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Let Me Sort Out That Smoking Damage!

Dr Ruth Harker offers safe and trusted treatment for the ravages to the face caused by smoking.

Sometimes it’s just bad luck, and you are not a smoker but have just lined early!. This happens particularly in fair and fine skins. People from their 30s upwards may benefit from filler treatment.

There again, a lot of older people up to their 70s feel young- at- heart and want their face to match the age they feel inside!  Sometimes people just want to look like their old self for that special occasion like a wedding. A lady quite often has a younger partner these days and so want to look their best.

As a family doctor Dr Harker is perpetually urging her patients to give up smoking. As we now know, it’s associated with heart attacks, strokes, blocking of the leg arteries and over 20 kinds of cancer. For women in particular, it has a powerful effect in advancing ageing of the facial tissues and encouraging “smokers’ wrinkles”. Often a woman will look older than her partner if they both smoke.

Next time you take a drag on a cigarette look at yourself in the mirror… your eyes squint against the smoke, your mouth purses up with vertical lines above and below…. Sexy?? ..No way! Not a good look!

Once you have been smoking some years these lines become ingrained on the face permanently and the facial tissues often have a boggy pale look related to poorer oxygenation of the skin.

Perhaps you gave up as a New Year’s resolution or on NO SMOKING DAY recently. If so, give yourself a pat on the back and come to Dr Harker to undo some of the damage! With a packet of cigarettes costing so much, even within stopping one month you will have saved enough to reward yourself with reducing those wrinkles.

The treatment used is by minute injections of Non –Animal Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA) which has the highest safety and success record. This substance is a natural compound which occurs in our skin and connective tissues and joints when we are younger. In fact, quite commonly now it is used for injections into arthritic joints. The latest research shows it actually improves and helps the skin structure.

Firstly, Dr Harker will examine your skin carefully and advise what is possible. It’s not possible for everyone to go back to 21! But is possible to lose perhaps 5 or 10 years.

The area of skin is numbed first and then this soft gel is introduced  skilfully and exactly by Dr Harker to lift out the wrinkles. The treatment lasts anywhere between 6 to 12 months, depending on the site of treatment, the age and skin type.

The treatment commonly known as “Botox” is safe in skilled hands. It can remove the frown lines between the brows, the pleated lines over the forehead and the ‘crow’s feet’ lines on the outside of the eyes and be used subtly to give a fresher younger look. It can also be used to deal with intolerable excessive armpit sweating

The results are often amazing and costs cheaper than you think, and a fraction of going ‘under the knife’ and having a face lift.

Dr Ruth Harker is able to offer professional, completely confidential advice for  all your annoying little skin problems at her private medical clinic. Dr Harker’s clinic is conveniently placed in Ivybridge and offers safe, skilled treatment in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere at a price you can afford.

Dr Harker offers removal of skin tags, cosmetic moles and blemishes under local anaesthetic. Also offered is treatment for spider veins and thread veins.

It’s amazing how many people have an ugly mole right in a prominent position that spoils their looks and they just put up with it. The mole may habitually sprout hairs which are unsightly and a continual nuisance to remove.

Well, now there is no need to put up with it; Dr Harker can easily remove an ugly cosmetic mole for you. Similarly, Dr Harker can safely deal with skin tags, cysts or other skin blemishes.

Some skin types do just seem to grow unsightly skin tags as the skin ages, particularly around the neck area, armpits and groins. These can simply and quickly be dealt with. Wearing a lower neck line dress or top or wearing a necklace then becomes a pleasure again, instead of feeling this area must be hidden away.

Men and women frequently have moles, skin tags or other skin lesions in embarrassing places, causing their intimate relationships to be spoilt or even ruined. It is perfectly possible to remove these without any difficulty.

Some scars are unsightly and can be revised to give an improved appearance.

All work is compliant with NICE guidelines. It is our policy to refer any problems that can or should be treated on the NHS back to your GP. Dr Harker offers all these treatments personally.

Details on this website are provided for information purposes only. Opinions voiced reflect Dr Harker’s current practice which is subject to change at anytime.

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