Why is Sun Protection important?

Sun Safe Summer- How to protect your skin!

Many new patients come to me asking for fillers Botox etc. We all know that prevention is better than cure. That’s why one of the first questions I ask is How do you protect your skin??

Well, most people use skincare that’s high street and its not really that effective in protecting your skin. It’s never too late! The first protection I would recommend is a physical sunscreen that factor  40 plus and  that’s free from chemicals and that can protect your skin effectively all year round.l

Surprisingly, many people are unaware of the dangers of the sun and its detrimental effect.   So here’s Some advice to  enjoy outdoors safely.

We all look and feel better with a hint of colour but what is the SUN really doing to our SKIN?

The 6 things that influence skin ageing, laxity, pigmentation and skin cancer.

Most factors we can control, however some we can’t.

  • UV rays
  • Smoking
  • Diet –  sugar in take
  • Environmental factors (pollution)
  • Genetics and gender
  • Ethnicity

At Helen Cleland Non Surgical we can advise you on the most suitable sunscreen for YOUR skin type.

UV radiation is made up of UVA and UVB rays which are able to penetrate the skin and cause permanent damage to the cells below: UVA penetrates deeply into the skin (the dermis) causing genetic damage to cells, photo-ageing (wrinkling & blotchiness) and immune-suppression.

  • UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling, and suppression of the immune system. These rays can penetrate through glass so we cannot avoid it. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer.
  • Decades of burning and cumulative exposure may cause Skin cancer.
  • Damage in childhood causes elastosis, premature wrinkling and age spots.

As we age the skins ability to rejuvenate lessens. Childhood burning on at least 6 occasions increases the risk of skin cancer. Throughout childhood our skin cells can renew but as we age the body’s ability to repair diminishes resulting in mutations and skin cancer. This is why generally age spots, pigmentation, deep wrinkling and skin cancers appear over 40 years.







86% of Malignant melanomas are linked to UV damage and sunbeds 10 times stronger than the midday sun. Using sunbeds for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma skin cancer by 59%. Regular sunbed use under the age of 30 increases the risk of skin cancer by an alarming 75%. The most common misconception is the vitamin D debate. For most people just going about their normal business in the summer months is sufficient to produce the required vitamin D levels. We certainly don’t need to sunbathe to make enough vitamin D. We can also get vitamin D from certain foods including milk, fish, egg yolks, and fortified cereals. Another common misconception: that sunbed use prior to going abroad builds a natural defence to the sun’s rays, the fact is that UV exposure from sunbeds is exactly the same as the damaging UV rays produced by the sun.

The basic rules PROTECT

  1. Wear long sleeves a hat and stay out of the sun especially between 12-3
  2. Wear sunscreen daily even in the winter months
  3. Reapply a sunscreen regularly depending on exposure
  4. Use a reflective based natural sunscreen as chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream rapidly
  5. Do not sunbath, as when your skin goes brown the DNA and dermal cells are damaged.

Sunscreens nowadays can be:

  • Environmentally friendly -Reflective sunscreen (physical)
  • Tinted – so you don’t have to use a foundation
  • Natural ingredients
  • Safe to use – non-toxic and free from oxybenzone
  • Easy to reapply- user friendly size

What skincare? I recommend  chemical free, reflective sunscreen that uses natural ingredients to prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin once applied. I can provide a range of medical grade skincare products help prevent premature aging, acne, fine lines and pigmentation.

Please get in touch at our Cheltenham clinic  if you want to learn more – 01242896997

Best regards,


How does Botox™️ Work?

Did you know that Dr Carruthers an eye specialist discovered something spectacular

Botox™️ Smooths out Wrinkles

Before 1987 Botox was being used in traditional medicine. Medical issues such as muscle contractures, squints, eye twitching.

Dr Jean Caruthers used it to treat eye twitching. It was her patient who noticed a smoothness around her eye area. Light bulb moment! Dr Jean Carruthers teamed up with her husband Alistair who is a dermatologist. They knew they were on to something big. From then they trialled and wrote papers on Botox. which resulted in treatments to smooth out lines. Using it on the frown line & progressing to around eyes and forehead area. Later, other areas of the face became acceptable for use . areas suchas jawline, neck bands, dimpled chin, droopy mouth & bunny lines.

