Introducing Tixel: Part One

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a new skin rejuvenating treatment – Tixel. Tixel is a groundbreaking new treatment that can be used to effectively treat a number of different issues and skin types.

Tixel can be used to treat:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun damage

Tixel is a similar offering to CO2 laser treatments such as Smartxide, with improved downtime and reduced discomfort during treatment. Tixel treatments can be personalised to each individual client’s needs with three different approaches that can be tailored t different issues.

Ablative Treatments

The most popular of the three treatment options, Ablative treatments are more intensive and used to treat acne scarring and wrinkles. This treatment gives results comparable to CO2 laser skin resurfacing, but the treatment itself has been designed to be less painful and to have a shorter recovery period.

Non-Ablative Treatment

This is a less intensive treatment option with little to no downtime for people who are unable to fit more intensive treatments into their schedule. It can be used in to treat the same issues as Ablative treatment, but an increased number of treatments would be needed.

Open Channel Treatment

This treatment is designed to increase the skins absorbency for 6 hours post-treatment. This can be used to aid the penetration of topical treatments such as hydroquinone for sun spots and pigmentation.

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or get in touch with us here.

FAQ Special – Dermal Fillers

What is a dermal filler?

As we age our skin loses collagen, causing loss of volume and creases or wrinkles, a dermal filler is an injectable soft tissue filler that is used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

Dermal fillers consist of an injectable gel substance that is medically designed to imitate hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that helps to keep skin stable, locks in moisture and also helps with renewing and healing skin. Dermal fillers such as Sculptra, Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane are designed to work with your existing hyaluronic acid to add volume and smooth wrinkles on the face.

 

What can dermal fillers be used to treat?

  • Increasing volume in the lips
  • Increasing volume in the cheeks and around the jowl area
  • Tear trough (adding volume to the sunken area beneath the eye)
  • Smile lines/crow’s feet (smoothing creases at the corners of the eyes)
  • Frown lines (filling creases between the eyebrows)
  • Filling small lines around the mouth
  • Reducing the appearance of the crease from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth

 

What does the treatment feel like and how long does it take?

Dermal fillers are injected using a very fine needle to minimise discomfort, the sensation is most commonly compared to a sharp scratch. Some fillers contain anaesthetic within the injection to ensure the treatment is as pain free as possible.

Depending on the area treatments normally take from 30 minutes to an hour.

 

How long does it take to see the results?

In most cases it can take around two weeks for the fillers to settle and give visible results, however this can vary from person to person.

 

How long do fillers last?

As with all of our treatments, each individual can respond differently to treatments and likewise each person’s results can vary. A guide timeframe to give you an idea of what to expect is that people tend to have treatments every 6-9 months.

Will it leave a mark?

As with any kind of injection-based treatment it is possible to experience tenderness and bruising, however this should subside within a few days.

 

Are dermal fillers right for me?

If you’re considering dermal fillers, it is always best to book a consultation so that you can see an experienced practitioner and discuss all of your options face to face. This will allow you to make an informed decision on whether this treatment is right for you or not. If you would like to book a consultation or just to have an initial chat, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Acne Treatment at Snowberry Lane

Earlier this week we shared an interesting piece from the BBC explaining that people with Acne are struggling to get treatment due to a shortage of skin specialists. Here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we offer a variety of treatments to help to treat live Acne and Acne scarring as well.

Below we give you a brief overview of the available treatments:

Laser Treatment for Acne:

This treatment works by using the powerful light from the laser to target and damage the wall of bacteria cells within the skin, the aim is to kill the bacteria, which helps to reduce symptoms and therefore the visible signs of Acne. Secondly laser treatment can help to reduce inflammation and oil (sebum) levels. Higher sebum levels are found within Acne sufferers, so reducing these levels can also help to control symptoms and reduce the appearance of Acne.

Obagi Treatments for Acne:

Our most popular Obagi treatment for Acne is the CLENZIderm M.D. System. This is a 3 part product range that you build into your daily routine to help treat the symptoms of Acne.

