What To Expect When You’re Expecting: Vaginal Laxity After Childbirth

Pregnant lady

Childbirth is an incredibly difficult but amazingly rewarding experience for many women, and signals the start of a new period in their lives. Becoming a mother is something many of us dream of, and while parenting is special and unbelievably rewarding, the effects childbirth can have on the body can be significant, long-lasting, and difficult to deal with.

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One of the most common issues after giving birth is stress incontinence. Unsurprisingly, childbirth puts considerable strain on the muscles of the vaginal canal, pelvic floor and around the bladder. This can cause damage or weakness in the muscles that control continence and help hold the pelvic organs in place, which leads to difficulty holding urine and controlling your bladder.

Stress incontinence is characterised by a difficulty holding urine especially when doing things that put strain on the muscles of the abdomen and pelvis, including laughing, sneezing, coughing, lifting heavy objects or jumping. This is because the muscles around the bladder can’t hold as tightly, so you might find yourself struggling with leaks or dribbles after having a baby.

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Another common issue after childbirth that many women don’t talk about is vaginal laxity. Vaginal laxity occurs as the vaginal canal and opening are stretched by vaginal childbirth. While the vagina is a strong muscle and can return to its regular size very soon after giving birth, it may not be as strong or tight as before having children. Studies have shown that women who have never given birth tend to have a stronger, tighter vaginal canal than those who have given birth vaginally at all ages. 

Vaginal laxity can make sex less pleasurable for men and women, reducing sensation and making it harder to achieve orgasm. This may reduce your sex drive, or make it more uncomfortable or difficult to be intimate with your partner. 

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Fortunately, there is a revolutionary new treatment available to treat both stress incontinence and vaginal laxity, in the form of Ultra Femme 360. Ultra Femme 360 is a non-surgical vaginal tightening treatment that uses painless radiofrequency waves to strengthen the vaginal tissues.

Ultra Femme 360 treatment uses a radiofrequency wand which is inserted into the vagina to very gently heat the deeper tissues of the vagina. This triggers collagen production and renewal processes in the body and tightens and strengthens the muscles and tissues of the vagina. This tightens the vaginal canal, improving vaginal laxity, and also helping to improve the tone of the muscles at the neck of the bladder, reducing symptoms of stress incontinence.

Ultra Femme 360 is truly revolutionary, and at Katie Alex Aesthetics, we are incredibly proud to be able to offer this life-changing treatment to women across Cheshire and the North West. In fact, Katie is even known by some her Ultra Femme 360 clients as the ‘Cheshire Fairy Godmother’, for the massive difference Ultra Femme 360 has made to their lives. To find our more about Ultra Femme 360, or to book your free consultation with Katie, contact Katie Alex Aesthetics on 0161 327 0951.

Summer: No Cellulite Please

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Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives, and is incredibly common. It affects around 90% of women, and is characterised by an ‘orange skin’ appearance, where the skin appears uneven and dimpled. It can appear anywhere on the body, but is most common on the thighs, buttocks, stomach and upper arms. With the summer heat upon us, now is the perfect time to get that cellulite nipped in the bud, ready to show off your summer body while feeling confident and beautiful.

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Even though it affects so many women (and it does affect women proportionally far more than men), the actual cause of cellulite is unknown, though generally it is considered to be due to the way women’s bodies store layers of fat in the body, and the relationship this layer has with the muscles underneath and the skin above. However, there isn’t any conclusive evidence about exactly why cellulite appears, which makes it very difficult to treat and prevent.

For many years, women struggling with the appearance of cellulite simply had to live with it and feel uncomfortable. Cellulite can make us feel less confident and not as happy with our bodies, and as it doesn’t go away even with a healthy diet and exercise, it can be incredibly frustrating to live with. Even if you work as hard as you can for your perfect, dream body, cellulite can sadly still stop you in your tracks

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At Katie Alex Aesthetics, Katie offers the fantastic Exilis Ultra 360 treatment, which uses a combination of radiofrequency and ultrasound energy to help combat excess fat, skin and the appearance of cellulite, to finally give you the smooth, toned body you’ve worked towards. It gently heats the fat cells under the skin without damaging any of the surrounding tissues, which destroys them and allows them to be safely carried away by the body’s own lymphatic system. The skin around the area is then tightened to compensate for the loss of volume, giving you a smooth, slender and toned appearance.

This combination of energies allows the Exilis device to gently, safely and painlessly reduce the number of fat cells stored by the body in certain areas, and help to slim the area, tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite, to give you a beautiful, slim and toned body to show off in the summer heat.

