Treating excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) with Botox

I have both male and female patients come to see, often in a state of great distress and embarrassment, because although we all sweat, excessive underarm sweating (Hyperhidrosis) interferes with everyday life.

The condition ruins their shirts and they live in black and white tops or clothing which will not highlight the condition. They are often highly embarrassed by what has become a debilitating medical condition – it’s inconvenient, affects their quality of life and restricts activities which the majority of us take for granted.

I’ve had patients come along and tell me they’ve been prescribed medical deodorants, yet applying these causes pain. Another aspect is that they are embarrassed when they have to give presentations in the workplace or are out socialising.

Using Botox to treat Hyperhidrosis requires a higher dose than for cosmetic treatments. It works on the sweat glands rather than muscles and I have a 100% success rate to date with this treatment. It can also be used on the forehead to combat excessive sweating.

I see patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and further afield. Some are referred to me by fellow medical practitioners, others get in touch because they have researched Botox for Hyperhidrosis and know it is a quality of life treatment.

We are very sympathetic to your needs here at the face and skin clinic and delight in seeing patients go on to lead a fantastic quality of life after treatment, which lasts approximately eight months.

Please get in touch if this is an issue which affects your life. I really enjoy carrying out this treatment because it is truly life-changing.

Blog soon, Leanne

All about Botox

 

I treat patients from Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and beyond with Botox. It’s one of many treatments I carry out, yet the most common enquiry I receive is ‘What is it?’ and ‘How does it work?’.

So I’m going to tell you the facts about Botox, because that is how you become informed to make choices and consider your options.

Botox is a licensed medication, so is paracetamol. If you have a headache, you may take two tablets, but certainly not two boxes! It’s a simple way of putting it into perspective.

Botox is used in much higher doses by the NHS for various conditions including spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, multiple sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s Disease and cerebral palsy. Its popularity as a cosmetic treatment is widespread and much more recent.

Yes, it can make you look younger and fresher. These treatments can restore a more youthful, less stressed expression to your face. When injected it reduces the movement of muscles in areas which may have become creased. The skin is allowed to recover, causing the lines to soften or even fade away.

When the face is at rest, permanent lines appear naturally as we grow older. What Botox treatment does is to temporarily inactivate muscles, therefore it’s always reversible. It does not freeze or paralyse muscles as people often think it does.

The time involved is minimal. A consultation can take up to an hour, but actual treatment only takes about 5 minutes.

The areas which best respond to treatment include: vertical frown lines between the eyebrows; horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, lower face; platysma bands (the neck) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the armpits – to be addressed in my next blog).

Every patient I treat is different; they come to me from all walks of life, with varying budgets. I see people who are seeking corrective treatment too, if less keen on a past treatment which has been carried out elsewhere.

If you only have the treatment once you benefit from a few months without creating any more lines and wrinkles.

Patients may come along every three months, or less frequently depending on what works best for their budget or lifestyle. That might be twice a year, at the beginning of summer or start of the winter party season.

I see many patients who are delighted with how we’ve worked on their problem areas. We have a good relationship and they enjoying coming to our face and skin clinic.

For them it’s minimal expenditure but maximum investment in freshening up the natural appearance that they want. I merely facilitate achieving that…

Blog soon, Leanne

Make a date for magical Makeup Mondays

With Christmas parties and festive gatherings fast approaching, my thoughts turn to party looks as well as polished professional everyday makeup.

I’ve teamed up with freelance professional makeup artist Nikki Shaw to give you the opportunity to come along to the face and skin clinic in the run up to Christmas and experience the gorgeous range of Youngblood mineral cosmetics. These are made of natural, finely ground minerals without any of the irritants found in conventional makeup and celebrity fans include Jessica Alba, Nicky Hilton, Tara Buck and Jennifer Aniston.

Nikki will be here at the clinic on Mondays, providing the following options as 30-minute lessons:

  • a mini-makeover,
  • eyes/brows,
  • contour/highlight,
  • skin and base.

My clients often tell me they’d love a bit of guidance on achieving that perfect smokey eye for evening or natural nude eye for a fresh everyday appearance. Well, Nikki is the lady to show you precisely how it’s done.

If done correctly contouring and highlighting can enhance your best features, bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose, and sculpt your face subtly using makeup, currently a very hot topic, whilst thorough skin preparation is crucial if you want your makeup to go on properly and stay in place. It’s like ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’, but the other way around – prime, prep, apply! Mineral Primer is a colourless base which helps enhance the performance of makeup throughout the day. The lightweight, silky formula smoothes the appearance of fine line and pores, creating an even surface for foundation. Nikki will show you how to apply and blend your correct base shade.

Makeup Monday sessions cost £10, redeemable against any of the products and services we offer here at the clinic.

Appointments DO need to be booked, so please call us or pop along in person to arrange a time.

Remember, Christmas is a time to sparkle, so allow us to show you how!

Blog soon, Leanne

The Eight Point Facelift

You may have heard about this – referred to as the ‘non-surgical facelift’ or ‘liquid facelift’ – but wondered what it entails.

It’s not a surgical procedure, but rather a specialised technique using a combination of increasingly sophisticated dermal fillers which are injected to combat the loss of elasticity in ageing skin.

The result is a more youthful and refreshed appearance which appeals to people who do not want to go under the knife because it involves more time and greater cost.

I work with people from all walks of life who wish to improve areas of concern. For many, the Eight Point Facelift (developed by Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio) presents the perfect solution.

Fillers are injected to restore volume in the mid-face area, hence the Eight Points. They enhance the face’s natural features, lift specific areas, smooth and tighten the skin. By altering contours in a subtle manner, I will achieve your natural-looking desired result.

Why is it so popular? Well, we all lead busy lives, it’s a more gentle option than surgery and patients prefer minimal downtime, plus the evolution of facial fillers means I can achieve much more than was previously possible. Products contain hyaluronic acid and as they attract and retain water, they have the added benefit of improving your skin’s texture and condition.

If you’d like to find out more about the Eight Point Facelift, please get in touch today for a complimentary consultation.

The Eight Point Facelift

Blog soon, Leanne

Latest from London

Having spent several weekends in London recently, two superb events showcased tips and shared information involving the latest techniques.

I was handpicked by a pharmaceutical company to attend the FACE Conference 2015, held the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, where live demonstrations took place.

2015 marked the 13th year of the UK’s Facial Aesthetic Conference and Exhibition. I mingled with delegates and exhibitors from the entire professional sector, there were lectures across different agendas taking place throughout the day, along with exhibitor workshops and seminars. Speakers included Dr Zein Obagi, Consultant Dermatologist and Medical Director at ZO Skin Health Inc, a board certified practising dermatologist and head of the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, California.

It was a great privilege to be selected for FACE 2015 and reflects the prestige of my growing business here at the face and skin clinic.

Around 250 medically trained fellow professionals – comprising doctors, dentists and clinicians such as myself – attended an Advanced Facial Masterclass with Mauricio de Maio, a plastic surgeon from Sao Paulo and member of the Brazilian Society of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He presented tips and the latest techniques – the Brazilian aesthetic industry has experienced massive growth in recent years.

I’ve come away with even greater enthusiasm to add to that passion I already have for all aspects of my work! I’m looking forward to incorporating the latest global expertise to benefit my patients!

Blog soon, Leanne