Showing posts with label Harley Street. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harley Street. Show all posts


SK:N Clinic: Harley Street symposium

A few weeks ago, I attended the launch of SK:N's new flagship clinic on Harley Street where I checked it out and participated in a round-table discussion regarding the private aesthetic industry along with Dr Daron Seukeren, SK:N's Group Medical Director. It was a really insightful event, and I don't think I've ever walked out of one before that left me feeling so knowledgeable and yet more intrigued about the beauty industry. 

About SKN Clinics
There are 46 clinics located nationwide, and all offer a wide range of services from laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, to mole removal and acne scar treatment. SK:N Clinics have treated over 2 million clients in the past 25 years, and it's the most recommended clinic by GPs. Additionally, each clinic is run by a medical director in order to manage medical standards so it's safe to say that you'll be in pretty good hands.

I also discovered that most clinics are open until around 8pm, so you can book in for a consultation or appointment after work if this is more convenient. I spoke to the manager of the Harley Street clinic, and was told that the evening slots do tend to get booked up quickly, so be sure to book in advance. It's also very easy to arrange a consultation as you can fill in a form on their website so someone can call you back.

I was particularly interested in the laser hair removal treatments they offer as I was told that it helped so many women with their confidence and only after a few treatments. I was also intrigued to hear how SK:N have treated a large number of women with PCOS, which includes excess body hair as a symptom. It's a common condition that affects many women. It's also very affordable when you consider it in the long term as you don't have to spend money on regular shaving or waxing. Currently, SK:N offering 30% off selected areas:
Round-table discussions
Leave it to the professionals 
- For aesthetic treatments, it's best to conduct your own research before making a decision and make sure that it's undertaken at a medically regulated clinic rather than a beauty salon. At the round-table discussion, we talked about how so many individuals went to SK:N to treat burns and injuries caused by the negligence of non-qualified therapists elsewhere. For example, acne not treated properly can cause scarring, and laser hair removal conducted without care may cause severe burns that will require further treatment. I know this to be true as my friend was burnt on her thigh due to the negligence of a level 3 therapist during a laser hair removal treatment.

Dr Daron even told us about how a woman opened up her own clinic offering laser treatments, purely on the basis that she'd been working at an aesthetic clinic for 15 years- as a receptionist! It's a real shame that the aesthetic beauty industry isn't as regulated as it should be, and Dr Daron was incredibly passionate about this need which allowed me to put a lot of faith in SK:N as a brand.
NHS cuts and its impact on the private aesthetic beauty industry 
The recent government cuts to NHS funding have led to individuals turning to the private sector for treatment. We talked about how the NHS is currently under pressure and faces many dilemmas of whether certain conditions are classified as either aesthetic or medical, and so treatment would be in doubt. This is quite interesting as severe acne would normally be considered as a medical condition and may be funded by the NHS, but this isn't the case for acne scarring.

Aesthetic treatments and its rising popularity 
This topic was only touched upon briefly during the discussion, but it intrigued me a lot. More and more individuals are becoming more interested in aesthetic treatments and dermatology, particularly as so many are now more accessible, non-or minimally invasive, and thus the stigma surrounding treatments (and Harley Street's reputation with regard to plastic surgery) is slowly disappearing. As a result, this means that the industry has to keep up with new demands and invest in new technologies that offer quick treatments with great results and minimum downtime. Dr Daron mentioned that nowadays people lead much busier lives and that minimum downtime is of paramount importance when it comes to treatment.

Here is the link to the clinic's website, if you wanted to check it out: 


Icon stretch mark treatment: a second update

My stretch marks have improved dramatically since undergoing Icon treatments. Even my 8 year old sister noticed a difference, and she doesn't even know that I've been having treatments! So I know for sure, that they've worked. I've had one more treatment since my last update (see post here). 
Before starting the treatments, I could always feel the 'engraving' texture of my stretch marks on my stomach whereas I can't feel them at all now. They're also a lot less visible and much more blended into my skin. 

The ones on my stomach have improved a lot more compared to the ones on my back, but Jenna assured me that this is most likely due to the fact that the back's skin tissue tends to be a lot more thick and stubborn, so there's a lower chance of the laser actually getting through the layers. 


Icon stretch mark treatment: an update

A few months ago, I wrote about my initial appointment for the Icon Stretch Mark Treatment at the PHI Clinic on Harley Street and expressed that I had already seen a slight difference in the reduction of the stretch marks on my stomach and hips (See post here). Since then, I've had two more treatments and some photos taken- and I'm so pleased to report that there has been some very significant progress. 

Treatment 2: 
Prior to the treatment, Jenna used a numbing cream on the area (particularly as I found the treatment to be slightly painful on my hips). I personally don't think the numbing cream made much difference but maybe this was because my period was due that week and so I was little more sensitive. 

During this session, Jenna concentrated on treating my upper stomach as this area is where the stretch marks are a bit more visible (usually they tend to exist on the lower stomach). I asked her if there is a specific reason as to why this is, and she said that it's just the way that my body reacted to change during puberty and weight gain/loss. She stressed that everyone's body is different, and that stretch marks can appear anywhere.