Wrinkle Treatments

The Cog Lift: Your Questions Answered

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Ever wondered what a cog lift is? If you have a question or two, we have the answers, having sat down with our founder Helen to get the inside scoop on this revolutionary treatment – one of many to be added to our brimming menu here at Helen Taylor Aesthetics in Rugby.

A cog lift is an effective treatment designed to lift and tighten sagging skin tissue. Re-defining facial contours and offering results which can last up to three years, the threads used in a cog lift treatment will form an integral support structure for the tissue of the face. This is due to collagen synthesis – and the lifting effect reaches its peak six months later, when collagen forms around the threads.

Read on to learn more about this popular treatment.

What happens during a cog lift?

During a PDO cog lift treatment, small threads are inserted into the skin in the optimum places to achieve a desired lift.

Who can the cog lift treatment help?

People who suffer with dropped contours in their face, neck and potentially other areas of their body can benefit from the cog lift.

Is the cog lift better for mature skin?

Depending on skin type, anything from the medications you’re taking to your skin type can affect the outcome of this lift treatment. For example, thicker skin types may require a different type of thread to achieve desired results. We will, of course, discuss this in your initial consultation at Helen Taylor Aesthetics.

Can the cog lift benefit someone in their 20s?

No, this treatment is for over 30s. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss any treatments which are better suited to your individual age bracket.

What about the recovery time for the cog lift? Can patients be back to work straight after?

Potentially, they can. However, there may be some discomfort for 24 to 48 hours after, as well as some bruising.

What’s the price of the cog lift at Helen Taylor Aesthetics?

For this treatment, price is on application. The cost varies, due to the number of threads used. However, please note that this price includes a follow-up appointment three months later, where additional threads can be inserted to achieve the optimum lift or result.

What’s the waiting time for a cog lift at you’re the clinic?

Currently it is two to three weeks, but it’s always best to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Are you interested in trying the cog lift for yourself? Get in touch with our team or book a no-obligation consultation at Helen Taylor Aesthetics.

Vicki’s Vlog – Plasma Blast & Liquid Plasma Facial Treatments

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Vicki’s back with another excellent blog for us all. This time focusing on Plasma Blast & Liquid Plasma Facial Treatments.
Stay tuned to our youtube channel and facebook page, as Vicki will be updating us all daily on her progress.
Thanks Vicki!…

 

Dear Helen – PDO Threads

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The latest episode of Dear Helen is here….

This week we cover PDO Threads

Don’t forget to get in touch if you have a question for Helen.

 

Helen Taylor Aesthetics Advent – Christmas Promotion

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This December we have a fantastic Christmas Advent Calendar promotion taking place on our facebook page.

From the 1st to the 24th of December we will have a different offer every day.

These offers will only be available to 3 lucky people, and the offer will only be revealed on the day.

Every day at 12 noon we will post the offer on our Facebook Page. It will look like this….

How do you get a chance to claim one of these exciting offers you ask? Well, all you need to do is follow us on Facebook and be in the first 3 to comment on the relevant offer.

It’s that simple, so join us on facebook this festive season and make sure you’re checking our page regularly.

The small print:
You must be over 25 years of age. Offers cannot be used in conjunction with our finance products. You must book your appointment for January or February 2018. Dermal fillers are not included in this promotion. A deposit must be paid to secure the booking of your appointment.

Dear Helen – Plasma Blast

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The latest Dear Helen video is now live! This week we discuss Plasma Blast treatments.

Don’t forget to get in touch if you have a question for Helen.

 

How the A-list banish dark circles permanently

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Contouring might be all the rage, but tear trough treatment, an advanced aesthetic treatment, is an increasingly popular way to erase dark circles for good. Read on to discover every bright-eyed celeb’s secret

Make-up can work wonders for masking tired eyes and a lack of sleep – as anyone who has ever stockpiled Touche Éclat knows. As we get older, however, the delicate skin beneath the eyes loses density, making dark circles more pronounced. For some women, this under-eye bruising or panda effect can begin as young as the 20s, making the face appear tired no matter how much sleep you have. And let’s face it, none of us get enough sleep as it is.

So how come the celebs always manage to look so bright eyed? These are busy women with demanding jobs and hectic lives, just like us, and yet they still manage to light up the screen, not to mention look awesome on Instagram.

Tear trough treatment – the A-list’s big secret

Well, it may well be down to an advanced aesthetic procedure called tear trough treatment – and Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian are just a few of the bright-eyed A-listers who are rumoured to have had it. Which makes sense. If you need to look your best 24/7, then this painless procedure can definitely help. It can also be performed in less than an hour.

