Advanced treatments

Advanced treatments we offer are only legally to be carried out by medical professionals.
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MICROSCLEROTHERAPY

This is the go to treatment for removing spider veins anywhere below the neck, though is more often that not common for treating veins on the legs. 

The treatment involves small individual injections of a sclerosing solution into each vein that needs to be removed.

The sclerosing solution will cause the vein to shrink and seal itself off, blood flow is redirected into other vessels near by; the body will naturally break the vein down and dispose of naturally.

Results can be seen instantly, though it may not vanish all veins in one session. Final results are seen within 4 weeks.

More that one treatment may be required.

 

SWEATING

Excessive sweating Is a condition that can cause embarrassment for those who suffer it. 

This condition can affect anyone, the most common places where it visibly occurs is in the armpits, hands, soles of the feet, scalp and forehead.

There are a variety of causes for excessive sweating, such as the menopause, anxiety, diabetes, thyroid, pregnancy and too much spicy food or caffeine.

The treatment is quick, lasting around 15-20 minutes and involves lots of tiny injections of Botox in the affected areas. 

Results are noticeable within a few days, with full results within 14 days.

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VITAMIN B12 INJECTIONS

Hydroxocobalamin is a manufactured version of the vitamin B12. It is used to treat and prevent vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia.

 

It can also help with:

  • Increased energy levels and concentration

  • Improves metaolism (not for weight loss)

  • Boosts the immune system

  • Help improves sleeping patterns

  • May support bones health and prevent osteopeosis

  • Improves mood and depression

  • Supports healthy hair, skin and nails.

Those at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Older adults

  • Those with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease

  • Those who have had gastrointestinal surgery such as bariatric surgery or bowel resection surgery

  • Those on a strict vegetarian or vegan diet

  • Those who take metformin for blood sugar control

  • Those taking proton pump inhibitors for chronic heartburn,

Hydroxocobalamin is only available on prescription and legally carried out by a healthcare professional.

It's given as an injection intramuscularly.

  • Hydroxocabalamin starts to work straight away. However, it may take a few days or weeks before your symptoms start to improve and you feel better.

  • At first, you may need to have the injection a few times a week to boost your levels of vitamin B12.

  • It's safe to take for a long time. Some people may need to take hydroxocobalamin for the rest of their lives.

Most adults and children can have hydroxocobalamin injections, though it's not suitable for everyone.

To make sure it's safe for you, tell your practitioner before starting hydroxocobalamin if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to hydroxocobalamin or any other medicines in the past

  • have been told you have low levels of potassium

  • have an irregular or fast heartbeat

You may have some pain, swelling or itching where your injection was given. However this is usually mild and will wear off quite quickly.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:

Like all medicines, hydroxocobalamin can cause side effects in some people, but not everyone gets them.

Talk to your practitioner if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away after a few days:

  • pain, swelling or itchy skin where your injection was given

  • feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)

  • diarrhoea

  • headaches

  • feeling dizzy

  • hot flushes

SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS

Serious side effects are very rare but tell your doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms after having treatment:

  • irregular heartbeats or heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable (palpitations)

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CHERRY ANGIOMA REMOVAL

They are generally found on people over the age of 30 and are the cause is unknown.
They are seen in increased numbers in people exposed to some chemicals, and during pregnancy. They are benign, and are easily treated. They are made up of a proliferation of small blood vessels, which loop through the epidermis to be seen on the surface of the skin.
They are usually bright red in colour and are often less than 1mm is height, although can increase in size over time.

Cryotherapy treatment will most often remove the lesion with a single treatment.

MILIA REMOVAL

 

These are generally small raised pearly bumps often seen around the eyes, or on the cheeks and foreheads. But they can appear anywhere on the body. They are common in newborns, but these will clear away by themselves as the infant starts to metabolise food correctly.


The milia themselves are raised above the flat of the skin and consist of a tiny cyst like structure filled with keratin (skin protein).
Often found in clumps, although each will be a discrete bump.
Usually no more than 1-2mm and may be pearly white or yellowish in colour.
They are harmless and will often clear away without any treatment but can be unsightly and people often will opt for treatment to have them removed.

