Posts tagged #Skin

Microdermabrasion in Manchester

What is a microdermabrasion treatment?

Microdermabrasion involves a stream of fine micro-particles being blasted across the face by a kind of skin vacuum cleaner to help improve the texture and appearance of the skin. The powder used varies and can include crystals of aluminium salts, sodium bicarbonate, or sodium chloride.

Movement of these crystals under pressure loosens and partially removes the outermost epidermal layer of the skin in a kind of sandpapering effect. Alternatively some systems use “diamond microdermabrasion” where the treatment tip contains tiny diamonds that abrade the skin. Once the outer layer of skin has been removed, the layers of skin beneath increase their production of new skin cells to renew the surface layer. It is a mild treatment causing minimal damage to the surface of the skin and therefore results are subtle and include a freshening in the appearance and improvement in the texture of the skin, and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles.

Microdermabrasion can:

 1.              Improve age spots and black heads.

2.              Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin).

3.              Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance.

4.              Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.

5.              Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

6.              Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores.

7.              Treat acne and the scars left by acne.

The treatment is usually painless and doesn't irritate the skin greatly. For more infomation on Microdermabrasion call 0161 485 8104 and speak to one of our highly experienced practitioners. 

Vampire Facial in Cheadle Hulme

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP therapy, also known as autologous rejuvenation therapy, is a revolutionary new treatment. It is often also referred to, by the media, as a “Vampire Facelift”, “Vampire Facial” or “Dracula Therapy".

PRP therapy works on the basis that the body’s own natural healing powers may slow and even reverse the ageing process – it’s a revolutionary repair system that places growth factors in the exact location where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself.

Blood is taken from the patient during the treatment, then treated to harvest the platelet rich plasma and re-injected into the desired area. The therapy is said to plump skin, fill out fine lines and wrinkles, and give an overall more radiant appearance.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has been used for a number of years in urology, ophthalmology, dentistry, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and sports medicine, to treat muscle and ligament injuries, pain problems, skin lesions and more. Due to the success of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in medicine, the procedure was then developed into a cosmetic procedure.

Platelets contain a high content of “growth factors” – proteins that help to heal injured tissue or damaged skin. Upon re-injection the platelets release their growth factors which trigger surrounding cells to proliferate, in turn stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.

If you are considering Platelet Rich Plasma therapy the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. Please ask a practitioner about anything you don't understand.

What is PRP Therapy and how does it work?

PRP therapy involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas, giving it the nicknames Vampire Facial and Dracula Therapy. Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

When the platelet plasma is injected into the skin, the platelets release their growth factors. The growth factors stimulate other cells surrounding the injection site, plumping them up and causing them to increase in volume. The platelet plasma sends out signals to other cells in the body when it is injected, telling them to rush forward to the injection site. One cell that is stimulated during the process is the fibroblast cell, which is the cell type that creates collagen. Collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance. As we age, collagen is produced less and less, causing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin, and therapies such as PRP therapy that stimulate collagen production can counteract this. Another cell stimulated during the process is the pre-adipocyte cell, which is a cell type that can convert into a fat cell, which is especially important in the face to fill out lines and to contour the face.

PRP therapy can be used on the face, particularly around the eyes, mouth and nose, the backs of the hands, and all over the body, more commonly the décolletage and even the knees to give skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.

What can PRP Therapy treat?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can be used to treat numerous cosmetic problems, such as fine lines and wrinkles or crepey skin around the mouth and nose, crow’s feet around the eyes and mild drooping or sagging skin around the eyes or on the cheeks. PRP therapy can also be used to improve the appearance of dehydrated or mildly sagging skin on the backs of the hands, on the tops of the feet, elbows and knees. It can be used all over the body.

In terms of medical treatment rather than cosmetic treatment, PRP therapy can be used to treat a multitude of problems, including osteoarthritis and ligament and muscle injuries. It has been used widely in medicine for a number of years.

How long will it take to recover from a PRP treatment?

Recovery time is minimal with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, much like a visit to the doctor for a blood test. The actual procedure of reinjection of the PRP involves the use of topical anaesthetic, although not always depending on the patient and area being treated, rather than local or general anaesthetic, meaning that most patients feel comfortable returning to their normal activities straight after the treatment or within a short while. 

