Collagen Loss – Causes and Treatments

May 3rd, 2016

What are the physical signs of collagen loss?

Collagen loss results in loss of skin elasticity, sagging, forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s-feet, smile lines, lip lines, marionette lines (the lines framing your mouth).

You may also notice changes to the colour and texture of the skin as well as loss of volume.

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Before and after collagen PINN treatment

 When does loss of Collagen begin?

Facial ageing usually begins in your 20s when the firmness of your skin begins to decrease. Wrinkles, blemishes, and sunspots may also start to appear, becoming more pronounced with age. Of course, changes vary from person to person.

What contributes to Collagen Loss?

Facial ageing is caused by both internal and external factors. Internal (or chronological) factors happen over time and are caused by genetics and the natural ageing process. External (or environmental) factors are things in the world around you, including sun exposure, smoking, pollution, gravity, facial expressions, and sleep position. All of these factors can contribute to changes in the skin, as well as changes in facial bones.

What can we do to reverse collagen loss?

At MBNS we have a variety of options for helping to reverse Collagen loss and stimulate your own production of new collagen.

The links below will explain some of the options we offer, your nurse practitioner will help you decide which option is best for you;

 

IPL & Radio Frequency Skin Tightening

Collagen Stimulating Injections using Radiesse or Sculptra

Micro Needle and Collagen PIN

 

 

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Before (left) and after (right) – Collagen PIN treatment

 

Protect yourself from future damage

We also always advise using a broad spectrum SPF daily. Buy in our clinic and available to order by phone we advise one of the following clinically proven sunscreens.

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iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50

Formulated specifically for daily use and extended outdoor activities, ECLIPSE SPF 50+ is a unique fusion of scientifically advanced physical sunscreens – transparent titanium dioxide and micronized zinc oxide – coupled with pure vitamin E. This antioxidant-rich blend provides superior water-resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. ECLIPSE SPF 50+ is an ultra sheer, lightweight formula that absorbs quickly for a non-greasy matte finish.

BENEFITS
• Provides all-physical broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
• Ultra-sheer, fast absorbing with a weightless finish
• Water resistant
• Paraben-free

iS Clinical Extreme

EXTREME PROTECT SPF 30 provides unprecedented protection by combining broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and powerful antioxidants to mitigate oxidative solar damage. Featuring micro-fine zinc oxide and micro-encapsulated organic active sunscreens, EXTREME PROTECT SPF 30 offers the most advanced protection on the market.

BENEFITS
• Provides unprecedented multi-level broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
• Protects against environmental damage with Extremozyme® technology
• Reduces the appearance of erythema (sunburn)
• Hydrates, smoothes and softens
• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
• Provides an antioxidant-rich protective barrier
• Paraben-free

Call to order on 01844 213007 or visit our online store

Juvederm Masterclass with Dr Raj Acquilla

October 14th, 2015

IMG_7730At MBNS and Qutis clinics, our nurse practitioners are always  at the forefront of aesthetic treatments and are experts on facial anatomy.

We are constantly involved in continuing our professional development so as to give our patients the most cutting edge treatments and care.  This week, we were visited by  Dr Raj Acquilla who gave a masterclass on new injection techniques.

Our clinics use the Juvederm Vycross range of dermal fillers, which safely give the best sculpting effect.  Our nurses treat all areas including eye brow sculpting, nose reshaping, jaw and profile re-alignment.  These changes are dramatic yet subtle at the same time.

This advancement in dermal filler treatment definitely poses the question :   Why have plastic surgery when so much more can be done with a) expert nurse practitioners and b) Juvederm Vycross dermal fillers?  Why indeed!

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A subtle yet stunning Before and After image using Juvederm Vycross range of dermal fillers

We believe the ‘before and after’ pictures shown on the right answers that very question.  The profile of the patient has been subtly changed with dermal fillers and without the need for a face lift.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin, and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

Important guidelines before having a dermal filler treatment

October 9th, 2015

juvederm-03-smIt is good to know what to expect before you undertake a dermal filler treatment.  Our nurses have been treating patients for over 18 years now and we have thousands of happy clients!

Most of our clients here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics like to arrive 15 minutes early for their treatment.  This enables the removal of make up and they can then have comfort cream applied to their treatment area.  This greatly helps prevent discomfort during the procedure.

It is not advisable to have  a dermal filler injection very close to an important social event, in case you have a bruise or some swelling.

Book your treatments at least two weeks before, depending on your healing process.  Please avoid alcohol and aspirin/ibuprofen for 24 hours before and after treatment.

After your treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling, tenderness, a faint bubble like appearance and an itching sensation. This is a normal result of an injection.  These are temporary and generally disappear gradually over a period of 7 to 14 days.  If they continue or if any other reactions occur, please contact your nurse practitioner.

