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Revolutionary Treatment For Under Eye
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a new skin rejuvenating treatment – Tixel. Tixel is a ground breaking new treatment that can be used to effectively treat a number of different issues and skin types.
The main point of Tixel treatment is to strengthen the fragile skin around the eyes. This skin is thin in the first place, and, after menopause, collagen production tails off, meaning the skin’s ability to repair and regenerate itself is very limited.
Tixel can be used to treat:
Dark circles around eyes
Wrinkles and fine lines
The most popular of the three treatment options, Ablative treatments are more intensive and used to treat acne scarring and wrinkles. This treatment gives results comparable to CO2 laser skin resurfacing, but the treatment itself has been designed to be less painful and to have a shorter recovery period.
This is a less intensive treatment option with little to no downtime for people who are unable to fit more intensive treatments into their schedule. It can be used in to treat the same issues as Ablative treatment, but an increased number of treatments would be needed.
Tixel uses controlled heat energy to encourage the renewal of skin. The specially designed hand piece is made from a grid of pyramids, which transfer heat when they come into contact with the skin, creating micron sized pores in the upper layers of the skin. The healing process after treatment encourages the skin to rejuvenate and refresh as well as encouraging collagen.
What is Tixel treatment used for?
Tixel has multiple rejuvinative applications including reducing wrinkles and lines, treating sunspots and pigmentation and reducing the appearance of scars such as acne scarring.
How many treatments make up a course?
The number of treatments depends on the individual, skin type and issue. Before any treatment you would have a consultation with a medical practitioner how will be able to design an individual treatment plan for you. Most commonly the average number of treatments is 3-4.
How much does Tixel treatment cost?
Is the treatment painful?
Tixel is designed to be more comfortable than other rejuvenating laser treatments. For more intensive treatments an anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to increase comfort further.
How much downtime is involved?
Tixel is designed for reduced downtime. Commonly after treatment most people experience swelling, redness and warmth for several hours. More intensive treatments can leave crusting after treatment, which usually subsides after 3 days and can be reduced with moisturiser.
How long does it take to see results?
Results vary from person to person, depending on the individual treatment plan. On average our clients report seeing visible results after 1-2 months from the first treatment date.
The Aging Effects of UV Rays
Too much sun causes wrinkles and other signs of aging, not to mention skin cancer.
Damage from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause your skin to age prematurely think wrinkles. The good news is that premature aging due to UV rays is largely preventable. By taking steps to avoid excessive sun exposure and protecting your skin when you’re in the sun, you can help keep your skin healthier and postpone wrinkles for years to come.
The Sun’s Spectrum of Ultraviolet Rays
Radiation energy emitted from the sun reaches the earth in the form of UV rays. Ozone in the Earth’s atmosphere provides some protection, but the breakdown of the ozone layer that has occurred over the past few decades is making us even more vulnerable to UV rays damage.
Two types of UV rays reach the earth, UVA and UVB (the sun also emits UVC rays, but these are absorbed by the earth's atmosphere). UVA rays are the rays that cause tanning as well as wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, and UVB rays cause sunburns and skin cancer. But both ultimately damage your skin. UV rays are more powerful during the summer months. They are also stronger in high altitude areas and the closer you get to the equator — geographic factors that increase your risk of premature aging.
When UV rays reach your skin, they interact with a natural chemical in the skin called melanin. Melanin is your first line of protection and absorbs UV rays in order to shield your skin against sun damage; this chemical reaction is what gives skin a tan. When the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to exceeds the protection provided by melanin, however, you get a sunburn.
Repeated overexposure to UV rays can lead to various forms of skin damage including:
Age spots, freckles, and other discolorations
Scaly red patches, called actinic keratoses, thought to be the beginnings of skin cancer
Tough, leathery skin that feels and looks dry and rough
As if these signs of aging weren’t enough, the sun causes numerous types of skin cancer, including life-threatening melanoma; eye damage such as cataracts, which impair vision; and a weakened immune system, leaving you less able to fight off infections.
