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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Registered Ear Piercing in Rayleigh

The families in Rayleigh, Hockley, Canvey and Southend  have been coming to our clinic for ear piercing for the past 20 years. Why? Because we only ever pierce with 9ct Gold earrings and we are a registered medical clinic. 

We always stock a wide range of 9ct yellow gold and white gold studs at our clinic in Rayleigh. We are happy to pierce children under the age of 18 providing they are accompanied by a parent. We cannot accept letters from parents I’m afraid, as the parent will need to sign the consent form.

There is no evidence behind the claims that ear piercing can help in the treatment of migraines.

There has been a of interest in ear cartilage piercing as a treatment for migraine. As elan Medical Skin clinic is registered medical clinic and there is no evidence that ear piercing works for the treatment of migraines, we do not offer this procedure. The Migraine Trust confirms this in a recent blog post. However, there is a lot of evidence behind Botox treatment for migraine sufferers.

Registered ear piercing in Rayleigh

We are also able to repair torn earlobes from previous piercings.

Torn ear lobes can occur if the earrings worn are too heavy, or have been pulled to hard. They also occur more frequently when ears are pierced too low down the ear lobe.
At our clinic in Rayleigh High Street, we can surgical repair these torn ear lobed at one of our weekly minor surgery clinics. The procedure takes around 45 minutes. You will leave the clinic with some tiny sutures in the ear and you will need to return to the clinic in Rayleigh approximately two weeks later to have your sutures removed.

Torn ear lobe repair

Once the ear lobe has been repaired, you are advised to leave it a year before having your ear pierced over the site of the scar. Although you can have your ear pierced adjacent to the scar within weeks of surgery. Most people return to the clinic in Rayleigh around six weeks following surgery to have their ear re-pierced.
If you would like your ears-pierced professionally, in a proper clinic environment or you have an ear-lobe tear that you would like repaired, then just give our clinic in Rayleigh a call on 01268 770660 or Contact Us via the website.

Plasma Soft Surgery

Do you have hooded eyelids or eye bags? At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we have the technology to treat these using Fractional Skin Resurfacing and next month we are launching our Plasma Soft Surgery Medical Device.

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

Plasma is a relatively new innovation in the aesthetic medical world. This extremely accurate instrument works by ionising the gas particles in the air between its tip and the skin to form plasma. An electrical arc is created, which turns a solid into gas. As no heat is transferred to the surrounding area, there is minimal damage to the surrounding skin. There is a small downtime following treatment but results should last as long as they would with invasive surgery. No cutting, no sutures.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we do not embark on new technology until there is a wealth of clinical evidence to show that the treatment is safe and that the results are clinically proven.

Plasma soft surgery is not just for eye bags and hooded eyelids, it can also treat other skin imperfections but our clinic director, Sue Ibrahim believes in offering our patients the best result and by specialising in the brow lift and non-surgical blepharoplasty, she can hone her skills and expertise in offering the safest and most effective results.

“I have worked in cosmetic dermatology for almost 20 years and during this time it is always eyebags and eyelid hoods that have been the most difficult areas to correct without going under the knife. We have had a lot of success with Fractional Skin Resurfacing with Radiofrequency but there are still some clients that are not suitable candidates for this treatment. Eyelid hood, for example are impossible to treat using this method. So we are delighted to be offering the the Plasma Soft Surgery Device into the clinic within the next few weeks”

 Sue Ibrahim

If you would like to discuss how Plasma Soft Surgery can help rejuvenate your eye area, then book your Consultation today.

Sugar and The Skin

The Science behind the sugar debate

Sugar has no essential nutrients and simply contributes kilojoules.  Dietary Guidelines from the NHS Choices website recommends we limit sugar from our diet as it adds unnecessary calories, and like refined starches, it increases dental decay. However, there is no evidence that a totally sugar-free diet is needed. The World Health Organization advises limiting added sugars to less than 10% of total energy to prevent dental caries, obesity, and chronic disease. NHS Choices recommends that added sugars should be limited to less than 5% of total energy intake as a strategy for preventing excess weight (which is a risk factor for heart disease).

