This three part series from ITV, provides unprecedented access to London transgender Surgery clinic, which treats both NHS and Private patients. The programme gives a unique insight into patients journey for transgender describing their issues not seen before on television.
It covers the challenges and lives of trans people as they undertake transformations from one gender to the other. The topics covered are wide ranging and relevant. Educating the wider population of their needs and complex issues was of major benefit to many.
Skin Medical, as a clinic providing NHS transgender services, we found it to be compelling viewing. The programme follows men and women who believe they were born into the wrong body, over 12 month period as they approach and undergo transgender transitioning and in some cases surgery. We learned that as of April 2017, there were 280 patients in the UK on the list for gender reassignment surgery and another 169 consulting on the process, according to the Imperial College Health Care Trust. Also figures published in July 2017 showed that the number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years. One question on the minds of some is whether the NHS is supportive enough of people with gender dysphoria? It has been accepted that NHS has failed to prioritise for transgender patient care, however the good news is that NHS now agreed to expand the Service.
Here at Skin Medical we are an NHS provider aiding patients in the clearance of hair before gender reassignment. We also treat private patients. This is something which we are proud to be associated with and gives us great joy to help patients on their life changing journeys.
Fake Cosmetic Doctor goes to Court for giving fake Allergan cosmetic injection.
Bournemouth crown Court hears that three patients who where told that their practitioner was a qualified Doctor ended up in hospital or needing care. One receive anaphylactic shock which is life threatening and ended up in hospital. Two others had long lasting difficulty in eating and speaking. The fake doctor traded under his company called ‘Smooth Face Company’. He visited beauty spas and hairdressers to treat people.
The so called Doctor, was not on the General Medical Council. Consequently is being charged with causing grievous bodily harm and fraud. The muscle relaxing injection medication is said to be fake and he used incorrect concentration. Patients have been left with permanent disfigurement.
So, What to do to protect yourself?
The lessons to be learnt is that patients seeking cosmetic injections for either fillers or muscle relaxing injection should seek consultation and injections from clinics registered by Care Quality Commission as they inspect these clinics and validate all persons on General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council.
NHS Changes Transgender Policy
Transgender patients will be interested to know that NHS England is to improve the existing policies. Improvements are being implemented now and plan to be live this April 2018.
Clinician’s advisory body will be introduced to strengthen the Governance for the Service. Gender identity patients can expect efficacy in service delivery and proper implementation as a result. Suppliers are to deliver new Service specifications introducing minimum requirements for standards and procurement criteria. The scope of Services are to be expanded for both transgender men and women. These policy changes will correct variances across the regions in terms of quality out comes. Examples being post code lottery, waiting times, range of treatments available. NHS England and Clinical Commission Group funding will become clearer thus avoiding current confusion.
. The suppliers will improve the communication between by introducing close ties among networks.Primary Care workers will engagement more at all levels.
The principles being to improve implementation of service, affordability and thus achieving ‘value for money’.
Evidence of achieving such goals will be measured by quality indicators, namely Patient safety, Clinical effectiveness and Patient Experience. An example being, Transgender pathway being lowered to those patients 17 and older. All Patients will benefit from commitment to principles of equality,dignity and respect’ policy.
Younger people and existing patients will appreciate consistency of approach, clarity in Referral pathway together with proper monitoring of waiting lists. A 18 week period from referral to creation of treatment plan having completed two appointments is one target. Transgender patients and clinicians will create shared decision making. Creation and appointment of named professional lead commissioner will be introduced. Recruitment and staff training of new and experienced personnel and introduction of voice therapy service will make further improvements. Collaboration across all networks of transgender service is to become a common theme. Creation of measurable quality outcomes will become easier to achieve as GP’s will be closely engaged as they will provide Prescribing services. GP’s with special interest’ status in Gender Identity Services, will be created. Private and NHS suppliers are expected to deliver a better quality service at a lower cost per patient by introducing these initiatives.
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Plexr Non Surgical Blepharoplasty Eye Bag Removal Eye Lid Rejuvenation
Unwanted skin conditions around your eyes normally matches any of the following descriptions: • Excess upper eyelid skin • Excess lower eyelid skin • Hooded eyes • Folds along upper eyelids • Unevenness of skin folds • Wrinkles under eyes • Eye bags • Festoons • Skin laxity under eye • Asymmetrical skin appearances • ‘dog ears’ from past eyelid surgery • Tired or aged appearance
If you suffer from any of the above or know someone who does then this blog post about Plexr will be of interest to you.
