There was a really interesting piece on this month’s consumer web site consulting room by Paul Stapleton Managing Director of Mapperley Park Clinic in Nottingham, discussing the truths and fables of laser & intense pulsed light hair removal.
It was succinct in its account of the use of Laser and Intense Pulsed Light technologies for hair removal offering a ‘no nonsense’ guide to cutting through the advertising blurb and differentiating between knowledgeable and ‘not so’ knowledgeable practitioners.
Currently there is much change in our industry with the forthcoming deregulation of Lasers and IPL’s for non medical practitioners. Up until now regulation has been in place to protect the general public however deregulation of some sectors specifically non medical practitioners will create quite the opposite. As a consequence it is even more important to ensure that if you are looking to have Laser or IPL treatments that you choose experienced and safe practitioners.
Part of my role is to provide Continual Professional Development to Laser and IPL practitioners and we focus a great deal on ensuring that they have a thorough knowledge of all types of equipment and new technologies and not only the machines they use in their own clinic. As a result they are better able to understand the uses and limitations of their machines and give the best possible treatments to their patients.
Glancey Medical has a network of practitioners that we can refer patients to if we do not feel we can successfully treat.
Before any treatment starts you should be offered a consultation. This consultation should include information for you to be able to make informed decisions about your treatment and ultimately give consent for the treatment to proceed.
This information should include differences between Lasers and IPL systems, other treatment options, likely outcomes of treatment and risks. Practitioners should be able to clearly describe these very important aspects of the treatment in a patient friendly language and also not ‘brush’ over the risks they are important for you to know.
At Glancey Medical we allow 45 minutes for this consultation and will always allocate more time if required. We are quite honest with our patients and if we think there is a better treatment option for them (even if it is not one that we offer ourselves) we will tell them. We suggest to patients that if any practitioner states an exact number of treatments or professes to be able to eliminate 100% of the hair permanently to steer well clear, they simply don’t understand the process.
The consultation is an opportunity to gain as much information about the treatment and not
a prerequisite to treatment so never feel under pressure to book a course of treatment just because you had a consultation. A practitioner willing to invest time with you is both professional and ethical and implies that the treatment will be the same.
I really like the fact that my patients know a lot about the procedure and have been able to put this knowledge to good use when talking about it with their friends and correcting some misconceptions.
With deregulation just around the corner we can only hope that a new system of standardisation is introduced for all practitioners both medical and non medical using Lasers and IPL’s but until such time consumers need to be ever more vigilant and cautious when having these treatments.
Following our recent trip to the International Congress in Aesthetic, Anti-Aging Medicine 2009 in Dubai we are starting our series of features looking at how medicine and anti ageing is focusing more and more on lifestyle, diet and hormone therapy.
The old adage 'we are what we eat' has never been more relevant when looking at the ageing process.
Whilst our patients are very familiar with anti ageing injectables such as botox and dermal fillers the medicine of the future is looking to combine a more holistic approach to our health, well being and ageing process.
At Glancey Medical we have for some time offered a nutritional and Bio identical hormonal package for patients experiencing a range of symptoms from fatigue, weight gain, lack of libido, hair loss and loss of memory. These are symptoms that we associate with getting old, but they can be alleviated and in somes instances reversed by formulating a specific programme of balanced nutrition, exercise and bio identical hormone supplementation.
We are going to look at many aspects of the ageing process starting with possibly the hottest topic at the moment that being Human Growth Hormone.
Hormones are part of the endocrine system which is regulated by a gland called the Hypothalamus. The system is based on a bio feedback mechanism and specific glands secrete hormones that regulate virtually every function in our body.
As we know our hormones have a significant effect on ageing and we have accepted this as a natural process even though the symptoms of deficiency can be extreme and can impact heavily on our daily lives.
Human Growth Factor, or HGF as the name suggest plays a significant role of growth and repair in our bodies and is plentiful in youth. It is vital in childhood to grow healthy, strong bodies.
Growth hormone makes us assertive, strong minded, decisive and calm. It provides a deep feeling of serenity and security, reducing anxiety and makes us resistant to stress.
Growth Hormone also helps to prevent obesity and preserves muscle tone and in particular slims the tummy and firms up the thighs (I want some I hear you cry).
This hormone plays a key role in maintaining youth and significantly decreases after the age of 25 years.
Symptoms associated with a deficiency in this hormone include: lots of wrinkles; double chin; dry skin; thin skin; thin lips; slow healing; poor hair quality and grey hair.
Growth Hormone can only be supplemented in an injection form. However there are ways that you can boost your own natural levels.
Growth hormone is secreted in much higher levels at night and when the body is in darkness. Therefore it is important to get enough sleep and in a room as dark as you can possibly get.
Production of HGH at night can be significantly affected by your evening meal. It is important that you avoid food at least 2 hours before bed time. The insulin released to deal with the metabolism of the meal can disrupt the release of HGH. Your last meal of the day should also be low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.
Exercise is very important for the production of HGH. You should exercise at least 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time, alternating aerobic exercise with short bursts of anaerobic exercise. You should supplement your diet by taking HGH secretagogues which are specific amino acids that are the precursors (building blocks) of Human Growth Hormone.
You should have fasted for 2 hours prior to exercise and the exercise should then be followed by a high protein meal.
Beware of homepathetic sprays that are sold on the internet as they do not work!