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CoolSculpting: For The Body You’ve Been Working For

28th Jun, 2018
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Time and time again we set ourselves the goal of weight loss, declaring that this time we won’t quit our diets or exercise regimes until we’ve reached the perfect physique.

But those who remember rabidly scrolling through calorie tracking apps to find each ingredient of their home-cooked dinners, or genuinely feeling death was imminent when the treadmill is turned up, know how complex weight loss can be. Too many calories lead to weight increase. Eating fewer calories than dictated by your BMR (basal metabolic rate), can cause muscle loss, physical stress, and even weight gain.

Many diets “work” in terms of dropping the number on the scale – but when the fat deposits start to crawl back again, you realise that the loss was just water weight and muscle degradation.

This is the point at which dieters start to wonder if there’s an easier way. Most of these people aren’t lazy by any means. They’re happy to work against putting weight on, but convincing their bodies to shed its fat reserves is much harder.

Thankfully there is a technique for getting rid of stubborn fat. What’s more, it isn’t invasive, has minimal downtime, and won’t leave scarring or loose skin. Remarkably, it actually freezes the body’s fat cells. CoolSculpting is quickly becoming one of the glitterati’s favourite weight loss aids, popular for its ability to target certain stubborn areas: the lower belly, underarms, hips or double chin.

Revere’s branded CoolSculpting machines work by freezing the fat cells in these areas, after which the body recognizes the cells as waste and naturally breaks them down before elimination. When professionally performed, the procedure avoids raising cholesterol: the fat cells are subsumed by the immune system into specific white blood cells called macrophages. Furthermore, CoolSculpting includes no pain or lingering effects. For around fifteen minutes, some redness and swelling might be experienced, but with no anaesthetic required, it’s easy to get right back into the swing of things after your CoolSculpting session.

Crucially, Revere uses CoolSculpting only, with machines created by the original inventor of the fat-freezing technique (Cryolipolsis), Zeltiq. We don’t use CoolSculpting out of brand loyalty, but because CoolSculpting machines are the only Cryolipolsis delivery device which is approved by the FDA to prevent side effects such as frostbite to the skin.

Zeltiq’s $70 million research investment was spent to achieve maximum safety and effectiveness. Its safety standards are just not achievable at cut-rate prices offered by imitation brands – and at Revere, we absolutely refuse to compromise on client safety.

CoolSculpting provides very noticeable results, without the expense and side-effects of more invasive surgeries. And as doctors who care about their clients’ health, our founders Dr. SachMohan and Dr.Sabika Karim also champion the procedure because it doesn’t cover up an unhealthy lifestyle.

Once frozen by CoolSculpting, fat cells are gone for good. But healthy – though not restrictive or punishing – food and exercise habits are needed to stop new cells forming, in the same way that people who are naturally slim need to keep up good habits to stay that way. So if you need to wipe the slate clean, CoolSculpting is here. Afterwards? Your body’s future is up to you.

Suffering from Visible Leg Veins? We Can Help

15th Jun, 2018
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If the thought of summer approaching fills you with anxiety, simply because you’re worried about showing your legs off, you’re not alone.

Thread veins are common, especially as we age, but they can really affect the sufferer’s confidence. It might be that you plan your outfits around hiding your leg veins, wearing long skirts and trousers even when it’s hot, or that you feel like you have to avoid situations where you might need to show some skin (for example, taking your children swimming or going on holidays by the beach). But no one should have to avoid wearing what they want or taking part in activities they enjoy just because they feel self-concious. As an expert Harley Street skin clinic with a centre of excellence in Northwood, Revere can help. With our GMax Pro Nd: YAG laser and Sclerotherapy treatments, you won’t need to feel embarrassed anymore.

What Causes Thread Veins?

