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Let’s Talk About… Marionette Lines

Skincare can’t really help marionette lines, says Alice Hart-Davis. Tweakments will do the job – and these are the ones that work for her.

I’m getting a lot of questions about marionette lines at the moment — the lines that drop from the outer corners of our mouths straight down towards our chin. Maybe that’s because we’re all more gloomy than usual during lockdown, and are catching sight of this in the mirror? 

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Let’s talk about… jowls and double chins

Which treatments help reduce a double chin or firm up saggy jowls? Independent tweakments expert Alice Hart-Davis sets the options.

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None of us likes the look of a double chin, or saggy jowls. And even if we weren’t born with them, they can creep up on us in mid-life as the skin under the jaw becomes less firm, and the fat pads in the lower face seem to slither from where they’re useful and gather under the chin. Skincare really can’t help here, but there are tweakments that can, both with reducing the bulk of a double chin and in tightening up saggy jowls.

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Alice Meets: Sharon Bennett

Jawline junkies & why youngsters wear their fillers with pride, Alice Hart-Davis meets Sharon Bennett, chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses

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Sharon Bennett is one of the expert’s experts in the tweakments arena, the sort who teaches  masterclasses in advanced aesthetics around the world as well as running her own busy and award-winning clinic in Harrogate. She is the chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and has been honing her skills in aesthetics for 30 years. When the first hyaluronic acid fillers appeared in the UK market in 1996, it was Sharon who brought them here. 

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Alice meets: Dr Paul Nassif

Alice Hart-Davis asks top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr Paul Nassif of Botched why non-surgical procedures are taking over as he launches new UK Medspa

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As one half of the surgical duo who sort out the worst-case patients on Botched, Dr Paul Nassif  is a bit of a legend. As a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and TV personality, he specialises – obviously – in facial plastic surgery, and particularly in revision rhinoplasty.

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TOTW: full face rejuvenation with longer-lasting injectable filler

Dr Martin Kinsella uses a longer-lasting injectable filler called Ellanse to demonstrate a full-face rejuvenation treatment at his clinic in Hale, Cheshire

So, what do you do when you look at your face and feel that it’s not just a question of softening the odd line or two – but that everything needs fixing? Well, if you were up for it, and didn’t mind needles and had the budget, you could opt for full-face enhancement Continue reading “TOTW: full face rejuvenation with longer-lasting injectable filler”

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The Pre-Tweakment Checklist

What should you look for in an aesthetic practitioner? How do you find a practitioner who is good and safe? Here is Alice Hart-Davis’s essential checklist

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You’ve decided you want to have a tweakment.

So, how do you choose a practitioner?

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What is the difference between Botox and Filler?

Tweakments expert Alice Hart-Davis explains that Botox and fillers are very different kinds of treatments, even if some people think they’re the same

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People often confuse Botox and filler injections as being the same kind of treatment. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, they are both temporary tweakments which last for a number of months, and will make a difference to the way you look. But Botox and fillers are two completely different substances, injected into different parts of the face, to achieve completely different results. Although it’s not hard to confuse the two, as many people use the phrase ‘Botox and Fillers’ to describe non-surgical cosmetic treatments in general, while having both treatments done during one session.

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Should you try Botox and fillers at Superdrug?

Superdrug is offering Botox from £99. I went along to check it out for The Times, But it didn’t go quite as I had hoped…

How interesting to see that Superdrug are offering Botox and fillers. Does this mean we have reached the tipping point where aesthetic treatments are finally almost acceptable? It looks that way, given how the girls on this year’s series of Love Island were freely discussing what they’ve had done – though I suspect their mothers’ generation, people my age, will go on being cautious about tweakments for a while yet.

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