Hello here we are racing towards Easter. Thinking about rejuvenating ourselves and maybe starting new things.
I have started my Msc in Cosmetic Medicine. What are you thinking of starting?
I don’t know about you but I felt Mothers Day was especially poignant given world events. To all the amazing strong mums who are in war torn parts of the world still being the best mums they can be- I salute you.
I was lucky enough to spend time with my two gorgeous girls and eat some amazing food at The Crescent Turner Hotel.
This month I wanted to share a very special patient journey with you. You will have seen Ella in an earlier post about thread lifting. This is an interview she gave sharing her journey and for anyone who still thinks aesthetics is vein or shallow they should see this:
Ella Jackson is a 59 year old senior midwife. At 57 she suffered a stroke which left one side of her face, In her words, ‘droopy’.
“The stroke caused me to temporarily lose the feeling down my left side, I couldn’t use my left hand or arm. My face felt heavy and still. It rocked my confidence and scared me. When I looked in the mirror I saw an old woman with a lopsided face and I wasn’t even 60. I was also suffering with post stroke chronic pain and fatigue which showed. I was really low”
It is a common misconception that strokes happen to the over 70’s. However, a report from Public Health England found that over a third of first time strokes happen in adults between the ages of 40 to 69. 49% of women have strokes and there are 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK.
Ella turned to me for help. Ella liked and trusted the fact that I am a former midwife. I think it is because a midwife is a certain type of person, we care and that never leaves us, even when we leave the profession. My clinic is a safe space and I want to improve people’s lives, not make them into Barbie dolls. Keeping my clients safe and improving their wellbeing is paramount.
I treated Ella with thread lifts and Botox around her eyes and mouth to correct the asymmetry. I also filled one side of her lip. It’s all about balancing the face and in this case we were able to get back the symmetrical look to Ella’s face. Ella says that she had never thought to have aesthetics. “I am seen as a bit alternative and very much a feminist, so my friends were shocked that I was seemingly conforming to societal norms. I felt it was the opposite, the treatment was offering me a lifeline. I have never wanted to look like anyone else but me and I wasn’t interested in looking younger, but I did want to like and feel comfortable with what I saw in the mirror. I knew Piroska was a former midwife and would follow safe practices. I took the aesthetics plunge, and I haven’t looked back.”
Ella says that her confidence in her appearance has returned, and it has even spurred her on to start running again as she gave that up when she temporarily lost the feeling down one side from the Stroke. “Next year I turn 60 and I couldn’t be happier in-spite of ongoing challenges including rehabilitation and surgery. Colleagues used to comment that I looked drawn and in pain all the time, now they say I look fresh and bright. My self-worth is still determined by me and I choose to be proactive and make the best of what I have even in times when I still feel shaken by the experience of a stroke and it’s aftermath. I think Piroska is inspirational in her approach to life and makes aesthetics accessible to everyone”
Ella post stroke pre treatment.
Ella and I on her journey.
This month I also did an interview for BBC news about the aesthetics industry not being regulated and the government taking steps to change that. It is so important. I have ensured the clinic is as regulated as possible by becoming Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered. The same level of care and accountability is required of me and the clinic as it is for hospitals, GP surgery’s, Dentists and care homes.
CQC regulated activities include:
IV and IM nutrient Supplementation
If you see these offered any where that isn’t CQC registered then they are breaking the law and you may have no come back if anything goes wrong. Always choose safety first.
Weight-Loss is a specialism of mine as an Obesity and Weight Management specialist and I was delighted this month to contribute to an article in Dazed on line regarding the alarming ease people who do not need to lose weight can access the medication I prescribe on the Sese Slim Plan. The medication in the wrong hands has the potential to cause serious side effects.
Talking about weight loss and wanting to shed some extra pounds as we move through spring, lots of you tell me you are inspired to move but are put off by the cost and also getting out in public. I help a lot of patients with this and a great way to get stared is to think outside the box. Take a peek at this:
How to stop hating exercise – Don’t let exercise become the enemy.
‘Muscle Destroys Fat’
First, some statistics, you are not alone! 50% of adults in the UK are overweight but we can change that. I am a weight loss specialist as well as a former midwife. Clinic Sese is a CQC weight loss regulated clinic. Let me explain why muscle is so important to our health and our weight loss journey. Muscle burns fat for fuel. This is important as a build up of excess fat triggers inflammation. If you are overweight then you have a lot more fat cells which can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes.
‘Anyone can get moving’
Here at Clinic Sese I am on a mission to change the way you think about exercise. I know how difficult it is to get motivated. Many of my patients start off horrified at the thought of joining a class or going to a gym and I get that. Many of them fall into the morbidly obese category. They are frightened that they are just too big to exercise and will do serious damage to themselves as well as be embarrassed.
I don’t go in for conventional exercise! One of my clients refused to leave the house to exercise as she felt ashamed. Others tell me how they love to dance. If this is you build a playlist and dance to it for 10 minutes each day. You will start to notice a real difference and get so much joy out of it. Start to slowly build your confidence and set achievable goals. If like some of my other patients and you want to get back to an activity you loved like sailing or cycling or kayaking make that your focus . Their motivation was to get back onto the water and into the saddle which they did by doing some of the exercises below:
‘Plan to start exercising’
Dancing: Choose 5-10 minutes worth of music, stand up and move to the music – fling yourself about and have fun.
Stairs: Walk up and down your stairs 5 times.
On the sofa: Invest in a pedal exerciser and cycle your way through Eastenders or Corrie whilst sitting on the sofa.
Walking: Fill up a backpack with baked bean tins and do 10 laps of your house.
Squats: Fill a backpack with bottles of water and do 5 – 10 squats.
Bath: In the bath reach out your arms straight in front of you try and reach the taps 5 times to start, try and increase to 10.
Bed: Lie flat and lift each leg off the bed 5 times or however much you can manage.
Skipping rope: Use a skipping rope and start by just swinging it and slowly stepping over.
Start off by doing one or a mixture of any of the above exercises for 10 minutes 3 times a week. Once you start to build confidence you may decide to move outside and start walking. Once you are outside walking, build steps and hills into your routine. If you live by the beach walk on the sand or shingle as it will help with resistance. In the countryside go onto footpaths as that terrain is harder than pavements. The most common reason I get from patients as to why they are not doing any activity or exercise is ‘I don’t have time’. Just take a second t work out how much time you spend scrolling on your phone after work or in the morning. Or how long you sit on the sofa for after dinner. You can choose to do some activity that will improve your health in that time-what are you waiting for?