Back to Business – from Prada to Nada
As a former model, glamorous grandmother Caroline Marshall, 56, always likes to look her best.
In her career as a business consultant Caroline has helped to inspire people to launch and run successful companies and, with her vast experience in public relations and image consultancy, she knows how to bring out the best in people, and their businesses too.
For Caroline, however, now is the time to make sure she looks and feels her best inside and out – after being plagued by ill health and stress in recent years. So after dedicating decades of her life to helping others, she has taken a small step back to focus on her own health and well-being.
Caroline revealed, “In 2015, my life changed forever. I was left with nothing from my assets and my business, the pain was almost unbearable. I am a sufferer of chronic fatigue syndrome with fibromyalgia, so although I can be very energetic and take on a lot of tasks and projects, stress and anxiety make my condition much worse.
“The last three years have taken their toll on my health, my looks and most certainly my mental health.”
“You health is your wealth”, is something the business mentor has always said, so when stress began to take its toll, it knocked her confidence.
But all that changed when Caroline was introduced to Dr Qureshi – known to his patients as DR Q – at Luxe Skin in Glasgow. She was looking for subtle enhancements in a bid to look as young as she did a few years ago.
After having a consultation with the skin specialist, Caroline was ready to embark on an exciting journey of transformation – one that would not only boost her skin, but her self-esteem too.
In a bid to give her a lift, both physically and emotionally, Caroline opted for a non-surgical face lift treatment.
She said, “The reason I looked to the knowledge, expertise and credibility of Dr Q as my consultant on a non-invasive face lift treatment was that his reputation and kudos as an A&E doctor put my mind at ease.
“The skin is after all the largest organ in the human body so we have to take care of it. As a survivor of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) I certainly didn’t want to take any risks or threaten my system for the return of skin cancer.”
reassured by Dr Q, Caroline admits she felt “lucky and blessed” with his guidance and professional expertise.
She added, “The portfolio of treatments impressed me at DR Q’s city centre clinic, and I am exited about HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound), dermal fillers, lifting threads, skincare and other treatments he has suggested over the next few months.
“It is going to be a very positive and empowering experience for me and I know that at the end of the procedures and treatments, I will look and feel younger and happier.
“The secret to looking young is to have a consultation with Dr Q and I wouldn’t go anywhere else for such an important stage in my life. I know I am in safe hands with Dr Q and I am looking forward to seeing the end results.”
After her treatments, Caroline plans to return to modelling and help others feel more confident in themselves and look more youthful
“I have my sparkle back and will leave some sparkle wherever I go – thank you DR Q.”
• Qualified GP working in Accident and Emergency
• Trained by some of the best doctors in the industry
• Attends regular training to keep skills up to date in this ever-changing industry
• Uses the best available products
• Cares for his patients and wants them to be happy
• Provides excellent consultation where he explains all the options, benefits and risks. Dr Q even advises them of alternative treatments available that are not offered by him so that patients can make an informed choice.
Luxe Skin Clinic
• City centre location
• Boutique and exclusive feel
• Plush hotel style lobby
• Clean clinic grade treatment rooms
• Beauty room offering clinical grade facials
• Registered with Health Improvement Scotland which is the regulatory body for independent clinics.
Caroline wants to improve her self-confidence and well-being by looking after her appearance. She wants to look like she did 10 years ago.
Caroline chooses the non-surgical route due to the minimal downtime, fast results, easier to correct any problems and customisable results as the patient is awake so the doctor can consult with them while doing the procedure. Caroline’s reasons for choosing Luxe skin are…
Doctor Q spoke to Caroline regarding her concerns and expectations and told her what can be achieved. He also explained the benefits and risks along with alternatives available.
Dr Q explained that with time, the face loses volume around the temples, under the eyes and at the back of the cheeks. This results in temple hollows which gives a gaunt look, under eye hollows which makes you look tired, and cheek hollows causing the formation of nose to mouth folds and jowls.