Avoid touching the treated area for 6 hours.  After that, light make-up can be applied and the area can be gently washed with soap and water.  If instructed by your nurse, gentle massage of the treated skin may begin 6 hours following the injections and should be conducted with clean scrubbed hands.  If you have pets, you should wash your hands before touching your treatment area.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as fillers for lipsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin,  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

Create incredible skin with Active Serum

September 30th, 2015

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Active Serum, the 3 in 1 serum

So what can Active Serum do for you?  Well it is amazing serum that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  it also diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation (that’s sun damage to you and me) and acne. It provides both rapid and long term results along with smoothing and softening skin texture  – ALL IN ONE LITTLE BOTTLE!

Active Serum usually produces results within a couple of days. Its potent activity will be noted upon application (it may sting a little bit – it is supposed to!).  Our nurses here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics recommend it to be used nightly.

Active Serum is excellent for all skin types and for all ages. This powerful botanical serum does not dry the skin – instead it leaves the skin moist and smooth.  It is the only product that will need at night time on your skin.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin, and fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) loves winter!

September 24th, 2015

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Childhood freckles are early signs of sun damaged skin

Although I’m not ready to talk winter, we must admit that the summer holidays have definitely gone and your skin needs to recover from all that UV light it experienced over the sunny months.   Your tan has now faded, along with the holiday memories, but in its place are little skin surface reminders that may not be so pleasant!

We here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics find that the phone begins ringing off its hook at this time of year as our patients want to book in for their IPL rejuvenation treatments.  This photo facial is perfect for removing the freckles and sun spots that have been caused from a bit too much sun exposure.  What may have looked like cute childhood freckles has turned into not so cute age spots (sometimes caused liver spots)!  Sometimes red veins appear too on the cheeks and nose area. But as our valued patients know, our nurses can zap these unwanted conditions away.

IPL intense light delivers a heat light energy to the sun damaged areas so removing these sun spots or red veins and at the same time, the light zaps into the dermis thus producing new collagen to develop.  This treatment initially leaves the skin a little hot and red, but the results are smoother skin and a peaches and cream complexion.

So why not book in for some IPL Photorejuvenation today.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as fillers for lipsIPL for permanent hair reduction,  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

Bring your skin back to health with IPL Photorejuvenation

September 15th, 2015

When the sun leaves its mark!

When the sun leaves its mark!

Are you looking for a post summer pick me up glow for your skin? Well now is the perfect time of year for sloughing off the dry skin left over from the hazy days of summer!  Now that the holidays are just a faded memory, have  you noticed that a few extra red veins and freckles have appeared?  If so, you need a special treatment!  We here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics recommend  IPL photorejuvenation to bring your skin back to health.

The sun has kissed your face, but along with what was initially a healthy glow, the rays have now left your skin feeling dry and probably pigmented (in other words,  freckles and sun spots!)

IPL photorejuvenation treatments take care of the surface pigmentation and at the same time the heat energy penetrates deep into the skin which blasts apart the collagen.

From this intrusion under the skin new collagen begins to form and rises to the surface to create a smoother more healthy and radiant skin tone.

So now is the perfect time to get that pigmentation, red veins and sun damaged skin taken care of before the Christmas party season begins (which will be upon us before we know it!)

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for permanent hair removal, or  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

Autumn Post Holiday Skin Repair

September 10th, 2015

So how was everyone’s summer holiday?  It may now only be a distant memory of sandy beaches and gorgeous cocktails!  Anyway, we hope you are all refreshed and relaxed and also happy the kids have returned to school!

Now you may be noticing that since you have got back from your trip, your skin has been kissed a little too much by the sun?  Can you see any pigmentation and sun spots? Have you also noticed that all that squinting at the sun has left its mark in the form of …..to put it nicely….a few little wrinkles?

Well,  in light of this, maybe it is time for to try our skin Sundowner treatments that could include…

FireandIceFacialImage011.  A Fire and Ice Medical facial which will hydrate the skin and open pores to allow the goodness of  vitamins and antioxidants to penetrate the skin and bring it back to health.

2.  Sunspot SOS treatment:  Zap away sunspots with IPL photorejuvenation treatments.  Target those areas to remove the pigmentation and at the same time blast into the collagen to allow the skin to produce more collagen to make the skin feel plumper and healthier.

3.  Squinting Wrinkle Treatment – wipe away the sun squints around the eyes with a IMG_0214muscle relaxing treatment.

So now it is time for you to take action! Call one of our clinics and get booked in!  Get “skin health ready” for the Autumn!

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin, or  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

Bare Minerals 2 for 1 offer at MBNS Clinic

September 9th, 2015

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ALL Bare Minerals products are on sale at MBNS for a limited time only

We just couldn’t wait to tell you about the great offer we have on at MBNS Clinic in Thame.

We are offering a buy one get the lower price one absolutely FREE  on Bare Minerals products for a limited time only.

This offer is only available in clinic and not online, so do call us on 01844 213007 and we can send anything too you.  Stocks are running low, so do get calling!

Remember:  when we deliver your Bare Minerals, postage is always FREE too!