How does Botox™️ smooth out wrinkles?

So there are two types of wrinkles static and dynamic. Static which appear at rest .(without making and expression like frowning). Dynamic -which will only appear when e.g. frowning or smiling.

Static lines form over time, by using the muscles to make the skin wrinkle. Aging causes loss of strength and structure in skin. This causes the skin to weaken and the lines become ingrained in our skin. The skin doesn’t smooth out when we aren’t making that smile or frown. So these wrinkles become visible even at rest. If you treat these with Botox™️ the lines will not disappear but will soften over time.

Dynamic lines- these only appear when we make the expression. When the muscles are at rest they disappear. So if you’ve Botox™️ and you smile you won’t get those smile lines at the side of your eyes.

Botox™️ doesn’t work straight away it take roughly around 2-3 weeks to be effective.

You may feel your muscles feeling weaker over this time it lasts usually about 3-4 months.

A very common question I get asked ” Will it cause me to look older”? Research has proving ed, that once the effects of Botox wear off, your face will NOT look older. Actually, the opposite happens. This is due to the muscle not contracting and wrinkling the skin for a period of time.

Botox injections help you get rid of some of the unwanted wrinkles. If you have wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, chin, jawline, droopy mouth, gummy smile. it also helps with teeth grinding by softening the muscle that allows us to grind.

Not only that Botox™️ treats excessive sweating. It blocks the nerve signals which activate the sweat glands. In turn limits sweat production. This treatment lasts from 6-12 months being very effective.

Others ways way of using Botox™️ is to use it very supweficially on the face to tighten up enlarged pores. Botox works on the oil producing glands slowing down oil production. Not only that it constricts little capillaries which may cause redness.

This is a new way of using Botox™️. We combine Botox with  vitamins and minerals  & HA in a micro needling device to give our face a glow wow facial. This may last 3 months.

To find out more

Or call 02142896997 or email

Helen Cleland our in house Nurse prescriber is available in our Cheltenham Clinic.

Are Lip Fillers right for me?

Katy’s Lip filler Journey

Katy had called me a couple of times in my Cheltenham Clinic but due to her fear, she was too scared to make an appointment for a consultation. After about one year of researching, she decided to come and see me.

On meeting Katy, she was quite nervous and she advised me of her concerns. She showed me a picture of her smiling. In this picture she said it looked as if she had no upper lip as it seemed to disappear when she was smiling. She was also concerned about the possible level of pain.

After looking at her teeth I realised Katy had a protruding lower jaw. Her bottom teeth sat in front of her upper teeth) which made her top lip recede.

Katy asked me what I could do to plump up her top lip with filler  and make it visible and not to disappear when she smiled.

I explained that the natural ratio for lips is 1/3 top lip 2/3rds bottom lip. Anything goes these days depending on what the patient requests.

Yet, if someone asks me for something that is extreme, I will not perform the procedure. Here at Helen Cleland Non Surgical Aesthetic procedures in Cheltenham we aim to achieve a natural

Most people request the bottom lip is bigger than the top and in proportion. I would fill out the top lip to be more aesthetically noticeable and in proportion to the bottom lip.


After checking Katy’s medical history form which was not contraindicated to treatment, I explained all about lips and their natural proportion

Katy asked the common questions See the results below.


1.Will it hurt?

Anaesthetic cream will be applied for 20mins this will anaesthetise the surface of the lips so will minimize the sting . There is also anaesthetic in the product, so the stinging lessens as we proceed

2 . What are the possible side effects?



Pinpoint bleeding

Swelling usually for 48 hours

A Very rare complication is into a vessel so if any severe pain or mottling later. I must be informed immediately

Every medical professional emergency protocol and medication in their emergency bag if there were to be a complication. I advise all my patients to call me text me send picture if they are at all concerned about anything post procedure.

How long does it last?

