Friday, 20 January 2017

Facial Fillers with High & Low G Prime - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gels or compounds which we inject into the face to fill in creases, folds, and deep wrinkles and to volumise an ageing face and lift the cheeks. Fillers are rated for viscosity and elasticity which is also called G Prime. Fillers with high G Prime offer better structure than fillers with low G Prime. The higher the G Prime in the filler, the better the lift, as it's firmer and tends to keep its shape.

The viscosity in fillers, relates to the flow and how spreadable the filler is. The thicker the filler, the better it keeps its shape, while a thinner filler will be more fluid. The G Prime or elasticity, describes how the filler retains its shape against facial movements, like when you're smiling and frowning.

There are many different types of fillers on the market. Some fillers are thick and firm, and some are softer and runnier. Things that distinguish injectable fillers include; the elasticity and how well the material sticks together, the G prime and its ability to withstand gravity and facial movements and how well the filler spreads.

The dermal fillers used at Selston Cosmetic Clinic are Hyaluronic acid based fillers or a calcium hydroxylapatite filler.

We use:
  • Restylane range
  • Juvederm Ultra
  • Radiesse is a calcium hydroxylapatite based filler.
  • Teosyal Kiss
Hyaluronic acid is the most common type of filler used in cosmetic treatments, and it's also a substance that's found naturally in our bodies. Babies have lots of hyaluronic acid and this is why they have plump, round cheeks. As we grow old we lose volume in our faces, the cheeks deflate and excess skin falls toward the jaw line, giving us sagging jowls and wrinkles. If you imagine your face is a balloon that's being slowly deflated, well, dermal fillers can help to re-inflate it.

Higher G Prime in a filler means a higher degree of thickness, and the thicker fillers are able to give more lifting. Fillers with lower G Primes are softer and spread through the tissues easier and moves better within the face. For nasolabial folds, adding definition to the chin and cheek enhancement; a filler with a high G Prime is a better choice to lift and contour, because it can lift and support the skin and surrounding structures. A lower G Prime filler has thinner flowing gel and is better suited for areas near the eyes and the lips, because it's more fluid.

Thicker dermal fillers with high G Prime help to restore the skin, giving it the underlying structural support that it lacks, while thinner G Prime fillers are best for smoothing and softening, and not supporting.

Clinic Manager.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Dermal Filler Treatment for Tear Troughs & Eye Bags - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

The older we get, the more we can expect to notice changes in our face, such as dark circles and the deepening of the hollows under our eyes. When we are young, the area under the eye is plump and firm, but as we age we start to lose volume and we develop a sunken dip under the bottom eyelash line to the upper cheek, giving us a tired, aged appearance.

Tear Troughs before and after treatment
The Naso-Jugal groove, also known as Tear Troughs are the sunken in, or hollowed out area below the eye, and these hollows are usually caused by the thinning of the skin and sagging of the cheek tissues. This happens because of the ageing process, genetics, unhealthy lifestyle or by sun damage.

Fresh looking eyes are a big asset to the overall appearance of a youthful, healthy face. Deep hollows under the eyes can seem very ageing and leave you looking like you haven't slept in weeks, and over time the hollows change in appearance and become longer, deeper and more shadowed.

Deep unsightly hollows can now be corrected with advanced dermal fillers. Filler treatment also helps to correct dark shadowing under the eye. Loss of volume in the tissue under the eye and above the cheek cause troughs to appear and they often look worse when we're tired or dehydrated.

The Tear Trough procedure is an ideal treatment for:
  • Sunken eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Tired looking eyes
  • Eye bags

At Selston Cosmetic Clinic we use Teosyal Redensity 2 for tear troughs treatment, and they cause less swelling which is a bonus when treating this delicate area. Hylauronic acid is a substance which naturally occurs in the body and these fillers are non animal based and are very safe to use. Fillers are an excellent option to correct mild to moderate hollowing, and can successfully mask the bags under the eyes.

