Tattoo Removal FAQ

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we are specialists at removing black ink tattoos. Below we answer your most frequently answered questions.

  1. How long will it take to remove my tattoo?

The number of treatments needed to remove or reduce the appearance of a tattoo varies from person to person, depending on a number of differing factors. Tattoo removal treatments must be at least 4-6 weeks apart to allow the area to heal sufficiently between treatments, this is why the process can be so long, months and years long rather than weeks. It’s really important to manage your expectations and be prepared for a long and slow process.

  1. What can I expect the results to look like?

In some cases all of the ink can be broken down leaving little trace of the tattoo, however in most cases clients decide to complete their treatment programme when enough ink has been removed for the tattoo’s appearance to be virtually unnoticeable or so that it would be easy to cover up.

The location of your tattoo can have an effect on the results. The way the treatment works is that the laser breaks down the ink, which is then absorbed into the blood and cleaned from the body. This means that tattoos that are closer to the heart generally fade faster than those at the extremities (hands and feet), because of the variation in circulation.

  1. Is treatment painful?

We’re not going to conceal the truth here, yes, treatment is painful, it is more painful to remove a tattoo than to have one, another important factor to consider when considering laser tattoo removal.

  1. What are the side effects to this treatment?

Common side effects to treatment include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blistering
  • Pin point bleeding

These side effects are normal and manageable and clear within a few weeks, however they can lead to the area becoming infected so it’s very important to look after the area and keep it clean. Any concerns should be raised with your practitioner.

  1. How do I choose the right clinic for me?

Laser tattoo removal can be an effective treatment when performed in a safe environment by a qualified, professional medical practitioner. Ensure that you attend a comprehensive consultation with a practitioner, before committing to any form of treatment. Ask as many questions as possible including looking at before and after photographs to help you make an informed decision.

If you’d like to speak to one of our team, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Laser Hair Removal – FAQ Special

Why is laser a good option for hair removal?

Lasers offer a long lasting and even sometimes permanent solution to dark unwanted hair. Traditional hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading and epilating provide only temporary results.

How do lasers remove hair?

The laser emits a specially configured light that is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle (hence why dark hair work best as it absorbs the light more easily). The light is converted to heat energy, which collapses the hair follicle.

Is it painful?

The laser handpiece has a contact cooling system built in which helps to eliviate discomfort during treatment. Clients liken the feeling of the laser to repeated light flicks, however, many say that it is less painful than waxing, electrolysis and tweezing.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Our hair removal lasers can treat nearly any area of the body except for the area immediately on or around the eye.

How long does a treatment take?

This depends on individual and the size of the treatment area. As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, while the upper lip or chin may require 15 minutes to half an hour.

How many treatments will I need?

Hair grows in cycles, can only be treated with laser in the actively growing period of the cylce. This means we have to wait for this part of the cycle to come around before treatment. Treatments are spaced out over the cycle, with each treatment reducing overall hair growth. Each individual is unique in terms of number of treatments needed, but a good average is around 8-10 treatments, although please note that some people needed less and some more.

If you’d like to find out more about hair removal at Snowberry Lane Clinic, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

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.

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.