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Broken blood vessels and redness on the skin are a part of life that many people have to deal with – especially as they age or if they suffer from inflammatory skin disorders such as rosacea. The technical term for these broken blood vessels on the face is telangiectasia – but they can also be referred to as thread veins, spider veins, broken capillaries, or simply redness.

These broken blood vessels are tiny capillaries near the skin’s surface that have broken after being overworked and dilating too much. Look closely at your face and you may see them – they typically appear around the chin, nose and cheeks. Unfortunately, once broken blood vessels appear, it can be very difficult to get rid of them.

What can cause broken blood vessels?

We often explain to our clients at the Dr Leah Clinic that capillaries are constantly dilating and contracting and, with over-stimulation, can eventually break, as the vessels are thin and fragile. This is much like if you were to continually stretch an elastic band – eventually, over time, it would just snap.  This can occur naturally; however, there are numerous factors that can contribute to increased damage to your capillaries, including:

Additional lifestyle factors include:

  • Excess sun exposure
  • Sunburn
  • Sun beds
  • Smoking
  • Harsh weather conditions
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Stress
  • Over-processing the skin with harsh products
  • Excess spicy foods or caffeine

So, what can be done to treat broken blood vessels?

Remember that prevention is always better than cure. So, take a look at what you can change in your lifestyle to prevent broken capillaries occurring in the first place, and always ensure that you are daily slapping on adequate broad spectrum SPF 30 suncream to protect from damaging UV rays. However, you can never completely prevent these broken veins from appearing – and some people already have many present. This is where we at the Dr Leah Clinic can help you.

To tackle the issue of broken blood vessels, we offer the latest and most up-to-date AFT technology; this is a fourth generation IPL laser treatment that penetrates deep into the skin, shattering and destroying the broken capillaries. These broken capillaries are then removed by the body’s lymphatic system, leaving a more clear and flawless complexion.

This powerful and effective laser treatment takes just 30 minutes, and does not either require anaesthetic or, unlike traditional ablative laser resurfacing, burn the skin's outer layer. As a result, redness and downtime are minimised.

We usually recommend 3 treatments at 4 week intervals. We also recommend, to complement your skin health, gentle home care products containing key soothing ingredients to help minimise redness and strengthen capillary walls.

Book with Dr Leah to treat your redness concerns and get a FREE TREATMENT WORTH £250

If you want to get rid of those thread veins and redness for good, contact us now to take advantage of our February offer. Purchase 2 laser rejuvenation treatments and receive the 3rd FREE – worth up to £250. This offer is especially useful given that 3 treatments are usually required for the optimum results.

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Hyperpigmentation can be referred to by many different names including dark spots, age spots, sun spots or just simply uneven skin tone. Regardless of how you refer to this complex skin condition, one thing remains the same - most people who suffer from hyperpigmentation want to reduce or remove it and some are not even sure how it got there in the first place.

Common causes of hyperpigmentation

The signs of hyperpigmentation are certainly easy to spot - they're those brownish patches that give you an uneven skin tone and become more numerous as you get older.

Such dark spots can appear on the face as well as on the hands, shoulders and décolletage, there are many different causes of this common skin concern but the most common are sun exposure, hormones or inflammation.

Sun exposure

The sun’s rays penetrate your skin and stimulate your pigment cells, which are called melanocytes, to produce the pigment known as melanin. This is the skins way of protecting itself from harmful UV rays that can cause damage to cells and even lead to cancer. However, with over exposure to UV these melanocytes go into overdrive and start to produce too much pigment (melanin) which results in an uneven, mottled appearance on the surface of the skin.

Such spots can surface seemingly out of nowhere, although they aren't necessarily as random as may first appear, it is the accumulation of damage from the UV to the melanocyte over many years that eventually leads to dark spots being visible on the skin. It can take as long as 20 years for this damage to take place, which is why most people start to notice them later 30’s, a broad spectrum SPF 30 should be worn daily all year round to prevent this. Worryingly, there is an increase in people much younger concerned with dark spots, this is due to over exposure to sun without adequate protection in the quest for the perfect tan or over use of sunbeds. Luckily pigmentation caused from UV tends to be the easiest to treat.

Hormones

Hormones can wreak havoc with our skin, especially when they fluctuate and change dramatically. This is usually due to factors such as pregnancy, menopause or even severe levels of stress. Change in hormone levels can cause the melanocytes in our skin to become overactive. One example is Melasma or “the mask of pregnancy” as it is sometimes known. This is when pregnant women experience darkening of their skin across their cheeks, forehead and upper lip due to the surge of hormones in their body. Their skin can return to normal once their hormones settle but often they will require treatment to clear it completely, especially if they have been exposed to the sun at the same time.