You can help protect your skin from wrinkles and other sun damage with the following steps:
Use sunscreen. Every day, generously apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, choosing products that provide what’s called “broad spectrum” protection against both UVA and UVB rays. When you’re in the sun for prolonged periods of time, reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Wear protective clothing. Whenever possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to further shield your skin from the sun. Consider clothes made from fabrics with built-in SPF.
Avoid peak sun hours. Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day, usually from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are at their most intense.
Follow the UV Index. The UV Index is a daily indicator of how much UV radiation is expected to reach the earth — think of it as a pollen count reading for your skin.
Never use tanning beds. Tanning beds emit the same UV rays that come from the sun, so skip them. Contrary to popular belief, they are not a "safer" way to tan.
Bronze yourself with sunless tanning products. If you like the look of sunkissed skin, consider do-it-yourself tanning products or splurge on a salon spray-on tan. But remember to still use sunscreen and take all other precautions against UV rays when you’re going to be outside.
While the sun may feel warm and inviting, exposure to UV rays comes at a cost. Take steps to protect yourself from the havoc that sun damage can wreak on your skin.
ULTRAcel delivers non surgical skin tightening and lifting as well as addressing fine lines and wrinkles. The result is fresh, glossy and smooth looking skin. It's safe, clinically proven and taking the UK by storm. Micro-Needling with RF, Surface Radio frequency and Ultrasound techniques combined result to lift not just the skin, but the deep muscle layer underneath, which was previously only reached by surgical facelifts. Together they create the most complete non-surgical face lifting technology : The ULTRA - Effect
Frequently asked questions:
When will I see results?
The skin will begin to feel smoother, tighter and lifted immediately after the first treatment.
Results from the treatment will continue to improve for up to six months, increasing with additional treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
Your consultant will discuss your bespoke treatment pathway, however most patients take between 1-3 treatments.
What after care routine should I follow?
It is recommended to use a medically proven skin care regime such as Obagi Medical Products.
How long before I can return to normal activities?
Most patients are able to return to their normal routine straight away.
Laser Hair Removal
Ridding our bodies of every inch of its hair, sans our heads and our eyebrows is now a general part of modern day personal upkeep. Yet despite the extremities we will now go to, to be silky smooth all over, the "anti-hair" movement isn't exactly a recent phenomenon.
Hair removal has been documented right back to Ancient Egypt, where the women removed all the hair from their bodies, including that on their heads, with tweezers (made from seashells), pumice stones, or early beeswax and sugar based waxes. The trend to be bare continued throughout the decades slowing mutating to what it is today. But perhaps the most important milestone was the release of the first women’s electric razor by Remington in 1940. This invention meant being hairless was a quick and easy feat and with no need for overtly painful and time consuming routines. Then came the 60s with its beach babe vibe and with it it brought to fame the "bikini line’’. Since then, consumers have increasingly been willing to pay for services to achieve the desired and precise look.
Hair removal technologies have thankfully improved vastly over the years; long gone are the seashell tweezers and even eclectic razors have been relegated in favour of waxing. But for those who take hair removal seriously, or for those who find waxing useless against their thick ,dark and relentless hair growth, there really is only one treatment worth looking into and that is laser hair removal.
This high-tech innovation, called 'Selective Photothermolysis' sends a beam of light to damage hair follicles. The heat generated by the laser light both injures the follicle and inhibits future growth, all while leaving the skin completely unharmed. The treatment can be preformed on several areas of the body from the face, back, and even intimate areas, and for this reason has become increasingly popular not only amongst women but also men.
While waxing is still relevant today, it’s laser that is at the forefront of this booming trend owing to its reasonable cost and long term effects. Here at Estetica we understand the growing demand and that is why our expert laser hair removal treatment team are able to assess consumers and advise on the best course of treatment in order to achieve their desired look at a reasonable outlay.
Our clients are becoming more educated about the lasting benefits of this method of hair removable and while not all candidate will be suitable for laser treatment, those that are understand the long-term savings and the convenience of never having to worry about unsightly hairs ever again.
If you would like to enquire about how laser treatments could help you please get in touch today Call Estetica on 01932 570 099 to arrange your initial consultation and to find out how we can help you.