Usually 6-9 months . Given that we are moving our mouths and eating the product may breakdown faster than other fillers. It also depend on your own metabolism

Other areas of advice

It’s normal to feel lumps straight after treatment. These will go as the product integrates into the tissue which usually takes about 1 week but can take

I then proceeded to go through the aftercare

  • No touching for 48hours, No makeup 48 hr No exercise 48 hour
  • No alcohol for 24 hours as it will make you bleed and bruise more
  • Avoid any heat saunas sun steam facial for 2 weeks
  • Use ice on the area for that night onl
  • If lips feel dry use some paw paw with a clean cotton tip
  • Expect swelling the morning after the procedure
  • From 48hours onwards the swelling should subside
  • The product settles in natural HA by 2 weeks
  • Any concerns please get in touch
  • Come back in 2 weeks for a review.
  • Avoid kissing or massaging your lips directly after the procedure and possibly for up to 24 hours if it is your first lip filler injection. Do be gentle with your skin while washing for 24 hours.
  • Don’t use and exfoliating agent for 24 hours or any harsh cleaning products
  • Stay hydrated as drinking water will increase the longevity of the treatment

After removing Katy’s makeup, I then used as gentle antiseptic. I utilised my magic anaesthetic cream to help numb the lips. This stays on for 20 minutes to ensure Katy is as comfortable as possible. I proceeded to draw my points and inject Katy’s lips carefully and slowly to reduce the stinging and to be more precise.

The procedure went according to plan with the usual pinpoint bleeding. Katy did have one bruise on her right bottom lip which disappeared within a couple of days. As explained and expected swelling was at its worst the the morning after the procedure. This is due to your circulation not being as efficient whilst you’re asleep and not moving much. During the day as you move around the circulation is more active and swelling subsides.

After 2 weeks we had a review Katy said she was delighted with the results and said she will be back soon. She also expressed that it wasn’t as bad as she thought and the stress ball I gave her to squeeze did take her mind off things. The result was natural see below.

Katy was so pleased that she gave me a 5-star review on google.

Thanks so much Katy!

To find out more contact 01242896997 for online booking in Cheltenham



Why do we need Collagen?

Why do we all need Collagen?
Loss of collagen with age
During ageing, skin loses its firmness, resulting in wrinkles and a loss of elasticity. Lines and wrinkles form as collagen starts to deplete. after the menopause the body’s collagen production decreases by 30% per annum in the first 5 years. That’s why to improve wellbeing we may want to boost our body’s Collagen in the form of supplements.
Why we all need collagen?
Collagen is a protein that makes up around 30% of all the proteins in the human body. As a protein it is especially abundant in the skin where it represents around 80% of the dry weight of skin.
Collagen acts as the glue that helps hold us together. It occurs in all mammals and is also common in plant and marine life.
The matrix
If you imagine collagen like a rope strong and flexible .
Collagen forms connective tissue in hair, nails, skin, bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It allows bones to bear weight. It also forms scar tissue Collagen.
There are many types of collagen that occur in the body. The most important of these are types I, II and III. Type I collagen is found in tendons, skin, artery walls, eyes and the organic component of bones and teeth.
Type II collagen is present in cartilage and makes up 50% of all cartilage protein. Type III collagen is important for skin rejuvenation. It’s also found in muscles, artery walls, skin, intestines, and the uterus.
Collagen works with elastin and hyaluronic acid to enable skin strength.
Formulated for skin
The Proto-col range of Bioactive Collagen Peptides® designed to support skin health. It features collagen that is most beneficial to our skin.
Environmental factors suchas, UV rays, pollution, aging and nutrition all affect skin health.
Collagen can help slow down the skin metabolism that impairs collagen production
Once you start taking these collagen supplements you will find
firmer and smoother skin with fewer wrinkles.
Collagen is the major structural component of skin, comprising about 80% of dry weight of skin.
Collagen is more effective when ingested, as it slows down the breakdown of your own collagen.
In contrast, serums and skin creams reach a superficial layer thus less effective.

