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06 December 2018
The new & exciting look for Woodford Medical Cambridge
Dr Allan welcomes Nurse Practitioner Oona to her booming Cambridge Clinic

05 December 2018
Wedding Bells for Wedding Belles Part Two
Continuing our guide to pre-wedding beauty preparations

15 November 2018
Wedding Bells for Wedding Belles
Our guide to pre-wedding beauty preparation

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We are delighted that our doctors, Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson, are regularly featured for their expert advice in the national press and glossy magazines. We also have regular blog posts here from the doctors discussing anything that may be affecting you, information on treatments and conditions plus any topics that have been discussed in the media. 

The new & exciting look for Woodford Medical Cambridge

06 December 2018

Dr Hilary Allan is delighted to introduce Nurse Practitioner Oona to her booming Cambridge Clinic. The clinic at Langford Arch opened in 2003 and has grown into the highly successful practice it is today. Having spent many years building the practice up Dr Allan now finds her diary at full capacity so therefore she feels now is the right time to welcome Oona aboard.

Oona Davison joined Woodford Medical as our Nurse Practitioner in 2015. Oona qualified as a nurse twenty-four years ago from Kings College London and has a BSc Honours degree in nursing as well as being qualified as a Specialist Practitioner and an Independent Prescriber. In 2008 Oona then gained qualifications in Botox, Advanced Botox, Facial Fillers and Advanced Facial Fillers from the Royal College of Physicians. She continues to maintain her skills and knowledge with regular updates and advanced training from the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the Aesthetic Industry. Oona has worked for some of the most well-known and respected names in the Aesthetics field in Harley Street and her professionalism and attention to detail as well as in-depth understanding of client’s expectations, ensures outstanding results and client satisfaction.

Oona said “I am very excited to have the opportunity to take the expertise I have learnt from the other Woodford Medical clinics to Cambridge. It will be a privilege to join the successful team which has been established there for so long. I know the Cambridge clients will make me feel welcome and I am looking forward to the new challenge.”

 Recently the Cambridge clinic underwent a transforming refurbishment project and   now projects a truly modern and clinical appearance. Every treatment room now   offers a state-of-the-art experience ensuring that all our clients feel comfortable and   cosseted during their procedure.

 As well as Dr Allan and Oona offering their injectable skills our Senior Aesthetic   Therapist Debbie continues to go from strength to strength with her high-end   aesthetic treatments including IPL Photorejuvenation, 1540 Skin Tightening,   Microneedling and Epionce Skin Peels to list but a few. She also offers free   consultations so clients can optimise their skincare regime.

 

Dr Allan is confident that Oona can carry on the high standard of treatment and care that her clients have come to know and love.

For NEW clients booking with Oona you will recieve 10% off your treatment when you present the cambridge pride advert (OUT TODAY!) in clinic.

Call  0845 602 1161 to book your appointment with Oona in Cambridge.

Wedding Bells for Wedding Belles Part Two

05 December 2018

Fine lines and wrinkles – how to look relaxed and flawless for the big day.

 

 Even the most beautiful brides can sometimes need a   little  assistance in looking their very best on their special day.

 Botox is a wonderful anti-wrinkle injection treatment for easing   and smoothing small lines and wrinkles from the forehead,   frown   lines and crows’ feet. For most young brides just a   sprinkling of Botox is all that is needed to give a truly softened   look.

 Facial fillers can also be used where a little more volume is   required. A subtle lip enhancement can add a very natural   looking fullness to the mouth area. With young brides it should   all be about using minimal amounts of product to enhance the   inherent beauty of youth.

 Both of these treatments are best to have around a month in   advance of the wedding day which gives time for everything to   settle nicely.

 

 

 

The ideal skin treatment for lines and wrinkles is microneedling, a mechanism whereby tiny micro injuries are introduced into the skin to encourage the skin’s own repair mechanism.
 
This induces a surge of new collagen to help plump and smooth the skin. The traditional form of microneedling with a hand-held roller
is widely available but is limited to how effective it is close to the eye and on the top
lip area.
 
The DermaFrac is a significant advance as it combines microdermabrasion, microneedling under vacuum, simultaneous growth factor infusion and LED light therapy. Combining several treatments in the one procedure has the advantage that one gets better results with minimal side effects.
 
A more aggressive form of needling is performed with an automated microneedling pen device such as the Collagen PIN. Undoubtedly effective at inducing collagen, these more assertive forms of Microneedling need to be scheduled well in advance of the big day to allow for the maximum effect.

