The Importance of Self-Care

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Now more than ever, nurturing your physical and emotional well-being is of utmost importance. Here’s our handful of hints to help you support you in your quest for better self-care.

  • Start with a smile

Carve out a mini morning routine for yourself that involves something that brings you joy. This could be anything from stretching, to listening to a piece of music that you love or enjoying you favourite cup of tea or coffee.

  • Stay hydrated

This one is super simple, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is it good for your mind and your mood, but hydration is also excellent for your skin and will help you to look and feel your best.

  • Hold yourself high

Focusing on maintaining a correct posture can not only help to prevent aches and pains, but also boost your self-esteem, helping you feel and appear more confident.

  • Keep on moving

Make time each day to move and accelerate your heart rate, this could be anything from a brisk walk to a gym session.

  • Switch-off

Create boundaries around screen time, a constant stream of emails, texts, calls, and social media can increase stress and take you out of the moment. Switching off for as little as 15 minutes a day can help you to relax and stay present.

  • Treat yourself

Indulge in the things that make you feel good, whether that’s reading, having a bath or catching up with a friend. We offer some wonderfully relaxing treatments such as our Epionce Soothing Facials or Microdermabrasion that will leave your skin glowing.

  • Sleep well

Give yourself the opportunity to sleep between 7-9 hours a night, During sleep, your brain eliminates toxins, consolidates memories, and builds new neural pathways meaning you can practice self-care whilst you are dreaming!

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

New Year 2021

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Happy New Year from the team at Snowberry Lane Clinic. We’ve got some exciting plans for 2021, including the introduction of some new and exciting treatments so keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.

We’re all rooting for an excellent year after quite a tough 2020, so wanted to start with some resolutions. It feels great to start the year with good intentions, but these can easily give way to disappointment if we feel like we are falling short. We’d like to share our framework to making this year’s resolutions as achievable and rewarding as possible:

  • Don’t try and tackle too much at once, keep you list short, ideally 5 items or less – one goal achieved will feel better than ten missed targets.
  • Break any large goals into smaller parts with timings where possible. This will give you small victories along the path to achieving your main aim.
  • Reward yourself when you complete things that contribute to the overall goal.
  • Share your ambitions with people that you trust, this adds the element of accountability to help you stay on track.
  • Don’t give too much weight to minor set-backs, don’t let them derail your efforts, accept them and move on.

Year on year the most common resolutions in the UK focus on fitness and weight loss. If you are looking for a bit of help or advice in regards to fitness and weight loss please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01225 700072.

Christmas Close-down

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We’d like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The clinic will be closed for Christmas from 4pm on Thursday the 24th December until Saturday the 2nd of January 2021. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.

Starting Laser Hair Removal in Winter

Now that the cold weather has set in and we’re adding layers of clothing to stay warm rather than putting our skin on show, you might wonder why we want to talk Laser Hair Removal.

Laser Hair Removal is a safe and effective way of reducing the appearance of areas of unwanted hair. However, it requires multiple treatments, each of which have to be set several weeks apart to allow the hair in the treatment area to be in a state of growth. The reason that the hair has to be in a state of growth for the treatment to work, is to allow the laser to travel down the hair to the follicle, collapsing the follicle and preventing future hair growth.

Each individual responds differently to treatment, although as a guide most individuals require a minimum of 6-9 treatments with 6-10 weeks between each treatment, which means a full course of treatment could take approximately 8 months minimum. Starting treatment now would mean you would be able to see results next Summer.

Another benefit to starting treatment in Winter is that as part of the treatment process you need to ensure that the treatment area is not exposed to the sun, which is much easier to do in the colder months when we are wrapped up.

Treatment Summary:

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, spaced 6-10 weeks apart.

Getting ready for Treatment:

  1. Steer clear of the sun in the month lead up to treatment
  2. Stop waxing, the laser has to travel along the hair to work
  3. The day before your treatment you’ll need to remove the hair in the treatment area by shaving.

Treatment Duration: 30-60 minutes depending on area

Anaesthetic: Topical anaesthetic cream

Sensitivity Period: You might experience some discomfort and redness during and after treatment, which should only last a few hours.

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.

Gift Vouchers

If you’re stuck for an idea for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, why not get your friend or family member a Gift Voucher for Snowberry Lane Clinic? We can create a bespoke voucher for you for any denomination that will be valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Best for existing clients:

If you know someone who already comes to the clinic for treatments, then a voucher of any denomination to contribute towards this cost would be a very thoughtful gift.

Best for new clients:

If a friend or family member has spoken about wanting to come to the clinic, but hasn’t made that final step, then a £30 voucher for a consultation is a very popular choice.

Give us a call on 01225 700072 if you’d like to organise a bespoke Gift Voucher for you.

Our clinic will remain open

With the recent changes to Government guidelines, we want to update you on what that means for appointments at Snowberry Lane over the next few weeks.

We are pleased to inform you that we are able to remain open during the restrictions and will continue to treat as many clients as we can within the parameters of the government guidelines.

Why Are We Allowed To Stay Open?

We pride ourselves in providing patients with clinically proven treatments and products in a safe, medical environment. Not only is our clinic Care Quality Commission registered and compliant, but all of our doctors are registered by the General Medical Council.

According to the latest government guidelines, this means that we are classified as a medical provider and can carry out some of our medical treatments throughout lockdown.

The following measures and precautions are in place throughout our clinics to allow us to remain open safely:

✓ CQC registered with all procedures taking place in a clinical environment

✓ Daily COVID-19 temperature checks

✓ Track and trace system

✓ Social distancing

✓ Strict hand hygiene for all employees and patients

✓ All our employees will be wearing appropriate PPE for the best protection possible

✓ Thorough cleaning and disinfecting with a high-grade disinfectant between each appointment

What Do You Need To Know About Your Appointment?

Our team is currently working hard to contact all of our booked-in clients to confirm that their treatments and appointments can continue as planned, or rebook where necessary. As you can imagine, we have lots of clients to call so please bear with us while we get in touch with all affected clients over the next few weeks.

Our clinic is operating in the safest COVID-secure environment possible with industry leading safety protocols in place so when you do visit us you know you will be in safe hands.

We will continue to keep you up to date with all the latest information via email and on our website, but you can also follow us on social media for the latest news.

From all the team at Snowberry Lane, we thank you for your continued support.

Clinic Update 02.11.2020

Following the latest government announcement, we want to reassure you that Snowberry Lane Clinic will remain open until further notice, with your safety at the heart.

Please feel free to continue to attend your appointments as normal, we are operating in the safest COVID-secure environment possible with industry leading safety protocols in place. We always have, and always will provide the highest level of safety and care in our clinic.

As we navigate through these challenging times, our passionate and knowledgeable teams will continue to keep you up to date with all the latest information regarding new and existing bookings.

Look out for further information that will be shared tomorrow with details of our plans from Thursday onwards.

From all the team at Snowberry Lane Clinic, we thank you for your continued support

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

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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/