More than 625 guests gathered at The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel to celebrate another successful year in medical aesthetics at the Aesthetics Awards on December 3 2016. The glamorous event brought together clinical practitioners, front-of house teams, associations, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors for an evening of entertainment and celebration, recognising Commended and Highly Commended finalists, as well as the Winners in 24 prestigious categories. Guests were invited to network with colleagues and friends at the pre-dinner drinks reception, before moving to the ballroom for a delectable three-course meal and comedy set presented by stand-up comedian and host for the evening, Hal Cruttenden.
Amanda Cameron, the editor of Aesthetics, opened the ceremony with a welcome speech that thanked guests for their participation and continued support of the Aesthetics Awards, before Cruttenden and compère, Jon Briggs, who is best known as the original voice of Apple’s iPhone assistant Siri, then began the ceremony. The first winner of the evening was Heliocare® from AesthetiCare, which won Best Cosmeceutical/Product Range of the Year. This was followed by awards for injectable, treatment and treatment partner of the year, before Profhilo® from HA Derma and IBSA was recognised with The Barry Knapp Award for Product Innovation of the Year, supported by Oxygenetix. Clinics in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, South England, North England and London were all recognised for their dedication to patient care and commitment to safe practice, as well as ASKINOLOGY, based in the City of London, which won the 3D-lipo Award for Best New Clinic UK & Ireland. Medical director of ASKINOLOGY, Dr Askari Townshend said, “I am very happy. I think to be pitted against your peers and to be judged by somebody in the industry, who is the most experienced, is a really precious accolade.”
Reception teams, equipment suppliers, distributors, customer service, sales representatives and associations were also all recognised, as well as clinic groups with 3 clinics or more and those with 10 or more. The winner of The Dermalux Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year was Mr Dalvi Humzah, who also won The Enhance Insurance Award for Training Initiative of the Year for the Dalvi Humzah Aesthetic Clinical Training Courses. Also recognised on the night was independent nurse prescriber and clinic owner Frances Turner Traill who won the Institute Hyalual Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year, as well as being Commended in the Best Clinic Scotland category.
The spectacular ceremony concluded with the presentation of The Schuco International Award for Special Achievement. CEO of Schuco International Paul Huttrer presented the trophy to Dr John Curran. Dr Curran was celebrated for his tireless work to promote best practice in the industry, always putting patients first and his efforts to push aesthetic standards forward. Huttrer said in his speech about Dr Curran’s dedication to aesthetics; “Often the voice of reason, John is a fantastic ambassador for the industry, and a great representation of outstanding achievements that can be reached through hard work and dedication, as shown by his work for over two decades.” Speaking of the evening as a whole, aesthetic practitioner Dr Benji Dhillon commented, “I think this is the number one event to go to in the Awards calendar so it’s something we couldn’t miss. The Aesthetics Awards are important for the industry because they really raise the bar of what we’re trying to do. At the end of the day, that’s better for us as an industry, better for our patients and better for a lot of the services we provide.”
The Aesthetics Awards 2017 will take place on December 2 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.
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