Bare Minerals products contain 100% crushed minerals.  They also contain zinc which has healing properties meaning that they are great for your skin, never clogging and they also have an SPF which adds as extra protection against the damaging rays of the sun.  These minerals are so pure you can even sleep in your make up! (So the occasional late night without removing make up is OK!)

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin, or  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre and post treatment guidelines for IPL permanent hair removal

August 11th, 2015

img-surgeryAdviceWe here at MBNS and Qutis clinics have been safely carrying out  IPL permanent hair removal treatments for over 15 years.

This particular treatment needs to be undertaken when the patient has no active suntan – or accidental sun exposure…  This is because the intense pulsed energy light is attracted to pigment and it sees the dark hairs it needs to remove BUT if there is a suntan, it will see that change in the skin pigment also. This means that not be able to distinguish between the areas of pigment resulting in the area becoming too hot and therefore you could experience a burn.

Here are the guidelines for pre and post IPL Hair Removal treatment:

Do I need to shave beforehand?

For the initial patch test, you will not need to prepare the area as this will be done by our practitioner. However, it is advisable that you ‘close shave’ the area before treatment to avoid shaving rash and discomfort, it is best that patients come shaved to their subsequent hair removal appointments.

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    SPF 50 available in 3 shades from our online shop

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    Super Serum – on special offer this month of August 2015 at our online shop

Fake tans and gentle daily tanning creams should also not be applied for 2 weeks prior to treatment.

Aerobic exercise should be avoided for 24 hours.

Quick lukewarm showers are recommended.  Please avoid hot baths for 24 hours.

Following treatment, If your skin becomes broken or a blister appears, it is important to notify the clinic and your nurse will advise you accordingly.

If further treatment is required, a commitment to avoid direct sunlight is necessary.  As mentioned previously, if you have sun exposure and do not tell us about it, certain complications may occur following Laser/IPL treatment, such as pigmentation and burning.

SHEALD

iS Clinical SHEALD® healing balm will be applied by your nurse  immediately after treatment. This will take the heat out of your skin. If your skin continues to feel prickly or hot we recommend that you purchase some SHEALD for home use. You may also wish to apply cold packs, aloe vera or iS Clinical Hydra Cool Serum.Hydra Cool

Sun exposure, Including fake tanning lotions and spray tans are to be avoided for at least 3 weeks before treatment and then for the following 3 weeks. We strongly advise patients to protect their skin with one of our pharmaceutical grade moisturising SPFs, such as iS Clinical SPF 50 or SPF 30, which should be applied daily. Further UV protection can be gained by combining iS Clinical Super Serum Advance + with your iS Clinical SPF.

After your treatment, makeup may be applied as long as your skin is not broken.

For IPL and Laser Hair Removal patients, avoid removing any hair follicles by the root (plucking, waxing or hair removal creams),  only trimming is recommended between treatments.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin,  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.

What’s so great about the Fire and Ice Facial?

August 7th, 2015

FireandIceFacialImage01The Fire and Ice Medical facial that we love here at MBNS and Qutis Clinics is the perfect solution to problematic skin without all the downtime of chemical peels.

The Fire and Ice Medical facial gives  you a clinically intensive botanical resurfacing treatment with a unique combination of pharmaceutical grade serums and complexes.  It resurfaces in a controlled way, it encourages cellular renewal and it brightens and hydrates…what more could you need!

Firstly your practitioner will cleanse the skin with the Cleansing Complex,  This is a powerful but gentle blend of hydroxy acids combined with vitamin A C and E.  It cleanses without stripping essential natural oils.

The Intense Resurfacing Mask – the hot one!  It combines pure and potent cane extract with retinol and vitamin B3 to provide a rapid and controlled exfoliation. without peeling or downtime.

The skin is cleansed again before applying the cool rejuvenating mask.  This blue ‘ice’ mask contains aloe, green tea and licorice root which soothes and reduces inflammation, speeds up wound healing and stimulates collagen synthesis.

Next it is time for the Super Serum which lightens, brightens and tightens.  Pro heal can sometimes be used if the patient has Rosacea.

Hydra Cool Serum is applied next.  It hydrates from the inside out.

Youth Eye Complex is applied to the eye area.   It is excellent for fine lines and dark circles.

Moisturising Complex – contains Vitamins A, B5 and E and has collagen boosting ingredients to hydrate, soothe and provide superior anti-oxidant protection from daily environmental damage. A beautiful rich but lightweight daily moisturiser.

Finally sealing all this goodness in is the Extreme Protect Factor 30 sunscreen which protects the skin with potent antioxidants and hydrators. It also has a special technology that can repair existing DNA damage and protect against further damage.

If you would like to find out more about the many skin treatments and products we have at MBNS and Qutis Clinics, such as wrinkle treatmentsIPL for the removal of sun damaged skin, or  fat dissolving injections, kindly call MBNS on 01844 213007 or Qutis on 01993 704050 and we will get back to you swiftly. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us by email, CLICK HERE for MBNS and CLICK HERE for Qutis.