After numbing the skin, a solution of hyaluronic acid – a filler, that mimics the body’s own natural moisturiser – is eased into the tissue beneath the eyes, instantly plumping out the skin and reducing that bruised or hollowed-out appearance. Not only is the procedure quick and painless, tear trough treatment is also incredibly affordable.

Treat yourself today

At Helen Taylor Aesthetics, we offer a number of interest free finance packages tailored to your budget, so you can spread the cost of treatments over a year. You might not be on the Silver Screen, but looking great in selfies on your smart phone screen is just as important, right?

Contact us today, to arrange a free consultation to discuss the best treatments for you. If nothing else, you could save you a fortune on concealer…

Sssshhhh… Your best kept secret.

Plasma Blast – Guest Post – Vicky’s Vlog

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A little while ago, I was sitting in a large meeting and one of my colleagues appeared with significant scabs under his eyes.  He’s not a chap with a particular reputation for cage fighting or street brawling, so it raised eyebrows… After the meeting, he told me he’d had an allergic reaction to some eye drops the optician had used, during a contact lens trial.  Remember this excuse; it may come in useful for you, too!

I had agreed to be Helen’s guinea pig on her plasma blast training course.  I liked the idea of being a guinea pig.  I had even practised squeaking, and eating hay.   Turns out, I needed none of those things. I just needed to lie down, and bring my wrinkles.  I had plenty of those!

The training course was in Warrington, and I spent a happy morning pootling around a shopping mall, drinking coffee and people watching – there are a lot of very orange people in Warrington…

At lunchtime, I returned to the college and Helen came downstairs to inspect my wrinkles.  I had deep sleep scars on my forehead, ex-smoker’s lines around my mouth, a whole flock of crow’s feet and a significantly hooded right eyelid.  Helen thought she might have time to have a go at most of them, and so she smothered me in anaesthetic cream, and I was on my own for 45 minutes, while my face (metaphorically) froze.

Upstairs, face frozen, I was laid on a bed – Helen even provided a pillow, and a very attractive white disposable mop cap to keep my unruly hair out of the way.  The experience couldn’t have been more relaxing!  I was, I’ll admit, a little nervous – Helen is always very steady handed, and I’ve had a number of procedures done by her – including tattooed eyeliner, which really does require a high level of trust and confidence!  But even still, we were working in some sensitive areas.  Helen started with my upper lip, as that’s the most sensitive area of the face.  The work was quick and interesting – I felt nothing more than a little ‘ping’ of sensation with each application of the pen (which never really touches your skin).  On a pain scale of 1-10, I’d say it was no more than a 4 at the very most.  There is an very distinct smell of burning – I guess the singeing hair – but otherwise, nothing very remarkable.  Helen worked on 4 deep creases on my upper lip, and then moved to my crow’s feet.

The crow’s feet were also very comfortable; very quick and not at all painful.  Next, she worked on my eyelid.  This was a little more sensitive, although I think a lot of my sensitivity was psychological – the thought of a burny thing working on my eyelid was very weird.  Helen worked on quite a wide area of my eyelid, and then moved on to the sleep scars on my forehead.

When she had finished, the areas Helen had worked on were covered in tiny little pale brown dots.  But apart from that, there was really nothing remarkable.  What was immediately obvious was that my eyelid had lifted.  Even with the mild swelling following the procedure, the eyelid was much less droopy than it had been.

Helen ran through the after-care – keep it dry, don’t pick, use aloe vera, basically – and off we went.

The healing process was interesting.  It was, in all, about 8 days before the scabs finally fell off.  I am an inveterate picker, but I was super disciplined about not picking these scabs – nobody wants scars on their face, right?  It was hard to keep the eyelid dry; the scabs were right in the crease, and it was the height of the hottest summer in 20 years.  The eyelid was just moist at the end of every day – but it dried out afresh each night.  Having a dry, stiff scab on your eyelid is an interesting sensation.

The scabs on my lip were the first to fall off, and the results were incredibly impressive.  I’ve gone from having a top lip that Hilda Ogden would have been proud of, to a smooth, flat upper lip.  If you’re considering lip treatment, I’d say go for it!! It works a treat.  The only real learning I’d pass on to you is: wax your lip before you go for treatment.  The combination of scabbing and a moustache is not an attractive one – even if you are the only one who notices it!

Next to go were the crow’s feet scabs.  These areas are perhaps the most impressive of all.  My partner has only just stopped marvelling at the smoothness of my under eye area – the plasma pen result has been almost miraculous! The scabs left no redness – not picking really is the key, here, and I genuinely have lost at least 30 years from my upper cheekbone.

