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Skin Clinic

Skin Clinic

Medical Consultation

Our in house pharmacists can advise you on many Dermatological conditions and suggest treatments.

Skin Tags, medically known as ‘acrochordons’, are small, flesh-toned pockets of skin which form on the surface of the skin. They are typically found on the back, chest and neck, as well as being particularly common in areas where the skin gathers, folds or chafes. This means that they are likely to form in areas such as the groin, the armpits and under the breasts, and often plague people when skin loses elasticity after weight fluctuation, pregnancy or during the ageing process.

A Skin tag removal refers to the cosmetic or surgical procedure which either detaches this soft tissue or stops the blood supply to the skin tag, killing the cells below the skin’s surface and allowing the tag to fall away.

Using our cryo-pen, we can remove skin tags by freezing the tags.

Warts are small, rough lumps and vary in appearance depending on where they are on the body. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

HPV is a family of viruses of which there are more than 100 different strains. The virus usually affects the skin and mucosa (the moist membranes) of the body causing an excess amount of keratin (a protein) to build up in the top layer of the skin (epidermis), a hard protein. The extra keratin produces the rough, hard texture of a wart.

Warts are very contagious, and close skin-to-skin contact can pass on the infection. The infection can also be transmitted indirectly from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area surrounding a swimming pool.

After becoming infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart or verruca to appear.

Seborrhoeic keratoses (seborrheic wart) look like raised warts and are removed in the same way.

Using our cryo-pen, we can remove Warts by freezing which kills the affected skin cells causing a blister to form. This blister will be replaced naturally by a scab which will fall off in about one week.

Caused by an injury to the skin and commonly occurring in those who have acne, scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process. Following the loss of supporting tissue like collagen, scar tissue differs in both colour and texture from the surrounding skin. How a scar looks will depend on how new it is, where it is, and the type of scar it is. The appearance of scars can also vary depending on your skin tone and your individual healing response.

Common Types of Scarring

• Atrophic Scars: Due to the loss of fat and collagen, they appear as sunken scars and often have a pitted appearance. Atrophic scars are most commonly associated with acne and chicken pox, although those are not their only causes.

• Hypertrophic Scars: These scars are the ones most of us would recognise as typical scars, with a raised look resulting from the overproduction of collagen during the healing process.

• Keloid Scars: An excessive form of scarring which often grows beyond the original injury site. They can also occur as a reaction to body piercings, alongside the usual causes of scars, and are far more common in individuals with darker skin tones.

Treatment Options

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are agents which lift the epidermis in a controlled manner. This reveals younger skin and treats certain skin conditions including superficial acne scars. Various chemicals can be used depending upon the requirements from the peel. Caution is exercised particularly for dark-skinned individuals, those susceptible to keloid formation and those with active infections.

Laser

Svelte Body Clinic offers effective scar reduction treatments with the Alexandrite Laser system. This method is ideal for new or red/pink scars and can drastically reduce redness whilst stimulating collagen and elastin. We usually recommend between 1-3 sessions, however this is dependent on the nature of the scar.

Rosacea is a non-infectious condition characterised by redness, flushing of the face, pimples, bumps, vascular lines, inflammation and eye irritation. Severe cases may even lead to Rhinophyma: the enlargement of the cells in the nose causing visible swelling.

Rosacea is a condition which typically afflicts the face, most commonly across the cheeks, nose, and forehead. Rashes and skin problems commonly occur in this way because of the arrangement of blood vessels underneath the skin – the redness a result of broken or dilated capillaries.

The root cause of Rosacea is at the moment is not known, although it has been thought to be linked to abnormalities in facial blood vessels, bacterial imbalances of the skin or gut, various autoimmune conditions, and certain kinds of dietary intolerances such as dairy, gluten, soy, and citrus.

While Rosacea cannot be cured as such, symptoms can certainly be eliminated. Firstly, you should begin to assess your triggers by paying attention to how the skin behaves day-to-day in response to certain foods, skincare products and cosmetics- all of which have been known to exacerbate the condition for certain sufferers.

