Over the last few weeks Marsh Medical Skin Clinic has been hard at work getting our Clinic ready to safely re-open. We have reviewed all evidence and data surrounding infection transmission of Covid-19, conducted risk assessments and have put in place infrastructure & protocols to ensure your safety when visiting the Clinic.
Please see below some of the measures we have put in place to support this in all of our Clinics.
- All staff will be wearing full PPE clothing including masks, visors, aprons & gloves. Gowns will be also worn for higher risk procedures.
- Our staff will change into work uniforms immediately when they arrive to work using appropriate facilities/changing areas to help limit any contamination.
- Clearly marked floor tape will be in place to mark areas to help staff maintain 2m distance.
- A thorough surface cleaning protocol is in place before and after each patient and we have increased our regular cleaning protocols and an external deep sanitation has been carried out prior to our re-opening.
- Numerous sanitizing stations will be available and easily accessible around the clinic.
- Waiting areas have been segregated to allow social distancing when possible.
- A thorough staff protocol is in place for safe disposal of used PPE throughout and at the end of the day.
- We will provide you with the relevant PPE to keep you safe including sanitization and protective masks upon arrival & departure as per PHE guidelines and local best practice rules.
- Perspex screens have been installed at the reception area to allow you to check in and out safely.
- The team have received extensive training and education on ensuring all services are conducted in a safe, hygienic and professional manner.
- We have introduced a 15-minute change over time in between clients to ensure the team can effectively sanitize and clean the area before the next treatment.
- Staggered appointment times have been introduced to minimise volume of clients in the clinic at any one time
- Please attend appointments on your own.
- Upon arrival, clients will be asked to wash hands and wear a face covering or mask.
- Please do not bring personal possessions to the clinic. Please limit wearing of jewellery. Wedding rings may be worn provided hands are kept clear from the face.
- When the treatment is complete clients will be invited to wash hands.
- Maintain 2 metre distance from other people in the clinic as far as possible.
- Clients will be encouraged to pay by card or contactless, reducing contact wherever possible and cleaning card machines after use where necessary. If for any reason payment by cash is unavoidable, additional precautions, including hand washing after each transaction.
- Attend appointments 5 minutes early. In some instances, clients may be asked to wait in the car until the practitioner is ready to see them.
- Clients will be asked to attend with no makeup for facial assessment and treatment and hair removed for laser procedures where appropriate.
Paused treatment Advice
Although we are starting to adjust to our ‘normal’ routine and finding lots of at-home compromises, there are some things that we just can’t adapt. From laser hair removal to filler top-ups, many beauty fans will be pausing their regular aesthetic treatments and possibly even worrying about the impact this will have on their results.
Director of Marsh Medical Skin Clinic Dr Gujral advice for paused treatment courses is as below….
Laser Hair Removal
Firstly, the reduction you have seen already from laser hair removal is permanent and once your treatment restarts you will see results quickly, so you don’t need to be worried about progress or results due to a break in treatments.
The reason for a course of treatments is to catch the hair in the anagen phase which is the active growth phase. Anagen occurs at different stages depending if the hair is on the face or body, therefore effective results require treatments spread evenly, from four to eight weeks depending on your hair and where it is on your body. If your treatments are outside this period, laser hair removal will still give you the desired results. Everyone is different so depending on your hair, you may need additional sessions.
You can however still shave and use hair removal creams so there is no need to worry and think you need to let your hair fully grow out. For laser hair removal to work, the hair has to be present in the follicle. This is why you should shave or use hair removal creams as both only remove surface hair, keeping the hair in the follicle.
Aftercare is still really important so make sure you continue to use the products you have been advised to use. In particular, continue to apply SPF to any exposed areas that have been treated to avoid sun damage.
The Prescription Facial using The HydraMaster System
The Prescription Facial is a treatment that uses patented technology to cleanse, exfoliate, extract impurities and treat the skin and can be adapted to treat a variety of issues, ranging from dull, dry skin, to acne and pigmentation caused by sun damage. Course of treatments vary from weekly to every eight weeks, so it is very versatile.
You can still maintain a healthy glow at home so that your skin is ready to resume your treatment when it’s safe for clinics to reopen. Make sure you cleanse twice daily with warm water and a flannel to ensure that you are wiping away any dirt and dead skin cells. If you are still wearing makeup, or worried about dirt or pollution then introduce a cleansing micellar water into your routine to really cleanse the pores. The ingredients within these are very clever and are actually attracted to dirt and oil so they are particularly great to drawing out any of these impurities.
Skin Peel Courses
The power of a skin peel deeply exfoliates to brighten the skins surface. In a nutshell they help to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer and brighter skin.
Depending on what your personal skincare goals are there are a number of skin peels available and you may be advised to have a course of treatments for maximum results. If you haven’t already, introduce a low percentage retinol into your skincare routine using only a pea-size amount no more than twice weekly. As your skin gradually responds to this and becomes accustomed to it you can begin to use it more regularly or maintain just twice weekly but with a higher percentage retinol. ZO Skin Brightner is a really effective product and can easily be introduced as part of your evening skincare routine to allow it to effectively work overnight. Similar to skin peels, retinol will leave your skin far more sensitive and at risk to sun damage so ensure you apply SPF, such as ZO Daily Sheer SPF 50
It is important to know that there are no at-home treatments that will match the results achieved through in-clinic injectables and fillers. Do not be tempted to order products online that claim to offer clinical results as you could run the risk of causing serious harm and damage. These types of treatments should only ever be administered by a qualified practitioner within a certified clinic.
As fillers are non-permanent, over time the results will start to disappear. Typically, fillers last around 6 to 12 months. The good news is that you will be able to pick right back up from where you left off with your previous treatment, as the results are instance.
You can prolong the results of your recent fillers by:
Applying SPF, especially on the areas that you have had treatment on
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Fine lines and wrinkles will appear when skin is dry, so if you can keep your skin nice and hydrated this will help to prologue results
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help to enhance the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers which will help to keep the skin plump and wrinkle-free
Acne / Acne Scar Treatment
There are a number of treatments for acne and acne scarring depending on the severity. Whether you are having a course of skin peels, Microneedling or laser resurfacing, each treatment helps to gradually reduce the appearance of scars or pigmentation as the new layer of skin beneath is revealed.
Frequency of treatment doesn’t change this process. Results will, of course, be noticed quicker if you stick to regular sessions, however, if you find that you have a long break in-between this will simply cause the level of results to pause and in most cases, you can pick back up where you left off. Make sure you continue to look after your skin in the interim and follow any personalised advice given by your dermatologist including taking any prescribed medication.