The eyelid healed next, and then the forehead.  The eyelid is significantly better than it was – for the first time in my life, both sides of my face are the same!  It’s a remarkable change.  The forehead has also healed well, although the sleep scars aren’t completely eradicated – they were by far the deepest marks on my face, and I do still sleep with my face pressed into a pillow.  They’re radically improved, but not quite gone.

The most significant lesson I would pass on to you would be this: the healing is only about 8 days long, but it’s significant.  On days 2 and 3 (and possibly even 4) the swelling will be significant, and the scabs are very obvious.  If you can, take time off work and take the opportunity to hole up somewhere.  I was surprised how much it got to me, having people stare and ask what had happened.  If you can’t take time off work, big shades are your friend!  I lived in huge sunglasses and made full use of my full fringe!

Was it worth it?  Yes, it absolutely was!  Would I do it again?  Yup.  No hesitation.  It’s a seriously impressive procedure.

Would I recommend you contact Helen and ask her to do it for you?  I honestly can’t think of anybody I would rather trust with my face than Helen.  She knows what she’s doing; she takes the time to understand you, and what’s important to you; she is kind, gentle and careful.  You couldn’t be in better hands.

Chemical Peels

Forget everything you think you know about chemical peels

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The new generation of chemical peels are all about skin remodelling, and can be used to treat everything from dark spots and wrinkles to acne and rosacea

Chemical peels pretty much do what they say on the tin. Apply acid solution, lift away dead skin cells. Job done.

Except, if you’re going to the right salon (pssst, like mine!), then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. At Helen Taylor Aesthetics, we’re all about smart peels, rather than harsh ones. Skin remodelling is the hot new buzz term in beauty, and here’s why.

In the past, skin peels simply attacked the top layers of the face to reveal younger skin beneath. Now, thanks to new more sophisticated formulations, the emphasis is on treating the skin from the inside out, with acids that work deep within the dermis, rather than irritating the surface of the skin. Bear with me – here comes the science…

Enerpeels use a unique patented carrier technology that means the peeling agents (acids to you and I) aren’t activated until they’ve penetrated the dermal layer. Not only does this mean the results are more controlled (less reddening and swelling, for starters), it also means we can introduce other helpful ingredients into the formulations to treat your specific needs.

I see a lot of clients for acne, which responds well to peels. The benefit of Enerpeels is that we can use a mixture of different acids to exfoliate the skin on a deep level, and reduce scarring – but also add anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents into the formulation to treat the acne itself. If wrinkles are an issue, then nourishing anti-ageing ingredients can also be given alongside your peel. For rosacea – another condition that responds well to peels – anti-reddening agents can be used to calm the complexion and tackle the root cause of the issue. In other words, a bespoke treatment that’s perfectly tailored to your skin. Now that’s my kind of cocktail!

If you want to know more about our chemical peels, click here or get in touch to arrange a free consultation.

Stay skin smart!

Helen

Botox

I Never Dreamed I’d Have Botox

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Guest Blog Post : So I’m A 50 Something Professional Woman (I Never Dreamed I’d Have Botox!)

So. I’m a fifty-something professional woman. I’m a pretty low-maintenance, no daily make-up, casual clothes kind of person. And that’s fine. I’ve never really thought about it, to be honest.

But – because obviously there’s a but – as my fifties approached, I began to review my health and appearance. I come from a long line of… shall we say solidly-built women? In my family, we tend to thicken round the middle, broaden round the backside, pucker round the lips and eyes and grow hair in places hair didn’t ought to be. And nobody wants to end up looking like their mother, right? Right.

I started seeing Helen many years ago, for reversible standard beauty treatments. She used to shape my eyebrows, for example, and one afternoon the pair of us ended up in hysterics when she compared me (unflatteringly) to Dennis Healey. She wasn’t wrong! And nobody wants to end up looking like their father, either… (not that Dennis Healey is my father, you understand).

So a few years ago, I took the plunge and asked Helen to tattoo me some decent eyebrows. So that I had a proper shape to follow, and could just keep my own eyebrow hair trimmed (back to Dennis Healey again) and in shape. I was a bit nervous, as I have seen other tattooed brows that just end up making their face look like a bad drag queen. But I trusted Helen, so we went ahead and did it. She drew me a shape, showed me her colour matching proposal (my hair hasn’t been its natural colour for over 40 years, so we had to find something that matched a whole rainbow of potential shades) and off we went. The result was superb. It really lifted my face, and took years off me. So I went ahead and asked her to do my eyeliner. She was a bit surprised when I wanted it done in purple – apparently this isn’t a standard request! – but having checked I was in my right mind, we went ahead and did that, too. And that also looks fabulous. I’m not going to lie, it was sensitive, but it was well worth the very temporary discomfort.

