Your Top 5 Tattoo Removal Questions Answered

Tattoo Removal is one of the most popular procedures available at Snowberry Lane Clinic, with many people seeking to remove black ink tattoos that they now no longer want. Tattoo removal works by using laser technology, that delivers short pulses of laser light energy to the tattooed area. The dark pigment in the ink absorbs this energy and is destabilising and breaking it down.

  1. How many treatments are needed?
    The removal of a tattoo is a big commitment, it takes multiple treatments over a long period of time and the number of treatments needed depends on the size and age of the tattoo as well as the individual’s skin type. On average around 10 treatments are needed. Each treatment must be 2 months apart in order to let the skin heal itself properly, so as you can see it takes years to fully remove a tattoo.
  • Does it hurt?
    The short answer – yes. We try to minimise discomfort with topical anaesthetic cream, but much like getting a tattoo, it is not a pain free process. People liken this treatment to the sensation of a rubber band being flicked against the skin.
  • What happens after the treatment?

After the procedure a dressing will be applied to treated area which can stay in place for up to 24 hours. There will be some whitening to the skin and in some cases some redness, swelling and very light bleeding.

  • What are the results?
    After a full course of treatments, you can expect for the tattoo ink to be completely removed, leaving next to no trace of the tattoo. In some cases, if the full course is not completed, very slight ghosting can occur, giving the very faint appearance of the old tattoo, but for some clients the tattoo is still reduced enough to cover up or be unnoticeable.
  • Why should I choose Snowberry Lane?
    Snowberry Lane has been carrying out this treatment for 16 years, making it one of the most experienced clinics in the UK. Our expert team carry out this procedure on a daily, basis so can use this wealth of experience to help give you the best results.

Since every tattoo is different, a face-to-face consultation is the best way to find out how we can help you. If you would like to make a consultation, or to learn more about this service, please contact us on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

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.

The Key Benefits of Laser Liposuction

Laser Liposuction such as BodyJet can offer a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction, it uses a very thin cannula to deliver a specially designed medical solution into the fat tissue. This encourages the fat to lose structure, so it becomes loosened allowing for it to be removed using suction.

Who is BodyJet suitable for?

This treatment is recommended as an option for people who are happy with their overall weight but looking to reduce fat in problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Reduced Invasiveness

Traditional Liposuction is a more invasive treatment requiring general anaesthetic (putting the client fully to sleep) 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 is designed to be more gentle, requiring only a local anaesthetic (numbing of the treatment area only). 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

With Bodyjet a proportion of fat is removed at the time of treatment, but further fat cells are 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

BodyJet does 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.

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.

Everything you need to know about Laser Hair Reduction

Two of the most popular methods of hair removal are shaving and waxing, which although both are proven to be effective, require regular maintenance and can have negative side effects such as ingrown hairs and damage to the skin’s surface. Laser Hair removal aims to offer a long lasting solution to unwanted hair by collapsing the hair follicles so that hair can no longer grow.

Laser Hair Reduction is best for treating unwanted hair with a dark pigment, this is because dark hair facilitates the travel of the laser’s energy. Unfortunately light hair is not able to be treated in the same way.

Number of treatments: 6-9 minimum, treatments need to be spaced around the hair growth cycle so 6-10 weeks apart. It’s important to consider this if planning the treatment for a particular date.

Getting ready for Treatment:

  1. Steer clear of the sun. You cannot receive treatment if you are tanned or sunburned so you need to avoid sun exposure in the month lead up to treatment (this includes sun beds).
  2. Stop waxing. Laser hair removal requires the presence of the hair to reach the follicle, this means you can’t wax before treatment.
  3. Final preparation. The day before your treatment you’ll need to remove the hair in the treatment area by shaving.

Treatment Duration: 30-60 minutes

Anaesthetic: Topical anaesthetic cream

Sensitivity Period: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment. You might experience some redness after treatment, which is a common side effect and should only lasts a few hours. Immediately after treatment, we recommend you avoid activities such hot baths, saunas and exercise) that create excess body heat.

Back To Work: Straight away, there’s no downtime for treatment, but if you’ve had treatment on your face you might not want to go back to work immediately.

Duration of Results: Top up treatments might be required depending on the individual. This is usually annually or less

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072.

How to stay safe in the Summer sun

The majority of the clients that visit our clinic are looking for anti-ageing treatments, and sun damage is the most common cause of premature ageing. We want to share our 4 top tips to help you look after your skin in the sun so that you can stay looking youthful for longer.

1. Use sun cream everyday

UV is present whatever the weather so sun cream should be worn on the face and other exposed areas daily throughout the year.

It is important to know that not all sun creams are created equal, so be careful in your selection:

  • Make sure it’s a broad spectrum cream carrying a UVA and UVB symbol
  • If it has a star rating, use a minimum 4 star
  • Make sure it has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above
  • Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF 30+ lip balm

Storing and applying sun cream:

  • Store in cool place
  • Keep an eye on the expiry date, and replace once out of date
  • Apply generously 20 minutes before sun exposure
  • Reapply every 2 hours (more frequently if perspiring or after swimming)

2. Cover up with clothing

This is a super simple one – covering your skin with the right clothing can be one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun.

  • Cover any skin that is exposed and not protected with sun cream, especially areas that can easily burn such as neck and shoulders
  • Clothing with a closer weave will provide more even protection
  • Wearing a hat with a wide brim is a great way to protect the face, neck and ears
  • Be careful with sports caps – they do protect the face, but they leave the neck and ears exposed

3. Stop the squint with sunglasses

The way that we move our facial muscles creases the surface of the skin, which overtime creates wrinkles. Squinting in the sun is one of the big culprits contributing to accentuating smile and frown lines – put a stop to this with sunglasses.

