Health, Beauty and Wellness Q&A

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We’ve been speaking to some of the leading lights in Cheshire’s beauty industry to find out about the services they offer, as well as to get the lowdown on the wellness trends of the past year and what they’re expecting to see in 2020.

Dr Martin Kinsella

Dr Martin Kinsella - Credit: Archant

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Re-enhance Medical & Dental Clinic

Talk us through your Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy treatments.

In short, hormone replacement therapy is used to replace body hormones that are in short supply.

This is a solution to conditions such as menopause or andropause (the male menopause) symptoms and low libido.

Bioidentical hormones are quite similar to conventional hormone replacement therapy, but bioidentical hormones are compounds that are identical in chemical structure to human hormones. This means that bioidentical hormones act and behave exactly the same as the natural occurring hormones in the human body. What are the benefits of this? Bio-identical hormones are developed bespoke to your own body's requirements, unlike NHS prescribed treatments which are very much one size fits all.


SkinFirst - Credit: Archant

Who is your product best suited for?

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Everybody's hormonal balance can be thrown out of 'norm' from time to time. Periods of extreme stress, for example can affect men and women of any age. And, of course, the andropause and menopause can cause symptoms we can treat with HRT.

Our bespoke HRT can help with improving memory function, energy levels, sleep, mood and the libido as well as improving fat loss and muscle tone, decreasing skin wrinkles and even protecting against heart disease. Best healthy advice you live by: Listen to your body. Really pay attention to any changes in energy levels, mood or sleep patterns. Don't ever just say: 'it's my age.'

Any concerns, see your GP and if they then say 'it's your age' come and see us!

Freyja medical

Freyja medical - Credit: Archant

Radio Frequency skin tightening and lifting SkinFirst

Talk us through your Radio Frequency (RF) skin tightening treatment

Radio frequency is one of the safest, least invasive and yet most effective anti-ageing treatments available. As we age, collagen production decreases, resulting in slack skin and the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Using the very latest SkinFirst RF equipment we can stimulate your own natural collagen resulting in tighter, firmer, younger looking skin.

How does the treatment work and what is unique about RF at SkinFirst?


VitRa - Credit: Archant

Radio frequency is a generic term for a mode of heat delivery below the epidermis. By heating the dermal layers of your skin you can comfortably trick the body into a reparative response, which will stimulate collagen and tighten elastin fibres, resulting in more youthful skin. RF application can vary tremendously in terms of depth and controllability and hence results.

SkinFirst have been developing and selling this technology to doctors and therapists in the UK for over 12 years and have perfected the experience and the results.

How does it feel and does Radio Frequency require any recovery time?

As the Radio Frequency is not generating damage to the epidermis there is no downtime involved, in fact makeup can be applied immediately after the appointment. It's a heat based treatment but the warmth is extremely comfortable and many clients end up falling asleep. Who is Radio Frequency best suited for? All ages, with lines/wrinkles/slack skin on face e.g loose jowls, droopy eyelids, crows feet, forehead creases, smokers lines; and for body e.g cellulite, arms and stomach. It's also a preventative, slowing down the ageing process.

Klass Aesthetics

Klass Aesthetics - Credit: Archant

Plexr plus non-surgical Blepharoplasty Freyja medical

Talk us through Plexr Plus

Plexr Plus is a new way to treat hooded upper eyelids and laxity of the lower eyelids, without the need for surgery. It is also useful for treating fine lines, e.g. around the eyes and mouth. The main benefit over surgery is that Plexr Plus carries an extremely low risk of serious side effects, such as infection, pigmentation or scarring.

Does your product require any recovery time?

The recovery time is similar to surgery or laser. We ask our patients to relax at home for 5 days after Plexr Plus and use only the antiseptic ointment and specially formulated camouflage we supply. On day 6 patients can go back to their usual skin care regime and make up.


Skulpt - Credit: Archant

Who is Plexr Plus best suited for?

