The fear of the unknown can often be a major hurdle in trying out something new, so this section will describe what to expect with this type of treatment. First of all, we will take it as a given that you have chosen a reputable and proficient medical practitioner to perform your treatment and that you have been through a detailed consultation and medical history, as well as a full consent process. It is our practice to allow people time to think about things in detail and a 'cooling-off' period after the consultation....

How do I know if any of my skin blemishes could be cancerous? Dr Thorsteinsson has worked in secondary care skin cancer clinics for 8 years and in this article he gives you 7 simple easy-to-remember rules to follow. He will also discuss briefly skin lesion removal and treatment. RULE 1: Know your own skin. It might be surprising to hear, but it's thought that the majority of skin cancers arise from normal skin - It's far less common that an existing blemish turns cancerous....

Glow Founder Sara Shoemark talks to Dr Keli Thorsteinsson from Freyja Medical in Wrexham about their fat dissolving injections. As with many aesthetic treatment procedures, this comes with a lot of questions. Is it safe? Is it always successful? Does it hurt? Sara gets answers to these and more.

Sara: 'Many of us have heard of liposuction for targeting stubborn pockets of fat. Why do you recommend fat dissolving injections, and how exactly do they work?' ...

A new slimming injection promises to dissolve fat cells, allowing dieters to pass the fat out of their bodies when they urinate. The non-surgical treatment called Aqualyx is a safe and effective alternative to liposuction with none of the associated downtime and a much friendlier price-tag!The treatment involves injections of Aqualyx into areas of stubborn fat. It contains plant polymers which bind with the cell walls of the fat tissue and release the fat to be dissolved. Once the formula has liquified the fat cell...

Thread veins develop as you age – it is thought pregnancy and menopausal hormonal changes provoke their development, which is why women are more affected than men. Development of thread veins is aggravated by carrying too much weight, smoking and lack of exercise. Some people may have a genetic tendency. Visible veins on legs can cause embarrassment, pain, swelling, itching, eczema changes and pigmentation...

First of all, it is worth noting that the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer is well documented and indisputable. However, over the last few days there have been many news reports cropping up that some of the chemicals used to protect our skin may find their way into the bloodstream and this has got people worried. It’s no wonder ...

With the huge range of cosmetic treatments available today, it can be tough to figure out which option might be the best for you. Do you need Botox to smooth out wrinkles or are injectable fillers the better option? When doing your research for the best treatment to combat the visible signs of aging on the face, it is important to understand how Botox and dermal fillers are different, what they are designed to achieve, and how they work. Whatever treatment is chosen in the end, both work to refresh skin and maintain a natural...

Sunlight is pretty bad for you, right? We’ve been told over and again in recent years how we should all be avoiding the sun as much as possible to avoid premature skin ageing and skin cancers, but maybe this isn’t the whole story. Science shows us that the benefits of the sun on our mood, sleep patterns and Vitamin D production are not to be underestimated. There is no doubt that healthy levels of Vitamin D in our bodies protect our bones and help to reduce bone thinning and fragility...

Melasma is the term given to hormone-induced extra pigmentation in the skin which most commonly looks brownish or even a bit grey. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. While the exact cause is not known, it is thought to be because of pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) producing too much pigment (melanin). This can be as a result of hormonal fluctuations, so it’s quite common when taking the oral contraceptive pill (the ‘Pill’)... read more

It’s no secret that many celebrities are pretty keen on their skin care treatments, so it makes sense to keep an eye on what they’re up to. One treatment that’s proving to be very popular among them is microneedling. The line up of stars includes the likes of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, and Demi Moore, just to name a few. But what is all the fuss about? Micro-needling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a procedure that uses a device ... read more

Like most people, I am sure you have had thoughts at one time or another about Botox. But what do you need to know before going under the needle? As it turns out, there’s lots to consider before taking the plunge into this anti-aging treatment. The doctors at Freyja Medical Clinic consider some of the most important issues to think about before having your first treatment. We have all seen some horrific frozen, shiny and completely over-the-top Botox jobs, but there are also some amazing results with a refreshed, natural look. The key? ... read more

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