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 Tissue Stimulators
Unlike dermal fillers which are aimed at mechanically filling wrinkles, folds and skin depressions, tissue stimulators are injectable products which cause a biological reaction in the tissue.
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.
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.
Micro-current therapy has been available in the UK since the early 90s with the introduction of the CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) which is known as the original non-surgical face lift. It can also be used to treat other areas of the body, such as mild lifting of the breast.
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.
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obagi Blue Peel
Blue Peel significantly improves skin tightness and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores and hyperpigmentation.
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.
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.
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