Make It Permanent!

The time for heavy, hour-long makeup routines is over. Nowadays, the fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look is back, and we want to be able to roll out of bed and get moving straight away! Cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup can give you the boost you need to go barefaced, saving you time, money and effort getting ready every single day

A bright, clean complexion is all you need to feel ready to face the day with our permanent makeup services, giving you time to spend doing the things you’d rather be up to! 

Permanent makeup has come on in leaps and bounds as an industry, and the harsh tattoo lines and slight purple or green hue that permanent makeup used to be associated with are a thing of the past. Our permanent makeup services are natural, beautiful and are carried out by Ella, our highly trained and experienced practitioner, with high-quality natural-looking pigments. Our treatments help create completely imperceptible results that give you the boost you need to feel confident and beautiful in your own skin.

At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we use the most up to date machine in the industry, the Xion-S for our permanent makeup treatments. The Xion-S system is a state of the art cosmetic tattooing system that allows us to use sterile pigment cartridges, ensuring patient comfort and safety, as well as fantastic, natural-looking results. It is also gentle, easily controlled and gives patients minimal discomfort during treatment, without disturbing or damaging the skin, so you can feel confident and comfortable knowing that your treatment will be safe and effective every time.

We offer a variety of permanent makeup services, so no matter what your concern is, we can help you go makeup-free!

Hair Stroke Brows

Hair Stroke Brows, sometimes called eyebrow tattooing or semi-permanent make up is an effective method to create natural-looking brow hairs using cosmetic tattooing. One of our most popular treatments, this process can give volume to thin brows, balance uneven brows and fill in spaces or sparse areas in thin and patchy brows. This is the perfect treatment for anyone who has seen a loss in their eyebrow hair, due to age, illness or over-plucking in the past. Or, if you’ve never been happy with the shape, size or style of your eyebrows, hair stroke brows can give you the full, defined look you’ve always dreamed of!

Top and Bottom Lash Define

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and they might be right! Your eyes are the first thing you see when you meet new people, and they give us insight into what other people are thinking and feeling. 

Lash define treatment can help to make your eyes stand out without eyeliner or mascara, giving you a wide-awake, beautiful and engaging appearance.

You can choose a very subtle look, which involves gently applying the pigment between the eyelashes to create a soft yet defined line, or something more dramatic, to suit your personal style and your facial features.

Lip Blush

Lip Blush treatment gives a gentle wash of colour to the lips, while also defining the lip line to add symmetry, balance and volume to the appearance of the lips. This can help even out the lower face and give you the beautiful, full, smooth pout you’ve always wanted!

At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we are passionate about helping you feel like the most confident and radiant version of yourself. With our permanent makeup services, you can throw away the eyeliner or lipstick and feel strong and beautiful in your own skin. To find out more about our permanent makeup services, any of the other non-surgical aesthetic treatments we offer, or to book your consultation, contact the clinic today!

Everything You Need To Know About Postnatal Incontinence

Postnatal incontinence affects many women to some extent, though for the majority of mothers, will resolve itself within a few months. However, when this doesn’t happen, women can be left struggling with symptoms of stress incontinence while also dealing with the pressures of being a new mother! Many traditional treatments for stress incontinence, including postnatal incontinence, either involve long, intensive recovery periods and surgical intervention or are very time-consuming, leaving sufferers struggling for longer than they need. At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we are passionate about helping women suffering from postnatal incontinence take back control of their lives and freeing them from their symptoms using the revolutionary Viveve treatment. Keep reading to find out more about how postnatal incontinence can affect you, and how we can help treat it.

What Is Postnatal Incontinence and What Causes It? 

Postnatal incontinence is a condition that affects over a third of new mothers at some point. However, when it doesn’t resolve on its own (usually within 3-4 months), it can become a chronic, debilitating condition.

