Botox

Botox ®

beauty (7)The MHRA granted a license for cosmetic use of Botox ® in February 2006. Botox ® has now been rebranded as Vistabel ®

Some people find that there is nothing funny about laughter lines around the eyes. Others may find that when they concentrate closely on something they develop frown lines that make them appear to be cross or unhappy. Also, though you may have earned every one of your worry lines, you might not want the world to see them.

If any or all of the above are true for you than Vistabel ® injections may be the answer you are looking for. Vistabel ® injections address dynamic wrinkles caused by emotion. These wrinkles are caused by contraction of the delicate facial muscles every time you laugh, smile, frown or concentrate.

Vistabel ® blocks impulses from the tiny facial muscles so that they do not contract. The untreated muscles contract in the usual fashion thus allowing normal facial expression.

The treated areas remain smooth and unwrinkled. This is called cosmetic denervation and it is a new use for an approved drug that has been safely utilised for eleven years to treat many neurological and opthalmological disorders.

Vistabel ® is quickly becoming a very popular, safe treatment for reversing the visible signs of emotional ageing. A very fine needle is inserted precisely though several layers of the face and a small amount of diluted Vistabel ® is injected. Local anaesthetic cream may be applied to the areas prior to treatment and the procedure is relatively painless.

quotes2.jpgSide Effects

Side Effects are very rare: though bruising is the most common. There are others but all possibilities will be explained to you in detail before any treatment takes place.

Vistabel ® treatments are safe, effective and very quick. The results are not immediately visible but will become apparent within 3-10 days.

Cosmetic denervation using Vistabel ® can visibly soften and smooth out dynamic wrinkles and give one a youthful, stress free appearance. Some people benefit from a Vistabel ® / filler mix either for one area of the face or a few areas. Others may require either Vistabel or filler and it is the priority of your very experienced practitioner to ensure that you are advised correctly.

Please phone for a free, no obligation consultation for treatments involving Botox.


Botox ® - Frequently asked questions

A natural purified protein which when injected into wrinkle-causing muscles creates a smoother, rejuvenated appearance. As it increases in popularity we have put together a few frequently asked questions and answers - but don't let this stop you from asking your own!

When used for cosmetic purposes it gives a "wide-eyed" trouble-free look and takes away or minimizes frown lines, that make you look as if you are scowling.

Is BOTOX ® safe?

Yes. BOTOX ® was rebranded as Vistabel in the UK in March 2006, and has gained a license for cosmetic use. For instance it is one of the few treatments that can be given to treat children over two years of age to treat Cerebral Palsy - BOTOX ® helps them to walk!

How does Vistabel ® work?

Vistabel works on the muscles to prevent the"wrinkling" message getting through. The skin then relaxes and the lines just smooth away.

How long does a Vistabel ® treatment take?

About 10 minutes. A full consultation will be required and after an assessment the nurse will determine the injection site to achieve the best results for you.

Does it hurt?

We think it feels like a very small insect bite; although if you are nervous about this aspect a local anaesthetic can easily be applied.

Are there any side-effects?

Side effects are rare and if they do occur they are temporary. There has never been any recorded instance of allergic reaction. There will be a small amount of initial swelling and some redness both of which will disappear within an hour or so. Some people with very fine skin could have a slight bruise. The Cheshire Image Clinic team has a whole wealth of experience in delivering safe, effective treatments. Following three to ten days, when the Vistabel ® has "kicked in", we need to see the patient to check the effectiveness of that treatment and judge the dose for the next time.

How long will my Vistabel ® last?

The result varies from person to person but will last between three to seven months initially. For best results research has shown that three monthly treatments should be given for the first year.

Vistabel ® is simple, safe, quick, effective and acts as not only a CURE for existing wrinkles but also as a PREVENTATIVE against the formation of further lines. Furthermore. experienced practitioners are now able to offer facial "lifting" as well as line reduction using Vistabel ®.

