Getting Ready for Wedding Season

Newly married couple.

In the UK the Wedding Season runs from May to September, it is no coincidence that this coincides with our busiest months at the clinic. We want to tell you about some of the most popular treatments during this period and how to time them perfectly.

RADIOSURGERY

This treatment is designed for the removal of moles, lumps and bumps. It allows for precision cutting of the skin using a very thin wire, the wire is heated with radiowaves which means the blood vessels are sealed as it cuts making for a clean and efficient removal.

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.

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

BOTOX

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

New Years Resolutions 2019

Happy New Year from everyone at Snowberry Lane Clinic, we hope 2019 has started well for you and will continue to be a good year!

We’ve got some exciting plans for 2019, including a new member of staff who will be bringing some new treatments to the clinic so watch this space for more information!

This year we are starting our new year with the time honoured tradition of setting ourselves some resolutions, but as I’m sure most of you have experienced, it can often be really hard to keep them going so here are 5 simple steps to give you a better chance of making them stick:

  1. Keep the list as short as possible, focus is best – don’t spread your efforts too thinly. One goal achieved will feel better than ten missed targets.
  2. Break the overall goal into smaller bite-sized goals with deadlines where possible. This allows you to win small victories and feel a sense of achievement.
  3. Reward yourself when you complete things that contribute to the overall aim to help to keep you on track and motivated.
  4. Tell your nearest and dearest about your ambitions, this introduces accountability as well as support.
  5. Give yourself some grace if you slip up, treat failures as minor set-backs and steer yourself back on course, don’t use these hiccups as a reason to give-up all together.

Year on year the most common resolutions in the UK focus on fitness and weight loss which is why we are taking the time to let you know a little bit more about the weight loss treatments and procedures and the new Fitness Studio available at Snowberry Lane.

Frequently the way people approach their weight loss resolutions is to greatly reduce what they eat on a daily basis or eliminate certain food groups entirely. As you can imagine this is quite a shock to the system and is not ideal for everyone that tries it, often leading to people not being able to stick to the plan, or yo-yo dieting. We try to encourage more sustainable methods that include fitness and lifestyle changes. The first step to any treatment is always a consultation to determine the best treatment option for each individuals needs and aims. Below we outline some treatment options to give you an idea of what we can offer:

Alevere Weight Loss Therapy

This uses a combination of treatments as well as a food plan, which is personalised to your own situation. Alevere therapy helps you not only benefit from the treatments but understand more about how the body works which will help you in any long term weight loss goals you might have as well. As part of your subscription to Alevere you get unlimited access to our Fitness Studio. You can read more about Alevere weight reduction therapy here.

Fitness Studio

Our Fitness Studio opened last year and compromises of a convenient and safe space in which to work out using:

 Static Rowers
 Static Bikes
 Free weights
 Resistance bands
 Kettle bells
 Stepper

We currently have a New Years offer for any clients who are interested in signing up to a monthly membership for the studio. Give us a call on 01225 700072 to find out more.

Weight Loss Surgery

Our surgical options could be helpful to people who are concerned by the longer recovery times of traditional surgeries. Weight loss surgery options at Snowberry Lane are minimally invasive or non invasive and can therefore reduce recovery times considerably. You can read more about our weight loss surgery options which include Bodytite and Body Jet by visiting our dedicated weight loss surgery page here.

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 Gift List

Now that Christmas is just around the corner we thought we’d share our last minute gift ideas that you can pick up at the clinic.

Gift Vouchers

For first-timers

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 or contribution towards their first treatment is a very popular choice. Our gift vouchers are for any value and are valid for a year from the date of the purchase.

For old-timers

If you know someone who comes to the clinic for regular treatments then a voucher of any denomination to contribute towards their treatment cost could be a very thoughtful gift.

Stocking Fillers

Make-up

We have a 20% reduction offer on our last batch of BPC make-up as we are discontinuing the range, so pop in and grab a bargain today! We also have Jan Marini make-up, from pressed foundation to blushers, eye shadows and eyebrow kits that would be the perfect items to sneak into a loved ones stocking. BPC and Jan Marini are skin specialists, creating products rooted in skin care.

Moisturisers

We stock lots of lovely moisturisers including Epionce and Obagi that are an ideal gift for someone who likes taking care of their skin. Epionce is paraben and fragrance free so is suitable for sensitive skin types. Obagi products have been designed by medical skin care specialists so contain ingredients that help to combat certain issues like acne, sun damage and wrinkles too.