Collagen Shot (blood orange flavour)
Strongest on the market!
This collagen drink has 2 types of collagen aswell as zinc, biotin, copper and vitamins B6, C and E . This helps maintain normal skin and support the formation of collagen. The vitamins minerals and antioxidant will further help your skin health.
The collagen drink increases skin elasticity and reduce the volume of fine lines.
 I recommend  Proto-col Collagen Shot – Blood Orange flavour
x 10,000mg per serving, 10 day supply its the most concentrated form of collagen on the market!
Bovine collagen peptide has similarities to our DNA and this aids effectiveness. Each 50ml bottle delivers 10,000mg of pure collagen.
Studies confirm this form of collagen addresses
skin health , including skin elasticity,firmness as well as wrinkles.
Key benefits
  • Softens the depth and volume of wrinkles
  • Improves skin elasticity
  •  Increaseds Skin tonicity and firmness
  • Reduces appearance of cellulite
  • Helps to improve wound healing
  • Heightens Nail growth and density
Other ingredients
  • Biotin – Mantianins normal skin and necessary to maintain energy and general vitality.
  • Copper – Helps connective tissue and the normal function of the immune system.
  • Vitamin B6 – Reduces fatigue and improves the function of the immune system.
  • Vitamin C – Assists collagen formation normal function of cartilage and skin.
  • Vitamin E – Is important as a powerful antioxidant for the body.
  • Zinc – Contributes to the maintenance of normal hair.
Drink 1 bottle daily for 4 weeks, 8 weeks or longer for increased benefits.
Proto-col Collagen Shots- room temperature. Shake well before use.
Once opened, consume within 24 hours
For more information call 01242896997

What are dermal fillers?

What are Dermal Fillers?


The most common type of dermal filler is made from Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Its temporary and can also be dissolved if needs be so its the safest form of dermal filler. This gel like substance is actually  found naturally in our skin. HA is also known as hyaluronan. It retains water 1000 times its weight, keeping skin moist and lubricated. Over half  our HA is found in the skin. Coupled in with elastin (giving elasticity) and collagen (strength), HA gives our skin that plump rejuvenated look. It also helps with soft tissue growth, prompts your body to make more collagen and elastin, keeps your skin moisturized, prevents tightness, boots elasticity, and reduces scarring.

Dermal fillers are copied to mimic our own HA therefore the body accepts it easily. There are no anaimal products in HA. HA is widely found in the cosmetic and medical aesthetic world. Aesthetic Doctors and Nurses use injectable dermal fillers to replace lost volume, address lines, wrinkles, contour and revitalise the skin






How Long does it last?


Dermal fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on the type of filler and where it’s injected whether it be for fine lines or lips or cheeks. The more volume that’s required the more viscious the product. Filler usually lasts between 6 and 18 months.

Will 1ml of Filler be enough?


Treating with 1ml at a time is certainly appropriate for some areas, such as volumising lips or having small tweakments into other areas of the face. Sometimes, however, more than 1ml may be required – in the cheeks, for example – as 1ml may not make much of a  difference.


As a  Nurse Prescriber I Helen Cleland, will guide you through the process of a thorough consultation and assessment to ascertain if you are the right candidate for dermal filler treatment. I provide natural results at our Clinic based in Cheltenham town centre in Gloucestershire.



As we age our HA content reduces drastically and that’s why when we mature our skin becomes :-


  1. Dry
  2. Fine lines and wrinkles appear
  3. Facial volume loss
  4. Sagging


Not only that, due to years of exposure to UV rays, smoking and pollution this accelerates the depletion of HA along with collagen and elastin.




How does it work?


  1. Supplements HA dosing of 120-240mg per day is shown to increase skin moisture and slow down decline
  2. When applied to the skin in the form if serums skin may appear smoother. However, this depends on the molecule size of the HA and if it can penetrate the skin layers and work from the inside out. Off the shelf skincare products wont be able to penetrate deep enough for an effective result.
  3. Hyaluronic acid significantly decreases the depth of wrinkles and enhances skin firmness and elasticity.
  4. Using injectable fillers cause collagen and elastin stimulation – As the needle penetrates the skin this stimulates collagen and elastin production, HA is made of different molecule sizes which means it can be used to contour, enhance & volumise. It can also be used to give deep skin hydration to improve skin quality you may have heard of  Profhilo or skin boosters
  5. Dermal filler can be used in different areas suchas crows feet (around the eyes), droopy mouth, sagging jawline, to enhance cheeks, to fill in sunken temples, reduce nose bumps & enhance chins

How does it benefit me ?