Brides want a flawless, blank canvas in readiness for their make-up artist to work their magic and one of the easiest and increasingly popular ways to achieve this is with a technique called Dermaplaning. This treatment uses a fine blade to remove “peach fluff” hair from the entire face and also the dead skin cells which are clogging the pores. Immediately following treatment, the skin looks luminous and make-up then sits perfectly on the skin.

Why not talk to one of our highly trained treatment advisors who can schedule an appointment for you?

 

Wedding Bells for Wedding Belles

15 November 2018

Winter and Spring weddings have increased in popularity in the last few years as couples are stretching their imaginations beyond the traditional summer period. With that in mind our professionals at Woodford Medical are currently asked for their advice on how best to prepare for the big event with treatments and skin care. Brides are more savvy now and know that to feel gorgeous for their special day they need to seek more appropriate advice than the local beauty counter in the high street department store.

It is essential that the ‘bride to be’ gets professional advice from a good skin therapist or aesthetic professional. With an ever-increasing array of skincare and in-house treatments, the consumer has to weigh up carefully what are the best options. Embarking on a brand-new skincare routine with just a few weeks to go before the big day or trying out the latest amazing facial may not be ideal wedding planning. With 10% of the female population saying they have reacted to a skincare product in the last 12 months, the risk of trying something new, on a whim, probably isn’t worth it.

Our three-part blog on wedding beauty preparations should hopefully go a long way to help any blushing bride look and feel her very best.

Part one

Blemishes - for brides who suffer breakouts, what would the best at home and professional treatment be?

Controlling blemishes and outbreaks starts with a good skincare routine so look for cleansers that contain salicylic acid such as the new Epionce Purifying Wash. This latest innovation from Epionce is a powerful acne-fighting cleanser with therapeutic botanicals and salicylic acid.   Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and it helps to clear the pores, reduce inflammation and has an antibacterial effect. For on the spot treatment for acne the Purifying Spot Gel from Epionce will effectively target stubborn acne blemishes anywhere on the face or body making it a powerful duo when used in conjunction with the Purifying Wash. It isn’t always about using high strength ingredients, because too much salicylic acid in poorly formulated washes can be drying so be careful to avoid products that leave the skin feeling irritated or too tight. Something that Epionce products are keen to address.

 

Microdermabrasion remains one of the most effective acne prevention treatments as it helps remove congestion and debris blocking the pore. This in turn reduces the chance of the pore becoming blocked and progressing into a full-blown spot. Sometimes referred to ‘skin polishing’ it helps remove superficial damaged cells and gives a brighter smoother look, allowing makeup to sit more smoothly.  A word of caution, be careful to not overdo the microdermabrasion as this can render the skin sensitive and dry. Opt for mild treatments with short courses that are never more frequent than once a month. Combining this treatment with a mild skin peel such as the Epionce Lite Refresh peel is also extremely beneficial as the results of the combination will be better than either a harsh microdermabrasion or peel done separately. The advice of an experienced therapist is important as oily skin responds best and some of the more sensitive skin types are best to avoid microdermabrasion completely.

Why not book in with one of our highly trained aesthetic therapists for a free consultation to tackle your unwanted blemishes.

 

 

 

 

When is a facial not a facial? When it really works!

31 October 2018

 

Everyone loves a facial, relaxing and refreshing, they are as much about the time spent escaping from a busy schedule than the results on the skin. Typically they are a cleansing process, some will incorporate a physical exfoliation with a manual scrub, followed by moisturising masks, product layers and massage techniques. The skin usually looks fresher and less lined due to the plumping effect of the moisturisation. Despite the marketing hype and promises there will be little to no true antiageing effect. If we want to affect significant, more meaningful improvements then we need to reverse the relentless decline of collagen in the deeper parts of the skin. This is why incorporating treatments that actually impact on collagen levels in the dermis are becoming so popular.

Microdermabrasion- still a very popular choice.

Microdermabrasion has been a popular treatment for many years. The exfoliation process is produced by a flow of crystals (crystal microdermabrasion) or a grit like pad (crystal free microdermabrasion);. A vacuum process draws the tip of the device against the skin and the exfoliation is caused by the striking of the crystals or the buff from the exfoliating pad. Some devices with a larger aperture slightly tent the skin as it is being drawn across the area which causes additional stretching of the dermis and triggering of collagen production. The Dermagenesis medical microdermabrasion is available across hundreds of clinics in the U.K. and Ireland and remains the gold standard in microdermabrasion devices.

Light to moderate strength skin peels

Modern peels such as the Epionce Lite Refresh Peel and the Agera Peels have become very popular as they are formulated to produce a significant effect but at the same time avoiding obvious shedding of skin cells. People can literally have a peel done and return to work the following day with no one being aware they have had the procedure, something that is important with our busy schedules. The peel material, as it penetrates, stimulates an excitation of the basal layer, the line of cells just at the junction between the epidermis and the dermis. This process encourages new cell production to create a wave of fresh cells to replace older epidermal cells.

