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By N ZANNA 03 Oct, 2017

What is non-surgical blepharoplasty?

Well in order to answer that we first need to explain what ' blepharoplasty ' is ... 

Blepharoplasty  ( Greek blepharon , "eyelid" +  plassein  "to form") is a surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons to correct defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids - in other words ... eyelid surgery to remove excess skin (which makes the eyelids appear hooded or saggy) from the eyelids. 

Blepharoplasty is a great option for those with hooded, saggy eyelids but entails cutting and reforming the eyelids surgically. Although a highly effective procedure many people are put off by the down time, bruising, swelling and the risks involved. That's where NON SURGICAL BLEPHAROPLASTY comes in. Now a new technology is available to perform blepharoplasty non-surgically with minimal risk and downtime and at a fraction of the cost. 

How does it work?

Halo Aesthetics was one of the first skin clinics in the UK to use the innovative Plasma BT machine to perform eyelid tightening procedures using plasma energy. Plasma BT is an innovative device which delivers superficial plasma energy to the skin resulting in a process called 'sublimation' which creates tiny injuries which then induces a healing response. This normal response to injury results in the formation of new collagen which leads to skin 'shrinkage', thus making the area tighter and firmer. This process is perfectly safe and does not damage any of the underlying tissues or the eye itself. The tightening effect is usually seen immediately but improves over time as the area heals. 

The upper and lower eyelids can be treated either at the same time or one area at a time. 

What happens during the procedure?

After an initial consultation, (to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for non-surgical blepharoplasty), the area will be photographed and a strong local anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be applied to the eye area. This ensures that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Once the area is numb the area will be cleansed and the treatment will begin. The PlasmaBT machine is used to administer tiny shots of plasma energy across the area(s) where shrinkage is required. You will feel a sensation of warmth and a slight sting but the procedure is well tolerated and will usually last no longer than 15-20 minutes. 

Afterwards a cool pack is applied to the area to cool the skin and reduce the swelling. You will be given aftercare advice to ensure a rapid recovery. You will have tiny 'crusts' on the treated area which will fall off naturally after about 3-5 days, leaving fresh pink skin which will heal after a few more days without any visibility of scarring. The swelling may last a few days. 

By N ZANNA 22 Jun, 2017
WHAT IS ACNE?

Acne is the most common skin disease with an estimated 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 having acne outbreaks at some point. It is most common in teenagers and young adults but can also affect adults later in life. 

Acne is a skin disease that affects the skins oil glands. Pores connect to oil glands under the skin and these glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands through hair follicles. When the follicles become clogged up with oil this can produce blackheads and when combined with a build up of dead skin cells they can become blocked, leading to inflammation and infection which results in spot formation. 

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

It is not fully understood what causes acne but there are usually a combination of factors.  It is thought that the oil glands of people who are prone to acne are sensitive to the hormone testosterone (present in both men and women) which causes an excess production of oil (sebum). The acne bacteria (P. acnes) lives on everyones skin and is usually harmless but in those prone to acne excess oil production creates a breeding ground for the the multiplication of the P. acnes bacteria which triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE ACNE?

If you think you have acne and over the counter products (those bought in supermarkets, beauty departments etc.) are ineffective then you should think about either seeing your GP or attending a specialist skin clinic. 

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ACNE?

At present there is no cure for acne but there are many effective treatments available to manage the condition. Treatment is dependent on the severity of the condition. If you choose to visit your GP he/she is likely to recommend antibiotic tablets or topical treatments (creams, ointments). Hormone therapy (oral contraceptive pill) can also be effective in women who have acne. If these do not work and the acne is severe then you can be referred to a Dermatologist who may prescribe a medication called isotretinoin (Roaccutane). This medication is effective in clearing acne but has potentially serious side effects. 

