Botox in Rayleigh, Essex

Botox treatment has been available at our clinic in Rayleigh for almost twenty years now.

Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brand names for botulinum, such as Bocouture and Azzalure. In large amounts, this toxin can cause botulism, which you probably associate with foodpoisoning. Despite the fact that one of the most serious complications of botulism is paralysis, scientists have discovered a way to use it as an advantage in modern day medicine. Small, diluted amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles causing controlled weakening of the muscles. Botox is often used by ophthalmologists in the treatment of squints and tics. It can also be used in the treatment of urinary incontinence.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.

It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox.

How Is a Botox Procedure Performed?

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment. The consultation process includes a general assessment of your needs and a discussion about the range of treatment options available, both at Elan Medical Skin Clinic and those available elsewhere, including no treatment at all.

We will work with you and are here to help you make the right decision. We will advise you of potential outcomes, including the side effects and all known risks associated with each treatment. Most consultations last 30 minutes and you will leave feeling fully informed and assessed. This initial consultation is your first step to resolving something about your body that you are unhappy about and our hope is that when two committed parties work together, desired results are achieved.

Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. The medicine is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment.  Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.

What happens next?

If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means, do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation.

Click here to read what our patients are currently saying about Elan Medical Skin Clinic

 

Hyperpigmentation in Skins of Colour

Ask most ethnic women what their biggest skincare concern is and they’re likely to say hyperpigmentation. Caused by the overproduction of melanin, hyperpigmentation may be difficult to correct, but it’s very easy to avoid. All skin, no matter the ethnicity, will produce varying amounts of pigment.

Beautiful black woman smiling - London skin expert from Elan Medical Skin Clinics can smooth and soothe your skin

Skins of colour are more prone to hyperpigmentation

‘The darker you are the more solid and dense the area of pigmentation will be, whereas the pigmentation in Caucasian skin is more freckled,’ explains ours skin specialist, Sue Ibrahim.

The amount of pigment we produce also correlates with the amount of protection we require from the environment.

So a person living in hotter climes like Africa will naturally produce more pigment to protect the skin against harmful UV rays.

‘Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is too much pigmentation in the skin,’ says Sue Ibrahim.

‘This is usually found all over the face.

‘Melasma is another form of pigmentation which occurs, usually during hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and can be found in specific areas like the upper lip and cheeks.

The other type of pigmentation women suffer from is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is caused by scars left from spots and acne. Although overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays plays a part in causing hyperpigmentation, there are other factors to consider. ‘Hyperpigmentation occurs when there’s an irregular production of melanin,’ explains Sue Ibrahim ‘But it’s not just caused by the sun – lifestyle, trauma to the skin and hormonal changes all play a part too.’

Do you have hyperpigmentation?

Although there is little evidence to suggest hyperpigmentation relates specifically to ethnicity, it’s generally accepted to be more prominent in ethnic skin due to the darker skin colour.

‘Dark skin has more melanin, and when an injury is caused to the skin, the cells which produce melanin go into overdrive and distribute it unevenly causing darker patches,’ explains Sue. The hyperpigmented parts of the skin will be a lot darker than the rest of the skin, which makes it difficult to cover up. Caucasian skin is also prone to suffer hyperpigmentation, although it isn’t as obvious. ‘Hyperpigmentation is triggered by the sun in paler, Caucasian skin tones and this can lead to freckles, sun spots and discolouration as the skin ages.’ Paler skin suffers from hypopigmentation, which occurs when there isn’t enough pigment in the skin. ‘This is usually the result of a skin disorder such as vitiligo”. Due to the lack of melanin, individuals will be at far higher risk of burning, so should opt for a good SPF and look at treatments which help even skin tone, making the blemishes less obvious.

Treatment for hyperpigmentation

Treating hyperpigmentation is difficult and can take weeks of using prescription-only creams before you start seeing visible results. ‘Hyperpigmentation is commonly the result of either hormonal changes or sun damage so prevention is desirable whenever possible.’ In the event it does occur, you’ll need to combine appropriate treatments with a change in behaviour – fully altering sun habits is crucial to prevent hyperpigmentation from getting worse’.

