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.
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.
Injectable Body Contouring
Injectable Body Contouring currently available using Macrolane, is the first body shaping and volume restoration product which uses hyaluronic acid, a natural component of our own bodies.
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.
Laser Lipolysis, currently available using mainly the Smartlipo laser, is a minimally invasive way of removing small localised fat deposits which are resistant to diet or exercise.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing involves the removal of the outer layer of the skin using an ablative laser to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin or acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and pigment changes.
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.
Liposuction (also called lipoplasty, liposculpture or lipectomy) is a surgical technique for removing specific areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
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.
Micropigmentation (Semi Permanent Make-Up)
The specialist techniques used to create semi-permanent make-up are often referred to as micropigmentation and provide an alternative to cosmetic pencils applied to the eyebrows, eyelids and lips.
Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy was developed for treating varicose veins. Microsclerotherapy is a technique of injecting thread veins with a sclerosant that causes swelling in the vein’s wall which destroys it.
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.
Sandabrasion Mene Moy Omnilux Carboxitherapy Hormone Testing Nutritional Screening
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BodyTite™ & FaceTite™ (RFAL™)
Radiofrequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL™) using the BodyTite™ device from Invasix Ltd provides minimally invasive body tightening and skin contraction.
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.
The Genuine Dermaroller™ device is marketed for the treatment of Medical Skin Needling or Collagen Induction Therapy.
Innovation Concept Peel ( ICP )
The Innovation Concept Peel, ICP is a peel treatment (salicylic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid, phytonadione) for the elimination of all sorts of skin problems including freckles, age spots and scars.
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®.
Obagi Blue Peel
Blue Peel significantly improves skin tightness and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores and hyperpigmentation.
Phenol peels are not very commonly used, but can be very effective, in experienced hands, as a skin resurfacing method for reducing the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles.
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.
Sculptra (Formerly New-Fill) is a tissue stimulator and is used more as a sculpting and volumising agent rather than just a wrinkle filler. Sculptra contains Poly-L-lactic acid.
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 Smart Lipo device from the Italian company Deka uses a 1064 nm Nd:YAG pulsed laser system to break down fat by laser-assisted liposculpture or laser lipolysis (Laserlipolisi) treatment.
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