Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
The female menopause, and male andropause, can cause symptoms such as a lack of energy, sweats or hot flushes, mood swings and reduced libido. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is an alternative treatment to the synthetic hormones, used in conventional Hormone Replacement Therapies (HRT).
Botulinum toxin type A, know by the brand names Botox (Vistabel), Dysport (Azzalure) and Xeomin (Bocouture), is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It is licensed as a prescription only medicine and can be used to treat wrinkles like frown lines and crow`s feet as well as hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. As a prescription only medicine, it requires a face-to-face consultation to determine your suitability for treatment.
Carboxytherapy, also referred to as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is becoming more widely used within UK aesthetic clinics for skin rejuvenation and cellulite reduction.
The use of chemical peels to soften and improve the appearance of skin dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Today, scientists have identified numerous forms of acid which can be used to treat skin.
Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural, man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed for injection into the skin and lips; including hyaluronic acid.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Photothermolysis) only damages small zones within a target area, causing fractional trauma and quicker recovery.
HydraFacial ™ - Hydradermabrasion
The Hydrafacial ™ hydradermabrasion treatment marketed as Skin Health For Life™ uses patented Vortex fusion tips to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, as well as extracting impurities and hydrating the skin using specific serums.
Laser and IPL Hair Removal
Many different types of Laser and IPL, or LHE devices have been developed to remove body hair to a significant degree. This section contains more info on treatment cost, side effects and UK clinics.
Laser and IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Light Heat Energy (LHE) and Light Emitting Diode (LED)technologies have been developed to treat a variety of skin problems including sun damage effects and wrinkles.
Laser and IPL Treatment Pigmented/Vascular Problems
Laser and light technologies have been developed to treat people with a variety of different skin problems including pigmented (skin colour, birthmark) and vascular (vein) problems.
LED - Acne Treatment & Skin Rejuvenation
The use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), red, yellow and blue light sources for the treatment of acne and for skin rejuvenation.
Light Treatment for Active Acne
Until recently, topical preparations and oral medications, including antibiotics, have been used almost exclusively to combat acne. Now laser & light-based technologies and photodynamic therapy had been shown to improve acne.
Medical Skin Needling
Medical Skin Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Micro-Needling is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Mesotherapy is a medical technique used for the treatment of cosmetic conditions, including skin rejuvenation and improvement, hair regrowth, localised fat reduction and as a treatment for cellulite.
Plasma Sublimation (Soft Surgery)
Plasma Sublimation or Soft Surgery allows the treatments of the signs of ageing and skin complaints, without actually cutting the skin. It can be used for non-surgical eyelid reconstruction (blepharoplasty), removing lines around the mouth, improvement in the appearance scars and treating a number of skin imperfections.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as the vampire facelift works on the basis that the bodys own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process .
Radiofrequency For Cellulite & Fat
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
Radiofrequency For Facial Rejuvenation
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure for facial rejuvenation.
Scar Prevention & Treatment
Common scars that affect many people include acne and chicken pox scars. Less common raised, red scars known as keloid scars or atrophic scars where the scar tissue is sunken away from the level of the normal skin surrounding it are able to be treated with the application of various products.
Specialist Skin Creams
There are many hundreds of different types of cosmeceutical skin care products on the market today that contain active ingredients and claim they can improve wrinkles and the appearance of ageing.
SPF, UVA, UVB? All too confusing? Dermatologists recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum (covering a wide range of wavelengths) UVA and UVB sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.
Ultrasonic Skin Tightening
Ultrasonic skin tightening, introduced with a device called Ultherapy, is a non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses micro-focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production, resulting in an uplifted effect to the face and neck.
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles.
The term `body contouring` refers to a range of procedures that encompass size and weight reduction, as well as re-shaping of certain areas of the body, in some cases following massive weight loss where excess skin is a problem.
Cellulite is the name given to the lumpy, irregular fat deposits often found around the hips, buttocks and upper leg areas. There are many different treatments that have been claimed to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Complexion Improvement, Skin Texture Concerns
Commonly concerns are focussed on changes in the skin and ones complexion that occur as we age. Skin specialists now believe that most of the changes that we see in our skin as we grow older are due to the sun (sometimes referred to as "photodamage").
Eyes - Bags and Crow’s Feet
The development of small crows feet, or shadows beneath the eyes (dark circles) can be the first signs that our skin is not as youthful and elastic as it once was.
Eyes - Tear Trough ( Dark Circles )
Tear trough rejuvenation is a relatively new treatment that is used to improve the appearance of dark circles or dark hollows underneath the eyes which appear in some people.
Facial Skin Tightening, Sagging Skin and Jowls
The concept of facial skin tightening refers to cosmetic procedures which seek to cause contraction in the tissues to effectively tighten them up or which involve a lifting technique often accompanied by the removal of excess skin.
Fat ( Love Handles, Saddle Bags, Muffin Tops )
Liposuction is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure for fat removal and body contouring.
