Understanding Treatment Timings

If you’re considering a cosmetic treatment and looking to ensure that the results develop in time for a particular occasion, then we’re here to help. Although some treatments do give noticeable impact very quickly, it is often the case that the full results take time to develop.

Below we go through three of our most popular treatments, that some people believe would be visible immediately, but actually need time to show their full results. We hope that this will help you to plan your treatments.

BOTOX:

Botox prevents small selected muscles from contracting to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Time it right: Allow 6 weeks for full results, this gives time for area to settle and be topped-up and full results to be visible.

Number of treatments required: 1, results last 3-6 months, regular top-ups needed.

Sensitivity period: Some slight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruising.

Results visible: Commonly results are visible after 2-4 days with end result being visible after 2 weeks, at this point Botox can be topped-up if required.

FILLERS:

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. They are most commonly used to increase volume to targeted areas of the face.

Time it right: Allow 6-8 weeks for best results.

Number of treatments required: 1, results last 6-18 months, regular top-ups needed.

Sensitivity period: Some slight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruising

Results visible: Some clients see immediate results, with improvements continuing for up to a month depending on the type of filler and the area being treated.

RADIO SURGERY:

Radio Surgery is suitable for the removal of moles, lumps and bumps on, or just beneath the surface of the skin. This treatment allows for precision cutting of the skin using a very thin wire, the wire is heated with radio waves which means the blood vessels are sealed as it cuts making for a clean and efficient removal.

Time it right: The area can be covered by make-up after 2 weeks. Ideal healing time 8-12 weeks.

Number of treatments required: 1, results are permanent, although some legions can reoccur.

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes.

Sensitivity period: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment, which can last for a few days depending on the procedure.

Results visible: Immediately, if it is a raised legion shaved to skin level then appearance will be comparable to a graze so it will take approximately a few weeks to a month to heal to a point where it is less noticeable, depending on your skin type. If suturing is required, then healing will take longer.

For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Welcoming you back to the clinic

We are open for business and looking forward to seeing you. We’ve been open since the beginning of August, so we’ve had time to learn how to best work with the new guidelines and protocols. We’re doing everything in our power to ensure that you are safe when you visit, so that you feel confident to trust us with your cosmetic needs.

Below we’ve outlined some of the measures that we are implementing to ensure that our clinic meets the highest standards of health and safety:

Before your appointment

In line with Government guidelines we ask that all clients visit the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/ and download the NHS COVID-19 app ahead of visiting the clinic so that you can check-in on arrival.

Before your appointment we will go through a comprehensive questionnaire with you to ensure that you are in good health to attend the clinic. You must have an appointment to attend the clinic, we are not open for impromptu visits. If you require a product, please call us on 01225 700072 and we will make arrangements for you to collect the item at your convenience.

Staff monitoring

As well as ensuring that you are well enough to visit, we are also monitoring our staff daily to ensure that they are well enough to treat you. This includes questionnaires and temperature checks. No member of the team will attend the clinic if they are presenting any symptoms and they will isolate at home for 14 days as per NHS advice.

On the day of your appointment

  • Only clients with pre-booked appointments are able to come into the clinic.
  • Please attend your appointment unaccompanied.  
  • Upon arrival, you will have to ring buzzer to gain entrance
  • Your temperature will be taken and a questionnaire will be given to complete.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands and wear a face covering or mask for the duration of the appointment.
  • We ask that you do not bring personal possessions to the clinic.
  • Please limit the wearing of jewelry.
  • Minimal or no make-up should be worn.
  • Laser Hair and Tattoo Removal clients are asked to remove hair before their appointment.
  • Toilets are closed to public unless in the case of an emergency.

Social Distancing

Our appointment times are staggered to reduce the number of clients in the clinic at any one time. Our waiting area seating is spaced appropriately to help you maintain social distancing practices, so please respect these guidelines in the clinic.

Hand Hygiene

We are enforcing strict hand hygiene for all employees and clients, requiring them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before all treatments, and any activity that could result in hands becoming contaminated. The clinic also has regular hand sanitising dispensers for client use, on arrival and before leaving our clinics.

PPE

Our employees will all be wearing full PPE appropriate to their department offering protection for them and for you. We will be providing clients with face masks on arrival to wear for your appointment.

Cleaning and disinfecting

We use high grade disinfectant have introduced more frequent and thorough cleaning with time built in between each appointment to clean our treatment rooms before the next client arrives.

During your treatment

Our medical teams have undergone training to ensure that they follow strict medical protocols when delivering treatments to ensure the safety of you and our staff.

