FAQ Special – Blepharoplasty

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A Blepharoplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. An upper eyelid Blepharoplasty is designed to correct a ‘hooded eyelid’, where the skin beneath the eyebrow hangs over the eyelid. A lower eyelid Blepharoplasty surgically corrects the ‘bags’ beneath the eyes by removing a small amount of fat and skin from the lower eyelid.

Who performs the Blepharoplasty procedure at Snowberry Lane Clinic?

This procedure is performed by Mr Richard Caeser, a specialist in oculoplastic surgery with over 16 years experience. You can find out more about him here. At Snowberry Lane Clinic he performs Upper Lid Blepharoplasties only, however Mr Caeser also carries out lower lid procedures at some of his other surgical residencies in the local area.

What does an upper lid Blepharoplasty procedure entail?

Mr Caeser performs the procedure under local anaesthetic, which means that the client stays awake throughout the operation. The area is numbed but you might feel some pulling on the skin and a little discomfort. The incision line follows the natural crease of the upper eyelid so when the excess tissue is removed and the incision is closed it will be virtually indistinguishable once fully healed. If you’re not too squeamish you can watch a video of Mr Caeser performing the procedure here.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure itself takes one hour.

Does the procedure leave scars?

In most cases the client’s scars will appear pink for six months or more after surgery. After time, they will fade to look like a thin white line that follows the natural crease of the eyelid and is therefore difficult to see unless you know what you’re looking for. Mr Caeser says “ I aim for strangers to be unable to see the scars at 6 weeks, and your friends to be unable to see them by 6 months.”

What is the aftercare like for a Blepharoplasty?

Days after treatment:

For several days after treatment the client would need to keep their head elevated and use ice packs on the area to manage swelling. All activities should be kept to a minimum. Each individual is different when it comes to bruising, the first week is always the worst, and bruises can be visible around the area for 2-4 weeks.

One week after treatment:

Following surgery the stitches will be removed one week after treatment. At this point the swelling and bruising should start to subside. In the majority of cases clients feel able to get back to their normal routine including going back to work in 7-10 days, at this point is also possible to cover bruising with make-up if needed.

A few weeks after treatment:

For several weeks after surgery clients can experience a sensitivity to sunlight so suncream of Factor 30SPF or more should be worn as well as sunglasses to protect the eyes. Strenuous activities, especially those that raise your blood pressure should be avoided for about three weeks. Alcohol consumption should also be reduced dramatically or preferably avoided if possible as it causes fluid retention.

What are the risks and how can they be minimised?

  1. Infection of incision – this risk is reduced following sterile protocol and by using antibiotic ointment and tablets.
  2. The risk of haematoma or particularly bad bruising can be reduced by limiting activity for 2 weeks after surgery, not using aspirin and controlling swelling with ice packs and elevation.
  3. Visible scaring – the scar from this treatment should fade to a thin white line. However people can heal and scar in different ways, good care of the wound can help to prevent infection and more sever scarring.
  4. A Blepharoplasty can cause inflammation, which can effect the production of lubricating oil in the eyelids – causing dry eye. Eye drops can help to treat this and can be used up to a few months after the procedure.
  5. Any eyelid surgery carries the risk that it could damage the optic nerve. This is incredibly rare, but should still be a consideration when considering this treatment.

FAQ Special – Botox®

The use of Botox® for the treatment of wrinkles began in 2002, it is now the most popular product of it’s kind for the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles, followed by Dermal Fillers. In this post we answer the 8 most frequently asked questions about the treatment.

  1. What is Botox®?

‘Botox®’ is the brand name for a naturally occurring protein – Botulinim Toxin, it is used in incredibly small concentrations in injectible form to treat wrinkles.

  1. How does it work?

Botox® works by preventing communication between nerve cells and muscles, which relaxes the muscles reducing the movement that creases the skin causing visible wrinkles.

  1. What does the treatment entail?

The treatment usually lasts 30 minutes. Botulinim Toxin is injected under the surface of the skin in the required areas. The injections are very small and thin, our clients describe the sensation as feeling like a pinch or a small scratch.

  1. How long does it take for results to show?

It normally takes 24-48 hours to see visible results. Here at Snowberry Lane we try to ensure results are as natural looking as possible so we encourage coming back for a review 3 weeks after treatment to ensure all is well and to top-up or adjust if needed.

  1. Are there any side-effects?

Bruising around the injection area is the most common side effect experienced by our clients. Some clients may also experience a headache following treatment, however this is normally gone within 24 hours. During your consultation we will go through the full details of side-effects and aftercare to help you make an informed decision.

  1. How long do the results last?

The results normally last for 3-4 months, so when considering this treatment please bare in mind that it involves attending the clinic 3-4 times a year (not including reviews), to maintain the effects.

  1. When do people normally start getting Botox®?

In theory the best time to get Botox® treatment is when you start to notice that lines from facial movements such as frown lines and crow’s feet are becoming more visible and permanent. This occurs at different ages depending on your skin type and lifestyle, it is also totally up to the individual to decide if and when they want treatment, there’s no concrete answer. Our advice would be to take good care of your skin, especially protecting it from the sun to help your complexion stay smooth for longer.

  1. How much does it cost?

Prices vary from clinic to clinic, please call us on 01225 700072 for our prices and any further information.

Liposuction versus Non-invasive Fat Reduction

Some people have areas of fat that they are unable to shift through diet and exercise. Common problem areas include the lower abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks and upper arm areas.

For many years traditional Liposuction was the preferred treatment method to permanently remove these unwanted pockets of fat. However, as advancements in technology and medicine have arrived, now non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have become as popular offering benefits such as less downtime and requiring only local rather than general anaesthetic.

Here at Snowberry Lane Clinic we specialise in non-surgical alternatives to Liposuction including Bodyjet and Bodytite.

Pros & Cons of traditional and non-invasive Liposuction

Both treatments are recommended as options for people who are happy with their weight, but looking to reduce fat in problem areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Here we look at the advantages and disadvantages of both treatments.

Level of invasiveness

Traditional Liposuction is an invasive treatment requiring general anaesthetic 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 and Bodytite treatments are designed to be more gentle, requiring only a local anaesthetic. 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

Liposuction results are visible within 6 months, and you should be able to see some difference after the swelling has subsided after treatment. Bodyjet and Bodytite are two-fold, some fat is removed at the time of treatment, but some fat is 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

Liposuction usually asks patients to restrict everyday activities after the procedure for several days to two weeks. Our non-invasive alternatives do 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.

Which is Right for Me?

Traditional Liposuction still tends to be the choice for clients with larger areas of stubborn fat, as non-invasive alternatives are limited in the amount of fat the can remove, typically around the volume equivalent to two cans of soft drink. However, some negatives include higher cost, longer down time and greater risk of complications.

Non-surgical fat reduction such as Bodyjet or Bodytite are more suitable for candidates who are at their ideal weight but have smaller stubborn areas to remove. The negatives include less dramatic results that show more slowly over time and the potential to need multiple treatments.

What to do now?

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 or click here to request a callback.

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re just 10 days away from Christmas now so to prevent you from reaching panic stations and joining the late night shopping queues we’ve put together a little list of last minute gift ideas that you can pick up at Snowberry Lane 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 or contribution towards a consultation appointment is a popular choice.

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 stock beautiful BPC and 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 to ensure your skin is looked after properly when you apply their products.

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 fragrence 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 2017 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!

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.