  • Look for glasses carrying the European Standard ‘CE’ Mark, UV 400 or British Standard Mark as this ensures the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.
  • Look for a close fit to the face, any large gaps between your eyes and the lenses will reduce your protection by allowing UV rays to reach your eyes.

4. Stay in the shade

Shade can provide excellent sun protection and should be used to keep your skin safe:

  • Seek shade when possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day between 10am and 4pm when UV penetration is strongest
  • Never rely on shade alone, always combine with the protective measure listed above

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

How is HIFU revolutionising facial rejuvenation treatment?

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, the way that this ground breaking treatment works is through a specially designed hand-piece that delivers thermal energy in the form of multiple beams of ultrasound to stimulate collagen. It is the collagen within the skin that gives us a more youthful appearance and HIFU works to activate this, helping to contract and tighten the surface of the skin. HIFU is specially designed to penetrate the layer of the skin which is tightened during traditional facelift surgery, however, as HIFU is non-invasive the downtime is significantly reduced and the cost of treatment is much lower.

What issues can HIFU be used to treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the face
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet and smile lines
  • Double chins
  • Neck and jowl area

Treatment Duration: HIFU treatment takes 30-90 minutes depending on individual requirements

Sensation during treatment: It is common to experience some discomfort and a tingling sensation depending on the intensity.

Number of treatments required: Most commonly only one to two sessions are required. Maintenance required every 6 months.

Sensitivity period: Immediately after treatment, the skin is likely to appear red for a few hours, some clients experience slight swelling and tenderness for up to a week after treatment. The areas can be calmed with ice packs if required, further advice will be given during the consultation and in the aftercare paperwork.

Visibility of results: Normally some improvement can be seen within 3 to 4 weeks following treatment, with further improvements developing for up to six months. Results ordinarily last for 6 months or more.

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

What can we do about unwanted veins?

Here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we offer two main treatments to help with unwanted veins such as broken, thread or spider veins. These veins can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly the face and legs. In appearance they are very thin, and sit just below the surface of the skin, they are often red, blue or purplish in colour.

Treatment option 1 – Laser Vein Treatment:

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.

Best for treating:

  • Thread veins
  • Spider veins
  • Facial veins
  • Thin leg veins

Number of treatments: 2 minimum

Treatment Duration: 30-60 minutes

Anaesthetic: Topical anaesthetic cream

Sensitivity Period: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment

Back to work: Straight away

Duration of results: Top up treatments required as veins reoccur. This is usually annually or less

Treatment option 2 – Microscleratherapy

Microscleratherapy uses a specially designed solution that is injected into the target veins, it works by restricting blood flow to the vein and causing it to fade and in some cases disappear. This treatment is designed to activate the bodies natural repair process, which is why some clients can experience light bruising in the treatment areas. Within a few days this dies down and after a few weeks patients are left with uniform colouring around the skin.

Best for treating: Thread and spider veins on the legs

Number of treatments: 1-2

Treatment Duration: 30 minutes

Anaesthetic: Topical anaesthetic cream if requested

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

Back to work: Next day

Duration of results: Can be permanent but it depends on the individual as veins can reoccur

If you would like to know more about our treatments for unwanted veins then please get in touch by calling us on 01225 700072.

Introducing our newest treatment: Semi Permanent Make-up for Brows

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 reason that the treatment is not permanent is that 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 treatment 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.

What is Radio Surgery and what is it used for?

Radio Surgery is a specialist treatment that uses a hand-piece housing a very thin wire loop, carrying radio-waves. These radio-waves heat the wire, which helps to seal the blood vessels while the skin is being cut, this increases the cleanliness and efficiency of the treatment versus just using a scalpel.

Radio Surgery is used primarily for removing unwanted lumps and bumps from the skin, including:

  • Moles (both raised and flat)
  • Cysts
  • Lipoma
  • Skin Tags

However it can also be used to help repair torn or over-stretched earlobes by removing excess skin.

Treatment Summary:

Number of treatments required: 1

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes

Anaesthetic: Local anaesthetic injection

Sensitivity period: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment depending on the procedure.

Back to work: Straight away or the following day depending on the procedure.

Duration of results: Permanent, although some issues can reoccur.

The all-important question: Will it leave a scar?

When a legion is removed from the skin, it is impossible for the skin beneath to match the skin around it exactly, as the newly exposed skin has not been exposed to the same conditions as the surface skin that has been exposed.

When a raised mole is removed, the skin beneath behaves like a small graze on the surface of the skin. After 4-6 weeks there will commonly be a slight pink blemish or lighter area of skin that will take time to adjust and change, but is normally not too noticeable. Over time this area of skin will become less and less noticeable.

When a flat mole or cyst is removed, a slightly larger incision is often needed, and commonly stitches are required. If this is the case the stitches will be as small and neat as possible, once the stitches have been removed the scar will commonly be slightly pink in colour and should change over time to appear closer to your normal skin tone.

To find out more about the treatments, or to talk to a specialist at the Clinic, you can get in touch today by calling 01225 700072.

Introducing Our New Team Member: Dr Ian Strawford

Dr Strawford will be carrying out some of our existing surgical procedures such as the Laser Liposuction treatments, as well as bringing some brand new specialist treatments to the clinic – so watch this space!

Dr Strawford is a member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine and a member of The Association of Surgeons and Primary Care. He has many years experience as a GP and as a Cosmetic Practitioner and is an International Trainer.

The reason that Dr Strawford is a great fit for Snowberry Lane Clinic is that he shares our commitment to the provision of high quality, safe and meticulous care, to help enable our clients to look and feel their best with treatments that provide natural looking results.

Dr Strawford is dedicated to keeping his knowledge and skills up-to-date so that he can remain at the forefront of the industry. He is regularly invited to speak and train at cosmetic conferences both in the UK and internationally.