The vampire Face Lift (PRP) step by step

This is a basic step by step video of me having the vampire facial, for more information on this treatment please see the post Vampire Face lift 

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Lynton Fractional Laser Resurfacing Peel

Before and during fractional laser resurfacing treatment

Before and during fractional laser resurfacing treatment

 

I haven’t had a skin treatment for a while and the acne blemishes and red marks were starting to build up on my face, so today I agreed to have a laser resurfacing treatment. I usually avoid ‘lasers’ – mainly because of the pain and down time. I’ve worked with other lasers and in most cases have found them to be extremely uncomfortable both during and post treatment, I hadn’t been convinced that the results were worth the torture. However today I have been proved different and have been converted to a laser lover.

The majority of skin treatments work the same; they cause a controlled trauma to the skin to force cell renewal. The fractional laser treatment from Lynton is no different, however this fractional laser is slightly different to most  as it works much more superficially, meaning; it’s not as painful and the down time is not as long. This does not mean that the results will be compromised we will simply have a less invasive treatment more regularly, something like 6 treatments over a 6 month period.  The fractional laser penetrates the surface layers of skin until it reaches the dermal layer, once here it stimulates the formation of new collagen resulting in new plump skin cells, which will work their way to the skin surface and reveal an even, glowing and rejuvenated skin tone. The treatment will help improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and blemishes and  a dull sallow skin.

As I lay on the couch with my black out goggles on I began to take deep breaths and brace myself for the shots of intense heat, I felt the hand piece on my skin, heard the ‘BLEEP’ of the laser and miraculously felt no pain!  Cheryl, the therapist doing the treatment asked me ” on a scale of 1-10 how painful is it?” I confidently said 1. It did not feel like a heat treatment but a very light scratching sensation on the surface of my skin, however this was partly down to a machine blowing cold air continuously onto my skin.

Once the whole of my forehead had been treat I began to feel a sensation exactly like sunburn, this feeling then began to spread across all of my face; although by this time the last few shots were being done and the treatment was over. Now this was the part of the treatment that was typical of a laser. My face began to feel extremely warm and was very red, this intense heat feeling lasted for about 30 mins, I simply reapplied cold compresses until the heat subsided and turned every piece of paper into a make shift fan.

 That Night 

4 hours later my skin is still pink and feels very tight, it is not painful but it is sensitive to touch. I’m now waiting for the old dead skin cells on the surface of my skin to exfoliate and for the new glowing cells to come through, this will get rid of the blemishes and red marks that I have been left from past breakouts; and prevent those dreaded wrinkles appearing. In the areas where I had deeper acne scars I had a second pass and these areas will probably ‘flake’ slightly more than the other areas.

The Following Day

When I woke up this morning my face felt extremely tight and very dry to touch, other than being slightly sensitive to my cleansing and moisturising products it felt fine. My skin is slightly darker than it usually is and there is a slight line which indicates where the treatment stops, if you look closely in the picture you can see tiny dots all over my skin; this is where the laser penetrated. I’m not going out today so I do not need to put any makeup on but if I were the tell tell signs would easily be covered by mineral make- up.

The following day

The following day

The results of the treatment are not instant and I now have got to wait for my body to get rid of the damaged cells and replace them with new healthy ones, this process will take place over the next month. I will post some more pictures in the meantime.

 

Treatment Carried out by Elements Medispa Doncaster

http://www.elements.org.uk

 

The Vampire Facelift (PRP)

Ok so we all saw the beautiful Kim Kardashion looking like an extra from a hollywood horror movie, but the treatment that she had is far from as drastic as it looks.

The vampire facelift or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is not just some Hollywood gimmick, but a successful treatment not only used in aesthetics, but also used to treat sport injuries, the infamous tiger woods is a fan.

Why??

I understand the worries that people have when it comes to having traditional injectable treatments like Botox and fillers, after all we are putting a ‘product’ into our bodies. The beauty of PRP is that the product is YOURS, it’s your blood! Think about what your blood does, without it you wouldn’t be alive. Amongst many other duties your blood carries platelets, platelets once activated release growth factors, it is these growth factors that make this treatment so successful.

Growth factors are typically released when areas of tissue are damaged, they stimulate the healing process. This process consists of stimulating fibroblast cells along with collagen and elastin fibres which are responsible for giving the skin strength and elastic properties.

By introducing these platelets into the skin the healing process is stimulated with minimal trauma being caused. In short we are forcing the stimulation of collagen and elastin.

