Love the skin you’re in!

Internal wellness the key to external health

Today we are going to discuss felling happy!

One of the reasons that we love aesthetics as the results can be, in certain instances, life changing for people and therefore have a truly positive impact on their confidence.

There are however steps we can take to avoid getting to the point in which we hate to look in the mirror every morning.

We have therefore compiled a list of skin, hair and nail health in order to help you look after your appearance from the inside out.

Evidence based practice is the forefront of nursing and we have chosen to bring this into our aesthetics practice. The facts:

1) Stress causes break outs, poor diet and hypertension in some instances impacting the outcome of our skins appearance and therefore looks.

2) Poor sleep quality reduces the amount of time in which our skin has to heal itself, impacting the appearance of our skin and our looks.

3) Dehydration internally and externally, low fluid intake and sun exposure, cause damage to our cells and ability to be plump, we therefore become dried out and our skin is wrinkly and flaky.

4) The skin is the largest organ in the body, it helps to regulate body temperature, protect the internal organs from external foreign bodies and nasties and is able to absorb nutrients applied topically. The skin is highly vascular whereby the topically absorbed nice and nasties are absorbed into the bloodstream, carried around the body and excreted through the bodies other functions, Kidneys and Liver.

How can we boost our skins ability to function and in turn improve our appearance and prevent early ageing:

1) Drink 2 – 3L of water a day. H2O is best however all fluids have qualities and therefore will work. AVOID caffeinated drinks as caffeine is a diuretic and therefore most of the fluid content is lost through the kidney via excretion and will not have the desired effect.

2) Sleep 8 hours per night, this is the optimum time and over for the cells to be able to rehabilitate themselves from life’s daily stresses.

3) Meditate, reducing heart rate through regular exercise and calming practices improve mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and circulation – this is good for the skin as it enables the body to heal and function as it should instead of doing ‘over-time’.

4) Watch what you put on your skin, read the backs of labels. Skincare is not as closely regulated as medications however as we’ve seen documented, a certain element of the product you put on your skin is absorbed into the blood stream. Nasties effect your internal organs.

5) Moisturise to prevent dryness. We recommend twice daily with a cream during the day containing SPF50 to protect from UV rays and free radicals and also to provide nourishment and moisturisation. Night time is the time for cellular healing therefore night creams are the time you can consider the elements of the skin which you want to target and enhance. For example, specialist skin care for acne, rosacea and anti ageing products. Get regular facials if you can, this will improve your facial skin – this skin doesn’t wear clothing and therefore absorbs all daily free radicals – occasionally it needs a detox.

Summary:

1) hydrate your skin internally and externally.

2) Get your ZZZ’s in.

3) Be careful what you put on your skin, protect against the free radicals we know about.

4) Look after your mental wellbeing as this will impact your heart rate which will effect the nutrients delivered to your skin.

So … it’s time to get proactive as well as reactive. Of course we will be here should you need us to help even and smooth out any concerns. We needn’t be the guru’s. There is far more that you can do for yourself that you maybe realise. It’s time for us all to take the power back into our own hands – it’s cheaper that way too ; ).

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LED light therapy. NASA technology.

LED light therapy is a light therapy utilised by NASA on the space station.

In the absence of medical treatment and health supplies LED light therapy is used to heal numerous ailments.

LED Light therapy by TNC Aesthetics

Research since the ‘80s has i proven that targeting different depths and stimulating the functions of this layer can improve the reproduction of cells. The cells are already formulated with all the data they need to produce the correct reaction.

Science has been able to measure light in nanometers. To the naked eye, nanometers are identifiable by their colour of light.

At TNC Aesthetics we are trained to understand what layer of the skin is needed to be reached in order to tackle problem areas such as:
Wrinkles
Poor elasticity
Acne
Rosacea
Uneven skin tone
Inflamed and sensitive skin

By targeting the depth of the skin that is causing the problem, we are able to stimulate the cells to produce more of the cells that cause the right reaction.
Over a course of treatments the skin will become rejuvenated in a non-invasive way.

You will feel:
More energised
Make up can be applied more evenly
You will experience more good skin days
You will be stimulating cells to produce more of themselves which in turn will produce a better immunity and healing reaction systemically

For more information contact us at TNC Aesthetics.