HA replaces lost volume. This hydrator works from the inside out giving deep hydration which skincare can’t possibly do to the same extent. Our Nurse Prescriber Helen finds in Cheltenham that the most common treatment for filler is lips and cheeks. These areas lose volume as we age causing cheek hollowing and lines form around the lips. Dermal filler enhances the lost volumes in our cheeks so give a lift and defined cheeks and it not only fills out the body of the lips but supports the upper lip area reducing upper lip lines too.

What are the longterm benefits?

  1. Produces long-term collagen and elastin production- Aging causes gradual depletion of elastin and collagen apart from during the menopause as collagen decreases by 30% in the first 5 years of menopause
  2. Fillers can be used in combination with other products giving natural results such as BotoxTM and LED light treatments to improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles
  3. I provide natural results that are achievable to e.g. replace lost volume in cheeks or to tackle superficial lines around the lips
  4. Ive found results are immediate and true results happen after one to two weeks once the slight swelling has subsided. Cheek filler can last 18 months and lips 6 -9months
  5. Research shows that Fillers help boost self confidence
  6. I find dermal filler is also effective for lifting and smoothing out scars and decreases shadowing especially under the eyes



We can help rejuvenate and enhance your skin by smoothing contouring and replacing lost volume. Helen Cleland Non-Surgical Aesthetic Procedures is situated in her Cheltenham Clinic in the town centre. Helen has a total of 28 years as a Nurse with experience in Burns and Plastics as a theatre and Anesthetic Nurse with 14 of those specialising in facial Non Surgical Aesthetics. For more information & booking please contact Helen 07518957182 email:

What causes eyebags ?

Most of my patients  complain about wrinkly eyelids as they age. Its one of the most common complaints with my patients.

So why do they happen and what can we do about them?

As eye lid skin  (lower and upper) is the thinnest skin in our bodies it tends to wrinkle and sag  sooner than other areas of the face. Not only does our skin wrinkle easily but the supporting muscles and underlying tissues weaken causing loss of elasticity and strength. Unfortunately genetics may have a lot to do with it so we may have hollowing under the eyes which is commonly known as a tear trough. Other problems are fluid build up and the descent of the under eye fat pad causing eye bags.

So How do we help eye bags


What causes eye bags?

  1. Lack of sleep
  2. Allergies
  3. Excess crying
  4. Aging- excess skin
  5. Sluggish lacrimal gland
  6. Fat pad migration
  7. Thyroid problems
  8. Pigmentation under the eyes causing shadowing
  9. UV damage


Common Complaints

Everyone complains about wrinkly lower lids as they age. Its one of the most common complaints with my patients. As eye lid (lower and upper) is the thinnest skin in our bodies it tends to wrinkle and sag most sooner than other areas of the face. Not only does our skin wrinkle easily but the supporting muscles and underlying tissues weaken causing loss of elasticity and strength. Genetically we may have hollowing under the eyes which is commonly known as a tear trough. Other problems are fluid build up and the descent of the under eye fat pad causing eye bags.


Ways to help eye bags

Puffiness-  This is caused by a collection of fluid under the upper and lower lids caused by sluggish drainage in this area as we age. If you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning the aim is to reduce this swelling.  This usually resolves itself by the end of the day but with some people it’s a more permanent fixture. There are some home care treatments which can help.

What can we do to reduce this puffiness?

  1. Cold compresses:  reduce and constrict the blood supply reducing swelling
  2. Caffeine: used as a skincare serum constricts the blood supply and helps reduce oedema – `I can recommend elastiderm by Obagi
  3. Hemorrhoid creams:Some people pat over-the-counter creams. This product has ingredients such as phenylephrine which narrows blood vessels to reduce swelling. Please use these products with caution: They may cause irritation in this sensitive area. Also, it’s important to keep this medication from getting in your eyes.

