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Mel Recchia qualified as a Registered Nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1997. Following qualification, she worked at Stoke Mandeville in the Burns unit, looking after burn injured patients and patients undergoing cosmetic surgery. She then went on to work in Accident and Emergency for 7 years. Before embarking on her nursing career, Mel worked as a Beauty Therapist in various clinics as well as running her own salon. Keen to share her knowledge and experience, she went on to pursue a Certificate in Education which enabled her to train others in beauty therapy.
Mel made the move into aesthetic nursing in 2007, managing 2 successful cosmetic & aesthetic clinics in Northamptonshire & Buckinghamshire and is committed to ongoing education for herself and others. Mel is fully registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and an active member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) where she has recently been invited to be a co-opted member of the board. She has also undertaken the V300 independent nurse prescribing course.
Mel’s passion for aesthetics has led her to become a valued member of the Allergan Faculty.
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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.
Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP) is a new name for "Advanced Electrolysis". ACP uses either Short Wave Diathermy or Blend to treat unwanted skin blemishes, such as warts, skin tags, moles and other benign growths, as well as thread veins and vascular conditions with no mark left on the skin.
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.
The use of high frequency microwave energy has become available in the UK for the treatment of thread veins and other skin lesions through thermocoagulation. An example of this is Veinwave or Thermavein.
CryoPen uses extreme cold, or cryotherapy, to painlessly remove superficial lesions on the skin, such as skin tags, scars and hyperpigmentation. It comes in three models CryoPen B, CryoPen M and CryoPen X.
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.
Dermapen™ has the claim of being the original device that started the revolution in automated pen-like devices in the medical skin-needling world. It is used for a treatment referred to as medical skin needling, collagen induction therapy, percutaneous collagen induction, micro-needling or simply electronic dermarollering.
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 ® VOLIFT, VOLBELLA, VOLITE and VOLUMA are part of the Juvéderm VYCROSS ® Collection of hyaluronic acid-based fillers which are designed to add volume, restore contours, plus smooth out lines and wrinkles.
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
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.
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.
ThermaVein™ uses Veinwave™ technology which is already proven within the medical field for the process known as thermocoagulation which seals the walls of thread veins with a micro-current of heat, causing them to permanently disappear. It can also be used to treat other skin lesions.
Viscoderm contains hyaluronic acid and is referred to as a “skin booster” product line for intradermal use. It helps restore the support structures of skin tissue, resulting in increased tone, elasticity and firmness.
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").
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.
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.
Melasma, also called chloasma, is a skin condition characterised by dark patches of pigment on the face, neck, arms or upper body. It is more common in women, particularly in pregnancy, and in people with darker skin.
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.
One of the most common forms of non-surgical face lift procedures is to use as combination of botulinum toxins and dermal fillers to plump out wrinkles and any volume lacking areas of skin on the face and provide lift, including the Nefertiti Lift.
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 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.
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.
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She hears what I do and don’t want. She advises me based on what I’ve said and what she sees. I’m comforted by Mel’s judgment/knowledge and experience. She talks me through everything and puts me at ease. I love that she takes time to get to know who ...
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