percentages of the total number of survey respondents. The percentages have been converted to actual numbers based on data from the 2000 U.S. Census, which reported 75.5 million women ages 35 and older residing in the United States.

(2) This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of BioForm Medical, Inc. between November 27 and November 29, 2006 among 807 U.S. adult women 35 years of age or older and between December 15 and December 19, 2006 among 809 U.S. adult women 35 years of age or older. Figures for region, age within gender, education, household income and race/ethnicity were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

With a pure probability sample of 807 or 809 one could say with a ninety- five percent probability that the overall results would have a sampling error of +/- 6 percentage points. Sampling error for sub-samples may be higher and may vary. However that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

Cindy Crawford confesses to being human

Supermodel Cindy Crawford has confessed that she keeps her looks in pristine condition with the help of aesthetic treatments such as Botox and collagen.

In a magazine interview the 40-year-old mother of two said she has getting cosmetic help for the past 11 years.

“I’m not going to lie to myself: past a certain age, creams work on the texture of your skin but, in order to restore elasticity, all I can really count on is vitamin injections, Botox and collagen,'”she tells this week’s Gala magazine.

“I have a very simple, healthy life, which works miracles. I drink a lot of water, watch what I eat and exercise. ‘But I owe the quality of my skin to my cosmetic surgeon.”

Miss Crawford who has her own skincare range called Meaningful Beauty. Products includes facial mask, skin softening cleaners, moisturisers and neck rejuvenating creams.

She says of her products: ‘I believe Meaningful Beauty is the best skin care available, and soon you will be able to discover the difference yourself. ‘Improve the tone and texture of your skin. Reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.

Reveal skin that is smoother, softer and more radiant. They’re products that treat your skin in a meaningful way now for more beautiful, younger-looking skin tomorrow.’

UK cosmetic surgeons launch patient checklist

London, UK – 3 August, 2006 – The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the not-for-profit organisation established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit, today published a concise checklist for those considering aesthetic plastic surgery, entitled ‘S.U.R.E’.

An innovative way of addressing safety concerns, the acronym was developed by the BAAPS to promote a sensible approach to what can be a life-altering decision. People may be still unaware of the risks associated with procedures performed by unqualified practitioners, and a reasonably basic check of the aspects involved should en-sure a positive outcome.

According to Adam Searle, consultant plastic surgeon and President of BAAPS:

“We need to promote public education with regards to safety. Patients can still be lured in by inexpensive prices and unrealistic claims, thinking that they are getting a bargain, but actually putting their health at risk. It can take just minutes to scroll through this checklist, to prevent a lifetime of regret.”

The SURE acronym stands for:

S: Check your Surgeon’s credentials and qualifications: your cosmetic practitioner should be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), and have furthered specialised studies in plastic surgery. Check that they are on the GMC specialist register, and are a member of BAAPS, or a suitable professional organisation. The Department of Health website provides guidance about the ‘letters’ following surgeons’ names.

U: Make sure you Understand whatÂ’s involved, and that you are informed about the potential risks of each procedure, be it surgical or non-surgical. You should be advised of where this will take place. It should be in a supervised medical facility, not someoneÂ’s front room, hotel or at the hairdresserÂ’s.

R: You should be clear about the process of Recovery, and what the long-term implications are of any cosmetic treatment. You need to understand the nature of the ‘downtime’ required and after-care options

E: Most important of all, make sure you thoroughly review your Expectations. It is essential that your hopes be compatible with what can actually be achieved. A patient who has a personal desire for, and is able to identify, specific, realistic goals for aesthetic enhancement is likely to be a suitable candidate – but someone who thinks the procedure will magically change their life may not be right for surgery.

Adam Searle adds:“We are often asked to see patients frustrated by disappointing outcomes. Surgery can be challenging, but many of these might have been avoided if a minimum of research had been done. We need to remind patients that they should do their homework—finding out more information about the procedure, location and practitioner before going for any kind of cosmetic treatments.”

