Week Two Treatments For Men: Skin

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Following on from last week we look at three more treatments that are popular with our male clients, this week focusing on skin.

Radiosurgery

 Who is this treatment is for?

Radiosurgery is most frequently requested by clients looking to remove lumps or bumps from the surface of the skin. However, it is also used for other more specialist treatments such as earlobe reconstruction.

How does it work?

The unique benefit of Radiosurgery versus scalpel based surgery is the increased efficiency of the process. The handpiece houses a very thin wire, which carries radiowaves that heat the wire. This process means that as the handpiece is used the cut the skin, the radiowaves are able to heat and seal any exposed blood vessels. This means that the area can be kept cleaner and the Doctor is able to work fore efficiently.

Read more about Radiosurgey here.

Botox

Who is this treatment is for?

Botox is most suitable for people looking to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on their face. Although most commonly used for anti-wrinkle treatment, because botox is a muscle relaxant it can also help with the treatment of migraines and hyperhydrosis.

How does it work?

Wrinkles are caused when the skin is manipulated by muscles contracting and relaxing, leaving visible lines where it is frequently creased.

Botox is injected into muscle tissue in small quantities, this relaxes the muscle leading to lines and wrinkles appearing softened. The effects of Botox are not permanent, they commonly last around 3 months so would need to be topped up four times a year to maintain the effect.

Read more about Botox treatments here.

Dermal Fillers

Who is this treatment is for?

Dermal Fillers are most suitable for people looking to add volume into the skin where it has been lost. A process of aging is the loss of collagen and volume in the skin, fillers help to reduce this aging effect.

How does it work?

Dermal fillers are designed to add volume beneath the skin, plumping the area and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The fillers themselves are made up of a highly purified form of a naturally occurring substance (hyaluronic acid) which gives skin a fuller texture and allows it to retain water, when injected in small volumes under the skin.

Read more about Dermal Fillers here.

Week One Treatments For Men: Weight Loss

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It’s a common misconception that the cosmetic industry caters solely for women, so today we’d like to introduce you to three of our weight loss treatments that are popular with our male clients.

Alevere Weight Loss Therapy

Who is this treatment is for?

Alevere Therapy is designed to help people loose large amounts of weight over a short period of time without resorting to surgery.

How does it work?

Alevere is a medically supervised weight loss plan. The approach has two tiers:

  1. Tier 1 is a medically designed meal replacement diet.

Alevere meals offer a broad selection of savoury to sweet options including hot and cold drinks as well. The majority of the meals are made from specially formulated mixes that are simple and easy to prepare.

  1. Tier 2 is a combination of non-surgical treatments.

A common problem with rapid weight loss is that often skin that has been stretched and lost elasticity struggles to shrink back to the new physique. To combat this we use Ultrasound Therapy to help break down stubborn areas of fat. We then follow this with LPG treatment to stimulate collagen and smooth the skin.

Read more about Alevere here.

Body Contouring for Men

Who is this treatment is for?

Body contouring includes treatments like Bodytite and Bodyjet, these are forms of surgical fat reduction that are most suitable for people with small stubborn areas of fat that they are unable to shift with conventional weight loss techniques.

How does Bodytite work?

BodyTite™ uses Radio Frequency Assisted Lipo Tightening (RFAL) to gently heat and therefore melt excess fat. After the fat is loosened and broken down in this way it becomes much easier to remove. The benefit of Bodytite versus traditional liposuction is that it is much less invasive, this means less downtimeand more natural looking results.

How does Bodyjet work?

Bodyjet uses pulses of medically designed fluid beneath the skin to loosen fat. Once the fat has been loosened it is then removed using a thin cannula. The fluid used in Bodyjet contains anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. The benefit of Bodyjet versus traditional liposuction is a local anaesthetic is used in the treatment area, the client is not put to sleep, so the treatment time and recovery time are greatly reduced. The method of treatment also allows good visibility and continuous assessment of the fat reduction throughout surgery allowing for more effective treatment.

Read more about body contouring for men here.

If you’d like any further information on any of the above treatments please give us a call on 01225 700072 or click here to arrange a callback.