Sugar is the enemy of the skin

There is no scientific support for avoiding fruits and vegetables because of their natural sugar content. These foods also provide dietary fibre (which is nature’s obstacle to over consumption) as well as minerals and vitamins. Research also shows that consumption of fruit and vegetables helps control weight.

Research shows that fructose is problematic only in excess, and the basic problem in most cases is simply the extra kilojoules from a high intake of fructose. Research also shows that anyone who exercises regularly and pre-menopausal women, will be unlikely to have problems with fructose.

Sugar does not fulfil any official definition of ‘addictive’, although once our taste buds become used to sweetness, some people will overindulge in sweet foods.

Sugar or high-glycemic foods quickly convert to sugar. This in turn raises insulin levels and puts unnatural demands on your body to deal with the food you just ate.  Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what our skin expert, Sue Ibrahim, states as “Inflammatory responses in the skin”. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as glycation. 

Sugars – Acne, insulin resistance, pigmentation and facial hair growth

Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Plus, the more sugar you eat, the more likely it is you’ll develop insulin resistance, which can manifest as excess hair growth (hirsutism) and dark patches on the face, neck and in body creases.

Should I eliminate sugar from my diet altogether?

The most extreme form of a sugar-free diet restricts all foods that contain added sugars as well as fruit and any vegetables that contain natural sugars such as peas, carrots and parsnips. The less extreme form of the diet permits fruit (but not juices) and vegetables and restricts all added sugars, honey and processed foods that contain sugars such as sugar-sweetened drinks, confectionery, sweet snacks, biscuits, cakes, pastries, ice cream and desserts, sweetened yoghurt, most breakfast cereals, sauces, soups and marinades.

Some sugar-free diets claim that sugar is addictive and must be totally eliminated to ‘cure’ the addiction. However, there is no scientific support for avoiding fruits and vegetables because of their natural sugar content. These foods also provide dietary fibre (which is nature’s obstacle to over consumption) as well as minerals and vitamins. Research also shows that consumption of fruit and vegetables helps control weight.

Research shows that fructose is problematic only in excess, and the basic problem in most cases is simply the extra kilojoules from a high intake of fructose. Research also shows that anyone who exercises regularly and pre-menopausal women, will be unlikely to have problems with fructose.

How to cut down on sugar

  • Avoid foods that do not contain any necessary nutrients – for example, soft drinks and confectionery, biscuits and pastries.
  • Limit cakes and sugary desserts.
  • Read the ingredient list on breakfast cereals. Best sugar-free choices include oats or a quality muesli (check the ingredient list rather than the total sugars as this will include naturally occurring sugars in dried fruit), or any wholegrain product with less than 3% total sugars.
  • Read the ingredient list on products such as marinades and sauces. If sugar occurs as one of the first three ingredients, look for a healthier choice or make your own ‘from scratch’ using wine, different flavoured vinegars (for example cider or balsamic) plus extra virgin olive oil, any herbs or spices or garlic or onion.
  • Choose natural yoghurt and add your own fruit.

Watch out

Artificial sweeteners will also spike your insulin levels, so it is best to avoid them.

Sensible eating also involves long-term commitment so it’s usually best to avoid going to extremes as this can lead to feelings of deprivation. For example, it makes more sense to ask for a small serving of birthday cake or to share a small dessert with a friend rather than avoid all treats and then break out and binge.

5 Reasons to Try Laser Hair Removal at ELAN Medical Skin Clinic

Here at Elan Medical Skin Clinic, we are committed to providing our patients with the most credible, effective aesthetic procedures in the UK. Laser Hair Removal can be an exceptional treatment that can change many client’s daily lives, but as the popularity of the procedure continues to soar; it can be difficult to find a viable and safe practitioner. Many high-street salons and discount websites offer Laser Hair Removal but lack the qualifications and experience necessary to execute the treatment safely to a professional standard.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic stands out from the crowd, as we are a nurse-led medical centre, registered with the Care Quality Commission that you can depend on. Our Medical Director Sue Ibrahim is a nurse consultant in dermatology, and in addition our resident laser practitioner is a fully qualified, registered nurse. So now you’ve found a trustworthy practitioner, what are the reasons to try Laser Hair Removal?

