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
Microneedling is a type of treatment that uses small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin. These small contact points encourage the body to create a wound healing response and renew the skin cells. As your skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered to give an almost immediate plumping effect. It can also help tackle other skin damage such as scarring, dark marks, sun damage and ageing.
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
What is colour therapy?
It is a completely holistic, non-invasive, powerful therapy to encourage the body to begin to heal itself.
In the beauty and cosmetology industries, Chroma therapy is light therapy, where coloured lamps are used to stimulate and decongest the skin and muscles. Different colours are used to either stimulate the circulation and lymphatic flow, or to calm and decongest areas. This method is commonly used in dermatological practice, in the treatment of psoriasis, and blue light has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of jaundice in new-born babies.
LED therapy is a non-invasive procedure that activates skin cells with pulses of low-level, non-thermal light energy. Like photosynthesis, which takes sunlight and convert into food energy in plants, LED therapy converts light energy within the skin cells.
How does the colour therapy work?
Each colour represents a radiation of a specific wavelength, with different molecular effects and therefore different colours. The colour therapy attempts to balance the energy and health of the human body using the colour with the wavelength that resonates best with a particular problem.
Light wavelengths are between 400 and 700 nanometres. A nanometre (nm) is a millionth of a millimetre, or a billionth of a metre, and is the standard expression for short waves, Gamma rays & x-rays have wavelengths shorter than 400nm, microwaves and radio waves have frequencies longer than 700nm.
LED lights stimulate the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (the energy components) of each cell, whose role is to utilise oxygen in the production of energy, also known Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP production is increased, and enabling the cell to absorb specific nutrients, which ensures healthier and stronger cells. The cells then absorb, and store the information emitted by the LEDs. By shining these colours onto the areas of the skin continuously, there are noticeable effects.
Light applied in the correct wavelength stimulates intercellular communication, resulting in cell rejuvenation. The selected colour penetrates down to the appropriate layer, that colour’s wavelength causes a change in the cells.
When the cells change, this results in the walls of the skin’s capillaries being strengthened. This leads to improve oxygenation and detoxification of the skin. The skin’s water content (hydration) is increased and the ability of the skin to retain that moisture improves. Increased cellular activity, improved natural repair, and creation of healthy skin conditions also follow. Having a healthy skin condition also allows the cells to regenerate faster and more effectively, thus contributing to a general anti-ageing effect.
What are the effects & benefits of colour?
The effects are different for each colour and enable the practitioner to tailor make the treatment specific to each client’s needs. The effects associated with some of the colour are as follows:
Red: Rejuvenating, energising, increase blood flow and cell rejuvenation, improve the function of the lymphatic system, nervous system and vascular system, anti-cellulite treatment. Can reach the dermal layer of the skin and result in collagen production, which diminishes wrinkles and sagginess. Anti-ageing red light therapy stimulates circulation and repairs the elastin fibres within tissue to help keep skin firm.
Blue: Antibacterial, germicidal, relieves inflammation, calms allergies and acne. It can help to vasoconstriction, strengthen the protein fibre tissue, and shrink pores.
Green: Cooling, relaxes muscles, anti-inflammatory, reduces redness, strengthens endocrine systems, reduces wrinkles, improves oily skin, helps to reduce skin discolouration if used regularly, as it helps to block tyrosinase enzyme that signals the production of melanin result in reduction of freckles and hyperpigmentation.
Yellow: Toning, anti-ageing, soothing, promote the production of new collagen.
Combined lights: to address various skin conditions. Including wrinkles, acne, eliminate skin dullness, acne scars, reduce pores size, and more.
8. Alternative Treatments
Creams With the continued advancements in medical research, modern anti-ageing creams just keep getting better. While they can never match the skin rejuvenation possible with collagen induction therapy, they play an important part in your skin care regime.
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.