Sun cream

We also carry lots of different sun creams and hydrating moisturisers with factor 30SPF and above that would be perfect if you know someone who’s already dreaming of their trips away in 2019 or even if you know someone who’s chasing some winter sunshine!

Hopefully we’ve helped with a few simple ideas, all of which are available from the clinic for a stress-free shopping experience!

Give us a call on 01225 700072 if you’d like to chat to someone, or pop in and say hello! We look forwards to seeing you!

Sun safety myths – true or false?

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 bust 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 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 and 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 treatment options please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Obagi in the spotlight!

It’s not just us who are big fans of Obagi products – we’re very excited to share 6 recent press features where Obagi products have been selected as top performers in their category.

Obagi Radiance Peel

In Vanity Fair’s Best New Facials of 2017, the Obagi Radiance Peel is called out as a great way to get your skin ‘glowing’ ahead of a big event.

Click here for Vanity Fair article

Obagi Professional-C Serum

Look! Magazine selected Obagi Professional-C Serum as a good treatment for acne scarring as it can help to ‘fight discolouration, increase skin cell turnover and improve texture.’

Click here for Look! article

The Telegraph revealed that Vitamin C was the most searched for beauty product of 2017 and selected Obagi Professional-C Serum as one of it’s top 3 products containing Vitamin C.

‘Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten and smooth your skin. It’s one of the most power antioxidants and helps protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and encourage wrinkles and sagging.’

Click here for Telegraph article

The Sun put Obagi Professional-C Serum to the test and chose it as their top ‘Luxury’ product to ‘make your skin glow this spring’. Here’s the full review:

  • ‘Promises to protect and perfect the skin, leaving it healthier and brighter.
  • It has a lower vitamin C concentration than the mid-range product so I used it twice a day on cleansed skin and achieved great results.
  • It has a lovely smell and the serum penetrates skin really well.
  • My skin tone was much improved and looked clearer and more even.
  • Yes, it is pricey – but it really does work.’

Click here for The Sun article

Obagi Hydrate moisturiser

Obagi Hydrate moisturiser has been featured in Reveal Magazine. It was selected by Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting as an excellent moisturiser to use when going through acne treatment, which can have a drying effect on your skin.

Click here for Reveal article

Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion

Dr Sarah Tonks an Aesthetic Doctor, selected Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion as the best spot treatment:

‘I like the Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion, it contains glycolic acid and camomile. Glycolic acid to unblock the pores, hyaluronic acid to prevent your skin from getting too dry and camomile is great for inflamed skin such as acne.’

Click here for Cosmopolitan article

If you’re interested in discussing what Obagi can do for you give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Day 19: Laser Hair Removal

SUMMARY: Laser Hair Removal uses a medically designed laser beam that passes through the surface of the skin to reach the hair follicle, causing the follicle walls to collapse so the hair will no longer grow.

BEST FOR TREATING: Unwanted hair with a dark pigment

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 6 minimum

TREATMENT TIME: 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 might be required depending on the individual. This is usually annually or less

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.

Day 17: Facetite & Necktie

SUMMARY: Facetite uses Radiofrequency to safely heat the target area beneath the skin to help reduce fat and tighten skin by stimulating collagen.

BEST FOR TREATING: Small pockets of fat in the jowel area and beneath the chin

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 1

TREATMENT TIME: 1 hour

ANAESTHETIC: Local anaesthetic injection

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some slight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruising and swelling

BACK TO WORK: Normally 7 days

DURATION OF RESULTS: 5-7 years

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.

 

Day 6 – Laser Vein Treatment

SUMMARY: Laser Vein Treatment uses a medically designed laser beam that passes through the surface of the skin to reach the blood vessels, causing the vessel walls to collapse and later dissolve within the body.

BEST FOR TREATING:

 

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

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 2 minimum

 

TREATMENT TIME: 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

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.

Day 5 – RadioSurgery

SUMMARY: RadioSurgery uses a special handpiece housing a very thin wire, which carries radiowaves. These radiowaves heat the wire allowing it to cut the skin and seal the blood vessels at the same time allowing for clean and efficient removal of skin lesions.

BEST FOR TREATING:

 

  • Unwanted moles
  • Cysts
  • Overstretched earlobes

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 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

 

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.