Introducing Tixel: Part Two

Our new treatment Tixel was featured in the the Daily Mail last week, in this article we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about this groundbreaking skin rejuvenation treatment.

Tixel uses controlled heat energy to encourage the renewal of skin. The specially designed handpiece is made from a grid of pyramids, which transfer heat when they come into contact with the skin, creating micron sized pores in the upper layers of the skin. The healing process after treatment encourages the skin to rejuvenate and refresh as well as encouraging collagen.

What is Tixel treatment used for?

Tixel has multiple rejuvinative applications including reducing wrinkles and lines, treating sunspots and pigmentation and reducing the appearance of scars such as acne scarring.

How many treatments make up a course?

The number of treatments depends on the individual, skin type and issue. Before any treatment you would have a consultation with a medical practitioner how will be able to design an individual treatment plan for you. Most commonly the average number of treatments is 3-4.

How much does Tixel treatment cost?

We don’t publish our pricelist on our website, so please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk and we can give you this information.

Is the treatment painful?

Tixel is designed to be more comfortable than other rejuvenating laser treatments. For more intensive treatments an anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to increase comfort further.

How much downtime is involved?

Tixel is designed for reduced downtime. Commonly after treatment most people experience swelling, redness and warmth for several hours. More intensive treatments can leave crusting after treatment, which usually subsides after 3 days and can be reduced with moisturiser.

How long does it take to see results?

Results vary from person to person, depending on the individual treatment plan. On average our clients report seeing visible results after 1-2 months from the first treatment date.

For more information click here or to book a consultation please give us a call on 01225 700072.

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.

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.

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

Six skin care tips for winter

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Now the colder weather really is setting in, it’s officially the time of year when your skin is more prone to dryness as the temperature drops and the heating is turned up. To combat this we wanted to share our top skin care tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling good.

  1. Reduce the temperature of you shower

When it’s cold, the temptation is to crank the temperature up in the shower to warm up. However, washing in hotter water strips your skin of it’s natural oils that it needs to stay nourished. The best thing to do is to turn the tap the other way and make your shower a little cooler to help lock in those all important oils.

  1. Exfoliate to keep skin soft and promote circulation

Exfoliating your whole body will not only help combat dry skin, but also helps promote good circulation. We recommend exfoliating in the evening when your skin is most receptive, working the exfoliator in a circular motion concentrating on key areas such as heels, knees and elbows.

Make sure you chose an exfoliator that does not contain microbeads (small plastic beads) as these are incredibly bad for the environment, another one to avoid is apricot kernels, they sound great because they’re natural, but they are too rough and can cause more damage than good, (a body brush is a good option).

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we offer Microdermabrasion treatment if you’re looking to refresh your face. This treatment uses medical grade crystals to gently remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin, read more about it here.

  1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

During winter your skin is even thirstier than normal, ensure you moisturise using a high quality moisturiser that is SPF 15 or higher (as you can still get sun damage in winter). We have a great range of Obagi products that are designed by medical professionals to ensure the best results.

We recommend moisturising straight after you shower or bathe to help capture the moisture on your skin after you wash. For best results, pat yourself dry, rather than rubbing all of that precious moisture away. To combat dryer area like heels, knees and elbows, moisturise just before bed, you can even go one step further and wear cotton gloves and socks after moisturising to lock it in!

  1. Look after your hands

Hands are prone to more damage than normal in winter, from the cold weather drying them out when you’re outside, to hot water scolding them when you wash your hands or wash up. Ensure you always carry a good moisturiser to look after you’re hands even when you’re out and about. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold when you’re outside and make sure you wear rubber gloves when you’re washing up to shield them from the hot water and detergent.

Another good tip is to place hand moisturiser alongside a moisturising hand soap in your bathrooms and kitchens at home to ensure your whole family’s hand are hydrated when they’re being hygenic.

  1. Wrap-up warm

Wrap-up warm when you go outside, put on cosy gloves, a scarf and hat to protect your extremities from the cold temperature and consequent drying effects.

  1. Stay hydrated

We’ve talked about the importance of hydrating your skin this winter, but don’t forget to hydrate your body too. When the weather is colder, we’re not as naturally thirsty as we are in the warmer months, however staying hydrated on the inside helps to keep your skin hydrated too.

For any advice on skin care during winter or treatments that will help keep your skin looking it’s best this winter give us a call on 01225 700072 to talk to one of the team or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Skin cysts

What is a cyst?

Cysts are most commonly slow-growing fluid-filled pockets of tissue that appear as lumps beneath the surface of the skin. Sometimes they can contain pus or other materials. They can appear anywhere on the body and often feel like a small smooth growth beneath the skin’s surface.

What should I do if I have a cyst?

Most cysts are benign and painless can be left alone once checked unless they cause the individual distress or they become infected or rupture.

However, if you notice a lump like this and you aren’t sure what it is, it’s always the best idea to consult your GP for a diagnosis to make sure it’s okay to leave it.

Can I get a cyst removed?

There are several methods in which cysts can be treated and removed. At Snowberry Lane Clinic we use the process of Radio Surgery to remove cysts, which is a similar process for mole removal – read more here.

