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BodyTite

How does it work? The BodyTite procedure uses Radio Frequency Assisted Lipo Tightening (RFAL) technology to gently melt and remove excess fat. A tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous part of the body from which the pre-melted fat is removed. Patients experience less discomfort and less swelling than other lipo suction methods, allowing them quicker recovery times.
How is Body Tightening achieved? BodyTite is able to carefully target the soft tissue being contoured and the gentle deep heating of the procedure leads to skin tightening.
Is BodyTite ideal for anyone? BodyTite is a very effective fat removal and body contouring procedure suitable for most people. It is particularly recommended for older patients whose skin has lost its elasticity, and for Mums who are looking to return to their pre-baby body shape. Results for these groups will be more effective than traditional lipo suction methods, specifically because BodyTite targets the loose, saggy pockets of skin that remain once the fatty deposits have been removed.
Does it hurt? BodyTite procedures are minimally invasive and are carried out under local anaesthetic. Only a light incision is made, and post treatment patients are required to wear a compression garment for a short time to aid the recovery process.
How quickly can results be seen? Immediately see reduced pinched-fold thickness and visible tightening, and further improvements can be seen between 6-12 weeks after the procedure.
What areas of the body can be treated with BodyTite? The beauty of BodyTite is that it is suited to many areas of the body including abdomen, buttocks, hips, upper arms, knees, back and thighs.
Is BodyTite suitable for me? The best way to find out more about BodyTite and how it could potentially help you would be to make an appointment with us for an initial no obligation consultation. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the procedure form our qualified surgeons, and you can ask any questions you may have. We have ready available appointments so why not call today.

 

Dermal fillers

What are they? Dermal fillers are a range of different substances that are injected into lines and wrinkles to 'fill' these deficits in the skin and create a more pleasing appearance.
How long do they last? This will vary depending on the product used and on the individual. On average the effects should last between three to six months.
Is it painful? We routinely use a topical anaesthetic to ensure that there is minimal discomfort during the injection of fillers.
How long does the treatment take? It depends on the areas being treated and how much product is required. It is usual for the procedure to take between 45 minutes to one hour.
When will I notice results? With some fillers there is an immediate difference in appearance to the treated areas, but, this is not usually the final result. It will take the product a couple of weeks to settle before the end result is seen.
What are the risks associated with this treatment? As with all treatments at Snowberry Lane Clinic any risks will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to the treatment. The injection of fillers is only carried out by Nursing or Medical staff who have received specialist training.

 

Eyebag Removal (Blepharoplasty)

What type of anaesthetic is used? Eyelid operations are carried out under 'twilight' anaesthetic. Your eyelids will be anaesthetized with local anaesthetic.
What happens after the operation? Both of the eyes will be padded for at least one hour and on removal of these pads you will need to put cold packs onto your lids to reduce any bruising. Because of this you will not be permitted to drive yourself home after the procedure so please make alternative arrangements. Any stitches used in the procedure are dissolvable and do not need to be removed.
How long will it take to recover? Your eyelids will feel a little uncomfortable for the first week after your operation but this should quickly settle. They may also feel gritty or watery but this can be easily alleviated with painkillers such as Paracetamol. There could be some bruising and swelling around your eyes, the amount of which varies from person to person and should only last a couple of weeks. The wounds from eyelid surgery generally heal very well and are not usually noticeable to other people. In some patients with very oily skin they may take longer to settle and to fade but can be easily hidden with make-up. If pulling down of the eyelids (ectropian) happens after surgery it is nearly always temporary and will settle as the swelling goes.
Are there any risks? The risk of having an operation on your eyelids is small and although bleeding, infection and healing problems can occur, they are rarely serious. We recommend taking Arnica for a week before and after the procedure to help reduce bruising. It is advisable not to take Aspirin two weeks before and the week after your operation and you should not smoke on the day of your operation.

Will the problem ever come back? In time, loosening and bagginess of the eyelids can slowly come back, although this normally takes several years and varies from person to person. If you have any concerns about the result of your eyelid surgery, then you can return to the clinic to see your surgeon.

 

Fractora

Does it hurt? There is minimal if any discomfort and there is no need for local anaesthetic, or creams.
Are there any side effects? The treatment is fast and the fractionated laser allows the skin to recover quickly. There may be some redness for two days, which quickly disappears.
How long does treatment take? Fractora is one of a number of 'express' treatments available from Snowberry Clinic. Usually a course of treatments are required two to four weeks apart.
How long will the effects of the treatment last? The Fractora treatment causes a rapid tightening of the skin reduces blemishes and softens irregularities and scarring . It also stimulates collagen production, giving the skin a plumper look and feel. The collagen produced helps to prolong the effects of the treatment, and gives a more even result.

