It’s really important to get enough sunshine for vitamin D and to boost our mood but too much UV exposure can lead to premature aging and other skin imperfections such as age spots and redness. We use Ellipse IPL skin rejuvenation treatment at the London Cosmetic Clinic in Knightsbridge to help reverse the signs of aging and make skin look more evenly pigmented.

IPL treatment, short for intense pulsed light, involves using various different wavelengths of light on the skin. This is absorbed by the skin and has various effects including stimulating collagen production and breaking down areas of excess melanin (the pigment in the skin) so that age spots and freckles start to disappear. Depending on the area that is being treated and the condition of the skin, you may need up to 6 sessions of our IPL skin rejuvenation treatment, each spaced 4 weeks apart. We will discuss this at your free consultation. The end result is skin that is smoother, more elastic and is more evenly pigmented.

IPL treatments work best on lighter skin tones and we recommend that you avoid sunbeds and use a SPF of at least 30 to avoid any damage to your skin post-treatment. The treatment can make your skin feel a bit tight and hot afterwards but you can apply aloe vera gel to help soothe it. If you would like to know more about our IPL skin rejuvenation treatment or book your free consultation, call us today and speak to a member of our team.

HR-L-in_hand_1

Skin Rejuvenation with the Ellipse IPL System

We all need sunshine for Vitamin D that keeps our bones and immune system healthy and for a mood boost but too much UV exposure can damage the skin and cause premature aging. We can reverse some of these signs of skin aging such as freckles, age spots and loss of elasticity with ntense Pulsed Light treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light treatment, or IPL for short, works in several ways to reverse the signs of aging-

-The light impulses create a heat reaction in melanin in the skin so excess amounts are broken down and passed through the system. This helps to fade age spots and freckles.

-Broken capillaries are cauterised so less blood flows to thread veins and red patches. This, over time, fades them so the complexion is more even.

-It kickstarts the skin’s natural healing process so more collagen is produced and the overall condition of the skin is improved.

We use the most precise and powerful IPL system available and the treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require stitches, scalpels or recovery time. We advise that you avoid too much UV exposure for a month or two prior to treatment as the system works better on fairer skin and when there’s more of a colour contrast between the skin and any imperfections. This will also help minimise further damage and we advise that you use an SPF of at least 30 afterwards. Pain sensation will vary from person to person but many compare it to being flicked by an elastic band and your skin may feel slightly red and burned afterwards.

IPL treatment is an effective and safe way of rejuvenating your skin. If you would like to know more about this or any of our other rejuvenation treatments, contact us today to speak to a member of our team.

 

HR-L-in_hand_1

Skin Rejuvenation with IPL Treatment

Scars can carry memories on our skin, for example, stretch marks from pregnancy, marks from childhood high jinks, but they can also make us feel self-conscious and unwilling to wear certain clothes. At the London Cosmetic Clinic we have a range of scar removal and minimising treatments and we can help you choose the best option based on the type, location and condition of your scar.

Scars fall into different categories depending on how they were caused and their appearance, the main categories are as follows

  • Keloid scars (caused by over-aggressive healing, appears shiny and raised)
  • Acne scars (small pits caused by severe acne)
  • Stretch marks (caused by sudden growth or weight loss, often appear during pregnancy and puberty)
  • Contracture scars (often from a burn, these cause a tightening in the skin that also affects the underlying muscle)
  • Hypertrophic scars (similar to keloid scars but don’t extend over the point of injury)

In some cases scars can be diminished by encouraging the skin to produce more collagen and heal itself, for example IPL treatment which can help fade red or pink scars and stimulates collagen and elastin production. Likewise our Dermaroller treatment encourages the skin to heal itself and is very effective on stretch marks.

If your scar is atrophic, i.e. dipped into the skin, we can use dermal fillers to raise it to the level of the surrounding skin whilst raised scars like keloid and hypertrophic scars can be treated with a series of corticosteroid injections.

We can perform minor surgery to improve the appearance of a scar or to release it if it is affecting the movement of a joint. This involves removing the scar tissue then closing the wound and can cause a temporary scar which will fade as the skin recovers.

In all cases we will explain the process fully and demonstrate correct aftercare to prevent infection. If you have a scar that you would like removed, please contact us today to book a free consultation.

DermarollerDevice

Removing and Minimising Scars

Scars can  vary greatly in appearance and in their cause but one thing they all have in common is that they can make people feel very self-conscious and unhappy with their appearance. At the London Cosmetic Clinic, our consultants carefully assess your scar and the condition of your skin to determine the best course of action for your individual circumstances. We can treat a whole range of scars, from superficial to deeper ones including stretch marks, acne scars and keloid scars and, as these are all caused in different ways and have varying levels of severity, some of our treatments will suit some better than others.

Some of our treatments work by encouraging the skin to heal itself, for example the dermaroller, typically used on stretch marks, causes tiny punctures in the skin to kick start collagen production and skin cell renewal. Our IPL treatments can also improve the appearance of scars and encourage the skin to heal itself; the varying light waves cause a thermoreaction in the skin that can cauterise broken blood vessels and therefore help to fade red-tinged scars and improve skin tone and texture.

For scars that have left an indentation in the skin, we can offer derma filler injections to raise them to the level of the surrounding skin and therefore appear less noticeable. This is only a temporary solution and isn’t suitable for all scar types although results can last around a year. We also offer Corticosteroid injections for raised scars, for example keloid and hypertrophic scars, that reduce inflammation. Only a couple of injections are administered at a time and treatments are spaced several weeks apart so it can take some time to see a noticeable difference.

