Caring For Your Hands

Caring For Your Hands Main Image

Your hands go through an awful lot on a daily basis. In this week’s blog post, we discuss ways of protecting your 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. Rinse your hands and apply a small amount of antibacterial soap. By rubbing your hands together, cleansing the back of your hands, knuckles, fingernails and wrists 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

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 also help prevent 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 nourish your nails.

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 700072 or get in touch via the contact page.

The Importance of being CQC Registered

The Importance of being CQC Registered Main Image

We are very proud of being registered with the Care Quality Commission, but not everyone knows what this means, so in this week’s blog post we are going to explain who the CQC are and how we work with them.

The Care Quality Commission in their own words:

  • Are ‘the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.’
  • They ‘make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.’

One of our key principles is to maintain the highest standards of care with a medical leadership team. For this reason, we invite external regulation to ensure that we conduct ourselves with excellence at all times and are always striving to improve our services. The CQC carry out audits, spot checks and inspections of practices to ensure that their standards of care are being upheld.

We also know that it is very easy for a practice to self-promote their standards of care as higher than they might be, however inviting the scrutiny of an independent regulator means that this claim can be trusted and validated.

When you’re looking for a clinic to carry out a cosmetic procedure for you, we thoroughly recommend making sure that they are registered with the Care Quality Commission so that you know you are in safe hands.

For more information or to speak to a member of our team, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Acne Therapy

Acne Therapy

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.

Sun Safety Myths True or False

Sun Safety Myths True or False Main Image

Reversing skin damage from the sun isn’t easy and we would always say that prevention is the best way to avoid issues later in life. It’s important that you know how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Today we wanted to expel five common myths about skin care in summer to steer you in the right direction:

  1. You can’t get sunburnt when it’s cool and cloudy

FALSE: UV, which causes sunburn is present every day, even in winter, there is no correlation between the temperature and the UV level. Cloud cover is commonly thought to act as a shade but UV rays can penetrate clouds and catch you out. You can check UV levels at reputable weather websites such as: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

  1. Sun cream is the best way to protect skin from the sun

FALSE: Sun cream is just one of several measures needed in combination to protect yourself against sun damage. This includes staying out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day, covering skin that isn’t used to being exposed as this is more susceptible to damage, and wearing UVA and UVB combined sun cream with a minimum of factor 30SPF.

  1. After sun products repair the damage caused by sunburn

FALSE: They are designed to soothe and moisturise, but the real damage is done on a cellular level. If you notice your skin becoming pink in the sun seek shade immediately. Do not return sunburnt skin into the sun until it is fully healed otherwise the issue will be exacerbated.

  1. You can’t get sun burnt indoors through windows

FALSE: Glass does not block UV rays so you can get burnt through windows. This most commonly occurs in cars, where people are exposed to UV whilst driving.

  1. Men and women are equally informed when it comes to sun safety

FALSE: A recent survey from the American Academy of Dermatology put women on top when it comes to understanding sun safety. “The results indicated only 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun, compared to 65% of women.”* Click here for full article.

If you’d like to talk to one of the team about our skin care products or sun damage treatment options please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Keeping your Cosmetic Surgery Secret

Keeping your Cosmetic Surgery Secret Main Image

Cosmetic treatments are incredibly popular, with tens of thousands of people in the UK choosing to get treatments every year. More and more people, including celebrities, are talking openly about their treatments so there is no need to feel that you can’t too. Talking openly with friends and family can be a great way to relieve any tension you’re feeling both before and after treatment. However, if you’d rather keep it to yourself that’s absolutely fine too.

Subtle means successful

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we pride ourselves on ensuring our treatments give subtle natural looking results that aim to boost your confidence. Not making more drastic changes means your treatment is more likely to go unnoticed.

Give yourself enough time to recover

All treatments are different and each individual’s recovery time will vary, however if you can get a good idea of the average down time of your treatment this will enable you to make better plans for your recovery. And if you really want to, you can wait until all signs of having the treatment have gone or can be easily covered or concealed.

Talk to someone you trust

With treatments that are more intensive you might want to talk to someone before, during and after your treatment. We have a partnership with a Psychotherapist who you can make an appointment with to help council you through the process. This service is not exclusive to any treatment so if you’d like an appointment with our Psychotherapist please just ask.

Call us if you need help

Each individual recovers differently so even our best predictions can’t be accurate. If you are feeling like your recovery is taking longer than expected or you have any concerns please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Laser Vein FAQ

Laser Vein FAQ Main Image

Thread or spider veins are commonly very thin veins near the surface of the skin that are normally red, blue or purplish in colour. These veins can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly the face, thighs and calves.

How does laser vein therapy work?

Laser vein therapy works by targeting the treatment area with a focused beam of heat energy, this heat causes the vein to coagulate and seal. The vessel is then broken down and is able to be reabsorbed by the body over the next 4-6 weeks.

How do I prepare for treatment?

The main thing to take into consideration before treatment is to avoid sun exposure, as we cannot treat tanned skin as it could effect the pigmentation of the skin. On the day of your treatment the area needs to be clean and free from moisturisers or make-up. It is best to wear clothing that is comfortable and makes for easy access to the treatment area.

