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Minimally invasive, non-surgical medical aesthetic treatments have recently grown in popularity. Specialist beauty treatments such as Botox injections, laser hair removal, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation and chemical peels have been developed to treat wrinkles, acne and sun damaged skin, and to remove unwanted hair and thread veins. Discover the huge variety of treatments available.
Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural, man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed for injection into the skin and lips; including hyaluronic acid.Find out more..
Acoustic Wave Therapy (also called sound, pressure or shock wave therapy) has been shown to safely reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve the tone, elasticity and firmness of the skin.
Alevere therapy® is a comprehensive weight loss and body contouring programme that consists of four different techniques: ultrasound therapy, connective tissue massage, medical diet and stabilisation.
The Alkaline Wash system, available through the Danne Montague King product range is designed to reduce fine, downy hair on the face and other parts of the body.
The need to achieve significant weight loss, due to obesity, is a growing problem. For those seeking medical intervention to help them through this journey, there are medically-led, anti-obesity solutions such as prescribed weight loss medication or slimming pills. These are available through private clinics.
The female menopause, and male andropause, can cause symptoms such as a lack of energy, sweats or hot flushes, mood swings and reduced libido. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is an alternative treatment to the synthetic hormones, used in conventional Hormone Replacement Therapies (HRT).
Botulinum toxin type A, know by the brand names Botox (Vistabel), Dysport (Azzalure) and Xeomin (Bocouture), is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It is licensed as a prescription only medicine and can be used to treat wrinkles like frown lines and crow`s feet as well as hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. As a prescription only medicine, it requires a face-to-face consultation to determine your suitability for treatment.
Carboxytherapy, also referred to as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is becoming more widely used within UK aesthetic clinics for skin rejuvenation and cellulite reduction.
Cell Therapies like Recell® use the patient’s own skin cells to repair and rejuvenate the skin; treating lines and wrinkles, scars and burns.
Cellulite is often referred to as looking like “orange peel” on the skin. Endermologie® is the world’s first patented mechanical cellulite treatment technology to be approved by the FDA.
The use of chemical peels to soften and improve the appearance of skin dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Today, scientists have identified numerous forms of acid which can be used to treat skin.
Cosmetic skin camouflage is the art of concealing a discolouration, blemish or scar with the application of specialist camouflage creams that are matched to the surrounding skin tones.
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive fat removal procedure. It involves the cooling of subcutaneous fat cells, which induces lipolysis, the breaking down of the fat cells, without damaging any of the surrounding tissues or the skin.
Focused Cold Therapy, generically known as cryoneuromodulation is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles using highly pressurised nitrous oxide, as a toxin free alternative to botulinum toxins.
Dermal fillers are made of various kinds of natural, man-made or synthetic materials that have been developed for injection into the skin and lips; including hyaluronic acid.
Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP) is a new name for "Advanced Electrolysis". ACP uses either Short Wave Diathermy or Blend to treat unwanted skin blemishes, such as warts, skin tags, moles and other benign growths, as well as thread veins and vascular conditions with no mark left on the skin.
The first recorded use of electricity for epilation or hair removal was in 1875. Currently, needle-type electrolysis is the only method which can guarantee permanent hair removal. Advanced techniques are used to also remove lumps and bumps such as moles and warts.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition whereby a person has abnormally increased or excessive perspiration or sweating. miraDry is the first and only device cleared by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of excessive underarm sweat.
Unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing (Fractional Photothermolysis) only damages small zones within a target area, causing fractional trauma and quicker recovery.
The Hydrafacial ™ hydradermabrasion treatment marketed as Skin Health For Life™ uses patented Vortex fusion tips to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, as well as extracting impurities and hydrating the skin using specific serums.
Infra Red Laser Skin Tightening, currently available in the UK using the Titan device, is the latest, minimally invasive way to tighten skin and reverse the signs of ageing.
Unlike dermal fillers which are aimed at mechanically filling wrinkles, folds and skin depressions, tissue stimulators are injectable products which cause a biological reaction in the tissue.
Intravenous or IV Nutritional Therapy delivers a controlled dose of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients directly into your body intravenously or directly into your bloodstream through your vein.
