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LED Phototherapy

LED Phototherapy

Is a non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of pure light to accelerate the skin's natural rejuvenation and repair processes.  Utilising long established LED technology, it is a clinically proven and effective treatment for a wide range of skin concerns including acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and ant-ageing.  It is also used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affected disorder (SAD).

How Does it Work?

As a result of ageing, problem skin conditions or trauma, healthy cells are compromised and unable to renew themselves normally.  Our skin has the ability to absorb light and use it a source of energy to stimulate natural cell processes, promoting healing from the inside out.  LED Phototherapy uses specific wavelengths of light to recharge these cells, energising them to heal quicker and rejuvenate faster.

How Safe is the Treatment?

LED Phototherapy doesn't use heat or chemicals and the light doesn't contain any harmful UV wavelengths so can't damage skin cells.  It is one of the safest ways to treat all skin types and conditions without risk of iritation, unwanted side effects or downtime.

Can Results be Seen Straight Away?

The visible effects are immediate and wakens a tired and dull complexion.  After one treatment skin is hydrated, plump and radiant and any redness and irritation is calmed.  A course of treatments offers the corrective and lasting improvement in the appearance and health of the skin.

How many Treatments are Required?

This can vary with age, skin type and condition.  the results are cumulative and improvement will continue even after the treatment has stopped.  Treatments taken in quick succession will achieve optimum results and maintenance treatments may also be recommended.

To see some before and after photo's please look at our Dermalux treatment page and should you have any questions or wish to book for an appointment please contact me.

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Posted by Donna at 15:28

Rosacea

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a chronic condition which affects the skin on the face and is characterised by flare ups and periods of remission.  It affects approximately 1 in 10 people in the UK and usually occurs around middle age in fair skinned individuals, women being more commonly affected, however men often have more severe symptoms.  It initially starts with facial flushing and redness and telangiectasia become more prominent (these are tiny blood vessels under the skin).  Some people also suffer from small red spots (papules) and small cysts (pustules), this is called acne rosacea and may remain if left untreated.  Some people also suffer from eye problems and also thickening of the skin, especially of the nose which is known as rhinophyma (bulbous bumpy nose). The mid face - cheeks, nose, forehead and chin are the most commonly affected areas.  Patients may have some or all of these symptoms. 

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause is unknown and although these is no known cure there are medical therapies available to control the symptoms.

Common Treatments

Treatments vary depending on the individual patient and the symptoms they experience and may need to be altered depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Various oral and topical medications may be prescribed to treat the acne and there is now a medication available which reduces the redness.  This often brings the condition under control and then topical medication can help to maintain remission.  Flushing is often brought on by trigger factors eg, spicy food, alcohol, extremes of temperature, stress so it is important to avoid these trigger factors if possible.  Avoid strong sunlight too and if outside always wear a high SPF 30+ and wear a hat too.  Use gentle skin care or skin care specifically for rosacea to prevent aggravating the condition.

To treat the telangiectasia (small red blood vessels) IPL or laser is often used to destroy these vessels but without damaging the surrounding tissues.

 LED Phototherapy is often used to treat the redness of rosacea too.

Should you suffer from rosacea and are unsure of what treatments are best for you Allure Aesthetics offer a variety of treatments from specialist Rosacea skin care to LED Phototherapy.  Call today for a free no obligation consultation.

 

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Posted by Donna at 12:19

What are Cosmeceuticals?

What are Cosmeceuticals?

Cosmeceuticals represent a collaboration between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and are applied topically.  They contain certain ingredients that manipulate the biological function of the skin to improve skin tone, texture, clarity and lines and wrinkles by delivering nutrients essential for healthy skin.  Most cosmeceuticals can only be bought through aesthetic clinics or dermatologists, rather than over the counter in high street stores.

4 Steps to Healthy Skin

1.  Cleanse the skin - Daily cleansing is essential for healthy, hydrated and supple skin

2.  Correct the skin - I will recommend a specialist corrector to treat a wide range of concerns from premature ageing, sensitivity, dehydration and congestion.