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To find out more about the Exilis Ultra 360 treatment at Katie Alex Aesthetics, contact the clinic on 0161 327 0951 today.

All You Need To Know About Chemical Peels

Lady having skin peel treatment

Skin peels and peeling treatments have been used for thousands of years, from the time of the ancient Egyptians, to help brighten the skin and make it smooth, beautiful and radiant.

Modern skin peels have been continuously developed since the 1980s to create a safe, comfortable and deeply effective skin treatment that exfoliates the skin to improve general skin health, remove impurities and make your skin look smooth, healthy and beautiful.

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Chemical and skin peels work by deeply penetrating the upper layers of skin and causing them to exfoliate. In lower strength peels, this comes in the form of gentle exfoliation to lightly resurface the skin. For deeper, more intense peels, patients will go through a peeling period, where the upper layers of the skin physically peel off. This can be uncomfortable, but only lasts a few days, and then you’re left with bright, smooth, youthful and healthy-looking skin.

At Katie Alex Aesthetics, Katie’s skin peels of choice are TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels, which have been used for many years to help renew and refresh skin.

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Chemical peels can be used to treat:

  • Uneven skin.
  • Congested skin and clogged pores, often brought about by excess oil production in the skin.
  • Dullness in the skin due to a lack of exfoliation, and dead skin cells lying on the skin’s surface.
  • Active acne and mild acne scarring.
  • Melasma – a condition characterised by grey-brown pigmentation on the face, which is especially common in pregnant women.
  • Hyperpigmentation and the appearance of sun damage.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles.

The skin peels at Katie Alex Aesthetics are medium-depth peels, and most clients find they the peeling process lasts for 5-7 days after treatment. After this, optimum results can be seen and the skin is left soft, radiant and rejuvenated.

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Skin peels should be carried out by a fully trained practitioner, as while they are generally a very safe treatment, in inexperienced hands, the peeling process is not as controlled and it can lead to complications. Katie Alex is a highly-trained and fully qualified aesthetic nurse with over ten years of medical experience.

To find out more about the results skin peels can have for you, or to book your free consultation with Katie Alex, contact the clinic today on 0161 327 0951.

Vaginal Laxity – It’s More Common Than You Think

Lady pre treatment

As the topic of women’s health becomes destigmatised in mainstream media, an increasing number of women are becoming vocal about the unique health issues they face. This has opened up brand new avenues for treatments that can improve women’s general and intimate health, including the treatment of vaginal laxity.

Studies show that vaginal laxity affects between around 25 and 35% of women, and is the leading reason that women over 50 report dissatisfaction in their sex lives. However, it also affects younger women who have had vaginal births, particularly complicated births, multiple births or vaginal births to larger babies.

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Vaginal laxity occurs when the tissues and muscles around the vaginal canal and vaginal opening become stretched and weakened. This can occur due to a loss of collagen production in the body weakening the tissues and causing a loss in elasticity, or due to trauma to the tissue caused by vaginal childbirth.

Vaginal laxity can cause a variety of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms for women, including looseness and loss of sensation during sex, vaginal dryness and chafing, which can cause pain during sex, as well as a weakening of the muscles around the neck of the bladder, which can also lead to the symptoms of stress incontinence.

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Surgical vaginoplasty was traditionally the only option for women struggling with vaginal laxity, which is an invasive procedure, associated with general anaesthetic, higher risk of infection and long recovery times. Now, there are a variety of non-surgical options available to women, including the revolutionary Ultra Femme 360.

Ultra Femme 360 uses radiofrequency energy to trigger collagen production in the vaginal tissues, giving them strength, elasticity and rejuvenating them, to improve the sensation and tightness of the vagina, and helping to reduce the symptoms of stress incontinence. Ultra Femme 360 can also improve vaginal lubrication, helping to make sex more comfortable and enjoyable for both partners. It is a completely non-surgical and painless procedure, that can be carried out in less than half an hour, with no downtime after treatment required.

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A truly revolutionary treatment in the field of intimate health, Ultra Femme 360 has been changing the lives of Katie Alex’s clients. Known as the ‘Cheshire Fairy Godmother’ to her patients, Katie is an expert Ultra Femme 360 practitioner, and carries out Ultra Femme 360 treatments from her private clinic in Altrincham, Cheshire.

To find out more about vaginal laxity, Ultra Femme 360, or to find out more about the services Katie Alex Aesthetics offers, contact the clinic today to book your free consultation.

