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.
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.
Laser hair removal is a revolutionary treatment that’s popularity continues to soar. Year on year there is an increase in the number of people forgoing shaving and waxing, and opting to undergo laser hair removal treatment. However, if the treatment is performed in an improper environment, with inefficient technology or by an inexperienced, unqualified practitioner, the risks of laser hair removal can be high.
Last month, author Marian Keyes revealed how she put her life at risk after laser hair removal treatment by applying an anaesthetic cream she purchased online. After experiencing a painful treatment, she covered her legs in the cream and wrapped them in cling film before boarding a flight. The highly dangerous self-treatment almost resulted in ‘anaesthetic toxicity’ – a life threatening overdose. Whilst the use of anaesthetic cream in itself is not dangerous, using too much can be. Likewise, by using cling film, Marian Keyes increased how much of the cream was absorbed
Typically laser hair removal isn’t a painful experience. Instead many patients describe it as being uncomfortable – similar to an elastic band pinging against the skin. Advances in technology have further increased the comfort of the treatment. At Skin Medical we use the Lightsheer Diode system, which has a cool tip for increased comfort. This means the heat exchange between the laser and the skin is controlled.
Following treatment, patients should always receive appropriate aftercare advice. Unfortunately, within the industry, this isn’t always the case. Suitable aftercare advice in Marian’s case would have avoided the dangerous, life-threatening scenario she encountered. At Skin Medical we provide written aftercare advice and always cool the area which has been treated in clinic. We make sure to allocate time for this as part of the appointment. We also have a range of products which are suitable for applying to the area after treatment, to encourage the area to cool and to increase comfort. We’re also Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registered, which means our clinics are approved and monitored by the CQC.
The advantage of visiting medical practitioners is that they are able to offer medical advice – which in Marian’s case was essential. Laser hair removal is often trivialised as a treatment similar to waxing. But it’s important to remember that the risks involved are real, and can only be controlled properly if the practitioner is suitable qualified and experienced, the technology is sufficient and the environment is suitable.
You can find more information about laser hair removal at Skin Medical here. If you’d like to book in for a free consultation with one of our experienced medical practitioners, you can book online or contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663.
For many teenagers, acne is the bane of their life. At a time when hormones come into play it can have a detrimental effect on confidence – especially when it comes to dating.
The only reassurance is that if you suffer from acne you are not alone. Up to 80% of people suffer from acne at some point throughout their teenage years. The degree to which people can suffer varies greatly. For some it is a handful of vicious spots, where as for other it is more cystic in nature. Either way it can greatly impact on self-confidence, as one sufferer recalls: “I always had spots but I never really felt bad because all of my friends did too. I didn’t have really bad acne like some people have but I did try a lot of things to get rid of it. It gets harder as you get older. I became really self-conscious because there was no way of hiding it.”
Common misconceptions about acne only worsen the negative impact it can have. Many falsely believe that acne is caused by poor hygiene or from eating certain foods such as chocolate. In reality the cause of acne is more biological in nature. Hormones definitely have an impact, with hormonal changes acting as a trigger. It is also believed that there may be a genetic link, meaning that those whose parents were acne sufferers are more likely to be similarly affected.
For many, the immediate response is to begin using a range of over-the-counter products, which often have little (if any) affect. The next step is usually a visit to a GP. Many girls turn to the contraceptive pill in an effort to control their acne, which can stabilise hormones. However this isn’t an option for male sufferers.
Doctors will usually turn to antibiotics to treat acne. Low-dose medications target the bacteria within the acne, however visible improvement does not happen overnight – it can take anywhere from eight weeks to begin the notice the impact, and courses are usually a minimum of six months. Side-effects and reactions can also happen. The limited effectiveness of antibiotic treatments usually leaves acne sufferers feeling like there is no solution.
Breakthroughs in technology, however, have introduced a revolutionary new treatment. N-lite acne laser has been found in trials to significantly improve the appearance of acne in comparison to those who received the dummy treatment. The results were particularly evident within the first month of treatment.
Nurse Helen Smith explains “the pulsed dye laser [N-lite laser] helps destroy the bacteria in p.acne. After treatment we always advise on which prescriptive skincare products to use to maintain the results.” Products such as the Jan Marini and Obagi range are usually used in combination with the treatment, to achieve and maintain and acne-free appearance.
N-lite acne laser treatment can effectively treat both teenage and adult acne. The treatment itself is relatively simple, and lasts around 20-30 minutes. It involves the passing of the laser over the full area for treatment. The treatment itself is much more comfortable than you would expect, with many patients reporting that the treatment is reasonable painless. Instead it feels like a small pinch – not at all painful.
