Everything You Need to Know about Earlobe Repair & Reconstruction

On the blog today we’re going to walk you through you what happens during an earlobe repair procedure.

Traditionally, repairing the earlobe would be done with a scalpel, which would mean that the area would be prone to more bleeding, reducing the precision and efficiency of the procedure and increasing recovery time. At Snowberry Lane Clinic we use Radiosurgery, which uses a specially designed handpiece containing a very thin wire. Radio waves are passed along the wire which seals the blood vessels while the cutting is occurring, reducing bleeding and making for a cleaner more efficient and precise procedure.

Here’s a video so you can see it for yourself:

As well as the procedure itself being more efficient, another benefit of Radiosurgery for earlobe repair is the reduced downtime. Following the treatment clients can return to their daily routine the following day. This would only be affected by the job of the client, as there may be some discomfort in the area while it heals, a job where ear defenders or any other apparatus that puts pressure on the treated area would require longer recovery time.

If you’d like to know more about this treatment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 01225 700072 or e-mailing us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Timing Treatments for Christmas

If you’re considering getting a cosmetic treatment that will give you the best results in time for Christmas, now is the time to get in touch with Snowberry Lane Clinic. Today on the blog we’ll be looking at timing treatments properly so that they will help you look and feel your best in the lead up to this special time of year.  

We often have clients looking to make an appointment for a treatment in the days leading up to a special occasion or event only to find they have left it too late. In almost all cases, it’s not the scheduling of the appointment that’s the issue, but the lack of knowledge around downtime and recovery. Many of the treatments we provide are non-invasive and have minimal downtime, but different treatments take different amounts of time to develop and achieve their best results, so it’s important to take this into consideration.

BOTOX:

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

Time it right: Allow for 6 weeks before event, 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 before event 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 before event 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

Why Choose Microdermabrasion?

In today’s blog we’ll be looking at microdermabrasion, how it works and what results patients can expect to achieve.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses specially designed microcrystals to gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells helping to rejuvenate the top layer of skin, which in turn helps to promote the natural growth of collagen underneath the surface. This treatment is designed to improve the appearance, texture and feel of the skin on the face.

What does the treatment involve?

During the treatment medical grade micro crystals are worked uniformly over the skin to cleanse the pores and target problem areas, this process activates the natural production of new skin cell growth helping to improve the appearance of the skin. Patients with minor acne and blackheads around the upper forehead and sides of the nose can benefit greatly from this treatment.

Is it painful and is their downtime?

Microdermabrasion is not painful at all. Many of our clients compare it to a getting an exfoliating facial treatment and even describe it as a ‘relaxing’ treatment. After Microdermabrasion you can return to your normal day-to-day routine with no downtime at all, which is what makes it a great treatment ahead of an event.

What results can I expect?

We recommend a course of 3-6 treatments to achieve the best results, however even after a single treatment, clients report their skin feeling softer, fresher and rejuvenated. It’s a great treatment to have in the build-up to an event, with clients reporting feeling like their skin was ‘glowing’ after a completed course of treatments.

If you’d like to find out more about Microdermabrasion, or any information on the non-invasive treatments we provide at Snowberry Lane, we’d love for you to get in touch. You can do this by e-mailing us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk or giving us a call on 01225 700072.

Semi Permanent Make-up Special

In the last few years there’s been a huge trend towards full, defined and bold eyebrows, long gone are the days of highly plucked thin brows. Some peoples’ brows are naturally fuller and thicker, but many people achieve this look with eyebrow pencil or other clever make-up solutions. This has lead to an uptake in people looking for a more permanent way to create this look that doesn’t require daily application.

Semi Permanent Make-up or SPMU, uses a specially designed facial tattoo machine to create the impression of hairs allowing us to enhance the appearance of your eyebrows in a way that appears natural.

Who is this treatment for?

  • Someone looking for an enhancement to their natural eyebrows
  • Someone who participates in sports that require make-up that can withstand athletic activities
  • Someone wishing to reduce the amount of time they need to spend on their daily make-up routine
  • Someone who is suffering from partial to full hair loss due to long-term conditions such as Alopecia or Cancer

How long does the treatment take?

SPMU treatment takes 90 minutes, depending on the individual client’s requirements. This includes the application of topical anaesthetic cream to numb the treatment area.

What should I expect after treatment?

After 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.

What are the different treatment options?

Ombre:

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:

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 more defined.

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

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.