How Does It Work?
Plexr is a device that forms plasma to immediately transform excess skin from a solid to a gas. This process is similar to that experienced when lightning strikes. Plexr delivers its energy only to the superficial skin cells, without affecting deeper tissues, thus enables the perfect plasticity of the eyelid movement immediately after the treatment. The result is an immediate reduction of the excess skin on the upper or lower eyelid, as well as the shrinking of the excess skin in the external region around the eye and improved skin quality and texture. The benefits are also the improvement of the expression lines at the corner of the eye and the cheekbone (“crow’s feet”).”
A numbing cream is first applied to help minimize discomfort. Once the topical anaesthetic has taken effect, a conductor instrument is used to eliminate excess skin without touching the skin. However it is aimed at the excess skin and is extremely accurate. The patient’s offending loose skin is then evaporated. What is left behind are tiny brown scabs known as carbon crust which help protect the new skin whilst it’s forming.
What’s the Recovery like?
The patient’s recovery from the crusting is normally 7 – 10 Days which is much more efficient than traditional surgery as there is no bruising. Swelling can occur on day two and last for two days. Exact time frame will be patient dependent as each patient is unique. Oxygenetics, a liquid camouflage matching your skin tone, can be applied to mask the crusting whilst the scab is formed. The swelling will be apparent for a few days, and the eyes will feel very tight during the time before the scabs naturally fall off revealing the new tighter “baby” skin.
Is it a One Off Procedure and how long does it last?
Yes Plexr can be performed as a one off treatment and it’s results will remain just as long as a surgical procedure does.
When will I see Results?
Patient’s results will be evident straight away and optimum results are achieved in less than 30 days.
What are the Benefits compared with Traditional Surgery?
So the Plexr non surgical option is definitely worth looking at if you are considering an eye lift or lower eye bag removal for a fresher, more youthful look and improved vision.
Rise in cosmetic procedures for men
Growing conscious of their looks there has been a rise in cosmetic procedures for men. Most appealing treatments can simply be brushing away those crows feet and frown lines by having anti wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to achieve a more youthful appearance. This can be a minor upkeep be done in the work lunch hour. We can do a lot of things without resorting to surgery which is more appealing to men. According to data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the number of cosmetic operations conducted last year fell 40% to a near-decade low from a record-breaking high in 2015. For instance, although women still account for 91% of cosmetic procedures in the UK, the number of men opting for Cosmetic Surgery has almost doubled in the past decade – having gone from 2,440 treatments in 2005, to 4,614 in 2015. Notably, Male Breast Reductions rose by 13%, whereas male facial procedures were up by an average of 14-15.5%.
Most popular procedures • Breast reduction (VASER LIPO ) • Rhinoplasty(nose job) • Blepharoplasty(eye bag removal) • Liposuction(removal of fat) • Anti wrinkle injections
More men are aware they can achieve fantastic results whilst returning to work the very same day with a small ‘tweatment’ being is very appealing. We can now do a lot of things without resorting to surgery and this attracts more men. Those who wouldn’t want a face lift because they didn’t want the downtime and time off work, are having facial lasers, tightening treatments, tread lifts and so on.
Transgender Hair Removal
Skin medical are a leading provider for transgender hair removal patients using electrolysis or laser hair removal. We have been providing hair removal for transgender patients since 2004.Skin Medical are a lead clinic providing services for NHS England through following the gender identity service.
We know that for many of our transgender patients, the presence of facial hair is one of the biggest hurdles to ‘passing’ and can cause daily anguish. Skin Medical offer a free consultation to determine the best method of hair removal for each patient.We welcome NHS referrals and private patients and use both laser hair removal and electrolysis. Skin Medical is registered and licensed by the Care Quality Commission.We welcome all patients. Everyone is treated with respect, and confidentiality is paramount. Our comfortable clinic sees a number of transgender patients on a regular basis.
Hair removal choice for transgender
Laser hair removal for transgender patients Laser works best on darker hair. Skin Medical Laser Hair Removal is carried out within our Manchester Clinic.Laser hair removal can achieve dramatic results to obtain permanent removal or substantial reduction in hair after the course of treatment. We recommended a course of 6 to 8 sessions.
How laser hair removal works
Laser hair removal uses a concentrated beam of light is aimed at hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to retard future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years, as the results differ widely from person to person.
We use the Lumenis lightsheer diode laser system. Lumenis lightsheer is the gold standard within the hair removal market and is FDA approved – meaning it has been rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness. Our lasers are highly efficient meaning that fewer sessions are required.