Juvéderm

Juvéderm™

There are several 'families' of fillers that are used by us, one of which is Juvéderm™, which is a form of Hyaluronic acid, (a natural skin moisturiser). In order to develop treatment plans for each patient as an individual, we use all products within the Juvéderm™ range including:

  • Juvéderm™ Ultra
  • Voluma ®
  • Volbella ®

Juvéderm™ Ultra

"The instant solution for lines, wrinkles, lip enhancement and facial contouring."

  • Abeauty (10)re there lines and wrinkles on your face that you don't like?
  • Do you want an instant solution?
  • Can you spare 30-45 minutes for your initial treatment?
  • Do you want a safe treatment that has been proven effective?
  • Do you want a treatment that requires minimal recuperation time?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you could be the perfect candidate for Juvéderm™ Ultra. Based on a natural substance already found in the skin, the products can correct ageing lines and lift and increase your lip

With a series of tiny injections your skin is supported to give a smoother, softer look. The active ingredient is hyaluronan, a natural substance already found in your skin.

The treatments give instant results and can easily be completed within half an hour. As easy as getting your hair done and as affordable as a new outfit.

The products are absorbed over time, so whenever you see the need for improvement again you can have ongoing treatments to maintain your vital, youthful, new look. Results are immediate, safe, natural, relatively painless and time-tested.

For over 25 years, products like Juvéderm™ Ultra have been used safely in numerous medical procedures. More than 400,000 people have turned back the clock with the Hydrafill family of products.

With Juvéderm™ Ultra gel you can have a treatment for a special event and then later choose to have "top-up" treatments to maintain the effect. The time it takes for Hydrafill gel to break down will vary from person to person.

Even if you have sensitive skin, or have had a reaction to a treatment with a different skin product, you may still be able to be treated with Juvéderm™ Ultra.

Juvéderm™ Ultra gel generally is well tolerated and treatment reactions are usually mild and temporary. Juvéderm™ Ultra is hyaluronic acid containing local anaesthetic. It works in just the same way as Hydrafill. The results are every bit as good and it is comfortable when administered.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation


Juvéderm Ultra - Frequently asked questions

A natural protein (Hylauronic Acid) that acts in just the same way as Collagen, to plump out the wrinkles on the face neck and chest. It freshens up the appearance, creating a younger look.

Is Juvéderm™ Ultra safe?

Yes, Juvederm has FDA and Dept of Health approval. It has been used safely and effectively to treat thousands of men and women since 1996. It can be used immediately without the need for a skin test.

How does Juvéderm™ Ultra Ultra work?

is a Hyaluronic Acid(HA), which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and add volume to our skin. Natural hyaluronic acid is broken down by the body so is constantly replaced. As we age, this replacement mechanism diminishes so the moisturising and plumping effects decrease.

How long does a Juvéderm™ Ultra treatment take?

About 15-30 minutes depending on the quantity of product necessary to achieve the desired result. You will also need to allow time to discuss with your Aesthetic Nurse Presciber what you are hoping to achieve.

How long will the effects last?

This depends on a number of factors including age, how much product is used, the quality of the skin as well as your general health and lifestyle. However the beneficial effects can be expected to last for up to one year after treatment, sometimes longer dependent on the individual.

Does it hurt?

The smooth consistency of the Juvederm Ultra range of products allows your medical practioner to administer it easily and smoothly. It also contains 0.3% lidocaine to reduce injection pain for a more comfortable experience.

Will I notice the difference straight away?

You’ll see the results immediately, and no one else needs to know!

Are there any side-effects?

Following injection, you may experience slight redness, swelling or bruising at the injected area. Your medical practitioner will advise on this. Please be assured that these side effects should not last and, after waiting 12 hours following treatment, can be easily covered up with your usual makeup. However, do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you are at all concerned. All skin injection procedures carry a small risk of infection, which is minimised by excellent treatment techniques and nursing expertise.

What happens next?

The results are immediately visible and appear at their best approximately two weeks later. An after treatment facial may be beneficial. It is recommended that top-up treatments are received before the effects of the initial treatment have faded totally.

