FTT Skin Clinics Update -17012021

How have you all been this week?  It’s not easy is it? I find myself trying so hard to be as upbeat as possible, trying not to cast shade on those I speak to during the week, usually in the park walking Lulu our dog.  I find myself hoping to see someone I know every day and not to worry if I don’t know you, I will greet everybody I see now.  Are you chattier with strangers now?  I am really craving social, fun, spontaneous, interactions preferably involving a group of friends, music, banter and a bit of dancing thrown in for good measure. Parties? Remember them?  I confess to finding myself having a party for one, dancing in front of the telly of a Saturday night.  My son said, “You are so Gaff Hungry mum”. That did make me laugh.  That’s apparently west coast Scotland urban slang for “desperate for a party in someone’s house”. You’re so right son aka manchild aka big handsome. More on him later.

This week we also celebrated our middle daughter, aka mature beyond her years and avid Stevie Nicks devotee, 18th birthday in house.  I am relieved to report it was a resounding success.  She was delighted with her afternoon tea in the kitchen, in house movie bonanza in the living room finished off by her self-penned family quiz “How well do you know me”.  Thankfully, I managed a very respectable second place on the scoreboard.  Phew.

Big handsome is 19 and has been home from his university Halls of Residence since early December.  His coming home to our Covid jail has mixed up household dynamics up a tad, especially with his voracious appetite for broadband gigabytes.  I find myself in the middle of a Live Instagram struggling to get connection with a “whoops sorry, I forgot, never mind eh”?

This has challenged the patience of his already short of patience younger teenage siblings who are both self-home schooling and demanding their fair share of the broadband gigabytes.  Hopefully, Monday brings a rescue mission from our broadband provider after another plea for upgrade which seemed to fall on listening ears at last. We are the only house in our street without access to "SuperFast" broadband. First world problems I know but I have found myself using diplomatic skills akin to Kofi Annan’s (Secretary General of the United Nations), holding peace talks in the living room with big handsome whilst simultaneously negotiating a cease fire with daughters in the kitchen and discussing terms of amnesties and reconciliation.  I think I’ll hold off the gigabyte hungry Insta Lives until Mr Broadband delivers so apologies for the quality, but the chat was good as ever with Susie Cormack Bruce on IGTV.

In other news, I have started the Dimagra Keto diet to junk some of the chunk that I have acquired since pre-Christmas.  I always do quite a bit of research first with new products then try them out first before I introduce them to our clinics. So far so good.  7lbs in 7 days.  I’m not so fixated about weight to be honest its more about getting rid of the visceral fat around the midriff that seems to like hanging around no matter what I do.  The first couple of days were a bit headachey other than that quite easy.  I’ll keep you posted as I progress.

Another new product to clinic is Re-Collagen a daily collagen supplement. We’ve had different collagen supplements in the past in clinic and this one is next generation.  Gluten free and vegan friendly it tastes just fine, comes in wee handy travel 12 ml sachets (oh the irony) which can be taken on their own or added to water each morning and is delivered direct to your door.  I’m holding on to that collagen for as long as I can and make it as strong as I can from the inside out as well as from the outside in.

Have a great week ahead whatever you’re up to. Stay safe and warm.  All the best from my home to yours.

Frances and team xx

FTT Skin Clinics

FTT Skin Clinics Update - 03012021

Hello there,

Hope you are all well. As promised, I’m back to you with FTT Big barometer: what’s in and what’s out for 2021.

Trend predicting is tricky business.  Who would’ve guessed that face masks would be the biggest selling item in 2020 or that Zoom face would be a thing?  I always like to have my finger on the pulse of what is happening in medical aesthetics and my normal information sources is attending all big international and national conferences, trade shows, presentations, seminars, training events and meetings that I have had the privilege of attending for many years so that I could bring all the marvels of modern medical aesthetics back to Scotland and to our clinics.  But where one door closes another is sure to open and so the virtual online world has definitely come into its own for giving and receiving information much more so than ever before.  I spend much more time “creating content” for all our social media platforms, to inform, educate and maybe even entertain you at times?  For those that didn’t know we have 2 Facebook platforms, one for North of Scotland, Inverness  and one Central Scotland.  We also have two Instagram platforms, FTT SKIN CLINICS  and FTT SKIN.  Anyhoo, my point is we’d like to hear what you would like to know more about what you would like to hear from us.  Thank you for your feedback so far on the stories we’ve posted on our social media platforms as to what you would like more of and some great ideas of content for 2021.