Treatments are typically performed 2 weeks apart, and most patients require around 3 treatments. It effective treats active acne without leaving unsightly scars. Prior to undergoing any treatment, patients will always have a tailored skin consultation with one of our expert medical practitioners, who can design a treatment plan according to patient needs.
For many sufferers of both adult acne and teenage acne, N-lite acne laser treatment has been revolutionary. Banishing acne results in a return in lost confidence levels of acne sufferers and a boost in self-esteem.
To book an appointment for a FREE consultation with one of our expert medical practitioners at the Manchester clinic, contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663 or book online.
Hair removal – be it waxing or shaving – is an annoying chore we all have to deal with. A growing number of both men and women are opting for more permanent solutions such as laser hair removal and electrolysis. As with all crazes, there’s a lot of information flying around regarding the treatments, some which is true and some which isn’t. We’re here to shed light on the facts about laser hair removal and debunk the common myths.
Laser hair removal is painful – MYTH
A common myth is that laser hair removal is painful. This did used to be the case, but technology has come a long way since then. The new machines (such as the Lightsheer Diode system with we use at Skin Medical) offer minimal discomfort. Most people describe the sensation as being on a similar pain level to flicking an elastic band against your skin – it’s a quick ping, followed by a warm sensation. Cooling gel is used immediately afterwards which quickly removes this effect.
Laser hair removal is expensive – MYTH
Compared to a lifetime of shaving and waxing, laser hair removal is actually a money saving initiative in the long run. We recently dedicated an entire blog post to the cost-benefits of laser hair removal vs waxing – and how you investing in a permanent solution could save you thousands. We also frequently run special offers on courses of treatment, which make it even more affordable.
Laser hair removal doesn’t last – MYTH
Laser hair removal is a long term solution. It is an FDA approved treatment for permanent hair reduction, offering at least 90% hair free results on all skin types. After the first treatment you’ll begin to notice a reduction in hair growth, and the hair will be less dense. However, it’s worth noting that these results only occur with laser hair removal – inferior IPL machines provide less reduction and the results do not last for as long.
Laser hair removal isn’t safe – MYTH
Laser hair removal using the Lightsheer Diode is an FDA approved treatment. This means rigorous testing has been carried out to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of the treatment. You should always be provided with guidelines and aftercare information if you’re having treatment (for example, not to apply fake tan or have sun exposure prior to treatment).
Laser hair removal cannot be used on the face – MYTH
One of the most common areas to have treatment (aside from legs, bikini and underarms) is the face. The laser can be used on any part of the skin.
Acne is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions worldwide. Whilst most suffers are aged 12-25 it can affect people throughout their adult lives – particularly women. Acne can lead to low self-esteem and low confidence, and suffering from acne can be incredibly stressful. In turn stress can be a trigger for a breakout.
There are a lot of acne myths out there – the majority of which couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve debunked a handful of the most common myths out there regarding acne.
Myth #1 – Acne is a sign of poor hygiene
A common myth is that acne is linked to hygiene – which is absolutely not true. Acne is triggered by overactive sebaceous glands, located just below the skin. These are stimulated by your hormones, which leads to blockages. Whilst a good skincare routine can be beneficial to acne it is important to know that acne is not related to personal hygiene.
Myth #2 – Acne only affects teenagers
As mentioned above, whilst acne is common in teenager it can also affect adults. Women are particularly prone to adult acne. Acne is related to hormones and therefore any surge in hormones can lead to a breakout. Studies vary, but as a rough estimate adult acne can affect between 29-50% of women (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).
Myth #3 – Medication is the best way to cure acne
Common treatments include specialist skincare, prescriptive medications – both oral and topical –and laser therapy. These are usually supported by recommendations of lifestyle and diet changes. However recently there has been a rising suspicion that acne may be becoming resistant to the antibiotics regularly prescribed as a treatment. Having been the ‘go-to’ treating for doctors over the years, acne bacteria are rapidly becoming resistant to treatment as a result of both failure to complete a course and mutations.
That’s not to say all hope is lost. Laser treatment such as N-Lite targets the bacteria in active acne – reducing the p.acne bacteria that causes spots. At the same time it stimulates collagen growth to help prevent scarring. In each session the whole face can be treated, which kills the bacteria and prevents the likelihood of the infection spreading.
We usually recommend N-Lite Laser be used alongside Jan Marini products, which compliment the treatment to produce the best results. We stock the full range in clinic and can provide personal recommendations as to which products would be best for you. We also offer microdermabrasion and skin peels, both of which can superficially assist in the treatment of acne.
Myth #4 – Acne is caused by a poor diet
One of the most common acne myths is that acne is a result of poor diet. Acne is not a direct result of a poor diet. However eating a balanced diet and keeping hydrated is good for your overall health – which in turn can have a positive effect on your skin.
Myth #5 – Acne is caused by wearing makeup
Just as hygiene is not linked to acne, neither is wearing makeup. Whilst some products can clog your pores (particularly heavy base products) that doesn’t mean you have to avoid makeup all together. Products labelled as being non-comedogenic haven’t been found to promote acne – and therefore are preferable for those prone to breakouts.
Whilst it is fine to wear makeup if you suffer from acne there are some guidelines which you should aim to follow. Before applying makeup you should always make sure to clean your hands, to limit the amount of bacteria which could be applied to your face. At the end of each day your makeup should be thoroughly removed.
At Skin Medical we employ medical nurse practitioners to offer full skin consultations. The practitioner will be able to offer you personalised advice and design a treatment plan, incorporating both N-lite laser and products, which suits your skin type.
On Saturday 29th December 2013 the Department of Health issued a press release which suggested that we are to expect some new things to be covered in the official response to the Keogh Review into the Regulations of Cosmetic Interventions in England, published last April. The final response report is expected to be published sometime soon.
Initiatives announced include
a) National register for all breast implant devices.
b) Ban on unethical advertising such as late booking offers and ‘buy one get one free’ type offers and competition prizes.
c) All cosmetic surgeon will need to demonstrate that they are properly trained
Additional measures are expected to be announced their recommendations such as legislation to classify dermal fillers as medical implant which will require a prescription from nurse prescriber or doctor. At Skin Medical we only employ qualified and experienced nurse prescribers and doctors to assess, prescribe and administer dermal fillers and Sculptra. The government has already legislated that prescriptions are required for requesting Botox and all practitioners have to be formally trained.
Keogh Report Recommendations
The Government has accepted the majority of the recommendations of a review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, following the revelations that the French firm Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) had been manufacturing breast and other implants using industrial grade silicone.
A national register logging every breast implant operation carried out in England is to be established in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the scandal which saw nearly 50,000 women in the UK receive these faulty breast implants.
This measure is currently expected to only be applied to England, although Wales has expressed an interest to implement this in the future. In their formal response to the Keogh report, ministers are expected to announce that the registry will be piloted from January, with legislation to put it on a statutory footing to be included in the Queen’s Speech later this year.
In future measures, to be announced when Parliament reconvenes in the new year, there will be a ban on aggressive marketing and advertising techniques such as offering breast implants as competition prizes, 2 for 1 offers (so-called “mother-daughter deals”) and time-limited offers.
Training will be improved, with the Royal College of Surgeons establishing new qualifications and standards for cosmetic surgery, with surgeons required to have professional indemnity.
The Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has been saying:
That there is a need to properly regulate cosmetic industry as some firm exploit patients.
The Register will enable the proper tracking of the quality of implants.
There will be a clampdown on irresponsible advertising.
At Skin Medical we are pleased to learn of these Government initiatives. All of our surgeons are NHS trained and have years of relevant experience. We do not and never have offered advertising incentives on any of our cosmetic surgery procedures such as vaser liposuction, ear correction or skin resurfacing. Our medical procedures such as stop snoring surgery, acne or rosacea treatments continue to be compliant with the proposed legislation.
It’s still not too late to make the most of our offers this January.
Refresh your skin and start the year with confidence.
Here at Skin Medical Manchester we know how important it is to look and feel your best for the Christmas season.
With all the presents to buy and decorations to put up it can be easy to forget to book in for your injectables, top-ups or facial rejuvenation treatments. We currently have some fantastic festive offers such as:
Medical Microdermabrasion will facial mask treatment was £85 now £49
Chemical Peels were £75 now £30 off at £45
Skin Analysis and Jan Marini Glycolic Cleanser was £31 now available at £25
These quick treatments only take 30 minutes book in today on 0161 839 7663
Here at our Manchester Clinic on St Ann’s Square just next to the festive German Markets you can nip in for a quick treatment and do fit in some Christmas shopping at the same time!
We also offer late night appointments for those wishing to book in an appointment after work. Call the clinic on 0161 8397 663 to get booked in and ensure you look fabulous for the festive season!