Combining a gentle microdermabrasion treatment with a light to moderate peel will give even better results. The synergistic use of treatments that are safe to perform together produces better results with fewer risks of side effects than one of the treatments being done harshly.

 

Microneedling - or collagen induction therapy

Here a fine needle creates multiple small micro injuries in the dermis which in turn triggers the bodies own natural repair process resulting in reabsorption of the damaged tissue and replacement with new cells and collagen. The traditional form of needling with a hand held roller  is giving way to more sophisticated forms of the procedure such as devices like the DermaFrac and the Collagen PIN.

 

DermaFrac combines several treatment modalities in one procedure. Firstly there is a microdermabrasion component that gently removes some of the damaged ‘roof tiles’ from the surface of the epidermis, preparing the skin for the next treatment. The second step is a handpiece that combines microneedling under vacuum combined with simultaneous infusion of topical solutions containing growth factors. The treatment is finished with several minutes of LED light to calm redness and encourage additional collagen formation.

Major advantages of this form of microneedling are that it is virtually pain free, does not require any anaesthetic and produces very little in the way of downtime. The faint pinkness after a procedure can be easily covered with makeup and settles quickly. The DermaFrac has become a very popular repeat treatment as it produces a very positive effect on skin smoothness and plumping with no disruption to the person’s routine.

 

Collagen PIN

Automated microneedling devices such as the Collagen PIN have largely replaced the use of hand held rollers. The treatment tip contains an array of 36 needles powered by a motor that oscillates very rapidly and creates thousands of controlled micro injuries in the dermis. This device is a significant advance on hand rollers; the treatment is much more comfortable than rollers as the needles penetrate vertically rather than exiting at an angle creating a dragging effect. The Collagen PIN is also more effective at inducing collagen as it creates up to forty times as many microinjuries per square area than a roller device. This is important because the greater the density of microinjuries the larger is the collagen response.

 

 

Pigmentation

18 September 2018

Our expert doctors explain the causes of pigmentation.

Unwanted skin pigmentation is one of the common conditions we get asked to treat in our clinics and there are a wide range of options for removing or at least significantly reducing the appearance of this problem.

Pigmentation can range from slightly over grown freckle like spots through to larger areas called sun or age spots. Some can be troubled with just one area whilst others can be extensively affected by multiple patches. A separate sub group is those who have a condition called melasma which is a hormone related condition and can involve large patches over the skin.

Pigmentation results from penetration of such things as UV rays and environmental pollution through the external skin barrier into the deeper layers of the skin. The skin’s defence mechanism then responds with several pathways of inflammation which triggers multiple responses, one of which is excitation of the melanocyte, the cell in the skin responsible for making melanin pigment that causes skin to go darker. Regardless of the type of pigmentation or its cause the treatment strategy should involve reversing and controlling these steps. This is why we utilise skincare that has been shown to restore skin barrier function, dampen all pathways of chronic inflammation and reduce the production of melanin from the melanocyte.

Treatments available for pigmentation

There are several treatment options available to us to reduce pigmentation.

Photorejuvenation using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

The Fotofacial is a procedure that utilises Intense Pulsed Light to target colour in the skin. Short millisecond pulses of laser light pass into the skin with the light energy being absorbed by the pigmentation cells. Over the following days the pigment darkens, moves to the surface and is removed with the natural turnover of the skin. Not only is pigmentation improved but also redness, facial veins, open pores and fine wrinkles are reduced by a course of Fotofacials.

A word of caution, the IPL Fotofacial is not a good option for the melasma form of pigmentation as this can make the pigment significantly worse.

Skin Peels

Skin peels are very popular and the Epionce Peel is particularly useful as it encourages shedding of the surface pigment whilst stimulating the production of new healthier epidermal cells. It is important not to attack the skin with harsh peels that can remove large amounts of cells and pigment but simply render the skin more irritable and sun sensitive with the risk of triggering yet more pigment production. We no longer believe that deep peels with their subsequent marked skin shedding are sensible but prefer courses of medium strength peels that cause a greater turnover of the epidermal cells without dramatic skin loss.

Skin Needling

Another popular method for treating pigmentation is microneedling where a controlled micro injury encourages reabsorption of pigmented areas and the replacement of these areas with new, healthier skin cells. The DermaFrac treatment for pigmentation combines gentle crystal free microdermabrasion, microneedling under vacuum, infusion of Kojic acid, an ingredient shown to be effective in treating pigmentation and LED light therapy. No anesthetic is required and as there is no down time it can be performed without having to reorganise your busy schedule.