Mole and cyst removal at Snowberry Lane Clinic

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we can help to remove moles and cysts that are troubling our clients. Today we’re going to explain what moles and cysts are; why they occur and how we can help to treat them.

Mole and Cyst Removal

What are moles?

Moles most commonly appear as small coloured spots on the surface of the skin. This is because they are made from a cluster of cells that produce the pigment in your skin, which is why they are commonly brown in colour (although they can be a variety of different shades and tones).

Moles are usually close to circular in shape with a well-defined edge. They can appear flush to the skin or raised in a small bump, some also have hair follicles growing from them. They can change in appearance over time, often without you realising. However, if you do notice any dramatic changes in the size and shape of a mole, or if they become itchy or inflamed it is always best to get it checked by your GP.

What are cysts?

A cyst is normally a dome shaped bump on the skin, this is caused by a small sac of fluid or other materials underneath the surface of the skin. Cysts can vary in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres across, they can also grow slowly over time. It is often difficult to be sure of what certain lumps and bumps are, and because some can be more dangerous than others it’s alays best to get them checked out by a Doctor to ensure they are harmless.

More often than not cysts don’t cause any discomfort and can be left alone once the Doctor has ensured they are benign. However, cysts can be prone to infection so if they become tender and sore please get them checked by your GP.

Why do cysts and moles occur?:

  • Skin type
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Hormones
  • Exposure to sun

How are moles and cysts removed?

The procedure we use is called Radiofrequency surgery. Radiosurgery is our treatment of choice as we find it to be the most effective procedure for promoting fast healing.

Dr Gabriel uses a specially designed hand piece with a very thin wire loop on the end, radio-waves are passed along the wire which allows the Doctor to cut and cauterise (a process of sealing the blood vessels), the skin at the same time, reducing bleeding and therefore making for a more efficient removal versus treatments that use scalpels.

Is the treatment painful?

Local anaesthetic is applied to the area to ensure the skin is numbed during treatment. The anaesthetic injections feel like small sharp scratches, after the anaesthetic is active you shouldn’t feel much in the area. Obviously everyone has different pain thresholds, but we do our utmost to ensure that you are comfortable.

Will it leave a scar?

When something is removed from the skin, it is impossible for the skin beneath the removal to match the skin around it exactly. When a raised mole is removed the skin immediately after the removal 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.

When a flat mole or cyst is removed, a slightly larger incision is often needed, and sometimes 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.

Want to know more?

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.

Alevere Special: The Treatments

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This week we discuss the combined treatments that form part of the Alevere Weight Loss Therapy programme.

As a client participating in the Alevere programme you would have weekly combined treatments of LPG (Lipomassage) and Ultrasound. The aim of this combined treatment approach is to help to shape your body and tighten your skin as you lose weight.

Why is Alevere different to other diets?

There are lots of different diets out there that can be effective and help you to lose weight. However, it is far too easy to lose weight in the wrong way. Drastically changing your diet (sometimes known as crash dieting) triggers your body’s survival mode, which means it’ll reduce your metabolic rate to hold on to the food it’s getting and it is likely to start breaking down muscle to power your brain. This leaves dieters feeling unwell and weak, and it’s incredibly hard to maintain.

If this weight is lost quickly and drastically, your body can also struggle to keep up and your skin that has been stretched does not regain its elasticity and is left appearing loose on your thinner frame. Alevere is designed to help you lose weight quickly whilst combating these negative side effects.

The treatments that form part of the Alevere Weight Loss Therapy programme work together to re-shape your body as you lose weight. This is achieved using two separate treatments. The first treatment is Ultrasound therapy to help break down stubborn areas of fat. During this treatment oil is applied to your skin which allows a specially designed hand piece to glide over your body, heating the treated areas to encourage fat breakdown.

The second treatment is LPG, which works to stimulate skin tightening and increase lymphatic circulation, meaning fat broken down by the Ultrasound treatment is easier to lose. During this treatment you would wear a specially designed body suit to facilitate the movement of the LPG hand piece. The LPG creates a vacuum like effect on the skin, stimulating collagen to help tighten and smooth the appearance of the skin and contour your body.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of both Alevere treatments:

It is also possible to have these treatments outside of the Alevere programme on their own if you are already in good shape and looking to tighten and smooth small areas of your body, we call this Med Contour.