Step 1: Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

This light cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works by penetrating clogged and oily pores more effectively than some other alternatives. This means it is able to clean more deeply, exfoliating and removing dead skin cells and reducing sebum. It also contains cooling menthol to help reduce irritation and inflammation.

Step 2: Pore Therapy

This further clears pores with 2% salicylic acid, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and preparing your skin for the third step of the treatment.

Step 3: Therapeutic Lotion

The final step of Therapeutic Lotion BPO 5% contains benzoyl peroxide, a bacteria-fighting ingredient. Obagi CLENZIderm Therapeutic Lotion works as a daily moisturiser calming and healing skin to prevent it from becoming dry and irritated. The hydrating Squalane helps balance your complexion and reduce excess oil production.

If you want to see results for yourself, have a look at the case studies on the Obagi website here.

Laser Treatments for Acne Scarring:

If you have previously had Acne and are now left with visible scarring we offer Laser resurfacing treatments that can help. These treatments effectively encourage new skin to grow on by taking away the outer layer of skin. This promotes collagen, plumping and tightening the cells, which can help to smooth the surface of the skin, reducing the appearance of shallow Acne scarring.

If you want to get in touch, please give us a call today and we will help you with any questions you might have and arrange a consultation – 01225 700072.

FAQ Special – Blepharoplasty

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A Blepharoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. An upper eyelid Blepharoplasty is designed to correct a ‘hooded eyelid’, where the skin beneath the eyebrow hangs over the eyelid. A lower eyelid Blepharoplasty surgically corrects the ‘bags’ beneath the eyes by removing a small amount of fat and skin from the lower eyelid.

Who performs the Blepharoplasty procedure at Snowberry Lane Clinic?

This procedure is performed by Mr Richard Caeser, a specialist in oculoplastic surgery with over 16 years experience. You can find out more about him here. At Snowberry Lane Clinic he performs Upper Lid Blepharoplasties only, however Mr Caeser also carries out lower lid procedures at some of his other surgical residencies in the local area.

What does an upper lid Blepharoplasty procedure entail?

Mr Caeser performs the procedure under local anaesthetic, which means that the client stays awake throughout the operation. The area is numbed but you might feel some pulling on the skin and a little discomfort. The incision line follows the natural crease of the upper eyelid so when the excess tissue is removed and the incision is closed it will be virtually indistinguishable once fully healed. If you’re not too squeamish you can watch a video of Mr Caeser performing the procedure here.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes one hour.

Does the procedure leave scars?

In most cases the client’s scars will appear pink for six months or more after surgery. After time, they will fade to look like a thin white line that follows the natural crease of the eyelid and is therefore difficult to see unless you know what you’re looking for. Mr Caeser says “ I aim for strangers to be unable to see the scars at 6 weeks, and your friends to be unable to see them by 6 months.”

What is the aftercare like for a Blepharoplasty?

Days after treatment:

For several days after treatment the client would need to keep their head elevated and use ice packs on the area to manage swelling. All activities should be kept to a minimum. Each individual is different when it comes to bruising, the first week is always the worst, and bruises can be visible around the area for 2-4 weeks.

One week after treatment:

Following surgery the stitches will be removed one week after treatment. At this point the swelling and bruising should start to subside. In the majority of cases clients feel able to get back to their normal routine including going back to work in 7-10 days, at this point is also possible to cover bruising with make-up if needed.

A few weeks after treatment:

For several weeks after surgery clients can experience a sensitivity to sunlight so suncream of Factor 30SPF or more should be worn as well as sunglasses to protect the eyes. Strenuous activities, especially those that raise your blood pressure should be avoided for about three weeks. Alcohol consumption should also be reduced dramatically or preferably avoided if possible as it causes fluid retention.

What are the risks and how can they be minimised?

  1. Infection of incision – this risk is reduced following sterile protocol and by using antibiotic ointment and tablets.
  2. The risk of haematoma or particularly bad bruising can be reduced by limiting activity for 2 weeks after surgery, not using aspirin and controlling swelling with ice packs and elevation.
  3. Visible scaring – the scar from this treatment should fade to a thin white line. However people can heal and scar in different ways, good care of the wound can help to prevent infection and more sever scarring.
  4. A Blepharoplasty can cause inflammation, which can effect the production of lubricating oil in the eyelids – causing dry eye. Eye drops can help to treat this and can be used up to a few months after the procedure.
  5. Any eyelid surgery carries the risk that it could damage the optic nerve. This is incredibly rare, but should still be a consideration when considering this treatment.

