Private aesthetic clinics in Cardiff & South Staffordshire
Lines & wrinkles
The ageing process of the skin inevitably leeds to us developing all kinds of lines and wrinkles!
Frown lines, forehead lines and "crow's feet" are the most commonly reported concerns. As these lines develop due to underlying muscle movements, they are called "active lines". Other types of lines, such as sleep lines, are called "passive lines", as they are not wholly due to the underlying muscle movements.
There are a number of ways to treat these signs of ageing. The most commonly known method is by "wrinkle relaxing injections" where Botulinum Toxin is injected into the muscles of the face to minimise their movement and hence diminish and prevent lines from forming. Similar to a crease developing on a piece of paper from folding it.
Dermal filler injections are used to treat a variety of "passive lines" by restoring the underlying volume.
Prescription and effective every day skin care improves the quality of the skin, further diminishing lines and wrinkles and helps to prevent them from returning.
Loss of volume
Loss of volume in the face detracts from youthful beauty. Hollow areas under the eyes and "tear troughs", flat or hollow cheeks, "marionette lines" and naso labial lines are common concerns.
These can be easily addressed by placing the appropriate filler, in the appropriate amount, at the desired location. Restoring the volume in the face has a dramatic and instant anti-ageing effect and is one of the most popularly requested treatments. Over-filling of any part of the face should however be guarded against to prevent an artificial look. We only use non-permanent fillers to minimise potential complications such as with older collagen fillers.
Lip enhancement is done by injecting fillers to increase the volume of the lips. Lip filler administration should be done to enhance the natural shape of the lip by injecting not just a bulk of filler, but by shaping the borders, adding general volume, addressing cupid's bow and also the volume of the surrounding areas. By carefully placing the correct amount of filler in the desired locations, natural looking beautiful lips can be achieved. Haphazard filler injection into the lips are unfortunately very common and attach a stigma to a procedure which can transform ones appearance.
Hyperpigmentation & Melasma
Melasma is a common condition resulting in brown or grey patches on the skin due to abnormalities concerning melanocytes and melanin. It usually occurs on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin or upper lip. Melasma is often referred to as the "pregnancy mask" due to its association with pregnancy and the associate hormonal changes.
Sun damage can also lead to areas of hyperpigmentation and effective sun protection is pivotal with the management of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation can be treated with various products, such as hydroquinone and tretinoin creams to alleviate the presentation.
Loose and sagging skin are tell-tale signs of the ageing process due to the skin's loss of elastisity and firmness. Effective skin care and procedures such as chemical peels can dramatically improve the appearance of loose and sagging skin. Thread face-lift procedures can both lift and tighten skin to leave a much firmer and youthful appearance. Mesotherapy and micro needling are also effective to address loose and sagging skin.
Healthy youthful skin can be achieved and maintained by everyone with effective skin care. People are often misled and disappointed by advertising as to the benefit of over the counter skin care products. Lured by brand names, pleasant smells and labelling, we are often led to spending vast amounts on ineffective skin care.
We only recommend and supply products with established scientific efficiency. ZO skin care, designed by renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi, has proven to be our recommended line of products. Not only does it afford you the ability to treat various skin conditions, but also focus on the longer term maintenance of skin health to prevent recurrence of problems and to leave you with healthy youthful skin.
Acne is something that most people have suffered with. Not only is it prevalent during puberty, but can occur later in life as well. Acne is the result of access sebum production in the skin and can lead to permanent scarring if not addressed effectively.
There are many over the counter products used with various degrees of success. In more severe cases people are prescribed tablets such as anti-biotics and strong vitamin A. We always attempt to treat the acne with topical products and has had great success by using effective dermatologist developed regimes.
Acne scarring is the result of severe acne which has not been treated effectively. It can leave the affected individual with an embarrassing reminder of the severe acne they have suffered from in the past. Treatment with micro-needling using a "dermaroller" is very effective in dramatically reducing the appearance of scarring and helping people to regain self confidence.
Excessive sweating is a very embarrassing condition which affect many. It is referred to as hyperhidrosis and can be classified into generalised (whole body) or focal (hands, feet, armpits, face) with 4 degrees depending on the severity of the sweating.
Injection of Botulinum Toxin into the skin of the affected areas can greatly reduce the hyperhidrosis - a benefit which lasts 6 - 8 months in general.
Carte Blanche aesthetics is a private clinic with branches in Cardiff and South Staffordshire. We see the practice of aesthetics as an individualised art form and always strive to enhance natural youthful beauty. Please explore the services we offer via this website or should you prefer, make an appointment for an individualised consultation and treatment plan.
Lines and wrinkles, loss of volume in the face (cheeks, tear troughs, naso-labial, marionette lines), lip enhancement, loose/sagging skin, scarring, acne, sun damage, skin discolouration/melasma & excessive sweating.