Frequently Asked Questions
1. Skin blemish removal
5. Non-surgical facelift
1. Skin Blemish removal
The treatment uses either a Short-Wave Diathermy electrical current (heat) or use of Nitrous Oxide by Cryotherapy (cold) In both cases the treatment is extremely safe and effective and creates a localised effect in the target area. Treatment results in a controlled destruction of the tissue and its eventual removal by the body’s innate healing mechanism.
When treatment of the vascular conditions is carried out, diathermy method is usually selected as it allows a finer ‘pin point’ accuracy. The minute blood vessel is sealed by means of cauterization or decomposition. As the skin capillaries are like the fine twigs on the branches of a tree the blood is merely diverted to an alternative ‘branch’ or capillary and the blood supply to the tissue remains fully functional. The same techniques are used for spider naevi and cherry angiomas or blood spots. The removal of thread veins with advanced electrolysis is generally permanent but further damaged vessels can arise subsequently to take their place depending on the skin condition and the extrinsic and intrinsic factors, which influence the skin’s sensitivity.
Removal of these conditions will be permanent but you may require multiple sessions and regular ‘tidy up’ sessions every 12 months or so, to remove any new vessels that may emerge.
There are various types of warts including plane, common, seborrhoeic and verrucas. Warts can develop individually or in clusters and all can be easily and successfully treated using Short Wave Diathermy or Cryotherapy. Following the consultation the suitable method of the treatment will be selected by a practitioner.
For the removal of seborrhoeic warts, viral warts, sebaceous hyperplasia, milia and larger skin tags, the short-wave diathermy current cauterizes and cuts through the tissue with its subsequent removal. The blood supply to nourish any further growth of the lesion is sealed off and the blemish will heal fully within few days to couple of weeks leaving minimal, if any, marking at all to the skin. The permanent removal of these lesions is generally achieved in one or possibly two treatments depending on their size.
An advanced cryotherapy innovation that is a fast, effective, safe and new solution for removal of skin imperfections can also be used. Cryotherapy is a relatively low-risk procedure. The device delivers Nitrous Oxide (N2O) directly to the area, and not the healthy surrounding tissue. The device used in our clinic is both CE and FDA registered.
Milia are small white hard spots which live very superficially under the skin. They usually appear around the eyes, cheeks and eyelids and are a blockage. The blockage is a protein called keratin which hardens. They are unsightly and become bothersome when multiple.
Our Advanced Cosmetic Procedure using short-wave diathermy is a safe, effective and quick method of treating milia.
2. Micro-needling, Dermaroller, Collagen Induction Therapy
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive technique combining the generation of micro channels in the skin and the topical application of active ingredients. Mini-perforations are created in the skin that work to increase the absorption of topically applied products, activate the release of growth factors and stimulate the wound healing process to produce collagen as well as tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin. As your skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered to give an almost immediate plumping and firming effect.
Microneedling is a great treatment for you if you have darker skin. The best results from Microneedling are seen after a course of treatment.
3. Chemical peels
Help smooth the skin surface by removing the top layers of the skin.
The peel works by encouraging deep exfoliation of different surface layers of the skin. It increases cell regeneration and restoration of collagen and elastin fibres. We use the most advanced range of specific chemical peels. High quality solutions that are safe, efficient and easy to control.
It enables the treatment of aesthetic concerns such as hyperpigmentation, skin aging, acne, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. After the peel the skin will appear younger, hydrated and luminous.
If these are concerns that you can relate to, a facial peel may be a great treatment option.
Each peel can be tailored for your skins needs. The peel – depending on your needs – will:
· purify and oxygenate the skin, leaving it free of impurities
· close open pores and improve texture
· addresses the effects of skin aging, softening wrinkles
· evens skin tone and adds luminosity
· lightens dark spots
· reduces the manifestation of acne and improves appearance of scarsIf you decide to get this treatment, we recommend a course of treatment.
5. None Surgical face lift (Microcurrent)
6. Galvanic/Iontophoresis- Hydrodermy
The galvanic currents work in two ways.
1. Deep cleansing – Breaks down keratin, saponifies sebum increase excitability and conductivity of nerves, and increases tissue fluid drawn to the area results in softening the tissues.