These lesions are easily treated with Cryotherapy and are frozen directly onto the lesion based upon the height raised above the flat of the skin.

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SKIN TAG REMOVAL

 

These are small flaps of skin, that protrude and hang away from the flat of the skin often with a stalk or pedicle.
They are benign and are not at all dangerous. They are most likely caused by bilateral rubbing, as they are usually seen in places with friction. More often seen in females, as they are more likely to wear items which cause friction to the skin.
They may be any size, most often small up to a few millimetres in size but can grow to be large.
Most often seen around the neck or in the axillae, groin or under the beast.
May also grow on the eyelid.
They are the most common minor skin lesion; it is estimated that 50% of the UK population have skin tags.

 

WART AND VERRUCA REMOVAL

Warts and Verrucae are caused by the same strain of the Human Papilloma Virus. (HPV) This is the same group of viruses that are associated in genital warts, which are the underlying cause of cervical cancer. There are approximately 14 slightly different viruses, and the normal skin virus which causes warts and verrucae are usually one of 2 (type V and VII).


The virus only infects the outer layer of the skin the stratum corneum, it does not invade the underlying layers. As the wart grows it will protrude away from the skin and penetrate the skin by pushing the other layers of the skin apart. 


Verrucae are the same as warts but are flattened into the skin due to pressure from footwear and walking on the lesion.
As they are caused by a virus, they are contagious, and although they cannot be prevented in many people if your skin is kept in good condition then there is less likely to be infection. Most will clear up on their own without treatment, but many take a long time. It is possible that there will be a reduction in the number of this lesion seen as vaccination against HPV increases.

Prior to attending you r treatment please soak and rub down the hard skin covering the wart or verruca using a disposable emery board, which MUST be disposed of after treatment and no used elsewhere.

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AGE SPOT REMOVAL

Age spots are a patch of pigment is the same texture and flat as normal skin this can then be treated using cryotherapy.
These patches are caused by exposure to UV light, causing an increase in melanin production by the melanocyte cells.

 

 

Cryotherapy comes in many forms; it is the use of cold and freezing techniques to treat the body.It is used in medicine both to treat injury and to remove tumours and other lesions effectively and safely.

Liquid Nitrogen- traditionally used in medicine, very destructive to skin as the liquid is held at -195 deg C so causes instant tissue destruction rather than necrosis. It is very effective, but generally causes a wound with the risks of infection and dressing requirements, and almost always leaves scar tissue due to the damage caused to the dermis.

+ Rapid process-treatment only takes 1-2 minutes.
+ Sterile – no incision or skin cutting, no bleeding zero risk of infection (from the
treatment) the risk is dependent on clients actions.
+ Analgesic effect-extreme cold reduces pain perception due to nerve effects.
+ Safe-little to no collateral skin damage.

+ Excellent results- well established in the medical field, used for well over 200 years accepted as the gold standard treatment to remove most skin lesions.

 

 

 

There are 3 stages to complete healing.

1) INFLAMMATION
The treatment process causes the cells to be injured by freezing. This injury causes an
increase in blood flow to the area showing as a reddening of the areas inflammation.
The increase bring with it chemicals and mediators which start of the cell reproduction
(kinins and histamines).
The inflammation happens immediately, and you often see the redness develop quickly
around the lesions treated. There may be some small area of swelling due to the inflow
of blood and chemical mediators. This usually settles within 60 minutes, but may last a
little longer. Rarely and occasionally this may blister. There may be some itching at this
stage due to the release of histamine into the area.
This inflammation phase is important in the healing and lesion resolution process, and if
there is an illness or drug which reduces or stops this then the lesion will not be resolved.

 

2) PROLIFERATION
Within 24-48 hours after treatment a small wheal or possible crust will form as the
healing process continues. This is due to the increase in cell production and process
through the skin layers.

 

3) TISSUE REMODELLING
As the cells come through to the surface of the skin they will revert to the normal structure,
the skin will be remodelling to normal cells with the lesion. The skin colour will change
and eventually re-pigment to the normal colour of the skin. This final process varies from
person to person.
At the stage as the skin re-pigments it is important that SPF50 (Cryobloc) is used to
prevent re-pigment to dark due to fresh cells being exposed to UVA/B light.