What sets Skin Medical apart from high-street beauty salons and many cosmetic centers in Manchester is our expert medical approach. We are registered to comply with the Health And Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and our procedures are approved by the Care Quality Commission.The Care Quality Commission monitors all medical practices within England, including the NHS. Many hair removal service providers do not meet the high standards required for approval.
Skin Medical is staffed by skilled clinical professionals who have the training and experience to ensure all our patients receive safe, highly effective treatment.
We are happy to receive NHS patients and privately funded patients. Discount available to private patients when booking a course of 6 sessions save 30%.
Electrolysis for transgender patients
How Electrolysis works Electrolysis is medically approved for permanent hair removal of both facial and body hair as the electric current destroys the hair regrowth cells that house the hair root. In a nutshell, electrolysis involves using electrical current applied to the root of the hair, via a very fine needle, to destroy the follicle and cause the hair to fall out.
Transgender patients either laser hair removal or electrolysis can treat facial hair. However, for those who are having gender reassignment surgery, electrolysis is the preferred treatment.
Electrolysis is very effective for patients who have unwanted natural blonde, red or grey facial & body hair. Electrolysis is the only solution available for permanent hair removal if the hair is light/fair or grey.
Skin Medical treat hairs using single-use needles and sterilized tweezers to remove individually treated hair to minimize the risk of infection.
New range of Juvéderm Vycross Dermal fillers
The next generation of dermal fillers have arrived – smoother, more comfortable and natural looking allowing you to retain facial expressiveness, best of all, longer lasting than ever before. Introducing the new Juvéderm Vycross range from Allergan, including Voluma, Volbella and Volift.
Leading aesthetics specialists Allergan – the experts behind the renowned Juvederm® – have done it again, creating a revolutionary new product that will change the way you think about fillers.
How would this benefit you?
The filler is smooth and comfortable during the treatment.
Bruising and swelling is minimized so downtime is nominal.
The results are incredibly natural – no-one will guess you’ve had a little help!
The solution is mouldable to your facial contours for the most natural facial shaping.
The stunning results last much, much longer than traditional fillers.
Consideration and Choice
Consideration of facial dynamics is critical with any facial treatment. The expression and movement of muscles and soft tissues and understanding facial dynamics is crucial to retain the expressiveness of the face.
With the onset of ageing changes anatomical structures of the face can impose unwanted and inappropriate facial expressions that do not match emotions of the individual • The individual treatment plan should take into account every aspect of the face to provide appropriate treatment results for each patient. • The properties of products chosen must be suitable for the preservation of facial dynamics.
Juvéderm Vycross range
Juvéderm Volbella– designed specifically for natural-looking lip augmentation. Lasts up to 12 months.
Volbella subtly reshapes and redefines lips and facial contours. It is a smooth gel that is injected using a ultra fine needle. Volbella is a smooth gel to give a soft, natural feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid within attracts and retains moisture.
Volbella can last up to a year.
Juvéderm Voluma – restores volume to chin, cheeks, and cheekbone. Lasts up to 18 months.
Voluma with a numbing agent already in the filler for a more comfortable administration.
Juvéderm® Voluma replenishes lost skin volume and regain a more youthful curve to the cheeks, volume to chin and can be used to enhance the overall shape of the face.
The lifting effect of Juvéderm® Voluma lasts up to 18 months and results can be seen shortly after treatment.
Juvéderm Volift– for lips, smokers’ lines and naso-labial folds.
Volift delivers a natural look and feel and is excellent for smoothing nasolabial folds, facial lines and wrinkles, vertical lip lines, marionette lines, lips and cheeks.
Volift lasts an estimated duration of 15 months.
PCOS Is a condition which affects how a woman’s ovaries function which can cause excessive hair growth, acne and acne scarring .There are three main features of the condition including: cysts that develop in your ovaries, ovaries not regularly releasing eggs and having high levels of ‘male hormones’ (androgens). Your GP will diagnose if you have at least two of these symptoms, however it’s important to note that you can have PCOS without having cysts on your ovaries. Also, be reassured that all women have androgens. It’s fluctuating levels which can cause problems such as:
irregular periods – which means ovaries don’t regularly release eggs
excess androgen – high levels of “male hormones”, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair and acne
polycystic ovaries – ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs (however despite the name, PCOS ovaries don’t actually have cysts)
PCOS SYMPTOMS AND CAUSE
PCOS affects each woman differently and should be diagnosed by your GP. However if you do have PCOS you are likely to have some or all of the following symptoms:
irregular or no periods
Excessive hair growth (typically on the face, chest or abdomen)
Thinning hair or hair loss on head
Whilst the exact cause of Polycystic ovaries syndrome is unknown, it is thought that it’s associated with abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. It’s also often a hereditary condition, so it’s important to check if any close female relatives have had it.
