Botox® is a trade name for the cosmetic drug botulin. There are several other brands that are perhaps less well-known but we always use genuine Botox®, made by the drug company Allergan. Botox® is very widely used for a range of different conditions. In fact, more Botox® is used to treat medical conditions - for example irritable bladder, muscle spasms and other conditions - than for cosmetic reasons. The drug works by temporarily relaxing muscles. Most people will start to see an effect on the area that’s been injected within a week, although for some people this happens within a few days. The effect typically wears off after around three months. Some people need higher doses of Botox® than others, to get the same result. We like to review your treatment two weeks after injection and adjust the effect, if needed, to get as close as possible to your ideal outcome.
Immediately after the injection, it’s important not to press too firmly or massage the area that’s been injected, otherwise the drug could be spread to other muscles near the injection area - such as the ones that keep your eyelids open, if you’ve had treatment in the brow. Eyelid droop is very rare and the effect always wears off but it will take three months to do so.
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|Both under-arm areas||£319|
The fillers we use are Juvederm - the latest and best range from the drug company Allergan, which has a long history of manufacturing safety and innovation. These are based on hyaluronate or HA, which is a natural substance in our skin that provides volume and a youthful appearance. As we age, there is less HA in our skin and fillers are a very effective way to support the skin and help to smooth lines and wrinkles. They work very effectively with Botox treatment.
Dermal fillers are gradually broken down by the skin’s natural processes over a period of between 6 to 18 months, or sometimes longer. We don’t use permanent fillers.
Because the filler is, for a period of time, providing support and smoothing skin lines we really want to reduce any chance of infection getting in. This is usually from bacteria, which are naturally present on the surface of our skin and we want to avoid them getting under the skin - so we always clean the area to be injected with a mixture of alcohol and antiseptic before treatment. We also ask you to avoid touching the area that’s been injected for 24 hours afterwards. Our fingers naturally have bacteria from our environment - even when they seem quite clean - and until the tiny injection wounds have healed there is a risk that touching, rubbing or even applying lip gloss, lipstick or make- up can introduce infection. Make-up always has some bacteria from skin on its surface, which in normal use is absolutely fine and harmless - but is to be avoided when you’ve just had fillers injected under the skin. If you see any persistent redness, or feel any persistent pain, anything that feels like an infection, do contact us by text or phone as soon as possible.
Bruising sometimes happens with fillers, which might be visible like any other bruise. In the lips, bruising can cause small lumps, which are very rarely noticeable from the cosmetic point of view but can be felt with the tongue or between fingers and thumb. They might be slightly tender. They settle with time and gently massaging between fingers and thumb can help this - wait until 2-3 days after treatment to do this so that you don’t cause more bleeding.
|Each syringe from||£199|
IPL can be used for a variety of skin problems – redness, pigmentation, hair reduction, acne, rosacea and other imperfections.
It involves using a very brief flash of bright light to deliver a controlled amount of energy to a specific target in the skin – for instance, troublesome pigmentation or prominent capillaries - “broken blood vessels”. The energy is absorbed by the target and this causes the skin’s natural processes to absorb and remove the pigment or other problem. This happens gradually over 4-6 weeks with pigment and 6-8 weeks with blood vessels. In the few days after treatment the pigment may look slightly more prominent and this then fades gradually over the next few weeks.
IPL should not be used on skin with a tan. It’s vitally important to leave a gap of at least four weeks between your most recent tan and IPL, even with a UV sunbed. It’s especially important to let us know if you’ve used fake tan. This sits on the surface of the skin for up to four weeks and can cause severe burns when heated up by the bright light in IPL treatment. You also need to stop using any products with retinol at least a week before undergoing any skin treatment with IPL.
We use a machine called an M22 from the world-leader, Lumenis, who invented the technique of IPL that is now used by other companies all over the world.
|Course of three treatments||£240|
Microneedling involves using needles to stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms to produce more of your own natural collagen, the substance that provides firmness and support for your skin and elastin, which provides flexibility and elasticity. After the skin has been numbed with a local anaesthetic cream, this technique uses an electronic dermal stamp (eDS) which briefly and repetitively inserts a small group of needles to a controlled depth into the skin, creating just the required amount of reaction. While this is happening, we apply a specially formulated meso-therapy serum to penetrate into the skin helped by the micro-needling. This is followed by a meso-therapy face mask containing a combination of growth factors, followed by an effective factor 50 sunscreen. We also supply some growth factor serum and sunscreen for you to apply afterwards at home.
After the procedure, the skin is slightly red for a few hours, with a sensation similar to a mild sunburn and there is usually some fine dryness or flakiness of the skin a few days afterwards. Your skin should be protected from the sun using a good quality factor-50 sunscreen for two weeks afterwards.
The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world. Today chemical peels are among the most popular and widely recognised methods of improving the health and appearance of skin by removing dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow. Chemical peel depth can range from very superficial to deep, although several light depth peels can often achieve similar results to one deeper peel treatment, with less risk and shorter recovery time.
Most superficial peels contain a mixture of acidic substances such glycolic, lactic, kojic, mandelic, phytic and salicylic acids, which act on the skin to remove the upper layer of the epidermis encouraging regeneration and rejuvenation of new skin cells. The result is the improved clinical appearance of skin with fewer fine lines, a brighter complexion, improved skin tone and a more youthful appearance. We use a targeted range of various peels for specific skin indications that are extremely well tolerated with minimum side effects.
For a few days after the peel, you will notice shedding of dead skin cells and then the skin will take on a new and healthy look as the skin is stimulated to grow new cells.
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Laser light is a special form of light energy that can be used to treat specific problems with small veins in the legs such as capillary flares. The technique is very similar in principle to IPL but can be targeted more precisely at small veins. The laser light is absorbed by the blood in the small veins and capillaries and then this is removed by the skin’s natural process over the next 6-8 weeks. Like IPL, there may be some increased visibility of the blood vessels for a week or so afterwards, which then resolves as the body clears the e ects of the treatment away.
Laser treatment should not be used on skin with a tan. It’s vitally important to leave a gap of at least four weeks between your most recent tan and laser therapy, even with a UV sunbed. It’s especially important to let us know if you’ve used fake tan. This sits on the surface of the skin for up to four weeks and can cause severe burns when heated up by the bright light in laser treatment. You also need to stop using any products with retinol at least a week before treatment with laser.
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