Without further ado, here is the interview with Anne-Marie Gillet who is the non-Surgical Director at Transform.  Read more about the interview in my introduction to SKIN Week post HERE.  Let me know what you think....


1.  I have a very beginner’s level of knowledge on everything plastic surgery related whether it’s invasive or not so I wanted to pick your brains about a few things.  Something like Botox, who is it suitable for and how do we make sure that we don’t end up with the ‘frozen face’ look?

Botox is fast becoming a cult beauty treatment for some and here at Transform, we are increasingly seeing more and more enquiries from younger patients. 

Botox works best on women who are in their early to mid 30s, women who can see the first signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.

Younger women are using Botox as a preventative, i.e. to stop the lines from forming in the first place. This can actually make someone look older than they actually are – it can give a taut, tight and sculptured look. Botox is also a temporary procedure and patients are expected to have regular treatments every 4/5 months. An over reliance on this type of treatment from a young age is not advisable.

My advice would be to have Botox in your 30s and if you do, have a minimal amount of product injected and leave plenty of time in between treatments. This way, you have a nice subtle effect without looking over done. Remember, less is more.

Also, ensure that your practitioner is skilled and experienced in these types of treatments and make sure that you are receiving a premium anti-wrinkle product.



2.   There has been so much written about things like Botox and fillers in the media, some people think that we don’t have enough research into how the ingredients in these things may affect us in the future, what is your opinion on that?

We only use Botox (registered trademark), which is manufactured by Allergan, the world’s leading supplier. The product they produce has been through thorough clinical trials that are ongoing. Botox in itself is a safe product – the danger lies in who is injecting you and are they actually using Botox and not some other cheaper inferior product.

As a patient, you are well within your rights to know what product is being used and also to request to see the vial before any treatment commences.

The same applies to dermal fillers – you should do your homework on the reputable manufacturers and ensure you only receive premium products. There’s a lot of onus on the patient in terms of research before committing to a treatment.

There is a massive amount of research being undertaken on injectable treatments as their popularity in recent years, has soared. We only work with reputable organisations which are steeped in clinical and medical trials.



3.   Have you found that in recent years younger people are turning to things like Botox and lip injections because it’s more common to see younger people in the media who seem to be very public about getting these treatments?

Absolutely – and this is a worrying trend. Young men and women should have no need for these types of treatments at such a young age. These treatments aren’t cheap and it concerns me that we may have a generation of young women who are obsessed with their looks and reliant on treatments that they may find difficult to keep up with.

It seems to be fashionable to have injectable treatments when you’re young – you only have to watch the Kardashians and TOWIE to see this.

Botox and dermal facial fillers are best suited to women in their 30s. This is where we see the best results.

Lip fillers are different, in that they can help patients who have very little volume in their lips. This type of treatment is very popular with young women and we’ve seen a spike in enquiries in recent years.

With this treatment, again, less is more; patients should aim for a subtle natural effect not a result where the first thing you notice is someone’s lips. In my opinion, this is not a good look.



4.   Are there certain celebrities that are more popular than others that people ask to look like when they come in for a consultation, like wanting their skin to look as flawless as someone or their nose to be as straight as someone else?

Lots of patients do bring in pictures to articulate the look they are after – common ones include, Angelina Jolie for her lips, Kate Middleton for her nose, Kelly Brook for her breasts and Kim Kardashian for her bum.

Pictures of celebs aren’t very helpful – the surgeon or practitioner will not be able to make you look like a celeb, they have to work with what you already have. Everyone’s face and features are unique and they all have to work in sync with each other. We have to manage patient’s expectations and this is carefully done in the initial consultations with a patient.



5.   At Transform you have a focus on both surgical and non-surgical procedures.  Do you find that people who start off with non-surgical treatments end up opting for a full blown surgical treatment further down the line?

Non-surgical patients tend to have regular appointments for their treatments. They are open to trying out new non-surgical procedures.

Some do go on to have a surgical procedure, but the vast majority of surgical patients we treat, only ever have one procedure on a part of their body that has always bothered them.



6.   Can you tell us a little bit about the skin treatments you do at Transform like peels and Microdermabrasion and how they can help our skin?

Facial peels are great for most patients of all ages – there is a peel out there for everyone! A great treatment for keeping your skin in tiptop condition, we recommend a course of peels a year, followed by a couple of top up ones.

Microderms are also a well-recommended treatment especially for anyone who has blemished, dull, tired looking skin.

Most beauty creams and at home treatments, don’t actually penetrate the surface of the skin, so any results you see are temporary and superficial. Peels penetrate the dermis and microderms take away a thin layer of skin to encourage and stimulate collagen growth, this is great for healthy glowing skin.



7.   I am a 24 year old girl, I feel like I have fairly good skin bar a few normal breakouts here and there and I currently don’t feel worried about my pores or wrinkles but I do want to keep my youthful appearance for as long as possible.  What would your (hypothetical) advice be to me, is there an age where you would advise someone to start having preventative treatments or is there anything that you recommend starting just now?

The first thing I would recommend to anyone of any age is to wear a high factor sunscreen every day – even in winter. This is a great preventative measure every one can make.

Invest in a good skincare routine – remember to take off your make up every night and to moisturise at least twice a day.

Peels are great at keeping skin in good condition – invest in a course of 6 every year and complement with a microderm session say once every 3 months.

As always – don’t sit barefaced in the sun and drink plenty of water. Avoid smoking and drinking; as this will dry out your skin and leave it feeling dehydrated. Also, it is worth watching your diet and including as much fruit and veg as possible.

To have great looking skin is much more than indulging in products and treatments – it starts from within and if you start as you mean to go on, you can possibly avoid injectable treatments until your 40s!



8.   A lot of people (including myself) get conned into buying the newest skincare as it claims to do all these wondrous things to your skin, brighten it, get rid of its wrinkles etc. What is your opinion on skincare, do you think you can get any genuine difference in appearance using skincare alone?

I think lotions, potions and creams are good to keep the skin hydrated – however, they don’t penetrate the dermis and the effect they have is only superficial. Non-surgical treatments do penetrate the skin’s surface and have a longer lasting and effective result.  Some people have good skin and always will – this is usually down to having a good lifestyle and genes. Most are not so fortunate and may need a little help along the way.  We pick up tremendous feedback and reviews regarding the Obaji skincare system – suitable for all skin types, great for evening out skin tone, texture, getting rid of blemishes etc. This requires a certain level of commitment from the patient in terms of the 6+ products that are used up to twice a day for 12 weeks. However, if you can invest the time and money, this is a well-recommended skincare system.



9.   For anyone who is considering a surgical or non-surgical treatment what is your advice to them?

Research and lots of it! Make sure you go and have consults with a few providers to ensure you choose the right practitioner or surgeon.

Non-surgical treatments should always be undertaken in a clinical environment with someone who has a clinical background.

Do as much prep as you can – make sure they are skilled, experienced and qualified. Also, ask to see before and after pictures or testimonials from past patients. Take your time and don’t be rushed into making any quick decisions. The best thing is to get a referral from a friend – a word of mouth recommendation can be worth its weight in gold!


Transform is one of the leading clinics for surgical and non-surgical procedures to find out more have a wee peek at their website HERE