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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 23 years. I have worked in a variety of roles within the NHS and additionally hold a degree in Public Health. I am a nurse prescriber and have specialised in aesthetic medicine exclusively for 16 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.

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Alex Costigan - AC Aesthetics, Wirral
Alex Costigan RGN BSc (Hons) INP

Aesthetic Procedures

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.

Wrinkle smoothing, Alex Costigan, Wirral

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 is 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
Micro-needling procedures - Alex Costigan, Wirral

FAQs

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, thousands of micro medical needle columns are inserted 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 procedures will I need?

This will vary depending on numerous factors and can be discussed during the 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 procedure 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®.

Dermal Fillers - Alex Costigan Aesthetics, Wirral

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?

It’s extremely unusual to have a reaction 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?

A 1ml syringe costs £210. Multiple 1ml syringes may be used.

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

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 a 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?

Each procedure costs £300.

Sculptra®

Injectable poly-L-lactic acid

Sculptra® is an FDA approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen. It 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).

Facial Volumisers (Sculptra) - Alex Costigan Aesthetics, Wirral

FAQs

Are the results immediate?

No, 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.

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 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

Excess sweating

Excess sweating of the armpits (hyperhidrosis) can be an embarrassing condition. It can happen at any time in your life and the cause may be unknown. However, there are a number of treatment options available that can produce excellent results.

After a thorough consultation to discuss your symptoms, I may suggest underarm (botulinum toxin) injections. These are a licensed and highly successful treatment for excess sweating and results typically last at least six months.

Excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis) treatment - Alex Costigan, Wirral

This widely performed procedure is simple, highly effective and minimally invasive. It works by temporarily stopping the glands from producing sweat and patients usually notice a significant improvement within two weeks of treatment.

FAQs

How is the treatment carried out?

A thorough consultation to assess your suitability for this treatment is carried out. I will then inject tiny amounts of Botox® into the glands under the armpits. The needle used is very fine and most people experience very mild transient discomfort.

Do I have to take precautions afterwards?

Following treatment, you may return to normal activities immediately, although we advise no strenuous exercise and no perfumed body creams or deodorants for 24 hours.

How long does the treatment last?

The treatment is usually very effective relief for around six months, sometimes longer.

How much does it cost?

The procedure costs £400.

Microsclerotherapy

Microsclerotherapy is a safe and long-established treatment for thread veins in the legs.

About 50% of people will develop thread veins at some point in their lives. Most often this is due to genetics, or to jobs that involve standing for long periods of time. They are unlikely to cause any symptoms or medical problems, but they can make people feel self-conscious.

Microsclerotherapy for thread veins, Wirral - Alex Costigan

Microsclerotherapy involves the injection of a non-toxic irritant solution directly into the problem veins. This causes the vein walls to stick together and prevents blood passing through. Over a period of weeks the blood vessel is gradually reabsorbed by the body and either reduces or disappears entirely.

FAQs

What happens during the treatment?

I will clean the skin thoroughly and then inject the veins with a tiny amount of sclerosant. This is not usually uncomfortable.

N.B. You will be asked to bring a pair of support tights with you to wear straight after the treatment.

What results can I expect?

The results are not immediate. The veins may look bruised and darker before they improve and the treatment may need to be repeated at 8-12 week intervals, dependent on the severity and size of the vein. However, after a few treatments, most patients see a significant improvement and veins that are successfully treated should not reappear.

Please note this procedure treats existing veins. It will not stop new veins from developing over time.

Is there any special aftercare required?

You will need to wear support tights for a week after the treatment. We will also ask you to take a 10-minute walk immediately following the procedure.

We advise you to avoid high impact exercise, hot baths, showers, saunas and sunbeds for 2 weeks and no waxing for 4 weeks. We also ask that you inform us of any forthcoming long- haul travel plans.

Medical Weight Loss Clinic

Prescription weight loss programme led by a trained clinician.

A personalised slimming programme designed to support your dieting goals. Contact me for further information and to book an appointment.

Medical Weight Loss Clinic - Alex Costigan, Wirral

Portfolio

To respect my client’s privacy I do not use images of my work on my website or on social media. I do have a selection of consented photos that I am able to show during your consultation.

Where I’m based

I am based in Wirral where I work from a clinic designed to carry out medical consultations and procedures. You will receive a confidential and professional service in a private, relaxing and comfortable environment.

AC Aesthetics

Acupuncture First
Leighton House
Leighton Business Park
Chester High Road
Heswall
Wirral
Merseyside
CH60 3RZ

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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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