Radio Surgery is a technique that allows the surgeon to cut and cauterise at the same time, which means the process is quicker and cleaner minimising the risk of complications.

The removal of a cyst more often than not requires a few stitches, which will create a small scar, so it’s important to be aware of this before deciding to proceed with treatment.

What next?

If you are interested in discussing treatment for the removal of a cyst including booking procedure and prices, please give us a call on 01225 700072 or request a call back at a time convenient for you here.

Caring For Your Hands

Our hands go through an awful lot on a daily basis. In this week’s blog post, we discuss ways of protecting our hands from the elements and keeping them smooth, soft, and full of life. These simple steps will help to keep your hands looking and feeling great.

Clean your hands correctly

To most people, this could well be blindingly obvious, but for best results you should wash your hands with warm water and use a soap brand that is antibacterial. By using warm water, it is the effective method for removing bacteria and unwanted germs. Rinse your hands and apply a small amount of antibacterial soap. By rubbing your hands together, cleansing the back of your hands, knuckles and fingernails, you’ll rid yourself of any bacteria or germs on your hands.

Dry hands after washing

Drying hands after washing is more important than you think, if left wet, the water will evaporate from the skin leaving your hands dry and damaged.

Moisturise

Use a lotion that is specific for your hands. By keeping your hands hydrated they stay smooth and soft for longer. Keep moisturisers in places that are easily accessible when you need them such as your handbag, your bedside table or in your car. Always choose moisturisers with an SPF of factor 30 or more, this will help prevent against sun damage, which can lead to age spots.

Exfoliate your hands

If your hands are prone to rougher skin, ensure exfoliating your hands is part of your routine. Be mindful to avoid exfoliators with plastic micro beads as these are bad for the environment, and steer clear of exfoliators containing crushed fruit kernels as these are jagged and can cause damage to your skin.

The use of hand sanitiser

You might be away and not have adequate facilities to wash your hands so the use of a hand sanitiser will keep your hands clean and fresh while you’re on the go. Be sure to moisturise after using hand sanitiser as the alcohol contained in the gel can dry your hands out when used frequently.

Manicures

Treating yourself to manicure every now and then will help to keep your hands healthy and nourishe your nails.

Treatments for hands

Mesotherapy

This treatment helps to minimise lines and wrinkles on the hands to make them look younger and rejuvenated. Mini injections are targeted at the cells that cause issues, these can be areas which are dull, loose or lacking vitality. A solution filled with natural amino acids and vitamins creates a balance for co-enzymes to thrive, leading the skin to appear more youthful and rejuvenated.

Photo Dynamic Rejuvenation Skin Treatment

Procedures like this can help to alleviate wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging. A cold gel is applied to the damaged area and intensive pulse light targets the damage to reduce the appearance of the signs of aging.

If you would like more information on skin care or any more of our treatments available at the clinic then please call us on 01225 700 072 or get in touch via the contact page.

Skin Texture

As we mature, our skin changes, we develop wrinkles and the texture altars over time and can become rough or damaged depending on how well we look after it. Skin texture can be affected by many factors over our lifetime, such as becoming dried and cracked in cold weather or air-conditioning, or over exposure to the sun causing pigment damage.

Laser and non-invasive treatments are a popular method to help improve the texture of your skin.  Our cosmetic treatments can help deal with a number of skin conditions. In this week’s blog post we look at the different options available here at Snowberry Clinic.

Photo Rejuvenation

Photo Rejuvenation uses intense pulse light is used to improve variety of skin imperfections from wrinkles to age spots. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be tailored to your skin type and the specific skin condition.

Treating Adult Acne

We have a range of acne scarring treatments available, including microdermabrasion, cosmetic laser surgery and a range of chemical and non chemical peels designed to reduce the extent of existing marks left behind by acne.

Microsdermabrasion

If you’d prefer a treatment that doesn’t use lasers, chemicals or needles we offer Microdermabrasion as an effective treatment to refresh your complexion. During the treatment medical grade crystals are passed over the skin’s surface through a process of exfoliation. The new, living skin cells beneath this top layer remain leaving a refreshed youthful appearance.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy can help to rejuvenate the skins appearance by stimulating the collagen beneath the surface of the skin. Working through a series of very fine, virtually painless injections, Mesotherapy introduces a medically designed nutrient and vitamin rich solution under the skin that stimulated the cells and can result in a refreshed appearance.

If you would like more information on the treatments above or any other treatments available please call us on 01225 700 072 or contact us via the website.

Handy Skincare Tips

Living in the UK, our weather can be quite unpredictable. One moment it can be bright blue skies and sunny and the next second there’s a sudden downpour of rain.  Our skin can struggle to deal with these changing elements. This week we’d like to discuss some simple steps you can take to help prevent your skin from becoming dry or damaged due to the weather and other everyday situations. Continue reading

Natural Based Cosmetic Treatments

For over a decade now Snowberry Lane Clinic has been at the forefront of pioneering cosmetic treatments that work with your body and its natural processes to give subtle yet effective results. We have a range of treatments that aim to tackle problem areas without any giveaways that you’ve had a helping hand. Let’s take a look at some of these treatments in today’s blog. Continue reading