A detailed knowledge of the anatomy is essential when treating this delicate area and Dr. Bassi has over 10 years experience as a specialist cosmetic practitioner and has performed thousands of injectable treatments.

To minimise any discomfort, a topical anaesthetic cream gets applied about 20 minutes before treatment starts, numbing the skin and easing any pain. The treatment only takes twenty to thirty minutes to complete and the results are instant. There's minimal downtime, although you may have a little bruising, as the skin under the eye is very delicate. Teosyl Redensity II will rejuvenate tired looking eyes to create a more youthful appearance that lasts up to twelve months.

Clinic Manager.

Friday, 13 January 2017

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) Hair Transplant Treatment - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

Hair loss and thinning hair can cause emotional distress for anyone. A luxurious head of hair is often associated with youth, beauty, and good health, and when it starts to thin, or disappear altogether,  your confidence and self-esteem can diminish.

Hair loss and baldness shouldn't be inevitable, as we can restore your crowning glory using advanced hair transplant techniques, with very convincing results. Renowned hair transplant surgeon Dr Raghu Reddy's wealth of experience has made him a much sought after FUE transplant surgeon. His main practice is in London, Harley Street and his satellite clinic serving the North and Midlands is Selston Cosmetic Clinic.

Extracted hair waiting to be placed into the scalp

Lots of things bother us when hair loss or thinning hair starts happening:

Concerns about getting older
For many people, losing their hair causes them to look older than their years. We might feel the beginning of hair loss signals the end of youth, turning men into their dad!

Problems with hair styles
Thinning and balding men get frustrated that they can't style their hair as they want to, and it takes time and effort to camouflage thinning hair and bald spots.

Unhappy with appearance
Disappearing and thinning hair lines and bald spots can alter a person’s appearance and subsequently change the way they see themselves. When this occurs, their self-esteem can plummet, leaving them unhappy and vulnerable.

Teasing and embarrassment
When hair loss becomes noticeable on someone, they can become the object of teasing or bullying. Apparently, 60%  of all bald men get teased at some point in their lives.

Placing the follicles into the scalp

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is a minimally invasive, precise, technically demanding hair transplant surgery procedure. In the FUE surgery, grafts get taken one by one from the back of the scalp and placed one by one into the balding areas. A graft can have anywhere between one to four hairs, the amount of grafts needed will depend on your donor site and the balding area which requires filling in.

Before the procedure, a local anaesthetic gets applied around the perimeter of the scalp. Once the scalp is entirely numb, the rest of the procedure is completely painless. Should your procedure be an extensive one, lasting more than 5-6 hours, extra anaesthetic gets applied before the first one wears off.

After hair follicles are in the scalp
The advantage is that you have no linear scars and you can have your hair very short without any noticeable scarring. Hair grows out from the donor area fairly quickly so by one week after a FUE procedure, a short beard-like growth of the hair covers most donor wounds, making the donor excisions nearly undetectable.

Clinic Manager.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fine, Downy Hair Removal with Alkaline Hair Wash - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

The cosmetic team at Selston Cosmetic Clinic receive a lot of enquiries from clients with blonde, grey, fine and downy hair, wanting to have hair removal treatment using lasers. Unfortunately, as laser hair removal is typically beyond the reach of these hair types and gives very poor results, we have no choice but to advise against having this treatment... but we do have an alternative!

Alkaline hair remover is the next best thing, to remove unwanted downy, facial hair. Alkaline wash has been specifically designed to reduce this type of unwanted hair. It's the perfect hair removal treatment for downy hair on the face, lip and chin and it's a treatment that is designed to eliminate the fine hair on your face that shouldn't be waxed, and hair that's difficult to treat with electrolysis or laser.

We apply a paste made of alkaline powder for a few minutes to dissolve part of the underlying follicle beneath the skin. This releases hair from the hair follicles, giving you smooth, hair free skin immediately after treatment. With regular treatments, it's said that regrowth becomes slower and ultimately ceases for most people. Alkaline Hair Wash does not stimulate dormant hair follicles as waxing sometimes does and the only side effect, is a possible temporary redness after treatment.

