With more than 800 guests and tickets selling out weeks before the night, the Aesthetics Awards 2017 was truly the biggest and best ceremony yet! Professionals from across the specialty met in the Plaza Suites at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in central London, for drinks, networking and photographs at the press board and photobooth, which was sponsored by Church Pharmacy, before moving downstairs to the glamorous ballroom for a delicious three-course dinner.
Amanda Cameron, the Editor of Aesthetics, then welcomed guests to the ceremony, thanking the 20 sponsors, 65 judges and thousands of voters for their support. International comedian Stewart Francis was the host for the night, while broadcast journalist and the original voice of Apple’s iPhone assistant Siri, Jon Briggs, provided the commentary. Commended and Highly Commended finalists were applauded for their achievements, while Winners in the 26 prestigious categories were welcomed to the stage to collect their unique ‘A’ trophies.
The first winner of the night was NeoStrata from distributor AestheticSource, which won Cosmeceutical Range / Skin Treatment of the Year. Another winning product from AestheticSource was Clinisept+, which won The Barry Knapp Award for Product Innovation of the Year. Lorna Bowes, director of AestheticSource, said, “Winning two of the most sought after Awards, and being highly commended with The Dalvi Humzah Award for Best Supplier Training Provider, is wonderful.” Other product winners included Belotero® from Merz Aesthetics for The Harley Academy Award for Injectable Product of the Year and Dermalux LED which won its fifth Aesthetics Award, this time for Energy Treatment of the Year.
In the clinic group categories, La Belle Forme was presented with The Profhilo Award for Best Clinic Group, UK & Ireland (3 clinics or more), while The Private Clinic was celebrated with The Alumier Labs Award for Best Clinic Group, UK & Ireland (10 clinics or more).
Aesthetic companies were also recognised for their achievements this year, with laser manufacturers Lumenis picking up the new-for-2017 trophy for Best UK Subsidiary of a Global Manufacturer and Lynton winning Best UK-based Manufacturer. Deirdre MacMahon, who works for the Irish territory of Merz Aesthetics, was the Winner of the Healthxchange Award for Sales Representative of the Year.
Med-fx was named Wholesaler of the Year and Healthxchange won Distributor of the Year. In another win for Healthxchange, the Academy took home the trophy for The Dalvi Humzah Aesthetic Training Award for Best Supplier Training Provider. Healthxchange XXX Steve Joyce commented, “It is great to recognise the collective efforts of everybody involved.” Dalvi Humzah Aesthetic Training was itself recognised at the ceremony, winning the Enhance Insurance Award for Independent Training of the Year.
Clinics in Ireland, Scotland, South England, North England, London and a combined category of Midlands & Wales were celebrated for their commitment to excellence in customer service, care, safety and evidence of good feedback from patients. Winners in each of the respective regions included Ailesbury Clinic, Clinetix, S-Thetics, Discover Laser, The Cadogan Clinic and Cellite Clinic.
The establishment of new clinics is a vital aspect of the progression and development of the aesthetic specialty. The 2017 category for The AestheticSource Award for Best New Clinic, UK & Ireland included eight extremely worthy finalists, however it was Emma Chan Ltd that won the trophy. Founder and director, nurse prescriber, Emma Chan said, “It feels great to win and have the team recognised for all of their hard work. They put 100% into everything they do and provide 100% patient satisfaction, so we are absolutely thrilled.”
In a first for 2017, a new category recognised noteworthy support partners, which included finalists such as insurance companies, PR agencies and digital providers. However, it was patient enquiry service Aesthetic Response that took home The e-MASTR Award for Support Partner of the Year. The PHI Clinic Award for Professional Initiative of the Year was another new category, which had finalists from across the specialty that played an important role in promoting consumer education and patient safety. The Aesthetic Complications Expert Group was presented with the trophy thanks to its work creating consensus guidelines for practitioners on complication management and helpful documentation for the public on aesthetic procedures and the risk of complications.
Two of the most respected awards of the night were The Institute Hyalual Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year and The Skinceuticals Award for Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year. The deserving Winners were Anna Baker and Dr Beatriz Molina, respectively. Both were praised for their commitment to continued education and improving the specialty as a whole, alongside running successful clinics.
To conclude the spectacular ceremony, The Schuco Award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to Dr Elizabeth Raymond Brown. A laser specialist with more than 30 years spent dedicated to enhancing education through her teaching, speaking and writing commitments, Dr Raymond Brown received a standing ovation from the audience who toasted her success and celebrated her distinguished career in medical aesthetics.
After the presentation of the Awards, a live band and DJ got guests dancing until the early hours in a fantastic end to a truly memorable evening. Dr Tapan Patel, a Winner in previous years and category sponsor for two awards in 2017, concluded, “Events like the Aesthetics Awards are so special because they celebrate the hard work everyone puts in over the years. It’s a fabulous surrounding networking with friends and colleagues, and takes place at the right time of year when everyone is in festive spirits.”