2. Nourishing – Oxygen releases improving the condition of the tissue, mild heat produced helps to calm the skin, improves and restores the acid mantle and the skin’s protective functions, and tightens the tissues.
7. Light Therapy
LED (light-emitting diode).
In the same way that plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue LEDs can trigger natural intercellular phot-biochemical reactions.
To have any effect on a living biological system, LED-emitted photos must be absorbed by a molecular chromophore or photo-acceptor. Light, at appropriate doses and wavelengths, is absorbed by chromophores such as porphyrins, flavins, and other light-absorbing entities within the mitochondria and cell membranes of cells.
When a cell like a fibroblast is exposed to LED, there's a resultant increase in ATP production, which modulate free radicals, reduces apoptosis (programmed cell death) and increases blood flow and angiogenesis as we as up-regulating transcription factors.
The LED is applied to the skin with various aesthetic conditions, we are able to lift and tighten lax skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Depending on the target chromophore, different wavelengths of light can be used. Three wavelengths of light that demonstrated several therapeutic applications are blue (415nm), red (633nm) and near-infrared (830 nm).
Always ask for evidence of how the devices work in the form of clinical studies.
Many home care devices are not able to provide the right wavelengths or frequencies in order to deliver results. Generally, these will require more frequent application than an in-clinic treatment, usually eight times a week. A mains-powered device will provide a more consistent level of energy compared to a battery-powered one.
8. Alternative Treatments
Skincare and homecare routine With the continued advancements in science, quality ingredients in skincare products can significanlty improve the skin condition and maintain the skin to its optimum health.
Botox/Anti-Wrinkle Injections An effective treatment at reducing the appearance of wrinkles however, with a few significant draw backs. Side effects of swelling, tenderness, itching and headaches are normal. As with all injections there is the risk of infection. Botulinum Toxin carries the risk of a droop. Due to the facial muscle being temporary inhibited you are often left with a rather emotionless frozen face, which may not give natural looking. On top of this, why Botox becomes so addictive is that often patients require 3 – 9 months post treatment and the effects have gone in a very short time. Collagen Induction therapy therefore is a fantastic alternative to Botox for those wanting a natural yet effective skin rejuvenation treatment.
Dermal filler Injectable fillers can help to get an good result however if not performed correctly can leave the patient looking uneven with lumps in the wrong places. This is only a temporary measure lasting typically 3 – 9 months and never permanent.
Laser Resurfacing Laser treatment for acne scars removes the top layers of skin. Down time can take 2 to 4 weeks. This treatment is only suitable for skin types I to III due to the high risk of post inflammatory hyper pigmentation which can occur for skin types IV to VI.
Acne is a skin condition that results in inflammatory and non inflammatory lesions. Commonly associated with teenage and adolescent skin, it actually affects many age groups at different stages of life. Clinics see many forms of acne and acne related conditions everyday. Although many forms of acne require the care of a dermatologist, many clients can benefit from aesthetic treatments for problem skin.
Acne is caused when the levels of sebum on the skin surface start to change.
Acne is the combined result of four elements: the skin androgen hormones, excessive cellular keratinization and agglomeration in the corneum (the outer, clear/translucent layer) and sebaceous follicle, oil production, and an overpopulation of a bacteria.
Acne starts with an increase in sebum production causing the skin to look and feel greasy. Pores become blocked with sebum and dead skin cells which prevents normal secretion of sebum onto the skin surface and black head may form. Natural bacteria on the skin may feed on this excess sebum and increase their levels, this can lead to inflammation which can become infected causing a white head to develop.
Factors to aggravate acne include excessive oiliness, a failure to thoroughly remove oil and dirt from the skin, hormonal imbalances, hyperkeratinisation, food allergies and sensitivities, and lack of vitamins, and insufficient acidity in the skin. Acne also aggravated by climatic conditions specially head and humidity, which increase bacterial development; the use of astringents and drying cosmetics, improper diet, stress, and picking. Medical conditions such as polycystic ovaries can contribute to acne with some types of medication, along side your diet, life style and genetic history.
Ingredients such as Ylang Ylang regulate sebum production in which can regulate bacteria levels which will minimise the development of infected acne and inflammation.
Regular treatment using correct skincare in the clinic and at home can lead to a long term improvement.