Fat dissolving injections

Many of us are facing an ageing and stubborn fat clause in our genetic make up.

When we exercise we cannot target areas of stubborn fat, especially if they lie within a layer which suffers from poor lymphatic drainage. (The system which carries away waste products).

Excess and unwanted fatty deposits results in uneven skin tone, cellulitis lumpy appearances and a disproportionate body shape.

Even more important is the pressure the internal stubborn fat puts on our vital organs whose space it inhibits, the increased risk of cholesterol related complications and if it is held around the lower abdomen research has linked it to type 2 diabetes.

So what can we do about it?

Exercise and changing the lifestyle or diet to prevent further damage is key.

Exercise is likely to make you lose weight. But it will be harder and is less likely from stubborn areas.

Can we do it more quickly? YES

HOW?

Mesotherapy is the name given to injections of a variety of types. These injections use biological data taken from humans, then a lab uses the botanical extracted version of the same chemistry to create infusions appropriate for injection.

PPC or Phosphatidylicholine is a medication of this type. It is an enzyme found within the body which dissolves fatty deposits that it comes into contact with.

By injecting this in controlled amounts, over a course of injections, it will dissolve and carry away the fat that it encounters making it very effective for those stubborn areas such as back fat, thigh and lower abdomen fat, also commonly used for double chins.

The medication itself is injected subcutaneously (just under the skin), where the molecule has been adapted to be able to absorb into the stored fatty deposits. Each injection spreads 1 – 2cm’s and works over 2 weeks.

Each course session is therefore 2 weeks apart and dependant on the amount of fat 6+ sessions may be required.

A grid is drawn onto the area indicating 1 -2 cm difference for the injector. This is to ensure neither too much nor too little is absorbed within the area as per the administration guidelines.

There are between 10 and 20 injections depending on the area.

It is over within 20 minutes however you can request a break, and some do.

A numbing cream can be applied however the injection is not uncomfortable however the medication does let off a momentary moderate sting. This is gone within 10 minutes.

Afterwards you can expect bruising, hives, redness, bleeding from injection sites however these symptoms are mild and will heal within a week.

It is unlikely but possible to have an allergic reaction.

Positive side effects of the medication are tightening of the skin and stretch mark reduction : ) (bonus).

You will see results at different points of the course depending on the severity and area affected. Before and after pictures will be taken to help you facilitate this. The medication is an additional fluid to the area so for the 3 day healing period of absorption, you are more likely to see the area as bloated – you do however need enough of the enzyme to be effective in doing it’s job.

This is an example of lower abdominal injections done by TNC Aesthetics nurse Carley Bradford BSc Hons RN Asth. This client had a course of 3 sessions. There was notable difference in the tightness and reduction of stretched skin.

Book suggestion

Written by Dr Stephanie Williams, this book

Look Great, not done!

Is a great way to learn the basics of skincare and cosmetic treatments.

It is perfect for telling you how to take care of your face!

Recommended within Beyond Beauty Magazine and Tatler Magazine.

Look great, not done! The art & science of ageing well. How aesthetic treatments can work for you. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/099263623X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XW073RHXVKFBVMPG58NQ

Chemical Peels …

A little snippet into the background and benefits from having a Chemical Peel.

Available on YouTube channel Carley BSc BACN RN at TNC Aesthetics

In summary, science has been able to identify why ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks sought benefit from nature around them and why it provided the results it did.

As such, today we have scientifically tested acids derivative from nature following the lead of our ancestors.

With the benefits of scientific knowledge we are better able to understand the PH, contraindications, contra actions and benefits of each chemical.

It is MYTH that chemical peels are chemicals which are man made.

It is TRUTH that the lower the PH level, the greater the depth within the skin that is treated.

This is beneficial knowledge, but why?

Our increased knowledge of dermatology and pathophysiology means that we can identify which conditions occur within which layer of the skin. It is therefore beneficial as we are able to offer a more evidence based chemical peel suitable for the individual having the consultation.


