Whatever your age, you want to look your best. Although everyone ages differently, determined by our genetics and various lifestyle factors, here’s our guide to what’s happening beneath the surface and what aesthetic treatments are available to give you the best skin of your life.

In your 20s

During your 20s, you should finally be free of any acne issues that troubled you through puberty and your skin look plump, hydrated and glowing. While the ageing process might seem irrelevant when you are in your 20s, this decade should be all about preventing future damage. The most important step you can take is to wear a high coverage SPF on your face every day to protect against excessive sun exposure.

It is also in your mid to late 20s, that your body’s collagen levels start to decrease by about 1% a year. You won’t see the effect of this natural decline, but it’s never too early to adopt a skincare routine that promotes cell renewal. Retinol is a vitamin A-based skincare ingredient that promotes cell turnover and helps to exfoliate any dead skin cells.

In your 30s

It’s in your 30s that the depletion of collagen and slowing down of cell regeneration starts to show. Add in the general stresses of daily life, from smoking, alcohol consumption, work-related stress to family pressures, and you may begin to see fine lines develop, a slight loss in skin elasticity, darker circles under the eyes, and a duller complexion with more enlarged pores.

In your 30s you may want to supercharge your skincare routine with more advanced aesthetic treatments. The 3D Hydro Facial is a seven-step super facial that involves a deep cleanse, exfoliation, skin tightening with RF technology, cryo-facial, hydration and oxygenation.

The Perfect Peel is a medium to deep strength skin peel that uses a combination of acids to inflict controlled ‘damage’ to the surface of the skin or epidermis and to just beneath it. The body’s natural healing response kicks in to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibres and speed up cell renewal. The Perfect Peel is the first skin peel to contain super antioxidant Glutathione which neutralises free radical damage including sun damage.

The peel is formulated to be safely used on all skin types. As well as reversing the early signs of ageing, such as pore size, fine lines and wrinkles as well as overall tone and texture, it can also target skin concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and rosacea.

In your 40s

Dynamic wrinkles caused by the constant contraction and relaxation of your facial muscles become more marked and present as crow’s feet and frown lines. Gravity and loss of volume also starts to play a role and patients often start to lose their rounded, plump cheeks and see deeper folds appear between the nose and mouth and loss of definition along the jawline.

Medical grade skincare and advanced skin rejuvenation treatments should continue to be the foundation stones of your approach to anti-ageing. However, your 40s is often the decade where you begin to explore injectables.

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily freezing the nerves that signal our facial muscles, softening and smoothing forehead furrows or crow’s feet. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, restore volume and smooth out folds, to give your face a more youthful and lifted look.

In your 50s and 60s

Hormonal changes due to the menopause can wreak havoc on the skin. Our levels of oestrogen rapidly drop, and our skin becomes thinner and dryer. Ageing changes such as wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and poor skin tone are accelerated.

Many years of sun exposure causes an over-proliferation of melanin, the pigment-producing cells in the dermis and, as our skin thins, dark spots and areas of discolouration start to appear more noticeable.

One exciting development in aesthetic in recent years is the emergence of injectable moisturisers. Profhilo’s high concentration of hyaluronic acid means that it literally injects hydration back into the skin while at the same time causing a remodelling effect. Sagging, dry and crepey skin becomes visibly plumper and more lifted.

Hyperpigmentation can be improved with regular advanced aesthetic treatments such as 3D Dermaforce Radiofrequency Microneedling which also involves little risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

For expert and individually tailored advice on which aesthetic approach is best for you, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

One look at social media and you could be forgiven for thinking that the perfect pout is over-full, over-sized and completely artificial. However, recent research published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that a natural-looking and harmonious appearance to the lips is actually perceived as most attractive.

Using a stock image of a young woman which had been digitally altered to produce a range of different lip proportions, American researchers used eye-tracking software to indicate which lip shape was considered most attractive.

The lip proportion that was rated most attractive to beholders was 1 to 1.6 in terms of upper to lower lip. This proportion is generally accepted as the golden ration for beautiful lips. Interestingly, the image that showed the pout enlarged to 130% received one of the lowest ratings.

We cover the rules for a successful lip augmentation with dermal fillers.

A question of balance

Your lip size and shape must be first considered in relation to your other facial features. For example, a recessive chin may need to be built up before more volume is added to the lips.