Hair Reduction

How does it work? The heat and energy from the laser is absorbed by the pigment in the hair sitting in the hair follicle. The more pigment the hair has i.e. the darker in colour, the more effective the treatment is.
Is it painful? A Comfort levels vary between individuals, but overall, it causes only minimal discomfort. If any discomfort is experienced during treatment a topical anaesthetic can be applied to help alleviate this.
Is it permanent? A Laser hair reduction is a permanent reduction in the re growth of hair to the treated area.
Can I still have the treatment if I have sensitive skin? Yes. The levels of laser energy are calculated according to each individual's skin type and monitored closely during treatment. All laser personnel are trained nursing or medical staff with additional training in laser treatment.
How long does the treatment take? The length of time per treatment depends on the size of the area treated. It can take as little as five minutes for a small area.
When will I notice results? For any hair reduction we recommend a course of six to eight treatments at six weekly intervals. Results are achieved at varying rates between individuals. A visible reduction in re growth has been reported after as few as three treatments in some individuals while others can take longer.

 

Laser Acne treatment

How does it work? The laser is used to treat the whole area affected by acne. The laser helps to reduce sebum production in the skin and also helps to destroy the bacteria that causes spots and acne.
Is it painful? This treatment is usually well tolerated by all ages of client.
How long does the treatment take? On average it will take 20-30 minutes to treat the full face. This can be increased or decreased according to the size of area affected. An initial course of four treatments is recommended.
When will I notice results? As with any skin treatment for acne it is very important to allow the treatment time to work and become effective. However, some clients have reported a visible reduction in the severity of eruptions, within as little as two weeks. It is advisable to maintain an effective skincare regime at home following laser treatment for acne. The Nursing staff will also be happy to advise on a suitable regime for you to continue to improve the condition of your skin. Regular evaluations, at no extra cost, will be carried out to ensure the treatment is working for you.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.

 

Laser tattoo removal

How does it work? The laser hand piece targets the different colours in the tattoo. The pigment in the colours absorbs the heat and energy from the laser and the colour is broken down and destroyed by the body.
Is it permanent? Yes. This is a permanent treatment.
How long does the treatment take? The length of time it takes per treatment depends on the size of tattoo. For small tattoos this can be as little as a five minutes per session.
Is it painful? Comfort levels vary between individuals, but overall, this treatment is well tolerated. If any discomfort is experienced during treatment a topical anaesthetic can be applied to help alleviate this.
When will I notice results? For tattoo removal, a course of between six to eight treatments at eight weekly intervals is recommended to achieve desired results. A visible difference in the appearance of the tattoo can usually be seen after as little as one treatment.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.

 

Laser photo Rejuvenation

What is it and what is it used for? Laser photo rejuvenation is a combination of laser treatments used to treat the signs of ageing. It utilises both lasers to improve the appearance of the skin and stimulate the body's production of collagen and elastin, both of which decline with age. It addresses any uneveness in skin tone caused by sun damage and broken vessels and can help to reduce pore size and fine lines.
Is it permanent? The changes caused by the laser treatment are permanent but cannot stop the ageing process! However the action of the laser from this treatment is still actively working within the skin for up to 12 months following the completion of the treatment.
How long does the treatment take? Each treatment takes between 45 - 60 minutes. A course of six treatments is recommended at four weekly intervals to achieve the optimum effect.
When will I notice results? Some improvements may be visible following the first, and each subsequent treatment, but, the desired results are usually achieved after a course of six treatments.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.

 

Leg Veins/Thread Veins

How does the treatment work? The laser is used to target each individual vessel to be treated. The heat and energy from the laser is absorbed, by the haemoglobin in the blood, within the vessels. This causes the walls of the vessel to become sticky and adhere onto themselves. Over a period of approximately five days the body breaks the vessels down they are destroyed.
Is it permanent? Yes. Providing the post treatment guidelines are followed, the damage caused to the vessels should be permanent. It is often necessary, however, for leg veins to need more than one treatment for the desired cosmetic appearance to be achieved.
Is it painful? As with all treatments comfort levels vary between individuals. As a routine part of this procedure a topical anaesthetic cream is applied 15-20 minutes prior to treatment to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible.

 

How long does the treatment take? The length of time per treatment depends entirely on the size of the area and complexity of the vessels being treated. Subsequent treatments need to be at eight weekly intervals.
When will I notice results? It is often possible to see an improvement after one treatment, however, several treatments are often necessary to achieve the desired cosmetic result.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.

 

Medical Microdermabrasion

Is the procedure safe? The technique of Medical Microdermabrasion is perfectly safe and painless. The treatment has been used to treat millions of patients over the last ten years bringing fantastic results and it is a really rapid procedure.
What skin conditions can be treated with Medical Microdermabrasion? Medical Microdermabrasion is ideal for diminishing or eliminating the following skin conditions: • Blackhead or whitehead spots • Fine lines and wrinkles • Sun damaged skin • Acne prone skin • Superficial age spots • Hyperpigmentation • Oily skin • Dry or patchy skin
How much will it cost? The cost will depend on the length and number of treatments and will be discussed at your initial consultation.

