24 February 2021

The secret benefits of medical aesthetics


Beauty treatments that go beyond appearances to tackle health concerns 

Many of us find that booking in for fillers or facial peels can give a confidence boost, but did you know that some medical aesthetic procedures can also help to address certain health concerns? 

From scarring and sweating to grinding teeth and acne, there are a multitude of concerns which can be eased by a trained aesthetician using the right techniques.  

Here, Helen Green, national aesthetics nurse at Transform Hospital Group, lists her top five ‘secret benefits’ that some patients may get from carefully chosen aesthetics treatments… 

1. Excessive sweating: 

Excessive sweating – or hyperhidrosis – can be caused by hormonal changes, such as the menopause, or stress and anxiety. It can cause sweat to soak through clothes or result in continuous sweaty palms, which can be extremely uncomfortable.   

The solution – If deodorant and anti-perspirant, sometimes alongside prescribed medication, aren’t enough to tackle the problem, another option worth exploring is injectables. Typically used for anti-wrinkle treatments on the face, a lesser-known use for these injections is to target problem areas of sweating as they can temporarily block the nerves that causes sweat to be produced.  

2. Teeth grinding: 

Another symptom often associated with stress and anxiety is teeth grinding or bruxism. In extreme cases this can cause the jaw to become painful, result in damage to the teeth and even cause headaches and earaches. 

The solution – Treatment for teeth grinding varies and for those who do so in their sleep a special mouth guard can be created to reduce the impact on teeth. Another solution, which many aren’t aware of, is careful use of anti-wrinkle injections. Injecting small doses into the jaw weakens the muscle enough to stop the habitual grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw.  

3. Skin problems like acne: 

Conditions such as acne can be painful, changeable and hard to manage day to day – especially as the weather changes and we battle to get our skin under control. Lockdown hasn’t helped with many of us out of our usual skincare, diet and indoors/outdoors routines.  

The solution – A consultation with a skin expert such as those at Transform Hospital Group will help determine which is the best course of action based on skin type. Some options include microdermabrasionHydrafacials, IPL and facial peels. Chemical peels can help remove dead skin cells and stimulate new skin to grow – this can also help reduce the signs of any acne scarring. Microdermabrasion is also recommended for those with milder acne as it can minimise the appearance of white and blackheads and help to smooth out the skin’s surface. 

4. Excessive hair growth: 

Women can be especially prone to excessive or unwanted hair growth due to hormonal changes, and it can be a symptom of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The hair growth can be on the face or elsewhere on the body and can be distressing for patients who struggle to manage it with waxing, creams or other methods.  

The solution  For those who are finding unwanted hair growth a problem and can’t combat it using other methods, laser hair removal could be a solution. This can be used on any area of the body, including the face, either using laser or Intense Pulsed Light Technology (IPL). Amazing results can be achieved with a series of sessions with a permanent reduction in hair growth 

5. Stretch marks and scarring: 

As our bodies change, perhaps due to having children, gaining or losing weight, or just as we age, stretch marks can appear and make us self-conscious. Scars can have a similar effect on confidence, and while certain creams and oils can certainly help, for some a more effective and noticeable treatment is preferred.  

The solution – A consultation with a good aesthetician will determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, could be right for you, but Intense Pulsed Light Technology (IPL), cool laser, TCA peels, microneedling and even fillers can have a remarkable effect on stretch marks and scarring. Endymed, a non-invasive laser skin tightening treatment, can also be used to treat scarring and stretch marks with certain handpieces too. 

For further details, please visit transforminglives.co.uk for a free consultation.