In terms of volumisation, the golden ratio as first devised by Leonardo Da Vinci can be applied to augmenting the lips to create proportions that are aesthetically pleasing. The bottom lip should ideally be 1.618 times larger than the top lip. The width of the lips should be 1.618 wider than the width of the nose and the top lip should project 1.618 more than the bottom lip.

What should you look for in your aesthetic practitioner?

Dermal fillers are a temporary product and, as a result, it is tempting to think there is no downside to this treatment. Aside from unhappiness with the result, there are potentially very serious risks including infection, asymmetry, migration of the filler and even tissue death if the lip filler is injected into or around a blood vessel.

Look for a practitioner that is medical trained and is highly experienced in injecting so they can deliver not only the results you’re hoping for, but also deal with any complications that could arise.

For more advice on a successful lip augmentation, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation at Dr CP Aesthetics.

Glycolic acid has long been renowned as the superhero ingredient in skincare for its ability to reveal radiant, glowing skin.

Glycolic acid separates the connections between skin cells, known as keratinocytes, in the outer layers of skin without rough, mechanical exfoliation techniques. It is therefore recommended for all skin types and can be formulated to treat different skin concerns.

Read on if you’re wondering what glycolic acid can do for dermis.

Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and is derived from sugarcane. AHAs and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are both exfoliants but AHAs are water-soluble acids and work best on the surface of the skin so new, more evenly pigmentated skin cells are generated, clearing your complexion. BHAs are oil-soluble and can penetrate deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum, so are fantastic for oily and acne-prone skin.

Glycolic acid benefit #1: reduces wrinkles

Glycolic acid’s small molecule size means it can deeply penetrate the epidermis and improve the appearance of fine lines by boosting collagen production and promoting skin cell renewal.

Glycolic acid benefit #2: fades dark spots & pigmentation

As we get older, pigmentary changes in the skin present as patches of discolouration or age spots. Glycolic acid exfoliates darker skin cells and encourage new skin cells to emerge, fading hyperpigmentation.

Glycolic acid benefit #3: fights acne

As dead skin cells are sloughed off, pores become unclogged and breakouts are less likely to occur. As well as reducing active acne inflammations, it can also help to reduce previous acne scarring.

Glycolic acid benefit #4: boosts hydration

It is clinically proven to increase skin hydration. As a humectant it draws moisture into the upper layer of the skin, plus it helps the skin produce hyaluronic acid which boosts the skin’s ability to stay hydrated.

Glycolic acid benefit #5: allows deeper penetration

Glycolic acid’s exfoliating process allows other skincare ingredients to penetrate deeper into the dermis.

The Perfect Peel is an advanced combination of skincare ingredients, including Glutathione, Kojic Acid, TCA, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, and a blend of minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin C.

We’re delighted to announce our introductory offer on The Perfect Peel. Enjoy the benefits of this rejuvenating treatment for £250 instead of £350 if booked and paid for by end of February 2023. Call 0115 772 2363 for more details.

January is a time for fresh starts and it’s also the perfect time to have a skin peel. Although looking after our skin is a year-long work in progress, there are certain treatments that are ideally suited to specific times of the year. A skin peel not only embodies our desire to turn over a new leaf in January, but it is also the ideal treatment for this time of year.

January and February are typically a quieter time socially and therefore easier to keep a low profile when your skin is visibly peeling. It’s also easier to avoid sun exposure during the darker months. After the indulgences of the Christmas season, it’s also the ultimate skin pick-me-up.

Here are 5 benefits of The Perfect Peel:

#1 A full-scale skin rejuvenation

The Perfect Peel is an innovative chemical peel that can improve overall texture, tone, and clarity in patients of any age and any skin type. It is a blended peel, composed of Glutathione, Kojic Acid, TCA, Retinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, and a blend of minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin C, and penetrates deep into the dermis to transform skin into looking, younger, brighter and healthier. As a result, it can successfully address a variety of moderate to severe skin concerns in just one treatment.

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#2 Reduces or eliminates hyperpigmentation

Glutathione is the hero ingredient in The Perfect Peel. Described as the master antioxidant, Glutathione protects from free radicals which cause oxidative damage, resulting in the ageing of our cells. Studies have found that sources of oxidative stress, such as UV radiation and pollution, increase melanin production in the skin. Glutathione is said to inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase which is used in the making of melanin.