  1. I predict there will be a strong move away towards a more natural look enhancing, upgrading what nature has given you rather than one size fits all filler packages. Some practitioners have lost their way a bit with some quite unnatural almost masculine looks looks and we’ve noticed a big uptake with more younger patients coming to us for our signature, artistic, beautiful, undetectable rejuvenation. 
  2. Restart, Reset and Rediscover your own best version of yourself.  Already lots of people looking for alternative to just volumizing and freezing.  
  3. There will be a far greater emphasis on skills not mils as well as a move away from non medics in unregulated premises as people want the security of a safe, regulated, registered medical clinic with trained medical staff.  People want to feel safe, secure, and cared for. 
  4. I do see more combination treatments for face and body being popular more so in 2021. More people have a better understanding about medical aesthetics and that your face is made up of different layers that is fat pads, skin, muscle, ligaments and bone and these needs are taken into consideration in your treatment planning.  Skin tightening, lifting, filling, smoothing of faces.  Body treatments are similar in that they take into consideration, diet, lifestyle, height, weight, skin, and fat to get the best results for you.
  5. Our FTT Bespoke facials will go from strength to strength and we will be adding in other treatment modalities to the 20 treatments already available at FTT for your results driven 1 hour treatment including Photo Therapy and Obagi Blue Radiance peels. 
  6. At home Skin Routines twice a day with our help, support, guidance and advice over the phone or by video with our expert team have been hugely popular. People are going to the shops much less and want great results for their skin without leaving home.  You don’t want to make expensive mistakes so you are discussing your skin with us who can diagnose, assess, prescribe if required. This will be even more popular in 2021. 
  7. FTT Bespoke Body Treatments that include weight loss and fat loss are already popular but this will explode too as more people are aware of obesity as a disease and want to do something about it.  We will be launching Dimagra Keto Meal Replacement as well as Prescription weight loss pens available on line and in clinic Fat Freezing, Skin tightening to all body areas as well as fat dissolving injections for face and body.  We will also be offering referrals for liposuction and bariatric services with our surgical partners.
  8. More specialist treatments such as Collagen stimulating injectables, such as Sculptra are relaunching in Q1 which we are already very familiar with and very excited to be bringing to you.  Long lasting and very natural with new methods of delivery. Ellanse will boom too in 2021 as more and more younger people recognise and understand about collagen and want to keep theirs for as long as possible whilst looking great but without the over filled look of over use of dermal fillers.
  9. Thread lifts will be massive in 2021 with Silhouette Soft threads increasing in popularity with an younger market from 30’s onwards as they already recognise that they want to look as good for as long as possible lifting and stimulating skin and facial tissue rather thanvolumizing on its own.
  10.  PDO threads will be immensely popular as we innovate their use in areas such as noses, temples, eyes, lips, necks, and body.
  11. Anti wrinkle treatments will increase in popularity again as more people realise what an amazing prescription treatment used widely in general medicine and in medical aesthetics for rosacea, sweating, lip flip, gummy smiles, teeth grinding, pebble chin, downturned mouth, neck bands and is phenomenal when used in conjunction with other treatments. 

And finally,  Video consultations are back on line.  It’s been a joy catching up with you and hope to see more of you on line soon.  If I don’t see you on line through the week, I’ll see you on the socials.  You take care of each other and keep that glass half full.  If there’s anything you’d like to know more about then do let me know.

Speak soon

FTT Skin Clinics

FTT Skin Clinics Update – 31122020

Hello All

Seasons greetings to you and yours.  I hope you all had an amazing time wherever you were.  It certainly was different that’s for sure. So now were in the last few hours of 2020 and I’ll wager that you, like everyone else is so hoping that 2021 is a better year for everyone.

Thank you for all your in credible support over 2020 and I’ll be back in touch with you very soon with the Big barometer: what’s in and what’s out for 2021.

All the best

Frances and FTT team.

Saveface COVID19 Safety Charter Video

Saveface Covid19 Safety Charter Video

FTT Skin Clinics team are delighted that, after the months of lockdown that we are ready to open our doors to you our patients and wish to share the saveface COVID19 Safety Charter Video.  As both a Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) registered medical aesthetic clinic, and a SAVE FACE registered clinic please be assured that we have gone above and beyond with all our protocols, procedures and policies as well as practical additions to ensure your safety without compromise on the pleasure of your experience.  We are fully committed to doing our very best for you, as always. Please know that our warmth and friendliness will surround you as always whilst we observe safety first.

To our longstanding patients that we have missed over recent months, welcome back. To our new patients and followers we have yet the pleasure to meet, we hope that you are reassured that our very best efforts to keep you safe and sound are in place for your peace of mind and safety and we look forward to meeting with you soon.


