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Focusing upon skincare practices and treatments


RF Therapy

17th January 2019

Radio Frequency therapy (RF) is a non-surgical means of “reshaping” the body and the face from beneath the superficial layer of the skin. This method uses devices specifically designed to treat men and women’s most common skin aging areas of concerns, such as wrinkles, jowls, excess fatty tissue and cellulite.

RF therapy utilizes radiofrequency waves which generate heat energy for tissue remodelling and production of elastin and new collagen within the dermal layer. Unlike invasive procedures, which primarily affect the most superficial layers of the skin, the resulting heat from the Radiofrequency treatment works mainly on the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, without affecting the upper layers that are above it such as the epidermis. This heat promotes contraction of the underlying tissues. These soft tissues compress, realign, and produce new collagen, a process that normally takes many months to complete. With healthy new collagen present from the deepest level of the skin, exposing such soft tissues to further Radiofrequency waves help sculpt and tighten those tissues into a more youthful and elastic surface. A course of treatment is always recommended for results.

Benefits for Women Benefits for Men

Cellulite Reduction: Adipose tissue and fats cause cellulite therefore the heat coming from the RF treatment diminishes the bulging of excess fatty tissues by breaking down these fatty areas.  Men don’t get cellulite due to the differences in male/female tissues.

Fat Reduction: The heat generated by the RF treatment causes some body fats to melt and be drained into the body’s excretory system, thereby producing a result at par or equal to surgical means of losing body fats. 

Skin tightening: During RF treatment deep-seated soft tissues from under the skin are stimulated which facilitates healing through the production of new collagen tissues that are reactive towards the RF waves. This in turn tightens the skin and reduces the signs of ageing. 

Body Contouring: RF therapy can help re-shape the body (in conjunction with diet and exercise) or after weight loss, to tighten the underlying skin structures which in turn help re-shape the body. 

Common side effects with RF Therapy

 Redness on the skin area being treated

 Mild swelling to the area being treated

 Over-sensitivity of treated area

Other potential side effects

 Burns

 Outcome is not always the same for all people

 Permanent scarring

 Skin pigmentation

 Open sores

 Deeper skin fat loss

 Infections 

At DermalEssence we offer RF therapy for non-surgical face lifts and body contouring.  For best results, we recommend this therapy is combined with mesotherapy and LED therapy and a course of treatments are booked.

IPL Hair Removal

6th December 2018

What is IPL?

How does IPL work?

IPLs manipulate the use of light, which is absorbed by melanin in the hair and this damages the follicle. Over time the hair becomes weaker and eventually stops growing. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is not a laser, but emits a spectrum of colours and wavelengths that reduces hair growth unlike a laser, which delivers one single wave of red light and permanently removes the hair follicle.

Anyone having a hair reduction treatment programme using an IPL machine will find that there will be some regrowth, so areas would need to be redone, possibly every six to 12 months.

Who is IPL suitable for?

Some IPL devices won’t work if skin is too dark or hair is too light, as they are designed to lock if it is not safe to use. Most machines have at least three intensity levels and the one chosen is mainly based on your pain threshold, although some devices come with advice as to which power setting to use, which is based on your skin tone. Experts advise starting low and working your way up.

What is the treatment protocol?

Skin must be freshly shaved before use. Although some advice is to wax, waxing removes the hair and follicle and this is what is targeted through IPL, therefore it needs to be there under the skin in order to treat it with the IPL.

At DermalEssence we offer IPL to all our clients and are able to treat any area below the cheek bones.  There are contraindications therefore a detailed health assessment is undertaken via questionnaire prior to any treatment programme is commenced.

An ongoing series of informational entries

What is mesotherapy?

November 23, 2018

What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is a highly effective rejuvenating treatment, replacing hyaluronic acid, vitamins, amino acids and growth factors which provides the skin with deep hydration, toning benefits and cell regeneration. The transdermal delivery of these active ingredients (that decrease as we age) help to reduced skin sagging, provide cellular nutrition and offer overall antiageing properties to the skin.

