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Endymed Offer during March

Endymed Fractional Skin Resurfacing combines medical grade micro needling and radiofrequency technology that helps rejuvenate the skin by improving skin tone and texture, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scars. The treatment is minimally invasive and is typically well tolerated with little-to-no downtime. In many cases only one treatment is required, although more treatments are required to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Endymed
Full face fractional skin resurfacing by Sue Ibrahim

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During March we are offering a complimentary DermaRadiance Skin System worth £150 with every full face or full face and neck treatment.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we have over five years clinical experience using Endymed technology, so you can rest assured that you are in expert hands.

How do I request a consultation?

You can either give Elan Medical Skin Clinic a call on 01268 770660 or you can contact us via our website and someone will get back to you.

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

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS

We use the latest technology and most up-to-date approaches to ensure the best results

Scar and Keloids

Every time the skin is cut or damaged through its full thickness it will heal with a scar. Some people naturally make better scars than others. We cannot accurately predict this but in general we are aware that patients with a black skin and at the opposite end of the spectrum patients with fair freckled skin and red hair will tend to produce poor scars including hypertrophic scars and keloids.

Certain areas of the body produce worse scars than others. The worst area being the middle of the chest which can on rare occasions produce keloids spontaneously without any known injury. The tip of the shoulder is poor, but fortunately the face and neck make good scars generally. Scars which lie in the lines of skin tension tend to be better than ones that run across them. Surgeons will try and choose a good site and direction, but if the scar is due to an injury, there is no choice.

What is the difference between a hypertrophic scar and a Keloid?
There is a whole range of scars but at the poor end there is the hypertrophic scar which occurs when the wound heals to become red, raised and itchy for a few months but will then resolve to become flat and pale. A keloid is similar but the scar continues to grow encroaching upon normal tissue and may need specific treatment.

The treatment of active scars
Time is the best healer as eventually normal scars and hypertrophic scars will mature and become pale. We tend however to try and treat the severer hypertrophic scars and keloids.

The simplest is the application of a steroid containing tape which is worn day and night for extended periods. Strong steroids such as Triamcinalone can be injected into the scar itself. It is usually given as a course at 4 to 6 week intervals. Scar revision surgery is usually done under local anaesthesia when it is felt that a scar can be improved because of particular circumstances or complications of healing in the first instance, or because the procedure is likely to be carried out in a better manner. The old scar is
removed surgery and is repaired. Post operative pain is usually minimal. Sutures are usually removed in 4 to 6 days from the face and 7 to 10 days from other parts of the body. Stitch marks are much less likely to appear on the face as the stitches are removed early. All new scars will initially be red. Fading occurs within 6 to 24 months depending on the scar’s location and the patient’s skin type.

Acne scars
Scars caused by active acne are difficult to treat. On the face it is sometimes possible to cut out the deep scars or to lift them to normal skin level. Dermabrasion and chemical peels have been used to reduce the overall depth of scars and to tighten the skin. More recently laser resurfacing has been used for the same purpose and has become very popular. It should be stressed that these treatments do not remove the scars and at best give a moderate improvement. None of these surgical procedures are suitable away from the face.

Keloids
These are a difficult and unresolved problem. The easiest to treat are earlobe keloids which sometimes appear after piercing and
often simple excision is adequate.

Elsewhere courses of steroid injections are the main treatment, rarely, excision using some other treatment to try and reduce recurrence of keloids can be helpful. With any surgical revision there is a risk that another keloid may form, but with regular treatment follow-ups and modern treatments, this may be prevented.

If you have an unwanted scar or scars, why not let us take a look.

How do I book an appointment?

You can either call Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Essex on 01268 770660 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Saturday or you can book your minor surgery appointment in Essex by going to our online booking form and one of our reception team will contact you by phone or email, whichever you prefer.

We charge £95 for a this consultation. You will be asked to pay your initial consultation fee by credit or debit card on confirming your appointment.


For expert skin advice in Essex – ask Sue at Elan!

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s skin expert Sue Ibrahim.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. It protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate our body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat and cold.