Ingredients Spotlight: Glutathione

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is tripeptide composed of 3 amino acids, cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine; these work together as a powerful antioxidant. It was originally prescribed as an immune boosting drug; however, doctors noticed the skin brightening and lightening effects and it is now also a popular skincare ingredient to help those with an uneven skin tone due to sun damage. It also neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system and reduces pigmentation.


What are the benefits of Glutathione?

  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Maintains skins moisture level
  • Helps maintain skins elasticity
  • Breaks down melanin, reducing pigmentation
  • Removes free radicals, reducing the effects of photoaging


How does it work?

It inhibits melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase activity, this activates the pheomelanin pathway, and reactive oxygen species generated from UV exposure. It lowers the skins melanin production, by producing lighter skin tones, the skin will gradually appear more like it’s original tone, very similar to the skin on your inner arm.

It  improves overall skin health, it is a powerful antioxidant and removes free radicals, preventing free radical damage and restoring the skins natural moisture barrier.


Which of our FTT products contain Glutathione?



FTT Illuminate Skin Brightening Serum - Alpha Arbutin / Azelaeic Acid /Glutathione

Illuminate –Skin Brightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection.

Ingredients Spotlight: Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E, also known as Tocopherol which is the name used to describe 8 different forms of vitamin E, the most typical forms are d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol, and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate. It is a powerhouse antioxidant that occurs naturally in the skin but can also be found in foods such as spinach, nuts, seeds, and sunflower oil. Tocopherol provides great protection for the skin when used in skincare products, which comes as no surprise as tocopherols make up 96% of the skin’s natural antioxidant defence system!


What are the benefits?

  • Protects against free radicals and environmental pollution
  • Reduces photodamage, resulting in younger, healthier looking skin
  • Strengthens the skins natural defence barrier


How does Vitamin E work?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, it works to protect the skin from environmental damage by mopping up free radicals, preventing the skin from environmental stressors that could cause signs of premature ageing. Some types of tocopherol help to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. As we age the skins level of vitamin e decreases, reducing our natural ability to fight the signs of ageing – but topical tocopherol, found in skincare is great for replenishing the skins natural levels of vitamin E.


Which of our FTT products contain Vitamin E?

FTT C-20 – Maximum Strength Vitamin C Serum

20% L-ascorbic Acid

Clinically proven L-ascorbic acid at its peak concentration of anti-oxidant activity, which is quickly absorbed to remove free radicals to prevent skin damage, helping to brighten skin and maintain a youthful appearance. This formulation is supported with vitamin E and ferulic acid to create this light, effective day serum. Apply to clean skin on face and neck as required. Products containing more than 20% Vitamin C do not have any additional clinical benefits as this makes its half-life shorter


Glow – Exfoliating Scrub

A luxury anti-ageing wash to exfoliate and help improve the complexion. Containing glycolic acid and quartz, to stimulate, condition and polish skin to perfection. A twice a week routine that will leave skin looking younger, smoother, fresher with a radiant glow


FTT Skin Brightening Serum UK

Illuminate –Skin Brightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection.


FTT Luxury Eye Serum

Refine – Intensive Eye Serum

1% Lactic Acid, 7% Refined Silica, 4% Vitamin E, 1% Vitamin C

Refine is an intensive eye serum which actively works to rejuvenate and repair the signs of ageing. Containing a unique blend of ingredients including vitamin E to hydrate and lactic acid which has gentle resurfacing properties to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and visibly improve clarity and tone.


FTT Retinol serum

R+ – 1% Liposomal Retinol Serum

A powerful and highly effective serum containing one per cent liposomal retinol, a stabilised vitamin A derivative which has been clinically proven to increase cell turnover. R+ will reduce pore size, resulting in firmer younger looking skin as well as reduce, visible signs of ageing including pigmentation and uneven skin tone.


FTT Rejuvenate Active Serum

Rejuvenate – Stimulating Daily Active Serum

12% Glycolic Acid, 2% Hyaluronic Acid, O.5% Salicylic Acid

Contains the natural clinically proven AHA, glycolic acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It increases cell turnover to reveal fresh, younger looking skin and it is effective at controlling breakouts, reducing pigmentation and fine lines.


More Ingredient Spotlights will be coming to soon so keep an eye out to stay in the loop!

Ingredients Spotlight: Lactic Acid

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) group, it is a naturally occurring carboxylic acid found in many foods. It’s a chemical exfoliant which breaks down and dissolves the structure of dead skin cells without causing sensitivity

What are the benefits?

  • Increases the ceramides in the skin’s epidermis
  • Increases water retention
  • Prevents congestion
  • Improves pigmentation

How does it work?