Why choose Elan Medical Skin Clinic?

Unlike many other beauty and aesthetics clinics, the treatments and solutions at Elan Medical Skin Clinic are based on proven medical techniques. At the helm is Sue Ibrahim, a highly regarded nurse consultant in dermatology, who uses the knowledge she has built up from more than 30 years of working in this field.

How do I book an appointment?

You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can complete an online booking request form and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer. You will be asked to pay your initial consultation fee by credit or debit card on confirming your appointment.

Eye Rejuvenation Treatments in Essex

The skin around the eye area is very delicate and much thinner than in other areas of the face, especially under the eyes. As we age the skin becomes even thinner and supporting structures around our eyes change and this Periorbital (around the eye) area is a very common concern for many patients.

Eye Rejuvenation

Eye Rejuvenation is a common area of concern for some women

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic, Sue Ibrahim often recommends a combination of treatments to rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.

Skin Fillers can be used to fill out treat troughs, hollows underneath the eye. This is a specialist treatment that Sue Ibrahim has a lot of experience in.

Mesotherapy delivers essential nutrients into the skin, including Hyaluronic Acid. These nutrients help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Within weeks, you will notice an improvement in the elasticity of the skin in the under eye area. The skin will look and feel less fragile. The skin will brighten in appearance.

Endymed 3 Deep treatment also helps to firm the elasticity of the skin around the eyes and is often recommended for patients who are not suitable for skin fillers or mesotherapy.

Plasma Soft Surgery is recommended for women that have loose skin around the eye area, who do not wish to go down the surgical route. This treatment is suitable for the eyelids.

Plasma soft surgery can be used alongside other treatments at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Our EndyBleph Fractional Skin Rejuvenation is also a popular choice of treatment for those who require skin tightening around the eye area.

Why Choose Elan Medical Skin Clinic?

Our lead practitioner, Sue Ibrahim, has over 30 years experience in dermatology. For the past 18 years, she has specialised in cosmetic dermatology. And, because Elan Medical Skin Clinic is a fully registered medical clinic, you can rest assured that your eyes and face will be in a safe pair of hands.

How much does treatment cost?

Becuase everyone has slightly different concerns, your first step in to book Free Consultation with Sue Ibrahim. She will be able to discuss with you which combination of treatments will suit both your budget and your expectations. Why not take a look at what our clients are currently saying about us on our Live Review Page.

Itchy skin – Is Your Gel Manicure to Blame?

Could your gel manicure be causing you an itchy vagina?

If you have itchy skin, your initial consultation is your first step to resolving the problem.

Gel manicures are extremely popular, even our Dermatology Nurse Consultant has them. However, the British Association of Dermatologist has issued a warning about the growing number of women that are presenting with irritant contact dermatitis in sensitive areas of the skin, such as the eyes and the genital area from a chemical used in Gel nail varnish.

Itchy rahses

Dermatitis can be triggered by gel manicures

Gel nails, acrylic nails and gel polish nails all contain high quantities of an irritant chemical called Meth acrylate. Like most substances that cause irritant contact dermatitis, you may not notice an allergy immediately. The allergy is more likely to become more prevalent with constant use. Following a gel manicure, if you then touch your eyes or other sensitive areas, this can flare up an allergic reaction in that area.

According to Sue Ibrahim, we are seeing a growing number of skin issues of this nature in Essex. ‘The fashion for Gel nails and gel polish in Essex is huge at the moment and we are not surprised that we are seeing a rise in skin allergies caused by the chemicals contained with the products as well as the solvents that are used to remove the polish or the acrylic nails”.

How do I book a Dermatology Consultation?

If you have an itchy rash, you can book a dermatology consultation by calling Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770600 between the hours of 9.30-5pm Monday to Saturday. Or you click here to fill in a contact form. Elan Medical Skin Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Click here to read what our patients are currently saying about Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex.

