Anna Baker

Aesthetic Nurse & Teaching Co-ordinator...

for Dalvi Humzah Aesthetic Clinical Training Courses in England; BJN Aesthetic Nurse of the Year 2016.

Reviewing Journal of Aesthetic Nursing

Independent nurse prescriber Anna Baker provides a nurse-led cosmetic non-surgical and dermatology clinic based at The Nuffield Health Hospital in Cheltenham. With a special interest in dermatology, she is qualified to provide photodynamic therapy to treat non-melanoma skin lesions. Anna is a member of The British Dermatological Nursing Association, The Royal College of Nursing and The Association of Nurse Prescribers. Anna has a keen interest in anatomy and is pursing post-graduate studies at Keele University specializing in facial anatomy. She coordinates an accredited independent bespoke facial anatomy teaching course especially for medical professionals providing non-surgical rejuvenation.

Articles
14th Annual Euro PDT Congress

14th Annual Euro PDT Congress

The 14th Annual Congress of the European Society for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Dermatology programme contained an abundance of interesting and varied clinical information and research on the licensed and...
Update on Topical Photodynamic Therapy

Update on Topical Photodynamic Therapy

As a nurse involved in providing a specialist dermatology service I was invited to attend a continuing professional development (CPD) accredited study day at The University of Hertfordshire on an...
Face Eyes & Nose 2014

Face Eyes & Nose 2014

Non-surgical facial aesthetics symposium The non-surgical facial aesthetics symposium provided a stimulating and interesting programme, comprised of a faculty of expert consultant plastic surgeons & cosmetic doctors. The course director,...
Age-related changes in the menopausal woman

Age-related changes in the menopausal woman

The author explores the aesthetic impact of hormonal ageing during the perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal periods. The author explains that oestrogen levels can impact upon several skin functions, including: excessive...
JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING

JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING

A poignant medical liability piece for aesthetic nurses undertaking polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifting. The author provides the clinical background, as well as the anatomical areas which may benefit from rejuvenation...
Internal factors contributing to optimal skin health and rejuvenation

Internal factors contributing to optimal skin health and rejuvenation

The author explores some common internal factors that affect skin health, such as; nutrition, hormonal balance, gut health and emotional wellbeing. The author’s treatment philosophy aims to address internal factors...
Hot or cold?

Hot or cold?

The authors present a retrospective literature review of non-surgical body contouring technologies, including radiofrequency, low-level laser therapy, cryolipolysis, as well as thermal and non-thermal ultrasound. A useful, referenced statistical table...
JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (1)

JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (1)

The author discusses a personal perspective, and preferred treatment techniques of non-surgical rhinoplasty, using dermal fillers and botulinum toxin. Onabotulinum toxin A and incobotulinum A are discussed for off-label use...
Recognition and treatment of common skin infections

Recognition and treatment of common skin infections

A useful piece for aesthetic nurses who are clinically treating the skin, reinforcing the importance of recognising any signs of possible infection, that may contradict treatment or potentiate complications.The author...
Upper facial rejuvenation

Upper facial rejuvenation

The author provides a comprehensive overview of a variety of considerations for clinicians to consider when assessing the upper third of the face, through discussion of anatomy, the importance of...
JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (2)

JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (2)

The number of lip augmentation procedures performed continues to rise exponentially. The author provides a detailed discussion of the rise of this popular treatment with an overview of how injectable...
Biorevitalisation and dermal regeneration

Biorevitalisation and dermal regeneration

The author provides a detailed review of the available evidence regarding the concept of biorevitalisation. A detailed discussion of injectable ingredients used to rejuvenate the skin is explored, with an...
The role of bacterial biofilms in aesthetic medicine: prioritising prevention

The role of bacterial biofilms in aesthetic medicine: prioritising prevention

The author provides an overview of literature pertaining to the complex and specialist subject of biofilms that may occur in aesthetic medicine. A brief overview is presented concerning the pathophysiology...
Laser tattoo reduction and removal

Laser tattoo reduction and removal

A detailed and concise article concerning many important aspects of laser treatment for tattoo removal, the technical discussion is largely focused upon Q-Switch laser for this purpose but other types,...
Vulvar rejuvenation

Vulvar rejuvenation

The author explores the concept of vulvar rejuvenation; an increasingly popular area of treatment within the non-surgical aesthetic sector, describing a number of clinical presentations and treatment modalities. Equally, the...
JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (3)

JOURNAL OF AESTHETIC NURSING (3)

The author shares experience of treating aesthetic male patients, with discussion surrounding components of effective treatment strategies. Discussion is underpinned by current statistics for a global increase in the number...
Mastering the art of lip rejuvenation

Mastering the art of lip rejuvenation

The author presents a sound overview of some of the most prevalent non-surgical techniques used for lip rejuvenation, capturing the challenges in treating a complex anatomical region, as well as...
Hyaluronidase is not foolproof, prevention is key

Hyaluronidase is not foolproof, prevention is key

The author presents a brief account of some key messages to practitioners undertaking non-surgical nose augmentation using calcium hydroxylapatite (Ca HA); reinforcing a robust, current and accurate knowledge of facial...
Dermal filler complications

Dermal filler complications

The author presents a useful overview of some of the contributory factors for impending necrosis. It is important to note that compression may not always be due to excessive placement...
Topical and systemic interventions for the treatment of rosacea

Topical and systemic interventions for the treatment of rosacea

The author provides current statistical information on the incidence of rosacea and ambiguity surrounding the aetiology of the common, yet complex condition. The paper reinforces the importance of providing symptom...
Cryolipolysis for non-invasive body sculpting