Suffering with PCOS you are likely to gain weight and it may become a challenge to sweat these pounds off our bodies quicker than we want to. Findings have shown that women with PCOS have some type of dysfunction in the cells responsible for secreting insulin. These cells are responsible for detecting sugar in the blood stream and may react excessively, creating more insulin than is needed. This means that more glucose is stored as fat, hence why we put on weight. A helpful website for suffers http://www.pcosdietsupport.com/
Following these simple diet changes will help PCOS suffers with their weight gain
Low GI with a low Glycemic Load
Balanced in terms of carbs and protein
Free of refined foods and sugars
Low in saturated fats
A low GI diet can help control symptoms and moderate insulin levels.
Many women with PCOS also struggle with acne breakouts because our sebaceous glands (which are located within the hair follicle) secrete oily substance to lubricate and waterproof the skin. This then leads to the formation of unattractive and painful pimples on our skin.
Here at Skin Medical we have help with some of the issues facing PCOS suffers such as
laser hair removal or electrolysis for unwanted hair
VASER body contouring for those stubborn areas of fat
A range of chemical peels or NLite laser for active acne
Co2 fractional laser for acne scarring.
Tips to combat winter skin and keep a healthy glow this party season…
Tis the season to be glowing! Its that time of year ladies and gents, parties and events are filling our calendars and of course the New Year is closing in on us, all of which are likely documented by infamous selfies and group snaps a plenty. Not to mention the winter cold can bring about many changes in the way your skin looks and feels…
But fear not, we have you covered with some of our skin survival tips to ensure that your skin is not ravaged by the cold winter weather and stays looking fresh, glowing and party ready throughout.
Dry air is caused by cold weather and low humidity levels which strips the skin of precious moisture. Without prompt care and attention this can lead to cracking and bleeding. Central heating is another factor which tends to be overlooked when trying to retain skins moisture, as do hot baths, showers and harsh cleansers.
To keep skin looking smooth and youthful you need to counteract these effects to reduce itching, chapping and redness… here are our tips to keep your skin at its best and feeling more comfortable this season.
Clean with Lukewarm Water
Hot baths and showers feel great during winter, but whenever you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its all important oils which help to protect your skin and keep it soft and supple.
Moisturise Directly Afterwards
Moisture is essential right after you wash and applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle handy near the bathtub and don’t be afraid to use liberally overtime you wash your face.
Consider Moisturiser Carefully
Petroleum-based ingredients within some over-the-counter moisturisers can further dry your skin through the winter months. A smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients would be a safer choice. Opt for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution as its more likely to help skin retain moisture during winter. Try Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream, a highly moisturising cream which helps to soothe and condition painfully dry skin and contains Glycolic acid as well as Hyaluronic acid for added glow.
Protect your Skin
Pull out your stylish gloves and scarves to help protect skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Another important factor… sunscreen! Winter sun can easily be overlooked, but it can also be just as damaging as the summer sun, apply a safe option such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to exposed areas. Try Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for example.
Consider Humidity to avoid Dehydration
Central heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly where you sleep, this will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
Drink water for Hydration
We tend to turn mostly toward hot drinks during winter which leaves out our much needed water intake but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from both the inside and out. Try swapping your hot cocoa for a little warm water with lemon. This tasty substitute can be refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
Exfoliate Skin Care
Its easy to forget to help the skin shed off dead cells during winter, particularly on our hands. Yet if dead cells are plentiful, moisture can’t penetrate. Find an exfoliating mask, such as Jan Marini’s ‘Sugar Plum’ to use on both your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips. Be sure to follow immediately with moisture so that a smoother appearance can be seen. Try a microdermabrasion or Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel to accelerate the growth of new skin.
Chemicals – Avoid Toxins, Allergens and Irritants to Protect your Skin
Especially if you have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, you should avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoiding fabrics that may irritate your skin (like wool) and chemical laden detergents would be a good tip to keep in mind. Instead, use mild cleansers and moisturisers designed specifically for sensitive skin.
Do you have any tips for comforting winter skin? Please share them with our readers by emailing your experiences to email@example.com or complete our booking online form at http://www.skinmedical.co.uk/book-online/ .