We assess every patient to make sure that Plexr Plus is a good treatment option for them. Our dermatology specialists will determine the degree of skin laxity and consider potential contra-indications. Some patients have a high degree of laxity, in which case 2-3 treatments every 2-3 months may be required. Other options such as surgery or laser will be considered when appropriate.

How long does Plexr Plus last?

It should last for years. As well as oblitering lax skin and flattening fine lines, most patients get a useful degree of collagen regeneration in the treated skin. Should they be required, top up treatments are usually less extensive or costly, with shorter down-times.


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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy VitRa Aesthetics

Talk us through Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is also known as the vampire facial. The treatment works on the basis that the body's own natural healing properties can be used to combat the signs of ageing. PRP is also being used in the restoration of thinning hair. A small sample of blood is taken from the patient and spun down in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet rich plasma. Platelets contain a high concentration of growth factors/proteins which, when re-injected, trigger surrounding cells to stimulate the body's healing and repair process. This triggers new collagen formation, or in the case of hair restoration it stimulates hair follicle growth when applied to the scalp.

What are the benefits of this?

Unlike filler, PRP is a natural way of improving the appearance of the skin, improving its texture and reducing lines and wrinkles.

MHR Clinic

MHR Clinic - Credit: Archant

Who is your product best suited for?

This therapy is suitable for anyone concerned about the appearance of their skin, whether it be lines, acne scars, stretch marks or lacklustre dehydrated skin. It is also useful for those who are worried about thinning hair for whatever reason, including alopecia.

What do you believe are the emerging 2020 wellbeing trends?

I believe in a holistic approach to anti ageing, people not only want to look youthful on the outside but feel good on the inside. This is why in 2020 I will be introducing vitamin infusion theriapies to VitRa


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Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Klass Aesthetics

What are the benefits of a Non-surgical Rhinoplasty?

A non-surgical rhinoplasty produces immediate results, unlike the surgical option that can take months for swelling to reduce to reveal the final result. A non-surgical rhinoplasty is performed by injecting a dermal filler made of Hyaluronic Acid into specific areas in the nose. There is minimal swelling and bruising with the non-surgical option, which usually subsides within 24-48 hours. The procedures takes around 15 minutes and is a fraction of the cost of a surgical rhinoplasty.

How long do the results last?

Results of the non-surgical rhinoplasty normally last between 12-18 months.

The Dental Academy

The Dental Academy - Credit: Archant

Does it hurt?

We apply anaesthetic cream to the nose, in addition to this the dermal filler we use contains Lidocaine that further numbs the area. This together with a lighthanded technique makes the treatment practically painless.

Who would benefit from this procedure?

A non surgical rhinoplasty can be used to correct minor deformities such as humps/ bumps, depressed areas and drooping tips. Patients have often said that correcting these issues has improved their confidence and self-esteem.

Medi Spa

Medi Spa - Credit: Archant

The Beautification Package Skulpt

Talk us through your treatment

The Beautification Treatment is a non-surgical procedure that takes 15-20 minutes with immediate results. Creating a more sculpted, sharpened and balanced facial profile using dermal filler.

Does your treatment/ product/service require any recovery time?

No, there is no downtime with this procedure, but patients must avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours. This prevents the filler from moving or increasing blood flow to the face.

Amanda Azzopardi

Amanda Azzopardi - Credit: Archant

Who is your product best suited for?

This treatment is suitable for ladies of all ages giving a more structured and feminine appearance. Fuller cheeks and lips, a narrower chin and a more delicate jawline are seen to be more feminine, this treatment creates the desired look using dermal filler.

Best healthy advice you live by?

A healthy diet, lots of water and regular exercise is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These three factors all affect your mind, appearance and general wellbeing. If you find yourself struggling to keep on top of a healthy lifestyle and it's starting to affect your skin, there are lots of treatments at Skulpt that we can recommend and create a bespoke package to rejuvenate your skin.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa - Credit: Archant

SkinGenius Laser Facial SkinGenius Clinic

Talk us through the award-winning SkinGenius Laser Facial?