Choosing between the dermal fillers is judged by your nurse's experience, the individual's sense of urgency, personal preference, ethical beliefs and cost effectiveness.

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Voluma ®

beauty (9)A natural part of ageing includes loss of facial fat, often in the area of the temples, the cheeks, the chin, and even the earlobes.

Voluma ® is a smooth filler that distributes evenly in the deep dermis of the mid face and chin to restore facial contours and replace deep volume loss, helping you to look younger naturally.

Voluma ® works immediately to give a natural lifting effect. Clinical studies have shown that results can last up to 2 years.

Voluma ® is a revolutionary treatment that can only be administered by qualified healthcare professionals who have completed a specialist Voluma ® training certified programme.

Voluma ® is a smooth and long lasting treatment that will restore deep facial volume exactly where it is needed. It is completely safe, and as the product is totally inert there are none of the problems that were previously associated with other earlier medications.

Voluma ® is perfect for use in the cheeks and chin in those patients who would suit a natural lift and reconstruction of those areas, your nurse will use alternative products to replace volume loss in other areas.

Facial mapping and a skilled, experienced aesthetic assessment will lead to the correct diagnosis, which in turn will be followed by accurate placement of the most suitable product, in order to achieve maximum results.


Juvéderm Voluma ® - Frequently asked questions

Juvéderm Voluma ® is the safe, clinically proven, long lasting answer to restore lost facial volume

How does Juvéderm Voluma ®work?

Juvéderm Voluma ® works in the same way as Juvéderm Ultra ® but is a specially developed volumising treatment in a smooth, long lasting formulation that brings back the shape and facial contours you want.

How long does a Juvéderm Voluma ® treatment take?

About 30 minutes depending on the quantity of product being used. You will also need to allow time to discuss with your Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber what you are hoping to achieve.

How long will the effects last?

The average effect of treatment with Juvéderm® VOLUMA® lasts up to 18 months. It may sometimes be shorter or longer depending on: your age; your physiology; your lifestyle.

Does it hurt?

As with the other products in the Juvederm Ultra range, the smooth consistency of Juvederm Voluma allows your medical practitioner to administer it easily and smoothly. It also contains 0.3% lidocaine to reduce injection pain for a more comfortable experience.

Will I notice the difference right away?

Yes, the results are instant and very natural looking.

Are there any side-effects?

Following injection, you may experience slight redness, swelling or bruising at the injected area. Your medical practitioner will advise on this. Please be assured that these side effects should not last and, after waiting 12 hours following treatment, can be easily covered up with your usual makeup. However, do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you are at all concerned. All skin injection procedures carry a small risk of infection.

Restylane

Restylane

beauty (8)Impressions of beauty change with time - as do our faces as we age. Restylane is a crystal-clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance, called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement, gentle and safe to your skin.

Restylane is made in Sweden, a nation known for health, nature and beauty. Since 1996, more than a million people have been successfully treated in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Restylane is available in three tissue-tailored variants, each specially designed for a particular different purpose and effect such as smoothing out tiny lines, shaping facial contours or sculpting lips to perfection. The difference between the products is the gel particle size. To achieve the optimal result, your practitioner chooses the product, or combination, that best matches your skin and personal needs.

  • Restylane is intended for wrinkle correction and lip enhancements.
  • Restylane Touch is used for correcting thin superficial lines, around the mouth, for example, forehead lines and smile lines.
  • Restylane Perlane can be used for shaping facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, correcting deep folds and for the volume augmentation of the lips.

Depending on the effects you wish to achieve, the initial treatment is best maintained with follow-up treatments. For many people a fuller and more sensuous mouth comes high on their wish list. With Restylane, or Restylane/Perlane you can enjoy a more pronounced mouth or a soft pouting look using the components of the body's own material.