3.  Hydrate the skin - To ensure skin stays healthy, hydrated and supple, a suitable moisturiser is required.

4.  Protect the skin - UVA and UVB light rays are the most damaging elements to the skin causing premature ageing and skin damage.  It is essential to wear a sun protection factor daily all year round.

Posted by Donna at 18:00

How do I choose the Best Filler for Lip Augmentation?

With so many different dermal fillers out there, how do you choose which one is 'the best?'  Do you follow a friends recommendation?  Does price affect your decision?  Do you take the advice of your injector?  With over 160 different brands of dermal filler to choose from it really can be a difficult decision.  Hopefully this blog will help you choose the filler most suited to your needs.

Out of the 160 different brands of filler available in the UK, there are less than 10 FDA approved fillers, this means the product has gone through a strict process to regulate and approve the product is safe to use.  As a practitioner I want a product that has gone through strict approval as my patients safety is the most important thing.  Brand names such as juvederm, Restylane, Belotero have all been approved.  These manufacturers will produce clinical studies and safety data.

What Look are you Hoping to Achieve?

Many patients want a natural enhancement, the most common phrase I hear is "I don't want a trout pout" ie, unnatural look.  The main consideration is the natural shape and size of a patients lips and what their side profile projection is as this will determine how much product is required and where it is required to be injected.  Also in the mature patient the surrounding tissues may be compromised so filler may be required to treat peri-oral lines (smokers lines) or oral commissures (down turn of the corners of the lip and hollowing below this area) to create structure prior to treating the lip area.  Another consideration is the duration of the product.  Products like Juvederm Volbella have clinical studies suggesting the results should last approximately one year, however many of the other products last approximately 6 months depending on each individual patient.

As a practitioner safety of the product is my first choice and I always use FDA approved dermal fillers.  I choose products containing lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic as it makes the procedure more comfortable for my patients, I want a product that lasts and provides great results and is nice to inject.

My Personal Choice

For a more natural lip enhancement I like Juvederm 3/Smile or Juvederm Volbella.  For someone looking for more volume Juvederm 4 or Juvederm Volift provides excellent results.  Many clinics use other fillers and this depends on the practitioners choice.

Should you wish any more information on lip augmentation, call the clinic on 0141 882 0027

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Posted by Donna at 17:00

What is meant by 'The Triangle of Youth?'

For years practitioners 'chased lines' by that I mean, we assessed the face and saw the deep naso-labial lines (lines from the nose to the mouth), so we injected filler into the lines to replace the lost volume.  What we didn't do was consider how these lines came to be there in the first place and treat the cause.  

The 'triangle of youth' is a commonly used term in aesthetics but what does it mean? The triangle of youth refers to the widest point of the face, in a young person this is across the top of the cheeks, with the narrow point of the triangle at the chin.  However in a mature adult, due to the ageing process this triangle is reversed and the widest part becomes the jaw line, with the narrow point at the bridge of the nose.  This is known as the 'pyramid of age.'  This is due to lost volume in the cheeks, fat pad separation and loose skin, all which cause jowls.

 

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As we age our skin structure changes - our skin becomes thinner, the collagen and elastin breaks down and we lose hyaluronic acid and so we gain lines and wrinkles.  This can happen from around the age of 35.  As we reach 45 bone resorption takes place and the face can appear longer with noticeable volume loss to the cheeks, naso-labial lines (nose to mouth lines) and the corners of the mouth may start to droop causing a sad appearance and people often comment that their top lip seems to be 'disappearing.'

How do we Recreate the 'Triangle of Youth?'

To restore the 'triangle of youth' we need to replace the mid-face volume loss.  By using fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or Radiesse we can create fuller cheeks or increase the volume to the mid face which will re-structure and create a lift to areas such as naso-labial folds, marionette lines and oral commissures.  These areas may still need treated but not to the same extent, as we are treating the cause of the loss of volume.

Allure Aesthetics can help you to regain the youthful look again.  Call or email for a complimentary consultation today.   

Posted by Donna at 16:23

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