Cryolipolysis for non-invasive body sculpting

The author provides a clear explanation on the definition and indications of cryolipolysis, reinforcing that it is not a weight loss treatment as it does not shrink fat cells. Some...
Emirati aesthetics

Emirati aesthetics

The author presents an account of the role of aesthetic nurses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The current article is part of a series examining aesthetic nursing practices and...
Intensed pulsed light for skin rejuvenation

Intensed pulsed light for skin rejuvenation

A detailed article exploring many aspects of IPL; the mode of action, the role in photorejuvenation, as well as a useful comparison as to how the scope of IPL compares...
Skin cleansing in aesthetic practice

Skin cleansing in aesthetic practice

A thought-provoking piece in which the author draws the reader’s attention to the importance of adequate skin cleansing.Injectables products and devices are sterile and single-use, it may be assumed that...
Maximising treatment outcomes with skin peels

Maximising treatment outcomes with skin peels

The author provides a comprehensive overview of skin peels as one of the main treatment options for the improvement of photodamage, hyperpigmentation and mild acne, whilst reinforcing that aesthetic practitioners...
Assessing acne vulgaris

Assessing acne vulgaris

The author reviews the evidence surrounding acne development, prevalence and assessment, discussing the importance of capturing a detailed patient history, with reference to aspects of the author’s own assessment tool....
Defeating dry skin

Defeating dry skin

The author provides a comprehensive overview of the factors influencing skin condition, exploring the physiological processes affecting hydration, the role of ceramides as well as epidermal aquaporins. A detailed and...
The psychological impact of living with Russell-Silver syndrome

The psychological impact of living with Russell-Silver syndrome

The authors present an insightful overview of the rare condition, Russell-Silver syndrome (RSS), with focus upon the psychological impact and required support for affected individuals. The challenge of ascertaining the...
Treatments for hyperpigmentation

Treatments for hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a challenging, multifactorial and complex skin disorder affecting many individuals. The techniques and products described are based upon the author’s own clinical experience in treating hyperpigmentation and emphasises...
Older people and skin: challenging perceptions of the ageing process

Older people and skin: challenging perceptions of the ageing process

This is an interesting account of the dermatological senescent changes with a strong focus on the pivotal role nurses can provide in promoting good skin health practices. A comprehensive description...
Vaginal dryness and the menopause

Vaginal dryness and the menopause

An insightful overview of a specialised topic. The author describes survey findings which indicate a lack of available information to menopausal women about the relationship between vaginal dryness and hormones....
Nutraceuticals and skin health

Nutraceuticals and skin health

An interesting discussion on the evidence surrounding nutraceuticals. The author describes nutracosmetics to be one of the fastest growing subsections of the nutraceutical industry. A comprehensive analysis of topical and...
Effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin

Effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin

A comprehensive paper concerning the dermal effects of sun exposure, including strategies which aesthetic nurses can adopt to guide patients in making evidence-based choices in selecting suitable sun protection. The...
Beautification or distortion? Tackling the lip augmentation phenomenon

Beautification or distortion? Tackling the lip augmentation phenomenon

The number of lip augmentation procedures performed continues to rise exponentially. The author provides a detailed discussion of the rise of this popular treatment with an overview of how injectable...
Oral photoprotection

Oral photoprotection

The author presents an insightful review of the benefits of systemic photoprotection through orally ingested nutrients, advocating a need for a greater level of protection against free-radicals. Vitamin C is...
The pitfalls of having cosmetic procedures abroad

The pitfalls of having cosmetic procedures abroad

The author presents an interesting and thought-provoking case study, describing the risks of undergoing non-surgical procedures overseas. The account describes the journey of an individual who sought treatment with a...
Controlled trauma technique when injecting HA dermal fillers

Controlled trauma technique when injecting HA dermal fillers

The author presents an interesting discussion regarding the potential for enhanced neocollagenesis through a patented ArqueDerma® dermal filler technique. A thorough overview is conveyed of the dermal collagen matrix, including...
Treating individuals who identify as transgender

Treating individuals who identify as transgender

An interesting oversight of a specialised area of aesthetic medicine concerning hair removal for male-to-female transgender individuals. The author discusses the definition of ‘transgender’ with reference to The Gender Identity...
Dermatology guidelines for aesthetic nurses managing common skin conditions

Dermatology guidelines for aesthetic nurses managing common skin conditions

Aesthetic nurses are frequently involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of many common dermatological conditions affecting the face and body and should possess knowledge of the current recommended clinical...
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and appearance anxiety

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and appearance anxiety

An interesting overview of the impact which appearance anxiety can create upon an individual’s wellbeing. Studies estimate one third of individuals with a visible difference are thought to develop anxiety...
Treatment of low-risk basal cell carcinoma and actinic

Treatment of low-risk basal cell carcinoma and actinic

The first paper of this topic explored skin cancer recognition, patient education and sun safety. The second part focused on practical guidance for aesthetic nurses, should a patient present with...
Advanced botulinum toxin injection techniques for lower facial correction

Advanced botulinum toxin injection techniques for lower facial correction

The author discusses practical guidance for treating the lower face with botulinum toxin. Whilst Abobotulinumtoxin A and Onabotulinumtoxin A are discussed in relation to treating the lower face, Incobotulinum toxin...
Management of post-acne scarring

Management of post-acne scarring

The author provides a detailed discussion of acne scarring, underpinned by statistics, reflecting the current prevalence. The pathogenesis of acne scarring, different types of scars and severe psychological impact are...