Posts Tagged 'dermal fillers'

The eyes have it, says London skin expert

Two beautiful women show off their eyes - Rejuvenate your eyes at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Rejuvenate your eyes at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex

Our eyes say so much about us. They reveal our happiness, sorrow, physical wellbeing and sometimes our age. How many times has the morning after a boozy night been given away by our puffy, red eyes?! And where do we concentrate most of our make-up techniques and beauty products?

Get a helping hand to ensure your eyes look radiant and rejuvenated from Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Essex. Our resident skin expert, Sue Ibrahim has more than 30 years’ experience in dermatology and more than 20 in wrinkle reducing injections and dermal fillers.

Smooth laughter lines

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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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Aftercare is as important as your treatment says London skin expert

Elan Medical DermaActives has recently launched DermaRecovery Stem Cell Cream, a brand new powerful skin rejuvenating aftercare cream that revitalises and nourishes ageing and traumatised skin.

Elan Medical DermaActives has recently launched DermaRecovery Stem Cell Cream, a brand new powerful skin rejuvenating aftercare cream that revitalises and nourishes ageing and traumatised skin.

Having a new skin treatment is very exciting – but please don’t forget your aftercare warns Sue Ibrahim, the skin expert at Elan Medical Skin Clinics in central London and Rayleigh Essex.

Following skin treatments such as veinwave, chemical peels, laser treatment, fractional skin resurfacing, plasma soft surgery, dermal fillers and wrinkle reduction our skin can become highly sensitive. This means that it is more prone to infection, which can lead to scaring. The solution? Ensure you use aftercare products that are:

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Dramatic results with wrinkle reduction and dermal fillers at Elan Medical Skin Clinic

Masters of dermal fillers have an exceptional knowledge of the skin. Sue Ibrahim is an award-winning nurse consultant in dermatology with more than 30 years’ experience in this area and more than 20 years’ experience of skin fillers and wrinkle injections.

With her guidance and knowledge you can expect transformational results. But don’t just take our word for it – take a look at these impressive before and after photos!


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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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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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Who do you trust to treat your face?

Hardly a week goes by without us receiving desperate calls from anxious members of the public worried that their Botox or skin filler treatment has gone horribly wrong. In the vast majority of cases, the person concerned has a treatment at a conveyor belt “Botox Party” or from a beauty salon where a visiting nurse or doctor visits once a month to carry out treatments. Many of these practitioners dabble in medical aesthetics as a way of supplementing their income. They flit from venue to venue offering cut price treatments having had no more than a half day course in administering Botox and skin fillers. Then when complications occur, they are difficult to get hold of, never answer their mobile phones and are told by the salon that the practitioner will not be back again for 4 weeks.

The medical aesthetic industry is unregulated in England. This means that anyone can open a clinic and administer skin filler injections. Even though Botox is a prescription only medication, illegal supplies of Botox are being administered by beauty therapists, hairdressers without the patient ever seeing a doctor or prescribing nurse.

So how do you ensure that your face will be in a safe pair of hands?

Sue Ibrahim, is a Dermatology Nurse Consultant with over 15 years experience within the medical aesthetic industry. This is her advice on choosing a practitioner:

  • Make sure your practitioner is a medical doctor registered with the GMC or a registered nurse that is registered with the NMC. Ask for their registration numbers; check them out.
  • Ask your practitioner how many procedures like the one you are seeking they carry out on a weekly basis and for how many years they have been in practice.
  • Ask you practitioner how often they visit the location in which you are being treated. If it is only once every few weeks then consider what you will do if something goes wrong.
  • Ask your practitioner how many complications they have had to deal with over the past year. If the practitioner say that they never have any complications then consider this:

If a practitioner has never had a complication, then they are not treating many people.

If a practitioner has never dealt with a complication, will they know what to do if you have a complication?

  • Can the practitioner show you before and after photographs of their work? If they can only show you photos from glossy manufacturers leaflets then be wary.
  • Can the practitioner supply testimonials of their work from other clients? Or are there existing clients sitting in the waiting room who look confident in the practitioner.
  • Can the practitioner show you evidence that they hold indemnity insurance for the treatments they cary out?
  • Does the premises look fit for purpose? Is the procedure being carried out in a clinical environment? If not, you may be at a greater risk of post treatment infection.
  • Have you received a thorough medical consultation prior to treatment? Has the practitioner explained the side effects and adverse reaction than can and do occur.
  • Have you been offered a cooling off period between consultation and treatment or is the practitioner trying to talk you in to having a treatment there and then.
  • Have you been offered a written set of after-care instructions prior to treatment?
  • Have you been offered a follow-up appointment to assess the results of your treatment?
  • Do not be afraid of changing your mind about going ahead with treatment, even if the practitioner is holding the syringe in their hand. You are entitled to refuse your Consent to treatment at any point during the treatment session.

It is your face and if you are not 100% confident that you are being treated by the right practitioner, then walk away. 

Further information on this topic can be found on the NHS Choices Website.




Beach bodies at the ready

bikini_rockThe drinks are chilling, the BBQ is scrubbed and ready for action, perhaps you’ve even got a music festival or two to look forward to. Now there’s just the small task of getting your body fit for the big reveal…

Get the strimmer out

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Botox – fact and fiction

For some, having Botox* injections are a normal part of their regular beauty regime and something they barely give a second’s thought. Others want to grow old as nature intended. If you are one of the many in the middle, who would love to reduce the signs of ageing but have some reservations about going down the non-surgical wrinkle injection route, then hopefully this blog will answer a few of your questions.

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