BENEFITS

  • Evens out skin tone
  • Treats and prevents fine lines and wrinkles
  • Causes a healing process which strengthens the linkages and cells of the skin
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Treats acne and acne scarring
  • Treats hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • Treats ages spots
  • Heals psoriasis (however infected psoriasis is contraindicated)
  • Gives a glow to the skin once healed
  • Anti-ageing (as we age the stratum corneum thickens and this helps to reduce that so your skin can start fresh)
  • Promotes production of collagen, hyalouronic acid and cellular regeneration
  • Treats blackheads, whiteheads and oily skin
  • Treats enlarged pores
  • Improves elasticity of the skin
  • Treats admit is and sebaceous keratosis

The treatment itself will take no longer than an hour.

There will be an individual consultation so the best advice and PH acid can be used for your skin.

Chemical peels often work to TREAT conditions, as such a course may be advise to help reverse the effects totally … as with time, the condition has worsened and taken over your life, so too it takes time to heal the condition.


AFTERCARE

  • Do not touch skin for 24-48 hours
  • Do not wash your face for 24-48 hours
  • Avoid over moisturising, this can cause premature shedding when the new cells are still generating therefore damaging the new cells.
  • Avoid the lure to pick off peeling skin (this only occurs with some PH acids) as above, this can damage the new cells before they are ready.
  • Expect redness, irritation and inflammation as a natural part of the healing process between 3 days and 14 days dependant on the treatment.
  • Wear SPF50+ for at least 3 days after the treatment, the skin cells are delicate and we have penetrated the stratum corneum which would usually help to protect the body from UV rays, which will damage the cells which are regenerating.
  • Do not have a Chemical Peel close to a big event, leave at least 4 weeks before a wedding or party you want to look at your best for.
  • Treat skin with a hyalouronic acid serum after 48 hours for 14 days underneath your moisturiser to see the best effects of the Chemical Peel – the hyalouronic acid will attract H2O to the area which will improve and speed up the healing process, as will drinking water.
  • If you must wear make up after 24 – 48 hours then choose a mineral foundation as it is unlikely to mutate and interfere with the cellular regrowth. Likewise when removing make up – choose PH balanced products (PH6/7).
  • DO NOT exfoliate your skin for 14 days after the chemical peel.
Carley Aesthetic Nurse volunteering herself due to problem skin. BEFORE

Carley was experiencing spots, combination skin, scaring and uneven skin tone. She decided to get a chemical peel as it had been a little while since she had adhered to her skincare regime.

24 hours later AFTER

After 24 hours, the redness had gone away. She still had dry patches and skin which was starting to peel. There was mild itching. This is normal for a chemical peel. As you can see, even after 24 hours you can see the change in her complexion.

7 days later. A perfectly even skin tone. AFTER

After 7 days, her healing process was almost complete. As you can see she had eradicated her spots, uneven skin tone and combination skin. Her skin no longer felt dry, itchy nor was flaking. She had no itched, over moisturised or picked her peeling skin (as per the instructions, failure to do this would have presented in scarring).

“I’m so happy with my results. I had a short period of neglecting my skin and partaking in poor diet. My skin tells all my tales.. But now, at 33, I think I might have the best skin texture and tone I have ever had!”

Mesotherapy

The process of using either nappage or cannula use blunt needles to inject the subcutaneous layer of the skin.

Two things occur:

1) The skin is tricked into thinking it is ‘hurt’, the healing process is triggered which results in natural reproduction of skin cells.

2) A vitamin, stem cell or specific natural acid is injected in order to target one of the following problems:

– Skin rejuvenation

– Targeted fat dissolving – Belly, Bottom and Neck safe.

– Hair growth regeneration (note this is only suitable at the ‘thinning’ stage and once the skin is shiny – there are no follicles for the surrounding cells to replicate when regenerating.

– Acne

– Scarring

– Age spots

– Sun damage

– Un-even skin tone

Due to the nature of the process, it is advised that a course of mesotherapy is booked in order to significantly eradicate the problem and of course lifestyle advice will be provided should you wish to repeat the regeneration of these ‘broken’ cells and their effects. (Of course this is not always possible when genetic).