As your face is constantly changing, you are the best judge of the need for further treatment. You are always in control of your looks. With Restylane, you always have the option of continuing or changing the combination of treatments. The treatment can be repeated as often as you like.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation


Restylane Perlane

Restylane Perlane is specifically designed for shaping facial contours. Restylane Perlane works by volume augmentation. Injected into the skin, it corrects deep folds and lifts up the skin from cheeks and chin, giving a new shape to your facial contours.

Natural material

Hyaluronic acid is almost identical in all living organisms and occurs naturally in the body, creating volume in the skin, giving the eyes their shape and lubricating joints. The Non-Animal, Stabilized, Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA) in Restylane smoothes wrinkles and folds, giving volume to your lips or contours to your face.

Stabilized for long duration

As the injected stabilized hyaluronic acid in Restylane starts to break down, water takes its place. The less concentrated the gel becomes, the more water is able to bind. This is one of the main reasons why Restylane/Perlane lasts longer than most of the other fillers.

The length of time a treatment maintains its effect is very individual and depends on many factors.

Naturally Integrated

The hyaluronic acid in Restylane Perlane is naturally integrated into the tissue and allows for the passage of vital nutritive substances like oxygen and hormones. As cells are also able to pass between fragments of the gel your skin will look perfectly healthy and natural.

The hyaluronic acid in Restylane Perlane is biodegradable, which means that when the injected gel breaks down, it turns into water and carbon dioxide and disappears unnoticed from your body.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation


Restylane - Frequently asked questions

A Non-Animal, Stabilized, Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA). Its properties attract water to itself, giving long lasting results.

Is Restylane®/Perlane® safe?

Yes, Restylane®/Perlane® has a long record of success. There have been more than one million treatments carried out in more than 60 countries around the world. It can be used immediately without the need for a skin test.

How does Restylane®/Perlane® work?

After administration the hyaluronic gel binds water to it to produce natural volume which smooths away the wrinkles.

How long does a Restylane®/Perlane® treatment take?

About 10 minutes or longer depending on the quantity of product necessary to achieve the desired result.

Does it hurt?

A local anaesthetic cream can be applied and certainly for the more sensitive areas local anaesthesia is given if there are no contraindications.

Are there any side-effects?

Side effects are rare and if they do occur they are temporary. Allergic reactions are very rare. Common injection related reactions may occur such as swelling redness and tenderness. These resolve spontaneously within 1-2 days, or within a week if lips are treated. Some people with very fine skin could have a slight bruise. The Cheshire Image Clinic nurses administer many treatments per year using Restylane® and Perlane®, which is the first treatment of choice for many of our patients.

What happens next?

The results are immediately visible and look their best approximately two weeks later. An after treatment facial may be beneficial. It is recommended that top-up treatments are received before the effects of the initial treatment have faded totally.

Choosing between the dermal fillers is judged by the nurses' experience, the individual's sense of urgency, personal preference, ethical beliefs and cost effectiveness.

Environ

Environ® Skin care

Extraordinary products that go beyond anything previously available

beauty (1)Any skin can be measurably improved. Common conditions such as sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring and skin discolouration, just to name a few, can be greatly resolved or removed by the use of our specialized formulations and services. With our proven Environ programme, skin can be stimulated to be clearer, younger, smoother and healthier.

Cosmeceutical

Environ® Skin Care is classed as a cosmeceutical. The products contain active ingredients which are evidence-based to work. They should only be purchased through an Environ certificated skin care professional.

Ageing

Ageing is a chronic disease that needs daily treatment starting before the visible signs show, after all prevention is better than cure. As we get older, more intensive treatment is required. Daily treatment using the Environ® range will help reduce and delay the signs of photo-ageing.

Nourish

Environ® skin care products have been formulated to combat and relieve the harmful effects of today’s environment, specifically pollution and ever-increasing doses of radiation from the sun, due to the thinning of the protective ozone layer. Added to these are the modern-day effects of social and work stresses and poor diet.

The Environ® products offer a definite regime to nourish, protect and maintain a healthy, youthful and beautiful skin. Each product is made from the highest quality ingredients. They are mostly free from fragrance, preservatives, colourants and animal extracts.