The BAAPS www.baaps.org.uk based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeonsÂ’ contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their advice line at 020 7405 2234. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information.

UK government cracks down on cowboy cosmetic clinics

London: The UK government’s watchdog, The Health Commission is to target unregulated cosmetic surgery clinics.

Unregistered clinics may face prosecution or closure because of the danger they pose to the public. The commission receives around 50 complaints each year from patients whose treatments have gone wrong. These include bothed treatments using lasers to remove hair, blemishes and tatooes.

The clinics are to be targeted by undercover inspectors, posing as clients. All clinics and operators offering aesthetics must be registered by the Health Commission and patients are advised to ask to see their registration certificate before embarking or paying for treatment.

A guide to the latest skin elixirs and practitioners

These are the latest non-surgical procedures: fillers made of natural substances, lasers and intensive vitamin therapies that improve the appearance of the skin and are a viable alternative to cosmetic surgery or with surgery to obtain the best possible results.

These procedures, whilst not invasive, should be carried out by a qualified medical doctor or by a nurse under the supervision of a doctor.


BioSkinJetting is a new alternative to injecting solutions into the skin. BioSkinJetting uses a microprobe, to seperate the skin where the wrinkle is from the skin below. This action stimulates the skin to form new collagen fibres, plumping and firming the skin to create a smoother and, for many, wrinkle free complexion. Each treatment lasts between 15 to 40 minutes and is offered as part of a course of 5-7 treatments costing between $60and $150 each, making it very comparable to current injectable prices, without the potential risks. A further bonus is that, unlike other treatments, the facial muscles can move freely and are not ‘frozen’, making the overall impression much more natural, yet younger looking.

Details of practitioners from www.skinbysterex.com


Botox was first used to treat neurological conditions, such as facial spasms. It come into use as a cosmetic treatment more than years ago and is used for crow’s feet, forehead and frown lines. Botox and Dysport are the trade names for Botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum type A, which is used commercially, is the most potent. Botox acts by blocking acetylcholine, a chemical that is responsible for transmitting the electrical impulses that cause muscle contraction. This results in muscle paralysis, but only temporarily, as the new growth of nerves re-innervates the muscles.

Botox is injected in highly diluted doses into the belly of the muscle using a small needle. This causes it to relax, which softens lines and contours. The most popular areas to have treated are crow’s-feet, forehead lines, neck muscles, the corners of the mouth and upper lip lines. Several injections are usually needed at specific sites, depending on the area treated. It takes a few days to take effect and lasts for about three months. It should only be administered by doctors or a nurse supervised by a doctor. It costs about $440 for each area treated.

Although its use is approved by most health authorities no study of the long-term effects has been made. It should not therefore be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women, anyone with neuromuscular disorders or people taking certain muscle relaxants.

In the UK, Botox is not licensed for cosmetic procedures . It is only licensed to treat squinting, facial and neck muscle spasms, cerebral palsy and excessive sweating.

Patrick Bowler, 30b Wimpole Street,London W1 T: 0870 850 3456 www.courthouseclinic.com


Tracy Mountford, Cosmetic Skin Clinic, The Lanes Medical Practice, Plough Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire T: +44(0)1753 65206.


Evolence is a new collagen-based injectable filler which lasts for 12 months or more. Evolence uses organically sourced collagen, which is purified and transformed to accurately mimic human collagen. Evolence is injected into wrinkles, where it binds naturally with the skin.

For information and details of practitioners www.evolence.com


Fat is taken from different parts of the body – bottom, hips or thighs, processed in a centrifuge and reinserted into creases, lips and dents that need plumping. The effects are variable; overcorrection is usually needed, causing additional swelling, and more than one treatment is recommended for long-lasting results and there will be some bruising. There is no allergic reaction but it can cause swelling, particularly in the lips. The results last between a few months and several years. It costs between $1400 and $2,800.



The London Clinic of Dermatology, 60 Grove End Road,London. NW8 T: +44 (0)20 7266 8200.
Dr Andrew Markey, The Lister Hospital, Chelsea Bridge Road,London SW1 T: 44 (0)20 7730 1219.