Postnatal incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched or damaged by the strain of vaginal childbirth. Normally, the pelvic floor muscles help to support the bladder and pelvic organs by wrapping tightly around them in a sling shape, giving support and helping to hold the bladder closed. This helps to ensure that the bladder only opens and empties when we consciously decide to. However, due to the location of the pelvic floor muscles, and the role they play during the process of vaginal childbirth, they are often damaged during childbirth, leaving them slack or damaged, and unable to hold the bladder as tightly as before. This can result in many women being unable to control their bladder function when strain is put on the pelvic floor muscles, such as when we laugh, cough, lift heavy objects, jump or engage in other high-impact activities. This means that women suffering from postnatal incontinence experience dribbles and leaks on a regular basis, which can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and a massive knock to their confidence.

Postnatal incontinence can happen to almost any woman after giving birth, but there are several factors that increase the likelihood of stress incontinence becoming more severe or chronic. These include having multiple vaginal births, especially in relatively close succession; having a long or problematic birth, which increases the strain felt by the pelvic floor muscles; the birth of larger or heavier babies; being obese; being a smoker; or giving birth over the age of around 35, as muscle strength, tone and density are already beginning to decline by this point.

The Impact Of Postnatal Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are damaged, meaning they can’t hold the bladder as tightly or effectively, and they may relax when strain is put on the area, causing urine leakage. 

Postnatal stress incontinence can be a debilitating condition and which can affect the confidence of sufferers, leaving them feeling upset, embarrassed and isolated. Despite being a very common condition, the stigma around stress incontinence and other common conditions faced by postnatal women means that many people are reluctant to talk about their experiences or struggles. This can mean sufferers often don’t seek the help they need, despite facing a debilitating and isolating condition. Postnatal incontinence can trigger a wide range of difficulties for sufferers, including:

  • A loss of confidence, independence and an inability to try new things, due to embarrassment and the need to always know where the nearest toilet is, in case of an accident. For new mothers, this can be especially significant as it may prevent them from spending time and bonding with other new mothers, many of whom may be facing the same struggles.
  • Spending large amounts of money on expensive incontinence pads and other stopgap solutions, which can cost hundreds of pounds every year
  • Sleeplessness due to having to get up in the night to go to the toilet regularly, alongside the responsibilities and lack of sleep that comes as part and parcel of being a new parent.
  • A decline in intimacy and a lack of confidence and enjoyment in the sex lives of many women. Fear of leaks and anxiety about their condition during intimacy can prevent many sufferers from feeling like their best and most confident selves when it comes to their sex lives and close romantic relationships.

How Can You Treat Postnatal Incontinence?

Traditional treatments prescribed for stress incontinence sufferers, such as kegel exercises, can be more time-consuming and often take a long time to have a significant effect. For many sufferers, especially new mothers, finding the time to spend on these kinds of exercises can be hard, and with results taking a long time to appear, stress incontinence symptoms continue to be felt. Traditional surgical treatments such as colposuspension, sling surgery and the controversial vaginal mesh surgery are also sometimes available to sufferers of stress incontinence, but these are time-consuming, incredibly invasive and carry the risk of infection, as well as a hospital stay and the need for general anaesthetic.

However, a new wave of non-surgical treatments for the symptoms of stress incontinence, including postnatal incontinence, are now available, including the market-leading, revolutionary Viveve treatment, available at Battersea Skin and Beauty.

Viveve is such an effective treatment as it uses the body’s own natural processes to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles around the neck of the bladder. It does this by gently heating the tissues in the vaginal canal using a specially designed wand which is inserted into the vagina and moved back and forth during treatment. This gentle heat penetrates the tissues in the area to a depth of up to 7mm, and kickstarts the body’s own regeneration processes to increase collagen production, thereby strengthening the tissues through neo-collagenesis. The treatment is completely painless, and many patients report a pleasant warmth throughout their treatment experience. Viveve is so effective as it is the only treatment available on the UK market that uses Cryogen-cooled Monopolar Radiofrequency (CMRF) technology, which allows heat to penetrate the body further without causing any pain, resulting in longer-lasting, and far more deeply effective results.