FAQ Special – Botox®

The use of Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles began in 2002, it is now the most popular product of it’s kind for the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles, followed by Dermal Fillers. In this post we answer the 8 most frequently asked questions about the treatment.

  1. What is Botox®?

‘Botox®’ is the brand name for a naturally occurring protein – Botulinim Toxin, it is used in incredibly small concentrations in injectible form to treat wrinkles.

  1. How does it work?

Botox® works by preventing communication between nerve cells and muscles, which relaxes the muscles reducing the movement that creases the skin causing visible wrinkles.

  1. What does the treatment entail?

The treatment usually lasts 30 minutes. Botulinim Toxin is injected under the surface of the skin in the required areas. The injections are very small and thin, our clients describe the sensation as feeling like a pinch or a small scratch.

  1. How long does it take for results to show?

It normally takes 24-48 hours to see visible results. Here at Snowberry Lane we try to ensure results are as natural looking as possible so we encourage coming back for a review 3 weeks after treatment to ensure all is well and to top-up or adjust if needed.

  1. Are there any side-effects?

Bruising around the injection area is the most common side effect experienced by our clients. Some clients may also experience a headache following treatment, however this is normally gone within 24 hours. During your consultation we will go through the full details of side-effects and aftercare to help you make an informed decision.

  1. How long do the results last?

The results normally last for 3-4 months, so when considering this treatment please bare in mind that it involves attending the clinic 3-4 times a year (not including reviews), to maintain the effects.

  1. When do people normally start getting Botox®?

In theory the best time to get Botox® treatment is when you start to notice that lines from facial movements such as frown lines and crow’s feet are becoming more visible and permanent. This occurs at different ages depending on your skin type and lifestyle, it is also totally up to the individual to decide if and when they want treatment, there’s no concrete answer. Our advice would be to take good care of your skin, especially protecting it from the sun to help your complexion stay smooth for longer.

  1. How much does it cost?

Prices vary from clinic to clinic, please call us on 01225 700072 for our prices and any further information.

Liposuction versus Non-invasive Fat Reduction

Some people have areas of fat that they are unable to shift through diet and exercise. Common problem areas include the lower abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks and upper arm areas.

For many years traditional Liposuction was the preferred treatment method to permanently remove these unwanted pockets of fat. However, as advancements in technology and medicine have arrived, now non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have become as popular offering benefits such as less downtime and requiring only local rather than general anaesthetic.

Here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we specialise in non-surgical alternatives to Liposuction including Bodyjet and Bodytite.

Pros & Cons of traditional and non-invasive Liposuction

Both treatments are recommended as options for people who are happy with their weight, but looking to reduce fat in problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Here we look at the advantages and disadvantages of both treatments.

Level of invasiveness

Traditional Liposuction is an invasive treatment requiring general anaesthetic and scalpel incisions. It is a more aggressive form of fat reduction removing a higher volume of fat and can create trauma in the treatment area, which leads to bruising, tenderness and swelling for approximately two weeks after the procedure. Bodyjet and Bodytite treatments are designed to be more gentle, requiring only a local anaesthetic. However the treatment is still likely to create tenderness, swelling and bruising, but it will be to a lesser extent than traditional liposuction.

Effectiveness and results

Liposuction results are visible within 6 months, and you should be able to see some difference after the swelling has subsided after treatment. Bodyjet and Bodytite are two-fold, some fat is removed at the time of treatment, but some fat is loosened and broken down in a way that makes it possible for your body to remove it more easily. This method allows for more natural looking results that take longer to show, with the results developing over the following weeks and months after the procedure.

Downtime

Liposuction usually asks patients to restrict everyday activities after the procedure for several days to two weeks. Our non-invasive alternatives do not require an extended healing period and patients can return to daily activities straight away, although experiencing tenderness is likely. Results for nonsurgical fat reduction are less noticeable but you will be able to return to your normal daily routine (excluding exercise) much sooner.