 

 


 

 

AGAMMAGLOBULINAEMIA
This inherited disorder results in repeated infections due to the lack of Ig immune globulins and therefore Beta white blood cells and this affects the immune system and the body does not produce antibodies to fight infections. It is rare and usually manifests within the first year of life. (less than 200 new cases every year in the UK).


COLD INTOLERANCE
This is an extreme reaction to cold, maybe a symptom of metabolism.


COLD URTICARIA
This is a reaction in the skin to cold exposure and causes the development of itchy red rash in the area (hives like nettle rash). This may be very mild causing no problems or maybe severe and result in an allergic reaction.


COLLAGEN AND AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES
This is due to a reaction of the bodies normal defence mechanism attacking the body itself, as collagen is a protein based connective tissue. The body can form antibodies to the structures and cause them to break down. The capacity of the skin to heal is very much compromised and will result in the skin breaking down and wounds appearing from the treatment which may result in skin infection. There are many examples including Lupus, and scleroderma.


KIDNEY DISEASE
Anyone undergoing kidney dialysis will have problems with infection and blood clotting, due to the drugs required to allow the dialysis. There will also usually be another underlying complaint, disease which will be a further factor.


TEMPORAL ARTERITIS
This is a condition where the blood vessels in the temples, become inflamed and damaged, (sometimes called giant cell arteritis). An inflammatory reaction (such as achieved during the cryotherapy treatment) may cause this to happen. It can result in blindness and requires emergency treatment.


SCLERODERMA
This condition causes the thickening of the skin and connective tissues underlying, including blood vessels which become thicker and react differently to any treatments. The healing will be very prolonged and possibly will be subject to infections.

RAYNAUD’S DISEASE
This is an extreme reaction to cold on the smaller blood vessels. Usually in the fingers and toes but may also affect area/patches of the skin. Blood vessels close and the patient maybe subject to formation of necrotic tissue, and very poor healing

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CONDITIONS OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSION
This includes anyone who is taking immunosuppressant medication following transplant treatment. The body has an inability to fight infections and to heal correctly, therefore there is an increased risk of infection following the treatment with cryotherapy.


CRYOGLOBULINAEMIA
This is a cold antibody found in the blood and causes the formation of antibody clumps in blood vessels, which will result in blood vessels closing and blood unable to flow through. This may cause necrotic tissue to form.


MULTIPLE MYELOMA
This is a bone marrow cancer with an over production of proteins formed by the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Usually this over production leads to damage to the body’s normal cells.


PYODERMA GANGRENOSUM
This necrotic condition causes the skin to become gangrenous. It can spread rapidly in the layers of the skin and dermis, resulting in ulceration and loss of tissue.
Typical form often occurs in the legs and will result ultimately in amputation. Atypical is more superficial and more often in other parts of the body with a better blood supply.


ANTIHISTAMINES
Histamine is required for the initiation of an inflammatory response to the treatment, and
therefore for the resolution of the lesions.
This is only an issue where the client is unable to stop taking the antihistamines due to allergy. If possible, for the treatment to work they will need to stop taking for a minimum of 48 hours, but preferably 1 week before and after the treatment.


PLATELET DEFICIENCY DISEASES
Any condition which causes a reduction in the platelets in the blood will result in severe bleeding into the tissues/ shown as bruising. This may be due to conditions such as
thrombocytopaenia, which may be due to illnesses like leukaemia. But may also be due
medication such as Warfarin or Apixaban.


PREGNANCY
This is contraindicated due the possibility of an induction of miscarriage in early stages
or of early delivery in later stages of pregnancy.
Conditions where it is recommended that not treated
• Hepatitis, specifically B and C
• Human T-Cell lymphotrophic virus 3 (HTLV3)
• Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
• Untreated HIV- if client is on treatment and is undetectable then possible to treat
• Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy eg CJD vCJD


DERMAL FILLERS
Treatment over an area ofdermal fillers then there is a possibility that you will induce a
dent/ pitting of the fillers

HEALING

CONTRAINDICATIONS

CRYOTHERAPY