To find out how postnatal stress incontinence can affect you, learn more about the incredible Viveve treatment or book your consultation with the experts at Battersea Skin and Beauty today, contact us on 020 7228 7773, or email info@batterseaskinandbeauty.com

Common Causes Of Bladder Urgency

When it comes to feeling those tell-tale leaks and dribbles, or the familiar urge to go to the toilet but nothing comes, you might be worried, confused and uncomfortable. There are a wide variety of reasons you might be experiencing bladder leakage or urgency, so keep reading to find out more about the common causes, and what you can do about them.

There are many common causes of bladder urgency in women, though most aren’t particularly serious and can be treated quickly. 

One of the most common causes of bladder urgency is an overactive bladder (OAB), which is a condition in which the bladder puts pressure on the urethra to release urine even when it isn’t full. This may be a signal of an underlying condition, or be treated with medication, bladder training or pelvic floor exercises.

Other common causes of bladder urgency include:

Most of these causes have a simple solution, are easily treated or will go away on their own in time. However, damage to the bladder and the muscles around it, often caused by childbirth or surgery in the area, can be more serious and difficult to treat. Damage to muscles at the neck of the bladder or to the pelvic floor muscles (the muscles that hold the bladder) can cause stress incontinence, making it difficult for women to hold urine for long periods of time, and making the sensation of  bladder urgency far more frequent.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is a condition characterised by the feeling of bladder urgency, as well as frequent leaks and dribbles of urine when pressure is put on the bladder, such as when we cough, sneeze, run, jump or lift heavy objects. Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles around the bladder become weakened, often by childbirth, surgery or muscle weakness after menopause.

When women reach menopause, there is a sharp drop in oestrogen and collagen production, which can have many different effects, including a loss of muscle tone all over the body, including in the pelvic floor muscles. This means that when pressure is put on the bladder and urethra the muscles aren’t strong enough to support them.

Estimates from the National Association for Continence tell us that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by some form of incontinence

Stress incontinence is also very commonly caused by pregnancy and childbirth. While every pregnancy and birth is different, most women who are pregnant or give birth vaginally will experience incontinence or urinary leakage to some degree. For example, during pregnancy, the weight of the baby pressing on the bladder can disrupt the way your bladder and pelvic floor muscles are meant to work, leading to symptoms of stress incontinence. Vaginal birth also affects the pelvic floor muscles, due to the understandable strain the process puts the pelvic floor muscles under. 

For most women who have given normal vaginal birth, it is expected that some degree of incontinence is very common, and that normal bladder function will return a few months postnatally. However, if symptoms of stress incontinence persist after birth and are disrupting your life as a parent, it may be worth looking into treatment. Chronic stress incontinence after childbirth is made more likely if you have had a particularly long or problematic birth, given birth to larger babies or had multiple vaginal births, given birth over the age of 35 or are obese or a smoker.

Treatment For Stress Incontinence And Bladder Urgency

The most commonly prescribed treatment for incontinence after menopause are exercises like Kegels, however these are time consuming, difficult and for some women with very weak pelvic floor muscles, can’t actually be carried out.

For many years the only alternatives for women with more severe stress incontinence were surgical options including colposuspension surgery, sling surgery or the controversial vaginal mesh treatment. All of these treatments have long recovery times, an increased potential for complication, the need for general anaesthetic and potential for infection. 

However, there is now a new wave of non-surgical treatments available to help treat stress incontinence, including Viveve, available at Battersea Skin and Beauty.

Viveve Treatment

Viveve treatment is a completely non-surgical radio frequency treatment that helps improve the symptoms of stress incontinence, including bladder urgency.

Viveve is unique in the field of vaginal rejuvenation and treatment of stress incontinence symptoms, as it offers radio frequency heating to help improve collagen regeneration, while also cooling to ensure the safety of the treatment, and allowing us to get deeply effective treatment results that actually last.

During Viveve treatment, radio frequency waves are emitted by the treatment device which your practitioner will move gently up and down the vaginal canal. The device works by gently heating the cells in the area which prompts the tissues to produce new collagen. This increase in collagen production over time strengthens the tissues in the vagina and around the neck of the bladder, helping to reduce the symptoms of stress incontinence and reduce the sensation of bladder urgency.