What are the risks and potential complications from PRP treatment?

There are few side effects associated with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. You may also experience some tenderness and pain at the injection sites. However, any side effects should dissipate within a few days following the procedure.

Who should not have a PRP treatment?

To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who are unable to undergo more invasive procedures such as a full face lift, due to the risks associated with general anaesthetic (although it will not achieve the same results as a surgical face lift).

Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy.

Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates.

Who can perform PRP Therapy?

Only fully trained and qualified medical practitioners (nurses, doctors or cosmetic surgeons) should perform PRP therapy.

What is the average cost of PRP treatment?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy costs between £350 and £500 per session, depending on the practitioner. Generally, you need two to three top-up sessions after your first treatment, so you could pay between £700 and £1500, depending on how many top-up sessions you have. Further maintenance may be required.

Summary of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

PRP therapy is a revolutionary new therapy that is a safe and alternative treatment to various other non-invasive cosmetic treatments such as botulinum toxins and dermal fillers. It’s considered to be a natural treatment, as it uses the body’s own cells (blood plasma) rather than a synthetic substance.

Following PRP therapy, your skin will look more smooth, radiant and youthful.

There are very few risks associated with PRP therapy if it is administered by a fully trained physician. 

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What are chemical peels and are they safe?


What defines a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are substances used for the treatment of a variety of skin conditions including but not limited to sun damage or photo-aging, fine lines and wrinkles, superficial scarring, acne, and some pre-cancerous lesions. Additionally, they can help to minimize discoloration resulting from any skin insult commonly known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or from melasma and they work by producing limited and controlled injury to the skin, thereby promoting the growth of new skin with an improved appearance.

What's the difference between the superficial peels and the deeper ones we associate with extreme redness and shedding?

Superficial peels, which primarily target the very top layers of the epidermis of the skin, are most commonly composed of glycoloic or salicylic acids in various concentrations.

Medium depth peels are most commonly made up of Trichloracetic acid or TCA at varying concentrations, usually 20 to 35%. Medium depth peels also can consist of combination agents such as the Jessner's solution, which consists of 70% glycolic acid, and solid carbon dioxide with 35% TCA. The advantages of this combination medium depth peel is that one can achieve greater penetration with modest concentrations of the TCA, thereby avoiding potentially adverse reactions. Medium depth peels target the deeper layer of the epidermis and the superficial dermis of the skin. With this increased penetration, these peels can result in an impressive improvement in skin texture with a reduction in pigmentation, freckling and some pre-skin cancers known as actinic keratosis. Although fine wrinkles and some acne scars may become less obvious with medium strength peels, they do not improve upon deep wrinkles and furrows.

Deep peels are typically made up of an ingredient known as phenol. Phenols produce injury within the deeper layers of the skin or the dermis. These stronger peels can treat moderate to severe photo-aging and wrinkles. While deep peels can potentially offer the greatest level of improvement, they also require long recovery times and carry the greatest risk of complication such as scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Are they safe?

Yes. However, as with all things in medicine, they must be performed by a trained and experienced professional. There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration when performing chemical peels, including but not limited to: baseline skin pigmentation, the concomitant use of topical agents, potential for skin irritation, active skin conditions, and the propensity for scarring. Those with more darkly pigmented skin generally should only receive superficial peels or very mild medium strength peels with proper supervision and preparation.

What's the difference between in-office peels and at-home versions?

The main difference lies in the concentrations of each. Since in-office peels are performed in a controlled setting under the guidance of a medical professional, they can be performed at stronger concentrations for better results. Additionally, in-office peels can be performed in tandem with prescription strength topical agents for added efficacy of the peel.

Who should get peels and how often?

Anyone that is looking for modest correction of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and for diminution of the appearance of pores. Additionally, peels containing salicylic acid can offer improvement to those with acne prone skin, particularly when used along with topical agents. Generally, peels are performed every 3-4 weeks with an average of about 5 treatments.

For more information on Chemical Peels call 0161 485 8104 and speak to one our highly experienced practitioners.