Removing downy hair with alkaline hair wash treatment

Alkaline Wash is most effective when treating fine, blonde, white, grey or downy hair. It's most suitable for areas where there's a dense growth of fine hair, that is usually resistive to standard hair removal methods. After the first treatment the hair will normally grow back at its normal rate, but as treatments progress the re-growth will become slower and slower. The hair does not grow back any coarser after Alkaline Hair Wash Treatment.
  • The procedure time is 1-2 days
  • The treatment course is 6 treatments, each treatment is 4 weeks apart
  • No recovery time, you are back to work the next day
  • The treatment normally results in permanent hair removal
  • The treatment is painless and needs no anaesthetic
  • The results are immediately seen
Alkaline hair wash can drastically reduce hair growth after 2-3 treatments, leaving some clients happy with the improvement they get, but most continue with the full treatment course, aiming for total clearance. The treatment itself is painless, although in some cases the skin can become red, but this is normal and will only last for a short period.

We can use Alkaline hair wash hair removal treatment as a stand alone treatment or combined with laser hair removal to give that smooth finished hair free look! Now blonde's can have the benefits of hair removal too!

Clinic Manager.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Laser Treatment for Unwanted Hair - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

Many people have areas of unwanted hair that they want removing. So whether you are a woman with hairy legs or shock horror - a hairy upper lip or maybe you're a man with excessive hair on the face, chest or back, there are many ways to help remove unwanted hair.

Shaving - removes hair using a razor at the level of the skin, but hair will return in the following days. There's always the possibility that shaving will cause unwanted cuts and irritations.
Waxing - is a good alternative to shaving. This method is semi-permanent and removes the hair from the root. It will take two to eight weeks for new hairs to grow back in the waxed area. Waxing could be painful if used in delicate areas, and the price could prove expensive over time.
Electrolysis - can permanently remove hair but it's an extremely slow and painful method, and can sometimes result in scarring.
Laser - the pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the energy, this laser energy is then converted to heat, causing thermal damage to the follicle without harming the surrounding skin. This results in hair growth being stopped in the damaged follicle.

Selston Cosmetic Clinic uses the most advanced Laser Technology to offer a safe and effective way to reduce unwanted body and facial hair. Laser hair removal treatment is ideal, as we can treat small and large areas quickly and effectively, compared to other methods. Over the winter months we don't bare our legs much, so why not do your legs a favour, and get them ready for Summer. Imagine having smooth, silky legs without the hassle of shaving and waxing.

Laser can remove hair almost permanently from:
  • Upper lip
  • Chin
  • Forearms
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Bikini line
  • Back
Are you a good candidate?
Not all hair is suitable to have laser treatment. At Selston Cosmetic Clinic, we can use the laser on white, through to black skin tones. Generally for white skin, it takes around 6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and this usually results in 80% of hair removal. Darker or black skin may need around 8 treatments resulting again in 80% of hair removed. It's not possible to treat white, grey, and blond hair by laser.

Go to a reputable clinic
Always be sure that the clinic you choose has certified laser professionals. Check it has been in business for a significant amount of time and that previous clients are happy with their results.

After treatment
Once your treatment session is complete, you're free to resume your normal routine. Some might experience a slight redness on the treated area but this should resolve in a day or two. You should avoid sun exposure and be sure to wear sun cream every day following any laser treatment. Immediately after laser treatment, hair follicles might seem to grow for one to two weeks. Typically these are lifeless hairs and they will fall out quite easily.

Clinic Manager.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Firmer, Tighter Skin with PDO Thread lifts - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

If you are starting to get a saggy face, with jowls at your jaw and drooping eyelids but feel that you don't want to go to the time and expense of a face lift, then PDO thread lifts is the treatment for you.

Treads being inserted during a PDO thread lift procedure.
PDO thread lifts are really a face lift without surgery, and the procedure itself is very simple as there are no incisions or cuts, just simple injections placed in strategic places. The threads used are Polydioxanone (PDO) which are a synthetic fibre, used in medicine for many years, typically in surgery. Before treatment, local anaesthetic gets injected, which dramatically reduces any discomfort from the injections. The PDO threads are simply inserted into the skin with a very fine needle to lift tissue and muscle and improve skin texture. They dissolve after a certain amount of time in the skin.