#3 An effective anti-ageing treatment

Glutathione has many anti-ageing benefits as wrinkles and age spots are the visible markers of anti-oxidative damage which it can help to reverse. The Perfect Peel also contains retinol, a vitamin A-based compound that promotes cell turnover and stimulates fibroblasts to synthesise collagen fibres, so it is highly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

#4 Improves both acne and acne scars

The Perfect Peel is unique in that it combines five different acids to deliver a comprehensive skin treatment.

  • Azelaic acid: studies have proved that azelaic acid is effective in preventing breakdowns by working as an exfoliant to unclog pores, while at the same time strengthening the natural skin barrier which protects against dirt and bacteria.
  • Gylcolic acid: this ingredient decreases inflammation and protects against bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
  • Kojic acid: an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from mushrooms and can lighten post breakout scarring.
  • Salicylic acid: a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is the most renowned of acne-fighting ingredients. It’s oil-soluble so can penetrate deep into the pores and remove oils as well as fight bacteria thanks to its anti-bacterial properties. It is also anti-inflammatory so can help prevent future breakouts.

#5 Stimulate collagen production

We all want firmer, tauter skin, but as we age our levels of collagen and elastin, the components that provide structure and elasticity to the skin, begin to deplete. The Perfect Peel is enriched with vitamin C which is absolutely essential for the production of new collagen.

We’re excited to announce that we’re now offering The Perfect Peel. Call us on 0115 772 2363 to find out more about this revolutionary skin treatment.

Cosmetic injectables are consistently the most popular aesthetic treatments partly due to their versatility. As well as improving skin health and reversing many of the signs of facial ageing, they can be used to subtly enhance or tweak facial features. In the right hands, they are considered safe and produce consistent results.

Injectables are increasingly seen as an acceptable lifestyle choice for women and men of all ages. But, what’s the difference between a filler, a freezer or a hydrator? How do you know which one is the right one for you? And, more importantly, who should be injecting you?

Each type of cosmetic injectable works slightly differently and can address different concerns. The first step is always a consultation to discuss what’s bothering you and what you’re hoping to achieve and then Dr Claudia can advise you on which treatment – or combination of treatments as cosmetic injectables often work best together – is most appropriate for you.

Dermal fillers:

These are typically composed of a hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring component in the skin which helps it attract water and remain plump. Initially, they were just used to soften obvious lines, but now can be used to sculpt and define the face. The top dermal filler brands such as Juvederm and Restylane have several products with various sized particles that can be used for filling and shaping different areas of the face.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are temporary and will last between six and 18 months depending on where it is used. Semi-permanent dermal fillers are more viscous, and the body takes longer to absorb them. Composed of a synthetic compound known as poly-L-lactic acid, semi-permanent such as Sculptra also stimulate the body’s production of collagen and results can last several years.

Fat dissolving injectables:

These contain an ingredient known as sodium deoxycholate which destroys fat cells so they can be safely removed through the body’s lymphatic system. The process works gradually, and it can take a few weeks to see the results, but fat dissolving injections can be highly effective at reducing stubborn deposits of fat on the flanks, abdomen, thighs and back, as well as under the chin and along the jawline for a more youthful, sculpted appearance.

Injectable moisturisers:

These are a relatively new entry into the cosmetic injectables and the most well-known is Profhilo. Also composed of hyaluronic acid, the consistency is slightly different to dermal fillers, and it is injected in five strategic points just underneath the skin’s surface.

It not only boosts and hydrates the skin, but it also kickstarts the body’s collagen production so ageing and sagging tissue is lifted and remodelled. As well as the face, Profhilo can be used for the décolletage and hands. Results typically last six months.

Wrinkle relaxing injections:

Botulinum toxins have long been the most popular and well-known cosmetic injectable available. They work by delivering small amounts of a neurotoxin to temporarily block the nerves that signal our facial muscles to contract and relax. Anti-wrinkle injections are highly effective at smoothing the dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of this constant muscle movement, so are used to treat crow’s feet and frown lines in the upper part of the face. Results last between three and six months.

Who can administer cosmetic injectables?