Roll forwards a few years. As a youngster I had been a heavy smoker, and I have very, very dry skin. My job got more and more senior and complex, my forehead became more and more furrowed, and my upper lip folded itself uncharmingly into deep crevasses. I looked as though I had my mouth permanently clamped around a cigarette. Combined with that unfortunate hair growth gene of my mother’s and on a bad day, it was a seriously unfortunate look! I got in touch with Helen.

We thought long and hard, and she talked me through my options. She was incredibly reassuring and professional, and totally understood my reservations and misgivings. In the end, we decided on botox for the forehead and filler for the upper lip, which would plump it out and smooth out the wrinkles at the same time. I was really nervous about this – we’ve all seen the photos of Lesley Ash, and nobody wants that. But Helen took it slowly, talked me through what she was doing, and let me pause to check progress after every single injection. Her patience is really unparalleled!

So thanks to Helen I’ve hit my 50th year in better shape than I was in my 40th! I look younger, I feel less scowly and grumpy, and I am more confident. My partner is amazed at the change in my face and demeanour. And Dennis Healey is banished into the recess of dim and unfortunate memory!

By Vicki

Wrinkle relaxers (“Botox”) versus dermal fillers: which one is right for you?

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With Christmas fast approaching, my email inbox has been bursting at the seams. It seems that everyone wants to look fantastic in time for the festive season!

It’s lovely to see how many people are starting to recognise the long-term value of aesthetic beauty treatments and how much they can boost both appearance and confidence.

Among my most popular requests from both men and women is the desire to reduce wrinkles and smooth out fine lines.

 

I offer two services in this aspect and recommend treatment tailored to each individual situation. You can book a free consultation to discuss this further. In the mean time, I’ve used this post to give you some insight into these highly-sought-after treatments!

 

So what’s the difference between Wrinkle Relaxers (Botox) and Dermal Fillers?

wrinkle and line relaxersWrinkle Relaxers are the most popular non-surgical aesthetic procedure in the UK. This treatment works on the upper part of the face to relax the muscles and smooth out the skin. As a treatment designed for long-term use, it works by re-educating the skin into a new, fresh cycle and encouraging regeneration. Wrinkle Relaxers work to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, in particular frown lines, forehead lines, crows feet, bunny lines and top lip lines. I use narrow needles to inject purified protein into the key, pre-defined target areas without any need for anaesthetic. It will be over before you know it!

Dermal Fillers are different as they act superficially to fill out hollows and wrinkles without treating the muscle underneath. I use Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers to replace lost collagen for improved skin elasticity and a more youthful appearance. Again, there is no anaesthetic required but I will apply a numbing cream for your comfort before injecting fillers into the target areas using a slimline needle. It’s tiny. Fillers are typically used for brow shaping and lifting, as well as to enhance sunken cheeks, thin lips and a droopy chin. They are also used in non-surgical facelift or nose reshaping treatments and work well to disguise eye bags.

The key difference is that fillers work to replace lost volume and plump up the skin whereas wrinkle relaxers work on specific areas and target all the way down to the core of the muscle for long-term effects and regeneration.

 

When should I get treatment?

dermal fillersBoth Wrinkle Relaxers and Dermal Fillers are ideal for those who would like fresh, rejuvenated skin and to reduce the appearance of fine or deep lines and wrinkles. The natural ageing process, stress, smoking and sun exposure can all take their toll on our skin and I see both men and women from their 20s to their 80s who wish to have treatment.

 

How long does each treatment last?

Wrinkle Relaxers are designed for use in the long-term to give your skin the chance to re-educate itself. Treatment plans are different for everyone but I usually recommend waiting between four and six months for your second treatment. I then recommend follow-up treatments every three or four months after this. Once your skin adjusts and the impact of the treatment really starts to take effect, I may ask you to return just once or twice a year. It’s all down to the individual and your aesthetic ambitions!

With dermal fillers, results can last anything from 4-24 months. This is because there are many different types of fillers available to suit all clients. I will advise on the best choice depending on the level of skin damage and your own preference.

 

Do they hurt?

In a word, no! You may experience mild swelling, bruising and redness in the area for around 24 hours afterwards. This is due to the injection and is nothing to be concerned about. It can be covered with makeup or you can simply leave it to naturally fade away.

 

What areas do they treat?

Both treatments are traditionally used for the face, particularly around the eyes, forehead and around the mouth. Dermal fillers can also be used to boost lips for a thicker, fuller pout. In this case, effects last for around six months.

If this sounds like the ideal Christmas present from yourself to yourself, do get in touch!

 

I’ll invite you for a FREE one-on-one initial consultation to have a chat about your options and work out the best treatment for you.

 

Don’t forget that I now offer finance plans so you can spread the cost into affordable monthly payments. Terms and conditions apply, so ask me for more information.