The truth about “No needle, no pain Botox alternatives”
17 January 2018
It hardly seems possible to look at Facebook or open a beauty magazine without seeing something about a “pain free, no needle Botox alternative”. This claim suggests two things: Firstly, that Botox injections are painful and secondly that there is such a thing as a Botox alternative.
Botulinum Toxin A relaxes muscles restricting the movements that cause active lines. This not only greatly reduces the appearance of active lines but also stops the worsening of existing static lines and the formation of new ones. This effect normally lasts for 3-4 months. There is no alternative treatment that can do this. Creams may hydrate and plump the skin for a few hours but they won’t stop you forming active lines and they won’t stop you making new static lines.
The needle used for Botox injections is tiny and looks nothing like those pictured in some ads designed to frighten you. Allison’s clients regularly tell her they hardly felt a thing, in fact many are surprised to be told the treatment has finished – they were waiting for the pain to start.
There are some great products and treatments out there but they can’t do what Botox can do. And if you’re worried about needles or pain then please read our reviews.
If you’d like to pop in for a chat with Allison about any of our treatments please call or message. Consultation is free and there’s no obligation. Allison will take a look, listen to your concerns, advise on your options and answer any questions you have.
Happy New Year everyone!
31 December 2017
Well that’s another year gone and it’s been a pretty good one.
The highlight of our year was the engagement of Roberts and McCarron. Allison had no idea it was coming. So now we have a wedding to plan!
We’ve worked really hard this year but it hasn’t felt like work. Our clinics continue to go from strength to strength with so many clients now coming by recommendation.
In the new year we’ll be launching our training programmes and medical supplies service. We’re really looking forward to helping new practitioners develop their practices. If we can pass on just a little of Allison’s skill, professionalism and gentleness I know there will be some great successes.
Happy new year to all our lovely clients and those who will become clients in 2018. We hope the year is kind to you.
Dermaplaning for baby soft skin
14 November 2017
Dermaplaning removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells revealing the lovely fresh, new skin below. It also removes the vellus hair, the very fine, soft hair that can cause skin to look fuzzy and dull.
Allison uses a special blade to take away the dead skin and hair and then applies a nourishing post-treatment balm while the skin is at its most receptive.
This treatment costs £50 and takes around half an hour from beginning to end. Please call 01226 491144 to book.
Planning for the party season
5 September 2017
It seems way too early to be talking about it but the party season has a habit of sneaking up on you and it’s as well to plan your treatments ahead to get the timing just right. We made 8 appointments before 11:00 this morning!
It’s a good idea to have your treatment at least three weeks before a big occasion. That leaves enough time for your follow up/top up appointment and a week for any top ups to settle down. (Remember your follow up and tops ups are all included in the treatment price.)
Allison at The Royal Garden Party
22 June 2017
Earlier this month we attended the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace where we met some amazing people from all walks of life.
It was a very sunny day and lots of people were feeling the heat but Allison was as elegant as ever.
Roberts and McCarron are to be married!
19 June 2017
Today I proposed to Allison and she said yes! So, to add to this fantastic year we now have a wedding to plan.
We won’t be changing the clinic name to “McCarron McCarron” though. I’ve insisted that we keep the “Roberts” in honour of Allison’s brilliant career.
Allison with Dr Christian Jessen today
7 June 2017
Allison with Dr Christian Jessen at the Galderma conference today.
Dr Jessen is best known for presenting TV shows such as Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize V Superskinny but today he was speaking in his role as an Aesthetics Practitioner.
More great news!
29 April 2017
We now have exclusivity covering much of Yorkshire on PCA Skin’s luxury medical skincare range.
PCA Skin was voted No1 medical skincare range in the USA. Over 1,000,000 peels alone are performed each year using PCA.
These are pharmaceutical grade products for in-clinic use by medical professionals only.
10 April 2017
Allison is now on the national board of The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses.
The BACN is the largest Professional Association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK. It operates under a strict Code of Conduct in order to ensure patient safety across all treatments undertaken by its members.
1 March 2017
Despite traditionally being a quiet month in beauty February was our busiest month ever. March is already filling up and looks set to beat it. Today was our busiest day ever even though we had two cancellations.
24 new clients have been to see Allison in the last 17 days! 8 in the last 3!
Anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and lip fillers remain our most popular treatments. Don’t forget that consultations, follow up appointments and top-ups are all free
The importance of continued skills development
2 February 2017
One of the most essential requirements of an expert aesthetic practitioner is the ongoing development of their skills. Only by engaging in a busy programme of continued improvement is it possible to offer clients the most up-to-date treatment methods performed by the most knowledgeable and skilled aesthetitician.
Allison regularly attends masterclasses around the country and is Harley Street trained in advanced filler and Botulinum Toxin techniques.
Allison attending a talk at the Royal Society of Medicine in London
26 October 2016
The field of clinical cosmetics is constantly evolving and it’s very important that developments in products and techniques are shared between fellow professionals.
Today Allison attended a talk with live demonstrations and hands-on training at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Amongst the procedures covered were the very latest methods in Botox therapy and dermal fillers.
Allison at the BACN Conference with Chairman, Paul Burgess.
23 September 2016
The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses is the largest Professional Association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK. It operates under a strict code of conduct in order to ensure patient safety across all treatments undertaken by its members.
The BACN Charter Mark indicates that a clinic has met a list of strict criteria and is working under the BACN Code of Conduct. Only BACN members who have fulfilled all of the agreed criteria for membership and conduct and are current members may display this mark.
Finally, a way to renew both layers of your skin.
21 August 2016
Why should we care about what’s happening below the surface of our skin? Because the epidermis (the upper layer) is thin and transparent so the dermis (the lower layer) plays a large part in our appearance.
Most of us know that the surface layer of our skin (the epidermis) continually renews itself. Unfortunately the lower layer (the dermis) does not. At least not naturally.
But there is a way to trick the dermis into renewing itself. This method is called microneedling. All the stars are doing it and it’s here to stay.
Feeling too old to be beautiful?
26 July 2016
Carmen Dell’Orefice turned 85 last month.
Generally accepted to be the world’s oldest working model, Carmen first appeared in Vogue in 1946 and has been cover girl four times. She still appears in advertising campaigns and the world’s top fashion magazines.
Carmen puts her health and vitality down to a good sleep, a good swim and not worrying about her age.
Protect your skin from the one thing that ages it more than any other.
20 July 2016
Much of the outward evidence of skin aging is down to collagen depletion and nothing causes collagen depletion more than exposure to sunlight. And you don’t have to sunbathe for this to happen, harmful rays are bouncing around and attacking your skin from sun up to sundown all day every day, even in winter.
Use a moisturiser with a sunscreen added every day and always use a sunscreen with a good SPF when out on sunny days.
Get your chocolate fix without all the fat and sugar.
10 July 2016
Chocolate (cocoa) is really good for you. So are bananas and so is milk. So here’s a great way to get your chocolate fix and stay healthy. This will make two big glasses of choc/banana milkshake at 200 calories each. These drinks are actually meals.
Blend 400ml of semi-skimmed milk, one banana and two heaped teaspoons of cocoa. That’s it. Enjoy
The loveliest cancellation call.
4 July 2016
I’ve just taken a call from a lady who had to cancel her appointment but said, “I will be rebooking though. Allison is just wonderful. She’s so kind, she’s so gentle, she puts you at ease, she’s just wonderful.”
It’s so gratifying to know that people appreciate Allison’s lovely nature.