Summer is here and that means revealing clothes, sunny holidays and weddings so, understandably, you’re more likely to consider cosmetic treatments to ensure that you look good for special occasions and to boost your confidence. Most treatments require some recovery time for your skin afterwards and may take a few days to see results so you need to consider this when deciding what treatments to have done.

For example, many people choose to have Botox injections before weddings and other big celebrations to smooth out fine lines so that they look their best in photographs as well as injections for excess sweating so they do not ruin their outfits or makeup but you shouldn’t wait until the day before to get them done. Botox injections take 2-3 days to start to work and around 7-10 days to see the full effect so you need to plan ahead to make sure your skin looks fantastic for the big day. Likewise, semi-permanent makeup is great for holidays as you don’t have to worry about your makeup smudging in the hot weather or running in the pool as well as not having to pack as much makeup with you. It does however require a few days’ healing time as well as 1-2 weeks for the pigment to settle down to its final colour so shouldn’t be left to the last minute before you jet off!

As well as just timing your treatment so that you get the best final results in time for a special occasion, certain skin rejuvenation treatments such as IPL skin rejuvenation and chemical skin peels can leave the skin more vulnerable to UV damage whilst it recovers and heals itself. If you do go sunbathing or get too much sun exposure straight after a treatment it can make your tan come out patchy and give you uneven pigmentation. It is always recommended that you use a high SPF sunscreen after these kind of treatments and this is good practice to keep up after your skin has fully healed so that you don’t run the risk of prematurely aged skin.

When you have your consultation you should let your practitioner know if you are about to go on holiday or if you are having the treatment done in preparation for a special event so that they can advise you on scheduling it to get the best final results in time as well as your post-treatment care. Make this summer your most beautiful ever!

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What Treatments Can I Have During Summer?

Many people of all ages suffer from acne and whilst a healthy diet and good skincare regime can help, the major underlying cause is hormones. When too much of the hormone androgen is products by the body it causes the sebaceous glands to produce too much oil which then blocks hair follicles in the skin. This can result in blackheads, whiteheads and, in some cases, cysts. Acne can clear up with age and with a good skincare regime but sometimes it can take a lot longer to go and can even cause scarring. At  The London Cosmetic Clinic we use the Ellipse IPL system for a number of purposes including the removal of the most severe types of acne.

IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light and it has a number of different effects on the body as the varying wave lengths react with pigment in the skin. It treats acne in two ways; firstly, it causes a photodynamic reaction and releases a free radical singular oxygen molecule that destroys acne-causing bacteria. Secondly, the absorbed light heats the capillaries and reduces blood flow to the sebaceous glands, meaning that they produce less oil and therefore less acne.

The Ellipse IPL system works on three of the most severe types of acne-

Acne Rosacea- an inflammation of the skin on the face, neck and chest that gives a ruddy complexion and causes soreness. It can start with flushes then gradually worsen to permanent redness.

Acne Vulgaris- spots, blackheads and lesions caused by blocked glands. This is the most typical form of acne.

Acne Conglobata- pustules and inflamed bumps on the back, buttocks and chest. These can be painful as well as leading to bacterial infections and scarring.

If you have any of these types of acne, book a consultation so we can assess your skin for its suitability and give you an obligation free patch test. Prior to treatment we recommend that you use a medicinal acne cream such as Differin or Redap and avoid excess sun exposure for 30 days. After the treatment your skin may feel slightly red and sore but this will subside as the skin heals itself and again you must avoid sun exposure for 30 days. It is recommended that you use an SPF of at least 30 and continue to use the acne cream to get rid of any remaining bacteria.

Ellipse IPL treatment can help to clear acne in as little as 4 sessions and reduce the risk of scarring and infections. Once you have completed your course of sessions, you will have visibly clearer, smoother skin and it is important that you keep up a good skincare regime and protect your skin from excess sun exposure.

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Please visit our website to find more details about this treatment and feel free to contact us for further information and to book a free consultation on Tel: 02035813391 or email to info@thelondoncosmeticclinic.co.uk. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to tell you more about our treatments.

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Removing Acne with IPL Treatment

It’s the treatment that’s used by seemingly ageless celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Aniston and uses absolutely no chemicals or invasive surgery, but what exactly is a Dermaroller and how does it work?

The Dermaroller device looks slightly scary as it has hundreds of tiny, sharp needles spaced evenly apart around a small barrel; this device is rolled over your skin for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The micro-needles pierce the skin leaving tiny columns which quickly heal and stimulate the skin to heal itself, generate new skin cells and produce more collagen whilst circulation is also boosted. Due to the nature of the treatment, it can feel quite uncomfortable so a numbing agent is applied to the skin about 30 minutes beforehand. Treatments are spaced 6 weeks apart to allow the skin to heal itself and the number of treatments will depend on the results you are after; typically 3 sessions for skin rejuvenation and 5-6 sessions for scar and stretch mark removal.

After the treatment your skin may be slightly red and more sensitive than usual but this will subside as your skin heals itself. It is important to just use tepid water to wash your face for 48 hours afterwards and dry your skin gently. Whilst there are some Dermaroller devices available to buy online, you cannot guarantee that these are a genuine or safe product, it can be hard to clean them at home, potentially leading to infections so it is best to visit an expert. You also do not get the consultation, numbing agent or correct technique and consultation that we provide if you try to go DIY.

Our Dermaroller treatments give visible improvements in the condition, texture and appearance of the skin without the use of harsh chemicals, risk of scarring or invasive surgery.

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Please visit our website to find more details about this treatment and feel free to contact us for further information and to book a free consultation on Tel: 02035813391 or email to info@thelondoncosmeticclinic.co.uk. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to tell you more about our treatments.

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What is a Dermaroller?

A large percentage of the population have broken capillaries in their face which can give an uneven and ruddy, flushed appearance. This can vary greatly in severity from small patches of individual thread veins to port wine stains and other large birthmarks and, whether it is a small or large affected area, these can make people feel very self-conscious. Some people choose to hide thread veins with makeup but darker, more clustered areas can be difficult to cover up and it can be tiring trying to constantly camouflage your skin.

At the London Cosmetic Clinic we use Ellipse IPL treatment to safely and effectively remove thread veins from skin. This involves using impulsed light to close down the broken vein, therefore stopping any redness caused by blood flow to those veins and encouraging the skin to heal itself. IPL treatment decreases the size of thread veins and makes some disappear completely as well as improving your skin’s texture and decreasing pore size so your complexion is left looking younger, fresher, brighter and rejuvenated. It may take between 1 to 4 sessions to see a noticeable improvement but these sessions take just 10 to 20 minutes.

Our highly qualified specialist will assess your skin prior to treatment. You may feel a slight burning sensation after the treatment but you can use aloe vera gel to cool and soothe. If you require more than one session then your subsequent treatments will be spaced a month apart and during this time it is advised that you look after your skin. In the space of just a few months your face, neck and chest can be free of thread veins and look clearer and smoother.

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Please visit our website to find more details about this treatment and feel free to contact us for further information and to book a free consultation on Tel: 02035813391 or email to info@thelondoncosmeticclinic.co.uk. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to tell you more about our treatments.

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Removing Thread Veins with Ellipse IPL Treatment