'Runner-up Nurse of the Year 2016' Category Archives

Restylane, the secret to natural looking lips

Restylane is our most popular choice of filler at Elan Medical Skin Clinic. Why?, because 95% of our patients thought that their results looked natural within a few days of treatment.

Restylane at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

The secret to soft, natural lips with Restylane

Both Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Volbella provide soft, natural looking lip enhancements and Sue Ibrahim, our Nurse Practitioner has over fifteen years experience in creating beautiful lips using Restylane, in fact Restylane was the first synthetic filler around 15 years ago.

What kind of product is Restylane Kysse?

It has been specially designed and formulated for injecting into the lips for enhancement and contouring of thin looking lips, the cupid’s bow, or to simply add fullness. It is structured to withstand the range of mouth movements and all Restylane products are completely broken down within the skin over a period of months, eventually leaving no trace of the filler.

Soft, natural looking lip enhancement performed by Sue Ibrahim

How safe is treatment with Restylane?

Providing you are treated by a qualified and experienced doctor or nurse practitioner, you should be in good hands.

Most of our clients only report slight swelling following treatment which normally resolves within a day or two. Occasionally, a small bruise may be seen at the injection site but this normally fades within a week.

Of course, there are risks associated with any skin or lip filler, like temporary palpable lumpiness has been noted after injection. Localised reactions thought to be of a hypersensitivity nature have been reported in about 1 in every 2000 treated patients. Redness, tenderness and rarely acneform papules may occur. In addition in rare cases (in less than 1 in 15,000 treatments) granuloma, superficial necrosis and urticaria have been reported. This is the reason why these procedures should only be carried out by registered medical practitioners in an inspected clinical environment.

Natural enhancement of the upper lip using Restylane

How can you reassure me that Elan Medical Skin Clinic is the right place to come for my Restylane treatment?

Firstly, Sue Ibrahim is a registered nurse, with over 30 years experience in dermatology and almost twenty years working in the medical cosmetic environment. She was also runner-up in the national ‘Nurse of the Year’ Safety in Beauty awards in 2016.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic has been around since November 2000 and during this time, Sue Ibrahim has performed thousands of skin fillers using Restylane and Juvederm.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic is also registered and inspected by The Care Quality Commission and by Treatment You Can Trust. Both of these organisations are backed by the Government in the UK.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic also provides a live feed, so you can view exactly what our clients are currently saying about us. Click here to see our reviews.

If you would like to speak to one of our staff about booking an appointment, please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What are Xanthomas?

xanthomas are yellowish deposits of fat and cholesterol found under the skin that’s around or on the eyelids.  Xanthomas are not harmful, nor do they cause any pain, but most people do not care for the appearance of these yellow growths around the eyes and often contact us to have them removed.

Xanthomas are harmless but cosmetically unacceptable to many people

Xanthomas – How can they be removed?

Xanthomas can be removed at one of our minor surgery clinics using Plasma Soft Surgery. The procedure is normally carried out under a local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated, so the procedure is not painful but the eyes can be sore and slightly swollen for a few days following treatment. There will also be some crusting over the treated areas which can take around 7 days to subside. By 14 days, the skin has normally healed completely.

How much does Xanthoma removal cost?

You will first need a Dermatology Consultation in order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment using Plasma Soft Surgery. Depending on the number of Xanthomas present treatment costs are from around £350.

Why Elan Medical Skin Clinic?

Elan Medical Skin Clinic is a registered medical clinic, inspected by The Care Quality Commission. We have been established since November 2000 and Sue Ibrahim is well respected in the aesthetic profession due to her 30 years experience in dermatology. Over the years she has won numerous awards for her work and she was one of the first dermatology nurses to train in minor skin surgery at Guys Hospital, some 10 years ago. Why not take a look at the reviews we receive on a daily basis at Elan Medical Skin Clinics.

If you suffer from Xanthomas, contact us today!

Dermal fillers – be careful who you trust!

Exaggerated botched facial aesthetics. Dermal fillers - trust skin expert Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Dermal fillers – trust skin expert Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

You wouldn’t let a builder near your teeth or a plumber perform laser eye surgery, so why would anyone let someone unqualified and inexperienced near their face with a needle for dermal fillers?

In the UK anyone can perform dermal fillers. Yes, anyone. It makes you shudder doesn’t it? The skin expert at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh and central London knows only too well the after effects of letting unqualified beauticians carry out delicate dermal fillers. Sue Ibrahim is often called on to carry out filler reversal treatments and Botox re-treatments due to botched attempts.

Price should never be the determining factor for dermal fillers – experience and qualifications should. This is your face we are talking about: the thing that everyone looks at when they see you in person.


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New Menopause Clinic

When dealing with the menopause, women need a lot more help than just a quick prescription of HRT and believe me, we speak from experience! That is why at Elan Medical Clinic we are extending our services to medically help and support women who are trying to cope with their menopausal symptoms.


Our medical director, Sue Ibrahim, understands only too well how the the effects of the menopause can impact on the daily lives of women. Having spent the last thirty years treating women with skin related problems, Sue has helped a wide range of women who have are either pre menopausal, peri menopausal or post menopausal. Hormonal changes in the bod can trigger anxiety, depression, fears of growing old, fears of looking older.

‘These women need more than just a quick prescription of HRT’ says our medical director, Sue Ibrahim.

According to Sue Ibrahim, women need a full holistic approach to their menopausal symptoms, not just a quick prescription of HRT.

‘Women need to assessed thoroughly because the menopause throws up all sorts of problems,  both physical, emotional and social.’

It can be a time where personal relationships can be under a great strain. Women may have problems concerning their partners, their children and their ageing parents. And just when when a women needs that extra bit of energy and strength, the menopause kicks in. Women are often left with feelings of failure, they can’t seem to cope, they feel constantly tired and tearful. They look in the mirror to find a woman they do not recognise anymore; with thinning hair, frown lines, wrinkles and dull, lifeless skin. They can be forgetful, they have aches and pains in their muscles and joints. They can loose interest in sex; they feel unattractive, their body shape has altered,  they put on weight. The menopause can trigger all these things.

Does this sound like someone you may know?

Contact us today if you need help. We are here to help and support you.


Essex skin expert named Runner-up Nurse of the Year 2016!

Essex nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim, has been named Runner-up Nurse of the Year in the Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards

Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Essex and central London named Runner-up Nurse of the Year 2016 in the Safety in Beauty Awards

Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Essex and central London named Runner-up Nurse of the Year 2016 in the Safety in Beauty Awards


Sue is absolutely delighted to have won the award, which celebrates nurses who go the extra mile to keep the public safe from rogue and unscrupulous practitioners and activities. The winners were announced on Saturday July 2nd at the glittering White Party event at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Sue, the founder of Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh and central London, said: “The Safety in Beauty Awards are well recognised in the industry for helping to raise awareness of the importance of safety and high standards in the beauty, health, aesthetics and cosmetic interventions industry and I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award.”

With over 30 years’ experience in dermatology and 18 years’ experience in cosmetic medicine, Sue has been involved in training and mentoring doctors and nurses working within cosmetic medicine for a number of years.

As a founder member of the RCN Aesthetic Nurses Forum and the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses, Sue is highly regarded by her peers and is no stranger to winning awards. In 2013 she was presented with a special award by the BACN for the support she offers to members.

For more information, please visit www.safetyinbeauty.com