Hi, my name is Salvina and I am a qualified Aesthetic Therapist at Hair to Ware administering face and body treatments.
By providing the highest level of medical grade cosmetic procedures, I strive to help others look and feel their very best. Because my treatments are all tailored specifically to each client, they are designed to meet each person’s unique needs.
Having been through a cancer journey myself, I have first-hand experience of hair loss and the difficult feelings attached.
With my own experience in mind, I am passionate about supporting those experiencing hair loss.
You probably have some questions about what an Aesthetic Therapist does? I’m here to help.
What Does an Aesthetic Therapist Do?
An aesthetic therapist focuses on rejuvenating and refreshing the skin on the face and body. The emphasis is on non-surgical procedures to improve overall skin health and maximise the aesthetics of the area in question.
Some examples of treatments that fall under this banner are:
- Chemical peels
- Laser resurfacing
- Dermal fillers
In order to be successful and efficient in this field, a therapist must have an in-depth understanding of human physiology. We know what the risks and benefits are of each service.
As a result, we can make the most appropriate choice of treatment for you.
Aside from the external appearance of your skin, I also deal with what lies beneath.
Mesotherapy, for example, can assist with fat loss and reshaping of the body in specific areas. Dermal fillers plump out the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and giving your face that little added fullness.
What Skin and Body Issues Can I Help With?
The list of issues that can be successfully treated by an aesthetic therapist is long. These include:
- Blackheads, whiteheads or enlarged pores
- Skin discolouration or uneven pigmentation
- Weight loss
- Lymphatic drainage
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry, flakey or damaged skin
- Stretch marks
With this in mind, you may be wondering why I chose to work with Hair to Ware, a clinic with services dedicated to restoring and managing hair loss and other cancer-related issues.
The Harsh Reality of Cancer Treatment
There is no doubt that many cancer treatments are incredibly harsh, causing widespread damage to other areas of our bodies.
In fact, Cancer.gov noted some of these effects, saying, “Sometimes radiation therapy can cause the skin on the part of your body receiving radiation to become dry and peel, itch (called pruritus), and turn red or darker. Your skin may look sunburned or become swollen or puffy. You may develop sores that become painful, wet, and infected.
“Some types of chemotherapy can cause your skin to become dry, itchy, red or darker, or peel. You may develop a minor rash or sunburn easily; this is called photosensitivity. Some people also have skin pigmentation changes.”
Additionally, chemotherapy treatment often results in lines and wrinkles on the skin due to damage to the epidermis. Collagen and elastin break down, causing the skin to sag as the support structure beneath it is compromised.
Aside from skin issues, some cancer patients have experienced a fuller face and increased fat storage due to the steroids in their treatment. Overall weight gain is common after chemotherapy, often linked to additional hormonal treatments or a nudge into premature menopause.
Without going into a host of other awful side effects, it’s fair to say that those undergoing cancer treatments have more than enough to deal with.
And this is where I come in.
Skin and Body Care After Cancer
While I can’t help from a medical perspective, I do understand how it feels to deal with a cancer diagnosis and then live through the incredibly difficult treatment process. I am all too familiar with the crippling despair that sets in as you watch your hair thinning, your face losing its familiar shape and colour, and looking at a body that you no longer recognise.
I know how your confidence erodes and, as hard as you try to be positive and upbeat to keep your family from worrying too much, there are times when you just want to be you again.
This innate understanding allows me to work closely with men and women who have lived through the nightmare and simply want to look and feel as normal as possible.
I know what you’re dealing with, and I take care to offer you the best solution for your particular needs.
For this reason, I chose to work with Amanda and the amazing team at Hair to Ware. They have created a wonderfully safe space for those of us who are a little broken, more than a little timid, insecure, shy, and frightened.
If you’re struggling with skin discolouration, breakouts, weight gain, dry skin – or in fact any post-treatment skin problem that you want help with, then please come and see us.
If you still aren’t certain that this is what you need, then do a little research of your own. A study dealing with the effects of aesthetic treatments on the quality of life of breast cancer patients concluded with the following comments:
“The efficacy of specialized aesthetic treatments on perceived distress and skin-related problems, highlighted in this study, demonstrates that they can become complementary therapies for cancer management. It is important to include psychological measures in studies assessing these skin injuries, as they often impact on their daily functioning and HRQoL. An integrative approach between oncology, psychology, and aesthetic skin management is strongly advised in order to offer the best comprehensive care to patients.”
In other words, aesthetic skin management is strongly advised as part of a holistic approach to caring for cancer patients.
Get in Touch
I’m certain that you have questions, and I would love to answer them for you.
Please feel free to call or email us whenever you are ready, and we will be thrilled to put you firmly on the path of restored confidence and beauty.