This signature facial treatment incorporates HydraFacial technology and a medical grade Intense Pulse Light device. All treatments start with a skin analysis, followed by preparing the skin using the HydraFacial vortex cleansing system and a light skin peel. This results in the removal of dead skin cells, deep pore cleansing and improvement in skin texture. The next stage of the treatment focuses on skin correction using the M22 IPL device which filters beams of light to target specific concerns within the skin.

What are the benefits of the Laser Genius Facial?

As no two skin types are the same, I personalise the laser facial to each individual. This offers unique flexibility for every client. We have a solution for all skin concerns but generally it's age management where we can improve skin texture, hydration levels and reduce the appearance of age spots and red veins.

How does the treatment feel?

This is a results-driven treatment involving hi-tech equipment. The feel of the HydraFacial is similar to a wet vacuum suction. The IPL gives the sensation of a warm flick to the skin. The treatment is completed with a calming CBD mask and a relaxing neck and shoulder massage.

What are the emerging trends for 2020?

Trends are moving towards non-invasive procedures resulting in a softer, natural appearance with minimal downtime. Incredible results can be achieved by devising treatment plans using a combination of sophisticated energy based devices. Martine Jarman, owner of SkinGenius clinic has recently been awarded "Global Aesthetic Therapist of the Year" at the prestigious My Face My Body Global Awards 2019.

Low level laser therapy MHR Clinic

Talk us through low level laser therapy

On the fringes of the Tatton Estate, MHR Clinic leads its industry in providing low level laser therapy to promote hair growth. Low level laser therapy stimulates hair follicles into growth cycles.

The clinic's laser therapy chairs are used every day by clients seeking to restore a full head of hair.

What are the benefits of this?

MHR Clinic houses the highest class of laser therapy technology for the most safe and effective distribution of the light spectrum needed to restore thinning hair.

How does it work?

The treatment works by directing specific photons from the light spectrum onto the scalp. The photons trigger bio-stimulation of cell structures in the scalp and increased blood flow around hair follicles.

Similarly, people receive increased doses of this light band from intense sunshine, causing hair growth and quality to increase on summer holidays. In the last few years medical trials for the application of laser therapy have proved it to be effective as a stand-alone remedy and in conjunction with other hair loss treatments. MHR Clinic often administers it with testosterone blocking shampoos, medicines to halt male pattern baldness before LLLT, and minoxidil hair lotions to generate new hair growth.

Morpheus8 and BodyTite/FaceTite CLNQ

What is Morpheus8 and BodyTite/FaceTite?

This is platform device exclusively available in Cheshire at our clinic. Morpheus8 is a fractional microneedling radiofrequency skin treatment that stimulates collagen production of the underlying layers of the dermis. This can be used on the face and body to improve lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. BodyTite/FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that melts fat and tightens the skin. This is performed under a local anaesthetic in our clinic.

What are the benefits?

The Morpheus8 treatment uses a probe with micropins to heat the deeper layers of the skin. Results begin to appear within a few days but the most noticeable results take a few weeks.

The FaceTite offers improvement in skin laxity without the scarring and downtime associated with a facelift procedure. This procedure uses a probe placed beneath the skin to heat and tighten the skin.

There are many energy-based devices on the market but the Morpheus8 and BodyTite/FaceTite have published research studies showing the benefits compared to other devices.

What areas can this be used?

The most common treatment areas include the jowls, neck, jawline and chin area. The procedures are also commonly used on the body to improve skin laxity of the tummy, arms and legs.

Teeth in One Day The Dental Academy

Talk us through your Teeth in One Day procedure

'Teeth in one day' is a procedure that allows Kevin and his team to replace a set of failing teeth or a full denture with completely fixed dental implants in a day, without the need for a denture during the healing period. The skills and technology available to us now mean that we can take teeth out, place our implants and connect a fully fixed provisional bridge straightaway.

What are the benefits of this?

'Teeth in one day' allows people who have dentures, those struggling with loose teeth or those who've had gum disease to eat and taste food in a normal way again and achieve a solid, great looking smile once again.