 There are other common potential causes of hyperpigmentationsuch as inflammation and such dark spots are usually harmless, being undesirable from a cosmetic rather than medical standpoint.    Rarely, serious conditions like Addison's disease, haemochromatosis and Melanoma (Skin Cancer) – can be the cause and in particular if a mole appears to change in colour, size and texture we would always recommend seeking medical advice.

The best methods for removing dark spots

Recent years have seen the emergence of over-the-counter serums for hyperpigmentation. However, the reality is that unless you are using prescription only based ingredients such as hydroquinone in a safe and tested formula like Obagi the results are going to be minimal. OTC serums are great to brighten and smooth the skin, especially if they include ingredients such as Lactic Acid and Vitamin C. However, these ingredients are not able to penetrate the epidermis far enough to really control the melanocyte and tackle the route of the problem, which leads many people to abandon such products.

Using product can often be expensive and timely, which is why many people are looking for an alternative to tackle this hard to treat condition, lasers can be one such solution for fast effective results.

Here at the Dr Leah skin clinic, we know a thing or two about this area of treatment, we offer safe, state of the art, FDA approved laser technologies to reduce or completely remove dark blemishes.

This pigment busting laser treatment takes just 30 minutes, does not require anaesthetic and unlike traditional ablative laser resurfacing, does not burn the skin's outer layer, thereby minimising redness and downtime. It involves the exposure of a dark spot or pigmented lesion to short pulses of visible light, causing the melanin to shatter and the pigment to be absorbed by the body.

The outcome is less visible or even completely destroyed dark patches, leaving you with brighter, clearer and more even skin tone and with it, greater self-confidence.

Talk to Dr Leah about hyperpigmentation treatment and get a FREE TREATMENT WORTH £250

If you want clear, radiant, youthful skin, contact us now to take advantage of our February offer - purchase 2 Laser Rejuvenation treatment and receive the 3rd FREE worth up to £250 - especially useful given that three treatments are usually required for the optimum results.

Don't hesitate! Our cosmetic experts here at the Dr Leah skin clinic can help to make 2016 the year of a much better-looking, happier and more confident you.

 

Click here to find out more and book a FREE consultation!

 

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With Christmas just around the corner we thought it would be the perfect time to let you know our top 3 gift ideas all available at the Dr Leah Clinic.

1) Dr Leah Bespoke facial

Spoil someone special this Christmas (or yourself) with a Dr Leah Bespoke facial. This luxury facial uses a combination of innovative technologies to brighten, firm and rehydrate. With instant results and long term skin regeneration benefits this is a perfect skin pick me up pre or post the party season.

https://www.drleah.co.uk/facial-rejuvenation/dr-leah-bespoke-facial

 

2) The Gift of Great Skin

Give someone the gift of great skin this Christmas that will last way beyond Christmas day with a Dermaquest skin care gift set. DermaQuest collections provide luxury care, rich in botanical stem cells, peptides and vitamins, with hydrating and protective ingredients that are vital for maintaining skin integrity. As Christmas if for giving we will give you a voucher for a free Merry Berry Christmas facial worth £80 when you purchase two or more Dermaquest products which means your gift keeps on giving.

https://www.drleah.co.uk/blog/post/christmas-skin-care-offer-free-merry-berry-microdermabrasion-facial 

 

3)  Let them Choose – Dr Leah Christmas Gift Vouchers

 Sometimes no matter how hard you try, deciding on what to buy can be tricky. Here at Dr Leah’s Clinic we offer a wide range of innovative cosmetic treatments for both face and body all of which are tailored to individual needs and carried out by a highly-qualified team who are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service.  So why not purchase some Dr Leah Christmas Gift vouchers which are beautifully wrapped and can be delivered directly to a friend or loved ones door and let them choose the treatment they deserve.

To purchase any of our top gift recommendation please call 02078775999 or email info@drleah.co.uk

Happily, 2015 has cemented the move towards subtlety in the cosmetic industry – the DailyMail have reported twice this year on two of my very happy patients who opted for a subtle face lift using the revolutionary Silhouette soft threads treatment which also goes by the name “one Stitch lift”. This procedure responds to people's desire for effective anti-ageing treatments that will put off or prevent the need for cosmetic surgery while combating sagging brow, jowls and neck.