If you’d like to talk to a member of the team for more details about Alevere Weight Loss Therapy or Med Contour, please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Alevere Special: The Food

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The focus of Alevere is fat loss through a medically controlled diet and treatment plan. The treatments that accompany Alevere help to focus the fat loss and contour the body. The meal supplements control your calorie intake and ensure the body focuses on fat burning. A common negative outcome of fat loss through diet is often muscle loss, this is because your brain is fuelled by glucose, and in weight loss mode it can look to get it’s fuel by breaking down muscle. Alevere works to protect your muscle mass and focus the body on burning fat by introducing protein at intervals throughout the day to feed you brain and maintain fat loss.

The foods that form the diet side of the Alevere plan are designed to suit a variety of different taste buds, from savoury meals and snacks through to sweeter desserts and drinks. The aim of the food supplements are not only to cause weight loss, but also to help you to reset your eating habits over the course of the plan, one way they do this is because they contain less sugar than foods you might be used to, so when you complete the programme and return to normal foods your palette will be less susceptible to sweet foods. The reason that this is important is because eating sweet foods makes your body not only crave more, but also more likely to choose a sweet food the next time you eat, so breaking this behaviour can help to encourage the maintenance of the weight loss after the completion of the programme.

To get an idea of what a meal within the Alevere programme might look like take a peek at our gallery here.

If you’d like to talk to a member of the team for more details about Alevere Weight Loss Therapy please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Weight Loss at Snowberry Lane

Everyday in the UK thousands of people search for weight loss solutions, each person trying to find the ‘newest’, ‘best’ and notably ‘quickest’ way to achieve weight loss.

The tricky thing is that there’s no blanket solution for this issue, what might work for someone may not work for the next person, leaving many people feeling deflated and uninspired after dedicating time and energy to something that promised big changes. Each individual is unique and therefore needs a unique solution to their problem, which is why we offer a range of treatments that we tailor to each client to ensure the best results.

Below we run through the top line details for a few of our most popular weight loss treatments, you can go on to read more about each treatment or give us a call on 01225 700072 to find out more.

Alevere Weight Loss Therapy is a completely non-surgical combination treatment. It combines non-invasive LPG and Ultrasound treatments that help to tighten the skin and contour the body with a medically designed diet. This combination approach enables rapid weight loss over a short period of time. Many of our clients who start the programme are often cynical about the potential to begin with, until they start to see the results themselves.

One of our Alevere clients wrote the following testimonial:

“I had high blood pressure and was getting lots of migraines and was overweight, I didn’t want to start taking pills so felt that I would try Alevere Weight Reduction Therapy. I saw the lovely team at Snowberry Lane Clinic and started back in September. I have lost nearly 3 stone and feel absolutely great. My blood pressure is now normal and I haven’t had a migraine since last year. The added bonus is I look great and have more energy, I would recommend this to everyone.”

Bodytite is minimally invasive surgical procedure. It uses Frequency Assisted Liposuction Tightening technology to gently heat and breakdown fat cells, which can then be removed. Follow the link here for more information, before and after photographs and a video showing how Bodytite works.

Body Jet is a water based liposuction surgery, which uses a special fluid to loosen fat cells from surrounding tissue in order to remove it via suction. The fluid used acts as an anaesthetic as well as helping to reduce swelling and bruising when compared with traditional liposuction.

Read for yourself a testimonial from one of our Body Jet clients:

“Having undergone the Body Jet procedure on my male chest area, I must say that I was very impressed with my experience at Snowberry Lane Clinic. I was made to feel very comfortable during my visit, and there was no discomfort at all throughout the procedure.

I was able to drive home straight after, and returned to work within a few days. As I do a manual job, there was some soreness and pulling but a lot less than I expected. Some bruising appeared on the third day, but after a few more days had completely gone.”

I am very pleased with the results, which were immediately noticeable, and they have slowly improved over the last five months. I thoroughly recommend the Body Jet procedure and Dr Gabriel and his team.”