Rosacea appears as superficial dilated capillaries causing redness and swelling mostly found on fair skin. We apply laser energy on Rosacea skin to cauterise broken capillaries, it cuts off the blood supply without damaging the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Once blood is no longer supplied to the broken capillaries, it is naturally absorbed and expelled by the body.

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, or inflammation of the upper layers of the skin, characterised by redness, itching and dryness, with possible scaling in more advanced stages. It is not a contagious skin condition and cannot be spread from one person to another. It can be hard to resist scratching the skin but doing so can open the skin and lead to infection and bleeding.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and often begins in childhood. Other types of eczema include allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.

Eczema treatment can be complex and comprises of a maintenance skin care programme to reduce the incidence of flares as well as treatment for the acute episodes. Topical steroids have been the mainstay of treatment for eczema but have recently been subject to some bad publicity causing public concern about their safety.

Here at Svelte Body Clinic our in house pharmacists can advise on the appropriate treatments designed specifically for the issue you are experiencing.

Psoriasis also known as Chronic plaque, guttate, nummular/discoid, palmoplantar pustular, pustular, annular pustular, generalized pustular– psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and sebopsoriasis is caused by an over production of skin cells and, patches of skin become red, flaky and scaly and can causes itching or soreness. The most common variety is plaque psoriasis which normally appear on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back though it can appear anywhere on the body.

The symptoms are thought to be triggered by the body’s immune system, although the process is not fully understood.

At Svelte Body Clinic, we treat Psoriasis mainly with phototherapy. The two phototherapy treatments we have at our disposal are LED blue light and red light therapy or laser therapy.

Our in house pharmacists can also advise alternative treatments with you if you do not want to use the phototherapy treatments.

Anti-wrinkle injection is a medical treatment that can be used to help relax facial muscles and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This non-surgical treatment can alter your appearance with little to no downtime after just one session.

We can also provide Dermal fillers which work by replacing the skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid which diminishes as we age. This leads to the skin becoming less firm, fine lines appearing and that youthful glow fading. We only use premium FDA approved fillers to address the signs of ageing.

Microdermabrasion is a non surgical method of rejuvenation by means of mechanical skin exfoliation without chemicals or laser. This quick and convenient treatment that can be used on the face, chest, back or shoulders to immediately restore smooth younger looking skin and is great for treating the appearance of fine lines, scars and wrinkles, Sun damaged and uneven skin tone, acne prone skin, blackheads, whiteheads, superficial age spots and hyper-pigmentation and excessive oiliness or dry skin.

A chemical peel is solution applied to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells.

The aim is to improve the appearance of the skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone.

There are 3 types of peels, called superficial, medium and deep.

Superficial and medium peels are usually safe, as long as they’re done correctly. These type of peels are not permanent and they need to be repeated.

Deeper peels are more risky. They’re longer-lasting and do not usually need to be repeated.

During a chemical peel a “chemical agent” is applied to your skin to exfoliate sun-damaged, thickened surface skin (peeling) and boost collagen production for firmer skin.

Most peels contain one of the following exfoliating ingredients:

alpha hydroxy acids (an AHA, such as glycolic acid)

beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid, also known as BHA)

The results depend on the “depth” of the peel. In any event, you can expect fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolorations to become less visible. Skin texture will be visibly improved, collagen production boosted and blackheads will be reduced.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy.

NASA originally developed it for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions and later found it to have promise for wound treatment.

If the therapeutic light energy is in the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness or that plumped look) and elastin (which give the skin the ability to bounce back). Thus, LED gives the cells a ‘full tank of fuel’ and these fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin.

The result is the complexion is plumped up with new collagen (which pushes the folds of the wrinkles out) and new elastin (which helps to tighten the skin and give it more elasticity)

LED is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone, reducing pores size, brightening the skin and rejuvenating the youthful look of your skin.

Radio-frequency skin tightening is an aesthetic technique that uses radio frequency (RF) energy to heat skin with the purpose of stimulating cutaneous collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. The technique induces tissue regenerating and production of new collagen and elastin. The regeneration of the collagen and elastin deposits, tighten the skin layers creating a smoother, healthier looking skin. The process provides an alternative to facelift and other cosmetic surgeries.

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