Thread veins are small, visible veins beneath the surface of the skin. They may be red or blue in appearance and are very common, especially in women. Around 20% of women in their 20s are thought to have thread veins, and this increases to 50% with ageing [1]. They are caused by tiny capillaries (our smallest blood vessels) becoming damaged or breaking, and a number of factors, including ageing, genetics, pregnancy and lifestyle choices can contribute to visible thread veins.

How Does the GMax Pro Help?

The GMax Pro addresses thread veins by targeting bright pigmentation in the skin, heating up and destroying the small veins without affecting the rest of the skin. It does this by delivering an intense, targeted burst of light to the affected area, which is absorbed by the blood vessels. The laser penetration can be set to different wavelengths to target different conditions, and patients see extraordinary results in just a few sessions, with the vein being reabsorbed by the body over a period of 4-6 weeks. For this reason, we space sessions 6 weeks apart.

The GMax can induce temporary swelling and sensitivity in the skin, but many patients experience no side effects at all, and the treatment is relatively painless.

Sclerotherapy for Stubborn Leg Veins

Sclerotherapy can treat both thread and varicose veins, making it a great treatment for extensive or stubborn leg veins. The treatment involves injecting a solution into the veins of the legs, causing irritation to the blood vessel that makes it collapse and clump together. We would advise compression stockings for 2 weeks after the treatment. During this period, it will turn into pale scar tissue, fading from view. It might sound unpleasant, but the needle used for injection is very fine and normally causes mild discomfort and cramping for just a minute or two, with the procedure taking around 30 minutes overall. The procedure has been safely practiced by surgeons and doctors since the 1930s [2]. Repeat treatments are often required.

Whether sclerotherapy or the GMax treatment is best for you depends on the nature and extent of your condition, as well as its underlying causes. Sclerotherapy, for example, cannot be practiced on pregnant women, or those taking certain medications. At your complimentary, in-depth consultation, your Revere doctor will consider your medical history and desired results to determine the best course of action for you. Our Northwood clinic is a Centre of Excellence and European Training Centre for Syneron Candela (the makers of the GMax Pro), so you’ll receive the highest standard of treatment. You can rest easy in the knowledge that your chosen procedure will only ever be administered by one of our experienced cosmetic physicians – and hiding your legs away will soon become a worry of the past.

[1] http://www.healthcentre.org.uk/cosmetic-treatments/thread-veins-causes.html

[2] http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-sclerotherapy#1

Retinoids: Everything You Need to Know

14th Jun, 2018
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It often seems that a hot new anti-ageing compound comes out every day: resveratrol, alpha arbutin, copper peptides, niacinamide – it’s impossible to keep up! But few skincare ingredients have the same credentials as retinoids. The anti-ageing properties of antioxidant powerhouse vitamin A and its derivatives have been studied for many years, and a substantial body of research has accumulated, clinically proving their effectiveness.

They’re the secret star behind many well-known skincare products, from Retinyl Palmitate in No7’s famous Protect & Perfect serum and Bio Oil, to potent retinoic acid in high-end specialist skincare lines like Obagi. With so many variations in strength, type and formula, taking your first step into the world of retinoids can seem daunting – but here’s everything you need to know.

1) Not all retinoids are born equal…

As mentioned, retinoids come in many forms, and some are more effective than others. Retinoic acid is the most potent, well-researched type [1] and tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) is perhaps the most well-known of these. Retinoic acids are only available on prescription, and all department store and cosmeceutical retinoids (such as Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Esters) must convert to retinoic acid on the skin, which is why these prescription preparations are the most effective.

2) It’s two steps forward, one step back when you first start…

Many new users of vitamin A products are put off by how their skin reacts during the first couple of weeks – some people even assume that they’re allergic. In fact, when you first start using a retinoid, some peeling, redness, dryness, irritation and flushing are a natural part of the acclimatization process, and can even be a sign that the product is effective.