If you’re really  fed up with under-eye bags, these medical treatments can improve and even eliminate them:

Nonsurgical options
These non-invasive treatments smooth the under-eye area:

  • Filler– this treatment is only suitable for certain patients and not if you have puffy eyes (collection of fluid under the eyes). Suitable for under eye hollowing plus or minus pigmentation. This treatment places a filler- hyaluronic acid, which is a jelly-like substance/ non animal where the under-eye area and cheek meet to create a smooth transition. The injection is performed using local anaestheic topically and in the product it lasts 6-12 months.
  • Laser or microneedling These treatments remove the surface layers of wrinkly skin in the under-eye area and stimulate new collagen growth, resulting in firmer skin. Results can last years, depending on your skin type and sun exposure.
  • Chemical peels:A chemical peel also treats wrinkly under-eye skin by removing superficial top layers. A clinical application of a chemical solution dissolves old skin cells to reveal tighter, brighter skin. Depending on your skin type and sun exposure, results can last a few years.
  • Non -surgical eyelid lift– Aging using the concept of self rejuvenation this ablative treatment causes slight injury to the eyelids stimulating collagen production and skin tightening

Surgical option
A lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) is an outpatient procedure where the surgeon readjusts the fat in the lower eye area and tightens the muscle and skin to create a smooth appearance.

If any of these treatments are of interest to you please get in touch



Why to stop using off the shelf skincare


Skin Health

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is just as important for your body’s largest organ, your skin, as all the others. Good skincare goes hand in hand with healthy skin. In fact, the condition of your skin is a good indicator of your general health. Even if you are giving your body the right nutrition there are still many environmental and lifestyle factors working against you.

That’s why it’s helpful to know about natural and prescription skincare products. These products contain ingredients you can apply topically to help your skin texture and tone, working from the inside out. Some serums can work on the outside layer too.

As we age our fine lines appear. We suffer from skin laxity and pigmentation. Skin may become more sensitive and prone to Eczema, Rosacea (skin reddening eg flushed cheeks) and Acne.

Our products can:

  1. Treat pigmentation
  2. Relieve Eczema
  3. Improve Rosacea
  4. Improve acne
  5. Treat dry skin types
  6. Treat oily skin types
  7. Treat laxity
  8. Treat photodamage and lines
  9. Sensitive skin
  10. Mange scars and burns

These effective skincare serums and creams are only available via a Nurse prescriber or Doctor as these require prescription, they  can’t be bought off the high street .


 Facts about some off the shelf high street skin care products

–  Irritants and harmful toxins found in some off the shelfskincare


  • SLS and SLES (sulphates)- these are used as foaming agents in some cleansers. This destroys the protective barrier of the skin by stripping the skin of its natural oils and causes persistent dryness and irritation.


  • Parabens– mimic the natural hormone oestrogen and disrupts the hormonal balance and may lead to cancer. Parabens also disrupt the endocrine system and may cause developmental problems


  • Polyethylene glycol or acrylic polymers – These are plastics which may be used as a thickening agent in serums and cream which again irritate, congest and clog the skin causing acne outbreaks. They also slow down cell turnover preventing healing, rejuvenation and prevents the absorption of serums applied following this.


  • Don’t be fooled by mineral oil– A by product of crude oil it binds to moisture and your skin will feel smooth short term. Combine it with paraffin it will clog pores and increase water loss and long term cause dryness and skin breakdown.


  • Acetone– Used as the main ingredient of nail varnish remover, it has found its way into skincare products. It strips the skin of its natural oils and with longterm use can cause dermatitis. It can be used professionally as a one off prior to chemical peels to degrease the skin.


  • Phthalates– A group of chemicals that are disruptive to the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Such interference can lead to developmental, reproductive, and neurological damage. Specifically, phthalates are shown to decrease a woman’s egg quality and quantity.


  • Oxybenzone– Most sunscreens (chemical) on the high street shelves contain a harmful chemical called oxybenzone, which has been shown to be carcinogenic and hormone-mimicking



  • Triclosan- Although an antibacterial, found in cleansers, triclosan is known to be both harmful to the endocrine system and the environment. It breaks down slowly so its flushed into our oceans.