If you’d like to know more about the weight loss treatments we provide here at Snowberry Lane Clinic, please give us a call on 01225 700 072.

The ‘Smarter’ alternative to Liposuction

Smart Lipo has always been a popular choice for people looking to shift problem areas of fat without more drastic forms of surgery, let us update you on the latest form of this non-invasive alternative to liposuction – Body Jet.

How does it work?

Body Jet, sometimes known as Laser Lipo, Aqua-Lipo or WAL uses  fluid that is channelled into the fat tissue to help break down the wall of the fat cells and make it easier for the fat to be removed via a thin suction cannula. The fluid used in this process is called infiltration fluid and contains ingredients to minimise pain and bruising.

How is it different to traditional Liposuction?

Body Jet uses a pulsating infiltration fluid spray that gently separates fat cells from other tissue, this means it is easier to remove these loosened cells and therefore less likely to cause trauma than traditional Liposuciton. The procedure does not require general anaesthetic, so it is a day procedure rather than needing an overnight stay.

Advantages of Body Jet include:

  • Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
  • Reduced pain, swelling and bruising
  • Short recovery
  • Less anaesthesia needed
  • Easily performed without general anaesthetic
  • Shorter operating times
  • Smoother results

Take a look at our before and after gallery to see some of our results for yourself.

If you’d like to know more or want to speak to a member of the team about any of our weight loss treatments please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Meet the team – Dr Rupert Gabriel

Dr Rupert Gabriel

Dr Gabriel was recently featured in a Medical Professionals segment for Bath Life, so we thought we’d share his Q&A with you.

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I run a cosmetic clinic in Wiltshire alongside my wife Ann, where we aim to increase or in some cases restore our clients’ confidence with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Our philosophy is to use our treatments to make improvements that look as natural as possible.

Proudest recent accomplishment?

It was Snowberry Lane Clinic’s 13th anniversary at the start of the year so I think that’s been my most recent source of pride, reaching this milestone and celebrating it in our new premises with new staff has been wonderful.

Any exciting news?

I’m incredibly excited about the latest results of our weight loss therapy Alevere. It’s a combined treatment involving medically designed meal substitutes and body contouring. At our latest count we’ve worked with 97 clients so far who have lost an incredible 1,130 kilos between them (that’s 180 stones if you’re old-school like me!).

Professional plans for 2016?

In 2016 I’d like to make sure the clinic stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine, we’re always keen to see how the industry is changing and learning new techniques and treatments so that we can offer the quality of service and results that our clients are looking for.

Biggest challenge in your professional life?

The biggest challenge I face, without a doubt, is time. I need more hours in the day to get more done! We’re incredibly busy at the clinic and it feels like you’re letting people down when you can’t see them straight away, hopefully they understand, and find that it’s worth the wait.

Biggest misconception about what you do?

I think the biggest misconception about the cosmetic industry as a whole is that it’s a quick fix. People often forget to consider downtime and are expecting results to be instantaneous, although some treatments do provide fast results most take time to develop especially when the focus is on natural-looking treatment.

What do you love about working in/around Bath?

Snowberry Lane Clinic is based in Melksham just outside of Bath, the best thing about working here is the countryside setting and the brilliant variety of clients that come to see us.

Dream client?

I love live music so a dream client would be Lianne La Havas, I saw her perform live in Bristol a few years ago with my wife and daughters, and she has an incredible voice.

Favourite subject at school?

It’s probably a little obvious, but I genuinely enjoyed the sciences when I was at school. I had a very inquisitive mind and they presented the most opportunity for discovery to me.

In your free time we’d most likely find you…

If the weather is good I’ll be mountain biking or motorbiking with friends, or if the weather forces me indoors I’m absolutely mad about table tennis, so I’d be playing that with my family or soon-to-be-son-in-laws!

Surprise us with something about yourself

Last year (with a lot of help from friends and family) I installed a water turbine at the weir in Bradford-on-Avon, this will help to generate green electricity for the local area and also to off-set the CO2 produced by the clinic. My dream is for the clinic to be carbon neutral to eliminate the negative impact our use of electricity has on the earth.

Get to know the rest of the team here.