What happens??

A sample of your blood is taken which is then placed in a centrifuge, this process is to separate the different components of your blood, isolating the platelets into the plasma.

The platelets are then introduced to the skin through several modalities, superficial injections, deep transdermal injections, mesotherapy and micro needling.

The results begin to appear within a few weeks, which include:

Reducing fine lines & wrinkles
Strengthening thinning skin
Stimulating collagen production
Revitalising dull lifeless skin
Smoothing skin tone and texture

Germain De Cappucini Facial Review

 

Its fair to say my obsession with skincare and facials is not getting any smaller, it seems i cant go online without scouring beauty product sites or beauty therapy brochures; soon i may be asking for help! This is a review from the product house Germain de Cappucini, I do apologise but I had this facial whilst having an afternoon out with one of my friends and did not have my trusty notebook with me to note down every move the therapist made. Although this wasn’t the best facial that I have ever had there were elements that I really liked, including the cool scrub exfoliating scrub and heated bean bags.

At the time of this facial I had the reminiscence of some hormonal breakouts on my chin, not actual spots any more just the dry ugly blemishes that they leave behind. I felt like my skin needed a good ‘scrub’ which it definately got, the facial lasted one hour and compromised of a facial and scalp massage, every product was applied like it was part of the massaged never forgetting a pressure point or warm touch. The treatment began with warm bean bags applied to the decolletage which sent me straight into deep relaxation and the products followed :

Pure Expert Extra Comfort Cleansing Gel

Pure Expert Refiner Essence Expert Toner

Exfoliating Scrub – this had the most amazing menthol feeling on the skin there was no more of a ‘clean’ feeling than you could get

Facial massage – this routine was quite different to norm it contains a lot of ‘lifting’ movements which actually felt quite nice

Hydracure Facial Mask  –  a Hyaluronic based product – see  the ingredients post for more info

Scalp Massage – always a winner for me

Essential Youthfulness Eye Contour Cream – crepe skin around the eye is creeping its way in

Hydra Balance Facial Cream – hmmmm?

The facial itself was ok, unfortunately I think i’ve been spoilt with hand and arm massages, foot rubs and heated blankets although for those of you that don’t like all the fuss you probably appreciate the lack of massage. I suppose what i’m really trying to say is that there wasn’t a lot going off considering the facial lasted for 1 hour but the touches that were in there were great. I could see an improvement in my skin however I feel a would have probably benefited from some of the ranges more active products like the Glycocure or Vitamin C . I think that these may have given me slightly longer lasting results. I dont think I’ll be rushing back straight away but i will try something else from them before i completely make up my mind.

If you’d like to try before you buy go on the Germain De Cappuncini website fill in a fe details and they send you some free samples anyway !

 

Id love to know what your thoughts are on Germain De Cappuncini facials or products, tell us your thoughts in the comments

xoxo

 

 

Follow the Light

Over the past year we have introduced LED light therapy into our clinic, and we now use it after almost every treatment. After testing several different machines we decided to purchase a machine from Dermalux, a decision that we are very pleased with.

So what is LED light therapy? All my clients ask me this on their first treatment and then the results speak for themselves….

 

LED light therapy is a non-thermal, non-invasive lightsystem that increases cell renewal, rejuvenates the skin, reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and prevents acne breakouts. And all you haveto do is lay under it!!
The narrow band light has the ability to penetrate the skin where it is then converted and used as energy, this energy is then used to accelerate the cell renewal process increasing mitosis and resulting in more healthy skin cells. This process is very similar to the photosynthesis that occurs in plants.
Although this is a light treatment it is not in the damaging form of UV, therefor it will not cause any type of damage to the skin (or eyes) it will only have beneficial effects.
The LED light that we use comes in 2 colours red and blue,they can be used individually to target specific skin concerns or can be usedin combination to achieve the desired results.
Red LED light
  • eczema & psoriasis
  • healing
  • soothing
  • anti aging
  • rejuvenation
  • redness
  • reduce inflammation
Blue LED light
  • anti-bacterial
  • preventacne breakouts
  • reduces active acne
I would encourage everyone no matter what age, skin type or concern to try LED light therapy. It may be a treatment that works for you on its own or you might combine it with others such as facials, microdermabrasion, peels, resurfacers, dermaroller or laser treatments. For information on clinics near you or more information on how it will help your skin just ask and I willbe hapy to help