Obagi Patient Ambassador – Initial Skin Consultation

Today was my first consultation with Maria Phillips, as I took the first step on my Obagi journey as Bank Aesthetics’ patient ambassador. Catherine Gordon after Obagi Skin Consultation

Essential information
As you would expect from any healthcare practitioner, Maria first asked me to complete some forms to provide information including my personal details and my medical history. In addition, I was invited to describe what I saw as the issues with my skin and invited to set out what I hoped to achieve from the process.

What I discovered about Obagi and the benefits of working with Bank Aesthetics
As an independent organisation, Bank Aesthetics isn’t tied to any one particular product range so Maria can to draw on different product ranges in accordance with patients’ needs. However, Maria explained that Obagi had delivered consistently good results so it was definitely a firm favourite with the clinic.
I hadn’t appreciated that as a medical product, Obagi is not available over the counter, but Maria is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and Independent Nurse Prescriber is able to prescribe Obagi products.
This all gave me a sense of excitement and anticipation. Here was a proven solution, delivered by a knowledgeable health professional in a friendly and supportive environment. I couldn’t wait to get started!


Re-thinking skin-care
Here’s where we got technical. Using a 3-D model of the skin’s structure, Maria explained how cosmetic skincare products (the type we buy over the counter in a department store or chemist) are not licensed to penetrate the skin. Using Obagi would enable me to ‘reset’ the way I used skincare products, re-educating me in my approach.

The attributes of the products in the Obagi system were then explained to me in detail.

Did you know that moisturiser should be a firm ‘NO!? As a cosmetic product, a standard moisturiser would – at best – only sit on the surface of the skin. At worst, it would serve to clog pores. It would also reduce the functions of the lower layer of the skin, sending a signal that the skin was fully hydrated. This would put the dermis into what I call ‘hibernation mode’.

At this point, I remembered my childhood: I never used a facial moisturiser then so why should I need to do so now? By contrast, protecting the skin against UVA/UVB rays would be an essential part of my new routine.

My treatment plan

Maria identified the range she recommended for me (someone with oily-normal skin: Nu Derm Normal/Oily was selected as being most effective for my skin type. Using the products over 6 weeks would transform my skin and deal effectively with the issues I had identified: sun damage, open pores, blackheads, milia and a lack of consistent skin tone.

After a blue radiance peel, I would begin my treatment plan using the Nu Derm system that comprised of 8 products. Maria would see me at the mid-way point, 3 weeks in, then again at the end of the 6 weeks.

Reassuringly, Maria and her colleague, Guiliana, were also available at the end of the phone should I need advice or support.

A word of caution

Maria was clear: we would be looking for a reaction so be prepared! The ‘reaction stage’ would be up to 6 weeks, although some people were through this in 3/4 weeks. Was I going to anything special in the next 6 weeks? No, but my Dad’s 80th birthday was coming up in May so I’d have lovely skin by then. Let’s see!

One product Maria would include for me was Obagi’s Hydrate; if I needed a little relief, I could carry this in my handbag and spritz some onto my face on the odd occasion when I really needed it.
Although it would be possible to wear makeup during the treatment, Maria recommended using mineral make up which is made from naturally derived components and is the healthier make up choice for your skin.

So, what comes next? The chemical peel…

Catherine will be sharing her thoughts with us over the next 6 weeks; the treatments and
her Obagi skin care routine – keep a look out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Read Catherine’s full Obagi story here>

In Catherine’s spare time, she has developed a passion for de-cluttering and all things minimal – you can read her popular blog here – The Midlands Minimalist

Obagi Patient Ambassador – Introducing Catherine Gordon

We would like to introduce you to Catherine Gordon, the winner of our Obagi Patient Ambassador competition. Catherine has won over £500 worth of Obagi treatments and products and will be sharing her skin transformation journey with us over the next few months.

Please take a read through Catherine’s first blog for us –

When Bank Aesthetics launched a competition to find a patient ambassador in the latter part of 2016, I was intrigued. I wondered if I should enter, as I knew that Bank Catherine GordonAesthetics had a great reputation so the opportunity was bound to attract a lot of attention.

