Did you know that one of the easiest ways to tell a person's age is by looking at their face, or more specifically, at their skin? As people age, all the time they've spent in the sun, at tanning salons, or smoking cigarettes catches up with them. The result is wrinkles!
The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The outermost layer of the skin that everyone can see is the epidermis, the middle is the dermis, and the innermost layer is the subcutaneous layer. All three work together to keep the skin in tip-top shape. We can help to reduce wrinkles with Botox ® and fill lines with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm™ and Restylane/Perlane.
When you are young, the skin does a great job of stretching and holding in moisture. The dermis has an elastic quality thanks to fibres called elastin that keep the skin looking and feeling young. A protein in the dermis called Collagen also plays a part in preventing wrinkles.
However, over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin, so the skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear, the epidermis starts to sag, and wrinkles form.
Here are some things people can do to prevent getting many wrinkles at an early age:
- Do embark on a programme of skin health using evidence based cosmeceuticals, such as Environ®. The vitamin A along with the antioxidants and other vitamins, C, D and E, will have a positive benefit to all the skin's layers. Ask for a free consultation.
- Do drink lots of water every day to keep hydrated and help your skin stay moist and smooth.
- Do use sun protection factor every day regardless of the weather or time of year.
- Don't spend too much time in the direct sun. Sunblock helps, but it doesn't block out all the damaging UV rays that cause wrinkles to the skin.
- Don't use tanning salons. The UV light from tanning booths is just as damaging as the sun's - and sometimes worse.
- Don't smoke! Smoking robs your skin of precious moisture and causes premature wrinkles. (Did you ever notice that most heavy smokers have wrinkles around their mouths?)
Thread veins, otherwise known as spider veins or telangiectasia, are very fine dilated veins situated just beneath the surface of the skin, very often on the legs. It is essential that patients with this problem undergo a full consultation and medical assessment to ensure that there is no underlying condition causing them.
The treatment of choice for these small veins is usually microsclerotherapy.
A solution, called a sclerosant, can be injected into these veins, causing them to disappear without creating any damage to the main supply of blood to the legs or skin.. The procedure is effective, safe, relatively pain free and does not require an anaesthetic. More than one microsclerotherapy treatment will be necessary to achieve a satisfactory cosmetic result. Treatment does not prevent new veins appearing.
For thread veins that are present on the face, often around the nose and on the cheeks,may be advisable in conjunction with, or even instead of microsclerotherapy.
Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.
You may be suffering from one or more than one of the following conditions: aged skin, photo-damage, active acne, acne scarring, rosacea, facial thread veins, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, open pores.
It is essential to have a free of charge, no obligation consultation to discuss your individual needs and highlight your own unique problem areas. Then we can assess your suitability for any one, or a combination of, the range of treatments available:
For facial mapping and diagnosis, let The Cheshire Image Clinic help you prioritise.
Excess hair (Hirsutism)
Excessive hair growth (hirsutism) in women is usually an undesirable symptom. It can often be associated with infertility or irregular menstruation due to anovulation, but it often occurs with no menstrual or ovulatory disturbance. Excessive hair growth can make a women take on masculine features, and may be associated with mild levels of "male-hormone" elevation or even normal levels.
If I have a lot of hair on my body, does that mean I have too much male hormone in my system?
The number of hairs per unit of skin is fixed by heredity. The number and location of your sweat glands and hair follicles is determined by your ethnic background. There are two types of hairs: vellus hairs
- short, fine non-pigmented hairs that have not responded to hormones terminal hairs
- long, coarse and pigmented hairs responsive to hormonal influence
If genetically you have a lot of hairs all over your arms and legs, such as in women of Mediterranean background, this is called hypertrichosis. It is not due to too many hormones but is just the way you were born.
Excess androgen hormones make terminal hairs heavier and thicker. Sometimes they can also make the fine vellus hairs convert to terminal hairs. Once the vellus hairs convert, lowering the hormonal levels will not make them go back to fine, vellus hairs. Once that happens, removal of the hair by depilatory creams, waxing, sugaring; or the entire follicle by electrolysis or Intense Pulsed Light is the only way to stop the excess growth.
At The Cheshire Image Clinic we use the Energist Ultra Intense Pulsed Light System to remove unwanted hair. This treatment gives permanent hair reduction. It is safe, effective and takes very little time. The Cheshire Image Clinic team will ensure you have a safe, comfortable patient experience following a full consultation which will address all of your needs and concerns.
Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.
Excess Sweating - Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive sweating. Sometimes hyperhidrosis occurs in childhood. Other family members may be similarly affected. At other times it starts later on in life for unknown reasons. An increase in air temperature, exercise, fever, anxiety, or spicy food may cause sweating which can continue throughout the day but usually reduces at night time.
Hyperhidrosis is an embarrassing complaint. If the armpits are affected, clothing becomes damp and unsightly. When the hands are affected it is embarrassing to shake hands and it is difficult to write neatly. Botulinum toxin injections (Botox Vistabel) into the affected area, can reduce or even stop sweating for three to seven months.
Please feel free to phone for a free of charge consultation.
What is acne?
Acne is the most common skin condition and affects 80% of people at some point in their life. Acne is caused by the body's immune system creating an inflammatory response to bacteria that lives in the skin call P.acnes.
P.acnes grow predominantly in sebaceous glands and produces oil called sebum. Many acne treatments help clear acne by cleaning the skin and clearing away excess sebum to help reduce the growth of the bacteria.
Some other treatments such as antibiotics help to kill the bacteria, however these may have side effects and the bacteria can become resistant in the long term.
At the Cheshire Image Clinic our Nurse Specialist will help you as an individual, to understand your options to kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation and improve the skin. Often the best course of action involves combination treatments, and the Nurse will assess your problem and help you decide a treatment plan. This will encompass safety, health of the skin, risks, costs and benefits.
Lustre Pure Light is a new blue light technology to treat acne, exclusively available from professional skin clinics. It has been designed for patients to use at home in order to accelerate the patients treatment goals.
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Introducing Lustre Pure Light acne treatment
Dermaroller (Percutaneous Collagen Induction) is an ideal clinically proven solution for non-surgical and non-ablative treatment of various skin conditions, such as fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. Dermaroller is a revolutionary device which has the amazing ability to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin without damaging it.
Treatment involves a roller with needles that range from various lengths. Dermaroller is a barrel-like roller with hundreds of tiny micro needles that are thinner than your own hair. A local anaesthetic is applied and during the course of the treatment hundreds of tiny channels are created which stimulates the skin underneath, to produce more collagen to fill and soften wrinkles and scars. Please feel free to phone for a free of charge consultation.