We have a skincare range incorporating Clean Science. We use medical grade ingredients to target specific skin conditions. Alumier products work from the inside out allowing its unique formulas to penetrate into the dermis where the corrective process begins. It has hyper-customised effects, bespoke to your skin’s needs. Our natural plant based ingredients are sourced ethically: no toxins and no chemicals.



For issues such as pigmentation, dry skin, acne, aging skin and rosacea please contact Helen for your bespoke skin analysis and medical skincare regime. 07518957182

menopause and the skin

The Difference Between Botox™️ & Dermal Fillers

There are a number factors which cause lines and wrinkles on our face

The first signs of skin ageing are the result of deeper changes that seem invisible at first. You may start to notice the surface-level effects though, for example, dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and wrinkles, or the loss of skin radiance and skin texture

As we age further, our skin’s ability to renew itself slows and key building blocks such as elastin and collagen become damaged and aren’t produced at the same rate as before. As a result, your skin loses elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to deepen. In addition, your skin may appear duller  Dark spots and uneven pigmentation are a further sign of ageing, which is why they’re often called ‘age spots’.

With time, the skin’s barrier function also weakens, making it more sensitive to external stressors, such as heat or pollution. Skin may become dryer. Reduced blood circulation can cause paler skin and the loss of that rosy complexion.

As the clock keeps ticking, the muscles within the face lose elasticity too, causing a loss in volume. As we reach our 40s, fatty tissue from around the eyes and cheeks moves downwards towards the neck and jaw area causing sagging and a change in the shape of the face.

Other external factors

  • Sun exposure. Olay’s latest research reveals that external factors, including UV exposure, are more important than genetics when it comes to skin ageing1. It’s estimated that 80% of the visible signs of skin ageing, such as the majority of wrinkles, are caused by exposure to UV rays2. Despite common misconceptions, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan, bronzed skin is a sign that the sun’s ultraviolet rays have damaged the skin. However, it’s never too late to start looking after your skin by ensuring you wear a daily face cream with at least SPF40 all year round.
  • Pollution. Dirty air can exacerbate the skin ageing process and cause premature wrinkles and age spots. Keeping your skin’s protective barrier strong is an effective first line of defence against pollution.
  • Smoking. By accelerating your skin’s ageing, smoking may cause wrinkles and other premature signs of ageing. Wrinkles are usually deeper and more pronounced in smokers, and the smoke itself can contribute to skin dullness. For your skin’s appearance and naturally for your overall health, it’s best to stop smoking.
  • Facial expressions. Smiling, frowning and squinting can cause lines and wrinkles to appear. While we would never recommend smiling less to prevent those ‘laugh lines’, you may choose to wear glasses or sunglasses to prevent squinting, or try to do more of the things that bring you joy so that you frown less.
  • Weight changes. If you gain or lose a significant amount of weight, your skin has to stretch or retract in response. When weight fluctuates a lot, your skin’s elastic structure can become damaged, and it may not spring back as it may have done when you were younger. As we age, our skin naturally loses its youthful, elastic structure, and stretched skin from weight change can contribute significantly to the visible signs of skin ageing.
  • Not taking care of your skin. Not washing up your make-up in the evening, or not giving it enough hydration with a great n also result in visible signs of ageing. Taking care of your skin today will have its reward tomorrow.


Botox ™️ (Botulinum Type A) is used cosmetically to smooth out lines and wrinkles mainly on the face. It’s is a protein which  acts on the action of the muscle freezing the muscle and preventing it to contract in its natural way. As the muscles of the face are responsible for facial expression these in turn cause wrinkling of the skin by expression. When we age the skin loses its elasticity and strength causing the lines to be present even at rest these are called dynamic lines.  So Botox™️ targets specific muscles and is injected in liquid form to the muscles which cause this wrinkling . the most common areas of concern are