If you choose to visit a private skin clinic then there are generally more treatment options available which are outlined below:

Cosmeceutical Skincare - this differs from over the counter skincare as these ranges contain high concentrations of active ingredients and have the ability to penetrate the skin. At Halo Aesthetics Cosmetic Skin Clinic we choose to use the AlumierMD Acne Series which contains ingredients such as hinokitiol (a plant extract which is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial), salicylic acid (known to clear pores and reduce acne), sea whip (a natural marine plant extract which is anti-irritant and reduces redness) as well as anti-oxidants, peptides and vitamins. For more information click here

Prescription Skincare - for more severe acne we offer Obagi Clenziderm, a prescription system with highly effective products containing salicylic acid and soluble benzoyl peroxide to get acne under control quickly. For more information click here .

By N ZANNA 03 May, 2017
SKIN HEALTH  can be a very confusing subject especially when faced with a bombardment of advertising, with every brand claiming that theirs is the one that works! It is very easy to be fooled into buying the latest cream or serum (sometimes at great cost) only to find that like everything else it just doesn't work.

Let's get one simple fact straight - anything that you buy 'off the shelf' comes under the classification of 'cosmetic'. Under cosmetic licensing laws these products are not allowed to have a physical effect on the dermis (the deep part of the skin where all the good stuff happens). If this WERE the case then they would be classed as pharmaceutical and would not be able to be sold over the counter. Some cosmetics are quite good at plumping the outer layer of skin (dead skin cells) which can give the illusion that the skin looks better but is not addressing the cause of the problem.

Thats where 'cosmeceuticals' come in ... cosmetic + pharmaceutical = cosmeceutical . So these are products which are only available in specialist skin clinics like Halo Aesthetics where they can be sold under the guidance of a skin specialist. Cosmeceutical products contains pharmaceutical grade ingredients at therapeutic doses and also have sophisticated delivery systems to transport these ingredients into the dermis (yep you've got it - where the good stuff happens). 
By N ZANNA 27 Apr, 2017
So you've done your research and found a reputable aesthetics clinic (thats why you are reading this so well done for getting this far!).  You have some concerns with your skin but you don't really know what the solution is.  The first thing you need to do is call our friendly team to book a Consultation with our Nurse - they are all lovely and will immediately put you at ease whilst finding an appointment on a day and time that suits you. 

When you arrive at the clinic you will instantly feel more relaxed - we are located just a few miles from Milton Keynes in beautiful countryside surroundings with plenty of free parking.  You will be welcomed to the clinic by Nikki who will offer you a tea/coffee and sit down with you for an informal chat. 

Nikki will ask you questions about your medical history, any medications taken and any allergies that you have just to make sure that any treatment which is planned is suitable for you.  She will also ask about any previous aesthetic treatments that you have had and talk to you about your current skincare routine.  Images will be taken using an iPad and she will ask you to use these to highlight any concerns that you have with your skin, e.g. lines, wrinkles, jowls, hyperpigmentation, scars, acne etc.  We use an iPad system called iConsult Aesthetic which allows us to tailor the consultation to your individual requirements and record your personal details, medical history, images etc in a paperless fashion.  Don't worry - this cloud based system is very secure for your safety and privacy and complies with the Data Protection Act.  We will never use your images in any of our advertising or social media unless you give your permission.

Once we have discussed your concerns Nikki will talk you through some treatment options taking into account your age, skin condition, skin type, skin colour, medical conditions, budget and expected outcome.  We will always give you a number of options for each concern that you have and you will never be pressurised into a treatment that you don't want, don't need or can't afford.  We will also provide you with full treatment costs and can set up a monthly payment scheme (FacePlan) if you wish to spread the cost of your treatments. You will be given ample time to discuss your needs and ask questions and we promise we will never rush you.  

We will book your next appointment and give you information brochures to take home. We will also create a profile for you on our online   AlumierMD skincare portal and send you a link so that you can view/purchase professional skincare products which are tailored specifically to your needs.  
By N ZANNA 15 Mar, 2017
If you have ever considered or had an aesthetic treatment you will be only too aware how challenging it can be to find someone that you can trust.  With new practitioners popping up left, right and centre the choices can be confusing and many people are influenced purely on price, sometimes leading them to be pressurised into time-limited deals that can leave them feeling regretful and disappointed. 