Many different types of Laser and IPL, or LHE devices have been developed to remove body hair to a significant degree. This section contains more info on treatment cost, side effects and UK clinics.
Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Light Heat Energy (LHE) and Light Emitting Diode (LED)technologies have been developed to treat a variety of skin problems including sun damage effects and wrinkles.
Laser and light technologies have been developed to treat people with a variety of different skin problems including pigmented (skin colour, birthmark) and vascular (vein) problems.
Fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis, is very common. It is caused by a fungus, similar to the one that causes Athlete`s foot, which attacks the fingernails or more commonly toenails. Laser treatment is effective for fungal nail infections.
The removal of tattoos using lasers has been carried out for over 20 years; the use of certain lasers, Q-Switched Ruby and Nd:YAG, have become the preferred method for tattoo removal treatment.
The use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), red, yellow and blue light sources for the treatment of acne and for skin rejuvenation.
Until recently, topical preparations and oral medications, including antibiotics, have been used almost exclusively to combat acne. Now laser & light-based technologies and photodynamic therapy had been shown to improve acne.
Lipotherapy or Injection Lipolysis treatment involves the use of an injectable solution to break down stubborn areas of fat, which are then eliminated through the body`s own lymphatic system. Products include Aqualyx.
Medical Skin Needling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy and Micro-Needling is aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Mesotherapy is a medical technique used for the treatment of cosmetic conditions, including skin rejuvenation and improvement, hair regrowth, localised fat reduction and as a treatment for cellulite.
Micro-current therapy has been available in the UK since the early 90s with the introduction of the CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) which is known as the original non-surgical face lift. It can also be used to treat other areas of the body, such as mild lifting of the breast.
Microdermabrasion helps improve the texture and appearance of the skin using a stream of fine micro particles which partially removes the outermost layer of the skin and stimulates new cell growth.
Reconstructive or medical micropigmentation attempts to correct or camouflage birth defects, repair disfigurement from accident or illness and simulate the areola after mastectomy.
The specialist techniques used to create semi-permanent make-up are often referred to as micropigmentation and provide an alternative to cosmetic pencils applied to the eyebrows, eyelids and lips.
The use of high frequency microwave energy has become available in the UK for the treatment of thread veins and other skin lesions through thermocoagulation. An example of this is Veinwave or Thermavein.
No-needle mesotherapy (e.g. Eporex™ & Acthyderm®) seek to encourage the penetration of topically applied active ingredients through the skin using mild electric currents to treat ageing & reduce fat.
Plasma skin resurfacing (PSR), available from the NeoGen Plasma Skin Regeneration System, uses the energy source of plasma to deliver heat to a targeted treatment area to achieve skin rejuvenation without effecting the surrounding tissues.
Plasma Sublimation or Soft Surgery allows the treatments of the signs of ageing and skin complaints, without actually cutting the skin. It can be used for non-surgical eyelid reconstruction (blepharoplasty), removing lines around the mouth, improvement in the appearance scars and treating a number of skin imperfections.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, also known as the vampire facelift works on the basis that the bodys own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process .
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin causing tissue tightening, heating of fat cells and increased blood circulation for body contouring, fat and cellulite reduction treatments.
RF energy is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure for facial rejuvenation.
Common scars that affect many people include acne and chicken pox scars. Less common raised, red scars known as keloid scars or atrophic scars where the scar tissue is sunken away from the level of the normal skin surrounding it are able to be treated with the application of various products.
Sclerotherapy was developed for treating varicose veins. Microsclerotherapy is a technique of injecting thread veins with a sclerosant that causes swelling in the vein’s wall which destroys it.
There are many hundreds of different types of cosmeceutical skin care products on the market today that contain active ingredients and claim they can improve wrinkles and the appearance of ageing.
SPF, UVA, UVB? All too confusing? Dermatologists recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum (covering a wide range of wavelengths) UVA and UVB sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Ultrasonic Body Contouring, available in the UK using the Ultrashape® and LipoSonix® devices, is the latest, minimally invasive way of effectively removing excess fat cells from the abdomen, thighs & flanks.
Ultrasonic skin tightening, introduced with a device called Ultherapy, is a non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses micro-focused ultrasound waves to stimulate collagen production, resulting in an uplifted effect to the face and neck.