By using both heating and cooling techniques in your treatment, Viveve can reach deep tissues (7mm), which helps to create life-changing results that are more effective and last longer than other non-surgical treatments.

To find out more about stress incontinence, the Viveve treatment and how we can help free you from symptoms of stress incontinence, including bladder urgency, contact the team at Battersea Skin & Beauty today on 020 7228 7773.

Why Fat Removal Isn’t Just A Quick Fix

Almost all of us have at some point experienced those little pockets of fat that don’t seem to go away, no matter how much we diet or exercise. A few months ago, you might have seen hundreds of ads, articles, blogs and websites telling you how to get summer body ready by ridding yourself of stubborn fat with skin tightening and fat removal techniques, but at Battersea Skin and Beauty, we take a different approach. 

While it’s easy to see why so many people want to give themselves a confidence boost before the summer, fat removal treatments aren’t quick fixes or an easy way to lose weight fast. While they’re perfect for smoothing out those stubborn fat pockets, it takes time, effort and commitment to see optimum results from fat removal treatments. In this blog post, we’ll give you a rundown on how fat removal treatments work, what they can and can’t do, and how you can get the best results from your fat removal treatment.

What is Fat Removal?

Fat removal is, simply, a treatment that removes unwanted fat from certain areas in the body. You’ve probably heard of the popular surgical options such as liposuction and liposculpture, but there are now also non surgical fat removal options, that use a variety of techniques to reduce fat pockets in the body without anaesthesia, invasive cuts and probes or lengthy recovery periods.

Non surgical fat removal can be incredibly effective and leave you with the beautiful smooth and toned body you’ve always dreamed of!

The Fat Removal Process

Often, non-surgical fat removal is seen to be a ‘quick fix’ in time for that summer body, but sadly, this is not the case. 

There are a certain number of fat cells in each area of the body, and this varies from person to person, which is why we have so many different body types. When we gain weight, the size of these cells increases, and when we lose weight, they decrease, however the number of cells remains largely the same. Fat removal treatments are effective as they reduce the number of fat cells in an area, with the end result being a smoother appearance  and reduced volume in the area.

However, fat removal treatments aren’t a permanent treatment, as there are still fat cells in the area and they will increase and decrease in size as our weight fluctuates. Patients will still need to abide by a healthy diet and regular exercise to see the best results.

What You Need To Do

During the course of treatment –  which depends on the method you use, but is generally between four to six sessions – you’ll need to drink lots of water to help improve the effectiveness of the treatments, and should commit to not eating poorly or drinking lots of alcohol, as these will reduce the efficacy of the treatment.

Often the treatments will take place over a six week course, and the results are not instant, as it takes time for the body to remove the dead fat cells. So if you’re wanting a quick fix for your summer holiday, these treatments sadly aren’t the right path for you.

The important thing to remember is that these treatments aren’t weight loss treatments, but for fat reduction, and are best used to target stubborn pockets of fat where your body holds more fat cells, to help smooth and tone the body.

This is why having fat removal treatment to look good for summer, and then living an unhealthy lifestyle again once autumn and winter come back around is just a waste of time and money, however, if you’re committed to the treatment process, they can give amazing results, and many of our dedicated patients have seen a massive confidence boost after treatments.

Our Fat Removal Techniques

At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we offer a variety of nonsurgical fat reduction methods – Exilis Elite, lipoglaze and VanquishME.

Exilis Elite uses radio frequency waves to gently heat the fat cells deep beneath the skin, killing the cells and reducing the appearance of fat pockets over time. When the fat cells are heated, they burst and their contents are released into the body, where the lymphatic system carries them away safely and naturally. Exilis Elite It is an incredibly safe method of fat removal, as fat cells are destroyed at lower temperatures than skin, muscles and other tissues, so there isn’t any chance of damaging any of the other tissues in the body.