Which is Right for Me?

Traditional Liposuction still tends to be the choice for clients with larger areas of stubborn fat, as non-invasive alternatives are limited in the amount of fat the can remove, typically around the volume equivalent to two cans of soft drink. However, some negatives include higher cost, longer down time and greater risk of complications.

Non-surgical fat reduction such as Bodyjet or Bodytite are more suitable for candidates who are at their ideal weight but have smaller stubborn areas to remove. The negatives include less dramatic results that show more slowly over time and the potential to need multiple treatments.

What to do now?

If you are interested in exploring your options further, a great starting point is a consultation. Please give us a call on 01225 700072 to talk to someone today or click here to request a callback.

How to get the most out of your consultation

If you’re thinking about visiting a cosmetic clinic for a consultation here are some important things to consider and certain questions you can ask when you make a booking and during your consultation, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your appointment.

Questions to ask before booking your consultation:

1. Is there a consultation fee?

Lots of clinics operate using different policies, some offering free consultations and others opting to charge. At Snowberry Lane Clinic, we charge a £30 holding fee for your first consultation. This means that the cost is refunded from your first treatment if you choose to go ahead.

2. Will the person I see during the consultation also carry out the treatment?

It’s good to know that the person you have your initial consultation will also carry out your treatment. Cosmetic surgeries are very personal and this ensures you have the opportunity to meet the practitioner and make an informed decision if you’d be comfortable with them treating you.

3. What is the level of experience of the Practitioner?

It’s always reassuring to hear that the person treating you has a wealth of experience, so a great question to ask when approaching clinics for a potential consultation. Snowberry Lane Clinic has been established for over 13 years now and our practitioners have experience over and above these years.

Questions to ask during your consultation:

1. What is the cost of the treatment?

This is something that you might be able to get a guide to over the phone before you go in for a consultation. However many treatments are unique to each individual so the price would be determined during the consultation after the practitioner has seen the area that needs treating and spoken to you about what your looking to achieve.

2. What is the aftercare for the treatment?

One of the best ways to understand the impact of a cosmetic treatment is to go through the aftercare needed for the procedure. This will tell you the possible side-effects, including what to expect and anything you might not be able to do following your treatment.

To speak to one of the team today, give us a call on 01225 700072 or click here to arrange a call back at your convenience.

Top tips to help keep wrinkles at bay

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we have over a decade of experience in helping our clients look and feel their best. Some of our most popular treatments include procedures that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, there are some top tips we’d like to share to help you keep your skin in great condition, some are easier than others and some we’re sure you know already but just in case:

  • Avoid Frowning where possible, this sounds silly we know, and could go hand in hand with avoid all facial expressions including smiling and laughing (to reduce laughter lines) but we just like the idea of reducing the negative – frown less, smile as much as you like – smiling is brilliant!
  • Try not to sleep on your stomach or side profile where possible, again easier said than done, but when you are able, and if it’s comfortable for you, try and sleep on your back.
  • Avoid rubbing the eye area vigorously, the most common time this would happen is when removing make-up with cotton pads or a face wipe. Instead try a gentle face wash with a very soft facial cloth and work the make-up off slowly and gently – gently is key.
  • Avoid excessive sugar consumption – sugar causes dramatic spikes in the body’s insulin levels, which in turn leads to the breakdown of elastin and collagen. Interestingly, reduction in sugar consumption also helps to reset your palette, so over time your sweet tooth won’t be so sweet and your sugar cravings will fade.
  • Reduce sun exposure, perhaps the most obvious one, we all know by now that excessive sun exposer damages the skin, so we recommend wearing a moisturiser with SPF 30+ every day and SPF factor 50 during summer and in hotter climates.
  • Stop smoking – this is important, not only for your skin, but your general health.
  • Avoid chronic stress – this one can be difficult, obviously we all try and avoid stressful circumstances where possible, sometimes stress finds us and there’s nothing we can do about it. But when under stress, work on managing it as best you can, things like meditative breathing and mindfulness are great techniques for staying peacful.
  • Get Sufficient sleep, again this isn’t always something we can choose to do, but getting into a regular pattern of going to bed and waking-up at them same time each day can help.
  • Don’t use drinking straws – this is probably the easiest of all, avoid straws, not only do they create lines around the mouth over time but more often than not they are made of plastic, and reducing our use of plastic is good for the environment too – win win!