An alternative form of microneedling is the Collagen PIN, an automated pen like device that produces literally hundreds of fine micro injuries vertically down into the skin. Abnormal sun damaged skin is reabsorbed and replaced by the body’s natural repair mechanisms.

Skincare

A fresh look at your skincare regime is necessary if we are to get the best results with pigmentation. As an organisation we reject the commonly used strategy of treating pigmentation with retinol or hydroquinone. Much of the evidence now suggests that this approach although effective in the short term simply produces an unhealthy, irritable skin which is prone to dryness, peeling and sensitivities, particularly extreme sun sensitivity. At the end of such courses of skincare the common result is a rebound appearance of the pigmentation, to a level that is much worse than before you started.

Epionce skincare has been shown in independent clinical studies to be superior to the Obagi approach with the same reduction in pigmentation without the unpleasant skin side effects and the rebound when the active products are discontinued. Instead Epionce Renewals or Intensive Nourishing Cream work to repair the external skin barrier and dampen chronic inflammation that is the driver to the formation of the pigmentation. Combining this with the anti-pigmentary products, Epionce Melanolyte Tx and  Melanolyte Pigment Perfecting Serum is an extremely effective way of both reducing and controlling unwanted pigmentation.

Daily UV protection in the form of SPF 50 is essential to protect against further triggers to pigment formation. Pleasant formulations such as Epionce Daily Shield SPF 50 are physical blocks free from chemicals and safe for constant daily use.

Woodford Medical's Top Tips for finding a good practitioner

16 August 2018

1. Do your homework

Research Botox® to find out exactly what it is and how it works so your expectations are realistic. A lot of people get confused between Botox® and Fillers, both have their place but work in very different ways and are suitable for different areas of the face. A good medical practitioner will recommend which of these will work best for your areas of concern and the contours of your face.

2. Cost

Do not be lured by offers and reductions on injectable treatments. This is your face and you cannot risk having inferior products injected by inferior practitioners. Expertise and reputable products are never discounted.

3. Take your time

Make sure you get a proper consultation with a fully qualified medical practitioner before you go ahead. This is a prescription only product that is being injected and therefore should only ever be injected by a suitably qualified practitioner. If you feel rushed at all, or they start pushing you with different sales pitches, this might not be the practitioner for you.

4. Keep it up

Once you've had your first treatment, expect to see your medical practitioner again after two weeks for a review, they need to see it's settling in OK and adjust if necessary.

The effects of Botox® last approximately three months and repeat injections at that point mean unwanted lines and wrinkles won’t start to kick in again and you maintain the look rather than having an up and down transformation.

5. Build a relationship

We would always recommend going to someone who specialises in medical aesthetics treatments, rather than someone who has tagged Botox® on to another profession.

As far as we’re concerned, it really is practice makes perfect with Botox® and the more treatments a practitioner does, the better they are at it.

Once you have started treatment with a medical practitioner and are happy with how it's going, it does pay to build a relationship with them. That way they get to know your skin and as long as they keep a clear record of all your treatments you will be going in the right direction. Stick with them, direct them in how you like the effect to look and you should get into a good routine.

 

Epionce Tip of the Month

14 August 2018

Epionce Dynamic Duos

Perfectly Paired Products for Optimal Aesthetic Results

Epionce products were created to work synergistically. The active ingredients were formulated together in such a way as to complement the active ingredients in other Epionce products. By using Epionce products together, you can ensure that the optimal benefit of these ingredients are experienced by your client.

The complex formulations combine the Epionce ingredient technologies along with the powerful Epionce delivery system to create unique products that provide the therapeutic benefits that fans of Epionce have experienced for over fifteen years.

 Epionce Ingredient Technologies:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Technology [AI] helps block the formation and activation of inflammatory factors that lead to fine lines and wrinkles
  • Barrier Repair Technology [BR] helps strengthen and repair the natural protective skin barrier for firm skin and to help shield from environmental insults
  • Keratolytic Technology [K] encourages cell turnover to remove dead skin cells, clear pores of impurities, retexturize and smooth skin contour.

The Best Prodcuts to Pair Together

While most of the Epionce products can be mixed and matched based on the skin care needs and personal preferences of your clients, there are a few all-time dynamic duos that yield outstanding aesthetic outcomes.

Anti-Ageing Duo 1: Lytic Tx & Renewal Facial Lotion

Lytic Tx

• K + AI Technologies

• 2.0% Salicylic Acid combined with Azelaic Acid and Willow Bark Extract clean out pores and smooth texture

• Does not cause irritation or redness in the skin.

Renewal Facial Lotion

• Foundation of the Epionce product line

• BR + AI Technologies

• The Renewal Facial Cream, Lotion and Lite Lotion are interchangeable based on skin type

• Helps stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis

 

Anti-Ageing Duo 2: Intense Defense Serum & Intensive Nourishing Cream

Intense Defense Serum

• The most completemultivitamin serum on the market

• Botanical sources of vitamins A, B, C, D + E

• Lightweight serum boosts the anti-ageing benefits of the Renewals.

Intensive Nourishing Cream

• BR + AI + K plus Soft-Focus Technology

• Great for neck and décolletté

• Ideal as a night cream

• Helps stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis

 

Hyperpigmentation Duo: MelanoLyte Tx +MelanoLyte 

Pigment Perfection Serum

• Hydroquinone-free

• Clinically provento provide the same results as 4% hydro-quinone

• Non-irritating and can be used on all skin types

• No regression and safe for long-term use

• Use MelanoLyte Tx twice daily AM/PM and MelanoLyte Pigment Perfection Serum nightly

 

Acne Control Duo: Lytic Gel Cleanser & Purifying Toner

Lytic Gel Cleanser

• Formulated to addressacne and over-production of oil

• Cleanses without strippingor damaging the protective skin barrier

• Anti-microbial properties

• NewBeauty® Award winner

Purifying Toner

• Reduces oil and shine; anti-microbial properties

• Great to spot treat breakouts for sensitive skin types

 

Hydration Duo: Enriched Firming Mask & Balancing Toner

Enriched Firming Mask

• AI + BR Technologies

• Provides a boost of hydration

• Calms redness and soothes skin post-procedure

• Firms and tightens the skin

Balancing Toner

• Provides humectants for a boost of hydration.

 

To book your free skincare consultation with one of our highly trained Aesthetic Therapists please call us  on 0845 602 1161 or email us.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Like Mother like Daughter ?

09 August 2018

We owe a great deal of our facial appearance to our mother and for that matter our father. We are after all made up of 50% of our mother’s and 50% of our father’s genes.

 

Eyes – dark circles/troughs

The appearance of our under eye area is influenced by various factors including the underlying bone structure, fat pads, laxity and thinness of the skin. The under eye area has the thinnest skin on the body and as it thins with ageing it becomes more transparent and deeper blood vessels may start to show. The hollowing is accentuated by a shift in the fat in the compartment immediately under the eye and the gradual movement of the cheek downwards. The combination of shadowing from hollowing and blue tones from the underlying vessels contributes to the darkness under the eye. People with darker skin tones or those prone to pigmentation often develop unwanted brown discolouration inch further exacerbates dark circles.

Much of this is inherited from our parents as bone structure, distribution of fat, skin tone and skin quality are in part down to our genes.

 

Rosacea and facial redness

Again with facial redness and conditions like Rosacea there is a strong hereditary component. We know that some skin types particularly 1 and 2 are more likely to develop facial redness. The classic example is the Celtic skin type with fair or red hair and freckles. This makes them more vulnerable to UV damage. There is also evidence to suggest that these paler skin types with Rosacea are deficient in certain types of lipids meaning that their surface external skin barrier is defective. Their skin is also more reactive as they contain receptors that act like early warning sensing systems that are more excitable. The consequences of reduced skin barrier function are that external elements penetrate more easily and this triggers greater stimulation of more ‘hyper’ receptors which in turn sparks inflammation deeper in the skin. It is this inflammation that increases the number of blood vessels and blood flow into the skin.

 

 

Jowls / lower face sagging

High prominent cheek bones with a good fat covering are such an important asset and if your mother has them then you want to inherit them. The reason is that they support much of the lower face helping to keep the canvas of the face pulled backwards and upwards. The critical point is the most outward point on the cheek bone or zygomatic arch as we doctors like to call it. Good lateral support also helps to elevate the cheek area under the eye and thus helps to prevent fat movement, hollowing under the eye and the formation of the tear trough. 

Aesthetic practitioners are trying to reproduce that prominent cheek bone by using deeper volumising fillers to replace fat loss and some degree of bone reabsorption that occurs with age.

 

Sun spots / age spots / melasma

There is a very strong genetic element at play here where our genes will closely affect our skin type and in turn the activity of our melanocytes. Skin types 1 and 2 are more vulnerable to UV damage so are more at risk of sun spots and patches of pigmentation which tend to stand out more against the player background. However those with darker skin types also have to take care as some of the worst forms of unwanted pigmentation occur in those with skin of colour. This is because their melanocytes are extremely active and produce melanin after only slight UV stimulus. It is why we encourage everyone regardless of skin type to use a daily shield of protection to reflect UV and reduce the chance of triggering unwanted pigmentation. Melasma is a separate condition where large patches of pigmentation occur on the face often being triggered by hormonal changes such as starting the oral contraceptive or pregnancy. This condition tends to run in families as there is a strong genetic predisposition to the problem.

 

Spot in the Sun?

28 June 2018

 

If you have ever suffered from spots, and let’s face it most of us have at some stage, then you will know what a blessing the appearance of the sun can be in temporarily clearing up a break out. The temptation is to forgo any sunscreen because that just seems to add a layer of gloop to the skin and then just bake away until all the little blighters have dried up and disappeared.

There are however a couple of major drawbacks to that, the first one being that even a couple of years of baking your face unprotected in the sunshine will cause a huge amount of sun damage resulting in broken capillaries, brown marks and depleted supplies of natural collagen that give the skin it’s luscious plumpness. In addition, particularly in darker skin types, exposing acne to UV rays risk what is called post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. This is when the inflammation in the acne spots triggers productions of melanin by the melanocyte so as the redness of the spot recedes it is replaced by a persistent area of unsightly brown pigmentation.

There is overwhelming evidence for the benefits of wearing Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on your face whatever your skin type and it’s really just a case of making sure that you find an SPF that suits your own particular complexion.  The formulation and ingredients of the sunscreen are key in not exacerbating your spots. Look for a high quality brand that has been developed for the face and neck rather than one for the whole body, it will tend to have finer and lighter ingredients designed for the delicate facial skin.

SPF can protect us in different ways, firstly utilising physical UV blockers such as silicone and titanium which act like minute mirror particles to reflect the UV rays from our skin. Alternatively chemical agents can act as absorbers that dissipate UV radiation by way of a chemical reaction. The harmful effect of UV is mitigated by conversion of the electromagnetic rays into heat and that heat is released from the skin.  Some sunscreens are a combination of both physical and chemical protection. If a sunscreen contains zinc and titanium then it is a physical block and if the ingredients end in ‘zone’ and ‘salate’ then it will be a chemical protection.

Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 ticks so many of the boxes when it comes to minimising acne outbreaks. Firstly it is lightly formulated using the latest silicone technology that forms a mesh over the skin but still allows the skin to function normally. The oil that is naturally produced by the sebaceous glands and sweat can freely move through the mesh avoiding pore blockages thereby reducing the likelihood of breakouts. This product uses the physical UV blockers zinc and titanium. In scientific studies the Epionce Daily Shield SPF 50 was found to be highly water resistant and remaining active even after being subjected to 80 minutes in a whirlpool. This means that there is no need to keep adding layer upon layer of sunscreen throughout the day.

All of this is very good news for those of you who thought you had to make a choice between protecting your face from the ageing and harmful rays of the sun and keeping a clear and smooth complexion – now you can have both!


Don't Sweat... We Have It Covered!

21 June 2018

Believe it or not deodorants and antiperspirants work in very different ways.

Deodorants work by reducing bacterial levels on the skin - the odour that comes from sweating in some areas is a result of a mix of sweat, sebaceous material and bacteria. Anti-perspirants on the other hand contain aluminium salts that mix with the sweat, turning into a gel film that helps reduce the movement of sweat out of the pore.

If it is odour you are concerned about then deodorants are more appropriate. If on the other hand it is sweat stains or frank damp patches then you need antiperspirant.

Manufacturers are very aware of the high incidence of sensitive skin so most have products specifically formulated for these people. Irritation though is a common problem and the only real way to find out is trial and error. 

Whether deodorant or anti-perspirant they are best applied to clean, dry, cool skin. In the case of anti-perspirants applying the night before will help to ‘get ahead’ of the problem for the following morning. Having said that some people with severe sweating issues are sweating from the minute they step out of the shower. In which case switch to a cool shower, towel dry and apply antiperspirant straight away. 

With shaving or hair removal procedures such as waxing or lasering best to avoid immediate application of products as this can allow the ingredients to penetrate deeper causing significant irritation. This in turn can trigger an ongoing repeat sensitivity whenever that product is applied next time.  

Whether you use sprays or sticks, it is down to personal choice and being comfortable with the feel on the skin. Absolutely never share sticks or roller products as you just run the risk of picking up someone else’s bacterial skin flora.

There is no evidence that aluminium in anti-perspirants causes any health issues. 

Excessive sweating is a very common condition and it can affect your whole body. Sweating in the armpit area or on your hands can be extremely embarrassing and very restrictive to your everyday life.