After thinking about it for a short while, I decided to apply and chance my luck. This is an extract from what I wrote, as part of my competition entry:

Obagi patient ambassador

I have been troubled by ‘poor skin’ for over 30 years, ever since puberty really set in. From teenage acne to post-pill breakouts, at the age of 46, I still aspire to have a blemish-free complexion.

As a teenager, I tried everything to help soothe my angry skin. Visits to the doctor resulted in prescriptions for oxytetracycline (brightly coloured tablets) and nasty-smelling topical liquids. Later, I invested my hard-earned cash in facials (nice but no good) and expensive skincare routines (which helped, but the underlying problem was still there).

Now, as I find myself in the category of being officially ‘middle aged’, it is dismaying when my teenage daughter observes, “Mummy, you’ve got a lot of spots.”

Having attended an Obagi presentation last year, I was impressed by the enthusiasm of clients whose good skin they attributed to its effectiveness. I would like to be able to realise the benefits myself, which is why I decided to apply for this opportunity.

Through to the next round

When the clinic got in touch to invite me for a discussion, I began to feel excited, but also a little nervous. Would I be chosen? What would being a patient ambassador really mean? As a patient ambassador, would I appeal to Bank Aesthetics’ audience?

More importantly, I was probably asking myself all the questions that a prospective patient would ask. Would I be a suitable candidate for the treatment? What would the treatments entail? Would I be able to show my post-treatment face in the office? Would it hurt?! There were so many questions!

After a detailed discussion, I was delighted when I was offered the chance to come on board.

What next?

The next step was to arrange a consultation with Maria. As for any other patient, it was important to go through a pre-treatment consultation to evaluate if Obagi was right for me. So, I had a chat with Giuliana on Reception, who booked me an appointment for 18 February 2017 and we’ll take it from there.

Next time, I’ll let you know how the consultation went and whether or not we can proceed to the course of treatment.

Read Catherine’s full Obagi story here>

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion Launches at Bank Aesthetics

Changing the Face of Skincare

Bank Aesthetics has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading anti ageing skincare brands, Crystal Clear, to offer Crystal Clear’s fabulous Microdermabrasion facials and Crystal Clear Microdermabrasionskincare to Coventry and Warwickshire

A celebrities’ and A-lister’s favourite, Crystal Clear fans include the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Colin Firth – it’s the ultimate star choice for silky smooth, younger looking skin.

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion uses ultra-fine diamond-hard aluminium oxide crystals to buff and polish the skin, gently removing dead skin cells layer by layer. The crystals are then vacuumed back up along with the exfoliated layers of skin, encouraging collagen re-growth, boosting circulation and improving lymphatic drainage along the way. The gentle vacuum action also achieves an immediate lifting effect on tired muscles so skin looks instantly rejuvenated.

With none of the downside of invasive treatments, Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion instantly improves the texture of the skin and works on removing fine lines and wrinkles, clearing blocked pores, acne scarring, refining sun-damaged, ageing skin and as a beauty flash treatment for dull, tired-looking complexions.

To book your appointment, please call 01926 859988 or contact us via the website

10 Reasons for Getting Botox

Line Smoothing Injections

Here at Bank Aesthetics, we are often asked whether there are any other beneficial reasons for getting Botox. Take a look at the list below.


1. The most popular reason for getting Botox; for treating wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, forehead and rest of the face, giving you a smoother and more youthful appearance.

2. More and more people are getting Botox in their 20’s, meaning they’re proactively preventing themselves from signs of ageing in the future.

3. Feeling more youthful and contoured in your appearance, your self-confidence is going to rocket!

4. No anaesthetic is needed! It’s a relatively painless non-surgical procedure.

5.When practised in the right conditions, and by people with the right qualifications who know what they’re doing, it is a very safe and easy treatment. As well as all practitioners having a nursing background, Bank Aesthetics is accredited by Save Face, a company which set standards for aesthetic practitioners throughout the country, who focus on the welfare of customers and the quality of the treatment they are provided.