Clearly, even doing all of these things without fail every day, would not prevent wrinkles from forming completely, however they are useful little tricks to help your skin look its best for as long as possible and some of them have additional benefits too!

 

 

Primary source: American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re just 10 days away from Christmas now so to prevent you from reaching panic stations and joining the late night shopping queues we’ve put together a little list of last minute gift ideas that you can pick up at Snowberry Lane Clinic.

Gift Vouchers

For first-timers

If a friend or family member has spoken about wanting to come to the clinic, but hasn’t made that final step, then a £30 voucher or contribution towards a consultation appointment is a popular choice.

For old-timers

If you know someone who comes to the clinic for regular treatments then a voucher of any denomination to contribute towards their treatment cost could be a very thoughtful gift.

Stocking Fillers

Make-up

We stock beautiful BPC and Jan Marini make-up, from pressed foundation to blushers, eye shadows and eyebrow kits that would be the perfect items to sneak into a loved ones stocking. BPC and Jan Marini are skin specialists, creating products rooted in skin care to ensure your skin is looked after properly when you apply their products.

Moisturisers

We stock lots of lovely moisturisers including Epionce and Obagi that are an ideal gift for someone who likes taking care of their skin. Epionce is paraben and fragrence free so is suitable for sensitive skin types. Obagi products have been designed by medical skin care specialists so contain ingredients that help to combat certain issues like acne, sun damage and wrinkles too.

Sun cream

We also carry lots of different sun creams and hydrating moisturisers with factor 30SPF and above that would be perfect if you know someone who’s already dreaming of their trips away in 2017 or even if you know someone who’s chasing some winter sunshine!

Hopefully we’ve helped with a few simple ideas, all of which are available from the clinic for a stress-free shopping experience!

Give us a call on 01225 700072 if you’d like to chat to someone, or pop in and say hello! We look forwards to seeing you!

Week Two Treatments For Men: Skin

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Following on from last week we look at three more treatments that are popular with our male clients, this week focusing on skin.

Radiosurgery

 Who is this treatment is for?

Radiosurgery is most frequently requested by clients looking to remove lumps or bumps from the surface of the skin. However, it is also used for other more specialist treatments such as earlobe reconstruction.

How does it work?

The unique benefit of Radiosurgery versus scalpel based surgery is the increased efficiency of the process. The handpiece houses a very thin wire, which carries radiowaves that heat the wire. This process means that as the handpiece is used the cut the skin, the radiowaves are able to heat and seal any exposed blood vessels. This means that the area can be kept cleaner and the Doctor is able to work fore efficiently.

Read more about Radiosurgey here.

Botox

Who is this treatment is for?

Botox is most suitable for people looking to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on their face. Although most commonly used for anti-wrinkle treatment, because botox is a muscle relaxant it can also help with the treatment of migraines and hyperhydrosis.

How does it work?

Wrinkles are caused when the skin is manipulated by muscles contracting and relaxing, leaving visible lines where it is frequently creased.

Botox is injected into muscle tissue in small quantities, this relaxes the muscle leading to lines and wrinkles appearing softened. The effects of Botox are not permanent, they commonly last around 3 months so would need to be topped up four times a year to maintain the effect.

Read more about Botox treatments here.

Dermal Fillers

Who is this treatment is for?

Dermal Fillers are most suitable for people looking to add volume into the skin where it has been lost. A process of aging is the loss of collagen and volume in the skin, fillers help to reduce this aging effect.

How does it work?

Dermal fillers are designed to add volume beneath the skin, plumping the area and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The fillers themselves are made up of a highly purified form of a naturally occurring substance (hyaluronic acid) which gives skin a fuller texture and allows it to retain water, when injected in small volumes under the skin.

Read more about Dermal Fillers here.