Dr Q devised a treatment plan over 2 sessions. In session 1 he will use High-Intensify Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to reduce the jowls. HIFU targets the fat cells which results in reduction of the thickness of the fat layer. It stimulates collagen and elastin leading to lifting and tightening of the skin. It takes up to 3 months after the treatment for the full results to appear. In session 2 Dr Q will use dermal fillers to add volume in specific parts of the face which will result in lifting of the hollows and pulling back of the jowls and nose to mouth folds.
Dr Q used Levura HIFU over the cheeks, jowls, jaw and chin. You feel heat pulses during the treatment. The transducer with gel is placed on the face similar to having an ultrasound when you are pregnant. The transducer is passed over all the targeted areas of the face. The treatment takes 1 hour. The skin can get red and a little bit of swelling can occur. This is self-limiting and settles within a few days. You do not need to take time off work to get this treatment done.
Dr Q also recommend that Caroline uses cosmeceutical skin care. This is essentially prescriptive skin care which uses high concentration of active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C, E and ferulic acid. The pH of these creams and serums is carefully controlled allowing the active ingredients to be carried to the site of action. Dr Q uses Skinceuticals and Mesoesthetic products as these are very effective and well tolerated. Caroline will return in 2 weeks for a review and her dermal filler treatment.
Q&A With Doctor Q
Q. What should a patient look for when choosing a cosmetic clinic?
A. The results of non-surgical treatments are very dependent on the practitioner. When deciding on a cosmetic clinic, you should look at the qualifications and experience of the practitioner, the products they are using, the results they have achieved, their customer service and after care. The clinic should be regulated by Health Improvement Scotland which is the regulatory body for independent clinics.
Q. Why is there a large price variation between practitioners?
A. The main reason for price difference is the expertise of the practitioner. It depends on the number of years they have been practicing as well as how much time and money they have invested in their own education and training. Practitioners who charge more have put in a lot of effort in improving their skills and keeping up to date in this ever-changing field. The quality of products and the premises of the clinic also have an impact on the cost. High quality products cost more because the manufacturers have invested a lot in research and development. Good clinic premises are essential in providing a clean and comfortable clinical environment to reduce risk.
Q. How can botulinum toxin improve lines and wrinkles?
A. As skin loses its firmness, the muscle causes wrinkles and creases to form in the skin when it moves such as around the frown area, forehead and eyes. Botulinum relaxes the muscle so that it does not scrunch the skin. This results in smoothing of wrinkles. And as the muscle is not continuously scrunching the skin, the creases or lines start to fade.
Q. How do dermal fillers help with improving folds and lines?
A. Dermal fillers are a gel made up of hyaluronic acid. This substance is already present in skin and is responsible for maintaining its plumpness by attracting and holding on to water. A reduction in hyaluronic acid results is dehydrated and wrinkled skin. Dermal fillers bind to the skin, attract moisture and plump it up. This improves the hollowness and hydrates the skin. By placing dermal fillers in specific areas of volume loss, the skin folds are pulled back and the face appears lifted.
Q. What is a thread lift?
A. This procedure involves placing 4-6 threads on each side of the face. After numbing the face, the threads are inserted from the hairline above the ear and brought down to the nose, mouth and jowls. The threads have little anchors that latch on to the skin and this causes a mechanical lift. As the thread absorbs over 3 months, collagen is stimulated, further tightening and lifting the skin. The results last up to 18 months.
Q. I am interested in non-surgical cosmetic treatments but I am scared of looking overdone like some celebrities?
A. If treatments are done in a skilled manner and the products are placed in the correct parts of the face you will not look fake or overdone. The practitioner needs to choose the right product, the correct quantity and place it in the right site to produce great results. Just as over use of products can give a unsatisfactory appearance, under use of products will also produce sub-standard results.
Luxe Skin by Doctor Q
227 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DA