Twenty square feet is a lot of area for things to go wrong, imperfections to show, maintenance to cover. But don’t fear, our nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinic in Rayleigh, Essex has your skin covered!

We take exercise to improve our heart. We keep our brains active. We check our diet to ensure our digestive organs stay fit. But our skin often takes the brunt of external and internal abuse.

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From soothing your skin to smoothing your skin – our London skin expert does it all!

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

London skin expert from Elan Medical Skin Clinics can smooth and soothe your skin

In our last blog we talked about soothing lumps, bumps, rashes and itchy skin, this time it’s all about smoothing and rejuvenating our skin.

As well as having more than 30 years’ experience in dermatology, Elan Medical Skin Clinic director, Sue Ibrahim, has spent many years honing her cosmetic dermatology services. This means she can offer exceptional quality treatments including skin fillers, wrinkle relaxing injections, skin peels and plasma soft surgery.

Wrinkle reducing injections

Done properly, no-one should be able to tell you’ve had wrinkle reduction. By choosing the right practitioner to achieve your aim, you can rest assured that your appearance will be improved yet remain completely natural.

Wrinkle-relaxing injections are one of the most popular cosmetic medical treatments for facial lines and wrinkles in the UK. Our award-winning nurse consultant, Sue Ibrahim, has more than 15 years’ experience in advanced wrinkle reduction procedures.

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London skin expert soothes your skin this summer

A woman touches her smooth skin - London skin expert, Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex, soothes your skin this summer

London skin expert, Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex, soothes your skin this summer

Skin rashes, itchy skin and general lumps and bumps seem all the more noticeable and irritating during the summer when our skin is bared to the world.

The team at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and central London is led by Sue Ibrahim, a consultant nurse with more than 30 years’ dermatology experience. Sue knows skin, simple as that. She understands how certain health and skin problems can make you feel unhappy and self-conscious and what can be done to help alleviate your symptoms.

From acne, acne scarring, rosacea, melasma and psoriasis, to mole and cyst removal and treatments for dealing with excessive sweating, Sue uses the latest technology and up-to-date approaches to ensure the best results.

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Book your laser hair removal appointment with Amy from April

Elan Medical Skin Clinic's aesthetic therapist, Amy is pictured with her new baby boy, Charlie

Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s aesthetic therapist, Amy (pictured with Charlie when he was tiny) is returning in April

Elan Medical Skin Clinics in Rayleigh and central London is delighted to announce that Amy, our aesthetic therapist will be returning from maternity leave in April. So get in quick before her book fills up!

Amy is an experienced aesthetic therapist and her fields of expertise are:

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Sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline warns London skin expert

As if it wasn’t looking bad enough for sugar, our London skin expert Sue Ibrahim from Elan Medical Skin Clinics is warning clients about the effects it can have on our skin.

From acne to ageing, wrinkles to blemishes, sugar has a lot to answer for. Sugar and high GI (glycemic index) foods lead to a spike in insulin levels and this causes inflammation throughout our bodies. Sugar also binds to collagen making the skin stiff. The technical term for this is a process called glycation. It’s simple really: less sugar equals better skin – and the results can very often be seen in just a week.

Insulin spikes are linked to acne breakouts and can cause the skin to appear red and inflamed. This is because inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

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London skin expert puts the spotlight on keloid and hypertrophic scars

A lovely young woman smiling. Do you have scars that bother you? Speak to Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex

Do you have scars that bother you? Speak to Sue Ibrahim at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex

Scarring of the skin can cause considerable upset and embarrassment. At Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh, Essex, our nurse consultant in dermatology, Sue Ibrahim, has more than 30 years’ experience in dealing with skin conditions. If you have a scar that causes you to feel unhappy and embarrassed about your appearance, please contact us today.

When a wound heals, it leaves a scar. A keloid is a special type of scar that grows too much and can even become larger than the original wound. Most people never get keloids and others get them after the most minor of injuries. Keloids look like exaggerated scars: they are raised above the skin around them and they are sometimes domed in shape.

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