1. Premium Service and Premium Results

As part of our professional and outstanding treatment, we have one of the best and most reliable laser hair removal machines available. We are passionate about making our treatments accessible to all, and Soprano ICE can treat every skin tone, every shade of hair, on any part of the body, including the most intimate areas.

Here’s an example of a typical client’s experience

“Staff are very friendly and helpful. The treatment was thorough and very personalised and well done. Thank you!”

2. It lasts longer than other methods (can be permanent!)

Hair removal lasers have been used by dermatologists since 1997 and approved by the United States FDA as a method for “permanent hair reduction”. Although every person hair growth cycles differentiate based on the person and area of the body; our clients tend to see significant results from Laser Hair Removal in the first few sessions. Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s Laser Hair Removal encourages hair to grow slowly, as well as more fine and fair. It’s crucial to treat hair with Laser Hair Removal in the earliest phase of the hair growth cycle (also known as the anagen stage) to implement permanent results. If clients continue to keep up with appointments every 4-6 weeks at the beginning of their treatment, they can expect an increase in the effectiveness and longevity of the Laser Hair Removal. Clients may be asked to come into the clinic for further appointments dependent on the area being treated, hair coarseness, hormones and general health.

3. Laser Hair Removal is a lot less painful

The sensitiveness of Laser Hair Removal typically range from ‘painless’ to ‘the flicking of an elastic band upon your skin’ dependent on the area you are being treated on. However most agree that Laser Hair Removal is a relatively painless alternative to methods like hot waxing, electrolysis and epilating.

4. Laser Hair Removal is fast

Laser hair removal eliminates hair quite literally at the speed of light. Laser Hair Removal is ideal for targeting large surface areas effectively yet promptly. Laser hair removal sessions can take anywhere from 5 minutes for a facial treatment, to a maximum of 45 mins depending on which part of the body is being treated to a half hour for larger body areas. For example; our underarm treatment can be completed within 15 minutes, with our full Hollywood taking less than an hour. No debris or treatment remnants to wash off post-treatment, clients can focus on their life, without worrying about daily shaving.

5. Laser Hair Removal reduces ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are painful, irritating and difficult to heal, especially in sensitive areas. The most common practices that encourage ingrown hairs are shaving and waxing, as these methods tend to break the hair ruggedly. The chance of Elan Medical Skin Clinic clients experiencing this uncomfortable issue is massively reduced with Laser Hair Removal, as the hair follicle is targeted directly. After the hair follicle is killed and damaged, it can no longer support hair growth, eliminating ingrown hairs.

If you have any additional queries about the procedure, or would like to make an enquiry to see if you’re eligible for this effective treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly and insightful team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 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 Clinics in London and Essex, all new patients receive a thorough consultation and medical assessment prior to treatment.

Irritated Skin? We have the answer.

Irritated skin can be an absolute nightmare. It can prevent you from sleeping at night; it can drive you mad during the day. A red, spotty rash doesn’t look too good either.

So what can cause irritated skin?

Irritated skin can be a nightmare

One of the most common causes of an irritated skin is an allergy on an intolerance to a product, chemical or fabric. The most highly irritating substances can be fragrances, preservatives, detergents, solvents and other industrial chemicals.

Fabrics that can cause skin rashes are latex, rubber, lycra or elastane and even nylon. Metals such as the nikel found in buckles, buttons, watch straps and cheap jewellry can also cause an allergic reaction.

Insect bites and stings as well as other parasite infestations like scabies, cat and dog fleas can also cause allergic reactions.

If you suffer from eczema, any of the above can exacerbate  the condition.

The more you scratch, the more you will itch

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we can quickly find out what is causing your irritated skin and provide you with effective treatment to alleviate your discomfort within a short while. Our dermatology clinics in Essex and London are easily accessible and our Skin Expert, Sue Ibrahim, has over 30 years experience in dermatology.

So if you need help to diagnose and treat your skin rash, then book a dermatology consultation today. You can even read our clinic reviews and book your consultation online via our Online Booking Portal.

