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Permanent filler injections put housewife’s life at risk


A woman who wanted to look like Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon found out the hard way why permanent facial fillers are not recommended to people wanting to get rid of lines and wrinkles; housewife Jo Sandford had the treatment and a few weeks later developed an infection that almost killed her.

Jo, 35, from London, said that she wanted to get full cheekbones like actress Martine, as she thought it would give her more confidence. She told The Mirror ‘Four years ago, I went to a London clinic first asking for permanent filler as I thought it would be cheaper than having regular, expensive top-ups, but they refused, saying they disliked permafillers and advised me against having them.’ Sadly she didn’t listen and kept attending consultations until she found a doctor that was willing to carry out the procedure. She paid £500 for three phials of permanent fillers and the treatment took thirty minutes at a private surgery.

After the initial success, Jo later developed a problem that caused swelling that almost closed her eyelids completely. She said ‘I became hot and sweaty, my face was burning and I was feverish.’ A trip to the hospital revealed that there was an infection in her right cheek and some of the filler substance had migrated and shattered in both cheeks. Jo underwent emergency surgery to remove the filler and she has since spent around £4,000 on repair work to even out her skin. She added ‘It’s a long, slow process. Corrective surgery will take two years.’

Dr Aamer Khan of the Harley Street Clinic, London, says that ‘It takes a good doctor or surgeon to administer the injectable into the right locations. The problem with permanent filler is you are introducing an alien substance into the body, which is why I would never use it.’

Number of men using Botox continues to rise


Following in the footsteps of male celebrities like Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsey, the men in Britain are paying more attention to their appearance and booking themselves in for Botox treatments more than ever before. Dubbed the ‘boy-tox’ trend, plastic surgeons at the Harley Medical Group have noted a five per cent rise in the number of male patients requesting the anti-aging drug.

Clinical director with the Group, Dr Aamer Khan, says that men undergoing Botox treatment is becoming more mainstream and as a result the market is continuing to rise. ‘We see a lot of men who just want a fresher, more youthful appearance,’ he says, adding that ‘men tend to start the treatment ten years later than women – around their late thirties.’ Dr Khan also pointed out that most male patients had organised treatment after encouragement from their other half.

In other social circles there has also been a boom in Botox as Dr Khan explains; ‘The other trend is for those a little older, in professions and workplaces where they are aware of their face-to-face contact with younger colleagues. They don’t want to look tired and angry with a furrowed brow and feel there is competition in the workplace to look good.’

Dr Khan went on to talk about men who belong to the so-called ‘second time around’ club, or ‘men who want to look good after becoming single later in life’ and cited them as another group who invest heavily in anti-aging treatments.

Dental implants ‘dramatically change a smile’


Dental implants 'dramatically change a smile'Dental implants are a good way to alter the appearance of a smile and give people a fresh look, according to experts.

Dr Aamer Khan and Lesley Reynolds Khan explained in an article for the Daily Express that implants are often fitted to replace missing or severely decayed teeth.

They described the procedure, which has to be performed under anaesthetic, as a permanent option that can reduce the signs of aging.

“Implants can dramatically change the shape of your mouth and stop face shrinkage in old age,” the pair commented.

The specialists informed individuals considering the work that it takes between three and six months for the jaw bones to adapt to the titanium rods, after which the replacement teeth are fitted.

US company GlamSmile recently encouraged people to opt for dental veneers when looking to improve their appearance rather than using over-the-counter teeth whitening products, which were described as less effective.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19882515-ADNFCR

Dental veneers ‘make people look younger’


Dental veneers 'make people look younger'Having dental veneers fitted to teeth can help people appear younger, experts have claimed.

Writing for the Daily Express, Dr Aamer Khan and Lesley Reynolds Khan gave advice on how cosmetic dentistry techniques can help people to combat the signs of aging.

The pair described how porcelain veneers can disguise and brighten the appearance of teeth to give a more youthful glow.

“They [veneers] can change your whole smile and the shape and colour of the teeth as well as cover stains and close gaps,” the professionals explained.

Commenting on the procedure, the dental professionals noted that once veneers have been placed on the teeth they can last for up to 20 years without needing replacing.

Other options recommended included laser contouring – which can alter the gum line – and teeth whitening to transform the colour.

A recent article by Press Distribution noted clear braces could help straighten and realign teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19881206-ADNFCR

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