  1. Frown (between the brows
  2. Crows feet ( sides of eyes)
  3. Forehead

Other areas are correction of droopy mouth, bunny lines jaw slimming and neck lines . Botox lasts 3-6 months depending on the individual.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal filler is made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a gel synthetically formed to imitate what we have naturally. HA is a natural occuring substance in the  human body which attracts water and plumpness to the skin. When we age it diminishes and combined with shinkage of fat pads, bone reabsorption and decrease in skin quality generally many of us loose facial volume and liones and wrinkles appear. We can have hollowing It’s now  created synthetically to fill in fine lines ,contour and create volume, and to revitalise the skin. Dermal fillers are gel like substances which range from a very fine filler for fine lines and wrinkles to a volumising which product, eg. to give a defined cheek bone. Fillers generally last between 6-12months depending on the area treated. Common treatment areas are Cheeks, lips, tear troughs, lip lines, droopy mouth lines , crows feet and jawline. The HA retains water so thats why it’s important to drink plenty of water to help with the longevity of the treatment.

At our clinic we provide a detailed consultation prior to any treatment and its bespoke to you. A full facial analysis is undertaken which takes approximately 30-45 minutes so we can provide a treatment plan bespoke to you.

For more info why not book a consultation 075218957182       

Why am I getting lines above my upper lip?

Lip wrinkles form above the lip and penetrate deep into the body of the lip. Aging Over the years we are continuously using our facial muscles more so than other parts of the body due to facial expressions, eating , kissing and playing wind instruments. As the skin loses elasticity and strength due to the drop in oestrogen,  during the menopausal years coupled with the repetitive movement of the oral muscle (perioral), loss of facial fat and hyperactivity of the muscle fine lines and wrinkles appear. It doesn’t help with those of us who wear lipstick as we tend to get lipstick bleed.

So how do we replace that lost volume?

  • Avoid ~UV rays – were hat and factor 40 plus all year round
  • Avoid smoking which encourages us to pout whilst drawing on that cigarette, not only that the smoke inhale slows down circulation to the skin causing dehydration and lines
  • We can start looking after our skin by using medical grade skincare with ingredients which will not only stimulate collagen production but will protect, strengthen & nourish our skin
  • We can use clinical treatments to stimulate the production of collagen (which strengthens the skin) like micro needling , skin peels, laser treatment and BT plasma
  • We can utilise a filler that is fine enough to strengthen those fine lines and replace lost volume
  • We can rejuvenate with LED light treatment
  • With moderate lip lines botulinum toxin can relax the muscle to smooth the skin

To find out more please get in Touch Helen or 07518957182

What’s an antioxidant? Focus Vitamin C

It’s the most abundant and powerful antioxidant available to humans. Humans source it from fruit and green leafy vegetables. But there is another form it can be applied to benefit our skin.

Vitamin C is readily available in topical form and is more beneficial than the oral route when relating to the skin. Vitamin C is found in the two top layers of the skin. As we age our vitamin C levels decrease. Aswell as this oxidative stress such as pollution, climate, sun rays and smoking can cause further depletion of Vitamin C levels.

Vitamin C protects the skin from the UV rays as it neutralises free radicals (the molecules which strip the nutrition form the skin). In combination with sunscreen Vitamin c can protect the skin form sun damage. Sunscreens block 55% of free radicals and with extra protection from topical vitamin C this protection can be increased by a further 20% as Vitamin C neutralises free radicals. Combine Vitamin C with victim E and this makes it more effective and available to the skin.

Vitamin C is known as the super antioxidant due to the fact that it induces collagen in the skin giving it strength. Studies have shown that continual use of topical vitiation C reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Another wow factor with vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory too as it supresses the amount inflammatory properties and is very effective in rosacea and inflammatory acne. Look out for L-asorbic acid (vitamin C)as this is more available to treating the skin effectively.

Using vitamin C

  • It should be applied in the morning after cleansing
  • Combine it with vitamin E makes it more effective
  • Specially formulated to allow maximum efficacy
  • Reduces the visible signs of aging for all skin types
  • Vitamin Rich Smoother is a powerful multitasker that works as a primer by smoothing skin texture and delivering anti-aging vitamins C and E.
  • This formulation is the perfect base for makeup; its silky consistency evens out skin texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and
  • wrinkles, and leaves skin looking and feeling smooth.
  • It must be kept out of direct sunlight as it becomes inactive

For your medical grade product and more information please contact Helen Cleland Nurse prescriber.