Vitamin A increases skin cell turnover, stimulating regrowth while thickening the deeper layers of the skin – causing peeling and irritation while old, damaged cells are removed [2]. Weak, ineffectual formulas won’t cause these reactions…but they won’t garner impressive results, either. Persevere through the tricky early stages and you’ll be rewarded with the smooth glow of renewed skin.

3) You can easily minimise unwanted effects

There are several simple ways to get around the adverse effects of early retinoid use. Try building up tolerance by starting with a lower concentration, such as 0.5% Retriderm, and applying it twice a week or every other night. As your skin grows accustomed to the product, you can build up towards a higher concentration. Unless you have severe sun damage or very deep wrinkles, we’ve found that Retriderm strikes the ideal balance between clinical effectiveness and minimal skin reactivity – and it’s more cost effective than a cheaper, weaker product like No7, because it actually works. It’s the perfect product for those 40+ who want to press pause on early signs of ageing.

It’s also very important that you use a high factor SPF when you’re using vitamin A products, as the cell turnover reveals new skin cells which are vulnerable to sun damage. If you skip this step, you could actually do more damage to your skin than good!

4) Retinoids aren’t just for anti-ageing…

When topically applied, Vitamin A truly resurfaces the skin – so it can help a wide range of skin complaints, not just signs of ageing. At Revere, we regularly prescribe Obagi’s 7-step Nu-Derm systems with tretinoin for the treatment of hyperpigmentation, unevenness, sun-damage, acne, rough or congested skin and sagging, too. As well as Retriderm (mentioned above), we recommend Endocare and Cellpro products, which are specially formulated to brighten, lighten and even out skin tone. Endocare uses a Snail Biotechnology while Cellpro contains stem cells and retinoic acid to transform the skin.

Any high-quality retinoid will resolve multiple skin complaints in one go – so if you’re fed up of being told to use a different product for every day of the week, pack them in and plump for a retinoid. No other ingredient has the same tried-and-tested record of effectiveness, and you’ll be amazed by the results if you stick with it. Pop into our Harley Street cosmetic clinic to benefit from our prescription-only products and our Cosmetic Physicians’ expertise – we’ll be delighted to guide you through the complex yet rewarding world of retinoids and devise a custom skincare system, ideally suited to your needs.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2699641/
[2] http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/464026_2

Getting the Perfect Pre-Party Pout

7th Jun, 2018
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This winter, it’s all about big, bold lips, with smudgy, kissed-off looking lipstick hitting the catwalks at Temperly London, Giambattista Valli and Topshop’s winter shows. Beautiful as the feathered-out reds and smeared wine hues looked on the catwalk, it’s not a trend many thinner-lipped babes will be feeling excited about – you definitely need plump lips to pull off the puffy, pouty, just-bitten look that Vogue and Marie Claire are raving about.

But there’s no reason to miss out on this festive trend. With Revere, it’s easy to increase the size of your pucker – without resorting to the dreaded ‘trout pout’. Our experts can help with all your lip woes, from boosting volume, to subtly altering the shape, to treating wrinkles in the surrounding area. Here’s how to get the perfect pre-party pout!

Boost Your Volume with Dermal Fillers

It’s the crucial first step towards kissable lips – volume! With photos of over-filled, droopy or asymmetrical lips crowding Instagram, it’s natural to be wary of dermal fillers if you’ve never had them before – but fear not. At Revere, your fillers are only ever administered by medically trained, expert Aesthetic Physicians, whose light hands will help you to get the subtle volume you’ve always craved – without anyone ever suspecting you’ve had work done. Our hyaluronic acid dermal fillers moisturise from the inside for a perfectly soft and kissable pout, and they last for up to six months. Book your complimentary consultation with Revere, and that perfect pucker could be yours – just in time to dazzle during party season!

