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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunbeds

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,

Helen


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 https://www.helencleland.co.uk/treatments/anti-wrinkle-treatment/

Or call 02142896997 or email helen@helencleland.co.uk

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


Mole and skin tag removal

How to remove common moles & skin tags non-surgically

Moles no matter shape or size should not be removed without seeing your GP or medical specialist first.

Moles can appear anywhere on the skin. Most adults have 10 to 40 common moles. They form when pigment cells grow in a cluster instead of being spread out throughout the skin.

Common moles are usually small, round or oval-shaped skin growths with a well-defined border. They may be colourless, pink, tan, brown or black.

Non typical moles look different. If they’ve appeared suddenly, are irregular in shape are different colours, are itchy or bleeding they may be a cancerous lesion.

They’re generally bigger and tend to have irregular borders and colouring. Most atypical moles are benign, though they are more likely than common moles to become cancerous.

Helen our nurse prescriber will make sure you have been to your GP or dermatologist to examine your mole to ensure its cosmetic and no anything suspiciuos. If its a common mole then we can help at our Cheltenham Clinic .

Self-checking moles

While they generally do not pose a health threat, moles should be self-checked regularly. Schedule a skin examination if you find a new mole or a change in an existing one. A mole that starts to change or grow in size could be a sign of skin cancer.

 

Whether you choose to have a mole removed for health or cosmetic reasons, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with first. It may seem convenient to use over-the-counter products or home remedies to remove small moles. But it is wise to check with your doctor to make sure the mole is not potentially cancerous. Once your mole has been examined by your medical specialist and they have said it is non-cancerous then I Helen Cleland can remove your mole in a non-surgical way. We use a device which will leave you as if the mole hasn’t been there at all. The procedure is carried out in our Cheltenham Clinic.

 

The NHS mole removal service

As the NHS is beyond capacity they will not remove non-cancerous skin lesions so best to come to a medical practitioner who has qualifications to do such a procedure. With my background in burns and plastic surgery I am not scared to turn you away and refer you to the relevant specialist if I think the skin lesion is at all suspicious.

The way a Common Mole is Removed

With BT plasma, the energy uses plasma, a special form of a gas that has an electrical energy, to work throughout the skin from the epidermis deep into the dermis. The Plasma causes a process called sublimation which turns a solid into a gas so results are instant with moles, skin tags and warts being removed in minutes.

 

  • The procedure – a local anaesthetic cream or injection to numb the area
  • The plasma BT shaves off the lesion leaving a flattened area
  • As a result a scab forms and under this the wound heals
  • Scab falls off after about 1-2 weeks depending where it is on the body
  • Skin under will be pink and should be protected with a 40Plus SPF to prevent pigmentation
  • After about 4-6 weeks the your skin should go back to its own skin colour
  • Some cases the skin may appreat slightly darker or lighter than normal skin colour

 

The results are great. there is no noticeable  scar or unevenness or suture line. Results are immediate.

 

Aftercare

  • Keep dry for 24 hours
  • Do not pick the scab
  • Ensure the area is kept dry after washing
  • Once the scab falls off massage the area twice daily with bio oil
  • Use a high factor SPF on the area 40 plus
  • Do not use steam rooms, swimming or saunas until scab falls off
  • Do not pick the scab or this may cause uneven scarring
  • Do not undertake a strenuous exercise for the first 5-7 days

 

 

 

Not suitable for

  • People who suffer from keloid scarring
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers
  • Cancerous lesions
  • Certain medications
  • Blood disorders

 

To find out more please visit my website helencleland.co.uk or call me 01242896997

 

Helen Cleland 23 St Georges Road GL50 3DT Cheltenham


LED light therapy

What is LED light therapy?

 
Have you ever thought about LED light therapy?
 
What is LED light therapy?
 
A combination of different light spectrums.
LED promotes healing, tackles anti aging, psoriasis, sun damage, inflammation, eczema and acne. It can also improve uneven skin tone and skin health. Dermalux uses the power of light therapy to stimulate the repair of skin damage.
 
A pain free treatment which gives you a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation. Thers no downtime so y0u can carry on your normal daily actitivities.
 
The light stimulates serotonin promoting well being. This may make you feel relaxed and calm. As the light stimulates circulariun you may feel a senssartion of warmth. The light does not contain any harmful wavelengths like UV rays
 
How many treatments do I need?
 