Lasers are used in a variety of ways. An ablative laser will give you a peel and burn off surface layers of skin. A non-ablative laser is used to give a form of face-lift, minimising wrinkles, increasing collagen production and tightening skin. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is used for hair removal and to treat pigmentation, thread veins, rosacea, acne and wrinkles. IPL and non-ablative laser treatment usually require no downtime, although there may be some redness. Ablative laser treatments can leave darkened areas for 7-10 days.



The Private Skin Laser Clinic, Dermatology Department, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street,London NW3; T: +44 (0)20 7435 7521.

John Scurr, The Lister Hospital, Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1; T: 44 (0)20 7730 9563.


Works by dissolving fat from places which are hard to remove with diet such as knees, chin, inner thighs and tummy. It was originally used to disperse fatty deposits in the blood. It is not approved in the UK for cosmetic procedures. Costs from $528 per treatment.


The skin is injected with a vitamin infuction to rejuvenate, reduce cellulite and sculpt the body. The treatment can involve up to 200 tiny injections but takes less than 20 minute, usually in three sessions a couple of weeks apart.

Maintenance sessions are required three times a year. In the Mesolift the same treatment is used on the face. It can be used in confjuction with other skin treatments such as Botox


In this treatment the ageing skin on the décolleté, neck and face are treated. Specialist Dr Georges Roman, a Paris-based surgeon diagnoses the skin and uses the unique mesotherapy technique in which a special “gun” injects a blend of nutrients and vitamins into the dermis. This is followed by a collagen stimulating Intense Pulsed Light treatment. After, he selects the best appropriate action for your skin by heating and stimulating it with an IPL light and specialist skin aftercare. About four treatments are required to return the skin to optimum rejuvenation.

Dr Georges Roman Private Patient Services London and Paris
Devonshire Medical Chambers T: +44(0)20 7323 2123


A chemical solution is applied to the cleaned skin and left on for a specified period of time. A deep peel will remove some wrinkles. Light peels require no downtime and can be done in a lunch hour. Deeper peels, including Obagi (based on trichloroacetic acid), will result in flaking or peeling and will require a week to heal. A change in skin pigment (lighter) is the biggest potential problem; others include skin-darkening, blotches, scabbing, irritation, redness and increased sensitivity. The new skin will be pink and sensitive, and will stay that way for a few months.

Superficial peels with glycolic acid require 4-8 sessions; medium and deeper peels, using trichloroacetic acid, may be a one-off event. For sensitive skin, glycolic-acid treatments may be milder and spaced further apart.

London – Dr Penelope Tympanidis, 19 Wimpole Street, W1; 020 7462 0030, www.renascence.co.uk . From $170-400 depending on the type of peel and amount of treatment needed.

Manchester Dr Tamara Griffiths, Alan Drive, Altrincham, Greater Manchester
T: +44 (0)1625 536488.


Radiesse is a new long-lasting injectable filler, made from calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) a component of bone, suspended in a carrier gel. It is used for wrinkles and lines These microspheres degrade very slowly and are therefore longer lasting
– over two years. The patient’s skin uses the microspheres as a scaffolding to grow around. Since it is a natural protect no pre-testing is required but there may be some minor irritation.


Sculptra is made from crystalised poly l-lactic acid and is used to treat sunken cheeks and deeper. It is injected under the skin, where it stimulates new collagen production, plumping out nearby areas which may have sagged because of ageing.

It is used as an alternative to implants on the cheek bone area but it being tested for use in scarring and depressed eye sockets. There can be some swelling following treatment but this usually goes after two days. Three treatments up to six weeks apart are recommended and the result lasts for two years. It costs from $700 to $2,500 a treatment.

Buckinghamshire – Dr Tracey Mountford, Cosmetic Dermotologist, Cosmetic Skin Clinic, The Lanes Medical Practice, Plough Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. T: + 44(0)1753 556206. From $700 to $2,600 a treatment.