London skin expert offers useful guidance on the acne drug Roaccutane

Sue Ibrahim, Elan Medical Skin Clinic’s nurse consultant in dermatology, is keen to outline the facts about the acne drug Roaccutane – and to dispel some of the myths.

Woman talks to skin experts at central London's Elan Medical Skin Clinic about Roaccutane

Woman talks to skin experts at central London’s Elan Medical Skin Clinic about Roaccutane

Roaccutane is a brand name for the oral drug Isotretinoin, which is closely related to vitamin A. Oral Isotretinoin works in a variety of ways, targeting several of the factors that cause acne and other skin conditions including the production of sebum (an oily substance produced by the skin) and the production of keratin (outer scales of skin) that block the pores of the hair follicle and cause acne.

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The Unsafe, Unregulated Cosmetic Industry

Having worked within the field of cosmetic dermatology and cosmetic injectable treatments for almost twenty years, our medical director, Sue Ibrahim is seeing a sharp increase in the number of botched cosmetic procedures that are being carried out by beauticians, who claim to be ‘qualified’ in Botox and skin fillers.

Let us not forget that Botox is a prescription only medication that can only be prescribed by doctors and nurses with an additional prescribing qualification. This begs the question as to how these beauticians are getting hold of Botox in the first place?

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we only prescribe medications following a full consultation, including a clinical assessment, diagnoses and discussion of treatment options available, including no treatment at all. We assess the psychological as well as the physical needs of the people in our care. In short, we believe that these treatments are medical procedures not just a beauty treatment.

With a Dermatology Nurse Consultant you know your face is in a safe pair of hands.

With a Dermatology Nurse Consultant you know your face is in a safe pair of hands.

In the UK, all doctors must be registered with The General Medical Council and all nurses must be registered with The Nursing and Midwifery Council. As healthcare professionals we are fully accountable to these bodies, which means that if we act inappropriately we risk being ‘struck off’, no longer able to practice. All registered doctors and nurses must, by Law, hold indemnity insurance for the procedure they carry out. They must also provide evidence to their regulatory bodies that they receive on-going professional development.

Beauticians have no regulatory body, they are accountable to no one. They often work un-insured in non-clinical environments. Beauticians do not have the medical background to carry out medical consultations and clinical assessments prior to treatment. In many cases, treatments are undertaken without any discussion of the complications than can occur following treatment and what is worse is that, very often, the beautician is not even aware of the harm that can be caused if products are injected incorrectly.

At Elan Medical Skin Clinic we have an extremely low complication rates but we are constantly updating our medical skills so that if a complication does occur, we recognise it instantly and can prescribe and administer effective remedies instantly. Beauticians can be taught to recognise complications when they occur but they are unable to prescribe and treat these complications. This inevitably causes a delay in remedial treatment, leaving the client, YOU, at risk of further damage.

Elan Medical Skin Clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission and Sue Ibrahim is also registered with The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses and a regular contributor to The Safetyinbeauty Campaign.

You only have one face, one body, so please think very carefully when choosing where and who to go to for your next cosmetic treatment. And remember, good treatments are never cheap and cheap treatments are never good.



Spring is in the air!

It’s time to prepare your skin for the summer .

We have just passed the Spring Equinox, the clocks are about to change and now that the days are slowly starting to get longer and our mornings are brighter and warmer, there’s a real spring in the air.

In fact, as if from nowhere, spring has sprung. Everywhere you look, there are signs of new life – buds of colour bursting from the earth, baby animals prancing around the fields, and leaves and flowers blossoming from the trees.

Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air!

As we start to move into a new season, it’s the perfect time for giving your skin a boost and at Elan Medical Skin Clinic we would like to offer you £20 to use against either a DermaBright skin peel, LED Phototherapy or a Endymed 3 Deep treatment.

Why not book a course of LED Phototherapy sessions? A course of 6 weekly treatments is normally £320 but with your £20 discount it will only cost you £300! Want to try one session first? No problem, you can use your £20 against one session. This will mean one £59 session will only cost you £39.