Reverse Wrinkles with Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Other than lacklustre lip volume, there’s one serious concern many of our patients have with their lips – wrinkles. Whether you’re struggling with a crinkly philtrum after years of smoking, your sun-worshipping has left you with the lines and discolouration of sun damage, or age is simply starting to take its toll, we can help. Fractional Skin Resurfacing can dramatically improve the texture of your skin, around the lips and across your entire face (or anywhere else you choose to have it!), and with the EndyMed 3DEEP system we use at Revere, it’s quick and virtually painless. Though we recommend a course of three treatments, smoother, tighter and brighter skin will be yours after just one session – find out more about EndyMed 3DEEP at Revere here.

Send Marionette & Nasolabial Lines Packing with Silhouette Soft

So you’ve got a newly plumped pout, and the skin around your mouth is looking as soft and smooth as a new-born’s – there’s only one thing standing between you and the perfect pucker. Marionette lines, deep nasolabial folds and sagging jowls can combine to detract from the beauty of your luscious lips, and can be hard to treat – but fortunately, Revere excels in a brand new and exciting protocol.

Silhouette Soft is often called the ‘non-surgical face lift’, because of its ability to dramatically lift and tighten the skin using state-of-the-art suture technology. Using specially designed polyactic acid threads, Silhouette Soft reshapes and restores volume in the skin, boosting collagen and restoring definition – all without invasive surgery. Nasolabial lines are softened or eliminated, marionette lines become a concern of the past and sagging jowls are lifted, leaving you with new definition and smooth, taut skin. This state-of-the-art procedure can take years off your face, leaving you with flawless skin which does justice to your newly youthful lips!

Whatever your lip woe, Revere can help. Our expert Aesthetic Physicians can work with you to devise a tailor-made treatment plan, which addresses your individual needs and leaves you with the fuller, younger-looking lips you desire – just in time for party season. Simply book your complimentary consultation at Revere and we’ll be delighted to help – your perfect pout awaits!

Why You Should Always Visit a Doctor for Your Aesthetic Treatments

3rd Jun, 2018
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For many people, undergoing aesthetic enhancement is the ultimate act of empowerment – it leaves them looking great and feeling more confident than ever. However, aesthetic treatments can come with certain risks if not carefully considered by patients and carried out by highly trained doctors. Here, the experienced team at Revere Clinics explain the top mistakes people make when deciding to undergo aesthetic enhancements, and how you can avoid them to achieve the look of your dreams.

The biggest mistake people make in the aesthetic enhancement process is choosing the wrong person to administer treatment. Too often, patients choose low cost over high quality, and they end up paying the price in their results. Botched lip augmentations and bad cheek fillers are littered throughout the media and across Instagram, usually the product of rushed budget operations outside of a clinical environment.

But patchy lip and cheek fillers are just the beginning. Skimping on quality treatment also carries safety risks. As with any medical procedure, every precaution should be taken to ensure a patient’s health and safety before, during and after aesthetic treatment. Low quality facilities offering aesthetic procedures aren’t likely to address these crucial safety concerns, or to do all that they can to make a patient feel comfortable.

When unqualified people perform aesthetic enhancements, there are several reasons things go wrong. Aside from obvious lack of training, experience and medical knowledge, they don’t have an understanding of the holistic nature of aesthetic treatments – that is, the way the entire structure of the face must be taken into account even when working on a single feature. They might take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, overlooking the fact that each patient has a unique history and set of needs that calls for bespoke treatment.

So how can you avoid these mistakes and achieve the results you’re after? The key lies in selecting an experienced cosmetic doctor operating in a clinical setting to carry out your treatment. The best doctors will always tailor treatments to each patient to ensure that natural-looking results are achieved. In that same vein, capable cosmetic doctors know what will look best on a specific patient. They do not try to copy and paste Angelina Jolie’s lips onto someone else; rather, they create a look that satisfies the patient’s desires while working with their features.

At Revere Clinics, we pride ourselves on being some of the most respected and skilled professionals in the aesthetic field. Each treatment carried out at our renowned Harley Street clinic is tailored to suit the individual, and the subtlety and quality of our results is unparalleled. When you decide to undergo aesthetic enhancement at Revere, our cosmetic physicians work with you to ensure that you are receiving the highest level of care every step of the way.