London -Jules-Jacques Nabet, Royal Garden Soma Centre, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8; 07765 850924.

Manchester – Peter Davenport, Bupa Hospital Manchester, Russell Road, Whalley Range, Manchester; T: +44 (0)161 862 9563.



Thermage® uses radio frequency energy to heat the collagen and elastin below the dermis causing a tightening effect and stimulating new collagen growth. It is used for full face treatments as well as arms, tummy, eyes and legs. Results will vary from patient to patient. Some patients see an immediate response whilst most others may take up to 6 months, after just one treatment. It can be used to tighten tissue anywhere on the body. Prices will vary according to what you are having treated and generally start at approx. $3,000 (£1500)



Dr Nicholas Lowe MD, FRCP, FACP, Clinical Prof. Of Dermatology Cranley Clinic T: + 44(0)20 7499 3223
Email dranleyuk@aol

Dr Mario Luca Russo MD, cosmetic physician The Rejuvenation Clinic T: + 44(0)20 7970 0912 www.therejuvenationclinic.co.uk

Dr. Rita Rakus M.B.B.S Cosmetic Medical Advice Ltd T: +44 (0)20 7460 7324 Email:dr.rakus@network-lipolysis.com

Dr Mike Comins MBBS, MBACD Hans Place Practice T: = 44(0)20 7584 1642. www.hansplace.com

Christopher Inglefield, Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, 60 Grove End Road, NW8; 0845 009 2775, www.cjinglefield-plasticsurg.com


Mr Antonio Orlando MD, FRCS, Dip.EBOPRAS and Bristol Plastic Surgery at the Bristol Nuffield Hospital T:+ 44(0)117 980 9623
Email: info@bristolplasticsurgery.com www.bristolplasticsurgery.com

Mr Nigel Mercer MB ChB ChM FRCS FRCPCH Bristol Plastic Surgery at the Bristol Nuffield Hospital (same as above)T:+44(0)117 980 9623 Email: info@bristolplasticsurgery.com website www.bristolplasticsurgery.com


Dr Peter Crouch The Burghley Park Clinic T: +44 (0)1793 709580 enquiries Website: www.burghleyparkclinic.com


Dr Ash Dutta MBBS, LRCP, MRCS, LMSSA, DFFP, MRCGP Aesthetic Beauty Centre T:+44(0)191 567 2900 Email: info@aestheticbeautycentre.co.ukWebsite: www.aestheticbeautycentre.co.uk

Mr Patrick F Leahy MCH, FRCSI Consultant Surgeon at The Laser Centre T: + 353 (01) 6763251 / 6763252
Email: info@lasercentre.ie Website: www.lasercentre.ie


Dr Hugo J Kitchen M.B.,Ch.B., M.B.A.C.D.Dermatherapy Clinic T:+44(0)1789 414289


Dr Tracy Mountford MBBS The Cosmetic Skin Clinic T: +44(0)1753 665206
E-mail:info@cosmeticskinclinic.com Website: www.cosmeticskinclinic.com


Dr John Curran MB, BCH, BAO, MRCGP, DGM, DRCOG, Dip. Derm.Aesthetic Skin Clinic T:+44(0)1481 736699
Email: jc@2docs.com

For further information regarding Thermage, log onto www.thermage-treatment.co.uk


Threadlift is used to treat mildly sagging facial skin and uses a barbed medical thread which is inserted under the skin. The barbs lie flat in insertion and are then pulled in the opposite direction, hooking themselve into the facial tissue, lifting the skin. The threads are left in place and there may be some swelling but after a few months the skin will have lifted. Patients, it is claimed achieve between 30 and 70% of the result of a surgical face lift. It costs between $2 to $7,000



Specialist: Dr Lucy Glancey, Constable Country Medical Practice, Heath Road, East Bergholt, Essex. T: +44 (0)8704 585 483.


Restylane is a synthetic filler containing hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring substance in the body and is free of animal proteins. There are several different types of Restylane – in different thicknesses for treating different problems – fine lines and wrinkles, creases and folds and adding definition. It lasts about two years during which time it gradually breaks down. It costs about $500 a session and several are required in the first two months followed by top up sessions.