The light stimulates serotonin promoting well being. Making you feel relaxed and calm. As the light stimulates circulariun you may feel a senssartion of warmth. The light does not contain any harmful wavelengths, unlike UV rays. The best skin care route may be tailor made for you.
 
Light helps Acne, resulting in reduction in redness and pore size. This may take 7-10 days and reduction in spots within 2-4 weeks.  Peak results are within 4-8 weeks.
 
LED soothes inflammatory skin. Results will depend on the skin condition but are noticeable within 3 weeks from the start of the course.
 
Skin rejuvenates by plumping hydrated skin. redness and irritsation lessens too.
 
The Dermalux machine uses three different wavelengths. Proven to deliver results. They are effective as stand alone or together; this depends on the treatment required.
 
The different light waves red, near infra-red and blue light. Each light having specific skin healing properties. Individual structures targeted
 
Blue Light
 
The blue light is effective in treating all grades of acne. not only that the blue light prevents breakouts. Theres no need to use antibacterila skincare . The great thing about this treatment is that there is no downtime meaning you can have up to one session a day. The skin concern is treatable with rapid results.
 
Red Light
 
The red light stimulates a skin rejuvenation and anti-inflammatory prorperties. The effect on the skin by enhances cell function and cell proliferation. It expands the synthesis of collagen and activates the microcirculation and lymphatic system. It helps to stimulate and hydrate. This increases circulation in the skin giving a boost which reduces fine lines.
NIR The near infra-red light has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. This quickens the cell and tissue repair and release of growth factors. This wavelength works well with the red light to produce collagen and elastin. It treats rosacea, redness and psoriasis. Not only that it helps conteract the visible signs of ageing. It helps skin damage by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
 
In our Cheltenham Clinic we use the demalux for many treatments. I use to for rosacea and acne over many weeks for best results. LED can also be used following Botox ™️ or filler treatments if for example there is redness or a bruise. LED light will speed up the healing process and reduce the effect of the potential bruising.

Some FAQs

What should I Put on My Face Before Red Light Therapy?
 
Its recommended that you don’t use any creams or serums before LED therapy. This allows the light to penetrate the layers of skin.
 
1. Cleanse,
2. Light therapy session,
3. Apply your Vitamin C serum or any other serum like a retinol or moisturiser.
 
Does LED light tighten skin?
 
Red and blue lights promote tightening in LED skin treatments. The Red LED light acts on cells in the skin known as fibroblasts. , t
These play a role in production of collagen, a protein that makes up a large part of connective tissue. It also helps the skin to recover when it’s harmed
 
Which light therapy is best for wrinkles?
 
Red light.- targets the fibroblasts, which involve in the production of collagen. Collagen gives your skin its strength.
 
How long does Dermalux last ?
 
With an intense programme of 8-12 weeks this can last 3-6months. Its beneficial to have Booster treatments to maintain results
 
We can use Dermalux after treatment s suchas Botox™️ and fillers. This speeds up the healing process. After Microneedling it helps with potential bruising and wound healing
If you are interested in any treatments please get in contact Helen in the Cheltenahm Clinic 01242896997


What is PRP?

What is PRP

I have been offering this treatment in Cheltenham since 2017 and its a natural way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin with your own plasma.

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy has been used widely in medicine mainly in orthopaedic and sports injury treating muscle and tendon injuries to help with healing and repair.

In recent years it has been used in the aesthetics industry to help with hair loss, scarring pores and skin quality.

Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian posted on social media a couple of years back claiming she had the treatment which boosted treatments worldwide.

Blood contains lots of nutritious and nourishing elements which may be used to rejuvenate the skin.

Blood contains proteins named growth factors which trigger wound healing and tissue growth. These growth factors may help condition the skin.

  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Increase hydration in the skin
  • Stimulates hair growth

 

A blood sample is taken from the arm and then its spun in a centrifuge. This separates the blood into its component parts. The plasma separates form the red blood leaving an amount of the blood rich with platelets. The idea is that injecting PRP into skin tissues will stimulate your body to grow new, healthy cells and promote healing. The tissue growth factors are more concentrated in the prepared growth injections.

This is can then be injected directly into your skin, combined with filler, and injected, or applied to the surface of your skin following a microneedling or laser treatment.

So the good platelets increase the volume of healthy skin cells and help to plump up the skin and stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump too. The procedure typically treats the face, nose, décolletage & hands

Benefits

The PRP facial effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, scars, large skin pores and crepey skin

 

Your skin is likely to appear red and feel more sensitive post-treatment. Your skin may feel tight and uncomfortable. Any swelling, itchiness and redness should subside within a few days.

