“The industry is unregulated so patient safety is vital,” aesthetic nurse Denise Dunning

AS a nurse in a busy GP practice Denise Dunning was used to making people feel better, but since launching Norton Cosmetic Clinic she now helps them look their very best too.

The pride she has in the highly respected business she has created over nine years is obvious – her eyes light up every time she mentions the clients, now friends, who turn to her for an injection of confidence.

She fully renovated a four-bedroom residence, creating a stunning sanctuary located on leafy Norton High Street where she offers high-end treatments from wrinkle relaxation, dermal fillers and lip augmentation to facial peels and Dermalux LED light therapy.

Norton Cosmetic Clinic in Norton, Stockton, which has recently enjoyed a painstaking restoration.

Norton Cosmetic Clinic in Norton, Stockton, which has recently enjoyed a painstaking restoration.

Instead of turning back the hands of time, Denise believes her loyal clientele of men and women want to look as good as they possibly can for their age. “What I do is potentially life-changing. I get messages all the time saying how it has given them so much more confidence and made them feel so much happier about themselves, it is an honour and a privilege to be so trusted by people.”

“This is all about people wanting to invest in themselves, my client group wants a very subtle, understated look – they definitely do not want a tight, shiny plastic face or big lips. They want to look the very best they can for the age they are. The compliments they get are not “you look different” but “you look really well”.”

Despite living in a world of photo retouching and Instagram filters that erase imperfections and blur the lines of what we really look like, Denise says a natural look is top of most people’s wish list.

“Years ago it used to be only about Botox, lips and fillers but now it has changed to skin rejuvenation and skin health. If I can encourage people to use a high protective sunblock day and night then that’s a massive achievement and I encourage women to change their make-up by steering clear of those containing talcs in favour of minerals.

“I wish celebrities who appear on TV or in magazines who have had aesthetic treatments would be more honest about it, but there is a shift and people are being more upfront about whether or not they have had it done.

Denise Dunning (right) director of Norton Cosmetic Clinic at the Safety in Beauty Campaign's White Party at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London when she was selected as one of only eight nurses in the UK recognised for putting patients' safety first in aesthetic procedures - she is pictured with (centre) daughter and colleague Sophie Quinney and clinic receptionist Tracy Thomas (left).

Denise Dunning (right) director of Norton Cosmetic Clinic at the Safety in Beauty Campaign’s White Party at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London when she was selected as one of only eight nurses in the UK recognised for putting patients’ safety first in aesthetic procedures – she is pictured with (centre) daughter and colleague Sophie Quinney and clinic receptionist Tracy Thomas (left).

“This is all about people wanting to invest in themselves, my client group wants a very subtle, understated look – they definitely do not want a tight, shiny plastic face or big lips. They want to look the very best they can for the age they are. The compliments they get are not “you look different” but “you look really well”.”

Denise, who lives in Stockton, had enjoyed a fulfilling career in a town centre GP surgery as a nurse practitioner often working with patients suffering from drug and alcohol problems before taking her medical skills in a new direction.

Her proactive approach to helping improve health services for vulnerable adults with a one-stop-shop offering methadone prescription to cervical screening and asthma clinics which propelled her into the final of Practice Nurse of the Year. When an email popped up one day about a course teaching aesthetic procedures she ignored it until a colleague in need of a companion encouraged her to go.

“The industry is unregulated, there is no formal way to police it so patient safety is vital.”

“It was a world nine years ago that I knew very little about,” Denise admits. “The thought of sticking a needle into someone’s face filled me with horror but I went away and talked about it with my husband and paid for the course on a credit card. I was dreading it but when we got there my colleague absolutely hated it and I loved it as it was so fascinating.”

However, the fact that Denise was ‘qualified’ to inject someone’s face after just a day still makes her feel uneasy and she has repeatedly sought out the best training worldwide to enhance her reputation. She is a member of British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), the largest Professional Association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK and Private Independent Practices Association (PIAPA), a peer support group covering the North of England for professional practitioners in the medical cosmetic, aesthetic and non-surgical industry.

High-end treatments from wrinkle relaxation, dermal fillers and lip augmentation to facial peels and Dermalux LED light therapy are offered at Norton Cosmetic Clinic.

High-end treatments from wrinkle relaxation, dermal fillers and lip augmentation to facial peels and Dermalux LED light therapy are offered at Norton Cosmetic Clinic.

“The industry is unregulated, there is no formal way to police it so patient safety is vital. I went off and did a one-day training course that qualifies me to inject people with Botox and fillers so I wanted, and needed, to practise on my family and friends at first to get it right and learn from the very best.

“I’m trained to an extremely advanced level, often exclusively invited to attend masterclasses to learn from some of the world’s elite doctors in aesthetic medicine,” explains Denise who regularly goes to Glasgow University for cadaver revision to brush up on her anatomy and is a student mentor at Northumbria University.

“I wish celebrities who appear on TV or in magazines who have had aesthetic treatments would be more honest about it, but there is a shift and people are being more upfront about whether or not they have had it done.”

Denise, 53, is also mindful of complex conditions such as body dysmorphia and is adept at not only visually assessing potential clients but psychologically too. “If someone has serious body image issues you would definitely not be treating them as they won’t be happy with themselves no matter what I do. Sometimes people come in when they are feeling their most vulnerable – if they weren’t feeling negatively about themselves they wouldn’t be sitting in front of you.

As a Decleor specialist, Eden Aesthetics is also staffed by two top beauty therapists and Denise’s daughter, Sophie Quinney, who offers semi-permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and treatments for alopecia.

Denise Dunning fully renovated a four-bedroom residence, creating a stunning sanctuary for Norton Cosmetic Clinic located on leafy Norton High Street.

Denise Dunning fully renovated a four-bedroom residence, creating a stunning sanctuary for Norton Cosmetic Clinic located on leafy Norton High Street.

The Victorian building now housing the clinic has been treated to a facelift of its own complete with an ornate chandelier and velvet furniture in reception. Located in the Stockton suburb of Norton which is just off the A19, its excellent road links attract clients from as far afield as London, Newcastle, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Denise adds: “I am a nurse, my husband is a fireman and over the years my focus has changed from making enough money to pay for my youngest child’s education, to reinvesting it into finding a better place for my clients.

“They are all friends and they have been on the journey with me from day one. This building is for them – it’s like paying them back for their incredible loyalty and support.”

CONTACT:

Denise Dunning, Director, Norton Cosmetic Clinic T/A Eden Aesthetics, 91 Norton High Street, TS20 1AE.

Call: 07828-1333121

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