When applied topically lactic acid interferes with the bonds between the cells on the epidermis, breaking off dead, rough skin cell, this therefore promotes cell turnover and the growth of healthy, younger cells, resulting in a more even and smooth complexion. It also increases the ceramides in the skin’s protective barrier, this increases water retention in the dermis, creating more even and hydrated skin.

Which of our FTT Skin Clinics products contain Lactic Acid?



FTT Prime and Protect SPF 20 – Daily Moisturiser with SPF 20

Organic UVA and UVB filters, 2% Hyaluronic Acid, 2% Vitamin E, 5% Aloe Vera

An ultra-skin nourishing and anti-ageing moisturiser, providing all day hydration and protection. Harnessing peptides, to tighten and firm whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin loving antioxidants encourage cell re-growth and regeneration. Your skin will be thoroughly hydrated whilst looking fresher, firmer and tighter.

FTT Refine – Intensive Eye Serum

1% Lactic Acid, 7% Refined Silica, 4% Vitamin E, 1% Vitamin C

Refine is an intensive eye serum which actively works to rejuvenate and repair the signs of ageing. Containing a unique blend of ingredients including vitamin E to hydrate, almond oil to repair and protect against the signs of ageing and lactic acid which has gentle resurfacing properties to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and visibly improve clarity and tone.

Ingredients Spotlight: Glycolic Acid

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is naturally derived from sugar cane and is arguably the best of all alpha hydroxy acids. It works to dissolve the thickened bonds of dead skin on the epidermis, exfoliating the upper surface, to reveal newer, more hydrate skin. Alpha hydroxy acids have been proven to affect the deeper layers of the skin; this is achieved by increasing the gel matrix which plumps the skin. It is often found in acne targeting products due to its ability to reduce pore size, it is also popular in anti-ageing products for its ability to rejuvenate the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

What are the benefits?

  • Unclogs blocked pore, dissolving blackheads and whiteheads
  • Exfoliates the epidermis, exposing younger, plumper cells
  • Removes excess oil, preventing further breakouts
  • Protects against free radicals and strengthens skin barrier

How does it work?

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, it dissolves the thickened bonds of dead skin on the epidermis, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more rapidly than they would in an ordinary skin cycle; this then increases cell turnover and causes the younger, plumper skin cells to surface.

Glycolic acid also has inhibiting capacity against the production of MMP’s, also known as collagenase. This acid stimulates the skin to create more collagen, helping to fight against the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.


Which of our FTT products contain Glycolic Acid?

FTT Foaming Wash

FTT Reveal – Glycolic Wash

5% Glycolic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid

Contains the natural clinically proven AHAs, glycolic and citric acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells together with salicylic acid to remove impurities and excess oil. This combination will cleanse the skin and increase cell turnover revealing new younger looking cells while preparing the skin for the further application of recommended daily care. Massage one pump onto dry skin. Leave on the skin for a few minutes to get to work before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. Do not use as an eye make-up remover. Can be used once or twice daily.

Ingredients Spotlight: Alpha Arbutin

What is Alpha Arbutin?

Alpha Arbutin (A-A) is a synthetic and functional active ingredient for skin lightening. It is a biosynthetic ingredient, derived from bearberry, bearberry extract is broken down to produce hydroquinone, hydroquinone and dextrin (a sugar) reacts with a glycosylating enzyme to produce A-A. It is also considered a safer, but not less effective than hydroquinone, even at similar or greater concentrations. It can be used for all skin types. It will lighten skin coloration, even skin tones and reduce dark pigmentation.

What are the benefits?

  • Lightens skin.
  • Evens skin tone.
  • Prevents melanin formation.
  • Reverses existing pigmentation such as freckles, sun damage, age spots or liver spots etc.

How does Alpha Arbutin work?

A-A blocks melanin synthesis, resulting in lighter skin. It successfully blocks skin’s tyrosinase, therefore preventing and minimising the formation of melanin. A-A also suppresses the enzymes that stimulate the production of melanin, without killing them, thus preventing the future formation of pigmentation.

Alpha Arbutin Vs Hydroquinone?

A-A  is a naturally occurring ingredient and is considered safe and effective.  Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production to lighten skin, but used over a long period of time it can damage pigment cells. Hydroquinoine is a prescription only topical medication found within the Obagi Nu-Derm Range which requires guidance, support and advice for usage.

Which of our FTT products contain It?

FTT Illuminate Skin Brightening Serum - Alpha Arbutin / Azelaeic Acid /Glutathione

FTT Illuminate – Skin Lightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection. Apply liberally to areas of concern at night-time only.