A variety of treatments and lifestyle changes can be recommended to relieve menopausal symptoms, some of which are available through the NHS and others through the private healthcare system.
Hair Removal ( Hirsutism )
Permanent hair removal has only been clinically proven and demonstrated for methods using electrolysis. Several lasers and light based machines have demonstrated permanent hair reduction and are allowed to make this claim.
The hands are the second most visible area of our body. There are now a number of non-surgical treatment options to help rejuvenate the hands.
Eyebrow shape and position can make an important difference to how you look. Plucking them is not the only way to achieve a difference in shape, and sagging eyebrows can be lifted using surgery.
Hyperhidrosis ( Excessive Sweating )
Hyperhidrosis is the condition whereby an individual has abnormally increased or excessive perspiration or sweating which can occur most commonly on the hands, feet, armpits and groin area. Botulinum toxin, Botox is a popular treatment choice.
Lines and Wrinkles
The signs of ageing on a person’s face start to show as early as the end of the second or the beginning of the third decade of a persons life. At first, fine lines start to form between the nose and the mouth, around the eyes and on the forehead.
Lip Volumising and Shaping
Lip augmentation, volumising, shaping or enhancement is a cosmetic procedure which uses various materials to plump out and re-shape the lips.
Moles, Warts, Skin Tags and Benign Growths
Moles, warts, skin tags can be both upsetting to look at and cause social and psychological unease. Thankfully though, most growths are benign and harmless, and removal is often quick and simple with reassuring cosmetic results.
Pigmentation ( Age Spots, Brown Spots )
Age spots or lentigos, sometimes known as "liver spots" are medically known under the condition of hyperpigmentation. Professional skincare clinics have effective treatments to reduce the appearance of more pronounced age spots or hyperpigmentation.
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that tends to affect the face. Individuals with vascular rosacea, which tends to include symptoms such as flushing, redness and thread veins, can often be successfully treated with laser or IPL treatment.
Scarring ( Acne, Keloid, Atrophic Scars )
Scarring can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem, particularly when the scars are on the face. Depending on the type of scar and the way an individual heals there are a variety of options for improving the appearance of scarring.
Stretch Marks ( Striae )
Stretch Marks, known medically as Striae are lines or streaks on the skin, which can be pink, purple or white in colour (depending on their age), that occur when the inner skin layer is stretched thin and loses its elasticity.
In recent years aesthetic practitioners who study the outward signs of ageing on the face have been focussing on the loss of facial volume that occurs as many of us get older.
Thread Veins or Spider Veins
A variety of options, including using heat generating technologies such as light and electrical currents have been developed to treat thread veins, also called spider or broken veins.
Launched into the UK professional skincare market in 2016, the AlumierMD range includes cleansers, moisturisers, antioxidant serums, exfoliators, eye creams, sunscreens, a neck and décolleté cream and chemical peels; products being for both in-clinic and home use.
Belotero ® is a new monophasic double crosslinked hyaluronic acid designed from biofermentation using Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) technology to increase facial volume and fill wrinkles.
BOCOUTURE ®, botulinum toxin type A, has been available in the U.K. since 2008 as the brand name Xeomin ®. Both are prescription only medicines. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
Botox ®, botulinum toxin type A, was the first botulinum toxin to gain a cosmetic licence in the UK. It is a prescription-only medicine and is licensed to treat a variety of medical and cosmetic concerns, including certain wrinkles and excessive sweating. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
CoolSculpting® is a cryolipolysis (cryolysis), or fat freezing device, and concept trademarked by Zeltiq Aesthetics Ltd used to reduce fat in specific areas of the body, such as on the abdomen, back, thighs, hips, legs, arms and chin.
Dermalux ™ Tri-Wave LED
Dermalux™ Tri-wave LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive hand and facial treatment that uses narrow band, non-thermal LED light energy to trigger your body’s natural cell processes to accelerate rejuvenation and repair of the skin.
eDermastamp ™ ( eDS ™ )
The eDermastamp™ or eDS™ Skin Rejuvenation is used for a treatment referred to as medical skin needling, collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, micro-needling or simply electronic dermarollering.
Ellansé is a new and unique non-animal, non-bacterial and non-human derived dermal filler family which are said by the manufacturer to be cost-effective by requiring less product, compared to others, for the same indications.
Emervel (no part of the Restylane brand) is a cross-liked hyaluronic acid based dermal filler from Galderma. It was available in 5 product derivatives for differing indications, Touch, Classic, Lips, Deep and Volume which have now been renamed.
The Fraxel™ SR machine was launched in the USA at the end of 2004. The current Fraxel range includes three fractional lasers - two for non-ablative treatments and one for ablative treatment; Fraxel Re:fine™, Re:store™ (also available as Re:store Dual) and Re:pair™.
The Genuine Dermaroller™ device is marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy.