Neck Rejuvenation with Profhilo

If you would like are interested in neck rejuvenation, Profhilo may be the answer for you!

When Profhilo is injected into the neck and jowl area of the skin, we can create a durable lift and tightening of the skin over the next few weeks. After just two-three sessions there is a further gradual tightening of the skin with restored firmness.

Profhilo is a revolutionary new concept in injectable skin treatments as it is not a skin filler.

“When is filler not a filler? When it’s Profhilo, one of the new breed of beneath-the-skin moisturising treatments, which has to be one of the quickest and most effective cosmetic fixes I have ever tried” Alice Hart-Davis in  The Telegraph

Neck Rejuvenation at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex

In some cases, we combine Profhilo with Botox in the neck and jowl area to further improve the contours of the jaw and the signs of ageing in the neck.

For some patients skin tightening treatments would be recommended for neck skin laxity in conjunction with, or instead of Profhilo.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex, our award-winning nurse consultant, Sue Ibrahim, has almost 20 years’ experience in cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine and was runner-up in the National Safety in Beauty Awards 2016. Sue Ibrahim has also been nominated and is in the finals of the Aesthetic Nurse of The Year category 2018.

All new patients receive a full consultation and medical assessment before their neck rejuvenation treatment. Your cosmetic consultation includes a general assessment of your needs and a discussion about the range of treatment options available, both at Elan Medical Skin Clinic and those available elsewhere.

We will work with you and are here to help you make the right decision.

Click here to read what our patients are currently saying about Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 today to book your Aesthetic Consultation with our experienced Nurse Practitioner.

Skin Cancer Screening in Essex

Skin Cancer Screening, Mole Checking and Mole Removal Services

Whether you are concerned about a suspicious mole, or keen to keep a close eye on all your skin changes, our Nurse Consultant in Dermatology at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex can provide you with the reassurance that you will receive the correct diagnosis in a timely fashion. Appointments for skin cancer screening or mole checks can normally be booked within a few days. For the small number of patients diagnosed with skin cancer, a proactive approach is more likely to lead to less treatment and an improved cosmetic and overall outcome.

Mole Removal in Essex

Skin Cancer Screening is more than just checking moles with a naked eye

When should I get my moles checked?

If a mole has changed recently, or it has suspicious features, your GP will arrange referral to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who has a special interest in skin cancer. This service is available in the NHS, although waiting times to be seen in a clinic can be many weeks, or privately if you have medical insurance or want to pay for treatment. Mole removal is advised if you have noticed a mole that:

  • Has increased in size
  • Has changed in colour
  • Is over 7mm in size
  • Has an irregular shape
  • Has an irregular colour
  • Is inflamed or oozing

Although the majority of moles that present with these clinical signs will not be cancerous, a small proportion will contain malignant cells and may require further treatment following initial mole removal. Black or dark brown moles may be a sign of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer that can result in patient mortality. If you have noticed any of the above features you should consider seeking medical advice.

Skin Cancer Screening

This service is for anyone with concerns about new or growing moles. This involves a detailed examination of your moles, and a complete skin examination, to give you peace of mind and ensure early detection of any problems.

mole checks

Skin lesions being checked using a special piece of equipment called a dermatoscope

One-Stop Mole Removal

This fast-track service is for anyone that wants a mole removing because it is suspicious of cancer or they feel it is unsightly. You can book an appointment at our Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex. Moles removed within the clinic will be sent to a pathologist for interpretation.

How do I book an appointment?

You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can book your skin cancer screening appointment by going to our online booking form and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer. You will be asked to pay your initial consultation fee by credit or debit card on confirming your appointment.

It’s All About The Eyes

Do you suffer from tired eyes, dark circles or crepey, dehydrated eyelid skin? Many of the women that come in to see us for a skin consultation say that it is around the eyes that concern them the most.

Tear Trough Filler

It’s all about the eyes.