Non-Surgical Intervention

Mesotherapy is a safe, natural alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures and is ideal for dry, dehydrated and dull skin or simply to be used as a skin boost. Treatment can be applied to the whole face, neck, chest and hands. The treatments can tone and tighten sagging skin, reduce fine lines and repair free radical damage. Clients describe their skin as firm, radiant, youthful and glowing as a result of Mesotherapy treatment. Hair loss (male/female pattern baldness) can also be treated using Mesotherapy blends and can stimulate hair regrowth to restore thicker hair.

What is Nappage Mesotherapy?

Nappage Mesotherapy is the process of delivering the mesotherapy cocktails to the skin via a series of extremely superficial micro needling, which allows for transportation of the products to the dermal layer where cellular interaction takes place. Using a very fine needle to slightly break the surface of the skin the mesotherapy cocktails nourish and rejuvenate the skin, promoting the production of collagen, strengthening elastin fibres and stimulating metabolism.

Treatment Programme

A series of six weekly treatments is advised to achieve the benefits of the mesotherapy properties to gain the maximum improvement. After this, monthly treatments are recommended to maintain smoother, healthy and hydrated skin. One-off treatments are extremely popular for special occasions for instant glowing. 

Male/Female Pattern Baldness

November 27, 2018

Male/Female Pattern Baldness

Male pattern hair loss (also known as androgenetic alopecia) affects all men to some degree as they grow older. Progressive thinning of the hair on the head eventually leads to baldness. The hair loss usually begins at the temples, with the hairline gradually receding. In females, it typically presents as a thinning of the hair. Male pattern hair loss is believed to be due to a combination of genetics and the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. The cause in female pattern hair loss remains unclear.

Role of Testosterone in Male Pattern Baldness

Testosterone is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) in men and is needed for normal reproductive and sexual function. In the body, testosterone is converted to DHT by an enzyme (5-alpha reductase). DHT acts on different organs in the body including the hair follicles. In some cases, these genes are passed on through the family that make men more likely to have androgenetic alopecia. In men with these genes, the hair follicles are more sensitive to DHT. This leads to hair follicle miniaturization (where the hairs growing from the follicles become thinner and shorter with each cycle of growth) at a younger age. The balding process is gradual and only hair on the scalp is affected.

How common is male pattern baldness?

Baldness in men is a very common condition, affecting around 6.5 million men in the UK. Most men will experience male pattern baldness to some degree by the time they are in their 60s. Other men will experience it as early as their 20s and 30s. Frequently, the first sign of male pattern baldness is a receding hairline, followed by a gradual thinning of the hair and then more widespread hair loss.

How can male/female pattern baldness be treated?

Treatment of androgenic alopecia include aromatherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, wigs, hairpieces and hair transplants. Current practices using Nappage or Fractional Mesotherapy have also had good results in restoring the strength of the hair follicle, thus promoting renewed hair growth.  F-HAIR MEN treats effectively alopecia with a blend of peptides, growth factors, organic silicium, pantenol and hyaluronic acid. It preserves hair follicle stem cell (HFSC) activity, modulates DHT via 5-α reductase activity inhibition, stimulates ECM renewal, anchoring proteins synthesis and decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines. The acetyl tetrapeptide-3 is a highly innovative active combining a patented four amino acids biomimetic peptide with a red clover extract rich in Biochanin A. Their efficacy is based on the combined action of its two ingredients, allowing direct action on DHT preventing the hair cycle to shorten and hair follicle miniaturization, improving the ECM proteins in dermal papilla surrounding hair bulb for better anchoring in the scalp. They also prevent inflammation which is a contributing factor in hair loss.

At DermalEssence

Mesotherapy is used to treat the skin and body, including Androgenic Alopecia in both men and women. A current hair restoration programme is due to commence on the 6th December, lasting for 6 weeks, in order to provide a base of evidence into the effectiveness of F-Hair men using Mesotherapy techniques.