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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. 


30 September 2014

"Rosacea isn't just redness of the face, it affects the person's mental state and this is the side most people don't see and definitely don't understand."

One of our clients discusses the impact chronic Rosacea had on his life and why he chose Woodford Medical and our advanced, successful procedures to get rid of the problem and end his suffering;

What symptoms were you experiencing before treatment?

Around 12 to 13 years ago my nose slowly but surely got redder and redder and wouldn't go away. My parents dismissed it as “growing pains” and my local GP told me it was nothing. Eventually this also spread to my cheeks and my forehead, although the forehead was mild compared to the nose and cheeks. I would occasionally get flushes where the redness was worse.

Still, my parents believed it was completely normal even though I had never seen this happen to another person and my local GP still believed that there was nothing wrong whatsoever and that I should stop wasting his time.

"This began in high school and made me the subject of bullying which carried on all throughout college and as the years went by my social anxiety became worse and worse."

Family and friends tried to help but the advice was mostly useless, the “oh just ignore them and they'll go away” style of advice which is very easy to say if you're not experiencing it yourself. 

I hated my life and eventually decided enough was enough, I needed to get rid of this redness and so I began my research on the subject.


before rosacea treatment with dr mervyn patterson


after rosacea treatment with dr mervyn patterson

Why did you choose Dr Patterson at Woodford Medical?

After a bit of research and finding that IPL treatment was the way to go, I needed to find someone that I knew I could trust and be safe in the knowledge that the Doctor knew exactly what they were doing. For me, it was extremely important that I find the right person for the job given how much the whole ordeal with Rosacea had affected me. During the search I found a short list of companies who offered IPL and decided I should look up reviews of them.

"Time and time again I found Woodford Medical the favourite among the review sites and not just taking the top spot but taking it by a mile. It was then that I knew that Woodford Medical was the right choice and I immediately scheduled an appointment. Easily one of the best decisions I've made in my life."

How has your experience working alongside Dr Patterson on your skincare been so far?

The idea of being zapped in the face with a laser can sound both weird and scary at first I have to admit. However, even after just the first appointment I could tell that Dr Patterson had worked with other Rosacea sufferers before. He understood what I had been through, confirmed that I do indeed have Rosacea and was able to set out a plan of action that began immediately, meaning my first consultation was also my first treatment session. In the 7 years I've been receiving treatment, I cannot think of anything that has gone wrong to date.

How do you feel about the results so far?

Simply put, I got confident enough to go outside and into public places again. That on its own effectively gave me my life back as I was no longer staying within the confines of my bedroom, seeing and speaking to no-one for large periods of time. It gave me the chance to go to University and begin shaping my career.

"The redness on my forehead had completely disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared. My cheeks look fantastic, more than 90% of the redness is gone and that remaining 10% is barely noticeable. Even someone without Rosacea can often have a little bit of red colour in their cheeks so it looks completely natural!"

The nose has admittedly been stubborn, I think it'll be a while before it improves as much as the cheeks have but it certainly looks better than before. Overall, I'm very pleased with the results and look forward to seeing what the future brings.'

Are you suffering with Rosacea? Call us today on 0845 602 1161 for a consultation with Dr Patterson or click here to contact us via email. 


Judy Murray discusses her 'sparkly makeover' for Strictly!

28 September 2014

'Botox has stopped me looking like a scary monster': A sparkly makeover, a whirl on Strictly and a little bit of extra help too, Judy Murray on how she feels like a new woman!' - Rebecca Hard reports for the Mail Online. 

Judy Murray no longer looks like a ‘scary monster’ (her words). She’s invested in a drop or two of Botox to lose the 'fierce look' and developed a passion for fashion. 
Today, she turns up in a soft grey wool jacket and is so full of what you can wear and what you can’t when ‘you’ve got a long, thin face like mine’ she’d give Gok Wan a run for his money. (For the record, V-necks are an absolute no-no.)

Hang on a minute Judy. Fashion tips? Botox? What’s going on? This is, after all, Wimbledon champion Andy’s mum, who for the best part of his tennis career has sat centre court in a hoodie shooting the sort of death stares that would have most of us wishing we’d been put up for adoption. 

‘I’ve always been seen as the mum who sits on the sidelines, pulls faces, waves her fist and looks like some kind of scary monster,’ she says. ‘You see me baring my teeth or pumping my fist but I’m a competitive sportswoman – that’s just how I am. If I’d been a dad of sons or a mum of daughters I don’t think I’d have been noticed in the same way.
‘I’ve been single now for a couple of years,’ she says. ‘I lived with somebody [Phil] for eight or nine years up to two years ago so I’m just enjoying having time to myself – time for me – and I’ve found I like shopping, I like lunching, I like going to the spa with my friends. 

I’ve had a little bit of Botox because I always had very deep lines in there,’ she points to the smooth skin between her eyes. 

‘I’ve definitely been pigeon-holed as pushy and overbearing. But if you ask any of my friends or family, I’m all about having fun. My children [she also has Jamie, 28, a Wimbledon doubles champion] would tell you exactly the same.’

Do you feel as if your face portrays a different picture of your personality? Botox at Woodford Medical is used to subtly lighten your features and give them the fresh, youthful look you used to have. 

For a consultation with Dr Allan or Dr Patterson please call us today on 0845 602 1161 or to contact us via email click here.


FOREVER BEAUTIFUL - The Daily Mail Online

21 September 2014

Every Monday, Elsa McAlonan for the Daily Mail answers a reader's big beauty query and presents the best buys to perk up your week...

"Sandra, 45, from Glasgow, recently noticed that her wrinkles and fine lines have been getting worse. The mother-of-four dates the problem from March, when she was made redundant from her job as a civil servant. So is Botox the answer to her problems?

SANDRA SAYS: Some of my friends have resorted to radical beauty treatments such as Botox, but in the past I was worried I would end up looking unnatural. I’ve used sunbeds and, in recent years, I’ve been lazy with skincare.


At night, I take my make-up off with wipes, and I don’t apply anything other than moisturiser. I tend to buy whatever skincare products are to hand in the supermarket.

I’ve always been wary of needles and invasive treatments, but was willing to give them a go, as long as they were administered by an expert.

After careful consideration I decided on a little Botox [the name by which botulinum toxin is commonly known] in my forehead to ease the appearance of the wrinkles. A week later, my practitioner added some fillers to my cheeks and the lines running from my nose to my mouth.

It did hurt a little bit at the time, and one of my cheeks was bruised slightly. But my eyes have opened up and the crow’s feet at the sides of my eyes have disappeared.

The funniest thing is that nobody — not even my mum — has noticed, which is the effect I wanted.

People probably think I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I am going to start being less lazy about my skincare regime and won’t be using sunbeds any more.

ELSA SAYS: The results look very natural — her crow’s feet have vanished, and Sandra looks like a younger, smoother version of herself.

She now needs a good skincare regime. Updating your make-up with soft, flattering colours can give brilliant results, as can increasing the amount of water you drink and getting more sleep."


At Woodford Medical we are advocates for the natural look - Dr Allan and Dr Patterson achieve the subtle results you are looking for. For a consultation please call us now on 0845 602 1161 or to contact us via email please click here. 


NEW - Epionce Skincare on Trial with Anna Magee

15 September 2014

Healthista Editor Anna Magee is trying out Epionce, a new range of dermatologist-recommended skincare.

Why do it?

I got the idea after being contacted by leading cosmetic doctor , Dr Mervyn Patterson on Twitter. He said: ‘Anna, you often report on the best thing for the health of the body on Healthista, why not try something for the health of the surface your skin?’ Patterson felt that it would fit with Healthista’s approach to seeking optimum health and vitality to try out a skincare regime that optimised the nutrition on the surface of the skin.