Under eye dark circles and crepey dehydrated eyelid  skin

Some patients presenting with dark circles or a loss of volume in the area below the eye have thin, sun damaged eyelid skin, rather than a deep volume loss. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic, we often recommend a course of Eye Booster Treatments, to hydra rejuvenate the thin eyelid skin, which pumps the lower eyelid to improve the apparent ‘tear trough’. An eye booster treatment helps to rejuvenate the thin lower eyelid skin, which can worsen the illusion of under-eye shadows.

Tear Trough Fillers. What to expect….

The tear trough is the area between your cheek and lower eyelid. As we age, we lose volume in this area, sometimes causing under-eye dark circles to appear. An effective tear trough treatment, performed by highly skilled doctors and nurses, can restore the lost volume, reducing the appearance of dark circles.

The injections are usually painless, after suitable topical anaesthesia for 15 minutes. When treating the skin under the eyes, tiny amounts of filler are injected using a very fine needle or cannula. It is normal for the eyes to look swollen and bruised for 3-7 following treatment, but we can recommend products that can cover this up and most people are able to resume their daily routine straight away. The full results of treatment can be seen over 1-4 weeks following treatment.

As the fillers we use are bio-degradable, the fillers will break down over time, which means that repeat treatments are normally required every 6-12 months.

Potential temporary side effects of our Eye Booster Treatment

  • Bruising and redness of the skin at the site of the injection
  • Swelling and Lumpiness
  • Allergic reaction

Tear Trough Filler Cost

Prices are a guide, we will calculate your treatment during your consultation

  • Eye Boost from £450

Why visit Elan Medical Skin Clinic for this procedure:

Our nurse consultant has almost 20 years’ experience of injecting skin fillers. Using advanced injection techniques, most clients report that treatments with Sue Ibrahim are quick, painless and produce instant results. As an expert in her field, Sue will carefully consider your facial structure and profile to naturally enhance your appearance. Read what our clients are currently saying about their treatments at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment.

How do I request a consultation?

You can either give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can click here to book and pay for your consultations via our online store. One of our reception team will then confirm your appointment by phone or email, whichever you prefer.

Rhinoplasty, the non-surgical approach

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a medical procedure in which injectable fillers, most commonly hyaluronic acid, are used to alter and shape a person’s nose without invasive surgery. It is a safe, non-invasive alternative to the traditional rhinoplasty and is sometimes referred to as the ‘3o minute nose job’.

Rhinoplasty in Essex

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic facial procedures, but many patients are worried about they may look after surgery. As a new alternative to nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty), small amounts of hyaluronic acid filler is injected into the nose to straighten and soften sharp angles, fill depressions, or change the shape of the tip of the nose to give it a lifted appearance. This quick technique results in better symmetry and more defined nose contours.

If it is the shape of your nose, rather than its size, that is causing concern then a non-surgical rhinoplasty is an excellent, affordable option for those who want to change the shape of their nose without invasive surgery, as there is no excessive downtime, no general anaesthetic and no prolonged healing. The patient retains complete control over the procedure, as they are able to see the results unfold as the injections are administered.

This procedure is less expensive than a surgical nose job (rhinoplasty) and can be reversed via hyalase injections should the result not be in line with expectations. Unlike a surgical rhinoplasty, the non-surgical results are immediate and can last up to a year.

The following conditions are easily treated with a non-surgical rhinoplasty:

  • Bumps or deformities on the bridge of the nose
  • A nose that is not symmetrical.
  • A nose bends to one side or is out of shape.
  • A flat nose with no shape.

It is normal practice to do the treatment over 2-3 sessions, to gradually add the filler, so as not to cause build up of excessive pressure. The procedure is extremely safe but you may experience a small amount of bruising or swelling, and some redness at the needle entry points.

Why visit Elan Medical Skin Clinic for this procedure:

Our nurse consultant has almost 20 years’ experience of injecting skin fillers. Using advanced injection techniques, most clients report that treatments with Sue Ibrahim are quick, painless and produce instant results. As an expert in her field, Sue will carefully consider your facial structure and profile to naturally enhance your appearance. Read what our clients are currently saying about their treatments at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

If you would like to ask our Medical Director & Nurse Consultant, Sue Ibrahim a message, by all means do. We provide a responsive service that aims to set your mind at ease and ensure you are fully informed before booking your consultation. At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment.