Other forms of scars are technically superficial as they are in the uppermost layers of the skin but can still affect your confidence. For these scars a chemical peel is often the best option, particularly for acne scars; depending on the depth of the scar, a carefully balanced chemical peel is applied to your skin to encourage it to shed the first few layers of skin and reveal the fresher, more even skin underneath. This again will take a little while as the dead skin needs to shed itself, heal and then produce new skin cells.

As well as discussing the best plan of action with you, we will explain correct aftercare procedures and arrange followup appointments to monitor your progress as necessary. To find out more about our treatments and for any queries, please contact us on 0203 581 3391 and a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to speak to you.

DermarollerDevice

 

Our Scar Treatments

At The London Cosmetic Clinic we endevour to keep up with all the latest developments in the world of aesthetics and are proud to introduce the brand new NORDLYS IPL machine from Ellipse.

The NORDLYS has just gained FDA approval in the USA and is the most versatile and effective IPL machine that has been created to date. This brand new model has unique sub-millisecond pulses and can be easily controlled and adjusted, meaning that we can give you even better results. The NORDLYS model was built for precision; it’s selective waveband technology and superior ergonomics means that it gives highly precise results even on the tiniest of thread veins.

As well as the usual IPL treatments that you would expect to receive with an IPL system, we have found that the NORDLYS is even more effective when combined with other treatments, for example pairing a thread face lift with IPL skin rejuvenation. We have also used it to reduce inflammation and sensitivity following an Obaji skin peel. The NORDLYS IPL Ellipse system gives even more effective and precise results with all treatments including acne scar removal, hair removal and hyperpigmentation treatments.

If you are interested in the fantastic results that the NORDLYS IPL system by Ellipse can give, contact us on 0203 5813391 to speak to a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.

Mieke Morgan

 

NORDLYS by Ellipse

Hyperpigmentation can take many forms including freckles, patches of discolouration and certain kinds of scars and the majority of them are caused by excess melanin in the skin. If your hyperpigmentation makes you feel too self—conscious to wear revealing clothing or you find that you’re hiding behind makeup every day, we have a variety of treatments to give you more even looking skin and help to make you feel more self-confident.

The two main categories that hyperpigmentation treatments fall into are topical treatments and chemical peels.

Topical treatments include Hydroquinone, which bleaches the excess melanin in the skin and Retin-A, a prescription strength retinoid derived from Vitamin A which helps to exfoliate skin and speed up the cell renewal process.

If you want more drastic results and have the time to allow your skin to recover, we also offer the Obagi Blue system, a medium depth chemical peel that uses Tricloroacetic Acid to encourage several layers of skin to shed themselves and make way for fresh new skin. After your chemical peel your skin may look red and feel a bit tight, but this will subside and you will soon see brand new, radiant skin that is more evenly pigmented. 

For some hyperpigmentation, another option to consider is IPL treatment. This is short for ‘intense pulsed light’ and involves using varying frequencies of light waves from a hand held device to cause a thermogenic reaction in the melanin in the skin. This helps to remove dark spots such as age spots and freckles and cauterise broken blood capillaries that cause spider veins and port wine stains.

 

After any hyperpigmentation treatment it is important that you look after your skin and use UV protection. At your initial consultation we will discuss the best course of action for your individual circumstances and afterwards we will advise you on the right aftercare procedure. If you would like to know any more about hyperpigmentation treatments or any of our other treatments, you can contact us on 0203 581 3391, our friendly, knowledgeable team are more than happy to answer any queries.  

 

1

 

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

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!

ipl

What Treatments Can I Have During Summer?

Every year in the UK we spend thousands of pounds on products that promise to give more youthful skin but unfortunately topical treatments sometimes just don’t deliver.  We can, however, offer effective results without invasive treatment in the form of IPL skin rejuvenation.

Short for intense pulsed light, IPL treatment involves using different wavelengths of light emitted from a flash lamp to cause a heat reaction and break down melanin in the skin. These help to reverse several signs of skin damage such as dark patches, hyper-pigmentation and freckles as the heat reaction breaks down protein in the melanin cell walls to destroy it, coagulates blood vessels and encourages the production of collagen, which is needed for elastic, supple skin. This results in more even looking, smoother and more youthful looking skin and reverses some of the effects of years of sun exposure.

Before you have your treatment, it is recommended that you avoid sun bathing, sun beds and fake tan as this can stop the treatment from being as effective. It is also important that you use sun screen with an SPF factor of at least 30 afterwards to prevent any potential damage to your skin whilst it is more sensitive post-treatment. Your skin may look slightly darker after the treatment and highly pigmented areas may appear to have a slight crust but this will soon heal and your skin will start to appear lighter. If you have particularly sensitive skin you may want to apply some aloe vera gel after your treatment.

Choosing IPL skin rejuvenation treatment means that you have predictable and reliable results plus your skin is encouraged to heal itself after the treatment as it stimulates collagen production. As there are no harsh chemical used, unlike applying a topical treatment, there is far less risk of an adverse reaction. Your consultant will discuss with you how IPL skin rejuvenation can help you and how many treatment sessions you will need. You will soon be able to enjoy more even and more youthful looking skin.

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.

22-1

IPL Skin Rejuvenation