One of my most popular offerings, the procedure itself takes approximately 1 hour to perform and involves pulling a thread under the skin of the jaw line and lower face and mechanically pulling it upwards, lifting the mid and lower face to improved sagging. The thread itself then stimulates collagen production to add to the effect.

Natural looking results last approximately 18 months and there is considerably less downtime than a surgical facelift, it suits busy patients who have on-the-go lifestyles.

The “wind tunnel facelift” look of the 90’s is becoming a distant memory with more and more people seeking natural looking results.

Watch the procedure and hear from a happy patient: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4lkJPbbqh4

Book a free consultation now: https://www.drleah.co.uk/enhancement-treatments/thread-lift

 Before & After

 

 

Dr Leah Totton gives Closer the dos and don'ts of the ever popular cosmetic enhancement treatment

http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2015/11/lip-fillers-everything-you-need-to-know  

Kylie Jenner has done for lips what J Lo and Kim Kardashian did for bums. Instagram's infiltration of pouty seflies has come hand-in-hand with reality star Kylie Jenner's transformation from girl-next-door to global style icon and largely responsible for that shift, are her famous lips.

Despite putting her growing pout down to 'clever make up', Kylie eventually admitted to getting temporary fillers- which even started a global #Kyliejennerchallenge selfie online.

And Dr Leah's clinic alone saw a 70% increase in lip filler enquiries in the 24 hours following Kylie Jenner's confession in May this year.

The temporary cosmetic treatment can last anywhere between 6 to 18 months and cost anything from £300 to £600.

Book a consultation todayhttps://www.drleah.co.uk/enhancement-treatments/non-surgical-lip-enhancement 

How much do lip fillers cost?

"Fillers usually cost £300-£370 depending on which practitioner does them- I charge £370.

Be very wary of discounted prices or group deals on lip filler - I have had to correct some terrible outcomes when clients have had their lips done at cheap rates & the practitioner has then not been responsive to correct the issues."

How does the process work?

"You are consulted by a cosmetic doctor or nurse practitioner and together you decide on the 
 and shape you would like, consent is obtained, photographs and lip measurements taken, anaesthetic cream is applied and when the lips are numb (normally 30 mins later) you will have a series of injections which tend to only take a few minutes.

"You may be given a cool compress after the procedure to reduce swelling / potential for bruising, before aftercare is explained and you are normally reviewed two weeks later."

What do the dermal fillers consist of?

"Lip filler is a naturally occurring hyaluronic acid gel. My lip filler of choice also contains a built-in anaesthetic which makes the procedure less uncomfortable."

Does it hurt?

"It is uncomfortable but I inject the lips from the outside making it much more bearable."

What should I look for in a doctor/ clinic?

"Look for a well known and respected doctor or clinic that you trust."

Are there any side effects?

"There's potential for temporary bruising, swelling, lumps and asymmetry but these side effects are minimised by going to a reputable cosmetic doctor."

And we couldn't help but ask a few questions about the famous (and perhaps not so sweet) Lord Sugar himself.

What's it like being in business with Lord Alan Sugar?

"It's great, he has a lot of opinions which are always interesting."

Does he ever visit the clinic?

"Yes, but not for treatment!"

Do you think he'd ever have a touch of botox?

"I haven't managed to persuade him yet.."

Who do you think will win the 2015 series of The Apprentice?

"I think there are some strong candidates and I'd love to see another female winner."

Article written by Jessica Anais Rach

I am delighted that Dr Leah Clinic, London are one of the first UK clinics to offer the BRAND NEW 3D SKINMED “non-surgical face and neck lift”.

3D SkinMed works by using HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) to stimulate the deep support structures in the skin resulting in lifting and tightening effect for the face and neck. Giving better definition to the face and improving sagging skin.

This one off treatment is suitable for anyone who wishes to tighten or lift with no cuts to the skin, no potential for scarring and NO DOWNTIME!

The results will develop over the course of 2-3 months with continued improvement for up to 6 months, overall result lasting approximately 1-2 years.

As a cosmetic industry expert I was invited to attend the recent star studded launch for this innovative treatment and I can definitely say this is treatment is already proving a hit with glamourous celebrities such as Dawn Ward from the Real Housewives of Cheshire who are looking for alternative treatments to surgery, but demand dramatic results.

So if you’re looking for a facelift or neck lift without the surgery and would like to book your FREE consultation today and take advantage of our special introductory prices follow the link: https://www.drleah.co.uk/enhancement-treatments/hifu-face-neck-lift 

To watch the video from the launch of 3D SkinMed click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Re58RKYhIw 

 

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This month in my Evening Standard Column, where I am the resident cosmetic medical expert, I discussed treatments for facial sagging.