Only wrinkle relaxing injections are a prescription medicine and therefore must be given by a medical practitioner who has prescribing rights such as a surgeon, doctor, or nurse prescriber. This does mean that other injectables can be administered by a beauty therapist or aesthetic practitioner with no medical training or qualifications.

Earlier this year, the Government announced it would introduce a licensing scheme to try and address the rise in botched cosmetic procedures. However, in the meantime, choosing a properly qualified and experienced medical professional is a must for a safe and successful result.

For more advice on cosmetic injectables, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia.

The Winter months are particularly challenging for our skin. A combination of colder outdoor temperatures with drying internal heating and low humidity, causes the epidermis to become dehydrated. Harsh winds, rain or snow also cause environmental damage. Skin feels drier, rougher, more sensitive and more prone to breakouts.

Here are three Winter skincare rules to abide by:

#1 Rethink your moisturiser

As your skin becomes drier during the Winter, it can be frustrating when you slap on cream or lotion and experience only a short-lived improvement. A long-term and visible improvement in dehydrated skin is about using the correct skincare products that will attract moisture into the epidermis and keep it there.

Humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, attract water from the deep layers of the epidermis to the surface layers of the skin. Emollients help repair cracks in the skin barrier, thus preventing water loss. Occlusives form a barrier on the skin to block water loss. Look for products that combine these ingredients to restore the skin barrier, decrease water loss and increase water content in the skin.

Alumier MD’s HydraDew is an intensely hydrating moisturiser loaded with Sodium Hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water; Shea Butter, an emollient with soothing and antioxidant properties; and Niacinamide, an occlusive ingredient that traps moisture as well as brightening the skin.

#2 Repair your skin barrier

The skin barrier is located in the upper layer of the skin and is formed of natural oils. It is the first line of defence from any environmental stress and protects against foreign substances that try and penetrate the skin such as bacteria or pollution. Winter places a lot of stress on our delicate skin barrier and the key indicator that it has been compromised is irritated and dehydrated skin.

If your skincare products aren’t cutting it, an advanced facial could be the solution for skin barrier repair. The 3D Hydro Facial combines several technologies to improve your skin health, including the unique Fire and Ice handpiece. First the skin is warmed to a temperature of 42°C which creates heat-shock proteins, which repair the skin and strengthen its elasticity. The skin is then cooled to a minimum of 5°C, which tightens pore and locks in moisture.

#3 Up your intake of the sunshine vitamin

As we head into the darkest Winter months, it is important to consider the amount of vitamin D we’re getting. From October to March, the sun in the UK does not produce enough ultraviolet light to produce sufficient vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D can help you fight off seasonal colds and infections but is also key for the skin’s defences. Inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea, often flare up when you’re deficient in vitamin D.

It’s possible to get vitamin D from food sources such as oily fish, including salmon, mackerel, and sardines, egg yolks, red meat, and liver. However, most of us do not get enough vitamin D from our diet to make up for the lost sunlight so we may need to consider a supplement.

For more Winter skincare advice, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia.

The countdown to Christmas has started and our social calendars are fast getting booked up with glam parties, work dos, family get-togethers and festive drinks. The good news is that it’s not too late to get a glow-up that will carry you through to January.

Skin TLC

This time of year is really hard on our skin. As we move from the colder temperatures outside to artificial indoor heating, our skin is often left dry and flaky while harsh winds damage the skin’s natural barrier, making it more sensitive and prone to redness.

This is further compounded by the impact of the holiday season on our skin. Dermatologists have coined the term ‘Christmas Face’ to describe the effect that increased consumption of sugary foods, alcoholic drinks and late nights on our complexions. Consuming sugary foods and drinks causes our blood sugar levels to rise, which can result in breakouts as oil production and inflammation is stimulated. Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates our skin, making it look puffy as it tries to retain water.

The priority is always to find a skincare regime that can help you maintain your dermis’s delicate moisture balance throughout the year whatever your unique skin profile. At Dr CP Aesthetics, we use AlumierMD that offers a wide range of medical-grade skincare, whether you have dry, normal, combination or oily skin, or suffer from conditions such as rosacea, hyperpigmentation or acne.

Skin Boost

In recent years, there has been an exciting development in aesthetics with the introduction of skin boosters. Rather than filling a fold or smoothing a wrinkle, this injectable treatment delivers deep skin hydration. Although they may not have as dramatic and instant impact as Anti-Wrinkle Injections or Dermal Fillers, skin boosters can achieve a beautifully natural and all-over skin rejuvenation.