Infection Control Audits

We have introduced a regular infection control audit to ensure our clinics are COVID-19 secure and in line with Care Quality Commission standards.

Staying up to date

We will continue to keep you updated via email and our website, but you can also follow us on social media for the latest news as well as lots of helpful tips and advice. In the meantime, if you have any questions or need any reassurance please don’t hesitate to call us on 01225 700072 or e-mail enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Snowberry Lane Clinic donates safety equipment to Bath RUH

Photo: Trevor Porter 66786-6
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18330947.snowberry-lane-clinic-melksham-donating-medical-wear-baths-ruh-closes/

As the Clinic has had to close until the time when it is safe to reopen, we wanted to give our useful stock to a good cause. The Doctors and Nurses that lead our Clinic have, and still do, work within the NHS. So we decided to donate our stock of hundreds of disposable scrubs to the RUH Bath. This will give many NHS staff some much needed personal protective equipment to help keep them safe whilst they work to look after people effected by COVID-19.

Read the full article in the Wiltshire Times here:

https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18330947.snowberry-lane-clinic-melksham-donating-medical-wear-baths-ruh-closes/

COVID-19 Latest News and Updates

Last Updated: Monday 23rd March

As of today, Monday the 23rd of March 2020, we have decided to close the doors of the Clinic. We will keep the doors closed until the climate changes and we can operate again safely.

We did not take this decision lightly, we have a wonderful team of committed and hard-working staff who wanted to ensure that we honoured our clients appointments for as long as possible. However, given how quickly the situation in the UK is progressing we feel that we need to close in order to help the national effort to stop the spread of the virus.

In many ways it was an incredibly difficult decision and in many ways it was incredibly easy. The decision was easy because fundamentally we are a medically led clinic, our leadership team is made up of Doctors and Nurses who have, and still do, work for the NHS. As this situation unfolds and escalates our number one priority beyond all else is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our staff, clients and their families.

We truly hope that this decision will help to support our staff and clients to practice Social Distancing and save lives. We hope that you understand and support this decision and will continue to support us throughout this difficult time and when we re-open. We will keep our normal lines of communication open and will keep you updated with any news and changes that effect you.

We cannot thank you enough for your understanding, it’s a very difficult and emotional time for everyone and we hope you are able to stay safe and healthy and navigate these times as best you can.

All of our most heartfelt, best wishes,

Ann & Rupert Gabriel and the whole team at Snowberry Lane Clinic

Last Updated: Saturday 21st March

As Snowberry Lane Clinic, the safety and well-being of our clients and staff is at the heart of our business. In this period of uncertainty, with things changing on a daily basis, we wanted to update you on our response. We have put clear measures in place to protect our team, our clients and the wider community. The doors of the Clinic are still very much open to welcome you, however, we’re continuing to review our practices on a daily basis and identify opportunities to take further steps to keep everyone safe.

Please stay in touch with us either by calling 01225 700072 or e-mailing enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk and let us know what you’d like to hear from us during these difficult times.

Last Updated: Wednesday 18th March

On behalf of everyone here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we hope that you and your family are all healthy and well.

We want to keep you updated as the situation with COVID-19 changes, currently we are open as usual and honouring all of our Client’s appointments, we intend to do this for as long as possible. We will of course react accordingly to any updates and keep you informed.

As you know we are a medical establishment under the regulation of the Care Quality Commission so we uphold the highest hygiene and health and safety standards.  We will follow all Government advice and guidelines, as well as take every precaution necessary to minimise the risk to our team and our clients as we combat this global epidemic.

We have full confidence in our ability to deliver our service to our usual high standard.  We have a robust IT infrastructure that some employees can access whilst working from home if necessary and we will always have a member of the Senior Management Team available on the phone to help.

If you have any concerns or would like any advice, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01225 700072.

Many Thanks

Lisa Fricker

Practice Manager

Last Updated: Monday 16th March

No doubt you’re feeling some level of confusion and anxiety around the whirlwind of COVID-19 news at the moment. We are doing all that we can to keep up-to-date with any developments that effect the day-to-day running of the Clinic and will be posting updates here. We are a medically led facility, registered with the Care Quality Commission, so it is of the utmost importance that we uphold the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Since the onset of COVID-19 we have taken the following steps to reduce the risk to our clients:

  • There are tissues and hand gel available throughout the clinic.
  • We are removing unnecessary items that could be exposed via frequent contact such as the magazines in the waiting room.
  • We are going to encourage all of our clients to spread out in the waiting areas, between the main reception, the porch and upstairs.
  • Our staff fully understand the self-isolation protocols and will not be coming into the clinic if they experience symptoms.