How To Find The Right Aesthetic Practitioner For You

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Finding the right aesthetic practitioner for you can be harder than you think. With the popularity of aesthetics treatments increasing every day, and the number of clinics rising with it, it can seem like an impossible choice.

Make Sure They Are Qualified

Firstly, you should never go to an aesthetic practitioner without a medical qualification. While in the UK, Botox and dermal fillers can be administered by individuals without training or qualifications, and without using brand name fillers. Beware of these budget treatments. Injectables are still a medical procedure, and should be carried out in a safe, sterile and quiet environment by a fully trained doctor or nurse

Often in the aesthetics industry there is what is known as a ‘Doctor’s Tax’, where aesthetic doctors will charge considerably higher rates than nurses or other medical practitioners, with very little difference in the quality of your care. 

You should also always check your practitioner’s qualifications, if they aren’t displayed when you go for your initial consultation. You can check the General Medical Council register to find your doctor, or the Nursing and Midwifery Council to find your nurse, and make sure they are fully qualified and their training has remained up to date.

Make Sure You Get Along

It might sound silly and frivolous, but it’s so important to make sure you get along with your aesthetic practitioner. Even if they’re the most qualified doctor in the world, if you don’t feel comfortable communicating with them, you should choose a different practitioner.

At Katie Alex Aesthetics, Katie understands the importance of a client-centred approach to aesthetics, and makes sure that when you come for a treatment at her clinic, you feel instantly at ease. Katie’s kind, professional manner and the way she listens and feeds back to her clients makes her one of Cheshire’s aesthetic practitioners of choice. Being able to communicate with your practitioner also means they’ll understand what you want and that you’ll see better results from your treatment.

Make Sure You Know What You Want

Before you even think about booking that consultation, make sure you understand what it is you want from your treatment. The concerns you come in with, the results you want to see and the style of treatment can all impact on what makes a practitioner right or wrong for you. For example, Katie Alex specialises in cutting edge, medically led treatments and is focused on creating natural-looking, subtle and beautiful results for her clients

Knowing what you want also means you’re better able to communicate with your practitioner and ensure you get the perfect results for you.

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The most important thing of all is that you feel completely comfortable with your aesthetic practitioner. To find out more about the service that sets Katie Alex Aesthetics apart from other practitioners, contact the clinic today on 0161 327 0951.

Why You Should Never Use Dermaroller at Home

needle roller known as Dermaroller

Dermaroller is a fantastic treatment for boosting and rejuvenating the skin, creating a brightened appearance, smooth complexion and youthful glow. It can also be used to very effectively treat acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermaroller is a small, ‘roller’ device covered in tiny needles that is moved across the face, creating tiny punctures in the skin. These are known as micro injuries, which help to trigger the skin’s natural healing processes, leading to the creation of more collagen and stronger, smoother and more glowing skin. These micro injuries are so tiny they usually heal within a day, so the treatment is very safe.

professional dermaroller

Dermaroller has gained a bit of a cult following online due to its great results, and the fact you can do it at home yourself, making it more affordable, with some dermaroller devices available to buy online for as little as £2. There are a variety of sites with tips and tricks to getting the most out of your DIY dermaroller treatment, but dermatologists and aesthetic medicine professionals warn against it, for a variety of reasons.

Dermarolling at home can cause infection.

When you go for dermaroller treatment in an aesthetic clinic with a medical professional, like Katie Alex Aesthetics, you can be sure that your treatment will be carried out in a clean, sterile environment. As dermaroller pierces the skin’s natural barrier, the risk of infection with unsterilised skin or tools at home is much higher than treatment in a clinic.

dermaroller at home

Dermarolling in a clinic uses longer needles for better results.

The length of the needles in a dermaroller treatment can make a difference to the effect the treatment has on the skin. If you’re just wanting to brighten and boost your skin, a 0.1-0.2mm needle should be fine, however if you’re treating acne scars or fine lines, for example, you would need a longer needle, usually 0.5mm all the way up to 2 or 3mm. Dermarolling with needles over 0.5mm should never be done at home, as the treatment usually requires a numbing cream for comfort, and is more risky the longer the needles in an at-home environment.

Lower quality equipment can be dangerous.

Even for very small dermaroller treatment, any tools that are less than medical grade should never be used, due to the chance of needles breaking off and becoming lodged in the skin. As well as being painful, this can cause scarring, serious infection, and might even require a trip to the hospital. Katie Alex only uses medical-grade dermaroller equipment to make sure there’s no risk to you and your skin during a dermaroller treatment.

needle roller

Dermaroller can be an incredibly effective treatment when administered by a trained professional in a safe, sterile environment with the highest quality equipment. To find out more about professional grade dermaroller treatment, or any of the other treatments offered at Katie Alex Aesthetics, contact the clinic on 0161 327 0951 today.

