We’re very pleased to introduce our brand-new starter, Vanessa Charest, who is as an Aesthetic Nurse here at London Real Skin. She’s taken the time to answer a few burning questions we had about her role, what it entails, as well as details about the various treatments she carries out, such as dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections and micro-needling.
Vanessa also reveals the secrets to her own skincare regime and talks about how diet can play a big part in healthy skin.
You can book appointments with Vanessa by visiting our website www.londonrealskin.com, emailing doctor@LSAH.co.uk or calling us on 020 7183 5892. You can read Vanessa’s profile on our website at: https://www.londonrealskin.com/find-a-clinician/ms-vanessa-charest/
Take a look below to see Vanessa’s answers to the questions we asked…
Can you describe your role to us?
At London Real Skin, I will be in charge of the Aesthetic division. I will meet with patients and conduct skin consultations. I will perform anti-wrinkles as well as dermal fillers injections, micro-needling treatments, medical facials and will advise patients about skincare. I will work closely with the Consultant Dermatologists in order to offer a global approach to our clientele.
How long have you worked in Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetics?
I have been working in the Aesthetic business since 2014.
What is involved with dermal filler treatments?
A dermal filler is made of Hyaluronic Acid, a product that is naturally found in our body. It has a gel consistency and we can inject it into the skin to smooth wrinkles, plump or define lips and to give more volume in areas needed like the cheeks. We can also use dermal fillers to contour the face when injected in the jawline, for example. The results are immediate.
What is involved with anti-wrinkle injections?
An anti-wrinkle injection is a product injected into the muscle. Unlike dermal fillers, the effect of the muscle-relaxant injection isn’t seen right away. It takes up to three days to see any sort of weakness of the muscle previously injected and the maximum effect is seen after two weeks. As a result, the muscle becomes weaker and the wrinkles are softened. The treatment can be repeated every three to six months.
What is involved with micro-needling?
Micro-needling is a technique used to create small, controlled injuries into the skin with several micro needles. Once injured, the skin will start to use its own repair mechanisms to heal itself, and stimulates collagen production. It may take two to three days to recovery from the treatment. As a result, the skin appears much smoother, the pores are smaller and scars and imperfections are less visible.
What is involved with chemical grade facials and peels?
A chemical peel, involves the use of a chemical solution to help exfoliate the skin. Some patients will benefit from this treatment if they have a more sensitive skin and can’t exfoliate their skin with a mechanical exfoliator like a scrub. The solution will be left onto the skin for a few minutes and then neutralised. This will help exfoliate the upper layer of the skin and as a result the skin will look more glowing and the tone and texture will be improved.
What’s your skincare regime?
AM: In the morning, I like to keep it quite simple. I wash my face with warm water and I like to do so with a face cloth. The face cloth acts as a mild exfoliator because of its texture. I use a mild toner all over my face to remove any hard water or any dirt that would be left on my skin. Active ingredients are the key to combat sun radiation and pollution which contributes to skin ageing. I use a vitamin C serum every morning and follow up with a moisturiser and an eye cream. I ALWAYS finish up with an SPF 30 or higher, whether it’s sunny or not.
PM: At night, I tend to use active ingredients like retinol or glycolic acid, as they help exfoliate the skin. I wash my skin with a mild cleanser to remove any dirt, or makeup using a face cloth. I then apply a retinol or glycolic acid based cream as well as an eye cream.
Do you enjoy what you do?
I am absolutely passionate about what I do. Everything around aesthetic and skincare is my cup of tea! I like to try new products, and advise people on what to do what or not to do to improve their overall complexion. The more rewarding thing for me is to have a patient coming back and telling me that their skin has changed for the best.
Does diet play an important part in healthy skin?
I do believe that diet as well as other extrinsic factors, such as sun radiation, pollution and cigarette can affect the skin. I think that by having a healthy lifestyle, including good food habits does play a role in healthy skin. A combination of a good skincare regime, good sleep patterns, a healthy diet and lifestyle and the use of sun protection every day is the key for healthy, glowing skin.