Additionally, because the injections contain your own blood products, there is less risk of an allergic reaction. There is a risk of infection, however its best to use a medically qualified, appropriately trained practitioner.

PRP therapy is unsuitable for anyone who has:

  • Liver pathology
  • A blood-borne disease such as Hepatitis C or HIV
  • Prescribed blood thinning medication
  • Open cuts, abrasions and wounds
  • Active cold sores or skin infections
  • Keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • Poor wound healing

My Patients story  (anon)

Helen carefully applied anaesthetic cream to my face and left it on for about 20 mins

About 10mls of blood was drawn from a vein in my arm. Helen then put the test tube in a machine that spun in order to separate the blood form the plasma. She then carefully injected the good plasma into my cheek just like she would do with filler. The rest of the platelets were carefully syringed over my face acting as a glide to the dermal needling device. So I had the ‘good parts” of my blood injected back in for self rejuvenation with my own  blood components.

It was refreshing to know that I was using my own platelets to rejuvenate my skin so there was nothing artificial. I felt a slight amount of pressure but nothing stingy or painful. The device glided over my face slowly making a slight buzzing noise. It wasn’t painful at all.

The treatment took about 30mins and afterwards a lovely smoothing serum was applied.

 

What did I feel afterwards!

  • Pink face until the following day
  • Felt a bit like sunburn
  • 2-3 days later my face felt tight and started to flake a bit as my skin was self exfoliating.
  • It was important to keep away form steam rooms, Jacuzzis and swimming to ensure I didn’t get an infection and to stop the gym for 48hours too
  • Avoid any facial treatments for 2 weeks

After about two weeks my face started to glow and my skin tone was more even. I also noticed my large pores had shrunk and I had fewer blackheads. Downtime was about one day and I healed really quickly. After about 4 weeks I noticed my wrinkles were softer and less noticeable.

 

It was important that I didn’t go for my weekly swim or sauna incase of infection.

I’m looking forward to the next treatment in one month’s time.

 

Please get in touch if you require any information, available in our Cheltenham Clinic with Helen Cleland  01242896997

 

 

 

 


What is microneedling ?

More collagen induction

So lets talk about microneedling

Microneedling is an aesthetic procedure. Thats why at our clinic in Cheltenham we think it should be carried out by a medical professional.

It involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles causing microscopic injury. The small wounds cause your body to make more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and help you refreshed exposing new skin cells. It freshens the appearance of skin giving a fresher, strengthened toned appearance. You might also hear it called collagen induction therapy. This controlled injury initiates a skin healing response, resulting in the increased production of collagen and elastin. The end result is thicker, plumper, firmer, smoother skin. Additionally, skincare products are able to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making them more effective.

In Cheltenham we find dermal needling is effective in Collagen induction and treats:

  • wrinkles
  • fine lines
  • scars (including acne scarring)
  • stretch marks
  • large pores
  • hair loss
  • pigmentation

Microneedling can be done in one of two ways:

One option is using a dermaroller. A cylinder with many fine, sharp needles is rolled over the target area. The needles are of various lengths, depending on the qualification level of the practitioner, the area to be treated and type of skin issue.

Alternatively, your practitioner may use a microneedling pen. These are handheld pen-like devices have around 12 fine needles on the tip. Once switched on, these needles move rapidly in and out of the skin, at a depth set by the practitioner.

You can use dermarollers at home, however, medically qualified practitioners can use dermarollers and/or microneedling pens, which penetrate deeper into the skin, giving much better results. Additionally, you are at increased risk of infection due to poor sterilisation and storage, and increased risk of track marks due to needles being blunt.

Microneedling can also be combined with other treatments such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, light peels and mesotherapy

Safety:

  • Microneedling is minimally invasive, requiring no downtime.
  • It’s considered safe for most people who are in overall good health.
  • The procedure isn’t safe for people who use certain acne medications or for women who are pregnant.
  • You’ll experience minor redness and irritation for a few days after the procedure.

Convenience:

  • Total prep and procedure time is about 1 hur 30
  • You’ll need to see a medical professional for safe results
  • You may need at least 3 procedures or more for the best results.

Cost:

  • Microneedling can cost anywhere from £200-400 per session. The overall costs depend on the size of the area being worked on.

