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Brow ptosis

Brow ptosis is the medical term for a drooping brow.  Usually a result of natural ageing, this condition may also occur after trauma, surgery or other conditions such as facial palsy.  Brow ptosis can affect our peripheral vision reducing our ability to see peripherally.

To counteract the look of brow ptosis, Botox® can be strategically injected into the upper facial region to both shape the brow and create a chemical brow lift.  Results generally last between 3 to 5 months.

Bruxism

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, Botox® in small doses can be used to treat painful muscle spasms experienced by bruxism sufferers.

Botox® injections are used to weaken the masticatory muscles just enough to reduce bruxism; by lessening the muscles ability to clench and grind the jaw.  This involves a series of injections which are carefully administered in order to retain all the normal functions of chewing, talking and smiling.

Candidates for this treatment will be experiencing persistent bruxism problems, whether during sleep or waking hours.  Prior to any treatment full medical history will need to be established.

Chronic Migraines

Botox® was approved in 2010 by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for adults who get chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are defined as headaches occurring on 15 or more days each month, at least half of which have migrainous features.

In the first instance, patients who are struggling to manage their symptoms should discuss this with their general practitioner (GP) and if appropriate, seek referral to a specialist with an interest in headache disorders.

Further information on the use of Botox® for the treatment of chronic migraines can be found at The Migraine Trust.

Gummy smile

Gummy smile can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of your smile.

There can be a number of causes for this condition.  Should the condition be due to the muscle that controls movement of your upper lip being hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise higher than normal, or due to a thin upper lip these can be corrected with the use of Botulinum toxin (well known as Botox®).

The corrective procedure is achieved by injecting both sides of the junction of the nostril and nose to mouth fold to weaken the muscles.  Over a duration of 3-4 days, elevation of the upper lip will become less, showing less gum when smiling.

Hair loss

Common hair & scalp conditions:

Alopecia Areata and Alopecia Totalis – Alopecia Areata can take different forms with the same autoimmune cause; from a scattered diffuse loss or more distinct patches of loss in different areas of the head and around the edges, to a complete loss of scalp hair, known as totalis.

Androgenetic Alopecia – Androgenetic alopecia is the name given to a type of hair loss that is related to the androgen hormone, more commonly known as male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss.

Excess Hair Shedding (Telogen Effluvium) – As the hair is reflective of our bodies health, there are a huge range of factors that can lead to an excess of hair follicles, sometimes up to 50% compared to just 10% normally, to enter the telogen phase prematurely.

Scarring Alopecia – A type of alopecia that attacks the hair follicles and results in scarring, resulting in hair follicle loss and the appearance of smooth, shiny, scarred skin.

Loss of hair condition – Loss of hair condition can arise from the weathering of incorrect treatment of your hair, to internal causes such as medication, mineral and vitamin deficiencies and protein deficiency.

Itching and Scalp Irritation – While itching can also exist entirely on its own, it can also be a symptom of other disorders with a multitude of causes; from infection, infestation, systemic disorder or reaction to a hairdressing chemical or sensitising product.

Dandruff and Scalp Scaling – Otherwise known as Pityriasis Capitis, it exists within a family of conditions, all with the same persistent cause; a sensitivity a yeast found on everyone’s scalp.

Oily Scalp (seborrhoea oleosa) – Excess oil production is caused by an over-active sebaceous gland, which produces sebum to lubricate and give natural moisture to the skin.

Psoriasis – An autoimmune disorder, recognised by adherent, silvery plaques, seen over a reddened area of skin, feelings of itching and ‘tightness’ can be experienced.

Hyperhydrosis

A common condition which can affect a wide range of people.  The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas.  Commonly affected areas include the:

  • Armpits
  • Palms of your hands
  • Soles of your feet
  • Face and chest
  • Groin

Botox® injections can be used as a temporary solution to hyperhidrosis.  Medical studies have found that Botox® injections effectively alleviate excess sweating by stopping the glands in the skin from actually producing sweat.

    Private and discrete clinics within Surrey

    Surrey Hills Skin Clinics are located in the heart of Ashtead and Godalming within easy reach by road or public transport.

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    Godalming

    1st Floor 112 High Street Godalming Surrey GU7 1DU
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    Ashtead

    Bodytonic 58 The Street Ashtead Surrey KT21 1AW

    Appointments: 01372 270 790
    clinics@surreyhillsskinclinic.co.uk