6. Treatment is very quick!

7. On average, the results are usually visible after 3-5 days and these results continue to last on average for 3-4 months. So, if you’re not completely confident on the idea of cosmetic surgery, then this semi-permanent treatment is perfect for you.

8. There’s no recovery time. Mild symptoms may include light bruising and swelling; however, in many cases, there are no symptoms at all. So, you are free to carry on with your day as normal afterwards. You can even apply makeup once the treatment is completed!

9.Botox isn’t as pricey as people may originally believe it to be! Here at Bank Aesthetics, we not only offer a complementary skin health consultation with Maria Phillips, but we also have Botox treatments starting from £150 for one area of the face. We have also designed 4 monthly prepayment plans; bronze, silver, gold and platinum ranging from £25-£100. By doing so, we are enabling customers the opportunity to budget their spending but also receive the treatment they’ve dreamed about.

10. Cosmetic Botox is just one of many factors in which Botox can be used. It is also used vastly in medicine for several reasons including pain management, eye spasms, hyperhidrosis, bladder incontinence and so much more.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Botox treatments we offer at Bank Aesthetics, then please contact us on: 01926 859988.

Bank Aesthetics provides Botox treatments for patients in  CoventryLeamington and across Warwickshire.

Chin Up Mask Introductory Offer

Chin up facial maskChinUp, made with all natural ingredients, is the new non-surgical solution to facelifts, without the pain or fuss.

This product is a quick and easy fix to sagging necks and jawlines, and the whole process from start to finish can even be completed within 45 minutes!  Bank goes that one step further and incorporates a 15 minute face and neck massage, bringing the completed time of the treatment to an hour long.  It has been proven and tested to give you instant results as well as having other major beneficial factors such as being a cheaper alternative to surgery, age defence and naturally nourishing your skin in the process.

ChinUp works by using naturally sourced ingredients including extracts of mint and citrus fruits, combined with Skintonics, Q10 & Corum 9235, creating the contoured look you’ve always wished for.

Having using the product only once, the face, neck and jawline appear noticeably slimmer and more youthful, with reduced sagging. The effects have lasted up to 3 days in some cases.


Usual price is £60, but Bank’s amazing offer is bringing the full treatment down to £30 – half price!

This offer is limited. Please call the clinic to find out more or to book your treatment. The number is: 01926 859988.  

Bank Aesthetics Becomes Save Face Accredited for 3rd Year

save-face-3rd-year-annual-psa Save Face continues to pave the way in patient safety and set the standards of good practice. Following on from Save Face receiving Government recognition through is Professional Standards Authority Accreditation, Bank Aesthetics is proud to announce we remain a Save Face accredited clinic for a third year.

We are also one of their clinics of Excellence, demonstrating our complete commitment to patient care.

Save Face is working hard to promote patient safety and was recently featured in Hello! magazine and also on Sky.

If you would like to find out more about Save Face and what it means for our patients, please get in touch.

Save Face is passionate about stamping out unqualified Botox practitioners and its logo is becoming a widely recognised symbol for quality, knowledge, expertise and high levels of patient care.

Could You Be Our First Ever Obagi Patient Ambassador?

We are excited to announce that following the successes we are having with our Obagi patients we have been Obagi SKincareinspired to launch a new competition to find our first ever Obagi Patient Ambassador.

This competition is perfect for anyone whose day to day life is affected by their skin. Many of our patients tell us they have seen their confidence drop as their skin problems worsen. It effects all areas of their lives including relationships and work.

We want to promote the amazing results of Obagi with a real-life story and we are looking for someone who is willing to share their story and their journey to beautiful skin.

In return you will be rewarded with advice and support from our team and  FREE treatments (worth up to £1000).

We are inviting you (or someone you know) to write in with a brief explanation about why you should be considered for the prize. You can also include photographs to highlight your skin issues. Our professional panel will then decide on who will be chosen as the winner. Competition closes on 30th October 2017.

