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Facial Aesthetics

Botox

Botox® was first used in 1980 as a treatment for eye ticks, twitching, uncontrolled blinking and the lazy eye. Subsequently, it has been safely used cosmetically for over 20 years.

Botox® is a purified protein derived from bacteria, not the actual Bacteria which when used in a very specific, controlled manner causes the facial muscles to relax. It is administered in very minute amounts, carefully and delicately injected into specific muscles in the face using a micro needle.

This causes the muscles that produce deep lines and wrinkles to relax, but still allows the other non-targeted muscles to continue to move, thus maintaining all your facial expressions and achieving a natural, fresher look. It does not ‘freeze’ or ‘paralyze’ the face, it merely temporarily prevents nerve impulses from causing excessive movements.

The procedure itself is very brief lasting no more than 20-30 minutes and is not generally considered painful.

Botox® takes about 2 weeks to activate and completely relax the muscles but you will start to notice changes within 5-10 days. It will last for approximately 3-4 months after which it will start to wear off as new nerve endings begin to grow. However this re-growth starts to slow down with time, so the more treatments you have the more time it will take for the effects to fully wear off.

Dermal Fillers

The health and appearance of our skin is affected by a number of lifestyle, environmental and biological factors including sun damage, the weather, pollution, hormonal fluctuations and smoking. Our skin is under constant attack and it is little wonder that it begins to loose its elasticity and hence takes on a loose, less taut appearance.

Dermal fillers are made from Hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring component of the skin. It has the remarkable ability to absorb more that 10 times its weight in water! Thereby adding volume and creating a naturally lifted appearance.

Dermal fillers are used to plump up the skin and give it a fuller, smoother appearance by delicately filling out permanent groves and lines in the face.

Areas commonly improved by dermal fillers include:

  • Smile lines
  • Nasolabial folds (the grooves on the lower face between the corner of your nose and mouth)
  • Lipstick and smoker's lines around the mouth
  • More deep set wrinkles and lines
  • Volume augmentation of the lips can also be performed

These treatments usually last for up to a year and depending on the type and age of the skin. If the procedure is not repeated the skin will gradually return to its pre-treatment condition.

The procedure takes between 20-30 minutes using a very fine needle. Prior to this a cream is used to numb the area and in some cases a local anaesthetic is used.

Results are instant. Any side effects are likely to include minimal redness and swelling as well as possible mild bruising at the injection site.

Products used include Juvederm ULTRA and Restylane should clients want it in particular.

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Facial Peels

The skin is the most visible and largest organ of the body and yet it is often the most neglected. As we age, our skin starts to look dull and listless. This is due to hormonal changes, weight fluctuation, lack of sleep, stress, sun damage and a build up of make up. 

In any combination these factors affect the texture and appearance of our skin resulting in either a dull and listless appearance or a complexion marked with spots and blemishes. Adult acne is an increasing problem as many women complain of spots and blemishes long after adolescence.

Skin peels have been used since ancient Egyptian times where fruit juice acids were used to rejuvenate the skin. Modern skin peels have been in use sine the 1960s and now very specific AHA (Glycolic) and TCA peels are used to give very controlled and precise peels of the skin.

Peels help to make our skin look smooth, more refined and ‘fresh looking’. A rejuvenated skin has more colour and reflects more light.

During a chemical skin peel a solution is applied to the face causing a controlled and rapid exfoliation of the superficial skin layers. This is most likely to bring on a warm and tingling sensation which could last about five to ten minutes. 

This stimulates subsequent production of new cells, collagen and elastin and in this way we can help to treat the following:

  • Superficial lesions e.g. sun damage/ sun spots
  • The texture and quality of the skin and skin regeneration
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma and keratoses
  • Fine lines
  • Décolleté, hands, forearms and stretch marks (special protocols exist for these)
  • Smokers’ skin 


We currently offer 2 different peeling treatments to suit all budgets and desired outcomes:

Easy Phytic peel Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)

Effective exfoliation requiring no down time (ie no visible peeling of the skin) as well as a good way to maintain the skin for once off touch ups in between peels.

Normally 6 peels are required over a period of 6 weeks to get a good effect. Sun screen should be used for several months.


Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) 

This peel is applied in 4 treatments over a period of 4-5 weeks.

The skin may need a pre-peel treatment for 2 weeks to get better results.

Before the actual peel, the skin will be cleansed and then and then TCA peel will be applied in several coats. During this time you may experience a warm tingling sensation which should last for a few minutes. 

Finally a post peel cream will be applied.

Possible side effects include mild itchiness, redness and dryness of the skin.

Redness may last for up to half a day. 

Peeling will start to occur between days 2-3. After the peel the skin will appear fresher, tighter and smoother. Sun screen should always be used after the peel for several months.

Obagi Skin System

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