Protect

Approximately 90% to 95% of what we think is inevitable ageing is the result of cumulative sun damage. Most of this damage is programmed into the skin in childhood, but it takes many years to manifest itself. Medical studies demonstrate that a great deal of skin damage can be reversed and cells can be protected to help prevent further signs of ageing.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy

legsThe successful treatment of unsightly surface vessels or veins, known as spider veins or thread veins, sunburst or starburst vessels, telangiectatic vessels or unwanted leg veins. Sclerotherapy treatment involves the injection of special sclerosing agents into the vein, followed by compression provided by support tights.

A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.

Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may be treelike and will resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may be linear and appear as thin separate lines. Linear spider veins are commonly seen on the inner knee, whereas the arborising pattern often appears on the outer thigh in a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Suitable for:
Age-marks, Pigmentation, Sun damage, Acne scarring and Skin Rejuvenation

A healthy glowing skin signifies youth and attpeelsractiveness. Smooth supple and bright skin is a reflection of inner health, wellbeing and happiness. In recent years significant progress has been made in aesthetics and cosmetology allowing specific and effective treatments for a patient.

Sun, smog, smoking, extremes of temperature and many other causes are a constant threat to the health and wellbeing of our skin. As we age these are the reasons that our skin loses it brightness and softness only to appear duller and lacking in moisture.

Jessner's Peel

These Peels have been used extensively for many years and are scientifically based. They debride and rejuvenate using:

Resorcinol: which is a peeling agent. It helps to provide a numbing effect and assists the penetration of the lactic and salicylic acid.

Lactic Acid: has a moisturising effect on the skin which enables it to work in conjunction with Resorcinol and salicylic acid to enhance the evenness of the Jessner's Peel.

Salicylic Acid: penetrates into the skin's follicles. It opens the sebaceous glands and stimulates the elimiination of waste.

Preparation

The skin must be prepared with Theraderm cleanser, exfoliant, OPC gel and moisturiser for two to three weeks prior to a Jessner's Peel. Patients should discontinue use of products containing retinols two weeks prior to their Jessner's Peel to avoid overpeeling.

The peel will cause a tingling and slight burning sensation which lasts a few minutes and is easily tolerated. Following the treatment there will be a period of skin exfoliation followed by the renewal stage.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.


Chemical peels - FAQs

How do I know it works?

These Peels have been used extensively and are scientifically based. They debride and rejuvenate using TCA to remove dead skin cells, azaelic acid to act as an antioxidant and salacetic acid to promote new cell growth. Kojic acid will suppress melanocytes to help prevent hyperpigmentation; and Vitamin C will promote collagen production.

How do I prepare for this procedure?

Your aesthetic practitioner will evaluate your skin, will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your chemical peel. It is important to be honest with your nurse about your medical history and your hopes and expectations.

What does the treatment entail?

The first stage of treatment will involve the application of a solution to achieve a uniform pH. The peel will then be applied. The patient may feel tingling or a slight burning sensation depending on the strength of the treatment required. This stage only lasts a few minutes and is easily tolerated. A cream mask will then be applied to the skin, which has both a soothing and renewal action. Finally a highly hydrating cream will be applied followed by a sun block. Following the treatment there will be a period of skin exfoliation followed by the renewal stage.

What results can I expect?

The renewed skin will be fresher, softer and smoother. There will be a clear improvement in the complexion and luminosity. Slight wrinkles or marks will be reduced or disappear, removing those imperfections caused by ageing, acne or the sun.

How long does the procedure take?

A light peel usually only takes about 10 minutes to complete. To achieve your desired results, further peels may need to be scheduled at regular intervals. Medium peels normally take about 15 minutes to treat the entire face. Two or more peels spaced over several months may be required to achieve your goal.

IPL Hair Removal

IPL Hair Removal

With the IPL ™ Hair Removal System, unwanted hair can be gently removed with a flash of light. Whether on the face, back, legs, bikini line or just about anywhere, IPL™ Hair Removal System safely and effectively eliminates stubborn and annoying hairs. For millions of men and women who suffer from unwanted hair, this is a dream come true!