Remembrance Day

Thank you from TNC Aesthetics 2020

Each year the forces group up and parade to remember those who has fought for our freedom.

This year it is not so easy. Lest we forget, no war, change or international unrest is easy.

Nothing worth doing is easy. Lest we forget those we lost to give us this day.

From TNC Aesthetics, special thank you’s to Tony – our own hero (Ex Army) and Ade (Carley’s partner – current Army) for all your service and to Tony for your continued support during COVID.

Remembrance Sunday. Lest we forget.

Layers of the skin in regards to facial aesthetics

As promised on our TNC Aesthetics social media platforms (Facebook, instagram, twitter and YouTube) I have committed to a little blog surrounding the biology of the skin in regards to facial aesthetics. Why? Because I spend a lot of time explaining to men and women why and how their face ended up how it is. I also spend a lot of time explaining the differences between products, where that product will sit and what type of look it will create. I’m also in receipt of many enquiries – far more than actual bookings, surrounding personal qualms about their looks. I hope that this will help raise awareness of the importance of understanding the biology of the skin in this particular instance in relation to the aesthetic beauty of the face – it helps us to reinforce the importance of the professional knowledge required to conduct such procedures in the clinic.

The skin is the outer most organ on the human body and face, it is the bit that ‘appears’ creased as we get wrinkles and the first thing people will notice before shape. There are 3 main layers of the skin before the muscle. These are: The Epidermis (Outermost layer), the Dermis (where the sweat glands, hair follicles and blood vessels live, and the Hypodermis where the fatty deposits mainly collect – then beneath this is a layer of muscle.

As you can see I have included a biological diagram of the layers of the skin which also incorporates a diagram for those suffering with acne – this is because I also receive many enquiries about recommendations for this type of inflammation and this diagram aptly explains the reason for this. (If you are wondering I recommend regular use of a Salicylic acid soap and to keep exfoliation to no more than once per week, in the event that you would like some rejuvenation and to kickstart the renewal of cells process microdermabrasion or micro-needling may be for you.)

My second diagram helps to understand where in the skin these layers sit when we reference the face as it feels like such a thin area that it is hard to differentiate without experience.

So why do we care? Well we care about our appearance as certain characteristics are dictated by biology and age. These concepts are predetermined and not always a fashion statement as is often thought about in media. Psychologically we associate a fresh, plump face with full lips and cheeks as youthful and therefore beautiful … for some reason many people feel that growing older isn’t for them (I happen to be one of them so please be kind! : ) ). Why? Well because this is how people look when they are youthful … this is due to natural stores of fatty deposits within the skin and the natural production of cells, hyaluronic acid and collagen within the skin. At 20-30 years of age most of us will slow down the production of these nutrients/cells and this results in a dryer ‘fabric’ which now creases and is slower to replenish. At this time the over-use of our facial muscles which runs alongside the fatty and deepest layer of the skin, wears away at some (but not all) of our fatty stores, such as the cheeks, lips and forehead. The physics of the world around us means that we cannot avoid gravity .. this, our stretched and now less stretchy and stringy skin means that our stretched out skin is no longer propped up by the fatty deposits that remain beneath and in turn ‘sags’. Worst still, we are unfortunate a humans in that the fatty deposits on our face which then become more prominent and do not reduce (annoyingly), sit to our lower face further aiding in the gravitational pull down. This makes it difficult for the remaining cells and nutrients to pull the skin back in, reduce creases and replenish it’s shape. I have included a diagram showing the loss of fat to different areas of the face which may help ladies and gents to identify why they now have jowels, frown lines, crows feet, nasolabial lines and marionette lines … it’s practically unavoidable … but is it reversible?

Well… that’s a personal choice, do you want to? How will you do it? SO – your saggy lower face bothers you – but is that really what needs filling? You have wrinkles around your eyes – So should you be filling this? Is anything lost? OR is it muscular caused creasing?

Take a look as this diagram and you decide … then head on in for a free consultant so our registered and specially trained nurses can help to advise you how to achieve the look you want, a look that suits you – did you even know cheek fillers would pull all of that lower mess right up? I mean you didn’t think you have a cheek fat problem right? – That’s why understanding the skin and the biology of ageing is so important when making the RIGHT decision for you!