How Best to Banish Your Crow’s Feet

Lady having a botox injection

Crow’s feet will impact almost all of us at some point. It’s understandable, as our eyes are one of the most mobile parts of our faces (we blink around 20,000 to 30,000 times a day!), and the skin around our eyes is up to four times thinner than the rest of the face.

However, your eyes are also at the centre of your face – they’re one of the first things we see when meeting new people, and are the way we convey connection and emotion to each other. Having crow’s feet can make you look older than you feel, and might be impacting on your self-confidence. If this is the case, then you might want to look into aesthetic treatments to help turn back the clock and make you feel like yourself again.

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With so many treatments available, it can be hard to know what’s right for you, so in this post, we’ll compare two of the best non-surgical treatments for crow’s feet – Plasma BT (also known as Plasma Surgical) and Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Plasma Surgical and Anti-Wrinkle Injections are two very different treatments, but are both highly effective. Plasma Surgical is a revolutionary, non-invasive treatment that uses plasma to create a tiny electrical arc, which is then applied to the skin. Plasma surgical is an incredibly targeted treatment that allows us to treat very tiny areas of the face, without disturbing the surrounding skin. When the plasma is applied to the skin, it causes a process called ‘sublimation’ which actually vaporises some of the skin cells in the targeted area, tightening the skin and prompting the remaining cells to regenerate and contract. This helps to tighten the skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and smoothing the area out to give you a brighter and more youthful appearance. The results of Plasma Surgical don’t wear off, though wrinkles and fine lines may appear again as the ageing process continues.

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Anti-wrinkle injections work in a very different way, but still offers effective results. These anti-wrinkle injections are made up of proteins that are injected into the skin and muscles around the eyes. These proteins then block the nerve signals from the muscles to the brain, preventing them from moving. This actually stops the skin in the area from folding and creasing, reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothing the skin. Treatments should be repeated every six months or so to maintain optimum results, and with repeated treatments, the treatment can actually stop new wrinkles from forming.

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If you’re interested in either of these treatments, contact Katie Alex Aesthetics today to find out which is right for you, or to book your free consultation. Call Katie on 0161 327 0951 or email katie@katie-alex.co.uk.

Make Your Face Glow In 5 Easy Steps

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Fresh, glowing skin is something we’re all after, but unfortunately, our skin can be affected by so many different elements it can sometimes seem unattainable. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, Katie is passionate about helping her clients get the best skin of their lives, leaving them feeling rejuvenated, fresh and better than ever. In this blog post, we’ll share some of Katie’s easy tips to get glowing skin!

Always Remove Your Makeup

You’ve probably heard this hundreds of times before, but it’s such a simple way to improve your skin’s appearance and health. When we go to sleep, our skin works overtime to repair, renew and rejuvenate itself, sloughing off old skin cells and bringing the new fresh ones to the surface. Having makeup sitting on the skin impedes this process and stops your skin from exfoliating itself. Not only does this lead to duller skin, but also makes breakouts more likely, as the makeup clogs your pores.

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Try A Skin Peel

Chemical skin peels, for many people, conjure up the image of red, raw, burning skin, but this really isn’t the case. At Katie Alex Aesthetics, Katie offers medical-grade TCA skin peels to help exfoliate the top layers of the skin, leaving the fresh, tight and glowing skin underneath. Chemical skin peels penetrate the skin deeper than face scrubs or at home remedies, allowing skin to breathe and glow. The results of chemical peels improve for about a week after the treatment to see optimum results.

Make Sure You Have An SPF in Your Routine

You’ve probably heard this one before too, but the importance of SPF can’t be understated! Sun damage is one of the leading causes of the signs of aging, and can also lead to more serious skin conditions, even on cloudy or overcast days. Katie’s favourite SPF is the Alumier MD three in one, which also acts as a moisturiser and makeup, to save you time and effort in the morning too!

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Use A Vitamin C Serum

Beside an SPF, the one thing Katie recommends everyone has in their skincare routine is vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to gently exfoliate the top layers of skin, creating that beautiful glow, and also has anti-ageing, anti-oxidant and sun protecting properties. Katie’s favourite vitamin C product is the EverActive C&E serum from Alumier MD, which uses revolutionary technology to provide the benefits of vitamin C in a very high, super-effective concentration.

Drink Water!