 

No Scalpel Vasectomy

How does the No Scalpel Vasectomy differ from Conventional Vasectomy? In No Scalpel Vasectomy, the surgeon makes one tiny puncture with an instrument which is then used to gently stretch the opening it has made so that the vas deferens can be reached and blocked using the same method as conventional vasectomy. The new procedure can be carried out without the need for actual incision. There are no sutures so the wound heals far more quickly leaving no scar. Dr Gabriel has many years experience employing this technique and offers no-obligation consultations to discuss all aspects of the procedure. Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered in this leaflet.
How long will I need to take off work? You should be able to return to light work the day after the procedure. Although please allow 2-3 days to be on the safe side. If your job is very physical or involves heavy lifting, a week off work is recommended.
How painful is the procedure? There is a little discomfort with the local anaesthetic and once this has worn off any pain felt is only slight and can be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
How long will the procedure take? The actual procedure will only take 10 to 15 minutes, but please allow 45 minutes overall.
What happens after the procedure? After the vasectomy, you will be given notes about what to expect. It is advisable to ask someone to drive you home.
Is there any risk to my health? As with any operation there may be bruising and infection which is rarely serious and settles with time. Your sexual function is unaffected and indeed there is some evidence that sex may be better without the worry of unwanted pregnancy.
How successful is the procedure and how will I know if it has been a success? The current advice is that the failure rate for No Scalpel Vasectomy is 1:2000 (female sterilisation has a failure rate of 1:200). However, it is the most effective method of contraception available. After the procedure there will still be active sperm in your system and we recommend you continue sexual activity with your partner using other methods of contraception until they are cleared. Once you have submitted two consecutive clear samples at 16 and 20 weeks after the procedure, we will let you know that the operation has been a success and other methods of contraception are no longer required. We will ask you to post your samples directly to the lab (you will be provided with postal bags). You may be asked for a third or fourth sample. This is nothing to worry about, even if the lab finds one dead sperm in a sample it will not give the all clear.
Will I notice any difference after the procedure? There will be a marginal reduction in the volume of your ejaculate after the operation, You're unlikely to notice this difference.

 

Pigmented Areas/Birthmarks

How does the treatment work? A laser beam is targeted at the area of pigment I.e. 'sun spot', 'age spot', or birth mark. The pigment absorbs the laser heat and energy and this destroys the pigment. It is then either broken down by the body or, over a short period of time, 'flakes off' the surface of the skin.
Is it permanent? Yes. The damage caused to the pigment is permanent. However, it is usually necessary to have more than one treatment to achieve desired results.
Is it painful? This procedure does not often cause any pain or discomfort. It is often described as a 'prickly' sensation.
How long does the treatment take? This depends on the size of the area to be treated. Treatments can take as little as five minutes per session.
When will I notice results? Initially, following treatment, the treated area appears darker in colour. This can usually be covered with make up. Within approximately ten days this area then begins to fade or 'flake off' the surface of the skin.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.

 

Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT)

What is PDT? PDT is a treatment used to treat non melanoma skin cancers and pre cancerous skin lesions. These include conditions such as; actinic keratosis, Bowen's disease and basal cell carcinomas.
Why choose PDT? PDT is unique in that it targets only the abnormal cells, therefore providing the best possible cosmetic result with no need for surgery or stitches and no damage to the surrounding skin.
How does it work? Cream is applied to the affected area(s) and left in situ for three hours. During this time you are able to leave the clinic and carry on with your daily routine while the cream is being absorbed by the abnormal cells. After a period of three hours you return to the clinic and the area is exposed to a red light. It is the interaction of the red light with the abnormal cells (that have absorbed the cream) that causes their destruction. The exposure to the red light takes less than ten minutes.
Is it painful? It is normal to experience some discomfort while the area is being prepared for the application of the cream and also during the exposure to the infra red light, but, this is isolated to the lesions being treated and is usually very well tolerated. It is possible to use local anaesthetic and water for cooling, where needed, to make the procedure more comfortable.
Are there any risks associated with this treatment? As with all treatments at Snowberry Lane Clinic any risks will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to the treatment. PDT is only undertaken by the Nursing or Medical staff who have received appropriate additional training in this area.

 

Spider veins/facial vessels

How does it work? Each vessel is targeted individually with a laser beam. The haemoglobin, which is found in the blood within the vessels, attracts the heat and energy from the laser beam. This causes the walls of the vessels to become sticky and adhere together. Over a period of approximately 48 hrs the body breaks these vessels down and destroys them.
Is it permanent? Yes. Providing that post treatment guidelines are adhered to. This is particularly important during the first 48 hours following treatment. For those vessels that are treated successfully the damage is permanent. However it is possible for others to appear over time, or, due to predisposing factors. Subsequent vessels can be treated as and when they appear in order to maintain a good cosmetic appearance.
Is it painful? This treatment is not usually uncomfortable for clients. It is often described as an 'unusual' sensation and sometimes 'prickly'.
How long does the treatment take? The length of time per treatment depends entirely on the size of area that is being treated and how extensive the damaged vessels are.
When will I notice results? It is sometimes possible to see a difference immediately following the first treatment. However, some vessels may need more than one treatment in order to achieve the desired result.
Are there any risks or side effects during or following treatment? The risks associated with laser treatment will be explained to you and discussed in detail during your consultation. These risks are minimal and all laser operators at Snowberry Lane Clinic are either Nursing or Medically trained with additional training in laser treatment.