Toxin – What to expect

Probably the most common areas for toxin administration is the crease at the top of the nose, between ones eyebrows (Glabella); or forehead lines.

A few queries we have been receiving lately have been geared around nerves and what to expect. So I have developed this snap-shot to help those who are new to Toxin, to understand what they can expect from start to finish.

CONSULTATION

You will attend and complete a consultation form to assess suitability for the procedure, you will discuss with your practitioner what you hope to achieve. (Each patient has different wants and needs and it’s important to come with your own face in mind – it is impossible to achieve someone else’s face. I can help you achieve the best version of yourself and you are beautiful!)

The consultation is completely free and some medical photography will be taken to show your area (for example the Glabella) When you have a screwed up face, at rest and from different angles. This is to enable you to see the change in the future.

You will then be encouraged to go away and think about the contraindications and whether you feel you would like to go ahead. If you would like to have some wrinkles erased for 6-12 months, we’ll take a deposit and book you in, prescribe and order your toxin (Allergan Botox used in this instance) – all provided we too feel you are suitable for the treatment.

TREATMENT DAY

You will arrive provided you are showing no COVID-like symptoms, and your practitioner, in scrubs and wearing PPE will introduce you to the treatment area. You will lay on the treatment couch and have a headband (one use only) to hold back any hair. The area to be treated will be cleansed using gauze and chlorhexadine which has quite a surgical smell however it is relatively gentle – unless you are a bacteria of course. In the instance of toxin to the Glabella or forehead there is no local anaesthetic required as discomfort is relatively minimal. Your practitioner will get you to screw your face up to see the wrinkles to the effected area at their worst. Using a cleansed white pencil he/she will then mark the injection sites taking into consideration anatomy and physiology under the skin and counteracting muscle movements.

The Toxin is drawn up with one needle then a fresh sharp very small needle. This is to minimise discomfort and marking. Injections of the pre-determined quantity will be placed into the muscle underneath the pencil marks already placed onto the face. Patients report that the injection cannot be felt however the injection of the toxin feels like a crackle or firework which is momentary and to which many have overcome because they love the results.

Your practitioner will make records of what they observed, treatment given and Toxin administered at the point of treatment and more pictures will be taken to match the same consultation photos.

AFTERCARE

After the treatment you will be given some advice to avoid heavy exercise for 6 hours and laying day for approximately 6 hours. You will be advised not to wear make-up for the rest of the day in order to avoid the introduction of infection to the area, and if you must wear make-up to use a mineral base. It is normal after a treatment to have little lumps under the skin, redness and a mild headache however this differs from person to person. Many people see all immediate side-effects reduce within an hour and as such this is commonly done during the daytime on a lunch break, before work and on the go.

You will be booked in for a 2 week review. The full effects of Toxin cannot be seen until this time and over the interim period you will notice minor changes which will then become a shock when you see your before and after pictures.

TWO WEEK REVIEW

At the two week review you will come into much the same environment as the consultation. The review is included within the price of your treatment. You will have the opportunity to discuss things you have noticed, liked, don’t like and any tweaks to be made. This is an important stage, it is when the Toxin will have taken effect. Your practitioner over time will know exact amounts of Toxin to use however by observing muscles at the consultation they will use their experience to determine a moderate amount which will still allow for natural movement (we do not like to ‘freeze’ the face as this gives unnatural movement which then becomes obvious. All good aesthetics should go unnoticed unless that is your desired effect.)

If there are any tweaks to be made you will have another treatment at that time, which dependant on the tweak, is likely to be included within the cost.

More photos will be taken in the same motions as before to offer you a clear before and after picture – to confirm, model pictures used online have to be consented to prior to posting and photos do not identify patients unless they are happy for this – for example the review and posting above.

GUIDANCE ON PRICES FOR TOXIN

ONE AREA (either: Forehead, Glabella or crows-feet) £160

TWO AREAS (two of the above areas) £210

THREE AREAS (all three of the above areas) £260

FILLERS are used in other areas of the face and the treatment process is different so please see filler postings for further information on fillers.

For further questions and guidance please don’t hesitate to contact us!