Unfortunately, many consumers would rather pay less for their cosmetic treatments and do not stop to think about their own safety, resulting in thousands of people suffering distressing complications or poor results at the hands of untrained practitioners.  Currently the industry is almost entirely unregulated whilst the demand for treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers continues to rise. The government has recognised the risks to the public and although The Department of Health has made a clear recommendation for an independent register, the government have declined to take action.  This means that currently ANYONE can provide injectable aesthetic treatments, leading to a surge in the number of beauty therapists and even reality TV stars setting up aesthetic clinics without the appropriate skills, experience or clinically suitable premises.  Worryingly, there has been an increase in the number of complications arising from aesthetic procedures with these 'rogue' practitioners being unable to treat complications such as allergic reactions, infections, blood vessel damage etc., leading to complications being left unrecognised and untreated.  

If you have been browsing our website or social media pages you may have noticed that we keep banging on about Save Face and we proudly display the Save Face logo - but what is Save Face and what does it mean?

So basically, Save Face is a government approved Register which which was set up to provide the public with an online resource to help you to choose a trained, qualified and registered practitioner.  All Save Face approved practitioners are medically qualified (i.e. doctors, nurses and dentists) and all have undergone rigorous checks before being granted Save Face accreditation. Save Face is recognised by the Department of Health, NHS England , The Care Quality Commission , The Professional Standards Authority and Health Education England and allows you to search, compare and rate practitioners registered with them. 

In order to become accredited by Save Face ALL practitioners and premises are individually assessed and inspected against a stringent set of standards.  This is a very thorough process which checks:

The Practitioner
  • Is who they say they are
  • Their qualifications are genuine and relevant
  • Their training and experience is appropriate
  • Is insured
  • Is registered with a statutory body (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council , General Medical Council )
  • Undertakes regular training updates

The Clinic/Premises
  • Comply with Health & Safety Legislation
  • Are clean and clinically appropriate
  • Has the necessary equipment and facilities to provide the treatments safely

The Products/Equipment
  • Are genuine
  • Are appropriately licensed
  • Are clinically safe
  • Are sourced from legitimate suppliers
  • Are appropriately stored and maintained
Halo Aesthetics Cosmetic Skin Clinic has been registered and accredited by Save Face since 2013 and we fully support industry regulation.  We prioritise safety, quality and high standards of care.  
By N ZANNA 16 Feb, 2017
Let me introduce myself - my name is Nikki Zanna and I'm the owner and Aesthetic Nurse at Halo Aesthetics Cosmetic Skin Clinic.  I have been a Registered Nurse for 26 years and have worked in the NHS and private sector specialising in surgical care, intensive care and community care.  In 2010 my family and I moved to Buckinghamshire from Fife in Scotland and I was looking for a new challenge.  I had always dreamed of starting a business, I had a lot of experience in nursing and I had a personal interest in aesthetic treatments (I had reached an age where the signs of ageing had started to creep in!), and so the idea for an aesthetics clinic was born.  

I spent several years building up a client base and getting as much aesthetics training under my belt as possible.  I spent a lot of time in Harley Street and other locations around the country getting the very best training and experience from industry experts and honed my skills in botulinum toxin treatments (Botox), dermal fillers, skin peels and micro needling.  I went back to University in 2013 to gain my Independent Nurse Prescriber qualification allowing me to work completely independently in the field of medical aesthetics and in 2012 I opened the doors to my first clinic.  I am now 6 years on and I can't believe how lucky I am - I meet lovely people every day and have the best job in the world - making people feel good about themselves. 

I specialise in anti-ageing treatments and skin health and offer treatments such as line softening (Botox), dermal fillers, lip fillers, skin peels, micro needling, nose reshaping, non-surgical eye lift and medical facials.  I currently treat around 1400 clients every year and they keep coming back so they must be happy with what I do!  One of my clients once described me as having 'magic hands' - I loved that description but there's no magic involved (my job would be a LOT easier if that was true!).  To do what I do requires the right blend of experience, knowledge, skill, technique and artistry.  Every client has different needs and I love seeing their faces light up when they look in the mirror at the end of their treatment. 