When we start to get older we tend to lose the volume in various areas of our face and PDO thread lifts are ideal for loose or sagging skin. The treatment is non-invasive and is done purely with injections. They are extremely versatile and can treat all around the face and neck, treating vertical and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, drooping cheeks, sagging brows, sagging jaw line, pronounced nasolabial (nose to mouth) and marionette (corner of the mouth to the chin) folds and neck and folds and wrinkles on the chin.

PDO thread lifts can improve
  • The horizontal and vertical forehead lines and wrinkles
  • A forehead lift
  • Sagging eyebrows
  • Lower eyelid - bags under the eyes
  • Marionette lines
  • Jaw line
  • Naso-labial folds
  • Creased cheeks.
Thread lifts will give the skin an immediate lift, take away fine lines and wrinkles and improve the skin's appearance. They lift and tighten the skin by promoting collagen and elastin and smooth the skin by promoting the formation of hyalauronic acid, which improves skin hydration / moisturisation. PDO threads will dissolve at around 6 months and by this time the collagen will have been rebuilt and the effects will last up to two years.

As with all injectable treatments, bruising can happen after the procedure. The amount of bruising is different from client to client and will also depend on the area being treated. The recovery time for this treatment is usually under a week and you should avoid strenuous exercise for between two to three weeks.

PDO thread lift treatment will improve your skin texture, leaving you with tighter, firmer skin and natural looking results, giving you a refreshed, rejuvenated, youthful look.

Clinic Manager.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Vaser Lipo on the Tummy Before and After - Nottingham, Derby, Mansfield & Chesterfield

Sometimes, even though we might lead an active lifestyle, we may find that over time we've put on weight that we just can't shift. Whether we gain weight through our metabolism slowing down, the menopause, genetics or just good living - it's better to get rid of the extra fat than to carry it round with us! Vaser lipo is an ideal way to sculpt and define the body and target those problem areas. If you are fit and well, within or close to your BMI and have skin that is still elastic, then you will reap the rewards from vaser lipo.

Vaser Lipo is the number one procedure for fat removal. We perform vaser under local anaesthetic, so you're wide awake and chatting throughout your treatment. The procedure can also be done under twilight sedation, but this will increase the cost of your treatment as it requires an anaesthetist. Most clients opt for vaser lipo as it's a safer way of  having lipo and doesn't involve being put to sleep. After your treatment, you can go home the same day and get  on with your life, no hospital stay and no big downtime as for traditional liposuction.

At Selston Cosmetic Clinic, this woman (photo below) came to us asking about vaser lipo on her tummy and flanks. She decided to have her full front done in one procedure, then come back and have her flanks done another day. Dr. Bassi did a vaser procedure on her upper and lower abs. She came back to the clinic for her post-op after-care, and from day two her tummy was looking extremely flat. She had more massages with us at the clinic and her boyfriend pummelled her in between our sessions.

Before vaser lipo on the tummy

She did return at a later date to have her flanks done, but by that time she was looking that good from having her full front done that she didn't need the flanks doing. The photo above shows her on the day before her first treatment and the photo below, just four weeks post op.

4 weeks after vaser lipo treatment
Post op care after vaser lipo is vital as it ensures you keep the result the procedure has left you with. The clinic's view is that Dr. Bassi does 50% of the work and the other 50% is down to you, and how you look after the result afterwards. It's so important to make sure that everything is kept smooth with ultrasound and massage. Dr. Bassi gives a bespoke after-care package specifically tailored for you and your particular procedure which you should follow to the letter, as any shortcuts can affect your result.

So if you're thinking of having vaser lipo treatment, come along to Selston Cosmetic Clinic for a free consultation with Dr. Bassi and he will give you all the information you need to make that important decision!

Clinic Manager.