Efficacy:

  • It’s considered effective in treating minor scarring related to acne, wounds, and aging. You’ll likely notice brighter, firmer skin, too.
  • Ideal results are achieved after multiple sessions.
  • Microneedling is far more effective than at-home rollers.

The procedure

Numbing cream applied and left  for 15-20mins

Cream is removed in sections and the face is needled at different depths depending on the patient, the tissue coverage and area of the face

A glide cream is used or specialised serums to nourish

Following the procedure the skin will look pink for about 24 hours and your face will feel abit like sunburn

It’s important to use the recovery pack for 5 days following the procedure and of course

Do not use any active ingredients on your face for about 7 days

No facials or heat treatment for 2 weeks

No sun exposure and continue to wear an SPF all year round

No swimming saunas or steam rooms for 2 weeks

And that’s the procedure for more information please contact me in Cheltenham  01242896997

For more information get in touch with ~Helen in our Cheltenham clinic

01242896997


The WOW facial

The WOW facial is a new facial in the aesthetics world that promises to give us all the amazing benefits of a standard facial – and more. It’s tailored to your specific needs AND its effects last longer! We are delighted to introduce this amazing medical facial to our portfolio in Cheltenham.

 

What is the WOW Facial?

When you think of a facial, well I used to think of -‘ a lovely 30 mins of pampering’, The WOW Facial is a hugely different from your average facial.

This one is like a facial on steroids. Why? The WOW Facial lasts over an hour and comprises 6 different stages. Best of all it’s completely tailored to your skin needs. So, if your main skin concern is acne. Likewise, if your concern is ageing skin – it’ll help with that too. Whatever your skin need it addresses most. Our Nurse practitioner in our Cheltenham clinic will assess your skin in a thorough consultation before the treatment to make sure its bespoke to you.

 

What are the different stages of the WOW Facial?

The consultation will determine your suitability and what is best for you to achieve glowing skin.

 

  1. Cleanse
  2. Peel
  3. WOW Fusion
  4. LED Therapy
  5. Mask
  6. Finish and Protect

What’s amazing about this treatment is that its multiple treatments in one!

Firstly cleanse and your skin will be prepped for the  following treatments.

Then, you’ll receive a light peel to help you slough off any dead skin and uncover a healthier glow.

Next step is the WOW Fusion, which is also a standalone treatment in itself. The WOW Fusion is a  microneedling treatment, where a mini microneedling device is used and a bespoke solution – a cocktail is mixed to suit your skin needs. Filled with  Hyaluronic Acid, vitamins, minerals and peptides, this mixture is penetrated into the skin to stimulate collagen production and hydration. And, as the needles are so tiny, you won’t have the level of redness you get with a standard treatment so no need to hide.

Step four is LED therapy. We use the most awarded Dermalux treatment to tackle acne, pigmentation redness .

Blue Light

The blue light is effective in treating all grades of acne and preventing breakouts without provoking the skin using anti-bacterial properties. The great thing about this treatment is that there is no downtime meaning you can have up to one session a day. This will mean the skin concern can be treated quickly and efficiently with rapid results.

Red Light

The red light stimulates a skin rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin by enhancing cell function and cell proliferation. It expands the synthesis of collagen and activates the microcirculation and lymphatic system. It helps to stimulate and hydrate circulation in the skin which gives the skin a boost which reduces fine lines and slows down the anti-ageing process.

Near Infra-red light

The near infra-red light has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect which quickens the cell and tissue repair and release of growth factors. It is the most deeply absorbed wavelength out of the three lights and works well with the red light to produce collagen and elastin. This light is used to treat rosacea, redness and psoriasis. It helps counteract the visible signs of ageing and skin damage by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Next another mask.

Packed full of gorgeous collagen, hyaluronic acid and more, to give you super soft, hydrated, healthy-looking skin. I

t’s the finish and protect stage This is where, based on your skin concerns, your practitioner will treat your skin to some lovely serums and creams, completely tailored to you, obviously. Then, sunscreen  SPF of 40 plus and you’re free to go

 

How often should I have  What can WOW Facial help with?

            Ageing / UV Damage

  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Excess oiliness
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dehydrated skin
  • Dull/tired looking skin
  • Acne scarring
  • Stretch marks

 

We use different cocktails to treat your concerns and give you the best result in our Cheltenham clinic in our Cheltenham clinic in our Cheltenham clinic WOW Facial results last around 3 months. if Botox is added helps to close open pores and restricts red facial vessels  reducing redness and roseacea.