Aesthetic enhancements can be confidence-boosting and rejuvenating, but they must be administered by experienced cosmetic physicians in order to ensure safety and quality. To learn more about how bespoke treatment leads to beautiful, natural-looking results, book a consultation at Revere Clinics today.

The Non-Surgical Nose Job: Are You a Candidate?

1st Jun, 2018
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A wonky, bumpy, hooked, bridgeless or fractured nose holds the power to prevent an otherwise flawless face from reaching perfection, and can really damage the self-esteem of its owner. Little wonder then, that despite the overall decline in invasive surgeries, rhinoplasty remains popular – but Revere Clinics offers a sophisticated non-invasive solution. Our non-surgical nose job can solve all the nose woes just mentioned and more, through the use of subtly placed nose fillers – so could it be right for you?

How Does the Non-Surgical Nose Job Work?

The non-surgical nose job involves using dermal fillers to add volume to selected areas of the nose, correcting numerous structural issues. These fillers are made from a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid, a substance which occurs naturally in the body, and is safely reabsorbed back into the skin over time.

Adding volume to the nose may sound counterintuitive, but beauty isn’t achieved solely by having extraordinary eyes, shapely lips or a tiny little button nose – rather, it’s how such features relate to each other which makes us beautiful. Facial symmetry has been shown to be the most important quality for both male and female attractiveness, and this is why fillers can help you achieve the nose you’ve always wanted. Nose fillers can be used to straighten out hooks, conceal bumps, correct asymmetry from a previous fracture, create or enhance the bridge of the nose and more – all without the pain and downtime of traditional rhinoplasty.

What Happens During a Non-Surgical Nose Job?

At your complementary consultation, one of our expert Cosmetic Physicians will analyse the structure of your nose to identify structural problems, then sketch out how your enhanced nose will look. The dermal fillers themselves can take as little as five minutes, and the non-surgical nose job is a Revere signature procedure, meaning our doctors are highly skilled and experienced in its administration.  In fact, many of our patients are referred to Revere by word-of-mouth, seeking us out directly once they’ve seen their friends’ results. We also specialise in Asian faces, so we’re adept at addressing the flared alars and lack of nasal bridge which many Asian patients complain of.

What Can’t a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Achieve?

Nose fillers aren’t right for everyone, though they do offer a highly effective, non-invasive alternative for many common concerns. However, the NSNJ can’t remove volume from the nose or shorten it, and its results are temporary, generally lasting for around a year. Having said that, it has some obvious advantages.

Traditional rhinoplasty is frequently ranked as one of the most painful procedures available, and typically involves breaking or shaving the nose prior to reshaping it. Stitches and a splint may be required, as may the use of nasal sprays or douches to counter excessive build-up of mucus, and significant bruising around the eyes and nose can appear. Antibiotics are generally required following the surgery, and exercise or strenuous activity is forbidden for a minimum of three weeks. It may take up to a year for your final result to be fully visible [1]. UK costs vary from around £4,500 to upwards of £7,000 [2].

Nose fillers, on the other hand, involve minimal downtime. While they can cause bruising at injection sites and minor redness or swelling for a couple of days, most of our patients are back at work shortly after their procedure. The NSNJ can be reversed at Revere through Hyalase, so if you don’t like your results you won’t be stuck with them, and the procedure is far more affordable, with Revere’s prices starting at £400.

So if your nose is letting your looks down, book a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced Aesthetic Physicians. We’ll discuss whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, answer any questions you may have and show you how your results should look. With the non-surgical nose job, there’s no need to undergo invasive surgeries for structural nose concerns any more – so get in touch to find out how we can help.

[1] https://www.drducic.com/post-op-instructions/after-rhinoplasty/

[2] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/cosmetic-treatments-guide/Pages/nose-job.aspx

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