Lipoglaze is a technique that uses fat freezing, or cryolipolysis, to kill fat cells in certain areas by reducing the temperature of the tissue. Fat cells are particularly sensitive within the body, as they also die at higher temperatures than other tissues. During lipoglaze treatment they are killed by cold temperatures before they begin to affect the other tissues in the area, and then the body removes using the same lymphatic process as Exilis Elite.

VanquishME is the only contactless fat removal treatment available on the market, and uses contactless high frequency waves in a similar technique to Exilis Elite treatment. It was also awarded the Best Body Reshaping Procedure at the annual My Face My Body Awards 2016, and is excellent for use on particularly stubborn fat pockets.

To find out more about our fat removal treatments or begin your journey to the beautiful, smooth and slim body you’ve always wanted, contact the team at Battersea Skin and Beauty today.

What Makes Viveve Different?

At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we are incredibly proud to be a UK provider of the Viveve treatment from Viveve Medical. Viveve is a unique treatment using radio frequency waves and cooling technology to improve the tightness and tone of the vagina and pelvic floor muscles, while also improving a variety of conditions associated with age, such as dryness and difficulty reaching orgasm.

What Does Viveve Treat?

The Viveve system is a radio frequency treatment that can be used to improve the symptoms of stress incontinence and vaginal laxity, by promoting neocollagenesis, or new collagen growth in the vaginal canal and improving tone of the pelvic floor muscles.

As we age, the level of collagen in our bodies declines, which leads to poor muscle tone all over the body, the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles – while less commonly talked about, but just as prevalent – vaginal laxity. Vaginal laxity can also be part of a roster of genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM). These can include:

  • Vaginal dryness and a lack of lubrication.
  • Decreased sensation during sex for both partners.
  • Pain during sex.
  • The feeling of ‘chafing’ around the vaginal opening.
  • Difficulty becoming aroused and reaching orgasm.

Vaginal laxity is a condition that occurs in many women as they reach menopause, and is also common in postnatal women after giving birth vaginally. While the vagina is designed to contract and relax, after the strain of childbirth on the tissues, or the loss in muscle and tissue tone during menopause, the tissues may not return to the way they were. This is where the Viveve treatment comes in, to help rejuvenate the tissues in the vaginal canal and help the pelvic floor muscles regain strength.

Heating and Cooling Treatment

Viveve is unique among the new generation of intimate rejuvenation treatments as it offers both radio frequency heating and cooling during one treatment, to give deeply effective, risk free results.

Radio frequency waves are emitted by the treatment tip as it is moved up and down the vaginal canal, which causes the cells to be gently heated, and triggers the tissues to produce new collagen, lifting, boosting and regenerating the area. 

Viveve’s use of reverse thermal gradient means that it is one of the most effective radio frequency treatments on the market. While the deep tissue is heated by the radio frequency waves, the surface tissues and mucosa are cooled and protected, to ensure your safety and comfort. In treatments without Viveve’s cooling technology, the temperature and depth of the radio frequency waves are much lower than Viveve’s – Viveve can reach tissue depths of 3-7mm to ensure effective regeneration. This means that the results with competitor products are not as effective and won’t last for as long as those from Viveve treatment. 

Viveve Only Takes One Session

Because Viveve is able to reach much deeper tissue depth and increase neocollagenesis in a more significant and long lasting way, Viveve treatment is also much shorter than with many competitor devices.

With other treatments, you may need to go for multiple lengthy appointments, which can be costly as well as taking up a lot of time. As Viveve is able to get deeper, more effective results, only one treatment is required, and you can get back to your day straight away.

While other treatments boast 20 or 30 minute treatment times, you will often have to go to between four and six treatment sessions to see optimum results. Using Viveve, you only need to take one 60 minute treatment, so the maths speaks for itself! 

As a completely non-surgical treatment, there is no downtime after Viveve treatment, and you can get back to your day straight away. The treatment doesn’t have any side effects or other symptoms, and the results will continue to develop over time as neocollagenesis picks up.