Juvéderm ® ULTRA
Juvéderm® ULTRA and Juvéderm® ULTRA Smile is an advanced, cohesive, 3D hyaluronic acid matrix dermal filler with local anaesthetic, manufactured by Allergan; the makers of Botox® / Vistabel®.
Juvéderm ® VOLUMA
Juvéderm® VOLUMA is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used for recontouring and restoring the face in the case of age-releated volume loss in the cheek bone and chin regions. According to the makers, it delivers dramatic improvement in tissue quality, even in challenging areas, and is complementary to other aesthetic treatments and dermal filler procedures.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is part of the Juvéderm® ULTRA family of dermal fillers which contain hyaluronic acid and the anti-oxidant, mannitol. It is designed to improve skin hydration and elasticity by replacing HA lost through ageing.
Kelo-Cote is a patented topical silicone gel for the management and prevention of abnormal scars in the form of hypertrophic and keloid scars resulting from general surgical procedures, trauma, wounds and burns.
Obagi Blue Peel
Blue Peel significantly improves skin tightness and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores and hyperpigmentation.
Obagi® Medical Products
Obagi Medical Products has developed several different treatment programme systems of skincare products in addition to the Nu-Derm System, including the Obagi-C® Rx System, the Condition & Enhance® System, the ELASTIderm® family of products, the CLENZIderm M.D.™ Systems, Blue Peel®, Blue Peel RADIANCE®, an
Perk™ - Cleanse with Benefits
From the makers of the hydradermabrasion system HydraFacial®, the American based company, Edge Systems LLC, comes PERK™ - the world’s first hybrid facial.
Plexr ® Plasma Soft Surgery
The Plexr soft surgery system uses the fourth state of matter, plasma, and is marketed for use as a non-surgical blepharoplasty, or soft eyelid surgery.
It is the first stabilised hyaluronic acid (HA) based product which is manufactured without the use of chemical cross-linking agents (BDDE) and is used for skin remodelling and treating skin laxity, not for just filling lines and wrinkles. According to the makers, it delivers dramatic improvement in tissue quality, even in challenging areas, and is complementary to other aesthetic treatments and dermal filler procedures.
Radiesse, launched in the US as Radiance FN, is a medical device designed for the correction of small and large soft tissue deficits, but can also be use for facial shaping and contouring.
Restylane ® (inc Emervel Collection)
The Restylane range consists of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers incorporating the EMERVEL collection (Lyft (Perlane), Refyne, Fynesse, Volyme, Kysse, Defyne), all specifically designed for injection into the face.
Restylane ® Skinboosters (Vital & Vital Light)
RESTYLANE Skinboosters (Restylane Vital and Restylane Vital Light) are a Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA) gel aimed at a whole new approach to skin rejuvenation for the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Rioblush CO2 Riojuvenation System
The CO2 Riojuvenation System from Rioblush is used for the treatment of Carboxytherapy to target stretchmarks, fine lines and wrinkles, dark under eye circles, cellulite and localised fat deposits as well as minor skin tightening of the neck and decollete regions.
Silhouette Soft is marketed as a ‘non-surgical face lift’, a ‘one-stitch face lift’ or ‘puppet face lift’, the treatment is based on suture suspension with cones which are used in both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery.
Founded in 1997 by Dr. Sheldon R. Pinell, SkinCeuticals discovers, develops, and delivers innovative dermatology products that improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. Find UK Clinic stockists.
Skinceuticals Gel Peel
SkinCeuticals Gel Peel is ideal for those people who want to prep their skin prior to a more invasive peel. They can help to treat acne, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, photodamage and ageing skin.
Skintech Peels are a medical peel and can only be carried out by trained doctors and nurses. They should not be confused with very mild and gentle glycolic peels available from beauty therapists.
The Teosyal range consists of three monophasic hyaluronic acid based products of non-animal origin, which are highly biocompatible, offering patients immediate and long-lasting results.
The Titan™ procedure is a non-surgical process that uses an infrared light source to tighten skin and reverse the signs of ageing.
TIXEL® (Thermo-Mechanical Ablation)
Tixel® is a novel device used for fractional skin rejuvenation which is based on Thermo-Mechanical Ablation (TMA) technology. It can be used for the same cosmetic treatments that devices such as ablative CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers and non-ablative erbium lasers are commonly employed.
TriPollar™ radio frequency (RF) technology is available via two devices, Apollo® and Regen®. The devices are marketed for cellulite reduction, body remodelling and skin tightening.
Ultherapy is marketed for ultrasonic skin tightening using high intensity focused ultrasound to tighten and tone loose skin on the face and neck.
Xeomin® is the third botulinum toxin type A licensed in the UK as a prescription only medicine. It is an innovative Botulinum type A formulation, in which the complexing proteins have been removed. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
ZO Skin Health & ZO Medical
ZO Skin Health was founded by world-renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, MD. ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical professional skincare ranges aim to fight ageing skin, as well as treat acne, rosacea and pigmentation marks.
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