A large number of patients who visit my Moorgate Clinic do so to improve the “pulled down” look of their face and jowls or their neck sagging.

Over time, as gravity and collagen loss take their toll, the skin's underlying structure descends leaving dropping undesired jowls, a saggy neck and a less taught appearance of the skin. Often my female patients will report that they have noticed this “drop” of the face happened at an accelerated level around the time of menopause and this is attributed to a sharp decline in the amount of oestrogen which is inherently linked to collagen production. 

I am well known as a “Botox Doctor” performing thousands of Botox treatments per year at my London Cosmetic Clinic, I do also spend a large percentage of my time now specialising in non-surgical facelift treatments for the face and neck. As one of the UK experts in Silhouette Soft Thread Lifts I have performed more thread lift treatments than most UK doctors this year, I presented at the National Conference for Silhouette Soft in June and attended the international World Expert meeting for Silhouette Soft thread lift in Barcelona in October. I have had fantastic results with patients travelling from as far as South America to undergo this non surgical facelift treatment at my London clinic.

Silhouette Soft Thread Lift, also known as the “one stitch lift” or ‘puppet lift’ takes approximately 1 hour to perform, with local anaesthetic and gives minimal downtime and subtle but impressive lifting results. Treatment is also suitable to lift brows and neck. Results last approximately 18 months. The standard number of threads needed for face is 4 threads at a cost of £1520. 

At Dr Leah Clinic we believe that subtle natural looking results are key with little or no downtime are the key.

Shirley's Story

One of the patients I treated recently is Shirley (67), a mother of five, who had a silhouette soft thread lift procedure done by myself  recently for her daughter’s wedding what she thought about the treatment and the results.

  I could see the lifting results immediately! My face felt tighter, and slightly tender for the next couple of days, but not painful”

 “I didn’t tell my daughter I had had the treatment, but on the day of the wedding she kept saying ‘”Wow mum, you look amazing!’ My niece who hasn’t seen me in several years commented that she ‘hoped to look as well as I do when she is my age, as I never seem to look any older!’”

“I am very happy with my Silhouette Soft treatment. I knew I could trust Dr Leah to do a great job; she’s brilliant! I feel really good about myself at the minute, I look forward to enjoying the new lease of life my refreshed image has given me."

 

Check out Shirley's amazing Before and After results: 

 

 

 

  

To book your FREE consultation today please click the link: https://www.drleah.co.uk/enhancement-treatments/thread-lift  or telephone 020 7877 5999

 

 

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If you are carrying a little post-holiday weight and those stubborn pockets of unwanted fat are proving a nightmare to shift at Dr Leah Cosmetic Clinic London we have just the solution!

Dr Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinic, Moorgate London, recommend our revolutionary 3d LipoMed Fat Freezing treatment to reduce fat in those stubborn areas.  

How Does it work?

Fat reduction treatment will freeze the area down to -5°and introduce an electric current to break down the fat cells and eliminate them through the body. You can expect to reduce unwanted fat pockets by around 25% and that’s without spending hours in the gym. If you think this all sounds too good to be true our plethora of successful testimonials and before and after pictures will speak for themselves. Celebrities like Amy Childs and Coleen Rooney (to name a few) have had great results with this very treatment. So you can wave goodbye to that muffin top and so long to those saddle bags with this effective 1 hour treatment.

How Long is the treatment itself?

1 hour per area

When will I see results?

Results from Fat freezing can take between 16-20 week so patience is in fact a virtue with this treatment and planning is essential if you are wanting your result for a specific occasion or event. (Remember the Christmas Party seasons is fast approaching!!)

Where can be treated?

In theory anywhere that you have a pocket of fat that you would like to reduce by 25% - the most common areas are tummy, flanks (love handles), back fat, inner thighs, saddlebags area or tricep area (arms).

Is there a recovery time?

There is no downtime, so you can get straight back to work!

Is it safe?

This is a safe and low risk treatment. No anaesthetic required and no cuts or openings to the skin. Bruising and redness or ice burns are possible side effects. 

 

Final Note...

Here at Dr Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinics we are strong advocates of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, this treatment is not an alternative to exercise but a helping hand along the way. Our fully trained and experienced body specialists will guide you through your journey and create the right treatment plan just for you. With NO pain and NO downtime why not take advantage of this safe and effective non surgical alternative to Liposuction.  