Epionce’s strap line is ‘Delivering the beauty of healthy skin,’ which to me was compelling. Patterson continued: ‘By optimising what you give the skin, it performs at its best and becomes as healthy as you can get it and healthy skin looks good’. Patterson explained that every Epionce product is tested in pharmaceutical standards.

One clinical study showed that the Epionce regime after six months of use was as effective as prescription strength retinol at reducing fine lines, tactile roughness and skin laxity (sagging) and increasing brightness as well as reducing dark spots caused by sun damage – but without the initial irritation that can be caused by prescription strength retinol. I knew that retinol treatment was effective for anti-ageing but it often came with irritation, stinging, dryness.

In my experience, using retinol at prescription levels for my sun damage (dark pigmentation on my forehand and chin) had in the long run made it worse and I was wary of using anything harsh on my face, usually opting for high quality botanical and organic products.

‘There is no point tackling your pigmentation issue without repairing the surface of the skin,’ said Patterson. ‘You also have to dampen down chronic inflammation of the skin; a bit like repairing the roof of your house to keep the rain out – you need to repair the surface of the skin to protect it against damage from the sun and pollution.’

The Epionce approach focuses instead on giving the skin what it needs to function at its best, on building up the skin barrier before gently giving it the treatment products it needs. I was wary of using a medical strength anything again but Patterson assured me these were gentle yet effective. Epionce products are entirely botanical which appealed to the Healthista in me that loves natural products.

But I also like the idea of it being so thoroughly and stringently tested and proven effective – who wouldn’t? The botanicals in the products such as date palm extracts and natural antioxidants had been shown in previous studies to have a profound effect on skin. 

Visia Skin Analysis

To make the trial as controlled as we could get it I had a Visia Skin Analysis. This is a state-of-the-art camera that sees the skin in a number of different lights that highlight all the problems that develop as skin ages – and quantifies them. So everyone ends up with a percentage score  in things like their level of skin wrinkling, spots, texture, pores, UV spots and sun spots. I will be having one of these at week one (see below), week six and week 12. 


Starting to use Epionce

Right now I am using the Renewal Cleansing Lotion, Renewal Eye Cream, Renewal Facial Lotion and Renewal Facial Cream.

There is no doubt the products feel luxurious to use and deeply moisturise my dry skin – the botanical extracts make them smell divine, but the refinement of their formulation means they really sink into the skin in the way only high quality products can.

The first thing I noticed quite quickly was the softness of my skin the next morning after using the renewal night cream and cleanser. Normally I wake up and my skin is crying for moisture, feeling quite crepey and dry. This didn’t happen in the first week of using the Renewal range.

My current favourite product is the Renewal Lotion, which feels moisturising but absorbs quickly. I also used the sunscreen Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion, which left no white residue or pilling under my make-up. 

Watch this space for more updates from Anna!



Noticing the onset of the dreaded 'jawline jowls'?

08 September 2014


Are you looking in the mirror and seeing the effects of ageing on your lower face and neck? Noticing a slight loss in jaw definition or the dreaded 'jowls'?

Woodford Medical Aesthetic Therapist Catherine explains why InfraRed Skin Tightening is such a popular treatment for her clients in Leamington Spa and gives us some insight into how it works...

InfraRed Tightening is a fantastic treatment and is very popular with my clients at Woodford Medical Leamington Spa. The treatment is designed to improve the elasticity in the skin whilst stimulating collagen production, leaving the skin appearing firmer and tighter. 

What does the treatment involve?

The treatment involves using a hand piece that is placed onto the skin. This produces targeted beams of infrared light that are delivered deep into the skin, heating the tissue and causing a healing effect within the skin that firms and tightens. 

What areas of the body can you have treated?

The most popular areas for my clients are the lower face and neck. IR is partcularly good for giving a tightening appearance to any loose skin on the lower face and neck - as we age our lower face changes resulting in jowls and loss of jaw definition. Regular treatments are very effective for tightening these areas.

The treatment can be performed on the body including the arms, stomach, abdomen and legs. I have also performed the treatment on a client's knees and buttocks and she is delighted with the results! 

I also have another client who always has her upper arms treated as well as her lower face on a monthly basis and has noticed a vast improvement in the skin in these areas. 

How do your clients find the procedure?

In general there is no discomfort during the procedure and no down time afterwards. The only side effects that may occur post treatment are a temporary warm sensation at the site of treatment and slight redness. However this is temporary and will resolve in a short time. 

Our clients love this treatment as they can reapply their make up afterwards and feel comfortable having treatment only a few days before an important event as they do not have to worry about downtime. Most of our clients return for monthly treatments and feel there has been a visible improvement in their skin tone. 


How many treatments will I need?

It is advisable to have a course of 3 treatments at 4-6 week intervals for the best results. Many of our clients however have monthly treatments, or will have a minimum of 4 treatments which I find gives fantastic results. 


Interested in trying Infrared Skin Tightening? Click here to contact us via email or call 0845 602 1161 to book in at our Leamington Spa, Essex or London clinic!

Skin Tightening in Leamington Spa, Essex and London. 

Botox - can it really treat up to 12 medical conditions?

31 August 2014

The Daily Mail has published an extensive article this weekend on the many medical conditions and ailments Botox is now used to treat - with the help of Woodford Medical's own Dr Mervyn Patterson...

Botox is 25 this year – that’s how many years since it was  first approved for medical use. 
And although it’s best  known as an anti-wrinkle jab, last year just over half of its sales were for non-cosmetic uses.
Its first use was as a treatment for eye spasms – the active ingredient, botulinum toxin, works by blocking the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract, temporarily paralysing them. 
Today, it’s widely used in children suffering from the limb stiffness of cerebral palsy, and this year it gained approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for treating ankle-movement problems after a stroke.
Botox has been officially approved for 12 conditions, and it – or other botulinum toxins – are being investigated for more than 20 medical uses. 
Just this month, it was revealed that Botox may combat stomach cancer and trials are under way.

‘It really is a phenomenal drug,’ says Dr Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor who has been using Botox for more than 15 years.

So, from top to toe, here are just a few of the more everyday ailments Botox can treat.


Hyperhidrosis, or extreme sweating, often can’t be controlled by antiperspirants. But multiple, superficial injections of Botox have been shown  in studies to reduce perspiration by more than  50 per cent in eight in ten patients. In half of patients, the effects last more than seven months.


Botox for Hyperhidrosis temporarily blocks the secretion of the chemical responsible for switching on sweat glands. About 12 to 20 jabs are given in affected areas, such as the armpits, hands, feet or face.


After a wound from surgery such as a caesarean or an injury, some skin types develop thick,  rope-like, keloid scarring. Dr Patterson says:
‘Those prone to keloid scarring generally know about it. Evidence has been around for some time that if Botox is injected in and around a scar as it is healing, the appearance is reduced.’


‘Reducing tensile force across a wound means less tension at the suture line, which translates into less scar tissue,’ explains Dr Patterson. 

‘Tests on cells extracted from keloid wounds treated with Botox show less production of growth factors which stimulate scarring.’


Also known as bruxism – stress is thought to lead to involuntary clenching of the jaw muscles, typically in sleep. It can permanently damage teeth as well as causing headaches and jaw pain.
Botox  for Bruxism reduces grinding better than a placebo.


Dr Patterson says: ‘Botox is placed in the masseter, the main chewing muscle. Relief is within days and works in the majority of people. Another injection is usually required three months later but the effect after this is often prolonged.’


To book your Botox consultation with a Woodford Medical practitioner now please call 0845 602 1161 or alternatively click here to contact us via email. 


Botox in Essex, London, Cambridge, Belfast and Leamington Spa. 

