Skin cysts

What is a cyst?

Cysts are most commonly slow-growing fluid-filled pockets of tissue that appear as lumps beneath the surface of the skin. Sometimes they can contain pus or other materials. They can appear anywhere on the body and often feel like a small smooth growth beneath the skin’s surface.

What should I do if I have a cyst?

Most cysts are benign and painless can be left alone once checked unless they cause the individual distress or they become infected or rupture.

However, if you notice a lump like this and you aren’t sure what it is, it’s always the best idea to consult your GP for a diagnosis to make sure it’s okay to leave it.

Can I get a cyst removed?

There are several methods in which cysts can be treated and removed. At Snowberry Lane Clinic we use the process of Radio Surgery to remove cysts, which is a similar process for mole removal – read more here.

Radio Surgery is a technique that allows the surgeon to cut and cauterise at the same time, which means the process is quicker and cleaner minimising the risk of complications.

The removal of a cyst more often than not requires a few stitches, which will create a small scar, so it’s important to be aware of this before deciding to proceed with treatment.

What next?

If you are interested in discussing treatment for the removal of a cyst including booking procedure and prices, please give us a call on 01225 700072 or request a call back at a time convenient for you here.

Caring For Your Hands

Our hands go through an awful lot on a daily basis. In this week’s blog post, we discuss ways of protecting our hands from the elements and keeping them smooth, soft, and full of life. These simple steps will help to keep your hands looking and feeling great.

Clean your hands correctly

To most people, this could well be blindingly obvious, but for best results you should wash your hands with warm water and use a soap brand that is antibacterial. By using warm water, it is the effective method for removing bacteria and unwanted germs. Rinse your hands and apply a small amount of antibacterial soap. By rubbing your hands together, cleansing the back of your hands, knuckles and fingernails, you’ll rid yourself of any bacteria or germs on your hands.

Dry hands after washing

Drying hands after washing is more important than you think, if left wet, the water will evaporate from the skin leaving your hands dry and damaged.

Moisturise

Use a lotion that is specific for your hands. By keeping your hands hydrated they stay smooth and soft for longer. Keep moisturisers in places that are easily accessible when you need them such as your handbag, your bedside table or in your car. Always choose moisturisers with an SPF of factor 30 or more, this will help prevent against sun damage, which can lead to age spots.

Exfoliate your hands

If your hands are prone to rougher skin, ensure exfoliating your hands is part of your routine. Be mindful to avoid exfoliators with plastic micro beads as these are bad for the environment, and steer clear of exfoliators containing crushed fruit kernels as these are jagged and can cause damage to your skin.

The use of hand sanitiser

You might be away and not have adequate facilities to wash your hands so the use of a hand sanitiser will keep your hands clean and fresh while you’re on the go. Be sure to moisturise after using hand sanitiser as the alcohol contained in the gel can dry your hands out when used frequently.

Manicures

Treating yourself to manicure every now and then will help to keep your hands healthy and nourishe your nails.

Treatments for hands

Mesotherapy

This treatment helps to minimise lines and wrinkles on the hands to make them look younger and rejuvenated. Mini injections are targeted at the cells that cause issues, these can be areas which are dull, loose or lacking vitality. A solution filled with natural amino acids and vitamins creates a balance for co-enzymes to thrive, leading the skin to appear more youthful and rejuvenated.

Photo Dynamic Rejuvenation Skin Treatment

Procedures like this can help to alleviate wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging. A cold gel is applied to the damaged area and intensive pulse light targets the damage to reduce the appearance of the signs of aging.

If you would like more information on skin care or any more of our treatments available at the clinic then please call us on 01225 700 072 or get in touch via the contact page.

Birthmarks

Birthmarks are a natural mark on the skin. They occur during birth or soon after. There are different types that include vascular and pigmented birthmarks.

Vascular birthmarks can appear on the face and head area.  If blood vessels are on the surface of the skin are affected, a vascular birthmark will appear in the colour of pink, purple or red. Types of vascular marks include the Salmon Patch, Infantile haemangioma and Port Wine Stain.  Salmon marks are pink or red and can appear on the neck, forehead or eyelids of a baby. It’s the most common vascular birth mark.  Infantile haemangiomas are usually raised patches on the skin and appear red. Port Wine Stain birth marks are flat purple or red marks that affect a tiny number of new born babies. They vary in size.

The colours of pigmented marks are brown coloured or tanned skin marks. They can appear all over the body. Types of pigmented birthmarks are Mongolian spots, Café-au-lait spots and congenital melanocytic naevi   Mongolian spots appear in the colour of blue, grey and are visible from when the baby is born. Café-au-lait spots are coffee coloured patches that are visible on a lot of children. Congenital melanocytic naevi are large black or brown moles that are visible on a baby from birth.

Some people find their birthmarks a cause for self-consciousness and decide to have them removed. At Snowberry Lane Clinic we offer a treatment that safely and effectively helps to remove or reduce the appearance birthmarks from the skin.

Cosmetic Laser Surgery

What is it?

Cosmetic laser surgery can be used to help diminish the appearance of birthmarks and in some cases leave your skin smooth and unblemished. The treatment involves using a laser over the birthmark which then generates heat energy to breakdown the targeted area.

Is it safe?

The treatment is non-invasive, so has shorter down-time than some other  more traditional treatments. You will receive top of the range care that is suited to your individual circumstances.

What happens before the procedure?

An initial consultation will take place and you will be able to discuss everything with the practitioner who is going to perform your treatment. You will learn what is going to happen and see examples of other patients who have already gone through the surgery.

If you would like more information on birth marks or the treatments available for the condition then please contact Snowberry Lane or call us on 01225 700072.

Skin Texture

As we mature, our skin changes, we develop wrinkles and the texture altars over time and can become rough or damaged depending on how well we look after it. Skin texture can be affected by many factors over our lifetime, such as becoming dried and cracked in cold weather or air-conditioning, or over exposure to the sun causing pigment damage.

Laser and non-invasive treatments are a popular method to help improve the texture of your skin.  Our cosmetic treatments can help deal with a number of skin conditions. In this week’s blog post we look at the different options available here at Snowberry Clinic.

Photo Rejuvenation

Photo Rejuvenation uses intense pulse light is used to improve variety of skin imperfections from wrinkles to age spots. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be tailored to your skin type and the specific skin condition.

Treating Adult Acne

We have a range of acne scarring treatments available, including microdermabrasion, cosmetic laser surgery and a range of chemical and non chemical peels designed to reduce the extent of existing marks left behind by acne.

Microsdermabrasion

If you’d prefer a treatment that doesn’t use lasers, chemicals or needles we offer Microdermabrasion as an effective treatment to refresh your complexion. During the treatment medical grade crystals are passed over the skin’s surface through a process of exfoliation. The new, living skin cells beneath this top layer remain leaving a refreshed youthful appearance.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy can help to rejuvenate the skins appearance by stimulating the collagen beneath the surface of the skin. Working through a series of very fine, virtually painless injections, Mesotherapy introduces a medically designed nutrient and vitamin rich solution under the skin that stimulated the cells and can result in a refreshed appearance.

If you would like more information on the treatments above or any other treatments available please call us on 01225 700 072 or contact us via the website.

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