Medical Aesthetics that rejuvenate the skin, and your confidence by Alex Costigan RGN BSc (Hons) INP

“It is essential we remain unique and enhance our own natural beauty.”

Aesthetic medicine is a new and exciting field in modern medicine. Using minimally invasive procedures we can reduce the effects of ageing whilst maintaining a healthy looking appearance.

My ethos is “less is more.” Be the best version of yourself, feel more confident, refreshed and revitalised with natural looking results.

About me

I have worked as a registered nurse for 20 years. I have worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, including district nursing and public health nursing. I am a nurse prescriber with a special interest in dermatology. I have specialised in medical aesthetics exclusively for 13 years.

As a registered nurse with the NMC I am required to attend regular training and development. I am an Independent Prescriber and a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).

My interest in aesthetics grew as I discovered certain aspects of ageing can have a negative impact on confidence and body image. I am a firm believer in embracing individuality and promoting natural looking results.

Alex Costigan RGN INP BSc (Hons)

Alex Costigan RGN INP BSc (Hons)

Treatments

All appointments require an initial consultation which is free of charge. Please note that, to respect patient confidentiality I do not use images of my work on the website or social media. I do have a selection of before/after photos that I am able to show during consultation upon request.

Wrinkle Smoothing

Wrinkle Relaxing Treatment

Botulinum Toxin Type A (often known by the brand name Botox, Azzalure or Boccouture) is very effective at smoothing facial lines and wrinkles that have been caused by repetitive movement of the upper face. Relaxation of the muscle following injection reduces this muscle activity and helps to stop the skin forming those creases and lines, in time the lines will appear smoother and reduced in appearance.

During consultation a full history will be taken, risks and complications of treatment will be discussed and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. This it to ensure you are fully informed prior to consenting to treatment.

FAQs

Is it painful?

The procedure takes about ten minutes during which an extremely fine, short needle is used to inject the botox into the appropriate area. This may cause some slight but very brief discomfort. The area may have some redness and swelling which normally resolves within an hour. Usually clients are able to go about their daily activities immediately afterwards.

Will I look frozen?

No, the purpose of these injections is to soften and enhance your features only.

How long does it last?

The treatment normally starts to take effect between 3-14 days. The effects will normally last between 3-5 months, when you will start to notice an ability to move the muscles more freely.

How much will it cost?

Prices start at £150.

Micro-needling

with EDS DermaStamp

The EDS Regenerate treatment is an electronic, micro-skin needling procedure that stimulates your skin so that it will regenerate and repair itself naturally, resulting in smoother, brighter, younger and healthier looking skin.

It can be used as a key treatment in rejuvenating skin with the following conditions:

  • acne scars
  • photo-damaged and ageing skin
  • facial and décolleté lines and wrinkles
  • stretch marks

FAQs

What happens during treatment?

During treatment thousands of micro medical needle columns insert into your skin. These columns will stimulate the skin, encouraging it to regenerate and repair itself. They’ll then rapidly close so that your skin can quickly recover.

Following the procedure your skin will start to naturally regenerate and repair itself. This will take some time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and the dermis layer is rejuvenated.

Is it painful?

While the EDS Regenerate procedure produces some discomfort, your practitioner will normally apply a topical anaesthetic and to the treatment area beforehand.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on numerous factors and can be discussed during consultation. It can take up to six weeks before you see signs of regeneration and repair, although the process will continue to work over the following months, leaving you with natural, long lasting results.

We recommend that your EDS Regenerate treatment consists of three procedures approximately six weeks apart.

How much does the treatment cost?

EDs Dermastamp: £200
(Course of 3) 4 weeks apart: £450

Dermal Fillers

Hyaluronic acid

Dermal fillers are used to enhance the natural contours of the face, increasing lift to areas that may have lost volume, softening lines, wrinkles and improving overall skin quality.

A very commonly used dermal filler is hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance found in the body which diminishes as part of the ageing process. Some of the brand names used in clinic are Restylane® and Juvederm®.

FAQs

How does it work?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugary gel-like substance that works by plumping and lifting tissue that may have lost volume due to ageing. Additionally, it attracts water to the skin to improve and revitalise.

How long does it last?

The dermal fillers used in clinic are all temporary and will typically last from 6-18 months depending upon the individual patient and product used.

What happens if I have a reaction?

Its extremely unusual to have a reactions to HA filler, however if you are concerned seek medical advice as soon as possible. A medical practitioner can administer the necessary treatment required. Hyaluronic acid can be reversed by the injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

How much will it cost?

Prices start at £150.

Chemical Peel

The Perfect Peel®

A chemical peel can stimulate the production of collagen resulting in firmer skin and assist in slowing down the ageing process and preventing wrinkles.