Comfortable and Effective

Viveve treatment isn’t painful or uncomfortable. At the start of treatment, you may feel a slight hot or cold sensation, but thanks to Viveve’s reproducible delivery and algorithmic system, we can instantly tailor the treatment to you. Then, the treatment feels comfortable and balanced, and only takes an hour to get deeply effective tightening and rejuvenation results.

Many patients bring a book or magazine to their Viveve treatment, or you can just sit back and relax while our qualified technician carries out the Viveve treatment.

Improved Muscle Tone And Tissue Rejuvenation

Almost immediately after the treatment you will feel a considerable difference in the tightness and tone of the vagina and vaginal canal. Over time this will continue to improve due to the natural results of neocollagenesis.

Due to its unique heating and cooling system, the results of Viveve last longer and are more effective than other radio frequency treatments, vastly improving tissue rejuvenation and helping to make women feel comfortable in their bodies.

To find out more about Viveve and how it is changing the lives of our clients, or to find out about any of the other treatments we offer at Battersea Skin and Beauty, contact our team today on 020 7228 7773.

Skin Tightening vs. Fat Reduction – Which is Right for You?

When you’re trying to slim down, sometimes it can seem like an impossible task. We all have different body compositions, so we store pockets of fat differently, which can make it difficult or even impossible to create the smooth, toned body you’re dreaming of, even with a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Fortunately, at Battersea Skin and Beauty, we have a variety of non-surgical options available to help give you the body of your dreams and make you feel toned, beautiful and confident.

 

What Is Fat Reduction?

Fat reduction refers to a variety of techniques to help smooth and sculpt the body. Non-surgical fat reduction techniques are becoming increasingly more popular as they offer a fantastic alternative to the traditional surgical techniques such as liposuction, which is a long and difficult process, including general anaesthetic, risk of infection and a long recovery period.

Our fat reduction treatments are gentle and painless, and have no recovery time afterwards, to give you beautiful results without any of the risks.

Vanquish ME

Vanquish ME is a revolutionary contactless fat reduction treatment – the only one of its kind in the industry. It is especially effective for treating larger areas of fat pockets all at once, such as around the stomach and hips.

Vanquish ME uses high frequency energies to reduce the volume of stubborn fat pockets without making any contact with the skin. Vanquish ME is not a painful treatment, and only takes around an hour per session. At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we recommend four to six treatments over the course of a few weeks for optimum results, but we will tailor this to you and your body to ensure you get the perfect treatment for you.

 

What Is Skin Tightening?

Skin tightening is slightly different to fat reduction, as it doesn’t penetrate below the skin to reduce fat cells, but instead smooths and tightens the skin above. This is a great treatment for people struggling with the appearance of excess skin, including new mothers, people who have undergone extreme weight loss or weight loss surgery, as well as people who have had fat reduction treatments and are now left with excess skin.

Sometimes, when patients think they need fat reduction treatment, it is actually skin tightening treatment they need to get the smooth, toned body they’ve dreamed of. Or, after fat reduction treatment, if they don’t see the results they’d hoped for, it might well be they could benefit from skin tightening treatment, as the skin around the fat pocket is now loose and sagging after the loss of fat volume.

Exilis Elite

Exilis Elite is a radiofrequency and ultrasound bodysculpting treatment designed to gently and painlessly destroy fat cells in certain areas of the body to create a smooth and sleek appearance.

Exilis is unique as it not only destroys fat cells, but also has a skin tightening handpiece to help smooth and reduce excess skin, making it the perfect dual-function treatment to create the perfect body. The skin tightening benefits can be used as part of an Exilis Elite treatment, or as a separate treatment.

 

Which Is Better For Me?

Fat reduction treatment is ideal for those stubborn pockets of fat that won’t budge, no matter what you do, while skin tightening can help to smooth the body and give certain areas a little lift.

Whatever you decide, our experienced practitioners at the Battersea Skin and Beauty Centre are always happy to share their expert knowledge and opinions with you, to ensure you get the most effective results from your treatment every time.

To find out more about fat reduction, skin tightening or any of the other treatments we offer, or to book your consultation, contact us today on 020 7228 7773, and see how we can give you the body of your dreams.