How many treatments will I need and what will the cost be?

This is something that varies from individual to individual. The first step is to come in for a consultation, and it is within this meeting with a practitioner that these variants can be defined.

You will need to allow four to six weeks between treatments, so it is important to bear this in mind, it is not something that will be complete in one session on one day.

Is treatment painful?

Clients do report a level of mild discomfort, although we do our best to counteract this with anaesthetic cream, and the laser hand-piece itself issues a cooling pulse to counteract the heat.

Does laser treatment get rid of the veins forever?

Technically the veins that have been collapsed using laser treatment cannot rebuild and reappear, however, spider veins can reoccur in the same place meaning more treatments could be needed in the future.

What should I expect after laser therapy?

After the procedure, the area treated might be a little tender and appear raised and reddened although this should fade a few hours after treatment.

Can I go back to work after laser therapy?

There is no downtime from laser treatment, so normal activities can be resumed immediately. However the area needs to heal so it is strongly recommended that you avoid the sun and very hot baths or showers in the weeks following your treatment.

How long does it take to see the results?

After the laser therapy, the veins normally change colour from a dark blue or purple to a lighter red colour, after which they often fade in two to six weeks. Please note this might take more than one treatment to achieve.

If you would like to know more about our Laser Vein Treatments, please get in touch here or by calling us on 01225 700072.

Dermal Fillers FAQ Special

Dermal Fillers FAQ Special Main Image

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 to 90 minutes.

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 to give you an idea of what to expect is that people tend to have treatments every 6-18 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. If you would like to book a consultation or just to have an initial chat, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Botox for Anti-Ageing

Botox for Anti-Ageing Main Image

One of the most popular and well-known cosmetic treatments in the world, Botox, has been used for decades and delivers results with minimal to no side effects. Here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we have been carrying out this treatment for over 17 years. In this blog post we’ll be discussing how it is used to treat wrinkles and reduce the signs of ageing.

Botulinum toxin is a purified form of a toxin called clostridium botulinum. When injected under the skin, Botox causes the muscles to relax, decreasing the level of contraction a muscle is able to perform. This reduces the movement in the muscle – the action responsible for creasing the skin, which is how lines and wrinkles are created. As the muscle relaxes the skin becomes smoother, which in turn sees wrinkles on the surface fade.

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we ensure that the treatment is as safe and efficient as possible. This includes a full consultation before any treatment to talk through all of the details and make sure it’s the right treatment for you. We also cool the skin in the treatment area to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

We’ll be talking more about the different uses of Botox in future blog posts to highlight how versatile the treatment is. If you are interested in finding out more about Botox treatments for wrinkles and other areas, you can give us a call on 01225 700072.

Enhance your brows with Semi Permanent Make-up

Enhance your brows with Semi Permanent Make-up Main Image

Semi Permanent Make-up or SPMU, allows us to enhance the appearance of your eyebrows by creating the impression of hairs using a specialist facial tattoo machine. The treatment is not permanent as the depth that the pigment is placed under the skin is much shallower than in traditional tattooing, meaning that over time, as your skin cells renew, the pigment will naturally come away after (around 12-18 months after treatment).

People who are interested in this treatment include anyone who would like to achieve a natural enhancement to their eyebrows. Examples range from someone who is athletic and requires a make-up solution that withstands sporting activities, someone wishing to reduce the amount of time they need to spend on their daily make-up routine, through to someone suffering from partial to full hair loss due to long-term conditions such as Alopecia or Cancer.

The treatment itself takes 90 minutes, depending on the individual client’s requirements. Following treatment, clients may experience some redness and irritation, scabbing and light to moderate swelling in the area. After the first week, the skin in the treated area will begin to gently come away and the pigment will lighten. After 6-10 weeks it is possible that you might want to come back for a top-up to fill in any areas affected by the healing process.

We now offer two main treatments, Ombre and Hair Stroke.

Ombre brows are created by varying the density of the pigment from more concentrated to faded, creating a more delicate effect like that of a softer pencil brow. This option is a good choice for clients who have little to no eyebrow hair.

Hair stroke creates the appearance of individual hairs that are built up to give the effect of a fuller natural looking brow. This is the perfect choice if your eyebrows are thin or sparse and you’d like them to look fuller.

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

Tixel FAQ Special

Tixel FAQ Special Main Image

This week on the blog we share the answers to your most frequently asked questions about one of our top skin rejuvenating treatments – Tixel.

What is Tixel?

Tixel is a ground-breaking treatment that uses controlled heat energy to encourage the renewal of skin. The specially designed hand-piece 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 cells to rejuvenate and refresh, as well as encouraging collagen, which all helps to tighten and smooth the appearance of the skin.

What can Tixel be used to treat?

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

How many treatments would I need for best results?

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

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?

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.

How much does Tixel treatment cost?

We don’t publish our price-list on our website, so please give us a call on 01225 700072 and we can give you more information, alternatively you can e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylaneclinic.co.uk