Why do you think more people are choosing to take care of themselves?

Teeth are one of the first things people notice about you. No longer do you need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your teeth, with treatments such as 'Teeth in one day' you will now have the confidence to interact with people and be proud. The technical advances within the dental industry are so vast and the industry is constantly developing treatments that are simpler, smarter, faster, and cheaper. These treatments are designed to bring the maximum benefit to the greatest number of people.

What do you love the most about being involved in your industry?

The best part of my job is I can change someone's life in less than an a day. I've reached the point where I am treating the third generation of some of my families and it's the personal relationships like these that make my job special.

Ultralift Medi Spa, Dr Nyla

Talk us through Ultralift

Ultralift is a unique bespoke treatment tailor-made for every individual by Dr Nyla herself. After an in-depth consultation Dr Nyla will devise a specific protocol using a combination of ultrasound and radio-frequency technology, depending on the skin's texture, age and laxity to ensure only the best results are achieved.

What are the benefits of this?

The Medispa uses the next generation, multiplatform devices offering nonsurgical skin tightening and lifting. It is the ultimate treatment to give your skin a fresh, glossy, smooth look and offers lifting results previously only achieved by a surgical facelift.

Does your treatment require any recovery time?

None. What do you believe are the emerging 2020 wellbeing trends? Stepping away from injectable treatments and fillers and moving towards non-surgical and non-invasive medical-grade treatments.

What do you love the most about being involved in your industry?

The astounding results we are able to achieve. Seeing what a positive impact it has on a person's life, building their inner and outer confidence. It is truly life-changing for so many of our clients.

Serene Aesthetics

Serene Aesthetics provides a full range of medical, aesthetic, non-surgical treatments, in the comfort of your own home or in a clinic in Liverpool. A combination of wrinkle relaxing treatments and injectable dermal fillers compliment each other to provide a range of treatments, to restore volume and create lift, achieving subtle, natural results to enhance your innate beauty.

Services Include: Dermal filler treatment - Lip fillers - Cheek fillers - Marionette and Nasolabial Lines - Smoker's Lines - Hand Rejuvenation - Jaw Line Re-Shaping and Contouring - Tear Trough Fillers - Temporal Hollowing Treatment - Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty - Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments - Profhilo - Full face rejuvenation - AlumierMD Skin Care Range - Viscoderm Hydrobooster - Aqualyx fat dissolving

Service Inclusions: Free consultation - Advice and aftercare - 24/7 advice line for non-surgical cosmetic concerns - Personialised care plan for pre and post treatment care - Full support and advice on all treatment options to tailor the treatment to Individual needs.

Complimentary 2 week post treatment review

Treatments tailored to your budget, with personalised payment plans

Personalised treatment packages available

Are you interested in non-surgical treatments?

Call to book your free consultation with Amanda today. 0151 558 0742 | 07444 938 248

Advanced Nurse Practitioner: RM, RN, INP, MA, DIP, BHS

The Spa at Low Wood Bay

The Spa at Low Wood Bay, the newest Spa in the World Heritage Lake District, with breath-taking views over Windermere.

We've created a contemporary, welcoming and unpretentious space for relaxation, quality time with friends, romantic spa breaks and birthday treats.

Our indoor Thermal Journey includes a range of saunas and steam rooms, Vitality Pool and the gentle thermal currents of our Thermal Pool overlooking the lake.

The journey continues outdoors. Enjoy magnificent panoramic and stunning views of the lake and mountains.

Relax in the warmth of our Lakeview Infinity Pool or take a dip in one of the Outdoor Hot Tubs - perfect for early evening star gazing.

Turn up the heat in our Fellside Sauna, sit back and watch the ever-changing colour and hue of the panoramic lake and mountain view.

Choose from a range of Spa Day Experiences, and add luxurious Spa treatments to your Thermal Journey.

Our team will help you choose the right products and design a day that's perfect for you.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, Ambleside Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP Telephone: 015394 39303


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