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 (Price: From £275)
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.
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.
Laser Tattoo Removal
The removal of tattoos using lasers has been carried out for over 20 years; the use of certain lasers, Q-Switched Ruby and Nd:YAG, have become the preferred method for tattoo removal treatment.
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.
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.
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.
Teeth Whitening or Bleaching (Price: 199.00)
Tooth bleaching or whitening is not new in dentistry; in fact some techniques are 120 years old! Modern whitening, however, is simple, safe and involves no major dental work or damage to your teeth.
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.
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.
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.
Non-Surgical Face Lift ( Nefertiti Lift )
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.
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.
Successful removal of a tattoo (or the significant fading of it) will depend very much on the type of tattoo (professional or amateur), the inks used and the colour of those pigments as some colours respond better to the various treatments than others.
Teeth - Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry is a combination of the art and science of creating an attractive smile. This is accomplished by using state of the art aesthetic materials and techniques in order to achieve the best smile possible for a single individual.
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.
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.
Cellulaze is a minimally invasive laser surgical treatment that has proven to be effective in helping women who have problems with the appearance of cellulite. Cellulaze is recognised as the only cellulite removal procedure that is effective in the prevention and reparation of cellulite.
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.
Dysport ®, botulinum toxin type A, has been available in the U.K. since the early 1990s. It is a prescription only medicine and is also approved for some cosmetic uses in the UK under the brand name Azzalure ®. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
Invisalign® is an invisible way to straighten teeth without the need for metal braces using a series of clear, plastic aligners which slowly move teeth over time, according to a dental prescription.
The combination of superficial peeling agents in Jessner's Solution, lactic acid, salicylic acid, resorcinol and ethanol has been used for a number of years.
Launched in the UK in September 2005, Mandel are a unique range of peeling products containing the natural ingredient mandelic acid (derived from bitter almonds).
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.
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.
Skinade is marketed as providing better skin from within. It is a nutraceutical supplementation product, and more specifically a collagen drink, designed to give healthier and more youthful skin.
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.
TEOXANE Laboratories are specialised in the development and manufacture of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers with their Teosyal brand. TEOXANE Laboratories are now providing their exclusive RHA resilient hyaluronic acid® technology in a complete skincare regimen – this includes optimal hydration to strengthen, protect and plump the skin.
Botox ®, botulinum toxin type A is also licensed as a prescription only medicine for cosmetic use in the UK under the brand name Vistabel® with dosing specific to treat glabellar (frown) lines. You will require a face-to-face consultation with a prescriber to determine your suitability for treatment.
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