If you or a family member experience a high temperature or a new, continuous cough please do not attend the clinic and follow these steps in accordance with NHS and Government advice:

  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
  • Yourself and immediate family members need to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • After 7 days, if you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, contact NHS 111 online, or call NHS 111.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with us on 01225 700072, we’ll do our best to keep you up to date with everything as best we can.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Snowberry Lane Clinic Team

Last Updated: Friday March 13th

With COVID-19 developing in so many countries around the world, our commitment is to adhere to the strictest of W.H.O advice, and the protocols advised by local and international authorities.

It is of vital importance for us to be in a position to ensure that any and all procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of our clients, this is our absolute priority. All of our employees are fully aware of the current requirements and are working to ensure the highest possible hygiene standards are maintained, throughout every aspect of our clinic so that you can continue to attend appointments with confidence.

If you’re feeling under the weather, or have recently returned from, or been with someone from an affected area, for the safety of everyone, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment until after you’re feeling better.

We will be following developments on a daily basis with intense scrutiny. If you have any further questions, please contact enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk or give us a call on 01225 700072.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and loyalty.

The Snowberry Lane Clinic Team

An Alternative to Traditional Liposuction

Body Jet sometimes known as Laser Lipo, Aqua-Lipo or Water Assisted Lipo uses a medically designed fluid that is channelled into the fat tissue to help break down the wall of the fat cells, making it easier for the fat to be removed via a thin suction cannula. The fluid used in this process is called infiltration fluid and contains ingredients to minimise pain and bruising.

How is it different to traditional Liposuction?

Body Jet uses a pulsating infiltration fluid spray that gently separates fat cells from other tissue, this means it is easier to remove these loosened cells and therefore less likely to cause trauma than traditional Liposuciton. The procedure does not require general anaesthetic, so it is a day procedure rather than needing an overnight stay.

Advantages of Body Jet include:

  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Reduced pain, swelling and bruising
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Less anaesthesia needed
  • Easily performed without general anaesthetic
  • Shorter operating times
  • Smoother results

If you’d like to know more or want to speak to a member of the team about Laser Liposuction, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Botox vs Fillers – What’s the Difference?

What are Botox and Fillers? 

Botox is a naturally occurring protein that is used to temporarily inhibit the movement of facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as migraines and hyperhidrosis. 

Dermal Fillers contain a naturally occurring product – hyaluronic acid, which is used to create volume under the skin. It can be used to treat fine lines on more delicate parts of the face to deep skin depressions, as well as adding volume to lips, cheeks and hands.

What is the downtime?

There is no downtime associated with either treatment, but with both it is possible to experience some light bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the use of needles.

Who would this treatment suit?

Botox is best for treating:

  • Moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows and on the forehead
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles around the eyes
  • Excessive sweating under the armpits
  • Migraines

Fillers are best for treating:

  • Loss of volume in the cheek area
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lack of volume in the lips
  • Loss of volume on the backs of hands

Treatment Summary Comparison:

                                                 BOTOX FILLERS
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS 1 1
TREATMENT TIME 30 minutes 60 minutes
ANAESTHETIC Topical anaesthetic
cream if requested
Local injection to the area if required
SENSITIVITY PERIOD Slight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruisingSlight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruising
BACK TO WORK Straight away Straight away
DURATION OF RESULTS Maintenance required
every 3-6 months
Maintenance required between 6-18 months

For more information on Botox or Filler, or to book a consultation, please e-mail us on enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk or give us a call on 01225 700072 today.

Keeping your Cosmetic Surgery Secret

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

With our treatments that are more intensive like Alevere Weight Loss Therapy you might want to talk to someone before, during and after your treatment. Alevere requires time and investment from yourself as you lose a significant amount of weight. It is designed as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, but this can be very challenging. We have a Psychotherapist on staff who you can make an appointment with to help council you through these changes. This service is not exclusive to Alevere 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.

A Change in Lifestyle with Alevere

Alevere is one of our most popular treatments, it is a weight reduction therapy that combines diet, treatments and fitness to help our client’s lose weight quickly and in a way that can be sustained. Our aim is not only to help our patients achieve their target weight but also to facilitate a change in lifestyle to ensure they can maintain their new weight once they have stabilised

Diet:

During the program you will be eating regularly and probably more than before. There are different stages. To Start: You will have Alevere nutritional foods which are protein based. They range in sweet & savoury flavours which will enable you to create fun and tasty meals. You are also allowed unlimited quantities of fruit and veg. At each stage we will gradually bring other foods into your daily diet.

