Thursday, 28 July 2011

Lasers & blemish removal at the Coltishall Cosmetic Clinic.

Lumps and bumps are a very common complaint. These are not only a cosmetic issue but can cause symptoms such as itching, bleeding, catching on cloths etc.

Some darkly pigmented moles or changing, enlarging ones can indicate a need to see your GP or a dermatologist to exclude melanoma.

 Here we discuss some common types of lumps and bumps and treatment options.

Seborrhoic warts and skin tags are very common minor skin lesions which usually do not produce symptoms or turn nasty. These are very easy to remove very successfully with barely noticeable scarring.

Raised flesh coloured moles- these are again very common and usually do not indicate any significant problem. Most remain unchanged for many years. It is best to get them checked if there are any changes or concerns. These can be removed almost instantly with shave excision or vaporised with the laser.

Pigmented moles- are a little bit tricky to remove as we remove these with a margin of surrounding skin and this means the resultant scar is usually much longer than the original mole. We also recommend these be sent for pathological examination. Routine examination of removed tissue is best practice here.

Skin cysts- these can be removed through a very small hole in the overlying skin. We now treat most small and longstanding cysts with the help of lasers.

Lipoma-or fatty lumps can be removed through a very small cut in the skin.

Xanthelasma-these are small whitish fatty deposits around the eyes. Most of these can be very successfully removed under local anaesthesia. If these are very large, especially on lower eyelids then removal in a hospital setting may be required.

Broken veins/ birthmarks- most of these can be faded with the help of lasers and no surgery is normally required. A few sessions may be needed.

Rhinophyma or bulbous nose due to rosaces- this can be very successfully removed with the help of lasers. We may need to use 2-3 lasers and 3-5 sessions may be required. Results are very gratifying.

Warts- a variety of treatments are available and lasers are one option to cut off the blood supply so warts shrink and disappear. These can also be vaporised with CO2 laser.

Skin cancers-these are treated as a matter of urgency and treatment is available on the NHS. Laser therapy is not standard of care for skin cancers and we do not recommend it.

Log on to our website or call 0800 0430737 for more information or to book an appointment.

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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Wedding planner-how to look your best on your wedding day.

Anti-ageing specialist Dr Sanjay Gheyi MBBS MS FRCS BCAAM from Coltishall Cosmetic Clinic provides his tips for looking your best on your wedding day. The more time you have to prepare yourself the better it is. But if not, do not worry, our selection of treatments can do a wonderful job. A good moisturiser with SPF 25 and UV A & B protection, vitamins A,C and E based products are a good foundation for any skin care.

Treatments for the bride

Consider laser hair removal if unwanted hair is a problem. Don’t forget laser surgery to remove any unsightly blemishes or moles, lumps and bumps.

Try a course of very popular Photofacial™-  these are no downtime IPL and laser treatments and you get a beautiful complexion blending and brightening for your special day. Why not try it on neck, hands and décolleté for that flawless complexion! We recommend 3-5 sessions 2-3 weeks apart.

Fractional CO2 laser skin peel or deeper resurfacing to turn the clock back a few years! Especially important if you have issues with acne scarring or uneven skin texture. Try Madonna lift for rejuvenation of eyelid skin and crow's feet area.

Using a little botox™ can provide a smooth brow, forehead and iron out those crow’s feet and frown lines. Allow a few weeks for full effects to be apparent and these last about 4-5 months.

Restylane™ for softening nose to mouth lines, lips, cheek and chin enhancements, nose reshaping etc. Having deep lines can show with bright lights and photographers flashes from different angles. Why not fill out lines and wrinkles. Again allow a few weeks if possible but new technology now allows us to use these without any bruising or swelling and you can get back to your schedule immediately.

Dysport™ to eliminate sweaty underarms- You may not think you suffer from hyperhidrosis, but spending hours in a gown, stressful moments, pictures taking and speech-giving can induce sweating even in the calmest bride. If you are spending thousands on a gorgeous gown, protect it from unwanted sweat marks, and consider treating your underarms to minimise sweating.

The Mother of the Bride or Groom

Using Botox™ before your son or daughter’s marriage celebration is a great idea. Botox is fast, easy, has little down-time and will last approximately 4-5 months. It also helps with migraines, tension headaches and keeps you looking and feeling calm.

Dermal fillers- You can have a small amount or you can have a liquid facelift. Time is a little short to consider a facelift if that is what you have wanted, but a liquid facelift has several advantages-it is more economical, stress free and has no downtime.

You can tighten your jaw line without any downtime at all with radiofrequency technology.

Dysport™ to eliminate sweaty underarms- Excessive sweating can sometimes interfere with your well made plans for your son or daughter’s big day. Using dysport or botox to combat sweating works very well, and is a quick lunch time procedure.

IPL  Intense Pulsed Light treatments are helpful in removing sun damage (brown pigments such as sun spots and age spots, and red pigments such as broken capillaries, rosacea, and general redness). Creating more luminous skin with IPL treatments allows for a more even complexion and removes the unwanted effects of many years of sun damage. We recommend 3-5 treatments, approximately 2-3weeks apart, so be sure you leave yourself enough time to complete the series before the wedding. This treatment is so popular because there is little to no down-time. Areas such as the face, neck, chest and hands can be treated, as well as other areas, like the arms, which you may consider if your dress is sleeveless!

Laser skin rejuvenation With seven different lasers and light based devices at our disposal we are sure to have a treatment for your skin care needs. And, remember you are getting true skin rejuvenation and reduction in your skin age.

If you have wanted blepahroplaty [ eyelid surgery ] we can now do this laser eyelift avoiding downtime and cost of expensive operation.

Nice have treatments for everyone

Diamond microdermabrasion is a gentle, relaxing and enjoyable procedure. It provides you with a valuable ‘me time’ from your hectic schedule and you would love the smooth soft feel of your skin and luminous glow afterwards. This one is for everyone.

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