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Are breast enhancements going out of fashion?

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence are leading the silicone-free trend proving that natural silhouette is in.

A plunging neckline closing three inches below a woman's cleavage is the new super-low-cut trend being worn by the biggest names on the red carpet.

At one time, pair of silicone breasts were the ultimate accessory when it came to pulling off the look just look to Katie Price and Pamela Anderson for proof. But fast forward a few years and it seems the silicone trend is officially out. 

The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, who was rumoured, but never confirmed to have had a small enhancement from an AA to a B back in 2010, and Sienna Miller have been championing a more natural silhouette as they take to the red carpet in their daring dresses and clinical stats back it up.



Can anti-wrinkle treatments improve quality of life?

A study published in Dermatologic Surgery, has shown that patients treated with botulinum toxin Type A or Botox showed an increase in overall quality of life and self-esteem.

As part of the double blind randomised placebo-controlled study, participants were photographed and randomised to receive injections of Botox to the glabellar area, forehead, and crow’s feet or injections of a saline solution.

Statistically significant improvements in participants treated with Botox were observed in answers to quality of life questions pertaining to physical health, mood, household activities, overall life satisfaction, body satisfaction, self-consciousness, intellect, self-worth, appearance, comprehension, weight satisfaction, attractiveness, and sense of well-being.

Repair Signs of Sun Damage

Are you concerned about wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin? Following some simple guidelines you can repair and possibly even reverse these signs of skin aging.  Did you know that up to 90 percent of skin damage is caused by the sun?  Overexposure to the sun's dangerous Ultraviolet Light (UV rays) can also lead to skin cancer and pre-cancers like Actinic Keratoses (AKs). Since sun damage accumulates over time, it's never too late to start a sun protection regimen.

Although most people know enough to wear sunscreen when the sun is beating down, protecting your skin from the sun does not end with the summer months. By carefully practicing sun protection year-round, you can prevent further sun damage and may even reverse some of the damage to help stop or even reverse sun damage to the skin:

1.     Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sunscreen is one of the keys to radiant, youthful-looking skin. Daily use may even lower your long-term risk of skin cancer. By reducing your daily sun exposure, sunscreen allows your skin time to heal and your immune system the chance to repair some existing damage.

2.     Exfoliate. The buildup of stratum corneum (the dead, outermost skin cell layer) can make skin appear blotchy and uneven. Also, remnants of self-tanning products can collect in typically dry areas (such as the elbows), causing the skin to lose its luster and appear "dirty." Loofahs, scrubs, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)* cleansers, and home microdermabrasion kits (in which tiny crystals are sprayed on the skin) can remove dead skin cells, leaving skin looking smoother.

3.     Bleach the brown spots. Skin lightener does not actually make the skin white; it simply helps to lighten accumulations of unwanted color. We recommend using an over-the-counter product that contains kojic acid in combination with hydroquinone, Retin-A*, and a mild steroid cream, which is useful for stubborn brown spots and blotchy brown discoloration.

4.     Hydrate. Summer exposure to sun, chlorine, and salt water can dry out your skin - even the heels of your feet can be affected. Try a hand and body cream, and, for the heels, a moisturizing foot cream. A moisturizer with AHA or facial serum with hyaluronic acid can plump up dry skin around the eyes, making skin instantly appear less wrinkled. Continued use may help stimulate the production of new collagen, a protein that helps give skin its texture and appearance.

5.     Try a light-emitting diode (LED). Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are electronic light sources, and some home units are available. Dr. Sarnoff recommends a low energy LED called the Tanda, which can help promote collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve acne.

6.     Visit a dermatologist. Professional laser treatments can improve everything from blotchiness and discoloration to wrinkles. Photodynamic therapy - laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) in combination with a topical solution known as Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) - can remove scaly patches of actinic keratoses from your skin.

*Some of the above products can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Use with caution! For more information please contact the clinic and speak to one of our specialist nurse practitioners.