It can help erase fine lines and wrinkles, reduce enlarged pores, build collagen and elastin which help to tighten and firm the skin. In addition, it can reduce or even eliminate hyperpigmentation and melasma. Acne and acne scars can be dramatically improved.

The Perfect Peel® is a blended peel containing glutathione; the ultimate antioxidant, kojic acid, TCA, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, phenol and a blend of minerals and vitamins.

The peel helps to remove or reduce:

  • sun damage
  • age spots
  • reduce pore size
  • soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • hyperpigmentation
  • acne skin conditions
  • melasma
The Perfect Peel, logo

FAQs

Does The Perfect Peel® burn?

The patient may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation which will subside after just a few seconds. Numbing takes place once the first pass of The Perfect Peel® solution is applied. A fan or cool breeze may be used for comfort.

Is sun exposure permitted after peel?

Sun exposure should be limited if not avoided before and during the peel process to avoid uneven exposure.

How many treatments are necessary to resolve acne scars?

Depending on the severity of the scarring, a series of 3-4 peels every four weeks will be needed for optimum results. The number of treatments will also depend on how vigorous the layers are applied.

How much will it cost?

£299.

Facial Volumisers

Sculptra® (Injectable poly-L-lactic acid)

Volumisers are cosmetic injections that are used to create volume and contour to larger areas when there has been significant volume loss. They are very effective in producing and replacing collagen that has been lost over time. 

Sculptra® gives you deep tissue regeneration to help reduce the signs of ageing. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra® works to replace lost collagen and replenish volume in your face more subtly over time giving you a more natural looking appearance. Sculptra®’s main ingredient is Poly-L Lactic Acid (PLLA).

FAQs

Are the results immediate?

No, but Sculptra® is designed to deliver its unique effects, with an average of 2 to 3 sessions, over the course of a few months. Because the production of new collagen formation is a gradual process, each treatment session will yield results that are more noticeable.

How many injections are there per treatment session?

The number of injections at each of the treatment sessions will vary depending on the degree of correction and the treatment plan determined by you and your medical aesthetic practitioner.

How much will it cost?
£300 per vial. Up to 6 vials may be required.

Obagi

Obagi is a prescription-strength skin care range used by  professionals to treat a range of skin problems such as hyper pigmentation, sun damage, acne, dullness and minimise the signs of ageing.  A full in depth consultation is required prior to any treatment of Obagi to ensure the correct treatment plan is in place.

Price on consultation

Heliocare

Heliocare skincare products provide daily protection from UVA/UVB but also from high-energy visible light. Highly recommended by leading dermatologists.

Price on consultation

Environ®

Award-winning professional skin care brand available from Jo Jacques Health and Beauty, more information here. (Environ® is only available at authorised clinics).

Price on consultation

Sclerotherapy

For thread veins

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate the appearance of unsightly thread veins. Patients with deeper varicose veins are not suitable for this treatment.

FAQs

How does it work?

A very fine needle is inserted into the vein and an injection of a prescribed sclerosing agent is administered. The walls of the blood vessel shrink together, which prevents blood from flowing through them. This causes the thread veins to become less visible.

Is it permanent?

No – it is generally thought that the treatment will need repeating from about 18 months when new veins may start to appear. Some individuals may not require a treatment for 5 or 10 years.

How much will it cost?

£150 per session.

Where I’m based

I am based in Bromborough, Wirral where I work exclusively from Jo Jacques Health and Beauty. I carry out consultations and treatments from our aesthetic treatment room where you will receive a confidential and professional service in a relaxing and comfortable environment.

AC Aesthetics

Jo Jacques Health & Beauty
26 Bromborough Road
Bromborough
Wirral
CH62 7ES

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Beauty Treatments

Jo Jacques Health & Beauty offer a full range of beauty treatments including microdermabrasion, Caci, electrolysis and the groundbreaking advanced skin care range by Environ®. For more information, see their website here.

Semi-Permanent Makeup

For Semi-Permanent Makeup that enhances your facial features, for male or female hair loss, burn and scar relief, and to enhance breast reconstruction, I recommend the award-winning Gail Proudman who’s website can be seen here.

  • Alex is one of a rare breed in this field with a medical background to underpin her finely tuned aesthetic skill. I trust her implicitly and recommend her services to our clients on a daily basis.

    Mr. W.
  • I had a very pleasant experience at Alex’s clinic. I was most pleased with the lip filler treatment and found the effect much more longer lasting. The whole experience was very comfortable and relaxing.

    Miss C.

Contact me

If you’d like to book an appointment, free consultation, or just have some questions, feel free to contact me on email here or the number below.

You can also send me a message using the contact form.

07770 663 828

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