Why did I choose 3D Lipo for my patients at Dr Leah's Clinic?

Click the link to find out why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri05m_JNyes 

Click to book today: https://www.drleah.co.uk/body-treatments/fat-reduction-fat-freezing 

Dr Leah Clinic hold regular Education Evenings at our Moorgate Cosmetic Clinic, London. Events are free to attend and allow us the opportunity to educate you on how to get the best out of your skin.  

Each event focuses on a different theme, ranging from events based around how to make the right product choices for your skin, to how to manage common skin complaints such as breakouts, redness or pigmentation to injectables evenings where we tackle how you can combat signs of ageing. 

On the night there are:

  • Presentations from our expert team, including Dr Leah, related to the theme of the evening
  • Live demonstrations of our treatments 
  • Free skin scanning and free consultations with one of our experts 

Attendees are welcome to take advantage of our exclusive products discounts and rewards available on the night whilst enjoying the complimentary champagne and canapes.

 

Watch a video of our latest event to find out more  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd_F1omcRpg and if you would like to attend an Education Evening please email info@drleah.co.uk to register your interest and we will contact you with upcoming events. 

 

I look forward to seeing you at a Dr Leah event soon!

 

 

If you are wanting to leave your make up bag behind and bare all with glowing skin this summer then I recommend the award winning Dr Leah Bespoke Facial. The Dr Leah Bespoke facial uses a combination of innovative technologies to brighten, firm and rehydrate your skin. A routine facial should be part of everyone’s skin care management. Dependant on what your skin care goals and needs actually are will depend on the type of facial you should choose and how regularly you should have them.  

You may not realise but the skin is the largest organ in the human body and has a daily battle against environmental factors such as pollution, UV and weather not to mention hormones that weaken our skins ability to protect us. Lifestyle choices we make such as smoking, diet, make-up and incorrect product use all have a negative impact on the appearance of your skin.

So what can you do to get the most out of your skin and restore its natural glow? Ensure to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and protect with SPF daily. Look out for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid and Papaya which will keep your skin fresh and of course follow that healthy life style.

Here at Dr Leah’s Cosmetic Skin Clinics London we are here to help, we offer a free skin analysis during which our experienced skin specialists will consult, scan and assess your skin needs. We will then design a bespoke treatment and home care plan and educate you on skin health. We will work with you to achieve smooth, healthy, flawless skin.

Investing in your skin now will not only give you instant results but long term benefits and remember prevention is always better than cure.  

For more information on our FREE skin analysis please click the link;

https://www.drleah.co.uk/facial-rejuvenation/skin-analysis-consultation

 

 

 

 

Dr Leah Totton with patient

As the trend for natural beauty rises and the demand for 'something subtle' becomes more popular than ever, the formerly fashionable 'trout pout' is definitely no longer the look that patients want to achieve. Instead, our clients are seeking out a middle ground, opting for less invasive treatment and - regardless of the procedure - that subtle outcome that enhances one's appearance without changing it completely.

The cosmetic industry as a whole is starting to embrace this wave of natural rejuvenation, which is why procedures such as Silhouette Soft® are in demand. Minimal downtime alongside maximum results mean that this procedure is hot stuff! This definitely true here at Dr Leah's Clinic.

This trend extends to historically popular treatments such as Botox, which is still highly effective, but clients now no longer want that expressionless, fake, plastic look. They are following our advice that less is definitely more!

Whatever the season, all of us here at Dr Leah's Clinic are advocates of natural beauty, and so we're obviously thrilled with this new trend - we say long may it continue!

The Dr Leah Clinic is located in Moorgate, not far from Liverpool Street. Click here for more details, or call 020 7877 5999 to speak with a member of our team.

Silhouette Soft® is one of our newest treatments, and it's already proven very popular with our clients. This procedure goes by many names (including 'thread lift', 'puppet facelift', and 'one stitch facelift'), but no matter what you call it, the details are the same: our clinicians use absorbable threads to lift your sagging skin and give your face a more youthful look.

Of course, no two clients are alike, and we only recommend Silhouette Soft® in certain cases; a thread lift is most effective when used to treat the skin around the cheeks, neck, and lower jaw. For other areas, anti-wrinkle injections (a.k.a. Botox) may be a more suitable solution; facial fillers are another popular alternative.

So, is Silhouette Soft® right for you? It all depends on the results you want to achieve. The best way to be sure is to visit the Dr Leah Clinic (located near Liverpool Street) for a consultation session with one of our doctors. Click here to get in touch and book your consultation today!

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