How do I request a consultation?

You can either give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can click here to book and pay for your consultations via our online store. One of our reception team will then confirm your appointment by phone or email, whichever you prefer.

Cosmetic Treatments in Essex Facebook Group

Facebook Groups are fast becoming the way to share your stories and experiences and recommendations.  At Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex we have a thriving Facebook Page, with followers all over Essex. We receive so many private messages looking for advice, we have decided to set up our own Facebook Group called ‘Cosmetic Treatments in Essex’. However, you do not need to live in Essex to join this group.

Have you ever had Botox? Who treated you? Would you recommend them?

Do lip fillers hurt? How to choose the best filler?

Do you think I need cosmetic surgery?

Facebook chat group discussing cosmetic treatments.

The group is moderated by our team of skin experts at Elan Medical Skin Clinic, but it is your group. We are just there to ensure all posts are genuine and not offensive. We do not allow advertising in our group but you can certainly tell people where not to go for a cosmetic treatment if you feel that you were treated badly or if you feel that you had wasted your money.

Cosmetic treatments can be expensive, they can also be extremely cheap. We believe that you shouldn’t merely choose a cosmetic practitioner based on price. Choose a cosmetic clinic based on the experience of others, check out reviews and don’t forget to ask the right questions?

Is this practitioner a Cosmetic Doctor, a Surgeon or a Nurse?

Is this a registered medical clinic? If so, who is the clinic registered with?

Will I be offered a free follow-up appointment?

And most of all, does has this practitioner demonstrated that they are competent to carry out the procedure I am about to have? If something doesn’t feel right then do not go ahead with treatment on the same day as your consultation. Do more homework.

Profhilo Bio-remodeling Treatment in Essex

Profhilo – An Innovative Discovery for Bio-remodeling

As we get older, the levels of hyaluronic acid (HA) that we all naturally have in our bodies decrease. Our skin looks drier, loses its firmness and its youthful glow, resulting in what skincare specialists call ‘skin laxity’. Profhilo has been voted ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ in 2016 and ‘Best Skin Enhancement Device’ in 2015 within the aesthetics industry.

Profhilo is a bio-remodelling and stimulatory product which works to remodel your skin. Although based on hyaluronic acid technology, it is not a volumising dermal filler. Profhilo uses their proprietary HydroLift® Action (bioregenerating effect in the epidermis & the remodelling action of the dermis) by integrating the levels of endogenous hyaluronic acid and it is able to optimise the HydroLift® Action thanks to a slow, long lasting release of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

As a stabilised product Profhilo lasts in the skin around 28 days. During this time the stimulation of 4 different types of collagen and elastin takes place by slow release of HA, at the same time it improves skin tone, texture, hydration and radiance. Profhilo counteracts skin laxity through a remodelling action of collagen and elastin fibres. It creates volume in the tissue where it is needed due to its high spreadability Therefore we cannot say that Profhilo is a skin booster as it also has a significant tightening / lifting effect on the tissue.

Profhilo should be administered by medical professionals only

Profhilo Bio-remodelling treatment at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex

The product, once injected integrates within the tissue to:

  • increase firmness and elasticity
  • increase facial fullness with a tightening and lifting effect

In studies on Profhilo the following results have been obtained:

  • After 4 weeks from treatment – improvement in lines & tightness of the skin
  • After 8 weeks from treatment – definite lifting and tightening of the skin, more hydrated, in better health, increased firmness & elasticity

Why Choose Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Profhilo is registered as a medical device and as such, it should only ever be administered in a clinical environment by experienced medical practitioners. It should not be injected by beauty therapists or those claiming to be medical aestheticians.

Sue Ibrahim has over 30 years experience in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. She opened Elan Medical Skin Clinic 20 years ago and has many years experience in injectable facial fillers. Take a look at what our patients are currently saying about us: Read our Reviews