At Dr CP Aesthetics, we offer Profhilo, which is composed of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring component in the skin which is highly effective at retaining moisture. Micro-injections of this gel-like substance are placed at key points in the face and over the following weeks and months you should see an improvement in firmness, elasticity and radiance.

As well as the face, Profhilo can be used on the neck, décolletage, and hands. Patients report a healthier and more radiant skin tone, a smoothing of visible lines and wrinkles, and tighter, more lifted skin as collagen and elastin production is stimulated.

Skin Glow

If you’ve got a big event looming this festive season, the 3D Hydro Facial is the ultimate skin pick-me-up as it delivers instant results with no downtime. It combines non-invasive skin cleansing and exfoliating while delivering hydration and antioxidant protection with its specially formulated serums.

3D Hydro Facial is gentle enough to treat all skin types and skin concerns. It can be used all year round as part of an ongoing skin routine or as an occasional skin treat, but at Dr CP Aesthetics we think it’s a fantastic treatment for dull, dry Winter skin.

So, if you are worried about the toll that late nights and overindulgence is going to take, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

Tech neck has become the latest beauty concern as our addiction to scrolling social media on our iPhones combined with the natural ageing process, has left us with horizontal neck lines.

Just as crow’s feet develop around our eyes, these necklace lines are the result of a gradual weakening of our skin’s underlying foundation and the constant contraction and relaxation of the muscles beneath the skin. This leads to skin folds and lines that emerge and stay even when we are rest. And, our Instagram addictions might be the reason why younger and younger patients are seeking a solution.

How to treat neck lines?

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Make sure that whatever anti-ageing products you’re using on your face, you extend down your neck. The skin on the neck is particularly thin and delicate which makes it more susceptible to environmental damage so make sure you protect it with a broad spectrum, high factor sunscreen.

Anti-wrinkle injections

Toxins freeze the nerves that signal our muscles to move which is why it is best suited to treating dynamic wrinkles like necklace lines. This is only a temporary fix though as the effects wear off after three to five months.

Profhilo

Like the gold standard dermal fillers Dr Claudia uses, Profhilo is composed of hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers are less suitable for treating necklace lines as there is more movement in the neck and the skin very thin so a chance of lumps developing, but Profhilo works in a completely different way. The HA solution is developed to disperse just under the surface of the skin so the skin becomes more hydrated and plump. Collagen production is stimulated so there is also a lifting and tightening over time.

Microneedling combined with radiofrequency

At Dr CP, we offer 3D Dermaforce Microneedling/RF which is an advanced method of skin rejuvenation. It works by stimulating the body’s natural healing process to encourage collagen production in the dermis resulting in rejuvenated and tighter skin.

Radiofrequency energy is delivered through specially designed insulated needles. This allows for precise delivery into the dermis, while at the same time protecting the surface of the skin from any heat damage.

The neck and decolletage are a popular area to treat. As collagen production is stimulated, the skin looks thicker and more lifted and lines and crepey skin are greatly improved. Results can be seen after just one treatment, but we advise a course of three for optimal results and an annual maintenance treatment thereafter.

The neck can be a challenging area to treat, and treatment is usually aimed at being preventative and gently smoothing any existing lines rather than complete correction. To find out more about the treatments we offer for neck lines, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.

As Halloween looms, now might be the time to consider the Vampire Facial. You may have seen scary pics online – Kim Kardashian, anyone? – of patients with a bloody face post treatment, but is the vampire facial as painful as it looks and is it worth investing in?

Kim first posted pictures of her post-PRP treatment back in 2013 and this super-charged skin rejuvenation therapy remains highly sought after.

What does a Vampire Facial do?

The Vampire Facial is known medically as platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP for short. It has been used for many years to speed up healing in joint and soft tissue injuries, to alleviate arthritis-related pain and to boost post-surgery recovery. More recently, it has been adopted by the aesthetic world to treat a wide range of concerns:

  • General skin rejuvenation
  • Minimise fine line and wrinkles
  • Tighten skin
  • Brighten skin tone
  • Reduce pore size
  • Fade hyperpigmentation
  • Reduce scarring
  • Treat hair loss

The first step is to take a sample of your blood which is placed into a centrifuge. This machine will spin the blood at a very high speed to separate out the platelets from the red blood cells. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the skin in a series of injections using tiny needles.