Our Hyperhydrosis treatment is extremely popular and a truly life changing procedure.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common disorder which can adversely affect your quality of life. Excessive sweating of the underarms is the most common. Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many frequently suffer from this condition regardless of their mood or the weather. Excessive sweating is embarrassing and often complicates business and social interactions.

Don’t suffer anymore and book your appointment with us today.

OPEN DAY AT DANBURY CLINIC ON THURSDAY 17TH MAY 10am - 7pm

02 May 2018

Facial redness and Rosacea

07 March 2018

At various times in our lives most of us suffer from some form of unwanted facial redness either in the form of overall reddening of the skin over the nose and cheeks or patches of broken veins around the cheeks and sides of the nose. It can affect both men and women and can range dramatically in its severity. There are various causes of this but the most common ones are sun damage, skin sensitivity and the most difficult of all, Rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin condition that is extremely common particularly in the fair skin type and is now so common that in certain parts of the country it is almost considered normal.

It is very important that we recognise when it is present as certain treatments can exacerbate the problem and some fairly simple steps can significantly reduce its progression and severity.

Hall marks of Rosacea in the early stages are a tendency to flushing and blushing, facial and neck redness that comes up easily and takes an annoyingly long time to subside. Gradually a more persistent redness starts to appear after the flushing should have subsided. A common story is that after a summer holiday when the tan has faded the skin has a lingering redness that just doesn’t go away. In some individuals surface thread veins may develop but in others it simply appears as a diffuse pink or red colour to the skin. Areas that are commonly affected are the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, ears, and neck. Spots may or may not be present and can be red or white and often linger for months. A few unfortunate sufferers develop a thickening of the skin and a common area to see this is the nose. A large number have eye symptoms with redness of the whites of the eye and an irritable crustiness along the edges of the eyelids.

Probably the commonest symptom of all with Rosacea is the complaint that their skin is dry or dry sensitive.

What are the underlying causes of Rosacea?

Our knowledge is not complete as to the causes but certain things are known. There is often a strong family history and its high incidence in the pale Celtic skin type suggests there is a genetic predisposition making it more likely to develop. Some studies have shown a clear link to the development of the vascular form and the amount of UV exposure that has occurred. More recent work has established that there is a deficiency in the production of one of the key lipids in the surface of the skin which may contribute to increased penetration of external environmental agents. Certainly the receptors deeper in the skin are at a heightened level making the skin of Rosacea sufferers more responsive to the penetration of things like UV. Certain pathways of inflammation when triggered then induce the formation of blood vessels and increased blood flow to the skin. The skin mite has also come under scrutiny but it is as yet unclear whether this is a contributing factor or just an organism that coincidentally flourishes in Rosacea skin.

How to prevent facial redness and Rosacea

Clearly early recognition of the condition is important. Given that we know that the protective external skin barrier is deficient it is wise to limit UV exposure and avoid skincare routines that are too harsh or involve steps such as physical exfoliation. Microdermabrasion, a popular treatment in skin clinics and salons should be avoided or only be performed mildly and with care. Adopting a rigorous approach to UV protection all year round is a simple step that requires discipline. A good example of a pleasant to use UV protector is Epionce Daily Shield SPF 50. Here is a product that is entirely physical protection with zinc and titanium and thus avoids the potential for chemical irritation. The use of cleansers and moisturisers that are proven to repair the skin barrier and dampen chronic inflammation such as Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser and either a Renewal or Intensive Nourishing Cream are sensible products to build into your skincare routine. Most will see a dramatic improvement in the quality and health of their skin with these simple easy to follow steps. The addition of a Lytic product adds ingredients such as salicylic, azelaic and multiple anti inflammatories to deliver a smoother less blemish prone skin without the need to physically scrub the skin. This approach avoids the need to use agents such as glycolic, serums with vitamin C and the higher strength retinoids which in many simply add irritation and sensitivity with little benefit.

Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to reduce redness

A cornerstone of treatment is either IPL to significantly reduce visible red veins and diffuse redness. In our clinics we prefer the response with IPL and call the treatment a Fotofacial where the entire area of skin that is affected is treated. Side effects are generally kept to a minimum so that people can continue their daily routine uninterrupted. Courses of treatments are generally recommended and follow up occasional treatments are advised to maintain results.

It is never too early or too late to take action against redness and Rosacea - our advice is to make an appointment with one of our doctors, nurses or our highly trained therapists who are experienced and knowledgeable in the latest treatments and management of facial redness and Rosacea.