Treatments:


Alevere involves a number of combined treatments on a weekly basis complementing the dietary aspect of the program. Ultrasound energy is aimed at pockets of fat and causes these pockets to break down. Unlike some treatments where you’re essentially left with a pocket that is now empty, the ultrasound encourages the collagen bonds under the skin to tighten up and smooth the layers out.

Exercise:

The Alevere patient’s exercise programme is a key element of this exciting journey. Alongside weight loss, improved self-confidence and psychological well-being, the many other benefits our patients’ value are detailed below:

  • Reduction in the risk of chronic disease – such as Type 2 Diabetes
  • Improved condition of the heart and lungs
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Increased energy levels
  • Better coordination, agility and flexibility 

If you are interested in the treatment and want to find out more about it, please do get in touch with the clinic by phoning us on 01225 700072.

Seven Steps to Better Self-Care

You might have heard the term ‘Self-Care’ quite a few times over the last year, it might sound indulgent, but self-care is vital for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. This week on the blog we want to give you our top ten tips to help you practice good self-care so that you can feel your best.

1. Start your day with a routine that brings joy

It is very uplifting to build enjoyable rituals into your daily routine, and they don’t have to be complicated. They can be anything from your taking time to really enjoy your favourite cup of tea or coffee, reading a few pages of a book or magazine, or some gentle stretching to wake-up your body in the best way.

2. Drink plenty of water

We often wake-up a little dehydrated so starting your day with a glass of water and continuing to drink plenty more throughout the day will really help. Skin is an organ, made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not hydrated it is far more likely to become dry, tight and flaky and therefore more prone to wrinkling, so staying hydrated will keep you looking good too!

3. Make a meal plan for the week

Eating healthy, fresh foods daily can become tricky when you’re time poor. By pre-planning your meals ahead of time, you can reduce unhealthy impulse purchases and ensure that each day is filled nutritious and delicious meals.

4. Maintain a good posture

Posture plays a big role in your physical well-being. Most work environments involve computers that are rarely set-up in the optimum way, which often means people hunching over their keyboards without realising. Ask your employer for a desk rick assessment to ensure that your work station meets health and safety requirements to help keep your spine aligned. Keeping your posture correct will help to reduce any back pain and injuries as well as making you look and feel more confident.

5. Practice some physical activity for 30 minutes every day

Making sure you fit in at least 30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise a day is just as good for your mental health as it is your physical health. This can be anything from a brisk walk to a gym session and don’t forget we have a Fitness Suite at the clinic that can help you to achieve this. One way to ensure you adhere to this practice is to make it social – having friends or family who support your overall health and life goals can help you to stay committed and motivated as well as making your exercise more fun too!

6. Take time to detox from technology every day

It’s important to take time to breathe and not feel the pull of the outside world. Self-care can be as simple as putting your phone away for 10 minutes to give yourself time and space with your own thoughts. Having strong boundaries around work emails, texts, calls, and social media can help you create more downtime, which helps to reduce stress.

7. Get a good night’s sleep

The aim for all adults should be 7-9 hours sleep a night, but the majority of adults in the UK get less that 7 on average. Getting sufficient sleep is vital for your well-being. During sleep, your brain eliminates toxins, consolidates memories, and builds new neural pathways meaning you can practice self-care whilst you are dreaming!

Start 2020 in the Best Way

This year we want to help you put yourself first, so that you feel good and make a positive start to this brand new year.

A great way to start 2020 is with a yearly review, where you dedicate some time to take stock and appreciate all of the accomplishments you made last year.

Here are some thought starters to help you really step back and look at 2019 in a positive light. It might be a good idea to write these down if you’re doing this exercise on your own. You could also use them as discussion points if you carry this exercise out with a partner, friend or family member.

  1. What were some of my best accomplishments last year?
  2. What steps did I take to improve my life?
  3. What steps did I take to improve my relationships?
  4. What changes did I make to my life that are now making me happier?
  5. What do I wish I had given more time to?

Consider these questions in relation to all areas of your life, there are no wrong answers or accomplishments that are too small. Evaluating your year like this will help you appreciate all of the positive achievements of the year as well as helping you to identify areas you’d like to make further improvements so that you can set yourself new goals for the coming year.

The most important thing is to prioritise yourself this year, make time for yourself each day to work toward your goals, because when you are feeling happy and fulfilled you can offer more to the people around you. Next week we’ll be sharing our top tips for self-care.