Epionce - the new technology in skin health and ageing

13 August 2014

Beauty in the Bag has published an intriguing article with Epionce founder Dr Carl Thornfeldt, allowing the skincare pioneer to explain exactly why he created Epionce and how it can help people and their skin health...

Thirty years of practice has led Idaho-dermatologist Carl Thornfeldt, MD, to a conclusion about skin disease and ageing: much of it can be attributed to the breakdown of the skin’s natural barrier function and chronic inflammation. He treats skin disease with prescriptions but for obtaining maximum skin health he focuses on rebuilding the barrier function.

Enter, Epionce, the skin care system that Thornfeldt created to repair the barrier and fight inflammation. The comprehensive range is infused with botanicals and can be customized to address a variety of conditions, including acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation, psoriasis, rosacea, and, of course, skin ageing. Here, Thornfeldt tells  Beauty in the Bag about his professional background and his insights into maintaining healthy, youthful skin.

Please tell us about your background. Why did you choose dermatology as your specialty?

I have struggled with dermatitis since I was a child. When I was a teenager, there were very few options available for treating dermatitis. The most common therapies were tar and sulfur being applied to the skin. It was a very challenging time for me and dramatically impacted me. I vowed I would grow up and try to find a better way to help people like me.

As a physician, how do you describe healthy skin?

I describe healthy skin as skin that has proper function and structure—the way it was originally intended to be. After all, the skin’s natural number one purpose is to interface between the dry air environment and our fluid filled body. If this barrier does not function properly, skin conditions occur. When the skin is healthy, other things we describe as “problem skin” tend to go away.

What inspired you to create and launch Epionce? How does it differ from other skin care lines?

I was inspired to create Epionce because I wanted something better for my patients. When I started as a physician, it was hard to help my patients get completely clear and maintain remission of their skin condition because so many of the prescription products adversely affected the skin barrier, really hindering their quality of life. Over time patients would rather just deal with the disease state than manage the medical options that have been available. This led me on a quest to answer the question—if we could optimise the structure and function of the skin, can we prevent skin problems and skin ageing? Due to the complexity of the multiple processes we see as damaged skin, unique botanical ingredients were formulated to reverse these processes.

"Ultimately, to have products that improve skin is what led to Epionce. When I gave samples to my patients to try for their skin conditions, months later they came back asking for the “wrinkle” cream. We realised that Epionce was not only for skin conditions, but also anti-ageing." 

To my knowledge, no other skin care line addresses the underlying causes of how the damaged skin barrier and chronic inflammation contributes to skin disease, various conditions, and ageing the way that Epionce does. We use a blend of unique botanical ingredients that work synergistically to reverse the abnormalities and to provide optimum therapeutic benefit to the skin. Then we did what no one was doing at the time—we started doing clinical studies against market leaders, including prescription products.

Can damaged skin really be repaired? What ingredients are effective in fighting signs of age?

Because of the world we live in, our skin will continually be exposed to things that will cause damage to the skin. So, while the skin absolutely can be repaired, it does require regular attention to continue the repair process.

The premise behind Epionce is that signs of ageing are triggered and driven by both a damaged skin barrier and chronic inflammation in the skin. So, Epionce uses a variety of botanical ingredients delivered at therapeutic concentrations to specific skin cells to address both of those issues. Some of the ingredients we use that help repair the skin barrier are avocado, safflower, meadowfoam, and quercetin. Some of the ingredients that help stop chronic inflammation are date, apple, flax, and rosa canina.


Are there any new skin care technologies on the horizon that you find particularly promising?

I’m intrigued with some of the new research on proteonomics, metabolomics, and glyconomics. The theory seems good, but of course I will want to see the blinded clinical trial data with statistical significance of the finished product before coming to any conclusions about the use of that technology in skin care. Too often there is a lot of hype or buzz before enough research has been done.

"Many people have spent money on products that make promises based on theories that don’t pan out. That is why I fought so hard for Epionce to have conclusive clinical studies so I can say with confidence to my patients that they will see results, and it’s not just a fad."

What's next for Epionce?

There is a lot of ongoing research into the functionality of the skin, and how to optimise it. We are always looking at ways that we might be able to improve how our products impact the skin for maximum therapeutic value. I always say, my patients never come in asking to get 40% clear from their condition; they come in asking for 100% clearance and they want to stay clear. I am always pushing myself and my team to reach for that.

Thinking about stepping up your beauty routine?

10 August 2014

The Times Raconteur discusses Juvederm Facial Fillers as performed by Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson at Woodford Medical...

Many of us will recognise getting to the point where we have a great skincare routine, we're exercising and eating well, but when we look in the mirror it doesn't seem to be having the same impact it once was - so we start to wonder what else might help us to look and age the way we want.

In a study of 10,000 Europeans UK women think about stepping up their beauty routine at around 33 years old, which is by far the youngest across Europe.

What exactly are dermal fillers?

Cosmetic treatments have come a long way, especially in the last decade. There are many dermal filler products on the market - but not all are the same. JUVEDERM is a range of non-permanent fillers containing hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. They provide a lifting and filling effect, rehydrate skin and gently smooth lines. Effects last from one to 18 months, with some products lasting up to 24 months. 

Due to the anaesthetic Lidocaine, there is little pain and patients can expect a quick return to daily life with minimal discomfort. 


Gill Morrow, 39, is a full time mum to four children - 

"Last year I had my fourth and final child so I wanted to do something that was entirely for me and to improve how I feel about myself. I'm also marking my 40th birthday this year and before I had treatment, I looked my age because I constantly looked tired and worn out. 

I'm delighted with the results of JUVEDERM because I now look and feel like I used to a few years ago prior to having children. I would recommend treatment to anyone because results are subtle and for me, it's made the best of what I've got now."

For most people looking for anti-ageing treatments, it's no longer about chasing an unattainable ideal, or even about looking younger. It's about ageing well, looking refreshed, and feeling like the best version of yourself.


Where should I start if I am interested in dermal fillers?

If you are interested in a dermal filler treatment why not book a consultation with Dr Allan or Dr Patterson to gain an insight into how fillers can work for you and achieve the results you are looking for. 

If you would like to contact us via email please click here. 

Bodyfit Magazine hails the powerful Pigment Perfecting Serum

07 August 2014

Bodyfit Magazine has published the fantastic results to be gained from using our NEW Pigment Perfecting Serum when outdoor workouts risk leaving you with pigmentation and dark spots...


Have gloriously sunny outdoor workouts left you with more than just a dodgy tan line? Time in the sun can lead to hyperpigmentation and dark spots for many of us, resulting in an uneven complexion that's hard to conceal. 


This powerful night serum treats and prevents the appearance of hyperpigmentation by inhibiting excess melanin production and dampening inflammation, which triggers it in the first instance. 

Paraben-free and made from clinically proven botanical ingredients, it's suitable even for sensitive skin. Apply nightly to clean skin and reawaken a brighter, clearer, more even complexion. "

To book your free of charge skincare consultation with one of our highly trained therapists please call 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email.

"...My skin felt smoother and had a 'glow' to it..."

03 August 2014

A new patient to Woodford Medical has seen a profound difference in her skin just weeks since she started using Epionce. She shares her experience so far with us here...

“My mother has always used Nivea and swears by it, so from a young age this was the only brand I used. As I got older I started to try other products including Garnier but just could not seen any visible change or difference.

When I came in to see Dr Patterson he recommended Epionce for its clinical backing and proven results, with a regime customised to my skin. I was sceptical definitely...I had never seen any improvement from anything else so did not expect to with this one either.

A few days in however I started to notice a change. My skin started to look clearer and feel smoother, my pores improved and my skin started to get a ‘glow’. I have been using it every day in the morning and evening since and now my skin has improved so much! I would recommend Epionce to anyone."


Dr Patterson is delighted with the results so far - "This patient was looking for skincare that would give her skin back its youthful glow. She had tried several others to no effect so I recommended the Epionce Intense Defence Serum, Lytic Lotion, Milky Lotion Cleanser and Renewal Facial Cream. She has seen a remarkable difference in a short space of time which is fantastic."

Due to Epionce being customised to your individual skin type to ensure maximum results, it is important to come in for a consultation with your Woodford Medical practitioner. To book yours today call 0845 602 1161 or email us by clicking here!

The Times - Is Your Practitioner Qualified?

15 July 2014

One of the best ways to safeguard yourself is finding a practitioner who is experienced and properly trained in the procedures they are performing. But what qualifications should you be looking for? Leah Hardy reports in The Times Raconteur-

Did you know that non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, are regularly being administered by non-medics with no training whatsoever? Dermal fillers, which are not regulated, can be bought and injected by anyone. Although Botox is a prescription-only medicine and so needs to be prescribed by a supervising doctor, it is often injected by people with no medical qualifications at all. More worryingly, they are not breaking the law.


Even training may be no guarantee of quality or safety. Dr Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor with more than 15 years’ experience, warns: “A training course can involve as little as half a day standing as part of a crowd watching someone else inject, yet everyone goes home with a certificate.”


Professor Sir Bruce Keogh recently led a government-backed review of regulation into cosmetic procedures. His final report said: “People need to be able to identify and choose a practitioner with the appropriate qualifications.”

So how can you ensure the person performing your treatment is “appropriately qualified”?


“You can ask your GP to check your doctor for you, particularly if you are considering surgery,” says Dr Patterson. “If you are being offered these treatments in someone’s home or at a party, stay well clear. Clinics don’t have to be registered with the governments’ Care Quality Commission, but if they are, it means the clinic follows protocols and is inspected. Beware flashy websites – they mean nothing."

At Woodford Medical your safety is our top priority - Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson ensure all of their practises abide by the CQC regulations. They have been named in the Top 10 Injectors in the UK and Woodford Medical voted 'Best Aesthetic Clinic' at the MyFaceMyBody awards - both accolades involving a rigorous vetting process to ensure a gold standard of customer care and service. 

To book a consultation with Dr Allan or Dr Patterson at any of our clinic locations please call 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email. 

Tanning report finds BRITONS are most sun-savvy!

13 July 2014

The Daily Mail has reported today that Britons are the most sun savvy with their SPF skin protection!

The Mail Online confirms - "The survey of 13,831 people has revealed that the pale-skinned denizens of the UK are the most likely to wear sunscreen, with women living in the US running them a close second.


Almost all Britons were found to be super SPF savvy with 95 per cent altering their foundation and moisturiser to include a sunscreen for the summer."


This is fantastic news - the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage is now very well documented and we are delighted the message is getting through.


Skin health is what we do and we ensure all of our products are prepared to help you in the fight against sun damage. Our Epionce Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50 is one of the best on the market, with easily applicable qualities and versitility when wearing beneath make up.


We don't stop there either.


We believe anything you apply to your skin has to have its overall health as it's top priority, and that is why we recommend Colorescience Mineral Make up as the range that looks after your skin whilst enhancing your natural looks. 


"So go ahead. Be part of the Epionce 'cult'...”

06 July 2014

Christa D'Souza explores the Epionce 'cult' and the wonders it can work on your skin online in her 'Get The Gloss' article this month...

"The older I get, the more scared I get of the cosmeceutical industry. I know I’m the one who always said I’ll do anything BUT the knife, but increasingly I’m beginning to think that’s the purest, least harmful, least interventionist way to go. I keep coming back to this image that my friend the beauty director Kathy Phillips once shared with me, of an apple with its skin peeled off, all brown yucky and mealy the moment it is exposed to the elements. The combination of abrading and penetrating my skin with all the latest resurfacing and depigmentation treatments combined with not being exactly fastidious on the sunscreen  front… well, it’s a miracle, frankly, that I don’t look more brown and yucky and mealy than I do (or, frankly, that I’m not dead).  

Far be it from me to push anything, but it could be because of this product I’ve been using for a couple of months now called Epionce Invented by American dermatologist Dr Carl Thornfeld (who was taught at university by my hero and Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling), Epionce is a skin care line, clinically proven to repair and strengthen the external skin barrier (which in my case was letting in a whole cocktail of stuff including UV radiation, hydroquinone, retinols, and all that other gunk you get in certain skin products) without causing any irritation.


I found out about it last year while undergoing The Obagi System, and if it hadn’t been for Epionce’s barrier cream and intensive nourishing cream I wouldn’t have been able to get out of the house for two weeks (that’s how much I felt and looked like Freddy Krueger). So, anyway, in lieu of my normal Eve Lom, I’ve been using the milky cleansing lotion, £25.50, followed by the intense defense serum, £120, the nourishing cream, £79, and the factor 50 sunblock, £40.50. Oh yes, and then there’s something called Lytic TX, £50.50, which comes in four strengths, contains no retinol (or hydroquinone, the “magic formula” skin lightener which the FDA has not yet ruled out as a potential carcinogen), but is so effective at smoothing the texture of the skin and clearing the pores that it is used for acne, rosacea, and even psoriasis.

The drawbacks? Well, if you’re big on packaging, forget it, it couldn’t be less sexy. And if you’re hoping to buy it in the shops, ditto.  Dr Thornfeldt, who has a big clinical practice in the desertland of Idaho where prune skin is endemic and who reminds me a little of the dad in American Pie, says that’s not going to happen. So go ahead. Be part of the Epionce “cult”.  And perhaps be thankful that it is not and never will be in somewhere like Harvey Nicks."

- See more at: http://www.getthegloss.com/article/other-half-epionce


29 June 2014

While irregular pigmentation may be complicated, the Woodford Medical solution is simple. 

The Epionce Pigment Perfecting Serum is the latest addition to our clinically proven, highly reputable skincare range Epionce. Working in perfect synergy with the Melanolyte Tx, the serum provides a powerful night treatment, safely targeting dark spots to reveal a smoother, clearer complexion. 

For more information on this revolutionary new treatment serum, contact us now on 0845 602 1161 and book a free of charge skincare consultation at your nearest clinic location. Alternatively, click here to contact us via email.

Simple. Effective. Proven

The freshly launched serum has already been mentioned on Fashion Insight online:

"This month sees the launch of MelanoLyte Pigment Perfecting Serum from Epionce. This night treatment is clinically proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a brighter, clearer, more even complexion. Key ingredients include turmeric, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which helps to prevent excess melanin production; bamboo to gently exfoliate existing dark spots and stubborn pigmentation for clearer skin; pea, which prevents the deposition of excess melanin to the upper layers of the skin; mulberry, which inhibits tyrosinase production; and peppermint to lessen the intensity of dark spots and stubborn hyperpigmentation."

The Path to Pore-fection - The Mail Online

15 June 2014

The Mail Online reported last week that almost half of women are fixated by the size of their pores, a fixation they have named 'Porexia'.

The women they surveyed said they would 'rather give up social media, alcohol and shaving their legs in exchange for smaller pores'!

21% of women claim they began noticing their pore size between the ages of 15 and 20 and now would love a treatment to reduce them.

The Epionce Skin Peels at Woodford Medical focus on rejuvenating the skin, with results including a decrease in pore size and an overall improvement in the texture and tone of the skin. We also offer the Epionce Lite Refresh Peel for those who would prefer a lighter treatment.

The Epionce Skin Peel System can be summed up in three words: simple, effective and proven. Developed in the US, by leading dermatologist, Dr Carl Thornfeldt, it is formulated for all skin types but it is particularly effective in treating ageing, sun-damaged and blemished skin.

Using naturally dervived ingredients, these powerful Epionce peels deliver maximum effect with minimal disruption to the skin which means no downtime for you. The peels can also be combined with light microdermabrasion where appropriate.


Are your pores concerning you? Call us today on 0845 602 1161 and arrange your free consultation with one of our highly trained Aesthetic Therapists to discuss the best course of treatment for you. Alternatively click here to contact us via email!

The Truth About Acne

10 June 2014

Most individuals at some point will experience the occasional breakout, hormonal acne or even chronic skin issues related to acne. Most assume it’s a condition only for oily skin types.

This is not the case.

The truth is, acne can occur in individuals with dry or even sensitive skin. One thing that drives acne is a damaged skin barrier trying to protect itself, which can occur regardless of how oily skin may be. When the barrier becomes damaged due to any variety of factors, it will respond by producing excess oil and an inflammatory response which can lead to acne.

Individuals with dry or sensitive skin may experience the same environmental, hormonal or genetic factors as people with oily skin– and without a healthy skin barrier both are subject to inflammation.

At Woodford Medical we advocate the use of clinically proven skincare line Epionce as the range can be tailored to all skin types suffering with acne.

Don't suffer acne in silence - call us today on 0845 602 1161 for a free of charge skin consultation with one of our highly trained therapists. Alternatively if you would prefer to contact us via email please click here

Summer Sunshine - Friend or Foe?

08 June 2014

We all so look forward to the summer here and sometimes we are even lucky enough in Britain to bask in warm sunshine. Top that off with a glorious 2 weeks toasting ourselves in Turkey, Greece or Ibiza together with the odd skiing holiday and that all adds up to an awful lot of sun exposure for our fair English skins and that sadly means SUN DAMAGE!


This was highlighted in an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine this month which profiled 4 members of their own staff ranging in age from a youthful 23 years old to a more mature 43 year old. These staff had a range of sun experiences ranging from no sun exposure at all to total sun worshipper and this had a staggering effect on the amount of sun damage that appeared when a complexion analyser was used on them.

On the sun worshipper a significant amount of sun damage was visible including redness, lines and wrinkles and an overall skin darkening leading to eventual pigmentation problems. The other staff also showed signs of early sun damage and only the young sun avoider escaped without any problems but given her age she could not become complacent.

When asked to comment on these findings our own Dr Hilary Allan had this to say:

 “I am not in the least surprised at these findings – I have long been an advocate of sun avoidance particularly on the face as the very short term benefits of a tanned face are totally out-weighed by the long term damage caused in the form of redness, pigmentation, wrinkles and un-even skin tone all adding to really unflattering facial ageing.”

She went on to say

 “I can tell from the moment a client walks into my clinic at Woodford Medical if they have been careful or reckless with their skin. I am often asked by these reckless sunbathers how then can turn the clock back and I tell them there is no magic wand but a course of Fotorejuvenation treatments, skin peels or micro-needling with anti-ageing serum infusion will all help enormously."



Dr Allan concluded:

 “I always tell clients that prevention is better than cure and so they should never leave home before putting on a really good sun protection cream like Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50. I also recommend using the latest serum from Epionce the Melanolyte Pigment Perfecting Serum which is a concentrated product to powerfully impact irregular pigmentation issues which is so often a by-product of too much sun bathing and looks ageing and ugly. By using these 2 products religiously or having a course of one of the above treatments it can help to give you back the youthful looking skin you desire”.

If you have pigmentation or would like advice on how to avoid sun damage please call 0845 602 1161 today for a free skin consultation.








Epionce - skincare recommended by leading dermatologists.

04 June 2014

Dr Mervyn Patterson of Woodford Medical has been named as one of the 'skincare greats' by 'Never Underdressed' website.

Dr Patterson has been featured on the website profile discussing his favourite skincare product - the Epionce Intense Defence Serum:











"I can't speak highly enough of the Epionce Intense Defence Serum as it has an amazing effect on complexion and wrinkles. The results are very quick and there is a meaningful wrinkle effect within a week of using it. It contains the perfect mix of vitamins A, B, C, D and E which is perfect as it is just the right amount of each for human skin cells giving them the ultimate nutrition for them to function at their best. It is a light serum so it penetrates easily and a small amount goes a long way."
























To read the full article please click here http://www.neverunderdressed.com/beauty/derms-reveal-their-desert-island-skincare-products#gallery-item-11


To book your free skincare consultation with one of our highly trained therapists please call us today on 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email.

Enhance your natural features with Colorescience...

03 June 2014

"I just love to play and dress up and enhance my look. And I wear a lot of makeup, but no product makes you who you are, they just highlight what you’ve already got.” - Katy Perry

Cosmopolitan magazine cover star Katy Perry has been quoted discussing her beauty regime in the popular publication, in particular her attitude to her style and make up.

At Woodford Medical we completely agree - make up should be an enhancement of your natural features, rather than a mask to cover your face. This is why we advocate the use of Colorescience Mineral Make up.

Colorescience is not only NOT harmful for your skin, it is actually GOOD for you. Containing special ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, Colorescience products aid your skin instead of sinking into your pores and causing harm or exacerbating existing conditions.

This however does not take away from the product's ability to cover flaws and enhance your features. They were created to help you achieve a flawless, even complexion and protect from the damaging effects of the sun and environment with SPF 20, 30 and 50.

For your own personal Colorescience consultation, please call us on 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email today!


28 May 2014

How to look as happy and relaxed as your feel on your holiday...

It is not surprising to find out that 45% of us put ourselves on a strict diet and fitness regime as we approach the beginning of summer, ready for our well deserved beach holiday.

What is surprising is that our face is not in this statistic alongside pounding the treadmill and cutting the carbs – more importantly our forehead should be top of the list when it comes to looking fabulous for that important break!

Lyndsey confirms that top of her list for going on holiday is to ensure her Botox is topped up so she can avoid getting unsightly frown lines when squinting against the fierce Mediterranean sunshine!

“I didn’t realise how even just two weeks of frowning in the sun can leave horrid frown lines for when you get home! I now don’t board the plane without making this part of my pre-holiday beauty regime! Dr Allan knows when I book in for my Botox with her in the summer that I must be jetting off somewhere hot!”

Dr Hilary Allan of Woodford Medical confirmed - “Lyndsey is not alone in her concerns about looking good on holiday. You can have a wonderfully toned body and sun-kissed hair but if you end up with deep frown lines between your eyebrows all other efforts could be in vain!”

Book your appointment with Dr Hilary Allan today by calling 0845 602 1161 to ensure you feel confident and look amazing for your summer getaway.

My Woodford Medical experience...

22 May 2014

Joanne has been a client of Dr Allan and Dr Patterson’s since 2003 and has trusted them with several different procedures for her Rosacea and general skincare. Here she tells us why she chose Woodford Medical in the first place and why years on she remains a regular, loyal patient...

“I always suffered very badly with Rosacea and found it incredibly debilitating. I worried constantly about flushing and found as I approached the Menopause it was just getting worse! Having worked with a Dermatologist, I had tried several different medications in the past including antibiotics but to no avail.

I researched IPL Photorejuvenation as a treatment for facial flushing and red veins and came across Woodford Medical. After an initial consultation I had my first procedure and was astounded by the results!


The difference was almost immediate! Straight away I could see a reduction in the redness and as I continued treatment it continued to reduce my flushing until it disappeared altogether. I no longer worry about drinking alcoholic drinks, or being in a hot room, and can now sit in the sun with an SPF on my skin and see no sign of any returning red veins.

I started receiving compliments on my skin wherever I went and have continued to ever since. I decided that I would like to try Botox for the wrinkles on my forehead, however I wanted to remain natural looking. It honestly took ten years off me! I couldn’t believe how much fresher and younger I looked, it was fantastic!

Both Dr Patterson and Dr Allan perform the Botox in a way that looks completely natural – I have seen so many people with frozen, shiny faces but at Woodford Medical you never leave looking unnatural, which I feel is so important. I have also had Dermal Fillers which are brilliant, they again make you look fresher and more youthful without any evidence of having work done.

Dr Allan and Dr Patterson have instilled in me how important it is to use the right skincare products at home, products that are proven to work and will look after my skin. I use the Epionce products because they tick all of these boxes – my favourite is the Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion, it is perfect for when your skin needs some TLC.

I would recommend Woodford Medical to anyone and do recommend them to my friends and family on a regular basis.”

To start your Woodford Medical experience today call 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email

STOP PRESS... The sun is actually shining!

14 May 2014

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month in the US but every month should be a Skin Cancer Awareness month in the UK, which is a great opportunity to be reminded of good sunscreen application tips before the summer!


Tip 1

The best time to apply Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50 sunscreen is to cool, clean, dry skin at least 20-30 minutes before going outside. Applying sunscreen on the beach will NOT give you the best protection!

Tip 2

To get the best protection, apply a second layer of sunscreen half an hour after applying the first layer. Again, make sure your skin is cool and dry.

Tip 3

Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. For your face, plan on using at least half a teaspoon. For your body apply enough to fill a shot glass.

Tip 4

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your ears and neck!

Tip 5

Your sunscreen will work better if your skin barrier is healthy. Keep your skin barrier healthy with an Epionce Renewal product! The Renewal Enriched Body Lotion is great for arms and legs, and a Renewal Facial product for your skin type is ideal for the face.

Looking for a good sunscreen? The Epionce Ultra Shield SPF 50 provides great protection while keeping your skin healthy.

It has even been recommended as one of the 6 best sunscreens for your face by Healthista, the Health Channel for women:

"Tired of facial sunscreens that leave you looking like Frosty the Snowman or make up that melts into your far-too-thick SPF 50, we’ve tried and tested the best sunscreens on the market that are high in protection and low on glut factor. We went for an SPF 30 or higher and our criteria was that they had to work under make-up or alone. We’re fussy like that." - See more at: http://www.healthista.com/beauty/best-sunscreens-for-your-face-sun/#sthash.d50PQL0z.dpuf






'My experience with Botox for Bruxism' - John, Essex

12 May 2014

Bruxism is a medical term that describes the act of grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. Regular and persistent grinding of the teeth can result in an ache in the jaw, headaches, earache and can also contribute to the wearing down and breaking of the teeth.

John from Westcliff, Essex has now had three treatments of Botox Injections for Teeth Grinding, and tells us here why he decided to try this procedure and how successful it has been for him:

“I have been trying to stop grinding my teeth for years, it is something I have done since I was a child and I was determined to kick the habit.

At first I tried to tackle the psychological side of the repetitive habit with Hypnosis – this turned out to be a very expensive mistake and still I continued to grind my teeth whilst asleep and occasionally when feeling stressed or under pressure during the day.

I went to see my Dentist who recommended I try wearing a specialised Mouth Guard, which didn’t work, followed by Mouth Splints which were unsuccessful also. I had heard about Botox as a treatment by this time and did mention this several times as an option I was very keen to try but my Dentist was not interested in this and tried to dissuade me against it which I found very odd. It seemed that all of their methods of treatment for my problem were quite old fashioned and hadn’t changed since I was a child!



I decided to research Botox Injections for Bruxism a little further and came across an article about the procedure online. It seemed that it had worked for many people and was a reasonable price, especially compared to the limited alternative options.

I came across Dr Patterson at Woodford Medical Essex and it seemed he was one of the best at this treatment and specialised in this condition so I booked a consultation and went onto have my first treatment.

It was such an easy process – Dr Patterson explained the treatment thoroughly and then administered the painless injections. I experienced no problems and found that this was actually working for me! I am now on my third treatment and it is fantastic – such an easy method of treating this problem that has plagued me for years!

I would definitely recommend Botox for Teeth Grinding in Essex with Dr Patterson to anyone, and have already put another family member who suffers in touch with Dr Patterson to help her too.

If you suffer from Bruxism and would like a consultation to discuss Botox in Essex as a treatment option for you please call us on 0845 602 1161, alternatively click here to contact us via email.

REVIEW: Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream

11 May 2014

Caroline Kay, writer for the Uttoexter Advertiser reviews the Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream...

"I HAVE many holiday must-haves but one of the most important items in my case is a good moisturising cream.

Although I usually choose one with an SPF factor, for my last trip to sunnier climes I opted for the paraben-free Epionce Intensive Nourishing Cream.

The cream has proven anti-ageing results and long-lasting skin hydration which was one of the main reasons I changed tact and I have absolutely no regrets doing so.

We all get to an age at some point when a good lather of moisturiser sets you up for the day – or evening – and oh boy, am I there?

The first thing I noticed about this cream is its simply gorgeous aroma – beautiful – and set me in the happy stakes for the day. The second thing is it longevity – a little goes a long way which is always a good thing in my book, plus it’s not a cheap product. It also helps to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture and tone, and calms skin inflammation.

My skin is clearer and oh so soft which may have a lot to do with the fact it uses botanical ingredients to deliver high-performance results including Ursolisome – anti-ageing and firming, date and apple extractor, potato derived peptide and hydrolyzed yeast peptide and meadowfoam and flax complexes

To be honest most of these ingredients have gone over the top of my head but if this cream keeps me looking younger for longer who cares?"

Read more: http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Health-and-Beauty/Beauty/REVIEW-Epionce-Intensive-Nourishing-Cream-20140414105021.htm#ixzz31Ua0ikmX

To book your Epionce Skincare Consultation at Woodford Medical please call 0845 602 1161 or click here to contact us via email!

A 'Sprinkling' of Botox? - a Doctor's view

07 May 2014

The uses of Botox continue to grow and evolve and one of the latest applications has been termed a “sprinkling of Botox”.  It sounds a bit like “fairy dust” and to some extent almost is.

Very small amounts of Botox are injected all over the face and rather than relaxing large muscles as is the usual Botox method, this will give a very subtle improvement to the complexion giving a glow and reduction in redness all over the face and an overall softening to the face.A

A certain A list actress mentioned very publically that she puts her youthful good looks and perfect skin down to “the lightest sprinkle of Botox twice a year” . She went on to say “at 47 years old, it just takes the edges off!”

Dr Allan at Woodford Medical has been asked by some of her regular Botox clients about this “new” treatment.

She has this to say “Botox given in such minute quantities will give a very subtle improvement to the skin but I prefer to achieve an even better result by carefully selecting key areas of need on my clients face and then injecting small but effective doses of Botox to give a very natural improvement”

She went on to say “targeting areas of necessity is much more desirable than injecting all over the face. There is no need to inject areas where no improvement is necessary or required.”

Dr Allan has been practising Botox Injection procedures at Woodford Medical for over fifteen years, click here to watch her in practise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGT26uOebq8





2,227 women are diagnosed with Hyperhidrosis every year...

23 April 2014

Hot Stuff??!

Did you know that 2,227 women are diagnosed each year with hyperhidrosis – that’s excess sweating to you and me!

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating – this is not just sweating after exercise, this is a medical problem caused by overactive sweat glands producing excessive sweat patches in the underarm, palms and feet areas of the body. There is no one known cause but is thought by the medical profession to be caused by problems with the sympathetic nervous system.

This common problem affects 3% of the population but more than half of those people go undiagnosed and untreated leaving them feeling embarrassed and insecure about their appearance.

This topic was discussed on the Lorraine Kelly show today with Kate Garraway and Dr Hilary Jones. Kayley Waterer told the viewers how her life had been affected by this embarrassing problem since the age of 14 and the incredible change that Botox injections in her underarm area had made.  Kayley has now been able to pursue her dream career of veterinary nurse, wearing her uniform with pride not embarrassment. 

Dr Hilary Jones went on to say “excessive sweating can be emotionally devastating and can really affect people lives. In cases of hyperhidrosis the sympathetic nervous system produces ten times the amount of sweat normally produced.

Mild sweating can be helped by an anti - perspirant containing aluminium chloride.

There are treatments really work very well in more severe cases Botox can be very useful as it paralyses the nerves that cause the sweat glands to produce excessive sweat giving long term relief.”

Click the link below to watch the whole interview!




Dr Mervyn Patterson who has been treating patients for hyperhidrosis for many years at Woodford Medical clinics in Essex and London agrees with the findings on the programme.

Dr Patterson had this to say “Kayley’s case is typical of many patients that I see in my clinic. They are at their wits end in how to deal with saturated clothing and trying to remain calm and composed in a social and professional environment when they suffer from excessive sweating. I assure them that this is a problem that can be resolved and talk them through the procedure that I use in my clinic, which is Botox injections”

He went on to say “Botox injections for hyperhidrosis is a quick 10 minute procedure and is suitable for everyone. It is side effect free and is approved and licenced in the UK for excessive sweating. However, it is very important that the doctor giving these injections is experienced in doing so because if done incorrectly it will be much less effective”.

Tom, a Botox for sweating in Essex patient at Woodford Medical said-

"This has changed my life completely. I can go out anywhere, I don't have to watch what I wear and I don't have to keep my arms glued to my side anymore.

My clubbing days are back on the agenda!"

Click the link below to watch Tom's procedure being performed by Dr Patterson.


Dr Hilary Allan featured on The Mail Online

22 April 2014

Our very own Dr Hilary Allan has been extensively featured on the Daily Mail Online discussing the rather relevant topic of the 'Bacial' - The Bottom Facial. 

As summer approaches and the day you have to put on your first bikini of the year looms, focus has been diverted to making sure your bottom is up to scratch. Microdermabrasion and IPL Photorejuvenation are both fantastic methods for achieving the Perfect Bikini Bottom, as Dr Allan discusses below...


THE PROBLEM Stretch marks

BOTTOM LINE Crystal Clear microdermabrasion

EXPERT DEBRIEF ‘Microdermabrasion has been effectively used for a couple of decades,’ says Dr Allan. ‘It breaks down the top layer and irritates the lower cells, and the vacuum increases blood flow to the area. Oxygen has well-documented healing properties. By improving the general look of skin, the stretch mark will be less apparent.’




EXPERT DEBRIEF The combination of light and heat will help kill acne associated bacteria and also reduce redness and inflammation,’ says Dr Allan. ‘Using a vacuum draws blood flow into the area. As IPL targets colour, the redness will absorb the light and give enhanced efficacy.’

Click here for more information on IPL Photorejuvenation and Microdermabrasion at Woodford Medical!


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2608415/The-perfect-bikini-bottom-Our-week-cheek-guide-skin-treatments-ready-beach.html#ixzz2znGCkqh9
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Epionce Skincare - clinically proven to work for your skin.

01 April 2014

Another happy customer using Epionce Skincare products explains here why you shouldn't believe the 'hype' of expensive brands - choose instead the products that have been clinically proven to work...

"For many years I have tried every product that claims to work, usually believing that the more expensive the product the better it must be.

My husband recently bought me Creme de La Mer, believing the hype that surrounds it that there would be a noticeable difference. Unfortunately like every other product there was no difference to my skin, nice packaging etc but not much else.

Dr Patterson introduced me on a recent visit to the Epionce products, explaining the research that goes into the actual product. I used the product on the run up to an Epionce Facial Peel and immediately friends told me my skin looked brighter and smoother.

I especially like the Intensive Nourishing Cream as it is an excellent base for make up and leaves the skin feeling smooth, moisturised and doesn't dry out throughout the day. I will definitely be continuing to use these products as you can visibly see the difference.'


For more information on the Epionce Skincare range and how it can work for you please book your free of charge skincare consultation with one of our highly trained therapists on 0845 602 1161.




Patient Satisfaction Survey 2014 - Results

31 March 2014

Woodford Medical is delighted to confirm the fantastic results we received from our Patient Satisfaction Survey 2014!

Over 500 of our patients took the time to complete our questionnaire, giving us vital feedback in order to help us keep our standards at a premium, top class level.


We would like to thank everyone who submitted answers and let you know that all comments have been taken on board and will be used to make sure Woodford Medical continues to provide a top class service to our clients.


Here are some of the results collected in February 2014:


Prior to their appointment:

  • We asked our patients to rate how well we were able to accommodate their appointment - 95% answered 'Good' or 'Very Good'.


  • When asked to rate the appearance of our facility, 94% of our patients answered 'Good' or 'Very Good'.


  • They were then asked to rate the person who greeted them as they arrived for their appointment - 94% of our patients rated them 'Good' or 'Very Good'.


 During their appointment:


  • 98% of our patients, when asked how caring their Provider was, answered ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’.


  • When asked to rate how well their Provider listened to them, 98% of our patients answered 'Good' or 'Very Good' with the additional 2% answering 'Fair'.


  • 96% of our patients also answered 'Good' or 'Very Good' when asked to rate how well their Provider explained the treatment options to them.


After their appointment:


  • 92% of our patients rated the procedure they had with us either ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’.


  • 86% of our patients, when asked if they would recommend our services to friends and family answered ‘Yes’ or ‘Yes, definitely’.


  • 96% of our patients rated their overall experience with Woodford Medical as ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’.


To begin your Woodford Medical experience, please call 0845 602 1161 and book your consultation today!

Alternatively to receive information via email please click here http://www.woodfordmedical.com/contact

'Who's face is it anyway?' asks Beauty Journalist Leah Hardy...

06 March 2014

'Who's face is it anyway?' - Highly acclaimed Beauty Journalist Leah Hardy discusses Botox in the Anti-Ageing special edition Red Magazine

'It's possibly our most primitive urge. Ever since humans have existed, we have obsessed with changing and beautifying ourselves. From slicing scars in our faces and painting our bodies blue to Botoxing our foreheads, we have never been entirely content to let ourselves be as nature intended.

Yet this eternal desire arouses an astonishing amount of sanctimonious judgment. Right now, the moral panic is focused on cosmetic intervention, from fillers to facelifts. I suspect the moral crusaders might, in a previous life, have been sucking their teeth at the thought of skirts above the ankle or lipstick. It really wasn't so long ago that make up was thought shockingly immoral. But what is it that upsets people so much?

Recently a woman told me Botox is wrong because it is cheating - though who is cheating whom wasn't clear. This struck me as odd because I knew she dyed her grey hair. And while Botox and hair dye are both ways to appear younger, one involves dangerous sometimes fatal chemicals. The other one is Botox. (One of the safest, best tested medications in the world, by the way).

The other day, a friend said she was 'strongly against Botox', but has a tattoo. It is a case of one needle good, one needle bad? You may not like it, but society reveres youth and attractiveness,yet women known or suspected of having the help of a doctor are vilified.

Of course, fillers, lasers, facelifts et al are not for everyone, just as hair dye isn't. Some people are too unstable and unhappy to be suitable candidates for treatment (though Botox does seem to alleviate depression in some cases). Surgery always has risks. And, to be honest, when people ask me what quick fix will make them look better, I normally suggest a good hairdresser, a Bobbi Brown makeover and a brow session with brow genius Shavata.

But I also believe that sensible, sane women should be free to make an informed decision about their appearance without being judged. Over the years, I've talked to dozens who used to be unhappy and self-conscious but, after having cosmetic intervention, have been significantly, and lastingly, happier for it.