In an industry riddled with rogue practitioners; safety and quality are my top priorities.  I am registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council ,  a member (and Regional Leader) of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and my clinic is also accredited by  Save Face   so you can be assured that you are in safe hands. 

I have a special interest in skin health and believe that all skin can be improved with the right combination of treatments and home care products.  I frequently help clients to overcome common skin complaints such as acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and rosacea.  I am an AlumierMD Professional and also an  Obagi  Ambassador which means I have received specialised training in these product ranges.  I will be talking a lot about skincare in future blogs so watch this space. 

I am passionate about skin health and anti-ageing and regularly have professional articles published in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing. I have also been asked to speak at Conferences/workshops etc  and spend a lot of my time mentoring nurses who are new to the aesthetic industry.  I am dedicated to continuous professional development and promise that you will always receive the best treatments, using the best products to the best of my professional ability.  

If you would like to find out more about my clinic and the treatments I offer then have a browse through the website or give my friendly team a call on 0845 261 3703 to book a free consultation with me.  I really look forward to meeting you! 

Nikki 


By N ZANNA 09 Feb, 2017
We are so excited about our new skincare range and on Tuesday we invited some lucky clients in to the clinic for a VIP experience to celebrate the launch.  Everyone had a state of the art VISIA skin analysis using the latest skin imaging technology which provided valuable information about their skin health,  allowing us to customise a bespoke skincare routine for them.

We were joined by Kerri Cain from AlumierMD who proved to be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to skin health and skincare ingredients - I learned a lot about ingredients that I had never even heard of before I was introduced to AlumierMD ... one of the key ingredients that fascinated me was something called hinokitiol which is extracted from the oils of the Western Red Cedar tree.  Hinokitiol has superpower benefits - it soothes sensitive skin, calms irritations such as acne, has anti-oxidant properties and is also an effective skin brightener - amazing!  The AlumierMD range is packed with dozens and dozens of this type of naturally occurring ingredient and contains NO nasties - so no parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, dyes or dangerous chemicals.  What's not to like eh?
By N ZANNA 03 Oct, 2017

What is non-surgical blepharoplasty?

Well in order to answer that we first need to explain what ' blepharoplasty ' is ... 

Blepharoplasty  ( Greek blepharon , "eyelid" +  plassein  "to form") is a surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons to correct defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids - in other words ... eyelid surgery to remove excess skin (which makes the eyelids appear hooded or saggy) from the eyelids. 

Blepharoplasty is a great option for those with hooded, saggy eyelids but entails cutting and reforming the eyelids surgically. Although a highly effective procedure many people are put off by the down time, bruising, swelling and the risks involved. That's where NON SURGICAL BLEPHAROPLASTY comes in. Now a new technology is available to perform blepharoplasty non-surgically with minimal risk and downtime and at a fraction of the cost. 

How does it work?

Halo Aesthetics was one of the first skin clinics in the UK to use the innovative Plasma BT machine to perform eyelid tightening procedures using plasma energy. Plasma BT is an innovative device which delivers superficial plasma energy to the skin resulting in a process called 'sublimation' which creates tiny injuries which then induces a healing response. This normal response to injury results in the formation of new collagen which leads to skin 'shrinkage', thus making the area tighter and firmer. This process is perfectly safe and does not damage any of the underlying tissues or the eye itself. The tightening effect is usually seen immediately but improves over time as the area heals. 

The upper and lower eyelids can be treated either at the same time or one area at a time. 

What happens during the procedure?

After an initial consultation, (to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for non-surgical blepharoplasty), the area will be photographed and a strong local anaesthetic (numbing cream) will be applied to the eye area. This ensures that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Once the area is numb the area will be cleansed and the treatment will begin. The PlasmaBT machine is used to administer tiny shots of plasma energy across the area(s) where shrinkage is required. You will feel a sensation of warmth and a slight sting but the procedure is well tolerated and will usually last no longer than 15-20 minutes. 