 

Valentines Day is coming your way

08 February 2018

 

Get yourself looking and feeling gorgeous this Valentine’s day

 

 

Our Senior Therapist Carla shared her tip for getting herself looking and feeling good for Valentine’s Day.

 

  • Step one – Run a warm bath and add lots of delicious foaming bubbles.
  • Step two – Apply a generous covering of Epionce Firming Mask to a cleansed face.
  • Step three – Smooth on lashings of Epionce Lip Renewal for soft and kissable lips.
  • Step four – Put on some soothing music
  • Step five – Pour a glass of ice cold fizz.
  • Step six – Relax in the warm bath for at least 15 minutes

 

 

All of the above work whether you are going out with a loved one or simply relaxing on your own so go on – treat yourself!

 

Dispelling the myths of Botox anti-wrinkle injections

07 February 2018

 

Botox injections have been around for quite some years now but some mystery still surrounds what they do and don’t do and even social media and glossy magazines confuse the issues.

At Woodford Medical clinic the doctors and nurse prescribers work tirelessly to correct the misapprehensions that their clients sometimes talk to them about and would like to share them with you.

 

Myth no. 1

Botox injections can make lips looks huge and unsightly as seen on some celebrities.

Truth

Botox injections are never used to enhance the size of the lip – however a dermal filler can be used in the lip area and when done professionally should result in a soft and natural enhancement.

Myth no. 2

Once you start having Botox injections you can’t stop otherwise you will look dreadful

Truth

There is nothing addictive about Botox injections other than the enjoyment of looking and feeling your best. When the effects begin to wear off it takes several weeks to totally disappear. Some lines and wrinkles once “re-educated” never actually reinstate themselves, this applies in particular to negative frown lines which respond really well to anti-wrinkle injections.

Myth no. 3

Botox injections make you looking completely frozen and expressionless leaving you look like a plastic doll

Truth

Any reputable practitioner would never advocate the frozen look and clever and professional injecting should only make you look relaxed and refreshed as though you have had a really good holiday.

Myth no. 4

Botox injections can only be used to correct lines in the upper face

Truth

A truly experienced and skilled practitioner can also use these injections in the jowl and jawline to relax the platysmal muscle which pulls the neck and jawline down. This helps to sharpen the jawline, minimises the jowl and helps to keep the neck smooth and elongated.

Myth no. 5

This procedure can be performed by anyone including my local beauty parlour

Truth

At Woodford Medical we only use a tried, tested and licenced solution for our Botox injections.  It is a prescription only drug and therefore should only be injected by a medically qualified practitioner to ensure your safety. Your face deserves the very best treatment so put yourself in the safest of hands at Woodford Medical.

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2018

01 January 2018

  

 

 

THREE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KICK START 2018

We are probably all still recovering from an overload of Christmas pudding, too much alcohol and long hours slumped in front of the television during the festive holidays and have a vague slightly uncomfortable thought in the back of our minds that in the next couple of weeks we need to sort ourselves out.  Well at Woodford Medical we are here to help by giving you a couple of suggestions to make you feel and look better going into 2018.

 

1.    Even out stressed skin with IPL Fotofacials.

 
Rich food, excess alcohol and central heating can all play their part in making our skin look red, uneven in tone and texture, and scattered with little broken capillaries. IPL Photorejuvenation otherwise known as Fotofacials are recognised as the most effective treatment for the reduction of these annoying issues. Our Aesthetic Therapists offer a thorough skin consultation to establish your needs and if suitable will go on to recommend a course of Fotofacials which will restore the natural clear beauty of your skin and diminish the effects of a heavy party season!
 
 
 

2.      Deep cleanse your skin with DermaFrac.

 
The rich foods and excess alcohol that we mentioned above can also affect the condition of our complexions by loading it up with toxins which result in breakouts and a distinct lack-lustre look. By having a course of Dermafrac we can totally cleanse your skin from the outside in and restore its luminosity and glow. Dermafrac uses a combination of therapies including Microdermabrasion, Microneedling and powerful anti-ageing infusions of peptides penetrating deeply into the layers of the skin to give you firmer, smoother and healthier looking skin.
 
 
 

3.    Look smooth and relaxed with Botox anti-wrinkle injections.

 
Often the lead up to Christmas can leave us all looking and feeling a little tired and stressed this can carry over to the new year. If you would like to ease away the signs of a heavy party season then why not put yourselves in the capable hands of our highly experienced doctors or nurse prescribers who can restore the look of calm and tranquillity to your face by easing away the lines and furrows with Botox anti-wrinkle injections. These quick, painless injections can smooth away forehead worry lines, crow’s feet and frown lines and have you breezing into 2018 looking and feeling your best. 



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