As for safety, I strongly approve of tightening up the industry and am dismayed that government deregulation means anyone can, say, inject fillers into your face. But as part of my job, I've had quite a few treatments (some great, some not) and the worst thing that's happend to me is a couple of tiny laser burns. Yet a Pilates class two years ago damaged by back so badly I have had to have major surgery. That doesn't make exercise a bad thing.

Also, if we regard this as a moral issue, where do we draw the line? Is it 'moral' to have a tummy tuck after pregnancy has left a young woman with an apron of skin? Is an eyelift permissible for a woman with eyes so hooded she's losing her peripheral vision? But not okay for the woman who feels her drooping features make her look permanently sad? Judgmental attitudes make it more likely women will sneak off to dodgy doctors, not less.

As for me, I'm fine with my age. But while nature may intend for me to be wrinkled, grey, with frown lines and fading brows, I'll 'age gracefully' with sunscreen, lipstick, laser and a bit of Botox. After all, who's face is it anyway?'

Dr Mervyn Patterson - The Daily Mail Newspaper

18 February 2014

'Clampdown on Cosmetic Cowboys' - The Daily Mail discusses how Woodford Medical's Dr Mervyn Patterson helped 'cosmetic cowboy victim' Marie Adams.

'Marie Adams had filler injections on her nose-to-mouth lines and top lip in 2012.

The 35 year old knew other women who had the procedure with good results. Miss Adams, a full time mother to Alice, two, and Emma, 13, booked into her local beauty salon in Romford, Essex where the fillers cost £150 a time.

A receptionist reassured her that the practitioner was a nurse and 'very good'.

But two days later even her face was swollen, lumpy and uneven. Two weeks later, Miss Adams went for a check-up, but the woman who gave the injections never arrived.

In despair, she went to qualified professional Dr Mervyn Patterson, who used more filler to even out her face.

Miss Adams, who lives with her partner Sean, 37, a fitness centre worker, said: 'All I'd wanted was a little confidence boost, but ended up with the opposite because I was too embarrassed to go out. My nose-to-mouth lines were uneven, and one looked more puffed out than the other.'


Mail Online - Dr Mervyn Patterson

17 February 2014

Woodford Medical's Dr Mervyn Patterson is quoted this week in the Daily Mail discussing Alex Gerrard's fuller looking pout...

"Cosmetic doctor Mervyn Patterson told MailOnline he believed Alex's lips had been injected with dermal fillers.

Doctor Patterson, an aesthetic doctor of 16 years from London's Woodford Medical Clinic, London, said: 'To the trained eye it looks like her lips have been accentuated with a dermal filler. Both the top and bottom lips look fuller.

'It's the profile that gives it away, not the way she looks from the front. The tell-tell sign is that from the side they look like they protude too far forward.'

He added: 'Perhaps the trained eye can see it better. It's something that has to be done subtly then it works well.'

A spokesperson for Alex was contacted for a comment."



Turning back the hands of time with Juvederm Voluma

05 February 2014

Did you know that one of the most tell-tale signs of ageing on a woman is her hands?

No? Well even our celebrity icons sometimes don’t realise just how ageing hands can look when they suffer the rigors of sun damage.

Whilst we look after our face by using sun protection, enhance with Botox, lasers and fillers, and take care of our body with exercise and diets, we often don’t focus on the most seen and used part of our bodies – the hands!

Here at Woodford Medical Dr Mervyn Patterson has pioneered a complete hand rejuvenation treatment to literally turn back time. 

Firstly he uses IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo rejuvenation on the back of the hands to remove ugly age spots, reddened areas and encourage new production of collagen to plump up the skin.

Secondly he injects Voluma – the brilliant new dermal filler from Allergan - into the back of the hands to cover unsightly protruding veins and put back a youthful plumpness which in turn reduces the appearance of saggy and loose skin.

Result? Hands that you no longer want to hide behind your back and you will be proud show off this spring.


Before and After IPl Photorejuvenation and Voluma Filler - photographs courtesy of Dr Mervyn Patterson








Be the Queen of Hearts this Valentines

31 January 2014

Woodford Medical discusses the benefits of Juvederm Voluma for regaining your ideal heart shape face in this month's Cambridgeshire Pride Magazine.

Be the Queen of Hearts this Valentines

A heart shape has long been determined as the ideal face shape for women by all the leading beauty experts across the globe.

When we are young our facial proportions are essentially mirroring this but as we start to age and gravity comes into play our faces start to alter shape. Instead of the high cheekbones, defined jawline and smooth plump contours, the upper face becomes narrower, cheeks flatten out and the jawline loses definition. This can give an aged and sad appearance which no amount of skincare can eradicate and that’s where we at Woodford Medical can help.

Using a product called Voluma we can instantly restore those youthful proportions in less time than a lunch break and visibly change the shape and profile of the cheeks and chin areas – volumising and creating lift where needed.

Voluma is a revolutionary product from industry leaders Allergan and is one of the latest products in the family of Juvederm dermal fillers employing both safe and long-lasting ingredients. Mixed with a local anaesthetic for additional comfort this product can last in excess of 18 months.

However – a word of warning – a product is only as good as the practitioner using it and it is essential that your doctor is both experienced and qualified in aesthetics.

 Here at Woodford Medical you will be treated by Dr Hilary Allan who has been practising in aesthetics for 16 years and has a wealth of experience in all forms of anti-wrinkle injections. A pioneer in the use of Voluma since its launch her patient list includes many delighted clients including celebrities who seek her out when their faces need a little attention.

So if you too would like to benefit from expertise of Dr Allan and would like more information about cheek volumisation please call one of our treatment advisors at Woodford Medical on 0845 602 1161.


Mail Online - 78% of women want Botox for Valentine's!

30 January 2014

The Mail Online has reported that 78% of women want Botox for Valentine's Day!

Journalist Bianca London reported: 'With Valentine's Day just around the corner, men are picking their brains over the perfect way to say 'I love you'.

But forget wilting flower bouquets, cringey chocolates and kitschy teddy bears, because most women have only one gift on their hit list this year.

Nearly 80 per cent of women want Botox as their present this February - with 78 per cent saying they'd be 'impressed' if their partner treated them to it, according to research.'

When researchers asked women how they'd feel if their partner bought them botox, 78 per cent said they'd be impressed, 15 per cent said they would be mildly pleased yet concerned, and the remaining seven per cent said they would be slightly offended or not happy.

The study also looked at which cosmetic treatments women would like to receive for Valentine's Day - with dermal filler, botox and tooth whitening topping the list.'

'Stuck for gift inspiration this year, men? Women want botox for Valentine's Day - and 78 per cent would be 'impressed' if you gave them a voucher for it.'

Much coveted: Dermal filler and botox treatment tops the list of ideal Valentine's Day gifts this year and men are even seeking advice on how to gift it   Much coveted: Dermal filler and botox treatment tops the list of ideal Valentine's Day gifts this year and men are even seeking advice on how to gift it

'Much-coveted: Dermal filler and botox treatment tops the list of ideal Valentine's Day gifts this year, and men are even seeking advice on how to gift it.'


Treat your partner to Botox at Woodford Medical this Valentine's Day with a Gift Voucher or simply book them in with us by calling 0845 602 1161!


Dr Allan and Dr Patterson - Named Top 10 Practitioners

14 January 2014

The Daily Telegraph

The trend for 'baby' Botox: 10 of the best practitioners - The Telegraph

Alice Hart-Davis's guide to the Best Botox treatments features both Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson in her list of Top 10 Aesthetic Practitioners.

Click the link below to read the article and find out more about this fantastic recommendation...

The trend for 'baby' Botox: 10 of the best practitioners



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