Dr Rita Rakus, 34 Hans Road, SW3; 020 7460 7324; www.drritarakus.com
Birmingham: Dr Yelena Watkins, The Mill, Radford Road, Birmingham; 0121 445 6644; www.drwatkinslipo.co.uk

To find doctors in the US www.restylaneusa.com



Richard W. Street, MD
Box 100 – Gypsy Lane
Blythe, Ont. N0M 1H0
T: 519-523-4433


Sanjay Mohan Ram, N.D.
Panacea Preventative Medicine Center
#102-13777 Commerce Parkway, Richmond BC, V6V-2X3, Canada
T: 604-304-6010


J.W. LaValley, MD
Box 2020
Chester, NS B0J 1J0


Steven K.H. Aung, MD, OMD, PhD
9904-106 St.
Edmonton, AL T5K 1C4
e-mail: skha@aung.com


Pierre Cloutier, MD
2457 Du Versant
Magog, PQ J1X 5Y3
T: 819847-8478
F: 819 847-8478
Email: pierre.cloutier@cgocable.ca


Anke Zimmerman, ND
Natural Health Direct
17665 Leslie St. No1
Newmarket, Ont. L3Y 3E6
T: 905-853-0172


Dr. John Gannage, MD
300 Main St N
Markham, ON L3P 1Y8
T: 905-294-2335

Dr Gannage has diplomas in homotoxicology and homeopathy, chelation therapy. He specialises in nutritional therapies – oral and intravenous; toxic immune syndromes; toxic metal excretion; detoxification; dysbiosis/autointoxication; integrative medicine. Nutraceuticals, herbs, hormones, homeopathics and pharmaceuticals.

Ahmad Nasri
Nasri Chelation
730 Essa Rd
Barrie, ON L4N 9E9

T: 705-735-2354
F: 705-735-2716
email: Ahmadnasri@rogers.com

Gabriella Novak
Oakville Naturopathic Clinic
127 Trafalgar Rd
Oakville, ON L6J 3G4
T: 905 844-7718


Jean Yves Perreault, MD, DC
2935 Long Champs
St. Foy, PQ G1W 2G2
St. Foy
T: 418-651-6408


Dr Fred Hui
421 Bloor St East. Toronto, Ontario
F: 416-920-4204
Email: fred.hui@utoronto.ca or drhui@drhui.com
website: http://www.drhui.com
Naturopathic Medicines, Nutraceuticals, Natural hormones, Chinese herbs, and Chelation therapy. Specializes in : Post herpetic neuralgia, angina, claudication, diabetes. Former president and current examiner for the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, Member of ACAM, diplomat of the International Board of Chelation Therapy.


Jim Chan, ND
Champion-Medical/Dental Building
101-3380 Maquinna Dr.
Vancouver, BC V5S 4C6
T: 604-435-3786

Svetlana Korkuczanska, MD, FRCPC
Dr S Korkuczanska Inc
S700 837 W Hastings
Vancouver, BC V3C3N6
T: 604 606-5500
F: 604 606-5509

Saul Pilar, MD, DC
2786 W. 16 Ave. No205
Vancouver, BC V6K 4M1
T: 604-739-8858

Donald W. Stewart, MD
2184 W. Broadway No 435
Vancouver, BC V6K 2E1


Kevin Worry, MD
Dr. Kevin Worry Inc.
216 – 531 W. Bay Terrace
Victoria, BC V9A 5R3
T: 250 383-4500
e mail: personalexcellence@shaw.ca


Roman R. Rozencwaig, MD, CM
Westmount Medical Bldg.
5025 Sherbrooke St. W. No 355
Westmount, PQ H4A 1S9
T: 514-487-0439


Gregory P.J. Kos, B.A. B.Sc. D.C.
1868 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB Canada
R3J 0H2
T: 204-831-8000
e-mail: gkos@pangeaca.com