The most common piece of skincare advice ever is to drink more water, but there’s a reason for it! Staying hydrated helps your body function normally, allowing water to be used everywhere in the body that it needs to, including your skin. Hydrated skin is clearer and less oily, as the skin doesn’t need to produce as much oil to retain its moisture, meaning you can see a reduction in both dry skin and breakouts by keeping yourself hydrated. Katie recommends you try to drink around 6-8 glasses of water a day, and more if you’re exercising or in a hot climate.

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If you need help brightening up your skincare routine, and want to find out more about Katie Alex Aesthetics and the services we offer, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211 to chat or book your free consultation today.

Incontinence – It Happens

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Incontinence, while often not talked about for fear of embarrassment, affects far more people than you might think. In fact, if the number of people suffering from incontinence were a country, it would be the third largest country in the world, with over 423 million people living with incontinence worldwide. The NHS estimates that 3-6 million people in the UK struggle with incontinence.

Incontinence is something that many people suffer with, but unfortunately, isn’t widely discussed, and many sufferers don’t actually seek out treatment. There are a variety of treatments available, and so many people just don’t know enough about the options they have.

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The most common type of incontinence is known as stress incontinence, and is also the most prevalent type of incontinence among women. You may be experiencing stress incontinence if you find that you leak when you sneeze, cough, laugh, jump or lift heavy objects.

Stress incontinence is caused by a weakened pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor muscles are the muscles that hold the bladder in place and normally control continence. They are usually wrapped tightly around the bladder, but can become weakened or loosened by a significant event, such as childbirth. Our pelvic floor muscles also generally weaken over the course of our lives, making stress incontinence the most common form of incontinence among menopausal and post-menopausal women.

The most commonly prescribed treatment for stress incontinence and weak pelvic floor muscles are Kegel exercises, which involve voluntarily tensing and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. However, they can be time consuming and aren’t always effective, especially for more severe cases of stress incontinence. In cases like these, other treatments are available, such as the Ultra Femme 360, the revolutionary non-surgical treatment available at Katie Alex Aesthetics.

incontinence

 

Ultra Femme 360 is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that can be carried out in minutes, with incredibly effective results. The treatment uses radiofrequency waves to trigger collagen production in the walls of the vaginal canal, leading to a strengthening of the muscles in the area and a reduction in the symptoms of stress incontinence. It is a completely painless treatment and takes less than 10 minutes to carry out in Katie Alex’s private clinic in Altrincham, Cheshire.

As one of only a handful of Ultra Femme 360 practitioners in the whole country, Katie is changing the lives of women struggling with incontinence across Cheshire and the North West, and is known by her client base as the ‘Cheshire Fairy Godmother’!

To find out more about Ultra Femme 360 or any of the other treatments offered at Katie Alex Aesthetics, or to book your free Ultra Femme 360 consultation, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211.

Your Quick Guide To Plasma BT

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The word ‘plasma’ might not make you think of skin treatments straight away, but today it is a revolutionary skin treatment that is being used with great success in the aesthetics industry. Plasma, known as the fourth state of matter, can be used to boost collagen production in the epidermis; tighten skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even treat acne and pigmentation on the surface of the skin. All this and more, using Plasma BT, the revolutionary skin treatment available at Katie Alex Aesthetics.

Plasma BT Is available in two separate treatment forms: Plasma Surgical and Plasma Shower.

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Plasma Surgical

Designed to help combat the signs of ageing by precisely targeting plasma to specific areas of the skin, plasma surgical is a safe, non invasive form of anti-ageing treatment. It uses a small, needle like device, creating a tiny arc of plasma that makes contact with the skin (so the needle never actually touches or penetrates the skin, reducing the risk of infection), causing the fibroblasts and fibres in the skin to contract and tighten, tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as the appearance of scarring, broken blood vessels and skin tags. The plasma arc also sterilises and cauterises as it penetrates the skin, speeding up the healing process and reducing the risk of infection.

Plasma surgical is also a fantastic, non-surgical alternative to blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). It effectively treats the appearance of hooded eyelids, crow’s feet, and eye bags without the risks and complications commonly associated with surgical blepharoplasty.

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Plasma Shower

Plasma shower is a less targeted, gentler application of plasma, and can be used to remove the bacteria on the surface of the skin, and increases how effectively the skin can absorb other products like serums, oils and moisturisers. It can be used as an alternative to needle-free mesotherapy treatments and helps to treat the appearance of active acne, as well as brightening and cleansing the skin over time.

If you want to find out more about Plasma BT or any of the other non-surgical treatments offered at Katie Alex Aesthetics, or want to book your free consultation, contact the clinic on 0161 989 1211 today.