There are many advantages to PRP over injectables and other anti-ageing treatments. PRP is derived from your own body so there is no risk of allergic reaction, although there may be some bruising, bleeding, and the risk of infection at the PRP injection site. The whole procedure is carried out by Dr Claudia using an aseptic technique so there is no contamination and the risk of infection is very low.

It works by releasing high levels of growth factors and stimulating collagen and elastin production, so you get a subtle, all-over rejuvenation rather than just targeting one area.

Even though you may look very red-faced immediately afterwards, most patients do not report any pain during the procedure as a topical numbing cream is applied beforehand. Your skin may feel slightly tender and tight as it is healing, and you should avoid any sun exposure.

How much is a Vampire Facial?

Our Vampire Facial usually costs £300, but we are currently running a special offer of £250 a session. The offer extends until 30th November. So, if you want to look hot for Halloween and beyond, call 0115 772 2363 to take advantage of our offer.

We may get excited about Summer, but often it can be a let-down with hit and miss weather, holiday envy and enforced outdoor socialising. Autumn, on the other hand, can be a delight with crisp mornings, magnificent autumnal foliage, a wardrobe changeover, cosy nights in and the countdown to Christmas starting.

Autumn can also be the best season to have an aesthetic treatment and here’s why.

Saving post-summer skin

Exposure to the sun’s rays during the hotter months causes significant damage to our dermis and is the biggest cause of skin ageing. Summer is the season to protect the skin and Autumn the time to repair it.

Dull, damaged skin is often best treated with a chemical peel or course of them. A chemical peel composed of an exfoliating agent such as glycolic or salicylic acid causes controlled ‘trauma’ to the top layer of the skin, forcing the body to shed dead skin cells and stimulate the production of fresh new skin cells. Collagen production is also stimulated.

Chemical peels are best performed as the temperatures drop as there is less chance of direct sun exposure, allowing the skin to heal. However, Dr Claudia will recommend you still wear high factor sun protection in the period immediately after your treatment.

Working on winter leg care

If you were self-conscious of spider veins on your legs this Summer, then now is the perfect time to treat them. Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels just below the surface of the skin. They appear as thin lines or broken webs and can be red, purple of blue in colour.

Although spider veins don’t usually cause any health concerns, they are usually due to underlying varicose veins which can be more problematic. They can also make sufferers feel distress and embarrassment as one recent study found.

Microsclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider or thread veins. A fine needle injects a solution into the tiny vessels that irritates their lining. The walls of the veins stick together, and the vein disappears.

We advise you bring compression garments to your appointments and wear them afterwards for a period, which will be more comfortable in colder weather. Vessels can often appear more prominent and small patches of brown discoloration emerge after treatment, so patients prefer being able to cover their legs. Also, you should avoid direct sunlight immediately after treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation developing.

Prepping for the party season

Autumn is the time to start planning any festive tweakments as every aesthetic procedure involves a certain amount of downtime and a timeline for when you can expect the optimal result:

Anti-Wrinkle Injections: bruising doesn’t always happen after an injectable treatment, but it can be a common occurrence as there are so many tiny blood vessels just under the surface of the skin. If bruising does happen, then it can take two weeks to fully disappear. Also, Anti-Wrinkle Injections work by freezing the nerves that signal to our facial muscles and it can take five to seven days for wrinkles to relax and our skin smooth over.

Dermal Fillers: results are immediate but there may be a small amount of swelling afterwards so you may want to wait a week or two to make sure any swelling or bruising has disappeared.

Profhilo: this injectable takes a unique approach to skin rejuvenation. Hyaluronic acid is injected at several points and not only hydrates the skin but also lifts and tightens. It is recommended you have two treatments, a month apart, and your final result will emerge in the weeks following your second treatment so book now for party perfect skin.

HydroFacial: also described as the Ultimate Facial, this exfoliating skin rejuvenation treatment delivers an instant glow so can be scheduled a few days in advance of a big event. Or book a course of treatments for noticeable, long-lasting results.

Dr Claudia can advise you on when best to plan your party prep; call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation.