Monday, 29 June 2015

Gentle Laser Skin Rejuvenation - Also known as Polaris laser, Laser Skin Tightening or Laser Genesis.
 The perfect lunch-time procedure.

Gentle Laser Skin Rejuvenation - Also known as polaris laser, laser skin tightening, clear lift or laser genesis
The perfect lunch-time procedure.

What does it do?
It is an innovated, technologically advanced way to promote vibrant and healthy looking skin in men and women. The non-invasive laser procedure safely, discretely and effectively treats fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, uneven skin texture and diffuse redness. You can expect to see subtle results after just one treatment without unwanted side effects.
 For optimal results most people need 6-10 treatments.

What does the treatment feel like?
Patients describe the treatment as relaxing and therapeutic. You will experience a gentle warming of your skin’s surface as the laser headpiece is moved back and forth above you skin. Laser procedure is very comfortable; it’s sometimes called the warm laser facial. It is a gentle, relaxing and virtually painless procedure with zero downtime.

How does it work?
The effect that Laser treatment has on your skin is a gradual one. Most of our patients begin to see an improvement in their skin after about 3 or 4 treatments. 
We use a medical grade laser to gently heat the skin below the surface.  This “healthy heat” stimulates the body’s own natural healing response which stimulates new skin cell growth and collagen production. The texture of your skin literally becomes smoother. Depending on what you are having treated, pores get smaller, lines are decreased as your underlying collagen is refreshed, and color of your skin will even out while redness is diffused.

What is diffuse redness?
Diffuse redness is the appearance of facial redness, such as rosy cheeks. This condition is caused by dilated capillaries.  The most common areas are the nose, forehead and cheeks. Diffuse redness is often associated with a condition called rosacea. Laser treatment will help your appearance by gently generating heat in the dilated capillaries resulting in reduced redness.

How many treatments will you need?
People and conditions will vary in the way they respond, based on their skin biology.  Typically we recommend a series of 4 to 6 treatments to optimize the results.

How long does the treatment take?
Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes.

What are the side effects? 
Most patients report few if any side effects and return to their normal activities immediately following the treatment. You may be flushed from the heat but that will disappear within a few hours of the treatment.
 The most common side effect of Laser treatment is beautiful skin !

What can you expect?
Laser treatment can help restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance by smoothing out uneven textures caused by aging, sun damage or scars.  You will see a creamier, healthy complexion as large pores reduce in size, and minor imperfections are diminished.  The individual treatment results are subtle, but the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite dramatic.

Can anyone have it done?
Yes. Adults of all ages and all skin types can benefit from Laser treatment and can have it done year round. 

How does it differ from other laser treatments you offer ?
If you have obvious issues or medical conditions such as rosacea, acne, acne scarring or pigmentation issues then you need a customised treatment plan which may include any one or more of our sixteen lasers. We first suggest a consultation with our doctor for such problems.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Thread lift goes non-surgical. A unique non-surgical facelift from Coltishall Cosmetic Clinic.

We have been using a variety of face and neck lift techniques at the Coltishall Clinic. From Surgical face-lifts, laser facelifts, liquid facelifts to very gentle no needle radiofrequency lifts. Thread lifts have been around in various forms for last many years. Recent refinements however make this procedure very attractive.

So what has changed? Dr Gheyi MBBS MS FRCS BCCAM Medical director and laser surgeon explains- ‘three things’-

1] The procedure has changed from a surgical procedure to non-surgical. We do not need to use a knife anymore.
2] The threads have changed from permanent threads to reabsorbable ones-same as used in fillers.
3] The price has come down. In the past you could have a surgical face-lift for not very much more so I was reluctant to do a thread lift at such a higher price point. Now these advantages have resultant in a resurgence of interest in thread lifts. A thread lift enables two joint actions:
• A lift effect as soon as threads are applied for an immediate and discreet result.
• A regenerative effect, for progressive and natural results.

How is the procedure performed?
No special preparation is required prior to Silhouette Soft® treatment. After a small local anaesthetic, the doctor inserts the thread under the skin to a depth of about three to five millimeters. No incision is required, as the suture is inserted using a fine needle. It is held in place with absorbable cones.
Once the suture as been applied, the doctor performs slight compression of the tissue to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect. The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off. One or more sutures may be applied, depending on the patient and treated area.

What is the recovery like?
After Silhouette Soft© treatment, as with any cosmetic treatment, some slight swelling, redness or bruising may sometimes be observed, but these disappear within days.
There is sometimes a slight wrinkling of the skin (required for optimisation of the treatment), which disappears very quickly.

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

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Changing options for the treatment of unwanted veins.

Changing options for the treatment of unwanted veins. Days of open surgery, prolonged bruising and painful recovery are long gone. ________________________________________________________

There is no denying that patients today are choosing minimally invasive or non-invasive  options where possible. In the past there has been a degree of scepticism about benefits of such treatments. How can a beam of light replace a surgeon’s knife? Is this too good to be true ? Not anymore-

Today non-invasive methods are replacing surgery at a very fast rate. So much so that NICE -The National Institute of Clinical Excellence has updated it’s guidelines on the treatment of varicose veins. It has recommended Endovenous laser treatment as the preferred option, foam injections second and surgery where the first two options are not suitable or declined.

How is EVLT or endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins performed?

Endovenous laser therapy involves the insertion of an ultrasound-guided laser fibre directly into the faulty vein. Laser energy heats the vein from within, causing it to shrink, collapse and seal shut. Patients experience minimal discomfort, and they can return to normal activities the same day. Because there are many veins in the leg, the blood that would have flowed through the closed vein simply flows through other healthy veins after the laser therapy.

What about thread and spider veins on the legs?

Thread and spider veins can be like tips of an iceberg. There can be hidden Varicose Veins that need to be ruled out before undertaking treatments for these veins. This usually means an ultrasound scan. It is irresponsible to start firing a laser at thread veins without first undertaking a thorough clinical and ideally an ultrasound evaluation.  It is not a great idea to see a non-doctor with a laser as this is a dangerous tool in the wrong hands. We have seen patients with deep laser burns resulting from inappropriate treatments carried out elsewhere.

Usually microscerotherapy or microinjections into thread veins work well. For tiny veins we have a range of lasers that can be used.  It is important to choose a clinic with a range of lasers as one laser is never suitable for everybody.

How do you treat veins on the face?

Sclerotherapy is very valuable for treatment of leg veins but laser and IPL treatment is safer and better for facial veins. Facial redness and spider veins are a common cosmetic and medical complaint. These are particularly common in rosacea suffers. Common associations are seen with sun damage, a fair complexion, stress, spicy foods and fluctuations in temperature which exacerbate rosacea symptoms. As with many conditions, genetics plays a role too.
Numerous treatments are available but laser and light based treatments are the gold-standard treatment options. We have a comprehensive range of lasers to treat these very successfully. Usually a few sessions are required for best results.

What are venous lakes and can you treat these?

Venous lakes a common condition but unfortunately there is a lack of awareness even amongst the health professionals. Venous lakes are dark blue to violet compressible small swelling caused by swelling of venules. These are common on sun-exposed skin. They also commonly occur on lips and are uncommon before 50 years of age.

We have patients travelling from all over the country to see us and so far we have managed to clear all of these in just one or two sessions.

What other vein related conditions can you treat?

We can treat veins and blemishes such as angiomas, spider naevi, birthmarks and lumps and bumps anywhere on the body. With hand veins and blue veins on the temples it is better to disguise these veins by using fillers or fat injections rather than remove or zap these with the lasers as these may be normal veins which have started to become visible due to loss of volume.

For more information or to book an appointment, Call 0800 0430737 or log on to the website

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

So you are not ready for a facelift? But you want better results than popular non-surgical treatments. What are your options?

When we talk about a facelift we talk about skin removal which is surgery. Too many treatments have been named non-surgical facelift. Unfortunately none of these provide a true lift. All these treatments are capable of doing is skin firming or skin shrinking. That is not to discredit these treatments. In fact majority of our treatments are geared towards improving the skin quality and skin health.

The closest we get to a non-surgical facelift is skin suspension. Various threads have been used for this procedure but these are also considered surgical as a skin incision is required to anchor these sutures in the area of the temple. Recently a non-anchoring version has become available which are silhouette soft sutures. These are capable of lifting the skin without cutting. The downside- results are not permanent. These are a good option if you want to try a reversible facelift without the knife. You can get this repeated later or you can move up the next step which is silhouette lift or even higher up the surgical ladder with skin removal and tightening of the underlying layer.

But I don't like the idea of a thread in my face and I also don't want the knife. Is there nothing else you can offer me?

The answer is yes I can. I can use a dual-plane laser facelift. How is this done? We use a numbing solution along the sides of face and neck. Then we introduce a hair thin laser fibre under your skin and activate the laser. The laser energy heats and shrinks the deeper layers of the skin. Then we use a co2 laser on the skin from outside to tighten the top layers of your skin further.

Is there an advantage to these treatments if you are recommending them, I hear you ask?

The answer is yes. A facelift only removes the excess skin. It does nothing to the remaining skin. Skin treatments such as lasers, LED, Radiofrequency, peels and even microdermabrasion help improve the skin quality. Patients often ask me- I only want one procedure doc. I don't have the time to do other things for my skin. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts in life. If you want to maintain skin health you have to invest in it. Skin is the largest organ of the human body and needs looking after. You can't just have one facelift and forget about it. Skin health is a life-long process. 

Contact us by phone 0800 0430737 or via the website

Monday, 9 December 2013

Minimally invasive neck lift. Platysmaplasty

Minimally invasive neck lift

If you with to have a neck left but wish to avoid incisions on your face then this may be an option for you. This procedure is suitable for patients with visible neck bands or fat under the chin, jowls or neck.
This procedure is a combination of laser liposuction  and neck muscle tightening or platysmaplasty purely under local anaesthesia.
Laser liposuction is done through tiny 1mm incisions under the chin and ears. These incisions heal to be  virtually invisible.
This is followed by neck muscle tightening through a tiny incision in the preexisting neck crease.
This is a small procedure with great results.
It can be combined with CO2 laser resurfacing for knife less face and neck lift.
Modern technology and technological innovations allow us to provide great results without general anaesthesia, prolonged recovery or high cost.
Please call 0800 0430737 to book your appointment.