It’s recommended you have at least 3 treatments in 6-8 weeks (one with botox if using ) and 2 to nourish and feed.

 

The good thing is that you can tailor the treatment to your needs and just go for the fusion which is the cleanse and needling part only without the other steps so there’s the option to suit everyone’s wants and needs if you haven’t factored in enough time.

 

 

For more information contact Helen Cleland Non Surgical Aesthetic Procedures In Cheltenham

in our Cheltenham clinic in our Cheltenham clinic 01242896997

 

Email: Helen@helencleland.co.uk


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?

Common

Bruising

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

www.helencleland.co.uk 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!
 
About
 
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.
 
Directions
 
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


Profhilo what is it?

What is Profhilo™️?

 It’s an injectable treatment to smooth out your skin soften fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone. It’s been around for a bout 7 years but has caused quite a commotion in the aesthetics industry. It achieves refreshed glowing skin.  Helen, our Nurse Prescriber was one the first practitioners trained on how to administer Profhilo In Cheltenham

So how does Profhilo™️ work and what are the benefits?

By injecting areas such as the face, hands, neck, sagging arms & knees. Hyaluronic Acid is used to boost hydration and improve skin quality by boosting collagen and resulting in improved texture, brightness to dull and aging skin and reducing saggining & crepey areas.

Profhilo™️ is classed as a filler however it differs as Fillers give volume to specific areas whereas profhilo doesn’t change facial structure but gives moisture and hydration to dehydrarted skin and results in a radiant appearance.

The treatment consists of generally 5 points on each side of the face . There will be a bit of stinging with each jab bit not painful. It works by hydrating beneath the skin acting as a deep moisturiser from the inside out. So firstly, it hydrates the skin and then stimulates the production of collagen which gives the skin strength and structure.

What are Profhilo™️ side effects?

 With little downtime – most you’ll get is a bit of lumpiness and redness . This takes about 24hours to subside. If you’ve had your neck treated its best to wear a scarf for a while. Makeup is a no due to the needle penetration

What’s the difference between fillers and Profhilo ™️?

Although these two treatments are both antiaging treatments and are made of the same “ingredients” they are not the same.  As we probably all know hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a gel like substance found in our skin to hold in moisture and keep our skin hydrated and supple. When we age this diminishes especially when women reach  menopause.

Its synthetically formed to copy what we have naturally and injected into the face to minimise wrinkles, modify cheeks, marionettes lip and many more features.

So filler targets specific areas to volumise, smooth out wrinkles and modify eg nose bumps and contours the face. Filler is usually concentrated to one area so if you were augmenting cheeks that’s the area you wound focus on and inject whereas with Profhilo it plumps freshens and tightens the whole face . So in comparison to filler tends to  stay where its injected whereas Profhilo speads underneath the skin at the 10 points of hydration. HA used in fillers is mixed with other ingredients , unlike Profhilo which is highly concentrated and purified HA. So whilst HA is the common denominator in injectables their HA used is very different

 

 

How does Profhilo™️ and filler benefit the skin?

 Just to summarise Profhilo™️ is like an internal moisturiser working from the inside out. Unlike off the shelf moisturisers Profhilo can penetrate to the dermal junction hydrating and rejuvenating where the skin needs it most. HA, if left on top of the epidermis will not be very effective as the molecule size is too large to hydrate the skin. As natural HA is found deep in the skin layers giving hydration in with collagen and elastin it increases suppleness when injected to result in maximum effectiveness being hydrated skin.

 

 

Profhilo™️ Dermal Filler
What it is ? Runny honey like HA Usually thick gel like HA
What does it do? Spreads under the skin plumps and hydrates aswell as stimulating collagen production Stays where its palced shapes, volumizes & fills fine lines
How often? 2-3 treatments 4 weeks apart followed by maintenance 1 treatment depending on area every 6- 18 months
Where can it be used? Neck, arms , knees decolletege Nose. Lips, cheeks temples, jawlines, tear troughs . nose , lines and wrinkles

How do we find out if profhilo is the right treatment for you?

We firstly do a thorough consultation to include a medical history and a fill facial and skin assessment . If the treatment is the right one for you we’ll give you all the information in both verbal and written form and give you time to think about it . My number is available for you to contact me aby telephone or in our Cheltenham Clinic during working hours. 01242896997