Afterwards a cool pack is applied to the area to cool the skin and reduce the swelling. You will be given aftercare advice to ensure a rapid recovery. You will have tiny 'crusts' on the treated area which will fall off naturally after about 3-5 days, leaving fresh pink skin which will heal after a few more days without any visibility of scarring. The swelling may last a few days. 

By N ZANNA 22 Jun, 2017
WHAT IS ACNE?

Acne is the most common skin disease with an estimated 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 having acne outbreaks at some point. It is most common in teenagers and young adults but can also affect adults later in life. 

Acne is a skin disease that affects the skins oil glands. Pores connect to oil glands under the skin and these glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands through hair follicles. When the follicles become clogged up with oil this can produce blackheads and when combined with a build up of dead skin cells they can become blocked, leading to inflammation and infection which results in spot formation. 

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

It is not fully understood what causes acne but there are usually a combination of factors.  It is thought that the oil glands of people who are prone to acne are sensitive to the hormone testosterone (present in both men and women) which causes an excess production of oil (sebum). The acne bacteria (P. acnes) lives on everyones skin and is usually harmless but in those prone to acne excess oil production creates a breeding ground for the the multiplication of the P. acnes bacteria which triggers inflammation and the formation of red or pus-filled spots. 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE ACNE?

If you think you have acne and over the counter products (those bought in supermarkets, beauty departments etc.) are ineffective then you should think about either seeing your GP or attending a specialist skin clinic. 

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ACNE?

At present there is no cure for acne but there are many effective treatments available to manage the condition. Treatment is dependent on the severity of the condition. If you choose to visit your GP he/she is likely to recommend antibiotic tablets or topical treatments (creams, ointments). Hormone therapy (oral contraceptive pill) can also be effective in women who have acne. If these do not work and the acne is severe then you can be referred to a Dermatologist who may prescribe a medication called isotretinoin (Roaccutane). This medication is effective in clearing acne but has potentially serious side effects. 

If you choose to visit a private skin clinic then there are generally more treatment options available which are outlined below:

Cosmeceutical Skincare - this differs from over the counter skincare as these ranges contain high concentrations of active ingredients and have the ability to penetrate the skin. At Halo Aesthetics Cosmetic Skin Clinic we choose to use the AlumierMD Acne Series which contains ingredients such as hinokitiol (a plant extract which is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial), salicylic acid (known to clear pores and reduce acne), sea whip (a natural marine plant extract which is anti-irritant and reduces redness) as well as anti-oxidants, peptides and vitamins. For more information click here

Prescription Skincare - for more severe acne we offer Obagi Clenziderm, a prescription system with highly effective products containing salicylic acid and soluble benzoyl peroxide to get acne under control quickly. For more information click here .

By N ZANNA 03 May, 2017
SKIN HEALTH  can be a very confusing subject especially when faced with a bombardment of advertising, with every brand claiming that theirs is the one that works! It is very easy to be fooled into buying the latest cream or serum (sometimes at great cost) only to find that like everything else it just doesn't work.

Let's get one simple fact straight - anything that you buy 'off the shelf' comes under the classification of 'cosmetic'. Under cosmetic licensing laws these products are not allowed to have a physical effect on the dermis (the deep part of the skin where all the good stuff happens). If this WERE the case then they would be classed as pharmaceutical and would not be able to be sold over the counter. Some cosmetics are quite good at plumping the outer layer of skin (dead skin cells) which can give the illusion that the skin looks better but is not addressing the cause of the problem.

Thats where 'cosmeceuticals' come in ... cosmetic + pharmaceutical = cosmeceutical . So these are products which are only available in specialist skin clinics like Halo Aesthetics where they can be sold under the guidance of a skin specialist. Cosmeceutical products contains pharmaceutical grade ingredients at therapeutic doses and also have sophisticated delivery systems to transport these ingredients into the dermis (yep you've got it - where the good stuff happens). 
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