Click here to enter

Nominations close at the end of September

Maria Phillips, Lead Aesthetics Practitioner at Bank Aesthetics, has been accredited as an Obagi Ambassasdor as recognition of her work with Obagi products. Read more about why Maria loves Obagi Medical Products.

Everything you need to know about Botox

What is Botox? Man touching face

Botox is the commercial name for Botulinum Toxin, a drug used to treat certain muscle conditions and reduce the signs of ageing by temporarily relaxing muscles.

What is Botox used for?

Botox is used in medicine to treat certain muscle conditions. Cosmetically it can be used to reduce the appearance of the horizontal lines in the forehead and glabella (the space between your eyebrows) and also crow’s feet around the eyes.

How does Botox work?

By injecting very small doses of Botox into the skin, signals from the nerve cells are prevented from reaching the muscles, effectively making them relax. When injected into certain areas of the face, the muscles relax and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How long will Botox last?

Exactly how long the effects of Botox lasts will depend on the individual; typically however, a treatment will last around 4 months.

It is important to treat Botox with respect and ensure you are only treated by a medically trained practitioner with the experience and qualification to administer prescribed drugs.

Maria, our qualified practitioner administers Botox to patients from across the Midlands including Coventry, Leamington and Warwick. All her patients receive a complimentary consultation so you can talk through any concerns you may have.

If you have any questions about Botox or would like to book your complimentary consultation, please get in touch.

Introducing Mr Alan J Park to Bank Aesthetics’ Team of Expert Associates

Alan J ParkBank Aesthetics is passionate about quality of care and maintaining high standards and this applies to treatments within our clinic and also across the associates we work with. With that in mind we are pleased to announce our latest collaborative partnership and introduce you to leading Cosmetic Surgeon, Mr Alan J Park.

Alan J Park has been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2000, having graduated from Glasgow University in 1988. He has a broad training in surgery in general and trained in Plastic Surgery in Edinburgh, Cambridge and the West Midlands with a fellowship in Paediatric Plastic Surgery in Toronto in 2000.

Alan has published many papers and arranged international meetings on cosmetic reconstructive breast surgery and hypospadias. He is a member of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Away from his practice Alan spends time with his family who all have a strong interest in sports such as golf and ice hockey. Alan has also just successfully completed a bike ride for charity to Paris.

We understand that some of our patients would like to have access to more than the non-surgical procedures we provide and that is why we team up with local medical experts such as Alan J Park, who we can recommend with complete confidence.

To find out more about Alan’s work, please visit http://www.alanjpark.com/

We will be holding regular patient evenings to give you the opportunity to meet with Alan for a free, 10 minute confidential consultation and discuss any concerns you have.
Our next patient evening takes place on Wednesday 28th September from 6 – 8pm.

To book your free consultation please contact the clinic on 01926 859988 or email [email protected]

Consultations are by appointment only and strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.


Bank Aesthetics Scoops National Award

We are delighted to announce we have won a national award from Obagi, the global medical Maria being presented with Obagi awardskin health company. Bank Aesthetics is one of the UK’s leading ambassadors for Obagi Medical skin care products and has been recognised by winning Oabgi’s prestigious “Best Use of Marketing in Clinic” award.

Maria Phillips, Clinical Director at Bank Aesthetics, explains the importance of this award, “I feel very proud to have won this award. We have worked so hard to promote Obagi within the clinic as both me and my patients are so impressed with the results. Over the past 12 months we have seen a phenomenal rise in the sales of Obagi products and treatments in our clinic and our figures show an increase of around 80%, which exceeds the growth in other areas of the clinic.”

Maria was presented with Award by Liz Robinson, Obagi Account Manager for Midlands & North who commented, “I am very proud of Maria and her team who offer a first class service to their patients. Maria thoroughly deserves this award and it represents the investment in time, education and hard work made by Maria and her team… A huge well done”

If you would like to find out more about Obagi products book your free skin health consultation with us today by calling the clinic on 01926 859988.