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) is the next generation in effective hair removal and skin rejuvenation technology.

Traditionally, most cosmetic procedures have been associated with lasers. As technology has progressed, research has shown that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™), is regularly producing better results than the laser units originally available.

Pulsed Light units are non-laser, emitting light across a broad range of wavelengths that are preferentially absorbed by the appropriate structure in the skin.

IPL™ removes hair
IPL™ uses pulsed light to remove hair and impair hair regrowth. First, a cool gel, then a hand-held treatment unit is gently applied to the skin that disables hundreds of hair folllicles simultaneously. Actively growing hair in the treated area falls out within a week or two.

Benefits of IPL™ Hair Removal
The IPL process uses intense pulsed light to gently remove unwanted hair, putting an end to routine shaving and waxing. IPL™ treatments leave your skin looking and feeling smoother and silkier. This patented technology transcends the older, painful hair removal treatments to deliver long lasting results. IPL's wide beam treats larger areas such as the back, shoulders, arms, legs and face rather than treating one hair at a time. Best of all, IPL™ treatments are a safe, fast, gentle and effective alternative method for hair removal.

  • Larger areas may be treated at one time.
  • It works best with dark hair on light skin.
  • There is less chance for scarring and pigmentation change.
  • Less pain and discomfort compared to other hair removal treatments.
  • Combines the speed of shaving with the lasting results promised by electrolysis.
  • IPL™ is effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, younger-looking hair-free skin is desired.

Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.

Other Treatments

There are other treatments on offer including:


IPL Photorejuvenation

The Science of Light: IPL™ Helps Restore the Skin's Youthful Glow

Many skin complaints caused by ageing and sun damage can be successfully treated using the yellow light produced by the Energist Ultra. These include: redness, rosacea, age spots, freckles, pigment changes, skin texture and fine lines. Recent studies have shown that even active acne (Acne Vulgaris) has responded very well to phototherapy using yellow light.

IPL Skin Treatments using Photorejuvenation offers a solution that:

  • Addresses skin conditions that are most visible
  • Treats the entire face, not only small spots
  • Causes little discomfort
  • Offers an immediate return to routine activities
  • Provides gradual, natural-looking improvement
  • Produces long-lasting results

Photorejuvenation with IPL™ is the most versatile of all treatment options. Patients often schedule appointments during their lunch hours. IPL™ can treat numerous skin conditions at once. It is effective on red blemishes that originate from blood vessels, as well as brown pigment blemishes in the form of freckles, age spots and other sun damage. IPL™ also treats the neck, chest and hands, where sun damage is often most visible.


Elastence Skin Revitalisation

As we age, the level of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases considerably, leading to the appearance of ageing skin and the formation of wrinkles.

What is Natural Bio-Interactive Hyaluronic Acid?

The natural hyaluronic acid found in our skin carries out three important functions that are vital for a fresh and youthful skin.

It contributes to skin elasticity and firmness by maintaining a high level of hydration to the skin

It helps to improve and maintain skin tone by promoting collagen and fibroblast production.

It acts as an anti-oxidant by promoting free radical scavenger activities.

By introducing the skin to the exclusive patented formulation of Elastence, we can slow down the ageing process.

How is the treatment given?
This treatment involves a series of small injections into the skin using a very fine needle. It is relatively painless and a local anaesthetic cream can be used if required. A preliminary course of three treatments is generally required.

Areas that can be treated
It is ideal for improving the tone and hydration of the skin on the face, neck, decolette area and hands. Please feel free to contact us to book a free no obligation consultation.


Minor Surgery

Quite often we might feel dissatisfied with one aspect of our appearance, such as a mole, polyp, sebaceous cyst, seborrhoeic wart, or other skin lesion,. These can normally be removed, by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner, under local anaesthetic quite simply and painlessly. All such items, once removed are sent for independent histological examination to ensure peace of mind.

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